Alto a la guerra de la policía contra personas negras y latinas

first_imgUn llamado de Monica Moorehead y Lamont Lilly, candidatos a presidente y vicepresidente por el Partido Workers World/Mundo Obrero.  Ha llegado el momento de abrir otro frente en la lucha contra la supremacía blanca. Lo que ocurrió en Dallas el 7 de julio – la muerte a tiros de policías – habría en el pasado y en circunstancias diferentes, suministrado a la clase dominante, a los políticos, a los medios de comunicación y a la policía, más armas de las que podría necesitar para imponer un efecto negativo en el movimiento Vidas Negras Importan y en la lucha contra el terror racista de la policía.El otoño de 2014 fue un punto alto para el movimiento Vidas Negras Importan. Miles de manifestantes a lo largo del país bloqueaban carreteras, puentes y centros comerciales por todos lados a raíz de los asesinatos por la policía de Eric Garner, Michael Brown y Tamir Rice.Pero después que dos policías de la ciudad de Nueva York fueron asesinados a tiros en diciembre de 2014, la presión sobre el movimiento fue tanta que algunos activistas cancelaron protestas. Tomó meses para que el movimiento se recuperase de la presión política orquestada por el establecimiento capitalista.Sin embargo, luego de los disparos en Dallas, la clase política capitalista hasta ahora no ha sido capaz de paralizar o hacer retroceder el movimiento. No es que no lo hayan intentado. Los comentaristas que defienden a la policía han tratado de culpar y satanizar el movimiento, culpándolo por la muerte de los policías en Dallas.Todo político que se topara con la oportunidad de hablar ante un micrófono estaba deseoso de expresar su solidaridad con la policía, llamar a todo el mundo para que apoyara a la policía y amonestar al movimiento para que detuviera su “retórica anti-policía”. Va a haber muchísimo más de eso en los próximos días y semanas, especialmente comenzando con el discurso del presidente Obama en Dallas en el memorial de los policías muertos.Pero el día después de los disparos en Dallas, las calles de Atlanta, Nueva York, San Francisco, St. Paul, Baton Rouge y muchas otras ciudades de todo el país, e incluso alrededor del mundo, se llenaron de miles de manifestantes exigiendo justicia para Alton Sterling y Philando Castile, los dos hombres negros ejecutados por la policía la semana pasada y capturado en vídeo.Según los informes, desde la muerte de Sterling y Castile, más de una docena de personas de color han sido asesinadas por la policía, incluyendo a cinco latinos. Estos homicidios han recibido poca o ninguna atención nacional, excepto a través de Twitter.Hasta este momento, la indignación masiva por las últimas víctimas de la guerra de la policía contra negros y latinos es tan profunda y tan poderosa, que las personas están diciendo por su negativa a suspender la lucha, “No, esta vez no vamos a permitir que Dallas sea utilizado como excusa para culparnos y detenernos”.Incluso atletas de alto perfil como Carmelo Anthony, Serena Williams y Colin Kaepernick están pronunciándose. También hay rumores de que otros atletas de alto perfil, como el equipo de baloncesto estadounidense, tienen la intención de boicotear los Juegos Olímpicos o de llevar a cabo una protesta simbólica en los próximos Juegos de Río.Construir amplia solidaridad antirracista¿Por qué es esto tan importante? Para que la policía sea exitosa en su guerra contra negros y latinos, el movimiento en contra de esta guerra debe ser marginado, aislado, demonizado y en última instancia reprimido.Cuanto más se hace evidente que la represión policial no sólo es impopular, sino que ya no será tolerada por las masas que se enfrentan a un trato deshumanizador constantemente, más difícil se le hace a la policía y al sistema, matar y encarcelar a las personas de color en una escala cada vez mayor. Incluso el llamado para desarmar a la policía es cada vez más popular entre las masas.La policía depende del apoyo político de las personas, o al menos la indiferencia del público sobre sus acciones. El establecimiento capitalista, que depende de la represión policial para mantener su dominio sobre la población, entiende esto muy bien y utiliza energía y recursos interminables para mantener el apoyo político a la policía.La policía está muy consciente de esta necesidad política, sobre todo cuando se hace evidente que están perdiendo una masa crítica de apoyo.La represión policial racista no se puede terminar de una vez y por todas, hasta que este sistema capitalista en descomposición, que se está convirtiendo cada vez más desesperadamente dependiente de la represión policial, termine. Debe ser reemplazado por un sistema que se base en la