Second-half latest: Chelsea 1 PSG 2 (Agg: 2-4) – Blues facing Champions League exit

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal left Chelsea needing to score three times in order to stay in the Champions League.Diego Costa hauled his side back into the tie by scoring 10 minutes after Adrien Rabiot’s goal, but the Blues striker went off in the second half after appearing to pick up an injury.And worse followed for Chelsea when Angel di Maria’s cross was volleyed in from close range by Ibrahimovic.Paris St-Germain, 2-1 up from the first leg, scored after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Di Maria played the ball into the penalty area and Ibrahimovic drifted away from Branislav Ivanovic before crossing low from the right for Rabiot tap in.Ivanovic had earlier prevented a PSG goal by sliding in and clearing the ball after keeper Thibaut Courtois had been beaten by Di Maria’s angled shot.After going ahead, the French champions seemed to be in control. But Chelsea battled on and were rewarded by Costa’s 26th-minute strike – his 11th goal in his last 15 matches.Willian exchanged passes with Pedro and set up the Spain international, who showed great composure to shift the ball away from Thiago Silva and fire into the net.But by the midway point of the second half, PSG were firmly on course for the quarter-finals.Costa went off on the hour mark and Ibrahimovic scored seven minutes later.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa (Traore 60).Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Thabo Mbeki’s African vision

first_imgThe transformation in South Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world since 1990 has been nothing short of remarkable.South Africa’s increasing political and diplomatic engagement with the rest of Africa has been accompanied by growing investment by South African companies. (Image: South African History Online)Brand South Africa ReporterThe transformation in South Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world since 1990 has been nothing short of remarkable.Since the release of Nelson Mandela from prison signalled the beginning of the end of apartheid, South Africa has gone from being an international pariah to being “one of the most engaged, open and connected countries in the world,” The Economist observes in a survey of South Africa contained in its 8 April issue.While much of this re-engagement was inevitable given the country’s position as Africa’s leading economy, South African President Thabo Mbeki “has added his own distinctive twist to this natural resurgence with a foreign policy based on African solutions to African problems.”This, The Economist argues, is likely to be Mbeki’s most important legacy.‘Quintessential African nationalist’Driven by a desire to emancipate South Africa and Africa as a whole from racial oppression and colonialism, Mbeki’s principal aim, according to The Economist, has been “to establish the new South Africa as, first and foremost, a black African country.”His other ambition has been “to persuade Africa to set up its own institutions and mechanisms for solving its problems, thus ending the constant, humiliating requests for aid to the West’s former colonial powers.”The Economist report points to South African interventions led by Mbeki to tackle some of the continent’s most difficult political problems, most notably:Helping to get the warring parties to the negotiating table to end the civil war in Burundi.Helping to facilitate the complex negotiations that produced a successful referendum on a new constitution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “one of the continent’s most war-ravaged states”.Playing a part in ending conflicts in Sudan and Liberia.South Africa not only played a part in bringing the fighting to an end in these countries; it also has thousands of peacekeeping troops stationed in these countries to maintain peace, oversee the integration of armed forces, and help create the conditions for democracy.Setting up African institutionsHowever, The Economist argues, Mbeki has been at his most creative “in trying to set up permanent institutions to serve Africa” – most notably the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the African Union (AU).Launched in 2001 and headquartered in South Africa, Nepad – “very much [Mbeki’s] idea” – is a socio-economic development blueprint for the continent which, crucially, “is designed to make African countries themselves responsible for upholding standards of democracy and good governance through the African Peer Review Mechanism.”While Afro-pessimists are quick to belittle these institutions, The Economist argues that they have had successes as well as failures.“The AU acted quickly in Togo last year to reverse a coup; and in January this year South Africa led successful diplomatic efforts to stop Sudan getting the chairmanship of the AU, in protest against the Sudanese government’s policies in Darfur.”The new African Commission on Human and People’s Rights – another institution that Mbeki is involved in – has also “issued a report saying that the Zimbabwean government should be investigated for gross human-rights abuses.”In South Africa’s own interestSouth Africa’s involvement in the rest of Africa goes beyond altruism, The Economist observes, quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad as saying: “We cannot sustain our economic growth if Africa continues in poverty … You can’t have development without conflict resolution.”And South Africa’s increasing political and diplomatic engagement with the rest of Africa has been accompanied by growing investment by South African companies.Since 1994, South Africa has become one of the biggest and boldest investors in Africa.According to The Economist, local mobile phone operators MTN and Vodacom, hotel chain Protea and banks Standard and Absa have all recently successfully expanded into African countries.A 2003 report by online business information firm LiquidAfrica Research found that SA was the largest investor in the rest of Africa between 1990 and 2000, with investment averaging around US$1.4-billion annually, totalling around $12.5-billion for the decade – followed by the US with less than $10-billion, and substantially ahead of France, the UK, Germany and other foreign investors.Mbeki’s ‘one big failure’Mbeki’s one big foreign policy failure so far, The Economist argues, has been Zimbabwe, where Mbeki’s “Africanist credentials trump his Nepad ambitions that African countries should help each other uphold standards of good governance, human rights and democracy, none of which Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, seems to care much about.“For blacks throughout Africa Mr Mugabe remains a revered icon of the liberation struggle, the man who helped to fund the ANC in exile, and South Africa will not break with the general African consensus on this.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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McGregor paddles to ninth Berg victory

