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Love, Thompson lead Cavaliers past Bulls

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘Gago’ “We’re just feeding off each other,” Love said. “We talk every day that we need to set the tone for the rest of the team.”Love’s basket on a goal-tending call on Lauri Markkanen gave Cleveland a 91-90 lead early in the tightly played fourth quarter. His jumper from the left wing put the Cavaliers ahead 110-106 with just under a minute to play.Collin Sexton, who sat most of the third quarter because of foul trouble, scored 10 points in the final eight minutes, including a dunk over Chicago center Wendell Carter Jr. following an assist from Love on Cleveland’s next possession.Cleveland’s first-year coach John Beilein’s goal to establish a homecourt advantage for his rebuilding team is off to a good start. The Cavaliers won their home opener over Indiana and rallied to beat the Bulls.“We talked about that today,” Beilein said. “We want it to be special for us. The goal always is to win at home. We want to continue that trend to have people watch us grow.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Love donned a hockey mask in honor of Jason, the evil character from the “Friday the 13th” movies. He also arrived at the arena before the game wearing the mask.“I know my scary movies,” said Love. “That’s my favorite scary movie.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Cleveland, which has split its first four games didn’t get its second win until its 13th game last season.Love and Tristan Thompson, who had 23 points 10 rebounds, have had double-doubles in each of Cleveland’s four games. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) drives past Chicago Bulls’ Luke Kornet (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 117-111. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — A year after losing their first six games, the Cleveland Cavaliers are putting a scare into other people during the first week of this season.Kevin Love, who had 17 points and 20 rebounds in Cleveland’s 117-111 over Chicago on Wednesday night, went with the Halloween theme while sitting at his locker talking to reporters following the game.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahawcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ Conley breaks out, Jazz beat Clippers as Leonard rests ‘People evacuated on their own’ Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Sexton, who is listed at 6-foot-1, dunked over the 6-10 Carter during Cleveland’s spurt that clinched the game, a highlight that surely will be replayed countless times.“I was going to try and lay it in and I thought, I might as well dunk it,” Sexton said.TIME TO WINCarter started and played 27 minutes, despite waking up in the morning with eye inflammation.“You hear people talking about us being a playoff team, but that’s all people hollering about something that’s really far away,” he said after the Bulls fell to 1-4. “We need to focus on winning the next game.”UP NEXTBulls: Host Detroit on Friday. Chicago has only played once at home in its first five games this season.Cavaliers: Travel to Indiana on Friday. Cleveland beat the Pacers 110-99 in its home opener Saturday. Sexton had 18 points, a day after the Cavaliers exercised his third-year contract option.Markkanen and Zach LaVine each scored 16 points for Chicago, which has lost three straight. Carter and Otto Porter Jr. added 15 apiece.The Bulls, who allowed 15 consecutive points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to New York, saw another game get away.“As the game went on, their energy grew and ours didn’t,” coach Jim Boylen said. “They drove it at us and they rebounded us and brought the physicality you need in the fourth quarter. We battled, but we haven’t played as well in key moments as I hoped they would.”Chicago went on a 15-0 run to take a 21-11 lead in the first quarter, but led only 53-50 at halftime.Sexton picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and sat out most of the period. Cleveland hit five 3-pointers, including three by Cedi Osman. Jordan Clarkson was fouled while making a 3-pointer from the corner and converted the free throw.TIP-INSBulls: F Chandler Hutchison (strained left hamstring), who is rehabilitating his injury with the G-League’s Windy City Bulls, will rejoin the team Thursday in order to gauge his progress. … C Cristiano Felicio was a healthy inactive for the fifth straight game. He is the only player on the roster not to play a minute this season.Cavaliers: Love tied a franchise record for rebounds in a half with 16 in the first two quarters. … Rookie G Dylan Windler has increased his activity as he returns from a stress reaction in his lower left leg that occurred before training camp. Windler, taken with the 26th pick of the first round, is shooting and participating in on-court drills.MAJOR SLAMlast_img read more

