Track & Field Begins 2019 At Nebraska

first_imgThe Bulldogs continue their season Jan. 25-26 in Iowa City, Iowa at the Black and Gold Premier Invite, hosted by The University of Iowa. Print Friendly Version Meet Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams are set to kick off the 2019 portion of their indoor season this weekend at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Saturday Heat Sheets Story Links Live Results The Bulldogs will face competitors from 16 schools including Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska-Kearney, Hays State and Northwestern Missouri State. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. with field events and preliminary heats before resuming Saturday at noon.Under the direction of second-year head coach Mark Carroll, Drake opened its indoor season last month at the Jimmy Grant Open in Iowa City, where the Bulldogs won two events against Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois State, and UNI. Junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) won the 3000 meters, which helped lead the men’s team along with a win in the mile by Kevin Kelly (Kilcok, Ireland). Yeager led the way with a time of 8:32.15 in the 3000 meters. Lechleitner won the mile 4:09.99, with two more Bulldogs finishing in the top five. The women’s team had similar success in the 3,000 meters with Rachel Selva (Lenexa, Kan.) finishing third in 10:22.63 while Olivia Rogers (Centennial, Colo.) came in fifth.In the sprints, Kundai Maguranyanga (Glen Norah C, Zimbabwe) opened his season by taking second in the 300 meters in 33.52. Mariah Crawford (DeSoto, Texas) was fourth in the women’s section of the event.Lexie Chapman (Pekin, Ill.) made her Drake debut by finishing fourth in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 57-11 (17.65m). Friday Heat Sheets last_img read more

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Eureka football’s comeback bid comes up just short in 21-20 loss to Ukiah

first_imgEUREKA >> The Loggers’ last-minute comeback bid was just a couple of inches short of being a reality.A two-point conversion attempt following Sergio Manzo’s 1-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds left fell just incomplete, as a pass from Tanner Bell pass was just out of reach Payton Ballew in the front-left corner of the end zone. Instead of a one-point win, the Loggers had to settle for a one-point loss, as the Wildcats escaped Albee Stadium with a 21-20 win on Friday night.The decision to go …last_img read more

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Da Silva’s passion for gold

first_imgEvery cloud has a silver lining but it is not always easy to see. Disabled athlete Dylan da Silva has gone all out not only to see the silver lining, but also to grab it and hold on. A cyclist and swimmer, he has already notched up an impressive list of achievements, but he is not ready to rest yet.Dylan da Silva would love to win the Cape Argus, which is the world’s largest individually timed cycle raceDriven by a passion to do what many people would call impossible, his next goals are to climb Kilimanjaro and to represent the rainbow nation in the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. By conquering Africa’s highest mountain, he hopes he will inspire others, as well as raise funds to help other disabled people reach their peak – to find what he calls “Nolimbits”, a personal slogan taken from the Guts2Glory motto “No Limits”.Guts2Glory is a non-profit organisation founded by Lee Mc Queen and friends with a goal to help raise funds for underprivileged disabled athletes, helping them to realise their dream to compete in the Paralympics and other competitions.The group is also helping Da Silva in his Kilimanjaro efforts; he hopes to climb the mountain in January 2014, a date that is dependent on how many sponsors get on board.The 19-year-old is also looking for help from anyone willing to spread their wings in hopes of having him bring home the gold in 2016.Already through its campaign, Wingz of Change, Ballz Visual Radio 93.8 Mix FM, a Gauteng radio station, has donated a bicycle since Da Silva’s five-year-old one was getting a bit too small for him to use in competitions. Wingz of Change aims to help one person a week.The athlete says: “I can consult with a bicycle specialist to customise the bicycle to accommodate my disability … I am training towards Brazil, which is my ultimate dream and goal – to participate in the Paralympics – but first I’ll take it one step at a time and focus on next year’s race.”THE CAPE ARGUS A cyclist and swimmer,  Da Silva has already notched up an impressive list of achievements, but he is not ready to rest yetHe would love to win the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on 9 March 2014. The annual cycle race around the peninsular is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race.Da Silva is an active person who wants to accomplish the top level in all things he pursues. This drive began when he was still young. “I have always been an active child,” he says, “and I had a great interest in sport. I wanted to join my older brother in swimming but in the beginning, because of the difference in the length of my arms, I would swim in circles until finally I could swim in a straight line.”He was inspired by his mother Melissa da Silva, who has always held that “you won’t know what you’re capable of until you try”.He adds: “I always try to do not the best but to give it my all in everything I do in life. I was born with phocomelia. My left arm ends at the elbow with just a stump and my right arm is three quarters in length with no elbow and half a hand with two fingers that could not bend.“I have since had surgery and am able to bend my fingers minimally.”Phocomelia is a birth defect in which the upper portion of a limb is absent or is poorly developed.Given his disability, it was difficult for his mother to find a swimming club, but she met swimming instructor Bonny Harris, who watched him swim in amazement. She quickly agreed to coach him. It was not long before Harris recommended that he become a registered swimmer and she found Da Silva a coach in Theo Verster, who was head coach at St Andrew’s Dragons.A CHAMPIONDa Silva is an active person who wants to accomplish the top level in all things he pursues (Images: Dylan da Silva)“I have been swimming competitively since 2008, winning many medals and I also hold a few South African records. During this time I was also cycling but not as competitively as the swimming. However, I’ve being participated in South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled every year since 2007 in both swimming and cycling, also winning many medals. I also hold a few South African records in cycling.”In his competitive career, Da Silva has clocked up five bronze, 23 silver and 30 gold medals. He also won four South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth for swimming, and in Durban 2012 he went on to win a championship in cycling with two records and two more gold medals.About his heroes, he says: “I look up to my mom … most of who you would call my icons are now my friends and some are individuals with whom I compete.” Nolimbits indeed“I received a medal in 2008 from Central Gauteng Sports and Recreation for all my achievements at the South African National Championships for the Physically Disabled.”It takes a strong heart to stand up against the odds and what this young man has done and is still doing is truly a story of hope. By not looking at what he doesn’t have but how far he is willing to go, he is inspiring those around him.Most recently, he was in Cape Town where he took part in the Spin for a Dream, which was made possible by Guts2Glory. “I want people to know that just because you have neither legs nor arms we are all different in a way as humans and if you have the passion for it you can make it,” says Da Silva.For more information or to help Da Silva reach his goals, email Melissa da Silva on [email protected] or Lee Mc Queen on [email protected]last_img read more

