A place to call home

first_imgRepurposed shipping containers and green building methods have provided the space to set up a caring and nurturing environment for 80 orphaned and abandoned children. There is also opportunity for dignity through the home’s environmental concerns. (Image: Dennis Guichard)• Anna MojapeloFounderNew Jerusalem Children’s Home+27 10 224 [email protected] Jane CookTwo sisters have created an orphanage that has changed the lives of children in ways that they could never have imagined. Because of their efforts, these youngsters, who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks, are housed in a caring, nurturing environment that ensures their positive growth and development. And it all takes place in repurposed shipping containers.A progressive architectural structure that is acting as a regenerative space, the facility has made a name for itself, particularly as it is made out of shipping containers. Containers were chosen as the main building material for the orphanage as they were 25% cheaper than using traditional brick and mortar.A shipping container for a homeNew Jerusalem Children’s Home is located on a 26 000m2 agricultural smallholding in Midrand halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. It aims “to become one of the best children’s homes in Africa in the provision of holistic and integrated quality care to orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatised, and vulnerable and HIV-positive children”.The orphanage was founded in 2000 by Anna Mojapelo, an advocate, businesswoman and community developer, and her sister Phina Mojapelo, a social worker with vast experience in working with children, youth and HIV/Aids. The sisters are actively involved in the home.Anna donated the property, which has been transferred into a trust for the benefit of the children. Facilities comprise nurseries for the babies, dormitories for the older children, communal kitchen and dining facilities, a crèche, a Montessori pre-school, play and sports facilities, and a substantial permaculture vegetable garden.Each unit is a vibrant, inspiring space, according to Anna. There is enough space for 12 children and a house mother, and two houses share a communal kitchen, dining and lounge area. “These are the homes of these children and they not only make the orphans feel loved and special, but also help to stimulate their stunted development.”Constructed out of 28 repurposed shipping containers and recycled materials, the houses use solar power for lighting and hot water, and grey water is recycled for irrigation. With the exception of drinking water, the house is off the water grid. Constructed out of 28 repurposed shipping containers and recycled materials, the houses use solar power for lighting and hot water, and grey water is recycled for irrigation. With the exception of drinking water, the house is off the water grid. (Image: Dennis Guichard)An architect’s visionNew Jerusalem commissioned 4D and A Architecture to expand the space and develop new housing and facilities. The container complex is environmentally friendly. Architect Sean Wall and his team solved problems of waterproofing and insulation, and installed a functional sanitation system.4D and A’s Mia Anfield wrote in Gizmag that there were already two shipping containers on the site being used for storage, prompting the idea to use more of them for the home. Gizmag is an online journal that covers the full spectrum of new and emerging technologies. “The company had already been interested in the work of Adam Kalkin, an American architect and prefabrication specialist who was among the first to put shipping containers to use as houses. The designers, it seems, simply put two and two together.”Completed in December 2011, construction took just six months, though Anfield pointed out that there were delays caused by the arrival of materials on site, many of which were donated. The project used containers arranged vertically and horizontally.Focusing on the thermal performance of shipping containers, particularly during cold weather or on hot, sunny days, Anfield said design measures included “orientation of the building, timber screens constructed of eco-friendly composite decking, use of a roof garden for thermal mass and the inside walls and ceilings of the containers were clad in dry wall plus 50mm Isotherm foam insulation”. The containers were raised on plinths to encourage the flow of air. The old brick and mortar sleeping accommodation was converted into a new kitchen and dining room. The orphanage has also been fitting with solar thermal and photovoltaic systems.The children who live here are mostly discarded at birth, and there was some resistance to the choice of shipping containers. Anna and Phina were uncomfortable about putting abused and orphaned children in containers. However, the new structure has inspired the children into participating in keeping their home clean and recycling, even going so far as to call it a “five-star hotel”.There is a colourful, lively aesthetic at New Jerusalem. Adrienne Feldner, of the organisational sponsor Orange Babies, said: “I think it’s awful for the children to always be the recipients, to always be on the receiving end of charity and never to be in a position to give.” Their involvement in the environmental concerns of the home had “given them a sense of dignity”.All developments at New Jerusalem are centred on the education of the children and the protection of their environment. Its mission is located within an environmental sustainability framework and the home has committed to use any means possible to reuse and recycle and to minimise its carbon footprint.New Jerusalem Children’s Home provides residential care to 80 orphaned and vulnerable children, many of whom are infected with or affected by HIV/Aids. For many of the children, this is their first real home and family they have ever had. Moving into the house has given the children a new-found sense of community, pride and dignity.“Saving children is a passion. It’s wonderful to see how children grow when you know how they were brought in,” says Anna.last_img read more

