Uproar as Lifford water supply off for third time in a week

first_imgThe water supply between Ballindrait and Tober in Lifford is off again.This is the third time in less than a week that the supply has dried up.Local county councillor Gerry Crawford has said the situation is simply not on. He said “This is three times now in the last week that the people of this Area have been denied their right to a proper water supply.”Cllr Crawford has been in contact with Irish Water and strongly condemned what he has called the ongoing nonsense of the delay in replacing this very problematic supply line.“This denial of a proper supply to the wider Tober area must end,” he added.Uproar as Lifford water supply off for third time in a week was last modified: September 17th, 2019 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:ballindraitLiffordOFFsupplyToberwaterlast_img read more

Fortuna and Eureka battle to scoreless tie for fourth time in two years

first_imgFortuna >> When two teams so evenly matched in quality and ability collide, it is almost a miracle when a goal is scored. That was the case Wedneday evening as the Fortuna and Eureka girls soccer teams exited Husky Field with a scoreless tie after a back-and-forth battle to find the back of the net.The tie marks the fourth time in the last two years the Loggers and Huskies have had a no decision, and with the two teams parallel in skill, the result is no surprise.From the strikers all the …last_img read more

Former Sharks prospect getting shot with Senators: “He’s learning fast”

first_imgSAN JOSE — Rudolfs Balcers walked into SAP Center on Friday afternoon — like he has so many times before — and made his way to the hallway that houses the dressing rooms for both visiting NHL teams and the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.If he was still a member of the Sharks’ organization, Balcers may have been walking the few extra steps it takes to get to the Barracuda’s room for its game that night. Instead, he’s getting his chance to play at the NHL level with the rebuilding …last_img read more

Celebrating Africa

first_imgAlready the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicts that Africa’s economic growth this year will reach 5.8%; a real increase on last year’s 5%. It’s expected that the substantial spin-offs arising from an African hosted 2010 World Cup will help to spur this growth even further, creating a better continent for us all to live in.Between now and 2010, we at the International Marketing Council of South Africa will be vigorously marketing South Africa to the world. But we are fully aware that while 2010 may be hosted by us, it is essentially an African event.We particularly give our support to the five African countries on whose shoulders the hopes of Africa will be carried at the 2006 World Cup. To Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia – all of us on the continent will be watching your progress with excitement and hope that when South Africa hosts the 2010 event one of you will be the defending champion.Go well and bring the World Cup back to Africa!ENDSIssued by:        Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of:    The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC)Tumelo Kumalo (011) 483 0122 [email protected]last_img read more

