ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks for an open receiver against the USC Trojans in the third quarter during the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)One of the biggest transfer quarterbacks in college football has opted to transfer to an SEC program. Former Ohio State QB Joe Burrow announced earlier this weekend that he’ll be transferring to LSU.Another SEC quarterback is being mentioned as a potential transfer candidate in Alabama’s Jalen Hurts.Most expect Tua Tagovailoa to be named the starting QB for the 2018 season. This would move Hurts to the bench and, potentially, out of the Crimson Tide’s program.Where will Hurts go if he leaves?Several schools have been mentioned.A new one – Florida.From Saturday Down South:Mullen had a front row seat to Hurts at his best, when the sophomore led the Tide to a comeback win over Mississippi State last season, easily the Tide’s best win of the regular season and a huge reason Alabama was able to win Nick Saban a sixth national championship.If Florida again goes the transfer route — despite being burned by Malik Zaire last year and only somewhat less redeemed by Austin Appleby and the competent, but injury prone Luke Del Rio before that — Hurts is the guy who becomes the most important recruit.Burrow is just another guy to compete.Hurts is a program changer.It’s still pretty unclear what kind of timeline Hurts is operating on. If he does decide to transfer, a decision is likely going to have to be made soon.Another option for Hurts is to just stay put for the 2018 season, even if he doesn’t start. He could graduate and then play immediately at another school in 2019.Stay tuned.
Alex McKee, 74, is now a former diabetic, no longer on insulin since changing his diet and workout routine after joining the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being.Alex McKee is seeing the benefits just three months after joining the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being.The 74-year-old St. Catharines resident is now a former diabetic, no longer on insulin since changing his diet and workout routine following a doctor’s recommendation he join the centre’s Heart Strong Program.“When you have diabetes that’s a real coup. It’s a big deal,” McKee said recently while in the middle of a workout. “There’s been some real changes. My vision is sharper, a lot of things are better.”McKee was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes seven years ago, meaning the sugar in his body was being stored in his blood instead of being used for energy.That put McKee at risk of many health complications, and he didn’t have the discipline to maintain a proper diet and exercise program until joining the Heart Strong Program.“I think the program and the way it’s run influences other parts of your life,” he said. “If you exercise, you shouldn’t be doing too many stupid things outside of your exercise program. It gives you a little more balance in your health.”“I look forward to it. It’s kind of an addictive activity once you get going on it.”McKee works out three times a week for an hour each time, boosting his heart rate on the elliptical machines and building strength through weight training.“He’s putting less medicine into his body by staying active,” said Scott Stevens, the centre’s co-ordinator. “How much better does it get than that?”The centre and its many programs will benefit from the upcoming Walk of Life, set for June 14 at the Glenridge Quarry. As part of a national campaign by the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada, money raised from the walk locally will be donated to the centre, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life among individuals with chronic diseases by focusing on disease management and related social and health complications.The Heart Strong Program functions as both a research facility as well as a community program with the goal of improving overall function, independence, and quality of life in individuals with known cardiovascular disease, as well as those with cardiovascular risk factors.The goal is 200 walkers and $10,000 raised. The Cardiac Association of Canada will contribute extra funds based on money raised locally, Stevens said, which would allow the centre to expand to meet the growing needs of its programs.Then others, like McKee, can continue to reap the benefits of preventative medicine.“I just lost a friend who didn’t have any history of heart disease,” he said. “Only thing he had was a hip replacement, but he had a heart attack. He was 69. It’s a wakeup call. I don’t know if coming here might have given him a few more years on the road. Life’s short, so enjoy it as much as you can without putting roadblocks in your way.”*****What: Walk of LifeWhen: June 14 at 8:30 a.m.Where: Glenridge QuarryAll registration and donation info can be found online.
Bel-Ray Company of the United States has entered into an agreement with its current partner, HVL Group in Australia, to expand their distribution of Bel-Ray’s Mining and Industrial lubricants into the Queensland state of Australia. Bel-Ray Company and the HVL Group have a long history of servicing the mining industry in New South Wales. Since 1998, the HVL Group has delivered Bel-Ray’s innovative, performance centric line of mining lubricants to customers with an emphasis on machine reliability and service as well as long term site productivity.This expansion into Queensland from HVL Group’s Emerald office offers the ideal location to support Bel-Ray’s existing customers within the Bowen Basin.“Bel-Ray has a long standing, proven record of providing the mining industry the absolute highest performing, technologically superior line of specialized lubricants,” said Bel-Ray Company’s Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Liquori. “Bel-Ray’s success is dependent on the quality and reliability of our partners and HVL Group has proven by their work in NSW that they are up to the task. By working together in Queensland, we will offer our customers optimal service to go along with our superior product line.”“We are excited with the continued partnership with Bel-Ray and the expansion of distribution into Queensland,” said HVL Group Managing Director Julian Bell. “This alignment provides HVL Group with the opportunity to bring our successful lubrication model from NSW into Queensland. It enables our customers to obtain the optimum performance from Bel-Ray’s specialised lubricants resulting in the maximised availability of their mining equipment.”HVL Group’s hydrocarbon management services include lubrication system design, installation, servicing, lubrication hardware components, off-site repairs and hydrocarbon contamination control products. Their reliability engineering services concentrate on predictive maintenance through lubricant and lubricated components condition monitoring.“It is essential for business outcomes that the mining sector and associated industries are as efficient as possible in order to be sure every link in the chain operates to schedules,” said HVL Group’s Business Development Manager, Ryan Fitzpatrick. “We recognize that we have a vital role in this chain, and therefore see our role to ensure our own services and products are the best possible and absolutely reliable. In turn that allows our customers to meet their business objectives.”