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Southland Conference Announces 2019 Baseball All-Academic Teams

first_img Jacob Bedevian Nicholls Sr. 3.15 Business Administration Dane Simon^ Nicholls So. 3.95 Business Administration The 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gaconi went 7-3 with a 2.57 ERA, 95 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 108.2 innings. The senior finished fourth nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.64). In regular-season conference starts, he was undefeated (6-0) with a league-low 1.82 ERA and 63 punchouts, opposite of seven walks. Reeves Martin* New Orleans Jr. 3.01 Human Performance & Health Promotion Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coach, sports information director and academic staff member from each member school. Student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition (excluding pitchers) to qualify. Nominees who were first team all-conference or Google Cloud Academic All-District selections are automatically named Southland All-Academic. Nathan Jones Northwestern State Sr. 3.41 Business Administration Nick Mikolajchak2 Sam Houston State Jr. 3.91 General Business Corey Gaconi*3^$ Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.92 Marketing Eddy Gonzalez* UIW Sr. 3.34 Management Hayden Wesneski*2 Sam Houston State Jr. 3.78 Accounting Bryce Tassin2 Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.87 Accounting Kyle Schimpf^ Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.86 General Studies Jason Blanchard Lamar Sr. 3.31 Economics Tyler Miller^ UIW Gr. 4.00 Accounting Bryan King^$ McNeese Sr. 4.00 Natural Resource Conservation Mgmt. Sean Arnold* UIW Jr. 3.42 Sport Management The Metairie, La., native picks up his third consecutive academic all-conference honor. Boasting a 3.93 GPA in marketing, Gaconi became the third Lion in program history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning third-team honors in 2019. He graduated last month with the highest GPA of any male student-athlete at Southeastern Louisiana. 2019 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic First Team 2019 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic Second Team Southeastern Louisiana and Incarnate Word lead the way with five total selections each, followed by Nicholls, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a pair each. McNeese, New Orleans and Abilene Christian each have one honoree. UIW’s four first-team members are the most by any school. Cody Davenport Central Arkansas Sr. 3.33 Physical Education/Teacher Education The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Student-Athlete of the Year. Student-Athlete of the Year candidates must have earned at least a 3.20 GPA and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Name School Cl. GPA Major Ryan Gonzalez* UIW Sr. 3.05 Kinesiology Name School Cl. GPA Major Gaconi was one of five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, along with fellow Lion Kyle Schimpf, UIW’s Tyler Miller, McNeese’s Bryan King and Nicholls’ Dane Simon. Miller, King and A&M-Corpus Christi’s Luke Marbach all posted perfect 4.0 GPAs, and King was the recipient of the conference’s F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship. Dalon Farkas2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.40 Accounting Luke Marbach Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 4.00 Kinesiology Mason Knopp Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.53 General Studies Itchy Burts*2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.69 Mechanical Engineering Caleb Ricca Northwestern State Jr. 3.33 Business Administration FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana senior pitcher Corey Gaconi is the 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with the all academic teams. All yearly league awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Joining Gaconi as repeat academic all-conference selections are teammate Bryce Tassin, SHSU’s Hayden Wesneski and Nick Mikolajchak, A&M-Corpus Christi’s Itchy Burts and ACU’s Dalon Farkas, who are all receiving their second nod. Ryan Flores UIW So. 3.43 Rehabilitative Sciences 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year: Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana Gavin Stone Central Arkansas So. 3.10 Physical Education/Teacher Education Jared Biddy Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.50 General Studieslast_img read more

