As Golden State finds its ‘joy’, Kevin Durant is playing with anger

first_imgA Boogie breakthrough?(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)I don’t think we’re there yet.But we could be getting close. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-110 Monday in North Carolina. Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 26 points.Here are my three big takeaways from the contest: The Hornets aren’t a good team, but they’re no slouches, either — they’re an appropriate control for …last_img

Sharks and Beavers Inspire Humans

first_imgAnimals never cease to amaze us with their clever solutions to problems that plague human technology.  EurekAlert told of work being done by the Society for Experimental Biology to emulate shark skin as a self-cleaning surface for boats; National Geographic News has pictures of the new product, and a comparison with shark skin.  The navy is very interested in this (ever seen a shark with barnacles?).  Not only would a sharkskin-like hull resist barnacles, it would make a ship glide with more ease through the water, saving energy.   From the mammal world, National Geographic News reported that beaver dams are inspiring fish-friendly hydroelectric power plants.  “Beaver dams usually stand no more than ten feet (three meters) tall and integrate a series of steps into the slope,” reporter John Roach explained.  “This is a height and design surmountable by migrating fish… The dams are also a natural part of the environment in many parts of the world.”Man’s solutions to both these problems have been clumsy, polluting and expensive.  It’s humbling to have to imitate supposed lower forms of life.  (Good.  Nothing like a little humility for us humans.)  Maybe the new biomimetics trend (see 02/09/2005 and 09/21/2004 stories, for example) will teach us how to cooperate with the environment instead of fighting it.  Need we point out that biomimetics operates on an implicit intelligent-design assumption.    Shark facts are ubiquitous on the TV nature shows these days, to a fault (they seem to satisfy the peasants’ lust for gore).  How many more Shark Week specials can we take?  Time out, Discovery Channel and National Geographic TV.  If you can find the 1988 IMAX film Beavers, though, it’s a classic, fun for the whole family.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA pride in World Cup at 90%

first_imgSouth African football fans. (Image: Chris Kirchoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler Fifa Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 2010 471 [email protected] Delia Fischer • Fifa Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 11 567 2524 +27 83 201 0470 [email protected] opinion on staging the 2010 Fifa World Cup remains overwhelmingly positive in the host nation South Africa, according to recent research conducted on Fifa’s behalf.The findings from the fourth instalment of a six-wave survey suggest a strong emotional commitment to the tournament, in particular a pronounced sense of pride (90%) in being the first African nation to host football’s premier event.The survey was conducted by international research company Sport+Markt immediately after the final draw in December. The successful organisation of this event and its blanket coverage in the media appear to have reinforced respondents’ belief in South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup (84%) and their keen anticipation of it (86%).Similar to the previous three waves, the vast majority of respondents have high expectations in terms of the potential long-term benefits of hosting the World Cup, both tangible and intangible. Those believing it will unite the people of South Africa stand at 79%, while 88% expect it to boost South Africa’s image abroad, 91% expect it to create more jobs and 95% think it will strengthen tourism.“What these findings tell us right from the first round of surveying in December 2008 all the way through to today is that there is a strong feeling of positivity towards the Fifa World Cup among South Africans,” said Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke.“The scores have been consistently high with negligible deviation over the months.”Of the perceived potential disadvantages of hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, inflation remains the biggest concern for South African respondents, with 70% believing consumer goods will become more expensive as a result of the competition.However, the 7% point drop in this score since the previous wave in September 2009 represents the biggest fluctuation recorded in this survey. The urban representative survey was conducted among 1 000 South African respondents in all major cities, including 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities, with quotas for ethnic origin, age and gender. Interviews was conducted face-to-face in calendar weeks 50-51, 2009. To request the charts or for further information, please contact [email protected]last_img read more

Martin Scorsese in Conversation

first_imgLearn from one of the greatest and most articulate living American filmmakers discussing his craft.Director Martin Scorsese is probably one the most articulate and insightful filmmakers you could possibly listen to about the craft of making film. The following videos are brilliant opportunities to drop in to Scorcese’s mindset and are fantastic chance to pick up some great filmmaking insights from a real master.The opening video above is an old school gem pointed out by Nathalie from Mentorless.com on the making of Goodfellas and why everyone loves working with Scorsese. Compared to the electronic press kits today, this really is well worth a watch.Scorsese on Wolf Of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese’s latest film is Wolf of Wall Street and the ever brilliant DP/30 interviews him on the film and his extensive historic career. The conversation covers a lot of ground including what motivates him to make the films he does, dealing with critics, working with new technology and much more. Well worth a lunch-break watch! Also if you missed it the PB blog highlighted this great VFX breakdown from Brainstorm Digital’s work on Wolf of Wall Street.Scorsese in Conversation with Jon FavreauNathalie from Mentorless.com pointed to this great conversation between Martin Scorsese and Jon Favreau in this episode of ‘Dinner for 5‘. There are some real practical gems in this conversation that can really improve your directing, editing and filmmaking efforts.Spend An Hour with Scorsese and CoppolaIn this episode of USSB Hollywood Insiders from around 1997, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola are interviewed by Geoff Gilmore (then Director of the Tribeca Film Festival) on their filmmaking careers. They discuss the filmmaking atmosphere of the 1970’s studio system through to working in the late 1990’s. Even for these great filmmakers its surprising how much ‘luck’ was involved in them being able to make the kind of films they wanted to make – especially given how much both of their work is now some of the most highly regarded in film history.last_img read more

