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The U.S. women’s national team will meet with England in the SheBelievesCup on Saturday afternoon at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.The USWNT opened their tournament with a 2-2 draw against Japan earlier in the week, an opponent they overcame in the final of the 2015 World Cup.The Lionesses defeated Brazil 2-1 in their first game of the tournament and will be eager to challenge the defending tournament and world champions ahead of a crucial World Cup summer in France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game USWNT vs England Date Saturday, March 2 Time 9:30pm GMT / 4:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BBC Two and livestreamed on BBC Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BBC Two BBC Sport Live Squads & Team News Position USWNT players Goalkeepers Naeher, Franch, Harris Defenders Sonnett, Sauerbrunn, O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Short, Dunn, Fox Midfielders Mewis, Sullivan, Ertz, Lavelle, Zerboni Forwards Lloyd, Pugh, Morgan, Rapinoe, Heath, McDonald, Press Becky Sauerbrunn and Lindsey Horan have been sidelined with injury.Potential USWNT XI: Naeher; O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Dunn; Heath, Ertz, Lavelle; Press, Morgan, Rapinoe. Position England players Goalkeepers Bardsley, Earps, Telford Defenders Bonner, Bronze, Daly, Greenwood, Houghton, McManus, Stokes, Williamson Midfielders Carney, Christiansen, Staniforth, Stanway, Walsh Forwards Duggan, Kirby, Mead, Parris, Taylor, Ubogagu, White Phil Neville has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.Potential England XI: Telford; Bronze, Houghton, McManus, Greenwood; Walsh, Christiansen; Parris, Kirby, Carney; White. Betting & Match Odds The USWNT are priced at odds of winning 3/10 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 5/1. A win for England is priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview England currently sit top of the SheBelieves Cup tournament standings after their opening victory over Brazil with three points, while the USWNT are in joint-second place alongside Japan with one point apiece.The SheBelieves Cup follows a round-robin style with points awarded in the group stage. The formula is three points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. A tie in points will be decided by goal differential.The USWNT, who have the advantage of home turf, will be aiming to defend their SheBelieves Cup title ahead of preparations for this summer’s tournament in France where they will embark on an attempt to secure a second consecutive World Cup victory.The last four meetings between the USWNT and the Lionesses have ended in 1-0 results, with three of the victories coming for the home side and one win for England. Their most recent meeting came at the 2018 edition of the SheBelieves Cup, as a Karen Bardsley own goal sealed a 1-0 win for the USWNT.Alex Morgan is on course to score her 100th senior goal for her national side, and sits in seventh place of the USA’s all-time goalscoring list. The 29-year-old netted in the opening draw against Japan.The home side got their 2019 account off to a disappointing start with a 3-1 loss to France. It mirrored the result from four years ago, however, when the USWNT were defeated by Les Bleus in early 2015 – but managed to win the World Cup later that summer.”Having this disappointing tie right now, all eyes are on England,” Morgan said after her side’s costly defensive errors against Japan.”They’re a good team defensively. They’re very organised. So it will be a tough challenge for us.”
Get out the calculators. It’s number-crunching time for Argentina and six other South American countries still vying for places in next year’s World Cup in Russia.Argentina are in danger of missing their first World Cup since 1970 – almost a half-century ago.This would mean no Lionel Messi to drive television ratings; no Messi to spur ticket sales for local organizers; no Messi to distract from off-field controversies surrounding the world-governing body, FIFA.The top four teams in South America advance automatically, and the fifth-place team has the chance to advance from a playoff next month against New Zealand, the representative of Oceania.Brazil have already qualified with 38 points. Uruguay is next with 28 and is widely expected to qualify. That leaves five teams with varying prospects: Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25), and Paraguay (24).[SELECCI?N MAYOR] El Seleccionado Nacional practic hoy por ºltima vez en Ezeiza y por la tarde partir rumbo a #Ecuador. #YoAmoAmiSeleccin pic.twitter.com/nuZKrHltjU- Seleccin Argentina (@Argentina) October 8, 2017Tuesday’s matches will all start at the same time: Ecuador-Argentina, Brazil-Chile, Peru-Colombia, Paraguay-Venezuela, and Uruguay-Bolivia.[SELECCI?N MAYOR] La Delegacin @Argentina parte rumbo al aeropuerto de #Ezeiza con destino #Ecuador. #YoAmoAMiSeleccin ???? pic.twitter.com/IVNE3vDzBv- Seleccin Argentina (@Argentina) October 8, 2017Here’s a quick look at the chances and the qualifying rules.If teams are tied on points, the tie-breakers in order are: overall goal difference; overall goals scored; points in matches between tied teams; goal difference in matches between tied teams; goals scored in matches between tied teams; away goals scored in matches between tied teams; “fair play points” based on yellow and red cards.advertisementAnd if that won’t solve it, get set for the drawing of lots.