Accra Hearts of Oak have released the list of players who will be playing for the Club in next year’s CAF Confederations Cup.The list, comprises of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and seven strikers were all named on Monday afternoon after several hours of brainstorming by the technical team, who handed the list to Management to be forwarded to the Ghana Football Association(GFA).Accra Hearts of Oak will represent Ghana in the CAF Confederation Cup competition next year as they take on AS Police of Benin.The Phobians, previous winners of the competition, will play as hosts in the first leg of the fixture before going away to face their opponents in Benin.The match is scheduled to be played on the weekend of February 13-15 with the second leg scheduled to be played two weeks after.Mutawakilu Seidu Soulama AbdoulayeTetteh LuggardJoseph Owusu BempahIsaac OduroVincent Atinga Robin GnagneAbraziz AbankwahKweku AndohAbdul Mohammed FatawuShaun Mason October Richard YamoahLeonard TawiahIssah MumuniKofi AbangaEmmanuel Hayford Eric KumiPaul AcquahIsaac MensahThomas AbbeyKomi Aguidi Foovi Kwame KizitoKenneth OkoroHamza MohammedGilbert FiamenyoSelasie Adjei
Actress Ellen Barkin is being sued by a photographer after she posted a licensed photo of herself flicking off the camera on her Twitter feed.The photo was taken by photographer Steven Hirsch during the second day of the Harvey Weinstein trial where Barkin showed up to support her friend Annabella Sciorra.Barkin then posted the photo to her Twitter feed on January 23rd where it received over 15,000 likes.Hirsch, who according to TMZ is in the business of licensing his photos to online and print media for a fee, says he licensed the photo to the NY Outlet but that Barkin did not have permission to use the photo.He is now suing Barkin for damages.See the photo here.
by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier NFL owners have opted out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players union and locked players out to the consternation of fans. I realize it is hard for the general public to have empathy for what amounts to a battle over millions of dollars being waged by billionaire team owners and millionaire players. The sentiments from various media outlets and comments on my Facebook page suggest that players are greedy, spoiled millionaires that only want more money. Yes, the players are being paid astronomical salaries compared to what the average American is making. Does that mean, however, what the players are negotiating for is an expression of greed? Before you answer that question please consider the following.NFL players spend countless hours developing their bodies, studying the game and honing their skills so they can perform at a high professional level on the field to the delight of fans. I believe the super human effort that players muster up to prepare their minds and bodies for the rigors of a grueling season are fueled by a deep love they have for the game. One cannot give so much of their life, endure so much pain, train so hard, and risk serious injury every time they take the field unless there is an authentic love of the game that is fueling their actions. As such, it is the players that make the NFL such a great spectator sport. Having said this, the contributions of the team owners who invest billions to provide the venues, marketing and to secure television deals that give players many platforms to showcase their talents, cannot be teased out of the equation.The entertainment value that fans get from the performances of the players is immeasurable. Yet on a financial level, there are some tangible measurements that need to be taken into consideration. Let’s face it; fans are paying billions of dollars to feed the NFL animal that continues to grow in size. Since fans are saying with their wallets, even in these very tough economic times, that they greatly appreciate the performances of players, the owners bargaining stance needs to be called into question. After all, an unwillingness to grant players an equitable distribution of ever increasing revenues and demanding that players play two more regular season games while exacting a reduction of pay is not an even handed approach to negotiating with players. Furthermore, the brazen refusal of the owners to fully disclose their books so “substantiated” revenue amounts can be looked at with honest eyes, is clearly an affront to good faith negotiations.NFL football is a sport that has four invested partners; owners, business partners, players and fans. The NFL is a multi-layered business that generates $8.5 billion annually. Therefore, each business partner is deserving of their fair share. Players getting fair market value for services rendered and receiving their fair share of profits from a prospering business is the American way. Although most Americans understand this concept, the stark reality of the great disparity between player’s salaries and what average Americans make, is causing a knee jerk reaction. You would think Pittsburghers, because of the strong union presence here, would rally behind a union that is trying to craft a better deal for its members. Yet from what I gather, the public reaction toward the lock out ranges from a contempt for the players alleged greed to a lack of empathy for the players struggle.The NBA, MLB and NHL have established some precedents in terms of what would constitute a fair CBA. CBA’s from other leagues speak to the subpar nature of the NFL’s CBA. Things like: players not having guaranteed contracts, owners wanting to extend the playing season two games and paying the players less, owners partially disclosing their financial standings, weak pension plan, and reducing the salaries of rookies, to name a few, are only evidenced in the NFL’s CBA process. To add insult to injury, the owners opted out of their contract with players so they could craft a new CBA that would give the players a smaller percentage of the league’s expanding revenue.Players want to be treated as equal partners that receive their fair share of the billions of dollars generated during a NFL season. It is reasonable for players to bargain for a respectable CBA that is on par with other professional sports. In the past the players union leadership bargained for a fair CBA with little temerity. When the reality of players missing paychecks and the public perception problem arose, the union acquiesced and settled for menial advances. The new NFL players union leadership team, led by Kevin Mawae, seems determined not to make the mistakes of the past.They appear to be moving in a new direction that will equate to a semblance of fairness and equity. They are negotiating with a temerity and sound business acumen that was not present in past negotiations. They are also doing a good public relations job which should enable them to stay in good standing with their fan base. All of which suggests that the NFL players union is closer than ever to securing a fair and equitable CBA for its players that is on par with other professional sports.
