The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-Production

first_imgMost directors believe the majority of their work is done on set or in the editing room. In reality, just as much of the director’s job is performed during pre-production.Top Image from LucasfilmOn-set work is the bread and butter of most directors. While it can be stressful, there’s no substitute for the energy gained working on set with a great team and talented actors. That said, in order to get the best possible results on set (and in post), adequate pre-production work must be done.So before you jump into your next film, make sure that you’re focusing enough on these three critical tasks that all directors are responsible for:1. Refine the ScriptImage from ShutterstockWhether you’ve written the script yourself or are working with a writer, it’s ultimately your responsibility to ensure it’s shootable by the time you step on set. There will always be other cooks in the kitchen (namely producers) giving you valuable notes and feedback, but it’s up to you to know what else your script needs. Your producers are going to give you notes that come from an important — but different — angle than you’re coming from. They’ll likely focus on logistical elements, commercial viability, and other factors that don’t necessarily pertain to the overall creative vision. No one is going to do that part for you, so if you drop the ball, then any undesired results ultimately fall on you.2. Rehearse Your ActorsImage from F.I.G.H.T.C.L.U.B.Most productions are run on very tight schedules, and with your story hinging on the quality of your actor’s performances, it’s crucial that you set aside enough time to rehearse with them. If you fail to do so, you’ll end up spending too much time on set working through the scenes with your actors, and may risk losing important shots or coverage due to a lack of time.On the same note, you also need to know when you’re over-rehearsing your actors. The worst thing for a performer is for the material to become stale to them, so always be sure to find a good balance in the prep work that you do with your talent.Maintain Your Shot ListImage from Georgia’s BlogProbably your most important tool on set as a director is your shot list. It’s the blueprint for your shoot and the ‘to-do’ list that you can continually reference as things inevitably become chaotic throughout the day. Directors often neglect to create a detailed shot list and ultimately pay the price when they get to the editing room.The last thing you want is to start cutting your footage only to realize you missed an important insert, cutaway, transition, or reaction shot and can’t complete your scene. That will mean you either need to cut around it (which will likely yield poor results), or reshoot it — which won’t be an easy conversation to have with your producer.Hopefully this post offered you some good direction. Here are a few more PremiumBeat articles that touch on various aspects of working as a filmmaker.4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on Set7 Reasons Why Your Creative Vision Isn’t Translating to the Screen4 Tips for Being an Awesome Assistant DirectorGot any other pre-production tips that can help a shoot go smoothly? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Protests in Srinagar against restrictions during Amarnath Yatra

first_img: Several leaders of the People’s United Front (PUF), an amalgam of two mainstream political parties in Kashmir, on Friday staged a sit-in against the move to impose restrictions on civilian traffic and train services during the 45-day Amarnath Yatra period. The protesters assembled at Srinagar’s Press Enclave and raised slogans such as “Yatri aghar insaan hain, kya Kashmiri haiwaan hain [If yatri is a guest, is the Kashmiri an animal?)”.“Such restrictions are gross violation of the fundamental rights of the people of Kashmir. People, especially traders, the civil society and ponywallas, make the yatra successful and not the security forces,” said Engineer Rashid, who heads the Awami Ittehad Party.“It’s unfortunate that the yatra is being communalised for political gains and New Delhi is giving a notion that Kashmiris are anti-Hindu,” he added.J&K People’s Movement general secretary and former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students union leader Shehla Rashid said, “The Centre is treating Kashmir as a land without people. How do they expect the Kashmiris to accept such restrictions without getting agitated? It is clear that the Centre wants to provoke an uprising in Kashmir.”The protest saw the participation of people from different walks of life.The government recently banned movement of civilian vehicles on the 97-km stretch from Qazigund to Nashri on the national highway and ordered suspension of train services on the Banihal-Qazigund rail section from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 46 days.“The ban will make a huge impact on transporters, students, teachers, patients, schools, tourists and traders as well and as such the government must review this decision. Transport is the engine of growth and highway is its lifeline. When it is choked, people will face shortage of goods,” said State secretary of the CPI(M) Ghulam Nabi Malik.The JKLF said the government move “showed the religious fanatic face of the rulers hell bent upon inflicting miseries and hardships on common citizens of Kashmir”. Its acting chairman Abdul Hamid Butt said, “This ban is like putting the entire State under siege.”last_img read more

