University Challenge has announced that it hopes to encourage more women to compete on the show by introducing “gender neutral” questions.The move comes after complaints from the public about the lack of questions about women.Executive producer Peter Gwyn said: “When a viewer wrote in to point out that a recent edition of the programme had contained few questions on women, we agreed and decided to rectify it.We try to ensure that when hearing a question, we don’t have any sense of whether it was written by a man or a woman, just as questions should never sound as if they are directed more at men than women.”He said that while the programme “will always do everything” to encourage more women to participate, “ultimately […] the makeup of each team is decided by the university it represents.”In 2017, the Telegraph reported that even though women in the UK are 35% more likely than men to go to university, 95% of finalists over the past five years have been men.While the show itself has been criticised for the bias of its questions, several female previous participants have cited online abuse as the biggest barrier to women wanting to compete.Rose McKeown, who was on the winning team of St John’s, Cambridge, spoke out against the “hostility that some female contestants are subjected to on social media” but said there was also “an issue with women underestimating themselves and being hesitant to try out for the show.”New Statesman’s Anna Leszkiewicz told this week’s Radio Times: “Female contestants have repeatedly experienced abuse and objectification after their appearances, from Gail Trimble in 2009 to Katharine Perry in the current series, with a host of others in between.“It’s easy to dismiss these cyclical sexism rows as manufactured outrage, but University Challenge is a British institution that reaches millions of people each week.”Meanwhile, Professor Mary Beard told the Guardian: “Much as I love University Challenge, and ready as I am to sniff out sexism… I do sometimes wonder if women think they have better uses for their intelligence than quiz shows.”There have also been efforts within colleges to improve female representation on the show, with Wadham setting up trials exclusively for women to ensure at least one woman was selected.After a few weeks however, the college’s student committee decided to scrap the policy for fear that choosing a weaker female candidate over a stronger male one would appear “tokenistic”.
A series of tweets posted from Huth’s official account showed the 30-year-old German playing the game. On Friday evening, with the interactions with the other account having been deleted, he posted a message saying: “Clearly no offence was meant or directed to anyone, but apologies if I’ve offended anyone”. Huth had already received criticism from within the trans community. One Twitter user, @queenthingy, wrote: ”It is clear that @stokecity cannot allow @robert_huth to continue his transphobic adventures. Club being put into disrepute.” Another, @infuriousbeauty, stated: ”People might want to consider asking @stokecity football club why their player @robert_huth thinks it’s okay to bully trans people online.” Stoke declined to comment on the matter when contacted by Press Association Sport. In October the FA handed QPR defender Rio Ferdinand a three-match suspension, as well as a £25,000 fine, for comments he made on Twitter. Ferdinand directed a jibe at a Twitter follower containing the word ‘sket’, which was understood to be a slang term taken to mean a promiscuous girl or woman. In its statement concerning the former England captain, the FA said Ferdinand’s comment had been ”abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” and an aggravated breach as it ”included a reference to gender”. Stoke defender Robert Huth has apologised for interactions he made on Twitter but it may not be enough for him to escape punishment from the Football Association. The FA is investigating after Huth responded to a Twitter account which posts sexual images of individuals. The account invites users of the social media site to guess from cropped photographs of people in explicit poses whether those pictured have male or female genitalia. Press Association
Madrid hosted last year’s final when Liverpool beat Tottenham.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Madrid ready to host Champions League final Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The mayor of Madrid says there are discussions for the Spanish capital to host the Champions League final this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press June 9, 2020 José Luis Martínez-Almeida says the city would be prepared to host the final for the second straight year. He did not elaborate on the negotiations in his interview with 13tv.A UEFA executive committee meeting on June 17 is expected to decide the new location for the final in August. It was originally scheduled to be played in Istanbul in May.The country hosting the final is also expected to stage the quarterfinals and semifinals.German city Frankfurt and Portuguese capital Lisbon are also likely contenders to host the final.Spain was hard-hit by the pandemic but has been gradually lifting confinement restrictions.
Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi , Osei Assibey Antwi , is one of high-profile personalities expected to lead the Luv FM Fitness Walk slated for Saturday, 29th July, 2017.The much-anticipated event promises to draw one of the biggest attendance for a single event in recent times. Mr. Assibey Antwi has personally endorsed the quarterly exercise and expressly given a word to confirm participation.Participants will converge at the Kumasi City Mall, the starting and finishing point, for the pre- and post-walk aerobics, a shift from the traditional ground, the Heroes Park of Baba Yara Stadium.It’s also an opportunity for walkers to undergo free health screening, witness arm wrestling and , perhaps, more importantly, network for business and other purposes. You can’t miss the bonus refreshment which Events and Promotions Executive at Multimedia Group, Kumasi, Louis Lamis, tells NGO on the Super Morning Show , will be ‘’surprisingly special’’ this time round. Organizers of the walk, LUV 99.5 FM, say all is set for yet another exciting moment for the station’s audience and other residents of Oseikrom who cherish good health.‘’As always, we are giving our listeners and all partners an unforgettable experience’’, says Mr. Lamis. Luv Fitness Walk is sponsored by SAQS Pharmacy, GT Bank, UTRAK Financial Services, IPMC and Olympic Furniture.The rest are Tradewinds Chemist, Inesfly, Integrity Fund, Zet Mineral Water AFB Ghana and Otuasekan Rural Bank.
LARGER THAN LIFE—This Aug. 26, 1970 photo shows Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame NFL player John Mackey on the practice field. (AP Photo/File) BALTIMORE (AP)—John Mackey revolutionized the tight end position, his incomparable ability to catch passes off the line of scrimmage helping to usher the NFL into the pass-happy modern era. After his retirement, Mackey remained on the forefront of change in professional football. He pushed for better health care and championed the cause of former players, even as he battled the dementia that ultimately forced him into an assisted-living facility. The Hall of Famer for the Baltimore Colts died at age 69. Mackey’s wife notified the team about her husband’s death, Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said Thursday. No cause was given.“John Mackey was one of the great leaders in NFL history, on and off the field,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He was a Hall of Fame player who redefined the tight end position. He was a courageous advocate for his fellow NFL players as head of the NFL Players Association. He worked closely with our office on many issues through the years, including serving as the first president of the NFL Youth Football Fund. He never stopped fighting the good fight.”Mackey played for the Colts from 1963-71, during a time when tight ends were viewed as additional offensive tackles. His breakaway speed, soft hands and bruising running made him difficult to cover, giving Johnny Unitas another top target in the passing game.Together, they helped the Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl by connecting on a pass after it deflected off two other players for a 75-yard touchdown. Mackey also played for the San Diego Chargers in 1972, and finished his 10-year career with 331 catches for 5,236 yards and 38 TDs.His efforts after his playing days were just as important as his performance on the field.An NFL labor agreement ratified in 2006 includes the “88 Plan,” named for Mackey’s number. The plan provides up to $88,000 a year for nursing care or day care for former players with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or $50,000 for home care.“John Mackey is still our leader. As the president of the NFLPA, he led the fight for fairness with a brilliance and with ferocious drive,” union executive director DeMaurice Smith said. “His passion continues to define our organization and inspire our players. His unwavering loyalty to our mission and his exemplary courage will never be forgotten.”Mackey has become closely associated with the plight of many former players who took to the field in an era before million-dollar contracts, safer equipment and better health care coverage.He suffered from frontotemporal dementia that is believed to have been caused by the contact associated with playing football. The costs associated with his care, which far outpaced Mackey’s pension, led the push toward better health care for former players.The issue has gained prominence in recent months during negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. An NFL lockout has been going on since March.“John Mackey has inspired me and will continue to inspire our players,” Smith posted on his Twitter feed Thursday. “He will be missed but never forgotten.”Mackey was drafted in 1963 out of Syracuse—twice, actually. He was selected by the NFL’s Colts in the second round and the rival AFL’s New York Jets in the fifth round.He wound up playing for the Colts just as the passing game was taking on a major role in pro football. His size, speed and ability to catch the ball while also blocking in the running game made him the prototype for future generations of tight ends.