Seamless Design: A Q&A with ‘Skills’ Designer Marc Urtasun

first_imgWe were blown away by “Skills” an impressive seamless design project. Learn some animation tips/tricks from the motion designer behind it.Seamless design (animated objects transitioning into one another without any visible cuts) can be as impressive visually as it is challenging to create.  Due to complex projects, slow computers, and multiple artists, we aren’t always able to create an entire scene in just one composition, or at least not easily. As a result, we are forced to look at a project as small elements that make up a whole composition with actions and reactions woven together to make interesting design.Good designers know this and are able to blend small elements together to create a seamless design. The trick is in hiding the cuts. One such example is the demo reel/teaser trailer I recently came across online called Skills. If you haven’t seen it yet here it is:Skills is a great example of blending multiple elements together to create a seamless design. Motion designer Marc Urtasun used a wide variety of programs to achieve this awesome animation including Cinema4D, After Effects, and Vray. The thing that mesmerized me was the way in which objects seemed to “flow” together, playing off shared shapes.Now it’s one thing to recognize common shapes shared between say a spray can and a skateboard, it’s an entirely different thing to actually sit down and animate it. How would you even begin going about animating something like that? The following video created by Marc gives us some insight into how ‘Skills’ was created. Notice in the video, an extensive the research and development portion of the project is. Pre-production isn’t just for live-action projects. In fact, in a lot of ways pre-production is more important when doing motion graphics work.While this video provides great background into the process, we wanted a little more info about how Skills was created. We asked Marc a few questions and he was kind enough to hit us back with the answers:Q: How did you begin conceptualizing the design for “Skills”?I wanted to create something new with references to artists that I admire, and of course, learn new things. There’s a video from Plenty.tv that caught my attention that mixes different characters and I wanted to go further in this concept, but with a very different topic. Also, I wanted to mix motion graphics with a photorealistic render, because I really think that it transmits a powerful image.Q: Where did you learn how to use Cinema4D?I learned the basics in college. However, I learned the majority of Cinema 4D just on my own…and I am still learning everyday. I think the most important attribute for anyone looking to learn is interest and curiosity. There’s always something to learn or improve on, especially in 3D graphics and motion.Q: What other software programs did you use?I used Photoshop and Illustrator for designing, for video and postproduction I used Adobe Affects and some Final Cut.Q: What was the hardest part about creating “Skills”?The hardest part was the render and Vray. I never used Vray for C4D and I had had some technical problems which took me a while to solve. I had a ton of problems on this project and for that reason this project has helped me learn a lot. I found that the difficulties I encountered in this project actually helped me grow my skills! I also had difficulties with the microphone scene, namely the oscillatory motion.Q: How difficult was it to make the animation seamless?This depends a lot on the objects you are working with. You have to look at the shapes and similarities between objects. If you work with 3D I think it is much more difficult because the process becomes of the higher amount of detail. The kind of effect I incorporated is usually used with 2D or flat style, but the result when done in 3d is awesome. It was sometimes much easier than it seems because you can “cheat” the eyesight. Everything happens in only few seconds so the most important thing is that the design looks fluid. This method isn’t always the same so you have to adapt it to the object.Q: Do you have any tips for people looking to make seamless design?Morph static objects is more difficult than objects that are moving. Work on dynamic movements and take advantage of any move that can give fluidity. I based the project on the “Squash and stretch” principle of animation. With deforming and re-forming the object the animation becomes more fluid and it becomes easier replace the desired object. We have to take into account that each object is different, but a good way to practice is to try with basic objects.Q: Do you find it more difficult to create the animation or come up with the idea?In the case of Skills I have had total freedom for the creation process and I feel like I was able to express the concept I imagined. Because of that, I think I’ve had more difficulty with the animation process and placing all the objects one after another.You can check out more of Marc’s work on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing your insight Marc!If you are interested in learning more about motion design check out the Premiumbeat Blog. We have hundreds of tutorials and articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion graphic designer.What did you think of skills? Have any questions for Marc? 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Why Success Starts with a Growth Mindset

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Your definition of success may be different than someone else’s, and it isn’t graded on a curve. That said, it probably comes down to something that falls into one of these four buckets: being more, doing more, having more, or contributing more.Whatever your definition, the gap between where you are now and where you want to be starts with being more. To cross the chasm, you first have to become more.If you want to do more, you first need to be more. You need to develop yourself personally and professionally. You have to grow in the areas in your life that aren’t where they need to be for you to have the level of success you want. The more you build your capacity to generate the results you need, the sooner you will have those results. You have to chip away all the parts of you that aren’t your best self to reveal what is inside.For a lot of people, success is measured on a financial scorecard. When you do more, you will have more. A lot of people have negative feelings about money as a measure of success, believing that there are more important things. And there are more important things, like your health, and the health and happiness of the people you love. That said, financial success is important. When you have more money, you have more choices, and you have greater security. This allows you act without fear, and that allows for a very different level of success.Even on a very different scorecard, being more allows you to do more. Financial success provides greater opportunities to spend time with the people who matter most and share experiences with them. You also have to be the kind of person who makes time for their people.If you have become more, done more, and have more, you can contribute more. You can give more of your time to the people and causes that mean the most to you. You can give back by paying forward for someone else. No matter where you are right now, you can make a difference. Success allows you to scale up that difference.Whatever success means to you, and whatever it is that you want, it starts with the growth mindset, the idea that you can become more than you are now.last_img read more

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U.K. researchers call for more teacher power to improve education