Full text: Jacob Zuma’s tribute to Nelson Mandela

first_img“I have the honour, today, to announce that the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as president in 1994, and where his body will lie in state, will, with effect from today, be called the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre,” South African President Jacob Zuma said.(Image: Government Communication and Information System) READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline  • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela  • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes good luck to Bafana BafanaMama Graça Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela and the entire Mandela family and the abaThembu clan,Excellencies heads of state and government,Excellencies former heads of state and government,Deputy presidents and representatives of governments,Heads of international organisations in all regions of the world,The leadership of the ANC and alliance partners,Leaders of fraternal political organisations in Africa and abroad,Activists of the former antiapartheid movement,Eminent persons, friends of South Africa from all over the world,Fellow South Africans,Sanibonani!Good day!Molweni!Dumelang!South Africans sing a popular freedom song about former President Nelson Mandela.We sing that he is one of a kind, that there is no one quite like him. Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela akekho ofana naye.The song is one of the most accurate descriptions of this global icon who is the founding President of a free and democratic South Africa and also the former President of the oldest liberation movement in the continent, the ANC.His passing has marked an unprecedented outpouring of grief across the world. Yet, it is grief, tinged with admiration and celebration.Everyone has had a Mandela moment, when this world icon has touched their lives.Let me begin therefore, by thanking all the Heads of State and Government and international delegations present here today.We also extend our deepest gratitude for the messages of condolence that we continue to receive.The Mandela family, the South African people and the African continent as a whole, feel stronger today, because we are being comforted by millions throughout the world.Dear South Africans,That we are Madiba’s compatriots and have lived during his time, is a cause for a great celebration and enormous pride.Never before has our country celebrated a life as we are doing with that of Madiba.We do not call Madiba the father of our rainbow nation merely for political correctness and relevance.We do so because he laid a firm foundation for the South Africa of our dreams – one that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous.We do so because Madiba was a courageous leader.Courageous leaders are able to abandon their narrow concerns for bigger and all-embracing dreams, even if those dreams come at a huge price.Madiba embodied this trait. He was a fearless freedom fighter who refused to allow the brutality of the apartheid state to stand in the way of the struggle for the liberation of his people.Being a lawyer, he understood the possible consequences of his actions. But he also knew that no unjust system could last forever.He said at an ANC Youth League conference in 1951;“True, the struggle will be a bitter one. Leaders will be deported, imprisoned, and even shot.“The government will terrorise the people and their leaders in an effort to halt the forward march; ordinary forms of organisation will be rendered impossible. But the spirit of the people cannot be crushed…until full victory is won”.The struggle became Madiba’s life.He was at the forefront of the radical change in the ANC in the 1940s, advancing the long walk to freedom.He became a Volunteer in Chief during the Defiance Campaign in the early 1950s and became the first Commander in Chief of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe, in the early 1960s.He paid dearly for his beliefs and actions through imprisonment.He stated in 1962;“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.”Arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial later in 1964, he never lost his fighting spirit.For 27 years, the South African people spoke about him in hushed tones, out of fear. In fact, if the apartheid government had its way, they would have been banned even from thinking about Madiba.But the powerful name of Nelson Mandela lived on.He continued to inspire our people every single day, from inside prison walls.He demonstrated unique leadership in starting negotiations with the enemy whilst in prison. He also negotiated for the release of his fellow political prisoners first before his own release.His release from Victor Verster prison on the 11th of February 1990 was one of the most remarkable and moving moments in world history.The world came to a standstill watching this tall imposing figure walking out into a world he had left behind 27 years before.The emotions and feelings we felt on that day are difficult to express in human language.A downtrodden people who had been dehumanised and made to feel like pariahs in the land of their birth, suddenly saw signs that freedom would be attained in their lifetime.South Africa needed a leader like Madiba to help us through a difficult transition from apartheid to a free democratic society.In the bumpy road to our historic first free and fair elections, there are many times that he brought our nation back from the brink of catastrophe.The massacre at Boipatong in 1992 and the killing of the popular leader of our people, Chris Hani in 1993, are some of the occasions when our country faltered in its long walk to freedom, when we stared into the heart of darkness.It is at these times that Madiba restored a sense of calm and purpose and brought us back on the road to freedom.South Africa’s first democratic elections were largely peaceful because of this leadership that he displayed.Indeed, there is no one like Madiba. He was one of a kind.Today, on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate Madiba the man of peace. Today is the 20th anniversary of his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on the 10th of December 1993.This freedom fighter had always stated that the ANC had resorted to arms because of the intransigence of the apartheid regime which responded with violence, bannings and detentions to simple demands for equal citizenship, human rights and justice.To him, for South Africa to attain peace, the armed struggle was inevitable, but it was a means to an end but not an end in itself.Madiba’s love for peace was also evident in the work he did in the continent. The people of Burundi enjoy peace and democracy today because of the seeds of peace planted by Madiba.Following the historic national elections on 27 April 1994, an unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government and eminent persons from around the world descended upon our shores for Madiba’s inauguration as the first president of a free and democratic South Africa.Today, the whole world is standing still again, to pay tribute to this greatest son of South Africa and Africa.Fellow mourners,There is no one like Madiba, he was one of a kind.The world speaks fondly of Madiba’s promotion of unity, reconciliation and non-racialism during his Presidency.He had declared as follows during trial in 1964;“The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism. When it triumphs it will not change that policy’’.Thus his promotion of non-racialism and reconciliation during his tenure as President of the Republic was not surprising.Compatriots and friendsSpeaking at the adoption of a new Constitution of the Republic adopted in 1996, Madiba outlined the vision of the new society.He said;“Let us give practical recognition to the injustices of the past, by building a future based on equality and social justice.