Scorpions aim to keep Hurricanes on the floor

first_imgMuch will be at stake when Jamaica Scorpions play away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua in the sixth round of the WICB First-Class Championship, starting today.Campaigning at different ends of the points table, the Scorpions, on 53 points, will be looking to move a step closer to the top two, Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride.The Jaguars, on 85 points, lead the championship, while the Pride are second on 63.The Leewards, in the meanwhile, have lost all five fixtures to date and are lurking at the bottom on 13 points. The Windward Islands Volcanoes are fifth on 29 points, with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fourth on 37.PRODUCING BETTER RESULTS”If we want to make a run for the title, we have to start producing better results, starting with the Leewards,” stated Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr.”They are down, and we need to keep them down by not only winning, but getting as much bonus points as possible.”With a three-win, two-loss record, the Scorpions will be hoping that the addition of batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Kirk Edwards and Shacaya Thomas will add much strength to their batting, which has struggled all season.Blackwood missed the team’s first five matches due to West Indies duties, Edwards is making a return after missing their fifth round due to injury, while Thomas has been included for the first time this season.”We have strengthened our batting with the addition of (Jermaine) Blackwood and the return of Kirk (Edwards), and we’re looking for better totals,” said Palmer Jr.”This is in addition to our bowling unit, which we will be looking to for continued good showings.”The team’s bowling will be led by West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and sidelined spinner Nikita Miller.As for the Hurricanes, who will be captained for the first time by Jamaica’s Nkrumah Bonner, they are hoping that this change, as well as an extended training camp, will make them stronger.”Jamaica is a good team, but we are playing at home and hope to use this to our advantage,” said Bonner.”We have players with talent, but have been struggling with the basics, and if we can correct that, we should be very competitive.”In addition to Bonner, their leading run-getter, the Leewards are expected to bank on discarded West Indies pacer Gavin Tonge, former captain and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, as well as promising young batsman Orlando Peters.last_img read more

Exciting Men’s Shed showcase to take place at Castlefin CPI

first_imgMen’s Sheds from all over Donegal will be showcasing their wares in the CPI in Castlefin on Wednesday as part of National Reuse Month.“Men’s Sheds have been to the fore over the last number of years in reusing materials and upcycling products,” says Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council.She continued: “And we are delighted to be joining forces with the Men’s Sheds again this year to help raise awareness during Reuse Month on how everyone can do a bit more for the environment by reusing products and materials”. “The showcase will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about how you can reuse products and what we can all do at home, at work and at play to manage our waste better.“It’s all about valuing the things we already own,” says Bogan. “By using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.“Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and be environmentally conscious.“For instance, getting shoes resoled rather than replacing them, or borrowing books from the library all go a long way in cutting down waste and greenhouse gas emissions and we are asking everyone to go further in October and beyond by prioritising repair, buying second hand and upcycled, borrowing, swapping and refilling,” explains Suzanne. “The Donegal Men’s Shed Showcase promises to be a great event and it’s an opportunity for anyone who might be interested in finding out more about Men’s Sheds, what they do and how to get more involved,” says Kathleen Bonner, Donegal Men’s Shed Co-ordinator. The event is being supported by the Irish Men’s Shed Association and Barry Sheridan CEO of the Irish Men’s Shed Association will be in attendance.This is one of a number of initiatives taking place during Reuse Month and other initiatives include the School Bikes Africa Campaign where old or unused bicycles can be dropped off at any of the six Donegal County Council/Bryson Recycling Centres in Dungloe, Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar and Laghey or at any Men’s Shed in Donegal.There is also a chance to take part in the national #UpcycleChallenge19 were the challenge is to be imaginative and create something new out of something old and to breathe new life into an old or unwanted item or material.The event will run from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Wednesday 23 October, everyone is welcome and admission is free. To enter the competition, apply online at mywaste.ie and the closing date for entries is 25 October.For more tips on how you can reuse more at home, work and play visit mywaste.ieExciting Men’s Shed showcase to take place at Castlefin CPI was last modified: October 20th, 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

