Laura places 9th in 400m Freestyle

first_imgFort St. John’s Laura Jensen raced again at the 2008 Paralympic Games Wednesday night.She competed in the Womens’s 400m Freestyle event and finished with a time of 6:02.13. She finished in 9th place and did not make the final for the event. So far Laura has raced in 5 events at the games and qualified for the finals in 3.Her next event is Friday night at 6:33pm (FSJ time), the 50m Butterfly.- Advertisement -Good Luck Lauralast_img

Dancing was his life’s work

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Wilson’s dance career included being in the original road company for “Guys and Dolls,” in the original Broadway cast of “Oklahoma” and “The Music Man,” theatrical productions in Las Vegas and on television. He appeared in the films “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Auntie Mame,” “Pete’s Dragon” and he was an assistant choreographer and performer in “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” One of the last films Wilson worked on was “Blazing Saddles” as a “dance-in.” He retired at 65. Wilson became a professional dancer through the GI Bill of Rights after his military service in the Navy during World War II. He studied tap, jazz and ballet. He excelled at ballet and was invited to join a ballet company but declined because his heart was in musical comedy theater. A combination of chutzpah and a twist of fate at the beginning of his military service in 1943, however, resulted in a life lesson that Wilson never forgot. He had been assigned to the submarine USS Shark. While Wilson was taking a break from readying the sub for duty in the Pacific, an officer challenged his time out and his attitude. Wilson was reassigned to the submarine USS Sawfish, which went to the Marshall Islands and waited for the Shark to arrive. The Shark never arrived; she was lost at sea. To his friends and family, he was “Pinocchio” – in fact, his Screen Actors Guild card read Pinocchio Roy Wilson – and when he wasn’t dancing up a storm in films or on Broadway, he collected likenesses of the wooden puppet. Roy Wilson Jr., a World War II veteran, a dancer and a choreographer, was given the moniker by his co-workers at Disney Studios during a stint in a notable professional career. Wilson, a resident of North Hollywood since 1963, died Nov. 9 of a heart attack in Panorama City. He was 82. “He loved to dance. He had a style all of his own,” said his wife, Alice Wilson, a retired dancer. “He was such a beautiful person. I don’t know anyone who disliked him. He was the love of my life.” “My dad told me to always stand up for what you believe, to stick to your guns, and speak your mind,” said Wilson’s son, Roy Reggie, recalling his dad’s advice as the moral to his near-death brush with fate. “He had an outgoing personality. When he entered a room, you knew he was there. He was always in a good mood. He was unbelievable.” Wilson was born Sept. 16. 1923, in Peru, Ind. An only child, he grew up in Detroit, where he began his dancing career with the Civic Light Opera. He moved in 1948 to California, where he performed for two seasons at the Greek Theatre. He met his future wife, Alice Clift, at a rehearsal for a Greek Theatre performance, when he coyly asked her to teach him the steps to a routine that he claimed he couldn’t master without her help. They were married on June 22, 1955. Wilson is survived by Alice; son Roy Reggie and daughter Cindy Wilson. A funeral was held Saturday at Angeleno Mortuary Chapel in Van Nuys. Wilson was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall. Donations in his memory may be sent to UCLA Kidney Transplant Services, 3371 Ueberroth Building, Box 951796, Los Angeles 90095-1796. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Top award for South African TV drama

first_img5 October 2010South African television drama Hopeville scooped a Rose d’Or award for best drama and miniseries in Lucerne, Switzerland last week, beating 10 shortlisted programmes from a total of 85 international entries in the process.The awards, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are among the most prestigious in the international television industry, celebrating the highest standards in TV productions from around the world.First broadcast on SABC2 in 2009, and since made into a full-length feature film, Hopeville tells the story of Amos, a reformed alcoholic on a mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son Themba.When father and son arrive in the dusty town of Hopeville, they discover a community where apathy, fear and suspicion are the order of the day. When Amos decides to restore the public swimming pool – both for the local kids and for his son’s swimming career – he is met with scepticism and resistance.Through patience, determination and courage, Amos’ act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and to do what they know is right.A co-production between Heartlines and SABC Education, Hopeville was produced by Curious Pictures and filmed in the picturesque town of Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga province.The six-episode series was directed by John Trengove, with Harriet Gavshon and Mariki van der Walt as executive producers, and features some of South Africa’s top actors, including Jody Abrahams, Desmond Dube, Leleti Khumalo, Fana Mokoena, Themba Ndaba and Terry Pheto.NGO Heartlines, in partnership with SABC Education, commissioned the series as part of its work of using television and film to help South Africans strive towards the values of humility, compassion, responsibility, perseverance, and other positive goals, in their lives.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Stellenbosch wine tourism campaign goes global

