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Andre Ethier’s southpaw exposure ended long drought

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first_img“No, just because I knew what our bench was at that time,” he said. “We had all lefties besides (switch-hitting catcher Yasmani) Grandal sitting on the bench. Those guys have been used primarily as position players too. You don’t want to burn one of your double-switch guys.” Ethier is not a double-switch guy. His fractured right tibia still hasn’t fully healed, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he can play the outfield if needed.That hasn’t happened yet, in part, because “there’s some other guys defensively that I like a little better,” Roberts said.If anything, Ethier’s plate appearance was a consequence of the Dodgers choosing to keep an extra relief pitcher and only two catchers for the NLCS. Having Austin Barnes on the end of the bench freed up Carlos Ruiz to pinch hit in the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals. Now, Ruiz’s at-bats might go to Ethier — even with a left-handed pitcher on the mound.As his only plate appearance Saturday suggested, that might not be such a bad thing after all. CHICAGO >> Andre Ethier’s pinch hit home run in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday was unusual. Just ask Cole Hamels.Hamels was pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 8, 2013 when he threw Ethier a fastball down the middle of the plate to begin the second inning. Ethier planted the pitch in the right-center field seats at Citizens Bank Park for a home run.Ethier made another 997 plate appearances prior to the NLCS. None resulted in a home run off a left-handed pitcher before Saturday.Was Ethier surprised to be in the batter’s box against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester in the first place? To Trump or not to TrumpRoom-service preferences, family obligations – or maybe politics – will occasionally prompt one of the Dodgers’ players to ask the team’s staff to arrange accommodations at a hotel other than the team hotel during a road trip. When the Dodgers came to Chicago to face the Cubs at the end of May, the team stayed at the same hotel they have been using for years – the Trump International Hotel and Tower near the Chicago River. Their Mexican-American first baseman did not.“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”The inference is obvious. Though he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez grew up in Mexico where his family has deep roots and his father owns a business. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous international competitions including the World Baseball Classic. He has been involved in charitable endeavors in Mexico, including refurbishing the sports complex in Tijuana where he played as a youth. Just this summer, he stepped in to help a youth baseball team from Mexico that was stranded in Los Angeles when its sponsor backed out of its commitment.The Chicago hotel’s owner is, of course, presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Republican nominee has campaigned on a platform that includes promises to “build a wall” on the Mexico-U.S. border to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing, and has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” who bring crime and drugs with them. One recent poll shows Hillary Clinton outpolling Trump 70 percent to 19 percent among Latino voters.Gonzalez smiled as he declined to specify his reasons for not staying at the team hotel in June, saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”Indeed, the Dodgers were in Chicago to play baseball again this past weekend – but they did not stay at the Trump hotel. The reason wasn’t political, however. The hotel required a non-refundable deposit in order to hold a block of rooms for the team. Until their Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals late Thursday night, the Dodgers weren’t sure they would need those rooms. Arrangements were made with a different hotel.Quick hitsThe Dodgers still haven’t chosen a starting pitcher for Game 4. Roberts expressed some uncertainty around Game 3 starter Rich Hill possibly exacerbating a blister on his left index finger. … Left-handers Julio Urias and Brett Anderson (not on 25-man roster) both traveled to Chicago and threw bullpens on Sunday. … With his single in the fifth inning, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has a hit in five consecutive postseason series.Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this reportcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Florida teen who struggled with homelessness graduates as schools valedictorian

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first_imgA Florida teen whose family struggled with homelessness is now his school’s valedictorian.Martin Folsom is graduating at the top of his class as his schools valedictorian at A. Philip Randolph Career Academy.According to Action News Jax Folsom and his mother have lived in and out of homeless shelters since he was a child.Folsom said his drive for a better future kept him going. He says his mother has always encouraged him to keep going, “She has been the person that whenever I did end up getting upset or whenever I needed somebody to laugh with or talk to she was always there, she was always encouraging me,” he said. “As far as I know, I’m the first person in my family to actually get a college degree.”Folsom said he plans to attend Valdosta State University in Georgia in the Fall.last_img read more

