Strickland-Ferris Residence / Frank Harmon Architect

first_img Strickland-Ferris Residence / Frank Harmon Architect Save this picture!© Tim Hursley+ 17 Share Photographs United States Year: photographs: Tim Hursley, Jeffery JacobsPhotographs: Tim Hursley, Jeffery JacobsSave this picture!© Tim HursleyRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. The house was designed primarily for one person who had three specific requirements: (1) she wanted “something dramatic;” (2) She wanted to feel “as if I’m living in the trees;” and (3) she wanted the house to be utterly devoid of unnecessary ornamentation to the point that she could see the marks of construction, from exposed bolts to the “unfinished” ceiling structure. The site is a steep, north-facing escarpment 80 feet above Crabtree Creek, shaded by a then-150-year-old beech and oak forest. The creek has carved this escarpment for millions of years, which immediately suggested a site of great ecological sensitivity. We knew we had to build upon it carefully. Save this picture!© Jeffery Jacobs To give the owner a shelter that treads lightly on the sensitive site, we perched the house on nine, broad-shouldered wood trusses without cutting a single major tree. The trusses permit air and water to flow under the house, preserving the hydrology of the escarpment. We created a very large, butterfly-shaped roof to open views northwards to the creek and to funnel rainwater into a collection system on the south side. The entrance to the house is a progression from the top of the hill, across a bridge, and into a balcony foyer, at which point the drama of the scenery outside fills the interior through two-story, floor-to-ceiling, north-facing glass walls. From the balcony, a graceful steel staircase with wooden treads descends past the glass (in essence, through the trees) to the dramatic, two-story-clear main living floor, which, in turn, opens onto a sunny and partially secluded south-facing terrace below the bridge. Save this picture!© Tim Hursley At all times of the day, the house is filled with a view of nature and, by day, dappled light. Deep roof overhangs extend a visual link to the outside and shade the glass. Laminated wood columns and beams, plainly bracketed, strengthen the presence of nature, add an element of warmth to the interior, and echo the trees beyond. The roof beams reach out to the sky like tree limbs. Save this picture!© Jeffery Jacobs Careful arrangement of glazing, even on the more private, street-facing elevation, maintains a sense of transparency and delicacy. This is consistent throughout the interior: Partition walls between rooms stop short of reaching the exposed-wood ceiling and pocket doors between spaces feature “frosted” central panels in the spirit of shoji screens. The balcony-level floor includes the master bedroom suite. The main floor includes the living/dining space/kitchen space (open to each other), another full bathroom, and an additional cozy “bedroom” space that the owner uses as a media room. Save this picture!© Jeffery Jacobs The strength of the wood structure contrasts with the delicacy of the environment, framing the expanse of nature and contrasting it with the intimacy of the house. The structure of the house is parallel strand lumber, conserving forest resources. All framing and trim is locally harvested, southern yellow pine. From outside at night, the house appears as a fragile, luminous tent cradled by the forest. 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324 patients without beds at MWRH

first_imgNewsLocal News324 patients without beds at MWRHBy admin – November 3, 2011 522 THERE were 324 people left on trolleys in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle over a 17 day period last month – and those were just weekdays.The trolley watch figures – which record how many people are on trolleys in the country’s hospitals on a daily basis,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up – showed that on one day, October 4, there were 35 people who could not get beds in the Midwest Regional. On 15 of the 17 days recorded, numbers left waiting for a bed went into double figures.The figures are compiled by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), and are only recorded on weekdays, although the union is planning to start recording weekend figures shortly to show the full extent of the problem.INMO industrial relations officer, Mary Fogarty, told the Limerick Post that the figures show some of the difficulties which the union has been trying to highlight through recent half-days of stoppages.And the problems will only get worse as the winter brings its own casualties, as respiratory infections and injuries from falls multiply, she warned.“We know what’s coming. There are 25 beds closed in the Mid-West Regional Hospital and 25 more in St John’s. Unless the recruitment ban is lifted, those beds are likely to remain closed,” she warned.The situation at the emergency department of the hospital has been the subject of protest stoppages and talks under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission. The INMO and SIPTU suspended all industrial action two weeks ago to allow the HSE examine what can be done. Unions are due to be briefed this week on what progress is being made.