Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX

first_img“I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Retired Soldier Slams Sirleaf Gov’t for “Abandoning UCMJ”

first_imgAbout ten years following the ascendency(rise)of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Commander-In-Chief (-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), her government has come under criticism for not fulfilling her promise to introduce the court martial proceedings to prosecute accused enlisted personnel.Retired AFL Colonel Sam Solomon, who served as trial counsel (prosecutor) on previous court-martial boards of the army, described the Sirleaf led government’s action to try military personnel in civilian court as “disrespectful to the accused and absolutely wrong under the law.”“This is very much regrettable, because every constituted government should have a court martial board for its army, purposely to probe allegations against soldiers who have committed offenses in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ),” Atty. Solomon told journalists yesterday at the Temple of Justice. He previously served as City Solicitor at the Monrovia City Court.UCMJ is the congressional code of military criminal law applicable to all military members worldwide.Retired Col. Solomon was part of the board that tried and convicted several former military generals including Minister of National Defense, Major/General Gray D. Allison for treason and other offenses.According to Atty. Solomon, the UCMJ defines the military justice system and lists criminal offenses under military law.“While the military court martial is the most severe sanction under military law, its conviction is the same as a criminal court conviction and can (depending on the offense) result into long term jail sentences with hard labor or a punitive discharge such as dishonorable discharge, as well as fines and reduction in rank,” explained Atty. Solomon.He said the court has jurisdiction over all personnel charged with any UCMJ offense.Article 21 (e) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia states that, “No person charged, arrested, restricted, detained or otherwise held in confinement shall be subject to torture or inhumane treatment; nor shall any person except military personnel, be kept or confined in any military facility; nor shall any person be seized and kept among convicted prisoners or treated as a convict, unless such person first shall have been convicted of a crime in a court of competent jurisdiction. The Legislature shall make it a criminal offense and provide for appropriate penalties against any police or security officer, prosecutor, administrator or any other public or security officer, prosecutor, administrator or any other public official acting in contravention of this provision; and any person so damaged by the conduct of any such public official shall have a civil remedy, therefore, exclusive of any criminal penalties imposed.”In early April, the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice charged AFL officer Winn K. Gansee of murder and sent him to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial. The soldier was allegedly arrested for beating a motorcyclist, Nelson Cuput, with a piece of plank. Cuput reportedly died from his wounds.In August 2014, President Sirleaf ordered four soldiers and their commanding officer to be punished for their actions during a protest over Ebola quarantine in the densely populated West Point Community in Monrovia.During that incident, 16 year old Shakie Kamara was shot and later died of his wounds while others were injured.Following the incident, President Sirleaf constituted a disciplinary board which found Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and dereliction in the performance of duty. For that, the board recommended punishment including demotion in rank and 30 days in correctional custody.Two soldiers under Quaye’s command were found guilty of assault and arbitrary use of force while another two were convicted of making false statements for which they were remanded to serve 30 days behind bars.But according to Atty. Solomon, it is only the court martial board that is convened to try officers of the AFL for criminal violations under the UCMJ.“The military court is to handle matters under the UCMJ. That is to say, soldiers that commit crimes need to appear before it for prosecution. They have to appear before the court martial board in full military uniform until that case is resolved. But that is not the case anymore,” the retired Colonel maintained.“We have qualified military experts to serve on the board, but probably the Ministry of National Defense chose not to advise the President on the process,” he insinuated.Atty. Solomon said for him to hear that enlisted members of the AFL were confined and dishonorably discharged from the army and taken to a civilian court to be prosecuted by a civilian judge, was an “abuse” to the military and the dignity of the individual soldiers…“The President needs to understand that we are military people, and therefore, matters arising from the soldiers should be taken care of by military people, and we should be heaved before those who are part of the military to be judged, but not before a civilian judge because this is an insult to the organization,” Atty. Solomon declared.“Why should they take all the power of military personnel and disgrace him before a civilian court, rather than giving him the opportunity to be treated with dignity under the UCMJ,” he wondered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The South African Export XV

