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Lady Chiefs eye elims sweep

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We’re targeting a sweep because it’s really a big advantage when you’re already waiting in the finals,” Javier told reporters in Filipino after a 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16 win.The defending champions are currently at 4-0 with only five games left in the single-round elimination.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLast season, Arellano went 8-1 heading into the playoffs where they took down San Sebastian, which had a thrice-to-beat advantage in the championship round after completing a 9-0 sweep.Javier, however, doesn’t want the Lady Chiefs to get too far ahead of themselves with a game against Lyceum next. View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Arellano also got quite a challenge from JRU, which dealt the Lady Chiefs their first set loss of the season.“We really can’t take other teams for granted. All of the teams improved.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University has its sight set on an outright finals berth in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.Head coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs are aiming to sweep the elimination round and after beating Jose Rizal University on Tuesday, they’re halfway from their goal.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kingslast_img read more

Lindeners march against all forms of violence

first_imgAs the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) organized “Speak out, Speak up” march to end violence against women and children across the country got underway on Saturday, the message was clear: “No form of violence against women or children is acceptable”.Led by Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell, the march commenced at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground and culminated at the Georgetown minibus park. In the spotlight was the newly formed community group ‘Fix her crown’, formed by a group of young women from Linden with the aim of lending support to persons affected by any form of abuse and domestic violence.In her address to the gathering, Arindell urged the community to stand together to “secure our children and look out for our families and friends” in the quest to stand against all forms of violence.She urged women not to be silent on the issue, as she pointed out that the LM&TC is working to create a safe home for affected women.“Women, speak out, speak up…The law is there for the lawless, and so let the law do what it has to do. Do not be afraid”, she urged.Linden Councillor Nikeza Noel also urged men to lead by positive example, and women to stand together against abuse.“Each woman has a story. We need to take the time to listen to that story… Tonight, women, arise! We will stand together, against every form of violence against our women and our girls… Today, women, take pride in what we’ve accomplished so far. I say thank you to the men who would have stood and taken up their positions, and (I say to them) you have taken care of us…,” she noted.Speaking on behalf of the Muslim community, Brother Jafar Mohamed called for stricter punishment for crimes against women. He pointed out that men are failing to properly take care of women. “…what we’re seeing today in society is as a result of us as men failing to liberate ourselves…in order to deal (with) and handle a woman properly…This failure, it has to do with spirituality, it has to do with economics, it has to do with morality, it has to do with social life.“We, as men, fail to prepare ourselves in a holistic way. Hence, when a woman enters our lives, we don’t know how to handle her properly”, he noted.Mohamed said that while it takes a village to raise a child, today’s community is doing something wrong. He added that when a woman is disrespected, an entire community is also disrespected.Meanwhile, Manager of the Gender- Based Bureau within the Ministry of Social Protection reiterated that no form of violence is acceptable, whether in schools, relationships, or in the home. He said the Social Protection Ministry, over the past 3 years, has implemented a number of programmes to address domestic and sexual violence.He encouraged all to get on board, noting that it cannot be a one-sided approach, and that no one should be alienated as it relates to sexual and domestic violence. He added that one of his tasks this year is to address the issue of negative masculinity, and he stressed that everyone has a role to play. He further urged women to report first instances of abuse, and everyone to be their neighbour’s keeper.last_img read more

Gunmen rob Linden construction worker

first_imgA construction worker of Mackenzie, Linden was on Tuesday robbed by two armed men on Alexander Street between Regent and Charlotte Streets, Georgetown.Kelvin Fernandes, 48, was relieved of $210,000 by the two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.Based on reports received, the man left his worksite at Providence Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and went to change a cheque at the Bank of Guyana, Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown.After cashing the cheque, the man reportedly placed the money in his left pants pocket and walked to Robb Street. After some time, he stopped at the Bourda Market along Regent Street to conduct a transaction.Shortly after, Fernandes told detectives, he turned onto Alexander Street and it was at that time he was confronted by the two men, who demanded cash and personal items.The victim reportedly put up a fight, but the men managed to push their hands into his pocket and took away the money. They then escaped on foot.Detectives believed that the perpetrators might have trailed Fernandes from the bank. Up to press time, the Police were still conducting their investigations, but no arrests were made.last_img read more

