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Antique execs back anti-terrorism bill


first_imgThe resolution stated: “Ang local na pamahalaan ng Antique ay lubos na sumusuporta sa panukalang batas na Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 para matugunan at masugpo ang matagal ng paghihimagsik at paghahasik ng karahasan ng terrorismo. Ito ay nagdudulot ng malaking problema na kung saan ang karapatang indibiwal ay naisasangwalang bahala at naisasakripisyo sa kadahilanan ang mananaig ay ang ipinaglalaban at pansriling kapakanan ng mga terorista.” The bill carries provisions imposing life imprisonment without parole on those who will participate in the planning, training, preparation, and facilitation of a terrorist act; possess objects connected with the preparation for the commission of terrorism; or collect or make documents connected with the preparation of terrorism. ILOILO City – Local chief executives in Antique province have expressed support for House Bill 6875, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Pancito said the support of the local government units (LGUs) for the bill shows they want to end terrorists’ activities in their respective areas.   In Iloilo province, only the municipality of Janiuay has expressed support for the bill. It also calls for 12 years imprisonment to persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism. The people have nothing to fear from this bill. It is only the terrorists and their supporters who should fear it,” says Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson Major Cenon Pancito III. PIA “We are happy that the LGUs expressed their support. We in the army and other law enforcement service firmly believe that this bill can help us in the performance of our duties maintaining the whole 3ID area of responsibility. Anything that will be accorded to help us do our job will be much appreciated,” said Pancito. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and all the 18 mayors of Antique passed a resolution though their Provincial Peace and Order Council to express their full support for bill that is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte for a review, said Major Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID). Kung ninanais natin ang isang bansang maunlad, ito na ang panahon upang magkaroon ng mabisang panangga sa kriminalidad, terrorismo, droga, at korapsyon,” it added. “The people have nothing to fear from this bill. It is only the terrorists and their supporters who should fear it,” he added./PNlast_img read more


The Rank Group MD Alan Morgan steps down “to pursue other opportunities”


first_img Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Announced in a statement this morning, The Rank Group Managing Director Alan Morgan will be stepping down, effective as of July 21, 2019.The resignation comes as Morgan wishes “to pursue other opportunities”, with his duties set to be assumed by the Chief Executive until a successor is found, with the search set to begin immediately.John O’Reilly, chief executive of Rank Group, commented on the news: “I would like to thank Alan for all of his hard work in our retail businesses over the last three years. He has been instrumental in leading the transformation plan across the division and he leaves Rank with our best wishes for the future.”Morgan joined Rank in 2016, tasked with running the Mecca retail business. He was then promoted to lead the group’s UK Retail division in 2017.Morgan added: “I have had a very exciting three years with Rank and feel that now is the appropriate time for a new challenge. I wish [chief executive] John and the team every success as they continue to work through the transformation plan.” Related Articles Rank gifts Ipswich Town’s Magical Vegas sponsorship to Carers Trust July 3, 2020 Rank lowers profit guidance as Mecca venues begin reopening  July 3, 2020last_img read more


