South Africa win USA Rugby Sevens in Las Vegas

first_imgBranco Du Preez, Bernado Botha and Chris Dry also scored tries for South Africa in the 24-14 win while Watisoni Votu and Mitieli Nacagilevu crossed for Fiji. The victory meant South Africa secured their first Seven Series title since winning in Adelaide in 2009.At the halfway stage of the series, England and New Zealand still top the standings – they’re level on 80 points. But England coach Ben Ryan was disappointed by his team’s performance against South Africa and questioned the decision to play the Cup quarter-finals on day one of the tournament to accommodate broadcasters NBC.Head honcho: Ben Ryan“I’m very frustrated we didn’t see off South Africa in the second half and there were small errors from us,” said Ryan. “But we’re midway through the series and we’ll still be No 1 seeds going into Hong Kong and Adelaide. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We are the champions: South Africa celebrate their first IRB Sevens title for two yearsBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorTHE HOUSE might always win in Las Vegas casinos, but the odds were upset on the city’s rugby field at the USA Sevens.At the start of the day, all the talk was of a third straight IRB Sevens Series final between England and New Zealand, but both favourites were upset in the semi-finals and South Africa went on to lift the Cup.England let slip a 10-0 lead in their semi-final to South Africa to lose 17-10 while Fiji – inspired by some rousing words from sevens legend Waisale Serevi – dominated their last-four tie to beat New Zealand 26-7.Star of the show: Cecil AfrikaCome the final, South Africa’s speed proved more effective than Fiji’s power. The Fijians have a fine offloading game and some of their players were twice the size of their South African counterparts, but big isn’t always best.Cecil Afrika was the smallest player on the pitch and was also the most influential. He used his pace and footwork to exploit space in the Fijian defence and opened the scoring.center_img “The goal posts shifted slightly here with four games on day one, which makes it difficult. We have to be careful we don’t sell our soul and lose the reasons the sevens game does so well. I hope the power brokers realise that.”In the other finals, those who got lucky in Las Vegas were the USA, who lifted the Shield when beating Japan 19-12, Scotland, who overcame Canada 19-14 to win the Bowl, and Plate champions Samoa, 26-17 winners over Kenya.last_img read more

Diocese of Western Massachusetts holds its third annual Blessing of…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ By Egan MillardPosted Feb 26, 2020 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release Bishop’s Award recipient Wayne Phaneuf, left, receives a page from The North Star from Bishop Douglas Fisher at the third annual Blessing of Journalists at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 25, 2020. Photo: Diocese of Western Massachusetts[Episcopal News Service] In a time when journalists are singled out as the “enemy of the people” by the president of the United States and subjected to an “unprecedented” level of violence and intimidation, the Diocese of Western Massachusetts has made it a point to honor them.The diocese held its third annual Blessing of Journalists at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield on Feb. 25, a few days after The Episcopal Church’s annual commemoration of Frederick Douglass. The timing is intentional: Douglass, a former slave who became one of the leaders of the abolitionist movement, was a journalist himself, establishing the anti-slavery newspaper The North Star in 1847.The service included the presentation of the Bishop’s Award, which is given to a local journalist “who demonstrates excellence in bringing local and national concerns to the people of Western Massachusetts.” This year’s recipient was Wayne Phaneuf, who recently retired from his position as the executive editor of The Republican, Springfield’s daily newspaper. Phaneuf had worked for the paper since 1969.From left, Bishop Doug Fisher, Wayne Phaneuf, Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman and Dean Tom Callard of Christ Church Cathedral at the third annual Blessing of Journalists. Photo: Diocese of Western Massachusetts“It is a joy to award excellence in journalism, especially at a time when the profession is under attack,” said Bishop Douglas Fisher during the service, according to text of his remarks provided by the diocese. “It has never been more important, and The Episcopal Church cares. I am especially grateful to journalists who give the voice of faith a place in our public discourse. … Over the past 50 years, Wayne Phaneuf’s work has had a demonstrable impact on the life of our community.”Fisher presented Phaneuf with a framed page from The North Star, highlighting the connection to Frederick Douglass.This page from the abolitionist newspaper The North Star, published by Frederick Douglass, was presented to Wayne Phaneuf at the third annual Blessing of Journalists. Photo: Diocese of Western Massachusetts“Douglass understood the power of the free press to help our nation listen to its better angels,” Fisher said. “The Episcopal Church supports the work of journalists here and abroad as essential to our republic and to the work of peace and justice in our time.”The service included readings from Scripture as well as excerpts from the writings of Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Pope Francis, the U.S. Constitution and other sources on the importance of a free press. In the prayers of the people, special intentions were offered for journalists working in dangerous environments, the White House press corps, and “those whose news has been labeled ‘fake’ and whose stories and reporting have been dismissed and belittled.”In his final blessing, Fisher adapted the Prayer for Journalists by St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists:“Strengthen and direct, we pray, the will of all whose work it is to write what many read, and to speak where many listen. May we be bold to confront evil and injustice. May we be understanding and compassionate of human weakness. May we reject the half-truth which deceives, and the slanted word which corrupts.