Double Roof House / SUEP

first_imgManufacturers: Lixil Corporation, Fujiwara Chemical, TostemOther Participants:DE.labArchitects In Charge:Hirokazu Suemitsu, Yoko SuemitsuCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kai NakamuraRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. Create a cool space controlling sunlight like in a huge “SUDARE”  (a reed screen). A one-story house is built on a large site in the middle of the residential area, surrounded by low hills. As the neighboring buildings are mostly low-rise houses, almost none of the shadows fall on the site, and in the result the site is always exposed to the sunlight during daytime.Save this picture!© Kai NakamuraTherefore we thought to suspend a huge “SUDARE” on the site to create cool energy in its shadow and then locate four boxes that forming house at its bottom. The upper roof is made out of 75 mm by 75 mm thinned wood arranged in a checkerboard pattern.  The span between its ends is approx. 40 m. Save this picture!© Kai NakamuraSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Kai NakamuraTo allow such as extension we used a PC steel rod system such as in suspended bridge construction, hanged on the steel beam located on concrete pilaster. This “SUDARE” has a role to cut off sunlight that falls on the roof surface. In the gap between the four buildings under the huge “SUDARE” was created a comfortable, half outdoor space. With overlapping of the conical landscape made out of remaining soil and the scenery of slightly elevated hills,  the huge SUDARE formed into curved by its gravity creates  a beautiful appearance. Save this picture!DetailProject gallerySee allShow lessRIBA Great British Buildings Tours: Graveney School Sixth Form BlockEventRIBA Great British Buildings Tours: Curzon BloomsburyWorkshop Share Projects Japan Area:  1308 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Year:  Photographs Photographs:  Kai Nakamura Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Double Roof House / SUEPSave this projectSaveDouble Roof House / SUEP “COPY” CopyHouses•Japancenter_img Architects: SUEP Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeSUEPOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJapanPublished on August 22, 2016Cite: “Double Roof House / SUEP” 22 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?日本双层屋顶住宅 / SUEP是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Double Roof House / SUEP Save this picture!© Kai Nakamura+ 9 Share 2013last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Commissioners December 6th, 2016 Meeting Agenda

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare RezoningFinal Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-7-2016 County Weights and Measures: Monthly ReportCounty Soil & Water Conservation District: November 22, 2106 Meeting MinutesCounty Auditor: Approval of the November 2016 A/P VoucherCounty Clerk: October 2016 Monthly ReportCounty Treasurer: October 2016 Monthly ReportCounty Engineering:Department Head ReportPay Request #21 for University Parkway TIF in the sum of $6,770.92 Commission on Homelessness: Request fee waiver for the ONEP, extra space, and communication devices for the 2017 Homeless Connect on March 16, 2017Surplus Request:County Highway two Swenson SpreaderCounty Assessor two Monitors and two Scanners Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-8-2016 Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessIndiana Bicentennial Proclamation Public CommentConsent ItemsApproval of November 15, 2016 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesCounty Commissioners:Anthem Blue Vision & Medical Renewal Summary of BenefitsApproval of Commissioners Office Remodel according to ADA guidelinesColiseum Lease Renewalcenter_img Petitioner: Keith A. & Jennifer A. KargesAddress: 13000 Warrick County Line RoadRequest: Change from M-2 to Ag Petitioner: Daniel C. FuquayAddress: 8425 Schmuck Road & Part of 8028 Azalea DriveRequest: Change from Ag to C-4 with UDC Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-9-2016 Petitioner: Henry SchlenskerAddress: Part of 4100 Kansas RoadRequest: Change from Ag to M-2 with UDCAdjournment AGENDAVanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersDecember 6, 20164:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceInvocationPermission to Open Bids for VC16-11-01: Traffic Signal Installation at Green River Road and Boonville-New Harmony Road Action ItemsPresentation from Greg Wathen with Economic Development Coalition of Southwest IndianaPublic Hearing and Final Reading of Vacation Ordinance CO.V-12-16-006: Vacation of Public Utility Easement in The Stables SubdivisionFirst Reading of Vacation Ordinance CO.V-12-16-007: Vacation of 25’ Access Easement on Lot 22 of Wm. Wortman Subdivision, Section 2 & Permission to Advertise Notice of Public HearingLocal Income Tax (LIT) Legislative Bill for Potential Jail Construction and Operation FundingContracts, Agreements and LeasesCounty Superior Court, Juvenile Division: Agreement with Diehl Consulting Group to Assist the Juvenile Division Effectiveness of Probation and ServicesCounty Health Department:  STD Grant Agreement with the Indiana State Department of HealthCounty Community Corrections: Agreement with Kaci Lutz Providing Professional Services Regarding Statistics, Grant Writing and Reporting for Community CorrectionsCounty Treatment Court: Agreement with Regene Newman Providing and Maintaining Grants for the Treatment CourtCounty Superior Court: Home Verification Services Contractual Agreements with Deputy John Helfrich, Deputy Troy R. Hardin, and Deputy Dion Wingerterlast_img read more

