Harry J. Robben

first_imgHarry J. Robben, age 73 of St. Mary’s, died Sunday, June 19, 2016 at his residence.  Born April 14, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he is the son of Elizabeth (Nee: Koch) and August Robben Sr.  He married Kathleen Helmes May 27, 1967 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Cincinnati, was a farmer and a truck driver for August Robben and Sons Trucking for over 50 years.Harry’s life could be summed up in three words………..family, faith and work.  Family was a priority to Harry.  He would often haul loads down to the barges in Cincinnati and on his way back he would take the long way home to stop and visit relatives in Cincinnati or his children, no matter where they were.  He was also very devout and would pray the rosary while driving and according to the family it wasn’t uncommon for him to break into some of his favorite hymns without warning.  As far as hobbies, well, work was his hobby, with the exception of westerns and his farm magazines.  A scrapper, you knew Harry was coming down the road when you’d see his red pickup loaded down.  He was a good hearted individual and the boys laughed that he always made an impression on those he’d talk too.  Apparently Harry was hard of hearing or almost deaf depending on which family member you asked and because of that, he would get into your personal space so he could hear you and read your lips.  They also teased that he had a saying for everything.  A couple of his favorites were “if you can’t be good, then be good at what you do” and “actions speak louder than words.”  In addition to his family, the farm was also his pride and joy.  He bought it in 1967 and spent the next 49 years loving every minute of it.He is survived by his wife Kay; sons Harry of St. Peter’s, Indiana, Hugh of St. Mary’s, Indiana, Hans of Cincinnati, Ohio, Herbert of Oldenburg; sister Betty Siefke; brother Leroy, both of Cincinnati, Ohio and eleven grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Dolores Duwel, Rosemary Bruns and brothers Joe,  August Jr., Leonard and Paul.Visitation is Wednesday, June 22nd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  A rosary service will be held at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23rd, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the St. Mary’s of the Rock Preservation Fund or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice (https://www.mmhealth.org/donate.html).last_img read more

WBB : SU looks to knock off ranked DePaul on road

first_img Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Quentin Hillsman believes it can be done. He has seen it before, and he believes Syracuse has every right to be the next team to pull off the feat.After an inconsistent season marred by struggles in almost every aspect of the game, the Orange head coach still believes SU has a chance of accomplishing what it set out to do. But he also knows Syracuse has no margin for error.‘Things have happened in women’s basketball before,’ Hillsman said. ‘Teams have gone on to win five out of their last six, or last seven, and they’re a hot team and get to the tournament, so I just challenge our girls not to give up.’After the Orange won its 16th game of the season over Marquette on Saturday, Hillsman said the victory had a greater meaning than simply ensuring a winning season. More importantly, it keeps the team’s postseason hopes alive as long as SU puts together a string of victories to close out its season. It’s still a tall task for the inconsistent Orange (16-11, 5-8 Big East), but it’s the mission starting Tuesday on the road against No. 21 DePaul (20-7, 8-5 Big East) at 9 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf SU can pull off an upset against the Blue Demons, it will have No. 15 Georgetown to contend with. On Tuesday, though, the focus is on DePaul and trying to take the next step toward the NCAA tournament and away from the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.The Orange’s woes are the Blue Demons’ strengths. Three of DePaul’s starters are shooting at least 40 percent from field, buoying the Blue Demons to third place in 3-point field-goal percentage in the Big East.Syracuse’s struggles from the outside have permeated its ability to win consistently, though the Orange is coming off a 54.4 percent shooting performance against the Golden Eagles. SU hasn’t shown the ability to find its shooting stroke and keep it for a streak of games, but if that is going to happen, now is the time.‘You have to make shots to win,’ guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘For us to finish off hot, we’ve got to make shots inside and out. I think we’re starting to turn that up more in practice. We’re more intense, and we’re getting more focused because it’s getting into postseason time.’Syracuse’s strong shooting performance in the win over Marquette came after another quality offensive game, when it finished 43.4 percent from the field against Louisville. In the two contests combined, the Orange even managed to drain eight 3-pointers to show a part of SU’s game that’s been dormant for most of the season.DePaul is a difficult challenge, though. The Blue Demons are lethal from beyond the arc and play a game that will be tough to guard for Syracuse.‘Until we get four deadly 3-point shooters on the perimeter and a four that’s really a five that can play in the high post, we can’t play that way,’ Hillsman said.So if Syracuse can’t match the type of personnel DePaul throws out onto the floor night in and night out, it’s going to try to control what it can. It’ll try to outplay the Blue Demons with intensity on both ends of the floor, utilizing that pressure defense that converted 21 Marquette turnovers into 32 points. If the Orange can get some good looks from the outside, it’ll take its shots, and if not, pass off to Alexander inside.‘We’re more intense,’ Tyson-Thomas said, ‘and we’re getting more focused because it’s getting into postseason time.The daunting task ahead for SU is to get some solid, even surprising, performances from players who hadn’t been much of a factor at the start of the year. Off the bench, Phylesha Bullard has been shooting 63 percent in her last six games while averaging more than six points per contest. And after starting off the year on a tear before slowing up, guard Elashier Hall has been shooting 43.2 percent from the field in her last four games and averaging 10 points over that span.Both Hall and Bullard have provided additional offensive sparks Syracuse will need in the final three games of its season. The first step toward matching SU’s tournament ambitions begins Tuesday against DePaul.‘I guess I am kind of getting back to that, knowing that we really need these next couple of games,’ Hall said. ‘I just have to go out there and do as I’ve been doing and keeping up the momentum and just getting it going for those coming off the bench.’[email protected]last_img read more

