first_imgBannon suggested in a video posted on November 5 that FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci should be beheaded, saying they had been disloyal to US President Donald Trump, who last week lost his re-election bid to Biden.“I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone,” Bannon said in the video.Facebook removed the video but left up Bannon’s page, which has about 1,75,000 followers. Twitter banned Bannon last week over the same content.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension when he urged beheading two senior US officials, according to a recording heard by Reuters.Zuckerberg acknowledged criticism of Facebook by President-elect Joe Biden but said the company shared some of the Biden team’s same concerns about social media. He urged employees not to jump to conclusions about how the new administration might approach regulation of social media companies.- Advertisement – Avaaz said seven of the largest pages had amassed nearly 2.5 million followers. Stone said Facebook had removed “several clusters of activity for using inauthentic behaviour tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content.”Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.Zuckerberg spoke on the issue at a weekly forum with Facebook employees where he is sometimes asked to defend content and policy decisions. A staff member had asked why Bannon had not been banned.Another employee asked how Facebook was handling criticism of Facebook by Biden and members of his team. Biden told the New York Times in December last year that he had “never been a fan of Facebook” and considered Zuckerberg “a real problem.”The incoming administration was “not monolithic,” Zuckerberg said. “Just because some people might talk in a way that’s more antagonistic to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that speaks for what the whole group or whole administration is going to stand for.”Arrested in August, Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to the $25 million (roughly Rs. 200 crores) “We Build the Wall” campaign. Bannon has dismissed the charges as politically motivated.As Trump’s chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate Trump’s “America First” policy. Trump fired him in August 2017, ending Bannon’s turbulent tenure.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely,” Zuckerberg said. “While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company would take further action against Bannon’s page “if there are additional violations.”Last Friday, Facebook took down a network of other Bannon-linked pages that were pushing false claims about the presidential election, after they were flagged to the world’s biggest social media company by activist group Avaaz.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgTrevor Sochocki | Daily TrojanScoring machine · The men’s water polo team does not lack prolific finishers, and Lachlan Edwards delivered 11 goals over the weekend.Men’s water polo’s junior 2-meter Lachlan Edwards claimed his first MPSF Player of the Week award after a scoring barrage over the weekend for the No. 2-ranked Trojans.Edwards recorded 11 goals in three matches over the weekend in wins over UC Santa Barbara, Whittier and LaVerne to lead USC in scoring. He had a hat trick against the Gauchos, and 4 goals each against the Poets and Leos, tying a career high in goals set last season. His 12 goals so far this year is second on the team to fellow junior driver Mateo Morelli’s 13.The Australia native is no stranger to finding the back of the net. Edwards scored 31 goals as a true freshman in 2014, and last season was third in scoring on the team with 40 goals, putting up 11 multi-goal matches. He also earned All-American Second Team, All-MPSF Second Team and NCAA All-Tournament Second Team honors last year.      The No. 2-ranked men’s water polo team is off to another hot start as it seeks another NCAA championship appearance. The team has begun the season 5-0 and faces Stanford in Palo Alto on Saturday in a match televised on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/19/bang_978a7519-05ad-4da3-8165-01a9d650b659″]Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says a focused mindset was the differences between Thursday’s 132-105 win against the Clippers and the previous upset in Game 2.At the postgame news conference, he said a gameplan that focused on Kevin Durant jump started the team, and they focused on playing better defense without the turnovers. Durant’s offense combined with more efficient play on both sides of the ball …last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — For a handful of young players, the Sharks’ game Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks likely represents their last shot at leaving the type of impression needed to make the NHL roster once the regular season begins next month.For others, it’s a chance to reinforce the positive strides they’ve already made.Competition for the final few roster spots came into greater focus Monday when the Sharks trimmed their training camp numbers to 32 players — 17 forwards, 12 defensemen and three …last_img read more

