first_img Written by May 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Women’s Basketball Signs Ex-Snow Star Tags: Fremont High School/Harley Hansen/Snow College/SUU Women’s Basketball/SWAC/Tracy Sanders FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Late Tuesday, Southern Utah women’s basketball added to their recruiting class under new head coach Tracy Sanders by signing former Snow College star Harley Hansen.Sanders confirmed she is excited as “Harley can score in a multitude of ways and offers great versatility as she can play several different spots on the court.” Sanders is also a fan of Hansen’s long, athletic frame and lauded her defense and competitive nature.Hansen enters Division I women’s basketball as a junior after two seasons in Ephraim wherein she netted six Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors and is a two-time member of the All-SWAC 1st Team.During her time at Snow, the 5’9″ guard averaged 12 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.65 steals and 2.05 assists per game, thus showcasing her numerous abilities to affect a game.Last season, she was named to the NJCAA’s all-academic third team and was nominated to be Snow’s Female Athlete of the Year.A native of West Weber, Utah, Hansen starred at Fremont High School, averaging 18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 steals a game for the perpetually powerful Silverwolves. Brad Jameslast_img read more

first_imgINDIA great Farokh Engineer believes the ‘true test’ of Virat Kohli’s current side will come when they tour England next year.Under the captaincy of star batsman Kohli, India have risen to the top of the world Test rankings.But much of their success has come in home or sub-continent conditions with their recent 3-0 Test series win in Sri Lanka being a case in point.Engineer, an outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman for both India and English county Lancashire, said the real worth of Kohli’s men would be judged far away from home.“The present Indian team are very good indeed,” Engineer said at Lancashire’s Old Trafford headquarters on Tuesday shortly before England played West Indies in a one-day international at the Manchester ground.“Virat Kohli is an excellent captain, MS Dhoni is looking fitter than ever, Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the great off-spinners, (Ravi) Jadeja, we’ve got a very good team, Murali Vijay, the opening batsman,” Engineer added.“They have been scoring a lot of runs against Sri Lanka, but the true test will be when they come to England.“Don’t get carried away by the performance against Sri Lanka, against Australia we are doing pretty well, but that’s in India again.”The 79-year-old Engineer, a veteran of 46 Tests for India from 1961 to 75, said next year’s five-match series in England would “sort the men from the boys”.“India’s real test comes when they go abroad, especially England. England is the true test for any cricketer and Indian cricketers are no exception,” he said.“You need a real sound technique to play in England where the ball moves about a lot more, both in the air and off the pitch.“Your technique is really stretched to the limit — it sorts the men out from the boys.”Only three times in their history have India won Test series in England, most recently in 2007.But Engineer was in at the finish of their ground-breaking victory at The Oval in 1971 – India’s maiden Test win on English soil seeing them to a 1-0 win in a three-match series following two draws.“Yes indeed 1971 in England was a great moment,” said Engineer.“I got runs in both innings (59 and 28 not out) and dismissals as well, but a guy called Abid Ali came in and took all the limelight.“We had four runs to get I think.“I said to him: ‘Abid, after you there’s only Bishen Bedi and (Bhagwat) Chandrasekhar and with due respect they don’t know which side of the bat to hold’.“He said: “OK, OK”. What does he do first ball? He just charges down the pitch – I think Alan Knott missed a reasonably easy stumping,” Engineer recalled.“We needed three runs because I took a single and regretted it.“So what does he do now? He charges down the wicket, gets a top edge, four over the slips, and the next thing I see he’s being carried off by people for a not-out four – and I’m stuck in there!“But it was a great moment, a sweet victory for India because India had never before won a Test match in England.” (Indian Express).last_img read more

first_imgThe Rally to Read organisation hopes to nurture a strong reading culture among the country’s youth living in remote locations. (Image: Rally to Read)In response to the outcry for better educational facilities following the student uprising in 1976, a small group of volunteers gathered at St John’s College to start a movement that would soon spread across the whole of South Africa: the READ Education Trust.The movement gathered huge support both locally and internationally and soon began building libraries and providing books to underprivileged communities, creating a culture of supporting the less fortunate, which continues to this day in the Rally to Read non-profit organisaton.Today, 40 years after the student uprising, the organisation continues to support teachers and learners in some of the country’s most remote locations, allowing them to discover and feed their passion for reading and education.The organisation visits some of the most remote areas in the country to deliver educational material to schools and caregivers who need it most.