World champion Gatlin left off athlete of the year shortlist

first_imgWorld 100m champion Justin Gatlin is not one of the 10 male nominees for the IAAF 2017 World Athlete of the Year.It is the first time since 2004 – when the American was also left out – that the world or Olympic 100m champion has not been shortlisted for the title.Gatlin, 35, beat Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt into third to win gold in London in August.Britain’s Mo Farah is on the list after retaining the 10,000m. IAAF members and fans via social media decide the award.Gatlin has twice served a doping ban and athletics’ governing body changed its rules on who could be nominated in 2015 so that anyone sanctioned for a serious doping offence could no longer be put forward.That came after Germany’s Olympic discus champion Robert Harting reacted to Gatlin’s inclusion on the 2014 IAAF shortlist by asking for his own name to be removed from it. Gatlin was jeered by the crowd inside London Stadium as he was presented with his medal during the summer.Lord Coe, president of athletics’ governing body the IAAF, admitted he was not “eulogistic” over the American’s victory.Gatlin was also omitted from the athlete of the year list in 2004 despite winning Olympic gold in Athens, although he was nominated for performance of the year.He was one of the nominees in 2005 after winning that year’s world title, 12 months before he accepted a second doping ban.South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk is one of Farah’s rivals for the title after he retained his world 400m title in London. Caster Semenya of South Africa heads the women nominees after winning the 800m title in imperious style on the closing night of the World Championships.Australia’s Sally Pearson is also a notable nominee after claiming gold in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.60 seconds.Voting closes on 16 October and the winners will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on 24 November.”‹The nominees for 2017 World Athlete of the YearMen: Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qat); Pawel Fajdek (Pol); Mo Farah (GB); Sam Kendricks (US); Elijah Manangoi (Ken); Luvo Manyonga (SA); Omar McLeod (Jam); Christian Taylor (US); Wayde van Niekerk (SA); Johannes Vetter (Ger) Women: Almaz Ayana (Eth); Maria Lasitskene (Ana); Hellen Obiri (Ken); Sally Pearson (Aus); Sandra Perkovic (Cro); Brittney Reese (US); Caster Semenya (SA); Ekaterini Stefanidi (Gre); Nafissatou Thiam (Bel); Anita Wlodarczyk (Pol)last_img read more

Holmdel Writer Brings Her Story to Hollywood

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauHOLMDEL – “Write what you know.”Lorene Scafaria certainly took Mark Twain’s words of advice to heart in writing her latest movie script, “The Meddler.” The former Holmdel resident crafted a heartwarming story about her relationship with her mother, Gail, and how in her grief after her husband died, Gail latched on to her daughter’s life.“He and my mom were married 40 years and they were madly in love,” Scafaria said. “They were such a beautiful couple. His loss was huge for both of us.”Scafaria was an aspiring screenwriter living in Los Angeles when her father, Joseph, an Italian immigrant who worked in the garment business, died in November 2009. Her parents also had an apartment in Los Angeles that they stayed in while visiting her. Gail felt she couldn’t stay alone in the family home anymore, so six months later, she put the house on the market and moved to California, just a mile away from her single daughter.“She started calling me a lot,” Scafaria said.Scafaria and her mother had always been close, so she was happy to have Gail nearby, but all the calling, texting and dropping in unannounced soon proved too much. Scafaria decided to use the experience as a creative outlet and within a month, she had the first draft of a movie script down on paper.“I wanted to tell this story from my mother’s perspective, how lonely she was,” Scafaria said. “The character is so tough and funny, just like my mom. It was therapeutic for us.”As a child, Scafaria was always interested in movies, writing and performing. She began writing screenplays in fifth grade. Once, on a trip to New York City, she bought the script for the movie, “A Clockwork Orange.”“I was so interested in the structure of a script and what it looked like on paper,” she said.As a teenager, she and her friends would regularly perform at the Improv Jam in Red Bank and hang out at the Broadway Diner afterward. They would also go see movies at least twice a week.“I loved hanging out in Red Bank,” she said. “Those were some of my favorite years.”After graduating from Holmdel High School in 1995, Scafaria studied English with a writing concentration and a theater minor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and later transferred to Montclair State University, where she earned her degree. She moved to New York City, answering phones at a film company while writing scripts and submitting them to agents.“When I got my first rejection letter, I hung it on the wall,” she said. “I was so excited that I heard from someone.”A few days later, that agent reconsidered and told Scafaria she should move to Los Angeles. When Scafaria arrived, she found that the agent no longer worked at the company.“I left New York thinking I had an agent in Los Angeles, and when I arrived, there was nothing,” she said.But she powered on and soon began making money off her scripts. She wrote television shows, the screenplay for the film, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist” and wrote and directed the movie, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”In addition to writing the script for “The Meddler,” Scafaria also directed the movie, which stars former Edison resident Susan Sarandon as her mother, renamed Marnie in the film. Scafaria’s character is played by Rose Byrne. While much of the story is based in reality, other aspects, including a love interest for Marnie, did not actually happen.“I added a lot of fiction,” said Scafaria. “It has more closure than exists in real life.”Scafaria said that when she approached Gail about the movie idea, her mother was on board immediately.“She got a kick out of it,” Scafaria said. “I think she loved the portrait of this character. My mother couldn’t believe Susan Sarandon was playing her. Susan was wearing my mom’s tops from Chico’s and driving her car. She said my father would have loved being married to Susan Sarandon.”Scafaria even managed to get photographs of her father, and a shot of his driver’s license, into the movie.“My father is sort of immortalized,” she said. “My mother loves it so much that she goes to see the movie at least once a day. What people don’t realize is that the real-life meddler is in the theater.”“The Meddler” had its premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and an April red carpet premiere in Los Angeles. The movie is currently in wide release.“It’s been amazing,” Scafaria said. “It’s so exciting to make a film and share it with other people. My mother is really enjoying the feeling of it and the sense of pride in her daughter.”Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED ATOMIC RULE TAKES $55,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA; BALTAS TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.35

