Endicott residents charged up over battery recycling facility awaiting permit

December 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — As SungEel MCC Americas awaits an air permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation, residents are concerned about the facility’s possible impacts on human health. Public records about the facilty and its current operations in South Korea show dozens of toxic chemicals could be involved in the recycling process. After repeated requests to speak with SungEel, 12 News was not granted an interview. Local and state leaders see the battery recycling facility as a way to help bring new jobs and boost the economy. The project was spearheaded by the state back in 2018 to help bring new industry to part of the former IBM campus. “Why is Endicott the guinea pig for this?” asks retired St. Lawrence Chemistry Professor and Binghamton resident Dr. Paul Connet. “If there are not many of these facilities around the world then it makes the question why Endicott? Why us?” Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says she’s been working with the DEC to make sure the facility operates safely and meets code. “Anytime a new manufacturer comes to Endicott we want to make sure that everything is done properly given the history in that community,” she said. “We’ve been in touch with the DEC. Obviously any manufacturer is going to have emissions.” SungEel applied for an air permit with the DEC to operate on Clark Street in Endicott. The company claims to be the United States’ first and only chemical based recycler of lithium ion batteries. The DEC says like all environmental permit applicants, there is a rigorous review process to ensure protection of public health. The DEC’s public comment period ended about a month ago on Dec. 5. A spokesperson tells 12 News they’re still reviewing comments before they make a decision to hold a hearing or grant the air permit.last_img read more

Corpus Callosum hosts final showcase of semester

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgPedal to the metal · A bike-powered phone charger was one of seven student projects featured at the Corpus Callosum final showing which took place Wednesday evening in the Annenberg Innovation Lab. – Hawken Miller | Daily TrojanUSC Corpus Callosum, a Viterbi School of Engineering student organization that creates projects that combine art and technology, hosted its final showing Wednesday night at the Annenberg Innovation Lab.Corpus Callosum’s showcase featured seven projects from students whose majors range from mechanical engineering to sculpture. These projects included a phone charging station powered by bicycle, a LED wearable heart rate monitor, a spherical hologram, a video game powered by sound, a feedback system for plants and a brain shaped enclosure that represented both the right and left sides of the brain.“The first project outside is a geodescent dome model of the brain,” said Linda Xu, events director for Corpus Callosum. “They have these laser lights that they bought online that will project into the left hemisphere of the brain, and it looks very ordered because when you look at it the left hemisphere represents your logical thinking.”On the other side, students created a more artistic interpretation of the brain by bouncing the lasers off of a reflective surface.“The right side of your brain is creativity and inventiveness,” Xu said. “So they reflected the lasers onto this aluminum sheet so that when it reflects it is kind of disorganized.”The diversity of students’ backgrounds and majors represented the vision of the organization to bring art and technology together. It especially reflected the principles of its two founding members — twin alumni Jon and Brendan Dugan.“We are a club that uses science, technology, engineering and math to make art,” said Lili Lash-Rosenberg, president of Corpus Callosum. “The two students who founded it are two twins, one was a major in mechanical engineering and the other was a major in fine arts.”After seeing the gap between the fields of engineering and art, the Dugan twins decided that a change needed to be made.“They noticed that there was a big gap between their two fields and there are actually a lot of similarities between the two,” Lash-Rosenberg said. “In both of them you use what you’ve learned about the world and trial and error and a lot of different testing to create something new.”Corpus Callosum reflected these founding principles across each project by basing its ideas off an artistic thesis. One project that especially adhered to these principles was the display of the video game that uses sound input for play.“Our idea was started just with the idea of something audiovisual,” said Zach Lower, a sophomore majoring in computer science and business administration. “What we landed on was a game that used entirely sound as its input.”The project creators hope to continue to make their designs more streamlined and applicable. The Bio Pet project hopes to combine both technology and botany to monitor life information of potted plants to better inform owners of care.“We wanted to give a plant an extra voice to communicate with humans,” said Kevin Prabhakar, a freshman majoring in business administration. “We will hook up a moisture sensor and photoresistor into it, and it will give you readings on how much sunlight is available or how much water is available.”Bio Pet’s goal is to use social media platforms to show the status of the plant to users real time. The plant will essentially talk to the user, asking for more water or light.“The next steps are to make it send you a tweet or a text message,” Prabhakar said. “The eventual goal is you can have it outside, hook up a plant to it and, once you find out all the different values, it will send you a tweet every time it needs something.Part of the draw of the club comes from the fact that it allows students to explore an interdisciplinary approach between completely different majors.“The club encourages students to think about what’s feasible and then change the design based on what you can actually do in the time that you have as well as the resources,” Lash-Rosenberg said. “It is also important for students to be able to use those skills and work with people of all majors to combine and collaborate to make a product.”last_img read more

