Parchment expects fireworks at trials – Olympic silver medallist expects fiercely competitive 110m hurdless

first_imgDOHA, Qatar: Hansle Parchment believes the track and field world could be in for something special at Jamaica’s Olympics trials next month, as he expects fierce competition in the men’s 110m hurdles. The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics followed by silver at the World Championships last year, is expecting fierce competition from the likes of Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley. McLeod burst on to the scene last year with some impressive times, before finishing sixth at the World Championships. The 21-year-old McLeod has gotten off to an even faster start this year, winning the World Indoor title followed by a new personal best clocking of 9.99 in the 100m. Fans will not have to wait long to see McLeod and Parchment match strides, as both men are scheduled to face the starter in tomorrow’s opening meet of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar. But it is next month’s clash that Parchment is really looking forward to, that’s the one which really matters. “Trials coming up is a stepping stone going forward into the Olympics and I am definitely looking forward to the competition,” Parchment said. “As we know we have some good guys coming up; Omar (McLeod) is there and (Andrew) Riley, just to name a few. “So it should be very interesting competition in Jamaica. I hope that we can turn a few heads when we compete at the trials.” Parchment is hoping with the emergence of such top level competition in Jamaica, hurdles will captivate the attention of local track and field fans and get the respect it deserves. “I have always said that hurdling is one of the better events, but just like some of the field events there is not so much attention given to it,” Parchment said. “People don’t really know who is hurdling, who is throwing or who is jumping most of the times, so we want to compete in such a way that people can see what’s happening in the hurdles. We want to raise the level of competition, so that people start talking about hurdling as one of the events to see.” With competition increasing in the event yearly, Parchment anticipates that youngsters will also start gravitating to the discipline more. As it relates to his chances at this year’s Olympics, Parchment is optimistic that once he stays healthy and focus he will do very well. “There has been one small setback, but other than that it has been a good season so far, especially in background training. I have done a lot more than I usually do, so I think I am on a good path,” Parchment said. “So once I keep working and keep the focus I know I will be good for the rest of the season.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

David Seaman pleads with England no.1 Jordan Pickford over Cruyff turn

first_img shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Pickford tackles Rodrigo in the nick of time – but should it have been a penalty? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade David Seaman has sent a message to England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford about his attempted Cruyff turn against Spain – “DON’T DO IT AGAIN!”The former Three Lions number one said the 24-year-old was lucky not to give away a penalty which would have cost England one of their most memorable wins in recent history. MONEY ADVICE BEST OF “Don’t do it again!” 🙈🗣️ @TheDavidSeaman has a message for England’s cruyff-turning ‘keeper @JPickford1 but says Everton stopper has “a great future” ahead of him!Do you mind Pickford’s cruyff turns? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/7W3W7l5jHr— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 17, 2018 Most popular football news Pickford played a huge part in the 3-2 UEFA Nations League victory in Seville – which has been compared with the 5-1 against Germany – helping to set up England’s opening two goals scored by Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.But the Everton man almost allowed Spain back into the game during a moment of madness, when he tried to turn the ball past oncoming striker Rodrigo.The goalkeeper was dispossessed by the Spain star, but managed to recover by blocking the shot with his feet and sending the ball out. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED The Spanish players and home crowd were screaming for a penalty, but the referee instead signalled for a corner.It was almost an embarrassing and costly blunder from Pickford, who has admitted trying the trick was a ‘mistake’.And former England goalkeeper Seaman has advised the youngster to cut out those risky moves from his game, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Pickford is very entertaining to watch, but the Cruyff turn? Please don’t do it again!”“Did I ever do that? No chance! Not even in training.“It was a penalty all day long, by the way! Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 3 “He’s got great ability. His distribution is amazing. You see him do these long kicks, these quick kicks and you think it could go anywhere, but it doesn’t, it goes exactly where he wants it.“He can even put it into areas the strikers can run onto, he’s that good.“From watching him the other night there is still some stuff he needs to learn and needs to look at.“When he makes the saves he needs to think about where he’s actually pushing the ball, the areas he’s pushing the ball into, because he got away with one against Spain where he pushed it straight into a players’ path and it went just past the post.“But he’s 24 and he’s played in the World Cup semi-final – he’s got a great future.” REVEALED Jordan Pickford almost suffered an embarrassing blunder against Spain David Seaman has told Pickford to cut out the Cruyff turns! huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

