Diegnan has his reasons for introducing bill

first_imgAssemblyman Patrick Diegnan didn’t start thinking about introducing Assembly Bill 3388 last month when 12-year-old Steven Domalewski, of Wayne, was struck in the chest with a batted ball. But the unfortunate incident, which resulted in Domalewski suffering a near-fatal disruption of his heart’s electrical system that caused his heart to stop, sending him into a coma, certainly got the ball rolling on the proposed legislation. “My disdain for aluminum bats began while watching my daughters grow up playing softball, and cringing – along with other parents – at every metal-bat-propelled line drive hit back up the middle. The near-death of Steven Domalewski was the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of my introducing the wood-bat legislation. “The speed at which a ball comes off an aluminum bat can be so great that the reaction time for a pitcher to protect himself or herself is reduced to almost zero,” added Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “We cannot protect every player against on-field injury, but we can correct a balance of power that has swung disproportionately in favor of hitters using increasingly lethal bats.” In introducing his bill, which states that between 1991 and 2001, 15 players were killed by balls from bats determined to be made of nonwood aluminum while only two incidents involved bats made of wood, Diegnan has done some homework, citing studies that back up his claims that aluminum bats pose a greater risk than wood ones do. In a press release introducing the measure, Diegnan cited a 2002 study conducted by researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island that showed the differential in the speed of baseballs from metal bats compared to wood bats. The research, according to Diegnan, measured the speed of a ball hit off the fastest metal bat at 93.3 mph; the average speed achieved by the slowest wood model was 86.1 mph. Overall, only 2 percent of balls hit with a wood bat exceeded 100 mph as opposed to 37 percent of the hits off metal bats. “Physicists attribute the increase in ball speeds to the fact that a metal bat warps slightly when contact is made with a baseball (a phenomenon often called the ‘trampoline effect’),” Diegnan’s press release stated. “As the ball leaves the bat, the rebounding metal pushes the ball as it moves outward, increasing its velocity. When a baseball hits a rigid wood bat, it is the ball that warps slightly, forcing a loss in kinetic energy and lowering the velocity of the hit.” Diegnan says that the slight difference in speed could mean the difference between a pitcher being hit flush or being able to react enough to deflect, or catch, a line drive. According to the research Diegnan cited, fields laid out at Little League standards place pitchers 12 years old and younger 46 feet away from a batter; a line drive hit at 60 mph will reach the pitcher’s mound in only .52 seconds. For a high school pitcher facing a batter 60 feet, 6 inches away, a ball hit at 80 mph also will reach the mound in only .52 seconds. Since a pitcher generally finishes his delivery several feet closer to home plate, reaction time is further reduced. “It can take less than a second from the time a pitcher releases a ball to the time he finds that ball careening straight back,” said Diegnan. “Anything that can lengthen a fielder’s reaction time – even fractionally – can go a long way to preventing a traumatic injury. “The safety of our kids must be our paramount concern,” Diegnan added. “We cannot make baseball – or any sport – totally injury-free, but we can give players tools that can level the playing field for all participants.” Diegnan’s measure, if passed, would be the broadest prohibition on the use of metal baseball bats in the country. Several individual leagues across the nation have begun to remove metal bats from the dugout. Beginning this fall, several school districts in the Illinois High School Association will enter a pilot program to test wood bats at the interscholastic level. The move was forced after a 16-year-old pitcher was left in a coma for 10 days after a line drive off an aluminum bat smashed into the side of his head. All North Dakota high school teams, according to Diegnan, will switch to wood in 2007. Massachusetts’ Catholic Conference high school league has used wood bats since 2003, and the Milford Little League in that state switched from metal bats this year after several coaches voiced concerns over the increasing speed of batted balls. Diegnan noted that advances in the production of wood bats have created equipment that is less prone to breakage and cost a fraction of some high-end aluminum bats. Diegnan said there would be other advantages as well that would come with the switch to wood bats, many of which counter the contention that the switch would adversely affect how New Jersey’s players would be viewed by college scouts, worried about the prospect of the players hitting with and pitching to metal bats for the first time. “Moving to wood bats actually may make New Jersey ballplayers more sought after by major college programs,” Diegnan said. “A metal bat can compensate for offering at a bad pitch, whereas a wood bat does not. Wood bats, with smaller sweet spots and the inability to mask technical problems in a batter’s swing, force hitters to be more selective of the pitches at which to swing. Once metal bats are brought into the equation, the patience and selectivity taught by wood bats pay off. “Massachusetts’ high schools all switched to wood bats in 2004, with some leagues having since reverted back to using aluminum bats,” the assemblyman added. “But the conferences that adhere to wood in the regular season dominate the state tournament, which allows the use of metal bats. As one coach in the Catholic Conference – which has used wood bats exclusively since 2003 – said, ‘When we switch over to aluminum in the post season, it’s like Christmas morning.’ His team was the 2005 state champion. “Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente never knew anything but the ‘crack’ of the bat, and obviously were better players for it,” Diegnan said. “It is my honest belief that all of New Jersey’s aspiring Big Leaguers similarly would benefit.” Diegnan also feels the switch would benefit pitchers, who could be seeing metal bats for the first time at the college level. “To this I would offer the argument of the pro-aluminum bat lobby – balls hit square off the sweet spot of a wood bat can travel as fast as those off some aluminum bats. All pitchers know the risk of a hot shot back through the box, regardless of the type of bat the hitter is holding. Hopefully, these pitchers also would have coaches teaching them the mechanics to end their follow-through in a proper defensive position.” As far as a timeline for the bill, Diegnan said he has been told it will be among the first measures to go under consideration when the state Assembly gets back in session next month. “It will have to go through committee, and I’m moving along an outline that it could be sent to the Senate by Thanksgiving,” he said. “My goal is by Christmas, this will be a law, so that it will be in place for next year’s seasons. “It’s time to do away with the hollow ‘ping’ and the increased risk of injury aluminum bats brought to New Jersey’s ball fields,” he concluded.last_img read more

