Q&A with Rhode Island beat writer Bill Koch of the Providence Journal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse opens its season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island. Follow along with Syracuse-Rhode Island coverage here or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Rams, The Daily Orange spoke with Bill Koch, a Rhode Island beat writer for the Providence Journal.The Daily Orange: If Rhode Island were to keep it close with Syracuse, it would be because of what?Bill Koch: Their defense and forcing turnovers. They’re not a very good offensive team. They weren’t last year, they probably won’t be again this year. But their defense is fast, they’re physical, they’re aggressive and if Syracuse has a tough night on the offensive side of the ball, you could see Rhode Island win a low-scoring game like a 17-13, something like that. But I think that’s probably the only real chance they have.The D.O.: What does recently named starting quarterback Paul Mroz bring to the table?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textB.K.: I think the biggest thing for him, obviously he’s a winner. He played at a good junior college program last year. He’s a tough kid. You come out of Brockton, Mass., it’s a tough town, it’s on the southeastern side of the state … it’s just a very blue-collar place with very good athletics. It’s been that way for a long time. So if you come out of there, you’ve got a certain pedigree and I would expect him to have it. And I think that’s probably why he’s the starter to this point, because he’s a tough guy and he brings in a little bit of a presence into that huddle that they need that they didn’t really have last year.The D.O.: How important is junior linebacker Adam Parker’s role on the defense taking the reigns from recent graduate Andrew Bose?B.K.: It’s important just from the sense that he’s replacing a really good player. Andrew Bose is in camp with the Ravens. He’s one of the all-time leading tacklers at URI. Just a really, really good player, a guy that could have played at a higher level that probably went a little under recruited out of high school. Parker and (senior) Connor Caponegro are two guys still there at linebacker who have played a lot of football at URI. Two very experienced guys. It’s definitely going to be key to that defense and how they replace the guy who was really their leader last year in Bose.The D.O.: Rhode Island allowed over 230 rushing yards per game last season. Why was that and how might that change this season?B.K.: I think their offensive stats are more truthful than the defensive stats if you look at last season. Offensively they just weren’t very good and I think they put the defense in a lot of tough situations in terms of short field, they were on the field for a long time, there was a lot of time of possession. I think the rushing numbers are a little inflated because the other team had the ball 36, 37, 38 minutes and the defense would get worn down. When you’re ahead, you’re running the ball and I think there was a lot of that going on … They certainly did some things in terms of forcing turnovers that they wanted to do, but their offense just put them in such difficult situations so often so they never really had a chance. Commentslast_img read more