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Frozen turkey donations highlight Episcopalians’ efforts to fight food insecurity…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Food and Faith This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Southwick Community Episcopal Church in Southwick, Massachusetts, donated about 300 frozen turkeys this month to local organizations involved in feeding efforts in the region. Photo: Cheryl McCarthy[Episcopal News Service] The coronavirus pandemic has forced ministries across The Episcopal Church to adjust to public health precautions, but that wasn’t going to stop Southwick Community Episcopal Church from saying prayers over hundreds of frozen turkeys this month.“This has been such a tradition – we can’t just not pray over the turkeys,” said Cheryl McCarthy, senior warden at the Western Massachusetts congregation, which donated 310 frozen turkeys to community organizations to help furnish neighbors with a filling Thanksgiving dinner.The holiday tradition of giving is one shared by other Episcopal congregations around the country. “Usually the week before the Thanksgiving pantry is one of the most exciting weeks at St. Matthew’s,” the Rev. Kelly Kirby, rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky, told Episcopal News Service. Instead of distributing frozen turkeys, this year the church gave away packages of turkey breasts and gift cards to more than 300 families.And in the Diocese of Atlanta, St. David’s Episcopal Church collected nearly 300 frozen turkeys to donate to the nearby North Fulton Community Charities in Roswell, Georgia. The annual campaign both feeds those in need and strengthens relationships within the parish and the community, said Judy Hine, who serves as the church’s director of children’s ministry and coordinates the frozen turkey drive.“I feel like God is working all things for good and will work to create new things when we reach out to one another,” she told ENS.Underlying Episcopal ministries like these is an understanding that too many Americans are suffering from food insecurity, especially during the pandemic and its resulting economic downturn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as temporary or long-term nutritional deficiency brought on by poor quality, variety or desirability of diet, as well as more severe cases involving reduced food intake.About 1 in 10 American households suffered from food insecurity before the pandemic, and of those, about a third were deemed severe cases. Northwestern University estimated in June that food insecurity surged to 23% of households nationwide in the months after the pandemic was declared in March.Volunteers on Nov. 21 distribute Thanksgiving fixings, including turkey breast packages, to about 300 people in a drive-up distribution event at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Charles Frank/St. Matthew’sThe demand for food at the pantry run by St. Matthew’s has remained steady this year, Kirby said. The Louisville congregation started its pantry 10 years ago, and “anyone who comes, we give food. We don’t ask questions.”Previously, neighbors who received food were asked to volunteer with the pantry, but during the pandemic, the ministry has limited its volunteer opportunities to adults and children connected to the parish. Instead of coming in and choosing the food they want, recipients now can pick up boxes, filled in advance, through a drive-up service once a month outside the church.The annual turkey distribution has “been a huge deal in the past,” Kirby said. Normally they have people waiting in the building while the food is distributed, filling the parish hall with conversation and good cheer, while someone plays holiday songs on the piano – a “spirit of togetherness” that wasn’t possible this year.Instead, a smaller-than-normal volunteer crew gathered outside Nov. 21 to distribute 279 turkey breast packages provided by the Louisville Food Bank, and when those ran out, families received $15 gift cards to help prepare Thanksgiving meals at home.Other than a few small worship services over the summer, “the parish has not been inside the building since March,” Kirby said. “The pantry continued on during the pandemic even when things were really shut down. I think it’s a source of joy for the congregation.”In addition to supporting feeding ministries in their communities, Episcopalians are encouraged to get involved with The Episcopal Church’s support for systemic solutions to the problem of hunger, including through pending federal legislation. In particular, the church’s Washington-based Office of Government Relations emphasizes the need to bolster the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.“The Office of Government Relations recognizes and laments the food insecurity crisis faced by so many families as a result of the pandemic,” Rushad Thomas, a policy adviser with the Episcopal agency, said in an email. “We are advocating for a 15% increase in the maximum SNAP benefit in future COVID relief legislation, and we will continue to center the needs of food-insecure Americans, and particularly food-insecure children, in our conversations with federal lawmakers.”The Episcopal Church has stepped up its financial backing of local feeding ministries as well, notably through its latest round of United Thank Offering grants. Nine of the 26 UTO grants awarded in October were given to ministries taking a variety of approaches to fighting hunger in their communities.Episcopal clergy and lay leaders in some parts of the country also are helping to connect food producers who have unsold agricultural surplus with families in need of healthy food. The Diocese of Maine has served this year as a sort of intermediary between farmers and unemployed residents, with the help of federal COVID-19 relief money.And in Pacific Palisades, California, the Parish of St. Matthew issued a call for donations to support a new nonprofit called the FarmLink Project, founded by St. Matthew’s Parish School alums who were home from college earlier this year because of COVID-19. Their idea was to connect farmers directly to food banks, and their team has grown to include more than 100 college students across the country. An estimated 15 million pounds of food have been delivered.