first_imgKarl Griffin (UCD AC) was the last of the Irish competitors at the World Junior Championships in Oregon last night, the Donegal athlete finishing fourth in his 800m semi-final in 1:49.97. Griffin’s time was unfortunately not fast enough to advance to today’s final as a fastest loser.The 19-year-old UCD AC athlete positioned himself well throughout the race as the field went through 400m in 53.94 seconds. On the back straight, Griffin moved up from sixth to fourth, and challenged for third place all the way down the home straight, but eventually had to settle for fourth.“I’m a bit disappointed today,” he said afterwards. “I thought I could make the final out here, but I just came up short. I finished the competition ranked 12th, so that’s not bad. “I’ll go home now and sit down with my coach and figure out if I’ll run any more races this year. It’s been a great experience out here. Running in this stadium, against this level of competition, will only do me good in the future.” SUPER KARL JUST MISSES OUT ON WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL was last modified: July 27th, 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:800Mathleticsdonegalkarl griffinWorld Junior Championshipslast_img read more

International visitors honoured with mayoral reception at ERASMUS+ Programme

first_imgInternational guests were honoured last week as part of the ERASMUS+ Programme with a mayoral reception. Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr. John O’Donnell hosted the welcome reception in Letterkenny Public Services Centre.Teachers and staff from Woodlands National School in Letterkenny along with 27 teachers and staff from schools in Croatia, Poland, Greece and Italy who visited Donegal attended the welcome reception. Picture also includes Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council.International visitors honoured with mayoral reception at ERASMUS+ Programme was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Celebrating the legacy of Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 3 April 2018 – Brand South Africa mourns the passing of Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, who succumbed to a long illness on Monday 2 April 2018, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela- Mandela, fondly known as Mama Winnie, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. She moved to Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape in Bizana to study social work and in 1957 she met the lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they were married a year later.As a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, she held several government positions, including Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. A member of the African National Congress (ANC) political party, she served on the ANC’s National Executive Committee and headed its Women’s League.Madikizela-Mandela retained popular support within the ANC over the years and was known to her supporters as the “Mother of the Nation”.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”“Winnie Mandela was a target of massive disinformation by STRATCOM, an Apartheid smear campaign machinery, yet she remained true to the ethos of the liberation struggle. Long live the Republic”; further adds Dr Makhubela.Mandela family spokesman‚ Victor Dlamini said, “The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing, we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman”.“As the national government we have declared that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will have a national funeral on 14 April,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa while addressing mourners outside Madikizela-Mandela’s home in Soweto.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]last_img read more

NAB 2019: LiteMat Spectrum Shakes up the Light Panel Game

first_imgImages via LiteGear.NAB 2019: Blackmagic Design Announces New Battery Grip for the BMPCC4KNAB 2019: SmallHD Announces Their Camera-Controlled 7″ MonitorNAB 2019: Sony Announces the Latest 4K Broadcast BeastNAB 2019: AVID Announces Stellar New Media ComposerNAB 2019: DaVinci Resolve 16 LiteGear brought their stunning, post-production-minded, color-changing light panel to NAB 2019, and it’s going to change the way you light a scene.NAB always brings out the most impressive lighting rigs and builds from all the major companies. LiteGear is no exception — they always bring innovative and boundary-pushing products to Las Vegas. With their announcement yesterday of the new LiteMat Spectrum, they’re making waves in the video production world with effects-based lighting for filmmakers of any scale. Let’s take a look at the LiteMat Spectrum’s features.The biggest selling point of this new light is bringing color to the LiteMat range, which gives users even more control over how their image looks during production — and in post-production during the color correction/grading process. So, with the color science in mind, here’s what they have to say about the “Kelvin Temperature Adjustment”:LiteMat Spectrum is built upon the solid foundation of the Cinema Series color-space found in thousands of existing LiteMat and LiteTile fixtures. We added red, green, blue, and amber to augment the cinema chips and extend the system’s CCT abilities from 2000K to 11,000K. The key here is the amber chip. It is simply not possible to achieve the best white-balanced color without it.Looking beyond how the light will help you in post-production, the LiteMat Spectrum also assists in color correction at the scene with its “Plus/Minus Green” feature, which casts a green light when unwanted magenta is spilling out (and vise versa).LiteMat Spectrum also helps with desaturating the colors you want to light with, but it does so in a new and innovative way:Building from the most accurate white point possible, we then developed a method that uses that white-point as the method of desaturating color. What is the best method of de-saturating a beautiful red, green, or blue chip? The very best full spectrum, color correct, and white-balanced white light color of your choosing.You can reserve yours here.The prices for the various sizes range from $2,500-$3,600, but that’s to be expected with equipment as advanced as this.No Film School interviewed Paul Royalty from LiteGear about the new light. Check it out.Here are the specs:~15,000 nit full color changing LED panelColor temperature adjustments from 2,000k to 11,000k+/- 8 points of tint variationChangeable white lightCertified color-space compliantSaturation control with 100 shades of depthPDX dimmingCompatible with all head-mounted accessorieslast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priority

