Flow, Man Utd to deliver Ultimate Football Experience

first_imgAt least two Jamaican youth footballers between the ages of 13 and 16 will get the opportunity of a lifetime through yet another exciting initiative being spearheaded by telecommunications firm Flow and their partner, Manchester United. The Ultimate Football Experience, is a skills-based competition supported by the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) that seeks to give youngsters the chance-of-a-lifetime to participate in a talent development football camp; and even earn a trip to Old Trafford, Manchester to see Man Utd vs Crystal Palace on May 21st. Registration is now open for the football competition and concludes in May. Skilled boys and girls can register online at www.discoverflow.co/flowmanutd. Registered participants will then be instructed to appear at designated football festivals across all Caribbean markets in which Flow operates. The participants will engage in a Manchester United Soccer Schools international programme, which has been specially devised for the campaign and will be delivered by CFU coaches. Throughout the competition, Manchester United legends (former star players) will also be making an appearance at the festivals to offer their tips and advice. This is a proven Manchester United Soccer School programme designed to build and test the skills of young footballers across the globe. As the competition evolves, two participants from each Caribbean territory where FLOW operates, along with their respective coaches, will advance to a two-day skills session in Trinidad and Tobago to experience one-on-one training with CFU and Manchester United Soccer school coaches. There, they will participate in a series of drills designed by the coaches and compete for the chance for two finalists and their coach to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Old Trafford in Manchester, England. TALENTED YOUNGSTERS Considered to be the highlight of the development initiative the two winners along with their coaches will travel to the world-famous football stadium to witness first-hand Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace. This VIP experience will also include a visit to the Manchester United Museum and Tour, taking in the history of the club followed by a tour of the iconic stadium. Manchester United’s group managing director, Richard Arnold said, “Youth development is at the heart of this Club’s traditions and success. The Manchester United Soccer Schools were developed to help spread this spirit to as many children as possible. In recent years, our partners have been instrumental in helping the great work of our soccer schools coaches reach young people around the world. We’re proud to work with Flow on this project.” “Like Manchester United, Flow also has a deep sense of commitment to youth development as can be seen by our support of several programmes throughout the region that help to hone the skills of young footballers,” said Garfield Sinclair, Flow’s newly appointed president of the Caribbean. Sinclair also said “We’re therefore proud to work in partnership with Manchester United to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience to our talented youngsters across the region.” The Ultimate Football Experience is one of several partnership initiatives between Manchester United and Flow.last_img read more

Trotman lashes back at GGDMA

first_img– says collaboration needed to strengthen mining industryMinister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has lashed back at executives of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), who recently called for more concessions to be granted it members.The organisation had also requested last Friday that government lay out a blueprint that it would use to move the mining sector forward.However on Saturday Minister Trotman in a strongly worded statement said he was still seeking to understand the motive behind the calls of the GGDMA executives, noting that the recent attack, having taken the ministry by surprise, suggests that the GGDMA prefers to see itself as a pressure group rather than as a committed partner, working alongside the Ministry of Natural Resources to regulate an industry that was previously governed in a very unregulated and biased manner.The minister said his ministry has been having cordial engagements with the organisation, the most recent on May 10, 2016, when the Ministers of the Ministry, the Chairman and Commissioner of the GGMC and others, sat with the executive of the GGDMA and held discussions on issues affecting miners and the ways to tackle them together.“No statements about a crisis or absence of a policy were uttered at that meeting and beg the question whether the meeting was a sham. Interestingly, the GGDMA has also declined to share a comprehensive review of the sector, sponsored by the IDB, on its behalf, even though conceding that the findings would benefit the Government’s efforts at reform and be useful in refining its policies”, the statement from the minister said.The GGDMA executives, at a meeting Friday said there seems to be an unclear policy for the mining sector along with increased production costs. They were also clamouring for an audience with President David Granger.All these had occurred even after Minister Trotman announced that there had been an increase in gold production.“You go to a meeting with one person and they tell you this is what they are going to do… you go to another meeting and they tell you something else. It is very confusing,” President of the organisation Trevor Adams had said.Trotman in his statement said government firmly believes that it was only through collaboration that, “we can truly tap and exploit the mineral wealth in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.”He said recent statistics about high gold declarations contradict the GGDMA’s utterances about the industry being in a crisis and devoid of any policy to give it direction.“The statistics don’t lie, and instead, confirm that an industry that is better regulated and incentive driven will produce results. The ‘free for all’ days that some want to drag us back to are over. The Ministry of Natural Resources remains ready, willing and able to seriously, fairly, and meaningfully engage the GGDMA and all other stakeholders, and is expecting that they are prepared to do the same”, the minister said.The GGDMA along with the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) had signed agreements with Finance Minister Winston Jordan, exempting eligible miners from custom duties on fuel and equipment. However, at the meeting Friday, the organisation’s president said that after six months, things took a different turn, and miners began losing out on the agreement.“It was only for six months but the fuel was a total disaster in terms of dealing with the other ministries or agencies, that is GEA and GGMC… I don’t think we had an issue with GRA for the first instance; they were prompt in their response back to us, he said.He said however, that the problem seemed to have resonated with the GGMC, which took a considerable amount of time to come up with approval for documents.last_img read more

