Athletes’ insurance plan gets Cabinet approval

first_imgCabinet has approved the Government’s athletes insurance plan to provide group health, as well as life and personal accident insurance, for more than 1,000 athletes across all sports.Information Minister Sandrea Falconer made the announcement during yesterday’s Jamaica House press briefing.”Cabinet has approved the selection of the Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers as the providers of insurance of our athletes,” said Falconer.”Guardian Life will provide group health, while Allied will provide group life and personal life and personal life accident coverage,” she said.Falconer added that all national sporting associations and federations have also committed to supporting the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan by contributing five per cent of the cost for their participating member athletes.”The Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan has received funding support from the Sports Development Foundation, Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education (CHASE) fund.Falconer noted that one must be a current athlete in order to qualify for the insurance scheme.”They have to be in a programme representing Jamaica and so once you are not active in a programme then you will not qualify,” Falconer stated.Falconer said Minister with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita-Headley, will provide further details on the schemes at a later date.Meanwhile, newly appointed president of Netball Jamaica, Paula Daley-Morris, said her association welcomes the move by Cabinet.”We spend a lot of money on our players in terms of taking care of their medical issues,” said Daley-Morris.”This is going to help to keep a little bit more money in our coffers and so I wish to thank the Government for being so considerate at this time and supporting athletes in general,” she said.last_img read more

Calabar’s Taylor runs fast 100m

first_imgWorld Youth 400 metres champion, Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, impressed with a fast 100 metres run at yesterday’s Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium.The versatile 16-year-old stopped the clock at 10.44 seconds to take heat nine of the boys’ Class Two 100m, with the fastest time overall.The Camperdown Classic is the final stop in the Corporate Area leg of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship. Taylor, the defending Grand Prix 400m champion, is expected to run his pet event at next week’s Grand Prix finals at the G.C. Foster College.Taylor said he was satisfied with yesterday’s effort.”This was just to see how good I was at that event,” he told The Sunday Gleaner, while adding that he is fit and ready for more success.Teammate Tyreke Wilson also clocked a fast time, 10.52, in heat eight for second overall, while another Calabar sprinter, Michael Stephens, cruised to 10.56 in heat eleven for third. Dejour Russell rounded out the top four for Calabar with 10.61 in heat 12.Stephens also won the Class Two boys’ long jump with a leap of 6.64m, while Kymonie Matthews of St George’s College and Owayne Owens finished second and third with 6.57m and 6.45m, respectively.In the eagerly anticipated clubs and institution’s men’s 400m, former Calabar star Javon Francis of Akan Track Club was fastest overall with 46.21, Javere Bell of Mico University was second in 46.75 ahead of Nathon Allen of St Jago (46.85) while Racers Track Club’s Zharnel Hughes finished fourth in 46.95.Racers sprint stars Warren Weir and Yohan Blake had to settle for seventh and 16th overall in 47.30 and 48.41, respectively.In the boys’ Class One 100m, Xavior Angus of Calabar was first with 10.50 as schoolmate Fabian Hewitt took second overall in 10.54.Jamaica College won the Class One boys’ 4x100m in 40.06 seconds from Calabar, 40.56, and St Catherine High, 41.20.Andrenette Knight of St Jago High School sizzled in the girls’ 400m hurdles with a new meet record of 59.01 seconds. Camperdown High’s Shadae Newell clocked 1:00:38 and Jody-Ann Petrie of St Jago, 1:03:63.last_img read more

Jagdeo describes piracy attacks as acts of “terrorism”

