VIPs glad to head back to school

first_imgLocal NewsEducation VIPs glad to head back to school Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Volunteer Leader Debra Sailors poses for a photo Monday afternoon at Edward K. Downing Elementary School.(Eli Hartman) After more than a year away due to COVID-19, longtime Volunteers & Partners Debra Sailors and Pat Lopez are glad to be back on campus at Edward K. Downing and Burleson elementaries, respectively. But it is a little different.Sailors returned to Downing on March 22.“All those sweet lovables are still here,” Sailors said, but there’s something missing.“We still have our teamwork; everybody’s doing that. … The kids are still a little apprehensive about what is going on. I mean, they’re having to get used to people with masks on. …”Students have to pay attention to people’s eyes and how their voices sound and get used to air greetings and celebrations.“… The excitement is kind of like, it’s there but it’s not as deep as what it was, if that makes any sense.I mean, you can tell they’re definitely glad to be back. Their buddies are here. And they’re actually getting used to the high fiving … in the air. They’re really handling it well,” Sailors said.Sailors has been a VIPS leader at Downing for three years.She has fewer volunteers, as does the whole VIPS program. Some are logging hours from home. The volunteers do anything that’s needed on campus for teachers and staff such as running the laminators, decorating bulletin boards and printing things out, among many other tasks.“… My biggest deal is to make sure that these kids know that this place is extremely important to me. And I always tell them … I went back to school and I’m in teaching classes now. … It makes them a little more comfortable. Because they’ll ask me ‘Well, did you do your homework last night?’”She’ll tell them she didn’t and that she’s grounded.Sailors said her classes are through Odessa College and she hopes to graduate within the next year.“I’ve got to keep these kids interested,” Sailors said. “That’s the whole deal about it. We have so many that are just not completing you know. I just i need more graduate …”Sailors added that she’s glad she came back because it gives her something to do. And from helping her three grandchildren with remote schooling, she’s gained a real appreciation for what teachers do every day.Sailors and her husband, Cecil, have two children and she has full custody of her three grandchildren. Through Child Protective Services, she said she’s cared for about 12.On the other side of town, Pat Lopez has been volunteering at Burleson for about 25 years. She is the VIPs chair at the school.The past year has meant fewer hours at the campus and she’s missed everything about it.Currently, there are very few volunteers. Lopez said her two daughters help her with PTA. She’s hoping it picks back up in the fall.What’s kept her going all these years are the students.“I like going up to the kids. I feel good when I’ve gone to the school. I’m a volunteer and I’m also a sub and I like it when the kids go on to high school, or they’re out of high school and they see me and they’re like Miss Lopez!”“The kids have kept me going, and the staff. … I’m down to five staff members that are still there that I’ve gotten really close to and one that we lost in December because of COVID. I like seeing the kids grow up,” Lopez said.Debbie Lieb, community liaison specialist for ECISD, said the volunteers are approved to serve in strategic places to meet identified needs by campus.She said the number varies from year to year. Last year there were 584 until spring break when schools shut down. The year before, she had 908.“Some of our people have moved, lost jobs, or taken jobs that weren’t working previously. People’s lives have changed in the past year,” Lieb said.The feedback she’s received from volunteers says their happy to be back helping the teachers.“The teachers and staff were really thankful for them to be able to come back because they really needed them, needed their support,” Lieb said. Twitter By Odessa American – April 5, 2021 Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleTeacher openings anticipatedNext articleTxDOT traffic alerts for week of April 5, 2021 Odessa Americanlast_img read more

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Fans urge Roger Federer to watch Slumdog Millionaire after he asks for Bollywood movie…

first_imgAdvertisement zs1y9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsqde7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewdtx3p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fsw9gWould you ever consider trying this?😱8wuhCan your students do this? 🌚4dnhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Roger Federer , perhaps the most beloved athlete and sportsman in the world took to twitter to ask for movie recommendations. What did he expect? That it’ll solve his movie selection dillema? Instead , his wide fan following recommended a wide variety of films. Such a variety that we’re pretty sure Roger ended up watching nothing.Advertisement It began with this tweet :Advertisement Ofcourse, the thread would never be complete without a mention of Fedal bromance!This is where the thread blew up :We hope Federer took this advice. Slumdog Millionaire is an iconic film of dual nature – Foreign direction and Indian casting.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fortuna overcomes five-turnover night to claim 33-20 win over McKinleyville

