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‘Super-super team’ to strike gold at World Juniors

first_imgJamaica has twice won the 4×100-metre relay for boys at the World Junior Championships. According to veteran coach, Raymond Graham, a third win is possible this year.Graham, hurdles and relays coach at Kingston College (KC), said Jamaica’s likely 2016 sprint relay team has the potential to break 39 seconds.After a high-school season where Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers and Jhevaughn Matherson have all run 100 metres faster than 10.30 seconds, and with Akeem Bloomfield zooming on sprint-relay duty at Boys and Girls’ Championships and at the Penn Relays, Graham is optimistic Jamaica can win gold at the event, which has been renamed the World Under-20 Championships.BEST CHANCE”This is Jamaica’s best chance of winning the 4×100 again,” he said.Gold has already come to Jamaica from the boys’ 4×100 in 1998 and 2006.”I hope I could work with a team like this, it’s a super team,” he gleamed.”To be honest with you,” he predicted. “I see a 38.9 team here.”His reference was no accident, as the national junior record is 38.97 seconds, set by the 2012 World Junior runner-up team of Tyquendo Tracey, Odean Skeen, Jevaughn Minzie and Jazheel Murphy.Graham hopes the team will get a chance to prepare optimally.”I think once they get in camp,” he projected, “and I hope the JAAA will get them out early, get the baton change, because that is very important.”This is a super-super team and I hope Jamaica will do its best to ensure that this team goes all the way,” he said.The world junior 4×100 record of 38.66 seconds was set by a USA team including champion 400-metre runner LaShawn Merritt at the 2004 World Junior Championships.last_img read more

Lori Ackerman, Theresa Mucci-Rodgers file nomination papers

first_imgIn civil election news, at last check two more hopefuls have added their name to the municipal election ballot. Incumbent city councillor Lori Ackerman has filed her papers this morning.If elected, it would be Ackerman’s second term on the city council.Also filing last night was political newcomer Theresa Mucci-Rodgers. Residents may remember her from her outspoken stance against civic tax hikes on commercial properties.- Advertisement -The two join incumbent councillor Don Irwin as the only three candidates to file so far. Irwin filed his nomination papers yesterday.last_img

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BIG TRANSFER NEWS! Manchester United on verge of £40m deal for Chelsea star

first_img Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic looks to be on the move 1 Manchester United are understood to be closing in on the signing of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.Matic is keen on a reunion with United manager Jose Mourinho and the Blues are surprisingly willing to let him make the move.United have been in talks with Chelsea over for the 28-year-old and is it believed that a deal worth around £40million is close to being finalised.Matic was a key part of Antonio Conte’s side last season, playing 35 times in the Premier League as they stormed to the title.But Chelsea are close to signing another defensive midfielder – Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco – and Conte is happy for the Serbian to go.United manager Mourinho is a big fan of Matic, having signed him for Chelsea in a £21million deal when he was boss at Stamford Bridge in 2014.He views him as the perfect midfield successor to Michael Carrick and the type of player who can bring the best out of world record signing Paul Pogba.Matic would become the second major signing made by United this summer, following the £30million arrival of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.last_img read more

Manchester United target World Cup star as Willian chase falters

first_img 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 three-way race Chelsea have made Willian off limits to all English rivals and could off-load him to Barcelona instead Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti They would have an obvious advantage over United should the player wish to remain in Germany.He tormented opposition defences with fellow winger Ivan Perisic, who United have also been linked to.But Perisic’s age is a concern for the club, who are unwilling to fork out £48m to meet Inter Milan’s asking price for the 29-year-old.Instead they see the younger Rebic as a more viable investment as they look to add depth on the flanks. targets Chelsea are desperate not to sell Brazil winger Willian to United, and are said to be tempted by a £65million offer from Barcelona instead.Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, now in charge at Old Trafford, is growing frustrated at a lack of progress in his own chase for Willian and is now looking elsewhere, according to the Independent.Eintracht Frankfurt winger Rebic started six of Croatia’s seven games in their run to the World Cup final, scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stages.Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also believed to be in the running for Rebic. LATEST LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets LIVING THE DREAM Manchester United will turn their attention to Croatia World Cup star Ante Rebic after being told by Chelsea they will not sell Willian to a domestic rival, according to reports.Rebic, 24, was one of the top performers in Russia as his country finished runners-up in their best ever tournament result, and has been pinpointed as a younger option ahead of compatriot Ivan Perisic. REVEALED moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 4 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 4 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Rebic, at 24, is deemed a safer long-term investment than countryman Ivan Perisic Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Rebic won the German Cup with Frankfurt last season, beating Bayern Munich in the final Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Rebic committed more fouls than any other player at the World Cup United look set to lose Anthony Martial this summer and with Alexis Sanchez nearing his 30th birthday, the club are looking long-term.English duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been used out wide in the past but both are said to prefer central roles.Gareth Bale, also 29, is a recurring target whose age is not considered a concern due to his star quality, having scored the two goals which won Real Madrid the Champions League against Liverpool in May.Bale appeared to be on his way out of the Spanish capital this summer after falling out with boss Zinedine Zidane, but the Frenchman’s shock resignation could change his mind.last_img read more

