After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I got my degree just to make my dad proud. My dad is a police officer but I really did not want to be a policeman. Maybe, I would have been a fireman and the degree in criminal justice would’ve helped, but I’ve decided to just focus on basketball, get back to the Philippines, and try to make it here,” Herndon said, whose father Robert Sr. traces his roots to Mactan, Cebu.“The decision to move here was tough but I love the country and I love the basketball even more.”A virtual unknown when he made the leap of fate, it didn’t take long before Herndon started making his mark, ruling the Philippine leg of the 2016 Red Bull King of the Rock tournament at the expense of two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, before joining the PBA D-League where he saw action for Victoria Sports-MLQU, Wangs Basketball, and finally, Marinerong Pilipino.Of the three teams he suited up for, Herndon takes the most pride playing for the Couriers, which he led to contend for a playoff spot this past PBA D-League season.“It’s good basketball and I learned a lot there. And that’s just the D-League. For sure, the PBA will be better. There’s just a lot of good players here, good teams, great coaches here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But Herndon is not just an offensive-minded player as he also takes pride in his playmaking and defensive capabilities, something which he displayed in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and earned him a spot in the pre-draft workout’s Mythical Five.“The scoring just comes, but I think I really do well when it comes to rebounding because I like to rebound a lot. I also feel like I can get my teammates going, make the right pass, and also defense. It’s not just the scoring that I can do. I like to take it inside and bang bodies. I can shoot but I can also go with the drive and bang down low. I feel like I’m a good two-way player,” he said.Looking back, Herndon couldn’t help but feel emotional over the path he took to make it this far on his journey.“I think about the draft every day and I wanted this for a long time. I’m nervous, I’m excited, but most of all, I’m ready,” he said. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESIn just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines.And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase his deadly game in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’ve been waiting for two years for this moment. I’m just glad that I’m eligible because I’ve put a lot of hard work into this. I’m ready to get it going,” said the 24-year-old.Herndon had shelved his hoop dreams to focus on his education at San Francisco State and almost gave up on basketball a few years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I played two years there and then, I wanted to just focus on my studies,” he said. “That was humbling for me because basketball was the only thing I wanted to do my whole life. In college, I went through a phase when it was hard juggling school and sports. I wanted to get my degree so losing my passion for basketball, I stopped playing after my second year.”But after getting his criminal justice degree much to the delight of his family, the 6-foot-3 guard felt that it was time for him to take the chance and fly to his father’s homeland. View commentslast_img read more

