Seletar Park Residence / SCDA Architects

first_img Year:  Seletar Park Residence / SCDA Architects CopyAbout this officeSCDA ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingSingaporePublished on November 17, 2016Cite: “Seletar Park Residence / SCDA Architects” 16 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Singapore 2015 Photographs Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, SmegDeveloper:Asplenium Land Pte LtdMain Contractor:Rich-Link Construction Pte LtdStructural Engineer:WEB Structures Pte. Ltd.M&E Engineer:Bescon Consulting Engineers Pte LtdQuantity Surveyor:Rider Levett Bucknall Pte. Ltd.Architect In Charge:Soo K. ChanDesign Team:Malcolm McCulloch, Edward Lau, Lee Kit Hung, Lilian Dirgantoro, Steve Kan, Ivan Soh Chermink, Lois Kok, Janice Kwa, Wahyuni KurniawatiCountry:SingaporeMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Aaron PocockText description provided by the architects. A meaningful engagement with nature was the driving thought behind the conceptualization of Seletar Park Residence. Upon arrival at the site, the entrance is lined with mature rain trees, greeting the visitor almost ceremoniously before the space extends onwards to open into a clearing embraced by the surrounding terrain. This theme is recurring and impressed – preserved in the design to create a home that first welcomes and lateroffers experiences with nature. Providing a backdrop of simple elegance, the fine edges and sharp lines of the rectilinear forms break down the massing of the blocks while offering a textured fabric through repetition of frames, sun-shading ledges, façade fins and trellises. Rigorous in its application, this fabric lines the site boundaries, forming a canvas onto which a central landscaped court is strongly expressed.Save this picture!© Aaron PocockSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Aaron PocockTo create intimacy in the vast court, the ground plane is separated into two, one of which is sunken and leads down into the basement level via a set of landscaped stairs. The main pool is placed on the higher plane, creating a reflecting vista towards the feature clubhouse, which is furnished for the residents’ enjoyment.Save this picture!© Aaron PocockSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Aaron PocockThe water element then breaks down into cascading pools in the sunken half, with large planters interspersed to appear as floating landscapes, and culminates in a tranquil reflective pool and shaded court shared with the other communal facilities of the clubhouse. Spatially, each apartment is provided with a balcony or private enclosed space stretching across the entire length of the unit, thus extending the interiors to the outdoors. These intermediate spaces are finished in timber, allowing the palette of natural materials and colours to flow from private to communal spaces. The interaction of the living spaces with the lush gardens and water courts engenders a sensuous engagement with the elements, resulting in a calming, peaceful environment.Save this picture!© Aaron PocockProject gallerySee allShow lessHongkun Art Auditorium / pendaSelected ProjectsARCHIFUTURES VOL. 1: The Museum, A Field Guide to the Future of ArchitecturePublicationsProject locationAddress:SingaporeLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Seletar Park Residence / SCDA ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSeletar Park Residence / SCDA Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: SCDA Architects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Projects ArchDaily Save this picture!© Aaron Pocock+ 14 Share Area:  24440 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CopyHousing•Singapore Photographs:  Aaron Pocock Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Housinglast_img read more

