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McPherson fourth at World Indoors

first_imgPORTLAND:  Stephenie Ann McPherson was clearly exasperated as she failed to give Jamaica a second medal late on day two of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday. McPherson having advanced to the final of the women’s 400m was in good form after one lap. However with three other athletes in a bunch up front she could not find space to pass and finished in fourth in 52.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Odekoya who won in an Asian indoor record 51.45. United States’ Ashley Spencer and Quanera Hayes clocked 51.72 and 51.76 in second and third, respectively. “I was supposed to run the first 200m in 24 seconds and just use that same pace to 300m and then just run home but unfortunately I couldn’t do that I was locked in,” McPherson said. Asafa Powell had won Jamaica’s first silver on Friday after posting 6.50 seconds for second in the men’s 60m. Meanwhile, Shanieka Thomas finished eighth in the women’s triple jump with a season’s best distance of 13.95 metres. The event was won by Winner Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela with a best of 14.41m.   Earlier Elaine Thompson advanced to the final of the women’s 60m with the fastest qualifying time of 7.04 seconds. Running in semi-final three alongside world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson bolted to victory and was full of confidence heading into last night’s final. It was the second time Thompson had improved on her personal best in the day as she posted 7.09 seconds to win heat one earlier. “I just came here to execute and that’s what I did. Once my start is good I know I can take it from there and that’s what I did,” she said. Simone Facey advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.20 but was down the track in the semi-final in 7.21.   Natoya Goule started well and ran the first 300m in a competitive position in heat three of the women’s 800m, but faltered in the final lap and finished last in  2:08.23. Omar McLeod and the relay teams will try to add to Jamaica’s medal tally today. McLeod had easy run as he pulled away from the pack to win the second heat of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.58 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Yordan O’Farrill in 7.69 to advance to the semi-finals later today.last_img read more

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy reportedly headed to Angels

first_imgANAHEIM — A person with knowledge of the agreement says former A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy has agreed to join the Los Angeles Angels.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has not been announced by the Angels, who had no accomplished big-league catchers on their 40-man roster.Yahoo Sports reported the one-year, $3.35 million deal contains incentives that could raise the two-time All-Star’s compensation to over $4 million.The Angels will be …last_img

