Mohoumadi out to cause an upset in title clash with DeGale

first_imgFrench challenger Hadillah Mohoumadi speaks ahead of his European title fight against Harlesden’s James DeGale at Glow, Bluewater, this Saturday.(Video courtesy of iFilm London and Hennessy Sports)See also:Upbeat DeGale eyeing title showdownJames DeGale and Hadillah Mohoumadi go head-to-headDeGale discusses Saturday’s fight and his spat with Eubank JnrDeGale v Mohoumadi: Watch the pre-fight press conferenceDeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fightsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA urged to stand up against rape

first_img12 February 2013 The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has added its voice to the national call for South Africans to get involved and take a firm stand against rape and all forms of violence against women and children. GCIS staff members took to the streets of Pretoria on Monday in a bid to increase community awareness about the scourge of rape. Carrying placards with messages such as “No means no”, “Say no to rape”, “Real men don’t rape”, “Don’t look away: report and act against rape”, staff members interacted with the public, handing out pamphlets with toll-free helpline numbers for Crime Stop and Childline, among others. The pamphlets also had information on steps individuals and communities could take to protect themselves. “We are calling on society to be active participants and unite against the abuse of women,” said acting GCIS CEO Phumla Williams. “Government alone cannot do it.” “As the GCIS, we want to empower the public with the information . We want everybody to be part of the campaign.” Williams emphasised the need to empower people in South Africa’s rural areas, saying they had to be better equipped to report incidences of rape. The campaign’s message resonated with members of the public. Lillian Raophala (25), a student in one of the colleges in the Pretoria city centre, said she fully supported the campaign. “Women should be free and they must report incidences of rape,” she said. Thabang Phago from Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, said rape should not be tolerated. “As men, we need to unite against such acts,” he said. The campaign was triggered by recent rape cases, the most recent being that of Anene Booysen (17), who was raped and mutilated in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. She was found at a construction site on Saturday, 2 February, left for dead by her attackers. She died later that day from her injuries. One of Booysen’s alleged killers appeared before the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Three people, all from Bredasdorp, have been arrested in connection with Booysen’s death. Booysen was buried at the weekend. Source: read more

Ohio fall weed survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistOnce again your county Extension professionals went to the fields this fall to see what weeds made it through the summer in your soybean fields. There were some surprises and some expected results. It is becoming apparent that with the move to herbicide tolerant crops, we aren’t necessarily getting rid of all of our weeds — only 30% of our fields are weed free. Giant ragweed moved back into first place for worst weed, seen in 34% of fields and overtaking marestail seen in 30% of fields. Volunteer corn is next most common, and it always surprises farmers that a herbicide resistant crop would also resist the same herbicide when it volunteers the next year. Please look over the tables to see if there are familiar names on your worst weed list.WeedOhio rank% of fieldsGiant Ragweed134Marestail230Weed free330Volunteer corn417Grass/ Giant foxtail515Waterhemp610Velvet leaf79Common ragweed88Lambsquarters96Redroot pigweed105 I split up the state into regions — the areas of northwest and west central Ohio had the weediest fields, — as they have in the recent past.Weed free by regionPercentCentral27%East central42%North central46%Northeast30%Northwest24%Southwest40%West central24% The county Extension educators did all the leg work. Folks in 28 counties did the surveys this year — and I have to mention them by name. Because they were out a day or two to conduct these surveys we have a record of the problems you have, so we can better assist you in controlling those weeds. Sometimes just knowing what is out there can help you direct the herbicide program to best manage the problem.Survey results by OSU ExtensionNumber of fields2,793Total number of acres159,121Average field size (acres)57 County evaluated (28)OSU Extension AgNRAshtabulaLee BeersAuglaizeJeff StachlerChampaignAmanda DouridasClintonTony NyeCoshoctonDavid MarisonCrawfordJason HartschuhDarkeSam CusterDefianceBruce ClevengerFayetteKen FordFultonEric RicherGeaugaLes OberGreeneTrevor CorboyHancockEd LentzHardinMark BadertscherHenryGarth RuffLickingDean KreagerMadisonMary GriffithMercerDenny RiethmanMiamiAmanda BennettMontgomerySuzanne Mills-WasniakMuskingumClifton MartinPauldingSarah NogglePortageRobin ChristensenPutnamBeth ScheckelhoffShelbyDebbie BrownTrumbullLee BeersTuscarawasChris ZollerWilliamsJohn Schoenhals Oh, and the big surprise this year was the pigweed problem. Waterhemp appeared frequently and so did redroot pigweed. Three years ago these weeds were not even on our lists and now Waterhemp appeared in 35% of the fields in northwest Ohio and 22% in west central. This requires some management changes.last_img read more