Election schedules and unintended consequences

first_imgMichael Lenz Dear Editor:There are problems with December runoffs, but, despite what the blogs say, increasing voter fraud isn’t one of them. 1,000 bought and paid for votes don’t matter less in November when you need 4,000 votes to win, than they do in December, when you need 7,000 to win. Nonetheless, I don’t like runoff elections in December, which is always too busy. It’s hard on voters and even harder on the people who volunteer on campaigns. And fewer volunteers from Hoboken just increases the impact of money and support from outside Hoboken.But switching from May to November elections the way we did had a disastrous unintended consequence. Eliminating the runoff entirely strongly incentivized toxic campaigns. Much like the broken Electoral College system nationally, Hoboken’s broken electoral system now rewards targeting a divisive message at a narrow support base of 30-35 percent. With a runoff, this strategy is a losing one, as no supporter of an eliminated candidate would turn to the campaign who’d falsely smeared their first choice. The need to win a majority of the popular vote keeps campaigns focused on serving most, and ideally all, of the electorate. Electing a president with less than half the vote is ripping our country apart. Electing a mayor with less than a third of the vote threatens to do the same to our city.I wish we could go back to the May election and June runoff. But the state legislature in its infinite wisdom has made that impossible until we’ve suffered for ten years under this terrible system that we chose. So what do we do until then? Just live with what we’ve got? After what we lived through last November almost anything would be better – even a December runoff. We can’t go back to where we were. The consequences of staying where we are played out vividly in the damage they did to Hoboken’s political civility. We have no choice but to move forward.If it were our only option I would still consider a runoff in December a bad choice but I would probably conclude it the best bad choice available. But it’s not the only option. We have another choice – Instant Runoff – that would show the kind of leadership Hoboken should strive to be known for. Hoboken’s city council has all stated their support for the idea. Some would wait on the legislature. But after years of inaction in Trenton that seems an unlikely hope. This council has voted to give the voters the chance to restore majority rule. Great. Now they should show leadership and schedule a referendum letting Hoboken voters demand Instant Runoff.Hoboken is famous for having the first girl play little league, the first woman elected mayor in Hudson County and the first Sikh mayor to be elected in the state of New Jersey. We can do this too.We might not be successful right away. It might take years. But let us begin. last_img read more

