Eric Johannah joins Swedish top tier

first_imgOlunga’s big break came as he turned out for Djugarden IF.Brommapojkarna were impressed with the qualities of the midfielder when he tried out with them prior to joining Vassalund.“It feels wonderful to be here in BP. I am a team player and hope to contribute to the team’s success. I got a good impression of the club when I trained with them in November and I look forward to the challenge in playing here,” Johannah told the club’s website after being unveiled.In a separate rejoinder to Capital Sport Johannah added;“It is a pleasure coming up to the top tier which is a different challenge and I hope to give my best and prove myself. I am ready for the challenge.”Brommapojkarna booked a ticket in the Swedish top tier, known as Allsvenskan alongside Dalkurd, by finishing top of the 16-team 2017 second tier Supperretan table.The club’s Sporting Director Daniel Majstorovic is optimistic that the Kenyan midfielder will help the club stamp its authority in the top tier.“Eric showed during the week he was with us that he has very interesting qualities that we are looking for in our offensive positions.  He has an extreme tip in his speed, he is good at knocking out his opponent and getting a national team player is a positive addition to our environment,” the boss opined.The 16-team Swedish league is expected to kick off in April with the club’s first game being against Norrkoping away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars midfielder Eric Johannah poses with his new club boss after signing a four-year deal to join the Swedish top tier. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14- After a year with third tier side Vassalund IF, Harambee Stars midfielder Eric Johannah has finally broken rank and joined the top tier, signing for newly promoted IF Brommapojkarna on a four year contract.Johannah who left Mathare United for the well manicured lawns of Europe at the beginning of last season was unveiled on Thursday at the club’s headquarters and hopes to follow in the footsteps of national teammate Michael Olunga who now plays in the La Liga for Girona.last_img read more

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Ouma eyes consecutive AWCON for Starlets

first_img“It is very possible and I believe in my girls. We have worked hard in the other qualification matches and we know what it means to be at the AWCON. We will go there and give our best,” Ouma said as he looked forward to the tie on Saturday.Harambee Starlets players Mwanahalima Adam and Sheryl Angachi celebrate with scorer Teresa Engesha during their African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician has urged his girls to take command of the game from the first minute and ensure they don’t allow the hosts any time on the ball.“We need to control the tempo of the game, have the ball more and ensure we don’t concede. It was unfortunate in the first leg we conceded from a set piece and this is something we have tried to work on,” Ouma said.He added; “We should make use of our chances because I know once we score one goal, it will open up the game. We need to get that one goal to calm us down.”Star striker Esse Akida who scored the second goal in Wednesday’s tie is also confident the team can get the result in Malabo and book a ticket to Ghana and has urged her teammates to give their all in the crucial tie.“We know we can do it. We have faith in our abilities and all of us should work hard in the return leg tie. We know we are facing a tough team because they have played in the Cup of Nations and won it twice so we should also come being a tough team to beat,” Akida said.Harambee Starlets striker Teresa Engesha in action during the African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOuma says the girl’s improvement has been down to improved self belief and a few tactical improvements.“They have really grown in terms of self belief. They can tackle any opponent without fear and I think that is something very important for us. Also, our tactical build up play has improved because we have trained together for long,” added the coach.Meanwhile Equatorial Guinea head coach Severino Beseku will be relying on the sole away goal scored in Machakos to give his side the drive in the return leg.“Kenya is a very tough team and heading back to Malabo, I know it will not be easy. But we will rely on our home fans to give us the push and most important, that one goal we scored will be very vital for us. We need to go and attack and ensure we win the game at home,” the coach further noted.Harambee Starlets players line up before their African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Starlets Starting XIPoline Atieno (GK), Wendy Achieng (C), Lilian Adera, Dorcas Shikobe, Elizabeth Ambogo, Corazone Aquino, Cheris Avilia, Esse Akida, Neddy Atieno, Mwanahalima Adam, Teresa EngeshaSubstitutesMaureen Shimuli, Doris Anyango, Phelistus Kadari, Vivian Nasaka, Faith Kwamboka, Mercy Achieng, Sheryl Angachi0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma shouts instructions from the touchline during their African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9- Harambee Starlets will face Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang Nacional in the return leg of their ultimate 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifier in Malabo on Saturday evening with head coach David Ouma plotting on a second consecutive appearance at the Cup of Nations.Starlets carry with them a 2-1 advantage from the first leg in Machakos on Wednesday and will only need to pick any kind of draw in the return encounter to book a ticket to Ghana.last_img read more