first_img– calls on both Govts to work together to address horrific scourgeOpposition Leader and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo and Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall on Sunday in Paramaribo, Suriname met with hundreds of Guyanese, including the families of those who perished at the hands of pirates recently.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addresses scores of Guyanese in Suriname over the weekendAlso in attendance were several survivors of the ordeals.The families and the survivors explained in great detail the horrors that they have endured at the hands of the criminals and expressed great fear that these atrocities would be repeated unless the perpetrators were arrested and brought to justice.The Leader of the Opposition expressed condolences on behalf of the PPP to relatives of those who perished, and expressed the Party’s solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy.He described the attacks as acts of terrorism, and called upon the Governments of Guyana and Suriname to work collaboratively and swiftly in addressing these horrific incidents fully and comprehensively. He urged that the full force of the law be used to bring the perpetrators to justice. The former President emphasised that these were exceptionally criminal acts which required an exceptional response from the Government of Guyana and not the lukewarm, run-of-the-mill approach thus far adopted.Another section of the fishermen’s relatives at the meeting on SundayThe Opposition Leader also committed that the PPP would do all that it could, both in and out of Parliament, to assist, including working with the Government to bring reprieve to this situation.Former Attorney General Nandlall, who spoke at the meeting as well, also condemned the horrendous attacks, and pointed out that these were appropriate cases for Government to use “special prosecutors” to prosecute those charged in an effort to secure convictions.Another public meeting with a different set of affected persons is scheduled to take place today at another location in Suriname.last_img read more

Reflecting on a day of silence with the great masked mime

first_img`I probably shouldn’t say this,” the pistol instructor acknowledged, “but when I’m not doing this, I’m a street mime in San Francisco.” Fact is, he probably shouldn’t have said that, not while I was holding a loaded Glock 9 mm and thinking that a mime might not be such a terrible thing to waste. But, seriously, what did it matter that my pistol guru was also a mime? You know, a guy in white face trapped in an invisible box, climbing a rope, walking down imaginary steps, all those things either invented or propagated by mime of all mimes for now and forever, Marcel Marceau, who died last week at the age of 84. You can bet mimes the world over wept bitter silent tears when they heard that. You can also bet that any man who even momentarily considers using a handgun on a mime is someone with mixed emotions about a centuries-old art form that Marceau spread like an evangelist, a form that he even taught the pistol instructor who – when I asked about the grand master of silence – stuck index fingers into each cheek and gave me a blinding smile. Keep in mind that I was still holding that elegant pistol, a pistol placed there on a day dedicated to understanding the world’s laziest “sport” and the proposition that even street mimes don’t deserve whacking. The fact is, there are mimes and there was Marceau and what he did on stage one rainy afternoon 20 years ago at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. Someone gave me tickets that my then 5-year-old daughter and I used only because the one-man show happened to coincide with an utterly charmless winter day. I can even recall explaining to my daughter that Marceau was a kind of clown in a striped boat neck shirt, black beret and white face. Then I had to tell her what a boat neck shirt, a beret and white face were. Then I had to explain that the show had no words because he is a mime, only leaving out that I hate mimes because they are forever brightening the street scene in places like Paris and San Francisco where – it occurred to me years later – one of those jokers I told to buzz off might have been packing heat. I did such a good job killing her youthful expectations that she wanted to leave. On top of that, the stage was bare. This was minimalism on crack and I just knew that she would hate it as much as I did. Plus, how old was Marceau? If he was on the “Ed Sullivan Show” when I was her age he must be – quick calculation – 4,000? As it turns out, he was then only 64 with 20 good years still ahead of him. It also meant that he had been a young mime on the Sullivan show, this ageless Frenchman whose father was killed by the Germans in Auschwitz. But the funny thing about his performance on that afternoon was how it wasn’t funny at all. It was perceptive, surreal, perfect and it could make even me smile. But it wasn’t funny, which is probably why I hated him on TV when I was a kid. In that long-ago America of almost no sophistication, any man in white face was a clown. Only this clown wasn’t like anyone in a circus. This clown was in the mold of Keaton and Chaplin, guys with Homeric physical vocabularies that used laughter to make serious points about life itself. Marceau’s character was called Bip. And what Bip did that day was nothing like street performance. This was seriously funny stuff, especially a bit called “Youth, Maturity and Death.” It was just that, human life rendered in nuanced silence. I could only compare him to Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev. He was no different than the two great dancers, playing his part wordlessly, letting his lean body do the talking. Marceau had that kind of Russian-dancer greatness about him. Still, it wasn’t until this week that I finally saw a photograph of him without makeup. There he was in the obituaries unmasked, a kind-faced, wrinkled actor who long ago gave up speaking roles to tell stories in a way that nobody has ever equaled or probably ever will. His was, of course, the ultimate niche market. More than other great performers, Marceau was something unique on this Earth and beyond question. It’s like asking how Ted Williams could swing like that or where Michael Jordan found all that air. What can we say, like all greatness, his was just there, a gift. On Tuesday morning I mentioned to my daughter that Marceau had died. “Do you remember seeing him that day?” she shot back, 20 years after the fact. How could I forget, with her still wearing (with $200 jeans) the T-shirt I bought her. On it is the enigmatic Marceau’s face – eyes, stripes and beret on white nothingness. She used to sleep in the thing it was so big. Now it fits like a glove the grown-up girl who, on a wet afternoon at age 5, knew that she was seeing something that deserved to be called great. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Leeds charged by FA over sale of Ross McCormack

