RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_imgFedrick Dacres – AthleticsFor his achievement in winning the gold medal in the discus throw at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Dacres hurled the discus 64.80 metres to win the event over Ronald Juliao of Brazil by .15 metres. The 21-year-old Dacres also finished seventh in the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, with a throw of 64.22 metres, well below the 65.77 metres he threw to qualify for the final round. His earlier throw would have earned him the bronze medal had he made it in the final round of competition.Veronica Campbell-Brown – AthleticsFor her achievement in earning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a season best run of 21.97 seconds, the third-fastest time of the year. Campbell-Brown also ran the lead leg for the gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 metres relay team at the Championships. Earlier in the year, VCB was a member of two medal-winning teams at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas; the silver medal 4×200 metres relay team and the gold medal-winning 4×100 metres relay team. Campbell-Brown was also fourth in the 100 metres final at the World Championships.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a brilliant run of 10.76 seconds. This was her third World 100m title, after previous triumphs in 2009 and 2013 and it was her fifth title in the last six major championships (including the last two Olympic Games). The ‘Pocket Rocket’ also anchored the women’s 4×100 metres relay team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds. Fraser-Pryce was the only Diamond race winner for Jamaica in the 2015 IAAF Diamond League, winning the diamond for the 100 metres with a perfect four wins from four starts. She ran a world-leading 10.74 seconds in Paris in the Diamond League and led the 4×100 metres relay team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. Fraser-Pryce registered the three fastest 100 metres times for the year.last_img read more

Brand South African partners with Mandela Trilogy in Dubai

first_imgA musical based on the early life and revolutionary awakening of Nelson Mandela, The Mandela Trilogy, was performed at the Dubai Opera House in November 2017. All three shows were sold out. Brand South Africa partnered with the organisers to reach out to South Africans living and working in the United Arab Emirates.Promotional poster for The Mandela Trilogy, performed at the Dubai Opera House, UAE, on 9-11 November 2017. (Image: Cape Town Opera)CD AndersonThe musical, The Mandela Trilogy, (formerly known as African Songbook: A Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela) was first performed by the Cape Opera in 2010, followed by sold-out performances in the UK and Germany.Written and produced by composers Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell with librettist Michael Williams, the musical uses original South African music, fusing traditional Xhosa songs, classical music, jazz and modern songs, to complement the three-part journey of a young Madiba’s early years maturing from a rural farm life to lawyer and freedom fighter.In an interview in 2014, Williams spoke about the high international standard of musical theatre the show upheld, while remaining uniquely African. He called the show “a bright, bold and brassy show that pulls together all the musical traditions of South Africa”.In 2016, The Guardian newspaper called the musical – which had a run at the Royal Festival Hall in London – a “successful and original retelling of a story told many times before… using compelling storytelling techniques and powerful cast”.The musical has been popular with many South Africans living abroad. The idea behind its debut in Dubai, in particular, as spearheaded by the Dubai Opera CEO, South African-born Jasper Hope, who saw an opportunity to bring the story to the relatively large South African community in the UAE.Hope told the Gulf News website: “I’m delighted Dubai Opera is able to collaborate with the fantastic Cape Town Opera to share the story of Nelson Mandela’s heroic and inspirational life, presented in this brilliantly colourful production with its intoxicating mix of opera, jazz and Xhosa sounds and rhythms.”Following discussions with the Opera House, for Brand South Africa, the three performances – held between 9 and 11 November 2017 – were a perfect occasion to promote the nation brand and engage with the South African diaspora in the Gulf.The Mandela Trilogy performances were used to strengthen brand advocacy for South Africa’s brand identity, image, competitiveness and value proposition.According to reports, the Dubai performances were a hit with South Africans, and they played to full houses of up to 2,000 seats, on all three nights. The evenings inspired many to talk to fellow compatriots and UAE residents to present a positive global image of the country’s history and culture to the region, just as Mandela himself had intended.Source: Gulf News website, Cape Town Opera House, Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Sulia Joins Forces with Twitter to Give Publishers More Relevant Twitter Streams

