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Chelsea Ladies on the verge of title glory

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first_imgChelsea Ladies will clinch the Women’s Super League title if they win at Manchester City on Sunday – it would also be the first major trophy of the team’s 22-year history.Emma Hayes’ side are top of the table going into the final round of fixtures and would have been crowned champions with last weekend’s win against Everton had other results gone their way.They are two points above second-placed Birmingham City and three clear of reigning champions Liverpool.Their title rivals are both at home, with Birmingham hosting Notts County and Liverpool facing Bristol Academy.“If we win the league I’ll be in dreamland, but we’ve got a really tough game to end the season and I’m not thinking beyond those 90 minutes,” Hayes said.Even if they are pipped to the title, second place would earn them a place in the Champions League for the first time.See also:Two wins and we’re champions – it’s important for us to stay focusedChelsea youngsters score 12 against VillaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Track and field on the rise in Humboldt

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first_imgThe future of track and field in Humboldt County appears to be in good hands.This week, approximately 500-600 young athletes turned out over two days at the Redwood Bowl for the first of four youth track and field meets this spring.The annual meets are organized by the Humboldt State and College of the Redwoods track teams in conjunction with the Six Rivers Running Club as a way of building interest in the sport for young athletes in the area.“It was huge,” Redwoods head coach Reed Elmore …last_img read more

Marco Estrada’s MLB journey from Mexico to Oakland

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first_imgOAKLAND — This whole baseball thing wasn’t exactly Marco Estrada’s cup of tea.Estrada immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of five along with his mother, Mariza. Not too long after arriving in Southern California, she immediately encouraged him to try out the sport.It was ultimately the right decision as Estrada has carved out a nice career over 12 big league seasons that includes an All-Star selection in 2016. But Estrada hated baseball so much at first that he almost quit. …last_img read more

South Africa targets 4.5m new jobs

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first_img28 October 2009 The South African government aims to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through its Expanded Public Works Programme over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Support for labour-intensive projects Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that a wage-based incentive mechanism was being implemented to encourage government departments and municipalities to use funds for labour-intensive projects. The incentive is aimed at the infrastructure sector, and at non-governmental organisations and community organisations that provide services on behalf of the government. A R50 reimbursement of the daily wage of each person hired will be given, provided that a specified job target threshold is exceeded. The subsidy will be extended to projects in the environment, cultural and social sectors.Public works, community works The Expanded Public Works Programme provided 1.6-million jobs during its first phase, which ran from 2004 to 2009. As part of the second phase, a community works programme, which is being rolled out largely in rural areas, aims to provide work to at least 1 000 people per week on each site in the current financial year. The programme aims to create the equivalent of 180 000 full-time jobs by 2014, and a total of R114.5-million has been set aside for the programme in the adjusted budget.Training layoff scheme Gordhan also announced that a total of 3 438 employees from 24 companies had applied for the government’s training layoff scheme by 2 October. R2.4-billion has been set aside to fund the scheme, under which workers whose companies plan to retrench are placed on training programmes administered by the National Skills Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration oversees the scheme, while the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities provide training.Incentives for companies The government is also considering setting up an umbrella fund pulling together the various incentives offered for businesses to create more jobs. Briefing journalists before his medium term budget speech, Gordhan said the fund would largely be made up of existing programmes and tax incentives, with clear targets aimed at job creation. “We’ve reached a point in time where, if we are going to focus on job creation, we need to take stock of what all of that money is,” Gordhan said. “And secondly, we need to ask ourselves where we prioritise the expenditure of that money, in order that we spend where it’s best needed, and not spend it because it’s been there for the last five or 10 years.” He said a key objective would be to make more transparent the amount of jobs created by the rebates, incentives and support programmes already offered by the government. “I think the country is demanding some answers in terms of where is the trade-off in investments in these programmes and the actual jobs that are created,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Watch: Nelson Mandela on how Anne Frank’s diary inspired him

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first_imgAnne Frank was an inspiration to Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island. In celebration of Mandela Month, see this video where Mandela shares how the experience of a young Jewish girl gave him hope and encouragement. Anne Frank and seven others were in hiding in the secret annex on the Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. It’s become the Anne Frank House, a museum that commemorates her life. (Image: Wikipedia)Media Club South Africa reporterIn an interview conducted shortly after he was released, Nelson Mandela told Dutch filmmakers that Anne Frank had been his inspiration. He drew courage from her book, The Diary of a Young Girl as she faced injustice during the turbulent World War II.Mandela is often remembered as a reader, an analyst and a man who never stood still in his thinking. He had read Anne’s posthumous diary before going to prison, but when he read it behind bars again, he saw the work differently. He said that he never lost hope in returning as a free man [from Robben Island] because he knew he could follow in the footsteps of great fighters for human rights like Anne.About Anne Frank“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young GirlAnne died at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in February or March 1945, before the camp was liberated. She was just 15. Her diary, which she began writing while she was in hiding with her family, was found by her father, Otto, and published in 1947.During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, the Jewish Frank family hid in a secret annex of Otto’s manufacturing business. Sharing the space with two other families, Anne used her diary to write about the world she was not able to enjoy any longer.Watch this interview from the Anne Frank House:Watch Tobey Krafft give a tour of The Secret Annex here:Mandela MonthThis year the Mandela Month campaign focuses on education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment. International Mandela Day is celebrated on Mandela’s birthday, 18 July. South Africans and international supporters are called to take action and inspire change throughout the month in commemoration of Mandela’s life.last_img read more

