5 of the Greatest Cinematographers for Creative Inspiration

first_imgFor aspiring cinematographers, there’s no better way to learn than by studying the work of others. These 5 critically acclaimed DPs will surely inspire you to improve your craft.Cinematography is like a language, and every DP has their own way of speaking. While there are some universal skills and techniques that are shared amongst cinematographers, all DPs are fundamentally different and have their own unique way of seeing the world.In my opinion, a truly great cinematographer is adaptable and can shoot any genre of film beautifully, but at the same time their work has a common thread that ties it all together. This is because they have developed their craft and their voice to a point that it is seen and felt in every frame that they touch.Image from ShutterstockBelow, I’ve listed 5 of the greatest cinematographers whose work you should be studying. I’d like to point out that this isn’t intended to be a top 5 list, but rather an eclectic selection of 5 DPs with very different styles. In fact, some of my favorite DPs are not listed here… So don’t be too upset if your cinematic inspiration didn’t make the cut.John TollImage from IMDbToll is best known for being one of the few cinematographers to win back-to-back Oscars. His legendary body of work includes critically acclaimed films like Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Almost Famous, and Gone Baby Gone. Toll’s trademark is capturing very natural looking images, though extremely beautiful and almost ethereal in their nature.His seemingly toned down approach to cinema is seamless and images always give the feeling of natural light, even if it’s not the case. For those of you that like the natural light look, Toll can certainly be seen as an inspiration as he is a master of organic looking images, even when shooting with traditional film lighting setups.Emmanuel LubezkiImage from IMDbWith two Oscars and seven nominations under his belt, not to mention films such as Great Expectations, Children of Men , The Tree of Life, Gravity and Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki’s talents are as varied as his work. One may say that he is indeed a storyteller himself, which could be one of the reasons he’s one of the most acclaimed working DPs today.His ability to capture expressive and emotionally driven images is second to none. Lubezki’s cinematic style over the course of his career has varied but the visuals he creates always share these common elements: they are bold, aesthetically stunning, and create emotionally charged experiences for anyone watching. It’s no wonder why he is one of the most sought after DPs in the industry today.Robert ElswitImage from IMDbRobert Elswit’s ability to elevate images through distinct use of color has earned him the Oscar and a solid body of classic films our generation will never forget. He is unequivocally one of the best cinematographers when it comes to his acute awareness of color and tone in film.You don’t have to look further than the underexposed and desaturated images found in The Town, which help to convey the raw world the characters live in to illustrate this point. Or the visually distinct color palettes found in films like Inherent Vice, Michael Clayton, or There Will Be Blood. Robert’s abilities as a DP are unique in that he is able to grade his images with obvious color looks, yet they never feel over stylized.Robert RichardsonImage from IMDbWith an outstanding body of work filled with classic after classic film, there is arguably no cinematographer more influential in American filmmaking than Robert Richardson. He’s received three Oscars and four nominations and is best known for his longstanding relationships with some of the best directors in cinema.With Oliver Stone, he accomplished Wall Street, Platoon, and Natural Born Killers. He worked alongside Martin Scorsese to bring us Casino, Shutter Island and The Aviator. He teamed up with Quentin Tarantino for the Kill Bill films, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. There is a reason why some of the best directors choose to work with him time and time again… Richardson is a master in the use of photography to convey important information and a trailblazer in many ways when it comes to his style of shooting.Whether we’re talking about his ability to work with hard lighting, his brilliant camera movements, or his innate ability to shoot mind-blowing wide shots, it’s impossible to deny the range of talent Richardson has and the impact his work has had on the field.Roger DeakinsImage from IMDbThe power of Deakins’s work is undeniable, which of course is why he has been the gold standard to which so many other DPs are often compared to. His ability to convey the essence of a film’s story in a single shot is nothing short of remarkable, and the precision and impact of his style raises the bar for every other working cinematographer.Many films have great moments or arcs that call back the film’s main theme, but barely any of them are able to capture that same theme visually in the way that Deakins can. He leaves his mark on some of the best films our generation has seen, including: Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption, O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country For Old Men, and so many more. He has an astounding 11 Oscar nominations and will go down in history as one of the best cinematographers of all time.Looking for more inspiration to stoke your cinematography fires? Check out the following posts:Video Showcase! 12 Beautiful 2012 Cinematography ReelsSimple Framing Tips to Dramatically Improve Your CinematographyThree Cinematography MasterclassesIs your favorite cinematographer missing from this list? Who inspires YOU? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.last_img read more

