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first_imgPremiumBeat revisits seven informative interviews with filmmakers sharing their professional insights into the film and video industry.In my experience, there are really only a couple of ways to actually learn how to succeed in the film and video industry:Go through the motions yourself and develop the tools on your own.Get solid, real-world advice from those who have learned by doing the above.Take this article, for example. Yes, you can check camera reviews and read film theory all day long, but the best advice you might actually find online comes from those who’ve really been there and done that — and can cite specific examples and projects where they can share these tangible insights.From a series of interviews conducted over the past few years, let’s take a look at some of the best interviews with industry professionals sharing real, honest-to-goodness advice on how to succeed in film and video production.1. Advice on Film WritingChristina Kallas (photo by Lauren Sowa).Let’s start where all films projects begin — the writing process. This is probably the single most important part of the process, but it’s very often the most neglected. As the well-established writer/director Christina Kallas talks about in her book on screenwriting, even getting started requires a great deal of expertise and thought:I like starting the process of creating a film with an unresolved question. Something I have no answer to. But it nags me. I want to know. So, each script I write, each film I make, is for me a discovery. And that discovery is an emotional journey. In a strange way, it mirrors the potential emotional journey of the audience member. That is what emotional structure is.From there, the process just gets more tangled and difficult along the way. But, ultimately, as you push through, it’s rewarding. You can read the rest of the interview on multi-protagonist screenplays, split-screen editing, and the ideology behind losing creative control in the full article here.2. Advice on CinematographyThe Man in the High Castle. Photo by Liane Hentscher (© Amazon Studios).Like writing, cinematography is an art that requires a great deal of dedication (and years of practice) to master. In an interview with Gonzalo Amat about his time working as the DP on acclaimed TV series The Man in the High Castle, we get insights into the discipline and patience necessary for the job.Be patient. This is like a marathon without a finish line. You never really “make it,” so make it more about the process than the result. Talent is not really the determining factor in getting jobs. I know a lot of talented filmmakers that don’t get breaks, so always make the best out of the opportunities that come up.If you’re an aspiring DP, or just interested in cinematography, the rest of the interview is full of solid advice from Amat’s career and other projects. You can read the full interview here.3. Advice on Directing Short Films“Nine Minutes” Short Film directed by Ernie Gilbert (© Thunder and Venom).For many aspiring, up-and-coming filmmakers, the most obvious and practical way to get started is by shooting shorter, smaller-budget projects like short films or music videos. As is the case with filmmaker Ernie Gilbert, who shares some interesting anecdotes from his sci-fi short film “Nine Minutes.”We ended up shooting the project on 35mm film with Panavision Anamorphic lenses and camera. The heat averaged to 116 degrees each day. It was just a challenge of constructing shade and making sure everybody had water. We were fighting the elements. A lot of learning lessons. We ended up shooting the final shot of the film, which is a 360-degree dolly that circles Constance as she gives her final monologue. It’s a six or seven-minute shot, and we ended up shooting that, both days, at sunset, right as the sun had dipped below the horizon, for the look we wanted.Not only is working with 35mm a unique project (at least in today’s digital landscape), but it’s these exact situations when you find yourself in extreme conditions — working on complicated shots and sequences — that are the real learning opportunities. For more tips, check out the full article here.4. Shooting Cinema Verité-Style DocumentariesTaken by the Tiger directed by Ross KauffmanBy definition, the cinema verité style is the purist form of filmmaking. As such, it’s also one of the most difficult and chaotic styles to produce — as filmmakers must capture stories at their realist moments. For cinematographer Matt Porwoll, who shot the Sundance documentary Taken by the Tiger (a.k.a. Tigerland), it all comes down to being prepared for what you can’t expect:As all verité films go, you never really know what you’re going to get until it starts to happen. We’re following a story that is active and present. […] We knew we had a fascinating character. We didn’t quite know what was going to unfold. And, as you hope with verité films, the second you get on the ground, things start to develop and you just want to jump in and follow it.Shooting a film across two continents of wildlife, in its natural habitat, can be very tricky — not to mention getting said film into the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. It takes a certain type of cinematographer, with a good eye and great problem-solving skills, to reach these levels of success. Read the full interview for more insights here.5. The Importance of Production DesignBetter Call Saul Photo by Michele K. Short – © 2017 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. and Sony Pictures Television Inc.Known for her work on indies such as My Blueberry Nights and 2 Days in New York, as well as the Netflix breakout Jessica Jones, production designer Judy Rhee breaks down how the production designer role is not just important by itself but also in its collaboration with others. Here’s a good tidbit from her work with the teams on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul:It was interesting to negotiate the timeline of Better Call Saul as a prequel, but keeping the visual thread of the world that had already been formed in Breaking Bad. The design arena for the show is a world you have to occupy and stay faithful to so it’s not disruptive or disharmonious to the story or characters. It may sound limiting, but there is still a lot that can be mined and interpreted, as