Bulldogs Tennis Teams Roll On With Wins Over Trojans

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first_imgThe Batesville Boys Varsity Tennis team defeated East Central 4-1 on Tuesday to improve their record to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Beau Brown was defeated by Jason Bosse 2-6, 1-6.#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated Bryce Stonefield 6-2, 6-0#3 Singles- Spencer Rose defeated Allen Pope 6-2, 6-2#1 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Matt Kuebel and Clark Maxwell 6-2, 6-2#2 Doubles- Jonathan Kunkel and Will Harmeyer defeated Dominic Wintz and Braeden Wittich 6-0, 6-2In JV, Batesville won 3-1 to imrpove their record to 6-0. Sam Giesting won in singles, while the doubles teams of Jacob Christie and Mitch Esser, Sam Esser and Brayden Worthington were all winners.Batesville will play at home against Lawrenceburg at 4:30 on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

A community in mourning – moving pictures as Manus is laid to rest

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first_imgDonegal said goodbye to a local hero today when Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly was laid to rest in his native parish.Shockwaves rippled throughout the county on Sunday following the tragic accident which took the life of driver Manus Kelly at the Donegal International RallyMr Kelly, 41, was a married father of five, a businessman and a newly-elected Fianna Fáil councillor. Thousands have expressed their deepest sympathies with his family and friends and all those affected.The service at St Columba’s Church, Glenswilly, was attended by almost 700 people to celebrate the life of Manus.The funeral mass was attended by family, friends and dignitaries including Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.Mr Kelly’s co-driver, Donall Barrett, who was injured in the crash, was also in attendance. The service was shown on large screens outside the church and at the grounds of Glenswilly GAA club where Mr Kelly was a member.Following the funeral mass, Manus’ coffin was carried through a rally finish line arch before the funeral cortege pressed onwards towards Conwal Graveyard.Many more attended the burial, which was marked with poignant scenes as Manus’ eldest sons Mandy and Charlie wore the Donegal Rally garlands in a special tribute to their dad as he was led to his final resting place.RIP Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus Some of the large crowd attending the funeral of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The remains of the late Manus The late Manus Kelly’s father and other family members at St Columba’s Church. (North West Newspix)Minister for Education Joe McHugh at the funeral of Manus Kelly. (North West Newspix)The late Manus Kelly’s wife Bernie and his young son are consoled at St Columba’s Church. (North West Newspix)Fianna Fail TD Charlie McConnelogue with Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford CllrJohn O’Donnell at the funeral of Manus Kelly. (North West Newspix)A family member brings a wreath bearing the name Mandy to the graveside during the interment of Manus A community in mourning – moving pictures as Manus is laid to rest was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Arcata takes sole possession of first place in the Big 5 with comeback win over McKinleyville

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first_imgA game that lived up to the billing of … McKinleyville >> Ryan Bisio kept reminding his team of one simple thing.“Just hang in there. Just hang in there and give yourselves a shot.”The Tigers adhered to his advice — and then some.Outscoring McKinleyville 26-11 in the fourth quarter, the Arcata boys basketball team was able to get the lead once and for all and claim a thrilling 71-63 win over the arch-rival Panthers to take sole possession of first place in the Big 5 on Friday night.last_img read more

Dusty Baker always had great power, now his ambitious start-up is creating it

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first_imgThe Baker Energy Team — call them the Boys … Dusty Baker played for four teams in his 19-year major league baseball career. He managed four others.He was drafted, traded, signed as a free agent, granted free agency, hired and fired. In times of upheaval, he learned to follow the sun.These days that pursuit is both figurative and literal.Baker, who finished his playing career with the A’s, and who has served the Giants as a player, coach, manager and advisor, runs his own team now.last_img read more

