BREAKING: Allan Okello finally goes professional

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Allan Okello in his new jersey. PHOTO @officielparadouAlgiers, Algeria | THE INDEPENDENT | Algerian giants Paradou Athletic Club has confirmed they have signed one of Uganda’s most promising young footballers Allan Okello from KCCA.Paradou FC picked interest in the Ugandan striker after two games last year in which they knocked out KCCA in the Total CAF Confederation Cup  4-1 on aggregate.DETAILS TO FOLLOWlast_img

Thurston Energy Releases its Program Analysis Report

first_imgThank you for your support of our program! Well, the time has come – we’ve released our program analysis report! We’re very excited to share with you the great work our community has done in saving energy, saving money and reducing carbon emissions here in Thurston County. Highlights include:Over 500 homes and 60 businesses have received energy evaluation services to dateOver 200 energy efficiency projects completed to dateCombined commercial and residential financial savings of over $90,000 annually in energy costsCombined reduced energy usage (580,000 kilowatt hours/yr & 35,000 therms/yr)CO2 reduction of over 560 tons, equal to taking nearly 100 cars off the roadThurston Energy Lenders have provided over $290,000 in energy efficiency loans to the communityBelow is a link to our website, where you can take a look at the program analysis report for yourself: Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Hello Friend of Thurston Energy,center_img Annette M RothMarketing & Outreach ManagerThurston Energy360-528-2112last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will provide the first 5,000 attendees on Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah, Triple Crown Champion collectable print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots . . . winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes . . . and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer, Skip Dickstein).First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). –30–last_img read more

Alaska Highway historical site: linking the Peace Region to the Yukon Territory

first_imgRight now there are over 1,500 places, persons and events commemorated in Canada for their national historic significance. Julie Harris is the Ottawa-based consultant of the Alaska Highway Heritage Project, which at the moment would include 16 sites – a half dozen in B.C. and 10 more in the Yukon.“With the approval of a National Historic Site, the opportunity exists to more fully capture the way that the places along the Alaska Highway corridor, from Dawson Creek all the way up through Yukon, how those places are linked together and how they changed,” says Harris. “What we imagine is that travellers and residents in the corridor would be able to anticipate what they can see next, how they would get there and what opportunities would be available to them in every season.”“With the commemoration, it would also be clearer, I think, to visitors and to residents how the history of the corridor is really a continuum of the human experience of both the First Nations and the settlers in the corridor.”- Advertisement -The Peace River Regional District holds primary funds for the project and the Alaska Highway Community Society Board includes representatives from the northeast region communities, First Nations and other organizations – including the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council.In this case, once the board has the consent of all the interested parties – that is the First Nations and property owners of the aforementioned sites whose stories would be told – the nomination will go to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, which is administered by Parks Canada.That means, acting on the board’s recommendation, it is the federal Minister of the Environment who appoints the members of the Monuments Board who gets the final say on the historic site nomination.Advertisementlast_img read more

Protecting the Benguela current

first_img29 August 2006South Africa, Angola and Namibia are to sign an agreement in Cape Town on Tuesday to officially establish the Benguela Current Commission.The launch will be hosted by South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and his Angolan and Namibian counterparts, Salomao Jos, Luheto Xirimbimbi, Abraham Iyambo and Ad Melkert.The Commission is a formal institutional structure that will facilitate the understanding, protection, conservation and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME).The Benguela current, the cold ocean stream that runs along the west coast of southern African, is a marine ecosystem rich in economic potential.‘Joint and coordinated effort’The Trade Law Centre of Southern Africa (Tralac) says that, given the mobile nature of the fishing resources in the current, it can only be adequately managed by coordinating the efforts of all three countries.The wider aim of the BCLME project is thus to recommend to the three governments how this can most effectively be done.According to South Africa’s Environmental Affairs and Tourism Department, the establishment of the commission is an important step in a decade-long process to build trust and cooperation between the three countries of the BCLME.Marine scientists from the three countries have been working together since 1995, when they began to share knowledge and understanding of the Benguela Current ecosystem through a regional fisheries science programme dubbed “Benefit” (the Benguela Environment Fisheries Training Interactions Programme).“More recently, scientists and fisheries managers have been working together through the BCLME Programme, a collaborative initiative that is supported by the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme,” the department said in a statement on Monday.“From a legal perspective, the harmonisation of laws and regulations across the domestic legal regimes of the three countries will be a crucial method of conducting this joint management and conservation of the sensitive resource,” it said.“Trade in fish and fish products is an integral part of this regime, and this forms the main focus of the Tralac contribution to the work of the BCLME consortium.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Labour laws ‘balance’ needed: Gordhan