first_imgFORTUNA >> At times Friday night, the Huskies proved to be their own worst enemy.But when they did get the ball rolling and not put it on the turf, they looked like a well-oiled machine on offense.Junior running back Bailey Foley ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns as Fortuna was able to overcome five turnovers and claim a 33-20 win over McKinleyville on homecoming night in the Friendly City, the Huskies’ first home victory of 2016.“After last week, we wanted to play. And we did at times, …last_img read more

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The Flying Giraffe and Other Fossil Stories of Extinct Reptiles

first_imgImagine a giraffe leaping into the air and flying off. That’s what this giant pterosaur was like. Other interpretations about extinct reptiles are not so certain.Flying GiraffeA pterosaur as tall as a bull giraffe has been found in Mongolia. Fox News calls it a “plane size reptile.” National Geographic‘s headline reads, “Ancient Winged Terror Was One of the Largest Animals to Fly.” Not even a California condor could stand up to this flyer. Standing 18 feet high, with a 32-foot wingspan, this specimen rivals the largest pterosaurs ever discovered. Giant pterosaurs must have traveled far, because they have been found on opposite sides of the globe. This specimen was found in Mongolia; Quetzalcoatlus was found in Texas; another giant in Romania.“Pterosaurs appear very suddenly in the fossil record, and their ancestry is very poorly understood.”Neither article discusses ancestors of these monsters, because none are known. Like many creatures in the fossil record, they appear abruptly without missing links. A page from the University of Bristol about the pterosaur fossil record says, “Pterosaurs appear very suddenly in the fossil record, and their ancestry is very poorly understood.”Flying reptiles have no connection, either, to the assumed dinosaur ancestors of birds. Powered flight requires the whole organism be adapted for that function: light weight, adaptations to the skeleton, the muscles, the wings, the digestive system, and everything else. Accounting for the origin of powered flight once by chance would be a near miracle, but evolutionists have to explain it four times: in insects, reptiles, birds and bats. Each of these groups flies (or flew) superbly well.Bandit Pre-BirdFor this reason, it seems underwhelming to focus on shading patterns of melanin on a supposed “feathered dinosaur” that evolutionists believe was on the line to birds. When Current Biology reported possible melanin shades in the fuzz on Sinosauropteryx (Chinese lizard with wings), found in the Jehol region of China, it would have been nice to see some mention of flying, flight, or wings. Instead, the open-access paper danced around the interpretation of the fuzz surrounding parts of the creature’s body, saying, “Each specimen shows extensive preservation of dark, presumably organically preserved fibers identified as feathers/feather homologs in distinct areas of the animal.” The authors dispute the interpretation that the fuzz is flayed skin collagen, but only refers to another paper about that.Reporters are not so bashful about the fuzz, calling the creature a “feathered dinosaur” openly without mentioning anything about interpretation. The artwork, however, clearly shows this animal was not ready for takeoff. Its diminutive forearms and long, thick tail made it a jumper at best, not a powered flyer. And whatever one wants to call “feathers” looks more like hair or fuzz. Live Science‘s coverage was less brazen than the press office at University of Bristol, which went out of its way to mention similarities this running reptile had with birds. At Creation.com, though, Jonathan Sarfati finds a lot more evidence in Sinosauropteryx to support a watery burial in a flood than a hopeful monster trying to become a bird.Those Puny Arms on T. RexSpeaking of diminutive forearms, National Geographic presented the idea that the tiny arms on T. Rex were effective slashing and grasping tools, not vestigial organs. Steven Stanley made this argument at a meeting of the Geological Society of America. Not everyone was convinced, however. A different idea proposed recently is that the arms diminished as a tradeoff to allow room for powerful neck muscles supporting the head. Another theory is that the arms were proportionally longer and functional in youth, but less so in adulthood.Soft Tissue SkepticismAnother skeptic of dinosaur soft tissue, this one Evan Thomas Saitta (also from the University of Bristol), argues in The Conversation that supposed blood vessels and red blood cells found in some dinosaur bones are really due to contamination or biofilms. He takes a couple of swipes at creationists along the way:One peculiarity of these widely publicised reports is the inevitable pseudo-scientific discourse that tends to follow. Creationists love such claims of unstable, original molecules in dinosaur fossils – and use them to back up their belief in a “young Earth”. The scientists in question retort that such hijacking of their work fails to comprehend the mechanisms of preservation….As wrong as creationists are about the age of the Earth and of the mineral components of dinosaur bones, they may actually be correct in their suspicion about some of the organic materials we find within them. The less sensational truth may be that in some cases, the organic material inside ancient fossil bones may simply be formed from recent microbial infections.Saitta also offends Catholics in his ‘conversation’ by referring to the natural transformation of biofilm into organic-like structures as a form of ‘transubstantiation.’ But he has a lot of reports in peer-reviewed journals to contradict these days. Reports of soft tissue from many different kinds of animals over the whole geologic column continue to pour in. We expect Mary Schweitzer, a figurehead of dinosaur soft tissue finds, will have some rebuttal to Saitta’s arguments.Myth of the Dinosaur-Killing AsteroidLike ‘feathered dinosaur’ claims that are treated as fact, the ‘dinosaur-killing asteroid’ story has taken on the air of accepted myth. It shows up even in unrelated subjects. Astrobiology Magazine links it to climate change without explaining how many delicate animals survived the impact. It must be remembered that not all dinosaurs were large. Some were the size of chickens, but chickens and other small reptiles survived. Not a single dinosaur, pterosaur or marine reptile made it through the extinction, according to evolution. How could a single impact on one side of the world have such a selective effect?The University of Warwick used the asteroid myth on an unrelated story about a promising cancer treatment using iridium. “Cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with the metal from the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs,” the article on Science Daily begins. No support necessary; everyone knows to bow down. Cancer patients may not care where the iridium comes from if it helps them live.Dinosaurs are fun to learn about when you first learn to separate fact from interpretation. Perhaps the most significant fact to keep in mind is this: no complex system made up of a hierarchy of systems working together for function happens without intelligent design. Dinosaurs and pterosaurs were highly successful, extremely complex creatures, with circulatory systems, nervous systems, digestive systems, reproductive systems, sensory systems, and brains allowing them to hunt, migrate, adapt to extremes of climate, and participate in a complex web of life. Pterosaurs were also masters of powered flight, independently of four unrelated groups (insects, birds, and bats) that also possessed everything needed to fly. “You don’t just partly fly,” Paul Nelson quipped in Flight: The Genius of Birds. Which gives us an opportunity to introduce (with appreciation) J. Beverly Greene’s latest cartoon specially drawn for Creation-Evolution Headlines, illustrating a famous remark by Sir Fred Hoyle about the theory of evolution.Artwork by J. Beverly Greene for CEH. All rights reserved. (Visited 530 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Yes, Ben Huh Can Has Cheezburger—And Eats It, Too

first_imgHuh: I use bad art as a way to discuss people’s criticisms of Internet art, so image macros, viral content, Instagram photos, to talk about how cheaply they are made—art should take more effort than just putting a filter on an image, and art should be more than putting bad captions on a cat photo.Yes, true, but we are entering an age where there is very little in the way between an idea and an expression online, and that means more and more people are participating in ways of expressing themselves. What we do is encourage that artistic expression even if we don’t recognize their creations as “fine art.”Human beings have this incredible desire to connect and express themselves and that is what is filling up our time on the Internet, and I don’t think that is bad. It is actually a wonderful thing.RW:There are many people right now who hate the word “meme,” like Evgeny Morozov, who recently tweeted about banning the word. Why do you think that is?Huh: [laughs] Yes, let’s have a writer suggest banning a word.RW:I don’t think he was serious—more reacting to its overuse.Huh: Yeah. It is an overused word, and when you call everything one word, that word starts to lose its meaning. But memes exist whether we like it or not. That’s like saying “I hate information, let’s ban the use of the word information.”RW:What is your favorite meme?Huh: One of my personal favorites is the lesser known “brushie brushie brushie”—where it’s basically a picture of a bat being cleaned with a toothbrush. It’s adorable and the bat looks pissed.Huh, for once, would not elaborate on the cultural significance of a memeImage of Huh dressed as Psy courtesy of Emily Huh; LOLWork image via Amazon.com; cheezburger image via Flickr user turoczy, CC 2.0. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Huh: Yeah, when a major TV network comes to you and says we’d like to do a weekly half-hour show on your company, you go, “let me think about how much marketing I can get out of it,” and then you go, “Yes! I would love for you to do that!” [Laughs]It was great marketing for the company, and we reached the people who don’t live on the Internet. I have a personal philosophy to live a very interesting life.You don’t get a lot of offers to do a reality show, and even though I didn’t have a big part in it, I thought it was fun to do. I had to negotiate to shrink my part down because I wanted to run the company and I didn’t want the cameras following me around, but it was fun.RW:I Can Has Cheezburger is no longer alone in the “aggregate and profit from funny and cute content from the Internet” realm. Buzzfeed, for instance, is quite aggressive, if not a competitor, and mainstream outlets now cover Internet culture, too.Huh: Years ago when we got into the space, one of the big predictions I made was Internet culture is going to merge with pop culture. There is a transformation in the media being consumed, and that will change the culture that we appreciate.To stay competitive, Cheezburger is becoming more consumer friendly, the audience has diversified, and we’re putting a bigger and bigger effort on diversifying content.RW:You’ve been criticized time and again for making money off of other people’s free work, their intellectual property. At last year’s ROFLCon, for instance, you had some men troll-protesting you for this very reason.One of the men protesting Ben Huh’s panels at ROFLCon 2012Huh: I view my business as no different than Twitter or Facebook or WordPress. Fact of the matter, my job, and the money I make, is because I provide a place, a platform for people to share their creations. This is about the new form of media and business, where we’re all moving towards becoming enablers and aggregators and distributors versus the people doing the work themselves.We were actually one of the first companies to have a meme generator online, in early 2007, and hundreds, if not millions of image macros have been created through our meme generators. That enablement is what allows us to be here today, and we’re going to continue to do that.For us, making money is a means of investing back into our business, and grow this idea of making people happy for five minutes a day.RW: You also have to take criticism like that in stride.Huh: Oh yeah, any business that hits a reasonable size scale gets criticized for something. We are not perfect, but I do find that argument to be really fascinating because user generated content as a method of generating money has been around for many years and is the dominant way social media works today.But for some reason, because we use memes and we aggregate memes, we don’t get the same kind of cred like Twitter or Facebook in the way we do our business. For example, Google built a technology that scrapes Internet websites and puts ads next to them. They’re an enabler, and they are seen that way, but people don’t tend to see us as an enabler, and I plan to change that.RW:How?Huh: You’ll see. I can’t say, except we’re going to make remixing even easier, and we’re putting our foot on that gas pedal and becoming more and more of an enabler.RW:So not only are you cataloging and profiting off of memes, you are creating and reshaping meme culture.Huh: I see my role here as a person whose job is to make playgrounds and keep them open. What you do on that playground is up to you, and what is awesome is watching people have a great time on that playground.I am not moot [aka 4chan founder Christopher Poole], I am not doing Inception. I don’t get to pick what becomes a meme, but I can make a place where me, my parents or my friends and their kids can come together and understand and accept meme culture as part of something they enjoy.To stay competitive, Cheezburger is becoming more consumer friendly, the audience has diversified, and we’re putting a bigger and bigger effort on diversifying content.In 4chan’s place, you can’t do that. Kids should not go to /b/ [the shock-value “Random” imageboard on 4chan; Wikipedia link is SFW]. So it is just a different flavor of how to make internet culture accessible.RW:Besides being off limits to children, what are your thoughts on /b/?Huh: The /b/ board is like splitting the atom—it is incredibly powerful, yet you don’t know if it is going to be used for good or bad. Is it going to be a nuclear weapon, or is it going to be used for nuclear energy? No one really knows.RW:You compared Internet memes and culture to bad art, and explained how bad art can be beautiful, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago this winter. Can you recap? As CEO of the sprawling blog network known as Cheezburger, Ben Huh is easily the master of memes. Since he purchased the funny cat picture blog I Can Has Cheezburger in 2007, Huh has steadily cultivated his media empire, which now includes sites such as The Daily What, FAIL blog and Know Your Meme.Huh has expanded outside the funny Internet business, too. His mobile news publication Circa recently made headlines by hiring Reuters social-media editor Anthony DeRosa as editor in chief.Huh’s business prowess and easy-breezy philosophizing on Internet culture and humor have made him a conference panelist favorite, not least because he’s managed to make a healthy profit off user generated “content” where YouTube and 4chan have so far failed.ReadWrite caught up with the South Korean Internet-turned-mainstream celebrity to discuss everything from Huh’s reality TV show and why he gets so much hate for his sites to his favorite meme. Here are some edited highlights from the conversation.ReadWrite: First off, how closely are you actually related to Psy?Huh dressed and danced like Psy at the Seattle Interactive Conference in November 2012Ben