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KSAFA to sell office

first_imgThe Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) is to sell the building that houses its headquarters at 40 Old Hope Road as the organisation embarks on finding a more fitting home.The administration has also already identified two prospective properties that are deemed to be more suitable and is in the process of making an acquisition.The development was revealed by KSAFA President Ambassador Stewart Stephenson at the launch of the 2016 David Hunt Management Seminar at the headquarters of sponsor Mayberry Investments Limited on Oxford Road in Kingston recently.The seminar is set for today at the Melbourne Cricket Club.The existing headquarters was bought by KSAFA in 2011 by the then administration led by President Rudolph Speid. In 2012, the property was said to be valued at $28 million. But according to Ambassador Stephenson, the property does not fit with the kind of image that KSAFA would want to have as a home.”As KSAFA continues to build and provide professional services for our association and our clubs we have had to look at the facilities that we occupy, and I am happy to announce that just yesterday (Wednesday) we signed a contract to sell our premises at 40 Old Hope Road, which was not appropriate in our judgement for building the kind of image and the kind of organisation that we want,” Stephenson said.Ambassador Stephenson said the contract that was signed Wednesday will conclude in four months and the association has already received a deposit on the sale.”We met with our clubs and they voted without objection for the sale of the building on Friday, the 15th of January for us to find a more appropriate location that reflects the needs of KSAFA with adequate parking etc. There is no reason why KSAFA should not look as good as Mayberry or any other corporate enterprise.”last_img read more

Hughes upbeat ahead of Tottenham clash

first_imgMark Hughes insists QPR remain confident they can get enough points from a difficult run-in to stay in the Premier League.Relegation rivals Wigan have given themselves some breathing space with recent shock victories over Manchester United and Arsenal, seemingly piling more pressure on the likes of Rangers, Bolton and Blackburn.But Hughes, whose team face Tottenham on Saturday and visit Manchester City on the final day of the season, says the R’s have also shown they are capable of producing surprise results.“People have been saying we have a really tough run-in for the last four or five games and we’ve done really well in games when people didn’t expect us to take points,” he said.“We’re going to have to do that until the end of the season and if we do we’ll be fine. I’m sure people wouldn’t have had us down for wins against Arsenal and Liverpool.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kruger Park tightens security

first_img SAinfo reporter 6 February 2013 South Africa’s Kruger National Park has started implementing new and improved security measures to crack down on poaching and other crimes in the reserve, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Monday. The measures are meant to build on current security arrangements. “We have taken a decision to deploy a crop of newly trained rangers to assist with policing and security at all our main entrance gates,” head of communications at SANParks, Wanda Mkutshulwa, said in a statement. “These rangers will help with search and seizure duties where necessary, as well as the arrest of offenders.” The rangers have also been trained in customer etiquette and sniffer dog handling. “Our tracker dogs have been instrumental in the many successful anti-poaching operations that we have decided to utilise sniffer dogs at our gates; we are in a fortunate situation where individuals and companies are assisting us with training and donations of these dogs,” Mkutshulwa said. “We are not pulling out any of our tracker dogs from their missions but have specially trained sniffer dogs ready for deployment.” The strategy forms part of the park’s wider strategy to combat rhino poaching. “We are at war and every single tactic will assist in ensuring that total control of all entry and exit points are managed by those tasked with the upkeep of the area integrity,” she said. “It is no secret that Kruger National Park has borne the brunt of these activities in recent times.” This follows reports of 57 rhinos having been killed in January alone. “If we are serious about winning this war, all commands must be marshaled from one point,” she said.last_img read more

Minimize Crop-Factor with Focal Reducers

first_imgFocal reducers are a cost effective way to eliminate most cropping on Blackmagic Cinema Cameras.Blackmagic Design cameras offer a lot of really awesome features that give filmmakers a huge bang for their buck…but one of those features comes at a cost, the infamous crop factor. A Gizmodo review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera states:The camera’s Super-16mm sensor—smaller than micro four-thirds—means you have to re-assess your lens selection to account for the crop-factor. Not only will few lenses get you a super-wide angle shot, but depth of field will not be nearly as shallow as a full-frame camera like the Canon 5D series, or even APS-C sensor cameras like the Canon 7D or Sony FS100.  To get around this crop factor companies like Orion and Meade have created adapters that reduce cropping. These focal reducers come in a variety of prices but the real question is, do they work?In the following video presented by Ruben Kremer we take a look at a .72x focal reducer on a Blackmagic Pocket Camera and see if it’s worth the money.Pretty impressive huh? As with most lens adapters there is an added risk of creating some chromatic aberrations but it seems like the focal reducer that Ruben used worked pretty well. You can check out this focus reducer from Roxen on eBay.Thanks for sharing Ruben!Do you use focal adapters? Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

British sailors medical issue delays sex assault trial in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – The trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Halifax-area military base was delayed Tuesday because one of the accused was in hospital.Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater in April 2015.Their trial was scheduled to start Tuesday morning in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, but defence lawyer David Bright informed Justice Patrick Duncan that Radford was in hospital in Halifax.Bright says his client was injured in the United Kingdom and suffered a torn artery, but he was not sure exactly why Radford was in hospital Tuesday.He says Radford had undergone X-rays and blood work, and “he’s been keeping in touch.”Duncan adjourned the trial until Wednesday.Smalley, who is bald with a close-cropped beard, wore a dark suit and sat quietly during the proceedings Tuesday. He is being represented by lawyer Ian Hutchinson.About six weeks have been set aside for the judge-alone trial.Crown lawyer Eric Taylor told the court he expects to call about 12 witnesses, and that the lead investigator will testify first.“(The investigator) will be tendering a number of exhibits that will be referred to by witnesses,” said Taylor.A pre-trial decision issued by Duncan says the men, members of the Royal Navy, were participating in a naval hockey tournament in Halifax in April 2015.It says the complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, reported to Halifax Regional Police that she was sexually assaulted.The investigation was then reassigned to the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service.Both Smalley and Radford are not in custody, but are under strict bail conditions.The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors have been dropped.Several days into a preliminary inquiry in April 2016, charges were dropped against Craig Stoner, while charges against Joshua Finbow were withdrawn in December.The Crown said the prospect of convicting Finbow became unrealistic after Duncan deemed his police statement inadmissible at trial.last_img read more