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first_imgIf anyone failed to stop and look around while at the Wisconsin women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon, they might have missed it.In one of the shortest games in recent memory – taking only an hour and a half from start to finish – the Badgers got off to a quick start and held off Indiana late, defeating the Hoosiers 65-53.Wisconsin (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) has struggled a great deal this season with a short roster, but so too has Indiana (10-14, 1-10), which only has seven scholarship players. Despite Indiana getting 20 points from its bench, the Badgers’ eight players who saw time outperformed the Hoosiers’ eight in a battle of short benches.A breakout performance by Wisconsin’s Cassie Rochel keyed the victory for UW, but Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey is still waiting for her key players to all make a mark in the same game.“There is always somebody stepping up,” Kelsey said. “We know they are capable. We just want them all to [step up] at the same time. That would be nice, in the same game.”Rochel totaled 12 points in the game – her sixth time scoring in double figures this season – but more importantly grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Rochel’s contributions didn’t stop in those two categories either, dishing off five assists to tie her career-high while blocking four shots and tallying three steals.Even with the well-rounded, impressive stat line for Rochel, she was still quick to credit her teammates and coaches for their part in her stats.“I know I can play like this all the time,” Rochel said. “One thing that I kind of struggle with is consistency, and I know that. But it’s a team sport. The assists come from my guards cutting hard.”“My rebounds come from my coach telling me every day in practice that [the other team] shouldn’t get an o-board. Blocks, she’s been telling me how to time my jumping, so each of these are accredited to someone else.”In the first half, Rochel was not the only one scoring or handing out dimes. With some impressive passing and team play, Wisconsin put up 44 points in the half.The Badgers shot nearly 53 percent from the field and made six threes en route to their 14-point halftime lead. Morgan Paige had 14 and Jacki Gulczynski chipped in another 11 to lead the Badges in the half. The two players finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Kelsey was content with how the ball was shared and moved throughout the game, leading to 16 assists in the game and a season-low 12 turnovers.“Having 16 assists is really nice,” Kelsey said. “That means a lot of different people are scoring. Cassie [Rochel] had 5 [assists] on her own.”“I think when we do share the ball we look really good. It gets a lot of people involved and that’s what you want. You don’t want one person dominating the ball.”In its loss at Ohio State Thursday night, Wisconsin was dominated on the boards, one of the key deciding factors in the decision. With the 15 boards by Rochel Sunday, Wisconsin had the advantage 38-32 in overall rebounds and more importantly 13-9 in offensive rebounds, which led to 16 second-chance points for the Badgers.After the loss to Ohio State, Rochel and the Badgers concentrated on boxing out in practice, which was quite evident in the win Sunday.“It all comes down to every little thing in that game,” Rochel said. “Ohio State, they killed us on the boards. That came down to a rebound at the end, so we’ve really been working on that in practice.”“Rebounding, you have to have heart to do it. It’s not something you really get recognized for, but tonight I was not going to let too many [offensive] boards go.”After the first half Wisconsin’s offense slowed down drastically, only totaling 21 points in the second half and eight in the last 12 minutes. But Indiana was unable to capitalize on the door left wide open by the Badgers.The Hoosiers cut the lead to 10 with nine minutes left in the game, but could not get any closer the rest of the way.Even with the extreme lack of offense in the second half, Wisconsin found a way to close out the game and avoid falling into a last place tie in the Big Ten standings with the Hoosiers.“The new slogan is finish strong,” Paige said. “You’ll be seeing that a lot. Today, maybe not the greatest finish in the game, but we got the ‘W.’”“We’re really looking forward to these next games and taking every opportunity and doing the best that we can with it.”last_img read more