No hitch this time as QPR youngster joins Portsmouth on loan

first_imgQPR youngster Frankie Sutherland has moved to Portsmouth on loan.Sutherland, 19, has joined the League One club for an initial month with a view to extending his stay.The midfielder’s proposed loan move to Fratton Park in November fell through because the deal was not completed by the deadline.Rangers were keen for Sutherland, Michael Harriman, Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer to go out on loan early this year in order to play first-team football.Harriman recently joined Wycombe and Hitchcock Bristol Rovers, while Ehmer has been touted among Championship and leading League One clubs as he has already had spells with Yeovil and Preston.Meanwhile, QPR are on the verge of a deal to sign Yann M’Vila from Rennes.See also:QPR youngster’s proposed loan move to Portsmouth collapsesQPR plan to send more players out on 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The red roo turns back to black

first_imgQantas is on track to record the most dramatic turnaround in aviation history after the airline today, announced an underlying profit of $367 million, for the six months to December 31 – a stark contrast to the $2.84 billion loss for the financial year ending June 30 2014. In more good news, analysts predict that the best is yet to come, with a full year profit topping $1 billion as the full impact of lower fuel costs hit the bottom line.The result which vindicates the polices of Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, has been driven by the Transformation Restructuring Program, an end to the domestic price and capacity war, and lower fuel prices.While the lower fuel prices means greater profit for Qantas, analysts say that their full year profit predictions assume half the gain will be passed onto passengers in lower fares.The stunning reversal of fortune is expected to lead to a return to dividends for shareholders and an order for up to 30 Boeing 787 Dream liners to re-equip and expand the international fleet. Suggested Read: Our review of Qantas’s new Domestic Business ClassQantas said that the main contributors to the profit were: The transformation program $374 million; $208 million reduce depreciation; $162 million increased revenue per ASK; $59 million from the removal of the carbon tax and $33 million lower fuel prices.Unit costs were down 4.8 per cent and revenue was up $2.1 per cent to $8.1 billion.The Group is now targeting $675 million of transformation benefits in financial year 2015, up from the previous target of $600 million. Combined with the $204 million in benefits realised in financial year 2014, this will result in total benefits of at least $875 million by 30 June 2015.All operating segments of the Qantas Group were profitable in the half, at an Underlying Earnings Before Interest and Tax level.All business units returned to the black including the international division.Leading the profit charge were: Domestic with underlying EBIT of $227 million; Qantas International $59 million; Jetstar $81 million; Frequent Flyer program $160 million and Qantas Freight $54 millionQantas CEO Alan Joyce said the result showed that the Group was executing the right plan with discipline and speed.“The decisive factor in our best half-year result for four years was our complete focus on the Qantas Transformation program,” Mr Joyce said.“It’s clear that without the impact of transformation, we would not be announcing a profit today.”“Our people have worked hard and made a huge contribution to bring about the change we need. They deserve great credit for this result.”“What sets this transformation apart is that we are reducing costs permanently while at the same time delivering Qantas’ best ever fleet, product and service.”“We are meeting or exceeding all our targets as we build a sustainable future for Qantas with an emphasis on growing long-term shareholder value.”“Our financial position is significantly stronger because of the actions we’ve taken, and we are giving Qantas a solid foundation for growth in earnings.”last_img read more

Tutu’s football spirit recognised

first_img25 January 2010Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been honoured with Fifa’s Presidential Award for his role in uniting South Africa ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and for embodying the spirit of the Beautiful Game.Fifa president Sepp Blatter presented the award to Tutu during Fifa’s Ballon d’Or 2010 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on 10 January.“I’m staggered … when I was told, I felt deeply humbled and also deeply honoured,” said the 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate. “To be recognised in this way is very significant, and I accept this on behalf of the South African people, who really deserve the applause for having hosted such a fantastic World Cup.“It was a fantastic thing; no one could have predicted that South Africans would feel so good about themselves. It was reminiscent of the time when Nelson Mandela was released from prison, or when we first won the Rugby World Cup.”Thabo Makgoba, the current Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, congratulated Tutu, saying: “We are so proud of him. Once again he has shown how, in any and every context, he is able to continue to play a reconciling role in his public ministry, in this country, on this continent, and throughout the world.”Tutu also played an integral role in bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa by joining a delegation that went to the Caribbean in 2005 to convince that region’s football federation boss, Jack Warner, to vote for South Africa in the 2010 bid. Tutu was joined on this trip by fellow Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk, who preceded Mandela as president of South Africa.The exuberant archbishopIn 1978, Tutu was appointed the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. A few years later, in 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, also being the first black person in the country to assume such a post.He has used his high profile to campaign for human rights and, previously, to fight apartheid in South Africa.Following the deadly Soweto riots of 1976, during which black school pupils took to the streets en masse to protest against being taught in Afrikaans, Tutu supported an economic boycott of South Africa.International companies soon started pulling out of the country and the rand’s value plummeted – this put heavy pressure on the government of the time to consider reforming the apartheid system.Tutu also coined the phrase “Rainbow Nation”, which became a metaphor for South African society following the first democratic elections in 1994. The term has been so widely used since then, it has become ingrained in the South African psyche.He is also regarded as a figurehead always ready to congratulate, critique and condemn the ruling government.Former president Nelson Mandela once said: “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”Tutu has won various awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.The Nobel laureate retired from public life in October 2010 at the age of 79. He said: “Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family – reading, writing, praying and thinking – too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels.“The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to be at conferences, conventions and university campuses.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve’s Boring Detector — Offensive or Misunderstood?