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Integration and reinvestment – Reaping the fruits of North America 2026

first_imgGuyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde travelled to Russia to participate in a FIFA congress and the voting process for the 2026 World Cup venue, as North America – inclusive of the USA, Canada and Mexico – found itself bidding against Morocco to host one of the highest-grossing sporting events in the world. Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that North America had unanimously won the bid, a revelation that would please the GFF President.“If we’re successful in bringing it into our confederation, it’s going to be the most profitable World Cup in the history of FIFA World Cups. It projected that it’s easily somewhere around 11 and a half to 12 billion [USD] in profit, so why would we not want to do that; of course, we would like to see some of that good revenue being reinvested in infrastructure in Guyana,” Forde had said when questioned about Guyana’s vote.However, despite the President’s elation at being able to have the World Cup hosted within the CONCACAF region, questions were raised about the benefits that Guyana and the wider Caribbean would get from the event. Those queries were based on the fact that the North American countries, especially the USA and Canada, seldom engage with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) teams.In reply to those questions, Forde said, “For you to somehow compare the fact that Guyana over the past two decades hasn’t had an opportunity to play the USA, we have played Canada; of course, we played Mexico a couple of times. So when you look at the stronger nations, we would have come up against two of them.”Forde then stated: “What I can speak to is that the President’s vision is to do everything within his power to not only integrate the confederation but to impact the quality of the game within the CFU region.”This statement brought the conversation to how the Caribbean and Guyana could benefit from the spoils of the 2026 World Cup. To which Forde confirmed that he has been in talks with CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, who is “pursuing an agenda that will see a lot of reinvestment in the Caribbean”.“President Montagliani has been at the helm of CONCACAF for just over two years and he has brought in a new culture of inclusiveness in the operation of football within the confederation,” he stated, citing the Nations League as one of the initiatives that have been bridging the divide.“And there’re other ideas that will see further integration of the family, ‘cause he understands how important it is for you not to have a handful of countries that are doing exceptionally well and the bulk of the family is below,” Forde concluded.The wait is now on to see how the 2026 World Cup will play out; will the North American and Caribbean nations engage in more friendlies? Will revenue trickle down to the CFU for infrastructural development? In eight years, time will tell. In the meantime the GFF is focused on seeing the men’s national team (the Golden Jaguars) qualify for the 2026 World Cup under the stewardship of new Head Coach Michael Johnson.last_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT PASSING FAKE €20 NOTES IN HOTEL AND NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA young man bought a quantity of €20 notes so he could attend a friend’s 21st birthday party.Letterkenny court.Ryan Murphy appeared at Letterkenny District Court on four charges of passing fake notes.Murphy, 19, had tried to pass a €20 note at Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny but was caught by security staff on March 1st last.When interviewed by Gardai, it was discovered he had passed a further six of the bogus notes at the Station House Hotel.Three of the notes were used to pay for a room and a further three were used to buy food and drink.The court heard that Murphy of Ballindarragh Road, Market Hill, Armagh, had paid £70 sterling for €160 in fake euro notes.Judge Paul Kelly remarked “He didn’t get a great exchange rate on them.”Murphy solicitor Kieran Dillon said there had been a 21st birthday party on and he had no money and stupidly bought the fake notes so he could attend.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the notes were made outside the jurisdiction and were of a good quality.Judge Paul Kelly fined Murphy €400 on one of the charges of passing a forged note and struck out the other three charges. MAN CAUGHT PASSING FAKE €20 NOTES IN HOTEL AND NIGHTCLUB was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfak notesGardailetterkennyRyan MurphyStation House HotelVoodoo NIghtlcublast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CHAOS: TRUCKERS TO GO AHEAD WITH DUBLIN BLOCKADE

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL truckers behind a plan to bring Dublin to a standstill are to go ahead with their plans next week – if they can outfox Gardai.Whilst next Wednesday was initially announced as the date for the protest, sources told us it “could be any day.”And we can also reveal that thousands of drivers have offered to take part, with some radical supporters saying the protest “won’t be over in a few hours.” One insider insisted: “We’ll have supplies with us that will shut Dublin for a week.”However we have also learned that senior Gardai in Dublin have set up a special team to track the movements of the truckers in an effort to prevent what they believe would be an illegal blockade.They have sent out an alert to gardai here in Co Donegal and in several other counties where there will be a bid to prevent large numbers of haulage drivers from getting anywhere near the capital.Support for of a mass haulage protest increased after talks between reps and TDs failed to reach a conclusion. Fuel prices and laundered fuel were the main topic of conversation on the agenda and IRHA president Eoin Gavin admitted that the protest was now a distinct possibility.“There appears to be no other option but to proceed with our proposed protest action on the week of the 20th of February in order to draw public attention to the Government’s willingness to fuel criminality and the resultant decimation of the haulage industry in Ireland,” said Irish Road Haulage Association president Eoin Gavin.It will be a year next Wednesday since hauliers held a protest in Letterkenny.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyCOUNTDOWN TO CHAOS: TRUCKERS TO GO AHEAD WITH DUBLIN BLOCKADE was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL HAULIERSHAULAGE PROTEST DUBLINlast_img read more

