Champs Memories!

first_imgIt was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.last_img read more

US firm opens African parts centre

first_img19 March 2013American agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO and its local partners have opened an African master parts distribution centre in Johannesburg to build the company’s sub-Saharan African network.“AGCO’s new state-of-the-art warehouse will allow us to better serve our customers in sub-Saharan Africa with high-quality products and services,” AGCO CEO Martin Richenhagen said at the official opening of the centre on Friday.AGCO has a presence in over 140 countries and designs, manufactures and distributes agricultural equipment such as tractors, combines, sprayers and hay tools in five core brands: Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia.Located close to OR Tambo airport on Johannesburg’s East Rand, the warehouse is at the centre of a well-connected logistics network, said AGCO director for Africa and the Middle East, Nuradin Osman.The new warehouse is an important step in the firm’s plans to improve its after-sales service. It will stock up to 40 000 parts to improve response times and cut down on machine downtime.“Overall AGCO is investing about $35-million in the after-sales service infrastructure in Africa to ensure excellent parts availability and machine uptime,” Osman said.“Having successfully established the new African master warehouse, we will now focus on developing satellite warehouses in east and west Africa to support these growing markets.”The warehouse will also deal in parts shipments to AGCO’s southern Africa distributor Barloworld to expand its range of locally stocked parts.“In addition to the implementation of the new master parts distribution centre in Johannesburg, AGCO has taken further strategic steps to expand its presence in Africa – opening a Global Learning Center and Future Farm in Zambia that allows local farmers and dealers to be trained on modern farming technology,” the company said.It has also established a joint venture with local partners in Algeria to manufacture Massey Ferguson tractors for the African market.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Clean Up Your Image Background in Photoshop

first_imgShooting on a white seamless? This handy Photoshop tutorial will show you how to quickly clean up solid backgrounds to make your images clean and polished!Solid backgrounds are never actually solid, are they? If it’s a cloth background you’ll get wrinkles. With paper backgrounds, you’ll pick up dirt and creases. And no matter how much time you spend on lighting, it’s nearly impossible to get an evenly lit background without creating shadows and lighter/darker spots.Luckily, it’s super-easy to clean up solid color backgrounds in your images using Photoshop. Although there are several ways to do this, Aaron Nace from demonstrates one of the most effective in the video tutorial below. Here are some of the video’s highlights:Using Photoshop curves and threshold adjustment layers with the histogram to see trouble areas in an image.Make a selection of everything that should be a solid color and make it a layer mask.Refine the mask for clean edges (feather and contrast).Create gradients to give the image definition.Phlearn’s a great resource for any photographer or Photoshop user. Check out their quality FREE tutorials, and jump to 2:00 in the video below to dig into the Photoshop image background tutorial.Be sure to check out PremiumBeat’s blog for more Photoshop tips, tricks, and techniques — for photographers and video editors alike!Got any post-production tips for fixing background issues? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ kickstarts Asian Games 2014 at Incheon