RED BANK – Red Bank Flavour and the Red Bank RiverCenter’s next Food and Wine Walk will be Sunday, July 21.The monthly culinary tour, which kicked off in June, is held the third Sunday each month through October with more than 20 participating venues.The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk encourages foodies throughout the region to enjoy samplings of the borough’s unique culinary offerings.“The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk is made possible by our town’s diverse restaurant community,” said Valerie Aufiero, owner of Front Street Trattoria. “We are thrilled to collaborate on events like this. It is a great way to raise awareness of Red Bank’s culinary offerings, and gives foodies a chance to experience all of Red Bank’s flavors.”Venues participating in the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk include: Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza, Carter & Cavero, Cupcake Magician, Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Buona Sera, Dish, Front Street Trattoria, Gaetano’s, The Globe Hotel, Jamian’s, Jr.’s, La Pastaria, Lil’ Cutie Pops, New Corner Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Pazzo, Readies Café, red, Siam Garden, Sicilia Café, Sugarush a Sweet Experience, Taste, Teak, The Bistro at Red Bank, The Boondock’s Fishery, The Cheese Cave, The Downtown and The Wine Cellar.Buona Sera will participate in the Food and Wine Walks in July, August and October.The remaining dates for the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk are Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Each walk will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person. Interested parties can purchase tickets at Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Teak, and red Restaurant and Lounge starting at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of each Food and Wine Walk.For more information about Red Bank Flavour, please, visit www.RedBankFlavour.com. To learn more about the Red Bank RiverCenter, please visit www.ACoolLittleTown.com.
The Nelson Leafs begin a steady diet of Murdoch Division competition when the Heritage City squad travels to Castlegar Saturday to meet the Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.In a rare quirk in the KIJHL schedule, Nelson plays the Rebels three consecutive times beginning Saturday — four times in the next six games.Castlegar, clinching a playoff spot, is second in the Murdoch Division with a 25-12-2-0-0 record, 10 points behind division leading Beaver Valley.Castlegar leads the season series against the West Kootenay rivals, winning two of three games including a 9-0 shellacking of the Leafs December 2 in the Sunflower City.The Rebels have also scored more goals than Nelson — 140-118 — and have better goals against — 102-144 — than the Green and White.Rebels see star netminder take flight for BCHLThe KIJHL schedule makers may have done the Leafs a favour as Castlegar saw its top netminder, Joseph McLeod, leave Junior B Hockey for the bright lights of the BC Hockey League in December.After three years with the Pursuit of Excellence program, the 6’2” goalie from Kelowna joined Castlegar this year where in 21 games he has 13 wins, with five of those coming as shutouts.“Joseph is a very good young goaltender who was having a great season with a strong program in Castlegar,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes.”He’s got good size, is technically strong, and competes hard. He’s also a well mannered young man who will fit in well with our group.”In three games since joining the Spruce Kings, McLeod, starting two games, sports a 1-1 record with a 5.19 Goals Against Average.Meanwhile, Leafs new goalie Josh Williams appears to be a week away from playing his first game with Nelson.Williams, who came to the Leafs from the Aberta Junior Hockey League, remains on the injured list. It’s hopeful Williams may be back with the Rebels face Nelson next week. Leafs need stretch run to secure third in Murdoch DivisionNelson continues its push to sneak into third place and avoid playing Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs.The Leafs, riding a two-game losing streak, trail Grand Forks by a points in the Murdoch standings.Nelson, 17-23,0-0-1, has played one more game than the Bruins, currently struggling with losses in fourth straight games.Veteran Jordan Davie tops Leaf scoringVeteran forward Jordan Davie holds a commanding 11-point lead over Eamonn Miller in the Leafs scoring race.Davie, 20, with 19 goals in 37 games for 33 points, also leads the team in goals.Davie is tied for 33rd in KIJHL scoring, 32 points behind Rainer Glimpel of Osoyoos Coyotes.Leaf captain Rayce Miller leads in helpers with 15.Next home game for Nelson is Friday, January 29 against Castlegar.Leaf games a community eventNelson Leaf home games are more than just a hockey game.Throughout the season the hockey club continually hosts special interest groups.During the January 14 game against Grand Forks, almost 80 exchange students attending schools in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 attended the game.These students, from Brazil, Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy and Ukraine, are billeted with local families.Two days later, Nelson Leafs hosted KidSport.
