first_imgPULLMAN, Wash. – Ivory Clark was at the bank when a stranger started chatting up Washington State’s basketball team. Later, when he was at the store, the same thing happened. Yes, a stone’s throw from Moscow, where the winters in the Idaho town have a reputation for being as punishing as its namesake in Russia, an incredible moment is taking place in the unlikeliest of the Pacific-10’s nine cities. Washington State will make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994, but there is one bummer with that. Because the school is hosting the sub-regional in Spokane, Washington State cannot play there. So scores of fans will not be able to cash in on years of frustration and apathy and make the 80-mile drive to see the Cougars play. Instead, the Cougars will be sent a plane’s ride away. Still, it hasn’t taken away from the euphoria on campus, and the attention engulfing the program. “This is different, and in many ways it’s been a shock to me, personally, and as a team we sometimes shock ourselves,” guard Jeff Weaver said. “Seeing Washington State come across the bottom of the screen (on television) with a number (ranking) by it, it’s a dream. It’s special. I never thought it would be this good.” First-year coach Tony Bennett, who took over after his father, Dick, left following last season, melded an eclectic group of under-recruited players from across the country. Point guard and leading scorer Derrick Low (13.9 ppg) is from Honolulu, Weaver (11.1 ppg, 4.8 apg) hails from Beloit, Wis., Clark (9.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg) is from New Orleans, forward Daven Harmeling (9.9 ppg) is from Grand Junction, Colo., and forward Robbie Cowgill (7.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is from Austin, Texas. Not one Cougar is from Washington. “You could look at our whole roster and say we gambled just about on everybody,” Bennett said. “We were in a place where really not a lot of people wanted to come to Washington State, to be honest with you. We looked at kids that we projected were going to be good and we have a chance to get, and they’re legitimately excited to be playing in an elite league, like the Pac-10, and being part of rebuilding a program.” The Cougars also are doing it without star power. UCLA has guards Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison, Oregon has Aaron Brooks, USC has Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt and Stanford has Anthony Goods and Brook Lopez. But Washington State doesn’t have a player in the top 13 in Pac-10 scoring and its leading rebounder, Weaver, ranks 17th. Clark, a senior forward, joins four starters who are in their third season at Washington State. “I think part of it is that the kids have been in the system now for two or three years,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “They’ve been doing the same curling coming off screens, how to read screens, how to set screens, how to hedge screens, how to stay in front of the ball, how to have (their) hands high and active all the time. “Every time you play them, it’s like a root canal.” Washington State plays the same deliberate style, but Tony Bennett, who served on his father’s staff for three seasons, subtly changed the offensive approach. The Cougars were always known as a strong defensive team, but also a methodical, plodding offensive team that would rather score in the 40s than the 60s. Clark said the freedom now exists to, when open, take quicker shots and push the tempo. “It’s just being free and able to express yourself on the court,” Clark said. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Folks in Pullman are talking about Washington State basketball – for all the right reasons. The Cougars are winning, the community is bustling, and support is booming. Although a loss a week ago at Oregon seriously damaged Washington State’s chances of winning a Pac-10 title, the loss did little to dampen the enthusiasm within the town of 25,000 on the eastern edge of the state. center_img When No. 2 UCLA visits No. 13 Washington State tonight at Friel Court, the Bruins will be greeted by the rarity of a sellout crowd of 11,500. Until this season, it was more than 20 years since Washington State’s last sellout. “Walking around campus, I actually enjoy going to class,” said Clark, a senior forward in his second season in Pullman after playing at Midland, Texas College. “People ask for your autograph. I had to pay people to give them my autograph last year.” The Cougars use a disciplined, strong defense and a methodical offense to dictate tempo and frustrate opponents. The style, talent and experience has Washington State (23-5, 12-4 Pac-10) in second place in the Pac-10, and it can still earn a share of its first conference title since 1941 by sweeping UCLA and USC this weekend, and also having the Bruins (25-3, 14-2) lose Saturday at Washington. Sure, the likelihood of those events transpiring appear small, but after what Washington State accomplished this season, it is not impossible. The school’s last winning season came in 1995-96, and the Cougars’ 23 wins ties for fourth-most in school history. Washington State is already assured of finishing at least third, which will be their highest spot since George Raveling’s 1982-83 team finished second. last_img read more

first_img Eidur Gudjohnsen Former Chelsea and Bolton striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, according to reports in China.The Iceland legend finished his second spell at Bolton at the end of last season with five goals from 21 appearances.And now, according to reports in Asia, he has joined the Chinese Super League team who were promoted from the second-tier last season.The club already has Venezuelan striker Mario Rondon on the books as well as Portuguese midfielder Ruben Micael and Brazilian defender Rodrigo Defendi.And now they appear to have secured the services of 36-year-old Gudjohnson who had spells at Tottenham, Stoke and Fulham during his time in England. 1last_img read more

