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Dundee-based family bakery Clark’s has revealed plans to invest in two new stores, bringing its total shop-count to ten.It is building a new site on Dundee’s Kingsway and has just had planning permission for its tenth shop, which will be in Fintry, Dundee.Clark’s also recently opened its eighth shop in Arbroath, Angus, in August.The 70-year-old third generation company has just been given planning permission for a £100,000 expansion of its bakery from the current 8,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft, to boost capacity.Owner Jonathon Clark said he had moved the company from being a traditional bakery to offering more food to go such as salads.All stores offer an electric vehicle local delivery service to reduce the carbon footprint and the environmental impact of deliveries.He commented: “It is exciting to propose investment in this area which will create new jobs during an uncertain time for many.”
August 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Associate EditorFor Eddie Mulock, who once served on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors, the idea sprang to mind while stretched out in a hospital bed preparing for a heart transplant. After he’d been given one day to live, Mulock learned precious perspective: “Getting fills your pockets. Giving fills your heart.” If he survived, he vowed he’d work to create a summer camp for special-needs kids.For Norman Gerstein, an 11th Circuit judge, inspiration came from his own two young sons, now 5 and 9, realizing how much time and attention kids need to flourish. Yet, he realized, so many foster children don’t have the same opportunities to thrive and just be carefree kids. Many live in neighborhoods so dangerous they spend entire summers locked behind doors watching TV.They are two Florida lawyers, one in Bradenton and one in Miami, who looked beyond their own privileged lives and dreamed up a way to let kids be kids – with nurturing, constructive programs fueled by not-for-profit corporations they head. Both Mulock and Gerstein say the biggest reward for their charitable work is seeing the smiles on the faces of the children they serve.Since the Florida Bar News first reported about each program (Mulock’s in the August 15, 2001, issue, and Gerstein’s in November 1, 2002), much has happened, thanks to generous donations and grants that both programs need to keep going. Here are their progress reports: Foundation for Dreams A major heart attack sent Mulock to Shand’s Hospital in Gainesville, where he was connected to a heart and lung machine while awaiting a new heart. Within those stark and sterile walls, Mulock had met a lot of very sick children stuck in hospitals too, and he wondered what they had to look forward to. He’d found out about special-needs camps, but learned there were none on Florida’s West Coast, and pledged to do something about it. When he got out of the hospital in 1995, he got busy making good on his promise and created the Foundation for Dreams. It would take more than five years of preparation before the first campers arrived and “Mr. Eddie” greeted them with teary enthusiasm.On more than 200 acres of a little used Boy Scouts of America property, Camp Flying Eagle in East Manatee County has been transformed into Dream Oaks Camp, an inclusive, barrier-free campground for children ages 6 to 18, who are terminally ill, mentally and physically challenged, as well as at-risk kids.“The Foundation is to establish dreams, mine and theirs, to help these kids have fun like any other children,” said Mulock.“They don’t have to worry about anybody making fun of them, because a lot of kids are just like they are.”All-terrain wheelchairs roll along nature trails. A slanted wooden ramp brings disabled children to saddle level where they happily trot away on gentle horses. Downs Syndrome children snuggle in the bottom of canoes while counselors do the paddling down the Manatee River. Blind children create art for others to see.Water-skiing clinics provide two-on-one instruction, using adaptive “sit skis” adjusted to a child’s weight, height, and ability.Sailboats are completely accessible and give kids a chance to pull the lines and steer the boat.Golf clinics provide one-on-one instruction for children of all abilities, including adaptive equipment.Wheelchair sporting events include basketball, hand-cycling, and boccie.When the first campers arrived in the summer of 2001, Dream Oaks was open only as a day camp and served 56 children.This summer’s seven weeks of camp, Mulock is pleased to report, served about 200 campers—a 30-percent increase over last year—and there are also residential “sleep-over” camp programs thanks to donations that have financed the construction of cabins.Construction is completed on the first four of 10 cabins. Three new cabins — funded by the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, and the Norton Family — are under construction and are scheduled to open in the fall. Those new cabins will provide space to serve an additional 30 children each week.The new residential cabins have sidewalks connected to the dining hall and Manatee Memorial Health Lodge, where a full-time nurse carefully doles out medications and checks blood pressure and monitors vitals, and doctors are on call.Renovations are finished on the Splash Pools Aquatic Center. A new fire pit and Rotary Pavilion have been built. Fishing excursions on a newly outfitted pond are a new attraction. The Pat and Charlene Neal Nature Center is an ecology building and aviary, where children bend over microscopes studying plants and animals. Thanks to the Pilot Club, there is a better sound system for dances and talent shows.Each week of camp is geared to a special group. For example, June 22-27 catered to campers with hemophilia and other blood-related diseases, and July 14-18 was especially for children with developmental disabilities.This year, one more week of camp was added — a residential outdoor adventure camp open to individuals of all abilities. In the spring and fall, the agenda has been expanded to weekend retreats.The Dream Oaks Camp provides 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 ratio of campers to counselor, based upon the needs of the participant.Staff has been hired from as far away as South Africa, Russia, and Great Britain. All staff completed a week of training and hold CPR and First Aid certifications.