Will Giants owner’s request to return political donation calm calls for boycott?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — For the second time in as many months, Giants principal owner Charles Johnson has asked for a controversial political donation to be returned.Charles JohnsonJohnson released a statement through attorney Joe Cotchett on Tuesday that announced he has requested his $2,700 donation to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican U.S. Senator from Mississippi, be refunded.Hyde-Smith is facing Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a runoff for the final undecided U.S. Senate seat Tuesday and has …last_img read more

South African golf prodigy wins the British Open

first_imgLouis Oosthuizen became the fourth SouthAfrican to win the Open Championship atSt Andrews, Scotland, on 18 July(Image: http://louis57oosthuizen.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bertu NelLouis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy+27 82 893 6848RELATED ARTICLES• Semenya takes gold for SA• Sports in South Africa • SA star athlete heads to Beijing• Sporting South Africans honouredNosimilo RamelaLouis Oosthuizen beat some of the world’s top golfers to become the fourth South African to win the British Open at St Andrews, Scotland, on 18 July 2010.Oosthuizen, 27, took the lead with a birdie at the seventh hole early on 16 July, the second day of the oldest golfing championship.This was his second victory outside South Africa, with his first being in March 2010 at the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Málaga, Spain. The win has catapulted Oosthuizen from 54th to 15th in the world rankings.Speaking to the media after the tournament, he said: “It’s just unbelievable, just amazing. It’s probably going to hit me tomorrow or the week after. To win an Open championship is special, but to win it here at St Andrews is something you dream about.”He thanked his parents and fellow South African golfing champ Ernie Els for the support they had given him throughout his career. Oosthuizen joined Els’s golf foundation at the age of 17.Els, who won the British Open in 2002, said: “It would be difficult to find anybody in the world who is more proud of him right now. Long before anybody had heard of him, I thought that he was going to be an exceptional player.”At the 18th hole, Oosthuizen sank a short par putt to win the tournament. He took off his cap in response to the roaring applause from the crowd, and then hugged his caddie, Zack Rasego.“It felt so good, it was an unbelievable experience,” said Rasego. “He played so well the whole week and I have always had a belief that he is going to make it. He has been very good this whole week, he behaved well, he deserves it.”After being presented with the coveted Claret Jug, Oosthuizen wished former South African president Nelson Mandela a happy birthday. He said that when he walked up to the 18th hole, he was thinking of the celebrated statesman, who turned 92 on the same day.“It felt a bit special out there. What he’s done for our country is unbelievable. I would like to take this opportunity to say happy birthday to Mr Nelson Mandela back in South Africa,” Oosthuizen said.Rasego echoed his sentiments: “It’s a proud moment for us, especially with the old man’s birthday and winning today on his birthday at St Andrews – it’s unbelievable, I’m really excited.”Keeping coolOosthuizen started the second day of the competition with partner Paul Casey, from the UK, hot on his heels from tee-off. However, at the eighth hole Oosthuizen three-putted for a bogey – while Casey had to take a penalty drop after hitting his tee shot into a bush. He wound up with a triple-bogey seven.The South African was four shots ahead of Casey when the pair teed off on the 12th hole on the third day.“It was actually very tight until the 12th,” Oosthuizen said. I’m proud of the way I held my nerves. I knew that I could throw a big lead away.”He said he believed he had played well throughout the competition, but his biggest goal was to stay cool.“It felt unbelievable walking down to the 17th and coming down the 18th. He was calm and played really well,” said Rasego.Showing true sportsmanship, Casey also congratulated Oosthuizen for the way he handled the pressure: “That was an unbelievable performance,” he said. “He was very calm, played wonderful golf.”last_img read more

Jeff Duling, Nov. 30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am not putting too much emphasis on the test plots. I am just going with what my seed guy says. I will probably plant the same hybrids I planted last year. As far as beans, I had tremendous success with the Plenish beans again and so we’ll run with that. I am getting a 50-cent premium and the yields are right there with my other beans.I thought we would have some major compaction issues, and some guys do, but the dry weather and the cracking in the soil alleviated a lot of those problems. Maybe with the no-till and cover crops that was enough to help it out.I am hoping a few more guys experiment with cover crops. The government is throwing a lot of money at us to experiment with this. You can’t just do it once in one field and expect to see a benefit. In Putnam County now you have to keep it in cover crops for three years. The problem is that so many guys see their neighbors ripping and they think they should go rip. But this year, I didn’t see much reason to do much tillage.last_img read more