first_imgAs Bobby Gould presented his last Friday night Sports Bar show, we celebrate the great man by dedicating the podcast to him.last_img

first_imgBUNCRANA GAA NOTESHard luck to our reserve team who were beaten in the championship in Burt. We wish Caolan McCann a speedy recovery following an injury.Buncrana GAA would like to congratulate our neighbours Burt on their historic win in the Intermediate Championship over the weekend.We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the McColgan family on the passing of their mother Gertrude. Our thoughts are with Adrian, Helena, Fionn and Daire during this hard time. HOLIDAY DRAW – Tickets are now on sale for the Buncrana GAA Holiday Draw. First prize is a holiday for two in Portugal, second is €300 and third is €200. Tickets are €5 or a book of 3 for €10.Buncrana Bord na nOg will hold their Presentation  Day on 22nd October with U6’s in the club and U8-U16 in the Plaza from 2pm to 4.30pm. Please feel free to come along and support the young people of the club.Many thanks to all our members who took part in Mental Health Week in conjunction with Jigsaw Donegal.Our U13 had a big win during the week winning the shield beating Malin. Well done boys and many thanks to all the coaches and parents that came out in numbers to support them. Buncrana wish Caolan McCann a speedy recovery following nasty injury was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:buncranaGAASportlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Tourists from mainland China also added a new stop to their sightseeing tours in Hong Kong this week: gawking at the WTO protesters. The demonstrations are curious spectacles for the mainlanders, whose Communist government is highly sensitive about such displays and often cracks down on them. Previous trade-liberalization talks in Cancun, Mexico, in 2003 and Seattle in 1999 collapsed in disarray. Another failure could seriously undermine the WTO’s goal of forging a global free trade agreement by the end of 2006, already two years later than originally planned. Much of the blame for the lack of progress has been pinned on the EU, which has refused to further reduce trade barriers protecting its farming market – a key demand of poorer nations that depend heavily on agricultural exports. But EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said the 25-nation bloc has been working hard to broker a deal, and faulted developing nations – particularly India and Brazil – for not agreeing to lower their tariffs on industrial goods and services. “It is hard to see where progress can be achieved in Hong Kong if the talks continue in this direction,” Mandelson said. “The level of ambition, if anything, is going backwards.” Late on Friday, WTO chief Pascal Lamy began circulating a draft of the agriculture section of a final agreement. The draft text, obtained by The Associated Press, suggested 2010 as a date for ending all government payments to domestic producers to promote exports. The EU has refused to commit to any date, and it remained to be seen how it and other members would react. And since the WTO is a consensus-based organization, even one holdout could doom an agreement. The banana trade reflects the difficulties involved in this approach. The Group of 77 – made up of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, many of whose populations are subsistence farmers relying on crops such as sugar, cotton and bananas – said they would reject any final deal that ended their preferential access to European markets. “We will not be a party to any consensus that that does not recognize our right to grow bananas,” said Charles Savarin, trade minister of Dominica. “We must preserve our traditional access to the EU markets.” The EU’s system of tariffs and quotas favors Caribbean and African banana producers over large-scale growers in Latin America, preferential treatment the WTO has ruled violates world trade rules. But Savarin said ending that system would “destroy” their domestic banana markets. Honduras, on the other hand, has said it will reject any deal that preserves the preferences. The so-called Doha round of WTO talks was launched in 2001 in Qatar’s capital to pay particular attention to poorer nations’ trade concerns – chief of which is agriculture. But developing countries feel that wealthy nations have largely failed to fulfill that pledge. Mexico’s secretary of economy, Sergio Garcia de Alba, said the United States, EU, Japan and other rich nations sent delegates who weren’t given enough flexibility to make deals. “They sent their negotiators with papers, but also with straitjackets that don’t let them move,” Garcia said. “This week has turned more into a gripe session than a negotiation.” Mandelson lashed out at that criticism, saying the EU had “taken initiative” and offered generous cuts, including an average 46 percent reduction in farm tariffs. He said developing nations seemed to expect the Europeans to settle for fewer opportunities in industrial trade while agreeing to make more concessions in agriculture. “In other words, pay more to get less in return,” Mandelson said. “We are going to stick to our position.” The U.S. delegation is eager for progress because of the July 2007 expiration of so-called “fast-track” authority, which allows U.S. trade ministers to negotiate international deals with little congressional interference. Officials believe they need a WTO treaty finished by the end of 2006 to give lawmakers enough time to deliberate on it. “This 2006 deadline is a real deadline,” said Faryar Shirzad, the chief economic adviser for President George W. Bush. “We really have to get work done.