Has the United States found the antidote to shake off the ghost of a perennial enemy?The Americans shocking victory over their two-time nemesis, Ghana may have answered the question as substitute John Brooks made that certain with a late goal in their World Cup match last Monday.Brooks, making his first appearance in an official FIFA tournament, grabbed a late winner to make sure that Ghana’s stubbornness was put to rest, gave the Americans a chance for the knockout stage.Monday’s clash at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, was the first match in the zone, described as the Group of Death.With the victory, the Americans got their revenge for double losses that Ghana caused in their two previous World Cup engagements.The American’s announced they were a breed with a different option in 29 seconds when skipper Clint Dempsey scored one of the fastest goals in World Cup history, in fact the sixth but Ghana’s Andre Ayew snatched the equalizer in the 82nd minute.Ghana’s equalizer came in style. Asamoah Gyan sent a pass to Ayew, who received the pass before hitting the ball home with his left foot.Ghana thereafter went full blast and exerted enormous pressure on the Americans as they desperately searched for the second goal till Brooks’ header changed the direction of the game to give the Americans a deserving victory.Though the Americans came out winners, it was clear that the hostility between the two nations would not end in this competition.The Americans cannot easily forget so soon how much they have come, this time to be one of the contenders in a highly touted group.In the World Cup of 2006 and 2010, the Black Stars eliminated the United States in the group of 16, which was during the knockout stage.The Black Stars, now finding themselves in a difficult position will take on Germany on Saturday and Ghana cannot afford to lose, especially so when the Americans will be playing crest fallen Portugal, where a win or a draw is all that they would need.But with Germany in a devastating form, crushing Portugal 5-1 in their opening match, Ghanaian jujuman, Kwaku Bonsam who claimed he was responsible for Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo’s recent injury might be find his career in danger if the Black Stars’ fortunes collapse against Germany.American Coach Jurgen Klinsmann told journalists after the match that he knew the U.S. would have chances to win the match, even after giving up the tying goal.He said: “I said to the bench a few minutes before our winner ‘We are going to get some chances—we need to push and grind it out.’ We trained over and over on set pieces and it was well deserved.“We have a great spirit and fight until the last minute. It was a grind but it was a wonderful one at the end of the day. There is stuff we need to improve. We had problems with keeping the ball.”Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah lamented his team’s missed chances, telling FIFA.com: “All I can say is that it was a very tough game and when you play at this high level any little mistake can cost you dearly. We had a lot of the ball and created a lot of chances, but we didn’t make the most of our chances, but USA took theirs.“It’s not going to be easy to qualify for the group, but we’ll give everything to do just that. We’re going to have to play well against Germany and I know we’ll give them a good game.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police ranks of F Division (Interior locations) have arrested two persons in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on Saturday afternoon after they were both found to be in possession of cannabis.A 36-year-old D’Urban Street, Georgetown, resident and a young woman were reportedly at the Bartica Ferry Stelling when they were seen acting in a suspicious manner; thus prompting Police ranks to conduct a search on their person.The search on the male inbound passenger unearthed 37 grams of cannabis concealed in a quantity of small sized transparent Ziploc bags in his possession.A further search conducted on the female unearthed 10 grams of cannabis. The duo was immediately arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station where they are assisting with investigations.
…during Heritage celebrations Villagers of the Amerindian community of Wakapau, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) last Friday held their Heritage Day celebrations at St Lucia’s Mission – an island in close proximity to the village.Although Wakapau is a small village, there is a Village Council, a health centre and a nursery, primary and secondary school. The village’s name was derived from the Carib word ‘Wakoqua’ which means pigeons, a type of bird which inhabits the village.During a visit to the community, Toshao Howard Cornelius was elated as he expressed what has been happening in Wakapau and other Amerindian communities over the past months.Some of the activities which visitors and locals were engaged in included cultural performances of Indigenous songs, poems, dances and music. Games of tug-o-war, sack race, and the paiwari and cassiri drinking completion were also played, while patrons enjoyed diverse Amerindian food and drinks.Calls were made for Central Government to focus on these communities since there is a need for healthcare professionals to tend to the people. The community doctor lives six miles away from the health centre and is forced to travel this journey every day since the living quarters in the village, although constructed, is yet to be furnished. A state-of-the-art medical centre is also needed since many would have to travel all the way to the Essequibo Coast to obtain medical treatment.Another worrying factor is the requirement for adequate transportation services to enter and exit the village. At present, three outboard engines are needed to facilitate the population of over 2500 persons.The village has been faced with the epidemic of constant migration of youths. The high unemployment rate has also led to drug abuse.