Another UK Victorian Gets a Passivhaus Makeover

first_imgConsidering the abundance of aged homes in Britain, and the emergence of UK-based designers and builders with energy efficiency mind-sets, there are bound to be retrofits that test the practical limits of what can be done to improve the performance of a building that is really, really old.One such project completed two years ago – an upgrade of a 140-year-old Victorian known as Grove Cottage, in Hereford – was certified under Passivhaus Institut’s refurbishment standard, known as EnerPHit.A look at the UK-based Sustainable Energy Academy’s Old Home SuperHome Project, though, tells you that Grove Cottage, while still unusual, is hardly unique. The project is not unlike the retrofit of another 1870s-era Victorian undertaken as part of the Retrofit for the Future competition. That contest was hosted by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board, a government-appointed group of executives whose mission is to stimulate innovation in areas that will encourage growth and productivity. The retrofit team on that project managed to insulate and air-seal the London home to meet Passivhaus performance requirements (a pressure test showed 0.49 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference) while also complying with guidelines for historic preservation.A low-carbon targetMembers of the team behind the Grove Cottage transformation, which included architecture firm Simmonds Mills and builder Eco-DC, said they followed principles prescribed by the Passivhaus standard and by the CarbonLite program, an initiative developed by the Association for Environment Conscious Building, which promotes construction of energy efficient buildings in the UK.CarbonLite includes three performance standards: Silver, representing a reduction of carbon emissions by 70% “compared to the UK average for buildings of each type”; Passivhaus, which typically provides a carbon emissions reduction of about 80%, according to the AECB; and Gold, a standard that provides 95% carbon reduction through a combination of Passivhaus design and renewable-energy equipment.Grove Cottage is of the same vintage as the Retrofit for the Future project, and both buildings feature brick exterior walls. On the cottage, the walls and roof were insulated with PermaRock expanded polystyrene (250mm on the walls, 400mm on the roof). Floor joist bays were filled with sheep’s wool insulation. The average annual cost for heating, cooking, and hot water in building, which also is equipped with a solar hot water system, is about $380, the Simmonds Mills website notes.We’ve asked the owner of the building, Simmonds Mills principal Andy Simmonds, for more details about the project, including its final cost.last_img read more

