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Three of England’s Curtis Cup players, Bronte Law, Alice Hewson and Meghan MacLaren won the international team competition at the British women’s amateur championship. Law (Bramhall), Hewson (Berkhamsted) and MacLaren (Wellingborough) beat Ireland by four shots to win the SLGA Cup at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire. The team event is run in conjunction with the stroke play qualifying rounds of the championship. Counting only their best two scores each round, the English trio totalled 151 on Day 1 and 144 on Day 2 for an aggregate of 295. Ireland’s representatives this week were Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies) and Chloe Ryan (Castletroy). Germany (Esther Henseleit, Leona Harm and Lena Schaffner) finished third with a total of 300. Caption: Bronte Law is pictured playing the Curtis Cup where she scored a perfect five wins from five games. (Image courtesy Calcarson Golf) 23 Jun 2016 England’s Curtis Cup trio win team event
by Jim LitkeIt’s time to bury the term “student-athlete.” It died at 11:42 p.m. Monday, just about the time the confetti falling from the roof of the Superdome landed on coach John Calipari’s hair and the players from Kentucky’s NBA development academy gathered at a far corner of the court to collect a trophy many of them will need a campus map just to find next year. The real joke is on college basketball, or at least the college part of it. The Kansas team the Wildcats beat handily 67-59 never had more than a puncher’s chance.“They did a great job,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said afterward. “They’re playing with pros. That didn’t hurt.”And not just any pros.Kentucky had the surefire No. 1 pick in next summer’s NBA draft in freshman Anthony Davis, who was named the game’s most outstanding player after grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking six shots, and a top-three selection in another freshman, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Sophomore Terrence Jones is a likely mid-first-round pick and three more Wildcats—freshman Marquis Teague, sophomore Doron Lamb and Darius Miller, one of only two seniors—could be playing in the pros by the time the leaves hit the ground in Lexington next fall.Say this much for Calipari: He never hides his ambition. He doesn’t have to. What amounted to a graduation ceremony for his latest class of “one-and-dones” took place in full view of NCAA President Mark Emmert, whose seat at center court was one of the best in the house. Emmert, sadly, has seen it before and is just as powerless to stop it now as he was in 2005, when a new NBA collective bargaining agreement designed to stop kids from turning pro straight out of high school inadvertently made a mockery of the college game.In the last four years, Calipari-coached teams have appeared in two championship games, the first one at Memphis in 2008. Over that same span, he’s had nine NBA first-round selections, including two of the last four players to go at No. 1, and Davis will give him the trifecta. But he’s not just ruthless as a recruiter.The Wildcats were already up 18 with little more than three minutes left in the first half, but that wasn’t enough for Calipari. Noticing that Davis wasn’t in the game, he walked to the far end of the bench, where a trainer was trying to help the freshman put his contact lenses back in. Calipari began clapping his hands and yelling, “Let’s go! Let’s go!”Seconds later, dissatisfied with the pace of the repairs, he stormed back in their direction and screamed, “Are you (kidding) me?”—only he used language we can’t reprint here.After trailing 41-27 at halftime, Self was the last guy out of the Kansas locker room, still studying the stat sheet as he started down the hallway that led back to the court. A Jayhawk fan leaned over the railing for a high-five, and almost reflexively, Self extended his left hand with the sheet still in it. He might as well have left it with the fan, since he wasn’t going to find anything on it he didn’t already know.Davis was the principal reason the Jayhawks threw up desperate rainbow shots nearly every time they ventured into the lane, and that only got worse as time slipped away. That explains their 36 percent shooting for the game, but not the beating they absorbed on the other end.After shooting 7 for 8 in a semifinal drubbing of Louisville two days ago, Davis went 1 for 10 against Kansas, but that was hardly a reflection of his contributions to the Wildcats’ offense. He started his sophomore year of high school at 6-foot-2, then grew to 6-10 by the time he was a senior. Watching him glide up the court handling the basketball like a point guard threw the Jayhawks defense into panic mode more than once.“I think it’s a joke, simply because they have four players who can bring the ball up the court,” Kansas’ Elijah Johnson said. “To have someone who can get the rebound and put it on the floor and go, that puts you on your heels more. We haven’t seen that much this year.”Neither has anyone else.Larry Brown, who mentored both Self and Calipari when he was at Kansas and has plenty of experience on pro benches, said the other day he thinks this Kentucky team could beat almost half the teams in the NBA. That’s an exaggeration, but only slightly. Davis is reed-thin and couldn’t survive the pounding he’d take playing against men whose livelihood depends on not getting pushed around. Kidd-Gilchrist turned 18 just last September and he’s not ready to play against real pros, either.But none of that is going to stop both of them from dropping by the used-bookstore back on campus to hand over the ones they’ve been carrying around like props the last nine months, then booking an agent to get them a king’s ransom when some NBA team comes calling. Calipari may be sad to see them go, but he won’t waste much time, either, recruiting their replacements. It won’t be hard“I said this a couple years ago and everybody got crazy when we had five guys drafted in the first round. This is one of the biggest moments, if not the biggest, in Kentucky history,” Calipari said.“The reason was, I knew now that other kids would look and say, ‘You got to go there.’ What I’m hoping is there’s six first-rounders on this team. We were the first program to have five, let’s have six. That’s why I’ve got to go recruiting on Friday.”And just think, you don’t even need a college degree to do that kind of math.(Jim Litke is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] and follow him at Twitter.com/Jim Litke.) CHAMPIONS—Kentucky head coach John Calipari hugs forward Anthony Davis after the NCAA college basketball championship game April 2.
Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Unity Homes launchedBensonwood built a number of houses using this approach and has now launched a new company, Unity Homes, to scale up production and drive costs down through manufacturing efficiency, supply chain development, and continued building systems innovation. Tedd thinks they can eventually roll out more than 100 houses per year from their Walpole facility, and if all goes well, production facilities could be built in other parts of the country with the help of investment capital he’s seeking.“I have long believed that the average American home should have a much higher standard of build quality, durability, and energy performance,” Tedd told me. “In that regard, home building has long been under-performing compared to other industries. In fact, homes have been considered by some to be the most deficient and defect ridden product consumers buy,” he said.Tedd believes that we can do better, arguing that homes are important both for the quality of life they deliver and for helping us achieve environmental sustainability. “They should be leading the way in product quality to provide people with uncompromised energy efficiency and long term security,” he says. “It’s our mission to prove that point with Unity Homes.”In next week’s blog, I’ll get into some of the innovative details and features of Unity Homes — including the impressive per-square-foot pricing they’ve been able to achieve. A few weeks ago I spent a half day with my good friend Tedd Benson learning about his new company Unity Homes. This Walpole, New Hampshire company is on the cutting edge of home building today, with its focus on energy performance, building science, green building, and (relative) affordability.This week I’ll describe some of Tedd’s work that led to the creation of Unity Homes, and next week I’ll go into more detail about this new company and the state-of-the-art green homes that he and his team are cranking out. What’s Different About Unity Homes?Unity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy EfficiencyBensonwood Is Reinventing the HouseThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckA LEED Platinum Modular HomeReinventing the HouseNudging Passive House Concepts into the MainstreamHow to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from DecayEducation Center Wins 2013 Net-Zero PrizeBensonwood HomesDesign for DisassemblyQ&A: Thoughts on the Bensonwood OBPlusWall? Their work with old timber frames — fixing up old ones in the New England homes they renovated and in building their own shop — fueled an interest in this durable and beautiful building system, which was used by our ancestors in Colonial America. Tedd evolved his business to specialize in timber framing, and in 1979 he wrote Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft, which became the bible of the emerging timber framing movement.A few years later Tedd and a handful of timber framers in the region launched the Timber Framer’s Guild, providing a forum to share ideas and have fun doing it. (I can attest that the early gatherings of the Timber Framers Guild were indeed incredibly fun, and I look forward to returning to their annual conferences later this year — many years after my last participation in the event.)Tedd’s company, renamed Bensonwood, became a leading builder of beautiful custom timber frames, ultimately producing frames for high-end homes and commercial buildings in 49 states. Here’s our listing of the company from our GreenSpec database.One of the largest frames that the company ever built is The Vermont Building on Putney Road in our town of Brattleboro, where one can see their handiwork using massive Douglas fir timbers. RELATED ARTICLES The timber frame revival of the 1970sFor those not familiar with Tedd, he is responsible — more than anyone — for the emergence of the modern timber framing movement some four decades ago. In 1973, initially to save money, Tedd and his brother Steve used timbers salvaged from old barns to build a workshop in Alstead, New Hampshire for the fledgling Benson Woodworking Company that they had launched a year earlier. (Steve died tragically in a car accident in 1974, and Tedd and his wife Christine continued the business.) A shift to lower-cost homesBut Tedd had growing frustration building houses only for the wealthy. He wanted a building system that would reach more of Middle America. In 1991 the company began the long-term process of standardizing home designs and using computer-assisted design (CAD) software to optimize designs.Influenced by Steward Brand, Dutch architect John Habraken, and others, in 1994 Tedd developed the Open-Built platform that allowed easy modification of structures as needs change (a key argument presented in Brand’s book, How Buildings Learn). Design elements of Open-Built included a baseboard raceway that provided access for electrical and data wiring and an accessible ceiling system that could be used for recessed lights, wiring, plumbing, and ducts for heating and ventilation.This work led to a longstanding research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Open Prototype Initiative, to develop affordable, flexible, high-performance houses. While Tedd had done some of the earliest work with stress-skin panels (a.k.a. SIPs) for enclosing timber frames (working with Winter Panel Corporation in Brattleboro — now Vantem Panels), he eventually shifted away from foam-plastic insulation with his building system.In 2010 in this blog I wrote about Bensonwood’s OBPlusWall system, which is a cellulose-insulated panelized wall and roof system. With this system, Bensonwood achieved an extremely tight, R-35 wall system. A frequent traveler to Europe, Tedd adapted leading technologies and materials from Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and elsewhere for this building system.One of their European technologies that made possible Bensonwood’s building system has been an automated, precision cutting system made by the German company Hundegger. This is referred to as a CNC (computer numerical controlled) machine. Cut lists produced by Bensonwood’s CAD software are transmitted to the Hundegger, and the pieces are cut at precise angles with dogged consistency and accuracy finer than the increments on standard measuring tapes.