Smokescreen at local bank

first_imgDear Editor,A few weeks ago I went to cash a cheque at a local bank. I could not find my Guyana national ID card, so before I left home I grabbed my newly issued drivers’ licence. I have been using my new drivers’ licence to conduct financial transaction. However, my brother and several other persons had told me of the horrors they experienced at that bank, so as a precaution, I also took with me my Barbados national ID card.When I arrived at the counter I presented the cheque and my drivers’ licence. The young lady told me that the bank does not accept the new drivers’ licence at ID. I then gave her my Barbados national ID card. Much to my dismay, I was told that the bank does not accept national ID cards from other countries. At this point I asked to speak with a supervisor.The supervisor told me just what the teller had told me. So I asked the supervisor to please explain the rational for these decisions. She told me that she does not make the rules. In an effort to have the cheque changed, I suggested that she call the issuer (they have his number), so as to verify that the cheque was indeed written to me. I was thinking that with two pieces of ID’s and a phone call to the account holder, that would have been sufficient to prove that I was who I said I was.I was told in no uncertain terms that I would not be allowed to cash the cheque without my Guyana national ID card or my passport. I had to leave the bank and return with my passport.Last week I heard that one man had hundreds of millions of illegal money on his account. I would not be surprised if I heard that his account was at the same bank. These pathetic rules are only smokescreens.Sincerely,Pastor WendellJeffreylast_img read more