“There are lots of day procedures that could go to Ennis and to Nenagh to free up beds. We have suggested that, as has the minister’s special delivery unit. But we think the HSE and the Department are bracing themselves for what they said would not happen, namely that the numbers of people on trolleys in the Regional last year would be exceeded,” Ms Fogarty added. In a statement on the numbers, HSE Mid West area, manager, Bernard Gloster, said that adding up the activity in any part of a busy hospital over that period would result in a large figure.“A more appropriate refelection of the figures would be to take Wednesday, one of our busiest days, this week. At 8 am, we had 25 patients waiting to go to wards in the ED. At 2 pm, we had 13, of which six were waiting under six hours, six were between 12 and 24 hours and one over 24 hours. These are not desirable levels by any means but they are a more fair reflection than simply taking 17 days in a month on aggregate,” he said.Mr Gloster concluded that members of the public can help by not making the emergency department the first port of call when consulting a GP may be enough. Linkedin Facebook Email Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Advertisement Print Previous articlePay for waste collection – or else, warns councilNext articlePrivate takeover of MWRH strongly opposed adminlast_img read more

Top rookie pick CJ Perez leads charge as Columbian stuns San Miguel

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Romeo had to sit down late in that frame following an awkward fall, and that opening was just what Perez needed as he fired the bulk of his total points all in the third. He only had two markers in the first half.As the game approached the final minute, Rashawn McCarthy sank a tough triple to put Columbian on the driver seat, 117-113, and preserve Perez’s heroics.This was Dyip’s first victory over the decorated Beermen in two years and in the prestigious conference.“This is a big fish. This is San Miguel Beer. I felt that if we get this win, it will be a big boost to the boys’ confidence,” said Cardel.Corpuz had 21 points in the affair, while Celda added 15 more.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Perez unleashed 26 points as he paired with Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda to hand the reigning conference champions a stunning loss in the two teams’ all-Filipino debut.“I told the boys before the game, ‘If we apply the [what we learned from] three weeks practice and the [week-long] camp, we’ll have a chance,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The stepping-up of CJ [Perez] at the second half. He was tentative in the first half. I was pushing him, I told him to carry the team.”Arwind Santos, San Miguel’s fourth oldest player at 37, was the spearhead of the offense Beermen that now also enjoy the services of hotshot guard Terrence Romeo. But his team-best 34 points didn’t matter against the pesky and youthful Dyip squad that even dictated the pace late in the third period. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Love from Filipino, Indonesian fans in Jakarta adds motivation for Joshua Pacio Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments CJ Perez impressive in PBA debut. PBA IMAGESCJ Perez said he wanted to find out what he and Columbian are made of.The top overall pick of this season’s PBA draft got his answer when the Dyip carved out a gritty 124-118 win over San Miguel Beermen in the curtain-raiser of the 2018 Philippine Cup on Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Highlights from Biblical Archaeology News

first_imgAs an intelligent-design science, archaeology continues to interpret the actions of human intelligence from the observation of physical artifacts. Here are some recent stories bearing on Bible history and archaeology.Battle of the Ages: Science had a special section on Jerusalem archaeology in the Feb 2 issue. Andrew Lawler1 critiqued the spectacular claim that the palace of David and Solomon has been discovered in the City of David (south of modern Jerusalem). The series included sidebars about the lead archaeologist of the site, Eilat Mazar,2 who accepts the Biblical chronology, and her ideological opponent Israel Finkelstein,3 a leader of the “minimalist” school that sees the early kings as mere legends. Lawler concedes Finkelstein’s views have made him a “lightning rod” and “bad boy” to other, more conservative, archaeologists. Finkelstein himself admitted he has a “big mouth” that tends to get him in trouble. Critics say he “requires his detractors to carry the burden of proof” and that he “resorts to bellicose rhetoric.” At the City of David, Eilat Mazar wrapped up a second season of digging on “what could be the most significant archaeological find in Jerusalem’s history: the palace of the king who, according to biblical texts, united the ancient Israelites.” She denies charges that her conservative views influence her scientific interpretations. The most interesting part of the discovery is a large building, covering