No. 1 Buckeyes turn the hat trick

first_imgNo. 6 Florida 77, Arkansas 56: The Gators (29-5) finished off threerouts in three days in Atlanta to claim their third straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship and lock up the No. 1 seed in the Midwest regional. No. 8 North Carolina 89, N.C. State 80: Shrugging off nine years of frustration in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the Tar Heels (28-6) beat their Tobacco Road rivals in Tampa, Fla., for their first league title since 1998 and were rewarded with the top seed in the East regional. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 81, Northwestern State 78: Chris Daniels scored 19 points, and the Islanders held on to win the Southland Conference tournament championship and secure their first berth in the NCAA Tournament. WOMEN No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 91, Butler 64: Nicole Soulis scored 21points, and Amanda Popp added 18 to help the host Phoenix (28-3) cruise to the Horizon League tournament title. Mike Conley scored 18 points, Ron Lewis added 17, and the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat the No.3Wisconsin Badgers for the third time this season, 66-49, Sunday in Chicago to win their second Big Ten tournament title. The Buckeyes (30-3) then learned they have the top seed in the South regional. Wisconsin got the second seed in the Midwest. Greg Oden finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks after playing just 6 minutes in the first half. Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker missed his first six shots for Wisconsin and finished with 10 points. “They have a lot of athletes on that team, and they like to get up and down,” said Wisconsin’s Kamron Taylor, who led the Badgers (29-5) with 15points but was 6 of 18 from the floor. “I think the first two times that we played them, we kind of controlled that, and we let it get away from us. Today, we allowed them to get out and get on a break, and it caught up with us.” No. 2 Kansas 88, No. 15 Texas 84 (OT): Sherron Collins scored 20points, and Kansas rallied in Oklahoma City to claim their second straight Big 12 tournament title in overtime and the No.1seed in the West regional. center_img Old Dominion 78, James Madison 70: T.J. Jordan scored 17 points, and Tiffany Green added 16 in Newark, Del., to help the Monarchs (24-8) capture their 16th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship. Drake 65, Creighton 64 (OT): Kelsey Keizer hit a 3-pointer with 55seconds left in overtime in Des Moines, Iowa, to give the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (14-18) the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title. UMBC 48, Hartford 46: Carlee Cassidy scored 14 points to help the seventh-seeded Retrievers (16-16) stun the top-seed Hawks (24-8) in the America East title game and earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. 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

Water activist slams guilty verdict for Jobstown teen who ‘imprisoned’ Burton

first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay have condemned the guilty verdict of false imprisonment of a 17 year old child for his part in a protest against water charges in Jobstown in November of 2014.The boy, who was only fifteen at the time, cannot be named because of his age.The boy plead not guilty to two counts of false imprisonment. The prosecutor’s argument was that the boy played an active role in blocking two garda cars, containing the then Tanáiste Joan Burton, for up to three hours in the Jobstown water charge protests.The maximum penalty for a false imprisonment charge at district level is 12 months, so the boy will receive 2 years of detention.Campaign spokesman for the Donegal branch of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Liam Whyte said “This verdict is a political decision. It is a vengeful decision by an establishment which was rocked to the core by the massive revolt against the water charges. It is an attempt to punish and scare people from taking park in protests in the future.” Whyte continues; “Anyone with common sense knows that this was not a case of false imprisonment. It sets a very dangerous precedent. The question needs to be asked why this was even brought to court as it was an act of civic disobedience and not a criminal act”“There are more in court in the coming months on the same charge including Paul Murphy TD. The anti-water charges movement must mobilise to stop this attack on our right to protest. This should include further acts of mass civil disobedience to give the message that we will not be cowed when they next try to bring back water charges.”A protest is taking place outside Central Bank in Dublin today at 1pm in defense of the teenager.Water activist slams guilty verdict for Jobstown teen who ‘imprisoned’ Burton was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