satisfacción de las necesidades humanas, no en la explotación para obtener ganancias, y ese sistema es el socialismo.Los acontecimientos recientes indican que la oposición a la represión policial ha alcanzado un punto de inflexión.Ha llegado el momento de abrir un nuevo frente en la lucha contra la represión policial. Se podría llamar el movimiento “No al apoyo de la guerra policial contra las personas negras”.Al menos dos condiciones son esenciales para la apertura de ese frente:Uno, tiene que ser sobre la base de la participación de las masas, con acciones militantes locales, pero también nacionales e incluso internacionales.Dos, es absolutamente esencial que no sólo sean las/os jóvenes negros y latinos que salgan a las calles, sino los blancos también, y no sólo la gente joven, sino personas de todas las generaciones, nacionalidades, géneros, expresiones de género, capacidades, etc.El porcentaje de jóvenes blancas/os que han salido a las calles en apoyo a Las Vidas Negras Importan ha ido en aumento. Este es un buen augurio para la lucha, sobre todo si se vuelve consistente y sigue creciendo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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United climb up to fifth

first_imgThis coming Sunday, June 28, Pattaya United will take on second placed Angthong FC, currently lying just one point above United, at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and tickets are available for the match at the Dolphins Stadium Ticket Office 2, from 2 p.m. on match day priced at 120, 150 or 200 baht (60 baht for students and children under 120cm tall).Pattaya United FC line up before their Thai Division 1 fixture against Pichit FC at the Pichit Stadium, Saturday, June 20. (Photo/Pattaya United FC) Pattaya United bounced back from their previous week’s 2-1 defeat at Bangkok FC to record a first away win of the season against Pichit FC at the Pichit Stadium on Saturday, June 20.  A first half goal from Korean defender Lee Won-young was enough to seal the points for United and send them up to fifth place in the league standings on 21 points.last_img read more

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Mann & McBride on the mark at St. Andrews

first_imgWe had the privilege of playing the B & D nines, but not from the tips; Capt’ Bob was lenient this week and nominated the tee of the day as white.  26 Outbackers tried their skills and Brain Maddox came in with the best score of the day, 39 points, to win Div B by two from Jerry Quin (37pts), who at long last has sorted out his tee shots.Kevin Fitzgerald with playing partners Capt’ Bob and Harry Moseley (right) and caddies at Burapha on Monday, April 25.Paul Young returned to the Outback with a win in Div A, 37 points, just ahead of Sel Wegner and Chris Fletcher both on 36.There were three ‘2’s from Jack Moseley, Bob Philp & Svenn Lund.Div A (0-15)1st Paul Young (12) 37pts2nd Chris Fletcher (12) 36pts3rd Sel Wegner (14) 36pts4th Bob Philp (10) 35ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 39pts2nd Jeremy Quin (18) 37pts3rd Greg Hill (26) 37pts4th Steve Plant (16) 36ptsTuesday, April 26, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordTwenty-three Outbackers on the starting blocks but not so many completed the circuit as heavy rain interrupted the day’s play, rendering many of the greens unplayable, particularly for the later groups.  It did (the rain) eventually clear away but too late for some.Brian Maddox.Otherwise the course was OK but quiet, even if the greens were getting a little furry, making them slow.Dave Earthrowl clearly had no problem with them (the greens) as he notched up the day’s top score of 38 points to take Div A by three from Paul Smets and Svenn Lund, both with 35.  Mam Persson (Ms Seesa) made 33 points work for her to win Div B from Sid Ottaway on the same score and JinJo (Martin O’Neill), with 32.There were two ‘2’s from Kev Fitzgerald and Svenn Lund.Div A (0-20)1st David Earthrowl (20) 38pts2nd Paul Smets (17) 35pts3rd Svenn Lund (14) 35ptsDiv B (21+)1st Phompinmon Seesa (30) 33pts2nd Sid Ottaway (23) 33pts3rd Martin O’ Neill (27) 32ptsWednesday, April 27, Greenwood C & A – StablefordFive groups from the Outback (20 Outbackers) and a similar number from the Golf Club, were just about the only players on this superb golf course.  We started on loop C and the Golf Club started on loop A, all being able to play at a comfortable pace without any hold-ups.  