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Danny Care picks his ‘Five of the Best’

first_img TAGS: Highlight Mentor: Justin Marshall was an influence at Leeds“Justin was a massive role model and hero of mine growing up watching him play for New Zealand so I was chuffed to work with him for a short while at Leeds before moving down south. I learnt so much just watching him in training, the way he created space for other players, how he got across defenders. He saw gaps just by looking at people’s eyes, to see if they were not covering him. He was also very vocal, a great controller of the game and loved to attack. Like all good scrum-halves, he backed himself and liked the ball in hand so he could make things happen.”Danny Care was speaking on behalf of HSBC at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.uk Smooth operator: Brian O’Driscoll has all the skills“Brian is probably the most talented player I’ve ever played against. He is a game winner, pure and simple. If you watch him play, he has touches of class no other players have. Like all great players, he reads the game well and if you watch him in midfield, his appreciation of space and ability to manipulate the defenders to create chances is so impressive. He also has an effective kicking game with little grubbers behind the defence and all the flicks and wrapround passes. I remember the one that set Simon Zebo up for a try against Wales was just magic. What a wonderful career he’s had.”Justin Marshall After a Six Nations tournament full of positives with England, RW caught up with Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens to discuss five of the best players he had ever played with, or against.Nick Evans“Nick has turned around the way we’ve played at Harlequins. We now play what we see and that’s him all over. He’s incredibly skilful and can read the game so well but whatever position you put him in, he remains calm and almost always picks the right option. He’s a very intelligent player and in my opinion, is one of the best overseas players the Premiership has ever seen. One play sums him up. Against Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup we had to win we trucked up the middle for about 30 phases to drop goal. After I threw him a terrible pass, he stepped three or four players, then it was recycled and he made another break but held off. On the third occasion he knocked over a truly horrible drop-kick and that’s why they pay him the big bucks.”Power-packed operator: Ma’a NonuMa’a Nonu“I’ve played against Ma’a quite a few times. Firstly, he’s such a handful to rein in. Just look at him, he 17 odd-stone and unbelievably powerful but he’s so much more than just a crash ball merchant. He really worked on his offloading game and he reads the ball well. He’s a real specimen and will happily run over you all day but off the pitch, he’s really nice guy, the first to shake your hand and buy you a beer. He’s a great lad. I’d love to be his size for a couple of games, it would be a lot of fun.”Jonny Wilkinson“What can I say? There’s no doubt he was one of the world’s best players so to play with him was a privilege. I was quite young when I was in the England set-up with him and as you’d expect, he’s a really decent guy, a real gent. He’s so good with the players coming through, helping them settle into the squad. He’s done everything and won everything, Heineken Cup, World Cup, you name it. Even now he’s still one of the best around, yet he’s still so humble and hard-working. I can’t give him enough praise. He’s not only idolized in England but by players all over the world and that shows what a special player he is.”Brian O’Driscoll Still got it: Danny Care’s partner in crime, Nick Evans, has been a fine addition to the Aviva England star Danny Care had an outstanding Six Nations, here he catches up with RW at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens to pick five players who would grace any team LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Meals on Wheels of Broome County braces elements to help community

first_imgThe program benefits over 400 seniors across the county, as volunteers brace the elements. But the Meals on Wheels Program of Broome County has taken steps to ensure that in the event of inclement weather, the senior citizens that rely on the program’s resources will be taken care of. “We are very well-prepared and are in constant contact with the recipients of the meals to make sure that they’re safe,” Schuhle said. At the end of the day, serving Broome County is a top priority for everyone involved at Meals on Wheels When snowstorms and other wintry mixes hit, the program stays in tune with county snow removal teams. “If we get a huge snowstorm, then we would go into emergency mode, and try and get meals out after that,” said Lisa Schuhle, the director of the county’s Office for Aging. “The staff sends out emergency meals. We try and make sure everyone has two days of supplies.” “We do stay connected to emergency services and everyone especially in a huge snowstorm everybody works together well to make sure everyone is taken care of,” Schuhle said. But if the weather outside gets too frightful, Schuhle says the volunteers won’t go out to deliver in order to keep everyone safe. “The volunteers show up in rain, wind, when it’s freezing cold, when we do have some snow remaining, so the volunteers are very dedicated. We are very well prepared for winter, ice or whatever it may be,” Schuhle said. “You have do a things a little slower, because its important to them so I want to make it important to me that I maintain getting to there,” Jones said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — When winter weather hits Broome County, schools and programs often have to shut down because of road conditions. Volunteers like Jim Jones, who has been with the Meals on Wheels program for 26 years, has seen his fair share of snow, but knows the importance of giving back to his community no matter the weather. The program is always looking for donations and volunteers to help with drop-off routes. To get involved, Schuhle asks you contact the Office for Aging.last_img read more