first_img“It will also give women a chance to strive for goals like a top 20 or a top 10 overall, which will be fantastic,” she added. Kime made a valiant charge early on as Theron had started with an 11-minute lead. Kime, a two-time winner of the event, made good use of the revised race rules that allowed the women to ride the slip waves of male paddlers in the massed start on the final stage, but Theron repeated her performance of the third stage and gradually reeled her in. ‘Very tough’“It was very tough out there in the wind,” he added. “It was incredibly cold and the net wind chill factor took it to a negative. That is a tough place to be in when you are locked into an endurance event like the Berg. “This ninth win is a very special one, for sure,” said McGregor. “There were some class paddlers out there. Women’s raceIn the women’s race, Jen Theron snatched her first major river title with a solid performance on the final stage that included another systematic and patient chase from behind to catch the never-say-die Robyn Kime. Hank McGregor triumphed over a classy field and atrocious weather on the final day to claim a record ninth title in the Berg River Canoe Marathon at Velddrif in the Western Cape on the weekend. Simon van Gysen did extremely well to claw his way back through the field after his rudder cable issues to claim fourth place. The win was an emotional one for the current world marathon champion and Team Best 4 Kayak Centre captain as his father Lee McGregor was seconding him for the first time in almost a decade, and his team mate and best friend Grant van der Walt had been sidelined by a stomach virus that hit the race. With only 500 metres remaining, McGregor kicked and only Graeme Solomon looked like posing a threat to him. McGregor, however, took the line honours to a hero’s welcome with Solomon’s sprint enough to earn him second place overall ahead of Lance King. The pair entered the final section from the portage at Oordraplek to the finish together in a group with three other male paddlers, a striking statement about the new rules, and it was Kime who held on in the tough and windy conditions to claim the stage line honours while Theron finished with a beaming smile knowing that her 11-minute overall lead was still intact. McGregor won the Best 4 bridge prize, making it a clean sweep of the stage hotspots, as the race moved onto the flat tidal estuary that was buffeted by gale-force south-easterly winds which made wind chill a very serious threat to the paddlers in addition to whipping up big waves on the lagoon. Absent from the final stage was the luckless Jacques Theron, a three-time winner of the race, who became another casualty of the stomach bug that derailed Grant van der Walt on the third stage along with several other paddlers. 16 July 2012 “Going into the headwind the waves were like three-foot surf. It was ridiculous. I would have much preferred to be on a surfski!” MENHank McGregor 15:53.47Graeme Solomon 16:02.52Lance King 16:03.18Simon van Gysen 16:12.39Robbie Herreveld 16:17.55 “It made a massive difference to have the race committee allow us to race like other paddlers and ride wave on bunches,” said Theron. “This race would have been truly horrible if we had not been able to ride slip, and the fact that we were able to provide such a close race I hope adds value to the event.” RESULTS Broken rudder cableThe next man to drop out of contention was the plucky Van Gysen, whose hopes of a podium finish evaporated when he broke a rudder cable less than half an hour into the stage. He raced to the bank to repair the damage, but it cost him several minutes and he lost contact with the other podium contenders. SAinfo reporter “On the way in to the finish, the guys in the front four boat bunch were discussing the fact that there was a total of 16 wins in the group. Only Lance King has not won it before and we were teasing him about needing to start to show some interest. WOMENJen Theron 17:38.31Robyn Kime 17:49.39Jenna Ward 19:23.18Robyn Henderson 19:41.07Kirsten Penderis 19:41.57 The gutsy Durbanite started the final 62km stage from Zoutkloof to the West Coast fishing town of Velddrif with a nine-minute overall race lead, and quickly settled into a five-boat lead bunch that included podium contenders Simon van Gysen, Graeme Solomon and Lance King, as well as the resurgent nineties King of the Berg, Robbie Herreveld. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Allsorts® Pack of 2 Blonde Nude Wig Caps Hair Cap – Would recommend for costume

