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Military Family will Receive Free Home From Meritage Homes

first_img  Print This Post Dallas Homefront Program Military Operation Homefront 2017-05-26 Brianna Gilpin One of America’s military families will receive a new home now that Meritage Homes Corporation, a U.S. homebuilder, has renewed its partnership with Operation Homefront. The companies work together through the Homes on the Homefront program to place military families in new homes.“We are grateful to be partnering with Meritage Homes for the fifth year to place another deserving military family in a mortgage-free and energy-efficient home,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert Thomas, COO for Operation Homefront.Meritage Homes is donating a 2,038 square-foot, three-bedroom home in Dallas. The home will include a two-car garage, a covered outdoor living area and ENERGY STAR appliances. It will also include spray-foam insulation and energy-efficient windows that will save money by cutting down on cooling costs by 50 percent.The recipient of the new home will be selected by Operation Homefront, a national charity aimed at building stable and secure homes for military families, and announced on September 11. The keys will be awarded on Veterans Day. Thomas hopes the donation will allow military families to thrive in the communities that they have worked to protect.“We are proud to partner with Operation Homefront to help a military family realize their own American dream of owning a home,” said Steven J. Hilton, chairman and CEO of Meritage Homes. “They have helped to secure the freedoms we all enjoy, and as they transition back to civilian life, we hope that a safe, secure and mortgage-free home will make that transition easier.”This will be the fifth year that Operation Homefront will be working with Meritage Homes. The Homes on the Homefront program began in 2012 and has placed nearly 600 military families in mortgage-free homes, whose deeds are valued together at over $48 million.“I was floored by what Meritage Homes provides for veterans and military families,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Moncrief, who received a home for his family of four last year in Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s a dream that we have been wanting for a long time. We no longer have to move constantly or worry where we are going next.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 26, 2017 1,224 Views Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Military Family will Receive Free Home From Meritage Homes Tagged with: Dallas Homefront Program Military Operation Homefront About Author: Brianna Gilpin Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Seven Markets Enjoying Fast Closings Next: Fannie Mae Gets Green Light on Third Front-End CIRT The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Featured, Headlines, News Home / Featured / Military Family will Receive Free Home From Meritage Homes Subscribelast_img read more

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Baker/Kohler to head Saint Mary’s Student Government Association

first_imgSaint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) announced the incoming student body president and vice president, Kaitlyn Baker and Maddie Kohler, on Friday.Election week was exciting and stressful, but Kohler felt particularly confident during her speech in the dining hall Wednesday during dinner, she said.“We were always anxious to see how the other candidates were going to campaign,” she said. “But Wednesday night, when we gave our speeches, I was so proud to be telling the students what we want to do, if elected, and express our love for the College.”Kohler said she and Baker plan to attend SGA meetings and shadow the College’s outgoing student body president and vice president, McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorhead, to prepare for their term, which officially begins April 1.Baker said she and Kohler will begin the board application process for student-run organizations like Student Diversity Board (SDB), Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Student Activities Board (SAB). Students were elected into such positions prior to this year, Baker said.Though they both have SGA experience, Kohler said she and Baker look forward to working with Schuster and Moorhead to guide them into their new positions.Kohler said she and her partner intend to add a function to the new BelleMobile app that would track Blinky, a nightly shuttle service sponsored by Saint Mary’s Security to transport students safely around Saint Mary’s campus, as well as back and forth from the Grotto.“There’s a lot of questions that need to be asked and a lot of research to figure out how we could create such a function,” Kohler said. “I’ll have to reach out to IT and try to develop that over the summer.”Baker said they want to begin promptly on some of their larger initiatives, such as the Blinky tracker and diversity within SGA.In addition, Baker said they want to talk with security about transporting students during the day.“The issue seems to be that girls come home with groceries and luggage, and they need a little help getting from point A to point B, so maybe we can talk with security about being more available during the day,” Baker said.Kohler said she wants students to know she and Baker are interested in their concerns.“We’ve already had students reaching out with ideas, and students feel like they can communicate their wants and needs to us,” Kohler said. “ I really want students to know we are approachable.”Baker said she and Kohler hope to recruit a diverse group of students to be in their presidential cabinet.“I want to make sure minority groups are represented and reach out to some of the diverse clubs to find out what their needs are,” she said. “I want to make sure their voices are heard.”SGA added an “International Chair” to ensure the needs of all students are met, and Baker said she thinks including SGA representatives within that addition may help.“We can’t really cater to the needs of diverse students if we don’t have any diversity in SGA,” Baker said.Baker said she also wants SGA to maintain its transparency while she and her partner are in office.“In our platform, we tried to be really honest and highlight ideas we know we could work towards,” she said. “We really want to hear from students and keep Senate meetings open to students to voice their concerns.”Baker and Kohler both said they are excited for the “Big Belle, Little Belle” Program to begin next fall. The program will pair up current sophomores and juniors with incoming first-year students and give new students a guide for their first year of college and beyond.“Right now, the program is voluntary and the Office of Student Affairs is in charge,” Baker said. “We hope students will want to share their Saint Mary’s experience with new students and serve as a mentor and friend.”Kohler said, overall, the elections were a good example of friendly competition amongst classmates.“All of the candidates did a great job campaigning and getting their message out there,” Kohler said. “Now I’m really excited to meet with [the] administration and communicate our ideas and figure out what plans are already in the making.”Tags: Kaitlyn Baker, Maddie Kohler, sga, sga electionslast_img read more

