Matthews skates into role

first_imgAfter losing seven seniors from last season’s national championship team, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team found itself in need of a new group of leaders. Starting the season 8-1-1, it would appear that the vacancy has been filled despite the fact that seven players are freshmen. One of these new leaders is junior defenseman Alycia Matthews.“Being a junior, they want us to step up and help the underclassmen,” Matthews said. “With the freshmen, I try to help them communicate and talk on the ice. “I have found that I have a bigger role on the team, both on and off the ice.”Teammates have embraced Matthews in her new role.“She has been a great role model for me,” freshman Hilary Knight said.Along with having what it takes to be a team leader, Matthews, who hails from Castlegar, British Columbia, is a reliable blue liner who the Badgers want out on the ice.“Alycia is just a steady defenseman. She is very trustworthy,” senior defenseman Emily Morris said. “She is just one of those people who does her job and does it well. She comes up big in clutch situations when we need her to.” Not only has Matthews been a force on the defensive end, but she has improved her offensive game as well. With two goals and seven assists through 10 games this season, Matthews’ total of nine points is good for second in the nation among defensemen. Matthews’ newfound scoring touch has been extremely impressive, considering that in 41 games last season, she only tallied eight points.“Her role this year is quite a bit different than the last couple years,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We lost three defensemen from last year’s team, and she is in a different role capacity-wise. She is getting a lot more power play opportunities and power play time, and the end result with her skill set is she has been able to create opportunities. “Given the opportunity to play in different situations than she has played in years past, she is making the most of it.”After a four-point series this past weekend, Matthews was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. She contributed one game-winning goal and three assists, as Wisconsin swept Minnesota State 4-2 in both contests this past weekend. Last Friday, Matthews assisted on the Badgers first two goals, and then fired a hard wrist shot from the left point that put the Badgers up for good. Matthews followed up her offensive assault Friday with a tally Saturday. It came on a crisp pass to set up the streaking Knight for a breakaway and eventual game-winning goal.“I have been working really hard in practice, staying for extra shooting and working on puck handling,” Matthews said of her four-point weekend. “But yeah, I can’t believe it.”Matthews is enjoying her individual success this season and certainly feels the same way about her past three seasons with the program.“I have had so much fun,” Matthews said. “I love playing the sport, and I love winning. … It has been an awesome experience.”Still, her main goal is to help the team win a third consecutive national championship.“We have targets on our backs,” Matthews said. “We have to go out there and grind it out and compete every game. That is what we are doing, and I think we are doing a good job so far.”last_img read more

Students work toward the future of virtual reality films

first_imgA group of USC students are looking at a new reality.Greg Feingold, a junior majoring in business cinematic arts, has started a virtual reality production company, VR The World. With minimal equipment and a team of students from different fields, VRTW has produced content for Coachella, Springfest and the USC Rowing Team.Alongside Stephen Jensen, a junior majoring in sound design, Noah Yoseloff and Jacob Sami, a senior and a sophomore  respectively both majoring in business administration, the team of four students comprise the technology startup.Feingold’s said his recent introduction to VR technology came after he bought his first VR camera.“I’ve been into virtual reality for about six months now. I got to work on it in my internship,” Feingold said. “I was able to buy a camera at SXSW, one of the first 360-degree consumer cameras. It’s just two cameras and it stitches [the video] automatically.”For one of their first projects, Feingold used the $350 camera to film a VR production for the USC Men’s Rowing team, which picked up hits from around the world.“I made a rowing film — I’m on the rowing team at USC. I sent it to a few people but it got really viral within the rowing community,” Feingold said. “We got messages from the Kuwaiti national rowing team, people in Great Britain, teams in Australia. Lots of people were sharing it.”Their latest projects include on-campus endeavors, such as 360-degree videos for Springfest earlier this month and the New Moon Music Festival benefit for the USC chapter of Room to Read. But over the past two weekends, Feingold and Yoseloff found themselves working alongside the Coachella VR production team to create experiential content for the festival.“[I] got hired by Coachella for the last two weekends, to help make their official content. I was on the filming team,” Feingold said. “The first weekend, we walked around with GoPro rigs and we would go into the crowd and on stage.”Apart from festivals, most of the startup’s clients are in the real estate, marketing and music industry fields. A particularly novel use of the 360-degree video technology has been to showcase open houses from across the country.“I started getting a lot of requests from people to make them videos, real estate firms, marketing companies, convert and record labels,” Feingold said. “People in L.A. might want to see a house in New York and they don’t even have to be there.”Jensen spoke on the barriers that VR technology faces. He mentioned the limits of stereo sound when using an interactive headset or VR phone app.“It’s weird because you’d be looking at something [different], but the audio wouldn’t change, and video games have picked up on that,” Jensen said. “They’ve started mapping sound based off the viewer’s head movements. Consumer public video hasn’t really caught up yet.”Both Jensen and Feingold place a lot of their success on the timeliness of their enterprise and the lack of competitors in the market.“It’s such a low barrier of entry, the fact that I could just buy one of the [cameras] but also there’s not a lot of people doing it yet,” Feingold said. “It took a lot of teaching myself to stitch and edit.”Feingold expressed his desire for more students to get involved with the technology, despite their lack of experience with VR, and hopes that VR The World can be a jumping-off point for those who want to get involved.“There’s a lot of people at USC who want to get involved with VR, but they don’t know how. We want to be the place you go to,” Feingold said.last_img read more