South African author shares lessons after winning Caine Prize

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first_imgListening is important and reading is essential. These are just a few lessons Lidudumalingani Mqombothi gained on his journey as a writer. He won the 17th annual Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost earlier this month.Mqombothi believes he is a vessel, an instrument to tell precious stories. When he was asked if Memories We Lost is an African story, he replies: “I do not know what that [African story] even means. It is important to tell stories that might appear African or even South African. We should not make the mistake of thinking our experiences are uniquely South African.”Mqombothi received his prize, £10 000 (about R188 000) at a ceremony at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. He told BBC Africa that a conversation with a South African friend inspired him to write Memories We Lost.“My friend was trying to write a series of poems about her father who has Alzheimer’s. That was two years ago. Since then I would find myself either reading or watching something about mental illness.” Shortly thereafter he says the opportunity came to write a story about the illness.Memories We Lost“The winning story explores a difficult subject – how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia,” said chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley. “Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists”.Memories We Lost details the heart wrenching story of two sisters and how they deal with the mental anguish one endures. The narrator speaks of “This Thing” that sometimes transforms her sister, making her do bad things, and causes her physical and emotional pain. She remembers her sister dropping out of school. The reader also finds out about the false impressions villagers have about “This Thing”.This short story is published in the Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You by the Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015 edition.Listen to Mqombothi’s story here:Mqombothi grew up in the Zikhovane Village in Transkei in the Eastern Cape. He was in his early twenties when he started writing poetry. “I attended a poetry session and felt I could write better poems. I could not, but I continued writing and now here we are.”He is also a photographer and a filmmaker. On 7 July, a few his images featured in the Real City of Cape Town Group Exhibition held in the Bo-Kaap.Mqombothi says his influences include poets, novelists, essayists, photographers, filmmakers, and the everyday man.“To narrow it down to a few would be an impossible and an unfair task. To amuse you, I will give you a few names: Ben Okri, Bessie Head, Dambudzo Marechera, Lewis Nkosi, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Teju Cole, Junot Diaz, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Rachel Zadok and Zoe Wicomb.”Watch Mqombothi talk about his experience as a writer in South Africa:More about Caine Prize winnerThe Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize encourages and highlights the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider international audience. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.The other authors on the shortlist were:Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for Genesis,Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) for At Your Requiem, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You,and;Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for The Lifebloom Gift, published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014.last_img read more

9 Articles Every Filmmaker Should Read (August 2015)

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first_img4. Columbia Pictures Takes Down Unrelated Videos, and Their Own Trailer, With a Bogus DMCA ClaimVimeo received DMCA notices on behalf of Columbia by Entura International for the film Pixels. The filing was incredibly broad, including any use of the term “Pixels” in the title. Unrelated films like Pantone Pixels were taken down, as well as the original short film, Pixels, the movie is based on. The claims have since been rescinded, but it did open a huge debate on DMCA practices. The DMCA notice also had the films own trailer removed. You can read more about this mess at Geek. Miss any big headlines in August? Here are nine things you may have missed last month.Image via Blackmagic DesignWith projects taking up all of your time, we know how easy it is to miss some breaking news or cool features. These are some of the biggest stories from August 2015.1. Fusion 8 Beta ReleasedHot off the release of DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta, Blackmagic Design has already made Fusion 8 available for download. Fusion 8 is a compositing software for VFX artists to create motion design and 3D animation.Prior versions of Fusion have been used on features like Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and The Hunger Games. It was also used on television series like Breaking Bad, Adventure Time, Downton Abbey, and Battlestar Galactica.The public beta is available for FREE! More on Fusion 8 over at No Film School.2. The Future for AdobeAdobe’s Sr. Director of Product Management for Video, Bill Roberts, gave an interview to Video & Filmmaker about the future of Adobe. You’ll see how Adobe discovered that filmmakers use Creative Cloud more than any other industry users.We found that video professionals are the most voracious users of Creative Cloud, using more tools and services across a range of disciplines to complete their work. For example, it’s not uncommon to have a logo from Illustrator CC and image from Photoshop CC combined in an After Effects CC comp and dynamically linked to a Premiere Pro timeline. You can read the entire interview over at Video & Filmmaker.3. Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t)One of the most popular videos shared this past month came from RocketJump Film School. Freddy Wong and crew tackled the always controversial use of CG in films. 5. SmallHD 500 Series Causes Problems With Digital Bolex D16Digital Bolex has announced multiple reports of D16 users experiencing problems with SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors. The monitors were causing the internal SSD to dismount or freeze, which caused problems with recording and playback.The issue was tied to a new data standard in the HDMI signal. The D16 did not recognize the signal, and a firmware patch will be released on 8/31/15. Read more about the issue at No Film School.6. 10 Astounding VFX Innovations from ILMA look at the incredible VFX work of Industrial Light and Magic. This breakdown includes effects like building virtual cities and creating movie monsters. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes look at the ILM Virtual Reality Lab, where they are pushing the boundaries of VR filmmaking. They’ve even used the technology to create pre-production sets for Star Wars: Rogue One. Read about the 10 innovations at RocketStock. Speaking of Star Wars…center_img 7. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every Imax for a MonthImage via We Got This CoveredFor four weeks, all IMAX theaters will only play Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The exclusive deal will keep cinema goers from seeing The Revenant and In the Heart of the Sea on IMAX until January 2016. You can read more from The Hollywood Reporter.8. Netflix Users Avoid 130 Hours of Commercials a YearBy calculating the streaming time on Netflix and average time ads are aired, it was determined that Netflix saves subscribers from 130 hours of advertisements a year. This was determined by factoring the average streaming time of 1.5 hours on Netflix and the average hour of television, which includes 15 minutes and 30 seconds of ads. Read more about this at Exstreamist.9. You Can Buy Shotgun Shells Marketed for Shooting Down DronesThe company Snake River Shooting Products has announced a line of shotgun shells that are advertised specifically for shooting drones out of the sky. The rounds are 12 gauge 3″ shotgun shells, which are obviously just standard shells packaged for drone warfare in the impeding “drone apocalypse.” More information is available from Pop Photo.Any other major stories we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

