The two multi-weight world champions have been linked with a potential meeting for several years, with failed attempts to finalise a contest causing much frustration.Earlier this week, Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, lamented the “deafening silence” from the Mayweather camp, but reiterated his ongoing desire to bring the two men together in a ring.On Friday, the undefeated Mayweather hit back at Arum’s claims and set a date for a fight with Pacquiao.”I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao. I’ve been wanting that fight a long time ago. I’ve been waiting on them,” said the American in an interview with Showtime.”Floyd Mayweather is not dodging any opponent; Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We have been trying to make this fight happen behind the scenes for years now, but the fans and the people have been fooled because they have been listening to people from one side.”Now is the time for us to talk. We want the fight. We are ready. Let’s make it happen [on] May 2. Let’s do it.” Mayweather went on to suggest Pacquiao was “desperate” following losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.”I know he is not on my level,” Mayweather added.”The fans want to see the fight, [and] I want to go out with a bang.”Addressing Pacquiao and Arum, he continued: “You guys didn’t want to do random blood testing, that’s why it didn’t happen. Then I offered you $40 million, and you didn’t want to make the fight happen.”You lost twice, now you’re coming back begging for the same money. That’s not gonna happen. “Let’s make this fight happen for the people, for the fans. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao, May 2. See you.”
Trezz, remembers, as a kid, destroying “thousands” of the you hoops you hang around the house — and his grandma always replacing them. pic.twitter.com/RER0BU5xpR— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 18, 2020 Mavs continue their hot shooting to open the quarter, extend lead to 69-61. But Luka Doncic picked up his fourth foul, which spells nervous time for Mavs fans. “No offense, but on the Porzingis throw-out, that [conversation between Marcus Morris Sr. And Luka Doncic] wasn’t enough for anyone else to get involved.” (WITH VID this time; 📹: @kylegoon) pic.twitter.com/KihV6GAL3k— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 18, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SECOND QUARTERThe Mavs stays hot as the end of the quarter nears, but the Clips stay close, trailing 50-43 with 3:52 left, and 61-56 at half That’s how you start a game 😤#MFFL | @MaxiKleber @luka7doncic pic.twitter.com/IW8Qq3i16H— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 20, 2020PREGAMEMavs Coach Rick Carlisle on Pat Bev: “He’s a terrific player, he brings certain elements that are unique to their team. But they’re very deep.” https://t.co/LPpmWQx5Ke— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 19, 2020 The Mavs came out firing again, extending their lead to 40-25 with 9:16 to go in the half. Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis (knee) has been upgraded to probable to play in Game 2 against the Clippers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 19, 2020 Video highlights and social media reaction from Wednesday’s Mavericks victory over the ClippersFOURTH QUARTERThe Mavs didn’t let the Clippers get any closer, they even the series with a 127-114 victory. Love that the Clippers trailed 15-4 and https://t.co/fOTBJzx3y6 box was giving them a WIN PROBABILITY of 51%.https://t.co/eCUIrpNfo4— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 20, 2020 LUKA TO KP 🔥#MFFL | https://t.co/bM4Iab5fHv pic.twitter.com/LYM7vI9kmV— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 20, 2020 Sweet look for Sweet Lou.📺 @FoxSportsWest | @TeamLou23 pic.twitter.com/qGTrKmzkI8— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 20, 2020 THIRD QUARTERThe Mavs closed the quarter strong to take a 98-85 heading to the fourth. 🗣 @MONSTATREZZ pic.twitter.com/OllJuJKBeo— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 20, 2020Mavs come out strong, scoring first eight points and up 15-2 five minutes into the game.Clippers better send in Joakim to try to get Luka kicked out or this thing could get out of hand…— nick wright (@getnickwright) August 20, 2020 A glimpse at what the Clippers are focused on ahead of Game 2 tonight. https://t.co/KtEYz4f4Mg— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 19, 2020 It’s different for the Clippers when one of their top defenders isn’t guarding Luka. Transition here, Clippers have to do a better job of loading especially if someone else is guarding Luka. Too easy of a basket. pic.twitter.com/NYGrgfxh4O— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) August 20, 2020 “If KenPom existed for the NBA, I would guess that the Clippers would be number 1…They are by the book the best team. But there are questions about whether that matters.”