first_imgIT has been a sensational weekend for ladies football after Donegal’s U21 team won their All-Ireland semi-final today.The U14s booked their place in the All Ireland B final with a four point win over Roscommon yesterday.And today in Sligo the U21s beat Roscommon in their All-Ireland B semi-final…this time by a single point. The 1-1o to 1-09 winning margin reflected the incredibly tight game in Sligo, Amber Barrett with the Donegal goal in the first half. DONEGAL U21 LADIES THROUGH TO ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: June 14th, 2015 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:donegal ladiesFootballU21 finallast_img read more

Three big lessons from the Warriors’ wins over Houston, Oklahoma City

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Warriors played arguably their best game of the season Saturday — a two-way domination of the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended in a 22-point road victory, 110-88.On the heels of Saturday’s win and Wednesday’s impressive victory over Houston in Texas, the Warriors seem to have their mojo back. And to think — they did it all without Kevin Durant in the lineup.As the playoffs fast approach, there were a few lessons …last_img read more

Jacob Zuma set for presidency

first_imgSouth African finance minister Trevor Manuel (left) greets president-elect Jacob Zuma in parliament on Wednesday. (Image: GCIS) During the election trail, Zuma attracted massive crowds who came to support him. (Image: Friends of Jacob Zuma)Khanyi MagubaneThe newly sworn in members of the South African parliament have voted in African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma as the country’s next president in the National Assembly, during their first sitting.Zuma received 277 votes, while the leader of the newly formed Congress of the People (Cope)Reverend Mvume Dandala received 47 votes.The official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, opted not to vote.Pomp and ceremony were the order of the day when parliament opened on 6 May.The singing of the national anthem, followed by a prayer, ushered in the first sitting of the National Assembly.  President-elect Jacob Zuma took an oath of affirmation with the first group; made up of the top 10 ANC Members of Parliament (MPs). South Africa’s current president,  Kgalema Motlanthe’s name did not appear on the list.All the members of parliament sworn in stood in front of Justice Pius Langa and recited an oath, which ended with the well known closing, “so help me God”.The first sitting came 15 days after South Africa held its fourth democratic elections since 1994.The ANC won the elections with 66% of the votes, which has resulted in 264 seats in parliament followed by the official opposition party the Democratic Alliance, which took 16.75% of the votes and has 67 seats in parliament.Cope has 30 seats in parliament after it secured 7.5 % of the votes in the elections.Mapping the way forward The first seating of parliament also saw the comeback of a few familiar faces, while others took their seats for the first time.ANC Women’s League president, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela made her comeback as a member of parliament.Speaking to the media, she expressed her excitement at returning to the National Assembly, “The age of talking is past, we have to deliver and that’s the only reason why I came back here.”Parliament veteran Koos Van der Merwe, from the Inkatha Freedom Party, has been in parliament for over 30 years and says there is a different energy about it this time around. “This is my 32nd year in parliament but there is something new this time, something exciting. It appears as if the new South Africa is coming to grips with things.”The Freedom Front Plus’ Pieter Mulder was also upbeat about the opening of parliament.“We wonder if it will be more of the same or will we get a different parliament. We will only know that when we start debating,” he saidSignificant changes include the appointment of South Africa’s first male Speaker of the House since the country crossed over to democracy in 1994.Max Sisulu, son of struggle veteran Walter Sisulu, was the only candidate put forward by the ANC for the position.He follows in the footsteps of Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who took over from Baleka Mbete when she was appointed deputy president during the interim government period, which took over from September 2008.Mbete followed 1994’s speaker, Frene Ginwala, who held the position for five years.“She worked tirelessly to lay the foundations for our new democracy and she created and enhanced the systems so that parliament could take its rightful place in our country,” said Sisulu as he paid homage to his predecessor Ginwala.“Her initial work will resonate throughout the House. She has left us with a lasting legacy.”Nomaindia Mfeketo, who became an MP in 2008, was appointed as the deputy speaker of the House.Zola Skweyiya, minister of social development, was expected to return to parliament but resigned due to ill health.In a written letter, Skweyiya, who has been an MP since 1994, thanked the ANC for having faith in him by re-electing him back to parliament but said that he had to focus on his health.“Today, I retired from parliamentary politics due to health reasons. This is a decision I communicated to my movement, the African National Congress (ANC), in the past five years, and I reminded them sometime last year. “I would like to thank the ANC and the people of South Africa for having confidence in me and [having] trusted me to serve in government for 15 years,” said Skweyiya. Another notable difference in the opening of parliament was the increased number of women parliamentarians.The number of women’s representation rose to 45%, a figure which now puts SouthAfrica in third place after Rwanda and Sweden in the number of women in parliament.Dignitaries who graced the occasion today included diplomats, guests of the president’s office and guests of members of parliament.Provincial premiers, who were elected earlier last week, were sworn in during today’s proceedings.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] articlesInauguration media guidelines Millions vote in record SA elections Motlanthe reassures the nation South Africans go to the polls The bell that rings when the vote is called Useful linksParliament of South AfricaThe presidency Jacob Zuma biographylast_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to a Full-Frame Sensor