“John revolutionized the tight end position during his Hall of Fame career, and he laid the foundation on and off the field for modern NFL players,” Ravens general manager and fellow Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome said.Mackey caught 35 passes for 726 yards as a rookie in 1963, when he was selected to the first of five Pro Bowls. He also was voted first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 1966, ’67 and ’68.“John set the standard by which tight ends are measured on the field, and he will be sorely missed not only by his family, but also by the entire Baltimore community,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement.After he retired, Mackey joined Mike Ditka as the first tight ends selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The John Mackey Award was established to honor the nation’s top college tight end.Mackey made several trips to the Carrier Dome for Orange home games over the years, but those appearances became less frequent as his condition worsened. One of his last visits was on Sept. 15, 2007, when Syracuse retired his No. 88 jersey in a halftime ceremony against Illinois.“John was the perfect role model for Syracuse football student-athletes,” Syracuse coach and former NFL player Doug Marrone said. “He was a larger-than-life man and he influenced so many people. Many consider him the greatest tight end in NFL history and he was a pioneer in the development in the NFL Players Association.”
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) and inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) during the first half of the NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The call was unconventional. No wonder Todd Haley loved it.Lined up at the Houston 2 late in the first half on Monday night with a chance to take the lead, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t put the game in the hands of star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, rapidly improving running back Le’Veon Bell or reliable veteran tight end Heath Miller.Instead, Roethlisberger took the snap and flipped the ball to wide receiver Antonio Brown. Typically this isn’t a bad idea. Brown, after all, is a Pro Bowler. Of course, that’s for catching passes. What he did instead showcased the inventiveness – or insanity, depending on your point of view – of Haley, Pittsburgh’s unapologetic offensive coordinator.Brown pivoted 180 degrees, sprinted to his left, cocked his arm and fired a strike to Lance Moore in the end zone.Touchdown. Just like that, the Steelers had surged in front. Pretty good execution for a play the Brown and Moore had struggled with in practice. Haley decided to run it anyway.“You’re trying to create a look, create a reaction,” Haley said.That’s never been a problem for the architect of one of the NFL’s more dynamic, though occasionally erratic offenses. The confident, blunt and sometimes caustic former Kansas City Chiefs head coach has the Steelers (4-3) in the top 10 in yards passing (eighth) and rushing (ninth) heading into Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. It’s heady territory for a franchise who has staked its reputation and six Super Bowl trophies on defense.Not anymore. Not with Roethlisberger in the midst of another understatedly productive season and Bell and Brown proving to be two of the most electric players in the league.Ask Haley if this group of Steelers represents the most balanced offense he’s had at his disposal in his career and he starts nodding his head.“Without a doubt,” Haley said.With great firepower, however, comes great responsibility. Not to mention more than a handful of egos. Considering the depth at the skill positions, there are plenty of mouths to feed. While Haley has taken great lengths to create a symbiotic relationship with Roethlisberger – to the point where Roethlisberger calls it a “partnership” – he also has no problems juggling the depth chart and the game plan each week depending on need.And if that ends with hurt feelings, so be it.“I never worry about it a whole bunch,” Haley said. “Their job is to come out and play and contribute and coach (Tomlin) does a great job of making that very clear, that the guys that make plays will continue to get opportunities and guys that aren’t will have to wait their turn.”No matter how long they’ve been around. The Steelers signed Moore to a two-year deal in March figuring he would be a perfect fit in the slot. When a hamstring injury slowed Moore late in the preseason, he found his spot on the depth chart taken by unheralded Justin Brown. It bothered Moore but he didn’t ask for an explanation. He’s been around long enough to know that’s not how it goes.“It’s not something that’s communicated, they’re not calling us on the day off and saying ‘we’re going to do this with you,’” Moore said. “You just come in, check the game plan out, you get in practice and get the reps and get a feel for it then.”While Moore’s profile has risen over the last few weeks, even he’s not sure how much he’ll be involved against the Colts (5-2). As balanced as the numbers appear, they’re also deceiving. One week the Steelers are pounding away with the running game as they did when they rolled up 264 yards in a win over Carolina. The next Roethlisberger is throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay.While Haley allows the offense remains a work in progress, he’s not sure there has to be a certain identity. Given how the talent is spread out at the skill positions, maybe the Steelers are more chameleon than anything.