Better Health Through Bullying

first_imgBullying casts a long shadow. Children who are bullied are more prone to depression and suicidal tendencies even when they grow up; they’re also more likely to get sick and have headaches and stomach troubles, researchers have discovered. A new study may have found the underlying cause: A specific indicator of illness, called C-reactive protein (CRP), is higher than normal in bullying victims, even when they get older. In contrast, the bullies, by the same gauge, seem to be healthier.The researchers focused on CRP because it’s a common, easily tested marker of inflammation, the runaway immune system activity that’s a feature of many chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic pain, and depression, explains lead author William Copeland, a psychologist and epidemiologist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.To link inflammation to bullying, the researchers asked 1420 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 16 whether, and how often, they had been bullied or had bullied others. Interviewers asked participants whether they felt more teased, bullied, or treated meanly by siblings, friends, and peers than other children—and whether they had upset or hurt other people on purpose, tried to get others in trouble, or forced people to do something by threatening or hurting them. The researchers took finger stick blood tests at each assessment. Interviews took place once a year until the participants turned 16, and again when they were 19 and 21. 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CRP levels increased along with the number of reported bullying instances, and more than doubled in those who said they’d been bullied three times or more in the previous year, compared with kids who had never been bullied. No change was seen in bullies, or in kids who hadn’t been involved with bullying one way or the other, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The real eye opener, Copeland says, was the change in CRP in the 19- and 21-year-olds. Levels of the protein increased over time in all groups, which is normal. But the increase was sharper in the bullying victims: Even 10 years later, average CRP levels were still higher (more than 1.5 mg/L) than in those who had never been bullied (about 1 mg/L). In the bullies, the levels were about 0.5 mg/L, slightly less than half that of the victims. The CRP differences between bullies and victims remained even when the researchers accounted for potentially confounding factors, such as mental disorders, substance abuse, and other forms of stress.Elevated CRP may be a specific route through which childhood stress leads to health problems down the road, the researchers conclude. Adults who were abused as children also show increased inflammation, as measured by CRP levels, in some studies.Despite the implied health benefits of bullying, Copeland doesn’t advocate picking on people to better your health. The advantage probably doesn’t lie in the aggression itself, but rather in the heightened control, power, and social status that bullies enjoy, he believes.The benefits of bullying are dispiriting but not surprising, says biological anthropologist Thomas McDade of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The slower-than-normal increase of CRP in bullies supports a growing mound of research showing that those at the top have it better, he says.A key strength of the new study, McDade says, is that it focuses on a specific measurement, checked repeatedly over time. “CRP is clearly one way in which social environment can get under one’s skin”—affecting health for better or worse, he says.Because inflammation is an underlying factor in so many chronic diseases, the fact that people in their early 20s are already showing signs of inflammation is a warning bell, Copeland adds. Using data from the larger study, his team will scrutinize other measures of adversity, such as the stress hormone cortisol, and epigenetic changes in which environmental factors affect the way genes are activated. The scientists will also look for biomarkers of more positive methods than bullying through which kids can increase their confidence and social standing.Ideally, antibullying programs, in addition to protecting potential victims, should help the more aggressive kids find ways to enhance their social status “without wreaking havoc on others,” Copeland says.last_img read more

Staying alive

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Mr. McTavish begs for citizenship Clement Leutcheu finished with 24 points while Ed Dixon had 19 for the Blazers who turned their game up a notch in the extra period while the Generals faded.Sidney Onwubere sent the game to overtime with a triple with 19 seconds left in regulation, but the Generals were made to bleed for their points in overtime, leading to their 11th loss in 17 games. View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores provided a strong and steady presence inside the paint as Arellano survived a flat start to subdue Perpetual Help, 62-52, and keep its Final Four hopes alive last Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Missing the injured Kent Salado, the Chiefs found a savior in the bull-strong Flores, who scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half as Arellano moved up to with an 8-9 record behind Letran in the race for the last Final Four berth.ADVERTISEMENT Flores’ stellar first half gave the Chiefs a lift when they needed it the most after Arellano went scoreless for almost seven minutes to start the game.Salado, the Chiefs’ leading scorer with 18 points a game this season, has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament due to a knee injury (medial collateral ligament) he sustained in the victory over San Sebastian last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There is newfound confidence within the team, knowing that we can win without him (Salado),” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “We started bad. But when Flores made his first basket, things tapered off especially our doubts and apprehensions in the game.”Later, St. Benilde dragged Emilio Aguinaldo College out of Final Four contention with a 94-84 overtime victory.center_img Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

I prayed for Sachin: Yuvraj

first_img“Nothing can get bigger than this,” That is how three members of the Indian team on Monday summed up the World Cup victory.As Headlines Today’s Nishant Arora caught up with Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, they maintained: “It is a dream come true?a wonderful feeling.””Winning the WC was the biggest moment in my life. Nothing can get bigger than this,” said Harbhajan, adding, “We were confident of winning the WC even before the tournament as we had planned last year about this. We played both good and bad matches, but we came strongly out of tough situations. After league matches, we told ourselves that it’s a matter of a couple of games and we have to give more than 100 percent.””It is a dream come true,” Yuvraj Singh, the winner of four MoMs in the WC, said, adding, “I was very emotional, because it was our biggest day. The fact that all of us wanted to win this for Sachin and India made everyone emotional. Tendulkar’s dedication, motivation and the amount of adulation he commands – and he is such a humble man – all this made us work hard to achieve this for him. I prayed to God to give him this special moment.”Virat Kohli said winning the WC is an ‘amazing feeling’. “I consider myself lucky to win the WC in my first attempt. It’s wonderful feeling,” he said, adding “All of us look up to Sachin and wanted to win the Cup for him, who has done so much for Indian cricket.”advertisementlast_img read more

London Olympics: Vijay Kumar’s family happy he won silver medal

first_imgBy winning the Olympic silver medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol event, Vijay Kumar has ensured that that his village Harsaur in Hamirpur, 181 kms from Shimla, comes into national prominence.Vijay’s family – which includes grandmother Brahmi Devi, father Banku Ram, mother Roshni Devi, a brother and a sister – are overjoyed and busy preparing for his welcome.”I am proud of him. Our prayers have been answered by goddess Jwalaji. We will visit the temple when Vijay returns home. We are making a special award gallery to showcase his medals. Not only the family, but the whole village is in a celebration mood,” Banku Ram said.Vijay is currently posted as subedar in the Indian Army at Mhow station. He joined the Army at the age of 16 after passing his senior secondary exams and did not go to college.”Earlier I was not happy as he did not go for higher education. Now with a number of medals to his credit, he has made me proud,” mother Roshni Devi said.last_img read more