Inspiring: Leadership conference seeks to inform, inspire community

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Love stories: Bread ties and dirt roads: Couples share memories of love “My wife Renee and I are considered by some to be ‘old timers’ since we have been married for over… read more Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Inspiring: Leadership conference seeks to inform, inspire community Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Latest Stories Above, the youth choir performs during the conference.The 2015 Leadership Conference at Troy University closed at noon on Saturday just as it opened on Friday night – with an enthusiastic and inspirational keynote speaker and a receptive and appreciative audience.The 15th Annual Leadership Conference opened Friday night at Sartain Hall on the campus of Troy University with Juanita Jones Abernathy, the widow of Dr. Ralph Abernathy and renowned Civil Rights activist, as the keynote speaker. The conference closed at noon on Saturday at the Trojan Center with Jasmine Guy, actor/director/dancer taking center stage.”“From beginning to end, this was an outstanding leadership conference with about 600 registered,” said Shelia Jackson, tourism and public relations director for the City of Troy, conference co-host with Troy University. “I think everyone went back to their communities more dedicated and more committed to community service and better prepared as leaders.” “She encouraged all conference participants to talk to each other, to find out what is going on in their communities and to voice their opinions,” Jackson said. “She reminded us that not everybody thinks the same way and that we can learn from each other if we take the time to listen.”Guy drew a distinction between the dialogue among the thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance and the relative lack of discourse today.“Now we are separated,” Guy said. “We are not talking to each other. We’re not sharing stories. We don’t even watch TV together anymore.”She reminded participants that the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington starkly disagreed on important matters, but still came to the table for discussions. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Skip “We aren’t supposed to all think the same way. It doesn’t make me less black because I don’t think exactly the same as you,” Guy said. “Are you voicing your opinion? Are you voting? Are you participating and do you understand what goes on during election? Do you know what goes on during the midterm election?”According to Guy, it’s imperative that families have tough, difficult discussions again, something she feels has been lost in recent years.“I think it’s important for us to talk to each other,” Guy said. “Don’t forget your babies and grandbabies. Don’t forget your parents and grandparents. Y’all don’t know everything. Those stories at the dinner table, sit there and listen to them for a minute.”Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She launched her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, and starred in the original Broadway productions of “Beehive” and “Leader of the Pack.” She has also starred in reprised hit productions of “Grease,” “The Wiz,” and “Chicago.”She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious and comical southern belle “Whitley Gilbert” on “The Cosby Show” spinoff “A Different World.”Jackson said the breakout speakers shared messages they were encouraging, inspirational, motivational and challenging.The speakers included Kemba Smith Pradia, national public speaker; Bishop S.D. James, senior bishop, Jerusalem Temple; Sue Bell Cobb, former Chief Justice Alabama Supreme Court; Dana Wilson, Troy Regional Medical Center’s Health and Human Services Committee; and Stephen Scott, winner of 2012 Leadership Award.“It would have been hard to come away from this leadership conference without the desire to make your community and world a better place,” she said.Jackson expressed appreciation to all of those who worked so diligently to make the 15th Annual Leadership Conference a success and especially to Charlie “Sarge” Dunn, committee chair, and to Lamar Higgins, who gave birth to the idea for the conference.She also thanked the Wilcox Central High School Choir that provided the music at the opening session.Troy University contributed to this story. Jackson said the keynote speakers had messages that were timely and relevant and very well received.“We had a large number of students who attended the conference and both speakers had messages for them,” Jackson said. “Mrs. Abernathy urged the young people to become leaders and to stand up against injustice and be counted because they can make a difference.”Jackson said Guy also had a message for the young people and older adults as well. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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My Daughter, Jim Breuer & A Foul-Mouthed, Chicken Finger-Eating Mets Fanatic

