Simona Halep stages another Dubai comeback to reach semis

first_imgDUBAI: Top seed Simona Halep had to come from behind for a second straight day on Thursday, overhauling Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Dubai Championships semi-finals.Halep, who had saved a match point in knocking out Ons Jabeur 24 hours earlier, said she had to pick up her pace after losing the first set.”Everything was a little bit fast, too powerful. When I got the rhythm, it was much easier for me to feel the game,” said the world number two. “I played quicker in the second and third set. She didn’t have time to hit the ball. I think that was the key of the match. It’s good to have tough matches. I’m here to give everything I have to win every match I play. I’m happy with these matches.”The Romanian star will face Jennifer Brady on Friday for a place in the final.US qualifier Brady, who beat third seed Elina Svitolina in the first round, booked her last-four spot by dispatching ninth seed Garbine Muguruza, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4.Elena Rybakina claimed a season-leading 18th victory with a 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 win over second seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.The Kazakh winner has been on a tear in 2020, winning the Hobart trophy and playing finals in Shenzhen and last weekend in St Petersburg.Rybakina will Friday face Petra Martic after the Croatian eighth seed defeated Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.As she had on Wednesday, when playing Tunisian wildcard Jabeur, Halep had to fight her way out of a deficit after losing the opening set. The 2015 Dubai champion lifted her game to win the second set and ran off to a 4-1 lead in the final set before finishing off the night three games later.Victory avenged the loss Halep suffered against Sabalenka last month in Adelaide.Brady, who ranks just outside the Top 50, has stunned herself with her form this week.”I was able to find a way, I wasn’t feeling my best,” she said after seeing off Muguruza. “Maybe I didn’t play my best tennis, but I stayed in there, competed and came out on top.”Brady recovered from a set down against the two-time Grand Slam winner from Spain, winning the second set by breaking her opponent’s last two serves.She finished off the upset a set later on a second match point. AgenciesAlso Read: Simona Halep downs Jabeur to enter quartersAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajanlast_img read more

Investigation into abandoned West Indies-India Test launched

first_imgTHE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) have launched a joint investigation into the washout of the fourth Test between West Indies and India.The Windies were 62-2 in their first innings when heavy rain in Port of Spain on the island of Trinidad cut short play on day one at the Queen’s Park Oval.Despite sunshine and blue skies for the four following days, the outfield retained too much water for the pitch to be playable, with West Indies losing the series 2-0.As a result, India missed out on the 3-0 win needed to retain their place at the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings, with Pakistan displacing them.The TTCB and QPCC will probe the circumstances that led to the lack of play, with the aim of avoiding a repeat in the future.“As hosts, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) and QPCC regret that limited play was possible in the fourth Test match between WI and India at the Queen’s Park Oval,” a statement from TTCB president Azim Bassarath read.“We have jointly launched an investigation to determine what occurred with a view to remedying the situation so that this does not occur in the future. “Once this has been done it will be presented to the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board). ”( read more