Insulating an Exposed Floor

first_imgOur expert’s opinionWe asked GBA technical director Peter Yost for his opinion. Here’s what he had to say:Without a vapor retarder between the conditioned space and the first condensing surface, and with the first condensing surface only warmed by 3/4 in. of rigid foam, it sure sounds as though the air-permeable cavity insulation is cooling the cavity enough for condensation to occur. But if this were simply diffusion of interior moisture into the floor cavity, we should see condensation throughout, rather than just in some areas of the floor. So, that makes one think that the problem is due to air leakage.I would confirm the air leakage, either with a blower-door test, or, if one is not readily available, by investigating with a smoke stick after you have turned on every exhaust fan in the house. I have induced an interior/exterior pressure difference of 30 pascals (60% of a typical blower door test) by just turning on every exhaust fan (baths, kitchen hood, and clothes dryer) and a pretty powerful window box fan.What makes me nervous is to go with just the information you currently have, thinking we know where the moisture is coming from, but not making sure. Before you close up the floor system, it would be a good idea to take full advantage of having the floor system open for inspection.Why not tape the seams of the subfloor before you put down the finish floor, to add an interior air barrier? Two air barriers are always better than one, and it sounds as though it is quite possible to make the interior air barrier continuous.Concerning the temperature of the finish floor during the winter: I built a kitchen addition on piers in southern Vermont using R-38 SIPs for the floor, walls, and roof. During the first really extended cold snap, my wife walked across the kitchen floor, moving from the old floor (over the heated basement) to the new floor. “Why is this floor so cold if you used such a high performance building system?” she asked. I explained that the temperature of the floor of the addition was exactly the same temperature as the addition’s walls and roof. She looked at me and wryly said, “Well, now I feel so much better.”I sure wish I had thought of Joe Lstiburek’s approach — decoupling that finished floor with an airtight air space beneath it. I can add more rigid insulation under the R-38 SIPs floor panels, but since insulation just slows conductive heat loss rather than stopping it, I can’t add enough to beat the longest cold periods. That addition’s floor will still be noticeably colder than the floor over the old basement many times throughout the winter.So, in this case, adding more rigid foam underneath the floor framing system (warming the first condensing surface) and providing an airtight space above the cavity insulation will result in better energy performance, moisture management, and thermal comfort. Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!Installing Fiberglass RightGreen Basics: Insulating Roofs, Walls and Floors Fine Homebuilding: How to Insulate a Cold Floor Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing The flooring manufacturer has recommended a layer of #15 asphalt felt between the strip flooring and the subfloor, but Mr. Mike is concerned this may trap moisture in the floor system, making the situation worse than it already is.Should he remove the foam and re-install the OSB? Add more foam to the bottom of the floor system? Insulate the tops of the 2×10 beams with foam?Those questions are the start of this installment of Q&A Spotlight. Make the foam thicker and seal the air leaksTo David Meiland, this problem seems to be caused either by the insufficient R-value of the rigid foam insulation on the underside of the joists, or by air leaks. If there are air leaks between the house and the addition, they could be the source of the moisture that seems to be condensing inside the joist cavities. The problem could be made worse by a forced-air heating system that’s slightly pressurizing the house interior.As to the foam, Meiland says, “it should either be omitted or made much thicker.”And this makes sense to GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “This is either an air sealing issue, or perhaps the home is being pressurized,” Holladay says. “In any case, it’s possible that the condensation is a seasonal phenomenon, and that the moisture will dry harmlessly as the weather changes. (The floor system will have some air exchange due to fluctuations in outdoor temperature.)”Holladay suggests that Mr. Mike read an article he wrote for Fine Homebuilding magazine about insulating floors over cold spaces.Mr. Mike replies that he doesn’t have a forced-air heating system. “I think I have air leakage on the