first_imgFederer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format as Switzerland beat the U.S. 2-1 in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.Federer and Williams shared a good-natured interview afterward and then engaged in a selfie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was so fun. This is super cool that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point of our careers,” Williams said. “I was so excited, and literally it was the match of my career. Just playing someone so great, and someone you admire so much, and a match that actually means something.”Federer and Williams, both 37, have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Defending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s final if it beats Greece on Thursday in Group B. The United States, which lost to Greece on Monday, can’t now advance.The much-hyped contest quickly lived up to its billing with Federer almost running down Williams’ smash into the open court. Williams and Federer served strongly and were unable to return any of each other’s serves in the first set.Federer’s sublime touch at the net proved decisive as he moved closer to a record third Hopman Cup title.Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played down any injury concern.“It was such a quick turnaround, I didn’t have enough time to reload the cannon. It’s totally normal,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, Federer beat Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1 in the men’s singles before Williams’ 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bencic.Williams started fast in the women’s singles against Bencic — with an early break to storm to a 3-0 lead — before an error-strewn performance ensued as Bencic recovered to win the opener.The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion fought back in a tight second set and captured the pivotal break in the 10th game. A flustered Bencic slammed her racket on the court as the match leveled and she never seriously threatened in the decider.Federer was made to work during a tough first set before overwhelming the 20-year-old Tiafoe and taking control by winning seven straight games.The 20-time Grand Slam champion needed just 57 minutes to claim his fourth straight victory over the rising American player.Switzerland swept Britain in its opener when Federer had a masterclass win over British player Cameron Norrie in his opening match. Federer has lost just seven games in his first two matches of the round-robin tournament.Federer’s appearances at the past two Hopman Cups laid the groundwork for successful Australian Open campaigns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Damian Lillard comes through in clutch as Trail Blazers survive Kings in OT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, facing, wait at the net after winning their mixed doubles match against Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams of the United States at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 (3) victory over the United States in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup.“I was nervous returning (Williams’ serve). People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it,” Federer said. “It was great fun. You see how determined and focused she is, and I love that about her.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanTwo mothers are mourning the losses of their sons, who were both killed in an accident along the Ogle Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Saturday evening.Dead are 18-year-old Rameshwar Singh, also called ‘Alvin,’ of Lot 6 Area ‘B’ Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD); and his 20-year-old friend Jason Harris, of Lot 7 Area ‘B’ Cummings Lodge, the owner of motorcycle CJ 6360.The two met their demise at just before midnight on Saturday, as they reportedly were returning home from a nearby service station.The Police have detailed that the driver of the motor jeep involved in the accident, a resident of Campbellville, Georgetown, reported that as he was proceedingDead: Rameshwar Singh also called ‘Alvin’along the roadway, he was about to make a right turn onto the Ogle road when the motorcycle being driven Harris collided with his vehicle. The impact reportedly threw Harris and Singh onto the roadway, where they sustained severe injuries.The two were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where Singh was pronounced dead on arrival and Harris was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he took his last breath on Sunday.A breathalyzer test conducted on the driver of the motor jeep showed no sign of alcohol in his system. He was nevertheless taken into Police custody, and is assisting with the investigation.When this publication visited, the homes of both families were brandishing black flags, and the mothers of both men are holding out that the motorcycle on which their sons were travelling was struck from behind.According to Harris’s mother — Yvonne Moses-Harris, a teacher — relatives are peeved at the Police report. She claimed that the front of her son’s motorcycle had received no damage, but the back of the motorcycle had received most of the damage. This, she is holding out, is an indication that the jeep had struck the motorcycle from behind.