Glitzy Captain’s Dinner planned

first_imgA prestigious dinner will be held to honourSouth African football team captainAaron Mokoena. (Image: www.safa.net) MEDIA CONTACTS • Edith Venter The Captains Dinner +27 11 783 5887 +27 83 700 0399 INFO@THECAPTAINSDINNER.COM RELATED ARTICLES • A brief history of Bafana Bafana • Football – South Africa style • Football in South Africa • 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiumsNosimilo RamelaSouth Africa’s national football squad captain Aaron Mokoena will be honoured at a high-profile dinner in Johannesburg on 7 June. The event will also help to raise funds for Mokoena’s charity foundation, and wish his team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will host the The Captains Dinner, was founded in May 2008 and uses football as a medium to teach children about healthy living and the importance of education, with the hope of developing them into successful sportsmen and women.“I believe football and sport are a fundamental part of the education of all young people,” said Mokoena. “I believe that all young people should have an opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities. Participation is important in itself, but football and sport can also develop important values and attributes.”Well-known South African and international public figures from the world of sports, entertainment, government and business will attend the black-tie dinner, which will involve a cocktail reception, dinner, after-party and auctionThe entertainment line-up includes top South African performers such as Hugh Masekela and local R&B artist Danny K.“I am delighted to be able to host this event, which will profile and raise funds for the work undertaken by my foundation. It will be a great night,” said Mokoena.With the dinner being held just days before World Cup kick-off on 11 June, it’ll offer the ideal opportunity to wish national team Bafana Bafana well for the month-long tournament. The team have been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay.Young championMokoena’s illustrious captaincy of Bafana Bafana will also be celebrated on the night.In 1999, at just 17, Mokoena was called to play for the national squad, making him Bafana Bafana’s youngest member ever. He still holds this record today. “To play for my country is a great honour. To be called up at 17 was a dream come true and I could not have been more proud,” he said.As captain, Mokoena has received the most caps in the history of the team. On the 30th May, he got his 100th cap during the team’s international friendly game against Guatemala. “In September 2009 I achieved a record of 50 caps as captain. I am all too aware of my responsibilities as captain of Bafana Bafana and understand my role as a leader who must motivate, encourage, and enthuse my fellow teammates,” he said.“The year 2010 is the most important time in our nation’s history, when the eyes of the world are on South Africa as we host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It is an exciting time to be a South African and it is an important time to be focused in order to deliver on the field at the biggest football show on earth.”  Mokoena has also led a successful football career in Europe, playing for teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam, Genk and Blackburn Rovers. He is currently the team captain for English Premiership club Portsmouth.last_img read more

Powering towards a green economy

first_img11 October 2010South Africa plans to build a massive US$21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy and reduce poverty without increasing its carbon footprint.Depending on investor interest, construction could begin as early as 2012. With the help of a World Bank loan, Eskom, South Africa’s primary energy utility, is already developing a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant, estimated to cost about $1-billion, in the same region. And a smaller-scale solar installation is on the cards for Robben Island, the place Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Cleaner coal, alternative sources South Africa’s strategy is to make cleaner, more efficient use of the country’s abundant, low-cost coal reserves in the near term while at the same time expanding the use of low-emission energy technologies and renewables.This strategy will be in the global spotlight in 2011, when South Africa hosts the 17th annual UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference. New global emission targets are also likely to be discussed at the gathering.This year, the World Bank granted Eskom a $3.75-billion loan both to help build the country’s biggest coal-fired plant, Medupi, and to finance renewable energy projects such as the solar power plant as well as wind farms. With the help of the loan, Medupi will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to produce more power with less coal. ‘Green’ tariffs Private sector investment in other renewable energy plants is also encouraged through generous feed-in tariffs, which were approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in late 2009 and rate among the most attractive worldwide.According to Stefan Gsanger of the World Wind Energy Association, South Africa is the first country in Africa to introduce a feed-in tariff for wind energy.“Many small and big investors will now be able to contribute,” he says. “This will help South African communities to invest in wind farms and generate electricity, new jobs and new income.” ‘Green’ buildings, vehicle emissions tax Another renewable energy scheme is Eskom’s solar water-heating programme, in which consumers who replace electric geysers with solar-powered ones are given a substantial rebate. The government has also launched a massive drive to install low-energy lighting in thousands of buildings it owns, which will save some $845-million in electricity costs every year.The state-owned Central Energy Fund’s newly built headquarters are emblematic of new energy priorities. The four-storey building has sensors which switch lights off when no-one is in a room and dim them when there is enough daylight. A magnetic motor-operated lift uses 80% less electricity than a hydraulic one. Two 250 000 gallon solar heaters provide hot water.In September, the government introduced an emissions tax on new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. South Africa is the first country in the world to include the latter in such a regime, which aims to encourage individuals and businesses to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.The government also plans to develop a massive crude-oil refinery to produce quality petrol and diesel to international standards by 2015. Nuclear technology Nuclear technology will also be added to the mix, as a key way of “generating enough electricity in a responsible and sustainable fashion to support higher economic growth levels”, the Department of Energy says.Five to six new nuclear stations will be built over the next few decades, fuelled by South Africa’s uranium reserves. Announcing the ambitious plan at a recent power summit, Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters said a series of nuclear plants would be more cost-effective than a single large one.The plants would be placed near points of demand, reducing reliance on comparatively inefficient cross-country power lines that transmit electricity from distant coal fields.This article first appeared in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Chef cooks up a way out of trouble