Middletown hockey teams start heart of their schedules

first_img BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Teams will play at Prudential Center on Jan. 21 Middletown South Middletown South High School’s hockey team has withstood a rash of injuries and Middletown North High School is grooming a rebuilt lineup as both teams hover around .500 heading into the heart of their schedules.That includes the first of two showdowns between the two teams at the Prudential Center at 10 a.m. Jan. 21.Senior defenseman Jim Burns was diagnosed with Lyme disease, which he contracted back in the summer but it surfaced last month. He and senior co-captain Tyler Ralph, a forward out for the past few weeks with a concussion, may be back in time for two big back-to-back Shore Conference A North games: against Red Bank Catholic 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and Christian Brothers Academy 3:30 p.m. the following day, both at Wall.“We expect to be 90 percent by then,” Middletown South coach Stanley Gutt said. “We expect them to be ready. We’ll use quick, short shifts.”Add to that senior defenseman Brian Walsh out with tendonitis in his hamstring and it’s been an uphill climb just to get to a 5-4 record at the holiday break. It’s an unexpected dilemma for a team with high expectations loaded with experienced players. The only key players lost to graduation were goalie Chris Morsillo and forward Jason Zimmel, who helped the Eagles to the NJSIAA Public B state finals, losing to Chatham, 7-3, in an 18-6-2 season.“I’m very proud of how they came out of this. Alot of guys were stepping up,” said Burns.“We really don’t know how good we are this year until we get everybody back,” said Ralph. “With us out, the hitting has been down because the captains have to get them pumped up for that. They could use our leadership.”Also just back for the last three games is senior defenseman Matt Littenberg, who has been out with illness. Middletown North “It’s tough being down four seniors, and we’ve been playing with two or three defensemen and one is in his first season playing varsity hockey,” Gutt said. Dan Wotjich, new to the varsity, has been a “big surprise” to Gutt. “He’s helped us tremendously.”Juniors Cole Ditzel, another varsity newcomer, and Matt Himmelberg have been solid on defense, and sophomore Nick Malvasi is learning along the way in his first year on varsity. All have provided support for new goalie Shubie Bose, a senior who was a backup last season.“I think our goalies have kept us in games over the years, and Shubie can do it as well,” Burns said. The Eagles come off a gritty showing in the Bridgewater Sports Arena Tournament, where they beat Montville, 5-1, behind senior center Chris Connor’s four goals, and then suffered a 4-2 loss to Ridge. A tying goal by Zach England was called back with five minutes left when the referees ruled it was kicked off his skate into the net, although Gutt claimed it was a slap shot by his player. Ridge added an empty-net goal late in the game. Middletown South in the tournament then had a flat 4-2 loss to Howell, a team that the Eagles had beaten, 4-1, a week earlier.Despite the shorthanded defense, Gutt said his concerns are more on the other end of the rink.“We’re getting shots but missing the net,” said the coach. “They’ve done a good job of setting up shots, and I’m happy with the defense.”Along with the first line shift of Connor, England and senior Bill Murphy, senior Steve Sangermano provides good depth along with freshmen Drew Brace and Wes Friberg, who Gutt said have been a surprise. “They have a lot of speed and play their positions and know what they need to do to win, coming from a good youth program in the Red Bank Generals,” Gutt said.As injured and ill players returned to practice this week, confidence has visibly grown on the team.“It’s sticking to the system and making the plays and being sure we do the simple stuff,” Burns said . Ralph said the team wants to go further in the Shore Conference than last year, when it lost its opener to Howell, and to do well inShore ConferenceASouth. It also wants to play better this weekend against CBA than when it lost to the Colts, 7-2, last month. Middletown South held a 1-0 lead after one period.