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How did Warriors backcourt make Blazers duo backfire?

first_imgOAKLAND — Game 1 featured “The Backcourt Beatdown.” complete with the stats, final score and post-game analysis to explain what the Warriors did Tuesday to christen the Western Conference Finals.Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dazzled on their home court. Their Portland Trail Blazers counterparts did not.The Warriors defense made sure Damian Lillard’s Oakland homecoming wouldn’t be a crowning achievement on this almost-grandest-of-stages, and C.J. McCollum’s cold start further keyed a 116-94 …last_img

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2010 opportunities for SA film

first_imgA scene from the 2006 Oscar-winningSouth African movie Tsotsi, which wasshot in and around Johannesburg. Dr Nikolaus Eberl chatting to a potentialbuyer of his book, The Hero’s Journey. Paul Raleigh, the producer of Tsotsi, waspart of a panel discussion at the indaba. Terry Tselane, CEO of the GautengFilm Commission, addressing delegatesat the indaba.(Images: Gauteng Film Commission)Khanyi MagubaneHundreds of filmmakers from across South Africa and the world gathered in Johannesburg to discuss opportunities the 2010 Fifa World Cup would open up to the film industry, at the second Gauteng Film Indaba, held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 12 November.With the theme Beyond 2010, the event attracted industry representatives, journalists, young and aspirant filmmakers seeking to join the industry.Film-funding organisations such as the National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Trade and Industry were also represented on the various panel discussions.The indaba was held under the auspices of the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), a body set up by the Gauteng provincial government to ensure the development and promotion of the province’s audiovisual industries.Growing the film industry for 2010The indaba’s theme was inspired by the need for the film industry to latch onto the opportunities in telling the South African story to thousands of football lovers set to descend on the country in 2010.GFC stressed two key areas the film industry could capitalise on in the run up to the World Cup. First, according to the commission, there are several opportunities available for the industry to showcase Gauteng and its locations to the visitors.Second, there is still a need to bolster the technological and infrastructural asset base in the province and other parts of the country from which the tournament will be broadcast.Overseas broadcasters will have to hire local crew and broadcast equipment if they are unable to bring their own. The industry needs to ensure there is enough equipment and infrastructure to meet this demand.Opening the conference, Terry Tselane, CEO of the GFC, spoke of the economic drive the film industry has had in Johannesburg, one of the country’s fastest growing film locations after Cape Town, which has long been a favourite for international crews.In the 2007 financial year the film and television industry contributed R2.5-billion (US$ 25.3-billion) to the province, creating 8 000 jobs.The GFC has also helped develop Project Egoliwood to investigate the size, scope and skills availability of Johannesburg’s film industry.The commission has also been instrumental in launching the Gauteng Film Partnership (GFP), which will now move into the second phase of the project. Eleven members of the GFP meet every month to discuss new developments in the industry.Other GFC initiatives include issuing of 200 filming permits to shoot in Johannesburg and hosting free movie screenings in rural townships where many don’t have access to cinemas.Telling the South African storyThe two keynote speakers at this year’s event were motivational speaker and brand innovator Dr Nikolaus Eberl, and Jon Hendry, a producer from the Sante Fe film industry in New Mexico, US.Eberl, of the Nations of Champs Initiative, spoke on the ability of the film industry to bring stories from the local football fraternity to the rest of the world.In his 11-step “Hero’s Journey” presentation, Eberl took delegates through the journey of transforming the image of Germans as cold, unfriendly people, to a country of warm and welcoming people ahead of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.About 20 months before the tournament, economic difficulties, job losses and a poorly performing national soccer team had dampened the spirit of Germans, to the point where they were described as “collectively depressed” by the president, Horst Koehler.Consumer spending had reached an all-time low as job losses increased. The retail sector was hardest hit, as people held on to their pennies.This became a sore point for the government, with the prospect of thousands of football lovers from across the world coming to a Germany where citizens were “grumpy and stingy”.The strategy used to transform this mindset was to make Germans proud of who they were, by focusing on the positive things that were uniquely German, which they could then share with the rest of the world.According to Eberl, South Africa finds itself in a similar position, and the film industry could capitalise on this by making feel-good movies that not only speak to South Africans, but also help the world understand South Africans themselves.Eberl screened a the movie Goal!, made with the endorsement of Fifa, about a young Mexican boy called Santiago Munez who dreamed of becoming a top football player.As a young child Munez flees Mexico for the US with his family, taking his football dream with him. He grows up to play for the local league and is spotted by a talent scout.But his father believes that Mexicans, particularly illegal immigrants like them, can only ever amount to informal labourers. He encourages his son to forget his football dream and focus on building the family business.Munez secretly starts saving money to go to England for trials where he has been promised top soccer agents would attend. After battling a number