Spurs drop 7th in row, longest skid since Pop’s 1st season

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “All in all, if you score 132 points, you should probably have a pretty good chance to win a game. The bad news is, if you give up 138, you are not going to win,” Popovich said during a brief-as-can-be postgame session. “I’m a really smart guy. I’m figuring that’s logical. I could be wrong. … There’s not much else to say.”It is the Spurs’ worst stretch since they had a pair of droughts that lasted seven and eight games in 1996-97, when David Robinson got injured and Popovich moved from the front office to the sideline about a quarter of the way through the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4In the ensuing draft, the Spurs took Tim Duncan, who starred for the team and now is an assistant to Popovich. San Antonio has made the playoffs in each of the past 22 seasons, claiming five NBA championships in that time.Put simply, the Spurs are not used to this sort of lose night-after-night thing. SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines PLAY LIST 01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption “The streak that we’re on, every single game we’ve lost feels worse than the last game,” said DeMar DeRozan, who led San Antonio with 31 points but missed a pair of free throws with 9.9 seconds left and Washington up 136-132.The Spurs fell to 5-10, despite being ahead 69-63 at halftime and having eight players score in double figures.That included Patty Mills, who made his first start of the season and began the night 6 for 6 from the field but missed his next four shots and finished with 16 points.“We’ve just got to stay positive. We’ve got to stick together,” Mills said. “We’ve got to find a way and we’ll get through it.”Davis Bertans, acquired by Washington from San Antonio in the offseason, and Ish Smith each scored 21 for the Wizards, who came into the day with a 3-8 record, the worst mark in the Eastern Conference.San Antonio led by 10 before Beal scored nine points in a 22-3 spurt over about 5½ minutes in the third quarter that put the Wizards out front 94-85.ADVERTISEMENT Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) hangs from the rim after his dunk between San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) and guard Bryn Forbes (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON—Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, their longest skid since he took over as the team’s coach more than 20 years ago.With little resistance at the defensive end from San Antonio on Wednesday night, Washington’s Bradley Beal shot 9 for 9 in a 21-point third quarter en route to scoring 33 in all, and the lowly Wizards beat the Spurs 138-132.ADVERTISEMENT It was quite a turnaround for Beal, who went just 3 for 9 in the first half.“Brad took over,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, “and he’s hard to stop.”Before a game between two teams that have a female assistant (San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Washington’s Kristi Tolliver), Popovich was asked about the possibility of a female head coach in the NBA.“There’s no difference between a woman who knows the game and a man who knows the game. It’s just another prejudice that probably has to be overcome — just like a lot of other prejudices in the world have become less and less as people pay attention to them,” said Popovich.“It’s a process. It doesn’t happen quickly. But I think the more women there are, obviously, it becomes more commonplace and the rule, and it will depend on an organization realizing that there are women that can do this. Every woman can’t; every man can’t. The point is that there’s got to be enough to choose from.” View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Rose says ‘load management’ might have kept him at Bulls MOST READ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sottolast_img read more