“Balance forces you to look at each defense and figure out what is the best way to have the best chance to win,” he said. “When you can do both (run and pass), it’s a positive.”And if you can gamble every now and then, all the better. Haley has no problem opening games in five-wide sets on first down then bringing in three tight ends and a fullback a play later. Last he checked, part of his job is to keep the defense guessing.That’s why Brown found himself rolling left and threading the ball in between two Houston defenders during a pivotal moment in a game Pittsburgh hopes will provide a jolt to their puzzling season. For all their yards, the Steelers have struggled to score touchdowns in close. Might as well experiment.On that front, Haley has found a kindred spirit in Tomlin.“I couldn’t ask for more because he’s playing to win and wants you to think likewise,” Haley said. “Whether it’s thinking about the flea flicker here or whatever it’s ‘Let’s do it. Let’s play to win.’ There is no second guessing. It’s pedal to the metal.”NOTES: LB Ryan Shazier practiced on Thursday, meaning he could return from a sprained right knee to face the Colts. … T Marcus Gilbert (concussion) and DT Steve McLendon (Shoulder) did not practice.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Around the world, players, commentators, and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in a growing scandal that one ex-pro described as a “major wake-up call for the world of tennis”.Many called for clarity, saying that the public and players have a right to know who is suspected of cheating. Others warned that the match-fixing scandal has the potential to damage the reputation of tennis, just like doping or corruption scandals have hurt professional cycling, athletics, baseball, and soccer.Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, tweeted: “We need facts, not suppositions.”The scandal broke on Monday when the BBC and BuzzFeed News published reports – timed for the start of the Australian Open – alleging that tennis authorities have ignored widespread evidence of match-fixing involving 16 tennis players who have ranked in the top 50 over the past decade.BuzzFeed titled its story ‘The Tennis Racket’ and said that half of those 16, including a Grand Slam winner, were at this year’s Australian Open.”This really casts a very dark shadow on our sport right now,” Mary Jo Fernandez said on ESPN as part of a panel discussion yesterday on the controversy.”Hopefully, because the world is watching, something will be done about it. We need to flag who these players were,” said Fernandez, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, winner of two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals.Federer was among the first to demand more information: “I would love to hear names,” the Swiss star said on Monday at a post-match news conference. Referring specifically to the claim about a former Grand Slam winner, he asked, “Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam? It’s so all over the place. It’s nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.”His comments have resonated with those who say that not knowing leads to dangerous speculation.”This is turning into a witch hunt,” said Patrick McEnroe, a former French Open doubles champion and captain of the US Davis Cup team who was in Melbourne commentating.No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic was put on the spot yesterday at a post-match news conference, where a reporter told him that an Italian newspaper had just reported that he “wanted to lose” a match in Paris in 2007.”You can pick any match that you like that the top player lost and just create a story out of it,” Djokovic said.”This is now the main story in tennis, in the sports world. There’s going to be a lot of allegations,” he said, calling it “just speculation” and saying “it is not true”.GAMBLEDONHEAVILYUntil now, the average fan may have had little idea that tennis is one of the most gambled on sports in the world, with bookmakers actively taking bets mid-match. Between matches at the Australian Open, tennis experts have explained the mechanics of match-fixing, spelling out that it doesn’t necessarily mean throwing an entire match but could involve taking money just to double-fault or lose a set.”We in the tennis world have all heard the stories about this going on at the low levels. No one knew it was happening at the Grand Slams,” McEnroe said. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This is a major, major wake-up call for the world of tennis.”The BBC and BuzzFeed report prompted an immediate news conference by tennis’ governing bodies on Monday in Melbourne Park, where representatives denied allegations that any evidence about match-fixing had been suppressed. Officials noted that the sport’s anti-corruption division, the Tennis Integrity Unit, has pursued 18 disciplinary cases that resulted in life bans from the sport for five players and one official. It was set up in 2008 after a surge of suspicious betting activity in tennis.
