Johnson echoes call for stakeholder involvement

first_img– as national team learn and train in RioJust after the commencement of the Golden Jaguars’ “Train and Play” camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Head Coach Michael Johnson has issued a call for stakeholders in Guyana to get onboard with the Guyana Football Federation’s quest to appear at the 2026 FIFA World Cup.“It’s an opportunity for everyone from Guyana, whether you live in the country, whether you are further afield to get involved,” said Johnson following a session of the ongoing camp. The encampment in Brazil is geared towards preparing the team for the CONCACAF Nations League with the long-term plan of enabling Guyana’s qualification for the 2026 World Cup.As such, Johnson underscored that the vision of participating in the football World Cup eight years from now could not be fulfilled without the support of organisations outside of the GFF. “We need the help of the Government: we all know the pitches could do with some significant investment; grassroots football can do with some significant investment,” he noted.Golden Jaguars Head Coach Michael JohnsonSpeaking on the recently-unveiled “Project 100”, which aims to break Guyana into the top 100 FIFA rankings, Johnson said: “We mean business; we’re not just saying we want to get into the top 100, but we want to be consistent, sustainable and stay there. We want to help the next crop of players coming through.”The former Jamaica national player further elaborated that the aim was not to get to a top 100 ranking and then relax, but rather to continue working on bettering their ranking. “We want to be there for the next 10-15 years; we want to be a powerhouse within the Region; we want to be qualifying for World Cups and see investments coming back into Guyana, but the journey starts now,” the Head Coach said.Johnson is challenging those who believe in the journey to come on board now. “It’s great if we all wait though, anybody can do that, but do you really believe in the message that we as a staff, we as a group of players, (GFF) President (Wayne) Forde, everybody included is saying? We are here because we mean business; we are here in Brazil to work and we will get better. We will qualify for the top 100.“But in the process, we need the Government to back us now, we need the sponsors now to say, listen, I’m going to this journey. We’re saying get involved in the grassroots now, get involved with the infrastructure, you know, how can you help? I really believe that this is a pivotal moment for Guyanese football. We get this right, we’ll be sustainable for the next 10, 15, 20 odd years or so.”The “Train and Play” encampment is said to be going great thus far, with the players having the opportunity to showcase their talent, proving that they are worthy to be part of the programme.last_img read more

TRAFFIC CONGESTION FOLLOWING LETTERKENNY CRASH

first_imgThe scene of the crash this evening.There are heavy tailbacks in and out of Letterkenny after a crash close to the Polestar Roundabout just before 6pm.It appears that the crash is as a result of a two car collision.The gardai and he emergency services including ambulance personnel are at the scene. There are no details if anybody has ben seriously hurt.Traffic builds up coming into Letterkenny. TRAFFIC CONGESTION FOLLOWING LETTERKENNY CRASH was last modified: July 15th, 2014 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:crashdonegalGardailetterkennylast_img read more

SA aims for more women in justice

first_img8 August 2012 Women continue to be under-represented as judges in South Africa’s court system, with only about a quarter of them receiving permanent appointments, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.“In the justice sector in particular, women are still the least represented category across the entire hierarchy of the courts.”Radebe, speaking at the opening of a new courthouse in Palm Ridge for the magisterial district of Alberton in Ekurhuleni, said that of the 233 permanent judges appointed to different Superior Courts in the country, only 65 were women. Of that number 45 were black and 20 were white.The minister said the problem of women in justice was not limited to judicial appointments.“The allocation of legal work and briefs to legal practitioners is one area where there is almost a complete absence of women,” Radebe said.Radebe said the government was beginning “radical reforms” to the State Legal Services to address the problem of women representation in South Africa’s justice system.These were aimed at ensuring that the government, as a consumer of legal services, would introduce programmes that increased the number of black and women law practitioners.The reforms would particularly affect the fields of constitutional litigation, competition law, aviation and social and economic transformation.Radebe added that his department was considering reopening Sexual Offences Courts in the country to improve the conviction rate for sexual crimes against women.Radebe said the number of rapes in the country was “startling” and had to be curtailed.“I therefore urge all role players and the judiciary in particular, to join hands to rid South Africa of horrendous crimes which damage the country’s reputation both at home and internationally.”Sapalast_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, Sept. 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had almost a half-inch of rain this morning and it is raining right now. When you get a dry summer it always seems like fall evens it out.Quite a few of our neighbors have been cutting beans and we cut beans last Thursday. We cut about 80 acres and they were in the mid-40s. They were nothing spectacular. They were a 2.9-maturity but they were on pretty droughty ground and the late rains didn’t help them much at all. I think that is on the lower end of what we were expecting and I think that will be among our lower yields.I hand sampled some corn yesterday and I had one sample at 30% and another at 22% in the same field but a different variety. That field was planted the end of April and it was 108-day corn. The stalk quality is really poor and if it gets much drier we will switch to corn. A lot of the stalks are starting to break over and we are seeing some ears dropping from the drought stress.Out of a dozen ears I pulled yesterday there were two that were moldy. The top parts of the stalks were still green and an all day rain like we may get today and these warm temperatures do not help.The temperatures have pushed things along, especially on the soybeans. Once it dries up again we will have 300 to 400 acres of beans we’ll be ready to cut. We have had some big winds come through that have flattened little spots in our fields here and there.  Our biggest concern is the stalk quality but we don’t want to spend a fortune drying corn either.last_img read more