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2016)–Under patient handling from Tiago Pereira, Atomic Rule rallied three-wide turning for home and outran favored Curlin Rules by 2 ¼ lengths in winning Friday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Richard Baltas, who is in Kentucky, Atomic Rule covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.35.With Curlin Rules setting the early pace, Atomic Rule sat a close fourth at the rail into the Club House turn and stayed at the fence to the three sixteenths pole, when he eased out and easily outran Brazilian-bred Editore and the favorite.Off at 6-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Atomic Rule paid $14.00, $6.20 and $3.20.Claimed for $40,000 out of a second place finish at Del Mar Aug. 21, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule collected his 10th win from 33 lifetime starts. Owned by Paymaster Racing, LLC, he picked up $42,900 for the win, increasing his earnings to $270,440.Curlin Rules, who was headed by Editore a quarter mile from home, shook him off and proved second best, finishing a neck in front of Little Scotty. Off at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza, Curlin Rules paid $4.00 and $3.00.Little Scotty, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, prevailed by a head over a late closing Burger and Fries and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race, with the temporary rail at 30 feet, were 22.36, 46.37, 1:10.32 and 1:34.55.First post time on Saturday for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

A’s fall short in series finale against Tampa Bay

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Tampa Bay sits 2.5 games atop the American League Wild Card standings, a definitive 8-2 win over the A’s on Sunday thickening that cushion under the throne.The A’s will settle for a series split against a team they’ll be hunting down as the 2019 season’s second half looms; the team had plenty of time to come to terms with a loss essentially sealed after the fourth inning.“One of those days where what could go …last_img

