HOUSTON — When Dajuan Coleman is on the bench and wants to get in the game, his massive hulking body will shift around in his seat. He’ll elbow assistant coach Adrian Autry, unintentionally of course, who he sits next to on the sideline. He’ll knock his knee against Autry’s.There’s not much talking for the soft spoken big man — the guy Syracuse coaches thought had a 50 percent chance of playing 10 games this season. There’s little talk of the three hours of rehab each day that it took to get back, or the day-by-day struggle to get acclimated to the game once the rehab was complete.Coleman just sits on the bench, wanting to be the guy to make the next play.“A lot of the work I’ve been doing for two years is definitely starting to pay off,” Coleman said. “I’m really excited. I’m here. I can’t take it for granted.”The production for Coleman this year has been on and off. In the past seven contests, he’s had a game where he played just nine minutes, only to stay on the court for 33 minutes 10 days later. He’s had seven games where he’s scored double-figures, and then five more games where he hasn’t scored a single point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut after two years of rehabbing a knee injury, the fact that he’s just on the court 36 games into his first full season is as impressive as the run Syracuse has made to keep him playing. He’ll get to continue his improbable season on Saturday in the Final Four, when he starts for Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) against North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) — a team he’s corralled nine offensive boards against in 36 minutes of action over two games — at 8:49 p.m in NRG Stadium.“His rehabs, it’s not like when adults get hurt and they have to rehab an injury,” Jim Boeheim said. “They go to the guy for 30 minutes, that’s the rehab. He rehabs for three hours a day. He did it every day for two years, summer, spring, fall, winter, without the ability to play in a game.”Coleman came to Syracuse with the fanfare that would seem appropriate for a five-star talent from just down the road. He was so popular in high school that even North Carolina head coach Roy Williams went on a recruiting visit, hoping he had a chance until he ran into Boeheim there too.His popularity hasn’t faded in his home city. When he scores or gets on any kind of defensive roll, the Carrier Dome crowd cheers louder for him than they do for anyone.“I just feed off of that,” Coleman said.Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff PhotographerHe plays a lot less than Tyler Lydon, the NCAA Tournament darling that has 17 blocks in his last three games. But his presence has been important for Syracuse throughout this extended season.When Coleman got the ball near the top of the key at the outset of the second half in SU’s Elite Eight win over Virginia, he decided that he was the person that had to get something started. Scoring off the dribble isn’t his forte and neither is maneuvering his way around the post.It wasn’t pretty, and the first attempt resulted in a shot that didn’t hit the rim. But he got his own rebound and was fouled. He “just wanted to start us up again.” It happened minutes into the second half, with Syracuse down by 14 points.“You see him, he enjoys it every day,” Autry said. “When you have injuries and when basketball gets taken away from you, I think it gives you a perspective. I think he has a different perspective.”Seated atop the NCAA Tournament podium on Friday afternoon, Boehiem leaned over to his two senior stars. Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney are enjoying their last go-round, playing in their final college weekend. Coleman is a senior, too, though that’s often forgotten because he still has another year to play. He’s been a part of all this for four years, but hasn’t had the same chances to build a legacy as Gbinije or Cooney.Boeheim had just said that if he were in Coleman’s situation, he doubts he would have been able to come back.“Could you see yourself doing that?” he asked to get their attention.Gbinije just shook his head. Then Cooney leaned forward in his chair.“Not the way Dajuan did it, no.”Thirty-six games later, it’s easy to forget how impressive it is that he’s played in 36 games. It’s easy to move past how impressive it is he’s played at all. He doesn’t have that legacy yet, but he’s establishing one now.“It’s a great story,” Boeheim said. “It really is.” Comments Published on April 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+
What came first, the esports game or its community?As the industry grows, so does the popularity of the games that it compromises of – so it’s understandable and expected that more and more new titles are hitting the market hoping for a piece of the pie.One of the more exciting and intriguing upcoming titles that are launching with an ‘esports ready’ mindset is The Forge Arena: an FPS (first-person shooter) from the brain of Artur Minacov, Co-founder of OPSkins, Partner at Freezing Raccoon, and Owner of Minacov, the studio behind the forthcoming title The Forge Arena. The Forge Arena is set to go live with its beta on June 22nd (find out more here), so in an effort to understand Artur’s new project and how prepared it is for competitive play, we spoke to the man himself.Esports Insider: First of all, please can you a give a little background as to how you got into