Former team-mates in shock after ex-QPR star is involved in road collision

first_imgFormer team-mates of Clarke Carlisle have reacted with shock to the news that the ex-QPR defender has been involved in a serious road accident.The 35-year-old spent four years at Loftus Road and more recently was chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association.He played alongside Dan Shittu during a memorable spell for Rangers in which they reached the Division Two play-off final in 2003 and were promoted the following season.And Shittu tweeted: “Clarky, stay strong. My prayers and thoughts are with you brother.”Clarky, stay strong. My prayers and thoughts are with you brother.— Dan Shittu (@danshittu) December 22, 2014Former R’s midfielder Marcus Bean wrote: “Horrible news re Clarkie im in shock. He’s a fighter praying he pulls through. all my thoughts with him and his family.”Marc Bircham tweeted: “Was told the news earlier today of my good friend Clarke Carlisle .. Really hoping he pulls through . Thoughts are with his family x.“Clarke is One of the real nice guys on the planet . Would do anything for you. I’ve been in a state of shock but I know he will pull through.”Was told the news earlier today of my good friend Clarke Carlisle .. Really hoping he pulls through . Thoughts are with his family x — Marc Bircham (@marcbircham) December 22, 2014Tom Williams, who spent time at Rangers on loan, added: “C’mon Clarke pull thru this mate – all my prayers are for you and your family.”Ex-QPR and England full-back David Bardsley, who played alongside Carlisle at Blackpool, tweeted: “Wishing my big old team Clarke Carlisle a very quick recovery, a fantastic man . Love the big man.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

