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first_imgLOS ANGELES – Arizona State lost its last four games by only a combined 14 points, and earlier this month missed an open shot and a chance to beat Washington State in the closing seconds. When the Sun Devils visited Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 18, they held an early lead and trailed by a handful of points before UCLA pulled away for a 10-point win. For that reason, the No. 5 Bruins will not take last-place Arizona State lightly tonight at Wells Fargo Arena. Count Bruins coach Ben Howland among those who do not believe UCLA hurt its chances of earning the No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament with last Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. “It’s all based on what we do from here on out, depending on how we go,” Howland said. “It’s a loss. We’re still No. 1 in the RPI. So, although it’s a loss, it’s a loss against a good team on the road. But that remains to be seen. “It’s totally depending on what we do with the rest of our games here in the regular season.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It doesn’t look good over the long haul, but each individual game is different,” Arron Afflalo said. “That team has the potential to beat you. If you look at each individual game, that potential to win was always there. But they’re so young, and they don’t have the experience of winning all the time, that can catch up with you.” Arizona State is heading toward the first winless season in Pac-10 history. If the Sun Devils fail to get out of the weekend with a win, they will be the first Pac-10 team to lose its first 15 conference games. last_img read more


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first_img Drake Game Notes UE Game Notes Evansville boasts the MVC’s leading scorer in Jaylon Brown. The senior is averaging 20.9 points per game after scoring 21 points, 17 of the them at the free-throw line to surpass the 1,000 career point mark in the loss the Bradley. That pace has increased mightily under head coach Jeff Rutter as the Bulldogs are averaging 79.3 points per game on 76.0 possessions per game. In the previous six regulation games against Division I competition, Drake averaged 66 possessions per game. Buy Tickets Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs remain home to host Indiana State on Jan. 11 at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will also be Drake’s ‘We Back the Blue Night’ with all local law enforcement officers receiving free admission for themselves and their families by showing their badge at the door. Click here for more information ‘We Back The Blue’ Night. Story Links Much of that is due to Billy Wampler who has scored in double-figures in eight of the last 10 games with three 20-point games in the last seven outings. During that 10-game span, he is shooting 34-of-72 from the three-point arc as the Bulldogs’ offense picks up pace. The Drake University men’s basketball team returns to the comfortable environs of the Knapp Center on Sunday, Jan.8, to host Evansville in the first of two meetings between the Bulldogs and Purple Aces this season. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. with the contest broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. The contest will be part of a doubleheader at the Knapp Center as Drake’s women’s basketball team hosts SIU at 6 p.m.The Bulldogs and Purple Aces enter Sunday’s matinee with matching 1-2 records in MVC action after both teams dropped their most recent MVC outings. The Bulldogs return home following a 90-65 loss at preseason MVC favorite Wichita State while Evansville is coming off a 74-63 loss to Bradley. Drake also made nine three-pointers in the loss at WSU to just miss hitting the 10 three-pointer mark. However, the Bulldogs have made 10 or more three-pointers in four of their last six games, including matching a school record with 17 against Mississippi Valley State. Live Audio Live Video Live Stats In that contest against WSU, the Bulldogs outscored Wichita State by five points in the second half, but could not over a 30-point halftime deficit. De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) led the Bulldogs with 13 points to continue his strong play. Two games ago against Loyola, he scored a career-high 24 points with six assists. He now has 19 assists in the last four games.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


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first_img10 May 2011 Johannesburg’s Chancellor House has been reborn, and although the offices of Mandela & Tambo Attorneys are empty, the spirit of the two icons is almost tangible in the building. The modest, three-storey structure, on the corner of Fox and Gerard Sekoto streets in Ferreirasdorp in Johannesburg’s CBD, has had its dignity restored. Executive Mayor Amos Masondo and his team presided over the launch of the refurbished building last week, a process that begun in September 2010. “We meet to celebrate the opening of a fully restored Chancellor House – a historic building that was used as a legal firm for both Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo in the 1950s,” Masondo said. “If bricks could talk, this building would have been replete with colourful stories about the struggles for national liberation.” Advocate George Bizos, a long-time friend and advocate of Mandela, was the special guest, and he warmly recounted anecdotes of attorneys Tambo and Mandela. He said of his friend: “He had a wonderful presence.” Bizos added: “I am very pleased about the initiative of the City to restore the building; it is a living structure, a living space in honour of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Duma Nokwe, Mendi Msimang, Godfrey Pitje and others.” He also paid tribute to the Essa family from Polokwane in