“We want to go farther in the Shore Conference than losing the first game to Howell, and as for states, we have to play that like last year— one game at a time,” Ralph said. M iddletown North shows favorable signs at 3-4-1 with a young lineup under Matt Clemente, elevated from assistant to head coach when Neil Leone stepped down in October to take an assistant principal’s position that would not allow him the opportunity to coach at the same time. Eight players graduated from last season’s 9-12-1 team that included goalie Kevin Perrett and forwards Anthony DeCicco and Dave Hughes. It comes off a 1-1-1 showing in the Bridgewater Tournament, beating Mount Olive, losing to Roxbury and tying West Windsor-Plainsboro North. “We’re learning as we go,” said Clemente. “Older guys have been carrying the play for us, but as the year goes along, the young guys should step up and pick it up. It’s hard for them because they’re playing competition now that is a step or two faster than what they’ve played before. They’ve been thrown right into the fire.”One of them — freshman Craig Evans — has responded well by leading the team in scoring with seven goals.“Some players we had heard of, but he was a surprise to us,” Clemente said of Evans. “He’s not scared of contact and goes to the net with skill, and he reads the play well.”Tom Terranova, another freshman, has five goals, and sophomore Scott Huber is making strides at forward, where he played a little last season.Junior goalie Brendan Lipari has two shutouts. He has gotten effective support from junior captain James Felice, who has gotten a lot of playing experience on highlevel travel programs, and senior assistant captain Frankie Rodriguez as well as seniors Connor Hall and Joe Dickinson.“We’ll sink or swim with him [Lipari],” Clemente said. “He’s a natural athlete who plays the position, but his lack of experience leads to mistakes.”Lipari’s twin brother, Andrew, is out until late January because of a concussion. He plays center. Senior Jay Kirth, who had been expected to play a prominent role both at forward and defense, is out for the season with a knee injury.The Lions resumed their schedule on Jan. 3 against St. John Vianney and play Monsignor Donovan on Jan. 6 and Brick Township on Jan. 8.“We need to learn to win and finish out games,” said Clemente, who said his conference “after the Mennen League is probably the toughest in the state. There’s a lot to like about this team. They’re young guys who have a good hockey IQ and work hard in practices.”There’s depth on defense with junior Brad Buck, sophomore Jack Meyer and freshman Nick Kirth, Jay’s brother.last_img read more

Soccer club accuses PNGFA for delay

first_imgBut the PNGFA blames Lae FC for failing to submit much needed background information to obtain the duo’s International Transfer Certificate that would have seen them taking part in the NSL as of last weekend following their arrival in the country.According to Lae FC, for almost a month PNGFA sat on their submission requesting the ITC for the two Ecuadorian imports to play in the NSL ahead of their primary recruitment to beef up Lae FC’s OFC championship campaign next month in Vanuatu.It is now heading into the sixth week since 12th December 2019 when the Lae Biscuit sponsored Lae FC submitted a request following due process to the PNGFA to assist with the ITC.PNG Football Association Secretary General, Dimirit Mileng, confirmed at the start of the week that they had received a letter from Lae City FC on 12th December 2019 with the names of the players and their age. However, Mileng said having received some information on the two players from Ecuador, he now realises there are missing vital information that would have assisted them in tracking these players as to where they originate from.Earlier this week, PNGFA indicated seriously undertaking the task with Lae FC support yet the franchise said all the requested information now spelt out by PNGFA were never put forward to them when initially requesting the ITC.(Lae FC in training with one of their new imports – Picture: Frankiy Kapin)last_img read more