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Delivering on promises

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa boasts that in his first 100 days in office, his car racked up 24,000 miles – and that’s on top of the 12,000 he put on during the six weeks between his election and inauguration. Villaraigosa’s never-ending road trip, the equivalent of six journeys across the country – and back – are testament to the tireless effort he’s made these past 100 days to reach out to all of Los Angeles and to cement political support after a divisive election. From San Pedro to Sylmar, from senior centers to elementary schools, from churches to synagogues, there’s virtually no community that hasn’t had quality face time with the mayor. All this activity is proof of his energy and political moxie, although cynics dismiss it as all just show, political glad-handing and baby-kissing. Time will tell whether he lives up to that promise, but signs are hopeful. Villaraigosa’s history of shrewd decision-making suggests that he knows better than to waste the tremendous good will he’s carefully cultivated. And his support of using nonunion engineers to expedite construction of a HOV lane on the northbound 405 Freeway shows that he’s willing to stand up to the public-employee unions that have long supported him. In his first 100 days, Villaraigosa has demonstrated the populist instincts and the political savvy that could pave the path for truly great leadership. And Los Angeles, a city that’s long fallen short of its potential, needs that kind of greatness. One hundred days into the Villaraigosa administration, hope is still alive that he will deliver what the city needs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But people who care about this city and its future hope he proves them wrong and quickly, that there’s more to this mayor than happy talk and political schmoozing. Villaraigosa has demonstrated he is actually interested in what the people he represents think, and aspires to do great things. But to deliver on the scores of promises he’s made, he’s going to have to get tough. He’s going to have to confront City Hall’s insider culture: The City Council, public-employee unions, lobbyists, contractors, developers and others who have lived so high, so long, on the public treasury. So far, there have been been some key battles that Villaraigosa has decided to sit out. He made little effort to thwart the city’s renewed dumping deal with the Sunshine Canyon Landfill or its sweetheart contract with employees at the Department of Water and Power. He also pulled back from seeking authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District. But these, the mayor says, were tactical retreats. He wasn’t going to waste his energy on fights he couldn’t win. Instead, he’s focused on building a vast army of public supporters to wage the bigger battles ahead. last_img read more

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DDTV: IS THIS THE MOST STUNNING SHOWREEL OF DONEGAL EVER?

first_imgDDTV: Photographer Adam Rory Porter asked us to share this. We had no hesitation. A collaboration by Windy Day Media, it showcases Inishowen in all its glory. Here’s what it’s about…click play to watch:This is our first short showreel of our summertime adventures in this amazing landscape we have. It shows some (but not all) of the beautiful spots to be found in Inishowen.Our thanks go out to everyone who has been interested and supported us so far!Come and like us on our FB page for more updates: www.facebook.com/windydaymediaYou can also get us on our fledgling website: www.windydaymedia.comThanks also to Matthew at Trá Bán Studio for the logo (www.etsy.com/ie/shop/TraBan) Advertisement The beautiful piece of music is made by the wonderful Ólafur Arnalds. It can be found here for a free listen but to purchase the album is only €5! www.livingroomsongs.olafurarnalds.comPlease support this awesome artist.We hope you enjoy what we do, keep your eyes peeled for more!  DDTV: IS THIS THE MOST STUNNING SHOWREEL OF DONEGAL EVER? was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Big fests for big beasts

