CSUN to Peek this season

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first_imgHome runs: 13 Slugging percentage: .831 Jaw hasn’t dropped yet? How about the 19-game hitting streak she went on from April 2 through May 12 last season? Or her 13 multiple-hit games? Or when she hit home runs in four straight games from April 12-15? Suffice it to say, Peek is expected to lead the Matadors’ offense this season. She insists that she’s not feeling any pressure. “I really don’t think about having to back up what I did last year,” Peek said. “I just go out, work hard and have a good time. “We have a really strong team this year. Our offense and defense are really good and I think we can go far.” All in all, that analysis is spot on. The Matadors scored 14 runs in their first five games this season, which should be plenty for any college softball team. But questions remain in the circle because last year’s ace, former San Fernando High standout Selena Salazar, is redshirting the season because of personal reasons. Fortunately, former Royal of Simi Valley High standout Mercedes Lovato transferred to the program over the summer. Lovato has the skills to become the staff ace – she was 17-11 as a freshman at Illinois-Chicago in 2005 – but the rest of the staff is unproven. Junior Samantha Schroeder was 9-9 last year, but had a 4.83 earned run average. Freshman Amanda Pitzenberger has shown promise, but struggled with her control in three appearances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend. Selden back for Bruins: UCLA has no such concerns in the circle with All-American Anjelica Selden back for her senior season. The 5-foot-9 right-hander was 35-7 with a 1.06 ERA as a junior last season. In her career at UCLA, Selden has always carried most of the pitching load. This year should be no different. But junior Lisa Dodd and freshmen Megan Langenfeld and Whitney Baker are also expected to see time. This year, Selden will be throwing to someone other than catcher Emily Zaplatosch, who graduated in June, but she has a good relationship with senior catcher Jaisa Creps (Valencia High), so the transition should be smooth. Freshman Kaila Shull should also see time behind the plate. Creps is regarded as the superior defensive catcher, but Shull is regarded as stronger offensively, so look for her to get into the lineup in other spots when Creps is catching. The biggest hole UCLA needs to fill is at third base following the graduation of Andrea Duran, last season’s Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. Former Valencia High standout Ashley Herrera earned the nod at third to open the season, but suffered a serious knee injury in the first game and could miss significant time. Freshman Julie Burney is next in line. Senior Jodie Legaspi, a four-year starter at shortstop, will anchor the infield. Legaspi hit .349 with 15 home runs as a junior. ramona.shelburne @dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College recruiters weren’t exactly lining up to sign Amanda Peek out of Crescenta Valley High in 2004, but plenty probably wish they could take a mulligan on that now. Some would say Peek “made an impact” in her freshman year for the Cal State Northridge softball team. That doesn’t quite do her justice, though. Frankly, she was more like an earthquake. center_img Name an offensive category and Peek was at the top of it. Batting: .408 last_img read more