Cornell’s Pannell rebounds from broken foot to join 300-point club

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After 13 months filled with uncertainty of his future and concern for his collegiate career, Rob Pannell is back atop his craft. A broken foot on March 3, 2012, left Pannell’s future with Cornell — and college lacrosse — in doubt.But on March 26 of this year, Pannell joined elite company, scoring his 300th career point.“It’s been a goal of mine for a while now, a few years,” Pannell said, “and it’s always good to reach your goals.”A five-point day in a blowout win over Siena placed Pannell on the prestigious list of now only eight players to score 300 points in a college career.It was the latest accomplishment in the legendary career of the Big Red’s all-time leading scorer. He’s won a pair of Jack Turnbull Awards as the nation’s best attack and is the presumed frontrunner for this year’s Tewaaraton Award.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd it all comes just more than a year after his NCAA future was cast into serious doubt.On March 3, 2012, Pannell broke his left foot in a blowout victory over Army. Just weeks into his senior season at Cornell, Pannell’s collegiate career could have ended.For about three months, Pannell’s future was left shrouded in mystery. Having completed four years of college, Pannell would have the opportunity to leave school and play Major League Lacrosse. Or he could have transferred, perhaps, to Virginia, where he would’ve had the opportunity to play with his brother.But there was a way he could stay at Cornell. Though Ivy League rules prohibit an athlete with a degree from gaining an extra year of eligibility, Pannell could simply opt not to graduate and appeal to the league about gaining another year. His appeal was granted, and he has come back stronger than ever.“I was pretty confident that when I returned that I was going to be the player that I was before I got injured,” Pannell said. “I’m of the type of attitude that I wouldn’t have been happy if I had come back and was a lesser player.”On Oct. 7, 2012, Pannell asserted his return to his coach and the rest of the nation. More than six months after his injury, Pannell took the field at The Landon School in Bethesda, Md., for the Capital Lacrosse Invitational.First came a pair of scrimmages with his Cornell team. To end the day, he took the field with Team USA. Playing against the best players in the world, Pannell stole the show, tallying eight points.He was back.“I was able to sit in the stands and watch him play,” Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca said, “and I think at that point in time, I knew there was going to be no problem having him back and integrating him back into our offense.”Now, he’s lumped in with the likes of Matt Danowski, Mikey Powell and Tim Nelson as 300-point scorers and lacrosse legends.Syracuse head coach John Desko coached Powell at SU in the early 2000s. Though he hasn’t seen the newest member of the 300-point club play a ton this season, he has a deep appreciation for Pannell’s game and his ability to rebound from injury.“He’s been very productive, you know,” Desko said. “This is a fifth year for him, and I think he’s probably playing his best lacrosse coming off an injury last year and another year of maturity, another year of, you know, playing.”What amazes Desko most, though, is how often Pannell has the ball in his stick, but what sets Pannell apart is his ability without the ball in his stick.Pannell scored just three points in a win over Dartmouth on March 30, but the Big Red still put 21 goals on the board in a 16-goal victory. He diverts so much attention that it opens things up for his teammates.It’s that type of mentality that he has in mind as he looks to achieve his next goal. He’s already scored his 300th career point and set Cornell’s all-time scoring record, but it leaves one glaring hole on his resume: a national championship.“That’s the ultimate goal of mine and of our team,” Pannell said. “A lot of other goals, or we like to say, ‘standards,’ for the Cornell lacrosse team will be set along the way.” Comments Published on April 2, 2013 at 12:33 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

USC professor emeritus passes away at age of 88

first_imgMurray Fromson, a professor emeritus and former director of the School of Journalism, passed away in his sleep on June 9 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88. Murray Fromson joined the University in 1982, and served as the director of the School of Journalism from 1994 to 1999. Photo from USC News.Fromson founded and directed the Center for International Journalism after joining the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 1982. The center was known for helping journalists, who were earning master’s degrees, to specialize in reporting on Mexico and Cuba. Fromson eventually became the director of the School of Journalism in 1994. “The people whom he taught through the Center for International Journalism which he created at USC have gone on to become leaders of the profession around the world,” former Annenberg dean Geoffrey Cowan wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “With his background in both print and broadcast and in both domestic and international reporting, he was able to build on the school’s excellence and to make a meaningful contribution to the whole university.”Prior to joining USC, Fromson had 35 years of experience as a journalist. Fromson reported for both the Associated Press and CBS News during major historical events, such as the Korean and Vietnam wars.Fromson is best known for his  reporting of the U.S. occupation in Japan, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, armistice talks in Korea and three summit meetings between Richard Nixon.Fromson and his CBS colleagues were honored with two Overseas Press Club awards for the reportings of the fall of Saigon in 1975, “Murray had a passion for journalism — what it could mean in the world and how to make sure that it adheres to its highest values,” Cowan said. “Having seen and been part of its role when the press covered the war in Vietnam and the civil rights movement in Selma, for example, he understood and conveyed the importance of reports that tell a great story well while bearing witness.”In 1978, Fromson served as California Governor Edmund G. Brown’s deputy campaign manager and eventually became the consultant to the president of the University of California Systemwide Administration. Fromson was also a moderator for the television program California Week in Review and produced Eric Sevareid’s Chronicle.Fromson is survived by his wife Dodi, daughter Aliza Ben Tal and son Derek Fromson. A memorial service has yet to be announced.last_img read more

Coursing underway in Clonmel

first_imgToday sees the 89th National Coursing Meeting begin at Powerstown Park in Clonmel. The meet will run until Monday with over €200,000 in prize money up for grabs. It is the biggest event in the coursing calendar year and Johnny Looby will be covering all of the action for Tipp FM Sport.last_img