Spring basketball season starting to wind down

first_imgIn the Junior Division, Team Purple defeated Team Yellow 29-23. Mackenzie O’Brien was the top player for Team Purple, and getting the nod for the Yellows was Krystina Rea.Team Red came out on top of Team Teal 30-23. Kieran Copley and Mykenzie Beech were the top players for Team Red and Team Teal respectively.Team White beat Team Black 28-16. Carter Collins was the player of the game for the Whites, and Seth Sutherland was recognized for his team.- Advertisement -In Senior Girls play, D. Bauer beat Focus 52-44. Becky Bergen was D. Bauer’s top player, and for Focus, Karlyn Peterson was the player of the game.Northern Valve was victorious over Jiffy Luby 61-41. Rebecca Hedges was solid for Northern Valve and Robin Denariola put in a great game for Jiffy Lube.In Senior Boys action, D. Bauer beat Sunlife 64-44. Steven Smith was recognized for D. Bauer, and Sunlife’s best player was Cole Bousman.Advertisement The final game saw Northern Valve beat Jiffy Lube 71-60. The players of the game were Tyler Coulter for Northern Valve and Lucas Ziebart for Jiffy Lube.last_img read more

Child Development Centre Fundraisers underway

first_imgThe Child Development Centre Arctech Welding and Machining A Day for the Kids Fundraiser is underway.Last years’s event raised more than $40,000 for the CDC. For 12 hours today, you’re encouraged to call our radio station at 250-787-7100, and donate to the CDC or online here at energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.This year, the CDC is raising funds for Project Build a Fort, which will double the size of the centre and give it new enhanced programs and services. On Friday, the 35th annual Talent Show will be staged at the North Peace Cultural Centre and it’s hoped the two events this year will together raise, more than $200,000. The show is free but CDC requests you make a donation to the centre or to the local Food Bank.For more on the Child Development Centre you can visit www.cdcfsj.ca. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Italy play Russian roulette for World Cup ticket

first_img“Ventura, what is this Italy?” headlined the Corriere dello Sport which summed up the bitter disappointment after the previous night’s showing at the Santiago Bernabeu.“Little Italy, Russian roulette,” the newspaper continued on its inside pages as Azzurri trailed not only in fitness but quality.The clash was between the top two teams in Group G but the difference in class was evident with an Isco brace and Alvaro Morata putting Spain three points ahead with three qualifying games left.The defeat was Italy’s first loss in either World Cup or Euro qualifying since September 2006, a run of 56 matches.Italy now need Spain to lose one of their remaining qualifying games against Liechtenstein, Albania or Israel to have any hope of avoiding a double-headed playoff.The performance was a far cry from just over a year ago under Ventura’s predecessor Antonio Conte who lead the Italians to a 2-0 win over Spain in Euro 2016.Former Torino coach Ventura was slammed for his 4-2-4 system which fell with Daniele De Rossi and Verratti under constant attack in midfield.But it was a series of embarrassing errors by Verratti which drew scathing criticism with 39-year-old Buffon also in the firing line.“Bad evening or decline? Time passes and reactions and reflexes are no longer the same,” wrote la Gazzetta of the veteran goalkeeper.“Right now we are human and Spain are less human,” said Ventura as he turned his attention to Tuesday’s qualifier against Israel which will be followed by games against Macedonia and Albania in October.“We gifted them some situations and helped them out. If one match hits our self-confidence, it means we are not competitive, so I cannot believe that.”Italy now face a play-off in November with Sweden, Greece, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland possible opponents. The last time Italy had to go through the play-offs was in 1997 on the road to the 1998 World Cup in France.And one who will remember that is Buffon, who had just got first cap during the away leg play-off in Russia, and remains confident this time out.“We believe and hope to go to the World Cup,” said Buffon. “There is a year ahead of us, there will be training camps to refine certain mechanisms. There are values in this squad that don’t always emerge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain’s players celebrate their third goal during the World Cup qualifier against Italy at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMILAN, Italy, Sep 3 – Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.Giampiero Ventura’s side were lambasted in the press Sunday for his tactics but also individual performances including midfielder Marco Verratti and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.last_img read more