Sports Wire: Herpes at Los Al forces quarantine

first_imgSimilar measures have been taken at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, where a mare stabled at the Northern California racetrack aborted and the fetus tested positive for the virus. Outbreak in Minn. Minnesota high school wrestling programs were suspended Tuesday because of a widespread herpes outbreak. The Minnesota State High School League banned competitions and direct contact between wrestlers in practice until Feb. 6 after 24 cases of herpes gladiatorum were reported by 10 teams. The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact, and symptoms include lesions on the face, head and neck. Race director upset The horses died Saturday, and the barns were quarantined on Sunday, Arthur said. Biosecurity measures are in place for all communal areas, including the receiving barn, post parade and starting gate, he said. Equine herpes virus killed a thoroughbred and a stable pony at Los Alamitos Race Course, leading to the quarantine of two barns. Laboratory results are pending on several other suspected cases of the virus at the Orange County racetrack, said Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board. center_img The Tour de France’s race director expressed frustration over the slow progress of Floyd Landis’ doping case. “The anti-doping commission in the United States won’t meet until the first days of March to study the Landis case – that’s too much time,” Christian Prudhomme was quoted as saying in sports daily As. “The situation is unbearable.” The Tour no longer considers Landis the winner of cycling’s biggest race after the American tested positive for elevated testosterone levels after his dramatic win in the 17th stage. “The disappointment is that we’re going to know who the winner of 2007 is before we get to know who won in 2006,” Prudhomme said. Ronaldo farewell Ronaldo’s farewell to Real Madrid didn’t include any fond words for coach Fabio Capello. The World Cup’s all-time leading scorer left Madrid for AC Milan, returning to Italy’s Serie A for a reported $9.73 million transfer fee. The 30-year-old Brazil striker will join Milan until 2008 – the same length as the remainder of his contract at Madrid. “My heart’s breaking, but life goes on,” Ronaldo told reporters in Madrid. “I’m a great Madrid fan. I’m not so sure about the coach.” “I know that Ronaldo is Milan’s,” Capello said. “I wish him good luck, that he does what he used to be able to do, that is be a great player.” American defender Oguchi Onyewu joined Newcastle on loan in a move that will keep him in the English Premier League for at least the rest of the season. U.S. women win U.S. women’s soccer team coach Greg Ryan came to southern China searching for a third striker, and production from his midfielders. He found both in a 2-0 victory over China in Guangzhou. Goals from midfielder Lori Chalupny and striker Natasha Kai gave the Americans a record fifth Four Nations tournament title – a warmup for the World Cup in China this fall. Jones bought out The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Eddie Jones after agreeing to a buyout of his contract. Jones didn’t play in Monday night’s victory over Sacramento, and The Commercial Appeal reported that he had agreed to a buyout. Jerry West, the team’s president of basketball operations, announced in a statement that the guard had been waived. Jones was believed to be considering signing with several teams, including the Miami Heat, for whom he played before being traded to Memphis prior to the 2005-06 season. He will be eligible to sign with a new team on Thursday. Shaquille O’Neal was inactive for the Miami Heat’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. O’Neal, who has played only six games this season because of a knee injury, hurt his calf in practice Monday and is day-to-day. The All-Star center returned to the lineup after an extended stay on the injured list last week. The Cleveland Cavaliers put their foot down and told LeBron James to rest his sore toe. The All-Star forward was advised by the club’s medical staff to rest his sprained right big toe, and he was inactive for the Cavaliers’ game Tuesday night against Golden State. Nuggets guard Allen Iverson will miss today’s game against the Trail Blazers in Portland after spraining his right ankle. Oden on leave Ohio State center Greg Oden left the Buckeyes to return to his childhood home in Terre Haute, Ind., for the funeral of a close friend killed in a car accident last weekend. Travis Smith, Oden’s best friend from his adolescent years, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday night in Muncie, Ind. Smith was a freshman at Ball State and a member of the golf team. Also, junior forward Othello Hunter lost both a grandmother and a grandfather over the past week in their native Africa. South Carolina’s Ousmane Konate has left the basketball team for the second time this month for personal reasons, and coach Dave Odom says it’s unlikely the reserve center will play again. Miller focused Bode Miller wants what he hasn’t got – a slalom world championship. To get it, Miller might not defend his downhill title at the upcoming world championships so he can avoid the demanding jumps on which he injured his left knee last year. Miller is trying to become the first skier with world championship titles in all five disciplines. The only one missing from his collection is the slalom. Briefly Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler underwent successful hip surgery in Colorado and will be out the rest of the regular season, but might return for the playoffs. The Dallas Stars activated center Mike Modano from injured reserve, and he was expected to play in the team’s game at San Jose after being sidelined for nearly two months. Rafael Nadal was picked to represent Spain at the Davis Cup against a Swiss team without top-ranked Roger Federer. Fabrice Santoro ousted Guillermo Canas 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Zagreb Open in Croatia, spoiling the Argentine’s return to the ATP circuit following a 15-month doping suspension. Top-seeded James Blake cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over fellow American Robert Kendrick at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. Roberta Vinci upset eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Russia’s Igor Andreev defeated fourth-seeded Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the $448,000 Movistar Open ATP tournament in Vina Del Mar, Chile. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Couple share baby’s birth 7,600 miles apart