@clubtrillion and @tatefrazier break down their picks for the college equivalents of the Clippers and Mavs pic.twitter.com/l91aWsJgDc— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) August 19, 2020 Follow Southern California Newspaper Group reporters Kyle Goon and Mirjam Swanson as they cover the Lakers and Clippers in the NBA playoffs. Final score: Mavericks 127, Clippers 114 (best-of-seven series tied, 1-1).Clippers can’t catch Dallas, drop Game 2 of playoff series #ClipperNation has been keeping @MONSTATREZZ in its collective heart. He talked with the media about missing his dear grandmother yesterday. https://t.co/EjyVjgolnu— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 19, 2020 HALFTIME: Mavericks 61, Clippers 56 Wait, maybe the Clippers do have it, they only trail 120-110 with 3:27 left. The Clippers are fishing, they’ve reeled the Mavs back in again, trail 75-72 midway through third after a Marcus Morris 3. Luca Doncic with four personal fouls. Nervous time has arrived for the Clippers, trailing 104-88 with 9:32 to go. Do they have another run left? FIRST QUARTERIt was the Clippers who jumped out to an 18-2 lead in Game 1, only to have the Mavericks come back and take the lead. Well, after the Mavs’ 15-2 lead, here come the Clippers, trailing only 29-25 at the end of the quarter.Mavs 29, Clippers 25 | End 1 | Clippers started off 1 for 10 and trailed by as many as 13 … but their Sixth Man of the Year candidates steadied the ship: Lou Will with 10 points on 4-5 shooting, Trezz with some good D + 4 points — he’s a team-best +9 in the box so far.— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) August 20, 2020 The Clippers don’t have it, the Mavs are just to good down the stretch and lead 117-102 with 4:51 left.
NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia, Michael Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) or Joseph Ciaglia. TRAINER QUOTES JOEL ROSARIO, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “The horse broke sharp. I was between horses, so I just stayed there and then when I got clear, I took to the outside. He gave me a good feeling after we left the gate. He just kept level and seemed very confident. You’ve got to give the trainer a lot of credit. This horse had been off a long time. He had him ready to go. I’m just out here for the day and enjoying the holiday.”NORBERTO ARROYO JR., STORMY LIBERAL, SECOND: “I think [Stormy Liberal] ran good. He was really second best and you’ve got to give credit to the winner. My horse was feeling good, acted good going into the gate and he put me in a good position. It was just down to the end and I can’t take that away from the winner.” PETER EURTON, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “It’s hard to give horses that only have 10 starts some preps but it was a great race. After his last race he came up with a suspensory so we did a scan and he had a little lesion, nothing horrible. So, we did a little PRP on him, he took six months off and he came back training great for the race. No issues whatsoever. We had to give him the normal time off to recover and here he is today. It took a lot of waiting and a lot of patience. We could’ve easily given up but that would just be a waste of talent.” JOCKEY QUOTES JOE CIAGLIA, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “We’ve been away 22 months and I was just hoping we’d run and then run back in the Cal Cup (Sprint, Jan. 28). This is so amazing. He was one week away from running here last spring and he hurt his shoulder. I can’t believe it. We came from off the pace and there were some good horses in here. Breeding horses like this . . . owning the mare, breeding her and seeing her kids grow up, it’s just an amazing experience. There’s nothing more satisfying.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, RICHARD’S BOY, THIRD: “He ran his race. He missed the break a little bit. He’s usually pretty quick out of the gate, but today he kind of missed the break, and I sat back and tried to make a late run, and almost got second. If he could have broken more like he usually does, it would have been different.”