[SELECCI?N MAYOR] La Delegacin @Argentina ya est en Guayaquil, #Ecuador. #YoAmoAMiSeleccin ???? #TodosJuntosPodemos pic.twitter.com/qUnAr1c2aX- Seleccin Argentina (@Argentina) October 9, 2017ARGENTINAArgentina has scored only one goal in its last four matches. Coach Jorge Sampaoli has excluded team veteran Gonzalo Higuain and has tried all kinds of forward combinations with Messi: Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Dario Benedetto, and Alejandro Gomez.Nothing has worked so far.Argentina faces Ecuador in the thin air of Quito, located at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in the Andes – always a trial for visiting teams.There is some good news for Argentina: it has fate in its own hands.If it wins, it is guaranteed at least a playoff with New Zealand, and that result might also yield an automatic berth. Even a draw could get an automatic berth – but only if Colombia beats Peru, Paraguay fails to beat Venezuela, and Chile loses to Brazil by at least two goals. A draw could also yield a playoff for Argentina.A loss even leaves the door slightly ajar for a playoff spot. For that to happen, Paraguay must fail to beat Venezuela, and Peru must lose to Colombia by a larger margin than the margin of Argentina’s loss.URUGUAYUruguay is already assured of at least a playoff though, in reality, it’s virtually a cinch for a top-four finish. The only way for Uruguay to fall to fifth is: it loses to Bolivia, plus Chile, Colombia and Argentina all win – and Argentina scores at least nine goals to overtake Uruguay on goal difference.CHILEA victory guarantees Chile – the two-time defending South American champions – its third straight World Cup berth. A draw would also be enough to get an automatic spot if Peru and Colombia draw, and Argentina fails to beat Ecuador. A draw would be good enough for a playoff spot if Argentina wins, and there is a winner in the Peru-Colombia match.Chile can also reach an automatic berth, or a playoff, with a loss. But every contingency must fall right.COLOMBIAColombia gets an automatic berth with a victory at Peru – regardless of other results. A draw would also be good enough if Argentina wins, or Chile loses in Brazil. A loss might also be enough for a playoff, but this would require other results to fall in Colombia’s favor.PERUPeru can qualify for its first World Cup since 1982 if it wins at home against Colombia, unless Chile beats Brazil, and Argentina beats Ecuador by a margin greater than Peru’s margin over Colombia.A victory would guarantee Peru at least a playoff. A draw and even a loss could be enough for a playoff spot, depending on other results.PARAGUAYParaguay needs the most help. It must win against Venezuela to have any chance at the playoffs. It will be out with a draw or a loss.advertisement
Photo Attribution: Icon SMIAs an addendum to my post last week on why A&M needs to be careful about chasing down the hot girl from the gym, with all the swirling rumors and innuendo regarding our friends to the south I thought it was time for another round of “what they really meant” for all parties involved. Let’s get to it:(Texas A&M President) R. Bowin LoftinWhat he said: “[I am] committed to doing what is best for Texas A&M not only now, but also in the future. We continue to have wide-ranging conversations regarding all aspects of the university, including both academics and athletics.”What he meant: “Deuces.”What he said: “As we have seen over the past several days, there has been a considerable amount of misinformation regarding these discussions and any associated timelines.”What he meant: “I’m going to strangle our inside leak with one of my bow ties.”(Big 12 commissioner) Dan BeebeWhat he said: “I’ll put it this way, I’m taking it very seriously. I’ve been talking to a number of people. Obviously, there are a significant number of Aggie supporters who are interested in going in that (SEC) direction.”What he meant: “I am so screwed. Does the Sun Belt need a commish?”High ranking Big 12 official (who is leaking news)What he said: “”I don’t know if this could go down in a month or a year or in weeks,” the source said. “But it’s taken on a life of its own. I would just tell A&M to be careful what you wish for.”What he meant: “I hear Baton Rouge in October is enjoyable.”Rick Perry (governor of Texas)What he said: “I’ll be real honest with you, I just read about it the same time as y’all did…As far as I know, conversations are being had. That’s frankly all I know. I just refer you to the university and the decision makers over there.”What he meant: “I want to beat Obama and I can’t afford to alienate any of my voters.”(Texas AD) DeLoss DoddsWhat he said: “At this point we do not know if Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12. All we know is what we read and hear in the media. We are actively looking at every possible option we have and have been talking to other Big 12 schools. We are strong supporters and members of the Big 12. We’d be disappointed if Texas A&M leaves but, if they do, we wish them well.”What he meant: “I have Saban on line two, he’s literally drooling into his phone.”(Baylor AD) Ian McCawWhat he said: “We are working closely with our colleagues in the conference. We look forward to continued and open dialog concerning ways we might work together to preserve our collective interests and ensure a bright and successful future for the Big 12.”What he meant: “I have just bought Mr. and Mrs. Dodds a vacation home in Aruba. I will pay to fly them there whenever they want.”(Florida president) Bernie Machen on behalf of the SEC What he said: “The SEC Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment. We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league. We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”What he meant: “John Skipper (VP of content at ESPN) is getting some long-term figures back to us :)”(SEC Commissioner) Mike SliveWhat he said: “Most of our contracts have confidentiality clauses, so I’ll answer this somewhat indirectly, it is not unusual in these kinds of contracts for there to be a provision that if the composition of the league changes, there’s an opportunity to sit down and talk about that with our television partner.”What he meant: “I’m about to make fourteen schools obscenely wealthy.