New track boost for Calabar High

first_img “Some of that money will go back into the programme; some of it will go elsewhere. It’s a complex we are developing, so in the middle, there is a football field and we are looking at basketball because we want to ensure that we are putting up a sporting complex that will benefit the young men,” the principal said. Lights are also to be installed at the facility. At the launch attended by Sports Minister Natalie Neita Headley, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association General Secretary Garth Gayle and Calabar alumnus attorney Michael Eaton, it was announced that the track will be handed over during a dedication ceremony set for Friday, January 22. The inaugural meet will serve as an incentive for 400- and 800-metre runners striving to replicate the impact made by Messrs Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, former Calabar High School athletes described by Minister Neita-Headley as “two great stalwarts of modern Jamaica on whose shoulders we now stand”. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Wint won Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 400m; McKenley the silver. In Helsinki, Finland in 1952 both men were members of Jamaica’s mile relay team, along with George Rhoden and Les Laing, which broke the world record in winning gold. As such, the overall fastest times in the boys and girls 400 metres will be given the Arthur Wint Trophies donated by the Wint family while the top performers in the men’s and women’s Olympic Development 400m and 800m will be awarded cash prizes donated by members of the McKenley family and the Calabar Old Boys’ Association New York Chapter. ENTIRE SPORTS COMPLEX Besides hosting the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday, January 23, the newly laid track at Calabar High School is already reaping huge benefits for the Red Hills Road-based institution. Principal of Calabar, Albert Corcho, revealed yesterday that the school stands to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in transportation costs alone. “We are benefiting already because we usually go to the stadium to train. Once the track is officially handed over we cut out all of that,” he said, following the launch of the track meet at the headquarters of the Jamaica Baptist Union on Washington Boulevard yesterday. “We had to rent buses every day to take the young men to the stadium and back,” he added. He estimated that it costs the school about $15,000 a day for transportation, money that can now be diverted to other areas of the school’s sports development.last_img read more

WATCH: Exceptional family friendly home on the market in Drumkeen

first_imgA beautiful family home located in a quiet, scenic area less than 10 minutes from Letterkenny Town is on the market for €285,000.The property is finished to the highest standard with quality fixtures and fittings at every turn. Benefiting from a large detached garage and landscaped garden with external lighting and patio area.Occupying circa 0.6-acre elevated site lovingly finished with compacted Cranford Stone driveway and shelterbelt of treessurrounding the entire perimeter.It will undoubtedly make a beautiful family home and a must-see.You can view the full listing with photos by Joseph Reynolds here!WATCH: Exceptional family friendly home on the market in Drumkeen was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Hilton to use SA as ‘Africa springboard’

first_img28 September 2012 Hilton Worldwide opened a regional office in Johannesburg last week as the hotel group moved to exploit growth opportunities and develop existing and potential properties across the African continent and the Indian Ocean islands. The office is expected to act as a springboard for Hilton to build on its Africa interests and spearhead activities in the region. “The newly opened office is a milestone in Hilton Worldwide’s 50-plus year history in Africa and a tangible symbol of the company’s future dedication and commitment to the region,” the company said in a statement. The South Africa office is headed by Hilton Worldwide’s vice president for Africa and Indian Ocean, Jan van der Putten. “Hilton Worldwide has 33 hotels across Africa and Indian Ocean and a further 19 in the property pipeline, placing us in a strong position for future regional growth,” said global president and chief executive officer of Hilton Worldwide, Chris Nassetta. The opening of the office follows the addition of the luxury Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa to the Conrad Hotels & Resorts of the Hilton chain in June this year, as well as the launch of a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Cape Town in September. The rebranding of Pezula is expected to be complete by November 2012, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel will be rebranded from the Upper Eastside Hotel and is expected to open by the end of this year. DoubleTree is Hilton Worldwide’s fifth property in South Africa and its second in Cape Town. “In 2012 Africa’s projected growth rate is 6%, which gives us confidence to invest even further,” said Hilton Worldwide’s area president for the Middle East & Africa, Rudi Jagersbacher. “Our long-term goal is to have a Hilton hotel in every key city across the continent, and as we watch Africa turn into a global market player, we want to be present alongside its successes,” Jagersbacher said. “The next few years promise to bring a wide range of opportunities, including the opening of hotels in new markets such as Sierra Leone, Chad and Uganda.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Junior Boks on course at World Champs

