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American Davis arrives for DeGale clash

first_imgDyah Davis has arrived in Britain ahead of his clash with James DeGale and insisted he will “take care of business” in Saturday’s fight.Harlesden’s 2008 Olympic champion will be the strong favourite when he defends his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against the experienced American at Glow, Bluewater.A victory would keep DeGale in line for a world title shot but Davis, a former North American Boxing Federation champion and the son of 1976 Olympic champion Howard Davis Jr, believes he can pull off an upset.“It’s great to finally be here. The travel was a little abusive, but we’re here and ready to take care of business,” he said.“I’m most definitely pleased to be here and I’m really looking forward to the fight.“The gameplan hasn’t changed and is exactly what we’ve been practicing and I can’t wait.”Davis, 32, was beaten in 10 rounds last year by Sakio Bika, who has since become the WBC’s world champion and has been touted as a possible future opponent for DeGale.Tickets for DeGale v Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone on 0844 847 2500.  See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis Confident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sophiatown again, 50 years on

first_img14 February 2006People danced and sang in the streets in celebration of the renaming of Sophiatown this weekend, much in the spirit of the lively suburb of 50 years ago, which was demolished by the apartheid government.The Johannesburg city council took the decision in 1997 to re-instate the old name Sophiatown, replaced in the early 1960s by the apartheid government with the name Triomf (“triumph”). That renaming was done to mark the flattening of the suburb and the moving in of white, working class families where the vibrant, cosmopolitan suburb used to exist.On Saturday, 11 February the process finally came to fruition when Mayor Amos Masondo renamed the suburb. The ceremony was attended by Adelaide Tambo; members of the Xuma family from the Eastern Cape; the consul-general of India, Suresh Goel; Father Timothy Stanton, a senior member of Anglican Community of the Resurrection; judge Fikile Bam, an ex-Sophiatown resident; several dozen former Sophiatown residents; and several hundred others.Vibrant community“The name Sophiatown evokes memories of a vibrant, creative, multi-cultural community, a place where artists, writers and musicians flourished, against the odds, in an atmosphere of racial tolerance,” Masondo said.“Long before Soweto became a heritage destination, Sophiatown was where urban culture found its pulse and rhythm in the 1940s and 1950s.”The renaming took place in a marquee erected in Sophiatown Park, with intermittent rain failing to dampen the high spirits of the day. The suburb has been called Triomf and Sophiatown interchangeably for several years.Seventy-seven year old Irene Kau, sitting at a table with other residents of the old Sophiatown, said she was happy to witness the renaming of the suburb. “That pain does not go away, every time you come here it’s revived,” she said, recounting her forced removal.She said that on the day her family was moved and dumped in Diepkloof, it was raining too. In total, about 65 000 people were removed from the suburb.‘Closes the circle’Dr Mongezi Guma, programme director and minister at the local Anglican church, set the tone for the name change, at the same time saying that the rainy day “closes the circle”.“A name is a name – why should we care? A name is something that gives identity to people, it locates a person in the broader scheme of things. A name makes you different,” he said, to much agreement from the audience. “In the minds of those who had lived here it was Triomf.” And there was more nodding of heads.Guma’s message was one of reconciliation of the old and new residents of Sophiatown. “We want to marry our ancestors in a way to look into the future together. We want to marry the memory of Sophiatown to the memory of Triomf.”The removals started on 9 February 1955 and continued until 1963, by which time the residents had been removed and most of the suburb had been flattened. Several buildings escaped the bulldozers: the Christ the King Anglican Church, where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston preached, Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma’s house and St Joseph’s Home for Orphans.‘Celebration’“This is a day of celebration, not a day of triumph,” Guma added.Singer Hanne Koster stepped up to the podium and sang her song Sophiatown, with the chorus line, “Whose triumph are you, Sophiatown?”Then diva legends Abigail Kubeka and Thandi Klaasen took the stage, and the audience just couldn’t keep to their seats. Several seventy-somethings found space to dance, between tables and chairs, and their hips and shoulders moved like their grey hair wasn’t there.The cast from the play Sophiatown also sang several songs from the 1950s, bringing a nostalgic note to the day.Dr Xuma’s houseDr Xuma’s Toby Street house, now a national monumentThere were many famous Sophiatown residents, one of whom was Dr Xuma, the suburb’s doctor and president of the ANC from 1939 to 1949.City councillor Nandi Mayathula-Khoza paid tribute to him. “The son of uneducated ordinary parents, he became a highly qualified medical doctor, with a string of degrees from universities in America, England and Scotland. He rose from herdboy, shipping clerk, and hotel and train waiter to head the liberation movement in his country.”Xuma opened a surgery in Toby Street in Sophiatown in 1927, naming it Empilweni (“health”). The house, considered a mansion by his neighbours, is now a national monument, and a doctor’s family once again lives in it.Mayathula-Khoza outlined the contribution Xuma made to the ANC during his years as president: paid debts owed; established an effective branch structure and instituted provincial congresses; introduced a new constitution; eliminated the house of chiefs; signed a pact with the SA Indian Congress; and gave women equal rights. He acted as unofficial delegate to the United Nations in 1946.Xuma and his American wife were finally removed from their house in 1959. They went to live in Dube, Soweto. He died in Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital in 1962 and is buried in Brixton Cemetery.Cultural diversityAs part of the celebrations, Masondo unveiled a heritage plaque on the wall of his old home. He reminded the audience of the cultural diversity that had existed in the suburb.“For the white establishment, the threat posed by Sophiatown was cultural as well as political. Sophiatown was a grand experiment in the management of cultural diversity. Sophiatown culture was itself a form of local resistance, a way of rejecting the government’s apartheid culture and institutionalised racism.”Street name changesMasondo also raised the issue of changing the suburb’s street names. In 2004 the City changed a number of names in Newtown, in an effort to reflect the broader history of the country. But he rejected the idea for Sophiatown.“Because of their history, Sophiatown’s historic street names are in a different category. For former residents, these street names become important place-markers, holding a store of bittersweet memories. While there may be streets in other areas that could be renamed, Sophiatown street names have become almost sacred, and must remain as important links with our past.”In conclusion, Masondo said: “Sophiatown is the past we dare not forget. It is the future we must invest in. All of us without exception have a responsibility to help create the future that will be the envy of the world – a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society. This is where we are going. We should defend and deepen this achievement – a healed nation.”The rain had stopped and the mayor led the crowds on a street parade through the suburb, with the South African Police Service band playing grand tunes from the back of a truck, followed by a dance troupe in colourful costumes.The procession walked several blocks up the road to Xuma’s house, where the plaque was unveiled. Then it snaked around the corner and down towards St Joseph’s home, where wreaths were laid at the gate for Huddleston, whose ashes are buried at Christ the King Church.The seventy-somethings, most with heads of white hair, walked along in the procession, not wanting to miss any part of the celebration.‘People stay the same’Along the way, former Triomf residents watched from behind their garden gates as the procession moved past them. They said they didn’t mind the name change. “Sophia is an Afrikaans name, anyway,” said some.Positive things had come from the day, like cleaning the streets, they added. “People stay the same, a name is a name. It makes no difference.”The procession then moved back to the park, where a Sophiatown great, Hugh Masekela, was waiting to blow his trumpet. He was one of the original members of the Trevor Huddleston Band, having been given his first trumpet by the priest.Lunch was served, and Triomf was Sophiatown again, 50 years later.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Energy-Efficient Garage Doors