Eagles Drop in Last FIFA Ranking before Kick off of Russia…

first_img* Russia enter own tournament as lowest-ranked teamDuro IkhazuagbeFollowing defeats in three of the five warm up matches ahead of the World Cup, Super Eagles dropped one place from 47th spot to 48th position in the June FIFA ranking released thursday in Zurich. Eagles also slipped one spot in the African ranking from sixth place to seventh as they are now behind Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco, Egypt and Ghana. The trio of Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mali completed the list of Africa’s Top 10 teams.Football aficionados were not surprised by the one spot drop in Eagles ranking as the three-time African champions have failed to make the most of the friendly games they played during the period under review.Apart from the win against Poland and the 1-1 score draw with DR Congo, Super Eagles lost the other warm up games to Serbia, England and Czech Republic ahead of the Mundial kicking off in a week from today.The breakdown on the FIFA website shows that Nigeria lost 17 points from last month’s 635. Eagles are now on 618.Interestingly, none of Nigeria’s group opponents at the World Cup in Russia rose in the ranking.Croatia, Eagles first Group D opponents on June 16 in Kaliningrad dropped two places from 18th to 20th while Nigeria’s second game opponents, Iceland, stagnated on the 22nd spot from the May ranking.Nigeria’s perennial nemesis, Argentina remained at the fifth spot of global ranking as there was no movement in the Top 10.Reigning World Cup champions Germany top the list with five-time winners Brazil second, Belgium is third while Portugal is fourth. Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile and Spain completed the top 10 of the global ranking.Interestingly, Hosts Russia will enter their own World Cup as the lowest-ranked side of all the 32 teams competing in the tournament.Russia had been ahead of Saudi Arabia when FIFA’s previous standings were released in May, but slipped four places to 70th in the new rankings.AFRICA’S TOP 10TunisiaSenegalCongo DRMoroccoEgyptGhanaNigeriaCameroonBurkina FasoMaliShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Impropriety at ISSA?