SXSW 2015 Sessions Every Filmmaker Should Attend

first_imgWeb Influence on the Future of Music DocumentariesLearn from industry experts what the future holds for the music doc genre.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm – 4:30pmCultural Connections: TV, Digital and the New MainstreamWhat does the future hold for media?Austin Convention Center – Ballroom E5:00pm – 6:00pmFor more information regarding any of these sessions check out the film section on the SXSW website. We’ll see you there.Are you going to SXSW 2015? Let us know what you’ll be attending. Saturday, March 14Hyper-Reality TV and Online Video are a Perfect FitMorgan Spurlock and Dermot McCormack share insights into the future of reality TV online.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD9:30-10:30AMThe Future of Film Criticism: Diversify or DieHow does high-end film criticism fit in with an online audience?Austin Convention Center – 16AB12:30PM-1:30PMHacking Technology for Your Indie FilmNew technologies are ushering in new methods for distribution.InterConenential Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B12:30 – 1:30PMStudio Star Power: How Casting Really WorksLearn how Hollywood casting directors use talent to drive film production.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmCinema Culture: The Power of Communal ExperienceA curios look at how to film world should appeal to millennials.Austin Convention Center – Room 151:10pm-1:25pmWhy the Future of Film Depends on Social MediaIf your film isn’t on social media it’s dead. Find out how to effectively use social media to the filmmaking processAustin Convention Center – Room 152:00pm-2:15pmThe Link Between Social Media and Box OfficeHow do retweets translate to movie tickets?Austin Convention Center – Room 152:20pm-2:35pm A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and Michael ShannonJeff Nichols and Michael Shannon share how collaboration helped them create “Take Shelter” and “Mud”.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB3:30PM-4:30PMDIY Filmmaking Tips and TechniquesPractical solutions for low budget films.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm-3:45pmA Guide to Live Action 360 VR Filmmaking360 degree footage is helping to make VR filmmaking a reality, here’s a quick overview of how it’s done.InterContentnial Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmIs This Normal? A Look at Success in Indie FilmWhat does success look like in the indie-film community?Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmStory of a Working-Class ScreenwriterLearn what a day in the life of a screenwriter looks like.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:50-4:05pm Tuesday, March 163D Printing in the MoviesLearn how Hollywood is using 3D printers to create props and sets.Four Seasons – San Jacinto9:30am – 10:30amHollywood to Silicon Valley: Making a MegahitWhat makes movies successful in the 21st century?Four Seasons – Ballroom AB9:30am – 10:30amThe Future of Concerts on TVConcerts are dwindling in popularity on TV, find out how industry experts are trying to save this genre.Four Seasons – San Jacinto11:00am – 12:00pmWho’s Going to Fund Your Web SeriesYou’ve got a great idea now all you need is some money to see it through, so where is that money going to come from?Four Seasons – San Jacinto12:30pm – 1:30pmBoyhood Post-Production: 13th Year of a 12 Year MovieHow do you edit a film that has 12 years worth of footage?Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB2:00pm – 3:00pmMaking Art While Entertaining the InternetHow to get mass audiences to enjoy your artistic work online.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B2:00pm – 3:00pmOther People’s Money: Investors and CrowdfundingYou don’t have to choose between investors and crowdfunding.Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC2:00pm – 3:00pmSomething from Nothing: The No-Budget WayLearn how to create a film without a big budget.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B2:00pm – 3:00pmIntellectual Property in Film and Interactive MediaWho REALLY owns your work?Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC3:30pm – 4:30pmOnline Success Without Cat Videos or Crotch HitsThere’s a fine line between giving your audience what they want and losing integrity.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmShorts Filmmaker Meet UpMeet-up with other short filmmakers at the SFA Bar.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – SFA Bar3:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday, March 15The Cast of Community on Moving to DigitalLearn what digital distribution means for the cast of the hit show “community”.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD11:00am – 12:00pmFor Hollywood, The Future is Not Evenly DistributedLearn how Hollywood creates scarcity in an online world.Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:30pm – 12:45pmTo Window or Not to Window: Film Release StrategiesThere are a lot of different ways to release your film in the 21st century.Austin Convention Center – 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmGoody Guys vs. Bad GuysWhy do audiences love bad guys in movies?Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:50pm – 1:05pmCan A Film Be Banned in the US?Free speech doesn’t mean movies aren’t censored.Austin Convention Center – Room 151:10pm – 1:25pm 10 Lessons From a Decade Behind the Scenes at PixarLearn how experts at Pixar help to create magical stories.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmA Conversation with Sally FieldAcademy Award winner Sally Field shares insights about her 50 year career.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB3:30pm – 4:30pmHit A Home Run With Content Creation and StreamingHulk Hogan (I kid you not) shares how to create interesting and engaging content.