League restart: Portugal to resume, Germany wait

first_imgWhile the Bundesliga delays its decision on when to restart, in Portugal they should be given the all-clear to play from late May. In Spain, the Government today agreed to the protocol presented by La Liga, so they can resume training from May 4, initially keeping social distancing measures. Italy are battling to be given the same timeline, but the latest Government decree has citizens able to run in parks from May 4, whereas athletes in team sports cannot run in training centres – even with social distancing measures – until May 18. read also:Chelsea ask players to return for possible Premier League restart The Lega Serie A and Players’ Association have appealed for that to be changed, hoping they can resume work from May 4, which would have them on track to play in early June. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe The Portuguese Minister for the Economy announced this evening that the tournament ought to be back on track by the end of this month. That is because open air training will be allowed from Monday May 4. The Bundesliga was waiting for the all-clear, but today German authorities decided to postpone the decision until next week in order to avoid a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S minor hurlers are through to the B Championship all-Ireland semi-final after victory by the narrowest of margins in Letterkenny today.The boys saw off favourites Roscommon by a single point in a closely fought encounter.Donegal have Eddie Lynch to thank for some excellent free taking; he hit six of his county’s nine points in the match – Donegal winning 0-09 to 0-08, with Roscommon missing several late chances to force extra time. Donegal will now meet Westmeath in the semi-final – with an All-Ireland final at stake.Meath will play Kerry in the other semi-final.Anyone for Donegal v Kerry in an All-Ireland final?  SUPER EDDIE SEES DONEGAL INTO ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINAL was last modified: August 10th, 2013 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:SUPER EDDIE SEES DONEGAL INTO ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINALlast_img read more


first_imgA company is selling pieces of Donegal’s Muckish Mountain for €20 a time.Muckish MountainIrish Landowner, which has its offices in Wicklow, even offers a certificate, a plot number and a picture of the land.The company says the land is based in the beautiful foothills of Muckish Mountain in Moyra Glebe, Falcarragh. The company’s website says the little pieces of land make the perfect Irish gift or wedding favours.The company’s website boasts “IRISH LANDOWNER sells Certificates for small pieces of land, each piece measures 6.45cm² / 1in² in size. The land is based at the foothills of magnificent Muckish Mountain in County Donegal, Ireland. Each Certificate has its own Unique, Individual Plot Number. The Certificate is accompanied by a stunning photograph of the land and surrounding area all presented in a beautiful high quality Gift Box. No Taxes, Liabilities, Hidden Costs.”And best of all, the company says people who buy pieces of the land can visit it anytime and even supply directions to it!  COMPANY SELLING PIECES OF MUCKISH MOUNTAIN FOR €20 EACH was last modified: December 18th, 2014 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:donegalFalcarraghIrish LandownerMuckish Mountainlast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs open Humboldt Invitational with 11-inning win over Solano Mudcats

first_imgARCATA >> The Crabs had all of one hit in their final six innings of Thursday night’s Humboldt Invitational Tournament opener.That one hit turned out to be the one that mattered most.Brian Pozos’ RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning proved to be the difference and gave his fan club in the left field corner plenty to cheer about, as the Crabs found a way to get things done on a quiet night at the plate in a 4-3 extra-inning win over the Solano Mudcats at the Arcata …last_img

South Africa is a top destination for asylum seekers

first_img13 November 2014South Africa has a commendable asylum policy that’s enshrines all the rights provided in the various United Nations conventions on refugees, according to a representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Speaking to the South African home affairs parliamentary committee on Tuesday, 12 November, UNHCR Regional Representative for Southern Africa Clementine Nkweta-Salami said South Africa has the third highest number of number of asylum seekers in the world after Germany and the US.Nkweta-Salami said there is an estimated 16.7-million refugees worldwide and 2.3-million of them are African. Among the 1.1-million asylum seekers 329 608 are African. A huge number of 33.3-million people were internally displaced in the home countries with 16.8-million displaced in African countries.Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Iraq, Colombia, Vietnam and Eritrea top the list of refugee-producing countries in the world.South Africa currently harbours more than 70 000 refugees, most of whom are from Zimbabwe, the DRC and Ethiopia. These refugees are afforded all the basic rights such as freedom of movement and access to social services, despite South Africa facing challenges of unemployment, poverty, economic inequality and service delivery, according to Nkweta-Salami.“[This] puts refugees and asylum seekers in conflict with host populations (who are) fuelling xenophobia.“The high numbers of applications, backlogs and abuse of the system by migrants who have no other immigration alternatives affect the quality and efficiency of the refugee status determination process,” Nkweta-Salami said.There are areas where South Africa can improve handling of refugees, though. Nkweta-Salami said there is usually allegations of illegal detention of migrants by South Africa, especially at the Lindela repatriation camp, and unsanitary conditions at Cape Town’s refugee centre.In addition, South Africa can improve on its refugee status determination process and stop the closure of refugee reception centres in some of the major urban centres. Another area of concern was South Africa’s plans to process new arrivals at the border post, according to Nkweta-Salami.Parliament can assist in the protection of refugees in the country, Nkweta-Salami said, by educating the broader public and doing oversight visits to refugee reception centres.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.“Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office to sign-up. We did get more than 500 new operations enrolled but want to continue to provide an opportunity for folks to participate before the next margin is announced,” said Secretary Perdue. “More than 21,000 American dairies have gone into our 2,200 FSA offices to sign-up for 2018 MPP coverage but I am certain we can do better with this extra week and a half.”The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of key adjustments Congress made to provisions of the MPP program under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to strengthen its support of dairy producers. USDA encourages producers contemplating enrollment to use the online web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.The next margin under MPP, for May 2018, will be published on June 28, 2018. Therefore, all coverage elections on form CCC-782 and the $100 administrative fee, unless exempt, must be submitted to the County FSA Office no later than June 22, 2018. No registers will be utilized, so producers are encouraged to have their enrollment for 2018 completed by COB June 22, 2018.All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018 during the re-enrollment period, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. MPP payments will be sequestered at a rate of 6.6 percent.To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency county office at offices.usda.gov or visit us on the Web at www.fsa.usda.gov.last_img read more