LP Wants State Burial for Bryant

first_imgThe national chairman of the opposition Liberty Party, Cllr Fonati Koffa, is calling on the family of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles G. Bryant, to re-consider its decision not to accept a state burial for Mr. Bryant.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, April 24, at the Party’s District 7 office on Broad Street, the chairman explained that there are reports of Mr. Bryant’s disappointment over how the National Port Authority handled and reported its version of how a certain business’ transaction went down.According to the LP chairman, the former head of state, Mr. Charles Bryant, was one of the engineers of the democracy that every Liberian enjoys today.“There are certain choices that Mr. Charles Bryant should not make for himself, that are related to his service—especially his role in the peace process. Accordingly, the nation must accord him his due for the services he rendered the people of Liberia,” the Chairman emphasized.“Mr. Bryant was able to organize the general and presidential elections in 2005 that was free of violence in the country; we have enjoyed 10 years of peace through his leadership as former chairman of the Interim government,” he said.The chairman further explained that it is important for former heads of state to receive some opportunity in the government sector including special considerations on traveling, business arrangements, and in a number of other activities.“Former heads of state should not be running after their lodges in Liberia when wanting to travel and must make arrangement involved with the process,” he stated.According to the opposition political party chairman, there should be all necessary benefits for all former heads of state that would reflect their legacy of commitment that typified their service.He said, “We want to give the former head of the state, Mr. Bryant, whatsoever he deserves as chairman of the Interim Government of Liberia; this is why we are calling on the family to re-consider its position on Mr. Bryant’s burial.We hope that they (family members) can see reason to identify him as a statesman, who contributed to his country in many appropriate ways. The government must work with the family to ensure that he receives a befitting state-burial.”According to Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the decision by the family members of the former head of state to turn down a state-burial was troubling and disturbing, considering the nation’s own reconciliation and peace process.The chairman said “If the family does not agree to give the former head of state that burial, it means that he might not be given the treatment that a former chairman of the Interim Government of our country deserves.”In another development, Cllr Kofa also stated that it is prudent for the former president, Dr. Charles G. Taylor, to receive his benefit as a former head of state, despite having been prosecuted by the international community. “Mr. Taylor is due under the law of Liberia all benefits that a former president of Liberia deserves.”Meanwhile, the chairman disclosed that they are fully prepared for the upcoming special senatorial election, come October 14, and if a merger becomes necessary, it will be accepted by the Liberty Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mine disaster sparks anger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Security guards blocked the front gate as about a dozen people stood outside in subfreezing weather and a nighttime fog. Four women argued loudly with the guards, demanding to be let in to look for missing relatives. “Why won’t you let us in?” one shouted. When the guards refused, the women shouted obscenities at the men. People who answered the phone at the mine office said they were too busy to give any information. The incident is a setback for Chinese officials struggling to improve safety in the coal mining industry. Most disasters are blamed on disregard of safety rules or lack of equipment for ventilation or fire control. Local officials often are accused of helping mine owners or managers flout safety rules. Beijing has unveiled one safety initiative after another in recent years. It has announced the creation of a national network of safety inspectors, stricter fire standards and shorter working hours for miners to prevent fatigue. QITAIHE, China – Anxious relatives demanded to be allowed into a coal mine Monday after an explosion killed at least 138 miners and left 11 others missing, adding to a soaring death toll in China’s mines despite a safety crackdown. The blast in the Dongfeng Coal Mine prompted national leaders to demand stricter enforcement of safety rules in China’s mining industry, by far the world’s deadliest, with more than 5,000 fatalities a year in fires, floods and other accidents. The disaster late Sunday came as the nearby city of Harbin was struggling to recover from a toxic spill in a river that forced the government to cut off water supplies for five days. Outside the Qitaihe mine in China’s northeast, a stream of emergency vehicles with flashing red lights and black government sedans made their way up and down the narrow, two-lane road to the mine entrance. Authorities say they have shut down more than 12,000 coal mines this year for safety inspections. Thousands have been ordered to improve their facilities and many others aren’t expected to reopen. The government said the explosion in Qitaihe was blamed on airborne coal dust that ignited. But there was no word on whether it was believed to involve misconduct or human error. Rescuers had found 74 miners alive by Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said 138 miners died in the explosion and a team of 269 rescuers was searching for 11 others, but gave no indication whether they were believed to be alive.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 – Terry scores but is later carried off

first_imgJohn Terry scored on his return to action but was later stretchered off after being hurt in a collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.Terry, back from his four-match suspension, was left unmarked to head home Juan Mata’s 20th-minute corner.It was the Chelsea’s skipper’s 50th goal for the club and a deserved breakthrough, as the Blues had been much the better side.But they were dealt a major blow eight minutes before the break.Suarez burst towards the penalty area and accidentally clattered into Terry, who appeared to be in serious pain as he was carried from the pitch.He was replaced by Gary Cahill, who had been dropped to the bench to make way for the former England man.David Luiz was unavailable after going down with tonsillitis.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Cahill.Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quiz YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sasol in SA’s largest BEE deal

first_img26 March 2008South African petrochemical company Sasol this week announced the final terms of a broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) deal which, if approved, will see 10% of the company’s shares, currently worth approximately R26-billion, placed under ownership of previously disadvantaged individuals and groups.“Sasol is truly committed to South Africa’s transformation and wants to make broad-based economic empowerment a reality,” Sasol CEO Pat Davies said in a statement on Tuesday.“We will make a difference by creating significant economic opportunity for more than one million potential beneficiaries ranging from individuals to rural women’s groups who can invest in Sasol.”In terms of the transaction, 3% of shares will be transferred to black South Africans, 1.5% to selected BEE groups, 4% to Sasol employees and 1.5% to the Sasol Inzalo Foundation.Reaching outSasol said it was working with the National Empowerment Fund to identify ways of reaching as many black South Africans as possible, especially those in lower income groups.The black public invitation is designed to meet the needs of different investors through two invitations, one being funded where a small cash contribution is required and one being a cash purchase alternative, with both accommodating investors ranging from individuals, companies, partnerships or trusts, to informal groups such as stokvels, church groups and families.“Sasol has set itself the goal of reaching as many people as possible and hopes that anywhere from 100 000 to 200 000 shareholders will participate through this invitation,” Davies said.Selected BEE groups fall into two categories: those currently involved in Sasol’s business as suppliers, customers, franchisees and unions; as well as groups focusing on broader empowerment objectives such as community upliftment projects and women’s groups.A comprehensive process to identify appropriate partners for this category is nearing completion, with 86 BEE groups having already accepted an invitation to participate.Developing skillsWhen the transaction was first announced in September 2007, the company said it would target communities near its operations in Sasolburg and Secunda, as well as women’s groups as beneficiaries of the empowerment deal.The deal will benefit almost 27 000 Sasol employees, 60% of whom are black, while the Sasol Foundation will be created to contribute to growing South Africa’s skills particularly in science and technology.“This Foundation is an extension of Sasol’s long-standing tradition of giving back to the community through, among others, artisan training programmes, bursaries, co-operation agreements with tertiary institutions and other sponsorships,” said Sasol Executive Director Nolitha Fakude.Sasol added that its commitment to broad-based BEE was already evident in other initiatives throughout the group, ranging from significant equity ownership transactions at subsidiaries such as Sasol Oil and Sasol Mining.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Homegrown malaria test kit lauded

