FSU load up with Jamaican talent

first_imgFlorida State University (FSU) has boosted its track and field programme with a lot of Jamaican ammunition for the upcoming season.One of the Seminoles’ chief recruit is former Wolmer’s Girls and national junior sprinter Shauna Helps who will forego her final year of high school to take up a full scholarship at the Tallahassee-based institution.Among the females she will be joined by the much-travelled Peta Gaye Williams, who broke the Class One 100 metres hurdles record at the GraceKennedy ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships this year, former Immaculate High jumper Safia Morgan, who won the Under-20 girls high jump at this year’s Carifta Games and former Holmwood Technical athlete, the outstanding and multitalented Gleneive Grange, who just completed two successful years at New Mexico Junior College.The four will join up with former St Jago High thrower Kellion Knibb, who has already made a successful mark at that institution in her area. Not known for a strong showing among the females, it is expected that with the calibre of female athletes now at the institution, they are expected to put in a stronger performance at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Championships, which should enable them to improve on their sixth-place finish at last season’s NCAA Outdoors.According to the school’s website, Helps is excited about her new school and is looking forward to the upcoming season.”It’s actually a very comforting feeling, not just because of the freshmen coming in,” said Helps.”You have some seniors and juniors who are also from Jamaica. I know them from high school in Jamaica, we’ve been through numerous Champs and numerous national teams. It’s great that I come here and know that they have my back and also the freshmen have my back. It’s great all round,” noted Helps.When asked why she opted for Florida State despite having other options,” she replied: “It’s a champion school.”Known for its strong male programme, as they have won the Atlantic Coast Conference 11 times – FSU have also strengthened that aspect with Calabar High sprinter Edward Clarke and Wolmer’s Boys’ sprinter Raheem Robinson.They will be joined by St Jago High sprinter Chad Walker, in January, plus former Kingston College jumper Keneil Grant, who just transferred from Texas Tech University.last_img read more

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Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns

first_imgCHICAGO — An eight-year prison sentence has been handed to a former Boston Celtics player found guilty of receiving guns stolen off a freight train in Chicago.Nate Driggers was found guilty in April of being a convicted felon in possession of stolen guns.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson to Año: Probe, unmask cops in overpriced speed guns PLAY LIST 02:29Lacson to Año: Probe, unmask cops in overpriced speed guns01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend TOTAL Excellium revs up for the third leg of the Toyota Vios Cup Evidence presented at trial showed the 44-year-old Driggers bought 30 of 111 Rugers stolen by gang members in 2015 from a rail car parked in a rail yard and quickly resold 29 of them. Only 19 guns have been recovered.In asking for the maximum sentence of 10 years, prosecutors said Driggers’ actions have contributed to the “very dark place” Chicago finds itself in when it comes to gun violence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDriggers on Thursday again denied ever selling guns.Drafted by Celtics in 1996, Driggers appeared in 15 games that season. View commentslast_img read more

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After refereeing Atletico v Bayern, Mark Clattenburg gets nod for FA Cup final

first_img Mark Clattenburg shows a yellow card to Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich 1 Mark Clattenburg will referee the FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United.The 41-year-old, who has been a top-flight official since 2004, will be assisted by John Brooks and Andrew Halliday for the Wembley showpiece on May 21.Neil Swarbrick has been named as the fourth official, with Michael Salisbury will also be on hand as a reserve assistant referee.It will be the first time Clattenburg has refereed an FA Cup final, although he is no stranger to big occasions at Wembley.He has taken charge in the 2012 League Cup Final, the men’s Olympic Final in the same year, and the following year’s FA Community Shield at the national team’s stadium.Clattenburg said: “It came out of the blue. These days you get told of what games you’re doing by text, but when you see a call coming in from The FA referees’ department you know it’s important.“I think every referee who hasn’t refereed the Cup Final works hard every season to hopefully referee one of the most prestigious and important cup finals in the world. “You set yourself goals at the start of the season, and mine was to referee in The FA Cup Final. It’s an honour and a massive achievement.”Clattenburg has courted controversy in the past but is now regarded as one of English football’s finest referees.He will be one of the match officials at Euro 2016 and took charge of the Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.last_img read more

