Questlove DJs The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest At Smith Memorial Park Playground This Weekend – Saturday, October 4

first_img Philly’s shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO! The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers. To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4. The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand’s first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO’s Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances. In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.  Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.’ So, make sure you’re wearing your flyest festival gear. The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses. Customers can board the bus at the following stops: — South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only) — Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only) — Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only) — Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off) — UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only) You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at for more information and event details.  UNIQLO Philly Love Fest featuring Questlove  When: Saturday, October 4,  Where:  Smith Memorial Park Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive Cost: FREE More Info: Click here. Questlove(M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°)last_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout The referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Getting paid.

first_imgRobert Solomon is the author of the widely read and well-respected book, The Art of Client Service. He is an executive coach and founder of Solomon Strategic, a marketing consulting firm that helps small business owners and freelancers. You can reach him at ago, well before I left my job in advertising to become an independent consultant, I worked for a Boston-based marketing agency some of you might know as Digitas, where I oversaw a number of client accounts.One day, for reasons too tedious to explain here, I received a letter from the lead contact at one of my largest clients, telling me our agency was fired, effective immediately.After getting over the shock of the news – this wasn’t expected, at least not by me – I realized we were exposed not only in terms of the three months of severance fee we were owed, but also for production costs for which we would be liable were the client to stiff us.Instead of calling our client and begging for another chance – hopeless, I thought — I called our media and production people and asked them to freeze all work in progress, and to physically recover any assets – copy, artwork, mechanicals — we had created.Once my colleagues confirmed we were in possession of the work we created, I picked up the phone.“Nancy (my client), this is Robert; I received your letter. I am very sorry to learn that you want to part ways, but given we are no longer working together, I have asked my media people to freeze all the advertising we placed, and asked my production colleagues to retrieve any work we did on your behalf. I know there are deadlines you want us to meet and there are commitments to be honored, but I assume this is what you would have wanted me to do.”Nancy knew immediately where I was heading with this. “Do you mean our advertising will not run?” she asked.“That’s right,” I replied.There was arctic silence on the other end of the line. I waited.Finally, Nancy asked, her voice quiet, “What do we need to do to get things started again?”“I need you to wire transfer the money we are due for production and media, along with three months of fee payment, which we are owed due to termination. Once I receive payment, I will release all outstanding materials to you, or if you’ve selected a new agency to replace us, to them.”Before she hung up the phone, Nancy’s answer was reduced to one word; that word was, “Fine.”The client sent a check; I learned a lesson about leverage: I had it, she didn’t, which explains why we were paid.In the years since, working in my Solomon Strategic consulting practice, I have abided by this principle. When a client greenlights a project, one of the first things I do is email an invoice, usually with a “due on receipt” notation. I make sure I receive payment while work is still in progress; to ensure I maintain the leverage I need, I do not release any material I am creating until I have a check in hand. Unspoken, but all too apparent, is the point that, if my client wants my work, they need to pay me for it first.To make sure there are no surprises, I write payment terms – often overlooked, by the way, by many freelancers I know — into every letter of proposal I create, using language like this:“I will follow-up by phone later this week, to see if you have any questions or concerns I can address. But if you are comfortable with what I’ve proposed here, you can authorize me to being work with a simple, ‘let’s proceed’ email. I will then issue an invoice and expect payment in advance, by (fill in the date).”With coaching clients, my rules are even stricter: I expect and receive payment upfront. The same is true with workshops I conduct: payment in advance; I will not get on a plane without check in hand.Are there exceptions to this rule? Of course. If I am dealing with a longstanding client, a friend, or both, I will invoice accordingly and trust I will receive payment on a more relaxed schedule. But for everyone else, the rule applies.There is no glory in getting paid, and most freelancers would prefer a root canal without anesthesia rather than telling a client they need their fee prior to beginning work, or soon thereafter, well before they sacrifice whatever leverage they have to secure payment. Sure, all of us worry that asking for money upfront might cause a client to take their business elsewhere. But I, for one, would prefer to lose an assignment upfront, rather than win one where I have to chase money after-the-fact.The next time you are thinking about getting paid, keep in mind these three things:- Leverage matters, and you need to use it to advantage, crafting language that is unambiguously clear but unfailingly diplomatic, so that you minimize the risk of alienating your clients.- Timing is everything; you need to make known, in writing, what your expectations are at the outset of an assignment.- Make exceptions judiciously, based not only on a previous track record, but also on your level of trust.I entered this business because I love advertising and want to help my clients get better at it, not because I wanted to lie awake at night, worrying about getting paid. Whatever business you’re in, I’m fairly certain you share my view that serving as a banker or collection agency to your clients is the last thing on your list of aspirations.The famed advertising executive Bill Bernbach is reported to have said, “You are worth what other people are willing to pay you.” If you are worth the fee you are quoting, if your clients respect your work and trust you to deliver what you say you will deliver, they will find a way to meet your terms. You and your business will be better for it, even if it means forgoing the occasional job you are better off not having.“Easy in theory, hard in practice,” you might argue, “you’re not the one looking for the next assignment.” To this I can only say I’ve been running my coaching and consulting practice for more than 15 years, collecting tens of thousands of dollars in fees, by following that simple rule of leverage.Did I lose an occasional gig as a result? No doubt. Was I better off?I’d say so.last_img read more