FAIRLY EASY: Fair scores career-high 26 points as Syracuse cruises to victory against Fordham

first_imgThis time there was no unexpected suspension. There was no first-half scare and Syracuse didn’t need any surprising heroics.Instead, Syracuse’s second game of the season went exactly as anticipated. The Orange was at full strength and held a commanding halftime lead. Trevor Cooney had cooled off, but C.J. Fair took his place as the star of the day. Even a late push by Fordham wasn’t quite enough to qualify as a scare during an 89-74 SU victory.“We had a very good first half,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We just have to look at what we did the second half and try to work on that.”Tuesday featured all the drama of a usual opening-week game for No. 9 Syracuse. Jerami Grant was in his typical role as sixth man. The Orange (2-0) cruised to a 46-21 halftime lead over the Rams. Fair scored a career-high 26 points. Fordham (1-1) cut the lead to as slim as 12 in the second half, but there were never more than murmurs of restlessness from the 22,667 that trekked through the snow to the Carrier Dome. From wire-to-wire, SU had control.Almost 15 minutes into the game, Fair had matched the Rams’ scoring output. Minutes earlier, Grant was in the same position. Fordham missed its first nine 3-pointers to drain any drama from this upset bid in a hurry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It did feel good when everything was going our way,” Fair said.After a layup by Tyler Ennis to start things off, Fair went to work doing what he does best. He knocked down a baseline jumper from the right side and followed it up with another mid-range score moments later. Two minutes after, Fair drilled his first 3 of the game.He hit another jumper to bring his total to nine with 13:09 left in the first half — a number that Fordham wouldn’t reach until seven minutes later.“He scores almost every time he touches the ball,” Grant said, “so it’s definitely great to have a high-profile guy like him.”Turnovers, though, were once again an issue. Fair turned the ball over seven times in the opener and followed it up with a four-turnover first half against the Rams.He knew coming into this season that he would have a greater role as a creator.“I knew I was going to have to handle the ball a little more and create more offense for myself,” Fair said.So he had to work on everything. Shooting. Passing. But especially ball-handling.Some of the turnovers have been careless — he’s tried to start transition too quickly at times — but other times he’s just gotten out of his element. In the second half, he remedied the one issue that’s plagued him in the earliest stages of the season.“I don’t want to be known as turnover prone,” Fair said.And when Fordham started to come back, it meant he was the most obvious option to counter the run.With 3:33 remaining, the Rams showed signs of life. The lead was down to 12 and Syracuse needed a bucket.Fordham leaned on Branden Frazier and Jon Severe, who finished with 33 and 19 points, respectively, to charge back and make the second half a frame that frustrated the Orange.“There’s a lesson learned here,” Boeheim said, “if you don’t guard people — every team has guys that can shoot.”But SU had a trump card. A pair of Rakeem Christmas free throws stretched the lead back to 14. Grant blocked a shot on the other end and Fair started transition.The forward set up on the right wing. He pump-faked and headed to the rim. Fair drew contact and finished. And-one. Twenty-three seconds later he hit another jumper. He had a career-high 26 and the Orange had a 19-point lead.This time, Syracuse didn’t need any heroics from Cooney — who had just two points. It could have cruised without Grant. Fair and the Orange disposed of a lesser opponent in the fashion that SU has made customary during November.“We played a very efficient first half. We were very good offensively,” Boeheim said. “If we didn’t play really well it would’ve been a lot closer game and if they made that run it would’ve been a difficult game.” Comments Published on November 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