JLR to accelerate launch of petrol variants

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned JLR will step up launching petrol variants of its various models as it seeks to adapt to the changing market environment in India, including due to ban on larger diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR.Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) India, which today launched the two-litre petrol derivative of Land Rover Discovery Sport at a starting price of Rs 56.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), said the ban on select diesel vehicles has affected its business plans but it will adapt to meet the legal requirements.”The Discovery Sport petrol variant was not planned to be introduced in India as early as this. It was planned for later. So definitely, it does affect our plans,” JLR India president Rohit Suri told PTI.He was replying to a query on whether the Supreme Court ban on diesel cars and SUVs of engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above in Delhi-NCR has affected the companys business plans. Suri, however, insisted that the company had started planning for petrol variants earlier as the Indian market was beginning to drift towards it from diesel due to narrowing price difference between the two fuels.He, however, replied in negative when asked whether the company would re-look at its investment in India, like the case has been Mercedes-Benz in deciding to put on hold its investments citing uncertainty over diesel engines.”If we are to remain relevant in any market, we have to adapt to the legislative requirements of the country,” Suri said.When asked if JLR planned to accelerate the launch of petrol variants of its different models, including the popular Range Rover Evoque, he said: “We are adapting our portfolio, not just because of the ban (on big diesel cars and SUVs) but also due to the increasing preference for petrol vehicles. We will do our best to address the demand.”advertisementThe new variant of the Discovery Sport, he said, will help the company broaden the appeal of the premium SUV for customers who are more inclined towards driving a vehicle with a powerful petrol engine.The Land Rover SUV range in India includes the flagship Range Rover with a price tag starting at Rs 2.12 crore, Range Rover Sport Rs 1.18 crore, Discovery Sport at Rs 47.6 lakh and new Range Rover Evoque at Rs 48.60 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).On the companys sales expectations for current fiscal, Suri said: “In the first quarter, we sold over 1,000 units registering a growth of 45 per cent over the same period last year. This year, we are looking at double-digit growth.”Stating that petrol variants will play a key role, he said: “We already had the Jaguar XJ in petrol, then we launched Jaguar XE in petrol too which saw strong response from the market in the first quarter. Now, we have Discovery Sport petrol too.”Suri said the first quarter growth would have been much higher had there been no ban on big diesel cars and SUVs in the Delhi-NCR region.Asked about the companys plans to expand portfolio of locally assembled models, he said that at present, the company produces five models locally.JLR India will add three more showrooms this fiscal to take its total to 26 by the end of the year. PTI MSS RKL ANU BJlast_img read more

Tokyo Olympic Organizers: 6,900 Tickets Bought Through Fraud

first_imgTOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers are investigating the fraudulent purchase of 6,900 tickets worth 180 million yen ($1.67 million) that were obtained in an online lottery for Japan residents.“We are consulting with the police on this matter, and if there are other cases where unauthorized purchases are suspected, we will deal with those as needed,” Tokyo organizers said in a statement Monday.Organizers were in the process of voiding the tickets but did not suggest who was involved. They said they were bought using fraudulent IDs.Ticket interest in next year’s Tokyo Olympic is unprecedented with demand at least 10 times above supply, and probably much greater.Earlier this year Japan passed a law that prohibits ticket scalping, with a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term — or both.However, the law has large loopholes and does not apply to tickets distributed for free or given away as gifts, or tickets without a purchaser’s name. This applies to many tickets coming from the International Olympic Committee, the 206 national Olympic committees, or major sponsors.In a separate matter, organizers have announced the results of their latest ticket lottery for Japan residents.The outcome is much like the first lottery in May: tickets are very tough to get, and many in Japan will be left out.Organizers say 1.4 million people applied in the August phase, and only 120,000 were successful landing 350,000 tickets.Tokyo organizers say they have now sold 3.57 million tickets to Japan residents in both lotteries. The Japanese general public is slated to get between 70-80% of the estimated 7.8 million tickets that are listed as available.The rest are for sale outside Japan through Authorized Ticket Resellers — the Olympic agents contracted to sell tickets outside Japan — or go to sponsors, national Olympic committees, sports federations, and dignitaries.Organizers are planning another lottery this fall for Japan residents but have declined to say how many tickets will be available.Tokyo is a reversal from recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang, South Korea, when tickets were unsold and many events were poorly attended. That won’t be the case with 35 million people in Greater Tokyo looking to attend.The demand is widely reported to be driving up hotel prices.Tickets sales are projected to raise about $800 million for the organizing committee’s operating budget of $5.6 billion.By: Stephen Wade, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kontron: SBC development board based on Raspberry Pi