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Ace the Art of Muzzle Flashes in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgMake your action scenes more epic with explosive muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.When it comes to indie VFX work, there are few things as fun as creating realistic muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro. While there are certainly many different ways to create the effect, the following video tutorial demonstrates one of the easiest ways to create Hollywood-quality muzzle flashes using only a few simple video elements.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and create some muzzle-flash mayhem! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you FREE assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Muzzle Flash Assets Creating a Muzzle Flash in Final Cut ProCreating muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro couldn’t be easier. Just follow the steps below.Step 1: Place Your Fire Element Into Your VideoThe first thing to do is place your fire elements into your timeline. You can do this by dragging and dropping the clips from the media browser into your timeline (or hitting the ‘Q’ key with the files selected).Step 2: Reduce to One FrameBy default, the fire element will be longer than a single frame — but if you’re wanting to create a realistic muzzle flash, that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. To cut your footage, select the blade tool by hitting the B key on your keyboard and cutting up your clips into a single “flash” frame.Step 3: Set the Blending ModeYour muzzle flash element will have a black background. For obvious reasons, this won’t work for your video project. With your muzzle flash selected, navigate to the Inspector in the top right part of your Final Cut Pro window. Click the Video button, and select Linear Dodge from the Blending Mode menu located under the Compositing section.Step 4: Scale the ElementYour muzzle flash will likely be too big for your frame. To alter the element, use the Transform tool to scale and position the muzzle flash as needed.Step 5: Add Ambient FlashesAt this point, your video may look cool — but you need to add some ambient light elements into your scene to really push it over the top. While you could use a simple solid shape layer, the best thing to do is use an organic video element. For our example, we’ll use a clip of a lightning storm.Drop your lightning footage into the scene and scale it up using the Scaling and Position features in the Inspector. Set your blending mode to Linear Dodge. Now delete the clip so it only pops up over each flash frame. Next, it’s time to color the element orange.In FCPX, there’s a simple color correction effect called Sepia. This effect quickly applies an orange stylization to your clip.Step 6: Duplicate Your VideoNow we want to colorize our video at the exact frame where the muzzle flash happens. To do this, you need to duplicate the bottom footage layer. This is accomplished by dragging the bottom video layer while pressing and holding the option key.Step 7: Colorize the VideoTo colorize the video, use the Color Correction effect and apply some slight orange color grading. After you do this, cut the video down to the frames in which the muzzle flashes are flashing.See below for the epic results.What is your favorite method for creating muzzle flashes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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John Hastings joins veterans in Aus World Cup squad

