Karl Bonner to be first Donegal man to escape from Alcatraz

first_imgDungloe’s Karl Bonner may not be an outlaw, but he’s intent on escaping from one of the world’s most notorious prisons this June!Last December while flicking through a men’s triathlon magazine, Karl came across an article on a bucket list of triathlons to do before you die. One event stood out for him, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon that takes place in San Francisco on June 9th 2019.  Now in its 39th year this iconic race is listed in the top 10-triathlon races in the world.  Karl’s choice was obvious, a great friend Elizabeth Clarke living in San Francisco had recently experienced the untimely loss of her beloved husband Damon. Karl had plans to visit Elizabeth and her daughter Quinn. He said should be successful on securing a place that he would dedicate this challenge and race to the memory of Damon Clarke. Fortunately he was successful via a lottery draw. The lottery came with T&Cs. Karl was tasked with affiliating with a charity and raise a considerable amount of monies in advance. Karl’s chosen charity is Save the Children.  This global charity is a non-profit organization. They provide children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. 50 million children in a 120 countries have been positively impacted and directly helped, transforming their lives and future. Alcatraz IslandAlcatraz Island was turned into a State Federal Prison in 1934 and housed some of the world’s most notorious villains including Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and Bumpy Johnson. The famous ‘Rock’, was once believed impossible to ‘Escape’ given the islands high security and location within the treacherous, shark infested, chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. On June 1962 3 inmates, Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin successfully escaped from Alcatraz prison, although today it is still a mystery what happened the 3 men when they entered the waters of San Francisco Bay. Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonOn June 9th, Karl and 2000 elite triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on a course showcasing the beauty of the city. Triathletes will hit the water at 7:30 a.m. to embark on a grueling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile challenging bike ride through the Presidio, and an 8-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus step Sand Ladder. To finish the race, triathletes will follow a path back under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Crissy Field and finish on the grass at Marina Green. Fans can experience the excitement at Marina Green, where the swim exit, athlete transition area and finish line are easily visible.Karl Bonner training for the Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonIn order to make this trip possible Karl reached out to a number of businesses and was fortunate to secure sponsorship allowing him to take up his position. Karl has teamed up with Irish Fish Canners (IFC), Irelands only fish canning facility, manufacturing premium quality canned fish for domestic and global markets, The Waterfront Hotel Dungloe, Donegal’s finest 4 star hotel located on the Wild Atlantic Way and Arranmore Red Ferry, servicing the islands including Arranmore and Tory Island.In addition, Karl Bonner secured sponsorship from other businesses including, Premier Fish Products, Atlantic Treasures and Goatbridge Trout Farm, not to mention a host of family and friends. In preparation Karl has engaged the professional support of Jack Wilson (PT) and participated in many local and international adventure races, cycles, swims and runs, all part of his training regime, while enjoying his training and improving his overall fitness. Karl will proudly promote all businesses who have generously donated and assisted him take up his position. In advance Karl would like to thank all who have helped make this journey possible and would ask that you support your local businesses.Please Donate via the following link:http://support.savethechildren.org/goto/karlbonner Karl Bonner to be first Donegal man to escape from Alcatraz was last modified: May 30th, 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:escape from alcatrazkarl bonnerTriathlonlast_img read more

Ballyshannon men brighten up hospital campus with bird box donations

first_imgMembers of the Ballyshannon Men’s Shed have kindly donated bird boxes to Sligo University Hospital for the enjoyment of both patients and staff.The men built and donated the colourful boxes to help the hospital in their work on An Taisce’s Green-Campus Programme.One of the areas the hospital has been looking at as part of the sustainability and biodiversity theme, is attracting birds and other wildlife to some of the green areas around the hospital. Domhnall McLoughlin, Assistant General Manager at the hospital said, “The Ballyshannon Men’s Shed members have been very generous in building and donating the bird boxes to the hospital and we hope these will attract a number of species of birds into the green areas of the hospital by providing places for them to nest.“The quality of the bird boxes is testament to the workmanship of the Ballyshannon Men’s Shed Group. The men have been very supportive of the hospital and we are grateful to them for assisting our efforts towards a Green Campus.”Ballyshannon Men’s Shed donated bird boxes to Sligo University Hospital as part of the hospital’s Green-Campus Programme, from left: Domhnall McLoughlin, Assistant General Manager, SUH; Robert Lawn, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed; Patricia Lee, Service Manager, SUH; Mike Lynch, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed; Michael O’Brien, Energy Officer, HSE Estates; and Paddy Donagher, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed.Ballyshannon men brighten up hospital campus with bird box donations was last modified: August 28th, 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:Ballyshannon Men’s Shedsligo university hospitallast_img read more