Huh: [laughs] I think I am closely related on the resemblance side, but not in any kind of family tree. But even my mother says I look like Psy.RW:So what’s behind Reuters social media editor Anthony Rosa as the new Circa editor? That sent the press into a tizzy.Huh: [laughs] I can’t be happier—Matt [Galligan, the co-founder of Circa] has always liked Anthony, his style, his ability to leverage social media. I tweeted jokingly that a social media editor position can now lead to an editor position, but I really mean that.I have a personal philosophy to live a very interesting life.We live in a world where Twitter breaks news, and Anthony brings a strong voice, perspective, and he has an amazing ability to break, consume, and edit down news.RW:You’ve also been in the news for laying off two dozen staff to focus on mobile strategy.Huh: Yes, it was a very careful planning process, where we looked at revenue numbers and how much runway we had. People focus on the trauma of layoffs, but every single one of them was incredibly thought out, including, “how do we treat them fairly?”It always sucks—it sucks the most for the people losing their jobs—so we arranged for outside companies to hold interviews [with our laid off employees] in our VP offices, and had HR help them re-write their resumes, anything we could.RW:So what is the Cheezburger mobile strategy?Huh: So we’ve reached the #1 mobile spot in the consumer entertainment category, which is great, because I don’t consider it a mobile-first company like Circa.People focus on the trauma of layoffs, but every single one of them was incredibly thought out, including, “how do we treat them fairly?”We’re currently deliberating, figuring out consumer content, because the phone and desktop experience are different—literally, people do different things, want different things on different platforms.RW:Are you working on an algorithm right now to recommend content?Huh: I really like human beings. So no, we won’t have an algorithm to recommend content.RW:Your Cheezburger media empire was the subject of a reality TV series, LOLwork this fall. What was that like? fruzsina eordoghcenter_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Meme Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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9 Great YouTube Channels for Filmmakers

first_img 4. Neumann FilmsPerfect for CinematographersThe Neumann Films YouTube channel gets instant credibility with their fantastic cinematic image quality. Their videos tell you exactly how they get their incredibly cinematic shots and effects. Specifically, Neumann Films takes a focus on color grading and frame rates. If you’re serious about quality than Neumann Films is a great resource. Not all of their videos are free — but if you don’t mind spending a few dollars, the paid content is definitely worth it.Notable Episode: Sony FS700 – Epic Slow Mo  9. PremiumBeat (Shameless Plug)Perfect for Well-Rounded FilmmakersIf you’re reading this, then you’re probably already familiar with the incredibly extensive blog here at PremiumBeat. Besides having one of the largest filmmaking blogs in the world, PremiumBeat also has an extensive YouTube channel that covers various topics, from After Effects to Cinematography.Notable Episode: Cinematography Tutorial: Dramatic Camera Slider MovesWhat about you? What are your favorite websites to learn about filmmaking? Share in the comments below.  3. Dave DugdalePerfect for Gear LoversDave Dugdale’s YouTube channel is unique because he takes the stance of a curious filmmaker that is learning at the same time he is teaching you. Through his humble attitude towards equipment, he shares his experience with cameras, equipment, and software. Most of Dave’s videos focus around highly specific comparisons and tests, which makes his channel fantastic for gear lovers. Notable Episode: Black Magic Pocket Camera Review Compared To DSLR and Red Epic  7. Philip BloomPerfect for Travel FilmmakersPhilip Bloom is probably the biggest indie-filmmaking celebrity in the world and for a good reason. With killer reviews, cinematic quality videos, and a sense of style that would fit the cover of GQ magazine, Philip Bloom brings us helpful tutorials and he has the skills to back it up. In addition to his YouTube channel, his site is also a great place to find helpful articles and resources. Philip cruises the world looking for awesome things to video, review, and test, which makes his channel a great source of inspiration as well.Notable Episode: Now I See (A7S Test)  2. Filmmaker IQPerfect for Filmmaking NerdsFilmmaker IQ is a YouTube channel (and site) dedicated to helping filmmakers learn the craft of filmmaking on a fundamental level. Unlike other filmmaking channels, Filmmaker IQ puts film techniques in the context of film history as a whole. You won’t just learn how to record sound, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how sound waves work and how they hit a microphone. If you’re looking for an extremely well-rounded filmmaking education, Filmmaker IQ is for you.Notable Episode: The History of Frame Rate for Film  8. Every Frame a PaintingPerfect for DirectorsFilmmaking is an art form, but you didn’t need me to tell you that. While it may seem like creativity in Hollywood is dead, Every Frame a Painting shows us that behind every shot is a deeper meaning