Madolo to live his dream at MTB Marathon Worlds

first_img24 June 2014 Sipho Madolo’s dream has come true with his inclusion in the South African team to represent the host nation at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, taking place in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. The 23-year-old from Kayamandi just outside Stellenbosch, eager to quench his thirst for adventure, steered away from the region’s passion for football in November 2009 when he began cycling. Since then his career has been on an upward trajectory, and now the young star, who rides for Team Songo.info, is preparing for the biggest event of his life at Cascades MTB Park this weekend.‘So happy’ “I am so happy to have been selected for the South African team for the World Champs,” Madolo said in a statement on Monday. “It is a dream for me. “I like a challenge and mountain biking is that. You have to work very hard in training, and the racing is just as tough.” He added: “My selection is really big [for young black riders] and my family is very proud of me, but my selection is not just big for me, it’s big for the whole of Songo.info as well. “The youngsters need someone they can look up to, and hopefully now I can be a bit of a role model to them.”Sauser’s influence After turning his focus to cycling, Madolo’s passion for the sport was furthered tremendously when he met current marathon world champion Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing) in 2010, and the Swiss star’s influence made an immediate and visible impact. “After I met Christoph, we then trained together in 2011,” Madolo explained. “That didn’t only change things for my life in cycling, it changed my whole life. “I told Christoph last year that I wanted to try be selected for the World Champs this year, and he told me I had to work really hard. “I never thought I’d ever end up racing with Christoph, which I did at Wine2Whales, and now I’m even going to be racing in exactly the same race as him.”Ambition Madolo doesn’t want to make up the numbers at the World Championships, despite it being his first ever appearance at the global showcase. “I really want to race, not just ride, the World Champs,” he said. “I want to do well, and so I have tried my best to make sure I have prepared properly over the past few months. “Sometimes it’s even hard just to sleep because I want to get out there and go train. I’m very excited to represent South Africa.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

This American Life Releases iPad App

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Wildly popular public radio show This American Life has released an app for the iPad (iTunes link). The app was built by the Public Radio Exchange, the same organization that built the fabulous Public Radio Player iPhone app two years ago.How is the iPad app? It’s ok. It’s certainly worth the $4.99 it costs, if you’re a fan. It’s a great way to listen to archives of the show. I can’t help but be disappointed though, to see that it’s read-only. There’s no way to discuss the content with other members of the listening community. Can you imagine how great it would be if text or even audio comments could be submitted, enjoyed and maybe voted up or down in an app like this? There’s so much potential here to augment the official content with discussion from topic experts and everyday people. Making the app another method of broadcast instead is disappointing. None the less, it’s a good app that makes it easy to consume great media. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Sick of Premiere Pro? Try Editing in DaVinci Resolve.

