Sultana makes claim for top MLR spot

first_imgPHELAN – Sultana finally slayed an old, powerful pest of its past and might have sent a signal that defending CIF-Southern Section Division VIII champion Serrano could wind up losing its long-held Mojave River League throne to the Sultans. With a defense that forced five turnovers and an offense that cashed in three of those takeaways for 13 points, the Sultans stopped Serrano, stopped the Diamondbacks’ 17-game league winning streak and their 32-game home winning streak, with a thorough, 27-12 triumph before a near-capacity crowd of 4,500 at Serrano’s Snowline Stadium. “That first half was an abomination,” Maholchic said. “Otherwise, it’s 6-0. They pushed us around. Hey, they just got after us.” It was the kind of humbling night that hasn’t been apart of Serrano lore for several years now. The Diamondbacks came into 2005 with the 2004 D8 CIF title, an appearance in the 2003 semis, and a loss to Kaiser in the 2002 CIF D8 title game. All that on top of seven consecutive MRL titles won outright or shared. “They (the Diamondbacks) have been spoiled by all the success over the last couple of years,” Maholchic said. “That was a good football team that beat us.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That was fun,” Sultana coach Zane Sweeney said. “Last time we were here (on Serrano’s home field), we lost 41-0. A lot of those kids (who played for Sultana)were in that game.” The Sultans moved atop the MRL standings with a commanding 2-0 record and are now the only team without a league loss in MRL play. Sultana racked up 19 plays from scrimmage Friday night before Serrano ran its first. Jace Olsen had nine carries for 33 yards on the game’s opening drive,including a 1-yard TD run, en route to his 28-carry, 103-yard performance. Receiver Mike Battiste added three receptions for 52 yards in that drive alone and finished with five catches for 73 yards plus plus a 12-yard TD run that gave Sultana a 20-0 lead with 8 minutes, 54 seconds to play. Serrano lost Anthony Ruize, its leading ground gainer of 2005, when the junior running back was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for precautionary measures after complaining of neck pain following a 26-yard run he made early in the fourth quarter, according to Serrano coach Ray Maholchic. Ruize was treated on the field by paramedics before he departed to applause from Serrano and Sultana players and fans. It was all part of a very nasty night for the D’backs. center_img Senior quarterback Dustin Hoegerl completed 7 of 8 passes for 113 yards, including a victory-assuring 31-yard touchdown pass to Brandon O’Donnell, and kicked a pair of field goals for Sultana (6-1 overall, 2-0), which dominated Serrano (5-2, 0-1) to 41 yards total offense in the first half. “We waited for this game,” Hoegerl said. “We can build on this game.” last_img read more

Rangers set to announce major signing

first_imgQPR plan to confirm the marquee signing of South Korean star Park Ji-sung from Manchester United later today.QPR chairman Tony Fernandes will attend today’s press conference.The 31-year-old is scheduled to be unveiled at a press conference in central London this afternoon, at which Asian media will be heavily represented.Rangers see Park’s arrival as a statement of intent – and pivotal to the Tony Fernandes-led regime’s plan to grow a large Asian fanbase.Park is the most decorated player in the continent’s history and was a popular figure at United, where he won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his seven years at Old Trafford.See also: Korean star Park set to join QPR from UnitedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon

first_imgMike Nicol’s crime novel Killer Country has received positive reviews.(Image: Mike Nicol)South Africans like to talk about crime. It creeps into conversations at dinner parties, in shebeens, on radio talk shows and in parliament.Perhaps it was only a matter of time, then, until all that talking fostered creative writing and reading – not just in newspaper and magazine articles or online, but in books. South Africa’s publishers, booksellers and literary communities are all in a stir over “crime lit”.Literary websites like Book SA and LitNet are dedicating an increasing proportion of their content to so-called krimis. Earlier this year, literary journal WordsEtc brought out a special issue on the phenomenon, guest edited by Joanne Hichens, herself a crime writer. The publication featured interviews with, among others, the local queen of crime fiction, Margie Orford.Most recently, the inaugural BookEx book fair in Johannesburg hosted CrimeWrite, the first festival of its kind in the country. Organiser Mike Nicol expressed some disappointment at the turnout, but affirmed nonetheless that the writers participating showed “they can deliver the goods … there is a great marketing opportunity here.”“Pulp fiction with hardboiled prose”Nicol, a self-confessed krimihead, is the doyen of the South African crime writing scene and its most ardent promoter. This is quite something for a man who used to feel only disdain for the genre.He describes his crime novels as “pulp fiction with hardboiled prose”, and is unashamed about the formulaic requirements of much popular writing – in particular, he is critical of “academics who haven’t yet got their heads around the idea that commercial fiction has a completely legitimate place in any society’s literary life”.In penning these words, Nicol no doubt had in mind a review of his book Killer Country by literary scholar Leon de Kock of Stellenbosch University. The debate amongst members of the Book SA community following this review demonstrated the false perception that professional academics look down from their ivory towers on popular books, their readers and their writers.De Kock’s review in fact praises Nicol’s writing, but poses some important questions nonetheless: what does it mean for a former writer of serious literary works to turn his hand to genre fiction? Is this a process of dumbing-down in order to gain as wide a readership as possible? And if so, what assumptions are being made about readers? More specifically, why is it that so many writers have, like Nicol, chosen to focus their careers on crime writing?These are important questions, particularly in a country such as South Africa. There are ethical implications to representing the phenomenon of crime in the pages of a book – not least because writing for entertainment and writing for edification are by no means mutually inclusive.This dilemma is linked to the problem of definition. What is crime writing? After all, you would be hard pressed to identify any South African book (including those by our Nobel Prize-winners) in which transgression of the law is not a central theme. As such, crime has always been pervasive in South African literature.A useful distinction can, however, be made between fiction and non-fiction crime writing. One of the panel discussions at the CrimeWrite festival included well-known non-fiction authors Peter Harris, Antony Altbeker, Martin Welz and Chris Marnewick – all of whom have written about true crime in earnest engagements with South Africa’s crime epidemic. For the most part, however, when people refer to crime writing they mean what Nicol himself calls “schlock fiction”. This is, more or less, writing according to a set of conventions already established by authors from countries where crime is not as serious a social problem as it is here.Vicarious gratificationThose who defend crime fiction in South Africa could present a moral case if they wished to: in a country where, all too often, justice does not take its course, krimis offer a kind of vicarious gratification. As Nicol admits, crime novels tend to conclude with the triumph of moral justice, if not of the justice system: they appeal to a reader’s “innate desire to have good stomp all over evil”.But it’s not that simple. Many crime novels, in true realist form, reject neat endings in which the goodies beat the baddies; moreover, it’s not always that easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.“One of the things that attracted me to crime fiction,” adds Nicol, “is the moral ambiguity it creates. There are no angels.”Likewise, crime writers do not claim any moral high ground for themselves. That WordsEtc cover image of Margie Orford is suitably ambiguous: looking sombre as she pulls on a white glove, Orford could either be a detective about to get to work or a murderer about to commit a heinous crime.Quoting Raymond Chandler’s observation that “crime fiction is a parody of itself, as tongue-in-cheek as it gets”, Nicol suggests that krimis mock “the author, the novel and the reader. It’s a game. Crime fiction confronts serious social issues but simultaneously says, don’t take me seriously.”An entertaining reading experienceIndeed, there seems to be consensus among South Africa’s crime writers that their vocation is fun – just as they want the reading experience to be entertaining. Yet the awkward question remains: what happens when writing and reading pleasure involves voyeuristic violence? There are no clear answers.A glance at the promotion tables in local book retailers provides evidence enough that South African readers are not reluctant to buy crime fiction from international authors such as Stieg Larsson and Ruth Rendell. This would suggest that most consumers see krimis as a form of escapism, which may be one reason why they avoid locally-produced crime lit: it is simply too close to the bone.But the major reason is, unfortunately, that South Africans are generally still hesitant to spend their time and money on works by South African authors.As Nicol laments, “Often we need to be ratified by overseas publication before local readers will buy our books.”This trend is slowly being reversed, and more and more South African books are on the shelves. If South African crime writing does prove to be as popular as is hoped by local practitioners of the craft – from veterans such as Deon Meyer and Wessel Ebersohn to newcomers like Sara Lotz and Sifiso Mzobe – then it may well help to grow a reading culture across the country.The last word can be left to Nicol: “It’s not so much a matter of dumbing-down as a new kind of book being written. The high literature will remain but readers now have more choice when it comes to buying local fiction. The trick is to make them aware of that choice.”last_img read more