500 Mile Trail Run

first_imgAnne Lundblad, Troy Shellhamer, and Eric Grossman stop at McAfee Knob on their way from Damascus, Va., to Harpers Ferry, W.Va.   Surviving the Roller Coaster, Trail runners trek 500 miles across Virginia.I paused at the base of the roller coaster. Troy was reading, with relish, the warning sign posted there. It concludes with “we’ll see you at the end, if you survive.” The sign didn’t refer to an amusement park ride, but to a section of hiking trail with several large and unrelenting climbs and descents. I bounded jauntily past.We had survived to reach the fourteenth and final stage of the Tour of Virginia—a 550-mile run across the commonwealth on the Appalachian Trail. We had started near Damascus and headed northward through Virginia, and now we were making our final push to Harper’s Ferry, W.Va. When I awoke that morning I wasn’t sure that my ankle would take any weight, but with the benefit of a roll of tape and several hundred milligrams of ibuprofen, I knew now that no roller coaster could stop me from reaching our final goal. I ran that and the next three big climbs. Despite averaging forty miles per day on difficult terrain made more treacherous by the heat and storms of summer, I was racing the last 50 kilometers like a stand-alone event.Many variables intervene during any one 40-mile day of trekking in the mountains. I proposed to stack 14 such days in a row. Although I have thru-hiked the A.T. and completed about 60 ultramarathons, I put my own chances of getting a tour-ending injury at 20 percent. It would not have been too surprising if no one was able to completethe tour.We were all challenged early and often. Oppressive heat and humidity struck just as the tour began. Even in the middle of the night, lying still and bare-skinned outside, I’d wake up uncomfortably hot. Within each stage we were all expected to be self-sufficient. That meant that, along with safety gear, we had to carry a minimum of 1500 calories and a means of collecting, treating, and transporting three liters of water. In the heat of the day, each of us went through about a liter an hour, so that meant several stops at springs or streams, many of those at some distance from the trail. Anne Lundblad, Troy Shellhamer, and I scooped water into our hydration bladders, threw in a dash of Miox-blasted purification, and headed down the trail while any critters in the water were killed before drinking again.The storms generated by all that heat took out many trees that seemed disproportionately spread across the A.T. We did a lot of scrambling through recent blowdowns. Several times we had difficulty picking the trail back up on the far side of the downed trees. Managing the terrain proved more difficult than I expected. With the fatigue, long days in the heat, rocks, roots, and limbs, I must have lost some equilibrium. I fell five times—hard, bruise-inducing falls. At 6’2” I know better, and so I exercise caution and generally fall no more than once a year.Troy is not as tall, and not as old as me, and although he only fell one time, it was harder and more destructive than all my falls combined. Early in stage eight, he tore a long gash across one hand and severely bruised the other. In one of many strokes of good fortune, a scant 200 meters after falling, Troy crossed a road at which six nurses were taking a break from their own hike. They treated him and sent him on his way in short order. The gash would certainly have warranted stitches, but Troy was determined to continue the tour uninterrupted. He would superglue the wound himself that night. Needless to say, he had to get along without his trekking poles for the remainder of the tour and somehow manage not to fall again.Anne suffered the most. She developed severe blisters during stage one and then added other blisters throughout. She fell thirteen times on swollen and battered knees. She started her days earlier and ended them later than Troy and me – and still got herself packed for the next day before we did. She was exceptionally methodical in preparing for and managing each stage. I finished many stages grumbling and ill-tempered, while Anne remained consistently pleasant and