Men’s Tennis Opens Spring Season Ranked No. 35

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team opens up the spring season ranked No. 35 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).Also joining the Bulldogs in the ITA rankings from the MVC is Wichita State at No. 69. Drake has one of the toughest schedules in the country as it faces 13 other ranked opponents including North Carolina (9), Texas Tech (17), Minnesota (23), LSU (30), Harvard (32), Tulane (39), N.C. State (40), Dartmouth (42), Cornell (48), Denver (51), Rice (58), Utah State (70) and Iowa (71). Additionally, senior Ben Lott and freshman Vinny Gillespie are ranked No. 18 and No. 20, respectively, in the ITA Central Region after for their run to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Region Championships this fall. Last season, Lott tallied 21 wins and posted a 5-5 recorded against nationally ranked opponents to end the year ranked No. 71. The Bulldogs begin the season with a doubleheader against No. 70 Utah State and Northern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal brothers to finally receive bravery awards after rescuing 15 people at sea

first_imgTwo Donegal brothers are to receive national bravery awards next week for their rescue of 15 people from two vessels which got into difficulty off Portnoo more than 60 years ago.Retired fishermen James and Michael Gallagher of Burtonport were on their father’s half decker, Irine and had set out to check lobster pots when a punt nearby with 15 people on board took a wave across the bow and was swamped.“It’s as clear in my mind as if it happened yesterday,” James says, recalling the events of August 22nd, 1956. Independent.ie reports that all 15 on the punt ended up in the water with no lifejackets. Among those rescued was Jean Mavitty, then 15 years old, but her father Desmond Mavitty (49) was one of three who drowned, along with George Warren (55) and Christopher Chambers (7). The young boy was fatally injured by the propellor of a nearby yacht.Those taken ashore by the fishermen included Bruce and Lorna Warren (aged 14 and 17), Robin Chambers (11), David Logan (11), Joe Morton (19), Pat Morton (17), Nevin Kerr (20), Aiden Campbell (15) and Alan Cooper (15). The party had set out to look at the wreck of a coaster, Greenhaven, which had run up on Roaninish island some months before.Jean Mavitty’s son, Robert Morrell, says his late mother often wondered who she could thank, as she had no memory of who had carried out the rescue. The inquest into the three fatalities was held immediately after the incident, and the fishermen were not present.The national bravery awards, conferred this year at Farmleigh House, Dublin, on October 18th, are conferred by the Dáil ceann comhairle on people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have “ carried out a deed of bravery with an effort to save human life involving personal risk”. The Gallagher brothers, now aged 80 and 85, will be joined by Jim Gallagher, son of James and nephew of Michael, who has also spent a life at sea and nominated them for the award.Donegal brothers to finally receive bravery awards after rescuing 15 people at sea was last modified: October 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Firefox Losing Early Adopters to Chrome – Will Mainstream Users Follow?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting However, even NetMarketShare’s stats show that Firefox’s real battle is not with Microsoft’s IE anymore (whose downward slide is inevitable and long overdue), but with Google’s Chrome.It’s not just on the statistics and performance fronts either. Google is now directly attacking Firefox’s main strength from a developer point of view: its ecosystem of add-ons. At the Google I/O event earlier this month, Google announced an application store to help with discovery and sales of Web applications. Some startups have already moved focus from the add-on model to a web site or app (e.g. GetGlue), so Google’s App Store will only accelerate this. Yesterday we reported that the beta tag for Google’s Chrome browser has been removed for the Mac and Linux versions. Is that also a sign that the gloves are now off too? Chrome is now a ‘serious’ browser, no beta tags and all OS’s covered with stable versions.Overall I can’t help but think that Chrome is really hitting at the heart of Firefox nowadays. The early adopter and geeky readership of ReadWriteWeb – bless you all – is often a forerunner of future mainstream trends. And our stats clearly show our readers are moving away from Firefox and largely onto Chrome. How long before the mainstream follows? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google Chrome has had a big impact on the browser market since its release in September 2008. The latest report from NetMarketShare puts Chrome at 6.73% market share, ahead of Safari on 4.72% and behind only IE (59.95%) and Firefox (24.59%).What’s more interesting about Chrome is the activity it’s enjoying from early adopters and geeks. Our own browser statistics at ReadWriteWeb show that Chrome was used by 17.89% of our readers in April, putting it behind only Firefox (38.95%) and IE (24.76%). Further, our figures show a very clear movement from Firefox to Chrome over the past year. Chrome has gained nearly 11% over the past year, whereas Firefox has lost over 15%. IE has stayed stable on our site over the past year, registering no change from its 24% in April 2009. Take a look at our comparison stats, via Google Analytics:Source: ReadWriteWebI can also tell you that many of ReadWriteWeb’s staff now use Chrome. I myself made the switch as soon as a (relatively) stable Mac version became available in 2009, primarily because I had been experiencing slowness and crashes in Firefox for months prior. I’ve never looked back – sorry Mozilla. Chrome is fast, hardly ever crashes and can handle multiple tabs with ease. It does the job. The only thing I still use Firefox for is, ironically, offline Gmail! That’s because on a Mac, Google Gears is only available on Firefox and Safari – not Chrome.Before I get assailed by Firefox fans in the comments, granted the much larger NetMarketShare stats show a couple of percentage points of growth for Firefox over the past year. They also show IE losing over 8% share and Chrome gaining over 4%.Source: NetMarketShare Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Browsers#Google#web richard macmanuslast_img read more

