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President Folt installs Chip Zukoski as USC’s provost

first_imgCharles “Chip” Zukoski spoke to more than 350 faculty and University leaders when he was installed as provost Wednesday at Town and Gown. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Provost) In front of more than 350 attendees at Town and Gown, Charles “Chip” Zukoski was installed as USC’s provost Wednesday afternoon. In a speech addressed to faculty and leaders, Zukoski spoke about his plans to lead the University in tackling local and global problems. Zukoski said the University should also use its resources to tackle global issues such as climate change. Zukoski emphasized his belief in observing, listening and setting priorities as a leader.  “On climate change, we know how to reduce CO2 emissions,” he said. “We know how to alter land usage to produce better foods. We know how to alter water usage to save streams. Certainly, we need better understanding and technologies to make doing these things easier. But many of the technologies exist, and yet we are making very slow progress. USC can lead the way through the social, cultural and political barriers.” “With the abundance that is around us, I encourage us not to be bogged down by notions of scarcity but to embrace the ‘and’ proposition: That we can work within and expand the financial framework that constrains us, and we can accelerate into a fabulous future where USC continues to be known for astonishing programs in research, education, health care and creative endeavors,” he said. “What he did really well today is that he set a vision for the University as a whole,” Soni told the Daily Trojan. “He challenged us to think about how we could get to that. And that vision was inspiring.” To the Daily Trojan Wednesday, Folt referred to Zukoski as the “right person for the right time at this institution.” During her speech, she referred to him as her closest partner and said his personal qualities make him the best man for the job. Of over 300 applicants, Zukoski was the unanimous first choice for the position, she said.  Zukoski also said USC is facing “challenging financial times” and that the University will have to adjust. However, he said he sees that as a catalyst for change at USC. Zukoski was accompanied Wednesday by his family, including his wife Barbara Morgan and his two sons. With 35 years of experience in higher education, Zukoski recognized USC as a global leader and a University “poised for change.” Zukoski replaced interim provost Elizabeth Graddy, who served in the position after Michael Quick stepped down in April. Zukoski worked at the University at Buffalo as both provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 2012. Before then, he served as vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I believe in processes of continual renewal and the excitement of shaping programs that deliver value,” he added. “I believe the priorities should be values-based and that decisions should be consistent and predictable.” “The provost is the person who’s responsible for the intellectual vitality of our university,” said President Carol Folt before welcoming Zukoski to the stage. “It’s the provost’s job to help create and nurture the very best environment for teaching and learning to thrive.” “In characterizing what we see in society around us, we often use ‘challenges’ as a code word for forced, uncomfortable and, perhaps, undesirable change,” he said. “I take a different perspective. I see opportunity.” Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni commended the new provost’s background as a research scientist and his approach to leadership. “He has a wonderful sense of humor, and he’s very candid,” she said. “He doesn’t sugarcoat truth. He’s a lot of fun. We all have great conversations already and have developed a warm, collaborative relationship amongst the leadership team. But what I think I value the most is that he treats everybody with respect. And he is a great listener. I think he’s exactly the person we were looking for.”last_img read more



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DD Fitness: Impatient Ireland