PetroSA increases future Coega capacity

first_img26 May 2008The state-owned Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) has increased the capacity of its planned crude refinery at the Coega Industrial Zone near Port Elizabeth from 250 000 to 400 000 barrels per day, with the plant now costing US$11-billion.The company’s board approved the increase last week after evaluating a pre-feasibility study conducted by leading US-based refinery engineering company KBR.The Coega refinery will be the lowest cost producer in sub-Saharan Africa due to economies of scare, use of proven world-class technologies and crude processing flexibility.“This will enable it to accomplish a balancing role and sustain a competitive advantage in open market conditions within both local and export environments while meeting the highest global standards of product quality and environmental responsibility,” said new ventures vice president Joern Falbe in Port Elizabeth last week.“The design configuration to process a wide spread of feedstock, with prominence given to lower-cost heavy, sour and acid crudes, is the primary driver in maximising commerciality as well as security of supply.”According to the company, South Africa will already be experiencing a shortfall of locally refined products of about 200 000 barrels per day by the time the refinery is commissioned in 2014, due to the country’s projected economic growth and low investment in existing refineries.This shortfall will be met by importing products – an expensive solution that has a major impact on foreign exchange and increases potential supply vulnerability.Energy security and independenceThough the refinery’s original capacity of 250 000 barrels per day originally proved sufficient to meet demand, the company decided to increase capacity in light of its mandate to reduce South Africa’s external dependency of energy and investment from potential international partners who recognised the ability of the refinery to supply diverse markets and mitigate risk.“After evaluating all operational, logistical and environmental considerations, 400 000 barrels per day was deemed the most suitable configuration,” Falbe said. “However, due to the economies of scale, the investment cost per barrel reduces by 20% and operating costs improve by 30%, boosting the original project economics substantially.”Falbe said that a recently-completed logistics study had confirmed that crude supply in very large crude carriers via single point mooring was technically and operationally feasible, and PetroSA was awaiting the outcome of an environmental and engineering analysis to determine the most suitable location for the facility.The positioning of this highly competitive, world-class mega refinery would help diversify crude and product supply structures in South Africa by providing an essential strategic supply alternative to the country’s main inland markets.A future product pipeline from Coega to Gauteng, commercially viable, also becomes a justifiable reality in the medium term, he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

AirAsia X takes off for the US

first_imgThe first low-cost airline connection from Asia to the US will take off in June, with the promise of ultra-cheap tickets between the two regions eventually being available to and from some of America’s biggest cities.But AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of South-East Asia’s biggest budget carrier is being ultra-cautious about expansion to Europe and America.The carrier’s four weekly 377-seat A330-300 flights linking Kuala Lumpur and Honolulu, Hawaii, via Osaka, Japan, take to the air on June 28, 2017, with the prospect that they will quickly be ramped up to daily because of strong interest from Japanese travel agents.“We think about 80 per cent of the traffic will be Japanese,”  AirAsia X chief executive Ben Ismail told AirlineRatings.com. “Hawaii is the No.1 destination for Japan. “Talking to (Japanese) agents, there is far more demand than supply at the moment. For Asians in ASEAN (the South-East Asian group of nations), it’s something that we’ll continue to push because it’s good for the brand.  We can increase that (four weekly flights) anytime we want to.”AirAsia X normally concentrates on non-stop point-to-point services of seven to nine hours flight duration, which fits the profile of the new Honolulu service, except that, from Kuala Lumpur, it’s two sectors instead of one.It’s the airline’s second one-stop destination after it inaugurated one-stop A330 flights from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, New Zealand, via Australia’s Gold Coast, last year.According to Ismail, that has been an outstanding success with passenger loads between Auckland and the Gold Coast averaging 85 per cent, opening up a new daily market for New Zealanders in search of cheap beach holidays in Queensland.Now that the airline has secured approvals to operate to the US via Japan from both safety and international government air-rights regulators, Ismail says it will be simply a matter of announcing new services as soon as the necessary aircraft become available.However, Ismail says operating to the US east coast – to New York, for example – would be “too much of a stretch” for the airline’s A330s.“I think the nearest for us would Los Angeles or San Francisco,” he says. “They’re very Asian-dominated markets. “Maybe Las Vegas is something we will also explore. But it will not be in the next two years or so.”Alas, with the current generation of airliners – even the long-range A350, which AirAsia X has ordered – the prospect of operating non-stop to the US from Kuala Lumpur is unlikely because the economics of ultra-long-range flight don’t stack up for a low-cost carrier. “Long-haul non-stop to the US would be a stretch for us,” Ismail says, “but we’ll never rule anything out.”Ismail has also put a dampener on plans – touted enthusiastically by AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes in the past two years – to return to London. The last time AirAsia X operated services to London and Paris, before they were axed in 2012, the airline lost money and the airline is being careful not to repeat that experience.“We’re still running the numbers,” he says. “We’re looking at the right aircraft to do this.” That refers to the fact that the airline has ordered both the longer-range A330-300neo (“new engine option”) and the new-generation fuel-efficient A350.“We’re doing some analysis on the yields going into London, but we haven’t concluded yet whether we’re doing it or not,” Ismail says. “We will know in the next few months. If the numbers make sense, we will announce it very quickly (this year), but if they don’t, we put it on the backburner for a while.”The first low-cost long-haul service linking South-east Asia and southern Europe starts in June 2017 when Singapore Airlines subsidiary, Scoot, begins flying from Singapore to Athens four times a week using Boeing Dreamliner 787-8s.last_img read more

