‘US can’t handle pressure!’

first_imgBEIJING, China:Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt believes that Jamaica’s dominance over the United States in the men’s 4x100m relay over the past few years is down to the different approach of both teams towards the rivalry and pressure.Bolt, who completed his triple-gold-medal grab, also admitted that the team’s loss to the Americans earlier this year at the IAAF World Relays was a motivating factor for the unit, even though he had not taken that defeat too seriously and knew the team would respond strongly when it mattered.Jamaica yesterday won their fourth consecutive 4x100m relay title at the IAAF World Championships to push their medal tally to 11 with two finals to be contested today, providing the team with an opportunity to match its best ever return at a World Championships.SLIGHT ADVANTAGEGoing into the straight, the Americans held a slight advantage over the Jamaicans, but the final exchange between Tyson Gay and anchorman Mike Rodgers took place outside of the designated area. It didn’t matter too much in the end for the Jamaicans, as Bolt grabbed the lead shortly after taking the baton before powering Jamaica across the line in first place with a time of 37.36.USA were later handed their disqualification, meaning that home team China, 38.01, had been upgraded from a bronze to a silver, and Canada, 38.13, got the bronze.It is the fourth time at the past six editions of the World Championships that the USA had failed to finish or had been disqualified in a men’s 4x100m race.”This is a special win for us. This whole championship was special to me because coming back from adversity, stress, doubts, and all has just been magnificent,” said Bolt, who became the athlete with the most 4x100m relay gold medals (4) and overall medals (6) at the World Championships.”I wasn’t worried. The whole team at the World Relays was not in good shape, so I knew coming into these championships we would be good to go,” said Bolt. “The Americans know that we are the better team and maybe that’s why they panic so much when they see us.”RELAXED NATURELead-off man Carter, who has now won his third gold medal with Jamaica at the World Championships, said that the Jamaicans’ relaxed nature and the quality of coaching have been key in their stretch of dominance.”The USA has been doing a lot of talking and the pressure was on them. They seemed tense, but we were just having fun out there,” Carter said. “We have some great coaches in Jamaica and the athletes work with the coaches well. Both parties have to coordinate and work together. I think that’s the key to our success.”This is Jamaica’s sixth World Championships men’s 4x100m relay medal.last_img read more

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A Liberian Artist Who Discovered His Talent by Way of Expression

first_imgOne listen to Spencer ‘Dashboy’ Coleman’s ‘Love You’ will exhibit why Dash, as he’s commonly known, finer jams have so swiftly pushed him into the spotlight.Nominated Global Solo Artist of the year by the Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA), he has released two highly acclaimed singles, “License Plate” and “Love You”, and is expected to release a third single called “Celebrate Life” next week.“I began my career writing positive songs pertaining to peace and unity after experiencing two civil wars that tore Liberia apart,” Dash told Lib Life. “At first, writing was just a habit and the only way to express myself when I couldn’t find anyone to talk to. Music has always been an influence in my life since I was a child. When I came to the US, I stepped forward and followed my musical dream. As a singer, songwriter, and rapper, my goal is not only to make great music but to be a global Liberian artist.”Avid music lovers may recall that three months ago, Bernice Mulbah issued a USD $3,000 grant challenge towards a video, and whoever submitted a song with a good storyline behind the music would win. Three judges were selected to listen to the song(s) and follow their storylines. Dashboy came out the winner of that challenge.Determined to constantly challenge himself and the listener, Dash’s latest release, “Love You,” left us with a flash of Just Prince-inspired fusion. In his next release, listeners can expect music from an artist with visions of paradise and accomplishments in his mind.Be on the lookout for a name that is quickly being heard around the music table and for all of his songs on your local radio stations. The single “Celebrating Life” was directed by Dash and produced by award winning Just Prince. It hasn’t even dropped yet and FaceBook fans are asking for a sample.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 200kg ganja found, destroyed in Linden

