Man, take a look at that can. There’s a lot of stuff going on with that can. There’s like, a bird hanging out in a monkey’s bouffant, all of which is tangled up in the hair of a Native American smoking…a turkey leg? His own hand? I’m not sure. There’s some celestial stuff going on in the fringes, and a hop bud, some hieroglyphic-like dudes standing on rock buttes…it’s complex. Much like the beer inside—the Smoking Mirror, a smoked porter made by Quest Brewing out of Greenville.I know what you’re thinking. Greenville probably isn’t the first town you think of when you think of “craft beer.” Asheville, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Richmond, Atlanta…most of us would rattle off a pretty extensive list of beer towns before we got to Greenville. But if this smoked porter is any indication, good things are brewing in this progressive city at the base of the long Blue Wall.The beer pours dark, with a faint tint of red around the tan head, and smells like cherries. You get that yin/yang from dark fruit when you take a sip—a balance of sweet and tart notes—but it’s washed away by the incredible roasted malt character. There is some smokiness here, which comes from the peated malt in the mash bill, and a spiciness that’s more akin to tobacco than any pepper. It’s sophisticated, dark, tasty.Quest Brewing itself is only a couple of years old, and named after its home city’s adventurous spirit. It’s a small brewery (25 barrels), but they’ve already managed to start distributing beyond Greenville and into North Carolina. Smoking Mirror is one of only four core beers, but Quest also has a robust limited release series available in their taproom. They’re even aging some of their stuff in barrels. Word on the street is there’s a bourbon barrel-aged version of Smoking Mirror. I’m thinking it’s worth a quest across the border to sample that particular brew in person.
Four ways to override this natural human tendency—and improve your credit union in the processWhile the human brain is programmed to operate on autopilot as much as possible, too much of that kind of thinking, what Edward Hess calls “lazy brain,” can be bad for business.Hess, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and author of the new book Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization (Columbia Business School Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-231-17024-6, $29.95, www.EDHLTD.com), suggests using these four strategies to energize your, and your employees’, lazy brains and revitalize your culture in the process.Empower Fast, Cheap, Customer-Centric ExperimentationIntuit is a very successful and highly profitable company. (Quicken, TurboTax, and QuickBooks are a few of its products.) About eight years ago, after becoming concerned that it was losing its edge, Intuit proactively created a new culture and installed new processes, all designed to create an idea meritocracy. One of its primary goals was to galvanize product development by discovering often-unstated customer needs and creating solutions for them.“Intuit wanted to empower idea generation and encourage fast, cheap, customer-centric experimentation by all employees,” explains Hess. “As part of the transformation, founder Scott Cook stated that decisions would no longer be made at Intuit based on PowerPoints and politics, but by customers themselves, who will ‘vote with their feet’ for the ideas they like best. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The other day, I overheard someone say, “Every journey begins with a plan.”I’ve been thinking about that statement ever since, because while it sounds sound, it simply isn’t true. A better saying might be, “Every journey begins with a catalyst.”Some examples of journeys that did not start with a plan:An abandoned dog on the side of the road catches the eye of a physician (my cousin) driving by. The physician lets the dog into his car and into his life, and discovers he has the perfect temperament to be a therapy dog, changing the lives of many patients in the hospital where the doctor practices. continue reading »