“Alvin was the first to get knock. He hit them from behind, and Alvin pitch off andDead: Jason Harriswas left lying on his face. That is why he died first,” the woman insisted.She revealed that she had seen her son earlier on Saturday, but had not seen him for the entire night, as he had been out for most of the day.“I didn’t see him, because I was working; and I went to bed before he came home…but I heard that he came home and he then went back out with Alvin; they went for gas,” the distraught woman explained.She did not know that her son had been involved in an accident until two Police officers visited her home to break the news of the tragedy on Sunday at about 07:00h.Singh’s mother, who was in tears, stated that her son had left home at about 19:00h on Saturday to go out with Harris. He had returned home soon after, and had indicated to a cousin that he was accompanying Harris to get gas for the motorcycle.“This bai over there (Harris) had to go to work in the morning and the motorcycle didn’t have enough gas, so they left to go buy gas,” the woman related.She explained that she had retired to bed, but was awakened by her husband at about 03:00h on Sunday with the announcement that Alvin had not returned home.“I get suspicious, because I called his phone and like it was turned off. I called theJeep that was involved in the accidentneighbour, and me ask them to call and find out if the two boys were in Canal, because she have family in Canal Polder, and she said, ‘No’,”(meaning: they were not in Canal) the woman cried.The distraught woman recounted that she got out of bed and rode over to the home of her eldest son, who also lives in Cummings Lodge, in search of her second child. However, that also proved futile. This prompted her to make checks at the Police Station as well as at GPHC.“Me husband seh that, ‘This boy don’t sleep out, something wrong’; so me call the hospital emergency and I asked them if they had any accident between 11 to this morning, and they say yeah…me ask them more information but they didn’t really tell me anything…they didn’t tell me what they were wearing, they didn’t even tellThe motorcycle the two friends were ridingme that it was involving two boys, but apparently me child did done die,” she cried.At around 07:00h, she received a call at the gate, and it was then that the devastating news was broken to her.“The two men pull up in a car and they stop and ask if Alvin living here. I run out and I say, ‘Yes’. They ask me why me crying, I say, ‘Officer, me son ain’t come home since 11 last night, and me look all over the place for he.’ And then is when they say that he passed away,” she detailed.Singh and Harris are both second of two children for their parents. The men, an electrician and mechanic respectively, had known each other for the past four years.Their families are calling for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident, since they are of the belief that the driver of the jeep is not telling the truth.last_img read more

first_imgBy Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER UCLA won two games by a combined 39 points, displaced its road woes and displayed some mettle in rallying to win at Oregon State. But it seems like the Utah debacle was yesterday. So as reeling Notre Dame, with an 0-5 record and staring at one of the worst seasons in its storied history, readies to makes its first regular-season visit to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, UCLA’s mental capacity is again at question. But how bad is Notre Dame? The Irish have scored 46 points and rank last in the nation in rushing offense (30.4 yards per game) and sacks allowed (5.8). “We can’t sit there and let their record fool you,” Brown said. “I don’t care if they’re 0-5, or you’re 30-0. It doesn’t matter. We’ve got to treat this team just like any other team, and go out there and play dominant football.” Quarterback who? Dorrell said it would not alter UCLA’s preparation whether Jimmy Clausen or Evan Sharpley start at quarterback for Notre Dame. “I’m expecting to see both Jimmy and the backup (Sharpley) that played the latter part of the game (against Purdue),” Dorrell said. “Both of them are good players and both of them have excellent arm strength, can throw the ball around the field.” Clausen left Saturday’s loss at Purdue with a hip injury. His status is uncertain. Everett’s return not likely Dorrell said receiver Marcus Everett, who missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, didn’t sound optimistic about a return for the Irish. “I think he’s got a chance,” Dorrell said. “But I would say it’s probably less than 50 percent.” If Everett does not return against the Irish, he should be back when UCLA returns to the field Oct. 20 against Cal. Odds and ends Dorrell said tailback Chris Markey (turf toe) isn’t expected to practice until late in the week. … Brown was named Pacific-10 Defensive Player of the Week after making two interceptions and eight tackles at Oregon State. brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the latest episode of overlooking inferior opponents fresh in their minds, the Bruins began their mental preparation during Sunday’s team meeting. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell reminded his team to be focused for the Irish, and team leaders did the same. “I honestly think we’re over (Utah), and if you don’t learn from it the first time, we’re going to have problems this season,” UCLA senior cornerback Trey Brown said. “I think for our team, it’s over and done with. You address it by the way you play and the way you practice, and the mind-set that you bring into the meeting rooms and onto the practice field. You can’t take a lackadaisical effort going out there to work in practice.” Brown answered any questions about how serious he was taking the Irish. “I’m not a big Notre Dame fan, so I don’t know what they’ve done prior, and their history,” Brown said. “All I know is, I don’t like the green. I don’t even like money this week. Before I came in here (to meet the media), I threw my wallet in the trash. “I don’t like those guys, and they don’t like us, and that’s what it is. It comes down to who’s going to make more plays on Saturday.” last_img read more

first_img Marc Overmars currently holds the director of football position at Ajax 1 Chelsea are contemplating a move for Arsenal legend and Ajax director of football Marc Overmars.The Dutchman, who retired from football in 2009, has been working in his current role with the Dutch club since the summer of 2012.The 43-year-old has impressed at Ajax and he has earned several admirers from the Premier League.Indeed Everton have already considered bringing Overmars to Goodison Park to work with new manager Ronald Koeman as their director of football.However, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Chelsea are working on a deal that would see the former Arsenal winger join their set-up.The Blues already have Michael Emenalo as their current technical director, but they would reportedly like Overmars to work with the recruitment team.Specifically, the Dutchman would be entrusted with finding youth players and potential stars of the future.last_img read more

first_img Live Audio DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team plays another road game Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. CDT at PFL rival Valparaiso University. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.Drake leads the all-time series 22-3, including each of the last 14 meetings. The Bulldogs’ last loss to Valparaiso was a high-flying 51-45 overtime loss in 2003.Drake (4-2, 3-1 PFL) played one of their best games of the season in a 28-17 win over long-time rival Dayton. The Bulldogs rushed for a season-high 176 yards, led by Drew Lauer with 136 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.Steven Doran bounced back from last week’s game to Stetson with 93 yards on just six receptions. Doran also added two touchdowns to bring his season total to eight, which is tied for No. 7 in FCS football.The Bulldogs’ No. 1 defense in the PFL held Dayton to less than 200 yards passing and just over 100 yards rushing. Dayton had average 237 yards rushing per game, but Drake became just the second team to hold the Flyers to under 150 yards.Valparaiso (1-6, 1-3 PFL) lost a 31-24 game on the road against Morehead State. Despite the loss, the Crusaders nearly pulled off an improbable comeback in the fourth quarter. Valparaiso scored 17 points to draw within seven points with just over a minute remaining. The Crusaders recovered an onside kick with a shot to tie the game, but Morehead State sealed the game with an interception.The last time Drake faced Valparaiso, the Bulldogs won a 38-13 game in which they totaled over 500 yards of offense and held the Crusaders to just 57 yards in the second half. The Bulldogs returns to Drake Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. to take on first-place San Diego. ESPN+ Story Links Drake Game Notes Live Stats Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgBatten down the hatches is the message again from Met Eireann with a week of sleet, snow and storms forecast for the north-west including Donegal.People are advised to be careful along Donegal’s coastline with strong winds forecast.Last night’s strong gusts of wind will give way to a fresher day today but an icy spell is due to develop in the coming days.That significant drop in temperatures once more will bring about frosty nights culminating in wintry showers of sleet and snow on higher ground. The middle of the week will see a return to stormy conditions backed up all the time by a chilling air coming down from the Arctic.Donegal County Council are set once again to deploy gritters throughout the county’s road network as temperatures plunge once more. A WEEK OF SLEET, SNOW AND STORMS FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalsnowstormweather forecastlast_img read more