Hard-fighting Ginebra looks forward to scaling more odds

first_imgDevance took shots to numb the pain of his injury beginning in the semifinals against Star.“It was all worth it,” Devance said. “Just to battle with these guys, they played their hearts out. I don’t regret anything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reflecting on their runner-up finish in the all-Filipino tournament where they overcame a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals against Alaska and climbed out of a 0-2 hole against Star in the semifinals, Cone paid tribute to his players for rising to the challenge.“We overcame a lot,” said Cone, singling out Devance as an “inspiration for his great courage throughout the whole series” against the Beermen.“There’s so much to be proud about but it’s hard to be proud after a loss. You want to put up a better fight than we did. But that’s already a great feat because guys are worn out. We didn’t have Greg the whole conference, we lost Jervy (Cruz) in the series after Game 2.”Japeth Aguilar said there were still plenty of positives to take out of their campaign.“We fought through a lot of adversities, and then we made it to the finals,” said Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBattling through four do-or-die games en route to the All-Filipino Cup finals before ultimately falling short against San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra will once again face tough odds in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that starts March 19.With seven-foot center Greg Slaughter not expected to return for the mid-season tournament and power forward Joe Devance likely to undergo surgery on his injured foot, the Gin Kings are bracing for a difficult grind in the tournament with a 6-foot-10 height limit for reinforcements.ADVERTISEMENT SMB’s next goal: ‘4-peat’ LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Justin Brownlee, who led the Gin Kings to the Governors’ Cup crown last year, is returning for another tour of duty.But while the sweet-shooting Brownlee flourished in his first stint with the 6-foot-5 height limit for imports, he faces a different challenge altogether with bigger reinforcements tapped by other squads.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnStill smarting from the 1-4 series loss to the Beermen in the finals last Sunday, Ginebra coach Tim Cone believes his team will figure out a way to contend despite having a smaller import in Brownlee.“We’re gonna be small but we have some ideas at how we’re gonna play and we’ll work it through, see how it works,” said Cone. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View commentslast_img read more

Miss Guyana Universe 2016 delegates sashed

first_imgThe 14 delegates vying for the coveted title of Miss Guyana Universe 2016 were on Sunday sashed by their respective sponsors during a sensational ceremony at Gravity Lounge.The grand finale will be held at the Marriott Hotel on September 17, 2016. A rumour circulating on social media has it that a prince and celebrity will be attending the grand finale.Miss Guyana Universe 2016 delegatesThe 14 beauties were first unveiled to the public earlier last month and they have since been promoting themselves on social media.At the sashing ceremony, franchise holder Jyoti Hardaat announced that one can expect an extravagant event with multiple items on the programme, in addition to the pageant.She explained that a preliminary competition will be held at a yet to be decided venue which will incorporate a swim wear segment by renowned “Kandice Pelletier” a usual sponsor of Miss United States of America (USA).Hardaat said that she was proud of all of the delegates and expressed confidence that they will all bring their ‘A’ game throughout the competition.The contestants are Soyini Fraser, Rafieya Hussain, Ariella Basdeo, Malika Russell, Ashley John, Keleisha Kelly, Xameria Kippins, Meleisa Defreitas, Iman Jaisingh, Odessa Grogan, Ayana Whitehead, Denisha Rogers, Ashley Cameron and Aysya Kelly.Fraser, who has several national titles under her belt , including an international one, told this publication that the Miss Universe is the most elite pageant that exists, which provides a wider spectrum for her many advocacies.Hussain who has been successful in many pageants, most recently the Miss World where she copped a place in the top ten, explained that it was largely due to the fact that she won a Beauty with a Purpose award for her focus on domestic violence.She explained that she sees the Miss Universe pageant as another way to advocate for women.Russell caught the attention of the audience with her drive towards women’s empowerment in the agricultural sector while noting she is aspiring to become an Agriculture Minister.The delegates have been involved in intense training for several months. The fashion guru Dereck Moore was present at the ceremony and cheered all the beauties.The delegates after their sashing took time to mingle with special invitees. The amazing delegates are all optimistic about winning the coveted title, claiming that they have been training hard to get the perfect posture for the big night.last_img read more