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has partnered with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) to assist pig farmers to boost pork production to meet increasing market demand. Labour Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who was addressing the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in St. James on April 1, said both entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will provide assistance to participating JAS farmers. “Some weeks ago in Kingston, we signed that agreement with the (JAS) President, Senator Norman Grant, and we intend to roll out the programme during the course of this year, so that persons in the JAS can get some support from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to develop their herds, so that we will have pork of the highest quality,” he said. Minister Kellier, in the meantime, praised the parish’s farmers, whom, he said, remain “very resilient and hardworking” despite the challenges of drought and storms. “The displays that we see that the farmers have brought out, tells you that we really have a dedicated and hardworking set of farmers in this parish. For them to endure the drought and the hurricane and they are still standing here on their feet, it means that they are serious people and we owe a lot to these farmers,” he stated. Minister Kellier urged the farmers to ensure that they become contributing members of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), which will provide benefits for themselves and their families, when they can no longer work. “I, therefore, encourage all of you that are not yet registered with the NIS, to go and get yourselves registered, because there are benefits there for you to get, not only for you, but for your family members. If you should pass on, there are death grants that you will be able to get which will help to bury you. But if you are not a member of the NIS you will not be entitled to it … the NIS is a saving for your future,” he told them.
Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location Intermarine, March 16, 2014 zoom On Monday, 13 March 2014, Intermarine, LLC (Intermarine) officially opened its state of the art Operations Center at Industrial Terminal, the leading breakbulk terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. This landmark building is the only office building of its kind on the Ship Channel and houses Intermarine’s entire technical, operations, traffic and terminal teams.The Operations Center is located at 14035 Industrial Road in Houston, Texas, and is a five story, 13,311 square foot building just 200 feet from the Houston Ship Channel. The fourth floor houses a customer center with floor to ceiling windows and premium audio visual equipment from where customers will have sight lines to all of our main docks. “The idea is to have our customers be able to monitor the loading or unloading of their cargo from a comfortable space. We also encourage them to visit the ship, but in the event of weather or timing, they can get an up close view from our building. When the weather is nice, people can also visit the fifth floor observation deck. This allows an unobstructed, 360 degree, view from the Beltway all the way to downtown Houston,” Mark Johnson, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, said.“This new Operations Center enables us to continue our plan of growth and expansion, but more importantly it gets all our operations, technical, port captain and traffic teams together in one location. Bringing these groups closer to our client’s cargo makes all of our processes more efficient. We are quicker to react, if needed, and able to give real time updates as to the activities at Industrial Terminal. The Center reinforces our commitment to providing our teams with the best resources to meet our customers’ needs,” added Al Stanley, President and CEO.“The Operations Center is open to Houston business and industry groups for special events, as well. We already have a number of industry and business events on the calendar and welcome the opportunity to showcase this unique space in East Houston,” offered Melinda Liles, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications.
NEW DELHI: The transport department of Delhi government has started working on making the prototype of nearly 1,397 bus shelters across Delhi. The government has also initiated its work on two bus depots specifically to keep the electric buses and to develop infrastructure for charging these buses. In both the projects, the PWD department has been given the responsibility to set up the depots along with the power department and discoms for the infrastructure of the e-charging. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”After the approval of the proposal that from now onwards the Delhi government will maintain the bus shelters as we did not get any private partner to help us. The onus of making the prototypes for all these bus shelters is on the PWD department. The prototype is the first draft structure and design of the shelters. After the prototypes are approved, then the final work of making these shelters will start,” said a senior official. Earlier, the government floated various tenders asking the private partners to come forward and take the responsibility to set up these shelters but no private partner showed any interest to make or maintain these shelters in the last few years, hence the plan to make these shelters got delayed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Protection, innovation, security and quality maintenance are the key aspects of our goal to make these bus shelters. Delhi needs at least 1,400 bus shelters but as of now we are working on nearly 1,397 bus shelters,” said an official. He added that the government set aside Rs 150 crore budget allocation for these bus queue shelters. “The government has taken the decision that from this time we will not depend on any private partner but the work would be fully done and monitored by the Delhi government itself,” said an official. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has initiated the work to develop two depots with the infrastructure of e-charging for the e-buses. The Delhi government has already floated the tender for 1000 e-buses. The deadline for these buses to hit the road has been given from January to April 2019. “The department decided to build e-charging infrastructure at two cluster bus shelter at Rohini sector 37 and Mundelan Kalan,” said an official. According to the senior officials of the transport department, to keep and charge the e-buses in Delhi, the city will require e-charging infrastructure at six bus depots at least. “The transport commissioner held a meeting with the PWD officials and the power department. Both the power and the PWD department will work together with the transport department to make the e-charging infrastructure,” said the official. The officials said that nearly Rs 82.40 crore would be required to make the full infrastructure of the e-charging of the e-buses in Delhi. However, the money is yet to be sanctioned after the scrutiny of the proposal by all the concerned departments.
