Charlie Batch who has been treated like a stepchild by Coach Mike Tomlin the past few weeks, stepped in for Ben Roethlisberger, and quietly went 15 of 22 for 208 yards with beautiful throws to Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Rashard Mendenhall and even Hines Ward. His only hiccup came on a second-quarter interception on which intended receiver Brown slipped.He spread the ball around and gave the Rams a solid dose of Mendenhall on the ground, who carried 18 times for 116 yards, his second 100 yard game of the season.Tomlin stated after much criticism for playing Roethlisberger the entire game against the 49ers that he felt the Steelers had the best chance to win with Big Ben, despite his injury. After a completely ineffective first half he still failed to insert Batch to at least give him a chance to fail. He could not have done any worse; the Steelers were scoreless in the first half. Batch took the slight in stride, not mumbling a word, but he had to be giddy after his performance against the Rams.The win keeps the Steelers even with the Baltimore Ravens in the overall race but behind them in the AFC North race. If the Cincinnati Bengals, who kept their playoffs hopes alive last week with a 23-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals, can beat the Ravens and the Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns, they would move into the second seed behind New England, if the Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills.With the crowd chanting the name of Pittsburgh’s native son throughout, Batch played efficiently, if not spectacularly, passing for 208 yards to help the Steelers keep their hopes for an AFC North title very much alive.“Nobody wants to let this team down,” Batch said. “One thing about it is we just try to keep the ball rolling, whoever is in there.”Batch is now 5-2 as a spot starter with the Steelers and could get another shot this week against Cleveland when the Steelers go for their second straight division title.“We’ve won games with (Batch) in the past; if need be, we will win games with him in the future,” Mike Tomlin said. “We are very comfortable with our depth at the quarterback position.”The defense, dominated the NFL’s lowest-scoring offense to pitch its second shutout of the season.“It’s about playing good ball at the right time,” Defensive End Brett Keisel said. “We need to build off this win and hopefully get one next week and carry that into the dance.”St. Louis’ Steven Jackson rushed for 103 yards to top 1,000 for the seventh straight season, but backup quarterback Kellen Clemens sputtered in place of the injured Sam Bradford. St. Louis managed just 232 yards while getting blanked for the second time in 20 days.Clemens, signed less than three weeks ago, completed 9 of 24 passes for 91 yards. He didn’t turn it over, but he couldn’t make anything happen against the league’s top-ranked defense.After the sterling performance by Batch, one would think that he would finish up the season for the Steelers giving Roethlisberger’s ankle more time to heal for the playoffs. But there are rumors that Ben has said he’s ready to play, which means he runs the risk of further injury to the ankle and being out of the playoffs.Antonio Brown broke Barry Foster’s all purpose yardage record of 2034 with 2048, with one game left. Foster set the record in 1992. Hines Ward is just 5 catches short of reaching 1,000.While most of Batch’s passes were short or midrange, he did get the ball downfield on a couple of occasions, including a 46-yard pass to Wallace in the fourth quarter that set up Mendenhall’s 1-yard plunge that put Pittsburgh ahead 20-0.Wallace had 4 catches for 82 yards, his best game in a while. Brown just had 3 catches for 34 yards. Ward had 4 for 32 yards giving him 995 for his career.It was more than enough cushion for a defense that looked just fine even without injured outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who continues to nurse a strained right hamstring. James Harrison collected his ninth sack of the season in his return from a one-game suspension and Pittsburgh never let St. Louis get within 10 yards of the end zone.The Steelers were never in any real danger as Mendenhall found plenty of room to maneuver, while Batch extended a couple of plays with his feet to keep drives alive.The Browns who have played just about everyone tough this season gave the Ravens a tough game, but Baltimore was able to pull it out. But the Browns would love nothing better than to upset the Steelers this weekend, and if there’s a letdown they could do just that.Playoff picture: With one week left, the New England Patriots still need to win to have home field throughout the playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens must win to keep second seed, because if they lose and the Steelers win, the Steelers replace them as the second seed, and they will be on the road instead of home. If New England loses, Baltimore loses and the Steelers win, Pittsburgh would have home field advantage.The Houston Texans loss last week puts them in the third seed no matter what they do this week. The winner of the AFC West, which is in the air, will be the fourth seed. The Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders are battling for that spot. If the Broncos win, they take the division. NATIVE SON— Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (16) looks for an open receiver downfield against the St. Louis Rams, on Dec. 24, at Heinz Field. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol) WOW, the Steelers won without Big Ben. After one of its worst offensive games of the season in which they only scored 3 points against the San Francisco 49ers, the Steelers put together one of their best games of the season defeating the St. Louis Rams (2-13) 27-0. Actually it was their fourth best offensive effort of the year and their highest margin of victory.