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONG KONG – Global trade talks slid closer to failure early today over the issue of protection for poor farmers. The European Union’s chief negotiator said the talks were “going backwards” – an ominous development that could damage the credibility of the World Trade Organization itself. Delegates from the WTO’s 149 member nations tried to hash out a draft agreement that likely will be their last chance to reach compromises on a slew of thorny issues. But so far, the negotiations have been virtually fruitless. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said the talks will become more intense before the strict Sunday deadline. “There is always a cranky phase,” she said. “Most of the business is done in the last 48 hours.” South Korean protesters – the most militant of the 10,000 who have come to Hong Kong hoping to block a WTO agreement – shaved their heads, threw eggs and spray-painted graffiti on the U.S. Consulate General building and briefly scuffled with police on Friday. last_img read more

first_imgJames DeGale insists he will thrive under the pressure of knowing he cannot afford to lose his European title challenge against Piotr Wilczewski.The fight will be the Olympic gold medalist’s first since he lost his British title and unbeaten professional record against bitter rival and fellow west Londoner George Groves in May.Frank Warren, DeGale’s promoter, has described the Harlesden super-middleweight’s return as “a make or break fight” that he must win in order to keep alive his hopes of a world title shot.“I don’t fear pressure, I thrive on it, and in this fight I’m looking to go out there and prove that I’m good enough to fight for a world title,” DeGale told West London Sport.“For the majority of my fights, from the Olympic final all the way through my professional career – from the four and six-rounders to going into the lion’s den and fighting for the British title [against Paul Smith] – there’s been pressure.Warren has warned that DeGale simply must beat Wilczewski“Hopefully I’ll win this, will be European champion – champion of three quarters of the world – and then I’ll go and get that other quarter.”DeGale, 25, has been itching to get back into the ring since losing to Groves on a split-decision – a defeat he admits was tough to take.“It’s got better now but the first week or so afterwards did hurt. I had stitches and every time I looked in the mirror it reminded me of the fight,” he said.“I’m a proud boy and I don’t like losing – especially to my worst enemy. But now I’m over it and it’s great news I’ve got this shot at the European title.”Wilczewski, 32, is ranked two in the world by the WBO and has failed to win only one of his 30 fights.Warren and DeGale have both claimed that the Pole is a better fighter than Groves, who is also gunning for a world title after adding the British crown to his Commonwealth belt.“He’s definitely better than Groves. He’s been there and done it – look at his record. But the better opponent I box, the better I fight,” DeGale added.“Groves ran like a chicken and nicked the fight from me. Hopefully he’ll keep on winning and looking good and we can have that rematch.”last_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedExplore the great outdoors with a Discover the Forest trackableAugust 21, 2018In “Trackable Promotions”4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should FindFebruary 10, 2015In “Community”Happy Birthday and Happy GeoTour, Smokey Bear!July 2, 2019In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Have you explored your local forest or a new trail with a Discover the Forest trackable? Although the official promotion has ended, you can still reconnect with nature when you find a Discover the Forest trackable while geocaching on a trail near you. Here’s a snapshot of the Discover the Forest trackable promotion, one of our favorite partnerships to date!From August 21 through December 21, 2018, Geocaching HQ celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Trails System Act with a partnership with the Discover the Forest campaign (powered by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council). 1,500 custom Discover the Forest trackables were sent to randomly selected geocachers all over the United States.last_img read more

first_imgdana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… After having both knees replaced, my father has earned the nickname “the titanium bear”. For months he sulked in front of the TV thinking only of his rising golf handicap. Implanet, a manufacturer of implantable medical devices hopes to keep my dad’s knees intact by using IBM RFID solutions to alert him to recalls. According to a recent press release, the company will embed the tags into knee and hip replacements and use them to alert patients to any product-related concerns. Prior to shipping prosthetic parts, Implanet embeds an RFID tag with the device model, serial number and latest info enclosed. Prior to surgery, the hospital scans the tag and IBM’s WebSphere Sensor Events software uploads the information to a server. Patients are then given the tag ID for alerts. In the past ReadWriteWeb covered RFID and its rocky road to consumer adoption. Nevertheless, the enterprise market continues to find new uses for RFID. In fact, this is not the first time where RFID tags have appeared in hospitals. Companies like Wavemark have been working with health institutions to track cardiology machines and other inventory. In this particular case, because the indexing process does not require speed or long distance accuracy, Implanet makes use of IBM’s RFID technologies. Tags:#health#Real World#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgWe hate to bring it up, but would your business be able to keep running in the event of an earthquake, terrorist attack or some other disaster? If you have doubts, you’re in the same boat as about half of small and medium-sized businesses, according to one survey. Symantec recently