as much as 2000 square meters, that she claims dates from the time of King David. Much of the controversy is about the dating of the building that sits above the impressive Stepped-Stone Structure on the eastern slope, 37 meters high, portions of which have been dated to before the time of David. Imprecision in dating methods fuels the controversy over this major find. Dates before the Assyrian king Sennacherib (701 BC) are not considered firm. Mazar’s dates are based on pottery (usually pretty reliable). Radiocarbon dates are just imprecise enough to allow advocates of any date to rationalize their claims. Lawler ended with hopes that refinements and more samples will “shed more light–and generate less heat–on Jerusalem’s Iron Age predecessor.” He quoted Ayelat Gilboa (Haifa U), who works on a radiocarbon team, who believes better dating may lead to “a new and more vigorous biblical archaeology” that uses the Bible as a guide once again.Tunnel Vision: Further down the City of David slope to the south, tunneling has exposed a large cardo (street) that experts think went all the way from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount in Roman times. Todd Bolen’s interesting BiblePlaces Blog 02/02/2007 and 01/15/2007 describes the excavations with pictures. The real Siloam Pool of Jesus’ day was discovered by accident a few years ago. Now this street heading north indicates that it was part of a large Roman complex. It could be the very path the blind man took when Jesus told him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (John 9).Ramping Up: The rickety wooden ramp to the west side of the Temple Mount is being replaced (see BiblePlaces Blog). Anything this close to the most sacred site of the Jews and one of the three most sacred sites of the Muslims is bound to stir up trouble, and it did; a riot erupted today (Feb. 9), reported MyWay.com, with hundreds of angry Muslims fighting Israeli police in the Old City. Paleojudaica is keeping a daily tab on the activity and the Washington Post also has a report and background information. Sympathy protests took place in Nazareth and Damascus. There were fears the violence could spread to the West Bank and Gaza. The fact that the Temple Mount itself was not under any threat is prompting some, however, to interpret the ramp excavation as a pretext for a few Muslim activists in Jerusalem to gain publicity. Some Palestinians are threatening a new intifada if the work by the Israeli Antiquities Authority continues, “even though the work, at the Western Wall plaza, is not taking place on the Mount and poses no threat to the holy site,” according to World Net Daily. The Muslims fear that excavations required before any new construction may turn up artifacts Jews will use as evidence of Jewish presence in Jerusalem in Biblical times, especially their sacred Temple. Only Muslims deny the existence of the Jewish Temple on the site now occupied by the Dome of the Rock. An article on National Geographic News discusses the skirmish over the ramp, and also details about the Siloam Pool excavations at the south end of the old City of David. Palestinians are condemning those excavations as well even though they are far from the Temple Mount. Archaeologists are finding a large complex with the main street of Jerusalem from the second temple period. Previous excavation work on the western and southern sides of the Temple Mount has already shed much light on the Roman and Judahite periods despite repeated instances of violence. The public now has access from the Jewish Quarter to attractive archaeological parks that display and explain the discoveries. These parks do not discriminate against visitors. Friendly signs that are not partial to Jewish interests explain all the relevant periods and civilizations involved, including the Muslim and Turkish periods. Muslims, however, have a free rein on the Mount while denying access by Jews to their holiest site of all. They deny clear archaeological evidence of Jewish civilization on the site from Biblical times. Israel goes overboard to cater to the Muslims. The Israeli government, for instance, is allowing construction of a new minaret on the Temple Mount, another WND article reports, even though four minarets already exist there and construction of a fifth and taller one is offensive to most Jews. Five times a day Jews endure Muslim calls to prayer from loudspeaker-equipped minarets. Yet with reckless disregard for the sensibilities of their Jewish neighbors, Muslims have done massive illegal digging at the south end of the Temple Mount in order to build a huge new underground mosque in addition to the Al Aqsa Mosque already there. While making the Temple Mount a Muslim-only park, they purposely try to eradicate all historical evidence of Jewish presence. Piles of artifact-laden debris sit inside the Mount. Much of it has been recklessly tossed over the wall. Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay has sifted through some of the rubble and found artifacts dating from the first temple period (10/31/2006), crucial evidence for establishing Jewish claims to the site (see pictures and descriptions at Bible Places Blog). The Muslim Waqf police control all access to the Mount and forbid any Jewish archaeology there under threats of violence. Eilat Mazar and Gabriel Barkay are among Jewish archaeologists protesting the double standard and betrayal of the Jews’ archaeological heritage by their own government. Additional news and remarks can be found on Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post. See also this Jerusalem Post editorial link found on the news site of the Biblical Archaeology Society. Barkay, incidentally, is on a lecture tour in the US; see Bible Places Blog for schedule.Canaanite Spell: National Geographic News was among several sources carrying the story of an ancient Semitic text just deciphered in an Egyptian tomb. Translated into Egyptian hieroglyphs, the text was a prayer to the snake god for protection. Dating from 2400 to 3000 BC, this is the oldest example of a proto-Canaanite language, a predecessor of Hebrew. Apparently Egyptians sought the help of magicians from Byblos (in modern Lebanon) for incantations to protect from snake bite. The inscription was known since the 19th century but was only recognized recently to be a transliteration of Semitic words into Egyptian characters. The significance of the find is that it shows written language and commerce existed before the time of Abraham. (Early critics had doubted that Moses, half a millennium later than the patriarchs, could have used written language.) “This is a discovery of utmost importance,” Moshe Bar-Asher [Hebrew U] said. “Almost all the words found [in these texts] are also found in the Bible.” Richard Steiner [Yeshiva U, NY] added, “It’s not as different from biblical Hebrew as some people might have expected. A lot of the characteristics of Hebrew that we know from the Bible are already present in these texts.” Scholars are expecting that the find may even shed light on the pronunciation of Egyptian words.Flood Flash: Want to see what it’s like to be caught in a flash flood in the dry, barren desert of Israel? Watch this homemade video for a shaky experience. Israel’s many dry washes (wadis) can become torrents of rapid erosion under the right circumstances. This one looks like it occurred in the Paran Wilderness near Timnah. Biblical poets and prophets like Habakkuk were well acquainted with the power of torrential rains.Paul’s Last Good Fight: Have the bones of St. Paul been discovered? Todd Bolen thinks it’s within reason to believe so (see Bible Places Blog). This story goes back a couple of months, but excavations at the cathedral of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome have uncovered a sarcophagus that scholars think could store the bones of Paul the Apostle (see also National Geographic News). According to tradition, Paul was beheaded by Nero shortly after writing a final letter to his apprentice Timothy, saying, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4). If the authorities allow the sarcophagus to be opened, it will be interesting to see if the skeleton shows signs of beheading. This elaborate church has long been considered the site where Paul was martyred. A former Pharisee, Paul traveled thousands of miles over Europe and Asia, enduring all kinds of hardships, including stonings, beatings and shipwrecks, proclaiming, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1).Another story worth watching is about the search for oil under Israel. World Net Daily reported that chances are good that oil will be found. It has been carrying ads for initial public offerings for Zion Oil and Gas, a startup looking to dig for oil in the Holy Land. It opened on the American Stock Exchange on January 3. If successful, it might make Israel energy independent and alter the dynamics of near Eastern politics.1Andrew Lawler, “Judging Jerusalem,” Science, 2 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5812, pp. 588 – 591, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5812.588.2Andrew Lawler, “All in the Family,” Science, 2 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5812, p. 590, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5812.590.3Andrew Lawler, “Holy Land Prophet or Enfant Terrible?”, Science, 2 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5812, p. 591, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5812.591.Paul wrote, a few verses later, that the unbeliever has no excuse for denying God, because of the infallible witness of creation (Rom 1:18-22). He used this argument when speaking to the people of Lystra (Acts 14) and to the philosophers in Athens on Mars Hill (Acts 17). The argument is still powerful today. To the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles, Paul also frequently pointed to the authority of the Scriptures. If it weren’t for Muslim threats of violence, Biblical archaeology would be in a wonderful renaissance right now. New scientific techniques and technologies hold promise for more rapid discovery and analysis of data. Brave investigators in the 1800s revived the study of Palestine and began uncovering amazing things, but that was before photography, computers, radiocarbon, radar, aerial reconnaissance, rapid