first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondNominations have flooded in from community members shining the light on local athletes and sports leaders in Thurston County. The 2018 Sports Awards, hosted by Thurston County’s Sports Commission, recognizes local athletes and game changers in our community.Seven award winners will be announced at the Sports Awards from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on June 19 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. The awards are emceed by local broadcasting personality Jon Jensen and guests will hear a special keynote from Marco Azurdia, executive director of the Northwest Athletic Conference. Representing some of the Northwest’s premier community colleges, Azurdia is a driver in bringing tournaments to the region. His success as a college basketball coach still fuels coaching techniques for teams around the state.“Sports and sports tourism are important to our local economy. We want to honor the athletes, coaches and leaders that give it their all to the sport they love. Recognizing our local athletes and sports contributors at not only the high school level, but the collegiate and recreational levels captures the breadth of talent in our region and the important role sports plays in our destination,” said Shauna Stewart, chief experience officer at Experience Olympia & Beyond.2018 Sports AwardsMen’s Sport Star of the Year (College) and Women’s Sport Star of the Year (College)Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time at any time during the 2017-2018 school year in a Thurston County college or a native to Thurston County. Nominees must also have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one collegiate sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.Men’s Sport Star of the Year (College) Nominees:Nolan Black, South Puget Sound Community College, BasketballLuke Chavez, Saint Martin’s University, BasketballIssa Hassan, The Evergreen State College, SoccerAubrey (AJ) Hodges, South Puget Sound Community College, BasketballBrandon Madsen, Saint Martin’s University, SoccerCade Otton, University of Washington, FootballWesley (Wes) Reynolds, South Puget Sound Community College, BasketballBrad Wallace, Western Washington University, BasketballWomen’s Sports Star of the Year (College) Nominees:Brianna Attwood, Bellevue College, SoftballDeanna Avalos, Saint Martin’s University, Track and FieldCheyenne Baird, The Evergreen State College, VolleyballJamie Connally, Centralia College, Women’s BasketballHaley Harn, South Puget Sound Community College, Volleyball and BasketballBoy’s Sport Star of the Year (High School) and Girl’s Sport Star of the Year (High School)Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time in a Thurston County high school. Nominees must have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one high school sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.Boy’s Sport Star of the Year (High School) Nominees:Michael Barnes, Timberline High School, Track and FootballCato Cannizzo, River Ridge High School, Cross Country, Track and SwimmingIbi Ceesay, Pope John Paul II, Basketball and FootballAlex Wright, Olympia High School, SwimmingGirl’s Sport Star of the Year (High School) Nominees:Elianna Summers, Northwest Christian High School, Track and Cross CountryJadynne Thomas, River Ridge High School, SoccerContributor of the YearNominees must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County and can include coaches, nonprofit organizations providing access to sports for individuals and/or large monetary donors to sports initiatives. Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to sports for a minimum of one year.Nominees:Eddie Gentry, North Thurston High School, Athletic DirectorAaron Landon, South Puget Sound Community College, Head Coach Men’s BasketballAndrew Mohl, Yelm Youth Tornados, Head Coach Football & CheerAlex Pribble, Saint Martin’s University, Head Coach Men’s BasketballSports Moment of the YearNominees can be a team or individual that has achieved national or local recognition for their sports moment during the 2017-2018 academic year. This moment would have taken place during a play in a single game or individual match or event for an individual or team. Nominees can include individuals with either inspiring stories, remarkable sports moments and or outstanding performances throughout the 2017-2018 season.Nominees:Luke Chavez, Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University Men’s Basketball TeamTimberline High School Boy’s Basketball TeamAlex Wright, Olympia High SchoolYelm High School Football TeamThurston County Sports LegendNominees must be an individual (over the age of 18) that was born or resided in Thurston County for a minimum of five years and must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County. The nominee must have maintained and continue to maintain ties to Thurston County through philanthropic events and/or financial donations to support sports in the community. Ideally, nominees would have played