“Almost all rural schools have one lack in common – educational resources,” said South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who touched on the impact that Rally to Read has made on the lives of the learners. “It is in this need that the Rally to Read provides.“Sponsors, organisers and participants of the Rally have visited the most remote and needy schools in rural areas to deliver books, teaching aids, science kits, sports equipment, educational toys and other material – all of which are taken for granted at urban schools,” said Ramaphosa.“But most of all, the Rally delivers hope to rural learners, their teachers and their parents for a better future.”HOW IT WORKSThe organisation calls on corporations and members of the public to sponsor teacher training, library boxes meals for the children on rally days.The library boxes delivered are packed with reading materials and educational aides that are relevant to the level of education of the learners. It covers a wide range of topics to help broaden their understanding of the world.Members travel in convoys consisting of high clearance vehicles meant for gravel roads. This is where the rally element in the organisation’s name comes from.According to the Rally to Read website, more than R86-million has been raised for education in rural areas for more than 1 000 schools since 1979.GET INVOLVEDAny individuals or corporations who want to get involved with Rally to Read can have a look at the organisation’s get involved page for more details.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgThinking of upgrading to the Canon 5D MK IV? This longtime Canon videographer offers up some things you should consider before making the change.Cover image via Canon.Canon’s 5D Mark IV has been on the scene now since September 2016, and it remains one of the best-selling and critically reviewed cameras in a very competitive digital camera market. As a longtime Canon videographer, I recently made the upgrade from a reliable five year-old Canon 7D to a new 5D Mark IV — as many others have. I based the decision on several factors, but a general familiarity with the brand and uniformity of my gear was a chief motivation.So for anyone looking into purchasing (or renting) a Canon 5D Mark IV, here are some of the most important aspects to consider, as well as some tips from my upgrade decision.30.4 MP Full-Frame SensorImage by Volodymyr Krasyuk.So let’s start with the biggest selling point for the Canon 5D Mark IV: the 30.4 megapixel full-frame sensor. The Canon 7D I had been using for years had an 18.0 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and was using dual DIGIC 4 image processors. (The 5D Mark IV uses a single DIGIC 6+ image processor). So transitioning from a crop 18MP 1.6x crop factor frame to the powerful 30.4MP full-frame is a huge difference in both quality and practice.Staying within the Canon family was important to me, so the sensor change threw a wrench into things because I chose the lenses I had been using with the 1.6x crop factor in mind. My 15-50mm was operating as a 24-80mm lens, and when I rented a 70-200mm, it amplified to a ridiculous 112-320mm. The 15-50mm was also built with cropped sensors in mind, so when going full-frame, it created a spherical vignette that’s not usable.So, if you’re shifting from crop factor sensors to full-frame, you will need to reevaluate your lenses. I went with the stock 24-105mm option for my main run-and-gun option. The fixed f/2.8 of the 15-50mm was nice in low light, but even with the new stock, the 5D’s higher ISO range and processing should make up for any discrepancies. Also, with the greater sensor and image processing power, full HD recording is now available at higher frame rates like 60fps (the 7D could only do 1280×720 HD at 60fps), which opens the door for shooting more often with slow-motion playback in mind.4k Video RecordingImage by Andrey Grigoriev.The next biggest selling point of the Canon 5D Mark IV (and how it stands out from past iterations) is the fully available 4K recording option. While past 5Ds could be “hacked” with Magic Lantern to shoot 4K, it was often problematic, and it required voiding the factory warranty to use the third-party firmware update. However, to compete with the less expensive and growingly popular Panasonic GH5 and Sony a7S II, the market demands 4K.So, while you have 4K recording capability (at up to 29.97fps), there are some caveats. The biggest issue is that while the 5D Mark IV is a full-frame sensor for Full HD, for 4096×2160 pixel recording, it re-introduces a crop factor of 1.74x. So, for my upgrade, it brings my old lenses’ framing process back into play. (There’s also a rumored firmware update to reduce this crop from 1.74x to 1.27x.)Canon Gear FamiliarityImage by welcomia.Outside of the sensor and processing upgrades, and without getting into the photography aspects of the 5D Mark IV, the biggest factor in my decision was my desire to keep using my Canon-friendly gear choices, which I had compiled over the years. From