transportation and all the tools we have available now. Photography arrived in the late 1800s. Biblical archaeology began in earnest in the early 20th century, and indeed was the testbed for the science of archaeology in general. The clumsy early techniques are now refined and standardized. Tremendously interesting digs are going on now (dig this blog, but after a century of work, only a tiny fraction of historical sites have been explored. Some claim only 1% of Biblical sites have been investigated, and of those, only a small fraction have been thoroughly excavated. What wonders remain under millennia of soil! Though much remains to be learned, the well-studied sites are remarkable. You can stand in the synagogue at Capernaum, where basalt stones still stand from the building in which Jesus taught and healed a demoniac. From there you can walk a short distance to the remains of Peter’s house, where Jesus healed Peter’s mother. To the west a few miles away is a first-century fishing boat, found a few years ago, of the type the disciples used. The uninhabited remains of Bethsaida and Chorazin, cursed by Jesus for their unbelief, are nearby. Up north in Dan, you can stand on the platform where the apostate King Jeroboam erected a golden calf, then walk to an arched mudbrick gate through which Abraham could have passed. A short distance farther down the trail are the iron-age walls and city gates where kings and prophets of Israel walked. At the ruins of Jezreel, Gibeah, Megiddo, Hazor, Arad, Beth-Shemesh, Timnah and numerous other sites are ruins dating from Biblical times that correspond to the way they are described in the Scriptures. You can go to the British Museum and see Sennacherib’s magnificent relief of his destruction of Lachish, and a few paces away see his stele describing Hezekiah in Jerusalem; then you can travel to Lachish and see the ruins intact. Another stele in the British Museum shows the Israelite king Jehu. The Moabite Stone describes Biblical kings from the time of Ahab. Jerusalem itself is a treasure trove of places and artifacts, like Hezekiah’s Tunnel and Broad Wall, and much more from the time of Christ to Canaanite times a thousand years earlier. It should not be surprising that occasionally there are difficulties with dating and evidence. The Holy Land has been the scene of many major wars and destructions for 5,000 years; in a way, it is surprising there is so much left. Before assuming the Bible is in error, it is good to remember what happened to previous criticisms. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. The Hittites, for instance, were unknown outside the Bible till their flourishing civilization was discovered. The traditional site of Ai did not seem to match the Biblical battle, but new excavations at a neighboring site show a better fit to the geographical details described in Joshua 8. Sometimes a third look is necessary. Early excitement about Jericho’s walls matching the account in Joshua, as excavated by Garstang, were deflated by Kathleen Kenyon when her team decided the destruction layer was too early for Joshua’s time. Now, however, evidence is emerging that Kenyon’s methods were flawed and biased. A destruction layer fitting the Joshua story, including a house on the wall matching the description of Rahab’s house (on a part of the wall that did not fall), fit the story well when the pottery-based dating is corrected. This gives renewed confidence that the Biblical record is reliable when all the evidence is in. The news stories reported above demonstrate that Biblical dating by archaeology is imprecise and controversial. Nothing has been found that rules out this historicity of the Bible, and much has been found that corroborates it. A book with that good a track record needs to be taken seriously. Consider also the internal evidence. The Bible (unlike other religious texts) reads like a narrative by eyewitnesses and historians. Read Joshua 12-22, for example; the attention to detail is staggering: place names, kings, countries, cities, villages, towns, directions and persons are all recorded. Such detail does not fit the stereotype of wandering tribes passing along oral tradition, or priests fabricating their social history centuries after the fact. In some cases, only contemporaries could have known idioms of the day that are preserved in the text. The processes by which our modern copies of the Bible came to be do not rule out the use of some oral and external sources, later compilation, insertion of editorial comments, and even occasional scribal errors (none of which affect major doctrines). The Bible has better textual support and internal and archaeological evidence corroborating its authenticity and reliability than any other ancient text. Scholars would have to throw out Herodotus, Thucydides and other reputable sources under the same criteria by which some skeptics distrust the Bible. Remember, too, that Jews and Christians were extremely careful handling what they believed to be the inspired Word of God. Consider that the Dead Sea Scrolls show near-perfect correspondence with the Masoretic Text a thousand years later. This was an astonishing