Related On Thoreau’s 200th birthday, a gift for botany Like countless students before and since, Henry David Thoreau, Class of 1837, had his problems with Harvard. It was too fixed on drilling and grades for him, his classmates were too rowdy, and on the whole he would rather have been in the woods of Concord. Indeed, he was in those woods, he wrote in his class book, for “hours that should have been devoted to study.”In 1840, he dismissed the unearned master’s degree that Harvard offered him, as it did then to all alumni three years after graduation. “Let every sheep keep its skin,” he sniffed. And when Ralph Waldo Emerson said that Harvard taught all the branches of knowledge, Thoreau replied: “Yes, all the branches and none of the roots.”Now, however, as we celebrate the bicentennial of his birth, on July 12, 1817, it is clear that his protest should not be taken too seriously. Harvard profoundly influenced Thoreau and helped make him who he was, whether he said so or not.As a student, he devoured its books, reading many of them outside of classes. The library was also indispensable to his later literary career and work as a naturalist. Thoreau told Emerson’s son Edward that Harvard’s library was the “the best gift” the College had to offer. At Harvard he also began his habit of copying passages that struck him, filling 20 “commonplace” notebooks with a million words. Harvard University Herbaria posting digital images of Concord specimens Thoreau was introduced to Transcendentalism when he read Emerson’s new manifesto, “Nature,” in his senior year, became acquainted with “Hindoo” and other Eastern writings, and developed his interest in poetry and in European languages while at Harvard. By the time he left, he could read Greek, Latin, Italian, German, and French.Thoreau studied the ancient Greek and Roman writers intensely, an immersion that formed his belief that the world of which the poets Homer and Virgil sang is no different from the world today. His love of the classics would also suffuse his writing: While it was often about plants and ponds, Homer, Cicero, and Pliny were never far behind.David Henry Thoreau, as he was then known, entered Harvard on Aug. 30, 1833, at age 16. The College had fewer than 20 professors or instructors, cost $179 a year, and can scarce be imagined physically on today’s megalopolis campus. It consisted of six brick buildings clustered on the west side of the Yard, across from First Parish Church. All classes were held in Massachusetts Hall. There were three dormitories (Hollis, Holworthy, and Stoughton), the chapel, and Harvard Hall, which held 50,000 books.Students were given cannonballs to heat and use as bed warmers during cold weather. They lost points, and thus scholarship money, in President Josiah Quincy’s elaborate ranking system if they rolled them down the stairs, which they did anyway, or failed to appear in the unheated chapel for prayer at 6 a.m. (In a liberalizing gesture, this was moved to a half-hour before sunrise in winter.) Dining was not today’s varied affair: only coffee or tea and rolls, which Thoreau said tasted like wool, morning and evening, with a midday dinner of meat.A fellow student’s poison-pen description of Thoreau walking with downcast eyes and a disdainful expression created the perception that he was morose and aloof at Harvard, but later findings have cast doubt on this. The Thoreau scholar Raymond Adams, writing about the spirited letters Thoreau exchanged with classmates who became close friends, said he “took pleasure in college life” and was not as unhappy as people thought.Ronald A. Bosco, the editor of numerous scholarly works related to Transcendentalism and guest curator of a new Thoreau exhibit at Harvard’s Houghton Library, agrees. “Thoreau made lasting friends at Harvard and enjoyed much of the learning process,” if not its regimented style. He also “remained connected to the College through its library” after leaving Harvard. Thoreau successfully petitioned for borrowing privileges in 1849.Thoreau’s reserve may have contributed to the misperception. While he wrote in his class book that his fellow students had a place “in my heart,” he said it was “too sacred a matter” to speak of directly. Instead, he quoted the Scottish poet Robert Burns on the pain of being severed from friends.But it is true that in many ways Harvard and Thoreau were ill-suited. He didn’t want to go, and he never liked being away from rural Concord. “Though bodily I have been a member of Harvard University, heart and soul I have been far away among the scenes of my boyhood,” he wrote in his class book, “scouring the woods, and exploring the lakes and streams of my native village.”The cost of Harvard was hard on his family, which caused him to take a leave to teach school in his third year. No sooner was he back than he had to withdraw again, this time for illness, a preliminary bout with tuberculosis.This class book of “David Henry Thoreau” bears the Harvard student’s wandering thoughts about his bucolic home, as well as a short poem at the bottom. Courtesy of Harvard University ArchivesBut Thoreau’s main beef with Harvard was its emphasis on drilling and rote memory, rather than what he identified as true teaching. He said the College