first_imgWe live in an age where everything is instant. When we want something, we want it now.High-speed broadband, instant coffee, self-serve checkouts, instant downloads, instant messenger, swipe right, likes, hearts, pings, etc, the list goes on and on.We have become impatient and no longer want to wait for anything we want. Turn on YouTube to upload a video and if we have to wait longer than 10 seconds for it to load, we will lose interest and move onto another.People get frustrated if they have to queue, are stuck in traffic or get stuck behind a slow driver.When it comes to weight loss, health and fitness, these things are even worse.The same, high-speed expectations apply, only they are in overdrive.We live in an age where someone is disappointed if they only lose a pound per week when on a weight loss program. Guys and girls who are looking to build a great physique are turning to P.E.D’s so they can get to where they want to be as fast as possible.Gotta, get that Insta look and keep it year round you know…..People are always looking for the quickest way to get in shape while doing the least amount of work.It’s a great way to get unsustainable results that don’t last.Diet companies magazines, social influencers, celebrities are all promising and promoting unsustainable weight loss in an attempt to attract the most customers, fans and endorsements.The problem with always looking for the quickest way to do anything, is when you finally reach your goal, you will probably go back to your starting point just as quick, if not quicker. Fat to Fat to Fat again, how’s that for high speed?Goals must be realistic.I had a conversation recently with a person who wanted to lose weight for a family event that was 10 months down the road.They wanted to lose 2 stone for the event but was getting frustrated that the weight was coming off too slowly. They were ONLY losing 1lb per week.It was getting to the point where they were getting so frustrated that they felt like giving up.2 stone is 28lbs.There are roughly 40 weeks in 10 months.28lbs divided into 40 weeks is 0.7lbs per week.So, they were 0.3lbs a week OVER what they needed to reach their goal weight, which means if they kept going, they would have nearly 3 stone off come the event.Yet they were ready to quit!Why??They were ready to quit because they were being influenced by what they saw and heard through social media, the internet, friends and their work colleagues.They were all telling them that they should be losing more weight, faster than they were losing it so why bother trying at all?Great advice, huh?Misinformation and negativity like this makes it very hard for people when they set out on their goals.You feel as if you should always be getting there faster.You lose 5lbs the first week, so you want 10lbs the next, then 20lbs and so on.It is completely unrealistic to expect goals like this to be achieved or sustainable if they are reached.If you actually manage to reach them in this manner, it would be like bungee jumping.You start (jump)…Speed towards your goal (the decent)…Reach your goal (bungee at full stretch)…Then get snapped right back to where you started, because the manner in which you got there wasn’t realistic or sustainable.If you have a goal, allow yourself plenty of time to get there.Once you reach it, keeping it will be easy.#leanin2019These are just some of the tips I give to the members from my Lean in 2019 program.If you want to get in shape for Summer, we can help you to get a head start on that now.You can find out more through the link below.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/ * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: Impatient Ireland was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd fitnesslast_img read more


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Driver caught speeding at 122kph while over the legal limit in Kilmacrennan

first_imgGardai caught a motorist travelling speeding in a 100kpm zone in the Kilmacrennan area this week. The car was clocked by speed detection devices travelling at 122kph near the town centre.Once apprehended, the driver in question then failed a roadside breath test. The driver is set to receive a fine for speeding, drink driving and faces a three-month ban.Officers with the road policing unit have appealed to drivers to slow down.Driver caught speeding at 122kph while over the legal limit in Kilmacrennan was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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SA shines at All Africa Games