GECOM renews CEO’s contract

first_img…PPP Commissioners abstain from voteGovernment-nominated Commissioners with support from Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice Claudette Singh on Tuesday renewed the contract of the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield. The contract has been renewed despite the fact that it expires until the end of March 2020.Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase GunrajSpeaking with the media following the Commission’s statutory meeting, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Commissioner, Sase Gunraj indicated that the Opposition-nominated Commissioners requested that the vote for the CEO’s contract renewal be taken after elections is held in March 2020. He added that nonetheless, the Commission went ahead and renewed Lowenfield’s contract. “I asked that the matter be deferred until after elections has been concluded because I believe that the true test of the performance of the CEO would be these elections. The Chair disagreed and they took a decision to renew the contract,” Gunraj stated.He further indicated that PPP’s Commissioners abstained from the vote as they believe it to be too soon for such a critical decision to be made without a clear assessment of Lowenfield’s performance, which can only be ascertained after the conclusion of General and Regional Elections in March 2020.Chief Elections OfficerKeith Lowenfield“We believe that this vote should have been taken or this decision should have been taken afterwards…after the elections have been concluded because the contract would still have some life at that time,” Gunraj stated.According to the Commissioner, Lowenfield had given notice that his contract would expire in three months and as per the terms spelt out in his contract, expressed interest in having it renewed.Gunraj stated that the CEO’s contract has been renewed for another three years.Meanwhile, Government-nominated Commissioner, Vincent Alexander told the media that the decision to renew Lowenfield’s contract was taken after he submitted a notice, as per contract terms, expressing the desire to renew. He stated that there is no plausible reason why the CEO’s contract renewal should be stymied given the upcoming elections period.In February, on the heels of GECOM being ordered to start preparations for the holding of General and Regional Elections this year, Lowenfield was hospitalised.According to reports, he was admitted at the Caribbean Heart Institute located in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) compound.The CEO’s hospitalisation came at a time when GECOM had been instructed to start preparations for polls which was constitutionally due in March following the passage of a No-Confidence Motion in Parliament.Prior to his hospitalisation, Lowenfield has been leading the Elections Secretariat at GECOM to ascertain the body’s preparedness to host elections within the constitutional 90-day deadline, which was effected following the December 21, 2018, passage of the No-confidence Motion.The CEO plays the key leadership role in the secretariat of GECOM, with responsibility for implementing all aspects of its operations, particularly the conduct of elections, and ensuring that results achieved are consistent with the laws of Guyana and the policies determined by the Commission.The CEO is the Commission’s primary point of contact for the staff of the secretariat, whose activities include the registration of registrants, the distribution of identification cards; the provision of information and guidance on electoral operational matters to community organisations and other stakeholders.The CEO also represents the Commission’s policies and activities in interactions with stakeholders and other interest groups, including political parties, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), donor and international agencies, in matters relating directly to the operations of GECOM.H2H dataMeanwhile, today, the Commissioners are expected to reconvene their meeting to discuss matters regarding GECOM’s plans to proceed with the House-to-House Registration cross-matching data received from Gemalto as well as to make a determination on how persons who have failed to uplift their identification cards will be treated.It was reported that GECOM is still awaiting updates from Gemalto on the Claims and Objections cross-matching results which is critical to finalising the Revised List of Electors.last_img read more

2013 Rotary Mega Lottery winners announced

first_img19) Josh Bruher – Kenmore barbecue 39) Harry Dahl – Deluxe weather station 4) Jerett Herold – Kawasaki Trex 750 5) Elaine Peterson – Polaris 800 pro 155 34) Dennie Cox – Cuisinart blend n cook 7) Gordie Carter – Hot tub Beachcomber This year’s grand prize winner is Troy Huillery, who won his choice of a Ford Mustang, Ford F150 truck, or cash.The second place winner is Danielle Brownlee, who will pick from a Chevrolet Camaro, a Chevrolet Silverado truck, or cash. All prize winners will be notified by phone and will be able to claim their winnings at the Fort St. John Rotary Club office. The office is located at 9807 101st Avenue.- Advertisement -The full list of winners and their prizes is below:1) Troy Huillery – choice of Ford Mustang, Ford F150 truck, or cash2) Danielle Brownlee – choice of Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Silverado truck, or cashAdvertisement 36) M.J. Gordon – Sirius satellite radio 33) Lesley Schwertner – Keurig coffee maker 11) Faye Wilk – Gaming PC 6) Kyung Chui Lee – Yamaha Grizzly 700 38) Lex Neufeld – Cuisinart blend n chop 10) Daniel Arbeau – Norditrak Treadmill 35) David Smith – Tomtom GPS 15) Barb Wagner – Apple iMac 27 27) Lance Turner – Blu ray home theatre 28) Lance Kile – Iron horse bicycle 3) John Herrington – Polaris 900 RZR 12) Cash Brinkworth – 60 inch Sharp Smart TV 21) Stan Menduk – iPadcenter_img 16) Hugh Depencier – Asus gaming laptop 9) Bailey Mytron – Subara Generator 3200 18) Kevin Grimes – MSI gaming notebook 30) D-Tech Line Locators – Big jambox 26) Barbera Scobie – 12 piece Kitchenaid pot set 22) Tina d’Eon – Rebel T3-1 camera 32) Delores Flundra – Patio heater 37) Ken Welsh – Tassimo coffee maker 14) Jason McBride – 55 inch LED TV 20) Reg Gardner – Yamaha theatre system 8) Tranh Chyzyk – Uniglobe $5,000 travel voucher 23) Lou Cardinal – Schwinn bicycle 25) Mike Millions – iPad mini 31) Kathy Babkirk – LCD remote starter 13) Desirea Siemens – Craftsman snow blower 17) Tracy Kuenzl – Apple iMac 21.5 24) Neil Evans – Samsung 51 inch 29) Richard Brown – Panasonic HD camcorderlast_img read more