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow expands distribution agreement with Cree’s Wolfspeed divisionNext LieberLieber expands into the Canadian automotive market Kontron offers a comprehensive Development Kit for designing products based on Raspberry Pi for industrial purposes. The kit includes a development board according to SBC specifications, a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Light (CM3L) and an SD card with the pre-configured Raspian operating system. With this offer, Kontron is meeting the requirements of development departments in various industries that design prototypes based on Raspberry Pi, but have so far shied away from industrial use of the platform due to a lack of professional support. In addition, many applications and programs that are freely available for Raspberry Pi from the Open Source Community can now be used for industrial purposes as well, without any additional development effort. For example, the platform has already been certified for usage in healthcare.The Developer Kit, based on a single-board computer, extends the Raspberry Pi Compute Module by a variety of typical industrial interfaces, including not only USB, Ethernet 10/100 Mbit, RS 232 and RS 485, but also a CAN fieldbus interface. Displays are controllable via HDMI, LVDS or DSI 4 lanes. Furthermore, the Raspberry-typical PiHat connector is included, as well as a Micro SDCard slot, a 1-Wire-Interface for connecting simple sensors, a smartcard reader with SIM card holder to operate secure applications and camera interfaces. To have a quick start, the board provides also 24V inputs and outputs and also analog in- and outputs.SBCs with Raspberry Pi as compute module can be used for various applications, e.g. at the Human-Machine Interface, for M2M communication, home automation, POS displays, in infotainment and entertainment, portable systems, as data gateways or at sensor heads.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

A contemptuous disregard for simplistic gauges of a team’s success

first_img José Mourinho: People who don’t understand football analyse with statistics – video Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter features Facebook It’s back. Photograph: Ross M. Horowitz/Getty Images Pinterest Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Arsenal’s players gave Danny Welbeck a call to cheer him up before their mood-dampening 1-1 draw with Wolves. “We had a FaceTime session with him … he looked very happy and I think he was happy to talk to us,” trilled goalkeeper Bernd Leno.AFC Wimbledon have mutually consented Neal Ardley out of the door marked do one after a run of seven League One games without a win left them second bottom. “We thank him for the massive role he has played for us over the last six years and wish him well,” sniffed a club statement.Not to be outdone, 18th-placed Shrewsbury have hoofed John Askey and his assistants, John Filan and George Pilkington, on to the jobs market. “Shrewsbury Town would like to place on record its thanks to John, John and George,” parped a club suit, making them sound like a badly organised Beatles tribute act.And AIK are still partying like it’s 2009 after they won the Swedish league title for the first time since, erm, 2009. “It’s the sickest evening in my life, it’s completely wonderful,” yoofspeaked Robin Jansson, a defender who made horseshoes for a living seven months ago, and who scored the winning goal against Kalmar to seal the title.STILL WANT MORE?Der Klassiker was bloody brilliant – and proof that the Bundesliga is finally showing signs of life again, whoops Andy Brassell.It’s highly likely Gonzalo Higuaín was listening to The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five before Milan’s 2-0 defeat by Juve. Why? Because he was close to the edge, writes Paolo Bandini.Lionel Messi is underrated, writes Sean Ingle, before ducking for cover. Reuse this content Ouch. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Ten talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action. You had better savour them, because we’re heading into the deep, dark depths of an international break.Manchester United’s midfield dogs of war yapped harmlessly at City’s ankles. Floating football brain in a jar Jonathan Wilson sticks the boot into José’s tactics.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!SHOCK AS FOOTBALL DESK REVEAL THEY ARE AWARE OF CRAIG DAVID Pinterest NUMBERWANGWhen José Mourinho faced the ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate in the wake of his side’s humiliation at Manchester City on Sunday evening, The Fiver was curious to see how he’d spin the horrors of what he’d just seen unfold. It being too soon after the game for him to have gone full White House press secretary and show doctored footage that made it look as if Manchester United had actually won, Mourinho was left with little option but to rubbish the lack of knowledge of those rat-a-tatting statistics his way, by pointing out that things like match results and league positions don’t really amount to much in the cosmic scheme of things.“The way people who don’t understand football analyse football is with stats,” said the man who was recently very quick to point out that he has won more Premier League league titles than the other 19 top-flight managers combined. José’s contemptuous disregard for such simplistic gauges of a team’s prowess as scorelines and league tables was prompted by the news that a Manchester United team had conceded 66% of possession in a local derby, while mustering just five shots to City’s 16. In other damning statistical news that obviously doesn’t count unless you’re thick, his team managed to complete just five passes in the opening 12 minutes, one fewer than Fernandinho managed in the uninterrupted 44-pass build-up to City’s third goal.While the absence of Paul Pogba through injury meant United were always going to be in for a difficult afternoon, it transpires this was not for the reason most pundits had foreseen. “We had to play [Marouane] Fellaini and he was not ready to play for 90 minutes,” said Mourinho. “I can imagine when the result was 2-1 to bring on a fresh Fellaini, I think they would be in big, big trouble.” As it was, with his £50m summer signing Fred kicking his heels on the bench as an unused sub, the United boss had to make do with a comparatively stale Fellaini. Like the rest of his teammates, the Belgian did his best impersonation of a training cone as City pinged the ball hither and yon before winning the game.Of course, while it might seem like The Fiver is picking on José, it would be unfair to suggest he was the only manager in Sunday’s derby asking reporters to ignore both stats and the evidence of their own eyes. “First half not so good,” said Pep, adding to the general theme of lies, damned lies and statistics.center_img Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Underrated. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA Share on Messenger Share via Email LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Niall McVeigh from 7pm GMT for hot MBM coverage of the FA Cup second round tombola.QUOTE OF THE DAY“My mate Javier managed to blag me a ticket to the hottest South American derby possibly ever – the Grand Clasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate … we were gonna stand pitch side whilst he DJed … and it rained so hard they postponed it … and I’ve left Argentina” – lank-haired beatsmith Rob da Bank experiences that crushing feeling The Fiver is all too familiar with after the rain gods washed out the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday.RECOMMENDED LISTENINGMax Rushden forced the pod out of bed at an appalling hour this morning, so please do listen to what they chatted about.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. And if you think what we do is enjoyable [again, etc and so on – Fiver Ed], please help us keep coming back here to give you more of the same.VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!Football Weekly, Barney Ronay, Suzanne Wrack, David Squires and Big Paper are all up for gongs at the FSF Awards. You can vote for them here.FIVER LETTERS Play Video Football Facebook 1:19 The Fiver Share on WhatsApp Topics Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can tweet The Fiver for a very short time, as that account is shutting down. You’ll always be able to get in touch by tweeting @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Tom Bleweed.BITS AND BOBSSamir Nasri, whose ban for refreshing himself with an intravenous drip ends in December, is reportedly only a successful cough for the doctor away from becoming a West Ham player.Red-hot backroom-staff transfer news alert! Liverpool have nabbed Manchester City’s head physio Lee Nobes, presumably in the hope that City hamstrings will start twanging left, right and centre when he does one to Anfield.Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger is in a hot funk after being booked for hitting the deck when fun-sized Everton playmaker Bernard got all up in his grill. “[Bernard] was diving and I told him to stand up. Then he came with a lot of speed and hit me with his forehead, so for me to get a yellow card – to me that’s a joke,” honked the defender.last_img read more

