Stewart Downing believes a change of position at West Ham is the reason Roy Hodgson has recalled him to the England squad.This season, the former Liverpool man has played every game for the east London club but, instead of playing his known role on the wing, boss Sam Allardyce has employed the 30-year-old at the top of a diamond.Playing in the middle of the pitch has given the ex-Middlesborough star the freedom to play behind Hammers strikers Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, allowing the three to combine. He has created 28 chances this season for his front men, assisting four goals and scoring twice.And, when asked about his new position, the Downing said: “Roy has been watching the games. We’ve done well and he’s obviously pleased with what he’s seen. I’m sure I’ll be used in that position while I’m here. I’m really looking forward to performing.“Setting up the lads and them putting it in the back of the net has really helped me. Getting a couple of goals myself is obviously a plus and I’m just enjoying where I’m playing.”The West Ham flyer has seen Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard retire from international duty in recent months and believes, if he continues to play well, he can make a central position his: “There are places up for grabs and everyone has to take their chance when they’re given it,” he added: “With the manager watching in training and giving us the opportunities in games, we have to take them because there’s always someone waiting to take your place.”Ironically, Downing’s last England cap was Hodgson’s first game as England manager and after a two year break, it will be interesting to see if Downing’s form can keep him in the side for more than just one game.
Former Chelsea midfielder Bolo Zenden has backed Guus Hiddink to turn things around at Stamford Bridge, IF he is appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.The Premier League champions were left searching for a replacement after parting company with their most successful ever boss following a dismal start to the campaign.A new man could be in place as early as this evening, talkSPORT understands. Two names in the frame for the role are Juande Ramos and Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who led the club to FA Cup success while in temporary charge in 2009, and ex-winger Zenden thinks his compatriot would be an ideal candidate.“He’s a great manager with people skills,” Zenden told Drive. “He’s capable of getting their heads right.“Where they want to finish this year, a possible target, that’s for Chelsea to decide but there’s not too many managers available which have certain qualities to get into the hot seat.“He’s had a hard time with Holland, we all know he got the sacked from the national team when results weren’t going our way but he could put himself into the frame.”Mourinho was sacked on Thursday after a torrid start to their title defence, as they are 16th in the Premier League table with a third of the season already played.Zenden, who spent three years at Chelsea from 2001 to 2004, admits the decision was inevitable but it still came as a shock. “The results have been bad from the beginning of the season, so you would have expected if they were to part ways, they would have done it earlier.“For that reason, yes it’s a surprise, but talks have been going on meaning it was time for a change.“But for me, it was a surprise.”
3 3 Could Spurs play against Manchester City at the home of England rugby? But those plans could be ruined too, as Sky Sports, who are due to broadcast the game on Sunday, only have a limited number of Friday Night Football games.The reports in The Sun suggests the shambles surrounding the Tottenham v Man City game means Spurs could even resort to playing at one of their London rivals’ grounds – which would surely not please supporters.Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham are all playing away that weekend, meaning three London stadiums would be empty as Spurs search for a solution. Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium crisis has deepened with reports Spurs could be forced to stage their Premier League clash against champions Manchester City at Twickenham.The north London side are due to host Pep Guardiola’s side on October 28, but a huge delay to the opening of their new £1billion ground means they are currently homeless. 3 Spurs have already had the suggestion of moving the game to the Etihad Stadium BLOCKED – with Premier League chiefs saying it would jeopardise the integrity of the competition as it would mean the champions playing three consecutive games at home.But playing the game at Twickenham would also break Premier League rules by using a third home stadium in the same campaign.Should the national rugby stadium reject Tottenham’s request, the north London club could ask permission to move the game at Wembley to Friday October 26 – which could work as stadium officials insists on having at least one day between major sporting events. The ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ opening has been delayed, with no word on when it will officially open Tottenham have agreed a deal with the Football Association to continue using Wembley Stadium – their home for all of last season – until at least the end of 2018.It means their upcoming game against Liverpool on September 15, which was meant to be the opening game at their not-yet-finished stadium, will be played at the home of football instead.However, Wembley is already booked on October 28, for an NFL game between Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars which CANNOT be moved, which means Spurs are having to look for alternative venues for the City clash.And, according to The Sun, Twickenham – the home of England rugby – is a big contender to host the Premier League showdown. Spurs could be set to play at Wembley for the remainder of 2018 – but not against Manchester City
