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Three Redwoods softball players sign letters of intent

first_imgEureka >> On Thursday in the gym lobby at College of the Redwoods, three Corsairs softball players decided on where they will play next.Courtney Christensen, Casey Cullinane and Brie Sheperd signed letters of intent to play NCAA softball — Christensen with the Humboldt State Lumberjacks and Cullinane and Shepard to Webster University in Missouri.“Growing up, going to HSU games, it has just been a part of my life,” said Christensen, a first baseman from Fortuna who was named to the California …last_img

Choreographing A Fight Scene With A Hollywood Stunt Man

first_imgTrying to pull off a realistic fight scene? Learn from a professional stuntman how to choreograph a fight sequence and translate those stunts to the camera.If you are anything like me, you grew up wanting to be a stunt performer in a big blockbuster action movie. It seems like such an awesome life to dream about. Jumping off buildings all day and beating up bad guys isn’t too bad of a gig. So, we decided to live out our childhood fantasies of becoming stuntmen. We hired John Cann of Action PAC stunts to come teach us how to create a typical fight scene. From punching for the camera to effective throws, John went through and taught us all of the basics of stunt work, which we’re going to share with you today. Punching for the CameraNow there’s a few fundamentals you need to remember when punching for the camera.Keep the phrase on target, out of distance in the back of your mind when doing stunt fighting. This means that your punches should be on target (the face, body, wherever you may be aiming), while maintaining a healthy distance from your opponent. Punches should never make contact on set. Since you’re working with a 2D space through your camera’s lens, you need to frame the punch correctly in order to sell the hit.Don’t forget to maintain eye contact. When you have a choreographed fight scene with another actor, maintaining eye contact is incredibly important for both participants. Eye contact will help you anticipate their movements and make sure that they haven’t forgotten the choreography. When you don’t keep eye contact, you might continue on with the choreography and duck while they throw an unexpected uppercut. If you don’t see it coming it could leave you with a broken jaw.Keeping your arms extended is where stunt fighting differs from realistic fighting. In a real life bout, you would keep your arms bent and close to your core to maintain momentum in your punches. But on camera, real punches don’t translate well. You have to reveal your arms to the camera for it to pick it up. So when you are throwing your punches, keep your arms extended out while throwing those haymakers. It may feel weird for someone who has previous boxing/fighting experience, but it will look a whole lot better on screen.For every hit, you need to make sure that your punches “cross the plane” of the camera. Imagine that there is a pane of glass going from the middle of the camera lens to the middle of your opponent’s face. To sell a punch, your fist needs to break that pane. Crossing that plane simulates a hit. Just pair it with a sound effect and you’ve connected a punch.Maintaining ControlWhen doing stunt work, the person who is at most risk of harm should always be the person in control of the situation. Take a choking stunt for example. The person getting choked should be pulling towards themselves, while the person choking should be pulling away. This is one of those tricks that doesn’t feel right when performing the stunt. But, since both actors are using muscle to pull, the flexed muscles will sell the choke. The camera can’t tell which way the force is going.Tossing Someone SafelyOnly boring fights stay upright. When you want your scene to get down and dirty, including a tossing stunt can bring gritty realism to your choreography. The one thing you need to remember for a throw is that the person getting tossed should be in control of their fall, while the tosser should only be guiding them. When someone actually gets thrown, you open yourself up for an accidental injury. Luckily we had stunt mats to practice our throws. But, you can use anything soft to practice these throws on, such as couch cushions or a mattress.The mats are only for rehearsal. You can’t really just have a mattress conveniently laying on the floor in your scene for someone to fall on (unless your scene is in a mattress factory). You are actually going to be hitting that floor. To protect ourselves, John provided us with stunt pads to cover up the places where we would get hit. If you don’t have access to stunt pads, skating pads or even low-profile protective gear like lacrosse equipment can protect you.Adding Props to Sell the FightWhat’s something that always ramps up the action in a fight scene? Breakable objects, of course! For our scene, we used breakaway chairs and pool cues, as well as sugar glass bottles. The breakaway chairs we used had all of the metal screws removed from the joints and replaced with wood glue and toothpicks to keep it together. The pool cues had weak points sawed into the middle so that they broke immediately when they made contact.Sugar glass is Hollywood’s choice when it comes to glass breaking stunts. It’s an extremely brittle substance, and will break easily when it makes contact. The bottles cost about $20 each, so if you’re on a budget you can try making your own:Putting It All TogetherYour fight needs to flow, and that flow relies heavily on motivation. If someone gets punched a few times, they’ll come back swinging even harder. A scene with only punch/return punch can stagnate quickly, so ramp up the intensity as the fight carries on. You want the fight to seem like it’s life or death, and not just a quick exchanging of blows. So work with your opponent to create a dynamic scene, rehearse it multiple times, and get shooting!Want to learn more about filmmaking? Check out these articles:7 Reasons You Should “Script” Your Documentary ProjectsWhat Can Production Insurance Do for Your Film or Video?Interview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceYour Guide to Getting Started Shooting RAW Videolast_img read more

Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star

first_imgRead Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nursing an LCL injury, Jalalon was stuck in the sidelines doing therapy with the Hotshots PTs, watching helplessly as coach Chito Victolero laid down the groundwork in the team’s first week of practices.But the former Arellano guard’s frustrations isn’t limited on Star alone with the injury also ruling him out of Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already out. I really want to join them, but the doctors advised me to not to,” said Jalalon, who is will continue therapy for the next two weeks before the doctors could give him the green light to finally rejoin the Hotshots.With the chance to don the national colors out of the picture, Jalalon is now looking at the next task ahead, and that is to be in full strength once Star opens its campaign this upcoming 2017-2018 PBA season. “I’m just strengthening my knee and following what the PTs tell. I’ll continue doing therapy and I’m preparing to play in the opening,” he said.As an observer, Jalalon also liked what he saw from the Hotshots after this first week of training.“I could really see that we play well in our practices and I feel that this will be the timewe’ll really be contending for the title.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win MOST READ LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSophomore playmaker Jio Jalalon couldn’t hide his frustrations as he was limited to a spectator in Star’s morning practice at Ronac Art Center on Tuesday.“I’m not used to this, that I’m not practicing. I’m jealous,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Score a New Career with NSW Touch Football!

first_imgAre you looking for a new and exciting career opportunity in the sporting industry? NSW Touch Association are seeking suitably qualified applicants for the positions of Membership Services Coordinator and Game Development Officer.Become a part of Australia’s No.1 social sport. Work in a dynamic, flexible and progressive workplace that is committed to giving you the opportunities you deserve. Enjoy the fun of our sport and the rewards of contributing to the community.Please see respective job descriptions below.Game Development Officer Position Description Member Services Coordinator Position DescriptionTo apply please download the full position description above and write a cover letter addressing:– Why you would be perfect for this role– The key selection criteria– Your availability to startSubmit your cover letter along with your resume and send directly to Daniel Rushworth at daniel.rushworth@nswtouch.com.au Applications close Thursday 24 August 2017.If you have any questions about the role, please contact Daniel Rushworth on 02 9558 9333, or send an email to daniel.rushworth@nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

9 months agoWilshere: West Ham knew all about this Arsenal weakness

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wilshere: West Ham knew all about this Arsenal weaknessby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has questioned Arsenal’s set-piece defending after Saturday’s win.For Rice’s winning goal, the corner was cleared out of the box before the ball was worked back out to Felipe Anderson for the cross.“I think it’s the second phase,” former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere said, as he worked as a pundit for the game.“Sometimes it’s the most important phase in a set piece.“You’ve done your job and sometimes people switch off.“It goes wide and the second ball goes in and there’s someone free.“Declan was free there and he tucked it away nicely.” last_img read more

Video: 5-Star 2017 PG Trevon Duval Posterizes Defender At Under Armour All-America Camp

first_imgAll-American Trevon Duval dunks on a defender.YouTube/EliteMixtapesFive-star point guard Trevon Dural is a top 10 player in the 2017 class, and has the offer sheet to prove it. Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, and numerous others are after the explosive guard out of St. Benedict’s Prep. At the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte, Duval showed off his superior athleticism, with a monster dunk on a very unlucky defender. Lesson to all defenders: if Duval blows by his man and you’re late on rotating over to protect the rim, you may just want to let him have the two points.[Bleacher Report]last_img

