Gilas gold? Perlas looking at SEA Games crown too

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERIt won’t be just Gilas Pilipinas shooting for a basketball gold in Kuala Lumpur.Perlas Pilipinas, the less-heralded women’s squad, will also go all out for a Southeast Asian Games crown when the biennial meet kicks off next week.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The crucial game against the Thais will be at 8:30 p.m. Then the Philippines takes on host Malaysia at 11 a.m. the following day.“Imagine we need to go back to the hotel, it would take time. How much sleep can we get?” said Aquino.Still, team captain Raiza Rose Dy said the team is in high spirits.“Our experience in the Fiba Asia Women’s Cup was a big help, because of world class competition; we got to play against WNBA players,” said Dy. “That is something not experienced by other SEA Games countries.”The Philippines wound up fourth two years ago in the Singapore edition which was dominated by Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas PH water polo gunning for podium celebration Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ But head coach Pat Aquino admitted that the schedule—not just their opponents—presents a big stumbling block.“I don’t know about the schedule but it works against us,” said Aquino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Competition starts Aug. 20. He said Perlas, which played in the tough Fiba Asia Women’s Cup, will play Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in that order.“Then we will take on (title favorite) Thailand the following day. Thailand will be coming from a break going into that game,” Aquino told the Inquirer. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Inquirer 7: Best moments in Philippine basketball in 2017

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In Season, 93 the Red Lions proved once more that they really are the true kings of the NCAA..Facing off against an immaculate Lyceum that hadn’t lost in four months, the Red Lions showed the 18-0 Pirates why the Finals will always belong to them.The 16-2 Red Lions, whose only losses in the eliminations were against the Pirates, won two straight in the Finals and showed their might especially in the second game.After three tight quarters and going into the fourth down 66-65, San Beda outscored Lyceum 27-16 to complete the sweep 92-82 and claim its league-leading 21st championship.5. Pirates find perfection in NCAALyceum has had the misfortune of being labeled as afterthoughts in the NCAA when it entered the league in 2011.From Season 87, the Pirates won just 35 games and lost 73 with their best year coming in Season 89 when they went 8-10.Head coach Topex Robinson, who was on his third year with Lyceum in Season 93, finally saw his vision come to fruition when the Pirates won all 18 of their elimination round games.And although Lyceum ultimately lost in the Finals against San Beda, the 18-0 card was the first time in NCAA history that the feat was recorded. Barangay Ginebra’s Governors’ Cup triumph in 2016 ended its dirge and the title cemented the Gin Kings’ reputation as once again being an elite club in the PBA.And the second championship was even more memorable for the Gin Kings when they won 101-96 in Game 7 against Meralco in front of a record 54,086 fans.3. Blue Eagles go soaringPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo and La Salle has always been fierce rivals, and things reached dramatic levels in the championship round of the 80th season of the UAAP.In the last game of the three-game series, the Blue Eagles held an 82-80 lead, a no safe barrier, with exactly 48.9 seconds left.Isaac Go proved to be the hero Ateneo needed as the unassuming center knocked down the biggest shot of his career.He received a pass from Thirdy Ravena and shot the triple that, Go said, St. Francis Xavier blessed for Ateneo’s 85-80 lead with 24.7 seconds left.Ateneo went on to seal the title with a 88-86 win after Andrei Caracut beat the buzzer with a three-pointer, and Go’s shot would forever be immortalized in college basketball lore.4. Red Lions roar again Ready? Stars in flux as tennis season starts OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 6. Seaba and SEA Games triumphFILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines has always been the ruling party in Southeast Asian basketball, and it was once more proven in 2017.First was in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship, or the Seaba Championships, in May wherein the Philippines just flat out dominated.Overkill is the perfect word to describe what Gilas did to the completion in the Seaba Championships after winning all six games by an average of 58.33 points, with the largest margin of victory coming in the 147-40 annihilation of Myanmar.Up next was the Southeast Asian Games in August when the Philippines scored its record 17th gold medal.Put into context, only the Philippines and Malaysia won gold in the SEA Games and the Malaysians have only two golds in their name.7. Philippines wins World Cup hosting(FROM L-R) SBP Executives: Vice chair Robbie Puno, president Al Panlilio, Manny V. Pangilinan, Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may still be six years from now, but the Philippines is already gearing up for its biggest basketball spectacle.Fiba, the world governing body of basketball, announced in 2017 that the Philippines together with Japan and Indonesia would be hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup.Gilas head coach Chot Reyes likened the event to the Papal visit of Pope Francis back in 2015 and Manny V. Pangilinan, the chairman emeritus of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said the three-nation hosting arrangement will further “spread the basketball fever.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals As 2017 comes to a close, Inquirer takes a look back at the best sporting moments in the Philippines and to start the reminiscing, let’s talk about the one sport Filipinos absolutely adore.It was an eventful year for Philippine basketball. Battles were won on and off the court, from the collegiate ranks to the international hoops scene.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fajardo joined an exclusive club with legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patriomonio with four MVP trophies to their name but it was only the 6-foot-10 giant who did the feat in straight years.2. Ginebra wins back-to-back Governors’ Cup crowns OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 1. San Miguel gets the Philippine Cup three-peat and the season doubleFajardo lifts PBA Philippine Cup trophy as Beermen celebrate another crown. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor three years, San Miguel has been on the Grand Slam conversation and the 2016-2017 season was the closest the Beermen got to accomplishing the feat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe winningest club in PBA history added a glorious double in its stacked trophy cabinet when it won the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, making the Beermen the owners of 24 total championships.San Miguel’s dominance in the PBA coincided with the equally impressive individual haul of the league’s most commanding presence in June Mar Fajardo who won his fourth straight MVP plum. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson What’s the best chaser to snapping an eight-year title drought? Retaining the championship the very next season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