first_imgA new report from the Royal Society on improving U.K. science and mathematics education contains a lengthy wish list: Upper-level students should take a lot more science and math; more college graduates with science degrees should go into teaching; current teachers should continually upgrade their skills and have a larger voice in the educational process; and the government should de-emphasize the high-stakes tests used to measure student achievement. But the authors of the report, released today, also realize that wishes don’t always come true.“There will be pushback from the politicians because we are asking them to relinquish some of their meddling powers,” says Julia Higgins, a professor emeritus of chemical engineering at Imperial College London and former foreign secretary of the society. “Education is a political football. So we’re saying we need a Manhattan Project, a man on the moon, or something that will get the political parties to stop batting the thing back and forth. And they won’t like that. But we are doing our best to talk to them, and we have hopes.”The report, called a “vision” for 2030, includes a timetable with short- and long-range goals. It comes out just as England is implementing a law that extends compulsory education from age 16 to 18. The change creates an opportunity to raise what the report labels the “low levels of post-16 participation in science and mathematics” by encouraging students to continue their studies even if they are not planning to major in those subjects at college or attend university at all. Right now, post-16 students take only three or four courses, known as A-levels, so a high proportion will study no science or mathematics. 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And the United Kingdom already faces a shortage of them, especially in physics. The short-term answer is to shift teachers from related subjects into STEM courses. But that step risks degrading the quality of instruction. That’s why high-quality, continuing professional development is so important, Higgins says.Unfortunately, the current version of professional development is universally seen as insufficient for raising teacher skills to the desired level. “It’s patchy,” Higgins admits. “A lot of the training has more to do with classroom management than with how to introduce and transmit new science. So we’re also calling for much more, and higher quality, subject-specific training.”The United Kingdom’s heavy reliance on external, high-stakes tests is another big obstacle to improved STEM instruction, experts say. “This government simply doesn’t trust teachers to assess students properly,” asserts Tina Isaacs, a program leader at the Institute of Education in London, who was not involved in the report. “What the Royal Society is proposing is antithetical to them.”The current system wastes valuable class time, Higgins says, by forcing teachers to spend months preparing students for a test. Using a single test score as the sole measure of achievement instead of a student’s yearlong performance in class leads to what Isaacs and others have labeled “perverse incentives,” including disregarding whether students can actually apply what they have learned.The remedy, according to the report, would be to give teachers more responsibility to assess student learning. That change, Higgins says, would also make the profession more attractive to high-quality students and improve retention rates once they enter the classroom.The report also backs replacing the A-level system with a wider-ranging “baccalaureate-style” approach. The idea is to broaden the pool of upper-level students taking STEM courses beyond those who are planning STEM-related careers. A 2011 Royal Society report made a similar suggestion and generated much discussion, but no action.Such a change addresses a problem facing all industrialized nations, says Martin Storksdieck, who stepped down this month as director of the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Science Education to lead the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University, Corvallis. “The A-level system leaves out a lot of people,” he says, not just students pursuing non-STEM degrees but also the larger public.Jonathan Osborne, a professor at Stanford University in California and a former head of the education department at King’s College London, gives the report high marks for arguing that most students need more math and science to function in today’s world. But he’s disappointed that the authors rely on what he calls a questionable economic argument—in this case, that the United Kingdom needs 1 million additional STEM-trained professionals by 2020—and ignore another important reason.“I understand why all these reports push that button, because it is what policymakers want to hear,” Osborne says about the labor force rationale. “But it downplays the cultural value of learning about science,” he says. “It also sends a strong message that you only study science and math if you want a STEM job—and a lot of kids aren’t interested in becoming a scientist.”Storksdieck thinks the authors were wise to include a timeline with important milestones along the journey. “In the first 5 years they are really taking baby steps,” he says. “That way, nobody feels threatened. So the good news is that you have a lot of time to get things done.” Then he adds a caveat. “The bad news is that people may ignore it, because the changes needed seem so far away.”Higgins, who will be leading the society’s effort to implement the report’s recommendations, is counting on what she calls “the growing pressure and desire from a lot of directions” to instill in policymakers a sense of urgency. But she says the authors made a conscious decision to avoid putting a price tag on what needs to be done.“This report lays out the key principles that should be followed in improving science and math education,” she says. “But until you have the operational details, it’s very hard to know the real cost. We thought it would be misleading and distracting to politicians to have cost figures floating around.”last_img read more

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London Games medallists believe felicitations will inspire youth

first_imgThe success of the Indian athletes at the London Games has left corporate houses competing with each other in felicitating and awarding the medallists and the contingent members.After yet another felicitation function, the medal winners said the trend of acknowledging the sportspersons for their efforts will serve as a big motivation for future athletes.Public sector undertaking Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday felicitated the six medal winners. Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy handed over cheques for Rs 15 lakh to the two silver medallists – Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar – and for Rs 10 lakh to the four bronze medallists – MC Mary Kom, Gagan Narang, Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal.”Since we have landed in India, we have been welcomed like heroes. We are honoured. The love and the admiration that we have received from the people have been very encouraging. It is a big motivation to all the athletes when they see that their hard work is being appreciated so much,” said Narang.”Now it is time for us to build on the base of London, take the success forward and get it (medal tally) into double figures in the next Olympics in Rio. I would like my gun to do the talking.”Vijay agreed with his shooting teammate. “All I can say that we will do our best in the upcoming competitions and the next Olympics,” he said. “I feel more pressure while talking in front of a gathering than shooting.”advertisementMary Kom was her usual chirpy self, and made her point that nothing is difficult for a woman. “Please carry on with sports even after marriage and kids. If I can do it, so can you,” was her message for the women of the country.ONGC also felicitated other contingent members, who are sponsored by them, with cash awards of Rs 2 lakh each. Vishnu Vardhan, Ashwini Ponnappa, Om Prakash Karhana, Mayookha Johny, Vikas Gowda, Vikas Krishan, V Diju, Shiva Thapa, Amit Kumar, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Shagun Chowdhary and Sumit Sangwan were among those who were felicitated.Teenaged wrestler Amit Kumar said the reception at home soothed the pain of his early exit at London.”I really felt dejected when I lost my bout in the London Olympics. But after coming back home and with people giving their well wishes, I am feeling far better,” said the 19-yearold grappler. “I am sure I will give my best to win a medal in the next Olympics.”Reddy hailed the athletes for their feats. “We need a little more focus and planning to take forward the success that we have achieved in sports,” he said.Asked about the oil companies’ contribution to sport, Reddy joked: “The loss that PSUs face is so colossal that this donation to sport will not constitute even a fraction of it.”last_img read more

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Ex-England captain Armfield dies

first_imgEngland Former England captain Armfield dies aged 82 Jack Davies 22:10 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) armfield - CROPPED Getty Images England Blackpool The right-back spent his entire playing career at Blackpool and was part of the Three Lions squad that lifted the World Cup in 1966 Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82, Blackpool Football Club have confirmed.A member of the World Cup-winning squad of 1966, Armfield’s death comes following a battle with cancer.Armfield spent his entire club career with Blackpool and made a record 627 appearances over the course of his 17 years at Bloomfield Road, while he represented his country 43 times. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Club deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its record appearance holder and Vice-President Jimmy Armfield. https://t.co/60nbiaARU2 pic.twitter.com/VQayAI96WO— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) January 22, 2018Fellow former England international and broadcaster Gary Lineker led the tributes, tweeting: “Saddened to hear that Jimmy Armfield has passed away.”A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man.”He’ll be much missed.”43 #ThreeLions appearances and a #WorldCup medal.Rest in peace, Jimmy Armfield. pic.twitter.com/593Tous14N— England (@England) January 22, 2018 Saddened to hear that Jimmy Armfield has passed away. A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man. He’ll be much missed. #RIPJimmy— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2018Who was Jimmy Armfield?Jimmy Armfield John Terry Chelsea 2012Born in Denton, Lancashire on September 21, 1935, Jimmy Armfield was offered a trial by Blackpool in 1954, where he played at left-wing. He signed for the Tangerines soon after, but spent his career at right-back, playing 569 times in the league for them over the course of a 17-year career.Armfield helped Blackpool to their best ever finish in the league, finishing second to Manchester United in 1955-56. He was named the club’s Young Player of the Year in 1959, and before heading to the World Cup in 1966, finished runner-up to Bobby Charlton as the English Footballer of the Year.He did not play in England’s successful World Cup campaign due to injury but was later awarded a winners’ medal as an unused member of the squad.Armfield went on to manage Bolton Wanderers between 1971 and 1974. His greatest spell in the dugout came at Leeds United, who he managed from 1974 to 1978, replacing Brian Clough during a rebuilding period for the club.Leeds reached the final of the European Cup in 1974-75, but unfortunately were defeated by Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final. Armfield also guided Leeds to the last four of both the FA Cup and League Cup, and finished in the top-half during each of his seasons at the helm.After his career in management, Armfield became a football journalist, initially working for the Daily Express. He spent over 30 years with BBC Radio, and also worked as a consultant with the Football Association.In 2010, he was awarded a CBE and was one of the first players inducted into Blackpool’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Armfield died on January 22, 2018.last_img read more