Tribal Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–123Ann Arbor Eddie–Mario Gutierrez–123Hinx–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–119Hot Smoke–Joe Talamo–119California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–123Six Point Rack–Stewart Elliot–119Coils Gold–Martin Garcia–119 ANN ARBOR EDDIE: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this chestnut gelding by top California-based stallion Square Eddie defeated California Diamond by 1 ¼ lengths in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 18, as he pressed the early pace and proved best at 5-2. Trained by Doug O’Neill, “Eddie” was a sharp third behind top Kentucky Derby Prospect Mastery and California Diamond two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 19 at Del Mar. With two wins from three starts, Ann Arbor Eddie will try to establish himself as a contender for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby with a big performance here on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Rivals Ann Arbor Eddie and California Diamond will renew acquaintances on Saturday at Santa Anita as they head a field of seven going a mile and a sixteenth in the $250,000 California Cup Derby. Part of the Golden State Series, the Cal Cup Derby is for California-bred or sired three year olds. Along with the top two, impressive first-out maiden sprint winner Coils Gold looms dangerously for Bob Baffert. COILS GOLD: Owned and bred by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he marched to an impressive 5 ½ length first-out maiden win versus state-breds going six furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 13. From the first crop of top sprinter, Coil, Coils Gold will certainly ensure a lively Derby pace on Saturday as he runs in the bi-coastal shadow of his Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion stablemate, Arrogate, who takes on California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: Based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, he was sold privately following his win in the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9 and he’s been a gem of consistency in seven subsequent starts for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller. A four-time stakes winner, the dark bay or brown colt by Harbor the Gold is 9-5-4-0 overall with earnings of $417,780. Despite his impressive resume, distance remains a question, as he tired a bit late when second to Ann Arbor Eddie in his only try at two turns, the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 18. THE CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CAL CUP DERBY IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA There will be a special early first post time on Saturday at Santa Anita of 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
The benefits come in terms of publicity. A spokesperson for the African Union Commission says it will help to change the image of Africa from that of conflict to that of peaceful activities such as sport.Yet it is mostly tourism and infrastructure development which will form the heart of the spin-offs.Already some 25% of all tourists who come to South Africa combine this with a visit to neighbouring countries. To make this easier, and increase both the absolute numbers and the percentage of cross-border tourism, Southern African Development Community countries (SADC) are working towards a single visa for the region. Closer co-operation between regional airlines is also on the cards.Last year a strategy was drawn up to facilitate cooperation. Known as the Trans-Frontier Conservation Areas 2010 Soccer World Cup Strategy, it aims to develop and market trans-frontier parks and conservation areas. It will lead to upgrading and adding additional infrastructure to all of these areas.The joint regional package will focus on:§ The Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Park (connecting South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe).§ The Kgalagadi Park (South Africa and Botswana).§ The Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe).§ Botswana’s Chobe National Park which will link up with Zambia’s Kafue National Park and extend into Zimbabwe and the still-to-be finalised Limpopo-Sashe Park through Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.In Swaziland a $290m resort and game reserve complex on the country’s southern border with South Africa will be completed in time for 2010 and is expected to create 8 000 jobs during construction plus 2 000 permanent jobs.South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique will also promote the Lubombo Tourism Route which spans these three countries.It is also expected that some of the visiting soccer teams might spend some initial training time in neighbouring countries and upgrades of necessary facilities are also planned.Thus Zambia will construct three ultra-modern stadia in Livingstone, Lusaka and Ndola, upgrade hotel and other facilities in an attempt to attract some teams to acclimatise in this country.Tourism is seen as a potential vehicle for economic growth and thus of poverty reduction. To this end the SADC countries have grown their share of the international tourism market from 1.5% to 1.8% between 2001 and 2004. By 2010 SADC wants to almost double that figure to 3%.As South African Deputy-President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has said: “We have agreed with FIFA that it will be an African event. All of Africa is invited to showcase itself and to be part of the action.” (Sourced from a host of African newspapers)