light and sturdy tripods to my DIY shoulder mount to attachable mics and LED options, everything is compatible — even the Canon-made lithium-ion batteries and chargers. Cards too, as the 5D has slots for both SD cards and CF cards (the latter of which I had been stockpiling for use in the 7D).Resources and WarrantiesImage by REDPIXEL.PL.While there are ample resources online and in person for the majority of the major digital cameras on the market these days, the Canon 5D Mark IV is such a popular camera that resources are readily available for all of its updates, upkeep, performance tips and tricks, and firmware updates. Also, purchasing a new camera for the first time in my life also meant I got both a manufacturer’s warranty and an extended warranty from the vendor covering everything from drops to scratches to rain damage.For more information and resources on the Canon 5D Mark IV and DSLR videography, check out some of these links.The Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionWhat You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Camera3 Tips for Recording Long-Form DSLR ProductionsCanon 5D RAW & Magic Lantern Hack RoundupBreak into 4K with These 5 Cameras Under $1,000last_img read more

first_imgzoom Maritime services provider Rickmers Holding is facing insolvency after HSH Nordbank AG denied approval to the term sheet dated April 19, 2017 and rejected further negotiations of the restructuring.As a result, the term sheet, on the basis of which the bondholders’ meeting was convened, cannot be implemented anymore.According to the assessment of the management board and supervisory board of Rickmers Holding AG the positive going concern prognosis of Rickmers Holding AG does therefore no longer apply and the management board of Rickmers Holding AG is forced to file for insolvency without undue delay.The management board of Rickmers Holding AG strives for restructuring in self-administration, on the basis of continuation of business and vessel operations. The management board and supervisory board of Rickmers Holding AG have initiated corresponding preparations.In April, Rickmers Holding reached an understanding with, inter alios, HSH Nordbank AG on a term sheet regarding the restructuring of material financial liabilities of the Rickmers Group that was subject to corporate approval of HSH Nordbank AG and contingent on the restructuring of the bond 2013/2018 issued by Rickmers Holding AG.Rickmers Group has accomplished all agreed and required steps to prepare the restructuring, however, HSH Nordbank has still decided to reject the credit applications.The second bondholders’ meeting, scheduled for June 1, 2017, will now resolve exclusively on the election of the joint representative of the bondholders, the company said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) has disposed of 2.97 lakh tonne of pulses, nearly the entire stock it procured in last two years, to various states and to bulk consumers, according to an official data. FCI had a stock of 2.98 lakh tonne of pulses procured at the minimum support price (MSP) during 2015-16 and 2016-17 marketing years (July-June). As per the latest data, the agency has cleared 2.97 lakh tonne of pulses comprising ‘tur’, ‘masoor’, ‘moong’ and ‘urad’ till February 2019. Of this, 2.36 lakh tonne was sold through electronic auction mode to bulk users, while the rest through states. Less than 800 tonne is left with FCI, which will also be disposed of, the data added. FCI is the central nodal agency that undertakes mainly the procurement and distribution of wheat and rice at the MSP. It started procuring pulses in the last two years to ensure farmers get the support price.last_img read more

Breaking balls typically have greater whiff rates than fastballs, and breaking balls are being thrown more frequently.On sliders, pitchers are often looking for more horizontal break — and less vertical movement — than on a curveball. They’re getting both this season: Velocity is still certainly at play in these nastier breaking balls: Increased velocity generally leads to an increase in spin rate. (The average curveball spin rate this year is 2,536 rpms, up from 2,315 rpms in 2015). More spin (specifically, transverse spin) creates more of the phenomenon known as Magnus Effect, which plays a key role in determining a pitch’s movement.But velocity hasn’t surged as dramatically as pitch movement has in recent seasons. And it isn’t just that fresh faces with killer breaking balls have replaced older, craftier pitchers: 86 pitchers who threw at least 50 curves in 2017 and 2019 averaged an increase of 1.4 inches of greater vertical break, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. Something else must be at work.One possibility is that new methods of training, and new technologies, are playing a role in creating better breaking balls. For example, when Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer revamped his slider in the 2017-18 offseason, he wanted a pitch with zero inches of vertical movement and an elite level of horizontal movement. At Driveline Baseball, a data-based training center, he used new pitch-tracking technology, allowing for improved feedback of the pitch-in-progress. Specifically, he wanted to create a certain spin axis, which