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: Football always our priorityby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the club have never prioritised commercial initiatives over results on the pitch.United’s American owners, the Glazers, have been accused of not caring about the club’s performances so long as it doesn’t jeopardise their business interests.But Woodward says both aspects are vital to the club’s make-up.”The reality of Manchester United is we are a club in two parts,” said Woodward.”First of all, we are an incredible 141-year footballing institution with all that history, all that legacy, all that tradition and that tradition of success. That can never, ever change. We need to keep that protected.”Then, like other football clubs, our commercial business allows us to reinvest in the football side. It’s how these two interact with each other at Manchester United that results in us having a competitive advantage in this area. What’s important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side.” last_img read more

Federal report suggests workplace violence rarely dealt with properly

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an “awakening” is sweeping society about the issue of workplace harassment and violence as the dominoes continue to fall from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.Trudeau suggested that awareness being raised around the issue could reverse trends that show incidents are not only under-reported, but are often not dealt with properly when they are brought forward.A newly released federal survey on the issue hints at such a trend.Three-quarters of those surveyed in the federal consultations said they recently reported harassment, sexual harassment or violence, but two-fifths of those complaints were never addressed.Federal officials caution that the results of the online survey should not be taken as representative of the population because it was not a random sampling.Speaking in Toronto, Trudeau said far too many victims — women and men — don’t feel safe coming forward with their stories.But with the fall of one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, a Weinstein effect has swept across industries with actors, producers, singers, CEOs, journalists and chefs ousted and forced to apologize for inappropriate behaviour as victims felt safer to come forward with their stories.“There is an awakening,” Trudeau said.“There is an increasing awareness that it’s not all right, it’s never all right and regardless of the power or influence or money or fame of the person doing the harassment, it’s never excusable and it should never be kept hidden.”The consultation report released Thursday also focuses on education to help reduce incidents, saying “prevention should be the primary focus” of any federal efforts and “precede any legislative changes.”The Liberals say they will tackle the issue soon, but won’t say what they plan to do.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act suggest officials previously expected to see regulatory changes after the consultation report was released. The briefing note late last year to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s top official also suggested further consultations with the public could flesh out any “approved, non-legislative initiatives.”Any change to the labour code would only apply to federally-regulated companies, like Crown corporations, banking, rail, telecommunications and broadcasting.Trudeau said no workplace in the country is immune from harassment and intimidation, including Parliament, requiring the federal government to set the tone for the country in how to deal with the issue.“This is something that affects all of us and we need to realize that harassment, intimidation in any workplace, in any place in this country is unacceptable and needs to stop.”The government launched consultations on dealing with workplace violence in the summer of 2016 to review the existing laws and regulations under the Canada Labour Code.The government’s consultation report says most survey respondents believe employers, followed by the government and then unions, should provide support for victims of workplace violence.Employer and employee groups asked for simpler language in the labour code and clarification of legislative and regulatory requirements, including differentiating sexual harassment from other forms of workplace violence because of privacy concerns.last_img read more