first_imgFrom helpful and efficient support (could not have been extra fast) – by means of quality and convenience. Thank you allsorts, i’ll be again.Fits is modest but fantastic good quality.Received it in about handful of times following i purchased it it is pretty comfortable and you don’t will need to fret bout the wig slide off but you should not set pins and clips in your hair as the pins appear threw and it not really snug with the pins in.I’ll be back, Allsorts!Would recommend for costumeReally good at hiding shoulder length hairGreat value, super fast deliveryexcellent product. Excellent good quality, stayed in spot al night, arrived right before predicted day.Seriously excellent at hiding shoulder duration hair. Aside from executing its work seriously very well, you get to chuckle at the man or woman donning it just before they set their wig above the top.Features of Allsorts® Pack of 2 Blonde Nude Wig Caps Hair CapPack of 2 Nude Nylon Wig CapsOne Size Fits AllFast free deliveryAvailable in a Black in store nowPrompt shipping and delivery and great product or service. Just about 50 % the cost of identical merchandise i obtained domestically way too.Arrived speedily, excellent product or service.Would endorse for costume. Speedy delivery (arrived on the seventh even with declaring it would be among 8th-twelfth), good high quality and does just what you’d anticipate from a wig cap.Wonderful price, tremendous rapid supply. Relaxed for chemo clients. I imagine they need to put ‘wig liner’ in the title for the reason that i had trouble discovering them.last_img read more