we move through that world.If you’d like more in-depth information about how the production design department partners with directors and filmmakers to build their cinematic worlds and environments, read the rest of the interview here.6. On the Future of Creating Digital ContentPerhaps one of the hardest parts of the industry for many to learn is simply how fast everything is changing. New opportunities are opening up every day, but for many, if you’re stuck in the same old mindsets, you’re not going to be able to adapt. In this interview with digital filmmaker Gotham Chopra, we get some valuable information, not just about how the digital landscape is changing, but how you can be ready to evolve with it.It’s a rapidly evolving medium. Long-form, short-form, mid-form, series, micro-docs, etc. I actually don’t really worry too much about format. I’m attracted to good stories and great characters. Usually, I find the story will tell you how long it wants to be.As digital video platforms continue to grow, the industry is undoubtedly headed in this direction. Those filmmakers who stay current will find the most success. Read more on Chopra’s methods in the full article here.7. Editing Viral Music VideosAnd finally, while editing shouldn’t be considered last — or least important — on any project, it does come at the end of our list. Yet, in an interview with editor Ernie Gilbert, we get some terrific behind-the-scenes stories of how one of the biggest music videos of the last few years came together in Childish Gambino’s “This is America.” Gilbert even gives some insights into how he was able to break into the industry.I got started by doing tour documentary work for a couple of bands back in 2007 and 2008. Projects that I filmed on the road, and then edited on the tour bus for early web content. Back then, the idea of having a videographer on tour with your band was pretty new, and it led to a lot of fun opportunities. YouTube was just getting going and it felt like the Wild West.From there, Gilbert was able to find (and eventually build a relationship) with director Hiro Murai. They worked together on Donald Glover’s TV series Atlanta before he edited the “This is America” music video. You can read the whole interview here.Cover image by FrameStockFootages.For more interviews and filmmaking industry advice, check out these articles.7 Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before Making a Feature FilmGenre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic FestEssential Advice on Producing Your Own Short FilmFilmmaking Advice: Why You Should Consider Shooting in Black and Whitelast_img read more

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, speaks to reporters at his basketball camp in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WALNUT CREEK, California — A rich new contract in hand, Stephen Curry is more determined than ever to give back both his time and financial resources wherever he is needed in the Bay Area.The Golden State Warriors superstar has yet to make a major purchase for himself since finalizing the $201 million, five-year contract late last month.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I don’t know the ins and outs of what conversations are going on. It’s obviously surprising, but at the end of day nothing’s really surprising when it comes to story lines and things like that from year to year,” Curry said. “It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. I’m sure if something does happen I’ll be able to talk about it more but right now he’s still on Cleveland’s team.”While Curry received his hefty new deal, Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept nearly the entire title team intact for another championship chase.“It’s huge because we have great potential and opportunity to do some amazing things and win more championships,” Curry said. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to have to kind of start over. I wouldn’t necessarily say rebuild, just take advantage of the camaraderie and the chemistry and the vibe that we’ve created around the Warriors organization.”It’s another whirlwind summer for Curry, who made an impressive appearance in last week’s Web.com Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament before missing the cut in the tournament, which is one step below the PGA Tour.Two championships in three years is pretty special, and he never forgets that.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I don’t want to get too deep into it but for the last couple years trying to figure out how I can make the most impact off the court on a consistent and impactful basis,” the 29-year-old Curry said Monday, going on two months after winning another NBA title. “Going forward and obviously keying in on the Bay Area specifically to hopefully leave a lasting impact for all the good that has happened in my life and my family here since I’ve been here the last eight years.“Obviously over the next five to really impact the community for the better and use my platform, not only just dollars but my platform and connections and ideas to make that happen. The contract puts more of a responsibility to make that happen and I’m obviously aware of that. And I have a great team around me that’s going to help me do that.”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 starsThis week, the two-time NBA MVP is hosting his fourth annual SC30 Select Camp with about two dozen of the top high school players at The John Muir Ultimate Fieldhouse before a showcase event Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. He dazzled the prospects with his shooting routine, provided coaching and even took part in some 3-on-3 right along with the campers.Curry said not much surprises him anymore when it comes to NBA drama such as Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded and no longer play alongside LeBron James. They won a championship together in 2016 before the Warriors won the June rematch. McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather LATEST STORIES “I think about it every day and it kind of helps me put things in perspective, how blessed I am to be able to do what I’m able to do on and off the floor, the opportunities I have to even run a camp like this. Because I used to go to the camps of guys who played before me and learn from them and just be kind of awe-struck and eyes wide open