Gallery: No. 1 Syracuse beats No. 17 North Carolina, 12-11

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on April 15, 2017 at 10:23 pm No. 1 Syracuse (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) clinched the ACC regular-season title by beating No. 17 North Carolina (6-6, 1-2), 12-11. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

CDC Expands List of COVID-19 Symptoms with Six New Items

August 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has updated the list of symptoms people have reported from COVID-19.Six new symptoms include:1. Chills2. Repeated shaking with chills3. Muscle pain4. Headache5. Sore throat6. New loss of taste or smellIt was previously reported that the most common symptoms, which range from mild to severe, were fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.The CDC says if you develop any of these emergency warning signs for the disease, you should seek medical attention immediately:-Trouble breathing-Persistent pain or pressure in the chest-New confusion or inability to arouse-Bluish lips or faceThe agency adds that the list is not all inclusive.last_img read more

2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition Showcases Local Artists At SPSCC

August 6, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSubmitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College will feature an array of artists from around the region at the 2016 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition.  This unique exhibition includes 38 works from 30 artists in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties.  The 38 works were selected from 189 entries.Susan Aurand, OlympiaLaurie Barnoski, OlympiaLois Beck, OlympiaBernie Bleha, RochesterJohn Brooks & Ashlea Schroder, TeninoJohn Brooks, TeninoJane Mottishaw Chavey, TumwaterCharles Eklund, OlympiaDavid Noah Giles, TumwaterRon Hinton, OlympiaEvan Clayton Horback, OlympiaHall Jameson, LaceyAnn Johnston Schuster, PuyallupPatricia Jollimore, Ocean ShoresJohn C. Korvell, OlympiaMary McCann, OlympiaPaula McHugh, OlympiaIrene Osborn, OlympiaCarla Louise Paine, OlympiaMarianne Partlow, OlympiaJeff Pasek, OlympiaPhilip H Red Eagle, TacomaErik Sandgren, AberdeenMia Schulte, OlympiaBecky Smur, OlympiaJason Sobottka, TacomaDebra Van Tuinen, OlympiaLaraine Wade, OlympiaGail Ramsey Wharton, LaceyApril Works, LaceyThe Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition is designed to serve artists in the area by providing a high-quality exhibition opportunity that promotes the region’s creative identity. This year, visual arts professional Esther Luttikhuizen will act as the exhibition Juror. Luttikhuizen holds a Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and has nearly 20 years of experience managing galleries, curating, and jurying exhibitions.  She will identify four merit award winners and will also select the works that the college will purchase for its art collection displayed across campus.  Awards will be presented at a special opening reception on Thursday July 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.The exhibition runs from July 5 through August 25 at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.  The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. during the summer, or by appointment.  For more information, email [email protected], call 360-596-5527, or visit The Gallery online. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

THE COPE BUILDERS PROVIDERS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

December 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTHE COPE Builders Providers Dungloe have received a nomination for a prestigious award in recognition for their services to the construction industry.Nominations for the OCTABUILD Builders Merchant Awards 2015 have just been announced and The Cope Builders Providers Dungloe have been nominated as one of three finalists in the Connaught/Ulster Category.  OCTABUILD is a culmination of 8 of the countries top suppliers to the Building Trade, these are: Dulux, Kingspan, Gyproc, Irish Cement, Tegral , Sanbra Fyffe, Glennon Brothers and Wavin.The Cope Builders Providers were the 2011 winners of the Donegal Section and the team are delighted to be nominated again.Laurence McDaid, The Cope Builders Providers General Manager, says, “It is a fantastic achievement just to be nominated for an Octabuild Award.“In order to qualify for nomination we had to pass a series of inspections and rigorous testing and thanks to the staff, we have earned a nomination for this prestigious award”. The award ceremony takes place on Thursday May 21st in the Mansion House, Dublin.THE COPE BUILDERS PROVIDERS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsThe Cope Dungloelast_img read more