first_imgDaVinci Resolve is more than just the world’s best color grading platform — it’s a professional video editing software too. Editors are making the switch. Here’s why.For over a decade, DaVinci Resolve has been the industry-standard solution for color grading film and video projects. However, everything changed in 2014 when Blackmagic Design introduced video editing features in DaVinci Resolve. Users were promised the ability to edit their entire project natively in Resolve without ever opening up Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or Media Composer.The 2014 release was well received, yet some basic features like multi-cam editing were missing. Since then, Resolve has received some major updates to become a video editing platform comparable to Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.DaVinci Resolve is currently more popular than it ever has been, via Google TrendsSome non-biased industry leaders have even started their migration over to Resolve. Most recently Dave Dugdale revealed that he will be making the switch over to Resolve. He states many reasons for making the switch ( like the advanced color features), yet it seems to be the SLog support that made the Resolve switch really appealing. The following video explains why he made the switch to DaVinci Resolve.In the video, Dugdale states that Premiere Pro currently has a slight edge over DaVinci Resolve when it comes to 4K video editing, but if you work mainly in an HD format, both applications are essentially even.If you work in After Effects all the time, it totally makes sense to edit in Premiere Pro.The biggest thing to consider if you’re going to be transitioning from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve is the loss of the Creative Cloud application ecosystem. With Premiere you can easily import After Effects compositions, Audition timelines, Photoshop documents in just a matter of seconds. This makes Premiere a great collaborative software. If you use more than Photoshop in your day-to-day workflow, it doesn’t make sense to transition over to Resolve, as you will already be spending $50 a month for the Creative Cloud.Why Would I Want to Move to DaVinci Resolve from Premiere?1. It’s FreeThe most obvious advantage to using DaVinci Resolve is that it’s free. In fact, if you made the switch from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve, you would save $50 bucks a month. Don’t think that Resolve is less useful because it’s free. You won’t find a better free video editing software in the world.Of course, if you’re working on a larger project that requires color control surface integration or stereoscopic color grading, you can upgrade to the Studio version for $995. Blackmagic has a great chart that compares the free and paid versions.2. The Best Color Grading ToolsImage via Blackmagic DesignThe color grading tools are the main reason why professional colorists prefer DaVinci Resolve over any other software. Using their node interface, users can edit high-resolution footage with incredible levels of precision.The world’s most advanced color grading tools. — Blackmagic DesignResolve has all of the features a colorist could need when working on a video project including:Automatic Color MatchingPrimary Color AdjustmentsSecondary Color AdjustmentsLUT SupportHSL CurvesReal-Time Noise Reduction (Studio Version Only)In a lot of ways, DaVinci Resolve has more tools than the average editor will ever use. The same can not be said about the color features found in Premiere Pro.3. It’s a Complete Editing PlatformThe advanced audio features in DaVinci Resolve are comparable to Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.DaVinci Resolve video editing capabilities have only been around for about two years now, yet it has quickly become one of the most popular software options for video editors. With features like multi-cam editing, a multi-track timeline, and graph-editable keyframe paths, there’s seemingly no editing technique that can’t be accomplished using DaVinci Resolve.One thing that surprised me in Resolve: the advanced keyframing options. You’d expect a new software to only allow you to create linear keyframes, yet Resolve gives users complete control over their keyframe interpolations. Users familiar with smooth movements in After Effects will have no trouble doing the same in Resolve. Awesome DaVinci Resolve TutorialsSo, you’ve decided to make the switch from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve. Now what? Here are some of the best online tutorials for learning DaVinci Resolve.1. DaVinci Resolve: End-to-EndCreated By: Casey FarisWhen it comes to learning DaVinci Resolve, there are few resources as helpful as the YouTube Channel of Casey Faris. In this tutorial, Faris gives us a quick overview of DaVinci Resolve, from import to export. The tutorial also dips into a few different color grading workflows for those interested in how color works in Resolve. Faris also gives away a lot of really cool color grading LUTs on his website, Color Grading Central.2. Trimming in DaVinci ResolveCreated By: The Post Color BlogThis helpful tutorial from The Post Color Blog gives us an overview of the various trimming features found in DaVinci Resolve. In particular the tutorial shares how to use some of the more advanced features like the slide tool and ripple trim. A Premiere Pro editor will very quickly understand how to use Resolve’s trim features.3. Color Grading in DaVinci ResolveCreated By: Tom AntosIf you’re a video professional, Tom Antos is a fantastic resource for everything from practical effects to color grading. In this helpful tutorial, Antos shows us how to do basic color grading in DaVinci Resolve using footage he captured on a music video shoot. Great DaVinci Resolve ResourcesThe internet is littered with DaVinci Resolve resources. If you’ve ever dreamed of learning Resolve, here are a few of our favorite online resources.1. Ripple TrainingAlexis Van Hurkman (who is THE color grading expert for DaVinci Resolve) teaches a few Resolve courses over on Ripple Training. If you’re serious about learning DaVinci Resolve, this is a great place to start. In the course linked above, users will learn the intricacies of using the Power Windows, OpenFX, and FX Management features found within DaVinci Resolve.2. Color Grading CentralAnother great resource for learning the latest in DaVinci Resolve is Color Grading Central. Every Thursday at 2:00 pm EST, Color Grading Central features free online tutoring in DaVinci Resolve. Users are invited to join in these free webcasts and ask hard-hitting color questions to industry experts.3. PremiumBeatHere on PremiumBeat, we keep our eyes peeled for the latest DaVinci Resolve tutorials and updates. If there’s big Resolve news, you’ll definitely hear about it here on PremiumBeat. If you’re interested in learning how to use DaVinci Resolve (or simply looking for inspiring filmmaking and video editing articles), the PremiumBeat blog is the place for you.One of my favorite articles on PremiumBeat is Noam Kroll’s How to Build a Color Correction Suite that demonstrates how to build a Hollywood-quality editing suite in your home.Have you transitioned over to DaVinci Resolve? What was your experience like? Were there resources that you found particularly helpful? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Bhutan trucks drive into new traffic rules in Assam