continue reading » A year into her new job at Canvas Credit Union($2.8B, Lone Tree, CO), Tansley Stearns was sitting in a meeting when a light bulb went off: No more B.S.!In this case, “B.S.” stands for “bank slang,” and it’s one of three pillars of the credit union’s B.S. Free campaign. With a Super Bowl Sunday TV spot in the Denver, CO, market, Canvas kicked off the campaign that promises no jargon, no hidden fees, and no offering members things they don’t need.In its ad campaign, the credit union defines B.S. as “generally confusing financial terms that should be avoided” and calls out a commonly used phrase for property mortgage insurance — PMI is typically required if LTV is above 80% — as being rife with it. That kind of talk, the ad promises, is “delightfully absent at Canvas Credit Union.”The B.S. Free campaign was a culmination of the marketing and other outreach that followed the 80-year-old institution’s re-brand from Public Service Credit Union to Canvas Credit Union. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Isnide 37 Whynot St, West End“It’s going to cater to a lot of buyers,” he said.“Obviously the rear north aspect is a big draw card, along with the expansive views.”“As for the house itself, it’s been fully renovated with high quality finishes and has an functional floorplan that will appeal to families.” Inside 20 Davidson St, NewmarketThe listing on realestate.com.au describes the home a “magnificent family residence” with “stunning street appeal” that includes traditional heritage features including wide hallways, bay windows, timber floors, VJ walls, high ceilings, picture rails and a double sided fireplace. Inside 37 Whynot St, West EndOn the ground floor, the open plan living, dining and kitchen area opens out to a rear deck.There is also a bathroom and master suite with walk-in-robe and ensuite, and an additional bedroom or home office. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe home at 37 Whynot St, West EndAlong with three bedrooms, there is also a bathroom, two car garage, laundry, rumpus room and deck that opens out to the swimming pool and garden area. The home at 37 Whynot St, West EndIn a truly enviable inner-city location, 37 Whynot St, West End will go to auction at 1pm on Saturday. Inside 52 Emma St, WooloowinThe two level home sits on a 810 sq m block and has a swimming pool, spa and outdoor shower. Inside 52 Emma St, WooloowinMr Clarke said the current owners purchased the home four years ago when it was just a two bedroom cottage. “The property still captures those Queenslander style elements, but with an updated finish,” he said.“The downstairs is a bit more modern contemporary, with really nice clean lines and a very family-focused layout.” Inside 52 Emma St, WooloowinMarketing agent Tyson Clarke of Sotheby’s Real Estate, Ascot said there had been an astonishing response from potential buyers regarding the property at 52 Emma St, Wooloowin. The home at 52 Emma St, WooloowinOn the ground level there is a large open plan living and dining area, kitchen, covered alfresco with kitchenette and courtyard, wine cellar, media room, office or fifth bedroom, laundry and two car garage. The home at 52 Emma St, WooloowinOver on the north, this renovated family home is also going to auction on Saturday. Inside 37 Whynot St, West EndMarketing agent Daniel McGahan said there had already been a lot of interest in the home, and that it was a stand-out listing on the market. The home at 37 Whynot St, West EndTHERE’S something for everyone this weekend with a stellar lineup of gorgeous homes set to go under the hammer in Brisbane this Saturday. The home at 37 Whynot St, West EndWith captivating city skyline and Mt Cootha panoramic views from both levels, the home is a one-of-a-kind. Inside 52 Emma St, WooloowinOn the top floor there is the master suite with a walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite plus three additional bedrooms, a bathroom and study nook. There is also a second living room area and covered verandah. The home at 52 Emma St, WooloowinThe property is going to auction on Saturday, March 10 at 10am. Inside 52 Emma St, Wooloowin“People are loving this hidden pocket of the Northside,” he said.“The area is full of wide, tree-lined streets, and all the houses are being regenerated into aesthetically beautiful homes.“There’s a really good feel in the area.” The home at 20 Davidson St, NewmarketThe property is going to auction on Saturday, March 10 at 9am. Inside 20 Davidson St, NewmarketThe home includes five bedrooms plus an office, library and open plan living, dining and kitchen area which flows out onto the rear deck through bifold doors.The master suite features a retreat, walk-in-robe and ensuite, while another bedroom also has a walk-in-robe and fireplace. There is also a family bathroom and separate powder room. The home at 20 Davidson St, NewmarketIn Newmarket, this one-of-a-kind Federation home is also going under the hammer.The property at 20 Davidson St, Newmarket sits on a large 2,482sq m block with 40m frontage and has been on the one family for over 100 years.