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. If you’re shopping for a garage door, the door’s energy performance may not matter — especially if you don’t heat your garage. However, there are a few reasons why you might be looking for a well-insulated, draft-free garage door: So, how do you tell a high-performance garage door from a lemon?“We sell high R-value doors!”Many garage-door manufacturers advertise the R-values of their doors:Unfortunately, these advertised R-values are almost meaningless.Advertised R-values are inaccurate, irrelevant — or bothTo determine the thermal performance of a garage door, you need to know two things:The R-values that are trumpeted by garage-door manufacturers are measured at the center of one of the door panels. No manufacturer, as far as I can determine, reports the R-value of the entire door assembly (including the panel edges, the seams between panels, and the perimeter of the door) in their promotional materials. Moreover, manufacturers’ reported R-values tell us nothing about air leakage.Most garage-door manufacturers are reluctant to share actual laboratory reports showing the results of R-value testing. When I asked Mike Willstead, a technical representative for Raynor, if I could see a copy of Raynor’s test results, he suggested I send him an e-mail. He later e-mailed his response: “I apologize if I misled you. I was informed that this is proprietary information that will not be disclosed.”The window industry does a much better jobMore than a decade ago, responsible window manufacturers realized that the reputation of their industry was being damaged by misleading R-value and U-factor claims. (U-factor is the inverse of R-value; in other words, U=1/R and R=1/U). To address these problems, industry leaders developed a method for testing and reporting whole-window U-factors. The U-factor reported on an NFRC label accurately describes the U-factor of the entire… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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The Hidden Stories Behind Weird Post-Production Terms