first_imgTags:#twitter#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos audrey watters Sulia’s channels are built by analyzing the tens of millions of Twitter lists in order to identify the best-regarded sources. This is a real-time process and works across thousands of topics. Sulia then combines machine learning and human curation to help remove off-topic content. The result: “high-quality real-time Channels that are always on-topic, readable, and relevant.”Better Real-Time Content for Publishers“Publishers want to include smart real-time content on their sites,” says Sulia CEO Jonathan Glick. “The great thing about Sulia Channels is that partners not only get the best tweets from the best sources, but our customization services allow each partner to modify each Channel so that it reflects their unique editorial voice.” In other words, partners get to customize their channels by adding filters, featuring its own content contributors, adding or removing sources, and so on. Flipboard, for example, uses Sulia’s news and event-based channels in its Weekly Picks section. Sulia works with publishers like Fliipboard in exchange for a fee, and some of this revenue goes back into Twitter’s pockets. It isn’t simply that monetization route that makes this a good partnership deal. Curation is becoming increasingly important, and as Twitter builds out its own advertising and promoted Tweet efforts, it too may want to make sure it is targeting the right ads at the right people watching the right Twitter streams. Sulia a startup dedicated to helping people find relevant content and users on Twitter, has just announced that it is working with Twitter in order to deliver “premium streams” of Twitter content. Distribution partners so far include Flipboard, The Washington Post, TweetDeck, and The Wall Street Journal.Despite all the recent hoopla about the Twitter ecosystem becoming unfriendly to third-party developers and startups, as Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson points out, Sulia may be just “the kind of partner Twitter doesn’t want to kill.”That’s because Sulia offers an important service built on top of Twitter that seems to be beneficial to all parties involved – users, publishers and Twitter.Relevance and CurationThe startup tackles one of the major challenges of Twitter: as its usage increases, it can be more and more difficult to find relevant and important content. Spammers have managed to infiltrate hashtags and keywords, for example, and it’s not always easy, particularly for those who aren’t experts in a particular topic, to locate those who are. If you’re trying to search or follow an event or subject – say recent events in Egypt – then the “channels” that Sulia curates can be far more valuable. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Passive House: After Hours