first_imgPresident of ISSA Dr Walton Small Old Boys Associations calls for audit of Association’s financial recordsThe Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has come under intense scrutiny after an alliance of old boys’ associations of five prominent  Jamaican high schools lodged a better complaint to the Ministry of Education about the operation of the school sporting body.The old boys’ associations of Calabar, Jamaica College, Kingston College, St. George’s College and Wolmer’s Boys’ School, submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information outlining a number of concerns.The letter dated June 2 was addressed to the Permanent Secretary,  Deanroy Bernard, and copied to a number of individuals in various government ministries,  including Education Minister Ruel Reid and Sports Minister Olivia Grange.The letter stated that the various associations have no confidence in ISSA’s desire to develop and protect student athletes and demanded an immediate forensic audit of ISSA’s financial records for the last five years.Dr. Walton Small, Principal of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, is the President of ISSA.Below is the letter addressed to the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information:As an alliance comprising the Old Boys Associations of Calabar High School, Jamaica College, Kingston College, St. George’s College and Wolmer’s Boys’ School, we hereby write to bring to your attention several concerns that we have in relation to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA).These concerns are primarily rooted in the grave lack of transparency, accountability and governance in how ISSA conducts its operations as well as the exploitative nature of aspects of ISSA’s handling of student athletes. We have approached ISSA through their president in the past and have found their response to be quite dismissive.ISSA has always been described by its Executive as a non-profit organization, and they have repeatedly insinuated that a large portion of the funds that they generate and collect are given back to the schools that participate in their events.An aerial view of the National Stadium during Boys and Girls Champs 2015We find these assertions difficult to reconcile with the fact that our research indicates that ISSA currently receives in excess of Two Hundred Million Dollars ($200 M) per annum from corporate sponsors alone, yet its total contribution to one of the leading participating schools for last year was under a million dollars.The members of the ISSA Executive have also described their positions as being voluntary in nature. However, we have been reliably informed that this is far from reality.It is our understanding that Executive Members do indeed receive monetary payments from ISSA, in addition to the Association paying for their foreign travel and accommodations when they represent and act – sometimes only putatively – on behalf of ISSA.It has also come to our attention that some members of the ISSA Executive  are Directors of Greenfield Media Productions Ltd. (GMPL), a joint venture between ISSA and Grace Kennedy, the major sponsor of Boys and Girls Championships.Student athletes are the products from whom ISSA ultimately derives its income; these students sacrifice class time to compete in ISSA’s competitions, while placing themselves at risk of injury in the process.Action from the Manning CupIt is for these reasons that many of these athletes are in dire need of far more remedial classes and critical emergency medical care. However, it is past students and the respective alumni associations like ours that, largely, fund these crucial needs. It would appear that ISSA has taken a decision to resile from contributing in these areas.  Accordingly, we have little confidence in ISSA’s desire or ability to develop and protect our student athletes.Furthermore, very little information on ISSA is made available to the public and attempts by alumni associations such as ours to access even basic documentation about that entity quite often run into roadblocks.Meanwhile, ISSA’s accountability/reporting framework remains unclear to us. It is not clear to whom ISSA reports in the Government bureaucracy, or whether it is currently being made to report to anyone at all. What does seem more apparent is that this body is operating without any robust governance structure, without properly established checks and balances, or guidelines for sound oversight.As an entity that coordinates and hosts sporting activities for secondary schools that are funded from the Consolidated Fund, we believe that ISSA, too, should be subjected to the Corporate Governance Framework for Public Sector Bodies of Jamaica.This is a major area of concern as our Old Boys’ associations have always been significant stakeholders in the development of our schools, and our efforts have borne fruit in many ways, including improved academic performance and sporting excellence.Our associations contribute to the welfare and learning of current students through scholarships, mentoring, feeding programmes, etc.Millions of dollars are spent annually on medical bills, physiotherapy, nutrition and hydration, feeding programmes, training camps and athletic equipment and gear.The harsh reality is that these costs are borne by the alumnae of each institution. A rough estimate puts the yearly expenditure of each school on its athletic programme above that of any single sponsorship package we have heard announced.  In essence, this makes Calabar, JC, Wolmer’s, St George’s and KC, collectively, the largest financial contributor (read: sponsor) in making ISSA events successful.  Yet, they refuse to even engage us in dialogue.  (And, à la Shirley Chisholm, if they don’t give us a seat at the table, we are prepared to bring a folding chair!)In light of the above, we consider the following questions germane:1). Should ISSA be allowed to collect funds year after year without providing proper financial statements? Who is responsible for conducting financial and operational audits – if any – of ISSA? If audits have been done, when was the most recent one and are audit reports available for scrutiny? Does ISSA submit its accounting records, bank statements and audited financial statements to the Ministry of Education (MOE)?2). Should ISSA be allowed to keep large sums of money on fixed deposit, when many schools are having challenges meeting the requirements of participating in ISSA-run events because of financial constraints? Is the MOE or any other government ministry, agency or department keeping track of ISSA’s various current, savings and investment accounts?3). If many of the costs associated with the schools’ sporting programmes are already being borne by the schools, parents and alumni, shouldn’t ISSA have more funding available to remit to the schools?4). When one considers the fact that athletes have to sacrifice study time and classroom contact hours in order to put in the work required to achieve the world class standards of athletic performance at the annual Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, is it morally or ethically right for ISSA not to bear the burden of replacing these lost contact hours, especially when, for many of these athletes, they are unable to afford extra or remedial classes on their own?Shouldn’t ISSA have in place some sort of remedial summer or weekend-class program for example, to put back what the student athletes have lost in order to make the Championships the wildly profitable and internationally renowned event that it is?5). If the persons who comprise the ISSA Executive owe their places on that Executive solely to the fact that they are all employed to the MOE as principals of high schools, then should such persons be allowed to accrue financial gain from their participation in ISSA? Would such a situation not, almost inevitably, result in obvious conflicts of interest?6). Are ISSA Executive Members who sit on the board of Greenfield Media Production Ltd (GMP)  receiving any direct financial benefits from that joint venture? Are they members of GMP in their individual capacity or as officers of ISSA? If they are, wouldn’t such a situation also result in further conflicts of interest?We are of the view that answers to the above questions will serve to enlighten the public on the potential for funding assistance and greater academic support for participating schools in future events.This financial aspect touches on the governance structure that ought to be required for a body such as ISSA, which impacts significantly the sporting performance and the development of athletes in Jamaica. Events such as the annual Boys & Girls’ Athletic Championships, the Manning Cup and DaCosta Cup football competitions are always of great national interest and importance.Accordingly, to address these issues we would like to respectfully recommend the following:1). An immediate forensic audit of ISSA’s financial records for the last five years be carried out and the findings made known. Particular scrutiny should be directed at payments and benefits that have been given to Executive Members.2). ISSA’s company documents, financial records and meeting records should be open and available to all key stakeholders (i.e., PTA, Alumni Associations, Coaches Association, MOE).3). Full financial and personal disclosure requirements for all ISSA Executive Members ought to become mandatory.4). Consideration should be given to diversifying the make-up of the ISSA Board to allow for representatives from the alumni associations, the Coaches Association, National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) and the MOE.5). Term limits for all ISSA Executive Members established and enforced based on guidelines for similar public funded bodies.6). Establishment of an oversight body for the ISSA, together with a clear and unambiguous reporting structure.7). Establishment of strict and transparent guidelines governing payments and remitting of funds to the participating schools.8). Consideration be given to setting restrictions on how ISSA may spend its net financial resources; specifically, this should be confined to direct reinvestment in the schools, especially in the area of student-athlete academic support.9). Promotion of greater probity and integrity in ISSA’s management and execution practices through random audits of ISSA sporting events.10). Conduct within ISSA be guided by a code of ethics, which would, inter alia, prohibit Executive Members from using their positions for personal financial gain.In light of the fact that all of current ISSA Executive Members are employees of Government-run schools who ought to submit Statutory Declaration of Assets, Liabilities & Income pursuant to the Corruption (Prevention) Act, and that the MOE has an obligation to the public to ensure that those in its employ conduct themselves in a manner that is always unquestionably above board, we are seeking your direct intervention in his matter.We anticipate receiving an acknowledgement and a timely response.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Africa): Senegal, Tunisia Record Important Wins In Race…