optimistic. I know she had low points during the day, but when I saw her in the evenings, she was always smiling.The tour was ultimately a test of survival. The A.T. is about as wild as we can readily get: each of us spent most of our days completely immersed in the lushness of blossoming azaleas and the musk of large mammals.We gathered at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters in Harper’s Ferry as we finished that final stage. Our communal sense of accomplishment was quiet and deep. We lingered in town for the rest of the evening and overnight before sharing a small ceremony the next morning, silently relishing the raw beauty that had sustained us. •last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has claimed the decision to abandon the National Spatial Strategy means Letterkenny’s status as a Gateway town has been lost – jeopardising future investment in the area.The Donegal TD says the town is now in limbo as a result of the move by Environment Minister Phil Hogan and businesses will suffer.“The decision to drop the National Spatial Strategy without any sign of a replacement plan for over a year leaves Letterkenny and the other 18 Gateway towns and hubs in utter limbo. This could have enormous consequences for Letterkenny and the surrounding area, putting future growth and investment here in jeopardy.” The National Spatial Strategy was originally designed to promote balanced regional development to offset dominance by the Greater Dublin Area and to help foster economic growth nationally by utilising our national resources effectively.Letterkenny is one of 18 hubs that has benefited form the status and helped lead to growth in recent years.But the Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced plans to scrap the strategy with no replacement planned for at least another year.Deputy McConalogue continued, “Under the National Special Strategy, Letterkenny had a central role in attracting infrastructural investment and acting as an engine of growth for the surrounding area. This was particularly important in cross border relations with Derry. Now that the strategy has been completely abandoned by Fine Gael and Labour, the future role of Letterkenny is in doubt. “Businesses basing their long term projects on the plans outlined by the National Special Strategy now have to deal with greater uncertainty about infrastructural projects, population bases and transport links. Given the pressing need for job creation across Donegal the news that our Gateway town has been dropped will only create further uncertainty.“The government needs to start taking job creation in Donegal and the North West seriously. We have already seen through information supplied to Fianna Fáil last week that the IDA only achieved 3 investor visits in Donegal over the past two years compared to dozens in some other counties on the east coast, which have benefited enormously as a result. Figures from Enterprise Ireland also show a net loss of jobs in Donegal last year in contrast to the national trend. This latest news is another blow to hopes of investment in Letterkenny.”But Labour Party chair , Peter Cutliffe has challenged Deputy Deputy Charlie Mc Conlogue’s assertion this week that Minister Philip Hogan’s decision to abandon Gateway status for Letterkenny has jepordised potential investment in the town.“The National Spatial Strategy was another Fianna Fail smoke-screen suggesting the party was serious about creating jobs in the Region. I believe it was a myth and I challenge Fianna Fail and the Deputy to illustrate what direct benefit and jobs resulted from this strategy”, said Mr. Cutliffe .He continued that we badly need job- creation activity in the County as a whole and until we see the banks releasing credit to business , we will continue to struggle. “I really believe that job-creation is only possible if the Banks become more proactive and no amount of strategies can replace actual funding for job-creation,” Mr Cutliffe concluded .INVESTMENT IN LETTERKENNY IN DOUBT AFTER HOGAN ABANDONS GATEWAY STATUS FOR TOWN was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McConalogueGateway StatusinvestmentletterkennyPhil Hoganlast_img read more