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IT Poll: How Satisfied are You with Your Job?

first_imgklint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics 9,600 IT jobs were added in December. “Five bellwether IT job segments in the BLS data showed a net gain of 45,800 jobs in the last six months of 2010 and 26,000 jobs in October through December,” eWeek reported today. The vast majority of the gains were in management, technical consulting services, computer systems design and related services segments.Increased hiring for technical positions is one more reason IT managers need to be worried about the growing discontent among tech workers. Gartner analyst David J. Cappuccio thinks a data center staffing crisis might be looming and research finds that more than 1/3 of IT workers are interested in switching jobs.We’ve suggested some ways to improve morale, but we’re also curious about the level of satisfaction dissatisfaction among our audience. Tech workers: how satisfied are you with your job?Image by Shereen M Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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A New Weapon to Fight Water Waste

first_imgCalifornia residents alarmed about wasted water or annoyed with the cavalier attitudes of their neighbors can do more than grumble. With the right smartphone app, they can take their complaints directly to local water agencies for action. The Los Angeles Times reports that officials in several parts of the state have rolled out apps that allow smartphone owners to take pictures of practices that violate water restrictions or report leaks that officials may not know about.Vizsafe, which the newspaper described as a neighborhood watch app, has a feature allowing users to map photos of people who are wasting water, a practice called “drought shaming” on Twitter and Instagram.The availability of the apps comes as California tries to cope with a drought that is draining lakes and drying up wells. Governor Jerry Brown in January declared a state of emergency and asked residents to cut water consumption by 20%.Matthew Kahn, an economics professor in Los Angeles, told the newspaper that just knowing that the apps exist would be enough to help people conserve water. “While we all fear Orwell’s Big Brother,” he told the newspaper, “we all try harder when we are being watched, even if that is a little creepy. You may need these social apps to motivate these behavioral changes.” The capabilities of the apps varyIn addition to Vizsafe, apps aimed at water conservation have been made available by the Long Beach water department, the Desert Water Agency (which serves the Palm Springs area), the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the Placer County Water Agency. The Long Beach app dates back to 2010 but was updated this August to users could include photos.The LA Times said that the anonymous complaints usually generate a letter from the utility to the offending property owners. Most complaints involve irrigation malfunctions, but some of them come from people who are irritated because their neighbors don’t seem to be taking conservation seriously.In one case, a woman watched a neighbor wash his car every day for months. Although she tried talking to him about it, she didn’t get very far. Then the city launched its upgraded app. The woman took a picture and sent it to the water department and the car-washing stopped.It’s not always the guy next door who gets pinched. In a related article, The Times reported on a amateur filmmaker who captured images of a stream of water pooling on the ground right in front of a building marked “Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles, Receiving Station K.”A 2009 study by Southern California Edison found that the state loses about 10% of its water volume to leaking pipes. It adds up to billions of gallons a year, according to the newspaper.last_img read more

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Production Tips: Getting Started with Low-Budget Stunt Coordination