How To Create A Stunning Custom Title Sequence + Free Ink Splashes

first_imgWhether it’s for a trailer or the opening sequence of a film, these assets can help you create attention-grabbing text slates or character introductions.Any filmmaker or editor needs the proper skill-set and assets to create engaging graphics. You can use slate-style graphics for a number of different things, whether it’s to introduce a character, display some text on screen for a trailer-style edit, or reveal photos or elements of a story (like a documentary subject) in an interesting way.One of the easiest ways to create motion graphics like this quickly (and, frankly, have a lot more fun doing it) is to use some practically and organically pre-shot elements to enhance the design. Rather than spending time painstakingly masking objects and adding textures to achieve a certain look, with a little bit of know-how, you can drag and drop some stock assets and make them work for you.In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use some elements from RocketStock’s new Hisan Ink Splash Elements pack to create some really cool and iconic motion graphics similar to ones you’ve seen in Guy Ritchie movies, movie trailers, and commercials.Hisan — 50+ Ink Splash TransitionsThe Hisan Ink Splash Transition pack is a great library of over 50 ink elements organically captured in 6k with a RED Epic (and finished out and released in 4k). There are a lot of different styles to choose from, including ink splats, ink spills, and some really stylish mirrored-style ink transitions. These elements will give your graphics and videos a visceral and unforgettable look.If you want to give these elements a try and follow along with the tutorial, the download link below includes the necessary assets from the Hisan pack as well as a project file and the footage from the video.Download the Free AE Project and Ink Splash AssetsClick the button below to download the free After Effects project file, footage, and ink splashes.DOWNLOAD NOWYou can check out the whole pack in this video from RocketStock.Setting Up Your After Effects CompositionTo get started, you need to set up your sequence with a still shot where you want to freeze your character. To do this, you’ll navigate to the part of your shot where you want to add the graphic, make a cut, and then scroll back one frame and select the export frame button. Select the .jpeg option, and make sure that “import into project” is selected. Next add that jpeg frame in the space that you created between the end of the shot and the front where you made your cut.Next, you need to add a mask around your character so that you can isolate them from the background and start adding textures and elements behind them. While this part can sometimes take a while, it’s worth it to make sure that your mask is razor sharp around the character in order to properly sell the effect. Make sure to mask out any areas inside the main mask that should also have transparency (such as the areas around the character’s arm in the example above).Start Adding Elements And ColorsNow is the fun part. This is where you can start taking your elements and adding them behind your character to customize your look. You can use the ink elements to reveal your texture of choice by putting the ink element layer above your texture and, in the track matte drop-down menu, selecting Luma Matte Inverted. This will take the luminance values of your ink layer and apply them as a track matte or alpha channel on your texture layer.Once you have your elements revealing appropriately, you can start to add color. The easiest way is to add a Hue/Saturation effect to your texture layer — and make sure to select Colorize. This allows you to alter the hue, saturation, and lightness options to dial in the colors that you want to use.Adding Text And FinalizingThe thing that’s great about using pre-shot elements to create graphics is that you can really enhance normal things like text and shape objects by using them for your reveals. In this case, we used some big bold text and allowed one of the ink spill transition elements to reveal the entire thing. In most cases, once you have created your text element, you’re just a few clicks away from making a really interesting text animation. Just add the ink element above your text, and again, select Luma Matte Inverted for your track matte option in the dropdown.To finish out your graphic, you may choose to add a grow animation to the whole thing. To do this, you’ll need to make a new Null Object layer and parent every layer (aside from any grain overlays or adjustment layers) to it, and using the Scale property and some keyframes at the start and end, scale up by about 10% over the course of the animation. You can also add some flashes using solid layers, or add some new color correction to tie everything together using an adjustment layer. How you finish it out is mostly up to you.Once you’re done getting everything how you like it in After Effects, if you’ve done everything properly, once you go back to Premiere, you can keep editing, and your graphics work should appear in your timeline just as you left it in After Effects. Now you can move on the next character introduction or graphic.Thanks for our friends at RocketStock for providing the free ink splashes. Be sure to check out their site for incredible video assets and more AE tutorials.last_img read more

