AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC) has named Kevin Wolford of AMECA Inc. as its newest member.A lifelong car enthusiast, Wolford has owned everything from classic American muscle cars to overstressed imports. Wolford is a director with AMECA Inc. His work at AMECA involves understanding the needs of both industry and the safety community. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in marketing from John Hopkins University.AMECA has long been focused on the braking industry and inherent importance of braking systems.“I’m unbelievably excited to be joining the GBSC,” said Wolford. “Brakes and the braking system are the most important safety aspects of a car. Good brakes also win races. On the street or on the track, a good braking system is the first step to safety and performance.”AdvertisementThe GBSC’s current Chairman, Scott Lambert, added, “We’re thrilled to have Kevin on board as the newest member of the GBSC. His seasoned leadership skills and deep knowledge of the braking industry make him an incredibly valuable asset to our organization.”
Ishanti Gumbs plants herself before pulling back to shoot. Southampton senior Ishanti Gumbs moves around Pierson’s Brooke Esposito. Share Grace Perello attempts to hold back Southampton senior Caroline Oakley while Madison Taylor tries to help free her. Ishamnti Gumbs goes up for a field goal. Cristine Delgado inches closer to the basket around Chastin Giles. Madison Taylor evades Chastin Giles as she drives her lane. Meredith Spolarich drives the baseline around Cristine Delgado and Allysha Thomas. Chastin Giles passes the ball. Madison Taylor muscles her way down the court with Brooke Esposito on her hip. Independent/Gordon M. GrantIf you ask Madison Taylor she’d say as a freshman she wasn’t a strong free-throw shooter. But Southampton’s 44-35 win over Pierson Monday told a much different story.The sophomore spitfire grabbed a rebound and carried it all the way for a layup, and followed it up with back-to-back free throws with 2:51 left in the game to effectively win things for the Mariners (13-6 overall, 10-4 in League VII). In fact, she went 3-for-4 thereafter, and finished the game 8-for-10 to secure half of her game-high 16 points from the charity stripe in Southampton’s seventh straight win January 27.“The more you practice the better you get with things,” Taylor said, laughing off her less-than-perfect freshman shooting percentage from the foul line. “Games like this — when I’m on from the beginning — I feel confident, but you can’t get too confident.”Head coach Juni Wingfield said watching the daughter of a former Harlem Globetrotter since she was a tyke helped him see what he always knew she was capable of.“Madison is growing and growing and growing. She was born with a lot of quick-twitch fiber,” the coach said. “It’s in her DNA. When teams press us, they’re going to get in trouble, because when you go man-to-man Maddie is going to beat you. She handles pressure really well.”Meredith Spolarich drives the baseline around Cristine Delgado and Allysha Thomas. Independent/Gordon M. GrantTaylor led a balanced Mariners attack that saw help early from Cristine Delgado (7 points) and Allysha Thomas (4 points) and late from Ishanti Gumbs (10 points) and Caraline Oakley (7 points, 11 rebounds), but all four contributed during Southampton’s 14-point tare from the end of the first to the opening shot of the second. Things got tricky though when Chastin Giles (13 points) followed up a Grace Perello field goal with a three-pointer to close the gap 20-14 at halftime, and Kathryn Powell (6 points) sandwiched two Meredith Spolarich (8 points) layups to tie the game at 22-all midway through the third.“We’ve won a few close ones so we know we have to keep our heads in the game,” Wingfield said. “You have to pay attention to Chastin because she’s a seasoned player, she never quits; and she got going. But I’m seeing their ability and their maturity to hang in there. They weren’t watching the scoreboard, they were just trying to execute.”Pierson (10-7, 9-4) tied the game once more on a Brooke Esposito (4 points) free throw with 1:23 left in the third, and Spolarich made it 26-25 to close out the quarter, but Southampton switched up its defense between a zone, man-to-man, and triangle and 2 to keep their opponent on their toes, and that was as close as Pierson would comeGumbs, who scored six points in the fourth quarter to Taylor’s nine, also provided points off fouls to extend the advantage late. While she too was confident in her teammate’s ability from the free-throw line, her head coach also knows what his senior shooter is capable of.Kathryn Powell and Cristine Delgado reach for the loose ball. Independent/Gordon M. Grant“Ishanti is strong on the post,” Wingfield said. “Cristine Delgado plays a lot of man and got into some foul trouble early, but isn’t afraid to take the ball from you. They weren’t there the first time we faced Pierson, and those girls were the difference out there today.”Every girl has a role, and plays it well. Delgado said it also helps that each Mariner on the court can put up points. That’s proved difficult for other teams to counter even with home-court advantage. Southampton secured six straight road wins before this victory at home.“We support each other,” Delgado said. “Our offense feeds off those steals. Our defenders can grab the rebounds and intercept passes. We’ve come far, and we’re constantly pushing each other.”The win, which provides Southampton with a higher playoff seed, is even sweeter after the Mariners fell one short of making the playoffs last season. As Wingfield put it, his girls aren’t giving in, and they aren’t giving up.“Whether we’re winning or losing we always have a positive attitude,” Taylor said. “We’ve got eagerness and integrity and we’re maintaining that state of mind. I think we’re looking strong from here on out.”[email protected] Madison Taylor muscles her way down the court with Brooke Esposito on her hip. Kathryn Powell and Cristine Delgado reach for the loose ball. Independent/Gordon M. Grant Chastin Giles attempts to drive around Madison Taylor. Chastin Giles finds her lane to the basket. Madison Taylor races after Grace Perello making her way to the hoop. Madison Taylor sprints down the court.