Hamilton Green’s distortion of history – setting the record straight

first_imgDear Editor,The media recently carried a letter penned by Mr Hamilton Green in relation to the tragic sinking of the Son Chapman due to an explosion in the Demerara River. This incident occurred on July 6, 1964.In his letter, Mr Green said he was not pointing a finger at anyone for what happened, however, his entire letter was pointing a finger at the PPP.In recent times, the PNC-led APNU has been trying to use this incident to whip up racism for political mobilisation. Racism is their main weapon to try to cling to power.Mr Green is aware that neither the enquires that were held, nor the colonial police, which at that time was working with the PNC to force the resignation of the Government of 1961-1964, ever made any changes against the PPP for that incident.Mr Green resorted to circumstantial evidence to prove his point.He insinuated that it could have been a reprisal for what occurred at Wismar/McKenzie on May 25 and 26, 1964. This is how he put it “… over 75% of the Indo Guyanese were roughed up and forced to flee their homes and businesses…”A worse understatement was never made. The “roughing up” that Mr Green spoke about were the dozens of persons killed, women and children raped. Many of the women had bottles rammed into them. Even little babies were torn from the hands of their mothers and murdered. Two hundred buildings, homes and businesses were destroyed completely. Many perished in the flames. This included the family of Senator Christine Ramjattan, who almost lost her sight and her father was brutally murdered.The first report on May 26, 1964, of the previous day’s events, put the amount of dead at twenty-seven (27) and forty (40) injured by gunshot, many of the forty died later. Of course, dozens more died on May 26, 1964, in that massacre.Mr Green wrote that that was a reprisal for what was happening on the Coast, mainly the East and West Coast of Demerara.That is just not true. Most of those who suffered death and destruction of their homes were Indo Guyanese. The death count just before the massacre at Wismar/McKenzie was thirteen (13) Indians and five (5) African Guyanese.The truth of the matter is that the PNC, with the support of the British colonialists through the British Police Commissioner, had gone on a terror campaign against PPP supporters.During the strike by GAWU for Union recognition that Mr Green spoke about, the police were used to harass sugar workers. The PNC supplied scab to Bookers to break the strike.PNC recruited thugs to go into villages to beat and harass sugar workers. They were often transported by Police vehicles. It is clear that the British decided to use the strike to create mayhem as part of the destabilisation. The PNC and MPCA were the main tools of the colonial master.While the colonial police facilitated the attacks on the PPP members and supporters, they prevented sugar workers who had formed committees to guard their villages from the frequent attacks. Many times the police, accompanied by thugs, arrested and delivered serious beatings on them. One at Blairmont was murdered in his yard. Needless to say, no one was ever arrested.The PNC X-13 plan that was exposed in this period was a terrorist plan to create as much violence as possible to prevent independence from being granted. It was in operation since 1962 but only exposed in 1964. It was that plan that was being executed by the PNC. That is why the British-controlled Police took no action to stop the violence directed against Indian and African Guyanese PPP members and supporters.Coming back to the Son Chapman tragedy, let me say that the most likely cause was accidental. I say this since if the PPP had anything to do with it, that would have given the British the condition to jail and disgrace the PPP and in particular, Cheddi Jagan. It is apposite to point out that by then a large part of the PPP leadership was detained without trial or even charged.What was known also, was that Son Chapman was ferrying explosives to Wismar/McKenzie, for a while before the PNC’s murderous rampage of May 25-27, 1964.The police had many reports of this. The Premier, Cheddi Jagan, told Peter Owen, the British Commissioner of Police, that he had information that this was happening months before the explosion in Son Chapman. And months before May 25 and 26, 1964. Of course, the colonial police paid no heed.Indeed, from all the papers that have been released from the US State Department and the British Foreign Office, we see how they were protecting the PNC leadership and their criminal acts. Even Mr Burnham, who was found with an illegal weapon in his house, was protected by the Governor. He ensured that the case against him was dismissed.Moreover, the papers revealed that the PNC via Mr Burnham was collecting money from the CIA that period to help with their organisation. That continued until 1973.The Governor even went so far as to decree that individuals or organisations who or which were found in