GIANT steel letters that Villawood Properties erected to support Australian athletes competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have been adapted for the Socceroos.GIANT steel letters that were erected to support Australian athletes competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have been adapted for the Socceroos.A steel soccer ball has been placed on top of the ‘GO AUSSIES’ sign at Helensvale in the lead up to Australia’s match against Peru in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tomorrow morning.Villawood Properties paid for the letters and installation in March and have since added the soccer ball to rally behind the Socceroos.The 2.4m letters are on the corner of Country Club Drive and Brisbane Rd at the entrance to Villawood’s new Helensvale community, The Surrounds.In Victoria, the ‘Villawood’ letters on Geelong Ring Rd have been used to relaymessages of inclusivity, including the recent ‘VOTE YES’ in support of marriage equality.Villawood Properties erected the giant steel letters in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoVillawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said the letters made a visual statement and were designed to create conversation and engage the community.“The giant steel letters along the Geelong Ring Rd in Victoria have promoted local events and government issues and have become iconic in creating messages of inclusivity and support,” he said.“We want to kick start conversations and show the same support here on the Gold Coast.“Villawood is a privately owned Australian company and supporting our Aussie athletes, current and future, is a big part of our ethos.“We want to show our support for Australian athletes and sporting teams like the Socceroos who are competing on the world stage.”The letters are made of corten steel, which has become Villawood’s signature material for street and park art in Queensland and Victoria.Villawood Properties uses corten steel for its street and park art. This corten steel bird is within The Surrounds at Helensvale.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSocceroos star sells Lower Plenty dream home00:38
70 Seconds, 70 Years: Norman Bethune 70 Seconds, 70 Years: The Battle of Xuzhou In this episode of 70 seconds, 70 years, we take a look at Edgar Snow, American journalist and writer who offered detailed accounts of the Communist Party of China.Snow arrived in China in 1928. He visited the revolutionary areas in northwest China in 1936 and interviewed a number of top Party leaders, including Mao Zedong.“Red Star over China”, completed in 1937, is regarded as one of Snow’s most important works. John K. Fairbank, who wrote the introduction, remarked that the book not only provided the first connected history of Chairman Mao and his colleagues and where they had come from, but it also outlined the nation’s future prospects.Snow’s works have contributed to the revolution and construction of the new China. What’s more, they helped people in the US gain a better understanding of China.Snow eventually died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1972. To honour his last wish, part of his ashes were buried in a tomb situated across the Weiming Lake in Peking University. The epitaph on his tombstone, carved in both English and Chinese, reads “Edgar Snow, American friend of the Chinese people.”I’m Wang Yizhi with CCTV NEWS. See you next time. Related 70 Seconds, 70 Years: Bombing of Chongqing
BACOLOD City – Charged with statutory rape, aman was arrested in Barangay 6, Isabela, Negros Occidental. The 45-year-old resident Agusto De La Cruz wascaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, apolice report showed. The court recommended no bail bond for histemporary liberty./PN De La Cruz was detained in the custodialfacility of the Isabela police station. Officers of the municipal police stationserved the warrant issued by Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental dated Aug. 28,2019.
(Image: Franklin County Government)BROOKVILLE – Franklin County’s Area Planning Commission (APC) is currently operating without an executive director.Director Larry Franzman served the position for more than twenty years prior to announcing his resignation at the APC meeting August 13.Franzman cited that APC members were undermining his authority making it difficult to do his job, the Franklin County Observer reports.The executive director position remains vacant as commission members will meet early next week to determine following steps.The APC is responsible for issuing building permits, administrating zoning regulations and conducting building inspections throughout the county.
BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 4) – Three more former race winners, along with a trio of first-time honorees are among the second group of drivers elected to start the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Jay Noteboom (2005 and 2008), Chris Abelson (2011) and Todd Shute (2013) return to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s with All-Star victories on their resumes. Steven Bowers Jr., Clay Money and Jeremy Payne make their first All-Star starts on Friday, Sept. 8 at Boone Speedway.Three All-Stars from each of the five IMCA Modified regions, were elected in the first round of voting. The next 13 All-Stars were elected through at-large balloting from the 116 remaining candidates.Also advancing from the second round to the All-Star starting field are Kyle Brown, Corey Dripps, Darin Duffy, Mike Jergens, Jeff Taylor, Tim Ward and Jason Wolla.All 13 have been contacted by IMCA and confirmed that they would compete at Super Nationals.Abelson is a former national champion and joins Noteboom on the career 100 wins list for the division. Shute and Taylor have won Super Nationals championships, as has Duffy in a Late Model.Bowers, Ward and Wolla, the new national points leader, each won state crowns in 2016, in addition to qualifying events.Brown, Dripps, Duffy, Jergens, Money and Payne all raced their way onto the ballot by winning weekly or special events that paid $1,000 or more. Payne is the five-time and defending Duel In The Desert winner and is entered in his first Super Nationals.Noteboom makes his career 10th All-Star start while Abelson and Ward are each in for the seventh time.Taylor was elected to his sixth All-Star race, Shute to his fifth, Wolla to his fourth, Dripps to his third and Brown, Duffy and Jergens each to their second.All-Stars elected in round one were Dean Abbey, Ricky Alvarado, Ethan Dotson, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski, Matt Guillaume, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Hunter Marriott, Johnny Scott, Kelly Shryock, Kyle Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr., A.J. Ward and Will WardCompleting the starting grid of 30 will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational pays $1,000 to win and Bilstein Shocks furnishes $750 in lap money.
FORMER Guyana and West Indies Cricket captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and his family of Fitness 53 Gym, located at Providence, East Coast, Demerara last Wednesday handed over a large quantity of cricket balls and trophies to Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC).According to a release, the donation was handed over by Sarwan’s parents, Kishan and Kumarie, during a simple ceremony at the Club’s Area ‘H’ Ground office.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster expressed gratitude to the former Guyana and West Indies batting idol for his kind gesture. He also disclosed that the donated items would be distributed to eight cricket clubs and one sub-association in Berbice, as the RHTY&SC strives to ensure that cricket is offered to youths as an alternative to a life of crime and the evil ways of Satan.The RHTY&SC for 2017 has assisted dozens of cricket clubs and schools with over $3M worth of cricket balls, scorebooks, cricket gear, cricket stumps, trophies, medals and educational materials under its Cricket Outreach Programme.The RHTY&SC, Foster proudly stated, is the only club in Guyana and perhaps the Caribbean that assists its sister organisations. He pledged that the programme would be expanded in 2018 to include more clubs and schools.The RHTY&SC and Ramnaresh Sarwan have enjoyed a close relationship over the years. The former West Indies batting star was inducted as a honorary member and was honoured at a special ceremony that was attended by the Guyana and Leewards Islands cricket teams.Sarwan, for several years, has also sponsored the Ramnaresh Sarwan Educational Scholarship Fund, which has benefited dozens of less fortunate students. The fund assisted the students to stay in schools to obtain an educational background by providing them with all the necessities to attend school.Vice-president Mark Papannah, Organising Secretary Keith Hicks and Cricket Manager Ravin Kissoonlall each expressed gratitude to the Sarwan family and Fitness 53 Gym.Kishan Sarwan, in handing over the donation, stated that his son was impressed with the work of the RHTY&SC and its commitment to making a positive difference. The Fitness 53 Gym, he stated, was fully aware of its corporate responsibilities to give back to society and the donation to cricket clubs was the best way to do so, as Sarwan excelled at the highest level in the game.Among the cricket clubs that would benefit from the donation are Blairmont, Police, Chesney, Rose Hall Canje, Kildonan and Upper Corentyne.Sarwan played 87 Test matches for the West Indies scoring 5 842 runs at an impressive average of 40.01 with 15 centuries and thirty-one fifties.In 181 One Day International, he scored 5 804 runs with five centuries. He served briefly as the West Indies captain before injury forced him to pass on the captaincy to Chris Gayle.
USC Libraries fully implemented its first suggestion from the Essential Ideas website by extending the Von KleinSmid Center library hours this week.The site allows USC community members to post suggestions related to libraries and allows other members to vote for posted suggestions.After receiving 140 votes, a suggestion to extend hours at the Von KleinSmid Center Library was implemented. The library now open three hours longer to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and to 8 p.m. on Sunday.Previous customer surveys had already brought the issue to USC Libraries’ attention. Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for USC Libraries, said this is the first time a suggestion has fully gone through the process of getting votes, being reviewed by USC Libraries and going into effect.“Extending the hours is not a surprising change because it’s something that kept coming up,” McHarg said. “Students said they wanted [various] other libraries to be open later as well, and these requests consolidated in this more general suggestion to extend VKC’s hours.”McHarg said USC Libraries expects to see more activity on Essential Ideas this year after the website launched toward the end of last semester.“It’s been in a pilot phase until now and, as the semester progresses, we expect more folks to catch on and start participating,” McHarg said. “We’re looking forward to an active and vocal group telling us what that they need from our libraries.”Suggestions currently under review include an initiative to make HOMER more easily searchable, adding more electrical outlets in Doheny Library, allowing online study room reservations and adding more vegetarian options at LiteraTEA. McHarg said USC Libraries is also planning to make printing available at Doheny.