Planet Party Busted by Triton

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first_img(Visited 491 times, 1 visits today) Theories can be like parties with tantalizing speculations until big, whopping anomalies spoil the fun.Check out this headline on New Scientist: “Neptune’s other moons were normal until Triton crashed the party.” Leah Crane writes, “It came in like a wrecking ball. Neptune has one of the weirdest collections of moons in our solar system, and it’s Triton’s fault.”It came in like a wrecking ball. Neptune has one of the weirdest collections of moons in our solar system, and it’s Triton’s fault.Crane is quick to invoke the planetary scientists’ all-purpose cause for every anomaly: an impact. Still, this impact would have had to be finely tuned to explain Triton’s weirdness. Here are some of the facts about Triton that challenge secular theories:Triton has an almost perfectly circular orbit.Triton orbits retrograde, opposite the direction of Neptune’s other moons.Triton is active, with nitrogen geysers on its surface and evidence of recent cryovolcanoes.Unlike the other gas giants, Neptune “has several tiny moons either very close in or far away from the planet – most of which orbit in the direction of the planet’s spin – and one huge one, Triton, orbiting in the opposite direction.”Robin Canup, who invented a finely-tuned impact to account for Saturn’s rings (xx, recently repeated by Space.com), commented,“Triton crashed the party, literally and figuratively,” says Canup. “It destroyed the well-behaved satellite system that was there before it.”The article can’t leave the party crashed without some explanation for the mess. The problem is not that planetary scientists are not creative enough to imagine a scenario to fit any anomaly; after all, they are an imaginative bunch (see Canup’s proposal on Cornell arXiv). The problem is that Triton requires a scenario to fit their preconceived idea of how the solar system formed. Here’s what’s required for such a scenario:To get from a serene Uranus-like system to what we see at Neptune today, three things have to be true: the early moons had to be small enough that they wouldn’t destroy Triton as it crashed into them; they had to somehow slow Triton down so that it would be captured in the relatively close and circular orbit that it has now; and Neptune’s outer moons had to remain intact.A sufficiently improbable scenario is indistinguishable from intelligent design. The comment above is exacerbated by the fact that Uranus is no simpler:Like Neptune, the magnetic field at Uranus is highly inclined to its spin access, and is off-center.The Uranus system is tilted more than 90 degrees, such that the whole system could be said to orbit retrograde.Uranus has a “weirdest” moon of its own: Miranda, with several distinct domains that make it look like it was assembled by a committee (11/22/14).So how do planetologists explain Uranus? The same way they explain Triton, but even more so: not just one finely-tuned (and unobservable) impact: but three or more (10/09/11).As CEH has reported over the years, the whole solar system is weird (3/14/16). Secular theorists routinely invoke impacts as creative forces to explain numerous other anomalies in the solar system (10/17/13):Mercury’s density (10/17/14)Venus’s planet-wide volcanic activity (5/03/14)Earth’s extinction of dinosaursThe Moon’s origin (10/18/12, 2/21/13, 1/10/17)Mars’s water and hemispheric dichotomy (5/03/14)Ceres organics (Phys.org)Saturn’s rings, the terrain dichotomy at Enceladus, the Phoebe Ring (10/07/09)Titan (10/17/13)Pluto’s terrains and moon Charon (7/15/15)Asteroids with moonsEven exoplanet models need impacts. “Hot Jupiters” tend to crash into their parent stars. Those that survive migration must have been struck to stay in orbit.It should be noted that solar system formation theories keep evolving (9/08/14). A new one appeared on Phys.org, “Accretion theory suggests gas giants might start out as steamy worlds.” In planetary science, might makes right. If you say something “might” have happened, you can’t be falsified.As we have argued, the solar system is weird only if it is old (3/14/16).last_img read more

Must-Know Filmmaking and Music Trends for 2018

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first_imgIn their Creative Trends 2018 report, Shutterstock reveals the most-searched keywords for royalty-free footage and music.All images via Shutterstock.Whether you sell them stock footage or simply license royalty-free video clips and music, the global marketplace Shutterstock has released their report on the biggest Creative Trends of 2018. This report details how some keywords have seen an astronomical increase in searches.It’s worth knowing about these trends, as you may find yourself tasked with creating a video using some of these trending topics. More importantly, you have the opportunity to sell any trending footage you might own through Shutterstock’s contributor platform. So here’s what you need to know to make some money — or start working on some trending projects.Major Trend 1: FantasyWhether it’s for a traditional fantasy like Game of Thrones or the modern horror-fantasy crossover Stranger Things, people have increased their searches for mystical creatures massively. Terms like “unicorn” are up 297 percent and “mermaid” 145 percent.In terms of music, there seems to be a crossover in this genre. Epic orchestral music continues to grow in popularity, but the synthwave soundtrack to Stranger Things has seen an even greater boost, as synthwave sound has increased 494 percent.You can check out the Shutterstock Fantasy footage collection here.Here are some royalty-free playlists worth a listen:’80s Synth MixtapeStrange ’80s Synth Music for Horror and Fantasy FilmsImmersive Epic Music Major Trend 3: New MinimalismFor filmmakers, new minimalism isn’t only about images — it’s also about creating clean lines and bold looks. With increases in the search terms “continuous line” up 432 percent and “neon circle” up 387 percent, this look represents a rising public interest, reflected in films like John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and countless music videos. The use of quasar lights has become a standard on many sets, not only because of their affordability but also because of the dynamic look they create.Check out these collections from Shutterstock:New Minimalism imagesNew Minimalism footageNew Minimalism music Major Trend 2: SpaceMaybe you don’t want to live on this planet anymore, or maybe you’re a dreaming of a dystopian sci-fi future — either way, searches for space are on the rise. Searches for “solar” are up 991 percent, and interest in “astro” has increased 671 percent. As with its popularity in the fantasy genre, synthwave continues to dominate — likely based on the incredible score to Blade Runner 2049.Dive into this popular look and these popular sounds:Futuristic Sci-Fi Synth: Royalty Free Music for Ultramodern Noir ThrillersSpace Footage by ShutterstockSpace Music by Shutterstockcenter_img See More Creative TrendsYou can discover all of the 2018 Creative Trends on Shutterstock. The page houses some really beautiful collections of images, footage, and music for each of these trends — as well as many other design-oriented topics. Here’s the full list:Natural LuxuryPunchy PastelsA Global MarchCactusDigital CraftsAncient GeometricsCryptocurrencyHolographic FoilYou can also see trends from around the world based on geography. It’s a really cool dive into Shutterstock data, and I highly recommend giving it a read.last_img read more

Crisis-hit Gorakhpur hospital staggers under patient load

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first_imgBaba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur draws a large number of frantic families with sick children from places like Deoria and Khadda, 60 and 100 km away and even beyond, because local hospitals cannot give them intensive medical attention. Alfaz, an infant brought by his mother Nesa Khatun, is one of them. The family has come from Khadda, in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh.“The doctors back home sent us here. This is the only option we had,” says the mother. The BRD medical college principal, Dr. P.K. Singh, said that on a given day, about 200 to 250 encephalitis patients are under treatment at the institution, and the mortality rate is 7 to 8%. Infants and children are often brought on referral when their condition is already critical. Sohan, who has come with his extremely ill newborn nephew, is from Deoria district and was sent to the BRD medical college by local hospitals that could not treat the infant. Geeta Devi has camped outside the encephalitis ward for 17 days now, as her son, Siddharth Gautam, is treated. The 7-year-old has fared better than many others, after a spell of unconsciousness. He started walking around the ward. The woman cooks food on a stove she brought from home in Deoria.On Tuesday, a family with a one-year-old with suspected encephalitis waited for three hours for a doctor to see the baby. They had arrived at 5 a.m.The principal said 24 deaths had occurred in a span of 24 hours from midnight on Sunday in the paediatrics ward, but no details were available on the causes.The U.P. Government-run medical college and hospital has witnessed the death of over 60 children in the encephalitis ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from August 7 to 11. The medical college caters not only to Gorakhpur and neighbouring districts, but also to Bihar and even Nepal. The focus has now turned to the probable causes of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and the number of Japanese encephalitis cases. The medical college celebrated Independence Day, with Dr. Singh hoisting the Tricolour and leading the staff in taking a pledge on Tuesday. Around the campus, relatives of patients in the NICU and encephalitis ward waited outside for any news at all. Sohan, whose nephew was admitted to the NICU on Monday night a few hours after he was born, says he had no idea how the baby is doing.“Every two or three hours I go and ask the staff if we can see the infant and if he’s okay. All they say is that he is serious and is being given oxygen. We heard about oxygen supply problems in the news. We don’t know what is wrong,” he says.Geeta Devi says she did not know about any trouble with oxygen supply at the hospital. Her son, she adds, was given oxygen support for nine days.last_img read more

Gautam Navlakha gets interim protection from arrest till December 2

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first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest to activist-journalist Gautam Navlakha till December 2 for his role in the Elgaar Parishad case.A single Bench of Justice P.D. Naik was hearing the anticipatory bail plea filed by Mr. Navlakha on November 4. However, the same Bench had directed him to go to sessions court first. After the Pune sessions court rejected his plea, he moved the HC again.The court said the plea will be heard along with that of another co-accused Prof Anand Teltumbde who too has been granted protection from arrest from HC.While refusing to quash the FIR filed against him by the Pune Police, a division Bench of HC had held, “we are satisfied that the investigating agency has material to connect Mr. Navlakha in the subject crime. The investigation is still in progress. Considering the nature and magnitude of the conspiracy, in our opinion, the investigating agency is required to be given sufficient time to unearth the evidence against Mr. Navlakha especially when the scope of investigation is not restricted to Bhima-Koregoan incident but activities leading to the incident and subsequent activities as well are the subject matter of investigation.”In an affidavit filed by the Pune Police in Mr. Teltumbde’s case, the prosecution had said, “there is incriminating evidence against him and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act under which he has been booked does not allow for anticipatory bail.”last_img read more