The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio

first_imgRecord SFX (Wild Takes) On SetWild takes are sound effects recorded on set without dialogue. If cameras aren’t rolling (and if you can convince the crew to be quiet) you should try to record some on set SFX. They can be as simple as an actor’s footsteps or the clashing of dishes, doors, or machinery.The goal is to capture the sounds that could be difficult to find in a SFX library. While we may have hundreds of thousands of SFX here on PremiumBeat, you may not find the exact sound to the exact time you need. For example, if you are shooting a scene with an old car, it’s best to record real engine sounds to keep the sound as authentic as possible.Something to keep in mind: you don’t need to turn up the gain to capture all these SFX. Since they will become layers in post, you’ll want to keep them accurate to the levels you’d hear on set. So if footsteps are quiet and slightly registering on your recorder, that’s ok. Try to record each SFX in a few different ways, including different microphone angles, positions, and distances.Pro Tip: Announce each action as soon as you hit record and before you start performing. That way you can easily keep track of each different sound effect.Make sure you check out the rest of the Indie Film Sound Guide episodes. There you will learn about working with everything you’ve recorded in post. Also, be sure to subscribe to The Film Look’s YouTube channel for weekly tips and tricks on filmmaking, video production, and post-production.Do you know other indie filmmaking tips for capturing audio? Let us know in the comments. Setting Audio Levels and Capturing Room ToneThe loudness of actors and actions differs in every take. Make sure audio levels don’t peak, and leave some room for any unexpected loud noises or increases in conversational volume.In this episode, you’ll hear the audio clip when one character shouts. Be sure to lower the gain while recording dialogue. Also, be sure to capture about two minutes of room tone to help avoid unnatural silence. This ambient noise makes conversations sound more realistic, and it can cover up hard edits. (If you forgot to capture room tone, check out our pack of 15 free ambient noise tracks). Learn how to properly record audio on set with a traditional boom mic setup.All images via The Film Look.Here in the PremiumBeat office, we’re big fans of The Film Look — a YouTube channel dedicated to showing you how to make better films and videos (with new episodes every week).We recently teamed up with The Film Look to bring you a series of tutorials on capturing better sound for your videos. The eight-part series will cover a ton of different audio recording and mixing topics, with plenty of tips and tricks for you to learn along the way.In the first five episodes, you will learn how to work with audio on set. Then the series will shift focus to working with audio in post-production.You’ll quickly see that it’s not about having the right gear — it’s about knowing how to properly use audio equipment. The audio kit used in the series is the basic setup for indie films and corporate video productions — a shotgun mic, boom pole, audio recorder, and headphones. There are also tips on recording with smartphones and on-camera microphones for those without this setup. (You can piece together a professional boom mic kit for around $500.)Microphone Position Is KeyThe position of your microphone is crucial to a quality recording. In the first episode, you’ll hear the difference between a smartphone recorder and a shotgun mic — but there’s a twist.The smartphone audio was better in the first take because the shotgun microphone was too far away. To get better audio, place a shotgun microphone over the head of your speaking subject.If you are on a windy set, try positioning the microphone underneath the subject, or for the best results combine that with a dead cat or blimp.When it comes time to record, limit the movement of your hands. Use your arms and shoulders to reposition the microphone to avoid making noise. There are also some great tips in the video about the best ways to grip a boom mic.Capturing Dialogue Is Your First PriorityThe highest priority when recording a film or video is dialogue. Noises or sound effects are easier to  recreate in post — or to draw from an SFX library.While on the topic of noises, if you detect any outside noise on set — like a plane, train, or automobile — be sure to bring it up if recording has not yet started. If you are already rolling, finish the take, and then mention any need for another take.Before shooting, make sure the camera crew (specifically the 2nd AC if you have one) uses a clapper board to mark the take. This will help tremendously when editing and mixing the project in post.Minimize Unwanted NoiseYou can silence the set as much as possible to eliminate unnecessary ambient noise, but that doesn’t always prevent unwanted sounds. Episode three dives into separating dialogue from any noise the actors make on set.If there is a loud action, like placing a glass mug on a glass saucer, you can eliminate the noise with some simple camera tricks and foley work.last_img read more