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India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma equals Rahul Dravid’s Test record at home

first_img Next India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma equals Rahul Dravid’s Test record at homeIndia vs South Africa, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma was at his flamboyant best on Wednesday as he got to his first fifty-plus score as a Test opener on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam.advertisement India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamOctober 2, 2019UPDATED: October 2, 2019 13:30 IST India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) Cricket, 1st Test Day 1: Rohit Sharma in action (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma has hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores at home in TestsRohit’s average in Tests is more than 91 as of October 2Rohit dominated the South African attack on Day 1 of the ongoing TestRohit Sharma had a dream outing in his first Test as opener as he went on to score an authoritative fifty on Day 1 of the Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa.With his 11th fifty in Test cricket, Rohit Sharma also equalled Rahul Dravid’s record for most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores in Tests at home. Dravid had hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores between 1997 and 1998.India vs South Africa Live Score 1st Test Day 1: Live cricket scoreRohit Sharma, meanwhile, has scored 6 successive hundreds at home over a 3-year period between 2016 and 2019. The streak includes an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017.Rohit Sharma was under considerable pressure as he was promoted to open the innings for India after the middle-order spot was taken up Hanuma Vihari who shone in West Indies earlier this year.Rohit Sharma did not help himself when he got out for 0 in the 3-day practice match between Board President’s XI vs South Africa last month in Vizianagaram.However, Rohit silenced his critics with a fine knock in the ongoing 1st Test in Visakhapatnam. Rohit was ready to look ugly and was beaten multiple times by South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander but he hung in and negated the crucial first hour.Rohit Sharma started attacking the South Africa spinners and raced to a fifty inside the first session, stitching a 100-plus stand for the opening wicket with Mayank Agarwal.Stressing that Rohit Sharma’s approach showcased he was mentally ready for the Test opener’s role, former India batsman VVS Laxman said it was great to see Rohit use all his experience in the opening session on Day 1.advertisement”It was less of technique, more of application. He knew he had to go through the opening spell of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander who I thought bowled really well. They didn’t give away anything to the Indian openers. The way he used his experience was great to see,” VVS Laxman told Star Sports on Wednesday.”He left a lot of balls, played with a lot of patience. The way he used his crease against Philander was good to see.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma showed he was mentally ready for Test opener role: VVS LaxmanAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Rahul Dravidlast_img read more

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263 Teams Take Part in SDC Community Cricket Competition

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. McKenzie commended the sponsors for investing in the competition, which he said will assist in helping to build true community spirit at all levels. “Private sector involvement in community activities is very important,” he said. Speaking at the official launch, held on June 22 at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in Kingston, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the competition can unearth talented individuals who may go on to represent the country at the regional level. A total of 263 teams from communities across the island are competing for $6 million in cash and prizes in the 11th staging of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket Competition. A total of 263 teams from communities across the island are competing for $6 million in cash and prizes in the 11th staging of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket Competition.The tournament, which began on April 30 with the preliminary rounds, will see teams over the next four months compete at the parish and regional levels, with the final two teams vying for top honours in August in St. Ann.Speaking at the official launch, held on June 22 at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in Kingston, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the competition can unearth talented individuals who may go on to represent the country at the regional level.“This can be a stepping stone to develop the kind of talent that is required to save West Indies Cricket,” he said, urging the participants to make use of the opportunity.He lauded the SDC for undertaking the initiative, adding that the annual cricket competition is geared towards advancing community development through sports.Mr. McKenzie commended the sponsors for investing in the competition, which he said will assist in helping to build true community spirit at all levels. “Private sector involvement in community activities is very important,” he said.Providing an overview of the competition, Executive Director, SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, said the national champion will earn $1.2 million.“It is about camaraderie, it is about identifying talent that is there, so they can also benefit in terms of their own economic activities, because the cricket does generate a lot of economic activity at each venue. So, you have economic value, you have social value, and, more importantly, the peace that it maintains,” he said.Team players, on reaching the semi-final stage of the competition, are required to work to develop a community project that will be financed by a minimum of 15 per cent of winnings from the competition.“Everybody who wins, at whichever stage, has to give back 15 per cent to the community in a project, but that money is retained by the SDC and paid directly to the project to ensure that it is done, and the teams are required to complete the project before they get their earnings,” he said.Some of the sponsors include Lasco MoneyGram, Lasco Distributors, National Integrity Action, Food For The Poor, Road Safety Unit, Jamaica Cricket Association, Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited, Nutrimix and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).last_img read more