first_imgI left Maine with a plan. I had already corresponded with Dr. Wolfgang Feist (founder of the Passivhaus Instiut) and Katrin Klingenberg (head of PHIUS, Passive House Institute U.S.) and asked if I might be able to interview them for Green Building Advisor and the Green Architects’ Lounge. Both had indicated a willingness to do so, but the schedule for the event at the Boston Architectural College on October 23 was pretty full and they really didn’t know if there would be time.So I had decided that after joining up with Martin Holladay for the small group conversation prior to symposium, I’d try to steal some time between the meeting and the symposium. Failing that, I would attempt to pull them aside afterward for a quiet interview or even better, take them out for a drink and record a short interview on location.As you can imagine, there was a shortage of spare time to steal away during the event. So I was thrilled when I was included in the small party of six for dinner afterward. Our mission was to find a nice quiet place to dine, drink, chat and record an interview.It turns out there’s no such place on Newbury St. in Boston. So, an audio recording of the dinner interview exists, but I’m afraid the background noise is too distracting and makes for an annoying aural experience (unless you really enjoy the chiming of flatware, background music, background conversations from neighboring tables, and the loudest fajita ever ordered). Perhaps if we find an audio editing genius, who enjoys donating their free time, the Green Architect’s Lounge will release it as a bonus later. Until then, the transcript will have to do.Engaging and delightfulIt was a beautiful autumn evening. We walked a few blocks to our restaurant, chatting about some of the evening’s events and how the Boston Architectural College building might be perfect for a deep-energy retrofit (possibly Passivhaus?). In attendance were Dr. Wolfgang Feist; Katrin Klingenberg; Declan Keefe of Placetailor; John B. Clancy (or “J.B.”) of Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects; Mark Anstey of J.P Design; and myself.I found all to be most engaging and delightful, Dr. Feist in particular. After hours of discussion on the topic (and being seven hours ahead of all of us) he was still just as kind and eager to talk about Passivhaus as though his day was just beginning. In fact I thank them all for participating and ignoring the microphone on the table as we happily talked about politics (omitted, for obvious reasons), architecture, and some finer details of the Passive House system.If you are new to the Passive House concept, I urge you to visit a few of the links on this page prior to continuing. It will help you quite a bit, as this conversation does not cover the basics (like, “What is a Passive House?”).A toast, to my dinner guests and you, fine reader. Varying climatesBriley: Using the same study that you used to come up with these [passive house] standards, could you theoretically do that same study for our six different climate zones and come up with six different sets of standards?Dr. Feist: You may be surprised; this has already been done.Briley: I am surprised! … and I see Katrin is smiling like crazy.Dr. Feist: It’s not yet published, but we have a project financed by the German Environmental Foundation, and they asked us to do these studies in six different climate zones worldwide.Briley: Worldwide?Dr. Feist: Yes, including China, but not tropical climates. … Siberia, Dubai (one of the toughest climates in the world).Briley: Right, and the buildings probably have to be all glass…Dr. Feist: …Ha, they now even have a big hall where they can go skiing in the middle of the desert. But seriously, it is a really tough climate. It also turns out that the main [Passivhaus] principels can be used everywhere. There are only a few climates — like Lisboa in Portugal — where the conditions are so good that you don’t need any heating or cooling anyway, so you don’t really have to do a lot to meet the standard.Klingenberg: Like San Diego.Dr. Feist: And then there are parts, say, in Antarctica, where it is extremely tough to do anything.Briley: Did you develop a standard for Antarctica?Dr. Feist: No, we did not. Though there were some crazy guys in Belgium who have already built a Passivhaus polar research station. It’s already there. But I don’t care about this climate. It’s kind of like northern Sweden; if you say you can’t build a Passivhaus there, well, then I could live with that.The PHPP spreadsheet and thermal massBriley: So Dr. Feist, there must have been a moment long ago where you said, “I know what I’ll do: I’ll open up an Excel spreadsheet, and I’ll work out these formulas.” Is that how it went down?Dr. Feist: No, it was completely different. When we started the first project, there was nothing like that, so we had to use simulation software where we simulated every nail to get the right values, and it didn’t turn out so well. It’s interesting. There was another American involved in that. It was Amory Lovins [of the Rocky Mountain Institute]. I showed him the simulations and the measurement, and after an hour of conversation he said, “Well, Wolfgang, you are completely wrong.” [Laughter around the table.]I was completely shocked. My belief was that the first Passivhaus project was just a research project. He said, “No, you are wrong. This is not a research project – this is the solution.” And he also told us, “You have to simplify and create a tool that is easy to handle.”So that is the point where we started to think about how to simplify the concept and how we arrived at these simple three standards, on the one hand, and on the other, to see if we could reduce the complexity of the simulation to focus on the real important parts. Of course, thermal mass is also important, to have that in the simulation makes it much more complicated. If you want to include thermal mass, you can’t be satisfied with just the envelope, you have to use the whole structure, and that makes it much more complicated to bring these data all into the program. So we decided to simplify it to a simple almost envelope-only system.Briley: So does the Passive House Planning Package take thermal mass into account at all?Dr. Feist: It does, but you estimate the thermal mass, by looking at how many areas are filled with masonry or timber, and you account for those and calculate a good guess, for thermal mass. Because the influence of thermal mass isn’t so high – this