sill/rim joist from where the addition is attached to the house where the warm air from the basement [can] enter the floor system,” he adds. “The moisture does seem to be more in that area, and I was considering installing rigid foam against it on the addition side.”He has sealed some of the OSB seams with caulk, but he suspects cold air may be leaking into floor system in the area of the 2×10 beams.Holladay notes, “When you have wintertime condensation in a cold area of your thermal envelope, the source of the moisture is usually interior air, not exterior air. (Exterior air is dry; interior air is moist.) It is unlikely but possible that there is a path for warm, moist, interior air to reach the cold rigid foam. However, the stack effect usually prevents this kind of air leakage. It is even possible that there was no condensation until you opened up the floor. Once you opened up the floor, interior air had access to the cold foam (for the first time).” A GBA reader who calls himself “Mr. Mike” is working on an 11-ft. by 14-ft. addition to his house in central New York that sits some 5 feet off the ground. The space beneath the addition is a great place to park a lawnmower, but it’s also open to the cold.The floor joists are supported by two beams, each a tripled 2×10. To insulate the floor, Mr. Mike put two layers of R-13 unfaced fiberglass batts in the joist cavities, ran a 3/4-in. layer of Cellofoam foil-faced rigid insulation over the bottoms of the joists, then covered the insulation with 1/2-in. oriented strand board (OSB) to keep out pests. The subflooring is 3/4-in. tongue-and-groove plywood.All seemed to be well until Mr. Mike got ready to install strip flooring in the addition.“When I pulled the existing carpet up to redo the floor, I made a couple of access holes to inspect the cavity and found signs of frost and condensation on the foam insulation — but only in certain areas, closer to where the addition is attached to the house,” Mr. Mike writes in a post at Green Building Advisor’s Q&A forum. RELATED ARTICLES Use felt under the floorMr. Mike’s fears that the asphalt felt will trap moisture in the floor system are probably unfounded, Holladay says, and on this issue Mr. Mike is probably “overthinking” the problem.“Go ahead and put rosin paper or asphalt felt under your new oak flooring,” Holladay tells him. “(Some people prefer rosin paper to asphalt felt because they are worried about asphalt odors. However, as long as you don’t have hydronic tubing in your floor system, I would use either one without worrying.)”“The felt under the flooring is a non-issue,” Meiland adds. “Assuming no radiant tubing in the floor, or other source of heat that will bake it, install the felt. I put felt under my wood floors and have done it on many jobs for others over the years.” What if we’re starting from scratch?Part of the problem is the two 2×10 beams that support the joists. Because of the way the addition is framed, the beams interrupt the layer of rigid foam insulation.“A flush beam, on the other hand, supports the joists with joist hangers,” Holladay says. “If you had installed a flush beam, it would have been easier to install a continuous layer of rigid foam on the underside of the floor system.”The discussion prompts Dennis Dipswitch to recommend an article on the topic by building scientist Joseph Lstiburek.In that article, Lstiburek writes that it’s possible to build a warm floor over a cold space by using a layer of rigid insulation below but also by leaving an air space between the cavity insulation and the subfloor. In other words, don’t completely fill the joist cavity with insulation.Although it may seem counterintuitive, floors are warmer this way because the warm air keeps the tops of the joists warmer and reduces thermal bridging somewhat, Holladay says. The airspace will keep the floor warmer“Lstiburek’s approach — leaving an air space between the top of the insulation and the subfloor — is dangerous to follow if you are a builder with average skills, because air leaks in floor assemblies routinely allow cold exterior air to infiltrate the joist bays,” Holladay adds. “Once that happens, this detail is a disaster. The detail only works if the builder has impeccable air sealing skills. That’s rare, but possible.“Here’s the bottom line: The insulation that is doing most of the work in this assembly is the continuous layer of rigid foam under the joists. If you want a warmer floor, beef up the thickness of the rigid foam — and do an impeccable job of air sealing at the perimeter of the floor assembly (the rim joist area). Then it hardly matters how much fluffy stuff you put between the floor joists. You can put in a little (the Lstiburek approach) or a lot (my way).”last_img read more

Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greats

first_imgHere’s a look at the insights Mid90s director Jonah Hill has learned from filmmaking greats like Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, and Seth Rogen.Fresh off the Mid90s world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, Jonah Hill brought his debut feature to Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas so genre-film fans could check out his cinematic ode to 1990s skateboarding culture. Mid90s, which is being released by A24 in October, completes a surprising career transition for Hill, who has transformed from the snarky funny man in Superbad and Grandma’s Boy to serious actor and filmmaker with recent films like Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street, and the new Netflix series Maniac.While his career trajectory has been unique, he’s quick to point out that his experiences have been the best film school any aspiring filmmaker could want. Speaking to Fantastic Fest audiences after the film’s screening in Austin, Hill shared some of the insights he’s gleaned from filmmaking greats like Scorsese and others.Don’t Be Afraid of the WideMid90s begins with an unassuming static wide shot looking down a long hallway in an uninspiring family home. You hear the sounds of commotion offscreen before two characters smash into the frame and up against a wall. We’re introduced to Stevie, the film’s star (played by Sunny Suljic) and his abusive older brother Ian (played by Lucas Hedges) — the latter in full pursuit of the former for sneaking into his room.This opening, Hill explained during the Q&A after the film, was a direct suggestion from Martin Scorsese. Hill, who starred in Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, sought out advice from the filmmaking legend and was surprised to get a personal workshop session that lasted more than four hours. Scorsese pushed Hill to not be afraid, and to embrace the wide, in his debut project. The opening shot was his personal recommendation for introducing the audience to the lead characters and some of the innate violence in the film.The Plot GameWhen you’ve worked as studiously as Hill has over the years (he’s averaged roughly a staggering four movies a year since 2006), you get great opportunities to meet and collaborate with some of the best. In one piece of filmmaking advice, which every aspiring writer should implement, Hill shared some insights from writer and director Spike Jonze, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Her in 2013.Hill described a game that he and Jonze would play together when they were working on a script for an unfinished project. It’s an exercise in plot, wherein he and Jonze would take turns describing the plots of some of their favorite films. It sounds like a simple task, but as Hill explains, it helped teach him how to see and communicate direction and vision. You can’t film what you can’t visualize. It was an exercise Hill would repeat often to help himself finalize his vision for Mid90s, which is a difficult task for a first-time director.Find Your Own VoiceLike Hill, several actors and comedians in the past year have made the transition from in front of the camera to behind it. Bo Burnham, with his critical darling Eighth Grade, and Paul Dano, with Wildlife, both come to mind, as they — like Hill — have leveraged their years of experience to create their own unique voices.Mid90s doesn’t feel like a Scorsese film, or a Jonze film, or a Seth Rogen comedy. (If anything, it feels closer to Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids, which Hill cites as a major influence — Mid90s even features a cameo by Korine.) Instead, it feels like an authentic, slice-of-life look at a specific experience in a particular time and place. This is something Hill worked hard to capture, and he disconnected himself from his personal cinema upbringing to do so.For aspiring filmmakers, writers, and directors, film’s like Mid90s are great case-studies for how to bring about a first-time feature — and how to establish a new voice. While Hill may not have gone to a proper film school, he used the resources at his disposal and his own experiences to challenge his own filmmaking growth. We may not all have Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, and Seth Rogen as mentors, but we do all have resources within reach we can use for projects of our own. It just takes the drive, which Hill mentions again and again, to keep creating.All images by Jack Plunkett (via Fantastic Fest).To explore some filmmaking resources of your own, check out some of these interviews and articles.Making a Short Film With Little to No Crew: The AftermathInterview: Daniel Levin, DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin StoryA Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Interview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big WorldInsights into the State of the Music Video Production Industrylast_img read more

UP seniors leave Diliman with ‘no regrets’

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Injuries to Pingoy, Ahanmisi bad news for Adamson The Fighting Maroons’ win over the Bulldogs saw them finish the eliminations with a 6-8 record—the school’s best record in more than a decade. But later in the day, Far Eastern University capped its schedule with a 71-54 victory over Adamson to complete the Final Four cast with Ateneo and De La Salle.For Ricafort, who was in a legal tangle even before the season started, his three minutes on the floor was already too much of a parting gift for him.READ: Court allows Ricafort to continue playing for UP“Every time we’re on the court, we’re always giving it our best,” said Ricafort in Filipino. “It doesn’t matter how many minutes we played, every time we’re on the court we give everything we can.”“We want to continue playing, we wanted to take any chance that was given to us,” said Harris. who had two points in his final collegiate game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments With Quattara as an exception, UP’s seniors rarely got playing time this UAAP Season 80, but in the Fighting Maroons’ final elimination game, head coach Bo Perasol let his elder statesmen feel the aural embrace of the crowd for one last time.“What I had in mind was I was supposed to cry but I’m not crying,” said Romero Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after their 106-81 win over National University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni“We’re all happy, we gave it our best, we left everything inside the court. Whatever happens, we know deep inside we don’t have any regrets.”center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t the season-ender University of the Philippines wanted, but four of its seniors are leaving with no regrets.After UP failed to make the Final Four, Paolo Romero and Andrew Harris, who both spent seven years donned in maroon, and Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who combined for just three, played their last game as Fighting Maroon.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Quattara, the only starter of the seniors, was aware of the position they finished in and the most they could do was give themselves a temporary lease in life.“It was almost a do-or-die game,” said Quattara, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. “We have to give ourselves a chance so that’s what we did. Even if it’s going to be our last game, we made sure we would finish in a good way.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more