Pochettino: Spurs can replace Kane from within squad

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side don’t need to look outside the squad to find a replacement for Harry Kane.Spurs are reeling from the news that Kane will be out until at least early March with ankle ligament damage. The injury was tough to swallow for a side still chasing silverware in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Though Spurs have been tipped to enter the transfer market to find a replacement for the England striker, Pochettino has cautioned that no player on the market will be able to replace Kane. “If we want to find a player similar to him I think we are going to make a mistake, because to find another Harry Kane is impossible — we are talking about the one of the best three, four, five best strikers in the world,” Pochettino saidDespite lacking a clear second option at forward, the Argentine went on to say his side may not need to buy reinforcements at the position. “If we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble. It is not going to be a risk,” Pochettino said. “We have players that can cope when Harry Kane is not available.”Tottenham’s first chance to see how they cope without Kane will come on Saturday when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage. Among the options Pochettino is considering up top are academy duo Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott, little-used backup Fernando Llorente, as well as midfielders Dele Alli and Erik Lamela. “I was watching Barcelona, and the striker was Leo Messi,” Pochettino said. “You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Lamela, you can play Kaziah Sterling, Troy Parrett, I don’t know … you can play many, many players.“It’s not that you have to play with one specific striker.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Getting Real with Lydia Loveless

first_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Lydia Loveless is set to release her 4th record, Real, next Friday, August 19th, through Bloodshot Records. After dipping her toe into pop music on 2014’s Somewhere Else, Loveless dives into it on Real. As the artist herself puts it, “Whereas our previous records could be described as blunt or raw, this one I wanted to be known as honest, as true, as real.”Moving from a rawer sound to one that is more produced may seem misguided, but the counterintuitive move works thanks to Loveless’ openness. As its title suggests, Real deals with issues surrounding the idea of authenticity. In addressing the album’s background, Loveless poses a question,  “Who are you really, at the end of the day, entirely alone, without all the daydreams and the bullshit and the performance art we go through all day every day? Because I feel like I spent my formative years flopping around like a fish, masking pain with substance abuse and somewhat ashamed of who I was…it was absolutely necessary for me to become a stronger, more confident human, or I was going to die. Real is my sort of love letter to that realization, that my existence was just as valid as any other.”Real‘s songs all deal with these issues in one way or another, whether it is the confessional “More Than Ever” or the resigned “Heaven.” In sharing these songs and emotions unabashedly, Loveless finds the titular realness.Lydia Loveless’ Real comes out August 19th on Bloodshot Records, and is available for preorder through Amazon, iTunes, and Bloodshot Records online store. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