“Every time I see a parent or a caregiver of one of our campers, I become overjoyed to hear how the camp has made an impact on their child’s life,” Mulock said, telling of the time a mother cried to see her son laugh, a rarity in his challenged life.“The smiles and pure joy I witness when I stop out to camp would not be possible without the support of our friends.” For more information, contact the Foundation for Dreams, Inc. 2620 Manatee Avenue West, Suite D, Bradenton 34205; phone: 941-748-8809, email at [email protected], or visit the Web site at www.FoundationforDreams.org. Summer Fun for KidsIf you’re at the Miami Seaquarium, the Miami Museum of Science, the Miami MetroZoo, or a park in the Miami area and happen to see a swarm of kids in Day-Glo lime-green T-shirts, chances are they belong to Judge Gerstein.“You can see them a quarter-mile away,” says Judge Gerstein of more than 400 children taking part in his Summer Fun for Kids program wearing their special shirts.As the name suggests, the program is all about providing fun activities for kids, most who have been removed from their homes by the State of Florida because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and are in emergency shelter or foster care.“The mission is to improve the lives of at-risk children by providing them the opportunity to enjoy summer activities in safe, nurturing environments that promote the development of their creativity, self-esteem, and independence,” Judge Gerstein said.It all started in 1999 when Judge Gerstein and his wife, Jackie, general counsel for Children’s Home Society, reached into their pockets to send eight foster children to camp at Temple Judea. They wanted these children to experience some of the same advantages their own boys enjoy.That kind gesture to help eight children grew into a nonprofit program that reached more than 140 children the summer of 2001 and has now grown to serving 400-500 kids.“It’s growing faster than I ever thought it would,” said Judge Gerstein, who has a trusted board of directors that does the fundraising and applies for grants.They’re doing a good job. The rapidly expanding program has reaped grants from the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the George and Ethel Kennedy Family Foundation, and The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment — and that influx of money has made all the difference.That financial support has made possible three new programs. More than 100 children attend the National Football League’s Youth Education Town for 10 weeks of camp.And more than 200 children attend Shake-a-Leg, a sailing camp for persons with disabilities, where the program includes a week of sailing in unsinkable boats, motorboat trips, and kayaking on Biscayne Bay.Shake-a-Leg was able to use funds from Summer Fun for Kids as a match for funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide a greater number of camp opportunities for special needs children, including those with developmental and physical disabilities.“One of the hallmarks of our program is that we work out a collaboration with agencies. For example, the Children’s Home Society is watching their own kids. They case-manage their own kids,” Judge Gerstein explained.“The University of Miami people asked if we could devise field trips for the Pediatric AIDS clinic,” Judge Gerstein said. The idea, he explained, was these children have to take their drugs and go to counseling, and the field trips would be an incentive to follow their rigorous treatment regimens.“It’s part of a reward system and actually has a medical-social bent,” Judge Gerstein said.The reward for the Gersteins and the lawyers who volunteer their time on the Summer Fun for Kids board of directors is seeing smiles on the faces of children who’ve had a rough time in their young lives.“I know these children are our future,” Judge Gerstein said. “There are some kids who can get into horrible situations and have lots of problems. That’s also our future if we ignore our children. But if we step in and do something, these children who are our future can be happy and successful.”One of the many benefits of the program, Judge Gerstein said, is that foster kids are “mainstreamed” with children who don’t come from dysfunctional homes.“They learn as much from other children as the program themselves. They learn about attitudes, about kids who did not grow up in foster care.”The original Summer Fun for Kids gave at-risk and special needs children an opportunity to attend camp or field trips throughout Miami-Dade County, including 110 kids who attended camp at the Museum of Science, the Miami Seaquarium, Danny Berry Baseball Camp, and the City of South Miami Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, 30 children with special needs went on field trips to more than 20 locations twice a week.This summer, about 70 children attended the City of South Miami’s camp, 25 children to the YMCA and Trinity Church Camp, and 30 to 40 special needs children will go on field trips twice a week to about 20 different locations. (Some of these field trips will take place during Christmas and spring breaks, too.)Counting the happy faces on kids having fun this summer, Judge Gerstein knows first-hand: “Each one of us can make a huge difference in a child’s life.” For more information about Summer Fun for Kids, write 2900 Middle St., Suite 700, Miami, FL 33133, call 305-442-2815, or email [email protected] Lawyers go to bat for kids Two programs strive to let kids be kids Lawyers go to bat for kids:
Associated Press March 26, 2020 That’s part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press the agreement would credit major leaguers with the same service time this year that they earned in 2019 if there’s no season because of the new coronavirus.Major League Baseball and the union would agree to try to play as many regular season games as possible, the person said. They also would agree to explore one-time changes to the postseason, which would create the possibility of expanded playoffs this year.Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, Mets hurler Marcus Stroman, Astros outfielder George Springer and Phillies catcher JT Realmuto (ree=al-MOO’-toh) also would be eligible for free agency, even if the season is canceled.In other baseball news:— Commissioner Rob Manfred says the investigation of the Red Sox’s alleged cheating is complete, telling ESPN a verdict will be announced before the start of the season. Manfred’s office looked into Boston’s potential involvement in sign stealing. The Red Sox parted ways with manager and former Astros bench coach Alex Cora in January over his involvement in sign stealing while with Houston. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOPPIN-NBAToppin entering NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Dayton All-American forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is entering the NBA draft after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record and No. 3 ranking as a redshirt sophomore.Toppin led the way in one of Dayton’s greatest seasons, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America first team and He beat Iowa’s Luke Garza for AP player of the year honors.NFL-PANTHERS — Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is pitching an idea to help big league teams squeeze in more games once the season resumes. Atkins is floating the prospect of playing seven-inning doubleheaders, allowing MLB to add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs. Seven-inning twinbills have long been a staple of minor league baseball.— Injured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still hasn’t resumed baseball activities. Judge didn’t play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Judge will be evaluated again in a few weeks.— Major League Baseball will air 30 games across its digital platforms on Thursday, giving fans plenty of hardball to choose from on an opening day postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. With its season delayed until at least mid-May, MLB will air one memorable game for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decision — The Colts have added another piece to their defense by signing Sheldon Day. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. He’s the second former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle to join the Colts since free agency opened last week, joining All-Pro DeForest Buckner. Day has played in 56 games over four seasons with Jacksonville and San Francisco.NFL-BILLS-OBITEx-Bill Stratton diesUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills say former star linebacker Mike Stratton has died due to heart complications stemming from a recent fall. He was 78.Stratton was part of a Bills defense that holds the pro football record of not allowing a touchdown rushing in 17 consecutive games, spanning the 1964-65 seasons. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees until at least April 8. In a memo to the teams, Goodell says the restrictions are meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus, and after two weeks will be re-evaluated, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.— The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America. The officer says it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or decrease. That uncertainty makes it unclear when players might be able to get back on the ice in small groups, let alone when games might resume. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes it’s too early to know whether fans would be allowed in whenever hockey is back.— The NHL has announced that it is postponing the scouting combine, the league awards ceremony and the draft due to the ongoing uncertainly resulting from the coronavirus. All three events were scheduled to be held in June, an impossibility if the league resumes its regular season and holds a full playoff schedule. The NHL added that the draft and draft lottery will be announced when plans are finalized.— The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.— The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden. The Bruins call the moves “temporary business stabilization measures” and go into effect April 1. The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Jacobs. Forbes Magazine estimates the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion. UNDATED (AP) — A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism.Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating.The Tokyo Games were scheduled to begin July 24. Several countries last weekend called for the Olympics to be postponed until next year, but the IOC did not decide to push back the games until Tuesday.In other developments news related to the pandemic: — Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.— The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting. Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns said both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released and told to quarantine at home, his mother’s condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma.— NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified, and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was scheduled to race at Atlanta March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.— Experts are pointing to a Feb. 19 soccer game as one of the biggest reasons why the Italian city of Bergamo (BEHR’-gah-moh) has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. On that day a third of the Italian city’s population made the short trip to Milan to watch their team play Spanish club Valencia. Nearly 2,500 fans from Spain also traveled to the match. Two days later, the region’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was reported. More than a third of Valencia’s team eventually became infected following what some are calling “Game Zero.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSMLB Free agency could happen if season in postponedUNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins says there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-DAVID EDWARDSFormer Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards dead at 48COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards has died at 48. Update on the latest sports Selected by Buffalo in the 1962 draft, Stratton spent his first 11 seasons with the Bills and finished his career with the 1973 Chargers. He was a three-time All-AFL player and earned second-team AFL All-1960s team honors.