first_img25 July 2007The All Africa Games came to its conclusion in Algiers on Monday night, with Egypt narrowly edging out Algeria on the medals table for first place, with South Africa securing third spot behind the two North African nations.The Egyptians, a traditional power at the All Africa Games, won 74 gold medals and 199 medals overall to squeeze in ahead of the Algerians, who lifted their performance considerably over their showing in Abuja four years ago when they finished fourth in the standings.The hosts won more medals than the Egyptians, claiming 205, but they fell four short of their rivals in the gold medal stakes. It was Algeria’s best ever showing at the All Africa Games.61 gold medalsSouth Africa ended third with 61 golds and 180 medals in total, with Nigeria, the 2003 hosts, who topped the medal table in Abuja, taking fourth place with 50 gold medals and 159 medals in all. Tunisia finished fifth with 48 golds.In total, 27 sporting disciplines were contested, with about 8 000 athletes from 52 countries participating.Unfortunately, as is all too often the case in Africa, there was controversy surrounding what some countries called the manipulation of the medal table by Algeria. Often the official medal standings were unavailable at the end of each day, leaving countries in the dark as to how well their teams had performed.Despite the complaints, Olympic President Jacques Rogge declared himself happy with the Games, telling the athletes, “Thank you, you are wonderful!”Dominant in the swimming poolSouth Africa dominated in the swimming pool, winning 53 medals, with the next best return being Algeria’s 16 and Zimbabwe’s 15. SA men won 12 golds, seven silvers, and seven bronzes, while the women claimed 13 gold medals, nine silvers, and five bronzes.The results reflected South Africa’s recent emergence as a country to be reckoned with in international swimming competitions. They were also especially encouraging given that world swimming stars such as Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling did not take part.Paraplegic superstar Natalie du Toit excelled in the relays and won individual gold in the 1 500 metres freestyle.South Africa also performed well in athletics, winning the most medals with 24, although Algeria won the most golds, nine to SA’s seven.1-2-3 in men’s 400 hurdlesThe Rainbow Nation’s men achieved the best results of any country, with the highlight provided by the 400 metre hurdlers. They finished 1-2-3, with LJ van Zyl taking gold in 48.74 seconds, while Pieter de Villiers was awarded silver ahead of Alwyn Myburgh, even though both athletes were time in 48.91 seconds.In wheelchair athletics, SA finished second on the table, picking up 14 medals, of which eight were for wins. There was also a gold medal for the wheelchair basketball team.South African sailors led the way in a competition that featured women’s and mixed racing. Of the nine golds on offer, SA picked up six.In another water-based sport, rowing, South Africa finished just one gold behind Algeria, although the team’s seven medals was one better than the hosts.Badminton topsAfter a tight fight against Nigeria, SA’s badminton team finished top of the table, winning two golds, three silvers, and three bronzes.South Africa was also number one in cycling, with three gold medals out of the six on offer, and six medals in all.The wrestling team secured three gold medals and five bronzes to total eight medals in all.Gymnasts claimed 12 medals, but just two golds among them. It was a similar story in chess as South Africa picked up 10 medals, but only one of them was gold.Olympic hockey qualifiersDue to a lack of facilities in Algeria for hockey, an Olympic qualifying tournament was held in Nairobi at the same time as the All Africa Games. Only the winners would qualify for Beijing 2008.South Africa’s women had no problems whatsoever in securing their spot, waltzing through the tournament and smashing Kenya 5-0 in the final.Matters were tougher for the men who faced their traditional rivals Egypt for the prized Olympic place as African champions.The Egyptians took the lead in the 34th minute through Sameh Metwaly, but just five minutes later Emile Smith leveled for South Africa. Then, with only six minutes remaining, Geoff Abbot scored the winner for SA.Taking place every four years, in the year before the Olympic Games, the next All Africa Games, the tenth edition, will be hosted by Lusaka in Zambia in 2011. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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Adobe Updates Premiere Pro to 6.0.2

first_imgtearing in image when using XDCAM EX footagenumeric keypad keys couldn’t be assigned to keyboard shortcutsaudio deleted when enabling Audio Follows Video without enabling multicam for audio trackcolor shift introduced by Three-Way Color Corrector at default settings when GPU acceleration turned offcolor shifts in some imported M2TS assetsPremiere Pro ignored Command+Option+H command to hide applications on Mac OSXAuto-save window appearing over other applications when Premiere Pro was in the backgroundcrash during auto-save if a third-party effect’s modal dialog box was open on Mac OSX (affects CoreMelt, etc.)rendering preview files using OpenCL caused dropped frames in some casesrendered preview files not used when restarting Premiere Pro in some cases, including when using certain third-party effectswhen using CUDA on Mac OSX to export a sequence consisting of a very large number of still images (e.g., timelapse), GPU memory could become depleted and output frames corruptedaudio recorded through Audio Mixer (e.g., voice-over recording) appearing incorrectly as duplicated audiochannel output mapping for adaptive tracks was reset to default settings for duplicated sequencesaudio waveform displayed incorrectly for clips with speed adjustmentsaudio playback for multichannel files too quiet in some circumstancesmarkers added during peak file generation not saved if Premiere Pro quit before peak file generation completedsome 4:2:2 footage appeared jagged or pixelated in Program Monitor or Source Monitor when no effects appliedsome MXF files going offline, requiring relinkingrelinking to AVCHD media on Mountain Lion (Mac OSX v10.8) not possible for projects created on other operating systemsautomatic relinking of footage occurring incorrectly in some casesframes imported out of order for some MPEG assetschanges to timeline clip channel mapping performed using the context menu for the clip in the Timeline panel Audio were not saved with the projectAudition opened when choosing Reveal Project In Explorer from context menu for a clip in Premiere Pro Project panelmulticam source sequences in Source Monitor lost A/V synch when an In point was createdsetting an In point in the Source Monitor created an In point for all clips in the Media Browser directorythumbnails not appearing for some XDCAM HD items in Project panel and Timeline paneldeleting a nested sequence not providing a warninglayers not correctly counted in PSD file (Photoshop document) if layers contained in groupsimporting a QuickTime file created by the FORK media system also imported the disabled proxy trackQT32Server failing in some circumstances, disabling ability to use some QuickTime featuressome exported AVC-I files didn’t include appropriate drop-frame timecode information, so appeared with non-drop-frame timecodeclosed captioning metadata was being set incorrectlymany other fixes in Mercury Transmit and in plug-in SDK, fixing issues with AJA, BlackMagic, Matrox, and other third-party I/O systems for video monitoring, tape capture, and exporting to tapevarious fixes to FCP XML import and exportcrash when removing some effects using Remove Effects commandcrash during OMF export in some circumstancescrash on Mac OSX when computer wakes from sleepvarious fixes for other crashesvarious performance and stability improvements for CUDA and OpenCL processing Adobe has released an update to video editing application Premiere Pro to address Mac retina display support as well as a number of bug fixes from the initial CS6 release!If you’re a Premiere Pro video editor you may want to make the jump to Adobe’s newest update: 6.0.2.  The update primarily targets new MacBook Pro users to provide support for their fancy HiDPI (better known as ‘retina’) displays.Other issues addressed include support for Windows 8 for PC users and support for GT 650M and GTX 680 GPU processing (again, effecting owners of new MacBook Pros).The intial CS6 update was a pretty big step up for Premiere, so as you have guessed (or experienced firsthand) there were quite a few bugs present in that release.  There Premiere Pro development team must have been pretty busy these last few months working out the kinks – just check out the big list of bug fixes below.  For more information on the Adobe Premiere Pro 6.0.2 release see the official announcment page from Adobe.Make the update on your version of Adobe Premiere Pro by choosing Help > Updates in the app.Premiere Pro 6.0.2 Bug Fixes:last_img read more


