Grapplers enter unfamiliar territory

first_imgEntering the home half of the season and unfamiliar territory, the No. 6 Badgers will duel No. 10 Illinois at the Field House Sunday.With three home matches left before the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin (18-1-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten) has given itself the opportunity to claim sole possession of second in the Big Ten standings with a win against Illinois (8-1-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten). Second place is a position the team has not been in at season’s end since 1992. More importantly, a victory this weekend would keep Wisconsin in contention for the Big Ten title — something the team has never won.Certainly the Badgers are cruising, but the Illini will be a challenge.”Illinois is tough,” 157-pound junior Craig Henning said. “This is a big match for us. We’re still in the running for the Big Ten Championship. We just have to keep the ball rolling.”The significance of this match is monumental. Not only does it feature two of the top teams in the Big Ten and nationally, but also if the Badgers win, they will be just a loss behind the Gophers in the standings. They grapple Minnesota next Friday.If that wasn’t enough hype for the match, six of the 10 matches taking place Sunday feature wrestlers ranked in the top 15 nationally. The headline bout will be at 157 pounds, where No. 3 Henning will take top-ranked Mike Poeta. Both wrestlers are a perfect 5-0 in Big Ten duals this season.Despite Wisconsin’s seemingly impenetrable talent up and down its weight divisions, indicated by its 18-1 record, the Badgers enter this weekend’s dual as underdogs in terms of the number of ranked players.”If you look at it on paper, they’re favored to win,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “They’ve got more individual guys ranked than we do. But in the Big Ten, you have to expect the unexpected. We’ve already proved that we can win the close ones, so if it comes down to that this weekend then hopefully we can prove it again.”The Badgers have been proving a lot of things this season. After finishing last season seventh in the Big Ten, few thought the cardinal and white would be doing this well, considering their plethora of youth — just one senior is featured on the team.Although playing at the D-I level is difficult for any incoming grappler, Davis’ demeanor has helped them not only adjust but excel.”It’s a tough transition for us young guys,” UW freshman Kyle Ruschell said. “Coach Davis is so intense and he knows so much about wrestling that he makes it that much easier for me and the other younger guys.”With Davis’ mentoring, Ruschell is one of the many surprises this season. Last season he opted to red-shirt, choosing to watch and learn from two-time All-American Tom Clum instead of grapple. Now Ruschell, a year the wiser, is reaping the rewards of his decision. He is undefeated in conference duals and holds a 24-4 overall record. This weekend his record will be put to the test as he faces senior Cassio Pero, a two-time NCAA qualifier.”Tom helped me out so much last year,” Ruschell said. “I learned a lot from him and it’s helping me everyday. I’ve got a tough senior this weekend. … I’ve been watching a lot of tape on him and working on single leg counters, so hopefully that will help me to come out on top Sunday.”Hopefully for Wisconsin fans, the Badgers as a team will also come out on top.last_img read more

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Man Utd through to FA Cup 5th Round

first_imgHolders Arsenal are at home to Burnley, while Bournemouth have a potentially tricky game at Portsmouth, Watford head to Nottingham Forest, and West Brom are at home to Peterborough.Of the all-Premier League ties, Manchester City travel to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace welcome Stoke, and Liverpool take on West Ham in a tea-time fixture. Louis Van Gaal’s side beat Championship side Derby County 3-1 in the 4th Round last night.Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata scored for the Red Devils.Tottenham kick off today’s action at third-tier Colchester.last_img read more

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Hope Solo rips USWNT coach Jill Ellis: She’s ‘not the leader I wish her to be’

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT coach Jill Ellis unfazed by pressure despite more challenging field Hope Solo did not shy away from her feelings about U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis.Solo, a 2015 World Cup winner, recently said Ellis did not live up to her expectations as the USWNT gets ready to make its debut on soccer’s biggest international stage.  Solo had her contract terminated by the U.S. in 2016 after 202 caps but said she had a good relationship with the coaching staff toward the end of her career as a national team player. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has been outspoken on a number of things, including pay equity, U.S. soccer’s hierarchy and comments in 2016 that led to her suspension and dismissal from the national team. Women’s World Cup 2019: Inside look at U.S. coach Jill Ellis’ leadership “Jill is not the leader I wish her to be” Solo said on a BBC radio station. “She relies heavily on her assistant coaches. She cracks under the pressure quite a bit.”But often that doesn’t matter because the quality of the players on the U.S. team is superb. It doesn’t matter who is coaching us because we will find a way to win. The United States knows how to find a way to win in spite of who the coach is.” Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings “I think we played a bunch of cowards,” Solo said after an August 2016 defeat to Sweden on penalties. “The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that.” Solo was first suspended for six months before her contract was terminated.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 24, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, April 24, 2014:•5:43 p.m. Randal J. Martin, 22, Mulvane was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers and reckless driving.•6:09pm On April 23, 2014, Officers assisted an outside agency of known suspect(s) in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.last_img