The weather once again deteriorated as the round progressed but other than a short delay for the passing lightning, everybody was able to complete their round.Brian Maddox followed up his win on Monday at Burapha with another one here, taking Div B with only 34 points, from a new boy to the Outback, Greg Leblanc with 33, playing off an adjusted h’cap of 19.Sel Wegner topped the premier division with his 37, to follow his third place at Burapha and may see his handicap coming back down to 13 very soon.  The handicapper is slowly catching up with Owen Walkley, now down to 10, but he still managed to get himself into second place, scoring 35.We say goodbye to General Jack’s son, Harry, whose golf has come on leaps and bounds as he played in his first ever golf tournaments alongside his Dad; “he’s going to improve quickly”, said Jack, “no doubt next year when he returns, he will be giving me shots!”There were three ‘2’s from Owen Walkley, Michael Morrison and Sugar Ray.Div A (0-15)1st Sel Wegner (14) 37pts2nd Owen Walkley (10) 35pts3rd Bernie Stafford (12) 33ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 34pts2nd Greg Leblanc (19) 33pts3rd Jean Paul Michiels (18) 33ptsFriday, April 29, St. Andrews – StablefordAll three nines at Khao Kheow were closed today as they were hosting a big tournament, so we moved to St. Andrews for a change, with our 32 Outbackers.  The Golf Club were there as well, as were The Caddyshack all enjoying a very attractive rate for the course.It was a slow round of about five hours but nevertheless many players were able to hold their concentration to run up some excellent scores, not least of all Joe Mooneyham whose 40 points was not enough to win his division, but considering he had two wipes it was a great effort to take second.Lawrie McBride had the day’s top score of 42 to win Div B, ahead of Joe, and third place was a long way back with three players tied on 34 points.Steve Mann headed the premier division with 40 points, two in front of Capt’ Bob with 38; whose 19 on the back nine was just enough to give him the edge over Mike Morrison’s 18.Joe Tynan’s 36 points got the nod over Andrew Makara as he (Joe) scored 20 on the back and 16 on the front, whereas Andy’s was the exact reverse.  Third place went to Brian Maddox (35pts), which completes a very successful week for him with two firsts and a third.There were five ‘2’s from Bob Philp, Steve Mann, Danny Medd, John Heaney & Joe Mooneyham.Div A (0-12)1st Steve Mann (9) 40pts2nd Bob Philp (10) 38pts3rd Michael Morrison (11) 38ptsDiv B (13-17)1st Lawrence McBride (15) 42pts2nd Joe Mooneyham (14) 40pts3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 34ptsDiv C (18+)1st Joe Tynan (29) 36pts2nd Andrew Makara (27) 36pts3rd Brian Maddox (21) 35pts PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, April 25, Burapha B & D – StablefordThere was an ASEAN PGA Tour event coming up here on 5th May, so preparations were under way erecting the stands, scoreboards, TV towers etc.  About a dozen Outbackers were due to play in the Pro-Am on Weds 4th May and were hoping for one of the big name Pros to play with, either way and whoever they got drawn with, it promised to be a great day out. last_img read more

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Sutthisa strikes as United beat BBCU

first_imgBEC Tero Sasana281279043 Chonburi2717642657 Army United289118-138 Muang Thong United2821703570 Osotspa2811413337 TeamPWDL+/-Pts Chiangrai United2871110-832 Buriram United28131052049 Bangkok Glass2891271339 Thai Premier League Football 2012 SeasonPattaya United kept alive their slim hopes of a top six finish in the league by beating struggling BBCU 2-0 at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya last Saturday. Samut Songkhram289712-634 TOT289109037center_img Pattaya United278910-433 TTM Chiangmai2821115-1917 Wuachon United277128-433 Esan United289136240 United piled on the pressure from the opening whistle and took a deserved first half lead when midfielder Rangsarit Sutthisa fired in a superb free-kick from the edge of the area that gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance.Pattaya United’s Sompob Nilwong, right, defends against BBCU’s Junior Guimaro during the second half of their Thai Premier League fixture at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, Sept. 22. (Photo/Pattaya United)Against the run of play BBCU had a great chance to equalize soon after but Guinean forward Moussa Sylla headed wide of the Pattaya goal when it seemed easier to score.  