determines the direction the ball moves, while spin rate determines how much the pitch can move. Detroit Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who also designed a slider at Driveline, has quietly become one of the top pitchers in baseball. His slider ranks as the game’s seventh best since 2018, in terms of runs saved compared to the major league average per pitch type. “I’ve worked on it at Driveline a ton in recent years,” Boyd told FanGraphs. “At Driveline, we were on the Rapsodo [pitch-tracking tech] and the Edgertronic [high-speed camera] a lot. … Again, we were working that thing, working that thing.” The technology allowed him to monitor the spin rate and spin axis of the pitch. High-speed cameras showed him how his grip was imparting spin on the ball. The work paid off: In 2017, Bauer saw just 2.83 inches of horizontal movement on his slider, which ranked him 131st in baseball. But this season, he’s up to 11.1 inches, putting him third. Major League Baseball seems to be on an unstoppable pathway to more and more strikeouts. After a record share of plate appearances ended in a strikeout last season (22.3 percent), this season is winding up to set another record: If the to-date strikeout rate of 23 percent holds or increases over the season, it would mark the 12th straight year of a record set for strikeout rate.Fastball velocity is often cited as the source of the strikeout surge, along with hitters willing to trade contact for power. The constantly increasing fastball velocities of recent years are such a concern that MLB is partnering with the independent Atlantic League next year to move the mound back by 2 feet — to 62 feet, 6 inches from home plate. Still, there may be another culprit behind all of the K’s: Breaking balls have never moved more. According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of PITCHf/x and Statcast data at Baseball Prospectus, sliders and curveballs this season are darting away from bats at their greatest levels in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). White Sox left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer became yet another pitcher to look into designing a pitch this winter. In a Driveline-like facility called Dynamic Velocity in Omaha, Nebraska, he created a cut fastball to better combat right-handed hitters. After righties hit .338 against him last year, they are batting .095 this season. Bummer has allowed only one earned run in his first 11⅓ innings this season. His cutter and fastball rank among the best in the game.“It’s actual proof that your ball is moving, not someone sitting behind you and saying, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a great pitch. That looks really good,’” Bummer said of the tech-aided pitch development. “You have instant feedback that tells you, ‘Did that pitch do what it’s supposed to do?’ To me that was a huge deal. The belief behind it.”While the effort to create better pitches began with curious (and/or motivated) players going outside the game to independent facilities, teams are hiring more and more outsiders to pitch-design roles within their organizations. Over the offseason, the San Francisco Giants hired former Driveline pitch-design guru Matt Daniels, and the Philadelphia Phillies hired another design specialist in Eric Jagers. The industry is so interested in pitch design that the Edgertronic SC1, the most common high-speed camera, is selling more quickly than Sanstreak can produce it. This year, the Edgetronic and Rapsodo devices were seen in spring training bullpen mounds all over Arizona and Florida. The Orioles held “mandatory group spin axis seminars” this spring.Pitchers’ pitches will likely keep getting better, moving faster and with more movement. There is seemingly no end to the increasing frequency of strikeouts. While the home run surge has masked other areas of offensive decline, technology and training is giving pitchers a new edge.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Cam Burrows talks to the media on Aug. 12 after practice at the Woddy Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Photo EditorJust days before the season opener, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer indicated on Wednesday that redshirt junior Cam Burrows could miss the entire 2016 campaign. Meyer was not confident the defensive back was going to be healthy enough to play for the Buckeyes this season. “I don’t think he’s going to play this season,” Meyer said.An OSU spokesperson told the media on Wednesday that Burrow’s foot was bothering him.After appearing to be fully healthy for the first time since his sophomore campaign back in 2014, he was forced to redshirt in the 2015 season after breaking his foot.Burrows began his career at Ohio State with lofty expectations, as he was a four-star recruit according to 247Sports back in 2012. He was viewed as the second best recruit in the state of Ohio, the eighth best cornerback prospect and the 61st best recruit overall.When OSU released its first depth chart on Tuesday, Burrows was not on the two-deep at safety. Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb are scheduled to start at the two safety positions with freshman Jordan Fuller and junior Erick Smith serving as the primary backups. read more