App to understand South African visa rules

first_imgChild Visa Checklist App has been designed to help travellers to and from South Africa to understand the new child visa requirements.One of the reasons Drive South Africa created the Child Visa Checklist App is that many travellers don’t know which documents to carry into our borders, as per the new child Visa laws in South Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African government’s new child visa laws came into play on 1 June 2015 and they “are here for the foreseeable future”, according to Mayihlome Tshwete, the Department of Home Affairs spokesperson.The department published standard operating procedures that airlines and the tourism industry must follow; information was also published its website, to explain the new regulations to would-be travellers.But there is some confusion around the changes. In an email sent to all members of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa), David Frost, the chief executive, said that he found the documents “complicated”.“The regulations are complex, daunting and not easily accessible for local and international travellers,” said Russell Jarvis, the head of communication at Travelstart South Africa. “Travellers need to know exactly what documents they require for a seamless and stress-free entry into our beautiful country’s borders.”To help would-be travellers understand these new requirements better, Drive South Africa created the Child Visa Checklist app. The app provides an easy-to-understand checklist of documents required by anyone travelling to or from South Africa with children – for their particular child-travel scenario.The web-based app, which works on mobile and desktop, helps users see precisely what travel documents they need, in three quick clicks or taps.According to Andre van Kets, the creator of the Child Visa Checklist App, “there are 15 different possible documents and 37 unique scenarios for children travelling in and out of South Africa”.“We initially create the app so that our travel consultants could fully understand the new child visa requirements, and better serve our clients. The app was so well received, that we’ve decided to go ‘open source’ with it and let anyone in the tourism industry – and travellers themselves – access the information,” says Van Kets.To use the app, a user selects an option under each step and it displays a checklist of documents unique to that particular scenario.It was launched on 30 May, and since then has been accessed more than 8 000 times by users from South Africa and 102 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.The app has also been shared more than 1 300 times on Facebook and other social media platforms. Travel agencies around the world are using it to advise clients travelling to South Africa with children under 18 years.“Thanks for creating this app. It will be a fabulous tool to help get our clients organised,” said Amy Green, the client services director of the American travel agency, Hills of Africa.The Child Visa Checklist app was built in consultation with a panel of experts including: Megan Harrington-Johnson, the senior associate attorney, practising family law at Schindlers Attorneys in Johannesburg; and Van Kets, the co-founder and director of online travel company Discover Africa Group in Cape Town.Various members of the South Africa travel and tourism industry have also been consulted during the building of the app, including Frost and Otto de Vries, the chief executive of the Association of South African Travel Agents (Asata).Source: News24Wire.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Collaborative Cloud: Battle for the Inbox