the games and esports industry and what led you to develop and launch OPSkins – a platform for trading in-game items?Artur Minacov, Owner of The Forge ArenaArtur Minacov: I have been an avid competitive gamer since I was 5 years old.I remember the day that my dad purchased me Half-Life 1, which had a bonus game called Counter-Strike. I have been in the CS community since that time, and I played day and night trying to achieve greatness. At 14 years old, I founded my first Counter-Strike communities, and successfully ran major Deathrun Mod & JailBreak Mod Servers in Counter-Strike: Source. At the age of 16, I had my own game servers hosting company. My parents were quite strict with the fact that education always needs to come first, but I had a different opinion.At 19, I quit college. I did not leave because I had bad grades. I left because I felt like I was wasting my potential & time in getting a college degree. I’ve always been a person that can not be bossed around. So, the thought that after college, I would get a job in a marketing company or any business, managed by bosses, it did not feel right. So at 19, I was like: “Fuck it, I will learn as I go”. I started building a fashion app. An industry that I did not know anything about. We applied to some business incubators, and got accepted into a program in Toronto, Canada. Long story short, we went bankrupt, and I personally went bankrupt because I took a 15k loan under my name to try keeping my company alive.“Creating a game was always a dream of mine”Having a big ego, I did not want my parents to pay for my debts, so I declared bankruptcy at the age of 21.I told myself, it was time to go back to the roots. Get back to what I know the best; gaming. The timing was perfect, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive released the Arms Deal update, which featured the weapon cosmetics that we call “skins”. At that time, csgolounge.com allowed users to bet their skins on professional esports games, and a lot of people were starting to bank on skins. However, at that time, there was no third party site to allow you to cash out your skins, so everybody was trying to sell them through ebay, PayPal or even Reddit, resulting in them being scammed by the buyers because of charge-backs. I knew there was a need in the market, and this is when me and my partner John came up with OPSkins.ESI: What was the deciding factor for you to go from creating OPSkins to actually creating your own video game?Artur: I sold my equity in OPSkins almost two years ago, because I always wanted to have my own gaming studio.Creating a game was always a dream of mine. So it was no wonder that my first major project since my success at OPSkins was to build Freezing Raccoon Studios & Minacov (Publishing company).ESI: What’s the unique selling point for The Forge Arena? It’s an FPS title and there are plenty of established esports titles in this genre – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty and Rainbow Six Siege, for example.Artur: Our core game mode consists of creating an explosive device by capturing a central spot in the map.The team that managed to capture the device now becomes the attacking team for the remainder of the round, and they must activate it at specific sites in order to gain the maximum of points for the round. The unique selling point would be how the round progresses from capturing an explosive device, to a search and destroy. You have to try the game to understand entirely how fluid that experience is, and how competitive it is.“We are here for the long run, and our goals are high”ESI: What’s your take on building an esport from scratch? Do you think it’ll be easier to cultivate a competitive scene for your game from launch rather than establishing the game first then creating competitions for it?Artur: Our ambitions regarding esports are mostly related to the fact that we are creating a game mode and a scoring system that can be similar to the common grounds of any sports.“We are also planning on having our first big prize pool event at DreamHack Canada”We came up with a concept that you can showcase to future fans as well as people that are having a first contact with our game. We pretty much summed it up to “if you can’t explain to someone what the core of the gameplay is all about in less than 10 seconds, then your potential viewers will probably not generate interest in such a sport”. So we created a game that is relatively simple but provides intense and competitive game play. We are also planning on having our first big prize pool event at DreamHack Canada.We are clear on one thing; once our game releases later this summer, we will actually be ‘esports ready’.ESI: How do you plan on creating the aforementioned competitive scene for the game? Communities are a big part of whether a game is success or not – whether it’s an esport or casual title.Artur: We are gamers first, and we understand the value behind having an active and dedicated community.Most revenues will be put towards funding our esports circuit prize pools. We plan to inject most of the cash into helping develop players, professional esports organisations, and third party companies who can help us fuel our esports circuit forward.ESI: Where do you envisage The Forge Arena reaching in terms of competition when it reaches it peak – can you see it surpassing the level of popularity and competition of titles such as League of Legends and Dota 2? Do you have ‘Tier One aspirations’?Artur: We are here for the long run, and our goals are high. We are definitely looking to be considered as Tier One in the esports scene.