Canadian skaters break record as Papadakis suffers ‘worst nightmare’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Our work is not over,” conceded Moir, who despite his vast experience — this is his third Olympics — admitted to an attack of the jitters as the music for their routine began.“I was pretty nervous today, but I was able to look into Tessa’s eyes and squeeze her hand, she was a rock today, I needed that.”The pair were ice dance champions in Vancouver in 2010 but in Sochi four years ago Virtue and Moir, who joined forces way back in 1997, were edged out of defending their title by their then training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White.They then took two years out, switched coaches, and returned better than ever, claiming their second world title at the expense of Papadakis and Cizeron in Helsinki last year.Having taken silver in the team event in Sochi too they helped Canada turn that into gold in Pyeongchang last week, and are now — barring disaster — certain to claim a record fifth figure skating medal.For Moir, the Olympic experience is truly awe-inspiring.“At this point in our career we have a  better grasp of what it’s like to skate with the (Olympic) rings on the ice.“This is what the spirit of the Games is all about.“We have a lot of work to do tomorrow, the butterflies will be flying again, that’s the beauty of the Olympics, with all the country watching back home, we are trying to make them proud.”While the Canadians are out in front their French rivals will fancy their chances of overhauling them in the free dance. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It was pretty distracting, my worst nightmare at the Olympics,” the 22-year-old Papadakis said.“I felt it right away and I prayed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told myself ‘you have to keep going’ and that’s what we did, and we have to be proud of ourselves, delivering a great performance with that happening.”A great performance it was with the Olympic debutants’ samba-rhumba-samba to two Ed Sheeran hits earning them 81.93 to go into Tuesday’s free dance final just behind the Canadians. Read Next The first ice dancers to break the 200 points barrier last year produced a best ever combined score of 203.16 at the European Championships in Moscow last month, suggesting an epic free dance battle is in store on Tuesday. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lying in the bronze medal position in this discipline likened to ballroom dancing on ice were Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.Remarkably, all three couples are coached at the same centre of skating excellence in Montreal run by Marie-France Dubreuil and her husband Patrice Lauzon.After bettering the record they themselves had set of 82.68, Virtue commented: “Better than setting the record was the feeling we had when the music ended, we were able to look at each other and take a moment and feel that pride, knowing that we had to have a strong skate today.”‘Butterflies’Despite their show-stopping samba-rhumba-cha performance to the Rolling Stones and the Eagles’ Hotel California a second ice dance title is by no means in the bag for Scott and Moir as Papadakis and Cizeron could well overtake them if they produce their best free dance.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH James wins 3rd All-Star Game MVP Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Canada’s Scott Moir compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVCanada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir smashed the short dance world record as French rival Gabriella Papadakis suffered “my worst nightmare” with a wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics on Monday.As Virtue and Moir glided, twizzled and spun their way to a best-ever score of 83.67, Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron performed stoically in the face of the embarrassment of her dress becoming unclipped early in their routine, exposing a breast.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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NCAA: San Sebastian humbles Arellano in home turf

first_imgTambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian overstayed its welcome and proceeded to run over host Arellano, 65-56, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Arellano Gym.The Stags bounced back from an opening day loss and improved to a 1-1 record, the same slate as the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim RK Ilagan capped the Stags’ 9-0 game-closing run with a booming triple from the right wing to give San Sebastian a 61-50 lead with 2:00 left in the match.Stags head coach Egay Macaraya was proud his team was able to pull-off a win against a hostile Arellano crowd, considering any movement from the Chiefs triggered the home fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This win lifts our morale and it really is a disadvantage when Arellano tries to make a comeback, the intensity is far from normal so it’s really hard to hold our composure,” said Macaraya.“But, I told my players that it’s about the desire to win and we have to compete and forget about the fact that this is the Chiefs’ homecourt.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Michael Calisaan led San Sebastian with 12 points and 13 boards, six of which came off the offensive board, while Alyyn Bulanadi and JM Calma added 10 points, apiece.Kent Salado had 15 points to pace Arellano. View commentslast_img read more