Lakers’ Nick Young makes game-winner to secure 111-109 win over Thunder


first_img“I got mine. But mine’s kind of unique,” Young said, grinning. “I stole it from my own teammate. It wasn’t designed for me. But it should go down [in history].”Afterwards, William shook his head showing a healthy mix of annoyance and amusement. He sounded annoyed about Young’s potentially selfish play. Williams sounded amused over Young’s unintentional comedy. “He can say it because he made the shot,” Williams said, laughing. “If he missed the shot, the narrative would have been different.”Afterwards, Walton shook his head as he looked at the box score. He called “absolute BS” Young was not credited with a steal. Walton also told Young, “If you’re going to steal the pass, you better make the shot.” Williams told Young that “he was lucky he made it.” And because Young did, well, apparently all was forgiven.“That’s one of the reasons why we like Nick on the court at the end of the game,” Walton said. “He’s not afraid of the moment. He loves the moment. He made a big shot for us.”And if not?Well, Young would not have experienced feeling Kobe Bryant’s wrath or living in Byron Scott’s permanent doghouse as he would have if he pulled the stunt last season. But Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. predicted Young “would’ve been an Internet sensation.” Williams sensed, “That would probably be a problem for Coach.”Instead, Young apologized to the team afterwards only for everyone to get a good chuckle out of the absurdity of it all.“Everybody knows Nick, man,” said Williams, who had 13 points. “He’s half serious always never, if that makes sense. He’s never serious. He made a big shot.”That big shot overshadowed a potentially big concern for the Lakers.Russell sat for the second game in five games because of persisting soreness in his right knee. The Lakers also ruled Russell out both to play in and travel for Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.Walton said the Lakers’ training staff has only described Russell’s knee as “sore,” and did not indicate he has tendinitis. Walton expressed uncertainty as to whether Russell will complete any rehab work Wednesday while the team is in Oakland. And the Lakers declined to say if Russell needs any more medical exams.“The more time he misses, the more serious it seems to be,” Walton said. “But I’m not going to try to guess or make judgment on that. We’re just going to continue grinding away and going to work. Once the training staff, doctors and D’Angelo know he’s good to go, he’ll be back in there.”After sitting on the bench, cheering his teammates and even signing autographs for fans during timeouts, Russell downplayed his injury to Southern California News Group. He maintained “it’s not that big of a deal” and that “I’m all right.”“It’s early,” Russell said on his way out of the arena Tuesday. “So whatever it is I don’t want to make anything worse.”After sitting out last Friday against San Antonio, Russell was held to eight points and seven assists on 3-of-11 shooting in Sunday’s loss to Chicago by mostly relying on jump shots and 3-pointers. Russell then sat out of Monday’s practice and Tuesday’s shootaround.Russell does not have a long history with injuries. He appeared in 80 of 82 games for the Lakers as a rookie last season. Walton said that track record might make it tougher for Russell to play through pain.“If he can’t go out and play without any restrictions, it’s not really worth having him out there right now,” Walton said. “He’s too young and his future is too bright to risk that.”To a much lesser degree, Lakers forward Julius Randle posted three points on 1-of-5 shooting after nursing a hip pointer.“It just took away all my explosion,” said Randle, who will receive more treatment on Wednesday. “I couldn’t really take any contact. My game is physicality, so I can’t avoid contact. I’ll figure it out.” Those concerns did not stop the Lakers from also featuring Jordan Clarkson (18 points), Timofey Mozgov (16 points), Jose Calderon (12 points) and Ingram (11 points). Nor did it stop Walton from feeling optimistic with the Lakers’ progress. Immediately after the game, Walton informed his players the Warriors (12-2) only lost to the Spurs and the Lakers.“And we beat them last,” Walton said. “So they’re probably the ones that are a little nervous right now as we get ready to fly up to Oakland.”Meanwhile, the Lakers are a little excited, amused and puzzled over a victory Young helped secure in the most unorthodox way. LOS ANGELES >> Once the ball sank into the basket, Lakers forward Nick Young pumped his fists, slapped his chest and let out a roar. He walked over to bump veteran guard Jose Calderon. After once feuding seven months ago over an accidentally leaked video, Young listened to Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell by performing the “Ice in my Veins” gesture.Moments later, Young’s 3-pointer officially marked the game-winner to secure the Lakers’ 111-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Staples Center. For an organization and fanbase eager to see growth in their young team, the Lakers (8-7) climbed above the .500 mark for the fourth time this season by snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Thunder (8-7).Despite Russell staying sidelined again with persisting soreness in his left knee, Young made the Lakers temporarily forget about Russell’s health. Young scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He made his first career go-ahead field goal in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime after missing his six previous attempts. And he made his first game winner since nailing a 30-foot 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left in overtime on Dec. 12, 2014 in San Antonio, a play that prompted Young to call himself “IDM” for “I Don’t Miss.”It seemed like the perfect feel-good story for Young, who already experienced a resurgence under Lakers coach Luke Walton with an elevated role, elevated defense and elevated shooting. But Young’s latest performance featured a twist that only he could seemingly do. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “The play was designed for….somebody else,” Young said, chuckling. “I think they should have given me a steal for that!”The box score will not show Young made a steal on that play. The actual game tape will show he did.With the Lakers trailing 109-108 with 11 seconds left, veteran guard Lou Williams zipped the ball Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram on the far wing. After performing a pump fake, Ingram drove toward the basket only to see Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo rotate on help defense.Ingram threw the ball up the top of the key to Williams. But Young sprinted over in front of Williams. Young caught the ball. Then he curled behind the perimeter and pulled up for the shot. The ball went into the hoop to give the Lakers a 111-109 lead with 5.1 seconds left. The Lakers then secured the win after Westbrook’s final 3-pointer hit the front of the rim, blemishing a performance that entailed half of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, a 13-of-30 clip, 13 assists and eight rebounds.Afterwards, Young shook his head in amazement. He followed through on Lakers forward Tarik Black telling him he should “get his hand in the cookie jar.” Young also fulfilled his lifelong dream of making a game-winning shot in a Lakers uniform after the former Cleveland of Reseda High standout watched former Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Robert Horry doing the same thing.last_img read more