RICHMOND, Va. – A judge ended a hearing over a request for an injunction against the maker of the handheld BlackBerry device without issuing a decision Friday. Shares of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. rose $4.86, or about 7 percent, to $74.39 on the Nasdaq Stock Market after the hearing was adjourned. During the hearing, NTP Inc., a small patent holding firm that successfully sued Research In Motion, asked U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer to impose an injunction on the service but permit a 30-day grace period so all sides could work out the details of how to exempt government and emergency workers, among other issues. The Arlington, Va.-based company also recommended that the judge immediately halt sales of new BlackBerry devices and award it $126 million in damages – for starters. RIM has deposited $250 million or more in escrow, and NTP says that pot of money should be reserved just in case newer BlackBerry devices infringe on its patents. RIM’s attorneys also noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is poised to finally reject all patents at the heart of the case. Although Spencer previously had said he was unwilling to delay his proceedings while awaiting final word from the agency, the speedier moves from the patent office have some attorneys wondering whether Spencer will be swayed. “I really feel it’s too close to call,” said Stephen Maebius, a Washington patent attorney not involved in the case. “I can really see it going both ways.” Analysts say BlackBerry users shouldn’t be too worried. They say RIM could still settle for as much as $1 billion. And, under the threat of an injunction, RIM has said it would introduce new software that would not violate NTP’s patents. How well that software works is another question. Because RIM has released few details, analysts and some companies are concerned. NTP, based in Arlington, sued in 2001, and a year later, a federal jury agreed that RIM had infringed on the smaller firm’s patents. The jury awarded NTP 5.7 percent of U.S. BlackBerry sales – a rate that Spencer later boosted to 8.55 percent. Spencer first issued an injunction in 2003 but held off on its enforcement during RIM’s appeals. After those efforts largely failed, the case returned to Spencer. The Justice Department, health-care companies and others concerned about a possible injunction have made recent court filings. But should a BlackBerry shutdown actually occur, a wide variety of rivals might benefit, ranging from Microsoft Corp. and Palm Inc. to lesser-known software makers including Good Technology Inc., Visto Corp. and Seven Networks Inc. A growing number of handheld makers including Palm, Motorola Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. are making keyboard-equipped handhelds that run on the Windows Mobile operating system. These devices can deliver BlackBerry-like service using Microsoft’s software or third-party applications from the likes of Good and Visto. BlackBerry users also can switch to their cellular provider’s brand of service (many of these are powered by Seven and Visto). Associated Press Staff Writer Dena Potter contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “This is a self-inflicted situation,” said NTP attorney James H. Wallace Jr., who compared RIM to a squatter who continued to live rent-free. “It’s just time to pay up.” Henry C. Bunsow, an attorney for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, argued against the injunction, saying it would not be in the public’s best interests. The process of exempting government and emergency employees from the BlackBerry ban would prove difficult and problematic, he said. “It will take a lot of time,” Bunsow said. “It will take a lot of effort.” Bunsow also pointed to a number of critical users who would not be exempted – including hospitals, large government contractors, energy companies and financial institutions. Over the years, he said, BlackBerry use has become so prevalent that the device has become part of the country’s infrastructure. At the end of the hearing Spencer said he would rule as soon as possible but provided no timetable. He also said that, if he ordered an injunction, he would make sure that the government’s needs were met.