first_img20 August 2007While the Springboks will be representing South Africa at the Rugby World Cup there will be many other players with South African connections, turning out for other countries, in France in September.Not surprisingly, minnows Namibia, SA’s neighbour, is most heavily influenced by South Africa, but even some of the powerhouses of world rugby contain some SA influence.EnglandCape Town-born Stuart Abbott, who enjoyed World Cup success with defending champions England in 2003, is one of three centres in the 30-man squad. He qualified to play for his adopted country because his mother is English.A product of Diocesan College, widely known as Bishops, he studied economics at Stellenbosch University. Later, he played rugby for Northern Free State, Western Province, the Stormers, and SA under-23.Alongside Abbott, veteran Mike Catt, with 71 caps to his name, has been chosen as one of three flyhalves. Like Abbott, Catt was part of England’s World Cup winning squad, and qualified to play for the team because he has an English mother.Catt was born in Port Elizabeth and attended Grey High School, which is recognised as being amongst the finest schools’ sporting nurseries in South Africa. He earned provincial under-21 honours for Eastern Province, but was struggling to crack the senior provincial side when he went on holiday to England.While there, he took part in some training sessions with Bath and suddenly he had a new home, turning out for the English club. It wasn’t long before he progressed from club rugby to international rugby.In the pack, former Kearsney College schoolboy Matt Stevens, who respresented South Africa at junior level, will serve as cover at both loosehead and tighthead prop.AustraliaLike Stuart Abbott, Wallabies’ lock Daniel Vickerman attended school at Bishops in Cape Town.He represented South Africa at the Sanzar/UAR under-21 Championships in Argentina in 1999, playing in a team captained by SA’s World Cup captain John Smit.South Africa won the tournament, which also included New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, England, Australia, and Wales.The New Zealand team they beat in the final included, among others, Doug Howlett, Aaron Mauger, Nathan Mauger, Rico Gear, Chris Jack, Andrew Hore, and Carl Hayman. Some of the South Africans included Jaco van der Westhuysen, Lawrence Sephaka, Gerrie Britz, Wylie Human, Wayne Julies, Frikkie Welsh, and Johan Roets.Eric Sauls coached the South African side while the assistant coach was Jake White, the current Springbok coach.Vickerman qualified to play for the Wallabies by serving a qualification period after moving Down Under. He played for Australia under-21 and Australia A before making his debut for the Wallabies against France in 2002. He has since gone on to play nearly 50 tests for his adopted country.New ZealandAlthough New Zealand’s All Blacks do not have a South African-born player in their World Cup squad, there is a South African connection. Greg Somerville attended Dale College in King Williams Town as an exchange student in 1995.A key member of the Crusaders and the All Blacks, he has represented New Zealand in 55 tests.FranceThe World Cup hosts, France, have included Pieter de Villiers in their line-up. A 63-test veteran, he attended Stellenbosch University for whom he turned out at tighthead prop.Although he is a French international, De Villiers carries both French and South African passports.ItalyDurban-born Roland de Marigny will turn out for Italy at the World Cup. A product of Westville Boys High, he played Super 12 rugby for the Sharks and the Bulls.In 2000/01 he moved to Italy to play for Overmach Parma. After spending more than five years playing in the Italian league he qualified to play for Italy and made his debut in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against England.He currently plays his club rugby for Cammi Calvisano.Ulster lock Carlo Del Fava was also selected for Italy, but injured a knee in training camp, which has forced him out of the World Cup.He was born in Umtata, but his family moved to Durban while he was young. He attended Queens College and played rugby for the Natal Sharks.Del Fava qualified to play for Italy because of his Italian father and made his debut in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against Wales in Cardiff.USAThe USA, who will face the Springboks in the World Cup on 30 September in Montpellier, has four players with South African connections.Centre Phillip Eloff was born in Thabazimbi and is nicknamed “Thabu” by his teammates. His childhood rugby hero was the legendary Springbok centre Danie Gerber.He’ll be playing in his second World Cup, having turned out for the Eagles four years ago in Australia. Eloff