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Fraser-Pryce welcomes Schippers, Thompson threats

first_imgJamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says this will likely be her final Olympic Games, However, the 29 year old is very excited about the prospect of becoming the first female to win a historic three Olympic 100m gold medals.She is also looking forward to facing the new sensation Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands and other rising stars of the sport.Schippers, the world 200m champion and 100m silver medalist and the fastest woman over 60m this year, has been phenomenal since switching from the heptathlon to the sprints and many are projecting her to be the biggest threat to Shelly’s legacy.However, the Jamaican insists she is not worried about her opponents and even welcomes the challenge, which she anticipates will be her toughest of her three Olympic Games appearance.”Each year, you have persons coming to the forefront, person who will rise and that’s what happened to me (earlier in career). Daphne is a heptathlete, so she is very strong. But I don’t subscribe to reading about my opponents, I don’t follow them to be honest. I keep my head in my training and focus on that,” she told The Gleaner at a luncheon at GraceKennedy yesterday.ADDEDCOMPETITIONFraser-Pryce is expecting the added competition from Schippers as well as her club-mate and World Championships 200m silver medal winner Elaine Thompson among others will bring female sprinting into the limelight this year.”I am really excited about where female sprinting is right now, the bar has been set, no longer people will sit around waiting on (Justin) Gatlin and (Usain) Bolt. They will look for us and I am looking forward to the challenge. Elaine has done times that not even I have done and it’s exciting just to train with her and that has helped me to know I can do it.”But 2016 is going to be an incredible year for female sprinting and I would love to be a part of that. It will not only be good for them but it’s good for me to have that,” she added.” … I believe this is a testing year, where I will have to more than rise to the occasion. I love those challenges, as I have been Olympic champion twice and three times world champion and that’s a big feat,” said Fraser-Pryce.”So when 2016 comes and everybody ask if I am worried, I am not worried. Challenges make us and if I am to create history by just walking on the track without challenges it wouldn’t be satisfying,” she added.last_img read more

Buncrana businesses suffering as barricades remain after fire

first_imgBusiness owners and local residents in Buncrana are suffering due to a section of the town being blocked off after last month’s fire.Barricades remain at the Ferris Lane junction on Main Street following the major fire which destroyed The Plaza ballroom and John Barr’s shop.Almost two months later, local representatives are calling for alternative safety measures to reopen the road to pedestrians and motor users. Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor, Jack Murray said: “Both myself and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have been regularly contacted by local residents and business owners who have become extremely frustrated with the duration of the closure of the Ferris Lane junction.“Businesses are suffering and people’s livelihoods are being put at risk. A huge section of the population of the town, based around Marian Park and Maginn Avenue, is also inconvenienced when walking to the Main Street.“In large urban areas, alternative safety measures are employed. Both Pádraig and I have requested that the potential for a scaffolding tunnel – which protects pedestrians from falling debris but doesn’t impede their journey – is investigated and installed.“People have now been patient for far too long and this extremely important junction must be opened up.”  Buncrana businesses suffering as barricades remain after fire was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranaBusinessCllr Jack Murrayfirelast_img read more

Why YouTubers Hate The Site’s New Layout

first_imgfruzsina eordogh According to YouTube’s Senior Unicorn eXperience Designer Josh Sassoon and Staff Engineer Alex Nicksay in the official YouTube blog post announcing the new design: “the Guide lets you know when there are new videos waiting for you to enjoy, suggests the latest and greatest channels you might like, and shows you what your friends are sharing across the web.”While this works great for established YouTubers used to getting their daily entertainment from the video-sharing powerhouse – who are likely already subscribed to who and what they want to see, the new design does little to help newbies figure out what they might like or how to find new content.One of the best features about the old design, before Cosmic Panda, was how easy it was to discover new content on the homepage. The homepage used to break down top videos into various categories – sports, news, beauty, comedy, etc. – but Cosmic Panda revamped the front page to a Facebook-style destination – making finding new content more difficult.  The new site design does offer a “recommended” section on the far right hand side, but as many layout haters on YouTube have already pointed out, they never use it, or even notice it. I am inclined to echo their sentiments.Beyond that, the layout does look more professional and inviting to Internet visitors, of which YouTube said it receives 800 million monthly.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout YouTube’s new site design finally went live for everyone sometime early this morning. The new layout is “cleaner, simpler,” emphasizes channels and subscriptions, and is compatible across all devices. (For insight into what’s new, check out Test Driving YouTube’s Secret New Site Design.)And, like every new layout change, the YouTube community already seems to hate it, having uploaded dozens – if not hundreds- of videos bashing it already. Change is rough.  Ever since Cosmic Panda, the layout change instituted around this time in 2011, YouTube has been emphasizing watch-time as opposed to discovery of content or navigation. This new layout further emphasizes the channels you are subscribed to by grouping them into a “Guide” that follows you across every video you view, prominently displayed on the left-hand side of the screen: center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

MINDY KALINGS FILM LATE NIGHT GETS RECORD ACQUISITION AT SUNDANCE

first_imgKaling (left) poses with the film’s Vancouver-born director Nisha Ganatra at the premiere Friday. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press) British actress Emma Thompson stars in the comedy, playing a talk show host. (Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling comedy Late Night is already one of the biggest hits of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with an acquisition price to match.Amazon Studios on Saturday purchased the U.S. distribution rights for $13 million US, a record for the festival.Late Night follows a veteran talk show host played by Thompson who’s facing declining ratings, possible cancellation and a reputation for not liking women. Kaling wrote the script and plays the “diversity hire” in the writer’s room who has no qualifications except an undying love for Thompson’s character, Katherine Newbury. But she helps shake things up for the show. “It’s really a movie about being a fan,” Kaling told The Associated Press. “I’ve been such a comedy nerd my whole life and I’ve always felt like on the outside looking in. I had no connections in the business, but I just loved comedy and … late-night talk shows. So the movie is just really a love letter for people who are fans of something and really want to be part of it, but don’t feel like they have any access.” Amazon’s acquisition of Late Night is the first major deal out of the 2019 festival, and one of the highest sums ever paid out of Sundance. The record-holder is Birth of a Nation, which went for $17.5 million for the worldwide rights. Late Night beat out Amazon’s $12 million deal for The Big Sick, which went on to become a box office hit, and Netflix’s $12.5 million for Mudbound.Kaling mined her own experiences in the business both as a boss and a newcomer, and those of others, to tell the story. Her character decides that she can’t remember the names of her writers and calls them by numbers one through eight. This, Kaling said, is based on “a very famous comedy person” whom she “will never name.”Kaling wrote the part of Katherine specifically for Thompson, whom she had yet to meet, which she called “one of the stupidest things you can do in comedy.”“I was this creep in my home writing fan fiction for Emma Thompson, who I did not know, hoping that she would read it,” Kaling said.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img The film, which also stars Reid Scott, Hugh Dancy, Amy Ryan and John Lithgow, premiered Friday night in Park City and immediately became a must-see. Lines stretched around the block for the second screening Saturday morning and no empty seats were left in the massive Eccles Theater, where the audience buzzed about its sale that had just been reported by the trade publication Deadline.Late Night is sleeker than your average Sundance movie and was originally to be made as a studio film, with Paul Feig directing. Delays left Feig unavailable, and Kaling moved on independently. Canadian Nisha Ganatra, who had directed an episode of The Mindy Project, eventually came on to direct. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in the Sundance film Late Night, which received a record acquisition for a comedy. (Taylor Jewell/Invision/The Associated Press)last_img read more