UK sculpture honour for Pistorius

first_imgBritish contemporary sculptor BenDearnley has created a bronzetorso sculpture of South AfricanParalympic icon Oscar Pistorius.(Image: Ben Dearnley) Pistorius’s model will form part ofDearnley’s series of 18 life-sizedsculptures of celebrated athletesfrom both sets of games. They willgo on show at the Avenue ofChampions exhibition at SalisburyCathedral next year.(Image: Ben Dearnley) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben DearnleySculptor+44 7792 859 312RELATED ARTICLES• Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top• Tribute to Arthur Goldreich • SA producer gets Olympics for Korea • Drive to stamp out doping in SA sportWilma den HartighBritish contemporary sculptor Ben Dearnley has created a bronze torso sculpture of South African Paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius, which will go on display in London as part of an exhibition ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Pistorius’s model will form part of Dearnley’s series of 18 life-sized sculptures of celebrated athletes from both sets of games. They will go on show at the Avenue of Champions exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral next year.The sculpture was unveiled by Pistorius and former UK sprinter Iwan Thomas at London’s Trafalgar Square on International Paralympic Day earlier in September.UK Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson, former athlete and head of London 2012 Organising Committee chair Lord Sebastian Coe, and many Paralympic athletes were also in attendance.Pistorius will be representing South Africa at the London Paralympics.World champion sprinterIncluding Pistorius in the exhibition was an obvious choice for Dearnley. “My sculpture of Oscar is just a small way of honouring his commitment to be free from his disability,” Dearnley says.Pistorius was born without a fibula in both legs. On recommendation of leading medical specialists, his parents decided to have his legs amputated below the knee, as this would give him the best chance learning to walk later in life.Six months after the operation, Pistorius received his first pair of prosthetic legs and within days he learnt to walk with them.Years later he went on to become a world champion sprint runner and the first Paralympian to win gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints in Beijing in 2008.His athletic ability has earned him the international reputation as the “fastest man on no legs”. He runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs, which is why he has come to be known as South Africa’s Blade Runner.Art in motionThe Bath-based artist had the opportunity to arrange the casting session in May, when Pistorius was in Manchester for the Paralympic World Cup.Dearnley speaks with great admiration about working with South Africa’s Blade Runner: “I jumped at the chance as I know what an amazing athlete he is and what an inspiration he is to so many.”When making a sculpture of an athlete, the first step is to study them in motion. The artist studied Pistorius in action at the indoor track where he was training. “I see his running motion as a kind of flight, somewhere between the ground and the sun. His blades mean that nothing of himself is actually in contact with the ground,” Dearnley explains.He also had to decide on the best position for the casting, which is vitally important when working on a sculpture of an athlete. He wanted the Pistorius torso to reflect his movement, which is key to his success.Pistorius was required to hold the position for up to 20 minutes while the casting plaster was applied to his body. The next step was to sculpt the torso in plaster and then get it made in bronze at the foundry.“The colour patination of the bronze is sky-blue in reference to his flight,” Dearnley says. Pistorius’s signature is also engraved into the bronze, which shows as gold. “I polished a golden highlight around the top edge, which is a reference to the sun.”Pistorius has already challenged convention by running in the world championships against able-bodied athletes and Dearnley says he has no doubt the South African will continue to “shake up the establishment” with record-breaking achievements.“The sculpture captures for all time a true fragment of the athlete, frozen in mid-flight,” he says.last_img read more

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New or replacement drainage in 2019 and drainage education

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Larry C. BrownNow is the time to start checking your existing agricultural drainage system for any field conditions that may need your attention after the last crop season and certainly after the excessive rainfall in 2018. Check drainage outlets for damage or blockage, and clean the animal guard; check the field for drain blowouts or soil failures where excessive runoff and sediment may enter the subsurface drains; check areas that ponded last crop season, or where crop yields were reduced because of excessive rainfall and soil wetness to assess the need for additional drainage, etc.You may be considering new subsurface drainage or replacing parts of older systems. When considering a new system, you might want to think about an alternative system design, a Drainage Water Management System. All of the benefits that come with a traditional subsurface drainage system can be achieved with a system that is designed for drainage water management, plus at least several important extras. Drainage Water Management (commonly called controlled drainage) provides improved water quality benefits.Recent research from across the Midwest shows that with drainage water management, annual nitrate-nitrogen loads can be reduced by as much as 50%. A similar result might be possible for soluble phosphorus, but more research is needed. In addition, Ohio research suggests crop yield increases of 3% to 4% are possible, on average, and maybe more in certain cases in some years. Some of this crop yield increase may be attributed to some saving of drainage water in the soil profile for plant use.Drainage water management systems may differ from traditional subsurface drainage systems as follows: 1) drainage laterals are installed on or near contour; 2) a water control structure is installed at the drainage outlet; and the outlet elevation can be raised to retain some of the drainage water, and lowered to allow excess drainage water to be released; and 3) system layout may be designed to optimize drainage water retention by constructing water management zones, each with a separate water control structure, and with new or replacement systems, installing the drainage laterals more along the contours of the landscape. Of course, there may be other differences. Want to know about the pros and cons to each system? Want to know how best to design and layout subsurface drainage systems, as well as design, layout and management drainage water management (controlled drainage) systems? Consider attending the 2019 Ohio State University’s Overholt Drainage School.The 2019 school will be held March 18-21 in Paulding County. This four-day school will cover: 1) Subsurface drainage: design, layout and installation; benefits and impacts; 2) Drainage water management (Controlled drainage), design, layout and installation, management, and benefits; and 3) Drainage water harvesting for agricultural water supply; and a summary of water quality improvement practices (BMPs) that fit well with drainage water management systems. These practices include: woodchip bioreactors, phosphate filters, improved blind inlet construction, saturated buffers, and others.The Overholt Drainage School is an intensive course and is open to anyone interested in advancing their knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and skills related to the purpose, design, layout, construction, and management of soil and water conservation systems, with emphasis on agricultural water management and water quality. The School is sponsored by the Overholt Drainage Education and Research Program, the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, OSU Extension, Paulding County Extension, OARDC, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University, in cooperation with the USDA-NRCS, USDA-ARS, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Land Improvement Contractors and Associates, and others. The Overholt Drainage School has been conducted annually since the mid-1950s. The 2019 School is the 31st. Excellent drainage workshops are also conducted in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, North and South Dakota. For more information, please contact Larry C. Brown at 614-292-3826 or brown.59@osu.edu. Dr. Larry C. Brown, Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3826, or brown.59@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Prayer should be offered in mosques instead of public places, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