!Khwa ttu: the way of the San

first_imgIvan Vaalbooi, a guide at !Khwa ttu, onthe recently opened Gathering Trail, whichhighlights the incredible plant knowledgeof the San Bushmen. Originally from Angola, where he sawvillages and tribes destroyed by civil war,Carlos Korokagho Munawgo’s knowledgeof plants and San customs was passeddown from older generations, not studied. The restaurant at !Khwa ttuMEDIA CONTACTS• !Khwa ttu+27 22 492• Working Group of Indigenous Minoritiesin Southern Africa+264 61 244• South African San Institute+27 53 8322156sasi@iafrica.comRELATED ARTICLES• African human genomes decoded• Tracing the origins of humankind• Ancient arrows a clue to the past• The Free State’s castle retreatRichard Holmes“Eleven years ago, this was a run-down cattle farm,” Michael Daiber tells me as we wander across the quiet courtyard at !Khwa ttu, the bright summer sunshine bouncing off freshly whitewashed walls. From the hilltop, the blue waters of the West Coast sparkle a few kilometres away, while the flat top of Table Mountain is just visible through the distant heat haze.The scars of farming are still visible in the fields below, but today there’s a different crop being sown in this 850ha Western Cape nature reserve, with ecotourism providing new opportunities for one of South Africa’s most marginalised communities.!Khwa ttu aims to open visitors’ eyes to the world of the San Bushmen, one of Africa’s oldest peoples. But this is no theme park. The emphasis is on a “tangible journey into history facilitated by the people themselves”, celebrating San culture and creating opportunities for the community.!Khwa ttu has its beginnings in 1998, when the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa partnered with the South African San Institute to create a tourism and training project for San people from across Southern Africa. Then in 1999 Swiss anthropologist Irene Staehelin joined the initiative, setting up the Ubuntu Foundation and buying the farm that became !Khwa ttu. Today, the project is an award-winning partnership jointly owned by the San people and Ubuntu.“Ecotourism and training go hand in hand here,” says Daiber, the CEO of !Khwa ttu. “San people come from across Southern Africa to study and work here for a nine-month period. But it’s not about the certificates and gold lettering. Here it’s all about the real-life work experience that will allow them to find good jobs in the tourism industry.”Men like Carlos Korokagho Munawgo.Munawgo seems like the grandfather of !Khwa ttu. When he speaks people stop and listen. Originally from Angola, where he saw villages and tribes destroyed by civil war, Munawgo’s knowledge of plants and San customs was passed down from older generations, not studied. It’s knowledge that’s happily being tapped by the centre’s young guides.A case in point is Ivan Vaalbooi, an enthusiastic young guide from the dry Northern Cape. With his training behind him he is now an accredited tour guide who learned many of his skills here at !Khwa ttu: “I’ve learned from Carlos. Now I have a chance to pass on some of these skills to the other San people who come to train here.”The visitor complex boasts a country-style restaurant and a small gift shop, but the reason tourists drive up the R27 to !Khwa ttu – just under an hour from the centre of Cape Town – are the centre’s two interpretive trails.The Hunting Trail – on foot and tractor-trailer – has long been the main attraction, introducing visitors to the way the San lived, hunted and celebrated.Then, because they were a people who always lived in balance with nature, the recently opened Gathering Trail highlights the San’s incredible plant knowledge.Over 150 plant species, most only found growing naturally in the dry semi-desert further north, line the easy walking trail, which is loosely divided into five broad areas.“This wild mint is my favourite,” says Vaalbooi, leading us into the first section, which contains plants that can be used as herbal teas to cure a variety of ills. The sandy path wanders down towards plants for “women’s health”, which was of particular importance to the San during childbirth.“You can use the stems and the leaves of the Agapanthus plant to ease the pains of childbirth,” says Vaalbooi. “But it’s very bitter, and only a very small amount is used.”Each section has a number of helpful signboards, with photographs of the plant and explanation of their uses. Two areas cover plants used for “general Health”, with the likes of the common thorn apple and sour figs easing arthritis and sore throats respectively.“Only one particular household in the community would know how to use all of these plants,” says Vaalbooi. “If you were sick, or you had troubles, you would come to this family to ask for help. This knowledge would then be passed down through the family.”A plump little tsama melon gives the game away for the final stop on the short trail. “They say that this is the grandmother of the watermelon,” Vaalbooi says. “You can prepare it lots of different ways. You can roast the seeds, or eat it just plain like it is. You can also make a very nice porridge out of it … it has a very nice sour taste!”We leave the tsama melon to ripen in the hot West Coast sun and wander back up towards the restaurant. Before settling into the hearty lunchtime menu, most visitors wander through the photo gallery, which offers a shocking look at how the San have been exploited, examined and dehumanised over the past 400 years.Failing to recognise the subtlety of their ancient ways, Victorian explorers poked, prodded and procured the “savage” San for display around the world. The 20th century did little better, dragging them into regional conflicts – most notably in Namibia and Angola – and destroying what remained of their traditional way of life.Today, stripped of their ancestral lands, alcoholism and unemployment threaten to wipe out the first people of Africa altogether. Which makes projects like !Khwa ttu all the more valuable. Combining ecotourism and training opportunities offers a new path for men like Munawgo and Vaalbooi.From the restaurant I hear the clatter of cutlery as a restaurant full of happy diners makes the most of !Khwa ttu’s Sunday lunch buffet. Wines from local estates flow freely and organic vegetables from the garden make their way into the kitchen as a small army of waitresses bustle between tables. In the shop, new arrivals browse through the selection of gifts, such as ostrich-egg bracelets, handcrafted by San communities.Those eggs would once have been used to store water for the dry months, ensuring the community’s future survival. Today, it’s inquisitive tourists – and projects like !Khwa ttu – that are providing a nest egg for San communities across Southern Africa.Tourist advisory!Khwa ttu is situated on the R27, some 45 minutes north of Cape Town. Visit to find out more, or call +27 22 492 2998.San-guided tours take place from Tuesdays to Sundays at 10am and 2pm. !Khwa ttu charges R220 (US$30) for adults and R110 ($15) for children, students and pensioners (complimentary drink included in the price). There is also a family special of R450 ($60) for two adults accompanying three children under 12 years.Khwa ttu also offers a conference facilities and a variety of self-catering accommodation: a family-friendly guest house near the restaurant (sleeps six), a secluded bush house (sleeps four) and a rustic bush camp (sleeps 20 in five canvas tents).last_img read more