Military-style flag-raising ceremony for independence anniversary

first_imgThe Director of National Events, Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Bess, on Monday announced a week of events slated for Guyana’s 51st independence anniversary celebration, with the high point, the flag-raising ceremony at the controversial D’Urban Park.“Slated for D’Urban Park on the 25th May, commencing from approximately 22:30hrs, there will be a military flag-raising activity commonly known as flag raising,” he said.The week of activities kicks off from May 21 and runs until the 27th. It includes the launching of Youth Week-under the theme, “Inspiring our youths, celebrating our achievements”; an award ceremony to honour those who were born on May 26, 1966 along with sponsors and contributors that supported the 50th anniversary celebration last year; a fine art exhibition; a housing expo and a farmers’ market.The flag-raising ceremony at D’Urban Park on May 25 is billed to include a cultural display aimed at showcasing Guyana’s rich cultural diversity. Lieutenant Colonel Bess highlighted that printed flyers and flash cards would also be distributed to sensitise the populace on the Administration’s green state agenda.The farmers’ market billed for D’Urban Park will be providing fresh and processed agricultural produce, as well as livestock. It is also aimed at providing youth farmers with an avenue to showcase their entrepreneurial knowledge.Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael said the department has confirmed the participation of some 56 organisations that will help youths in their career choices, employment and even provide scholarship opportunities. She added that some of the organisations will be equipped to hire on the spot as well as provide assistance to youths seeking employment in various sectors.Minister with responsibility for culture, Nicolette Henry informed that the Administration planned to undertake an extravagant independence celebration every five years. She added that although she was yet to receive the final cost attached to hosting the event, she was very certain that the overall bill would be minimal.The Guyana Defence force at D’Urban Park on the 25th May, for Guyana’s 50th anniversary celebrationThere were reports that the Stabroek Market Square was selected as the venue to host the flag-raising ceremony, but it was never confirmed. However, the Minister clarified that they indeed considered the area, but no final decision was made.As usual, the Police presence at the venue will be beefed up and they are advising that there will be no parking allowed on Homestretch Avenue between Vlissengen Road and east of D’Urban Park during the flag-raising event.last_img read more

Chatham man arrested after found with syringe full of meth

first_imgA 40-year-old Chatham man, who has a court order to not possess or consume illegal drugs, is facing charges after Chatham-Kent police found him with a syringe full of methamphetamine.Police said the accused was released from court on May 16 with several conditions, including the drug prohibition.He was believed to be under the influence of drugs when found by police in a parking lot on Wellington Street in Chatham just before noon on Thursday.Police said he also had a loaded syringe containing methamphetamine in his possession.The accused was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his release conditions and drug possession.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Failing to complyTwo men were taking into custody by Chatham-Kent police Thursday night pending a bail hearing in connection to separate incidents of not abiding by court-imposed release conditions.Police said a 29-year-old Chatham man was released from custody on Aug. 6 with several conditions, including he obey a daily curfew of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.An officer on general patrol saw a cyclist fail to stop at a stop sign on Cornhill Street near Sheldon Avenue in Chatham around 9:30 p.m.The officer stopped the man for this offence and learned through investigation he was breaching his curfew, resulting in his arrest.A 33-year-old Chatham man was released from court on July 30 with several conditions, including he report to the bail supervision program immediately.He failed to do so and was located by police and arrested.Three people arrested on separate warrantsThree people wanted on various warrants were arrested by Chatham-Kent police on Thursday.Police said a 31-year-old Windsor woman, wanted for being in possession of a stolen credit card, breaching conditions of her probation order and failing to attend court, was arrested in Windsor.She was transported to Chatham-Kent and later released with a Sept. 11 court date.Police said a 30-year-old Walpole Island man, wanted for domestic-related offences, turned himself in at police headquarters.He was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, mischief under $5,000, break and enter and failing to comply with his release conditions.The accused was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.A 29-year-old Walpole Island man, wanted in connection with a traffic stop in Chatham and a shoplifting incident at the Wallaceburg Walmart store, was arrested by police.He is now charged with impaired driving and theft and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000.He was released with a Sept. 6 court date.Break and enterChatham-Kent police are investigating a break and enter that occurred at a Wallace Street apartment in Wallaceburg some time between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.Police said about $700 damage was caused by the apartment being ransacked.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Wright at kylew@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87310.Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Bang Bang club lives on in film