“In the midst of this pandemic, there is much to worry about and fear, and still much to be grateful for and hopeful about,” the Rev. Stefanie Wilson, assistant priest at the Parish of St. Matthew, said in a summer newsletter. “God’s infinite creativity is bubbling up as people right here band together to find local and global solutions to all kinds of problems.”Southwick Community Episcopal Church’s Thanksgiving ministry is nearly as old as the church, which was founded 16 years ago just southwest of Springfield, Massachusetts, near the Connecticut state line. The congregation started by collecting and distributing turkey dinners for the holiday. Seven years ago, a community organization that serves families in Southwick and two neighboring communities asked for help with whole turkey donations to go with the Thanksgiving side dishes it was offering its patrons.The Episcopal congregation shifted its efforts to collecting frozen turkeys. Parishioners bought the turkeys and dropped them off at the church, where they were arrayed on a tarp spread across the lawn. The congregation would bless the turkeys on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and volunteers would form a line like a fire brigade to transfer the 300 turkeys to trucks for delivery to several other organizations in the area.This year, to reduce the amount of close contact on distribution day, organizers encouraged donations of money, which the church used to buy the turkeys. “This year we bought smaller turkeys, knowing that people wouldn’t be able to have large gatherings,” McCarthy, the senior warden, told ENS.They also spread distribution across two Sundays, Nov. 15 and 22, partly to reduce the number of volunteers needed. And rather than laying the turkeys out on the lawn, the frozen birds went right into the truck – to be prayed over and then delivered.Members of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell, Georgia, pose in front the pickup truck they loaded with frozen turkeys Nov. 22 during the congregation’s annual pre-Thanksgiving frozen turkey drive. Photo: Judy HineThe frozen turkey drive at St. David’s in suburban Atlanta has a similar backstory. Seven years ago, the congregation was engaged in discernment: “What is our role? What can we do as a community for our neighbors?” said Hine, the children’s ministry director. Parishioners served a free Thanksgiving meal that year, but the following year, representatives from North Fulton Community Charities advised them of a greater need, to help families celebrate Thanksgiving at home.“What they said they needed was frozen turkeys,” Hine recalled. “At first, it didn’t really capture my imagination, but what was important was the people doing the work said, ‘This is what our families need.’”So for the past six years, St. David’s has rallied its parishioners and the community to contribute to its frozen turkey drive – one of several ways the congregation supports North Fulton Community Charities each year. Turkey drop-off days were Nov. 18-20, and the turkeys were loaded into a big freezer at the church.“Families literally pulled up, and in the back of their car there were a half-dozen turkeys rolling around in the back seat,” Hine said.Parishioners also could drop off turkeys in the morning on Nov. 22, if they were attending the outdoor Sunday worship service at the church. By noon, volunteers had loaded the last of the turkeys into the back of a pickup truck for delivery.“St. David’s is a very generous parish, and it gives us a way to express our gratitude in a tangible way,” Hine said of the ministry. “It’s that focus on coming together that can be hopeful and healing.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Servicecenter_img Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Public Policy Network, Featured Events Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing By David PaulsenPosted Nov 23, 2020 Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Frozen turkey donations highlight Episcopalians’ efforts to fight food insecurity on Thanksgiving Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

Friday Funnies – Charged down ball hits referee Andrew Small in the face

first_imgFriday Sep 20, 2013 Friday Funnies – Charged down ball hits referee Andrew Small in the face It’s been a tough week for referees, and although Andrew Small didn’t make any horrific decisions in the Harlequins vs Northampton Saints Aviva Premiership game, he did receive a smack in the face for getting too close to the action.In a soaking wet game at the Stoop, Saints claimed a 13-6 victory after a try to James Wilson in the second half, and two penalties and a conversion by Stephen Myler sealed the win.The conditions were difficult to contend with and at one stage Lee Dickson had a box-kick charged down by Tom Guest, with the ball ricocheting off his hands directly into the face of referee Small.We’ve seen some great Falcons in recent times, with Wayne Barnes also taking a shot in the face not too long ago, but this was one of the more awkward ones, providing some light relief for the 11498 fans that turned out to brave the miserable conditions.Refree Small took it well, eventually managing a wry smile despite being initially quite shaken.Extra: View the Top 5 Falcons of All TimeADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Courageous Hooker Matthew Rees praised after announcement of upcoming retirement