Operation Hydrate pours on water

first_imgOperation Hydrate in QwaQwa in the Free State making sure people are hydrated. (Image: Operation Hydrate Facebook)This summer, South Africa is in the grips of the severest drought in 20 years, coupled with one of the harshest heat waves the country has experienced. The towns of Senekal, in Free State, and Aliwal North, in Eastern Cape, for example, have run out of water.In response, Operation Hydrate was established by good Samaritans from various communities, NGOs, religious groups and companies to play their part in saving lives and easing the suffering of thousands of people.The initiative hopes to distribute over a million litres of water to the drought stricken Free State and parts of Eastern Cape.“We have distributed over 350 000 litres of water so far,” said Yaseen Theba, Operation Hydrate’s co-ordinator. “We cannot sit by idly as we watch our fellow South Africans die of thirst. As civil society we have the power to make a difference and help those in need when we unite around a common cause such as this.“The joy on the faces of those who have been receiving drinking water is remarkable and most humbling. Many have not had water for weeks.”South Africa’s farming communities have been the hardest hit by the drought and livestock are suffering and dying, while crops are withering.GOVERNMENT SUPPORTThe portfolio committee on water and sanitation supports Operation Hydrate and views it as a noble initiative that must have the support of society as a whole.It urges everyone, from individuals to big business, to contribute. “It is only through a commitment to mutual action that the country will overcome the current challenge of water scarcity,” said Mlungisi Johnson, the chairperson of the committee.In addition, the committee urged all South Africans to recommit to a culture of prudent water use. This recommitment, coupled with vigilance in relation to water leakages, would ensure that South Africa saved water that was currently being lost.CORPORATE SUPPORTProudly South African has thanked and applauded all the volunteers and donors involved in Operation Hydrate. It also encouraged businesses and corporates to dig deep to support the relief efforts.“At times like these we’re called upon to be of service to humanity and to respond to the basic needs of our people,” said chief executive Lesley Sedibe. “Among these are the promises of a better life and the restoration of (the) dignity of our people, which includes a basic human right such as access to water.“This initiative shows that many South Africans from all walks of life naturally band together to help their fellow countrymen and -women who are in desperate need of assistance. Despite the many challenges we face, Operation Hydrate also shows we are still a people of hope and humanity. Ultimately what unites us is far greater than our differences.”Mango, the low-cost subsidiary of SAA, has contributed to the initiative by giving water to the value of R500 000 for distribution through the initiative.“South Africans have always rolled up their sleeves with immense resolve and this initiative, created entirely through a critical mass on social media, prompted action,” said Mango chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout.“There is no question about the strength of the South African character and as an airline for all the people, Mango was inspired to participate in our usual hands-on fashion and is purchasing water from a percentage of ticket sales this week.”For information about helping or where to drop off water or send donations, visit the Operation Hydrate Facebook page, or follow @HydrateSA on Twitter, #OperationHydrate.Have you played your part to make South Africa better for all? Share your story with us.last_img read more

