first_imgHaving completed the first plunge in the newly unlocked ocean, Ocean City business owners pose for a photo in the surf at Ninth Street Beach on Friday, May 22.Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon from Ocean City’s Ninth Street Beach, mayor’s assistant Mike Dattilo said, “It’s not empty because it’s cold … it’s because we haven’t unlocked it yet.”Dattilo then gave the go-ahead for a group of city, business and Ocean City Beach Patrol representatives to “unlock the ocean” with a giant wooden key.The ritual has taken place each year for a century and marks the traditional beginning of summer on Memorial Day Weekend.The annual Business Persons Plunge in Ocean City NJ on Friday, May 22, 2015.The “opening” of the ocean paved the way for a newer tradition: the 12-year-old Business Person’s Plunge.The first swimmers in the unlocked ocean are fully clothed representatives of Ocean City businesses and community organizations led by Century 21 Alliance Realtor John Walton.While a 59-degree ocean greeted the plungers, Ocean City enjoyed spectacularly sunny and mild weather on Friday to start the holiday weekend.The nice weather is expected to stick around for the rest of the weekend.Read more: Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, NJSign up for free Ocean City news updates: OCNJ Daily newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgSpanish giants FC Barcelona have announced a one-year extension to their sponsorship agreement with Panasonic.The Catalan club confirmed the renewal, which sees the Japanese electronics company remain a global partner of the team, on Monday following a meeting of their board of directors.Panasonic became an official partner of FC Barcelona in July 2013, signing a three-year deal for its Viera line of televisions to become the official TV of the current La Liga leaders.FC Barcelona are currently four points clear at the top of La Liga after overcoming their arch rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in last weekend’s El Clasico.last_img


first_imgA local Donegal County Councillor has submitted a proposal to build better links between the Gaeltacht in Donegal and Scottish Gàidhealtachd to form stronger relationships between the two Gaelic languages. West Donegal Councillor and avid Gaeltacht campaigner, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said the proposal, which was submitted at a recent Donegal County Council’s Irish Language Committee meeting, is now under consideration with the committee.Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said: “It was agreed as a council that we would work on this and make a connection with one of the (Scottish) islands to start with because our languages are very similar. “There has been no particular island has been proposed at this stage, but Barra Island has been suggested in the past because there is some connection there already.“This is to build cultural and meaningful relationships with other communities and the language which is very similar but not the same as our own.“There has been a tradition of connections between Sean-nós singers and the islands and community in west Donegal.“And I want to see that connection reestablished to learn and share experiences and, more importantly, that Gaeltacht communities, whether that be in Scotland or Donegal, are supporting each other and keeping the beautiful and ancient languages intact for the next generation.” Proposals submitted to build stronger language links between Donegal and Scotland was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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


first_imgFulham make one change from Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday with Moussa Dembele replacing the injured Cauley Woodrow.Woodrow is expected to miss up to three months after suffering a fractured metatarsal at Hillsborough.Richard Stearman, signed from Wolves, is only among the Fulham substitutes on his return to Molineux, while George Williams is also on the bench – his first appearance in a matchday squad since February.Wolves have Bjorn Sigurdarson ruled out with an ankle injury, with Jordan Graham replacing him in their own change from the weekend.Michal Zyro is fit but Kortney Hause (hamstring) is still out and Carl Ikeme continues in goal despite Arsenal loanee Emiliano Martinez returning to fitness.Kick-off has been delayed 15 minutes to 8pm after traffic congestion caused by an accident.Wolves: Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Ebanks-Landell, Doherty; McDonald, Coady; Van La Parra, Edwards, Graham; ZyroSubs: Martinez, Golbourne, Saville, Price, Henry, Byrne, Le Fondre.Fulham: Lonergan; Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt; Cairney, O’Hara, Christensen, Kacaniklic; Dembele, McCormack. Subs: Lewis, Stearman, Ream, Fredericks, Hyndman, Williams, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgDHL Western Province 19 (13)Tries: Damian de Allende, Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis, Penalties: Catrakilis (3), Kurt Coleman Province’s victory in 2012 came after the Sharks had beaten them twice in the round robin stage of the competition. This time around the roles were reversed, with the Sharks having lost twice to the team from Cape Town in 2013 before defeating them in Saturday’s final. 