first_imgIn Queensland news Touch Football Queensland will be launching their State of Origin campaign this Friday in conjunction with Australian gold medal winning beach volleyballer Natalie Cook. She will be launching her new Beach Touch competition at the same time. For all the news on this launch check out the TFA website later today.  In other State of Origin news, NSW have announced their sides that will challenge the Queenslanders in August this year. With Australian Junior Representatives left, right and centre, the sides are sure to be tough come August. To see the full list of sides check out www.nswtouch.com.au The latest edition of the TFA newsletter has been uploaded onto the TFA website. To view the newsletter simply click here: TOUCH-e-TALK JUNE 2006. To subscribe to the newsletter email database visit the ‘subscribe’ section on the TFA website. Touch Footy is going to take centre stage in the NRL on Saturday June 18, with TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director Michael Lovett organising a 30 minute promotional Touch game before the Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders game (from 1:25-1:55pm). To further the state rivalry, the competition will be between Victoria and the ACT in Womens and Mixed Open. For more info check out the following flier or visit the TFA website later today. http://www.victouch.com.au/Storm_Touch.pdf The TFA online shop is now open for business…you can enter the shop by clicking on the TFA Merchandise link on the home page and then scroll through the different categories to view all of the available items. Check out the new Touch Football shoes available from Esus and also the DVD’s. You can also purchase your referees gear, technical resources and more! The WA North West Championships were held over the weekend, keep an eye on the TFA site for the full wrap. TFA would like to wish our data entry and office assistant Bec a happy birthday for yesterday! We also want to say happy birthday to Media Scholarship holder, Lisa Plummer for her birthday this Wednesday. We hope you both enjoyed a great day with your family and friends. The 2006 Touch Football South Australia State SAPSASA Championships has a record 71 teams competing over 2 days. The School Championships commence with the Year 4/5 boys and girls teams competing on Wednesday 14th June followed by the Year 6/7 boys and girls on Thursday 15th June at Park 17, Greenhill Road, Eastwood.center_img TFA are also selling copies of the Raw Footage taken of the 3 Open finals. All 3 finals come on the same DVD and the footage is shot from the tower camera. There is no commentary, interviews or skills sections, simply the raw footage and the communication from the referees who were recorded during the matches. This DVD is available for $30 and is a great resource for coaches, players and referees. Many customers are already purchasing copies of one or both of the DVD’s and orders can be placed by phoning 1800 654 951 and speaking to Rachel, or emailing [email protected] with your order details, postal address and credit card details. Don’t forget that the Touch Football Queensland branch have moved offices, their new address is:Level 3, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)Kessels RoadNathan QLD 4111Ph: 1300 654 002Fx: 3420 4664 Welcome to 60 Seconds in Touch for the start of winter (for all those living in a state of non-cold bliss during your winter competition remember those poor Touchie colleagues of yours skating around on fields of ice this winter season) and stay tuned to the TFA website for all the news in the second half of 2006! TFA has released DVD’s for sale, with the Fox NTL Package selling for $20 (this includes highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open finals, full footage of the Mens Open finals, commentary from Australian Mens Open Coach Tony Trad, interviews and skills sections.) Esus, the official footwear of Touch Football Australia, are getting busy selling their new shoes online. The shoes have been tested by various groups Australia-wide and will soon be on the feet of many of our NTS members. Keep an eye on the website for news and stories regarding Esus and their new range of Touch shoes. Esus are planning to have the shoes in retail outlets within the next 2-3 months. If you have any info for this weekly column feel free to send it to [email protected]last_img read more