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-BEEKMANPolice: Washington State safety Bryce Beekman found deadPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has died.Police in Pullman, Washington, say the 22-year-old was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems.” Former teammate Charles Henderson posted on social media that Edwards died of complications from the new coronavirus. The Associated Press couldn’t independently confirm Henderson’s account.Edwards held the single-season school record for assists for more than 25 years. He averaged 13.5 points for the Aggies and is second to Alex Caruso on A&M’s career lists with 602 steals and 228 steals.NHL-PENGUINS-GUENTZELGuentzel progressing nicelyPITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s possible that Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) could return sometime this season if the NHL is able to resume the campaign. Bridgewater inks dealUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have officially signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract.A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press last week that the contract is worth $63 million.Bridgewater replaces 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, who was released on Tuesday after nine seasons with the team. Bridgewater enters his seventh NFL season after spending four seasons with the Vikings and two with the Saints.Also around the NFL: General manager Jim Rutherford says Guentzel has not encountered any setbacks after undergoing shoulder surgery on Dec. 31. Guentzel was expected to need 4 to 6 months to recover, but Rutherford indicated his high-scoring forward is near the front end of the timetable.Guentzel had 20 goals and 43 points in 39 games this season before the injury.TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLUS Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girlsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.The lawsuit was filed in February by three female runners who say they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
“Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. If you would like to comment on this story, email Michael at [email protected] or comment below. The highlight of Saturday’s spring game did not involve football.It wasn’t the touchdown that senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw to sophomore receiver Marqise Lee in the corner of the end zone.It wasn’t the pair of interceptions that senior cornerback Isiah Wiley made either.No, it happened when the Trojans stood around with their helmets off, looking down at the field at a 5-year-old boy wearing a cardinal No. 7 jersey.Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanBefore the highly anticipated game even began, Barkley, senior safety TJ McDonald and senior punter Kyle Negrete stood around as a boy, who goes by the name McClain, stabbed the field as only true USC Trojans can with a fake sword roughly a quarter the size of Tommy Trojan’s.McClain suffers from a rare blood disease that might ultimately prove fatal, but, looking at the boy on that cool Saturday afternoon, you sure wouldn’t know it. As he ran through Negrete’s legs and playfully tackled him, his life-threatening illness hardly seemed to matter.McClain was able to get on the field with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which has made it possible since 1980 for terminally ill children to live out their dreams while they can. The foundation has made these sorts of dreams realities for 250,000 children around the world.For many children, their dream is to be on the field with their favorite professional team or to practice with stars like Jets quarterback Tim Tebow or Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.McClain’s dream? To lead his favorite team, the USC Trojans, out of the tunnel at the Coliseum.And the players seemed to love it. Barkley was seen smiling on the JumboTron, helping the boy stab the field and helping him do traditional Trojan poses, including the “V” for victory. McDonald was beside Barkley, having fun and carrying McClain around the field. And there was Negrete, who, when tackled, received loud applause from the more than 15,000 fans at the game.Traditionally, a spring game is the chance for a player to prove himself, to make his way up the depth chart, to make an impression on coaches and to excite fans for the season to come.But Saturday was so much more than that for everyone at the Coliseum.We didn’t learn who is going to be Barkley’s backup. We didn’t learn who is going to start opposite junior cornerback Nickell Robey, either.We did, however, learn that football is just a game. It is a game that ends when the final whistle blows and the clock hits zero.Unfortunately, a boy like McClain does not necessarily have the luxury of playing a game. Every day is a fight.And to the delight of fans in attendance, the Trojans took a few minutes out of their hectic day to realize this in the midst of Saturday’s chaos.For fans, the lasting memory of Saturday probably isn’t going to involve football at all. Sure, it is going to involve a football field, but that’s about it.Fans will remember McClain being lifted on the broad shoulders of Barkley and McDonald, who already have the weight of an entire fan base on those shoulders, and of the boy doing his best Tommy Trojan impression.And I don’t think the Trojans would have it any other way.In a game that can be so violent and so time-consuming, it was obvious that when McClain was on the field, the only thing that mattered was McClain getting his chance to have a dream come true. It was a chance to show true emotion and humanity and to give hope for those who need it.And without hesitation, the Trojans obliged.As much as we like to think that our student-athletes train 24 hours a day, seven days a week to prepare for the grueling season that begins in September, these are actual people under the helmets and beneath the shoulder pads.People who realize football is only a part of life, who know that sometimes doing the little things can mean so much to someone so small and that making a sick child’s dream come true is more important than throwing four touchdowns or beating a top-ranked team.Besides, the smile that McClain wore was worth more than any tackle or touchdown could ever prove to be.
