Middletown Ripken team did do something great

first_img10 year-old team played for national championship BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Afew weeks after 12 Middletown youngsters and their four coaches ended a long and memorable journey to the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth 10-yearold championship game in Ocala, Fla., they were back in the spotlight when Middletown Mayor Gerry Sharfenberger and other town officials honored the team with a proclamation and speech at town hall on Monday. The Middletown 10-U all-star baseball team that reached the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth National Championship game this summer was honored Monday night by the Middletown Township Committee and Mayor Gerry Sharfenberger, who read a proclamation citing their many achievements. The youngsters racked up one tournament title after another — District 11, Northern New Jersey, and Middle Atlantic Regional titles — all the way to the World Series. With a legion of family members traveling to the Sunshine State to cheer on the determined group, the team beat every opponent in pool play from Weimar, Texas, Willamette Valley, Ore., host Ocala, and Sikeston, Mo., and then beat Jupiter, Fla., to advance to the national championship. They made a valiant comeback from a 4-0 deficit late in the championship game before falling short, 4-3, to Scott County, Ky., with a runner at second base when the game ended. So, has the team come down to Earth yet from this unforgettable experience of playing 31 games in about 10 weeks, winning 29 of them? “Funny, but for me it has sunken in, but for some of the parents and grandparents, they are still on a high or just coming off one,” said manager Rich Cardile, whose staff included coaches Kerry Dillon, Rob Higgins and Mike Downey, who also is the league president. “They don’t want to let it go, and they’re looking to stay together and play a few more tournaments.” “These boys were not afraid to be great. That was the motto one coach told them, to go out and do something great,” said Downey. Cardile said the town has really been behind the squad from when they advanced out of the district tournament and northern New Jersey state tournament into the regional tournament and then had only a week to prepare for the World Series, when the Middletown community showed its generosity and support. “We raised over $10,000 for the trip in just a week’s time,” said Cardile. “Families and people donated, businesses got excited about it and wanted to help.” Cardile said there was a feeling the team would do well from the start, with all but three of the players back from last year’s 9- year-old team that got to the state finals before losing. The honored players at the event in which the mayor recounted the team’s accomplishments, which will be chronicled in the township’s archives, were Carmine Cardile, Marc Cerbo, Jake Dillon, Brendan Doherty, Nicholas Donato, Sean Downey, Garrett French, Robert Higgins, Nicholas Hohenstein, Tyler Ras, Cody Sharkey and Ryan Stark. But it was hard to tell how far the team would go, said Cardile, and it wasn’t without some drama with some close, exciting victories, like in the regional title they won at North Tonawanda against Tonawanda on a walk-off two-run homer by Ras. To add a twist to the scenario, Ras was the pitch-hitrun competition national champion two years ago as an 8-year-old, and he hit the home run off this year’s 10-year-old national champion in that competition. “This team was special. It’s very unusual to find a group of boys to play at this level against this competition,” said Glenn Ras, Tyler’s father and a former league president. “When we won the states, we knew the kids were good, but we didn’t know how good until they started playing competition in the regional. They played well as a team. When they were put in a situation where they were up against it, they showed that they can do it.” In the regional, the team beat formidable opponents from New York, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and topped South Jersey state champion Mountain Laurel in the finals as Sean Downey broke open a 3-2 lead with a grand slam homer in the last inning. “When we took the seven-hour drive back from the regionals, we all had smiles on our faces all the way home,” said Cardile. “Getting through states and regionals is quite an accomplishment. If you come out in good shape from the regionals, it sets you up well for the World Series.” “Actually, I saw this being able to happen two or three years ago, that these were talented, special players,” said Downey. “It was a total team effort, and you couldn’t single out one thing. What does come to mind was the parents and people in the community getting behind us to get what we needed to get.” Sean Downey wound up winning the batting title and was one of four Middletown players on the All-Tournament team that included Ras, Hohenstein and Higgins. “We felt we had 12 kids on the team who were All-Stars. We could hurt teams in the bottom of the batting order,” said Cardile. “That’s what differentiated us from other teams. Every day we had a different hero. We could beat teams in so many ways and win games 1-0 or 15-5.” But Cardile stressed that it was a “total team effort,” which is needed to keep playing in so many games. It’s why the team outscored opponents in the district and state tournaments by an average of more than 13 runs a game. Despite that commanding performance, Middletown was not flustered when it fell behind early twice in the region tournament and came back to win. Its only other loss was to Millburn in pool play in the state tournament, when it bounced back with vengeance, beating defending champion East Brunswick in the semifinals and knocking off a tough Bayonne team, 13-3, in the finals. Through it all, Cardile said the team drew compliments throughout the tournament from officials and fans of other teams for the way the players conducted themselves. “We showed great sportsmanship throughout the tournaments,” said Ras. There were many experiences of sportsmanship and competitive spirit that the players will take with them throughout their playing careers, and can look back on when they are no longer playing.last_img read more

Beermen send Elite crashing

first_imgSan Miguel BeermenSan Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria likes the way his Beermen are peaking, and heading into their blockbuster match with Barangay Ginebra tomorrow, he’s worried about just one thing.The Beermen blew a second straight PBA Philippine Cup foe last night and with a top two berth in the playoffs just two more victories away, Austria feels that having very little time to prepare is the only disadvantage they have when they clash with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nat’l boxing president Vargas wants accountability from PSC, POC officials Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ June Mar Fajardo scored 25 points that went with eight rebounds and five assists as San Miguel turned up the heat early and never let up, scoring a 118-93 ripping of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay to rise to 6-1 and gather all the momentum it needs heading into the homestretch of its elimination round schedule.“We just hope that we could sustain it,” Austria said of the Beermen’s hot form that had San Miguel leading by as much as 29 points and putting the game to bed as early as the third period. “We are peaking slowly, and that’s a good sign.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAustria has started playing his second stringers more and played a total of 14 men against the Elite.Gabby Espinas came off the bench to shoot 22 points and Alex Cabagnot found his protective mask to be a perfect fit and shot 14 in starting out at the shooting guard spot.center_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SCORESGlobalport 97 – Meralco 89GLOBALPORT 97—Romeo 27, Cañaleta 13, Mamaril 12, Cortez 12, Quiñahan 11, Pringle 9, Aban 9, Mierhofer 2, Paredes 2, Banal 0, Urbiztondo 0, Pessumal 0.MERALCO 89—Hugnatan 23, Grey 18, Newsome 16, Hodge 12, Daquioag 12, Buenafe 3, Faundo 2, Caram 2, Amer 1, Uyloan 0, Nabong 0, Ferriols 0.Quarters: 26-19, 51-41, 72-71, 97-89San Miguel 118 – Blackwater 93SAN MIGUEL 118—Fajardo 25, Espinas 22, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Santos 8, Reyes 8, Tubid 8, Van Opstal 6, Ross 4, Garcia 4, Agovida 3, Heruela 2, McCarthy 0, Mabulac 0.BLACKWATER 93—Dela Cruz 16, Aguilar 15, Pinto 12, Sumang 11, Buenafe 10, Forrester 7, Sena 6, Cervantes 4, Pascual 4, Belo 4, Miranda 2, Ababou 0, Banal 0.Quarters: 37-21, 65-40, 91-66, 118-93 Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round “I told him that I won’t force him to play, but he insisted,” Austria said of Cabagnot, who was reported (not in the Inquirer) to be out for this game because of a nasal stress fracture. “He told me [before the game]: ‘coach, I know the plays, I’m ready.’”GlobalPort kept its poise this time around to trip Meralco and get back on the winning track, with a 97-89 victory over the Bolts—giving coach Franz Pumaren the opportunity to dream on.“It’s free to dream,” Pumaren said with a boyish smile as he stressed that he and his Batang Pier are targeting a No. 2 finish after the eliminations, even if they will be closing out the round against four rock-solid foes—three of them ahead of GlobalPort in the standings.“Mahihina lang naman last four games namin (we’ll be up against weak opponents in our last four games),” Pumaren said in jest as he rattled out NLEX, Rain or Shine, defending champion San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa as the Batang Pier’s final elimination round games.“I would be a hypocrite if I say that we are not [targeting No. 2],” he said as GlobalPort rose to 4-3 after snapping a two-game slide and staying just a full game behind second-running TNT and the Elasto Painters, who both tote 4-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

PBA All-Star: Victolero to maximize guard-filled Mindanao squad

first_imgTaal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ Backstopping the squad in the paint will be Sonny Thoss, Troy Rosario, Mo Tautuaa, and Glenn Khobuntin.Despite the evident lack of frontcourt layers for the Mindanao PBA All-Stars, Victolero is looking to make the most of his lineup given the caliber of talent of his players.“We’ll see how we’ll utilize and maximize the talent of our team. I just hope that we blend in well with our chemistry,” he said.Victolero is also hopeful that this team will give Gilas Pilipinas the workout it badly needs in preparation for the 2017 Seaba Championship.“We’ll enjoy our stint and we have to give Gilas a good fight so we could help them too,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Serena Williams speaks out against Ilie Nastase Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments But the Star coach is going to have his hands full as he is set to mentor a Mindanao squad which will rely heavily on its backcourt.“We might have a security agency,” he joked. “Even my starters are all guards.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSurprise top vote-getter Mark Barroca will command the Mindanaoan selection, together with teammates Peter June Simon and Rafi Reavis. Ginebra sophomore Scottie Thompson and Phoenix veteran Cyrus Baguio complete the first five.Victolero will also have Star rookie Jio Jalalon, NLEX scorer Carlo Lastimosa, Meralco playmaker Baser Amer, and new TNT guard RR Garcia in his roster. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA neophyte to the All-Star festivities, coach Chito Victolero is excited to be calling the shots for the Mindanao PBA All-Stars o Wednesday at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro.“I’m very happy because this will be my first time. I never experienced this when I was a player and I share my excitement together with my players,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Delroy James takes matter into own hands, even waving off coach’s play in Bolts win

first_imgBenefits of township living View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer His first two games in the Commissioner’s Cup both ended in losses but James made sure his third had a different ending, taking over down the stretch to lift Meralco to a 95-91 win over streaking San Miguel Wednesday night.Not only did it finally give James his first victory, it also preserved the Bolts’ hopes for a spot in the quarterfinals as they are now scheduled for an eighth seed playoff with Alaska on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s my first win and last game was tough because it felt like a win but we lost and I felt that our team really played well,” said James. “It’s good to take this win and we will continue playing in the conference and try to get another one on Friday.”READ: PBA: Meralco stays alive after creaming San Miguel MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to stationcenter_img ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division “We just to take one game at a time and not look too far ahead.”James finished with 34 points, five rebounds, six assists, four steals, and two blocks against the Beermen and new star import Chris McCullough, but his brightest moments came in the final three minutes with the Bolts needing every ounce of magic from him.With the scores knotted up at 89-all, James drove the basket to give Meralco a 91-89 lead with 2:52 left but that lead lasted just 26 seconds with June Mar Fajardo tying the game at 91-all with a layup.James then took matters into his own hands, even waving off a play head coach Norman Black was about to draw.“I felt like at that moment there was no need [to draw up a play] because I was in a good groove to try and make something happen for my team,” said James of his actions during Black’s timeout with 2:17 left to play.ADVERTISEMENT James, who went full isolation mode, scored on another drive that gave the Bolts the 93-91 lead with 1:03 remaining.The 6-foot-8 forward then stripped the ball away from McCullough and chalked up the game’s final two points with yet another driving layup in the last 32.3 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Delroy James’ first PBA win couldn’t have come in a more opportune time.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Mongolia awaits star players in 2022 World Cup qualifying Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READlast_img read more

Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 2

first_imgA life without plastics seems impossible, since plastics are the main component in almost every single everyday item; from our computers and mobile phones, to food containers and other packaging.Single-use plastics, however, generally have a functional life of less than a week, and are not designed to be repaired or refurbished. Single-use plastics include packaging, bags, bottles, straws, containers, cups, cutlery, and other items. Bioplastics are not exempted from the single-use plastics’ designation, as, in general, biodegradation occurs only under specific conditions; for example: certain temperatures, and the presence of micro-organisms.Experience is the best teacherOur previous article noted that the ban on single- use plastics will come into force from 2021. As Guyana prepares for this monumentous intervention regarding the waste management dilemma, lessons from previous waste management experiences come to mind. In enacting the Styrofoam Ban 2015 Regulations, it was noted that while the majority of consumers and businesses alike were willing to comply, the lack of alternatives — and more-so locally sourced ones — posed a challenge. It is anticipated that similar challenges can be faced in enacting the ban on single-use plastics, and those would have wider-reaching implications.Therefore, the Agency is taking a proactive approach to ensuring all stakeholders are adequately informed, and that the alternatives are appropriate, economical and easily accessible. Many alternatives to plastics exist; from cloth, to paper, seaweed, and other natural fibres such as bagasse. We need business and other budding entrepreneurs, or even someone who may have brilliant ideas, to start exploring alternatives to single-use plastics, especially using local products.What can you give up?• Plastic shopping bags and packaging. Here you have the opportunity to select the perfect specimen, but you can skip the nasty plastic packaging and use your own sustainable tote bags. Alternatively, you can easily make your own totes from any light fabric (e.g. an old t-shirt) or simply pack your produce in an old cardboard box. Pack your empty produce bags and a few reusable shopping bags together in a single reusable bag; you’ll always be ready for your next shopping trip!• Water bottles. Sometimes buying a bottle is just unavoidable. If you do buy one, try to buy only clear PET bottles, as they are the most readily recyclable.• Take out containers. Every second, 140,000 items of food packaging are disposed of.• Plastic cups, plates, forks & spoons. There are a variety of options currently available locally.• Drinking straws. There are now a variety of reusable options, with glass, stainless steel, bamboo and reed straws being the most popular.• Clothes hangers. These are uniform in look, and won’t break or bend under the pressure of heavy clothes. These items can also be made locally with lesser used species of wood.We hope that you will start to think differently about single-use plastics, and how you can gradually eliminate them from your lives. Do continue to follow our series of articles on single-use plastics, to learn about what is happening locally as well as globally.Choose to celebrate your mothers in a sophisticated way by choosing reusable over disposable. Make it a celebration free of single-use plastics.Happy Mother’s Day!Sources• https://packagingeurope.com/are-alternatives-to-single-use-plastics-the-answer/• https://www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/our-favourite-alternatives-to-disposable-plastic-itemsYou can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Onkar Rai gets new UK navigator

first_imgStuart completed another successful year co-driving in various rallies across the globe-from the cold and icy stages of Rallye Monte Carlo to the sun-drenched roads of Rally Barbados.Alongside his WRC commitments with Robert Barrable, 2014 saw the pair take on selected ERC events, with their best finish being 3rd overall on The Circuit of Ireland – a great result with stiff competition. Stuart also finished 4th overall on Rally Barbados with island favorite Paul Bourne in a Ford Focus ‘07 WRC.Meanwhile, Top Fry’s Carl “Flash” Tundo will be the first off the ramp in Sunday’s event.Navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10, Tundo will be followed by Baldev Chager, African Champion Manvir Baryan, Onkar, Tejveer Rai and Ian Duncan. Duncan will be behind the wheels of his crowd pulling Nissan Hilux pickup.Series leader Chager hopes to maintain his lead on the KNRC log and this is what he had to say:“Team Kabras is well busy at the moment getting cars ready for the upcoming event. Evos are more or less done and await tests. Onkar’s VW Polo was a little delayed but well under way after the hill climb event. Guru Nanak being Guru Nanak, all the Sikh participants want to do well so everyone will be in top form to get the best results.The Championship is still wide open but after Guru, it will start to take final shape as the season comes to a close. Cars all good as mentioned under good care of our technical guys.”Tundo will be going for a repeat of Nanyuki where he swept the ground with all his opponents. He says he’ll be in hot pursuit of the R5 cars of Manvir Baryan (Skoda Fabia) and Onkar (VW Polo).“There can only be one strategy at the moment with everyone driving so well and to try keep up with the R5s. Flat-out is the word for now-I hope I can repeat Nanyuki Rally,” Flash Tundo said.Onkar Singh Rai in a past event. He has a new navigator from Scotland. Photo/COURTESYThe rally will be flagged off outside the KCB Bank branch in Kitengela from 8am onwards on Sunday. Thereafter cars will tackle four stages to be repeated twice. The cars will revolve around SGR and Stony Athi area.Thereafter cars will traverse stages around SGR and Stony Athi.START LISTKNRC ROUND 6 OF 8 -20th October 2019Car No. 1Carl Tash Tundo/Tim Jessop (Mitsubishi Evo 10)Car No. 3 Baldev Singh Chagerr /Ravi Soni (Mitsubishi Evo10)Car No. 2 Manvir Baryan /Drew Sturrock (Skoda Fabia R5)Car No. 4 Onkar Singh Rai /Stuart Loudoun (VW Polo R5)Car No. 8 Tejveer Singh Rai /Gavin Lawrence (Mitsubishi Evo 10)Car No. 6 Ian Duncan /Anthony Nielsen (Nissan Pick)Car No. 7 Eric Bengi /Tuta Mionki (Mitsubishi Evo 10)Car No. 9 Jasmeet Chana /Ravi Chana (Mitsubishi Evo 10)Car No. 11 Karan Kush K Patel /James Mwangi (Mitsubishi Evo 10)Car No. 15Ammar ‘Bushy’ Haq /Victor Okundi (Mitsubishi Evo10)0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Onkar Singh Rai in a past event. He has a new navigator from Scotland. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – A few months after unveiling his VW Polo R5 super car in Mombasa Rally, former KNRC Division Two Champion Onkar Rai has a new navigator for this weekend’s KCB Guru Nanak Rally.The three-times reigning Nakuru Rally winner will have his pace-notes called by Stuart Loudon who is a Scottish co-driver competing at the highest level of the sport.last_img read more

New Apple iMac has its temptations

first_imgBy Peter Svensson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Apple Inc. has dropped “Computer” from its name, but its computer business is still growing, even if the iPod music player is the company’s real star. Apple’s resurgence started with the first iMac, in 1998. Little by little, Apple has been persuading people to opt for Macintosh computers over Windows PCs. After Apple refreshed its iMac line last week, I tested one from the perspective of a Windows user. I found it to be a powerful if not completely irresistible enticement to switch. If you haven’t looked at iMacs in a while, they now look like half a laptop – the display half, with the processor and other components built into the flat-panel screen. The new iMacs ditch the plasticky look that’s been a hallmark of the line since the beginning, replacing it with an aluminum casing that’s even thinner than before. It’s sleek-looking, but do you remember the first iMacs? They resembled colorful television sets and looked more fun than a pack of bubble gum. Then there was a special edition with a transparent gray cover, through which you could see the copper coils on the back of the cathode-ray tube. That was hot. With the latest models, the iMac has grown up, gone to business school and now wears a suit – a very well-cut suit. It won’t look out of place anywhere, but it’s not as exciting. The basic model costs $1,199 and has a 20-inch screen. Another $300 gives you a faster processor and graphics card and a bigger hard drive. The top model, for $1,799, has all those components but a 24-inch screen instead. All have one gigabyte of memory. The prices are about $300 less than the previous line, for the same size screen. I tested the middle model, but with an extra gigabyte of memory, which costs $150. When I removed the extra memory, I didn’t find a difference in how fast the unit started up, switched between programs or rendered a high-definition movie in iMovie. That tells me that most users will probably be fine with the cheapest model and the standard 1 GB of memory, because processor speed is not that important anymore. Apple’s operating system clearly makes good use of memory. I found the iMac very easy to get working on, even though I haven’t used a Mac intensively for some time. Getting online through my home wireless network using the built-in Wi-Fi card was easy, as was video chatting using the built-in camera and my AOL Instant Messenger account. The iMac’s iTunes software immediately found the iTunes music library on my home PC and gave me access to the songs. Along with the new computers, Apple updated its iLife suite of software, which normally sells for $79 but comes free with the iMac. The iMovie program, in particular, has been thoroughly revised, with a new and handy interface. Despite little experience with movie editing, it took me just half an hour to boil down an hour of footage into a 2-minute high-definition movie of my baby, shot with a brilliant camera from Panasonic, the HDC-SD1 (street price $750). Uploading the movie to a gallery on Apple’s .mac Web service took only a few more steps. That’s the Apple experience in a nutshell: Tight integration of hardware, software and Web services, along with great interface design, allowed me to download, edit and upload the video without ever going to the user manual. So why am I not completely sold? Well, I found some flies in the ointment. I’d call them “maggots in the apple,” but that’s trite and makes too big a deal of them. I had problems accessing files on my home PC via the wireless network. The iMac would only sometimes show the PC’s shared folders. There’s probably a fix for this, but this is something that should work out of the box. Like many other computers, the iMac has three different modes of inactivity: display off, sleep mode and shut down. The trouble is, there’s no clue which state your iMac is in, and different inputs can be used to wake the computer up. If the display is off, moving the mouse will turn it on. But if it’s in sleep mode, you need to click the mouse. If it’s off, neither of those will work, and you have to press the power button. Turning on a computer shouldn’t be a guessing game. Sure, minimalism is great, but it wouldn’t have killed the design to put in an LED that indicates the computer’s state of relaxation. In the iMac’s favor, power consumption in operation is low, at around 75 watts according to my meter. If I was looking to replace my PC right now, I would be sorely tempted. Even the Windows software I’ve accumulated over the years isn’t a real reason not to switch because Macs can now run Windows, too (with some additional software purchases). However, unless you’re shopping for a computer to prepare for the fall semester, wait to get an iMac in October, when Apple is to roll out a new version of its operating system, called “Leopard,” with improvements to the user interface. If you’ve already bought a computer, the upgrade will cost $129.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Edison users facing a shock on latest bills