first_imgKelvin Joel (far right) and his group of student chefs at the food garden at the Westbury Youth Center. (Image: Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School) There is nothing like someone who has done wrong and then turns his life around and does something right to make sure future generations do not walk he path he walked.Such a person is Kelvin Joel, pastry chef, co-owner of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School, and recipient of the South African Chefs Association’s 2010 Achievement Award.A youngster with no guidance, Joel got mixed up in drugs in his youth. But he is now making sure the youngsters in his home suburb of Westbury, in western Johannesburg, do not get enticed by the allure of selling drugs to escape poverty.“Everyone who lived there had challenges at home and school,” he said, “even the community itself. I got an opportunity to change my life.”Joel started his Chefs Project in 2013 to give these and other troubled youth an opportunity to change their lives through cooking, if they wanted to do so. “Basically, cheffing changed my life. There are youngsters out there who would also like to do it, but don’t have the opportunity. So we want to create the opportunity for them to excel.“We just try to guide them to make it easier for them to understand. In the fast-paced industry everyone just works to get their job done, and interns don’t get a chance to ask questions. Now they can see if they really want to be a chef, acquire a skill and then have something to sell.”Watch Joel at explain his childhood and the origins of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School :Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

U.S. Government Offers Buzzword Alternatives

first_imgBuilders who specialize in net-zero, Passivhaus, or other types of high-performance houses may like nothing better than explaining the advantages of their approach, but lots of prospective customers apparently have no idea what they’re talking about.“Sure, it’s second nature for builders, architects and remodelers to talk about advanced framing and net-zero homes as if those terms are equally familiar to their customers,” Sharon O’Malley wrote in a recent post at ConstructionDive.“But like doctors talking about neuropathy (nerve disease) and TIAs (mini-strokes) with patients who don’t have a clue how to translate that medical jargon, contractors can equally confound their clients with the technical terms they use when they talk about green building features.”In a poll of 2,009 people, O’Malley continued, just 14 percent knew what a “high-performance home” was.Industry buzz words are great when you’re chatting with a building colleague, consultant Mike Rogers writes in a post, “but they generally do not lead to homeowner understanding or confidence, nor to signed contracts.”That’s the problem. Now, the government hopes it has an answer. Language that is ‘consistent, effective and inclusive’Let’s start with “high-performance” building, the phrase that baffles 86 out of 100 Americans.High-performance, the translator suggests, means energy efficiency plus quality installation plus performance.Likewise, “high-efficiency” shall mean a minimum of 15 percent above existing code, standard or business-as-usual. “Ultra-efficient” could be defined as 50 percent above existing standards.Don’t call it an “HVAC system.” Say “comfort system.”“HVAC equipment” should be “comfort equipment.”“HVAC ducts” might be better labeled “comfort delivery system [analogy: lungs of home].”A “HVAC thermostat” should be called “comfort control.”The translator goes on to list dozens of stock industry phrases plus alternatives that emphasize enhanced comfort, more efficient operation or greater durability. So, for example, the building science term might be “tight air-sealed home,” but consumers might have an easier time understanding “comprehensive draft protection” or “air containment sealing” or “moisture-sealed construction.”In addition to the translator, the DOE website also offers webinars on marketing high-performance homes.Sam Rashkin, chief architect of DOE’s Building Technologies Office, told O’Malley that using understandable language is essential in building sales. Three other important skills, he added, are asking buyers the right questions, showing rather than telling customer about the benefits of green features, and making sure that sales reps have a good technical grounding in green building. Department of Energy’s ‘translator’A year ago, the Department of Energy gathered an industry group active in the Zero Energy Ready Home and Building America programs to discuss the use of technical jargon. What they needed, the group decided, was a better way of explaining the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient building to people who weren’t in the business.After the meeting, the department began developing the Building Science Translator, which it describes as a “glossary of ‘power words’ for use across the industry.” It emphasizes the down-to-earth advantages for consumers, not engineering functions.The translator is now available as a download from DOE’s website.“Many stakeholders are frustrated that the transaction process fails to recognize the value associated with lower cost of ownership, greater comfort, improved health, ensured combustion safety, and more durability,” its introduction says. What the translator will do, it continues, is help builders emphasize the “improved consumer experience, rather than the engineering function.”last_img read more

