Hotshot: France U20 back-row Jordan Joseph

first_imgWhen did you first link up with Racing 92? I was 16 when first approached by Racing but I didn’t want to go. I was really enjoying life at Massy, the friends I had there. I don’t have an agent so it was my parents and family who eventually convinced me to go, but I’m happy now.My first season was after my first U20 World Championship. It was a well-timed transition because I arrived with a little bit more experience. And Racing helped me to return this year as a better player.What are your goals for the next year?My short-term goal is just to perform well for the club. Of course, I’d love to play for the international side, and if my phone rings I’d be delighted, but for the minute it’s not my objective.What do you do away from rugby? I watch a lot of football, go to the cinema, have a drink with riends.I like to travel and I’d love to visit New Zealand or Australia to experience the culture there and a different way of life.RW VERDICT: With two U20 world titles to his name by the age of 18, he’s well on his way to living up to expectation. He was a vital cog in a dominant French team again this year. Don’t be fooled by his frame into thinking he’s just a powerful carrier; he has it all. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hard running: Jordan Joseph on the attack at this year’s Junior World Cup (Getty Images) Get to know teenage No 8 Jordan Joseph, who is a back-to-back U20 World Cup winnercenter_img This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. France U20 back-row Jordan Joseph Date of birth 31 July 2000 Born Gonesse, Paris Club Racing 92 Country France Position Back-rowWhat sports did you play growing up? I played a lot of football. It was a natural choice for me coming from Paris; it’s all you see – on the streets, on the telly.When did you first get to play rugby? I was 13, at a club called Sarcelles. It was my first sports teacher who encouraged me to do so, saying I was better suited to the sport. I owe him a lot.After a year, I went to Massy, which is a bigger club. I stopped playing football at that point. Rugby has a conviviality for me that doesn’t exist in football. It’s a lot more sociable and I love that element.What do you most enjoy about rugby?The contact, the tackling, the physicality, although I like to think my biggest strength is my attacking game. I love running with the ball and to offload.Who are your heroes? Billy Vunipola is a real hero of mine. It’s his style of play I love. I made a point of watching the European final and he was fantastic.last_img read more

Texas receiver Joshua Moore faces gun charge

first_imgHis trial date, originally scheduled for Aug. 22, has been moved to Sept. 23, according to the Dallas Morning News. Ex-Florida State QB Deondre Francois lands at Hampton Texas wide receiver Joshua Moore faces a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from an incident in early July, according to multiple reports.Moore was arrested on July 5 in downtown Austin and charged with unlawful carrying of a gun, according to ESPN. He was released on $6,000 bond. Florida dismisses John Huggins, leaves bigger hole in secondary Former Florida corner Chris Steele allowed to play for USC this season, NCAA says “We’re aware of the situation with Joshua Moore,” Texas coach Tom Herman said in a statement to the Austin American-Statesman. “We have talked with him and his family and are handling this internally at this time, but will continue to monitor the legal process. We will determine any further action upon the completion of that process.” Related News According to the reports, Moore was seen walking between two cars in a parking lot and remove a gun from his waistband. He appeared to load the gun and slide the gun back in his waistband, which prompted police to arrest him at gunpoint.Moore caught seven passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in four games last year as a freshman before an injury ended his season. He has been practicing with the Longhorns as he waits for the legal process to finish.last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala sits vs. Minnesota with right hip tightness

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala missed Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena because of what the team called “right hip tightness.”It is not immediately clear when Iguodala suffered the injury. But the Warriors expect Iguodala to return for Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena. Warriors coach Steve Kerr …last_img