first_imgThe cover of the book written by GregMarinovich And Joao Silva on which thefilm is based.(Image: Axis gallery) The haunting eyes of Kevin Carter abovethe Pulitzer Prize winning picture thatultimately cost Carter his life.(Image: HBO)Khanyi MagubaneFilming of The Bang Bang Club, a movie which reveals the lives and times of four photojournalists who captured the harrowing violence of the apartheid South Africa, is underway in Johannesburg.Based on the lives of photographers Ken Oosterbroek, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Greg Marinovich, the movie tells the true story of the four men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering.Hollywood stars who signed up for the feature include, Ryan Phillippe (Greg Marinovich) Taylor Kitsh (Kevin Carter) and Malin Akerman (as photo editor, Anna).The film follows the journey of the four photographers as they venture into dangerous territory to capture the images that shocked the world about the brutal violence during the apartheid era.South African documentary producer Steven Silver is directing the film.Silver, who began his career in the South African film industry, before writing and co-producing Gerrie & Louise, an international Emmy award-winning, feature-length documentary for the US TV channel CBC in 1997.He has directed several documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery Channel.Silver is also respected for the critically acclaimed The Last Just Man, which won over 14 international awards.To his movie credits, Silver has written and directed six films for movie studio Barna-Alper Productions, including Box Car Rebellion; Doctor’s Strike; The Last Just Man; The Anglo Boer War; and The Dark Years.He has a law degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.Telling real life storiesThe film has been adapted from Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva’s book, The Bang Bang Club, and it recounts true stories of the four men.The plot tracks the relationships with each other, the stresses that came with the job and surviving both as humans and journalists.Between the four journalists, they have captured images of iconic moments in South Africa’s history like the Boipatong massacres, as well as the Shell House massacres, which made front-page news across the world.The photos illustrate the brutality inflicted on black South Africans by the police and armed forces, as well as the clashes between African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party supporters.In 1994, during the famous Thokoza township hostel violence outbreak, Ken Oosterbroek, who was on site to photograph the incident, was shot dead in the cross-fire. Marinovich was injured in the same riots.Kevin Carter committed suicide in the same year that he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his famous photograph of a Sudanese child and a vulture ominously standing behind the bone-thin child.In as much as he celebrated his win of the Pulitzer, Carter was also devastated by the amount of criticism about his picture.According to a Time magazine feature entitled, The life and death of Kevin Carter, some journalists in South Africa called his prize a “fluke,” alleging that he had somehow set up the picture.Others questioned his ethics. “The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering,” read the St. Petersburg Times, “might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene.”Even some of Carter’s friends questioned why he didn’t help the starving, barely alive child.Two months after receiving the award, Carter was found dead inside his truck, where he had gassed himself.Greg Marinovich also won a Pulitzer for his image of an ANC member hacking to death Lindsay Tshabalala after he had been set alight.Speaking to The Times newspaper, Marinovich expressed his excitement about the Hollywood production.“I have some mixed feelings because you never know how the movie will turn out. But it is exciting to know our story will be told,” he said.Silva, who now works for The New York Times, said the movie would contribute in “keeping the memory of Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter alive.”He said it was important to him that the movie kept the truth about their experiences,“The plan is to guide the producers into bringing a real portrayal of what it was like in those days to the screen. The book was in many ways a token of love for what we went through.”In preparation for their roles, Marinovich and Silva are working closely with the directors, “We are being consulted on the final script because the producers want it to be authentic,” he said.The two photographers will also meet the actors before shooting starts to familiarise them with the story’s historical context.They will also show the actors what went into a typical day in the life of four almost recklessly brave photojournalists, to assist them in understanding the true nature of being journalism in tumultuous conditions.Useful linksThe Bang Bang Club – the book The death and times of Kevin CarterThe Pulitzer prizelast_img read more