was a try scorer in the USA’s 39-26 win over Japan, which saw the Americans snap a string of 10 losses in succession at the World Cup.Chad Erskine was born in Pietermaritzburg and matriculated from Maritzburg College in 1998. A scrumhalf, he represented South Africa at under-21 level and played polo for SA at schoolboy level.Erskine made his US Eagles debut in August 2006 against Canada.Like Erskine, Owen Lentz, who was born in King Williams Town, also played for South Africa at under-21 level. Although he is a hooker, Eagles’ coach Peter Thorburn likes Lentz’s versatility so much that he has said he may use the player at flank too.Lentz played Currie Cup rugby for Border and Eastern Province from 1999 to 2001 and for SA under-21 in 2001.And just to show that front rowers are not all macho men with rough edges, Lentz is an art teacher.Although Francois Viljoen was born in Oakland, California, he grew up in South Africa. He played under-13 rugby for Natal and for the Blue Bulls under-21 team.Viljoen attended Pretoria University, a rugby powerhouse, and, like Phillip Eloff, says Danie Gerber was his childhood rugby hero. The player he respected the most was Andre Joubert, the Springbok World Cup winning fullback, who played in the 1995 final with a broken hand.Viljoen is a Bulls’ Super 14 supporter, so this season’s competition must have brought him a lot of pleasure as the Bulls became the first South African winners of the southern hemisphere showpiece. Not surprisingly, he lists Loftus Versfeld as his favourite ground.CanadaJust north of the USA, Canada has named two players with South African connections in its World Cup squad. Nick Trenkel was born in Randburg, but moved north as a youngster.A centre, he played for British Columbia at under-16, under-17, and under-18 levels, captaining the under-18 team to the national title in 2004.In 2006, he returned to South Africa to attend the Rugby Performance Academy in Cape Town.DTH van der Merwe, a versatile backline player, who covers a number of positions, is also South African-born.He played for Boland at under-16 level before his family emigrated in 2003, moving to Regina. He then turned out for Saskatchewan at under-18 and under-21 levels. Later, in 2005, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia.NamibiaThat leaves Namibia’s team, which was recently humbled 105-13 by the Springboks. There are plenty of Welwitschias’ players who have spent most of their rugby-playing lives in South Africa.Namibian captain Kees Lensing played for his country in the 2003 World Cup. He has played Super 14 rugby for the Bulls and the Sharks, and also had a stint with Leeds in the UK.Although he has played little for the Sharks this year, the chances are that he would have played for the Springboks in years gone by had he not turned out for Namibia.Loose forward Jacques Burger, a product of Windhoek High School, plays for Griquas. He has represented his country at Craven Week and under-19 level, as well as playing for Free State under-19.Centre Piet van Zyl and prop Jane du Toit are with the Boland Cavaliers, eighthman Jacques Niewenhuis is with the Falcons, while Marius Visser and Hugo Horn play for the Border Bulldogs.Sharks’ hooker Skipper Badenhorst was also chosen for the World Cup, but he chose to retire from the international game, citing family commitments.Tinus du Plessis and Nico Esterhuyse play club rugby for Stellenbosch University, Johannes Redelinghuys is with Kimberley Tech, the same club Jacques Burger belongs to, and Lu-Wayne Botes plays for Johannesburg University.So, there are 27 players, apart from the Springboks, with South African connections who will be in action at the World Cup.Some are distant connections, such as Greg Somerville and Nick Trenkel, while others, like many of the Namibians, play their rugby in South Africa.Two of the 27, Carlo Del Fava and Skipper Badenhorst, were selected to play in the World Cup but won’t be traveling to France due to injury and retirement respectively. 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Highlights from BRICS 8th annual summit

first_imgThis year marks the 10th anniversary of the BRICS co-operation mechanism. Comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bloc unites the world’s five major emerging economies.At the end of the eighth BRICS summit on 16 October in Goa, India, held under the theme of “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”, the bloc issued the Goa Declaration.Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Jacob Zuma attended the summit.#5GoalsfromGoa announced by PM @narendramodiFor positive direction & strong momentum of intra-#BRICS engagement.