first_imgThursday Feb 14, 2019 Courageous Hooker Matthew Rees praised after announcement of upcoming retirement Following the news that Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will retire at the end of the season, fans have been quick to praise the courageous hooker’s career. ADVERTISEMENTRees played 60 times for Wales, almost 200 times for the Scarlets and has played just under 100 games for the Blues, and will be hoping to make a century by the end of the season. He was a member of the 2009 British and Irish Lions, playing in all three tests against South Africa, starting two of them. Rees was Wales’ most capped hooker until his record was recently broken by Ken Owens, as he was a huge servant for the team since making his debut in 2005. Rightfully so, fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate his career and thank him for everything that he has done for club and country. Some fans have actually hailed him as Wales’ best ever hooker, which is view that is surely held by many more. However, it was not what he did on the pitch that defined his career, but his battle with testicular cancer in 2013. The fact that he overcame this to continue his career is the main reason why he is so highly regarded by the fans. With the experience that he has accrued over his career, many fans are calling for the hooker to go into coaching when he hangs up his boots.At the ripe age of 38, and after a professional career that has spanned 19 years, it is understandable that Rees would want to retire, and in doing so, will be departing with his Wales and Blues teammate Gethin Jenkins at the end of the season, who, between them have been great servants for Wales, the Lions and Cardiff Blues. ADVERTISEMENTFans have been quick to praise an inspirational career both on and off the pitch.Hope @Matthew_Rees_2 enjoys the rest of his last season as a pro. A great player and personality who has achieved a holl of a lot in the game. 👍— Ben James (@iambenjames) February 13, 2019Congratulations on a fantastic career @Matthew_Rees_2 and was an honor to share your story in the book “Reasons 2 Smile” published by @YLolfa. I am sure there is a lot more to come in rugby from you as well. A great bloke.— Craig Muncey (@CraigMuncey) February 13, [email protected]_Rees_2 From one ex hooker to another you are Wales best ever in my opinion. Congratulations on your career and I hope your retirement treats you well. You’ll always be a Scarlet! @scarlets_rugby— I dig archaeology (@mckay1402) February 13, [email protected]_Rees_2 thanks for all the memories mate 👍— Richard Rees (@richard_rees) February 13, 2019Great bloke,hopefully into coaching got so much experience to pass on— stryker710 (@stryker710) February 13, 2019We want to see him get his century for @cardiff_blues come on @Matthew_Rees_2 you have been an inspiration for so many let’s see you go out on 💯— Ellen Parker (@EllenParker6) February 13, 2019Great servant to rugby 🏉 hopefully we don’t lose his experience— stryker710 (@stryker710) February 13, 2019 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Restoration and Reconstruction of Liu Geng Tang Hall / 3andwic…

first_img Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932226/restoration-and-reconstruction-of-liu-geng-tang-hall-3andwich-design-he-wei-studio Clipboard Restoration and Reconstruction of Liu Geng Tang Hall / 3andwich Design / He Wei StudioSave this projectSaveRestoration and Reconstruction of Liu Geng Tang Hall / 3andwich Design / He Wei Studio China Photographs:  Liming FangPrinciple Architects:Wei Hei, Long ChenDesign Team:Zhuoran Zhao, Shiqing Cao, Qiancheng Wu, Yuxin Ye, Junfeng GaoOwner:Shang Yi Xuan Resorts Ltd. in WuyuanLighting Concept:Xin Zhang, Xiaobo Zhao, Xuanyu ZhouProject Consultant:Zhixuan WuCity:WuyuanCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Relationship between old and new buildings in the courtyard space. Image © Liming FangRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™Fiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsOrigin and evolutionAt the beginning of 2017, Mr. Wu Zhixuan, who has been focusing on the restoration and utilization of Huizhou ancient houses in Wuyuan, found our design team, hoping to jointly build a homestay with the theme of Hui ink culture. The design team accepted the task, and tried to work with the owner to explore the way of restoration, reconstruction and utilization of ancient residential buildings in a specific cultural background, in line with the needs of the contemporary. The ideal is perfect, yet the reality cruel. After nearly three years of on and off work stoppages, the project is finally preliminarily completed in December 2019.Save this picture!Environmental relationship between architecture and village. Image © Liming FangSave this picture!Relationship between Liu Geng Tang and the location of village square and camphor tree. Image © Liming FangThe project is located in Hongguan village, Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province. Wuyuan belongs to the range of ancient Huizhou, and the Hongguan village is located 50 kilometers north of Chengguan, Wuyuan County, which is well-known for ink making in Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is said that “seven-tenths of the smoke ink in the world originate from Huizhou, and seven-tenths of the smoke ink in Huizhou originate from Hongguan”. The Zhan family in Hongguan village is the representative of Hongguan ancient smoke ink industry: it was Zhan Yuanxiu (1627-1703) who improved the original technology to make Hongguan smoke ink a favorite of the Chinese literati. Nowadays, Hongguan Zhan’s ink can still be seen in the Palace Museum.Save this picture!Aerial photo of Liu Geng Tang. Image © Liming FangThe old house, Liu Geng Tang Hall, located at the entrance of Hongguan village, is the residence of Zhan Guohan, the third grandson of Zhan Chenggui, a master of ink making in the late Qing Dynasty. Facing the big 1600-year-old camphor tree at the entrance of the village and the newly built villagers’ activity square, the building is a rare house with courtyard. The special location and open courtyard “free” Liu Geng Tang from the dense texture of the ancient village, which is one of the reasons why the owner rent and renovate it as a home stay.Save this picture!New building providing a rich vertical experience for courtyard. Image © Liming FangThe original space structure of Liu Geng Tang Hall is divided into three parts from east to west: main hall, guest hall and kitchen. With the longest history, the main hall is a single-patio courtyard with two floors, of which the entrance door is located in the southeast corner of the building, hidden between the alleys, and was the living space of the former master’s family. The central guest house is a double-patio quadrangle courtyard, and most of the buildings are two-floored, composed of two independent living spaces for old guests and servants. The kitchen is a three-story wooden space, the first floor as kitchen, and the second and third floors used for stacking sundries and farm tools. The three parts of the