28 October 2013 In a very physical game, the men from Natal dominated the tackles, breakdowns and lineouts. All three of those aspects have in recent years been the strengths of Western Province and Stormers rugby and when the home team ceded superiority to the Sharks in those areas, they effectively surrendered the game to the fired-up visitors. McLeod, like Lambie, also kicked exceptionally well. His little dinks just over the Western Province defensive line caused plenty of problems for the home team and he also cleared from the base of the scrum efficiently. Western Province, though, is a team of character and they fought manfully, but could not overcome the committed gang tackling of the men in black and white, their slick handling and a team engine that ran full out for the duration of the contest. The Natal Sharks captured the Absa Currie Cup for the seventh time at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening after a stirring 33-19 victory over Western Province. The tension-filled clash was a wonderful advertisement for South African rugby, and for the third year in succession the underdog came out the winner. At the very least, it’s an indication that there is reasonable parity and depth in the top tier of South African domestic rugby. Effective game planProvince’s ability to slow down the opposition’s ball and win turnovers at the breakdown, along with solid set piece ball, is the foundation of their game, but the Sharks had clearly done their homework well and prepared an effective game plan to counteract the Cape team’s strength, and, most importantly, they were able to implement that game plan. The Sharks 33 (19) After going through the round robin stage of the competition unbeaten, with eight wins and two draws, Western Province, with home ground advantage, were favourites to lift the title, even though, with the return of Springbok players to the Currie Cup, the Sharks boasted 11 Springboks in their starting line-up to six for Western Province. Remarkably, the sixth team in the A-Division of the tournament, Griquas, beat the Sharks in Durban to kick start the 2013 tournament and went down by just a single point to the eventual champions in the return fixture in Kimberley. That’s remarkable because Griquas were relegated to the B-Division on the weekend, losing out to the Pumas. Intercept tryHis halfback partner Charl McLeod also turned in a fantastic performance. He got the Sharks onto the scoreboard through an intercept try that covered 65 metres and later in the match added a second five-pointer after a superb cleanout by Bismarck du Plessis and Stephan Lewies cleared the way to the tryline for him.center_img Considerable gapThe gap between the teams on the day was, however, considerable. Had Lambie landed a few more kicks and had not one or two tries been disallowed, thanks to the television match official, it could have been a huge victory for the Sharks. Fullback Gio Aplon proved once more that size is not everything and was well backed up by the fleet-footed Cheslin Kolbe, but Francois Steyn kept Springbok captain Jean de Villiers still in the midfield with a rugged defensive effort. There were tears in his eyes as he received his medal after the game, and it was well deserved. Their victory was built upon a superior kicking game, led by flyhalf Patrick Lambie and fullback SP Marais, which kept the hosts pinned in their own half. Kick offsThe kick offs were one of the areas in which the Sharks clearly outperformed Western Province and they made a big difference to the outcome of the contest. Recent Currie Cup historyThere have been five different winners of the title in the last seven years, with the Sharks, with three titles, the only team to have lifted the Currie Cup more than once. As it was, the Currie Cup final was an entertaining spectacle to the end and the role of referee Jonathan Kaplan should be recognised. Refereeing his last game, he controlled the contest superbly to end his wonderful career, which included a world record 68 tests, on a high note. Favourites’ tagThe favourites’ tag was justified, however, as Province had beaten the Sharks, with all of the Durban-based team’s Springboks on board, 25-18 in the 2012 final in Durban. SCORERS Up front, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, long identified as a future Springbok, turned in a man of the match winning performance that suggested that his time to don the green and gold is now. He stole three Western Province lineout balls, made numerous tackles, carried the ball up strongly and was imperious in receiving kicks off. Lambie controlled the contest superbly with excellent decision making, kicking and passing at the right times. The only blot on his copybook were three missed kicks at goal. However, five successful penalties, two drop goals and a conversion, to go along with his fine all-round performance, more than made up for any misses. Tries: Charl McLeod (2), Conversions: Pat Lambie, Penalties: Pat Lambie (5), Drop Goals: Lambie (2)last_img read more