At the World Cup, very little breaks through the USWNT bubble

first_imgREIMS, France — Follow the U.S. women’s national team for any significant period of time at this World Cup, and there’s bound to be a word that will surface soon enough.“Bubble.” Martin Rose https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/2e/c3/mallory-pugh-uswnt_qsn9b5ewzbtl1e8n8x4o0eu7a.jpg?t=2136266323&w=500&quality=80 For many members of the USWNT, the only way to deal with the increased focus and scrutiny that comes with playing on the world’s biggest stage is to block it all out entirely.There are myriad of talking points that accompany this team outside the pitch.WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: USA-Spain and other knockout-stage matches, by the numbersFrom the continuing fight over equal pay to the controversy over enthusiastic celebrations in its 13-0 win over Thailand, so much is written and talked about the USWNT that has nothing to do with tactics, formations and lineup choices.Ask many players and coach Jill Ellis about these topics, though, and you may get an answer that sounds like Ellis’ recent response to a question about a non-soccer query: “When you’re in your bubble, it’s not something that permeates.”Of the 23 players on the USWNT roster, 11 are making their first appearance at a World Cup. Staying entirely present has been extra imperative for the rookies, who are experiencing the increased scrutiny of a World Cup for the first time.Some have even taken more drastic measures.“I’ve actually been deleting social media every camp since about last year,” midfielder Rose Lavelle said.“I knew it was something that if I didn’t start slowly, like trying to wean off it, it could be something that maybe negatively affected me during this tournament.”Lavelle’s fellow World Cup newbie Mallory Pugh, the team’s second-youngest player, has done the same.“I’m not on social media [at the World Cup],” Pugh said. “I’m learning this process so it’s testing what works best for me and for right now, it is to stay off social media and just be solely in this environment.” Of course, not every player is doing the same as Lavelle and Pugh, and some controversies will inevitably pierce the bubble, no matter how hard the U.S. tries to block it all out.The USWNT couldn’t help but be aware of the outcry over its celebrations against Thailand, and it crafted a winking response with the golf-clap celebration in the following game against Chile.As Alex Morgan said knowingly after the game: “The whole team is having fun with this.”Veterans like Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and others have been active on social media during the tournament, or at least one of their handlers has, because as much as players want to remain in their bubble, they know there is still value in connecting with the outside world.“A lot of us have just tried to spend less time on social media or looking at media in general, but I think at times there are so many positive things,” midfielder Sam Mewis said.“You want to interact with people,” she continued. “I get a lot of messages from friends and people like that, so parts of it are really positive.” There may be positives from social media, but several players have decided that they aren’t worth the effort while they are in France. Connecting with the outside world can certainly be gratifying but for one month at least, winning a World Cup is priority No. 1.“Whatever is outside our bubble, whatever situation it is, these players are locked on,” Ellis said.“The trappings of everything else is probably more for everybody externally to deal with, but right now the focus has to be what we’re doing inside our bubble.”last_img read more

Titans make Kevin Byard highest-paid safety in NFL history, report says

first_imgIf the report is indeed true, Byard surpasses Redskins safety Landon Collins and Ravens safety Earl Thomas as the highest-paid safety in NFL history. Titans and S Kevin Byard reached agreement on a 5-year, $70.5 million agreement that includes $31 million in guarantees, per source. Byard – who has the same agent (@DavidMulugheta) as Landon Collins and Earl Thomas, now is the highest paid safety in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2019Byard, 25, was a third-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State in 2016.He has made one Pro Bowl and one All-Pro team in his three NFL seasons.He had eight interceptions in 2017 and four more in 2018 while totaling 228 total tackles in his first three seasons combined. The Titans clearly think a lot of safety Kevin Byard.Tennessee gave Byard a five-year, $70.5 million extension with $31 million in guarantees, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.last_img read more