MAN WHO BIT GARDA IN GROIN ORDERED TO PAY €1,000 TO CHARITY

first_imgA man who bit a Garda in his groin during a row has been fined €1,000.Lee McDermott, pictured, admitted assaulting Garda Keating during a disturbance at the Euro Spar car-park in Buncrana, Co Donegal on May 13th last year.A previous court hearing how Garda Keating was forced to undergo hospital treatment after the savage attack. The court was told that McDermott had issues with alcohol and there was a modest risk of him reoffending.McDermott, 19, of Meenagorey, Buncrana gathered the €1,000 in compensation from family and friends.The money was offered to Garda Keating but he said he did not want compensation and just wanted the case dealt with.Solicitor for McDermott, Ciaran McLaughlin, said the money could be donated to a heart charity at the request of his client.However Judge Paul Kelly said he would like the cash to go to the Whiteoaks Treatment Centre in light of the defendant’s history with alcohol.MAN WHO BIT GARDA IN GROIN ORDERED TO PAY €1,000 TO CHARITY was last modified: July 13th, 2013 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:Buncrana District CourtgroinLee McDermottlast_img read more

EX-GARDA COMMISSIONER ISSUES STATEMENT ON HIS DECISION TO STAND DOWN

first_imgFORMER GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan has issued a statement on his decision to stand down.Here is his comments in full:In the best interests of An Garda Síochána and my family, I have decided to retire. I felt that recent developments were proving to be a distraction from the important work that is carried out by An Garda Síochána on a daily basis for the citizens of the State in an independent and impartial manner. Having joined An Garda Síochána in May of 1973, it has been a great honour and privilege to have spent nearly 41 years as a member of this tremendous organisation, serving the people of Ireland.Those nearly 41 years, though at times challenging, have been enjoyable and fulfilling. This is due to the standard of people I have worked for, worked with, and led during this period of time. The work I carried out throughout my career could not have been done without the support of numerous men and women, and for this I would like to thank all who I have worked with during my service. It also could not have been achieved without the support of the many thousands of members of public who I have come in contact with and who I hope I have helped in some small way during my career.Since becoming Commissioner in 2010 I have never failed to be impressed by the dedication of all serving members and civilian staff even when they faced significant professional and personal challenges.The last four years have seen major changes in An Garda Síochána, which were always done in the best interest of the community for whom we do our job. Although some of these changes have not always been easy, statistics from the CSO have shown that they have resulted in a reduction in crime throughout the country. This change in delivery of a policing service has, I hope, provided communities and individuals with a sense of safety and security in their daily lives. I would like to thank the members of An Garda Síochána who I worked with during my time as Commissioner for their support and willingness to adapt for the benefit of the citizens of the State.I have great confidence that the delivery of an excellent policing service by excellent people will continue as it has done since An Garda Síochána’s foundation.I wish my successor, current members of An Garda Síochána, and those due to join later this year my continuing best wishes and wholehearted support.EX-GARDA COMMISSIONER ISSUES STATEMENT ON HIS DECISION TO STAND DOWN was last modified: March 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

