Qualified for Rio! – But Jamaica’s first internationally certified badminton umpire needs money for history-making trip

first_img His son, Joshua, is accredited at Level One, and that means they are the first father-son umpires in the history of the sport. Clarke said he has approached individuals and organisations for assistance, but with time running out, he is yet to get any money. “I have to find money for airfare and visa to China and Brazil at a cost of approximately US$5,000. The organisers will provide accommodation. I have approached some people and organisations, but no confirmation as yet,” Clarke explained. “It is important to secure bookings by month end.” FATHER-SON UMPIRES He has been working hard on raising the standard of the sport in Jamaica and formed the National Association of Badminton Umpires and Court Officials in November 1997, after he returned from Guatemala. Two months before, he had earned Pan Am accreditation status as an umpire, thus becoming Jamaica’s first internationally certified umpire. In 1999, he became the nation’s first Pan Am-certified umpire, then three years later, he became Jamaica’s first and the Caribbean’s second-ever BWF-accredited umpire. He is a founding member of Racketeers Badminton Club that hosts an annual tournament here, and is currently a JBA vice-president. He is a past president of the local body as well as past president of the regional body, CAREBACO. Also, he once served as first vice-president of the Central American and Caribbean Badminton Association. Clarke said he would be disappointed if things did not work out for him to travel to China and ultimately the Rio Games. “It is a big thing to officiate at the Olympics. They (organisers) want global representation, so this is Jamaica’s chance. If we are to miss out, Trevor McCain is the closest to me in ranking. He is a Pan Am-certified umpire, but that is only the second of four levels needed,” he noted. “I’m trying to raise the money for both events, but nothing confirmed. However, I remain hopeful of securing the necessary funds to make both trips,” Clarke stressed. Jamaica’s first and only Badminton World Federation (BWF) umpire, Joseph Clarke, is in need of US$5,000 (approximately $600,000) to officiate at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clarke said that to become Jamaica’s first badminton umpire at the Olympic Games, he must officiate at the Thomas and Huber World Championship in China this year. “I have two assignments this year. First one is the Thomas and Huber World Championships in China in May. This would be a first for a Jamaican in the final. It is a prerequisite to get to the Olympics,” Clarke told The Gleaner. “If I don’t make it, it could be another 10 years for another Jamaican,” he reasoned. He has been involved in the sport for more than 35 years as a player, coach, administrator and official. RAISING THE STANDARD OF THE SPORTlast_img read more

Leeds v QPR line-ups: Washington starts

first_imgQPR make three changes for the trip to Leeds United, with Conor Washington partnering Jamie Mackie up front.Washington replaces Sebastian Polter, who picked up a knock in the defeat by Middlesbrough and is only fit enough for a place on the bench.Massimo Luongo and Junior Hoilett also return to the starting line-up, with Karl Henry and Tjaronn Chery making way.Ben Gladwin is among the substitutes, as is Jack Robinson, while Clint Hill remains injured.Leeds United make five changes, giving a debut to 19-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, with first-choice Marco Silvestri suspended.Liam Cooper replaces Sol Bamba at the back and Luke Murphy comes in for former Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.Another ex-Bees man Stuart Dallas starts, with Alex Mowatt dropped to the bench, while Mustapha Carayol replaces Mirco Antenucci.Leeds United: Peacock-Farrell; Berardi, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor; Bridcutt, Murphy; Cook, Dallas, Carayol, Wood. Subs: Grimes, Coyle, Bamba, Diagouraga, Adeyemi, Mowatt, Antenucci.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch; Phillips, Faurlin, Luongo, Hoilett; Mackie, Washington. Subs: Ingram, Robinson, Henry, Chery, Gladwin, El Khayati, Polter.See also:QPR’s Polter a doubt for Leeds gameFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Creative Inspiration: The History of the Title Sequence

first_imgClassic motion graphic design is displayed in The History of the Title Sequence.In a world of After Effects and Cinema 4D it’s easy to forget how much effort and creativity it took to create motion graphics in a non-digital environment. In his graduate project, motion graphics artist Jurjen Versteeg takes us on a fictitious journey through The History of the Title Sequence and creatively encapsulates the essence of some of the most popular motion graphic designers of the 20th century. The video was created in 2011, but we missed it upon it’s release and thought it too good not share.It should be noted that the entire film was shot over the course of 1 day. Jarjen used a small camera crane to shoot over his shoulder so his hands could be in the shot. The film is a great example of what can be achieved if you have a great idea and put in the necessary pre-production. The following video shows a behind the scenes look at the making of the short film.What do you think of The History of the Title Sequence? Is there anything you would have done differently? Comment below.last_img read more