Croydon’s city dream

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House panel OKs 12% tax on Netflix, Lazada, other digital services

first_imgThe approved measure amends Section 105-A of the National Internal Revenue with a provision making a non-resident digital service provider such as Netflix, Spotify, Lazada, among others, liable for assessing, collecting, and remitting the VAT on the transactions that go through its platform. ● a host of online auctions conducted through the internet, where the seller sells the product or  service to the person who bids the highest price; ● a supplier of electronic and online services that can be delivered through an information technology infrastructure, such as the internet. Further, digital service providers may also be: ● a third party that acts as a conduit for goods or services offered by a supplier to a buyer and receives commission therefore; ● a supplier of digital services to a buyer in exchange for a regular subscription fee over the usage of the said product or service; and MANILA – The House of Representatives ways and means committee has approved the measure that imposes 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) on some foreign and local companies providing goods and services via digital and electronic platforms. The measure, if passed into law, could raise P10 billion in revenue for the government, of which P9 billion will come from foreign companies that are based in the Philippines, according to Finance Assistant Secretary Daki Napao./PN ● a platform provider for promotion that uses the internet to deliver marketing messages to attract buyers; Digital service provider is defined in the bill as “an entity which provides digital service or goods to a buyer through an online platform for purposes of buying and selling of goods or services or by making transactions for the provision of digital services on behalf of any person.” “Digital service providers from outside [the country] gain profit from our constituents but they don’t pay tax [to Philippine government]. This bill levels the playing field for local digital service providers,” said Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin, one of the authors of the measure.last_img read more

Five Generations of Women in Alpena Pass Down Traditions

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich.- It’s something most families don’t get a chance to experience, five generations sharing laughter, stories, and traditions.“I’m just thankful that I’m a great grandmother, and a great, great, grandmother, and that I got to live this long,” Great, Great, Grandmother, Elaine Hatch said.Passing down words of wisdom, one piece of advice remains the same. “Just love your babies. Just look at it as a blessing,” Great Grandmother, Connie McElhanon said.Baby Brooklyn is too young to brag about her birthday, but her arrival was extra special. “She was born on my youngest daughter’s birthday,” Grandmother, Stephanie O’Neal revealed.Having her own daughter was truly a test; but when it comes to being a young mother, and adding more additions to the family, Allesse O’Neal said she wouldn’t trade her journey for anything.“Life is unexpected. Things happen that you don’t plan for, just take it as a blessing,” the new mother suggested.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Project Shiphunt’ comes to sanctuary cinema seriesNext Rolling into the holiday season with a giving heartlast_img read more

Do not feed the foxes at Century Park, aka Lions Club Park, in Wellington

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 357 weeks ago What does the fox say? Report Reply 3 replies · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Got Food · 357 weeks ago Feed me Feed me Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 357 weeks ago Sorry your wrong…..the fox says Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! If it doesn’t make sense to you just google “What does the fox say” and watch the vid. Trust me you’ll be shaking your head. Tracy you had to expect this to pop up in this story. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 357 weeks ago Only from you Wes! Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down John Himer · 357 weeks ago Might be a good way to promote visitors to the park kinda like how you feed the ducks at Donut Bay. I love fat foxes anyways Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 357 weeks ago Perhaps they should set some traps and then move them to the country after being caught. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Recently it was brought to the Wellington Police Department’s attention that there is a family of foxes, consisting of a momma fox and several babies living in and around Century Park, located on “G” Street . It was formerly called Lions Club Park.“As the story of this family of foxes was told I became a little concerned hearing that we have several Wellington citizens feeding the foxes,” said Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. “According to the report, as the feeding has progressed, the baby foxes have lost some of their fear toward people.”By feeding the foxes humans could be causing more harm than good, overfeeding to the point where they forget to forage naturally or feeding food that isn’t good for them, Heath said.Feeding wildlife could lead to negative interactions with people, he said.“I would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens the foxes are wild animals and not to feed them,” Heath said. “We certainly don’t want them to become a nuisance.  Should the feeding continue the city would have no choice but to relocate the foxes.”last_img read more