Chiefs beat Manchester United

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first_img24 July 2006South African glamour club Kaizer Chiefs got their season off to a title-winning start when they edged visiting English club Manchester United 4-3 on penalties to win the Vodacom Challenge at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.Earlier in the competition, the Amakhosi had fallen one-nil to the Red Devils, but then booked their place in the final with a two-nil win over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. United, meanwhile, thumped the Buccaneers four-nil in their meeting.Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp, who had come in for some criticism after his side failed to defend the PSL title they had won two seasons in succession, ultimately finishing third, was happy with the victory, but cautioned against fans becoming over-optimistic about the prospects for the club.Look at the results realisticallyHe said people had to look at the result realistically: Manchester United fielded a young team, devoid of their World Cup stars, and the contests proved to be a valuable learning experience for Chiefs.Frankly, neither Chiefs nor Pirates really extended the Red Devils’ defence, proof of this being in the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit didn’t concede a goal in three games. Saturday’s final ended with the teams tied at nil-nil before going to penalties.Middendorp reckoned the Amakhosi have shown good improvement over the last month, and the team has shown better cohesion with the passage of time. He says it is his intention to turn Chiefs from a flashy outfit into a winning side.Ferguson: Chiefs better than PiratesManchester United’s veteran manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, said that, in his opinion, Chiefs were a better team than Pirates, demonstrating a better structure and team performance. His comments are backed up by the Amakhosi’s three wins over the Sea Robbers last season.Looking back on his club’s visit to South Africa, Ferguson said his players had got out of the experience what he had been hoping for. He also said the fact that no one was injured was a huge bonus.In an unusually positive testimonial, Ferguson said: “We’ve enjoyed the tournament and found everything superb for us. The security has been top notch, the grounds have been great, the fans superb.”The finalFocusing on the final itself, Manchester United enjoyed the better of the first half, but their finishing wasn’t up to scratch as they squandered the chances they created.Fangzhuo Dong had a number of chances to score, but he failed to beat goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez, including when he had a one-on-one situation against the Chiefs’ net-minder in the tenth minute.Shaun Bartlett, who in the past had netted a number of times for Charlton against the Red Devils, had a decent opportunity to notch one for Chiefs against his one-time English Premier League foes, but his first-time touch after a defence-splitting ball from Siyabonga Nkosi let him down.ChangesAt halftime, both coaches made a number of changes, with Middendorp bringing on Arthur Zwane for David Obua, Thabo Mooki for Nkosi and Tenashe Nengomashe for Ditheko Mototo. Ferguson, meanwhile, changed four players.Despite the change in personnel, neither side could find a way through the other’s defence, which meant the contest progressed to penalties.Fernandez in the Chiefs’ goal then made sure he grabbed the headlines when he stopped Chris Eagles’ penalty and beat Ben Foster, in the United goal, from the spot.His success, along with those of Bartlett, Mooki, and Kaizer Motaung Junior, won the Amakhosi the title. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

