Out of the Park: Brady and Patriots deserve to move on

first_imgFor a team that reached the AFC Championship in eight consecutive years, losing in the 2019 Wild Card had to be a major letdown, especially given that Brady’s last throw was a pick-6. The Brady-led Patriots squad trended downward last year, starting out a perfect 8-0 before going 4-4 to end the regular season. Although fans knew Brady’s contract was ending, that didn’t make it any easier when he announced his decision to leave the team on Twitter. Brady was flooded with positive messages about his legacy, but there were also many fans who wondered why he would choose to spend the last years of his storied career anywhere other than Foxborough. There is always the possibility that Brady’s numbers continue to decline and that he misses the playoffs for the first time since 2008. There are always critics who insist that a 42-year-old has no business continuing to play football, and maybe they’re right. Brady also has little to lose, which is something that can’t be said for Belichick and the Patriots. Struggling for a small-market team wouldn’t put him under nearly as much fire as struggling for the traditionally top-tier Patriots. In an unprecedented time when nearly every league had already suspended or canceled play due to the coronavirus, the news of Brady’s departure from his team of 20 years was perhaps just as unfathomable for those who grew up watching him play. Overall, though, Brady’s decision to leave at this point in his career serves a mutual benefit to both him and New England. And I’m not just saying he made the right choice because I’m tired of the Brady-Belichick combo beating my Pittsburgh Steelers. But whether Brady goes 0-16 or 16-0 with the Bucs, his legacy with the Patriots won’t change.  Amanda Sturges is a sophomore writing about the impact of sports. She is also a features editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Out of the Park,” typically runs every other Tuesday. One user commented, “Stop it. Retire. For the love of god, stop Favreing,” comparing Brady to quarterback Brett Favre, who came out of retirement three times before officially calling it quits at age 41. Like Brady, Favre spent the majority of his career with a single team — the Green Bay Packers — before short stints with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.center_img The Bucs offer Brady an exciting new challenge. Shockingly enough, Brady actually pitched himself to Arians and Bucs general manager Jason Licht, and it makes sense if you think about it. The Bucs haven’t made the postseason since 2007, but Brady will surely take advantage of their receiving corps. He now has the opportunity to see what he can do for a franchise that doesn’t have it all figured out yet. The loss of such a big name in Northwest sports was tough, and that’s why I can’t imagine what it will be like for New England Patriots fans to see Tom Brady suit up as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. I’m not pinning the Patriots’ turnaround entirely on Brady by any means, but this Patriots team appeared very different from the powerhouse we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. When that happens and your quarterback is 42 years old with an expiring contract, it makes sense for the franchise to make some changes. Brady has been part of the same winning formula for two decades under head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, so the traditionally more cautious quarterback’s play under Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is sure to be an intriguing storyline. Beyond leaving his longtime franchise, the move can be a risky one for Brady’s continued success as a player. If he wants his seventh ring, he might not earn it on a Bucs squad that went 7-9 last season and faces tough competition in the NFC. Whether you love him or hate him and whether you love or hate his decision, let Tom Brady go out how he wants to — he’s given the league 20 of the best seasons it has ever seen from a player. I was 12 years old when right fielder Ichiro Suzuki was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees. I didn’t keep up with sports news at the time, but the sense of betrayal I felt when I saw the player who had been playing for the Mariners all my life in a Yankees jersey was overwhelming.last_img read more