League rebound record reset twice in one night in Datu Cup

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Southwoods lead thins amid charging Pradera Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mabulac grabbed 21 rebounds to break the 20 set by Abrigo while playing for Quezon City.It was the third straight win by the Heroes, although none of their previous victories were bigger than the one they hammered out against the Stars. Laguna (5-3) thus moves up to third spot in the Southern Division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut Mabulac’s record lasted only two hours as ex-pro Mark Yee hauled down 24 boards to go with 16 points to lead the Davao-Cocolife Tigers past Pasay, 68-61.His heroics handed the Tigers their third straight win and moved up to second place in the Southern Division with a 6-3 card. The MPBL’s rebounding record was reset twice in one night as Laguna became the latest team to bring down a favored giant and Davao Occidental pushed ahead with its winning run Wednesday in the Datu Cup.Michael Mabulac was the first to eclipse the seven-month record held by Gian Abrigo for most rebounds by an individual after anchoring Krah-Laguna’s 74-68 triumph over powerhouse Manila-Robust.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Farmer discovers skeletal remains at Bee Hive, ECD backlands

first_imgA farmer reportedly stumbled upon what he suspected to be the skeletal remains of a human at Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Sunday.Reports are that a skull and several other bones were discovered about eight miles into the Bee Hive backlands. As soon as he made the discovery, the farmer alerted law enforcement officials who went to the scene and retrieved the remains.C (East Coast Demerara) Division Commander Marlon Chapman has indicated that investigators would be sending the bones to a pathologist to be examined, to ascertain how long they were there. He related that he was positive that the remains were human as a skull with the structure identical to that of a human was found among the bones. According to Chapman, from all indications, the bones appear to have been there for quite some time.last_img read more

Jimmy Stafford is new President of Letterkenny Chamber

first_imgJimmy Stafford has been installed as the new President of Letterkenny Chamber.The popular Bank of Ireland man succeeds the outgoing President Leonard Watson.Mr Stafford, who was the current vice-president, was the popular choice at the body’s AGM last night. From Cobh in Co Cork, Mr Stafford has lived in Co Donegal for a number of years and has been at the heart of local business.Jimmy Stafford is new President of Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WILL YOU DECIDE TO BE THE DONEGAL ROSE OVER CHRISTMAS DINNER?