59 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! InternationalNewsPrintRegional Vincentians sue NYPD over alleged racial rough-up by: – June 7, 2012 Share Share Fifteen-year-old Brittany Rowley.NEW YORK, USA– Fifteen-year-old Brittany Rowley, a Vincentian honour student at an all-girls Catholic high school in Brooklyn, was heading to the library with a friend when she noticed a vehicle trailing them. What followed was “the most horrible thing I have ever experienced,” according to the injured teenager.And Brittany’s outraged parents aren’t taking the matter lightly.Delmus and Wendy Rowley have filed a notice of claim with the City of New York and the New York Police Department (NYPD) for US$5.5 million in a case of mistaken identity.Mrs. Rowley, née John, was born and lived in Rillan Hill, St Vincent before moving to New York.The Rowleys, who reside in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, said they have decided to take legal action because two white plainclothes cops last week severely and unnecessarily roughed-up their daughter, claiming she matched the description of a shoplifting suspect in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.“I feel my daughter was racially profiled,” Delmus Rowley told reporters. “They had no proof, just a description of a black young lady with braids.“It wasn’t necessary to tackle a 15-year-old girl,” the outraged father added. “It was excessive.”In court papers, the Rowleys alleged that Sergeant Jonathan Catanzaro and Officer Stephen Nakao of the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn used “excessive force” and “falsely arrested” Brittany, a freshman at St Saviour High School in Park Slope, who was on her way to the library with an unidentified friend when she noticed the vehicle trailing them.Court documents also indicate that Catanzaro slammed Brittany to the pavement and flung his keys at her.“It was terrifying,” said Brittany, who suffered whiplash to her neck, and received injuries to her hand and other parts of her body. “It is the most horrible thing I have ever experienced.”Brittany said that she and her friend thought they were being abducted and began to run, after they saw the unmarked car reversing towards them.She said they became more apprehensive when she heard a male voice shouting, “Get them!”The teenager alleged that the sergeant threw her to the ground and yelled: “Why did you f******* run? I should punch you.”She said they were arrested and released hours later after cops realized they had arrested the wrong suspects.Police said two black teenage girls had earlier shoplifted shorts and jeans from Rivet, a clothing store a few blocks from the incident. They said the description matched Brittany and her friend.“It is not a surprise that parents fear more that their children will suffer violence at the hands of the police than from common criminals,” Sanford Rubenstein, the Rowleys lawyer, told reporters, expressing deep concern about heightened racial profiling by the NYPD.The NYPD was at the centre of controversy recently when a white police officer unlawfully arrested St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ United Nations Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves in the lobby of the building that houses the SVG Mission to the UN in midtown Manhattan.Critics alleged that Gonsalves’ arrest was also a case of racial profiling. As a diplomat, Gonsalves was entitled to diplomatic immunity under the Geneva Convention.Caribbean 360 News
The agri-business sector remains amajor economic contributor supplying rice, aquaculture products, high-valuecrops and livestock to the Philippines and other countries. The IT-BPO is growing exponentiallyand contributing continuously to the rapid growth of the region. ILOILO City – Barely 100 days intooffice from a fresh mandate as comebacking city chief executive, Mayor JerryTreñas has been chosen as keynote presenter in the Asia CEO Iloilo Forum atCourtyard by Marriott in Mandurriao district on Oct. 4. Presenters are leaders in theirindustries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance in the entireregion. It is operated as a non-profitactivity of the Chalre Associates, one of Southeast Asia’s most prominentsenior management executive research firms. He also made various city locations ashistorical landmarks with special privileges and restrictions attached. The forum is one of the mostanticipated networking events in the international business community andserves as a hub for the spreading of ideas that help executive managersoverseeing enterprises. As congressman, Treñas authoredvarious important laws. One of them is the Magna Carta for PWDs grantingPhilHealth coverage to persons with disability and monthly benefits similar tothose of senior citizens. In an excellent mix of rich historyand culture, Iloilo gives visitors a peek of the past through its vastcollection of heritage structures and variety of colorful festivals. With the abundance of power supply andaccelerated development of roads and infrastructures, the manufacturing sectordemonstrates a highly favorable growth area in Iloilo. Treñas returned to the mayor’s officein July 2019 after serving as congressman for nine straight years. He waspreviously mayor for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010. Iloilo City is one of the nation’smost rapidly developing new economies. With its rich natural resources,continuous infrastructure development, competent human capital, cultural andheritage attractions and geographic centrality, Iloilo provides the bestprospects for business and quality living, making it the new investment hotspotin the Philippines. Iloilo City is rich in natural andhuman resources and heritage attractions. Investment opportunities are strongin areas including information technology – business process outsourcing(IT-BPO), real estate, education, tourism, infrastructure, food, hotels andresorts. With its strong economic growth andstellar business-investment environment, the city is now considered the idealinvestment destination in southern Philippines. Attendees are both expatriates andAsian management personnel of multinational and regional organizations. Also hailed as one of the most livableplaces in the Philippines, Iloilo is widely recognized for good governance andsustainability. United political leadership in partnership with the privatesector agencies generates investor confidence in Iloilo. Iloilo City is strategically locatedat center of the Philippine archipelago. It is a highly urbanized metropolitanarea and is the center of economic activity, educational achievement andgovernment in the region. Iloilo is becoming a major player inthe Meetings, Incentive travels, Conventions, Exhibitions (MICE) industry withthe growth of hotels, restaurants and retail services, garnering the title“Best MICE City”./PN