possession of the PNC’s X-13 plan would face compulsory jail time. This was another demonstration of the British protecting the PNC in their efforts to frustrate the granting of independence.The question may be asked, where was the PNC getting the dynamite from. Those old enough would know that dynamite was the preferred explosive used by the PNC at the 1963 and 1964 riots.Recall that large quantities of dynamite were reportedly stolen from the quarries owned by Correa (A PNC legislative member) Martin Fredericks (he was a candidate on the UF list) and De Freitas (supporter of the UF). The police never recovered the explosives, nor were any arrests made.The amounts taken were large. Fredericks Quarry, for instance, lost 500 lbs. of Gelignite (dynamite), 2 coils of Fuse Wire, 1600 Detonators and 400 electric wire. This was reported by the police. The number of explosives taken from Corriea and De Freitas was just as large or even greater.It was those that were ferried up to McKenzie and were used in blasting buildings during the holocaust (using Burnham’s description) at that location. They were also used extensively on the Coast by PNC’s terrorists and in Georgetown in 1963, at Rice Marketing Board and the bombing of stores owned by Indian Guyanese.It was very clear that part of the cargo on the Son Chapman was dynamite from the stolen amounts.In passing, let me state that none of the explosives came from Demba Bauxite Company at McKenzie; their stock was not breached and all were accounted for.Historians can be sure that these explosives were in the possession of the PNC for the following reasons:In the yard of Mr Reid, who became number 2 in the PNC, dynamite and detonators were found. He was then in a senior position at Bookers and living in Bel Air Park. He was never charged.On March 27, 1964, an explosion took place in the house of Joseph London at Asylum Street, New Amsterdam. London was a PNC activist. He lost seven of his fingers in the explosion. He obviously had the explosives in his hands when it went off. When the police searched his house, they found “seven (7) sticks of blasting gelatine and ten (10) detonators with fuses.Finally, on August 17, 1964, the colonial Commissioner of Police, who collaborated and defended PNC thugs and terrorists, was forced to admit that it was acts of the PNC. He had to in light of many exposures that were taking place internationally, including the United Nations. Peter Owens said; “… enquires so far have revealed that there exist an organised thuggery which is centrally directed…” He later, in a sworn affidavit, stated that “… subversive and criminal activities of a criminal gang attached to a political party known as the People’s National Congress…” existed. This was the gang responsible for the destruction of that period.What action did he take? None. Instead, he used the occasion to further persecute the victims. A large part of the PPP’s GAWU leadership was detained without trial.These included the Deputy Premier Brindley Benn, Education Minister CV Nunes, President of GAWU, Harry Lall, General Secretary of GAWU, Phelomena Sahoye among others. Thirty-four PPP leaders were held at Sibley Hall in the Mazaruni River.Only Robert Jordon from the PNC was held. He was a Legislative Assembly Member for the Wismar/McKenzie Constituency. He was quickly released.For its part, the PPP never stopped fighting for a unity of the Guyanese people. Immediately after the Wismar/McKenzie massacre, the PPP in a statement said “Yesterday, May 25, 2019, Guyanese were given a foretaste on what they might expect from a Government constituted by a coalition of the UF and the PNC. In Wismar, one hundred (100) dwelling and business places were destroyed by fire and eight hundred (800) non-PNC-UF Guyanese became refugees from an area in which many of them had spent most of their lives.“It is a sad commentary on the quality of the UF-PNC leadership that by such going on as took place yesterday at McKenzie our Afro-Guyanese citizens are made to appear to the world as a ruthless and destructive mob whereas their whole history shows them to be a kind-hearted and generous people.”“Afro-Guyanese must surely stop now to think about the leadership they have been following and the direction in which they are being led. As was evident after 1962 and 1963, violence can only lead to economic stagnation and unemployment. The leadership of the UF need not work for a living it is wealthy, but the working people who follow the UF and PNC should look ahead to discover the faith of their future”.Mr Green knows all these things, he played a big part in it. It was in this period that he gained the reputation as being one of the PNC’s notorious strongmen.Distortions and half-truth will not serve any good purpose at this time. If our country is to heal, we need the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!Isn’t it time to come clean Hammy?Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Juventus target Arsenal forward and join Liverpool in race for Falcao