first_imgTrucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh have driven into the new traffic rules and hefty fines implemented belatedly in Assam via a notification on September 23.Exporters from Bhutan said about 40 trucks were seized for overloading in western Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Thursday last. SAARC agreementThis, they pointed out, was done despite an agreement among the SAARC countries on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) allowing a third country to be used as a transit between two member countries without hindrance.SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Ugyen Raften, the former president of the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association, said Bhutanese traders have been transporting stone chips and other materials to Bangladesh for years without facing any problems. He admitted that some trucks carry more load than the standard 18 tonnes but SAFTA rules prohibit a transit country (India) from stopping consignments from an exporting country (Bhutan) to an importing country (Bangladesh).“Trucks from Gelephu in Bhutan regularly carry stone chips to Bangladesh via Dalu (Meghalaya-Bangladesh border). The goods and documents are sealed before the trucks enter Assam and, as per SAFTA rules, are to be opened at the destination after covering a distance of 321 km through Assam and Meghalaya. But the seizure and fines in Assam have put us in a spot,” he said.Mr. Raften said that scores of trucks had been stranded at Rakhaldubi in Assam for a week because of a damaged bridge at Tikrikilla in Meghalaya. The trucks were allowed to travel on Thursday night via a bypass but the last 40-odd trucks in the convoy ran into the police and motor vehicle inspectors.Subodh K. Sonowal, Bongaigaon district’s Superintendent of Police, said the police too had found the trucks overloaded. The new rules prescribe a fine of ₹20,000 for overloading and an additional ₹2,000 per extra tonne, as against ₹2,000 and ₹1,000 earlier. “The police did not confiscate the trucks. But the district transport office had some issues with them,” he said.last_img read more

What are the rules for 4-day Tests? Details here

first_imgSouth Africa and Zimbabwe are all set to play the first-ever four-day Test and the rules have been laid for the historic affair.The International Cricket Council (ICC) granted it official status and welcomed the countries to experiment with the format and the two countries will play the first-ever four-day Test in Port Elizabeth, starting on December 26.A minimum of 98 overs will be played on each day and a first-innings lead of 150 will be enough to enforce the follow-on in the day-night fixture in Port Elizabeth. Play will also be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional eight overs.Currently, a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled per day during a five-day Test affair and a first-innings lead of 200 is required to enforce the follow-on.Test matches, the game’s oldest format, have witnessed a steady decline in attendances in recent years, throwing the door open to a number of novel means to engage fans, including the introduction of day-night Tests.The format has come in for stiff competition from the game’s newer, shorter formats, such as Twenty20 internationals and domestic leagues across the globe.Officials and former players have acknowledged the need to make Tests four-day affairs instead of five, hoping it would help them become more viewer friendly.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debut

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Oliver Skipp’s debut for the win over Burnley.The teenage midfielder was handed his first Premier League start by Pochettino.The manager said, “Fantastic, he played like a 30-year-old man. So relaxed, trying to play forward and give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy full energy I am so proud of him. “He is only 18 years old and I think it was fantastic. Now it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember my first game and I said to him you look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play aIways was so nervous. That is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a normal player like me. “In the last few months in the USA in pre-season he shows that he can cope with the pressure to play in the first team and it was only about time and the possibility to give the opportunity. “I want to congratulate the people in the academy that work in education to build his career with him and to help him to build his career is fantastic. The work they are doing is amazing and we need to profit this work to provide the team that energy and quality player because he is a very good kid, person it is a fantastic thing for Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DRF and CSJP III Partnering on Community Mediation Project