A Look Inside the Post-Production Process Behind “It”

first_imgLet’s take a look at the post-production workflow and thought process behind the year’s biggest box office success.Top image via Warner Bros. After the smashing debut of the recent adaptation of It, we take a look behind the scenes at the editing booth for some production tips and tricks based on piecing together the horror reboot. We’ll also dive into the color grading process and figuring out the “look” of the town of Derry and the underground world of Pennywise the clown.The Editing ProcessImage via ProVideo Coalition.The most recent Steve Hullfish interview dives into the stellar editing team behind It and what the process was like for the post-production team. While discussing the themes and know-how behind editing a horror film, Jason Ballantine, the lead editor, explains the difference in pacing and rhythm that comes with horror. A story like, this broken up into individual encounters with Pennywise for each of the characters, requires a particular approach. So each segment had to have the appropriate rhythm and setup for the inevitable jump scare.We were definitely conscious of trying to mix the rhythms up. Each encounter became somewhat more elaborate for the jump-scare in terms of what was shot.The first assembly was massively long. It was over three and a half hours and that was the fine-cut scripted length – not a sloppy assembly. So it did mean that screen time had to be dropped, either through the tightening of existing sequences or even scene deletions.One of the key factors when cutting this film was considering the original source material, as well as the first version of the film from the ’90s. There are “horror rhythms” to consider, as well as filmmaking rhythms Ballantine took into consideration:Cutting a film is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to emotionally and physically pace yourself. Thinking of the test screening process, I recognize a pattern heading into them thinking, ‘I’m pretty happy with the way this cut is feeling.’ And then, about 10 minutes into the screening, I’d be thinking, ‘Oh my God, I have so much work to do.’ You see where the audience is engaged or restless. Are they verbally expressing their excitement (or fright)? Are they outwardly rooting for the good guys or laughing out loud?Image via Warner Bros.When discussing the importance of a good relationship with the director, Ballantine considers this “everything.” A good rapport with the crew will not only make everybody’s job easier, it will also guarantee future work down the road. Beyond this, a healthy relationship with the director, Andy Muschietti, will also yield a better finished product.My relationship with the director is paramount. It has to be based on a true sense of trust. The cutting room has to be an environment that they consider as their safe house. They have to feel comfortable enough to openly discuss insecurities, concerns, deficits and shortages. Filmmaking is a compromise no matter what the budget level. The director has been dealing with compromises from the beginning. I just want to assist in making the best film possible from the available resources. I will speak truthfully and be respectfully opinionated. I will flag things that aren’t working, but also offer solutions.Image via Warner Bros.On how the seasoned editor approaches a scene, Ballantine describes his day-to-day workflow from getting his dailies to sitting down with the director looking through what he’s pieced together. Upon receiving the dailies, Ballantine looks through the footage quickly to see if he needs any pickups or reshoots to report back to set. Once he’s done this, his assistant editors make sure all the footage has been copied over before returning the footage for formatting.Beyond the basic checking of coverage, I start to formulate the first assembly by watching every single take. I do my selects and pull everything that’s of any value or interest. In watching the scene I start to formulate how it will come together. For example: what framing size and angle for what line delivery? Also I’m collecting reaction shots and insert details as I go. I just compile in take order.From there, Ballantine asks his assistants to arrange the selects in script-order so that he can have a better understanding of the structure, as well as work at a faster pace without worrying about getting lost in the footage. Once he has a good chunk of the selects in the order he wants, the finished product from that batch will be about a third of the original length (the original cut of the film was just short of four hours long).(The crew edited It on Avid. For more info on a FREE version of Avid’s NLE, check out our past coverage and review here.)Color Grading the FilmImage via Warner Bros.Recently postPerspective sat down with the colorist, Stephen Nakamura, about taking on the film after the trailer went viral. One of the most unique aspects of the film’s grading was how the film changed once the initial trailer premiered. The studio had no idea just how excited people would be to see this remake come to life, and the YouTube view count was certainly a good indication.A crucial step in the color process was the lighting they had to work. The majority of the horror and scares that happen throughout the film occur in broad daylight or well-lit interiors. Playing against the tropes of the horror genre helped this film and its crew succeed where others have failed, creating a look truly unique to the story and vision.Part of the genius of this color and lighting scheme is how the plot unfolds. The majority of the film takes place in well-lit places as we meet the “losers club.” So, as the film moves forward, and the last act takes place in the dark, shadowy sewer system, the characters are surrounded by darkness, the stakes are high, and we are emotionally invested. Nakamura explains this structure as a way that helped him work with the editors and director coloring the film, according to the themes and tonal shifts that occur throughout the movie.Image via Warner Bros.In regards to shooting the film (with the Dolby Cinema HDR capabilities), not only could the image be brighter than usual, it also allowed Nakamura to darken the screen like never before while maintaining detail. This level of control over the image brought to life a terrifying and engaging experience for audiences around the world. The staggering box office numbers indicate that this much thought, time, and care really paid off in the end.But when you’re in that space, you can also make things appear much much darker too. So the overall level in the theater can get really dark but because of that contrast you can actually see more detail on a person’s face, or a killer clown’s face, even when the overall level is so low. It’s more like you’re really in that dark space.Nakamura suggests viewers see the film in a Dolby cinema if possible to experience the film how he intended it. As for the dreadful killer clown in the film, there was some work done in the DI contributing to the overall appearance of the clown.We had alpha channel mattes cut around his eyes for every shot he’s in and we used the color corrector to make changes to his eyes. Sometimes the changes were very subtle — making them brighter or pushing the color around — and sometimes we went more extremeAs for the software used on the film, Nakamura used none other than DaVinci Resolve, citing its intuitive, easy-to-use nature as its strongest asset. The film is an impressive achievement for everybody involved, and it is a solid example of how a team of filmmaking professionals can produce a piece of work that excels on every level.last_img read more