first_imgAs the Police continue their ganga- eradication exercise across the length and breadth of Guyana, ranks in “E” Division (Linden/Kwakwani) on Saturday discovered, at West Watooka Wismar Linden, a field with over 3000 cannabis plants.Ganja campThe eradication exercise started at about 16:00h as a party of policemen discovered a two-acre marijuana farm with about 2,000 cannabis plants ranging in height from one foot to five feet.The farm also had a nursery with about 1,500 plants, and two makeshift camps with farming tools, clothing, kitchen utensils, 3 hammocks, and groceries along with a quantity of dried cannabis estimated to be about 60 kilograms.The entire farm was destroyed by the lawmen, along with the dried cannabis and the utensil found.The total cannabis destroyed at this farm has been estimated at 200 kilograms. However, just a short distance away, another half-acre farm was discovered and destroyed.That half-acre farm had about 100 cannabis plants ranging in height from one foot to five feet. Also, there were utensils and groceries. The camps were destroyed by fire.No arrests were made in connection with the two busts. However, the ranks are continuing with their investigations.In the past, several hundred kilograms of marijuana were found and destroyed by members of the Police Narcotics Branch during raids on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway and along the Berbice River, as well as in the riverine areas of the Canje River.A few days ago, Imtiaz “Sancho” Shaheed admitted to cultivating the illegal plant at Ituni Road, Upper Demerara, Region 10, and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.It was reported that Police ranks during the raid discovered a three-acre cannabis farm, two tents, and a quantity of dried cannabis along with a quantity of groceries.Back in March, Police ranks conducted a similar exercise at Ebini, Rio Berbice, where six fields with an estimated 600,000 cannabis plants measuring four inches to five feet high were unearthed and destroyed.During that raid, it was estimated that over 200kg of dried cannabis were also discovered and destroyed.last_img read more

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Newcastle new boy facing more than SIX weeks on the sidelines

first_img Siem de Jong in action for Newcastle 1 Newcastle new boy Siem de Jong has revealed he is facing more than six weeks on the sidelines after suffering with a thigh injury.The 25-year-old was one of nine signings under-pressure manager Alan Pardew made this summer, arriving from Ajax for £8m.De Jong had been expected to help spearhead the Newcastle attack this season after scoring seven goals in the Eredivise last year.However, Pardew will now have to contend without his new vice-captain for at least six weeks as the midfielder revealed he is on crutches.“For now I must spend the first six weeks on crutches,” De Jong told the Algemeen Dagblad.Although he is on crutches for six weeks, it is feared that the Dutch international could be out for over two months.last_img read more

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Jamie Vardy accepts FA charge of improper conduct following West Ham dismissal

first_imgLeicester striker Jamie Vardy has accepted a Football Association charge of improper conduct, his club have announced.It means the England forward could be hit with a further ban to damage the Barclays Premier League leaders’ title bid.He was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham and the charge relates to his reaction to the decision.Vardy responded furiously, pointing and shouting in the face of referee Jonathan Moss before leaving the pitch following his tangle with Angelo Ogbonna.He is suspended for Sunday’s visit of Swansea with the Foxes five points clear at the top of the table with four games left.And Leicester face the possibility of losing the 29-year-old for longer if his behaviour is deemed worthy of further punishment.Vardy has requested a personal hearing.The FA also charged Leicester for failing to control their players following the award of the Hammers’ 83rd-minute penalty.The club have accepted that charge too, and said in a statement: “Leicester City Football Club has today (Thursday) accepted a Football Association charge of failing to control its players during the Barclays Premier League fixture against West Ham United on 17 April.“Furthermore, Jamie Vardy has accepted a charge of improper conduct arising from the same fixture. Jamie has, however, requested a personal hearing.” 1 Jamie Vardy was sent off in Leicester’s draw with West Ham last_img read more

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Service set for deputy killed in speeder pursuit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Bain, married and the father of three daughters, was a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Last Saturday would have been his 46th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Diana; his daughters from a previous marriage, Chantal, 21, Kristina, 18, and Alicia, 16; as well as his mother, his father and a brother. Chantal was home visiting her father while she was on Army leave after serving in Iraq. Bain had been patrolling Thursday afternoon for speeders and other traffic violators along Avenue K, where sheriff’s officials stepped up patrols last year after 110 crashes and six fatalities in the first part of 2005. Bain is the second Antelope Valley deputy to die in the line of duty in the past three years. LANCASTER – A memorial service will be held Wednesday for sheriff’s motorcycle Deputy Pierre Bain, who was killed last week in a crash that occurred while he was pursuing a speeding motorist. The service will be at 11 a.m. at Lancaster Baptist Church, 4020 E. Lancaster Blvd. Bain, of Agua Dulce, was riding after a speeding van last Thursday, with his siren and emergency lights on, when a Honda compact sport utility vehicle turned left in front of him and stopped as its 73-year-old driver saw his oncoming motorcycle, officials said. Bain swerved, but the motorcycle saddlebag hit the SUV’s front bumper, and he went down near Avenue K and 20th Street East. Bain was thrown into a tree and died 30 minutes later at a hospital. Lake Los Angeles Deputy Steve Sorensen was shot to death in August 2003 at an isolated desert trailer while he was investigating a routine trespassing case. Sorensen’s killer died in a fiery shootout with other deputies. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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VILLAGERS ORGANISE PROTEST OVER UNSAFE ROAD CROSSING