South Korea has big gold medal day at Asian Games

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first_imgAn established Olympic swimming superstar and a seven-month pregnant shooter helped South Korea to one of its best days at the Asian Games on Sunday.Park Tae-hwan, the 400-meter freestyle gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won the 200 freestyle in the Asian Games pool, leading throughout to break his own Asian record.Hours earlier, Gim Yun-mi, who is expecting a child in two months, helped out as South Korea swept all four shooting gold medals to give it nine on the day overall.The games also had a first world record – China’s Li Ping won the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting division. She broke an eight-year-old world mark in the snatch when she lifted 103 kilograms, then lifted 127 in the clean and jerk to earn another world record for the combined total at 230 kilograms.China collected 18 golds Sunday and moved to a leading 37 on the second day of competition at the Games, which end Nov. 27. South Korea has 13 gold medals overall. Japan is in third place with eight golds and Hong Kong is next with two gold.China topped the medal count at the last Asian Games in Doha with 166 gold medals and is on its way to repeating that. There are 476 gold medals to be awarded in Guangzhou.South Korean shooter Lee Dae-myung won the men’s 10-meter air pistol and helped secure a victory in the team competition on the second morning. Later, Gim won the women’s 10-meter air pistol and helped South Korea win the women’s team gold.”I got the gold medal with my baby, I feel so happy,” Gim said through an interpreter.advertisementJia Rui helped deliver Macau’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Games by winning the Daoshu/Gunshu all-round title in the Chinese martial arts of Wushu.Macau had won five silver and 10 bronze medals in previous Asian Games, but the 23-year-old individual world champion clinched Sunday’s gold with an acrobatic routine involving flips and fast sword movement.”In Macau, wushu is a hobby for many people, and this will be a big step for the sport in my country,” he said.India, meanwhile, won its first gold of the games when Pankaj Advani beat Nay Thway Oo of Malaysia 3-2 in men’s English billiards.Japanese triathletes finished first and second in the men’s race just 24 hours after two of their female compatriots took the major medals in the women’s event.On Sunday, Yuichi Hosoda and Ryosuke Yamamoto finished one-two to make Japan the undisputed triathlon champions of the Asian Games. On Saturday, Mariko Adachi and Akane Tsuchihashi of Japan won gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s race.At the Asian Games pool, Park broke the Chinese domination that has seen the host country win nine golds in 12 finals over two nights.Japanese star Kosuke Kitajima failed to win his 50-meter breaststroke heat in the morning and struggled again in the final, finishing 0.35 seconds behind winner, China’s Xie Zhi, to end up in a dead heat for fourth with Iran’s Mohammad Alirezaei Dizicheh. Kitajima’s teammate Ryo Tateishi was second.The 50 distance is not the 28-year-old Japanese star swimmer’s best event – he swept the 100 and 200 Olympic titles in Athens and Beijing. Still, failing to land a medal at all is a worrying sign heading into his signature events in Guangzhou.Kitajima said the competition was simply too strong.”Even though it’s my best result of this year, I did not get a medal,” he said. “I’ll try my best in the 100-meter breaststroke later.”last_img read more