Bottom placed Swansea appoint Carlos Carvalhal as manager

first_imgPremier League side Swansea City have appointed the much-traveled Carlos Carvalhal as their manager until the end of the season.The bottom placed club has also added an option to extend the contract beyond his six-month plan, the Welsh club confirmed on Thursday.The Portuguese manager Carvalhal parted ways with second-tier Sheffield Wednesday on December 24 after a two and a half years at Hillsborough, leading them to Championship play-offs in successive seasons.However, his side failed to move into the top flight.The 52-year-old replaces Paul Clement, who left the Welsh club earlier this month.Clement had taken the reins in January after Swansea had struggled under Italian Francesco Guidolin and American Bob Bradley, and succeeded in keeping the Swans in the top flight.But this year the South Wales team have struggled again and are currently five points from safety and favourites to go down.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said after landing Carvalhal: “We are very pleased with the appointment.”We felt we needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and while the timing is not always perfect, we can look forward to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism,” he said.”He has built up a lot of experience over the years which will ensure the team is structured and organised. He is driven and ambitious and while he has a big challenge ahead of him, I know he will tackle it without fear.”Carvalhal has managed 15 teams in four countries. He began his managerial career in 1998 at Espinho, the Portuguese club where he finished his playing career.advertisementHaving also managed Sporting Lisbon, he worked at Turkish clubs Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir before moving to Sheffield Wednesday. (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

