£15m Hampstead mansion sign of better times

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Closing of VKC library reconsidered

first_imgThe opening of the doors at the Von KleinSmid Center Library Monday represented a huge victory for the students and faculty members who rely on the library’s specialized collection.In late November, Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC libraries, announced that the VKC Library would be closed and converted into music practice rooms, citing space considerations. The current music practice facility is slated for demolition and administrators chose the VKC Library as the new destination, thinking they could easily redistribute the library’s resources to  the Doheny Memorial Library and other university libraries.Daily Trojan | Sunil MuraliBut within a week of the announcement the university reversed its decision, leaving the library intact. The fate of the music practice rooms, however, remains uncertain.“The unresolved issue is the school of music still needs to find a space for the [Music Practice and Instruction Center] building because it’s being torn down to accommodate an athletic training facility,” said Dr. Robert Labaree, head of the VKC Library.Thornton School of Music Dean Robert Cutietta said the Music Practice and Instruction Center is no longer effectively serving the needs of Thornton’s students.“The practice rooms are the core, the heartbeat, of a school of music because the students use them so much, so it should be a nice facility for them,” Cutietta said. “If we are going to stay in that building, it needs major renovations, and we would rather move.”The PIC building, which borders Cromwell Field, the Howard Jones Practice Field, the intramural field and Heritage Hall, has been on the demolition list for a long time, according to Rob Cooper, vice provost for planning and budget.Though relocating to the VKC Library would have been a better situation for Thornton, Cutietta said the situation was still not ideal. He added that he was not surprised when the administration later reversed its plans.The November announcement immediately spurred resistance from staff and students, who began mobilizing efforts to petition the closure.“There was just a huge eruption of anger over the decision,” Labaree said. “There was a broad spectrum of constituents who rose up in protest in relocating our materials and our personnel.”Tim McNally, a senior majoring in international relations,  launched the Save VKC Library website. The International Relations Undergraduate Association and Model United Nations team were involved in petitioning the university’s initial decision, McNally said. The groups soon gathered more than 1,000 signatures.“USC is a school that is very concerned with its reputation, and it doesn’t look good for a major school to be shutting down one of the best IR libraries in the world to build music practice rooms,” McNally said.Lindsay Patin, co-president of IRUA and a sophomore majoring in international relations and economics, said converting the VKC Library into music practices rooms was a “misallocation of space.”“The administration could see that it is a decision that affects a lot of people in a negative way,” Patin said.Ultimately, the student petitions and protests might have helped drive the administration to backtrack on its initial decision.“The students felt at home in that location,” Quinlan said. “While we would have tried really hard to make sure they had their resources and services close to them, the idea of having a space that they really felt was a part of their community was important to the students.”Professors also protested the move. John Odell, director of the School of International Relations, wrote a letter to the university librarian expressing his discontent with the initial decision.“Our problem was the decision was made without affecting the academic mission of the university without consulting the academics, the faculty who use the library and who teach students how to use it, or of course, consulting the students either,” Odell said.But Cooper said student and faculty reaction did not play a role in reversing the decision.“Upon further analysis of the space, it did not meet the needs of the university for the practice rooms,” Cooper said.The decision was officially retracted on Nov. 23 in an announcement from Sue Lewis, associate vice provost for planning and design.“The library’s faculty, staff, collections and users can not be sufficiently accommodated in the spaces available in Doheny and 3434 Grand,” the memo read. “The VKC Library is not ideal for the uses to which it was to be put for the students of the Thornton School of Music.”The administration is now considering new locations for the practice rooms, though Cooper would not discuss the possibilities at this time.Cutietta said he was unaware of any alternative locations being considered right now.Odell said he believed the university made the right decision in the end, though concerns still remain.“The decision to keep the library intact was certainly the right decision, but I’m also concerned about the problem at the music school,” Odell said. “They do need a solution.”last_img read more

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No. 25 Drake Extends Winning Streak to 15 Games with 64-45 Win at Indiana State