Mission College breaks ground on new child center

first_imgSYLMAR – Four youngsters in hard hats used golden shovels to pierce a patch of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony Monday where Los Angeles Mission College’s new child-development center will expand services to students and the community. When completed in late 2008, the $9.1 million project is expected to care for 96 children at a time, free of charge for parents who enroll full time. “This is not only about increasing enrollment, but more importantly expanding the quality of education for the community,” said Ernest Moreno, Mission’s interim president. The two-story, environmentally friendly building will sit off Hubbard Street and will include six classrooms for children, ranging from infants to preschoolers; three observation rooms for parents, students and faculty; and four distinct outdoor play areas – all on the first floor. Last month, college officials approved a master plan and a final environmental review for the project at the southeastern corner of Eldridge Avenue and Harding Street, land once owned by a Syrian church. Some residents have complained that traffic will worsen, but college officials say they have found ways to help reduce any congestion. District officials also want to obtain another parcel, owned by developer Comstock Homes, through eminent domain. That process is still ongoing, Eisenberg said. Enrollment at the college, which has remained constant at just above 7,000 students, is expected to increase to 15,000 if all the construction occurs. (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The second floor will include three college classrooms for those taking child-development courses. The state funded part of the project, but most of the money comes from the $2.2 billion in proposition A/AA bond funds passed by voters in 2001 and 2003. Mission, the youngest of the nine campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District, is still pursuing two more projects with its $176 million share of bond money. The campus is under a tight deadline to begin construction in April on its health and physical-fitness center because its share of bond funds will expire then. “We’re going to make that deadline,” said Larry Eisenberg, the college district’s executive director of facilities, planning and development. last_img read more


first_imgMarlins Swim Club, Ballyshannon – swimming success!!Marlins SC had a very successful evening of swimming in Cookstown Saturday evening against Omagh Strule Dolphins taking a win of over 111pts – this is the biggest win for the Marlins SC to date in the SWML, very well done to all Club Swimmers – they did themselves very proud yet again.The next SWML meet takes place in Sligo against Sligo SC Saturday February 23rd, 2013.  SWIMMING: MARLINS SWIM CLUB BALLYSHANNON NEWS was last modified: February 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SWIMMING: MARLINS SWIM CLUB BALLYSHANNON NEWSlast_img read more

CHAN 2020: Profligate Cranes complete double over Burundi to seal finals spot

first_imgUganda Cranes players celebrate Fahad Bayo’s opening goal against Burundi on Saturday at Lugogo. (PHOTO/FUFA)CHAN 2020 Qualifiers Uganda 3-0 Burundi (Agg: 3-0)StarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 19-10-2019LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes ensured qualification to 2020 CHAN finals following a 6-0 aggregate victory over Burundi.In the second leg played at Lugogo on Saturday, the Cranes defeated the Swallows 3-0 in a well attended game.Fahad Bayo opened the scoring in the first half before substitute Viane Sekajugo and Allan Okello completed the route.This is now the fifth consecutive time the Cranes have reached the final tournament since missing out in the inaugural edition in 2009.For Burundi, they once again miss out on qualification. The only time they sealed a spot in the finals tournament was in 2014.Cranes win but could have scored moreUganda is always strong at home and were always expected to complete the double over Burundi having defeated them (Burundi) 3-0 in the first leg.To many, it was just a matter of how many they would score and three was the answer in the end.As early as the 6th minute, Bayo controlled a Mustafah Kizza cross before slotting in past Osineme Rukundo for the opening goal.Bayo could have scored a second moments later but shot wide after rounding Rukundo after the Vipers SC striker was put through on goal by Okello.Allan Okello who looked to be in control of proceedings from the on-set then made a solo effort into the box but shot weakly at Rukundo.The 20 year old then found his way past three Burundi defenders but once again couldn’t beat Rukundo.The Cranes were in close control of the game but lacked the killing instinct to strike again before the break.Shafik Kagimu had a shot saved by Rukundo before the URA FC captain shot wide after pouncing onto a lose ball in the Burundi area.Before the second goal, Bayo shot wide from a rebound and Mike Mutyaba blasted one over from out side the area.With the crowd silent and looking dissatisfied with the score line, Ssekajugo pounced.The Wakiso Giants FC forward who had replaced Mutyaba moments before, made a run into the box before deflecting Paul Willa’s cross into the back of the net to make it 2-0 on 70 minutes.With 9 minutes to play, Okello would not be denied for the umpteenth time as he controlled Rukundo’s side pass before slotting home the third goal.In the last five minutes, Bright Anukani who had earlier in the half replaced Kagimu saw two shots from outside the area fly over the target.The three goals scored on the day mean that Cranes have scored 13 goals in the qualification campaign, their most since the championships were started in 2009.Burundi just not good enough for qualificationHaving defeated South Sudan in the past round, Burundi knew they would have to be at their absolute best if they were to eliminate Uganda.Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Burundi were surprisingly cautious from the start on Saturday.Their only opportunity in the first half saw Iddy Muselemu’s low shot pushed out for just a corner by Charles Lukwago.In the second half, Muselemu blasted an effort over after he was set up by Cedric Mavugo’s cross.The Swallows’ best chance of the game fell to Landy Ndikumana but his low-goal bound snap-shot was saved by Lukwago.How both teams startedUganda XICharles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustapha Kizza, Halid Lwaliwa, John Revita, Yusuf Ssozi, Nicholas Kasozi, Shafik Kagimu, Allan Okello, Mike Mutyaba, Fahad Bayo.Burundi XIOsineme Rukundo (GK), Cedric Mavugo, Iddy Muselemu, Youssouf Ndayishimiye, Landry Ndikumana, Abdoul Amani, Emmanuel Harerimana, Eric Ndizeye, Asman Ndikumana, Abed Bugirimana, Cedric Urasenga.Comments Tags: allan okelloBurundiCHAN 2020Fahad BayoPaul WillatopUganda CranesViane Sekajugolast_img read more