Who will Roma turn to if this man heads back to Arsenal?

first_img1 Roma will make a move for Internacional goalkeeper Alisson Becker – if Arsenal refuse to sell Wojciech Szczesny.Szczesny is currently on loan at the Serie A side but talk of a permanent swoop has yet to be discussed.Roma would like to sign the Poland international but are aware of his desire to make it as the number one at the Emirates.And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian club are lining up a move for Becker if they cannot tie down Szczesny on a permanent deal.Becker has impressed for Internacional this season and made his debut for Brazil in October.The 23-year-old would cost around £6m and Roma are set to hold preliminary talks in case they cannot complete a deal for Szczesny. Wojciech Szczesny last_img read more


first_imgA JUDGE has ordered a probation report on a single mum caught driving without insurance or a licence on three different occasions.Thirty-year-old Dagmara Korytkowska, from Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, was stopped three times in five months, Letterkenny District Court heard.Her solicitor Fiona Brown said Korytkowska didn’t realised she had already been banned from driving from an earlier offence. The mother of three was detected driving without a licence or insurance in November 2012 and again in both March and April 2013.On the last two occasions the cars she was driving didn’t have an NCT certificate and the vehicles were seized.On all of the detections she had promised to produce documentation at Ballybofey Garda Station but had failed to turn up to do so.Solicitor Ms Brown said that her client believed she was covered by insurance because she was a named driver on a friend’s policy.She is a single mother and was taking her children to school.But Judge Kelly said: “If she thought she was insured she would have gone to the Garda station which leads me to believe she knew she wasn’t insured.“Her car was actually seized on two of these occasions.”He asked for a probation report and adjourned sentencing until February 17.MUM CAUGHT 3 TIMES DRIVING WITHOUT LICENCE OR INSURANCE was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BallybofeyDagmara KorytkowskadonegalLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 10

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry, and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam District.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry, and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam District.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry, and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam District.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 10: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Smartphone Makers Caught In Benchmarking Scandal Have The Wrong Priorities

first_imgA flashy commercial tells you that a new gadget is the fastest that’s ever been created. It boggles the mind, how fast that thing is. And look, the company has boatloads of benchmark data to prove it!It turns out, that data is almost always bullshit. Recent research into the computer processor speed claims of top smartphones shows that most major gadget makers have been gaming standard benchmark tests. In the simplest of terms: they are cheating and the devices are not as fast as they say they are.Research by technology publications Ars Technica and AnandTech have shown that almost all major smartphone manufacturers have ways to make their smartphones look faster than they really are. Samsung, HTC, ASUS, LG, NVIDIA have all employed a technique in their devices that will register the presence of a benchmarking app and then dial up the device to maximum output to trick the test into thinking the device is faster than it would normally be. Of the tests done by AnandTech, only Apple and Google-owned Motorola do not try to game most popular benchmarking apps. Ars Technica reported earlier this week that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was purposely tricking a benchmark app. The way Ars figured out Samsung’s trick was to take a popular benchmark test (called Geekbench 3) and monitor how it activated all four cores of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz processor when Geekbench 3 was running.Ars Technica also found that Samsung employed this technique with the processors (both its Exynos processor in overseas phones and the Snapdragon processor in the United States) with the flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Ars Technica was able to strip away the code of the Note 3 to find lines of Java in the device’s operating system that told it when to activate all four cores in the presence of benchmarking apps.AnandTech found that just about everybody else performs these types of tricks to make their smartphones and tablets seem faster. Authors Anand Lal Shimpi and Brian Klug note that chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm are likely against such optimization testing tricks and note that the decision to implement these benchmark cheats likely come from the manufacturers.Shimpi wrote:The hilarious part of all of this is we’re still talking about small gains in performance. The impact on our CPU tests is 0 – 5%, and somewhere south of 10% on our GPU benchmarks as far as we can tell. I can’t stress enough that it would be far less painful for the OEMs to just stop this nonsense and instead demand better performance/power efficiency from their silicon vendors. Whether the OEMs choose to change or not however, we’ve seen how this story ends. We’re very much in the mid-1990s PC era in terms of mobile benchmarks.Speeds & Feeds Blur The StorylineThe benchmark antics by smartphone manufacturers accomplishes very little except to make them look petty and fraudulent. As Shimpi notes, most of the speed improvements are minimal and getting caught only gives the companies negative press and consumer reactions.  Apple understands this better than most companies. When it sells iPhones, it doesn’t say that it is faster than the competitor. It shows that you can connect with your friends, play great games and take pictures that record the moments of your life. The key for Apple is experience. Hence it is little surprise that Apple doesn’t play the same benchmarking games as HTC, Samsung and LG. It would be a surprise if Apple even considered it. Apple has its tricks to sell phones (Siri, TouchID), but basing its marketing on speeds and feeds is not one of them.Google and Motorola have their own gimmicks (Moto X “assembled” in the USA, “OK Google Now…”) but the smartphone manufacturer and its paternal overlord have also realized that reliability and device experience are more effective ways to sell their new phones. Yet, companies like Samsung and Microsoft (with their new Surface tablets) still don’t get it. It is better to tout the software, the ecosystem, the operating system to engender loyalty to the experience… not lie to consumers about how fast your phone may or may not be. Hardware informs that experience, but shouldn’t be the story.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Claiming the “fastest” smartphone right now is high up on the list of marketing gimmicks that manufacturers employ. Samsung is generally the king of this type of practice, adding features that are trivial or hardly work that it can place in its commercials to show just how advanced it is. Power plus functionality and a coolness factor? That’s how computers (even pocket-sized smartphone computers) are sold. Speeds, feeds and specs are an important part of the tale for today’s smartphones. It is quite amazing to look at what type of hardware was running in smartphones in 2007 (including the original iPhone) and what is running now. RAM capability and CPU speeds are three to four times more robust than they were six years ago. Smartphones are now powerful, Internet-connected devices that we can take anywhere and through a variety of apps, do almost anything. The key is that users can experience much more with their devices than ever before.Why Apple Wins: It Sells Experience Informed By Hardware, Not Defined By It Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#HTC#LG#Samsung#smartphones The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Inspiration! 16 Impressive TV Show Opens & Main Titles