first_imgLet’s discuss the usefulness of the Boring Detector for the up-and-coming editor — as well as how and why it is sometimes ineffective.Earlier this year, during one of Blackmagic’s many exciting announcements (there have been a few), we learned about a new DaVinci Resolve feature called the Boring Detector. Of course, and I guess somewhat warranted because of the name of the tool, there was an initial social media backlash to the announcement. Art is subjective and, outside of distinct edit points and shots, filmed purposely to cut to a reaction. Who’s to say that a shot is too long? Especially when that criticism is coming from a software algorithm. Popular editor Vashi Nedomansky, ACE, who often shares invaluable editing advice (and also runs a blog that offers a variety of excellent Premiere Pro downloads), had a popular reaction to the summer announcement.A humorous example of the Boring Detector’s ineffectiveness.Understandably, I can see why editors were a little enraged. However, I also think the Boring Detector shouldn’t be an issue at all. Resolve isn’t forcing anybody to use the Boring Detector tool, and the tool is only on the cut page. While DaVinci initially presented the page as a way for editors on-the-go to edit quickly, I see it has been adopted more by new users to the platform, or those new to editing in general and find the dedicated editing page too much of a jump into the deep end. Therefore, I don’t see this tool as something editors will use for determining where their film drops off in audience retention. I see it as a tool to help those without proficiency in editing.So, What Does the Detector Do, and How Can You Use It?This is what the Boring Detector would potentially look like.At its core, the Boring Detector will analyze your clips on the timeline (Cut Page only) and inform you of areas that are either too long or too short. So, it’s not necessarily telling you that this particular moment is boring but, instead, that it’s too longspun. And here’s the thing: this is entirely user-defined.On the Cut Page, you can find the Boring Detector button just under the media pool. Upon clicking it, you’ll see two options.To find edits longer than [user defined] seconds.To find edits shorter than [user defined] frames.The analysis is based on the user’s input. It has little to do with the software scanning through your edit to find shots and moments that it thinks is boring. The clips that have been deemed too long will show on the upper timeline as a grey highlight (red for the jump cuts).The subtle gray highlight in the timeline suggests that these clips are too long.Quite simply, that’s all the Boring Detector is. I find it inherently hard to briefly cover a feature or new gear, and often see myself waddling into a word count in the thousands, which really should have been a quick read, but there’s not a lot to say about this function. Resolve will tell you if a shot is too long or too short based on the user’s definition.To some extent, I like to look at it as a formatting assistant, similar to what you find in Final Draft’s scriptwriting software. Now, I have no intention of ever using this feature, and in fact, I’ve hidden the Cut Page from my display, as it’s a Resolve page I have no use for. That said, I can see the benefit of its use for those who are completely new to editing and would like a little help getting started. Perhaps someone new to filmmaking has read in a book that a cut should last no longer than fifteen seconds. Using that information, they can ask Resolve to highlight and receive an on-the-fly analysis of the shots that trail on longer than desired.I think that the icon and the name of the function are too on-the-nose, which obviously sparked the initial negative discourse. But then again, “Shot Length Analyzer” isn’t as engaging.Looking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Glowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveHow to Make an Object Disappear Using DaVinci ResolveNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsHarnessing The Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possible

