Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — It had the feel of a spring training game. .Nothing was on the line in the regular-season final Sunday between the Giants and Dodgers at Oracle Park. The Giants were going home after their third straight sub-.500 season. The Dodgers were headed to the postseason with the best record in the National League.And yet, for the sellout crowd of 41,909, Sunday afternoon will be a memory most of the fans will …
Miss Earth Fire Milanie Cilliers Congratualates Sibongiseni Buwa and Lindiwe Khumalo from Ekuthuleni Primary School School. (Images: ABI Schools Recycling Programme)The Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) Schools Recycling Programme has rewarded primary school pupils for collecting recyclable waste. Their efforts have helped to cut the effects of pollution countrywide.Aimed at changing the mindsets of children, who are to inherit South Africa, the recycling programme awarded learners from Ekuthuleni Primary School in Ntuzuma in KwaZulu-Natal for their ongoing dedication to cleaning up their communities and collecting recyclable waste.More than 640 tons of recyclable material – PET bottles, cans and paper – were collected this year by participating schools. This has saved about 4 340 cubic metres of landfill space and more than 1 250 tons of carbon from being emitted into the air.RECOGNISING DEDICATIONHaving collected a total of 27 604 kilograms of recyclable waste over the course of 2015, Ekuthuleni Primary School ranked first among participating schools around the country and walked away with the R50 000 cash prize.This money will go towards improving the school’s infrastructure to further enrich the pupils’ learning experiences and increase their productivity.After putting in a good shift throughout the year, Motjibosane Primary School from Temba in Hammanskraal came second. Pupils at this school collected 22 561 kilograms of waste. They were followed by the team from Siphosethu Primary School from Ntuzuma in KwaZulu-Natal, who amassed just under 15 000 kilograms of recyclables.This year the programme introduced its Directors Award to recognise exceptional commitment and dedication to the Schools Recycling Programme. The first recipients of this award as well as the R50 000 cash prize were teacher Regina Rathethe and the Boikgantsho Primary School team.ABI’s sustainable development manager, Gaopaleloe Mothoagae, said the company valued innovation and developing sustainable solutions.ABI Schools Recycling Awards – Winning School Ekuthuleni Primary from KwaZulu-Natal receiving their accolades.SCHOOLS RECYCLING PROGRAMMEFor the past five years the programme has looked to involve children as active participants in waste management and open their eyes to the importance of recycling by introducing the concept to them in a school environment.By informing children at an early age about the impact that waste has on the environment, putting an emphasis on plastics in particular, the programme hopes to encourage awareness of proper waste management among youth.“So we gave a lot of thought to how best we could recycle PET bottles in particular to obtain a lasting environmental impact. We realised that meant engaging with schoolchildren, thus getting tomorrow’s citizens on board now, and linking the entire recycling initiative to empowerment.”At first the programme involved 40 schools from across the country; since then, more than 400 000 children have become involved from 404 schools around South Africa, most of which are located in townships and rural areas.Each school taking part is asked to collect a minimum of 1 000 kilograms each month and those that go beyond this target then enter in the running to win monthly prizes and ultimately the grand awarded, which was won by Ekuthuleni Primary School this year.The programme’s widespread influence is a result of its approach of combining education about waste management with a range of fun activities in the schools’ specially developed recycling curriculum to teach life and natural sciences.“We are changing the mindset of an entire generation in order to change the way our society manages waste,” explained Mothoagae.COMBATING UNEMPLOYMENTVarious aspects of the programme were created in a way that would ensure it was self-sustaining and could provide jobs to some of the country’s many unemployed.This year the programme appointed 24 recycling representatives from areas near schools to liaise with participating schools and ensure the smooth running of the recycling initiative.Explaining the position that ABI has taken to making a positive impact on the areas in which their programme is involved, Mothoagae said the company was “determined to make a lasting impact by combining responsibility for the environment with a social good.“That’s the only way we will save our planet.”