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York My lack of interest in sports is fairly notorious around these parts.First, because I work with a lot of men who enjoy talking about bats and balls and touchdowns and runs and team rivalries and other sportsy things in our office. I contribute nothing to these conversations except exaggerated yawns and eye-rolling. I understand that tons of women are into sports. They play them. Watch them. Follow them. Understand what is happening on screen when the TV announcers stop the clock and draw circles around the football players with arrows.But I’m not one of them. So the fact that the Amazin’ Mets are about to play a wild card game—whatever that means—is lost on me.The second thing that makes my non-fandom somewhat remarkable is that I am an award-winning sportswriter.For this piece about NHL Hall-of-Famer Clark Gillies and for assisting with some quotes for this story about Mets superfan Jim Breuer.Related: Jim Breuer: LI’s Former Bad Boy Jokester Opens Up About Life, God and Heavy MetalSo when my daughter’s cheer team was presented with the opportunity to perform at Citi Field at a Mets home game on Sept. 24 against the Philadelphia Phillies, I was excited for her, but not so much about the idea of watching a baseball game. I did like the idea of tailgating, however. I enjoy a 6-foot hero like the rest of America. And I loved that she and her team would have the chance to perform at such a tremendous venue in front of a ginormous audience and that she would feel the fresh green grass that famous baseball players (none of whom I can name without prompting) run through while she and her friends gaze up into the stands while they do their thing. Who gets to do that every day?Let me be honest, they were fantastic! Taught by New York Jets cheerleaders, hundreds of elementary-age cheerleaders (and their coaches) took the field after hours of fun, but intense, practice. They completed a dance to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too.” In turn, each of the girls was broadcast from the Jumbotron. Exhilarated and excited, my daughter proclaimed that the experience was “the best thing that ever happened in my life—even more than Disney!” If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.Then we stayed for the game.I tried to make the best of it, and even contacted Press pal and Mets fanatic Jim Breuer to see if he’d be broadcasting his infamously hysterical viral post-game recap videos from the stands, and if so, whether I could join him, but he’s on tour and wasn’t in New York. He implored me to enjoy it. And to wear Mets gear. He let it be known that our friendship kind of hinged on this.“You wear blue and orange to a Mets game,” he told me through the phone in the middle of an editorial meeting. “You get decked out in Mets gear! You love it!”“Enjoy your daughter!” he advised.With a borrowed Mets cap, I tried. But my attention span has a way of cutting out after approximately one minute. So, after chatting with the other parents seated in our section, looking at my phone, texting my husband and snapping pictures, I decided to walk around.The thing about section 337, where we were seated, is that it requires you to take stairs to the third level, walk 50 feet, go down again, around half the stadium, then back up. And around. So I did that.Then I looked at the scoreboard.It was still the first inning.The girls all performed again after the second inning. They stunted, jumped, clapped and cheered in unison to the thunderous roar of the crowd.My daughter was escorted to our section, up the stairs, halfway around, down the stairs, then up again, and by this time, she was “literally starving.” The food lines were long, but I wasn’t interested in the game anyway. Off I went.On the concession line, I learned not only the score of the game and what inning it was, but just how intensely some sports fans take the performance of the players. The Mets’ rough start on the field that day was downright insulting to a lady wearing a black Jurassic Park sweatshirt who was waiting on line for chicken fingers. And she was taking it all very, very personally.Her boyfriend and I got an earful.“It’s ten to nothing,” she said, hands on hips, her eyeballs digging deep into the soul of her date, undoubtedly looking for him to answer for her disappointment. “Ten. Ten to zip. Nothing. Nuh. Thing. To ten. I am so sad right now. I’m like really pissed.”She really was.“Seriously,” she continued. “The score? Is ten to nothing. Seriously. This is the night I come to a game. This is the night. I am not happy right now.”Her boyfriend nodded silently. He was wearing a T-shirt that read: “I’ve got 99 problems.”The line inched forward. The lady paced. She cut in front of a guy holding four beers and a box of hot dogs, causing him to stop short, spill some beer and get mustard on his Mets jersey. He regained his balance and moved forward. Some Mets fans are really resilient.Every time this Jurassic Park lady came back from peering at the field, she repeated the score. Which was 10. To. Zero. The boyfriend had no answer for this, but he looked increasingly guilty as the game oozed slowly forward like thick molasses.She caught the attention of two guys in their 20s fully decked out in Mets gear standing behind me.“What?! They’re down by ten?! It’s the fourth inning! We’re better than this!” she proclaimed.That’s a thing that trips me up. Not to sound like Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale, but how exactly do fans consider themselves a collective “we”? As in: “We won!” “We beat the Patriots!” “We are the champions, my friend!”I had spent a small fortune on tickets and parking, but I didn’t feel as if the Mets players and I were all in this together.I’d moved six inches in line. Now the 10-0 lady started leading the chicken-finger line in a “Let’s Go Mets!” chant.Eventually, I saw the Promised Land, disguised as an overworked woman taking the orders of the people right in front of me. Apparently, the boyfriend had lost his appetite.“Are you serious right now?” Jurassic Park lady said. “We’ve been on this line for an hour and a half, and now you don’t want food? I will f–king body-slam you right now. Get a f–king pretzel.”He did as he was told.I finally got an order of chicken fingers, but now I can’t pay my mortgage.It was the sixth inning by the time I returned to section 337. The Mets were batting. Everybody started cheering like crazy so I looked on the field and saw that the bases were loaded and a guy had just scored.Then another guy hit the ball and the guy in the field didn’t catch it, so another player ran home. That happened two more times and the people in the stands were going absolutely bananas. It was impossible to feel nothing.In all of the excitement, I clapped. I yelled “Whooo!” from section 337.Eventually, there were three outs. The Mets had scored four runs. The crowd was electrified. My heart felt happy for the Jurassic Park lady. I imagined she was eating her chicken fingers with a renewed gusto (and most likely her boyfriend’s pretzel as well).And then we left early to beat the traffic. I never found out if the Mets won or lost. I still don’t know.Good game, anyway, sports fans. Good game. And a truly Amazin’ time with my daughter. Thanks, Jim.(Featured photo credit: Eric Kilby)last_img read more