The Crown of the Blue Ridge: Blowing Rock, North Carolina

first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Featured photo at the top of the page: courtesy Chetola Resort. EAT & DRINKThe motto at Storie Street Grille at 1167 Main Street is “Enter as strangers. Leave as Friends.”You’ll definitely depart on friendly terms once you taste the incredible creations dispatched from the kitchen. There’s great attention to detail here that begins with acquiring ingredients that are responsibly grown, many from surrounding farms. They feature sustainably harvested seafood, humanely raised hormone and antibiotic free meats and organic vegetables.During your trip, plan a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop by Christopher’s Wine & Cheese at 110 Sunset Drive. This boutique wine shop specializes in unique, hard-to-find wines, cheeses from around the world, craft beer, olive oil, and chocolates.For the beer lovers, hit up Blowing Rock Ale House and Inn, the towns first micro-brewery. There is also a great restaurant and five bedrooms upstairs, so you could really pull a bender here and just never leave. But don’t forget the mountains.STAYOnce you get a taste of the Chetola Resort experience, it will stay with you for a lifetime. Maybe the Cherokee Indians who once roamed this land gave it special blessings. The word Chetola is Cherokee for “Haven of Rest,” and it certainly lives up to that description.While the rest of the world seems to be going at hyper speed, a visit here is like a step back to a simpler time.The 87-acre property neighbors 3,600 acres of National Park land, giving visitors plenty of chances to hike, paddle, fish, and explore.Accommodations range from intimate rooms in The Bob Timberlake Inn, to 42 guest rooms in the Chetola Lodge to a multitude of condo rentals. The well appointed condos feature one to four bedrooms, fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs.A personal pick: Cumberland #3, a three-bedroom condo that offers a view of the Moses Cone House and Estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s now home to the Parkway Craft Center and under the care of the National Park Service.Wi-fi is abundant at Chetola, but you may find you want to unplug and just soak in the peace. There’s no reason to leave the Chetola compound unless you want to. Timberlake’s Restaurant offers exquisite meals in a building that once served as the home of J. Luther Snyder who bought Chetola Estate in 1926. He was known as the “Coca Cola King of the Carolinas.”There’s also the Headwaters Pub and a full service spa. Enjoy a signature massage or Reiki treatment after a long day of playing in the mountains. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations If you’re looking for a true respite from the hazards of daily living, the High Country of North Carolina should be at the top of your list as a place to recharge and regain your sense of balance.The town of Blowing Rock is a charming little village that offers a great refuge from big city business. There are great resorts, excellent dining and even an entire month dedicated to beer events (April).  but a hike on the Appalachian Trail or the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must as well.PLAYJulian Price Memorial Park – Great place to rent a canoe and spend some time leisurely paddling across the lake. Also—a myriad of camping sites, maze of hiking trails and a 300-seat amphitheater.Grandfather Mountain – Just a short drive from Blowing Rock (take note of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway during your drive over), Grandfather Mountain is known for its mile-high swinging bridge and animal habitats. If you’re up for extreme hiking, you can find advanced trails that will really challenge your trek.The Blowing Rock – There’s an actual Blowing Rock steeped in Indian legend that says a Cherokee brave was blown back into the arms of his Chickasaw Indian maiden after she prayed to the Great Spirit. Wind continues to blow up to the rock and snow is said to appear falling upside down at times.SHOPMichael Imboden and Dana O’Hair founded 100 West Union in 1993. Their goal has always been to provide superb personal service along with some of the world’s finest quality menswear. They carry an impressive selection of sportswear, neckwear, shoes and furnishings. Located in the South Marke Shoppes on South Main Street.J.W. Tweeds at 1129 Main Street offers sought-after style with its own assortment of clothing, shoes and accessories for men.Galleries, fine arts and crafts, and upscale furnishings round out some of the other shopping opportunities along Main Street. The Best American Liqueurlast_img read more

Clarendon Admin Assistant Tops NYS Essay Competition

first_imgAdministrative Assistant at the Clarendon Branch of the National Youth Service (NYS), Melissa Morris, was awarded first place in the NYS Essay Competition which was held under the theme ‘Youth on a Mission’. The competition was launched in November 2012 as part of Youth Month activities, and was geared towards unearthing the creative writing capabilities of Administrative Assistants in the NYS parish offices island wide. Speaking in an interview with JIS News on Friday, December 21, following an awards ceremony at the NYS headquarters, an elated Miss Morris, said her essay focused on the present and future plans for her life. “I had a rough time starting it, but once I started, I put my heart into it. I basically focused on where I have been and then I ventured out to where I want to be and what I want to do for my community and my fellow youths,” she said. Miss Morris, who is from Rocky Point, Clarendon, explained that she wanted to put to rest the notion that “nothing good” could come from her community. “This is just one step closer to my future and one step closer to what I want to accomplish. I want to become an entrepreneur and I want to help other persons. Persons look up to me in my community so this is something else for them to follow and come out and do even better than what I am doing now,” she added. Come 2013, Ms Morris aims to begin her studies at the University of Technology in the area of Business Administration. She is currently enrolled in the Business Administration Programme at the NYS, which she will complete in March 2013. Other awardees were Michaela Ashley, from Portland, who placed third, and Chad Johnson from Manchester, who placed second. For his part, Acting Executive Director at the NYS, Richard Depass, said the agency will continue to empower young people by instituting various initiatives through volunteerism and apprenticeship. “This is to aid the young individuals in Jamaica in becoming better citizens,” Mr. Depass said. He stated that it was the aim of the NYS to implement similar initiatives to the essay competition, as it seeks to build Jamaica. The National Youth Service aims to equip youths with the necessary life coping skills to foster their personal and career development as well as enhance their contribution to community and national development. The organisation has been targeting unattached youths (17-24 years), through personal development, volunteerism and apprenticeship.last_img read more