Liverpool win out in penalty thriller.

first_imgLiverpool scraped past Middlesbrough in the third round  last night, in what was a thrilling match at Anfield.The game finished 2-2 after extra-time, before Liverpool eventually won the penalty shootout 14-13.Arsenal’s indifferent start to the season continued, after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton. Everton crashed out 3-0 at Swansea, while last season’s runners-up Sunderland went down 2-1 to Stoke.Elsewhere, there were wins for Bournemouth, Derby, Sheffield United, MK Dons, Shrewsbury and Fulham.last_img read more

Nightmare Black Vultures Destroy WPB Vacation Home

first_img(West Palm Beach, FL) — A Florida vacation home in the exclusive Ibis Golf and Country Club is nearly uninhabitable after being overtaken by dozens of federally protected black vultures. The owners, the Casimanos from New York, have moved their family back up north because the vultures have taken up residence at their $700-thousand West Palm Beach house, vomiting and pooping all over the property. Experts say the unique vultures throw up as a form of self-defense to scare away predators. According the couple, the birds have destroyed the pool and screen enclosures making the home smell “like a thousand rotting corpses.” The Casimanos fear for the safety of their small children around the destructive birds.A neighbor says many of the vultures became trapped in her pool enclosure, violently tearing each other apart when they could not find a way out. The Home Owner’s Association says another neighbor has been feeding the birds and has been cited and fined, but keeps feeding them anyway. Most property owners have very few options when their place is taken over by the federally protected birds.last_img read more

THE BREEDERS’ CUP REVEALS THE OFFICIAL LOGO FOR THE 2016 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, TO BE HOSTED AT SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. (September 22, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup has today revealed the stunning new logo for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Following an exciting and historic 2015 horseracing season, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return for the ninth time to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The sophisticated and sleek new logo illustrates Breeders’ Cup’s evolution as a brand and emergence as one of the world’s preeminent lifestyle and entertainment experiences. The Breeders’ Cup has partnered with Epiphany Inc., a luxury marketing and branding agency whose clients include Montage Hotels & Resorts, among other luxury hospitality brands, to create the new design. An unprecedented move by Breeders’ Cup, the partnership marks the first time that Epiphany has worked with a horseracing brand and the new logos are emblematic of Breeders’ Cup’s growth as a leading racing and lifestyle event.“The logo for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the perfect combination of both tradition and modernity,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “With Santa Anita being one of the country’s most iconic tracks and the site of some of Breeders’ Cup’s most memorable moments, we couldn’t have asked for a logo that better reflects our brand and our host sites.” The logo for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita, which will be held November 4-5 next year, is inspired by the Hollywood culture and lifestyle. With an oval outline that mimics the shape of the track, a single palm tree and the lone star of California, the 2016 logo offers a distinct sense of place. The yellow light beams reinforce the close proximity to and influence of Hollywood on the 2016 event and the iconic purple of the Breeders’ Cup completes the signature design. New logo inspired by the iconic Santa Anita Park racetrack, Hollywood and the state of California. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-Oct. 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube center_img -30- The Breeders’ Cup has also tapped Epiphany Inc. to create the logo for the 2017 World Championships, which will take place at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Media Contact:        Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512, jgluckson@breederscup.comAlison Blue, Nike Communications, 646-654-3426, ablue@nikecomm.comlast_img read more