United continued to lay siege to the BBCU goal but were unable to extend their lead before the half-time break.The visitors reorganized during the interval and were unlucky not to get back on equal terms early in the second half when Junior Guimaro saw his excellent free kick rebound off the Pattaya woodwork with goalkeeper Narit well beaten.Chances continued to be created at both ends of the pitch in what was a lively and entertaining second half but when the goal eventually came it fell once more to the home team as Ludovick Takam followed up to knock home a rebound and his seventh goal since his return the Dolphins after the BBCU keeper failed to hold onto a speculative long range effort.United struck the woodwork again before the end of the match but there was to be no further addiction to the scoring before the final whistle sounded, with the home team running out 2-0 winners.United are looking for a good return from their final seven matches of the season to give them as high a league placing as possible.  The Dolphins’ were due to take on Police United in Bangkok in a rearranged match this past Wednesday and on Sunday will travel to Esan United for another tough away fixture.At the top of the table, Muang Thong continued their relentless procession to the league title with a 2-1 win over Osotspa while Chonburi look guaranteed to finish in second spot following their 3-1 home victory against Army United.Thai Premier League Results & Standings (Sept. 23) Chainat2861210-1430 Police United2751012-925 BBCU2841113-1723 Thai Port286913-1727 Results:  (Sat. 22/09) Pattaya United 2 – 0 BBCU; Chonburi 3 – 1 Army United; Muang Thong United 2 – 1 Osotspa; Chiangrai United 0 – 1 TOT; (Sun. 23/09) TTM Chiangmai 2 – 3 Chainat; Samut Songkhram 3 – 2 Bangkok Glass; BEC Tero Sasana 0 – 2 Thai Port; Wuachon United 2 – 1 Buriram United; Police United 0 – 1 Esan Unitedlast_img read more

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Brooks & Oats lead the way

first_imgPSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupFriday, July 17, Bangpra – StablefordThe Tropical Golf Group had a couple of treats last Friday.  The first was we were playing Bangpra – high on the list of favorite courses for most golfers.  The second treat was that it was fairly cloudy and cool most of the round with no threat of rain.  Who could ask for better than a great course in good weather?  So off 24 golfers went in search of glory. Bangpra is a course usually in good condition, and it didn’t disappoint this day.  Fairways and greens were well tended.  The interesting layout makes sure this course is not a ‘grip it and rip it’ challenge, and anyone without some pre-shot thinking better be just plain lucky to have their name called after the round.  With 23 golfers we had two flights plus a bevy of technical prizes, and everyone was curious who would take advantage?Barry Oats (left) with Landis Brooks. In the A Flight (0-14), Landis Brooks came out on top with a well-constructed 37 points, one up on Bill Steinmann in second and Alan Sullivan took third with 35.Barry Oats topped the B Flight (15+) standings with another fine round and 37 points while Graham Buckingham placed second on 33 and Kenny Chung completed the podium with 29.Near Pins:  Don Carmody, John Pierrel (2), Barry Oats.Long Putts:  Brian Parish, Paul Sharples.last_img read more

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Weekend Nor’easter Pummels Two River Area

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |Some low lying locations in the Two River area saw some of their worst flooding since Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene during last weekend’s nor’easter, and heavy sea conditions claimed the life of a man off the coast of Sandy Hook.On Sunday the Coast Guard announced that it had suspended its search for a man who tumbled overboard from a container ship near Sandy Hook Saturday.A section of Rumson was flooded Saturday morning, like other low-lying areas in the Two River area. Photo by Bart LentiniOfficials said the unidentified 35-year-old man was reportedly not wearing a life vest when he fell into the Ambrose Channel at approximately 8:30 a.m. Coast Guard crews combed the local oceanic waters for more than 24 hours and searched more than 460 square miles before suspending the search, an organized effort that included the deployment of two helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft and an 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shrike vessel ported at Sandy Hook.Watery End For Mercedes-BenzIn neighboring Atlantic Highlands, the borough shut down three main thoroughfares in the municipality’s west side near Many Mind Creek, a natural waterway which is fed by rainwater from the borough and neighboring Middletown Township.According to Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny, West Highlands Avenue, Center Avenue and Bay Avenue were closed by 9:15 a.m. due to extensive flooding.