SportsFeva crowns tennis, soccer champions

first_imgTennis and soccer took centre stage last Friday and Saturday on the grounds of the American International School of Kingston (AISK).The schools’ Liguanea campus was host to the first weekend of the 2016 AISK SportsFeva tournament. The event is spread over two weekends and features more than 290 student athletes from Aruba, Cayman, CuraÁao and of course Jamaica.”SportsFeva 2016 has been going great so far. We had some hiccups with the rain on Saturday as it postponed the U12 TennisFeva finals, but that is to be expected as we deal with Mother Nature and a growing event. In the long run, however, the event continues to deliver for these young athletes and that’s what we are focused on,” said Shirley Davis, AISK’s Head of School.”We had TennisFeva and SoccerFeva last weekend and the turnout was great. Seeing our young athletes, and by ‘our’ I mean the region, compete and grow as athletes. Many of the competitors have been here more than once, and they have formed great bonds and friendships with each other,” added Bradley Ransom, who heads AISK’s athletics department.TennisFeva 2016 started with U-10s competing hard for bragging rights amongst their peers. A number of exciting moments kept on-lookers fully engaged in the rallies on court. In the end, Hillel Preparatory came out on top with the AISK “A” and AISK “B” teams taking second and third place respectively.The Immaculate Conception Preparatory School was recognised for being the most disciplined team and nine-year-old Tomas Bordeau from AISK was identified as the competition’s best sportsman.Hillel was not to be left out of the individual awards, as their nine-year-old Matthew James was named the most valuable player.On the U-12s side, St Peter and Paul Preparatory edged out Hopefield Preparatory for first place as Hillel “A” finished in third.Eleven-year-old Nathan Chin of St Peter and Paul was named the most valuable player, while Hillel Academy’s Xander Bicknell was named best sportsperson. Wolmer’s Preparatory was recognised as this year’s most disciplined team.The excitement of SoccerFeva could not be contained. The football tournament began on Friday with group rounds.Big winners in Friday’s group qualifiers were defending SoccerFeva Cup boys champions Jamaica College, who trumped AISK 5-0 and Campion College with their 4-2 win over Cayman Prep.In Saturday’s knock-out finals, Jamaica College defended their hold on the SoccerCup with a decisive 3-0 win over CuraÁao in the finals. JC earlier beat Hillel 1-0 to make it to the finals, while CuraÁao overcame Campion’s semi-final challenge with a 4-1 win.Competition was no less intense for the female footballers, as Cayman Prep overcoming AISK 1-0 to claim the girls title. Cayman Prep beat the American International School of Cayman 3-1 in penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semi-finals.AISK had turn back Campion College in the semis with a 3-1 win in penalties after a 1-1 draw.AISK SportsFeva 2016 ends tomorrow with ClayFeva, a clay-shooting competition, at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore. The excitement begins at 8 a.m.last_img read more

Irish secondary school to have gender-neutral toilets fitted

first_imgAn Irish secondary schools is to have gender-neutral toilets fitted on each of its three floors ahead of its official opening in 2021.The state-of-the-art facility, which will be built in Castletroy, will cater for 1,000 students and will create 100 jobs.Principal Eoin Shinners confirmed the introduction of “universal” toilets, which has come against a growing debate on transgender issues. “What you will have is stand-alone cubicles. The only part of the student toilets which are communal are wash-basins. Parents might ask how you supervise boys and girls entering the same toilet block,” he told the Irish Sun. “But they’ve set up where wash-basins are back-to-back and there’s a screen visible from the corridor.”He said there are students in the school “who identify differently” from the point of view of gender.Principal Shinners added: “It’s very much part and parcel of the school and reflective of the society we live in. What we push on our students is acceptance. Accept them for who they are without drawing particular attention on an aspect or an issue.” Irish secondary school to have gender-neutral toilets fitted was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