The Draw Play Is Dying In The NFL — But It Shouldnt

This is despite the success rate of the play used on first or second down being better than that of all rushes by running backs on those downs.1Third-down draws are often in long-yardage situations in which a team is simply setting up for a punt. According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, the success rate2Measured by whether the play resulted in positive expected points added. on first- and second-down draws this year is 41.8 percent, compared with 38 percent on all RB runs on those downs. And draws on any down result in longer gains on average (5.29 yards per attempt) than other running back runs (4.35).The Los Angeles Rams called only one draw play all season. (It didn’t work.) The New Orleans Saints waited all the way until Week 10 to run their first draw play of the season — a successful one. That two of the league’s most innovative offensive coaches — Sean McVay and Sean Payton — basically ignore the play seems like a bad harbinger for its survival. But the maestro of the NFL’s best offense, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, is one of the league’s greatest proponents of the play. That makes perfect sense: He’s essentially a Brown disciple, given that his West Coast offense was originally conceived by Bill Walsh when Walsh coached on Brown’s staff with the Bengals. For decades, the draw play has been one of the NFL’s most reliable tricks to fool overeager defensive lineman. The play mimics a pass — in the action of both the quarterback and the offensive line — until the last second, when the ball is handed off to the running back. When it works, the runner can often slice through holes untouched because defenders are busy trying to evade offensive linemen for a sack of the quarterback.The play may seem like the perfect countermeasure to keep a defense honest in the modern NFL. Yet for some reason, the draw play has been all but erased from teams’ playbooks.As the story goes, the draw play was invented in the middle of a game to slow unblockable pass rushers. It quickly became a staple of the modern offense by the sport’s “master innovator” Paul Brown, after a desperate hand-off on a busted passing play ended up working. “You fool one guy with a trap block,” Brown said. “You fool a whole pass rush with a draw play.”Offenses today are more pass-happy than ever before. And defenses have had to respond with more aggressive stunts and blitzes by rushers quicker and more desperate to pressure passers. So what better way to cross them up than by using a draw play? But during the 2018 season, teams ran the play just a little more than once every two games, down from well over two per game just 10 years ago. The Chiefs, who will play Indianapolis in the divisional round this weekend, have run a draw 16 times this year and have had success 10 times. That success rate of 62.5 is by far the best of the 10 teams that have run more than 10 draw plays. The Chargers also have used the draw well, generating 64 rushing yards in 10 attempts, six of which graded as successful.The draw is often thought of as a play of last resort: When teams are faced with virtually hopeless distance to convert a third down, they can use the draw to stop the bleeding before punting. But only 37 third-down draws this past season were in situations when the offense needed at least 7 yards to convert. The vast majority were used on first and second down (256 out of 307 draw plays) and out of the shotgun (253 total draw plays). Of course, the latter makes sense given that the main purpose of the play is to mimic a pass.Reid primarily uses the draw when teams have virtually no defenders dedicated to the run, meaning no more than six defenders “in the box” at or near the line of scrimmage. That was the defense deployed 13 of the 16 times Reid called a draw this season, and the call was successful eight of those times. If defenses continue with this look, a draw could be the perfect call.With the Chiefs offense setting records and NFL coaches looking at it for design and play-calling inspiration, there’s a good chance that teams will soon discover that one of the oldest forms of NFL deception may have even more relevance in the modern game.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Football Freshman have big impact against Nebraska

OSU freshman running back Demario McCall breaks into the open field in the fourth quarter against the Bowling Green Falcons on Sept 3, 2016. OSU won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorYouth has been discussed as the driving force of the Ohio State football team by coaches all season, but the impact of the young players has been mixed at best this season. Team members such as redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who is playing his first season with the Buckeyes, have contributed since the first game of the season. Weber has picked up 842 yards on the ground on 140 attempts, paired with seven touchdowns. These numbers are good enough to put him in the fourth spot in the Big Ten in rushing yards. While his numbers are impressive, the fact that Weber has been playing since Week 1 would cause most fans to expect this kind of production.Against Nebraska, other first-year players stole the show from Weber.Freshman running back Demario McCall – 16 carries for 73 yardsMcCall is the near-opposite of Weber. Standing at just 5-foot-9 and 182 pounds, the North Ridgeville, Ohio native depends on his speed and agility to rack up the yardage. Although McCall’s biggest run of the day was just 10 yards, the freshman took a bulk of the carries late in the game after Weber sustained a shoulder injury, later revealed to be an AC joint sprain by OSU coach Urban Meyer. The dynamic ability of McCall to hide behind blockers along with his relatively small stature and burst around the edge with elite speed is one big reason why OSU recruited the Ohio native, and could see him returning punts in the near future after senior H-back Dontre Wilson continued a trend of muffing the ball on returns.Meyer said McCall has some things to work on before he can be a big factor in the offense or on special teams. “Stronger, better ball security. Just physical strength, experience,” he said. “He’s a little loose with the ball. But his future is nice. He’s a wonderful young man.”The comments were high praise from a guy who doesn’t throw around compliments often.Freshman tight end A.J. Alexander – 3 receptions for 24 yardsAs a statline, this output by Alexander doesn’t seem to be too impressive. But the reserve tight end played well after coming in early in the second quarter. Redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh has been a key target of Barrett for the past few weeks, but has been known to drop a few wide-open opportunities.Baugh also seemed to be limping after coming out of the pile after a play in the second half.Alexander performed admirably in the blocking game and showed off his hands with a tight-window catch on a third down. He certainly has the size to play well, and his ability might become clearer if he is used more Saturday.Freshman safety Jordan Fuller – 5 tacklesFive tackles for a first-year player is a nice mark for someone who is mostly a special-teams player. Fuller was all over the field on kick coverage, and came into the game late at safety to replace redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker.Fuller is an enormous player, standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He as the frame of a linebacker, and can really lay the load when he gets ahold of an opposing player. Meyer praised him on Monday.“Kicking game — Special Teams Player of the Week was Jordan Fuller, who is really coming on as a young freshman and playing well for us,” he said.Fuller is unlikely to pass Hooker for the starting spot, but Saturday’s game served as a testament to the ability of the young safety. read more