Former rep highlights weaknesses in team PNG

first_img“Their opponents are always tough and aggressive and their girls must step up if they want to be serious representative games in contenders in the Oceania region.”Former National midfielder Kule Matu said our girls were dwarfed by their New Zealand opponents who were also aggressive and tough.”We need to be very tough and out muscle our opponents and there is no reason to be ashamed.””We were not aggressive and competitive enough. We also need to communicate well on the field. Those were some of our weaknesses,” he said.Kule, said there is a lot of areas they need to work on.Kule played his last international game during the 1991 SP Games in Lae. He retired soon after to settle at his home in Bumayong.He currently assists the technical staff of Morobe United in the NSL games.last_img read more

Arthur Melo, the incomplete player

first_img8 The great challenge of Arthur Melo this season is to end a game starting as a starter. With Quique Setién he has played all the games, two of them also as a starter (Valencia and Getafe in LaLiga), but in no case has he played the 90 minutes. In fact, to see the last time the Brazilian midfielder completed a match, we have to go back to November 9 when he started against Celtic (4-1) in the Camp Nou. Since that day he hasn’t played 90 minutes again. First because of recurrent pubic lesions and then because both Ernesto Valverde and now Setién seem to be clear that he has no physical or endurance to be present in the field the whole game. There is no doubt that the picture for Arthur is more than worrisome. And not only because he does not have regularity in the field to endure the whole game but when he is given the opportunity he does not take advantage of it either, covering with the file and little else. His game, excessively bureaucratic, does not provide different solutions and exasperates the respectable on more than one occasion. Far away is that player that some came to compare with Xavi Hernández for his way of moving in the field, Right now, the Brazilian international is barely the last bullet in the chamber of Setién.In addition, Arthur is accompanied by a disturbing label of undisciplined player. With the previous coach, Ernesto Valverde, He already had two ‘hooked’: one to travel to Paris without permission to go to the Neymar party when there were two days left to play a game against Real Madrid and another to make a trip to Andorra one weekend to practice ‘snowboarding’ when I was convalescent of a pubalgia. Two mistakes that have made a dent in their performance. In short, a full disappointment. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 17, 2020 If we look at Arthur’s season it is clear that the first word that comes to mind is disappointment. It is not normal that a player of his talent could only complete five games (three from LaLiga and two from Champions). If with Valverde he was the thirteenth most used player, with Setién things have gone directly worse, being the penultimate, only surpassed by the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, who adds 90 minutes, played in the Cup against Ibiza. Arthur (239) is below even from Junior (241), a prior player destined for a secondary role, who Arturo Vidal (249) or even that Rakitic (361).last_img read more