first_img1 Lukas Podolski celebrates winning the World Cup Juventus are hoping to seal a double loan swoop for Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Liverpool target Radamel Falcao.According to the Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Turin giants want to bring in both forwards before the end of the transfer window – and want them both on loan.Monaco hitman Falcao was a target for Liverpool before they stepped up their interest in Mario Balotelli although reports have suggested that the Reds are still monitoring the Colombian’s situation.Podolski, meanwhile, is yet to play for Arsenal this season after a World Cup winning summer with Germany and he faces a battle to get back in the team.Arsene Wenger is blessed with options down the flanks, where Podolski is primarily used by the manager, and it is unclear where he fits into the Frenchman’s plans.The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move back to Germany – with Wolfsburg reportedly close to sealing a deal – but now Juventus want to tempt him to Serie A with the promise of first-team football.Chelsea outcast Fernando Torres is also an option for Juve, but it has been reported that Falcao has become their No.1 striker target for now.last_img read more

LOOKING FOR LOVE? NEW SPEED DATING NIGHT COULD BE JUST RIGHT FOR YOU!!

first_imgA Donegal woman has provided a solution for singletons that feel uncomfortable trying to meet someone in the pub or nightclub circuit by creating a fantastic speed dating night that will be held on a monthly basis in Letterkenny. Caroline Whoriskey wants to help people find love and believes her new twist on an established idea could be the way forward for many people in Donegal.Caroline explained to Donegal Daily how she got the idea, “As a single woman a woman of a certain age, the thought of going out to pubs and clubs to meet someone fills me with dread, am not the most confident of people and being in those places fearing ‘the knock back’ scared me big time.“But I want to meet someone for fun, to share things with, a companion type thing, so what’s a girl to do?“Well I know I am not the only one like this, so it got me thinking, what if someone created an event that narrowed down my choices to more like minded men, wouldn’t I have a better chance ?“So, that is why I have set up datenightforyou@gmail.com, we aim to create Speed Dating Events in Letterkenny (and other towns) that will pair people with the same interests. “For example if you are into keeping fit or sport that sort of thing, there will be a Speed Dating Night to incorporate that, into films, music, books, even cooking and wine tasting, there is an event to suit you.“We want you to come out for a night with us, have the craic, and hopefully get that spark going with the guy/girl who made an impression on you.“There is a fee of €15 to cover costs of the event, there will be a candle lit wine reception and some stunning cupcakes made especially by a fabulous local baker and we will have a little fun and games at the interval time to get everyone more relaxed.“Women sit at the tables and the guys move from table to table (scientific research say it is better this way), everyone will have a scorecard and everyone can only have 4 minutes to speak before a bell signals your move to next table.“At the end of the night we calculate your scores and see if we have any matches, and if so, we send you their contact details so that you then can make a start on that possible love match. “It’s not scary really and it will be a whole load of fun, so what is keeping you? contact us now, so that we can get this party up and running!The first one of these fantastic new nights kick off on the 2nd of October in the Glencar Inn.It promises to be a wonderful nights entertainment and even if you don’t find love straight away your sure to have a fantastic evening.So if your single and looking for love keep calm and try speed dating. Put it in your diary now – October 2nd at the Glencar Inn – and that dream relationship could be just one table away!LOOKING FOR LOVE? NEW SPEED DATING NIGHT COULD BE JUST RIGHT FOR YOU!! was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:CarolineDatedonegalEntereventsGlencar InnletterkennyMatchnewsSingletonsSpeed datinglast_img read more

‘Slaven Bilic is the ONLY man for West Ham’ – Former captain Kevin Nolan

first_imgFormer West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has thrown his support behind under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic.Despite receiving the public backing of the club board only a week ago, it was claimed on Saturday morning that Bilic’s job is under threat again after a torrid run of five straight league defeats and seven without victory.But the Hammers halted that run with a battling 1-0 home win over Swansea on Saturday – a result which lifted them eight points clear of the bottom-three and dumped the 18th placed Swans further into the mire.And Nolan insists Bilic is the right man to lead the Hammers forward.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, Nolan said: “Listen, Slav is a great fella and he is the man to get them out of it. There’s no one else.“I speak to the lads quite regularly and they’re disappointed by what’s going on at the minute, but he’s had a lot to deal with as a manager.“Changing stadium and training ground – that does affect you, it changes things. The stadium move has had a massive influence this season.“The West Ham board are not ones to hire and fire, they do back their managers and I’m hopeful and quite positive that the two David’s will stick behind Slaven.“I’m sure he’ll get them out of it and next year we’ll see a different animal in West Ham.” Slaven Bilic is the right man for West Ham, Kevin Nolan has told talkSPORT 1last_img read more

Matt Le Tissier urges Theo Walcott to leave Arsenal for a new challenge

first_imgSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier has called on Theo Walcott to leave Arsenal for a new challenge.The Gunners forward has featured sparingly in the Premier League this season, making three substitute appearances, and does not appear to be part of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans.England manager Gareth Southgate overlooked the 28-year-old as he named his Three Lions squad on Thursday for upcoming fixtures against Germany and Brazil.Walcott left Southampton as a 16-year-old for the Gunners as the north Londoners secured the signing of one of England’s most exciting talents.But having seen his minutes further restricted, Le Tissier believes Walcott would be wise to consider his options with the FA Cup holders.“Theo’s 28 now – he’s been at Arsenal a long time,” Le Tissier told talkSPORT 2’s Hugh Wizzy.“There have been periods where it has been decent for him there. But there have been other periods where injury or loss of form has stifled him a little bit.”In January 2013, Walcott ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a three-and-a-half year deal worth £100,000-a-week.Walcott had six months to run on his contract before deciding to extend his stay in north London and choose a different path to the likes of Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.And Le Tissier feels Walcott missed an opportunity to breathe new life into his career, following a seven-year stint with the club.“I was surprised when he signed his last contract with Arsenal. If I’m honest, I thought he was due a fresh challenge.“He looked like a player who needed freshening up [and] a player that needed to be played every week and to have a manager who believes in him, 100 per cent.”last_img read more