first_imgDocumentaries are a right of passage for any filmmaker. In this article, we’ll look at five ways you can take your short documentary to the next level.Creating a short documentary is a valuable experience for any filmmaker. With so much short-form documentary content out there today, it can become even harder to make your film stand out from the crowd. So here are five tips to help you rise above.1. ResearchImage via Rawpixel.com.Any well-produced documentary begins with research. Effective research is the foundation of any documentary — short or long-form. Research allows you to discover plot points, build your narrative, craft your story arch, and shape your film.There are many resources available for researching your documentary topic (check out this article). Better research makes for a better film.2. OutlineWhile narrative films have a script, documentaries live and die by an outline. While documentary storylines can often be very fluid, an effective outline provides you with essentially a North Star during your production. These guiding principles, detailed through your outline, help ensure your film always stays on course, even when things begin to change up.Crafting an outline for your documentary provides a scene breakdown throughout your film. It also details those anticipated story-beats that your film may follow. You know you’ve been effective with your research when you can easily create an outline of your story.3. Find the Deeper StoryImage via Andrzej Sowa.Many first-time documentary filmmakers create a film based upon something that’s interesting on the surface; however, a great documentary digs deeper than the superficial story.For example, let’s say you have an interesting neighbor who creates quirky ice sculptures as a hobby. This intrigue you as a filmmaker for a variety of reasons. Now, after you’ve researched and outlined your film, you’re ready to make it.You shoot it, bring it back to the edit, and find that you made a good film. It’s concise, well-shot, and well-edited. However, the storyline may lack depth. That’s where finding the deeper story comes into play.If you dig deeper, you may discover that your subject creates these ice sculptures to work through the PTSD he developed after fighting in Vietnam. Discovering this information then unleashes that deeper storyline, pushing your film — and story — to the next level.In the words of Simon Sinek, “People don’t care what you do. They care WHY you do it.”Don’t make a documentary about the “what.” Make a documentary about the “why.”4. Invest in SoundSound is important in any film. However, its importance seems to get overlooked in documentary filmmaking. However, sound in documentary filmmaking can be more than just an interview or a voiceover. Sound can immerse the viewer in your story. Sound design can connect you with characters, which helps with telling a more effective story.When creating your film, think about how sound can help you tell a better story. 5. Less is MoreThe best edit always feels as if filmmaking is easy. It’s a smarter choice to make a shorter documentary, with a tighter and more structured story arch, than a longer documentary with less story structure.There’s the old saying in filmmaking, “You have to kill your darlings.” This is especially true with a documentary. If you ask most feature-length documentary filmmakers, they’re usually cutting 99 percent of the clips they shot by the time they reach the final edit. Many of these clips were likely their favorite, yet they didn’t serve the story best.Keep trimming your documentary down to the most essential parts to tell your story most effectively.Overall, creating a short-form documentary is a fun, exciting way to make a film. By using these tips, you can make a stronger, more effective short documentary film.Cover image via guruXOX.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.The Simple, Stable Solution to Rigging Your Lights AnywhereHow a Pre-Production Checklist Can Help Your ProductionProduction Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on SetDocumentary Tips: Capturing the Who, What, When, Where, and Why10 Lessons I Learned From My First Feature Documentarylast_img read more


first_imgA task force has been constituted in Odisha’s Koraput district to check the practice of child marriage, common among the tribal communities in the region, a senior official said. Against a state average of 21.3% and a national average of 26.8%, the annual rate of child marriage in the district is 34.7%. Child marriage is the main reason for high rates of infant mortality, maternal mortality and malnutrition, Koraput Collector Madhusudan Mishra said.“The rate of child marriage in Koraput is higher than the state and the national average. This is a matter of concern,” he stated. Noting that the task force comprises officials from 21 departments, including health, education, social welfare and police, Mr. Mishra said a massive awareness programme against the social menace will be launched in the district soon.