Drawing on Madiba’s influence

first_imgA life-size cartoon Mandela reads hisbirthday cards in the foyer of theFoundation’s auditorium.(Image: Janine Erasmus) A selection of the cartoons on exhibition.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Zapiro at work.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Jonathan Shapiro – Zapiro.(Image: UKZN Centre for Creative Arts)Janine ErasmusYou either love him or you hate him, but you cannot ignore political cartoonist Zapiro. The award-winning artist’s latest exhibition, a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, is currently running at the offices of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.The last of six exhibitions that pay homage to the revered elder statesman who turned a remarkable 90 in July 2008, Zapiro’s Mandela tribute runs until March 2009. Speaking at the opening, the artist said, after reading Mandela’s 90th birthday cartoon to him, “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for presenting me with the honour of being part of the 90th year celebrations.”Mandela has been portrayed in Zapiro cartoons in a multitude of incarnations. He has appeared as David slaying the Goliath of apartheid, as Moses leading the people back to the promised land, as the wind blowing South Africa’s double rugby world champions the Springboks to victory, as a paper doll with interchangeable clothes of the national rugby, cricket and football teams, as a cowboy riding with his lady into the unset (referring to Mandela’s much-publicised romance and marriage to Graça Machel), and as the conscience of the nation.A right to freedom of expressionZapiro fiercely defends his right to free expression. Not only cartoonists, he says, but also society in general must engage with those in authority in a critical fashion. This attitude has earned him both praise and scorn, not to mention death threats.However, not even Nelson Mandela has been spared Zapiro’s pen. Where it has appeared, though, the cartoonist’s criticism has always been tempered with great respect and Mandela himself, according to archivist Verne Harris of the Foundation’s Centre of Memory, has encouraged it.Mail & Guardian editor Ferial Haffajee, herself a formidable journalist of integrity, described Zapiro as “a cutting and stern critic of the South African political landscape”, while Moegsien Williams, editor of The Star, called Zapiro unstoppable, “even by a tsunami”.Haffajee has likened South Africa’s political cartoonists to imbongi, or praise singers, who actually do not always praise but do have the responsibility of speaking the truth, good or bad, to those in power without fearing for their lives. “The greater the freedom of the cartoonist, the higher the democratic quotient of a society,” said Haffajee.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has commended Zapiro for his “passionate desire to will this country and its extraordinary people into realising their potential.” Tutu also received his own cartoon for his 75th birthday in 2006 and said, “I am always intrigued because if you will notice, Zapiro always draws my nose peeping into my mouth.” The Arch added that he was deeply touched and lacked words to express his appreciation.Telling the truth as he sees itWidely admired and highly controversial, Zapiro aka Jonathan Shapiro is a Cape Town native who initially studied architecture at Cape Town University but was not happy with this choice. He changed to studying graphic design at the Michaelis School of Art, which meant that he forfeited his South African army draft deferment and had no choice but to enlist. In the army, military authorities didn’t look kindly on Shapiro’s vehement anti-apartheid stance and refusal to carry arms, and the young activist was monitored and even once arrested under the Illegal Gatherings Act.These political activities formed the germ of his future career as a cartoonist. After his discharge from the army he worked for a number of newspapers and organisations before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship in 1988 to study media arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts.Shapiro returned to South Africa in 1991, three years before the dawn of democracy, and immediately became involved with organisations such as Story Circle, producing educational comics for social causes, before embarking on his fulltime career as a political cartoonist.Since then he has worked for leading South African newspapers including the Sowetan and the Cape Argus. His work is currently featured in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury, and the Pretoria News.There are no sacred cows for Shapiro, and his cartoons have targeted leading figures ranging from Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, George W. Bush and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to Bill Clinton and Mandela. They have brought him death threats and intense criticism but also the adulation of the local and international media, a huge fan base comprising many diverse ethnicities, and a host of awards and exhibitions.Shapiro has also been guest speaker at cartoon events around the world and for four years was a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. His work has been featured in Newsweek, The Economist, Le Monde, The Observer, The Scotsman, and the International Journal of Comic Art, among many others. He has published 12 books of comics.In 2001 Shapiro became the first cartoonist to win a category prize in CNN’s African Journalist of the Year Awards. Besides his many other accolades, in 2005 he received the prestigious principal award, worth €100,000, from the Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund for culture and development. The theme that year was Humour and Satire, and the award was bestowed on Shapiro for his “ability to make people laugh – even when it is at their own expense”.In 2008 two Africans were named as winners of Prince Claus Awards – they are sculptor extraordinaire Ousmane Sow from Senegal, and Nigerian photographer James Iroha Uchechukwu. The theme was The Human Body and the principal award went to Indian writer Indira Goswami.At home Shapiro has won numerous awards, including the first Mondi Shanduka South African Journalist of the Year Award and the first Vodacom Cartoonist of the Year Award, both in 2006. In 2007 he won another international award for cartoonists sponsored partly by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and adjudicated by, among others, Kenyan Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai. In the same year he received the annual Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from the US Cartoonist Rights Network.Shapiro works with pen and Indian ink, drawing his cartoons free hand. He is married to photographer Karina Turok.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksZapiroNelson Mandela FoundationPrince Claus FundMail & GuardianCartoonists Rights Network Internationallast_img read more

The Camera RZR is an Insane Mobile Video Crane

first_imgThis new beast is part camera crane, part off-road vehicle – designed specifically for shooting in extreme environments.To show off the powerful capabilities of a new snowmobile it’s best to head out to the ‘backcountry’, far from roads or civilization. With a large scale camera crew, this task would often require hours of travel time and cumbersome sleds to transport equipment. Now, enter in the Camera RZR, an all-terrain vehicle designed to make this type of shooting infinitely more accessible. Gearheads and camera geeks will love this…We’ve seen cameras mounted to cars, trucks and boats before, but this is a new one…a snowmobile with a full scale camera crane mounted on top. In a joint collaboration by “The Factory, a commercial production company and The Ultimate Arm, the film industry’s premiere provider of live action gyrostabilized camera arm technology”, the Camera RZR is designed to navigate treacherous terrain and extreme weather. It was recently created to shoot the 2015 Polaris snowmobile advertising campaign:Although much of the available specs on the rig detail the technical aspects of the vehicle (and not the camera equipment) we know the crew outfitted the crane with a RED camera and Phantom (for slow motion shots). The release notes, “the Camera RZR serves as a fully capable crane able to rise 20+ ft. above the trail, creating overhead shots, whip pans, and grand, sweeping reveals.”Check out more details and pics on UTVUnderground. We’ll be on the lookout for future sightings of this awesome camera rig!last_img read more