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CECAFA U15: Uganda drawn in Group B

first_imgUganda’s U15 players will be picked from the ODILO tournament. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CECAFA U15 2019August 16th-September 1stAsmara, EritreaFor years, many football experts have advocated for grass-root football as the way to go if Uganda is to reach the next level in the game.The Copa Coca Cola has in the past been the country’s major pride in terms of nurturing talent.However, year has seen the introduction of ODILO, a primary schools championship that will help feed the Copa tournament.At the National team level, the Uganda Cubs (U17) and Hippos (U20) have taken shape, competing in several region championships and as it stands, that trend will continue.With all that in place, the country has decided to go down further the age brackets and ensure the inception of an U15 team.With the set-up currently understood to be already underway, it was announced that the team (U15) will ne participating in the inaugural CECAFA tournament.The tournament which will be hosted in Eritrea from August 16th to September 1st, has attracted a total of 11 nations expected to take part and Uganda has not been left out.At the group stage draws that were announced on Tuesday, Uganda has been placed in Group B of the competition.They are set to tussle it out with Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan for a place in the knockout stages.The other groups A and B will see one having four teams and the other three.Group A features Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi and Somalia while C consists of Tanzania, Sudan and Djibouti.It was confirmed that the players who will represent Uganda will be picked mainly from the on-going ODILO tournament that is taking place at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.However, the technical team, including the team’s head coach, is all yet to be communicated.The championship launched by CECAFA on May 28, 2019 will be sponsored by FIFA Forward programme initiative.The tournament is to help the region prepare for the Under 17 AFCON qualifiers that start early next year.GroupsGroup A – Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, SomaliaGroup B – Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South SudanGroup C – Tanzania, Sudan, DjiboutiUganda’s FixturesAugust 17th – Uganda vs EthiopiaAugust 20th – South Sudan Vs UgandaAugust 25th – Uganda Vs RwandaComments Tags: CECAFA U15copa coca-colaODILOtopuganda cubsUganda Hipposlast_img read more

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Brave volunteers sought for world’s most scenic parachute jump

first_imgHow would you like to experience views of the magnificent Carrickfinn landscape from 12,000ft in the air – without a plane?The No Barriers Foundation are calling on brave volunteers to take on a high-flying challenge this May Bank Holiday weekend. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do a sponsored tandem parachute jump and see the amazing Donegal Airport from above. Donegal Airport won the title of ‘World’s Most Scenic Landing’ for the second time in a row this month. So, if you’ve been dreaming about crossing this spectacular journey off your bucket list, this jump is a very special opportunity to do it in style.The sponsored parachute jump will take place on 4th, 5th or 6th May 2019. If you are interested in taking part please contact the No Barriers Foundation on Facebook (click here) or email [email protected] Barriers Sponsored Tandem Parachute Jump at Donegal AirportMoney raised will go towards supporting patients who use the No Barriers Exoskeleton, which was purchased for the benefit of patients in Donegal through a community-led project.Johnny Loughrey, Director and Lead Physio for The No Barriers Foundation said: “This year we are delighted to have two full-time No Barriers staff providing the Exoskeleton service for the Northwest “Money raised via the jump will be used to help cover staff wages to be able to keep providing this service to those suffering from spinal injury, MS, brain injury and stroke around the North West for as low a cost as is possible for the Exoskeleton user. “Any additional revenue will be used to help acquire new much-needed exercise equipment to create an inclusive gym environment in Donegal. This gym will allow wheelchair users and those with varying levels of mobility to train side by side with others within their community.”See the exoskeleton in action with No Barriers service user Anita Jackson here: Taking part in the 2019 No Barriers parachute jump is one way to support this life-changing local project. If you are interested please contact the No Barriers Foundation on Facebook (click here) or email [email protected]  For more information on No Barriers, visit www.nobarriers.ieBrave volunteers sought for world’s most scenic parachute jump was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Airportno barriers foundationparachute jumpSkydivelast_img read more