South Africa adds to film incentives

first_img15 May 2012 Changes to the incentives for foreign film and television productions will enable local post-production companies to attract work that is not necessarily filmed in South Africa, helping to sustain and grow South Africa’s film industry, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Announcing the changes last week, Davies said South Africa’s film sector had enormous potential to bring investment into the economy, along with technology transfers that would upgrade the country’s skills base. “The South African government takes cognisance of the contribution the film industry potentially has in stimulating the country’s economic growth, strengthening the country’s profile in the global creative environment, and in the facilitation of employment creation,” Davies said in a statement on Thursday. “This is one of the best platforms … to promote and showcase the country’s creative skills.” Among the incentives offered to foreign-owned productions that meet the qualifying criteria are: up to 2.5% of qualifying South African post-production expenditure (QSAPPE) for post-production expenditure of R1.5-million to R3-million; and up to 5% of QSAPPE for post-production expenditure of more than R3-million. According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the revised incentive is effective from April and will be administered for a period of three years, up to 2014. “The objective of the incentive is to create an environment that takes advantage of the country’s diverse and unique locations as well as low production costs and favourable exchange rates, which makes it significantly more cost-efficient to produce a movie in South Africa than in Europe, the US or Australia,” the DTI said. Davies said that promoting South Africa as an international destination in order to attract more international productions, while encouraging local content production, would ensure that the country continued to enjoy the benefits of a vibrant and growing film industry. As to the quality of South Africa’s offering, Davies said this had been attested to by “productions like Invictus, which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, and District 9, which was nominated in the 2010 Saturn Awards for the Best International Film.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Grain silos make for a funky living space

first_imgA mix of alternative building materials and reclaimed industrial building stock has turned Mill Junction from an eyesore into Cinderella. (Image: Citiq)  17 February 2014The old Premier Mill silos in Newtown have been repurposed, and now wear a four-storey hat of recycled shipping containers. The freshly made-over structure offers unusual accommodation for the city’s large student population, and carries the hope that the new residents will bring their youth, energy and vibrancy back into the inner city of Joburg.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Grain silos make for a funky living spacelast_img read more

