Ali Adams has vowed to end Audley Harrison’s boxing career when the pair meet in April.Their encounter will be much-maligned former Olympic champion Harrison’s first fight since he was beaten by David Haye in a one-sided world title clash in 2010.The Wembley heavyweight, 40, says he is determined to atone for that performance and put himself in the frame for another title shot.But the Iraq-born Adams, who lives in Chelsea, says he will knock Harrison out.He told West London Sport: “I hit hard – and when I hit Audley he’s going to the floor.“Audley is a joke and I’m going to end his career. I’m going to destroy him. There’s no way the fight will go the distance.“I’d rather die than lose to Harrison and let people down. Is he ready to face someone like me? I don’t think he can handle it.”Adams, nicknamed ‘The Tiger’, has lived in west London since he was 16 and was introduced to boxing by his father, who passed away last year.Winning the 14 April showdown with Harrison in Brentwood would put the 30-year-old in line for a British title challenge and he is keen to make the most of his chance.“It’s my time – a big opportunity for me and I’m going to take it,” he declared.“I’m going to do it for my dad and show people what Ali Adams is capable of.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Twitter
28 May 2012South Africa’s economy grew at a slower rate in the first quarter of 2012, but not as slowly as analysts had forecast, with mining production contracting but manufacturing showing considerable resilience.The economy grew by 2.7% in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted and annualised basise, compared with 3.2% growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said in a statement on Tuesday.This was better than analysts’ forecast of 2.4%, according to news agency Reuters, with manufacturing being the surprise following a poor monthly showing in March.“We know mining was weak because of all the closures and strike activity, especially around platinum,” Stanlib chief economist Kevin Lings told Reuters. “The other sectors held up reasonably well, especially manufacturing.”Manufacturing showed growth of 7.7% in the first quarter, while finance, real estate and business services grew at 4.1%.The wholesale, retail, motor trade and catering as well as accommodation grew by 3%, while government services showed growth of 2.3%. Transport, storage and communication grew by 2.5%However, mining and quarrying contracted by 16.8% in the first quarter. Kedibone Mabaso, GDP manager at Stats SA, attributed the fall to lengthy strike action in the sector.Nedbank economists said the economy was still expected to show moderate growth, reaching 2.7% in 2012.“But the outlook is becoming increasingly murky, with Europe’s debt woes threatening to derail the global recovery and undermine local exports,” the bank cautioned, adding that mining, manufacturing and agriculture would remain under pressure.If problems in Europe persisted and resulted in capital expenditure cutbacks and retrenchments, South Africa’s domestic spending would also be hurt and the growth outcome would be much weaker than is currently anticipated.“Given the softer growth trend locally and an increasingly uncertain global environment, with turmoil in Europe and signs of softer activity in most key emerging market economies, the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee is likely to maintain its accommodative monetary policy stance until the downside risks to global and local growth fade and more compelling signs of momentum emerge,” Nedbank said.“Interest rates are likely to remain on hold at current low levels until March next year.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNews
TrackFinger seems like a cool motion tracking tool for After Effects users, but does it work?For more info on trackFinger check out our earlier post here.OverviewTrackFinger is the latest app by Exmachina designed to track your finger movements on an iPad and move them into After Effects. In our previous article we talked about some of the features that TrackFinger offers, but does it really work? In this article we review the features in TrackFinger, analyze the workflow and give the verdict on what we really think of this app. The FeaturesTrackFinger has one main purpose: Convert iPad finger movements to After Effects tracking data. The app features:A project management screen with ratings systemA fully customizable clapboardFinger trackingA green screen for keying.A settings menu with many customizable optionsGetting StartedWe noticed that TrackFinger was difficult to find in the app store so here is the link just in case you can’t find it. TrackFinger is not an easy app to figure out so it is highly recommended that you watch the how-to video before attempting to use it. After watching the video the app interface will be much easier to understand. Using TrackFingerThe app itself is not incredibly intuitive but it does work just as advertised. After selecting “New Track” simply fill out the clapboard with all the information you need and click the clapboard to begin tracking. After the screen turns green you are ready to record your finger movements. Once you’re done simply click the the bottom corner and the tracking will stop. Upon hitting the bottom corner a screen will pop up asking you to rate the track between good, bad and reserve. From that screen you can send the tracking data to up to 2 emails at a time. After a track has been labeled and stored you can sort through and delete previous tracks. The VerdictAs stated before, TrackFinger works exactly as advertised and there is a lot to be said about that. However, even with the app working perfectly the workflow isn’t exactly “convenient”. Our biggest complaint is the fact that you must connect to your email to get the tracking data. It can also can get confusing in After Effects when you have a situation in which a person has picked up their finger and placed it down again. Convenience aside the app works great as a tool to simulate finger movement on an iPad. It is very accurate and it read our finger movements perfectly.Who Should Use ItIf you are a video editor who does a lot of app demos or simply wants to film an iPad screen, than this app is for you. The price is a bit steep at $39.99 but if you need to record finger movements on your iPad this seems to be one of the best options. A free version (trackFinger lite for iPhone) is scheduled to be released in the next few weeks. More info and download on the trackFinger site.
Budget airline SpiceJet got temporary reprieve when the government reportedly gave a 10-day extension on a deadline to pay 194 crore to the Airports Authority of India. AAI. The company was supposed to pay the amount by Monday. SpiceJet (Credit: Reuters)ReutersThe cash-strapped airline sought the extension on Monday at a meeting attended by Sanjiv Kapoor, its chief operating officer and SL Narayanan, the chief financial officer of its parent Sun Group, with Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma and aviation regulator. SpiceJet’s executives told the government that the airline could fold “tonight or in 30 days,” unless the Centre allowed the airline to continue flying, without having to pay oil firms and aviation authorities in advance, reported The Times of India.Sharma said, “SpiceJet has requested for relief. We will discuss within the ministry and put whatever decision emerges before seniors in the Government. This will be done in the interest of passengers. No commitment or assurance has been given to SpiceJet.” reported BusinessLine.Recapitalization PlanOn Monday, SpiceJet was to submit a recapitalization plan on how it seeks to continue operations and also a timeline on when the creditors are to be paid.However, the plan submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had no new development. There was also no mention of roping in investors to infuse fresh capital.The beleaguered airline needs 1,400 crore capital infusion immediately, followed by 600 crore later, if it has to continue flying.The airline faced a deadline on Monday to pay the AAI an outstanding sum of 194 crore, else to pay upfront or usage of facilities, starting from Tuesday.On Tuesday, the airline scrip was trading at 11.75, down 1.80 or 13.65% at 10.38 am.
Islamic UniversityIslamic University (IU) authorities on Monday suspended a female student from the university allegedly for making ‘derogatory’ remarks about Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Facebook.The suspended student is Mousumi Akter Mou, a final year student of Finance and Banking department of the university.IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif told UNB that IU vice-chancellor Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari issued the suspension order against Mou as she posted an “abusive comment” on Facebook about BCL, the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).A three-member probe body was also formed with IU Student Adviser professor Rezwanul Islam as its head to look into the matter, he said, adding that further action will be taken after getting the probe report.