building can be used independently and connected with each other at the same time. The building is connected with the courtyard through the small gate on the south side of the guest house, in which here is a laurel tree, a jujube tree and a small bamboo forest.Save this picture!New building does not adopt traditional style but is more like a geometry without style. Image © Liming FangWhen the owner rented the Liu Geng Tang Hall, the back of the guest hall had been basically damaged by a fire, leaving only four walls and open space. The owner first summoned local craftsmen to repair the back of the guest house and the kitchen in accordance with the traditional construction technology by the way of repairing the old as the old. It is worth mentioning that this repair operation has been the first house built in accordance with the traditional technology in Hongguan village in recent decades, and the construction process has been completely recorded, which has become important materials for local intangible cultural heritage research.Save this picture!Original and process. Image © Liming FangSpatial arrangement and physical upgradingWhen the design team intervened, the building repair work was nearly completed, and the building space pattern was basically determined. According to the new use function as a homestay, the design team first combed the flow lines: simplified the original repeated stairs of the building, connected the two floors and three independent areas to form a continuous traffic flow line. Then, the public service space and accommodation space are divided into zones. The space function of a homestay needs to take into account the living experience of accommodation and public space, with proper movement and quiet, and private and public areas coexist organically. In the design, the second and third floors of the main hall and guest hall are defined as guest rooms, with a total of 13 rooms. As a public service and supporting catering space, the first floor and the original kitchen are equipped with study, Guqin room, studio, chess room, tea room, catering and other functional spaces.Save this picture!Perspective sectionThe courtyard has been rearranged to retain the laurel tree and jujube trees with spatial attributes, and a coffee shop has been added in the southeast, which not only meets the daily needs of residents, but also receives the tourists in Hongguan village.Save this picture!Doorway of old building viewed from entrance of new building. Image © Liming FangThe improvement of comfort of the building is very important for the project. As the future function of the building is a homestay, the old building cannot meet the requirements of sound insulation, heat preservation, toilet water supply and drainage required by the new function. On the premise of not destroying the traditional style and pattern of the building as possible, the renovation design has added up and down toilets, thickened the existing wood partition, filled with insulation and sound insulation materials, and added electric floor heating, air conditioning and 24-hour hot water to ensure the living comfort.Save this picture!Entrance to courtyard. Image © Liming FangMain hall, innovation with reverenceThe architects try to find a balance between the restoration of ancient buildings and the innovation of space. For the old building part of Liu Geng Tang, the architects adopted a restrained design attitude and tried their best to maintain the space spirit, the genius loci, of Huizhou ancient house. At the same time, through the transformation of the main hall, patio, stairs, restaurants and other public spaces, to achieve the comfort of the function of accommodation. In addition, new materials and new forms are placed in local positions in a reversible way to activate the space atmosphere and form a new-old dialogue.Save this picture!Southwest corner of main hall equipped with a Guqin table. Image © Liming FangThe main hall is the most important public space of the original building, which often plays a role of point, is an important carrier to show the owner’s ideal and taste, and has a unique spiritual core role in Huizhou ancient house. The public function of the new main hall is further strengthened, and the new and old “master” feelings of Liu Geng Tang are redefined in combination with the new functions and styles of the space. The whole space is themed with books, paintings, Guqin and tea: the original layout of the main hall space is replaced by reading space, the ground is treated as overhead, bookshelves are added on both sides, and reading gesture returns to the form of low sitting. The partition wall with the original space intact is reserved as the vertical interface of the space, forming a dialogue with the newly added furniture. The plaque “Liu Geng Tang” on the top of the main hall still stays in the original place, and becomes the spiritual source of the whole space after bringing out the theme.Save this picture!Original layout of the main hall space replaced by reading space. Image © Liming FangThe East and west sides of the main hall were originally residential spaces, one of which has been changed into a studio and the other into a teahouse. The team designed a mirror pool in the patio. The owner of the pool invited local artists to create an installation with mountains and rivers as intention with steel plates as raw materials, becoming the opposite view of the main hall. The attached space in the southwest of the patio is equipped with a console table, where Guqin can be played. The original entrance of the building is still reserved in the southeast.Save this picture!Opposite view of main hall and artistic installation with mountains and rivers as intention. Image © Liming FangGuest house, creating a modern and tranquil lifeThe guest house is parallel to the main hall, with a two-row courtyard layout, and the courtyard in the south is an independent space. After transformation, it is designed as a family suite with its own patio and independent staircases. The courtyard in the north, low in the South and high in the north, is a quadrangle, with a small door in the East connected with the main hall by one span, and the restaurant in the West, and with two floors in the South and three floors in the