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Calls for National Broadband Plan to be stalled following Eir claims

first_imgCalls have been made on the Government to talk again with both Eir and the ESB regarding the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following revelations from Eir that the NBP could be delivered to rural Ireland at a fraction of the current €5 billion cost.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The provision of high-speed broadband to rural Ireland is essential and must be delivered without further delay.“We must, however, proceed in a way that is both credible and deliverable. “There is no doubt that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) can be delivered to rural Ireland in a much more affordable way than is currently envisaged by Fine Gael.“Eir stated at yesterday’s committee meeting that it could deliver the NBP at a fraction of the current €5b cost,” he added.“We agree with Eir that the NBP can be delivered at a much lower cost, but it is our position that this can be best achieved through using the ESB network.“The ESB brings with it a strong track record of delivering important infrastructural projects across the State, it has the existing infrastructure there and has a proven capacity to deliver,” the Donegal Senator said. “The ESB runs electricity to almost every single home in the State and we should be doing what other countries in Europe do which is to have double purpose networks which combine both electricity and broadband.“The ESB was a frontrunner early on in the NBP procurement process and withdrew following the Government’s decision to allow Eir in 2017 to cherry-pick the 300,000 most easy-to-reach homes in rural Ireland,” Mac Lochlainn added.“We need the Government to again reach out to the ESB and to direct them as a semi-state body to deliver high-speed broadband to rural Ireland. If Eir can do it for a fraction of the cost, then so can our state-owned ESB.“Rural Donegal and rural Ireland cannot wait any longer.”Calls for National Broadband Plan to be stalled following Eir claims was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Emerging markets pull investors

first_img22 November 2007Equity markets in the emerging world have weathered the sub-prime credit crunch in developed markets more easily than any previous market turmoil, and are expected to remain a sought-after investment destination, if not a safe haven, for many years to come, according to Steve Minnaar, head of equity research at Old Mutual Investment Group SA (Omigsa).Speaking at a presentation in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Minnaar said this year’s shake-out of credit markets had in fact helped to accelerate an investor shift from the developed world to emerging markets that has been under way since 2001.He said investors were likely to take advantage of the expected faster growth rates and better relative returns to increase their exposure to emerging market equities – including some attractive companies listed in South Africa.Outperforming developed marketsEmerging equity markets have outperformed developed markets since 2001, with the MSCI emerging market index moving up five-fold – from just above 250 points in 2001 to around 1 300 points currently. By comparison, the MSCI world index recorded an increase of just over 70% over the same period.In response to the sub-prime crisis in the US, some key emerging equity markets, like South Africa, saw immediate drops of 12%. However, they quickly recovered, Minnaar said, and the MSCI emerging markets index has since then gone on to outperform developed markets.In fact, he said, many investors reacted by shifting funds from the major developed markets to emerging markets. In the fourth week of September alone, US$13-billion was withdrawn from US, Japanese and European equity funds, of which $5.5-billion went directly into emerging market funds, according to EPFR Global, which monitors international fund flows.“It’s still about the search for yield, and investors now have more knowledge of, and confidence in, emerging markets,” Minnaar said. “US fund managers typically seek returns of over 10%, which they can’t get in their own market or Europe – they have to look elsewhere.”$94-billion over next three yearsAccording to a recent Citigroup poll of chief investment officers, representing over $1-trillion in assets under management, professionals plan to increase their emerging markets exposure from 5.7% to 15.1% of their portfolios over the next three years, while cutting US positions and maintaining those in Europe.“Allocations to ‘other’ emerging geographies (like Africa) are expected to rise to 3.5% from 0.4% currently,” Minnaar noted. “This implies $94-billion in fund inflows to emerging markets between now and 2010.”African markets should benefit from this trend, Minnaar pointed out, attracting investments due to robust economic growth and improved liquidity and regulation in recent years.A November 2007 report from the World Bank showed that sub-Saharan African economies grew at 5.4% year-on-year over the past decade, above the global average of 3.2%, and are forecast to grow at 5.3% in 2007 and 5.4% in 2008.SA investors: look closer to home“Too often South African investors look past Africa to more distant destinations for their emerging market investments, but they shouldn’t forget to look closer to home,” Minnaar said.“In sub-Saharan Africa today, outside South Africa, collective market capitalisation now stands at a substantial $60-billion. Although the economies of the region are dominated by resources, because most resource companies are listed elsewhere, sub-Saharan equity markets are, in fact, dominated by financial counters, accounting for 48% of listed companies.“Financial services and consumer-related companies are growing strongly in many countries, and these sectors are among those that should see accelerating growth in the future.”At the same time, Minnaar pointed out, individuals didn’t have to invest in an emerging markets fund to gain their exposure, but could easily build their own emerging market portfolio with a handful of locally listed shares.“We have numerous South African-listed companies with a well-established presence in emerging markets, like BHP Billiton, Anglo American, MTN, Standard Bank and SABMiller.“There is also a second tier of companies that are now increasing their operations in emerging markets, like Didata, Shoprite, Vodacom and Telkom. With such good growth prospects ahead, local investors shouldn’t be afraid to include emerging markets exposure in their equity portfolios.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Microsoft Tag Shuttering In 2015, No One Scans