released the results of its “2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey” and they are not promising. According to the survey, 50% of SMBs have no disaster recovery plan in place, even though 65% of them operate in areas that are vulnerable to natural disasters. So what’s the hold up? It’s not so much an issue with resources, but rather that many (41%) just didn’t realize it would be necessary and more than half don’t believe that computers and IT are critical to their business. While many smaller, bricks-and-mortar businesses may not use sophisticated software day-to-day, one should never under estimate just how much of their business’s operations rely on the security of computers, networks and data. For many small businesses, data is backed up, but not on a consistent or complete basis. Approximately half of respondents said they only backed up 60% of their data and less than half said they run back-ups on a weekly or more frequent basis. The survey found also found that of SMBs tend to wait until there’s a problem to act. Half of respondents had implemented a disaster recovery plan only after an outage or data loss had occured. The consequences can be serious. Outages can cost SMBs over $12,000 per day, not to mention the number of customers that flee in droves when there’s a serious outage or loss of data. Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place? Share your tips and horror stories in the comments.2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Global SurveyView more presentations from Symantec. Tags:#Analysis#biz john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgLearn how to creatively flatten cinematic images for your next video production by using profile framing.Top image: Batman via WarnerIn the visual medium of filmmaking, it’s often too easy to accidentally flatten the imagery and perspectives. After all, the end result will be projected, or viewed, on a flat screen. For this reason, filmmakers and videographers often fight against flat imagery by invoking depth and perspective shots in their work. But flattening your images can be done simply and creatively. Let’s consider a couple of approaches.Suppressed IdentityWhen it comes to staging and framing the human subjects of your movie, it’s often preferable to set your camera at an angle to the subject’s position. This not only allows the viewer to see the subject’s face in its full expressive capacity, but it also creates a sense of dimension in the facial features.One of the flattest ways to frame your subject is from the side, with the individual in profile. Framed in this way, the subject is suddenly imbued with a visual tension that can connect directly to the content of your film. In the George Lucas film, THX 1138 (both images above via Warner), the main character, played by Robert Duvall, is actively fighting against the flattened identity preferred by the repressive future society in which he resides.Hidden IdentityIn Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the character of Madeleine (as played by Kim Novak) is first glimpsed by Scottie (James Stewart) in profile (see above image via Paramount), lending a mystery to her actual identity.In The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Slavoj Žižek identifies this perspective as Scottie’s fear of fully seeing Madeleine. This fear permits Scottie to fill in Madeleine’s partial identity with his own subjective fantasies. This partial identity enlists the audience into participating in the subjective character creation.Although this example from Hitchcock is clearly an example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the male gaze in all three manifestations, the takeaway is how the profile shot can become a means for filmmakers and videographers to interrogate the identity of characters within the story world from both the perspective of the other characters and the eventual viewers of the finished film.Conjoined IdentitiesWhen another person is added to the profile shot, the effect becomes more complicated. A dual profile can be a way of joining characters together at their most flattened, as seen above in  Minority Report (via 20th Century Fox), whereas staging one character in profile and the second character facing forward can both join and disconnect characters, depending on the context. As seen below, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman made great use of profile framing throughout their work.Red Beard via CriterionPersona via CriterionThe Silence via CriterionThe dual profile can be used to clearly signify conflict and battling perspectives especially when conjuring the art associated with comics and graphic novels. As in the 1989 Batman (top image), character motivations, when rendered in profile, can become clearly oppositional, more direct, and less emotive. The result is a more animalistic and brutal depiction of onscreen characters.ConclusionThe ambiguity that results from profile framing can be used to build up to a visual release in the emotional states of the onscreen characters by less two dimensional means. Hitchcock reverses the flattened perspective of the profile shots when he employs a circular dolly shot late in Vertigo (via Paramount).There are plenty of other ways to cinematically flatten your image. High key lighting is a very common technique that tends to reduce the dimensionality of shadows and smooths out the facial features of your subjects.Telephoto lenses flatten perspective and can be used to visually reduce the proximity between subjects in the shot. Telephoto lenses can also make it seem like your character is on a road to nowhere.But when it comes to simple, dramatic flattening, profile framing can be used to great effect to veil the identities and emotions of your onscreen subjects.What are your favorite examples of profile framing? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more