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

first_imgIt is a worldly tradition to usher in the New Year with celebration and promises to do acts of self-improvement effective on the New Year’s Day. Guyana Times spoke to various person in Georgetown just hours before the world welcomed 2020 and below is what they plan to do and achieve for the year.Latoya Freeman Thomas“There is so much but as time progresses and time goes by, God is going to steer me in that path so I’m leaning on him for guidance. For Guyana is 2020, most persons are talking about the oil and I’m excited about it, but I’m hoping that the Government put the money to good use. I’m hoping that they help the citizens and not themselves, because we are all a part of this beautiful country. I know that big things are in store for Guyana and I am proud and happy to see that happen.”Makayla Morris“Honestly, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I go with the flow. However, I want to see expansion in terms of our educational system and infrastructure in Guyana.”Jahvon Anton Azore from Lamaha Park“If you are from the truth Ministry, you would know that we don’t have a New Year’s resolution, we start our new year every day. Once there is life, there is new things to plan, there is new things to happen, you shouldn’t really have a new resolution, that’s my belief. Every day should be a new year or a new day for you, so make plans as you go along life.”Delicia Pompey from Albouystown“I just want to learn French, and learn how to play the piano and also I am preparing for CSEC so I will be working on that for the New Year. I also want to see a Guyana, I want to see better educational facilities, better health facilities, because that is a major thing because right now in the hospitals that are not treat well so that is basically what I want”, she said.Bibi Toono“My new year’s resolution is to focus more on my family. Spending time with my two children and my finance, also I want to focus on my job. I want to live peacefully with everyone. I also want to live blessed everyday as the days goes by. I will say again it’s more about family for the New Year”, she said.Shameer Bux“2019 was ok, a bit challenging but alright. I have no new year’s resolution but what I can tell you is that we [him and his wife] will be taking it one day at a time.”last_img read more

H-DNL football: Week 7 at a glance

first_imgFerndale High and Hoopa Valley, winners of opening-week Little 4 games, will meet to decide who will sit alone atop the conference after two weeks while Fortuna will look to shake a losing streak as the season hits week seven tonight.Ferndale (3-2, 1-0) at Hoopa Valley (2-2, 1-0)If the opening weekend of Little 4 play was any indication, the conference will be won on the offensive side of the ball.Ferndale picked up a 45-38 road-win over Arcata last week while Hoopa Valley pulled away from …last_img

Licensing reform to lift competiveness of South African mining

first_imgSouth Africa’s mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings, writes Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Now new regulatory reforms are set to boost this contribution even further.A portion of the massive Khumba Iron Ore mine in the Northern Cape. In 2010, the Citibank Group affirmed South Africa as the wealthiest mining jurisdiction, with total mineral reserves estimated at US$2.5-trillion, exclusive of the energy commodities. (Image: Brand South Africa)Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako RamatlhodiInternational investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in in the country having incrementally grown between 2007 and 2012.At one of the world’s premier business gatherings, the World Economic Forum in Davos from 21to 24 January 2015, Team South Africa will bring to the roughly 2 500 delegates the message that the country is open for business and remains an attractive and reliable investment destination. We’ll be driving the point that South Africa remains a competitive business and investment destination of choice, despite some challenges, which are being resolved.The mining industry continues to make a valuable contribution to the South African economy, most notably in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and economic activity. In 2010, the Citibank Group affirmed South Africa as the wealthiest mining jurisdiction, with total mineral reserves estimated at US$2.5-trillion, exclusive of the energy commodities. Further, the available geological information indicates that South Africa remains highly prospective for discovery of more world-class deposits.The mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings. The sector generates an annual income exceeding R330-billion and accounts for 10% fixed capital formation in the country. Mining also contributes significantly to the fiscus, including an annual contribution averaging some R17-billion in corporate tax and R6-billion in royalties.The future of the industry and its impact on the South African economy and social infrastructure constitutes the agenda of the strategic tripartite structure, known as the Mining Growth, Development and Employment Task Team (MIGDETT), with significant progress being attained to date. The President-led Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry corroborates the significance attached to stabilising the mining industry and has borne fruit, with production of minerals in 2014 expected to be higher than the preceding year by about 6%.With a view to ensuring the sustainability of the industry now and in the future, the Departments of Mineral Resources and Environmental Affairs announced the introduction of a new system, on 8 December 2014, to further improve the competitiveness of South Africa’s mining sector. The One Environmental System, as it is known, is aimed at streamlining licensing processes of various authorities. It represents the government’s commitment to improving the ease of doing business, and further enhances South Africa’s global competitiveness as a mining investment destination.Relevant authorisations in respect of mining, environment and water use will now be issued within 300 days. If a decision is appealed, an additional 90 days will be granted to finalise the process. Environmental mineral resource inspectors, who have the same powers as environmental management inspectors to enforce the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act, have already been designated.Under the system, the minister of mineral resources is responsible for issuing environmental authorisations and waste management licenses for mining and related activities. At the same time, the environmental affairs minister is the appeal authority for these authorisations. This new system was pronounced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of Nation Address in February 2014.South Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic, mainly due to the long-term socioeconomic vision and the associated policy-making of its government.Its successes, in terms of its global perception and rankings in key influential indices, such as the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index, could set a benchmark for other mining jurisdictions to follow this global trailblazer.Team South Africa in DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