Catch Audiences Off Guard With Reverse On-Screen Motion

first_imgReverse on-screen motion has been used since the dawn of cinema. Learn how to use this backward technique for your own video productions. Top Image: Days of Heaven via ParamountNarrative ReversalWhile maintaining the sense of forward motion through storytelling, filmmakers have used the power of editing to jump their scenes and sequences forward and backward across time and make it feel totally natural. This continuity through narrative has permitted filmmakers to reverse entire storylines and still maintain clarity.Irreversible via LionsgateReversed narratives can be seen in movies like Memento and Irreversible. Similarly, reversal narratives that offer their characters multiple storylines (or second chances) can be seen in movies such as Run Lola Run and Sliding Doors. However, reversing on-screen motion is a more challenging technique. As such, it’s often reserved for special effect shots and brief passages within more traditional chronologically structured works. Let’s consider the way this technique has been used over the course of cinematic history. In the process, you may find an inventive use for reverse on-screen motion in your next video project.  Memento via SonyFilm History in ReverseOne of the earliest examples of reverse on-screen motion can be seen below (via Change Before Going Productions). In the Lumiere short film Demolition of a Wall, workers knock down a wall only to have it magically reassemble. The film serves as an early demonstration that filmmakers have the power to mend what has been broken, even if it is an on-screen illusion.Building Up and Demolishing the Star Theatre (seen below via Biograph and Change Before Going Productions) is another example of early reverse on-screen motion and also one of the first films to use timelapse. Over a period of thirty days, and supposedly with an exposure every four minutes, Frederick S. Armitage created this 1901 film that shows the assembling and disassembling, sans dynamite, of the Star Theatre. These early examples of reverse on-screen motion were just the beginning when it came to encouraging audiences to grapple with the unique abilities of the film medium.The 1967 Czech film Happy End is a notable feature film that employs reverse on-screen motion for its entirety. It’s an impressive and quirky entry in the history of reverse on-screen motion. Since Happy End is a feature, viewing it can be a commitment, but it’s worth checking out in total. Watch it below (via Continental & rplnt).More recent uses of reverse on-screen motion throughout an entire film can be seen in shorter works such as Zach Lipovsky’s Time Upon a Once and the memorable trailer for Dead Island (via Square Enix). Reverse Motion as Special EffectMore often than not, reverse on-screen motion is used as a quick effect and is meant to be either invisible, surreal, or a little creepy.Consider the backward motion of smoke in this scene from Michael Mann’s weird 1983 film, The Keep (via Paramount).And this reversed black substance (at 1:37) from Evil Dead II (via Anchor Bay).And the cat on the piano from the 1977 Japanese film, House (via Criterion). And the notorious use of the remote control in Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (via Warner).Note: This clip contains violent content.And the nightmarish Red Room scene in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (via ABC).Finally, Terrence Malick used reverse on-screen motion to beautiful effect (at 1:20) during the locust scene in the classic Days of Heaven (via Paramount).The list goes on with countless films making use of reverse motion effects over the course of movie history.Why Use Reverse Motion?For any kind of untrained stunt work, reverse motion can come in handy. For example, if someone needs to get hit by anything (car, grocery cart, etc.), it’s worth a try to stage the motion in reverse, starting from the moment of impact and moving backward. Sometimes you can shoot the moment of impact in a close-up. So at the moment the runaway grocery cart hits the unsuspecting shopper, frame a close-up with the cart against the shopper, pull the cart out of the shot and get enough coverage to make it look real.It’s also useful if you have a character who needs to look like a genius with a Rubik’s Cube or similar puzzle, as seen in this clip of Michel Gondry via passaicstuff.If you need someone to emerge from a lake and be miraculously dry, have them walk backward into the water, then reverse the sequence in post, as recommended here. Sometimes, making use of fishing wire is necessary if you want your reverse shot to play out in a wider framing. Shanks FX demonstrates this technique with some applications for reverse motion that look akin to Jedi force work or just magic.The opportunities for using reverse motion are endless and limited only by your creativity. The resulting reverse on-screen motion shot may only be used for a brief moment, but it can make all the difference for your action scenes, tricky stunt work, and horror movie effects. As for actually reversing the shot in your editing timeline, it’s as easy as this in Adobe Premiere and this in Final Cut Pro.Funny Games via WarnerWhat are some memorable moments of reverse on-screen action that you’ve seen or put to use? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

