SA swimmers on World Cup podium

first_imgThe men’s title went to Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, while Sweden’s Therese Alshammar won the women’s title. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh had won the men’s title for the past two years, but this year opted out of the series early on to recover at home from a tiring season. In total, he won the freestyle four times, the breaststroke an equal number of times, and the butterfly five times, for a total of 13 victories. He also achieved the best times recorded in those three events. DominatedIn his absence, Roland Schoeman dominated the 50 metres breaststroke throughout the series. In 2009, he had been good enough to beat Van der Burgh, the world record holder in the event, twice. With Van der Burgh not around, Schoeman went virtually unchallenged. In the last two events of the series, in Moscow on 2-3 November and in Stockholm on 6-7 November, he won the 50m freestyle both times, the 50m breaststroke on both occasions, and was third and first in the butterfly respectively. South African swimmers featured prominently throughout the World Cup and achieved numerous podium places. Those that achieved at least one victory included Roland Schoeman, Cameron van der Burgh, Darian Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, and Jessica Pengelly. Thus, Pereira achieved what proved to be his winning score at the very first meet in Rio in which his 200 metres individual medley time was worth 969 points. Displaying similar consistency throughout the series, Schoeman was undoubtedly the leading performer in the sprints. Townsend had to play second fiddle to Pereira in the individual medley, but his performances were also of a very high standard and earned him second place on the podium and a cheque for US$50 000. The 50 metres breaststroke was not the only sprint race in which Schoeman excelled. He also shone in the butterfly and freestyle sprints. 9 November 2010 Alshammar previously topped the World Cup standings in 2006 and 2007. She placed second in 2008 and 2009. Fina Points tableThe final standings are not calculated on the number of wins, however, but on points according to the Fina Points Table, which assigns a value to the time achieved by a swimmer. South African swimmers Darian Townsend and Roland Schoeman finished second and third respectively in the final standings after the completion of the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday.last_img read more

Your iTunes Music May Soon Sound A Whole Lot (24-Bit) Better

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Music aficionados know: there’s a trade-off that comes with the move to digital music. Sure, you can house your entire record collection on your computer. You can fit thousands of songs on your mobile phone. But if you’re downloading your mp3s from an online store like iTunes, you’re often getting a file with poorer sound quality.But a report from CNN suggests that Apple is working to improve the quality of its music downloads. Generally, studio recordings are captured in a 24-bit, high-fidelity format. But these are often downgraded to 16-bit files when pressed into CDs or distributed to digital retailers. From there, the files are compressed even further, so as to minimize the amount of time it takes for you to download the record or stream it over the Internet.But as digital music is quickly becoming the norm, efforts are underway to improve its sound quality – or at least give retailers some options of working from the higher grade 24-bit files. CNN reports that talks are underway between the music studios and Apple to do just that. It’s not the first time that Apple has made these efforts, as back in 2009, it doubled the bit-rate of its tracks.Of course, better quality, higher bit-rate files are just part of the solution here. Many devices don’t support 24-bit files. “Paul McCartney can master The Beatles albums all he wants, (but) when you play them through a Dell computer, it sounds like you’re playing them through a portable television,” says music executive Jimmy Iovine.The desire for a better quality music is evident in Radiohead’s release of its latest album, which allows fans to pay a little extra for uncompressed files. But as ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus laments, that takes “so damn long to download!” audrey watters 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Tags:#Apple#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

The Costume Design of Star Trek, House of Cards, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding

first_imgWe spoke with costume designer Gersha Phillips about her bold designs for Star Trek: Discovery, all the suits in House of Cards, and working on My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Sonequa Martin-Green and Costume Designer Gersha Phillips on the Red Carpet during the Season 2 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY premiere party, held at the Conrad, New York on January, 17th. Photo Cr: Brad Barket/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.PremiumBeat: The Star Trek franchise is storied. Were you given a prime directive for the look and feel of Star Trek: Discovery? Or were you tasked to bring the creative team a vision first? How was it tackling something so iconic?Gersha Phillips: It is a huge responsibility, and it’s an amazing creative challenge. I am so grateful to have this opportunity! We hold the entire genre, the whole canon, and the fans in all of our creative processes and decision-making.It gives us an opportunity to look into current technology and the future and imagine the possibilities. And it adds a whole new element to costume design! It’s been an inspiring experience.And it’s also such an honor to think about my designs and my work and my team’s work being included in this iconic series of the Star Trek universe. It’s pretty cool!I was invited to the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last year, and it was incredibly surreal, humbling, and amazing to see the Star Trek fans and cosplayers dressed in their versions of our costumes!Image via Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).PB: When designing for women on the show — it’s been problematic in the past when the female characters were so sexualized (from the original Star Trek series with mini skirts to Seven of Nine in Voyager wearing body suits and high heels). What was your strategy to devise the sexy without the sexist?  Because the women look amazing, yet unexploited.GP: I find this part so fascinating. Sexy means something different to every person you talk to, and I love working with that. My goal was to empower the female and male cast equally.This creative journey gives us a great opportunity to showcase these very personal and culture-based concepts like “sexy” or “power” in terms of dress. We had to imagine what these things will mean far into the future and where we will be in terms of sexual politics, gender, sex, culture, and values. I think we knew very early on that Star Trek: Discovery was a progressive and inclusive show, and one of the major thoughts for me was that the definition of sex and gender would become irrelevant in the future. Working towards a non-binary element to costuming was really important to us, empowering all characters equally.Image via Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).PB: You’ve worked on series and on features. We often hear that TV is a writer’s medium and film is the director’s purview. Where do you feel the costume designer enjoys the most creative freedom? Or is it impossible to generalize?GP: Twenty-two years ago, I would have said designing for film is definitely more creative without a doubt. But Star Trek: Discovery has become a case unto itself as we build 75-85 percent of the costumes on the show, and everyone is involved. I work closely with our showrunners, writers, producers, directors, production designer, DP, VFX, and props. It’s a very creative and collaborative environment to work in, and as an artist, I feel very grateful.As always, what we do is driven by the scripts. We are so fortunate on this show that we are given a tremendous amount of creative freedom.Image via House of Cards (Netflix).PB: You worked on the second season of House of Cards, which I imagine could simply have been a sea of red or blue ties and dark suits. Obama famously was called out for the audacity of once wearing a tan jacket. How do you find a character’s individual style in a series where political characters have the objective of blending in to remain uncontroversial?GP: This is an example of the art of costume design — recreating reality even when it’s all navy blue! This is the look of the world of American politics, and delivering anything other than that would have a really distracting effect. You never want the clothing to compete with the script or the world it operates in. As costume designers, we bring characters and stories to life, and we recreate worlds. Some days, it’s Brooks Brothers, and other days it’s outer space in year 2259.Image via My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films).PB: My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a smash, surprise hit. Your budget had to have been modest — how do you approach style economically?GP: I love this question because it’s another way that creativity and design work can be impacted — THE MONEY!Sometimes we have a great budget, and we can explore all sorts of possibilities, and other times less so, and then we get creative; we dig deeper, and sometimes we find gold. Depending on the look of a show, resale designer, used clothing, and rentals can really enhance the character and make the show more believable. This is less about budget and more about feeling and creating a world. It’s a really great topic because budgets are a huge part of our work in costume departments.PB: Finally, what do you want producers, directors, and talent to know to make your job more successful and seamless?GP: Making a film or a TV series like Star Trek: Discovery is an exciting challenge for everyone involved! For the producers, department heads, actors, and crew — we all work together and do our best. On Star Trek: Discovery we are so lucky to be heard and supported. The producers and directors are wonderful at meeting us halfway in order to serve an amazing final product.The most important things we keep in mind is to keep the conversations going, be flexible, and trust each other. We all know what we are talking about!Cover image via CBS All Access.Want more industry interviews? Check these out.The Story Behind Editing a Movie About Dungeons & DragonsIn Sundance Movie Paddleton, Limited Space and Time Yield A Genuine BromanceInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist ScreenplaysTom Cross, ACE on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageRound Table: Three Film Composers Converge on Sundancelast_img read more