ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio returned to form and scored an impressive knockout victory over Philippine compatriot Roy Doliguez in ONE Championship’s Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio (10-2) connected with a spinning back fist that landed square on Doliguez’ (7-5) jaw knocking out the former boxer 38 seconds into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The 21-year-old Team Lakay member bounced back from his loss to Hayato Suzuki back in August and Pacio knows his victory was a statement win in ONE’s strawweight division.“It’s up to ONE on who I’ll fight next but this win proves I’m still at the top of the division,” said Pacio, who once competed for the title but lost to Yoshitaka Naito in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn the women’s atomweight division, Pacio’s Team Lakay co-member Gina Iniong brought down Indonesia’s Priscilla Gaol.Iniong (6-2) held Gaol (0-2) in the crucifix position and proceeded to rain down right hands prompting the referee to stop to the contest with 2:12 in the second round. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ This was Iniong’s third straight MMA win and her second straight in ONE.Chinese fighter Peng Xue Wen opened the night with a solid knockout victory over Cambodian Phat Soda in the strawweight division.Xue Wen (1-1) slammed Soda (0-2) with a German suplex and immediately transitioned to a rear naked choke but the referee called the knockout victory 2:17 into the first round.Xie Chao followed earned a technical knockout victory over Malaysian Kelvin Ong in the featherweight division.Ong (1-2) suffered a deep cut on his forehead that prompted the doctors to stop the fight awarding Xie (4-1) the victory 1:48 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Robinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

College looks to the future

first_imgVALENCIA – A loss of manufacturing jobs in California over the last 15 years has left a black eye on the state’s economy and now officials are looking for ways to mend it with opportunities in fields that are growing. Engineering and technology are emerging among the top industries in the state but will need a trained work force to support them, said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development at College of the Canyons. The community college has received a $75,000 grant to work on a national project to develop strategies to train workers for jobs in these fields and help those companies bloom. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, which is funding $195 million to 13 regional economies for additional labor market projects. “The only way to address the national challenge of global competition is by building strong regional economies,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary of labor for employment training. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant College of the Canyons will step into the picture by establishing an advisory board to develop guidelines for pre-engineering certification and university transfers for California community colleges. “Although engineering-based companies continue to be an important component in the economy, we want to be sure we have sufficient engineering talent to grow that sector of the California economy,” said Maloney. The board will include experts from the aerospace industry and the U.S. federal lab system who will provide input about what will be required in the work force for the state to support an economy in the growing industries. Four other local community colleges are also participating with College of the Canyons in the grant, including Antelope Valley Community College. Manufacturing companies began fleeing California in the early 1990s for other states that are more affordable to do business in and have less legislation affecting their industry. From 1990 to 2003, California lost about 400,000 manufacturing jobs. More than half of those positions were wiped out in the late 1990s and resulted in a $98 million loss of California-manufactured products, according to a study by the Keystone Group of Los Angeles, a collaboration of economic development executives. Sue Doyle, (6610257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH MAINTAIN UNBEATEN START TO THE SEASON