first_img Ross McCormack left Elland Road in a deal worth £11million in 2014 Leeds have been charged by the Football Association with breaching the governing body’s football agent regulations.The charge alleging misconduct refers to the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham in July 2014, the FA said in a statement.Scottish striker McCormack left Elland Road in a deal worth £11million.Leeds, owner Massimo Cellino and authorised agent Derek Day have all been charged and have until May 20 to respond.The FA said on its website: “Leeds United have been charged for breaching the FA’s football agent regulations. The alleged misconduct relates to the transaction involving the transfer of Ross McCormack from Leeds to Fulham on 8 July 2014.”The club declined to comment when approached.McCormack spent four years at Leeds before being sold to Fulham and the Scotland international claimed at the time that he was “hung out to dry by the club”.He said that Leeds would “always have a special place in my heart” but was “no longer the Leeds United I fell in love with”.Cellino’s FA charge is the latest in a long list of controversies to hit the former Cagliari owner.The Football League has yet to confirm whether his latest 223-day disqualification for a tax offence in Italy still stands after reports in his homeland that he had been acquitted by the Italian Court of Appeal over the non-payment of VAT on an imported Range Rover.Cellino has been at odds with the Football League since the game’s governing body tried to block his takeover of Leeds in 2014 after he had been convicted of another tax offence in Italy.He later served a four-month ban in the second half of last season, imposed by the Football League after it had been confirmed in an Italian court his offence had been a dishonest act. 1last_img read more


first_imgFormer Kerry legend and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has said watching Donegal play is like watching paint dry.The outspoken commentator, who famously labeled Ulster football as “puke football’, launched another attack on Jim McGuinness’ men in his Sunday World newspaper column.But as well as slating Donegal, Spillane admits that he also admires Michael Murphy and co. Spillane used last weekend’s Ulster Final victory over Monaghan to judge Donegal.“There are people out there who enjoy watching paint dry. Then there are masochists who love having pain inflicted on them.“Unless you fit into either of these categories I don’t see how you could have enjoyed watching the first half of the Ulster Final. “It was dire, ultra defensive, negative and nasty,” he said.However he added “Having said that, one could only sit back and admire Donegal. They gave a masterclass in defensive play and work ethic.“The non-stop running play of the Donegal players was unbelievable.”He said that while he still believed the Donegal team of last year were “running on empty’ he believes that has changed.“They’re different this year – hungrier, sharper and working harder,” he said.And then he asked himself if Donegal are good enough to win the All Ireland saying he would love to see them meet Dublin in the semi-final. “I’m not so sure. I don’t think they are as god as they were in 2012. So I wouldn’t get carried away yet.“But Donegal have a system and it will test Dublin if they clash in the semi-final. I would love for this game to happen.“But if the game transpires, the key question is whether they can hold their blanket defense in place for the entire duration of the match when faced by Dublin’s unbelievable pace,” he added.SPILLANE: WATCHING DONEGAL PLAY IS LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, BUT THEN……! was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:all-irelanddonegalGAAJim McGuinnessPat Spillanelast_img read more