Snack Media boosts global audience with GIVEMESPORT acquisition

first_img Bragg’s sports media subsidiary GMS gets NJ affiliate approval January 9, 2020 SBC’s On The Ball – Going Dutch October 12, 2018 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Snack Media drives digital growth with Wisden partnership July 9, 2020 Submit Snack Media has strengthened its offering to advertisers, rights holders and independent media owners after acquiring GIVEMESPORT.The combined business will have an audience of over 210 million unique users across all platforms, and will offer coverage from football, Formula 1, tennis, golf, combat sports and esports.Niall Coen, CEO of Snack Media, commented: “We are delighted to have acquired GIVEMESPORT and are tremendously excited by the opportunity it presents. Not only the size and quality of the audience we now have but also the strength of expertise of the GIVEMESPORT team.“When we started Snack Media 13 years ago, we wanted to become the best new media sports business in the UK and since then we have grown organically. Our guiding values, sound strategy, great people and long-lasting relationships with our publishing partners have stood the test of time. Enabling us to grow even through these uncertain times.“We are extremely confident about the positive benefits that this acquisition can bring to new clients and the stakeholders in the Snack Media group. It marks a new and exciting phase for the business.”He added: “The acquisition adds tremendous value to our proposition for both Advertisers, Sponsors, Rights Holders and Publishers. Snack Media is now one of the largest sports media platforms in the UK. The aim is to become one of the largest sports publishers in the world.”last_img read more

Dodgers sign Austin Barnes, Yimi Garcia becomes free agent

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers reached a one-year contract agreement with catcher Austin Barnes but did not tender a contract to relief pitcher Yimi Garcia, allowing him to become a free agent.Monday was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Garcia was the only one from that group to become a non-tendered free agent. Relief pitcher Scott Alexander agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract and Barnes to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.Outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger, shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson, outfielder/infielder Kiké Hernandez, infielder Max Muncy, infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor and pitchers Julio Urias, Ross Stripling and pitcher Pedro Baez were all tendered contracts and could go to arbitration.After making 59 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in 2015, Garcia’s career was derailed by multiple injuries including Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. He split 2018 between the majors and the minors but made 64 appearances for the Dodgers in 2019 (second on the team behind Baez), going 1-4 with a 3.61 ERA but giving up 15 home runs (tied for the most of any National League reliever). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Barnes entered the 2019 season as the Dodgers’ primary catcher but a two-year offensive slide continued, landing him back in Triple-A when Will Smith was promoted and took over the job in late July. Barnes finished with a .203 average and .633 OPS in 75 big-league games.Monday’s moves leave the Dodgers with 39 players on their 40-man roster.last_img read more