5 Great Sites for Motion Graphics Inspiration

first_imgNeed inspiration for your next motion-graphics piece or not sure how the opening titles for your short film should look? Check out these sites for some great inspiration!I do a fair amount of motion design work in After Effects, and I keep several websites in my feed reader for when I need to rustle up some inspiration. Here are 5 of my favorites – bookmark these!1. Art of the TitleProbably one a lot of you know, but Art of the Title is a fantastic site to get inspiration from. If you haven’t seen it, Art of the Title showcases title sequences from movies and includes interviews and analysis of the sequences. It’s a fantastic learning resource, as well as an inspiration resource!2. Brand NewOne of my favorite sites in my feed reader, Brand New is actually a design and advertising blog focusing around logo and corporate identity rebranding. Each post covers a logo/brand redesign, gives background and some commentary on the redesign, and showcases the implementation, both print and (if applicable) motion. It’s a fantastic site to see what the big ad and design agencies are doing, and to see how a brand can be successfully translated to motion design.3. Trapcode SharelogTrapcode products are a fantastic (and common) tool for motion designer. Trapcode’s Sharelog shows off great experimental techniques, video tutorials, and animations created using these products. If you use Trapcode Particular or Form, definitely check this site out for new ideas.4. Abduzeedo’s “Design Inspiration” PostsInspiration isn’t always gathered from video or film. Sometimes graphic design or photography can be a great source of inspiration. Abduzeedo (a great design blog) does a regular post filled to the brim with design inspiration images – and they have over 1,600 of them so far!5. Motion Graphics ServedThis is a newer one for me. Motion Graphics Served curates “work from leading creatives on Behance” with a specific target on motion graphics. It’s a great resource to see what projects other animators are doing, both for fun and work.Personal Motion Graphics PortfoliosAs a bonus, here are a few personal portfolio and blog sites from leading motion designers. These useful sites can provide great inspiration as well!6. Michael JonesMichael is a great animator, and has a fantastic portfolio of work on his site. He also has a great blog with a nice backlog of After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials and articles.7. Paul ConigliaroPaul is a great motion designer with a fantastic portfolio, and also happens to be the organizer of #mochat (on Twitter). If you’re on Twitter and haven’t checked out a #mochat session you’re missing out!8. Dan DiFeliceDan is primarily a VFX artist (who just so happens to work at The Mill), but he’s done some pretty killer motion graphics work as well. Check out his Vimeo page for more videos.last_img read more

Pune civic polls: AIMIM poised to snatch minority votes

first_imgPune: Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is poised to snatch the minority community votes, which traditionally went to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, in the Pune civic polls.The party has given tickets to 21 Muslim candidates (including open and backward categories) of the 25 candidates it has placed in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) polls.That strategy is in tune with the party’s focus on the Muslim and Ambedkarite-dominated wards in the city. The AIMIM aims to build up its capability for the 2019 State Assembly elections.Low on minoritiesAmong other contestants, the Congress has given tickets to nine Muslim candidates, while the NCP and the BJP have five Muslim aspirants. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has three minority candidates, while the Shiv Sena has only two. Most are contesting as Independents.The Muslim community constitutes nearly 11% of the city’s population, however, just 90 of the 1,090 aspirants in the polls are representing minority communities. Mr. Owaisi’s strategy is consistent with his minimum candidates and maximum results plan.‘Not Muslim-centric’However, AIMIM leaders said they does not want to project that the party gives preference only to Muslims.Anjum Inamdar, AIMIM’s Western Maharashtra in-charge, said, “We take into consideration all sections, as evinced by our ticket-allocation during the 2015 Aurangabad civic polls, where we emerged as the opposition party.” One such instance of the party’s inclusive philosophy is their Christian aspirant Ashwini Daniel Landge, who is contesting from panel 6. Ms. Landge is well-known for the social work she has done in her ward.According to her husband, other parties were not interested in giving tickets to Christian candidates or did not think their representation to be a decisive vote-swinger.Holistic agendaAshwini, who initially claimed to be indifferent to entering the political arena, said the AIMIM’s holistic agenda made her change her mind. She said, “My panel has more than 3,000 Christian voters. But we aren’t targeting them as a mere vote-bank.”Mr. Inamdar said that a large section of the city’s minority community were angry with the Congress and the NCP for not having taken cognisance of their interests.last_img read more