trying to learn as much as I could,” he said. “Fast forward to these last few years and now I’m on the other side of that equation giving back to the next generation of players. All of that is very surreal but it’s humbling just to be in that position. It actually helps me stay motivated to keep working because I don’t want the ride to end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCool your heels with the hottest buys. Well-timed: Breguet is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the French Fleet Air Arm this year through a patronage operation, as well as by launching a new Type XX chronograph in a 1,000 piece limited edition. Watch out! Price on request Dandy cool: Party,Cool your heels with the hottest buys.Well-timed: Breguet is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the French Fleet Air Arm this year through a patronage operation, as well as by launching a new Type XX chronograph in a 1,000 piece limited edition. Watch out! Price on requestDandy cool: Party boys unite, for these velvet bows from Tom Ford are sure to replace any missed mistletoe opportunities. Price: $220 (Rs 9,875)All ear round: Keeping warm is one thing, being the toast of town, quite another. Try these ear muffs from Diane Von Furstenberg to effortlessly ease into the latter category. Price on request.Best case scenario: Form and function reign supreme with this elegant single-gusset briefcase from Montblanc’s Nightflight Cruise collection in silk, cotton and printed calf skin with palladium-plated metal fittings. Price: Rs 50,950Foot fetish: Scorch the ramp or the romp with these laminated leather booties from Giorgio Armani. The stiletto heels teeter at 125 mm with an opening at the side from the ankle downwards. Balance your best foot forward. Price on requestBull’s eye: If eyes are the windows to the soul, here’s soul food in a 48-shade colour palette designed by Estee Lauder’s creative makeup director Tom Pecheux. The lasting pigments and fade resistant formulas for the eyeshadows promise drama and attitude. Price: Rs 1,350 per shadeSling fling: You can’t go wrong with classics or so they say. Try this iconic Fendi bag for size. The zucca fabric trimmed with rich leather features a leather ID tag, goldtone hardware and a detachable shoulder strap. Price: Rs 67,760Run along: Who said pink was the only metrosexual hue to sport? Run a mile in these electric blue Moschino scrape Uomo shoes to char the tar. Price: Euro 304 (Rs 18,333)Cuff it up: If you want to bring on the bling, you can’t go wrong with the ‘London Lantern’. These uber luxe bejewelled cufflinks, from Alfred Dunhill, are created in 18 carat pink gold and white diamonds. If you can’t storm the boardroom with brain, try bling instead. Price on requestLight bulb moment: Surprise is the new element in home decor it seems, especially with this pair of multi-coloured leather book lamps with Sienna leather shades from Maitland Smith. The lamps are available at The Gallery, 13 Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road. Price: Rs 1.4 lakh for a pairadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWhat do Rudyard Kipling, the legendary English writer, German dictator Adolf Hitler, Greek philosopher Socrates, American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, English poet John Milton, and the late American president Abraham Lincoln have to do with Indian cricket?Also, were American architect Daniel Hudson Burnham, English novelist and dramatist Henry Fielding, poets Laine Parsons, Sir Henry John Newbolt, an 18th century Anglo-Irish writer, and Oliver Goldsmith ever associated with the sport in India?And are the Hindu scriptures Katha Upanishad and Atharva Veda related to cricket?The answer to these questions is ‘no’. Okay, to give the benefit of doubt, one or two of these personalities – especially the Britons – may have followed cricket, but they were certainly not associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which incidentally is holding its annual general meeting today in Mumbai.Still, over the years, all the names and works mentioned above have repeatedly found a mention in the annual report of the BCCI, a very interesting document, to say the least.BCCI mandarins have had this common habit of quoting from the works of foreigners, particularly legendary poets and writers, in their reports that are part of the annual publication.Some of the well-known personalities that have held top posts in the BCCI – including president Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretaries JY Lele, Niranjan Shah and SK Nair, and treasurers Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai – used to quote couplets/sayings of these great men every year in their reports.advertisementOften, they also quoted Rabindranath Tagore, Katha Upanishad, Atharva Veda, and even MS Oberoi, the founder of the Oberoi group of hotels. Rungta even confessed in one of his reports that Oberoi was his hero.However, the great poets and philosophers have lately disappeared from the BCCI annual documents, as the present set of officials, led by N Srinivasan, have stopped using their quotes. They are now more to-the-point, rather mundane, as they recall the highlights of the year gone by in their write-ups.Niranjan Shah, currently the senior-most Board official who attended his first BCCI meeting way back in 1972-73, was the last office-bearer to quote from the works of a litterateur, Kipling, in the 78th BCCI annual report in 2006-07.Although Shah continued as secretary the next season as well, he did not include anyone’s work in the 2007-08 document – and with it ended a long-standing tradition.Present day officials stick to cricket, thus taking the ‘colour’ away from the pages of the annual publication, which contains the reports of the two secretaries and the treasurer, the balance sheet and a report on domestic tournaments.Same is the case with the 2011-12 annual report that will be tabled at Thursday’s AGM in Mumbai.The cover of the annual reports too has undergone a change. Until a few years ago, both the front and back covers used to be designed by an artist, who usually worked around bats, balls, and stumps.Now, the contemporary officebearers prefer photos of cricketers, preferably of the national team, senior or junior, which has won something. For the latest annual report, they have opted for the group photo