either collegiate or professional sports or had a significant impact in the Thurston County sports community.Nominees:Jeff Carpenter, Olympia School DistrictJohn Kiley, Olympia High SchoolSid Otton, Tumwater High SchoolThe Thurston County Sports Commission, a division of Experience Olympia & Beyond, helps drive sports events to the region through direct outreach and assisting event organizers in finding venues, hotels and services. The Thurston County Sports Commission works in partnership with our local cities, schools and facilities to drive sports tourism to the region.last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Coach Jon Gruden would not directly address comments Friday made by former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper that it was Mark Davis who pulled the trigger on the trade to the Dallas Cowboys.Here was Gruden’s response in its entirety, and it includes a clever swipe ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who recently aired an NFL update during which he talked of a key matchup between Chargers tight end Hunter Henry and Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.Henry is on injured reserve and Johnson …last_img read more

first_imgSol Plaatje appears on the cover of thelaunch edition of Wordsetc, the first of the“iconic writers” to feature on themagazine’s cover. Phakama Mbonambi, publisher ofWordsetc. “I’ve always loved readingbooks and quality magazines,” he says.By Lusanda NgcaweniThe last few years have seen remarkable new interest in local South African literature. The Time of the Writer, Franschhoek Literary Festival and Cape Town Book Fair have become not-to-be-missed affairs, boutique bookstores are popping up all over, and everyone seems to belong to a book club. A significant part of this trend is the appearance of new South African literary magazines, with Wordsetc and boeke Insig both launched in December 2007.“I’ve always loved reading books and quality magazines,” says Phakama Mbonambi, publisher of Wordsetc. “For me, presentation is just as important as content. It doesn’t matter if you are well-known author, if your writing style is not inspired, I won’t be captivated, regardless of what you have to say. I’m a partisan of a beautiful sentence.“Even at varsity I’d take the little pocket money I had to buy GQ, not because of its fabulous fashion – which I couldn’t and still can’t afford – but because I discovered gems of well written stories between those glossy pages. And of course the models were also great to look at,” he says.“As a journalism student, I scrutinised these publications, and picked up a lot about the various ways of packaging stories; the wonderful intros and depth of research; the use of language; the design and photography. I later discovered The New Yorker and was blown away by the varied nature of the articles, and the amount of space dedicated to them. The New Yorker pretty much wrote about any subject and did it beautifully. Since then I’ve fantasised about having something similar locally.”Quarterly literary publicationAnd thus the seed of Wordsetc – the title means “words, etcetera” – was planted. Fast forward a few years and in December 2007, the launch issue hit the shelves. Mbonambi as editor and publisher, and his two friends Zamani Xolo (creative director) and Barney Luthuli (financial manager) are the force behind this quarterly literary publication.Publishing is a risky business. Multiply that by a thousand, add to that a couple more hundred, and that’s how much more risky self- or independent publishing is. The number of magazine titles that have fallen by the wayside in the last year alone could probably save a rainforest or two. But Mbonambi won’t let me rain on his shine, he is determined to make this work.“The magazine market may be saturated but I believe Wordsetc stands a huge chance of survival because it is groundbreaking,” he says. “By focusing on literature it appeals to the intellect. We are talking to a niche audience that can afford to buy this title, with or without an economic slump.“Subscriptions are crucial to ensuring that the title thrives. Because of its nature, Wordsetc appeals beyond affluent and literary-minded individuals. It has potential to be distributed on a subscription basis to institutions of higher learning, public libraries, companies and government departments. If these distribution channels could be adequately explored, the survival chances improve markedly.”Literary giants and new writingsThe willingness to deal with the problems that come with publishing a literary journal is linked to Mbonambi’s passion for the subject matter. “South Africa has a rich literary tradition,” he says. “We’ve produced a number of literary giants such as Sol Plaatje, Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Es’kia Mphahlele, Zakes Mda and many others. Wordsetc pays homage to these writers through profiles, features and essays.”Sol Plaatje appears on the cover of the launch edition, the first of the “iconic writers” that will be a feature of the magazine’s