first_imgMalaria is transmitted exclusively through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes. Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria and most cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. (Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org) The malaria testing device can detect malaria soon after infection and determine within 30 minutes whether an individual has contracted one of the four main strains of malaria; it also shows whether treatment is effective or not, and can help to reduce malaria fatalities. (Image: Medical Diagnostech) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ashley Uys   Medical Diagnostech  +27 83 261 5492 RELATED ARTICLES • An end to malaria? • Putting malaria to sleep, for good • Holgate’s goodwill drive to Juba • International win for SA innovation Wilma den HartighTwo local innovators have won the 2012 South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation Social Innovation Award for developing a reliable, low-cost malaria test kit. The device is one of only nine in the world, and the only one of its kind that is fully African-owned and developed.The device can detect malaria soon after infection and determine within 30 minutes whether an individual has contracted one of the four main strains of malaria; it also shows whether treatment is effective or not, and can help to reduce malaria fatalities.The kit is intended for professional use to accurately diagnose malaria and avoid over or under treatment.The Social Innovation Awards recognise unique, pro-poor product and service innovations that effectively bring modern cost-effective technology to poorer consumers. The SAB Foundation projects focus on women, youth, people living with disabilities and those in rural areas.Local solutions for Africa’s challengesAshley Uys and Lyndon Mungur developed the malaria testing device through their Cape Town-based company Medical Diagnostech. It’s one of various inexpensive diagnostic tools such as kits for HIV/Aids, pregnancy and drug abuse also developed by the pair.Uys says they only expected to make it into the SAB Foundation’s top three, and winning the competition is a great honour.Receiving the award – a total of R1-million (US$113 000) in prize money – means that their product is recognised as one of the top innovations in South Africa.“Knowing that I have been a part of the development of a product that has achieved top honours at the SAB Foundation Innovation Awards makes me feel that all the long hours and hard work was well worth the effort,” Uys says.He believes that the product has significant medical and social value for South Africa, the continent and internationally.“The product performance is one of the best, globally,” he says, adding that the kit’s ability to detect malaria early and show whether treatment is effective are important features of the device.The new malaria testing kit complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) specifications and was evaluated by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in the Philippines, a facility that conducts research to prevent and control occurring tropical and infectious diseases.“Our product had 100% sensitivity and specificity for malaria, meaning that our test was 100% accurate,” Uys says. “RITM also did field evaluations of 10 000 units and the performance was found to be superior to similar products which are regarded as being the best in the world.”Affordable for those who need it mostAn important advantage of the newly-developed malaria kit is its affordability. At only R4 ($0.45) per device it is providing people most at risk in low-income communities and rural areas with access to potentially life-saving technology.“We were aware that malaria kills more people in Africa than any other disease,” Uys says. “We were also aware that there was no other African company with a similar product despite the high prevalence of the disease on the African continent.”Malaria is a significant danger in Africa, and according to WHO statistics people living in the poorest countries are most at risk. In 2010, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African region, mostly among children under five. About 3.3-billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.The good news is that malaria can be cured and the test kit provides a local solution for the management and reduction of the burden in many places on the continent, and elsewhere in the world.Uys explains that local production is essential to keep costs low. Similar test kits imported from China cannot be as cost-effective because of distribution and transport costs.“Our trade secret formulations gave us optimal results without the need for unnecessary and expensive chemicals,” he explains.Improving lives with science and technologyThe two product developers are using their skill and enthusiasm for science, coupled with a good sense of business, to improve the quality of life for many people on the continent.However, Uys says it is important to improve the country’s public education system, as well as maths and science results. “This should help to encourage more students to take these subjects,” he says.Speaking at the recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Excellence Awards, minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom said science, technology and innovation must be used to address real socio-economic challenges and make a difference in people’s lives.Hanekom said science and technology must also contribute to increasing the research, development and innovation capacity of the country.Uys and Mungur’s high-end yet inexpensive testing device is an example of how local innovation can do just this.last_img read more