Multi-Camera Direction Tips for Properly Shooting Live Events

first_imgRunning a multi-camera shoot at a large outdoor event can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep the operation running smoothly.So you make it to your nearest arena to see your favorite band. Great, except the talent themselves are the size of ants. This is where Image Magnification (or more widely known as IMAG) comes in. IMAG is now a staple for almost all large-scale concerts. In this article I’ll go over a few important tips of the trade for anyone getting ready to throw on a headset, hunker down behind a switcher, and direct a multi-camera show for a live concert.Image via Cesare Andrea Ferrari.Camera PlacementYou can always hide an army of robotic cameras around the stage to get specific shots. However, the majority of your show will come down to hiring two or three camera operators. Your first camera should always have the longest lens available, and it should sit on a tripod — dead center — inside front of house. The sole purpose of this camera is to follow the most important person on stage, which is usually the lead singer (if the band is not instrumental). The long lens camera should stay somewhere around the waist up, tight on the talent, following them wherever they may bounce to on stage. This camera can also do some long pulls or pushes, to/from the stage, but 99 percent of the time their job is to solely stick to the lead talent in the band.If you only have two camera operators, the best placement for the next operator is on the downstage edge in the pit, directly in front of the stage. This camera’s purpose is to capture all of the action happening on stage. If a guitarist shreds a lead break or the drummer busts into a solo, this camera needs to immediately focus on that musician to capture these glorious moments.If there is a third camera operator on the show, you can either put them in the pit for more coverage of the stage, or have them on stage with the band. (Note: you must first get permission from the stage/production manager, if you choose this route.) This camera position allows for some interesting angles that even the guests in the nicest seats would never see, allowing the camera the unique opportunity to become part of the production. This usually happens between songs, when the musicians decide to have a conversation with the camera. Not only does this lend the audience the illusion that, through the screens, they are having a personal moment with the musicians, but it also magnifies the visual aspects of the show for those in the nose-bleeds, while including them in the live experience.Cutting CamerasImage via J. Henning Buchholz.As is true with editing video across most media, the two most-used transitions in your arsenal are the straight cut and the dissolve. If your camera operators are lacking video return, make sure to let them know if they have matching or similar shots. You need to avoid this on a straight cut, but especially on a dissolve because it creates the effect that the two matching images are melting together into an amorphous blob mid-transition, which, when displayed on massive screens, can be quite unpleasant.Always let your operators know what shot you’re looking for by providing precise instructions about any camera movement you expect. And consistently place your operators on standby before taking (going to) their camera, unless there is a critical moment that needs to be captured right away. If your operators don’t have a tally light, remind them when you’re holding onto their camera, every few seconds, and be sure to let them know when they are completely clear (this is extremely important during long dissolves between two cameras, so one of your operators doesn’t drop their framing mid-transition).This is not a tax law conference that you’re covering; this is live entertainment with a rhythm that creates the IMAG show. Try as best you can to cut your cameras to the beat of the music. I find it helpful to tap my foot to the song’s beat while directing, as it keeps me locked into the pulse of the performance.Quick TipsImage via Anthony Mooney.When each song comes to an end, watch what the lighting designer does. If they are cutting quickly to a blackout of the stage for dramatic effect, you should also immediately cut to black on the switcher, to help make the blackout even more pronounced.Be sure to talk to a production manager — before the show starts — about framing. Certain artists may not want to be shot too tightly, dislike certain angles, or want the operators in the pit to stay to the wings (to avoid distracting the musicians during their performance).Always be open to your operators selling you shots. They are hired professionals, often with a unique vantage that could be a valuable shot for the show.Don’t eat while on headset and keep drinks off the switcher.Never record the IMAG show unless you have been asked to by the artist’s management — or you have permission to do so. If you’re asked to record, make sure you tie into the audio console to get a clean board feed for your video.Double-check all video content that needs to roll out during the show, and make sure you know exactly when each video needs to be played.Have fun and remember to tailor your show to the music. IMAG’s two main goals are to provide a better vantage point for the audience, and to heighten the overall experience of the show.Never let any mistakes, missed punches, or bad calls bog you down. The live experience will continue to move forward, so the faster you recover from any mishaps, the better the show will be from that point on.May your equipment always work, your operators prevail with skill, and may you have nothing but great shows from this blog forward.Cover image via phichet chaiyabin.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Adobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Cheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300last_img read more