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‘Shabu,’ firearm seized in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Nine sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 19 grams valued at around P133,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 2. Reyes, Alyaga and Benjamin were nabbed after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 6:05 p.m. on July 4, the police added.When frisked, an improvised .22-caliber revolver loaded with four live bullets was also recovered.The suspects were detained in the lockup cell of the Police Station 2, facing charges./PN The 38-year-old resident Glenn Reyes, 42-year-old Ike Alyaga of Barangay 1 and 30-year-old Alex Benjamin of Barangay 7 yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said.center_img Antidrug officers inspect items seized from Glenn Reyes, Ike Alyaga and Alex Benjamin, who were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay 2, Bacolod City on July 4. last_img read more

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After More Than 1,090 Days, Shelter’s Longtime Resident Finds a Home

first_imgA black-and-white terrier mix with a shiny coat, Jules knows commands like “sit” and “paw.” She loves to go for walks or runs on her leash and wears a bright pink collar. She loves belly rubs and has a contagious smile. She sometimes barks out of excitement but is very friendly. The pup had been involved in theShare-A-Pet program at the facility,which allows donors to take her onwalks, feed her treats and give herattention. These social interactionsopened her up and readied her foradoption, the shelter states. According to the shelter there is a $165 fee to adopt large, mixed-breed dogs which includes spaying/ neutering, updated vaccinations and microchips. A $350 fee is imposed when adopting puppies and might require adopters to sign up for puppy training classes. The fee for adopting felines is $75 for kittens and $50 for adult cats, which also includes spaying/neutering, updated vaccinations and microchips. “There’s too many animals whodon’t have homes or families tolive with,” said Delfino Salazar,a shelter employee since 2010.“These dogs need family, love.” TINTON FALLS – Things werelooking a bit dismal for a 6-year-oldterrier mix named Shanice. Nov. 2marked her third year in a TintonFalls-based animal shelter andshe was about to spend her fourthChristmas inside those walls. Thatis, until last week. Shanice was the longest resident of the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey’s Tinton Falls facility. Representatives started campaigning for her adoption as her 1,090th day in the shelter approached, came and went. But a media blitz brought Shanice to the attention of employees of the Jackson-based nonprofit Pitties and Pals Rescue, who decided to change her luck, promoting her cause until finding her “forever family.” A 6-year old terrier mix, has been adopted after spending over three years in the Associated Humane Societies shelter in Tinton Falls. Representatives campaigned for her adoption before the holiday season.Photo by Allison Perrine Papa thought Jules probably spent so long in the Tinton Falls shelter because she was not great with other dogs. “But that can always change. This is a stressful environment, so sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what they’re going to be like in a home. But we obviously have to be cautious.” The adoption process at The Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey’s Tinton Falls facility requires that interested parties have a copy of a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification available. Homeowners must prove ownership of their home with a tax bill, deed, or the like. Home renters must provide a lease specifically stating that animals are allowed. If it does not say it, a notarized letter must be provided from the landlord. Any adopters who already have dogs must bring them in for a meet-and-greet with the dog looking to be adopted. To learn more, contact the shelter, located at 2960 Shafto Road. Many other dogs are up for adoption as well as cats, chickens, bunnies, pigs and roosters. “We can get anything on a given day,” said Papa. For more information about Associated Humane Societies, visit ahscares.org. According to Humane Societies representative Lindsay Papa, it’s a bit unusual for animals to stay at the Tinton Falls facility for verylong. The average large dog or pitbull is adopted within six monthsto a year, and the average smalldog, puppy or purebred is adoptedwithin two weeks to two months.Dogs have been held in the shelterfor at most two years before this.“It is hard to say. It really is caseby case,” said Papa. “But our smalldogs, puppies and pure breeds gomuch, much faster.” Shanice, now known as Jules and living the home-sweet-home life in Princeton, was originally a stray from Sayreville that came to the shelter Nov. 2, 2016. Multiple employees described her as a nice, easy and happy dog. She loves to play with toys and has a particular fondness for tennis balls, often jumping into toy boxes to find them for herself. Salazar said campaigns foradoption will be made for otheranimals going forward, but not forall. Special attention will be madeto animals that have been abused,have special needs or have been atthe shelter for a long time.last_img read more

