MLB All-Star celebrity softball game 2019: Roster boasts famous names, former athletes, J.R. Smith

first_imgMLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterWho’s on the 2019 celebrity softball game roster?CelebritiesNameFrom where?Stephanie BeatrizActress (“Brooklyn 99”)Drew CareyTV hostPriah FergusonActress (“Stranger Things”)Max GreenfieldActor (“New Girl”)Jamie FoxxActor/musician/comedianMachine Gun KellyRapperAllie LaForceSports broadcasterJerry LorenzoFashion designerAnthony MackieActor (“Hurt Locker,” Marvel franchise)Dr. OzTV hostDascha PolancoActress (“Orange is the New Black”)QuincyActor (“Star”)Scott RogowskyHost of DAZN’s “ChangeUp”Colton UnderwoodTV persona (“The Bachelor”)Daddy YankeeMusicianFormer MLB playersNameMLB HRsSBsKsJim Thome612192548Ryan Howard382121843Mike Napoli267391468Travis Hafner21311976Kenny Lofton1306221016Carlos Baerga13459580Non-baseball athletesNameFrom where?Jennie FinchU.S. softballTravis KelceNFL (Chiefs)Stipe MiocicMMA fighterMike “The Miz” MizaninWWEJoe ThomasNFL (Browns)Class of his ownNameJ.R. SmithWho’s NOT on the 2019 celebrity softball game roster?These are people with Cleveland ties — sports or otherwise — who would have been fun to see on the field.Cleveland athletesNameCleveland teamSuperpowerRoberto AlomarIndiansGlove of goldAlbert BelleIndiansMammoth home runsLeBron JamesCavaliersMight be SupermanCleveland nativesNameOccupationHalle BerryActressKid CudiMusicianSteve HarveyTV personalityWhen is the MLB All-Star celebrity softball game, and what TV channel is it on?The contest will begin at 5 p.m. ET Sunday, July 7, but won’t be broadcast nationally until Monday, July 8, on ESPN. The TV airing will begin immediately following the Home Run Derby. The 2019 MLB All-Star celebrity softball game will carry a distinct Cleveland flavor, showing off an array of well-know actors and musicians from the area as well as beloved local athletes.Jamie Foxx, Jim Thome and J.R. Smith are among the most famous people who will be present at Progressive Field. The MVP of last year’s celebrity game, WWE wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, is back to defend his award. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWhile the contest will take place Sunday, July 7, it won’t be televised until the following night.Here’s a full look at who made the rosters — and who we wish had participated.last_img read more

Aquinnah: Mindful birding and breathing

first_imgI hope everyone is surviving August, and is getting some free time to go to the beach and enjoy the hot, sunshiny weather we’ve been having. The crowds continue to gather, and tourists keep coming, so please wear your mask around others. This season feels so bittersweet, I always love seeing our seasonal residents return and getting caught up with up them. I also love spending time with friends who are only here in the summer, but that just doesn’t feel like a smart thing to do right now. So, I am sticking to the small circle of friends that I see, masked and distant, and waving to others from afar. Happy birthday to Bonnie Menton, yoga teacher extraordinaire, who celebrates on Friday, and to Kate Taylor, who celebrates on Saturday. Happy birthday, you talented ladies.If you have any Aquinnah Town Column suggestions, email Molly Purves, [email protected] The Aquinnah Police Department received two reports over the weekend from town residents that packages in their mailboxes were tampered with and items stolen out of the packages. If anyone else experienced this, or has any information relating to this incident, please call the Aquinnah Police Station at 508-645-2313. If no one is at the police station, please leave a message, and an officer will return your call. FYI, mail tampering and theft is a federal crime with serious fines (up to $250,000) and time in a federal prison as consequences.There are lots of ways to keep moving and connected these days. Some are in person and some are online; if you are missing group exercise classes, here are some options. Yoga on the Beach with Rachel Elion Baird, RYT, resumed this week. Classes will continue, Monday through Friday, weather permitting, at 8 am through Sept. 7. The classes are held on Lobsterville Beach, and class size is limited. Text Rachel at 802-989-9992 for further information and to register. Neva Goldstein is teaching yoga classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am at the Town Hall, class fee is $15. Preregistration is required, you can contact Neva at [email protected] Kat Garfinkle is offering a free livestream class, “Mindful Breathing” on Thursdays at 7 am. It’s a short, 30-minute practice that can transform your day. Registration is through the Yoga Barn website, You’ll receive a Zoom link 10 minutes before class starts. The Yard is hosting virtual dance, yoga, and Pilates classes every day of the week; go to for details and registration.The virtual Chilmark Road Race happened this weekend. If you ran and have not posted your times, go to The theme was “running together apart,” and people have posted pictures and stories of their run on Facebook and Instagram. While I know that everyone probably missed the camaraderie and the intense energy of this live event, it was nice to not have to deal with the crowds and the traffic that it creates.center_img The Martha’s Vineyard Author Series continues tonight, Thursday, August 13, at 7:30 pm with an incredible panel to discuss “The Black Lives Matter Movement and the Fight for Racial Justice.” Panelists include Kiese Laymon, David Blight, and Barbara Phillips, and it’s moderated by Ken Mack. This is a virtual event; go to to register.Juli Vanderhoop has opened her Orange Peel Bakery Café at the Cliffs. She is open for lunch with some delicious-sounding specials — slow-roasted pork sandwiches, pizza, and prepared foods. Stop by and try something new.On Thursday, Saskia Vanderhoop will host a summer birding workshop via Zoom, sponsored by the library. How will that work, you might ask. According to the description, Saskia will give an introduction, then the participants will go outside to observe birds, after observing for 30 minutes everyone will return for a discussion. The workshop is from 6:30 to 8 pm, email Julia at [email protected] to register. The library is also hosting weekly crafts on Zoom on Saturdays at 11 am; again, email Julia for the link. The speaker series will continue next Thursday, August 20, with Ann LeZotte, who will discuss her book about the history of the deaf community in Chilmark, “Show Me a Sign.”last_img read more