City hit Southampton to cut Liverpool lead

first_imgBut they allowed a limited Southampton side back into the game after a dominating start, which suggests there are still frailties for Liverpool to exploit.David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they passed up a number of chances to add to the lead and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg an equaliser in the 37th minute.For a period, Pep Guardiola’s side looked fragile, but a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and a header by Sergio Aguero just before half-time restored their confidence.-Hojberg red cardSaints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl sprang a surprise in his team selection by giving a debut to 18-year-old former Chelsea starlet Kayne Ramsay at right-back.City should have gone ahead in the fifth minute when Jack Stephens allowed Raheem Sterling to steal possession and set up David Silva.But the City man tried to be too deliberate, with his shot blocked by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.But Saints could also have taken a more surprising lead after eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s clever flick over the City defence sent Charlie Austin clear.Austin’s first touch, however, was dreadful and sent the ball into Ederson’s grateful arms.-Behind againInstead of being a goal up, the home side were behind within a minute.David Silva, who opened the scoring in Manchester City’s 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday, applauds fans after full-time at St Mary’sThe left side of their defence was opened up with ease by a simple one-two, leaving Bernardo Silva clear of full-back Matt Targett and free to advance down the right. He had all the time he wanted to pick out the unmarked David Silva, who hit the ball first-time past McCarthy.Riyad Mahrez then shot wide after a move that began with City playing a series of passes inside their own penalty area.And Aguero squandered an excellent chance in the 25th minute, hitting his shot against McCarthy after Sterling had accelerated past the hapless Targett.But overplaying at the other end almost proved City’s undoing.-Ederson saveEderson was nearly caught by Austin before dribbling round the striker. But he showed a mastery of the more conventional goalkeeping arts on the half-hour with a diving save to keep out Austin’s glancing header from a corner by Ward-Prowse.City did not heed the warning and Saints were level after 36 minutes.Sergio Aguero scores against SouthamptonOleksandr Zinchenko was slow to see Hojbjerg closing in on him and the Southampton captain robbed the Ukraine defender and strode forward before lashing the ball in from 15 yards.– City double stuns Saints –Zinchenko could count himself lucky that referee Paul Tierney did not see his barge on Ward-Prowse after 44 minutes as a penalty.And the home crowd were still complaining about that decision when City retook the lead on the stroke of half-time.Sterling forced his way down the left and fired in a low cross that hit the foot of Ward-Prowse and zipped between the surprised McCarthy and his near post.And the crowd’s disbelief was complete three minutes into first-half stoppage time when Aguero rose unchallenged by Jan Bednarek to nod Zinchenko’s cross under McCarthy.In the second half both sides went through the motions. City had the points they needed and Southampton were happy to avoid further damage to their confidence and goal difference. But even then City could have had three or four more goals.Sterling shot straight at McCarthy, Aguero hit the angle of the post and crossbar, and Mahrez blasted straight at the goalkeeper.Frustration got the better of Hojbjerg, who launched into a scissors-style challenge on Fernandinho and was rightly sent off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Silva celebrates his goal against Southampton with teammate Bernardo Silva on December 30, 2018SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Manchester City showed they are willing to accept the challenge of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title with a 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday.Following shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester, reigning champions City cut the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points ahead of their meeting with the Merseysiders at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.last_img read more