“Let us nurture our national unity by recognizing, with respect and joy, the languages, cultures and religions of South Africa in all their diversity.“Let tolerance for one another’s views create the peaceful conditions which give space for the best in all of us to find expression and to flourish. Above all, let us work together in striving to banish homelessness, illiteracy, hunger and disease.”With the magnitude of challenges facing the young South Africa in mind, Madiba set about uniting the nation.He carefully managed the anger and frustrations of both the oppressors and the oppressed, and reminded us of our common humanity that transcended racial boundaries.He also managed both the fears of the minority and the high expectations and impatience of the majority.He told us that the promises of democracy would not be met overnight and that the fears of the few would not be allowed to derail the newly won freedom.We all agreed with him, as Madiba never hesitated to speak his mind when it was necessary to do so, regardless of how uncomfortable the words may be to recipients!Many leaders, some of whom are present here today, have experienced his sharp tongue.Realising the power of sport to conquer prejudice, former President Mandela embraced South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup ambitions, donning the Springbok jersey at a time when it was much-maligned by the majority of the population.This would be a hallmark of his Presidency.Our sports teams yearned for the Madiba Magic that his visit would bring, each time they faced formidable opponents.Beyond promoting reconciliation, Madiba also laid a firm foundation for transformation as well as reconstruction and development.He knew that reconciliation without transformation and reconstruction, would be meaningless.Under his leadership, the new democratically elected government focused on addressing historical injustices and creating new institutions to facilitate the building of a democratic society based on the principles of non-racialism and non-sexism.Close to 800 racist apartheid laws were removed from the statute books in the first 10 years of democracy.The dismantling of the legal framework of apartheid and transformation of many state institutions led to the visible improvement of the socio-economic conditions of millions of people.Thus, Madiba laid a foundation for a better life for all, which was the rallying cry of his Presidency.Madiba also laid the foundation for our country’s now successful fight against one of the greatest scourges of our time, that of HIV and AIDS, while still in office and during his retirement.The global 4 666 4 campaign gave birth to Mandela Day, a global call to action, mobilising people to spend at least 67 minutes helping those in need.In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 18th of July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”.Each year on the 18th of July, the world comes together to celebrate Mandela Day, recognising Madiba’s selfless sacrifice in betterment of others.Indeed, Madiba was one of a kind.Bantu baseNingizimu Africa,Silahlekelwe kakhulu ngobaba wesizwe uTata uMadiba.Siyazi benimthanda kakhulu, futhi nisamthanda kakhulu namanje.Leliqhawe liyibekile induku ebandla. Sikhumbula namhlanje leliVolontiya elikhulu likaKhongolose.Sikhumbula umkhuzi wokuqala wamabutho oMkhonto weSizwe.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalizimisele ngisho nokufa imbala, ukuze abantu abamnyama bathole inkululeko.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalwela ukuthi abantu baseNingizimu Africa baphile ngentokozo ezweni elingenakho ukwesaba, elingenanhlupheko nalapho abantu belingana bonke khona.Yingakho nje sithi akekho ofana no-Tata uMadiba.Compatriots and friends,While saying Madiba was one of a kind, we also remember that he believed in collective leadership and that he never wanted to be viewed as a messiah or a saint.He emphasised that all his achievements were derived from working with the ANC collective, among whom in his own words, were men and women who were more capable than he was.Thus, the South Africa that you see today, is a reflection of Madiba and many others like him, who sacrificed their lives for a free nation.We thus remain truly grateful to his peers, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Reginald Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Dorothy Nyembe, Florence Mophosho and countless others who left indelible marks in the history of our struggle.Compatriots and friends,Today Madiba is no more.He leaves behind a nation that loves him dearly.He leaves a continent that is truly proud to call him an African.He leaves the people of the world who embraced him as their beloved icon.Most importantly, he leaves behind a deeply entrenched legacy of freedom, human rights and democracy in our country.In his honour we commit ourselves to continue building a nation based on the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.United in our diversity, we will continue working to build a nation free of poverty, hunger, homelessness and inequality.As the African continent led by the African Union, we will continue working to fulfil his desire for a better Africa and a more just, peaceful and equitable world.Tomorrow, our people will accompany Madiba on his last journey to the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where his body will lie in state for three days.I have the honour today, to announce, that the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as President in 1994, and where his body will lie in state, will, with effect from today, be called the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.This is a fitting tribute to a man who transformed the Union Buildings from a symbol of racism and repression to one of peace, unity, democracy and progress.Compatriots, comrades and friends,We extend yet again, our deepest condolences to Mama Graca Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire extended family.Madiba has run a good race. He declared in his own words in 1994;He said;“Death is something inevitable.“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.“I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity.”I thank you.last_img read more

