Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills

first_imgMavs hire former AT&T exec after report of hostile workplace Mills posted a message on Twitter thanking a fan who tweeted a clip of the taunts. Mills wrote: “Hope your efforts will enlighten this confused, hateful fan.”The Cavaliers said Monday the team is reviewing the matter. The team’s security department might use video footage to help spot the offender.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 folkMills was not asked about what happened following the Spurs’ 110-94 win. It’s not yet known if Mills heard the taunts or was informed of them following the game.Last week, the Chicago Blackhawks banned four fans from attending their games after they were ejected for making racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:38UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi02:14Carpio 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 San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, center, from Australia, drives between Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jeff Green, left, and Kyle Korver in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to identify the fan who racially taunted San Antonio guard Patty Mills.Mills is black and from Australia with an Aboriginal heritage. He was at the foul line in the fourth quarter Sunday when a male spectator can be heard on the ABC broadcast twice yelling, “Hey, Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back!”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Smith-Pelly, who is black, was sitting in the penalty box when the fans repeatedly chanted “basketball” at him.last_img read more

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

first_img(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Geologists are adding a new era to the geologic column: the Anthropocene, when humans began man-handling the planet.Classification is a human game. Why do we have a “Cambrian era”? Only because Adam Sedgwick decided to give certain rocks in Wales that name. Piece by piece, eras, epochs and periods were added from different locales, given local names, to form a man-made picture of earth history that only roughly corresponds with the rocks. Other civilizations at other times could have had completely different names and categories for the same strata, carving them up in completely different ways.The same goes with biological classification: those started with Linnaeus, and became more elaborate with attempts to fit all plants and animals into his scheme. It’s not that connections to reality are lacking. It’s that such schemes can only imperfectly “carve nature at its joints.” Classification schemes are man-made tools that help scientists speak a common language. They are only as good as they are useful. Sometimes, though, they stifle thinking by forcing data into predetermined categories that may or may not encourage open-minded inquiry.We’re seeing a new example of the philosophy of classification happening now. Some geologists, biologists and social scientists think it would be useful to create a new time period to designate the onset of human modification of the planet. This would work well, for instance, for climate scientists wishing to pin the blame on humans for climate change. So, here comes The Anthropocene Epoch.Has Planet Earth Entered New ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch? (Live Science)‘Anthropocene’: Potential new geological time interval (Science Daily)Geologists search for Anthropocene ‘golden spike’ (BBC News)That last headline points out a question: when did the Anthropocene begin? Geologists look for a “golden spike” to designate the onset of each new epoch. So where should they designate the beginning of this period? The Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) is working on it.“The majority of us think it is real; that there is clearly something happening; that there are clearly signals in the environment that are recognisable and make the Anthropocene a distinct unit; and the majority of us think it would be justified to formally recognise it.“That doesn’t mean it will be formalised, but we’re going to go through the procedure of putting in a submission.”The BBC and Live Science articles illustrate the new epoch with photos of atom bombs exploding. Will 1945 mark the Golden Spike? We know that radiocarbon dates have to be adjusted because of anomalous readings from above-ground atomic tests. Clearly there are indicators that man has altered the planet. But haven’t many other organisms done that, too? Microbes are thought to have changed earth’s atmosphere. Does each organism get its own epoch? Did the Anthropocene even exist before someone decided to come up with the name? Why did they use Greek (anthropos) for the name instead of Latin? It’s all arbitrary, tentative, and conventional, useful only to the extent it advances human understanding.Classification points out an important aspect in the philosophy of science. Human names and categories are not “real” outside of the human mind. Rats don’t have a Ratocene Epoch. Trilobites don’t refer to their heyday as the Cambrian. This is not to say that names are not useful. Adam’s first job was to name and classify the animals. That’s what humans do. It’s evidence of our intelligence. To the extent that our names help us organize our thoughts, great. But we tend to reify our concepts, bestowing on them an existence outside of our minds. This can mislead as well as enlighten. The “Pennsylvanian” is not “real” in the Grand Canyon; that’s just a name geologists call a certain section of strata typified by certain kinds of fossil assemblages. Can we be certain of correspondence to similar strata in China? Not exactly. Usually things don’t fit neatly, requiring auxiliary hypotheses to account for anomalies.Names can be a straitjacket, hindering original thinking. In the Grand Canyon, geologists have to infer that the entire Ordovician and Carboniferous systems are missing—even though there is no evidence of erosion—simply because they feel constrained to organize the strata into the preconceived Geologic Column. Much of the column was decided by English scientists in the 19th century; why must their choice of names be carried over into America? The answer is: because they’re useful. The follow-up question is, “Useful to whom?”The Geologic Column, reproduced in many a textbook, tends to force-fit discoveries into the evolutionary mold. Good scientists must be willing to think outside the box. If the data don’t fit, say so! Problem is, you may have a terrible time getting enough peers to follow your ideas. Once names are established, it’s awfully hard to change the textbooks. And it’s hardly useful for Americans to call strata by one classification and Russians to call it by a different one. Change may take a scientific revolution. So what? If a revolution is merited, there’s no ironclad law saying paradigms must never change. Keep piling on the anomalies bravely if you find them. Never be afraid of being a maverick. Follow the evidence where it leads. Scientific revolutions are hard, especially when they are supported by ideology and fossilized consensus. 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Production Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and Pacing

first_imgTips and TricksBeyond editing rhythm, you may need to touch up the footage a bit with some speed control. Sometimes you need to speed up footage even of highly skilled performers to create a consistent and compelling speed throughout the fight. But beware! Don’t go overboard. Speeding up the footage beyond 106 percent will definitely let the audience know that you’ve done something artificial (remember, the editor wants their work to remain invisible).Even Jackie Chan is guilty of this. Notice the speed of the hotel fight from Project A. It’s enough to feel unnatural.Don’t uniformly speed up every single shot. In fact, sometimes you only need to speed up certain moves. A good trick for that is speed ramping. You can find some in-depth tutorials online for speed ramping, but here’s a quick breakdown for Premiere Pro CC.Don’t speed it up too much, and ease in and out of the the speed ramp. You still want the scene to feel natural.Another technique that’s been gaining popularity is removing a single frame around the point of impact of a punch or a kick. When done well, it can make the scene feel faster and more powerful. Personally I find that it can often be visually jarring (which some directors may want), but you can still use it to great effect. An excellent example of this is from Freddie Wong’s “Whose Gun is it, Anyway?” YouTube short.If you look closely, you’ll just barely notice a missing frame to make the head butt look faster and more brutal.As with all things in film, editing is an art. There are no strict guidelines on how to make something look good. Sometimes, especially with a fight scene, you’ll be going back and forth on each clip, cutting it down by two or three frames or adding back two or three frames, to get that rhythm just right.I want to leave you with some inspiration. Not only is this fight beautifully choreographed and shot, but the editing is top notch. It communicates all the characters’ emotions and fighting techniques clearly, creating a fast-paced scene without short, fast cuts, and it creates tension as it plays with its rhythm Good fight scenes need vision, planning, and careful choreography. But ultimately, they depend on the edit for their power.A good fight scene can add energy and power to your film or video project. Seeing the hero rise up against their foes and take them down with excellent choreography can be a really exciting and emotional moment. But a key element to any fight scene is the editing, so let’s take a look at how to do it.Pre-ProductionIf you haven’t shot your fight scene yet, check out my earlier article “Directing Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong Way” for some direction on the production side of the fight. Once you’re caught up, you’ll be set up to shoot a quality action piece.Image via “Choreographing A Fight Scene With A Hollywood Stunt Man.”But perhaps you’ve already shot your scene — or you’re editing someone else’s fight. What then?If you’re fortunate enough to join the project before production begins, then speak with the director, and make sure that each new shot in the fight scene begins with the last punch or kick from the previous shot. This will help everything flow together nicely in the edit and avoid the talent stalling at the beginning of each cut.If the director hasn’t already edited a rough version of the fight from rehearsal footage, then they may not have a clear picture of the edit they want to see. If so, get the director to shoot as much coverage as possible from a variety of angles. This will give you room to play in the edit and get a good cut of the fight.Editing RhythmIf your director does have a clear vision of the edit, then your job is a little easier. Take their direction and refine the fight. But if they just hand you hours of footage from various angles with the instruction to “Cut this together,” then it’s a bit trickier.After watching the footage, you’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if the performers are talented martial artists or not. If they are, then I recommend longer cuts to showcase their skill. That doesn’t mean each cut needs to be ten seconds, but give it a little breathing room when you can.If the performers aren’t that great, then you may need to use really short cuts and fast edits. Take a look at the ridiculous opening to xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While the edit for Donnie Yen, who is a very talented martial artist, doesn’t involve super-long sequences, the cuts are a bit longer, and the camera work is smooth. But you’ll notice a stark contrast in the same scene when his British cohort rushes out of the elevator.When Yen’s cohort appears, the camera suddenly becomes very shaky, and the edits become super fast. Too fast for comfort — everything feels jarring and rushed. But a fight scene with fast cuts doesn’t have to be a bad thing! If the footage is shot well, then the fight can still feel really good. However we have to keep rhythm and pacing in mind.When I approach editing, I see the edits almost like music. The timing between cuts has a natural rhythm. No, I don’t time out each shot like a piece of sheet music; I feel it out. If the edits suddenly become super-fast-paced and quick, it’s like someone smashing the keys in the middle of the Moonlight Sonata. If your fight is or has to be cut with short takes and fast edits, then ease in and out of it.Check out this scene from Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. Notice how the editing pace slowly increases as the fight progresses instead of suddenly becoming fast-paced with a single cut (as in the xXx scene). Cover image via Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Paramount Pictures).Looking for more filmmaking tips? Check these out.40+ Free Footstep Foley Sound Effects for Sound Design5 Advantages of Self-Distributing Your Next Feature FilmThe Right Way to Give and Receive Feedback on a ScriptChoosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to What You Need to KnowWhich Camera Movement Should You Use — And When And Why?last_img read more

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USC Quarterback Cody Kessler Made The College Football Playoff Trophy His #WCW

first_imgUSC's Cody Kessler posts a picture of the College Football Playoff trophy for Woman Crush Wednesday.USC College Football Playoff Cody KesslerThe USC Trojans, led by star quarterback Cody Kessler, are a trendy pick to compete for the College Football Playoff this winter. It looks like Kessler has no problem getting behind that notion.Wednesday, Kessler took to Twitter to post a photo of the College Football Playoff trophy, which he claims is his “woman crush.” It’s an interesting pick for #WCW, but it works.#WomanCrushWednesday pic.twitter.com/oof7Yn8H8X— Cody Kessler✝ (@CodyKessler6) August 5, 2015We’ll find out in a few short months whether he winds up landing the hardware.last_img read more

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PM Trudeau to hold formal bilateral meeting with US VP Mike Pence

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence later this week while they’re both visiting a conference of U.S. state governors.The event will be a formal sit-down.The men will be in Rhode Island for a gathering of more than three dozen governors, and there had been whispers that the Canadian delegation might spend time with a high-profile U.S. federal official.That official is Pence, a Canadian official has confirmed.Lest anyone read any political intrigue into the meeting with the man who is second in line to the U.S. presidency, the official stressed this event was arranged before the latest headlines involving President Donald Trump’s family contacts with Russians.“It was confirmed before this week’s revelations,” the official said.The special counsel investing Russian election meddling is now examining an exchange involving Donald Trump Jr. in a probe that has now expanded to touch Trump’s immediate family.The release of emails this week has shown that Trump’s son went into a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year hoping for dirt collected on Hillary Clinton, and being told it was gathered by the Russian government to help Trump.The outreach to a vice-president is not uncommon: former U.S. president Barack Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden, was hosted at an official dinner in Ottawa late last year.With NAFTA negotiations approaching, Canada also has a strategy of reaching out to 11 politically important states — in the hope that, if trade talks hit a rough patch, their governors will advocate for continued open borders.Some of those governors will be in Rhode Island.Trudeau will deliver a speech and hold a more informal public exchange with the governors Friday.last_img read more