Raymond tops Order of Merit

first_img15 Nov 2012 Raymond tops Order of Merit Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Brabazon Trophy winner for the past two years and an England international for the same period, has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s order of merit for 2012. Raymond (Image © Tom Ward) 26, topped the list with 609.09 points, less than three ahead of his international team-mate Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) but over 60 clear of third placed Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent). “I’m delighted to win the order of merit and to see my name among the previous winners,” he said. “This caps off my season nicely and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship. “My season has been good and the highlight was winning the Brabazon Trophy again. Some of the other performances were not what I was looking for and I was disappointed not to win the English Amateur. It would have been nice to do ‘the double’. “But it doesn’t always go as planned so I’ll keep working hard over the winter and hopefully I’ll get to where I want to be next year.” Jonathan Dowdell, Titleist Golf Ball Product & Marketing Manager, commented: “As the #1 ball in golf, Titleist is delighted to have once again supported the order of merit and there can be no doubt that the title has gone to a truly worthy winner. We would like to congratulate Neil on claiming the order of merit title which is just reward for a season of great quality and consistency.” Most of Raymond’s points were gained when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath following his initial success at Burnham & Berrow in 2011. That was his only major victory of the season although he also won the New South Wales Medal in a playoff while in Australia at the start of the year. However, he reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway. The bulk of Hinton’s points were gained from his victory in the Welsh Open Stroke Play while the 24 year old also finished equal fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Richardson, 44, has made a successful return to top level amateur golf after battling with serious illness. An international between 2005 and 2008, he won the Hong Kong Amateur Championship last week and has enjoyed top ten finishes in at least six tournaments.last_img read more

England seniors win Euro bronze for third successive year

first_img England’s senior men collected the bronze medals for the third successive year after overcoming Scotland 4-1 on the final day of the European Senior Men’s Team Championships in Poland. Having lost narrowly to Ireland in the semi-finals, England went into the third place playoff at the Sierra Golf Club knowing they had to beat the Scots to finish in the top three and they duly did so without losing a game. The powerful foursomes partnership of Alan Mew and Tony McLure (Image © Leaderboard Photography) came out on top again, winning their third successive game by beating Robert Stewart and Malcolm Reid 2 and 1. Stephen East then beat John Fraser 4 and 3 while Richard Latham completed a similar scoreline over Barry Brooks. The other two contests resulted in halves, England’s Andrew Stracey with David Gardner and Clive Jones with Ian Brotherston. Now England will hope to go one better in the forthcoming Senior Home Internationals at North Berwick which start on 16th September. 7 Sep 2014 England seniors win Euro bronze for third successive year last_img read more

