Beautiful game open to women

first_imgGirls and Football South Africa give women the opportunity to participate in Africa’s biggest sport. The organisation conducts workshops that combine life skills training and football at a grassroots level, to empower girls between the ages of nine and 18.(Images: Girls and Football South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jos DirkxGirls and Football South Africa Tiisetso TlelimaA new non-profit organisation, Girls and Football South Africa (GFSA), promises to kick down gender barriers in the beautiful game and give more South African women the opportunity to participate in Africa’s biggest sport.Founded in April 2012, GFSA encourages the development of girls in South Africa through sport, media and education.GFSA involves both the local and global community by encouraging sport as a developmental tool for girls and by raising awareness about important issues that influence the lives of girls in South Africa.“We believe football is a source of empowerment for girls, equipping them with a strong sense of body ownership and promoting self-esteem,” said director and founder of GFSA, Jos Dirkx.Frequently, leadership qualities highlighted by access to sport are allocated solely to the development of boys, explained Dirkx.“This significantly impedes the development of girls, resulting in an imbalance in South African society.”The organisation conducts workshops that combine life skills training and football at a grassroots level, to empower girls between the ages of nine and 18.“By linking our participants with strong role models such as the players of the South African national women’s team, we inspire the young girls to build a better future,” said Dirkx.The GFSA has five different programmes including drills and skills for coaches; One Day girls programming, safe spaces and making media work. These programmes are based on resources from leading health, sport and gender equality organisations such as Women Win, the UN, Filles d’Action and the World Health Organisation. Getting women into football stadiumsThe initiative was partly inspired by the hype surrounding men’s football leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Following the football extravaganza, GFSA decided to conduct research on women’s football on the continent and South Africa in particular.Through informal key informant interviews with female football players, the organisation investigated reasons behind the exclusion of women from the sporting arena.Its research findings revealed that, across the board, female footballers shared similarly worrisome stories such as lack of access to funds and limited resources for women’s sports. The organisation also learned that women faced stigma as players and were discouraged to play football because it is seen as a “man’s game”.Disappointed but undaunted by its findings, GFSA contacted Banyana Banyana, the South African national women’s team, to gain deeper understanding of their position on the field as female footballers and to learn more about the challenges female football players face.In addition to interviewing professional footballers, the organisation also conducted an evaluation in two Western Cape communities, Kayamandi and Lynedoch, inquiring of principals, teachers and girls about the state of football and their access to the sport. Raising awarenessSince its launch in April, GFSA has used various media channels and social media networks to raise awareness nationally and internationally on women’s sports in South Africa.In 2011, the organisation produced a documentary Can I Kick It?, which won Best Documentary at the international Festival du TV et Cinema in Beirut, Lebanon.Produced by Dirkx, the documentary tells the untold story of women’s football in South Africa, and features interviews with amateur and professional female and male footballers in the country. It highlights the challenges faced by the female footballers, particularly those in Banyana Banyana.GFSA has also produced a variety of short videos on other topics important to women’s football – including its video on corrective rape – where the role of football in creating a safe space for girls and women in South Africa is explored with a specific focus on the prevalence of corrective rape in the country.last_img read more

Enhance your Video Editing Projects with Light Leaks and Film Grain

first_imgTake your project to the next level by adding punch with film grain and light leaks.  These 5 sites offer 1080 to 4K footage that will work in your video editing app of choice.Media creators of all budgets (indie, corporate, commercial) are always looking to add pop and production value to their projects.  One increasingly popular way to do this is to use video clips of film grain and light leaks/flares.You can buy video editing plugins that perform a similar function, but what I like about using actual footage is that it works in any video editing, compositing or color correction app (FCP7/X, Premiere Pro, Media Composer, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve).The best way to integrate light leak and film grain clips into your projects is to add them to your timeline using blend and composite modes (screen, soft light).  Once a blending mode is chosen, lay the film grain or light leaks on the top layer of your video editing timeline.  If this seems confusing check out  a video tutorial here that will quickly get you up to speed using these elements.Some of the light leaks and film grain clips listed below are available in 4K, with the ability to resize and rotate them for flexibility with your HD & 2K projects.  For those looking for free light leaks and film grains, I have a list of those here.Rampant Design ToolsFilm FX  $100, Film FX 2 $150 – Rampant Design Tools offers a range of useful products including glitches, dust and film grain.  Their newest product Film FX 2 features 100 4K (4096×2304) elements including flashes, light leaks, scratches and  film grain. For video editors wanting to experiment with this type of footage, they offer a $.99 sample pack so you can check out their products for almost free. They have a training page with tutorials on using their products.Edit with LightGrain $9.99, 4K Leaks $39.99 – Edit with Light is an online marketplace of video editing light leaks, grain, flares, and sparks that range from 1080P to 4K resolution.  Their elements have been used in everything from wedding videos to a Bud Light Commercial. They have a blog featuring case studies of their products in use.CinegrainIndie Filmmaker Collection 125 clips hard drive $499 – Cinegrain is unique in that they offer their flash frames, grain, and light leaks on a portable hard drive. They are aimed at freelancers that want the ability to carry that their elements with them. They offer a range of packages and their Indie Filmmaker Collection is 125 clips at 4K/2K/1080 resolution. Tao of Color has a tutorial/review on working with Cinegrain in Da Vinci Resolve & FCPX. Lights Film School has a nice read on using Cinegrain in an indie film.CrumplePopCinegrain $199 – CrumplePop offers Grain35 and it works both as an effect inside of FCP X and as footage for other apps. They offer 16mm & 35mm film grain in 3 flavors (underexposed, normal and overexposed). Their blog offers interviews with filmmakers and filmmaking tips.Gorilla GrainGrain Super Pack $99, Luster Film Burns $99 – Gorilla Grain offers 35 & 16mm film grain and light leaks/burns in 1080. For video editors on a restrictive budget, they also offer a free film grain and burn that you can download.last_img read more