Stokes’ 258 leads England assault

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Ben Stokes unleashed one of cricket’s most destructive innings for his 258 as England racked up 629-6 declared in a morale-crushing day for South Africa in the second Test yesterday.Stokes powered to the second-fastest double century in Tests in an astonishing display of dominance over the struggling but still top-ranked Proteas, propelling England from 317-5 overnight to its huge first-innings total in less than 40 overs of power hitting on the second day at Newlands.”I’m probably not going to play like this ever again in my life,” the 24-year-old Stokes said.Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who was 150 not out, had a record partnership of 399, with Stokes claiming the fastest 250 in Test cricket, before he was run out. Their partnership was the best for the sixth wicket in Tests and England’s second best for any wicket.South Africa, staring at a big defeat and a 2-0 series deficit, was fighting at 141-2 at stumps, still 488 behind. England had removed both openers – Stiaan van Zyl to a run out and Dean Elgar for 44 – to give Stokes a wicket to go with his brilliant contribution with the bat. Captain Hashim Amla was 64 not out and AB de Villiers 25 not out, desperately trying to hold England at bay.Earlier, when England declared two balls after Stokes’ dismissal, the tourists had scored 312 runs in a session and a half at a scintillating rate of nearly seven per over. On a day of landmarks under Table Mountain, the bigger picture was that England amassed its second-highest total in more than 120 years of Test cricket in South Africa, only behind its 654-5 in the timeless Test in Durban in 1939.That was almost entirely down to the stunning Stokes-Bairstow partnership, a boundary-filled stand that left South Africa utterly dejected and way behind in the series, having already lost the first Test by 241 runs.”It was just a very intense session and a half by Ben Stokes, which was quite amazing to watch from where I was standing,” South Africa’s Elgar said. “I was standing at the boundary a lot, fetching the ball.”Stokes’ catalog of big blows brought a series of stats. He bludgeoned 30 fours and 11 sixes, the most sixes for England in a Test innings. The 130 he scored in the firstsession was the most by any player before lunch in a Test. The double hundred came off 163 balls, only behind Nathan Astle’s double ton off 153 deliveries for New Zealand against England in 2001-02.Having made just his third Test century, he went to 200 with a pull through midwicket for four, and leaped in the air with his fist pumping. His 250 off 196 balls was quicker than anyone else. The style of his innings was clear: 186 runs came from crunching blows to the boundary – or over it.On any other day, Bairstow’s 150 off 191 balls with 18 fours and two sixes would have drawn the attention.England scored 196 in 25 overs before lunch and 116 in 13.5 overs in the afternoon, before Alastair Cook put the South Africans out of their misery with the declaration.The end result was that England, already 1-0 ahead in the series, was in complete command at one of South Africa’s favourite grounds, and where England hasn’t won since 1957.But the ground’s reputation as a bastion for South Africa came crumbling down with Stokes’ assault. He finally fell to a bizarre dismissal when he hit a swirling catch to short mid-on, where AB de Villiers dropped the chance but managed to run out Stokes at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit.last_img read more

Dismissed APM Terminals Sanitation Workers Write House of Representatives over Benefits

first_imgRep. Ducan raises his hand to make a motion to the communication.Twelve former  sanitation employees of APM Terminal have written the House of Representatives about their unfair sacking and refusal of APM Terminal’s management to pay their benefits.In a communication to the House of Representatives, dated June 20 but placed on the July 5 agenda, which marked the 43rd Day Sitting, the dismissed employees said they are constrained and compelled to bring their complaints to the attention of the Lawmakers, because of the inhumane treatment and bad labor practices the APM Terminals meted out against them.The spokesperson of the group, Ms. Victoria Walker, said although the Ministries of Justice and Labor in March this year, issued an ultimatum and mandated APM Terminals to reinstate the 12 of them, the management has deliberately refused.“The management of APM Terminals told us that our reinstatement will be done over their dead bodies, and as proof, the management has employed different workers, replacing us,” Ms. Walker said.They wrote: “Most of us worked in the maintenance division from 2011 up to and including the date the Terminal Project was completed in December 2017; that in order to evade the Labor Laws of Liberia, the management from time to time hired the services of local entities and turned us over to such entities where we worked on a contractual basis.”They added: “The failure of APM Terminal to give us our just benefits is one of the major causes why our children are unable to complete the 2017/2018 school year, as we are unable to pay their tuition.”“…It is our humble prayer that this communication will meet your timely and urgent response for these peace loving Liberians who are being ill-treated by the APM Terminals Management to benefit as required under our laws and Let the Struggle end in the Cause of the People.”The dismissed employees are Lester Cummings, Joseph Tonolia, Ms. Victoria Walker, Ms. Lydia David, Daniel P. Weleh, Rufus Weah, Alex Swen, Othello Griffths, Ms. Tutu Toe, Ms. Annie Nyema, Sylvester P. Chukpadeh and Ms. Lucy Derrick.Meanwhile, the House’s Plenary voted to forward the complaint to the Committee on Labor, chaired by Sinoe County District #1 Representative Crayton Oldpa Duncan, to investigate and report within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Critical Challenge for President Weah