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INTRODUCING THE 2018 CINEPLEX ENTERTAINMENT FILM PROGRAM RESIDENTS

first_imgMurry Peeters“Identity & subverting expectations.”Murry Peeters is an actor and screenwriter. Her screen credits include guest starring on NBC’s Taken, as well as lending her voice to beloved characters in Far Cry 5 and My Little Pony. One of the 2018 recipients of theMagee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award, Peeters and her past acting experience enable her to write material populated by richly diverse and layered characters. She is currently in development on two feature films, Black White Blue and Woman Meets Girl. Isa Benn“I can no longer do without filling stories. I need my stories free and frank, forceful and wrought with the healing pitch of timelessness.”An award-winning screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker and multi-media/disciplinary creator, Isa Benn is a first-generation Torontonian of African and Caribbean descent. Her stylistically introspective work deals predominantly with experiential culturalism, colour, class, sexuality, spirituality, “alternative” history, gender, mutiny and magical realism. Currently, Benn is in development on two features, the dark comedy, Two Girl Act Play, and the fantasy/drama/comedy, Catch Red Bird, Hit Red Wall. The CFC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which also means the 30th anniversary of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program – our longest running and signature film program. At its core, this program champions original voices, entrepreneurism and collaboration.Throughout its 30 years, the program has helped launch and/or accelerate the careers of hundreds of remarkable directors, producers, writers and editors, and has developed and packaged a significant number of projects, many of which go on to receive awards and critical acclaim, including recent features Never Steady, Never Still; Mary Goes Round; Closet Monster and Un Traductor.We are excited to welcome 19 new Cineplex Entertainment Film Program residents into the 2018 program on Monday, July 16, 2018. This incoming group of filmmakers represents an incredibly exciting mix of diverse voices, viewpoints and perspectives. Their previous work includes visual art installations, acting, blogging, poetry, documentaries, music videos, commercials, theatre, sketch comedy, webseries, short films and features. What’s more – for the first time ever, the residents of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program will be comprised of predominantly female talent; 13 out of the 19 residents are women. Learn more about the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program HERE.By Cory Angeletti-Szasz | CFC “We are extremely moved and inspired by this year’s talent,” shared Kathryn Emslie, CFC’s Chief Programs Officer. “The stories they’re tackling traverse the world and range from the fantastical to magical realist, from the absurd and existential to dark comedies and social realism – they’re about love, family, identity, loss, community, displacement, race, gender and sexual politics. What a rich and exciting sandbox they’ll be working in this year.”Read more about this year’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program residents below.DIRECTORSMEET OUR FIVE 2018 DIRECTORS’ LAB RESIDENTS AND LEARN WHAT IS AT THE HEART OF THE STORIES THEY’RE CURRENTLY DRAWN TO: Danny Sedore“Matt Johnson’s ‘The Dirties’, with its scrappy shooting style and effortless blending of comedy and suspense, inspired me to create unapologetically bold films.”Danny Sedore has produced countless music videos, commercials and short films. He has established connections and lasting relationships with directors, directors of photography, and other experienced producers at various levels in the Canadian film industry. Sedore has a demonstrated ability to approach any project with a focus on the artistry, while improving efficiency and reducing costs. Working at POV 3rd Street, he is passionate about collaborating with and supporting the stories of marginalized communities onscreen. Twitter Julia Rowland“I am exploring the beauty and fragility of life; how to piece your life back together when it gets sidetracked, and how to build a place for yourself in this world.”Julia Rowland is an award-winning writer, director and producer. Her short films have appeared at various film festivals internationally, and recently she was selected to participate in the inaugural IndieVue Female Film Festival. Passionate about inclusive storytelling and creative collaboration, Rowland has also worked as a producer for various television and commercial production companies, and her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, Reel Honey, and other online and print publications. Karen Chapman“I’m drawn to the after – after the dramatic event, after the loss –how everything shifts, how people are transformed, their choices, the beauty in resilience.”Born to Guyanese parents, award-winning filmmaker Karen Chapman has screened her work everywhere from subway displays, airplanes and hospital lounges to international festivals, classrooms, living rooms and mobile devices. A graduate of Emily Carr University, she is also an alumna of the Banff Centre and a Hot Docs/Documentary Channel Channel Doc Accelerator Fellow. In 2017, Chapman was named one of CBC’s “great Canadian filmmakers of the future.” Julia Hart“I find myself telling a lot of female-driven stories. At the heart of all stories I have explored, there is always hope and a bit of humour, even when the characters feel alienated or menaced by those around them.”Julia Hart is a writer/director who began her film career working for Stephen Fry at Sprout Pictures in the U.K. Her first short film as a director, Emma, Change The Locks, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in 2015 and won a New Talent Award at the British Film Institute’s 10th BFI Future Film Festival in 2017. Hart’s work has screened at festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival. She is currently developing her first feature, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same title by Isabel Greenberg. Ben Allan“I would love to have cut ‘Magnolia.’ Some great performances and a challenge to shorten such a tightly woven story into a more digestible film.”Ben Allan is an editor originally from Hertfordshire, U.K. and currently based in Toronto. With more than 10 years of experience, he began by editing small documentaries for BBC News. Since then, Allan has assisted on The Magic School Bus Reboot, edited episodes of Fraud Squad on Discovery Channel Canada, and cut more than 20 Much Fact music videos. He has also edited seven shorts and two feature films, including Bigfoot and the Burtons, which was seen in 13 countries and recently premiered on Showtime. Advertisement PRODUCERSWHICH FILM(S) OR TV SHOW(S) HAS/HAVE GREATLY INFLUENCED OUR INCOMING PRODUCERS’ LAB RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF STORYTELLING? FIND OUT BELOW: Lee Walker“Terrence Malick’s The ‘Thin Red Line.’ Not only would I love to have cut the incredible battle scenes, but the pacing and rhythm was perfectly matched with the raw emotion of this film.”Lee Walker has more than a decade of editing experience in scripted and unscripted television, shorts, webseries and promos. Working between Vancouver and Toronto, Walker’s work has aired on the CBC, NBC, HGTV, City TV and YTV. She edited three seasons of the History TV series Yukon Gold and recently assisted on the AMC series Into The Badlands at Take 5 Productions. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Film Studies Program, Walker is also a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and an associate member of the Canadian Cinema Editors. Orlee Buium“’Fight Club.’ I loved how the editing kept the audience in the dark about what was really going on in the story, mirroring the psyche of the main character.”Orlee Buium is a Toronto-based film editor who balances her love of film with her passion for the outdoors. She completed a BFA in Film Production and Screenwriting at York University, where she edited several short films, one of which won a CCE Student Merit Award. Since graduating, Buium has worked as an assistant editor on feature films and television series, and as an editor on various short films, commercials, and behind-the-scenes content. The 2018 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Residents. Directors (L to R): Kim Albright, Joseph Amenta, Isa Benn, Karen Chapman, Julia Hart. Writers (L to R): Brooke Banning, Laurel Brady, Sina Gilani, Murry Peeters, Julia Rowland. Producers (L to R): Evren Boisjoli, Samantha Kaine, Elizabeth Melanson, Alexandra Roberts, Danny Sedore. Editors (L to R): Ben Allan, Orlee Buium, Christopher John Malanchen, Lee Walker. Christopher John Malanchen“’The Departed’ – my favourite part is the opening sequence; the editing and music really set the tone while bringing all the main players into the fold.”Christopher John Malanchen is a film, television and web editor, and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design (BFA) and Sheridan College (Advanced Television and Film Program). Since 2006, he has been making films and working professionally as an editor, including for Bitchin’ Kitchen (Cooking Channel), Million Dollar Genius (History Channel), and the award-winning independent documentary, The Weekend Sailor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Alexandra Roberts“I was raised on ‘I Love Lucy.’ It allowed me to move through the world with the assumption that female characters could be fearless, hilarious, challenging, and frankly – anything they want.”Alexandra Roberts is a Toronto-based producer specializing in ambitious and forward-thinking television, film and documentary content. She received her BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York. Roberts cut her teeth in the industry working on the first season of VICE’s Emmy-winning newsmagazine series for HBO, and since then, her work has aired globally on networks such as Al Jazeera English, A&E, VICELAND and CGTN. Elizabeth Melanson“I have been inspired by Shonda Rhimes’ success in creating compelling stories that captivate the audience, with strong female characters, in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal.’”Elizabeth Melanson is an actor and producer, and a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In 2013, she co-founded the production company, The Mini Films, with Mouna Traoré. Their first short film, All of Me, was selected by CBC’s Canadian Reflections in 2015, and their second film, Adorn, won Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Montreal International Black Film Festival. Melanson was also the assistant production manager on Mary Goes Round and the production coordinator on Firecrackers. Login/Register With: Laurel Brady“I am endlessly exploring how characters react to loss and disaster because then my writing can ride the line between heartbreaking and hilarious, yet still feel truthful.”Laurel Brady is a Toronto-based screenwriter, playwright and performer. She studied theatre at York University, screenwriting at George Brown College, and sketch writing at Second City Toronto. Brady has written and produced two short films, Pop the Question and Billable Hours, and her plays have been featured onstage at Theatre Passe Muraille, The London Fringe and various theatres across Ontario. She is also the recipient of the Theatre Creators Reserve Grant, by recommendation of Theatre Passe Muraille. Samantha Kaine“JS Baca’s raw, poetic depiction of his cultural truths in ‘Blood In Blood Out’; my first influence into how I intertwine cultural truths in my storytelling.”Samantha Kaine is a film, television and theatre producer, writer and actor. Her producer credits include Offbeat Roads (2013), a television series with Blue Ant Media that has sold internationally; the Toronto mainstage theatrical play Sheets (2017), by Salvatore Antonio; and two short films, Willing to Lie (2017) and The Women of Alpine Road (2017). Kaine is currently in development on her first feature film and a webseries, and she is a strong advocate for unique, boundary-breaking stories that empower women. Kim Albright“I’m drawn to stories which subvert the familiar and everyday, and force audiences ask themselves those ‘what if?’ questions about their daily lives.”Kim Albright is an award-winning Canadian-British-Filipino director. Her shorts, Dragonfly, Edward’s Turmoil, Albatross and The Purple Plain, were all supported by Film London and the British Film Institute (BFI). Her films have won awards and competed at festivals worldwide, including Encounters Film Festival, British Independent Film Festival, Oscar-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. Albright has been featured on BFI’s Upshot Program, which showcases “the most exciting emerging U.K. filmmaking talent.” Sina Gilani“Me, myth, mother and metaphor. I’d say these are the major themes inspiring my current body of work.”An award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor/writer at home in Toronto via Tehran, Sina Gilani started his journey as an audience member and a volunteer before pursuing his passion professionally. Invited to the National Theatre School as a guest playwright in 2009, he then trained at Humber College and York University. A poet himself, Gilani finds his work is often inspired by world mythology, classical texts and folklore stories. He is an alumnus of the Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit (2013-2014) and a playwright member of the Soulpepper Academy (2016-2018). Evren Boisjoli“’La Haine’; strong in storytelling as it included the director’s personal interests while also discussing current issues without forgetting its chief goal of entertainment!”Evren Boisjoli is a film producer, executive and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Achromatic Media Inc. and a founder of post-production house, Outpost. His filmography includes titles such as Fauve (Sundance Special Jury Prize, 2018) and We’re Still Together (Karlovy Vary, 2016). Boisjoli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production from the renowned Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Brooke Banning“My work features female leads who, consciously or unconsciously, dismantle the toxic myths and value systems underlying contemporary life.”Brooke Banning is a Toronto-based screenwriter and playwright. Some of her theatre credits include Wolf Sounds (The Box Toronto), Swell Broad (Storefront Theatre) and Joyful Noise (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse), as well as film credits The Return and The Brooke Banning Show. She has also presented at Cahoots Lift Off! Festival and the 2014 Accessing the Arts Symposium. Banning engages with and prioritizes abilities in the arts, and is one of the founders of ActingWorks, a conservatory-style acting program for individuals with special needs. Advertisement EDITORSWE ASKED OUR FOUR INCOMING EDITORS’ LAB RESIDENTS WHICH NOTABLE FILM THEY WOULD HAVE LOVED TO EDIT AND WHY. CHECK OUT THEIR ANSWERS AND BIOS BELOW: Facebook Advertisement WRITERSGET TO KNOW OUR FIVE INCOMING WRITERS’ LAB RESIDENTS AND WHAT MAJOR THEMES ARE INSPIRING THEIR CURRENT BODY OF WORK AS WRITERS: Joseph Amenta“I wish to diversify the characters and stories we see in film through authentic representation of women, LGBTQ, and people of colour.”Since graduating with honours from Ryerson University’s Schools of Image Arts’ Film Studies Program in 2013, Joseph Amenta has written, directed and produced three short films. His first two shorts, Wild Youthand Cherry Cola, have both screened at festivals internationally, with the latter premiering at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2017) and screening at the Inside Out Film Festival (2018) in Toronto. Amenta’s most recent short, Haus, was fully funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, and will begin its festival run in June 2018.last_img read more