cover. “Sol Plaatje was an accomplished and colourful writer and politician who was way ahead of his time.” says Mbonambi. “We wanted to honour him and tell his story to a generation of South Africans who do not know it, and of course to highlight his literary side. In the second edition we’re leading with Es’kia Mphahlele, the godfather of South African literature.”While acknowledging the past and highlighting the greats, Mbonambi is determined to explore new literary territory. “The idea is also to record new writings in South Africa and explore themes that are applicable to our age. While the past cannot be dismissed or willed away, I felt that some themes had been done to death in South African literature. Just because a writer is black, for example, his story doesn’t have be set in a squatter camp.”Many of the magazine’s contributors are authors and they will be happy to hear that “the idea is to provide them with a platform to dazzle. Readers get to sample their prose and thoughts, know their wishes, desires, frustrations, hopes, ideals and so on. After being titillated, the idea is to go out and buy their works.”Mbonambi has to get people to buy the magazine first and this is expecially difficult in a country where there is not a great reading culture.“Unfortunately, the market is tiny, which is why Wordsetc is so niched. Wordsetc readers appreciate a home-grown product with substance; something they can proudly show off anywhere in the world and proudly display on their coffee tables,” says Mbonambi. “In order for the reading market to grow, libraries have to be supplied with new, quality books so that those who can’t afford to buy books can also enjoy the pleasures of reading.”Advertising and distribution challengesNaturally a bold venture like this produces challenges, the major one being attracting advertisers and although this is the case with any new title, Mbonambi is frustrated with the “myopia” of some media planners. “They keep asking for ABC figures, completely disregarding the environment in which a client’s ad will be placed,” he says.“What is particularly heart-breaking is the number of book publishers who are reluctant to support a literary journal, yet they claim to be concerned about the poor reading culture in this country. You’d think they’d be quick to embrace a title that promotes South African literature. Thankfully, some publishers can see Wordsetc’s potential and have supported us. I’m very grateful for that.”Distribution is another obstacle that new publishers have to negotiate. “It took a long time to get into Exclusive Books and the top 20 CNA stores; I could only get in there after I got a distributor. A positive is that I got a chance to cultivate relationship with many independent bookstores nationally,” says Mbonambi. “These shops help fill the distribution gaps where Exclusives and CNA are not available, though personally distributing to these bookstores has been costly.”Mbonambi has had to learn quickly along the way: “The fee for using a distributor is exorbitant. They take half of the cover price plus R1.30 per all copies handled. Which points to one thing – never rely on the cover price. Rather push for advertising revenue and bulk sales. Another distribution pain is going to a major bookstore and finding your copies buried underneath other titles.”With any funding but their own “yet to materialise”, there is little money for marketing. “We’re relying on word-of-mouth, bookstore promos and media interviews for now,” says Mbonambi.Fortunately there has been a positive response from people in the industry. “Authors are excited to have a literary platform for their work, while some visionary publishers recognise its potential as a vehicle for promoting books. Readers are equally impressed. They appreciate the fact that something different has come on to magazine shelves. We’ve had a lot of compliments about the content, photography and design.”About boeke InsigBoeke Insig is an Afrikaans literary magazine-cum-book club published by New Media Publishing and Media 24. This quarterly, which launched at the end 2007, has Ruda Landman (former Carte Blanche leading lady), hosting a “book table” over breakfast or lunch where she interviews authors featured on that issue’s cover. Subscribers receive discounts to these book tables, and get book vouchers and discounts on some books. boeke Insig managing editor, Jomarie Dick, says the reader response has been very encouraging and that subscriptions are growing steadily.Useful linksWordsetcBoeke Insiglast_img read more