Telefilm Canada invests 47M in 11 new Indigenous productions

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Montreal, August 8, 2017 – Telefilm Canada finances 11 new Indigenous feature films in 2017-18 for a total of $4.7M. This follows the announcement that Telefilm had increased the production and marketing financing available to Indigenous talent, made last February.The support provided through the Production Program’s Indigenous stream exceeds the original commitment of $4.2 million.“Telefilm Canada is a longstanding supporter of Indigenous creative talents and we are privileged to have the ongoing support of the community to move forward on other important initiatives,” says Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “This new slate of projects allows more creators to share their unique and rich perspective. I am happy to see a strong female presence as well as great regional representation, two objectives we have set out to achieve throughout our entire financing portfolio.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Once again, Telefilm gives Canadian talent from coast-to-coast-to-coast the opportunity to be discovered and to create stories that reach audiences everywhere.Among the 11 selected projects, two are former recipients of Telefilm’s Talent Fund-supported Micro-Budget Production Program: Benjamin Ross Hayden (The Northlander) and Sonia Bonspille-Boileau (Le Dep). Award-winning Inuit actress Lucy Tulugarjuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Maliglutit) directs her first feature film, Ababa and Pingua produced by renowned documentarist Marie-Hélène Cousineau. Marie Clement of British Columbia directs her first narrative feature.The 11 projects greenlight by Telefilm CanadaEdge of the Knife, Drama, BCDirector: Gwaai EdenshawWriter: Jaalan EdenshawProducer: Jonathan FrantzRed Snow, Drama, BCDirector: Marie Clements​Writer: Marie Clements​Producer: Marie Clements (Lael McCall, Michelle Morris)Red Eye, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, ABDirector: Benjamin Ross HaydenWriter:​ Benjamin Ross HaydenProducer: Carolyn McMasterStay, Drama, BCDirector: Elle-Maija TailfeathersWriter:​ Elle-Maija TailfeathersProducer: Tyler HaganCorruption of Divine Providence, Drama, MBDirector: Jeremy TorrieWriter:​ Jeremy TorrieProducer: Tanya BrunelRustic Oracle, Drama, QCDirector: Sonia Bonspille-BoileauWriter: ​Sonia Bonspille-BoileauProducer: Jason BrennanSedna, “Empress of the Sea”, Animation, QCDirector: Jerry ThevenetWriter:​ Jerry ThevenetProducer: Jerry ThevenetRebirth 8:37, Drama, NSDirector: Juanita PetersWriter:​ Joe LeclairProducer: Hank WhiteAbaba and Pingua, Action/Adventure, NVDirector: Lucy TulugarjukWriter: ​Lucy TulugarjukProducer: Marie-Hélène CousineauLeaves Fall Around Her, Thriller, ONDirector: Darlene NaponseWriter:​ Darlene NaponseProducer: Darlene NaponseThe Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, Comedy, ONDirector: Shelley NiroWriter: ​Shelley NiroProducer: Shelley Niro-30-About Telefilm Canada — Inspired by Talent. Viewed Everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund collects private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Advertisementlast_img read more

UN envoy welcomes increased aid by rich nations to worlds poorest countries

30 January 2007The United Nations envoy for the world’s poorest countries has welcomed new data showing that industrialized nations continue to increase their levels of economic assistance to the most impoverished States. Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, issued a statement yesterday following the release of statistics from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).The figures indicate that the amount of official development assistance (ODA) to nations classified as Least Developed Countries (LDCs) rose by 8.8 per cent to $25.6 billion in 2005, the most recent year for which there is available data. That is the fifth consecutive annual increase, and aid to LDCs has more than doubled since 2001, when the Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs was adopted to try to boost the economic performance of those nations.“We welcome the continuing increase in aid, which is a key element in these vulnerable countries’ efforts to dig themselves out of poverty,” Mr. Chowdhury said.But Mr. Chowdhury expressed concern that only seven of the world’s wealthiest countries have met the target – set as part of the Brussels Programme of Action – of spending 0.15 to 0.2 per cent of gross national income on aid to LDCs. read more

Ferry tragedy takes lives in Tanzania Guterres offers condolences support

The UN chief “is saddened by reports that scores of people have died, many others have been injured and dozens are missing,” his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, on Friday.“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania and wishes the injured a speedy recovery,” Mr. Dujarric added.   According to media reports, rescue efforts have resumed after being halted overnight, as hundreds are feared to have drowned.“The United Nations expresses its solidarity with Tanzania during this difficult time and stands ready to support as required,” concluded the statement. read more