“We estimated that the storm surge was between two and three feet,” Hubeny said, noting that a sailboat in the Atlantic Highlands Marina had come loose from its moorings and bay waters were observed cresting over the marina’s boat ramp.One unfortunate Mercedes-Benz driver suffered damage to their vehicle after attempting to power through floodwaters on Bay Avenue, according to Hubeny, who said it was the only vehicle that was reported to have suffered damage in town.‘Could’ve Been Worse’ in MiddletownMiddletown Office of Emergency Management director, Charlies Rogers, said the Port Monmouth section of the municipality was most severely impacted by the tidal flooding with 10 roadways near the eastern portions of Main Street and Church Street surrounding Compton Creek under water.Monmouth Beach neighborhood under water. Photo courtesy Jack Flaherty PhotographyRogers was thankful the rainwaters were less abundant than initially predicted. “The rain was minor and we didn’t get the amount that was talked about. We did get the heavy winds in the 40 to 45 mph range. But we never got the predicted amount of rain. It could have been much worse. Basically, we were darn lucky,” he said.Rogers said there were four to five streets in Belford and three more roadways near the Leonardo State Marina – Concord Avenue, Burlington Avenue and Beach Avenue – that were closed.West Park Flooded In RumsonWind gusts estimated near 60 mph brought down several trees around Rumson, while low-lying areas near the Shrewsbury River were impacted by severe flooding, according to borough administrator Thomas S. Rogers.In Rumson, some streets were inundated. Photo by Bart LentiniRogers said areas in both the north and south side of the borough received notable flooding, but it was the West Park section of town near the Sea Bright bridge that was hit the hardest.“The flooding followed the Stevens Institute prediction for flooding in the area of the Shrewsbury River. This is the system we use to monitor situations like this, and it was right on the money,” said Rogers, who added that floodwaters reached an elevation of feet feet above the national mean high water on the NAVD88 Datum scale.It’s probably the most severe flooding we’ve had since Sandy,” Rogers said.This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb Show results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Lamb: Paige Pence, Clark Co. (Champion Hampshire)Res. Champion Market Lamb: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. (Res. Champion Hampshire)Third overall: Paige Pence, Clark Co. (Champion Natural Colored)Fourth overall: Dalton Cunningham, Madison Co. (Champion Grade Lamb)Fifth overall: Erin Dilger-Lawrence, Licking Co. (Res. Champion Grade Lamb)   Champion Drive Champion Drive Judge Brian Reilly, Wisconsin, offers his final comments before selecting the champion. Champion drive Champion drive Paige Pence gets a victory hug. Grade Champion Drive Erin Dilger-Lawrence, Licking Co., had the Res. Champion Grade Lamb. Sidney Gossard watches the judge in the Grade Champion Drive. Dalton Cunningham from Madison County had the Grade Champion. Addilyn Bryant, 12, Ashland County, won her crossbred class. Bailee Amstutz, 14, Union County, won her crossbred class. Madelyn Harrison, 17, Butler County, got fifth place in the Dorset class. Jordan Collom, 13, Clinton Co., had the champion Suffolk. Miley Shatto, Shelby County, shows her Southdown. Cale McCracken, Portage Co., 9, had the Reserve Champion White face cross. Ian Gehret, 17, Darke County, watches the judge with his Shropshire. Cale McCracken, Portage Co., 9, had the Reserve Champion White face cross. Cale McCracken, Portage Co., 9, had the Reserve Champion White face cross. Justin Howell, Knox Co., finished third in his Natural Color class. Seth Wasilewski, Richland County, circles the ring with his Natural Color market lamb. The Natural ColoredChampion was shown by Paige Pence, Clark Co. The Res. Champion Natural Color was shown by Caleb Stone, Miami Co. Photos by Zach Parrott2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb ShowJuly 24, 2019Judge: Brian Reilly, Wisconsin HampshireChamp: Paige Pence, Clark Co.Res. Champ: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. ShropshireChamp: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.Res. Champ: Marshall Miller, Tuscarawas Co. SouthdownsChampion: Nora Jackson, Tuscarawas Co.Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co. SuffolkChampion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.Res. Champion: Lindsey Overmeyer, Lucas Co. DorsetChampion: Addilyn Bryant, AshlandRes. Champion: Brynn Shearer, Wayne Co. OxfordChampion: Madison Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Brynn Shearer, Wayne Co. AOBChampion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Margo Sturgis, Wayne Co. White face crossChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Cale McCracken, Portage Co. Natural ColoredChampion: Paige Pence, Clark Co.Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami Co. GradeChamp: Dalton Cunningham, Madison Co.Res. Champ: Erin Dilger-Lawrence, Licking Co.last_img read more