first_imgRemoving the Paramount Consent Decrees could change the cinema experience as we know it. Here’s what the future may hold with the Decrees out of commission.On Friday November 22nd, the Justice Department officially filed to remove restrictions known as the Paramount Consent Decrees. They were originally put into action following the massive 1948 Supreme Court anti-trust ruling in United States v. Paramount. The findings from that trial stated the major movie studios at the time “had engaged in a wide-spread conspiracy to illegally fix motion picture prices and monopolize both the film distribution and movie theatre markets.”Now the DOJ has concluded that the 71-year-old regulations have run their course. In a recent ruling, the DOJ stated that the Decrees “have served their purpose, and their continued existence may actually harm American consumers by standing in the way of innovative business models for the exhibition of America’s great creative films.”What Are the Paramount Consent Decrees?Preventing “Block Booking” for a Fair MarketImage via Fer Gregory.The Decrees were put into action to stop a monopolistic movie distribution tactic known as “block booking.” Essentially, this forced theaters who wanted to screen a studio’s tentpole film to also license the studio’s other films, which the studio worried might struggle. This tactic doesn’t tend to affect larger theatre chains that can stash the dud films on their smaller screens. But, it could have major ramifications for smaller independent theaters with limited screen options, forcing them to bend their programming to the will of the studio.The Paramount Consent Decrees also ended the era of studios owning their own theaters. Paramount, MGM, United Artists, Columbia, Warner Bros, Universal, and the now-defunct RKO had to sell off their cinemas because they were effectively able to control film distribution by choosing which movies made it to their screens. It was still beneficial for the studios to screen films made by their big-budget competitors because of ticket and concession sales. However, the big studios routinely blackballed movies made by up-and-coming independent studios, denying entrepreneurs the chance to even enter the market. The changes brought by the Decrees allowed for independently owned theaters to show films made by new studios, a move that ushered in one of the most important eras of film history.The Decrees also protected against a series of smaller monopolistic tactics in the theater industry. The removal of some of these specific restrictions isn’t likely to alter much, but a full-blown removal of the Decrees as a whole could set the playing field for sweeping changes to the theater industry and film distribution process for years to come.What Does Removal of the Decrees Mean?Without the Decrees, studios can own their own theaters again, while smaller theaters could struggle to meet licensing demands from big studios.We might soon be able to take family pictures with a live version of Frozen’s Elsa at a selfie station located just inside the lobby of the Disney Cineplex.Or, Amazon could let Prime members into early screenings of their original content at their wholly owned theaters, free of admission, not only as a membership perk but also to rake in cash on lucrative concessions (which already drive the brick and mortar movie economy). Movie-goers could also be confronted with Amazon products and merch in the theater, or face a litany of ads from Amazon sellers.Additionally, Netflix could sidestep their well-documented disputes with the National Association of Theatre Owners by dictating their own screenings in Netflix-owned cinemas.We could also see small theaters lose the ability to put together incredible creative programming because they’ve been “block booked” into filling all of their showtimes with films made by the same studio.These things might not happen, but what’s important is that major corporations will soon have these options. Current theatre companies will have a two-year sunset period to allow the chains to adjust to the new deregulated business model.Why Were the Decrees Removed?The DOJ gave the following reasoning for removing the Paramount Consent Decrees:“…the motion picture industry has undergone considerable change. None of the Paramount defendants own a significant number of movie theaters. Additionally, unlike seventy years ago, most metropolitan areas today have more than one movie theatre. The first-run movie palaces of the 1930’s and 40’s that had one screen and showed one movie at a time, today have been replaced by multiplex theaters that have multiple screens showing movies from many different distributors at the same time.”They go on to say that there are far more distribution avenues available to companies today, like DVDs, straight to TV, or through streaming services. While fewer restrictions do move us towards a more open market, this seems like a resounding victory for the established titans of the movie industry and a blow to your lovely local art house theatre, which only exist in the first place thanks to these historic restrictions.Top image via Azat Valeev.For more industry news, tips and tricks, check out some of these articles below.ShareGrid Acquires BorrowFox in Plan to Expand to United KingdomWhat “The Righteous Gemstones” Teaches About Directing StylesBreaking Down the Role of the Video Editing Supervisor215 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Textures, Social Designs, and MoreArtificial Intelligence and the World of Motion Designlast_img read more