Submitted by Marcie Meisenheimer of South Sound DuctlessRecently we spoke with a customer who was quite surprised to learn that ductless heat pumps filter the air. With the great benefits of comfort and energy efficiency, air filtration is often overlooked. Many ductless heat pumps come standard with not only dust filters, but also anti-allergen and deodorizing filters. The prospect of keeping harmful allergens and food and pet odors out of your indoor air can make a ductless heat pump system a great option for your home or business.Each brand of ductless heat pump has its own unique filter, but they are similar in a couple of ways. First, they are really easy to clean. Simply washing or vacuuming them once a month is usually all it takes. You simply lift the cover up on the indoor unit and slide the filters out. Either vacuum, or wash and dry the filters. Reinstall them and you are good to go for another month.The second nice thing about ductless heat pump filters is that they are not only inexpensive but also reusable. Some manufacturers suggest you replace them once a year and others say the filters should last for years. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines is the best recommendation, but a visual inspection during cleaning is also a good indicator of when to replace them. When it does come time to replace them, most filters are inexpensive and easily ordered directly from the manufacturer either by calling or ordering on line.With the variable speed inverter technology, which is built into all ductless heat pumps, these units are made to run continuously and rarely stop moving air throughout your home. This means that high tech filtration is taking place all the time, helping keep the air in your home clean and odor free.South Sound Ductless is a locally owned and operated heating and cooling system company. Ductless heat pumps are all we do because we believe in the technology. To learn more about ductless heat pumps and how you can save money and get big rebates contact South Sound Ductless.www.southsoundductless.com360.529.7567 Facebook3Tweet0Pin0
You can’t create breakthrough results in a short period of time. But you can take the first step of many right now. You can step onto the path and make a little progress.You can’t achieve major goals as quickly as you would like. But you can take the small, individual actions that lead to the milestones along the way. Those small steps don’t feel like progress, but each one moves you ever closer to your goal.You won’t win every battle you fight with your internal resistance. There will be days when your fear gets the best of you. But each time you rise to fight again, you weaken the enemy while you grow in strength.You can’t build the deep, meaningful, lasting relationships that make up the real value of your life quickly or without a great investment of time and emotional energy. But you can make deposits in those relationships by caring and being present when you are with the people who matter most.We overestimate what we can do in a short time and underestimate what we can do in a longer time.Because it is difficult to see the impact of small actions, we sometimes do nothing instead of taking some small action that will move us forward a little bit. There will be times when you have both the energy and a tailwind to make big gains. Take advantage of these opportunities. But the rest of the time, put one foot in front of the other and just move forward.It’s a little action every day. It’s showing up. It’s keeping at it. Bit by bit. Piece by piece.The breakthrough won’t be a dramatic single event. It won’t come with a parade, and no one will write songs about you. You’ll just look back at some point and see the great distance you covered.
Last weekend, Northern Territory Touch held their State Titles in Darwin.Teams from all over the Northern Territory and even some players from Western Australia came to contest the tournament, which strengthened the quality of the touch played.Australian representative Bo De La Cruz also came back from a successful Trans Tasman Series to play for Honkers Inc.National Referees Panel member Ken Golden also attended the tournament to assess and coach the referees.One referee was upgraded to Level 2, three were upgraded to Level 3, while one referee attained their Level 4 badge.The results were as follows:Men’s OpenCrocs – 4 def. Carla Furnishers Palmerston Bulls – 3Women’s OpenHonkers Inc – 8 def. Crocs – 718’s MixedHonkers Inc – 9 def. Gove – 735’s MixedHornets – 7 def. Stragglers – 4Regional MenAlice Springs – 14 def. Katherine – 5Regional WomenAlice Springs – 15 def. Gove – 3Player of Series:Women’s OpenNikki Waterman – Big DealsMen’s OpenDaniel Questroy – Bundy BearsDaniel Mintcheff – Alice Springs18’s MixedMale – Paul Bond – Darwin BlueFemale – Deanna Peckham – All Blacks35’s MixedMale – Peter Alley – HornetsFemale – Jo Howard – GoveBarry Hounslow Memorial Trophy Overall Player of SeriesRodney Hoffman – Katherine Bubbles Peckham Memorial Trophy – Sportsmanship AwardKelly Ewin – Honkers IncReferee of the TournamentMargaret Levien
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City veteran Fernandinho: I’ve been training as centre-back all seasonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFernandinho has revealed he has been training as a centre-back all season. With John Stones and Aymeric Laporte injured, Pep Guardiola was forced to field the defensive midfielder alongside Nicolas Otamendi against Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday.City cruised to a 3-0 victory and Fernandinho was happy he could contribute to the win.”It was a quiet night at the back but the team have made a very good game,” said Fernandinho.”It was easier at the back because we played as a team and the guys up-front closed down the space.”I’ve been training in this position since the start of the season. Pep knows all about our squad and team. Today was my opportunity and I hope I can improve more.”