No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico And yet the Rockets still led by 10 for most of the fourth quarter until a late surge by the Bucks sliced the lead to 104-99 with 1:06 left on rookie Sterling Brown’s layup.Chris Paul answered with a short floater in the lane with 45 seconds left after driving on Jason Terry to silence Bucks fans who were pleading “Defense! Defense!”Houston obliged after forcing the Bucks to waste 15 seconds on the ensuing inbounds pass and settle for an off-balance 3 that missed. The Rockets led comfortably from there.“There were a few 50-50 balls or offensive rebounds that we needed to secure that if we do, it gives us an opportunity to run,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “If we run, then maybe we can put them on their heels … but the ball needs to move.”Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, while Brown had a career-high 15.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks went stretches with the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo playing center to try to put a quicker lineup on the floor to counter the Rockets. Houston still ended up hitting 47 percent from the floor and 35 percent (14 of 40) from 3-point range, and held a 22-14 edge in fast-break points.QUOTABLE“It’s a little carelessness. We played two teams that create a lot of turnovers. A little bit of them and a little bit of us.” — D’Antoni on his team’s seven first-quarter turnovers.UP NEXTRockets: Makes third stop on four-game trip with a visit to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.Bucks: Try to improve to 3-0 this season over New York when the Knicks visit Friday. Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Paul had 16 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who answered every Bucks charge.Milwaukee used an 11-0 run to get to within 73-69 with 3:25 left on Brown’s corner 3. The Bucks did most of their damage during the spurt around the bucket, with Antetokounmpo leading the way in the post.The NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooting team countered with another display of clutch perimeter shooting.The Rockets would beat the Bucks down the floor to set up open shots on the wing. Gordon knocked down two 3s, and P.J. Tucker added another 3 to help Houston close the third with a 14-7 run for an 87-76 lead.“With a win streak like this you are doing a lot of things the right way,” Gordon said. “We still play for each other. We knew this was going to be a tough road trip.”Houston got off to a sloppy start at the Bradley Center with a seven-turnover first quarter, a night after tying its season high with 22 turnovers in the 10-point win at Oklahoma City.The end of the first half offered a glimpse of what was still to come. Harden hit a deep 3 just before the halftime buzzer from well beyond the arc with a defender in his face for a 58-46 lead.“We’ve just got to stick with the game plan, close out, run them off the (3-point) line,” Brown said.TIP INSRockets: Swingman Joe Johnson missed a second straight game due to illness, while coach Mike D’Antoni rested Nene a day after the center played 17 minutes.Bucks: C Tyler Zeller (back) missed a second straight game. … It does not appear as if Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle) will return soon. The team initially estimated that the guard might miss a month when he got hurt on Feb. 4 at Brooklyn. The Bucks are also still without G Malcolm Brogdon (left quad).GIANNIS IN THE MIDDLE View comments MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Houston Rockets’ James Harden reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — The Houston Rockets had trouble at times holding on to the ball and keeping up with the young Milwaukee Bucks.But as long as the Rockets keep hitting their 3-pointers, they’re pretty hard to beat.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3s in the third quarter, and Houston beat Milwaukee 110-99 on Wednesday night for its 17th straight win.The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We find ways to win,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be the same way every game.”The latest victory came on the second of a tough back-to-back stretch of road games that started with a 10-point victory at Oklahoma City. No wonder the Rockets looked sluggish at times against the Bucks. Lopez, LA Lakers hold off Magic in bizarre ending John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