DSLR Slider Guide For Solo Shooters

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first_imgThe definitive guide to choosing the right slider for your next project.Cover image via Shutterstock.As recently as 2009, the market had yet to cash in on the success of the DSLR revolution, and for the most part, if you wanted a steady tracking shot, you needed a dolly and some track. However, since 2010, DSLR sliders have become more accessible. Different brands have emerged offering new sliders, and no longer do tracking shots belong to the Hollywood elites.What follows is a guide for those who have not purchased a slider before. I’ll detail some of the differences between sliders, especially if you are shooting alone. Long sliders, for example, will need two tripods for decent stability. A steel slider is notably heavier than carbon fiber. A 0.5m slider paired with a 50mm lens you will get little to no apparent movement. There’s a lot to consider, so let’s get started.Slider vs. GimbalThe first question I’m sure you have already asked yourself is why should you purchase a $600 slider when you could buy a gimbal for a little more money and get ten times the mobility. Although a slider and gimbal offer similar benefits, they are completely different tools.Let’s look at some of the differences.Gimbal vs. Slider Distance Obviously, a slider’s movement is limited. Typically, you can purchase sliders from half a meter in length to two meters before you start getting into track and dolly territory. Conversely, with a three-axis gimbal, how far you can move depends entirely on your stamina and the physical obstructions on set. In theory, you could travel until the battery dies.Lens OptionsWe’ll look at lenses on sliders more closely later in the article, but, in short, the difference between working with a slider or a gimbal becomes apparent very quickly when you start factoring in lenses.Unless you have a wireless follow focus attached to your gimbal rig — and since this article is about shooting alone, we’ll assume you do not — you’re typically going to shoot with a wide-angle lens set to a narrow aperture to make sure everything stays in focus as you move.Sliders give you more freedom of lens choice and aperture settings because you can operate the focus — or the zoom — while you track forward or sideways. With practice, you can pan, tilt, pull focus, and move the slider in one movement. This isn’t possible on a budget-friendly gimbal. On more expensive rigs like the DJI Ronin, you’ll see Dual Operator Mode that allows a second operator to pan and tilt. While this is a fantastic feature, it requires an extra crew member. One can also change the smooth track adjustments on the Ronin, which makes the gimbal respond to your movements more quickly. However, it still wouldn’t be as fast as moving a fluid head on a slider.Slider BuildTwo of the fundamental factors you have to consider when buying a slider as a lone wolf is the type of metal in the rails and the length of the slider itself. Both factors will determine movement and portability.You can typically buy four different types of sliders: carbon fiber, steel, aluminum, or a combination of steel and aluminum. Each will have a different weight, even if they are the same length. If you’re planning to film remotely, a large 5kg steel slider is going to be burdensome. Therefore, it may be better to opt for carbon fiber, such as the Rhino Core Tracking Slider.Image via Rhino Gear.Since this slider only weighs 1.6kg, you could transport it just about anywhere. Essentially, it weighs the same as the Canon 5D Mk III. However, the Rhino Core Tracking Slider only has a load capacity of 6kg. If you shoot with a large camera rig, the slider will be insufficient. Conversely, a Konova K7 Slider has a maximum load of 35kg, but it’s made from steel and aluminum and weighs three times as much as the Rhino Core Slider.Image via Konova.Therefore, it’s important to consider the weight of your setup when you start looking to purchase a slider. You’ll find that carbon fiber sliders consist simply of rails and end mounts, whereas steel and aluminum sliders will often be more solid rigs, meaning there’s less chance of them becoming damaged or deformed.Slider LengthAt one point, sliders came in only three sizes. Now that there are so many different brands, types, and price points on the market, sliders come in a several different sizes, including 36.5cm (Andoer GT-V250 Mini Slider).Alternatively, the Wondlan MS1.5 Slider is 1.5 meters.The different characteristics of the slider all contribute to its overall performance. The longer the slider, of course, the heavier it will become. However, this will also affect its balance. Most sliders have three main mount points: one in the middle and two on either end. You can use a 0.7m slider attached to a single tripod at the center mount and track from one end to the other without a problem.Image via Rhino Gear.However, if your slider is closer to a meter in length, you’ll find that it can throw the tripod off balance when moving from side to side.Image via Rhino Gear.When this happens, you’ll simply need to remove the tripod from the center mount and combine it with another. This, of course, increases the amount of equipment you have to carry.Crank/Drive BeltThere are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that can help you improve the movement of your carriage. While moving a slider carriage from left to right sounds easy enough, when you factor in focus pulling, moving the tripod head, and looking at the LCD, it’s easy to create a skip in the movement of the carriage. Tracking in one swift movement is something that requires practice. I’m several years into owning a slider, and I still sometimes find myself jarring the carriage by accident. Nonetheless, there are sliders that can solve this problem.For example, the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly (now in its third iteration) can accept a crank handle. While you are still controlling the movement of the slider by hand, you aren’t moving along with the slider carriage yourself. You can stay in the same position, which will offer more control with less body movement.There two things you need to account for when using the crank. While it provides better movement control, after a few seconds of action, the camera is going to move out of reach. This is fine for a landscape shot on a wide angle. However, if you need to pull focus or perform a rack aperture, you’re going to be stuck at the other end of the slider.Secondly, if you’re following a subject and you need to stop at a precise moment, you’re going to need to set up a monitor and wire system to make sure you can see exactly where you need to stop. As such, you’ll need to make sure you purchase a slider that has various mounting threads, as seen on the Pocket Dolly below. Do you have tips for finding the right slider for your shoot? Let us know in the comments. Motion ControlFrom 2010 to 2012, the buzz wasn’t all about new drone capabilities — it was about creative time-lapse reels.One way that photographers and filmmakers alike pushed their time-lapse footage to the next level was with movement.There are two ways sliders can incorporate motion control. They either have an integrated drive belt built into the slider itself, like the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly, or you can attach a device to the slider carriage that which acts as the gear drive, and then attach a belt, rope, or wire to each end to pull the gear along — such as the Genie from Syrp.These are great tools for time-lapse photography, but they are also fantastic for solo shooters. In the image below, although there are two filmmakers, one is free to focus on getting better light since the b-camera is set up with a motion-controlled rig.Image via Syrp.Slider FeetMany sliders also come with different feet you can use to position the slider on a supporting surface. The glidetrack 0.7m features four rubber balls attached to 10cm steel screws, which you can level up or down.This is ideal for flat surfaces but little else. The K5 series from Konova offers adjustable angled legs with sixteen different positions. This is perfect for the outdoor videographer who might need to use rocks and uneven surfaces to support the slider.Image via Konova.Depending on the type of filming you’re planning — and where you will film it — you’ll find that this extra grip and attachment function can open up many more creative options.LensesBefore you decide on a slider, consider the lens you will use with it. One meter, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that long. You’re not going to create a lengthy Paul Thomas Anderson tracking shot with a slider. Nonetheless, you can extend the perceived distance by using a wide angle lens. Since there is a wider field of view, you see more elements enter and leave the frame than you would with a standard or telephoto lens. While you are only physically moving the camera the length of your slider rails, the end result will look as if you’re traveling further.For ten creative tips for working with a slider, check out this video from Cinecom.netlast_img read more