Remembering Clive Rice: South African cricket great 1949 – 2015

first_imgWith his trademark moustache and humble but forthright nature, former South African cricket captain Clive Rice will be remembered not only as one of the game’s greatest players, but also as a South African cultural icon. Clive Rice played 482 first class matches as a consummate cricketing all-rounder and bold but humble captain from 1969 to 1994. (Image: ESPN cricinfo) CD AndersonFormer South African cricket captain Clive Rice passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with a brain tumour, aged 66. With his trademark moustache and humble but forthright nature, Rice will be remembered not only as one of the game’s greatest players, but also as a South African cultural icon.Rice started his cricketing career in 1969, just as South Africa’s sporting isolation began. While his international experience was limited to the later years of his career, his effect on the game as a captain and a personality has been an enduring influence on how South Africa plays cricket. In a way, Rice epitomised the typical South Africa cricketing philosophy: head down, eye on the ball and always be the best, despite the circumstances.Fellow South African cricketer Mike Proctor told News24 yesterday that Rice had “a heart the size of Africa. He’s a remarkable man. When he made up his mind to do things he did them. Everyone knew where they were going with him… a fighter of note and a true, true gentleman.”In 1991, when South African sport returned to international competition, Rice proudly led from the front during the emotional historic tour of India. Most South Africans of a certain age will recall the fuzzy television pictures beamed from the subcontinent of Rice and the team arriving at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium to a rapturous, rowdy response from Indian cricket fans. Respectfully, Rice and his team greeted the crowds with the traditional “namaste” hand gesture. India may have won the match that day, but South Africa won the hearts and approval of the international cricketing world after decades of isolation. Clive Rice captained South Africa’s first One Day International against India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in November 1991. (Image: ESPN cricinfo)Shortly after the tour, Rice, who always spoke his mind on the political influence on sport, was controversially dropped from the team before South Africa’s first World Cup appearance in 1992.It was in the domestic game where he made the biggest impact. He played 482 first class matches for Transvaal, Natal and the English county Nottinghamshire, scoring over 25 000 runs, including 48 centuries and 137 fifties. A consummate all-rounder, Rice took almost a thousand wickets, including 23 five-wicket hauls, at an impressive economy rate of 2.58 runs per over. No slouch in the field either, he took 401 catches. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1981 and won numerous South African and international sport awards.Rice cut a formidable figure as captain. With a lanky, fit frame, the iconic moustache and the ever-present wraparound sunglasses, he led Transvaal to three Currie Cup titles and several one-day competition trophies. Never a fan of on-field sledging or excessive displays of emotion, Rice conducted the game with a quiet grace but workmanlike determination. His captaining style, both on and off the field, can still be seen in the styles of later South African captains, most notably Shaun Pollock. He spoke comfortably to fans and the press alike about the intricacies of cricket, with a measured but knowledgeable tone.Despite his lack of international experience, Rice was considered one of the best all-rounders of the 1980s, along with England’s Ian Botham, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Kapil Dev from India.Far-reaching influence After pasturing for the Natal side during the early 1990s, he retired from playing in 1994. Rice returned to Nottinghamshire as coach in 1999. He was best known during this time for encouraging a demoralised South African-born Kevin Pietersen to join the English county side, which led to the latter’s meteoric rise in the English national team.Pietersen called Rice a great early influence on his playing style. “He saw in me more than I saw in myself. He gave me the confidence, ability and opportunity to fulfil a talent I didn’t know I had,” Pietersen told the BBC yesterday.In his later years, Rice remained part of the cricketing community as administrator of South Africa’s National Cricket Academy, selector for the national side and television analyst. He also managed his own sports tour company and communications business.Born on 23 July 1949, Clive Edward Butler Rice died on 28 July 2015. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and a son and daughter.last_img read more

Technology: What Does it Take to Build a Cloud?

first_imgA lot. Take Microsoft’s Data Centers. One estimate derived from Microsoft public information is 220,000 servers. In January 2008 Microsoft reported 15 data centers, 17,406 racks with a total power comsumption of 72,500KW.Microsoft data centers are located in places like Washington, Dublin, Singapore, Beijing, Amsterdam, Puerto Rico and Tokyo. They say that they are expanding by adding 10,000 new servers every month. At that rate, Microsoft has 220,000 servers going into September.Google is still leading the cloud race. Estimates for the number of servers that Google has are all over, somewhere from 500,000 to more than a million.last_img read more