“The goal for The Forge Arena is to be a game that still has a community in 20 years”ESI: The game’s beta is set to launch on June 22nd, do you have a prospective or hopeful date for when the first tournament will be held with the title?Artur: Indeed. DreamHack Canada, which will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Montréal in September 2018, will feature a The Forge Arena Showmatch.We invited top 10 gaming influencers to face each other for a prize pool of $50,000 (£37,944.50) to $150,000,000 (£113,845.50). Following DreamHack Canada, we are planning to run at least 3 Minors, and 1 Major event featuring hundreds of dollars in prize money.ESI: Have you had any early days conversations with pro teams and tournament organisers?Artur: My experience at OPSkins allowed me to be super well connected in the esports scene with major organisations, event organisers and professional players. It goes without saying that we have been in discussions with some pro players, as well as team managers and coaches about the future of our game.ESI: How will you consider this game a success overall? Is it based on the amount of money it generates, the size of the community it builds? Or perhaps something else entirely…Artur: I think what matters to the people in the studio, who are working day and night on the game, is that our success is measured by the size of the community.We are very close to our early adopters, and we have an A1 Customer support. The goal for The Forge Arena is to be a game that still has a community in 20 years time, similar to Counter-Strike.We envisioned our game one way, but we are constantly listening to our community, because at the end of the day, the goal is that our game is built with the best interest of the community in mind.Sign up to our newsletter!
The titles are determined based around their achievements and unique qualities – every year, they are different.The Fort St. John Association for Community Living provided a full list of recipients, which is available here. The Fort St. John Association for Community Living hosted their Community Living Awards at the Lido last night.FSJACL is an organization that helps ensure that people with developmental disabilities are able to ‘lead active and productive lives in their communities.’The theatre was packed with people receiving awards and watching their peers get special recognition for their personal successes.- Advertisement -“I think a lot of people are labelled because of their disability, and tonight’s a night about celebrating their successes and their abilities and just the great people they are,” said Executive Director Cindy Mohr. “Hopefully they’ll walk away feeling great about themselves.”This event is in it’s 10th year, and Mohr says it has grown in terms of anticipation and excitement – Mohr says people look forward to the awards, and it has become Oscar-like.Some of the awards include Technology Whiz, Integrity Award, Most Infectious Belly Laugh Award, and Helping Hand Award, among others.Advertisement
Highly anticipated work has commenced on the Glen Road in Anagaire following years of campaign to get the main road repaired. In August, a concerned Anagaire resident Mary Ferry spoke to Donegal Daily following the deterioration of the road in the west Donegal parish.The road, which is in a desperate state of disrepair, has a severe subsidence that was causing homeowners concern that a major accident could take place in the area. Speaking last month, Mrs Ferry, who lives within walking distance to the road, said it is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’.She said: “The sides of the road are giving away and we have been on to the council about this road for the last couple of years and not enough has been done.“With winter coming now, the road is extremely dangerous. You wouldn’t be fit to walk on the road because it is far too narrow in its current state.Around €15,000 was secured for the project earlier this year, with Donegal County Council starting the project late last week. Speaking to Donegal Daily today (Mon), west Donegal Councillor Micheal Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig said he was delighted to finally see work get underway, but insisted more funding would be required to make the road as safe as possible.He said: I’m glad I was able to work with others to secure €15,000 to carryout much-needed work on the Glen Road, Anagaire.“I have been working with my local community for a while highlighting the health and safety concerns that we have in relation to this stretch of road.“As much as it’s welcomed news to see work starting ar blaetla na Gleana (on the Glen Road), there is a major investment needed to make this road safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.“Myself and Mary Ferry will be going around house to house to hear what our community feels should be the next action to secure more funding,” he added. “Let’s all work together to make this road safe for everyone.”Roadworks begin on ‘dangerous’ road in west Donegal was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of domestic certified organic operations increased by more than 5% over the last year. Since the count began in 2002, the number of domestic organic operations has increased by over 250%. The certified operations list is available at apps.ams.usda.gov/nop.