Taking criticism too far

first_imgMaybe Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has seen one too many Al Pacino movies. Or perhaps he gets off on watching Jack Nicholson tell Tom Cruise, “You can’t handle the truth!” Whatever the reason, his outrageous postgame tirade after OSU defeated Texas Tech, 49-45, on Saturday goes right in the “stranger than fiction” category. At the same time, however, a look at the story surrounding the rant reveals a few kernels of truth in the complex world that college football has become. For those of you who haven’t seen Gundy’s post-game outburst on YouTube, ESPN or your local news channel, the 40-year-old coach went on a three-minute tirade against Jenni Carlson, a columnist for The Oklahoman. Gundy was absolutely incensed at what he considered to be an insensitive, inaccurate piece that attacked OSU quarterback Bobby Reid’s toughness – both physical and mental. Going beyond anything I’ve ever seen from an angry coach, Gundy got even more personal than Carlson got when she said, “Does he (Reid) have the fire in his belly? Or does he want to be coddled, babied, perhaps even fed chicken (by his mother)? “This article had to have been written by a person that doesn’t have a child,” Gundy yelled. “If you have a child someday, you’ll understand how it feels, but you obviously don’t have a child. I do. If your child goes down the street and somebody makes fun of him because he drops a pass in a pickup game or says he’s fat and he comes home crying to his mommy, you’ll understand.” At another point, Gundy says: “If you want to comment on his play, comment on his play. But don’t comment on something that’s outside of his play that is downgrading or belittling to a young man who is trying to do things right, and he has to get splashed all over the newspaper in the state of Oklahoma.” It’s clear from the video that Gundy is a passionate person who has a deep concern for his players and his fellow man. It’s clear he wasn’t afraid to deviate from standard protocol – and risk taking some heat – in order to defend one of his players. What isn’t clear is just how smart he is. It is admirable Gundy felt the need to defend his player from a harsh critique that felt too personal. Regardless of whether she’s right or wrong, Carlson risked stepping over the line when she questioned Reid’s ability to handle pressure, basically labeled him a momma’s boy and strongly inferred he wasn’t tough enough to play hurt. But while Carlson may have stepped over the line, Gundy stepped right off the cliff. He was so theatrical that a valid question – how far should we go in dissecting a college athlete’s humanity for the sake of in-depth coverage? – was overshadowed by his emotion. More important, by stomping off the podium and refusing to take questions after he finished attacking Carlson, he failed miserably to give proper recognition to his players’ dramatic victory. That is as dumb as it gets. By not having the discipline to either wait until Monday to address the column or perhaps talk to Carlson in private on Saturday or Sunday, he made his views the headline and shafted his own team. The story continued to make the rounds the past few days. On Monday, Football Writers Association of America president Mike Griffith issued a statement that read, in part: “I consider Coach Gundy’s behavior completely inappropriate. It shows a lack of respect for the media and doesn’t speak well for the university and the fans he represents.” Gundy said he had no regrets, although he said he “shot from the hip,” and maybe should have prepared a better response. Carlson wrote a column Tuesday in which she defended her credibility and complained that Gundy wouldn’t give her any examples of how she got her facts wrong. In the end, there are several conclusions that can be made. First, the world has been forever changed by YouTube and the Internet in general. There will soon be 100,000 downloads of Gundy’s tirade, turning what once would have been a spicy story for Oklahomans into a national event while provoking a mixture of laughter, surprise, admiration and disdain. Two, major college football is bigger than ever and more intertwined with the real world than ever before. Gundy’s ballistic reaction, ironically, created a far bigger story that does more to justify Carlson’s intrusive position than it does to repulse it. Third, it says a lot that the media reaction I’ve read is critical of Gundy’s outburst, but gives little thought to Carlson’s critique of Reid. Gundy was ridiculously unprofessional, but is it now acceptable to question a young college athlete’s heart and guts to explain a coach’s move? It appears it is. Elite three: The Heisman Trophy race is starting to take shape and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden remains the favorite heading into the last weekend of September. He finished second last year and he’s on pace to gain more than 2,000 yards as a junior. However, two quarterbacks are coming on strong. Florida sophomore Tim Tebow is shaping up as a phenom while guiding the Gators to a 4-0 start. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound left-hander has tight end strength, 4.6 speed in the 40 and a quality passer’s touch with a good understanding of the spread option offense. He’s thrown for 1,096 yards and gained 358 on the ground, while throwing just one interception. Senior Andre Woodson, meanwhile, is putting up great numbers under former Oregon coach Rich Brooks at Kentucky, which shockingly is in the top 15 at 4-0. He’s completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,008 yards, with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. This and that: Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon hasn’t thrown an interception going into this week’s huge game against Cal. At the moment, he’s a Heisman candidate worth watching, just like USC’s John David Booty. … When Appalachian State shocked Michigan, AP changed its rules to allow Division I-AA teams to be included in voting for the top-25 rankings. Shouldn’t they be excluded again, now that Wofford has beaten Appalachian State? … This blogged response to the Gundy story came from ChickyBoomBoom129: “The way Okie State is going this year, good guy Gundy will be fired at season’s end. Gimme a winner, not a preacher.” [email protected] 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