of setbacks and overcoming hurdles along the way, Munez’s story has a happy ending, with his father acknowledging his son’s talent.This is the type of material the local film industry could be showing, Eberl said, using stories of local soccer players and the unique challenges they faced growing up in South Africa.This, he said, would not only uplift the morale of South Africans, but also help the world appreciate the South African story.A lesson from New MexicoUS filmmaker Jon Hendry encouraged the local film industry to improve its technical skills base.He told delegates that in his home town of Sante Fe the local film industry set up a union, IATSE 480, Film and Television Technicians of New Mexico, whose members are collectively involved in the production of Hollywood films shot in New Mexico.As they are highly trained, the IATSE technicians have positioned themselves to be the preferred choice in the industry. Big production companies are also kept in check, with working conditions stipulated by the union. The benefits include healthcare insurance and retirement.Hendry encouraged the local film industry to become boisterous, almost aggressive, in producing film that would be unapologetically South African.He gave the example of the New Mexico cable network’s ethnic Italian and Spanish television channels, which offer content that not only those communities can relate to, but the average American can find entertaining.According to Hendry, there’s nothing stopping South Africa from infiltrating these types of channels as there are millions of Africans living abroad who would appreciate the content – and Americans could enjoy it too.He said the South African film industry was not visible enough, and that problems preventing the industry from growing to maximum potential should be thrashed out at forums like the film indaba.Debating the industrySix breakaway discussion sessions were held in the second half of the day. The panels were attuned to industry specific needs and were divided into six sections.The “Film-friendly Gauteng – fact or fiction?” session involved filmmakers voicing their frustrations with dealing with film offices in Johannesburg.It emerged that one of South African filmmakers’ biggest concerns was the exorbitant rates charged to production companies for closing roads and using public locations to shoot.Lisa van Allen of the Sante Fe Film liaison office also spoke of the experiences of New Mexico filmmakers, in terms of obtaining the relevant filming permits from government departments, and how they have set up structures to ensure that there is synergy between the departments and the production companies.Representatives from the Johannesburg City Council were present to address the concerns of the industry.A forum for young up-and-coming filmmakers entitled, “So you want to be a filmmaker?” allowed newcomers to interact with established writers, producers and directors, with a view of gaining knowledge of how to go about entering the seemingly close-knit television and film fraternity.Panellists shared their stories of how they got into the industry, and also advised the young talent on the do’s and don’ts.The session, “Thinking out of the box: A role for alternative distribution” looked at how filmmakers can get their work out there without using the conventional cinema-release route.In 2008 South African filmmakers have explored new and creative ways of getting their films out into the market. This gives further rise to questions of the accessibility of film in South Africa, outside of cinemas. Those attending the session were given advice on how to conceive creative distribution plans and ways of building an audience.The thorny yet crucial issue of funding was also tackled during the indaba.The question here was, “When it comes to the difficult world of film financing, is there still a success formula for independent filmmaking?”Film funders and seasoned producers shared their experiences on ways film practitioners could make a bankable project, how to break even and also make a profit.The “Film infrastructure and capacity” session looked at ways that the industry could continue investing in the infrastructural capability of the Johannesburg film and television sector.Studio and equipment needed to service the sector is adequate at the moment, but there is a growing need to find creative ways to keep the industry well stockedTransforming South African film and televisionA heated and robust debate erupted around issues of transformation within the film industry. Research into the transformation of the industry shows that while more than 50% of the industry workforce in Gauteng is female and there is an almost even split between black and white, those in powerful management positions are still largely white and male.Black filmmakers need to not only rise up in the technical ranks, but also move into areas of ownership and senior management.While many positive advances have been made and several programmes launched by both the private sector and government parastatal such as at the National Film and Video Foundation to pour money into the development and training of filmmakers, transformation so far has been company-specific, with production companies choosing their own levels of black empowerment.The heated discussion on transformation eventually ran out of time, without specific resolutions being made. But there is talk of making of the transformation of the industry the main subject of conversation at future indabas.It was established that South Africa, especially with its history of racial discrimination, had an obligation to take the issue more seriously, to ensure that the film industry is kept free of discrimination and prejudice.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] articlesGlobal acclaim for SA film SA: top film location Useful linksGauteng Film CommissionNational Film and Video FoundationScreen AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustrySA FilmFilmmaker South AfricaSA Film and Video ServicesFilmmaker’s guideIndependent Producers Organisationlast_img read more