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Men’s Golf Continues Fall Campaign at SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational

first_imgMADISON, Ill. – The Drake University men’s golf team continues its 2018 fall campaign, Sept. 23-24, at the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational in Madison, Ill. Drake started its fall season at the Air Force Invitational, Sept. 7-8, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Bulldogs were led by junior Chase Wicklund (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who finished in 46th place against a challenging field. Freshman Shayne Patel (Edmond, Okla.) and Lucas Scherf (Grinnell, Iowa) made their collegiate debuts in Colorado Springs. The 54-hole invitational hosted by SIUE at Gateway National Links will be played over two days, beginning at 8:15 a.m. each day. The event is slated to have 17 teams including, the host Cougars, in addition to Bradley, Creighton, DePaul, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Iowa Western, Loyola, Missouri State, Murray State, Omaha, Tennessee Tech, UNI, UT Martin, Valparaiso, Weber State and Western Illinois.center_img Following the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational, Drake hosts the Zach Johnson Invitational, Oct. 1-2, at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – average temperatures continuing with a mixture of sunshine and showers. Temperatures around 12C at times.FRIDAY … Overnight showers are clearing this morning to give bright and sunny spells across Donegal this morning. Cloud will increase from the west later leaving a largely dull day, but it should stay dry for most of the day. Top temperatures of around 10C. SATURDAY …The day will start with some heavy downpours in most parts of Donegal, but especially in the west and north, clearing by mid-morning and leading to  sunny spells right through until the evening. There is a possibility again of drizzle along the coasts later. Highs of 10C-12C.SUNDAY: Sunday will start cloudy before rain in the afternoon before this clears again. Possibility of drizzle along the north coast. Highs of around 10C.Next week: Monday is looking like more of the same. Rather dull most of the time with sunny spells in the afternoon. By midweek a mixture of sunshine and showers – and increasing winds – will affect the county.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014APRIL 11donegalDonegal Dailyshowerssunshineweather reportlast_img read more

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Kevin Durant ‘not really happy’ with the Warriors

first_imgIn the two weeks since Kevin Durant popped his right Achilles tendon, dramatically changing his career arc as well as the gravity of the NBA’s upcoming free agent signing period, he has yet to proffer a statement of substance.Smart move, circumspection. Besides, so great is the interest in his condition, he would have a tough time getting his voice heard amid the noise.Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report’s NBA … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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Tiger starts overseas expansion with Bali flights