first_imgTags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Jan 12, VMware agreed to purchase Zimbra, a division of Yahoo! that’s known for its easy-to-use, paid inbox service. Zimbra, primarily a consumer application to date, offered a cloud solution last fall. Now this cloud service is going to be part of VMware’s major push of enterprise services to the cloud. Thinking back a decade or so, this reminds us of the power of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, arguably the best pairing and best business franchise in technology history, a $30 billion business today.This new collaboration allows VMware to offer email, one of the stickiest services in IT, to a vast set of partners. This extends the solution loved by consumers to enterprise users that rely on email. On the competitive front, this move provides a way to unlock enterprises from Microsoft Exchange, perhaps the most entrenched system that Microsoft has with the enterprise customer today.Exchange has been known as a double-edge sword for many IT shops for years. Yes, it has been the most-used application for nearly a decade, but it has been known as hard to use, scale, and administer. The promise of an integrated inbox that connects to back-office applications (e.g. Word, Powerpoint, Sharepoint) has been a real promise, but has been complicated to deploy. Thus, other solutions such as Zimbra have started to get a leg up in the race for collaboration in the enterprise. By enabling a cloud-based email service, Zimbra is already proving that it can scale its services and management capabilities to take on Microsoft Exchange head-on. As a gateway to collaboration, email baked into the virtualization and cloud computing offering could significantly change the landscape on how services hook into the enterprise, and provide a new lever to offer an entire suite of cloud-based, virtually hosted systems.On January 18th, IBM also announced it’s bringing its powerful enterprise class LotusLive collaboration tools to the cloud through open APIs. Throwing the power of IBM and the open web into the mix, is it now possible that Lotus could leapfrog Exchange and be cool again? No small feat indeed, as IBM has seen more than a decade of enterprises ripping out Lotus and replacing with Exchange Server as a central hub. IBM’s move is a major signal that they see an opening up of the collaboration suite as the way to bring collaboration to enterprise users, instead of through IT development and customization. The purchase of Zimbra is a tipping point in moving systems to the cloud that will capture the hearts and minds of developers that are building new services, and IT leaders in the enterprise. The outcome will be more back-end services offered in the cloud, and it is bringing the giants out of their caves to respond and meet Zimbra in the new battlefield.Below is a snapshot of key feature sets that Zimbra highlights in its comparison to Exchange. What would it take you to switch your enterprise email to the cloud? mike kirkwoodlast_img read more

Grumpy Architect Time

first_img6. Why do people want to build a superinsulated house and then put in a full-on radiant floor heating system in? (See #3 above, about where to send all that extra money.)7. Why do people want to build a new house that looks old? I think it’s just a phase this country is in. I see signs that the retro-anachronistic architecture phase is fading.8. But I do it anyway: gotta feed the family, and I enjoy it. Quite a lot sometimes.9. Bright side: the science of how to build correctly is settling out in favor of simplicity. That is what draws me to the Passive House approach.10. On a very bright side, I live and work in southeastern Vermont, home of the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. SEON sponsors a monthly meeting (often moderated by Peter Yost) of builders who enjoy building science discussions on an impressively high level. So I’m the lucky architect who gets to work with these builders.11. Why do people have so much stuff? RELATED ARTICLES Blog Review: Robert SwinburneAll About Radiant Floors ARTICLES BY ROBERT SWINBURNE A House For Slow LivingPassive House Training, One Year LaterMost ‘Houses That Breathe’ Aren’t Very Comfortable I’m not normally a grumpy architect, but when I am it is usually because of something on this list.1. If your house is adequately insulated there should be little temperature differential between the ceiling and the floor.2. “Adequately” differs from code. Remember, a house built to code is the worst house you can legally build.3. If you choose not to build an Energy-Star-certified home, please give your poor starving architect the $2,000 (the value of the Energy Star incentive) that you obviously have to spare.4. Does anybody with any real knowledge of building use fiberglass batts anymore? (Probably not anyone who reads this.)5. Air sealing, folks! Do it correctly! Not by installing a 6-mil poly vapor barrier. That was the 1990s. We are so over that. There are some great products available (check out 475) and lots of great information is available here on GBA. Robert Swinburne is a part-time architect and full-time homemaker living on 49 acres with his wife and two young children in Halifax, Vermont. He was a carpenter for several years after architecture school and is now a licensed architect and passive house designer with over 100 completed projects in the Northeast. Bob maintains a blog (primarily for therapeutic reasons) under the moniker “Vermont Architect.”last_img read more

Airbus wants to test autonomous flying cars sometime this year

first_imgDavid Curry French aerospace giant Airbus wants to have an autonomous car in the air by the end of the year, according to the group’s chief executive, Tom Enders.Airbus claims the autonomous flying car will alleviate traffic problems in major cities and could reduce infrastructure budgets for city planners, who won’t have to worry about bridges, traffic lights, or concrete roads.See also: Well, of course, Larry Page invested in two flying car startups“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground,” said Enders at the DLD tech conference in Munich. “We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously,”Airbus formed the Urban Air Mobility division last year, to start work on a prototype flying car. It hopes to test this by the end of the year, but Enders said it would most likely be 2020 before any commuters hop into a flying car.Flying cars aren’t choppersThe company also plans to build a semi-autonomous flying car, so the whole project isn’t gutted if regulations say a driver must be able to control the vehicle.Airbus has a new business plan for the flying cars, not at all like its commercial helicopters, which are sold at a price only few can afford. It wants to develop an Uber-like app for the flying cars, where commuters can rent the autonomous vehicle for a single ride.Interestingly, Uber also wants to have a service for flying cars, using Airbus’ concept.The flying car reality might only be a few years away, but with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) already struggling to regulate the drone market, it might be an intense fight to allow humans inside autonomous flying vehicles. Related Posts Tags:#Airbus#Autonomous#driverless#featured#flying cars#Future Tech#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