Fluffballs in Space Shouldn’t Exist

first_imgA rubble-pile asteroid has such low density it should have disintegrated, but it’s doing just fine.A near-earth asteroid named 1950 DA is barely holding itself together, astronomers have found.  In Science Magazine, Eric Hand asks “Why hasn’t this asteroid disintegrated?”Planetary scientists have found an asteroid spinning too fast for its own good. The object, known as 1950 DA, whips around every 2.1 hours, which means that rocks on its surface should fly off into space. So apart from gravity, some other sticky force—identified in a new study—must help to hold the asteroid together.Nature gives an even more graphic description:Our logical concepts for how asteroids should behave have taken another knock, as evidenced in a paper by Rozitis et al. on page 174 of this issue. The researchers establish that a kilometre-sized, near-Earth asteroid known as (29075) 1950 DA is covered with sandy regolith (the surface covering of an asteroid) and spins so fast — one revolution every 2.12 hours — that gravity alone cannot hold this material to its surface. This places the asteroid in a surreal state in which an astronaut could easily scoop up a sample from its surface, yet would have to hold on to the asteroid to avoid being flung off.Scientists’ best explanation is that atomic forces called van der Waal’s forces are providing the edge over gravity alone, otherwise this body should be too flimsy to exist.  These are the same atomic forces thought to allow geckos to stick to walls and ceilings.  Stephen Lowry discusses this force on The Conversation.Nature explains why this is significant: “Although this image of fairy-castle asteroids is entertaining, the implications of these measurements are far-reaching…. ”The evident stability of such a strange body as 1950 DA exposes our ignorance of how the geophysics of asteroids works in the microgravity regime, with its current state being difficult to reconcile with classical views of how rubble-pile bodies form from catastrophically disrupted parent bodies. Although Rozitis et al. lay out a plausible story for the current state of 1950 DA, the development of a complete theory of microgravity geophysics could have significant consequences, beyond this single case, for our evolving understanding of asteroids and the Solar System.This finding will also impact plans to disrupt near-earth asteroids that some day find themselves with our planet in its cross-hairs.  Astrobiology Magazine says that trying to disrupt a large rubble-pile asteroid might create several dangerous bodies out of one.  These small, sticky asteroids might be the most dangerous, New Scientist warns.  Lowry thinks that disrupting one might allow centrifugal forces to overtake the van der Waals force (which only acts over small distances), resulting in complete disintegration of the body.  Those are questions for governments to worry about if one is ever discovered on an impact trajectory.  The question for now is: how long can these bodies exist in a tenuous balance of forces?This is a worthy class of objects to study for possible age determinations: how long can a body like this exist before disrupting by encountering other bodies?  This one seems in a delicate balance.  One would think after very long it would disintegrate, with all the solar and planetary disturbances at work.  How many rubble-pile asteroids are there?  Can dust come together like this?  Many questions need new thinking, since the standard story was caught unprepared. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s finances all in order