Sacrilege report: Punjab Cong. to take on Akalis in Assembly

first_imgThe Punjab Assembly session, slated to start on Friday, is likely to witness uproarious scenes as the ruling Congress has decided to take on the Opposition on the issue of Justice (retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents in the State. The government will table the report in the monsoon session of the Assembly.The Punjab Congress Legislative Party, which met here to draw out its floor strategy ahead of the session, decided that the party should go all out against the Shiromani Akali Dal over the Bargari and other sacrilege cases, and the two incidents of police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura that led to deaths and injuries in the wake of desecration of religious texts. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh made it clear during the meeting that he would ensure that nobody found guilty in sacrilege cases is spared. “We will not allow anyone incriminated in any case of religious desecration to go scot-free, whoever he or she may be,” he said.Notably, acting on the key recommendations of the Ranjit Singh Commission, the Punjab police have already included the names of four police personnel in the FIR registered in the Behbal Kalan firing incident in 2015. The role of five other police officers is being investigated.In the Kotkapura firing incident, a case under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act was registered earlier this month, and the commission has recommended a thorough investigation by an independent agency.SAD rejects reportThe SAD has rejected the report, submitted to the Chief Minister on August 16, and accused the Congress of defaming the Akalis by blaming them for the sacrilege incidents. “We completely reject the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report which is a Congress ‘sarkari’ commission,” senior SAD leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia said. He sought removal of Justice (retd.) Singh as the panel head and reiterated his party’s demand for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

3 days agoTottenham due Lo Celso boost this week

first_imgTottenham due Lo Celso boost this weekby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will receive a boost this week with the return of midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.The Argentine, signed from Real Betis this past summer, has been out for two months with a hip injury.But manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Monday that Lo Celso will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade.Spurs are yet to win collect a win from Group B so far this season. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Miami Trolls Duke With “Shrug” Emoticon Following ACC’s Suspension Of Referees

first_imgSunday afternoon, the ACC issued an official statement on the end of Saturday’s Miami vs. Duke contest, which featured great controversy. The league has chosen to suspend the entire officiating crew two conference games after it was determined that four mistakes (two of which were crucial to the outcome) were made during the final play of the game. For those unaware, Miami returned a kickoff for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.Well, Miami, which benefited from the errors, has responded to the news on Twitter. Duke fans won’t like what they see.¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 1, 2015And this is the Hurricanes official Twitter account moments after that statement was released:— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 1, 2015That, for those who don’t use social media often, is a “shrug” emoticon. It basically translates to “oh well.”It does not appear that the ACC is going to change the outcome of the game. It’s a tough break for Blue Devils fans.last_img read more

Pennants Water Shop to Open in Two Weeks

first_imgIn another two weeks, the community of Pennants in Clarendon will have its first water shop, which was built at a cost of $8 million.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, made the announcement at a Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation town hall meeting at Edwin Allen High School in Frankfield on September 20.He said the project is expected to provide easier access to potable water for more than 1,000 residents in and around Pennants.It involves construction of a fenced complex to accommodate eight 1,000-gallon water tanks and an administrative office.         The tanks will be refilled regularly to ensure a constant supply. Persons will be able to have access to water at a minimum cost.The Pennants project will serve as a pilot for the provision of water to areas across the island that face a shortage of the commodity during dry periods.Minister McKenzie, in the meantime, informed that the Pennants back road was repaired at a cost of $13 million, which will make it easier for water trucks to deliver the commodity to the community.last_img read more