“As school dropout often contributes to child marriage, the education department will create a database of the dropouts and provide life skills to them,” he said. The administration will also take help of community radio service Dhimsa, run by a voluntary organisation SOVA, to broadcast programmes on child marriage in tribal language.“All child development protection officers (CDPOs) and anganwadi workers have been told to stay vigilant to check the illegal practice in their respective areas. The CDPOs must act as child marriage prohibition officers,” he added. Official sources said the administration has been able to stop at least 24 child marriages in the district over the past two years.“Most child marriages go unreported. Whenever we get complaints, we intervene with the help of police and counsel parents to send their children to school,” said Rajshree Das, a district child protection officer.last_img read more


first_imgIndia Today’s Consulting Editor for Sports Boria Majumdar launched his book ‘A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts’ in Kolkata on Tuesday in the presence of badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand, tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi, Paralympic silver medallist Deepa Malik, owner of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant Sanjiv Goenka and Ambuja Neotia group chairman Harshavardhan Neotia. “The book has got remembrances of games, which started in 1940. It’s got Sachin’s 100th century and Virat Kohli. The book covers several generations, right from Ranjit Singh ji to the young Virat Kohli of the modern era,” Sourav Ganguly said about the book.Ganguly further said that the book doesn’t only have cricket memorabilia but “what amazed me the most was the football clubs of 1940s when Mohammedan Sporting actually won the league ahead of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.””The book has got tennis of Bhupathi and Leander, it has got Mary Kom in it,” Ganguly added.Photo Credit: Boria Majumdar FacebookPhoto Credit: Boria Majumdar FacebookPhoto Credit: Boria Majumdar Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgAustralia’s domestic Sheffield Shield tends to open sleepily, with spring sunshine warming the few diehard fans that turn up to regional venues but auditions for coveted Ashes places have given the start of this year’s tournament additional spice.Australia may be comfortable on their own pitches and confident of fending off an England side likely to be without all-rounder Ben Stokes, their most valuable player, for at least part of the five-test series.However, the question of who will bat at six in the order has become an increasing bugbear for a team desperate for a quality all-rounder of their own while also needing some starch in the middle after a worrying string of batting collapses.Queries over the best man behind the stumps have also grown in volume since the incumbent Matt Wade was dropped for a single one-day international in India earlier this month and then reinstated in the next game.With less than a month before the first test kicks off at the Gabba on Nov. 23, the opening matches of the first-class Sheffield Shield will also be a battle-ground for the pacemen as they look to replace the injured James Pattinson as first understudy to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.One player desperate for red ball form will be Victoria state’s Glenn Maxwell, who scored a fine century at number six against India in March but has failed to surpass 50 in seven test innings since.With selectors keen to have a part-time bowler able to provide relief for the pacemen over the course of a long campaign, Maxwell’s ability to soak up some overs with his off-spin would be valuable.advertisementThe hard-hitting 29-year-old is under pressure from Western Australia’s uncapped Marcus Stoinis, a medium pace-bowling all-rounder who has averaged 86.25 in his eight ODIs and impressed during the recent tour of India.Another Western Australian in Hilton Cartwright is also a contender after his surprise selection at number six for the second test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month.”In an ideal world you’d want someone like a Ben Stokes who can give you the ideal balance, bat and bowl,” selector Mark Waugh told Sky Sports Radio earlier this month.”But I think your number six as it stands is probably going to be a batsman and ideally he bowls a bit.”The wicket-keeper position has troubled Australia since Brad Haddin’s retirement after the last Ashes in 2015 and Wade’s reinstatement at the expense of Peter Nevill in the last home summer proved divisive.Seemingly favoured for his niggle over the more subdued Nevill, Wade has not justified his selection with the bat and compiled just 17 runs from his three innings during the two-test tour of Bangladesh.Nevill, considered a technically superior keeper to Wade, will captain New South Wales in the absence of regular skipper Moises Henriques as he looks for a weight of runs to dislodge the incumbent Tasmanian.South Australia’s uncapped Alex Carey, who posted an all-time record 59 dismissals in the 2016-17 Shield season, is seen as a dark horse to dislodge the seasoned campaigners.last_img read more