first_imgSouth Africa may only create four-million jobs by 2025 on its current growth trajectory unless it modifies some of its labour policies, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. However, this would be done in the awareness of the bitter struggle fought against apartheid for human rights, decent work and decent wages, he said. 18 August 2011 According to Statistics SA, South Africa’s official unemployment rate currently stands at 25.7%. Under the expanded definition of unemployment – which refers to people of working age without work and available to start work that week, but who had not looked for work in the four weeks before the Stats SA interview – 7.67-million South Africans were unemployed. Unless such changes were made, “we will not be able to make the breakthrough we need to create jobs in South Africa,” Gordhan said. “… we are not going to lose what we have gained through hard struggles.” New Growth Path “This is not enough to make a significant dent in unemployment,” the minister told an internal auditors conference in Johannesburg.center_img Gordhan said laws might also have to be relaxed to allow young people to enter the workplace and gain skills and experience at lower wages, but not at the expense of people who already had jobs. For example, a balance needed to be found to retain the jobs of the 10 000 people working at clothing factories in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, while still allowing them to earn a reasonable wage and keeping the factories open. Factories in the area had threatened to close down and relocate to Lesotho or Botswana if they were forced to pay minimum wages. Decent work, decent wages The New Growth Path envisages the creation of five-million jobs by 2020. Gordhan suggested that South Africa might have to relax its labour laws in certain cases to grow jobs. “We may have to change the way we see the labour dispensation in South Africa,” he said. Sapalast_img read more

McGregor races to Molokai Challenge win

first_img21 May 2014 Hank McGregor underlined his status as one of the best paddlers in the world by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on the weekend after holding off Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 world marathon champion McGregor.Made a charge The South African star made a charge with six kilometres to go and led by almost a minute as he approached the turn at the fabled China Wall, where he was able to surf the swell close to the shore, thanks to the mild ocean conditions. Robinson, however, put in a serious last ditch effort to reel in McGregor as they turned into the estuary that houses the finish, and in the final two kilometres he ground McGregor’s lead down to 30 seconds. Australians Cory Hill and Jeremy Cotter filled third and fourth places respectively before current Surfski World Series leader and Molokai debutant Jasper Mocke crossed the line to take fifth place, just ahead of another Australian stalwart, Martin Kenny.First doubles crew Twelve-time champion Oscar Chalupsky finished tenth, with the Durban North brothers, Ross and Bruce Poacher, becoming the first double skin crew home in eleventh place. Victory in the women’s race went to Rachel Clarke, with Lisa Wadling in second, followed by the double ski crew of Sally Marks and Alena Greensill.Made to work hard The field was made to work hard in the flat conditions with no assistance from the trade winds and swell, which deserted the Kaiwi channel after a fortnight of excellent downwind racing conditions. Temperatures topped 30 degrees throughout the race, with stifling humidity making racing tough for the paddlers. The prevailing conditions replicated last year’s disappearance of the trade winds, and came close to replicating the 2009 conditions in which McGregor took his maiden Molokai title.RESULTS Hank McGregor 3:35.17Clint Robinson 3:35.40Cory Hill 3:41.49Jeremy Cotter 3:44.24Jasper Mocke 3:48.34Martin Kenny 3:48.50Lewis Laughlin 3:52.58Dorian Wolter 3:57.46Hiromana Flores 3:59.13Oscar Chalupsky 4:02.15 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A History of Production Company Logo Animations

