Franklin County dropped their first conference game of the year on Monday night to Lawrenceburg at home, 8-1.The Wildcats lone run came from a Nick Pennington home run to lead off the 2nd inning but FC was able to produce just 4 hits on the day.Franklin County is now 10-1 in conference and 12-2 overall. FC will travel to Union County on Tuesday, first pitch is 5 pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.
Play Your Part can be a cause that young people, and indeed all citizens, can own, says Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s chief marketing officer.Staff writerThe Play Your Part campaign is a call for every South African to do what they do with excellence and diligence in order to help the country become a brand that attracts investment, according to Wendy Tlou, chief marketing officer at Brand South Africa. Tlou has the job of marketing South Africa to the global community – and selling the country to its own people.”Every person needs to realise that the little they do can add value,” she says. “The guy who fills potholes is just as important as the CEO of a conglomerate.”Play your Part was created to stimulate society from the ground up, encouraging South Africans to fulfil their individual potential in all they do.”We need measurable and actionable plans that have a visible impact, and make South Africa globally competitive.”Playing your part to achieve the goals of the NDPBecause of this, Tlou says, Brand South Africa wants to reconcile the National Development Plan (NDP) as an ideological document with a clear and simple roadmap for implementation that can be driven at grassroots level.”The NDP is not some far-fetched, theoretical concept. It is happening right now. We want to demystify it as a theoretical concept. The road works you see every day are the NDP at work.” The NDP is a crystallisation of the vision of South Africa as a globally competitive nation.She says the notion of competitiveness is key to attracting the investment, such as tourism, that is essential for creating jobs.Encouraging foreign direct investment – with a view to achieving the national developmental agenda – is the main objective of forging a strong nation brand. This will have a direct impact on our country’s levels of inequality, which are a source of many social ills.The youth and their aspirations are key to Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme. Before democracy in 1994, Tlou says, the South African youth owned a cause – freedom. But after 1994 the notion of freedom and playing your part can still be a powerful mobilising force for active citizenship and nation building. Play Your Part can be a cause that young people, and indeed all citizens, can own.Fighting gender violenceAs we look towards the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Play Your Part becomes a practical response to the scourge of gender-based violence in our country.Tlou feels passionate about eradicating gender-based violence: “A country such as South Africa that has been such a moral beacon and model of progressive thinking cannot, 20 years after democracy, be facing a situation where at least one in five women are victims of gender-based violence.”In addition, the cost of such a phenomenon to our country is not merely a philosophical one. According to a KPMG report – Too Costly to Ignore – the Economic Impact of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa – released in September this year, gender-based violence costs the South African economy between R28.4-billion to R42.2-billion a year.”With such a reputational and financial risk attached to the consequences of gender-based violence, we need to ask how each of us can play our part to eradicate gender based violence in our country. We need to ask ourselves, how we can play our part to contribute to a safer more equitable country for the women and children of our country?”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The crew of Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and Joel Penhorwood braved the snowy roads.Joel talks with Kent McGuire of Ohio State CFAES on cold weather safety. Matt speaks with John and Connie Surber, recipients of the Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award. Ty hears from Michelle Specht on what her area Farm Bureau his doing to fight the opioid crisis. To wrap it all up, the group listens to Rose Hartschuh on she and her husband Greg recently winning the AFBF Excellence in Agriculture Award.