10 Best Podcasts for Video Production

first_imgBonus: Avid Podcasts 6. Moviola – Digital Filmmakers Podcast Terry Curren and Philip Hodgetts bring their not-politically-correct opinions on Avid, Adobe, Apple, post production, production, distribution and pretty much anything they want to talk about.  Terry Curren is the founder of AlphaDogs a post production company in Burbank, California and Philip Hodgets is an international man of mystery with an opinion on everything, and he’s not afraid to share it.  The duo make a great ying & yang when exploring the zen of post production. Ron Small interviews commercial directors and creatives in an effort to demystify commercial production.   This is a very unique take on commercial production, Ron Small is a production Mgr. / Director at Sway productions, so his background and experience takes you up close with some very creative people.  You will never watch a commercial the same way again after listening 1. That Post Show 10. The Terrance & Philip Show A weekly in-depth conversation with digital filmmakers covering topics related to pre-production, production, and post. They talk workflows, HD, 3D, Stereography, Final Cut, Avid, Compositing, plus much more!  Past guests include industry leaders such as Kevin P McAuliffe, Scott Simmons, Larry Jordan, Philip Hodgetts and Oliver Peters. 2. The Digital Convergence Podcast 3. The RC Podcast No longer in production but there are 38 episodes full of timeless and valuable tips and information from a seasoned editor.  Shane Ross is a broadcast television editor who has edit shows for Discovery, History Channel, and more.  He shares his experiences and insights from…the edit bay. Update: Shane Ross tells me that the podcast is just on a long hiatus. He plans on picking it up again.  This is great news for video editors. 7. SpotCast Avid dishes up several podcasts as a service to their professional video editing user base.  The Avid Media Composer podcast focuses on tips, tricks and tutorials for working in their popular video editing app. Avid Rough Cut podcast features interviews with industry leaders who share their experiences and tips for success. Both podcasts are great resources for the new Avid user or the seasoned pro looking to sharpen their skills. 4. The VFX Show 9. The Edit Bay The original podcast from Fxguide.  It here where founders, John Montgomery, Mike Seymour, and Jeff Heusser talk about anything and everything related to post-production, VFX, and software.  This podcast brings you the movers and shakers in the visual effects industry with discussions with ILM, Rhythm & Hues, & Digital Domain.  The podcast also explores industry news at NAB, Siggraph, and IBC. 8. The Cutting Room The RC podcast is one of several podcasts hosted and produced at FXguide.com.  The RC was originally the Red Centre Podcast, which focused on production using the RED cameras.  VFX notable Mike Seymour is the host and is joined by Jason Wingrove, Tom Gleeson, John Montgomery, and Jeff Heusser.  The RC is the perfect high-end camera tech podcast. Everything from the latest in RED gear, to ARRI, and even the Canon Cinema line can be heard here. Podcasts are a great way to learn about video production, post & editing, filmmaking, hardware & software… so listen up!Recently, I have started to listen to video production and post podcasts during my daily commute because I became tired of the same old radio playlists. So I jumped on iTunes and sifted through the plethora of options and started sampling each one.I was happy to find many podcasts focusing on video production, that not only explored the tech, but also the art. These podcasts, in my opinion, provide a great mix of information and entertainment.  Now, on to the list…the best podcasts for video production: A labor of love for host Carl Olsen. His regular podcast crew employs the talents of Chris Fenwick, and Mitch Aunger of Planet 5D.com. Carl started the podcast to further his own knowledge of the ever changing world of filmmaking and production. The convergence of photography and video through advances in DSLR technology have helped fuel his passion which shows in his conversations in this podcast.  This podcast caters towards the DSLR user who is making that transition into video production, but still enjoyable for those experienced in production A roundtable discussion with industry experts about the art and science of video, film and post production. The host is Kanen Flowers, who is joined by Zack Arnold, Mike J Nichols, Paul del Vecchio, Patrick Johnson, Scott Simmons, Steve Cohen, and Paul Zadie.  The show will also talk to leading software representatives from Autodesk, Adobe, and Avid  about new release when they debut.  Listening to this podcast is akin to hanging out at the local pub and talking shop. The comments are real, true, and honest. The Art of the Guillotine podcast.  If you are an editor and you don’t know Art of the Guillotine, then you really need to check out the site. It has load of information and links to everything post-production. The podcasts although short, and always leave you wanting more, are filled with good content and interviews.  5. The FXPodcast The 2nd podcast from FXguide.  The VFX Show breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly, from Hollywoods biggest blockbusters. Some of the leading talent in VFX (Matt Leonard, Jason Diamond, Mark Christiansen, Matt Wallin and TyRuben Ellingson) join Mike Seymour and give their take on the ever amazing world of visual effects.  Who else better to critique the effects in a film than the artist themselves.last_img read more