first_imgTo achieve international superstardom means you become virtually synonymous with your country. Over the course of the last couple of years, that’s exactly what has happened to South Korean pop artist Psy.His Gangnam Style single became the biggest rage on the internet in 2012, and on Friday, the 36-year-old was the headlining act of a glittering opening ceremony to the 17th Asian Games at Incheon.Sixty-thousand spectators were packed in the main stadium like sardines in a tin, eager to welcome elite athletes from across the biggest continent on the face of the earth. Doubts were raised earlier in the week about the slow pace of ticket sales for the ceremony, but as the appointed hour of 7pm arrived on Friday, there was barely a seat left empty. Since well before sunset, people had started trooping in.Security was tight but not an irritant and infants, youth and senior citizens alike stood patiently in lines to get past the gates. However, those hoping to post ‘selfies’ from inside the stadium were in for a shock as mobile phone signals seemed to be jammed.Korean pop stars and celebrities were an integral part of the ceremony, at which the Games were declared open by Park Geun-Hye, the president of South Korea.While Psy’s performance was undoubtedly the centrepiece of the evening, well-known South Korean actress Lee Young-Ae lit the Games cauldron. Usually, it is big-name athletes who are given this honour but the organisers gave the responsibility to Lee, given her popularity across Asia.advertisementThe theme for the ceremony was “One Asia”. Given the turmoil that affects the 4.5 billion inhabitants of the continent, it was an apt theme, choreographed in two parts, before the 45 participating nations’ athletes and officials entered the stadium.Indians know full well how the country’s relationship with the neighbouring Pakistan is often frosty, and similarly, North and South Korea are also poles apart. Yet, when the North Korean contingent entered the arena, there was loud cheering from the crowd.To be sure, sport acts as a balm. There is turmoil in Afghanistan and Syria, yet their athletes have turned up for the Asian Games in the hope there will be peace in Asia one day – as envisaged by Incheon.The size of the contingents entering the stadium had been kept limited and at the head of India’s shortened team was hockey captain Sardar Singh. Nattily dressed in grey trousers and a blue blazer, Sardar marched proudly ahead of women athletes in turquoise blue sarees, though a lot of wellknown names were missing from the parade.Sitting in the VIP area, Randhir Singh, secretary general of the Olympic Council of Asia, greeted the Indian contingent with a wave while his face was beamed on the giant LED screens around the stadium.When OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah greeted the crowd in Korean, there was a big round of applause. He then delivered his speech in English. “These are your Games, so let us unite and share the excitement and passion of the next 16 days,” he said.Close to 10pm local time, bright fireworks lit up the sky to signal the beginning of the fortnight-long sporting extravaganza.In the days ahead, Koreans and other Asians of various nationalities will witness plenty of success stories and heartbreaks. But on this night, Incheon well and truly laid out the red carpet for the rest of the continent.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Rep Hank Vaupel Weekly Column June 4 2018

first_img This week I introduced a bill increasing penalties for harming medical personnel. This measure would be similar to laws that institute penalties for harming a police officer or other law enforcement officer. I was disturbed to hear of a number of violent events occurring in our state’s medical facilities where hospital employees are assaulted by a patient, family member, or friend. This is not just a regional problem as reports of such occurrences are happening throughout our state. I have so much respect for our selfless and hardworking medical personnel, and that’s why I am so passionate about this legislation. If you have any questions about this legislation, or any other state legislation, please contact my office.***I was pleased to join Congressman Mike Bishop and Senator Joe Hune in honoring the Livingston County Marine Corps League Honor Guard this week. These individuals selflessly serve the community by attending events and funerals throughout mid and southeast Michigan to honor our fallen heroes. Their support for veterans and their families cannot be overstated and I appreciate their dedication to our local heroes. Thank you to all members for your continued service to your country and community.***Studies show that summer reading helps with learning retention so there is less need for review during the following school year. That’s why I am happy to announce I will be hosting another Summer Reading Contest. To enter, students between 1st and 5th grades will need to fill out a special contest bookmark with 10 books they have read over the summer. The winners will be randomly drawn and receive the opportunity to serve with me as “Rep. for a Day.” This is a great opportunity for a young student to be invited to Lansing to learn about the state Legislature and what it’s like to be a representative.The bookmarks can be picked up and returned when completed at the Howell and Hartland libraries, the Village of Fowlerville municipal office and the Fowlerville library when it reopens at its new facility. The contest will run from June 1 to Sept. 1. Best of luck to all who enter!***Great job by all the volunteers across the county who made each Memorial Day service and parade such a success. I appreciate the hard work that goes into this important event recognizing and remembering the ultimate sacrifices made by those who protected our freedom. Thank you to everyone who participated in honoring the fallen.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to We are happy to hear from you! Categories: Vaupel News 04Jun Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: June 4, 2018center_img PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel recognizes members of the Marine Corps League along with Congressman Mike Bishop (left) and Sen. Joe Hune (right).last_img read more

French media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi has

first_imgFrench media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi has given Canal Plus chairman Bertrand Meheut the task of undertaking a strategic review of media and content development.Vivendi did not specify the exact nature of Meheut’s remit. He will retain his current responsibilities.Vivendi has also named Jean-Yves Charlier as senior executive vice-president in charge of telecoms activities and head of the group’s strategic review. Charlier is currently CEO of interactive learning specialist Promethean.Vivendi has also confirmed that its management board will now comprise Jean-François Dubos as chairman and Philippe Capron as chief financial officer. Frédéric Crépin, senior vice-president, head of the legal department, has been appointed secretary of Vivendi’s supervisory and management boards, while Mathieu Peyceré, vice-president, human resources, has been promoted to executive vice-president, human resources.The latest executive moves at Vivendi follow the departure of president Jean-Bernard Lévy, leaving the company under the direction of Dubos and supervisory council chief Jean-René Fourtou.last_img read more