10 years later Game of the Century redux

It’s been a decade since OSU fans were treated to what is arguably one of the greatest college football games to ever be played. So much so, Big Ten Network aired a special documentary on the Game of the Century 10 years after OSU defeated Michigan in Ohio Stadium, 42-39.One of redshirt senior center Pat Elflein’s first memories of OSU vs. Michigan football happened to be that very game.“The (No. 1 vs. No. 2)  game, that one will go down in history,” he said. In the decade since, times have changed for both sides. While Michigan has struck gold with the presence of veteran players such as junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers, senior tight end Jake Butt and redshirt senior Amara Darboh, OSU has depended on contributions from underclassmen such as redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker.In 2006, names like Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Leon Hall led the Wolverines. For OSU, the household names were Troy Smith, James Laurinaitis and Antonio Pittman.Former OSU wide receiver Roy Hall (8) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 18, 2006. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe hype coming into the 2006 game was amplified with the death of long-time Michigan coach Bo Schembechler at age 77 the night before the game. Wolverine faithful began using the passing of their beloved former coach as a battle cry to find a way to knock off OSU. In 2006, the ability of Pittman’s legs and Smith’s arm propelled the Buckeyes to victory and a berth in the BCS National Championship, which OSU eventually lost. Michigan’s largest offensive contributions came from Henne and Hart.Defense was the name of the game for both teams, as OSU had been allowing just 10.4 points per game, and Michigan giving up just 14.6. 10 years later, the ability of both defenses has been flipped, as Michigan is allowing just 10.9 points per game, while the Buckeyes give up an average of 13 points in each matchup.Even with such stout defenses, each team racked up points in a hurry in 2006. The same could very well happen on Saturday, with both sides presenting a dynamic offense similar to the team that walked onto the Ohio Stadium field 10 years ago.The wide receiving unit for Michigan in 2006 had soon-to-be NFL talents on it such as Mario Manningham and Steve Breaston. This time around, the presence of senior wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson will put the OSU secondary to test. Although each holds a similar knack for catching the ball and scoring much like the players from a decade ago, OSU redshirt junior Gareon Conley is excited to play against such talented wideouts.“Both their receivers are good,” he said. “They go against press everyday so they’re going to be good at going against us. That’ll be a good challenge, and I’m just ready to go out and play against them.”In the backfield for OSU, Weber, a 5-foot-9 running back with quick feet, is known more for his ability to bulldoze defenders than for his breakaway speed. However, against Michigan State, he showed off his wheels with a 52-yard rush past multiple Spartan defenders. Pittman was known for his speed while in Columbus.OSU is led by an intelligent quarterback in redshirt junior J.T. Barrett, who has been criticized for his apparent lack of arm strength while throwing the ball downfield. Smith was also judged during his time with OSU for being too small to be a signal caller, but proved all doubters wrong with the 2006 Heisman Trophy. Michigan benefits from having a do-it-all force with Peppers, and has a similar force at running back as they had in 2006. While Hart had speed but could break his fair share of tackles, Michigan running back De’Veon Smith is difficult to bring down thanks to his 228-pound frame.Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis is not afraid of the challenge of facing a similar force in the run game.“I like playing against the run,” he said. “I like playing over top of the tight end. I like good football. You spread them out. It doesn’t really matter to me because every team has their scheme with what they’re going to do. But at the end of the day, it’s about who’s going to put their hand in the dirt and just going. You can play whatever formation you want to play, we’re going to play whatever defense we have to to dominate.”The players’ names have changed for both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines since the game 10 years ago, but the playmaking ability remains. Even with the title of Game of the Century previously given to the 2006 installment of The Game, the game this Saturday could make its case. read more

