VCU faces UMass in A10 tourney

first_imgVCU faces UMass in A10 tourney STEPPING UP: UMass’ Tre Mitchell has averaged 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while Carl Pierre has put up 12.1 points. For the Rams, Marcus Santos-Silva has averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while De’Riante Jenkins has put up 10.3 points and four rebounds.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Mitchell has either made or assisted on 53 percent of all UMass field goals over the last three games. The freshman big man has accounted for 26 field goals and 10 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: VCU is a perfect 6-0 when the team makes at least 79.3 percent of its free throws. The Rams are 12-13 when they shoot below 79.3 percent from the line.THREAT FROM DEEP: UMass’s Pierre has attempted 224 3-pointers and connected on 33.5 percent of them, and is 9 of 36 over the last five games.TOUGH DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 24.7 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. Associated Press March 10, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed VCU (18-13, 8-10) vs. No. 8 seed UMass (14-17, 8-10)Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney Second Round, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York; Thursday, 11 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: VCU is set to match up against UMass in the second round of the A10 tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 26, when the Minutemen shot 42.9 percent from the field while holding VCU to just 31.6 percent en route to a 60-52 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Deadly prison riot…

first_imgMedex breaks down in tears as she recounted horrorCoI hears prison officer “chocked and robbed” in Camp St jailBy Shemuel FanfairThe level of violence and aggression inmates have shown towards prison wardens continues to increase. Chief Prison Officer Roddey Denhart on Thursday disclosed that one prison officer was recently “chocked and robbed” in the compound of the Georgetown penitentiary. He also testified that another inmate placed an improvised weapon, a spear, on the chest of another warden.This comes on the backdrop of the account of other witnesses that “intimidation” and a strong gang culture presence has become prevalent at the Camp Street facilities.Denhart, who has served as Chief Prison Officer for four years, recalled that on the evening of 2 March he saw inmates lighting fires on the catwalk but observed that firemen were able to put out the fires in five minutes.Chief Prison Officer – Medex Patricia AndersonCommissioners also heard that while the prison has a specified time when inmates are expected to retire to bed, inmates would always be up and they sleep in a shift system.“They would always be up; some would be sleeping now, some would be sleeping later on,” the Chief Prison Officer explained. He recalled some of the threats inmates hurled at him.“You Denhart, we gan kill you!” he remembered clearly.“They would call you anti-man, tell you bout your family,” he further recalled. The officer also confirmed that inmates were throwing liquids on officers but none reached him.In recounting the events of 3 March, the day of the deadly blaze, the Chief Prison Officer related that before the fire, Officer in Charge (OC) Kevin Pilgrim instructed that the door to Capital A be locked because of improvised weapons inmates were aiming at officers, coupled with their threats.Denhart explained further that the OC advised that officers wait until the “necessary support” was garnered from other ranks.Denhart also testified that inmate Collis Collinson had always been “difficult” and has been in and out of prison. Commissioners heard that Collinson was one who would not adhere to instructions.He also related that Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels was called “killa” and “murder man” by inmates. Denhart also said Samuels is disliked because of his disciplinary nature and opined that his absence is responsible for some of the disorder that persists in the penitentiary.In his recollection of witnessing the inmates who were burnt, Denhart recalled that he became weak upon witnessing the ghastly scenes. He stated that at that point he sat on the tarmac to regain his composure.Chief Prison Officer – Medex Patricia Anderson in what was at times an emotional testimony, recounted to Commissioners the triage system that was used to treat inmates hurt by the fire. She noted that of the 16 inmates who were injured, 1 had died.When attorney representing the prison service Eusi Anderson asked the prison officer to describe what she saw upon entering the Capital A division, the witness broke down several times. The Medex related that she was “looking for survivors”. She saw six or seven persons with their burnt skin piled at the door and the lifeless body of another inmate lying on a bed. Because of her emotional state, she could not recall whether this or any other body was headless.Commissioners asked the witness if she received counselling for the trauma she witness and she responded in the negative. The CoI also heard that the prison doctor whose name was given as “Chandrika” was not at the penitentiary at the time. However, Anderson posited that her staff present at the time were able to manage the situation as most of those whom they treated survived.The CoI continues today.last_img read more