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmcenter_img Heading to Austin for South by Southwest? Check out the 64 can’t-miss sessions for filmmakers or video pros attending SXSW 2015.It’s that time of year again! Since 1987, South by Southwest has showcased the best in music, film, and interactive design, and this year is proving to be no different. Whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter, or just an interested fan of film, SXSW 2015 will be an amazing opportunity to grow your skills and learn from leaders in the industry.This year, like years past, there will be hundreds of sessions, screenings, and events which is great – though it can certainly be overwhelming. To make the information a little more digestible, we’ve rounded up our favorite SXSW sessions for filmmakers. The list is ordered by date:Friday, March 13An Insiders Guide to SXSW FilmLearn how to maximize your time at SXSW with this helpful first day session.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB2:00-3:00pmA Conversation with Ryan Gosling and Guillermo Del ToroA casual conversation with Guillermo Del Toro and Ryan Gosling, featuring discourse regarding Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River”.Austin Convention Center – Vimeo Theater3:30-4:30pmFilmmaking Cues from Top Sports CinematographersLearn how sports cinematographer bring storytelling to the MLB and NFL.Four Seasons – San Jacinto3:30-4:30PMSuspension of Disbelief in Virtual RealityLearn how VR developers are helping to blur the line between artificial and reality.Hyatt Regency Austin – Zilker Ballroom 45:00-6:00PM Monday, March 16Breaking the Fourth Wall: Audience Participation in the Digital AgeLearn how new technologies are helping to make audiences a part of the filmmaking process.Four Seasons – San Jacinto11:00am – 12:00pmCanon Spotlight: The Cinematography of ComedyComedy masters share how they use modern cameras to help add laughs to their films.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B11:00am – 12:00pmExploring Storytelling in the Digital AgeLearn a few new ways to tell stories in the digital age.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB11:00am – 12:00pmForget Screens: Immersive Content Lives EverywhereLearn how artists are using projection mapping to take video from screens to walls.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD11:00am – 12:00pmHow Potato Salad Killed/Saved CrowdfundingA professional discussion about the future of crowdfunding.Austin Convention Center – Next Stage11:00am – 12:00pmCreating the Shows That We LikeLearn how ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is using unique concepts to make audiences laugh.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB12:30pm – 1:30pmA Drama Nirvana: How to Create a Multiplatform HitYou don’t have to just get your film in theaters for it to be a success.Four Seasons – San Jacinto12:30pm – 1:30pmFinding A TV Partner in A Digital WorldJust because we’re in the digital age doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to distributing your docs to broadcasters.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB12:30pm – 1:30pmFor Those About to Lock: The Editing WorkshopLearn how to fix mistakes in the editing bay.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B12:30pm – 1:30pmHow New Technology is Changing War Zone FilmmakingLearn how filmmakers make powerful films in disaster zones using only a camera.Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:30pm – 1:30pmIndependent Directors on Working with ActorsA relationship between director and actor is vital.Austin Convention Center – 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmTool-Kit for Crafting an Interactive DocumentaryA quick guide to interactive web-based storytelling.Austin Convention Center – Austin Suite12:30pm – 1:30pm House of Cards from Page to ScreenScreenwriter Beau Willimon shares how took “House of Cards” from page to screen.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmHow to make a LAIKA Film In 300,000 Camera ClicksLearn how animators from Laika created The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm – 3:45pmInternational Filmmakers Meet UpFilmmakers from around the world meeting together to build relationships and network.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – SFA bar3:30pm – 4:30pmHand-drawn Animation: Magic Between the SheetsLearn how hand drawn animation brings classic animation techniques to the 21st century.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:50pm – 4:05pmPixar’s LAVA: Telling a Story Through SongLearn how Pixar uses music to tell the story in their latest “Lava” short.Austin Convention Center – Room 154:10pm – 4:25pm Art of Amazing: 4K Film from Conception to ViewingLearn how 4KAustin Convention Center – Room 152:00pm – 3:00pmHow Next-Gen Filmmakers are Changing HollywoodLearn how services like YouTube are changing the film landscape.Austin Convention Center – Next Stage2:00pm – 3:00pmSound Designing Authenticity in DocumentaryA discussion about creating believable soundscapes in documentaries.InterContinental Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B2:00pm – 3:00pmDIY Theatrical Distribution for Independent FilmsDistribution services are expensive. Learn what the distribution process looks like for indie-films.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmFilm Finance and Distribution in 2015Learn a few ways to distribute your film in 2015.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmShould You Develop Your Film Into a TV Series?TV has come a long way in the last few years with more and more TV series taking filmic approaches to storytelling.Four Seasons Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmGame of Thrones: Creating Immersive EntertainmentLearn how the filmmakers of Game of Thrones brought their world to life on and off screen.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB5:00pm – 6:00pmInfinity and Beyond: Pixar and 20 Years Since Toy StoryA few things Pixar has learned in their 20+ years of animation.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD5:00pm – 6:00pmlast_img read more