that’s helping the story progress. Every Frame a Painting helps filmmakers think about film on a deeper level.Notable Episode: Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy  6. Indy Mogul (RIP)Perfect for Indie FilmmakersAbout one year ago, Indie Mogul came to a startling end when the producers couldn’t work out the finances of the channel. However, despite the fact that new content isn’t updated, there is still over 1,200 tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better filmmaker. Seriously, if you have a question? It’s probably already been answered on Indie Mogul!Notable Episode: Slit Throat Effect: DIY Tutorial Subscribing to these YouTube channels for filmmakers is like going to film school for free!Aside from simply going out and creating a film, one of the best ways you can get better as a filmmaker is to simply watch YouTube tutorials about the craft. From pre-production to exporting, these 9 YouTube channels are a fantastic resource for you to take your filmmaking skills to the next level. If you know of any other awesome channels, we’d love to hear about the in the comments below. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and subscribe to all these channels. These truly are great YouTube channels for filmmakers.1. Film RiotPerfect for Indie FilmmakersWhat’s not to love about Film Riot? With a fantastic mixture of comedy and informative information, Film Riot is hands down the best filmmaking channel on YouTube. Every Film Riot tutorial features helpful tips and tricks for you, the filmmaker. Plus the host, Ryan Connolly, is a great filmmaker with a proven track record, so you know you’re learning from a credible source.Notable Episode: $10 DIY Camera Slider!  5. Tom AntosPerfect for Indie FilmmakersWhile it’s hard to say what exactly is the central theme of Tom Antos’s YouTube page, the channel is full of helpful tutorials and tricks designed to help filmmakers master their craft. From gear reviews to lighting tutorials, you can learn it all. It’s especially interesting to see Tom’s own personal films mixed into the videos.Notable Episode: Ultimate GH4 kit and Lenses for Videolast_img read more

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Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017.Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win his third U.S. Open championship.It is Nadal’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th of his career. Only his longtime rival Roger Federer has more, with 19.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men’s finalist since the ATP computer rankings began 44 years ago. He had never before been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 tries.So the matchup shaped up as a mismatch and that’s exactly what it was.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe No. 1-ranked Nadal dominated every facet of the 2½-hour final. He broke the 6-foot-8 (1.98-meter) Anderson’s big serve four times and never faced a break point himself.Nadal improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June. Beermen outlast Kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Top government officials caught red-handed poaching at Corbett National Park

first_imgA herd of tame cheetal at Corbett Park: Easy targets for poachersUttar Pradesh is famous, or rather infamous, for three Cs – crime, corruption and casteism. Last fortnight, it added a fourth “C” to the black list – conservation.The origin of the latest addition was the internationally famous Corbett National,A herd of tame cheetal at Corbett Park: Easy targets for poachersUttar Pradesh is famous, or rather infamous, for three Cs – crime, corruption and casteism. Last fortnight, it added a fourth “C” to the black list – conservation.The origin of the latest addition was the internationally famous Corbett National Park, a wildlife preserve that is rated one of the best in the world, teeming with deer, elephants, tigers and other assorted animals who have been housed in the sprawling parkland to keep them safe from poachers.Till last fortnight, the park’s wardens had succeeded admirably in their task till senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh Government decided to take a hand, or, as it turned out, a collection of hooves. The officials, including the commissioner of adjoining Moradabad, the district magistrate of Bijnor, the sub-divisional magistrate of Nagina and the superintendent of police, Bijnor, arrived at the park by a boat belonging to the state irrigation department for what they described as a “picnic”.The party, however, was unusually equipped for a picnic. Two members were sporting revolvers in shoulder holsters while a third carried a single barrelled shotgun. By law, which these same gentlemen were required to enforce, the carrying of firearms in Corbett Park is forbidden. The officials, as it eventually transpired, were there for one reason only – poaching. Their target, the herds of tame cheetal that populate the park and can be shot with criminal ease by people supposedly immune to the law.According to the sequence of events, the commissioner and his party beached at a place called Leedkhalia, a comparatively remote section of the park bordering the lake where cheetal usually graze in large numbers. Unluckily for the party, however, there was another group of people fishing nearby but out of