first_imgFollowing instances of disruption while namaz (prayer) was being offered in open spaces in the National Capital Region over the past few days, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday that it should be offered in mosques or ‘eidgahs’ instead of public places.“We are of the view that namaz should be offered at mosques or ‘eidgahs’… In case of shortage of space, it should be offered at a personal place. These are issues which should not be put for public display… It should be avoided at public places for the convenience of all,” he told journalists here.Mr. Khattar said directions had been issued to officials to take precautionary measures to ensure harmony. Some organisations had submitted complaints regarding namaz at public places, he added.Mr. Khattar said his government ensured law and order in the State so that the people could live peacefully. “…no criminal can escape after committing any crime.”The Chief Minister said Haryana Police Cadet Corps, on the lines of the National Cadet Corps, was being set up, involving students from Class XI to graduation.Mr. Khattar urged the Punjab government to join hands with Haryana to check wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan because of the unprecedented water crisis looming in both States.“I have written to Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to direct the officers concerned to take up the proposal in right earnest. Quoting from the letter, he said: “More and more blocks of Haryana and Punjab have anyway been slipping into the category of over-exploited blocks even as our hard-working farmers toil in the face of a stressed farm sector. I think the time has come when we must join hands in checking the wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan.”Khattar’s statementIn a late evening statement, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar clarified that in his statement regarding offering Namaz at public places, he had never said anything regarding stopping anyone from offering Namaz.He said if anyone had any problem regarding offering Namaz at public places, he/she could inform the administration and the police. “It is the responsibility of the administration and police to maintain law and order and the state government is bound to maintain peace,” he added.PTI adds:Hindutva organisations have been trying to stop Friday prayers in Gurgaon over the last two weeks alleging that some people were trying to grab land in a bid to merge it with a mosque. There were disruptions caused at Wazirabad, Atul Kataria Chowk, Cyber Park, Bakhtawar Chowk and at South City, the police said.last_img read more

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Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a painful loss but Adamson head coach Air Padda said her team is by all means not a pushover in the league.“We’re not a deadbeat team, if anyone says we are, we’re not a deadbeat team,” said Padda. “I was proud of our defense today, I thought our blocking was solid. There’s just a few things we need to work on and that is experience, game experience for our setter and that’s just coming to go with time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAdamson does lack the experience in the UAAP especially with the departure of Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, and Fhen Emnas.The Lady Falcons’ roster is made up of seven rookies but has promising attacker in sophomore Chiara Permentilla and veteran leadership in fourth year opposite hitter Eli Soyud and fifth year Mary Joy Dacoron. “I think we’re inexperienced and that was one of the reasons why we lost, especially in the fifth set,” said Padda. “It’s always rough when you lose on the fifth set but everyone did not give up. I was so proud of them and that to me is what Adamson volleyball is about.”“There’s a lot of things we can take away from this to build on. I think that’s what our story is going to be this year, to keep building, keep improving.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Caidic still got game ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University saw its hopes go up sky high only for University of Santo Tomas bring it back down to the ground in the two teams’ first meeting on opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Falcons came back from a two-set deficit only to falter in the fifth set as the Golden Tigresses took a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Soyud was also a champion with De La Salle back in Season 78 when she was a rookie.The duo of Soyud and Dacoron, however, wasn’t able to offset the youth of the team against the Golden Tigresses especially in the fifth set when UST was able to show its composure.UST was able to get a 5-0 start in the final set and that was essentially the start of the Lady Falcons’ demise.What the Lady Falcons had going for them, though, was their blocking as they repeatedly denied UST star Cherry Rondina at the top albeit being a triple block.Adamson attempted a total of 86 blocks, 32 more than what UST had, and scored 12 points off of them.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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