How to Fix a Dangerous Deck


first_imgMikeysp has just visited a friend’s lakeside cabin and come away with serious reservations about an attached deck built over a steep embankment. Scenic, possibly, but in Mikeysp’s view, a disaster waiting to happen. The design includes a 4-foot cantilever of the 2×8 framing, structural posts that seem inadequately anchored at the ground, and a lack of lateral support. “I warned him that it is unsafe,” Mikeysp says in a recent Q&A post. “If that were to fail, it could go down, into the water, and really harm someone, whether elderly, young, or rendered incapacitated from the impact with debris or entangled in the mess.”RELATED ARTICLESGreen Deck GuidePatio or deck?Using Reclaimed Wood for Porch DeckingSynthetic Decking Takes OffDecks and Porches The problem might be put on hold, except that the owner is planning to have 20 family members over for Thanksgiving. He wants to know whether anything can be done now to make the deck safe. Says Mikeysp,”If that thing went into the water with half his guests on there, it would surprise me if it did not end in at least one fatality.” Among Mikeysp’s ideas are to add cross-bracing for the 4×6 support posts, find a way to anchor the posts to the ground, lift the deck up and put in new posts, or find a way to eliminate the cantilever with new bracing. Or should the whole thing just be ripped down? That’s the topic for today’s Q&A Spotlight. It’s time to call in a pro This is no time to rely on advice from an online forum, says Akos. “There are a lot of structural issues here,” Akos writes. “You are right to be worried. Finding a fix through an internet forum is not the best way to go. I would get a structural engineer to spec the details.” At a minimum, Akos recommends lateral support for all columns, meaning cross-bracing in both directions, and a more robust connection between the columns and the main beams than the bolts now appear to be holding the structure together. “I second Akos’ opinion,” says GBA Editor Brian Pontolilo. “Get some local professional help with this.” Bolt connections are a problem Zephyr7 finds the bolted connections especially troubling. “You’re not supposed to have bolts taking load like shown,” Zephyr 7 says. “The joist should rest on top of the column, or in a notch cut into the column so that the bolt is just holding the assembly together but not actually carrying any load.” If bolts are used to carry that kind of load, the builder would have had to consider the shear stress in the wood and used better hardware than what’s typically on sale at the hardware store. “It gets a lot more complicated,” he says. Among possible remedies are the addition of some steel in the cantilevered span so the outermost columns could be eliminated. That would get the posts a little farther from the water, a plus. He also wonders whether screw piles could be used to anchor the posts to the ground rather than concrete. “Concrete can sometimes be difficult to work with near a body of water if the hole can’t be kept clear of water during the pour,” Zephyr7 says. “Screw piles don’t have this problem.” Some of these details are covered in a publication of the American Wood Council that sums up basic code requirements. The publication is recommended by Malcolm Taylor. The cantilever is too big Graham Love suggests that the cantilever should be a maximum of 36 inches, not the 48 inches as built. “The cantilever distance is determined by the length of the joist,” he writes. “As is stated in the [document] provided by Malcolm, the cantilever can be 1/4 the length of the span of the joist. With a 16-foot deck joist and a 4-foot cantilever, that means the span is 12 feet from ledger to beam.” Tyler Keniston also points to an apparent anomaly in the code recommendations for overhangs that Taylor has cited. In some cases, the allowable cantilever is smaller when the joist spacing is tighter. For example, the overhang with 2×8 framing is 2-foot-4 when joists are on 24-inch centers but only 1-foot-10 when on 12-inch centers (as this particular deck is framed). Zephyr suspects the reason is that the greater loads allowable with closer joists spacing also increases the dangers of shear stress. “Basically I think they’re