Limpopo, which owned the building since 1943. It was expropriated by the City last year. “They took a chance in allowing them to stay [in a white area]; they couldn’t always afford the rent. They played a role,” he explained. Other guests included representatives of the Sisulu and Mandela families – Beryl Sisulu and Ndileka Mandela. Attorneys who worked in the firm were Mendi Msimang and Dumi Nokwe, who were represented by Hlula Msimang and Nosizwe Macamo.Restoration The building, a derelict disaster for the past 10 years, has been restored using old photographs, says Lauren Segal, the curator of the exhibition of Chancellor House. The tall ceilings and interior pillars give the inside a more elegant look than the exterior promises. The ground floor has had its large Fox and Gerard Sekoto street window fronts re-instated. Parquet flooring, gleaming and warm, has been sourced and covers the ground floor and the three offices on the second floor of the Tambo and Mandela rooms, which overlook the Magistrates’ Courts across the road. The rest of the office space has grey carpeting, and all walls are crisp white. The other offices have been opened up to create spacious, open-plan areas, with toilets and kitchens running along the north side on each floor. The original entrance on the Fox Street side has been restored, while the courtyard toilets have been demolished, to create a new, enlarged space with plants and benches. A fire escape has been added and a new lift installed. A new roof was constructed, the old one having been damaged by fire and water seepage. Some 68 homeless people had to be removed from the building and were relocated to a shelter, before the City could expropriate the building. Around 30 skips of rubbish had to be removed before a proper assessment could be done, and work could begin.Busy practice Mandela and Tambo had a busy practice in the building from 1952 to 1960, at times bringing in other attorneys when they were caught up in trials in which they were the accused, like the Treason Trial, for which they were arrested in 1956. In an article titled “Save Chancellor House” in the De Rebus magazine of April 1999, attorney Norman Sher recalls his association with the building. Sher worked in the early 1950s as a clerk while studying to write his matric, in the firm of Berman & Berman, the attorneys who occupied the second floor of Chancellor House. He says: “It seems like yesterday and I can see them firmly imprinted in my mind: Nelson Mandela, a most imposing figure with a charming and genial personality, and Oliver Tambo, in contrast, with his deep penetrating features, a quiet and dignified man who spoke very softly in well-modulated and precise sentences.” He described how their offices were “neat and orderly” but crowded with people wanting help with obtaining passes, a process which involved “overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles”. Sher acted as a messenger to Tambo and Mandela, and often fell down the narrow staircase while trying to deliver messages as fast as he could. Mandela named him “Haasie”, Afrikaans for rabbit, “a nickname which he cherishes to this day with fond memories”. He was paid in kind for his messenging duties – he was treated to meals at Kosi’s Cafe on the ground floor, “an institution in itself playing host to many famous personalities”. Sher says that the three of them became good friends, with him bringing the lawyers their daily lunch of samosas from Kosi’s. “Little did I realise then what an important role Mandela and Tambo were to play in the future history of our country.”Museum A museum, to be positioned along the ground floor windows and outside the building, is to be opened at the end of May, says Segal. She explained at the launch, finding it hard to contain her excitement, how she had found documents, including letters, previously unseen photographs, banning orders, police correspondence stamped “Geheim/Secret”, invoices, and court admission material, relevant to the Mandela and Tambo practice, at the national archives in Pretoria. “It is a very exciting find; it felt like new stuff,” she exclaimed. The material has been deposited with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The three offices of the law firm will house a library containing a collection of digitised documents of legal cases handled by the two icons. Blown-up photographs with text will fill each of the ground windows, allowing passers-by to participate in the exhibition. “The various exhibitions will be designed to celebrate the history of this area, of the building and of the people who walked through its doors. Many of them, giants of our history, but also ordinary people in search for a better life, basic justice and elementary human rights,” said Masondo. Tenants for the building are being sought. They will preferably have a legal connection. Bizos indicated that he was going to approach the legal fraternity to ask them to help maintain the library and a possible legal clinic. “There are enough lawyers who have a social conscience.” The shuttered north entrance of the courts in Fox Street will be opened, to allow attorneys to cross the road to use the library and clinic. The Johannesburg Development Agency has overseen the restoration, at a cost of R7-million. “I trust that Chancellor House will remain a beacon of hope for all our people as we continue with our collective efforts to consolidate our freedom and deepen our democracy,” concluded Masondo. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more