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New Delhi: A day after he accused Rajiv Gandhi of using warship INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a family holiday, the Congress alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is spreading canards and lies during elections and said it proves his “imminent defeat”. Modi is a “Master of Dis-Information” and his party is “Bahut Jhooth Party” (BJP), Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters on Thursday, adding to the long list of name calling by parties against each other in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Singhvi alleged that PM Modi was spreading disinformation and lies about former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi taking his family on INS Viraat when he was in office and quoted former Navy chief Admiral (Retd.) L Ramdas and other Naval officers of the time that Gandhi was on an official visit then. “Lies, propaganda and canards can never succeed beyond a very short shelf-life. Truth has to triumph. Howsoever much the ‘Bahut Jhooth Party’ will try to spread disinformation, the people of India know the truth,” he told reporters, adding that the people of India will not be swayed by such statements. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Congress leader accused Modi of “demeaning” the office of Prime Minister and said “you have regressed far from progressing”. He asked what relation does Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to a Naval ship have “in 2019, to the issue of jobs he promised in the air and to agricultural distress or demonetisation which crushed our MSMEs”. Singhvi also said that people know when a party revives a citizenship issue in the middle of elections after five years in power, “without a shred of legal or factual finding against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, it is only proving their own frustration on knowing their defeat”. “This kind of disinformation is not new, it makes Mr Modi and his government hold a Guinness record on lies and propaganda,” he said. Singhvi said the BJP attacked former PM Rajiv Gandhi on Bofors omitting to even mention about the 2004 judgement, which the BJP never appealed. In 2018, the case was dismissed by the Supreme Court. “I cannot imagine how a PM in the middle of the election in 2019 can talk about a former PM who has been dead for over 30 years and about his purported visit to a naval ship. “It is nothing but Mr Modi and the BJP trying to hide their failures. It is abject acceptance and surrender to defeat, knowing the internal reports and the booth reports of the 5 phases,” he said.
Rabat – Rabat is hosting this Tuesday the second informal meeting on foreign fighters in Syria, co-sponsored by Morocco and the European Union.The meeting, held after the Brussels session held last February, is co-chaired by secretary general of the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the EU counterterrorism coordinator Gilles De Kerchove.Several EU member-states, Arab countries and Turkey are taking part in the meeting.
TURKEY POINT — The Turkey Point Hotel is under new management.MacDonald Turkey Point Marina moved quickly to acquire the property after learning that Dick and Mabel Assel – owners of the popular entertainment establishment since 1961 – were preparing to retire.The MacDonald family recognized that developers would find the 1.22-acre property attractive and worried it might be demolished to make way for condominiums. The MacDonalds struck a deal and have leased management of the facility to a local but as-yet unnamed restaurateur.“It’s a beautiful property,” Danny MacDonald said Tuesday. “Developers would’ve been lined up with deposits for it.”In a news release, Josh MacDonald said “We are looking to preserve the traditions that make the hotel the hotel. The last thing we wanted was a developer to sneak in, buy this and then turn it into condos. The hotel is important for this town.”An announcement on the new management is pending. Danny MacDonald said a lease has been negotiated, adding the partner will be responsible for food, drink and entertainment “lock, stock and barrel.”“People will be pleased when they hear who it is,” he said. “He has a ton of experience and operates a favourite restaurant in the area.”The vision for the Turkey Point Hotel was provided by Vittoria tobacco farmer Alois “Louie” Assel.When the Assel family acquired the property in 1961, the former Charlotteville Township was dry. The hotel and the 12 cottages on site slept 108 people a night and was popular with anglers and hunters.Son Larry Assel of Vittoria said his late father organized an alcohol plebiscite for the township so he could obtain a liquor permit. The plebiscite was successful and the good times have rolled ever since.Management of the facility fell to older brother Dick Assel and his wife Mabel. They’ve parted with the property after more than 50 years at the helm.Many great music acts got their start in Turkey Point or passed through the cottage community on their way to stardom. This week, Dick Assel says his memory of them is a bit foggy but he’s sure a good time was had by all.“There were a lot of good parties,” he said. “I had a number of musicians do their first shows here before they went on to the top in North America. I’m sure the parties will go on. It will be great.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Brock ‘in demand’ as open house nears: The University’s upcoming Spring Open House, which will take place Sunday, April 7 and welcome thousands of potential students and their families to Brock, was featured in a St. Catharines Standard article.Brock University student explores the wine routes of the ancient world: Fourth-year Classics student Jared Schutt’s exhibit about wine in the ancient world was featured in a Niagara This Week story. Schutt curated the exhibit using 2,500-year-old artifacts from the University’s Cypriote Collection. Wrestlers sweep top individual and team awards at Brock athletic banquet: Articles in the St. Catharines Standard and BP Sports Niagara discussed the sweep of the male and female athlete of the year categories by Senior Brock wrestlers Jevon Balfour and Emily Schaefer at the University’s athletic banquet Saturday, March 30.Grant helps energize Fort Erie school’s music program: Associate Professor of Visual Arts Education Peter Vietgen spoke about the importance of arts programs to high school students in a Niagara This Week article about a $10,000 grant awarded to Greater Fort Erie Secondary School that will be used to purchase new instruments for the school’s music program.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at email@example.com