Embed from Getty ImagesA former Celtic and Portsmouth defender faces a battle to play again after he suffered a serious knee injury against Wealdstone on Saturday.Josh Thompson (pictured above, in yellow), who played 18 times in the Scottish Premier League, was stretchered off midway through the second half of Southport’s FA Trophy game with the Stones.The 25-year-old will need major reconstructive surgery, expected to take place on Monday.A Southport statement said Thompson had “suffered a catastrophic injury to his patella”.It added: “Sadly, Josh faces a considerable battle to be able to play football again.”An ambulance had taken him from Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium to hospital, where he was accompanied by his parents and club physio Luke McCall, before being discharged once his pain levels had subsided.The former England Under-19 international saw a specialist for the injury on Sunday.Thompson began his career at Stockport before a 2009 move to Celtic, where he played under Tony Mowbray.He had loan spells at Rochdale, Peterborough and Chesterfield before joining Portsmouth in 2012 – however he only featured twice in League One and went on to play for Colchester and Tranmere, prior to signing for Southport. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
11 March 2003South Africa has a long history of excellence in astronomy, a sound high-tech infrastructure and clear skies. But southern Africa’s rich, diversified expertise in astrophysics and space science has never been available to students in one place – until now.Researchers from around the region have joined forces to create a cooperative, combined programme where South African students – and students from around Africa – can earn Honours and Masters degrees while being mentored and taught by a “dream team” of South Africa’s leading scientists.The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) draws on scientists from 13 institutions: the universities of Cape Town, Orange Free State, Natal, Zululand, North West, Rhodes, and Potchefstroom, as well as the University of South Africa, the South African Astronomical Observatory, Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory, Hermanus Magnetic Observatory and iThembaLab. Others are likely to join in as well.For the first five years, starting this year, NASSP will be hosted by the University of Cape Town. Lecturers from other institutions will spend time at UCT, working with students in their specialties before returning to home base.Student graduating from this programme will be both equipped to do research at the cutting edge of astrophysics and have the broad science skills needed in any modern technological society.Lectures will cover most areas of modern astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. In addition, students will be expected to take a substantial practical component, which will involve several field trips to southern Africa’s space science research facilities.These will include the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, still under construction; HESS, a new, powerful telescope array for studying gamma rays and cosmic rays in Namibia; as well as the existing optical/infrared telescopes at Sutherland and the radio telescope at Hartebeesthoek.This unique new opportunity in southern Africa aims at providing highly skilled people who will be in demand in fields ranging from aerospace to financial services to telecommunications – all areas where astronomers trained overseas have been successful.Other graduates will join the growing community of African researchers who will use the continent’s new, “giant eyes” to explore the Universe – our environment on the grandest possible scale.Source: National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
30 May 2006Pepsi-Cola recently relaunched in South Africa with a breathtaking television commercial featuring its easy-grip bottle, a skyscraper construction site – and footballer David Beckham. It will have to do more as it makes its third attempt to wrest market share from one of South Africa’s most admired brand names.Pepsi-Cola left South Africa in 1985 in protest against apartheid. After Mandela became President in 1994 the company returned with great fanfare. Three years later – after taking a market whipping from Coca-Cola – Pepsi’s South African partner, bottling company New Age Beverages, folded.Ten years on, writes Robert Laing in the Mail & Guardian, “Coke faces a far more formidable foe. Pepsi-Cola’s parent company Pepsico is already entrenched in South Africa – not through drinks, however, but through crisps.”As Laing explains, Pepsico’s other arm – Frito-Lay – also re-entered South Africa after 1994, buying half of local crisp maker Simba for US$55-million in 1995 and upping this stake to turn Simba into a wholly owned subsidiary in 1999.