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GORD DOWNIE SCULPTURE UNVEILED AT HALIFAX CITY HALLS RECONCILIATION SPACE

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “I was listening to the radio in my garage and the Hip came on and I was staring at this pot sitting on my work bench, and the first thing that dawned on me was, ‘That’s going to be Gord Downie’s hat,”‘ said Hattie, standing next to his glass-enclosed sculpture.“It’s made out of a double boiler pot, utensils, fan shroud, an old lamp post, and a turntable for the brim of the hat.”The piece is situated in the Legacy Space at city hall, the first municipal building in Canada with a room dedicated to reconciliation.The concept of legacy rooms is the brainchild of Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Morley Googoo, and he worked with Downie to make it a reality before his 2017 death.Googoo, who represents Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, said the sculpture allows the public to participate in reconciliation.“The art and the beauty of this statue is actually having Canadians step up and do something. The call is being answered in such a beautiful way with this statue,” said Googoo after the unveiling.“Change is happening. People are hearing the story. People are being moved and trying to created a new narrative with beautiful things, and the statue unveiled today is absolutely beautiful and will hopefully get more people talking.”Hattie said he’s honoured that his piece — previously displayed at an art gallery in Kingston, Ont., the rock band’s hometown — will be in the legacy room for six months.“I really wanted it to be some place where it would bring out that emotion and make people remember what Gord asked us as Canadians — to do something,” he said.“Maybe it will make people think, ‘What can I do?’ And if it starts a conversation, what more can you ask for?”The legacy room initiative is part of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, which honours the 12-year-old Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont.“(The) program is an opportunity for corporations, government, organizations and educational institutions to play an important role in their communities,” the fund’s website said.“They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.”There are five legacy rooms in Halifax, and 22 in total across the country.Downie died in October 2017 of brain cancer, but spent his final years raising awareness about Canada’s dark history of residential schools through the story of Wenjack.The plight of the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy inspired Downie’s “Secret Path” multimedia project.The Canadian government launched the residential school system in the 19th century.Over decades, about 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and sent to religious boarding schools.Away from their families and culture, many students lived in horrific conditions and endured severe abuse. The impact of residential schools continues to be felt today.Aly Thomson ~ The Canadian Press Dartmouth artist Al Hattie’s Gord Downie tribute sculpture, created from recycled and upcycled materials called “The Last Show,” is shown in the Legacy Room at Halifax City Hall on Friday, March 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Smithcenter_img Login/Register With: HALIFAX — A Gord Downie tribute sculpture has been unveiled at Halifax City Hall, in a room that aims to foster conversations about Indigenous history and reconciliation.The sculpture was created by artist Al Hattie using recycled metals that emulate a microphone stand and Downie’s signature hat, complete with feathers.On a wall behind the sculpture — titled “The Last Show” — is the shadowy profile of the Tragically Hip frontman. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Serena withdraws No 1 Osaka loses Federer wins at Miami