“As demand for organic products continues to soar, more and more producers are entering the organic market,” said Tom Vilsack. Agriculture Secretary. “USDA tools and resources have created opportunities for organic farmers and more options for organic consumers. Growing demand for organic goods can be especially helpful to smaller family operations. The more diverse type of operations and the more growing market sectors we have in American agriculture, the better off our country’s rural economy will be.”USDA is committed to connecting organic farmers and businesses with resources to ensure the continued growth of the organic industry. Along with programs to support conservation, provide access to loans and grants, fund organic research and education, and integrated pest management, USDA administers organic certification cost share programs to offset the costs of organic certification for U.S. producers and handlers nationwide.Now, USDA is using funding from the 2014 Farm Bill to develop the Organic Integrity Database, a modernized certified organic operations database that will provide accurate information about all certified operations that is updated on a regular basis. The modernized system will allow anyone to confirm organic certification status using the online tool, support market research and supply chain connections, allow international verification of operator status to streamline import and export certificates, and establish technology connections with certifiers to provide more accurate and timely data. The initial launch is planned for September 2015.Additional information about USDA resources and support for the organic sector is available on the USDA Organics Resource page at www.usda.gov/organic.
More PR woesIvanpah has suffered a variety of public setbacks since it went online in 2014, including reports that birds flying into concentrated beams of sunlight were being killed. One report last year estimated 3,504 bird deaths per year could be attributed to the plant.The plant has not been able to produce as much electricity as its contracts required. Two of the units, under contract to Pacific Gas and Electric, are supposed to produce 640,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, according to The Wall Street Journal, but actually made about 45% of that in 2014 and 68% in 2015. The California Public Utilities Commission in March voted to give plant operators a year to correct the problem.BrightSource, one of three owners, said that performance has steadily improved since the project was completed, and that a “multi-year performance learning curve has always been assumed since the earliest stages of planning.”In an online statement titled “The top five things some media can’t seem to remember about Ivanpah,” BrightSource said that it “remains confident that Ivanpah will operate successfully” over its 30-year life. “It is designed specifically to minimize impacts on native ecosystems, and our comprehensive set of best practices positively address site selection, low-impact design, water usage, air quality and species protection,” the statement says. It adds that bird deaths have been exaggerated, and that unpredictable weather is partly to blame for lower-than-expected output. A fire last week damaged one of three towers at the huge Ivanpah solar thermal facility in the Mohave desert, but the real threat to the facility’s long-term relevance appears to be economics.The incident left metal pipes in steam-generating equipment near the top of the 459-foot tower scorched and melted, according to a report at Wired. The fire is one more PR headache for the world’s largest solar facility.The towers at Ivanpah are surrounded by 173,000 pairs of computer-controlled mirrors, each the size of a garage door, that focus sunlight on a boiler to produce steam and drive a generator. A misalignment of mirrors may have been the cause of the fire, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said, but NRG Energy, which operates the $2.2 billion plant, said it was too soon to tell. The Los Angeles Times said the fire was minor. A plant worker was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher.There was no immediate word on when the tower would be back online. A second tower is undergoing routine maintenance, so the fire on May 19 effectively brought the production of electricity to one-third of capacity. Concentrated solar can only get so much cheaper and won’t enjoy the same decline in operating costs as PV, suggested Adam Schultz, program manager at the UC Davis Energy Institute. “You’re not going to see the same thing with concentrated solar power plants because it’s mostly just a big steel and glass project.”Among other drawbacks, concentrated solar plants need a lot of land. Ivanpah is spread over 3,500 acres, while PV panels can be mounted on rooftops or on small tracts of land in whatever numbers make the most sense for the project.Ivanpah also is complex. Getting hundreds of thousands of mirrors to align correctly is a challenge that makes the plant difficult to run. A glitch can send sunlight slightly off course, as might have been the case with last week’s fire.“The sheer size of these plants make it easy to overlook one little flaw,” Tyler Ogden, an analyst at Lux Research, told Wired. Solar Thermal Plant Blamed for Bird DeathsIf a Solar Plant Uses Natural Gas, Is It Still Green?In Clash of Greens, a Case for Large-Scale Solar Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape Electricity from photovoltaics is cheaperA bigger threat to the plant is a financial one, according to the Wired story. When the plant was still on the drawing boards in 2007, Wired said, the cost of electricity from the facility would have been about the same as making it with photovoltaic (PV) panels. Since then, the cost of PV modules has plummeted. PV-generated electricity has come down to about 6 cents per kilowatt hour while the cost of power from concentrated solar plants like Ivanpah is 15 to 20 cents per kWh. RELATED ARTICLES