“Frito-Lay’s crisps and Pepsi’s cold drinks each contribute roughly half of [Pepsico’s] sales, but the crisps business – where Pepsico does not face mighty Coke, only small regional players – is far more profitable,” Laing writes.Local franchise partnerThis time around, Pepsi is entering South Africa by way of a franchise deal with Pioneer Foods, home to popular South African household food and drink brands such as Ceres, Marmite, Weet-Bix, Bokomo, Safari and Liqui Fruit.Pioneer’s beverage subsidiary, Ceres Fruit Juices, will produce, bottle and distribute a range of Pepsico soft drinks – including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up and Mirinda – at Ceres’ plant in Gauteng province.In a statement issued in July 2005, Arnold Veraart, general manager of Pepsico’s sub-Saharan Africa business unit, said Pioneer Foods was awarded the franchise on the basis of its “successful track record in the local food and beverage industry – particularly in product development, packaging, distribution and marketing.“By using the extensive Ceres network to make Pepsi products more widely available, this will provide greater choice for consumers and retailers across South Africa,” Veraart said.‘Painting South Africa red’Pepsi will need all the help it can get against Coca-Cola, and not only because of its alliance with the formidable South African Breweries’ Amalgamated Beverage Industries.In an article on brandchannel.com titled “painting South Africa red,” Ron Irwin argues that Coke’s success in Africa “has been due to its savvy advertising as well as its ubiquitous involvement in local community life.“City dwellers in South Africa cannot fail to notice the Coke signs installed in every shop and roadside stand, but Coke has taken the initiative to reach poorer South Africans in rural areas as well. To this end it has initiated sports sponsorships, sports development, entrepreneurial development, scholarships and education projects.“It has also relentlessly found ways to get its products trucked into even the most remote corners of Africa, and has cultivated a reputation for corporate honesty and openness that has won the respect of African businesspeople from Cape Town to Madagascar.”‘Sphincter-tightening’ TV adPepsi knows this all too well, and clearly pulled out all the stops on the spectacular TV commercial announcing its return to South Africa.Chris Moerdyk, writing for Bizcommunity.com, waxed lyrical about the ad: “Those scenes on the skyscraper so high above the ground are breathtaking, and I can imagine they have millions of viewers not only sitting on the edge of their seats but sitting a few centimetres higher than normal as their sphincter muscles tighten up like agitated sea anemones.”But more will be needed to crack the South African market, as Moerdyk suggests, noting that the advert “doesn’t seem to have any sort of back-up. I have looked in vain at my local cafe and supermarket and haven’t seen any sort of Pepsi hype at all.”News24 columnist Stacey Maree is more forthright – nor is she impressed with the commercial’s use of David Beckham to welcome Pepsi back to SA.‘Gee thanks, Beckham!’Maree, in a piece titled “Gee thanks, Beckham!”, echoes the brandchannel article when she writes: “Remember that scene in The Gods Must Be Crazy? The little bushmen who’s struck on the head by a Coke bottle that fell from the sky? It’s an iconic South African scene.“Just recently, there’s the Coca-Cola Soccer Stars with a R250 000 first prize up for grabs,” Maree continues. “And the Coco-Coca Colab concerts in March that delivered international music acts to our doorstep.“Coke has done their homework and come down to grassroots level in a country that appreciates big corporations contributing to our development. It’s obviously a winning strategy.“What has David Beckham done to entrench himself in South African culture? Putting his hair in braids doesn’t count!“Pepsi, you’re off to a shaky start.”The global pictureOf course, South Africa is but a small battlefield in the context of the global “cola wars” – a conflict considerably heightened by the 2006 Football World Cup.What South Africans may not immediately be aware of is that Pepsi’s use of Beckham comes against the backdrop of a massive international “Pepsi Football 2006” campaign that aims to counter Coke’s “We All Speak Football” campaign.While Pepsi’s World Cup strategy revolves around sponsorship of individual football stars, Coca-Cola’s strategy is underpinned by its official partnership of the competition. Coke is one of Fifa’s “elite partners”, owning official sponsorship status for Germany 2006 – and, already, for South Africa 2010.In which case, perhaps Pepsi should take a longer view, and start looking for a South African player to add to its stable of superstars.Or maybe South Africans would have identified more readily if Pepsi had got Ronaldinho to introduce their South Africa commercial. South Africa’s style of football bears a closer resemblance to Brazil’s than to Europe’s.And Beckham is already cast, in the minds of local television viewers, as having “the best (shave) a man can get”.