The Surprisingly Fascinating World of Frame Rates

December 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLet’s take a closer look at a few different frame rates and how you can utilize them in your film and video projects.Top image via WingNut FilmsFrame rate, also commonly described as frames per second (fps) is a term used to describe how many still frames we see in a single second. As a filmmaker, it will be one of the first settings you choose — 24, 25, 30. Universally, 24fps is accepted as the norm for a “cinematic” frame rate. 30fps is accepted for broadcast in North America, and 25fps is the broadcast standard in Europe.In the one-second sequence below, there are a number of individual frames passing each second. To be specific, there are twenty-four individual stills.Below, we have the shot split into its individual frames, each frame representing 1/24th of a second.The question for this segment: Why 24? I find it incredibly useful to know how a clock ticks rather than just knowing what it does.  Why not 22, or 28.59? Why are we given these exact frame rates to work with? You’ll find many filmmakers opting for 24fps because it is the standard fps for making your films feel “cinematic.” However, cinematic is just a relative term to what we think looks normal.You may recall many articles that were published in 2013 talking about how The Hobbit films looked like they were cheap daytime television dramas. This was because it was shot at 48fps which gave us an entirely different aesthetic.Why we shoot at 24fps comes down to many reasons, and from years of reading and research around this topic, there isn’t a specific one. It is a compilation of various factors.How Humans Perceive FramesImage via ShutterstockWe can perceive ten to twelve passing frames as distinct individual images. As soon as more images pass each second, the gap between each image shortens, and our brains recognize the images as motion. This was first documented by psychologist Max Wertheimer, who coined phi phenomenon. From the early 1900s to the 1920s, there was no industry-standard frame rate; there were no rules. It was simply in the best interests of studios to keep the frame rates low — the higher the frame rate, the more film that had to be used. The more film that had to be used, the more money that had to be spent.Although greater frame rates would produce better persistence of vision, 16fps became the unofficial standard for silent films. It was enough to create the illusion of motion, and studio execs were not losing cash with every turn of the hand crank.There are a few variations of why 24fps was specifically chosen. In the video below (from Filmmaker IQ), John P. Hess explains that 24fps was chosen because a new modern standardization of frame rate had to be initiated due to the introduction of sound.24fps was chosen because of math; it is an easily divided number, and editors would be able to work out specific time cuts based on the number of frames. Twelve frames would be half a second, six frames would be a quarter of a second, and so forth.While the silent film was able to entertain the masses, filmmakers still wanted to push their new medium further. They wanted the audience to hear the spoken word like theater. Plus, the introduction of household radios was offering new and exciting stories that cinema and theater could not. The pioneers of filmmaking had been trying to synchronize sound since the early 1900s. In the 1920s, they had their first breakthrough.In the beginning, inventors such as Lee de Forest attempted to record and synchronize sound by transferring the vibrations of sound waves into etchings on a soft wax disk. Unfortunately, it was very easy for the sound to fall out of sync because both visual and audio had been recorded separately with different recording speeds.This was a bust for de Forest, but he did later go on to invent the Phonofilm, in which the method of recording an optical track alongside the film strip was introduced. The method made it physically impossible for the two to fall out of sync, as they were in the same format.You can watch a video by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films explaining exactly how this phenomenon of printed sound is achieved.Throughout the 1920s, various inventors and filmmakers continued to push both recording mediums. De Forest improved the audio quality with his Phonofilm, while Western Electronic and Warner Brothers were pushing boundaries with the recorded disk format with the Vitaphone, seen below.Image via George R. GrovesThe Vitaphone, however, was about to set to path the way for frame rate standardization. To overcome the synchronization issue that de Forest had with his disk format, the Vitaphone had the discs and the film projection both mechanically driven by synchronous electric motors powered from a common source. This made it a lot harder for the sound to fall out of sync.The engineers of the Vitaphone system had chosen to use the sixteen-inch disk format at a playing speed of 33 1/3 rpm. Rotating at 33 1/3rpm would give the disk eleven minutes of playing time, which was also the same amount of time that 1000 feet of film would play at 90 feet a minute: twenty-four frames per second.Different methods of capturing sound were set with various frame rates of film. That was set to change in 1927.The following passage is taken from Moving Image Technology: From Zoetrope to Digital:The standardization of identical shooting and projection speeds was the first significant effect of the conversion to sound to be felt. Whereas the reproduction of movement can, in some cases, vary over quite wide limits without the effect being perceived by the untrained eye, the reproduction analogue audio cannot, for the simple reason that varying the speed of playback of a recording also varies its pitch.In September 1927, the SMPTE’s Standards and Nomenclature Committee undertook a fact-finding exercise in order to establish what speeds the emerging sound systems were using. The two which were entering commercial use (Vitaphone and Movietone) both used 24fps. THE RCA variable area system, still in development at this point, used 22fps, while de Forest Phonofilms (which had virtually ceased production by that point) ran at 20fps. Accepting that, trends in exhibition practice over the previous decade and decisions made by the designers of two the most successful sound systems had effectively standardized 24fps by default.So, we could say that 24fps is the default solely because Vitaphone had reached the finish line first with 1927’s The Jazz Singer. If it had not, 22fps might have well been the norm for shooting.The Jazz Singer, while not the first film to include sound, was the first film to have synchronized dialogue.FPS compared to Shutter SpeedShutter speed and frames per second inevitably get mixed up by those new to the medium. Although separate components, they both work in unison. While frame rate dictates the number of frames that are exposed each second, shutter speed dictates for how long that frame is exposed for.For cinematic/smooth looking footage, the rule of thumb is to set your shutter speed double the frame rate. This will give you an 180-degree shutter, although this term is a conceptual term for when rotary shutters would advance a frame with each rotation. Therefore, if your frames per second is 24, your shutter speed should be set at 1/48. Some lower-budget cameras don’t support the ability to chose 1/48, but 1/50 will be just as okay.How to Use FPS to Aid Your FilmHow can you use frames per second to aid your storytelling? Of course, the most common practice would be slow motion. An older term for slow motion is overcranking, a reference back to the days of Lee de Forest where the camera operator would crank the film faster to increase the amount of passing frames per second. This was first pioneered by August Musger in the early 20th century.The diagram above represents half a second of footage at 24fps. When shooting at double the frame rate — 48fps — you are capturing an entire 24 frames in a half-second. The slow motion is produced by then interpreting those extra frames into your standard frame rate.What is Undercranking?Undercranking, as you might have guessed, is the reverse of slow motion; it is the form of fast motion. Although the act of slowing down the frames per second has essentially become what we now know as a timelapse. Taking stills and conforming them to a motion sequence is far more cost effective than doing it with film stock or a cinema camera.The technique of undercranking to speed up characters for dramatic or comedic effect has died down, and unlike the days where film would be shot at a slower than normal frame rate then sped up, many filmmakers can now film at 24fps and simply increase the speed of the footage in post.  Hopefully this in-depth look at frame rates was helpful. Got any facts or techniques to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: On Slackers