U.S. Army Educational & Developmental Intervention Services [Keeping In Touch Newsletters]Did you know that the U.S. Army’s EDIS offers CE credit for reading their Keeping In Touch (KIT) newsletters? These publications are available online and are full of valuable information for providers.The newsletters discuss a theme for a series of months at the end of which readers can take a CE exam online. Upon successful completion of the exam, a non-discipline specific certificate of continuing education contact hours will be provided. Individuals will need to check with their credentialing agency regarding the viability of these credits within their state and/or system.Some of the past topics have been: Early Childhood Mental Health, Autism and the Role of Early Interventionists, Dual Language Learners in Early Intervention, Cultural Competence, and Understanding Depression. You can access the newsletters and archived CE exams by clicking, here.Each newsletters consists of four sections surrounding a theme:A resource article in which a summary of a journal article is providedAn evaluation of data on the topicA consultation corner where experts in the field respond to topic-related questionsA review of a web-based resource that is helpful for providersTo access the newsletters, click here.We hope that you will find this to be a useful resource.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
The status quo is a warm bath; it’s soothing and comfortable. Change is a cold shower; it’s surprising, shocking, and uncomfortable.Is it any wonder your dream clients aren’t excited to change? Even when they have good reason to change, they often seek the safety and comfort of the status quo. When things aren’t going well, at least they know the status quo. Change means venturing off into the scary unknown.Do you ever wonder why your clients aren’t interested in change even when the reasons to change are crystal clear to you? Do you wonder why your ideas aren’t compelling?People only seek change when they reach some threshold. Either there is so much dissatisfaction that change becomes the safest path forward, or there is an opportunity so great that it warrants abandoning the status quo (a positive form of dissatisfaction). But until that threshold is met, in one direction or the other, change is unlikely.Building Towards ThresholdIf you want to make the case for your change, you have to help your clients reach threshold.If your client should be dissatisfied, you build to threshold by helping them understand what not changing is costing them now, what it will cost them in the future, and why they can’t afford to stay where they are. On the far end of this continuum is survival; there is nothing so motivating as your own impending doom. Survival is the most serious threshold of all. But losing your competitive advantage, falling behind your competitors, and losing market share can be threshold events, too.You can build to threshold for positive changes, too. Even if things are going well, you can build towards the threshold that brings change by showing your client what is still possible, how change will better position them in the future, and what they are losing by not acting now. Faster growth now, the ability to capitalize on opportunities, or seizing a competitive advantage in the marketplace can all be threshold events. So can even greater profitability.You don’t have to build towards threshold with bold, challenging statements. In fact, making the case this way can often lead to more resistance–it can seem self-serving. You can make the case more effectively with well designed and well placed questions.If you want your product, service, or solution to be compelling, it has to help your clients get to threshold.QuestionsLook at the existing opportunities in your pipeline. Can you identify the threshold that is compelling your client to change?How urgently does your client need to change? What do they lose by holding on to the status quo?Which stakeholders haven’t yet (or won’t easily) reach threshold? How do you make a stronger case for them (or build a stronger case around them)? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
AC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Huddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town have joined the race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sky Sports says Huddersfield will battle Crystal Palace to snap up Liverpool forward Solanke.The Terriers were keen on the 21-year-old earlier this season and want to sign him on loan.But Palace, who sit 14th in the Premier League table, will challenge Town for the signature of Solanke, who is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also watching developments. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Sarri: Italy must do more to eradicate racismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has called on Italy to fix their racism problem following the alleged racist abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the San Siro.Koulibaly alleged received the abuse during Wednesday’s loss to Inter Milan, before being sent off after two quick yellow cards.Sarri sympathises with his former player and wants his homeland to do more to fix the problem.”You know in Italy there are some problems in football, especially for Naples,” Sarri said.”When I was there we stopped two matches; one against Lazio in Rome, one against Sampdoria in Genoa.”I’m really very sorry for Kalidou because he is a wonderful man. I’m sorry for him, but I think in Italy we can do something more for this problem.”
Philippe Sandler delighted with Man City debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhilippe Sandler was delighted to make his debut for Manchester City in yesterday’s FA Cup win over Rotherham.The Dutch defender, who was played at centre-half, featured as a second-half substitute for the 7-0 thumping.Sandler said, “I always play there. Honestly, I have never been in the midfield. Why now? I stood there during the training session. Sending passes. Since I’ve been here, I try to develop as a central defender. “Vincent Kompany helps me enormously. I learn a lot from him. “I do not know if I will get another chance again soon. I especially want to be completely fit first.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say