first_imgAn even more unusual sight: ahumpbacked whale frolicking in the watersoff Hermanus. The town’s harbour isnormally visited by southern right whales.(Image: South African Tourism) Hermanus has possibly the bestland-based whale-watching in the world,as the southern right whiles come to mateand calve in its harbour in June andNovember, often approaching meremetres to the shore.(Image: South African Tourism) During this year’s festival fishermenlanded their catch at the Hermanus OldHarbour for the first time in 50 years.(Image: Lianda Beyers-Cronje)Jennifer SternSummer is almost here and the coastal regions of South Africa are bracing themselves for the long-awaited onslaught of tourists who come to soak up the sun, lie around on the sand and frolic in the sea. It’s a kind of crazy time, when it’s almost impossible to find a room in a hotel, parking near the beach, or a table at a restaurant. Crazy, but welcome, because that’s what keeps the tourism sector going.High season is all very well, but the extremes of occupancy between peak and low season is a bit much. So most coastal towns dream up innovative ways of spreading the load by luring tourists to their towns in the off season.Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape tried to get in on the act by offering visitors the opportunity to leave their shoes behind and celebrate a Barefoot Festival, which seemed like a great idea but never really made it. Possibly because it coincided with the Hermanus Whale Festival. Bad idea.Whales, penguins and oystersThe Hermanus Whale Festival is one of South Africa’s oldest seaside festivals, and the inspiration for many animal-based celebrations that have tried to follow in its wake. The Simons Town Penguin Festival in Cape Town seemed primed to be a winner but, despite flapping its wings vigorously, it never got off the ground.More successfully, Knysna serves up a few million oysters in July at the annual Oyster Festival, which gets gourmets, cyclists, runners, music fans and art lovers pouring into the Garden Route town in the middle of winter.In August, Hout Bay Harbour in Cape Town reverberates with the thrum of boat engines as gnarled fishermen compete with each other to land the biggest snoek during the Snoek Derby. The spectators are treated to a range of seafood – including snoek, of course. Up the West Coast, the annual Lamberts Bay Crayfish Festival, held in April, is a celebration of this tasty crustacean. But neither of these fests matches the success of the Knysna Oyster Festival.Still on a fishy note, just on the other side of Walker Bay from Hermanus, the little town of Gansbaai is cashing in on its self-proclaimed (but well-founded) status as the shark cage diving capital of the world by holding a shark festival a few weeks after the whale festival. The Great White Shark Festival, which ran from 23 to 26 October, is an opportunity to showcase sharks’ essential place in the marine ecosystem, their vulnerable status, and – of course – to try to play down their exaggerated reputation as mindless killers.Sharks, as anyone who paid attention at the festival could tell you, are superb predators, but they do not make a habit of munching on people. Of course, it’s also an opportunity to get lots of people to Gansbaai, to eat, drink and be merry. But it has a long way to go if it wants to compete with its neighbour’s whale festival.In the Hermanus harbourHermanus is fortunate in having possibly the best land-based whale watching in the world. Southern right whales come in to Walker Bay to mate and calve between June and November, and they hang around in the calm waters incredibly close to the shore.They are also surprisingly numerous. A half-hour stroll along the scenic cliff-top walk at the right time of year is virtually guaranteed to yield a dozen or more separate sightings, and whales often swim mere metres from the breakwater at the New Harbour.So in 1992 when Neville Sheriff, Bruce van der Spuy and Basil Clarke-Browne decided to boost tourism to their town by holding a festival, its theme was a no-brainer. It started off relatively low key, with few people turning up for the inaugural celebration. Since then it’s gone from strength to strength, and the 17th festival, held on the weekend of 24 to 28 September 2008, was a runaway success.It’s estimated that the town swelled from its low-season population of about 80 000 people to 122 000 – a figure comparable to the Christmas high of between 120 000 and 140 000.