assuming the closer spacing is to allow higher floor loads, and the ultimate allowable shear strength for the wood becomes more of an issue,” he says. Maybe the cantilever exceeds code limits, but Keith Gustafson is more concerned with what isn’t visible: How is the deck attached to the building? What condition are the posts in? “The deck is unlikely to flip into the water from the cantilever,” Gustafson writes. “Mode of failure is the posts fail sideways, the entire deck surface becomes a parallelogram and falls down as the bolts pull through the wood at the attachment. The right answer is to not let a bunch of people hang out on the deck. The legalistic answer is to post a sign saying the deck is a POS.” If forced to come up with some repairs, he would diagonally brace each post in both directions, run new diagonal supports under the deck joists and screw the diagonals to the joists, and beef up the attachment points to the house. Don’t get involved The advice from James Someone is pretty simple: “Rebuild that mess.” So would Peter Engle. “As a forensic engineer, my alarm bells aren’t so much ‘Danger Will Robinson,’ but the team of attorneys that are waiting in the wings,” says Engle. “If you touch a POS like that, you own it and [it’s] liability. Even a well-crafted waiver isn’t going to help much if someone gets killed. If you do try to improve this deck as a ‘favor,’ drive a rented truck, get paid in cash, and wear a fake beard and hoodie.” There are too many issues here to make fixing the deck worthwhile, he adds. “Doing things right sometimes costs actual money,” he adds. “But when the downside of doing things wrong is a serious risk of bodily harm, is the view from your cheap-ass homebuilt deck really worth it?” Our expert weighs in GBA Technical Director Peter Yost has a few closing thoughts: It was easy to decide on adult supervision for this one; I enlisted the expertise of a leading local engineering firm, Stevens & Associates. I sat down with Ben Harwood, a project engineer, to discuss this Q&A Spotlight. Here are the key takeaways from my conversation with Ben: Good prescriptive reference: There is a good reference for deck construction, including cantilevered decks: AWC Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide. But remember that if there is any deviation from the prescription of the detail, then all bets are off. Good engineering discussion forum: There is a really active forum for engineers, including structural engineers, here. You can use the forum as a non-member but, like GBA, you get the best results if you sign up as a member, and like GBA there is no cost to being a member. The forum is highly technical, but typing in something as straightforward as “cantilevered deck” can lead to good results. It could only improve if you became a member and posted your structural question directly. As with most internet sources, this forum is a good place to start your research and establish strategies for a solution, but you should not rely on it for final decisions or a design. What an engineer needs to know to help with this deck: Ben Harwood asked the following questions about this deck: Is it tied to the building? No surprise this has a big impact on the deck’s stability. If it is attached to the building, how is it attached? Directly, or with a free-draining gap. What are the types and number of fasteners? Proper connection of any deck to a structure is complicated. What is known about the concrete piers? Are they reinforced? How deep are they placed? What is known about the soils and geology of the site? There are always rules you can follow, assuming worst-case conditions, but that’s not really engineering. A 4-foot cantilever can be done, but it needs to be engineered, particularly to include railings. Are you surprised that an engineer essentially says that you need an engineer? I bet not. But in this case, as Ben remarked in closing, “This deck is not going to fail when not loaded and slip slowly into a problem. It is going to fail catastrophically when loaded.” Final cut: Either find a prescriptive solution by reference and follow it to the T or hire a structural engineer to ensure it gets done right. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more


