first_imgMcKinleyville >> Surrounded by family, friends and faculty, McKinleyville High School volleyball players Mya Alves and Abby Miller signed letters of intent to play for Humboldt State University in 2017.For the duo, both of whom admitted attending several HSU games in their youth, the opportunity to wear a Jacks jersey fulfills a childhood dream.“When we were little we used to go (to HSU) and watch the games. We thought, ‘Wow, that’s so awesome. We want to be them one day,’” said Alves, who …last_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Growing up on the North side of Milwaukee, Jordan Poole was always one of the youngest, smallest kids on the pick up court. Charges to the basket were met by stronger bodies, and so he had to find other means to score.“I was accustomed to finding a way to create my own shot because, when I was younger playing against older kids, you would go to the basket and it really wasn’t doing too much. They were just physically stronger,” Poole said. “I think that’s something I’ve never …last_img read more


first_img1 August 2014Centre Benele Makwezela will make her test debut for the Springbok Women in the team’s opening Women’s Rugby World Cup clash against Australia at the French Rugby Federation in Marcoussis on Friday afternoon.Makwezela participated in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow last year and made her first appearance for the Springbok Women on the team’s Rugby World Cup warm-up tour to London and France in June and July where she featured in the matches against the Nomads.ExperienceNine players in Sephaka’s match 22 played in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup in London, while five of them – captain and number eight Mandisa Williams, flank Lamla Momoti, prop Cebisa Kula, replacement scrumhalf Fundiswa Plaatjie and replacement flyhalf Zandile Nojoko – also participated in the 2006 World Cup in Canada.Five of the players in the squad, meanwhile, made their test debuts against France in July on the warm-up tour, including fullback Cindy Cant and lock Celeste Adonis.‘Horses for courses’“Our approach for this World Cup is horses for courses, and we believe that this team is best suited to the way we would like to play against Australia,” coach Lawrence Sephaka said in a statement.“This match 22 has a good mix of youth and experience, which is ideal. The World Cup experience is particularly important because this is a big occasion for the team and for the individuals, so it is important to have players who can guide the youngsters when necessary.”DelightedSephaka said he was delighted for Makwezela and he hoped the fact that she would play her first test in a Rugby World Cup would make the occasion more memorable.“Benele played very well against the Nomads in London and she was unlucky not to be selected to face France in July,” he added, “but she has put in a lot of extra work since that tour to show us what she is capable of and it paid off.“It is a special moment for any player to make their debut and to achieve this in a World Cup is particularly special, so I wish her the best of luck.”Tough onslaughtZoning in on the match, Sephaka said he expected a tough onslaught from Australia and said his charges had to be strong in all areas of the game to start the World Cup on a high note.The last time the teams met was in the final pool match of the 2010 World Cup and the result was a 0-62 defeat for South Africa. But Sephaka said his team had more to offer this time around.‘A quality team’“Australia are a quality team with skillful backs and powerful forwards, so we will be tested in all facets of our game,” he reckoned. “We are particularly wary of their game-breakers in the backline, and we know that they will punish us if we make mistakes. So it is important for us to deliver solid set pieces and use our possession well.“We also need to remain focused for the full 80 minutes to achieve our goal of starting the World Cup on a strong note. We have worked hard in the last few months to improve our standard of play and if we play to our potential I believe we can do well.”Television broadcastThe match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 at 15:45, and can also be livestreamed from www.rwcwomens.com.SPRINGBOK TEAM15 Cindy Cant, 14 Veroeshka Grain, 13 Benele Makwezela, 12 Lorinda Brown, 11 Phumeza Gadu, 10 Zenay Jordaan (vice-captain), 9 Tayla Kinsey, 8 Mandisa Williams (captain), 7 Vuyolwethu Vazi, 6 Lamla Momoti, 5 Cindy Booi, 4 Celeste Adonis, 3 Cebisa Kula, 2 Denita Wentzel, 1 Asithandile NtoyantoSubstitutes16 Thantaswa Macingwana, 17 Nwabisa Ngxatu, 18 Andrea Mentoor, 19 Shona-Leah Weston, 20 Fundiswa Plaatjie, 21 Zandile Nojoko, 22 Siviwe BasweniSAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgAlthough Hitwise focuses on U.S. traffic only, these findings go against everything we’ve heard about Twitter and its popularity – in fact, they seem to confirm that there may be more media hype surrounding the microblogging network than there is actual engagement among its users.It would be interesting to compare the number of users each network has with the visits, but that would be hard to do since Twitter refuses to release those sorts of statistics. Meanwhile, we’re left wondering if Hitwise has had some sort of massive system glitch in their system or if we’ve just seen proof of how Twitter’s supposed popularity is just all talk. As despicable as these tactics are, they’ve helped Tagged grow and remain profitable. ComScore reported the site had 32 million visitors in April of this year, up from 14 million the prior year. And once there, the visitors are staying engaged, generating over 5 billion pageviews during that month. Believe it or not, the company is still growing according to the Hitwise data, albeit at a slower rate than it did a couple of years ago when it was adding more users per day than MySpace. In September of 2008, the site received 1.62% of social networking visits and this September, they received 2.38%. Although those numbers are small, they’re still larger than Twitter’s who came in at 0.15% last year and 1.84% this past month. Even worse, when calculating the time spent on the social networking sites, Tagged has shown an increase there as well. They’re up from 23 minutes in September of 2008 to 25 minutes in September 2009. Meanwhile, Twitter is showing a decrease from 36 minutes to just under 16 minutes year-over-year, a loss of 56%. Tags:#social networks#Trends#twitter#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… New data released from Experian Hitwise reconfirms what we’ve known for some time: Facebook is killing the other social networks. Nowhere is that more true than here in the U.S. where they found that the visits to the site have increased 194% from September of last year to September 2009. However, it’s Twitter that’s seen the largest year-over-year increase in visits – during that same time period, they’re up 1170%. But one of the oddest findings being reported is how the social network known as Tagged is beating out Twitter for the number three spot in terms of visits.MySpace Declines, Facebook and Twitter Grow According to Experian, nearly 59% of all the social networking visits were visits to Facebook while only 30% were to MySpace – a 55% decrease in market share over the past year in terms of visits for the one-time king of social networks. Looking at just the year-over-year percent change may give you the impression that Twitter’s popularity is through the roof. After all, they posted an increase of over 1000 percentage points. But the truth is, their percentage of visits still remains relatively low. Only 1.84% of visits to social networking sites in September were to Twitter, bringing them in at #4 on the chart. What? Tagged Beats Twitter?Facebook and MySpace beat Twitter out for the top two spots, but you may be surprised to see who came in at #3: Tagged. Yes, Tagged, the social networking site that’s best known for getting busted in an email invite scam is beating out Twitter. Although we like to think that spammy marketing tactics don’t pay off, it seems that for Tagged they have. Their aggressive methods in the past involved having new registrants add their contact lists to the service which Tagged then used to send out “invites” to everyone in the user’s address book. The worst part is that the invites looked as if they came from the individual users when really, most were completely unaware anything had been sent out. Tagged has also been known to send out emails that force users to sign up for accounts in order to see shared photos from other users, even going so far as to guilt-trip recipients into signing up with messages that read: “If you don’t click, [the person] may think you said no :(“.center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday confirmed that their senior most batsman Angelo Mathews will bat at the important number four position in the first Test against India beginning.”He gives us confidence as a batting unit. He will bat at number four. He has all the experience and at the top of the order and we will get maximum out of it,” Chandimal said on the eve of the opening Test against India at the Eden Gardens.Mathews is yet to score a Test hundred since August 2015 and in that phase he has aggregated 917 runs in 32 innings at 28.65 with his overall average slipping to 44.93 from 52.06. Incidentally his last hundred came against India — a knock of 102 in Colombo in August.”We are looking forward to his experience. He was unbelievable in 2013-14. Hope he will put his hands up and do best.” Having missed the entire Pakistan series because of a calf injury, Mathews is back in action, albeit only as a batsman. (Winning a Test in India is like a dream for everyone: Dinesh Chandimal)”We will miss Mathews as a bowler as he gives us more confidence and can balance the side really well. Unfortunately with his injury he can’t bowl in Tests.” Playing their first Test in India since 2009, Sri Lanka will also eye a maiden win in the longer format as they have lost 10 matches and drawn the remaining six in the country.The Eden Gardens has a green top on offer and Chandimal hoped their batsmen and bowlers would make best use of it. “In our last series here, we played really good against their seamers. We are confident to play on the grassy conditions and bouncy pitches.advertisement”We are more than capable of playing in this kind of conditions. We need to get a good start, especially the top four and then we can continue,” he said. India had whitewashed them 9-0 across three formats not so long ago and Chandimal said they learnt their lessons the tough way.”They have been outstanding. They have done a lot of hardwork, on and off the field. They are really good as a team in every format. They look really balanced.” “We all know India are the number one side at the moment in Tests. They have played some really good cricket last two years. It was a tough series in Sri Lanka and as a team we have learnt a lot from that time.”Sri Lanka bounced back from the bitter memories back home to surprise Pakistan 2-0 in Tests in UAE. “We just need to get positives of the last series. We are more confident after winning against Pakistan.”Asked about their recipe of success against Pakistan, he said: “We just tried to play five bowlers, as a good team you need 20 wickets to win a match. Then fielding is one area we are looking at and keep our energies up for five days.”The weather was really hot in UAE, we used five bowlers… Here we saw the pitch yesterday, it looked green and hard. Maybe, the seamers will come into play in this game. A deep depression in Bay of Bengal is causing a lot of rainfall since last night as it may affect the match with more rain forecast in next 48 hours.”You can’t control the weather. As a team we have a good gameplan, we have something up our sleeves. We are coming tomorrow here to play the game without thinking about the weather. If it rains we will change the gameplan and go forward.”last_img read more