The first game for the Buckeyes this weekend will come against Portland on Friday at 10 p.m. ET. The Pilots are coming off a 2015 campaign in which they finished with a 3-12-3 record, where they averaged exactly two goals against per game a year ago. This season, Portland is 1-1 to start the year, with a loss to Wright State 3-1 and a win over DePaul 2-1. It is their first year under head coach Nick Carlin-Voigt. All three of the Pilot’s goals this season have come from sophomore forward Jackson Jellah. Jellah did not score a goal in the entire 2015 season, despite playing in 16 games. The main issue facing Ohio State early in the season has been scoring. The team did not manage to find the back of the net in either game it has played so far. Offense was the main point of emphasis in practice this week. “First two games we did real well defending. Our defense stepped up,” sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed said. “Offensively, I think we just need to start finishing better. We need to just move off the ball. Our forwards just need to have confidence that they can finish and put the ball in the back of the net.” Oregon State is lead by junior forward Jordan Jones, who tallied two goals and one assist in the team’s first two games. Jones and teammate Timmy Mueller have combined to score 36 career goals over the course of the past two seasons. The Buckeyes will faceoff against Oregon State on Monday at 3 p.m. ET. The Beavers are 1-0-1 on the season, playing to a 1-1 draw against DePaul and beating up on Wright State 4-0. They are outshooting their opponents 33-17 to start the year, and they lead the Pac-12 in assists with seven. “Portland is a very, very good attacking team so we are going to have to – again – play against a side that is capable of creating chances,” Bluem said. OSU mens soccer players gather in a huddle during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team will hit the road this weekend to take on two West Coast opponents – Portland on Friday and Oregon State on Monday. It will be the first regular season West Coast action for the Buckeyes since 2012. It’s OSU first match against either team.The trip comes on the heels of back-to-back overtime losses at home to start the season, falling 1-0 in double overtime to Virginia Tech and 1-0 in overtime to UC Santa Barbara. The Buckeyes will look to get back on the right track in the Beaver State. The Buckeyes will return home on Sept. 9, opening Big Ten play against Northwestern at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Another issue facing the Buckeyes in their first two games was injuries. OSU only played 12 men in its game against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. Reinforcements, however, are expected to be on the way. “These are probably the two most important games that I can see in the upcoming future,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “You don’t want to start 0-4 obviously so getting at least your first win and hopefully getting two wins out there is really what everyone is focused on.” “Oregon State in the second game is a team that also uses its physical tools,” Bluem said. “It sounds like they play pretty direct. We have to be ready at all times for them to play a long ball at you and try to use their speed and strength and beat you.” “We are starting to get healthy,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We are taking the full squad out to Portland with us. We expect that probably everybody will be able to play this weekend.”
When you speak with Jason Craft on the phone, you get the idea that he’s one of the most laid back individuals you have ever met. Totally unassuming and to the point, it’s almost hard to believe that Craft is the creator of the video above called “Portal: Terminal Velocity.” It demonstrates what it might be like for three guys to take turns with the legendary Portal gun from Aperture in real life.Working full-time as a digital compositor for a medical animation company in Minnesota, Craft set out six-months before Portal 2 released to try and make a video showcasing his talents and his love for the game series. Spending a few hours each night during his free time, he worked feverishly to meet his self-imposed deadline only to find that the project was much larger than initially anticipated. The main reason for this being that the Portal gun you see each of the three actors using in the video is entirely computer generated.I know it’s hard to believe, but if you watch closely while it’s being used you can tell that it’s not real. This is an impressive display of what Craft is able to do, since at first glance it looks real enough. In actuality, each of the guys in the clip is holding a soup can that has been doctored up with markers that translate to the movements of the 3D model of the Portal gun in post production.Having just finished the project a short time ago, it’s obvious that Craft didn’t wrap up production on the timeline he had initially hoped for. However, fans of his clip will agree that this fact doesn’t matter a bit because of how great the finished product is. Craft told me in a phone interview that he estimates the amount of time put into this piece is in the thousands of man hours. To create the visuals you witnessed, he used Maya, Adobe After Effects, and 3D motion capture software.If you’re hoping for a sequel to Portal: Terminal Velocity, we suggest that you don’t hold your breath. Craft is happy with the final product, but has no plans to jump back into another video production like this in the near future. “I’m sure people want to see another video like this, but I have no interest at this time in doing another” was Craft’s response when asked. Considering the amount of time he spent working on this three minute masterpiece, I think the man has earned the right to take a break.Read more at Craft’s Vimeo page and his personal blog.