DCPs are in higher demand than ever before, but they are also far more accessible than ever. You now have several options for creating a full fledged Digital Cinema Package right from your own computer at a fraction of the cost of a post-house.It wasn’t too long ago that the price of creating a professional-level Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for a feature film could have easily run more than the cost of your average car. When DCPs first hit the market, there was initially a sort of mystique around them, and only the more technically adept post-production pros had a full understanding of how they functioned.Fast forward to now, and DCP creation is simpler and more widespread than ever. Just about any working editor has some type of DCP software on their computer, whether they realize it or not. Naturally that’s led many editors to attempt creating DCPs on their own, although doing so is certainly not always the best option.In many cases, post-houses will still give you the best and most reliable results when it comes to creating DCPs. After all, many facilities create DCPs for their customers day in and day out, which naturally means that their process is streamlined and their results will reflect that.But there will always be those filmmakers that want to take the DIY approach, either out of necessity or plain curiosity. If this sounds like you, here are three of the best platforms for creating your own DCPs today.DaVinci Resolve / easyDCPeasyDCP is one of the single best and most feature-rich DCP platforms out there. The company offers several different product types and bundles, which can cost up to several thousand dollars depending on the options you choose.While easyDCP does work as a standalone software, it can also work as a plugin within DaVinci Resolve. This allows editors and colorists who are already familiar with the Resolve interface to easily encode DCPs from their own system by paying for the easyDCP license fee. It’s not the cheapest option out there (not even close), but it’s definitely one of the best.Adobe Media Encoder / WraptorMany Adobe users are shocked to find out that it’s actually very possible (and relatively simple) to create a DCP inside of Adobe Media Encoder. The software uses a built-in plugin (called Wraptor, made by Quvis) to convert files into DCPs. Under the right circumstances, it can work very well.There are some limitations to Wraptor – for instance, it’ll only work properly with Rec. 709 footage, and does a poor job of converting 23.976fps footage (to true 24fps). But the software is free, or at least it’s bundled with Adobe Media Encoder, which makes it a great solution for budget-conscious filmmakers. There is also a “pro” version of Wraptor which will run you $699, and includes some added features such as higher frame rate support and adjustable data rates. It’s also worth noting that the plugin can also be used with Apple Compressor.CuteDCPFor Adobe users out there who want the ability to export a DCP from Premiere/Media Encoder, but don’t want to go through Wraptor for any reason, there’s another solution – CuteDCP.CuteDCP is the happy medium in all of this. It offers more control and customization than Wraptor, but doesn’t come with a high price tag like easyDCP. In fact, the software can be purchased for as low as $163, which ultimately makes it one of the best-bang-for-your-buck DCP options. CuteDCP won’t run quite as quickly as Wraptor will, but it does support higher frame rates than the lite version of Wraptor. It also allows you to toggle the XYZ color space conversion on or off, which can be a deciding factor for certain power users.Final ThoughtsThere’s really no substitute for getting a professional DCP created by a dedicated post-house — for now, at least. Much like other finishing services (like color grading or audio mixing), the best results will often be achieved when you leave it to a specialist, even if you have the right software at your disposal.Still, there are instances where you may need to create your own DCPs, and it’s fantastic to know that there are several very strong options out there to help you in a pinch. If you need a long term solution and money isn’t an issue, easyDCP with Resolve is the way to go. But if you need something more immediate and want to keep costs down, ultimately Wraptor and CuteDCP are two of your best bets.Have you ever created your own DCP? Have any tips for our readers? Let us know in the comments below!
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazzari backing Muriel for big Fiorentina successby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Fiorentina star Andrea Lazzari says fans will enjoy new signing Luis Muriel.The attacker has arrived on-loan from Sevilla.“Luis can make Florence fall in love,” Lazzari told Radio Bruno Toscana.“He has the characteristics of a champion. His movement is reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo, though I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two.“I don’t see him as an out-and-out striker, I prefer it when he plays a bit further from the goal. That’s the area of the pitch where his qualities shine best.“He’s also a good lad who gives everything in training and is really committed.”