first_imgTigerair Australia has announced its long-awaited expansion onto international routes with its first services to Denpasar, along with a deal that will enable Virgin Australia customers to burn Velocity frequent flyer points on Tiger’s new Bali services.Tigerair will take over Virgin’s services to Denpasar from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth from March next year, leaving Virgin’s planes to continue flying to Bali from Sydney and Brisbane.However, Tigerair’s A320 jets don’t have the six-hour range to fly on the longest of its new routes (Melbourne-Denpasar), so they will be operated by Virgin’s 737-800s, repainted in Tiger colours but flown by Virgin pilots.Tiger chief executive Rob Sharp says it’s an interim arrangement that will precede a broader expansion onto international routes, most likely in the 2016-17 financial year.The routes Tiger is actively looking at include trans-Tasman services from Australia to New Zealand leisure destinations such as Queenstown and Rotorua.In the meantime, as part of the latest revamp, Virgin Australia will stop flying altogether to Phuket, Thailand, which it has served with five-a-week 737s from Perth after earlier axing services from Melbourne and Brisbane with its widebody 777-300ERs.Tigerair and its parent have a strict policy of total separation between the two brands, ruling out co-operative arrangements like the codeshares which Qantas undertakes with its subsidiary Jetstar.However, as part of today’s announcement, Tiger has relaxed the ban on interactivity with its parent by allowing Virgin customers to spend Velocity frequent flyer points to buy tickets on the new Tiger service to Bali – but not on Tiger flights to other destinations.And there’s no relaxation of the policy that Tiger flights can’t be used to accrue Velocity points.The new Bali services – daily from Melbourne, eight times a week from Perth and five days a week from Adelaide – will be operated by three Virgin 737-800 jets with a tight all-economy layout of 180 seats, compared with 176 seats on existing Virgin jets, with premium economy-style seating up front and in the overwing exit rows offering increased seat pitch of 86 to 99 centimetres (34 to 39 inches) per seat row.The premium seats will cost $40 on top of the one-way economy fare from Melbourne, $32 from Adelaide and $30 from Perth. Tiger is offering in an introductory discount economy seat sale for $89 one-way (from Perth), $99 (from Adelaide) and $129 (from Melbourne) between March and June next year.With the planes freed up by the changes in services to Bali and axing of Phuket, Virgin Australia will increase frequencies on trans-Tasman routes (Melbourne and Sydney to Christchurch and Brisbane to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and services from Brisbane to Honiara, Solomon Islands, Nadi, Fiji, and Apia, Western Samoa.The new services to Bali will also benefit from having Virgin’s already installed in-flight wifi, which can be used on passengers’ own devices – either free or paid, depending on the package, the airline says.Tigerair is on track to record its first full-year profit in Australia in the current financial year, with Virgin reporting Friday that its low-cost subsidiary cut its losses from $51 million to $9 million in the first six months of this year alone.CEO Rob Sharp says the airline is benefiting from the synergies it can use as part of the Virgin group, the introduction of airport bag drop services, roaming airport staff using iPads to speed up check-in and a massive increase in reliability, up from 75 per cent of flights arriving on-time in 2014 to 87.5 per cent in June this year, the latest month for which government figures are available.last_img read more

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Investigators pour cold water on MH370 fire theory

first_imgRead MH370 and now for the facts. Air safety investigators have scotched a theory that discoloured debris found in Madagascar was subject to intense fire and say they so far have not been able to link it to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.Two items of fibreglass-honeycomb composite wreckage recovered in February near Sainte Luce, on the south-east coast of Madagascar, were brought to Australia this month by debris hunter Blaine Gibson amid speculation they had been burnt by fire on board the aircraft.But an analysis by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that the areas of dark discolouration which prompted the speculation were related to resin that had been applied to the items and was not the result of exposure to heat or fire.Investigators were also unable to find any identifiers such as parts or serial numbers on ether item that would allow them to be identified and are still attempting to determine their origin. A burnt smell from the larger piece debris was traced to three small marks identified as damage resulting from localised heating..“The origin and age of these marks was not apparent,’’ the report said.  “However, it was considered that burning odours would generally dissipate after an extended period of environmental exposure, including salt water immersion, as expected for items originating from 9M-MRO (the tail number of the MH370 aircraft).’’Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester the debris had been examined with the agreement of the Malaysian government. “At this stage it is not possible to determine whether the debris is from MH370 or indeed even a Boeing 777,’’ Mr Chester said.“What is known is that contrary to speculation there is no evidence the item was exposed to heat or fire.’“Further work will be undertaken in an attempt to determine the origin of the items, specifically whether they originated from a Boeing 777 aircraft.’’The search for MH370 is due to wind down at the end of this year if no compelling evidence is found to warrant it being continued.ATSB investigators have also been studying a flap from MH370 and have commissioned drift and marine ecology studies in their continuing attempts to solve the mystery.last_img read more