Field Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old). We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we welcome Ellen Argo, PT. Ellen works at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN . This interview was edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I am a Physical Therapist, and currently work as an Assistant Manager in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Fifty percent of my job duties are administrative and 50% are in patient care, mainly in the Acute Care and NICU setting.What’s your favorite part of your current job?Interacting with patients and their families is by far my favorite part of my job.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.Although my current position is in an acute care setting, I have worked with military families in the outpatient setting as well. During the past 15 years, I worked with military families who have had children in the NICU, children who have had acute illnesses or injuries and are in the hospital, and children who need outpatient physical therapy due to congenital, chronic, or acute conditions or injuries. I have worked with children from birth to 21 years of age.How did you find yourself working with military families?I moved to Clarksville, TN, a “military town” due to its proximity to Ft. Campbell, and began working in a pediatric outpatient clinic in 2002. I transitioned to a job at Vanderbilt in 2003 and because of its nature as a major children’s hospital, I continued to work with military families and their children there. Since then I have worked in another outpatient pediatric setting in Clarksville, TN, and continued at Vanderbilt as well.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.There are SO many that it’s hard to choose only one! I once worked in the NICU with a family whose baby was born prematurely and had several significant health issues. The father was deployed but when the baby was born and the health issues were apparent, the father was allowed to come home for a period of time. On the day before he was supposed to return overseas, he and the mother were visiting the baby in the hospital and they arrived as I was beginning the baby’s PT session for the day. I had the honor of getting to teach the father how to perform infant massage on his tiny daughter—and it was the first time he was able to hold her.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.Early in my career working with military families I found it challenging when I needed to help a family order equipment or orthotics. Negotiating the Tricare system was a little different than working with commercial insurance.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?All families want the best for their children and will go to any length to get it. It seems to me that military families rely more on friends and other non-family relationships for assistance with “life.” With deployments and trainings, frequently families often have only one parent or neither parent present and able to participate in therapy sessions. The internet and other technological advances have made it possible for the parent who is not present physically to participate in other ways such as videos of activities for caregivers to do at home with a child or “Skyping” to discuss a child’s progress.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school? It is important to remember that as providers it is not our job to tell families what to do, but rather, to help educate families so that they can make the best decisions for their children and families. The work of PT does not happen in the clinic or during the PT session-it happens at home, when the family is playing with, caring for, or otherwise interacting with their child. As providers it is imperative that we avoid judging families who are not able to follow through with our recommendations and work with the families to identify barriers and create recommendations that work within the family structure.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.One stressor of deployments is the knowledge that the family members at home may or may not have regarding the deployed family member’s safety and when contact is infrequent and/or limited. I remember one occasion when a pre-teen patient arrived at the clinic for physical therapy with her mom, who was visibly distressed. As we began the session, the mother discreetly explained to me that earlier in the day she had received a call from the father, who was deployed. She explained that he had been with his unit earlier in the day when it was attacked. There had been one fatality and several injuries, although the father was not physically injured. The father had called to alert the family that he was ok, but he couldn’t talk on the phone for long or give more information. The mother chose to bring her child to PT to maintain a sense of “normalcy” for her and the child, but the stress of the situation clearly had an impact on the child’s performance that day.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Become educated about the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and develop rapport with someone at the EFMP program. That was invaluable for me.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?At Vanderbilt I work with numerous providers, many who do not understand the challenges faced by military families. I would love if non-military providers had more information so they could understand the challenges and rewards of military life. The MFLN blog is a great opportunity!What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have worked to develop rapport with people who are on staff with Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) and EFMP.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Easily create muzzle flashes with built-in tools in Final Cut Pro X.Though overused and often lazily placed into YouTube videos, muzzle flashes are still awesome when used appropriately. Anyone with a hundred dollars and a basic understanding of Final Cut Pro can put VideoCopilot’s Action Essentials into their videos. It’s an awesome product (with loads of action effects)…but in this post we’ll do one better and show you how to create a muzzle flash effect for free!The following FCPX muzzle flash video tutorials cover:Shape LayersDirectional BlursColorizing ShapesCreating Light FalloffCompositing Elements For your next project instead of creating the VFX in post try creating effects on-set. For inspiration try checking out our post on the top 10 practical effects of all time.This video series was first shared on Dan Allen’s Youtube Channel. Thanks for sharing Dan!Have any tips for creating muzzle flashes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.