first_imgMiami: The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.Serena Williams withdrew, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Osaka’s departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman and jeopardized her No. 1 ranking, depending on results next week. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I feel like I’ve dealt with the stress of people asking me do I have pressure because I have the No. 1 next to my name,” Osaka said. “I thought I was doing fine with that, but I guess I’m not.”Roger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.”Radu put me through the ringer,” Federer said.No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev double-faulted 12 times and lost to wild card David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWilliams’ withdrawal was unexpected because she showed no signs of injury a day earlier while winning her opening match against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.Williams didn’t mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she was hurt.Williams’ victory Friday was her first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins’ home and the Miami Open’s new center court.The tournament moved this year from Key Biscayne, where Williams won eight titles. “I am disappointed to withdraw,” she said in a statement. “It was an amazing experience to play at Hard Rock Stadium this year, and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event. I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami.”Federer, a three-time champion, lost serve only once in the first game but was on the ropes until he swept the final three games, to the relief of an enthusiastic stadium crowd.”It was a great atmosphere,” Federer said. “It was electric. I think that’s why I played so well at the end.”While attendance in the stadium continued to be spotty, outer courts were jammed, and the day session drew a tournament record 32,831 spectators.Seeded losers on the men’s side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson. In a game of inches, the 5-foot-6 Schwartzman lost to 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.Williams was next scheduled to play No. 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.Also reaching the women’s round of 16 was the 33-year-old Hsieh, who turned pro in 2001 but has achieved the two biggest victories of her career in the past nine months. Her only other win over a No. 1 player came against Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year.With two-handed groundstrokes from both sides, Hsieh was the steadier player from the baseline against Osaka. When Hsieh closed out match point with a forehand volley winner, she began to cry as the crowd applauded her performance.Osaka smiled when reminded it was the first time in 64 matches she lost after winning the first set.”I know it’s depressing,” she said. “I was thinking about it right after I lost.”Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments. Williams, 37, still hasn’t won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom. She has played only eight matches this year.Williams’ stay at the Miami Open was also brief last year, when she lost in the first round to Osaka. Friday’s match was Williams’ first since she retired from Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness.last_img read more

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SC has accepted there was corruption in Rafale deal claims Rahul

first_imgAmethi (UP): Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the SC has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed a theft . Rahul Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Gandhi recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal. Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft, Gandhi told reporters here after filing his nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. He claimed the apex court has accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale . The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal, Tuesday said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by the petitioners. But Gandhi appeared to interpret the order as an acceptance by the Supreme Court that there was corruption in the deal on the French aircraft. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” he said. I want to directly challenge that the SC has said that you have indulged in corruption, he said. Come let’s debate… the country wants to know about corruption, the Rafale deal, demonetisation and Amit Shah’s son.” The reference was to Jay Shah. Last year, a newspaper portal had claimed that his firm recorded a huge increase in turnover after the BJP-led government came to power. Jay Shah had then filed a defamation suit against the news organisation. Gandhi claimed that Modi will not be able to look him in the eye if the two debate the Rafale deal. I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he added.last_img read more

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Moroccan Jews Defend Sahara More Than Benkiranes Government Chabat

Rabat- In a new interview with a TV channel, the head of a major Moroccan opposition party said that Moroccan Jews defend the so-called Western Sahara conflict more than the government. The President of the Istiqlal party, Hamid Chabat, never misses any opportunity to level harsh criticism against his political archrival, Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Moroccan government.In an interview with Al Arabiya TV, the controversial politician suggested that efforts made by the Benkirane government do little to serve Morocco’s interests with respect to the question of the so-called Western Sahara dispute. Responding to a question about the reasons for the distinctions bestowed upon him by a Jewish organization, Chabat expressed his pride in receiving that distinction, arguing that the Moroccan Jewish diaspora does more to promote Morocco’s position on this conflict than the Moroccan government.The head of the Istiqlal party also said that Benkirane is serving a “foreign agenda,” adding that he “does business with Islam.”Chabat called upon Benkirane to clarify his position with regards to the co-called Islamic State, the Nusrah Front, and Mossad.This is not the first time that Chabat has levelled criticism against Prime Minister Benkirane. During a parliamentary session last July, Chabat urged his rival to reveal the “true nature” of his alleged ties with ISIS, Al Nusrah Front and Mossad. Chabat’s question elicited at the time a round of laughter at the Parliament.In several earlier statements, Chabat has claimed that Benkirane does not have the interests of Morocco or the Moroccan people at heart, stressing that the Prime Minister is more loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood. read more

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Israel fires warning shots in direction of UN officials travelling in Gaza

Peter Hansen, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and others accompanying him had to abort their visit to the Rafah refugee camp after shots were fired from a nearby outpost.The delegation, which also included representatives of several donor countries and Palestinian Authority officials, was visiting an area of the camp where refugee homes had previously been destroyed by the Israeli army. No one was injured, according to a UN spokesman, who said the world body would file an official complaint about the incident with the Israeli authorities.Earlier, UNRWA officially handed over 97 new shelters to refugee families in the Rafah camp whose houses had been destroyed by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The dwellings, which can accommodate up to 100 families with over five members each, are a first step in the Agency’s effort to provide shelter for the estimated 4,000 refugees who lost their homes in the conflict.”These new shelters make a solid statement of the commitment of UNRWA and the international community to the welfare of the refugees,” said Mr. Hansen. “The provision of human shelter has been a fundamental component of UNRWA’s mandate since its foundation, but it speaks greatly of the tragedy of the Palestine refugees that after 52 years we still find ourselves called upon to counteract the impact of conflict in so basic a manner.” read more

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Six Key Stats On The Warriors vs Cavs ReReRematch

