Warriors bested by Kings and other takeaways from weirdest loss since 2001

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — Over the years, the Sacramento Kings have adopted little-brother status as they’ve looked to emulate the Warriors’ success.On Sunday, the big-brother Warriors (5-23) were bested by the Kings 100-79 at Chase Center. This was the Kings’ first visit to the $1.4 billion facility. In the third quarter, when a spirited “LET’S GO WARRIORS” chant broke out while Golden State was down by 20 points, a …last_img read more

Pumping up Bok support for World Cup

first_imgRay Maota  Brand Soputh Africa CEO Miller Matola (top right) and other industry leaders took part in the Lead SA Bok Friday initiative. Matola in his Bok jersey “played his part” to support the Boks. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shelley Viljoen  Primedia Broadcasting PR manager  +27 11 506 3000 • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Playing a part to back the Boks • Growing support for Play Your Part • New campaign for a better South Africa • New campaign to power South Africa’s ProteasSouth Africans have been mobilised to stand behind their beloved Springboks, the national rugby team, as they prepare to do battle in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.The tournament kicks off on 9 September – 23 October 2011.Brand South Africa showed its support by endorsing the Lead SA Bok Friday initiative at Primedia’s offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 26 August 2011.“We are proud of this initiative by Lead SA to garner support for our beloved Bokke and we as the IMC are proud to ‘play our part’ in bringing national pride back into sport,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said at the event.Brand South Africa launched its Play Your Part campaign in June 2011 as a call to citizens to do whatever they can, big or small, to try and make the country a better place to live in.The organisation was in Port Elizabeth on 20 August to support the Boks as they faced New Zealand in a Tri-Nations clash.The Boks winning the game helped boost national pride – just as the Play Your Part campaign aims to do.Lead SA also encourages citizens to make a difference in the country whichever way they can.Drumming up Bok Friday fever at PrimediaMatola was joined at the event by Absa marketing and communications executive Happy Ntshingila, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen and Lead SA CEO Yusuf Abramjee, who is also head of news and current affairs at Primedia.Well-known South African personalities, including Zuraida Jardin, Tumisho Masha, John Robbie, Danny K, Alex Jay and Pabi Moloi, also attended the event and showed their support for the Boks.Abramjee said: “With the call to citizens to support the Springboks by wearing Bok jerseys on Fridays, we are also proud to introduce Claudia Nel who won the Pretoria News art competition for Lead SA.”Nel is a pupil at Hoërskool Menlo Park in Pretoria.The competition called on South Africans to submit artwork that can be used on Lead SA postcards.Nel’s contribution, featured on the front page of the Pretoria News, showed a face in colours of the South African flag and the city skyline in the background.Adding his voice at the Primedia gathering, Absa’s Ntshingila said: “We as Absa have always supported the Boks and there’s nothing bigger and better than getting behind our national teams, as we saw during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Absa was an associate sponsor of the Boks for nine years before being named the official sponsor in March 2011 in a deal worth more than R50-million (US$6.9-million).The Boks will have a send-off party organised by Lead SA on 1 September at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, where Danny K and La Vuvuzela will perform, among other artists.DStv’s Supersport channel will show the Rugby World Cup matches live and supply footage to other stations to ensure all 50-million South Africans behind the Boks.Rugby in South AfricaRugby has played a major transformational role in South Africa after the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.The impressive victory by the Boks came a year after the first democratic elections in the country, which resulted in Nelson Mandela becoming president.The shot of Mandela and then-Bok captain Francois Pienaar hoisting the Webb-Ellis trophy at Ellis Park in Johannesburg has become an iconic national image.last_img read more