The latest generations of LCD TVs have gotten progressively thinner and shrunk the surrounding bezels to almost nothing while maintaining that now standard 1080p resolution. That’s great for the viewing experience, but creates a bit of a problem for sound output. If there’s nothing but screen on the front, the TV’s speakers either need to point down or backwards, which in turn impacts sound quality and can render it muffled.No manufacturer wants to put bulky speakers on the front of new TVs, but Kyocera is coming to the rescue with a new piezo film speaker. It is made from a ceramic piezo element and has the desirable qualities of coming in a range of sizes while remaining only 1mm thick. While that means you’re still going to need to have somewhere to put the speakers if you want them forward facing, at least they can integrate seamlessly and maintain that perfectly flat front surface while adding very little weight to the overall unit (between 1 and 23 grams each depending on size).Kyocera’s piezo film speaker also has another desirable quality TV watchers will appreciate– 180-degree sound output. An audio signal transmitted to the speakers makes the film vibrate creating a relatively loud sound output in a wide arc. Place two of them on a TV and Kyocera say that the sound quality is better than anything a more typical electromagnetic speaker can produce and attempts to demonstrate that fact in the video above.The piezo film speaker has already gained approval by TV manufacturers as they are being used in LG’s new curved 55-inch OLED display. And with OLED TVs becoming more common, such a thin speaker solution is bound to be very popular to keep thickness down to a minimum.Kyocera also has plans to market the piezo film speaker for use in products where weight has an impact. For example, replacing the speakers in cars with these units could save several kilograms and therefore a lot of fuel over a vehicle’s lifetime.
When It came out in 1986, it was the longest book Stephen King had ever written. (It has since been surpassed by The Stand which runs 1,153 pages to It’s 1,138.) There are a couple of different ways you can look at that. The more cynical way is that It was the point where King’s editors stopped reigning him in. Fans of King’s earlier books point out how much shorter and more focused his writing used to be. They tend to theorize that after he gained a certain level of stardom, his books went through a less stringent editing process. That would explain the increased length of his novels and some of the more… uncomfortable story beats they contain.The other, more interesting way to look at things is that It was the first time King had the freedom to delve into a topic he was really interested in. In a 2015 oral history of the 1990 miniseries, King said that he was the only horror author interested in writing about children. He wanted to tell a story about what happens when kids grow up. What do they lose and gain? How does the trauma inflicted upon them, whether unintentionally by the adults in their lives or intentionally by bullies and supernatural horrors, manifest itself in adulthood? That’s a pretty big topic. It’s not hard to imagine a story dealing with such themes would take well over 100 pages. Especially once you throw in a scary clown.Plans for the miniseries were made before the book was even published. Screenwriter Larry Cohen, who had written the classic 1976 adaptation of Carrie, was offered the chance to adapt a novel that wasn’t out yet. He received the manuscript for the upcoming novel in two massive FedEx packages. He didn’t even have to read far into it before he knew he wanted to write the TV adaptation. The miniseries was originally planned to be a four-night event, lasting eight hours in total. Back then, turning novels into long miniseries was the cool thing to do, and everyone who even heard about It wanted to be a part of it. George A. Romero was even attached to direct at the beginning. Learning that, I can’t help but think of what could have been. Sure, the miniseries has become a classic, but seeing Romero’s take on Pennywise would have been amazing.The Losers Club (Photo via ABC)So what made Romero drop out? The official word is scheduling conflicts, but Cohen has another idea. ABC, he says, grew apprehensive about It. They loved the script but weren’t sure if they could sustain a horror series for eight hours. A decision was made to cut the miniseries down from eight hours to four, airing over two nights. Cohen suspects that the shortened length took away part of what interested Romero in the project in the first place. Then, the original production team left and was replaced by a new group of people. By the time Tommy Lee Wallace came on to direct, the scope of It had changed completely. Wallace loved the first part of the script but didn’t like that part two focused on Beverly and her abusive husband. After he asked for rewrites, Cohen dropped out. Wallace rewrote part two himself, condensing as much of the second half of the novel as he could into two broadcast hours.But the thing got made, and ABC did believe in it. They hired some of the biggest names in TV: John Ritter, Tim Reid, Harry Anderson and Baby Seth Green. The cast is what elevates It above all the other novels adapted for TV from the late ’80s and early ’90s. The kid actors had such great chemistry with each other; everyone watching is instantly reminded of when they had their own group of friends just like that. Watching the adults, you could easily tell how each kid would turn into these grown-ups. The writing could be a little blunt and on-the-nose at times, and there’s certainly a lot of early ’90s cheesiness when you watch the series now, but the earnestness of the cast makes it work.Then there’s Tim Curry, who (as he often does) steals the show. Every good horror movie needs a great villain, and Curry’s Pennywise was unforgettable. He’s the reason It is still remembered today with more fondness than any other Stephen King miniseries. When elementary school kids in the ’90s woke up screaming after dreams of an evil clown, Curry’s face is what terrified them so much. The special effects aren’t much to look at today, but Curry’s performance is just as scary as you remember it. There’s