first_imgJodi Carter, 27, had the idea to do a Webcast of the delivery after using a Web camera to keep Michael, 42, in touch with their sons, Devon, 5, and Malachi, 3. The couple set up the camera before Michael deployed about nine months ago.“My youngest son was just about to turn 3 and I did not want to come back and be a stranger to him,” Michael said via e-mail.Jodi worked with staff at the hospital to make sure using the camera for the birth would be possible.“They were so amazing,” Jodi said. “I kind of just called on a whim, not knowing if they would be able to do it. I was just so amazed.”Johnie Stamps, technical services director for the Information Solutions Department at the hospital, worked with the Carters to plan the birth, ensuring that the hospital’s firewalls and other Internet security would not interfere with the video connection. “I’ve been in health care for probably 10 years now and we’ve never been involved in anything like this,” Stamps said. “For PIH to go the extra mile on this is really unique.”DeLong said that while the request to rig a live feed in a delivery room is unusual, she was happy to help the Carters. According to DeLong, the hospital would make an effort to assist any patient in need.“We’re very community-focused, and if there is a special situation, they shouldn’t hesitate to ask if we can accommodate them,” DeLong said.The Carters have been married for seven years. Jodi grew up in La Habra and Whittier, and met Michael at church when she was a young girl. They now live in La Mirada.“I’ve had a crush on him since I was 12,” Jodi said.Michael, a career military man who has served for 24 years, learned that Jodi was pregnant just days before his deployment in January.He said Jodi’s strength, and support from family and friends, have sustained the couple and their boys through his wife’s pregnancy.“Jodi has been handling things very well. Fortunately we have been able to stay in contact and family, friends, neighbors and church members have been there to give support,” Michael said. “She has had some trying times but through it all she has endured and overcome.”Stationed in the Kurdish region of Iraq as an adviser for an Iraqi military academy, Michael expects to return home in May or June of next year.He said he hopes to establish a pen pal program between an Iraqi school and one in California.“I would like to work on establishing contact with one of the local schools, so they could learn about each other and their different ways of life,” Michael said.Jodi said she is concerned by the anti-soldier sentiments she hears at home, and wants the community to know that soldiers are giving up their lives to serve in Iraq.“I understand a lot of people don’t support the war, and that’s fine,” Jodi said. “But they’re losing their family time and putting themselves on the line.”news.wdn@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Makayla Carter, now 6 days old, is already an international media sensation. The little girl’s birth at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital was broadcast live via the Web last Thursday so her father, deployed Master Sgt. Michael Carter, could participate in his daughter’s birth from his post in Iraq.“It was exciting to imagine that he was so far away, and being able to still be a part of this special moment,” said Valerie DeLong, assistant clinical coordinator for Labor and Delivery.DeLong, who was present for the birth, said it was as if Carter — about 7,600 miles away — had been in the room when Makayla was born.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal woman is among a small elite group of young people worldwide setting off on an expedition to Antarctica today to preserve the continent’s unique landscape and wildlife as well as learning how to mitigate the effects of climate change.Eimear Carlin from Milltown, Raphoe, is the only Irish representative on the ‘2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme’ and has been formally invited by Robert Swan OBE to take part in the three-week International Antarctic Expedition (IAE).Swan was the first person to walk to both the North and South poles, in 1986 and 1989 respectively, and is now a renowned environmental leader who takes a select group of current and future environmental experts to Antarctica. His aim is to inspire the next generation of leaders to continue his work. Ms Carlin, who has just completed a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin, moved to Inuvik in the Canadian Arctic in 2004, and spent four years working the Canadian Forestry Sector. She worked mostly in reforestation, and personally planted over 600,000 trees.“I became very interested in the environmental challenges faced by the Polar Regions and how changes in the Polar ecosystem can impact on the rest of the world,” she said.“From living within the Arctic Circle I am used to working in extreme weather conditions, experiencing 24 hour darkness and temperatures in the -40s.“I have travelled extensively throughout the North West Territories, witnessing the annual caribou migration. In 2006 I travelled to Northern and Arctic Finland to photograph brown bear migrations into Russia.” The expedition will also see Ms Carlin complete Swan’s ‘Leadership on the Edge’ programme, the goal of which is to develop the skills of future business and environmental leaders. This will be held at the first ever Education Base established in Antarctica by Robert Swan at Bellinghausen Station.“I will be setting off this weekend for a life-defining trip to Antarctica and to be honest, it has not sunk in yet, at all. The tickets are booked, the gear has been tried on, the words have passed my mouth a million times – “I am going to the Antarctic” – yet it doesn’t seem real,” she said.“The past 20 weeks of fundraising have been an immensely steep learning curve. I have already learned such important life lessons, on the ground, running, at a million miles an hour. From Day One, the support from my friends has been invaluable.“They proof-read, reread, and reread again my initially disastrous project proposals, and gave me tips for approaching businesses for sponsorship. I have been incredibly lucky with my sponsors. From the outset, they have shown amazing support and faith in the project.“Ireland has been through such a tough ride over the last five years and funding is not easy to come by. For every 50 businesses I approached, I probably received three responses. This made me more resilient, and determined to succeed and to keep trying. “The fact that I raised over €17,500 in such a short space of time is a testament to the generosity I have seen over the last few months. One thing that has struck me is how people will help you in any way they can. If they weren’t in a position to help financially, they gave their time, ideas, prizes for raffles, clothing, flags, Penguin biscuits by the hundred and extra batteries for my camera.“The Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme combines so many of my passions – climate change, sustainability and polar protection. I am quite realistic in how we in Ireland can engage in climate solutions.“Job creation and ensuring a viable future in Ireland for young people has to be central to this. Awareness of this possibility is part of what I want to achieve in my work as a youth ambassador. As climate change has become our actual reality, involving today’s youth is more crucial than ever.“I am incredibly proud to representing my home county of Donegal, and Ireland, on the Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme and I hope that my story will inspire other young people. If you make the decision to undertake a project, dream or goal, it is possible to achieve it with hard work and belief in yourself.” ‘YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS’ SAYS DONEGAL GIRL BOUND FOR ANTARCTIC was last modified: February 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:’YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS’ SAYS DONEGAL GIRL BOUND FOR ANTARCTIClast_img read more

