What a catch: Marshfield wins bid to host 2016 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball State Tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball program is bringing the best teams in the state to the city.Wisconsin American Legion Baseball has awarded the 2016 Class AAA state tournament to Marshfield, a first for the program.The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be held July 26-30 at Jack Hackman Field, bringing seven regional winners to Marshfield with a state title and a berth in the Class AAA Great Lakes regional on the line. Marshfield Clinic Post 54, as the host team, earns an automatic bid into the tournament.Marshfield Legion Baseball board member Mark Decker got the ball rolling last year. The Blue Devils played in the state tournament last July in Plover, and Decker said he was impressed with how that event was run. With similar facilities to Plover, Decker felt Marshfield could host a future state tournament.“Why not try to get it here?” Decker said. “We have a nice park. We are in the center of the state, so it is easy for everyone to get here. We applied for the 2016 tournament in the fall, made a presentation at the state meeting in Portage, and found out earlier this month that we were awarded the tournament.”A lot of work went into the presentation, which included bringing in the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department.Matt McLean, director of the Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the experience of putting together the bid and the execution of putting on the five-day tournament are similar to what they already do with Small Town Baseball.Small Town Baseball will hold the Wisconsin State Tournament in Marshfield for the fourth-straight year this June and will host the World Series for the second year in a row, bringing in teams from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.“We worked with the Legion baseball program and looked at the economic benefits it could bring to Marshfield,” McLean said. “Hotels, retail, restaurants, attractions for visitors, … we started working with Mark Decker, Ed Englehart at the Parks and Rec department, who will be responsible for maintaining the facilities, and the hotels and put the bid together.“Five days of baseball should do a good job of filling up our hotels and will bring a lot of people to the area.”McLean said he does not have a definitive number on the total economic impact to Marshfield, but he said similar tournaments in the state can bring as much as $220,000 to $300,000 into the city’s economy.Decker said he is constantly thinking about the tournament even though it is 18 months away. He knows it will be a big task for the Legion baseball program but has no worries that they will be able to put on a topnotch experience for the teams coming into Marshfield.“There are always things I am jotting down, and I have a plan of attack,” Decker said. “After we get this season underway, we will really get things rolling. The state (Legion board) wants progress reports to see how things are going, so we have a lot to do. From concessions, selling shirts, admissions, scorekeepers, getting the field ready, running the scoreboard, it’s going to take a lot of people.“All of the baseball programs in the city, the Varsho League, Marshfield Area Baseball, the Chaparrals, we will all see part of the benefits one way or another. This will bring everyone together. I really think it’s going to be good for the city.”What: 2016 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball TournamentWhen: July 26-30, 2016Where: Jack Hackman Field, MarshfieldHost: Marshfield Clinic Post 54 American Legion baseballOn the line: The Wisconsin Class AAA state championship and a berth in the Great Lakes Regional at Alton, Illinois. The winner of the regional moves on to the American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.last_img read more

Brueggen, Marshfield baseball shut out Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers score all three runs in sixth inningBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Sophomore pitcher Jake Brueggen tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lift the Marshfield baseball team to a 3-0 victory over Wisconsin Rapids for its first Wisconsin Valley Conference win of the season on Tuesday.Brueggen struck out four and walked two to improve to 3-1 this season for the Tigers (6-6, 1-4 WVC).Sam Klein had a fielder’s choice RBI with the bases loaded to get the Tigers on the scoreboard in the sixth inning.Jeremy Brost was then hit by a pitch to force in another run, and Cameron Swanson drove in the final run for Marshfield in the three-run inning.Wisconsin Rapids falls to 9-5 overall and 3-4 in the Valley.Marshfield plays at Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Witter Field. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Pan South African Language Board

