Bolt, Thompson lead nominees for Jamaica’s male and female Athlete-of-the-Year

first_imgUSAIN Bolt and Elaine Thompson lead the list of nominees for the RJR Sports Foundation Athlete-of-the-Year Awards announced Thursday during its launch at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston.The awards will be held at the hotel on Friday, January 13, 2017.Bolt is one of three male nominees. The 30-year-old track and field icon became the first sprinter in history to win the 100m, 200m and sprint relay at three consecutive Olympic Games at the Games in Rio in August.Also nominated is 110m hurdles OIympic champion Omar McLeod, who became the first Jamaican male to win the sprint hurdles gold at an Olympic Games. The 22-year-old student at the University of Arkansas, also won the World Indoor Championships in Oregon in February.McLeod was also the only sprinter hurdler to go below 13 seconds during the year in which he also became the first sprinter hurdler to break 13 seconds and 10 seconds in the 100m.The third and final male nominee is batsman Marlon Samuels, who was the hero of the ICC T20 World Cup Final in India. Samuels scored an unbeaten 85 off just 66 balls to help the West Indies to a four-wicket win over England as the West Indies became the first team ever to win the T20 World Cup twice.Samuels was also named West Indies One Day Player-of-the-Year.Thompson, who won both the 100m and 200m at the Olympics in Rio, leads the five female nominees that included three Olympians, one female cricketer and a swimmer.Thompson became the first woman in 28 years to win the sprint double at the Olympic Games. She was also the Diamond winner and had the fastest times in both the 100m and 200m for 2016. Her personal best of 10.70 tied the national record held by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.Also among the list of nominees is Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who also set a personal-best time of 49.83s in the semi-finals. She was also a key member of Jamaica’s team that won the silver medal in the women’s mile relay.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who overcame injury-plagued season to win bronze behind Thompson in the 100m in Rio, is also among the nominees.Fraser-Pryce who ran a season-best 10.86 in the final in Rio, also anchored the women’s sprint relay team to a silver medal.last_img read more

British Government ‘opening door’ for football return

first_img(BBC) – The government says it is “opening the door” for the return of professional football in England in June.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said yesterday’s meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had “progressed plans”.He added that plans for the sport to resume should “include widening access for fans to view live coverage”.Meanwhile, England’s deputy chief medical officer said any return would be “slow” and “measured”.The Premier League met on Monday to discuss ‘Project Restart’ and hopes for a return to action on June 12, with matches played behind closed doors.“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first,” said Dowden.“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.“The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support.”He added that plans to return should “ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family”.The next meeting of Premier League clubs will take place on Monday, when top-flight players may return to initial group training under social-distancing protocols.Footballers have so far been limited to individual training but Premier League bosses hope a first phase of team training, under strict guidelines and restricted to 75 minutes can begin next week.England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said: “There will be small, carefully-measured, step-wise approaches to see what can be achieved safely. The first of those is to return safely to training, still observing social distancing.“We will have to see how that goes before we can even think about moving on to the return of competitive football matches.”Monday’s meeting will come after a weekend when the Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight, becomes the first major league to restart.The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and most teams have nine fixtures left to play.Brighton had a third player test positive for coronavirus earlier in May and boss Graham Potter is wary about a return to action.“We are in uncharted territory. It’s a hugely complex situation,” he said.“It’s very difficult to call one day to the next. The general will from all the clubs is to play out the season as close to the format as possible. Whatever date that is remains to be seen.“We are sanitising the environment. The players are not coming in for any length of time.“It will be as safe as it is made to be. The challenge will be when (we have) contact, larger groups and different teams. We need to see where we are on Monday and then Tuesday.”He added: “There are concerns, of course. We have come out of lockdown. The situation is not totally resolved.“I have a young family. My wife’s family has health issues. We are human beings.”Meanwhile, the Premier League confirmed clubs had decided that short-term contract extensions could be agreed with players whose deals run out on June 30, with the season set to go beyond that date.Club and players will now have until June 23 to agree extensions which run until whenever the campaign is scheduled to finish.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said it was decided “to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign”.Elsewhere, six League One clubs have united to express their determination to finish the season.Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has released a statement on behalf of Posh, Oxford, Sunderland, Fleetwood, Portsmouth and Ipswich.League One clubs are due to meet with the EFL board today to discuss options for completing the season.ANALYSISThe fact the government summoned the three football bodies to a meeting together tells its own story. Ministers want football to think collectively during this crisis, act in the interests of the whole game and to understand that any government financial bailouts for the sport are highly unlikely.The Premier League was reminded that if its season does resume next month, it will be expected to do what it can for clubs in the EFL and for grassroots football. And to ensure that, while honouring contracts with its broadcast partners, as many matches as possible are shown free to air, so that as many people as possible can watch them.With the Premier League lobbying government to scrap the idea of neutral stadiums to keep their clubs happy, ministers are now asking for something in return.It was significant today that despite continued police concerns over the risk of fans gathering outside grounds once matches resume, the government reinforced its support for the resumption of matches.But it also warned that games will only take place if the phased return to training goes to plan, and the sense is that ‘Project Restart’ still hangs in the balance.last_img read more