first_imgThis newspaper’s attention is drawn to a report carried in its Friday, February 22, 2019, edition under the headline, “CSOs Seek Support for Residents ‘Victimized’ by LAC, SRC’s Operations”, written by the Daily Observer’s community reporter, Hannah N. Geterminah.According to the reporter, several Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with a Swiss-based development charity, Bread for All (BFA), have launched a report calling on the Liberian government to provide a remedy to the problems faced by community members who were forcefully evicted from their lands in order to make way for the planting of rubber.According to the report entitled, “Struggle for Life and Land”, affected communities have lost their source of livelihood, along with a resultant sharp deterioration of the food security situation, worsened by a critical lack of access to safe drinking water.It can be observed that a major problem inherited by this government is the caseload of grievances of local communities, sparked by their forceful eviction of ancestral lands, by rubber and oil palm concessionaires under arrangements in which they were neither consulted nor involved in discussions that would see them deprived of their lands.It is indeed a problem heavily laden with full conflict potential. This newspaper maintains the view that, in situations where local communities find themselves helplessly pitted against the big corporations and with absolutely little or no protection coming from a government that is generally perceived as corrupt, resentment builds and can easily lead to violent and extremist forms of violence.And there are many examples the world over to support this claim.  A May 2002 OECD working Paper on International Investment entitled: “Multinational Enterprises in Situations of Violent Conflict and Widespread Human Rights Abuses ” acknowledges that there is a growing body of empirical literature that supports the view that factors underpinning the dynamics of civil strife and human rights violations bear a direct relationship to the level and structure of income and with the degree of development of the country’s political institutions.What we have in Liberia are weak political and state institutions with over an estimated 64 percent of Liberians living below the poverty line, of whom 1.3 million live in extreme poverty. With pervasive and runaway corruption taking a heavy toll on the nation’s resources, there are indications that such conditions could contribute to the possibility that the country could re-experience civil strife, especially given the very corrupt behavior of public officials and the inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides of the divide.This newspaper shares the view that in an economy such as ours, heavily dependent on the extractive industry, multinational corporations provide the revenue flow which makes it possible for the managers of a rentier state such as ours to procure the material and organizational requirements to employ the use of mindless violence as a matter of public policy.And such are bound to have repercussions simply because the people become incensed and imbued with a spirit of resistance. Perhaps runaway corruption and the arrogance and profligacy of corrupt officials can explain why the Afghan government (ranked by Transparency International as the 172 least corrupt nation out of 175), despite billions of foreign economic and military assistance, has been unable to quell the resurgence of the Taliban.And it can be similarly said of Iraq where a very corrupt Iraqi government has inadvertently aided the resurgence of the violent and extremist Islamic State.It is against this outlook that this newspaper urges the Weah administration to act urgently, to come to grips with the existing problems between the rubber giants, Liberia Agricultural Company(LAC), the Salala Rubber Corporation(SRC) and local communities. Admittedly, these problems and like those of the Golden Veroleum in Sinoe and Sime Darby in Cape Mount, are linked to the past government.It has appeared that the Ellen Sirleaf administration apparently had a charge to concession out the country legally or illegally. And the records show that more than two-thirds of concession agreements signed were illegal, according to the Moore Stephens report.But whether we like it or not, the charge is now President Weah’s to address as the successor of the past government. This is by no means an easy undertaking; yet it must be done.And this must be done sooner than later; if needs be, review concession agreements, especially since most were illegally concluded. The grievances of local communities must be addressed in a meaningful way that will not leave communities sullen, resentful of government and prone to violent and extremist behavior.Too much is at stake for the survival of this nation. This newspaper holds the view that President Weah should consider the idea of a national dialogue or, better still, the convening of a sovereign national conference to trash out burning issues with the view to deriving a national consensus on addressing key and critical issues. This is indeed a critical challenge for President Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more