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex drugs and rock

first_imgAs the explosive #metoo movement is upending patriarchy in Hollywood and politics, the music industry, too, has been awakening to deeply ingrained gender inequities and increasing pressure to change its ways, said Melissa Auf der Maur. Nevertheless, reaction by the music industry has been swift and strong. TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll — but several music veterans believe a powerful sea change is already well underway. “I certainly know people who’ve been involved in high-profile sexual harassment cases, board members who were unaware of what happened,” he said. “With every decade there have been efforts to try to address this inequality.” Advertisement “In my humble experience, ‘rock and roll cliches’ include: being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink,” tweeted the outspoken frontwoman of the Toronto band, adding that until abuse of power is acknowledged as such, the music industry is an unwelcoming and unsafe place.in my humble experience,“rock and roll clichés” include:being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink. “abuse of power” is abuse of power & until the industry calls it as such, it is an unwelcoming/unsafe place. bye https://t.co/b1BxRttDWS— Leah Fay ? (@leah_fayy) February 15, 2018 Members of the band Hedley pose on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. – THE CANADIAN PRESS / PETER POWER Anonymous claims about sexual misconduct involving young Hedley fans emerged last week, allegations that the band has said are “unsubstantiated.” “It’s a very, very incredible and strange moment for all of us because as individuals we really have to soul-search during this time on where we’re going to put our efforts,” Auf der Maur said. In addressing the controversy on Facebook, frontman Jacob Hoggard and band members Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison noted the music industry “does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve” and acknowledged that in the past they have “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” Facebook “And I think it will.” “I’ve put on two music festivals a year for the last eight years and I’ve never run into a jerk,” she said. “I know what’s going on in my world.” And while it might be tempting to assume that someone must have known something whenever scandals such as these arise, he said that’s not always the case. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “What we’ve now seen is that when someone is crossing the line, someone is going to vocalize that that is wrong prior to what they would before the #metoo movement,” Lefsetz said by phone from Santa Monica, Calif. Advertisement Auf der Maur now runs an art centre that specializes in music festivals and art shows and said she goes out of her way to make sure she surrounds herself with “the right people.” Cassandra Szklarski / The Canadian Press He acknowledged that superstar acts can be surrounded by yes-men whose livelihood might depend on acquiescing to every demand. But that kind of power imbalance is quickly evaporating, he insisted. “We were the Lollapalooza alternative nation there — we were the reaction to the gross hair metal and all the ridiculous extension of the ’70s and ’80s and we were a mass improvement. And it’s only gotten better,” she added on a call from her home in Hudson, N.Y. By the time the Canadian expat began touring in the ’90s, she said, the more overt sexism of the ’70s and ’80s seemed to be dying off, at least in her own tight-knit alternative scene. “It’s hard to know what to do. We all have to listen to ourselves and learn from this.” The comments did not sit well with July Talk singer Leah Fay, who took to Twitter on Thursday with her own call to arms. “There was none of that at Lollapalooza. (Bands and artists including) Pavement, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Sonic Youth — none of us would do any such things,” she said by email, before elaborating further by phone. “We’re dealing with how things have been done for years, which is not an endorsement of that, but change happens slowly and hopefully this will predict swifter change in the future,” said the author of the Lefsetz Letter, a popular music industry newsletter. Login/Register With: Still, she admitted these are challenging times. Music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz wasn’t familiar with the Hedley case, but credited the #metoo movement with ushering in what appears to be greater industry willingness to confront hard truths and rectify past wrongs. Within days the quartet was dropped by its management team, ditched by the opening acts on their cross-Canada tour and blacklisted by radio stations including the CBC and more than a hundred Bell Media outlets. Advertisement Twitter “The climate is different and there’s all kinds of improvements happening at large,” said Auf der Maur, whose heyday as a bass player included stints with the ’90s bands Hole and Smashing Pumpkins. Auf der Maur didn’t comment on the Hedley allegations but said she’s observed from afar those so-called rock ‘n’ roll cliches, although she herself has never experienced them. “Just because they’re the manager of the company does not mean they know. It also does not mean they didn’t know.”last_img read more