Game On: Breaking into College and Pro Football Broadcasting

first_imgThe good thing with sports is there are rules to the game: every football field is the same size. The bad thing is that every stadium is different.[In older stadiums] TV trucks had to home run every camera connection, one cable from the camera directly into the truck; the camera locations weren’t powered so if you needed to plug into a power outlet, you had to run extension cords all over the place; the lighting was bad; the sight-lines were bad.[In new stadiums] every camera location has multiple HDSDI, Fiber, Triax, XLR, and network connections, all feeding back to multiple locations for both the truck dock and the house feeds.  All of that factors into how many cameras you have.How Early Do You Show up for Game Day Video Production?Every production is different. For video board operation, I had my staff of students show up 2 hours before kickoff.Image via Mean Green SportsFor Dallas Cowboys event presentation (video board) crew, our call time is 6 hours before kickoff.For broadcast, I think 6 hours before kickoff is probably the minimum.Setup for video board is a lot easier… the camera ops and utilities still have to build and fax their cameras, but it’s all going back to the same control room every game. With a TV broadcast, you’re sending to a truck that might change from game to game.Can You Give Insight to the Master Control Room?The control room is an interesting ecosystem. I think the best example (in terms of scope) is AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys.For Cowboys games, there is an executive producer, a couple associate/assistant producers, an EIC (video engineer), and an audio EIC (audio engineer) that are full-time Cowboys employees. Just about everyone else is freelance.Image via Travel AddictsThe executive producer is keeping everyone on script, making sure we get all sponsored elements in, that fan engagement/energy is good, coordinating with the TV truck on when commercial breaks are happening, etc.There’s a director calling which cameras to take; the technical director pushing the buttons on the switcher based on what the director calls; an associate director helping to keep the director up to date on what’s coming up on the script; a graphics producer entering updated stats, adding lower 3rds for ID, adding sponsor logos when needed.In the “tape room” there are several replay operators, all taking in different camera feeds of the game and letting the directors know when they have the best shot of the play that just happened; there are multiple people in the video room where they can shade/color correct and focus all the cameras remotely during the game to make sure everything matches; you would find similar jobs and numbers on a larger TV broadcast. For audio there are about 11 people working throughout the stadium on audio, but for a TV broadcast this would be scaled back to 2-3.Image via SB NationThe TV broadcast will also have the broadcast booth where the talent is calling the game, so they’ll have some audio techs in there as well as a stage manager (similar to producer), spotters, stats trackers; then potentially a sideline reporter who will have 1-2 people with them on the field.For the video board, in addition to all the people listed above, we also have all the different displays in the stadium that are run from the control room and coordinated under the executive producer; so there are several graphics operators (probably 6-10 people) working computers controlling graphics displays in venue.What Goes Into a Conference Broadcast?For Conference USA, our member schools are responsible for live event production. Even conference championship events, one of the responsibilities of the host school is to stream the event. Theoretically, I guess you could say we have 14 crews because there’s one at each school.Our goal is to have every event at a C-USA school available live either on TV or on the internet as part of the C-USA Digital Network. We have increased the number of events both on TV and online over the last few years, but we can still increase that number even more.We are in the process on revising/revamping our streaming standards and minimum requirements. With the advancement of technology and improvement of resources, the difference between a Fox Sports production coming in to do your game on national TV and what a college athletic department can do completely in-house, is shrinking more and more every year.There are still differences, especially financially, but the technology available is making it possible to have a great broadcast with high production standards without having an 18-wheeler parked outside your facility.How Are on Screen Graphics Handled? How Is the Clock and Score Updated in Game?C-USA sends out a document to all of our media partners with the preferred name of each school (UTEP, not Texas-El Paso; North Texas, not UNT), what logos to use, what colors to use, etc.Those little things are the important things, because if the TV production uses the wrong school abbreviation, that winds up in the score bug which is on the screen for 90% of the broadcast, and now that hurts the brand recognition of that school.Image via Fox Sports 1A lot of the graphics can be updated automatically. That doesn’t mean they always are, but often times they can be.For time, score, down/distance, etc, a lot of that info is a data field in the graphic and it automatically updates from the official scoring system in the stadium. I have experience with Daktronics equipment so that’s all I can speak to, but it is extremely common in sports venues today.The Daktronics scoreboard control unit can send a data feed to the TV truck that will automatically update the game clock, play clock, scores, down, distance, and time outs on the TV production score bug.Similarly, a lot of player stats can be created with data fields and they auto-update during the game straight from the official scorer or stat keeper for the game. The graphics producer can input their own stats if needed or create graphics on the fly, but many times these can auto populate.How Do They Feed Announcers Stats? How Do They Know If Records Were Broken?Many times the broadcasters will have a stat monitor in front of them which updates after every play, again straight from the official stats keeper for that game. There are also people in the booth helping fill in the gaps.Spotters watch the game and try to quickly tell the broadcaster who made a tackle, who caught a ball, which player may have come into the game. They’ll usually do this with a spotter board, which will have the depth chart for each team.Image via SB NationIt’s a unique relationship that takes time to build. The broadcaster may say “handoff to Smith, run to the 26 for a six yard gain…” and the spotter will point to a number on the depth chart, and the broadcaster will know “tackle made by Jones.”  