‘It’s about time’: Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

first_imgPresident Donald Trump center, posthumous pardons Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Trump is joined by, from left, Linda Haywood, who is Johnson’s great-great niece, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Keith Frankel, Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction.“I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion,” Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony. He was joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, retired heavyweight titleholder Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone, whom Trump credited with championing the pardon.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Serena could face Sharapova in 4th round at French Open LATEST STORIES Haywood had wanted Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, to pardon Johnson, but Justice Department policy says “processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons.”The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. The Justice Department’s general policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department’s website. But Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process in the past.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” Trump wrote then.The Oval Office ceremony was a celebratory scene, bringing together boxing greats past, present and fictional. The guests brought with them a colorful boxing championship belt, which sat front and center on the president’s Resolute Desk as he spoke. At one point, Trump jokingly asked Lewis whether he could “take Deontay in a fight” if he really started working out.FILE – In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 24, 2018, granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after a racially-charged conviction. (AP Photo/File)Lewis said Johnson had been an inspiration to him personally, while Stallone said Johnson had served as the basis of the character Apollo Creed in his “Rocky” films.“This has been a long time coming,” he said.Trump has a personal history with the sport, and hosted matches in the 1990s at his hotels.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls After Johnson’s conviction, he spent seven years as a fugitive, but eventually returned to the U.S. and turned himself in. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946 in an auto crash.His great-great niece, Linda E. Haywood, had pressed Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had promoted Johnson’s case for years.The son of former slaves, Johnson defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. He then beat a series of “great white hopes,” culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries.McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson “was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago.”“Johnson’s imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honor,” McCain has said.Haywood, who joined Trump in the Oval Office, said her great-great uncle’s conviction had led her family members to live in shame of his legacy.“For so long my family was deeply ashamed that my uncle went to prison,” she told Trump, adding that said she didn’t find they were related until she was 12 years old.“By this pardon being issued, that would help to rewrite history and erase the shame and the humiliation that my family felt for my uncle, a great hero,” she said.Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented.President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. President George W. Bush pardoned Charles Winters, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949.center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison “for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice.”“It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time,” the president said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJohnson, a prominent athlete who crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries, was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.”Trump had tweeted in late April that Stallone, a longtime friend, had brought Johnson’s story to his attention in a phone call. 