Brooks named Pirates director of player personnel

first_imgby Malik VincentWith an existing shortage of minorities in the game of baseball, Tyrone Brooks—whose rise from an intern to front office executive—marks an unlikely climb.Yet, in just his second season with the Pirates, Brooks made such an impact with General Manager Neal Huntington that he is now the team’s fourth man in-charge.As the new director of Player Personnel, he is responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s staff that deals with pro scouting and recruiting. TYRONE BROOKS(Pittsburgh Pirates Photo/File) “Ty is a tremendous person,” Huntington said. “He’s intelligent and hardworking and has got a tremendous future in the game. He’s brought a variety of experience to our organization. He worked with some great general managers and has a wealth of experience.”Along with Huntington and others, Brooks has been helpful in the idea of building up the Pirates through the draft and signing quality prospects from overseas.“I’ll be going to various international locations to cross-check players when we’re recruiting them,” Brooks said. “I’ve gone to Australia, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan already this year. We’re looking into signing some players from all of these places. I’ll also help with strategic planning and working with Neal to make external moves.”Brooks, 37, was brought to the team as its Director of Baseball Operations after being with the Cleveland Indians as a professional scout.“We’ve decided to utilize some of his skills in a different way with his new position,” Huntington added. It’s a better match of what he brings to the table by overseeing all of our scouts and our international non-Latin American talent because he’s such a great evaluator.”He spent 11 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, where he’s begin his career as an intern in its Career Initiative Program, started by famer Hank Aaron for minority candidates. He was hired there the summer after his 1996 graduation from the University of Maryland—College Park with a dual major in Accounting and Marketing.“I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to get into Major League Baseball right out of college,” Brooks said. “I one day have aspirations to become a general manager. The initial opportunity really set me up. Since then, I’ve always been determined to work my way up.”A native of Bethesda, Md., a young Brooks played baseball in high school and became a staff photographer of Maryland’s Terrapin Yearbook and the famous Diamondback student newspaper in college.Now in his 16th season as a professional, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Scouts Association and for the North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD’s Alumni Scholarship.He’s has also found ways to help solve the game of baseball’s shortage of Blacks and other minorities, namely, by founding the Baseball Industry Network. The group, intended for networking, is hosted by the social media site Linkdin (www.linkdin.com) and is currently over 9,700 members.“I know I didn’t have a lot of stumbling blocks breaking into the game,” he said. “I designed the network to help minorities that are already in the game and those that are trying to break into it the same opportunities that I had.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

Athletics’ win over Mariners locks in wild card game at the Coliseum

first_imgSEATTLE — The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Toronto Blue Jays a few hours prior to first pitch. So the A’s knew home field advantage for the wild card game was one win away.Ramón Laureano hit his second home run of the road trip, securing the A’s a 1-0 win on Saturday night over the Mariners and, therefore, home field for the wild card game versus the Tampa Bay Rays.Brett Anderson finished his season with a five-inning shutout performance, striking out three with three hits allowed.Yusmeiro …last_img

SA firms score for carbon disclosure

first_img19 November 2010 South African companies had the fourth-highest response rate of 20 countries surveyed for their disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions in the 2010 report of the Carbon Disclosure Project.“As many as 74 of the JSE’s top 100 companies responded to the 2010 Carbon Disclosure Project, the fourth-highest response rate among 20 countries in which 4 500 of the world’s largest corporations were surveyed,” the National Business Initiative said last week.The response by corporate South Africa was evidence that climate change was high on the agenda of local companies, the NBI said.The UK-based Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organisation holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world.Banking group FirstRand and mining company Gold Fields scored 93 percent on the organisation’s carbon disclosure leadership index (CDLI), the highest rating for the level of greenhouse gas emission disclosures.They were followed by Anglo Platinum and Medi Clinic with a CDLI of 89 percent, and Nedbank with 88 percent.Barloworld, Gold Fields, Nedbank and Woolworths received the CDLI for their performance in climate change mitigation and adaptation.Of the 74 companies which responded to the survey, 94 percent disclosed their greenhouse gas emissions, an improvement from the 87 percent of 2009.However, the real estate sector had a low response rate this year, with only one listed company participating.The report found that climate change issues were increasingly being integrated into the governance activities of companies.“Of the 74 respondent companies, 68 report having board committees or executive bodies responsible for climate change,” the report found.Saplast_img read more