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Live Blog from IBM Pulse: The Data World – Buildings, Homes…You Name It

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Today’s live blog comes from IBM Pulse where we will explore how data moves to the greater physical world, be it buildings or physical objects. It’s also an event that demonstrates how deep Tivilo is still embedded into the enterprise data center for the management of IT assets. We’ll be sure to hear more about that in the keynotes this morning.Let’s get started.8:13 A.M PST: The event is just getting started. IBM is setting the stage with three main themes:Better optimizationDeveloping better systemsAnalytics 8:30 a.m. : Dr.Danny Sabbah of IBM is on stage. He is discussing the instrumented world that is interconnected and intelligent. 8:39 a.m: Starting to get into instrumentation, discussing DC Water, the Washington D.C. water system with pipes that date back to the Civil War. Instrument data on the pipes and in the system allows for the assets to communicate with the people who administer the system. That’s cool.8:43 a.m: The Amsterdam airport needs to be better optimized. They can do that with robots, software and analytics to create intelligence, learning and continual optimization. It’s creating space where there was none before. Robotic luggage system saves 40% in costs.8:48 a.m.: IBM is developing an integrated service management platform on a Web-oriented architecture. They say it is an open initiative on an open architecture and federated systems. It means transparent interaction in a Web environment. The process is designed to be collaborative from strategy to the actual devices in the world that are instrumented to collect data, transmit and analyze for predictive capabilities.8:54 a.m. Steve Mills of IBM is taking the stage. Information technology and computing improves just about everything we do. The size of businesses would not be what they are without it. But like fire, you need to control it. And there are budgets. How to be innovative with those constraints is a challenge. The world is made of zettabytes of information. There are 32.6 million servers worldwide. Data centers have doubled their energy use in the past five years. IT operating costs are out of control. The IT infrastructure is costing them too much to run. Their run cost, in some cases, is 70% of the budget. Power and cooling costs are going up. Server management is increasing and new server spending is up as a result.9:01 a.m.: How you decrease the costs is what we hear a lot about. You need to work on the sprawl. Eliminating redundant software and data is critical. There is too many of the same thing. And you want to deliver service delivery. Mills says this shows we are at an inflection point. It’s a time for smart computing. You need to move from sprawl to consolidation and federation. You need to pool services. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of ideology. Mills is getting tough. “You are entitled to your own opinions. Not the facts.”9:07 a.m.: Getting into server consolidation and storage efficiency. Questions about storage: How do you stop storing so much? How do you make the storage smarter? Mills is saying clean the attic, clean the basement – clean it out. Put it on eBay. Make your systems programmatic. Make it elastic. Mills is now pushing the mainframe, the big box. zEnterprise.Mills says people say stupid stuff every day. Of course Dell says it is best. Intel says the same. Duh!9:16 a.m. It’s all about economics. If you can use Solaris you can use IBM AIX. Mills sounds fed up. “Give me a break,” he says.9:18 a.m.: Talking through customers. Ending by telling people that they have to get past the religious debates. Let’s ground in facts and numbers, he says. What a pitch.9:25 a.m. Video time! Now it’s on to Watson, the virtual genius. Discussing the applications such as healthcare where natural language is the best technology for determining context. It changes the processes.9:29 a.m. Dean Kamen is the keynote. We’ll be back later.10:58 a.m. Now at the press event. There are 7,000 people here at IBM Pulse. And the talk is about optimization. Water systems, airports – there are hundreds of projects and there will be millions some day, to optimize the world in which we live. Why? The replacement costs are