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Human rights in the workplace roundtable at Northern Lights College

first_img“Workplaces are increasingly diverse and employers are now faced with the task of accommodating different cultures, religions and disabilities in their workforce,” the local Chamber of Commerce said in a written statement. “This session will focus on employers’ obligations under the B.C. Human Rights Code and the challenging topics of the Duty to Accommodate and Undue Hardship in particular.”The chamber adds, “Canadian workplaces are increasingly becoming diverse, and with these changes, employers are faced with the task of accommodating different cultures, religions and disabilities in their workforce.”Litigation lawyer David Brown is the guest speaker for the night. Brown is a lawyer with the Kelowna law firm Pushor Mitchell LLP and practises primarily in the areas of employment and immigration law.- Advertisement -He has appeared before Provincial, Superior and Appeal Courts, as well as before Human Rights Tribunals, Labour and Employment Boards and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunals.Light food will be served, as well as time allocated for networking.The session is being held tomorrow, November 6, at the Northern Lights College Fort St. John campus, running  4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Advertisement A $20 registration fee is applied, and while pre-registration is preferred, one most likely won’t be turned down at the door if they just show up on a whim.“This Roundtable is open to all in the HR and business community.”last_img read more

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South African cricket in 2002

first_img23 December 2002With the 2003 Cricket World Cup fast approaching, it’s time to take a look back on South African cricket in 2002. Apart from a solid hiding from Australia at the beginning of the year there were some strong performances from the national team, while there was excitement in the domestic ranks as the four-day Supersport Series produced a first-time champion, Easterns. This is my take on the past year’s cricket:Player of the Year: Jacques KallisThe best all-rounder in world cricket: by the end of the Test series against Sri Lanka he was ranked sixth in both batting and bowling in the Price Waterhouse Coopers Test rankings. During the course of eight Tests he scored 601 runs and picked up 29 wickets at an average of 26.97. In 28 one-day international innings he scored 1 173 runs at an average of 51, including one hundred and 9 fifties. He also sent down 210.5 overs and captured 32 wickets at an average of 31.78, while conceding 4.82 runs per over. It should be taken into account that South Africa faced Australia more than any other opponent in 2002, playing 11 matches against the team recognised as the top eleven in cricket today. Not that the Australians kept Kallis down; he scored 402 runs against them at an average of 50.25, including a century and three fifties.Newcomer of the Year: Graeme SmithGraeme Smith was hurled into the deep end when he made his Test debut against a rampant Australian team in Cape Town. He was dismissed for only three in his first Test innings, but showed his grit and determination with a fighting 68 in the second innings. By the end of the Sri Lankan series in November, Smith had scored 426 Test runs, including 200 against Bangladesh, at an average of 47.33.Smith cracked the one-day nod in the fourth ODI against Australia, scoring 41. Matters went even better from there as he added scores of 46, 84 and 73 in the remaining matches. He narrowly missed out on a first one-day international century when he was run out on 99 against Sri Lanka, the first player in history to suffer that fate in an ODI. In 16 matches he scored 625 runs at an average of 41.66. Smith turns 22 on 1 February 2003, so it appears that one of the opening batting positions will be in solid hands for many years to come.Test Batsman of the Year: Jacques KallisIn eight Tests Kallis compiled 601 runs, including one century and five fifties, at an average of 60.1. After the completion of the series against Sri Lanka in November, Kallis was averaging exactly 50 after 64 Tests, the mark of a player of the highest class. He has scored 4 350 Test runs, including 10 centuries and 25 fifties.Special mention: Herschelle GibbsOpening batsman Herschelle Gibbs improved markedly during the course of 2002, showing the ability to both graft for his runs and also take a bowling attack apart with apparent ease and nonchalance. In seven Tests he scored 583 runs at an average of 53, including two centuries and two fifties. At the completion of the Sri Lanka series, Gibbs was averaging just less than 42 and had scored 2 805 Test runs, including seven centuries and 11 fifties.Best Test innings: Herschelle GibbsWith South Africa two-nil down in the three-Test series and trailing by 148 runs on the first innings in the third Test Gibbs scored 104 off 198 deliveries against an attack that included Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne to help South Africa reach 340 for 5 in the fourth innings of the Test to record an unlikely and morale-boosting victory.Special mention: Gary Kirsten 153 vs Australia, 3rd Test, 2nd innings, Sydney, January (SA lost by 10 wickets)Shaun Pollock 99* vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Centurion, November (SA won by 3 wickets)Graeme Smith 200 vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, East London, October (SA won an innings and 107 runs)Test Bowler of the Year: Makhaya NtiniWith Shaun Pollock missing four Tests through injury and Allan Donald retiring after the first test against Australia at the Wanderers, Makhaya Ntini needed to take on additional responsibility as one of South Africa’s new ball bowlers. He succeeded at the task. Ntini captured 34 wickets in eight Tests at an average of 24.68. He claimed one five-for – 5 for 19 vs Bangladesh, and took four wickets in both innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Ntini’s performances were a considerable improvement over his previous showings for the Proteas and this is borne out by his career figures by the end of the Sri Lankan series that saw him with 80 Test wickets at an average of 30.76 to his credit.Special mention: Jacques KallisThe world’s best all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, was not far behind Ntini in the bowling stakes, capturing 29 wickets in eight Tests at an average of 26.97. He claimed one five-for – 5 for 21 vs Bangladesh, as well as hauls of three and four wickets in the second Test against Sri Lanka. By the completion of that series his number of victims totalled 134 at an average of 28.34.Best Test bowling: Nicky BojeBoje’s 4 for 63 off 25.2 overs vs Australia in the first innings of the 3rd Test in Sydney leads the way: the Australians totalled a mammoth 554 with the other four frontline bowlers all conceding 100 runs or more. Two of Boje’s victims made centuries: Justin Langer (112) and Damien Martyn (117).Special mention: Makhaya Ntini 5 for 19 off 15 overs vs Bangladesh, 1st innings, 1st Test, East LondonJacques Kallis 3 for 35 off 17 overs vs Sri Lanka, 1st innings, 1st Test, JohannesburgBest Test Match performance of the Year:3rd Test vs Australia, March 15 – 19, DurbanComing off a record thrashing by an innings and 360 runs in the first Test, followed by a defeat by four wickets in the second Test, South Africa found themselves struggling in the third and final Test when they trailed by 148 runs on the first innings. However, a good bowling performance gave the Proteas a chance at victory after they had bowled the Australians out for only 186 in their second innings. It was by no means a “gimme” target, though – 335 runs against an attack that included Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne. A determined batting effort from the entire team was needed and it was delivered as the South African team ultimately cantered through to victory with five wickets in hand to hand all conquering Australia a rare loss. Their four-pronged dream attack managed only two wickets between them.Special mention:1st Test vs Sri Lanka, Johannesburg, Nov 8 -10SL 192 all out and 130 all out (Ntini 3 for 22, Hall 3 for 1)SA 386 (Smith 73, Kallis 75)SA won by an innings and 64 runsWorst Test match performance of the year:No competition here, there is only one contender: the first Test against Australia in Johannesburg that lasted only three days as the Proteas were annihilated by an innings and 360 runs. Batting first Australia amassed 652 for 7 declared as Matthew Hayden and Damien Martyn made centuries and Adam Gilchrist lambasted an unbeaten 204. In reply South Africa simply folded. They were dismissed for 159 and 133 as only three times in the match did one of the batsmen pass 30 and no one went on to record a fifty. It was the lowest of the lows.Special mention:3rd Test vs Australia, Sydney, Jan 2 – 6Aus 554 and 54 without lossSA 154 and 452Australia won by 10 wicketsBest one-day international innings: Jacques KallisPlaying against Australia in Perth, Kallis scored 104 not out off 120 balls. The next highest score was just 34. SA made 250 for 5, but lost by 33 runs. Taking into account the standard of the opposition, the trouble the South Africans had encountered against Australia throughout the summer and the lack of help from his teammates, this innings rates number one for 2002 amongst many fine efforts.Special mention:  Mark Boucher 57* off 32 balls vs NZ, Adelaide, Jan 27, SA 253 for 5, won by 93 runsJonty Rhodes 107*off 135 balls vs NZ, Perth, Feb 1, SA 270 for 5, won by 67 runsShaun Pollock 69* off 34 balls vs NZ, Perth, Feb 1, SA 270 for 5, won by 67 runs (four 6s in succession, 27 off an over, most in Australia, three runs off ODI world record)Herschelle Gibbs 114 off 130 balls vs Pak, Tangier, Aug 12, SA 283 for 9, won by 54 runsHerschelle Gibbs 116 off 119 balls vs India, Colombo, Sep 25, SA 251 for 6, lost by 10 runsHerschelle Gibbs 153 off 131 balls vs Bang, Potch, Oct 3, SA 301 for 8, won by168 