Overwinning residents fume as Govt bypasses village in street light project

first_img…say action clear act of discriminationResidents of Overwinning, Greater New Amsterdam, have expressed concern over what they say is discrimination by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council in its lighting programme. None of the almost 1000 streetlights was placed there while the neighbouring communities are fully illuminated.The municipality spent $8 million to install the 956 high voltage light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights in the town and on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB). However, while lights were installed at Islington, none were installed at Overwinning, which is a community opposite.The lights also go three miles beyond and into a similar community, Gay Park. Another community referred to as “Pepper Street” at Heatburn, EBB, which is not a gazetted area, had lights installed.Most of the residents of “Pepper Street” are known to throw their support behind the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).At the recent Local Government Elections, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was able to win that constituency for the first time due to the way the people at Overwinning voted.The lighting project, which commenced in March, has already come to an end and the residents are crying foul.Kungbehari Persaud, who has been living at Overwinning for the past 55 years, recalled that the town’s Mayor, Winifred Haywood, during the month of April had promised streetlights for all communities.“The week after Easter they come in Overwinning and checked the post and when I asked him about the lights, they say the lights are finished. I ask them how it finished, and other places get? Glasgow get, Glasgow Housing Scheme get and Overwinning get none. They passed this area and gone to other areas,” he said.Another resident, Deonarine Sampaul, who has lived all of his 51 years at Overwinning, also expressed his concerns, saying that the project skipped where he lives and continued right through to Edinburgh.“Why does village cannot have streetlights? The area is very dark. Thieves will pass through here on the go on the cane field dam many nights. When you walk on the street you cannot see where you are going. So, when we will be getting streetlights.”Dulhari Jagnauth, a pensioner, explained that as far as she can remember, the community has been asking for phone service to be made available; that has never materialised just like the streetlights.Another pensioner, Ramertie Dhanie, who lives in the second street of the community, said she is very upset.“Me live in here til me get old until now; we get no streetlight. If thief man come, you can’t do nothing. If you sick in the night, you can’t see a light to come out. This is since I was a lil girl, and now I reach 88, and nothing.”Former Municipal Councillor Sewdat Singh said the move is politically motivated. According to Singh, he was sitting on the Municipality Council when the lighting project was first proposed and had indicated that a minimum of eleven lights would be adequate for Overwinning.“Three on the back, three in this street, three at the front, one on the road coming in and one half way. We had put it in writing and after the Local Government Elections, the Deputy Mayor came and put an “L” on some of the utility poles.Singh related that only two of the utility poles in the community were marked with an “L”.“The question is, you start from New Amsterdam going to Glasgow, why the lights finished at Glasgow and not Gay Park or somewhere else, why did bypassed Overwinning?”The Council is, however, claiming that the reason for not installing streetlights at Overwinning is that the area is being powered with electricity at 240 volts. However, the residents say Overwinning has both 240 and 120 voltage.The rest of the town is powered only by 120-volt electricity. No lights have been installed at OverwinningFormer Municipal Councillor Sewdat Singhlast_img read more

All Bears Are Brethren

first_imgThe world-wide variations on bears could have come from one original type.American black bears can vary in color from tan to blackIt has been known that Alaskan brown bears can hybridize with polar bears. The resulting mixed breeds, sometimes called ‘pizzlies’ or ‘cappucino bears’, were thought to be rare. Now, in a surprising study from Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, scientists have found that mixed breeds of bears are not as rare as they had assumed:Senckenberg scientists have sequenced the entire genomes of four bear species, making it now possible to analyze the evolutionary history of all bears at the genome level. It shows that gene flow, or gene exchange, between species by extensive hybridization, is possible between most bear species — not only polar and brown bear.”The breeding between different species is now seen to extend to Asian sun bears. The researchers figure that brown bears can act as a ‘vector species’ causing gene flow from different parts of the world, between polar bears and Asian sun bears, for instance.Some bears are good tree climbers; others are not.This realization has broader implications. Have scientists been wrong to consider the various kinds of bears separate species? If interbreeding and hybridization is possible across the globe, what does the term species mean?The detected gene flow among bears also questions the basic biological concept of a species. The biological species definition assumes that different species cannot produce offspring in the wild or that hybrid offspring are sterile. The best-known example of this is the mule — a hybrid between a horse and a donkey. However, it has been observed that grolars, the hybrids between polar and grizzly bears, are often fertile. Janke: “We have to ask ourselves: Does the species concept still hold true, given there is evidence of gene flow not only in bears, but also in other animals? Therefore, what do we need to protect for the future — species or genomic diversity? .”Undoubtedly the findings will also impact evolutionary theory.Creationists often assert that the many varieties of animal families (e.g., cats, dogs, horses) could have diversified from original created kinds. Only those original parent stock would have been needed on Noah’s ark. From the breeding pairs, all the varieties could have descended in just centuries or millennia. This research goes against evolutionary expectations—the article uses the word “assumed” three times, in the sense that the findings undermine previous assumptions. Animals diversify and adapt not due to mutation and selection, but due to expression of inherent variability the Creator gave them to fit into changing environments, which would have been extreme after the Flood with ice ages and climate extremes. No doubt this also accounts for the wide variation in other families, and even in the outward appearances of ‘hominins’ that represent the one human race created in God’s image. We humans are all family brethren, and so is br’er bear.Grizzly, by Carolyn Randall(Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tsima uses video to help fight Aids