Sixteen arrests on first night of Donegal Rally

first_imgGardaí say they are happy with the significant decrease in arrests on the first night of the Donegal International Rally 2019.Sixteen people were arrested overnight in Letterkenny this year – down from 30 on Friday night in 2018.Thousands of visitors arrived in Letterkenny in recent days to follow the Donegal International Rally. But, as with every year, there have been a number of public order and dangerous driving incidents. The arrests for Friday night were:11 arrests for Public order offences1 arrest for drink driving1 arrest for dangerous driving2 people were found in possession of illicit drugs1 person was arrested and interviewed in relation to an assault to appear in CourtSix vehicles were also seized. The Roads Policing Unit are carrying out a high volume of checks on roads across the county this weekend. A zero-tolerance policy is in operation on dangerous driving as the authorities aim to “keep the race in its place”.Gardaí are delighted with the outcome of their efforts on Friday night and have thanked the public for their co-operation.In a Facebook post they said: “We are delighted to announce that the number of arrests overnight for road traffic offences was significantly lower than it has been over the past number of years on the first night of the Donegal International Rally. “We want to thank everyone for taking the Road safety message on board.“Everyone had a great day yesterday and we hope that the road safety message continues to be remembered by all for the remainder of the event!”Follow the Donegal Daily Live Blog for updates from the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally here:  Sixteen arrests on first night of Donegal Rally was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestsdonegal international rallyGardairallylast_img read more

Alert over duo carrying out diversion scam in Letterkenny

first_imgBusiness owners and staff in Letterkenny are being urged to be on alert today over a cash-grabbing scam.Two women are reportedly trying to swindle stores out of money on Main Street today (Thursday).The women allegedly ask store assistants for change, before diverting their attention away and taking more cash than they started with. The Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce is warning all local traders to be aware: “Please be alert and careful with goods and cash and check all notes at this busy time.”Alert over duo carrying out diversion scam in Letterkenny was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Session 4 photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was plenty in the packed Session 4 including the Creed Speaking Presentation, officer awards, a keynote presentation from National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris, CDE winner announcements, the Prepared Speaking Presentation, the Agriscience Fair recognition, and the Ohio FFA Officer parent recognition. Ryan Matthews The top reporters in the state were recognized. The top treasurers in the state were recognized.. The top secretaries in the state were recognized. Johnathon Cottingim CDE winners were recognized Student reporter Kolt Buchenroth is ready for Session 5! Agriscience Fair winners were recognized Agriscience Fair winners were recognized National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris Josie Montoney thanks her parentslast_img read more