of the Unmukt Chand-led India under-19 team that won the World Cup in Australia last month. Last year, the annual report cover carried the photo of MS Dhoni’s team that clinched the 50-over World Cup.Talking about photos, the 244-page 78th annual report of 2006-07 contained a whopping 35 photos of the then BCCI president Sharad Pawar.Journeyman coach looks for next prizeChandrakant Pandit.These are interesting times for Rajasthan cricket. Even though they lost the season-opening Irani Trophy to the Cheteshwar Pujara-led Rest of India on Monday, both Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s team and new coach Chandrakant Pandit could create different milestones.Rajasthan are chasing a hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles, having won the national championship in the last two years. Pandit, who took over the reins from Amit Asawa – who was coach on both previous occasions – could establish a personal record if he guides Rajasthan to the title. He had earlier coached Mumbai to Ranji titles in 2003 and 2004 and if he is successful this year it could be his third national title as coach.Pandit, who was last year hired as Director of Cricket by the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and is now doubling up as coach, is hopeful that Rajasthan would complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles.”Definitely, every team would like to achieve the same result. Most players have the confidence. The self-belief and unity between the players is much more now,” Pandit told Mail Today, probably on the basis of what he saw during the 12-day preparatory camp held at the RCA Academy in Jaipur, before the Irani Trophy.advertisementPandit, however, does not want to put pressure on the team before the Ranji Trophy championship starts on November 2. “They have to main their reputation by playing well. The results will follow if we play disciplined cricket. But there is no point in putting pressure on players,” he said. By signing for Rajasthan, Pandit has renewed his partnership with captain Kanitkar. They were together in the same coach-captain relationship for Maharashtra, when Pandit joined as coach in 2005 and Kanitkar was captain.”Kanitkar as captain is cool. He’d like to continue in the same vein [from last year]. All of us believe in [the] process. Now, we need to get confidence,” said Pandit, who knows the captain from his Maharashtra experience. Now, if he can help Rajasthan win their third successive Ranji title, it would be a personal record for him.Indian cricket stays dope freeVirender Sehwag recently had to undergo a ‘routine, random’ ICC drug test in Sri Lanka.While some of the other Indian sports federations are battling to control the doping menace among athletes, the BCCI can proudly claim that no cricketer has returned a positive result in dope tests since 2002, be it at home or at ICC-organised tournaments.This happy scenario is largely a result of the BCCI’s efforts to educate players about the ill-effects of doping, as part of its Anti-Doping Education Programs (ADEP). The Board has been organising workshops for players and support staff of the various teams, ranging from under-16 to the senior side, and also the women’s teams.Between July 11 and March 2012, a total of 874 players and support staff took part in the workshops organised by the Board under ADEP. The BCCI also organised workshops for education of IPL and Champions League T20 teams.126 cricket trophies in India’s cabinet and countingGuess how many trophies are currently in BCCI’s possession The answer is, hold your breath: 126. Yes, last month’s under-19 World Cup was the 126th trophy that has come India’s way, as per BCCI records. This list includes trophies won by men and women in bilateral exchanges as well as at junior levels. The three most outstanding trophies are the Prudential Cup, presented for winning the 1983 60-over World Cup, and the 50-over World Cup last year, and the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgChennai was ‘Madras’ when I first came here. It is the city I have lived in through the second half of my life. And counting. I came here from Bangalore to study Visual Communication at The Loyola College and have stayed on. Although, I must confess I was most reluctant,Chennai was ‘Madras’ when I first came here. It is the city I have lived in through the second half of my life. And counting. I came here from Bangalore to study Visual Communication at The Loyola College and have stayed on. Although, I must confess I was most reluctant to make this move and ready to leave at the drop of a hat during my initial years here.But, like a wily seductress that has you under her spell; unveiling layer by layer, she kept me here, not knowing why exactly, but knowing enough that it wasn’t time to leave. Not just yet. Every time I wanted to pack up and leave to pursue a career-in photography and now acting-in a more professional and rewarding environment, I was reminded of how great artists of excellence in various fields have been churned out from this very city.From music to sports, cinema to the arts; from the sculptors of Mahabalipuram to the string of the best cinematographers in the country-the diverse talent this city has offered is indeed commendable. Many years ago, when I was in Delhi to attend the wonderfully talented designer Rehane’s show at a Fashion Week, I came across a designer from there, who, impressed by a calendar I had shot for Rehane, got chatting with me.We initially bonded over my city of origin, Bangalore, and spoke highly of my future in the industry. However, when we got down to exchanging contacts, he looked at me with almost a sense of disbelief, as he ran through my card. “You’re a Madrasi?” he blurted, after which he gave me quite the cold shoulder. Like a lot of cities in India, Chennai has a strong flavour of its own.advertisementI’m certainly not one to compare it with its counterparts and see how it fares alongside them on a ‘Best City to Live in List’ but I would in fact like to try and unravel the mystery that has kept me here and celebrate the positives of this coastal city, which is rich in culture and its array of beautiful historical structures spread across.I’ve always been in love with the coast-something that I couldn’t get in Bengaluru. The second longest beach in the world, the Marina, also has some of the best old- school