South Africa 52/2 at close on Day 3 in Cape Town

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first_imgSouth Africa were batting on 52/2 in their second essay against India at close on Day 3 of the third and final Test in Cape Town on Tuesday. SCOREHarbhajan Singh accounted for skipper Graeme Smith and then sent back night watchman Paul Harris on zero.Earlier, India put on 364 on board in response to South Africa’s first innings total of 362.The day belonged to Sachin Tendulkar even though South African Dale Styen finished with a five-wicket haul.The batting maestro spanned his innings across three sessions to put an impressive 146 on board. On the way he scored his 51st Test century as the rest of the batting line-up revolved around him.First he farmed a 176-run third-wicket partnership with Gautam Gambhir – the highest in the match and towards the end got busy with another stand with Harbhajan Singh (40) putting 76 runs for the seventh wicket.Gambhir, who was batting with gumption, fell seven runs short of a century when left-arm spinner Paul Harris bowling intelligently pitched the ball on the rough to get the desired result. An edge of Gambhir’s bat was snapped up by Mark Boucher behind the stumps.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is usually high on confidence. And post his back-to-back centuries against the New Zealanders last year, it has risen a notch higher in terms of batting. He tried to live up to his reputation and even managed a fine 40 board.The end result – India crossed South Africa’s first innings total of 362 by two runs, a namesake lead, but for some a psychological edge.advertisementDrawing a comparison, Sachin Tendulkar did for India what Jacques Kallis had done for South Africa in their innings. Cultivate partnerships even as the bowlers went for the kill.In India’s case it was S. Sreesanth, who probed Kallis and today it was Steyn who played the part. They both finished with five-wicket hauls but failed to nail their men.While Zaheer Khan accounted for Kallis, Morne Morkel took the Indian maestro’s wicket.A tired Sachin fell to Morkel’s express pace. A delayed response saw him witness Morkel’s killer brush past his bat and crash into his off stump.No sooner did that happened that, the India’s tail emerged.But Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth ensured India cross the Proteas total. Zaheer scored 23 hitting two sixes and a four before falling to Morkel.last_img read more