— BRICS 2016 (@BRICS2016) October 17, 2016New Development BankBRICS members were satisfied with the approval of the first batch of loans by the New Development Bank (NDB), particularly in renewable energy projects in BRICS countries.On a global scaleThe group said it was grateful to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon for his contribution in the past 10 years and congratulated António Guterres on his appointment as the next UN chief, pledging continuous support for the world body.Regarding the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the declaration urged developed countries to honour their commitment to earmark 0.7% of gross national income for official development assistance to developing countries.The five BRICS leaders also welcomed the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda adopted during the Hangzhou Summit and committed themselves to its implementation. In addition, the bloc pledged to enhance consultations and co-ordination on the G20 agenda, especially regarding issues of mutual interest to their countries.In particular, the member countries would continue to work closely with G20 members to strengthen macro-economic co-operation, promote innovation and sustainable trade and investment to propel global growth, improve global economic governance, enhance the role of developing countries, strengthen international financial architecture, support industrialisation in Africa and least developed countries, and enhance co-operation on energy access and efficiency, according to the Goa Declaration.World securityBRICS strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, particularly attacks against its members. It said there was no justification for acts of terror.Member countries agreed to strengthen co-operation in combating international terrorism at the bilateral and international levels. They called on all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach to ending terrorism.The environmentProtecting the environment is important to BRICS members. The bloc welcomed the Paris Agreement and urged countries to implement it by providing financial resources, technology and capacity building assistance to support developing countries.The leaders also emphasised that the comprehensive, balanced and ambitious nature of the Paris Agreement reaffirmed the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in light of different national circumstances.Watch:Source: South African Government News Agency and reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more

Is Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?

first_imgSuperinsulation and lots of south-facing glazingI’ll remind you that we are using the following: R-100 ceiling, R-56 above-grade walls, R-28 below grade walls, and R-28 under-slab insulation. We are also having significant south glazing and minimal north glazing. We will be installing the highest efficiency fiberglass windows and we expect the airtightness of the house to meet the Passivhaus standard of 0.60 air changes per hour at 50 pascals.The bottom line here is that Saskatchewan is a lot colder than Germany. The number of heating degree days in Germany in 2014 was 3,100. The number of heating degree days in Saskatoon in 2014 was 6,035. Well, that’s about twice as much, which would account for our need for twice the heating energy – makes sense! Therefore, I have a hard time understanding how the standards for a German Passivhaus can be applied to a very cold Canadian climate.If we look at our expected total energy consumption (84.04 kWh/m2/year), however, we are actually significantly lower than the Passivhaus standard of 120 kWh/m2/year. [Editor’s note: The Passivhaus limit of 120 kWh/m2/year refers to total source energy, not site energy. For a discussion of the difference between source energy and site energy, see Understanding Energy Units.]This raises the question: In Germany, what accounts for the 105 kWh/m2/year difference? Is their appliance energy use and hot water use that much higher? Or is this particular standard higher to account for the larger homes and buildings that are typically built with Passivhaus?Anyway, what do these numbers really mean, except to compare apples (Germany) to oranges (Saskatchewan)? We weren’t going to be pursing Passivhaus certification anyway. (The approximate price tag for certification is $10,000, and I’d rather put that money into solar panels). But I think it provides an interesting discussion. Wood heat will be importantFirst, let me explain a couple things. One, we expect to use our wood stove a lot in the winter. I love a wood fire; there is something incredibly comforting about watching wood burn.Two, I do think that the annual appliance use is on the high side, and I would also argue that our total space heating is also a bit high when comparing it to the Mill Creek NetZero house, an eco-house project using the same wall system in a similar climate.Nonetheless, let’s give these numbers some context:Our home’s projected annual energy use for space heating = 31.13 kWh/m2/yearOur home’s annual energy use for space heating (not counting wood stove heat) = 10.18 kWh/m2/year. Compare this to the Passivhaus limit for annual space heating of 15 kWh/m2/year.The average Canadian home’s annual space heating use is 137.2 kWh/m2. (Holy crap, that’s high!)OK, so you can look at the comparison numbers I’ve provided above for Passivhaus and the average Canadian home versus our place at 31.13 (overall heat requirement) and 10.18 (electrical space heating requirement). Both of these numbers are a lot less than the Canadian average. I’ll use the 31.13 number because it is the highest possible use we would need in