Last summer, we speculated that the NBA was getting more interesting, if not more competitive. That premise ended up mostly holding true this season: Although it’s Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals once again, their fourth consecutive rendezvous was also nearly called off. The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics helped make the Warriors and Cavs work harder to get here than they ever had to before.1The two teams played 35 combined games to get through the conference playoffs, the most they’ve had to play in any of their preceding Finals runs. Another rematch looked far from inevitable just a handful of days ago — that part was interesting! (As long as you put aside the generally lopsided nature of most games this postseason.)Now we’re left with the matchup that has become as much a part of late spring as commencement speeches and pollen allergies. And although this year’s version contains many of the same characters as earlier sequels, there are just enough possibilities here to keep things, well, interesting — albeit probably still not competitive. Here are six numbers to keep an eye on as we see whether the Warriors can hang onto their title, or if the Cavs can shock the world again.The Vegas oddsIs this the biggest NBA Finals mismatch ever? According to the Las Vegas bookmakers, it’s in the conversation. The Westgate SuperBook installed the Warriors as 1-to-10 favorites going into the series, which translates to about an 89 percent probability of winning after adjusting for the vigorish. Using the archived numbers at SportsOddsHistory.com, which go back to the 1998-99 season, the only Finals matchup more lopsided than this one came in 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers had an implied 94 percent probability of beating the Philadelphia 76ers. (The Lakers ended up cruising to victory in five games.)Our own Elo model is slightly more optimistic about the Cavs’ chances. Based on both teams’ pre-series ratings, Cleveland has roughly a 20 percent probability of beating the Warriors. (Our interactive model gives the Cavs a slightly better chance because it takes into account things that Elo alone ignores, including playoff experience and travel distance.) That’s still the eighth-lowest of any Finals underdog since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger, but it’s actually about double what the Cavs’ odds were heading into last year’s Finals — and only a bit worse than Cleveland’s 27 percent probability before the 2016 Finals (which they won, of course, in one of the greatest upsets in NBA history). * With a minimum 12 games played. Share is out of possessions the team had while that player was on the court.Possession share includes possessions used via field goal attempts, drawing fouls, turning the ball over, passing for assists and extending possessions with offensive rebounds.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 1993Michael JordanCHI38.029.45.036.8 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2017Cavaliers1691Warriors18509.6 1986Rockets1640Celtics18078.7 Unfortunately for LeBron James and the Cavs, though, none of the underdogs on the list above ended up winning the championship. That’s because the NBA Finals are particularly unkind to underdogs. We can split hairs about how much of a favorite Golden State should be, but no matter how you slice it, upsets of this magnitude basically never happen on this stage.LeBron James’s share of team possessionsJames has built an entire career out of doing everything for his teams: scoring, distributing, rebounding, defending and countless other little on-court acts that help you win games. But in these playoffs, his workload is approaching a level that’s unprecedented even by his standards.Through a combination of shooting, ball handling and rebounding, LeBron has personally been responsible for about 38 percent of the Cavs’ possessions when he’s on the floor in these playoffs. The only player (minimum 12 games played) who’s handled a higher percentage of possessions in any postseason since the merger? James himself in his 2015 playoff campaign, when he nearly willed an undermanned Cavs squad past the Warriors: 2018LeBron JamesCLE35.946.73.637.6 LeBron’s workload is historic (again)Largest share of team possessions an individual player was responsible for in the playoffs,* 1977-2018 The bad news for James is that his supporting cast this season is even worse than it was that year (or in any of his other NBA Finals seasons, 2007 included). So he’ll need to keep shouldering this historic workload through the Finals if the Cavs are to have any shot at winning. James is a superhuman athlete, but between his 41.3 minutes per game, his 38 percent possession usage on offense and his likely defensive responsibilities — according to Second Spectrum, no Cavalier defended Kevin Durant for more possessions in last year’s Finals than James did — it’s fair to wonder how much more of this The King can handle before running out of gas.The Warriors’ assist-to-turnover ratioMy colleague Chris Herring once described the Warriors’ offense as “beautiful chaos,” a system of intricate off-ball screens designed to spring their many skilled shooters free for open shots. In order to work properly, though, that offensive machine requires a lot of patient and precise ball movement, which Golden State has had a bad habit of getting away from at times this year. While the Warriors did lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio during the regular season, they frequently fell victim to stagnant offensive motion and careless passing against the Rockets, who held Golden State to a ridiculously low 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the three games Houston won during the Western Conference finals — a mark that would have easily been the NBA’s worst during the regular season.Of course, the Warriors had a sky-high 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the games they won over Houston, a sign of how well their offense still functions when it really clicks. But replicating that will also mean cutting out another of the bad habits Golden State slid into against the Rockets: too much iso-ball with Durant. Nobody runs more isolation plays than Houston, and somehow James Harden and friends convinced the normally free-flowing Warriors to do the same, with ugly results. After running only 11.0 isolations per 100 possessions during the regular season (according to Second Spectrum), the Warriors were up to an astounding 28.5 per 100 in the West final. Durant is a brilliant 1-on-1 player, and sometimes that type of offense is unavoidable, but the Warriors are at their best when these plays are selectively mixed in amid the beautiful chaos — not when they’re the centerpiece of the attack.The Cavaliers’ 3-point percentageAs I’ve written before, Cleveland is abnormally reliant on 3-point shooting to power its streaky offense — and to compensate for a defense that ranked next-to-last in efficiency during the regular season. In the postseason, the Cavs’ 3-point percentage has been 10.5 percentage points higher during wins than during losses (unsurprising from the team that had the league’s biggest regular-season gap). When the shots are falling, Cleveland can beat anybody. But it’s anybody’s guess as to whether that will be true on any given night.Nobody typifies this Cavs phenomenon more than Kyle Korver and JR Smith, a pair whose value is almost completely dependent on how well they shoot the basketball. In playoff wins this season, they’re shooting a combined 47 percent from downtown; in losses, that figure drops to 26 percent. This might be a chicken-and-egg thing: Do the Cavs win because Korver and Smith shoot better, or do Korver and Smith shoot better because the offense is working better overall? There could be something circular there. But it’s telling that the quality of looks the pair gets (as measured by Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality) barely changes between wins and losses — rather, the difference is almost entirely driven by big fluctuations in shot-making after controlling for the difficulty of their shots.That makes the Cavaliers dangerous (and frustrating) for fans and haters alike. Although the Cavs’ hot-and-cold shooting touch might not matter as much against a team as talented as the Warriors — Cleveland got demolished in last year’s finals despite matching Golden State’s 3-point percentage — one of the Cavs’ best paths to victory rests in one of their patented hot streaks.Golden State’s third-quarter runsAs our ESPN colleague Baxter Holmes wrote earlier this month, one of the Warriors’ deadliest weapons is their ability to go on a devastating run in the blink of an eye that buries opponents before they even know what hit them. Although it can strike at any time, it often manifests itself right after the team emerges from the locker room for the second half: Golden State’s third-quarter scoring margin during the regular season was 199 points better than that of any other team in the league.2In other words, the difference between the Warriors’ third-quarter scoring margin and that of the next-best team would itself rank second in the league in third-quarter scoring margin! And in the playoffs, the Warriors have outscored opponents by 130 total points in third quarters, versus only 20 points in every other quarter combined. In Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals, the Rockets watched their season slip away largely on the strength of massive runs staged by the Warriors during the third quarter.To a certain extent, there isn’t much that Cleveland — or anyone — can do to combat the Warriors’ quick-strike tendencies. But for a Cavs team prone to wildly up-and-down sequences of play (both from game to game and within the same contest), keeping Golden State from being able to capitalize on vulnerable moments will be a victory in itself. (For what it’s worth, the Cavs actually outscored the Warriors by 4 points in the third quarters of the 2016 finals.)Two deadly lineups?A decent chunk of the Warriors’ dominance over the past half-decade stems from the success of a few specific five-man units — matchup nightmares for whom opponents have no good answer. That has carried over into these playoffs, in which the so-called “Hamptons Five” lineup of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala (who will miss Game 1 of the finals but could be available later on), Klay Thompson and Durant has outscored foes by 22.9 points per 100 possessions thus far. In concert with Golden State’s switch-heavy defensive scheme, the versatility and length of that group ensures that the Warriors don’t suffer defensively even while playing their top offensive players together.But the Cavaliers have a lineup that has somehow been even more effective in the playoffs than the Hamptons Five (although in fewer minutes): The group of James, Smith, Jeff Green, George Hill and Tristan Thompson, which is outscoring opponents by 25.7 points per 100 possessions during the postseason so far.Lineup data is so noisy that there’s no guarantee that a given group’s apparent synergy in the past will carry over into the future. But that’s all part of the bargain with this Cavaliers team. Since they remade their roster at midseason, they’ve been using the playoffs as a lineup laboratory of sorts, searching for the group that works best together — and it’s still a work in progress. None of Cleveland’s other common postseason lineups (among those that have played at least 50 minutes together) are in the same neighborhood as the group above, though, while Golden State has four separate combinations (including the Hamptons Five) that rank higher than the Cavs’ second-best unit of James, Hill, Smith, Korver and Kevin Love.When you’re as heavy an underdog as the Cavs are, experimentation might be the best option, so we’ll see what group(s) coach Tyronn Lue turns to as the series takes shape.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2002Nets1601Lakers171716.2 1996SuperSonics1695Bulls183212.8 2003Nets1624Spurs174615.1 The biggest NBA Finals underdogs since 1977According to probabilities generated by pre-series Elo ratings UnderdogFavorite 2009LeBron JamesCLE36.439.54.337.0 SeasonPlayerTeamUsage %Assist %Off. Reb. %Poss. % 2018James HardenHOU36.735.92.537.2 200176ers1592Lakers17687.8% 1992Michael JordanCHI37.128.34.935.7 1999Knicks1631Spurs174516.5 2015LeBron JamesCLE37.645.24.9%38.8% SeasonTeamElo RatingTeamElo RatingUnderdog Win % 2016Russell WestbrookOKC34.352.46.936.7 1981Rockets1573Celtics166820.4 2018Cavaliers1611Warriors171019.6 2013Carmelo AnthonyNYK38.09.32.535.7 2014Russell WestbrookOKC34.340.57.335.6 2003Allen IversonPHI36.736.02.536.2 2014Heat1638Spurs173020.9 read more

