Oral Tracey: We cannot handle success

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first_imgThe Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.last_img read more

Pulis: Middlesbrough star can go to the top

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first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesMiddlesbrough boss Tony Pulis insisted Adama Traore has the potential to play at the top level after the winger scored his first goal for the club in their 3-0 win at QPR.Daniel Ayala’s header and George Friend’s brilliant strike put Boro in control by half-time and Traore sealed their win with five minutes remaining.“He can be frustrating at times, but I’m telling you if he works it out then he could be anything,” Pulis said.“You look at the top clubs in the Premier League and they’ve all got that electric pace and no-one’s as quick as this boy is.Embed from Getty Images“He’s starting to work it out a bit now and hopefully the penny drops. All we’re asking him to do is what he’s good at, which is to run forward with the ball and run forward without the ball.“When he does that, as you saw today, he’s unplayable.”Middlesbrough’s resounding win was their third consecutive away victory and they were comfortable once Ayala’s nodded them in front in the 24th minute.“In the first 15 minutes we looked a little bit out of sorts and QPR started really brightly,” said Pulis.“As soon as we got a goal we then went on and deservedly won the game.“For the players to put in that kind of performance and show that bit of character, I’m really pleased.“We played some good stuff at times, created opportunities, and when we had to roll our sleeves up and battle we restricted them to not many opportunities.”last_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 13

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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: A display at the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum houses historical texts on and photographs of the former prisoner, president, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s life, as well as a large collection of gifts, degrees and citations made to him. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: A replica of the Robben Island cell in which Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, at the Nelson Mandela Museum. Mandela grew up in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: A display with a photo of the Robben Island prison, at the Nelson Mandela Museum. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 13:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part heads to Limpopo

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first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 6th August 2019 – Brand South Africa’s nationwide programme, Play Your Part #GetInvolved heads to  Limpopo on Tuesday, 13 August 2019. The Play Your Part initiative is driven by the objective to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in the country.Under the theme “turn your ideas into currency” the Play Your Part outreach activity is in collaboration with renowned comedians and Play Your Part ambassadors Goliath and Goliath. The nationwide movement to engage with learners in grades 11 and 12, continues to encourage a positive frame of thinking for young people to play their part in contributing to better future for their communities.Active citizenship is anchored on constructing South Africa as a nation that cares for each other and takes charge in driving positive social change. The one-day activation will lead the conversation on active citizenship to inspire new ways in addressing community challenges.                 Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date                      :        Tuesday,13th August 2019Time                      :        12h00 – 15h00Venue                    :        S.J Van der Merwe Technical High School11 Stand, Zone P, Lebowakgomo, 0737RSVPS/Enquiries      :        Ntombi NtanziEmail: [email protected] number: 064 890 6819Follow the conversation on  @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

How to Use the VR Comp Editor in After Effects with 360° Video

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first_imgIn this video tutorial, check out how you can use the VR Comp Editor in Adobe After Effects — including free 360° footage.One of the new feature additions to After Effects CC 2018 was the VR Comp Editor. However, because it is somewhat hidden, you may not have realized this powerful 360 plugin is even available in After Effects.(Hint: In After Effects, click on the Window option at top, then scroll all the way down to “VR Comp Editor.jsx” to launch the plugin.)Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial. (Make sure you download the free 360° footage clips to follow along!) Download the FREE 360 Video FootageDownload Now!Right off the bat, let’s backtrack for a second because you may already know the VR Comp Editor by its previous name: “SkyBox Composer.” SkyBox Composer was one of a company called Mettle’s latest 360 plugins, just before Adobe acquired all of the SkyBox 360 Effects. The plugin is now the “VR Comp Editor.”You still might be wondering “What makes the VR Comp Editor so great?” For starters, you can use the VR Comp Editor to edit your 360° footage from a Point of View (POV) perspective. This allows you to add elements or remove objects much like you would for traditional “flat” footage. (So you don’t need to be well-versed in 360° footage to easily make changes.)Next, because you can edit from a POV perspective, we can stabilize and track 360 video, all directly in After Effects. You no longer have to worry about endlessly trying to level moving 360° footage. Now it’s as easy to stabilize 360° footage as it is any other video clip in After Effects. You can also add 3D layers like text and float them through your 360 scene as the camera moves. 5 Brands That Raised the Bar for Virtual Reality ContentHow to Use the Free GoPro VR Effects in Premiere ProNew 360 Video Effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018last_img read more

Encinitas residents voice concern over proposed site for affordable housing

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first_img John Soderman, June 21, 2018 John Soderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsENCINITAS (KUSI) – Some Encinitas residents are calling it an attack on the tranquility of their community. Those residents are concerned about plans to build affordable housing projects in rural areas of the community they say do not have the infrastructure required to support those projects.KUSI’s John Soderman went to Encinitas city hall where there were many angry Encinitas residents voicing their concerns over the proposed project. Updated: 7:02 AMcenter_img Posted: June 21, 2018 Encinitas residents voice concern over proposed site for affordable housing Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cashstrapped Jet Airways reports net loss of Rs 1323 crore

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Hakims campaign at ward 82 ends ahead of bypoll

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first_imgKolkata: The campaign in ward 82 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) came to an end at 4pm on Friday, as the by-election will take place on Sunday.Firhad Hakim is contesting from the ward against Jiban Sen of BJP and Sishir Dutta of Left Front. Earlier in the day, Justice Debangshu Basak of Calcutta High Court passed an order stating that nominating Hakim for the post of Mayor is constitutional. Bilkis Begum of CPI(M) had filed a petition, challenging his nomination as unconstitutional. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim started campaigning from Chetla Agranani Club, along with Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and minister of state for Fire and Emergency Services (Independent charge) Sujit Bose. Hakim said during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule, the number of people beaten to death has gone up in BJP-led states. The condition of the farmers has gone from bad to worse and the voice of democracy has been stifled. The by-election became necessary after Trinamool Congress councillor Pranab Biswas resigned. Earlier, Sovan Chatterjee had resigned from the post of Mayor. Hakim, who is the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, was nominated as the Mayor by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe KMC Act, 1980, was amended which stated that only councillors can become Mayor. The amendment states that anyone can become the Mayor, but will have to win a by-election within six months. Hakim was elected in ward 82 15 years ago, when he first became a councillor. He was a Member, Mayor-in-Council in the civic board in 2010. He became a minister in 2011 and relinquished the post. Hakim left no stones unturned and paid visit to every house in the ward. As a local boy, he is immensely popular in the area. During his tenure as a councillor, massive development took place in Chetla and its neighbouring areas.last_img read more