first_imgIndiana State (12-12, 6-7 MVC) pulled to within 12 points with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter. However, a 9-0 Drake scoring spurt that started with back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Rose put the game out of reach for the Sycamores. Indiana State would get as close as 16 points the rest of the game. Drake started the contest on a 10-0 run that included five points by Hittner, a three by Rose and a bucket by Wendell. The Bulldogs finished the first quarter with an 18-10 lead. Drake stretched its lead to 32-22 at halftime after a buzzer-beating three-pointer by senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa). Hittner and Rose paced the Bulldogs in scoring with seven and nine points, respectively. Story Links Full Schedule Roster at Loyola 2/19/2017 – 1 PM TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The No. 25 Drake University women’s basketball team never trailed in a 64-45 win over Indiana State on Friday, Feb. 17 night at the Hulman Center in Missouri Valley Conference action. With the road victory, Drake extended its winning streak to 15 and improved to 21-4 overall and 14-0 in the MVC. Next Game: Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) led all scorers with 15 points and knocked down a career-high four three-pointers. Joining Rose in double figures was freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) who each finished with 10 points. Jonas pulled down a team-high seven rebounds while Hittner tallied a career-high three blocks. Preview PDF Box Score Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored five points as one of the most impressive scoring streaks of all-time came to an end in the win. Wendell had her amazing streak of 10 or more points in a game come to an end at 102 games, a streak dating back to her freshman season. Her streak was the longest active streak in college basketball, ahead of Washington standout Kelsey Plum, who has hit the mark in 76-straight games. Wendell’s scoring streak is the fourth longest all-time. Janel Lavender (2007-11) of Ohio State has the all-time record of 136 consecutive games. HTML Box Score Drake held Indiana State to just 45 points, which is the second-lowest total scored by an MVC opponent on the Bulldogs this season. Drake forced 21 turnovers and scored 26 points off the Sycamores’ mistakes. Following Friday’s game, Drake plays at Loyola on Sunday. Tipoff at Gentile Arena is set for 1 p.m. If Drake wins on Sunday it will match the longest winning streak in program history. The 1996-97 Drake team has the record with a 16-game winning streak.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Di Matteo explains decision to take Mikel off against United

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo said he took John Obi Mikel off at half-time against Manchester United for tactical reasons.Mikel, who was booked in the first half, made way for Ramires at the interval.The midfielder has been at the centre of the controversy surrounding referee Mark Clattenburg in the wake of the Sunday’s league match against United.But Blues boss Di Matteo explained: “I wouldn’t have played him if I had any doubt. I had no concerns. He’s fully focused on playing football.“We had both midfield players booked in the first half. I also wanted to change things.” 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South African street art wired for success

first_imgJanine ErasmusWire art is as unique a South African cultural icon as is boerewors, kwaito and Nelson Mandela. Across the country street vendors sell anything from Christmas decorations and wine racks to fruit bowls and representations of popular characters from animated films. These creations are works of art in their own right, delicately formed, colourfully decorated with beads and pieces of tin can, and lovingly finished off – plainly the work of talented hands.This art form has been given a boost by the Streetwires wire art project. With a small team of two artists and two marketing coordinators, the three founders – Winston Rangwani, Patrick Schofield and Anton Ressel – set out in 2000 to establish a formal business structure to support wire artists in Cape Town, and to tackle the ever-present problem of unemployment in South Africa by building on traditional skills that were already in place. Today Streetwires provides a creative outlet for more than 100 men and women, all of whom were previously unemployed. The project supplies skills training, raw materials and support, and encourages individual expression and an attitude of responsibility in taking control of the future.The Streetwires catalogue is bursting with beautiful and imaginative items. The Nguni range, featuring the beloved Nguni cattle farmed for hundreds of years by the Xhosa people, has been thoroughly researched and each piece is accurately crafted in terms of patterning and form. There are other Southern African wild animals and birds – the guinea fowl, the lion, the zebra and giraffe. Christmas baubles and stars are always popular, and the demand for the range of battery-operated radios outstrips the supply.In January 2006 Streetwires opened a workshop in the Ngwenya Glass Village, a craft centre in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg. Under the guidance of Joseph Ketche, who was transferred from Cape Town to head up the Joburg operation, the new Streetwires initiative is gaining ground and enjoying extensive support from the locals.“Ninety-nine percent of our items are sold to the local market,” says Ketche, “whereas about 75% of the Cape Town sales are destined for overseas. It’s a completely different environment, because we’ve found that while tourists like to buy game animals and larger goods, people in Joburg prefer smaller items such as keyrings, magnets, fashion accessories such as earrings and brooches, and so on. We’ve had to adjust our output accordingly.”It was tough having to start from the ground up, he explains, but so far 30 people have been trained in Joburg. Some have been retained by Streetwires and others have gone on to establish their own businesses. “We found that people who were not accustomed to working with their hands struggled to master the techniques. Some of them became disheartened and dropped out, but others persevered, and in fact it was often the case that we would come across a person who had a lot of talent but was just waiting for an outlet for that creativity.”Before embarking on the Muldersdrift expansion, Streetwires undertook a successful pilot project in Clanwilliam, a town located in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape province. The Clanwilliam Rural Wire Art Centre was established with a view to community development, but it also turned out to be a trial run for the setting up of the operation in Joburg.Says Ketche, “We left the people in the Clanwilliam community with all the equipment and skills needed to carry on with a wire-work enterprise – we taught them how to hold the pliers, how to select the gauge of the wire and the size of the bead, how to market themselves.”This is a vital component of the Streetwires project – skills development and transfer creates a ripple effect that is felt throughout the community, and the result is upliftment and empowerment. The establishment of the facility in Clanwilliam was supported by the Department of Arts and Culture and there are plans to open other such centres around South Africa, particularly in areas that are in need of social development. Streetwires is currently establishing a dedicated training and development division which will focus intensively on outreach projects, skills training and artist development.Streetwires as a community development project is indeed an inspiration. The issue of unemployment, which so easily leads to poverty and crime, is one that Streetwires has tackled by helping previously unemployed South Africans to earn a livelihood in a meaningful, sustainable way. The company has not only enabled its artists to sell their products overseas but has also expanded its product availability into local retail stores around the country, in addition to the success of the Clanwilliam initiative and the opening of the Joburg branch. A large proportion of Streetwires’ work is made on commission and because items can easily carry branding, they work well as corporate gifts.Street wire art, highly sought after by tourists and locals alike, shows in the most vibrant and vivid way that South Africans are creative and innovative with even the most simple materials at their fingertips, and in the most humble of surroundings, originating as it did in rural areas. Because the pieces are made by hand each one is unique, and now the products of this thriving art form are found in homes, galleries and even in the foyers and offices of corporate buildings all around the world.Useful linksStreetwiresB&B Craft MarketsCraft Council South AfricaEskom Due South Craft RouteCape Craft and Design Institutelast_img read more