first_imgThe giant baobab surrounded by the flagsof the 32 qualifying nations. A calabash, identical to the exterior ofthe Soccer City stadium, simmers in the centre of the stage.(Images: Shine2010) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471 • Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer +27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524 • Jermaine Craig, media manager 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121 RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup starts on a high note• World Cup concert on song • Star-studded concert for 2010 • 2010 Fifa World Cup background resources • 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guideJanine ErasmusThe 2010 Fifa World Cup opening ceremony showcased the vibrancy of Africa and the colour and diversity of South Africa, the host nation.Thousands of fans packed into the magnificent calabash, Soweto’s Soccer City, to witness the official opening of the first World Cup ever to take place on African soil.At the start of the ceremony, conceived by music arranger Lebo M, the five airplanes of the Silver Falcons, the South African Air Force’s aerobatic display team, swooped over the stadium as fans wept and bowed their heads with the emotion of the moment. The jets made another flyover at the end of the ceremony, trailing plumes of smoke.Vuvuzelas rang out around the ground, but would be respectfully hushed a short while later during speeches and the national anthems.Young South African imbongi or praise singer Zolani Mkiva, the Poet of Africa, opened the proceedings with a passionate performance. The centre of the stage was then filled with 1 500 exuberant dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages.Many fans did not make it to the stadium in time for the ceremony because of gridlocked traffic, but those who were there were entertained by the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, TKZee and HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, the legendary Osibisa of Ghanaian origin, and Algerian singing star Khalid who performed his Arabic smash hit “Didi”.Tenor Timothy Moloi sang the Nelson Mandela-supported anthem “Hope”, which contains a spoken message from the former president and fervent sports fan. Siphiwo Ntshebe, who sang the version on Listen Up, the official Worfld Cup album, was chosen by Mandela to perform the track but died suddenly in May after a bout of meningitis.R&B superstar R Kelly sang the World Cup anthem “Sign of Victory” with the backing of the Soweto Spiritual Singers.The dancers operated a large dung beetle puppet, which rolled away an oversized Jabulani football. To the beat of African rhythms they also constructed a giant smoking calabash or cooking pot and then Africa’s iconic baobab tree on the raised platform in the middle of the stage.Other highlights included a map of Africa made of large sheets of coloured cloth, a tribute to all nations who took part in the qualifying stages and one to the 32 teams that did make it through, and the World Cup logo artfully put together like a jigsaw puzzle by youngsters wearing different coloured clothing.Let the games beginAn hour later, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and South African president Jacob Zuma took to the field for the formalities ahead of the opening game between South Africa and Mexico.Blatter congratulated South Africa for the impressive arrangements and all the hard work that went into preparing for this day. He thanked the country for its hospitality and dedication before handing over to President Jacob Zuma, who was to declare the tournament officially open.Zuma alluded to former president Nelson Mandela’s absence – the elder statesman was expected to grace the occasion but the tragic death of his young great grand-daughter, as she returned from the inaugural kickoff concert the night before, plunged the Mandela family into mourning and prevented Mandela’s appearance.“Madiba sends a message – the game must start,” said Zuma. “You must enjoy the game.”He continued, “The time for Africa has come. It has arrived. Allow me to say I am honoured and privileged to be given an opportunity to declare the 2010 Fifa World Cup open.”The dignitaries were then introduced to both teams and the match officials. Once the two national anthems had been enthusiastically sung by both camps, Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov, whose own football career was cut short by injury, blew the whistle to get the tournament underway.To the delight of their South African supporters, Bafana Bafana went on to hold their opponents to a 1-1 draw and scored a point in their Group A opening match, continuing the tradition of hosts not losing their opening games.According to Google the search term “world cup opening ceremony 2010 live” was the ninth most popular search during the ceremony’s duration.SAMA-nominated R&B singer, Timothy Moloi, is to stand in for the late Siphiwo Ntshebe, whose sudden death on May 27, 2010 shook the music world. Ntshebe had been chosen by Mandela to convey a global message of hope at the opening of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Moloi will sing the Hope track, which is believed to contain a spoken message of hope and compassion from Mandela.last_img read more