first_imgGetting started in filmmaking isn’t cheap, so what can you do when you need actors, but you don’t have the budget for them?I’m a member of various online groups where local filmmakers post urgent, last-minute crew vacancies or casting calls. In the more casual groups, it’s not uncommon to see a post from a filmmaker or film student urgently looking for a camera operator with their own kit, or for an actor to fill an uncast role . . . and, at the bottom of the listing, to find unpaid but travel and food included.These posts often get angry emotes, and honestly, my reaction is instinctively negative, too. But why? I’ve been in this position many times. And even when working on my own passion projects, I often pay my friends — who are actors — with a set “thank you” fee because, without financial backing, that’s all I can give.Filmmaking isn’t cheap. Let’s assume you’re a lone wolf and will initially be acquiring all of the gear yourself. That means the camera, the lenses, audio, lighting, and perhaps a hardware upgrade on your desktop computer — and the required peripherals. Even when purchasing low-grade, used equipment, it’s still likely to cost $5,000. In short, it’s quite an investment. (Alternatively, you may have access to this equipment from your school or university, but you still lack the finances to hire professional actors.)A popular route for first-time filmmakers is to use friends and family as actors. However, it won’t be long before your viewing audience realizes that the actors on screen aren’t actors at all, and a bad performance is the quickest way to disengage your audience. This skit from SNL is reminiscent of how my films — at age 17 — must have appeared.Likewise, family and friends (unless creatives themselves) sometimes fail to see the importance of fluidity on a shoot. For example, the mindset of “Oh, it won’t matter if I’m an hour late; it’s only Lewis,” when in all actuality, that hour was all the time we had to film at that location.Hence, as an up-and-coming filmmaker, it’s best to acquire a dedicated up-and-coming actor to partner with. However, how are you supposed to hire an actor if you’ve exhausted your budget? Luckily, aspiring actors will often work with aspiring filmmakers in a form of barter system. That is, they act for you, and you give them footage for their portfolio.With no-budget short films, actors will often accept no pay, no food, and quite often no travel expense to get that extra appearance logged in the book. Then, they spend much of the day waiting around while the crew assembles the shot. In short, aspiring actors have to go through a lot of crap (for very little), yet without these actors, you wouldn’t have a film. Here are a few straightforward steps you can take to bring an actor on-board — and make sure they have a rewarding experience.HonestyImage via Studio 72.State what the actors will receive outright in the casting call. Don’t leave out that it’s unpaid. Be transparent and honest. Don’t say that this could lead to paid work in the future; it’s a load of rubbish, and nine times out of ten, it doesn’t. Don’t try to sweeten the pitch by saying you’ll give the actor social media and IMDb credits, to create the illusion you’re offering more than just travel expenses.You want to clearly state that the actor will receive the clips they star in as a digital download/DVD or a copy of the entire film. However, I’ve heard several horror stories where aspiring actors have said the director of the project told them to take their footage directly from the DVD of the film. This is unfair. Many actors do not have access to editing software, and this will leave the actors short of showreel footage.Trade Your ServicesUltimately, hiring an actor to work for free is a trade between the filmmaker and the actor. The director gets the actor’s talent, and the actor receives the reel footage. However, sometimes you can sweeten the deal by throwing in your services. Headshots can be expensive, but if you’re shooting with a DSLR and have a proper lighting kit, you may very well be able to capture headshots. Explain to the talent that you might not be able to replicate the shots that a professional headshot photographer would get, but you can give them something close. Alternatively, you could lend them your editing skills and help them when they have enough clips to put a showreel together.FoodWhen it comes down to entry-level filmmaking, eating seems like a luxury. However, providing a few snacks on location can change the dynamics of a shoot. You can get a bowl of chips, a variety of sandwiches, some fruit, a selection of drinks, and a few sweet snacks for under $50. While this isn’t a feast for kings, it’s enough to put an end to empty stomachs, and it will create a lighter atmosphere on set.Deferred PaymentImage via guruXOX.It’s likely that if you’re reading this article, you’re planning on releasing your film online — or perhaps through a local festival — just to get something out there. In the future, however, you may want to bring in revenue from your content. This could be from monetization, merchandise, or even placing your content behind a paywall like Vimeo’s On Demand. If you’re making money from your content, you’re certainly going to have to pay your talent, as well.Deferred payments allow no-budget filmmakers to produce films when they don’t have the resources to pay the cast and crew upfront; instead, they make payments when the money starts rolling in. When you make agreements like this, it’s best to seek legal advice, as you may face legal ramifications in the unfortunate event that you can’t uphold your end of the agreement.Believe in Your ProjectI would argue that fully believing in the value of your project can be as powerful as all the other tips combined. Even if your funding is so drained that by day three you cannot provide a single bottle of water for your cast, if you truly believe in your project, you will find an actor willing to go out on a limb for you. But, do not abuse this notion. If you’re just starting, and you keep breaking your promises, you’ll find nobody wants to be in your film — paid or not.If you keep these ideas in mind when putting out your next casting call, you’ll start to receive more replies. A good actor can take your film to the next level. In the no-budget filmmaking world, they’re not taken seriously enough. Alfred Hitchcock famously stated: “Actors are cattle! They should be treated as such!” If you choose this approach, you won’t be moving anywhere fast.Cover image via kuzmaphoto.