first_imgInjured batsman Mike Hussey and allrounder John Hastings will join veterans Ricky Ponting and paceman Brett Lee in the 15-man Australian cricket squad for the World Cup in February and March.Australia will be seeking a fourth World Cup title in the limited-overs tournament to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Victoria allrounder John Hastings (left). APChairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the squad, which also included Steve Smith and Tim Paine, had found the right balance of youth and experience.”One of the major decisions to be made in this squad was ensuring the balance was right in the squad to provide the best cover for all positions in the event of injury, illness or form issues that may arise,” Hilditch said on Tuesday. “It includes the experience of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Lee, and also some young talent like Steve Smith.”Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were all also part of the victorious 2007 ICC cricket World Cup squad that went unbeaten in the Caribbean, so there is plenty of character in this group of Australian cricketers.”Hilditch said Nathan Hauritz was the selectors’ preferred spin option because he has a strong record in India.”He will be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup,” Hilditch added.Hussey suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday night’s one-day victory by Australia over England but is expected to recover in time for the tournament.Ponting, who struggled with his form during the recent Ashes test series against England, maintained Australia was still the team to beat at the World Cup.advertisement”It’s quite clear we are the number one ranked team in the world,” he said. “… Our World Cup record speaks for itself and we have a really good balance of youth and experience in the squad to succeed in the tournament.”Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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It wasn’t a ‘star conversation’ with Sachin Tendulkar: David James

first_imgKerala Blasters have roped in Michael Chopra – ISL draft’s top pickAs Indian football languishing in the 150’s in FIFA rankings looks to attract the attention of the football world through the Indian Super League set to begin in October, the stakeholders continue to remain upbeat.India Today.in caught up with former English goal keeper David James(2010 World Cup, 53 caps) who will work as a player cum manager for Kochi Blasters in the ISL. Sachin Tendulkar is a co owner of the team. What was his first line to Sachin before they began talking football? “Sorry am not much of a cricket fan.” This and a lot more in this interview..Q. David, for someone who has played at the top level for so many years, why India?A. India for many reasons. I could have kept playing football in England. But India provides me an opportunity to be a manager which is something I want to do. To do it in a different country, culture and opportunity to play some small part in development of football in a nation that I think should have more world coverage and competition. 152 ranking is not enough for a country of size of 1.2 billion. Having said that this would not have been possible for me had I not met Sachin Tendulkar where he expressed his desire and dreams for Indian football. It was a easy yes when I realized we had the same goals.Q. How was your first interaction with Sachin. Did you rib him of the battering India has received to the English cricket team?advertisementA. I know I am not supposed to say that but I am not a cricket fan. I wasn’t lured in because of Sachin’s remarkably successful career but for me he was a part owner of Kerala Blasters who wanted to meet me to see if we could do something. Cricket was hardly a part of the conversation. I might have opened with the line sorry I am not a cricket fan. We talked about his desires for the club. I wasn’t there for a star conversation.Q. You have roped in Micheal Chopra. How does he fit into the scheme of things? You are very high on his role in the league?A. Micheal Chopra fits in because he is a quality player first. He’s scored against me in EPL. He was our no.1 choice. One can’t always plan for drafts but we got the players we wanted. The focus will understandably be on Chopra for his Indian roots. We would want young Indian fans to look at Chopra’s career and say I can better that. If given an opportunity the world could be their oyster.Q. Indian football once contemplated having Micheal Chopra for the national team which did not materialise. For a football nation like India, is that an option to play players of Indian origin in the national team to raise the standard?A. No I don’t think so. Playing players of Indian origin in national team can be a short term solution. I don’t think that’s the answer. I think the long term solution is to develop coaches than players. Have more academies. That way one can have a more stable foundation. In England we have population which is insufficiently covered by A licence coaches. In Germany, France, Spain, their coaching numbers are three times ours although their population size is not too far ahead of us. Not surprising these are the teams that do consistently do well in World Cup finals.Q. One of the criticisms of ISL is that most marquee players are over the hill. How do you respond to that?A. Age is how one looks at it. For me, I played in Iceland last year. So I am more than fit enough to play. Look the reality is this is the first time league is being tried. There will be lot of tentative people. The international transfer window is about to get over so there may have been a lot of people who waited for other options. I think important that league goes all the way through in first year. I will have teething problems as manager in the first year of course. But we are learning. The league needs to get established so lesser questions will be asked. I don’t question the calibre of players we have got but the format is so much different to world football so people can get scared. That’s why I spoke with Micheal Chopra before the draft even if we could not be sure we would get him, that we were on the same page.advertisementQ. Finally what are your expectations of the Indian Super League?A. ISL is a wonderful format. We will see if there can be more teams in future.  We want a competitive and entertaining league. I know Liverpool are very well supported here. ISL needs to send the message to youngsters that structure is good. World’s eyes will be watching ISL. I am happy on coming here I have spoken with academies and other groups who want to develop football. Sooner India become a world force the better.last_img read more