Which Players Will Be Most Affected by the Hall of Fames New

As Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas celebrated their inductions in Cooperstown this weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced a change that will make it harder for others to join them. Instead of having 15 years of eligibility for consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), players will now be limited to 10.1A player becomes eligible five years after retirement. If he doesn’t receive at least 5 percent of the votes the first year, he’s excluded from future ballots.One theory is that the change is designed to exclude players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are known or suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs.2Retired players such as Alan Trammell who have already appeared on at least 10 ballots will be exempt from the rule. But Bonds and Clemens, who joined the ballot in 2013, won’t be. But an attempt to target Bonds and Clemens could produce collateral damage. Players such as Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Larry Walker — who are not strongly associated with PED use — could also be less likely to get in.Take the case of Mussina, who received 20 percent of the vote on this year’s ballot, his first year of eligibility. He might seem like a hopeless case — players need 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall of Fame. But players generally gain ground the longer they remain on the ballot. Sometimes they need the full 15 years to get there.Consider other players who received somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the vote in their first eligible season. There were 16 such players between 1966, when the Hall of Fame began holding elections every year instead of every other one, and 2000, the most recent class of players to have exhausted their 15-year eligibility window:Two of these players, Don Drysdale and Billy Williams, gained ground quickly enough to be elected to the Hall of Fame within their first 10 eligible seasons.Another three — Bruce Sutter, Bert Blyleven and Duke Snider — were elected by the BBWAA at some point between their 11th and 15th eligible seasons.One player, Red Schoendienst, was elected later by the Veterans Committee.The 10 remaining players — Gil Hodges, Jack Morris, Roger Maris, Tommy John, Mickey Lolich, Jim Kaat, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Thurmon Munson and Tony Oliva — have not yet made the Hall of Fame, though some are plausible candidates for election by the Veterans Committee at a later date.So by a quick-and-dirty rendering, Mussina’s chances of getting elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA have been sliced from 5 in 16 (representing the five players who made it within 15 seasons) to 2 in 16 (only Drysdale and Williams made it within their first 10 seasons). He might also have some chances with the Veterans Committee. But the Veterans Committee has been stingy about electing players in recent years. The point is that players like Mussina need all the chances they can get.We can formalize this analysis by running a set of logistic regressions that estimate a player’s likelihood of eventually making the Hall of Fame based on his performance in his first year on the BBWAA ballot. First, I ran a regression to consider whether players were selected by the BBWAA within 15 seasons.3As in the Mussina example, this regression considered all players who first appeared on the ballot between 1966 and 2000. I excluded players who were elected in their first year, or who received less than 5 percent of the vote in the first year, as these players have been automatically dropped from the ballot since 1985. Then I ran another regression to evaluate whether players made it within their first 10 eligible seasons. (Among players who first appeared on the ballot in 1966 or later, those who were elected by the BBWAA somewhere between their 11th and 15th seasons were Snider, Sutter, Blyleven and Jim Rice.)4For this regression, I included players who first appeared on the ballot from 2001 through 2005, in addition to those between 1966 and 2000, since they’ve had 10 years to be elected. Finally, I considered whether players made the Hall of Fame at all — whether through the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.5In this case, I included all players who first appeared on the ballot from 1966 through 1995 — players who began appearing on the ballot after 1995 have not yet been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee, as best I can tell. For this regression only, I also included players who received less than 5 percent of the vote in their first year on the ballot — a few of these players (Richie Ashburn, Larry Doby and Ron Santo) were eventually elected by the Veterans Committee. The results are represented in the chart below.To read the chart, scan across until you find a player’s vote share in his first year of eligibility — then scan up to see where the various curves intersect it. For instance, for a player like Mussina who got 20 percent of the vote in his first year:There is a 10 percent chance he gets elected within his first 10 years of BBWAA eligibility, according to the regression analysis. (This is the yellow curve.)There is a 23 percent chance he gets elected within the 15-year eligibility window. (The red curve.)There is a 34 percent chance he gets elected by either the BBWAA or eventually by the Veterans Committee. (The blue curve.)These answers aren’t too far from the quick-and-dirty numbers that I came up with