architecture and heritage worthy sites surrounding it.Areas rich in character and oldworld charm, such as Mylapore, Sowcarpet, Parry’s Corner and Triplicane, thrive alongside posh neighbourhoods such as Poes Garden and Boat Club-striking a wonderful balance between both the worlds.Temples, palaces, mosques and fine examples of British and Mughal architecture, house important government offices and flea markets alike. Before I start sounding like a travel guide, I must admit that my fascination for these places stems from the fact that they constantly inspire me in my visual work. They serve as a great foundation and influence to the arts that I pursue.The city that hosted the nightingale MS Subbulakshmi and numerous greats of Carnatic music and dance in one of the largest music festivals in the world-Margazhi-also boasts of one of the strongest film industries in the country, which I’m happy to be a part of.Chennai has revived the almost extinct Olive Ridley turtles, groomed the likes of Vishwanathan Anand and Leander Paes (who started his career at the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy before scaling the pinnacle of Doubles Tennis and starring in The Chennai Open), and above all, displays the kind of inspiring spirit that is unique only to it.Right from bouncing back from natural disasters such as the floods and the Tsunami, to proving its mettle in sports, the city every now and then unites itself beyond all divisions, to surprise us with an inexplicable bond that makes all its negatives (which I admit are as many), disappear when we sit down to judge it on its merit. I’m an avid backpacker and make it a point to travel as often and as far as I can.And every time I do, I admit, I almost never want to come back due to reasons of my own. But then, you’re hit by the urge to return to this lazy city-despite its infamous heat and humidity, rampant unprofessionalism in various quarters, its megalomaniacal characters, the stench that greets you from open drains that were once beautiful rivers, and every one of that reason that made me want to run away from it the day I landed here.I embrace this city with the love that it has shown me. I miss its Woodlands drive-in, where many a relationship was formed and broken, I miss many of those spacious bungalows with their vast gardens that have now been replaced by rows of flats or commercial buildings, I miss some of those sleepy lanes that are now filled with traffic and smog.advertisementBut the bane of development apart, the promise of what and how much can still be done keeps you rooted here. There was a time when I wanted to start a movement called, ‘Proud to be a Madrasi’, to stick it to that designer in Delhi, but thankfully I thought better of it.I don’t really care about being proud of where I am from; as long as I am happy, it all adds up. This city and its people have contributed to my life enough for me to gladly spend as much time as I can giving back and making it the best city it can be.Sunder Ramu is a city-based film and stage actor and photographer.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series:Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?“Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.“You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight. He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything.”Isaiah Thomas also scored 24 for the Celtics, the top seed in the East. After the road team won each of the first four games, the Celtics won at home in Game 5 to earn a chance to eliminate the Bulls on Friday night in Chicago. A Bulls victory would force the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.Al Horford had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Bradley’s 24 points were a career playoff high, but after watching him hold Bulls star Jimmy Butler to 14 points — and just one foul shot — Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Bradley’s defense.“Jimmy Butler’s a hard guy to guard. Dwyane Wade’s a hard guy to guard. You’re not going to stop those guys, but you just try to make it as hard as possible,” Stevens said. “Avery … has done a really good job.”Butler, who shot 23 free throws in Game 4 and made 19, was 0 for 1 on Wednesday.“I was trying to eliminate letting Jimmy Butler get to the free throw line. That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it,” Bradley said.Wade had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just under five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead.The Bulls cut it to nine before Horford got loose for a dunk, Wade missed a 3-pointer and then Horford fed Jae Crowder for a layup that made it 108-95 with 99 seconds to play.Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Butler and Marcus Smart got in each other’s face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments.The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. Boston missed its first eight 3-point attempts before making three in a row at the end of the first quarter.TIP-INSBulls: Before winning the first two games of the series, Chicago had only won one playoff game in Boston ever — Game 1 of the 2009 first round. … Butler brought the ball down with 6.2 seconds left in the third quarter and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bulls an 81-79 lead. … The Bulls had 16 turnovers that led to 23 Boston points. The Celtics only had six turnovers, leading to four Bulls points.Celtics: There were at least nine members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the crowd, and a handful of players from the Boston Bruins as well. … Thomas missed his first four shots and didn’t make a basket until a second-chance 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the first half. … Gerald Green made his third start, but he played less than 13 minutes and finished with two points after scoring 18 with seven rebounds in Game 4.RONDORajon Rondo, who was the point guard on the 2008 Celtics team that won the franchise’s record 17th NBA title, did not play for the third straight game because of the broken thumb and strained ligament in his right wrist. He was on the court handling a basketball with his left hand before the game, then sat on the Bulls bench in a suit — this one with sleeves — and cheered on his teammates.The Bulls fell to 0-3 without him in the series, with Wade largely taking over as point guard in Game 5.CARRY ONBulls coach Fred Hoiberg made waves after Game 4 when he questioned whether Thomas was getting away with carrying the ball when he dribbled.Thomas took exception with the suggestion, saying it was the way he’d dribbled his entire career and was no different than the style of other All-Stars such as LeBron James and Rondo.The final question to Hoiberg Wednesday was whether he’d had spotted any illegal dribbles from Thomas in the Game 5 loss.