Health and Wealth Webinar Highlights!


first_imgWebinar Health and Wealth RelationshipsWhat a great webinar: Health & Wealth Relationships, on Oct 11.  If you missed the webinar, you can still view the recording and obtain CEUs, 1.5  for RDNs and AFC-credentialed participants. You can also access the slides and resources noted in this presentation.Have you taken the Personal Health and Wellness Quiz yet? Did your score surprise you?  Did you find some room for improvement?As we learned in the webinar health and wealth are correlated.  Here are some interesting research  findings from the webinar:There is a negative association between BMI and income, especially among white females http://www.nber.org/papers/w11343.Regular exercise yielded a 6% to 10% increase in wages.Estimated overall annual costs of being obese were $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men.  Dor Ferguson, Langwith and Tan 2010 http://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1211&context=sphhs_policy_facpubs.Individuals who engage in health search behaviors such as reading nutrition labels are more likely to engage in financial planning. What are the health and personal finance similarities and relationships?Problems develop slowly.Less stigma due to increasing frequency.Impacts job productivity, discrimination.Technical jargon, Medical terms and directions and financial terms and acronyms.Need for programs in schools and at work sites.People fear drastic changes and large numbers.Need for more “point of purchase” information.Advice needs to be realistic.Lack of limits causes problems.Restrictions help avoid problems.Drastic solutions have major drawbacks.Good health affects wealth. Higher productivity, fewer work absences.Live long enough to collect social security benefits.Money saved on smoking, health care bills, etc.Healthy people need to save more money for longer lifetime.People want quick fixes and are often a target for fraud.Denial and disconnects.Need for routine check-ups.Poor risk perception.Personal traits = Success.Many available resources.Government and employer intervention.Discussion Question:What personality traits are associated with positive health and financial practices? Obesity tends to be higher in the poorer populations.  The skills you need to manage your finances are similar to managing your health.Being healthy can be expensive, so it is natural to assume that you have to have a solid financial plan in place to maintain that lifestyle.Access to healthcare and financial resources.Access to food.There is a cycle of deprivation and ill health.People often cope with struggles by overindulging. Overindulging can happen with food or shopping/spending.Being unhealthy is expensive such as eating out and unnecessary snack purchases.Poor health leads to unemployment and unemployment leads to ill health.Overindulgence/lack of discipline applies to over-eating and over-spending.“Realistic” is different for each person. You have to start where they are and take small steps forward.Automatic Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contributions are a form of “restriction” because you pay yourself first.Healthier people can work longer too.A good way to think of it – restrictions control the behavior rather than stopping it. Like the bad stigma around the words “diet” and “budget” – restrictions create a plan instead.Happier and more productive!Being healthy will give you a good return on investment (ROI )for all those FICA contributions that come out of your paycheck. If you die before your first SS check, your ROI is “0”.Those of us who are lucky enough to have lifetime pensions get more the longer we live!Good example of  savings denial is Retirement Confidence Survey:https://www.ebri.org/pdf/surveys/rcs/2016/PR1157.RCS.22Mar16.pdfHow can we get people to look past today and see the work they need to do today to make sure they’re ready for later life?Healthy eating isn’t expensive; it’s just that unhealthy eating is cheap.Educate people that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy by listing alternatives.Self-motivation.Delayed gratification.Relaxation no longer stressed.Ability to plan ahead.OrganizedGoal settersStructure, organization, motivation.DisciplinedOften more aware and proactive.Individuals with positive financial practices tend to be better self-motivated “go-getters.”DeterminationModeration/ balancePersonal driveSelf-awarenessPatienceDiscussion Question:How can practitioners foster positive personality traits?Work with clients to make sure their nutrition goals are specific to them to help build the motivation they need to work towards the goal.Motivational Interviewing; Determine what the client holds valuable.Coaching clients to see what their dreams are and the realistic steps they will take to get there.  Let them set the goals.Develop action plans linked to goals and values.Motivational Interviewing is a great start.A  form of taking control over their lives. The Personal Finance team did a webinar on motivational interviewing if you would like to learn more! Listening to the clientThe Personal Finance team also had a  webinar on Positive Personality Traits of Financially Fit PeopleIdentifying their existing positive personality traits and build off those.Help clients  break down big goals into baby steps.Listening to the client. Part of providing an environment that nurtures their capacity for mindfulness and self-awareness. Can be one path to helping them develop a more powerful personally grounded orientation for their efforts; helps them to develop a more internal locus of control, even in the face of constant external pressures. There’s been some fascinating research and discussion about how scarcity influences psychology & decision making, e.g. APA – The Psychology of Scarcity http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/02/scarcity.aspx.Financial incentives are not a permanent fix. Frequently there is temporary changes (during a program with financial incentives) have temporary results; when the program ends, old habits return.Financial incentives appear to change people’s health habits, at least in the short term. How much they impact health is another question.A workplace “wellness fair” brought in a machine to see skin damage from the sun – has made a big difference in my sun exposure.My brother stopped using tobacco when there would be a penalty with his insurance costs.My brother completed a Health Screening Health Insurance, and lowered his LDL over the year, and was incentivized by a lower premium, as a “reward” for better health.The threat of loss seems to be a stronger motivator.For  more information about health and wealth relationships please visit the website Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/.The SSHW workbook is free for downloading at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/.   You can also order print copies of the SSHW workbook at http://palspublishing.cals.cornell.edu/nra_order.taf?_function=detail&pr_id=159&_UserReference=56E0D47A4BE703E050494E77  How can you use these techniques to help foster positive changes in health and wealth?This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more


