first_imgDonegal have recorded their first Allianz National League win away from home in Division One for seven years – as they hammered an out-of-sorts Down outfit in Newry this evening.Michael Murphy gave an exhibition of free-taking in the first-half, and scored an incredible six points. Scores from Ciaran Thompson and Patrick McBrearty (2) ensured Donegal were in a commanding position at half-time.Rory Gallagher selected Aodh Ruadh shot-stopper Peter Boyle ahead of Danny Rodgers – and Boyle made a stunning penalty save in the first-half.Neil McGee was black-carded for a foul on Ryan Johnston – but Boyle stopped the resulting penalty from Donal O’Hare.Donegal went in at the interval six points ahead on a score-line of Donegal 0-09 Down 0-03. Donegal pushed on the second-half and delivered an utterly ruthless display.Donegal scored two goals in two minutes to end this game as a contest early in the second-half.Ryan McHugh made a stunning run through the heart of the weary Down defence – and played a neat one-two with cousin Eoin before slamming into the back of the net.Less than sixty seconds later Down were again picking the ball out of their net – this time McBrearty was the tormentor in chief.He was released by Anthony Thompson and he skinned his marker to blast into the back of the net.Donegal completed dominated proceedings and added further points through McBrearty and Leo McLoone (2). Ryan McHugh who had a superb game all evening got another great goal after a flowing team move involving Marty O’Reilly and Michael Murphy.Michael Murphy got in the act late-on again and added a further two points to bring his tally for the evening to eight.One of the biggest cheers of the night from Donegal fans was reserved for Rory Kavanagh who entered the fray late-on.Down were just no match for Donegal who were absolutely fantastic throughout – there will be tougher challenges ahead for Rory Gallagher’s men – but it’s a great, great start. Final score: Donegal 3-15 Down 0-07MAJESTIC DONEGAL DELIVER SUPERB PERFORMANCE AS THEY HAMMER DOWN was last modified: January 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa marks World Malaria Day

first_img26 April 2016Under the global theme “End Malaria for Good”, South Africa joined the world yesterday in commemorating World Malaria Day.The Department of Health noted achievements had been made in reducing malaria incidents in the country and it had successfully realised its malaria targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“South Africa has reversed malaria incidents by 82% of the levels in the year 2000,” the department said.“In this regard, South Africa was presented with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) award for achieving the malaria goal of the MDGs at the Alma meeting for heads of state and government of the African Union in January 2016.”Global statsAccording to the World Malaria Report 2015 compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000; mortality has decreased by 60% with 62 million lives saved.See more positive global stats from WHO:“Between 2000 and 2015, malaria incidence rates (new malaria cases) fell by 37% globally, and by 42% in Africa,” said WHO. “During this same period, malaria mortality rates fell by 60% globally and by 66% in the African region.”It’s #WorldMalariaDay. Despite progress, much more needs to done for the African Region to #EndMalariaForGood— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016See the message from the WHO Africa regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti:WHO identified South Africa has one of the 21 countries able to eliminate local transmission of the disease by 2020.WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to eliminate local transmission of #malaria by 2020— WHO (@WHO) April 25, 2016Treatment and progressIn total, 57 countries reduced malaria cases by at least 75% between 2000 and 2015, the report stated. Progress was made possible through the massive expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as indoor residual spraying, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines.According to the organisation, two forms of control have proven to be effective: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).It said there had been an increase in use of these methods in Africa to increase malaria prevention.Over the last 15 years, there has been a major increase in coverage of ITNs in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2014, more than half (56%) of the population had access to an ITN, compared to less than 2% in 2000.In 2014, 116 million people globally were protected by IRS, including 50 million people in Africa. About 6% of the population at risk of malaria in Africa live in households that are protected by IRS.A #malaria-free Africa is possible. We must accelerate & sustain efforts to #EndMalariaForGood— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016But challenges still remain.13 of the 15 countries accounting for 80% of global #malaria cases in 2015 are in Africa— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016WHO’s Global Malaria Programme calls on endemic countries, donors, organisations and communities to work together to eliminate and eradicate malaria, a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.“With commitment, dedication and support of all governments and partners, the vision for malaria elimination and eradication is possible,” said WHO.In endemic areas, everyone is at risk of contracting malaria, but there are some higher risk groups, including children under five years of age, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, travellers from non-endemic areas and immigrant workers.Signs of malariaSymptoms of the disease can be similar to those of flu, such as severe headaches, fever, joint pains, shivering episodes, nausea and vomiting. More serious symptoms include severe breathing difficulties, low blood sugar, severe anaemia, weakness of the body, convulsions, respiratory distress, jaundice, renal failure, repeated vomiting, shock, hypoglycaemia, black urine, abnormal bleeding and even coma.Malaria in South Africa is seasonal, between September and May, and occurs in certain geographical areas of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.Together we can #EndMalaria by 2018 #WMD2016 ^eN7— Department of Health (@HealthZA) April 25, 2016Source: South African Government News Agency and World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Filmmaking Fundamentals: Using Blocking to Get Your Scenes Moving