Takeaways from State of the Word 2014

first_imgMatt Mullenweg keynote: More non-English downloads of WordPress in 2014 than English downloads. #wcsf14— Larry Furr (@larryfurr) October 26, 2014 WordPress as a CMS has declined in the past few years, from 93 percent in 2012 to 89 percent in 2013, to 87 percent in 2014WordPress as a blog has also declined, from 32 percent in 2012 to 26 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2014WordPress as an application framework has increased from five percent in 2013 to six percent in 201425 percent of people surveyed make their living off of WordPress95 percent of WordPress sites take less than four to five weeks to createFuture Plans for WordPressLanguage packs are coming in 2015, allowing themes and plugins to be translated, without the developer having to know the language. Will also include description translation. Version 4.1 will include a full localized plugin and theme directory on all the language sub-domains from the dashboard. You’ll be able to go to the dashboard and type what you’re looking for in Spanish (or other language). You’ll be able to get a list of the plugin in the language you choose. “Instead of shoehorning things into custom post types, WP Rest API might become the better solution.” @photomatt #wcsf #wcsf14— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) October 26, 2014Matt encouraged organizations and freelancers to join Five for the Future, giving five percent of their time to WordPress, whether it’s to core, organizing events, or other ways supporting the community. “Five for the future.” Controversial, important mission encouraging #WordPress participants to support community w 5% of their time. #wcsf14— WordCamp SF (@WordCampSF) October 26, 2014As Matt closed out his speech, he reminded attendees of the mission of WordPress:Democratize publishingEveryone can be a part of the WordPress community. We want WordPress to be available to everyone, in terms of accessibility, language, and device. “You have to make it so that everyone feels empowered using WordPress everyday” – @photomatt #wcsf14— Beth Soderberg (@bethsoderberg) October 26, 2014Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTakeaways from The State of the Word 2013At yesterday’s WordCamp San Francisco 2013 conference, Matt Mullenweg delivered the annual State of The Word address, focusing on WordPress updates in the past year as well as future plans. In addition, Matt shared the results of the annual survey, completed by 30,000 WordPress users and developers. Check out the…In “WordPress”Takeaways from State of the Word 2015At this week’s WordCamp US 2015 conference, Matt Mullenweg delivered the annual State of The Word address, focusing on WordPress accomplishments over the past year as well as what to expect in the future. For the past two years, I’ve watched the State of the Word address on livestream. This…In “Event/meeting recap”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 31, 2014Happy Halloween! Big news from the WorldWide Web Consortium about HTML5, rethinking mobile navigation, the newly published WordPress Plugin Developer handbook, and developing good coding habits are a few of the resources you’ll find in this week’s web design and development roundup. If you’re new to my blog, I publish…In “Web design & development links” At yesterday’s WordCamp San Francisco 2014 conference, Matt Mullenweg delivered the annual State of The Word address, focusing on WordPress updates in the past year as well as future plans. In addition, Matt shared the results of the annual survey, completed by more than 33,000 WordPress users and developers. Audience is ready for @photomatt’s State of the Word. #WordPress #wcsf #wcsf14 pic.twitter.com/NNKhlGpK2T— Aaron Hockley (@ahockley) October 26, 2014Takeaways from The State of the WordSince the last WordCamp San Francisco in July 2013:Five major versions of WordPress have been released, with 785 contributorsSeven minor versions have been released6,458 plugins have been added (there are now over 34,000 plugins)684 themes have been addedEight mobile updates for Android and iOS have been publishedSeven WordPress release leads and five new committersSurvey Results33,378 responses from 179 countries77 percent of responses were from people outside of the United Statescenter_img WordPress plans to work more closely with web hosts to encourage them to support PHP 5.5 or higherTwenty Fifteen will be the next default theme, with a focus on a book-like feelWordPress will be accepting Github pull requestsIRC will be replaced by Slack (Yay!), an online tool that works across operating systems and on mobile. Slack offers channels, color themes, and is searchable. WordPress.org users can learn more and get started using Slack now. Personally, I love this change. In my opinion, IRC and its interface has been a barrier for many people to get involved with the WordPress community.Other NewsMatt noted there are more mobile devices in the world than there are people. Here’s a source about the world population and mobile devices (announced earlier this month). As a WordPress meetup leader and past WordCamp organizer, it was wonderful to hear Matt announce over 100 meetup leaders and WordCamp organizers attended WordCamp San Francisco. He gave a nice shoutout to everyone for their work organizing events.This year will be the last year for what has been called WordCamp San Francisco. Next year, the plan is for the event to be renamed, and hosted in a different location and date. The annual event will be similar to WordCamp Europe. “Thanks for being at the last @WordCampSF at the Mission Bay Conference Center.” #wcsf14 #wcsf pic.twitter.com/mp1RuMpRKP— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) October 27, 2014The WP REST API expected in 2015 allows WordPress to become a kernel, changing the way we build things. REST API covergence: Imagine a world where the way we think about themes and plugins work is completely different. #wcsf14 ~@photomatt— WordCamp SF (@WordCampSF) October 26, 2014 Excited about the internationalization and mobile-first focus for WordPress 2015. #wcsf14 State of the Word. Nice job Matt!— Heather J. Brunner (@heatherjbrunner) October 26, 2014last_img read more