Vimeo Video School: Final Cut Pro X From Start to Finish

first_imgReady to master Final Cut Pro X? Dive into this exhaustive tutorial series by Vimeo Video School that covers everything you need to know about FCPX.Final Cut Pro 7 released in 2009 to wide acclaim and support from the editing community. Apple stopped support for the NLE only one year later and released Final Cut Pro X a year after that. With the release of FCPX, editors and professionals all over the world panned the software. Many felt it was too limiting and too “dumbed” down. Now, four years and 12 updates later, FCPX has become a fully legit NLE that’s used to edit big budget motion pictures like the recently released Focus, starring Will Smith.For a broader view of the differences between Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX and a look at why editors should consider FCPX, check out this article from Larry Jordan.With all of his firmly in mind, Vimeo Video School developed an in-depth series of tutorials for FCPX from starting a new project to exporting that project for distribution. Let’s get started and learn how to master FCPX.1. Final Cut Pro X IntroductionIn this first tutorial, we get a formal introduction to FCPX and the question is posed to us, “Ready to conquer the complex world of film editing?” Yes. Yes, we are. Let’s get going. 16. Working with StillsDo you have still photos that you need to add to your project? Well, in this episode we learn how to crop, trim and add the always popular Ken Burns effect to our images. 8. Working with MarkersWe’ve browsed our media and we’ve dropped footage into the timeline. Now let’s drop some markers. Markers can be used to add notes, reminders, and chapter separations in order to further streamline the process. 4. Analyzing Your MediaSo, we’ve imported our footage and we’re ready to start editing. However, let’s take a minute to analyze the footage and add meta data and keywords to our clips to help streamline the editing process. 5. Managing Your MediaWe have our footage imported and now it has meta data and keywords attached. Now we need to organize all of this by compiling clips into libraries, events, and projects. This will help create Smart Collections, thus making it easier to add and search for footage later on. 14. Utilizing Visual EffectsYour transitions are added and you’re ready to add the final finishing touches to your project. Here we’ll learn how to jump back and forth between the effects browser and inspector to adjust color presets and how to use the keyer effect. 6. Understanding Playback and SkimmingAll of our meta data and keywords are added and our Smart Collections are definitely making things easier. Now were ready to review some of that footage. So, in this episode we’ll learn about playback and skimming. Want more content covering Final Cut Pro X? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Integrate FCPX Into Logic Pro X10 Must-Have Final Cut Pro X PluginsThe New Final Cut Pro X Update Brings 3D Text and MoreAre you a new Final Cut Pro X user? Did these tutorials help you learn the software? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Learning the InterfaceNext up, we get a lay of the land and learn everything we need to know about the interface. From the available tools to the streamline functionality, Vimeo gets us ready to tackle any job. 15. Adding TextWe’re getting ever closer to exporting our project, but now we need to know how to add text or a title for the project. In this episode we learn everything we need to know about creating titles, captions, and credits inside FCPX.center_img 13. Using TransitionsWe have all of our footage, audio, music, and sound fx in our timeline. However, all of our cuts are harsh. Let’s learn how to browse through transition options and make moving from one clip to another smooth and easier to watch. 12. Adding Music and SoundYour project is coming together and we have a nice timeline going, but it’s missing something: music and sound. In this episode we learn how to add music, sound effects, record voiceover, and import projects from GarageBand and Logic Pro X. 3. Importing MediaNow that we have a basic introduction and we know the ins and outs of the interface, we’re ready to get started. In this episode, we learn how to properly and easily import our footage for editing. 9. Editing AudioSo you have your footage inserted into your timeline and you’ve begun your edit. However, we can’t forget about audio. So, in this episode we learn how to mute, solo, fade, and adjust the levels of our audio. 10. Editing Video in the InspectorOur clips are in the timeline and our audio levels are good to go, so let’s look at the abilities of the inspector. In the inspector we can adjust effects, add keyframes, rotate or crop our clips, as well as adjust the size and color correct. 7. Starting Your EditNow that you know how to review, playback, and skim through your footage, let’s start dropping it into the timeline. In this episode we’ll learn the process of starting our edit and how to use the timeline effectively. 17. Exporting and Uploading to VimeoWe have finalized our edit and it’s ready to be distributed to the masses. In this final episode we learn how to export our project easily and get it uploaded to Vimeo within a matter of minutes. 11. Editing Audio in the InspectorNow that we know how to edit and adjust our clips in the inspector, let’s look at doing the same for our audio. In this episode we learn that you can do just that. Auto-enhance your audio, apply presets, and make manual adjustments.last_img read more

Doping row: Former athlete accuses sportspersons of using steroids openly

first_imgWhile the doping scandal is getting murkier day-by-day with the reports of involvement of players and sports officials coming out, former national swimming champion Reshma Millet on Tuesday said she has seen many athletes administering themselves performance enhancing drugs. Millet told Headlines Today that ahead of the 2002 Asian Games, she saw a group of power-lifters openly injecting each other steroids during a training camp in Delhi. “We were sharing a dormitory at Talkatora with other sports people, mainly power-lifters. One time I remember, I must be 16 or 17 years old, I saw five power-lifters injecting each other something. I was really terrified to see them,” Millet said. She added that the drug abuse was not limited to power-lifters, but she had seen many fellow swimmers also using banned drugs. “No one ever gets caught because… to give an instance… when we had Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad. Every competitor used to go for dope test. Just before the dope test a couple of people were missing. There was one fellow swimmer who was actually hiding in the bathroom. She was terrified to come out and take the dope test,” Millet said. Going a step further, she added that officials in several sports federations have been promoting substance abuse among athletes. She said the federations back such activities and also help players in masking them. Millet’s allegations have the potential to open a can of worms and cause deep embarrassment to sports bodies battling India’s biggest doping scandal. Earlier, star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal had also revealed that some Indian athletes had admitted to her about taking performance enhancing drugs.advertisementlast_img read more