In episode 10 of Play Your Part, we meet Nneile Nkholise, whose company designs breast and facial prostheses for people with cancer and burn victims. Here’s a sneak peek of the episode:Nneile Nkholise is founder of the company iMed Tech Group, which is incubated at The Innovation Hub. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South AfricaEpisode 10 of Play Your Part tells the story of Nneile Nkholise, who went from participating in science fairs at school to founding and directing her own company. iMed Tech Group employs only African women under the age of 30 who have research backgrounds in mechanical engineering.Nkholise is one of the guests on Play Your Part episode 10, which screens on Saturday, 11 November 2017 on SABC 2.Here’s more on the other two guests featured on this episode:Andile KhumaloAndile KhumaloAndile Khumalo is co-owner of the media and communications company, MSG Afrika Group. He is also the founder of MyStartup, an online portal for budding entrepreneurs, as well as host of the radio show, Power Business, on radio station Power 98.7 FM.Bongekile RadebeBongekile RadebeBongekile Radebe has been involved in youth development and leadership programmes such as One Day Leader. She is the founder of Taste of Legends, an African tea lifestyle and business network brand that focuses on tribute teas, wellness and boutique tea events.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
A few tips from the latest Apple iPhone 7 instructional video can help you create captivating instructional videos.Cover image via Shutterstock.Let’s face it, instructional videos are never the most entertaining projects, and they can even be daunting. I’ve personally created many of these videos, and I have always looked for ways to improve them. Recently Apple released a new series of instructional videos for photography on the iPhone 7. These videos stood out to me for many reasons, so we’ll go through them to see how you can apply them to your own work. First, check out one of the videos from Apple’s campaign.Step 1: SimplifyPhotography is a complex art form. However, Apple simplifies this complex process so their most inexperienced customers can apply compositional principles to their own photography. As filmmakers, most of us gravitate toward voiceovers for instructional videos. However, the text animations in this video work extremely well, and they help viewers visualize the ideas.If you’re the copywriter, or working with a copywriter, take the time to simplify your instruction. It can seem easier to be complex with your instruction. However, clarity and concision are more beneficial in the end, as you can see in these videos.Step 2: Give it EnergyNothing is worse than getting an exciting new product and then watching a boring video on its functionality. Instructional videos are great opportunities to capture an audiences’ attention by adding energy. This will make the instructional process enjoyable for the viewer, which can lead to improved product satisfaction.There are many things that you can do to increase excitement. For example, you can use motion graphics, which will help a traditionally boring medium find new life.Also, spend time to find the perfect music track. The Apple instructional video featured a wonderful composition that not only drove the video but also made the video feel fun and playful.(If you need affordable royalty free music for your video, check out the curated library at PremiumBeat.)Step 3: InspireAn instructional video should inspire your viewer to take full advantage of the product. These videos are also advertisements. The iPhone 7 videos are perfect examples — they really support the Apple brand. Not only do these videos instruct, they also inspire the viewer to explore the fuller range of the products’ capabilities.One way to help inspire your audience is to step away from the white backdrop of a studio wall. Find the lifestyle or target demographic of the user, and film the video in a location that reflects this information. For example, if you’re filming an instructional video about making a cup of coffee, film it in a coffee shop.Step 4: SummarizeInstructional videos can be powerful, creative tools. If we, as filmmakers, put in the time and effort to create something simple, energetic, and inspirational, we can turn this mostly stale medium into something dynamic.Do you have tips for shooting instructional videos? Let us know in the comments.