‘Student-athletes’ in name only

first_imgby 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 Litke.) CHAMPIONS—Kentucky head coach John Calipari hugs forward Anthony Davis after the NCAA college basketball championship game April 2. last_img read more

Life on the Two Rivers: How Four Enthusiasts Enjoy the Water

first_imgAfter trying her hand at Navesink River Rowing, Vilardi found her sport. “I’ve been rowing and racing and having a fantastic new life after retirement.” “It’slike camping on water,” said Chuck Parker of Middletown about the 36- footsailboat the Helen Rita. “We don’t have a washer or dryer but we have everythingelse.” When KayVilardi retired from her job in software engineering 20 years ago she was 52and looking for a pastime. By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez In addition to opening up a world of friendship, camaraderie and a new community on the water, rowing has kept her fit. “It’s a whole-body workout.” A physical therapist’s suggestions for a running injury convinced Graham Wisdom of Lincroft to try yoga six years ago and he quickly made it part of his fitness routine. While taking classes at Ohanala in Fair Haven, owner and instructor Kristin Gould introduced him to SUP yoga. Whencasual paddles on the river turned to competition, she found results. “I wonthe first medal I ever won in my life,” she said. “I was thrilled.” THE ROWER Classesstart off slowly, Wisdom explains and credits Gould for instilling confidencein her students. “You’re sitting on the board, you’re twisting and it graduallygets harder – such as doing a downward dog – and it’s a little challenging. Butas you start trying stand-up poses, then the balance is more tricky. That’swhen you can wind up in the river.” “It’scertainly part of my life, I tried to incorporate my kids into that.” This article was first published in the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. THE SAILOR In warm weather Chuck and his wife Helen, married 51 years, spend most of their free time on the water and share the sailing duties. “One individual can sail, but that’s not as much fun,” Parker said. As members of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, the couple sails alone, but also with the club in group sails. Whatthey most enjoy is sitting on the deck, enjoying dinner as the sun is setting. THE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDER If you’reholding a class, you anchor all the boards about 10 feet apart.” The waterhas always been a part of Thompson’s life. “My dad’s a lifelong surfer and hehad me in a lifejacket on the nose of a surfboard when I was 3 years old. Mymom works for Clean Ocean Action. They’ve instilled in me the importance of theocean environment and giving back – especially the area we live in surroundedby water.” “It’s sopeaceful on the river, especially in the morning,” Vilardi.The drawbacks of rowing on the river can be larger, sometimes aggressive boats.“We sit low in the water and we don’t make noise,” she says of the 30-poundshell she rows. “And you have to watch out for Jet Skiers and motorboats.”Navesink River Rowing, a nonprofit, offers lessons for adults and a robustyouth program. Among the club’s projects is an outreach program. “We want togive kids a chance to be on the water who can’t afford it,” Vilardi said.“This is sport that’s doable for any age – from 14 to 80,” she said. “It’sphysical and mentally clearing.” center_img Holding aSUP yoga class depends on a few factors. “Look at the wind forecast. You wantthe water to be flat and calm,” he said. “You have to anchor in a shelteredarea. Scullingis a form of rowing with two oars, a narrow boat, called a shell, with a slidingseat. Vilardi, who now serves as president of the club, says after takinglessons, members can use the club’s fleet of singles, doubles or quads duringthe season: May through November. Launching from the clubhouse at the foot ofMaple Avenue in Red Bank, the club provides access to the Navesink River. “When I’msurfing, it brings a calmness. The waves are really good and we’re having fun,and as much as energy is involved it’s a relaxing activity as well. You go out,you decompress, you shake out the grime and grease of the day and any troublesand let it go at the shoreline and you focus on the task at hand – catching waves,literally being in nature.” THE SURFER Thompson and his wife have gained a horde of surfing friends, a basement full of surfboards and over the years, he has surfed all over the world, including up and down the East Coast, California, Hawaii, Australia, mainland Mexico, Fiji and South Africa. “It’s an individual sport – almost a selfish sport – but you’re doing it with your friends and there’s a community and there’s a lot of camaraderie.” Ohanalaholds SUP classes on the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. As muchas Thompson enjoys surfing and a day at the beach, picking up a piece ofgarbage is just as important. You would be surprised how seldom that happens, Wisdom said, but admits the last time he was in a class, he took a tumble into the water. “I was standing on my head,” he explained. It’s a fun challenge but the best part is the relaxation at the end,” said Wisdom. “After you do a sequence of things, you typically lie down on the board and it’s gently rocking on the water. And you look at sky and birds are flying. It’s wonderful.” “Paddle boarding is surprisingly easy,” said Wisdom, a retired electrical and software engineer. “As long as it’s not a windy day, to paddle along the river is wonderful relaxation and you can be home in an “We goout for an hour or so and go to the Oceanic Bridge and back – 7 miles roundtrip,” she said. “We love the time to ourselves.” hour.”Wisdom said he especially enjoys paddling along the Navesink River and seeing thegrand homes along the banks. “When you live where we live it’s wonderful to seehow the other half lives.” Payingattention to the weather and the winds, Vilardi and fellow members, usually ina quad, make the most of a summer morning on the Navesink before temperaturesrise. “When Iwent to RBC (Red Bank Catholic), they only had softball for women who are myage now,” Vilardi said. Watching her nephew row crew in high school and collegewhet Vilardi’s interest. “Welive a mile from the harbor so in the morning when the sun’s out and it’s anice day, we’ll get out on the water,” Parker said. “It’sfun when we travel with other boats,” he said. After docking, the couples willvisit one another, dine, play board games or dominoes and enjoy the seabreezes.Don’t let the term “yacht club” fool you, said Parker. “We’re average peoplewho happen to have boats.” “We’re a private club but we’re heavily involvedwith the community,” he said. That includes programs for Special Olympicssailing for challenged athletes who may have Down syndrome or autism; a youth sailingprogram; the annual Ms. Race charity race that raises money for 180 TurningLives Around; and a new veteran program that Parker chairs. “We’re not therapybut it’s been found that recreational sailing can help people with PTSD,” hesaid (post-traumatic stress disorder).About once a month the club will have longer cruises to locations such asStaten Island or Sheepshead Bay. They’ve also gone on longer voyages, such asLong Island Sound, and some members will go to Boston or Block Island, RhodeIsland.Being dependent on the wind can make a journey slow, but that can be half thefun. Another key point with sailing is to watch the weather forecasts as stormscan be a sailor’s nightmare. “When it’s August and if we’re out, we don’t wantto be someplace where you can get into trouble. You have to be flexible,” hesaid. “We’ve stayed a night in Connecticut because the weather was bad.” “Surfinghas given me a lot of enjoyment,” said Tyler Thompson of Leonardo. “I try toget in the water as much as possible, not as much as I used to, having two kidsand a full-time job.” There arethose who enjoy SUP – or stand-up paddle boarding – and those who enjoy yoga.And then there are those who combine the two. “It’s relaxing being out on the water,” Wisdom said. “As long as you pick your day” and pay attention to the weather. last_img read more