There will also be stats trackers in the booth helping update them on game trends, records, updates, etc.All the records and previous game/season stats will be found in the media guide and game notes provided by each team. It’s a lot of information to parse through, but it’s all valuable and essential because you never know what’s going to happen in a game.For a broadcast, the producers will get in touch with the media relations staff before a game and discuss any feature stories they want to shoot, any info that may be helpful to telling the story of the team or a certain player. The media relations staff will assist in scheduling interviews if needed.Often times the broadcast talent (play by play, commentary, sideline reporter) and the producer will have a meeting with the head coach of each team the day or night before a game, and possibly even go watch a practice depending on the policy of the team and if they can make their schedule work.How Does the Video Feed Go Out? Is It All via Broadcast Trucks?All of our C-USA Digital Network games are available online at conferenceusa.com and are streamed through CBS Interactive (CBSi). Several of our schools use TriCasters but there are many other ways to send out a webcast.One of our TV partners is American Sports Network (ASN). They are actually sending out their live TV broadcasts without using satellite trucks with a company called LTN.The LTN technology takes the program feed out of the production truck and sends it to ASN master control via high speed internet connection.  This removes the need for a satellite truck, which saves costs for ASN, which in turn allows them to cover more of our events.How Did You Get Involved With Athletics?I always wanted to work in sports. My original plan was to be a sports writer, but my senior year of high school I started working on a local sports call-in TV show in my hometown in south Louisiana, and I got hooked on video production.After two years studying journalism at LSU, I transferred to North Texas.  I took a shot and just emailed someone in the athletic department with the title of “video coordinator” and asked if I could volunteer.  He called me about an hour later and said:I actually had to fire a kid this morning, so if you can be here for practice tomorrow morning, I have a paying job for you.I spent every free moment I had hanging out in the athletic department and eventually they started giving me work to do other than just shooting practice, and I wound up being the only student working in the production truck for the football video boards.[The early] video board productions were very rough because I was literally making it up as I went along, just trying to build off of whatever I learned the week before, whether it was from a production standpoint or a technical/equipment standpoint. This was also right at the time web video was becoming more common, so I started coming up with ideas for web video content.In college athletics, people change jobs quite often, and a lot of getting a job is who you know.  It’s not just knowing people, but making an impression on people and making them think of you when they have an opportunity. When the Conference USA opportunity presented itself, it just made too much sense.What Advice Do You Have for People Wanting to Shoot Sports?To get into sports broadcasting or production, whether it’s as a camera op or working in a production truck, to me there are three things you need: talent, passion, and knowledge.Talent is obvious. Like with any job, you need to be able to know your job, do it well, do it reliably, and get better all the time. Especially as a camera op, you have to be able to follow the game, know what you’re looking at, and react quickly to keep your shot. And that’s something that some people can just do and others can work and practice for hours and never get the hang of it.Live production is cut-throat, you have one shot to get that play; no one’s ever going to get them all but you better get the majority of them or they’ll find someone who will.The second is passion. You’ll put in a lot of hours and miss out on a lot of other things, so you better either love the job you’re doing or love the sport you’re covering, otherwise you’re not going to enjoy it at all. Bonus points if you love both.The third is knowledge. Again you have to be able to react quickly when you’re covering a game, so you can’t think about what you’re looking at or take a second to try to figure out what’s going on. You have to know the sport you’re covering; the rules of the game, the goal, what the referee means when he says something, if this happens then, this is going to happen next.Then you have to know your job; am I following the play, am I shooting an iso shot on the quarterback, where am I on the field, if there’s a penalty do I shoot the white hat or not. Both of these things have to become almost instinct.Enjoy this post? Want more articles on sports broadcasting? Let us know in the comments below College Football season is upon us. The Director of Digital Network at Conference USA tells us how they bring live sports to television.In this exclusive interview, the Director of Digital Network for Conference USA gives us a look at game day production. This is a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring football to TV.Image via Conference USAAbout Our GuestJordan Foreman is the Director of Digital Network for Conference USA (C-USA). In that position, he produces C-USA Showcase, a weekly show that airs on several Fox Sports regional networks and Sinclair Broadcast Group affiliates. His team of coordinators travel to all of the 14 University campuses to produce feature stories and cover championship events. The staff relies on the video production crews at each school to supplement footage and content.Jordan also works on the Event Presentation Staff for the Dallas Cowboys. At AT&T Stadium, he directs pre-game video board production in the plaza. During the game, he tracks and updates stats in the control room.Image via FandeavorHe began his career as a student assistant at the University of North Texas, working with coaches video and eventually video board production. He served as Video Coordinator at Louisiana Tech, then returned to North Texas as the Director of New Media. He handled video board production, marketing and promotional content, coordinated all A/V needs for Apogee Stadium, and assisted with the production of the award-winning weekly series Beyond The Green.What Is Pre-Production Like for a Game Day?I’d say the biggest production decision is how many cameras are you going to use.  For a football TV broadcast, 4-5 cameras is pretty much the minimum.High 50 yard lineHigh 20/25 yard line (Both Sides)End ZoneFieldlast_img read more