first_imgAn artist of Knysna shares of how his childhood in the bush, and learning indigenous traditions led him to his passion: a career in art. He also uses this to help rehabilitate young offenders. Stanley Grootboom says his biggest motivation to succeed is people telling him that he cannot do something. (Images: Supplied) • Triggerfish and Disney join forces to develop African talent • A need for roots drives passion for genealogy • Lauren Beukes gets her own comic book series at DC’s Vertigo Comics • Hout Bay’s scrapyard sculptors • Big screen treatment for queen of Katwe Melissa JavanA South African man who tells the stories of the country’s first inhabitants and their descendants through art, is planning to launch Khoisan Footprint Cultural Tours next month.He is planning three tours, which will take in heritage sites of South African indigenous people. The trips will include Knysna, on the Garden Route, as well as Northern Cape and Western Cape.Stanley Grootboom, who comes from Coldstream in Eastern Cape, exhibits his art at the Cradle of Mankind cultural village at Tsitsikamma’s Khoi-San village, outside Knysna, and with the Knysna Art Society.In his art, Grootboom focuses on the indigenous people of South Africa – the Khoi and San. He depicts their stories in paintings, sculptures and illustrated books, and says he plans to bring out more literature about interviews he has done with their modern-day descendants.He has published an installation book and a CD on an art course he designed. The former, published in 2003, was made out of recycled material such as plates and hinges. At the time, he was a member of a group of 40 artists hosted for a project by the gallery of the University of North West.In its 32 tin pages, the book tells the story of a young Khoi San boy. He is planning to publish another three books, as well as colouring in books. This tin book was published a few years ago. Nature as playgroundWhen he was a child, nature was Grootboom’s playground. “I grew up in Coldstream. In Tsitsikamma, we used to dive in the river bottom,” he says. “I remember when I was about seven years old, I picked up drift wood and allowed it to dry on my pigeons’ cage. Later I used it to make sculptures.”The children would also collect black rocks, which they would burn and use as skin lotion. “We used it so that we didn’t get sunburn.”Grootboom says that in high school art was not offered as a subject. “I grew up disciplined. You were told what to do and what to study. That’s why I started playing competitive chess. I used to go to the library and research the chess masters.”He matriculated from Knysna Senior Secondary School, in Western Cape, in 1992. And although art was in his blood, he wanted to study law. “I saw a lot of bad things happening to my people, so I planned to help them in the villages as a lawyer. When I studied law at the time, I realised that things are better now in the new South Africa.”He started researching more about his ancestry and gave up on law. “There [are] a few subjects I must still finish.” Art became his focus.Grootboom also studied business management at the Business Management Training College of South Africa in Johannesburg, passing the course cum laude. Stanley Grootboom often showcases his artwork as form of protest to highlight societal issues. This exhibition was held at the North West University. The value and merit of art“I was discouraged by many people that I would be a very poor person if I become an artist. A lot of people said this, because they heard this from someone. They were not exposed to these things and had a lack of information.“A lot of us are uneducated about the value of art, and its cultural merits,” says Grootboom.But these cautionary words from naysayers did not dampen his passion to succeed as an artist. “When people tell that I cannot do something, then I feel like I have to prove to them that I can do it. That is my biggest motivation. Negative things people say motivate me.”He was indeed motivated by art and his heritage and culture, and got a job at the Department of Arts and Culture, where he worked for 12 years. He also facilitated workshops for the Department of Social Development.The recordingsIn his pursuit of the stories of his people, in 2003 Grootboom started walking with a voice recorder. He interviewed people from old forestry villages such as Krakeelriver, Coldstream, Clarkson, Gamtoos and Fairview. “I realised that there are things people still do [traditionally] even if they do not know it was passed on from their ancestors.“They do still do the things but do not know it is Khoi. For example, they dig a hole in the ground [when sleeping outside] and throw a gooiing sak over them,” says Grootboom. A gooiing sak is a hessian bag.