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#QR codes A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img brian proffitt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market News that Microsoft is shutting down its Microsoft Tag service in 2015 hasn’t caused much of a stir in the technology sector, except maybe the odd “they still had that?” question that might have been muttered into a morning coffee or two. This may be because the scanned-image technology craze has not taken off as expected.It’s true—Microsoft still had their weird little 80s-themed QR code program up and running, but soon will be supported by the new sole licensee Scanbuy before shutting down completely in August 2015.Scanbuy plans to support Microsoft Tag Technology on the ScanLife platform beginning no later than Sept. 18, 2013, and to offer transition and migration services to Microsoft Tag customers who choose to migrate to the ScanLife platform. This transition path will help current Microsoft Tag customers to continue running campaigns using Microsoft Tags on the ScanLife platform.Tag is a proprietary implementation of a larger set of visual images known as QR (quick response) codes—those little black-and-white dotted squares you might have seen in stores, on windows of storefronts or on billboards. The idea is simple: each distinct pattern can be attached to a unique web landing page that can be used to give potential customers pricing and marketing information and even sign up for services.Tag works in much the same way, though using colored triangular patterns that look like a flashy 80s tracksuit. (To be fair, Tag also has the capability to create themed custom tags.)See also ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR CodesWith so many people carrying around smartphones these days, you might think that QR codes would be a growing market. But there is some evidence to suggest that growth is either flat or non-existent. Maybe it’s because using QR codes can be such a clumsy experience.Problem number one: QR codes are often an afterthought. Because they are so easy to create and linked to existing web sites, that’s often what advertising and marketing people just do, linking them willy-nilly to pages that may or may not have been optimized for the mobile devices that are surely being used to view the page.Pulling up a web page that’s not readily viewable on a mobile phone’s browser is a common occurrence for QR code scanners, which is just plain lazy on the part of the QR code makers.Problem number two: No native app support. If the built-in Camera app for Android and iOS phones supported QR-code recognition better, then the actual process of scanning a code might be worth the effort. As it is now, users have to download a separate app, then open that to scan the code image.This is not an arduous process, to be sure, but it’s enough of a hassle that some users simply won’t bother with it.That seems to be the problem with QR codes in general: After the initial promise of cool and interesting content to supplement the consumer or community experience, what users actually got was slap-dash marketing and a sense of being let down. Maybe the tech will be more effective some day, if advertisers learn to use it better.For now, QR codes are just one more piece of noise in the world.last_img read more