first_imgStandings(5 games):Tunisia 13 pointsDR Congo 10 pointsGuinea 3 pointsLibya Standings(5 games):Nigeria 13 pointsZambia 7 pointsCameroon 6 pointsAlgeria 1 point Group D:Cape Verde 0-2 SenegalSouth Africa 3-1 Burkina Faso Standings:Senegal 8 points (4 games)Burkina Faso 6 points (5 games)Cape Verde 6 points (5 games)South Africa 4 points (4 games) Group C:Mali 0-0 Ivory CoastMorocco 3-0 GabonStandings(5 games):Morocco 9 pointsIvory Coast 8 pointsGabon 5 pointsMali 3 points Group B:Nigeria 1-0 ZambiaCameroon 2-0 Algeria RelatedCAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”CAF #WCQ Roundup: Four Teams Eliminated, Others Continue 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket ChaseSeptember 6, 2017In “Africa”2018 World Cup: Nigeria, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, & Egypt Seek To Consolidate Positions Ahead Of Double HeadersAugust 31, 2017In “Africa” Group E:Uganda 0-0 GhanaEgypt vs. Congo (Sunday)Standings:Egypt 9 points (4 games)Uganda 8 points (5 games)Ghana 6 points (5 games)Congo 1 point (4 games) Senegal took a big step towards qualifying for Russia 2018 after they scored two late goals to secure a 2-0 away win over Cape Verde in Group D of the African qualifiers.West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho and Cheikh Ndoye scored in the last ten minutes as Senegal leapfrog both Cape Verde and Burkina Faso into top spot. This win would be a morale-boosting one ahead of the double header against South Africa in November.In Group A, Tunisia are close to sealing a place at next year’s World Cup after a 4-1 win against hosts Guinea meant they need just a point in their last qualifier against Libya at home to confirm their spot in Russia. Forward Youssef Msakni scored a hattrick against the home side, who ended up with 10 men after RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita was sent off.Group A:Libya 1-2 DR CongoGuinea 1-4 Tunisialast_img read more

MORNING WRAP: Everything you need to know about Lakers-Clippers opener; How Angels blew leads and who was the Dodgers’ 13-inning hero?