sight.advertisementAccording to the second group, which comprised well-known conservationist Brijendra Singh, Trevor Fishlock, the New Delhi correspondent of the Times, London and their wives, they had spotted the other boat approaching but had taken little notice since irrigation officials often visited the area in the same boat. Having finished fishing for the day and with dusk approaching, the anglers decided to head for land and have tea before returning to their hired cottage.No sooner had they settled down, than the tranquility of the park was shattered by a shotgun blast followed closely by four more. Grabbing his binoculars, Singh focussed on the other boat and saw the occupants running towards the forest.Immediately, Singh, Fishlock and their wives scrambled into their boat and headed towards the launch moored some 500 metres away. As they approached, Singh could see the other party desperately trying to get back into the launch and start it. Fortunately for them, the launch refused to start and their boat was able to approach and stop in front of the launch.Confrontation: On inquiry, the occupants of the launch put on an air of injured innocence and denied that they had anything to do with the shooting. Since it was fairly obvious who the culprits were, Singh asked Fishlock to stay with the launch and stop them from moving while he along with the boatman, investigated the matter. Having barely entered the forest, they stumbled across a trail of blood, obviously left by a wounded animal. Since it was getting dark, Singh collected the blood-stained grass and returned to the launch where he confronted the party with the evidence. Fishlock then informed him of the bureaucratic pedigree of the party. At first, the officials tried to convince Singh and Fishlock to let them go since, according to them, the commissioner had come out for “a little fun”. When that failed to work, they tried the traditional form of bureaucratic bluster interspersed with thinly veiled hints. Singh and Fishlock, however, refused to give in and demanded that the commissioner accompany them to the field director’s office some distance away.By now, two forest guards had arrived and the entire party was escorted to the field director C.B. Singh of Corbett Park where the statements were recorded and the shotgun confiscated before the commissioner and his party were released. Said Singh: “It was a serious offence and we are determined to see that they pay for it “The next day, the field director and Singh returned to the original spot and following the blood-stains discovered the remains of a cheetal which had been freshly-eaten by a tiger. In an adjoining patch of the forest, the search party stumbled across a wounded cheetal which limped away before they could capture it for treatment. Armed with definite proof that the commissioner’s party had killed one cheetal and wounded another, a case has been lodged for contravention of the Wildlife Preservation Act.advertisementUnder any other circumstances, the commissioner and his party would have got away because of the local clout they wield. But there are two factors that weigh heavily against them. One is that Congress(I) MP and Gandhi family member Arun Nehru was present in the park when the incident occurred and expressed his willingness to brief the prime minister personally about the incident and see that the culprits were brought to book.The other is that Mrs Gandhi also happens to be chairman of the Indian Wildlife Board and also of the steering committee for Project Tiger and her feelings regarding conservation and preservation of wildlife are well-known. If she does decide to take a personal interest in the matter, the “stag party” could prove costly.last_img read more

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Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Marcelo’s fitness is often brought up by his critics, who say the 30-year-old player hasn’t been able to keep up with opposing attackers like he used to. Some blamed him for not doing enough to keep Barcelona from scoring the second-half equalizer at Camp Nou Stadium. He didn’t follow Malcom into the area and the forward was free to pick up a loose ball and score.Marcelo never seemed comfortable against Malcom and had trouble containing him. He also made little impact on attack, which has been one of his greatest attributes.Marcelo’s struggles aren’t new. Last year, Solari didn’t hide his frustration with the player’s performances, saying he wanted to see “greater effort,” especially on defense.It seemed a vote of confidence by Solari to pick Marcelo for Wednesday’s clasico, but the Brazilian wasn’t able to make the most of it. He hasn’t played as often since the coach took over and started giving more minutes to young left back Sergio Reguilon from the youth squad.Marcelo has played only three league matches this year, with most of his appearances in the Copa del Rey. He was ordinary against Girona in the Copa round of 16, where Madrid conceded three times in the two-game series.