first_imgDonegal Rose Andrea Keeney & Daithi O’SeTHE hot topic for families during Christmas Dinner or will be the news that whoever is selected to be the next Donegal Rose will be guaranteed a place at the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival.Taking place from 17th to 23rd August, the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival will run for seven days featuring 70 Roses, more entertainment and an extra night’s TV coverage.For the past 11 years the Donegal Rose had to travel to the Midlands at the end of May to take part in a qualifying event to try and make it through to the televised stages of Ireland’s top festival.Only 32 Roses can be accommodated on live TV and, until now, it wasn’t feasible for the organisers to accommodate the full inclusion of the other 38 Roses at the Festival in Tralee. The Co-ordinator of the Donegal Rose of Tralee event, Elaine McInaw, said: “This is great news for anyone who considers entering the 2016 Donegal Rose selection. Whoever is picked as the 2016 Donegal Rose in Lough Eske Castle on Sunday 28th February will travel to Tralee in August. Such is the continued success of the Rose of Tralee on TV, RTÉ are introducing a third night of Rose of Tralee TV coverage from next year onwards. The Festival itself has also been extended from five to seven days and 68 Roses will travel to Tralee to enjoy the full festival.”All the Roses who travel to Tralee will take part in all the parades, Rose Ball, public engagements and a qualifying event over two nights in the Dome from which 32 Roses will be chosen to appear in the live selection broadcasts.There’s an incentive for more women to enter the Donegal Rose event this year in the knowledge that once she is selected, she will travel to Kerry in August to enjoy the full Festival.So, once the Christmas Dinner has been digested, make a New Year’s Resolution to enter the Donegal Rose Selection in 2016. Never before has it been easier to enter the Donegal Rose Selection and young Irish women aged between 18 and 27 are being encouraged to fill-out an online application form at www.RoseofTralee.ieThe 2016 Rose of Tralee will be crowned live on RTÉ 1 TV in the Dome on Tuesday 23rd August.WILL YOU DECIDE TO BE THE DONEGAL ROSE OVER CHRISTMAS DINNER? was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Death O SedonegalRose of Traleelast_img read more

Male mental health to the fore during International Men’s Day 2017

first_imgToday officially marks International Men’s Day, a day in which men’s issues are brought to the fore.To mark the day, Men’s Voices Ireland hosted their 2017 conference yesterday titled “Men’s Issues: Challenging Misandry”.In a column for TheJournal.ie, Men’s Voices Ireland chairman David Walsh cites the suicide epidemic as one of the leading issues facing Irish men. The National Office for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Report for 2016 has shown that last year there were 399 deaths by suicide, 318 of which were men.Although this was a decrease from the 451 deaths in 2015, and the 486 deaths in 2014 – the figures for Donegal show a slight increase.Men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women, and in Donegal men were also more likely to self-harm.The highest suicide rate is among those aged 45-54. This trend is the case since 2010. In 2016, the self-harm rate remains 10% higher than the pre-recession rate in 2007. Another issue highlighted today is that of domestic violence against men.According to The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, 88,000 Irish men have experienced violence in the home.The National Crime Council finds that 6% of men suffer severe domestic abuse; but 26% of men suffer domestic abuse when severe abuse and minor incidents are combined.“Men have exactly the same rights as women to be safe in their own homes. All statutory services (such as the Gardaí, Courts, and social services) have a duty to provide services to all, whatever their gender. Men are protected by exactly the same laws as women – anyone who has assaulted another person, regardless of the gender of either, can be prosecuted,” Cosc says.Men, however, are less likely to report domestic violence to Gardaí, with only one in twenty taking it to the authorities. The issue of boys falling behind academically and the lack of advocacy groups for men’s issues were also highlighted by Walsh.If you have been affected by the discussion of suicide in this article please do not hesitate to reach out to the following:• Contact your local GP. If it’s late in the evening or night-time, contact NowDOC at 1850 400 911• Go to the Emergency Department, Letterkenny General Hospital• Contact emergency services by calling 999 or 112• Call the Samaritans, the FREE 24-hour listening service, to talk to someone now about what’s on your mind. Call 116 123.• Contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247.If you have been affected by the discussion of male domestic violence, you can reach out to Amen, a voluntary group which provides a confidential helpline, information and a support service for male victims of domestic abuse. You can contact them by calling (046) 9023718, it is open from 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday.Male mental health to the fore during International Men’s Day 2017 was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:international men’s daymen’s issuesmental healthlast_img read more