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Real-Time Activism: What the Heck is an E-Alert?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Non-Profits#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirocenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you’ve ever worked with an advocacy group, you understand how important it is to stretch your scarce resources. In the face of dwindling government grants, a looming recession, and the fear of losing your volunteers, the real-time web can be a boon in getting legislation passed. Today’s ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Summit attendees took time to discuss some of the cause-based tools that can help in this bubbling river of data. Consumers Union employees Tim Marvin and Gregory Foster work hard to ensure that consumers have access to a fair and safe marketplace. The organization lobbies government groups around issues of health care reform, product safety and ethical advertising. Nevertheless, a number of today’s available advocacy tools fall flat. While organizations communicate with phone calls, videos, static sites, brochures, face-to-face lobbying and a spam-like email service called an “e-alert”, only a few are utilizing the real-time web. Rather than insisting upon these traditional methods, the group discussed new ways to hack the law-making process. Below are some of our ideas:1.Real-Time Story Uploading: Voters can upload their stories via a microblogging service, tag it with a cause-related hashtag and geo-tag it to a specific constituency. From here the relevant representatives could be provided with a constituency feed and can search via the issues that affect them most. In this case, trending topics would indicate the most popular issues. 2. Legislator Meet and Greet: Similar to celebrity sightings on Twitter, users could Tweet when meeting their legislator and encourage nearby voters to come by and express their opinions. We call this “legis-stalking”. 3. Legislative Activity Stream: While legislation is already being tracked via sites like Govtrack.us, there’s no reason your friends shouldn’t get your legislation-related activity stream and real-time commentary. From here machine-powered sentiment analysis could be used to show a politician’s popularity and overall happiness amongst voters. 4.Tracker: Similar to Pivotal Labs’ Tracker, consumer groups could collaborate on an issues-based project management tool. When representatives reveal their plans, each issue can be broken down into a smaller project with associated goals. If goals are verified by a specific percentage of voters, then the project is considered a success and reflects this percentage in real-time. If goals are left unfulfilled, then the project is considered a failure. From here a politician’s overall success rate can also be calculated as a real-time reflection of effectiveness. We know these are just some of the ideas available with real-time activism. If you’ve got ideas on how organizations can better utilize the real-time web add your ideas in the comments below or in the event wiki. If you’d like to help Consumers Union build the tools we’ve discussed above email fostgr@consumer.org Related Posts last_img read more

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7 Common (and Avoidable) Continuity Errors