MAN WHO USED GOLF CLUB TO ATTACK CAR GIVEN A CHANCE BY JUDGE

first_imgAshley Nicholl at a previous court hearing.A Co Donegal man who used a golf club to attack the car of a man who had been celebrating his daughter’s christening has been given a chance by a Judge.Ashley Nicholl appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court. The court heard how two men had been celebrating one of their daughter’s christening on Septmber 22nd, 2012.The men had left the function in the Carrrick Bar to leave a car home.However, on the way to Carndonagh the men saw two other men – Ashley Nicholl and Barry Doherty.When the men drove out the road, Nicholl and Doherty tried to ram the men off the road.Both parties got out of their cars and an altercation took place.The two men from the christening had to get back into their car after one had suffered various injuries.Both Doherty and Ashley Nicholl then attacked the car using golf clubs.Garda Seamus Lyons told the court that Nicholl, of Bocan, Culdaff struck the car window with such force that he broke the head from the clubThe court heard that Nicholl, 23, had a total of 30 previous convictions including burglary, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.Nicholl’s barrister said the incident was a show rather than an act of sunstance.He said he had been in prison before for burglary and that it was not a pleasant experience for him.H said it had ben a short, sharp blast of reality and realised that prison is not a place for young men.He said he did not want to return to it and was now seeking to go straight and had even secured working on a crabbing boat.Judge John O’Hagan said he knew Nicholl and that he was tempted to send him to jail again.However, he said he had ben told he had turned a corner and said he would reserve sentence until next April.‘I’ll see if he has engaged. And for God’s sake, please wear a lifejacket on that boat,” added Judg O’Hagan.MAN WHO USED GOLF CLUB TO ATTACK CAR GIVEN A CHANCE BY JUDGE was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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:Ashley Nichollattackculdaffdonegalgolf clubInishowenlast_img read more

New infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup

first_imgConstruction in progress on upgrades to Cape Town International Airport to accommodate the thousands of visitorsexpected during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)South Africa is pulling out all the stops to make sure the first Fifa football World Cup to be held on African soil will raise the bar for all future editions of the tournament.The 2010 Fifa World Cup will be more than the world’s biggest sports gathering – it will also be a means to improve the lives of South Africans and citizens of other African countries.Given this, it is intent on improving infrastructure, from transport and healthcare to safety and security, as well as leaving a lasting legacy for the country and the continent long after the final whistle has blown.Sections in this article:LegacyStadiumsInternational Broadcast CentreHealthcareFundingTransportRelated articlesUseful linksLegacyThe South African government has committed itself to investing in the infrastructure, logistics, communications and security that will be needed to ensure that the 2010 Fifa World Cup is a resounding success.It has promised the millions of fans who will be coming to watch the event that they will be safe in South Africa, with R6.8-billion earmarked for crime prevention and justice services.Like many other countries, it will use this opportunity to speed up its plans to develop public transport.In November 2006 the African Legacy Programme, a joint initiative of the Local Organising Committee and the government, was devised in response to one of the main inspirations behind South Africa’s preparations for 2010 – that being to leave a legacy for the African continent.The programme aims to:support the realisation of African renaissance objectives, including programmes of the African union such as Nepadensure maximum and effective African participation at the 2010 world cupstrengthen, develop and advance African footballimprove Africa’s global image and combat afro-pessimismSouth Africa has made an undertaking that the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will not be confined to the host country, and has made the continent-wide legacy one of the core focus areas of preparations for the event. The African Union is actively involved in this continent-wide initiative.The government is collaborating with African countries on a number of projects which will contribute to the African legacy. These fall in the areas of:peace and nation-buildingfootball support and developmentenvironment and tourismculture and heritagecommunication and telecommunicationcontinental security cooperationBy 2010, South Africa will have built better sports facilities, a better public transport system and a better roads and telecommunications infrastructure.But working for 2010 is also about building the country in ways that go beyond improving infrastructure: it’s about developing football and the youth, promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, and fostering pride in the country and continent.A major focus of this infrastructure development is, of course, the building or improving of the match venues and their environs. The hosting of the World Cup will leave a legacy of sports and recreation facilities in South Africa, in the form of 10 state-of-the-art stadiums and the development of other recreational facilities.Providing sports facilities in communities that have not had such facilities before is a key benefit of hosting 2010. The World Cup will leave first-class venues for soccer, following apartheid-era neglect. But the upgraded facilities will also benefit sport and recreational activities in general.In addition to the World Cup match sites, cities and provinces are also investing in the upgrading and development of other sports venues, some of which may be used as training venues. For instance, Johannesburg has allocated R337-million (US$42.4-million) to upgrade the Orlando Stadium and its surrounding precinct in Soweto and R69-million ($8.9-million) to upgrade the Dobsonville Stadium and its precinct, over a period of three years.An additional R227-million ($28.5-million) has been budgeted to upgrade the Rand Stadium, the Cecil Payne Stadium in Roodepoort, Rabie Ridge Stadium and Ruimsig Stadium.Already Safa House, the home of the South African Football Association, has been completed. It was officially handed to the association on 31 January 2007.As the government works to deliver its guarantees for the World Cup, it will use this opportunity to accelerate the improvement of social services in key areas, including immigration and health services. In particular, programmes to strengthen the provision of emergency medical services will be fast-tracked.In addition, cities have planned their own legacy projects. Johannesburg, for example, has identified seven.These are providing street furniture in the inner city; greening of underdeveloped soccer fields; an indoor sports centre; upgrading of Diepkloof Hostel; greening of Klipspruit River; Bus Rapid Transit system; and establishing the Soweto Theatre.In Cape Town, a new electrical substation is being built in Green Point to ensure enough power for the stadium and surrounding area.Other municipal service upgrades are in the pipeline and the new owners of the V&A Waterfront are investing R7-billion in the precinct, six new hotels are planned, while other private sector companies are also investing.The city aims to ensure that rail, rapid bus transport and a recapitalised taxi service move people about efficiently and reduce private car use during the tournament and in the long-term.In terms of safety, integrated operations and operations centres between all law enforcement agencies, intelligence, technology, training and extra resources will improve security, safety and law enforcement. Ellis Park, Loftus Versfeld, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng Stadium were all used to successfully host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. (Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)StadiumsThe standard of stadiums is crucial to hosting World Cup matches, while smaller stadiums need to be upgraded to be used as training venues.In all, 10 stadiums have been earmarked for the World Cup, with five of them being built. They are:Soccer City (Johannesburg, Gauteng province) – major upgradeEllis Park Stadium (Johannesburg, Gauteng province) – minor upgradeGreen Point Stadium (Cape Town, Western Cape province) – new constructionDurban Stadium (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province) – new constructionNelson Mandela Stadium (Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Eastern Cape province) – new constructionLoftus Versfeld Stadium (Pretoria, Tshwane municipality, Gauteng province) – minor upgradeRoyal Bafokeng Stadium (Rustenburg, North West province) – upgradeFree State Stadium (Bloemfontein, Manaung municipality, Free State province) – upgradeMbombela Stadium (Nelspruit, Mbombela municipality, Mpumalanga province)Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane, Limpopo province)Of these, four can be used to host the Fifa World Cup tomorrow. Ellis Park, Loftus Versfeld, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng Stadium were all successfully used to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)International Broadcast CentreA staggering 26.4-billion people watched the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany; many more are expected to watch in 2010.Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban all bid to host the IBC, but the cabinet approved Joburg’s bid. The city is now awaiting Fifa’s ratification of the cabinet’s decision.The event will be also be broadcast in high definition television and fully broadcast on mobile phones, while there is already a strong movement towards electronic newspapers and multimedia reporting.The IBC will be the media nerve centre for the World Cup. It will provide coverage to a cumulative audience of more than 30-billion viewers, and the government will use the construction of the IBC to enhance South Africa’s migration to high definition television and new broadcasting technology. Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital east of Johannesburg. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)HealthcareThe South African government is making every effort to ensure that health and medical services are adequately prepared for the World Cup.The Department of Health has set up a multi-sectoral and intra-governmental health technical task team that includes 15 expert workgroups, a national programme unit and nine provincial programme managers.The Health World Cup Unit was finalising a master plan based on the inputs from these workgroups. Guarantees the department has made involve providing adequate healthcare infrastructure, including 24-hour emergency medical treatment and disaster management in the host cities.Some R286-million has been budgeted to make sure it delivers on these guarantees.In October 2007 the health department said progress had been made in improving a select service that would not only improve service delivery during the tournament but would also leave a legacy for the country. These include initiatives such as the improvements made in the emergency medical services, emergency centres, stadium medical facilities and port health services.Improvements have started, including modernising and expanding the ambulance fleet, modernising communications centres, expanding aero-medical services and enhancing emergency care training.“Hospital systems are being strengthened and in addition to mass causality preparation, certain public and private health facilities are being designated as primary centres for the tournament. A comprehensive bed bureau will also be established at each designated hospital linking it with the provincial health operations centre, providing a real time picture of bed availability,” the department said.FundingBillions of rand have already been committed by the government for upgrading infrastructure, with the bulk of developments taking place in the host cities, it was said during a briefing by the Financial and Fiscal Commission in October 2007. The commission was briefing the Public Works Portfolio Committee.To date, R17.4-billion ($2.2-billion) has been made available to the different provinces for use in the construction and revamping of stadiums.The government has said that all developments, transport infrastructure in particular, is not only aimed at 2010, but well beyond in an effort to create sustainable infrastructure growth.The commission recommended that a 2010 World Cup Legacy Management Policy should be introduced. Legacy projects linked to the World Cup are set to benefit the nation with improvements to infrastructure such as roads and public amenities. Construction on Park Station, a central node of the Gautrain rapid rail system, in the Johannesburg inner city. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) TransportThe plan is for host cities to have efficient public transport in place in time for the World Cup.Already Johannesburg and Tshwane have announced their bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. Joburg’s project has been named Rea Vaya, or “we are moving”.With BRT, the cities aim to provide faster, safer and more reliable transport than current public transport, making it more affordable. It involves the construction of “bus way corridors” on dedicated lanes and modernised technology.In Gauteng the BRT systems will intergrate with the Gautrain, and in all cities they will work with already existing public transport programmes, such as Metrorail.Construction of the infrastructure in Tshwane is scheduled to begin towards the end of 2008 and trial runs are scheduled to be made in late in 2009. The system is expected to start full operation early in 2010.In Johannesburg, the new system will consist of 330 kilometres of special public transport lanes and intersections, running north and south of the city, and west and east.The BRT foresees exclusive median bus lanes; separate, closed median stations about 500 metres apart; bus frequencies of three to five minutes apart in peak times and 10 minutes apart in off-peak times; a GIS-based control centre; smartcard fare technology; buses running from 5am to midnight; and a model that incorporates incumbent taxi and bus operators..The first phase of construction, Phase 1A, will be completed in time for the African Confederations Cup in April 2009. This route will run from Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto to Jeppestown, and further north to Sandton. Phase 1B, to be completed in April 2010, in time for the World Cup, will comprise 86 kilometres and 102 stations. It will connect Dobsonville to Parktown, through Rosebank, and up to Rivonia, with a link east to Alexandra.The full system of 330 kilometres, to be completed by 2013, will run from Orange Farm in the south, right through to Midrand in the north, with routes going west to Protea Glen in Soweto and Westgate, and passing through Northgate and Fourways.The BRT will also run to the airport, and to Southcrest, through City Deep, in the southeast. A circular inner city route will service residents and workers.Government spending on transport has already reached R9-billion. A vastly improved public transport system is one of the legacies that South Africa will secure from the hosting of the World Cup, as the opportunity will be used to fast-track an efficient, sustainable and affordable public transport system that will benefit commuters and the economy in the years following the event.In Cape Town, R1.9-billion ($239-million) has been budgeted to improve transport infrastructure, including strategic transport corridors and major routes, while the rail system, long-distance public transport facilities and inner-city distribution system will receive major upgrades.The Airports Company of South Africa is spending R1,2-billion ($150.9-million) on upgrading Cape Town International Airport to cope with visitors during the tournament and with a steadily increasing amount of traffic through the airport. An airport to city link is also proposed.GautrainThe Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network being constructed in Gauteng. It comprises of two links, namely between Tshwane and Johannesburg, and between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton, northern Joburg. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by about 80 kilometres of rail.Construction has started on the southern portion of the project, including Park Station, Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Rhodesfield and OR Tambo International Airport Stations, and south of Midrand.It is steaming ahead through Joburg’s Modderfontein and road and intersection upgrades and traffic diversions to accommodate the construction activities are on the go, mostly near Sandton, Rosebank and Park Stations.Construction and completion will take place in various stages. The Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport as well as the link between Sandton and Midrand will be completed and tested in 45 months, in time for the World Cup.The remaining five stations, inclusive of the links between Sandton and Johannesburg’s Park Station and Midrand to Hatfield, will be completed and tested in 54 months, by 1 March 2011.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articles World Cup 2010: fast facts Fifa World Cup host cities Ten stadiums for the 2010 World Cup Football in South Africa Useful links Fifa 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa South Africa 2010 2010 National Communication Partnership SouthAfrica.info – 2010 South African Football Association Host city websites Johannesburg Cape Town Durban Pretoria Port Elizabeth Bloemfontein Rustenburg Nelspruit Polokwanelast_img read more

