Alexander: Ralph Lawler’s Clippers career should have its end point at Hall of Fame

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters But it is hard to understand how Lawler isn’t among that number. He is making his final journey around the NBA circuit before retiring at the end of this Clippers season, his 40th, and you can make the case that he should be a Hall of Famer just for enduring – and making listenable – some of those 9- and 12- and 17-win seasons his teams produced during the early years.Heck, he should be recognized just for Lawler’s Law, or as he puts it: “First team to 100 wins. It’s the law.” (That theory, by the way, is a perfect 13 for 13 so far this season with these Clippers, who are 8-5 and might not have a lot of star power but are extremely fun to watch.)“I don’t think about (the Hall), but people talk to me about it and newspaper writers, reporters, talk about it,” he said. “The Clippers would love to see it happen because it would be a star for them as well as it would be a great honor for me.“But I didn’t go into this business for that. I got the star on the (Hollywood) Walk of Fame (in 2016). I never, ever dreamed that would happen. If I never get another honor the rest of my life, I will go to my grave very, very content.”The truly talented do tend to be the most humble, you know. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And it is worth noting that Lawler has outlasted all of his peers in the L.A. market. It was quite the quartet: Chick Hearn, Vin Scully, Bob Miller and Lawler, all at one point calling games on the Fox Sports L.A. regional networks.“Bob (who retired from Kings broadcasts after the 2016-17 season) and I are the same age,” said Lawler, 80. “Chick and Vin (were) well older than I and continued in their careers well beyond what I intend to.“I’d be 70 years old, 65 years old, and those three guys had all been here, it seemed, like forever. But to be included in that quartet is pretty amazing. … This city has been very, very kind to those of us in my business, allowing us into their homes all these years.”This is a final lap of a career that was jump-started some 60 miles east and nearly six decades ago, when a young broadcaster out of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., took a job at KPRO-AM in Riverside in 1961 and quickly found himself on the same career ground floor as a young basketball coach who would achieve some fame himself (including a plaque of his own in Springfield), Jerry Tarkanian.Lawler broadcast local sports, including three straight state championship seasons of Tark’s Riverside City College teams (some copies of a commemorative record they made of those calls might still be floating around Riverside), and he also called auto races at old Riverside International Raceway. Ultimately, he parlayed those tapes into a move to Philadelphia to broadcast the Flyers and then the 76ers and do a nightly sportscast, and in 1978 he returned west when the Buffalo Braves moved to San Diego and became the Clippers.The only season since that Lawler wasn’t the Clippers’ voice was 1984-85, the team’s first in Los Angeles, when Eddie Doucette was hired as the play-by-play guy. Even then, Lawler filled in on a number of broadcasts, and by the fall of 1985 he was back at the mic full-time.Thus, when the current Clippers visited Philadelphia on Nov. 1, it severely tested Lawler’s resolve to not wallow in nostalgia while there was still a season to call.“I wasn’t prepared for it,” said Lawler, who said that he and his wife, Jo, who travels with him throughout the season, both were struck by the realization that this was their last NBA visit to Philly.“At least it’s a different building than where I worked, which takes some of the nostalgia out of it,” he said. “But a lot of the same people. … It’s been 40 years since I left Philadelphia, for crying out loud, and two or three reporters who were working press members back in the 1970s were there to greet me and say hello. And Elton Brand, a former Clippers great who is now (the 76ers’) general manager, was terrific. We had him on the air with us. It was the one stop so far where it really kind of tugged at my heartstrings and I thought, ‘Oh, man, this really is different.’”Other former players – Quentin Richardson, Darius Miles and Ron Harper, among others – have reached out to wish Lawler well. Meanwhile, former broadcast partners will take turns joining Lawler on Fox Sports Prime Ticket games. Corey Maggette and Don MacLean have already done so, and Hubie Brown, Mike Fratello and, yes, Bill Walton will be taking their turns.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates But it can’t be about then, Lawler has decided. Until it’s over and he and Jo retire to their property in Oregon, it has to be about now.“I’m trying really hard just to keep my eye on the ball, so to speak, because I really enjoy what I do and I want to enjoy these final 70-some games, whatever it is that we have left, and enjoy them to the absolute fullest,” he said.“The rest of it is something I understand, that people want to talk (about it) because it’s so unusual for somebody, anybody in any field, to have the same job for 40 years. I’m really blessed. I think the one who should be getting interviewed rather than me, because I’ve loved every day of it, is some poor guy or woman who’s worked 40 years on a job they hated but somehow survived. They really deserve the praise.”They probably deserve a spot in a Hall of Fame somewhere as well. If Ralph gets in, as he should, we can assume he represents them, [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 LOS ANGELES — So what exactly is it going to take to get Ralph Lawler to Springfield?“I have no idea,” the voice of the Clippers said the other night, chuckling. “I guess rent me a car.”This is not the first time it has been brought up, and it won’t be the last until those in charge rectify an egregious omission.The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., has presented the Curt Gowdy Media Award to broadcasters and print journalists for the last 30 years. The broadcasters who have won it have been either big national names or beloved local guys, and all have been deserving.last_img read more