“No,” he said, before walking out.JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRenowned cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who died due to age-related ailments, was cremated here on Thursday with his most famous ward Sachin Tendulkar in attendance for a tearful adieu.Achrekar, the childhood coach of Tendulkar, passed away at 87 on Wednesday at his Shivaji Park residence in Dadar in Central Mumbai.His body was kept at Shivaji Park, where he coached aspiring cricketers and then taken to a nearby crematorium.When the body was taken outside the ground, young boys, who practice there, gave a guard of honour amid chants of ‘Amar Rahe’.Tendulkar, along with Achrekar’s other wards like Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession to the crematorium, where his body was consigned to flames.Earlier, the body was kept at his residence for people to pay their last respects to the Dronacharya and Padma Shri award-winning coach.Mumbai cricketers such as Atul Ranade, Amol Muzumdar Ramesh Powar, Paras Mhambrey, Ranji coach Vinayak Samant, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vinod Raghavan, were also there along with fans.Former Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sundaram, office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association, veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty also paid their last respects.Among politicians, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, MLA and BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also paid tributes to the decorated coach.Also Read | Ramakant Achrekar’s passing away is a big loss to the sporting world: Narendra ModiAlso Read | Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also See:advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWorld No. 23 Sai Praneeth’s impressive run at Japan Open 2019 came to end in the semi-final on Saturday as he was outclassed by top seed Kento Momota. Praneeth was beaten 18-21, 12-21 in just 45 minutes in the one-sided men’s singles last-four match in Tokyo.Sai Praneeth showed signs of return to form as he reached the semi-final without dropping a game. The Indian shuttler had beaten the likes of Kenta Nishimoto, Kanta Tsuneyama and Tommy Sugiarto in the Super 750 tournament but the test against World No. 1 Momota was always going to be difficult.Defending champion Momota started the match well with a 11-6 lead in the first mid-game interval of the match but Sai pulled things back with 5 straight points. Momota though never let Sai slip away as he kept the pressure on his Indian opponent with a fine display of defensive skills.Sai Praneeth took a 3-point lead at 9-6 in the second game but Momota went into the mid-game break with a 2-point lead even as errors crept into the Indian shuttler’s game. Momota had 8 match points in the end and he converted his first to reach the final.Notably, Kento Momota, arguably the best men’s singles player in the badminton circuit at the moment, has reached his 2nd successive final. Momota had beaten the likes of Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen before winning the Japan Open title last year.Barring the run to Swiss Open final in March, Sai Praneeth had been struggling for consistency in the ongoing season. However, the former Singapore Open champion would have gained confidence from his run at the Super 750 tournament. Praneeth, in fact, had become the only Indian to reach the semi-final of Japan Open when he defeated Tommy Sugiarto in Friday’s quarter-final.advertisementIndia’s challenge has ended with Sai Praneeth’s exit in Tokyo. Earlier on Friday, PV Sindhu suffered her second straight loss to local hope Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu, who had lost to Yamaguchi in the final of last week’s Indonesia Open, was beaten in straight games by the Japanese star.On the other hand, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went down in straight games to 2nd seed and local favourites Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s singles quarter-final.Having had some impressive runs in Jakarta and Tokyo, India shuttlers will next be in action at next week’s Thailand Open Super 500 tournament in Bangkok.Also Read | Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgzoom Endofa, an independent marine fuel supplier and bunker trader, has named Lars Hoffmann as Chief Executive Officer.Prior to joining Endofa, Hoffmann served as Chief Executive Officer for Shipping.dk. He also served on the board of the Danish Shipbrokers Association.“We have known Lars for many years and always admired him for his accomplishments in shipping and his work for the Danish shipping industry,” notes Endofa’s Kenn Soendergaard. “His management skills will be vital as we continue our rapid growth.”Endofa completed its first year with a turnover of 235mio USD between the company’s offices in Houston and Dubai, more than doubling the organization’s first-year turnover projections, Soendergaard adds.Hoffmann said: “Although Endofa is a relatively young firm, its culture is strong. The potential and energy is there, however my immediate focus will be dedicated to the staff and the business in general.”Soendergaard continues, “Lars brings an edge on a management level and allows the partners to dedicate their love and attention to our core business. Plus, he has extensive contacts in the shipping, offshore and oil industries, all areas where Endofa is currently expanding.”Endofa currently has offices in Dubai, Houston and Nice, with plans to open additional offices in 2014. Endofa, April 18, 2014last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents on the Potlotek First Nation are giving the expression, burning the midnight oil, a whole new meaning. The high school students are laying an academic foundation into the evening hours. But what they really need is a school.APTN’s Trina Roache brings us this story.last_img