Remembering Zakes Mokae, South African actor 1934 – 2009

first_imgCD AndersonActor Zakes Mokae was a true South African journeyman in the world of theatre, film and television. Before his death on 11 September 2009, Mokae was renowned as a masterful character actor, building an impressive repertoire that included screen time with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando and Richard Dreyfuss.Zakes Mokae in 1986. Credit Ruby Washington/The New York Times pic.twitter.com/zyYOzxfIYD— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Long before his diverse Hollywood career, Mokae, who was born in Johannesburg in 1934, started out as a young saxophonist in Trevor Huddleston’s Jazz Band, alongside a young Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa. After meeting playwright Athol Fugard in the late 1950s, the two co-founded the radical multiracial theatre group, The Rehearsal Room.Zakes Mokae, Athol Fugard in Blood Knot in 1985 Yale Repertory Theatre pic.twitter.com/5cABBIUPU9— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae featured prominently in many of Fugard’s productions, including The Bloodknot and, later, in the acclaimed “Master Harold”…and the Boys.After reprising his role in The Bloodknot in London in 1963, where the London Times described Mokae as “a (phenomenal performer) with hair-trigger nervous energy”, he was barred from returning to South Africa by the apartheid government, because of his involvement in the controversial anti- apartheid film Dilemma.Mokae lived in London for the remainder of the decade, working as a clerk with other South African exiles, including Thabo Mbeki, at Abbey Life Insurance, headed by South African lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Joel Joffe.At the same time, his first significant international film role was in The Comedians, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He also starred opposite Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde in the 1965 hit film Darling.Mokae also acted in a number of British television series as an extra and bit- part player.Zakes Mokae, James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee in Athol Fugard’s “Boesman & Lena”, 1970. Via @nypl_lpa pic.twitter.com/yehA2gEeFO— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He continued his theatre work in the United States over the next two decades, firstly in Fugard’s Boesman and Lena alongside a young James Earl Jones, and later in the Broadway production of “Master Harold”…and the Boys, opposite Danny Glover, for which he earned a Tony Award in 1982. Mokae later reprised the role in the film version of the play, alongside Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) in 1985.Athol Fugard, Danny Glover, Lonny Price, Zakes Mokae Original 1982 Broadway cast “Master Harold and the Boys” pic.twitter.com/P6GrndiGlg— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016During a very productive international career, Mokae acted primarily in television and film, including numerous guest roles in series such as Starsky and Hutch, Roots: The Next Generation, Knight Rider and A Different World. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he also guest starred in The X-Files, The West Wing and Oz.Zakes Mokae in the 1989 anti-apartheid drama A Dry White Season pic.twitter.com/Uo80r1cZ7T— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae also starred in the cult classic horror films Body Parts and Dust Devil, as well as more serious anti-apartheid dramas A Dry White Season and Cry Freedom.Playing predominating African character parts, such as royalty, wise men and politicians, Mokae lent a worldly authenticity and method gravitas to his various roles, using the opportunities to break the perceptions of Hollywood’s often clichéd dramatic tropes about Africans, most notably in his star-turn in an episode of the US political drama The West Wing.As President Nimbala, Mokae presents a very realistic portrayal of an African statesman. Nimbala is an eloquent yet steadfast African leader who challenges the American political system’s ham-fisted approach to aiding developing nations, in particular the HIV/Aids crisis.Mokae also acted in and directed various Shakespearean theatre productions in the US and Canada, including Othello and Macbeth.Before returning to South Africa in the mid-1990s, he earned another Tony nomination for his lead role in The Song of Jacob Zulu, an apartheid- era musical drama featuring the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.Zakes Mokae in the 1993 musical drama The Song of Jacob Zulu pic.twitter.com/76mOUvyTDp— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He spent the last years of his life between Las Vegas, where he was the artistic director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company, and Cape Town, where he worked with emerging actors and playwrights in developing authentic South African stories for stage and screen.Diagnosed with both advanced Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Mokae and his wife Madelyn returned to the US for medical treatment until his death there in 2009.He had hoped to spend the remaining years in his country of birth, with Madelyn saying after his death that, despite the ravages of the two diseases, it had always been his dream to live “under freedom (in South Africa) and have some memory of it”.Mokae is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.Source: WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Adobe Shakes Up Premiere Pro Training and Certification