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Philippine Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title (From up L) Philippines’ defender Luke Woodland, Philippines’ defender Alvaro Silva, Philippines’ forward Patrick Reichelt, Philippines’ midfielder Kevin Ingreso, Philippines’ goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard(From down L) Philippines’ defender Daisuke Sato, Philippines’ midfielder Stephan Schrock, Philippines’ forward Javier Patino, Philippines’ midfielder Manuel Ott, Philippines’ defender Stefan Palla pose for a photograph prior to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Korea Republic and Philippines at the al-Maktoum stadium in Dubai on January 07, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)DUBAI—It was a debut many years in the making and the Philippines surely left its mark, notwithstanding the result.On a cold Monday night at Al Maktoum Stadium, the Azkals combined their grit and resilience with their tactical genius and work rate for the rest of the continent to see as they went toe-to-toe against a giant in South Korea in their Group C opener.ADVERTISEMENT That the Koreans needed a 67th minute strike from Hwang Uijo to finally grab maximum points was a mere footnote to what was a memorable introduction for the Azkals, who showed a spring in their step as chants of Pilipinas reverberated inside the cavernous, newly-refurbished facility throughout the match.READ: Asian Cup: Azkals impress in loss to South KoreaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“After a game like this, you will be having one teary eye and one which is okay with the result and the performance,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock, the captain for the night as coach Sven Goran Eriksson opted to start Javier Patino in favor of Phil Younghusband.“We are very proud. Korea had a lot of good players, they are composed and much better than the average Asian team. We surprised everyone with the performance tonight. We did very good. We have something to build on.” MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college RELATED VIDEO Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It took some tweaks and the introduction of Lee early in the second half for Korea to finally break down the Azkals.Lee, who played four seasons in the Premier League, praised the Azkals for their gallant stand.“Everyone thought Korea will win this game, but we saw in the first half that it was not easy,” said the midfielder. “It was a tough game for us. I’m happy to get a result, but the Philippines is good. They have a good future in this tournament.”The three-man defense anchored by Alvaro Silva put bodies on the line just to deny the Koreans opportunities, while Michael Falkesgaard produced three big saves to keep the Azkals in the match up until the late stages of the match.Patino led the line ferociously and provided the Azkals an attacking outlet when they recover the ball from deep positions, but his finishing let him down particularly in the second half when his tamed effort failed to beat Kim Seunggyu on the Korean goal when the match was still goalless.“We kept it nil nil for a long time,” said Younghusband, who came on in the 88th minute.“The longer it got, the more confidence it gave us. Every player had to work in this team. If you lose concentration or you sleep, South Korea will take advantage.”Still, it was a debut to remember for a Philippine team that struggles to get support for the sport back home.“The feeling is incredible: The whole atmosphere,” said Reichelt. “You can feel that this was all a different stage. And we showed that we belong in this stage.”“I’m happy with the performance; but I’m also sad because we could have gotten something out of it,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami. “But if somebody told us before the game that it was going to be just 1-nil, I would take it anytime against a team like South Korea which is always in the World Cup. It gives us encouragement and motivation to do better in our next games.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA to implement new rules on goaltending review, traveling, timeouts The Azkals will take a two-hour bus ride to Abu Dhabi late Tuesday as they prepare for their duel with China on Friday. Getting a result against the Chinese is paramount for Eriksson’s side if it wants to advance to the last 16.Few expected the Azkals to stay competitive against a Korean team that regularly plays in the World Cup and only recently stunned former World Cup champion Germany, 2-0.But the Azkals were hardly fazed by the quality and experience of a Korean side, which had established players in Ki Seungyeung of Newcastle United and Lee Chungyoung, formerly of Crystal Palace.The tactical brilliance of the staff led by Eriksson and deputies Scott Cooper and Chris Greatwich allowed the Azkals to cope with the Korean assault for majority of the match.The Azkals defended deep, but they tracked runs off the ball and produced a solid defensive block that hardly allowed the Koreans to break through. On the counter, they proved dangerous with Schrock and Patrick Reichelt threatening on the right and Patino holding up the play to relieve the pressure.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Weah Dedicates Multimillion-Dollar Steel Manufacturing Plant