All in a day’s work

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Rafi Reavis played his best game in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday night, logging a double-double in an 86-82 Game 3 win to help Magnolia seize a 2-1 lead over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.Having been through 17 seasons and notching 11 championships along the way, Reavis has seen a lot and said he cares only about notching one statistic: a win.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated For coach Chito Victolero, though, Reavis is one of the team’s barometers for winning.“He’s our veteran and he’s the best matchup for June Mar (Fajardo) and Arwind (Santos),” he told reporters during the post-game interview. “Whenever Rafi gives us a good game, we have a good chance [at winning].Aside from Reavis’ 16-point, 15-rebound Game 3 line was his defense against the five-time Most Valuable Player Fajardo, who ended up with just 17 that night after scoring 35 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t really have any, to tell you the truth,” he said when asked to comment on his performance which earned him the citation as the game’s best player. “I’m just trying to do my job. I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping its a ‘W.’”“The thing with me is—one point, 15 points; two rebounds, 10 rebounds, nothing—it’s all the same to me,” he added. “The only difference is the W and that’s all I care about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReavis’ performance in Magnolia’s Game 3 win at the Big Dome was a vast improvement from his showing in the prior contest, where he ended up scoring only two points and grabbing six rebounds.Compounding matters for him was that the Hotshots took a lopsided 108-101 loss. Cardiff fetes Etheridge CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules PLAY LIST 02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

2013 Champions League

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first_imgThis is your last chance to nominate your team for the inaugural Touch Football Australia Champions League event, which will be held in conjunction with the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September. Club-based sides from across Australia are invited to compete in the event to determine who are the best club teams across the nation.Imagine the 2012 NSW State Cup and Vawdon Cup winning Women’s Premier League champions, Easts Roosters taking on the Cobras Cup winning side, Dodgers, or the 2013 WA State Championships Men’s winners, the Wanneroo Lions battling it out against 2012 ACT Super League winners, the Woden Eagles.For more information, please click on the following attachments. Related Filesnyc_memo_-_17-6-2013_01-pdfteam_nomination_form_-_2013_cl__indicative_-xls_01-xlsxRelated LinksChampions Leaguelast_img read more

10 months agoRoma defender Manolas back on Man Utd radar

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first_imgRoma defender Manolas back on Man Utd radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma defender Kostas Manolas is back on the radar of Manchester United.TMW says United had Manolas scouted against Juventus.The Greek defender can leave Rome in June and has €36 million release fee.And United representatives were extremely impressed by his performance.The defender has just switched agents – joining Mino Raiola who is famously Paul Pogba’s rep. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martial

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to change the position of Anthony Martial.The Manchester Evening News says Solskjaer could give Martial a new role in the club’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.Marcus Rashford has so far been Solskjaer’s trusted option up top.The England international impressed against both Cardiff and Huddersfield, sparking hopes he can kick on now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge.Yet Martial could be deployed in a No 9 role instead.Rashford has sparkled in recent times.But Martial is the club’s top scorer this season and could be fielded there instead. last_img read more

9 months agoDiego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decision

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Diego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decisionby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Lainez is delighted with his move to Real Betis.The 18 year-old Mexico international chose Betis over Ajax this week as he arrived from Club America.Lainez said, “I’m happy to be part of this great club. Surely it is the best decision I have made. There were other options but it was easy because I wanted to come here. I’m sure it’s a great club. “What I was told by (Lorenzo) Serra Ferrer and Federico (Martínez Feria, the general manager) I saw on Sunday, when I saw the match I saw a very good feeling because all the fans were encouraging from the minute one until the end. Andrés (Guardado) is very important here. Very happy and happy to be in this great club and now to respond and give the best of me with humility and good football.” last_img read more