For seven innings, the Trojans fought to find any consistent offense against Long Beach State. For seven innings Dirtbags pitcher John Castro had USC’s lineup on its toes, allowing just six hits and zero runs.“I thought Castro pitched phenomenally well for them today,” head coach Dan Stubbs said. “He had three pitches working and he kept us off balance.”But in a wild Tuesday night game that lasted four hours and featured 11 innings, the first seven frames merely served as prelude. The Trojans needed one major play to get back into the game, and junior Lars Nootbaar provided just that. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and a man on second, the center fielder blasted a moonshot that sailed over the right field fence. With that two-run homer, a Trojans’ offense that had been largely dormant up until that point came alive.“Honestly it’s one of the greatest feelings,” Nootbaar said. “Just knowing you squared a ball up, it’s almost as if you didn’t even feel it. It’s one of those things where right at contact, you know it’s going out. Just seeing my teammates enjoy it was really the best part.”While Nootbaar’s home run gave the team a chance to win, solid pitching from a very young rotation kept the Trojans afloat up until that point. Junior Mason Perryman performed admirably — if slightly erratically — in only his fourth career start. He gave up just five hits but also hit three batters, at one point nailing two in a row to load the bases. After four innings, he was replaced by sophomore Quinten Longrie, who gave up one hit in nine outs, with five strikeouts.“We’re relying on a lot of young guys,” Stubbs said. “You think about the pitching that was out there today; I think Mason probably has 25 innings of college experience, Longrie might have 2 or 3 innings of college experience and the other guys have zero. We’re going to be a work in progress a little bit.”With the game tied at two at the top of the ninth, Stubbs made the bold decision to send freshman Austin Manning out to the mound. The lefty looked confident at first, striking out LBSU second baseman Jarron Duran. But then he gave up a double followed by a perfectly executed RBI sacrifice fly to center field. Manning managed to get out of the inning giving up only the one run, but the Trojans once again found themselves in a do-or-die situation heading into the bottom of the ninth.This time, however, they didn’t need Nootbaar’s hot bat. With two freshman pinch runners, John Thomas and Christian Moya, at the corners senior Cris Perez came up to bat with two outs. As Thomas attempted to steal from first base, LBSU catcher David Baneulos overthrew the second baseman, allowing Moya to score off of the error. The Trojans left the inning with a 3-3 tie, meaning that fans at Dedeaux Field would be treated to a late night of extra innings.Both teams failed to score in the 10th inning. Manning produced a three up, three down inning on the defensive end and then senior AJ Fritts was unable to bring junior Adalberto Carrillo home from third with one out.After Manning once again prevented the Dirtbags from scoring in the top of the 11th, the Trojans seemed destined to finally finish the game. First Brandon Perez reached first base when LBSU’s center fielder dropped a routine flyball. Then he reached second off of a wild pickoff throw to first base. The Dirtbags’ pitcher Chris Rivera intentionally walked Matthew Acosta and Tyler Urbach leaving the bases loaded with zero outs.Despite the odds stacked in their favor, the Trojans still did not make ending the game a simple task. Cris Perez and David Edson both struck out, leaving junior shortstop Frankie Rios up to bat with two outs and the game on the line. Rios immediately got down 0-2 in the count, and for a minute it looked as though USC had squandered another golden opportunity — except it had not. Rios blasted a walk-off single to center field and was immediately mobbed by an army of exhausted teammates.“I was excited,” Rios said. “I wasn’t doing all too well, and then I got that hit. I saw it off the bat, and I was pumped.”On the game, Nootbaar produced a memorable performance, going 3-4 with a home run and two RBI. On the season, he is batting .688 with two homers.A positive sign for USC going forward was the season debut of senior leader Corey Dempster following a knee injury. The outfielder came into the eighth inning as a pinch hitter and singled on the first pitch he saw.After defeating LBSU, the Trojans travel to North Carolina on Friday for games against Wake Forest and Duke.