Nigerian National Charged with Power Theft

first_img– Advertisement – Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have charged a Nigerian national, identified as David Lee, for illegally tampering with the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) network.Lee was charged with multiple crimes including theft of property, economic sabotage, fraud and criminal trespassing and is currently at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting trial.A joint team of the Energy Monitoring Unit, comprising the LEC and the Liberia National Police (LNP) during routine patrols around the Center and Benson Streets intersection, around the Total Gas Station, arrested Lee on a light pole performing illegal connections.LNP Deputy Commissioner for public affairs, Moses Carter, told a news conference in Monrovia on Monday that suspect David Lee grossly violated Chapter 15, Sub-Chapter “B” D & F” Section 15.51, 15.80 and 15.20 of the new Panel Law of Liberia.According to Carter, the preliminary investigation revealed that suspect Lee is a resident of Center Street and was hired by one Johnny (to be identified) to carry on the act.Mr. Carter said the act allegedly committed by suspect David amounts to US$350,000.He said investigation further established that suspect David operates an illegal distribution point within his bedroom.“David used to connect residents of Benson Street and other places. The investigation also uncovered that each of the illegal subscribers paid US$40 monthly,” Carter told reporters.LEC Communications Manager Winston Bedell says the ulitility provider considers the arrest as a major boost in the fight against power theft.“The LEC reiterates that the arrest, subsequent trial and detention of the suspect is a reinforcement of our campaign against electricity theft. This is negatively impacting the corporation’s revenue and distribution,” Bedell said.According to him, the LEC will use the full weight of the law in dealing with individuals found impersonating as employees of the corporation and who engage in power theft.“These unscrupulous individuals are criminals. The public is encouraged to notify the LEC or the nearest police station to report any incident of such,” Bedell said.Meanwhile, the Power Theft Team of Liberia Electricity Corporation in collaboration with the Liberia National Police has retrieved several properties belonging to the Liberia Electricity Corporation. The items retrieved in central Monrovia included a plier and huge quantity of wires.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Power theft suspect David Lee, a Nigerian nationallast_img read more

Why You Have Snail Shells in Your Ears

first_imgThe inner ear has a part, the cochlea, that resembles a snail shell.  Why is that?  First, let’s talk about iPods and stereos.  In recent years, manufacturers have hyped “mega-bass” and other buzzwords that boast about how their devices beef up the bass frequency for that sound that rocks.  Scientists have wondered if the cochlea was coiled up just to save space, but no: there’s a reason.  It pumps up the bass.  That’s what a team of scientists found, reported Science last week.1  A mathematical analysis demonstrated that the spiral shape effectively makes the outer edge of the basilar membrane twist and jive, pumping up the bass by up to 20 decibels.  Puzzle solved: the cochlea is our megabass feature.    Another story in Science Daily said that our ears provide an “optimal code” for sound transmission.  Scientists at Carnegie Mellon went beyond the usual Fourier transforms, and found that a highly efficient “spike code” is at work in the ear, yielding “the most efficient way to process the sounds we hear.”  The researchers are all excited about the possibilities of adapting this new code, detected in the ear, for improving digital stereos and cochlear implants.1Adrian Cho, “Math Clears Up an Inner-Ear Mystery: Spiral Shape Pumps Up the Bass,” Science, 24 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5764, p. 1087, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5764.1087a.Neither of these articles mentioned evolution.  The Darwinists run scared from stories like this because they have “design” written all over them.  Not only were the researchers astonished at the design of the ear, they were excited to learn more so that they could produce intelligently-designed products to improve our lives.  Need we say more?  Yes; see next story.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 19

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Welkom, Free State province: In the foreground is the ore loading facility with the waste dump and conveyor system behind at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Miners’ changing rooms at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Miners’ changing rooms at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Underground lamps at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Rescue packs at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Loco lamp storage at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The latest technology for the detection of unsafe gases underground at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 19: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