PAT The Cope Gallagher is bidding to become a TD again – and that could cost charities a small fortune!The MEP has defiantly refused to hand back in Ministerial pension to the State, choosing instead to give the €68,000-a-year to good causes and charities across County Donegal.The west Donegal politician is hoping to be on ballot paper after the Fianna Fail convention on October 4. He will be battling sitting TD Charlie McConalogue and Glenswilly councillor James Pat McDaid for the nomination.It’s thought all three could end up on the ballot paper as the party bids to secure two of the five seats.Should Gallagher be re-elected to the Dail, he would lose his ministerial pension…and the donations to charity will end! PAT THE COPE WIN COULD SEE LOSS OF CASH FOR GOOD CAUSES was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Dail EireannelectiongallagherPat the CopepensionTD
Donegal communities are being encouraged to get involved in the sixth annual Palliative Care Week taking place this September. The week (8th to 14th September) aims to raise awareness of the difference palliative care can make to people with a life-limiting illness or condition, to carers and to families throughout the island of Ireland.Palliative Care Week is coordinated by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC). This year’s theme is ‘Palliative Care: Surrounding You With Support’, focusing on how people with palliative care needs are being supported in the community. This can involve support from primary care (such as GPs, public health nurses, district nurses), from hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, and wider community supports beyond formal health and social care services. Support can be provided for weeks, months and years.AIIHPC is encouraging individuals and communities to get involved in Palliative Care Week 2019.“Palliative care ensures that a person with a serious and progressive illness, regardless of age or condition, can have the best possible quality of life,” said Karen Charnley, AIIHPC Director. “Palliative care puts the person at the centre of care with a range of supports around them, whether that is their family or friends, including carers, or health professionals such as GPs, nurses or wider community supports.“This year, we’re calling on the people of Donegal to help us to raise awareness of the importance of palliative care. If you are interested in learning more about palliative care and the campaign or are involved in a community organisation interested in health and well-being, we would love to hear from you. “Individuals and groups can get involved through holding a small event, or by distributing promotional leaflets which AIIHPC would be happy to supply, or by posting their own palliative care experience story on social media during Palliative Care Week using the #pallcareweek hashtag.“AIIHPC works with our partners in hospices, other health care organisations, universities and charities, along with voluntary and community organisations to promote Palliative Care Week. We want as many people as possible to have a greater understanding of palliative care and we would love to have more groups and individuals from Donegal getting involved in supporting this year’s campaign.”Donegal communities urged to get involved in Palliative Care Week was last modified: August 3rd, 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)
Want to explore your Donegal roots? Then don’t miss the free genealogy workshops taking place as part of Donegal Connect on 1st October in Donegal Town and on 4th October in Letterkenny.The workshops will show you how to research your family history and Donegal genealogy. Staff from Donegal County Council’s Museum, Archives and Library services will be on hand to help with any queries, providing advice and support. County Archivist Niamh Brennan says “the workshops will be particularly useful to those who are just starting their family history journey. If you haven’t gained much experience yet in Irish or Donegal family history research, then you will pick up lots of tips and advice.”“Archives, Library and Museum staff will guide you through the range of sources available to you. Presentations will focus on how to use resources like valuation records, voters’ registers, workhouse admission registers, and local and family history-themed books.”Niamh says the workshops will include demonstrations on the many free databases available to view online.“They will also explore the various archival institutions and organisations that can help to guide researchers in tracing their Donegal genealogy,” she added. On 1st of October, the first workshop takes place at the Public Services Centre in Donegal Town. It consists of 3 one-hour sessions for you to choose from which start at 10m, 11.30am and 1pm.The second workshop takes place on 4th October at the Central Library in Letterkenny. It also has 3 sessions on offer at the same times.Please note that attendance is free but booking is essential. To book, please call +353 74 9124613 or firstname.lastname@example.org Further details on www.donegalconnect.comDonegal Connect is a Donegal County Council initiative in association with the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox and Donegal Global Irish. Donegal Connect is part funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Festival series. Find out exactly who you are with genealogy workshops at Donegal Connects was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Donegal ConnectsfreegenealogyWorkshops
Stephen Curry — three-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, fastest release on the planet — is used to pressure. But maybe not this kind of pressure.He’s been through the NBA postseason wringer. He’s there now. But having mother Sonya, wife Ayesha, sister Sydell and future sister-in-law Callie Rivers sitting down with Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother and daughter to engage in a little good-natured spilling? No wonder he couldn’t finish that dunk at the end of Game 3 in Houston, hefting that weight …
Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan will help to increase production and improve the lives of farmers and their families. (Image: Cocoa Plan) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi PillayNestlé South Africa public affairs manager+27 11 889 6799 or +27 82 908 2580RELATED ARTICLES • Sweet deal for cocoa farmers • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Cadbury now Fairtrade certified • SA restaurants are world’s best Janine ErasmusGlobal food manufacturer Nestlé has launched a plan to help small-scale cocoa farmers, including the thousands living in Africa, take advantage of rising market prices by increasing their yields.According to Nestlé, the last four years have produced poor yields, a situation that has seen market prices spike. In late October 2009 cocoa futures reached a 30-year high in the US, hitting almost $3 390 (R25 191) a metric ton, a price not seen since February 1980. For the year to date, cocoa futures have risen by 30.4%.“This is unheard of for us and it is even predicted for next year, going into a fifth year,” said Nestlé executive vice president Petraea Heynike, referring to the current shortage.Cocoa from AfricaThe two West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are responsible for over half the world’s cocoa production, yielding 39% and 19% respectively. Nigeria and Cameroon are also significant African cocoa producers, as well as a number of countries in Central and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region.Nestlé reported that in the past 20 years chocolate consumption has doubled, with a 14% increase in demand in the past five years alone. This should be good news for cocoa farmers, but the industry is struggling to keep up.The cocoa shortage is attributed largely to unproductive land and ageing trees that are vulnerable to disease. With farmers worrying about their immediate future, they are unable to invest their attention or money in long-term solutions.“Production and grinding of the cocoa beans is not meeting the consumption, and that is leading to the very high prices that we have seen,” said Heynike.Significant investmentThe Swiss-based manufacturing giant is one of the world’s biggest buyers of coffee and cocoa beans. Over the next decade it intends investing almost US$460-million (R3.4-billion) into the sustainability of the two industries.Coffee will receive $350-million (R2.6-billion), and the remaining $110-million (R817-million) will go towards a new project called the Cocoa Plan. This follows the company’s previous investment of $59-million (R438-million) for cocoa and $198-million (R1.4-billion) for coffee over the past 15 years.Nestlé announced the bold initiative on 22 October 2009 as it presented its third quarter results, which showed good growth for the chocolate sector, although confectionery slumped.The Cocoa PlanThe Cocoa Plan, according to Nestlé, will bring a variety of initiatives together under one banner.The plan will address cocoa-related social, economic and environmental issues, expanding on current sustainability initiatives and establishing new ones in cocoa-growing communities. The goal is to boost production quality and quantity of the sought-after bean, and to give farmers a greater profit.A number of key tactics – such as further training of farmers in modern best practices and encouraging them to become certified responsible producers, and the supply of hardy cocoa trees – will revive the industry.Further steps include streamlining the cocoa supply chain through direct negotiation with cocoa cooperatives to cut out the middle person; collaboration with plant scientists in other cocoa-producing countries; addressing child labour issues through the International Cocoa Initiative; and working with other relevant partners, such as the Red Cross, to improve the living conditions of communities.The company also plans to expand the brand-new Nestlé Research and Development Centre, which opened earlier in 2009 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Ivorian centre and Nestlé’s highly advanced plant science facility in Tours, France, are working together to supply a million superior cocoa plants every year from 2012.Sustainable farmingAbout 50-million people around the world depend on cocoa for their livelihood. This includes more than five-million small-scale farmers, many of whom are women.Nestlé has long shown a firm commitment towards the sustainability of the cocoa and coffee industries, for the benefit of all involved, particularly farmers.Although the company owns no commercial plantations, it makes substantial investments in research and the development of higher-yielding, more robust plants, meaning that farmers can produce more cocoa on the same area of land, or even less.This eliminates unnecessary deforestation, and farmers can then use the extra land for other crops, with the Nestlé-supplied trees yielding between 50% and 200% more than current trees, according to a study.In the past 15 years the company has supplied 17-million elite coffee and cocoa treelets to farmers in producer countries, and over the next 10 years it expects to supply at least 12-million more.Through field schools, Nestlé also trains farmers and agronomists in topics ranging from tree-pruning and pest control to fermentation, drying and commercial selling, as well as social issues such as child labour.Over the past 10 years the company has supported the training of about 100 000 coffee and cocoa farmers, helping them to develop better farm management practices coupled with an enhanced sense of responsibility towards the environment.The next decade will see another 130 000 farmers receiving training and support.
UNEP Youth Ambassador Ella Bella Constantinides is urging young men and women to believe in something that is right for the sake of their communities. (Image: Brand South Africa Youtube channel)This Youth Month, some of South Africa’s most influential and empowered young leaders passed on inspirational messages to the youth of the country.Former Miss Teen South Africa Raelene Rorke, Neo Mafokwane and sisters Catherine and Ella Bella Constantinides, urged the youth to dream big and believe in something that will change the world.Rorke, who is also the founder of ideas hub called SpringAGE, advised youth to critcially reflect on their personal goals and think about their dreams. Being young, she says, is about thinking up unreasonable ideas and having the boldness to try them.Catherine, who was former Miss Earth South Africa and is an executive at Lead SA, says young people are capable of tackling challenges, and playing their part to improve South Africa.Ella Bella, who is the United Nations Environmental Programme’s youth ambassador, urges young men and women to believe in something that is right and stand up for it.Neo Mafokwane, executive director of One Lyrical Group says being young means you have the power, time, resources and stamina to achieve your goals, no matter what they are.