before. They suggest that Mussina is an underdog to make the Hall of Fame — but more of an underdog now that he’ll have only 10 years of eligibility to do so.What about a player — such as Bonds — who got 36 percent of the vote in his first season of eligibility?He’d have a 53 percent chance of being elected by the BBWAA within 10 years.His odds of being elected within 15 years are higher — 69 percent.He has an 89 percent chance of being elected by some means — either the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.So a player like this will also see his chances of being elected by the BBWAA decrease with the rule change. But he has a much better backstop: The Veterans Committee has usually elected players like this even when they were bypassed by the writers. That hasn’t been true for players like Mussina.Of course, Bonds and Clemens are no ordinary cases — and this method may not do a very good job of describing their chances. There are a couple of other objections that we need to consider first, however.One is that the change in rules could affect voter behavior. Players sometimes receive a boost in their vote share in their 15th and final year of eligibility. Now, knowing that it’s their last chance, the writers could rally around a player in his 10th year instead.That might protect a few players — Snider, for instance, got 71 percent of the vote in his 10th year of eligibility and might have made it then if a few more writers thought it was their last opportunity to elect him. But Blyleven had only 48 percent of the vote in his 10th year. His case, which was pushed by stat-savvy baseball fans for years, needed some extra time to marinate.Another consideration is that rotating players off the ballot sooner could clear slots for more recently retired players. BBWAA voters are limited to naming 10 players on their ballots. A few of them might have run out of room for Mussina this year, for instance, because they were reserving space for Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, or other players between their 11th and 15th years of eligibility.Indeed, this could be of some help to players like Mussina. But there would be a more direct means of providing relief — by liberalizing or eliminating the 10-player limit. Players from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are badly underrepresented in the Hall of Fame relative to players who had the good fortune to be born earlier.The rule change, in other words, seems designed to make the Hall of Fame more exclusive, not less so. But how might it affect Bonds and Clemens in particular?As I mentioned, they aren’t ordinary cases. For a player like Mussina, a large fraction of the BBWAA electorate might be thought of as “swing voters” — they could live with him in the Hall of Fame or without. Given how strong feelings are on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, the choice is likely to be much more binary for Bonds and Clemens. For that reason, their vote shares might not increase as much in future seasons. (Another PED user, Mark McGwire, has been on the ballot for eight seasons and has seen his vote share decrease in almost every one.) Personally, I’d wager a fair amount of money against Bonds or Clemens ever being elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers, whether in 10 years or 15.Nevertheless, baseball’s hive mind could change its stance on PED use with the benefit of hindsight. It’s not that hard to conceive of alternate realities. NFL players who were suspended for PED use, like the former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, barely seem to suffer any lasting damage to their reputations. (Merriman made the Pro Bowl in 2006, the same year he was suspended for four games.)One scenario could involve a known PED user who is otherwise a more sympathetic case than Bonds or Clemens making the Hall of Fame.6Or a player who is already in the Hall of Fame could disclose his PED use. For instance, Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using human growth hormone, is due to become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. Pettitte’s case is not clear-cut on the statistical merits, but suppose he made it in 2023, his fifth year on the ballot. Under the old rules, Bonds and Clemens would have had a few years left on the ballot with that precedent in place. Now, they’ll already have exhausted their eligibility.Bonds and Clemens would still be eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee. But whatever misgivings you might have about the BBWAA, the Veterans Committee has been far more problematic. Its rules are constantly changing, its process is not very transparent, and it has oscillated from being far too liberal to being very stingy about letting in players. Depending on the rules it drew up, the Hall of Fame could design a Veterans Committee that was relatively sympathetic to Bonds or Clemens — or firmly opposed to their election.Another theory is that the Hall of Fame doesn’t have strong feelings about Bonds and Clemens per se, but implemented the rule change in the hopes of putting the PED issue behind it sooner. It’s certainly not good advertising for Cooperstown when discussions are dominated every year by arguments over steroids.But these cases won’t go away anytime soon. Pettitte will become eligible in a few years — and a few years after him, Alex Rodriguez. Ryan Braun, another known PED user who could eventually build Hall of Fame statistics, is many years from retirement. In the meantime, players like Mussina could be caught in the crossfire. read more