Roping in real footballers for 1911 will be great, says John Abraham

first_imgJohn Abraham is currently living and loving the 2014 FIFA World Cup fever, but the actor-producer, who is also a co-owner of Indian Super League (ISL) Guwahati franchise North East United FC, may just rope in some real football players for his movie production 1911.The film, he says, is a ‘truly inspirational’ story of late Indian footballer Sibdas Bhaduri, who captained Mohun Bagan in the historic 1911 IFA Shield final when they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment to become the maiden Asian team to emerge victorious in the competition.John, a football fan himself, is upbeat about the project, which he is not just producing but also acting in. But how about getting some real players out of the IPL-style ISL football league to kick the ball as well?”Great idea! Yeah, I think it’s great, but unfortunately the league starts now, and the shooting of the film starts later… Maybe the people who are playing in the league, we can ask them if they want to shoot for the film (later),” John told IANS on the phone from Mumbai.While that could be a plan John seemed to keen to work on, he’s quite confident that ‘1911’, his project with the maverick Shoojit Sircar of ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Madras Cafe’ fame, will draw positive feedback.The cameras will start rolling in early 2015 for the project.John Abraham finds the film truly inspirational.”It’s a truly inspirational football story or rather sport story. We are very proud to make this film. If ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Madras Cafe’ are any indications to go by, we’ll give the audience an extremely good film,” John said.He says the movie will turn out to be as “different” as his past two productions, both of which pocketed National Film Awards in different categories.advertisement”When people asked me about ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Madras Cafe’, I always said, ‘They are different films’, but people never really understood what it meant until they saw the films. I say ‘1911’ will be the first Indian international film.”I expect it to do good business not just in India, but if presented well by a forward thinking studio overseas, then we’d get huge results from this film overseas. It’s got that flavour, very international and yet very Indian,” he added of the project.John earlier told IANS that he would have loved to play football for India, but perhaps he’s living his passion by playing a footballer on the big screen. He had earlier played one in the 2007 film “Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal”.Produced by the actor’s banner JA Entertainment in collaboration with Sunir Kheterpal’s Azure Entertainment, “1911? happened on Sircar’s insistence.”Shoojit said, ‘John, let’s do this together. You’re the only guy (in Bollywood) who understands football and really knows how to play football.’ I felt good about it, and I think it’s a wonderful script.”Shoojit and I have a great working relationship,” said the 41-year-old, who, for now is busy juggling between his “Rocky Handsome” production as well as as his duties as the 2014 FIFA World Cup brand ambassador in India, as appointed by sports and entertainment channel Sony SIX.last_img read more