confirmation of the reliability of transmission that has come to light just since 1948. Believers add the proposition that a God able to communicate His Word is able to preserve it. Inscriptions, though rare in Palestine, fit the Bible: e.g., Pilate’s name at Caesarea, the Hezekiah Tunnel inscription, the Lachish letters. More recent finds continue to illuminate the Bible as trustworthy history. This include the Tel Dan inscription corroborating the existence of a dynasty of David, a seal of a royal official mentioned in the Bible at Megiddo, the silver scrolls of Ketef Hinnom (the earliest Scriptural fragment, 700 BC) proving the Iron-Age familiarity with the Levitical priestly blessing, Barkay’s discovery last year of a clay seal with the name of a Biblical character from Jeremiah (10/31/2006), jar handles stamped with Hezekiah’s royal seal (and a pottery fragment with a possible sketch of the king himself) at Ramat Rahel south of Jerusalem (08/20/2006, and a pottery shard etched with a name resembling Goliath found late 2005 (11/11/2005) at the site of the Biblical giant’s home town, Gath. We could expect many more if archaeologists were unhindered by political stresses and threats of violence. Many of the most promising sites, unfortunately, are off limits in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Where is the scientific community in protest? Where is the United Nations to demand fair access to these important sites that could so enrich our understanding of the Bible and the foundations of Western civilization? We can only hope that more tantalizing tidbits will continue to surface during intervals of peace in the Middle East. (Iraq, by the way, is another vast landscape filled with archaeological treasures. We should work to ensure they do not fall to another closed dictatorship.) In the meantime, you can hold in your hand a book unlike any other. The Bible invites scrutiny! No other ancient or religious text has this much detail that can be cross-checked. You don’t need archaeology to enjoy the Bible and profit from its message. But for those who appreciate the value of building their views on a solid foundation within a well-rounded and informed context, these are the best times to weigh the evidence. Online resources like Bible Places and Todd Bolen’s excellent BiblePlaces Blog can bring you the latest news. Get a copy of the new Archaeological Study Bible, a set of maps and a Bible dictionary. Embark on an adventure of science, intelligent design, history, faith and contemplation that will do your soul good.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Beijing medals have changed perceptions

first_imgIn years gone by, whenever it was time for the Olympics, people at home would speculate how soon our athletes would return after losing early.Since the time Indian hockey lost its sheen, it was almost unthinkable that anyone from the country would win a medal. Finally, Leander Paes changed the trend in 1996 at Atlanta with a singles bronze, after which Karnam Malleswari and RVS Rathore also ensured India had at least one medal each to show for their efforts in Sydney and Athens.Sports View by S. Kannan.I still remember when we went to Beijing for the Olympics, the talk was if India could win at least one medal. Nobody knew from where that one medal could come, though the common perception was the shooters would surely fire.Three days after the Games opening ceremony at the Bird’s Nest, truly an architectural marvel, Bindra did every Indian proud on August 11 by becoming the first individual from the country to win a gold medal.It was a day which changed the way people looked at Indian sport. And it was that effort which had an immediate effect on other athletes as well in Beijing. Days later when Vijender Kumar and Sushil won bronze medals, it was proof the self-belief factor had come into play.From 2008 till now, I have been asked several times if Indian sport changed in any way, since we have started thinking about ‘how many’ medals, rather than ‘if any’. The answer is a resounding yes because after Beijing, there was another defining year in Indian sport – 2010.advertisementPeople remember the Commonwealth Games for corruption and wrongdoings but I cannot forget the medal tally of 101. It was proof that Indian athletes had started believing in themselves and how government funding could work wonders with proper coaching and exposure in place.If the Commonwealth Games were still thought of as a fluke, what the athletes did just after that in the Guangzhou Asian Games was brilliant. A medal tally of 65 was the best ever and it reflected the depth in Indian sport.Agreed, in 2011, if people talk of success in Indian sport, the foremost achievement was the ICC World Cup triumph at home. But now that the London Olympics are just 12 days away, the question once again is how many medals India will win?In the past, whenever Indian teams went for the Olympics, there would be sarcasm regarding some players at least. However, now that the athletes list submitted to the Sports Ministry for clearance stands at a healthy 81, it is encouraging that they have mostly made it to the Games through proper qualification, not wild cards.For the sheer variety of disciplines Indians have qualified in, we can say the signs are indeed encouraging. There are still many people who feel that encouragement for Indian sport is not fulsome. However, the way the government has funded athletes and hired foreign coaches, there has been no discrimination.Add to it the inputs from the private sector as well, which includes the Mittal Champions Trust and Olympic Gold Quest, and Indian athletes have much fewer reasons to complain.Let’s take sports like athletics and shooting. Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda are striving hard at their training camps abroad for months in a row, and on the other hand, Indian shooters have been hopping in and out of the country to train around the world.Such efforts by the athletes on their own are unthinkable as the costs involved are high. While it is easy to rubbish the Indian government for not doing enough, the reality is different. In fact, even for superstars like Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi, the $ 6,000 funding per month does mean a lot.In my view, there are two sporting disciplines in India where there has been a huge slip-up, though I don’t think anybody could have expected medals from them. In gymnastics, after Ashish Kumar won medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, there should have been an all-out effort to retain foreign coach Vladimir Chertkov.Instead, the gymnastics federation and the Sports Authority of India spent time bickering and Ashish suffered. His training was ruined and he couldn’t make it to the London Olympics.The story of four Indian swimmers fumbling has also become infamous now as they secured ‘B’ grade qualification times and never improved on them for over a year. The end result was that with the international swimming body (FINA) naming 900 swimmers for the Olympics, Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal, Saurabh Sangvekar and Aaron D’Souza were left weeping in the pool.advertisementThe Swimming Federation of India (SFI) then went with a begging bowl to FINA and has managed one slot for unknown swimmer Gagan AP. Maybe, had the SFI not pandered to the whims and fancies of swimming coaches at home and hired a foreign coach, there could have been an improvement in the performance of the swimmers.As they compete in a sport where nanoseconds separate the winners from the losers, I didn’t expect the Indian swimmers to set the pool on fire. But to waste time and resources is shameful, since they made no improvement at all.Back to the question of how many medals India will win in London, I don’ think anyone can wager on it. Athletics, boxing, shooting, archery and wrestling – I think there is hope from all these disciplines.Indian hockey is showing signs of improvement as well, but asking for a medal maybe a bit too much.Today, each Indian athlete believes he or she can win a medal at the Olympics. After Leander Paes in 1996, if there is one athlete who has inspired huge confidence, it is Bindra. That’s what one gold medal can do, though Sushil and Vijender are also our national [email protected] mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Karius will bounce back, predicts Trapp

first_imgLiverpool Karius will bounce back, predicts Trapp Ben Spratt 03:46 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Loris Karius - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League The goalkeeper will recover from his Champions League final disaster, according to his compatriot Kevin Trapp believes Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will bounce back from his Champions League nightmare.Karius was at fault for two goals as Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final, although doctors later confirmed the German suffered concussion during the match – potentially from a clash with Sergio Ramos.Compatriot Trapp described continuing despite the concussion as “madness”, and backed the Reds’ shot-stopper to respond well. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “If it is true that he had a concussion and that led to the mistakes, that would be madness,” the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper told reporters at Germany’s media day.”Then, that he played on, props to him for doing that. I had a concussion once and I couldn’t play… at all.”But maybe the adrenaline pushed him through and he didn’t realise it. If it impacted him, I don’t know, I wasn’t in his body. But I know Loris a little bit. I know he will come back from that.”Even before the concussion was revealed, Trapp felt for Karius, acknowledging the errors could scarcely have come at a more costly moment.”I know how it feels to make a mistake. As a goalkeeper, mistakes can happen, it is completely human,” he said.”It is hard for him, because he has had a great career thus far. He fought to be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper again, he got to the Champions League final, he performed well.”And then this happens in the final, of all things. It can happen, but it is really hard in a game this big.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more