runs (next highest 47)Herschelle Gibbs 97* off 66 balls vs Bang, Benoni, Oct 6, SA 155 for 0, won by 10 wickets with 29.4 overs to spareJacques Kallis 53 off 26 balls vs SL, Centurion, Nov 29, SA 317 for 6, won by 177 runsBest one-day international bowling performance: Makhaya NtiniFacing New Zealand in the first match of the best-of-three final of the VB Series in Australia, Ntini claimed a career best 5 for 31 in 10 overs, dismissing openers Lou Vincent (7)and Nathan Astle (9) cheaply, as well as the dangerous hitting trio of Adam Parore, Dion Nash and Andre Adams. His effort helped South Africa take a convincing eight-wicket victory.Special mention:  Shaun Pollock 9-1-25-3 vs Aus, Melbourne, Jan 13Jacques Kallis 9.5-1-30-3 vs Aus, Melbourne, Jan 13Nicky Boje 10-0-31-4 vs NZ, Adelaide Jan 27Makhaya Ntini 10-1-23-2 vs NZ, Perth, Feb 1Nicky Boje 6.3-0.21-5 vs Aus, Cape Town, Apr 9Allan Donald 9.3-0-43-4 vs Pak, Tangier, Aug 18Makhaya Ntini 10-4-18-3 vs Bang, Potch, Oct 3Jacques Kallis 8.5-1-33-4 vs Bang, Potch, Oct 3Makhaya Ntini 10-5-28-3 vs Bang, Benoni, Oct 6Shaun Pollock 9-3-24-4 vs Bang, Kimberley, Oct 9Shaun Pollock 8.4-2-18-4 vs SL, Johannesburg, Nov 27Makhaya Ntini 10-1-22-3 vs SL, Johannesburg, Nov 27Best One-day international performance of the Year:It is hard to fault the complete and brilliant performance the Proteas turned in against Sri Lanka at Centurion in the second one-day international on November 29. Batting first South Africa compiled a superb 317 for 6, with three of the dismissals coming by way of run out. Graeme Smith hit 99, Boeta Dippenaar 89 and Jacques Kallis a blistering 53 off only 26 deliveries. The Sri Lankans never came close to challenging the South Africans as they were bowled out for 140 for a South African win by 177 runs. It was a comprehensive victory against a very good one-day team.Special mention:VB Series vs New Zealand, Adelaide, Jan 27SA 253 for 5 (Boucher 57* off 32 balls)NZ 160 all out (Boje 4 for 31)SA won by 93 runsVB Series vs New Zealand, Perth, Feb 1SA 270 for 5 (Rhodes 107*, Pollock 69* off 34 balls)NZ 203 for 8SA won by 67 runsVB Series vs New Zealand, Melbourne, Feb 6NZ 190 all out (Ntini 5 for 31)SA 191 for 2 (Kallis 59*, Dippenaar 79*)SA won by 8 wickets7th ODI vs Australia, Cape Town, Apr 9SA 249 for 7 (39 overs, Smith 73)Aus 185 all out (Boje 5 for 21, Pollock 3 for 28)SA won by 65 runs (D/L method)4th ODI vs Sri Lanka, Kimberley, Dec 4SL 184 all out (Donald 3 for 18)SA 190 for 2 (30.5 overs, Gibbs 108*, Kallis 64*)SA won by 8 wicketsCatch of the Year: Neil McKenzieMcKenzie’s catch against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI in Kimberley was a spectacular effort; he plucked a ball that was travelling like a tracer bullet out of the air with one-hand, diving high and to his right, before falling in a graceful roll on to the ground. It was the kind of catch that will be shown in television highlights’ packages for years to come.One-day international batsman of the year: Jacques KallisJacques Kallis was, without doubt, South Africa’s most consistent performer in one-day internationals in 2002. Herschelle Gibbs scored slightly more runs than his Western Province team-mate, but then again he played more innings and his average was over 10 runs lower than that of Kallis who averaged 51. Kallis totalled 1 173 runs and included in that total was an unbeaten century against Australia, as well as nine fities. Sri Lanka suffered most at his hands as he averaged 71 in seven outings against the 1996 world champions. What made Kallis’ performances all the more exciting is that he showed the ability both to bat through an innings as the cornerstone of South Africa’s batting effort or to take on the bowling with powerful hitting that could destroy an attack.Special mention:  Herschelle Gibbs was somewhat inconsistent during the 2002 season, but he did, nonetheless, score 1 205 runs at a decent average of 40.17. When he hit form he was devastating and he proved excellent at converting fifties into hundreds, totalling five hundreds and two fifties. He narrowly missed out on a world record when he finished on 97 not out off just 66 deliveries in the second ODI against Bangladesh, leaving him just three runs shy of scoring four ODI hundreds in success. Jonty Rhodes showed that experience counts for a lot during the 2002 season, coming in the middle order and consistently moving the scoreboard along at a good pace, whilst also scoring lots of run. He totalled 886 runs for the season, scored at an average of 46.63. His total included a century and 7 fifties. Rhodes showed his class when Australia toured South Africa, scoring 338 runs off just 293 balls at the superb average of 67.6. In the final five matches of the seven-ODI series he scored 325 runs at an average of 108.33.Best ODI bowler of the year: Shaun Pollock277 overs, 28 maidens, 1079 runs, 45 wickets, average 23.98, RPO 3.9Captain Shaun Pollock wins this one because of his consistency. Despite bowling at the death, Pollock still managed to maintain a run per over rate below four. He