first_imgClub meetingThe monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday, 28th April, at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend. FootballTheir fourth win on the bounce sees Aodh Ruadh extending their winning run at the start of the season and go clear at the top of the division three table. They lead Naomh Colmcille by 1-8 to 1-2 at half-time with the benefit of a strong following breeze. Ballyshannon edged the second half too, to run out 1-13 to 1-6 victors. Conor Patton had an excellent game in the middle of the park with Niall Harley also soldiering hard too. Niall Murray at wing back and Colm Kelly worked like demons, as did Paddy Gillespie in the first half and Pauric Patton in the second. Up front David Dolan was a bit special with Johnny Gethins and Seamus Kane offering great outlets. A word too for Sticky Ward whose game sense, especially in the final quarter, played a big part in the win. We have a full report from the game up on aodhruadh.org and will have pictures over the course of the week. A date for your diary. The senior footballers will be hosting a fund-raising quiz in Seán Óg’s on Friday, 6th May. All support would be greatly appreciated.The reserve game against Newtowncunningham was postponed.Aodh Ruadh’s next assignment will be the trip to Crampsey Park to take on Urris on Saturday, 30th April. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm, followed by the seniors at 7pm.Aodh Ruadh minors booked their place in the regional league semi-finals with a gutsy 2-14 to 1-9 victory over Four Masters in Tirchonaill Park on Monday evening. The Ernesiders faced into a considerable breeze in the first half and fielded minus the talents of Shane McGrath and Oisin Rooney. Nevertheless they set about their business with a will, and after registering the first two points of the game they never looked back. Ballyshannon reached the break three points to the good with a fine goal from Conall Sweeny helping them on their way. Dylan Gallagher had the green flag flying again in the second 30 with a lovely effort as the lads pushed on to secure a hard earned victory against tough opponents. Aodh Ruadh showed great desire and attitude for this clash right across the pitch. The man of the match award was a toss-up between two superb performances. Ronan McMullin, put in a stupendous shift of tenacious never-say-die football in a roving commission, while Nathan Boyle produced a vintage display of acrobatic fielding which was gilded with eight immaculate dead balls, many from on or around the 45 metre mark and into the stiff breeze. Conall Sweeny proved an effective foil to Boyle in midfield while Cáelán Drummond was a great threat up front. The regional semi-final will take place this Wednesday with venue, time and opposition yet to be determined.The under 14s recorded two good wins over the past week. They were away to Ardara last Friday evening. On a cold and windy evening, the game was tight with both teams working hard for possession. Ballyshannon played against the wind in the first half, but went in at half-time leading 4-5 to 3-4. In the second half the game opened up a little and Ardara hit a purple patch scoring two goals. Our lads steadied themselves and a hit a further 2-3. Best displays in the defence were Matt Gillespie in goals, excellent again, Calum Doherty-Craig, Daire Gallagher and Eugene Doherty worked their socks off. Senan Rooney scored 2-3 from midfield and up front Jake Foley bagged 2-1, supported well by Shane Brady and Harry Howarth. Monday evening saw the team record a convincing 7-10 to 5-6 victory over Saint Naul’s to move top of the division one table. Aodh Ruadh led by 3-6 to 0-2 at half time and the bench was emptied in the second half with a number of players making good cases for starting places in future fixtures. Once again Matt Gillespie excelled between the posts, producing some superb stops, while in defence Marty McGarrigle gave one of his best displays of the season. Senan Rooney was unmarkable in midfield while up front Cian Rooney and Colm McGloin were on fire. Next up for the under 14s is the visit of Ardara to Father Tierney Park on Friday, throw in at 6.30pm. Training continues on Wednesday at 4.30pm.The under 12s travel to MacCumhaill Park on Wednesday 27th April for a challenge match against a strong MacCumhaill side.  Thanks to the large numbers playing under 12 football in both clubs we will be fielding three teams to play at the same time, with games throwing in at 6.45pm. Players are asked to meet at the park at 5.20pm and bring €3 for the bus. We expect to be home about 8.45pm. We have committed to fielding 30 players and so ask that all parents notify in advance if their child is available to travel for this trip. We have games on Wednesdays from now on with the league beginning on Wednesday 4th May with an away game to Ardara at 7pm. We are hoping for good numbers of travelling supporters for the boys and parents who are available to drive to this game. Please let Alan or Kerry know how many players you can bring. Under 12 training continues on Mondays and Fridays from 5.15pm to 6.30pm, in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh.Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh.There will be a Bord na nÓg meeting on Wednesday, 27th April, at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. LadiesRealt Ruadh had a free weekend, but are playing their next game in Bundoran this Sunday at 11am against Saint Naul’s. Good luck to the girls in that one. Also best of luck to Sarah Patton and the Donegal team in the division two final in Parnell Park on Saturday. Throw in is at 5.30pm with this game the curtain raiser for the division one decider between Cork and Mayo.The under 14 girls travel to take Glenfin on Tuesday, 26th April. Players leave the park at 5.10pm and we would greatly appreciate if any parents who plan to drive could help with transport for players. Training continues on Thursday at 5.45pm.Under 12 training continues this Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. We are due to get the competitive season underway next Tuesday against Kilcar. Further details across the course of the week The under 8s and under 10s will have their last indoor training session this Wednesday and will be moving outdoors to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday’s) on Monday 9th May from 6-7pm.This year’s Duck Race will take place on Saturday 28th May at 3pm. So mark the date in your calendar as it’s always an entertaining afternoon.Ladies are due to cover the lotto at Centra on Saturday 7th May. Up until now it has always been management and senior players helping out. Now we are looking for parents to help out by taking a slot. So we are asking parents of under 12 and under 14 girls to help. The times are as follows:10am-11.30am – Under 12 parent11.30am-1pm – Under 14 parent1pm-2.30pm – Under 12 parent2.30pm-4pm – Under 14 parentCould you please let either the manager of your child’s team or Karol Foley or Sarah Patton know if you can help.HurlingOn Tuesday of last week the minors travelled to Letterkenny to take on Letterkenny Gaels. It was a competitive contest between two evenly matched teams. For whatever reason Aodh Ruadh were very nervous and never really got going in this game. Despite not playing well the lads managed to claim a draw, the sides finishing 2-8 apiece. The lads deserve great credit for ensuring we are fielding for all our games with such a young panel. They have a difficult game this Thursday in Father Tierney Park against an exceptional Buncrana team who are the current Ulster Minor Shield champions.On Thursday our under 14s got back to winning ways at home to Letterkenny Gaels. With sickness and injuries we only had 12 players available, but these 12 were a credit to the club with their work rate on the night. They ran out convincing winners over the Letterkenny lads. They have no game this week.On Friday night the Donegal minor hurlers won the Ulster minor shield with a convincing 3-14 to 3-9 win over Tyrone in Celtic Park, Derry. They now go into the Ulster minor championship where they are up against Armagh. We were delighted to have three lads on the panel. Brian Mc Henry was corner back and did well, holding his man scoreless. Stephen Anderson got through an amount of work in midfield and got a lovely point in the second half. Meanwhile Conall Sweeny was an unused sub. It’s great for the club to have the three lads on the squad and playing hurling at this level.Next Monday sees us host the annual Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes tournament. This year it is being held for under 14s. The tournament has been going since 1998 to honour two former great Aodh Ruadh hurlers and their families. Again this year clubs from far and wide are coming to the tournament with the following clubs confirming their participation: Tuam (Galway), Easkey (Sligo), Na Magha (Derry), Naomh Eoin (Sligo), Keady (Armagh), Drumcliffe (Sligo), Buncrana (Donegal) and ourselves. Play gets underway at 10.30am and all are welcome for what is sure to be a great day of hurling.We are holding our annual Cash for Clothes Collection for the month of April. All unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags and belts will be gratefully accepted. For any information in relation to this fund-raiser please contact Denis Daly 0863269550, Tara Keenaghan 0863331903, John Rooney 0862587793 or John Larkin 0861076883.Recreational footballRecreational football is back in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday at 6.30pm for the warm up with the game getting going at 7pm. It’s excellent value at just €3 for the session. For more information text or call Alan on 0868052816.Abbey Centre BingoLast week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Mary McMahon, Donegal Road. There was no winner of  the snowball prize, so it now stands at €400 on 46 numbers or less. It’s Big Bingo time again with the April big bingo this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, with a massive €3,000 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books priced at €15/€8, or get the book and a half deal for €20.Old TimesBallyshannon Drama Society presents the Harold Pinter play, Old Times, in the Abbey Centre on Saturday, April 30th. This is a gala night presentation by the All-Ireland finalists and will be preceded by music, wine and finger food. Curtain up at 8.15pm, admission is €15.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,200. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Una Bonner, Assaroe View; Martin Rodgers, Saint Benildus Avenue; James Monaghan, Main Street, Pettigo; Louise Foy, Coolcholly; and Ronan Matthews. Next draw is on Sunday in Dicey Reilly’s with a Jackpot of €4,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.Ten years ago…The u-14s had mixed fortunes in Féile Peil na nÓg in Donegal town last Saturday. Some soft goals cost the team against Bundoran as they were pipped by a few points. However they powered back with renewed determination against Four Masters in the next and earned a well deserved win. The day’s exertions told against Killybegs though, and Aodh Ruadh did not progress further. There were a number of encouraging displays throughout the tournament: Peter Boyle was excellent at full forward as was Luke Toland at half forward. Patrick Meehan gave a very robust display at full back and Cillian Doyle also showed strongly.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club. If you have received it in error, please contact us at info@aodhruadh.org.Follow us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH MAINTAIN UNBEATEN START TO THE SEASON was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAASportlast_img read more

