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August 13, 2020

Renewed calls for sports funding after IAAF golden triumph

first_img[email protected] Share on: WhatsApp Jacob Kiplimo wins. PHOTO @IAAFORGThe persistent calls for increased funding towards sports grew louder when a Ugandan teenager, Jacob Kiplimo won gold at the IAAF Cross country championship that was held in Uganda recently- saying the country has enormous, untapped potential. Seventeen year old Kiplimo won gold in the U20 category in the 8km race, the first gold for Uganda in a World Cross Country championship organised by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Various players in the sports arena have urged Ugandan authorities to significantly increase its sports budget to cater to the abundance of talent in the country. The government had promised to construct a high altitude training centre for athletes in Kapchorwa but the project has failed to take off. Analysts say the absence of facilities is what prompts stars like Kiplimo to train from neighbouring Kenya.****last_img read more

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Griezmann brilliance keeps Atletico second in La Liga

first_imgIn between, Griezmann tested Tomas Vaclik with a bending effort from range but Sevilla remained in charge, Andre Silva’s shot hitting the inside of the post and flashing across a goal left vacant by the diving Jan Oblak.The hosts got their reward in the 38th minute, and Navas was the instigator again. His cross was feathered by Daniel Carrico but still needed Ben Yedder to swivel and sweep it home with his left foot.Ben Yedder might have made it two just after but his lifted finish met Oblak and instead Atletico levelled with the final action of a breathless opening half.Atletico were awarded a free-kick in prime Griezmann territory and the World Cup winner struck it superbly with his left foot, flashing it across the rooted Vaclik and into the top right-hand corner.Sevilla continued to have the better of the second half but chances were harder to come by. One Navas cross led to Ben Yedder flashing wide, while another had to be palmed away by Oblak.Atletico survived, and could have won it in the last 10 minutes as Griezmann skipped clear but his finish was saved by Vaclik. Sevilla could have too snatched the points but Oblak pushed away Joris Gnagnon’s thundering drive.Share on: WhatsApp Seville, Spain | AFP | Antoine Griezmann preserved Atletico Madrid’s status as chief challengers to Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday after his stunning free-kick earned them a 1-1 draw at Sevilla.Sevilla would have leapfrogged Atletico into second with a win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and were favourites to do so when Wissam Ben Yedder put them ahead eight minutes before the break.Griezmann however produced a moment of magic by whipping home his fifth goal in as many games on the stroke of half-time to ensure a thrilling, and at times bad-tempered contest that featured 12 yellow cards ended with the spoils shared and Atletico two points behind leaders Barca.Real Madrid’s stuttering form has left these two closest to Barca at the top and a riveting final 10 minutes highlighted how hard they were intent on pushing the reigning champions.However, the Catalans will likely be happiest with the result. They sit ahead of Atletico and four points away from Sevilla, with the chance to extend their lead at Getafe later on Sunday.Sevilla exploded out of the blocks and the excellent Jesus Navas led the way. Navas turns 34 this year but his speed over short distances seems as sharp ever and Atletico were left chasing his heels throughout.He delivered an array of crosses in the opening 20 minutes, with Roque Mesa and Sergio Escudero both arriving at the back post but failing to finish.last_img read more

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August 6, 2020

Applications Now Available For Washington State Legislative Youth Adivsory Council

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council“As the Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council, we strive to be a voice for youth, examine issues of importance to Washington youth, and vocalize concerns to legislators. We also work to promote youth participation in state and municipal governments and foster long lasting relationships between state legislators, adults, and young people.”  -Mission StatementThe Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is a 22-member council of 14-18 year-old students from across the state of Washington. Applications are reviewed by the Council and the final selection is conducted by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Students serve two year terms.Meetings typically take place three to six times a year in Olympia or the greater Seattle area. Students are expected to attend all Council meetings and activities. Occasionally, meetings are planned during the school week, especially during the legislative session; many students are asked to take a day off from school. Meetings are usually one day events, but there are occasional overnight meetings. Outside of the scheduled meetings, Council members are asked to continue the Council’s work by contacting legislators to advise on pending legislation, drafting letters and legislative reports, reaching out to other youth and community organizations, and participating in Council conference calls.Once the application deadline passes, select Council members hold an Application Review Committee meeting where Council members review and score each application.  The Council may then choose to hold phone interviews with the finalists before making final recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor’s office.To request an application or learn more, contact the Council by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