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first_imgThe weathering of wood is very different from decay; weathering is breakdown at the surface only. While there are a number of forces that contribute to weathering of wood—moisture, temperature, abrasion by wind-borne particles, air pollution—it’s the narrow band of high-energy ultraviolet light in sunlight that is the dominant force (see Image #1).What bare wood looks like when cut or milledImage #2 is an electron micrograph of unweathered wood. You can see how robust the cells appear; we are primarily looking at the lignin in the wood, the chief component of wood that gives it its structure. Wood treatments, particularly primer paints, are formulated to bond and bind to unweathered wood.What weathered wood looks like after UV degradationImage #3 is an electron micrograph of weathered wood, wood exposed to sunlight for a month. You can see how the wood cell structure has deteriorated significantly. Remember this is a surface phenomenon that does not affect the structural integrity of the wood. But this surface degradation has significant impact on how well treatments, such as paint primer, bond and bind to the surface of the weathered wood.A paint primer testResearchers and paint manufacturers have tested the effect of UV degradation on the bonding and binding of finishes to bare wood. It’s dramatic; just a couple or so days of direct sunlight can degrade the wood enough to reduce the quality of the primer bond to the bare wood. Image #4 shows testing done by Sam Williams of the Forest Product Laboratory (FPL). The test boards show that the longer the exposure of bare wood to sunlight, the poorer the bond and shorter the service life of the paint. His conclusion: “Smooth-planed lumber [that is, siding and trim] must be painted promptly during construction.”Lesson learnedPrime or initially treat bare exterior wood as soon as possible. Ideally, go with factory-primed exterior wood cladding components. It doesn’t make sense to pay good money for exterior wood components and not take the time, right away, to protect them from the sun. And in areas of the country with the highest UV index (mostly the southwest and locations at altitude), it’s even more important to get that sunscreen on your naked wood!For more detailed information on the weathering of wood see these resources from the Forest Products Lab:1. Weathering and Protection of Wood2. Handbook of Wood Chemistry and Wood Composites, Chapter 73. Don’t Get (Sun)Burnedlast_img read more


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first_imgEverything is possible. Even what you believe to be impossible.It’s possible that you can make a difference in someone’s life. Even someone who seems like a hopeless, hard case. It’s possible that today is the day their life turns around, and it’s possible you are the catalyst.You can turn your life around. It’s possible that you can turn 179 degrees and move forward in a very different, infinitely more positive direction than the one in which you were just heading. Why not 180 degrees? Because no one is good enough to produce 100% error.The relationship that isn’t what you want it to be can be all that and more. It’s possible to ask for forgiveness, to give forgiveness, to ask for a do-over, and let bygones by bygones. No matter what happened, it’s possible to forge a new relationship on the ashes of one that wasn’t what it should have been.It’s possible that you can start your own business. You can go out and create something that people will buy from you. It’s even possible to scale that business beyond anything anyone can right now imagine. It’s possible the doubters have you all wrong. Even if you are one of the doubters.Doubling your income is possible. So is doubling the amount of meaningful work you produce. It’s possible to sell your art, and it’s possible to start everything over again from scratch. Going back to school is possible, and so is starting the career you’ve always wanted, even if you have heretofore believed yourself too old.It’s possible to be grateful for what you have, even the things for which you don’t believe gratitude is due or necessary. It’s possible to have a positive, optimistic, future-oriented disposition that infects those around you.All the things you believe are not possible, are possible for you. You are surrounded by overwhelming evidence that this is true. All you have to do is decide and act, and everything is possible. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There is nothing you can do about the past. Living there means that you are not living here in the present. Whatever happened in the past is over, and reliving it in your mind changes nothing—except your state of mind.The future isn’t a good place to live either. Worrying about what will be, what will not be, what will happen, and what won’t doe not do anything to change the future. Worrying about the future isn’t useful. That leaves you with only one other option: Now.If you have done something you regret, something that causes you to feel negative emotions, that event occurred in the past. The only reason it changes your state is because you are reliving it and giving it more meaning. Allowing your focus to go there means your focus is not here, that you are not focused on now. Now is the only time where you can make amends for the mistakes you have made in the past, and it is the only time you can forgive yourself, should that be something you need to do.If you want to secure your future from the things you worry about and over which you have some level of control, you can only do the things now that will make a difference when that future arises. Worrying about things over which you have no control is to pull yourself out of the now to some imagined horror that isn’t even real; it is imagined. The only way you can improve your future is by doing something about it today, right now.Effectiveness now requires that you give yourself over to the present moment, refusing to be distracted, and refusing to distract yourself by being somewhere other than where you are right now. Stop reliving the past and do the important work now.last_img read more