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Cartoon: November 17, 2015

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Henry hoping for a break in UCL bow with Monaco

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first_imgThe headline in question appeared in the following day’s edition of sports daily L’Equipe, and that game certainly made it clear to the 41-year-old that he has a massive job on his hands.Monaco, the club where Henry began his playing career before going on to star for Arsenal, are in a critical condition, having lost their last five games and gone 11 matches without a win.They are enduring their worst start to a season in 65 years and their longest run without a league win for a decade.Monaco may often be mocked for their paltry attendances, but they have a passionate fan base who will be worried for their team, less than 18 months after they won the Ligue 1 title in style.“I was aware that it would be hard to put something in place after just two days of work,” said Henry at the weekend, having had limited time on the training ground since taking over.– Back in Belgium already –Better will be required, however, if Monaco are to register their first points in Champions League Group A when they go to Belgium.For Henry, it is an early return to the country after he ended a two-year stint as assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez in order to strike out on his own.Henry has not yet had much time on the training ground to make his mark at Monaco © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEDefeats against Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund mean Monaco remain pointless in Europe, and Wednesday’s match against the Belgian champions offers both sides a last chance to keep their hopes alive in the group.More realistically, these teams are now fighting it out for third place and a berth in the Europa League knockout rounds. They meet again at the Stade Louis II on November 6.“We need to take the positives. The team is starting from zero,” insisted Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans, but there were not a lot of positives from Henry’s debut.He took a risk by starting Radamel Falcao on his return from international duty, and the Colombian duly came off injured before half-time.With two experienced goalkeepers sidelined in Danijel Subasic and Diego Benaglio, the 22-year-old Seydou Sy started and his mistake gifted the hosts their opener.In the second half, Henry sent on Samuel Grandsir only for the talented youngster to be sent off within three minutes of his introduction.It was a terrible start for France’s all-time leading goal-scorer, but now he is hoping to lead Monaco to a first win in 11 Champions League outings.The circumstances are daunting, but Henry — who won the Champions League as a player with Barcelona — knew what he was signing up for at Monaco, having turned down the Bordeaux job at the start of this season.“It is different because now he is the one making all the decisions, but he has a philosophy that I think can help us start winning matches,” said Nacer Chadli, who has worked with Henry in the Belgium set-up.Whether that will be the case on Wednesday remains to be seen, with last season’s star player Rony Lopes still absent and Falcao a doubt.Meanwhile, with Sy not in Monaco’s Champions League squad, it looks like the 20-year-old Loic Badiashile, who usually plays in the French fourth tier for Monaco’s reserves, will start in goal at the Jan Breydelstadion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry has plenty to ponder as he leads Monaco into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge © AFP/File / Frederick FLORINBRUGES, Belgium, Oct 23 – One newspaper headline described Thierry Henry as “cursed” in the wake of his managerial bow with Monaco, and the France great will be desperate to put that behind him in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Club Brugge.Henry’s long-awaited first game as a coach in his own right ended in a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg on Saturday, with Monaco’s night marred by goalkeeping errors, a sending-off and injuries.last_img read more

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AN CHÉAD SCOIL GHEIMRIDH GHAOTH DOBHAIR

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first_imgAn enviable line-up of Irish traditional musicians and tutors will be taking classes as part of the first Scoil Gheimridh Ghaoth Dobhair.Whether you’re a musician, singer, dancer or Irish language enthusiast, the Scoil has workshops, concerts, lectures as well as film and family events to suit everyone.Tuition is available in flute, fiddle, guitar, bodhrán, accordian and uilleann pipes, sean-nós dancing and arts and crafts. Tickets are now available and it is advised to book early as there are limited places.Scoil Gheimridh takes place from Saturday December 27th 20-4 until Jan 1st 2015. AN CHÉAD SCOIL GHEIMRIDH GHAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Scoil Gheimridh Ghaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