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Bob The Builder To Join Mario Lopez And Habitat For Humanity In

first_imgBob the Builder, the loveable star of the recently launched and eponymously named series on PBS Kids, is on his way to Los Angeles from Spring City to team up with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Mario Lopez (Extra-TV) and a crew of very excited volunteers from Mattel, Inc. to help with the construction and beautification of three new Inglewood homes in partnership with low-income Los Angeles families.The build will take place between 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday, December 8, and feature children making gifts for the new residents as well as meet and greets with Bob the Builder.The fun construction day celebrates the re-launch of Bob the Builder on PBS Kids with beautifully updated, CGI-animation, a brand new look for the series and its namesake — Bob and Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt voicing one of the lead roles — Wendy. No job is too big or small for Bob and his team, as they approach every job with positivity, enthusiasm and their catch phrase, “Can we build it? Yes we can!” For more information and interactive content visit www.bobthebuilder.com. Bob the Builder is a production of HIT Entertainment in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.The build kicks off a partnership between Mattel, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International, an organization aimed at creating and improving housing to help families achieve the strength, stability and independence to build brighter futures. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to call home and to date has helped more than 6.8 million people in more than 70 countries.last_img read more

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Pitbull To Perform At CareOne Masquerade Ball For Puerto Rico Relief Effort

first_imgDaniel E. Straus, owner and operator of senior care company CareOne, aims to raise substantial funds for the Puerto Rico relief effort at the upcoming Starry Night Masquerade, organized by The Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund of CareOne.The event is taking place on October 19th from 7-11pm at Skylight Clarkson North in New York City, and will feature celebrity guests and special performances by Pitbull and JoJo.Uniting to challenge themselves and partners to raise millions of dollars to rebuild the star of Puerto Rico, 100% of the ticket and sponsorship proceeds will be made immediately available through the family’s Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund for Puerto Rico relief efforts.With deeply rooted family values of compassion and charitable giving, Daniel E. Straus and his daughter, CareOne Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus, mobilized the effort to provide aid and raise funds for Puerto Rico. “Given our family’s businesses, we are in a position to help and did not hesitate. This is also personal for us as we have several facilities in Puerto Rico where staff members and their families have been deeply affected,” says Elizabeth Straus.CareOne has continued to provide assistance to the victims of Hurricane Maria in concert with its sister company in Puerto Rico, InnovaCare. In their most recent initiative to provide on-ground support, planes were deployed transporting physicians and medical supplies to Puerto Rico, as well as bringing several people requiring immediate medical attention back to the mainland U.S. for hospital treatment.For additional information and to purchase tickets to the Starry Night Masquerade, please click here.last_img read more

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Hibernia operator fined 80k after pleading guilty in crude oil spill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The company that runs the Hibernia platform off Newfoundland has pleaded guilty after it continued to operate despite a leak in 2013 that spilled about 6,000 litres of crude oil into the North Atlantic.The Hibernia Management and Development Company was fined $80,000 and ordered to pay $170,000 into the federal Environmental Damages Fund.The company “deeply regrets this spill occurred,” spokeswoman Margot Bruce-O’Connell said Friday in an emailed statement. “The Hibernia offshore and onshore workforce is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner.“The cause of the incident was due to equipment failure, although the offshore loading system equipment was newly installed in 2012.”Hibernia is located 315 kilometres east of St. John’s and sits in 82 metres of water.Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore petroleum regulator announced in 2015 it had laid charges in connection with the spill.An agreed statement of facts says about 6,000 litres of crude oil leaked from Hibernia’s offshore loading system starting on Dec. 27, 2013.It describes “a persistent sheen” that the company observed on the surface of the sea close to a valve it didn’t realize was seeping. Instead of shutting down operations, it finished loading a tanker on Dec. 28.The leak was ultimately blamed on “undetected valve failures” — including a “false closure signal” emitted by one particular valve. A supply vessel fully sealed it about five days later on Jan. 1, 2014.Bruce-O’Connell said the company improved its operating, inspection and maintenance procedures after the spill.It was convicted under the Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Act.“Operations ceased, but resumed without ensuring that it could be done without causing pollution,” the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said Friday in a statement.The shareholders of the Hibernia Management and Development Company are ExxonMobil Canada (33 per cent), Chevron Canada Resources (27 per cent), Suncor (20 per cent), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5 per cent), Murphy Oil (6.5 per cent) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (five per cent).last_img read more

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NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against celebrity chef Mario Batali.The NYPD confirmed the probe following a “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005.She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted. She says she talked to the police but never filed a report.Batali issued a statement to CBS denying that he assaulted the woman.Batali stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show “The Chew” in December after four women accused him of inappropriate touching over a period of 20 years.Batali has apologized for those encounters.last_img read more

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