first_imgA protest has been organised a protest in a Donegal village to demand safe road crossings with adequate signage.Chairperson on Muff Sinn Féin, Daithi McGonigal, has said that his party’s local cumann has organised the protest.The protest will take place on Saturday between 12.30 and 1.30pm across fom the Squealing Pig Bar. Mr McGonigal said “We organised this protest after concerns were raised by many local residents regarding the crossings which the council installed in the village.“Local people are concerned that the crossings cannot be seen by drivers and that the new signage is not visible enough to give adequate warning.“The community is demanding proper crossings on this extremely busy road before someone is hurt, or worse.“I would urge everyone in the community to join us and let the council know that we demand safe crossings for our children. “We will be joined by local Councillor Jack Murray who is committed to securing safe crossings to the village.”VILLAGERS ORGANISE PROTEST OVER UNSAFE ROAD CROSSING was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:muffprotestlast_img read more

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Pluto Inbound Image Stuns Scientists

first_imgIt’s not a featureless orb: Pluto has a whale and a heart.  A “complex and nuanced” surface shows that Pluto and its large moon Charon had a history.While mission controllers await signals at 6 pm EST today (July 14) assuring that New Horizons made it through the Pluto system…Update 9:45 EST: New Horizons “phoned home” to say that it survived, according to Space.com.  We have this exclusive quote from Dr. Henry Richter (Caltech-JPL), the last surviving manager of Explorer 1 (Jan 31, 1958), America’s first successful satellite. Richter, a pioneer of the American space program before NASA was formed, was also was instrumental in designing the Deep Space Network that received the signals from Pluto today. He says:The Pluto fly-by is another tremendous accomplishment. The development of such perfect reliability is amazing. To have than many components, to work perfectly after years of interplanetary travel shows the understanding of failure avoidance and superb engineering. This pretty much completes the detailed pictures of the major objects in the solar system. Kudos to the NASA staff.Here is the global portrait that sent scientists jumping to their feet in applause a few hours ago (see celebration photos on Nature and PhysOrg):Pluto inbound portrait July 13, 2015This image has a 1,000 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. During its closest approach, New Horizons should have taken photos as detailed as 100 meters per pixel. If all goes well, data and photos will trickle down over the next 16 months, each bit taking 4.5 hours to travel the 3 billion miles between Pluto and Earth. Compare the photo above with one taken June 27 (PhysOrg); the best is yet to come.Alan Stern, principal investigator for the mission, shared some initial science findings.Pluto is larger than expected. Its newly measured radius of 1185 km means that the body is less dense than previously thought. This affects density models of its interior and lowers the altitude of the troposphere. Pluto regains its position as largest body in the Kuiper Belt.Nitrogen was found escaping much farther from Pluto than expected. Either the escape rate of gas is higher than predicted, or the transfer rate is different.It was confirmed that Pluto has a polar ice cap.The paucity of large craters suggests resurfacing by some means.  And what caused the differences between dark and light regions? That question is sure to be a subject of great interest.The early montage photo shows that Charon has significantly different color and albedo than Pluto.Charon and Pluto from New Horizons, July 13, 2015Astrobiology Magazine is suggesting that Pluto may have icy plumes, perhaps like the geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Comparisons between Pluto and Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and with Triton, Neptune’s active moon, are being made by Space.com. In addition, the sharp boundaries between dark and light areas recall the brightness dichotomies on another Saturnian moon, Iapetus. Scientists hope to find answers to Titan’s apparent youth, because its atmosphere could not have lasted 4.5 billion years, Space.com says:“It’s likely that Titan’s current atmosphere is not sustainable over geologic time — that is, on the order of billions of years,” [Michael] Wong [Caltech] told Space.com via email. “The current amount of methane in the atmosphere — the molecule that is responsible for the production of Titan’s haze and exciting organic compounds — should not last for more than a few tens of millions of years.“So how does Wong account for it?  “Climate change,” he quips. To keep Titan old, he imagines cycles of “snowball state” on Titan with re-injections of warming methane from time to time. But ten million years is just 1/450th the assumed age of Titan; can such a process keep repeating hundreds of times? That’s why Wong is looking to Pluto for clues. “Pluto may be losing its atmosphere more rapidly than previously thought,” Space.com says, “offering a tantalizing hint about its possible replenishment source.”Scientific analysis of Pluto will take months and years as the data trickle in. For now, romantic types are enjoying the big heart shape seen on the inbound image (PhysOrg). Marine biologists saw a whale shape in the dark areas. Even if these inbound images were all that came down, it represents a historic achievement that will fascinate scientists and the public for years. All the old Hubble photos have just been rendered obsolete except to historians. Pluto has become a world we know something more about.Alan Stern and others have also celebrated the success of the American space program – the freedom and expertise that have allowed mankind to complete the first reconnaissance of the solar system within 51 years. Coincidentally, July 14 is the anniversary of the very first planetary encounter by Mariner 4 at Mars.This is a great day for scientific discovery. Undoubtedly, the secular naturalists will try to pitch evolution. Bill Nye was seen at the briefing at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) wearing his D-Merit Badge; he will probably look for open mikes to make his pitch that America needs to teach evolution to stay ahead in science. The astrobiologists will put on their hydrobioscopy glasses and engage in divination about the possibility of life on Pluto. Ignore all that.Ask the questions the secularists don’t ask. If Pluto shows activity, like Triton, Titan, Io, Enceladus and even our moon, how can one believe this has gone on for 4.5 billion years? The burden of proof is on them, because it’s their anomaly. We’ll get into that later after the science comes down. For now, this is a historic day to celebrate intelligent design. Thanks, all you bright NASA engineers who pulled it off! 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Embrace the Undeniable Power of Sad Music