Government of BC gives response to hydraulic fracturing report

first_imgSince March, the Government has implemented a number of changes that address the panel’s recommendations.Those recommendations include:installing new hydrometric monitoring stations in collaboration with First Nations communities;installing new groundwater observation wells near Fort Nelson;completing mapping of more than 55 aquifers;implementing an outreach and education initiative for land and dam owners in the northeast region; andmapping zones that are likely to experience greater ground motion from seismic events is underway.According to the Government, as part of the short-term action plan, the working group will review and clarify regulatory processes and procedures, and identify areas for improvements in data-management tools, systems, integration and public accessibility.The group will also recommend long-term research directions and priorities for the Government that address knowledge gaps identified by the scientific panel.The working group will engage with all British Columbians and will provide a status update in December 2019.The full Scientific Review can be found on the Government’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. has issued a response to the independent scientific panel’s Scientific Review of Hydraulic Fracturing report.After releasing the report in March, the Government says they have established a cross-government working group to develop short-term and long-term action plans for implementing the panel’s 97 recommendations.The working group includes staff from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commision and from three provincial ministries, which includes the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.last_img read more

President to confer Padma Awards on March 11 15

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the Padma Awards on March 11 and 15 in two investiture ceremonies at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the Modi government has claimed to have transformed the national honours into “people’s choice” trophies by involving the general public in sending entries. For the awards announced on the eve of Republic Day, the government received a record 50,000 nominations, 20 times more than the 2,200 entries in 2014. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The awardees include 12 farmers from nine states, 14 doctors from 11 states, nine sportspersons, 16 social workers and others representing various fields. Of the 112 named for the awards, 56 will receive the honour on March 11. Among those to be awarded on March 11 include Balasaheb alias Balwant Moreshwar Purandare from Maharashtra who will be honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. There will be eight Padma Bhushan honours to be given to John Chambers, Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan, Vishwanathan Mohanlal, Budhaditya Mukherjee, Karia Munda, Kuldip Nayar (posthumous) and Hukumdev Narayan Yadav. The Padma award winners will interact with the winners of Padma Quiz organised by the government last week which saw participation by 35,499 people.last_img read more

JU admission English Comparative Lit depts decide to admit students only on

first_imgKolkata: The English and Comparative Literature departments of Jadavpur University (JU) have disapproved the recommendations of the expert committee and have decided to admit students in the undergraduate level only on the basis of marks scored in entrance test.The two-member admission committee formed by JU had recommended admission with 50 percent weightage on admission test and another 50 percent on the marks scored in higher secondary or equivalent examination. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and History departments are in favour of equal weightage. This was decided at the meeting of the admission committee for humanities on Thursday,” said Subhasish Biswas, chairperson of the committee. The English and Comparative Literature departments have been conducting admission tests for decades and after the problem with admission process, they had to revert back to the 50:50 formula in 2018. “Now, they have decided to admit students only on the basis of marks in the admission test. The decision of the meeting will be placed before the executive committee (EC), whose meeting is scheduled for next week,” a member of the admission committee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that EC is the highest decision making body in the varsity. In 2018, that there were allegations of improper evaluation of answer scripts of History and the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation. There were as many as 15 changes in the revised selection list for History. A total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated. The merit list for admission was prepared on the basis of the 50:50 system. The varsity had then formed a two-member panel to come up with recommendations for admission. The panel had presented the same to Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das in February. It may be mentioned that state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has said that all the departments at JU should follow a standardised admission process. It should be either on the basis of marks or on the basis of admission test.last_img read more