fostered “superficial scholarship” instead of critical thought. Quincy’s arcane, and hated, marking system, which rated students on daily recitations, chapel attendance, and general behavior as well as compositions and tests, especially irked him. Thoreau was one of 34 members of his class who asked Quincy in 1834 to abolish it.The faculty was small, but it was distinguished. Thoreau had high regard for Edward Channing, professor of rhetoric. Thoreau said he learned to express himself during three years of English with Channing — a rare compliment from him to the College. Thoreau was also impressed by Henry Ware, a liberal Unitarian whose appointment as professor of theology in 1805 caused a fracture with Harvard’s orthodox Puritans. One of the very rare times that Thoreau attended the First Parish Church in Concord as an adult was when Ware preached there in 1840. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who joined the faculty when Thoreau was a senior, deepened his interest in German literature and poetry.He gained an introduction to natural history his senior year when he studied with Thaddeus William Harris, the College librarian and an early entomologist. Harris called him an enthusiastic student of insects but said it was unfortunate that he had just read “Nature.” Thoreau would have made a fine entomologist, Harris said, “if he hadn’t been ruined by Emerson.”Cornelius Conway Felton, with whom Thoreau took three years of Greek grammar, composition, and literature, deepened his love of the classics. Felton was distinguished as a teacher of Greek, but he did not distinguish himself as a judge of character in his estimate of Thoreau. He was “a scholar of talent,” Felton said, “but of such pertinacious oddity in literary matters, that his writings will probably never do him any justice.”Bosco observed that for all its positive influences, Harvard was not where Thoreau was primarily educated. Noting that “Melville admitted that the sea was his college,” he said, “Thoreau truly began his serious intellectual development as a student of Concord and nature.”In later life, Thoreau never let up on Harvard. In 1854, he mocked claims the College made about the practical application of spherical geometry, which he had studied. “To my astonishment I was informed on leaving college I had studied navigation!” he wrote. “Why, if I had taken one turn down the harbor I should have known more about it.” Instead of helping Harvard, he said, men should consider giving money to their towns to preserve and protect a huckleberry patch.But Thoreau’s intellectual growth at Harvard was evident at his graduation, at which he was entitled to speak by his grades. In his oration, he sounded some of the themes he would embed in his classic book “Walden” around 15 years later. The “commercial spirit” of the day, he said, rested on a love of wealth that made people selfish and greedy. The world would be a better place, he said, if people “made riches the means and not the end of existence.”“The sea will not stagnate, the earth will be as green as ever, and the air as pure,” he said in the Yard on Aug. 30, 1837, long before the planet’s pollution became a fixture in graduation speeches. “This curious world which we inhabit is more wonderful than it is convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”Thoreau also ventured that people erred by working six days and resting one — a thought he would develop at length in the “Economy” chapter of “Walden.” “The seventh should be man’s day of toil, wherein to earn his living by the sweat of his brow, and the other six his Sabbath of the affections and the soul — in which to range this widespread garden, and drink in the soft influences and sublime revelations of Nature.”His classmates’ bacchanal parties roared into the night, but without Thoreau. After receiving his diploma, he returned home to Concord and to his natural studies.Richard Higgins is author of the new book “Thoreau and the Language of Trees,” published by the University of California Press. He lives in Concord, Mass.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs he watched Monday’s NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, one player in particular caught UW wide receiver David Gilreath’s interest.“Anyone watching Monday Night Football might have seen DeSean Jackson do his thing,” Gilreath said of the 5-foot-10-inch Eagles receiver.Listed at just 5-foot-11-inches, it’s no wonder Gilreath was drawn to one of the smallest players on the field. Whenever the Badgers play, that title usually falls on him.But he’s heard the whole size thing one too many times before. It’s old news.“I never think about it at all,” Gilreath said of his small stature. “It’s still football, it’s still a game, and I really don’t think size matters that much. It’s playing ball.”As UW entered the 2008 season, Gilreath had no choice but to stand tall — figuratively, of course.While perhaps the biggest question mark on offense for the UW football team was at quarterback, the wide receiving corps was a very young unit. Wisconsin lost a pair of senior wideouts in Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard, creating a bit of uncertainty as to whom the new signal caller would be throwing the ball.That’s where Gilreath came in.Entering his sophomore campaign, Gilreath was named one of the starting receivers by head coach Bret Bielema in the spring. It seemed a natural move, since Gilreath had seen action in all 13 games in 2007, mostly on special teams.