first_imgAccording to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field. (Image: Tsima)Through a series of short videos, the Tsima – Treatment as Prevention gets people to talk about the issue of HIV/Aids. The aim is to encourage the community to mobilise against the spread of the virus.The project is a three-year community mobilisation intervention and research trial established in 2015 by Sonke Gender Justice. It is being implemented in eight villages in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.Sonke Gender Justice is an NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and Aids.According to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field.The main goal of the project is to mobilise communities to learn and understand that HIV treatment is also a form of HIV prevention.Download the full Tsima booklet here.Two examples of such storytelling come from Rhulani Mkansi and Mpho Lewele, both of whom are residents of local villages and are HIV-positive.last_img read more

Mapungubwe: South Africa’s lost city of gold

first_imgOne thousand years ago, Mapungubwe in Limpopo province was the centre of the largest kingdom in the subcontinent, where a highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt.The most spectacular of the gold discoveries in Mapungubwe is a little gold rhinoceros, made of gold foil and tacked with minute pins around a wooden core. (Image: South Africa Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)The Iron Age site, discovered in 1932 but hidden from public attention until only recently, was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in July 2003.Mapungubwe is an area of open savannah at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers and abutting the northern border of South Africa and the borders of Zimbabwe and Botswana. It thrived as a sophisticated trading centre from around 1220 to 1300.In its statement on the listing, Unesco describes Mapungubwe as the centre of the largest kingdom in the sub-continent before it was abandoned in the 14th century.“What survives are the almost untouched remains of the palace sites and also the entire settlement area dependent upon them, as well as two earlier capital sites, the whole presenting an unrivalled picture of the development of social and political structures over some 400 years,” Unesco said.Mapungubwe was home to an advanced culture of people for the time – the ancestors of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. They traded with China and India, had a flourishing agricultural industry, and grew to a population of around 5 000.Mapungubwe is probably the earliest known site in southern Africa where evidence of a class-based society existed (Mapungubwe’s leaders were separated from the rest of the inhabitants).Mapungubwe thrived as a sophisticated trading centre from around 1220 to 1300. (Image: South Africa Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Gold, copper, exotic beads …The site was discovered in 1932 and has been excavated by the University of Pretoria ever since. The findings were kept quiet at the time since they provided contrary evidence to the racist ideology of black inferiority underpinning apartheid.Nevertheless, the university now has a rich collection of artefacts made of gold and other materials, as well as human remains, discovered there. According to the University of Pretoria’s Mapungubwe website, “Subsequent excavations revealed a court sheltered in a natural amphitheatre at the bottom of the hill, and an elite graveyard at the top – with a spectacular view of the region.“Twenty-three graves have been excavated from this hilltop site”, the website continues. “The bodies in three of these graves were buried in the upright seated position associated with royalty, with a variety of gold and copper items, exotic glass beads, and other prestigious objects.“These finds provide evidence not only of the early smithing of gold in southern Africa, but of the extensive wealth and social differentiation of the people of Mapungubwe.”The most spectacular of the gold discoveries is a little gold rhinoceros, made of gold foil and tacked with minute pins around a wooden core. The rhino, featured in one of South Africa’s new national orders – the Order of Mapungubwe – has come to symbolise the high culture of Mapungubwe. The rhino is also a symbol of leadership among the Shona people of Zimbabwe.Other artefacts made in similar fashion include the Golden Sceptre and the Golden Bowl, found in the same grave on Mapungubwe Hill.Evidence of complex social formationsWhat is so fascinating about Mapungubwe is that it is testimony to the existence of an African civilisation that flourished before colonisation. According to Professor Thomas Huffman of the archaeology department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Mapungubwe represents “the most complex society in southern Africa and is the root of the origins of Zimbabwean culture”.Between 1200 and 1300 AD, the Mapungubwe region was the centre of trade in southern Africa. Wealth came to the region from ivory and later from gold deposits that were found in Zimbabwe. The area was also agriculturally rich because of large-scale flooding in the area. The wealth in the area led to differences between rich and poor.In the village neighbouring Mapungubwe, called K2, an ancient refuse site has provided archaeologists with plenty of information about the lifestyles of the people of Mapungubwe.According to the University of Pretoria website: “People were prosperous, and kept domesticated cattle, sheep, goats and dogs. The charred remains of storage huts have also been found, showing that millet, sorghum and cotton were cultivated.“Findings in the area are typical of the Iron Age. Smiths created objects of iron, copper and gold for practical and decorative purposes – both for local use and for trade. Pottery, wood, ivory, bone, ostrich eggshells, and the shells of snails and freshwater mussels, indicate that many other materials were used and traded with cultures as far away as East Africa, Persia, Egypt, India and China.”Mapungubwe’s fortune only lasted until about 1300, after which time climate changes, resulting in the area becoming colder and drier, led to migrations further north to Great Zimbabwe.Mapungubwe National ParkIn 2004, South African National Parks (SANParks) opened Mapungubwe National Park, incorporating the Unesco-designated Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape in an area covering well over 28 000 hectares.The park forms part of an ambitious project to develop a major transfrontier conservation area, the Limpopo/Shashe Transfrontier Park, which will cross the borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, linking Mapungubwe National Park with Botswana’s Tuli Block and Zimbabwe’s Tuli Safari area.Besides the rich cultural heritage of Mapungubwe National Park, most of the continent’s big game roam here. There is also a tremendous diversity of plant and animal life.Sandstone formations, mopane woodlands and unique riverine forest and baobab trees form an astounding scenic backdrop for a rich variety of animal life.Elephant, giraffe, white rhino, eland, gemsbok and numerous other antelope species occur naturally in the area, while visitors can spot predators like lions, leopards and hyenas, and birders can tick off 400 species, including kori bustard, tropical boubou and pel’s fishing owl.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Today’s Medal Hunt