A group of private entities brought smiles to the faces of children at the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) at Wismar, Linden, and neighbouring communities, when they hosted a gift distribution and Christmas party exercise.One of the organisers of the event, Lincoln Zephyr, noted that this was just the beginning of what is expected to be an annual initiative within the Linden community.“This was the start of what is going to be an annual Christmas give back initiative to the kids at the Upper Demerara Hospital. As a Director of Vybz Entertainment, our newly formed company OLT Waste Solutions Enterprise and on behalf of Babulu Car Rental and Trucking Services, I would like to thank the Upper Demerara Hospital and staff for giving us this opportunity to give back to our community,” he noted.Dr Roscoe McDonald, who is in charge of the family health clinic at the medical facility, noted that the initiative was a great gesture which lightened the spirits of the children at the Hospital.“It was a great initiative. The children that turned out were extremely happy… they were blessed with snacks, games and even presents. I trust that this gesture will continue for it seems to have given them a bright day,” he said.The companies, Babulu’s Car Rental and Trucking Services, OLT Waste Solutions Enterprise and Vybz Entertainment teamed up for the grand initiative, in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.
9 November 2010The board of directors of Canada’s Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation has approved ArcelorMittal SA’s all-cash offer to take over the company, ArcelorMittal South Africa said on Monday.Baffinland is a Canadian junior mining company focused on the exploration and development of the iron ore deposits located on its 100 percent-owned Mary River property.The property has 365-million tonnes of proven and probable reserves grading 64.7 percent iron and 500-million tonnes of additional resources (52-million tonnes of measured and indicated resource grading 64.6 percent iron, and 448-million tonnes of inferred resource grading 65.5 percent iron), as reported by Baffinland.ArcelorMittal SA has offered to acquire all of Baffinland’s issued and outstanding common shares, and all outstanding common share purchase warrants governed by the warrant indenture dated 31 January 2007 by way of a take-over bid, it said in a statement.Under the offer, holders of common shares would receive CAN$1.10 in cash per share, and holders of 2007 warrants would receive CAN$0.10 in cash per 2007 warrant.The offer, which valued Baffinland’s equity at CAN$433-million on a fully-diluted basis, represented a premium of 15.8 percent to Baffinland’s closing share price of CAN$0.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on 5 November 2010.“The board of directors of Baffinland has approved the offer and unanimously recommends that Baffinland’s shareholders and the holders of 2007 warrants tender their common shares and 2007 warrants to the offer,” ArcelorMittal SA said.In addition, each of the directors and officers of Baffinland had agreed to tender all common shares and 2007 warrants held by them to the offer pursuant to lock-up agreements with ArcelorMittal.Baffinland’s largest shareholder, Resource Capital Funds, had also entered into a lock-up agreement with ArcelorMittal pursuant to which it had agreed to tender all of its common shares and 2007 warrants, representing approximately 23 percent of the outstanding common shares, to the offer, ArcelorMittal said.Sapa
5 May 2011African economies have made important strides in improving their economic environments in recent years, but much remains to be done to sustain recent strong growth, according to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2011.The report, jointly produced by the World Bank, World Economic Forum and African Development Bank, was released at the start of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday.It argues that African governments must better harness the region’s resources through stronger integration into international trade and finance, improved educational systems, enhanced entrepreneurial opportunities for women, and developing their tourism sectors.“Africa must focus on the policies and strategies that are key for the sustained economic recovery and inclusive growth of the continent, such as higher education for skilled manpower and entrepreneurship development, and financial instruments that will support vibrant private sector development and regional integration and trade,” Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice-president of the African Development Bank, said in statement on the release of the report.Four focus areasThe report highlights four areas on which Africa should focus “to ensure strong, sustained and shared growth”, namely: diversifying products and markets; upgrading managerial skills and higher education; expanding women’s entrepreneurship; and reaping the full benefits of tourism.“African countries have much to gain by diversifying exports and by further opening up regional trade,” the World Bank says on its Africa Competitiveness Report web page.Despite improving over recent decades, the report finds, Africa’s share in world trade remains low, being heavily concentrated in natural resources, while intra-African trade is limited.Regional integration could also “help African countries become more competitive and resilient to external shocks”.Not enough university studentsOn managerial skills and higher education, the report states, African higher education enrolment remains extremely low by international standards, while most African students avoid science, engineering technology and business. “The result is a skills mismatch – university graduates remain unemployed, while African countries continue to face shortages of skilled labour.”The report finds the rate of women’s entrepreneurship to be higher in Africa than in any other region, without necessarily signaling economic empowerment. “This is because women are concentrated in the informal, micro, low-growth, and low-profit areas.”The report shows that while women are less likely to be operating larger firms in higher-value-added sectors, those who do so in fact manage firms that perform equally well as those run by men. “What is critical is not to increase entrepreneurship per se, but rather to enable women to move into higher-value-added activities.”Tourism riches unexploitedAnd when it comes to tourism, the report finds that Africa’s rich natural and cultural resources “represent a major unexploited endowment … The region has many advantages on which to build its tourism industry, including price competitiveness, a strong affinity for tourism, and rich natural resources supported by efforts toward environmental sustainability.