“Whether I was named the starter in the spring, you’ve got to just go out there and work as hard as you can every day, use those practices,” Gilreath said. “I just took it as working hard whether I was named the starter or not, just try to keep going.”Gilreath hasn’t grown complacent in his new starting role, however. With plenty of young receivers behind him fighting for time on the field, he knew he had his work cut out for him to stay as one of the team’s top wideouts.“Even now, being named the starter I always feel like there’s someone behind me waiting for the opportunity, so I’ve got to just keep working hard,” Gilreath said.Having to mesh with the team’s quarterbacks in the spring practices was never really much of an issue, Gilreath said, even though he didn’t know which one would be getting the ball to him come August.“They brought them all here for a reason. They’re all pretty good quarterbacks,” Gilreath said. “It just happened that Allan fell in there, but he earned the spot.”Gilreath made a name for himself as a freshman last year returning kicks for the Badgers while seeing limited action on offense. It would have been understandable if his return duties were lessened when he began to see regular time on offense, but Gilreath said there were never discussions of cutting down his time on special teams.“We never talked about anything like that,” Gilreath said. “That’s why in the offseason I trained my body. [The] weight training guys, they did a great job in the offseason to help me maintain myself. It’s working so far.”As far as the mental strain of having to focus on two responsibilities, Gilreath said he took his experiences as a freshman to better prepare himself for 2008.“It’s just playing ball,” Gilreath said. “I think last year, that was a little harder being out there as a receiver and not knowing much, but just kind of running around like, ‘What am I doing?’ But out there in the return game, I’m just doing my thing.”Three wins into the season, Gilreath admits there’s not much that really surprises him anymore, which may itself sound surprising coming from a young player who’s played in just 15 games to date. There has been one experience this year, however, which caught him a bit off guard.“I kind of went through a lot of things freshman year, a lot of adversity last year. Nothing’s popped up except Fresno,” Gilreath said. “I didn’t think it was going to be that loud. We have 80,000 people, and with 40,000 [at Fresno], I was like, ‘It’s not going to be that loud.’ It was loud. It was fun though.”Whether it was the element of surprise from the atmosphere at Bulldog Stadium or the Fresno State defense, Gilreath’s production was limited. He caught just one pass for 10 yards, something UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst wants to fix.“It’s a group that’s getting some snaps,” Chryst said of the young receiving corps. “I like the energy they’ve been playing with. They’re doing some good things. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to them as much as we could have and should have the other night.”Even with the lone catch Saturday, Gilreath is still second on the team in receptions with six, trailing only tight end Garrett Graham. He has yet to find the end zone through three games, however.But he won’t blame that on his size.“I try to use my quickness as an advantage to get around the bigger guys,” Gilreath said. “I would rather have a [6-foot-3-inch] Nick Toon body or someone like that, but God blessed me with this and I’m cool with that.” read more
The Wee Glee Singers from Buncrana, aged 6 – 14, have reached both coasts of America with their recording of ‘The Ballad of 1916’.The singers are a community singing group of 25 boys and girls from all over Inishowen, and part of The Music Box in BuncranaTheir recording of ‘The Ballad of 1916’ has reached both coasts of America. Choirs led by Buncrana’s own Mary McKeever will sing it as part of their Christmas programme this year in San Francisco, and in New York City this coming Saturday, one of their small stepped streets is to be named ‘Easter Rising Way’ in commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.New York City Council member Elizabeth S. Crowley’s chief of staff has been in touch to say they’d love to play it at the start of the naming ceremony and credit Wee Glee in their programme!It is a nice way to end 2016, and our commemoration of our history through song.To listen to their recording click here. The Wee Glee Singers gain popularity in America was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