Megan McCormick / The Badger HeraldEntering the fifth inning of Sunday’s game between Penn State and Wisconsin, the speakers at Goodman Diamond cranked up “Jump Around,” as fans and Badger players alike were caught enjoying a few jumps of their own.When you’re winning like this Wisconsin team, you can enjoy moments like these.The Badgers (27-13, 10-4 Big Ten) dismantled the Nittany Lions (13-26, 5-10 Big Ten) in a three-game series this past weekend, sweeping their opponent with 4-1, 8-0 and 9-0 victories. Wisconsin now currently owns an eight-game winning streak on their home field, as the sweep over Penn State was the program’s first since 1997.“It’s fun to see them keep getting better,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “That’s a big thing that we’ve focused on all year. Today’s win for Cassandra [Darrah], to go from giving up eight hits yesterday to two today, she really had a nice improvement.”In the Badgers final game of the series Sunday, the team once again unleashed an offensive onslaught that led to the Lions being mercy-ruled in the fifth. Benefiting from strong performances from the middle of their batting order, including two-hit performances from both Kendall Grimm and Whitney Massey, Wisconsin cruised to a 9-0 victory.The series finale started off with a bang, as the Badgers chased the Lions’ starting pitcher, Marissa Diescher (5-7), out of the game in the bottom of the first inning without recording a single out. The Badgers scored four runs on two hits in the first frame, as Shannel Blackshear, Stephanie Peace and Karla Powell all recorded RBIs.The rest of the game proved to be a breeze for Healy’s squad, as the Badgers offense scored one run in the second inning and four in the third to compliment starting pitcher Darrah’s (18-7) dominant work on the mound. The former Big Ten Pitcher of the Week made it look easy from the rubber, giving up just two hits while striking out three and walking none in five innings of work.“I go in just thinking I have to do my best, regardless of who it is,” Darrah said. “I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. My team’s right behind me hitting, so that really helps. It’s always nice to have that support.”In the second game of the series – the second game of a Saturday doubleheader – it was more or less the same story, as Wisconsin mercy-ruled Penn State in five innings in an 8-0 win. The Badgers used a six-run inning in the fourth to help seal a solid five-inning, two-hit effort from sophomore Amanda Najdek (5-1) on the mound.Wisconsin put the finishing touches on the game during the bottom of the fifth inning, as Mary Massei’s two-out, bases-loaded hit scored Stephanie Peace to run-rule Penn State.In game two, the top of the order boosted the Badgers offensively, as Massei went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs while Grimm contributed a 2-for-3 performance of her own. Penn State was never able to find an answer against the No. 1 and No. 2 hitters in the Badger lineup throughout the three-game series, as Massei and Grimm combined to go 8-for-15 at the plate, scoring seven runs and driving in six.“I think we all have a common goal of just getting it done,” Massei said. “Every play of the game we’re zoned in and trying to get it done. It just shows how much hard work pulls through. We’re working hard everyday with that goal to get to the NCAA (tournament).”In the first game of the series Saturday, the Badgers set the tone early with three runs in the first inning. Wisconsin scored on RBIs from Blackshear, Marissa Mersch and Michelle Mueller, as the Badgers held on to win 4-1.Darrah was dominant as usual on the mound, as the Badgers’ ace allowed eight hits scattered over seven innings of work. The only run that the sophomore pitcher would allow would be a long-ball to Penn State’s Cassidy Bell, who went 3-for-4 in the game against the Badgers’ righty.The win in game one of the doubleheader Saturday also marked a historic feat. With the 4-1 victory, the Badgers became the fastest team in program history to amass 25 wins.“They’re getting it together,” Healy said. “I really think it’s all the hard work they’ve put in and [assistant coach Randy] Schneider’s work with them offensively. Those are huge games, and I think it takes the pressure off of everybody when you put runs together.”Wisconsin has now won 13 of its last 14 games, while Penn State had won six of its last seven coming into the weekend series with the Badgers.
Trevor Denton | Daily TrojanIn many ways, the NBA All-Star Weekend was a smash hit in Los Angeles.The celebrity game on Friday featured a surprisingly stellar debut from Migos’ Quavo (19 points and the MVP award). Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker shone in the 3-point contest, out-dueling Golden State Warriors sharp-shooter Klay Thompson with a record 28 points. On Saturday, the Slam Dunk Contest provided its typical blend of adrenaline and showmanship, with little actual sport. The Dunk Contest was an excellent showcase of the NBA’s youngest and brightest. Utah Jazz rookie Donavon Mitchell narrowly beat out the Cleveland Cavaliers Larry Nance Jr. and fellow first-year player Dennis Smith Jr. to win the crown. Indiana Pacer guard Victor Oladipo was never truly in the contest, but even he provided a gif-worthy moment, when he completed a dunk wearing a mask from the movie Black Panther mask handed out by lead actor Chadwick Boseman at courtside — nothing wrong with a little tasteful cross-promotion. But those were the givens. The celebrity game, 3-point contest and dunk contest are always fun spectacles worthy of viewers’ time. It’s the actual All-Star Game that has developed a reputation for being a bit of snooze-fest. In the past, there’s usually been no defense, no seriousness and worst of all, no real incentive to win the damn game. The NBA, being the NBA and not the NFL, recognized this problem and made a change. Instead of deploying the usual Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, league commissioner Adam Silver decided to have two captains who received the highest number of fan All-Star votes pick teams comprised of All-Stars and play for charities of their choosing. This year, the new format pitted the Cavaliers’ LeBron James against the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and it turned out to be the best game of its type in recent memory. Ultimately, Team LeBron emerged victorious in a 148-145 barn-burner that ended in the most unexpected manner imaginable: a defensive stop. It was the lowest total score in an All-Star Game since 2013. In a few moments, it even felt like a real NBA game with actual stakes. “Us players, we talked about this, and we changed the landscape of how the All-Star game was drafted and all of that,” James told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne after the win. “It was up to us to go out and put the finishing product on the game and we were able to do that.”James, who won his third career All-Star MVP award for his 29-point, 10-rebound performance, is right. He and Curry made a concerted effort to bring back competitiveness to the All-Star Game and it worked tremendously. But what happens beyond this year, if other captains are elected and the league can’t rely on those two mega-stars to keep the game afloat? The All-Star Game still requires more tangible stakes in order to stay relevant. The MLB tried to make its version more interesting by giving home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, but the practice was discontinued in 2017 because the stakes were actually too high for an exhibition game.In the future, the NBA needs to find a middle-ground for its All-Star Game. I suggest letting the winning captain return in that role next year, allowing him to pick another squad. This way, there’s some continuity from year to year. It’s fun watching James and Curry chase NBA Finals rings, and it’d also be fun to watch them try to create a dynasty in the All-Star Game. This can be made even more interesting by making it so losing captains are disallowed from returning to the role for good, or at least five years. It may seem a bit harsh, but they’d still be able to participate in the game going forward and most players probably don’t care about captaining anyway. By using this format, the All-Star Game could utilize what makes pickup basketball so competitive — winner stays and loser has to wait in line. In the NHL All-Star Game, the league used a similar captain vs. captain model as the NBA did this year, but it was short-lived because of a lack of stars outside of the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby. The NBA possesses more stars than its hockey counterpart, but it still requires more stipulations to make its All-Star Weekend a long-lasting, must-watch event. By using the winner-stays model, the All-Star Game can invoke all the intensity of pickup basketball and keep the game watchable for years to come. Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs Wednesdays.
Ashantigold CEO Cudjoe Fianoo seems to have reneged on his decision to part ways with the club.Fianoo is on record to have expressed his desire to quit the club after leading the side to annex this season’s league title. The powerbrokers of the club have since convinced the experienced club administrator to rescind his decision.“I met the board a couple of days ago and they asked me to stay on for a minimum of six months to re-align the club now we are going to Africa,” he told Joy Sports.“It’s not a done deal yet, they are still tightening the screws to keep me for at least another season.”“We are still talking but we haven’t reached any decision point yet.”Fianoo also hinted at the possibility of staying beyond the six months provided certain demands were met. “There is a possibility [of staying beyond six months], but they have to come with a lot on the table not necessarily financially but I think a lot of energy has been taken away from me on this club business that’s why I need rest. They’ve asked me to stay for six months, we’ll see what happens after the six months.Ashantigold will be Ghana’s sole representative at the CAF Champions League next season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports