first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2012 PANAMA CITY, Panama – Keep an eye on these Panamanians at the London Games: Carolena Carstens, Glen Ellyn, Ill., U.S.A., taekwondo: Carstens, 16, will be among the youngest athletes competing in London. Carstens, who was born in the United States to a Panamanian mother, became involved in the sport at age 4. At 14, she was competing in international events. She earned an Olympic berth by reaching the semifinals of the 49-kilogram (108-pound) class at last year’s Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament in Querétaro, Mexico. Juan Huertas, Panama City, boxing: Huertas, 20, made an impression at the pre-Olympic trials in Brazil last May, winning his first preliminary fight in the lightweight division against Haiti’s Stephen Saint, 21-5, before losing to Mexican Ángel Gutiérrez, 14-8. It’s the first time in more than 40 years Panama will send a boxer to the Olympics. Alonso Edward, Pedro Miguel, 100- and 200-meter dashes: Edward, 22, won gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 10.29 seconds and 20.45 seconds, respectively at the South American Championship in Lima, Peru, in 2009. He also placed second in the 200-meter dash in 19.81 seconds at the Athleticism World Championship in Berlin, Germany, that year. He broke his own marks, in Hutchinson, Kan., in May 2009 when he finished the 100 in 10.09 seconds and 200 in 20.34 seconds. Omar Simmonds, Coclé, judo: Simmonds, 31, will compete in the 81-kilogram (178-pound) class. He received a wild card from the International Judo Federation to participate in the London Games. Andrea Ferris, Chorrera, long-distance runner: Ferris, 24, ranked atop the International Association of Athletic Federations ranking in 2010 in the 800-meter run after winning gold at the IX Central American Games in Panama City in April of that year. She also won gold at the XIV Ibero American Games in 2010 in Cádiz, Spain, and gold at the 2010 Grand Prix in Belém, Brazil. She has nine siblings, five of them athletes. Edgar Crespo, Panama City, swimming: Crespo, 23, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke after placing 53rd in the event at the Beijing Games in 2008 in 1:03.52. Crespo won gold in the event at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico in 2010.last_img read more

first_imgEven though George Mason missed the NCAA tournament entirely this year, the Colonials deserve a lot of the credit (or blame) for how the first couple of rounds of the tournament played out. It’s clear now that in their run to the Final Four last season, George Mason used up just about all the magic Cinderella had to offer.This year’s bracket busters never had a chance to surprise the big name teams and ruin brackets across the country. No seed lower than seven advanced to the second round this year (George Mason was an 11 during their Final Four run), and UNLV, the seventh seed in the Midwest, is the lowest-seeded team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In a time of the year defined by upsets, this comes as quite a shock.Sure, there have been glimpses this season of the upsets and surprise performances that have typically made March so mad. Winthrop, after campaigning heavily for a higher seed, scored a first-round upset win over Notre Dame, in a well-played but mostly unentertaining game. For a while it looked like Davidson might beat Maryland, but the Wildcats fell apart down the stretch, and high seeds Wisconsin and Texas A&M survived first round scares from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Penn. The only true memorable upset came when Virginia Commonwealth upset Duke in the first round on Eric Maynor’s jumper with the game clock about to expire, knocking off the Blue Devils to delight of many fans. Other than Maynor’s shot, the first four days of tournament action lacked a marquee moment — a highlight to be replayed every March for years to come — and with no low seeds advancing to the Sweet 16, fans won’t see an underdog pull off an historic win this postseason.As much as it seems like this lack of upsets goes against the trends of March Madness, this is the way the world works. Miracles aren’t a regular occurrence, even in March. For every replay of Bryce Drew sinking Ole Miss with his buzzer beating 3-pointer, CBS should play one of Tennessee dropping 121 points in their blowout of a Long Beach State team that was supposed to be capable of an upset. Logic tells us that the better teams are supposed to win, and that No. 12s aren’t supposed to beat No. 5s — no matter how good bracketologists think Old Dominion is or how easy beating Virginia Tech might be. Like it or not, the favorites are supposed to win, and tournaments like this year’s serve as a reminder of that fact.Without the favorites advancing with ease this year, and nobody filling Cinderella’s slipper, tournaments like last year’s become even more special. Watching a three seed absolutely trounce their first round opponent now makes it all that much sweeter when looking back on 14 seed upsets of years pasts and will make it more impressive when they inevitably happen in the future.Sometimes, the best teams need to win just to prove there is such a thing as an upset. If two 12 seeds always upset two fives, doesn’t that detract from the magnitude of the upset? Picking upsets in your bracket is always more enjoyable when the upsets are unexpected and come from seemingly out of nowhere. Being correct about a 13 seed upsetting a four isn’t all that exciting when half the people in your pool made the same pick. With so few upsets in the first two rounds of this year’s tournament, you can be sure that next year more brackets will feature more favorites advancing, setting the stage for massive gloating when someone correctly picks a hidden Cinderella.Now, with two rounds down and half the field eliminated, the tournament can take one of two paths.First, the tournament can make up for a lack of earlier upsets, by throwing a couple of late curveballs our way. Southern Illinois can make a run to the Final Four, along with Vanderbilt and UNLV. All of a sudden, No. 1 seeds can start to fall and interviews with the tearful Greg Oden and Joakim Noah types can run on SportsCenter. The same experts who told you Oral Roberts was going to beat Washington State will tell you how dangerous they thought USC was all along and how Vanderbilt’s Derrick Byars was the kind of guy who could take over a tournament. And, it would be a lot of fun; together fans would tear up their brackets and once again curse Kansas for falling short, and we’d awe at the fans who somehow correctly picked all four finalists. That’s the first path, and while it seems unlikely this season, it could certainly happen.The second is that a true upset occurs. For the first time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, we can see all four No. 1 seeds advance. The four best teams in the country can finally get together in the season’s final challenge to determine a champion free of controversy and what-ifs. We can watch as the experts say they were right and be telling the truth for once, and we can watch as at least three or four people in every pool, probably those you’d least expect, pick the final four correctly. We can watch what happens when Goliath takes David’s slingshot and beats him over the head with it. And then we can watch as four Goliaths meet in the same building to determine the absolute best team in college basketball this season. Talk about madness.last_img read more

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches as their fourth round draft pick quarterback Landry Jones out of Oklahoma throws during training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Landry Jones was a big time college quarterback, no question about it. In his time at Oklahoma he threw for over 16,000 yards and over 100 touchdowns as a four year starter. He has the size, 6 ft. 4″, 229lbs and he has a rocket arm.The Steelers made him a 4th round pick indicating they saw something they liked in him. The question everyone has is what will his roll be this year and beyond with this organization?Charlie Batch thinks he’s the eventual replacement for Ben Roethlisberger. Is he? Others say he’s a long term backup behind Big Ben. Is that the case? What is and what will be his role with this team?First and foremost I will rule out the future starter of this team as the eventual replacement to Big Ben. It’s not that Jones can’t be that, but barring a devastating injury to Roethlisberger, it really doesn’t make sense. Big Ben should have another 5 or so years left, meaning Jones, who’s already 24, would be approaching 30 years old when he’d take the reigns as the starter. That’s just not going to occur.With that ruled out, to me, the answer is actually a more complex and drawn out one. He’s the immediate third string quarterback who will learn and develop behind a future Hall of Famer in Big Ben and a pretty decent veteran backup in Bruce Gradkowski. Some say Jones will have a dog fight with John Parker Wilson for the third string job in 2013, he won’t. That job is his no matter what.Jones will be the third string guy for a couple years before moving up the ladder to be the 2nd stringer for the back end of his rookie contract. Jones possesses the talent and ability to be a great future backup for this team and a guy I think the Steelers will trust to fill in as a starter if Big Ben has to sit out for one reason or another.In the future, provided Jones develops nicely, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the team use him as trade bait. He could be a starter in this league and there are always teams looking for a new QB. In year 3 or 4 of the Landry Jones era, I expect to see him get a significant amount of pre-season exposure to try to showcase his skills. Assuming he plays well and puts up decent statistics; the team very well could shop him for a high pick with which they may actually draft the eventual replacement to Big Ben.While that vision is a bit complex and may take 3 or 4 years to develop, it seems like a very real possibility for Jones. Jones is a hard worker and he’ll learn a lot over these next few years, he’ll grow into a solid backup, play well when called upon and eventually he’ll be the piece that brings in the true next generation Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. So when you watch Jones this preseason you may want to reconsider how you view him. If you’re viewing him as the guy to replace Big Ben, you may want to re think your position. Look at him as the guy who’s going to bring in the guy to replace Big Ben.Editor’s Note: Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com – Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

first_img1 March 2012China’s leading auto manufacturer, First Automobile Works, has begun construction on a US$100-million truck and passenger car plant at the Coega industrial development zone in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.Officials from First Automobile Works (FAW) signed a contract with the Coega Development Corporation earlier this week to mark the beginning of construction at the industrial development zone near Port Elizabeth.“FAW’s decision to build the plant in South Africa is significant, as it will be one of the biggest manufacturing investments by China in the country so far,” Coega Development Corporation spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said on Tuesday.“FAW’s arrival in the Eastern Cape adds to the existing list of automobile manufacturers already in the province, including Volkswagen, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz,” Vilakazi added.500 new jobs in the first phaseInitial construction of the plant will cover 400&bnsp;000 square metres and cost R200-million.The plant is expected to produce 5 000 trucks annually, as well as light commercial vehicles and passenger cars. In its first phase, the plant is expected to create 500 permanent jobs for people in the province.Once completed, the truck assembly facility is expected to create a further 500 to 800 jobs, with more jobs being created when the company starts producing an additional 30 000 passenger vehicles annually.“We welcome the private sector’s investment of billions of rands that will provide desperately-needed job opportunities, while also helping to address poverty and inequality in the province,” Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet said during the sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday.Coega’s added incentivesKiviet said the South African government’s efforts to develop infrastructure in the province was pivotal in securing FAW’s investment.Vilakazi said FAW’s decision to invest in the province was prompted by Coega’s location, the proximity of the Port of Ngqura, the logistical solutions available, the availability of skills in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area, and support mechanisms offered by Coega.Since entering the market in 1984, FAW has produced 16-million vehicles and has consistently been a Fortune 500 company.FAW is China’s leading exporter of vehicles, and has joint venture operations with many of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Toyota and Mazda.Source: BuaNewslast_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_imgHyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is evidently a firm believer in the saying “Health is wealth”. The fitness conscious Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president is putting party members through rigorous health checks.This, he believes, is vital for the future of the party. Soon doctors will recommend measures,Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is evidently a firm believer in the saying “Health is wealth”. The fitness conscious Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president is putting party members through rigorous health checks.This, he believes, is vital for the future of the party. Soon doctors will recommend measures and prescribe medicines to tone up the health of the 5,000 members of the party’s general body. Naidu will apparently consider the health profile while choosing candidates for various slots both in the party and the government. That’s certainly an incentive for party workers to shape up.Of course, it helps that NTR Bhavan, the party headquarters in Hyderabad, is situated in front of the sprawling Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park, which has extensive walking tracks.Though Naidu initiated ministers and legislators into yoga, meditation and other exercises within weeks after the last assembly elections, only a few of them could keep up with their quick stepping boss. But Naidu is not one to give up easily when it comes to training-be it of the body or the mind.Besides exhorting TDP members to be fit, he has urged them to hone their organisational and managerial skills and use the latest gizmos. The last instruction has met with mixed results – some ministers carry palmtops on which they note down appointments that they do not keep. But TDP General Secretary Lal Jan Basha believes, “All this is beneficial in having a youthful and alert party.”Naidu has let no grass grow under his sports shoes before announcing his next pet project – providing all active TDP members with insurance cover. “Happiness lies in good health and not in material wealth,” he declares, pointing out that the rich live in fear of losing what they have amassed, thus ruining their health.advertisementFrom Laptop Guru to Telugu Robin Hood?last_img read more

first_imgzoom Norwegian transportation company The Fjords DA has confirmed that is building a sister ship to the diesel-electric plug-in hybrid Vision of the Fjords, launched in 2016.However, unlike its predecessor, this 42-meter-long carbon fibre vessel will be all electric and completely emission free, according to the company. Named Future of the Fjords, the new vessel is scheduled to be launched in April 2018.Currently under construction at specialist shipbuilder Brødrene Aa, the ship, which will cost NOK 144 million (USD 17 million), retains Vision of the Fjords’ design and environmentally friendly build, with a hull that minimises wake and reduces shoreline impact erosion.The new DNV GL-classed ‘light craft’ will be propelled by two 300kW electric motors, enabling cruising speeds of 16 knots. Work to develop the charging infrastructure to enable its planned 700 trips a year is currently in the early stages. Alongside the changes to the propulsion system, Future of the Fjords will boast an upgraded IT systems.In total, The Fjords operates seven tourist ships in the Western Norwegian fjords. With the backing of Fjord1 and Flåm AS, the shipowner has embarked on a fleet renewal programme to provide vessels with minimal environmental impact.last_img read more