Take style cues from these successful TV shows and apply them to your own creative projects.TV shows are obviously no longer the poor brother to feature film cinema. In fact, many of the major shows (largely from HBO) have received critical and public acclaim that can provide rich insights into the film and television production process for any aspiring storyteller. In this post, I’ve rounded up some of the best the Internet has to offer.The ‘net has been abuzz lately with this epic 6 minute single take from the latest hot show True Detective, which you can watch above (Caution NSFW). Cinearchive has a great write up on it here.‘We had ADs [assistant directors] all over the neighborhood because we had to release extras, crowd running background, police cars, stunt drivers. There were actual gun shots and stones being thrown through windows. There were a lot of things to put together,’ – Director Cary FukunagaCreating The True Detective Title SequenceArt of the Title has a fascinatingly thorough write up of the work that went into creating the title sequence for True Detective by Elastic Studio. In the post that is littered with high res images, behind the scenes composites and more, creative director Patrick Clair, shares how they pulled it off with work from three different agencies.We took the shots from [photographer] Misrach and others, and built them out as 3D projected scenes. We created low-poly geometry for truck stops, oil refineries, and more, and then projected landscape shots overtop, painting in details. Very slow virtual camera moves would then fly gently through these spaces, bringing them to life in 3D. These landscape and portrait elements would then be combined in a single comp with more spatial animation, focus effects, and lots of texture.If you like the look of True Detective’s title sequence then you must take the time to watch this excellent After Effects tutorial from Mike Borup, in which you can not only learn how to re-create the True Detective look, but acquire a ton of After Effects know-how too: Re-creating the look of True Detective title sequence.Inside the style of The WireThe video above is extensive, detailed and engaging video essay from Erland Lavik, in which he dissects the, often criticized visual style of The Wire. The reason this video is well worth watching is that by analyzing a show in such detail, you can really learn how to think through your own stylistic choices and the visual meaning they convey. For a great book on this topic, check out The Visual Story by Bruce Block.Amazon Studios Latest PilotsFor a taste of what the latest output from Amazon Studios has to offer check out the (nicely cut) sizzle above for the latest 10 pilot episodes, as well as this handy roundup on Wired.com. While both Netflix (below) and Amazon are taking Internet production values to a whole new level, it remains to be seen whether the consumer feedback and voting process will help or hinder the progress of potentially great shows.While Amazon creates pilots you can vote on, Netflix simply creates whole series at a time. The benefit of this is that the series has a chance to breath as a whole, rather than stuffing too much into one attention grabbing episode. Would the slow moving pace of The Wire have made it through?All 10 episodes are available for Prime users (or those who sign up for free trials) to stream at AmazonOriginals.com, along with the chance to write reviews and rate each pilot, feeding into the company’s decision about whether or not to commission a full season. – Wired.comFor an interesting article on the rise of the ‘Anthology Series’ have a read of Mark Maurer’s piece on IndieWire, as he covers the reasons for this particular formats ascendancy.As Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey proved by boarding “True Detective,” the anthology is more enticing to stars who don’t want to make a possibly years-long commitment of the type a more traditional format demands. The TV talent pool is deeper than ever before, with the revolving door from the film side ever in motion.For a plethora of behind the scenes insights from several of the Amazon Studios shows, like this commentary track from author and creator Michael Connolly on the production of Bosch, check out the Amazon Originals Youtube channel.NetFlix and House of CardsAlthough a ‘meta’ issue to the visual style of television, I thought I’d include this keynote address from Netflix’s Ted Sarandos at the 2013 Film Independent conference. It’s a great inside view of the innovations going on in film and television production. If you wanted to know what it was like to be at Netflix at the minute that House Of Cards Season 2 launched then this article from Marketplace.org takes you inside the Netflix war room. Also as a quick aside if you’re a fan of Netflix’s House of Cards, you should check out this round up of behind the scenes insights from Season One, previously posted here on The Beat. The last time House of Cards launched, the engineers figured out that the entire season was about 13 hours. “And we looked to [see] if anybody was finishing in that amount of time,” Edberg said. “And there was one person who finished with just three minutes longer than there is content. So basically, three total minutes of break in roughly 13 hours.”