“I think there was some great feedback from the community and that was really what this whole session was about,” says vice-chair of the Culture Centre Karen Mason-Bennett. “It was nice to see people really engaged and continuing to kind of show that this organization and the function that it serves within the community is important to them.”Some ideas for improvement brought to light by attendees include creating outside access to the library, more Saturday matinees for children, more of a directional focus for the Centre, better kitchen space and equipment, and better security to monitor the behaviour within the Centre.“This was a chance really for people to get some of the stuff off their chest that we know that they’ve been kind of walking around with,” Mason-Bennett goes on to say. “We’re very cognisant that there have been issues in the past, and this is part of the process of kind of moving forward from that.”- Advertisement -Some other suggestions include more demand-based programming, a re-evaluation of their operating hours, and more communication between user groups and the Centre.Mason-Bennett says these changes should help ensure a viable future for the facility as they reach their 25th anniversary in 2017.“Change is constant, and we as an organization have not necessarily embraced that as wholeheartedly as we could have,” Mason-Bennett explains of the Centre’s change in direction. “So that part again is listening to what the community really wants out of this Centre because it may be something that was totally not on our radar.”Advertisement The Centre was also fielding some solutions, and coming out that portion of the nights includes a more transparent policy arrangement, pro-rated rental for community groups and corporate groups, advertisements out of the traditional realm, corporate sponsorship, and seeking out experiences from other communities.The Centre also took the opportunity to hear what the community likes about them, and that included low ticket prices, the showcasing of local talent, the new board and staff, as well as the kids’ programming and its accessibility.Mason-Bennett says the Centre plans to have another consultation with the community sometime in March, but if you have suggestions that you want to send today, email email@example.com.“Being able to kind of see what people really value about the facility, what has happened in the past, and what people would like to see into the future is really the focus of the next one,” Mason-Bennett concludes.Advertisement
Here, AFP Sport picks five games that were key to the Catalans being crowned champions for the 26th time in their history.– Sets the tone –Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid, October 28Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou — he netted a hat-trick as Barca won 5-1 in October’s Clasico © AFP/File / Josep LAGOThe first Clasico in 11 years without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo marked the end of an era while also bringing to a close Julen Lopetegui’s turbulent three months as Real Madrid coach.Lopetegui was sacked the following day after Luis Suarez had ran riot in the injured Messi’s absence, scoring a hat-trick at the Camp Nou that set the tone for the rest of the season. Madrid’s inferiority was laid bare and Barcelona would never look back.– Rhythm restored –Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona, February 23Lionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-2 win at Sevilla in February © AFP/File / JORGE GUERREROA rare wobble in February had given hope to the chasing pack while prompting concerns about the team’s form and Messi’s fitness. The Argentinian, after suffering a thigh strain, had scored only one goal in four games, with Barca managing just a single win in five.But both silenced the doubters at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick in a mesmeric 4-2 victory that put Barca back on track, just in time for a double-header against Real Madrid.– In sight of the title –Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona, March 2Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal as Ernesto Valverde’s team beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu in early March © AFP/File / CURTO DE LA TORREA quirk of the calendar ensured that Spain’s greatest rivals would do battle twice in four days, once in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final and then again in the league.After knocking Madrid out of the Cup, Barca effectively eliminated them as challengers in La Liga too, Ivan Rakitic’s delightful chip widening the gap to 12 points.Santiago Solari lasted only 10 more days as Madrid coach while the Catalans had overcome one of the larger hurdles in their run-in. A six-game winning run put Barca in sight of the title.– Last hopes dashed –Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona, April 2Luis Suarez scored a last-gasp equaliser for Barcelona in a 4-4 draw at Villarreal © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANSome believed, optimistically, the title race could have life after Barcelona dropped two points away to Villarreal, allowing Atletico the chance to reduce the deficit to five if they could win at the Camp Nou four days later.But the feeling was not one of disappointment. Instead, Messi and Suarez had scored in the 91st and 93rd minutes at the Estadio de la Ceramica to complete a dramatic comeback, making the draw feel like a victory and sending Barca into their top-of-the-table clash with a spring in their step.– Only a matter of time –Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid, April 6Suarez got a late breakthrogh against 10-man Atletico to kill the title hopes of Diego Simeone’s side © AFP/File / PAU BARRENADiego Simeone said his Atletico side had to win to have any hope but instead they were dealt a knock-out blow as Diego Costa was sent off early before Suarez and Messi, again, scored late.Costa’s dissent to referee Gil Manzano cost him an eight-match ban and his team dear, as Atleti were reduced to an hour of defending when they needed to attack. Victory sent Barca 11 points clear with seven games left, deeming their 26th La Liga triumph only a matter of time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates celebrate. They have won La Liga for the fourth time in five seasons © AFP/File / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Apr 24 – Barcelona were confirmed as La Liga champions for the fourth time in five years on Saturday after defeating Levante 1-0.Barca have wrapped up the title with three games to play as they sit nine points ahead of Atletico Madrid, against whom they also own a superior head-to-head.