New unemployment claims drop again

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Workforce Development reports another drop in new unemployment claims driven by the coronavirus.The agency says there were 27,912 first-time unemployment claims filed last week. That is a little more than half the number of claims filed in the previous week — and it is the second straight week where claims have dropped after hitting a record of 64,194.Manufacturing has the most claims at 5,143 health care and social assistance had 3,985 and the retail trades saw 3,307.IWD says there were nearly 152,000 continuing unemployment claims during the week.last_img

How Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song Stems

first_imgTake creative control of your next video project by using song stems, and increase the production value of your video edits.One way to bring a professional workflow to your video edits is by using song stems (also known as music stems or submixes.) We’re going to dive into some of the creative ways you can use song stems, but first let’s learn exactly what a stem is.Song StemsIn order to define song stems, we need to think of our song as a complete mix. Stems are essentially portions of the mix, usually various instrument groups — bass, drums, piano, vocals, etc. When you stack all of these stems on top of each other in an edit timeline, they play back just as the complete song would.However, when you have access to each individual stem track, you can customize the song even more to suit your video project. Using stems opens a lot of creative possibilities. Let’s take a look at a few.Interviews and Film DialogueWhen you’re editing a video with dialogue and music, more often than not, you’ll have to drastically lower the volume of the entire music track to ensure the dialogue comes across clearly. This is no longer the case when you’re using song stems. Now, you can easily fade the more distracting musical elements in and out (such as drum hits or heavy bass.)This is great for interviews; it allows you to customize the mix to match the visuals and sounds of your project. One of my favorite tricks is to create suspense by slowly raising the volume of various stem tracks.Song RemixesAnother great use for stems is creating your own song remixes. You can easily do this by enabling or disabling various stem tracks for the song you’re working with. This allows you to quickly create variations of a song that keep to a similar theme (such as disabling the vocals and piano to get a mix that emphasizes the lows). It’s a great way to get more mileage out of a single song.Target Audio EffectsAlong the same lines as remixing a song, stems allow you to selectively apply audio effects. For example, in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can apply the audio effect Studio Reverb to a specific stem track, which allows you to affect something like vocals, without applying the unwanted reverb to the rest of the song mix.Another example would be using the bass effect to increase or decrease bass on specific instrument tracks. You can really get creative when mixing various effects. A few of my favorite audio effects in Premiere Pro are Vocal Enhancer, Flanger, and Studio Reverb.Splice Together SongsStems also give you the creative ability to splice two songs together. In theory, you can do this with any two songs, but it’s much easier if songs have the same number of beats per minute (BPM). You can mix and match various stem audio tracks atop each other in your timeline, or easily fade stem tracks in and out from one song into another — which is helpful when you need to transition into another song and keep your story momentum moving.Prolong Song ElementsBecause stems give us access to different pieces of a song, it’s easy to prolong sections to fit our edit. A great example would be a song’s intro or outro. You can select the audio tracks that play in the beginning or end and duplicate them before and after the song. This will give you a longer lead-in or -out. (It works great for opening or ending title credits.) You’ve likely heard a similar effect used by DJs on the radio, as they sometimes will loop a stem at the beginning of a song.Looking for more articles on working with audio? Check these out.Download, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEWAV vs MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your VideoCreative Ways to Use Music Loops in Your VideosAudio Tips: How to Remove Vocals in a Song Using StemsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio Differentlylast_img read more