Jenny Morris will be appearing in the next episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday, 31 August at 9pm on SABC2. Jenny Morris wears a variety of hats; she is chef, food connoisseur, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide. Melissa Jane CookAll your senses must be involved in tempting your palate, believes celebrity chef Jenny Morris. Known as the Giggling Gourmet, she is a sensual gourmand and one of South Africa’s most-loved food personalities. It’s no surprise: she has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a little girl, devoting her grown-up life to her lover.Morris wears a variety of hats; she is chef, food connoisseur, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide. It started with making delectable treats for school fundraisers, and has grown exponentially since then. “It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses,” she explains.Taste is the most obvious sense employed, as is aroma, but touch is also important. “Feeling your food is important. Caress it, stroke it, know it intimately.” How you eat your food will reveal what kind of lover you are, she says. “You don’t want someone who eats a sosatie [kebab] with a knife and fork, and if I can get presidents and heads of state to eat with their hands, I can do it for anyone!” And she has cooked for some of the most influential and famous people in the world, including Prince Charles, Al Gore, Charlize Theron, Thabo Mbeki and Kenneth Kaunda.Among her kitchen essentials, Morris lists garlic, butter, olive oil, trusty zester, and dhania or coriander – or cilantro as it is known in some quarters. She set up her catering company, Giggling Gourmet The CooksPlayground, in 1997. She teaches practical, hands-on cooking courses at her cooking school, such as the famed CooksParties, TeamCooking and SingleCooks. All of them have fun and laughter as a main ingredient.The CooksPlaygroundMorris’s signature ExperientialCooking method is based on her philosophy that “taking a recipe and owning it” is about a hands-on food learning experience allowing family, friends and colleagues to spend time cooking and sharing meals together.Teachers at her school include Giggling Gourmet staff, local chefs, and visiting guest chefs. They teach three basic types of classes: ExperientialCooking, which is hands-on; TeamCooking, which is a team-building course; and demonstration classes. Her formula for success is to “entertain informatively and inform entertainingly”.Combining ExperientialCooking and TeamCooking with easy-to-use recipes and top time-saving products can cut cooking time by 50% to 75% when preparing the family meal, she says. This gives families more time to spend together without sacrificing the flavour and quality of their meals.But it is not only about the cooking school. Morris is a regular on radio and television locally and internationally. She is often a participant at food festivals and expos, and is regularly commissioned by food companies for recipe and menu development, as well as to promote and demonstrate food and related products.In addition, the Giggling Gourmet is an examiner for The Culinary Academy, a judge for various food competitions, and is in regular demand as the first choice South African celebrity chef to make appearances at various functions and product launches. She works closely with a number well-known of international celebrity chefs.Jenny Morris The Giggling GourmetRude FoodEvery celebrity chef has at least a couple of cookbooks to their name, and Morris is no exception. Her bestselling Rude Food, Nude Food, Good Food was published in May 2004. It was followed two years later by More Rude Food, and in 2012 she published Cooking with Jenny Morris.She had her own show on the Food Network entitled Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, in August 2011.It was the first time a South African chef had her own show on the channel, and was filmed over five weeks. She has also lent her name to a range of condiments.Not content to rest, Morris’s Giggling Gourmet FoodTours has grown into a successful programme of culinary trips to places where the visitor can experience the food and culture of the destination. She has done culinary tours to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and Morocco; future destinations will include Australia, Italy, Ireland and South America, as well as inbound trips to South Africa.
Use Adobe Audition’s Reduce Noise function to quickly fix audio and send it back to Premiere Pro. Here’s how!A common problem for video editors is having to deal with noisy audio in your edits. Maybe the shoot was shot “run and gun” style and the audio came from an on-camera mic. Perhaps, there was a noisy element in the room (air conditioner, refirdgerator hum). Whatever the case, noisy audio can kill the production value of your project. It’s distracting and makes any production look amateurish and low-budget. Although there are a variety of post-production tools you can use in an attempt to fix extra noise in your audio, Adobe Audition is a useful choice for for Premiere Pro editors. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to roundtrip your audio files over to Adobe Audition for noise reduction – a big timesaver for Premiere Pro editors!Noise Reduction in Premiere & AuditionIn Premiere Pro, select the clip in the Sequence right click and select “edit in Audition”.Audition will launch, and now we can remove the background noise.Click and drag on the waveform to select several seconds of background noise (more is better) where no one is talking.Select Effects> Noise Reduction > Noise Reduction (process).Click “Capture Noise Print”and then “Select entire file” to reduce the noise for the entire clip.Check “Output Noise Only” and and drag the “Reduce by” Slider until you just hear a mosquito like noise and not the audio. Make sure you uncheck “Output Noise Only” before you click Apply. If you over reduce the noise it will start to distort the good audio as well.I generally up the Precision Factor to 10 or more, it cleans up the sound a bit. I suggest playing the clip, dragging the sliders and listening to the results. Now, click Apply and the noise reduction is applied.For more on the Advanced Option read the Adobe Help.Save in Audition, then use the shortcut Command + Tab on a Mac (Alt + Tab on a PC) back to Premiere Pro .The audio in Premiere Pro is now called “Extracted” and replaces the original of the clip.If you decide later that you want to use the original audio in your Premiere Pro project, you can you Match Frame with “Replace with Clip”. It’s also helpful to duplicate the sequence before you send to Audition to make it easier to revert back to your original sequence.What tools do you use to cleanup your audio in post production?Let us know in the comments!