23 days agoArsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-up

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.” last_img read more

Australia complete series whitewash vs Pakistan after 20-run win in 5th ODI

first_imgadvertisement Australia complete series whitewash vs Pakistan after 20-run win in 5th ODIAustralia (327 for 7) beat Pakistan (307 for 7) by 20 runs to clinch the five-match ODI series 5-0 in Dubai on Sunday. graphs commentary Reuters DubaiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 09:43 IST Usman Khawaja missed out on a hundred by just 2 runs (Cricket Australia Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia (327 for 7) beat Pakistan (307 for 7) by 20 runsKhawaja top-scored for AUS with 98 while Maxwell (70) registered his 3rd straight fiftyJason Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers for AUS as he grabbed 3 for 63 in 8 oversAustralia’s top four batsmen all posted half-centuries as they beat Pakistan by 20 runs to complete a 5-0 one-day series whitewash in Dubai on Sunday.Sent out to bat, Australia finished with a commanding total of 327-7 on a flat Dubai International Cricket Stadium pitch.Opener Usman Khawaja was all set for his third hundred this month but fell for 98 to fast bowler Usman Shinwari.Glenn Maxwell, meanwhile, celebrated his 100th one-day international with an impressive 33-ball 70, Shaun Marsh scored 68-ball 61 and captain Aaron Finch made 69-ball 53 to put Australia in control at halfway stage.It was Maxwell’s third consecutive 50-plus score, giving him a timely boost in intense competition for the middle-order spots for the World Cup starting on May 30 in England and Wales.Khawaja and Finch laid the foundations with a solid 134-run opening stand but it was Maxwell’s 10 fours and three sixes that helped Australia to 107 runs in the last 10 overs.What an unbelievable couple of months it’s been! From being 0-2 against India and fighting back and winning shows the resilience and courage of this group of players. To then continue on https://t.co/5J47lxocimAaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) April 1, 2019Pakistan lost opener Abid Ali, who scored a century on debut in the last match, for a golden duck in the first over but Shan Masood and Haris Sohail got the run chase on track with a steady partnership of 108 for the second wicket.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa celebrated his 27th birthday by trapping Masood (50) leg-before to give Australia a crucial breakthrough, before Maxwell’s off-spin removed Mohammad Rizwan for 12.advertisementSohail smashed his second century of the series but holed out to paceman Kane Richardson for 130 when the run-rate pressure forced him to go for broke in the 41st over.Captain Imad Wasim scored an unbeaten 50 to reduce the deficit but the task proved too big for Pakistan who finished 307-7 after 50 overs.”It’s very satisfying,” said Australia coach Justin Langer.”We came here in September and Pakistan showed us how to play cricket (with 3-0 Twenty20 series win). We worked really hard in the summer to turn it around, and 5-0 is a great result.”Everyone in world cricket is working towards the World Cup, and it’s always nice to go into the tournament with confidence. We’ve got some now.”The win was Australia’s eighth in a row after their 3-2 comeback victory in the series in India this month.Also Read | 5th ODI, Highlights: Australia complete 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan in the UAEFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pakistan vs AustraliaFollow PAK vs AUSFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Jason Behrendorffcenter_img No data available! scorecard view more view lesslast_img read more