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CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.The Golden State Warriors are the champions!And, no, we’re not just talking in terms of what happens on the court.The Dubs are also apparently the NBA playoff team that is most name dropped squad in music. Yes, the Dubs and their players are mentioned more frequently in lyrics than any other team that made the playoffs that year, according to a report by lyric licensing service LyricFind.Again, this …
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2 December 2014Portia Modise is the first African player to reach the elusive 100-goal mark in international football; the Banyana Banyana striker was named the 2014 South Africa Sports Star of the Year at the South African Sports Awards.The nation’s sporting royalty came out to celebrate excellence in the various sporting codes at the awards, handed out at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Sunday.“To all our athletes, I want to say to you that this is your occasion. Never again will our athletes go around not [being] recognised for all they put in for this country,” said Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula. The awards were hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“Today we will honour our pride and our heritage of the South African sporting [fraternity] for what they have achieved throughout the year and we will equally remember those who passed on,” Mbalula said at the event, held on Sunday evening.They would not be forgotten for having made the country proud. He was referring to the deaths in October of world champion middle distance runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, and boxer Phindile Mwelase.Mbalula also spoke about women in sport, saying to applause: “May this night usher in a new era in sport for women. Women in sport have never been recognised. All women [participate] in amateur sport; there’s no premier league of women, except for the Netball Premier League.”Rewarding excellenceThere were over 12 categories of awards on Sunday night ranging from Sportswoman and man of the Year to Coach of the Year and Sportswoman and man of the Year with a Disability, as well as Federation of the Year.Coach of the Year went to Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, who was appointed to the top post in July. His award came as South Africa thrashed Ivory Coast 2-0 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon.“To South Africans, we didn’t only see your support, we felt it,” Mashaba said, also thanking his family.Sportsman of the Year was swimmer Chad le Clos, who was not at the event to collect his award, while Sportswoman of the Year was cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio. Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability was Paralympic hand-cyclist Justine Asher, while Sportsman of the Year with a Disability was wheelchair racer and hand-cyclist Ernst Francois Van Dyk.Cricketer AB De Villiers received an excellence award. Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen, who suffers from motor neuron disease, was also honoured.Western Cape’s minister of cultural affairs and sport, Nomafrench Mbombo, said: “The crucial role that sport plays in our communities is undeniable. It is through the different sport codes that thousands of young people are kept occupied, healthy and away from harmful behaviours.”Youth Olympics gold medallist Gezelle Magermann was named Newcomer of the Year. She won South Africa’s first medal of the Youth Olympic Games in August in Nanjing, China, taking gold in the women’s 400m hurdles. The Oudtshoorn School of Skills was named Developing School Team of the Year. Van Dyk, Magermann and the school are all in Western Cape.“Exceptional milestones like this one mean that young people have local sporting role models to look up to,” said Mbombo.SAinfo reporter and SANews
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The spirit of cooperationIt’s really great stuff! And not only that, but they are sharing this freely with anyone and everyone through their website. They’ve put the Creative Commons license (that’s the CC on the images above) on all of it, so you’re free to use it pretty much how you choose as long as you follow their (light) restrictions:Hammer & Hand’s Best Practices Manual is covered by a Creative Commons license that allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as content is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to Hammer & Hand. If any piece is shared online, it is required to credit Hammer & Hand and include a link to the relevant source page.Sam Hagerman, a co-owner of Hammer & Hand, wrote: “We look forward to our role as participants in the economy of knowledge around all these concepts. Our efforts are offered in the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and the greater good.”Thank you, Hammer & Hand, for helping us fight the devil in those details! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. When I was building a home in 2001, I came up against a gazillion little things that I needed guidance on. I’d never built anything larger than a bookcase, so new home construction was quite a big step.I bought books, scoured the web, and tried to get as much info out of Southface as I could, but I still couldn’t find everything I needed. As a result, I made mistakes because, as you know, the devil is in the details.Builders now have a lot more information available online. Of course, there’s Green Building Advisor. (You’re soaking in it!) If you’re a GBA Pro you get access to a great library of details and more. And it doesn’t take a lot of work for a researching builder to end up at the web site of Building Science Corporation. Lstiburek and company provide a great service to us all by making so much information freely available. Ibacos, another Building America Partner, has likewise put a lot of great info on the web, mostly through the Building America Solution Center.I just learned of a really nice addition to this online resource a couple of weeks ago. Hammer & Hand is a construction company in Portland and Seattle that focuses on high performance buildings, particularly Passive House. I’ve gotten to know several of them from the Passive House conferences I’ve attended over the past few years, and they’re a really impressive group. Zack Semke e-mailed me recently to tell me about their Best Practices Manual. From conditioned crawl spaces to kick-out flashing…The diagram above is from the manual, and it’s from the chapter on one of my favorite topics: crawl spaces. This is their diagram for detailing an encapsulated crawl space in new construction. They also show how to encapsulate a crawl space in an existing home and how to keep the building enclosure at the floor above the crawl space — along with recommending when that’s OK.The manual doesn’t have everything you might look for — yet. They’re still working on it and will release more details as they are developed. The manual is also biased toward their climate. Their recommendation for ventilating an encapsulated crawl space is to put in an exhaust system and ideally to use an HRV. That might work in the Pacific Northwest, where the outdoor air is cool and dry, but it’s not ideal for humid climates. (Yes, I really did say the Northwest is cool and dry. It’s a psychrometrics thing.) If you want more on that topic, I’ve written up a more complete discussion of ways to deal with crawl space air.The chapters in the manual are:FlashingSealant Joints (from which Image #2 below is taken)Windows & DoorsRain ScreensWall PenetrationsRoofsBasementsCrawlspacesDecks
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Who doesn’t love free stuff? Check out this round-up of free light leaks, templates, tools, presets, film grain and more to add some shine to your everyday editing tasks.Free stuff is one of the great benefits of the Internet – loads of great contributors willing to share their expertise and generosity with anyone who wants it. As a way of maximizing that generosity and getting you some great free stuff, here’s a quick roundup of some of the best free elements for video editors and motion designers!Light Leaks & Lens FlaresWe’ve previously posted on Premiumbeat some excellent links to some great free light leaks from the likes of Creative Dojo and LightLeakLove. Well LightLeakLove are back at it this Christmas with a huge 25 video giveaway. Each and every day on the run up to Christmas 2013 they will be giving away a free HD optically created light leak for you to use in your projects.If you can’t wait that long head over to Projector Films for 24 more free light leak and lens flares with Pro Res 1080p downloads for each file. What’s handy about this site is that you can watch a sample of the clip before you download it. That, and these leaks are beautiful!Idustrial Revolution also has a generous archive of free FCPX Effects including this Flare Lights Effect which adds a light streak effect to your footage right inside your FCPX timeline.PremiumBeat has previously shared about the London based Luca Visual FX a number of times but if you’ve not already downloaded these two very useful lens flares that are compatible with FCP7, X, After Effects, Premiere, DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer, then what are you waiting for!?Video Editing Templates, Presets & FiltersSpeaking of Idustrial Revolution they also have a bunch of free FCPX templates for common editorial graphics tasks like adding reflection to images and text, color split text transitions, and a very handy broadcast VT countdown clock. Download it for free here.If you’re looking for 2GB of free film grain – including 35mm Kodak Vision 3 5213 filmstock, film burns, aspect ratio templates and more, then Vision-Color, makers of the Osiris film emulation LUT pack, is the place for you. You will have to give a Facebook like for the 2GB download, but we think it’s a small price to pay for useful video video LUTs.Motion-master-templates.com is a super simple site with some nicely put together FCP7/X and Motion 4/5 animated templates. You can download the files and watch a tutorial for each one, so you’re supported all the way. These are all created by motion graphics artist Deyson Ortiz.You’d probably have to be living under a rock to have not see any of Alex Gollner’s regular free FCPX plugins and effects, templates and transitions. Alex uploads a new free FCPX plugin most fridays and his archive site has over 60 free downloads. There are far too many to list here so just jump over and start rummaging for yourself.Two excellent free filters that can save you a lot of time, if you’re still cutting on FCP7, are Marcus Herrick’s free Facelight and Vignette filters. Facelight will quickly add a pop of brightness to a subject’s face whilst the vignette needs no explaining. The Facelight plugin does a decent job of acting like a lightning fast power window right from the FCP7 timeline.In case you missed it we recently shared this excellent Anamorphic After Effects template from editor Vashi Nedomansky, which provides just the right amount of lens distortion and vignetting to mimic the look of anamorphic lenses. Another great post chock full of freebies is PremiumBeat blogger Clay Asbury’s Free Color Grading Presets for Premiere Pro and After EffectsOther Free Tools For Video EditorsEver had a producer or director call you up wanting to look at some MXF footage on their Mac computer without any editing software installed? If not, just wait…one day you will. When that day comes just point them to Hamburg Pro Media’s free MXF4mac player, an amazingly capable little app MXF4mac player will let them simply drag and drop almost any MXF file and watch it full screen. Not only that but they can also:“Control 8 tracks of audio, the framerate, Movie Time, Source Package Timecode, Frame Number and Data Rate. It supports, XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, DNxHD, HDV, Uncompressed SD/HD,Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10,DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more.