first_imgWeah cuts ribbon to the Multi-Million Steel manufacturing company in Gardnersville, Montserrado County.— Hundreds Liberians to get employmentThe struggling Liberian economy has been given a bit of a push by Sethi Ferro Fabrik Incorporated, the oldest Indian investment in Liberia that pumped millions of dollars in constructing the nation’s first giant size steel manufacturing plants—an investment that comes with huge employment benefits.The multi-million dollar plant was dedicated on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by President George M. Weah as part of the festivities in observance of the country’s 172nd Independence Day celebration.The program was witnessed Y. K. Sailas Thangal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India accredited to Liberia, Commerce and Industry Minister Wilson Tarpeh, Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill, Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County and other officials of government.At the dedication, President Weah pledged the government’s commitment to provide the atmosphere for continued business by Sethi Ferro Fabrik Incorporated and other businesses.“For Liberia to be better and the economy to grow,” the President said, “we must be mixed with different economic powers that will have the same value and strengthen us, Liberians.”“Why do you say that Lebanese cannot be citizens? If they come and work, they will take the money to the country where they are citizens. They will be depleting us by generating ten billion in Liberia, they will take it to Ghana where they are citizens because they are confidence of ownership,” President Weah said.According to President Weah, for proposals of such ideas that will give the Liberian economy a boost, these are some of the problems. “Why are we afraid of other nationals to build their capacities in Liberia?” he asked.He said today Liberia produces rubber but does not have even a shoe factory. “Today we have iron ore and are proud to announce that Liberia has a steel factory and this is the right way to go.”Weah Speaks at the dedication of Sethi Ferro Fabrik steel plant in Monrovia.Jay S. Khanija, director of the Sethi Ferro Fabrik Incorporated, said the company is prepared to use Liberia’s iron ore to produce various steel products.Mr. Khanija, who is also the son to Sethi, said the company’s goal is to lead the way for value addition and local manufacturing in the country, an initiative that the company has started already.Mr. Khanija said the project will need the support of everyone as there will be no need to export scrap as Sethi Ferro Fabrik Incorporated is prepared to buy all, including heavy mental scrap.“We needed to invest in programs that bring broader economic value to Liberia. Few years ago, we also started the production of plastic products in Liberia and today we are starting the production steel rods in Liberia. We are using scrap to produce steel rods,” he said.According to him, by producing things locally will save the country on foreign currency and provide more jobs to Liberia, while exporting to other countries. He said the factory has employed over three hundred Liberians who, through their training, have learned very fast and will replace most of the expatriates.He said for any country to truly develop and transform, it must engage in value addition, which the Sethi Ferro Fabrik intends to lead.He said the company is proud to be part of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development under the leadership of President Weah.Mr. Khanija is among the two children of Sethi who were raised in Liberia. He said their father has informed them that in order to demonstrate their love for Liberia, they need to take their investment to another level, which has given birth to the steel company.Mr. Khanija recounted how his father came to Liberia in the late 1970s and the family has been in Liberia, including the days of the war and also considered Liberia as their home.He expressed gratitude to the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and Ecobank Liberia for helping to bring the factory to reality.Upjit Singh Sachdeva, Honorary Consul General of India in Liberia, said the Sethi Brothers has moved to another level in the industry by providing substantial amount of resources to the establishment of a state-of-the-art company.Mr. Sachdeva said Sethi Brothers is the oldest Indian investment in Africa and Liberia in Particular. He said the company has also played major role in the commercial sector and today has made a remarkable move from the trading sector to the manufacturing sector.He said the benefits of the trading and manufacturing companies by Sethi Brothers cannot be over emphasized, stating “these investments, especially the steel manufacturing company, responds meaningfully to the CDC’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.”Mr. Sachdeva said the steel company is expected to create full-time jobs for 500 Liberians, stating that the management of the factory will work assiduously to raise the speed level of the Liberian employees.“Moreover, the factory will meet the steel needs of the entire country’s construction and reconstruction, as well as enough for export abroad, particularly sister countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Mano River sub-region,” he said.According tom Mr. Sachdeva, the steel company will help Liberia to generate not only enough foreign exchange, but will also serve as the result of the import substitution economic activities enjoyed by these manufacturing sectors.“This will reduce the pressure on the value of the Liberian dollars and lower the inflation, thereby significantly enhancing the Liberian economy as a whole,” Mr. Sachdeva said.Representatives of Sethi Ferro Fabrik, Indian Honorary Consul Sachdeva and officials of the Liberian government at the newly dedicated steel plant in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tallawahs secure De Grandhomme as Wasim replacement