first_imgElectricity rates for Edison customers will increase another 2 percent in the fall, according to the utility. Edison says it needs the money to replace and expand its aging infrastructure.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Many residents of the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys may be getting an electric shock, but not the kind that comes from an electric charge. Electricity bills are increasing for many customers, the result of factors as varied as the summer heat wave to increased natural gas costs. In July, temperatures were on average 7 degrees warmer than normal for the counties served by Southern California Edison, with a 31 percent spike in electricity usage from the previous year, said Gil Alexander, a spokesman for the utility. Customers broke records for single-day usage of electricity last month. But another factor leading to their higher bills are spikes in natural gas costs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesEdison, which generates most of its power with natural gas, raised rates a total of 15 percent in January and February. But because of low electricity usage in the winter months, customers may only be noticing the increase now, Alexander said. “Had there been no heat wave, our customers would have seen higher rates this summer because of the natural gas costs,” he said. Adding to the troubles of some electricity customers is a tiered billing system, adopted at the direction of the Public Utilities Commission in the wake of the 2000 blackouts. As the year goes on, using more electricity puts the 45 percent of users at the high-end of electricity consumption into more expensive pricing tiers. “If you have a small home, maybe one or two people, and you’re very conscientious, you haven’t seen any rate increases because we can’t put any costs in those (first) tiers,” Alexander said. “On the other hand, if you’re a mid- to higher-use residential customer, you have a larger home, a larger family, you have greater needs for electricity,” he said. “Then you are seeing all of our increased costs this year in the higher tiers that you have to use.” last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp praises ‘incredible’ Alexander-Arnold after Champions League goal

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised the character of Trent Alexander-Arnold after the teenager scored a brilliant free-kick in their 2-1 Champions League play-off win over Hoffenheim.The 18-year-old stepped up ahead of more senior colleagues to whip in a set-piece and open the scoring with his first goal for the club on his European debut.Hoffenheim’s late strike from Mark Uth came from Alexander-Arnold’s side of defence after James Milner’s cross had deflected in off Havard Nordtveit to make it 2-0, but Klopp accepts the youngster is still learning and was more interested in what he can do rather than what he cannot.“I have to say, for an 18-year-old to have the balls to kick a free-kick is better than the mistake,” he said.“He is an incredible young player. It was actually because I told him he had to do it – he was the only one who can. He can shoot free-kicks better than I ever could.“I told him because I watched him many times for the Under-23s last season and he took the free-kicks – and the goal is the same size.‘There is a big challenge after training for free-kicks between him and Ben Woodburn (the club’s youngest scorer, who does not turn 18 until October).“It helps the manager tells him (to take it). It was very important and very good for us.”Alexander-Arnold admitted his European debut could not have gone any better.“It is a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club,” he told BT Sport.“Especially to make it with a goal was very special for me. More importantly, we got the win.“I kind of got egged on to take the free-kick, to be honest. I never put my hand up first but I had the confidence to take it and it paid off.”Despite conceding a late goal, Klopp insists he was happy with the scoreline to take back to Anfield for next week’s second leg.“If somebody told me we would win tonight we would take each result – even an 8-7 – and so I am happy about the result,” he added.“No I’m not happy with the goal they scored but I think they deserved the goal for their effort over the 90 minutes.“Yes they had their moments, especially when they changed a little bit their style of play. But we were very offensive on both wings and that left Trent and Alberto (Moreno) alone.” Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a superb free-kick in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim 1last_img read more

3 nabbed in Sylmar shooting

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR _ Three suspects were in custody this morning and a fourth was still at large after a shooting in Sylmar that triggered a citywide tactical alert by the LAPD. More than two dozen police units, aided by police dogs and helicopter crews, scoured the area near Roxford Street and Encinitas Avenue following the 2 a.m. shooting that left the unidentified victim in critical condition, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department designated the shooting and search a “major incident,” allowing commanders to keep officers on the job beyond the end of their shifts. Units Hollywood, West Los Angeles and Wilshire, along with all the stations in the San Fernando Valley, were deployed to Sylmar, officials said. The incident began when patrolling heard gunfire and saw a vehicle speeding away _ a car that crashed a couple minutes later at Fourth and Hubbard streets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates A man in the car was taken into custody, and another was apprehended by a K-9 unit about an hour later, officials said. The third man was arrested about 6 a.m, when the tactical alert was lifted, officials said. The fourth suspect remains at large.last_img read more