Blog Review: Tim Eian

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner Tim Delhey Eian is a German-trained architect and Master Carpenter whose Minneapolis firm, TE Studio, specializes in Passive House design. His blog, Tim Eian is, unsurprisingly, about all things Passivhaus.The Passivhaus (or Passive House) standard, which originated in Germany, sets extremely strict performance limits for energy consumption and air tightness. Eian is a certified Passive House consultant who designed the first certified Passivhaus in Wisconsin, a project called Passive House in the Woods. (GBA has published two stories on the Passive House in the Woods project: one in May 2010, and another in October 2010.)Eian writes that his interest in building started early, at the age of 3, as his family’s new home was being constructed in Germany. He later worked as an intern with an architect, entered a carpentry apprenticeship and then earned the title of Master Carpenter (presumably this actually means something in Germany, unlike the self-bestowed label we sometimes see here in the U.S.). He later graduated with an architectural engineering degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Eian’s blog is a little unusual. You won’t find long conversational essays. Instead, you will be directed to several articles on Passivhaus construction that are are in the form of “knols,” or “units of knowledge,” named for the Knol wiki project launched by Google in 2008.Many of Eian’s blog entries are Tweet-like announcements of upcoming lectures he will be giving, links to newspaper or magazine articles about his work, and upcoming open house dates.I found the real meat elsewhere, at the Passive House in the Woods site accessible via a link on Eian’s blog.The project clearly represents a major effort for Eian’s company and the many experts that collaborated on it. The net-zero energy house measures 1,900 sq. ft. and has R-70 walls, an R-95 roof, and an R-60 slab. It is heated with solar energy and electric floor mats. It’s an uber-project in every way.The site gives an excellent description of how the project developed, with some snappy graphics showing power consumption, power production from its photovoltaic array, and its carbon footprint. It also includes entries from a number of project players, including Eian, the homeowner (a local physician), and the builder. If you’re interested in plumbing the depths of how these houses are built, this is a good place to visit.Here are some excerpts from both Eian’s blog and the Passive House site: A word from the builderFrom Steve Swanson of Morr Construction Services: “It has been both a privilege and an education to be involved in the discussions concerning construction details, weighing in with cost and durability concerns as well as feasibility and implementation. Our work qualifying subcontractors bids has put Morr Construction Services Inc. into the role of educator as well as overseer because many of the subcontractors are operating on a different level than what they are used to.” On the cost of Passive House building“Another important point when talking about cost of a Passive House is this one: Passive House is based on a return on investment model that negates up to 80% of operating costs for utilities for the life of the building. Over time therefore, a Passive House will be the cheapest structure one can own. While the first-day cost may be slightly inflated, subsequent operating cost are substantially lower and much less exposed to a volatile energy market. Many of the Passive House improvement will return their investment in half the life of a mortgage, or even less. Case studies in Germany have shown that the energy savings of a Passive House alone can pay for the cost of construction over the life of the mortgage.”center_img On the plumbing system“The plumbing system is very simple. The design of the home puts most of it in one single wall that extends vertically from the basement to the second floor throughout the home. This means short waste and supply pipe runs, and an economical installation. The supply lines are copper, and continuously insulated for efficiency. The waste lines are PVC, and mostly insulated. Warm waste water is used to pre-warm the well-water that is being pumped into the hot water tank, upping the efficiency of the hot water system. Additionally, hot water is being pre-heated by a solar thermal collector on the roof. Last but not least, an electric on-demand water heater can boost the water temperature if the combination of waste-water heat recovery and solar thermal pre-heating do not make it hot enough. 85% of the hot water needs will not require the on-demand unit.“The plumbing system in a Passive House is similar to ordinary plumbing systems with the exception that pipe runs are continuously insulated, and that air-admittance valves are being used instead of vent stacks.” Living in a Passive HouseFrom owner Gary Konkol: “This relationship of the house to the sun, outside and weather has heightened my awareness of the outdoors in my day-to-day living. The large windows and grand views only add to this awareness. It is a comfortable awareness and increased connectedness to the larger world; even if it is only outside my window…“As I was shoveling this morning I saw little footprints of a mouse or vole had circled my garage looking for a crevice to gain entry. No such luck for the little rascal, he’ll just have to stay in the woodpile this winter. Such a nice perk of a Passive House, it’s built very tight and by extension, so is my garage, at least for rodents!” On the ventilation system“The ventilation system is at the heart of each Passive House. This building will utilize a Passive House certified Lüfta heat recovery ventilator from Germany, supplied by Peak Building Products. It will be combined with a 600 foot PEX earth loop provided by Rehau—buried below frost on the property. This system will pre-warm, or pre-cool and dehumidify the incoming ventilation air and boost the system’s efficiency to well above 90%. The Luefta machine will supply the entire home with outside air year-round, and exhaust air from the bathrooms and kitchen.”last_img read more