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Facebook sets eye on India to monetise messaging

first_imgNew Delhi: Mark Zuckerberg is determined to converge all his platforms — Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram — for a unified experience for billions of users and India which is the largest market for some of its services, including WhatsApp, is going to play a critical role in the success of social networking giant’s new montetisation mission. According to the company, more than 2.1 billion people now use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger (its ‘Family’ of services) every day on average, and more than 2.7 billion people use at least one of its ‘Family’ of services each month. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In India, Facebook has over 300 million users, WhatsApp another 400 million and Instagram over 70 million (millennials are the largest user group). In recent communications, Zuckerberg has talked about merging many of its services so that people can message seamlessly across platforms. About one-fourth of WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users are in India. It is, therefore, no surprise, that Facebook chose the Indian market to test-run its digital payment service, before rolling out similar experiments in other countries. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost After about one and a half years of test run, WhatsApp is now close to launch its Pay service later this year which could dominate the payment economy, given the fact that almost every Indian who has a smartphone or a Jio phone seems to have taken a liking for WhatsApp despite all the flak it received for its failure to effectively contain the spread of fake news. WhatsApp also launched a separate app for businesses last year and while the company is yet to disclose the exact number of businesses using the service, they are in millions globally. While WhatsApp for Business app is free to download, Facebook is trying to find ways to monetise this service by bringing traffic from its other platforms. “We helped businesses make the shift to mobile and now we are helping them shift to Stories, video and eventually messaging,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said during the earnings call with analysts after the second quarter results. An integrated messaging ecosystem plus a payment service may open the doors for various other services, including shopping, for Facebook in India in the near future. With its photo-sharing app Instagram, Facebook has, in fact, dabbled into shopping in a limited way. “It’s early days for shopping on Instagram, but we’re excited about this over the long run,” Sandberg revealed. “In the future, we’ll enable people to use the same payments account to send money to friends and businesses on WhatsApp, shop on Instagram, or make transactions on Facebook,” Zuckerberg said. The challenge for Facebook, would be to get the next billion users to its platform as about 2.7 billion people today use the Facebook app, or the Facebook-owned Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger each month out of about 3.8 billion people who are connected to the Internet in the world. Zuckerberg knows it well that it cannot get the next billion users if it ignores India as more than half a billion people in the country are yet to go online. Another challenge would be to retain the people who are already in its network, especial in view of the growing popularity of the Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok in India. The good news for Facebook is that it has continued to grow despite all the challenges it has faced in the past 15 years of its existence, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Even its revenue has grown, so has its expenses, especially due to the historic $5 billion settlement that it has reached with US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) due to privacy concerns. Facebook expects its full-year 2019 expenses to grow to 61 per cent compared to last year and the expense linked to FTC settlement alone accounts for close to 16 percentage points of this anticipated expense growth. In fact, besides increasing expenses, the focus on privacy could slow the process of rolling out new products for the social networking giant. For Facebook, the need to create a new robust market is now. India, being the largest market for many of its services, is set to inspire some of the innovations coming from the Facebook camp.last_img read more

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Southwest Agent Asks College Basketball Coach to Provide Proof