In the first of our two-part series, we’ll cover some things you’ll need to know as an actor (or filmmaker) if you’re going to be in front of the camera.Either you’re a brand new actor or you’re a filmmaker and you have non-actors coming to work on your set. If you’re a new or non-actor, you want to be prepared and professional. If you’re a filmmaker, you don’t have time, nor do you want to break down everything your non-actors need to know. So, you need a crash course to prepare yourself or send to your new cast.Well, let’s go.Practice Your LinesImage via guruXOX.Before you even arrive on set, you want to know your lines! This may sound obvious, but I can’t stress this enough. Don’t just read them a few times to “get familiar” with them — memorize them! Know them word for word, know the scene, understand it. Believe me, having your lines memorized is the first step to good acting. Once you have them memorized, drill them so that they flow comfortably from you. You won’t come off as natural if you’re stumbling over the words or if you’re focused on remembering the lines instead of acting.Practice delivering them across a range of emotions. If it’s a dramatic scene, make sure you’re able to deliver the lines casually, and vice versa if it’s a casual scene. The reason for this is to make sure you feel comfortable with the dialog, no matter how you deliver it. When you show up to rehearsal or set, the director may have you deliver the lines differently than what you were expecting. If you’re new to acting, this could really throw you off.Of course, not every gig is going to give you lines beforehand. They may still be writing them or they may have you ad-lib. In this case, just try to learn as much as you can about the character from the director.Create Your CharacterWho are you playing? What’s her backstory? What does she like to do? Who is she? As an actor, you need to embody your character. Sometimes directors or screenwriters will have a very detailed character breakdown explaining the character’s history, hopes and dreams, likes and dislikes, etc. If so, study this and research it. Imagine how this history affects the character in the events of the film, practice ad-libbing as the character, moving as the character.However, more often than not, you won’t receive such a detailed character breakdown, if any at all. So, make up the character yourself. Of course, you must base the character on how they appear in the script and definitely be sure to talk it over with the director. But don’t be afraid to bring in ideas of your own! You just want to make sure they get approved.“What if my character only has one scene or just a few lines?” Still develop the role. You don’t need to write this character a biography, but you want to make sure they’re as real as possible. The more you understand about your character, the easier it’ll be for you to embody them.Take Acting ClassesIf you’re brand new to acting (and if you have time prior to production), take an acting class. Make sure it’s a film acting class because theater acting is quite different, and it will show on camera. If you can’t make it to a physical location for classes, check online resources like MasterClass.com or even YouTube.Practice Landing on MarksMarks, typically made from paper tape, are tools to help actors stop and stand in the same spot during each take. It’s very important to practice this skill. In theater, if you land a few steps or inches off your mark, it’s not really a problem because the audience can still see you. However, if you don’t land on your mark on a film set, you’ll likely end up either out of frame or out of focus, or both.When moving toward your mark, you can’t stare at it to make sure you’re on target. You need to be able to do so without looking directly at it. This requires a little practice, but it doesn’t take long to get used to using your peripheral vision to land on your marks naturally. Simply get some masking tape and set up a few “T” marks at various distances from a starting location. Practice walking to them and stopping naturally, only checking your accuracy after stopping. Once that gets easier, pick up the pace! Jog to your mark, run to your mark.Study FramingThe framing of a shot will determine how much of an actor appears onscreen. This is important because it dictates how much room you, as an actor, have to work with. If the director frames you in a mid shot, the camera sees you from the waist up. So, in that shot, the audience won’t see what your legs are doing but they’ll definitely see what your arms are doing. If you’re in a close-up, the audience will only see your face and not the way your hands move when you talk.Image via Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company).If you’re in a wide shot, you have much more freedom. You can move around a few steps, you can incorporate your legs, and you can even flail your arms! But the closer we get to a close-up, the less you can move before stepping out of frame.You