first_imgARCHERYMen’s: Compound teamWomen’s: Compound teamATHLETICSMen’s: Shot put; 100mWomen’s: Hammer throw; 100mCYCLING (Track)Men’s: Sprint; 4,000m team pursuitWomen’s: 210-km scratch race; sprintGYMNASTICS (Artistic)Men’s: Floor; pommel horse; rings.Women’s: Vault; uneven barsSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Double trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 10m air pistol pairs; 25m rapid fire pistol pairsWomen’s: 50m rifle 3 positionsSWIMMINGMen’s: 100m freestyle; 400m individual medleyWomen’s: 100m butterfly; 800m freestyle; solo free routine; duet free routineWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s 77kgWomen’s 63kgWRESTLINGWomen’s: Freestyle (48kg, 55kg, 63kg, 72kg – repechage)last_img

A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño He never thought he would be at the Ryder — at least not as a player — at the start of the year. Watson had gone two years and one health scare since his last victory. He had thought about quitting, and then he won three times in four months and qualified for the U.S. team.Standing on the 14th green, he couldn’t help but think there might not be another one.“I held my mom right after I got beat by Henrik Stenson in singles,” Watson said. “The game of golf is different for me. The Ryder Cup meant more than golf, more than winning and losing, because it was the last time my dad watched me play.“I remember the time my dad hated it that I chose golf over baseball,” he said. “It’s funny, the whole history of our family and golf is how he hated it. And then he loved it, and then the Ryder Cup. So he got to watch that. For me, that was the most memorable moment. I can remember crying, trying not to look at the crowd. The crowd was like, ‘He’s crying because he got beat.’ I wasn’t crying because I got beat. I was crying because it might be the last one.”Watson turned 40 in November and he is trying not to look too far ahead.He still doesn’t discuss exactly what happened to him in 2017, when he dropped more than 20 pounds and fell out of the top 100 in the world ranking until that victory at the Genesis Open — his third at storied Riviera — got him back on track.Watson now has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including his two Masters titles, a career record he never imagined. He once joked that he would retire if he ever reached 10 victories, but all that has done is raise the bar for whatever else he has left.“My new goal is three more, see if I can get to 15,” he said.Watson opened with a 70 in his first round of the new year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, leaving him four shots behind Kapalua newcomer Kevin Tway. He plans to play the Sony Open next week for the first time since 2010.The last time he was in Honolulu, he had yet to win on the PGA Tour. The Ryder Cup was just a dream. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a piece of shrapnel Watson had removed from his father when he died.Gerry Watson was a lieutenant in the Special Forces during Vietnam. Watson says his father was injured by a grenade and removed one piece of shrapnel from under his eye. The other piece was too close to the kidney, so it stayed there until his death from throat cancer in October 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThat was 12 days after Watson played in his first Ryder Cup.“It wasn’t important (to remove it), but I figured why not?” Watson said. “His whole thing was to be cremated. He didn’t serve many, many years, but they fold the flag, and they gave the flag to my mom. She has it, and the shrapnel is right next to it in a little container. My son is very interested. We go over, it’s the first thing he wants to look at. He always looks at it.” That’s why the Ryder Cup is so special to Watson.He is proud of his father’s service in the Army, and Watson always said the closest he could come to experiencing national pride was to play for his country. After he lost in a playoff to Martin Kaymer in the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson was overjoyed because that runner-up finish qualified him for his first Ryder Cup.Fast forward to France.It wasn’t a particularly good week for Watson — the Ryder Cup rarely is. He was sick when he arrived at Le Golf National, and he was on the losing side for the fourth time in his four appearances. The final loss was on Sunday to Henrik Stenson, 5 and 4, moving Europe closer to a certain victory.As the Swede celebrated, Watson wrapped his mother in his arms and was bawling.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Honorio Banario determined to prove worth against ONE’s top lightweights Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Watson hopes France wasn’t his last time in a U.S. uniform. He wonders if he’ll play in another Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but he desperately wants to be part of it. He was No. 7 in the world in 2016 when he was left off the Ryder Cup team, and then he asked U.S. captain Davis Love III if he could be an assistant.Now, he’s already lobbying to be an assistant at the Presidents Cup in Australia at the end of the year.The captain will be Tiger Woods.Watson says he has playfully pointed out to Woods that the last two times the Americans won the Ryder Cup (2008 and 2016), neither of them were on the team.“That’s our joke,” Watson said. “So I’ve told him, ‘Man, listen, I’ll do anything to help you if you want me. If you don’t, that’s fine.’”If not, Watson will always have the memory of his father watching him in 2010, and the hug he shared with his mother last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bubba Watson reacts to his shot from the fourth fairway during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)KAPALUA, Hawaii — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss.And it really didn’t have anything to do with losing.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more