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Startup-Created Jobs Hit Record Low

first_imgThe number of out-of-work job seekers who started their own businesses hit a record low in the first half of 2010, according to recent report by Challenge, Gray & Christmas. The outplacement and executive coaching firm has been tracking this data for almost 25 years.The report says that only 3.7% of unemployed workers are starting their own businesses rather than looking for a job. This figure is down from 7.6% in the first half of 2009 and down from 9.6% in the second half of 2009. The previous low was 4.4%, during the second half of 2008.The report from Challenger follows another study released by the Kauffman Foundation earlier this month that points to the crucial role that startups play in job creation. In fact, the Kauffman study contends that “without startups, there would be no net job growth in the U.S. economy. This fact is true on average, but also is true for all but seven years for which the United States has data going back to 1977.”While new companies create an average of 3 million jobs, existing firms lose about one million jobs a year. The Kauffman study also suggests that startups continue to create jobs, even during recessions.The combined data from these reports may explain why job creation in the US remains low: fewer startups founded, fewer jobs created. “It is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason behind the decline in start-up activity among former managers and executives,” notes John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “On one hand, it could be that the job market has improved to the point that many do not feel compelled to take the risk of going it alone. Then there is the fragility of the recovery and the uncertainty that comes with it. Many small business owners are increasingly pessimistic about business conditions and still find it difficult to get a loan.”But if startups are indeed essential to job creation and by extension to economic recovery, support for new businesses seems vital. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Ravena: Chooks-Pilipinas raring to bask in 3×3 limelight