South African animation awarded at prestigious festival

first_imgStick Man is the story of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas. (Image: Triggerfish)A South African animation company has won a top prize for a TV production at a premier animation festival.Stick Man won a Le Cristal d’Annecy award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. The short animation is a collaboration between South African animation studio Triggerfish’s and UK-based Magic Light PicturesThis is not the company’s first award. It recently received accolades at the BANFF World Media Festival, the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, and two British Animation Awards.Previous Le Cristalwinners include the films Room on the Broom, The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig.Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest was delighted with the recognition, saying “this was Africa’s strongest showing at Annecy yet. In addition to Stick Man winning the TV category, our collaborator Clea Mallinson won the Animation du Monde pitching forum for her short film Fairy Wheels.”Other African winners this year included South African Naomi van Niekerk’s stop-motion animation short, ‘n Gewone Blou Maandagoggend. It won the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film in the short film category.Adama, a film set in West Africa, won the André-Martin Award for a French-language feature film.Forrest said: “We also had a great response to the four TV series we’re developing from last year’s pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab, so it is an exciting time for African animation.”About Stick ManStick Man is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s picture book about a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.The 26-minute film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert and South African Daniel Snaddon.“I’m so proud of the team who went beyond the call of duty to bring Stick Man to life, thanks to Jeroen for bringing out the best in us,” said Snaddon.Watch the trailer:The film features an all-star voice cast that includes Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville from Downtown Abbey and comedienne Jennifer Saunders.The film was shown on the BBC during Christmas 2015 and was watched by over 10-million viewers.Co-producers, Magic Light Pictures is an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and International Emmy winning production company.Triggerfish’s next project is another collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, and will be Christmas special for the BBC based on Roald Dahl’s popular Revolting Rhymes books.Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister of arts and culture, congratulated Triggerfish on Twitter:Congratulations to Triggerfish Animation Cape Town, for winning the overall Cristal for best TV production at the Annecy/MIFA awards.— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) June 20, 2016last_img read more

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December 15, 2019

Why The App Won The Software War

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… devanshi garg 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The word “app” has become ingrained into the global lexicon of software development. As time has passed and technology has evolved, people have viewed software from progressively different perspectives. Microsoft Office is a piece of software—yet so is a video game. And so is PayPal, for that matter.As Marc Andreessen, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, eloquently puts it, “Software is eating the world.”But as software rises, we use the term less and less. Andreesssen’s statement, meant to describe how software companies are disrupting entire industries and challenging the norm, is best manifested in the proliferation of apps. In 2013, we’ve been inundated with the concept of apps—on smartphones, tablets and laptops, of course, but also more unusual domains like cars and refrigerators.The term’s newfound ubiquity raises an interesting point about how we perceive the software that now surrounds us. What exactly is an “app”? When did a package of code meant to execute a function stop being a “program” or a “piece of software”? And is there a difference that goes deeper than a linguistic fad?Software Is Old And Busted, Apps Are The New HotnessPrior to the proliferation of mobile devices, downloading software and experimenting with new programs was left primarily to tech-savvy individuals. Consider the painstaking process of finding a free video editor, a music-sharing program prior to iTunes, or a task-management application. Not many people bothered.With the emergence of app stores, everyday people are constantly interacting with software, judging its value, and installing and deleting apps on their devices at a rapid pace.Consider the evolution of gaming thanks to mobile. The term “video games” brings to mind teenage males playing Xbox or PlayStation titles on their parents’ basements. Yet in 2013, the majority of social gamers are female and over 40 years old—and they play through something that’s called an “app,” whether it’s on Facebook or a mobile device, that they’ve chosen to install.Not only has the perception of software changed, but the user base has evolved drastically. We’ve seen a gradual shift in older demographics embracing consumer technology, creating dramatic upticks in software creation, selection, and usage. Such trends are directly tied to the ubiquity of software in today’s society.The Consumerization of SoftwareEase-of-use and user experience are directly connected to mobile apps. One of the most valuable aspects of an app, as compared to software of yesteryear, is the focus on usability, resulting in reduced learning curves and faster overall adoption and mastery.Non-techies and dedicated gadget junkies alike are finding use in everyday apps. The fact that ordinary people now interact with software and technology for hours every day results in a public that is increasingly technology-literate.To see an example of how our jargon and understanding of software has evolved, take a look at a Google Trends report comparing the popularity of the terms “software,” “program,” and “app.” Searches for “app” have steadily risen up from almost nothing, while searches for the words “software” and “program” have stagnated or dropped over time.What Lies AheadIn the past 10 years, apps have significantly influenced the IT industry. Back in 2003, if a client requested an “app,” it was most likely an enterprise application or website. In 2008, apps might have been widgets on a smart TV or a feature on a kiosk. Now that the word “app” has evolved into an entirely new beast.As our developers continue to master present-day technology, it is exciting to consider what our team will be working on in 2023. How will the world view apps in 2023? In what devices will apps be in 10 years? And will we still call them “apps”—or will we have invented an entirely new word by then?Devanshi Garg is the COO of Icreon Tech, a New York-based software-development firm. Tags:#apps#linguistics#mobile apps#programs#Software last_img read more