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…New Zealand all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme will dawn the Jamaica Tallawahs colours, being named as a replacement for Pakistan’s Imad Wasim for the remainder of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Colin De GrandhommeWasim, the Pakistani spinning all-rounder and a key member of the franchise over the past few seasons, will be returning home as he prepares for the national team’s training camp ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup.De Grandhomme has played 10 Tests, 19 ODIs and 19 T20 Internationals for his country, and has had recent successful T20 stints playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.The burly Zimbabwe-born player will enter the CPL for the first time with some decent form under his belt, having represented the Birmingham Bears in the ongoing Vitality T20 Blast.A powerful striker of the ball in the middle-order, the Kiwi notched up good scores of 63*, 49*, 38* and 31, while his experience playing all formats of cricket on the international arena could add an invaluable boost to the former champs’ squad as they seek to make strides going forward following a mixed run playing in Florida.The Tallawahs are currently third in the Hero CPL table, having won three of their five matches so far in the 2018 season. Meanwhile, the top four teams at the end of the group stage will make it into the knockout phase of the tournament, with the final taking place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad on 16 September.last_img read more

Los Al rides hot streak to state

first_imgLOS ALAMITOS – Some teams may be bigger, some teams may be stronger but no team entering the state playoffs is hotter than Los Alamitos and Griffins coach Russ May hopes to use it to their advantage. Los Alamitos (29-4) upset top-ranked Redondo 67-50 on Saturday to win the CIF-SS Division I-A championship and in the process, it stretched its winning streak to 21 games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! May hopes it reaches 22 tonight at 7 p.m. when the Griffins host San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley (23-6) in a Division I first- round game. “I think winning 21 games helps our kids,” May said. “They have a belief that they’re going to win every time and they have a certain confidence about them. Even when we get down in games as we did against Redondo, we have confidence that we can come back and we’ve persevered. center_img “Now the state tournament is here, hopefully we’ve seen just about every look a team can possibly give us and we have the experience to win a few more big games.” last_img read more

Tusker, Bandari highlight FKF Shield round two

first_imgTusker who have had a rough patch in the Kenyan Premier League with three losses on the trot made a resounding statement of winning their fourth domestic cup title with a 7-0 thrashing of Taita Taveta All Stars.Bandari were on a trip to North Eastern Kenya where they made a statement of intent as well beating local side Berlin FC 3-1.Defending champions AFC Leopards who were made to work before beating Shabana FC 2-1 in Kisumu will take on Rainforest in the second round, the Naivasha based club having been handed a walk over after Kenyan Premier League side Sony Sugar pulled out in the 11th hour.Record champions Gor Mahia who started off with a 5-0 thrashing of SS Assad in Mombasa will take on Kenpoly in their round of 32 clash, the side having beaten Savannah Cement 3-0 to progress.FKF Shield round of 32 fixtures:Mwatate United v Ushuru, Bandari FC v Tusker FC, Leysa v KCB, Sofapaka v Baba Dogo United, Friendzone v Zetech University, Gor Mahia v Kenpoly, Kariobangi Sharks v Wazito FC, Ligi Ndogo v Balaji, Rainforest v AFC Leopards, Vegpro v Vihiga United, Kisumu All Stars v Riverplate, Police FC v Nzoia Sugar, Ulinzi Stars v Kakamega Homeboyz, Western Stima v Bidco, Posta Rangers v Kisumu Hot Stars, Bungoma SuperStars v Transfoc.FKF Shield round of 64 results:SS Assad 0 – 5 Gor Mahia (Mbaraki Complex, Msa), Friend Zone 1(3) – 1 (1) Naivas (Camp Toyoyo), Nanyuki Youth 0-6 Kariobangi Sharks (Nanyuki Stadium), Nakuru West Combined 1-2 Kenya Police (ASK Show Grounds), M.K.U Nakuru 0-4 Kisumu All Stars (ASK Show Grounds), Transmara Sugar 0-2 Posta Rangers (Enoosaen Grounds), Kisumu Hot Stars 2-1 Raiply (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Dero 0-7 Nzoia Sugar (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Riverplate 1-0 Nakuru All-Stars (Bukhungu Stadium), Kabras United 0-4 Bidco United (Bukhungu Stadium), Fortune Sacco 0-1 Mwatate United (Mikinduri Grounds), Ligi Ndogo 1(4)-1(3) Talanta (Hope Center), Balaji 2-1 Modern Coast Rangers (Camp Toyoyo), Reunion 0-2 Sofapaka (Camp Toyoyo), Nyamira All-Stars 0-5 Vihiga United (Moi Stadium, Kisumu) Egerton University 0-2 Western Stima (Egerton Uni. Grounds), Nanyuki Allstars 0-2 KCB (Nanyuki Stadium), Nunguni Yulu 1-3 Ushuru (UNOA Sports Ground), Berlin 1-3 Bandari (Garissa TTC Grounds), Emmausians 0-5 Leysa (Mbaraki Sports Club), Taita Taveta All-Stars 0-7 Tusker (Taita Taveta University), Shabana 1-2 AFC Leopards (Moi Stadium), Baba Dogo United 2-1 Equity Bank (Baba Dogo Grounds), Kenpoly 3-0 Savannah Cement (Camp Toyoyo), Nairobi Water 0-3 Wazito (Camp Toyoyo), Vegpro 4-0 K.S.G (Karuturi Grounds), Rainforest 2-0 Sony Sugar (Karuturi Grounds), Bungoma Super Stars 3-1 ASEC (Sudi Stadium), Tandaza 0-1 Zetech University (Kabete Campus), Transfoc 2-1 Eldoret Youth (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale), Transmillan 0-3 Ulinzi Stars (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC players celebrate one of their four goals against AFC Leopards during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4- Two former champions, Tusker FC and Bandari will clash in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield second round slated for 23rd and 24th of June after the completion of the first round this weekend with most of the big guns progressing.The clash between 2016 champions Tusker and their 2015 predecessors Bandari will be one of three other all-Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match ups with 2016 losing finalists Ulinzi Stars scheduled to take on Kakamega Homeboyz while last year’s losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks play Wazito.last_img read more