7 Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking


first_imgSet Scenes in Free LocationsImage via NoFilmSchool.When doing your pre-production, be aware of your scene settings. Reaching out to your network before deciding where you can shoot for cheap or for free shouldn’t hurt your creative process.Consider public locations or places you’ve been before. There’s no reason you need to pay thousands of dollars in location fees or halt production because a scene’s location is too ambitious — especially if you could easily set the scene someplace much cheaper.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationFree Location Release Form for Film and Video ProductionsLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where Share Credit and OwnershipImage of the team behind Mustang Island.When working on low- or no-budget passion projects, one of the major downsides is that you probably are not going to be able to pay your cast or crew very much — if at all. This means you’re working on favors, goodwill, and mutual benefits. In this situation, put your ego aside, and share as much credit as possible. This can create much greater buy-in and a sense of ownership for everyone involved — even when there’s no money.Focus on the FunImage of the team behind The Legend of Ben Hall.On a similar note, make your project fun to work on. Filmmaking, at its heart, is a fun endeavor. You’re creating art, and it’s a break from reality — even if requires hard work. If you can keep that in mind and make your collaborative process enjoyable, your crew will give you as much as they can and come back to help out again.Skimp on Everything But the StoryImage via Shutterstock.This should probably be the first, last, and all the pieces of advice in between, but always, always, always put the story before everything else. Your camera, acting, and even directing is secondary to the focus on the story. As any filmmaker will tell you, the story is what will shine through, and it is what people will remember. The story gets films shot for free on old camcorders with non-actors into film festivals and launches careers. So, before you shoot, make sure it’s a story you’re ready to tell.Learn the The Art of Hollywood Storytelling8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptLearn the Principles of Filmmaking from Pixar Consider these low-budget and no-budget filmmaking tips to get your next project off the ground without breaking the bank.Cover image via Daniel John Peters.For what used to be a revolutionary idea, the concept of low-budget or no-budget filmmaking has now become very common in the indie filmmaking community. There are countless examples of low-budget films launching big careers.So, as an up-and-coming filmmaker looking to make your mark, here are seven pieces of advice to consider before you start rolling on your next low-budget filmmaking project.Use Cameras Available for CheapHigh-end film cameras are expensive. The cost to use an 8K RED Weapon, for example, can grow astronomically out of hand very quickly. Chances are, you or someone you know has a perfectly capable DSLR or mirrorless camera that can shoot high-quality HD or even 4K without breaking the bank.Having a “good” camera is not a prerequisite for getting your film into film festivals or posting it online. If you understand of the technology (or have a good DP who does), you should be able get footage that is dynamic enough to tell your story — which should be your main focus.Here are some articles and resources on how cheap and affordable cameras can work for you.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000The Difference Between $1K and $10K CamerasBehind the Data: The Most Popular Cameras of SXSW Be Flexible on SetImage via Wikimedia.When you’re on set, try to keep an open mind about how to keep production costs down. A very detailed production script and schedule will help, but in the face of the many unforeseen setbacks you will undoubtedly face, flexible decision-making will get things done (and done well) without increasing costs.5 Invaluable Tools Every Director Should Have On Set4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on SetWhat It Takes to Be a Great Directorcenter_img Use as Much Natural Lighting as PossibleImage via Daniel John Peters.In addition to keeping locations in mind, think about your locations’ amenities — specifically lighting. This can help you cut costs, save time and reduce equipment needs. Look for locations outside or with lots of natural lighting, as that will help you save on large lighting setups.You can still shoot stylistically. Just remember that it’s cheaper to create darkness than it is to create light.Cinematography Tip: Control Window Light With ND Gels4 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On Set3 More Creative Practical Lighting Methods For more low-budget filmmaking advice, follow our blog for more articles, tips, and tricks (you can bookmark this link). Let us know if you have any other low budget tips or tricks in the comments below.last_img read more


