Steven Spielberg is more than just the master of the summer blockbuster. He’s one of the greatest storytellers of this era.Top image from ThingLinkWithout question, Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. To take it a step further, he’s one of the great storytellers of this era. For myself, as a filmmaker, there has been no greater influence than Spielberg. This is true for many filmmakers. Modern visual storytellers like J.J. Abrams, David Fincher, and Peter Jackson have credited Spielberg with influencing them to get behind the camera.So, in this Artist Highlight we’ll look at the storytelling evolution of Steven Spielberg and his uncanny ability to visually tell a story in a way that is entertaining to all.Getting Started EarlyWhen he was seven years old, Spielberg’s father took him to see Cecil B. DeMille‘s 1952 film The Greatest Show on Earth. This was the film that ignited a passion in Steven that would lead him to the world of filmmaking. At the age of twelve, Steven shot his very first film, The Train Wreck. This was followed by Escape from Nowhere and his first feature film, which he shot at the age of 16, Firelight.Video from schmalfilm magazinSteven eventually attend Cal State Long Beach where he was able to garner an internship at Universal Studios. His 26 minute short film, Amblin, impressed Studio Vice President Sidney Sheinberg so much that he offered Spielberg a long-term contract with the studio. Through Universal he was able to direct the TV movie Duel and The Sugarland Express starring Goldie Hawn.His big break came when he was selected to direct the film Jaws, based on the Peter Benchley novel. With Jaws, Steven begins to really cement his visual storytelling style. You can see evidence of this in this iconic scene from the film where he uses a track-in shot.Video from MovieclipsTechniques of a Master CraftsmanSpielberg has many techniques that he employs from the masters of cinema. Among them are long tracking shots, track-ins, close ups, wide-angle shots, dramatic pans, and layered framing along with connecting action. One in particular that he is known for is the framing of faces.Video from Fandor KeyframeNext to framing faces on camera, Spielberg is known for tracking action or the track-in technique. In fact, Spielberg he has a long history of capturing long takes.Video from Tony ZhouYou can see each one of these techniques used throughout the various film we will discuss. But he doesn’t just rely on his techniques alone… he also utilizes various themes and lessons from filmmakers that came before him. For more on that, here is a great video essay on his themes and techniques.Video from Steven BenedictFamily Dynamics and a Sense of Childlike WonderThe most widely used theme in Spielberg’s work is the theme of family dynamics their effects on children and the childlike wonder that grown-ups tend to forget. So, after the huge success of Jaws, Spielberg was able to begin developing his own projects. With these projects came these very ongoing themes.The first of those projects he would craft would be the classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In Close Encounters, we see the breakdown of the family dynamic after Roy’s encounter, but we also see the childlike wonder the encounter creates for him and others. This breakdown and childlike theme can be seen in the following moment from the film where Spielberg introduces the scene from a child’s perspective.Video from MovieclipsHis next massive hit was Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was influenced by the classic action tropes of early serial films from the 30s and 40s. Interesting fact: Indiana Jones only came about after Spielberg’s request to direct a James Bond film was rejected. Luckily for us, Spielberg’s Bond dreams were denied and now we have great scenes like the iconic opening temple sequence.Video from Movieclips Coming SoonNext up for Spielberg is quite possibly his best film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Here Steven is really honing his techniques in terms of framing, movement, and connecting action on screen. He’s also continuing his ongoing theme of family and childlike wonder.J.J. Abrams said it best in his TED talk that E.T. wasn’t about so much about meeting an alien as it was about divorce and the needs of Elliot to find a connection to help him deal with that. This is why Spielberg is such a great storyteller. He’s able to combine hard subject matter with a sense of wonder, as seen in the classic “across the moon” scene from the film.Video from MovieclipsSpielberg would develop several great films after E.T. (including two more Indiana Jones films) like The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun and Hook. Aside from Indy, each one of these films revolves around some type of family dynamic or crisis, and each instills a sense of wonder in the audience.But nowhere is that sense of wonder on better display than in 1993’s Jurassic Park.Spielberg’s realistic dinosaur action taps into the wonder of children everywhere. He was able to perfectly blend a sense of wonder with the harsh reality of the world around the characters. In the “They’re Flocking This Way!” scene from the film, we can clearly see the sense of wonder on Tim’s face as he watches dinosaurs run past him, as well as when the T-Rex hunts them.Video from MovieclipsThe Grown-Up DirectorAfter Jurassic Park, Spielberg grew tremendously as a filmmaker. He began to move away from the starry-eyed wonder of his previous work and turned toward the harsh historical realities of the world. The first of these was 1993’s Schindler’s List. Spielberg artfully and respectfully presented the horrors of the Holocaust to audiences.In this scene from the film, we see Oskar Schindler looking down at the horrors of the ghetto and the little girl in the red dress. It’s here that Schindler begins his journey toward one of the themes of the film: redemption.Video from MovieclipsSteven would direct the sequel to Jurassic Park and Amistad before taking on the subject of World War II again in 1999’s Saving Private Ryan. One thing that Spielberg did better than any other director