Pan-African maths event in SA

first_imgThe 49th International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Madrid, Spain, in 2008. (Image: 49th IMO) Intense concentration as a participant solves her maths problem. (Image: 49th IMO)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is hosting the 19th Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad, an annual event organised by the African Mathematical Union (AMU) that brings together the brightest minds on the continent. The event takes place in Pretoria from 19 to 26 April 2009.Entry into the prestigious competition, which is supported by the national Department of Science and Technology and organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation, is by invitation only. The event is held in both French and English, and the objective is to nurture talent and share information on teaching methods and mathematics curricula across the African continent.In 2009 there will be 13 countries taking part – Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Benin, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Algeria, Uganda, Mali, Mozambique, the Ivory Coast and the hosts, South Africa. Each team consists of a leader who is a mathematics teacher at secondary or tertiary level, and four pupils, all of whom must be younger than 20 years old on the day of the second examination paper, and must not be enrolled in any post-secondary institution.At the end of the event an international jury will award the gold, silver and bronze individual medals as well as the medals for the top three countries. There will also be special prizes and honourable mentions, and every participant will receive a certificate.Encouraging creative thinkingAccording to the Department of Science and Technology, the event will create an environment that will provide opportunities for creative thinking for mathematically inclined minds in the technological environment. The South African government, in partnership with the private sector, is actively looking to boost the country’s international competitiveness in all spheres of technology.South African has participated in the Pan-African Olympiad for a number of years. The country took top honours in 2000 – its début year of participation – as well as in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and is hoping to repeat this notable achievement in 2009 with its two teams.These are made up of some of the brightest young mathematical minds in the country. The official team comprises Arlton Gilbert (Star College, Durban), Dessi Nikolov (Eunice High School, Bloemfontein), Greg Jackson (Diocesan College, Cape Town) and Hlanganani Shibambo (Wordsworth High School, Benoni).In the unofficial team are Sean Wentzel (Westerford High School), Kira Düsterwald (Springfield Convent), Charl du Plessis (Stellenberg High School), Ashraf Moolla (Rondebosch Boys’ High School) and Rofhiwa Mauda (Mbilwi Secondary School). With the exception of Mbilwi School in Sibasa, Limpopo province, all pupils in the unofficial team come from schools in Cape Town.In 2008 Thomas Weighill of Paarl Boys’ High School was the top participant overall, and Dessi Nikolov of Eunice High School in Bloemfontein came third, and was also the top girl.The country has fared less spectacularly in the international version of the event, coming in 44th in 2008 and 68th in 2007. South Africa has participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad since 1992 and its best performance came in 2000 when it took 27th place.The origins of mathsEvidence exists to show that mathematics was born in Africa, and mathematicians from the continent are in agreement that Africa has every right to reclaim its place at the global forefront of the discipline.A notched calendar stick over 35 000 years old, discovered recently in the Border cave in the Lebombo mountains in the eastern part of the Southern Africa, is the oldest mathematical artefact known. The stick, known as the Lebombo bone, is a tally stick – a tool on which cuts were made to keep a count or a score – with 29 distinct notches that were deliberately cut into a baboon’s fibula. The ancient artefact resembles the calendar sticks still used by Bushmen in Namibia.The written form of the science also originated in Africa, when the pyramid-builders of ancient Egypt used papyrus to notate their calculations and formulae around 5 000 years ago. And 2 000 years ago in the great Egyptian city of Alexandria, mathematics developed fully into a rigorous axiomatic subject, notably through the efforts of great scholars such as Ptolemy and the Greek mathematician Euclid.Developing maths in AfricaThe African Mathematical Union is the continent’s equivalent of the International Mathematical Union, and is dedicated to the development of mathematics in Africa. Founded in 1976 at the first Pan-African Conference of Mathematicians held in Rabat, Morocco, the AMU was presided over by renowned Cameroonian mathematician and politician Henri Hogbe Nlend until 1986.The AMU’s second president was Nigerian academic Aderemi Kuku who at the time was head of the Department of Mathematics at Ibadan University. The Union set up four commissions in 1986 – the Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa; the Commission on Women in Mathematics in Africa; the Commission Mathematics Education; and the Commission on Mathematics Olympiad.The third Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians was held in 1991 in Nairobi, Kenya, where Kuku was re-elected and served another presidential term of office. At the fourth congress held in 1995 in Ifrane, Morocco, Ahmed Kerkour, president of the Moroccan Mathematical Society and also of the Al Akhawayn University, was elected AMU president.During the same year the newly democratic South Africa joined the AMU, and the 2000 congress was held in Cape Town. Here South Africa participated for the first time in the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad.Professor Jan Persens of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, took over the presidency of the AMU from Kerkour in 2000.Since 1978 the AMU has published the journal Afrika Matematika.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesTeam SA to debate at model UN Education in South AfricaUseful linksAfrican Mathematical UnionSouth African Mathematics FoundationDepartment of Science and TechnologySouth African Agency for Science and Technology AdvancementAfrika MatematicaMathematicians of the African Diaspora49th International Mathematical Olympiad (Spain)International Mathematical Olympiadlast_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

Former prime minister Paul Martin joins campaign to help First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former prime minister, Olympian and a social activist are standing together.It’s no joke but there is a punchline.They’re trying to spread awareness of issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada.It’s a national campaign and now it’s up to Canadians to listen.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img