Trojans return to limited contact as Lee practices

first_imgThe injury-riddled USC football team took to the field for a limited-contact spring practice on Tuesday. The decision to practice without kneepads felt like a precautionary measure after last week, when the Trojans lost freshman safety Su’a Cravens for the summer and junior wide receiver George Farmer for the season.In the swing of things · In a return to the practice field, junior wide receiver Marqise Lee (above) played well against a banged-up secondary, which is missing freshman Su’a Cravens and senior cornerback Torin Harris. — Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanStill, head coach Lane Kiffin insisted that despite limited contact, the emphasis of Tuesday’s practice remained on maintaining physicality.“We really wanted to just stay up, and a lot of times when you [practice without kneepads] everyone has to stay up, but still, it was a physical practice,” Kiffin said.Tuesday also marked the first time since the beginning of spring practices that junior wide receiver Marqise Lee participated in full. After being sidelined and limited for almost four weeks with a knee injury, Lee virtually had his way with the depleted Trojan secondary. Lee routinely got open and made difficult catches, including a beautiful leaping grab down the right sideline during coverage drills.And Tuesday was also a strong outing for the offensive line, despite some early struggles.The first two snaps of a goal-line stand resulted in losses in the backfield for freshman running back Justin Davis; in the latter of the two, a breakdown on the left side forced Davis to stretch his run toward the sideline, where junior defensive tackle George Uko and sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams were lying in wait for a tackle-for-loss.The offensive line recovered from the missteps from the goal-line drill, however. After the shaky start, the offensive line parted the seas for two Davis touchdowns, both of which were vertical runs between the tackles.With the loss of last season’s leader and center Khaled Holmes, the offensive line was a question mark going into spring practice. However, Kiffin is pleased with the offensive line’s progress thus far.“I think they’re starting to mesh and do some good things,” Kiffin said. “Obviously, we have a long ways to go, but it’s good to see.”The line also held the trenches for three more passing scores, including a connection between sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler and sophomore wide receiver Victor Blackwell on an in route. Kessler also tossed a perfectly placed lob into the arms of sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who had made his way to the left corner of the end zone.Agholor built on his strong efforts in last Thursday’s practice and brought a high level of intensity to Tuesday’s practice as well. Agholor has been ushered into the No. 2 spot following the departure of former Trojan wideout Robert Woods to the NFL draft. Agholor wasn’t as highly touted a recruit as fellow wide receiver Farmer, but he has settled in as one of the team’s top wide receivers this spring by virtue of his tenacity and tendency to lead by example.“Effort is something I can control,” Agholor said. “Sometimes you can’t catch every ball, but running hard and finishing after the catch or running to the play, that’s something you can control. I try to do that to show everyone else that they can do the same.”Following Agholor’s example will be important if the Trojans wish to finish spring on a high note. The Trojans have their final official spring practice on Thursday and wrap up spring with an exhibition at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Coliseum.last_img read more


Justice, finally!

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Then, on Thursday, a joint team of Mexican federales and U.S. marshals nabbed Garcia outside his uncle’s home in Jalisco state. Now Garcia awaits extradition to the U.S., and the justice he has for too long avoided. At long last, some measure of relief has come to Deputy March’s family. And Americans and Mexicans alike need no longer worry that a murder suspect is at large. Garcia’s capture and eventual extradition should also mark a significant step forward in U.S.-Mexican relations. His freedom – in stark contrast to March’s death – was the single most glaring example of Mexico’s refusal to cooperate with American law enforcement. But between the Mexican Supreme Court’s reversal last year and now Garcia’s capture, it appears that that era is coming to an end. With Mexico acting more like an ally and less like an antagonist, perhaps the door has been opened to better relations with the U.S., including a rationalization of border policies. True, Mexico still refuses to extradite those facing capital punishment, and for that reason L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley will not be seeking the death penalty in this case. But given that California currently has a de facto moratorium on executions – and that condemned criminals typically wait 16 years before facing execution anyway – that hardly seems to make much of a difference. What matters most is that Garcia is no longer a free man, and that, if found guilty, he will rightly spend his life behind bars. Thanks to Mexico’s overdue but welcome cooperation, justice for David March and his family will no longer be denied.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR the past four years, as U.S. and Mexican officials have wrangled over immigration policy, there has been a huge, nagging obstacle: Armando Garcia. Garcia is the Mexican national and illegal immigrant who is accused of killing L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy David March during a traffic stop in 2002. He fled south of the border, then lived with virtual impunity because of an outrageous Mexican policy of refusing to extradite fugitives who faced either the death penalty or life in prison. But Garcia’s luck has finally run out. First, in November, the Mexican Supreme Court reversed its policy, agreeing to extradite suspected criminals facing life in prison. last_img read more