South Africans take Trango Tower

first_img29 August 2005Four South African climbers have overcome treacherous conditions to reach the top of the sheer Trango Tower rock formation in Pakistan.Peter Lazarus (42), Marianne Pretorius (28), James Pitman (36) and Andreas Kiefer (33) summitted the tower on Sunday 21 August. Pretorius is the third woman in the world to reach the top of Trango.The Trango Tower lies on the Boltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range of Pakistan. At an altitude of 6 250 metres and 1 200 metres high, the “Nameless Tower” first attracted the attention of legendary British hard man Joe Brown during an expedition to central Karakoram in 1956.It took 20 years before Brown, Martin Boysen, Mo Anthoine and Malcolm Howells successfully climbed the needle-like feature by its southwest face.Trango now has eight different routes to the summit. The South African team climbed the Slovenian route.Snowstorms almost forced them to abandon the climb just metres from the top on the day of the summit, according to the Sunday Times. In their final hurdle, they had to ice-climb an overhanging snow mushroom which was collapsing under their efforts.“We spent about six hours on the ridge in snowstorms and were all hanging off one belay stance,” Pretorius told the Sunday Times.The summit day dawned overcast after heavy snow the previous day, which had interrupted the team’s ascent. It was snowing again by the time Lazarus, the team leader, and Pretorius had ascended 600 metres of ropes.From the top of the ropes, Lazarus led the way up an iced crack along a narrow ridge to within about 15 metres of the summit. Pretorius, Kiefer and Pitman joined him there in driving snow at lunchtime. Lazarus then edged forward along a rock band to below the mushroom.About 8m short of the summit, Kiefer took over the lead.“Crossing the rock band, Andreas [Kiefer] commented wryly: ‘This is the scariest climbing I’ve ever done,’” Pitman says on the Trango team’s website.“Which, in Andreas’s case, means it’s scary!“Hacking at the ice mushroom, it became clear to Andreas that it consisted of semi-consolidated snow – impossible to find purchase on and impossible to punch through,” Pitman says.‘At the top, shouting obscenities’Unwilling to give up so close to the summit, the team considered their alternatives. It was about 4pm Pakistan time.“The snow eased off a little, the sun trying to push its way through,” says Pitman. “To turn back, only metres short, or give it a final shot, that was the question.”Pitman – “the only one without a down jacket” – was willing to take a chance on a route that Kiefer had seen from the mushroom. He set out across horizontal cracks in the rock below the mushroom, towards a vertical crack on the northwest face.“Half an hour later, having delicately traversed out left, past the first vertical crack (it proved too flaring), to a second crack on the west face, I was at the top, shouting obscenities from the kitchen-table-sized summit,” says Pitman.Pitman then dropped a rope down for Pretorius, Lazarus and Kiefer to climb to the top.“It was the smallest summit I have ever been on,” Pretorius told the Sunday Times. “It was an awesome point.”Says Pitman: “To the north the head of the Dunge Glacier was a chaotic jumble of ice seracs, K2 and Broad Peak were in thin cloud to the east, Great Trango looked uncharacteristically humble to the south, and the beautiful Uli Biaho, Shipton Spire and peerless Cat’s Ears suddenly seemed eminently more climbable to the west.”Their celebration was brief. With head torches they went down the ropes in the dark for about five hours, before reaching a camp on the shoulder.Portaledges set up on the shoulder. (Photo copyright Team Trango)On Monday, after a few hours’ sleep, the team began to clean the mountain of debris.“For 14 hours we stripped her of her bondage – our portaledges, gear and ropes, but equally, the gas bottles, pollution and especially hundreds of metres of tattered lines carelessly left by past parties,” says Pitman.Lazarus and Pitman worked past the last light, staggering into base camp late on Tuesday night.“Our guide Amjad had arranged a great welcome party with flags, necklaces, hot food, cake, whisky and song,” Pitman relates. “For two emotional hours we celebrated like a close family before literally crashing into our tents, twisted and broken, but somehow deeply complete.”For team leader Lazarus it was about more than just the mountain: “Although getting to the top of Nameless Tower was the ostensible objective of this expedition, for me its real objective was to experience these mountains and return home safely. Summitting was the cherry on the top, but what a cherry it turned out to be!”“For two emotional hours we celebrated like a close family before literally crashing into our tents, twisted and broken, but somehow deeply complete.” (Photo copyright Team Trango)The Trango teamTeam leader Peter “Lobster” Lazarus has been climbing for over 22 years, starting out as a student at Wits University. While still at Wits he established Skyriders, the first rope-access company in South Africa – and now the largest such company in the country.Lazarus discovered and opened the first routes at the world-renowned Restaurant (at the End of the Universe) Crag at Waterval Boven in Mpumalange, the Chosspile near Hartebeespoort Dam in North West, and the New Slatesman in Broederstroom.He has climbed extensively in South Africa, other parts of Africa, the US, Canada, France, the UK, Spain and Thailand. He is an advocate specialising in environmental and mining law.Marianne Pretorius is South Africa’s most experienced and well-known female big wall climber. In early 2004 she became the first woman to scale the imposing east face of the Central Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia. In February 2005 she successfully ascended Cerro Torre, also in Patagonia, via the famous Compressor route.A photographer by trade, Pretorius has climbed in the US, Wales, France and Spain. In 2004 she was the lead climber in the first, and to date only, all-female ascent of the north wall of Blouberg in Limpopo.After Trango she plans to climb the towering and as yet unexplored rock faces of the Queen Maud Land area of Antarctica.James Pitman is a relative newcomer to rock-climbing, having only started in 2001. He is an avid sportsman – cycling, canoeing, playing ball-sports and participating in anything else that crosses his path. Pitman is a corporate lawyer in a Johannesburg law firm and farms Nguni cows in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.Pitman has climbed the Blouberg massif, the Klein Winterhoek (“Oceans of Fear”) in the Magaliesberg and at most of SA’s popular sites. In May 2005 he accompanied Peter Lazarus to Yosemite in the US for training on the granite wall of El Capitan.With his mother a prominent member of the Mountain Club of South Africa, Andreas Kiefer became member at the age of 12.Kiefer has climbed most of the major peaks in the Drakensberg, as well as in the Magaliesberg, Blouberg and elsewhere in the country. A recent effort was climbing the Devil’s Tooth in the Drakensburg – from Johannesburg and back in just under 22 hours.He has climbed the Fitzroy region of Patagonia, Cerro Torre glacier, Paine areas and Tierra del Fuego. In 1996 Kiefer was in the Karakoram on a technical trekking trip from Hushe over the Gondongoro La to Concordia, K2 base camp and back down the Baltoro Glacier, past Trango Tower and on to Askole.Kiefer’s previous international excursion was to Peru in 2003, where he climbed Urus, Ishinca and reporterlast_img read more