first_imgEver wonder where some of those strange post-production terms came from? Here are some origin stories you might not know.The industry is full of strange and confusing terms that make sense only to those who use them everyday. Have you ever wondered where all these strange terms came from? Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at those weird post-production terms.KeyframesIn modern animation applications, a keyframe designates a value at a certain point in time. These modern day applications can interpret the data between keyframes so you don’t have to. This is called tweening, and it’s a recent advance in technology.Image from 3D MercuryIn the golden days of animation, every frame had to drawn by hand — but it wasn’t the job of lead animators to draw every frame. Instead, more experienced animators would draw only the ‘key’ frames in a scene and more inexperienced animators called Inbetweeners would create the drawings between the key frames. For more information regarding early animation techniques, I highly recommend checking out The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.MasksIn post-production, masking is the process of designating a portion of the frame to not be affected by a given effect. In Photoshop you might use a mask to only blur out a background and not your subject. In After Effects, a mask can be used to help with compositing 3D elements. But the history of masks goes back much further than Photoshop. In fact, the term is derived from physical masks which literally block portions of your face.Masking has long been used in fine arts as a way to shield portions of a canvas from being affected. In fact, masking tape derived because it was used to mask out certain objects that weren’t meant to be painted. Today masking has evolved to become an essential part of a digital artists workflow and it all started with physical art.FeatheringIn modern software, feathering is essentially the smoothing out of edges. But why is it called feathering?It actually plays homage to a classic painting technique in which artists would use feathers to smooth out a transition between two colors. Feathering was also used by early photo editors as a way to smooth out ink. Even in modern home painting, some people use feather dusters as a way to smooth out paint color transitions. Feathering continues to be an essential process for editors and motion graphic designers alike.Matte/Matte PaintingIn film and photography, a matte is reference footage used to composite a foreground onto a background. While the history of mattes in film is quite dense, the term matte first originated from the early set extension process known as matte painting. These early matte paintings were scenes painted on glass using, you guessed it, matte paint.Over the years, mattes would evolve to become modern-day color keying, but digital matte painting continues to be a process used in contemporary films. For more info on the history of matte painting, check out this fantastic video created by John Hess of Filmmaker I.Q. RotoscopingThe original patent for a rotoscope, invented by Max FleischerRotoscoping is essentially cutting an object or subject out of a scene one frame at a time by hand. While the process is easier for modern filmmakers, it’s still very tedious.In the early days of film, an artist would use a rotoscope to project a frame onto glass. The artist would then go in and trace the subject by hand. While the process was traditionally used for cartoons, it has transitioned over time to be used mainly for VFX work.Know any other post-production origin stories? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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RSS acting like extra-constitutional authority, says Ashok Gehlot

first_imgThe Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is acting like an extra-constitutional authority, alleged Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in a special Assembly Session here on November 29. He dared the RSS to convert itself into a political party and come out in the open. “The RSS is acting like an extra-constitutional authority in the country. It should convert itself into a political party and come out in the open,” he said, claiming that no Minister or Chief Minister could be appointed without its consent. “During the Emergency, it was alleged that Sanjay Gandhi was acting as an extra-constitutional authority but all know whether he acted like that or not but the RSS is acting like an extra-constitutional authority in the country,” he said during the Assembly Session convened to discuss the Constitution. The Chief Minister added that an RSS leader had once said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was just a face. “You have no faith in the Constitution. You have to follow it because you have to win the elections in the democracy,” he said. The Chief Minister also said a Congress-free India could never be reality, “at least for next 100 years”. He also asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever took the name of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in six years. Mr. Modi did not feel proud on India’s achievements like the creation of Bangladesh and her sacrifice for the nation, he said. The Chief Minister said India and Pakistan got independence at the same time but what was the condition of the neighbouring country was known to all.“What is Pakistan in comparison to India? But an atmosphere was created in the country in the name of nationalism. Was it on the lines of the Constitution,” he asked. He targeted the Prime Minister for his working style and decisions like demonetisation and GST. Mr. Gehlot said at least 150 people died in the aftermath of demonetisation and economy suffered badly. Revenue to the states from the Centre had reduced, which would adversely impact development works, he claimed. Mr. Gehlot also took a dig at political developments in Maharashtra, resorting to sarcasm on the slogan, “Modi hai to mumkin hai”.He said it was not known how long the “democracy in the country would survive”. The Governor forwarded the recommendation to revoke the President’s Rule, the Prime Minister recommended and the President revoked it at 5.47 am, he said. “The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister took oath at 8 a.m. and the Prime Minister congratulated Devendra Fadnavis, who too said ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’,” he added. He also termed electoral bonds the biggest scam of the country. Mr. Gehlot said an atmosphere of mob lynching and violence was created in the country, which was never there.last_img read more