Warriors argue ’emotional roller coaster’ vs Clippers will help them vs. Rockets

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!The Warriors’ star limped to the podium. Once Stephen Curry sat down, he let off some steam. The top-seeded Warriors had just beaten the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in a six-game first-round playoff series through a nearly two-week span. To Curry, though, it lasted seemingly much longer.“These six games felt like it was two months,” Curry said, “in terms …last_img read more


London Olympics: Shiva Thapa knocked out of 56 kg category boxing

first_imgIndia’s young medal hope Shiva Thapa made a first round exit in the men’s 56kg category of the 2012 London Olympics at the Excel Arena in London Saturday after he was given a severe beating by Mexico’s Oscar Valdez Fierro.The 18-year-old, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics , saw his dream crushed by the Mexican fighter, who defeated him 14-9.Thapa lost the first round 2-4 but showed his mettle as he came back strongly taking the second 4-3. However, the third round was a one-way traffic as the 21-year-old Mexican decimated the Indian fighter 7-3.Shiva became the first Indian boxer to be knocked out of the mega-event.The young prodigy from Assam was expected to put on a good show, especially after winning the gold medal at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Astana.last_img read more


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS CANADAS INDIGENOUS SCREEN OFFICE ANNOUNCES THEIR LOGO DESIGN CONTEST

first_imgThe Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada (CBC/SRC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) collaborated to support the Indigenous Screen Office. Associated partners include Bell Media, the Harold Greenberg Fund and VICE Studio Canada..Important DetailsSubmission Deadline: March 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm ESTNumber of Entries Allowed: 1Age Requirement: 19+Submission Instructions: Please submit work via email – a JPEG image of the design (and any variant versions), and a 250 word artist statement in PDF or Word Doc (Cloud hosting or File Sharing programs will NOT be accepted)Contact Email: [email protected] Announced by: April 1, 2018Remuneration: $2,500 CAD Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Artists are invited to submit their designs and an accompanying artist statement of 250 words by March 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Submitted designs should represent the name and mandate of the Indigenous Screen Office as well as the variety of screen industries. The design must also work across a variety of mediums and applications.Selected artist will be notified by April 1 and will receive monetary compensation for their work. To apply, email a JPEG image of the design and an artist statement to [email protected] Indigenous Screen Office was announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, at the Banff World Media Festival in June 2017. The Office’s mandate is to support Canadian Indigenous screen-based industry through the development, production and marketing of Indigenous content. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