a reason he’s so effective. He starts out so charming and silly that you let your guard down. Then, he turns unrelentingly sinister, and all you see is that smile and those teeth. Bill Skarsgard looks plenty scary himself as Pennywise in the upcoming movie, but he has a lot to live up to.Tim Curry (Photo via ABC)Being on network TV, the miniseries had a ton of limitations to deal with regarding what could actually be shown. This wasn’t a movie, and back then, you couldn’t have a ton of gore on network TV. And you especially couldn’t show kids in danger. How did they get around that? By having the most gruesome elements happen off-screen. They couldn’t show a kid getting his arm ripped off, but they could talk about it. As a result, the worst of the horror was left to the audience’s imagination, ensuring it would be far worse than anything shown on screen. The horror they could show was still effective though. Many of the practical effects were kept secret until filming, ensuring they would scare the actor just as much as they would scare the audience.A ton of stuff had to be cut in the adaptation, but the core story was there. The coming-of-age tale with the kids, and the manifestations of childhood trauma in the adults was still at the forefront. The writers say a ton of their favorite sequences had to be cut, but the heart of the story survived. One part that doesn’t adapt so well from page to screen (and the part I’m most nervous about for the movie) is the monster’s final form. After Tim Curry gave us an iconic performance, the Losers Club fights a giant spider. Yes, spiders can be scary, but no special effect would ever top Pennywise. Certainly not the awkward low-budget ’90s TV special effect we got. At least in the book, you can imagine It to be as scary as you wish (which is helped by King’s Lovecraftian description).Despite the cuts and the cheesy special effect at the end, the It miniseries was a hit. Pennywise proved to be an enduring villain, and for decades Tim Curry’s face was the image that popped up whenever someone thought about scary clowns. When it came out on two VHS tapes, it became a staple of preteen Halloween parties everywhere. Some horror-obsessed kids would go on to seek out the book and learn just how much mroe terrifying It could be. It’s such an enduring piece of pop culture that it’s a wonder it took this long for a movie to come out. Why did it take so long?Tim Curry (Photo via ABC)Well for a long time, nobody wanted to touch It. It was hard enough adapting a 1,138-page book into a three-hour miniseries. Trying to trim it down further into a 2-hour movie seems like a recipe for disaster. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this movie going since 2009. In that time, it’s gone through multiple writers and director changes, had at least one actor leave the project, and was split into two movies. Back in 2009, Warner Bros. announced that David Kajganich would be writing the script for the new movie. Kajganich updated the setting to take place in the 1980s and present day. That would allow them to keep the time gap from the novel while still making a modern horror movie. (Though it does lose King’s affection for 1950s American culture.)A year later, Kajganich had to rewrite the script. To all outside observers, fitting all of It into a single movie seemed ridiculous. Kajganich said in an interview with King fansite Lilja’s Library that he was accomplishing the feat by filling each scene with more events. He said the result would likely be a more intense story than anything in the novel or TV series. Two years went by before Warner Bros. found a director for the project. In 2012, the studio announced that Cary Fukunaga would direct It, which was now going to be two movies instead of one. With that decision came yet another rewrite of the script, this time by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer. That process apparently took another two years because it wasn’t until 2014 that any news about the movie came out. Even then, pre-production seemed to be going along fine. The plan was to start filming in the summer of 2016. The first film would be a coming-of-age story focusing on the kids, and the second would show them as adults. That’s a big change from both the book and the miniseries, which intertwined both stories throughout. Focusing on one at a time this way is probably best for a theatrical film. It allows both parts to feel like their own complete movies, even though they’re meant to be taken together.The Losers Club (Photo via Warner Bros.)Things fell apart in mid-2015. Fukunaga dropped out of the project, citing creative differences. In an interview with Variety, Fukunaga said he was fine with the budget he was given, but New Line wanted a more conventional horror movie. He wanted to make Pennywise appear as more than the clown, considering the creature can manifest itself as a child’s worst fears. He wanted a slow build, with tons of backstory for each kid that would pay off in terrifying ways by the end of the first movie. New Line wasn’t here for that and kept asking for changes. Fearing he’d be micromanaged all the way through production, Fukunaga dropped out. Given that he and Palmer put their own real-life childhood fears and experiences into the script, he said he hoped whoever took on the movie next started from scratch.At that point, it looked like It might be dead. Even Stephen King thought so, reassuring everyone that we’d always have Tim Curry. Later that year, Andres Muschietti, who directed the very successful horror movie Mama in 2013, took on the movie. With all the delays, Will Poulter, who had been cast as Pennywise in Fukunaga’s production, dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and the hunt for Pennywise began anew. Fukunaga and Palmer’s script was rewritten by Gary Dauberman. It’s unclear how much of their writing remains in the final version, but they are still credited as writers on the movie. Interestingly, Kajganich is not. Production moved forward, and the cast started to solidify. Bill Skarsgard became the new Pennywise, and you only need to watch the trailers to see what a great choice that is. A recent story from behind the scenes is that Skarsgard’s appearance was kept secret from the