Marshfield baseball drops WVC opener to Wausau West

first_imgTigers held to three hits in home lossBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Payton Nelson had three hits and scored three times, and Grant Hill struck out seven over four innings to lift Wausau West to a 9-3 win over Marshfield in the Wisconsin Valley Conference opener for both teams Tuesday at Reeths Field.Zach Pearson also had three hits and drove in two runs, and Travis Lang hit a solo home run for the Warriors, who were playing in their season opener.Jake Brueggen suffered the loss for the Tigers (0-3 overall) after giving up four runs — three earned — and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.The Tigers were limited to three hits: singles by Braden Bohman, Paul Maguire, and Hunter Korger. Maguire’s hit drove in two runs for Marshfield.Marshfield plays at Wausau West on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Warriors 9, Tigers 3WP: Grant Hill. LP: Jake Brueggen. SV: Chandler Fochs.SO: Hill (4 inn.) 7, Fochs (3 inn.) 4; Brueggen (4 1/3 inn.) 4, Hunter Korger (2 2/3 inn.) 3. BB: Hill 1, Fochs 1; Brueggen 0, Korger 2.Top hitters: WW, Logan Grunenwald 2B, 2 runs; Zach Pearson 3×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Payton Nelson 3×5, 2B, 3 runs; Paul Weise 2B; Travis Lang HR, RBI. M, Braden Bohman 1×4, run; Paul Maguire 1×3, 2 RBIs.Records: Wausau West 1-0 overall and Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 0-3, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