Learning Framework for Public Sector

first_img In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework. The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector. Story Highlights In an effort to enhance professionalism in the public service, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is now implementing a public sector learning framework.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MIND, Dr. Ruby Brown, speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, said the new framework has eight pillars, including the establishment of a learning and development policy for the public sector.Another pillar will deal with the minimum level of training that any public service officer ought to have within any year.Additionally, she said the framework speaks to professional pathways, ensuring that every job within the public service falls within a particular professional grouping.The framework will also outline the competencies that public service officers need to have, and highlight the competencies that are needed within the pathway up to the senior level of each professional grouping.She said this will be the competency framework pillar.“While we know that leadership would be a key competence, given the importance of it for the transformation that is envisaged for the public service, it has been itemised also as a pillar under the framework,” Dr. Brown said.Information and communications technology (ICT) is another pillar, as all the other pillars rely on the requisite ICT.“With the ICT pillar, at any point in time a public officer, or his or her manager can see how he or she is progressing in terms of development along a professional pathway using these,” she said.“Based on this pillar also, Government officials will be able to see how many persons we have across the public sector who are trained in a particular area,” Dr. Brown added.The CEO emphasised that the framework will anchor and sustain the transformation.Another pillar of the framework will be Government Learning needs analysis,which is a comprehensive analysis to determine the gaps in knowledge competency within the public service.The final pillar will be the orientation and reorientation of public sector workers, Dr. Brown noted.This will include new employees to the public service receiving a standard orientation of the public sector; gaining knowledge about Government formation, and reporting relationships. Additionally, existing staff will be reoriented.The CEO said that implementation should take approximately three years, and that MIND has been working with the Cabinet office; the Ministry of Finance and other key stakeholders for the implementation.last_img read more

HapagLloyd Cruises Takes Delivery of 2nd Hanseatic Unit

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited delivered Hanseatic inspiration, the second ship in a new series of luxury expedition cruise vessels for Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.With its close to 16,000 gross tons and 139 meters long, the newly built unit follows sister ship Hanseatic nature, delivered in April by Vard Langsten in Norway. The third vessel in the batch, Hanseatic spirit, is scheduled for completion in 2021.Each ship is tailored to allow passengers to access remote regions, ranging from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Amazon.Hanseatic inspiration features seven passenger decks, with 120 cabins accommodating a maximum of 230 passengers.“The vessel, like the others of the series, mixes quality with environmental care alongside energy efficient hull design and technology,” the shipbuilder said.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Receive Upper Tantallon Land Donation

first_imgNova Scotians will have access to more land for outdoor recreation, trails, hunting and fishing thanks to a Nova Scotia company. W.M. Fares Group is donating about 22 acres of land in Upper Tantallon to the province. The land is behind the Lawton’s plaza in St. Margaret’s Square. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker announced the donation today, Aug. 7. It adds to a large area of Crown land in the St. Margarets Bay area. “This generous donation from W.M. Fares Group means even more land in the St. Margarets Bay area will be kept in its natural state,” said Mr. Parker. “The province will ensure this land will benefit all Nova Scotians, supporting outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing.” The land has a river running through it, and is an important habitat for brook trout and other wildlife, including some species at risk. “We’ve been happy to work with the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association to help them protect this piece of land for the community,” said Wadih Fares, president and CEO of W.M. Fares Group. “Donating this land to the province will allow the community, and all Nova Scotians, to have trail access from Tantallon Village into the existing wilderness area.” The land borders the Five Bridge Lake Wilderness area, which is designated under the province’s Wilderness Areas Protection Act. It will provide a vital watershed link between the East River, to the south and east from Ash Lake and the Duck Pond. Wilderness areas protect nature and help ensure future generations have the opportunity to experience, learn from, and enjoy our province’s outdoors. The land is valued at $27,000 and is about half the size of Shubie Park in Dartmouth. “It’s exciting to see the donation of this land to the province,” said Ella McQuinn, board member and past chair of the association. “Now more residents and visitors will be able to experience this fantastic wilderness area with improved access from our community. “Working together with the community, business and government can achieve great things.”last_img read more

Terror financing cases Hafiz Saeed challenges arrest in Pakistan court

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, a UN designated Pakistani terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, challenged his arrest in the terror financing cases in the Lahore High Court here on Tuesday. In a fresh petition, Saeed and 67 other leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat (FIF), challeneged the FIRs of terror financing against them in the LHC through their counsels, Advocate A K Dogar, Ahmad Abudullah Dogar and Ghulam Yasin Bhatti. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe petitioners have made the interior ministry, the Punjab home department and the Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab police respondents in the case. The court will fix hearing of this case later. Saeed was arrested on July 17 in a terror financing case and the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujrat (some 200-km from Lahore) will take it up on September 2. He is kept at the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in high security. The petitioners said JuD chief Saeed and others (67) are not members of Lashkar-e-Taiba either they have any nexus with it. They also cited some previous courts observations in this regard. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSaeed and others prayed to the LHC to declare the property detailed in this petition was “dedicated for the purpose of mosques and is being used as such therefore FIRs are without lawful authority and of no legal effect.” “It is prayed that this learned court be pleased to declare that none of the petitioners and pro-forma respondents are linked with LeT and therefore the FIRs are without lawful authority and of no legal effect (be quashed), they prayed. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police had registered 23 FIRs against the petitioners on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc. The CTD said investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations — JuD and LeT — in connection with implementation of UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities and Persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of 1st January 2019 chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti-Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.last_img read more