is still good enough compared with the accuracy of other inputs.The PHPP: Passive House Planning PackageBriley: Do you think there’s going to be any development in the PHPP software? Right now it’s a spreadsheet, a very elaborate spreadsheet. I’m just now getting my feet wet and starting to use it myself. I started off thinking “Ah, Excel! I can do this.”Dr. Feist: It’s easy, no? That’s the reason we did it this way. Well, there are two reasons: one is that anyone can use it, and the second is that it’s open. You can see every algorithm which I think is important. It’s also easy if you want to add something. There have been other discussions about having other programs besides the spreadsheet, but I think we will always keep the spreadsheet.Briley: Are you prepared to see other people run away with the spreadsheet and adding on other complex things?Klingenberg: Good luck with that. [Chuckles around the table.]Dr. Feist: I think we should never stop thinking about development. I like to have feedback and it’s good to give that feedback back to the community. That’s why we’ve started Passipedia, because it’s very important to share knowledge. [Dr.Feist was referring to their new Web site, www.passipedia.com, that acts as a warehouse for user knowledge on all subjects relating to the Passivhaus standard.]Anstey: There’s a gentleman who spoke up at the meeting today who mentioned that he worked on AutoCad, and I was wondering if someone has tied together a CAD system and the PHPP spreadsheet.Keefe: Revit would be great for this.Dr. Feist: Have you heard of SketchUp? There’s already a draft that uses SketchUp to input the geometric data into the spreadsheet because inputting the basic data into the cells is fun, but dealing with all of the geometric data is tough work.Klingenberg: So it’s like you put the information on both of them…?Dr. Feist: You make a sketch, then you hit the button and you get your areas and volumes for PHPP.Klingenberg: Do you know when this is going to be available?Dr. Feist: There’s already a draft, so maybe we’ll try to get it in the next draft of the PHPP. Or maybe we’ll create a separate tool. I think that would be very interesting for architects.Briley: It would! Because it’s hard to input the information if it’s not a rectangle, or a box.Dr. Feist: The other thing is you get to change and choose components. Because that’s lots of fun, isn’t it?Briley: Oh yeah, lots of fun [light sarcasm]. I do that in my spare time when I’m not doing stuff like this.Keefe: One of the guys I work with is working on the same thing for Revit, where there’s a file within Revit that has all the geometric data. We’re trying to get from Revit into PHPP.Klingenberg: There’s another person in Chicago that’s already done it. It’s probably something we should really talk about, because there are some other platforms, some other design tools… I think Laura will show you some of her design students have built a platform through Grasshopper that connects the Rhino software with PHPP. It’s pretty cool, they can pull a corner of the building and it updates the data automatically.Dr. Feist: That’s good! Even as a tool for teaching!Klingenberg: Yeah, it’s perfect. And for designers! Designers don’t want to deal with numbers. So they just pull on the corner of their building and…Dr. Feist: …and it gives you a feeling of what they are doing. Cool.Anstey: And for shading. Like Fred’s building where there are a lot of different shading conditions for all the different windows. SketchUp models shading. It tells you at any time whether the window is fully shaded or partially shaded… If we had to input that, sort of analog, then it would take us forever. Not that we need to get to that level of precision, but it would be really great to let SketchUp tell the model, “That window is 45% shaded, this window is 22% shaded” — because it changes so much.Dr. Feist: You know there are sheets for shading. And as it turns out, this is really important, much more than people think. That’s one of the reasons why some of the old passive solar concepts didn’t work, because they very often didn’t look at shading.Well, that’s interesting that you had the same opinion on this [development of the software] because that’s very high on our list.Passivhaus commercial buildingsBriley: So Katrin, you mentioned that you were dabbling with the idea of coming out with a passive house standard for commercial or institutional building types?Klingenberg: We’re not developing a new standard; it’s basically the same standard. We’re going by the same certification. But there are a lot of inquiries we’re getting right now, especially from governments. We really want to do this for commercial buildings, for our governmental buildings, and for our schools and for retrofits.Dr. Feist: We’ve done research on offices and schools and so on, and I think this is not so different in Europe as in the U.S. But they do have different boundary conditions than residential buildings (these schools and offices), so the calculation process has changed a little bit, so we definitely know how to do this. The interesting thing is that if you change the purpose of a building then the criteria will change.Briley: It WILL change?Dr. Feist: It will change. For swimming pools, for example. They normally have incredibly high [energy] consumption — like ten times that of an ordinary building.Briley: And hospitals…Dr. Feist: Yes, hospitals. That might be next. What we have learned is that we can’t do that from a theoretical point of view. You have to work through all of these calculations and then come up with a recommendation.Briley: You mean like one number for energy consumption?Dr. Feist: Maybe three or four. But you can come up with a performance standard that will be different from a dwelling.Klingenberg: We’re getting busy implementing the first schools, and maybe by the time we’re ready for the hospitals, you guys [to Fiest] will have it all worked out [with a laugh].Dr. Feist: [With a laugh, to Katrin] Keep away from hospitals for the moment.Heating, cooling, AND primary energy useJ.B. If a building is below the total energy demand standard but is somehow not able to meet the heating demand, is that a bad building?Dr. Feist: No, It’s not a bad building, but it’s not a Passivhaus. You could be using an expensive heating system, and that’s the problem. The heating requirement, 4,755 Btu per square foot… if you start changing that number, then soon you start changing other numbers, and