also captured 45 wickets at an average of 23.98 to lead the Proteas from the front. Some of his better analyses are list below: Vs Aus 9-1-25-3Vs Aus 10-1-32-4Vs Aus 6-0-28-3Vs Bang 10-0-16-1Vs Bang 9-3-24-4Vs SL 8.4-2-18-4Vs SL 10-4-23-2Special mention: Makhaya NtiniMakhaya Ntini came oh so close to scooping this award ahead of Shaun Pollock. He showed the very valuable ability to take wickets and restrict run rate at the same time, and in a number of matches was the named man of the match for his game transforming performances. He claimed 40 wickets at an average of 24.88, whilst conceding 4.27 runs per over. Some of his top performances are listed below: Vs NZ 10-1-23-2Vs NZ 10-0-31-5Vs Aus 10-2-24-3Vs Aus 10-1-33-4Vs Bang 10-4-18-3Vs Bang 10-5-28-3Vs SL 10-1-22-3Worst One-day international performance of the year:Once more South Africa’s nemesis, Australia,were the opponents for a poor South African performance. Batting first at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a VB Series match, the Proteas barely scraped together 100, making a paltry 106 all out as Gary Kirsten scored 44 and three other batsmen managed to make it into the teens. The Australians required only 18.4 overs to record an emphatic eight-wicket victory.Special mention: 6th ODI vs Australia, Port Elizabeth, Apr 6SA 326 for 3 (7 extras)Aus 330 for 7 (49.1 overs, 23 extras)Australia won by 3 wicketsMorocco Cup vs Sri Lanka, Tangier, Aug 15SL 267 for 7SA 174 all out (45 overs)Sri Lanka won by 93 runs3rd ODI vs Sri Lanka, Benoni, Dec 1SA 253 for 7SL 258 for 3 (41.4 overs)Sri Lanka won by 7 wicketsICC Champions Trophy semi vs India, Colombo, Sep 25India 261 for 9SA 251 for 6 (194 for 1 after 38.1 overs)India won by 10 runsProvincial team of the year: EasternsThere can be no doubt about this one: Easterns won the Supersport Series title for the first time in their history, destroying a heavily favoured Western Province team, boasting five Proteas and a Zimbabwean international, by 273 runs in the final. Andrew Hall with match figures of 11 for 99 was the hero of the match, but it required more than just one victory for Easterns to earn a place in the final. They did that with little trouble, winning three of their four pool matches, before their crushing victory to secure the title. It was a wonderful achievement for the underdogs.Special mention: Free State EaglesFree State won three, drew one and lost one of their five Supersport Series pool matches and won their first three Standard Bank Cup matches as 2002 drew to a close. Veteran Gerhardus Liebenberg, along with Morne van Wyk, Boeta Dippenaar and Jonathan Beukes showed good form with the bat, while Victor Mpitsang, Kosie Venter and Dewald Pretorius excelled with the ball. Like Easterns, Free State are often overlooked when the top teams are considered, but their performances prove that they are up there with the best.Provincial Player of the Year: Andrew HallAndrew Hall was an inspiration to his team as Easterns collected the Supersport Series title for the first time. He was especially dominating with the ball, collecting 36 wickets at the miserly average of 12.94 per wicket and his performance in the final, in which he captured 11 for 99, won the match for Easterns. Hall was also solid with the bat, scoring 265 runs at an average of 33.12.Provincial Batsman of the year: James HendersonJames Henderson made the move from Boland to North West and then turned in a superb season, scoring a total of 576 runs, including three centuries, two of which he scored in the Dragons’ match against Gauteng in Potchefstroom. He averaged a superb 82.28 and was the leading scorer in the Supersport Series with 576 runs to his name.Provincial Bowler of the year: Charl WilloughbyThis award could have gone to Andrew Hall too, but he won the Player of the Year nod, so Charl Willoughby earns recognition here as bowler of the year. The left arm paceman was the top wicket taker in the Supersport Series, claiming 38 victims, two more than Hall, and an impressive 16 more than the next most successful bowler. Willoughby was also economical, conceding only 2.7 runs per over, and picking up his wickets at an average of 21.15.Sad moment of the yearWhen former national captain Hansie Cronje was killed in a place crash on 1 June, South African cricket fans lost a man who was still very popular among many. After the problems Cronje had experienced with match-fixing he was starting to re-build his life and had recently accepted a job in Johannesburg. He is a man that could have, and wanted to, offer South African cricket a lot.An inspirational captain, Cronje remained in touch with many of the players in the national team who still respected his input and advice. It was a sign of the esteem that the side held him in when they attended his funeral, along with former coach Bob Woolmer, that was held at Cronje’s former school – Grey College in Bloemfontein – and broadcast on both the public broadcaster SABC and pay channel M-Net. It was a tragic end to a life that ended too soon…last_img read more