The Los Angeles Kings were the top team in the NHL this season, according to the most predictive team statistic hockey’s analytics movement has to offer. Now they’re down two games to none against the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs, and in real danger of being eliminated in the first round. How rare is it to see a “fancystats” darling like the Kings fail this early in the chase for the Stanley Cup?First, a bit of background is in order. One of the major breakthroughs in hockey analytics came within the last five years, when analysts realized that instead of relying on conventional indicators like winning percentage or even goal differential, a team’s future performance could be more effectively predicted by its rate of puck-possession. One proxy measurement for this comes under the silly-sounding name “Fenwick close,” which measures the percentage of all even-strength shots taken by a team in its games, after adjusting for score effects. (Overall Fenwick looks at a team’s shots directed at the goal — including missed shots but excluding blocked shots — expressed as a percentage of the total shots in the game.)Since Fenwick became widely available in the 2007-08 season, the close measure has had an impressive résumé in the NHL postseason. From 2008 to 2010, two of the league’s top regular-season Fenwick close teams have won the Stanley Cup (Detroit in 2008 and Chicago in 2010) and a third came within a game of winning the trophy (Detroit in 2009). The track record for Fenwick close leaders after that is more spotty, with zero league finals berths among them, but those teams still advanced to the conference finals twice in three seasons. So in recent years, it’s pretty unheard of for a team like the Kings — this season’s Fenwick close No. 1 — to fall in the first round.But that’s only a six-season sample. What about similar teams before that? Unfortunately, we don’t have the data to compute Fenwick prior to 2007-08, but we can estimate it for older teams using regression analysis. As I and others have shown before with historical plus/minus in the NBA and historical QBR for NFL quarterbacks, if you want to estimate a newer metric for years before it was tracked, you have to find statistics that were tracked at the time and are correlated with the advanced metric in question (assuming the data meets the requirements for regression).After performing such an analysis on hockey stats website BehindTheNet’s Fenwick close sample from the 2007-08 through 2012-13 seasons, I found three conventional metrics that together explain roughly 88 percent of the variance in team Fenwick close:Shots-per-game differential: This one’s pretty obvious: Fenwick is, at its most basic level, a measure of how much a team outshoots opponents.Point percentage: This variable works as a proxy for score effects, which cause a team in the lead to go into a defensive shell, artificially suppressing its shot differential.Power-play goals-per-game differential: This factor essentially measures whether teams are getting more power plays than their opponents, in addition to the quality of a team’s power-play unit — both of which will affect SPG differential without affecting Fenwick.*(* Note: I didn’t use actual PP goals allowed when calculating the differential — the model works best when it uses the team’s real number of PP goals scored on the offensive side, but on the defensive side multiplies the league’s average PP percentage by the number of PP chances allowed by the team per game.)Here’s a plot of our estimated Fenwick close versus actual Fenwick close for the years in which Fenwick was recorded (the NHL average is always exactly 50 percent):As you can see, the results of the model track very closely with reality. That means the model can also give us a “most likely” Fenwick close for teams in seasons before BehindTheNet’s data was available (going back to 1987-88, which is as far back as NHL.com lists shots per game by team). We can also compute the probability that any given team would have been the NHL’s Fenwick close leader if the statistic had been kept during the season in question.Here’s a table summarizing the yearly league leader in Fenwick close each season going back to 1987-88, along with that team’s number of playoff wins. For years before 2007-08, I list the three teams most likely to have led the league in Fenwick close, as well as the probabilities that each in fact did. For pre-2008 seasons, the playoff win totals are weighted by the likelihood that a team was the NHL’s actual leader in Fenwick close.If the Kings do fall to the Sharks after only picking up a win or two, it would be a historically low performance for a Fenwick close leader. In just seven postseasons was it likely that the league’s Fenwick close leader won fewer than four playoff games, which would be indicative of a first-round series loss. And only one playoff year (1993) saw the weighted mean of likely Fenwick close leaders drop below 2.4 playoff wins. (If we assume the Kings and Sharks are evenly matched and the home team has the NHL’s standard 55 percent home-ice advantage in each remaining game, Los Angeles should only expect to win 1.8 games over the rest of the series.)Meanwhile, the median and mean number of playoff wins for Fenwick close leaders going back to 1988 is eight, enough to win a couple series.While leading the league in Fenwick close isn’t necessarily a guaranteed path to the Cup, Fenwick close leaders usually go relatively deep into the NHL playoffs. The Kings are hoping to keep that trend alive, but the odds are pointing to LA becoming one of the most disappointing advanced-stats favorites in a long time.