first_imgContinuity errors can pull an audience out of the world you’ve spent so much time and effort creating. Here are a few common continuity goofs and gaffes that you can easily avoid.Top image: The Empire Strikes Back via 20th Century FoxA few months back on a frosty Welsh morning, I stood in the middle of a meadow watching a film crew capture footage of dairy cows at first light. Somehow I ended up as script supervisor on a local-council-funded short film about the economic plight of dairy farmers in a tumultuous milk market.I wasn’t too sure how I ended up in this position (as I usually work with lights), but it was a quick and simple job — and, most importantly, I learned a lot about continuity thanks to an actual script supervisor who was now directing. If you’re not too sure on what a script supervisor does, there’s a very simple overview of the job in this PremiumBeat article. One of the most important aspects, which is what will be covered here today, is continuity. Before we continue, here’s a fun video from WatchMojo that covers a few Hollywood continuity gaffes.I think it’s a safe assumption to say that a lot of the online filmmaking community is made up of those interested in the visual/camera-operating side of the game. There are hundreds of websites and YouTube channels dedicated to that craft. As such, there are some things which will likely go amiss when you are solely focused on the visual aesthetics of a film.Everyone will likely know of the usual suspects of continuity: Cigarette length, which way the hair is brushed, the amount of wine in a glass, what hand the character used to make a gesture — the list goes on. Other than the preliminary duties of a script supervisor, it was interesting to note how many external factors play into continuity, many of which will go completely over your head when you’re trying to focus on getting your talent into focus. It’s common for everyone to assume the role of continuity manager on a low-budget short, so here are a few factors to look out for next time you’re working on that passion project.1. RainThe least expensive type of short film is one that will be set in a singular location. In a house, a barn, a forest. They’re nice and easy, and they can usually be shot within a single day (given the length). If it’s a horror film you’re creating, I’m sure one of the first elements written into the script is for there to be a storm. The short film embedded above (by Alexis Wajsbrot) is an excellent example of a horror short set in a single location. It includes a man in a giant bunny suit, and of course there’s the storm.You could have a rain machine for exterior shots and the inclusion of rain and thunder SFX to help sell the effect for interior shots. However, one thing that can often go amiss (and it does at 8:03 in the short film example above), is the addition of rain on windows and doors. When time is ticking, it’s a very simple element to miss. If windows are in the composition, remember to sprinkle them with water if there’s rain involved.2. Time AwarenessImage: Back to the Future via AmblinIt’s not always practical to shoot a night scene during the actual hours of night. Therefore, to simulate the appearance of the night, it’s common to block out the windows and light the set as if it’s night — practical lamps, tungsten lighting. In this circumstance, a common continuity error involves clocks on the wall or an LED displaying a daytime hour.In general, anything that displays the time can often cause a headache in post-production. Unless you’re shooting on a multiple camera setup and everything goes smoothly in one take, that second hand is going to move quickly throughout the scene. It’s important to notify the art department to correct this after each take. That is, if you’re lucky enough to have an art department. If it’s a low-budget short, it may very well be your job to do this.3. PhonesThere was once a time in history where everyone would have a different brand of phone (or at least a different model of phone) compared to someone else. In 2016, that is no longer the case. Nearly everyone has one of three types of phones — iPhone, Android, and Windows — and the majority of people are fluent with all types.With that said, if a character needs to make a phone call (or receives a call), gone are the days when you can fake that. Everyone knows what the iPhone calling screen looks like. It’s important to make sure that someone on set is calling the characters prop phone. It’s also pretty important to hold the phone correctly, as seen in the clip above, via GoRxRaP. (Note: The video features adult language.)4. PlantsIt’s relatively easy to mimic the location of another place using props, specific set design, color, and SFX. I actually have a video tutorial on how to achieve this. The director of the dairy farm short told me the following tip. She said that it’s something the art department should cover, and something often overlooked on low-budget films — and that is the origin of the plants in the scene. If you’re shooting a film in Texas, but you’re making it out to be Australia, you might want to correlate what plants should be in the scene.5. BooksImage: Adaptation via ColumbiaIn a scene where an actor reads something from a book or points to something in a book, it’s likely that they turned to a random page, and then the crew picked up the correct insert before the scene change.If the actor has put the open book down onto a table, it’s important to keep note of how far into the book they are. It’s very noticeable to see that a book has not been turned to the same page area as the other shot. This was the one thing I missed while working as a script supervisor. Luckily the scene was shot in 4k, and the guys in post were able to crop the book out altogether with little damage to the scene. However, not everyone can be so lucky.6. Where Has That Character Come From?Films are rarely shot in sequential order of the script. Due to location logistics and actor schedules, you’re more than likely going to be shooting out of order. It’s important to pay attention to where the character was in the previous scene. Was the character caught in a rain storm? If so, they should be wet when they enter the house. Was the character running through a forest? If they were, it would be likely their boots would be covered with mud. This information needs to be shared with the wardrobe department. Again, however, if this is a low-budget production, you’ll likely need to bring this information to the table before the shoot starts.7. Environmental Awareness Image: The Walking Dead via AMCThis next tip should fall onto the production as a whole and not really the script supervisor, but as I’m currently shooting a film set in an apocalyptic future, it’s something I’ve been consciously aware of while looking for locations and makes for a great tip. Plus, if you watch The Walking Dead, you’ve more than likely seen the internet jokes about having cut grass in a zombie apocalypse.Everyone loves an apocalyptic story, whether it be zombies, manmade catastrophe, or nature. A common motif of apocalyptic films is that nature reclaims its territory. Therefore, if your film is set five years in the future where life as we know it has ceased to exist, it would be wise to look for a location that has not got neat trimmed grass.Bonus continuity tip: If your scene takes place in winter, but is being filmed in the summer, note this information for the editor. With the power and virtue of Adobe After Effects, they can insert digital condensation of exhaled breath. Do you have any continuity tips that fall outside of the obvious? Let us know what has previously caught you out.last_img read more

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