No evidence of spot-fixing in Ashes Test: ICC

first_imgCricket Australia CEO James Sutherland speaks to members of the media outside the WACA Ground ahead of the third Ashes cricket test match.   –  Reuters Published on × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT The International Cricket Council (ICC) are taking allegations in a British newspaper about attempts to organise spot-fixing during the third Ashes test “extremely seriously” but do not think the match has been compromised, global cricket’s governing body said on Thursday.The Sun reported that underground bookmakers from India had offered to sell undercover reporters from the newspaper information about spot-fixing in the test between Australia and England, which starts in Perth on Thursday. Cricket Australia said the report was a “serious concern”, while the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they were “aware” of the allegations even if there had been no suggestion any England players were involved.Spot-fixing occurs when corrupt players agree to manipulate part of a match by, for example, bowling a wide on a particular delivery or ensuring a particular run rate. The corruption does not usually affect the overall outcome of the match but gamblers in the know can use the information to beat the betting market.The underground bookmakers told the reporters they had previously manipulated matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and were also targeting Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League. The newspaper said it had passed all the evidence to the ICC, who said they would be investigated by its Anti-Corruption Unit.“From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current test match has been corrupted,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager Anti-Corruption, said in a statement. “At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that any players in this test have been in contact with the alleged fixers. The allegations are wide ranging and relate to various forms cricket in several countries, including T20 tournaments. We will look closely at all the information as part of our investigation.”‘Absolute confidence’Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland was briefed by Marshall on the allegations in a conference call early on Thursday which also included ICC boss Dave Richardson among others. He said Marshall had told him there was “no evidence, substance or justification” to suggest any players or officials from CA, the ECB or the ICC were under suspicion.However, he declined to comment on whether any Australia players were named in the dossier of evidence passed to the ICC from The Sun. “I’m sure the ECB can make their own comments, but we have absolute confidence in our players, our team officials and others involved in the game,” he told reporters outside the WACA.Sutherland added that Marshall would possibly brief the media later on Thursday.The ECB said the body worked closely with the ICC and its Anti-Corruption unit to “protect the integrity” of cricket. “We are aware of these allegations and there is no suggestion that any of the England team is involved in any way,” said a spokesman.Four Pakistan cricketers were jailed in Britain in 2011 and banned from the game for lengthy periods after taking money from a bookmaker to spot-fix during a test against England at Lord’s in 2010. cricket The Sun reporters offered spot-fixing information December 14, 2017 corruption & bribery SHARE Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland speaks to members of the media outside the WACA Ground ahead of the third Ashes cricket test match.   –  Reuters COMMENTSlast_img read more

Roger Federer, the 19-time Grand Slam champion, wants to stay ball boy for life

first_imgRoger Federer went down memory lane to the time when he was a ball boy and expressed that he feels he’s still the same.Federer began his playing career in the senior circuit in 1998 and since then the Swiss maestro has won 19 Grand Slam titles, the most by a male player.But only a few people know that Federer started his journey in tennis as a ball boy in Basel 1993. Recalling his cherished memory of receiving the medal from the then world No.2 Michael Stich, the Swiss told that the medal is still with him.”I am glancing at the medal, like ‘oh here he comes’ and it’s like a souvenier, I still have them,” Federer shared in a video interview shared by Tennis TV on Twitter.”At heart, I’m always going to be a ball boy” ?º?@rogerfederer: from ball boy to champion in Basel… Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 24, 2017Federer conceded that he was a ball boy for two years and he loved it.”It feels like it was yesterday. I kind of remember you know, I did this for two years and it was Michael Stich, who is the tournament director of Hamburg now. It’s a great memory for me, I loved being a ball boy here.”I was able to see the best players in the world first hand and see how they prepared, how they would sweat, how they deal with the pressure and yes, it was good moments for me.”Federer went on to admit that the little ball boy still resides him and “at heart, I am always going to be a ball boy.”advertisement”I still get them today actually from the ball girls and ball boys, here when I meet them after the tournament and they also give me a medal. I guess it means I’m still a ball boy too because at heart, I am always going to be a ball boy.”Federer has won four titles this year, including two Grand Slams — Australian Open and Wimbledon, after a six-month injury lay off in the second half of the last year.last_img read more

Olympiakos Edges Neptunas, 85-81

first_imgGreek perennial basketball power Olympiakos needed overtime and a sterling performance from Captain Vassilis Spanoulis to beat Lithuania’s Neptunas Klaipeda, 85-81 in European League play.The win came despite more defensive lapses and mental mistakes that have plagued the Reds, who managed to hang on in crunch time against the Lithuanian champions.Neptunas has 11 natives on its 12-man roster, unlike most European teams who have a number of different nationalities, including Olympiakos.The Lithuanians had a five-point lead with two minutes left, 72-67, before the Greek team rallied to tie in 76-76 in regulation time. Spanoulis came through though and finished with 34 points in 41 minutes, including six-of-11 three-pointers. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Max On Track: Nats Beat Mets, 5-4