Joel Embiid, JJ Redick lead way as 76ers beat Bulls

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Chicago Bulls forward JaKarr Sampson (41) and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) go for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — The Philadelphia 76ers endured five straight losing seasons and bottomed out with 10 wins three years ago.Considering how far they fell during their rebuilding project, coach Brett Brown can sure appreciate where they are at the moment.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Embiid had five assists and blocked three shots in his second straight start after missing three in a row. The All-Star center has been dealing with a sore left knee, and the Sixers are managing his workload with the playoffs approaching.Redick nailed four 3-pointers. Tobias Harris added 16 points. Ben Simmons scored 14, and the 76ers pulled away in the third quarter after grabbing an eight-point halftime lead.JaKarr Sampson led Chicago with a career-high 29 points. But the Bulls lost for the sixth time in seven games.“It’s big time,” said Sampson, signed to a 10-day contract on Sunday. “I’m thankful for the opportunity (coach Jim Boylen has) given me to play big-time minutes in the NBA. It’s not often it happens. I’ve just got to take advantage of my opportunity.”SETTING TONEADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 23 and the 76ers hit the 50-win mark for the second year in a row with a 116-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.“I know how difficult it is,” Brown said. “In the NBA, when you can have a team that can find 50 wins, it’s unique and difficult. I give (this) group credit. We’ve gone through a few iterations of what the team looks like. We all kind of understand the 50-win milestone goes away quickly when the playoffs begin. As it sits, to get back-to-back 50-win seasons is a great accomplishment for the guys in that locker room.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrown, in his sixth year, was on the bench for four losing seasons before Philadelphia turned it around. The 76ers broke that run in 2017-18, reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals. They are now closing in on the No. 3 seed, with a two-game lead over idle Boston.Embiid dominated inside, Redick supplied the outside touch and the 76ers got back to winning after dropping three in a row, even though guard Jimmy Butler missed his second consecutive game because of back tightness. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Rain or Shine makes semis, rolls past NorthPort SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Outdueled by fellow MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo in a loss to Milwaukee on Thursday, Embiid scored 14 as the 76ers grabbed a 57-49 halftime lead.He cut for a thunderous one-handed alley-oop dunk off a feed from Simmons with just over a minute left in the half. A four-point play by Redick got the lead up to 57-47 before Chicago’s Walt Lemon Jr. drove for a layup in the closing seconds.The Sixers put the Bulls away in the third, outscoring them 29-19.TIP-INS76ers: Butler, who spent his first six seasons in Chicago, has missed three of the past four games. He was hurt in the Sixers’ win at Minnesota on March 30 when he missed an alley-oop lob from Simmons. … Greg Monroe had nine points in 10 minutes in his first game after signing with Philadelphia on Thursday.Bulls: G Zach LaVine (right knee tendinitis, bruised right thigh) indicated he will not play again this season, though the Bulls have not officially shut him down. “You have to evaluate the situation you’re in right now,” he said. “I think the risk versus reward of me playing right now is — you don’t want to hurt yourself further with two games left in the season.” LaVine missed his eighth game in a row Saturday. The Bulls host New York on Tuesday and wrap up the season at Philadelphia the following night. Boylen said Chicago has not made “a final decision that I can talk about” on LaVine, G Kris Dunn (strained back) or F Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff). … Boylen said F Lauri Markkanen continues to wear a heart monitor and tests have been “unremarkable.” The 7-footer from Finland has started running, shooting and participating in non-contact parts of practice. The Bulls shut down Markkanen for the remainder of the season last week because of a rapid heart rate and fatigue.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Miami on Tuesday.Bulls: Host New York on Tuesday. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Arwind Santos squeezes in basketball before Good Friday procession

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines— Before fulfilling his annual Good Friday tradition, Arwind Santos made sure to sweat a little to keep in shape for the continuation of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday. View comments In an Instagram post, Santos was seen throwing down a few dunks at a local basketball court before joining the procession for Good Friday.“Kahit sa araw ng Biyernes Santos bago mag-prusisyon, sige parin ang paghahanda para sa susunod na laban para sa aking mahal na pamilya at mahal kong team,” said Santos said in the caption.READ: ‘Pabasa’ and ‘prusisyon’: Petron’s Santos not slowing down this Holy weekWith Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between San Miguel and Phoenix scheduled for Easter Sunday, the players only have time for a quick break during the Holy Week.The Beermen, who are seeking a fifth straight All-Filipino crown, are looking to get a pivotal 3-0 lead against the Fuel Masters when the action resumes at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Out of sync so far in playoffs, Thunder’s Paul George looking to find rhythm SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more