Ben Klick, Oct. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are finally getting some long overdue rain. We got two inches yesterday. We got just shy of 300 acres of beans off. We parked the combine at the end of last week and switched over to spread fertilizer, work ground and we got all of the wheat and barley planted just in time for that nice rain shower. It was a million dollar rain two months too late. Now it looks like we’ll get a little heat this week.We started harvest Sept. 28 cutting beans. We cut for a while then quit to grind feed. We got a good start on the first early beans. The beans were very dry — 8% or 8.5% across the board. Even with the draper head we were still getting some shatter. Yield wise, we have beans that should have been 70 bushels and they were 50. The top pods were not there. They weren’t filled out.In talking to others around here, I don’t feel too bad about our bean averages compared to everyone else. We planted beans late because it was wet and we didn’t get the late moisture for them. We’ve been seeing a range but mostly around 50 bushels.Before this last rain, the last substantial rain we had was the middle of August. We had the wettest July and the driest September on record here. I heard they dug a grave in town and had to go three or four feet down until he hit moisture in the ground.There are some around here who are ahead of us with harvest, but most everyone around here has been getting after it. A couple of guys have switched over to corn. I have heard some better yields with corn. We may start shelling corn here in the middle of the week when things dry out. We need some corn for feed. As dry as it was, the ground is a little tacky after two inches of rain. It is not even sticking to my shoes.last_img read more

View-Master Inspiration: Video Gallery, Tutorial and Templates

first_imgIn this post we celebrate the vintage View-Master, showcasing several projects that use a Viewmaster theme.  You’ll also learn how to create a Viewmaster effect in your own video projects.Remember the View-Master?  The popular toy was an iconic image of the 70s and 80s, as anyone who grew up during that time can likely testify to owning one.  Cardboard discs containing stereoscopic (3D) images were placed in the Viewmaster and gave the effect of a unique 3D slideshow.With analog style images en vogue (see: Instagram) it’s not surprising that a number of recent video projects have utilized the View-Master as an effect style.  In this post we’ve picked a few recent examples of such projects to provide inspiration for your own creative projects.Then, at the end of the post, we share two resources for creating your own View-Master video effect – a video tutorial showing you how to mimic the effect in the Final Cut Pro X video editing application and a template you can purchase to pull off this look in Adobe After Effects.Get nostalgic and check out these Viewmaster projects and templates.LA Sunshine from Kai Cuts:Genre Viewmaster bumper from Patrick Dias:Oorzaak & Gevolg from Edwin Haverkamp:Reel-Viewer from cchristians:Viewmaster from Adam Bomb:Fortis Bank Nederland Viewmaster from Marije de Graaff :Viewmaster from DickieHD:Viewmaster from alexdemora:BIO – TV Families from Craig Colthorp:Holiday Snaps from Jack Adams:Create A View-Master EffectThis post by video editor Dylan Higginbotham shows you how to create the View-Master effect in the video editing application Final Cut Pro X.  Using the plugins he created for his site Stupid Raisans, Dylan is able to quickly mimic the vintage View-Master effect in FCPX using transitions and matte templates.   Download the Slide Pop effects pack for $49 from Stupid Raisins.If you’re more of an After Effects wiz, this template offers a very cool View-Master style effect from  Showcase images, video or text.  It even includes a slick View-Master style menu screen.  Download from TemplateDigital.last_img read more

Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ateneo’s Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Read Next MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESDefending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT “But our guys came collected in the second half and started playing like we do.”Tenorio chipped in 25 markers, seven assists, and four boards, Slaughter had 21 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks, and Sol Mercado added 11 markers, three boards, and three dimes in the Ginebra win.With its back against the wall, TNT came out like a house on fire as it established an early 16-point advantage, 35-19, courtesy of a three from Anthony Semerad.But that blaze was quickly doused after KaTropa reinforcement Glen Rice Jr. was ejected with 1:41 remaining in the opening frame after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical for throwing the ball to a fallen Kevin Ferrer.Though Jayson Castro kept TNT in the driver’s seat and put his team up by 18, 72-54 in the third quarter, Brownlee had other plans as the import commandeered Ginebra’s 28-point third quarter outburst to cut the KaTropa lead down to six, 86-80, at the end of the third quarter and set up the close finish.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Justin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s fourth-quarter surge to finish with 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists to send the 11,891 in attendance, including legend Robert Jaworski, in jubilation.The Gin Kings’ relentless pursuit finally paid dividends in the fourth quarter as the Brownlee-led 24-8 charge coincided with the KaTropa’s shooting going ice cold, with TNT firing a paltry 2-of-20 clip in the first eight minutes of the period. 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 shutoutGinebra, then, took a 104-94 lead with 4:07 left to play punctuated by a three from LA Tenorio before Greg Slaughter iced the game with a huge slam to give coach Tim Cone his 32nd finals appearance.“We were just fortunate that Glen Rice went out. But it was still a great game; they were making shots. It was quite a frustrating first half,” said Cone. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Gin Kings’ 18-point comeback was the biggest comeback in the playoffs in seven years, or since the franchise crawled back from 20-points down to upend Alaska in 2010-11 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Troy Rosario topscored for TNT with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Castro carried the mantle with a near triple-double performance of 26 markers, nine assists, and seven boards in the losing effort.The scores:GINEBRA 115 – Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105 – Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105.last_img read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

Company can be ordered to drill to end 14yearold oil leak

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — A federal regulatory board has ruled that a New Orleans company can be required to perform more underwater drilling and excavation work to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.The Interior Board of Land Appeals refused to excuse Taylor Energy Company from requirements to permanently plug wells that could be leaking oil and gas. The board publicly released its Oct. 30 decision on Tuesday.One week before the board ruled, the Coast Guard ordered the company to install a new containment system to capture and remove leaking oil until a permanent solution can be developed.Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) is leaking daily from the site where slicks often stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP say woman reported missing earlier this week has

first_imgCORRECTION: The Fort St. John RCMP announced Thursday that a missing 30-year-old woman, whose name was not provided, had been located. A previous version of this article stated that Langevin had been located by police, however, that information was incorrect and we have corrected the article. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is asking for the public’s help to locate a woman who went missing over the weekend.49-year-old Charlane “Charity” Langevin was last seen on Saturday, June 23rd at approximately 11:00 p.m. when she left a friend’s home in the Edgewood Trailer Park in Baldonnel. Langevin is said to have come to the Fort St. John area from Saskatchewan for a couple of weeks.Police say that she met two men on Saturday evening and has not been seen since. Langevin has not had contact with any family since she was last seen in Baldonnel, and according to the RCMP, it is very unusual for Charlane not to answer her phone, which has been determined to have been off for over 24 hours.Langevin is described as: standing 5’7″ tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, and pierced ears. She has a tattoo of a turtle on her right calf, and a tattoo of a rose with a name on her shoulder. She was last seen wearing a black Harley Davidson hoodie, blue jeans, black half ankle boots and a purse, and is said to always wear a chain necklace with a Harley Davidson logo.If you have any information about Charlane “Charity” Langevin, or where she might be, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. just want to quell rumours: Charlene Langevin is still missing! Yesterday we advised that a 30 year old missing woman had been located. That was no Charlene.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) June 29, 2018last_img read more

City staff of Fort St John will be holding Open Houses for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update. Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.last_img read more