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Image via Panasonic.Compressed codecs reduce the size of the media by disregarding information that is not essential for viewing. This is not to say that compressed video footage will look awful. I think there’s a misconception that compressed footage is bad. Perhaps 99-100 percent of what the general population views each day is compressed: YouTube videos, BluRays, the news, and so on.However, on a technical aspect, it’s important to know that the data information in some of the frames is not complete. Every frame in a clip is not a full frame. If that’s the case, what are we seeing?The DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Editing 101 guide has perhaps the clearest explanation of how GOP compression works.The first frame of a GOP structure is an I-Frame (or intraframe), and it contains all the information for that one particular frame, practically uncompressed. The next frame is called b-frame (or bidirectional) which only stores the changes or differences between the I frame and the B frame. Typically, there is then a second B frame followed by a P-frame (or predictive frame) which merely predicts what the structure will look like based on the information of the previous b-frames.Above is a rendition of the Long GOP compression from Wex Photographic. The compression will often have a lot more P and B frames between the I-frame.So, in layman’s terms, GOP compression only displays the changes between both I-frames. If pixel 3,465 is the same at I-Frame 1 as it is in I-frame 2, there will be no change throughout the bi-directional or predictive frames. While this appears fine for most, fundamentally it’s not the true frame information as found in the I-Frame (sometimes referred to as the keyframe). The further compressed a video file is, the further apart the I-frames, and the less “real” frames there are to interpret. This is when we start seeing video footage filled with artifacts and missing data. This is due to heavy compression.In the video below, Kristian Hampton of Wex Photographic explains the difference between the two compression formats and offers some visual examples.The newest addition to the GH5 is another form of compression called All-Intra, or sometimes referred to as All-I, which you might have guessed, solely contains I-frames. Therefore, every frame retains the full amount of information, resulting in a higher-quality media file (at the expense of data size), with each frame at a consistent quality. There’s no predictive pixel data being created; what you see is what you captured — much like film stock.While All-I is going to be a valuable tool for those who work at the pixel level and for those who work with extremely tight frame-by-frame editing, ultimately, if you’re a casual user of the GH5, you don’t have to worry about spending extra cash on a larger and faster memory card. You’ve undoubtedly been amazed at the quality the GH5 produces, and this has been with the Long GOP compression.Remember when I said compression was a tedious subject? Well, mispronounce or misspell intra to inter, and you’re talking about an entirely different compression. The latest firmware update for the GH5 is finally available. Here’s what you need to know about compression.Cover image via Shutterstock.The highly anticipated V2.0 firmware for the Panasonic GH5 is finally became available. One of the newest features is the ability to record with an ALL-Intra compression, rather than using Long GOP. With all the excitement over this new addition to the GH5, many casual GH5 owners are flocking to the forums to find out what the fuss is about and if it is worth purchasing larger memory cards to film with the new compression format.First, we have to understand a little bit about codecs (COmpression-DECompression). By nature, the very subject can be tedious to learn about, so we’re only going to focus on the areas surrounding the GH5.Typically codecs fall into two categories: compressed and uncompressed.
A Punjab police team carrying out a raid in neighbouring Haryana on Wednesday came under attack from locals, leaving several members of the unit injured. A villager also died after he was hit by a bullet in the melee. Reacting to the development, the Haryana police said it happened owing to procedural lapses on the part of their Punjab counterparts.Team rescuedA team of Bathinda police had gone to Desu Jodha village in Sirsa district in Haryana to arrest a person allegedly involved in drug trafficking. It had to be rescued by the Haryana police after being attacked by villagers.An official spokesperson of Haryana Police said the vehicle the Bathinda police team arrived in was also torched by the villagers. “In self-defence, the police team fired in the air. The villagers fired gunshots at the police — several personnel as well as villagers sustained injuries. A head constable who sustained serious injuries has been admitted at a hospital in Bathinda,” said the spokesperson.Investigation onWhile the spokesperson said the Haryana police are investigating the matter, he added that the Bathinda team should have, in accordance with standard operating procedure, informed the local police before conducting the raid. “No such information was given to the Sirsa police in this case, which shows a procedural lapse on the part of Bathinda police,” said the spokesperson.