Derochie, Sookro help Hawks outlast Rebels 7-6 to square Murdoch

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsChris Derochie and Ryon Sookro combined for nine points to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 7-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Rebels Saturday in Castlegar.The win evens the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final at 1-1. Game three is Monday in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley held period leads of 3-1 and 5-2. The Hawks increased the margin to 7-3 in the third before the Rebels scored three times to make the score close.Colton Donselaar and Sookro each scored twice to pace the Hawks with Derek Lashuk, Keanan Patershuk and Mason Spear added singles. Derochie finished the game with five assists.Spencer Brodt scored twice for the Rebels with Stuart Walton, Jamie Vlanich, Tyler Robinson and Jesse Knowler each scoring singles.Michael Vlanich faced 38 shots to register the win in goal for Beaver Valley. Cole Buckley survived 38 minutes in goal before being replaced by backup Alex Ross.Special teams proved to be the difference as Beaver Valley scored four times on the power play. The Rebels scored once on the power play and with Knowler beating Vlanich with a shorthanded tally.Friday, Castlegar scored five times in the opening period to dump the Hawks 6-2.Knowler, Erik Wentzel, Walton, Jamie Vlanich, Diego Bartlett and Tyler Anderson scored singles for the winners. Tyler Collins and Dallas Calvin replied for the Hawks.Buckley had a much easier time in the Rebel goal to register the win. Zach Perehudoff played two periods before being replaced by Vlanich in the Beaver Valley goal.AROUND THE LEAGUE: Creston Valley is proving to be a much tough opponent that the Fernie Ghostriders hoped for as the Thunder Cats dumped the Eddie Mountain Division champs 5-2 Saturday in Fernie. Five different players shared in the scoring for Creston. . . .Osoyoos Coyotes hold a 2-0 lead in the Okanagan Division final while defending KIJHL Champ Revelstoke Grizzlies lead the Kamloops Storm 2-0 in the Shuswap Division [email protected]last_img read more