Stokes of a feather fly together at Ohio State

To play basketball at former Ohio State men’s basketball player Ron Stokes’ home in Gahanna, Ohio, you have to abide by four rules. “You got to play hard, and you got to play smart, and you got to be coachable … and you have to play defense,” said the former OSU guard and current radio color analyst for the Buckeyes men’s basketball team. Those rules not only shaped the way Stokes played the game at OSU, from 1981-1985, they’ve also molded another player with the same last name. His daughter, redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes, is carrying on the family legacy. “It’s a good advantage to have a dad that knows the game and been in my shoes,” said Amber Stokes, the second of Ron and Lavita Stokes’ four children. For 15 years, her father has commentated on the flagship station for OSU men’s basketball games, which has proven to be an invaluable tool for the younger Stokes. “It’s nice because some people don’t have dads who understand the game,” said Amber Stokes. “My dad understands the game, and he’s able to give me advice.” It might benefit Amber, but being a college basketball analyst who’s watching his daughter play can be a trying experience. “I find myself not even enjoying the game because I’m looking at every single thing because that’s what I do for a living,” Ron Stokes said. “It’s tough turning it off from being an analyst.” Along with announcing every OSU men’s game and attending Amber Stokes’ games when possible, Ron also owns one of the top 50 fastest growing privately held businesses in central Ohio, according to Business First Magazine. He serves as president and CEO of Three Leaf Productions, a media management company with customers including WOW, Kroger and SafeAuto Insurance. His schedule also includes a weekly radio show with OSU coach Thad Matta, maintaining a blog at ronstokesfastbreak.com, and trying to attend his two younger children’s basketball games. “It’s nuts,” Ron Stokes said. “I’m committed to basketball every night.” That commitment to hard work and basketball is mirrored in Amber Stokes, who has already completed her undergraduate degree in criminology. The younger Stokes was also elected co-captain her junior season, a feat her father accomplished as well. Even members of the OSU athletic community see the similarities in the way they play. Denny Hoobler, associate athletics director for development and ticketing at OSU, has watched both family members. He said he remembers seeing Ron Stokes while he was a guard at Canton Mckinley High School and at OSU. He said when he watches Amber Stokes play, he has a déjà vu-like experience. “It’s watching Ronnie Stokes all over again,” Hoobler said. “Just her intensity and defense.” Although her father has influenced her style of play, the same can’t be said for her decision to become a Buckeye. Before attending OSU, Amber Stokes had scholarship offers from a majority of Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference programs, but she said her father never told her to pick the Scarlet and Gray. “He told me wherever I choose to go to, he would support me,” said Amber Stokes, who believes her father wanted her to come to OSU but wouldn’t voice it. Based on the proximity and OSU’s program, Ron Stokes said he wanted his daughter to stay in Columbus, but he wouldn’t feel right if she picked a university because he played there. “Even if it was another school, if I told her to go to that school and she went there because mainly I wanted her to go, and she didn’t have a great experience, I wouldn’t feel right as a father,” Ron Stokes said. In the end, Amber Stokes chose OSU because of its tradition and the atmosphere, she said. Her decision has helped her team achieve the No. 8 spot in the nation this year, and a shot at the National Championship. Although she and her father have enjoyed success on the court, she said she doesn’t plan on following him into the broadcast booth. “No, I don’t think that’s me,” Amber Stokes said. “Let my dad do that job.” read more