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino wants ‘patience’ in chase for Arsenal star

first_imgSouthampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has urged fans to be patient with the club in their pursuit of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.The winger left the south coast club 12 years ago, but has now fallen well down the pecking order at The Emirates.As a result, the Saints have been linked with a move with their former player.But, Pellegrino has warned trying to complete business in the transfer window is never easy.“I cannot talk about players who are not here,” he said.“We know Walcott is a very good player but now it is not my concern to talk about players not in the club.“The fans have to be patient; everyone at the club wants people to help us to be stronger, especially as Charlie Austin is out for a long period.“We have to be optimistic, we have a couple of targets and we are working hard in this way.“The priority now is to try to help, especially in the final third.“But the market is really difficult. It’s about negotiations; we can control our side but not the other side.” 1 Walcott in action for Arsenal this season last_img read more


first_imgUTV is set to film a documentary tribute to one of Donegal’s most famous singers – the brilliant Bridie Gallagher.Bridie, known professionally as The Girl from Donegal shot to fame in 1956 with her recording of ‘A Mother’s Love’s a Blessing’.Picture This Productions are currently in development with a documentary for UTV entitled ‘No-One Quite like Grandma’. The 30 minute documentary, directed by Una Murphy will examine the life of the Creeslough singer through footage of her tour of America.During her six decade career, she toured America, Canada, Europe and Australia playing in Carnagie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. She holds the record for the largest number of people in attendance in the Albert Hall London.Produced by Anna Marie McFaul and executive produced by UTV Managing Director, Michael Wilson. ‘No-One Quite like Grandma’ will see Bridie’s granddaughter, Teresa examining her grandmother’s career and will feature previously unseen footage of Bridie’s world tour as captured by her husband on his video camera in 1959.The documentary is to go in to pre-production in early May and is set to shoot in June. It is expected that the half hour project will be edited in Belfast’s Imagine Media and will broadcast in the Autumn on UTV.Bridie was born in Creeslough in 1924 and is famous for her renditions of many songs including the Boys from County Armagh.She was honoured by Donegal County Council in 2005 and now resides in Belfast.TV DOCUMENTARY TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT BRIDIE GALLAGHER was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:Bridie GallagherCreesloughdocumentaryUTVlast_img read more