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SHAY GIVEN: OLD CLUB WIN TITLE, BOSS FIRED & A CHAT WITH SIR BRUCE FORSYTH

first_imgWHAT a week it has been for Lifford goalie Shay Given!His old club Manchester City won the title on Sunday and his boss at Aston Villa was fired within hours.But yesterday Shay was sunning himself in Spain – alongside TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth! The goalkeeper sent hearty congratulations to his former colleagues at City within an hour of the incredible victory.But his own side lost 2-0 at Norwich and manager Alex McLeish was quickly shown the door.But the 36-year-old was quickly off to the Med to get some rest time before the Euro 2012 challenges ahead next month.And what better way to start your holiday than saying a quick ‘Ola’ to Strictly presenter Bruce Forsyth. On football matters, the Donegal man tweeted: “Sorry to see McLeish go as he is a good man. But the fans wishes have been granted so we need to respect them as they are the soul of club.” A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SHAY GIVEN: OLD CLUB WIN TITLE, BOSS FIRED & A CHAT WITH SIR BRUCE FORSYTH was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SHAY GIVEN: OLD CLUB WIN TITLEBOSS FIRED & A CHAT WITH SIR BRUCE FORSYTHlast_img read more

DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES

first_img• Young parents Pathways programme is due to start end of March and is free: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• KITCHEN GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS: Beginning 19th April 2013 from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Course content: How to Sow Seeds, When & What to Sow Now, How to Plan & Layout a Kitchen Garden, Growing Herbs & Salads in pots, Growing Tasty Fruit. Contact 074 91 41773 to book a place.• WRITER’S GROUP: Have you stories, poems or memoir pieces waiting to be written? Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre holds a creative writing session on Wednesdays from 2.30 – 4.30. Explore your creativity within a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The sessions are led by an experienced facilitator. The group is open to anyone with an interest in writing. The nominal fee of €2 is charged for each afternoon. For further information contact 074 91 41773 or just pop in on Wednesday. • Art Classes: Art classes runs on Monday mornings from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh resource centre. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773! Everyone Welcome• Clothes Appeal: Are you doing a spring clean? Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh resource centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The current opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm. Each Volunteer is only required to work 3 hours out of these shifts. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.     DD LOCAL – LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

Warriors’ Stephen Curry achieved another milestone

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – By shooting with contacts and absorbing contact, Stephen Curry put his name once again in the Warriors’ record books.In the Warriors’ 120-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at Oracle Arena, Curry eclipsed Paul Arizin for third place on the Warriors’ all-time scoring list. It may not have been expected to happen right away since Curry scored …last_img