Football Ohio State balances four new defensive coaches in Days debut

Greg Mattison of the University of Michigan has been named Ohio State’s new co-defensive coordinator along with Jeff Hafley. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA year ago, Greg Mattison was preparing for his eighth season with Michigan, coaching a defensive line that would be crucial for the No. 2 total defense in the nation.Now, ahead of his first Spring Game as co-defensive coordinator for Ohio State, the 48-year coaching veteran has been tasked with revitalizing a Buckeye defense that allowed a program-worst 403.4 yards per game the previous season.“Kind of a funny thing, [former players] will be like, ‘Hey coach, I never thought I’d see you in red,’” Mattison said. “Well it’s funny because my wife says I look really, really good in red.”He won’t be the only new coach in red, as Mattison is one of four new defensive coaches for Ohio State this season.Though first-year head coach Ryan Day assembled several new faces to helm the defense, many of these coaches hold connections dating back years.Joining Mattison at co-defensive coordinator this season will be Jeff Hafley, who brings an NFL pedigree with his past six seasons spent as a secondary coach at the professional level. In 2016, Hafley worked alongside Day on the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff.As the secondary coach for the Buckeyes, Hafley inherits a collection of defensive backs that ranked No. 86 in the NCAA with 245.2 passing yards allowed per game this past season.Ohio State redshirt senior cornerback Damon Arnette and junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah will lead a group that was routinely plagued by pass interference calls last season.Mattison said Hafley’s NFL experience won’t conflict schematically with his knowledge of college defense.“There are only so many things, I believe, in really sound defensive football that you can do,” Mattison said. “Whether you’re in the NFL, wherever, coaching. It’s never been schemes that have won. It’s what you teach the players to run, and who’s running them.”New Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington is a familiar face for both Mattison and Day. Washington coached three Michigan linebackers to All-Big Ten honors last season and played at Boston College while Day served as a graduate assistant there.The Wolverine ties do not end there, as Day hired former Michigan defensive analyst Matt Barnes as the new special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.Barnes spent the past three seasons coaching special teams, secondary and linebackers for Maryland and helped develop second team All-American linebacker Tre Watson.Barnes and Hafley have already proved they can collaborate productively, combining the safety and cornerback rooms to shore up the defense in 2018.Hafley said the players have had no problems adjusting to four new coaches on the defense.“The great part about these guys is they’re just buying into everything we tell them,” Hafley said. “They are trying it. They’re coming out. They’re asking questions.”The only constant on the Buckeye defensive coaching staff is Larry Johnson, who Mattison called “one of, if not, the best defensive line coach in college football.”Johnson’s six seasons with Ohio State have yielded five All-American selections on the defensive line, including 2019 NFL Draft hopefuls Dre’Mont Jones and Nick Bosa in the past two years.Junior defensive end Chase Young has a chance to become Johnson’s sixth All-American this year, coming off a season that saw Young rack up 9.5 sacks, with four coming in the final two games.When integrating so many new coaches on one side of the ball, Mattison said it’s easy when everyone shares a common goal.“The staff is not a staff made up of a bunch of egos,” Mattison said. “This staff here is truly a staff that truly wants Ohio State football and the players we’re dealing with to be the very, very best they can be. And you feel that every day you come in.” read more

Prime minister to tackle party leaders

first_imgPrime Minister Lucas Papademos is to have a series of meetings with the leaders of the three parties in his fragile coalition. His first meeting was to be held with the New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras this morning after conservative party and the second-largest party in the government, vehemently opposed projected reforms foreseeing reductions to auxiliary pensions.Papademos was reportedly vexed after a cabinet meeting midweek, which focused on the proposed merging of auxiliary pension funds and cutting pension payments, and resulted in a clash between ND and PASOK ministers. PASOK’s Labor and Social Insurance Minister Giorgos Koutroumanis emerged from the meeting to declare that the reforms were just a basis for a debate that will lead to the drafting of legislation to be submitted in Parliament next month. His comments came after strong opposition to the prospect of further cuts to pensions by ministers of ND, which is leading opinion polls. In his meetings with party leaders, Papademos is expected to emphasize the importance of their support and collective attitude as his government must approve, within the next six weeks at most, a set of measures that will cover this year’s budget shortfall. After Papademos’s first meeting with ND leader Antonis Samaras, the PM will be followed by separate meetings with socialist PASOK leader and former PM George Papandreou and with the head of the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), Giorgos Karatzaferis. It remained unclear whether the other meetings would be held before or after the Christmas weekend. If the talks fail, the prospect of snap elections will loom even larger, which will not please the country’s creditors, whose representatives -known as the troika- are to return to Athens for negotiations on a second bailout for Greece in mid-January. At the cabinet meeting, Papademos stressed that auxiliary pension funds could not remain untouched as they are not viable and offer significant scope for savings. Further, the government has agreed with its creditors to cut the funds as part of an overall drive to raise revenue and plug a gaping budget deficit. A possible compromise, which could placate ND without completely alienating the troika, is the merging of the auxiliary pension funds in a first phase followed by pension cuts later.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Plus de 300 séismes provoqués par un site de stockage de gaz