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December 12, 2019

The New and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part Two

first_imgIn the second installment of our two-part Acting Crash Course, we’ll discuss professionalism and what you should expect on set.You’re new to acting, but you’ve landed a part! Whether you’re just trying out acting or helping out a friend with an indie project, you’ll need to know a few things about how a film set actually works. Of course, there are several very important details you should know before heading to a set, which I covered in part one of this Actor’s Crash Course series. After you read up on that, continue on below, and we’ll go over what to know on set.Show Up Ten Minutes EarlyImage via Pavel L Photo and Video.At least! Fifteen, if possible. You want to make sure you have time to get to set, check in, find makeup and wardrobe, and settle in. Film sets have to run on strict schedules in order to make their daily page counts, and the lower the budget, the more likely this production will only have a day or two at any given location. Show up ten to fifteen minutes early every day you’re needed, and be prepared whenever they’re ready for you.A note on makeup: find out if the filmmakers want you to show up with your makeup already applied. Sometimes they’ll want to have their makeup artist do it, depending on the scene. Otherwise, they may ask you to do it yourself — and in a certain manner. If you’re not sure, or they seem unsure, just show up with either no makeup or minimal makeup and be sure to bring your supplies with you, in case you need to apply once you get there.How to Do a Sound TestWhen you’re finally called onto set, one of the first things you’ll likely have to do is a sound test. Whether it involves a boom mic overhead or a lavalier mic hidden in your costume, the sound crew will need to check your levels to make sure they’re getting the best possible recording. This requires you speak for the mic. (Notice I said for and not into.)There are several common mistakes I see with new actors, non-actors, and people being interviewed on camera when they’re asked to do a sound test. First, they look directly at the microphone and speak into it. Don’t do this. When the camera starts rolling, you won’t be talking directly into the mic, so don’t do it for the sound test. The crew will adjust the position of the mic and the levels of the recorder to best capture your voice in the scene. If you turn to talk directly into the mic, and they prepare for that (which they shouldn’t) then the sound they record will be very different when the cameras roll and you then talk away from the mic. Orient your mouth in the same direction you will use in your scene. Boom mics are extremely focused, designed to cancel out surrounding sound. Speak as you will in the scene, so the boom operator can adjust accordingly.Second, new actors will often not speak in character during a sound test the way they will during the scene. You need to deliver your lines just as you would in the scene so sound can adjust accordingly. For instance, you’re about to shoot a scene where you start yelling furiously at an attacker. Before the scene, you do a sound test. However, instead of yelling, you just talk normally, even quietly. If sound adjusts for your normal, quiet voice, and then you start yelling during the actual take, you’re going to peak and ruin the audio — and likely the sound crew’s ears.(Note: if you need to yell during your sound test, alert the crew. Don’t surprise them.)Third, you should keep talking during a sound test until audio tells you to stop. Don’t just deliver your line once; give it a few takes. If they still don’t seem to have it, you can just recite the alphabet until they’ve adjusted their levels and situated their mics appropriately. Obviously with yelling scenes, you shouldn’t wear out your voice, so wait for them to cue you on your next yell. But for scenes involving normal or less-strenuous deliveries, keep talking.Check Your FramingIn the previous article, we went over the different types of framing. Be sure to study and memorize them, so you’re ready when the director or cinematographer gives you framing instructions. But even once you know it by heart, it’s good to check your framing. You can use your hands to work with the camera operator to get the precise framing. This way you know for sure what range you can act in.It’s also important to check the depth of field. The depth of field determines the range at which something is in focus. Different lenses create different depths of field — and the scene lighting can also affect this. Be sure to check because it’ll be crucial in determining how much you can move. The deeper the depth, the more range you have. The shallower the depth, the more important it is to hit your marks.Don’t Immediately Break CharacterDon’t break character until the director calls cut. This sounds obvious, but often, once a new actor thinks the scene is done, they’ll stop acting and look directly into the camera. Stay in character until you hear “Cut!” Those extra few seconds are crucial for editors, and sometimes the director may want to hold the shot on your expression or on the way you move, so stay in character, and give them that performance!Additionally, don’t wait until you hear “Action!” to get into character. Be ready before the camera starts recording.Naturally, there’ll be times when you or someone else forgets a line or accidentally does something funny and everyone breaks character. This is okay. Just refocus and go back to it.Take a look at this actor on the set of the TV adaptation of Lethal Weapon. Despite Clayne Crawford breaking character and losing his mind off camera, this actor stays in character the whole time! This is a great example of staying focused. (And in Clayne Crawford’s case, it’s a great example of what not to do.) Hurry Up and WaitThere’s a common phrase in the film industry: “Hurry Up and Wait.” After a day on set, you’ll understand this. Just keep in mind that there are many different factors that all need to come together to make a single shot happen. The lighting has to be just right. The camera crew needs to set up their exposure and and angles. Sound needs to find a way to capture the best audio — without getting in the shot or impeding the actors or crew. Almost every department is involved in every shot. Just be patient.Be ProfessionalShow up on time with your lines memorized, be polite, don’t cause a scene (outside of the scene being filmed, that is). However, being professional doesn’t mean doing anything the director tells you. Being professional means sticking to a contract, even if that contract is an oral one. I mentioned this in the last article, and I just want to touch on it again. Be willing to try new things on set. But if you’re asked to do something that makes you uncomfortable, or unsafe, don’t do it.Cover image via Pavel L Photo and Video.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.From Favreau to Scott – Filmmakers Who Changed Direction in PostIndustry Insights: The Man in the High Castle’s Cinematographer Gonzalo AmatThe Lost Joys of Using DIY Filmmaking EquipmentThe Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for FilmmakersHow to Hire a Film Crew for Your Next Passion Projectlast_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Modi’s U.P. visit to focus on urban development

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November 30, 2019

WATCH: Derek Fisher performs hoops-inspired routine in ‘Dancing with the Stars’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The duo’s basketball-inspired salsa performance netted them a final score of 18 out of 30 points. /ra Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Veteran fencers shine in Asian tilt MOST READ Retired NBA player and former head coach Derek Fisher is certainly a dead shot on the court, but as it turns out, he’s pretty good with his feet, too.The five-time NBA champion recently took his talents to the hit show “Dancing with the Stars” and showed the world some of his best moves.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 shutoutAs seen in a Twitter video posted by Zach Harper, the 43-year-old former point guard put on a dancing display to the ample tune of Kurtis Blow’s 1984 hit “Basketball.”Clad in what appeared to be a Lakers-inspired one-piece outfit, Fisher gyrated his hips and pranced about the stage with his partner Sharna Burgess—much to the delight of the audience in attendance. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Come get your man, @forumbluegold pic.twitter.com/rWwRNWbQKs— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) September 22, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

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November 27, 2019

Cinema Superfast June 24

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November 7, 2019

Harvey Norman secures naming rights for NRL Touch Football

first_img“Harvey Norman is delighted to become the naming rights sponsor of NRL Touch Football. It was a natural fit for us – a game of Touch brings families and friends together in the best possible way; its great fun and good exercise,” Ms Page said. “It is a partnership that will bring all that is positive about rugby league to as many people as possible. All you need is a ball and you are ready anytime, anywhere for a game of Touch Football.”Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire applauded the partnership, adding it provides another fantastic boost for the profile of the sport. “On behalf of Touch Football Australia, I am delighted to confirm Harvey Norman’s whole-of-game sponsorship of NRL Touch Football. This is another fantastic benefit of our strategic partnership extending the relationship across our entire touch football community, Mr Maguire said “It is terrific to see such a prominent and well recognised Australian brand partner with us and provide valued investment to our sport.  The partnership further cements the relationship established between the NRL and Touch Football Australia in 2013, which created the largest sporting community in the country. To celebrate, the Australian Women’s Touch team took on a team made up of Mediaon Sunday in a prelude to the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium. Currently the naming rights partner for All Stars, Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page said Touch Football is synonymous with the Australian way of life and consequently the Harvey Norman product.  Long term NRL supporter Harvey Norman has secured the naming rights to the game’s latest participation initiative, NRL Touch Football.center_img “We will be working with the NRL and Harvey Norman in the coming months to build a meaningful relationship with their company and our participant base. This will be demonstrated on the ground with various activation elements at our major events and at Affiliate-level across the country. Our focus has been on investing in our grassroots community.”NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said, “Harvey Norman has provided outstanding support to rugby league across the years and this agreement allows us to continue this partnership in one of our growth areas.”Related Files031014_harvey_norman_touch_australia-pdfRelated LinksHarvey Normanlast_img read more

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