Exploring bicycle culture in SA

first_imgJohannes van Wyk and his children Chris, Danisha and Sarie not only cycle, but are also capable bicycle mechanics. (Image: Day One Publications)Two South African friends who share an enthusiasm for bicycles and cycling have started a project that explores South African bicycle culture and commuting on the saddle.The project, called Bicycle Portraits, is the idea of Stan Engelbrecht, a photographer and publisher, and Nic Grobler, a motion graphics designer.The focus of the project is to provide insight into the lives of people who use bicycles for daily commuting, instead of just leisure or exercise. With global warming a concern across the planet, the efforts of these energetic people have the potential to make a big difference.Since early 2010, Engelbrecht and Grobler have travelled across the country, on their own bicycles, to take photographs of saddle commuters and their bikes.“It has been an incredible journey to meet South Africans who rely on two wheels for transport, and also to meet their bicycles,” Grobler says.They have been everywhere, from South Africa’s major cities to the West Coast, from country towns in the Free State to Orania in the Northern Cape.“So many times, when we look at the bicycle and the owner, they just fit together. I don’t know how it works, it is just a weird connection,” Grobler says.South Africa’s diversity of peopleEngelbrecht and Grobler have photographed South Africans of all ages, and from all walks of life. Some of the cyclists they meet along the way use bicycles because they cannot afford cars or public transport. Others just love cycling.Marinda le Grange, from Orania in the Northern Cape, had this to say about her bicycle: “The most enjoyable thing for me on the bicycle is when I become daring enough to ride with no hands, just to pedal and not hold on – then I feel young.”David Mamabolo, from Muckleneuk in Pretoria, said many people want him to sell his bicycle to them. “But I always say no because I really like it. You see, it’s an old one like me.”Chrystl Küstner, from Pretoria in Gauteng, works as a physiotherapist and uses her bicycle to visit patients. “I like cycling with a purpose, not just for the sake of it. I go to the shops and I do my shopping, carrying a backpack and using my carrier. I do all my shopping with the bicycle, or with my feet – I don’t like driving with a car,” she says.Awie Harmse bought a bicycle because he can’t afford a car. Salmon Mojaki says that his bicycle may have an old frame, but it is one of the strongest frames you can get, and his bicycle has been the best transport he’s ever had.Many benefitsEngelbrecht and Grobler are raising funds to publish a full-colour hardcover photographic book early next year of their travels, the people they have met and their stories.The co-founders hope the project and the book will encourage more South Africans to get on to their bicycles and start peddling.Strangely, besides all the benefits one could enjoy from owning a bicycle, commuter cyclists still seem to be a rare breed,” Engelbrecht says. As they spent more time on the road, they realised just how few South Africans use bicycles to commute.They also want to change perceptions about cycling. Given all the benefits, such as independence, health, fitness, cost-effectiveness, and kindness to the environment, more South Africans from all social classes should be encouraged to use bicycles.Many of the cyclists they interviewed told them that cycling was easier on the pocket. Cycling helps them to save money every month by avoiding public transport. However, Engelbrecht says that he’s not exactly sure why so few people don’t own bicycles or cycle.Some of the reasons they have identified include cultural intolerance, stigma of poverty, physical danger and lack of infrastructure. “We’ve noticed that as our major centres develop there still seems to be a trend to make cities more friendly for cars, not people,” he says.If roads were more cycle-friendly and the correct infrastructure was established, owning a bicycle could change the lives of many people. South Africa’s socio-economic climate makes it the ideal location for cycle commuting, Grobler says.For more people to take up cycling, there is a great need for good quality, yet affordable and comfortable bicycles in South Africa.Cheap imported bicycles are another challenge, he says. They have too many gears, smart paint jobs and are poorly made. “Second-hand bicycles can be cheap but simple, robust and easy to maintain. That is what we need,” he says.Inspiring South Africans to cycleThrough the project, Engelbrecht and Grobler also want to empower underprivileged South Africans. Some of their ideas include teaching bicycle maintenance skills and providing cyclists with important cycling gear such as helmets, tyres, tubes and locks.One of their long-term goals is to create a support structure such as a trust funded through a percentage of book sales, or a charity, for people who appear in the book.Grobler says that they have relied on social networking sites such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of the Bicycle Portraits project.This has been very successful and has created an entire community of local and international followers who are interested in the project. Some fans are cycling fanatics, but others are not familiar with bicycles at all.The Kickstarter initiativeEngelbrecht and Grobler decided to raise funds through the Kickstarter social-network pledge-for-a-reward fundraising page.Anyone with a creative idea can pitch it on the Kickstarter website. The way it works is simple: every project must have a funding goal (an amount in dollars) and a time limit between one and 90 days, determined by the creator of the project.Once the deadline is reached, funding will either be successful if it reached the goal, or terminated. If it meets the goal, all pledge amounts are collected at once and the money is handed over to the project creator. In return, the project must be completed as promised.If the project does not meet the funding goal all pledges are cancelled. To encourage people to pledge, each project has to offer a reward as part of the pledge deal. Engelbrecht and Grobler have undertaken that each person who donates US$50 (about R348) or more will receive a copy of the book.Their goal is to raise $35,000 (R243 862) to complete the production of the book. Fundraising has been divided into three pledge drives. The third and final fundraising leg will start in December.In the first phase, they raised more than $15,000 (R104 512) to cover travelling, shooting, writing and preparation of the content for the second phase of the project.In the second pledge phase, $9,000 (R62 707) was collected for design, layout and pre-printing preparations. They hope that the third fundraising phase will raise $12,500 (R87 093) for printing and binding of 3000 copies of the book.Revealing the spirit of South AfricansIn comparison with the rest of Africa, and a country like the Netherlands, South Africa has quite a bit of catching up to do when it comes to cycle commuting. But besides motivating more South Africans to cycle, Engelbrecht says the project has also revealed the character and friendliness of South Africa’s people. Wherever they went, people were big-hearted, eager to share their stories, and truly inspirational, he says.last_img read more