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Banyana and Zimbabwe in goalless draw

first_img14 July 2014Banyana Banyana played to a goalless draw against Zimbabwe at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Friday in an international friendly. South Africa entered the clash fresh off a 2-1 win over Africa Women’s Championship hosts Namibia in Windhoek a week earlier.Coach Vera Pauw made two changes in defence from the team that faced the Namibians, bringing in Lebogang Ramalepe at right back, while Gloria Thato took over on the other side of the field at left back.The match was played on an artificial turf and the home side started at a high tempo, forcing Sasol Banyana Banyana to concede a corner in the opening seconds of the match.Disallowed goalSouth Africa, though, were the first to find the back of the net in the 10th minute, but Refiloe Jane’s effort was ruled off-side.The Mighty Warriors responded well and piled pressure on Banyana Banyana, getting off a couple of shots on target, but South African goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni made some fine saves to deny the Zimbabweans a reward.After the break, Banyana Banyana had a chance to open the scoring when Jane made a good connection with the ball from inside the box in the 50th minute, but her header was directed into the Zimbabwean goalkeeper’s hands.Leandra Smeda almost stole a win for Banyana Banyana with three minutes of play remaining, but it was not to be as the match ended in a stalemate.Tight rivalryIn their previous match against Zimbabwe, played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto in April, Banyana Banyana had to come back from two goals down to draw 2- 2.In May, they qualified for the African Women’s Championship (AWC) after the Comoros withdrew from qualifying following a 13-0 thrashing at the hands of South Africa in the first leg of their qualifiers against the 2012 AWC runners-up.The following month, June, Banyana defeated Botswana 4-0 in Vanderbijlpark in the first of a number of friendly matches the team will play to prepare for the AWC, which takes place from 11 to 25 October.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Global recognition for South African lab

first_img29 June 2015The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has been nominated by the Swiss Institute for Quality Standards (SIQS) and the Socrates Committee for the prestigious international award in European Quality in the health care category.“The nomination serves as recognition and affirmation of the NHLS’ position as a leader in pathology and diagnostic services on the African continent,” said the NHLS.The awards will be presented at Montreux, Switzerland, during the International Excellence in Quality summit, which will run from 30 June to 2 July 2015.These awards aim to spread the Swiss Quality concept and implement advanced quality standards. For the NHLS, the nomination is in recognition of its safe and effective treatment methods, highly professional medical staff, and services quality in accordance with the European standards.“It is with great honour and pride for the NHLS to be nominated for this prestigious award, as it not only represents the organisation, but depicts the great strides and continuous improvements which the South African health care landscape has made over the years, and also attributes to the overwhelming dedication and commitment of the NHLS staff,” said Joyce Mogale, the interim chief executive of the NHLS.The International Excellence in Quality summit is an annual gathering of the top regional goods and services suppliers and professionals in quality improvement. Held over three days in Montreux, the International Forum is an opportunity for 100 leaders and experts worldwide to meet, learn, share local knowledge and recognise the best quality experience.The event aims to empower and encourage all participants to be actively involved in quality practice presentations and discussions.The Swiss Institute for Quality Standards was founded to promote Swiss quality concepts in order to improve products and services.This nomination is not the first international recognition for the NHLS. In 2013, it won the Business Initiative Directions International Star Award for quality.That award was presented to the service for its demonstrated and proven commitment to quality and for its continuous quest for excellence through attention to products and services.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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