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ODNR offers special deer hunts on state scenic river properties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer special archery deer hunts at seven locations that border three of Ohio’s State Scenic Rivers through local lottery drawings. The hunts will offer sportsmen a unique opportunity to explore seldom visited sites, while lessening the impact of deer browsing on native plant populations.The Scenic Rivers Program has identified properties along some of Ohio’s highest quality rivers and streams to be open for the hunts. These woodland and successional habitats, including broad floodplains and upland regions, have seen very little hunting and should offer good sporting conditions.Application for the hunts will be handled at the local level by ODNR staff during scheduled drawings. Hunters must attend individual meetings if they are interested in particular hunts. At that time, hunters can enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket at the price of $5. Hunters must possess a valid 2016-2017 hunting license in order to purchase tickets.Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing, outlining special regulations for the hunts. Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner. The partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.All of these special hunts will be archery only, and each winner will receive a two-week period in which they can hunt at that particular site. Hunters may enter the drawings for all seven of the hunts, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt in order to enter the drawing. Entry forms will not be accepted by mail or phone.Hunt locations and drawing dates are listed below:Terra Nova (Union County) site located on Big Darby Creek. The hunt site is located on North Lewisburg Road in North Lewisburg. The hunt meeting and drawing for the Terra Nova hunt will be held at the Plain City Youth Building located in Pastime Park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. This drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.Milford Center (Union County) site located on Big Darby Creek. The hunt site is located between Middleburg-Plain City and North Darby Coe Road just southeast of Collins Road. The hunt meeting and drawing for the Milford Center hunt will be held at the Plain City Youth Building located in Pastime Park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. This drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.Abshire-Graves (Darke County) site is located on the Stillwater River. The hunt site is located on State Route 185, Versailles. The hunt meeting and drawing for the Abshire-Graves hunt will be held at the Barn at Stillwater Prairie, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. This drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m.The meetings and drawings for all four Little Miami River sites (Deerfield Gorge, Caesar Creek, Hall’s Creek and Roxanna) will be held at the Wayne Township Administration building hearing room at 6050 North Clarksville Road, Waynesville. These drawings will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m.Deerfield Gorge (Warren County) site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site is located on King Avenue, Maineville.Caesar Creek (Warren County) site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Caesar Creek is located on County Road 30 (Middletown Road), Waynesville.Hall’s Creek (Warren County) site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Hall’s Creek is located on Mason Morrow Millgrove Road, Morrow.Roxanna (Greene County) site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Roxanna is located on U.S. Route 42, Spring Valley.Ohio pioneered the river preservation movement in 1968 with the passage of the nation’s first scenic rivers act. This legislation created a state program to protect Ohio’s remaining high quality streams for future generations. Scenic rivers retain most of their natural characteristics at a time when many rivers reflect the negative impacts of human activities. There are currently 14 designated state scenic rivers in Ohio.last_img read more