Uma Sharma presents Nritya Abhinaya on Meera Bhajan

first_imgPadma Bhushan Dr Uma Sharma presented a programme of Nritya-Abhinaya (Kathak) to celebrate Janamashtmi with her disciples of Bhartiya Sangeet Sadan (Uma Sharma School of Dance and Music). More than 400 people gathered to enjoy the evening at the India International Centre, on August 24, 2019.The programme featured her ‘Abhinaya’ on Radhe – Govind, which was a unique dance presentation consisting of traditional Raas of Brindavan with classical Kathak. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe items performed to celebrate Krishna Janmasthami were based on the Leelas of Krishna such as the ‘Kalia Mardan Leela by the disciples of Dr Uma Sharma’. (It is the story of Krishna going into a pond to retrieve his ball, finding the serpant Kalia there, and deciding to punish him for wanting to kill his village people.) To satisfy and pacify the gopies Krishna started the Maharaas dance which is a spiritual experience. With his supreme powers he multiplied his form so that each gopi felt that Krishna was at her side and dancing with her alone. Another performance by Dr Uma Sharma’s senior disciple Radhika Shah, where Krishna dances with the milkmaid on ‘Brindaban Kunjan Racho Raas Aali – Aali Ban Mali, Nirtat Sab Sakhi De Taali’, was breathtaking. Uma Sharma presented the Abhinaya based on Meera Bhajan ‘Vaari – Vaari Shyam Hoon Vaari’ and a bhajan based on the poem written by Surdas which also shows Makhan Chori Leela.last_img read more

UN hears call for Afghanization of military development processes

24 September 2008Afghan ownership of its military, police and development operations are essential to allow the country to counter terrorism and further its reconstruction efforts, the South Asian nation’s President told the General Assembly’s high-level segment today. Afghan ownership of its military, police and development operations are essential to allow the country to counter terrorism and further its reconstruction efforts, the South Asian nation’s President told the General Assembly’s high-level segment today.Since addressing the body last year, “my country Afghanistan has grappled with a number of important challenges, none more troubling than the problem of international terrorism,” Hamid Karzai said. “Terrorist forces have significantly increased their attacks and brutality and enjoyed freedom in their sanctuaries.”He pointed to terrorists’ “growing reach” as evidenced by recent attacks, including last weekend’s attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul and attacks in the Indian cities of Bangalore and Ahmedabad.The “Afghan-ization of the military operations is vital if the problem of civilian casualties is to be addressed effectively,” since they “seriously undermine the legitimacy of fighting terrorism and the credibility of the Afghan people’s partnership with the international community,” the President said.The battle against terrorism will only succeed if the local population is able to tackle it, Mr. Karzai noted, stressing the importance of fostering the country’s economic growth and development.“Much like the security sector, Afghan-ization of the development process is not just to the goal of ensuring ownership but also the effective implementation of our development strategy,” he said, calling on the global donors for its assistance to boost aid effectiveness and the United Nations for its help in coordinating the international’s community in Afghanistan’s development and state-building efforts.The Afghan President said that the country’s reconstruction is under way. “Today our people are more educated, healthier, better off, and more optimistic about their future,” with double digit growth in its economy boosting the standard of living for its people, he said.Earlier this week, the Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers.The nearly 50,000-strong force was created after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation. read more

House owned by Mannar judge attacked

Meanwhile the police and Special Task Force (STF) are providing security to the house where the Mannar Magistrate is currently residing.The Magistrate is residing close to the Mannar District secretariat office. Security has been provided to his house following an incident recently when Muslims had protested against an order he had given in support of some Tamil fishermen. It was later reported that Minister Rishad Bathiudeen had threatened the Magistrate and asked him to change his ruling.The Minister has however denied the claims. Stones were thrown at the house by the gang resulting in minor damages to the property while a vehicle parked in the premises was also damaged. A house owned by the Mannar Magistrate Anthony Pillai Judeson came under attack late last night by an unidentified gang.The house located at Sebastiar Street in Mannar has been given out on rent by the Magistrate, our correspondent in the area said. A police investigation into the incident is underway. read more