Calculating the Embodied Energy Payback for Passivhaus Buildings

first_imgA common Passivhaus topic that rears its head every now and again is the embodied energy of construction. While this can be an important issue, we generally feel it’s a moot point for Passivhaus projects – especially the ones we design (owing to better optimized assemblies and less insulation!).This was what prompted a previous blog post (“Operational Energy Trumps Embodied Energy Unless Efficiency is Achieved”). However, as this topic has come up again and again, and since the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has strangely floated the idea that embodied energy calculations could be required for certification, we figured a few research papers could add more credibility to the topic. Mike Eliason is a designer at Brute Force Collaborative in Seattle, Washington. Feist: Incremental embodied energy has a one-year payback periodSecond, this issue has already been addressed by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and presented at multiple PH conferences. Wolfgang Feist’s research showed that the “primary energy investment” of a Passivhaus compared to typical construction was not necessarily greater, and could even be lower — and that on average, the incremental embodied energy is paid back in under a year. This is due to the significant operational energy savings achieved by meeting the Passivhaus standard.Given that U.S. energy codes aren’t as strict as those in central Europe, that could mean the embodied energy might be higher here… Could – although we’re finding that even on a small project, when optimized like crazy, the delta betwixt code minimum and Passivhaus can be relatively small.The Passivhaus Institut report also notes that the cumulative primary energy of an “Autarkic” building (that is, a self-sufficient off-grid building) is higher than that of a Passivhaus building. This is owing to the increased embodied energy of the renewable energy system (the photovoltaic array, batteries, etc.) over 80 years, resulting in a higher total energy than a Passivhaus building. Another win for Living Building Challenge projects meeting Passivhaus! The Passivhaus approach differs from the LEED approachFirst, our take is that the embodied energy issue is mostly a holdover from programs like LEED – where operational energy has largely been ignored in favor of “greener/lower-embodied energy” materials. Up to 2003, some of the least utilized credits were for energy efficiency greater than 30% or for the inclusion of renewables; I’d imagine that’s still probably pretty accurate (but can’t verify, as this info isn’t readily available).We’ve never shied away from the fact that we believe that the inverse should take priority. To really make an impact in cumulative embodied energy (construction + operational), focus on the operational side first. Then, once you’ve gotten that significantly reduced (e.g., by meeting the Passivhaus standard), set your sights on the construction embodied energy. An Oregon study says that the payback period is seven yearsThird, a recent University of Oregon study completed for a multifamily project compared Passivhaus construction to typical construction, and ended up with fairly comparable results to other Passivhaus life cycle analyses. The Daily Journal of Commerce reported, “According to the life-cycle analysis, the energy savings born out of the Passive House building will outweigh the materials’ added climate change potential in about seven years.”So even in the U.S., where our energy codes are less strict, the environmental payback should be relatively short. Research reportsSo, on to the literature… Here is a brief assortment of papers on the subject of Passivhaus embodied energy, though there are plenty more for those who really want to get wonkish:Life Cycle Assessment of Passive Buildings with LEGEP – A LCA-Tool from Germany (pdf): “The application to passive buildings shows clearly the advantages of these types of buildings over conventional buildings both in the short and long run.” Life Cycle Assessment of a Single-Family Residence built to Passive House Standard (pdf): “This means that when constructing a passive house and assuming both houses are using the same electrical heating system, it takes only 5 years before the increased material production and transport for the passive house are equalized to the TEK07 house [that is, a house meeting current building codes and standards, presumably in Norway] climate change impacts.” The life cycle race – silver and bronze – go to … Passive house and low energy house by Andreas Hermelink (pdf): “…The passive house is the clear winner in this comparison either from environmental perspective or from economical perspective.”The interesting result from the last paper (and the point referenced in the title) is that while Passivhaus leads to better environmental and economic results – the grid is still too dirty, and thus a combination of renewables (or greening of the grid) + Passivhaus would get the “gold.” Some Passivhaus buildings have lower embodied energy than conventional buildingsFinally, as alluded to above, it’s entirely plausible to construct a Passivhaus with lower embodied energy than a “code minimum” house — especially if your Passivhaus utilizes natural materials (e.g. straw, cellulose, wood, etc). But even if you don’t use all-natural materials — maybe you’re a modernist with a hankering for concrete and glass — it’s really not the end of the world as long as your house is über-efficient.The bigger takeaway: When comparing similar construction types, Passivhaus clearly comes out on top in the long run because of lower operational costs, lower environmental footprint, and lower cumulative primary energy… If you toss in superior comfort and great indoor air quality, it’s a no-brainer. So we consider the issue pretty much settled, and furthermore believe that requiring a life-cycle analysis to obtain certification would be a waste of time and money.last_img read more

