first_imgRavel Morrison scored twice for QPR as they saw off Yeovil at Loftus Road, where there was also a goal for Bobby Zamora.See also:Bond: Zamora still has something to offerGreen among QPR players nursing injuriesQPR v Yeovil player ratings Morrison scores two more in QPR victory Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgFrom Facebook: This is a sad morning in the Texas Panhandle. Last night in the fires we lost two beautiful young people. We have lost Cody Crockett and Sydney Wallace. During the fires these two braved the flames to save cattle in McLean. I have tremendous respect for the ranching community and the traditions they pass to their future generations. Without them we wouldn’t be a rich culture. We lost a part of that last night. While these two are gone here on earth they are now ranching and …last_img read more

first_img12 July 2007Most of the early racing in the 2007 Tour de France has favoured the sprinters. One of the most visible of the fast men, so far, has been South African Robert Hunter, leader of Team Barloworld, the first SA-sponsored team to contest cycling’s most famous race.On Wednesday’s fourth stage, covering 193 kilometres from Villers-Cotterets to Joigny, Hunter came within a whisper of becoming the first South African to win a stage on the Tour. Victory went to Thor Hushovd of Credit Agricole, the winner of the green jersey in 2005, which goes to the leader of the points competition, with Hunter just behind the Norwegian.It was Hushovd’s fifth victory on the Tour and lifted him up to second in the overall standings, thanks to time bonuses he picked up en route to the finish. Fabian Cancellara, who has worn the yellow jersey since winning the prologue with a scintillating ride, remained in the lead after finishing safely within the main peleton.Happy, but frustratedHunter could have viewed his second place on the fourth stage in either of two ways: he could have been disappointed, or he could have celebrated his excellent finish. He chose the latter, although he admitted it was frustrating to come so close to a win without quite managing it.Hunter wrote on his website: “I can’t complain, I know, ’cause in the big picture things are going well for me and the team so far, but winning is always so much better.”Describing the finish, he said: “In the final it was really crazy and, once again, there was no real team that strung it all out, so there were riders all over the place. At two kilometres to go, I thought I had a great place, and next thing I know there are guys coming all around me.‘Two metres short’“Under the last kilometre, I was trying to get out and eventually found a gap on the right of the road, but then there were guys coming back that had just pulled. I saw Julien Dean pulling and launching Thor and when I got going he already had three metres on me. I came as hard as I could, but was about two metres short of road to come past.“The shout you all saw, I guess, was pure frustration and being so close is a pain in the butt.“I’m getting closer on the green, and I’m now in fourth, but that also won’t be an easy task. I’ll give it my best and we’re just gonna have to wait and see how it all goes.”Consistently strongThe South African star has been consistently strong throughout the early running, finishing amongst the frontrunners time after time.On the third stage, the longest of the race at 236.5 kilometres, Hunter was to the fore, finishing fifth as Cancellara took his second victory.Hunter was fourth on the second stage, with Belgian team Quickstep-Innergetic scoring a one-two on home soil, Gert Steegmans taking victory ahead of Tom Boonen.Team Barloworld’s leader led out the sprint on the second stage but, as he admitted afterwards, he went far too early for the finish line.‘Take the gap”Explaining his decision to go for it, Hunter wrote: “Okay, okay, I know it was way too long, but at that moment, when the front guys (Milram) sat up and I saw a huge gap open up in front of me at 65km/h, I made the decision to take the gap and go for it. My idea was, if I got 10 metres, it would have been game over for everybody else.“In the end, it never worked out as Vaitikus came after me straight away, but if you don’t try you will never know.”Despite being in with a shout at victory without quite making it yet, Hunter reckoned he is happy and confident with his form. He said he believes he is capable of scoring a win.A team of climbersIt won’t come easily, however; Hunter has pointed out that the Barloworld team is geared to perform in the mountains, with most of its members being climbers.Nonetheless, he said he is happy with the job his team is doing to assist him.“I really can’t ask for more,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s for me to sprint and get in the right position, and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img18 July 2011To mark the second annual Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2011, the United Nations is encouraging people around the globe to perform 67 minutes of public service – one minute for every year of the South African leader’s own service to humanity.The call is part of the “Take Action! Inspire Change” campaign by the Mandela Foundation in recognition of the contributions made by Mandela, as a human rights lawyer, freedom fighter, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker, and the first democratically-elected president of a free South Africa.“Together, the best way we can thank Nelson Mandela for his work is by taking action for others and inspiring change,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the Day.In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.In a separate video message, Ban called on people everywhere to embrace Mandela’s message to change the world and make it a better place.“Tutor a child. Feed someone less fortunate. Care for your environment. Volunteer at a hospital or community centre. Be a part of a global movement to make the world a better place,” Ban said.“Together, we can help people achieve the dignity and liberty that is their birthright. That is the best way we can honour Nelson Mandela.”To mark Mandela’s 93rd birthday on Monday, senior officials, diplomats and staff from the UN will gather in New York’s Central Park to perform public service.Also in New York, an interactive exhibit called “Take Action! Inspire Change” will be displayed at UN Headquarters, where visitors can learn about Mandela through a range of video and audio materials, as well as make their pledge to “67 minutes of service” in a message that will be sent to Mandela himself.Other UN offices around the world will also mark the Day by undertaking activities in their local communities.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgIt’s time to ditch the 3D glasses. MIT is here to change the way we go to the movies.Top image via Christine Daniloff/MITOnly weeks ago we mentioned that MIT was going to change SFX and sound design forever with their computerized sound design. While that could eventually change the whole world of post-production, their latest announcement ahead of SIGGRAPH will impact audiences in the not-too-distant future.The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has released a new paper (alongside Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science) demonstrating a 3D display that allows audiences to watch 3D films without 3D glasses. As a daily wearer of eyeglasses, it almost brings me to tears that I may soon be able to watch a 3D movie in theaters. Now I won’t have to strain my eyes to look through the one tiny part where my glasses and the 3D glasses line up. Dubbed Cinema 3D, this new prototype uses a special array of lenses and mirrors to create a 3D image. The most astonishing feat — it doesn’t matter where an audience member is sitting in the theater. The 3D experience is available at every seat.“Existing approaches to glasses-free 3-D require screens whose resolution requirements are so enormous that they are completely impractical… This is the first technical approach that allows for glasses-free 3-D on a large scale.” – MIT professor Wojciech MatusikResearchers admit that the system is not ready for mass production, but they are optimistic that future developments will lead to theaters offering a glasses-free 3D experience. Glasses-free 3D does already exist on a much smaller scale, particularly in traditional televisions use of a parallax barrier — “slits in front of the screen that allows each eye to see a different set of pixels, creating a simulated sense of depth.”The downside is that parallax barriers require viewers to be a certain distance from the screen, which obviously wouldn’t work in theaters.Image via ShutterstockCinema 3D encodes multiple parallax barriers in one display, so each viewer sees a parallax barrier tailored to their specific seat. That is then replicated across the theater using Cinema 3D’s mirrors and lens special optics system.The MIT Media Lab is also involved in creating new projectors that cover the entire angular range of the audience, but the resolution of the projected image is much lower.The key insight with Cinema 3D is that people in movie theaters move their heads only over a very small range of angles, limited by the width of their seat. Thus, it is enough to display images to a narrow range of angles and replicate that to all seats in the theater.The Cinema 3D system isn’t practical at this moment, as the prototype required fifty sets of mirrors and lenses. Professor Matusik says that the team hopes to build a larger version of the display to refine the optics and improve the image resolution.It remains to be seen whether the approach is financially feasible enough to scale up to a full-blown theater… But we are optimistic that this is an important next step in developing glasses-free 3-D for large spaces like movie theaters and auditoriums. — MatusikRead more about the 3D tech here.last_img read more