first_imgBig changes to the Adobe Premiere training model may mean new difficulties for both the trainers and the students!Are you aware of how trainers for Adobe Premiere Pro (or any Adobe program) get certified?  To start with, they need to have expert knowledge of the the product and then pass the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam to prove this competency.  More info on the Expert exam here.Once you are an ACE you’ll need to get some kind of training qualification so that you can prove to Adobe that not only do you know the knowledge – you can also pass that knowledge on to other people!The recommended Adobe training qualification (and the one I went for) is the CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer).  Although it’s quite demanding, it’s not a very long course.  More info on the CTT course here.The problem historically had been that once you became an Adobe certified trainer you were left somewhat high and dry with only the ‘Classroom in a Book’ to use as training material.  For Premiere Pro it is only fairly recently that some more good material has started to become available!  This meant that the trainer had to prepare and develop their own program, work out what was most important to teach, what order it should be taught and how long to give to each section of that training.The end result of this is that the trainers all worked out their own course and used their own material…meaning that the people being trained either got a great course with great teaching or a hodgepodge of things thrown together to try and make a half-decent course. In a word, it has been ‘inconsistent’!Changes to Adobe Premiere Pro TrainingFor Adobe Premiere Pro (but not for After Effects and plenty of other products in the product lineup) you may be pleased to know that all this has changed in recent months and with CS6 that change becomes official!  Adobe has finally come up with a formal training program that all trainers are expected to follow, covering what Adobe considers to be essential in any Premiere Pro training course.For those of us who have been doing Premiere Pro training for some years using our own programs, the initial reaction has been that of slight sadness.  All of our own work will no longer needed. But, as Premiere starts to become more and more established as the go-to video editing program for many professional organizations, the establishment of a formal curriculum can only be good news.So, what’s the problem?  Well, Adobe is saying that no trainer will be re-certified to train Premiere Pro CS6 unless they take an extra 4 day training course to double-check their competency.Surely it’s good to check the competency of trainers, right?  While it may weed out some poorer trainers, it also may be cost prohibitive to others.  Current Adobe trainers will have to decide if the cost of re-certifying can be justified for the level of business they are doing in Première Pro.  This may be especially noticeable in areas of the world where the training for this type of things is less in demand in general. Trainers may simply be unable to afford to re-certify. Especially so if they need to add additional travel costs just to take the course.There’s the additional problem of actually finding a certification course!  To date, there have only been 2 courses announced in the USA with absolutely nothing announced for anywhere else in the world.  Yet, trainers are still being told to re-certify by the end of June or lose their certification to teach CS6 onwards.I suspect that for some people (maybe quite a few) this will mean they let their Premiere Pro training certification lapse simply because there isn’t enough business to justify the cost. On top of that trainers may be asking, ‘If I was ok to train Premiere Pro before now, why am I suddenly unable to?   I have a formal Adobe training program and materials to follow!’Potential students may find it a little harder to get certified Premiere Pro CS6 trainers for the next few months while Adobe get their act together.  Even when more trainers are available it will likely cost more for the consumer, as the minimum length for a course has now jumped up to 3 days.  Times…they are a’changing.last_img read more

Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand

first_imgGilas big man Troy Rosario tries to protect the ball against Thailand during the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Miserable shooting was the main reason Gilas Pilipinas struggled against Thailand Sunday night.“If we made four more shots from the three-point line instead of six (Gilas shot 6-of-30), then it would have been a different score,” said Uichico, who emerged from the dugout where he was overheard dressing down the team.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES Gilas shot 6-of-30 from the downtown.“Four more shots and we are shooting 30 percent, that’s still not good but we could have won the game by a big margin,” Uichico told reporters, who stayed out until before midnight at MABA Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUichico has valid reason to be upset.He has a first-rate team with first-rate players like Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mike Tolomia, Troy Rosario and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathloncenter_img They are not the best version of the Gilas program, but the country has employed collegiate players and still won the SEA Games gold through the years.“I told them to just make the basket, that’s all,” said Uichico, referring to the tense moments of the game when Thailand was trading leads down the stretch.He said the Philippines wasn’t able to practice at the 5,000-seater stadium whose administrators had to send away hundreds of people who would like to watch the games live.“But this is the toughest team out there, and we hope to face them again because that means we are in the next round,” Uichico said.Gilas won’t have a game Monday but will practice based on its performance Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