Which airlines have two people in the cockpit at all times?In light of the tragic news that the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 was a pilot suicide, airlines around the world are moving to enforce new rules surrounding pilots in the cockpit.Authorities say recordings from inside the cockpit show co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, after locking the pilot out of the cockpit, initiated the plane’s descent in to the French Alps. The revelations have prompted airlines around the world to apply a rule requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit if one of the pilots leaves for any reason.Air New Zealand’s chief flight operations and safety officer, Captain David Morgan, said today it would make the same changes to its procedures effective immediately. “Following the Germanwings accident earlier this week and in line with moves being made by some other international carriers, Air New Zealand has reviewed and updated its flight deck procedures,” he said. “If one of the two pilots operating the flight needs to leave the cockpit for a short time, a crew member will be required to enter the cockpit in their place.”This new rule, whilst quickly being adopted by other airlines, was already in place in the United States and Russia and has been for years. Other airlines outside the United States and Russia that have adopted this new policy are Air New Zealand (NZ)Air Transat (Canada)Air Canada (Canada)Westjet (Canada)Flybe (UK)Easyjet (UK)Thomas Cook (UK)Virgin Atlantic (UK)Ryanair (UK)Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)Monarch (UK)Jet2(UK)Norwegian (Scandinavia)Air Berlin (Germany)Lufthansa (Germany)Germanwings (Germany)Austrian Airlines (Austria)Swiss International (Switzerland)Icelandair (Iceland)Qantas (Australia)Virgin Australia (Australia)Jetstar (Australia)Tigerair (Australia)REX (Australia)Network (Australia)WizzAir (Hungary and Ukraine)Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)A British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) statement said: ‘Following the details that have emerged regarding the tragic Germanwings incident, we are co-ordinating closely with colleagues at the European Aviation Safety Agency and have contacted all UK operators to require them to review all relevant procedures.’ The authority added that it had made the change ‘in the light of the latest developments in France’ that revealed the pilot of flight 9525 was locked out of the cockpit. While the CAA said the switch will remain voluntary, an industry insider said: ‘There is some industry chatter about the policy becoming mandatory.’ read more
Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Several disabilities exist that can cause stress for parents/guardians both at the time of diagnosis as well as when coping with the child’s ongoing disability. Current research shows that Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Learning Disabilities occur most commonly. Following are ways for parents/guardians to cope with the stress and diagnoses of these commonly occurring conditions:AutismWhen a child is diagnosed with a serious, lifelong condition, it is stressful for the people who love the child. It is frightening and sometimes overwhelming to face an uncertain future and the prospect of making decisions that will affect a child’s life. Having some strategies to deal with the stress of diagnosis may help parents/guardians feel more a part of their child’s life and more empowered to make important decisions, with the support of professionals. It is important to remember that a diagnosis is an important first step to receiving services (National Autistic Society, 2008). It is also important to remember that the child is still the same child they were previous to the diagnosis, but now people have information to help them develop to their fullest potential (National Autistic Society, 2008).Parents/guardians may find it helpful to seek out as much information as possible on the diagnosis. The Internet can be a wonderful source of information, but parents/guardians are cautioned to seek out more information and verify the information found there, especially as it applies to treatments. It is necessary to understand that it takes time to adjust to this new situation, and it is natural and understandable to feel upset and frustrated. Parents/guardians should try to take some time for themselves individually and as a couple, as the stresses of caring for a child with a disability can strain a marriage or relationship and sap one’s inner resources.Parents/guardians may need to seek support groups with others who are experiencing similar circumstances. These groups can be helpful from a perspective of support and dissemination of information, and they can function as a social outlet for the child, their siblings, and the parents/guardians. Parent/guardian advocacy groups can also help newly diagnosed families obtain services and community supports, as well as offer advice for educational decisions. Parents/guardians should remember that they know their child best and should be cautious when they are called upon by professionals to make decisions if they are not convinced the decision is in the best of their child (Autism Speaks, 2009).The parent/guardian is more likely to stay positive and accomplish their goals if he or she is given some help.Remember, it is okay to have a bad day. No parent/guardian is perfect all of the time, even under ideal circumstances. Raising a child with a disability is stressful, both emotionally and financially. Some parents/guardians find it helpful to write in a journal or talk about their feelings