Autodesk Smoke: Tips for Creating 3D Text in Action

first_imgYou can Zoom and Pan inside of the Curve Graph. If you hold down ALT while moving the points they will snap to the graph and move in whole numbers.Save and load a Bevel Profile by selecting the 3D Text Node, going in to Node Prefs for Action, and then Load or Save by going to the Text option. This only saves the Bevel and not the other properties.The Geometry Menu gives you access to the base material properties of the Text (Diffuse, Specular, & Ambient Colors), as well as blending modes, and transparency.You also have settings for how the Text reacts to lights within the scene. You can force to shade Both Front & Back, or just Front, or just Back.This can come in handy when you also have transparency with the Text as it can hide the back polygons. The Shine value will create Specular Highlights on the geometry as light hits it. Geometry can be set to Cast+Receives Shadows, Casts Only, Receives, Only, and No Shadow, or to just create a Shadow Only. Shadow Only mode is quite useful, as it will hide the physical geometry and just display its shadow. Use it to enhance your scene by adding shadows without having to clutter it up with seen objects as it acts as a shadow projector.The Char Axis Menu is used to animate the Text on a per character basis (you have access to the similar transform controls found in the Axis node). Although you can freely move the center axis of rotation, there are pop-up buttons for quickly setting it to various points in X & Y. These may misalign your text however if you are using upper/lowercase text, as the ascenders/descenders mess things up.The Master Character slider sets which character the animation begins on, and the cascade will offset the animation by frames. You can also set the direction of the cascade to travel in various directions left & right. Smoke makes it easy to create some quick and easy text animations.Since you can keyframe the Cascade Value and the Master Character, you can create some unique animations. You can speed up the cascade or change the point of cascade throughout the animation with the Master Character.There are several 3D Text Preset Animations that you can load to give you a good base for your text animations.Drag up a Preset Node from the Action Bin and it will display the 3D Texts Presets to load in a nice visual layout:You can apply different UV Mappings to the 3D Text. This applies to any Diffuse Map Textures appled to the 3D Text. You can choose from the standard UV wrap selections. And if needed, you can use the UV transform controls. This is not like the general Position Axis controls on the Diffuse Map, as the UV controls actually transform the UV Coordinates along the surface.The Tessellation Menu can help improve the wireframe mesh of the 3D Text by tiling geometric shapes across the surfaces.  Standard (GLU) is the simplest method but is also the least precise. It is the default setting for 3D Text, and works for most purposes. Some font styles may require you to select one of the other methods (Delaunay & Medial Axis).These both have additional settings to improve the quality of the geometry which will provide for better shading, and displacement. You can view the original wireframe as well as the modified one to see the improvements.Now that you have your 3D text extruded, beveled, and animated you can texture your text by adding a Diffuse Map and/or a Reflection Map (Note: you can add texture maps at anytime in the 3D Text creation). Mapping textures requires a separate blog post of it’s own, so look for that coming soon. However, there are a few other notable functions of 3D Text to be aware of:Your HWAA settings under CFX Setup will greatly improve the quality of your 3D Text edges. It is recommended that you always enable HWAA with at least a setting of 4x. I personally use 8x. This is hardware AA and therefore won’t impact rendering time.Under the 3D Text Menu button, you will find the the Ridged Text option. Normally when you attach a 3D Text with a 3D Path to create text on a path, the characters will bend along the path. If for some reason you don’t want the characters to separate and you want the entire word to move as one, then you can enable the Ridged Text option.You can’t kern the characters of the text easily with 3D Text. If you need to kern your text, you can click the Separate Button. This will split out your text characters into a set of Axis, Offset, and Geom. These will all be connected to several control axis. The original GEOM created will also be retained and it will become hidden. This is a nice safety in case you want to return back to the original. Now that the characters are separated you can animate the text characters at will.Click image for larger view:Note: If you plan on using the Char Axis menu for animation and text cascading, you need to do this before you use Separate. After separation the Char Axis and Cascade properties and timings will be retained, but any adjustments in this menu will no longer be tied to the separated text. If you need to make adjustments, you need to delete the separated nodes and unhide the original GEOM.One other ‘gotcha’ is that if you adjusted the Centre Axis via the pop-up buttons in the Char Axis menu, it will revert to normal positions (Bottom,Center) when you Separate. This will alter the animation slightly. You will have to reset it for each character afterwards or it would be better to set the centre via the centre axis controls.To get the most out of 3D Text, you can use fonts that aren’t letters. You can load Windings fonts or download some shape fonts, like snowflakes or ornament fonts and create some quick and easy 3D shapes inside Action for motion graphic design. In the upcoming blog post on texture maps, I’ll show you how to use some simple 3D Text Shapes in motion graphic design. I hope this post sheds some light on the functionality of 3D Text inside Autodesk Smoke.Got questions or comments? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to post below. This makes the the left side of the bevel the Front of the Text and the right side is the Back.Normally I will create a simple bevel by adding a point and adjusting the points, as shown.  However you can also create some very complex bevels for a more creative and personalized text look.center_img In this post we share the secrets of the 3D Text node inside of Smoke’s Action. Create impressive 3D text!You can easily create extruded 3D Text within Action, Autodesk Smoke’s true 3D compositing node. It’s simple enough. Double click or drag the 3D Text Node into your Action schematic or scene. The text comes in as the word “Text” on screen. Let’s take a look at the Properties Tab, which will allow you to customize this text for your needs.The Properties Tab contains 5 Sub Menus: 3D Text, Geometry, Character Axis, UV Map, and Tessellation.The 3D Text Menu is where the Text attributes are applied in Smoke. Each 3D Text Node can only create 1 line of text (although that line can be quite long). The limit is 999 characters. In the font name field you can choose the font style you would like, which takes you to the same font selection as the 2D text.Since all text is treated as vectors, this makes it easy for Smoke to extrude it into 3D. The rest of the properties are standard text features: Kerning, Size, Italic, and of course the Depth setting, which sets the depth of the extrusion in pixels.Text is extruded from the center out in both positive & negative Z space. Once the text is extruded, your attention can be turned to the Bevel Profile Graph.The Bevel Profile settings work like many of the the other Curve Graph Functions in Smoke. You can Add and Move points at will and Break Tangents to get a sharp point. When you create a curve on the graph, that is the shape that the Text will take when seen from the Side View.Click image for larger view:last_img read more