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1 Real Madrid have joined Manchester City in the race for Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci.The centre-back has once again been in stunning form for the Italian champions this season and he has played a key role in their run to the Champions League final.The 30-year-old was the subject of strong interest from Manchester City last summer and there were even reports they had a £38m bid rejected.Pep Guardiola is expected to go back for Bonucci this summer but now, according to Diario Gol, the Spaniard will have to fight off competition from Real Madrid if he wants to get his man.The La Liga giants are looking to sign a marquee player during the next transfer window and they have identified the Italy international as a top target.Juventus, however, have not changed their stance from last summer and will rebuff any approaches made for Bonucci. Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci
Wendell and her teammates will host Loyola on Jan. 20 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3. Wendell, the MVC’s scoring leader this season at 22.1 points per game and the league’s top scorer as a sophomore and junior, has scored 20 or more points in a league-high 58 contests. This season, she is among the league leaders in assists (4.1, 3rd), steals (3.1, 2nd), field goal percentage (54.2, 3rd), all while averaging only 29.4 minutes per game, which ranks 16th in the MVC. Wendell averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in Drake’s two big wins over Bradley and Illinois State this past weekend. Wendell made a combined 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) field goals, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line, and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in 27.5 average minutes. In the win over Bradley, Wendell poured in a game-high 24 points and added a career-tying seven steals and three blocks along with five rebounds and three assists. She followed that performance with a game-high 17 points to go with five assists and three rebounds in the win over Illinois State. Print Friendly Version Wendell, who has earned the honor for the second-consecutive week and third time this season, has been named MVC Player of the Week 12 times in her outstanding career. Her total ranks second all-time in MVC history behind Jackie Stiles of Missouri State (18). ST. LOUIS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 9-15, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
A new cross-party Oireachtas group is seeking more effective ways to tackle childhood obesity.With one in four of our children currently overweight or obese, this group will consider using a sugar tax that could be used to subsidise healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables.The group is chaired by Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout, and the Irish Heart Foundation is supporting it. It is also being assisted by other organisations, including the Children’s rights Alliance and Social Justice Ireland.Children under the age of 15 are showing early signs of heart disease and plaque build-up in major arteries to the brain. Despite this, the national response remains inadequate.Ms van Turnhout has said “up to now, action to tackle obesity had focused on individual behaviour change through education, awareness, and media programmes.”But these measures have fallen short, with an increase year after year in obesity in Ireland. They want to put a tax on sugar as if it will make any difference to the people who want to buy it.However, the main cause of the increase in childhood obesity isn’t the food and drinks that are readily available to children.The main reason for childhood obesity is lazy parenting.If you currently have a child who is obese and there is no underlying health issue that is causing the problem, then the problem is you, the parent.You are the person who teaches your child their dietary habits. If you always choose the easy, pre-prepared comes in a box ‘food’ option, instead of actually preparing a meal yourself, you are teaching your child to be lazy when it comes to food.If, every time your child wants sweets or a sugary drink at a till, all they have to do is throw a tantrum and you give it to them, you are showing them a way to always get what they want from you, when they want it.How often do you take your children to the take-away?How often do your children have sugary drinks? How often do you have chips with your meals?How many times per week do your children take lunch to school instead of going to the canteen for chips, or sausage rolls, or any of the other high-calorie, low-nutrient options that schools and takeaways have to offer?Does your child eat vegetables?If not, it isn’t because they don’t like them. Of course, everyone can dislike a flavour or a texture, but there are hundreds of vegetables available. It is because when they didn’t want a vegetable as a child, you didn’t try and press the matter with them.You allowed them to decide that they didn’t like vegetables.We teach them the majority of their