News Focus: Donegal County Council says it is on the right road

first_imgRoad users across Donegal are seeing the culmination of years of work in roadworks underway, says Donegal County Council.Here, Aine McHugh, executive engineer with Donegal County Council’s National Roads Office, said those works also illustrate the NRO’s priorities.“It’s really about the connections between places where people work, live, and socialise, and making Donegal that wee bit closer to the rest of the country,” she said. “Our office is about getting people to places in as safe and as reliable a way as we can, and opening up the north-west for investment, employment, tourism, and all the other things the north-west can offer.”“While construction is the most public phase of a project, it only begins after the NRO has completed an often long and complicated process that includes initial feasibility, route selection, planning, CPO/land acquisition, detailed design and tendering – work that can take years in some cases.“Information is gathered during development of a scheme from consultation and input from the public, environmental and traffic studies, existing ground profiles, and ground and archaeological investigations. All projects are subject to national rating and appraisal, so justifying getting each scheme funded is a major task.“And then the roads built and the traffic is on it, and it’s like it was always there,” Aine said. “That’s the best part, when you get your scheme built and you can see the planning turned into reality, and you can see the benefits that people get from it.”Aine McHugh, Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council’s National Roads OfficeCrews are on site at several major works in the county: realignment of the stretch of the N56 known locally as the Blue Banks, from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan; of the N56 from Mountcharles to Drumbeigh; of the N56 from north of Glenties to Boyoughter, part of the upgrade from Dungloe to Kilraine; and the next phase of Blackburn Bridge works on the N15, from Cappry to Ballybofey.“You’re building quite a large, high-standard road while still maintaining traffic of 7,000 vehicles a day, which is one of the most difficult parts of that type of road construction,” Aine said. “One of the challenges is making sure everybody can get to work, get to school, get to wherever they have to be, and still build the road safely and efficiently.”Regional Donegal NRO teams serve the north-west with an overall €34 million budget for 2018.As well as roadworks, the NRO is also responsible for 39,000 signs, more than 4,500km of road lining, at least 730 structures, and an extensive road safety programme covering seven counties, including Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Monaghan, and Cavan. The €12 million pavement programme is providing renewal and repair over a length of 32km on the national network throughout Donegal, and the bridge management section have advanced schemes throughout the region, including the new footbridge at the River Finn in Ballybofey.The NRO work closely with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, formerly the National Roads Authority.“We work to very high-quality standards laid out by the TII, and you need to meet these standards while identifying local needs, and integrate it as best you can with the existing environment to minimize the impact on people and property,” Aine said. “It’s not an easy task.”The benefits are tangible. She pointed to the work on the N56 near Glenties that has already eliminated the “Gweebarra bends” and “Meenacarn bends” as an example. “That’s a good example in that it is a part of the county where the scenery is spectacular and it’s such a high tourism attraction, but buses were finding it difficult to manoeuvre along that road because of the tight bends,” Aine said. “These improvements have made this area more accessible for bus tours and opened up that part of the county even more for tourism.”Cycleways and footways are a new addition to national roads projects. The N56 from Dungloe to Glenties and the new road at the Blue Banks will include cycleways, adding to road safety.Aine has been with the NRO since 2004 and was introduced to the council roads section earlier, when she was studying civil engineering at Queens University Belfast – one of five women in a class of 75 – and worked for the council for several summers during her studies.NRO engineers always have several major projects at different stages on the go as well as ongoing maintenance and improvements. During the economic downturn, the council adopted a strategy of working on smaller roads projects and doing the planning and design necessary to get work “shovel-ready”.A view of work at the “Blue Banks” on the N56, Coolboy to Kilmacrennan.“Then when money became available, we were one of the first off the block,” Aine said.The NRO are also progressing other major works through the design phase. “We are now working towards some really important larger projects and it’s great to see the progression of the Trans European Transport Network project, which includes the N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford, the N15/N13 Ballybofey-Stranorlar area, and the N56/N13/N14 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham.“These road improvement schemes are so badly needed in the county,” she said.News Focus: Donegal County Council says it is on the right road was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:county councildonegalROADSlast_img read more

PLM: Growth Exceeds Forecasts

first_imgGlobal Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market grew 13.5 percent in 2007, higher than analyst predictions to reach a size of $24.3 billion.  That’s the conclusion of consulting and research company CIMData.The better than expected growth came from a strong acceptance by companies of PLM in the enterprise.  The report predicts continued growth of the market over the coming years with an average compound growth rate of 9.8 percent in the coming years, ultimately reaching a market size of $40 billion by 2012.PLM has grown beyond the realm of engineering applications like product engineering and manufacturing.  PLM is now being applied to disciplines like early-stage product strategy development and product maintenance and support.  Usages of PLM are being fully fleshed out across all phases of the complate product lifecycle.CIMdata president Ed Miller said “Considering the far-reaching business impact of PLM, the approach has become a critical enterprise investment.  PLM is now widely regarded as a ‘do-or-die’ competitive necessity in a turbulent global economy where companies leveraging these solutions will likely be among the top performers in the coming years.”last_img read more