Should Editors Transcode AVCHD to ProRes in Premiere?

first_imgDo you need to transcode your AVCHD media when editing in Premiere Pro? Let’s discuss this highly debated topic. This simple question — should you transcode AVCHD media when editing in Premiere Pro or leave it native — sparked a very long and interesting Twitter conversation, with many different editors weighing in on the proceedings. Some advocated for transcoding to Pro Res, others for re-wrapping the files into a different container, and still others for leaving the files in their native format.I thought I’d use this post to expand on the pros and cons of the different options. I’ve also previously posted on importing AVCHD into various NLEs. Also if you have C100 footage, whatever else you do, you’ll definitely want to rename the files to have unique file names. You can read about that in more detail on my website, but unique file names and timecode are the cornerstone of media management.Transcoding AVCHD Media Before Editing ProRes is an ideal codec choice when editing in FCPX or Premiere, and Resolve works well with it too. The benefits of transcoding into a format like ProRes is that you’ve got a less-compressed file that the computer can more easily work with, than say H.264 or an mpeg based codec. This leads to speedier editing response and less potential for visual bugs and glitches to work their way in. The downsides are that these new, duplicate files take up more hard drive space and it can be time consuming to do the conversion if you have a lot of files.If you have lots of different file formats, codecs, and frame rates, you might want to transcode them all into one ‘mezzanine codec’ like ProRes, but as Premiere is designed to handle pretty much any codec natively, you might not want to do bother doing this —unless, when you’re finishing the film you need to deliver a more streamlined list of codecs upstream.Edit Ready, Mpeg Stream Clip, and other programs will easily transcode your files for you. Or for a free option you can always use Resolve itself.Rewrapping AVCHD Media for EditingThis is my preferred method when under time or hard drive space limitations, because rewrapping is faster and requires less space than transcoding.What Is Rewrapping?Codecs come in wrappers, much like candy comes in wrappers. A wrapper is the letters after the .dot in the file name. Common video wrappers include .mov, .mxf, .mts, .mp4, .mpeg etc. Canon C100 shoots to .mts files and C300 cameras to .mxf files.Incidentally, I’ve also previously posted about how to work with C300 .mxf files when the original camera folder structure is broken. So when you rewrap, you just take the candy out of one wrapper and put it in another. You don’t create a whole new candy. So in the case of C100, it will ideally be rewrapped from the original .mts wrapper, into a .mov wrapper, using something like Edit Ready or Clip Wrap.Editing AVCHD Media NativelyOne of the major benefits of Premiere Pro is its ability to handle anything you throw at it. Editor Vashi Nedomansky has edited several feature films in Premiere Pro, including Sharknado 2, and you can read more about his feature film workflow here.In the tweet above, he argues for leaving the files in their native format. As he’s so confident in Premiere’s native codec handling capabilities, and given the hours he’s put in, you should be too.You will however need a decent spec machine — good graphics cards, lots of RAM, fast hard drives — to get the most out of Premiere’s native editing features and nippy playback response. This is also obviously the fastest way to get your footage in to your edit and out the door, as you’re not adding in any additional steps.Using AVCHD Media in DaVinci ResolveEditor Dan Wolfmeyer’s question also included the caveat of wanting to finish the feature film in DaVinci Resolve. Here, colorist Juan Salvo suggests that transcoding the AVCHD media out of an interframe codec and into an intraframe codec is a better bet.Codecs like ProRes, DNxHD, Cinema DNG are all intraframe codecs. Every frame is made up of just that frame. Popular interframe codecs include AVCHD (a flavor of H.264),  H.264, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, XDCAM etc. are created by looking at the previous and next frames, which allows for higher levels of compression. For a very detailed explanation of this topic, check out this post on Wolfcrow.com.The upshot of all of this is that intraframe codecs are less intensive to process, and therefore provide better realtime playback and often cause less ‘hiccups’ along the way.As you can see, there are many viable ways of working with AVCHD footage, and often the ‘best option’ actually comes down to the context of your project and the limitations you’re working around.If you’ve got some insights that could help the rest of the PremiumBeat filmmaking and editing community, share them below!last_img read more