first_imgEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Perez trust makes Mourinho return possibleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Jose Mourinho could return to the club as manager.While Calderon admits that Mourinho has some issues attached to him, he also believes that he could be the man to bring back success to the Santiago Bernabeu club.Real have struggled this season after the departures of star Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane.Calderon told Love Sport Radio: “Everyone knows here it’s on the president’s [Florentino Perez] whim. I think he [Mourinho]is the only coach that he respects.”The current president doesn’t really trust much in coaches, but in Mourinho’s case he really, really backed him many times in difficult moments.”When [Julen] Lopetegui left, I said I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I don’t rule out him being with Real in the near future.”Calderon continued to say: “I think [Mourinho] has been the main problem when he’s been in other clubs.”When he was here, he was blaming everyone for the defeats. I think that is a grave mistake. It is a problem always.”Also it makes a confrontation with the players and it’s been happening with Man United with [Paul] Pogba, with [Eric] Bailly.”It was the same here, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], with Iker Casillas, with Sergio Ramos and I think that’s a problem, he’s always blowing his own trumpet and that for a coach, I think is a big mistake.”And, we have the example of [Zinedine] Zidane. He did completely the opposite.”Backstage, he has been more with the team and that’s the way in my point of view to train a great team of great players. You cannot be the protagonist.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in charge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in chargeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender John O’Shea says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.United have lost two of their opening six Premier League matches and are now preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Monday. “The club has spoken recently about sticking behind Ole and having a plan in place,” O’Shea told Sky Sports.”It’s going to take time but Ole and the staff will know that they are going to need to get results along the way. They cannot let performances drop too low. They have to maintain standards.”Everyone at the club has to look in the mirror and ask whether they are doing the best for the players and the coaching staff.”It’s a work in progress. The success is not there on the pitch at the moment so people are naturally looking more at the off-the-field issues. The people in power must want the best for the club and it will hurt them looking across the city at what other teams close by are doing.”They need to have trust in the people they have put in place. It can turn around quite quickly if you get things right in the transfer windows.” last_img read more

Video: Watch Las Vegas Go Crazy When VCU Hits Meaningless Layup vs. Ohio State To Cover Point Spread

first_imgFans in Las Vegas go nuts with VCU backdoor cover vs. Ohio State.VCU lost its Second Round NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State Thursday afternoon, 75-72, in overtime.Those who bet on the Rams were victorious, though, as the Buckeyes were 3.5-point favorites. That betting victory came at the buzzer, as VCU’s Jonathan Williams made a meaningless layup as time expired that meant everything to the point spread. Check out the reaction at the Las Vegas SportsBook and Planet Hollywood when Williams made the layup. There were a lot of happy people in that room. VCU covers the spread & the crowd at @LVSuperBook Westgate Theater goes wild. #OhioState #VCUrams pic.twitter.com/zCcUVpWvnE— Tommy Lorenzo (@sportsbooktom) March 19, 2015Sometimes in #Vegas it’s not about who wins, it’s about by how much. Reaction to a last second layup, to lose by 3. pic.twitter.com/lDKgSlEbJZ— Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) March 19, 2015Perhaps VCU can take some solace in the fact that they covered the point spread. Ohio State is set to face Arizona on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on CBS. (The Wildcats are favored by eight.)last_img read more

Boxer Neeraj stuns exworld champion to enter final in Russia

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold medallist in 2019 India Open Neeraj (57kg) on Friday stunned 2016 world champion Alessia Mesiano to enter the final of the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International boxing tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia. Strandja Memorial bronze medallist Neeraj and Alessia had the crowd on their feet with their exceptional display of attacking boxing. Both the boxers refused to back down but Neeraj landed a series of clear punches in the final round to edge past the Italian boxer 3-2 to secure his berth in the final. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn another highly entertaining bout, 2019 India Open bronze medallist Gaurav played patiently in the beginning against his Russian opponent Maksim Chernyshev. In the last round, Gaurav increased the tempo as he landed a flurry of punches to earn a 3-2 split verdict in his favour. Govind Sahani, silver medallist in GeeBee Boxing earlier in the year, was up against Tajikistan’s Shermukhammad Rustamov in his quarterfinal bout. Govind dominated the proceedings from the word go and showed great display of attacking prowess. He carried on with the onslaught throughout the match and the referee had to stop the contest in the third round. The young pugilist’s attacking acumen was appreciated by all as he earned the first RSC win of the tournament. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever, Ashish Insha (52kg) couldn’t make it to the semifinals as he lost his bout against Russia’s Islamitdin Alisoltanov 1-4. The match was in the balance till the last round before Ashish conceded a few clear punches in the last minute which led to his defeat. 2018 India Open gold medallist Sanjeet had to forego his bout against Russia’s Daniel Lutai after suffering a cut on his forehead in the first round of the match. In all, India are assured of 6 medals as 4 women and 2 men have reached the semi-finals. The 21st edition of the tournament is seeing the participation of 220 boxers from 21 countries. The event will give the Indian boxers a good opportunity to hone their skills and test themselves as they approach the World Championships later in the year.last_img read more