first_imgFOUR: Legendary college baseball coach Mike Gillespie, who led USC to its last College World Series title, died Wednesday at the age of 80. Reporter Adam Grosbard recaps his long career, in which Gillespie was a player and coach at USC and played for the Trojans in 1960 and 1961, and winning a national title with the Trojans in ’61. WHO: LAKERS-CLIPPERSWhen: Today, 6 p.m.Where:  The Arena (Wide World of Sports) – OrlandoTV: TNT, Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Clippers broadcast), Spectrum SportsNet (Lakers broadcast) THREE: One night after Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended eight game by MLB, the Dodgers played a 13-inning maranathon against Houston, and got the two-game sweep after Edwin Rios’ two-run homer in the 13th, and some clutch pitching to finish, writes beat reporter Bill Plunkett. Dodgers move on to Arizona tonight to begin a four-game series. The Morning Wrap shares the days top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group … And have everything delivered to you in our daily newslettersONE: The wait is over, the Lakers and Clippers square off in tonight’s NBA restart at 6 p.m., and we’ve got it all covered. Follow today’s LIVE UPDATES thread and share your comments and follow throughout the game. Read today’s previews from both our reporters. Kyle Goon has the preview from Lakers Camp, and Mirjam Swanson delivers what the Clippers have to do in tonight’s opener. And Goon also features LeBron James, whose clock is ticking to win another championship. And also, you can chat with Goon and Swanson on this morning’s webinar at 10 a.m. to dicuss the NBA’s future, so make sure you sign-up and fire off your questions. Lakers-Clippers live updates: analysis, reaction, stats, scorescenter_img Live updates:TWO: The Angels’ bullpen let them down, blowing leads twice in a tough 10-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners, and spoiling a night in which Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer and Justin Upton hit the 300th homer of his career, writes reporter Jeff Fletcher, who also has questions about Angels manager Joe Maddon’s decision to pull Andrew Heaney. FIVE: The Houston Astros are in town to take on the Angels this weekend and manager Joe Maddon doesn’t want the Angels taking shots the way the Dodgers did that led to Joe Kelly’s eight-game suspension, writes Jeff Fletcher.What Maddon said: “We’ve talked about playing baseball, straight up. That’s what I’m anticipating. That’s all I’m looking for. What happened yesterday, if you were immediately impacted by (the sign stealing), I could get it a little bit. But then you saw the commissioner’s response, regarding what happened. So you got to choose the method you want to incorporate, and I would prefer that we just go play baseball.”Joe Maddon doesn’t want Angels pitchers taking aim at the Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

TCTV Opens High Definition Studio

first_imgFacebook51Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Community TelevisionThurston Community Television (TCTV) has spent the past six months renovating and upgrading the community media center it operates in Thurston County.  A state-of-the-art High Definition television studio is now available for use by community members to make video programs that are aired on the TCTV channels and shared through the Internet.   The new facility will be unveiled to the community during an open house on Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.“We’re very excited about the opportunities this new facility offers,“ says Deborah Vinsel, TCTV CEO.   “Our community can now create beautiful high definition video programs in our studio.  The graphics (titles and credits) are beautiful.   We can stream programming from the studio directly onto the Internet and import media from web services (like SKYPE) to include participants from other places.  It’s an exceptional facility and it’s available to anyone who wants to become a member and take our classes. “The TCTV studio is located at 440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C, Olympia, in the same building as Comcast Cable on Olympia’s west side.   There are lots of hands-on activities planned for the September 27 Open House.  Attendees can take a tour, make an animation, shoot a video message, or record a voice-over to name a few.  There will also be refreshments and door prizes.  At 3:00 PM there will be a brief program in the studio to officially re-dedicate the facility.TCTV has been managing the public, educational, and governmental cable access channels and production facilities since 1986.   The resources are made possible through service contracts between TCTV and Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County.   TCTV services include video production training classes, studio and editing facilities, and portable equipment that can be checked-out by TCTV members.  Membership is open to any individual, nonprofit organization, government agency or school.   Members have access to low-cost classes and can gain unlimited access to the equipment and facilities by paying a small annual fee.Programming created through the TCTV facilities is seen on four local cable channels on the Comcast Cable system in greater Thurston County and on three channels on Fairpoint Cable system serving the area around Yelm.    More than 20,000 hours of programming is scheduled by TCTV on these channels each year.  Programming is also available through the TCTV website, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.last_img read more