north. The patio is the core of the space and the only place to “breathe”. Different from the surrounding antique, the architects hope to introduce artistic elements to activate the atmosphere. Finally, a “fish-leaping-over-the-dragon-gate” themed installation is suspended in the space, of which the flexible reflection light of metal materials brings spirit to the originally narrow patio space.Save this picture!Family suite with separate patio and staircase. Image © Liming FangThe third floor on the north side of the guest house is the largest and most luxurious guest room in Liu Geng Tang, which has only one floor, and the large glass on the south side can lead the sunlight into the room very well. People sitting in bed, or lying in the bathtub, through the glass can have a panoramic view of the near roofs and far hilltops, as well as the misty rain of four seasons, although not the ancient way of life, but the ancient tranquil mood.Save this picture!Guest room on third floor. Image © Liming FangSave this picture!View from the guest room window on third floor. Image © Liming FangRestaurant, both practical and ambientThe restaurant is divided into three floors: the first floor as a leisure area with small tables for 2-4 people, the second floor equipped with two large round tables to meet the dining needs of many people, and the third floor a tea room space. At the same time, the architects and the owner also hope to provide a certain leisure and cultural atmosphere. On the first floor, a hand-made fireplace is put into the space. The rough style adds the atmosphere of farmhouse to the interior. In the patio on the north side of the fireplace, the owner invited Ms. Wen Na, a famous illustrator, to create a nine meter high wall painting, “Ink God”, to show the story of Hui ink in a modern way. In addition to the point, it also corresponds to the overall design idea of Liu Geng Tang.Save this picture!Manual fireplace on first floor of dining room adding a farmhouse atmosphere to space. Image © Liming FangSave this picture!Wall painting of Ink God by Ms. Wen Na a well-known illustrator. Image © Liming FangA small chess room is set up on the second floor. Through the large glass window, from the chess room and the patio of the guest house people can see each other. The architects designed a barrel skylight on the roof of the chess room, which introduces the skylight into the room to form a dramatic aperture. The chess room is simply decorated. Tatami with white walls makes people calm. The only decoration comes from the north wall. The designer uses bamboo paper to mount the wall, with dark light behind in mysterious effect. With the light off, the wall surface is flat and plain; but with the light on, a full moon emerges quietly.Save this picture!A full moon hidden in chess room space. Image © Liming FangThe third floor is expanded from the original sundry room and roof platform, on which man can have a good view of the big trees, streams and rice fields at the entrance of the village. The architects adopted glass facade to make the room as transparent and light as possible to avoid the influence of the heavy volume on the old building.Save this picture!Tea room on the third floor of the restaurant with a good view. Image © Liming FangCourtyard, new building creating new fieldDue to the huge tourism potential of Hongguan village in the future, the owner hopes to use the courtyard to add a space for external service, which is usually used as a coffee shop and also as a small meeting and classroom function. In this regard, on the one hand, the architects consider it as necessary, while, on the other, it is yet not expected to be too prominent, because, too outstanding new construction will inevitably affect the main position of the old house.Save this picture!Relationship between old and new buildings in courtyard. Image © Liming FangFinally, the coffee shop is located in the southeast corner of the courtyard, with the east and south walls as the sides, and the existing laurel tree as the center, drawing an arc sideline. The new building does not adopt the traditional style, it is more like a non-styled geometry. In order not to “occupy” the outdoor space, the architects hope to use the roof of the new building. A step-by-step roof building is designed. The lower space is used as a coffee and multi-functional hall, and the upper part is a roof platform, which becomes a place for outdoor dining and activities. The upper and lower spaces are connected by an elegant and gentle staircase, which not only strengthens the characteristics of the new building, highlights the subjectivity of the old house, but also provides rich experience in the vertical dimension for the plain courtyard itself. In the lower part of the ladder, bamboos are used to create the image of a “bamboo forest”, which responds to the original bamboo forest in the field and provides children with playing space.Save this picture!Ladder creates an image of a bamboo forest and provides children with playing space. Image © Liming FangThe external facing of the roof of the new building is made of polished and reused old wood left over from the repair of the old building. The architects hope to endow the new building with sustainable thinking. All sides of the new building are glass curtain walls, which can keep light and transparent while introducing sunlight as much as possible. The interior space is simple, and the furniture movable, so that the space can be flexibly arranged.Save this picture!AxonWith the new building, the landscape of the courtyard has also been designed. Calm but not deliberate is the general idea of courtyard landscape. The original laurel and jujube trees are preserved as the commanding point and center of the courtyard. The local flagstones of Huizhou are used for pavement, and the open channels in the village are introduced to form a small water system in the courtyard. The old building is the main background of the courtyard, while the new building, as the foreground, moderately separates the courtyard and the village square. At the same time, with a posture of encircling, it highlights the importance of the laurel tree and the old building facade, making the courtyard space more three-dimensional.Save this picture!New