Shekhawat in poll panel surprises many

first_imgThe appointment of Union Minister of State Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as the convenor of the BJP’’ election management committee for the Rajasthan Assembly polls has sprung surprise in the political circles here. Mr. Shekhawat had earlier lost out the race for the BJP State president after Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s resistance.Saini to head panelBJP president Amit Shah announced the 16-member panel’s appointment in New Delhi on Thursday amid speculations that the party’s central leadership does not want to give a free hand to Ms. Raje in the selection of candidates, orgnisational matters and monitoring of electoral strategies. BJP State chief Madan Lal Saini will head the committee, which has Ms. Raje as one of its members.Differences between Ms. Raje and Mr. Shah had reportedly delayed the appointment of new BJP State president by three months after Ms. Raje’s confidant Ashok Parnami resigned following the party’s defeat in by-elections to one Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies earlier this year. ‘Social engineering’ Though the BJP has attempted to carry out “social engineering” by including the communities such as Rajputs, Jats and Meghwals in the committee, the party faces a tough task of getting the votes of these caste groups in the upcoming Assembly election. The occasional display of divisions within the party also remains a major issue to be tackled by the senior BJP leaders.According to the political observers, the appointment of Mr. Shekhawat, who is Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, may help resolve hostility against BJP among certain sections in the Marwar region. However, his uneasy relations with Ms. Raje may affect smooth functioning of the committee.last_img read more

25 days agoFredericks: West Ham boost from Bournemouth draw

first_imgFredericks: West Ham boost from Bournemouth drawby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Fredericks says West Ham United have gained plenty of confidence from their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.The Hammers came back twice to steal a valuable away point which leaves in fourth place on the Premier League table.”Coming back like that gives us a lot of positive feelings,” Fredericks called the club’s website.”We’re a confident bunch anyway and we know we can go anywhere and pick up a result.”We didn’t panic when we went 2-1 down. Obviously it was frustrating to go behind, especially so early in the second half, but we knew we were going to get chances. “We have very good forward players who always create chances so we knew that as long as we didn’t concede a third we’d always have a chance of getting back in the game.”We’re a different beast this season. We don’t want to just be up there and think ‘it’s nice to be here’. We think we’re good enough to stay in and around these positions so we’re going to fight for every point, every goal and I think teams know that when they play against us it’s never going to be an easy game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

JCF Members Hailed for Role in Tackling Human Trafficking

first_imgStory Highlights Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has hailed the dedicated work of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in tackling human trafficking in Jamaica.Mrs. Palmer, who is also Chair of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), said members of the JCF Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit have displayed a willingness to go above and beyond “in service to our fellowmen”, as the country tackles the heinous crime.“I applaud their work. I am so taken with the level of devotion that they display all the time,” she said.Mrs. Palmer was addressing a ceremony to hand over a bus to the Unit at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1. Donation of the 16-seater Toyota bus, valued at approximately $6 million, is intended to aid the Unit in transporting victims of trafficking to shelters.She noted that the Task Force is, in the meantime, working to set up an additional shelter for victims.“I am very happy to make this contribution to the Anti-TIP Unit, but so sad that it has come to this, that persons enslave each other for their own gain,” Mrs. Palmer said.The NATFATIP Chair, meanwhile, noted that Cabinet has given approval for a Bill to amend the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, to have a judge alone try human-trafficking offences.“Jury trial for this case is difficult because you have to appreciate what the victim has gone through. To sit and face the monsters who had them enslaved; it’s not easy,” she said.The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that in 2015, some 5,800 persons were trafficked in Jamaica. “I applaud their work. I am so taken with the level of devotion that they display all the time,” she said. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that in 2015, some 5,800 persons were trafficked in Jamaica. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has hailed the dedicated work of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in tackling human trafficking in Jamaica.last_img read more

