Week 4 roundup of Tehama County prep football

first_imgLos Molinos >> After falling to the top teams in the section in weeks 2 and 3, the Los Molinos Bulldogs returned to their winning ways Friday night with a 42-0 rout of the Loyalton Grizzlies in the first league game of the year.Coach Jake Daricek said the keys this week were the ability to view film of the opponent in preparation and several players stepping up.Freshman Hunter Landingham impressed on both sides of the ball, in addition to Kyle Wood and Henry McHale, who has been battling an …last_img read more

‘Something is wrong with my brain’: Life after football for one-time California star

first_imgDiantha Stensrud already sensed something was wrong before the call from police that her husband was being detained for his own safety.They had found Rod Stensrud running on busy Sand Hill Road next to the Stanford Shopping Mall that day in 2005. The former Bay Area football star didn’t realize what he had been doing, telling authorities, “Something is wrong with my brain.”The situation highlighted a long, soul-sapping mental decline that physicians diagnosed a year later as early onset …last_img read more

Giving kids a sporting chance in life

first_imgIn the 25 years that Sporting Chance has been in existence, it has worked with about 170 000 and even helped unearth exceptional sporting talent. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Sporting Chance, as the name suggests, is a sports development agency that gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in sport while also receiving a physical education.One of the organisation’s more important goals was to instil an active life pattern, said founder and managing director Brad Bing. He was speaking at a Play Your Part Rugby Activation held at Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium in Cape Town on 2 October. “What you need is to create life patterns by the age of 12. You don’t just wake up on your 14th birthday and say, ‘Tomorrow I’m going to play squash.’ Your kids are going to grow up following that and that’s the culture we need to have.”Sporting Chance helped Play Your Part facilitate the activation in Khayelitsha, bringing along rugby coaches and experts to train the children.With calypso cricket and street soccer programmes their mainstay, Sporting Chance is taking sport to the children. “Basically we never make plans. All we do is facilitate the opportunity and these kids have got to grab the opportunity themselves,” said Bing.Bing himself has been active all his life. He played cricket professionally for Western Province in the late 1980s and played in England for 10 years. After he retired, he returned to South Africa with the idea of getting children outside and playing sport.“I came back with international ideas to South Africa and if you remember correctly in the 1980s it was the height of apartheid and the height of the struggle. Not many people understood the ideas I was talking about. Out of pure frustration, in September 1990 I said: ‘That’s it, I’m going to start my own company.’”And 25 years later, the organisation is still moving strongly. It has worked with about 170 000 children, some of whom have gone on to represent South Africa at the highest level. According to Bing, these include six members of the national men’s hockey side and cricket player Herschelle Gibbs.However, he insists that the organisation’s job is not to produce international level talent but to get children to play sport, lead a healthy lifestyle and receive mentorship from experienced coaches.Play Your Part worked with Sporting Chance coaches to run the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. MENTORSHIP IS CRUCIALBing’s cricket career would not have bloomed had he not received mentorship from teachers, coaches, fellow players and his father. “On a Saturday morning, when my dad or my mom took me to play cricket, they sat there and watched me. And my father would say to me: ‘You made this mistake or that mistake.’ These kids don’t have that. In our townships, those parents only come back at night and those kids get fed and put into bed so where does the mentorship come about?”When a budding athlete from a disadvantaged background lacked mentorship, he added, it was difficult to progress through the ranks. “That’s the obstacle we have to get around. You’ll always see our township [children] struggling and that is the bridge we have to cross in order to make sure that South Africa really becomes a powerhouse in sport.“If I was formerly disadvantaged I would still be toyi-toying outside the Department of Sport and Recreation’s office not because I want to be a rebel but because I want more access to facilities.” By having the sports facilities and equipment at their disposal, Brad Bing believes children from disadvantaged areas like Khayelitsha can realise their potential not just as athletes but as good people too.LACK OF ACCESSSporting Chance sees itself as a business that gives communities access to sports, coaches and facilities. “We run coaching programmes as well regardless of the type of sport it is in that community.”At the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Bing said that though there were facilities in the area, they were not maintained. “We have a rugby facility here but with all due respect you look at the clubhouse… You’ve got the poles here but you don’t see the field markings and if the fields are not marked are you telling me that rugby is actually played on a daily basis… most of those people are out there working, when do they have time to make the club work?” Bing asked.“So we are talking about rugby but where are the squash courts and the tennis courts? There are cricket facilities that haven’t been maintained. How are we going to produce black cricket in communities?”In addition, although the facility was there, residents did not have access to equipment. “We fully know that if we leave equipment here we won’t find it tomorrow so you need someone to lead that facility and make sure it’s secure.”There is also no access to professional and structured coaching. At the rugby activation, former Springboks Sevens player Mpho Mbiyozo and Sporting Chance coaches were on hand to teach children from the township about rugby and life.However, Bing said such events took place once; training programmes should be ongoing. “Believe me, in a population as big as Khayelitsha where you have got half-a-million people, you can have 400 to 500 kids coming here at any time.”Mbiyozo agreed, saying: “It ends here today, and when they go home and they’re all happy. This event is a seed but we need to water it to germinate.”last_img read more