How Entertainment Weekly Embraces the Digital Age

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App YouTube Channels, Mobile Apps and Barcoded Pages In partnership with Entertainment Weekly, YouTube just announced the launch of a specialized site for getting a sneak peek at the new television season which includes “bite-sized previews of programs, reality TV, comedies, dramas and more.” The site, which is essentially just an EW-branded YouTube channel, isn’t all that notable in and of itself . But it’s just one of EW’s many digital initiatives as of late. This print-mag-turned-media-company has also launched a number of other digital offerings over the past months, including a popular “Must List” app for the iPad and now iPhone, the integration of 2D barcodes into its print pages and experiments with video-in-print ads. EW’s YouTube TV Preview ChannelEntertainment Weekly, which also runs the successful digital property at EW.com, has never been one to shy away from embracing the digital age, and this YouTube channel is only a small part of that. In a post on the YouTube blog, EW’s editor, Jess Cagle, introduces the new YouTube channel, which arrives ahead of the magazine’s Fall TV print issue, one of its most popular of year. Cagle says that, in addition to the previews of the new and returning shows, the channel will also offer exclusive interviews with both producers and actors from the hottest shows. Tags:#Multimedia#NYT#Real World#Trends#web sarah perez 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… EW’s Mobile Platform Earlier this year, EW also launched its first iPad app called the “Must List,” a weekly top 10 featuring the best in film, books, TV and music, where each item is linked to associated media like song clips or movie trailers. Not exactly a digital magazine own its own, the app hits a sweet spot for iPad users, taking advantage of the device’s Internet connectivity to deliver streaming music and video, while also understanding how iPad owners want consume content – that is, interactively. With the iPad app’s success in hand, the company redesigned its content for the smaller screen and introduced the Must List app for the iPhone and iPod Touch last month. The magazine is now officially introducing the new iPhone app to its print readers via the Editor’s Letter in the August issue. What’s more interesting, perhaps, about EW’s mobile operation, is how it generates revenue for the company. As iPad and iPhone users peruse EW’s content recommendations, they’re offered the opportunity to purchase items immediately within iTunes. Although the purchases take place outside the app itself, Apple splits the profits from those purchases with EW in a revenue-sharing deal. In addition, the ads shown within the mobile apps are often a part of a multiplatform ad buy which also includes print and the EW.com website. Experiments with Video-in-PrintLast year, EW experimented with technology that introduced video advertising in its printed pages, using wafer-thin screens that were used to promote CBS TV shows and Pepsi products. The small screens, about the size of a mobile phone’s screen, each held their own chip that stored the ads. Only select issues of the magazine mailed to subscribers in New York and L.A. included these digital advertisements, however, and the video-print ads have not been seen since.The ads were likely more of a marketing stunt than a realistic venture for magazine ads, but they were intriguing nonetheless. How many other magazines are willing to experiment like this? Very few. Outside of Esquire’s 2008 anniversary issue which featured an e-ink cover, there aren’t many other digital experiments like this of note.2D Barcode Integration in Print Mag More recently, though, the magazine released its Summer Movie Preview issue which came to life thanks to its inclusion of 2D barcodes. The barcodes could be snapped using the cross-platform Microsoft Tag mobile application which links a barcode to Web content. In EW’s case, the barcodes linked to YouTube videos of sixteen official movie trailers. Also barcoded were ads from five big name brands including Absolut, HBO, History Channel, Honda and CTAM/Movies on Demand. In the latest (August 2010) issue, the Fall Movie Preview, EW has again included barcodes into its pages, but this time only eleven films are digitally linked. However, the advertiser lineup has expanded, with seventeen advertisers offering barcoded ads, some across multiple pages. The digital initiatives EW experiments with have a lot to do with the EW audience, made up of “entertainment enthusiasts,” explains Barrie Gordon, senior manager of public relations at Entertainment Weekly, New York. This sort of person “likes to be the first to try things and talk about it with their network of friends.” In other words, EW caters to the entertainment-focused “early adopter.” Given our own obsession with technology around here, we’re calling EW one to watch for an example of a print company that’s successfully navigating the waters of the digital age. In fact, we’ll added it to our own “Must List.” Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more