Nafisa Ali diagnosed with peritoneal and ovarian cancer

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first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) Veteran film and theatre actor Nafisa Ali revealed she is suffering from peritoneal and ovarian cancer.A day after she came forward with her stage 3 cancer diagnosis, the actor disclosed the type of the illness.”Happy Birthday my darling Pia and my children are my reason to get better through my cancer struggle and overcome. It’s just going to take its own course with peritoneal and ovarian cancer,” Ali, 61, wrote wishing her daughter on her birthday on Sunday.Born in West Bengal, Nafisa made her acting debut in 1979 with Shashi Kapoor’s “Junoon”. Her other acting credits include “Major Saab”, “Life In a Metro”, “Yamla Pagla Deewana” and “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3”.Ali is currently a member of the Congress party. She contested in 2009 elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket.She is married to Arjuna Award winning sports personality Colonel R S Sodhi and also shares two children – Ajit and Armana. PTI RDS BKBKlast_img read more

MSME Operators Encouraged to Have Their Businesses Certified

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first_img Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Stephen Wedderburn, is encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) operators to have their businesses certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to ensure they are operating at the highest standard. Story Highlights Addressing the recent Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) annual awards dinner at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, Mr. Wedderburn called on small business owners to adopt quality management systems to improve their operations, so as to make them more competitive and efficient. “I want to remove the misconception that it is only large firms that are able to pursue such systems. MSMEs can easily embrace the quality practices and procedures of these systems,” he said. Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Stephen Wedderburn, is encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) operators to have their businesses certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to ensure they are operating at the highest standard.Addressing the recent Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) annual awards dinner at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, Mr. Wedderburn called on small business owners to adopt quality management systems to improve their operations, so as to make them more competitive and efficient.“I want to remove the misconception that it is only large firms that are able to pursue such systems. MSMEs can easily embrace the quality practices and procedures of these systems,” he said.“It is incumbent on us in our role as producers that we make every effort to maintain the highest quality in the goods and services we provide. There are always ways in which you can make your businesses better, always processes you can improve, and the Bureau is here to work with you to accomplish this,” the Executive Director said.Among the standards he recommended is the ISO 14001, which is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).The other is the ISO 9001 which is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS).Recently, the BSJ was rebranded and will now focus on trade facilitation and business support, instead of regulations.The new focus seeks to aid Jamaican businesses to become more competitive in the local and export markets through the use of standards.Mr. Wedderburn noted that a primary mandate of the BSJ’s functions as a support organisation is to assist businesses in implementing standards and quality practices, and in producing quality goods and services.“If your business needs help in the area of quality, you can come to us for assistance. We are here to be a positive support to the business people of Jamaica. We are no longer into enforcement, but we are into encouragement. We encourage all Jamaican businesses to actively integrate standards and quality systems into their operations,” he said.The shift in the BSJ’s function is part of recommendations from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)/World Bank, based on a review of the structure and mandate of the BSJ.This has prompted the Government to separate the BSJ’s regulatory function, which has been transferred to the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA).last_img read more

Mayawati dissolves Rajasthan BSP executive

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first_imgJaipur: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has dissolved the party’s executive in Rajasthan, days after its all six legislators joined the Congress and the brawl among activists at its office. National convener Ramji Gautam and former Rajya Sabha member Munkad Ali have been given the responsibility of the BSP in Rajasthan, said Bhagwan Singh, the party’s Rajasthan incharge. The entire executive of the BSP has been dissolved in the state, Singh said, adding that the decision had been taken on the instructions of Mayawati. The move comes after all the six BSP MLAs in the state joined the ruling Congress on September 16. Following the switch, workers clashed at the state-level meeting of the party held here two days ago.last_img read more