“They use the Khoi plants. Like using the plant burned to keep away bad spirits is called the ‘imphepho’ by the Zulus, but that is a borrowed tradition of the Khoi.”Grootboom says it took him about 25 days to do the survey, but it is not complete. “I still do the interviewing. It is my social responsibility.”A writing workshop at the Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging, the institute dedicated to the study and preservation of the language, prepared him to write and do the illustrations for his books.Art classesThe 40-year-old Grootboom also gives art classes to underprivileged people in Knysna. “We didn’t have art in high school. I know a lot of people have the talent, but they cannot afford the classes. I know it’s my social responsibility [to help them], because I have a lot of influences.”His focus is mostly on people of the northern areas, but if anyone else comes that is not from that area, he does not turn them away. “My focus is on the previously disadvantaged.”By giving these art classes for free, Grootboom believes he is giving back. “You get blessings (rewards) in other ways,” he explains.In the past two years that he has lived in Knysna, Grootboom has taught 25 people in his art classes. “I taught about 30 people in Tsitsikamma. There is an artist in Humansdorp – Thinus Galant – who regularly gets mayoral awards for his artwork. He was one of my students.” Stanley Grootboom uses art as a form of rehabilitation. Art as rehabilitationAbout three years ago, Grootboom trained 10 teens, aged 12 to 18, through the Department of Social Development. The best repayment for that experience, he says, was that the parents of the juveniles came to visit him afterwards to give him good news.“One mother in the beginning said that she could not get her child off dagga… There was a time where that boy, who is 12 years old, took out dagga and drugs out of his socks, and I had him give it to the social worker,” explains Grootboom.“After the art classes, parents said that the juveniles started washing dishes at home. The children’s behaviour also bettered at home: they would greet their family members and ask how their days were.“I felt like I got something right after I heard that.”Grootboom believes that art is very therapeutic. “On school I used to have a bad temper. I thought chess would help. It was only when I did art that my bad temper went away. These days you will struggle to get me angry.”Advice to aspiring artistsThere is a need for uniqueness in your art, he says, because the internet gives you so much. “You have to identify what is important. It’s not going to help you anyway if you imitate someone.“If your artwork is really good, it will make someone stop in their tracks. There should be emotional content in your artwork. The theme, consistency and technique [are] important.“You should bring something that is close to you, then you can bring out the emotion,” says Grootboom. “If you work hard enough in art, you can make it work.“I think if you want to go into art as a career, you should study business management or equip yourself with business skills,” he advises. “That way you won’t get exploited by an agent. You also have to learn about marketing.”It is also helpful to do a course in computers, he adds.For more information about the artists, contact Stanley Grootboom on sgrootboom774@gmail.com.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the company that perfected row clutches, Ag Leader is proud to introduce a new row-by-row electric drive product to its SeedCommand planter control line.An all-encompassing planting solution, SeedCommand will soon include an electric drive option for reliable individual seed shut-off, in addition to its time-tested clutch options. Of the many features of electric drives, growers gain precise row-by-row control of planter performance to incorporate variable rate planting on a per row basis. Instant adjustment to population rates and consistent seed spacing despite changes in planting speed, field conditions or on curves and headlands are also benefits enjoyed by growers using electric drives.True to Ag Leader’s traditional “color-blind” approach, the electric drives will be built to install on most major planter brands on the market. Additionally, the electric drive motor isn’t tied to a specific brand or type of seed meter, making it flexible to work on existing meters and with multiple planter setups. Further, the system is ISOBUS compatible and can be used with any VT Task Controller display.“Our core company focus is precision farming technology, producing tools for growers that give them an immediate payback, across many farming activities and mixed equipment,” stated Roger Zielke, Product Manager. “The coming advancements to our reputable SeedCommand line are a perfect example of that.”Electric drives will be added to the SeedCommand line with a limited release this spring and full production in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgAlex 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. Back in May of this year I wrote about a new rigid mineral wool insulation product from Roxul and how it can be used in place of foam-plastic insulation materials like polystyrene in certain applications. I’ve been revising the BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices and dug back into lots of insulation products. There are some new mineral wool developments to report.Before getting into the details, here’s a little background: Mineral wool, variously referred to as rock wool, slag wool, and stone wool, was one of the first insulation materials to be widely produced commercially — starting back in 1871 in Germany.Rockwool International, the world’s largest producer of mineral wool and the