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles?The Four Most Dangerous and Avoidable Accidents on a Film SetFour Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock LensThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film Industry10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next Shootlast_img read more

first_imgLigue 1 #MayMac and Neymar missing MSN – Ligue 1 goes social Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:33 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Ligue 1 Neymar Mario Balotelli PSG Olympique Lyonnais The PSG star sent a message to his former colleagues while stars from across France turned attentions to Las Vegas for a classic bout Neymar may be settling in nicely at Paris Saint-Germain, but that does not mean there are things he misses about Barcelona.The €222 million signing was present as PSG continued their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season on Friday evening, recording a 3-0 victory over Saint-Etienne at Parc des Princes.It was the first time that Neymar had failed to gain a goal or an assist for his new club, though he was still one of the standout players on the field. Prior to the match, he had left a message on his Instagram account with the message: ‘Friends I miss’. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Those friends were his old partners in crime, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, with whom he made up the great MSN strike trio.But it is not just old team-mates that the 25-year-old misses. Indeed, this week he spared a thought for Espanyol attacker Leo Baptistao, who celebrated his 24th birthday.The former Atletico Madrid man is a close friend of Neymar. “Today it’s my little brother’s birthday. We met a long time ago, but one of the best things that happened in Barcelona was getting to know him. Congratulations, brother, may God always enlighten you, and you know something? You deserve it. I love you @leobaptisteo,” Neymar posted.But it’s not been a week entirely about looking back for the superstar.On Friday, he crossed paths with basketball legend Stephen Curry, who arrived in Paris to watch Neymar in action.The Brazilian had taken in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in June, and now the Golden State Warriors star replicated the gesture. Neymar appreciated it greatly, posting “Idol” on his Instagram account with a picture of the future Hall of Famer. Neymar’s interest spreads further than just basketball and football, however, and like millions around the world he took in Floyd Mayweather’s fight with UFC star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.He paid tribute to the boxer, who claimed his 50th professional victory without a single defeat by stopping the Irishman in the 10th round.Meanwhile, PSG team-mate Dani Alves has been getting philosophical on Instagram. “Life, life is the greatest gift we have in this world and we do not know how long it will last, so those who are healthy have the opportunity to live it intensely, do not waste time, you can’t get it back when the light of being is extinguished,” he said.“Do not accelerate vital processes, let life take care of it. Do not be slaves to a mediocre society, they will use weapons to destroy each other. Heal their minds and live in the peace that desperately seeks humanity.Patrice Evra has also sent out a message through social media this week following the terrorist attacks in Catalunya. His message was to spread peace and love.Nice star Mario Balotelli has also been soul searching. He was criticised by head coach Lucien Favre after his side’s exit from the Champions League, beaten 2-0 at home by Napoli in midweek and 4-0 on aggregate.However, he has vowed to come back stronger after missing the trip to Amiens at the weekend. “I will try my best to makes @ogcnice to come out of this dark period .. The last game I played I was still injured and I speeded up my comeback but I was still not even 50% .. I speeded up my comeback because I really wanted to help and, as you all know, I couldn’t,” he said.“Now I’m coming out of a flu, which I had for four days already – that’s why I wasn’t in Amiens.”“I know is always easy to attack me when things don’t go in the right way and it makes me sad and proud at the same time because it means you people still believe in me but all I can do is to prove to all of those that were whistling at me were wrong once again.“Kids fall, men stand up. We are men so let’s not stay angry and look forward.” If all that’s a bit heavy, Memphis Depay can have the final word. “Don’t forget to smile today my young kings and young queens,” the Lyon star told his followers.last_img read more