where do you stop? That’s the first reason. The second is, we want to have an incentive for the development of better components. I think that’s a good idea to have.J.B. I’m in complete agreement in holding the line. I guess I was wondering if one line needs to be held, do both lines need to be held, since the primary energy consumption includes the heating demand?Dr. Feist: To be honest on that, I really think that the heating demand and cooling demand is more important, because that represents the structure of the building. The thing that would last for a hundred years…J.B. Because [in the future] you could always change to more efficient light bulbs…Dr. Feist: …And the systems could change several times over the life of the building, and the amount of the primary energy depends on the supply system. So we put in the primary number because what we don’t want is an efficient Passivhaus that then uses electric resistance heating.Briley: That makes it clear, because there are a lot of people out there who think the primary energy standard should be the only standard.Dr. Feist: I don’t agree with that. We had that in Germany. In Germany the code is on primary energy. That has a lot of difficulty. For example if you have a poorly insulated building and you heat it with wood chips, it will get a good number, but this is not a solution that everybody can do. The other question to address with the primary energy, is how to account for cogeneration.Briley: So you keep the heating and cooling load in there because it directly relates to the building, whereas the primary energy is really focused on the energy coming into the building — which over time could be a variable.Integrating Passivhaus and LEEDBriley: There seems to be this misconception out there that it’s Passivhaus versus LEED — that you have to pick one or the other. Isn’t that a false choice?Klingenberg: Definitely false.Anstey: They seem ripe for synergy.Briley: It’s like LEED covers this huge spectrum of “green,” while Passivhaus is focused on just energy.J.B. It’s how they [LEED] cover it. What they cover is fine, but if they’d give you values that are quantifiable and not just a point…Briley: Right, it’s binary. Point, or no point.Anstey: It’s like in the earlier versions of LEED when they give you a point for a bike rack…Briley: I’ve gotten that point before!Anstey: …So, I think they have a learning curve, and that’s fine.Briley: Yeah, like with LEED for Homes, we complain because in Maine we’re a water-rich state. And there are a lot of points I can get for an awesome irrigation system that I don’t need.J.B. You could not irrigate at all.Anstey: That’s one point.J.B. [laughing] But if you do irrigate you can get 10!Briley: [To Katrin] Well, it’s very nice to hear that you guys are chatting [LEED and Passivhaus].Klingenberg: It’s a very fine line. I can’t say much more about it. We’re also talking to Sam Rashkin at the Energy Star department, which is doing better.Briley: Can you at least give us an impression on how it’s going with the LEED folks?Klingenberg: I think it’s going really well. I think I expressed that today at the symposium. It’s amazing. There’s an awakening that is happening that would have been unimaginable a year ago.Is there a size bias?Briley: Katrin, you mentioned that the compactness of a building relates to the efficiency of a building, which we all conceptually understand. But when you’re sizing standards by the square foot, is there an advantage given to larger buildings?Dr. Feist: Yes, there is, but with respect to usable area… We only count the usable area, we don’t count the ‘brute’ area because that might create wasteful space and that’s what we don’t want. So we only count usable spaces, and this gives us the right relation. So it makes bigger buildings less expensive than the smaller ones, and I agree with that.Briley: You mean to make buildings more compact, not necessarily bigger.Dr. Feist: If you do just a single-family home, that is not true, because if you make it bigger it will just make the home more expensive and you’re not going to just make something bigger to get better square foot numbers. That won’t happen.What we’ve already defined, but it’s not yet published, is something for smaller buildings. I think if you have a smaller amount of area per person, we don’t want to punish that. So you will be able to choose a per area value or a per person value. I think we should not bring up these social discussions of limiting the size of homes, especially in America.Briley: Because it’s easy to make someone shut down and say, “Well, then I’m not interested, because I want my space.”Feist: Yeah.Anstey: You also don’t know what a house is going to be used for in 20 years time. Because there are plenty of examples of huge mansions that are now multi-unit condos. If you did the PHPP on them 100 years ago, they’d be massive, but now you’ve got 40 people in them. As it’s all about the envelope…Dr. Feist: [Very pleased] That’s the argument to be used!J.B. And what we found interesting today is we heard that Passivhaus is easier with multi-unit buildings. Well, 1) I don’t think that’s true, and 2) obviously with a larger building with a better envelope-to-volume ratio, yes it is easier. But, that should be an incentive to build multi-unit buildings. It would be really difficult to do it as a single-family detached, but if you get a benefit for joining walls and floors and ceilings then…Dr. Feist: This is pushing us in this direction. We had the same thing. I had a very serious discussion with the German government. Why not have the same requirement for ALL buildings, say 40 kwh per square meter, because that would be tougher for single-family homes than for multi-unit buildings. 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a month agoReal Sociedad striker Isak: I turned down Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Isak: I turned down Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has revealed he could’ve joined Real Madrid earlier in his career.The Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.He recalled to Marca: “When I played in Stockholm, I had several options and Real Madrid was one of them.”I spoke to several clubs to understand what they proposed and I chose Dortmund and this is the most important thing. “But it is true that since I was a child, I considered the LaLiga the best in the world and I dreamed of playing here one day. I am therefore happy to participate.” last_img read more