first_imgIs it time to consider upgrading to a full-frame cinema workflow? In this article, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading sensor size.Canon, Sony, ARRI, and RED have all announced full-frame cameras in the last few months, and more and more filmmakers are shooting with them. Some of the cameras, particularly the Canon C500 Mark II and the Sony PDX, are under $16,000 and aimed at the independent filmmaker.DSLRsThe Canon 5D mark II kicked off the DSLR revolution in 2008 (image via Canon).First of all, there’s nothing that groundbreaking about full-frame as a cinema format. DLSRs have been shooting full-frame since the Canon 5D Mark II kickstarted the DSLR revolution in 2008. Most DSLRs still shoot full-frame as their default, and only crop down to Super 35 for slow motion and other specialty functions that need a higher data rate.It’s been rare, up to this point, for digital cinema cameras to shoot full-frame. Most were optimized for industry-standard PL mount lenses (which only cover a Super 35 mm sensor), even if they all didn’t use PL mounts themselves, more often sticking with the popular EF mount.ALEXA LFYou can see how small the difference is concerning edge distortion between the Canon C200 and the Canon C700 FF.The ALEXA LF was one of the first large-format cinema cameras to get widely used, probably because it was the first ALEXA with high enough resolution for Netflix’s camera requirements: a native 4K+ sensor. When large-format ARRI cameras won Oscars in 2015, and again in 2018 for cinematography, more working DPs became interested in shooting full-frame. Camera companies were only too happy to provide an upgrade.The difference between Super 35 mm and full-frame is approximately one lens length. This means that if you place two cameras side by side, with a 50 mm on a full-frame sensor and a 75 mm on a S35 sensor, you’ll get almost exactly the same image. When I tested this with the Canon C200 against the Canon C700 FF, I expected to see more of a difference in regards to edge distortion on the smaller frame camera, but because the S35 C200 only photographs with the center of the lens, there’s almost no discernible distortion.DistanceThe Revenant (20th Century Fox).The real difference between using the cameras like this is when you’re really close or really far from your subject. Emmanuel Lubezki used this to great effect on The Revenant. Lubezki used a very wide angle lens very close to his subject on a large format camera to get a feeling of intimacy — with less distortion and more light than he would’ve been able to get with a S35 sensor.The other big difference is in wide shots. If you can’t move the camera any further back from your subject, you often need to use a wider lens. Below 20mm, most lens sets drop in speed. The Canon CNE primes are T1.5 across the board, except the 14mm, which drops down to 3.1. If you’re shooting in a small, low-light environment, full-frame may be just the thing to give you the shots you want. The 2018 film The Possession of Hannah Grace used the full-frame DSLR Sony α7S II for precisely this reason.For most people in most circumstances, the step up to a full-frame digital cinema camera won’t be a game changer. Instead, it can a subtle improvement that may keep them ahead of the upgrade curve. For some use cases, like shooting super close or super wide in low light, it may be the thing that saves the shot.Cover image via Canon.Want more tips on video gear? Check these out.Hands-on Review: the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6KExciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetGet Ready to Film with the Sony A7 III Using These SettingsTop Equipment Investments for Working FilmmakersTips for Getting the Smoothest Handheld Footagelast_img read more

Dhoni, Kohli rested, Raina ODI captain for Bangladesh tour

first_imgSuresh Raina will lead the 15-member squad which is devoid of big stars such as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others, to Bangladesh next month. For the Test series against England starting in the last week of June, veteran opener Gautam Gambhir has been recalled while all-rounder Stuart Binny and unheralded paceman Pankaj Singh are the surprise picks in an 18-member Indian squad. The tour of England starts from June 26 and concludes on September 7Injured pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha were the notable omissions from the squad to go on England tour announced by the BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel after a marathon meeting of the selection panel here. The Sandeep Patil-led selection committee also announced the squad for a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh which would precede the tour of England.Raina, incidentally, was not even a member of the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh prior to IPL after his indifferent form in ODIs held earlier. Spin spearhead R. Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have also been rested from the squad for Bangladesh which will play three ODIs in Mirpur on June 15, 17 and 19. Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool has found a place in the squad for Bangladesh which also marks the return of in-form batsman Robin Uthappa, who has been a prolific scorer in the ongoing IPL.The Bangladesh-bound squad features new faces in Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel of Gujarat. The tour of England starts from June 26 and concludes on September 7 during which the Indians will play five Tests , an equal number of ODIs and one Twenty20 International. The left-handed Gambhir’s return to the Test squad was on expected lines after he rediscovered his form in the domestic circuit and has been in good touch in the ongoing IPL as well despite starting with three consecutive ducks. The 32-year-olds last Test appearance for India was way back in 2012 in the home series against England.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2014: Argentina beats Nigeria 3-2 as both teams advance

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi scored the opening goal. (AP Photo)Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss. Messi scored in the third minute, slamming in the rebound after Angel Di Maria’s shot bounced off the post. Nigeria replied within a minute as Musa cut in from the left and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post. Messi’s perfectly hooked free kick restored the lead for Argentina just before halftime. The second half started at the same furious pace as the first as Musa scored his second and Rojo made it 3-2 from a corner within the first five minutes.last_img read more

Sturgeon Nose canoe maker says he learned everything he knows from his

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN National NewsA traditional Sturgeon Nose canoe maker from British Columbia is passing his knowledge on so his art doesn’t get lost.Wayne Louie was in Vancouver at the Kanata Festival building a seven-foot canoe.“Growing up on the flats of the lower Kootenays helped shape my life,” said Louie who is from the Ktunaxa Nation. “And watching all the elders do their canoes, my grandma was my mentor. I watched her, studied her, learned everything from her.”Louis explained that the work behind building a canoe is all based on science.“It’s all waterproof at the end of the day, it’s made out of western maple for the ribs, the slats, it’s all tied together by bitter cherry bark and cedar roots. White pine is the wood that goes on the frame, and what is so unique about the white pine is that it seals itself as it is curing, it becomes waterproof. And everything is built like my ancestors, there are no nails, no screws, no wire, no foreign material,” said [email protected]last_img read more