parent company of Canadian manufacturer Roxul, began production of the material in 1937. The U.S. company Thermafiber, one of the largest U.S. producers of the material and a company poised for rapid growth today, was founded in 1934.Mineral wool is made by melting the raw material, which can be stone (such as basalt) and/or iron ore slag, at very high temperature, spinning it like cotton candy to produce very thin fibers, coating those fibers with a binder to hold them together, and forming it into the insulation batt or boardstock material to meet specific product needs.Mineral wool lost most of its market share when less-expensive fiberglass insulation came along, but unique properties of the material have been fueling a comeback in recent years — and this year the world’s largest fiberglass insulation company, Owens Corning, purchased Thermafiber. With this development, I’m expecting to see a lot of attention paid to mineral wool in the coming years — led by a new product introduction last week. Thermafiber’s new mineral wool batt insulationThe latest news with mineral wool is the introduction by Thermafiber (now an Owens Corning company) of UltraBatt, a flexible batt insulation product for 2×4 or 2×6 walls. This follows Roxul’s introduction of a widely distributed mineral wool batt insulation product, ComfortBatt, several years ago.UltraBatt is a fairly dense batt (not compressible like fiberglass batts) that offers very good sound control as well as relatively high insulating values. The 3 1/2-inch batts for 2×4 walls provide R-15, and the 5 1/2-inch batts for 2×6 walls provide R-23 — though, as with all cavity-fill insulation, the actual “whole-wall” R-value will be lower, due to thermal bridging through the studs.UltraBatt is comprised of 70% post-industrial recycled content. As for pricing, the national distributor Menards showed the online price to be about $31 per 40 square feet in the 3 1/2-inch batts, or about $0.77 per square foot. This compares with unfaced CertainTeed fiberglass batts at about $23 for 88 square feet, or $0.26 per square foot. The installed cost of dense-packed cellulose, meanwhile, is typically $1 to $2 per square foot for a 2×4 wall, though the pricing of any contractor-installed insulation is very dependent on the project.I have not seen test data on formaldehyde (or other) emissions from UltraBatt, but I was told by Owens Corning that testing is underway and findings will be reported in 2014. I suspect that, like Roxul’s ComfortBatt, the formaldehyde emissions will be very low. 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When produced in boardstock form, mineral wool can be rigid enough to work as insulative sheathing, like extruded polystyrene and polyisocyanurate.Mineral wool can also contain very high recycled content by using iron ore slag (a waste product from steel manufacturing). Some mineral wool products on the market have over 90% recycled content — higher even than cellulose insulation, though it is made from post-industrial rather than post-consumer recycled material. The downside to mineral woolThere are three downsides to mineral wool. One is that mineral fibers can break off and become airborne; when we breathe those fibers in they can cause health problems. In the past there was some concern that mineral wool and fiberglass fibers might be carcinogenic, like asbestos. While those concerns have largely been dismissed, the fibers are still respiratory irritants. Installers of mineral wool should always wear quality dust masks, and the material should be adequately covered with drywall or coatings that prevent fibers from entering the indoor air in a building.The second downside is the binder used to glue the fibers together. Manufacturers use a phenol formaldehyde or a urea-extended phenol formaldehyde binder. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, and if a lot of it escapes into the indoor air, that would clearly be a health concern. Fortunately, the processing drives off nearly all of the free formaldehyde in the material, so formaldehyde emissions from mineral wool have extremely low formaldehyde levels — in some cases as low as background formaldehyde levels.Nonetheless, there is a perception problem with formaldehyde binders — if not a real problem — and manufacturers are working on alternatives — as has occurred with fiberglass insulation. I fully expect that within a few years one of the mineral wool manufacturers will announce a biobased binder that works with mineral wool and the industry will fairly quickly convert to such a binder.The third downside to mineral wool is that it can be hard to work with. Mineral wool boardstock is more compressible than rigid foam-plastic insulation, so installing strapping over it may take special care. In the batt form, the insulation doesn’t compress as easily as fiberglass to squeeze into odd corners and around wires. That can make mineral wool harder to work with — but it should also prevent some of the worst installation problems that occur with fiberglass. (The effectiveness of all types of batt insulation depends to a very significant extent on the care taken during installation.)last_img read more