Taj Mahal, jewellery top Games athletes’ India plans

first_imgWhen not practising, almost every foreign athlete staying at the Commonwealth Games Village here is like any other tourist visiting India they have heard about and are itching to see the Taj Mahal, bazaars in Delhi, pick up souvenirs and sample the street life of the country.Visiting the Taj, of course, tops the wish list of a majority of the athletes with some making plans to venture into Rajasthan’s cities and others looking forward to visit local monuments and temples in and around the national capital.”I was hoping to go see the markets of Delhi. Also, the Taj Mahal is a must visit for me,” says Neoline of the Cook Islands netball team.”We have received maximum requests to see the Taj Mahal in Agra. If we have had 100 enquires, 90 are for the Taj Mahal”, says an official manning the Games Travel Office.”Others have also expressed interest in visiting palaces and lakes in Jaipur and some are inquiring about the Akshardham Temple in Delhi,” he added.Food is another major attraction at the village with its 2,300 seat dining area serving 150 dishes including Asian, African, Indian and Western cuisine. Large refrigerators stored with water, juice, soft drinks and coffee machines make moving around the sprawling 63.5 hectares village a convenience for visitors and residents.English shooter Michele Smith, who participated in the world shooting championships in Munich this August and who landed in Delhi on Thursday, dismisses all the negative reports about the Village.”This is the first time I am staying in a Village like this. In Munich this August, we were all staying at different hotels. This is a different experience for us,” she says, adding she wants to savour the cuisines on offer and also shop for her two young nephews.advertisement”Perhaps a T shirt with the emblem of the mascot will make my nephews happy,” she says.Meanwhile, at the shop set up by the Handicraft and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India Ltd. puppets and string dolls set amidst a variety of goods created by national artisans from all over India are on display.”We have more than 50 items in our store and have already sold goods worth Rs 10,000 in the past three days and are expecting more sales in the coming days,” says an official of the HHEC.Among the most in demanded are traditional stick on tattoos and bangles. “We have received so much demand for bangles that we have sent word for the items to be brought in.Many young women athletes from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, West Indies and Scotland seem to like the bangles, necklaces and other beaded jewellery. “We have requests from men asking for recommendations for gift items for their wives, sisters or girlfriends,” says the official.Others like Cath Shearer and Joy Binger, medical personnel accompanying the Wales team also look forward to some shopping. “We have so much work to do, we have not been getting the time, but since I am going to be married in November, I hope to take back some Pashmina shawls from here for all my bridesmaids,” says Joy.Athletes from South Africa say they are here for the Games and their aim is to bag as many medals as they can. “We love challenges and are up for anything,” says Girden Vermellion who was spotted at the merchandise store.”People here are nice and the entire atmosphere is quite good with good training facilities but I need to return home soon after. It is a pity that I can’t stay back longer to shop because I have a wife who is working back home in Durban as well as a 22-month-old baby,” he says.last_img read more

9 children dead as school van falls into gorge

first_imgNew Tehri (U’khand): Nine children died and eleven were injured when a van taking them to school fell into a 200-metre-deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal district on Tuesday morning, an official said.The accident occurred on the Kangsali-Madannegi road near Lambgaon in Pratap Nagar area, around 150 km from Dehradun, Tehri District Magistrate V Shanmugam said. Nine children died on the spot and eleven were injured. The driver jumped off the vehicle to save himself and fled the spot, Shanmugam said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Five children who had sustained serious head injuries were airlifted to the AIIMS Rishikesh. Five others are under treatment at a hospital in Bauradi, while one was taken by his parents to Shrinagar in Pauri district, the district magistrate said. The children, aged between four-13, were going to the Angels International School, Madannegi. They were from Kangsali village in the area. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. An official said overloading appeared to have been one of the factors that led to the accident as the van could accommodate only 10 people, but was carrying 21, including the driver.last_img read more