Speed Change Techniques In DaVinci Resolve

first_imgLearn how to change the speed of your video projects in DaVinci Resolve — and more.Top image via Shutterstock.There are several different ways to change the speed of a video file in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 — just as there are several ways to change how Resolve interprets the preceding frame when slowed down.For example, you could decrease the speed of an entire clip and set the frame interpolation to “Nearest,” which duplicates the frames. Alternatively, you could reduce the speed of a clip for only a portion of its duration and choose “Optical Flow.” This will generate new frames based on the information of the previous and following frames to create a realistic slow-motion effect — as if the original shot was filmed at a high frame rate.The Simple StuffLet’s have a look at creating simple speed change effects, including increases and decreases in speed, as well as freezing a clip altogether.There are two methods of doing this:Select a clip in the menu bar and choose “change clip speed.”Right-click a clip in the timeline and select “change clip speed.”Both methods will bring up the following pop-up box.Here, we can increase or decrease our speed by percentage. Additionally, if your footage is currently locked in at 120fps and you haven’t yet converted it down to 24fps, you can change the fps setting if necessary.One feature that I do miss dearly in Adobe Premiere Pro is the camera still button. The button saves a still to the desktop, which I found incredibly useful when I was working on software videos, and I needed the screen capture to pause while I continued explaining something. The freeze frame function in Resolve’s pop-up box is a good alternative. Unlike the snapshot option in Premiere, which creates a separate still file, the freeze frame function will freeze the entire selected clip, displaying the still where the play head currently is. Therefore, you will need to create a cut where you want to freeze the frame.If checked, the ripple sequence will push or pull all of the preceding clips to accommodate the change in the clip duration due to the speed change. These are all very basic speed change effects, but you have a lot of control with an efficient display to achieve your desired effect. If you have worked with Premiere Pro, you’ll likely be familiar with the layout of the pop-up box.Advanced Speed ChangesYou can also create quite complex speed changes within the Resolve edit interface by using the retime control. For example, you could increase a clip’s speed by 200 percent, then reverse it and then play forward at 50 percent — all within the same clip, with only one effect applied. You can activate the retime control by selecting a clip and choosing Retime Clip. Alternatively, keyboard shortcut aficionados can select the clip and hit CMD-R/CTRL-R.Here, you will see one of the visual differences between Premiere and Resolve — the visualization of the speed change on the clip itself.  You can see that arrows appear on the top of the clip when you have entered retime. The yellow arrows indicate that the clip has been slowed down, and the compact blue arrows suggest that the clip has been sped up. You also see the degree of increase or decrease to the clip’s speed. However, I find that if you have many layers with hundreds of different clips, the visualization of the speed change can help find you the clip more easily.Like the rate stretch tool in Premiere Pro, you can now expand the clip manually by simply moving your cursor over the clip in the retime bar (where it says Speed Change). If you try to rate stretch your clip by dragging the sides, it will just expand or decrease the clip’s natural duration. It is important to note that if you are in Normal Edit Mode (Keyboard shortcut A), you will trim the neighboring media if your speed duration increases your clip size. If you are in Trim Edit Mode (T on the keyboard), you will ripple the timeline.At the bottom of the clip, you can also find a small, black drop-down triangle. By clicking on this, you open the retime speed menu. Here, you see the same options from the clip speed menu, plus some extra features. The difference here is that the operations act differently. They operate in an advanced fashion, which isn’t as simple as just changing the entire clip speed to 150 percent.For example, if we choose Freeze Frame, which would freeze the entire clip when using the standard speed change settings, we get a section of the clip that we can now freeze for a specific amount of time. This, in essence, is closer to the still function in Premiere. Remember that using the Selection Tool or Trim Tool will completely change how the preceding clips react to the frozen frame’s extended duration.The retime overlay also allows you to create a speed ramp effect. By selecting the dropdown menu and choosing speed ramp (up from 0% or down to 0%), you divide the clip into several different sections, all of which have different speeds (increasing or decreasing), and all of which you can completely customize. You can change the speed of each segment, increase the section, or remove it entirely by clicking reset to 100%. You can modify the speed quite quickly by dragging the slider of the individual segment.Earlier, I touched on different frame interpolation settings that you can apply to