Oprah Opens Closet To Benefit Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

first_imgeBay has teamed up with O, The Oprah Magazine to offer shoppers everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of pop culture history. Beginning March 1, eBay is releasing more than 200 items of clothing, shoes and accessories, straight from Oprah’s spring clean out of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” closet (eBay.com/oprah-closet) giving fans everywhere a chance to step into her shoes.“Spring is a time of transformation… over time and with the new season, your taste tends to change,” said Winfrey. “My taste has evolved from intense color, embellishments and heels to flats and a more subdued color palette. What I’m giving away will be put to good use by someone else.”All proceeds of the charity auction, which features high-end designer items that Oprah wore on covers of O, The Oprah Magazine and during marquee episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. The Foundation supports The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and the development of a new generation of women leaders, striving to provide a nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. eBay for Charity makes it easy for people to support important causes they care about by enabling sellers to donate a portion of their sales, and buyers to shop while supporting their favorite charities.Through March 10, shoppers will be able to browse and bid on incredible designer items – some never worn before – including clothing, shoes and handbags by Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka, Chanel, Celine, Dolce and Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta and more. Fans will undoubtedly recognize some of the more iconic items from memorable Oprah moments, like the Stetson cowboy hat that she wore in 2009 during an episode of “Oprah and Gayle’s New Adventure: The Biggest State Fair in America.”“This is a chance to buy a piece of television/media history while helping change young women’s lives,” said Adam Glassman, Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine. “Most of the items in the sale are timeless and classic; and the best part – they are all like new.”Those inspired by Oprah to spring clean their own closets and make room for new can head to eBay to sell the items they no longer need and earn money to shop the new items they are coveting this spring. With eBay’s global community of 162 million active buyers, clothing, handbags and shoes are always bestsellers – especially items that are new or like new (a pair of shoes sells every two seconds, while women’s accessories sell every three seconds). And with eBay Valet – the professional selling service that handles everything from estimating the price, to taking pictures, listing the item and safely shipping it to a new buyer – selling on eBay has never been easier.“We are partnering with O, The Oprah Magazine to raise money for a good cause and show that eBay is the best way to sell the things you no longer need,” said Vincent Payen, Head of Consumer Selling at eBay. “You can list directly on eBay.com, use our mobile app or take advantage of eBay Valet – our professional selling service where everything is done for you.”To shop Oprah’s charity auction, head to eBay.com/oprah-closet through March 10. New items will be added every day through March 4.last_img read more