A full team test will be administered as early as next week, the university said Wednesday. The Rams are anticipating a return within two weeks.The school said there were eight positive tests out of 140 conducted since football student-athletes returned to campus in June.“We are taking this step to voluntarily pause football activities to minimize the opportunity for this virus to spread any further,” said Joe Parker, the director of athletics for Colorado State. “We will always put the health and safety of our student-athletes and community first, and while we are disappointed to see this spread occur within our program, we remain encouraged for the continued collaboration we have experienced with our university’s pandemic preparedness team, local, county, and state health officials.”___The San Diego Loyal of the United Soccer League say their match against the LA Galaxy II in Carson was postponed after some unidentified personnel tested positive for COVID-19 during routine weekly testing. Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The school said it has had no positive COVID-19 tests the past two weeks.Arizona paused the influx of additional student-athletes on July 17 as coronavirus cases rose in Arizona. The Wildcats had three positive tests in 366 test encounters among 83 football players and 28 staff members already on campus before the pause.___Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday.The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus this week. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York. Texas provided its first update on testing in weeks. Del Conte said the number of athletes testing positive or being identified as possible cases through contact tracing has “dropped dramatically.” The school announced June 18 that 13 players were either positive or presumed positive.___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols.Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away. ___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Associated Press Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie.The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19. The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. ___ But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back.Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules. ___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive.___ July 29, 2020 Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Colorado State says it will pause football team activities after eight known positive tests for COVID-19. A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football.The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission. The ACC announced a reworked, 11-game schedule Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. If local health conditions allow it, teams will play a 10-game conference schedule that includes Notre Dame, along with one non-conference game that must be played in the school’s home state.“We certainly understand the ACC is doing what they feel is in the best interest of the conference and the health of their teams, staff and student athletes, and as our partners, we support them in that decision,” said Gary Stokan, CEO & President of the Peach Bowl, which operates the Kickoff series. “However, we are disappointed we will lose the opportunity to host Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina and their fans in our scheduled Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games this season.”Stokan said the Peach Bowl still hopes to host a pair of top 10 teams in its New Year’s Day game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.___Arizona is resuming on-campus team activities next week and will continue a phased return of programs, starting with freshmen football players on Aug. 3. Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list.Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently. Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus.The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series. -Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson. Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com.The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%. The Loyal are coached by Landon Donovan, the former U.S. national men’s team and MLS star.The Loyal said they couldn’t identify who tested positive or which teams they were from, only that they were “covered individuals.” According to the league, a covered individual is anybody from the team’s traveling party such as players, coaches or front office personnel.___The head of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games is expressing disappointment but says he understands the Atlantic Coast Conference’s decision to nix three games that had been set for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the opening weeks of the college football season.The 75,000-seat stadium near downtown Atlanta had been set to host Florida State against West Virginia on Sept. 5, followed two days later by Virginia vs. Georgia on Labor Day. North Carolina was scheduled to face Auburn the following weekend on Sept. 12. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website.Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt. Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12.The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall.Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game. The Latest: Colorado State pauses football after 8 positives ___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year.Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.
