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first_imgOH, that hurt. That was a sock to the nose, eyes left too blurry to be exactly sure what was happening. Yep, that was some Pacific-10 Conference tournament for our local teams, if your tastes run to mortification and disbelief. Hey, a great practice has suddenly become all the rage with USC and UCLA. Now both teams are licking their wounds, trying to enter the NCAA tournament reconfiguring their suddenly unsteady psyches. UCLA will still be given either a first or second seed today and likely remain out West, but how USC is seeded or where it ends up is a complete unknown. The Trojans are 23-11, finished in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-10 and made it to the conference tournament final. All very impressive. Floyd said he hoped the NCAA committee would seed USC the same as any other conference third-place team, though he admitted, “If they watched today, it might be 16.” Anyone watching must have thought Dick Enberg had lost his senses when he told viewers the Trojans had actually won their first two games against the Ducks. No, come on, tell us what really happened. There is no question the Ducks are suddenly the biggest thing to hit the Northwest since the Oregon Trail. After losing six of eight, the Ducks have won seven consecutive games, each victory more impressive than the last. “Sometimes you can sense when a team gets on a special ride,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “We’re on one now.” The Ducks blew out Arizona, Cal and now USC to sweep to a tournament title that was supposed to be earmarked for regular-season champion UCLA. But these Ducks looked a lot like the Bruins who swept to the conference tournament title last year and kept rolling all the way to the NCAA title game, a team peaking at exactly the right moment. They played unexpectedly strong defense, had a terrific inside-out game, ran the floor, hit the boards and shot the ball like they were dropping it into Crater Lake. Bryce Taylor threatened to outscore the Trojans by himself. The Oregon forward was what you might consider hot, as in center of the Earth run by guys with tails and pitchforks. Taylor hit every shot he took. Every 3-pointer, every field goal, every free throw. He finished with 32 points. He was perfect as a dream. Venus de Milo with arms. “That was one of the most phenomenal performances I’ve seen in college basketball,” Kent said. USC had absolutely no answer, for him or anything else in Oregon green. “It was embarrassing,” USC guard Nick Young said. “They came out playing with more intensity, came out fired up. They just played better tonight.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Trojans, who had played so well in winning their opening two tournament games, were left shell shocked. They weren’t angry, but numb. Not irate, but embarrassed. That sort of happens when you play in a conference title game on national television and find yourself trailing by, oh, a mere 39 points. The USC scrubs had to go on an 18-3 run at the end Saturday to make it only an 81-57 pummeling. You weren’t sure whether to offer the Trojans sympathy or condolences. “We’re going to treat it as an aberration,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “I have a lot of belief in these young men. I think they’re going to come out and really have a great week of practice.” center_img Like it wasn’t bad enough that No. 4 UCLA made for the quick exit against a middling Cal team, USC had to one-up the Bruins by being completely dismantled in the tournament final by Oregon, apparently the greatest seven-loss team in the history of college basketball. The final offered more carnage than “300.” It wasn’t a game, it was Mount Vesuvius vs. Pompeii, baby seal vs. club. last_img read more

