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Marshfield’s Derek Michalski wins medalist honors, Tigers finish 2nd at Sparta Boys Golf Invitatinoal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPARTA – A day after firing a season-best score at the first Wisconsin Valley Conference meet of the season, the Marshfield boys golf team topped that with a 322 to take second place at the Singh Grewal Invitational at RiverRun Golf Course on Saturday.Marshfield’s Derek Michalski won a scorecard tiebreaker to capture meet medalist honors with an even-par and season-best round of 72. Tyler Church of Holmen and Emmet Herb of Middleton also shot 72.Zach Shortess added a 78 to take sixth for Marshfield. Jordan Schlinsog tied for 12th with an 85, Brandon Nikolai had an 87 and Grant Michaelis shot a 94 to round out the scoring for the Tigers.Middleton won the team title with a score of 309.Marshfield is back in action Tuesday at the second leg of the WVC tournament on Tuesday at Ridges Golf Course.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Sparta Boys Golf InvitationalMay 2, at RiverRun Golf CourseTeam scores: 1. Middleton 309; 2. Marshfield 322; 3. Wausau East 339; 4. D.C. Everest 356; 5. Holmen 373; 6. La Crosse Central 392; 7. La Crosse Logan 450.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: *1. Derek Michalski (MAR) 72; *2. Tyler Church (HOL) 72; *3. Emmet Herb (MID) 72; 4. Joey Levin (MID) 75; 5. Derek Tomczik (DC) 76; 6. Zach Shortess (MAR) 78; 7. Nils Arneson (MID) and Matt Tuman (WE) 80; 9. Eric Olson (HOL) 81; 10. Gabe Garlough-Shah (MID) 82; 12. Jordan Schlinsog (MAR) 85; 15. Brandno Nikolai (MAR) 87; 20. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 94. (* result of scorecard tiebreaker)last_img read more

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Freeplay: Brand with a conscience

first_img5 March 2007Swedish-based global marketing and branding think-tank the Medinge Group has recognised South African energy efficiency company Freeplay Energy as one of nine worldwide brands with a conscience.Business Day reported last Tuesday that Freeplay Energy is the only South African company to be awarded such a status since the annual Medinge awards began in 2004.Winning companies are cited for their contribution to the betterment of society by sustainable, socially responsible behaviour while also being successful at commercial branding.Even though Freeplay has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2005, it continues to develop its products at its Cape Town office that remains the hub of the company’s research and development.The company’s products combine wind-up, solar and rechargeable energy to power a range of products, including radios, torches, headlamps and other illuminating devices, as well as standalone chargers for wireless sets and cellphones.Freeplay Energy’s chairman and co-founder Rory Stear said: “As corporate ethical performance and accountability assume increasing importance in today’s global business environment, this recognition serves as an endorsement of our efforts in both a commercial and humanitarian capacity.”One of the Medinge Group’s directors, Jack Yan, told Business Day that Freeplay Energy was an early nominee for this year’s Brands with a Conscience Award.“In addition to the company’s humanitarian aims, Freeplay Energy products are setting new standards in the sustainable products industry for useful alternatives and portable energy solutions,” Yan said.Life-changing technologyThe technology Freeplay Energy develops plays a huge role in promoting education and access to life-changing information to isolated communities in the developing world.To date, more than 400 000 products, including 200 000 Lifeline radios powered by Freeplay technology, are being used in humanitarian projects in more than 20 countries.In 2006, it entered into an agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund to supply the organisation with Lifeline radios and provide electoral education in Madagascar.Freeplay Energy was a finalist in the 2005 Walpole British Excellence Awards in the British brand-of-the-year category and was nominated for an award in California’s Tech Museum of Innovation’s health category. In addition, its Cape Town-designed Indigo LED lantern was recognised for its innovation, design and engineering at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Heise announces legislation to combat human trafficking

first_img More than 20 bills introduced as a result of commission findingsState Rep. Kurt Heise, chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee and co-chairman of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking, today unveiled a major bipartisan legislation package that is the product of months of research, meetings, and coordination with state agencies.Heise, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, state officials, and members of the commission, released a list of recently introduced bills that brings the total amount of legislation to more than 20 bills.“When the commission was created our goal was to attack this horrible crime in the most aggressive and efficient manner possible,” said Heise, R-Plymouth. “We have now introduced more than 20 bills since the commission released its final report where it outlined 11 legislative objectives. We are serious about attacking this problem, and we are committed to a victim-centered approach. This is about making Michigan safer and doing everything we can to save children and vulnerable adults.”Heise has been working closely with the Attorney General to ensure that all of Michigan’s agencies, both legislative and law enforcement, are working together to ensure law enforcement has the most effective legislative tools to combat these crimes and that victims are given the help they need instead of treating them as criminals.“I pledge my full support toward implementing the action agenda presented by the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking.  We must pass legislation to improve our ability to bring traffickers to justice and to rescue and provide for victims’ needs.  And every step we take must revolve around a victim-centered approach, one that honors, loves and respects the children, women and men exploited through this terrible crime,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette, co-chairman of the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking.“These bills also underscore the true bipartisan nature of the anti-human trafficking effort,” Heise said, “this is an example of Lansing lawmakers working together to protect children and vulnerable adults.”Heise said these bills show the commitment and seriousness of the commission towards effectively attacking this problem. The bills include the revision of kidnapping statues to cover trafficking, changes to protect victims of trafficking instead of considering them “prostitutes,” modernization of legal definitions to account for changes in criminal tactics, and the creation of a permanent human trafficking commission within the Attorney General’s office to ensure future attention on this issue.“These are complex crimes and our goal is to get out ahead of the criminal element and find ways to not only punish criminals, but to stop them before they become deeply rooted in our communities,” Heise said. “As a father of two teenage girls, I also believe we have a moral responsibility to craft victim-centered legislation where we help the victims of this crime while punishing and removing from society those who would exploit them.”### Categories: News 23Jan Heise announces legislation to combat human traffickinglast_img read more