Freeholder Board Returns to All Republican Rule

first_imgFREEHOLD — The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders formally returned to exclusively Republican rule at its annual reorganization meeting, held last Thursday at the Biotechnology High School, Kosloski Road.Freeholder John P. Curley will serve as director for 2012.The defeat of incumbent Democrat Amy Mallet in November returned the five-member freeholder board to an exclusively GOP body, with former Spring Lake resident Gary Rich taking the seat formerly held by Mallet.Re-elected incumbent Republican Lillian Burry is beginning her third three-year term on the freeholder board. Rounding out the all Republican lineup is Rosemarie Peters, who was sworn in for her second five-year term as county surrogate.As Freeholder Director, Curley will preside over freeholder meetings and act as the board’s spokesman and representative during the year.Curley failed in his first try for a freeholder seat in 2008, but was elected to the board the following year after serving for about five years on the Red Bank Borough Council.He was first elected to the Red Bank Council as a Democrat. Shortly after changing his party affiliation to Republican, Curley established a reputation as a populist firebrand, regularly locking horns with other elected officials.Curley continued to battle his political opponents during his tenure as a freeholder, at times butting heads with fellow Republicans.Curley, a Middletown resident, who said his relationship with a family owned auto dealership allows him to function as a fulltime freeholder, told the capacity crowd that, “I will not entertain any new tax increases,” and pledged that he would “not remain silent in accepting the status quo.”Last year, Curley was as strong critic of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees’ handling of alleged financial improprieties by then college President Peter Burnham, which led to the ouster of some high level administrators, including the president.A member of the county college’s board of school estimate (which oversees the college’s actions) Curley pledged, “It is my commitment to clean house at Brookdale once and for all,” vowing to replace all of the board of trustees members who were there during the upheaval and controversy of the last year.In addition, Curley said, he plans on looking for ways to privatize some county services (including the operations of two of the county’s golf courses), hold the line on hiring and equipment purchases, sell off some assets (like the county owned and operated senior nursing facilities) all to provide some relief to taxpayers.Freeholder Thomas Arnone, who was elected in 2010, was named as deputy director for 2012. Members of the board also offered its best wishes to Freeholder Robert Clifton, last year’s director who is moving on to the State Assembly in the newly redrawn 12th District, where he won a seat last November.Mallet, Fair Haven, who was leaving the board after one three-year term, said she was not sure what she will pursue next.“There are quite a few opportunities available to me,” she explained. “But I want to go where I can make the most difference.”The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored outgoing member Robert Clifton at the county’s reorganization meeting in Freehold last Thursday, Jan. 5. Clifton was leaving the board to join the state Assembly in Trenton. (L to R) Incoming Freeholder Gary Rich, Freeholder Director John P. Curley, outgoing Freeholder Rob Clifton, Freeholder Lillian Burry and Freeholder Tom Arnone.last_img read more

Serena Williams out of Montreal tourney for personal reasons

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 23-time Grand Slam champion is coming off the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.The 36-year-old Williams was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. That was just her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby in September and dealing with a health scare related to blood clots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The year’s last major tournament, the U.S. Open, starts on Aug. 27.Williams will be replaced in the draw at Montreal by Tatjana Maria, who faces Alize Cornet in the first round. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after missing a shot from Johanna Konta, of Britain, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Konta won 6-1, 6-0. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)MONTREAL — Serena Williams has pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup hard-court tournament, citing personal reasons.The tournament announced Williams’ withdrawal on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Trump rips LeBron James’ smarts hours before rally in Ohio Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Assembles A Phenomenal Lineup in the Men’s 800 Meters

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Six of the top 10 American 800-meter runners are set to make two laps around the Blue Oval as part of the men’s 800 meters at the 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The field includes the recently crowned indoor World Champion and the indoor World Championships bronze medalist.Leading off the field is Boris Berian, the newly minted World Champion is the top-ranked American runner after also claiming the U.S. Indoor title. Matthew Centrowitz, the top American and an Olympian at 1,500 meters will step down to the 800 meters and event in which he’s ranked third in the nation.Erik Sowinski, who competed collegiately at Iowa, returns to the Blue Oval after earning a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships and finishing his 2015 season as the No. 4 competitor in the country.Sowinski will be joined by another Iowa product in Tyler Mulder, a native of Orange City and graduate of UNI.Also in the field are the Nos. 5, 7 and 8 runners in the U.S. In Casimir Loxsom, Charles Jock and Mike Rutt, respectively. Robbie Andrews, Ryan Martin and Johnny Gregorek round out the collection of elite American half-milers that will be featured on the Blue Oval.The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee men’s 800 meters is scheduled for 2:02 p.m. on April 30.Single-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are now on sale as are all-session and multi-session tickets. To secure your seats at Drake Stadium, visit, or by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Warriors-Thunder cheatsheet: Here comes a red-hot OKC team

first_imgAfter losing all three games during their Texas Three Step road trip (read about those here, here and here), can the Warriors (12-6) get back on track against the red-hot Thunder (10-6)?When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.Projected Thunder starters: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Steven Adams, Jerami Grant, Hamidou DialloHow the Thunder are doing: After losing their first four games of the season, the Thunder come into Wednesday’s game one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, …last_img