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28yearold pedestrian seriously injured in Cork collision

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a road collision in Cork this morning in which a 28-year-old man was seriously injured.The incident occurred at 3.50am, on the Kilmallock Road, Charleville. The 28-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a car.He was taken by ambulance to Limerick Regional Hospital. The occupants of the car were not injured.The road is now closed to traffic with diversions in place and forensic collision investigators have been notified to attend the scene.Anyone with information is asked to contact Charleville Garda Station on 063-21770 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Appeal for witnesses after man in 60s killed in Tipperary collision>last_img read more

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uTorrent 30 goes beta with remote control ratings and video streaming

first_imgWith more than 100 million active users around the world, uTorrent is far and away the most popular torrent downloading application. If you’re a fan and don’t mind running software with a few rough edges, the just-released uTorrent 3.0 beta is waiting for you and it offers some extremely useful new features.Among them you’ll find two community-driven quality controls. Any torrent you can download can be rated and commented upon, which should help other uTorrent users to decided whether or not a particular file is worth the hit against their bandwidth allowance (assuming your ISP has a cap system in place). Few download-related tasks are as infuriating as throwing away precious time and megabytes transferring a file which turns out to be bogus or non-functional. uTorrent 3.0 beta also introduces media streaming capabilities, allowing you to take a sneak peek at your video downloads like Pioneer One before they finish.AdChoices广告uTorrent Web, the browser-based tool which lets you remotely manage your transfers, is also included in version 3 and there’s a companion mobile app for those of you with an Android device. Maybe you’d prefer to just take all your downloads with you? In that case, you can install uTorrent as a fully portable application to an external hard drive of USB (or eSATA) flash drive for on-the-go file sharing. There’s also a drop zone for dead-simple torrent creation, allowing even the greenest peer-to-peer user to easily share files with the outside world.And yes, like any quality geeky platform in the 21st century, uTorrent 3.0 support apps. There are plenty of interesting options to check out, like uMap (which plots users in your swarm on a map) and Torrent Tweet (for those times when you want to shout your latest find from the top of the highest social network mountains).You can find the uTorrent 3.0 beta on the official download page.More at the BitTorrent Blog and TorrentFreaklast_img read more

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Bammy Jagne Redeployed As Sulayman Samba bounces back

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAH It was announced in the 10 pm news of GRTS television on Thursday, 18 August, 2016 that Mr. Dodou Bammy Jagne has been relieved of his position as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and Minister of Presidential Affairs and redeployed to the portfolio of Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, with effect from Thursday, 18 August 2016In a similar vein, Mr. Sulayman Samba, the former Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and Minister of Presidential Affairs, who was removed from this post on 30 June 2016 (less than two months ago)  has bounced back again to the same position.last_img read more

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Alonso I will renew my Chelsea deal before the end of

first_imgMarcos Alonso has revealed that contract talks between himself and Chelsea are already at an advanced stageThe Spanish left-back has another two years remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.But, in light of reports linking him with a return to boyhood club Real Madrid in August, Chelsea are determined to secure Alonso’s long-term future.The 27-year-old remains a vital member of the Blues squad and has played every minute of their Premier League campaign to date.Aside from that, Alonso’s also chipped in a goal and five assists with Chelsea level with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the league table and unbeaten.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I am very calm and very happy at Chelsea and the club must also be happy with me because, although I still have two years left on my contract, they have offered me an extension,” Alonso told AS.“We are talking about it and the talks to renew are already advanced.“If everything goes well, I think I will renew before the end of this month – in the coming days.”Alonso is with the Spain squad for their upcoming games against Wales and England.last_img read more

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Lifeguards rescue two men trapped inside cave near Point Loma

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Lifeguards rescue two men trapped inside cave near Point Loma Posted: September 6, 2019 Updated: 4:26 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two people were rescued Friday morning after their fishing boat became stuck on in a cave near Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs.Lifeguards got a mayday call just before 2 a.m. saying the 26-foot catamaran was unable to get out of the cave. It took crews around an hour to find the cave, which was near the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant.Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropsky said border customs agents were first to the scene and the coast guard also assisted them with a helicopter lighting up the area so lifeguards could see.The lifeguards jumped into the surf and had to swim out to the vessel and bring the victims back the rescue boat. Both men were uninjured.The men were asleep inside a 26-foot-catamaran, which was on auto- pilot mode, as they returned from a fishing trip near Coronado Island when they woke up around midnight and realized the surf was pushing their boat into a cave.The coast guard hopes to tow the boat sometime during the day. September 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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