with a professional or friend.Attention Deficit/Hyperactive DisorderThe child diagnosed is not the only one that is affected by ADHD. The child’s family is also influenced by the issues concerning ADHD. The following are ways that parents/guardians can gain support and knowledge about ADHD:Family Counseling – Mental health professionals can assist parents/guardians and children to develop techniques for managing the child’s behavior patterns. In some situations, it may only be the child with ADHD that needs guidance, but most of the time it is very helpful for the whole family to gain support and knowledge about problems concerning ADHD (NIMH, 2016).Support Groups – Parents/guardians of children with ADHD can share any frustrations or successes they experience, make referrals to certain specialists, share information and ideas that work, and listen to lectures given by ADHD experts. This will let parents/guardians know that they are not alone in the problems they face concerning ADHD. It will also give them a comfortable and safe environment to talk with others who share similar concerns (NIMH, 2016).Parenting Skills Training – Techniques for managing their child’s behavior are taught. Parenting skills training can be offered by therapists or in special parenting classes offered by the community or in support groups. Some examples of strategies offered by parenting skills training include rewarding good behavior, learning how to use a system of rewards and consequences to change behavior and encouraging positive behaviors by giving immediate feedback and redirecting behaviors they want to change.Stress Management Methods – Help with tolerance when situations become frustrating is gained. Such stress management methods might include exercise, meditation, and relaxation techniques. These methods can help parents/guardians to respond calmly and effectively to their child’s behavior (NIMH, 2016).Behavioral Parenting Training (BPT) – Social learning principles are used to provide parents/guardians with behavioral modification techniques. According to CHADD (2017), The National Resource on ADHD, BPT involves the following components:Establishing house rules, structure and consistent routinesLearning to praise appropriate behaviors and ignoring mild inappropriate behaviorsUsing appropriate commandsUsing “when…then” contingencies (withdrawing rewards or privileges in response to inappropriate behavior)Planning ahead and working with children in public placesTime out as a consequence for inappropriate behaviorDaily charts and point/token systems with rewards and consequencesSchool-home note system for rewarding behavior at school and tracking homeworkLearning DisabilitiesOften, when a child has a learning disability (LD), he or she does not understand what this means, and they believe that they are not intelligent due to struggles with learning. In fact, children with LD generally have average to above average intelligence and some studies have indicated that up to 33% of children with LD are gifted (NASET, n.d.).It is important for a parent/guardian to talk to a child about LD, so they understand why they learn differently. Without this understanding, the child may believe they are “dumb” and not able to learn (LD Online, 2007). Providing accurate information about what a learning disability is and what it is not is an important step in motivating the child in the classroom and maintaining their self-esteem. The following advice for parents/guardians is offered by LD Online (2007) about how to talk to children about a learning disability.It is important that the child recognizes LD is an identifiable, measurable, treatable, and common problem.Clear up any of their misconceptions about LD.During the discussions, emphasize the child’s strengths, be realistic about the child’s weaknesses, and be optimistic about the child’s future.Remain honest, sensitive, and age-appropriate for all comments and answers about LD.This demystification will help the child become more independent and a better self-advocate for themselves.Exactly how to explain the child’s learning disability may be a daunting task for some parents/guardians. LD Online (2009) offers suggestions by Ania Swiek, a child psychologist, about how to do this. The method she suggests is for children in the fourth grade, but it can be modified to speak to younger or older children as needed. Siwek uses a traffic metaphor to ask parents/guardians to explain what happens in the brain of a person with a learning disability.1. Explain how everyone learns. Everyone has “highways” (pathways) in their brain full of “cars” (information) taking them to “garages” (specific areas of the brain).2. Next, explain what it means to have a learning disability. In the brain of a person with a learning disability, some, but not all, of the highways have traffic jams. Sometimes that traffic jam is quick, but sometimes the traffic jam seems like forever. When someone has a traffic jam on their reading highway, it could be difficult to recall letter sounds.3. Lastly, explain to the child that he/she has limitless potential. Explain to the child that there are “tricks” like “side roads” that can help the child get around the traffic jam; the child’s teacher, tutor, or parent/guardian can help the child find the side roads. Sometimes these side roads may take a little while. No side road is perfect, and sometimes the child might make a mistake. All the parts needed in the brain to be smart are there; it might just take a little longer to learn things.Overall, parents/guardians must make sure the child understands that he or she has a supportive system made up of family members and professionals that will aid and guide him or her throughout their schooling (LD Online, 2007).Additional ResourcesYou Are Not Alone – For Parents When They Learn That Their Child Has a DisabilityThe Unplanned Journey: When You Learn That Your Child Has a DisabilityCoping With Stress When Your Child Has a Chronic Illness or DisabilityOnline Courses read more