“It’s the most successful festival we’ve had in many years,” says Annette Theron, one of the organisers. “And it brought millions of rands of revenue into the town.”Chris von Ulmenstein, the owner of a guest house in Hermanus, agrees.“The Whale Festival has gone from strength to strength over the 12 years Whale Cottage has been operating in Hermanus, as measured by our occupancy. We were fully booked not only for the four days of the Whale Festival, but also the days earlier in the week leading up to the festival.”Art, music and sustainabilityThe fest included the usual art and music events, including the Whale of a Wine Festival at Hermanusietersfontein Wine Estate in the Hemel en Aarde Valley. An arts ramble attracted 32 artists and 19 galleries.And there was music for young and old, with Karen Zoid, Cofield Mundi and others bringing in the crowds. On a more – well, mature – note, the Bats played to a full house, most of whom probably came just to see for themselves that all the band members really were still alive.But there was a more serious side to the event. While the whales were far more fortunate than the Knysna oysters, the Hout Bay snoek or the Lamberts Bay crayfish, their fishy neighbours did end up in the pot. For the first time since 1958, fishing boats came in to the Old Harbour, which is now a museum, and offloaded their catch for the Slofish Fare.Teams of four to six people competed to make the best fish dish on the day, using only fish on the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative list. It was a celebration of heritage and food, but also a reminder that seafood harvesting is potentially devastating, and that it needs to be managed sustainably.Sustainability was an important theme of the event. The Sustainable Lifestyle Expo, run by the Overstrand Conservation Foundation, took up most of Market Square, and was the focal point of the festival. Forty-five stalls ranging from tiny one-person sustainable endeavours to Woolworths and eco-friendly building companies, took the opportunity to show off their organic and environmentally friendly produce and products.But it really is about whales. The Hermanus Whale Crier was out in full cry blowing out his coded messages informing festival-goers of the best whale-watching vantage points. Although that seemed almost superfluous, as the whales were to be seen almost everywhere.“They know they must be on their best behaviour, breaching and swimming close to shore, to treat all the visitors to Hermanus,” Von Ulmenstein laughingly suggested.Theron agreed, adding that the whales seemed to be coming earlier every year, and staying longer. And arriving in greater numbers – more than could be accounted for by simple population increase.“Perhaps,” she mused, “they know that we don’t hunt whales any more, and they’re – I don’t know – saying thank you?”“Or maybe,” a bystander added, “they’re training us. Training us to be more environmentally aware by rewarding us with closer and more frequent sightings as we start to behave more responsibly.”Now there’s a thought. Let’s hope we learn the lesson well.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksHermanus Whale FestivalHermanus.co.zaHermanusSouthAfrica.comGansbaai Great White Shark FestivalLamberts’s Bay Crayfish FestivalHout Bay Snoek DerbyKnysna Oyster FestivalCape Town TourismWhale Cottagelast_img read more