A Green Builder’s 21st Century Alphabet

first_imgOne of my favorite things to hear from a design or building professional is that they are “LEED Certified.” This is only slightly less amusing than when they refer to LEEDS certification. In the case of the former, only buildings can be certified (although some people are certifiable); people are accredited, as in LEED AP, or accredited professional.Having the LEED AP designation has been a calling card of green professionals for over a decade now. I appreciate professionals who make the effort to study and pass a test; however, like many other industry designations, its highest and best use is often in marketing. In the case of most building industry designations, when you have qualified to put those letters after your name, you are at the beginning of your learning curve and, in most cases, have a long road ahead to achieve true expertise.How does your building perform?One organization that does “certify” individuals (would one actually want to be “certified?”) is the Building Performance Institute, or BPI. Interestingly, BPI refers to both designations and certifications interchangeably on their website.BPI focuses primarily on existing building performance and combustion safety, and is one of the key professional training organizations for home performance professionals. Their designations include Building Analyst, Envelope, Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer, Manufactured Housing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump, and Multifamily. BPI training, testing, and quality assurance is offered by independent organizations.BPI offers useful and important training, particularly for professionals working in existing buildings; however, I do find their technical documentation a little dense and lacking clear guidelines for field personnel. And, as is the case with many intense training programs, one can only absorb so much information in a three- to five-day class; the result can often be a group that passes tests with only a surface understanding of the subject.People entering the building performance industry, particularly those with no construction experience, can achieve BPI designations without, in my opinion, being appropriately prepared for their work. I know this from experience, as when I became a BPI building analyst, even with my experience as a remodeler and HERS rater, I had only a cursory understanding of all the principles. After a few years of field experience, I believe that I finally have the appropriate understanding I need to properly diagnose combustion safety, one of the key components of the training.HERS? HESP? What about HIM?RESNET, an organization similar to BPI, manages the training, testing, and quality assurance of Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters. HERS raters must take a 6- to 8-day training and pass both field and classroom tests.Primarily focused on new homes, RESNET is expanding their scope of designations into commercial and existing buildings. RESNET has HERS Rater and Field Inspector designations and recently began offering a Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP) designation, which can be achieved without any training by passing their test.NARI and NAHB won’t be left behindOther organizations offering training and designations include the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Green Certified Professional (GCP), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Green Professional (CGP) and Master Certified Green Professional (MCGP).I would recommend that any industry professional, including contractors, subcontractors, vendors, designers, and architects, consider obtaining any or all of the designations noted above. I have several of them and have taught both the NARI and NAHB training many times.As long as you understand that having the right to put a few (or a whole lot) of letters after your name is just the beginning of your education, and as long as you understand the limits of your knowledge and bring in more experienced professionals when you reach those limits, then you and your clients can benefit from this knowledge, and you will be on your way to better projects.— Carl Seville, LEED AP Homes, Green Rater, HERS Rater, BPI Building Analystlast_img read more