Police team was led into a well-planned trap

first_imgA six-member police team, headed by a Station House Officer (SHO), was led into “a well-executed and well-planned” trap on the road connecting Anantnag with Achabal in south Kashmir on Friday, resulting in the deaths of all on board the solitary vehicle in an ambush by militants.The team had been busy all day dealing with the deteriorating law and order situation in Anantnag town, sparked by the Arwani encounter where three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were trapped in nearby area. Sources said the trap was laid by LeT commander Bashir Lashkari, whose close aide and friend since 2015, Junaid Mattoo, 24, was trapped and living his last moments at the Arwani encounter site since Friday morning.“It was a revenge attack,” said Director General of Police S.P. Vaid.The police are investigating multiple dimensions of the attack, which lead to higher casualties for the police force, including costing the life of sub-inspector Feroz Dar.The militants, the police believe, knew SHO Dar and his team were travelling in a vehicle that was not bullet-proofed, and a well-guarded Rakshak vehicle. The police department had failed to provide a Rakshak to the Achabal Police Station.As the stone-pelting subsided, the team decided to travel back to the police station. “We are investigating to find out who passed on information [to the militants] about the movement of the vehicle at such a short notice,” said the officer.In fact, there was a mild stone-pelting on the vehicle near Thajiwar, which was otherwise peaceful. “The stone-pelting was intended to halt the vehicle. Indeed, the policemen got down to chase the stone-throwers. To their surprise, they faced a volley of bullets from all sides. It was premeditated and planned,” said the police officer. Sources said the nearby houses on the roadside were vacated by their inhabitants in advance, indicating a large group of militants must have converged and alarmed them. Militants, believed to number between six to 10, were part of the attack.Weapons lootedFive AK-47s, 18 magazines and one pellet shotgun were taken away from the dying policemen, said the police official. “We are going to track the killers,” said the DGP.Referring to the attack, LeT chief Mahmood Shah said, “The plots put up by [National Security Adviser] Ajit Doval are biting the dust. The time is near when the whole Kashmiri nation will celebrate its freedom.”last_img read more

Pedro: Sarri has Chelsea playing like Pep’s Barca

first_imgChelsea are “better than last season”, according to Pedro, with Maurizio Sarri having got the Blues playing a similar style to the Barcelona side which enjoyed so much success under Pep Guardiola.The Stamford Bridge outfit have struggled for consistency over recent years, with two Premier League title triumphs followed by humbling tumbles out of the top four.Another change in the dugout was made over the summer in an effort to get back on an upward curve, with Antonio Conte handing the managerial baton to fellow Italian Sarri . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Six successive victories across all competitions have been delivered under a new coach, with Pedro among those to have noticed a marked improvement from 2017-18.The Spain international forward told the Mirror: “The team is better than last season.”This coach has a very good idea to press, to attack, to play, to have more ­players between the lines, to create chances, and to play with a lot of possession of the ball. This is very good.”With Sarri we are running a lot but it is different because all the time you press really high. With Antonio, we were maybe more compact but we defended always in our own half.”That means that when you recover the ball to attack, you have a very long way to the ­opposition goal. With Sarri, when you recover the ball you are in very good position to attack. You are close to the goal to score, to create chances.”It is the most important thing and the most important ­difference from last season to this season. It is a very good change for the team. You can see it is ­better from the results we are getting.”Pedro Chelsea 2018-19So impressed has Pedro been with Sarri’s impact in west London that he believes comparisons can be drawn with a legendary side that he formed past of in the past.The World Cup winner, as a graduate of the famed La Masia academy system in Catalunya, starred for Barcelona as they changed the face of football with a ‘tiki-taka’ mantra under current Manchester City boss Guardiola.Pedro sees similarities between that system and the one implemented at Chelsea , saying of Sarri’s approach: “It is really the same idea as Barcelona under Pep Guardiola.”They are very similar in their ideas, their attacking ideas are the same.”Sarri will be looking for his methods to deliver another positive result on Sunday when Chelsea make the short trip across London to take in a derby date with West Ham . Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more