first_imgUniversal PicturesHere’s another well-known logo animation: Universal Pictures. The classic 1930s logo was seen at the beginning of all of the classic monster movies of the day and became iconic. Then in the late 1990s, legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote and scored anupdated version of the fanfare, which was accompanied with a CGI logo. It is interesting to note that all other Universal Pictures logos before 1997 were all models.The logo was updated again in 2012 by Weta Digital, the VFX studio made famous for Lord of the Rings. Composer Brian Tyler took Jerry Goldsmith’s score and extended it into quite possibly the best production company logo animation in existence today.Here’s the Universal Pictures 1930s logo animation, courtesy of IdentsandLogos.Universal Pictures 2015 logo animation, courtesy of DavidTheAnimater EDCP TGPP. Columbia PicturesColumbia Pictures was founded in 1924 and became apart of the “Big Six,” but the company was one of the “Little Three” in Hollywood’s Golden Era. In 1986, Sony Corp. purchased the studio from The Coca-Cola Company. The logo was one of the first animated logos along with Universal’s classic logo. The first rendition showed a woman holding a torch and draped in an American Flag.This logo has essentially stayed the same ever since, with slight variations over the years. The current logo was designed digitally in 1992 by New Orleans artist Michael Deas. Graphic artist Jenny Joseph was the model for the logo, which was finally animated by Synthespian Studios‘ Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak, who took the 2D elements and converted them to 3D for animation. Tri-StarIn the purchase agreement between Sony Corp. and The Coca-Cola Company, Sony would also retain the controlling interest in Tri-Star Pictures. Intralink Creative developed the now iconic Pegasus logo animation. Live action footage was shot of a white stallion in an airport hangar, then the footage was morphed with CGI wings. From here the background was developed based on clouds shot around the Haleakala Crater in Maui. Marvel StudiosFounded in 1993 as Marvel Films by Avi Arad of Toybiz, Marvel Studios is now owned by Walt Disney and oversees all film production based on Marvel Comics properties. The “flipbook” logo as we know it was developed by Imaginary Forces, who crafted the original 2D “filpbook” logo animation. The fanfare score for Marvel Studios was created by Brian Tyler, who scored the current score for the Universal Pictures logo.Marvel has done a fantastic job of integrating the logo animation into their films, such as its use in Guardians of the Galaxy.Here’s the current Marvel Studios logo animation from Guardians of the Galaxy courtesy of UltimateHDVideostify. Warner BrothersAs with many of these logo animations, it’s hard to find who exactly created what. But from what we do know, the original Warner Bros. shield logo was designed by one of the artists on the animation staff in the 1920s. Since then, the WB shield has stayed relatively the same with the exception of the Saul Bass “worms” logo in the 1970’s.In 1998, Warner Bros. commissioned Intralink Film to animate the logo, which showed a gold overlaid shot of the studio backlot that transitioned into the WB shield logo. Since this time, the WB shield animation takes on a variant look based on what film is playing… such as the iconic green shield for The Matrix. In 2011 Weta Digital created a new version of the WB shield logo animation that transitioned into the New Line Cinema logo.Here’s the Warner Brothers / New Line Cinema logo animation variant, courtesy of BLUHECX.Here’s the Warner Brothers logo animation The Matrix variation, courtesy of WarnerBrosLogo.And here’s the Warner Brothers logo animation Harry Potter variations, courtesy of BowTiesRCool. DreamWorksIn 1994, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg (along with major media moguls Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen) created the Hollywood studio DreamWorks. The logo for the company has become one of the most-liked production company logos in the industry.The crescent moon logo with the boy fishing was developed by Steven Spielberg. He then took the idea to Industrial Light and Magic, who worked with Kaleidoscope Films, Dave Carson and Clint Goldman to draft the initial logo. The newer variations of the logo have been done by ILM as well. The score for the logo was developed by long time Spielberg collaborator John Williams.Here’s the classic DreamWorks logo animation courtesy of KiNoLoGoIntroRelease.And here’s the DreamWorks logo variations courtesy of Movie Munchies. Grand Collection of Production Company Logo AnimationNow, with our favorites out of the way, let’s enjoy a fifteen minute (!) look at the very best production company logos since the dawn of film. Many of these logos and logo animations will immediately jump out at you as you watch them. Walt DisneyWalt Disney never used a logo animation in front of their film until the Black Cauldron in 1985. All production company logos before this point were static 2D logos. From 1985 to to 1994, the Walt Disney animation was a 2D animation which would vary some with each film. Then in 1994, Pixar changed things up when they crafted the first CGI Walt Disney logo animation to play in front of Toy Story.Today the new Walt Disney logo animation has become an iconic