a time-remapped clip. To adjust this setting to your preferred choice for the clip, simply select your clip in the timeline, open the inspector, and scroll down to retime and scaling. From the Retime Process menu, you can then choose three options: nearest, frame blend, and optical flow. The frame blend option is essentially a blend of the nearest and optical flow processes. Neighboring frames dissolve together to smooth the increase or decrease in speed.This is pretty much Resolve Speed Effects in a nutshell. On the surface, it looks just about the same as any other NLE. As soon as you open the retime effect overlay, you can easily change the speed of a clip.A few years back, if you wanted to convert a 24fps shot into smooth slow-motion, you had to buy a very expensive plug-in such as Twixitor. It’s very cool to see that many NLEs and compositors have integrated this into the basic software operation. Here’s a clip that was shot at 24fps and then slowed down to 25% using nearest frame. The comparison uses optical flow. Bonus tip: If you prefer working with curves for a more precise control over the position of the time change, you can right-click and select show retime curves to bring up the control box.Do you have editing tips for DaVinci Resolve? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more


first_imgDay one of the Queensland State Cup/Australia Cup started early, with staff at the fields surveying the damage of yesterday’s massive downpour. QTA staff Andrew Barr and Phil Gyemore, as well as the grounds man and general manager of Quad Park walked over the fields (swam through others) and then met to decide the fate of the event. Remarkably, after 260mm hit the Sunshine Coast, a majority of the fields were still deemed playable. After losing power during the storm yesterday afternoon the Quad Park facility was also up and running. Different options were put forward, including moving the event to Saturday/Sunday, but in the end all involved agreed that the best thing to do was to pick the best fields and move teams to those fields to make sure the event went ahead as scheduled. Several of the fields have drained incredibly well, especially considering the amount of water they were covered in. Others though were not so lucky…jokes of match reports between the ducks and the fish flew around and staff quickly decided those fields concerned were out of play. Thankfully enough fields were salvaged to keep the draw itself unchanged, with only field changes on the cards. Staff will keep an eye on the condition of all fields being played on, as well as those that are being left to dry out, in an effort to look after the enjoyment and safety of all players involved. The tournament kicked off with Rugby League legend Wayne Pearce taking the time to visit and promote sport and the event in general. He caught up with the referees last night and then this morning visited the Kawana State High School, next door to the Quad Park complex and gave a brilliant speech on working hard, how you determine your future and how setbacks are there to challenge you, not hold you back. Many people may be daunted standing up in front of a group of 75 year 8’s and 9’s, they can be a tough audience, not keen to listen intently or ask questions of visitors…but Wayne had their attention from the very beginning. Wayne’s list of achievements on the NRL field had the kids respect from the beginning, 188 games for the Balmain Tigers, captaining the club for seven seasons, 15 NSW State of Origin caps, including being captain from 1985 to 1988. He played 18 test matches for Australia and was part of the 1982 `Invincibles’ Kangaroo tour. He was voted best player on the tours in 1982 and also 1984. After his career as a player finished, Wayne went on to coach the Balmain Tigers for 6 years and Wests Tigers for one year. He also coached the NSW State of Origin side in 1999 and 2000 and then worked as a commentator for Fox Footy. Now he spends his time consulting to businesses and running training programs for their employees, helping businesses improve their team work and communication. What he had to say to these young kids though was more focused on them than on himself. He was truthful and realistic, treating them like young adults and respecting the fact they wanted honestly, not the dribble that so often is giving to our young people during their `impressionable’ years. He talked about how he believes that they need to be working hard now for rewards that will come later, that their life can be determined by their thoughts and desires…not their parents or their friends and that they are responsible for the decisions they make and the direction their life heads. He also told these young people that they would face setbacks throughout their life, that these setbacks were inevitable but instead of looking at them like setbacks, the kids should look at them as challenges. These challenges make you look at yourself, learn new things and ideas and challenge how strong you are inside. Phil Gyemore (Australian Mens Open representative) also spoke briefly, about the Queensland State Cup and Touch, before the questions began. It was great for these young students to meet someone `famous’ and a fantastic opportunity to promote the event across the road and link the skills and people of Touch with the more well-known NRL. By Rachel Grantlast_img