Secrets From The Edit Suite – EditFest London

first_imgIf you couldn’t make it to Edit Fest London, here are 10 insights I learned from top television and film editors at this year’s Fest!EditFest is a day long series of panel discussions featuring top professional film and television editors, held in New York, Los Angeles and now London. But it is far more than just a day of talk, its a rare opportunity to meet, question and learn from world-class editors who are working on major Hollywood blockbusters and HBO multi-series hits.For a full run down of the panelists check out the Edit Fest site but know that if you’d been there, you too could have chatted over a glass of wine with the editor who cut the famous scene in Heat where Pacino and De Niro talk it out over coffee! Lesson No. 1 – You’ve Got To Get Out ThereIn this Internet age, its very easy to assume that event info will make its way online; that you just can download the podcast, read the blog posts or follow the live tweets and basically have gotten much of the same content as those who attended but for free and from the comfort of your own home. Well you would be wrong. Totally and utterly wrong!The beauty of events like Edit Fest or The Supermeet, or any event where you physically meet people, is all the stuff that happens before and after the panels. It is the chats in the corridor or over coffee or at lunch. The first lesson I learned from EditFest is that you’ve absolutely got to go to events like these. Make the trip, pay the money because days like these are a rare opportunity to get inspired, informed and integrated with other post production professionals in a way that’s not feasible online.Lesson No. 2 – Group TherapyChatting to fellow editors at the AOTG.com pub night after the free Edit Fest cocktail mixer (those Dutch editors can drink!), it seemed like the main encouragement that most editors took away from the day was that we all face the same problems, regardless of budget, genre or product market. Problems like the first version being embarrassingly bad, that its really hard to stay fresh, or that you can’t bear to watch your own work for a good few years afterwards. As John Wilson A.C.E. editor of Billy Elliot said on the day ”It takes me five years to watch a movie I’ve cut, to really see what I’ve done.”Spending a day discussing the craft with other editors at all stages in their careers was both highly educational and extremely encouraging. Lesson No. 3 – Diplomacy Is Essential“The most important talent to develop in the cutting room is diplomacy. Never hold anyone’s idea up to ridicule. Try anything and be ready to fight for what you think is right.” -Tom Rolf A.C.E.If there is one lesson which is absolutely vital for any editor to learn it is that being diplomatic is crucial to developing a healthy career. The edit suite is not only just the place where films are made, but also the arena of a great deal of personal politics, passions and opinions. All of which needs to be handled with a deftness and a strength that is often a real challenge to get right.As Tom Rolf sums up, being open to any idea is important not just on a personal level but for the benefit of the project. It’s all to easy to defend your edit decisions by saying ”I tried that and it didn’t work” than to cheerfully give it another go anyway. Equally it is important to be able to engage in a respectful level of argument when you really believe in a creative call. As Tom later said “It’s alright to get a little blood on the cutting room floor.”Lesson No. 4 – Fighting Film BlindnessWhen you are working on a project for a long time one of the most difficult hurdles to over come is that of ‘film blindness’ – being so close to your work that you can’t see it as it really is. The feature film editor’s panel shared some of their secrets on how to stay fresh to the material. “I try to watch it in a different context from the work environment, taking it home or into a screening room. I try not to dismiss any notes. Your negative reaction might be because you’re too close to the scene. So be open to all ideas.” -Chris Dickens A.C.E. (Slumdog Millionaire) “I try not to watch it alone with the director because its too easy to talk through it. It’s much better to bring in another person, to help see it through their eyes.” -Tracy Granger A.C.E. (Boys Don’t Cry)“I like to make viewing the film in the edit suite a bit more of an event by turning off the monitors, turning all the chairs around and setting up a video projector. It helps keep everyone focused on the film.” -Eddie Hamilton A.C.E. (Kick Ass 1 & 2)Lesson No. 5 – Film Vs DigitalWith the advent of digital media and the demise of film, many of the editors felt a few vital things had gotten lost along the way and that the expected pace for editors had quickened a bit too much.“Rewinding a Steenbeck gave you plenty of thinking time and thinking time is vital.” -John Wilson A.C.E.“Rewinding through rushes also gave you a chance to see every frame at high speed and you could spot things you’d forgotten.” -Tracy Granger A.C.E.“On film you had to construct it first in your head and then do it physically. Now that the polish comes with it (in digital) you don’t pay as much attention to the basics, structure etc. Because everything is so fast you feel like you have to get it right the first time. But you need the opportunity to get it wrong.” –Chris Dickens A.C.E.“It’s getting more and more difficult these days to watching everything. Shooting ratios on Game of Thrones can be as high as 60/1 (normally its 15/1) as they’re always running several cameras. I still try to do that but I have to admit I sometimes have to skim.” -Frances Parker A.C.E. (Game of Thrones)Lesson No. 6. – Watching RushesThe TV editors panel, moderated masterfully by Gordon Burkell from Art of the Guillotine provided lots of insights into each editors technique when it comes to digesting rushes and tackling a scene for the first time.“Each job is different and you just have to respond to the rushes each time. For me the performance comes through the eyes and I’m just responding to instinct and feel. And I’ll look at the script to see where is the drama in this scene and then shape it around that.” -Kristina Hetherington A.C.E. (Birdsong)“It all starts with the story. My edit suite needs a sofa in it because once I look at the rushes I need to have a lie down (to think). You’ve got to find the best nugget and shaping the story around that. It’s all about story, story, story. But each editor has their own pattern, there’s no set rules.” -Oral Norrie Ottey A.C.E. (Game of Thrones)“Dialogue scenes are often difficult to cut as there are so many nuances you want to pull through. I make extensive notes on the script – Great reaction to this line etc – and start as faithfully to the script as I can. I often assemble quickly and then leave it because you can often over work it. When I re-watch it later I’m looked for the real focus of the scene, which might not be what you thought it was when you assembled it. Its a very fluid process.” -Frances Parker A.C.E.“Very rarely does a film work as it’s scripted. I stop reading the script after the first day of shooting because if they haven’t shot it, it doesn’t matter. The footage is all that matters.” -Eddie Hamilton A.C.E.Lesson No. 7 – Wile editor tricksDuring the day a few cunning editors tricks were mentioned which might come in handy one day.“I’ll leave a bad scene in to misdirect attention, to give me more time to do the real work.” -Mick Audsley A.C.E (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)“It’s always good to have a couple of really polished sequences to roll out when people come to look at things.” –Chris Dickens A.C.E.“We kept the process private by being portable. I was editing Kick Ass 2 on a laptop in the directors flat in Kensington.” –Eddie Hamilton A.C.E.“I prefer working alone. Staying late to strip the film down to the spine, taking out things the director would never want to lose, just to see what you have. There’s a very small difference between a bad idea and a brilliant idea which you wouldn’t try with other people in the room.” -Tracy Granger A.C.E.Lesson No. 8 – Working with SoundIt was interesting to hear a variety of opinions on working with sound, with some editors leaving it all to the sound editors while others feeling like they needed to provide a highly polished and full sounding mix, right out of the Avid.“I often watch it on mute to see the issues buried in it. I try to make it as hard as possible for something to carry the scene if its not working.” -Mick Audsley A.C.E“I will cut it mute for a long time, imagining it with the sound effects at first and then adding in sound effects, music etc as a full mix to make the most of sound’s storytelling power.” -Eddie Hamilton A.C.E.“It’s all too easy to fall in love with the temp music. But if it works without sound effects and music, you know it will be fantastic with it.” -Kristina Hetherington A.C.E.Lesson No. 9 – Cutting for dramaThe most important thing you can do as an editor is to focus on the drama and the story. It’s more important for the drama and the story to be perfect than for the cosmetic things like continuity or stylistic touches to be 100 percent accurate. Chatting to commercial’s editor James Rosen at the AOTG pub night, he shared how he had learned to focus on the choices he was making in his editing as they relate to the drama of the scene: cutting to a close up not for the best line but because the drama of the scene dictates that we need to be in a close up. It’s a great lesson to ponder when watching back what you’ve cut.“I like to focus on the eyes, if they’re feeling it, we will feel it. It’s about balancing the emotional output. Not having too much either. Sometimes you need to throw away what may be the most amazing part because its too much.” -Kristina Hetherington A.C.E.Lesson 10. – Work HardOne of the things that struck me most was Eddie Hamilton’s absolute drive to be the very best editor he can be, which seems to have been a major factor in his whole career progression. If you want more advice from Eddie on getting into the film industry, check out this great article on his site.“I remember as a kid begging a friend’s dad to take me to see Return of the Jedi, because I never got taken to the cinema.” “I failed to get into film school and so I got a job as a runner and taught myself Media Composer, staying behind every single evening and weekend.” “I often think if I stay an couple of extra hours, then I can make sure this is world class, in case anyone comes in to see it tomorrow.”last_img read more