Building viewed from outside of door of old building. Image © Liming FangSave this picture!Courtyard under laurel tree. Image © Liming FangEpilogueThe transformation of Liu Geng Tang has experienced three years from design to completion, during which, due to various reasons, the design has been changed for several times, and the scheme has evolved from stimulus to gentleness. It doesn’t matter to be right or wrong, but the long process really triggered the architects’ thinking on such projects. Building in the countryside, especially in the historic countryside, needs to face many propositions. In Liu Geng Tang, how to balance function and atmosphere, contemporary and tradition, culture and business, a series of contradictions, is faced by the architects and owner. However, we have always believed that atmosphere is also a function, that tradition was also “modern” at that time, and that man could undoubtedly make money with culture.Save this picture!Roof platform of new building. 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Artez and Paypal announce donation app for iPhone

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 September 2010 | News  58 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Artez and Paypal announce donation app for iPhone Tagged with: app Digital iPhone mobile North American online fundraising service Artez Interactive has announced its first mobile fundraising app for iPhone.Currently in beta testing, the app, which handles donations via Paypal, will be unveiled at ArtezInterAction, a conference focusing on digital fundraising in Toronto. The app will be available to charities who are Artez clients, whether they are in North America, the UK or Australia in December 2010.James Appleyard, Chairman of Artez Interactive, said: “We have seen how powerful online fundraising can be for charitable organizations; the move to mobile will now allow consumers to ‘donate’ anywhere and everywhere. It takes the entire web fundraising experience and puts it in your hand.“What we have done is created an app framework that we will customise with our charitable partners’ brands and campaigns so they get a tailor-made fundraising app, completely managed by Artez, in less time and at less cost than if they had commissioned one themselves,” he added.“In many ways, we are enabling a new type of face-to-face giving”, he claimed.He said that the app should prove particularly useful to charities that deal with disasters and emergencies. “The first 72 hours of any disaster are often the most critical in terms of generating a response. With this new app, our charitable partners will be able to act both quickly and effectively,” he explained.For charitiesThe app offers a secure donation capability using PCI Level 1 security (the highest level of credit card security as determined by VISA) and automated tax receipting. Donors can use it to give any amount they choose by credit card or PayPal. Charities receive full donor information, and control the fields and questions made available to donors. They can also brand the application with their own logos, colours and messaging.For donorsEvent participants can create and edit their own fundraising pages using the app, with personalized messages, videos, and images. The app is integrated with Facebook, Twitter & email, giving supporters the opportunity to promote their fundraising via these social networks. Each user can track their progress by viewing a dynamic thermometer.The can also pass their iPhone to a friend and ask them to make a secure donation.Darrell MacMullin, General Manager of PayPal Canada, who collaborated with Artez on the app said: “The Artez app allows fundraisers to benefit from the speed, convenience and security of online fundraising through their smartphone. Instead of the risk of taking cash or the inconvenience of collecting cheques, supporters can just hand their smartphone to a friend and collect a donation on the spot with PayPal and the donation can be funded by the donor’s PayPal balance, bank account or credit card.”www.artez.com Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Big Top Circus Returns to the 2019 Indiana State Fair

first_img Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Jul 18, 2019 The Bileas – Absolutely beyond belief! Amazing costume quick-change artistry. You’ll see it…we guarantee you won’t believe it!For more information about Big Top Circus and the Indiana State Fair, visit www.indianastatefair.com or follow the Indiana State Fair on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Adam & Anton – An extraordinary exhibition of balance, strength, and incredible physical endurance. This award-winning act is known throughout the world for its unique, unbelievable and unforgettable presentation. SHARE Big Top Circus Returns to the 2019 Indiana State Fair Previous articleIndiana Soybean Crop Won’t Like This Heatwave on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleReport: Large Loans Drive Further Increases in Farm Lending Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, circus lovers from around the world! The Indiana State Fair announces the return of Big Top Circus presented by BEE Window. In addition to savory fair food, Free Stage concerts and Midway rides, 2019 fairgoers can expect an impressive circus lineup featuring acrobats, clowns, and trapeze artists performing daring acts. What’s more, the Big Top Circus presented by BEE Window is FREE with paid Indiana State Fair admission.The Big Top Circus will perform three shows daily, with seating limited to the first 1,600 people per show. Performances will begin at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Those wanting to secure reserved seating with no wait can purchase a Fast-Pass ticket for only $5 at the circus tent.This family-friendly experience will be presented in a single-ring and will not include any exotic animals. With Indiana’s rich history of circus entertainment, the Big Top Circus continues to add an exciting element to the 2019 Indiana State Fair with its quick-change artists, muscle men, and beautiful Arabian horses.Featured acts include:The Big Top Circus is excited to welcome back world-renowned performer BELLO NOCK! Often known simply as “Bello”, he is referred to as the “World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil” and has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for his nail-biting high wire walk over a cruise ship. Nock brings his unique blend of endearing comedy back to the 2019 Fair with jaw-dropping daredevil stunts that makes him one of the most exciting live performers in the world today!Multi-talented singer, composer and congenial host, DINNY MCGUIRE, will serve as the “Master of the Ring”. Celebrating eight national tours with The Greatest Show on Earth and several tours with the renowned New York’s Big Apple Circus, he brings his unique talent and mastery to this year’s Indiana State Fair!Additionally featuring:Ambra Zerbini-Bauer – Combining beautiful aerial excellence with theatrical horsemanship, this one-of-a-kind presentation is truly a work of art. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Big Top Circus Returns to the 2019 Indiana State Fairlast_img read more