also need to understand framing because it affects body language and props. So much of how we communicate comes from body language, and we often talk with our hands. Body language is crucial to acting because it brings realism and depth to the character. Hardly any normal person stands like a statue when they speak, especially if their voice has any emotion in it. This affects you as an actor because if you’re framed in a medium close-up, we won’t be able to see you gesture with your hands — unless you consciously lift them into the frame.Often, those hand movements can really emphasize an emotion or differentiate a character’s personality, but only if we can see them. The same goes for props. If you need to wave around a prop or hold a glass, we need to see it. It may feel natural to hold it one way, but depending on the framing, you’ll have to adjust.Clarify ExpectationsMost importantly, you need to clarify expectations for your performance. You need to act, yes, but what else? Things like nudity, kissing (or more), stunts, foods you may have to eat, and costume choices are things to discuss before taking on a role. If you agree to a role thinking your scene is a date at a pizza parlor, then when you show up on set and the director asks you to eat bugs, wear a skimpy outfit, kiss your date, and then take a hit and fall to the floor, you’re in for a surprise.Yes, it’s the filmmaker’s responsibility to tell you these things ahead of time, but not everyone is professional, and they may neglect to share important information (I’ve been there). Don’t let them trick you! Know the expectations. And if you agree to them, don’t let them change while shooting. This is very important. You won’t make it as an actor just because you’re willing to do anything. You’ll make it as an actor because you’re professional and you practice your craft.Lastly, make sure you know where the set is and how long it takes to get there — and be sure to show up at least ten minutes early. Practice everything above, establish clear expectations with the filmmaker, and prepare for the shoot! In the next article, we’ll dive right into what to expect and what to know when you’re on set.Cover image via guruXOX.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.The Lost Joys of Using DIY Filmmaking EquipmentThe Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for FilmmakersHow DPs Make the Shift from Commercials to Features and Back AgainHow to Hire a Film Crew for Your Next Passion ProjectTips for Avoiding Stress as A Solo Filmmaker
Achieving your goals is the philosophy Daniel Barton follows.The 24-year-old has had a rollercoaster 2012; he won the National Touch League (NTL) with the Sydney Scorpions in March, debut for the Australian men’s opens team in the Trans-Tasman series in Mudgee in April and tomorrow he will don the sky blue shirt of New South Wales for the first time.Barton will be one of many NSW players taking on Queensland in the 2012 State of Origin (SOO) series, which will be played in Port Macquarie tomorrow and Saturday.But Barton’s success in Touch Football can be attributed to hard work, dedication and his passion for the sport.“If you want to succeed in sport and want to do well, you have to set your goals,” Barton said.“It’s good to set your goals and achieve them.”The Parramatta Eel said he has been fortunate to grab the opportunities he has been given with both hands.However, he is not the first Barton to wear the NSW and Australian colours.In 1985, his father Paul played for Australia in the first Test series against New Zealand and also represented NSW for seven years.“Although he hasn’t said it, I’m sure he is proud of me. He came up and watched me in the Trans-Tasman series,” Daniel said.Being one of the seven debutantes in the 14-man NSW line-up, Daniel is jumping out of his skin to get on the paddock.“I’m really looking forward to it. It is a different environment.“Speaking to Steve [Roberts, NSW captain] and he said ‘this [SOO] is the hardest tournament. It’s more competitive than Trans-Tasman’.“Queensland have a good side and quite a few good players.”The men’s opens first match will tap-off at 7.30pm tomorrow.For more information on the State of Origin series, check out these websites:SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksState of Origin
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Luka Modric on Real Madrid crisis: This isn’t bad luck; our starts are s***by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric blasted his Real Madrid teammates after defeat to Real Sociedad.The midfielder questioned the attitude for the start of the 2-0 reverse.”Many of us are not at our level,” Modric said in the mixed zone.”We cannot take a s*** at the beginning of every game.”We have to be clear, it’s not a matter of luck.”We are creating a lot but the ball won’t go in and we are giving a lot but there are reasons that explain why things are not going well.”
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]