first_imgVIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer will take fun over flawless in his first start for the Washington Nationals.Scherzer gave up a home run to John Mayberry Jr. in his two-inning debut for Washington, and Kila Ka’aihue hit a two-run shot in the seventh to lead the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on March 5.Starting the Nationals’ spring opener after signing a seven-year, $210 million contract this winter, Scherzer needed just eight pitches in a perfect first. He gave up two hits in the second.The right-hander called the outing “fun” and said he thought overall that he had a productive start in relation to what he wants to work on this spring.“Really just good command of everything — that’s what I thought I did well today, at least pitching (inside),” Scherzer said. “For the most part I thought I was able to get the ball to the side of the plate I wanted to. For me I was happy with how I went out there, and how I felt.”Tanner Roark replaced Scherzer in the third, but had limited success. He got two of the first three batters he faced out before giving up three earned runs, including a two-run home run by Eric Campbell.STARTING TIMEMets: The 41-year-old Bartolo Colon retired the Nationals 1-2-3 in each of his two innings of work, which included a pair of strikeouts. He said through a translator that he didn’t get to throw every pitch he wanted to, but that he felt he had control of the pitches he used.Nationals: After his strong first inning Scherzer struck out the first batter in the second, before giving up the homer to Mayberry, Jr. For the day he threw 20 of his 29 pitches for strikes, yielding two hits, and striking out two.TRAINING ROOMMets: Manager Terry Collins said he expects it may be a challenge to get staff ace Matt Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery in October, to take it easy this spring.“We all know he’s gonna have to ratchet it down a little bit before he walks out there on that mound,” Collins said. “Every time he’s on the field it means something. … Everything he does, he maxes it out.”Collins said as much as the coaching staff reminds him to go slowly, “He’s gonna show everybody that he’s Matt Harvey.”Nationals: Washington manager Matt Williams said that outfielder Jayson Werth was experiencing normal soreness a day after swinging a bat for the first time. Werth is working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 9 to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.NEW POSITIONSThe Nationals are using a new alignment defensively with four starters transitioning to new primary positions in 2015. Ryan Zimmerman moved from third base to first, Yunel Escobar from shortstop to second, Werth will eventually go from right to left field, and Bryce Harper is going from left to right field. It’s why Williams said the lineup — which mirrored a possible opening-day alignment — will be utilized a lot in the preseason.“Yeah, as much as possible,” Williams said. “It’s important for Desi to work with Yunel, (for) Yunel to work with Zim, and Zim to get accustomed to all the guys in the infield. So from Day 1 we want to do that as much as possible.”UP NEXTMets: Get their first look this spring at Harvey when they host Detroit March 6. He will be followed by Noah Syndergaard, Sean Gilmartin, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia.Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann is expected to be on the hill March 6 when the Nationals travel to face Atlanta.(KYLE HIGHTOWER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Switzerland come from behind to beat Serbia 2-1

first_imgSwitzerland became the first nation to register a come-from-behind victory in the FIFA World Cup 2018 as they beat Serbia 2-1 in their Group E fixture on Friday.The Swiss were trailing 1-0 just after five minutes in the first half when Aleksandar Mitrovic netted for Serbia. Mitrovic has been in splendid form this year and has scored 18 times in 26 games for club and country.That was the only goal scored in the first 45 minutes but early into the second half Switzerland clawed their way back into the game as Granit Xhaka equalised with a stunning strike from outside the Serbian box.FIFA World Cup 2018, Serbia vs Switzerland: HighlightsIt was the 25-year-old’s fifth goal from outside the box for the Swiss out of the 10 that he has scored overall.A goal at the beginning of each halfThat’s now 26 games without a 0-0 now at this #WorldCup#SRBSUI 1-1 World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018The two sides battled for possession and superiority for the next 38 minutes but had little to show for their efforts.That is when Xherdan Shaqiri turned it around in the final minute of normal time as he sprinted clear having been played onside at the half-way line and maintained his composure to clip the ball underneath the goalkeeper.ANOTHER late strike in Group E! #SRBSUI World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018The win saw Switzerland extend its record of just one loss in 24 outings. This was their 17th win in the said period in which they have drawn just 6 games. Their last loss came against Portugal in the World Cup qualifier in October 2017.advertisementThe result left Brazil, 2-0 winners over Costa Rica, top with four points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference with Serbia on three.Brazil and Serbia meet in their final game while the Swiss face Costa Rica, already eliminated after losing their first two games.So, Group E…1) #BRA2) #SUI3) #SRB4) #CRC #WorldCup World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018Serbia made a flying start and Mitrovic forced Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer into an early save with a close-range header.Sommer was powerless, however, in the fifth minute when Nemanja Matic won the ball and found Dusan Tadic, whose cross was met with a soaring header from Mitrovic.With Mitrovic proving a handful for the Swiss defence, Serbia threatened to over-run their opponents and missed another chance when a corner flew across the face of goal and Dusko Tosic just failed to make contact.Switzerland came right back into the game seven minutes after halftime thanks to Xhaka’s fulminating strike after a rebound fell nicely into his path.Xhaka was almost upstaged by Shaqiri who clipped the crossbar with a curling, dipping shot from the unlikeliest of angles and the match turned into a pulsating end-to-end affair which was brilliantly settled by Shaqiri.Switzerland cleared a Serbia attack and a through pass sent the diminutive forward scuttling away before he slotted the ball neatly into the far corner.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