Google’s Data Viz Winner Shows How Your Tax Dollars are Spent

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Tags:#Google#Government#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Just in time for tax day here in the U.S., Google’s Data Viz Challenge, a five-week developer competition, ended and the Grand Prize winner announced. The winning entry is called simply “Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?” and was created by Anil Kandangath. The Google-sponsored contest asked developers to use data visualization techniques to demonstrate how our federal income tax dollars are being spent. Over 40 developers submitted entries that offered everything from pie charts to bar graphs and more in order to make this complex data more accessible and understandable by everyday taxpayers.Curious to see how your tax dollars are spent? Check out the winning visualization below.The jury selected Kandangath’s entry as the winner because it is both “information-rich” and “elegantly designed,” wrote Jenny Ramaswamy of Google’s Creative Lab on The Official Google Blog, “and at no point while interacting with the visualization do you lose the big picture,” she said.You can launch the winning project from this page here to see it in more detail. The Data Viz Challenge was launched in February of this year in conjunction with Eyebeam, a not-for-profit art and technology center that served as the event host, and WhatWePayFor.com, a website that uses public data to estimate how tax money is spent. Andrew Johnson and Louis Garcia, who run WhatWePayFor, created an API (application programming interface) to provide developer access to their site’s data.The Grand Prize winner received $5,000 in prize money in addition to a timely mention on The Official Google Blog. Even if you’re not typically a data visualization enthusiast yourself, it’s hard not to be impressed (or perhaps, shocked), by the results. Google also created a showcase of all the entries in a short video that nicely demonstrates the creativity involved with this contest.last_img read more