The retaining walls of the planters are made of th

first_imgThe retaining walls of the planters are made of thin fiber-reinforced concrete modules, precast on the ground and tilted up into place.A backhoe excavates the ground for the lower level greenhouse terraces and widens the road for more parking spaces. [photo: Nadia Begin]This report continues on 9/8/2010. September 6, 2010Planning Coordinator for the first phase of the energy apron construction, Nadia Begin, explains the function of the survey equipment to planning intern Alex Dahlman.The site to be surveyed is the slope below the Guestrooms. [photo: Anita Baker]Alex sets up the builder’s level to survey the slope of the planned greenhouse terraces. [photo: Anita Baker]last_img

Alibabas Ma hopes Beijing 2022 can be smarter cheaper faster

Jack Ma’s e-commerce giant Alibaba in January launched a multimillion-dollar partnership until 2028 with the IOC designed to propel the Olympics into the digital era Billionaire Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma foresees an Olympics that is better for fans and athletes and is more economical—and hopes Beijing 2022 will be the pinnacle of that vision. Explore further Citation: Alibaba’s Ma hopes Beijing 2022 can be smarter, cheaper, faster (2018, February 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Pyeongchang sets Winter Olympic record – for condoms Ma’s e-commerce giant in January launched a multimillion-dollar partnership until 2028 with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) designed to propel the Olympics headlong into the digital era.The deal was particularly significant with the 2022 Winter Olympics taking place on Alibaba’s home turf of China, and with firms from the country becoming increasingly prominent in sponsoring major global sports tournaments.Alibaba became the cloud-services and e-commerce partner for the Olympics, starting with the current Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea, effectively charged with helping the IOC modernise, run smoother and reach its ideal of saving money.Speaking on the sidelines of the Olympics on Saturday, a day after the official opening, the charismatic Ma said that Alibaba would be taking the experience from South Korea to help improve Tokyo 2020 and particularly Beijing 2022.”President Bach had a vision. He said that the Olympics should be for the next stage—more people, more fans, better sports,” said Ma, seated next to IOC chief Thomas Bach and with Chinese former NBA star Yao Ming among the dignitaries.”We will start from here and then we will do more things at the Tokyo Olympics and then in Beijing, probably what we will launch will be even better.”Speaking at the official opening of Alibaba’s showcase suite in the Olympic Park, Ma added: “What you see today, most of the things will be realised in Beijing and we want to enable host cities to be much more cost-effective and much more economic.”Ma said that fans and competitors would also benefit from advances in technology.Bach gave the example of athletes from minor nations being able to milk data to nail down exactly where they need to catch up the rest—and that would make it better for the crowd too, he said.”We want to enable athletes to do better in their competitions, help them compete well and train well,” pledged Ma.”We want to enable fans so they can learn and communicate directly to the athletes they love and more people can get involved.”If someone has an idea, technology can make it happen.” © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more