In an Aug. 30, 2017, photo, California women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb holds her then-6-month-old son, Jordan, during NCAA college basketball practice on the campus.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southwest Airlines apologized Tuesday to the Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb after she claimed an airline employee stopped her from boarding because the worker didn’t believe her 1-year-old biracial son was hers.A desk agent questioned Gottlieb ahead of a flight from Denver to Oakland Sunday, saying she “had to ‘prove’ that he was my son, despite having his passport,” Gottlieb said in a series of tweets.“She said because we have different last name. My guess is because he has a different skin color,” Gottlieb tweeted Monday. The head coach from the University of California, Berkeley was traveling with her fiance, Patrick Martin, the boy’s father, who is black.Airlines aren’t required to match the last name of a child and guardian for domestic flights.“We have reached out to Ms. Gottlieb directly to address her concerns and will utilize the situation as a coaching opportunity for our Employee,” Southwest said in a statement. “We apologize if our interaction made this family uncomfortable — that is never our intention.”Gottlieb said Tuesday that the encounter was hurtful, but she appreciates Southwest’s apology.“I felt that in this situation it was my responsibility to say ‘Hey, this isn’t ok,’” Gottlieb said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I hope the coverage this has received can serve as a learning opportunity and that all families — regardless of how ‘traditional’ they may or may not look — are treated with dignity and respect.”Gottlieb, Martin and their child were eventually allowed to board. read more

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Higgs family brings new development to North and Middle Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – It was a true tear jerker Thursday when a North Caicos family proved that it tells a beautiful story when islanders pull together to fulfill a dream.  The Higgs Family, which is one of the prime investors in North Caicos yesterday announced that in honor of their founding fathers, they would open a hotel and call it Silver Bay Resort and Promanade.  Pastor Lewis Walkin, a part of the lineage roused the audience in support of the investment of Core Resources.“We’ve finally found somebody in North Caicos, who put their money where their mouth is.  I’m also happy because we know that action speaks louder than words.  I don’t have to  say much more, but I just want North Caicos to know that this project will benefit the people of North and Middle Caicos.”Featuring Bottle Creek facing rooms, outdoor upstairs deck, pool, marina, promenade and twelve suites, Ralph Higgs CEO and Chairman of Core Resources was moved to tears as he expressed that he wished his parents were around to witness some of the strides of the company and announced that he is a man of the soil who has for nearly 40 years believed that this day was bound to come.  “It will create employment for the people of North and Middle Caicos obviously, it will create business opportunities because in the complex once it’s completed, we’ll have opportunities for persons who want to pursue small business.  They can come because we don’t want to run water sports operations, we don’t want to run art and craft spaces that we’re gonna have in the hotel.  There will be other opportunities for persons, people from the community to get involved in small business.  We’ll do that for you, I promise.”Higgs thanked long time confidants and businesses and relatives which supported and now again support this newest Core Resources project, among them CIBC First Caribbean; its country manager Larry Lawrence was there and spoke highly of the business prowess of Higgs and Core,   “and your growth has not been over night, it has been over time.  And that makes a difference because success is not normally over night, it takes time.  So I certainly welcome you to continue that model and this is just your latest venture, and if the past is any indication of what’s in the future, this also will be a success.  I almost  don’t see or hear from Ralph because somebody who competently adjusts Ralph meets on a daily basis, and she’s here with me today, Karen.”Songs, poetry and an unveiling of the design… a moment of silence led by Tourism Minister Hon Porsha Smith, who wished the family well; she remembered former business partner and big brother to Ralph Higgs, the late Conrad Higgs.   “It is indeed a pleasure for me to be here with you this morning on this significant day for the people of North Caicos and the Turks and Caicos Islands, to celebrate the groundbreaking of  yet another remarkable initiative here on this beautiful island of North Caicos.  The Turks and Caicos islands have truly come a long way in the development of tourism.” Construction will not take place right away, though the ground is partially cleared, and created on it is a beeline to the coastal view of what will soon be Silver Bay Hotel view.  Mr. Higgs, who is due to announce another big move in North Caicos very soon, said there is a process which also means residents will get to say if they do not want the project.  Ralph Higgs encouraged openness and explanation and assured that if not for the regulated procedures, Core Resources would  be ready to build tomorrow.  Construction is projected to begin in three to six months.  Silver Bay will be located in Windsor, Bottle Creek next door to their fuel station. Related Items:higgs family brings new development to north and middle, new development to come for north and middle caicos, Silver Bay Resort and Promanadelast_img read more

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