Nissan Terranos RearEnd Design Revealed in Official Sketch

first_imgJapanese auto maker Nissan on Saturday showed off the rear-end design of the upcoming Terrano compact SUV, hinting at the launch of the vehicle.The new crossover, christened Terrano, is based on the Renault Duster. Nissan had earlier revealed the front design of the car in another picture. The rear styling of the Terrano looks different from the Duster. The reflector is placed on the lower bumper and the tail lamps are seen split with half the tail lights placed on the backdoor.”I am delighted to reveal both the name and the very first image of what will be a very important model for Nissan,” said President and CEO of Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, Kenichiro Yomura adding further. “You can see from the sketch that Terrano has a bold and distinctive design that I am confident will appeal to our growing customer base in India, as will its driving performance and range of other features that will be revealed at a later date.”The front grille and headlights of the vehicle also sported new looks. According to reports, not much will be changed in terms of the interiors of the vehicle. Nissan’s upcoming SUV is likely to be positioned above the Duster. It is expected to use the same Duster engine and will likely be launched in September. The Terrano SUV is considered to be a strong contender to the newly launched Ford EcoSport.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer passes

first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer passes during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 20 That said, it would be nice to have something to feel good about from the offense as the Cards come home for another week of practice at University of Phoenix Stadium, even if Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t in the lineup due to a minor MCL injury. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   center_img Bruce Arians wasn’t the only one feeling sickly in San Diego. For the second straight week, the Cardinals offense looked ill.In its first five possessions on Friday at Qualcomm Stadium, Arizona managed just three first downs and both quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton threw interceptions against the Chargers in a 19-3 loss.It should be repeated that this is the preseason. Drawing significant conclusions from these games is foolish, given the fact that teams don’t gameplan, don’t show off what they will do during the regular season and the starters don’t play enough to establish any sort of rhythm. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Bruce Arians says Larry Fitzgerald has a slight mcl injury; Alex Okafor a torn biceps tendon.— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) August 20, 2016Instead, Palmer was 4 of 8 for 37 yards with the interception thrown on a wide receiver screen. Stanton continued to sail balls over the heads of his receivers, hitting Chargers safety Jahleel Addae in the numbers on his pick, and missing a wide-open Jaxon Shipley late in the first half with the Cardinals trying to get something going in their two-minute offense.“Very disappointing performance, especially offensively,” coach Bruce Arians told reporters in San Diego. “After we practice against the team all week we should play much better. Our quarterback play was not up to par, any of the three.“We have to get it together. I mean, this is two games that we have not played very well.”There really wasn’t anything to brag about on offense. Running backs David Johnson and Chris Johnson combined for 12 yards on seven carries, the top three backs managed a whopping 18 yards on 10 carries, the tight ends did not factor in the passing game and receiver Michael Floyd had one catch for two yards before departing. At least the Cards got a another big effort from receiver Jaron Brown, who had a pair of terrific catches for 40 yards. All of the other superlative belonged to the defense, where Deone Bucannon delivered a vicious yet clean hit on receiver Dontrelle Inman over the middle that knocked Inman’s helmet off.Cornerback Brandon Williams also bounced back from some early struggles to break up a couple passes to Chargers starting receiver Travis Benjamin, and the Cards defense held the Chargers out of the end zone (San Diego’s one TD came on a pick-6).“He played his tail off,” Arians said.Arians won’t spend too much time fretting over the offense’s struggles in these first two games. He’s still got a ridiculous wealth of weapons as the Cardinals approach the regular season opener against New England, but you can bet he’ll want to have something positive emerge in the team’s third game in Houston before the starters take a seat in the final game against Denver.Preseason games are meaningless, but there’s a basic level of pride at stake here and the Cards haven’t shown their coach much so far.“We will go back to work; that’s why we play preseason,” Arians said. “These don’t count other than you find out a lot about yourself.”last_img read more

Youthfocused broadcaster The QYou has struck a de

first_imgYouth-focused broadcaster The QYou has struck a deal with T-Mobile’s Dutch over-the-top service, Knipppr.Under the deal, The QYou’s linear channel of curated web content will be available to subscribers of Knippr, which went live in June.The agreement marks The QYou’s latest expansion in the Netherlands, following its partnership with Ziggo Sport earlier this year.“As we have witnessed working with Ziggo and TV Vlaanderan, there is a huge video culture in the Netherlands, and we are thrilled to help Knippr by bringing our ‘best of the web’ short form content to its subscribers,” said The QYou CEO, Scott Ehrlich.Knippr vice-president, Johan Trouwborst, said: “Our goal is to build a service that delivers a broad selection of channels – both popular and niche – and to provide our viewers with the freedom to watch what they want, when they want, on whatever device they choose.“This type of flexible, a la carte model reflects what most consumers today want – not just younger viewers but everyone who is dissatisfied with the traditional cable offer.”Knippr costs €10.99 per-month and lets users stream channels and on-demand content to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Networks already available via the service include NPO 1, NPO 2, NPO 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, SBS6, RTL 7 and Disney XD.The QYou is a linear TV channel and video-on-demand offering around short-form video content sourced from the web.last_img read more

German PlayStation 4 users will now be able to wat

first_imgGerman PlayStation 4 users will now be able to watch live TV through their games console by accessing the Magine TV streaming service.Magine becomes Sony’s first live TV partner for PlayStation in Germany, offering channels like RTL, Sat.1, ProSieben, VOX, ARD HD and ZDF HD through its OTT service.“We are very pleased to be able to offer PlayStation’s large community in Germany great live TV content directly from the PlayStation 4 console,” said Magine CEO, Ambuj Goyal“We hope this partnership with Sony PlayStation in Germany will be the start of a long successful relation also in other countries using Magine’s global video platform.”Fabian Koba, business development director, Sony Interactive Entertainment, said: “We are delighted to welcome Magine TV as another exciting service on our platform and to complement our video service portfolio with its live TV content.“Particularly we are proud to offer Magine TV’s ‘Basic Plus’ package exclusively to all of our PlayStation Plus members, featuring nine additional TV channels – with no extra cost.”Magine will exhibit at IBC at hall 14, stand N20.last_img read more