first_imgThe Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.Linguistic human rights and advocacyPanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution.PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.In May 2004, PanSALB launched a campaign to raise the public’s awareness of their right to be served in their own language at government institutions.Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Pretoria, PanSALB chief executive Cynthia Marivate said the public should complain to PanSALB if public servants refused to serve them in their language.“This is not only limited to written information”, Marivate said. “Even verbal information should be communicated through the language citizens best understand.”She said it was the responsibility of government to get interpreters of all official languages at its key delivery service points.Language policy and lawPanSALB worked closely with the Department of Arts and Culture on its national policy for language use in government in higher education, launched in 2003, as well as on the South African Languages Bill and a number of initiatives to ensure that South Africa has the human resources needed to implement the Bill when it becomes law.These initiatives, announced in March 2004, include a government bursary scheme for postgraduate studies in language, interpreting and translation, and the setting up of language research and development centres to focus on nine of SA’s 11 indigenous languages: seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.Lexicography and terminology developmentAnother of PanSALB’s focus areas is that of lexicography and terminology development.Nine National Lexicography Units were registered in 2001, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development.The Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, and isiXhosa units have published a number of volumes of their monolingual dictionaries.The Tshivenda Lexicography Unit, based at the University of Venda, launched the world’s first Tshivenda dictionary in July 2004, and said it expected to publish the final draft in 2006 or 2007.The lexicography units are based at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.Electronic translationPanSALB has also established an electronic translation programme in conjunction with Afrilingo, a company that has translated English computer programmes into isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, Sesotho and Afrikaans.Afrilingo marketing and programme developer Thami Olivier said in May 2004 that the programme had been introduced at the Motheo and Mangaung district municipalities in the Free State, and that Afrilingo was working on translations into the five other South African languages.“By typing a word, you will get its translation in your preferred language, and when you click the volume icon box you will hear how it is pronounced”, Olivier said.“Our aim is to break down language barriers”, he said, adding that copies of the programme had been distributed to South Africa’s embassies in the United States.“This helps tourists to know the basics of language before they arrive in South Africa.”Khoi and San National Language BodyThis body was established in 1999 to promote and develop the Khoi and San languages. The body has been conducting surveys in communities where the Khoi and San languages are spoken, in order to record and standardise terminology.The Khoi and San languages were spoken by the earlier inhabitants of the southern part of Africa.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe commission’s main purpose is to promote respect for the rights and interests of South Africa’s various cultural, religious and linguistic communities.The 17-member commission has the power to:Monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.Facilitate the resolution of conflicts or friction between any such community and an organ of state.Receive and deal with complaints and requests by cultural, religious or linguistic communities.Convene a yearly national conference of delegates from the various religious, cultural and linguistic communities and governmental and non-governmental role players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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New Report: Majority of Consumers to Shop in Stores during the Holidays

first_imgThe International Council of Shopping Centers predicts in a recent report that holiday spending will increase 4.9% over last year, totaling $832.3 billion. Overall, shoppers anticipate spending an average of $683, $496 of which will go toward gifts and $187 on other holiday-related purchases, per the report.According to the report, 90% of holiday shoppers expect to make purchases in-store and 97% of them will buy goods online from retailers with physical stores. About 63% of holiday shoppers will begin buying before Thanksgiving, and 49% of shoppers plan to complete their holiday shopping within the last ten days before Christmas, the report found.About 70% of baby boomers, 61% of GenXers and 59% of Millennials plan on buying gift cards. Meanwhile, 55% of shoppers said they plan to purchase apparel and footwear, and 48% said they expected to buy games and toys, according to the report… RetailDIVE- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Augmented Reality (AR): AR Apps and Gadgets to Supercharge Vision

first_imgAugmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes digitally generated images over real-world ones. Digital elements can include animations, sound, graphics, GPS data or 3D models.  In film, the merging of real world video with animated characters is nothing new, but being able to create real-time composite images is something that is.In fact, it could be big.  Tim Cook called the implications of Augmented Reality “profound”.Analysts predict that the Augmented Reality market will grow to a $120 billion market by 2020, significantly bigger than the Virtual Reality market which is expected to be $30 billion in 2020.Jay Wright, president and general manager at Vuforia, said that “now a salesperson can go from having a brochure to a full-scale, 3D model that sits in someone’s office. It becomes a valuable tool for selling consumer and industrial products… Companies are evaluating AR across the board. It’s a technology with a ton of promise and potential, and what we’re seeing now is enterprise customers trying to understand exactly how and where it works.”last_img read more

Facebook Adds News Search

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#search#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Facebook has begun surfacing widely “liked” news stories from independent media organizations in its basic search bar today, it appears. First reported by watchdog blog AllFacebook, the change is something that seems likely to be understood as a challenge to Google. It’s early days for the feature, but something to watch for sure.Search for a phrase that’s appearing in the news in the main Facebook search box and you’ll see off-site links to news stories. “It’s an interesting extension of what they did before in terms of off-site links,” Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineLand told us by phone today. “It’s not clear how exactly these stories are being chosen and it clearly needs more work. It could work like Google’s Social Search, displaying items shared by your friends, but this remains something to watch and see rather than ‘oh the revolution is here.’”Above: News search in action, asterisks mine.Earlier this year, Facebook put up a blog post urging people to “Like” the pages of major news organizations, so that they would receive stories posted by those media outlets in their Facebook Newsfeeds . Yesterday the company began experimenting with a new method of subscribing to updates from high priority friends, family and other people.Clearly when you put together 500 million people, their friend connections, their “like” affinities (on and off-site) – then there are a whole lot of permutations that can be analyzed and surfaced in various contexts. Facebook search and subscription are likely to be very interesting for some time.This particular search feature may be of limited impact, though. Presumably the vast majority of searches that go on in that search box are for peoples’ names – not topics in the news. Perhaps that will change, as Facebook tries to extend itself.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