The NFLs Week 1 Games Have Never Been So Close

The NFLs Week 1 Games Have Never Been So Close

But this year’s Week 1 results aren’t just close by Week 1 standards. The Broncos (over the Panthers), Bengals (Jets), Raiders (Saints) and Giants (Cowboys) all won by just 1 point: That’s the first time that four games in one week have been decided by a single point in 34 years.Since 1993, only one week has been as close on average as the 5.1-point margin tallied so far on opening weekend — Week 5 of the 2001 season. Since 1993, the standard deviation of from the previously mentioned 11.6-point average margin of victory was 2.3 points. That makes this season’s Week 1 a true outlier: At 5.1 points (pending tonight’s games), it is 2.3 standard deviations from average. The graph below shows the average margin in each week of the regular season since 1993: Of course, if you insist on having something to overreact to, your best bet for a hot take this morning is to look at the performance of the two NFC heavyweights, Seattle and Arizona. The Seahawks were favored by 10 points but needed a late touchdown to beat the Dolphins, 12-10. And Arizona, favored by 9 points against a New England squad without both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, missed a last-minute field goal and fell, 23-21. But given that Seattle and Arizona both rank in the top five in wins over the last three years, both teams have earned the benefit of the doubt after one mediocre performance. When a game takes an unexpected turn in Week 13 of an NFL season, it can easily be recognized for what it is: an outlier. But when a favorite is upset in Week 1, it’s harder to say whether the game is an aberration or a sign of how the rest of the season will unfold. Observers have such a tendency to overreact to the results in Week 1 that Football Outsiders has coined it National Jump to Conclusions Week.But this year, in a special Week 1 twist, there’s very little to overreact to, at least at a macro level. As usual, some games unfolded in fascinating ways — the Chargers blew a huge lead to the Chiefs, the Lions blew a huge lead but then still beat the Colts, the Raiders won on a 2-point conversion — but Week 1 should generate surprisingly few hot takes. In fact, the most notable result in Week 1 was how close the games were.Philadelphia beat Cleveland, arguably the worst team in the NFL, by 19 points. That otherwise tame result is notable for one reason: Of the 14 games played so far, this was the only game decided by double digits. That’s already tied for the single-week record, with two games (Washington/Pittsburgh and San Francisco/Los Angeles) still to play this evening.The NFL introduced free agency for the 1993 season, another in a long line of efforts by the league to create parity. From 1993 to 2015, the average margin of victory in Week 1 was 11.6 points; this year, pending the results of tonight’s games, the average margin of victory is a microscopic 5.1 points. read more

Mens gymnastics Buckeyes put together best performance of the season against Michigan

Ohio State sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team was victorious at Saturday’s co-ed dual home meet against Michigan at St. John Arena with a final score of 422.200 against Michigan’s 404.950.After the first rotation on the floor, the Buckeyes already had an advantage over the Wolverines with a score of 68.100, while the Wolverines earned a 67.150.The Buckeyes proved triumphant on the pummel horse, as well, after receiving a score of 72.250 against Michigan’s 66.000. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup received the highest pommel horse score on the team (14.90), the third best in the nation.On the still rings and vault, the Buckeyes received the best overall score of 69.300 and 71.450 respectively, extending their lead over Michigan following the fourth rotation with a running score of 281.100.Similarly, on the parallel and high bars, the Buckeyes received the highest scores of 71.900 and 69.200.Redshirt juniors Sean Melton and Dastrup received first place on floor with a score of 14.4 and on the parallel bars with a score of 14.7. Sophomore Tristan Burke placed first on the still rings with a score of 14.150. Redshirt senior captain Jake Martin was awarded first place on the horizontal bars with a score of 14.85.The team’s victory was followed by a ceremony dedicated to the senior athletes. For the seniors, this meet was their last at St. John Arena.“It’s pretty emotional because it’s been a difficult run-through in my college career, so to come out here and be able to do this was amazing,” Martin said. “I mean a year ago, I tore my achilles … a lot of people doubted if I’d be able to even do six events, so to come out here and do six events is the greatest memory I will have at Ohio State.”OSU coach Rustam Sharipov was more than pleased with his team’s performance which yielded a season-high team score.“Some of the scores were high and the guys, they worked for that,” Sharipov said. “The seniors did a good job and it’s always nice to finish your last meet at St. John Arena on a good note with Michigan coming and the rivalry and senior night, so I think it’s good. We had a lot of stakes … I’m proud of the guys for stepping up. Overall I’m happy with their performance because every weekend we keep improving little by little, so I’m happy.”Up next, the Buckeyes will face Penn State in a co-ed dual meet at State College, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 11. read more