first_imgDaniella Rodriguez, former Miss Texas shows off her engagement ring after Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa purposed after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez both left Dodger Stadium with rings.The Astros shortstop proposed to his girlfriend on live television moments after Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Correa and Rodriguez are living together in Houston with a beautiful puppy named Groot. Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, had five homers and 14 RBIs in an outstanding postseason, capped by eight hits in the World Series, including two homers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC group stands by Narvasa, questions move by ‘renegade’ PBA governors John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments The proposal from her boyfriend of over a year completely surprised Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA.“He had been so focused on the game,” Rodriguez said. “All he ever talked about was winning the World Series, so I never really thought something like this would be on his mind, so when it all went down, I was just shocked.”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 shutoutShe also had no idea Correa had been urged to put a ring on it by his mother, and he was plotting a proposal for several weeks. Even Correa’s teammates were in on the scheme: Carlos Beltran, the Astros’ 40-year-old slugger, helped the 23-year-old shortstop pick out the ring.Correa said he gambled and waited for a dramatic finale to the Astros’ first championship year. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction00:50Trending 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 “I knew we had championship potential, so I decided to hold out until the last game of the season,” Correasaid.Rodriguez said yes, once she regained the ability to speak.While Correa went to the clubhouse to spray champagne, Rodriguez gleefully flashed the huge ring to her fellow Astros wives and girlfriends, including Justin Verlander’s partner Kate Upton.Rodriquez said she’ll need a while to get over the shock.“Everyone knew besides me,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really good at finding stuff out. Every time I had a surprise birthday party, I would always find out. So I was literally in just the complete dark about this. Everyone knew but me.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fernandinho hails record-breaker Bernardo for Man City win: Pure classby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho hailed the performance of Bernardo Silva for victory over Liverpool.The 24-year-old was outstanding with and without the ball as City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four points.He covered 13.7km, which is more than any other player has managed in the Premier League this season, and Fernandinho, who himself delivered arguably his best Etihad performance, was full of admiration for him.“I think he showed his class,” Fernandinho said.“He has showed his technique so many times, but today he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team.“He is so important for us.” last_img read more

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanEvery year, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi is tasked with putting together what he thinks will be the exact bracket that the NCAA selection committee will release on Selection Sunday. And given the Worldwide Leader’s influence, many fans take what he produces as fact. Sometimes it slips your mind that what he says isn’t actually official.To his credit, Lunardi has nailed all 68 (or 64, previously) teams a number of times. So how did he do in 2015? Well, Lunardi actually missed two teams this year. He had both Temple and Colorado State in the field, and omitted Indiana and UCLA. Of course, the Hoosiers and the Bruins were by far the most controversial inclusions this year.Lunardi got all four 1-seeds correct, and all four 2-seeds. He had Baylor as a 4-seed, with Maryland as a 3-seed, which in the real bracket, was reversed. Overall though, he did an incredible job. Almost every team in his field was within one seed line of where it actually wound up. Here’s his bracket. You can see the real NCAA Tournament bracket here. So yes, Joe Lunardi, is still good at his job. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on with his hair.last_img read more

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns celebrates after winning NBA skills competition.KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.last_img read more