first_imgThe English must be commended for their never-say-die commitment and they certainly asked some hard questions of the Baby Boks, enough to suggest that the two teams could meet later in the tournament. South Africa, the defending champions, are on course to top their group at the IRB Junior World Championship, after defeating Six Nations champions England 31-24 in a hard-fought Group A match at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, France on Sunday. “What pleased me, I think, was our kicking game. Against USA we were running the ball a lot, but especially in this game we turned them around with our kicks, and that was definitely great for us.” ‘Disappointed’England eighthman and captain Jack Clifford, who turned in a powerful performance, commented: “Obviously [we are] massively disappointed with the result. All credit to South Africa they played really well and our boys really stuck in it till the end. 11 June 2013 ‘Excited’Speaking after the victory over England, “Baby Bok” skipper Ruan Steenkamp told the IRB: “This was a must-win for us and definitely the boys were up for it, but there is still work to be done and we are excited for the next one. ‘A very good win’“We made a very good start but did not manage to capitalise on it. This was a very good win against an English team that have won the Under-20 Six Nations and have played much longer together as a team,” South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron said afterwards. RegroupedIt looked as if it would be one-way traffic, but England regrouped and a converted try by the Six Nations champions just before the break reduced the deficit to 21-7. South Africa next’s game, against France, will be played on Thursday. Immediately after the restart they signalled their intention to take the game to South Africa in the second half by working an excellent try, scored by Elliot Stooke and converted by Henry Slade, to make it 21-14. The Baby Boks’ reply was almost instant as towering flanker Jacques du Plessis crashed over for a try, which Robert du Preez converted, to make it 28-14. DisallowedThen, a wonderful counter-attack by South Africa saw Senatla sent clear for his third try, but it was disallowed after a linesman signalled a high tackle from a South African to the referee, and what would have been a comfortable 35-14 lead became a far less convincing 28-17 advantage after Slade landed the resulting kick at goal. Coach Dawie Theron’s charges dominated the first 20 minutes of the contest and despite a couple of missed penalties raced into a 21-0 lead, with Seabelo Senatla, the scorer of four tries against the USA, going over for two more against the English. Buoyed, England forced the defending champions onto the back foot and Henry Purdy went over for another try for the men in white, but Du Preez landed a further penalty to ensure a South African win. “It really came down to it in the end. The last few plays we were really going for it but South Africa pulled away and won.” The tournament format sees three groups of four teams competing for places in the semi-finals. The group winners plus the next best finisher from the three groups go through to the final four. With two wins out of two, South Africa is pretty much assured of a place in the semis. In their first outing, South Africa overran the USA 97-0 and next face hosts France, losers by 30 points to six in their first match against England, and 45-3 winners over the USA on Sunday. “I am disappointed that we did not keep our discipline in the second half, but there were also some decisions made which were out of our control and influenced the play in the second half. We will now regroup and prepare for our next match against France, who will no doubt be a difficult customer in front of their home fans.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Awesome Robots Behind the Camera

first_imgMark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC)Image via MRMCMRMC has made a name for themselves with the Milo motion control system. They actually have an entire series of motion control robotic arms that have been used on a ton of feature films.The Milo is so well known because of its portability and quick setup. The entire rig can be set up and ready to shoot in 35 minutes.Not only has the Milo been used on a series of award winning films, it made its runway debut at Paris Fashion Week.Check out the whole series of cranes and rigs MRMC has built in this awesome promo video. Ever used one of these devices on set? Want more articles on awesome film tech? Let us know in the comments below Over the past 5 years, Motion Control Operators have been creating incredible robotic arms that make precision and repetitive cinematography a possibility.Cover image via Robert CoutoIf you ever encounter a dolly and crane that can completely control itself, then you just found yourself a motion control camera setup. These devices are commonly used to sync live action shots with digital VFX, but as they have progressed technologically, they are becoming a cinematographer’s dream tool. Let’s take a look at the machines from Bot & Dolly and Mark Roberts Motion Control.Bot & DollyImage via Bot & DollyBot & Dolly specializes in creating motion control mechanical arms with custom software for filmmakers, architects, and digital fabricators. They have also created several machines for art and entertainment installations, like the ones used in the video Box.The team at Bot & Dolly once received a commission from Google as one of their earliest project. The created a robotic arm that could be controlled by Nexus devices. Needless to say, it impressed… considering Google then purchased the company afterwards.Meanwhile, the company teamed up with director Alfonso Cuarón to help him achieve the weightlessness of space in Gravity. With the intense amount of pre-visualization required for the film, Bot & Dolly had references to the entire movement of the film. The storyboards and animated sequences planned out the film’s entire choreography. With that information, they were able to plan all the camera movements before hand. They would be able to film Sandra Bullock like never before. The Bot & Dolly IRIS system was not only able to get into tight places, it could repeat the exact same movements repeatedly, allowing them to perfectly sync with the digital VFX.Director and Actor Keanu Reeves was also an early adopter of Bot & Dolly’s technology. He aimed to shoot the martial arts film Man of Tai Chi using actors instead of the CGI elements other films had used historically.It’s hard to give an update on Bot & Dolly, as the company has gone silent since being acquired by Google in 2013. Who knows what advances they have made since. Until we hear more, you can still enjoy the company’s show reel.last_img read more