first_img South Africa has been identified as a key emerging market for global investors, moving up to fourth position in a new survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit for UK Trade & Investment, the British government’s international business development agency. Addressing an emerging markets forum hosted by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday, UK Secretary of State Lord Mandelson revealed the findings of the report, which examined global business attitudes to emerging markets in light of the global downturn.UK business ‘must look abroad’ Commissioned by UK Trade & Investment, the “Survive and Prosper: emerging markets in the global recession” report gives fresh insights into the opportunities and longer-term strategic importance offered by emerging economies. “Businesses should be strategic about their exports and plan for the long term,” Mandelson said. “Many emerging markets are outperforming developed economies, and are expected to grow strongly for years to come. “The global recession was a wake-up call for companies to diversify their export base and seek out new opportunities in the emerging world,” Mandelson said. “We are encouraging UK business to look abroad and find new business in these exciting new markets.”Emerging markets outperform developed countries The report, based on a survey of more than 540 high-level business executives across 19 business sectors, found that emerging market economies, on the back of the continued high growth and market size of China and India, had outperformed those of developed countries in 2009. The report found 60 percent of companies surveyed expected to derive more than 20 percent of their total revenues from emerging markets in five years’ time – almost double the current figure of 31%. According to the report, political risk (including the risk of nationalisation and expropriation) was cited by 50 percent of survey respondents as the greatest government-related obstacle to doing business in emerging markets.‘Share in SA construction boom’ In the equivalent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2008, titled “Tomorrow’s Markets”, South Africa was ranked eighth in a top 10 list of “new wave” investment markets. The latest report – in which South Africa moves up to fourth position – is part of a wider push by UK Trade & Investment to raise awareness about the potential trade and investment opportunities for British companies in high-growth markets. It follows the release on Friday of another UK Trade & Investment report, titled “Building South Africa: opportunities for the UK construction sector”, which highlights opportunities stemming from the South African government’s multi-billion rand infrastructure development plans. “South Africa is a fast growth economy with infrastructure plans to match,” UK Trade & Investment CEO Andrew Cahn said in a statement on Friday. “With investment opportunities in both private and public sectors, coupled with a severe skills shortage, now is the time for UK companies to take advantage of the construction boom.”‘Gain a foothold in sub-Saharan Africa’ Cahn said South Africa’s infrastructure spending plan was set to accelerate the annual growth of the economy by between 4.5% and 6%. “Its ambitious plans for mass transport, water projects, prisons, hospital and prison upgrades provide plenty of opportunities for UK companies,” Cahn said. “This investment, and events like the 2010 football World Cup, are acting as a catalyst for growth in the private construction sector. Opportunities include hotel and residential development as well as urban regeneration projects. “By establishing a business in South Africa, UK companies can gain a foothold into sub-Saharan Africa.” Several UK companies are already actively involved in major infrastructure projects for South Africa, including Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, which is providing the new train fleet for the Gautrain project, and Mott MacDonald, which is involved in state logistics company Transnet’s rail and port expansion programme. UK Trade & Investment’s presence in South Africa “is stronger than ever, with 34 staff based in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to support these opportunities and expansions,” the agency said on Friday.South African Press Association (Sapa), with additional reporting by SAinfo 15 October 2009last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe opioid crisis is devastating countless communities across the state, as Ohioans are now more than two and a half times as likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident. In fact, Ohio ranks third in the nation for opioid overdose deaths with more than 5,000 Ohioans dying from overdose in 2017 alone.Healthy, drug-free residents are important to a thriving community and economy, which is why Ohio Farm Bureau has joined the Opioid Education Alliance. The alliance, which is composed of more than 40 business, civic and government organizations, has a mission to spread opioid misuse prevention messages through its Denial, OH campaign. The Denial, OH campaign features public service announcements that are set in the fictional town of Denial, Ohio, where residents are “in denial” that their children could become addicted to opioids.Check out the PSAs, and educate yourself, your family and friends on proper prescription opioid use and disposal.Welcome to Denial, OhioPeople in Denial, Ohio  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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first_img Held at Newcastle in St. Andrew in late March, the event saw approximately 1,000 patrons in attendance and was completely sold out. Story Highlights The three-day event, which showcases the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, was launched last year and featured Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops. The second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 14. The second annual Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will be launched at a press conference on January 15.The three-day event, which showcases the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, was launched last year and featured Blue Mountain coffee, coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.Held at Newcastle in St. Andrew in late March, the event saw approximately 1,000 patrons in attendance and was completely sold out.Chairperson of the Tourism Ministry’s Gastronomy Network, Nicola Madden-Greig, said the festival is part of a strategy to have locals, as well as visitors, exposed to Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee where it is produced.“We will continue to work with the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Linkages Network to push the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee through our hotels and attractions,” she said.“Most of our gift shops sell it, a lot of our hotels serve it, but we want to see how we can improve on that and grow those numbers,” she added.Mrs. Madden-Grieg was addressing a press conference to launch Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), at JAMPRO’S offices in New Kingston, on January 4.The MOU, which was signed by JAMPRO, JACRA and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA), establishes a formal framework to guide a promotional campaign and marketing strategy to support the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffees.To be observed on January 9 by Jamaica and Japan, the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day is being held in recognition of the formidable relationship forged between the two countries since 1953 when Jamaica sent its first shipment of coffee to the Asian country.It also marks the day the largest shipment of coffee left the port of Kingston en route to Japan in 1967.last_img read more

Two of the league’s worst and less-interesting teams — the DetroitPistons and Charlotte Bobcats – consummated a trade that hardly will alter the fate of their respective teams.Guard Ben Gordon, who never fit in Detroit, was shipped with a future first-round pick to the Bobcats for nomad forward Corey Maggette.“We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward,” said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations. “We thank Ben Gordon for his commitment to our organization over the last three years and wish him the best in the future.”Gordon, 29, averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes per game last season. He is on the books for $12.4 million in 2012-13 and has a player option worth $13.2 million for 2013-14.Maggette, 32, averaged 15.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game, although he appeared in less than half of Charlotte’s games because of injury. Maggette is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $10.9 million. Detroit makes the sixth team he has played for in his career.The Bobcats actually acquired Maggette in a 3-team trade involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft. He didn’t last long. His merry-go-around figures to continue swinging after a brief stay in Detroit. read more

first_imgIran’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has spoken ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinal match between his side and China.In what is the last tournament for Carlos Queiroz as coach of Iran, he will join Colombia after the competition, he has warned his players of the China threat.Iran and China will meet on January 24 in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.“We know how much the China team has progressed, especially under (coach) Marcello Lippi. It will be another difficult game, as will all the matches going forward,” Queiroz told MENAFN.“We cannot waste chances as we did against Oman, we must play with a killer instinct and we need to put the ball in the net.”“In knockout football, it is important to kill the game early, it gives you a tremendous advantage. The most important thing for the next game is to be calmer, to be smarter,” he added.Iran ended up in the first place of Group D in the tournament after collecting seven points.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.The Persians trashed Yemen 5-0 in their first game, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 in the next matchday.But in the political-charged game against Iraq, both teams ended up tying 0-0.And on the Round of 16, Iran beat Oman 2-0 to advance to the Quarterfinals where they will meet China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 24.Meanwhile, China ended up second on Group C, three points behind South Korea.The Chinese defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 and then the Philippines 3-0.Their only loss came at the hands of the South Koreans 2-0 in the last group matchday.China met Thailand on the Round of 16, beating them 2-1.last_img read more

first_imgJason Liles explains how he successfully played George the Gorilla in ‘Rampage’ Updated: 11:51 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Preparing for a role in a play or film can be very tedious because the actor must focus on the most minute details of the character that they’re trying to portray.But preparation for Jason Liles’ role as George the Gorilla in ‘Rampage’ was just as rigorous as any other role.Jason Liles was here to tell us how he successfully played the role and received praise from other actors in the industry.“Rampage is massive, ‘Rampage’ is fun, but the one thing that ‘Rampage’ is about more than anything is the relationship I have with my best friend, ‘George,’ played absolutely brilliantly and to perfection by Jason Liles.” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom center_img July 19, 2018 Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 19, 2018last_img read more