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down sunshine · 224 weeks ago Very NICE Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Samson Ledesma has done it again! The Wellington videographer, who has produced many sports videos for Wellington High School, has done one for Sumner County 911. Check it out.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgLocal artist, Norman Gitzen, has been sculpting a “Vanishing Species Series” for nearly two decades to draw attention to the decline in marine life.Norman crafts sea turtles, sailfish, dolphin, coral reefs and other marine life out of metal, leaving holes in the bodies to simulate their disappearance from the environment due to chemicals, rising temperatures and over fishing in our area. Gitzen recently was commissioned by TD Bank’s lead architect who researched his art to sculpt a vanishing sea turtle for their Miami Beach bank branch. The sculptures are forged out of bronze or steel and feature the characteristics of the sea animal…with parts of the interior missing. The absence of the metal is a metaphor for the vanishing marine life in South Florida.Artist, Norman GitzenWith “Vanishing Species Turtle” commissioned by TD Bank on Miami Beach. Baby sea turtle with matching turtle jewelry by Norman GitzenGitzen explains what is causing the decline in sea life in our waters here in South Florida and what can be done to prevent it.Listen to the full interview here.SFS Vanishing Species ArtFor more information on Norman Gitzen’s artwork click here.last_img read more

first_imgSubmitted by The United Churches of OlympiaThe United Churches of Olympia is excited to welcome the Reverend Elsa A. Peters as its next pastor. Reverend Peters begins her duties in mid-September. Her first sermon as The United Churches of Olympia’s new pastor will be Sunday, September 23.Reverend Peters comes to The United Churches of Olympia (TUCO) following the retirement of the Reverend Mark F. Dowdy in 2010 after 23 years as TUCO’s pastor and two years of service by the Reverend Tammy Stampfli as the church’s interim pastor while the national search was conducted.“Elsa feels called to ministry with us in Olympia and has found a home where she can put down roots. She believes ministry is all about relationships and is very interested in forming meaningful ties with those in our congregation and our community,” says Cynthia Cook, moderator of the Church Council. “Elsa is particularly interested in our witness to social justice, both locally and internationally. She is passionate about our focus in the areas of homelessness and LGBT issues.”“Elsa is enthusiastic, mature, intelligent, a strong preacher, and an innovative leader. She brings with her a passionate spirit and a fabulous sense of humor,” says Mike Segawa, chair of Personnel for The United Churches of Olympia.The Reverend Elsa Peters was born not far from New York City. She attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City. During her studies, she served as a Chapel Minister at the seminary and a Minister of Children and Families in two different churches. In 2006, Elsa was called to the First Congregational Church in South Portland to serve as the Associate Pastor.Reverend Peters is also a writer. She actively writes liturgy and articles on faith issues and maintains a personal blog.The United Churches of Olympia is located at 110 11th Ave SE. It is a federated church with a Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination and a United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination worshiping as one church. More information about The United Churches of Olympia can be found at the church website: http://www.theunitedchurches.org/. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgThe Kootenay Rhythm Dragons continue to pull in the hardware after the crew took third place at the Vernon Dragon Boat Races Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake captured third overal in the A Women’s Final.”Once more the KRD grouping of Sisters in Sync and Ladies of the Lake Team proved a winner,” said Coach Cath Little. “Great season for the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons.”The Kootenay The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake has four paddlers from the Sisters In Sync on the team for the Vernon meet.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragon also won First Place in the Women’s Championship “B” Division at the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival.Next up on the season schedule is the races in Penticton, September 5-7.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons will be sending two teams to the Penticton competition.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of League One outfit MK Dons it could be back to the drawing board for Louis van Gaal.After a promising pre-season, the Dutchman’s 3-5-2 formation, which was a huge hit for the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup, has faltered and put their defensive frailties on show for all to see.A 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford to Swansea City and a 1-1 draw with Sunderland so far in the Premier League have left the Red Devils with plenty to do at an early stage, if they are to get back into the top four this campaign.So just how can Van Gaal change things with his under-performing stars? talkSPORT takes a look at the systems he could switch to…4-4-2A rock solid two banks of four used to be the way to go in the Premier League, before a more continental 4-2-3-1 became popular, giving managers the ability to play with two strikers, but also create a firm defensive base.The arrival of Angel di Maria, who can play on the wing, would allow Van Gaal to make this switch, but concerns could come with where Juan Mata would fit into this system. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ditched the Spaniard after questioning his work-rate and playing him along side Ander Herrera in central midfield could leave Man United exposed if he doesn’t do his defensive duties.One solution could be to squeeze this tactic into an attacking diamond formation, but this could restrict the influence of wingers Antonio Valencia and Di Maria, leaving Herrera with too much to do while shielding the centre backs, but with Wayne Rooney able to drop back it could see them win the majority of midfield battles.How it could look:3-4-3Van Gaal is well versed with this system having used it as Ajax triumphed in the 1995 Champions League final, but due to Man United’s current defensive limitations it’s unlikely he would risk such a tacitc.The Red Devils certainly have the players to contribute in an attacking sense but with no Edgar Davids-style midfield warrior to help shield the back three it could see them concede more in the long run and probably isn’t as viable as a 4-3-3 formation and would make the signing of Southampton starlet Luke Shaw seem rather redundant.How it could look:4-3-3This is perhaps the most likely change Van Gaal will make to his tactics as it enables him to push Di Maria into a central role alongside the rambunctious Herrera and either Adnan Januzaj or Tom Cleverley.With Spain star Herrera tackling and one of the latter two acting as a playmaker it allows new signing Di Maria to go on marauding runs forward to assist a narrow front three, spearheaded by Robin van Persie.Van Gaal loves his full-backs to get up and down the pitch and in this system he will need Shaw to be up to speed along with Brazilian right-back Rafael as they will be crucial to its success.How it could look:4-2-3-1If Van Gaal is looking to shore up his defence and give it even more protection he could switch to this formation, but it could stifle his attackers if the double pivot fails to provide the right kind of service to the forward line.We could see Phil Jones pushed up alongside Herrera into a midfield role, which Sir Alex Ferguson did to the young England star on a number of occasions as he acclimatised to life at Old Trafford.Meanwhile, Mata, Rooney and Di Maria could all rotate positions behind Van Persie, who would surely relish the service that might be laid on for him.How it could look:VerdictIt appears a fluid 4-3-3 looks to be the formation that would bring the best out of the current Manchester United side, when at full strength.Defensively it offers a return to the normality of a flat back four, which seems sensible considering the only Premier League side in recent years who have seen results using three centre backs is Hull City.Meanwhile, going forward, it enables a number of players to display their creativity and burst forward to support their talented frontline, who, in theory should thrive, but will Van Gaal want to switch things so early on in his Man United tenure? 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO–Since taking over as the Milwaukee Brewers general manager, David Stearns has quickly established himself as one of the brightest minds in baseball.Stearns has turned the Brewers into a World Series contender this season, but he won’t be constructing a similar turnaround for the San Francisco Giants. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants were denied permission to speak with …last_img read more

first_imgCC Africa’s flagship game reserve is the world-renowned Londolozi, Zulu for “protector of all living things”. (Image: Londolozi)Janine ErasmusConservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa) is driven by its philosophy of “in order to do well we must do good”. To this end the company balances its luxury holiday offerings with responsible tourism, community empowerment, and sustainable conservation development.CC Africa is built upon the model established 82 years ago at the company’s flagship game reserve, the world-renowned Londolozi (a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things”). Even then it demonstrated that the business of wildlife could be economically viable through carefully managed, low-impact, high-yield tourism.South Africa, with its abundance of wildlife and its scenic beauty, has since become a sought-after destination for travellers looking for something different. However, it is important to minimise the impact upon the natural environment, not only for the benefit of visitors but for the generations of the future.Says Valeri Senekal of CC Africa, “We recognise that wildlife and conservation can thrive alongside each other with the communities’ buy-in. So instead of merely farming the land we preserve its natural state, to the advantage of all involved. We work closely with the communities around our lodges to educate them about the importance of conservation.”This falls in line with the company’s belief that economic development of the areas in which it operates is crucial to the maintenance of bio-diversity. Co-operation with communities, who in many cases own the land on which CC Africa’s lodges are built, results in benefits for both parties.One of CC Africa’s success stories is Phinda (“the return” in Zulu). The private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, established in 1991, become the subject of a land claim whereby two-thirds of the land came under dispute. After