South Africa won’t use ball-tampering scandal to sledge Australia, says du Plessis

first_imgFor the first time since the ball-tampering scandal, Australia host South Africa. But according to Proteas captain Faf du Plessis, his team will not use scandal from earlier this year as a means of winding up the hosts in the upcoming limited overs series.Australian skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were all handed lengthy bans for their roles in the scandal during the third Test in Cape Town in March.”I don’t think us as a team would go there,” du Plessis told reporters in Perth after the team arrived for the series, which starts next month and features three one-dayers and one Twenty20 match.”It’s got nothing to do with the cricket – it’s in the past.”In terms of what happened in Newlands, that’s in the past for us. For us, it’s business as usual.”Du Plessis said the tour of Australia would give some of the younger members of his side the opportunity to push for places in the squad for next year’s one-day World Cup in England.It would also give them a taste of playing in a hostile atmosphere, which will stand them in good stead, he added.”I just go back to Adelaide when I walked out to bat in that night Test match and there were 60,000 people booing,” du Plessis said of the match two years ago.”That’s what makes home teams so challenging to tour – when you get to a place where the crowd is intimidating.advertisement”That’s something that youngsters will take a great deal of learning from. It Tests your character. And if you get through it, you show yourself more than anyone else what you’re capable of.”I’m hoping that it’s there for us as a team just to get used to that difference, especially when you go to a World Cup.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Stan Wawrinka’s ‘get well soon’ bear to Andy Murray might leave his kids fighting

first_img Asian News International LondonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 15:42 IST Andy Murray received a giant teddy bear from Stan Wawrinka (@andymurray Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London on TuesdayStan Wawrinka sent a teddy bear to Murray as a ‘get well soon’ presentMurray said that his kids will fight over the teddy bear once he goes homeFormer world number No.1 Andy Murray, who recently underwent a hip surgery, received a ‘get well soon’ teddy bear from fellow tennis player Stan Wawrinka but it might leave his kids fighting.The 31-year-old, in an Instagram post, thanked Wawrinka for the gesture while adding that the teddy is ‘absolutely huge’ and his kids might fight over it when he gets home from the hospital.”Big thanks to @stanwawrinka85 and @donnavekic for the get well soon teddy bear. It’s absolutely huge. My kids will be fighting over this when I get home! #stantheman,” Murray captioned the post.The Brit has had a rough 2018 season as he missed most of the tournaments due to a hip injury. He had undergone surgery in 2018 for the same and had returned to the court, playing 15 tour-level matches.Murray had recently shocked the tennis world after announcing that he would retire this year, most probably after the ‘Wimbledon’ championship.A teary-eyed Murray had said that he has been struggling with pain for the last 20 months and is still in “a lot of pain”.He said that if he could not overcome the pain in the next four or five months, he will go for another surgery-not to get back in the professional zone but for a “better quality of life”.After suffering defeat in the first round of the Australian Open, he went on to say that this could be the final tournament of his career.Murray has won a total of three Grand Slam title in his career so far along with 14 ATP Masters 1000 crowns.He had ended his 2016 season with a victory in 24 consecutive matches and finished the year as the world number one player.In 2013, when Murray won his maiden Wimbledon singles title, he became the first British man to win the championship in 77 years since Fred Perry in 1936.Also Read | Rafael Nadal gets engaged to girlfriend Mery PerelloFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow Stan WawrinkaFollow Teddy bearFollow Andy MurrayFollow HospitalFollow Kids Stan Wawrinka’s ‘get well soon’ bear to Andy Murray might leave his kids fightingStan Wawrinka sent a giant teddy bear to Andy Murray who recently underwent a hip surgery. Murray said the teddy is ‘absolutely huge’ and his kids might fight over it when he gets home from the hospital.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Proud of you big brother: Hardik Pandya on Krunal’s performance in T20Is vs West Indies

first_img Asian News International New DelhiAugust 7, 2019UPDATED: August 7, 2019 19:48 IST Krunal and Hardik Pandya (Hardik Pandya Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn the three-match T20I series, Krunal Pandya managed to take three wickets and score 67 runs with the batHardik Pandya has been given rest for Windies tour as he was playing continuously for the past two-three monthsIndia will now face West Indies in the three-match ODI seriesAll-rounder Hardik Pandya on Wednesday congratulated his big brother Krunal Pandya for winning the Player of the Series award in the recently concluded three-match T20I series between India and West Indies.His remarks come after India’s seven-wicket win against West Indies in the third T20I. As a result of this win, the Men in Blue won the series 3-0.”Congrats #TeamIndia, dominating performances, and congratulations @krunalpandya24 on winning the Player of the Series award… so, so proud of you big bro,” Hardik Pandya tweeted.Congrats #TeamIndiaDominating performancesAnd congratulations @krunalpandya24 on winning the Player of the Series award… so, so proud of you big bro pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 7, 2019Hardik has been given rest for the whole Windies tour as he was playing continuously for the past two-three months.In the three-match T20I series, Krunal managed to take three wickets and score 67 runs with the bat.”A series to remember, thanks for all the support and wishes #TeamIndia,” Krunal Pandya had also tweeted.A series to remember Thanks for all the support and wishes #TeamIndia Pandya (@krunalpandya24) August 7, 2019In the third T20I, India restricted West Indies to just 146 runs in the allotted twenty overs after Deepak Chahar’s impressive spell of 3-4 in three overs.Chasing 147, India were in a spot of bother at 27/2, but Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli stitched up a partnership of 106 runs, taking the team to a position of safety.Kohli was dismissed on 59, but Pant ensured Men in Blue’s victory by seven wickets. The left-handed Pant remained unbeaten on 65. With this knock, Pant broke MS Dhoni’s record for having the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in T20Is.advertisementIndia will now face West Indies in the three-match ODI series.Men in Blue’s ODI squad against West Indies: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiThe team takes on Windies in the first ODI on Thursday, August 8 in Guyana.Read more | India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli on the cusp of ODI milestonesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Hardik PandyaFollow Krunal Pandya debutFollow Ind vs WIFollow Pandya brothers Proud of you big brother: Hardik Pandya on Krunal’s performance in T20Is vs West IndiesHardik Pandya has been given rest for the whole Windies tour as he was playing continuously for the past two-three months. In the three-match T20I series, Krunal managed to take three wickets and score 67 runs with the bat.advertisementlast_img read more