17 days agoFrance coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-term

first_imgFrance coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-termby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps fears Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing an extended period out injured.Spurs have confirmed Lloris will be sidelined for the remainder of 2019 after dislocating his elbow in defeat at Brighton.And Deschamps says: “We are talking about weeks and even months, and he will not be back on the field in 2019, that’s as good as safe.”He has been examined, but it is difficult to say exactly how long he has been out, because I am not an expert.”Of course, he will neither attend here nor the next national team meeting (in November) – and now we have to find out how how long it will take to recover.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Here’s The Latest Clemson Hype-Video To Get You Pumped For 2016

first_imgA view of a large Clemson tailgate.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 3: A general view of the Clemson flag during the Tigerwalk prior to the game between the at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson meets Auburn for their season opener on Sept. 3, and this new Clemson hype-video makes clear that the Tigers are coming out strong.Created by Tigers fan Son of Clemson, “Sound The Alarm” sets the stage with dramatic music from the the Star Wars:Rogue One trailer, emphasizing the great anticipating and expectations of the 2016 football season. Will the Tigers be as powerful as the science fiction characters? Check out this Clemson hype-video, and decide for yourself.You can watch the hype-video below:The Tigers went 14–1 and 8–0 in ACC games in 2015, winning the 2015 ACC Championship Game against the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45–37. The 2015 season marked their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981.After defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl, No. 1 Clemson lost to No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 national championship, 45–40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1. Will the Tigers get revenge in 2016?last_img read more

Clippers fall bounce back to split series with IronPigs

The International League leading Columbus Clippers split a pair of seven inning games with the visiting Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday in what turned out to be two very different contests. Columbus’ David Huff took his previously unblemished record to the mound in the first game of the afternoon, but the IronPigs were swinging hot bats from the start. Five of the first six Lehigh Valley batters reached base safely, including a run scoring single from Ronnie Belliard and a run scoring ground-rule double by Josh Barfield to build a 2-0 advantage before the Clippers even stepped to the plate. And that would be all the help IronPigs’ starter Eddie Bonine would need. “I think the first game you’ve got to give credit to their starter, Bonine,” said Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh. “I think it’s not so much about what we didn’t do, it was more about what he did.” What he did was go five innings on the hill giving up just one run on five hits before making way for his bullpen to close out the game perfectly with two innings of no hit baseball. The IronPigs offense added a run in both the third and fourth innings to secure the 4-1 victory. Huff dropped his first game of the season falling to 3-1 with Bonine improving to 3-3. The afternoon’s second contest saw plenty of early offense once again, however, this time it was the home squad doing the damage from the batter’s box. “I thought it was key the way we came out in game two, especially after struggling a little bit offensively in game one,” Sarbaugh said. The Clippers got on the board in the first thanks to a Cord Phelps run scoring double before a power surge ensued over the next two innings. Jerad Head and Luke Carlin belted home runs of the solo and two-run variety respectively in the bottom of the second before Wes Hodges and Phelps added three and two run blasts of their own in the third. Second baseman Jason Kipnis and first basemen Hodges led the way offensively for the Clippers with three hits apiece and combined for five runs batted in between them. Kipnis credited the team’s boost in production from game one to two to their change in mindset. “I think everyone started to loosen up on the day and it kind of clicked in that we had to go back to our approaches,” he said. “We just had to step back, look at our pitch selection that we were swinging at and I think once guys started to do that you started to see better at bats, harder contact and more runs scored.” That they did. The Clippers ran IronPigs’ starter Brian Bass from the mound after just two innings in which they tagged him for eight earned runs on nine hits. After the Clippers cooled off, the IronPigs took a run at the 10-0 Columbus lead with two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but ultimately fell short as the Clippers took game two by a score of 12-6. Scott Barnes got the job done on the mound for Columbus giving up 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of work to earn his second victory of the year. “He ran into a little bit of trouble in some innings where he wasn’t getting ahead of hitters,” Sarbaugh said of Barnes’ performance. “It was a good game for him and I think it is definitely something he can build off of…there were a lot of positives from Scott today.” With the split of the doubleheader, the Clippers move to 23-7 on the year and Lehigh Valley is now 16-14. The two squads split the four game series with two wins a piece. The Clippers will return to action on Monday night as they welcome the Charlotte Knights to town for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. read more