Bear in NIH tree sets Twitter aflutter

first_imgBudget cuts. Infectious disease. Conflict of interest scandals. Bioterrorism. Just when the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) thought it had faced just about every conceivable problem, today a black bear (Ursus americanus) took shelter in one of the pine trees on its sprawling campus in Bethesda, Maryland.At about midday, NIH employees received an e-mail telling them about the bear (which apparently breached NIH’s security fence, built after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks). Local police, media, and animal control officials soon descended, according to media reports. Soon, Twitter was abuzz with bear reports and jokes.“OMG the bear is at NIH! The bear does not have appropriate identification!” tweeted ‏@sarahrodeo.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“I’m sure he’s trying to find parking,” speculated ‏@SofiaL246.The bear even appeared to have his own Twitter handle—@NIH_Bear. “I’m not a bear! I’m Senior Faculty here to grumble about funding lines!!” came a tweet from the account, suspiciously also marked “@NIHDirector.”“It’s summertime. I need to fatten up,” read another @NIH_Bear dispatch. “Please send more junior investigators. #yum.”“Who among you has not, when funding decisions weren’t going your way, climbed a tree on the @NIH campus and eaten a librarian?” @NIH_Bear asked.“I want Collins, in a scuba-suit, with an R01 and a budget-cap waiver,” @NIH_Bear demanded at one point. (Francis Collins is NIH’s director; an R01 is the agency’s bread-and-butter grant.)After local media reported that officials were firing fireworks to scare the bear out of the tree, and considering using tranquilizing darts, ‏@DigitalDistrict had this very inside-the-beltway suggestion: “Instead of tranqs, just hold a 2 hour budget meeting underneath the tree. Guaranteed sedation.”The bear had been tranquilized and was awaiting transport off the NIH campus as this item went to press.Black bears have become increasingly frequent visitors to the Washington, D.C., suburbs, where NIH is located, as a result of booming populations.(Video courtesy of WJLA)last_img read more