first_imgThe following innovative main title sequences present the theme of a television show in a totally unique and creative way.  Use these show opens as inspiration for your own work!Nat Geo Ancient Secretsby LUMBREAward-winning show open for the National Geographic Channel’s “Ancient Secrets”.  Dive through Renaissance era imagery to reveal the show title. Clean, engaging design.Rubicon Main Titlesby Jeremy Cox / Imaginary ForcesTitle design heavyweights Imaginary Forces created this Emmy nominated show open.  Well executed sound design drives the action.  Interesting approach to convey feelings of covert, top-secret activity. Blackstoneby Studio DialogGritty show open created from photos, black and white footage and A LOT of dust and dirt overlays!  Interesting music choice to reinforce the imagery.Borgen/Governmentby Benny Box Great transitions and compositing in this show open for a Danish TV series.  Unified color palate and graphic treatment, create a clean design.Clashby alexandre pluquet Stop motion video animation combining scenes from this French series. Graphic collage style similar to the popular opening of the film Juno. Animation and composting done in After Effects.Age of Persuasionby Jonathan HowellsTravel through the history of advertising in the main titles for this CBC television series.  Created in Cinema 4D and composited in Apple Motion.Prófugosby feelsAwesome color treatment!  A traveling bullet unifies the opening titles for this Chilean television show (“Fugitivies”).   Mysterious and edgy! SPYby Gavin LambSaul Bass inspired open with a nostalgic feeling.  Retro style graphics and music work together to create a cohesive 1950’s concept. Person of Interestby Andrew KramerVideoCopilot.com’s Andrew Kramer created this high-tech title design. Great use of motion tracking in this futuristic title sequence. Red Bull Big Tuneby Johnny LikensEdgy, urban themed open for a Red Bull sponsored hip-hop TV show. Awesome use of motion tracking (text and graphics).  Jump cuts and frenetic transitions give this show open it’s gritty, hip vibe.Show & Tellby Blac IonicaSplit screen show open with great juxatposition of images (playing off the “show and tell” theme).  Great use of color!  Shot on the Canon 7D, edited in Final Cut Pro and composited in Adobe After Effects. Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievableby Patrick Clair Look into Lawrence Leung’s ViewMaster (remember those!?)  Cohesive concept, using the ViewMaster images to highlight show subjects.The Pacificby Imaginary ForcesImaginary Forces knocks it out the park with this open for HBO’s The Pacific.  Beautiful footage of sketches unfolds into battlefield scenes. Nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Main Title Design.Intrepid Outdoorsby Fire Tribe ProductionsFuturistic effects and motion tracking create a modern, edgy spin on the outdoor show genre.  Innovative!The Totally Rad Showby Jake1980’s throwback images and retro color grading create a fun, futuristic vibe.  Graphics created in Cinema 4D with most of the compositing done in After Effects. Les Bleus De Ramvilleby Jay BondUnique lighting, motion flares and stylized graphic elements combine for a well executed hockey themed open.  This award-winning open was shot on the RED and Canon 5D Mark II.last_img read more