Denis Suarez Im not happy at Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez admits his lack minutes this season has left him unhappyThe 24-year-old marked his second start of the campaign by bagging a brace as Barcelona booked their spot in the next round of the Copa del Rey by beating Cultural Leonesa 4-1.However, amid reported interest from Chelsea and Napoli for a January move, Suarez announced that his circumstances will have to change at Barcelona soon after making just his third appearances this term.“The coach said that the Lenoesa game was a test for those who do not play regularly, so we will see on Saturday if I have passed,” said Suarez, according to Goal.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I work to play, if I do not play we’ll see. I’m not happy, because I’m not playing and it’s what I want, to play.”Suarez has managed eight goals and 10 assists in 66 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions.The Spaniard has previously played for Manchester City, Sevilla and Villarreal.last_img read more

Lionel Messi reveals his son Thiago as his greatest critic

first_imgDuring an interview with World Soccer magazine, Lionel Messi revealed that his greatest critic is his son Thiago when Barcelona or Argentina lose.Losing matches has always been very hard to take for Lionel Messi, whether it’s for club or country, he used to never want to talk about the defeat until his son Thiago came of age to discuss these hard moments.When he was very little still, the eldest of Leo Messi’s sons wasn’t that interested in football at the beginning but things have drastically changed as of late.Now that he is able to understand the sport better, Thiago Messi loves playing, watching all the matches, and even discussing technical aspects with his father after every single game.Lionel Messi hadn’t revealed just how much of a critic his eldest son can be towards him, the Barcelona star knows that he will have to talk shop with Thiago every time he comes back home and especially when the squad doesn’t win a match.Lionel still has no clue if any of his sons will become footballers when they grow up, but he can already tell that they are just as crazy about football as he was when he was only a child.Messi aseguró que habla mucho de fútbol con Thiago, su hijo mayor, y reveló cómo son sus charlas después de una derrota: “Ya no es como antes. Recibí un par de críticas y cuando no ganamos me obliga a comentar lo que ocurrió” ➡— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 28, 2019In an interview with World Soccer Magazine for the February issue, Lionel Messi spoke about his son Thiago’s passion for football: “Thiago and Mateo really love football,” said Messi on World Soccer as quoted by Diario Sport.“But Thiago is the one who understands football better because he is older and he talks everything about football.”“He is very involved in everything related to the game. I already have received a few criticisms here and there from him… He follows Barcelona, La Liga, and the Champions League. The kid follows absolutely everything.”“He can’t get enough of it, he asks questions all the time and even gives me notes when things aren’t going that well,” he added.During the interview, Lionel Messi also approved of both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to play for FC Barcelona.We all know that the midfielder has already reached an agreement with the Catalan club but the defender is still negotiating a deal with Barcelona.“Both of those players come from a school that is very similar to ours and they work in a very similar manner.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“They tend to play like us, with the ball always at their feet. Both of them are very young footballers, they both have great precision and I really like watching both of them play.”¡INMESSIONANTE! Thiago, el crítico más exigente de Leo Messi, mirad lo que dice Leo Messi que le hace cuando no gana:— ORGULLOSODESERCULÉ! (@OrgullosoculeES) January 28, 2019Turns out that maturity has gotten the best of Messi now that he is past 30-years of age, it’s very interesting watching him react to different scenarios now when compared to past seasons when he was younger.Back in the day when he lost an important match with his club or country, Lionel Messi preferred to be isolated from everybody but he can’t do that anymore thanks to his son.In regards to his input when they ask him about new players, Messi also gives an informed opinion that tells us he gets his homework done because he is the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world and he always needs to be up to speed with every single one of his teammates.We still haven’t seen the last of the best Lionel Messi, but we are now getting closer to the dreaded day when he decides to retire.Nobody is ready for the day in which this happens, same as it will be when Cristiano Ronaldo also decides to hang up his boots.Those days will be some of the saddest moments in football history, when the two greatest players in football history make de decision to call it quits.#LaLiga 🇪🇸Messi: “Thiago me obliga a explicar por qué no ganamos” 😅— Solo ⚽ Fútbol (@SoloFutbolPlus) January 28, 2019What do you think about Lionel Messi’s son getting the same football bug than his father? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more