Denver’s Green Roof Ordinance Kicks In

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Denver Voters Approve Green Roof InitiativeVegetated RoofsU.S. Cities Are Fighting the Heat-Island Effect Opponents focused on costThere was widespread opposition to the plan from Denver business interests who said the ordinance would increase building and maintenance costs while pushing up rents. The Post and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock were among those who argued against the plan. Hancock said it went “too far too fast” and the newspaper called it “clumsy and heavy-handed.”There are a number of issues that need some clarification, including watering requirements, how the ordinance will be affected by Colorado’s water rights law, and how the city will use fees paid by developers who get variances, the paper said.Even the campaign manager for Initiated Ordinance 300, Brandon Rietheimer, said some tweaks will be needed. But he said the mayor’s office seemed ready to implement the law despite opposing it during the campaign, and city councilors said they wouldn’t seek an outright appeal.The Colorado Real Estate Alliance, which had opposed the ordinance, had sought to delay the effective date by six months, but the city attorney rejected the request on grounds that would violate the six-month delay on changes that’s incorporated into the city’s charter.The city has drafted a set of rules that will guide city planners on how to implement the ordinance. Permitting requirements for contractors are likely to get more complicated and lengthy, particularly for existing buildings due for a roof replacement. Now that the ordinance has the force of law, however, some changes appear inevitable. A six-month moratorium on changes protects the wording of the ordinance until May, but after that the City Council is free to make changes with a two-thirds majority vote. The city’s Department of Public Health and Environment is rounding up a panel including referendum organizers, building and green-roof experts, and opponents of the plan to study possible changes. A citizen-sponsored ordinance requiring rooftop vegetation on large, newly constructed buildings in Denver took effect with the start of the new year, but a city task force already is in the works and is likely to make some changes in the months ahead.Denver voters approved the proposed ordinance at the polls in November after a grassroots campaign by environmental activists who sold the plan as a way of reducing the urban heat island effect and lowering summer temperatures. More than 54% of city voters were in favor, according to The Denver Post.The ordinance, the toughest of its kind in North America, requires that new buildings of 25,000 square feet or more have roofs that are 20% vegetation or a mix of vegetation and solar panels. As buildings get larger, the proportion of the rooftop that would have to be covered increases; for buildings of 200,000 square feet or more, the requirement climbs to 60%. The ordinance also applies to buildings that are being reroofed, or expanded to exceed the size thresholds. In approving the plan, Denver joined Toronto and San Francisco as the only known North American cities to require green roofs, although a number of other cities have offered incentives to encourage them.last_img read more

Childhood Sexual Abuse: Do Our Thoughts Impact Outcome?

first_imgJay Morse and Heidi Radunovich, PhDVictims of childhood sexual abuse often present a wide array of symptoms following childhood sexual abuse (CSA), and how these symptoms manifest varies from child to child. Yancey, Naufel, and Hansen (2013) wanted to know what factors impacted clinical presentation following childhood sexual abuse (CSA).[Flickr, Broken Hearted Boy 6 by Isa Sorensen, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Previous research suggested that factors unique to the individual, factors associated with the family, and factors related to the specifics of the abuse itself all seem to contribute to outcome. In previous research by the authors, the following types of presentation among CSA victims were noted:Highly distressed – Both parent and child report high levels of distress and behavior problems.Problem behaviors – Child does not report distress, but parent reports problem behaviors.Subclinical – Both parent and child report no clinical distress or behavioral problems.Self-distress – Child reports high levels of distress, but parental report is in the normal range.MethodologyParticipants were 101 children ages 7-18 who were in treatment for CSA through Project SAFE, a 12 week cognitive-behavioral group treatment program for victims of CSA. Archival data from the children and their non-offending parent or caregiver was used, and included the Children’s Impact of Traumatic Events – Revised (CITES-R – child completed), demographic questionnaire (parent completed), child history form (parent completed, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ – parent completed), and Symptoms Checklist -90-Revised (SCL-90-R – parent completed).ResultsOne of the most important findings in this study is that attributional style, or how the children thought about the abuse, was correlated with clinical presentation of symptoms. Individuals in the highly distressed cluster had more negative attributions of the abuse than participants in the subclinical cluster. Mental health and coping of the parent were also associated with clinical presentation, such that parents of children and adolescents in the highly distressed group had higher reported symptoms over parents in the subclinical group. However, this study did not look at how this finding might occur – does parental coping impact child coping in this case, or might parents have less to cope with if their child is doing better? More severe abuse was associated with being in the high distress group, but how long the abuse lasted was not a significant predictor. It is notable that there were significantly fewer boys available for this study (consistent with lower reported levels of CSA among boys), but those who were in the study were more likely to be in the problem behavior group.ImplicationsIn this study, two key implications for treatment intervention emerge:How children and adolescents think about the abuse, and the causes behind it, can determine how they are functioning. Targeting negative attributions can be an important part of the therapeutic process.Parents or caregivers also need to be considered in developing a treatment plan. Considerations such as the mental health of the parent can play an important role in the treatment and recovery of the child or adolescent. References[1] Yancey, C. T., Naufel, K. Z., & Hansen, D. J. (2013). The relationship of personal, family, and abuse-specific factors to children’s clinical presentation following childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 31-42. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10896-012-9485-6This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more