Hook Your Audience With the First Shot

first_imgFinding a new, unseen way to kick off your movie or project should be the goal every time. What are some of your favorite opening shots in movies or TV shows? Let us know in the comments below Your film or video project’s first shot is incredibly important. Whether you’re establishing a time and place or unveiling a mystery, a compelling first frame is vital.Top image: A Clockwork Orange via Warner Bros.It’s vital that you make your video or film’s first frame as enticing as possible. Doing so will set the tone and allow you to immediately begin telling your story. A unique beginning will stick with your audience long after they finish watching your work.Let’s take a look at some examples of interesting first shots, explore why they’re interesting, and learn how you can apply the same techniques to your next video or film.Shot CompositionImage via The Cinema GuildIf you decide to use a wide or medium shot that exposes your characters’ bodies, the background, positioning and lighting must be figured out prior to shooting.Take the image above for example, from Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja. The two characters are positioned and angled in such a meticulous way that the shot resembles a painting. This particular shot sets up what follows, which is a series of static, long, drawn-out scenes that echo this first shot.Image via Warner Bros.The first shot from Interstellar, seen above, demonstrates an undeniable sense of mystery. Proposing a question to your viewers from the get-go is is a sure-fire way to hook them. Why is there a bookcase? Why is everything covered in dust? Where’s the blackhole I was promised?In a movie filled with twists, turns, and thrills, the audience immediately expects explanations to follow in the impending hours. Presenting strange questions right off the bat can yield a fantastic payoff in the end.Establishing LocationImage via Paramount VantageEstablishing the location and environment of your video in the opening shot is informative and classically effective. This type of shot (like the one above from There Will Be Blood) tells the audience the “where” of your video (and sometimes, as seen below, the “when”) and often gives them an idea of the mood.If you captured several establishing shots and B-roll that you’re unsure of what to do with, throwing one of those at the opening is an excellent introductory statement. News packages, corporate videos, and sitcoms all make use the of the establishing shot to open the video.Image via 20th Century FoxIn The Terminator (seen above), James Cameron gives us a familiar location, but then throws in some out-of-nowhere details that hook the audience.Image via USAA perfect example of combining these tactics — mystery and location— was seen in the popular USA series, Mr. Robot. The above silhouette shot with the city in the background gives us information on where the show will be taking place. It also presents a couple of questions: Who are these people? And what are they doing?Introduce Characters Image via CBS FilmsAn immediate portrait shot of your main subject is the perfect way to jump right into a story. This can save a lot of unnecessary expositional dialogue that might give off an amateurish vibe. Inside Llewyn Davis (above) presents the titular character right from the start, immediately throwing the audience into his psyche as he begins his opening “monologue.”Another classic example of this can be seen in the opening of A Clockwork Orange (see top image), which presents an intimidating, unavoidable shot of Alex DeLarge. Not only can this method save pointless dialogue, it can also express the character’s intent within the first few seconds of the narrative.Alternative MethodsImage via Annapurna PicturesYour opening frame doesn’t necessarily have to feature an action or characters. It can be an object, part of the body, or purely obscure. The image above (from The Master) is shown throughout the course of the movie as a theme, reflecting the main character’s stream of consciousness. The instant recognition takes the audience back to the beginning of the film and instills the intended feelings.You’ve probably seen Jacob T. Swinney’s excellent side-by-side videos comparing the first and last frames of popular movies. If you’re planning to come full circle or connect your story in a similar way, these entrancing videos can give you an idea of just why the first frame is so important.last_img read more

Rude welcome

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “To be honest, I was expecting us to be 4-1 after five games,” Garcia said. “But I really didn’t expect us to beat some of the teams that we beat and lose to Blackwater.”The 99-111 loss to the Elite on Wednesday, admitted Garcia, was a game they took lightly coming in.“Every team is a tough match,” Garcia said. “It’s how you come into the game.”Rey Nambatac had 12 points to lead the Painters, who also have victories over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT “Lucky for us that Alaska [had manpower woes]. We allowed them to get back in the game.”The Painters, who didn’t have to contend with at least three of the Aces’ traditional starters, led by as much as 22 points and didn’t need anyone to dominate offensively in the lopsided contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRain or Shine, at 4-1, trails idle Phoenix (4-0).Alaska debuted sans Vic Manuel, JV Casio and Kevin Racal who have different injuries.A fourth Ace, Yutien Andrada, was also injured.In the second game, Roger Pogoy scored five straight points late in overtime to key an 80-75 TNT win over Magnolia, which also played its first game since ruling the Commissioner’s Cup last December.Pogoy scored 26 points and Jayson Castro 24 as the Texters rose to a fourth-best 3-3. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Chicano’s SEA Games preparation off to rousing start MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon (left) and Alaska’s Jeron Teng chase the loose ball. —SHERWIN VARDELEONRain or Shine brought down another perennial PBA Philippine Cup title contender at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night, but coach Caloy Garcia said the Elasto Painters still need to improve on one major aspect.“We have to be consistent,” Garcia said after their 85-72 win over a severely undermanned Alaska crew that allowed the Painters to stay close behind unbeaten leader Phoenix Pulse.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more