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invites BJP to form government

first_imgGovernor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday asked leader of the elected members of the single largest party, BJP, and its legislative leader Devendra Fadnavis to indicate willingness and ability to form government.Also Read With no new govt. in sight, Maharashtra Assembly to be in ‘suspended animation’ Elections to the Assembly were held on October 21 and results declared on October 24, in which the BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats and Mr. Fadnavis was elected its legislative party chief on October 31.Mr. Fadnavis will have to prove majority in the House of 288 members by 8.00 P.M. on November 11. Despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form government, the Governor office said.The BJP now has the option to prove they have the numbers or decline the invite. It can also request time to show the support of 145 MLAs either in writing or on the floor of the House. “In a scenario BJP conveys its response in a negative, the Governor will have to explore other options. The moment Mr. Fadnavis says yes, he would effectively take oath as Chief Minister along with an essential Council of Ministers. A Speaker will be appointed and the House called where the first business would be that of a confidence motion,” said former Maharashtra advocate general Shrihari Aney.Sources said the Governor had begun consultations with Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni on the process early on Saturday after the five-year term of the Assembly had ended. Earlier, the law and judiciary submitted a report to the Governor on the “order of preference” set out by the Sarkaria Commission Report, which gives four options to the Governor as ratified by the Supreme Court: inviting a pre-poll alliance of parties 2) inviting the single largest party which stakes claim to form government 3) inviting a post-poll alliance of parties, with all the partners in the coalition joining the government or 4) inviting a post-poll alliances of parties, with some becoming part of the government and some supporting from outside, as per the report.Sources close to Mr. Fadnavis said he was expecting the invitation and would respond at the earliest. “We had feelers he would invite us today or on Sunday, having explored step one — inviting a pre-poll alliance of parties. We were expecting him to move to step two soon: that is an invitation to us,” said a BJP leader.“The invitation will be decided at the BJP core committee meeting on Sunday. There is no option other than the BJP. We are ready for talks with Shiv Sena anytime. The mandate is for the grand alliance. Talks will take place when we sit across the table. Receiving invitation from the Governor is part of constitutional process. Shiv Sena should respect the mandate,” he said.last_img read more

18 days agoMan Utd midfielder Pogba working his way to full fitness in Dubai

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pogba working his way to full fitness in Dubaiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is working his way to full fitness in Dubai.Pogba has given embattled Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an injury boost by stepping up his return from injury in an Instagram post.The World Cup winner has battled with an ankle injury since the end of August and though he played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the Premier League last Monday, the midfielder has missed United’s last two matches. The midfielder, though, is expected to be back playing for United after the international break and could make his return in a crucial game at table toppers Liverpool on October 18. The United star uploaded a 20-second clip of him working out on an exercise bike on a rooftop in Dubai. last_img read more

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