How to Find and Secure Locations for Your Next Film


first_imgIn this article, we’ll look at resources for finding locations, and how to put the most “money on the screen” — not in the pockets — of real estate owners.Once you have your actors cast, your script locked, and your camera in hand, you soon realize that locations are a very big and expensive part of filmmaking.Many filmmakers write their stories with locations in mind, meaning that they first take stock of the locations they have access to, then write a story to match. There are always one or two places that are essential for your story that you have no direct connection to: that pawn shop the hero buys a cursed necklace from, or that elevator for your contained fight scene. The Importance of Scouts and ManagersMovies and TV shows with large budgets often employ location scouts (who find locations and negotiate prices with property owners) and location managers (who are a dedicated crew position that coordinate logistics before, during, and after filming).This may seem like a luxury, but if you’ve ever waited with an entire cast and crew for hours outside a locked door because no one can get a hold of the apartment owner, you can appreciate how critical this job is. If you don’t have money to pay a scout or manager, you’ll be doing this job yourself.Use ConnectionsSocial media networks, like Facebook, are great resources when you need help with a project. (Image by rdonar.)Social NetworksWhile most people think of asking family and friends directly, Facebook is a brilliant resource for finding people who may know people who may have what you’re looking for. You can post on your own page, or with a well-connected friend’s permission, post on their page and access a wider network.You can also access fellow filmmakers and their resources by posting in filmmaking groups like “The Frugal Filmmaker” and “The Video Consortium.” Each city or country will have its own moderated group that can host a wealth of connections. Just post what you’re looking for, the dates, and if you have a budget or not, then invite other members of the group to contact you with details. The old saying of “Everyone is only six degrees of separation from everyone else” is even more real when you’re dealing with locations.Peer-to-Peer SitesIf you can’t find what you’re looking for in your immediate or wider network, your next step should be peer-to-peer location pages like Peerspace and Giggster. These sites are like AirBnBs for locations, connecting location owners to location renters — for a small fee. It works for film and photo locations as well as events. There are thousands of locations in L.A., from whole mansions and estates down to tin studios. In most cases, you have to specify if you want to shoot stills or video, and how large your crew will be. This is because a team of twenty has a lot more impact on a location than a lone photographer and a model.Peerspace locations can be pretty expensive, since they’re first and foremost commercial interactions. Directly approaching a desired location by just showing up and talking to the manager is more work, but you can sometimes find a bargain. I once shot for six hours in a diner in the middle of Hollywood for a grand total of $100 because the owner said that customers liked to see film shoots in his establishment.Cover image by rdonar.Looking for more on filmmaking and production? Check these out.3 Unusual Camera Angles to Liven up Your Dialogue ScenesPre-Visualizing Your Scene: The Pros and Cons of Set.a.lightA Guide to Shooting Interviews as a One-Person CrewMeet the Pocket-Sized, Versatile Aputure MC Film LightExciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future Setlast_img read more