NHT Provides $43 Million in Home Grants for Perth Beneficiaries

first_imgThe National Housing Trust (NHT) has provided home grants totalling $43.2 million to help lower income contributors to purchase housing solutions in its newest scheme at Perth, Manchester.A total of 36 beneficiaries have received grants of $1.2 million to buy their lots. These funds were made available to persons earning no more than $10,000 weekly and who have been contributing to the NHT for at least 10 years without getting a benefit.The 592-acre Perth development, located just outside Mandeville, is the first major project undertaken by the NHT in Manchester. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Wednesday, March 20, handed over service lots to the first 25 of 245 beneficiaries in Phase 1 of the development, following a bus tour of the project site.Managing Director of the NHT, Cecile Watson, said the income of the beneficiaries of the scheme range from near minimum wage to over $20,000 per week.“This is testament to how the NHT is pricing its housing solutions to bring them into the reach of its contributors at every income level,” Mrs. Watson stated.She explained that in keeping with a commitment to provide opportunities for young professionals, the Trust selected 40 persons, 25 to 40 years old, to benefit in the scheme.These include teachers, policemen, firemen and health professionals, who were selected on the basis of their contribution and whether they live or work in the parish.Additionally, 64 solutions were assigned by way of special benefit order to 41 low income contributors, subsidised at a cost of $27.88 million; one disabled applicant; 13 NHT staff. and nine public sector employees.The lots range in sizes from 7,500 sq ft. to a quarter of an acre, which is larger than most NHT scheme lots that are approximately 4,000 sq. ft. “At a conservative estimate of two NHT contributors per household, the 258 lots in Perth Phase 1 will benefit a minimum of 516 contributors and the lives of extended families will be transformed through the gift of home ownership in this scheme,” Mrs. Watson said.Meanwhile, National Security Minister and Member of Parliament, Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, welcomed the Perth beneficiaries to the constituency.He joined others in advocating that the new recipients incorporate in their building plans, adequate provisions for the conservation and storage of water.Since the NHT was established 37 years ago, it has constructed 285 housing schemes accounting for over 71,000 solutions, and financed thousands of other non scheme benefits, which have enabled contributors to buy land, build or purchase houses on the open market.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Premier Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for drilling companies

first_imgNotley later criticized Wednesday’s federal fiscal report for underplaying Western Canada’s oil price crisis, blamed on insufficient pipeline capacity to take away a glut of crude trapped in Alberta.She told reporters that if Canada’s manufacturing sector was suffering as much, it would have been mentioned in the first paragraph of the update speech.The CAODC, meanwhile, says it expects little improvement in drilling activity next year, calling in its 2019 forecast for an increase of 51 wells to about 7,000. That’s down from about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.In a speech at a Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors event in Calgary, she announced her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax.The exemption, made retroactive to when the tax was introduced at the start of 2017, is expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.last_img read more

City aim to fight off fatigue as title race heats up

first_imgManchester (United Kingdom): Manchester City hope Saturday’s meeting with Watford can offer them the same sort of impetus their opponents provided for Premier League title rivals Liverpool. City manager Pep Guardiola has seen his side hit a downturn in their attacking form in recent weeks despite overtaking Liverpool and returning to the top of the table. The last three City games have seen them score just two goals, including a goalless League Cup final appearance against a Chelsea team they had defeated 6-0 just two weeks prior. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The run hardly represents a major concern, with City having won the cup final on penalties and their next two league games by 1-0 scorelines. But as a general indicator of form, City’s previously prolific goalscoring feats – which had produced 50 goals in the opening 13 games of 2019 – have dried up alarmingly. Watford, who were beaten 5-0 by a Liverpool team that had gone through a similarly barren spell immediately prior to their meeting, might be just the right opponents for City this weekend as they aim to maintain their one-point lead over Liverpool. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Yet Guardiola must also have been alarmed by a growing injury list which includes Kevin De Bruyne after last weekend’s victory at Bournemouth. The Belgian midfielder suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half and City were economical with the facts surrounding the problem immediately after the game, other than Guardiola confirming he will be sidelined for a period of time. De Bruyne’s absence will add to the mounting frustrations for the 27-year-old, who started 36 of City’s 38 league games last season. De Bruyne will have played in just seven of City’s 30 league games this term if, as expected, he misses out against Watford. Two knee injuries have taken their toll on De Bruyne this season although, even when he has enjoyed extended periods in the first team, he has appeared short of the form that made him one of the league’s most effective players last season. De Bruyne’s lack of cutting edge was hardly a problem for City over the opening weeks of the new year, but his side have found it more difficult to wear teams down in recent games. The fact the Belgian played so much over the summer, with his team reaching the latter stages of the World Cup, has been cited by both player and manager as a reason for his lack of fitness and form. And City’s gruelling schedule, as they continue to compete for four trophies, has clearly impacted upon, not only De Bruyne but a number of other players, with Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte also suffering recent injuries. Speaking earlier this month, before his latest setback, De Bruyne conceded that those absences have affected him. “Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover,” he said. “But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I’ve been away. “I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.”last_img read more