Joey Bosa looking to build on successful 2014 season

Junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa put on his helmet during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJoey Bosa helped Ohio State to a national title last season, but he’s still planning to make changes in 2015.And for the junior defensive lineman, that started with a quick trim of his trademark long hair.“It’s kind of sad, but I like it,” Bosa said Thursday, with at least a few inches of hair missing from his head.But a simple haircut is only part of the transition for a player who came within half a sack of OSU’s program record (14) last year.Now established as a key cog on the Buckeyes’ defense, Bosa said he hasn’t been seeing a ton of live practice. Instead, the coaches have had him on the side working on non-contact drills for much of the spring, but he said that work is still helping him build on his sophomore success.OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said Bosa’s work on the side still encompasses everything the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs in order to improve, which includes pass-rushing drills and video work. Johnson added that Bosa wouldn’t have it another way, because getting better is all he wants.“He wants to be a great player, and great players find a way to improve,” Johnson said.Bosa finished his sophomore season with 55 total tackles, 21 of which were for a loss, and 13.5 sacks. He also tallied four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four additional quarterback hits.But regardless of individual numbers, Bosa said he’s not close to a finished product.“I can’t really pick one spot of my game that I could get better at, because I think I can improve every part of my game,” he said. “And that’s the plan, not just working at one thing but just getting better at every aspect of the game.”Even as he works to improve as an individual, Bosa’s personal success isn’t the top priority. He’s projected as a likely first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft should he decide to leave OSU early, but Bosa said the goal is still to help the Buckeyes repeat their title run.“I just want this team to be remembered as something great,” he said. “We definitely will for last year, but new team, new year, we’re trying to repeat, obviously.”Now with spring practice winding down ahead of OSU’s Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Bosa said he can control his own destiny when it comes to improving his game.“I feel like if I go out and work every day, everything will fall in place,” he said. Some might argue that everything already fell in place for Bosa when he was named a consensus first-team All-American last season, which could lead to complacency.Former Buckeye Michael Bennett said last season that he was hesitant in early games because of a fear of injury before turning it on down the stretch. But Johnson said he’s not worried about Bosa’s motivation with the NFL on the horizon.“He wants to be great. Great players don’t shut down, great players go forward,” Johnson said.Amid the change in Bosa’s hunt for a second national title as a collegiate athlete, at least one thing will stay the same if he gets a sack against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 when the Buckeyes are set to open their 2015 season in Blacksburg, Va.The long hair might be gone, but Bosa said his “shrug” celebration isn’t going anywhere just yet.“It’s gotta return, right?” he said. “At least one more year.” read more

TCI Police trained to cope with Mentally Ill in arrests

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:arrests, mentally ill, tci police Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jun 2015 – Twenty nine Police officers have since last year been undergoing training in dealing with mentally ill suspects and victims in crime. Dr. Diana Dizon, a psychiatrist with the Department of Mental Health is working with the police to help them better identify and manage cases where mental illness is or may be a factor. Dr. Dizon explained in a media statement on the events that, ““Occasionally police officers are involved in responding to calls involving persons with a mental illness. It is important that Police officers not only be able to recognize abnormal behavior and mentally ill persons, but also must be prepared to guard, restrain, or take into custody people whose behavior suggests the presence of a mental illness.” The sessions were said to focus on de-escalation skills, effective communication with the mentally ill, response to behavioral crisis including how to create stable environments, the do’s and don’ts of engaging mentally ill and assessing the potential of violence. Arrests & Charged – Providenciales & South Caicos Recommended for youlast_img read more