Ohio State volleyball players Steven Kehoe John Klanac setting up to go

A star player in college football, basketball or baseball usually has a good shot at being drafted or given a tryout on a team in the U.S. If all else fails and that player still wants to play badly enough, he or she can always go overseas. But if that person is a volleyball player, as Ohio State fifth-year seniors Steven Kehoe and John Klanac know, going overseas is the only option. It is not necessarily a question of talent. Kehoe, a setter, was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Buckeyes to a national championship with 51 assists in the semifinal against Penn State and 65 assists in the championship against California-Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, Klanac, an outside hitter, led the team with 16 kills in the semifinal and finished second in team kills for the season, with 372. The problem is, there are no professional indoor volleyball leagues in the U.S. Klanac said there have been attempts to create leagues but they have always fallen through because of a lack of money. The Association of Volleyball Professionals is a major beach volleyball league that holds most of its events in the U.S. It is in unsure standing, however. After filing for bankruptcy and holding no events for nine months, it restarted last month. Kehoe said making a move to beach volleyball would be unlikely for him considering its current state and that he prefers the indoor game. Klanac said it is a possibility for him, but that beach volleyball is a different game. “A lot of people think it’s just volleyball, but it’s really a whole different game and the strategies are completely different than you would have in indoor volleyball,” Klanac said. “Right now I’m just going to concentrate on indoor volleyball, six on six.” There are many professional indoor leagues in Europe and other countries. OSU coach Pete Hanson said there are strong leagues in Russia, Italy and Brazil. Klanac said he has heard France and Italy support good levels of volleyball. Because of this, top American college volleyball players on both the men’s and women’s sides are faced with a difficult decision: continue playing the sport they love far away from family and friends, or give up playing to stay home. But the decision is only half the battle. “I could be one year and done, or I could not even get signed. There is the potential for that to happen, even though I don’t think it will,” Kehoe said. “It’s really going to be kind of a play-it-by-ear, and that’s the beauty of it, that it is exciting.” Getting signed could be the longest and hardest part for both players, and there are different ways to go through the process. Klanac said he is putting film and highlights together to send to teams and he will also be looking to hire an agent. “They’ll kind of shop me around just like an agent would for a guy in the NBA or NFL and try to find me the best place for the right amount of money,” Klanac said. Kehoe said he is putting together a résumé and gathering video highlights, but he would rather not sign with an agent until the agent has gotten him a job. That is part of the advice he received from his sister, Bryn Kehoe, who just finished her second season playing professionally in Switzerland. She played last season in Switzerland’s A-League on a team called Neuchatel. Bryn played at Stanford from 2004–07 and won a national championship her freshman year. She said one of the hardest things about getting a contract overseas is having contacts and that if a player has the contacts he might not need an agent. “I’ve been talking with Steven about that and to be careful about what kind of agent he signs with,” Bryn said. “I don’t want him to sign a binding agreement if somebody can’t provide him with a good contract.” There is no typical contract for professional volleyball players. “It’s such a wide range. There’s some leagues that just don’t have a lot of money. You can get maybe a few thousand dollars to I’ve heard some of the U.S. Olympic guys making a couple million dollars in Russia,” Klanac said. “So it just really depends on where you go and how financially structured the league is and the team.” One of the standards for European leagues is that most seasons last eight months, something both Klanac and Steven said they will take advantage of by coming back to the U.S. during the offseason. Steven said he would like to come back to the U.S. whenever he gets a break. “In marketing for a contract, one of the things is that I want to be able to come home for Christmas,” Steven said. “It’s little things like that to make a contract good, not just necessarily the money.” Based on how many contracts work for professional volleyball in Europe, Steven might be able to find one that suits his desires. Bryn said that, as a professional player, there are no bills to pay. “Everything is taken care of,” Bryn said. “You’re usually provided with an apartment. Some players are provided with a car, transportation to and from the country. Sometimes you have meals at restaurants that are provided, so whatever is in your contract that you make is really just yours.” But that does not mean the adjustment to the professional game, especially in a new country, comes easily. “The mindset of a professional is very different. Part of it is being a professional but part of it is also the European mentality is much different than a collegiate or university team mentality,” Bryn said. “Especially with my first season, it was difficult because I didn’t understand that, as one of the professionals on my team, if the team didn’t succeed it was automatically my fault.” Hanson said one of the main challenges for American players is adjusting and getting through that first year. “Typically those places don’t know a lot about you as a player, and so you have to kind of go make a name for yourself and prove yourself,” Hanson said. “But once you kind of have opened that door a little bit, the word seems to get out that these kids coming from America are pretty good volleyball players.” After a player gets through that first year, there is no telling how long he will play. Bryn said she might play a couple of seasons more, or only one more, as she has other goals she is excited to accomplish outside volleyball, including obtaining a master’s degree, most likely in sports science. She said her plan is to see if there is a university coaching job open for volleyball so she can get her education paid for at the same time. She said OSU was “absolutely” an option. Klanac was on the other end of the spectrum. He said he sees himself playing as long as his body allows. He graduated with a degree in history and said going for a master’s in education is a possibility after he is done playing to teach history and possibly coach. Steven was a little less certain. “It’s really tough to say, because I don’t know how much I’m going to enjoy it and it’s going to be a completely new experience,” he said. “So I’m definitely taking it year by year.” Steven graduated with a degree in business and said he turned down job offers for the opportunity to play professional volleyball. “When I do come back I’ve made sure that, although I turned down these job offers, I’ve kept in good standing with the companies,” Steven said. “The opportunity to work in a big company in the U.S. is something that will be there for a while.” Regardless of how long they want to play, both are confident in the other’s abilities to play well at the professional level. “I think it’s something that John has had his mind set on and he’s going all in with it too,” Steven said. “This is his dream just as much as mine, and I know that he wants it and I know he’s going to get it done.” Klanac said it would be “pretty cool” if he, Steven and Bryn got to play in the same country. Bryn said it has been her and Steven’s dream, and Steven said it would be incredible. “The one thing I’ve definitely heard consistently from people who have played overseas is you want to have another American with you, or at least another foreigner,” Steven said. “So having people around like that to just share the experience with makes it a lot more worthwhile.” No matter what happens for the two, or where they end up, both said their love of the game and an opportunity to play it for a living far outweighed the negatives. “You hear all throughout high school and college you want to find a job that you love because you don’t want to dread going in to work,” Steven said. “Well, I can tell you every day I wake up and think, ‘Hey, I’m going to go play volleyball today.’ That’s a good day.” read more

Football Ohio State lands fourstar offensive lineman Max Wray

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer landed his first recruit of the day as four-star offensive lineman Max Wray announced his commitment to the Buckeyes before Saturday’s spring game.Wray, 6-foot-6, 289 pounds, is from Franklin, Tennessee, and is the sixth commit in the 2018 recruiting class. Wray is the 57th nationally ranked prospect and No. 4 at his position.Wray is the lone commit on the offensive line for the 2018 class that is smaller in size at this point than the 2017 class, but the Buckeye class ranks seventh in the country.Five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carmen from Fairfield, Ohio, remains the top priority for the OSU staff.I am so excited to announce I have committed to The Ohio State University!! OH-IO #gobucks pic.twitter.com/ZKjRYYGfm3— Max Wray (@maxwray10) April 15, 2017 read more