first_imgDirecting your first scene? Before you get bogged down in the technical details, take the time to plan out and rehearse your blocking.Blocking is the movement of the actors on screen, and subsequently how the camera and crew move with them. It’s the same as dance or fight choreography in the sense that it plots out the physical movement of your characters in a three-dimensional space, and at times, it can be as simple as hand movements and body language. Blocking is a key element in directing a scene.Blocking is important because it not only makes a film feel more natural, it also directs the audience’s attention. When the script calls for the characters to walk or run from point A to point B — or take some other specific action — the blocking comes a bit more easily. The narrative has explicitly laid out a motive for movement. However, in dialogue scenes, figuring out the blocking can be a little trickier. A trap new directors may fall into when blocking dialogue scenes is simply having the characters talk — with little movement or action. But if you take the time to think of the context of the scene, you can find ways to motivate your characters movements or body language.Take this scene from James Cameron’s Terminator. While this part of the scene is filmed in the shot-reverse shot formula, notice the characters’ movements and body language throughout.Cameron could have taken the easy route and just had Sarah and Kyle hide in an alley, talk for a few minutes, and then step back into the action. But by keeping them in the action (hiding from the police, loading his gun, hot-wiring the car, etc.) the scene flows better, is more interesting, and motivates the characters’ movements. It brings the characters to life.Of course, not every dialogue scene will be about running from a future murder robot and calling for one of the characters to hot-wire a car while explaining the seemingly impossible. Still. There are ways to keep the blocking active and avoid turning your actors into talking heads. Naturally, a more experienced actor will use their own movements and body language if left undirected, but for amateur actors (or even non-actors) this direction is critical. Let’s take a look at a scene from Tarantino’s Django Unchained.Serving himself and Django a pint does many things, but if nothing else, it creates a more natural and interesting scene. In actual conversations, people rarely just sit around and only talk. They move, they get up to grab a snack or drink, they use gestures to communicate, and so on.Imagine Christoph Waltz’s character moving about the saloon without ever using the taps or serving Django the beer . . . but still hitting those positions. Yes, his blocking would certainly be interesting, but it would ultimately be confusing, and he’d look like a crazy person. Blocking needs motivation, even if it’s just to make the scene more visually interesting — it still needs to make sense.Blocking can also add subtext to a scene. It can show the relationship between characters. It can convey skills and personality traits.Refer to the scenes above. Through the blocking, we learn that Kyle Reese is cautious, trained, and skilled. In the Django Unchained scene, we see the carefree nature of Dr. King Schultz and the reserved nature of Django. We literally see how Dr. Schultz is in control of the situation.If you’re directing a scene, dialogic or otherwise, explore the different ways your characters can move about. Experiment with what feels most natural and what may elevate the underlying message. There’s no one way to go about this because every scene is different, and what feels natural will depend on the context. All in all, give your actors motivation and get the characters moving.Cover image via The Terminator (Orion).Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.DaVinci Resolve: THE Total Guide to the Best Free Video EditorThe 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CCHow to Cut an Effective Trailer for Your Next Film or VideoHow to Overcome the 5 Biggest Obstacles in Writing Your ScreenplayCinematography Tips: Four Ways to Use a Low-Angle Shotlast_img read more

PSC chief Butch Ramirez calls for unity amid POC feud

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I believe that unity is vital in any endeavor. More so in this deal, that we all undertake in our own capacities to push Philippine sports to its highest possibilities,’’ said Ramirez. “As sports leaders and adults, it is our duty to show our youth that national interest always places ahead of our personal interests.’’POC chairman Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino offered Ramirez the CDM for this year’s SEAG, but the PSC chief courteously declined.“After some moment of introspection, and to finally put to rest all speculations, I now issue this statement to humbly and officially decline the offer. Thank you very much for considering this humble servant,’’ said Ramirez, the CDM during the 2005 Manila SEA Games when the Philippines captured its first-ever overall title.“I am a public servant. I am bound by duty to deliver what is demanded of me by the law. Whether or not I am the CDM in the SEA Games, I and the PSC will surely provide our full and sincere support to Team Philippines,’’ he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PBA D-League: Go for Gold lives to fight another day after Gab Banal’s winning 3 POC president Ricky Vargas said he got fed up with the “destabilization’’ plot against his administration and threw brickbats in a privilege speech on Monday against his detractors, majority of which came from his own executive board.On the other side of the fence, POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta denied such claims, saying all they wanted was to be enlightened on the dealings of Vargas with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I still believe we can all sit down and civilly thresh out what needs to be straightened out. The PSC is open to host a dialogue between parties and provide neutral ground for everyone to air their side and ultimately to either sacrifice or step up in the interest of a unified sporting community,’’ said Ramirez.“The PSC Board will be diligently observing and will not be shy to take drastic measures, in the midst of these developments,’’ added Ramirez. As a result of their rift, Vargas announced before the GA on Monday that the POC will hold an election of all elective positions in January 2020 or a month after the SEA Games on Nov. 30-Dec. 11 to be held in Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and Tagaytay City.Romasanta, however, insisted that the polls should be held immediately.“We are hosting what we are working very hard on to be the biggest SEA Games edition. We are also making every possible effort to make 2020 a memorable year with our goal to win the country’s first Olympic gold medal,’’ said Ramirez.“At the same time, we are running on the fuel of our dreams to finally have the infrastructure and facilities that will show the leveled-up fervor of our country in strengthening the foothold in sports. We have our plates full and it is at this time, more than ever, that we need everyone to move in the same direction,’’ added Ramirez.Vargas likewise removed Robert Bachmann of squash as chair of the POC membership committee and recalled the appointments of SEA Games chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario, deputy CDM Charlie Ho and Romasanta as CDM of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PSC chairman Butch Ramirez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez has stepped into the crossfire between the warring parties in the Philippine Olympic Committee executive board, urging both hotheads to smoke the peace pipe for the sake of the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and show that sports leaders are role models to the youth.“As the Chairman of the PSC, I call upon all our sports leaders to step back and take a moment to consider peaceful interactions,’’ said Ramirez a day after the tumultuous POC general assembly that has left the Olympic body in total disarray.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ View commentslast_img read more