Settling the Unsettled: Ambiguous Loss through Military Retirement

first_imgWhile the list above is not even close to exhaustive, it provides you with an idea of how retirement from the military can be a good example of ambiguous loss. So, when we are working with families going through this loss, how can we help?• Start talking immediately: Once the decision to retire has been made, we need to start talking with the service member and their families right away. This will allow the families to process and prepare and the service professional to assist in the preparation.• Assist in finding resources and making connections: A very large part of our jobs as service professionals is making sure that the people we serve are aware of resources. Always be on the lookout for things that may assist your families. Reach out to people in your community and talk to them about the services they offer. You may even learn about new resources from the families you serve. Keep a notebook of all of your favorites to share with families!• Use resources to guide your own work: Do you have a favorite book or other resources that help with application in your work with families? Perhaps you have read Pauline Boss’ Loss, Trauma, and Resilience about Ambiguous Loss. Or, maybe you find journal articles and conversations with other professionals helpful. No matter what it is, you should always have something that helps you in your work and keeps you current on the latest strategies and research!• Personalize, do not generalize: Last but not least, ALWAYS tailor your work to fit the family with which you are working. While it is important and necessary to stay on top of research and to have resources that assist in guiding your work, you should never use them to dictate everything you do. While families may experience similar situations and scenarios, no two families will be identical. Listen to the presenting issues specific to each family and proceed accordingly. By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr [Marines Lead Run to Ground Zero– Fleet Week New York 2011 by DVIDSHUB on May 31, 2011 CC BY-ND 2.0]It was Pauline Boss who noticed the particular struggles of those who have suffered losses where finality and closure have not been accomplished. She recognized that while all losses have some element of ambiguity, there are some that are saturated in it. Dr. Boss contends that there are 2 types of Ambiguous Loss. Type 1 occurs when there is a physical absence and psychological presence; examples would include kidnapping, missing bodies due to traumatic events, divorce where one parent leaves the home, and giving a baby up for adoption. Type 2 occurs when there is physical presence and psychological absence; examples would include Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, autism, and depression.During my quest for information and resources about military retirement, I noticed this underlying theme of loss. And then I started to think about ambiguous loss and how this seems to fit perfectly with the descriptions of feelings associated with what newly retired service members and their families were experiencing. While it may not be a perfect fit in one of the two categories that Dr. Boss describes, I think it would fit most appropriately under type 2. This is what is experienced during retirement and why I think it’s a fit:• Team loss:   We all know the comradery that is found within the military. While service members may continue to stay in contact with their former fellow SM’s, they are no longer serving the same purpose together. They no longer have the physical and emotional support that they were offered on a daily basis.• Loss of Resources: Physically and emotionally, the resources may dissipate after retirement. If a family lived on base, for instance, they may no longer have physical access to the resources they had before. They may also experience a loss in the physical presence of their friends who lived and worked nearby.• A Different Environment:  The tone of the civilian world, both physically and emotionally, is different.• A Struggle with Identity:  Service members and their families may struggle to find where they fit now. They may have to learn who they are without the military. This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Beermen hold off Hotshots to force Game 7