up to that point was to show the raw horrors of war in vivd detail, especially in the opening sequence. We also can see themes such as sacrifice, courage, manhood, and honor throughout.Video from MovieclipsSteven has continued his run at retelling historical dramatic pieces over the last decade with films such as Catch Me if You Can, Munich, War Horse, Lincoln and the upcoming Bridge of Spies. Though there are signs that he may return to the childlike wonder of his younger years with the announcement that he will direct the films BFG, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and Ready Player One.The Epic Producer and CollaboratorAs a producer, there are very few who are as prolific as Steven. Currently he has a total of 152 producer credits to his name. These film and television productions include Back to the Future, Gremlins, Poltergeist, The Goonies, The Land Before Time, Band of Brothers, Men in Black, Transformers, True Grit, Jurassic World and Halo… just to name a few. But above and beyond all of this, he has been a great collaborator with other filmmakers.One steady and ongoing collaboration is with his close friend George Lucas, with whom he created the Indiana Jones franchise. However there is one collaboration that many don’t really know about. When Lucas began working on closing out the Star Wars prequel trilogy, he called upon Steven to guest-direct portions of the film, including the final fight sequence on Mustafar between Obi Wan and Anakin.So, it should be no surprise that out of the generally panned prequels, Episode III is generally seen as bright spot.Video from Apprentice FactsPersonal Reflection on the Master StorytellerOne last word on the legendary director before we close this out. Growing up in a very small town, there wasn’t much for me to do other than wander the open landscape or watch movies. While I did plenty of exploring, I was also fortunate enough to have a mother that noticed my passion for film at an early age.One summer in the late 80s, she came home with four VHS tapes for me to watch while on summer break. Three of these films were E.T., Close Encounters, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. I played these films over and over and I studied them.As with many filmmakers, Steven Spielberg has and continued to inspire and teach many of us how to tell great stories using the medium of film. He is still able to talk about hard subjects, but within the context of wonderment. This is something very few filmmakers can achieve. As a filmmaker and as a human being, he is a goal… a person that we look toward and an artist we strive to emulate.This is what makes him legendary.What do you think of Steven Spielberg’s work? Love it, hate it? Who would you like to see us highlight next? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are a lot of “truths” about sales bandied about on social media by people who have a something to gain if your believe their half truths. Here are some to watch for. Buyers are spending their time researching: I am sure there are some people in purchasing departments somewhere researching something they need to purchase for their company. My experience tells me that most decision-makers are not. If there is information parity between you and your prospective client, you are doing sales wrong.Buyers are well-educated and well-informed: About many things, yes. About you and your industry and the choices that available to them when it comes to producing better results, not so much. Buyers have experience when they repurchase, and most of their education is gained through the experience of having bought and used a service.Buyers are spending their time on social sites: There are surely some people in business with buying roles that are engaged on social sites. What you’ll find to be true is that the higher up the organizational charts you climb, the fewer people you will find spending their time on social sites.Buyers now control the process: If buyers knew how to get the results they needed, they’d already be getting those results. When a buyer has a process, it’s called an RFP. What you sell is surely being commoditized, this process will never serve you, and it rarely serves the company well. You can still control the process if you initiate it.Marketing is going to generate your leads: Marketing creates awareness. When things go well, they generate leads. The other half of this truth is that those leads will not be enough for you to grow your business. Sales is about opportunity creation as much as it is about opportunity capture.Marketing automation can nurture your relationships: Marketing can automate messages. Nurturing is something different. You don’t nurture a lead. You nurture a relationship. Your prospects don’t have any relationships with anyone in your marketing department. When they have a need, they are not calling marketing. People nurture relationships with other people.Inbound is better than outbound: Inbound can be enormously helpful. But it isn’t better than targeting your dream clients, building relationships over time, developing a case for change, and winning your dream client. Outbound still rules the roost.Salespeople are only necessary to close opportunities: Why, sir, so few opportunities then? If inbound isn’t working, and marketing doesn’t generate leads, where are the opportunities you need going to come from? Salespeople are necessary to create opportunities. That commitment comes way before the commitment to buy.The best salespeople should not prospect: Closers. Sure. Whatever. The person with the greatest ability to create value for their dream client should prospect and they should be engaged early in the process, where deals are won and lost. Saving the best salesperson for the end of the process and allowing them not to prospect is a bad idea.There will be fewer salespeople in the future: This is a half truth. If your model is transactional, this is almost certainly true. Where you model is high trust, high value, and high caring, this is not true. In fact, there is already a shortage of salespeople with the necessary skill sets to sell in businesses with these models.
Exclusive: Justice RM Lodha slams Committee of Administrators, says didn’t perform primary task given to them
A day before the seven-member BCCI committee on Lodha reforms meets in Mumbai Saturday, the former Chief Justice of India and committee’s head slammed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for failing to implement the recommendations ratified by the Supreme Court.Speaking exclusively to India Today, Justice (Retd.) RM Lodha said that the Vinod Rai-led panel is involved in “incidental matters” and should have made the Indian cricket board accept the recommendations by now.”It is really disappointing. It is unfortunate that almost an year has passed and the judgment of the highest court passed on July 18, 2016 is yet to be implemented. Once a party has suffered the judgment from the court, that too from the highest court, it is not the chooser. The order has to be implemented. Of course it has been delayed but I hope that the order will be implemented at the earliest,” said Lodha disappointingly.The 68-year-old added: “Surely, the primary task given to them (CoA) was to implement the order of last year. That has not been done. Perhaps, COA has been involved in incidental matters so nothing could be taken forward. I hope it is done now at the earliest.”On Saturday, the new seven-member committee, led by Rajeev Shukla, would have its second meeting to finalise their stand on Lodha recommendations.”There is no question of BCCI getting away with this,” says the former Chief Justice. “BCCI had its full say before the Supreme Court after we submitted our report. They put forth all their objections, submissions which were deliberated and heard fully. Thereafter, the Supreme Court passed its judgment on July 18 last year, ratifying our report. So, that has now become the judgment of the court. Thereafter, the BCCI also filed the review petition but they were unsuccessful. Then they filed curative petition, there also they failed. It is only bogey if BCCI says that certain implementations are not implementable. Once the SC has approved it, it has become the judgment of the court. Everything can be implemented. Maybe, one or two individuals are affected and therefore they say that they can’t implement these recommendations,” adds Lodha.advertisementThe reason for BCCI getting restless is the next hearing on the matter slated for July 14 in the Supreme Court. If the board remains adamant, there is always a possibility of SC enforcing the recommendations on the richest cricket body of the world.”Of course, that is the last resort (SC enforcing the recommendations) because the judgment of the highest court cannot remain unenforced and unimplemented. So, obviously it will be taken to its logical conclusion. I fail to understand their (BCCI) stance. Report is in black and white, approved by the Supreme Court. It should’ve been implemented. The Memorandum of Associations should’ve been amended, the regulations suggested by us must have been put in place. This is how a judgment is implemented. They (COA) are the in charge of BCCI affairs so I hope they will do it at the earliest,” says Lodha.
Jamaica and the Republic of South Africa are to sign a Commercial Agreement that will see businesses in both countries collaborating on nutraceuticals, research and development.This was stated by Charge d’Affaires at the South African High Commission Phillip Riley, while addressing a National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) Symposium held on November 30 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.The agreement will be signed in a few days during a visit to South Africa by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley; and Director General at NCST, Professor Errol Morrison.Mr. Riley informed that the Commercial Agreement will supplement the current partnership in place for bilateral scientific research on nutraceuticals, which came into effect in 2015.“The agreement will allow bush medicine to transition into the modern economy,” Mr. Riley stated.He said that this new bilateral agreement between both countries will be looking at how “these plants can feed us better, give us better nutrition, and how we can take those ingredients and commercialise them and turn them into businesses”.Mr. Riley added that the agreement will also involve academia, researchers and business persons.The symposium was held in collaboration with the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), and was aimed at exposing science and technology to the youth.It was also held as part of activities to highlight Science and Technology Month, which is observed in November.