Which Cambridge Judge Scholarships Are Right For You

first_img Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Which Cambridge Judge Scholarships Are Right For You? regions: London Money can be a compounding stressor when it comes to earning an MBA. Sure, the degree is worth it, but achieving it requires serious planning. With books, housing, and a social life, the bills add up. Luckily, most universities and business schools offer scholarships to make it easier for students to attend.Take London’s Cambridge Judge Business School, for example. The Financial Times ranked the business school’s MBA program as the fifth best in the world in 2017, and the best overall in the UK. To help join one of the world’s preeminent business institutions, a number of scholarships are available. Some focus on academic achievement, but others are about equity and go toward students of a specific nationality or gender. The institution recognizes that this type of financial assistance is necessary—after all, one year of tuition costs £49,000 (nearly $64,000 USD). That, of course, doesn’t include books or meals.Those interested in applying for these Cambridge Judge scholarships must do so before the school year officially begins. The Boustany Foundation Scholarship: The Boustany Foundation Scholarship offers £23,000 in financial assistance, as well as any travel costs. The scholarship is granted once every two years with priority given to Lebanese nationals. However, an applicant must be “outstanding and highly meriting.”The Culture, Arts and Media Bursary: This scholarship looks at candidates interested in working in media, which can include fields such as journalism, creative writing, or production. The offer caps at £10,000. Once the scholarship is offered, applicants are expected to compete through an essay and give a talk on the media to the class.The Ruth Whaley Bursary for Women in Science: This is a scholarship specifically for women working in finance. The Ruth Whaley Bursary gives a candidate £10,000—as well as the opportunity to mentor with Ruth Whaley, the founder of New York-based risk management consulting firm Barset Consulting LLC. The goal? That more women take up senior finance positions.The EY Scholarship for Angolan Residents: This is the only scholarship that covers the business school’s full-tuition. That includes college fees, living expenses, and a flight back home to Angola. Applicants for the EY Scholarship are required to write an essay on how they’d use their time at Cambridge to further sustainable development to Angola.The Sainsbury Bursary Scheme: Despite what the name suggests, this scholarship is no scheme. It recognizes applicants who have worked in the charity and volunteer sectors, offering them £14,000-28,000. They must show how they’d use their skills to continue this work. UK citizens working in the UK are given priority.The Maissa Karim Scholarship: This £2,500 award is in honor of the lake Maissa Karim, a member of the school’s 2005 program. Now, that might not sound like much, but the money goes to a candidate who wouldn’t be able to do the MBA program without financial assistance. Every dollar counts.The St. Catherine’s Benavitch Scholarship: This generous gift offers five candidates £10,000 each. Named after the late Maurice and Natalie Benavitch, the scholarship is supposed to develop tomorrow’s business leaders. Those who receive the award will join St Catherine’s College, a five-minute walk from Cambridge Judge. That means that five lucky candidates will have access to not one, but two university campuses.center_img RelatedHow Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBAEarning your MBA can be an expensive prospect. In Canada, tuition at the most expensive MBA programs can cost more than $100,000 for full-time and part-time students. This can be difficult for some low-income applicants. So, what are some Toronto schools doing to help offset the cost of tuition, living,…March 7, 2018In “Featured Home”Top Toronto MBA Programs for Financial AssistanceToronto is the fourth most populous city in North America and widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It’s also an established global city, attracting people and businesses from around the world as a center of trade, finance, arts and culture. So, it’s…October 12, 2016In “Advice”What Rice Jones MBA Scholarships are Right for You?With the nation’s overall outstanding student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion, an intimidating price tag may deter talented students from pursuing higher education. Though the cost of business school can seem dispiriting, more and more schools are offering competitive scholarships to allow promising students to go after an MBA. Rice…August 2, 2017In “Featured Home” About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes last_img read more