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What is a Grip? The Unsung Heroes of the Film Industry

first_imgSuccessful film or video projects rely on the skills of the unsung heroes of the crew, the grips. In this video, you’ll learn what a grip does and why their work is so essential on-set.Mark Vargo knows a thing or two about working on professional film crews. Over the last 30 years he’s been a part of some of the biggest Hollywood films including Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Patriot, White House Down and many others. In the following video Mark gives a nod to the folks that make the shots come together, the film grip.Image courtesy of Sean Divine on WikimediaWhat is a grip? Under the direction of a Key Grip, grips work with the camera and electrical department to provide shooting and lighting support on film and video sets.A key grip will work with the crew leaders (director, director of photography, etc) to design a shooting plan. The grips will then implement this plan so that the shots are achieved on set and the shooting days go as scheduled.In the video below you’ll see basic grip lighting techniques (bouncing light, fill lights, diffusion frames), as well as how grips provide camera support (rigging cameras, laying track, etc).Mark calls the grips the “infantry” of the production crew. No major production can be completed with out them.Thanks for sharing your insight and experience, Mark!last_img read more

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19 days agoSouthgate reluctant to fast-track Man City midfielder Foden

first_imgSouthgate reluctant to fast-track Man City midfielder Fodenby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate is reluctant to fast-track Phil Foden.Manchester City teenager Foden remains with the U21s due to a lack of first-team football at club level.“I’d probably try to calm Phil’s situation because there’s a lot of expectation around him,” explained Southgate.“I think that’s a huge pressure for a young player potentially. At the moment a lot of his name has been forged with our junior team. That’s how he appeared on the scene and we’re really happy with his progress.“His mentality playing with the Under 21s in the last match was great. He needs those matches. He needs that stamina and that game time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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