first_imgActivate audience empathy and make your moments matter more with sad royalty-free music.Sad music is one of the most dependable tools available to film and video creators. Songs rich with mournful minor keys and deliberate downtempo stillness (like those found in the curated playlist at the bottom of this post) convey raw emotions and bleak existential experiences in ways that language and images alone can’t.If your characters are hurting, if despair has settled over your scene, if defeat, death, divorce, and/or destruction have taken their toll, then a sad soundtrack is a surefire way to turn on-screen pain into something visceral for viewers. The right sad song can slingshot your audience’s hearts directly into the goose-fleshed empathy sweet spot where the most memorable moviegoing moments occur, a place where they can truly share your character’s dark situation.Effective Use of Sad Music in Film and VideoImage via Warpboyz.A sad soundtrack is weaponized poignancy at the moment your audience is most vulnerable. Take the following scene from Platoon for example . . .We’ve joined Charlie Sheen’s young Chris Taylor as witnesses to the horrors of war, seeing firsthand the ravaging effects of death, desperation, and duty on those fighting. We’ve seen the brutality of Tom Berenger’s Staff Sergeant Barnes and encountered what passes as hope in Willam Dafoe’s sage Sergeant Elias.Now, confusion has settled over the burning battlefield. The violence escalates. Taylor barely escapes, his chopper lifting off as Viet Cong bullets shred the jungle — and Elias — below.As Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” begins to soar, Elias falls — but the mournful music is not for him. It’s Taylor’s song. It’s ours too, as we share the young soldier’s recognition of betrayal and feelings of helplessness. (Note: The following clip contains coarse language and realistic combat violence.)Powerful stuff; there’s a reason people call Barber’s composition “That Platoon Song.” Still, even with that cemented association, “Adagio for Strings” remains a go-to for film and broadcast folks. Even a short list of its uses in pop culture is lengthy. It’s been featured in The Elephant Man and Amélie. It drives scenes in documentaries like Sicko and 20 Feet From Stardom. You can hear it on television in The Simpsons, Outlander, and Red Dwarf. “Adagio for Strings” is the rare artistic achievement that transcends pop culture; it’s now something bigger. It’s been the soundtrack for the radio and TV death announcements of FDR, JFK, and Princess Diana. It was heard at the funerals of Princess Grace of Monaco, Albert Einstein, and dozens of other global luminaries and heads of state. We felt its solemn power at public ceremonies honoring the terrorist-attack victims of 9/11, Charlie Hebdo, Manchester Arena, and Brussels. When the West mourns, we do it to “Adagio for Strings.”Preeminent musicologist Wilfrid Mellers called it “a dirge for the young dead.” Entertainment Weekly called it “the saddest song ever.” NPR disagrees. There are other contenders for the title, according to a quick PremiumBeat office poll: “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. “Mad World” from Donnie Darko. “Adagio in D Minor” from Sunshine. Even “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story.In Closing: The Transformative Power of Sad Music, an AnecdoteImage via Jaromir Chalabala.When looking to cast my own vote for “what’s the saddest gut-punching use of sad music ever,” the answer came quickly: those Sarah McLachlan animal videos from a few years ago, duh. You know the ones. I ventured over to YouTube to see if the videos were as impactful as I remembered. They were; my first refresher viewing was indeed a miserable experience.My second viewing was different, though. I noticed that the videos weren’t nearly as graphic as I remembered. In fact, other than maybe one limping dog, I was surprised to see that most of the animals just looked a little, well, bored. It seems Sarah McLachlan’s sad music had created footage in my mind that never existed. The whole experience compelled me to test the transformative power that sad music has on images.Below you will find two videos I whipped up in iMovie (not only is it my NLE of choice, it’s also the only one I know how to use). Each video features the same Shutterstock “bored dog” footage and a song from PremiumBeat. One track’s got a little pep in its step. The other track is a total bummer. First, take a look at the “hey, everything’s gonna be all right” version.And now, the “everything is not all right — like, not at all” version. The transformative power of sad music is obvious, even when wielded by unskilled hands.If you need to add gravity and encourage empathy, explore the curated playlist below. It’s loaded with sad songs and tear-jerking tunes that you can utilize to transform footage in your next project, and each is available for you to use in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License.Whether you’re going for abject suffering, mild melancholia, sentimental nostalgia, or good-old-fashioned gazing into the void, the heart-rending, transformative power of sad music is vital for hitting your audience square in The Feels in a way they won’t soon forget.Cover image via Anna Om.Header image via one line man.Playlist header image crazystocker.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.Choice Cuts: Check Out July’s Best New Royalty Free Music2019’s Most Important Film Score Trend: Experimental Ambient MusicCreative Zeitgeist: 2019 Royalty Free Music Trends PlaylistMake Your Cuts Shine with Royalty-Free Transition MusicCreative Royalty-Free Intro Music for Better Viewer Engagementlast_img read more