first_img4 March 2014South Africa’s Stellenbosch Wine Routes will be making its debut at the 2014 International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin on Wednesday as part of the global launch of its wine tourism marketing campaign, the “Stellenbosch Experience”.Stellenbosch Wine Routes will join forces with South African Tourism, Western Cape tourism and investment agency Wesgro, and Tripadvisor in showcasing wine tourism in Stellenbosch and the broader Western Cape.“The potential of wine tourism in South Africa is huge, and Stellenbosch and the Western Cape at large are perfectly placed to attract more wine tourists to our country, but then a far greater and more aligned effort is needed on a global scale,” Stellenbosch Wine Routes CEO Annareth Bolton said in a statement last week.The Stellenbosch Wine Experience campaign is a partnership between Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360, a cultural tourist route encompassing Stellenbosch, Dwarsrivier and Franschhoek. By launching at the ITB, the campaign aims to expand the region’s wine tourism footprint abroad.“We are thrilled about this collaboration and cannot wait to introduce Stellenbosch as the ultimate wine tourism destination in terms of quality, authenticity and value-for-money experiences to the world,” Bolton said.“With this campaign, we aim for maximum international recognition, making use of primarily digital marketing to showcase the wealth of our wine tourism offering and our passion and pride to the world. ITB offers the perfect platform for us to share just why Stellenbosch is South Africa’s wine tourism capital and benefit from the leading think-tank of the global tourism industry.“Recent research by Tourism New Zealand found that 13% of all international travellers visit wineries and embark on wine tourism related activities annually. These travellers spend more on average than other leisure travellers and stay longer,” Bolton said, adding: “It is no wonder that destinations like New Zealand are focusing a lot more on wine tourism promotions.”Other campaign elements include an enhanced digital presence across all social media networks and an innovative wine tourism blogger campaign with top international and national travel, lifestyle and food bloggers, between April and September.Stellenbosch Wine Routes, a co-ordinated network of wineries in the Stellenbosch area, was established in 1971, making it the oldest wine route in the country.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Just Launched A Grenade At Spotify — And It Just Might Work

first_imgTags:#Google IO13#io13#music#music apps#rdio#spotify#streaming music john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… At first glance, it’s a pretty compelling offering. If you sign up before the end of June, it will cost $7.99 per month. And that’s just the first competitive advantage Google has over the incumbents. Google Is Already A Streaming Music GiantSpotify is virtually synonymous with streaming music, but it’s worth noting that Google is already plays a massive role in the discovery and consumption of music. These days, when teenagers want to hear a new song, they don’t turn on the radio or buy a CD. They go to YouTube.That’s because the Internet’s biggest repository of videos also happens to host millions of songs, which are readily available to stream for free. It’s the world’s biggest accidental music streaming service. With All Access, Google is making a far more official foray into  the streaming music space, having recently signed licensing deals with all three major labels in the U.S. It’s not linked directly to YouTube and its massive repository of free music, but rumor has it that the video giant could get its own paid subscriptions for on-demand music. In the meantime, All Access is another attractive gateway into Google’s content ecosystem, which hosts a hell of a lot of music. Google’s Biggest Advantage: Being GoogleThe only reason we’re talking about this new music service is because of who made it. By virtue of being a Google product, All Access has the potential for massive cross-promotion throughout Google’s array of popular Web services.More important, All Access will be built directly into the world’s most popular mobile operating system. That’s where the magic of streaming music really lies: In our ability to take it with us. It’s why Spotify, Rdio and MOG all wager that the simple ability to access all that music on our phone is enough to convince people to shell out $10 per month. Spotify has done a decent job of proving that thesis by amassing 6 million paid subscribers at an impressive 25% conversion rate. Of course, Spotify, like Rdio and the rest of its competitors, has to compete for users’ attention via app store rankings, social integrations and plain old marketing. All Access, by contrast will be much more front-and-center within the Android ecosystem. That’s huge.Who Needs A Business Model? Another advantage of being a Google product is that All Access won’t have quite as much pressure to make money. Spotify and Rdio will ultimately need to find a way to profitability (or get acquired by a giant), something that isn’t easy under the current economics of the streaming music business.A company like Spotify will have to find a way to minimize its enormous music licensing costs, which are easily its biggest expense. Google’s entrance into this space might make that harder, since the company can afford to pay out huge sums without investors holding the profitability gun to its head. Spotify and Rdio’s other biggest challenge is converting paid subscribers. The streaming model, the theory goes, will work much better when there are many millions of people paying for services like this.So far, Spotify has done the best job of converting those free listeners to paying subscribers. But with a competitively price competing service now shipping on hundreds of millions of handsets, the incumbents may have to get much more creative about courting subscribers. In a recent interview on WYNC’s On the Media, technology journalist Tim Carmody suggested that this might be how the streaming music business will work:Probably the most likely thing that will happen is that someone, whether it’s an Apple or a Google or an Amazon or a Sony, comes along and essentially agrees that we’re gonna run music at a loss and we’re going to support it with these other businesses. How do you make money on the music business? Don’t make money on the music business. That’s the answer to that question.That may well turn out to be true, but it’s probably not quite what Spotify, Rdio and their ilk had in mind. All Access: Merge Your Library With Google’s Last week, I wrote that as good as Spotify and Rdio both are, neither is perfect. Spotify’s user experience could be better, while Rdio doesn’t let its users upload or merge their own music. What I described as the ultimate streaming service would need to nail both design and music selection, at the very least. From the Google I/O stage, the All Access interface certainly looked nice, although I have yet to get my hands on it to try it out.  The second part of that equation — the ability merge one’s own library with a cloud-based repository of music – appears to be a feature that All Access subscribers will indeed enjoy. By launching alongside the Google Music cyberlocker first unveiled in 2011, All Access effectively allows users to blur the line between Google’s library of licensed music and their own collection of tunes. One detail that was glossed over at Google I/O was exactly how wide of a selection All Access users will have. Rdio and Spotify both have about 20 million tracks in their libraries, which includes not just the major labels, but a partnership with indie label rights body Merlin and countless smaller labels. How many tracks does All Access have? The Google Music integration makes that question a little less crucial, but more casual listeners without hard drives full of MP3s will want to know when they’re eyeing up $10 music services. Related StoriesWhy Google’s Rumored Spotify-Killer Makes Perfect Sense6 Million People Pay For Spotify – Is That Good Enough? Next Round In The Google-Amazon Death Match: Streaming MusicThe Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio and SpotifyImages by Nick Statt for ReadWrite 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts As predicted, Google unveiled its own all-you-can-stream music subscription service to compete with Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and MOG. It’s a crowded space with challenging economics, but if anybody is well-positioned to win this game, it’s Google. Google Play Music All Access will offer on-demand access to millions of songs for $9.99 per month, which is the same as every other music subscription service’s premium tier. Unlike the existing market leaders, though, All Access won’t include a free tier of access, a fact originally reported by the New York Times.All Access will include “millions” — Google didn’t say how many — of songs within 22 genres, a Google-powered recommendation engine, Pandora-style radio stations, editor-curated playlists and the ability to blend your own library with Google’s. last_img read more

PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPosted on the, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Security Minister Says NIDS will Help to Fight Crime

first_img National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, is endorsing the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS), as a means to combat crime. Story Highlights The Minister was speaking at the graduation ceremony for 18 law-enforcement professionals, following the completion of a two-week instructor training and development course at the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on December 8. National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, is endorsing the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS), as a means to combat crime.Mr. Montague reasoned that a verifiable system of identification in Jamaica, as well as in the rest of the Caribbean, would enable law-enforcement authorities to properly identify the perpetrators of crime.The Minister was speaking at the graduation ceremony for 18 law-enforcement professionals, following the completion of a two-week instructor training and development course at the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on December 8.Under NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, a reliable database of all Jamaican citizens will be established and will involve the issuance of a unique life-long National Identification Number to every person. The system will also collect two forms of biometrics – fingerprints and facial recognition.“Recently at the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), we introduced facial recognition in the application of passports. What we found was over 600 hits of people with multiple identities and passports. Saying your passport is a proper means of identification is (questionable),” Mr. Montague said.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague wants harsher penalties for those found in possession of illegal firearms, as well as those persons convicted of gun crimes, as illegal guns are involved in approximately 80 per cent of the murders committed in the country.The Minister pointed out that the graduation of the 18 persons demonstrates the region’s commitment to the eradication of drugs and drug-related activities.The course was offered by the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC) at the NPCJ.The men and women will add to the over 350 law-enforcement professionals trained by REDTRAC since the start of the year.For her part, Academic Affairs Director at REDTRAC, Amoy Bernard-Morrison, said the 18 individuals are expected to return to their respective spheres to be effective trainers.The participants were constables, corporals and sergeants of police, and one technical and legal officer. They were presented with certificates.The instructor training and development course is aimed at developing the teaching capabilities of participants and enabling them to teach any given subject area at any level.Among the modules covered were public speaking, lesson planning and the psychology of learning, among other topics. Meanwhile, Mr. Montague wants harsher penalties for those found in possession of illegal firearms, as well as those persons convicted of gun crimes, as illegal guns are involved in approximately 80 per cent of the murders committed in the country. last_img read more

Top Editor Replaced at OK

first_imgFor a magazine that adamantly claims to not in fact be losing money, OK! magazine unquestionably has had a significant amount of turnover among its editors. The most recent move: Mark Pasetsky is being replaced as top editor by Richard Spencer, the former editor-in-chief of Bauer’s In Touch Weekly.In a statement announcing the staffing change, Spencer says his goal at OK! will be “to enhance content, create sales growth and continuously exceed the expectations of our readers.” Paul Ashford, group editorial director at U.K.-based OK! owner Northern & Shell, says Spencer “clearly brings the kind of experience that can build on the progress we’ve made in our first five years and push our editorial product to the next level.”Prior to In Touch, Spencer served as editor-in-chief of Twist and helped create/served as editor-in-chief of J-14. Spencer stepped down from his post at In Touch this summer. For now, Pasetsky is maintaining his previous position of managing editor, reporting to Spencer. However, a source tells FOLIO: that while OK! management wants Pasetsky to stay, discussions surrounding his role at the magazine are still ongoing. Before joining OK! last fall, Pasetsky served as editor of Life & Style, also a Bauer title.last_img read more