1 Month Into New FTC Rules: Who’s Disclosing Their Free Google Phones?

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick New rules from the Federal Trade Commission, requiring bloggers to disclose free gifts from companies whose products they review, came into effect on December 1st and the first major announcement of 2010 just occurred today. The Google Nexus One mobile phone was unveiled this afternoon and all the members of the press who were on-site for the announcements received free phones from Google. This is the most-anticipated phone to hit the market in years. It’s like a unicorn sparkling with magic, perhaps. Almost no one at all has disclosed getting a free unit in writing their reviews.The idea is that receiving free goods from a vendor makes a writer more likely to write positively about a product than they would otherwise. Readers deserve to know if a writer has a financial interest in the company or has received free stuff, so that the readers can take product reviews with gifts associated with a grain of salt. Some people believe that this is essential to safeguard the trustworthiness of media in a “new media” era, others believe it is unfair to small-time bloggers who deserve a chance to profit from their writing just like the pros do.In this case, though, it’s the pros we’re talking about. Blogger Robert Scoble tells us that all the attendees were given a choice: receive the phone as a gift or sign an agreement to borrow a Nexus One on loan for 30 days. Scoble signed up for the loaner. VC blogger Fred Wilson wrote in his post “I received a gift from Google. It was a Nexus One.” Michael Arrington has said that TechCrunch will give away the phone he received at the press event. Scanning over Techmeme’s survey of coverage, we’re unable to find anyone else who makes mention of the freebie.It may be the case that big-name tech review bloggers like Walt Mossberg or Engadget are just expected to always send back the review copies of things they get and so there’s no reason to disclose on every post. (Here’s Mossberg’s ethics page, where he says he never accepts free gifts. He also makes more money than all but a few journalists ever have in history, for what it’s worth.) It may be that all the press who got a Google Phone today is planning on giving the phones back in 30 days. How should disclosures be handled though if you’re writing an article and you haven’t decided whether you are going to send something back as a loaner or keep it?Here at ReadWriteWeb, we try hard to always make casual but clear mention when we have a financial interest in a company we are writing about. We try hard to mention the same if we are writing about a competitor to a company we have a financial interest in. And we always do our best to disclose it if we ever get free stuff from vendors we write about. That doesn’t happen very much.Sometimes the lines aren’t clear, either. The community manager at sent me a sock monkey she made last year and I write about that company often. (I use it daily for essential work.) I’ve never mentioned that sock monkey before, though.This is a phone made of pure sunlight and hype, though. Is it a poor reflection on the FTC’s new disclosure requirements that so few have disclosed their free Google Phones, or is it a poor reflection on our group of tech bloggers? Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Get Better Results from the DaVinci Resolve Motion Tracker