first_imgWith roughly a week to go, the Chooks-Pilipinas Team is just about ready to head to France for the 2017 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re 75 to 85 percent ready,” said former Ateneo Blue Eagles star Kiefer Ravena. “That (remaining) 20 percent is waiting for Kobe (Paras). I guess there’s not too much adjustment na when he comes. That’s the beauty of it, walang masiyadong play [sa 3×3].”Ravena, Paras, former De La Salle star Jeron Teng and NLEX Road Warriors’ JR Quiñahan, will make up the Chooks-Pilipinas Team, which hopes to better the ninth-place finish of the 2016 squad led by Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have a personal goal [to make] that 9th place finish better. Medyo mahirap ‘yung ginawa nilang (2016 team) nine so gusto naming gawin ‘yung mataas na,” said Ravena during his guesting at Sports IQ, the country’s first live omni platform sports talk show, Thursday night.Chooks-Pilipinas will be facing European champions Romania, host country France, Slovenia and El Salvador in Group B. The tourney will be held from June 17 to 21 in Nantes, France. Ravena is confident of surviving the group stage and hopes to take it one game at a time from there. But he certainly won’t back down from trying to go all the way to the Finals. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sabi ko, ‘Kobs, ‘di ka naman lalaro sa NC[AA] this year. Anong tingin mo? Gusto mo bang mag 3 on 3? 3 on 3 tayo, sa France ‘yun.’”“Napailing din siya, napaisip din siya. Sabi niya, ‘Sige, matagal na kong ‘di nakakapag-national team.’ Sabi ko, ‘Oo, chance mo rin ‘to. Ang dami mo nang natutunan sa States. Dalhin mo na dito para makatulong,’” he said.And that was how Paras, out of nowhere, became part of the Chooks-to-Go squad.Ravena was all praises for Paras and said the 6-foot-6 guard has the best chance of getting into the NBA, giving more meaning to them being teammates in the World Cup.“If there was a guy who has the biggest chance in making it to the NBA, I would say it’s Kobe. I mean, we’ll all be proud if he comes in and makes an impact for the team, help each other out in making it to the championship,” said Ravena.“He has a lot more to achieve. We’ll never know when kami magiging teammates ulit. You never know kasi just being with a guy, someday probably in the NBA, at least masasabi ko na naging teammate ko siya, nagchampion kami sa 3-on-3 World Cup,” the UAAP Season 78 MVP added.As for his other teammate, Ravena is not that much surprised on how Teng performs during practice. Their rivalry back in the UAAP days played a pivotal role in their practices because they already knew each others’ moves.“Siyempre ako bumabantay sa kanya noong college, siya bumabantay sa akin noong college. Hindi mahirap,” said Ravena.Ravena also said Quiñahan’s presence in the team would make a good gelling for the team.“It’s actually nice to have someone na older. [W]ith kuya JR’s presence, he leads us,” said Ravena. “He’s not really that loud type of a leader who would talk, pero leader siya sa loob ng court being a veteran and ‘yung presence niya iba.” MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ravena cited how the former member of the “Extra Rice Company” would make a good fit for the team.“First, he’s a big with post move. He’s a big with shooting. And third sabi niya sa akin, he doesn’t have to go back in defense.” said Ravena. “With kuya JR, he’s just gonna stay in the paint. With him being in very good shape, he lost a lot of weight, he’s really watching everything.”“‘Yung presence niya malaking bagay. Siyempre kahit anong sabihin mo si kuya JR, bruiser din yan. Doon siya nakilala. So ‘yung kalaban naming malalaki doon, tiwala din kami na may backer kami,” Ravena said.With everything laid down, the only thing that would hinder the team for practices would be their personal schedule and commitments.Teng has been making a name for himself in the PBA D-League as a key cog for the Flying V Thunders. They also have to adjust for Quiñahan, should a practice with the team conflict with his PBA commitments.“Sakripisyo kasi 9 pm ‘yung practice namin to give time to our priorities and commitments with JR on the court, with Jeron on the Flying V,” Ravena said.Asked if there would be any chances of throwing out a lob to Kobe, the Phenom said they will work it out.“If there’s a chance, we’ll dedicate it to [Sports IQ].” PH para athletes rally for continuous support, recognition Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? “Konting sacrifices lang, we want to finish champions,” Ravena said. “‘Yun talaga, gusto namin manalo. Pumunta ka na doon and represent the country well.”It may seem like a big dream for a team that was formed almost hastily just two to three weeks ago.“Siguro it was funny, it was all about timing with coach Anton Altamirano and coach Eric (Altamirano). They were talking to me about potentially playing for the 3×3. Sabi ko, ‘Sige, coach. Game naman ako diyan. Siguro, I’ll help you guys in forming the team,’” said Ravena.About the same time, Paras was still here in the Philippines for a vacation. Ravena said the US-based star had been hanging out with his younger brother, Thirdy. All of them were headed to a workout, when coach Eric called the older Ravena about the schedule of a game.After talking to Altamirano, Ravena broached the idea of playing in the tournament to Paras.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Two Class XII girls from same school attempt suicide within 15 minutes