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On Civility and Politics

first_imgSome people have ideas and beliefs that differ from yours. Some of the things they believe and express conflict with what you hold to be fundamental truths. They speak what they believe to be good and right and beautiful, and what they believe is moral and correct, using some combination of facts and opinion to express their ideas. Because their views clash with yours, you can become defensive, emotional, and upset by their ideas. This clashing of conflicting ideas and beliefs works both ways, with others growing defensive, emotional, and argumentative when you speak.In this, civility is lost.In the United States, the two parties have worked very hard to create an environment where everything is political, and everything is framed to create a sense of “us versus them.” Each side encourages the idea that they are good, the other evil, with one group describing the other as “Nazis,” and the second group describing the first as “Communists.” (We should hope that neither of these things is true, as those two groups were responsible for something close to 100,000,000 lost souls, most of them their citizens).Enabled by a press that works on a 24-hour news cycle and who benefits from attention, the willingness to divide us from each other has never been so great, and the tools never so powerful.The social sites have been optimized to ensure that people spend time on the platform and that engagement results in a psychological reward, making it a cesspool of angry, nasty, foul political arguments, with zero civility, and no real attempt to talk about issues in any meaningful way. Mostly, the arguments are a war between memes and distortions. Over the last few years, there has been protests and marches that have ended in violence, as well as some very close calls. There have also been people shouted down and prevented from even expressing their beliefs.Being angrier, louder, and more aggressive isn’t how you win an argument, nor is it how you change someone’s mind. It also isn’t a great way to resolve one’s differences.Civility is needed now more than ever. Your civility and mine. It starts by believing that people with whom you disagree are not evil. Civility means hearing a person out, without interruption, and seeking to understand what they believe as truth and why they believe it. Civility requires you to exercise the decorum and self-control necessary to avoid responding emotionally (and in every case online, not to respond at all).Do not allow the talking heads on political television to serve as the model for how you interact with people who disagree with you. Instead, exercise civility—even if others do not. Your example, and mine, matters.Civility, yours and mine, is what is necessary to prevent us from turning on one another and instead seeking to find answers to the challenges that we face together now—and the greater challenges we will meet in the future.If our political class cannot or will not serve as an example for us, then let us be an example for them.last_img read more

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