first_imgWith Touch SA’s State League reaching completion this weekend, Jeremy Smith has provided ATA with his overview to the conclusion of SA’s premiere Touch competition… Mens Elimination Final 1 Wolves 6 def Scorpions 3 The Scorpions were never really in the match, despite having beaten the Wolves all season, the Scorpions fortunes have taken a dramatic tumble in the last few minor round games. Down 3-0 after the first 10 minutes, it was always a question of what the final winning score would be for the Wolves. The Scorpions fought hard but the Wolves held them at bay to go on to record a 6-3 victory. Qualifying Final Vipers 4 def Stingrays 3 With the Vipers up 1-0 at half time and the rain starting to fall quickly afterwards, it looked likely to be a low scoring finish. After scoring twice in a row to take it out to 3-0, it looked like the Vipers were home. However, the Stingrays rallied, bringing it back to 3-3 with some spectacular play, an inspirational touchdown by coach Peter Robbel leveling the scores. Just when it seemed the Stingrays would go on to finish all over the top of the Vipers, a spectacular touchdown to Tom Ainslie who literally fell on top of a stray pass, gave the Vipers a nail-biting 4-3 victory and a chance to win back to back winter State League Championship title. Preliminary Final Stingrays 10 def Wolves 4 The Wolves were simply outclassed and outgunned in this final. It was all over at halftime with the Wolves down to seven fit players for the match and trailing 6-2. Despite an early rally which saw the Wolves climb back to 6-4, the Stingrays simply ran away with the game in the last ten minutes, going on to a 10-4 victory. Starring for the Stingrays was Rob Page who collected four touchdowns. Womens Elimination Final Scorpions 5 def Vipers 4 In one of the most entertaining matches seen all season, it was the Scorpions who strung together their third win in a row, in a match that went to extra time. The scores were locked at 4-all just before full-time, and a last attacking play by the Vipers saw Kat Bradshaw go ever so close to scoring in the corner only to be touched by a desperate dive by former Viper Tracey Firth. Firth proved to be the star in extra time as well, as the teams got down to 3 on 3 before the Scorpions scored the `golden’ touchdown. Qualifying Final Stingrays 5 def Wolves 2 The Stingrays were a class above the Wolves all match and it showed with a comfortable win. Without playmakers Amelia Kent and Kate Lewicki, the Wolves hardly threatened the Stingrays who strolled into their second consecutive grand final. Preliminary Final Scorpions 6 def Wolves 5 The Wolves had earnt the double chance by finishing second and came into this match determined to earn another crack at the Stingrays. But the Scorpions were on an impressive three game winning streak and looking to make it four. It was a tight match throughout with the Scorpions grabbing an early lead before a Wolves fightback saw them come close. However, it was the Scorpions who prevailed, making it four wins from their last four starts and a shot at the Stingrays in the grand final. Grand Final Preview MENS The two form sides of the men’s competition have made it through to the Grand Final, meaning spectators should be in for a treat this Friday night. The Stingrays seemed to fade after winning their first four in a row, which included two victories against the Vipers. However, a 10-4 win over the Wolves in the preliminary final and a fighting loss to the Vipers in the Qualifying final should see them at full confidence and perhaps peaking