SmokeConnectFX: The Matchbox Node

first_imgLearn how to program your own effects using GLSL Shaders and create your own nodes with the Matchbox node inside Autodesk Smoke 2013’s ConnectFX.With Smoke 2013’s ConnectFX Nodes there is almost nothing you can’t do.  So you may be wondering if there is a way to script your own effects. Well, Smoke has a node to help with that too. The Matchbox Node is a scriptable node built around the OpenGL Shader Language (GLSL) to allow you to create your own shader effects.  I am not a coder or programmer, so for me scripting my own effect isn’t really in my wheelhouse. But for those comfortable crafting code, the Smoke Matchbox Node can be quite powerful.The Matchbox Node does come with a few interesting presets that can be useful.  When you enter the Matchbox Node you are taken to the Matchbox effects located in /usr/discreet//matchbox. The presets include Add, Color Noise, Color Replace, Cross Hatching, Dots, Fabric, Gradient Map, Matte to ZDepth, Median Filter, MipsMaps, Nan Replace, Noise, Posterize, Ripples, Sharpen, Switcher, Twirl, Vignetting, Warp, ZComp, ZFog, ZGlow, ZMatte, ZRays.  You must choose an effect first. Then you will be sent to the Matchbox UI.[Click on images for larger view]Now a lot of these effects can be accomplished in other CFX Nodes, and can be done better there and with more controls. But these presets are more examples of what can be done.  They are also there so that you can examine the code to see how the GLSL syntax works.Some of the more useful presets are Dots & Fabrics that create some interesting visual effects not possible in other nodes. The ‘Z’ effects are also interesting, as they allow you some quick manipulations using a Z Depth output from Action.One very useful effect to use in your ConnectFX schematic is the Switcher. The Switcher allows you to pipe up to 6 different sources into the Matchbox Node and  keyframe which input ultimately sent to the output of the node. This allows you to switch from inout to input, much like a router or video switcher.  You can even dissolve between the sources, as well as cut.  This Matchbox effect makes it very useful for doing some simple cuts or mixes in one path of your CFX pipeline.How to create your own Matchbox effects:The basic steps for creating your own effects are:1. Write or Copy/Paste GLSL code in a text file and save with .glsl extensionNote: I had issues with the text editor  app in OSX as it saves with a lot of hidden characters.  I would suggest a programming text editor like Text Wrangler. 2. Test the code by running it through the test_shader script located in /usr/discreet//bin/Open up a Terminal in OSX, [Utilities >]Type cd /usr/discreet//bin   [Enter] would be the folder name of your current version of Smoke. You can    Shift+CMD+G in Finder and go to /usr/discreet/ to see what your current version of Smoke is. The Smoke 2013 retail release will be smoke_2013.2Type ./test_shader /3. Fix any errors reported by the test_shader output and test again.4. Package the GLSL code and the XML code together and place them in a folder for use later. You can use /usr/discreet//matchbox, which will keep your effect with the presets or organize them wherever you like. You will just need to navigate to the folder when you want to load your effect.When error free the test_shader output will give you  XML information  to help you set up the UI of the effect. Simply copy the XML shader node description section of the test output into a new file and save it using the same name, but with an .xml extension. Remember to save it with the .glsl file.Autodesk’s Joe Billington has created a great video tutorial and takes you through the process of building a Matchbox effect. His demonstration is on Flame 2012 and Linux, but the same operations apply.If you are feeling brave, or GLSL scripting makes some sense to you, check out the GLSL Sandbox Gallery for a wide variety of effects with cut/paste code.  The code will most likely need to be adjusted to work within the Autodesk Matchbox framework but the test_shader tool should help you along.More info on GLSL Shaders can be found on OpenGL.orglast_img read more

When You Must Be a Subject Matter Expert

first_imgAs the solutions we sell become more and more complex, serving your prospective clients can require that you bring a subject matter expert into the mix. The subject matter expert (SME) has deep knowledge in some area around your solution, something domain specific, like information technology or risk management.The subject matter expert answers questions that are beyond the capabilities of the salesperson. In many cases, however, salespeople have become dependent on subject matter experts and in doing so have become irrelevant. They’ve absolved themselves of their responsibility to become the advisor part of “trusted advisor.”If you are in business-to-business sales and the sale is complex, strategic, and potentially full of risk, you must be a subject matter expert in your own right. If you are not, you are irrelevant.Do You Know as Much or More Than Me?It may not be necessary for you to have the same depth of knowledge or experience as a subject matter expert inside your company, but you can’t be too far off either. You can’t be a trusted advisor and a consultative salesperson and also an “know nothing.” You have to bring more value than simply knowing who to call to get questions answered.Your prospective client has questions. They expect that you have the depth of knowledge necessary to answer their questions. If you don’t know as much or more than your prospective client knows, it is difficult for you to create value for them.Your goal should be to know as much or more about the areas where you help your clients than any of your prospective clients—and far more than any of your competitors.Are You Relevant? Do You Have a Point of View?It’s also important that you know enough to be relevant. Relevance requires that you have a point of view. That you have ideas about what is right, what is wrong, what is possible, what is now, and what is next.The more senior the person you are working with, the more important it is that you have a point of view that creates value for them. It’s important that you have an arsenal of ideas and experiences that allow you to disrupt their current thinking and provide them with the new lens through which to see their future.Your goal should be to become the person that your clients and prospective clients call to help understand what they should be doing to drive their business forward and create greater results. What do you need to know to be able to deliver that level of value?Product knowledge is not enough by itself. You need to be world-class in your space if you are going to be relevant, credible, and irreplaceable. You are going to need to be a subject matter expert.last_img read more