Week two didn’t look like it’d be that crazy on paper, but after a roller coaster day of football, Notre Dame has a new quarterback, Auburn narrowly avoided a historic upset, Arkansas got embarrassed by a MAC school, and BYU won on ANOTHER Hail Mary. Those ridiculous events have really altered odds for the national championship. As ESPN’s Brett McMurphy points out, the Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Razorbacks all fell significantly.Biggest drops in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Notre Dame from 12-1 to 40-1, Auburn 15-1 to 30-1, Arkansas 40-1 to 100-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015On the other hand, there are some big gainers as well.Biggest moves up in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Michigan State from 20-1 to 10-1, Ole Miss & UCLA both from 30-1 to 20-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015Via VegasInsider.com, here are the 10 teams that currently have the best odds to win it all.Who are you betting on?[VegasInsider.com]
APTN National NewsThe body of Krystal Andrews was found on God’s Lake First Nation in Manitoba earlier this week.A vigil for the 23-year-old mother was held in Winnipeg Thursday night.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Adobe Inc., down $18.08 to $230The software company gave a disappointing profit forecast for the current fiscal year.Alaska Air Group Inc., up 96 cents to $62.30The airline said it flew more passengers and revenue improved in November.Sealed Air Corp., up $1.54 to $33.94The industrial gas company announced a new restructuring program, including job cuts, aiming to save about $200 million a year.Starbucks Corp., down $1.57 to $65.34The coffee company’s forecasts fell short of Wall Street expectations.Costco Wholesale Corp., down $19.45 to $207.06The warehouse club operator’s membership revenue and sales were weaker than analysts expected.Johnson & Johnson, down $14.84 to $133Reuters reported that the health care giant knew for decades that its baby powder was sometimes contaminated with asbestos.Nucor Inc., up 69 cents to $56.39The steelmaker gave a strong profit forecast for the fourth quarter.Schlumberger Ltd., down $1.92 to $39.10Energy company stocks and oil prices fell after reports showed China’s retail sales and industrial output slowed in November.The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government says it will monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in British Columbia’s Salish Sea to help develop measures to support the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales.Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary to the transportation minister, announced the measures as his government is set to face new scrutiny on the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on the threatened species.A court ruling found the National Energy Board failed to assess the pipeline project’s effects on the marine environment and the government has asked the board to reconsider that part of the review by Feb. 22. The project would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold and whale experts argue there is already too much traffic for the 74-member southern resident whale population to survive.Beech says Transport Canada will spend $1.6 million on measures including deploying an underwater hydrophone, or listening device, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.He also says the department will carry out a four-year project to better predict propeller noise and hull vibration of a vessel.
“If there is no active injection operation nearby then certainly we will consider this to be a natural tectonic earthquake,” Kao said. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – A second earthquake in less than a week shook central Alberta on Sunday, although a seismologist notes it occurred in a different geologic region than a quake last week that’s been linked to fracking.Honn Kao with the Geological Survey of Canada says the 4.4 magnitude quake was detected at around 4 a.m., with an epicentre about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House.Kao says no damage has been reported, although he says many people who live in the area have reported feeling it, one as far away as Edmonton. A 4.6 magnitude earthquake last Monday that was felt in the communities of Red Deer and Sylvan Lake has prompted the Alberta Energy Regulator to order a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site.Kao notes that while the two quakes were geographically close, Sunday’s quake happened in the Rocky Mountains geological system, whereas last week’s event occurred in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.Cara Tobin, a spokeswoman for the AER, says there doesn’t appear to have been any industrial activity in the area of the most recent earthquake, but staff will be checking the data to make sure.“As inactive as Alberta is tectonically, this area is comparatively active, and so we do see more seismic activity in that area than we do in other areas,” Tobin said of the region where Sunday’s earthquake occurred.In August 2014, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same region. It didn’t do any damage but power was disrupted to about 500 customers, including a gas plant near Rocky Mountain House.Following last week’s quake, the AER said Vesta Energy Ltd. must suspend hydraulic fracturing operations at its well site, and must submit a report of all seismic activity in the area since April, as well as specific fracturing data for the well site from Jan. 29 to March 4. The regulator has also ordered Vesta to file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracturing.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals and sand underground to break up rocks to help get oil and natural gas flowing.Kao said some of the people who felt Sunday’s quake reported they were woken up by the shaking.He said more analysis will be needed to say definitively that the two quakes weren’t linked, but at the moment there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of it.