first_imgStory Highlights The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III are partnering to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict. He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston on Friday (May 4). This was disclosed by the DRF’s Content Delivery Leader, Paul Hines, who said the Foundation is aiming to host at least one session per month in each of the 50 communities served by CSJP III. The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III are partnering to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict.This was disclosed by the DRF’s Content Delivery Leader, Paul Hines, who said the Foundation is aiming to host at least one session per month in each of the 50 communities served by CSJP III.Additionally, he said the DRF is in discussion with churches and other institutions to identify suitable venues for these fora.He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston on Friday (May 4).Mr. Hines said the project’s first phase commenced in January and included stakeholder sensitisation sessions with officers of the courts, the police, representatives of the churches and politicians, among other key interests.Other phases of the project will include the training of additional resource persons and a media campaign launch.In addition to providing funding for the project, the CSJP III also has a dual-referral relationship with the DRF.This facilitates persons being referred from CSJP programmes for mediation, as well as DRF referrals for individuals in need of support, particularly from CSJP’s Psychological Services Unit.Mr. Hines noted that stakeholder feedback has, so far, been positive, with persons welcoming the partnership to resolve conflicts, thereby reducing the case load before the courts and matters for police investigation.“People disagree about things all the time; what we tend to see, however, is an escalation of those conflicts. But we have been offering mediation and sensitising persons about finding a way to engage when there is a conflict. That engagement helps them to find a way to talk it out, through the opportunity to work with a trained certified mediator,” he said.Mr. Hines further pointed out that “when we invite persons to mediation, we want them to be in a space that they regard as safe (and which) we can (assure will) guarantee them confidentiality.”“It’s amazing what can happen when people engage in mediation and what the results can be. It promotes respect, (and) it builds and repairs relationships,” he added.Associate Clinical Psychologist with CSJP III, Chaday Nelson indicated that “we are (partnering on) this project because we see how it fits in with our overall vision and mandate to, not only build (the) capacity of communities to deal with conflicts, but to present other opportunities for community members to resolve issues.”last_img read more

Ruling is further evidence of NCAA tightening stranglehold on college athletes

If “Tattoogate” has truly resulted in any inking, it’s colored Ohio State’s student-athletes black and blue — by the NCAA. The NCAA’s ruling has put OSU’s hopes for a strong run next season into jeopardy. It not only forces five impact players to sit out the first five games of the season — including non-conference games at home against Colorado and on the road against Miami (Fla.) — but also has seemingly put the early nails in the coffin for  quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s Heisman campaign next season. In fact, the ruling suddenly has diminished Pryor’s prospects for even returning to the gridiron his senior season. Despite all that, the bigger issue involved here is the NCAA hammering its soulless, iron fist. In what’s now being called “Tattoogate,” five OSU football players — Pryor, Daniel “Boom” Herron, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey and Solomon Thomas — must sit the first five games of the 2010–11 football season and repay between $1,000 and $2,500 to charity. All because they sold their personal belongings and traded autographs for tattoos. None of these players was taking payouts from agents, receiving free Hummers or partying on private yachts with rappers. Instead, Pryor sold his things to help out his mother, Pryor’s high school coach Ray Reitz told ESPN. The reality of life is that sometimes people need to sell their things to get by, even if they’re cherished. We don’t know what sentimental value these players placed on the rings, awards and jerseys they sold, but if these players truly were in financial need, is it really appropriate for the NCAA to punish them so harshly? Few people actually want to sell their wedding ring, but sometimes it’s necessary to help make ends meet. Buckeye fans might feel a little stung that Pryor sold a Big Ten championship ring and his Gold Pants, but if Pryor truly was trying to help out his family, can we really be that upset with him? And is trading a tattoo for an autograph really so bad? It’s not like these players were trading tattoos for an all-expense-paid vacation to a party at the Playboy Mansion. Erik Kuselias of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” makes a good point: These athletes can receive hundreds of dollars in free merchandise for playing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, but trading an autograph for a tattoo is worthy of a five-game suspension? Great logic, NCAA. Great logic. Let’s not forget the NCAA’s inconsistency, either. Earlier this year, the NCAA ruled that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was eligible to play, despite reports that his father was shopping him around to universities for six-figure payouts. However, according to the NCAA, an investigation is still ongoing. The NCAA also took several years to reach a verdict in the Reggie Bush case at USC, where Bush received $300,000 in illegal benefits. Bush played at USC from 2003-05, and it wasn’t until June 2010 that the NCAA placed the program on four years probation, forced them to vacate victories and stripped them of scholarships. Being angry with these players for making a mistake might not be the best way to direct our aggression. Instead, we should be more upset with the NCAA for its ridiculous stranglehold on the lives of student-athletes. We should also push the OSU athletic department to educate student-athletes more thoroughly on rules violations. Athletic director Gene Smith even admitted Thursday in a statement that OSU didn’t do a sufficient job educating its student-athletes about these types of violations. And remember that report in The Lantern saying that OSU has an allocation of about $500,000 set aside to help student-athletes in financial need? Perhaps OSU should do a better job of letting these players know they aren’t going to be totally hung out to dry if their wallets are running on empty. It’s not known for sure what the intentions of the players were yet or what the money was spent on, but if the players truly had only good intentions, the NCAA’s ruling is just another case of the NCAA exploiting its embarrassing and illogical stranglehold on each and every move student-athletes make. read more