much discussion CC Africa decided not to oppose the claim because, as CEO Steve Fitzgerald said, while it was important to carry on business to ensure profitable ecotourism in the area, it was not crucial to actually own the land.Negotiations with community leaders resulted in a settlement that was acceptable to both parties. On 11 August 2007 at a ceremony attended by South Africa’s Minister of Land Affairs Lulama Xingwana, and chair of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, CC Africa signed the land over to the community and promptly leased it back for a 72-year term. Dr Buthelezi hailed the agreement as a win-win situation.Conservation and community projectsCC Africa has initiated several successful conservation and community upliftment initiatives. These include Positive Health, The Goal is Life, and Sing for Life.Positive Health was inspired by American-born David Patient, who was diagnosed with HIV is 1983 and is still living a healthy life 25 years later. Patient now lives in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga and is involved in ongoing HIV-Aids education, including Positive Health.The Positive Health programme was launched in 2003 around the ever-present HIV/Aids pandemic, and aims to educate lodge staff and their families about the benefits of good health and how it can help in the fight against HIV. Staff pass on the message at home, which in turn benefits the communities as they learn about planting vegetable gardens and living healthy lifestyles while maintaining a positive outlook.The company holds workshops and provides dietary supplements and reading material to all involved. With over US$100 000 invested in laying the platform for Positive Health, the programme is now run in over 45 of CC Africa’s lodges in South Africa and other countries across the continent. According to programme co-ordinator Elsje van Wyk, it has reached 30 000 people in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.The Goal is Life taps into South Africans’ enthusiasm for football. The programme organises soccer challenges within CC Africa’s lodges. Says Senekal, “This programme gives our staff something to work towards – a goal. We engage with well-known local stars such as Mark Fish to visit our lodges and play football with the staff, but the celebrity will also give a talk on the importance of having goals that are worth living for, especially if you have a dread disease. The overall winner of our football challenge will receive tickets to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”However, the company has realised that not all their staff are football-mad, and has introduced a third programme named Sing for Life. “This is aimed primarily, but not exclusively at our ladies,” says Senekal. “The first year of the programme has just come to an end. We ran it at our lodges across Africa, getting our staff together in choirs to perform songs from a number of genres such as traditional and gospel. We also encouraged them to write their own songs.”The best choirs from all regions went forward to the gala evening which was held at the Theatre on the Track in Kyalami in January 2008 and featured six colourful African cultures – Xhosa, Zulu, Swazi, Shangaan, seTswana, and Tanzanian.Making a lasting impactAccording to Senekal, visitors to CC Africa’s lodges often become so inspired that they wish to help even after they’ve returned home. The Africa Foundation is the non-profit arm of the company that was set up in 1992 to disburse donations made by guests and supporters from around the world.Focusing on community equity, income generation, education, and health care, the Africa Foundation has worked in 26 rural conservation communities across Africa, and touched the lives of over 300 000 local residentsTo date over US$4-million has been channelled into community development projects such as the Community Leaders Education Fund, which offers partial funding for tertiary education to students from rural communities around CC Africa’s lodges, and the Conservation Lessons programme for schoolchildren.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah are patrons of the organisation.Useful linksResponsible SafarisCC AfricaAfrica FoundationLondoloziDepartment of Agriculture and Land Affairslast_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. RELATED ARTICLES Owens Corning Buys Mineral Wool ManufacturerMineral Wool Boardstock Insulation Gains GroundWrapping an Older House with Rock Wool InsulationInstalling Roxul Mineral Wool on Exterior Walls Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall SheathingGBA Product Guide: Roxul Mineral Wool Insulation Battscenter_img Why I like mineral woolMineral wool is highly fire resistant, which has long made it an insulation material of choice in many commercial buildings. It achieves its fire resistance without the use of any flame retardant chemicals, which are widely used in most foam-plastic insulation materials — and which I believe to be a huge downside of those products.Mineral wool is a heavier and denser insulation material that fiberglass, giving it better sound-control properties and more effectively restricting air movement through it. 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