Lovren taunts Ramos on Instagram and the Real Madrid ace hits back

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Dejan Lovren huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Sergio Ramos RANKED ADVICE Dejan Lovren has taken another swipe at Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.The Liverpool defender is not one to hide his emotions and took aim at his rival on Instagram after playing the full 90 minutes of Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win against Spain. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 no dice REPLY Speaking earlier this month, he said: “If you look, Ramos, he has many more mistakes than me but he’s at Real Madrid.“With [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when you make a mistake, it’s 5-1, 5-2 and nobody sees the mistake.“I’m quite unlucky, when I make the mistake it’s 1-0 – finished. But I carry on, I’m like that.”Ramos responded in the pre-match press conference with a measured response.“I’m not going to answer Lovren or whoever wants to win three front pages or start the news bulletin. Everyone wins things for himself on the pitch.”Following his Instagram live stream video, Lovren then uploaded a picture of himself towering over Ramos with the caption reading: “Good morning Croatia”.Tin Jedvaj’s injury-time strike for the World Cup finalists also keeps alive England’s hopes of winning the tournament.Ramos, meanwhile, uploaded a picture of him at Real Madrid’s training ground. “Back working on my recovery in Valdebebas. Thank you for your messages of support. I’ll be back in no time.”He ended it by signing off with “Cold as Ice.” Most Popular In Football REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade In a live stream post, he is reported to have said: “Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They [Spain] are a bunch of p******.”Ramos is not the most popular person on Merseyside owing to the part he played in Mohamed Salah’s premature end in last season’s Champions League final.The Liverpool star was forced off in the 30th minute with a shoulder problem following a collision with the Real defender as the Reds lost 3-1 to the Spanish giants.And Lovren, who started the final alongside Virgil van Dijk, has been critical of Ramos in the past. shining last_img read more