The Chairman of Queensland Touch Football (QTF), Mr Ian Haig has announced his resignation from the QTF Board effective immediately. Mr Haig was elected to the position in 2014 and was re-elected at the QTF Annual General Meeting earlier this year, however has decided to stand down due to personal reasons. “It is with regret that I resign from the Board but I do so for personal reasons. I am of the firm belief that the current direction of the Board is the correct one for the sport in Queensland and wish the Association the very best for the future,” Haig said.Chief Executive Officer of QTF, Mr Jamie O’Connor paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman’s leadership and contribution. “Ian has made a significant contribution over the past year. He has led the organisation with great integrity and honesty and the sport is in a vastly improved state due to his involvement. It is disappointing to see him move on but the organisation respects his decision and we wish him nothing but the very best.”Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire also thanked Mr Haig for his contribution. “We wish Ian well for the future and on behalf of the Touch Football Australia Board and staff thank him for his contribution to our sport.”For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Fileshaig_resigns_as_qtf_chairman-pdfRelated LinksQTF Chairman
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden must stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t consider loaning out Phil Foden after his performance in the FA Cup win over Rotherham.Foden has started just five games in all competitions this season, all of which coming in the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and EFL Cup, and has been limited to just 91 minutes of Premier League football.Despite that, Guardiola insisted that Foden would remain with his group of players for the remainder of the season.“No way, impossible,” Guardiola stated when asked about the possibility of a temporary move, “He is going to stay with us many, many years!”The City boss did though discuss the importance of minutes to continue Foden’s development.“(Today was) 90 minutes more for his experience, his self-confidence. Of course, there are mistakes to improve.“He lost three or four balls. That is normal at 18 years old, the best way to learn is play. Play and he will learn in the future and he will be better.”
Chalk up another rematch for the Ohio State football team. Almost two weeks after finalizing an agreement to play Texas in the coming years, the Buckeyes secured another home-and-home series with Oregon for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the athletic department announced Tuesday. “Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the (Football Bowl Subdivision),” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “We are excited to add them to our future slate of games.” The Buckeyes are slated to travel to Eugene, Ore., for a Sept. 12, 2020, contest before hosting Oregon on Sept. 11, 2021, in Columbus. Ducks’ athletics director Rob Mullens said OSU “provides another major conference opponent” for the future. “The Pac-12 and Big Ten have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, so the opportunity to add another Big Ten opponent was attractive, Mullens said in a released statement. “We have two of the most passionate fan bases in college football and the atmosphere at both Ohio Stadium and Autzen Stadium are among the best in college football.” Oregon football coach Chip Kelly said he shares a similar mindset. “This will be a great opportunity for our fans to be a part of an intersectional battle that has not taken place in Eugene very often,” Kelly said in a released statement. “I’ve always been a proponent of playing the highest level of competition possible. I’m a firm believer that you make yourself better when pushed by the level of your competition.” While the teams have only met eight times, it’s been less than three years since OSU defeated the Ducks in the 2010 Rose Bowl, 26-17. In fact, the Buckeyes are 8-0 against Oregon all-time. On Oct. 10, OSU and Texas agreed to play in Austin in 2022 and Columbus in 2023. The contest against the Longhorns is the first since the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which saw Texas top OSU, 24-21. The Buckeyes announced the completion of their non-conference schedule for 2016 season Tuesday after home games against Tulsa on Sept. 10 and Central Michigan on Sept. 24 were finalized. Rounding out the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule that year will be Bowling Green (Sept. 3) and Oklahoma (Sept. 17).