Cunningham targets golden double at Para Pan Games

first_imgJamaica Paralympics Association (JPA) current poster boy, Alphanso Cunningham, thinks it a big honour to represent Jamaica at yet another Paralympics showpiece.The four-time Para Pan Am medallist says he will be going for glory, records and top honours when the fifth Paralympics Pan American Games get underway from August 7-15 in Toronto, Canada.”I am aiming to better what I did at the last Pan Am Games, where I got gold and silver, so I am definitely striving for two gold this time around,” said the current Pan Am record holder in the men’s F52/53 javelin.He maintains he is calm, under no pressure and just going to do his best.”I am looking forward to doing good … just going out there to throw near the record or break the record,” Cunningham added.Cunningham continues to show strong will, determination and resilience.RESPECT”Motivation, that’s one of the aims for me in the sport, I take up on myself the responsibility, like our president says, performances make people focus on you and respect you … and sponsors and so on,” he reasoned.The JPA was established in 2008 and replaced the Jamaica Paraplegic Association, which was formed by the late Sir John Golding in 1966. It is a government-approved national body for sports, for persons who are physically challenged and visually impaired.Cunningham, Tanto Campbell, Shane Hudson, David Bascoe, Tevaugh Thomas and Sylvia Grant, the lone female, will be leading the country’s medal hopes in Canada, while former Paralympian-turned-coach Neville Sinclair is eyeing at least “one medal per athlete”.”I just try to do good, try to get medals as much as I can and make people wanna do the sport,” Cunningham told The Gleaner in an interview at the naming of the team at the Jamaica Olympics Association (JOA) on Cunningham Avenue.The Jamaican is currently number one in his class in South America, is a medallist at the Pan Am, World Champs and Paralympics level, while locally, he is a brand ambassador for local telecommunications firm Digicel.last_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

February workshop addresses 4Rs on the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Nutrient Stewardship Council will host a complimentary “4R Farming 4 Sustainability” educational workshop Feb. 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, providing farmers and agricultural retailers updates, perspectives and information on the 4Rs and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification.The voluntary certification program is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off fields, which has contributed to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, such as the one responsible for the shutdown of Toledo’s water supply in early August of 2014.“This event will help farmers and nutrient service providers learn more about the voluntary certification program and how important the 4Rs can be in nutrient management,” said Andrew Allman, executive director of the Nutrient Stewardship Council. “Attendees will hear from both their peers and industry professionals to learn how they can contribute to the goal of long-term improvements in the Western Lake Erie Basin.”The workshop agenda includes:An overview of the certification program and its relevancy/legislative connection, provided by Nutrient Stewardship Council representatives and certification program administrators.Perspectives about the program and the 4Rs, shared by panels of growers from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, and representatives from facilities that have become certified through the program within the first two years of its existence.Updates on related research and certification program requirements from industry professionals and consultants.Rick McLellan, senior vice president — commercial division, of The Mosaic Company will be the featured keynote speaker.Twenty-three nutrient service providers have achieved certified status through the program since its inception in March of 2014. These certified facilities provide nutrient recommendations or nutrient application services to 3,870 grower customers covering 1.57 million acres, with 1.09 million of these acres located in the WLEB. Approximately 20% of total farming acres in the WLEB are now covered by certified providers through the program. The program also has commitments from 47 other facilities to go through the certification process.The 4R Farming 4 Sustainability workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne, Indiana – IPFW Coliseum, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825. Continental breakfast and lunch is included with complimentary registration. For more information and to register for the event, visit oaba.net/events, email info@oaba.net or call 614-326-7520 ext. 1.last_img read more