Time travelling with William Kentridge

first_imgBy Alexandra Dodd27 February 2015Quick quick. Tick tock. The time has come. It is 8:25 pm. Wine must be gulped and put aside at the door as we file in to the hall and take our seats in rows of old metal-framed, fold-down chairs with wooden armrests. The dress rehearsal for the South African debut of William Kentridge’s immersive multimedia chamber opera, Refuse the Hour, is about to begin.The faded Edwardian grandeur of Cape Town’s City Hall forms an ideal backdrop for the Constructivist stage set with its archival hues and didactic slogans: “argument against authority”; “give us back our sun”; “talking against thinking”. The giant pipes of the old organ rise up over an assembly of musical contraptions, bicycle wheels and megaphones, mechanised drums and other mysterious paraphernalia. We have entered the laboratory of the mad professor in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and we are about to witness an unorthodox experiment.It begins with drumbeats from above – a theatrical flourish, the primal heartbeat, relentless knocking on an unopened door. It begins with a story inside a story; an eight- year-old boy is travelling on a train with his father. His father tells him a tale. It is the myth of Perseus and it has a cruel ending. It is unjust, but inevitable, irreversible. It sets in motion a lifetime of fevered questioning – interrogations concerning the nature of being in time and the inescapable pressure that time exerts on the living. The boy is William – the man we know as Kentridge. And so begins 80 minutes of ecstatic journeying inside the frenetic mind of a creative titan.Sonic and visual languageThe project grew out of a series of ongoing conversations with Peter Galison, a Harvard professor in the history of science and physics, and wrestles with the idea of time moving in a single direction. For physics it can go both ways. The production explores these ideas about the reversal, compression and repetition of time in sonic and visual language.The auditory aspect is a revelation – transporting the archival bent in Kentridge’s oeuvre into the realm of the futuristic. The ether is abuzz with strange sonic glitches and blips, as echoes are compressed, words reversed, emitted sounds sucked back in on themselves. We are caught somewhere between frequencies on an old transistor radio, picking up the spatial feedback of the universal archive.Of course, the stars and cosmos have always been there in Kentridge’s work, but now an electrifying outward-bound sense of the Russian space station accompanies his backward gaze at the failed utopian thrust of the Constructivists. There is this sense of moving both back and forward – no risk of nostalgia.Each scene introduces a new thought, a fresh philosophical proposition, and each deserves its own chapter. One such goosebump-inducing moment is the dialectical duet between opera singer and member of the Soweto Gospel choir Ann Masina and sonic glitch artist Joanna Dudley, who is from the Berlin contemporary modernist music scene. There is nothing to prepare one for this strange, alluring dialogue about the birth and death of sound and other things.Gifted shapeshifterRefuse the Hour is a deeply collaborative, multi-vocal production with many layers, many actions and images colliding on the stage at once. It includes dance, performed and choreographed by gifted shapeshifter Dada Masilo, an original score by Philip Miller (who takes to the stage in one hauntingly tender scene, blowing into a plaintive melodica or mouth organ), video by wizard cutter Catherine Meyburgh, mechanical sculptures made in collaboration with Sabine Theunissen, vocal performance and narration.If you returned to see it several times, each time you’d emerge having resonated with different aspects of the performances, previously unseen shards of the action. Its themes are timeless and also, somehow, pressingly of this moment, triggering a panoply of associations.Some of the connections it called to mind were Achille Mbembe’s meditations on the postcolony as an “interlocking of . multiple durees made up of discontinuities, reversals, inertias and swings that overlay one another”; photographer Cedric Nunn’s current exhibition, Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer and British; the time catastrophe, tidal-wave scene in the film, Interstellar (2014); the brilliant androgynous vision of linked lives across time in the filmic adaptation (2012) of David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas (2004) – but, most presciently, the paradoxically generative idea of the all-consuming force of the black hole which is also at the centre of The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic for which Eddie Redmayne has just taken home an Oscar.From cropped Soviet haircuts to screenprinted aprons, overalls, workerist denim dresses, Cape minstrel fezzes, and the bold black-and-white lines of Xhosa dress design, the costumes by Greta Goris are a swoon-worthy evocation of this mesmerising postcolonial account of time.‘Perceptive by feeling’Refuse the Hour has aptly been described as “an aesthetic and philosophical stage dream”. The word “aesthetic” was appropriated into German in the 18th century and adopted into English in the early 19th, from the Greek aisthētikos, which means “perceptive by feeling”. But the term has had a contested history in Western philosophy, coming, ironically, to be applied to the disinterested, distanced, rational act of good judgment about art and the beauties of nature. Phansi to that!Refuse the Hour is a profoundly “aesthetic” production in the original sense of the word in that it gives audiences an immediate, pulsing physical sense of what it feels like to perceive – to know by feeling, to understand through and by the senses. It hijacks the term back from its aloof Kantian deployment and gives it back its social, economic and political potency – its potential for human awakening. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained, transmitted, made real through the beating, flickering, thumping and soaring effects of sound and light. It is a work made by bodies to be felt and understood in the body – both in the intimacy of our own bodies and in the charged political spaces between them.This review originally appeared on the Design Indaba website. It is republished here with kind permission.Refuse the Hour is a theatrical accompaniment to a five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time (made in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison), presented by the Goodman Gallery at the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town from February to June 2015.last_img read more