“Another handy tool for editors comes from Creative Dojo, this time with a free download of some very useful After Effects Scripts that make common tasks like setting up or tidying up your project happen in a flash with a few clicks.To also get a project folder structure set up in a jiffy Digital Rebellion has an excellent free tool called Post Haste, which PB previously blogged about here (plus a load of great insights from editors on how they go about structuring their project organization). Another very useful freebie from Digital Rebellion is the Compressor Repair tool which:Is primarily aimed at problems involving clusters not appearing, submit buttons being greyed out and error messages saying the background process is not running. It can also fix certain issues where Compressor will not launch or launches without any windows.Spherico has 22 free film tools that really are a technical treasure trove and it’s a site that’s worth remembering as, chances are, one of these free tools might just come in handy next time you’re in a tight editing spot. In particular there are some great free FCPX metadata tools like this Keyword Extractor. There are also tools for copying cards, creating disk images and cleaning up Alexa XMLs when working with FCP7.If you’re in charge of keeping track of thousands of files then this great app called Fixity (currently windows only but Mac is ‘coming soon’) from Audio Video Preservation Solutions is probably what you need. Fixity scans your directories to create a manifest of all your files and then can re-scan them all at a later date and compare the two lists in case any of the files have been moved, deleted, corrupted or renamed. A very handy way to ensure the integrity of your data.Another great free tool available from the AVP site is the BWF MetaEdit which allows you to “Import, edit, embed, and export specified metadata elements in WAVE audio files.” If you’re dealing with Broadcast Wave Files on a regular basis this free tool could be invaluable. Check out avpreserve.com for full details.Jan E Schotsman’s old-school looking website is a great place to pick up some very useful free tools for doing all kinds of things to video images like de-interlacing, cleaning up, converting from NTSC to PAL, adding a watermark to a folder of Quicktime or JPG files in one go and much more. All of Jan’s hardwork is available for free, although if you find it valuable there is a donate button.Got your own freebies to share? Let us know in the comments below!
HALIFAX – Five years ago, Melanie Mackenzie got pregnant. Her birth control had failed, and the then 29-year-old knew she didn’t want to have a baby. She wanted an abortion.“I found out I was pregnant almost immediately. You just get that feeling,” the Halifax resident said in an interview. “I hadn’t even missed a period yet.”After taking a positive home pregnancy test, Mackenzie went to her family doctor — Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada where women must obtain a physician’s referral before making an abortion appointment.“I said flat out ‘I’m pregnant and I don’t want to be. I want an abortion.’”Mackenzie was told there was a waiting period, and was sent for a battery of tests including blood work and an ultrasound. It took two months for her to finally obtain an abortion, at nearly 12 weeks pregnant.“It was the worst two months of my life,” she said. “The whole thing felt like a punishment.”Advocates say Nova Scotia is now one of the most difficult provinces in the country in which to access abortion, with women requiring a referral for a surgical abortion, lengthy wait times for the time-sensitive procedure and no provincial coverage for medical abortions using pills.The province also has no private or freestanding abortion clinics located outside of a hospital. Halifax’s Morgentaler clinic, where women had to pay out-of-pocket, closed in 2003.The Termination of Pregnancy Unit at Halifax’s QEII Health Sciences Centre — where more than 85 per cent of the province’s abortions are performed — will only book appointments for women who are at least eight weeks pregnant.With few doctors prescribing the abortion pill Mifegymiso — and no universal coverage of the costly medication in the province — women seeking to terminate early pregnancies are forced to wait.“Nova Scotia is one of the worst places in Canada to get an abortion. The situation for abortion access is extremely grim,” said Darrah Teitel, public affairs officer for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.After her blood work came back positive, Mackenzie recalled the nurse congratulating her on the pregnancy in front of other patients.“I never regretted my decision to have an abortion,” she said. “But it felt like that waiting period and all those tests were to shame me, to make me feel like an irresponsible slut, to punish me. It felt like it was a price I had to pay to obtain an abortion in a country where my right to choose is legally protected.”In Canada, abortion care is a patchwork of widely differing degrees of accessibility and options depending on the province and region. Abortion access is largely provided in big urban centres, leaving women in small communities or rural areas footing the bill for travel and accommodation.Nova Scotia once had the region’s least restrictive abortion access, but both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have changed their policies in the last three years.In 2014, New Brunswick lifted the so-called two-doctor rule requiring two physicians to certify an abortion as medically necessary.Abortions became available in P.E.I. for the first time earlier this year. Women on the Island can call a toll-free number to make an appointment without the need for a referral.Women in Nova Scotia still require a referral and tests before obtaining an appointment for an abortion.