first_imgPlus de 300 séismes provoqués par un site de stockage de gaz en Espagne ?Depuis plusieurs jours, un grand nombre de séismes ont eu lieu dans l’est de l’Espagne, dans le delta de l’Ebre. Un site sous-marin de stockage de gaz pourrait être à l’origine de cette activité inhabituelle. Rien qu’au mois de septembre, plus de 300 tremblements de terre ont été relevés au niveau du delta de l’Ebre, dans l’est de l’Espagne. Le Golfe de Valence, bien que situé à proximité d’une faille inactive, n’est pas habitué à une telle activité sismique. En attendant que soit déterminée l’origine du phénomène, le ministère de l’Industrie a suspendu l’activité des installations de stockage de gaz, en fonctionnement depuis le mois de juin. Ce site de stockage se trouve en Méditerranée, à 22 kilomètres des côtes. Il constitue une réserve de gaz naturel capable “d’assurer la fiabilité de l’approvisionnement du réseau gazier espagnol”, indique la société espagnole Escal UGS. Ces installations rentrent dans le cadre du projet Castor qui a permis de transformer un ancien puits pétrolier situé à plus de 1.700 mètres sous le niveau de la mer en réserve capable d’emmagasiner l’équivalent de trois mois de besoins en gaz pour la région de Valence (plus de cinq millions d’habitants). Dix secousses en 12 heures Le puits, qui contient plus de 100 millions de mètres cubes (sur une capacité de 1.300 millions), est relié à une plateforme maritime et, via un gazoduc, au réseau de distribution espagnol. Or, cette installation ne serait pas étrangère à l’activité sismique observée, selon certains. Inmaculada Ramirez, une commerçante de 55 ans habitant Vinaros, une ville située sur la côte face à la plateforme, raconte : “Mardi, vers 3 ou 4h du matin, je me suis réveillée avec une sensation étrange. Les vitres vibraient comme si passait un avion ou train très long”. Elle venait de vivre la plus forte sismique enregistrée dans la région par l’Institut géographique national. D’une magnitude de 4,2, elle faisait suite à celle de 3,9 de la veille. Mercredi midi, l’Institut avait encore enregistré dix secousses sismiques en 12 heures la plupart étant comprises entre 1,5 à 2,9. La multiplication des secousses inquiète écologistes, élus et habitants. Certains n’hésitent ainsi pas à mettre directement en cause la proximité de la réserve de gaz. “Il n’y a aucun doute sur le lien entre l’injection de gaz dans le réservoir sous-marin et les séismes”, estime Ecologistas en Accion, une importante ONG espagnole. Le groupe demande l’arrêt pur et simple des installations. De leur côté, les maires de Vinaros, Benicarlo et Peniscola ont rédigé un communiqué dans lequel ils exigent “que les techniciens du ministère de l’Industrie résolvent rapidement cette situation parce que le plus important est de préserver la sécurité de nos communes”. Ils sont soutenus par la Catalogne, proche de Valence et dont les villages les plus au sud ont aussi ressenti les secousses. De l’énergie poussée par les injections de gaz ? À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?”Il n’est pas raisonnable de laisser faire des agissements qui entraînent une activité sismique”, estime Francesc Homs le porte-parole du gouvernement catalan. Pourtant, aucune activité sismique n’a jamais été enregistrée à proximité des trois autres sites de stockage souterrain de gaz espagnols (à Huesca, au pied des Pyrénées, à Guadalajara, dans le centre, et à Bermeo, au Pays basque). Néanmoins, “il existe des indices rationnels permettant de penser que les séismes ont un lien avec les injections de gaz du projet Castor”, estime Luis Suarez, président du Collège des Géologues d’Espagne. Cité par l’AFP, ce dernier explique que le delta de l’Ebre “est une région à l’activité sismique très faible”. Ce n’est donc “pas le puits Castor qui provoque des tremblements de terre. Le fait est que dans la région de la faille, il y a de l’énergie accumulée qui, poussée par les injections de gaz, finit par se libérer”, explique-t-il. Mais selon l’expert, il est “très improbable que des séismes de plus forte magnitude se produisent”.Le 3 octobre 2013 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Can You Afford This Star Trek Shuttle Pod for 150000