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5 Reasons I’m Switching From Android To The iPhone 5S

first_imgTags:#Android#Apple#iPhone#iPhone 5S Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … I love Android—I really do. From my HTC EVO 4G to my Nexus 4, through rooting, modding and waiting patiently for the platform to find its feet, Android has never done me wrong. But my mounting frustrations with what I want out of a smartphone are leading me back to Apple’s green pastures yet again. 1. iOS 7Plenty of tech pundits would dismiss Jony Ive’s iOS 7 revolution as an iterative, superficial update, one with candy colors and a few tricks to make us go ooh. Me? I’ll be leaping into its flat, bubblegum design with arms outstretched. Ever since Mathias Duarte got involved with Android (circa Honeycomb), I’ve been reeling in its design-geek friendly visual siren song. Now that Ive has lured iOS out of its visual dark age, I’m all ears. If I ever see the word skeuomorph again it’ll be too soon. 2. Google Voice Is BrokenFor the past three years, since I moved away from New York, I’ve relied on Google Voice for 100% of my texts and calls. Ask any Voice user: that’s quite a risk. And as much as I love clinging to the free VoIP platform and its mobile operating system agnosticism, the app just gets buggier and buggier. Sure, the Google Hangouts roll-in is on the way, but it’s too little too late from my absolute favorite yet wholly stagnant app. iMessage, group texts and MMS, here I come! 3. CameraWhen I shoot photos on my phone, I intend to share them on Instagram, my favorite app in the known universe. But Instagram on Android has a serious image compression problem. Using a Nexus 4, I can take my brightest, most crisp shot into Instagram to share with the world… and see it butchered into pixelated oblivion. I do not make a habit of mincing pixels, but there’s a systemic, unresolved brokenness to the Instagram for Android app that renders it nigh unusable.Sure, a non-iPhone camera may have more megapixels and spec sheet bells and whistles on paper. But at the end of the day it’s all about how your mobile hardware’s image processing plays nice with apps—or if it doesn’t. Apple’s built-in image signal processor (ISP) is largely to thank for the iPhone’s qualitative image superiority , and it should be better than ever on the A7—which I assume doesn’t hold a grudge against Instagram. 4. To 5C Or Not To 5C…From the get go, I was drawn to the 5C, and part of me is still genuinely intrigued about the device in spite of the fact that its guts are very familiar. The iPhone 5C’s unibody polycarbonate casing is like owning a Lumia without having to deal with a Lumia—or Windows Phone. Awesome, right?Well, as much as my tactile reptile brain wants the 5C (Ooh colors! Smooooth!) I realize that the 5S, with its A7 chip, and sophisticated camera processing are way more the speed for any proper early adopter crazy person like myself. But this doesn’t mean I’m not buying a Connect 4 case, okay?5. Size—Simple As ThatEvery time I scratch my head wondering why everyone and their literal mom has an iPhone, I remember one simple anatomical fact: we ladies, on the whole, have smaller paws. I love Android to death—I’ve been modding my Android phones into unrecognizability for years now—but I can’t hack the hardware to suit my medium-sized lady hands hand any better.At the end of the day, if I can’t reach all of my apps with a swift one-handed gesture, it’s all for naught. My eyes prefer to drink in a wide 4.7-inch display like that of the Nexus 4 or the HTC One X (my last, last Android phone)… but my hands constantly fumble—and my phone teeters perpetually toward taking a nosedive.It’s often overlooked because it’s just that simple, but the iPhone anatomically agnostic appeal is a huge part of its ubiquity. There are no flagship devices from Android that I can wrap my hand around comfortably. And that’s a major nail in its coffin from this Android lover. Women aren’t just a marketing segment—we’re half of the population.  taylor hatmakercenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more

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5 Preparation Tips for Directing Your Next Commercial