GIS Technology A Critical Crime Fighting Tool – PM Holness

first_imgStory Highlights According to Prime Minister Holness GIS allows the authorities the opportunity to acquire and verify facts and to see events as patterns which can then inform the basis of predictive information and likely trends. In this way, GIS is a powerful tool for education as well as for meaningful analysis. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Geo-spatial Information System (GIS) technology will play a major role in assisting the government’s security objectives. This he said will allow for more informed and systematic intervention, in line with the approach that is being taken to address the level of crime and violence in the country. The prime minister revealed that under the HOPE programme, a GIS group of the National Service Corps has been created. A number of activities is being undertaken by young persons including asset mapping all water metres across the country, as well as asset mapping of street lights, and the collection of rainfall data for the MET Office. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Geo-spatial Information System (GIS) technology will play a major role in assisting the government’s security objectives. This he said will allow for more informed and systematic intervention, in line with the approach that is being taken to address the level of crime and violence in the country.“We are enhancing the use of GIS in crime analysis by now including mapped locations of reported criminal offences from which real maps can be created to show hot spots of criminal activities,” explained Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister was speaking at the Inaugural Jamaica GIS User Conference today (October 10) held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.“The use of advanced analytical tools and advanced imaging technologies enable continuous flow of data between intelligence, law enforcement agencies and security companies in real time and post operations,” said Mr. Holness.He pointed out that GIS technology has already been used to inform decisions about the Zones of Special Operations.“It is the GIS technology which identifies the clusters of crime. It is the GIS technology that allows us to create the geographic boundary,” he noted.According to Prime Minister Holness GIS allows the authorities the opportunity to acquire and verify facts and to see events as patterns which can then inform the basis of predictive information and likely trends. In this way, GIS is a powerful tool for education as well as for meaningful analysis.Government making major investment in GIS TechnologyTo this end, the government is making an investment in the utilization of GIS systems for asset mapping.The prime minister revealed that under the HOPE programme, a GIS group of the National Service Corps has been created. A number of activities is being undertaken by young persons including asset mapping all water metres across the country, as well as asset mapping of street lights, and the collection of rainfall data for the MET Office.“There are numerous opportunities for young people to go out and asset map Jamaica’s critical assets using GIS technology,” he declared.The two-day conference is hosted by the National Spatial Data Management Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation and the Land Information Council of Jamaica.last_img read more

On Africa Malaria Day UNICEF says world must help curb spread of

25 April 2007To mark Africa Malaria Day, UNICEF today urged the international community to reverse the spread of malaria, a disease that kills one person on the continent every 30 seconds and cripples so many of its youth. Yearly, between 350 and 500 million people are infected with malaria, and 1 million die from the disease.Although the disease has been eliminated in some areas, it still devastates many parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa, where almost 90 per cent of malaria deaths occur.“The treatments are available and the education is there. What are needed now are the resources,” UNICEF said in a press release.w are the resources,” UNICEF said in a press release.“Africa Malaria Day 2007 is a day for the world to speak with one voice, and the message is clear: Yes, malaria is deadly, but it is also preventable.”In much of the continent, the disease is straining already overburdened health systems. The majority of malaria cases occur in children under the age of five, and infected pregnant women are at risk of contracting anaemia, endangering both their lives and those of their unborn children.Methods to prevent malaria have been successful, including insecticide treated bednets, known as ITNs, which cost only $10 each and prevent mosquito bites that transmit malaria, have also been reported to last for up to five years.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that ITNs can slash malaria transmission by at least 60 per cent and child deaths by 20 per cent if used properly.UNICEF has strongly pushed for the use of ITNs to combat the spread of the disease, and has funded their distribution across Africa.In many provinces in Mozambique, the Government distributes ITNs for free to all pregnant women and to children under the age of five.“Not only will a pregnant woman benefit from using the net, but so will her child, because most new mothers sleep with their babies for the first few years of life,” said UNICEF Officer for Malaria Timothy Freeman.Malaria causes the highest number of deaths among children in the Southern African country, and it accounts for 60 per cent of paediatric hospital admissions and 30 per cent of hospital deaths.The disease is also a main cause of death in Mozambique, which has one of the world’s highest child mortality rates.UNICEF plays a key role in the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was created in 1998 by UNICEF, WHO, the UN Deve read more