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Not long ago there were widespread rumors about Marcelo joining his friend Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, and talks about him trying to move to midfield, where his physical condition wouldn’t be so crucial and he would be able to make better use of his great skills with the ball.Marcelo joined Real Madrid from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2007 and quickly became the obvious substitute to fellow Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos. Marcelo helped Real Madrid win four Spanish leagues and four Champions Leagues, in addition to four Club World Cups. He played in two World Cups for Brazil, being one of the captains in the 2018 tournament in Russia.Solari gave no hints about whether he would keep Marcelo in the lineup on Saturday for the league derby at Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid can pass Atletico for second place with a win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The club then travels to the Netherlands to face Ajax in the round of 16 of the Champions League.“We are going step by step,” the coach said. “We just finished this match and now we will have a few days to work and start thinking about the league match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, considered by many the best left back in the world. But this season, the Brazilian’s performances have come in for criticism.The clamor for dropping Marcelo only increased after a lackluster display on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona. He struggled on defense and added little in attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSolari again avoided talking about Marcelo’s performance.“Marcelo is our second captain (after Sergio Ramos), he is 100 percent committed to Real Madrid, always puts the club first,” Solari said briefly. “We always work to make sure that all of our players are at their best.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Real defender Marcelo, right, duels for the ball with Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo during the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — It’s not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player’s great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player’s current achievements.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Team Lakay bros Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang determined to get out of Japan victoriouslast_img read more

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Special Report SDSU West land issues

first_img Steve Bosh March 6, 2018 Special Report: SDSU West land issues 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The City Attorney’s memo that KUSI made public Monday raises serious concerns over who would control the Mission Valley site if the SDSU West initiative is approved by the voters in November.The initiative cannot be changed and the memo stated if the land is sold to SDSU, the city loses control of the property, but that may not necessarily be the case.Related Link: KUSI Special Report: Latest on the SDSU West proposalThe initiative anticipates a sales contract that imposes covenants and restrictions on the land to be negotiated after the vote.City Attorney Mara Elliott’s memo stated the city will lose control of the property if it’s sold to SDSU, but there’s always an exception.Kim Kilkenny is with “Friends of San Diego State,” the organization that drafted the SDSU West initiative that will go to the voters.Related Link: Mayor Faulconer speaks about SDSU West and more issues facing the City of San Diego“It would allow the city to sell the site to SDSU and impose a series of conditions. That’s what the initiative requires and it preserves all of the city’s power and all the city’s authority over that site through the sales contract,” Kilkenny said.A sales contract would have to be negotiated with the State University System and would require the state to be bound to any conditions negotiated with the mayor.“It authorizes the city council to establish the sales price at fair market value and to attach conditions to the sales contract through an open and transparent process,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.What exactly is a sales contract?Related Link: The future of the Mission Valley siteAccording to former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, “a sales contract is how you bind each party. This initiative — like the SoccerCity initiative — doesn’t bind the proponents.”If the university wants that property to expand it, they will have to negotiate.“If they don’t think it’s fair value or if they don’t think it’s in the best terms of the interests of the city, they can say no,” Goldsmith said.Goldsmith, like others, said the city is missing an opportunity to give voters something specific rather than the uncertainties offered by both SoccerCity and SDSU.“What I would suggest doing is sending this out for a conditional request for proposal … now,” Goldsmith said.Related Link: ‘Friends of SDSU’ steering committee member defends SDSU WestConditional in case both initiatives fail in November, there would be other offers on the table.“Bring on the offers and then let’s have some public hearings. Let’s hear what we can do with this property,” Goldsmith added.This would give the city total control of the site and give voters more substance and a true picture of what would happen rather than the uncertainties of both initiatives as detailed by the city attorney. Posted: March 6, 2018 Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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