Celebrating heritage with dance

first_imgTraditional dancers perform at a festivalin Joubert Park, Johannesburg.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For morefree photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusSeptember is Heritage Month, when South Africans celebrate the country’s rich diversity in art, performance, history, customs and traditions, language, food, and the spoken and written word.Each year the celebrations, coordinated by the national Department of Arts and Culture, focus on a particular theme. The theme for the 2008 Heritage Month is dance.The festivities will run for the entire month in all nine provinces, building up to the main event on Heritage Day, 24 September. A public holiday, Heritage Day was one of the new holidays introduced by South Africa’s first democratically elected government, and was first celebrated in 1995.Dance, both contemporary and indigenous, has long been an important means of personal and artistic expression in South Africa. Dance plays a central role in story-telling, ceremonial practices, recreation and socialisation, improvisation, and community sharing.During the month, communities all over South Africa will showcase their dance talents, as well as their traditional costumes and dresses. The celebrations aim to promote artistic excellence, preserve indigenous dance, and encourage new dancers, particularly youngsters. Other arts will be included, with the programme featuring poetry and storytelling, theatre, and educational and environmental activities.International dance troupesTwo accomplished international dance troupes, from China and Belarus, will visit South Africa during the month. The Chongqing Artistic Troupe from China will tour the country as part of celebrations marking 10 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The troupe comprises acrobatic, folk traditional and opera performers.The famous Bolshoi Ballet Theatre from Belarus will also be on tour at the invitation of arts and culture minister, Dr Pallo Jordan. The company previously visited South Africa in 2000.The month will also see the 12th annual Earthdance celebration, held in South Africa for the 11th time and attended by representatives from 340 locations in more than 50 nations. With massive celebrations in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, the event is aligned with the United Nations International Peace Week and aims to support non-profit humanitarian and environmental causes around the world through music and dance.Indigenous danceThe advent of democracy in South Africa has inspired a wealth of creative expression, with a surge of new dance, several productions of which, such as Umoja, have gone on to take the world by storm, and a resurgence of traditional dance.The four-day Zulu Royal Reed Dance festival, or Umkhosi woMhlanga, held each year in early September, sees thousands of young Zulu maidens coming together to celebrate their preparation for womanhood. Because only virgins are allowed to participate, and it is a huge honour to be selected, the event promotes purity among young girls and respect for women in the region. The event attracts tourists from all over the world. The Swazi people have a similar tradition.During the years of oppression by the apartheid government people in townships kept their spirits up with the energetic township jive. In those days, and still today, the toyi-toyi – the militant yet mostly non-violent dance of protest that features high-stepping movements – was often accompanied by the chanting of slogans and fists waved enthusiastically in the air.Gumboot dancing, or isicathulo, was born out of the hardships of working in the mines. It is said that miners, forced into silence by their oppressive bosses, used to communicate with each other through stamping their feet, rattling their ankle chains and slapping their boots, in essence creating their own Morse code.Afrikaans South Africans enjoy a social dance known as the sokkie, a word that hints at the fact that dancers sometimes do not wear shoes. Sokkie music is one of the best-selling genres in the local industry.Even former president Nelson Mandela has made his mark on South Africa’s dance scene, with the familiar Madiba shuffle or Madiba jive which involves a gentle marching action of the arms.Other styles such as Indian dancing, both classical and contemporary, the Venda Tshigombela which is usually performed by married women, and the trance dance, performed as a healing exercise by the San people of the Kalahari desert, are testament to the colourful and diverse history of dance in South Africa and the important role it has played in our heritage.National pride and reconciliationHeritage has been recognised by the South African government as an important tool for democracy, national building, reconciliation, moral regeneration, and instilling a sense of national pride. Since South Africa is a cosmopolitan society where many cultures come together and overlap, heritage is also used to foster interest in traditions and practices outside of one’s own cultural comfort zone.According to the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999, “heritage celebrates our achievements and contributes to redressing past inequities. It educates, it deepens our understanding of society and encourages us to empathise with the experience of others. It facilitates healing and material and symbolic restitution and it promotes new and previously neglected research into our rich oral traditions and customs.”In 1996 then-president Mandela said, “When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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