Finland team uses Earths magnetic field for phone indoor positioning system

first_img Google announces Floor Plan app for venue owners Explore further They now have a smartphone app that uses the Earth’s magnetic field to help people—in businesses and developers—that can help people tell exactly where they are. It can provide smartphone users a way to make use of indoor maps and can also provide developers with a toolbox for positioning-focused applications.They authored a paper, “Ambient magnetic field-based indoor location technology – Bringing the compass to the next level,” that explains their notion that the earth’s magnetic field is not only a useful factor for animals but also for true navigation for modern-day applications. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Finland team uses Earth’s magnetic field for phone indoor positioning system (2012, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-finland-team-earth-magnetic-field.html “Some animals, such as spiny lobsters, are not only able to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, they can even sense their true position relative to their destination. This means these particular animals are able to derive positional information from local cues that arise from the local anomalies of the Earth’s magnetic field.” Likewise, they said, modern buildings with reinforced concrete and steel structures have unique, spatially-varying ambient magnetic fields that can be used for positioning, though on a far smaller spatial scale. They said that each building, floor and corridor creates a distinct magnetic field disturbance that can be measured to identify a location and generate a map.“In principle, a non-uniform ambient magnetic field produces different magnetic observations, depending on the path taken through it. In IndoorAtlas’ location technology, anomalies (fluctuations) of ambient magnetic fields are utilized in indoor positioning.” Dr.Janne Haverinen, the head of the project, said both what they know about magnetic fields and what they saw in the smartphone marketplace combined to drive their product development. “When iPhone and Android phones arrived with built-in compasses, we realized that we could develop an innovative indoor navigation solution by applying our digital signal-processing expertise,” said Haverinen. As such, New Scientist points out the interesting feature of this technology: Compasses don’t normally work inside buildings because metallic structures disturb the Earth’s magnetic field, while IndoorAtlas can make use of these disturbances to create a unique map within each building. (Phys.org) — Finland-based engineers have worked up a novel approach toward an indoor positioning system (IPS) inspired by the way certain animals–from homing pigeons to spiny lobsters–navigate their way with the help of cues that arise from local anomalies of the earth’s magnetic field. The researchers have formed a company with seed capital investment to commercialize their approach. Namely that approach has resulted in a smartphone app that uses magnetic fluctuations to map indoor locations. Aptly named IndoorAtlas, the company is a spinoff from their University of Oulu beginnings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The company is offering a “toolbox” made of three components, Floor Plans, Map Creator, and an app creator using the company API. Before indoor positioning information can be used on a smartphone, developers need to collect magnetic field information and overlay the information with a floor plan. They need to create an image of the location’s floor plan and then walk through the location while collecting data. IndoorAtlas says their toolbox can create indoor location-awareness applications for a range of applications, such as to guide people inside shopping centers and airport terminals.As for smartphone use, the technology is described as a software-only location system that requires nothing more than a smartphone with built-in sensors. No radio access points or other external hardware infrastructures are necessary. The accuracy in IndoorAtlas’ technology in modern buildings ranges from 0.1 meter to two meters.last_img read more


Tagore in Shorthand A tribute to the Kobi Guru

first_imgArtist Indrajit Nattoji presented a unique collection of paintings, that delves into Kobi Guru’s literary works through handwriting his poems and songs in his image. Titled “Tagore in shorthand”, the collection which was displayed at ICCR, was created using ink and paint on paper. Each art-work showcases one of Tagore’s literary works written in his image. Portraits range from Tagore as a young man to his later years. Talking about his inspiration, Nattoji said, “I have been drawing and painting from the time I recall my earliest childhood memories. When I was studying at the National Institute of Design, long before the digital renaissance, we used to take notes, write scripts, stories and with pen, pencil and paper. Computers were a distant concept at that time and nor were we allowed near one. Recently, I started using handwritten words and sentences to create forms while drawing over words when I made mistakes. As I was drawing while writing, the lines took on a life of their own. I started writing while creating an image and I created images while writing. I then added some paint and colour. Shorthand art anyone?” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA student of NID, Ahmedabad, Nattoji has won the Singapore Promax BDA Asia Awards, Razorfish Rocket Award for Rising Talent and Best Station ID. Currently, he is writing his next feature film, while conceptualizing, directing and producing three film installations for India’s first Museum on Indian Music in Bangalore and continuing to make Ad-Films.When asked why he chose Tagore, the artist said, “The Bengali ‘force’ in me has always been strong. I have been brought up with the mandatory staple of Tagore songs, poems and stories. Recently I was in the middle of an animation project where I had taken on a part of the animation where one had to do hands-on drawings digitally. My mother had organized a small function and get together for Robindro Jayanti and had asked me to draw a portrait of Tagore and add a quote from his works. I was already drawing frames for my animation with my newly acquired Ipad and Apple pencil. I quickly combined the words ‘Pochishe Boishak’ into an image of Tagore. It was spontaneous and intuitive. It turned out quite interesting and was much appreciated by everyone. That’s how this project took birth.” What asked about the plans with this journey of painting, he said,”I hope to take this further with interpretations of more of his works in handwritten drawing style with larger formats of drawing, painting, screen prints, woodcuts, digital art and large-scale animation and film installations.”last_img read more