an extremely cold year without using any wood heat. That is 77.3% less than the average house in Canada! Pretty awesome! And yet, it is twice as high as the Passivhaus standard! A number I can live withIn the end, we will be building a highly efficient, superinsulated house that will consume about 75% to 80% less energy than the average Canadian house. We truly won’t know our overall energy consumption until we actually live in the house, so all of these numbers are just estimates.Yes, you can build a “true” Passivhaus on the prairies, but you’d be looking at making huge financial investments and sacrificing comfort to meet the standards.I’m reminded of a discussion I had with a local energy efficient home builder recently. He said: “Anyone can build an extremely energy-efficient house with enough money. But to build one on a budget — now that is something impressive.”In the end, we are building on a budget, which should come in at or below the cost of building your average stick-framed house and our energy bills (100% electric) should be in the range of $100 per month. I think I can live with that. BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Heating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateChoosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHow Small Can We Go?Picking High-Performance WindowsLet Construction BeginMaking an ICF FoundationDealing With Really Bad Water Strict energy limits are tough to meetAnother major criticism of the Passivhaus standard concerns the annual source energy limit and the annual heating/cooling consumption limit. These standards are very strict, at 120 kWh per square meter per year and 15 kWh per square meter per year. But is this possible in a very cold Canadian climate?Indeed this has been shown to be possible in a handful of projects in Canada. But not that many. Why is that? Recently we’ve run our numbers through the HOT2000 software, a Canadian tool for energy-efficient homes used to calculate energy consumption. It’s not as thorough as the PHPP Passivhaus software, but it’s pretty good, and it’s a lot cheaper to have done.OK — so here are our numbers:House size: 1,240 square feet (main floor) + 1,240 square feet (basement) = 2,480 square feet of treated floor area = 230 square meters of treated floor area.Estimated annual space heating requirement: 7,159 kWh (or 31.13 kWh/m2/year).Estimated annual electrical space heating (not counting expected wood stove use): 2,342 kWh (or 10.18 kwh/m2/year).Estimated annual energy use for domestic hot water: 3,409 kWhEstimated annual energy use for appliances: 8,760 kWhTotal annual energy use: 19,328 kWh (or 84.04 kWh/m2/year). Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus. The blog documents their journey “from urbanites to ruralites,” as they plan to build a net-zero superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. RELATED ARTICLES Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Redefining PassivhausCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?Net-Zero-Energy versus PassivhausPassivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesPassivhaus Crosses the AtlanticPassivhaus For BeginnersUnderstanding Energy Units This is something I’ve been wrestling with since we decided on building a superinsulated, highly energy efficient home. And really this is something that I think a lot of builders, architects, and designers of eco- and green homes have been debating since the Passivhaus concept came to North America in the past few years.When we initially got going on our project, I was pumped on the possibility of “not needing an active heating system,” as Passivhaus enthusiasts have touted. However, that really is not quite true. Although many of these Passivhaus homes in Europe don’t necessarily use a boiler or furnace as we do in Canada, they do still technically require some way of heating.Often that is a heating coil attached to the existing ventilation unit that warms the incoming ventilated air. For our house, the possibility of using such a system simply made no sense.Passivhaus often justifies some of its standards on “user comfort.” Certainly, I agree that user comfort is critical. However, in order to meet some of the rigorous standards of Passivhaus, people have tended to sacrifice comfort to meet the certification. For example, in our project, yes, we could have used this method of heating as a secondary option, but it would not be sufficient to meet all of our heating needs despite the superinsulation. Furthermore, we need a thermal mass (concrete floor) to take advantage of the solar gains to cut down on our heat load. Those of you who have walked around on a cold concrete floor know that this is pretty uncomfortable (as a physiotherapist, I cannot count the number of people I see who complain about knee, back, and foot pain due to walking on concrete floors at work). That being said, a warmed concrete floor is very pleasant, and strangely comfortable.Given that we wanted a concrete floor for both thermal mass and aesthetics, it made no sense to me not to use in-floor hydronic heat. In this case, we had to choose user comfort over Passivhaus standards.last_img read more