PBA D-League: Wangs pounds Marinerong Pilipino for 2nd win

first_imgArvin Tolentino leads Wangs Basketball. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Wangs Basketball showed no remorse and dominated Marinerong Pilipino, 88-78, win in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Arvin Tolentino exploded for 32 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks, leading Wangs’ offense as it bumped its record to a solid 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT It wasn’t all Tolentino, though, as some Couriers also joined in the tough grind.Holding a slim 58-57 lead, Wangs pinned down the Skippers and went on a 13-0 spurt and erected a 71-57 lead with 6:31 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat quick action was enough for the Couriers to hold on despite Marinerong Pilipino’s late-game charge.Gelo Vito provided ample support as he rammed the paint for 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for while Radge Tongco and Darius Estrella pitched in 11 and 10 points, respectively. “Marinero is a big fish, and it’s big thing that we prepared hard for that team,” said Wangs head coach Pablo Lucas in Filipino.Orlan Wamar led the Skippers, who fell to 2-2, with 25 points while Felix Apreku added 14 points and 16 rebounds. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Eddie Alvarez not backing down from ‘toughest, most dangerous’ guys in ONE LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

WWE SmackDown LIVE: AJ Style wins Independence Day Battle Royal

first_imgAJ Styles became the No. 1 contender  for Kevin Owens’ WWE United States Championship winning the Independence Day Battle Royal on SmackDown LIVE.The night which included the return of John Cena to rapturous applause and a rap battle between SmackDown tag-team champion ‘The Usos’ and ‘The New Day’, the highlight well and truly was the battle royal.#IndependenceDay #BattleRoyal winner and #USTitle #1Contender @AJStylesOrg had some harsh words for @FightOwensFight on #TalkingSmack! pic.twitter.com/racciAX3Kn- WWE (@WWE) July 5, 2017Kevin Owens was at ring-side with his invaluable commentary and  superstars such as Tye Dillinger, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, both members of ‘ The Ascension’, Sin Cara, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, being notable among also-rans in the battle royal.AJ Styles had to defeat Chad Gable in a ‘Win and You’re In’ match organised by SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan as both had previously lost to Owens in title matches.WWE Photo As  for the actual battle royal, Mojo Rawley eliminated his own Hype Bros partner, Zack Ryder, before being booted off by Sami Zayn. Tye Dillinger surprisingly made it to the final three and nearly claimed the victory after hitting Tye-Breakers on both AJ Styles and Zayn. Sami Zayn eliminated the perfect 10, but Styles prevailed over Zayn with a Pele Kick that sent Zayn down to floor.As soon as AJ Styles won, Kevin Owens made his way to the ring and attacked the new No 1 contender. Styles gave a fitting reply to Owens with an ‘Enzuigiri’ ending  the show with the championship belt aloft as Owens looked on aghast.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoRoma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American food

first_imgRoma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American foodby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi denies coach Eusebio di Francesco’s future is up for discussion.Di Francesco oversaw victory against Genoa on Sunday amid talk he’d be sacked if they lost.Monchi is travelling to Boston this week for talks with president James Pallotta and stated: “I go to Boston every month because there are matters to discuss, we have so many things to talk about.”An analysis will be done, we always do it, it’s normal that he wants to know the situation, we do not go to Boston to talk about American food. We will talk about football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more