one, known as “logo modern.” This animation made it’s first appearance at the beginning of 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest. There is some confusion on who created the logo… some say it was Pixar, while others have said it was Industrial Light and Magic. Either way, the new logo is fantastic.Here is the current Walt Disney Pictures logo animation, followed by the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo courtesy of BLUHECX.Here is a history of Walt Disney logo animations courtesy of Movie Munchies. Production company logo animations have changed a lot over the years. Let’s take a look at exactly how they changed and how some have become iconic.For many of us, the logo fanfares that play at the front of our favorite films are nearly as special as the films themselves. For instance, the 20th Century Fox logo fanfare that has played in front of Star Wars for nearly 40 years will come to an end very soon… but that fanfare is firmly engrained in the subconscious of millions of fans.Since these logos are pretty epic, let’s take a look at the history of some of our favorite production company intros. We’ll look at the originals and the present day logo stingers, and give you a little history on “who, when, and how” they were created. Let’s get started!20th Century FoxThis iconic production company logo was created in the mid-1930s by special effects animator Emil Kosa, Jr. with accompanying fanfare by Alfred Newman. This original matte-painting style logo stood as the standard logo until 1994, when a CGI logo was created. Since 1994, the logo has gone through a few cosmetic changes, but has relatively stayed as it is today. In 1977 the logo and fanfare shot into iconic status as director George Lucas insisted that it play before the beginning of Star Wars.In fact, Lucas used the CinemaScope version of the fanfare, which was a few seconds longer and allowed for the LucasFilm logo to be included. Then composer John Williams crafted the classic main theme of Star Wars in the same key as the 20th Century Fox fanfare. With Star Wars moving to Disney, the classic fanfare is now gone. It will be interesting what Star Wars will be like without its longtime intro. The current logo animation was developed by Blue Sky Studios and uses the extended score by Lionel Newman.Here’s the 1935 logo Animation, courtesy of Karen Cates.And the 20th Century Fox 2015, courtesy of licerin91. Paramount PicturesLegend has it that Paramount founder W.W. Hodkinson doodled the mountain logo on a piece of paper in 1914. This mountain logo has been used ever since and is the oldest and longest lasting production company logo in all of film. In 1951 the logo was revised when matte painter Jan Domela created the more modern look.In 1986 artist Dario Campanile created the current look of the Paramount mountain. This painting was then animated with the Paramount stars circling and rising above it. Finally, in 2011 Devastudios, Inc. designed and created the current logo animation with composer Michael Giacchino creating the score.Here’s the current Paramount Pictures logo animation with Michael Giacchino score courtesy of Paramount Pictures.Here is a complete Paramount Pictures logo history courtesy of Tristan Andrew. Want to read more about the business side of the industry? Then check out these articles:How to Pick the Right Structure for a Video Production CompanyThe Best Camera Options for Production Company Startups5 Trends That Filmmakers and Video Pros Should Be FollowingDo any of these company logos hold any special meaning for you? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand

first_imgGilas big man Troy Rosario tries to protect the ball against Thailand during the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Miserable shooting was the main reason Gilas Pilipinas struggled against Thailand Sunday night.“If we made four more shots from the three-point line instead of six (Gilas shot 6-of-30), then it would have been a different score,” said Uichico, who emerged from the dugout where he was overheard dressing down the team.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES Gilas shot 6-of-30 from the downtown.“Four more shots and we are shooting 30 percent, that’s still not good but we could have won the game by a big margin,” Uichico told reporters, who stayed out until before midnight at MABA Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUichico has valid reason to be upset.He has a first-rate team with first-rate players like Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mike Tolomia, Troy Rosario and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathloncenter_img They are not the best version of the Gilas program, but the country has employed collegiate players and still won the SEA Games gold through the years.“I told them to just make the basket, that’s all,” said Uichico, referring to the tense moments of the game when Thailand was trading leads down the stretch.He said the Philippines wasn’t able to practice at the 5,000-seater stadium whose administrators had to send away hundreds of people who would like to watch the games live.“But this is the toughest team out there, and we hope to face them again because that means we are in the next round,” Uichico said.Gilas won’t have a game Monday but will practice based on its performance Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more