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The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-Production

first_imgOther ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Although you may take care of all the producer responsibilities in the beginning of a project, be prepared to put back on your producer hat time from time throughout production. If anything goes wrong during the shoot and additional needs pop up, you will need to manage them as a client-friendly producer.You’ll also need to be the one to make sure you’re fully taken care of during production. If you need to bring on a PA or 2nd or 3rd shooter, it’s your job to figure things out — not to mention little things like providing craft services for yourself and clients, printing out scripts, keeping copies of receipts, and even managing clients on-set.Here are several more pre-production resources to have ready at your disposal.The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-ProductionWhat All Producers Need to Understand About Working With Directors5 Tips for Planning Your Audio in Pre-Production10 Free Apps for Filmmakers ScriptingImage via Shutterstock.As part of your role as producer, it’s up to you to outline a project and come up with a script. While you may associate scripts with narrative films, using a script for everything from corporate films to animations to even documentaries can be very helpful for your shooting and editing counterparts. Final Draft is perhaps the industry standard, but there are several free options that work just as well.Here are some resources for writing, refining, and accessing your scripts on the go.6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next ScreenplayHow to Break a Script Down Into a Shot ListNeed to Table Read a Script? There’s an App for That.Pro Insight: Highlighting Scripts Looking for more on production? Check out these articles.What Does a Film Producer Do?Small Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean FilmmakingThe Video Producer’s Secret Weapon: the Shot ListFinding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table BudgetingImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest headaches for most filmmakers is dealing with budgets and proposals. If you truly embrace the shreditor lifestyle, budgeting will unfortunately be one of your biggest concerns, as it drives your project. However, budgets don’t have to be scary. With the right resources, they can be organized, manageable, and beneficial for your production.Also, in your producer role, it’s helpful to set up a professional bank account, either under your name or an LLC. This will help you keep your personal finances separate from your work expenditures. Apps like Mint are also another great way to keep your budget tight and organized.Here are some additional resources to help with your budgeting.An Overview of the Film BudgetFilm Budget Planning: How to Effectively Budget a Script BreakdownHow to Build a Video BudgetThe How and Why of Video Production Budget & Templates StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your script, your inner director of photography should be gearing up to partner with your inner producer for a chance to storyboard your shoot. Storyboards can vary from quick sketches to in-depth diagrams that include everything from camera movements to lighting set-ups to focal lengths. As a producer, you can use some handy apps (like this one) to digitize your storyboard process.Here are some more storyboard resources,  including a free storyboard template!Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsCreating a Storyboard Edit in Premiere Pro CC 2015Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next ProjectThe Unifying Power of Storyboardscenter_img Do you tackle your video production projects entirely on your own? Here’s everything you need to know about working as a “shreditor.”Cover image via Shutterstock.For those of you who are unsure what a “Shreditor” is (and if you might be one yourself), check the definition below (or read up on the term in this article). If you find the concept of producing, shooting, and editing to be your ideal workflow, this series is for you.Shreditor {sHred-uh-ter, -tawr} noun: a film and video professional who produces, shoots, and edits as a one-man script-to-screen filmmaker.As a shreditor, you obviously have many hats to wear. While each could easily be a full-time role, it’s important to understand how they operate singly as much as they do together. Let’s dive into the first role — producer — and what you need to succeed in your quest to become an ultimate video production Shreditor.Concept DesignImage via Shutterstock.From the very beginnings of a project, a good producer needs to be able to work with a client to find the crux of the project and how video can be most helpful. Very often, clients will have something in mind, but you should still be prepared to work with them to refine the concept and design the right approach. It’s helpful to have a strong understanding of the various types of film and video production products. Here’s a breakdown of the main types of projects you may need to produce.Narrative: shorts and features.Documentary: shorts (or micro) and features.Television: broadcast news, scripted program, talk shows, web-series.Corporate: Promos, recruiting, explainers, training.Event: weddings, parties, company events.Social: vlog, video essays, promos, live streams. SchedulingA good producer needs to be highly organized and reliable. One of the best ways to do this is by mastering the art of scheduling and keeping a solid calendar. Whether it’s Outlook or iCal, there are plenty of great resources available — as well as more production-specialized resources (like this and this) to consider.Check out these additional resources and tips for production scheduling.15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule5 Scheduling Tips That’ll Help You Keep Momentum up During ProductionHow to Plan an Effective Shooting ScheduleScheduling and Budgeting Your Film Location ScoutingImage via Melty Cone Video.Before you begin your project, you’ll need to pick out your location(s). You may or may not have a studio available to you with a cyc wall, so it’s important to have resources at the ready should you need to rent a place. Things like background noise, lighting availability, and room for setups need consideration. Again, your producer self will appreciate keeping things like this organized with some handy apps and resources.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For FreeFree Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productionslast_img read more

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