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Tips for Documentary Film Productions

first_imgShooting a documentary? Follow these quick tips.Documentary film inherently presents challenges that don’t exist within narrative film – crafting a story through interviews, utilizing archival footage and shooting in unsecure locations. The following tips are good jumping off points for those new to the documentary format, as well as solid reminders for seasoned documentarians.Utilize the Environment Around YouDon’t just capture the subject, but capture the environment as well. I worked as the Director of Cinematography on a documentary film about an explosion that rocked a small community. The crew was not there to capture the blast, but we were there for the aftermath. We spent several weeks in and around the small town capturing everything from destroyed houses with abandoned toys on the floor to the unscathed main street and even the quiet outskirts with nothing but cotton fields. All of these shots of the environment are vital in telling the total story and for giving your audience a sense of place.Connecting FramesWhen filming you want to make sure that the shots you capture have good variety and are covering as much of the action as possible. The last thing you want to do is go into the editing room with a host of shots that look exactly the same in terms of framing, movement or non-movement. Variety makes it much easier to develop the visuals underneath the narrative from your subjects. Having these solid starting and ending frames will save you a lot of headaches and make it much easier to develop pacing for your film. So while your filming think about each shot and how you would connect one with the other. How can you frame in such a way to create smooth transition from one cut to another?Lighting, Lighting, LightingThe audience needs to clearly see your interview subject so light them accordingly. If you don’t have access to a light kit you’ll want to utilize natural light as much as possible. Setting up near a window can work if you use it as a side light or back light, then reflect that light back onto the subject. When going outside to conduct your interview be sure to do so either in the morning or afternoon (you don’t want a noon day sun shining down on your subject). Lighting can sway an audience’s emotions one way or another, so use that to your advantage.Erick Beck with Indy Mogul has a good video up where he goes through his top 5 Lighting Techniques.Capture Ambient SoundWhen you’re filming in your subject’s environment take some time once the interview or action is over and have your sound recordist just capture the natural tone of the environment. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve utilized this natural tone. It’s a life saver. You can also use that captured sound and incorporate that into your soundtrack. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it, capture the audio anyway. Chances are you may need it.Even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it, capture the audio anyway. Chances are you may need it.Remember the Rule of ThirdsAudiences come into a documentary film much differently than they do to a narrative film so make it personal and use a zoom lens to get in tight. Explore the various ways you can use this closeness effectively, but in most cases heed the rule of thirds.In this episode of Reel Rebels Stephen Schweickart gives us a rundown on the ‘Rule of Thirds’.Archival FootageIn regards to format and frame size, archival footage often won’t match the original shots you’re capturing for your film. In many instances, you may simply want to add black bars to 4:3 archival footage if you’re putting it in a 16:9 project. If you’re editing your project in HD you may choose to upscale your archival footage to better match your timeline. Our friends over at ToolFarm have put together detailed instructions for upscaling footage using different editing applications and  video plugins.Long time documentary film journalist Katharine Relth wrote a great article on archival footage for PBS through POV.Have other useful tips you would like us to cover or add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more