“We do require our patients to get referred to our clinic,” Lianne Yoshida, medical co-director of the QEII’s Termination of Pregnancy Unit, said in an interview. “It’s been identified as a barrier and it’s an issue we’re working on. The issue of referral and ultrasound does delay a woman’s ability to see us.”It also may be unconstitutional, said Teitel.She said the provincial rule requiring a physician’s referral is at odds with the Supreme Court’s 1988 R v. Morgentaler decision. Evidence presented during the trial showed that the unnecessary wait times involved in physician referrals were creating unsafe conditions for women, Teitel said.“These delays are still being forced on women in Nova Scotia, and there is no earthly reason why abortions cannot be granted upon self-referral, as in the rest of the country,” she said.In addition to the referral rule, it’s unclear whether delays are exacerbated by a policy enforcing a wait time, restrictions on early abortions or simply a lack of sufficient resources.While Yoshida said there are surgical issues with abortions performed too early, she said that tends to be around four weeks gestational age.Still, a receptionist reached at the QEII clinic said abortions are not scheduled before eight weeks — something confirmed in multiple interviews.Nova Scotia does not appear to keep statistics on how long it takes women to obtain an abortion after a referral.Several women interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of the stigma surrounding abortions and the backlash they could face at work or in the community.Their stories had recurrent themes. The condom broke. The pill didn’t work. The IUD shifted. Contraception fails. Accidents happen.While some were referred for an abortion by a family doctor without delay, others describe having to “jump through hoops” to get a referral. Wait times tended to be four to six weeks, a delay they described as “agonizing” and “cruel.”Jennifer Fishman, associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit of the Social Studies of Medicine Department at McGill University, said the ethical problems that arise from making women wait for an abortion are enormous.“The idea that there is differential access to abortions across the provinces, given that abortion is funded and legal and a medical procedure covered under the Canada Health Act, which operates under principles of universality and accessibility, is incredibly problematic,” Fishman said. “It’s unjust and inequitable to make some women wait while others don’t have to.”Another ethical problem is the mental health impact of waiting, she said.“There is definitely a psychological cost to carrying an unwanted pregnancy,” Fishman said. “Some research shows women will even consider some kind of self-induction, which can be dangerous.”One woman told The Canadian Press she had four appointments with her family doctor before she obtained a referral for an abortion. Her doctor quizzed her on her knowledge of the fetus and sent her to a psychologist before finally agreeing to refer her.“At some point, before my doctor agreed to write the referral, I remember standing in the kitchen with a pair of scissors, thinking maybe I’d just cut it out. I considered going to the emergency room and saying I would commit suicide if they wouldn’t give me an abortion. The waiting, and the threat of not being able to access an abortion, was emotionally traumatic.”Fishman said another troubling issue with making women wait until later in their pregnancy to obtain an abortion are the physical health risks.“Second trimester abortions have much higher rates of complications,” Fishman said. “It’s a much more complicated procedure. They are higher risk and they are more expensive.”Meanwhile, a new method has emerged that would give Nova Scotia women another option in early pregnancy.Mifegymiso, an alternative to surgical abortion, is an abortion pill that can be used to terminate a pregnancy of up to 49 days.Advocates say the two-step process using the drugs mifepristone and misoprosto could increase access, provide women with more choices and shorten wait times.The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada says 171 physicians and pharmacists in Nova Scotia have either registered for or taken a training course on Mifegymiso.But at a cost of about $350, the pill remains out of reach for many women.While Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick have all said they would provide at least some coverage for the drug, Nova Scotia has stayed silent on the issue.A Health Department spokeswoman said the Nova Scotia government is looking at coverage for Mifegymiso, but a decision has not yet been made.Meanwhile, it’s unclear why women in Nova Scotia must obtain a referral.Health spokeswoman Sarah Levy MacLeod confirmed that a referral and an ultrasound are required before an abortion can be booked, but she referred questions on the policy to the Nova Scotia Health Authority.The health authority referred questions to the co-director of the QEII Termination of Pregnancy Unit — the same doctor, Lianne Yoshida, who called the need for a referral a barrier to access that needs to be addressed.“I don’t think it’s necessarily political. It’s sort of just the way it’s always been,” Yoshida said. “It’s recognized as a problem.”