at the right moment. The Vipers have been playing to their potential for the last four weeks or so and the only question is whether they will be able to keep it up come Friday night. With a tight qualifying final win over the Stingrays and two wins from two in their previous matches against the Stingrays, expect the Vipers to go in chock full of confidence. My tip is the Vipers by 3. Players to Watch Rob Page (Stingrays) Jason McNamara (Vipers) Previous Results R1 Stingrays 4 Vipers 3 R4 Stingrays 5 Vipers 4 R7 Vipers 7 Stingrays 5 WOMENS: The Womens Grand Final will no doubt be a thriller. This is the first time the Scorpions girls have made it to a grand final showdown for the past two years and they are doing so on the back of a four game winning streak. Their confidence will be high, not only from their winning streak but also from the fact they have beaten their grand final opponents twice already this season. On the other side of the ledger, the Stingrays have been the form team of the competition this season, having won seven out of nine matches, with their only losses coming at the hands of the Scorpions. They looked a polished unit last Friday night and it will be interesting to see how they back up after the game off. This one’s too tight to call, however I’m going to put my money on the Stingrays by 2. Players to Watch Tracey Firth (Scorpions) Carrie Atkinson (Stingrays) Previous Results R2 Scorpions 7 Stingrays 5 R5 Stingrays 5 Scorpions 3 R8 Scorpions 6 Stingrays 4 Written by Jeremy Smith, Touch SA. Keep an eye on the ATA website next week for the wrap up of Touch SA’s State League grand finals.last_img

Build Your House (file)…and Keep It Tidy, Too

first_imgDraw a map. Create a flowchart. Put together some document with all of your database fields and the naming conventions for those fields. Clean up duplicate records often. If you have the time to do this regularly, it can save you time in the future.Essentially the most important ingredient to keeping your housefile (list) clean is to dust it regularly. Empower your organization by coming up with a clear and outlined process of how you collect and store your data. Doing so will allow you keep a tidy housefile that is easy to report on and analyze. Make sure all individuals in your organization have that document. This will ensure that everyone in your organization will use the same naming conventions and mapping process when creating the online forms you use to collect constituents’ information. Source: Connection Cafecenter_img If you have uniform response options you want to have listed on multiple choice questions (that are going to be used on many of your online forms), decide upon the answer options and make sure everyone in your organization has a document outlining those response options. Building your housefile (list) is one of the key ingredients in developing a strong online presence. It is important to welcome a constant flow of constituents into your online home. But, what are the next steps in maintaining that list? Once you have a good list going, it is vital to keep that list clean, dust and clutter-free. Mom always told you to keep your room clean. Why should your constituent list be any different?Here are some tips to keeping a clean list:Decide on what data you want to collect and how you want it to be organized in your database. For example, if you want to have a field in your database to store information on constituents’ pets’ names, decide where you want that information to live in the database and how you want to get it there.last_img read more