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Zamora could start against United

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first_imgQPR are hoping Bobby Zamora will play at least an hour of today’s game against Manchester United.The striker has featured in recent matches but is still being troubled by a hip problem that will probably require another operation at the end of the season.Zamora has been restricted to substitute appearances but will start against the Premier League leaders if at all possible.His condition will be assessed ahead of the match, and manager Harry Redknapp said: “We’ll see. It’s up to the physios to try to push him on to longer if we can.“We’ll see how we go with him. The longer we can get out of him the better. We’re hoping we can get more than just half a game.“The aim is to keep him going for the last 12 games of the season if we can, because he’s that important to us.”See also:Redknapp’s warning over Zamora fitnessZamora still being troubled by hip 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Local Roundup: Fortuna’s Katie Hurst breaks three school records in Oroville meet

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first_imgOroville >> Fortuna High School track and field athlete Katie Hurst’s meteoric rise to the top of the Humboldt-Del Norte League continued on Friday as she broke three school records at the Norm MacKenzie Invitational at Harrison Stadium.Hurst finished first and broke school records in her three featured events — the long jump, triple jump and high jump.The Huskies sophomore leaped 18 feet, 1-3/4 inches in the long jump, hopscotched to a 36-1/2 mark in the triple jump and soared 5-09 in the …last_img

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Zille to receive Geiger Award

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first_imgHelen Zille takes time out at the 2009World Economic Forum on Africa, heldin Cape Town.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)MEDIA CONTACTS • Trace VenterSpokesperson for the premierWestern Cape provincial legislature+27 21 483 6062 or +27 84 977 9888• Democratic AllianceParliamentary, Media and Research offices+27 21 403 2910RELATED ARTICLES• Top honour for Cape Town mayor• Suzman: a fearless voice stilled• Alice Walker to explore Biko ties• Biko’s legacy lives onShamin ChibbaSouth Africa is filled with personalities who have won prestigious awards for various achievements. Just think of Oscar winner Charlize Theron or Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Sydney Brenner and Nadine Gordimer. Now the country can again count Helen Zille among that number.The award recognises the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader’s contribution to South Africa’s freedom struggle, and her achievements as Mayor of Cape Town and Premier of the Western Cape province.Zille will receive the accolade at a ceremony on 26 September in Berlin, Germany. It includes an endowment of €10,000 (R97 000), which will go towards educating rabbinical students from South Africa at the Abraham Geiger College in Germany.In 2008 Zille was unanimously named World Mayor, taking the award from 11 finalists selected from over 800 entrants.Respected by publicSince taking the helm at the DA, the 60-year-old has garnered much respect from the public, even from opposition African National Congress (ANC) supporters.Betty Fefe, a staunch ANC follower from the township of Duncan Village in East London, believes that Zille’s presence in the political arena indicates that women can make a difference.She added that the DA leader understands all different types of people and their needs as well. “Before the local election, she was visiting our townships. Now we see her as a good person. In the townships they are saying that even though she is white, she knows how to talk to people,” said Fefe.Those within the DA hold their leader in high esteem. DA councillor Dinesh Vallabh’s first encounter with Zille left him admiring her energy, her logical thinking, and the way she connects with people from every walk of