Sky’s the limit for McLeod – Graham

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first_img PROBLEMS McLeod has recently run 9.99 seconds for the 100 metres, but Graham doesn’t believe the accelerated velocity will create problems. “All he has to do is fix his leg sometimes by not hitting the hurdle,” he suggested. “Once he’s clean, we’re going to see something fantastic soon, before even Rio”, Graham said, using hurdling terminology to describe a race when the athlete isn’t slowed down by contact with any of the 10 obstacles. More broadly, the experienced coach thinks that McLeod and Parchment could both win medals in the 110-metre hurdles at the Olympics. “Once Parchment gets his start, we could see Jamaica creating history – a quinela,” he predicted. “With Omar’s early speed, once Parchment gets his start, Jamaica is in for some good times in the hurdles,” he concluded. The early-season form of Omar McLeod has one of his former high-school coaches thinking about the world record. Raymond Graham, who coached McLeod in 2013 at Kingston College (KC), says McLeod’s early speed will help chase Aries Merritt’s four-year-old 110-metre hurdles record of 12.80 seconds. Graham also believes that McLeod and Hansle Parchment could make hurdling history for Jamaica at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Graham isn’t surprised by his former student’s early-season run of 13.08 seconds at the Drake Relays last weekend. “He is the first hurdler I’ve seen with so much speed, and when you have speed,” he explained, “you’re going to run fast”. The long-time coach believes McLeod was unlucky to hit the hurdles in last year’s World Championship final and said: “I think he will break the world record soon.” McLeod ran 12.97 seconds to beat Parchment, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, to win last year’s National Senior Championships. However, he struggled in the World Championships final where he placed sixth. Parchment peaked well at the Worlds to be runner-up to Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov. Graham isn’t the first to project world-record potential for McLeod. Just after McLeod’s Nationals wins, 1966 CAC silver medallist Ray Harvey said: “His form is immaculate, impeccable, but his speed is what really, I think, could propel him probably close to the world record.”last_img read more


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first_imgKaren and Martin celebrate with their medals.It’s a few years since he was called Master O’Donnell.But class is a thing that never grows old!Martin O’Donnell, an adopted Donegal man who now resides in Glenswilly, is renowned for his agility on the track and his time spent with the Olympian Club in his native Derry. The Donegal County Council engineer recently competed in the Masters All Ireland Championships.He finished up with 2 bronze medals in M40 category with a third place finish in the 60m with a personal best time 7.77secs and another third place in the 200m in 25.59secs.Martin’s younger sister Karen, who coaches with the Olympian club and helped out with Glenswilly Community Games and Glenswilly Summer Camp, was first in 400m W35 category and collected a gold medal.Congrats to both and no doubt the athletics scene in Glenswilly and the neighbouring parish is in safe hands for many years to come. MARTIN BRINGS IT HOME FOR THE ‘AUL BOYS’! was last modified: April 5th, 2016 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:athleticsdonegalMARTIN O’DONNELLlast_img read more


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first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMauricio Pochettino said he took off Heung-Min Son while he was on a hat-trick because the forward needed a rest.Son scored his second double in two games to sink Huddersfield 2-0 at Wembley and cement Tottenham’s place in the top four.“In the last few games he played a lot. He played one hour and scored twice against Rochdale on a very cold day,” the Spurs boss said.“Today he played another 70 minutes, and he’s not a machine, and he needs to rest. There are a lot of games ahead of him.“But he is one player you always expect amazing things from. He is talented, consistent and very professional.“Players like him and Harry Kane work a lot and it pays back. He’s another example at our club of what it means to be professional.”Pochettino’s side face Juventus next in a huge Champions League last-16 second leg at Wembley on Tuesday night.And he said: “I am happy for Son because these two goals help a very good position in the table now, and in the battle for the top four. It was a very professional performance from the team.“We are focused on Juventus now. With Chelsea, United still to play, cannot affect what happens in the other games.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more