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World no. 1 Simon Halep stunned in Sydney ahead of Australian Open

first_imgBut Barty was undaunted, using her signature court craft to break straight back and secure victory two games later.“It was extremely difficult conditions, very swirly down at court level. So I figured if I’m going to play Sim anytime, and it’s her first match, it was now. I was very happy to make the most of it,” said Barty.“I had nothing to lose out here so I just came out and played with freedom. I believed I could win.”Earlier in the week, Halep admitted the back injury that ended her 2018 season early was “very scary”, but said she had recovered and was feeling fit.The early finish to 2018 was a disappointing end to a spectacular season, which saw the 27-year-old secure the year-end number one ranking for the second year running.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion She got off to a stellar start, reaching the Australian Open final and went on to win the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Halep, the reigning French Open champion and 2018 Australian Open runner-up, had a bye through to the second round, meaning she heads to Melbourne Park for the opening Grand Slam of the year with just one game under her belt.Barty, who ended a breakthrough 2018 with a WTA title in Zhuhai and is now ranked 15, brought the momentum into the new year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe had already accounted for another French Open winner, Jelena Ostapenko, in the opening round and had an extra gear against Halep, breaking serve twice to win the first set.Halep, without a coach after splitting with Darren Cahill who wanted to spend more time with his family, was first to break in the second set and had a chance to hold for 5-3. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img Nikola Jokic gets another triple double to lead Nuggets to close win over Miami View comments Simona Halep of Romania hits the ball around her back to Ash Barty of Australia during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)World number one Simona Halep’s preparations for next week’s Australian Open suffered a huge setback Wednesday when she was bundled out of the Sydney International at the first hurdle.The Romanian hadn’t played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in October with a herniated disc, and was no match for fast-rising Australian Ashleigh Barty, who scored the biggest win of her career 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Neetu Chandra keen to do P.T. Usha biopic

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Actress Neetu Chandra, who has been a sportswoman too, says she would love to do a biopic on legendary athlete P.T. Usha as she feels telling stories of successful Indian women can inspire young girls to take up sports seriously.Neetu has recently been appointed community ambassador of Patna Pirates, the Pro Kabaddi team from her hometown Patna. She has a natural affinity towards sports as she has been involved in the promotion of basketball in the country through her close association with the NBA and Taekwondo.Asked if she would like to do a sports biopic and if yes, on whose life, Neetu told IANS over email: “Yes, why not! I’m a sportsgirl myself. I represented India three times and a fourth Dan black belt. And I’ve been associated with NBA basketball of India for six years now.”I still play a lot and I’m an actor too. So I’d be more than happy to do a biopic on the life of sportswoman P.T. Usha. She has been an exceptional sportsperson with a truly incredible journey and I’d love to bring her inspiring journey alive on screen.”She finds it “fabulous” that there are films being made on the lives of successful Indian sportswomen.”That could actually inspire a lot of girls in India to play some or the other sport which is very important because playing any sport would help in personality, grooming, growth, confidence, sincerity, and discipline which is very essential for anyone’s life,” added the “Garam Masala” and “Traffic Signal” actress.What urged her to be a community ambassador for Patna Pirates?”I was born and brought up in Patna… I’m very emotional towards Patna because I have grown up and learned my sports here and played for India,” said Neetu, who finds the Patna Pirates team very strong.”I love the tactics and strategy with which they play. And it reminds me of my childhood when I used to play. It is a very strong team also as they are very united. I was always favouring Patna and when they offered me to be the community ambassador, I thought this was a great opportunity to associate with them and go back to my roots.”As a community ambassador, she will be travelling with them for their practice sessions and will be cheering them in all their matches. “I’ll be representing and being the face of the team in a very sporty and positive way,” she said, adding that “kabaddi is a great sport because it keeps you on your toes, alert and you have to strategize very well”.”You’re not only playing the game physically but even mentally. Also, while playing the game and saying ‘kabaddi kabaddi’, your breathing has to be very strong and it also helps you in a certain kind of breathing practice which is great for health. So I think that detailing of breath holding and saying kabaddi makes it all the more unique as compared to the other games.”–IANSrb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

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