How do you edit a compelling film trailer that will tell your story and sell your film?A film trailer is what can make a film live or die. It can help escalate anticipation, word of mouth, intrique and ”I’ve just got to see that film” feelings. Similarly, it has the power to turn turn viewers off completely if they feel like they’ve seen all the best bits with nothing left to surprise.Stephen Garrett runs a ‘trailer house’ called Jump Cut that has for the last 10 years specialized in promoting documentary, foreign and independent films. He’s also been in Filmmaker Magazine and the New York Times. In the following resources he shares some brilliant insights on what makes for a great trailer.Personally I would love to break into the business of editing trailers as it requires a bit of art, part marketing science and part awesome creativity. If you feel the same then check out these great trailer making resources.Dissecting a Film Trailer – What Makes The CutThis is a brilliant piece of infographical insight from the New York Times which is also great fun to play with. They have dissected the trailers for five of the nine Best Picture Nominees for the 2013 Oscars. As you scrub along the timeline of the trailer, the video window updates with that particular shot, so you can see where each shot has originally come from in the order of the actual film. As well, you’ll pick up great insights from trailer experts Bill Woolery and Stephen Garrett. Click here to enjoy the interactive trailer timelines for Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Lincoln, Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild.How To Craft A Winning TrailerIn this post for Filmmaker Magazine, Stephen Garrett talks through how best to create and craft a trailer that will win your audience over and get them to turn out to watch the film. The whole article is pretty much a masterclass in how to make a trailer from scratch – from how to create timelines of great dialogue and shots as the building blocks to setting the right tone and selecting the right music.The humble movie trailer, once a delightful distraction seen only by punctual film goers exclusively in movie houses, is now the principal way most movies get exposure and remain in the public conscience. And as long as there is a computer and an Internet connection, it can be watched anytime, anywhere, indefinitely. Along with the movie poster, it is arguably the most important marketing tool available to a filmmaker.At the bottom of the post are some extra goodies from Dan Schoenbrun on the realities of trailer marketing and explanations of a few common trailer terms (although nothing anyone in post wouldn’t understand already).Pitch Film Trailers & Trailer Sound DesignIn these two posts from my own blog there are some great links to a couple of brilliant interviews with Skip Chaisson who is one of the trailer world’s hottest properties, which includes a brilliant example of a tantalising sizzle reel that Skip edited for director Joe Carnahan’s vision of an NC-17/18 rated DareDevil. Skip has masterfully cut together old TV footage, film clips, dialogue, comic books and titles to create a compelling feeling of what could one day be a great film.There is also another interesting link to an interview with Bryan Jerdan, a sound designer who has worked on films such as Prometheus, The Dark Knight and Inception. Bryan talks through how he got started and the workflow he uses to create some intensely memorable trailers.Great Film Trailer MusicPicking the music for a film trailer is pretty much like this:Be sure to check out the epic trailer music here on Premiumbeat. With a wide variety of royalty free trailer music, you’ll find the right track to add impact to your project! Have you found the perfect trailer track on Premiumbeat? Share a link and recommend it in the comments below! read more