Reducing Friction and Creating Antifriction in Sales

first_imgIf you don’t know who your dream clients are, if you haven’t identified the best prospects in your territory, you have a form of friction that prevents you from prospecting.When you don’t know how to gain an appointment by trading enough value for the time you are asking for, the resistance you get when you ask for a meeting is unnecessary friction. The “no” you hear is friction.Your dream client has concerns about meeting with you, and those concerns are real to them. When you decide to overcome their objections you create resistance than would have been more easily removed had you decided to resolve their concerns. Unresolved concerns are friction.When you show up and begin a conversation by talking about your company, your products and services, your global footprint, and the big name logos you presently serve, you create the friction that comes with believing that you win sales by providing proof that your prospect should buy from you because your company and products are great instead of using that time to serve them. Self-orientation, in all its forms, creates resistance.Sometimes things that create friction feel like progress. Your dream client asks you tells you how impressed they are and asks you for a proposal and pricing. But because you haven’t collaborated around the solution and haven’t done the work to really understand their challenges or their constraints, you have created friction by providing them with something to which they can easily refuse. Lack of an effective theory about how to control the process is friction.In larger, complex, B2B sales, there are often more stakeholders than smaller, simpler sales. When you try to bypass including the people who are going to be effected by any decision to change, you create the friction that is their resistance to being excluded from the conversation. You also have likely created the additional friction that comes from losing the high ground that comes with dealing with friction.The intention to speed up sales does not create friction when the tactics employed mean slowing down. When the tactics you use speed things up, you create the kind of friction that can bring the entire process to a crawl.The remedy for friction is lubrication, making the surface smooth and even and easy for things to move from one side to the other. If there is a potential to create friction, then there is also the potential to create antifriction. If you want to make selling easier, then do the hard work of creating antifriction. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

BJP wins Gujarat bypoll

first_imgIn Gujarat, the BJP won a crucial byelection for the Jasdan Assembly constituency on Sunday.Kunvarji Bavalia, Minister for Water Resources, won the poll by a margin of almost 20,000 votes, defeating his nearest rival Avsar Nakia from the Congress.Mr. Bavalia’s victory from this rural seat in the Saurashtra region came as a huge sign of relief to the ruling party which had suffered heavily in the region in December 2017 owing to farm distress.Mr. Bavalia polled 90,268 votes, 19,985 votes more than his Congress rival.‘Clear indication’Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the victory in Jasdan was a clear indication that the BJP would win all 26 seats in Gujarat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“This is a clear indication that the BJP will win 26 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership,” Mr. Rupani said in Gandhinagar.In Jasdan, the bypoll was necessitated after the Congress legislator, Mr. Bavalia, had defected to the BJP and became a Cabinet Minister within hours of his joining the ruling party. He had to resign as a legislator and get re-elected from Jasdan within six months.Koli communityTo take on him, the Congress has fielded Mr. Nakia, once his protege and local panchayat member.Both Mr. Bavalia and Mr. Nakia are from the numerically significant Koli community, which dominates close to 40 Assembly seats in Saurashtra and south Gujarat.Traditionally, Jasdan has been a stronghold of Mr. Bavalia, who has been winning the seat since 1995.In 2009, he became Rajkot MP and resigned as MLA. In the 2009 bypoll too, the BJP wrested the Assembly seat when Mr. Bavalia’s daughter lost to BJP candidate Bharat Boghra.last_img read more