Kilcar made favourites as they face Glenswilly in Senior Championship Final

first_imgKilcar are now outright favourites to win their first county senior title in 23 years after blowing away Naomh Conaill in Ballybofey this evening.Martin McHugh’s rapid squad were simply too much for the current champions and eventually won on a scoreline of 5-10 to 1-11.They now face Glenswilly who just did enough to get over the line in a pretty ordinary semi-final against Malin at O’Donnell Park this afternoon. Kilcar went in at the break 3-4 to 1-6 ahead but an even more impressive second saw Kilcar power away from Martin Doherty’s side to book their place in the final.That game takes place on October 16th at MacCumhaill Park and it will be Kilcar who will be many people’s favourites to lift the Dr Maguire.As well as the McHughs, Michael Hegarty rolled back the years once more for Kilcar and it was very much a fifteen man performance which saw Kilcar come out victors.Glenswilly for their part will have to come up with a gamelan that will have to stop the speed of the Kilcar inside forwards. Kilcar will in turn have to stop Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher.On tonight’s display at MacCumhaill Park, however, the smart money will have to be on Kilcar.Kilcar made favourites as they face Glenswilly in Senior Championship Final was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Only the toughest survive the Berg River canoe marathon

first_imgThe beginning of a gruelling 60 km first stage can seem serene. (Image: Berg River Canoe Marathon) • Anthony Penderis Race Organiser Organisation +27 84 306 0331 anthony.penderis@gmail.com • South Africa is world’s endurance race capital • Andy Birkett gets his green number, at 23 • SA couple row across the world • Paddling through Northern Cape paradise •The pain is soon forgottenLucille DavieOne of South Africa’s toughest endurance races is the Berg River Canoe Marathon, which starts in mid-July. It’s tough because paddlers sit in their boats for some 60 gruelling kilometres each day of the four-day race, paddling in the middle of winter in a river that is at times blocked by trees and requires paddlers to portage.South Africans appear to have a penchant for pushing themselves to the limit, whether on their bikes, in their canoes, in their running shoes, or in their swimming caps and goggles. And this race certainly pushes paddlers to their limits.The Berg River Marathon was started in 1962 by Willem van Riet, who competed in the 1992 Olympics as a canoeist. “Willem van Riet as a young man took on most of southern Africa’s larger rivers in a canoe and wrote a book on his adventures. He was so inspired after these trips that he thought it would be a good idea to start a marathon on the Berg to get more young people involved in the sport of canoeing,” explains Giel van Deventer, who has completed 44 Berg races.It runs from Paarl to Velddrif in Western Cape, a distance of about 240 kilometres. On day one, the paddlers head off with mist rising over the water, to paddle 62km. Day two is a shorter day, at 45km, while day three takes supreme effort, at a hard 74km. The final day is not easy, at 58km. Throw in the north-westerly wind and a rain storm, and it is the only race in the country in which fewer than half the field step out their boats at the end of the four days.Van Riet’s last Berg race was in 2011. That doesn’t mean he is not paddling – he is, but Van Deventer believes he won’t do another Berg as he is now 75 years old. The competitiors have grown more diverse since the race’s beginning in 1961. (Image: Berg River Canoe Marathon) Race recordThe race record was set in 1990 by Mark Perrow in an incredible time of 13 hours, 34 minutes and 32 seconds. The women’s record is 14 hours, 55 minutes and seven seconds, set in 2008 by Abbey Ulansky. In all, 2 892 paddlers have finished one or more Berg races, with about 170 people finishing the race every year. In its 50th anniversary year in 2011, 317 canoeists paddled across the finishing line at the mouth of the river on day four.A friendly competition has existed for many years between Van Deventer and André Collins, a former race winner. Up until last year’s race they had both done 43 races; then, in 2013 Collins could not compete, so Van Deventer takes the honour of being the canoeist with the most races under his paddle.“Only the toughest will survive,” Van Deventer says. “In the history of South African canoe races it still stands as the only race where less than half the starters could finish.”Canoeing is part of his normal routine, he says – he has completed all the major races in the country numerous times. “I have completed more than 800 canoe races in the past 50 years and I am only 64 so still have many years to come to see if I can end my canoeing career after 1 000 races.”Seasoned paddler Hank McGregor has the record for nine races titles between 2000 and 2012. He did not do the 2013 race as he had international race commitments, but will be back this month, hoping to take his 10th victory. This year, the marathon runs from 16 to 19 July. Last minute route planning for the very first Berg River Canoe race. (Image: Berg River Canoe Marathon)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