Is “fat” a four-letter word?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Is fat a bad word? Not necessarily. Simply put, fat is just the body’s storage form of energy. If an animal consumes more energy than it uses, the excess calories will be stored as fat — money in the bank to be used in an energy shortage (think cows calving in late winter). Fat also imparts flavor to food (like a T-bone steak) but it also adds calories. So managing fat can be a delicate issue in the cattle business.Presently, eating quality of beef is estimated to a large degree by the amount of marbling (intramuscular fat) that it contains. Tenderness is also important but is generally a function of age (younger is better). Marbling generally increases after the animal attains some maturity and external fattening has occurred. External fat is frequently used as an indication of when cattle will have enough marbling to grade choice or prime. I know what you are thinking — why don’t we just measure marbling? We’re getting to that with ultrasound technology and it would allow us to avoid over finishing (high yield grades) of fed cattle. Ideally, marbling would occur in feedlot cattle with very little external fat being present. We would like to have Choice and Prime quality grades with yield grades of 2 or 3 for our fed cattle. But . . . If we bred cattle to meet this criterion, what would it mean to the beef cow herd? Don’t ever take fleshing ability away from the brood cow herd! It will have a negative effect on reproduction.It is important to understand how cattle fatten so that we can manage them accordingly. Fat is “laid down” from front to back and top to bottom. The fore ribs and spinous processes are covered first then the fat cover continues backward and downward. That’s why folks look for cod fat (in the scrotal area) as an indicator of when cattle are finished. It is the last place to fatten. Loss of body fat happens in reverse order. Fat cover is the basis for condition scoring in beef cattle.Body condition has a definite impact on reproductive performance. Cows should generally be at a Body Condition Score (BCS) of five at the beginning of the breeding season. A cow with a BCS of 5 will have some fat reserves, with fat cover over all the ribs. As cows lose condition (in the reverse order that it was put on) a BCS 5 would become a BCS 4 when they lose condition so there is no cover over the last two ribs. This would mean that the cow has very marginal energy reserves for good reproductive performance. If this loss of condition (fat reserves) continues so that you can see the foreribs (BCS 3), then you have a real problem. Conception rates will suffer.Loss of condition generally happens after calving when dietary energy needs have increased dramatically and feed supplied isn’t meeting those needs. The cow has to “withdraw, from the bank” to meet her nutritional needs. It is important that some energy reserves are available.And what about the herd bulls(s)? We need some energy reserves so that bulls can stay active during the breeding season but … bulls are athletes. They should have muscling, sound feet and legs and be able to sire a large number of calves in a short period of time. At least that is what we say we want but then we frequently buy young, fat bulls that look great at the start of the breeding season and are a wreck before the season is over.Why does this happen? Probably because we confuse fat with muscling. We are looking at thickness as a sign of muscling but it could just be a layer of fat. Fat can “plaster over” thin-muscled cattle. Fat doesn’t move but muscles will “ripple”. Watch the animals as they move. Observe the hindquarters and shoulders. Remember, “if it ain’t movin’, it ain’t muscle!”So managing fat (or condition) is important in the cattle business, especially in the cowherd for optimum reproduction. Fat is important — both too much or too little can be a problem. Astute producers recognize the importance of efficient cattle that can maintain adequate energy reserves without wasting feed resources.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: 2D to 3D in Adobe After Effects

first_imgIn this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to use a displacement map in Adobe After Effects to give your still pictures a 3D effect.Add life to your two dimensional still pictures by giving them a simulated 3D look. There are multiple ways to achieve this in After Effects…and in the following video tutorial we’ll show you how it’s done with a displacement map. The 2D to 3D animation is surprisingly simple.This video tutorial covers:Using the puppet toolUsing the displacement map effectCreating a 3D depth mapThis is just one of the many scenarios in which using a displacement map might be helpful – so it’s a useful After Effects feature to know.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  4Add a displacement map and set the map layer to the depth comp. 5Set the picture layer to 3D and rotate left to right over the y-axis for 3 seconds. Set keyframes to horizontal and vertical displacement. 7Use the puppet tool to keyframe a smile. 1Drag your picture into a new composition and duplicate. 2Use the brush tool to paint the background to black and the foreground to white on the top picture. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using the displacement map in After Effects, please comment below! 6Precompose both layers and change the composition to 1280 x 720. 3Blur and precompose the top picture.last_img read more