prohibitive. We need to find new space in an old world.11:05 a.m. Information collection and management will be dominating themes for decades to come, Mills says. But can you collect all of the data from the devices on the power grid in the operation? Can you see where you get surges and dropouts. By analyzing the data can you do a better job of deploying crews? It comes down to understanding the patterns to discover the problems. Moving on to Watson – Mills say it served as an entertaining way to show how real language can be defined and understood to come up with answers. There are other real-world problems that apply in a similar way. You can do a better job in treating diseases and what approach is taken to treat the person. The computer brings a certain determination that the human mind can’t do.11:16 a.m. What can you do with human sentiment? Mills talks about defining the data from Twitter and other social technologies where people converse. It, too, is being analyzed and will add another context entirely.11:26 a.m.: As chips get better, the data coming off the infrastructure can be immense. There may be temporal or spatial problems. Formatting becomes an issue.11:31 a.m.: IBM is being asked if Watson can become a pharmacy assistant. They want more accuracy to the delivery of its service due to the complexity that can come with prescriptions. Assistants are in greater need for a more complex world. The nice thing is the computer does not get angry. It does not get tired. It does not quit.11:38 a.m.: Why not connect Watson to the Internet? Mills says, If you understand Google, its business is to displace direct mail. They sell positioning. They’re moving money to them. He says they speculate on its use in a general public Web access in a way to scan the Web and caching. He says they are not interested in that business. They are interested in developing and applying Watson to business applications.4:17 p.m.: I am with Steve Mills. When Mils talks with clients about smarter planet, they begin to see the opportunities but they wonder where they get their seed funding. They have to know that all the costs can be earned back pretty fast. Information technology as the transforming tool is something that provides power in a company. It goes beyond cost accounting. Mills sees cities rapidly adopting smart technologies. Why? It’s in part due to being able to see gaps where they could not before. You can find space where there was none before. Previously, you could not get to it. Now computers are ideally suited to do these things. The computer fills in the gap.Mills say the world we see now is more evolutionary than anything new. Systems evolve. As human beings we experience the benefits. We are dependent on our infrastructure. We evolve with it. The more real-time things become, the more you can find the gaps. 4:30 p.m.: Customers start with the business outcome. IT is a means to an end. They are trying to differentiate. How can I use technology? Conversation turns to the cloud. Mills says definitions do not recognize the sea change over the span of decades. We only started referring to it recently as cloud. Mills put me on the spot, asking if I think ADP is a cloud company. I say the cloud is about data. He says it’s more than that. UPS, for instance, is now more of a logistics company. What are they trying to do? They are delivering what they do as a service. It is the use of information technology.4:40 p.m. Conversation turns to the Internet of Things. Mills gives a historical perspective.He says that in the mechanical age, we made things stronger than we were. The computer does that for the human brain. Machines augmented our muscles. Watson will augment our brain. The computer operates in a different domain and dimension.4:55 p.m. I closed with asking why Watson was so popular. He said Jeopardy is a popular game show that has been around for decades. They know it is not easy. They saw the computer compete and it won. The computer seemed to understand things. It was fed data. It captured people’s imagination about what computers will do in the future. Our great grandparents worked by hand. They then moved into plants. They built using machines. Today, the computer can be an assistant with enormous amounts of knowledge that no one can have in their heads. The computer comes up with the answer.See you tomorrow!Disclosure: IBM covered Alex Williams’s travel expenses for this event.(Lead image courtesy of @nitinraut)center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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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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