In Syria, Islamic State group apparently spares Palmyra’s stunning ruins—for now

first_imgArchaeologists around the world feared for the spectacular ruins in Palmyra, Syria, after Islamic State militants took over the city and brutalized its population last week. The group had already looted and bulldozed another World Heritage Site, the city of Hatra in northern Iraq. However, after a preliminary examination of the latest satellite images from Palmyra, Michael Danti, the academic director of the Syrian Heritage Initiative at the American Schools of Oriental Research in Boston, reported that he saw no new damage to the stunning crossroads of Roman, Greek, and Persian cultures, whose ruins include the Roman emperor Diocletian’s camp.The Islamic State group has released a video showing that these ruins are still intact. And in an interview released yesterday, the head of the group’s military forces in Palmyra, Abu Laith al-Saoudi, stated that they would preserve the ruins—perhaps because some buildings lack religious connotations or worship—but destroy the site’s statues, which the group believes are religious idols.Recent satellite images reveal no new damage, confirmed Einar Bjorgo, the manager of UNOSAT, a U.N. satellite imaging project. But he and Danti cautioned that a more in-depth comparison with older satellite images and eyewitness accounts are needed for confirmation. 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Famous buildings include a medieval Islamic citadel, the Temple of Bel, and barracks and temples where Roman soldiers lived and worshipped. Danti reports that sources in Palmyra told him that most of the artifacts held in the Palmyra museum were removed before the Islamic State group arrived. What might remain are the large statues and bas-reliefs that were affixed to the museum’s walls, he said.Some damage was reported at Palmyra long before the group took over. Combat injured the ruins, and Assad regime forces bulldozed earthen berms and created other fortifications in the ancient city. Satellite evidence also showed that ancient tomb entrances had been dug out and reopened. As Syria’s civil war dragged on, artifacts from Palmyra had been showing up on the illegal antiquities market, Danti says.Although attacks on World Heritage Sites may get most of the attention, Danti points out that the Islamic State group has put much of its effort into destroying less well known places. “The majority of the damage has been to religious heritage that is being used by people on a daily basis,” he says. “What they are doing is tearing away the fabric of community’s cultural identity in a concerted, very overt form of cultural cleansing.” In Nineveh province, Iraq, where Danti has worked for much of the past 20 years, the group has destroyed more than 190 heritage sites, including churches, mosques, and schools. He estimates that 90% of those sites were connected with the day-to-day religious life of the local people. The Islamic State group recognizes “the power of heritage to essentially resist their message,” Danti says. “People turn to heritage all over the world as a way to define themselves … so [the group] tries to wipe that out.”As a step toward curbing demand for these looted artifacts, a bill, H.R. 1493, has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives, which would ban importing Syrian antiquities to the United States. “It’s vital that minority religious sites continue to have a place to be,” says Katharyn Hanson, a specialist in protecting cultural heritage at the University of Pennsylvania, who testified in the bill’s favor. “If they’re all erased, there isn’t even going to be a place to lay flowers.”last_img read more

ICC World Cup 2015: Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score century in a World Cup against Pakistan

first_imgVirat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score a century in a World Cup game against Pakistan on February 15, 2015. Kohli, who scored 107, was also declared as the Player of the Match.The fourth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 series between India and Pakistan was played at Adelaide Oval Stadium in South Australia and was won by India by a total of 76 runs. Indian Cricket Team took over Pakistan for the sixth consecutive time in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Highlights of Innings by India: Powerplay 1 – 42 runs, 1 wicketIndia: 50 runs in 11.5 overs2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 61 balls (Shikhar Dhawan 23, Virat Kohli 30)India: 100 runs in 20.2 oversShikhar Dhawan: 50 off 54 balls (4 x fours, 1 x six)Virat Kohli: 50 off 60 balls (5 x fours)2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 111 balls (Shikhar Dhawan 42, Virat Kohli 56)India: 150 runs in 28.3 oversPowerplay 2 – 25 runs, 0 wicketsIndia: 200 runs in 36.6 overs3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 55 balls (Virat Kohli 21, Suresh Raina 28)Virat Kohli: 100 off 119 balls (7 x fours)Suresh Raina: 50 off 40 balls (1 x fours, 3 x sixes)India: 250 runs in 43.4 overs3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 86 balls (Virat Kohli 34, Suresh Raina 65)India: 300 runs in 49.6 oversInnings Break: India – 300/7 in 50 oversImage(s) Courtesy: Google ImagesInputs From: Official Website of ICC Cricket.last_img read more