first_imgSouth Africa’s financial policy is sound and the country is in shape to weather the storm of the current financial crisis. (Image: DHD Multimedia gallery) Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel chairing an International Monetary Fund meeting. (Image: International Monetary Fund )Janine ErasmusSouth African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel, admired the world over for his intelligent and successful financial strategies, announced his medium term budget policy statement on 21 October 2008. In it he revealed government’s economic priorities and forecasts for the three-year period to 2010.In his speech Manuel noted that the current global financial crisis was a storm whose ferocity could not have been expected – but he also commented optimistically that he and his department had seen it coming for years and had taken appropriate action beforehand by keeping financial policies focused on long-term growth and broad-based development.“We can say to our people: Liduduma lidlule! The thunder will pass,” said Manuel. “We can say to our people: our finances are in order, our banks are sound, our investment plans are in place, our course is firmly directed at our long-term growth and development challenges, and we will ride out this storm, whatever it takes, together, on the strength of a vision and a plan of action that we share.”While there was no avoiding the storm, said Manuel, he predicted just two more years of downward-adjusted growth for South Africa, with GDP growth slowing from 5.1% in 2007 to 3.7% in 2008 and 3.0% in 2009. From 2010 growth is expected to accelerate to 4%.The global economy was still uncertain, however, and Manuel envisioned two scenarios – one a deep and lingering recession in developed economies that will result in a reduction in international trade, the other a period of international co-ordination and adjustment followed by more balanced growth. He noted that the forecast for South Africa was based on the latter scenario.Weathering the stormSouth Africa’s low level of foreign debt and prudent fiscal policy-making over the last decade gives the country’s economy the means to weather the global storm, said Manuel. He added that according to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, who conducted a financial stability assessment in April and May 2008, South Africa’s financial system is fundamentally sound and its financial sector regulatory framework is sophisticated, modern and effective.The country will not be immune from effects such as reduced demand for exports, and a volatile exchange rate, however.Manuel also said that the global crisis has resulted in banks losing faith in each other and therefore inter-bank lending has collapsed. In countries that have relied heavily on foreign capital, banks are not cushioned against this effect and are suffering. South Africa’s banks, assured Manuel, are healthy, fully functional and competitive. The World Competitiveness Report, compiled by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development, ranked the soundness of South Africa’s banks at 15 on the list, above both the US and the fabled banks of Switzerland.Infrastructure a priorityContinued investment into infrastructure development remains a high priority and is crucial to sustain the momentum of growth. Manuel emphasised that government will continue to improve and expand public services, will invest in essential infrastructure, and will support initiatives that target job creation and poverty reduction.By the 2011/2012 financial year government would be allocating almost 11% of its total spending budget to capital investment, which currently stands at 9.5% of total government spending.Manuel named a number of priorities that will be addressed by Cabinet during the forthcoming medium-term financial period. These include education and skills development; improving the provision of healthcare; investing in the criminal justice system in order to reduce high crime levels – here Manuel specified an increase in the number of police, and enhanced investigative capacity; investment in public transport and essential services; and support for those in rural areas, especially emerging farmers.While service delivery and infrastructure took the lion’s share of the budget, Manuel also announced that South Africa’s 12.4-million welfare recipients would get a monthly R20 ($1.75) increase, with immediate effect.Public capital investment stands at an amount of more than R600-billion ($53-billion) for the next three years, while adjustments of R59-billion ($6-billion) over the same period have been allocated for higher salaries and other costs associated with inflation.An additional R25.9-billion ($2-billion) will be spent on public capital investment in the 2008/09 financial year, bringing the total estimated amount to R635.5-billion ($56-bllion). The additional amount comprises R2.4-billion ($176 000) for approved roll-overs from the previous budget; R11.2-billion($963 000) for unforeseen expenditure; R200-million ($17-million) for unallocated amounts announced in the main 2008 budget; R7.7-billon ($700 000) for costs relating to higher than anticipated inflation; R1.3-billion ($175 000) for emergency situations; R500-million ($44-million) for self-financing expenditure; and R2.7-billion ($250 000) for costs relating to state debt.National power utility Eskom is to receive R10-billion ($875 000) in 2008 and a further R50-billion ($5-billion) thereafter for its capital spending programme, which will be disbursed over the next three years. Funds are also to be allocated towards increased energy efficiency, reducing electricity demand, supporting renewable energy sources and providing complementary funding for cogeneration projects.Managing the country’s purse stringsThe Minister of Finance tables his national budget every year in February. As the financial year runs from April to March, the Minister also makes a budget policy announcement in the middle of the financial year. Here government’s economic forecast and budget priorities for the next three years are set out so that provinces, municipalities and departments can plan their budgets accordingly.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. 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JJP gets State party status