How to Create a Realistic Nebula in After Effects

first_imgGet inspired by images from NASA and build a realistic 3D nebula in After Effects using both Trapcode and HitFilm.Have you ever gone through the amazing images on HubbleSite.org and wished you could move around in that area of space? Or maybe you’ve seen the Universe sequence in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and wished you could recreate something similar.Well, have no fear. Great tutorials abound on the web that can show you how to do just that using After Effects along with the Trapcode Mir and Form. We’ll also give you a glance at how to achieve this same effect in the all-in-one 3D & VFX software HitFilm. To get us started, let’s check out this tutorial from Peder Norrby. He’s released a great Nebula Construction Kit developed to go along with his fairly easy tutorial.Here are some of the examples of his work using the method from the tutorial above.As many of you know, an easy way to create such compositions would be to utilize the 2.5D or parallax effect. This is the process of taking 2D images, breaking them up into separate layers, and then animating them in 3D space through After Effects. If you’re unsure on how to achieve this, here is a great tutorial from Joe Fellows and The Creators Project.You can take the parallax effect one step further and develop a realistic moving shot of a person from a 2D image, which is done through a combination of Photoshop and After Effects. For that, here is a great tutorial from Vale Productions and the use of displacement maps.If you happen to be working in the 3D & VFX software HitFilm, you can create a realistic nebula scene using the same Hubble images from above and then mirror the construction steps in After Effects. For that, you’ll want to check out the tutorial from HitFilm below and make sure that you download the project files.Once you master these techniques, especially those in After Effects using the Trapcode suite, you can set your sights a little higher and maybe develop something like the Star Trek Into Darkness title sequence. For some inspiration, here is a video for this sequence by its creator Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer.Want more After Effects tutorials? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Remove Warp From Warp Stabilizer Using After EffectsUnderstanding Spatial and Temporal Interpolation in After EffectsCreate Realistic Muzzle Flashes in After EffectsAnd if you want to throw an incredible distortion effect over the top of your epic space imagery for that heading-through-a-worm-hole vibe, try this After Effects template from RocketStock!Free After Effects Template: Digital DistortionAre you feeling inspired? Have tried any of these methods to create your own space sequence? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.last_img read more

Anne Hathaway And Adam Shulman Hide Their Faces For Charity

first_imgOver the 4th of July weekend, actor, producer and jewelry designer Adam Shulman and his wife, actress Anne Hathaway, met paparazzi with cardboard signs covering their faces that told viewers to support World of Children Award, a nonprofit that improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.Hathaway’s sign read: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea! Please check out www.GirlEffect.org, www.Feeding America.org, www.WorldOfChildren.Shulman completed the message with “Happy 4th of July!”Last year, Shulman partnered with World of Children Award to design a Limited Edition Key Necklace that featured the nonprofit’s signature logo. The necklace was released at the 2013 World of Children Awards Ceremony. 100% of the profits supported World of Children Award’s programs serving the needs of vulnerable children.Shulman plans to design a new key for this year’s World of Children Awards Ceremony in November, which will take place in New York City. To learn more about the Awards Ceremony, visit worldofchildren.org/awardsceremony.
World of Children Award improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $6 million in cash grants and program support to 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide. The organization’s exhaustive research and vetting of individuals has been hailed by leading philanthropic organizations. The media often refers to World of Children Award as the Nobel Prize for child advocacy.World of Children Award has been featured on The New York Times, The Huffington Post, People, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. World of Children Award Honorees have also been featured by The New York Times, CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fast Company Magazine, People, Glamour, TEEN Vogue, TIME for Kids, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor, among several other national and international media.Most recently, The Huffington Post named World of Children Award’s Founders, Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, one of the United States’ most inspiring “power couples” for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world.Source:PR Weblast_img read more