Precision Drilling profits climb 11 per cent as it cuts capital spending

CALGARY – Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) says its net earnings grew 11.3 per cent in the second quarter, but the company is also reining in its capital spending plan for the second time this year as activity slows.The Calgary-based firm posted earnings of $18.3 million, or six cents per diluted share, double what analysts had expected, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.The results compare to net earnings of $16.4 million, or six cents per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier.Revenue grew to $382 million compared to $345 million.“Despite softening customer demand and a prolonged Canadian spring break-up this was Precision’s strongest second quarter for EBITDA in the history of the company,” said president and CEO Kevin Neveu in a release.However he noted that the Precision Drilling “remains mindful of the volatile and weakened oil prices and depressed natural gas prices, the reduction in our customers’ cash flow and the potential impact that has on our business.”As a response, the company slashed its capital spending plan for the second time this year to $875 million, after previously pulling back on the enthusiastic boost it gave to the spending plan back in December.Late last year, the company increased its 2012 capital budget by 54 per cent to $1.14 billion. However, in April that plan was reduced to $975 million.Precision is Canada’s largest oilfield services company, with a presence in the United States and Latin America.Shares in Precision closed up three cents to $7.48 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Precision Drilling profits climb 11 per cent as it cuts capital spending plan read more

TSX falls on low gold US heads down on weak jobs data

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market suffered a triple-digit loss Thursday, pushed down by declining gold prices and uncertainty over what the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce next week at its policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index ended 124.37 points lower at 12,701.05. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.10 of a cent to 96.85 cents US.With the Syrian situation somewhat settled, investor attention has focused on next week’s two-day Fed meeting, where it’s expected the U.S. central bank will announce plans on winding down its $85-billion in monthly bond purchases.The asset purchases are widely credited with holding down interest rates and breathing life into stock markets and there has been concern over how much and when the Fed will begin to taper the stimulus program.U.S. indexes were lower, as the Dow Jones industrials fell 25.96 points to 15,300.64, after gaining more than 400 points over the previous three days. The S&P 500 contracted 5.71 points to 1,683.42, ending a seven-day positive streak. The Nasdaq dipped 9.04 points to 3,715.97.“We’ve had an amazing 10 days now, basically since the end of August,” said John Tsagarelis, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “We’ve had an aggressive run and everybody now is ready to cool their heels and wait for the Federal Reserve, see what they come up with next week.”The Toronto stock exchange was in negative territory for most of the day, as the gold, materials and metal and mining sectors all posted steep declines. The gold sector was the leading decliner, losing 5.18 per cent, as shares in Barrick Gold fell more than five per cent, or $1.01 to $18.19. December bullion pulled back $33.20 to US$1,330.60 an ounce — its lowest price in nearly a month.Tsagarelis said the losses in gold can be attributed to a large, unexplained sell-off early Thursday morning, coupled with the release of U.S. jobs figures.The U.S. Labor Department reported the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. It said the drop was mostly due to technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. The less volatile four-week average fell to 321,250, the lowest in six years.On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department will also release its retail sales data for August. Retail sales figures are an important economic indicator because they gauge discretionary spending.On the TSX, the metals and mining sector was down 2.9 per cent, as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shares fell 3.53 per cent, or $1.04, to $28.43. December copper dipped five cents to US$3.21 a pound.Meanwhile, the energy sector registered the smallest loss at 0.06 per cent, as the October crude contract rose $1.04 to US$108.60. Shares in Encana (TSX:ECA) surged nearly four per cent after the CEO of the oil company said its portfolio is far too big and has far too much weakly-priced natural gas in it, suggesting more asset sales are on the way. Its stock closed up 68 cents at C$18.61.In other corporate news, Rogers Communications appointed the CEO of Vodafone U.K. to succeed its outgoing president and CEO. Guy Laurence, 52, will become top executive of Toronto-based Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) in December. He is replacing Nadir Mohamed, who had previously announced his intention to retire as CEO of the wireless, cable and media company. Rogers shares lost 1.15 per cent, or 50 cents, to $42.95.Shares in athletic clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc. (Nasdaq:LULU) dropped more than five per cent, or $3.73, to US$65.29 after the Vancouver company lowered its full-year outlook, and reported mixed earnings results. It said its second-quarter revenue of US$344.5 million was up 22 per cent from the same period last year.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) reported improved overall profit and sales from continuing operations in the second quarter but said its Lord & Taylor stores in the United States showed the lingering effects of weak market conditions. The earnings had little effect on the stock, which fell 0.01 per cent, or six cents, to $17.04.Meanwhile, travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ.B) saw its stock soar nearly seven per cent, or 64 cents, to $9.98 after reporting record results for the third quarter on higher transatlantic selling prices, reduced capacity and cost-cutting initiatives. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX falls on low gold, U.S. heads down on weak jobs data blamed on tech glitches by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 8:50 am MDT read more