life.He believes that Zille leads with integrity and a dynamism that is natural to her.Equally impressive, he said, was her ability to remember names. “She has the memory of an elephant,” he quipped.Johannesburg-based journalist Priya Pitamber said that the Western Cape premier comes across as a strong woman who is able to speak her mind.In an online question and answer session on World Mayor.com, Zille said the lessons learnt during her years as a political correspondent had helped her become an astute politician. She said she was able to apply those skills to the many challenges she faced in her new career.Pitamber, however, has mixed feelings about journalists who become politicians. “I hope she still has a journalist’s ideal of changing the world for the better, and hopefully she is trying to do that,” she said.If Zille has earned respect as a politician, then she has certainly gained fame for her recent moves on stage. In the months leading up to the 2011 local election, South Africans were bombarded by pictures and videos of Zille performing a dance routine dubbed the “ballot boogie” by a popular local magazine.The dance was used to connect with the public during the DA’s campaign. When she was criticised for it, Zille simply said: “Dancing is part of South Africa’s political culture. I love dancing, even though I am no ‘twinkle toes’. But who cares? The point is to move and enjoy yourself and not to feel inhibited.”Courage and determinationAccording to the South African Union for Progressive Judaism, a person who contributes to pluralism through openness, courage, tolerance and freedom of thought is considered worthy of the Geiger Award. This says much about Zille herself.Johannesburg-born Zille is of German descent. Her parents fled the country in the 1930s when they were persecuted because of their Jewish roots. Her maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother were Jewish.Before her foray into politics, Zille worked as a journalist during the apartheid era at the Rand Daily Mail, an influential liberal newspaper. She was instrumental in revealing the brutal killing of Steve Biko while he was imprisoned in Pretoria in 1977.After involving herself in NGO work, she joined the DA, known then as the Democratic Party, in the mid-1990s.Zille served as a Member of the Executive Council for education and then became leader of the opposition in the Western Cape’s provincial legislature, before being elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004, a position she held for two years. In the 2006 municipal election, Zille and the DA snatched a majority vote in the Mother City, which made her mayor.During her tenure, Zille rid the council of corruption and bad debt by meticulously scouring through contracts approved by the previous administration. These efforts led to her nomination as World Mayor in 2008.When the DA won the government of the Western Cape in the 2009 general election, she said: “If we can prove our ability to govern in the Western Cape as we did in Cape Town, then it would be a milestone for our democracy.”Since then, the Western Cape has become one of the more progressive provinces in the country.About the Abraham Geiger AwardThe man after whom the award is named was a philosopher and renowned thinker of liberal Judaism during the 19th century.The award was created in 2000 by the Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam to honour those who have achieved much in their fields of expertise while following three freedoms Geiger held in high regard. These were; the freedom of conscience and belief, academic freedom, and freedom of expression for all human beings.Previous winners include Catholic priest Hans Küng, Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, German-French sociologist Alfred Grosser, Emil Fackenheim, and the scholar Susannah Heschel.Ms Trace VenterMail:Private Bag X9043, CAPE TOWN, 8000Street:Provincial Legislature Building, 1st Floor, 7 Wale Street, CAPE TOWNTel:(021) 483 6062Fax:(021) 483 3921Cell:084 977 9888E-mail:[email protected]last_img read more