SA in tough Davis Cup loss to Lithuania

first_img7 April 2014 South Africa suffered a heart-breaking 2-3 loss to Lithuania in their Euro Africa Group 2 second round Davis Cup tie at the Irene Country club outside of Centurion on Sunday, having led 2-1 heading into the final day’s play. The advantage was with the home team after Jean Andersen and Raven Klaasen won the doubles on Saturday to give them the lead, and an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to cheer them on, but it wasn’t enough as the Lithuanians staged a strong fightback. Friday’s reverse singles had been shared, with Ricardas Berankis beating Jean Andersen 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and Rik de Voest running out a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) winner over Laurynas Grigelis.Thriller In Sunday’s first match, Berankis defeated De Voest 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in a three- and-a-half hour thriller. Berankis, who was ranked 67th in the world last year in May before suffering an injury, worked the South African number one hard on his way to a crucial victory. De Voest put up a big fight, in what was his 20th and last Davis Cup rubber for his country. He will be retiring from tennis later this year.‘Emotional’ “Berankis was the quality player out there today,” De Voest said afterwards. “Walking onto court, I really felt emotional, knowing that this was my last match for my country, but with the unbelievable support from the crowd, I was able to put my nerves behind me and focus on the task. Unfortunately the win wasn’t to be and Ricardas was just too good and solid today.” De Voest had a big chance to get ahead in the tenth game of the fourth set when he held three break points, but he failed to capitalise on them. “Things may have been different if I had broken in that tenth game,” he admitted.Tactical change After the Berankis victory, the tie was level at 2-2. South African captain, John- Laffnie de Jager then made a tactical change and named Ruan Roelofse for the final rubber instead of the originally nominated Jean Andersen. Although Roelofse has limited Davis Cup experience, De Jager felt his big game could upset the rhythm of the Lithuanians. Unfortunately it did not go well for the 24-year-old South African, and although the powerfully-built Roelofse put up a gallant effort, he went down to Laurynas Grigelis 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 in just over three hours.Chances Roelofse certainly had his chances. He was up a break in the third set at 4-2 and had he capitalised on that advantage, it could have been a different ball game. “Yes I had my chances and when I look back it upsets me I didn’t take them, but overall I felt I played a good game and did myself and South Africa proud,” he said afterwards.Credit to Lithuania A disappointed De Jager said that all credit should go to Lithuania for coming to South Africa and taming the altitude and putting up a really good performance. “The Lithuanians must be applauded for their effort. It is never easy playing away from home but they arrived early, worked hard, and adapted well by the time the tie started,” De Jager said. He also praised for his team, saying: “My team and squad overall gave their best and put in a real good week. I am proud of them. Now we need to regroup and work hard for 2015.” After the defeat, South Africa will remain in Euro/Africa Group 2 for 2015. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa turns on digital classrooms