OSU freshman midfielder Hannah Scherpbier hits the ball away from California sophomore midfielder Paula Seibt during a game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy ChiefThe Ohio State women’s field hockey team capped off an emotional afternoon with a 6-3 victory against California on Sunday, as the team honored the four seniors playing their final home game at Buckeye Varsity Field.Forward Peanut Johnson, forward/midfielder Annie VonderBrink, back Emma Royce and redshirt senior goalkeeper Sydney Stype were joined by friends and family for the introductions.With a sense of energy from the pregame ceremony, OSU began the game strong as the close-knit Buckeyes entered halftime with a 3-0 lead. OSU had not scored three goals in the first half since its season-opener on Aug. 28. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson credited improved ball movement for the first-half offense.“We were starting to use each other and make simple passes. We went through a string where we were carrying the ball way too long and trying to beat three players,” Wilkinson said.Three separate OSU players scored in the first half. Sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey scored first and was followed by goals from Johnson and sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile.Johnson’s reign at Buckeye Varsity Field ended about as well as it possibly could’ve, as she led the Buckeyes with three goals and an assist. Her four points are the most by any Buckeye player this season. However, she preferred to focus on the team rather than her individual accomplishments.“I think it was more just a team game. It wasn’t a personal ‘I want to score.’ It was just like we want someone to score, we were setting each other up, and I was lucky enough to be set up really well,” Johnson said.Johnson’s offensive prowess was called on in the second half when California threatened a comeback. Down three with just over six minutes into the second half, the Golden Bears scored twice within one minute. Wilkinson, dismayed, called a timeout.“She called a timeout just so we could get our minds right. One of the girls on the team, Morgan Kile, was just like ‘they are not coming back in this,’” Johnson said.Wilkinson said the timeout was to allow her team to take a breath and refocus.“I basically just told them to just calm down,” Wilkinson said. “Don’t play like you’re losing.”The team responded quickly. Johnson scored her second goal three minutes after the timeout and followed with a third score six minutes later, giving OSU a 5-2 lead.OSU’s sixth and final goal came from freshman midfielder/back Courtney Daniels. The score, the first of her collegiate career, gave the Buckeyes a 6-3 lead and put the game out of reach with under two minutes to play. The Scarlet and Gray’s six goals were the most the team has scored this season.The lead also allowed Wilkinson the opportunity to sub in Stype at goalie for her first action of the season during her final home game. As the buzzer signaling the end of the game sounded, Stype’s teammates enthusiastically rushed her.“As excited as she was to get in there, she’s really very deserving. As a fifth-year senior, she’s been through thick and thin and has worked really hard,” Wilkinson said.Wilkinson said she was glad to send to send off the four seniors with a big win.“With all the seniors, what they’ve contributed to this program is fantastic. My captains Emma and Peanut, I can’t say enough about. They’ve been such strong leaders this year and I’m just really proud to have them as a part of our team,” Wilkinson said.Although OSU finished its home schedule, it still has games on the docket at Kent State on Tuesday before finishing the season at Michigan on Saturday. After that, OSU is set to play in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, which begins Nov. 5.
Ronaldinho admits that he is worried over how his former club Barcelona will cope once Lionel Messi finally decides to retireThe Argentina international signed a new contract with the Catalan giants last year that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.But Messi will turn 31 this June and he recently admitted that the upcoming World Cup in Russia will likely be his last chance at winning the trophy.While acknowledging that he cannot go on forever, Ronaldinho admitted that the thought of there being no more Messi at the Nou Camp was a rather scary prospect.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We just have to cross our fingers and hope that someone comes along with half of his ability,” said Ronaldinho, according to Yahoo.“That would already be enough.“I will never get tired of eulogising Léo. He’s not just a great player; he’s a great person, a great human being. That’s the kind of thing we must never tire of praising.“And when he gets on that field… well then we could end speaking for a whole year about Messi. He evolves with every game. Léo is a living legend and we must treat him with so much respect.”
AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas explained he could have left the Giallorossi a few times in the past year or so but eventually deciding to commit his future to the club.The 27-year-old Greek has recently extended his contract at the Stadio Olimpico, having pledged his allegiance to the 3-time Serie A champions until 2022.The Italian news outlet, Football Italia, have broadcasted Manolas’ interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, pointing out his “modest” €36 million release clause.“I’ve never been asked to remove the clause. In any case, I don’t think the clause is that low. Football prices have gone through the roof and beyond normality, so if Roma consider it inadequate as a sum, they can call me to discuss it.“I had been very close to Zenit St Petersburg, but I saw the figures were all in Rubles. I asked them to change it to Dollars and they refused. When they changed their minds days later, I’d already made my decision. It was destiny.”Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The author of a winning goal in Roma’s astonishing Champions League comeback against Barcelona last season also expressed his opinion on a potential departure in the future.“If a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona were to come along, apart from Francesco Totti who turned them down, I think everyone would think about it. We’d then have to evaluate the conditions because I can assure you that it’s not easy for anyone to leave Roma.“Totti was fundamental in convincing me to stay. I spoke to him more than I did (director of sport) Monchi.“I don’t feel like a leader and I am not the captain. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been here for many years. We are all the same in the locker room. Now talented young players have arrived and they need our help. All I can pledge is that I’ll give my all.”Manolas arrived at the Italian capital from Olympiacos back in 2014 for a reported fee of €15 million, having collected a total of 180 appearances for Giallorossi ever since.