Addressing the Council in New York, the Prosecutor also urged the international community to turn over Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, former head of the Libyan Internal Security Agency, and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. Mr. Busayf Al-Werfalli, is a commander in the Benghazi-based Al-Saiqa Brigade, who, according to Ms. Bensouda, has been – and possibly still is – active in the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) ‘Operation National Dignity.’ In her remarks to the Council, the ICC Prosecutor appealed directly to General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, “to demonstrate, by concrete actions, respect for international justice by ensuring Mr al-Werfalli’s immediate transfer to the Libyan authorities so that he may be surrendered to the court without delay.” “My Office continues to request States Parties, non-States Parties and organizations toassist in securing the arrest of persons subject to an ICC warrant,” Ms. Bensouda told the Council. The call for accountability comes amidst continued concern over the security situation in Libya, which has been in conflict since a disputed election in 2014 following the 2011 toppling of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. In recent months, Ms. Bensouda said she noted “with grave concern” reports of unlawful killings, including the execution of detained persons; kidnappings and forced disappearances; torture; prolonged detentions without trial or other legal process; and arbitrary detention, torture, rape, and other ill-treatment of migrants in official and unofficial detention centres. Reports have also emerged that 36 male corpses were found in the totem of al-Abyar, outside of Benghazi. “This is also of grave concern,” she said. “The bodies were reportedly handcuffed, showed signs of torture, and displayed bullet wounds to the head.” The prosecutor also echoed Ghassan Salamé in condemning recent airstrikes in a residential neighbourhood in Derna that appear to have resulted in the tragic deaths of civilians, including at least 12 children and women. read more

Toyota Manufacturing UK has been awarded the 2005 Queens Award for International Trade. It comes as recognition of Toyota’s contribution to British exports between 2003 and 2004. The International Trade Award is part of the Queens Award for Enterprise and is presented to companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings. From 2002 and 2004, Toyota doubled its overseas export value to around £2 billion by adding new markets such as Japan and increasing sales to developing markets such as Eastern Europe and Russia. Toyota’s plant in Derbyshire (pictured right) exports Avensis and Corolla models to 80 markets worldwide with 70 per cent of production going to mainland Europe and just over 10 per cent to Japan. Together with the company’s engine plant at Deeside, which exports to seven other Toyota plants on three continents, the net contribution of the company to the UK’s balance of payments is over £400 million a yearClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

← Previous Story PSG Handball sign Nedim Remili Next Story → WIN IN BELARUS: Kielce on the way to TOP 8 Europe plays handball. After Orlen Wisla Plock and RK Vardar Skopje opened VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 phase in “Orlen Arena”, another four matches will be played on Saturday starting from Montpellier, where domestic team will try to surprise SG Flensburg.Same goal have PPD Zagreb guys against Rhein Neckar Lowen. Germans will have to work hard to avoid defeat at “Arena Zagreb” , where 15.200 fans waiting for the another big scalp of European handball.PPD Zagreb – Rhein Neckar Lowen (20.00)Motor Zaporozhye – MVM Veszprem 18Meshkov Brest – Vive Tauron Kielce (19)Montpellier Handball – SG Flensburg (17.30) EHF CL read more

first_img[Image: CNN/Carter Ruck]The authors said they found the informant and his evidence to be credible after subjecting them to “rigorous scrutiny” and have made their findings available to the United Nations, governments and human rights groups.Sunni Qatar was quick to back rebels who rose up in 2011 against the rule of Assad, who is backed by Shia powerhouse Iran.- © AFP, 2014Read: UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren’t going to go anywayRead: ‘It’s difficult to explain the conflict to my children’ — Assad NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENTTHREE FORMER INTERNATIONAL prosecutors have accused Syria of large-scale killing and torture in a report — based on evidence of a defector — commissioned by Qatar, which backs Syrian rebels, the Guardian and CNN have reported.The report, which can be found online at both news outlets, relies on the unauthenticated testimony and photographs given by the source, who remains unidentified for security purposes.The release comes a day before talks were due to be held in Geneva aimed at negotiating an end to Syria’s bloody civil war.The informant, a photographer who claims to have defected from the Syrian military police, presented forensic experts commissioned by the London legal firm representing Qatar with around 55,000 digital images of 11,000 dead detainees.He claims they died in captivity before being taken to a military hospital to be photographed. [Image: CNN/Carter Ruck]“Overall there was evidence that a significant number of the deceased were emaciated and a significant minority had been bound and/or beaten with rod-like objects,” said the report.Some had no eyes while others showed signs of strangulation or electrocution, according to the 31-page document.The report was written by Desmond de Silva, former chief prosecutor of the special court for Sierra Leone; Geoffrey Nice, the former lead prosecutor in the trial of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic; and David Crane, who indicted Liberian president Charles Taylor.De Silva told the Guardian that the evidence provided the “smoking gun” proving that the regime of Bashar al-Assad had carried out “industrial-scale killing”.Crane called the evidence “amazing” and suggested there was a strong case for prosecution.“Now we have direct evidence of what was happening to people who had disappeared,” he explained.“This is the first provable, direct evidence of what has happened to at least 11,000 human beings who have been tortured and executed and apparently disposed of.”last_img read more