first_img4. Reference CommercialsI love to pull from and watch as many reference commercials as possible. For every spot I create, I’m usually pulling ideas from five to seven other commercials that I liked. The best part is that these reference commercials can really help illustrate to your client the tone you’re trying to achieve. Most often, as visual creators, we can see an idea in our head before we ever put anything to paper. Reference commercials help to align your vision and the client’s.Reference commercials or videos can be anything. You may find a totally unrelated spot, but like how they incorporated color into their commercial. Or, you may find a commercial where you liked how they utilized music to create a mood. It may even be a scene from a movie and you appreciated how they filmed it.Reference commercials can be used in so many different ways, always inspiring and motivating directorial choices.5. Find Inspiration in PhotographyCommercial photography as inspiration.Image by Gerain0812.Photography is my favorite medium to pull ideas from. Photography has only one frame, while we (as filmmakers) have twenty-four frames per second. Everything has to be intentional with photography because you only have one opportunity to get your message, tone, and mood across. Seeing how a photographer is able to tell a similar story that you’re trying to achieve is ultra insightful. Photography typically motivates my mood, wardrobe, and locations for any spot I do.Overall, it’s essential to take the necessary prep for directing a commercial. While each director may have their own creative process, I’ve found these tips vastly beneficial.Top image by gnepphoto.Want more on video production? Check these out.A Guide on Soliciting Feedback and Review for Film DraftsPremiere Pro Quick Tip: How to Create Proxies7 Ways to Stay Safe and Avoid Injuries on Video ProjectsExciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetDo Creative Agencies Need a Creative Director of Video? A well-prepared director is a good director. Take a look at five useful tips for preparing to direct any commercial spot.As a director, creatively preparing for your next commercial spot is one of the most important things you can do.1. Acquaint Yourself with Your Client’s BusinessKnow what your client needs.Image via Gerain0812.As a commercial director, your end client is businesses. Those businesses are utilizing your creative abilities to increase the amount of business they receive.As a result, one of the first and most important things you can do as a director is to understand how your client makes money. Understanding how they make money makes certain that the creative you bring to the table aligns with their interest and business objectives. As important as how they make money is also who they make money from — their target demographic. Knowing your audience, as a director, is crucial.The most tried and true method I’ve found to acquaint myself with a client is to take a deep dive into their company website. Through this, you can decipher how they operate, how they function, and who they’re trying to talk to.2. Visit Their Social Media AccountsI love visiting a client’s social media account(s). That includes Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and really anywhere they post their content. These resource gives you a quick overview of what their previous advertising efforts were and the general tone they’re trying to achieve for their brand. It also gives you the ability to quickly see their previous creative endeavors. Through this, you can get a clearer understanding of where they may want to go and where you may be able to take them, creatively.Most importantly, visiting their social accounts ensures that you don’t pitch them an idea for something they’ve already tried in the past.3. Make a Music PlaylistMusic and commercials go hand-in-hand. Some of the best commercials that come to memory were driven by a notable musical track. Music can make or break any commercial.For any spot I do, I make a playlist that reflects the mood and tone we’re trying to achieve for that spot. Then, I listen to that playlist while I’m doing any sort of prep for that shoot. This method helps put you in the correct mood and headspace, thus influencing the creative in the correct manner.last_img read more

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Four arrested for assault on two Kashmiri street vendors in Lucknow

first_imgKashmiri traders assaulted in Lucknow Two Kashmiri men selling dryfruits on the roadside in Lucknow were assaulted over their identity by saffron-clad persons, leading to the arrest of four members of the Vishwa Hindu Dal, a right wing group, on Thursday.Recorded on phone The accused not only assaulted the Kashmiri traders but also recorded the incident on their mobile phones and shared the clip on social media, taking credit for the assault.The clip showed the Kashmiri men being beaten with sticks and being slapped, and subjected to verbal abuse and anti-Kashmiri remarks.The incident took place late on Wednesday afternoon at the busy Daliganj bridge where vendors set up stalls to sell vegetables, fruits and other items. The assaulters got down from a car, accosted the three or four Kashmir men who had laid out their wares on the road and demanded that they display their identity cards. While two Kashmiris escaped, the others were assaulted, with one of the victims seen crying. Local onlookers and motorists soon came to the rescue of the Kashmir residents and confronted the saffron-clad men. In the video, when a local intervenes and asks why they are beating them, one of the assaulters replies: “They are Kashmiris. They are pelting stones there.”  In response, the onlooker asks them to not take the law into their hands. One Kashmiri man is then handed over to the police, while the other is seen running away crying, leaving his stock behind. “They called us terrorists and said we pelt stones, and started hitting us,” said a victim. After widespread outrage, the Lucknow police late on Wednesday evening filed an FIR at Hassanganj police station, under Sections 147, 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, but added sections 153A, 307 (attempt to murder) and 7CLA Act in the case on Thursday.While the main accused Bajrang Sonkar was arrested late on Wednesday night, Himanshu Garg, Anirudh Kumar and Amar Mishra were nabbed on Thursday, police said.The victims belong to Kulgam.SSP Kalanidhi Naithani said the accused belong to the Vishwa Hindu Dal Trust run by one Ambuj Nigam. Sonkar has around a dozen criminal cases against him till 2011, including murder, loot and Arms Act violations, said the officer.last_img read more