first_imgThe DaVinci Resolve motion tracker is fast and simple to use. Let’s explore how to get the most out of this already amazing tool.The DaVinci Resolve motion tracker’s efficiency always seems to impress clients, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Let’s take a look at how to best utilize this fantastic feature.Resolve’s lovely tracker at work. The tool automatically picks points within a vignette to analyze.Track the Best ObjectThere are a few basic scenarios where you may want to use tracking. You’ll either have a moving camera, a moving subject, or both. Most of the time, it makes sense to place a power window on the moving object in question and track it. However, sometimes the object is stationary and you just want to compensate for the movement of the camera. In these scenarios, the best object to track may actually not be the talent, but an inanimate object that remains in the frame during the shot. After tracking for camera motion, you can reposition the power window onto the subject.Let’s assume this was a particularly shaky shot. The interviewee may not be the best place to start, since she’ll be moving around during the shot. The black circles are some inanimate areas that would likely yield a good track.Track Without SoftnessWhen creating a tracking node, I’ve gotten better results by setting the softness to its minimum. If you’ve performed a correction on the node already, inform the client of the lack of softening which will make the correction stand out temporarily while you perform the track.A vignette with zero softness, while optimal for tracking, immediately gives away the effect. Notify your client so they know you’re about to perform a track.Only Track Relevant DataDon’t create more tracking data than you need. Is the subject moving from left to right? Is there a camera zoom or pan you want to stay with? Before you initiate tracking, consider what elements should be tracked. By default, Resolve will track the pan, zoom, tilt, and rotation parameters inside the power window. That doesn’t mean you need all four for every shot. In fact, tracking data you don’t need can cause the track to get confused and produce inferior outcomes.Don’t Be Afraid to Track Multiple TimesSometimes the original track fails midway through the shot. The DaVinci Resolve motion tracker is fast enough where minimal time is lost by retracking. If you keep getting the same results, consider resizing your power window. Pick an area of the shot with defined regions of contrast to optimize for the best tracking performance.On particularly difficult shots, you may even want to take advantage of Resolve’s Track One Frame Forward or Backward commands, accessible via the Color menu.Multiple Windows Can Use the Same TrackIf you need to perform multiple corrections on tracked information, you can use Copy and Paste Track Data to prevent tracking the same objects again. The commands are located on the top right of the tracking panel. You can paste into another node or another shot entirely. To get it to work, make sure you have a vignette style selected first.When Tracking FailsResolve’s tracker isn’t perfect, and sometimes tracking will fail. In these cases, you can use keyframes to move your power windows around manually. To do this, select the node you want and click the Mark menu, select Keyframe Timeline Mode, and then Color. The bottom right of the Color page shows a timeline representation of your nodes. Selecting the Color mode will highlight your current node.The interface at the bottom-right of the Color page. Click the diamond icon to automatically add keyframes as you change the parameters of the window.The easiest way to work is to turn on the automatic keyframe feature, which is the diamond shape next to the lock icon. Now any change you make will be recorded as your first keyframe, so navigate through the frames and create subsequent moves. New keyframes will automatically be added.I’ve seen people get tripped up on making too many keyframes. This can result in power windows that jerk around and give away the correction, the last thing we want. Instead, start at the extreme ends of the shot and note where the move should begin and end. Follow the subject through the duration of the shot, and when the correction lags behind, adjust it.This technique of going halfway will create less keyframes. Keyframing can take some time to get right. If you’re in a fast-paced session, notify the client to set expectations, or refine it when they’ve signed off on the overall grade. I often track into the shot handles when my client has given me the green light to begin rendering.Ask: Do I Need to Track?There will be times when you think tracking will help the shot you’re working on, but if you’ve made an adequate qualifier, you may not actually need to. For example, if the subject is not moving much and you have a power window on their face, as long as you’ve softened it out enough, you may not need tracking.Just because Resolve has a great tracker, it doesn’t mean we require its use for every shot. Exercise your judgement to see where attention should be given.Looking for more insight into the possibilities offered by DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Tips for Achieving Real-Time Playback in DaVinci ResolveDaVinci Resolve: Working with Memory ColorsDaVinci Resolve Tutorial: Using Offline Reference ClipsDo you have any additional tips for using the DaVinci Resolve motion tracker? Please share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Nostalgic Federer marks ‘impressive’ 400th Grand Slam match record with win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “But doing anything at Roland Garros is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first Grand Slam where I was in the main draw.“It’s the closest one to Basel (his home town), and this counts, as well.”Federer fired 11 aces and 52 winners past Ruud who was just five months old when the Swiss made his main draw debut in Paris in 1999.Federer, playing the French Open for the first time since 2015, eased through the first two sets against world number 63 Ruud on Court Suzanne Lenglen.But the 20-year-old Norwegian made a match of it in the third set, saving three match points in the tiebreaker and carving out a set point of his own before Federer delivered the knockout blow.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway’s Casper Ruud in three sets, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8), at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Roger Federer on Friday became the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches, marking the occasion in style with a straight-sets victory over Casper Ruud to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros and admitted it was an “impressive” landmark in a career full of iconic moments.The 37-year-old downed a battling Ruud, whose father Christian was in the draw when Federer made his Paris debut 20 years ago, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10/8).ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Should Federer go on and win the title a week on Sunday he would become the oldest men’s Grand Slam champion of all time.It’s that possibility as well as the knowledge that his career is winding down which has him admitting he’s feeling a touch nostalgic on his return to Paris.“I feel that my 20 years on the tour went too fast,” he explained.“When you play against people like Casper Ruud, you ask, How was it at the time? When I started on the tour he was hardly born.“I guess it’s mainly due to the fact that I didn’t come here for many years.”Federer has already admitted that he is nowhere near being the favorite for the title in Paris despite his third seeding.World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding to become only the second man to hold all four Slams at the same time twice, and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal are expected to contest the final a week on Sunday.“A few months ago I didn’t know what to expect with anything,” said Federer.“Now I know where my level’s at. I still don’t know exactly where my absolute best is, but I feel like it could be there.“So I’m happy I’m putting myself in a position like this in a fourth round of the French Open after not having played so many years here.” Federer, the champion in Paris in 2009, has now made the fourth round at the French Open for the 14th time where he will face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.He is the oldest man to reach the last 16 in Paris since Nicola Pietrangeli 47 years ago.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, logistics“Well, it is impressive,” said the 20-time major winner who has already passed the 100 title mark in his career as well the $100 million prize money barrier.“It’s even more pleasant to do this at Roland Garros, because I have a lot of records, milestones from Wimbledon and the US Open. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Tokyo Olympic torch relay to pass through Japan’s disaster-hit areas DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more