first_imgAspartame : ses dangers bientôt affichés sur les étiquettes ?Alors que l’aspartame est de plus en plus montré du doigt pour les risques qu’il entraînerait sur notre santé, les députés du Parlement européen envisagent qu’un avertissement soit édité sur les étiquettes des produits qui contiennent cet édulcorant, notamment à l’attention des femmes enceintes.L’aspartame est-il dangereux pour la santé ? C’est la question qui se pose en ce moment alors que l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation (Anses) a annoncé qu’elle ne prévoyait pas de réévaluation de ce produit. Pourtant, le Parlement européen souhaite tout de même diffuser des avertissements à l’encontre de cet édulcorant, et cela sur les produits qui en contiennent.À lire aussiLes oiseaux respectent les limitations de vitesse !Dans ce sens, la commission Environnement et Santé du Parlement européen a déjà adopté le 19 avril, un amendement qui rendrait obligatoire l’étiquetage de 6.000 produits contenant de l’aspartame. Ainsi, la commission prévoit notamment la présence de la mention suivante : “Pourrait ne pas convenir aux femmes enceintes”.La députée européenne à l’origine de ce texte, Corinne Lepage, explique à l’Express : “C’est la première fois que l’on tire les conséquences de l’incertitude scientifique quant à l’impact négatif de l’aspartame pour les femmes enceintes, une vraie victoire pour les consommateurs”. L’amendement n’est pour autant pas encore en application puisque après avoir été voté par la commission Environnement et Santé, il doit à présent être voté au Parlement. Si l’amendement est confirmé, il pourrait être mis en application en 2014. L’aspartame, qui donne un goût sucré aux aliments avec peu de calories, est utilisé en France depuis 1988.Le 22 avril 2011 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Amazon Workers in Minnesota Plan Prime Day Strike

first_imgStay on target Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during next week’s Prime Day shopping extravaganza.Workers at a Shakopee, Minn., fulfillment center have arranged a six-hour work stoppage on July 15—day one of the retail giant’s 48-hour summer sale.“Amazon is going to be telling one story about itself, which is they can ship a Kindle to your house in one day, isn’t that wonderful,” strike co-coordinator William Stolz told Bloomberg.“We want to take the opportunity to talk about what it takes to make that work happen,” he continued, “and put pressure on Amazon to protect us and provide safe, reliable jobs.”Employees plan to strike for six hours in total: three hours at the end of the day shift, and three hours at the start of the night shift. Workers will also rally outside the facility, some 25 miles from Minneapolis.The protest, Bloomberg pointed out, would mark the first time Amazon’s U.S. workers have walked off the job during a key sales day.In a show of solidarity, some of the company’s white collar engineers intend to fly to Minnesota to join the demonstration.Amazon, meanwhile, contends that it already offers what workers are demanding.“We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay—ranging from $16.25 to $20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more,” Amazon said in a statement published by the Washington Post.“We encourage anyone to compare our pay, benefits, and workplace to other retailers and major employers in the Shakopee community and across the country,” the company continued. “And we invite anyone to see for themselves by taking a tour of the facility.”Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale kicks off at midnight PT on Monday, July 15, and—for the first time ever—runs for a full 48 hours.Subscribers have two days to shop more than 1 million deals, including limited-time offers and exclusive launches. Mark-downs apply to Prime members the world over.Whether you brazenly browse on the office computer, hide your habits in a bathroom stall, or take a “sick day” to stay home and spend money, Amazon encourages buyers to remain alert.You don’t need a Prime membership to snag great bargains this year, though: Target, eBay, and Walmart are each hosting their own parade of deals.Beware, though, of overexcited shoppers and overloaded servers: Last year’s Prime Day was stymied by a crash that left users staring at dog photos instead of discounts.In a cheeky survey ahead of this month’s event, anonymous workplace social network Blind asked 4,000 users whether Amazon will break down again.A surprising 30 percent of Amazon’s own employees are betting on it. Meanwhile, 60 percent of eBay workers, 47 percent of Walmart laborers, and 42 percent of Wayfair respondents predict another system error.More on Geek.com:Amazon Admits It Keeps Alexa Voice Recordings IndefinitelyAmazon’s Prime Air Drone Will Make Same-Day DeliveriesAmazon’s Automatic Packing Machines Could Replace 1,300 Jobs Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

first_imgThe Argentinean superstar knows clubs from other countries are breaking into the football elite thanks to foreign investmentA not-so-long time ago, there were just one or two powerful teams in any of the Top 5 European leagues.And Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of them.But now, teams from countries like England, Italy, and France are starting to catch up to the Spanish La Liga giants.At least this is what Barca’s Lionel Messi believes has happened in the last years.“There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason,” he told ESPN.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Whenever the most money is, that’s where they end up going. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.”“Before everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything’s tighter and there’s not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern [Munich], the Italians…”And because of this, he was asked about if he would ever leave Barcelona.“I am just thinking about the years that I can keep playing,” he said when asked about what plans he has for retirement,” he explained.“When the moment comes, I will decide. I want to finish the contract I have and then we will see if I continue or not. It doesn’t worry me right now. [But] the club can be calm [when I am gone] if they keep bringing players through the academy and making good signings.”last_img read more