Chan to Phoenix

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES The Painters have never been the same ever since Guiao left Rain or Shine at the end of last season to take up a job at rebuilding NLEX.Chan said he is grateful for his time with Rain or Shine and hopes to make an impact with his new team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m excited and I hope that I can help Phoenix make it to the playoffs,” the 33-year-old Chan said.“I told [the team] that I can do whatever they want from me,” the 2012 Governors’ Cup Finals MVP added. “Again, I just want to help the team make it to the playoffs.” ‘Busy’ Duterte can’t join athletes sendoff Chan has career averages of almost 11 points, 2.9 rebounds and two assists. He played for Gilas Pilipinas several times, including the 2013 Fiba Asia in Manila where the country finished second to Iran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before Chan, the Rain or Shine management let go franchise player Paul Lee, practically hours after news of the Guiao transfer to NLEX broke.Lee is now with Star and a big part of the Hotshots’ future.What Lee is to the Hotshots is what Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia hopes he can get from Chan, a native of Bacolod who had an outstanding collegiate career at Far Eastern U.“I hope he can have the same impact with us like what Paul Lee has with Star,” Vanguardia said even as he also sees Chan’s arrival as a chance for Matthew Wright to learn a thing or two about being one of the best outside guns in the league.The Painters had also dealt away JR Quiñahan to GlobalPort before the Batang Pier made a deal a few months later that reunited him with Guiao at NLEX.Rain or Shine won last season’s Commissioner’s Cup with Pierre Henderson-Niles as an import but bombed out in the quarterfinals of its title defense.The Painters and Fuel Masters are still awaiting approval of the trade from the office of commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Rain or Shine dealt away another vital piece of its two PBA championships under former coach Yeng Guiao on Monday as it sent Jeff Chan to Phoenix Petroleum in exchange for Mark Borboran and a second-round Draft pick.Chan, the 10-year shooting guard, will thus make his appearance for a third PBA team after being acquired by the Elasto Painters from Red Bull around 2009, when Guiao was starting to form what would become one of the league’s best squads.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Defending champ San Miguel stops top seed Phoenix to get 1-0 lead in PBA semis

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 MOST READ PBA semis: June Mar Fajardo hits face on floor in hard fall DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Fortunately for the Beermen, their perimeter shooting clicked with Alex Cabagnot leading the way with 26 points on 5-of-7 shooting from long range.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Fuel Masters got a cruel reminder who’s boss.The Beermen proved why they’re primed for a fifth straight all-Filipino title after steamrolling Phoenix, 100-88, in their semis opener Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSan Miguel built a 22-point lead before repelling repeated rallies by Phoenix in the fourth quarter even with its superstar center June Mar Fajardo having a subpar outing.The reigning five-time MVP also got shaken up after hitting his face hard on the floor late in the second quarter. He started the second half before fouling out with still over three minutes left in the game to finish with just nine points and nine rebounds. MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix entered the Philippine Cup semifinals raring to show they are legitimate contenders to the throne, which has belonged to San Miguel Beer for the longest time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Nick Kyrgios knocks Grigor Dimitrov out, reaches Brisbane International final

first_imgNick Kyrgios fought back from a set down to reach the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday.Kyrgios defeated defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a final against American Ryan Harrison.After losing the first set, the number three seed stamped his authority on the second, converting two break points to force a decider for a third consecutive match this week.”I knew that I had to do something a little bit differently today. I couldn’t give him too much rhythm,” Kyrgios said after the match.The 22-year-old Kyrgios was dominant on serve, hitting 19 aces and winning 82 percent of his first-serve points, and broke Dimitrov in the seventh game of the final set to claim his first victory over the Bulgarian in three meetings.World number 21 Kyrgios could clinch his first ATP Tour title on home soil on Sunday and make a huge statement ahead of the Australian Open, which begins at Melbourne Park on January 15.HARRISON DOWNS DE MINAURIn the other semi-final, Harrison came back from a set down to end the dream run of Australian wildcard Alex De Minaur in a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 victory.The 18-year-old De Minaur raced past Harrison to claim the first set before forcing a tiebreak in the second, where he cruised to a 5-3 lead.Standing just two points away from his first career final, De Minaur committed a string of errors, including a double fault to concede a set point to Harrison, allowing the world number 47 back into the match.advertisementDe Minaur started flat in the decider and Harrison pounced on the opportunity, breaking his opponent’s serve twice to lead 5-1.Harrison was broken while trying to serve out the match at 5-2 but recovered and held to love to reach only his third ATP Tour final, all of which have come since February last year.Heading into the final, Kyrgios has a 2-0 head-to-head advantage with Harrison yet to take a set off the Australian.”I know that he’s a dangerous opponent. He can serve very, very well and he’s obviously won a lot of matches here,” Kyrgios said.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more