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first_imgAn education system designed to prevent intellectual development has left schools in South African townships and rural areas poorly resourced and with sub-standard infrastructure. Believing that a safe, bright and resourced environment is conducive to positive childhood development, the folks at the Bright Kid Foundation have come up with a cost-effective alternative to failing schools.The organisation’s innovative Edutainer is a shipment container fitted with lighting and flooring and sports a colourful paintjob, it is a cheap and easily procured classroom and an ideal space for children to learn and grow to meet their potentialThe organisation’s innovative Edutainer is a shipment container fitted with lighting and flooring and sports a colourful paintjob. It is a cheap and easily procured classroom and an ideal space for children to learn and grow to meet their potential.“In 1999 the Mandela Children’s Fund distributed 1 000 of our toys to teachers throughout South Africa. We included a feedback form. One teacher wrote: ‘We love the toys but I’m teaching in a shack. Please send us a school!’” says Nicholas Jaff, media representative for the Bright Kid Foundation. “This request inspired us to develop the Edutainer pre-school classroom which can be sent anywhere in South Africa.”Because the Edutainer is made by converting standard shipment containers the cost of production is relatively low; it is also easy to transport to rural areas, where proper classrooms are most needed.“I am very happy with the Edutainer as it provides me with a professional classroom to teach from and earn a salary for myself and my teachers from the school fees,” says Meriam Petla, a facilitator at Tswelopele Day Care Centre in the Free State province.The Edutainer features safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and burglar-proof windows, and basic such as doors, and an extractor fan and insulation to keep the container warm in winter and cool in summer. It can accommodate up to 25 children and comes stocked with books, toys and educational materials.The Bright Kid Foundation has supplied more than 200 Edutainers and “skilltainers” to communities across the country; its latest delivery, an early childhood development centre, is to Kromdraai in Muldersdrift, Western Gauteng.The skilltainers provide space for development and training projects. The organisation also provides “booktainers” to communities needing libraries. These provide space for residents to read, and come stocked with books and educational materials.SAFE AND SOUNDThe organisation converts decommissioned shipment containers, using only those in good condition, needing very few repairs and which are still structurally sound.“All our Edutainers … are MANTAG certified, ” says Jaff. A MANTAG certification is awarded to construction and conversion projects that meet stringent standards as laid out in the Agrément Innovative Construction Assessments, affiliated with the Department of Public Works. The assessment investigates and certifies the quality of insulation, ventilation, fire safety precautions, acoustic specifications and heat extraction, among other conversion requirements.Because the Edutainer is made by converting standard shipment containers the cost of production is relatively low; it is also easy to transport to rural areas, where proper classrooms are most neededThe Bright Kid Foundation Edutainer is the only South African container conversion with an official MANTAG certificate.The foundation also works with the Department of Education, several sector education and training authority (Seta) organisations, and service providers on skills development and enterprise development projects.The partnerships involve the Foundation delivering skilltainers to communities, and the department, Setas and service providers are responsible for using them correctly.“We believe that the work we do will have a major impact in improving the quality of life for those who are taught and trained in our skilltainer, Edutainers and booktainers,” says Jaff. “We are very happy to be able to improve the quality of people’s lives and to help improve the prospects for growth and success of South Africa.”PLAY YOUR PARTThe Bright Kid Foundation needs funding to continue to convert and supply containers.Corporate donors can improve BBBEE scorecards and opt to display company logos on sponsored containers.Contact the foundation at +27 11 786 3169 or 082 852 4867, via email, or visit the donate page.last_img read more


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first_img11 February 2014There is huge scope for stronger cooperation in science, technology and innovation between the countries of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.Hanekom was speaking on Monday at the opening of the first BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting in Kleinmond, about 90km southeast of Cape Town.“The BRICS countries are recognised as the future growth engines of the world economy,” he said. “It is clear that this kind of expansion will necessarily need to be accompanied by enhanced levels of technological integration into the global community and, without a doubt, will create huge opportunities for science, technology and innovation as critical growth and development drivers of the future.”Hanekom identified biotechnology and health innovations, space science and technology, and new and renewable energy as “strategic areas where South Africa sees potential not only for synergies, but real opportunities for extensive cooperation” between the BRICS countries.The two-day meeting, which brings together science ministers or deputy ministers from the five countries, was one of the activities agreed to in the declaration and work plan adopted at the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban in March 2013.Hanekom said the meeting represented the culmination of the process of operationalizing the working mechanisms of the grouping.The BRICS ministers were expected to table a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation and addressing common global and regional socioeconomic challenges through appropriate funding and investment instruments.To achieve this goal, Hanekom said the five countries would use shared experiences and complementarities, the co-generation of new knowledge and innovative products, services and processes.On Tuesday, the BRICS ministers were expected to visit the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where the MeerKAT radio telescope is being constructed.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia. The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.Source: SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more