first_imgThe Election Commission of India has granted the Jannayak Janta Party the status of a recognised State party and the symbol of “key” in Haryana, according to a letter sent by the EC to the party earlier this week.On Wednesday, the EC told the Haryana-based party, currently an unrecognised registered party, that it had met the conditions laid down for recognition of a State party in Haryana. The JJP, formed in December 2018 by a breakaway faction of the Indian National Lok Dal, won 10 seats in the recently-held Haryana Assembly elections and formed the government with the BJP.last_img read more

TRC lands in Saskatchewan to hear residential school stories

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission is making its first major stop in Saskatchewan this week.Saskatchewan’s survivors of residential schools are being invited to share their stories and mingle with representatives of organizations who support the healing process.As APTN National News reporter Larrisa Burnouf tells us, not everyone is ready to forgive.last_img

Baseball Is Overrun By Adam Dunns

Giancarlo StantonMarlins60841596.8 With baseballs flying out of big-league parks at an unprecedented rate — and batters getting rung up at a similarly historic clip — it’s a safe bet that Dunn’s brand of baseball is here to stay, at least for the time being. That means we’ll get to see more of both the highs and lows that come when a player swings as hard as he can and hopes for the best.As for Dunn’s view of the generation of hitters he helped spawn? In his interview with Crasnick, even Dunn himself was skeptical of an entire lineup of batters who hit like he did.“Everything evolves, and this is the era we’re in,” he said. “People see if you hit homers and drive in a lot of runs, you’re going to get where you need to get financially. Does it help a team if you have a couple of those guys? Yeah. But if you have nine of them, it’s going to be tough.” The Adam Dunn Club, class of 2017MLB hitters on pace for at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts in 2017, as of Aug. 20 Khris DavisAthletics43742121.9 Sources: FanGraphs, Joey GalloRangers46762003.8 Domingo SantanaBrewers26751802.1 Eric ThamesBrewers35821681.8 Justin UptonTigers34711735.9 Some of these players count among baseball’s very best. Despite his recent slump,2Don’t say we didn’t warn you! New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — whose 6-foot-7 frame brings to mind a right-handed version of the 6-foot-6 Dunn at the plate — ranks fourth this season in wins above replacement (WAR)3Using an average of and versions of the metric. and is still in the American League MVP conversation. Likewise, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are probably the front-runners for MVP honors in the National League — each projects to finish with around 150 whiffs, a minor footnote in their otherwise sparkling stat lines.Simply striking out a ton doesn’t automatically disqualify a player from being considered great anymore, as opposed to in the olden days when there was a stigma attached to strikeout kings. But some hitters can still overdo it; in fact, there are some legitimately bad ballplayers in the Adam Dunn Club these days. A year after Milwaukee’s Chris Carter smashed 41 home runs while playing what was generally agreed to be mediocre baseball,4As if to confirm this, Carter promptly got himself designated for assignment by the Yankees twice in two weeks this season. five of the 14 players tracking for membership in the club are also on pace for fewer than 2.0 WAR, which is generally the benchmark for a worthwhile major-league starter. One — Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays — is headed for a 26-homer, 91-walk season that will also likely be below the replacement level, quite possibly earning him the worst Dunn Club season in history. (And this is to say nothing of the further proliferation of Dunn-“lite” players such as Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton, for example, who check off the home run and strikeout boxes but don’t even draw enough walks to join the club.) When Adam Dunn came to the plate, he would pretty much always do one of three things: He would strike out; he would walk; or he would hit a baseball some 400-odd feet. With his propensity to produce these so-called “three true outcomes” — the three types of plays in which fielders play no role — the former Cincinnati Reds outfielder known as “Big Donkey” was the poster boy for a new generation of batters who swung for the fences and didn’t mind a strikeout or two (hundred).But he didn’t aim to be at the forefront of one of baseball’s most pervasive 21st-century trends.“You would think I would have gotten used to striking out and sucking. It devastated me every single time,” Dunn told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in July. “At the time, I didn’t really pay attention to [strikeouts, walks and home runs]. I never looked at myself as that low-batting-average guy, but I kind of morphed into it. I always thought one day I would wake up and the old Adam would be back and we would roll.”Whether he meant to be or not, Dunn was always a harbinger of where the modern ballplayer was headed. And for better or worse, today’s game is filled with more Adam Dunns than ever before.In 2002, Dunn’s first full season in the big leagues, only three other players — Derrek Lee, Mike Cameron and Pat Burrell — joined Dunn with at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts. (Dunn went on to meet those thresholds nine more times, easily giving him the all-time mark for that kind of season.) But this season, an MLB-record 14 hitters are on track to meet those criteria. The kind of player who was once an oddity now has a place in nearly half of the league’s lineups.Dunn wasn’t the first hitter to specialize in excluding fielders from the action. Washington Senators outfielder Don Lock became the 25/70/150 club’s first member in 1963, and the Giants’ Bobby Bonds hit those marks in back-to-back seasons in 1969 and 1970. From then on, there was typically at least one Dunn-style slugger in the majors, and a variety of guys earned the label, including Greg Luzinski, Dave Kingman and Rob Deer.1All numbers prorated to a 162-game season. But their approach was also seen as a curiosity at best — and a liability at worst. “[Kingman] is regarded by many as one of baseball’s bad jokes, a flashy player but ultimately a loser,” Jonah Keri wrote in “Baseball Between The Numbers.”By the time Dunn hit the scene, however, the sabermetric movement was gaining popularity, and strikeouts were becoming more acceptable, as long as players offset them with power and patience. Likewise, teams were beginning to seek out hard-throwing pitchers with high K rates, creating a perfect storm of aligned incentives that helped lead to today’s three true outcomes-heavy game. So, from Dunn and a handful of others at the dawn of the 2000s, the number of hitters who take his approach — we’ll call guys who hit those 25/70/150 benchmarks members of the Adam Dunn Club — has only grown in recent seasons: Jake LambDiamondbacks35891632.9 Steven Souza Jr.Rays33841844.8 Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks381051507.2 Jose BautistaBlue Jays2691166-0.8 PRORATED THROUGH 162 GAMES Mark ReynoldsRockies34761791.3 PLAYERTEAMHOME RUNSWALKSSTRIKEOUTSWAR Wil MyersPadres31711891.1 Miguel SanoTwins37722263.4 Aaron JudgeYankees491192207.3 read more