Research suggests T Rex was covered in scales instead of feathers

first_imgEDMONTON – Research suggests Tyrannosaurus rex and some of its close relatives were covered in tiny scales and not feathers as many scientists previously thought.An international team of researchers, including University of Alberta paleontologists, studied fossilized skin from massive carnivorous lizards known as tyrannosaurids.Their ancestors, which were about the size of wolves or leopards, were coated in feathery fuzz, but somewhere along the way their descendants seem to have lost that attribute, said paleontologist Scott Persons, who contributed to the study.“What we see here is actually evidence of feathers evolving and then being lost — or at least greatly reduced in terms of their number — in this one lineage of dinosaurs, which is strange,” he said.A completely separate branch of the dinosaur family tree included an uninterrupted line of feathered carnivores, including the Velociraptor, that are related to today’s birds.Persons’ interest was piqued when his U of A colleague and mentor, renowned paleontologist Philip Currie, showed him a skin sample from a specimen found in Alberta.A team of U of A researchers got to work, but soon got wind of another group studying a different skin fossil.“Rather than competing with each other in a rush to see who could be the first to publish on it, we all pooled our resources and, as a result, we have a really cool study that talks about skin in multiple species of tyrannosaurids, which is pretty gosh darn cool.”The combined team included researchers from Canada, the United States and Australia.It’s rare to find fossilized dinosaur skin, but advances in preparation techniques are making discoveries more common. Often, a researcher won’t even know there is skin attached to a fossil until after it’s taken back to the lab.The scientists can’t say for certain why feathers went by the wayside in tyrannosaurids, but Persons said he suspects it has to do with the animals’ size, as the bigger you are, the harder it is to stay cool.He notes elephants and rhinos today have little in the way of hair.“You’re better off not being out in the savannah in the hot sun while wearing a down jacket.”Because the skin specimens were relatively small, it’s impossible to say whether the dinosaurs were entirely featherless, or if they had isolated patches on their bodies, such as a crest atop their heads.To know for sure, Persons said paleontologists would need to find a tyrannosaurid that had been completely mummified.“They’re probably buried somewhere out there and it’s really just a matter of time before we get lucky enough and uncover one.”The paper is to be published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters this month.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Site preparation work begins for new school in Fort St John

first_imgSloan said that crews have been levelling out the property and preparing it for construction to begin on the new school’s foundation, with the goal of having the first concrete poured before the ground hardens up later in the fall.He explained that initial work has been proceeding at a faster pace than on the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on the City’s west side due to a number of factors, including better preparedness and different geological properties of the site.“We weren’t sure when we were going to get approval, so we had the plan on the shelf. I wouldn’t say this is ahead of the game, but this is our new reality in terms of making sure that we construct to schedule. ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ is the expression, and we had enough interesting experiences with weather on the ‘Ma’ Murray site that once we got the go-ahead we had the plan on the shelf for how to prep the site.”Sloan said that the land for the new school differs in several aspects from that of ‘Ma’ Murray including in ground slope and composition, which makes it easier to prepare for laying the building’s foundation.The provincial government announced on June 28th that it is providing up to $30.8 million to build the school, while the School District will contribute $300,000. Full-scale construction is set to begin next summer, with the school scheduled to open in fall 2021, with 505 spaces for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 says that site preparation work has begun on a new elementary school on the northeast side of Fort St. John, less than two months after the provincial government announced funding for the project.SD60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that construction crews began preparation work at the site of the new school, which is located across 112th Avenue from the Fort St. John Hospital, less than a week ago.The School District posted photos of the construction work on its Facebook page on Sunday.last_img read more

ED files supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana CM names immovable assets

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala in connection with a money-laundering case on Thursday.The agency mentioned in the chargesheet that immovable assets worth Rs 3.68 crore were attached by it on April 13 in relation to four properties in Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa. It said the investigation conducted so far under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had revealed that Chautala laundered the disproportionate assets by depositing illegal cash in the bank accounts of his and his family members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ED said this was done to avoid the back trail of money, merge the illegal cash with genuine income and show it as untainted. This laundered money was further used to purchase new properties or carry out construction on the already acquired properties. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Kamini Lau, who posted the matter for consideration on May 16. Referring to Chautala’s affidavits filed before the 2005 and 2009 Haryana Assembly polls, the agency said he had disclosed his assets to publicly Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kproject the tainted properties as untainted. “During the period between May 24, 1993 and May 5, 2006, O P Chautala, while functioning as a public servant (the CM of Haryana), allegedly acquired assets disproportionate to his income to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026. The value of the disproportionate assets acquired by O P Chautala is in the form of various movable and immovable properties which constitutes ‘proceeds of crime’ in this case. “The calculation of these accumulated disproportionate assets of Chautala was based on oral and documentary evidence collected by the CBI during investigation and included all sources of income and expenses. Chautala had invested these disproportionately acquired assets mainly in the following properties…,” the chargesheet said.last_img read more