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Select untested Ohio State players set to make Buckeye debut

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs Ohio State prepares for its season opener against the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday, some players are preparing for their first taste of college football.While the Buckeyes return seven starters on defense, including all four across the defensive line, OSU returns just four starters on offense.One of those returning starters, senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, said although the Buckeyes are more inexperienced, it will create opportunities for young players to step up.“The difference I would say, from this year compared to last, is obviously our depth,” Spencer said Monday. “With as many playmakers as we have on the offense and on defense — but more specifically offense — we’re going to find ways to get people the ball.”One of those players will be touching the ball every play, as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is set to make his first career start in place of senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who will miss the season because of a shoulder injury.Spencer said while he feels bad for Miller, he is not worried about the offense operating under Barrett.“It’s definitely a change. But I mean at the same time, all throughout camp J.T. and both (redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been getting so many reps with the ones,” Spencer said. “They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said while Barrett might not be a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate right now, Herman is sure of the quarterback situation.“I am very confident,” Herman said Wednesday. “I think J.T. has had an excellent camp. Cardale has actually had his best week as a Buckeye this week.”Herman went on to say he thinks there are other teams in the nation that would envy having a player like Barrett or Jones under center.“I would think there are a lot of schools right now that would take our scenario over what they got,” he said.Despite Spencer and Herman’s praise for Jones, coach Urban Meyer said there isn’t a plan in place for Jones to come in Saturday and take playing time away from Barrett.Not only does the quarterback position feature a freshman starter, the Buckeye defense will likely start at least two freshmen, and others are also expected to see the field.OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Wednesday that although the defense is young, he is excited to see how the group performs in what is, for some of them, their first taste of college football action.“We got a lot of youth, and sometimes with youth, you are not exactly sure how they act or respond at the start,” Fickell said. “We know that we want to play 19 to 20 guys.”Among that group will likely be redshirt-freshmen cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley and highly-recruited freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan.Fickell said both Apple and Conley, who are listed as co-starters for week one, have shown they are worthy of playing time in practice, but added he is nervous about sending them out on the field Saturday.“Now you are looking at two guys who are young. We’ve seen what they can do, we love who they are, we love what they have done throughout camp. We are not sure how they will do in front of 80,000 people,” Fickell said. “That is one of those things that keeps you laying awake at night.”The young Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more


I should have paid Conte more Tavecchio

first_imgThe former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has admitted he made the biggest mistake of his tenure by not giving Antonio Conte the pay-rise he wanted and deserved.The current Chelsea boss guided the Azzurri to their quarter-finals of Euro 2016 before leaving to take over the Blues. Later, he was replaced by Giampiero Ventura, but the Nazionale could not qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.“My biggest error was not giving Conte the €2.5m more that he wanted,” Tavecchio, who resigned following Italy’s play-off defeat to Sweden last November, told Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia.“I would have got it back in three friendlies. Antonio was earning €4m and was asking for €6.5m.“He would have stayed with the Azzurri and today we would be in Russia, for sure.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“But is it right to give what we were investing in the youth sector to one man?”Italy took their time to appoint a successor to Ventura, but Tavecchio believes they have found the right man in Roberto Mancini.“Immediately after the defeat to Sweden, I contacted Sacchi in order to convince Ancelotti.“I was convinced that he would accept the role as our saviour, but he cost too much.“At that point, I would also have chosen Mancini.”last_img read more