kids until filming, so their reactions in the movie would be genuine. Apparently, he was so scary, some of the child extras were in tears. I believe it.All versions of the script, it seems, used similar methods to condense a massive book into a much shorter movie/pair of movies. They kept the themes, the core and the basic story, but changed the events to fit the running time. Muschietti said at this year’s SXSW that there will be material in the movie that isn’t in the novel, describing a “much wider” story. The plot of the first movie has been compared to Stranger Things, in that it’s about a group of kids in a small town in the 1980s taking on a supernatural horror. I guess we’re all in the mood for those kinds of stories again.Bill Skarsgard (Photo via Warner Bros.)The approach seems smart. It’s impossible to adapt any Stephen King novel exactly as its written for a two-hour movie. Ignoring the fact that what’s scary in a book is different from what’s scary in a movie theater, there’s too much going on in your average King book to fit in any movie. If you cram in too much of the book, you end up with a bloated, poorly paced film. If you cut too much, you upset fans and either end up with a too-convenient plot or one that doesn’t make any sense. Changing the events of the story, but keeping their significance, their meaning and their horror is probably the way to go. Plus it means you don’t have to include that unnecessary, out-of-nowhere preteen gang-bang scene. If there’s any evidence that It is the book where King’s editors started taking a more hands-off approach it’s that.The first movie is still a ways off, and it’s hard to say if it’ll be any good. King has signed off on it, and that trailer is certainly promising. On the other hand, it’s generally not a good sign when a movie is stuck in development hell for this long. Also, its early-September release date doesn’t show that the studio has a whole lot of confidence in it. Early September is typically where studios dump movies they don’t think will do all that well. There are exceptions, but when a horror movie isn’t coming out closer to Halloween or in late spring, you start to ask questions. On the plus side, the release date was decided before a single scene had been filmed and there wasn’t even a final script yet. It’s certainly possible It will end up being a late summer surprise.We’ll all find out soon enough when It hits theaters on September 8, 2017. Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 TrailerDanny Revisits Eerie Overlook Hotel in Final ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Stay on target
Google+ Twitter WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Pinterest WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Styles vs. Nakamura announced for WWE BacklashWWE officially confirmed that AJ Styles would be defending the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura next weekend at the WWE Backlash PPV in New Jersey.This will be the third television WWE Championship match between Styles and Nakamura in the company, with the second match going down at the Greatest Royal Rumble on Friday.That match ended in a double count out with Styles once again retaining.Film based on Paige’s life now delayedThe film “Fighting With My Family” based on the life of WWE star and now Smackdown Live General Manager Paige will now see a delayed release in 2019.According to a report by Deadline.com, the film was originally scheduled to be released this September and has now been moved to a March 1 release date next year.The movie was originally scheduled to go up against FOX’s “Predator” reboot, Sony’s “White Boy Rick” and Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor.” Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Facebook
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Pulte Homes this week closed on the first phase of a new neighborhood at the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth that will feature 108 housing units in one of the first major steps taken by the project’s new master developer to turn the base located outside of Boston into a master-planned community.The development will include 81 single-family homes and 27 townhouses on 34 acres at SouthField, according to a press release from master developer LStar Communities. Units will range from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet and will predominantly feature two to three bedrooms, with a few four-bedroom units. Transit access will be a key component of the project, with pedestrian paths planned to connect the neighborhood to the South Weymouth commuter rail station. Construction is expected to be completed over the next two years.“[Today’s] closing is a perfect example of what we have been working for since taking ownership of SouthField in May,” said Kyle Corkum, managing partner for LStar Communities. “Brookfield Village will be a beautiful, brand-new community planned by one of the finest homebuilding companies in the U.S. — all just minutes from the commuter rail and everything Boston and the South Shore have to offer,” Corkum said.Since taking over the project, LStar has worked to improve relations with the site’s three host municipalities, including submitting a $1.2 million mitigation payment to Weymouth a month early, reported the Boston Globe. Other initiatives the developer has begun include leasing a former aircraft hangar to a major movie studio, restoring athletic facilities, and creating a new farmer’s market and dog park.
Map of RajshahiA young man committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Tulshipur Chakpara village in Bagha upazila in Rajshahi on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Manik Hossain, 35, son of Akbar Hossain hailing from Sultanpur village of the upazila.Officer-in-charge of Bagha police station Rejaul Hasan said Manik had been residing at a rented house with his wife in the city.On Friday night, he left the house after a brawl with his wife and went to his native village.At dead of night, Manik hanged himself with his towel at a mango orchard in the village.In the morning, locals spotted the body and informed police.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for autopsy, added the OC.A case was filed in this regard.