The USC School of Architecture hosted a Nabih Youssef Lecture on Structural Design Innovation at the FAIA Conference Center in Harris Hall on Wednesday evening.Mutsuro Sasaki, a professor at Hosei University in Tokyo, gave the lecture, which focused on his breakthrough in structural optimizations and flux architecture.Nabih Youssef, a renowned structural engineer specializing in earthquake engineering, is a lifetime member of the USC Architectural Guild. The Nabih Youssef Lecture series, which is funded by Youssef’s endowment, provides support for a lecture to be given by a distinguished structural engineer. Chikara Inamura, a research assistant at Mediated Matter Group, translated Sasaki’s lecture for the audience, which started off with a description of flux structures. These structures, Sasaki said, are freeform, complex, irregular, dynamic and organic.“This new structure type has become an international trend in contemporary architecture scenes,” Sasaki said.Sasaki also said that flux structures are changing the way architects and structural engineers collaborate in the professional and educational fields. “Historically, structural design classes were based on the humanistic knowledge of the engineers,” Sasaki said. “The more you build, the more you understand what works and what doesn’t.”Sasaki’s repeated his design philosophy throughout the course of his lecture. He stressed freedom and the aesthetic necessary in flux structures. There are three important entities in the creation of a flux building according to Sasaki: structure, construction and architecture. “These three entities form a loop and together find a balance and derive my design process,” Sasaki said. “As a structural engineer, structure is an essential design.” Sasaki then went on to explain the fundamentals of formal freedom, which requires an architect to look at both the quality (form) of a structure and the quantity (scale). The form decreases as scale increases and vice versa. Sasaki’s first piece of advice to the architecture students in the room was to try to understand form and scale. For the next section of the lecture, Sasaki compared framed and spatial structures throughout history, including the Sydney Opera House, the Parthenon, the Bacardi Bottling Plant and the Teshima Art Museum, which he worked on. Sasaki also described his own successful career in architecture. He joined Nagoya University in 1964, which coincided with the Tokyo Olympics. Around 10 years after he graduated, Sasaki created his own firm, Sasaki Structural Consultants. He started his next firm, SAPS/Sasaki and Partners, in 2002.Sasaki’s turning point came in 1995, 15 years after he started his first architecture firm, when he received a sketch that he thought was a joke. That project defined his continuing mantra of the organic relationship between structure and architecture. What started as a sketch culminated in the Sendai Mediatheque, a cultural media center which employed six steel-ribbed slabs supported by 13 earthquake-resistant, latticed steel pipes, while at the same time retaining a natural feel. “The sketch called for a return to nature and its organic structure. It also suggests and inseparable relationship between architecture and structure,” Sasaki said. “This philosophy is very much in line with the theme of flux structure, starting the beginning of a new chapter in my career as an engineer.”The second part of Sasaki’s lecture focused on the structural optimization of free-curved RC shells. Swiss structural engineer Heinz Isler was the pioneer of free-curved concrete shells throughout the ’60s and was an inspiration for Sasaki’s own research in the optimization of these thin, concrete shells.Sasaki created five of these free-curved structures in his own career, his most notable being the Teshima Art Museum. He explained during his lecture how he significantly optimized these concrete shells for structural integrity in the case of an earthquake through computational morphogenesis.“The result doesn’t seem to show much change. However, optimization can significantly improve the structure’s performance by using the stresses and displacements in an earthquake,” Sasaki said. Graduate architecture student Peng Ie thought that Sasaki was able to give a general understanding behind his method without going into complex details.“I’m glad he didn’t talk about too [many] technical things,” Ie said. “As an architecture student, we don’t know too much about engineering, and he shared his big idea, and that was really cool.” Sasaki closed with the important things that he learned throughout his own life that he hoped could help the younger generation he was speaking to. Now at 70 years old, he is retiring from teaching as a professor at Hosei University.“For me, the ideas and inspirations all come by accident,” Sasaki said. “The important thing is how you take each accident and translate it into your own creativity.”