Weathering Trade War Could ‘Blow Us Away’ In Five Years

first_img Previous articleAFBF: Why NASS and FSA Planted Acreage DiffersNext articleINFB Trying to Find ‘Affordable’ Healthcare Options for Members Ashley Davenport Weathering Trade War Could ‘Blow Us Away’ In Five Years SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Weathering Trade War Could ‘Blow Us Away’ In Five Years By Ashley Davenport – Sep 4, 2019 SHARE Weathering Trade War – John Zanker, JC Zanker and Co.Farmers are dusting off their combines and getting them ready to roll when harvest begins, but what happens if yields are lower than USDA’s August estimate? Those yield estimates left many farmers scratching their heads, wondering where those yields are.From a marketing perspective, John Zanker of JC Zanker and Company, said if yields go down, so does corn carryout, and prices could push higher.“With the old crop stocks being higher due to poor exports, we need to see that yield fall from 169.5 [bushels per acre] to the 165 area,” said Zanker. “If we have a frost event of significance, and we drop that yield to 160, we could get carryout to 1.6 [billion bushels] and that might give us a shot of probing that $4 area again at some point.”Zanker said the last time an early frost impacted the market significantly was in 1974, and a scare in 1995, a year many are comparing to 2019.“1995 was ironically the previous slowest planting season,” said Zanker. “That probably pushed the market up 15, 20, 25 cents. Not a major move off of it, but I think the major move for the ’95, ’96 period came when we got into the crop and we found out we had some adverse growing conditions…and we had a lot worse corn [crop] than we thought we did.”Throughout his marketing career, Zanker has seen many difficult times in agriculture. Once we make it through the other side of the trade war with China and a cure for African swine fever, he says we could see better times ahead.“The next year or two is going to be tough—there’s no sugar-coating it,” said Zanker. “We get [African swine fever] cured, and we will. Once that happens and we get on good footing with the Chinese, we’re going to see some things that might blow us away five years down the road.”With the construction of new ethanol plants in China, Zanker is optimistic that in the long-term, China could be a large importer of U.S. corn once the trade war is settled. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Azerbaijani reporter jailed for 30 days over coronavirus reporting

first_imgNews to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en April 22, 2020 Azerbaijani reporter jailed for 30 days over coronavirus reporting Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Natig Isbatov, an Azerbaijani freelance reporter jailed for allegedly violating lockdown regulations by filming a protest outside an employment office in Baku, and urges the authorities to stop using the public health crisis to crack down harder on critical reporting.Fellow journalists said Isbatov was arrested on 9 April after interviewing a woman who had just been denied any financial assistance after losing her job as a result of the epidemic. He was sentenced the next day to 30 days of administrative detention for “violating the lockdown” (under article 211 of the Administrative Code) and “resisting the police” (under article 535). “The misuse of lockdown measures to target reporters is the latest escalation in the persecution of independent journalism in Azerbaijan,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The authorities are not keeping their promises to protect journalists. We firmly condemn Natig Isbatov’s detention and demand his immediate release.”From the outset, the Azerbaijani authorities have repeatedly voiced a desire to control information about the coronavirus epidemic. Under amendments to the law on information adopted on 17 March, the authorities can prosecute the owners of online media for any “inaccurate” or “dangerous” content, thereby making it harder to cover the crisis. At the same time, media and journalists are also under pressure just to use the official information provided by the special Covid-19 unit that the government created on 27 February. And the prosecutor-general’s office has warned social media users that the authorities will investigate all reports of “fake news” and will punish “offenders.” More than 120 social media users have received warnings from the police, according to Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies (EMDS), a Baku-based NGO.Coverage of opposition parties, whose activities are easier to monitor during the lockdown, poses an additional danger for journalists. After interviewing the head of the Azerbaijani Popular Front Party and attending the trial of the Musavat Party’s vice-president in Baku, Teymur Kerimov, a reporter for the Azad Soz news website, was followed and attacked on 20 April by four men, who seized his camera, laptop and memory card containing his recording of the interview. This is not the first time Kerimov has been harassed.Azerbaijan is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alertscenter_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence Follow the news on Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more News June 8, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more