Improve Your Editing – Understanding Scriptwriting

first_imgScreenwriting: Simplify to ClarifyMany stories actually contain way too much information or take too long to make their point. When was the last time you heard anyone complaining that a film was too short?  Being able to ‘murder your darlings’ and cut out your favourite scenes, moments or shots is crucial to being able to tell a story well.As editors we’ve got to find ways to convey the same story beats but in as concise a way as possible. Can you eliminate one half of the dialogue and still have a great scene? Can you take a whole scene out because its not clear that scenes purpose.  Could another scene already have made that point?Ira Glass has a great 4 part video series on storytelling that is well worth checking out. This nicely put together typography piece will give you a decent flavour of what’s in store:Step Back: Big Picture ScriptwritingFilm editor Walter Murch uses a system of cards mapping out the story structure, based on the screenplay (very much like screenwriters do when writing the script in the first place) to help him visualize what’s going on in the film.The above cards cards are from Cold Mountain, for which Walter was nominated for an Oscar:“Blue with a yellow background means Inman (Jude Law) is in a scene; plain blue means Inman is not in that scene. A lot of blue cards in a row means not much Inman – which makes me wonder ‘is that a good idea?’ A triangle indicates I feel it is a pivot scene. The size of card equals the approximate length of a scene.”Being able to step back and see the story as a whole is crucial to seeing what’s working well and what’s not adding to the overall experience. Sometimes a great scene is hurting the rest of film.Screening your film with people who don’t know anything about it is also a good way to a) see it with fresh eyes and b) discover if it actually makes sense. A huge part of successful storytelling and screenwriting is mapping out the emotional arc and narrative, while weaving those together.  Sometimes withholding information from the audience or a character can dramatically alter those dynamics.Have screenwriting and scriptwriting tips to share?Let us know in the comments below! As an editor, the key to shaping the story hidden amid the footage is to understand the fundamentals of scriptwriting.The two tweets below got me inspired to put together a post on scriptwriting and storytelling for editors and creatives alike.  If you’re like me and keen to beef up your story structure skills, these scriptwriting tips and videos should help you improve your craft. Jeff Ford, editor on The Avengers, mentions several things that he feels editors should learn – sound, acting and scriptwriting – in the course of this interview for Avid.  It’s well worth watching.Follow Basic Scriptwriting FormulasThe basics sound pretty basic, but if you don’t follow these simple things your story will be all over the place and impossible for the audience to follow.You’ve got to have a beginning, a middle and an end.  Set up, develop and pay off. If you’ve got problems with your pay off at the end of your story, go back and check that everything that precedes it is lining up to make that point. If you’re arranging an interview as the basis for your story structure and you’ve got a clip that conveys the information of a beginning piece but tonally feels like an ending, its definitely best to go with how it will feel…or leave it out all together.This talk on the Power of Storytelling given by professional storyteller Jay O’Callahan is one of my absolute favorites from any 99percent conference because for 17 and a half minutes you get to see a master craftsman at work:last_img read more

‘Make statement on deficit rainfall’

first_imgOdisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Friday directed Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi to make a statement on the deficit rainfall situation in the State within two days.The Speaker gave the ruling after Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Narasingha Mishra and Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja expressed concern over the deficit rainfall in Bolangir district. Both the leaders are from different constituencies in Bolangir.Mr. Saluja said one farmer’s death by suicide due to crop loss in the Sadar block of the Bolangir district this week has already been reported. All the blocks of the district were facing drought-like situation, he added.Delayed actionMr. Mishra also blamed the State government for delaying action to tackle the situation thus arising. The State government had been falsely claiming that 33% of the cultivable land in Bolangir had assured irrigation, he said.Mr. Mishra also demanded financial assistance for the farmer who had died in Bolangir due to loss of his kharif crop.On Thursday, ruling Biju Janata Dal MLA Ananta Das from Bhograi had also claimed that a drought-like situation was prevailing in coastal Balasore district.At least 17 of the 30 districts in the State have recorded deficit rainfall so far, according to weather experts. As a result, agricultural operations have been badly hit in many parts of the State, including districts of Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur.last_img read more