80+ FREE Cinematic Atmospheres: Musical Textures and Sound Files

first_imgThis is “Cinematic Atmospheres.” A collection of over 80 extremely versatile music textures and sounds for your films and editing.Finding music is easy (especially when you have a PremiumBeat account, wink wink). What can be a lot more difficult is finding the right tones and sounds to fill the spaces in between. Sometimes you just need a little bit of an emotional tone or texture to give your quieter moments more depth.Sometimes, you want to score your film with just emotional tones and sounds that give your scenes more weight without being overly distracting. Well, if you’ve ever run into this problem, then this collection is for you.This is an extremely dense collection that, frankly, we shouldn’t be giving away for free. “Cinematic Atmospheres” includes over 80 sound files that you can layer and use and extend in ways that will allow you to completely score your project with lush emotional sounds and tones that will bring your audience to the edges of their seats.These five suites offer 80+ free cinematic sounds.Download ALL 5 Genres and StylesThis collection is so large we had to split it into 5 different downloads. Each download contains a different style and sound for a different feel or genre. Each download includes a fully mixed file and the samples we used to create it. On top of that, you’ll find loops, so you can extend and control the tones and sounds the way that you like them for as long as you want. Everything is fully controllable and customizable.With this sound collection, you can make your own scores.These sound files are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. The “Beach Sunrise” suite is for all your heartwarming, beautiful sound needs.Suite 1 — Beach SunriseHopeful/BeautifulThis suite is the perfect complement to a beautiful moment. A hopeful sound. The sun rising, nature, slow-motion footage, stunning drone shots — this sound is perfect for those moments that you can’t quite put into words.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD Beach SunriseThe Endless suite is for ambiguous or mysterious situations.Suite 2 — EndlessHeavy/EmotionalThis suite is for moments with emotionally ambiguous tones. These are scenes and shots that you want to put some weight behind, without feeling particularly sad or happy — just important. This suite is for the important moments when you want to make sure your audience is paying attention.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD EndlessFuture Rain offers the sounds of dystopia.Suite 3 — Future RainDystopian/Sci-FiThis suite is the sound that you want for your Blade Runner-style dystopias. It has dense textures and a melancholy and hopeless feel. Like an empty and abandoned city. There are many layers and tones to choose from and build the perfect sound.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD Future RainThe Serial suite is for those moments when you want the audience to know something’s about to happen.Suite 4 — SerialDark/OminousThis is the type of tone you want when you want your audience to feel uncomfortable, or like something is lurking in the distance. Something is about to happen. Uncertainty. This suite has everything you need to create a Fincher-esque moment of dread and make your audience wish, if only for a moment, that they weren’t about the see what’s going to happen.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD SerialThe Stitches sound suite is pure horror.Suite 5 — StitchesHorror/GhostlyThis suite of sounds is pure horror. You use these sounds when you have a jump scare right around the corner. You can use these sounds when you have a murderer lurking in the shadows or a passive ghost floating in the distance. This portion of the collection in particular yields interesting results with you mix it with the other portions. You can get some really creepy and asynchronous tones.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 9 Loops, 9 SamplesDOWNLOAD StitchesHow to Use This CollectionSo, once you’ve downloaded all these files, how do you use them?Well, the way to break it down is that there are Full Tracks, Loops, and Samples.Full TracksThis is pretty self explanatory, but these tracks are fully mixed, curated, and ready to go. You can just cut them to the length that you need and work them into your edit, and you’re ready to go.LoopsThe loops allow you to mix and create your own versions of the full track — but at the length and with the customization you want. For instance, if you want one part of the track to play for an extended period of time, and then eventually have everything swell up in a particular moment, the loops are the best tools for the job. Here, you can create your own score.SamplesThe samples are one-hit sounds that you can just throw in at your own discretion. These sounds all stand on their own perfectly well, and you can really use them however you like. They are the sounds from the loops, just non-looping. With these, you can just quickly add a little touch of sound here and there.Looking for more free video production assets? Check these out.51 FREE Eye-Catching Accent Animation Motion Graphics21 FREE Hand-Painted Brush Stroke Motion Graphics191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and More17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics15 FREE Lower Thirds for Your Next Project in Premiere ProNeed more music and sound elements? Check these sources too:Free Music on PremiumBeatOnline Music Subscription on Shutterstock Musiclast_img read more