Two Class XII girls from same school attempt suicide within 15 minutes

first_imgKolkata: Two girl students of Class XII from a school in North 24-Parganas’ Deganga attempted suicide in a gap of 15 minutes during school hours triggering tension among other students.Both the victims have been undergoing treatment at Barasat District hospital. One of the victims is stated to be critical. The incident took place at Chuarashia High School in Deganga. It was learnt that both the victims were behaving normally on Monday morning.Their classmates do not have the slightest idea as to why the duo attempted suicide inside the class. The victims are from two different sections of the same class. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter the second period got over and teacher left the classroom, one of the victims suddenly took out a blade and slit her wrist. Her classmates suddenly found the victim bleeding profusely from her left wrist.After being informed the headmaster of the school and other teachers rushed to the classroom. They took the victim to Barasat District Hospital.When the victim was taken to the hospital, the other student attempted suicide by consuming poison that she might have carried to school from home. The two incidents occurred in a gap of 15 minutes.The second victim fell unconscious after consuming the poison. Some school teachers took her to Barasat District Hospital. The school authorities are yet to ascertain the cause as to why the two girls attempted suicide. The school authorities have lodged a complaint with the local police station on the basis of which a probe has been initiated. Police are investigating if the victims attempted suicide after being jilted in love.According to hospital sources, the one who slit her wrist is in a serious condition, while the other girl is showing a sign of improvement. Both the victims have been kept under close monitoring, hospital authorities said.last_img read more

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Healthy winter delicacies

Healthy winter delicacies

first_imgWith the onset of winter, comes an everlasting lust for delicacies which often leads to holiday weight gain! The Spice Route at The Imperial, New Delhi has arranged a mouthwatering list of recipes in order to celebrate winter in a very healthy approach. A brainchild of Chef Veena, Chef De Cuisine at The Spice Route, the menu came into existence more than twenty years ago straight from the Southeast Asian kitchens. From the kitchens of Thailand and Malaysia, the menu takes one to Kerala and Sri Lanka with its specially curated delicacies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you have a weakness for seafood, especially tiger-prawns, what is waiting at the Spice Route will be an appealing surprise for your taste buds. One cannot help but drool over Pla Kung, a tangy prawn starter flavoured with lemongrass and tom yum paste. Take a spoon full of the starter and reach out for more every time your plate looks empty. A very crispy addition to the already great start would be Kung Hom Pha, lemongrass flavoured prawns wrapped in por-pia skin. As you bite into the blanketed prawns dipped in your choice of sauce from the wide assortment on the table, what spreads inside your mouth is a blast of flavours. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDancing prawns or Kung Tein – charcoal grilled jumbo prawns served with garlic and cilantro dressing, are there to help you beat the chill with some hot and smoky flavours. When it comes to a choice between Biryani and fish, many are left bewildered, but Chef Veena’s Meen Kodan Biryani – mixed sea food Kerala style Biryani puts an end to the long dilemma. As you insert a spool-full of the spicy rice and lobsters in oyster sauce, it melts in the mouth diffusing a heavenly feeling. Kung Nang Khee Mao — wok fried drunkened lobster with Thai ginger finger, fresh green pepper in Thai oyster sauce, promises to stir your senses with a flavourful encounter. Another mention-worthy dish is the Phad Khing Pla – sole fillet with black fungus and celery stems; with some steamed rice the sole fillets will win your heart right away. While you plan on a sweet ending, try their coconut ice cream with some salted peanuts as suggested by the chef. Even though it might sound a little unnerving, the combination is quite classy. Talking of class, caffeine enthusiasts must try the coffee ice cream at The Spice Route. The bittersweet enigma of coffee blended into one of the coolest desserts on the planet is a must-have for all the not-so-sweet-tooth foodies. While you let the taste of coffee spread over your senses gradually, you will experience the tantalising aromatic java jerk up your senses to an energising start after the meal.Designed to offer a comforting dining experience the menu, offers some of the best seafood dishes to suit the palate of gourmet foodies. Drop in for lunch or dinner with your friends and family to relish winter through the best prawn dishes in town. The menu will be available until January 31, 2018.last_img read more

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