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We don’t want to relinquish our title,” SMB head coach Leo Austria told reporters during the post-game interview. “With this win, I think the momentum is on our side and we hope to sustain it in Game 7.”“We tied the series and I think what happened in the game was we played good defense because of our second group and their play rubbed off on everybody.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut all started with Fajardo and Chris Ross, who outscored the entire Magnolia team in the opening quarter as San Miguel jumped to a double-digit lead early, building enough cushion to fend off Magnolia’s fightback the rest of the way.Fajardo finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks while Ross went 5-of-5 from downtown in the first half to wind up with 17 points on top of five rebounds, six assists and three steals. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer raced to a big lead early before repelling repeated rallies by Magnolia to win, 98-86, Sunday night and force a Game 7 in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Araneta Coliseum.June Mar Fajardo had his usual numbers while also getting a lot of help from his teammates as the Beermen aim to make history with a fifth consecutive All-Filipino crown on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cherry Rondina going all out to fulfill UAAP title promise to UST DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Marcio Lassiter continued to find his mark after struggling early in the series as he scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field.Christian Standhardinger led SMB’s bench mob with 16 points and five rebounds while Terrence Romeo added nine.Romeo hit a triple to open the fourth quarter that sparked a 14-1 Beermen run, extending a slim lead to 82-63 with 9:03 remaining.The Hotshots pulled within six after trailing by 21 in the first half but lost steam in the final frame.Jio Jalalon led Magnolia, which shot just 3-of-16 from long range, with 17 points and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: I’m not going to talk about the Ajax player

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: I’m not going to talk about the Ajax playerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is tightlipped on their interest in Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.Guardiola says the competition in the transfer market is big and players normally choose Real Madrid and Barcelona faster than City. City must therefore be “fast and efficient”.Asked about competing for De Jong, Guardiola continued: “The club knows that it has become more expensive for all clubs. It is what it is. “But I’m not going to talk about the Ajax player, because he is an Ajax player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Ohio St QB Cardale Jones Has To Make His Stay/Go To NFL Decision Today, What Are People Saying He Should Do?

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Cardale Jones has until 11:59 p.m. E.T. to decide his future as a college football player. Will the redshirt sophomore declare for the NFL Draft or opt to return to Ohio State for another season? It’s one of the most intriguing decisions we’ve ever seen from a college football player. Jones has started just three games at the college level, but they were three incredible starts – wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon – leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. If he decides to return to Columbus, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the starter for Urban Meyer in 2015 – J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller could both be back, too. Jones is 22. Age wise, he’s ready. Physically, he’s probably ready, too. But is he ready mentally? Does that even matter? ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Jones could be a second-round pick in this year’s draft, but has the potential to be a top-five pick and the No. 1 QB taken in 2016 if he returns to school, wins the starting job and improves. Here’s what people are saying the Ohio State quarterback should do: Cardale Jones should declare for the NFL draft. His stock can’t get any higher. He would be perfect as a backup for Big Ben for example.— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 15, 2015If Cardale is leaving he has to say so by 11:59 tonight. But he’ll still have 72 hours to change his mind, return. pic.twitter.com/pbA8nzOoC7— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015In my opinion, Cardale Jones should declare for the draft just to get the extra three days to think about it. If you don’t, it’s done today.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015Our http://t.co/hoxCxP0Plk poll on whether Cardale Jones should go to NFL or stay at Ohio State: 65% go, 35% stay http://t.co/6ccP1lRUFU— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) January 15, 2015Today is the day Cardale Jones must decide if he should turn pro or stay. His stock never will be hotter–but he could use more seasoning.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 15, 2015So many in NFL think Cardale Jones should/will come out. Decision today. True overnight (or three game) sensation— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 15, 2015http://t.co/2EljtaiDgP‘s Rob Rang has Cardale Jones rated as high as the second round, right after Winston-Mariota. http://t.co/CF94WLgmPb— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 15, 2015Cardale Jones has an unprecedented, complex choice between school and the NFL. “If it’s my son, I’d tell him to go.” http://t.co/n3YYI1QNww— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 14, 2015What would you do if you were Jones? Stay or go?last_img read more