December 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgI’ve been trying to come up with a word that describes the non-hustler. But I’ve chosen the term “non-hustlers” because I believe that so many of them have been infected with a too-small vision and a poor personal psychology. They have been infected with all of the negativity that is poured into their heads every day, especially through the mainstream media. But there is one group of non-hustlers who have made a choice to be what they are: Slackers.The slacker has talent. He has the ability to perform excellent and exceptional work, but instead produces nothing notable or noteworthy. Where he could make A marks, he proudly scrapes by with a C-. The hustler who would do well to make C- grades produces better results than the slacker because she hustles. She does noteworthy work even when she lacks the natural talent.The slacker proudly has a mindset that it sharp contrast to the hustler. Where the hustler is proud to put forth the effort, the slacker is proud of his cynicism. The slacker believes that everything is bullshit, that there is nothing worth his best effort, and that the cool thing to do is to sit passively and criticise “the suckers” who are out hustling. The slacker might be capable of producing a better result than the hustler, but their slacker identity won’t allow for it.Where the slacker is proud of their lazy, sloth-like behavior, the hustler is proud of their productivity. Where the slacker is cynical, criticizing the rules of the game, the hustler is breaking those rules and bending the game to their world. Where the slacker sees nothing that excites him, the hustler sees the boundless opportunities that fuel the fire in her belly.The non-hustler can easily be saved. They aren’t infected with the disease that the slacker carries. The non-hustler can easily catch fire when they adopt the hustler’s mindset (and it always, always, always starts with mindset). But the slacker has a more difficult time. They are so deeply infected, they have so closely held their identity for so long, that it is incredibly difficult to make the leap from slacker to hustler.Pity the non-hustler, but not the slacker. The slacker has made a choice.last_img read more

Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La Salle

November 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Pirates book first F4 berth For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Thanks to the TRO, Ricafort will be able to don the maroon-and-white on UP starting on Saturday against league-leader La Salle at Mall of Asia Arena.Perasol said the TRO is a triumph for Ricafort who fought for his rights to play for his first and final playing year in the UAAP.“Rob took great lengths to assert his rights. The court has spoken. Nobody has the power to deny him that right which the court has protected. As his coach, the least I could do is to help him get back up, after stumbling in life many times over in the past,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The 24-year-old was given the green light to suit up this UAAP Season 80 after securing a temporary restraining order (TRO) from Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19, according to UP coach Bo Perasol.“Rob Ricafort chose to fight for a chance, for a change. If you know his personal story, you will understand that this is no longer just about ball for him; this is about his life. Playing in the UAAP was his dream. Now it will come true,” the affable mentor said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRicafort was earlier ruled ineligible by the UAAP eligibility committee for exceeding the maximum age limit of 25. His appeal, which was forwarded by UP president Danilo Concepcion, was later denied by the UAAP Board of Trustees.He will only turn 25 in January next year, with the basketball season already over. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  University of the Philippines forward Rob Ricafort will finally be able to play for the Fighting Maroons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal ready to let rip remodeled serve at Australian Open

November 27, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I didn’t compete with this new serve, so let’s see how it works. I am confident it’s going to work well.”His 2018 season ended with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final but Nadal still managed to win five tournaments in a truncated season, including a record-extending 11th French Open to leave him just three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors.Nadal said he was sad to hear another member of tennis fabled ‘big four’, Andy Murray, was to quit tennis this year, possibly as early as next week, with chronic hip pain.Nadal said he could relate to it having had his own succession of injury issues over the years, but he had always been focused on getting back on court if at all possible.“My only goal is always to have been to keep going,” he said. “That’s the only way that you can keep having confidence and hope for a good comeback in terms of health.“But I know that tennis is not forever. I want to do it as long as I can and give myself the best possibilities to fight for the things really I am passionate about, and to keep doing the things that I really enjoy doing.“When the day arrives I cannot do it will be the day to go and do another thing.”d Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Spanish’s Rafael Nadal serves the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 first Semi-final match in Abu Dhabi, on December 28, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)Rafael Nadal revealed Saturday he was back to full fitness and has a brand new serve to unleash at the Australian Open.The world number two limped away from Melbourne Park a year ago, forced to retire in pain from his quarter-final with Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 17-time Grand Slam champion missed most of the next three months and cut short his season to have surgery on a troublesome foot injury.He pulled out of a Brisbane warm-up event with a slight thigh strain but declared Saturday his troubles were behind him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here,” Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.“I have good feelings in terms of the surgery. After surgery, after months without competing, having trouble practicing, of course there are always issues when you come back. “But it’s nothing new for me,” added Nadal who admits he has to manage the workload on his creaking 32-year-old body, battered by years of his all-action style.To better cope, he has remodeled his serve to help extend his career.“There are always things to improve,” said the Spaniard, who faces Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the first round.“The serve was always a thing that I tried to improve, and I think I did.“I am happy with the motivation to do something new. If I am able to make that happen in a good way, that hopefully it will give me the chance to help me on my game longer term.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more