IT engineer, family found dead in Pune

first_imgPune: In a case of suspected suicide, a software engineer, along with his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in the city’s Baner-Pashan area, police said on Friday.The bodies of Jayeshkumar Patel (34), his wife Bhumika (30) and son Akshay were found in their apartment. While there were vrope marks on the necks of the husband and wife, the child appears to have been administered poison, said the Chaturshringi police.Alerted by neighboursPatel worked with a reputed IT firm while his wife was a homemaker. According to sources, their house was apparently locked from inside for the past couple of days. “When the family did not answer repeated calls by anxious neighbours, they alerted the police late Thursday evening. The Patels apartment was broken into from the balcony of an adjacent building, only to find the bodies of all three,” said the investigating officer from Chaturshringi police station.“Either the husband and wife hanged themselves after killing the child or the husband killed his wife and son before taking his own life. We are ascertaining what prompted Patel to take this extreme step, and also the time of the deaths,” said the officer.The bodies have been sent to the Sassoon Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on. Suicide spree in city The Pashan deaths add to a growing surge of suicides across Pune city in the last 48 hours. On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh were found dead in their room in the city’s Bhosari area. In another incident, the body of a 31-year-old nurse was found in a decaying condition in her hostel room at Bhosari on Thursday evening.last_img read more

Akhilesh sees tie-up with BSP as a trial that didn’t triumph

first_imgSamajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday equated his party’s gathbandhan (alliance) with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh to a “trial” that didn’t succeed and declared that the “path in politics” was “open” for his party.“It’s fine, trials happen. Sometimes you don’t succeed. But at least you come to know of the weaknesses,” he told reporters at an Eid-ul-Fitr event in Lucknow.Mr.Yadav said if his party was contesting the coming bypolls alone, he would discuss that with his colleagues and chart out a strategy that would also bring the “Samajwadi people” to power in 2022.“As far as the question of alliance and contesting alone goes, now the path in politics is open,” he said.The SP chief, however, kept the window for compromise open, just like BSP chief Mayawati did a day earlier by praising him and his wife Dimple Yadav personally and asserting that their personal relationship would never end despite the “political compulsions” of putting the political alliance on hold.Mr. Yadav said, “I can assure you what is said for honourable Mayawatiji on the first day, in the first press conference, that her honour will be my honour, even today I say the same thing.”Mayawati’s announcementOn Tuesday, Ms. Mayawati stumped everyone by announcing that she would go it alone in the bypolls coming up in the State after 11 Assembly seats were vacated following the entry of the sitting MLAs to the Lok Sabha. Ms. Mayawati claimed that the Yadavs had deserted the SP and hurt the alliance’s prospects and issued an ultimatum to the SP chief to train his workers to be “missionary” like the BSP cadre, for a revival of the alliance. She also said“there is no breakup of the alliance yet.”last_img read more

Bangalore ODI: India in no mood to show mercy to New Zealand

first_imgYuvraj Singh (left) and Virat Kohli during a practice session in Bangalore on Monday.An unassailable lead in hand, the rampaging Indian team will now push for a series whitewash when it takes on a grossly mismatched New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match rubber in Bangalore on Tuesday.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir has led from the front with back-to-back centuries to inflict one of the worst series defeats on the visitors in the two countries’ bilateral ODI history which dates back to 1975-76.The Indian team’s exemplary performance in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh has also given a boost to the side’s World Cup aspirations. Young players such as Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have made an impact and would have impressed regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just a couple of months ahead of the World Cup being hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.As for Tuesday’s match, the Indian players are an upbeat lot.Despite not being at full strength, the Indians have proved themselves better on all counts against a short-of-confidence New Zealand, who came here after being hammered 0-4 by minnows Bangladesh.The Indian line-up has not exactly missed dashing Virender Sehwag or the reliable Sachin Tendulkar as the likes Virat Kohli have stepped up effortlessly against a rather ineffective Kiwi attack.Kohli, who has been in good nick on the domestic circuit, has been solid so far along with Murali Vijay. The Indian bowling has been spearheaded well by senior pacer Zaheer Khan along with the tweakers.advertisementYoung off-spinner R Ashwin has, in fact, managed to make quite an impact but he has to be more economical in the middle overs.The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling and skipper Daniel Vettori has to do a lot of head-scratching to find a way out of the slump.The key to it is a solid batting performance and the visitors will look towards Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to give them a cracking start. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris can capitalise from there on.Kiwi new ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Andy McKay and onechange pacer James Franklin have the ability to disturb any combination along with Vettori, but the quartet has so far struggled on pitches which have always been a batsman’s delight.- With PTI inputslast_img read more