Ohio State offensive linemen changing for the better

Ohio State quarterbacks were protected from contact during Saturday’s Spring Game, but they still saw their fair share of pressure. Rising sophomore Braxton Miller and rising redshirt junior Kenny Guiton saw 11 plays blown dead for “sacks,” though the players weren’t actually tackled during the Scarlet team’s 20-14 victory against the Gray team. Despite the sacks allowed by the Scarlet and Gray teams’ offensive linemen, OSU remains confident in that position group. Redshirt junior Jack Mewhort saw limited action for the Scarlet team during the game, but saw his side concede seven sacks by the end of the game. Mewhort credited some of the Scarlet offensive line’s dysfunction to the player draft for the Spring Game, which separated players who were used to playing next to one another. “I thought guys battled really well. I don’t know if we’re necessarily getting beat up,” Mewhort said after the game. “You know, we weren’t the cohesive unit that we are. Guys were playing next to different guys than usual. I was proud of the way the guys went out and battled. I think guys competed.” Throughout spring ball, senior defensive lineman John Simon said he was impressed with how the group of linemen has come together. Simon also said he expects the offensive linemen to be an area of strength for the Buckeyes by the fall. “As an (offensive) line, you can’t really pick one guy,” Simon said. “It’s more, O-line has to play cohesive, and I think they do that. They really learned each other and they’re really comfortable with each other and, you know, a lot of guys that are just very sound at blocking in general. “I think our O-line is going to be tremendous and a strong point of our team this year.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has seen the unit progress since he took over the program. “I had three or four miss my first team meeting,” Meyer said. “Unfortunately, we had a couple miss my second team meeting.” With spring ball having come and gone, Meyer said the unit begun positive trends in key areas. “Their bodies are changing a little bit,” Meyer said, “and their attitudes are changing.” OSU opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. read more

Batshuayi confirms his season is over

first_imgBorussia Dortmund loan star Michy Batshuayi has admitted that his season is now “probably over” after sustaining an ankle injury during their defeat to rivals Schalke 04 over the weekendThe Belgium international had to be taken off on a stretcher after a challenge by Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli.Batshuayi later took to Twitter to inform fans that his season is now most likely over with his prospects of making the World Cup for Belgium currently uncertain.“Well its not good news for now, my season is probably over, and i wont be able to pay @BVB back for their confidence … Thank you all the amazing amount of love I received since yesterday. Wishing my teammates the best for the final days. See you soon” wrote the 24 year-old.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Well its not good news for now, my season is probably over, and i wont be able to pay @BVB back for their confidence … ?? Thank you all the amazing amount of love I received since yesterday. Wishing my teammates the best for the final days. See you soon ?? pic.twitter.com/GORkrFz9kk— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) 16 April 2018The forward had enjoyed a superb start at Dortmund, since arriving on the final day of the January transfer window on a loan deal from Chelsea, and had scored seven goals in his 10 appearances in the Bundesliga.last_img read more