habits, whether we realise this or not.It is hardly surprising that our children are obese.Experts say that nearly half of Irish adults will be obese by 2030 if the current issues with childhood weight and obesity are not tackled.For adults the OECD has recorded that 1 in 4 Irish adults are obese (30+lbs over a normal weight).2 in every 3 Irish women and 1 in 2 Irish men are classed as overweight (10% above a normal weight).We have the 2nd highest obesity rates in Europe for adults, with the UK being the highest.The total cost to the country is around €1.6 billion per year for obesity related diseases.By 2030 only 5% of the Irish population will be classed as having a normal weight.That’s it, 5%.Until we as adults realise that, not only are we killing ourselves, we are also killing our children, things will not change.There is too much sugar coating of problems in Ireland.Obesity is fast becoming the no.1 cause of death in western society.Are offended by this article?Good.I hope it opens your eyes to what we as a nation are doing to ourselves.It’s time to wake up, get up off of our asses and make a change for our nutrition and our health, before we end up a nation with severe debilitative diseases.In the end it always comes down to choice. We choose our lifestyle. We largely control what our children eat and we influence their relationship with food.We love to blame the Health service, schools, fast-food culture and “society” but we are the people who teach our children their eating habits and we must be able to accept that, if our child is becoming overweight, we have to take responsibility.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to battle obesity, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: LET’S STOP SUGAR COATING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC was last modified: July 13th, 2015 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:Childhood obesityemmet rushefitness columnlazy parentssugar
2. Lower the OpacityAdjusting the Opacity of an underlying video layer is another way to bring attention to your overlying graphics. Simply lowering the opacity of a video or still image will make your text stand out. Lowering the Opacity in conjunction with blurring is a quick and simple way to really make your text pop. Control your opacity in the Effect Controls panel. 6. Add a Shape LayerIf you’ve ever created captions in Adobe Premiere Pro, you’ll notice that a black background accompanies the white text. This makes the white text visible, no matter what’s in the background. You can manually create this in the essential graphics panel by adding a new rectangle shape layer and then resizing it. After you have your rectangle in position, adjust the opacity for the look you want. 4. Create MotionUse motion graphics templates to bring some life to your graphics. In Adobe Premiere Pro’s new Essential Graphics panel, you’ll find a handful of presets. I’ll grab one and bring it into my project and modify the text. Then, I’ll add a few additional keyframes to create constant-yet-subtle movement while the text is onscreen. A simple scaling or position animation can bring a graphic to life. 1. Blur the BackgroundOne of the main ways to make graphics stand out in your video is to make adjustments to elements in the background. Apply a slight blur effect to your underlying video layer and instantly draw the viewer’s attention to your overlying text. Think about when you shoot with a shallow depth of field during an interview to blur out the background. This makes your interview subject stand out from the background, drawing the viewer’s eye. To find several different blur effects, open the Effects panel and then search through Video Effects > Blur & Sharpen. 5. Change the PositionAs simple as it sounds, positioning can play a large role in how your text displays on a screen. Depending on what you have onscreen and the color of your text, the position can make your graphic stand out or blend into the background. If I’m using basic white text, for example, I want to find darker parts of the screen so that the contrast will help my text become more visible. 3. Add a StrokeIf you’re in a situation wherein you can’t or you don’t want to lower the opacity or add a blur effect to your background, you can add a stroke to your text layer. To show you how a stroke can help make your text more visible, I’ll use an example with simple black-and-white text. If I take white text and place it on a white background you cannot see the text at all. However, if I add a black stroke to my white text, it instantly becomes visible. Even if I change the background to black we still see the white text. Make your text graphics stand out in Premiere Pro with these 6 six tips.Cover image via Shutterstock.Adobe Premiere Pro’s latest update introduced the brand new Essential Graphics panel, an entirely new way to work with graphics. However, while the new layout offers video editors a different way to create and customize graphics, design principles remain the same. Let’s take a quick look at six simple tips to make your text stand out in Adobe Premiere Pro.