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first_imgSuccessfully adapting novels into screenplays means that the film version must become its own work of art – a slew of changes must be made to the format, story and characters involved.If you’re reading this, you may have already accomplished the first step in your adaptation: finding a book you truly love and making certain it is movie material. Once you’ve found your story there are many challenges that, as a screenwriter, you must prepare to face on the journey from book to screen.Too Faithful or Not Faithful EnoughWhat to cut and what to keep? This is one of the first challenges you’ll need to tackle when adapting a novel. Subsequently, one of the greatest criticisms an adaptation will receive, in either direction, is that the film version was either too faithful (thus, not translating well to the screenplay format) or not faithful enough to the original version, which sends fans of the book into an uproar. Is it possible to please or serve both audiences, the die-hard devotees and those who haven’t read the book (they’re only seeking out a great film)? Possibly, but ultimately, your degree of faithfulness should be left out of the equation entirely.Instead, you want to engage with the material in such a way that honors only the great parts of the story. So rather than wondering how you must bring every detail to life on the big screen, ask yourself a more important question: what aspects of this story are so great that I must put emphasis on them? From there, you’ll explore the important characters, scenes and themes that are most pertinent to the story you want to tell. Remember that no matter which approach you take some people will love it and some people won’t, so just follow your instinct and tell the story in the best way that you know how.Point of ViewSome novels represent many viewpoints, alternating between multiple characters when telling a story. Most films on the other hand, tell a story from one singular point of view –that of the protagonist. For you as a screenwriter, adapting a novel with multiple viewpoints is not as easy as simply picking your favorite character or the most prominent character and running with it. In fact, the best route for your film may not necessarily be to choose the strongest point of view or have the character with the most dramatic experiences tell your story.Ideally, you want to look at the novel as merely a foundation, or the facilitator of the story you wish to tell. If this leads you to choose a smaller character from the novel, but one that is interesting and engaging and that would translate well to film – then so be it. When deciding how you want your story to be told, and who your protagonists will be, I would strongly suggest trying to go into things with an open mind. If you can accept that the novel and your screenplay may simply share only the same general idea, your mind will be free to make the best story choices. Once you have decided on your central characters, you can go back to the novel and choose to integrate what you believe to be worth while details and scenes from the original novel into your adaptation.It Isn’t Going to Be PrettyIrrespective of the writing style, you can always count on a novel to be beautifully written and rich in imagery. A screenplay… not so much. Even if your intention is to stay as true to source as possible, your script adaptation will look vastly different from the novel. This is a point that I would especially emphasize for any of you that come from a background in novel writing, but haven’t yet written as screenplay.Quite simply, a screenplay doesn’t have room for some of the most enjoyable aspects of a novel, no matter who writes the script. For instance, your script (at most) will be 120 pages with large margins, and most novels run at least 300 pages, which leaves no room for long paragraphs aimed at exploring a character’s internal monologue or scene descriptions. Nor should it be there in the first place, as the screenplay is a blueprint for the cast and crew, and not meant to be written with flowery language. When you set out to write your script, it is your job to get down to the essence of any one particular element, so that it can be explored via action or dialogue, or costume/set design, etc. It may not look as pretty, but trust that it will translate to be just as beautiful on the screen once it is interpreted by the talented artists that come on board.Creating New ContentWe’ve touched on the notion of choosing what will remain and what will be removed from a story when adapting it to a traditional screenplay, but it’s also worth thinking about what new elements can be added. Your script may be one that requires new plot points or characters that did not even exist in the novel in order to make it work as a movie, so keep this in mind when moving ahead with your new story. For instance, sometimes a writer will decide to write an alternate ending so that the film can feel more conclusive or set a certain tone.Naturally, this particular challenge can cause quite a bit of controversy among viewers, but nonetheless there are certain situations that call for it to be done. In such scenarios, writers typically approach the book as a springboard to create new content that still has a similar feel, making sure that any new ideas, characters, or scenes that are introduced still feel consistent and in line with the rest of the work. The reality is that sometimes change is demanded by the medium of film, which is highly visual. For an obvious example – If you are adapting a novel that is decades or centuries old, you may want to consider more contemporary themes or settings to make the story more appealing to a modern audience.Writing, of any variety, can be a daunting task and this sentiment could not be truer for adapting novels into screenplays. Nevertheless, so long as books continue to achieve a spot on the “best-seller” list, there will always be a studio in Hollywood ready to finance its adaptation to the big screen.Note: An adaptation is considered a derivative work of the novel, and as such, usage must be cleared for the work.  For more info on the legal ramifications of a novel adaptation, check out the post: ‘Legally Speaking, It Depends: Ins and Outs of a Novel Adaptation‘ from ScriptMag.com or ‘The Legal Hurdles of Adadpting a Novel or Book‘ from WriteYourScreenplay.com.Once you discover the right book, you must face the impending challenges associated with adaptions. Whether it is meeting fan expectations or knowing what to cut, keep, or add, or deciding which story you’d like to tell, you must be comfortable and confident in the writing decisions you make. This confidence comes from committing yourself to knowing the story from every all angles and making crucial (but necessary) choices on what stays and what goes.last_img read more