Football Ohio States defense must shift focus to Penn State

Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) and senior linebacker Dante Booker (52) combine for a sack in the third quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State comes out of its matchup against Tulane as the No. 4 team in the country with an undefeated record, tied for the 17th-best scoring defense in the nation.But even with a win against then-No. 15 TCU under its belt, Ohio State has not played an opponent with the offensive weapons that No. 9 Penn State holds.The Nittany Lions hold the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation with 55.5 points per game, including 63 points in each of their past two games.The best offense Ohio State has played so far is the Horned Frogs, who ranked No. 44 averaging 35.3 points per game.After the 49-6 victory over Tulane, which ranks tied for No. 107 in scoring offense, head coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that Penn State offers a completely different challenge to Tulane’s option-heavy offense.“Completely different. Last week was more of a wishbone-style triple option. This will be a true spread quarterback,” Meyer said. “It’s a much different mindset. You’ve got to make sure you always account for it.”The true spread quarterback is redshirt senior Trace McSorley, who is Penn State’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (59) with 14 total touchdowns on the season, six of which came on the ground.McSorley is a mobile quarterback, which Ohio State has faced the past two games, but one who offers an even larger threat with his arm. And, as Meyer said, a stronger offensive line in front of him.Meyer also complimented junior running back Miles Sanders and said he expects a very similar team that has given Ohio State a lot of trouble in the past two seasons.“Offensive line is better. And that running back is really good,” Meyer said. “We don’t see much difference at all. Scheme’s very similar to what they’ve done in the past and obviously the quarterback’s the guy that makes it go.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Beaver Stadium, they lost to Penn State 24-21, which was their only loss of the regular season. A year later, former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett threw two touchdowns in the final five minutes to defeat the Nittany Lions 39-38.Penn State has proven to be one of the most difficult challenges for Ohio State in recent years, and that will happen again on Saturday.Containing McSorley and Sanders is tough with a healthy roster, but with the loss of junior defensive end Nick Bosa, the Buckeyes will need big plays from other members of the defense to hold back the Nittany Lions’ offense.After the Tulane victory, Meyer said he liked the play of the defense without Bosa, but said, with the style of Tulane’s offense, it will not help them against Penn State.“It’s a much different game today than it will be next week,” Meyer said after Saturday’s game. “I thought they played well. They played only 30 minutes of football and we got ’em out. So the challenge of challenges is coming up.”The “challenge of challenges” will force the Ohio State defense to clean up all the mistakes that occasionally plagued the team thus far.It is another year with another major matchup against Penn State, and the Ohio State defense prepared for an offense that looks very similar to one that Meyer ran for the past four years.“You’re playing with a quarterback that can run. That’s one that manages — we’ve had a lot of yards around here over the last years and years and years because of having that ability to do that,” Meyer said. “That’s a real threat. And that’s something that you have to game plan for.” read more

Ronaldo or Salah – Zidane picks

Ronaldo or Salah – Zidane picks

first_imgAhead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, Zinedine Zidane was asked to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed SalahThe Egyptian forward has had a sensational debut campaign for Liverpool this season and has scored 44 goals in all competitions, as well collecting five accolades for his displays.Salah’s rise to stardom in the football world has seen him being compared amongst even Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who both have a combined total of 10 Ballon d’Ors and 1,125 goals between them.But Zidane is remaining loyal to his star man: “No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, the Real boss is aware of the danger that Liverpool could potentially provide in Saturday’s final at Kiev.“They [Liverpool] have had a great season, in the Champions League and in the [Premier] league. They can cause us problems, we know that. We are not going to be surprised. Nor them with us. We know each other very well,” said Zidane, according to AS.This weekend’s encounter will be Zidane’s third consecutive Champions League final after being appointed the Real boss in January 2016.last_img read more

Marcelino plays down Valencia crisis talks

Marcelino plays down Valencia crisis talks

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral refuses to admit his side are in crisis after being held to 8th La Liga draw to Athletic BilbaoWith a record of one win, eight draws, and one defeat, the Bets currently sit in the 14th place, trailing the Champions League promotion zone by 7 points.The Oranges have added two more draws in the Champions League, making it a total of 10. La Liga heavyweights have more draws than any other team in the top five Europe leagues at the moment.A stubborn defensive performance and uninspiring attacking movements have so far highlighted Valencia’s season. They have conceded just 11 goals in all competitions while scoring barely eight times in the process.However, according to the Football Espana, Marcelino believes his team deserved all three points at the San Mames.“Playing at Athletic is very complicated and more so when you go toe-to-toe with them,” he said after the match.“You have to win 50-50s so you can threaten your opponents. We made clear chances, and I think we deserved to win, but it’s another case of us hitting the woodwork.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“There were also times when we could’ve combined better. If we went ahead on the scoreboard, it would’ve been different.“The first half was very tight against a very physical midfield, and it was normal for them to do better in the game at that point.“After that, we created more chances to win than they did. When we score a goal, we concede one and when they don’t score, we’re not lucky enough to score ourselves.”Marcelino also pointed out Valencia’s season is not over yet, as they have a lot more games to play until the end.“Draws weigh on you. I’ve been a professional Coach for 15 years and I’ve never drawn so many games.“Still, our season isn’t almost over, nowhere near. The team aren’t in crisis because we wouldn’t have played like we did.”last_img read more