There is a big buzz in the South –south region of the country as three Heads of Governments from across the West African sub –continent gather for the elaborate commissioning of one of the most magnificent sporting infrastructure in Africa.President Goodluck Jonathan will lead Ghanaian leader, Dr. John Dramani Mahama and Ivorian Head of State, Dr. Alassane Ouattara to the stately Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo this evening, with Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio, as Chief Host.Akpabio is showcasing the majestic facility, which has already been approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for the crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa on November 19, as one of the key points of his uncommon transformation of the oil –rich State.Apart from Presidents Jonathan, Mahama and Ouattara, a number of Governors from across Nigeria are expected, while President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick and some Executive Committee members and Management staff arrived in Uyo yesterday evening.The 30,000 – capacity venue, with a bullet –proof State Box that has 70 seats, has been described by the Vice President of Ghana Football Association, Mr. Fred Crentsil (who was sent by CAF to inspect the venue) as being among the best you can find anywhere in the world.The high point of the commissioning is an international friendly match between the Home –based Senior National Team of Nigeria, Super Eagles B, and the U-23 National Team of Ghana, nicknamed Black Meteors. Tonight’s match, and the atmosphere, will provide the perfect tenor for the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana in less than a fortnight.Facilities have been stretched thin in the dainty city of Uyo but the party must go on and yesterday, FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner, Paul Bassey, who is coordinating various aspects of the programme, assured that all arrangements have been concluded for a hitch –free event.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsEver had a great experience from opening one of those smaller presents from under the Christmas tree?That’s what the B.C. High School Speed Swim Championships will see from the L.V. Rogers Bombers when the provincial event hits the water in two weeks on Vancouver Island.The four-swimmer contingent from LVR proved the smallest of teams could provide the greatest of results following competition at the Kootenay High School Swim Championships Sunday at the NDCC Pool.“I was impressed at how well our kids did,” said LVR teacher sponsor, Dave Afford after the morning meet. “Niallan (Collier) is swimming very well. (My daughter) Rebecca placed well in the meet and Devyn (Parker) had a real good meet.”“Devyn is young but she is very strong and competed very well today,” Afford added.Collier, swimming winter club which means the Grade 11 student competes in a different category than summer club competitors, dominated the meet with some very fast times.Collier topped the podium in boy’s 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.Grade 12 swimmer Rebecca Afford was the next best Bomber on the medal ride, capturing bronze in girl’s 50-meter freestyle and gold in 50-meter breaststroke. Afford finished fifth in both 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley.Parker, perhaps made the biggest statement for the Bombers placing third in girl’s 50-meter backstroke.Parker’s remaining results had the Grade 10 student finishing fourth in both 100-meter freestyle and 50 meter butterfly and sixth in 100 meter individual medley.Meanwhile Milde did not claim a medal but the Grade 10 swimmer still turned in some great swims against Grade 12 competition. Milde took eighth in boy’s 50-meter freestyle, fifth in 50-meter backstroke, fifth in 50-meter breaststroke and eighth in 50-meter butterfly.The meet attracted swimmers from throughout the Kootenays, including teams from Stanley Humphries in Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail and the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The top three swimmers in each race automatically qualify for provincials November 19-20 on Vancouver Island at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.Afford said the Bomber four will be there, provided the quartet can garner the necessary funds to make the trek. “At this point, yes,” said Afford when asked about the trip. “We just have to figure out how to get there.”And, when the Bomber four steps on to the starting blocks, what does the sponsor think will happen?“I think Niallan could to very well at provincials,” Afford said. “And Rebecca has a chance at placing in the breaststroke.”Afford said the championships are open, meaning there are no divisions to separate the younger from older competitors. “That makes it very tough on the younger swimmers,” he admitted. [email protected]
Snag these cool light leaks for your video editing and motion graphics projects – gratis! Light leaks continue to be a popular effect for video editors – a quick way to give your digital footage a vintage, organic film look. Recently we profiled a free light leak pack from Premiumbeat blog friend, CreativeDojo.net. You can get that pack of free light leaks (16 clips total, all in HD) over at the Dojo site.In this post, we’re sharing another free light leak pack to hit the web, this time from Sydney based LightLeakLove.com. The free light leak pack is a sample of the effects included in their paid package.Each of the leaks in this set is a 1080P ProRes clip, so you can use it in any video editing or motion graphics application. Just layer the light leak clip above your footage in your editing app and change the composite mode. This quick video tutorial shows you how (the tutorial is focused on Final Cut Pro X but the process is the same in any video editing app):See the free set in action below or visit LightLeakLove to download. The free light leaks download will require a signup on their newsletter.
The final clamp we’re going to look at is the Cardellini. This clamp has two angled jaws that can tighten onto any flat or round surface. As you can see in the image above, this clamp is mounted to a C-stand and then clamped onto a reflector for lighting. Another great thing about these clamps is that they have rubber pads on the inside of the angled jaws. Because of this, you can be sure the clamp isn’t marking up the surface of whatever you’re clamping to.If you’d like a visual breakdown of these production clamps (and a few more as well), check out this extensive clamp tutorial from The Slanted Lens. It’s loaded with useful expert information; all of your clamp questions will be answered.What’s your go-to clamp on a shoot? Give us your feedback in the comments below. The super clamp, also known as the mafer, is an incredibly powerful clamp to have on set. This clamp can bite down on pipes and poles, allowing grips to mount lights in tight or awkward position. This clamp also comes with the ability to utilize interchangeable mounts, allowing you to mount the clamp to a C-stand — or even to mount a camera, as seen up top. 3. C-ClampMatthews C-Clamp: $51.50 The C-clamp is a classic hardware tool. However, the C-clamps most handymen use are quite different from the C-clamps used on set. As seen in the image above, a grip’s C-clamp has spuds welded to the back edge of the clamp that allow for mounting to a C-stand. The clamp also utilizes U-shaped plates, which give you the ability to attach this clamp to just about any surface.4. Cardellini ClampCardellini Clamp: $73.35 Clamps can be a grip’s best friend. Let’s take a look at how film and video professionals make use of this must-have tool on set.All screencaps via The Slanted LensThe grip department is a vital part of the filmmaking process, and as any grip will tell you, one of the vital tools found on every set is the trusty clamp. These clamps come in various sizes and shapes — we’re going to take a look at the four main types. We’ll also cover where, when, and how you would use them on set.So, What Are Grips?Before we get to the clamps, let’s run over the job of the grip. To put it simply, a grip is a production technician who oversees lighting and rigging. Grips are led and directed by the key grip.Grips perform two main functions on set. The first is to provide support for the electrical department when setting up the production lighting. Secondly, they provide support for the camera department for rigging, and even the operation of camera rigs.1. Pony A-ClampPrice: $2.16 The standard clamp for all grips is the pony clamp, or as it’s more commonly known, the A-clamp. This is the “do everything” clamp. They can be used for mounting gels to a light — just be sure the clamps have rubber so you don’t ruin the gels. You can also use them to mount reflectors, sound blankets, or material for a cyc wall. Professional grips usually have quite a few of these available at all times. 2. Super ClampMatthews Super Mafer Clamp: $51.50