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I won’t be someone who scores and will just be quiet, if you can say ‘yehey’ at the very least then, go for it and we’re not a team known for holding back.”Cheng, who’s in her first game as the Lady Spikers’ captain, not only dictated the emotion of her team but also led their offense with 13 points to get the win in their first game of the season.And as the team’s leader, Cheng said she had to inject some spark in her team and become the starting point of emotions.“There should be someone out there to initiate, be the spark, and when that happens everyone will follow,” said Cheng.“So whenever I score a point, I will shout ‘yehey’ or something like that. We have to do that because when there’s no one doing that then who’ll lead my teammates?”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Any matchup between Ateneo and De La Salle in the UAAP is always sure to turn the intensity and ante up a notch.What started out as a rivalry in basketball, the rivalry has also spilled to other sports none more so than volleyball with the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers meeting in the title round for six straight years from 2012 to 2017.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ateneo may have failed to enter the title round in 2018, but the matchup between the Lady Eagles and La Salle always bring out a few memories here and there and that was what happened when the two teams met Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Defending champion De La Salle trumped the Lady Eagles in four sets, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, and Desiree Cheng had herself a moment in the second set when she taunted Kat Tolentino after an emphatic block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCheng said she just celebrated her denial that gave the Lady Spikers a 22-16 lead at that point, and that she’s never a cocky player whatsoever.“It’s Ateneo-La Salle so there’s always a rivalry even if people say there isn’t,” said Cheng in Filipino. “It’s hard to get points so before the start of the game I told my self ‘I will celebrate every point we get.’” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

first_imgShare on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on WhatsApp The fearless Megan Rapinoe embodies the best of America USA women’s football team Share on Facebook Megan Rapinoe is confident the hamstring strain that kept her out of USA’s World Cup semi-final victory over England won’t rule her out of Sunday’s final. The winger was injured late in the second-half of her team’s quarter-final against France.“It just tightened up a little bit toward the end. Just wasn’t going to be ready for today,” Rapinoe told reporters after the victory against England moved the US closer to a fourth World Cup title. “But it’s feeling much better and I expect to be ready for the final.”When asked how confident she was of playing, she replied: “It’s a combination of how it feels and how it looks and what I can do. I expect [with] how it feels now to be ready. As is with these things, you just have to go day by day and see how it is.” Rapinoe watched nervously from the bench as England had a goal from Ellen White ruled out for offside and, with just a few minutes remaining, watched US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher save an England penalty. “It’s terrible. It’s so stressful [to watch from the bench],” she said. “It’s hard. You put everything into this game … You have everything invested in it and no way to get rid of your anxiety.”At the final whistle, she jumped into the arms of her teammates, embracing them one by one. When she reached Naeher, she bear-hugged her first and then lifted her off her feet. “That was a huge performance from her, to be in that moment,” Rapinoe said. “It’s one thing to take a penalty, it’s another to save one and keep your cool. To make a save like that is just fantastic for her.” Rapinoe’s replacement, Christen Press, opened the scoring, heading home Kelley O’Hara’s pinpoint cross after just 10 minutes. “Maybe they don’t need me for the final. Maybe I just got pushed right to the side,” Rapinoe said. “It’s ridiculous, we’ve talked about our depth for a long time now as something we’re going to need throughout this tournament … and it was on full display tonight.”Rapinoe had scored four goals in the past two games, and five overall during the tournament. Last week, video surfaced of her saying she wouldn’t visit the White House if the team won the World Cup and she accompanied the comments with an expletive.While the interview was from January, it attracted Donald Trump’s attention and he tweeted: “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.” Trump added that he would invite the team to Washington, win or lose. Rapinoe stood by the statement except for the coarse language she had used. US sports Megan Rapinoe Women’s football news Read more Gemma Clarke Topics Women’s World Cup Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more