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Most definitely, probably the most fun I’ve had playing here. Period. Today was just great,” said Walker, who had a triumphant debut for the Elite, following a 92-86 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.“I was cramped up from probably around the four-minute mark of the third quarter. So I’m just praying like ‘just get me through this game’ but the whole time, I was just trying to instill in my teammates that it doesn’t matter if I score 50 points. If we don’t do this as a collective, we’re not gonna win,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 29-year-old Walker replaced Trevis Simpson, who suffered a groin injury. Elite went 0-3 before Walker came in.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, made immediate impact with his new team as he provided leadership apart from his numbers. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “There comes a time, we’re 0-3, you gotta get tired of losing. You just gotta go out there and compete,” he said after putting up 32 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, and 15 rebounds.“You know my mindset. You gotta kill me off. I’m going for the win. I’m a competitor and that’s just how I feel. I don’t look at the 0-3, we’re 0-0 right now. Anything can happen, we just gotta believe and go out and play.”Walker also commended JP Erram’s effort in shutting down Phoenix import Eugene Phelps.The Fuel Masters’ explosive import was limited to just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field. “Erram competed today, he went up against Phelps. Phelps is no walk in the park, that’s a big, mobile guy and Erram held him to 13 points. After he busted his jaw, he came back and he did that for the team. We rallied around that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Walker shared he has also shed some weight and he did look noticeably lighter compared to his last PBA stint with NLEX in 2016.“I got this new skinny body, I’m moving a little faster than I’m normally accustomed to and it just so happened that I cramped up today.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There was no stopping Henry Walker on Sunday night and not even a bad case of leg cramps could slow him down.Walker was cramping up as early as the third quarter but he fought through it and willed Blackwater to its first win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Bowie gets gold, and Jamaica fails to win medal in the 100 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGES read more
4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Let’s face it, owning a dog is a serious commitment. They constantly need our attention and care. And we want to know where they are and what they’re up to at all times. If Fido is gnawing on my slippers again…Good news: Now you can keep an eye on your pup, and even bark commands to him from afar thanks to WÜF, a new, two-way communication “smart” dog collar. Insert sigh of relief.Related: GoPro Finally Launches a Camera Harness for Man’s Best FriendThe latest and most comprehensive in a growing breed of connected pet trackers, WÜF stands out from the pack because of one very smart feature — two-way audio. Finally, a dog collar that lets you talk to — and train and play with, well, virtually, at least — your pup from anywhere, and to listen to him, too.WÜF CollarsImage credit: WUF via FacebookThe mutual communication magic happens using a companion app and a microphone-speaker combo embedded in the rugged collar. You’ll receive alerts on a companion app from WÜF whenever your dog is, uh-oh, “barking a lot, crying, whining, growling or whimpering unexpectedly.” And, because it would be torture to listen to all that drooly doggy talk from far away without being able to respond, the app also lets you squawk back.Related: This Man Used a Drone to Walk His Golden Retriever (Video)Just imagine the cute conversations you’ll have with Fido. “Hey, Buddy, I’ll be home soon. Be a good boy.” Wuff, sniffle, pant. Kinda sweet, actually. If WÜF were paired with a webcam — sadly, it’s not — we imagine the owner-pet verbal exchanges would be a little less endearing. “Hey, stop chewing on my shoes! Drop it! Bad dog! No peeing on the carpet!”On a serious note, co-founder and CEO Sean Kelly created the waterproof/shockproof/bite-proof collar after he lost his dog Roxy. She ran off to chase a squirrel and was fatally struck by a car. That’s why he built in GPS tracking ability, though geolocation only scratches the surface of the various other cool tricks the collar pulls off.Related: For a Productive Workplace Let Your Office Go to the DogsWorking with the app and equipped with a grip of high-tech parts (a microprocessor, an accelerometer, a lithium-polymer battery and Bluetooth, 2G and 3G cellular components), the collar monitors your dog’s overall health and activity levels, lets you remotely play with and train your dog using customizable programs and even helps you keep your dog within an invisible “geofence” perimeter around your yard.Check out WÜF in action. Just try not to drool:Don’t worry, there are no shocks involved with freaky WÜF’s “invisible leash” feature. It relies on nice, gentle two-way audio, collar vibration and an included “advanced clicker training” program. It warns your dog to “Stop!” “Listen!” and “Come on back to you to get a treat or affection.”WÜF is on Kickstarter now, with just shy of a month to go. So far, the project is about a third of the way to its $50,000 goal. Gray or orange WÜF collars are available for pre-order for pledges of $99 and up, depending on the level of cush puppy perks included (WÜF logo-d tennis balls, T-shirts, etc.). Sounds like a barking good time.Related: You Can ‘Steer’ Your Dog With This Device Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 3, 2014 Register Now » read more