first_imgThe paperless education system will give pupils access to learning material, workbooks and other subject matter through the use of information communications technology (ICT).The Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa (right), and the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura (left), with learners from Boitumelong Secondary School, as they receive their first lesson of 2015 from an educator through their tablets. (Image: Kempton Express)Brand South Africa ReporterAs South Africa’s inland schools opened this morning, seven schools in Gauteng walked into a new era of the digital classroom, which will connect them to a world of better educational opportunities.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, supported by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, launched the new paperless education system pilot project, The Big Switch On, at Boitumelong Secondary School in Sedibeng Section, Tembisa.The paperless education system will give pupils access to learning material, workbooks and other subject matter through the use of information communications technology (ICT).The seven schools in the pilot project will receive state-of-the-art internet connection and each pupil will receive a tablet, turning ordinary schools into “classrooms of the future”, according to the provincial Department of Education.The Big Switch On, it says, is the first step in realising Gauteng’s vision of building a world-class education system by modernising public education and improving the standard of performance across the entire system.Pupils at the school said that the new devices would make learning more exciting. Many have never owned a computer, let alone a tablet.“I do not think I will ever miss a day of school again and I will never have a reason to fail science or maths ever,” said Pearl Mokoena, in Grade 10.Cost of migrationMigrating all Gauteng school to the digital system is estimated to cost R17-billion over the next five years.The tablets are programmed for educational purposes only, with lessons pre-loaded, and permanent IT specialists will be on site to help the teachers and pupils with the new system.Apart from surveillance cameras, each school will have two armed security officers. The tablets have also been fitted with tracking devices.“Committed teachers and dedicated learners are a beacon of hope for our country,” Ramaphosa said at the launch this morning. “Education is at the core of our government’s strategy for improving the lives of all our people. It is an instrument for achieving social cohesion and national unity.”He congratulated the province for having taken the top spot in the 2014 national matric results. Boitumeleng Secondary achieved an 80.26% pass rate.“To all the Grade 8 learners who are beginning their studies today, remember that hard work, discipline and motivation brings such results. Education provides you with an opportunity to overcome any obstacles that may stand in your way.”New way of doing businessInformation communication technology had revolutionised our lives and the way we did business. The economies of the 21st century were rapidly becoming knowledge- based economies, he said.“Technology, the internet, a multi-skilled workforce, innovation and collaboration are critical to the success of the knowledge economy. To thrive in the 21st century, we need to acquire new skills and be able to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment. One of the factors constraining economic growth in South Africa is the relative shortage of e-skills.”In a World Economic Forum report, South Africa’s global e-readiness ranking had dropped from 47th place in 2007 to 70th in 2013 – it was for this reason that the country had adopted a national e-skills plan.The Big Switch On was in line with this plan and the need to improve the quality of education.“It enables educators and learners to access resources that exist beyond the walls of the classroom. Indeed, it enables them to access resources from the other side of the globe,” Ramaphosa said.“It gives them access to the world. Importantly, it also gives them the skills that are needed to succeed in this world.”The divide between the skills we learned and the skills we needed frustrated efforts to tackle youth unemployment, prompting the need to support and expand this programme. “If our economy is to grow, if the lives of our people are to be improved, if business is to thrive, then we need more of this.”Ramaphosa also emphasised the role of learners. “Ultimately, it is you, the learners, who need to be responsible for your future by taking seriously the opportunities that now exist. Your commitment to learning today will determine your success tomorrow,” he said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Passive House in the Woods Opens Its Doors

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveBlog Review: Tim EianWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner When we last checked in on Passive House in the Woods, a project in Hudson, Wisconsin, it was early May, exterior insulation was about to go up, and the construction crew was probably more than ready to welcome summer weather. Things stayed on schedule. By the end of last month, construction had been completed and the house was open for public tours. Last Thursday, the project received certification from the Passive House Institute U.S.The house – two stories, with three bedrooms and 1,940 sq. ft. of interior space – was guided to completion and Passivhaus performance standards by Tim Delhey Eian of Minneapolis-based TE Studio, and the project builder, Morr Construction Services of Shoreview, Minnesota. The client, Gary Konkol, a general-practice physician, explains in a post on the project’s website that he was inspired to pursue the Passivhaus standard in part by news reports, Passive House Institute’s book “Homes for a Changing Climate,” and Eian’s enthusiasm for the standard and the construction quality it entails. A prototype for carbon-neutral performancePassive House in the Woods, or PHitW, was constructed with 11-in. insulated concrete forms and an exterior-insulation and finish system that brought the overall R value of the walls to 70. The slab, sitting on 12 in. of extruded polystyrene, is designed to R-60 and the flat roof, with an average of 14 in. of of polyisocyanurate insulation, to R-95.The building also is equipped with solar hot water and a 4.7 kW solar power system, which is expected to cover the home’s predicted 4,200 kWh annual usage and feed power back into the grid. The house has four doors to the outside (see comments below), including a front entry door in the front canopy area, one opening to the deck on the first floor, and another on the second-floor landing (known as “the plank”). A common steel-structure stair connects all levels to the ground and a rooftop terrace.Though he was not at liberty to discuss the final construction cost of the project, Eian told GBA that the “up-charge” to bring the building to Passivhaus performance standards was between 15% and 20% for this project, although, he added, “we feel that we can push that closer to 10% with some efficiencies in the future. I can also tell you that the cost of the home is perfectly in line with custom architect-designed homes in our area. It is more a matter of priorities than cost, once we are designing a high-quality building.”“Rather than a high-end showcase,” Eian said, “we look at it as a prototype for CO2-neutral operation.”last_img read more