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Stay on target This is for serious collectors only. And by serious, we mean people with a lot of money to spare.A full-scale prop shuttle pod allegedly from the set of Star Trek: Enterprise is up for grabs on eBay.According to the seller, this was one of only two full-scale shuttles made for the series. As such, the asking price reflects its uniqueness. The 20-foot shuttle–with working exterior lights and onboard electronics–can be yours for around $150,000, or just under the cost of a private, four-year college education in the United States.The listing states that the control panels aren’t the original ones from the series, since those were stripped when production ended. However, it adds that copies were created from schematics supplied by Michael Okuda, who was responsible for a number of small, but integral details on later Star Trek series, including control panels and computer readouts.The piece is available for pickup in Hanford, California, so if you were to purchase it, you’d have to either be nearby or work on organizing shipping. It’s online for the next week, so you have until then to figure out if it’s feasible.We know that Star Trek: Enterprise isn’t the most beloved of the Star Trek series, but would you pass up the chance to own a car-sized shuttle replica from the franchise? It ran from 2001 to 2005 for four seasons, but was on the verge of cancellation for a lot of that time. Regardless, it’s still a unique item for the absolutely serious (and rich) Star Trek collector.Like anything on eBay, it’s unclear if the shuttle pod is authentic, so do your research before placing a bid. However, the lister has sold a number of memorabilia items over the years, and has all positive ratings, so it’s likely that it’s at least partially legit.If the $150,000 is too much for you, the seller has other Star Trek collectibles for sale, including a communicator used by William Shatner for $8,000 and some Vulcan ear tips for $700.You can also buy Spock ears for $8.42 on Amazon but they most likely weren’t worn by anybody from a Star Trek set. Also we’re poor, so you shouldn’t listen to us when it comes to collecting anyway.last_img read more

Carpenter Withdraws Proposal To Repeal Voter Approval Of Sales Cap Increase

first_imgCarpenter didn’t give an explanation for the about-face during the meeting on Tuesday, July 17. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Kenn Carpenter withdrew his ordinance looking to repeal the requirement of voter approval in order to increase the cap on taxable sales throughout the borough. Carpenter originally introduced the ordinance in hopes that “Repealing this requirement would provide the assembly with another tool to help balance the budget.” Carpenter also said that he recognizes that two recent attempts to obtain voter approval to increase the sales tax cap failed at the ballot box, but the borough’s financial condition has worsened.center_img Up until 2005, after a voter initiative was imposed, voter approval was not required to increase the sales tax cap. At the borough meeting last night Carpenter asked for unanimous consent from the assembly in order to remove the ordinance from the agenda: “At this time I’d like to withdraw my ordinace for the repeal of the tax cap.” last_img read more

Hachette to Create Reader Clubs in the US

first_imgLike its U.K. counterpart, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. is eying the creation of reader loyalty “clubs” to help boost its audience and drive revenues. “In Europe, a lot of these ideas have been looked at recently,” said HFMUS executive vice president and COO Philippe Guelton. “This is something Hachette has been considering, in many different ways, and in different countries, including the U.S. As we think about our business model and our role in the future, we see it migrating from just a media company to be a media and servicing company to our consumers. We want to identify their interests and their needs and to better answer those needs beyond the magazine or Web site or even a mobile application.”For readers, the clubs would provide them with premium offers such as retail discounts, film screenings, access to wine clubs and premium subscriptions to magazine content across platforms. Guelton said Hachette is in discussions with several partner brands and could make a formal announcement “in the coming weeks.” He said the club concept can apply to all of Hachette’s U.S.-based magazines, customized and targeted to each individual brand. “For a brand like Elle for instance, think about the shopping and benefits related to fashion and beauty,” said Guelton. “There is an obvious fit.”In terms of revenue generation, Guelton said these loyalty clubs will help the company boost audience engagement and acquire new readers. “We currently have a database of 22 million names and e-mails in the U.S. and we think we can grow it and learn even more about them,” he said. “Beyond that, we believe it can help create new businesses and revenue lines, and grow subscribers. It’s important to increase the perceived value to subscribing to the brand. With the service and benefits that we’d provide, it would make the brand even more attractive to readers and users who might not have been interested in subscribing just to the magazine. It widens the scope.”Guelton said the clubs would operate on a fee-based model, but that Hachette is still working out those details. “We’re trying to line up enough benefits so that they by far overpass the costs to the consumer,” he said.last_img read more

Many Weaknesses in Defense Base Could Be Resolved Quickly DOD Says

first_imgAbout one-third of the 300 deficiencies faced by the nation’s defense industrial base — covering a mix of sole-source suppliers, suppliers that already have left the marketplace and foreign-owned suppliers — can be addressed over the next year, Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, said Friday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Another third could be addressed over the next several years, and some of the weaknesses may never be resolved, Chewning said. An interagency study of the defense base completed last month at the request of President Trump identified about 300 gaps and vulnerabilities, reported Defense News.The primary risk resulting from weaknesses in the lower tiers of the supply chain is that “if you have to surge production of that weapon system, you’re not going to be able to do that. Or if that widget goes out of business, you have to stop producing that F-35 or at least have delays,” Peter Navarro, the president’s trade policy adviser, said at the event. Photo by John Snyder Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more