TDs to be told Coalition needs to live up to staffing promises

first_imgTHE CONTINUED SHORTFALL in staffing in mental health services will be highlighted today as representatives from Mental Health Reform outline their pre-Budget submission to members of the Oireachtas Finance Committee.It had been promised that 477 staff would be hired this year for community mental health teams, working in areas like suicide prevention. However, many of these posts may now go unfilled as a result of overspending in the health sector.The campaign group says the Government is not living up to its commitments. According to Director of Mental Health Reform Orla Barry: “The July HSE Staffing Census shows the net increase in staff between December 2012 and July 2013 was just 192″.“This shortfall exists despite the Government mental health policy A Vision for Change recommending that more than 1,000 additional staff were needed for mental health services.”The group — which represents 37 charities and organisations, including the likes of Console and Focus Ireland — says the coalition must also honour its Programme for Government commitment to ring-fence €35 million each year for community mental health services.“We are concerned that the €35 million allocated for 2013 will be delayed,” Barry told“Despite the commitment to an additional €35 million in 2012, real year-end expenditure in 2012 was €4 million less than the previous year at €682 million.”The group will also highlight the importance of supporting people to live in the community, through the extension of supported employment and further investment in housing for people with a mental health disability.The Oireachtas Finance Committee will hear from a total of 15 civil society groups across four sessions today: The Irish Medical Organisation, The Carers Association and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will also address the Committee in the morning; in the afternoon, the sessions will include submissions from the likes of ICTU and the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed.Read: New campaign aims to curb suicide amongst farmers > President Higgins: Stigma a major barrier to suicide prevention >last_img read more

Man remains critical as gardaí make fresh appeal for information in New

first_img By Sean Murray GARDAÍ HAVE MADE a fresh appeal for witnesses following a single-car crash that left a man with serious injuries in New Ross, Co Wexford.The incident occurred on the N30 just south of Corcoran’s Cross, heading in the New Ross direction at around 4.50pm on Wednesday 22 March.The car left the road and hit a ditch.The driver, a man in his early 20s, was airlifted to Cork University Hospital with severe injuries.He remains in a serious condition.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, in particular anyone who may have travelled the road on Wednesday 22 March between 4pm and 5pm, who may have seen a red Citroen Saxo car on the road to contact them.They can be reached at New Ross Garda Station at 051 426030, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any garda station.Read: ‘Murderers still on our streets’: How does a homicide case go cold?Read: Gardaí want people who identify them on social media to be prosecuted 13,753 Views Man remains critical as gardaí make fresh appeal for information in New Ross road crash The single-car crash occurred on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Share17 Tweet Email Short URL The crash happened on the N30 near New Ross, Co Wexford.center_img The crash happened on the N30 near New Ross, Co Wexford. Image: Google Maps No Comments Image: Google Maps Monday 10 Apr 2017, 6:49 AM Apr 10th 2017, 6:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Half of Whatcoms homeless youth face mental health issues This grant could

first_imgBELLINGHAM — A $1.2 million federal grant will allow Northwest Youth Services to deepen the mental health services it provides to more than 100 young people in Whatcom County, according to its executive director.The money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be spread over three years.Northwest Youth Services is using the grant to launch REVIVE, a new project that also will provide help with chemical dependency. It will include partners Compass Health and Catholic Community Services – Recovery.The goal is to help the young who are homeless and who struggle with those issues.Nearly half, or 46 percent, of young adults who are homeless reported having a mental health disability, according to the Point-in-Time Count, the annual census of the homeless in Whatcom County.The nonprofit Northwest Youth Services helps people ages 13 to 24 in Whatcom and Skagit counties with housing and other services.NWYS will use the grant to hire a team of four led by clinical director Nicole Torres. The dollars also will pay for a mental health professional from Compass Health and a chemical dependency professional from Catholic Community Services-Recovery.The idea also is to focus on those youths who are chronically homeless and on marginalized groups such as young people of color and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning, according to Riannon Bardsley, executive director for Northwest Youth Services.last_img read more