“However, a number of obstacles remain to developing the sector, notably improving safety and security, upgrading health and hygiene levels, developing infrastructure and access to African sites, and fostering the region’s human capital.”In addition to assessments of competitiveness, trade performance and the ability to attract investment, the report includes an analysis of what is needed to upgrade higher education in Africa, how to best expand women’s economic opportunities on the continent, and the extent to which African countries have created environments attractive to travel and tourism.Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said the report was “the third comprehensive effort by our three organisations to place the continent in a broader international context and to shed light on the important aspects of development in the region, which are so critical to ensure sustained and shared growth for Africa’s citizens.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Learn how keyboard shortcuts can speed up your color correcting process in this video tutorial.Color correcting your footage is a really important step in the post-production process if you want to improve the look of your video. High-end productions normally use software that has traditionally be designated “color correction” software like DaVinci Resolve or SpeedGrade, but if you’re not looking to spend a lot of time color correcting you could always do it right in Final Cut Pro X.Even better, instead of using your mouse to do color correcting, you can speed up your workflow using your computer keyboard. Keyboards offer a faster workflow than simply using a mouse. In the following tutorial from MacBreak Studio we learn how to use a keyboard to do color correction inside Final Cut Pro X. The video covers:Assigning Keyboard ShortcutsCopying Color CorrectionsToggling CorrectionsIf you’re looking for a good place to start learning shortcuts, check out our post about using keyboard shortcuts in Final Cut Pro X.This video was first shared by MacBreak Studio on the Pixel Corps YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have you ever used keyboard shortcuts to color correct in FCPX? Have any tips? Share in the comments below
Video editors and motion designers – follow these demo reel channels to stay inspired.An incredible demo reel has the ability to inspire and really get your creative juices following. Unfortunately, for every amazing reel there’s a handful of ‘not-so-good’ ones. We’ve rounded up 10 channels on Vimeo dedicated to bring you the cream of the crop in motion design, cinematography and visual effects showreels. We’ve included examples of demo reels from each group and channel below. If you know of any other great sites to find showreel inspiration let us know in the comments below!1. The Best Showreels and Demo ReelsWe might be a little biased, but one of the best places you can go to get demo reel inspiration is our curated Best Showreels and Demo Reels page on Vimeo. Moderated by us (PremiumBeat), the Best Showreels and Demo Reels channel features motion graphics, filmmaking, cinematography, color correction, editing, and much more. 5. 3D MakersIf you’re into 3D animation, modeling, or compositing than you will love the 3D makers group. The group features work from some of the best 3D artists in the world. 3. The Demo Reels ChannelThe Demo Reels Channel is a great place to find showreels from a wide range of video specialities. From motion graphics to documentary filmmaking, they cover it all. They include reels from independent creators, all the way up to epic reels from major production companies and studios. 6. Must See Demo ReelsMust See Demo Reels is a group moderated by Versa. Here you’ll find VFX and motion graphic work from all around the world. The reels featured here are incredibly artistic in nature and display a great blend of both personal and client work. This is also a great place to find some of the best personal branding around. 7. Cinematography ReelFor all the DP’s out there the Cinematography Reel group showcases reels with a focus on video production. Here you’ll find amazing examples of cinematography from commercial to avant-garde. They don’t only include demo reels that use ARRI or RED cameras. Instead, you’ll find an intelligently moderated group that focuses more on composition than camera. 8. Game Animation Demo ReelsWhile it may seem silly to look to video games to get inspiration for your next big project, the Game Animation Demo Reels group features work that should inspire game designers and filmmakers alike. This is a great place to study animation techniques, texturing, and VFX work. 4. VFX RiderAs the name implies, VFX Rider focuses on demo reels with great VFX and animation work. We love that they include demo reels featuring various aspects of the VFX pipeline, not just the finished product. 10. Director of PhotographyIf you’re a DP by trade, or simply appreciate great cinematography, then consider joining the Director of Photography group. This Vimeo group features work from some of the best DPs in the world, as well as amazing color grading and color correction examples.If you’re thinking about putting together your own demo reel check out our post on the “Top 20 Tips for Creating A Successful Demo Reel”. There you’ll find some great tips for the next time you are looking to stand out. Once you’ve created your demo reel be sure to share it and submit it to your favorite demo reel groups and channels to increase your visibility!Know of any other great places to find demo reel inspiration? Share in the comments below. 9. Awesome Animation Demo ReelsThe demo reels in this group are in fact all awesome, and all animation. Only the best of the best work samples here from the world’s best motion designers and animators. 2. Shit Showreels SayThis relatively new demo reel channel was started by Peter Quinn, the author behind the Shit Showreels Say video that went viral this year. The channel mainly focuses on motion graphics and VFX showreels. Peter also puts up new showreels on Facebook daily on the Shit Showreels Say Facebook page.
Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Usually they say the amount of time you have been away takes you the same amount to come back to your previous level and I hope that is not the case for Djokovic because that would mean the end of the year.”Becker said legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had shown it was possible to succeed after long injury absences.Federer and Nadal dominated the Slams in 2017 while the Swiss star defended his Australian Open in January, claiming a 20th major. “It would be a lot to expect him (Djokovic) coming back and winning his first tournament at a Grand Slam,” said Becker.“Rafa and Federer have set examples of coming back but they are not normal. Usually it takes time.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments FILE: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic smiles as he delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANDREJ ISAKOVICFormer world number one Novak Djokovic’s toughest hurdle when he returns to the ATP Tour after a long injury absence will be a mental one, believes former coach Boris Becker.The 30-year-old Serbian’s return to competitive action is yet to be confirmed although he published photos of himself on the practice courts earlier this week for the first time since he underwent a minor “medical intervention” following a fourth round exit at the Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The 12-time Grand Slam winner struggled through his defeat by Chung Hyeon of South Korea, troubled still by a persistent elbow injury, that had seen him off the circuit since Wimbledon last year, and a hip problem.Becker, who coached Djokovic to six Grand Slam titles from 2014-16, told journalists earlier this week at the Laureus Awards in Monte Carlo that Djokovic would have to accept that renewed success might not come immediately.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Mentally is going to be the biggest challenge,” said Becker at the event staged by Laureus, a global movement that aims to use the power of sport to tackle social challenges. “How much you accept to do the dirty work like Monday morning practice, the first and second round of tournaments you are expected to win and it is hot and windy conditions. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus ‘A very physical game’Becker, who won six Grand Slams including his first Wimbledon aged just 17, denied Djokovic’s situation would be better if he had undergone surgery earlier. “Tennis players don’t have only one injury,” said the 50-year-old German. “You play a Grand Slam over two weeks it is more than an elbow that hurts.“You take the decision to have surgery when it is a serious problem.“If you were to go into the locker room on a Monday morning you would be amazed how many players have elbow, ankle and foot injuries.”Becker added: “I hate to tell you tennis is a very physical game. Period. I can’t admire them (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray who has undergone hip surgery) enough. To play 75-80 matches a year — most sports aren’t like that.”Becker, who named Austria’s Dominic Thiem and hot-headed Australian Nick Kyrgios as potential successors to the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic when they finally retire, said injuries were nothing new. “It is the nature of the beast of a professional tennis player,” he said.“You have it in the 1980s and 90s but the difference now is it is becoming more public.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wilder awaits Ortiz in title bout with eyes on Joshua Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday submitted progress report to the Bombay High Court on the probe of Adarsh Housing Society case, involving 14 accused, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata handed the report, in a sealed cover, to the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More. The bench asked CBI to file a further report after four weeks.The matter has now been posted for hearing on July 20. CBI had earlier informed the Court that it had registered case against 14 persons, following which the court had asked the petitioner, Simpreet Singh, to forward his complaint and whatever documents he had, to the agency.Singh, a social activist, had originally sought transfer of case from state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the CBI.Later, on its own, the state government decided to hand the case over the central agency.On the last occasion, Singh’s lawyer had said that High Court must supervise the probe, alleging that even Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was involved in the scam, but his name does not figure in CBI’s FIR.However, the court felt it was investigating agency’s prerogative as to whom to name in the FIR.CBI filed the FIR on January 29 under various sections of IPC, including criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery, besides sections under Prevention of Corruption Act.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement