The late Quincy B and his manager Lewiz McCarthyThe wake-keeping and funeral of Quincy B, one of the most influential artists over the past five years in Liberia who died in a tragic motor accident, will be on be held tomorrow, Friday, March 24, to be followed by a funeral service on Saturday, March 25, both at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.The late music icon, 23, died on his way from an impromptu performance at Anglers Bar and restaurant in Monrovia.Entering into mainstream music at the age of 19 with the single “Dream,” Quincy B released more than 10 singles, with 15 unreleased songs which are expected to drop soon.Before his death, he became the youngest artists in Liberia’s struggling music history to become a brand ambassador for a major telecommunications company, Lonestar Cell MTN.However, since his death, an investigation to establish the cause, manner and circumstances surrounding his death has not been carried out by the Liberia National Police (LNP). Moreover, the family of the late R&B star agreed not to conduct an autopsy report to verify claims that he was drunk while driving that fateful morning.Quincy B, whose real name is Quincy L. Burrowes, was born on April 24, 1993 in Liberia before migrating to Ivory Coast where he started singing in a local Lutheran church choir at an early age.Actives for the wake-keeping and funeralAccording to Lewiz McCarthy, the manager of fallen music icon, Quincy B’s remains will arrive at the ATS (Antoinette Tubman Stadium) ‘by 6:00 p.m.’ under heavy security. The official program for the wake-keeping, he said, will start ‘by 7:30 p.m.,’ and will run up to the next day – the day of the funeral service, which will take place at the same location in the morning hours.“Due to security reasons which have to do with crowd control, we cannot not reveal to the public the exact time the remains of the late Quincy B will be removed from the St. Moses Funeral Home. We are sorry if anyone feels hurt,” Lewiz said.He added that the funeral service is expected to end ‘by 1:30 p.m.,’ followed by interment outside Monrovia.Lewiz has meanwhile denied reports that fans will have to pay entry fees for the wake and funeral services of the late R&B star.“Let me make this categorical clearly, anyone caught taking money from people, as entry is free for the wake and funeral services, will be serious punished. Absolutely, no one is allowed to engage in such a criminal act, which undermines the legacy of the late music icon.“Matter of fact, the presence of security personals will be visible in and out of the stadium to address any unrest or arrest anyone who will be trying to collect or solicit entry fees from fans and sympathizers,” Lewiz added.Lewiz further called on individuals printing t-shirts with the late artist’s image to either desist (stop) or face lawsuits.“It pains my heart to see people making money off Quincy B’s death, instead of mourning him. This is total wickedness; and we are urging them to stop now! Also, I am calling on all loyal fans of the late Quincy B not to purchase any t-shirt with his photo on it until we say so,” Lewiz added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today USDA again provided a surprise as they increased the corn yield more than expected. The soybean yield was unchanged. Brazil’s soybean production was higher, a bit bearish. The soybean carryout was reduced, that was expected.USDA estimated the U.S. corn yield at 175.4 bushels per acre, up from last month’s 171.8. Traders were looking for the corn yield and production to increase slightly compared to the October report. USDA estimated the U.S. soybean yield at 49.5 bushels per acre, that was unchanged. USDA had the corn ending stocks at 2.487 billion bushels. Last month they were 2.34 billion bushels. Soybean ending stocks were estimated at 425 million bushels. Last month they were 430 million bushels.Minutes after the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, and wheat up 2 cents. Just before the noon report, corn was unchanged, soybeans were up 5 cents, with wheat up 3 cents.Corn prices have been very boring for at least the last month. Daily price ranges have often been 2 to 3 cents from the day’s high to the day’s low. Earlier this week corn spent much of the day trading with just a one cent daily range. It has been a common thread for the past month that the report today would show corn yields increasing while soybean yields were expected to decline. December CBOT corn since Sept. 1 has seen a high of $3.62 and a low of $3.425. The past six weeks it has seen a high of $3.5525 and a low of $3.425. That low was made with the Oct. 12 report when the corn yield increased almost two bushels per acre. Corn has had difficulty trading above $3.50 and below $3.45.The average trade estimate for the corn yield was 172.4 bushels per acre. Meanwhile, the average soybean yield by traders was pegged at 49.3 bpa compared to 49.5 bpa from last month. Corn ending stocks were projected to increase slightly while seeing the soybean ending stocks decline by a very small number. Corn and soybean volumes have been very light in overnight trading many days this past month.Ohio producers are looking for a break in the weather to finish corn and soybean harvest. Last weekend’s rainfall totals for much of the state exceeded 3 inches while reaching almost 5 inches in south central Ohio. That rainfall has kept many producers out of the fields early this week. A small number were back harvesting on Wednesday. The huge amount of corn and soybean replant acres this spring had kept producers out of those fields with maturity taking place slower than desired. Unfortunately, with the change in the weather, daily highs are struggling to be in the 50s. Those temperatures combined with cloudy days result in very little field drying. Daily lows the next two mornings in the low 20s are in the forecast. Western Ohio had heavy winds on Sunday that did extensive damage. Those winds did not follow all the way across the state.Weather in South America has been the wild card in recent weeks. Soybeans have not collapsed for days in a row with recent rains in northern Brazil. Earlier in October it was too wet in Argentina and southern Brazil while too dry in northern Brazil. Soybean planting in Brazil has been at a slower pace than in past year as farmers waited until mid-September and later to begin planting soybeans. Waiting for moisture was the reason for delays. Late last week Brazil’s farmers were heavy sellers of soybeans as their currency declined.The next monthly supply and demand report will be Dec. 12. That report will not detail corn and soybean yields and production as those numbers will be unchanged from November. The Jan. 12, 2018 USDA report will detail final yields and production for corn and soybeans. The January report will also publish U.S. quarterly grain stocks as of Dec. 1, 2017.Quickly dismissed earlier today was the corn export sales report of 93 million bushels. Today’s sales are the third largest weekly corn sales since October 2007. The record in the past 15 years appears to be the late October 2013 sales report that combined several weeks of sales at 179 million bushels. The government shutdown Oct. 1-16, 2013 prevented USDA from compiling reports for several weeks.Most important today will be the corn close. Will it make new contract lows?
john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Keeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.Our most-read post here on ReadWriteBiz in the past week was How to Optimize Your Brand’s Facebook Page for Search Engines. More than 70% of major brands don’t have their Facebook page optimized enough to turn up in the first 20 search results for their company’s name, according to one recent report. Fortunately, the process of making one’s page more SEO-friendly is pretty straight-forward on Facebook. Once your page is all tricked out with SEO best practices, American Express OPEN wants to help you take your Facebook marketing efforts to the next level. They’re sponsoring a contest in which five small businesses will win $20,000, a trip to Facebook’s headquarters and $2,500 in ad credits on the social networking site. Want to get your invoices paid faster? Research suggests, unsurprisingly, that offering clients the ability to pay invoices online will speed the payment process up. This week, Freshbooks announced an integration with PayPal Business Payments that lets clients do exactly that. Is your company’s Website ready for a massive, unexpected surge in traffic? Many small businesses say “no.” Whether it’s from an increase in customer interest or something more nefarious, such a surge can take your Website down if you’re not prepared for it. One of the first lines of defense is your site’s DNS settings, so you’ll want to ensure you’ve got a stable, scalable provider. Some of our sister channels here on ReadWriteWeb had a few good business resource posts worth checking out this week. Blank Label co-founder Danny Wong wrote a guest post on ReadWriteStart about hiring new team members. On ReadWriteEnterprise, we’ve got a PDF report on how to create a disaster recovery plan for your business. Concerned about the privacy of your company’s data stored on Dropbox? Our own Klint Finley discusses how to better encrypt that data and keep it safe. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#biz#Reviews
Establishing shots should be subtle, not only communicating location in time and space but also setting the tone for the story about to take place.How did establishing shots develop, and what can they do for the narrative in your film? Let’s take a look.Early establishing shots in silent films were just a silhouette of a city with a name card. Orsen Wells’s Citizen Kane (1941), the source of many modern cinema conventions, added some live footage of monkeys in front of its ominous painted castle.As film evolved, each successive generation of filmmakers pushed the envelope, and a visual language emerged for situating the audience as artfully as possible in the world of the film without communicating more information than the audience can absorb.Image via Citizen Kane.A densely layered cityscape or an architectural wide shot can both be overwhelming if they appear in a straight cut — the eye doesn’t know where to look. A device emerged in the ’70s and ’80s whereby a camera could tilt up or down, slowly revealing the city or building, which changed how filmmakers could transition into these shots.This has become a trope — a helicopter flies over the water, only showing reflections as the opening credits roll, then slowly tilting up to reveal the shining lights of a city. This has become a trope for a reason. It gives our eyes time to adjust and anticipate the coming vista. It allows us to arrive in the world of the story.Some films take this to the next level by pushing into a specific building (or window) of the city, then cutting to that office. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight pushes in on the rooftops of Gotham, and later of Hong Kong, to find the Dark Knight himself standing guard over the city.These shots work by threading together different elements, slowly introducing us to how they are related. Brian DePalma’s Scarface (1983) has some incredibly stylish establishing shots, none more so than the one when Tony visits his mother for the first time in America. It starts on a neon pink sky, punctured by industrial towers. A shiny white Cadillac drives into the frame. The camera cranes down, revealing a small-but-well-maintained house, as the car pulls up and Tony gets out.Image via Scarface (Universal).In just ten seconds, we understand that a criminal son is visiting his poor-but-upstanding mother on the wrong side of the tracks. Each element is introduced in turn, and we make the connections as they appear. It’s an incredibly artful, stylish piece of filmmaking, even more surprising since only twenty minutes before — in the same movie — we were watching a guy being dismembered with a chainsaw.Great establishing shots not only tell us where we are, they connect the characters to the location in a way that let us consider those connections.Skyfall.Consider these two shots: one from Trading Places, the other from Skyfall. One starts a scene, the other finishes a scene. Trading Places shows us the town we are in, craning down as a car comes to a halt to reveal our characters and begin the dialogue. In Skyfall, the scene develops after a conversation between our characters and their journey — the camera cranes up as the car turns into a driveway, revealing the name of the film and the setting for the final act.Both shots reveal elements slowly, building the atmosphere in a way a straight cut couldn’t. Establishing shots work best when they’re not standalone shots but, rather, a sequence of frames linked in a single shot, releasing critical information at a pace the audience can follow.Cover image via Skyfall (Columbia Pictures).Looking for more on cinematography? Check out these articles.Is the GoPro 7 Black the Best Action Camera on the Market?6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can AffordProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootAdd Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceCamera Insights: The Best A-Cam and B-Cam Video Setups
week 7 college basketball coaches poll Twitter/@MSU_FootballMichigan State continues to roll. The 12-0 Spartans are one of just three power conference programs that remain undefeated so far this season, and should enter Big Ten play with an unblemished record. Things won’t be easy for Michigan State going forward, however, with the injury to do-it-all star guard Denzel Valentine, who will be out for 2-3 weeks. For now, Michigan State remains on top of the college basketball world. Here are the week seven Top 25 polls. AP Poll:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Providence 11. Iowa State 12. Kentucky 13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Louisville 17. Villanova 18. SMU 19. West Virginia 20. George Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. Utah 25. South Carolina USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Iowa State 10. Duke 11. Kentucky 12. Butler 13. Purdue 14. Providence 15. Louisville 16. Miami (FL) 17. Villanova18. West Virginia 19. Texas A&M20. George Washington 21. Cincinnati22. Baylor 23. South Carolina 24. Gonzaga 25. Vanderbilt
OSU redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes’ game against Northwestern on Jan. 22. The Buckeyes lost 74-72. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorKnowing what you’re going to get every night from your team as a head coach should be affordable. The 40-some practices in the preseason coupled with another 100-or-so and over 20 games played is more than enough time on the court to find an identity as a team.It was alarming, at the end of the nonconference season, that OSU had won by just two points against mid-major University of North Carolina Asheville. That came just days after OSU beat Youngstown State by 37 and allowed a season-low 40 points on defense. It’s back-to-back contests like those that hasn’t permitted the OSU fan base to have excitement for its men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes were winners of three out of four heading into their matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night, in Iowa City. With a win, OSU would have been tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings. Instead, the Buckeyes played one of their worst games of the year, losing convincingly 85-72. OSU never led in the final 31 minutes of the game.Coach Thad Matta’s team had played like that before. The team came out of the gate, unfocused, not ready to compete for 40 minutes like the players have discussed at length this season. But against Iowa, it was clear that the Buckeyes most substantial issue this season is stringing together productive performances.“You hope there’s a certain standard that guys are going to hold themselves and their teammates to,” Matta said. “This team has had a tendency to go back and we sort of start over and I think that’s been one of the challenges with this group of just continuing to demand as much as we possibly can.”Matta continued to insist on Monday that the Buckeyes have played some “really good basketball” — which they have.OSU played its best game of the season against Minnesota just three days prior to the debacle at Iowa. Against Minnesota, the Buckeyes were the team out to a double-digit lead in the first half. They were able to make stops and free throws down the stretch anchored by 19 points each from senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson.At Iowa, the story couldn’t have been more different.Thompson had zero points and six rebounds. He fouled out of the game after just 13 minutes on the floor.Loving scored nine points and was 4-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes of action.Matta has had teams like this before. In 2013, OSU, ranked No. 13 at the time, lost at No. 20 Wisconsin by 22. It dropped Matta’s team to 8-5 in conference, but the Buckeyes rallied to finish second in the conference, won the Big Ten tournament and were five points away from a second consecutive final four appearance.Matta said the 2012 team had a similar struggle, finishing the regular season at 4-3. Yet that team found a way to turn the edge and make the Final Four.The argument can be made that those teams were vastly talented than the current OSU roster, but it’s true that Matta has had teams that surpass inconsistency. However, each time the 2016-17 Buckeyes have showed any sign of becoming a consistent team, they’ve fallen flat.“Sometimes it just has to click,” Matta said. “We got a great opponent (Tuesday) night in Maryland and we’re going to have to play 10-times better than we did the other night.”Matta said he doesn’t believe that this team, currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten at 3-6, will just lay down through adversity and fall off a cliff. He believes that all the problems are mendable, it’s just a matter of when the team buys into the message.“They’ve got to want to shake themselves out of it,” Matta said. “This is where the tough get going.”
When Anna Szerszen came to America, the first thing she noticed was how big everything was. Now, after four years at Ohio State, the only things that are “big” are her talent on the court and her aspirations off the court. To say that Szerszen has seen a lot in her life is an understatement. She was born in Poland, raised in France and is pursuing athletics and academics at OSU. “It’s been a long journey,” Szerszen said. “It’s very difficult but it’s also a very enriching experience.” Szerszen’s uniqueness goes farther than fact that she’s a French transplant playing college volleyball in America. She is also in graduate school pursuing a master of business administration. Her program in the Fisher College of Business combines a bachelor’s degree with an MBA in five years. At graduation, she will receives both diplomas. “I’m a full time MBA student right now majoring in operations and logistics with a focus on international business,” Szerszen said. Her family moved from Poland to France when she was 2 because her father, a professional volleyball at the time, joined a French team. Szerszen grew up in a volleyball family, but it took some time for her to warm to the sport. “At first I didn’t want to (play) because kids never want to do what their parents tell them,” she said. After experimenting with gymnastics, basketball and track, Szerszen decided to give volleyball a try. “Finally I tried volleyball, and I really loved it,” she said. As Szerszen progressed with volleyball, she didn’t know what she was going to do after high school. “In France the system is really different,” Szerszen said. “To study and play volleyball at a high level is extremely hard.” That’s when OSU came calling. “I got a scholarship offer from OSU and I was like, ‘Wow that’s so cool,’” Szerszen said. “I got in touch with the assistant coach. She came to visit my house in March of my senior year, and in April I committed.” Anna had never visited OSU’s campus when she committed but knew that the academics OSU could provide her with were important. “My parents pushed me to get a diploma because you can’t live off volleyball your whole life,” Szerszen said. Once Szerszen was on campus, it didn’t take her long to figure out what she wanted to study. “My freshman year I discovered” the MBA program, Szerszen said. She is the first female athlete to go through the program and the second athlete behind Stan White Jr., who played football for the Buckeyes from 2002-2006. “He helped me a lot with getting into it because basically nobody does the program. It’s really challenging,” Szerszen said. The demanding workload takes a toll on Szerszen’s social life. “The hard thing is the team, they all hang out together, go to the movies and go do fun stuff — and I’m just drowning in books,” Szerszen said. Szerszen has also had to adapt to life in America. “It was extremely hard in the beginning,” Szerszen said. “I grew up and I learned how to live independently and make decisions on my own and just adapt to whatever is coming at me by myself.” On top of that, she gets to see her family only about a month out of each year. “I go back whenever I can, meaning in the summer, two-ish weeks, at Christmas, two-ish weeks,” Szerszen said. “It’s hard, but this is my fifth year doing it and we’re all used to it.” Szerszen also plays for the French national team. She has been a member since she was 14. “I’m very proud to be on the national team because obviously not many people get to do that,” Szerszen said. Being the lone fifth-year senior on the volleyball team, Szerszen is looked at as one of the main leaders. “She is our oldest and most experienced player,” said teammate Allie Schwarzwalder. “She is a good leader on the court and off the court.” Being around adults in her MBA classes all day, Szerszen brings maturity to the team. “She’s a grown-up,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “She’s like the mother of the team.” Szerszen realizes her time as a Buckeye is running out, and her final game as an OSU volleyball player looms on the horizon. But she said she will always appreciate her time as an OSU athlete. “I think as athletes, when we go through this, we don’t realize how lucky we are,” she said. “When you get out into the world, you are never going to have that again.”
OSU then-sophomore Kyle Snyder gets his hand raised during a meet against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. Credit: Lantern file photoThere are more lies than truths told at family functions. From dinner to shooting the bull afterward, most of the stories shared never happened, but they’re harmless lies.In my family, that “shooting the bull” devolves into the men sitting around trying to prove who knows best in remembering some of the most dominant Ohio State sports legends in their lifetimes.They remember watching from the nosebleeds, or through their first television, all the miraculous things Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Jerry Lucas, Jimmy Jackson and Scoonie Penn did while at Ohio State.I’m in my final year as an undergraduate at Ohio State, and I imagine decades from now when I partake in the debate of the greatest athletes to grace Columbus, it’ll go something like this: “Let me tell you about the most complete, dominant athlete in the world who won a gold medal at the Olympics while he wrestled in college.“And let me tell you how I never saw Kyle Snyder in person and I didn’t watch him nearly enough on TV.”When you’re told college will be “the best years of your life,” it’s generally referring to the experiences gained, lessons learned and friends made that last a lifetime. I’ve had plenty of those, and outside of trivial matters, I wouldn’t want my time at Ohio State to be any different than what it has been: except for a chance to watch Snyder every moment I could have.All of that is the truth.Snyder will wrestle for the final time at home as an Ohio State Buckeye Sunday in front of what might be a sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. And it will be another opportunity — like many other Ohio State students — I will miss seeing a man who is sure to be on the Mount Rushmore of Ohio State athletes, with the likes of Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus.It would take me more than this entire column to list his individual achievements, so a quick glance at his university bio should suffice for why Snyder will be remembered at Ohio State as one of its all-time legendary athletes.OSU junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder lifts Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery before slamming him to the mat for a takedown in the heavyweight finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. OSU placed second, behind Penn State. Credit: OSU AthleticsIf there’s one moment that tipped the scales toward Snyder’s improbable career, it was becoming the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history during summer 2015, between his freshman and sophomore seasons. That following spring, he beat two-time defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski at Madison Square Garden to capture his first NCAA title.All he did a few months later was win a gold medal as a 20-year-old at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.That should’ve been more than enough to convince me that Snyder had to be seen in person, or I’d regret it for the rest of my life. Only one other athlete from Ohio State had gone to the Olympics while a student before Snyder — it was Lucas. He was clearly dominant on the international stage, so why would I deprive myself from watching an Olympic champion in person, while I had the chance?That’s just not something a student gets to do at his own school.Yet, when given the chance again, when he announced he would return for his senior season, I didn’t give it a second thought outside of, “Oh, that’s cool.” The mistake was mine for not watching Snyder.I never paid attention to wrestling before I enrolled at Ohio State — and I still don’t. That’s not to say that I don’t find the sport entertaining or fascinating — I do. Wrestling season aligns with college basketball, which has always been my sport of choice for entertainment. However, a casual sports fan should be able to appreciate Snyder’s greatness and unequivocal skill at the collegiate level. A casual fan should have taken the time to sit in a mostly empty arena and watch Snyder’s unparalleled display of power.I watched him on TV win gold and show off the American flag draped on his back to the entire arena in Rio. Just last week, I stopped what I was doing to watch Snyder finish a fall at Rutgers on TV. It’s honestly quite funny watching Snyder give his opponents false hope by allowing them to stand up and earn a point for an escape before Snyder buries them again.But here I am on the eve of Snyder’s final match in Columbus with Ohio State, knowing I won’t be in attendance tomorrow because I’ll be heading to a concert in Kentucky. The little I know to be true about him will sound like false tales to whomever will hear me talk about all Snyder accomplished in his time at Ohio State.“Yes, all of that is true,” I will say. “And I missed most of it.”