Geocaching a geothermal geocache (GC25643)—Geocache of the Week

first_imgIceland’s Blue LagoonNo doubt if you plan to visit Iceland, you will probably plan to work a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your itinerary. With its otherworldly landscape, promoted benefits to your health, and mix of rugged rocks and modern architecture, it’s obvious to see why it’s the country’s top destination.You don’t need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache. But if you do, know that the waters are rich in minerals, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The temperature in the bathing and swimming areas of the lagoon are warm to quite steamy-hot. The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCacheHow did this come to be? In 1976, a pool of wastewater formed near the geothermal power plant that had just been built. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.So no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon; it’s actually created by the runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. But it’s fascinating, nevertheless. Check out what some geocachers have to say about this geothermal geocache:EarthCache logging is tough businessDiabolic27Brilliant trip. Went in 54 yrs old and emerged a mere 21(again). Well worth a visit.Soapy JoeWell the sun actually came out today, for the first time during our trip. What an odd feeling to be bobbing away in warm water when the air temperature was 3 degrees! Made the sprint to the changing rooms even colder than normal! Thank for placing this cache at this iconic location. TFTC BeinhartWe had already visited a geothermal plant, so we knew what is done here. It is fascinating that a company uses the geothermal power, can sell electricity and hot water and that they can even make money from the “waste” (the used water) by building a bath, a hotel and by selling beauty products and other stuff under the name “Blue Lagoon”.Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam ventsYup. It’s cold outside the spa!Now THAT’S a wet bar!Mud maskMud maskSoak it all inContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:IcelandN 63° 52.810 W 022° 26.976 EarthCacheGC25643by goldohulk SharePrint RelatedCome on in, the water’s fine. — Blue Lagoon (GC25643) — Geocache of the WeekApril 9, 2014In “Community”11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5last_img read more

Create Animated Titles for Wedding Videos in After Effects

first_imgLearn how to design wedding titles for highlight reels in Adobe After Effects.Weddings are perhaps one of the most stressful projects to shoot. There are more than enough key moments a video producer must worry about when shooting: the ceremony, the toast, the first dance, the cake cutting, and so much more. With a few of these in mind, the last thing a wedding producer is thinking about is usually the titles for the highlight reel.However, you should take every aspect of your final project into account if you want to create a high-quality product. While, After Effects is typically not involved in wedding video production, there is still a great opportunity to create amazing wedding titles for your clients.Track: “Here With You,” by Elaphant Music.DOWNLOAD PROJECT FILEHow to Create Great Wedding TitlesThis After Effects tutorial will cover how to design and animate a wedding title with shape and text layers. The title will cover essential techniques and show you how to create a detailed design. However, animation and design is an art. That means there is more than one right approach for your final product. Sometimes going minimalistic with your title design will be the best approach. On other occasions, creating a dynamic floral design might make more sense. It all depends on the style of your video and the tastes of your clients. If you are unsure with what type of design to go with, a good rule of thumb is to create something that you would also enjoy.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting After Effects tutorial:Design and animate a wedding titleCreate floral graphics with shape layersQuickly apply text great transitionsGreat Wedding Title TemplatesPressed for time to create your own unique wedding titles? Here are a couple of great wedding title templates from RocketStock.com.UnityUnity is an amazing template title pack with twenty wedding themed titles.CeremonyCeremony is another outstanding template for full wedding graphics. The pack includes titles, lower thirds, slideshow graphics, transitions, and more!Be sure to check out this definitive guide to producing wedding videos, and download 26 free wedding assets. Do you have any tips for creating wedding titles? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for Olympic tennis gold

first_imgSerena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam when she won her first singles gold medal Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 at the London Olympics.The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who did it when she won the Olympics in 1988 after winning all four major titles. Williams can add the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.last_img read more