A leader for his people

first_img(Quinn Meawasige, from Serpent River First Nation, carries an eagle staff leading the procession to close the Assembly of First Nation’s annual meeting in Moncton, NB. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-Quinn Meawasige was in rehab trying to kick a drug and drinking habit when he received a phone call from Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo.Nine months later Meawasige, 17, carried an eagle staff and led Thursday’s procession to close off the AFN’s national assembly in Moncton, NB.Moments earlier, while standing next to Atleo, Meawasige was heralded as a shining example of the future.“This young man has inspired me,” said Atleo, in his closing speech to the assembly. “This young man told his community where he comes from that he made a decision that he was going to seek treatment and healing because he knew he needed to prepare himself, that he would become a leader for his people.”As Atleo spoke, the assembled chiefs gave Meawasige, who is from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, a standing ovation.“Quinn shows us that (the youth) are leaders right now,” said Atleo. “It takes courage, conviction and standing up to the fears that might hold us back…We still have a long way to go, (but) when we see something like this let us…recognize the incredibly courageous things that are happening in our communities every single day.”Meawasige said it was his involvement in protests last spring against the harmonized sales tax in Ontario that triggered his desire to give up drugs and alcohol. He said he had spent five years lost in a haze of crack, cocaine, OxyContin and liquor.“It was really one question: What does it mean to be Aboriginal?” said Meawasige. “That really stopped to make me think. ‘What does it mean?’ The more I started to think about it, the more I started to be interested in it.”Meawasige, who said he came from a good family, finally decided to go into rehab after spending a day in court facing break and enter charges. He said he stole to support his drug habit.“After sitting in that court room I said I need to go (into rehab),” he said.It wasn’t easy to kick the drug habit.“I was scared about what would happen,” he said.  “I had bad withdrawals, night sweats. It was tough.”Last November, during his 108-day stay in a rehab centre near London, Ont., Meawasige received a surprised phone call from the national chief.“The executive director comes running in and she says ‘Chief Atleo’s assistant just called (and said) that Chief Atleo will call you in the next half hour to an hour,’” he said. “I waited by the phone.”During the phone conversation Atleo told Meawasige he was an inspiration.“He said he was really proud of me. He said ‘you inspired me once again,’” said Meawasige. “He said I followed my heart.”The two had met at a rally on Parliament Hill that year, but Meawasige said he still doesn’t know how Atleo knew to call him at the rehab centre.“It was out of nowhere,” he said.After dozens of congratulatory handshakes and photographs, including one with an RCMP officer in full uniform, Meawasige sat at a table with a young woman discussing political projects.As their conversation ended, the young woman paused for a moment and said “you’re a rock star.”last_img read more

Cleanup of Pacific Beach hoarder house ordered by court

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Cleanup of Pacific Beach hoarder house ordered by court KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 17, 2018 March 17, 2018center_img FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: City Attorney Mara Elliott, cleanup, hoarder, hoarding, mount soledad, pacific beach The City Attorney’s Office has obtained a court order to begin the clean-up and rehabilitation of a house in the Pacific Beach/Mount Soledad area that “has plagued neighbors with foul odors, trash, and rodents.”In a press release, officials said problems with the property began after the homeowner died in 2012, and one of her sons and various acquaintances moved into her four-bedroom home. An accumulation of junk and debris overflowed from the house and into the driveway and yards, and piles of furniture and trash inside the house created safety hazards.According to the press release, the bathroom sinks drained into buckets, and water leaks created mold throughout the structure. Neighbors also trapped several rats. County Child Protective Services was notified on several occasions that infants or young children were living in unsafe conditions.The City initially sought voluntary compliance from the property owner, but the conditions continued despite more than a dozen warning letters.“This kind of conduct threatens the health and safety of our communities and destroys our quality of life,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said in a statement. “By intervening, we bring relief and peace of mind to affected neighbors, and help for hoarders who often have underlying issues that need to be addressed.” last_img read more