Rackspace Adds More Cloud-Based Services, Moves Down the Collaboration Path

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Rackspace is launching a new service called “Cloud Drive,” that allows businesses to store, share and back up files in the Rackspace cloud.Rackspace is one of the world’s largest hosting companies but with more services being offered in the cloud, it is starting to look like it is also establishing a presence as a collaboration services provider.Pat Mathews, president of email and apps for Rackspace said this is exactly what is happening.“We are definitely moving down the collaboration path with Cloud Drive,” Mathews sad.In reality, Rackspace is following a natural progression. With the ability to move IT to the cloud, Rackspace will have to deepen its collaboration service.For instance, search is not a part of the current offering. But it is part of the roadmap and will become a critical service for customers as they move their files to the cloud. It’s a focal reason why collaboration providers like Box.net put a heavy premium on search. Customers need the capability. Without it, the information can end up in folders without ever being touched again.Some of the features that are part of Cloud Drive include:Synchronized folders across one or more computers.Syncronized version control to make sure colleagues are working with the most recent files.Automatic data backups in the event of a hardware failure.Complementing Cloud Drive is Rackspace Server Backup, which backs up applications and protects file server data. Its primary function is to back up Windows or Linux data.Bot Cloud Drive and Rackspace Server Backup are powered by Jungle Disk, which Rackspace acquired last year.Rackspace Cloud Drive costs $4 per user, per month. Rackspace Server Backup costs $5 per server, per month.center_img alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Create a Simple Motion Graphics Workflow With Premiere Pro and After Effects

first_imgLearn how to create a simple motion graphics workflow between Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.Top image via Shutterstock. Method 1 — Create a New After Effects CompositionYou can easily create a new Adobe After Effects composition directly from within Adobe Premiere Pro. Simply go into the file menu and select Adobe Dynamic Link > New After Effects Composition. You can manually adjust your comp settings, but Premiere will default the settings to match the active sequence. If you already have an After Effects project open, a new comp will appear in the project. If not, After Effects will prompt you to create a new project.Method 2 — Replace with an After Effects CompositionYou can create a new composition in After Effects from existing clips in Premiere Pro. To do this, select the clips you would like to edit in After Effects and then select File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Replace with After Effects Composition. Depending on your workflow, you might want to choose this option. It really depends on personal preference.Method 3 — Import an Existing After Effects CompositionIf you already have an existing After Effects composition you’ve been working on, you can easily import it directly into Premiere Pro. Simply go to File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import After Effects Composition, and then find your AE project. Select the specific comp you want to import.Once you have a dynamic link set up between Premiere and After Effects, you can easily make modifications. If you’re editing in Premiere and you need to make a change, Control/Right Click on your dynamically linked clip and select Edit Original. This will launch your AE project at the composition’s location. Make whatever changes you need, and save the AE project to watch the changes go live in Premiere.Be aware that when using dynamic linking, your system is going to take a performance hit. To get around this, either lower your program display resolution or render a preview to help the video playback smoothly.Know other workflow hacks? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

FIFA may as well lock Suarez into Guantanamo Bay: Maradona

first_imgGiorgio Chiellini complains after Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth Diego Maradona blasted FIFA’s ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as “criminal” and said world soccer’s governing body might as well handcuff the striker and lock him up in Guantanamo prison. “Who did Suarez kill?” Maradona said during his soccer commentary programme broadcast on Venezuela’s Telesur and Argentine public television on Thursday night.”This is football, this is contact,” the Argentine legend said. “They may as well handcuff him and bring him to Guantanamo directly.”The controversial US prison in Cuba, opened during the Bush administration, is heavily criticized by human rights groups for indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial.Temperamental 1986 World Cup winner Maradona, known for his flamboyant declarations, is echoing outrage in Uruguay, where many are fuming at a ban they deem exaggerated, hypocritical or outright biased.Many abroad, however, were horrified by brilliant but volatile Suarez’s biting of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday.Suarez was given longest sanction imposed at a World Cup by soccer’s governing body on Thursday, suspended from all football-related activity for four months and banned for nine international matches.But Maradona, who like Suarez emerged from a poor background to rise to global fame, fervently defended “Luisito” throughout the programme, at the end even unveiling a T-shirt with “We’re with you Luisito” scrawled on the front.”If he made a mistake, fine, they should punish him, but they shouldn’t exaggerate, they shouldn’t be moralistic,” said Maradona, who is close to Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro.advertisementLeftist Uruguayan president Jose Mujica also phoned in to the programme, blasting what he saw as a move to sideline Uruguay from the tournament where many European heavyweights have bit the dust.”We kicked out Italy, we kicked out England, how much money was lost there?,” said Mujica, a 79 year-old former guerrilla. “We’re Uruguay, we’re very little. It was cheap (for them to do).”The European establishment could not understand Suarez’s tough street style, Mujica and Maradona opined.”Incredible players are often born here in the heart of poverty,” Mujica said. “They don’t understand him because they don’t want to and because they were born in another society with other resources.”last_img read more