Water cart hits aircraft at Kolkata airport

first_imgA Qatar Airways aircraft was hit by a water tanker of Air India, minutes before its take-off at the airport here. The incident occurred at 2.20 a.m. “due to mishandling” of the water tanker, official said.“The aircraft has been grounded and an inquiry by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started,” a statement issued by the airport said.There were about 101 passengers on board in the airport along with 12 crew members and 2 pilots. “Passengers were shifted to hotel and will be accommodated in next flight scheduled for tonight. No injuries reported. All other operations normal,” the statement said. In December 2015 a Jet Airways shuttle driver had hit an Air India plane, causing serious damages to the aircraft.last_img

Mails and letters to the editor

first_imgWhat Varanasi Wants from ModiWhy India’s holiest city is a test case for change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must make Varanasi a world-class city and at the same time restore its cultural and academic glory.Purva Rathode, JaipurWhat Varanasi Wants from ModiMission VaranasiVaranasi’s happiness over electing Narendra Modi is gradually receding,What Varanasi Wants from ModiWhy India’s holiest city is a test case for change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must make Varanasi a world-class city and at the same time restore its cultural and academic glory.Purva Rathode, JaipurWhat Varanasi Wants from ModiMission VaranasiVaranasi’s happiness over electing Narendra Modi is gradually receding (“Call of the Sinking City”, June 30). Residents do have a groundswell of expectations from their Prime Minister MP. But they also know that very high population density, bad governance and apathy of the previous governments have reduced the city to such a pitiable state. We must realise that Modi is not a magician. So, let us see how he manages to bring changes with an uncooperative and ineffective state government around. Also, to solve the problems, considerable contemplation and discussion are needed.Indu Shankar, VaranasiEven before the first votes were cast in Varanasi, Narendra Modi’s team had begun chalking out development plans for the city. His party also gave other stakeholders a hope that it would walk the talk in the region if voted to power. Historically, Purvanchal has always witnessed a wave, be it in the post-Emergency elections, 1984 elections or the last ascendancy of BJP in 1990. Yet Varanasi remained neglected and backward. Therefore, for the Modi-led NDA, Varanasi must be at the centre of the “development plank”. Moreover, the Prime Minister has a once-in-alifetime chance to change the holy city and take the RSS-BJP-VHP image to a whole new level. The city is the right place for the new Government to put the political ball in a court of its choice and also to fulfil dreams it sold to the electorate during the 2014 General Election.advertisementRamesh Sinha, GurgaonCleansing Varanasi is not just a humongous but also a holy act. Waste bins, waste water treatment and a recycling plant are mandatory to remove filth generated on a daily basis. Since the Prime Minister has urged everyone to clean the city, not only the Centre but also the state of Uttar Pradesh must share the burden equally. The Centre and the state must sanction The Cult of Virginity adequate funds to facilitate and even launch a joint venture to restore the sanctity of Varanasi and the Ganga. On the other hand, residents must not conveniently forget and neglect their own duty towards keeping the city clean and green.Sanjiv Gupta, Perth, AustraliaReasons to RepealArticle 370 of the Indian Constitution gives special status to J&K (“Time for BJP to Settle J&K Issue”, June 30). It was, however, introduced as a temporary measure at the time of Independence. It reads: “Temporary provisions with respect to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.” Due to political reasons, this article has not been repealed. Our Constitution is for the welfare of the people of India and J&K is an integral part of India. If Article 370 is repealed, it will be beneficial to J&K as there will be more economic development in the state. Because of Article 370, people of other states do not dare to settle down and do business in J&K. Remember that the Constitution can be amended. If Article 370 is not repealed, the state of J&K will lose the benefits of economic development. It is time for the people of J&K to insist on repealing it.Mahesh Kumar, via emailBest Choice The survey for best universities comes as a great help to students seeking admission to various postgraduate institutions. (“Graduating to the Next Level”, June 30). It is not an easy task to choose the best university. Students often end up making the wrong decision in the absence of proper guidance. The fact that 17 top Indian Universities are included in Asia’s Top 300 universities is pretty encouraging. It’s good to see that things are improving.Sneha Ranjan, New DelhiThe Right ChoiceThe BJP leadership seems to have rightly handed over the reins of Gujarat to a dedicated person like Anandiben Patel who had shown the political will to drive through crucial reforms in the urban development sector during her term as Cabinet minister in Gujarat (“Anandiben Takes Charge of Modi’s Gujarat”, June 30). She has already set the ball rolling with her 100-day agenda for 11 key subjects, including women’s empowerment. However, her biggest challenge would be to carry forward the legacy of her predecessor, which includes meeting the expectations of the people and stabilising the state party unit.Jia Shah, via emailThe Cup Connection India has often been called the “sleeping giant”of world football (“Midnight Tryst with the Great Game”, June 30 ). It can only be hoped that the giant will eventually wake up to the professional game. In a predominantly cricket-loving country, India got swept up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup that occupied huge chunks of airtime on news and sports channels.The 17th edition of the FIFAunder-17 World Cup, to be held in six Indian cities in 2017,promises an improvement in facilities and a surge of local involvement in the sport.By the next FIFA World Cup in 2018,we will know if these ambitions take flight or bite the dust.advertisementCarl Jaison, New DelhiIndia may not have a team in Brazil but that doesn’t mean Indians are not following the action closely.Some of the most ardent fans of the beautiful game can be found in India. There are times when sport becomes a celebration of human endeavour and is not just restricted to a particular team or country.That spirit is evident as millions of Indians celebrate every time a goal is being scored in Brazil.Tage Robin, ItanagarCaught in StrifeCaught in strifeThe ongoing crisis in Iraq between the Shia-led government and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not just an internal strife but something that has engulfed India as well (“The War on Our Shores”,June 30).It threatens not just Indian workers there but also the economic recovery plans of the Narendra Modi Government.The immediate challenge for the new Government is to safely extricate Indian nationals out of that country.But the fact that Iraq has the world’s fifth largest oil reserves is a bigger point of worry for the Modi Government.Iraq is OPEC’s second largest oil producer.Its top buyers are China and India.The crisis has erupted at the worst possible time as India is trying its best to curb inflation. Rising crude prices have pushed the markets down and the rupee has recorded a new low against the dollar.Manav Upadhyaya, Delhilast_img read more