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Chrome Beta Auto-Translates, Offers Privacy Settings

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first_imgChrome, Google’s entry into the browser market, has a new beta version today that shows off two new features – instant language translation and privacy settings.The browser was the only browser to make gains in February and we’re thinking additions like these will only help to propel it’s popularity.According to the blog post, “when the language of the webpage you’re viewing is different from your preferred language setting, Chrome will display a prompt asking if you’d like the page to be translated for you using Google Translate.”Google has, of course, been hard at work in the translation business. In early February, we wrote about how the company has been developing software to conduct real-time translation over mobile phones. Chrome will use Google Translate, which currently translates between 52 languages, to automatically translate websites. In addition to translation, the browser known for being lite on pretty much everything will get a little more cumbersome as it gets some privacy settings, though we don’t think this will be the sort of thing to bog it down at all. Rather, we’re glad to see Google looking after the user’s privacy concerns. The new settings will allow you to “control how browser cookies, images, JavaScript, plug-ins, and pop-ups are handled on a site-by-site basis.”The features will be part of the automatic update in the near future, but for those who don’t like to wait, you can download the beta version here. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Tags:#Browsers#Google#news#privacy#web last_img read more

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The Hidden Meaning Behind Popular Video Transitions

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first_img4. WipeHidden Symbolism: Continued ActionWipe example from Star WarsWhile all of the transitions on this list stand for a passage of time, a wipe implies continued action that is unresolved. A wipe works well in a film that is full of action and movement, which is why you’ll see it throughout films like Star Wars. A great example from modern film is Edgar Wright, who uses physical objects to wipe between scenes to control the pacing.You will typically find wipes in films with multiple storylines that are playing out in separate locations. A wipe implies tension between one shot and another. A wipe can also serve to juxtapose good and evil or light and dark. Typically the actions in Scene A of a wipe will affect the actions in Scene B and vice versa. While it does depend on the situation, a wipe can serve as a cliffhanger, implying to the audience that they will be returning to the scene once the parallel story has moved forward.This amazing roundup from realityoccasionally shows us a few of the wipes from the Star Wars film franchise.Do you need transitions for your project? We’ve got you covered with this pack of 200+ transitions and assets!What is your favorite type of editing transition? Share in the comments below. 3. Cross DissolveHidden Symbolism: Linked NarrativesDissolves have admittedly been on the decline over recent years. While you will find lots of instances of cross dissolves in classic cinema, modern filmmakers don’t tend to use them as often. A cross dissolve symbolizes a passage from one scene to the next. This could be a passage of time or simply a passage from exterior to interior. Cross dissolves symbolize overlapping ideas between scenes.The duration of a dissolve is directly related the the implied duration between clips. A quick dissolve might symbolize only a few minutes, but a long dissolve could symbolize years. It’s very rare for a film to use a quick one-second dissolve to symbolize a long passage of time.In the example above, we can see two scenes connected by a cross dissolve. From the dissolve, the audience can infer that the building seen in the second clip is the same building being designed in the first clip. A simple cut might have not drawn the same conclusion.This example from Citizen Kane highlights the symbolic change between these two scenes. There’s more to video transitions than simply moving between scenes. Let’s look at the reasons behind the cuts.In video editing, each cut and every transition holds a deeper meaning. Let’s take a look at the hidden narratives behind four of the most common video editing transitions.1. Fade to BlackHidden Symbolism: CompletionThis example of fade to black symbolizes implied action between happiness and sadness. A fade to black is the most dramatic transition found on this list. A fade to black is essentially a dissolve in or to black. In film, a fade to black is used symbolize completion, meaning a narrative thought is finished. On a practical level, this typically means fading to black at the end of a dramatic scene.A fade to black eases the audience’s emotions into the next scene or the end credits. A fade symbolizes a passage of time. It would be confusing to an audience if you were to fade to black and then fade up a scene that is chronologically no different than the scene before it.Fade to blacks imply action, depending on the clips before and after the transition. If you were to fade to black in a scene, it would imply that the narrative tension or emotions have transitioned to the next, even if they aren’t easily apparent in the next scene. In the example above, we first see a happy couple. Next, a girl looking over the balcony of her room. Despite not knowing anything else about this story, we can imply that she is reflecting on the happiness she experienced in the previous scene.2. Fade to WhiteHidden Symbolism: Ambiguity/AscensionGif from Jacob T. Swinney’s ‘Fade to White’ (seen below)Where a fade to black symbolizes completion, a fade to white does the exact opposite. A fade to white tells the audience that the hero’s journey isn’t quite over. Despite all of the visual information on screen telling you the action is completed, there is still something left. This is why you will often see a fade to white at the end of a dramatic film with an ambiguous ending.A fade to white gives the audience a perception of hope. Perhaps the hero did change in the end? Maybe the girl didn’t really die? A fade to white tells us that, despite a bleak or undesirable ending, a positive outcome was still accomplished.The example above from Black Swan is a symbol of hope or happiness. Nina, after becoming the dark swan she feared, has now transitioned into the heavenly realm which she fantasized about. The character, despite the forces surrounding her, has achieved the beautiful result she imagined. In a way, the fade to white is dissonant to her surroundings.In this fantastic video roundup from Jacob T. Swinney, we see quite a few popular examples of fade to white in popular film. In the description Jacob writes “fades to white are often used to express disorientation and euphoria, among many other similar sensations.”last_img read more

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