Govt defers bid deadline for 14block OALPII to April 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has deferred by one month the last date for bidding for the 14 oil and gas exploration blocks offered in the second round of Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). Bids for the 14 blocks offered in OALP-II bid round, covering an area of 29,333 square kilometres, were to close Tuesday. “Bid submission closing date for OALP Bid Round-II stands extended up to April 10, 2019,” the Directorate General of Hydrocarbon (DGH) said in a brief notice. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt did not give reasons for extending the deadline. The last date of bidding coincides with the bid deadline for the 23 oil and gas and coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks offered in the third round of OALP, which was launched on February 10. OALP-II bid round was delayed at six months and its launch came barely a month before the third round. Officials said OALP-II and OALP-III will run concurrently. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had at the time of launch of OALP-II bid round on January 7 stated that an investment of about Rs 40,000 crore is expected in the prospecting of oil and gas in blocks offered. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn the first round of OALP last year, as much as Rs 60,000 crore was committed in the exploration of oil and gas in 55 blocks or areas. In the third round, the government is expecting up to USD 700 million (about Rs 49,000 crore) of investment that it hopes will help raise domestic output and cut imports. India had in July 2017 allowed companies to carve out blocks of their choice with a view to bringing about 2.8 million sq km of unexplored area in the country under exploration. Under this policy, called open acreage licensing policy or OALP, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest (EoI) for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration licence. The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated twice annually. The blocks or areas that receive EoIs at the end of a cycle are put up for auction with the originator or the firm that originally selected the area getting a 5-mark advantage. The two window of accumulating EoIs end on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 are supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31. The first OALP round was launched in 2017 and bids came in by May 2018. EoIs for second round closed on May 15, 2018, and the blocks were supposed to be put for auction by June but the round was for reasons unknown delayed. OALP-II was finally launched on January 7. In the meanwhile, EoIs in the third window also closed on November 15, 2018 with as many as 18 blocks and five CBM blocks, measuring 31,722 sq km, being sought for. OALP-III bid round was launched on February 10 with April 10 as the last date for bidding. Officials said the 14 blocks in OALP-II are estimated to hold in-place resource of 12,609 million tonne oil and oil equivalent gas. In OALP-1, mining mogul Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd walked away with 41 out of 55 blocks bid out. State-owned Oil India Ltd won nine blocks while Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) managed to win just two. State gas utility GAIL, upstream arm of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Oil Exploration Co (HOEC) won one block each. The 55 blocks have a total area of 59,282 sq km. This compares to about 1,02,000 sq km being under exploration prior to OALP. Blocks are awarded to the company which offers the highest share of oil and gas to the government as well as commits to doing maximum exploration work by way of shooting 2D and 3D seismic survey and drilling exploration wells. Increased exploration will lead to more oil and gas production, helping the world’s third largest oil importer to cut import dependence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of cutting oil import bill by 10 per cent to 67 per cent by 2022 and to half by 2030. Import dependence has increased since 2015 when Modi had set the target. India currently imports 83 per cent of its oil needs. The new policy replaced the old system of government carving out areas and bidding them out. It guarantees marketing and pricing freedom and moves away from production sharing model of previous rounds to a revenue-sharing model, where companies offering the maximum share of oil and gas to the government are awarded the block. The government prior to this had been selecting and demarcating areas it feels can be offered for bidding in an exploration licensing round. Under this, 256 blocks had been offered for exploration and production since 2000. The last bid round happened in 2010. Of these, 254 blocks were awarded. But as many as 156 have already been relinquished due to poor prospect.last_img read more