No. 1 pick Fultz out 3 games for 76ers with sore shoulder


first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC As for the ugly shot, did Fultz change his mechanics because his shoulder hurt or does his shoulder hurt because he changed his mechanics? Even that isn’t really clear, though the latter seems more likely.“I don’t dismiss that it could have been a possibility,” Brown said.Fultz, though, now has a spot on the Injured 76ers Rookies list that boasts such recent prospects as Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. That trio of first-round picks all missed their rookie seasons (Embiid missed his first two) and Fultz for now is only scheduled to miss Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets and road games Saturday at Dallas and Monday at Houston.“I think that we all understand there were some things going on,” coach Brett Brown said. “I feel like it’s a time where we can take a deep breath and help move him forward in a cleaner way.”Fultz is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.“I watched hundreds and hundreds of his shots,” Brown said. “I get so excited because you see so clearly why he was the first player chosen. The kid is a baller. He can really play.”ADVERTISEMENT The 76ers traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick with the intention of drafting Fultz. Team president Bryan Colangelo said there had been “no medical reason” not to play Fultz this season and the shoulder had no structural damage.“At some point, you’ve got to know your body can no longer go through certain things,” Embiid said.Colangelo and the Sixers were caught on their heels for the second time this season over the severity of their stars’ injuries. The Sixers said in January that Embiid was out with swelling and a bone bruise in his left knee until news broke it was actually a torn meniscus. It’s difficult to imagine the Sixers would have said Fultz was treated with a shot had it not been for the agent’s erroneous statement to ESPN.“I think we are unfairly scrutinized, sometimes,” Brown said. “I understand we have been put in funnysituations.”The Sixers have made a heavy investment the last few years in their medical department, building a new training complex that offers round-the-clock care. The team sent out a press release when it hired itsfirst-ever “Vice President of Athlete Care.”But no amount of sports science has kept Philadelphia’s cornerstones healthy.The fact that Fultz even played has gone against one of the core principles of “The Process,” which is patience. The Sixers did not hesitate to shut down Noel, Embiid and Simmons and never wavered in the decision not to play them, even at times when they were dunking and shooting 3s in warmups.Brown was stymied at times in a pregame scrum that featured nearly three dozen members of the media andfelt more like a “60 Minutes” interrogation than a loose Q&A.How could you tell the injury affected Fultz?“I don’t want to comment on that.” Fultz has made the wrong kind of headlines in his brief tenure for shooting mechanics that resemble something akin to a toddler learning to shoot a basketball. Take a quick scan of YouTube videos, and highlights of the 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington can be found under the titles “Markelle Fultz Gruesome Free Throws ,” ”This Is Why Markelle Fultz’s Free Throws Look Like Trash” and “Are the 76ers Cursed?”Cursed? Nah.Confused? Certainly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFultz, whose shooting form has been widely mocked all season, was finally shut down by the Sixers on Wednesday and he will be evaluated again next week.But no one in the organization can pinpoint when Fultz’s form went awry, though he’s had soreness since the summer. Fultz’s agent caused a brief panic this week when he said Fultz had fluid drained from his shoulder. The truth was, Fultz simply had a cortisone injection this month to treat the shoulder — a procedure the Sixers curiously did not reveal until the facts became confounding. NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings LATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz gets to start the next chapter of his career in a familiar spot. The No. 1 pick in the draft will make his NBA debut for the 76ers on Wednesday night, Oct. 18, at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz has a sore right shoulder and the 76ers benched him for three games.The injury and his absence — for now, at least — are about the only things certain for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments When you did you become aware Fultz was injured?“I don’t know.”Did you know Fultz had a cortisone shot?“I don’t even remember.”The Sixers also don’t know if Fultz will stick with his new shooting motion or go back to the one he used at Washington once he’s medically cleared.“I can’t wait to play with him because I think me and him on the pick-and-roll are going to be unstoppable,” Embiid said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


a month agoDanilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinner


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Danilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinnerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDanilo D’Ambrosio was pleased to prove Inter Milan’s matchwinner against Lazio last night.His header separated the two teams on the night.D’Ambrosio later remarked: “What counts are the three points, this is always the case. I missed from close range against Milan but luckily my mistake didn’t matter in the end.“In the first half, we didn’t produce what the Coach had asked from us, but then we played in a more relaxed manner and deserved the win. We could have scored a second after the restart to put the result beyond doubt, but in the end we got the three points. This is the most important thing.“I feel comfortable in any kind of role, playing as part of a five or three doesn’t make any difference for me. When you have a coach like Conte, there are memorised playing patterns and you need to give 100% in every match, irrespective of the position you play in. Lazio are an experienced side and have quality in all positions. If we’d lost or drawn today, the Derby result would have meant nothing.” last_img read more


Campus Insiders Releases ACC Bowl Projections For The 2016 Season


first_imgCollege Football Playoff logo.CFB Playoff.Campus Insiders has released their bowl projections for the 2016 season and they don’t have a team from the conference making the College Football Playoff. accCI has 12 ACC teams making bowl games (if you include Notre Dame) – Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Miami, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia Tech, NC State.Here are their full projections: NC State in the St. Petersburg Bowl vs. TempleVirginia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl vs. NorthwesternDuke in the Camping World Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi StateGeorgia Tech in the Military Bowl vs. CincinnatiSyracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. NebraskaMiami in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Oklahoma StatePittsburgh in the Birmingham Bowl vs. MissouriFlorida State in the Belk Bowl vs. South CarolinaNotre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ArizonaNorth Carolina in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. FloridaLouisville in the Capital One Bowl vs. AlabamaClemson in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. HoustonAgree with their projections? You can see the full projections here.last_img read more




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