first_imgNeed to (safely) coordinate some stunts for your next project? Here’s what you need to know to get started in the wild world of stunt coordination.First and foremost, stunts are dangerous. All stunts. Whether it’s running from a giant explosion or slipping on a wet tile floor, stunts can result in injury or even death — even when planned properly. This article is for educational purposes only.Stunts are exciting! They can add a real sense of danger to a fist fight when suddenly Wham! the hero gets suplexed through a table. They can add physical comedy to catch the audience off guard, like a character falling out of his chair unexpectedly. Stunts can also add a nice level of production value. But that doesn’t mean that all stunts have to be expensive.Now, blowing up buildings and flipping cars is beyond the scope of this article. Here we will go over a basic introduction to stunt coordination and some small-but-exciting stunts for low budgets.Stunt CoordinationSo what is stunt coordination? Stunt coordination involves safely planning out and executing stunts, such as falls, fights, chase scenes, etc. The stunt coordinator needs to work with the director, cinematographer, and often even the production designer and costume department in order to plan out the safest way to pull off a stunt — big or small. Emphasis on safest!Remember, film is all about illusions. Yes, practical stunts are real and dangerous; they depend on meticulous planning. Also keep in mind that the stunt needs to be safe enough to perform multiple times. Maybe your stunt double is tough and totally cool with taking that big hit and getting winded and bruised — or whatever. But if they can’t do it multiple times, or if doing it multiple times will injure them permanently, then it’s no good. No film project is worth death or permanent injury.So how can we pull off some impressive-looking stunts on a tight budget and still be safe? With planning and coordination.Planning and CoordinationIf you’re using a stunt double, I’d recommend checking out my previous article on how to maintain the stunt double illusion.Let’s go over two types of falls: one with gym mats and one with wires. For either one, it’s always good to have your stunt double wear some kind of padding on their body. Some reliable, low-budget padding is available online or from you local sporting goods store. Get some compression padded shorts to protect the hips and tailbone and some knee and elbow pads if you plan any stunts involving either of those. You can also purchase a low-cost motorcycle spine protector. Foldable gym mats are available at Amazon for a decent price.For this first example, use the spine protector. In this stunt, my character gets lifted and slammed through a table and knocked out.Let’s break this down. Framed just out of shot are a series of pads beneath the table. The table itself is cheaply made (particle board), and we removed all the supports. This allows for the table to effortlessly break as I pass through it (another method, if you’re able to afford it, is to either buy or make a breakaway table from balsa wood). Take note, as I pass through it: my co-actor is holding onto me the entire time and merely guiding me through the table. He is using some force, but he is not slamming me. This is important because even with pads and a breakaway table, getting slammed into the ground can cause some serious injuries.The natural pull of gravity and a bit of acting is what sells the table crash.The second example requires hip pads.In this stunt, my character gets kicked clean off his feet and falls straight to his side, bewildered. This stunt involves some wire work. As you can see, the wires have been removed digitally. We locked down the camera, did our stunt work, then cleared everyone out and shot a clean plate. I used the plate to cut out all the crew and equipment hoisting me up and dropping me to the floor.The rig is simple enough. Three strong ladders are securely bound together in the form of an archway and supported by my crew. A simple pulley system is attached to a harness that I’m wearing beneath my clothing and above my hip pads. My stunt coordinator suspends me in the air for a brief moment before dropping me to the ground as I get kicked, and then drops me. Yes, I do take about a four-foot drop to my side, but notice that I am still in control of my head (as to not whiplash or slam it into the ground and concuss myself).The wire is strong Paracord. Body and waist harnesses are available fairly cheaply (and they’re safe enough for small stunts like these). For an in-depth guide to digital wire removal, check out the following video. (Using masks is great for getting rid of big details and rigs, but I found the Photoshop method discussed in the video to be best for the wires themselves.)When dealing with any kind of rig like this, make sure you test it out! Attach a weighted bag, stress test it in a way that if it does fail no one will get hurt. Test it during pre-production; test it on set. You need to be sure your rig will stand up to rigorous and repeated use before attaching a person to it.AdvancingStunts are exciting! Performing, directing, and coordinating them is genuinely thrilling and satisfying. Start small and build. Always plan safely, never take shortcuts. See how you can use the camera to make even mundane stunts look spectacular. Experiment. Use padding whenever possible. If anyone feels unsafe about the stunt, then don’t go through with it. Go back to the drawing board and come back when you know you can do it safely.Looking for more film and video production tips? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceESCAPE ROOM (Short Film) — How To Composite Your Own StuntsThe Very Real Stunts of James Bond6 Tips for Filming a Thrilling Car Chase Scenelast_img read more

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