Musical performances, book launches and lectures are among the events planned for the new season of Evenings at Government House, a public event series hosted by the lieutenant-governor. “The fall 2015 season of events at Government House promises to be entertaining, thought-provoking and has something for all Nova Scotians,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “Mrs. Grant and I invite the public to join us in celebrating the talents and achievements of our fellow citizens.” The public events are free and will be held at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. People can register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 902-424-7001. Registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit lt.gov.ns.ca for more details. Scheduled events are: lecture by Colonel John Boileau, Nova Scotia’s Boy Soldiers in the Great War, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. sculpture display as part of Nocturn art at night, Art in the Dark, sculptures by Luigi Costanzo, Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. to midnight musical performance by Don Brownwigg as part of Halifax Pop Explosion, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. reading by Mayann Francis, Mayann’s Train Ride, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Professor Leslie Oliver, Remembering the Men of Canada’s Black Battalion, No. 2 Construction Battalion, 1916-20, Tuesday Nov. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. musical performance by Phoneix Community Choir, Tuesday Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
De nouveaux systèmes d’avertissement de chaleur sont en place en Ontario depuis 2015 et dans toutes les provinces des Prairies depuis 2017. Des systèmes semblables seront en place dans les provinces de l’Atlantique, en Colombie-Britannique, au Yukon et dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest cet été. Tous les avertissements d’Environnement et Changement climatique Canada peuvent être consultés au https://meteo.gc.ca/warnings/index_f.html . Un nouveau système d’avertissement en cas de chaleur préviendra les Néo-Écossais lorsque le temps chaud et humide pourrait nuire à la santé. Les avertissements seront émis par le Système d’avertissement et d’intervention en cas de chaleur afin d’aviser les Néo-Écossais et les partenaires communautaires qu’une vague de chaleur est imminente. Le nouveau système est un partenariat entre Environnement et Changement climatique Canada, Santé Canada et le ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « En raison de l’impact continu du changement climatique, il est prévu que les vagues de chaleur deviendront plus fréquentes, affirme Kelly Regan, ministre intérimaire de la Santé et du Mieux-être. La chaleur et l’humidité extrêmes peuvent constituer un risque pour la santé des Néo-Écossais, et c’est pourquoi nous voulons mettre en place les outils appropriés pour atténuer ce risque. » Les avertissements de chaleur sont publiés par Environnement et Changement climatique Canada afin d’aviser le public lorsque les prévisions indiquent que la température de l’air ou l’indice humidex seront au-delà des critères définis pendant deux jours consécutifs ou plus afin de permettre aux gens de prendre des mesures pour se protéger contre les risques associés à la chaleur extrême. Voici les critères : Température de 29 degrés Celsius ou plus pendant le jour et température de 16 degrés Celsius ou plus pendant la nuit Indice humidex de 36 degrés Celsius ou plus rester dans un endroit à l’ombre ou climatisé; boire beaucoup d’eau; porter des vêtements aux couleurs pâles; faire de l’exercice ou travailler à l’extérieur pendant une période plus fraîche de la journée, et prendre des pauses fréquentes; ne pas laisser les enfants, les bébés ou les animaux sans surveillance à l’intérieur d’un véhicule; veiller sur les voisins âgés et les autres personnes vulnérables à la chaleur et leur offrir un abri climatisé et de l’eau, au besoin. « Les bébés, les jeunes enfants, les adultes de 65 ans et plus et les personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques telles que les maladies pulmonaires ou cardiaques sont particulièrement vulnérables à la chaleur et à l’humidité, souligne le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef. Les avertissements de chaleur rappelleront aux Néo-Écossais d’ajuster leurs activités quotidiennes pour éviter une maladie liée à la chaleur. » On rappelle aux Néo-Écssais de prendre les mesures suivantes pour prévenir les excès de chaleur pendant un avertissement de chaleur :
MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The City of Moose Jaw, Sask., is on the antlers of a dilemma — how to reclaim the title of having the world’s tallest moose statue?For decades its Mac the Moose statue held the record at almost 10 metres tall.But then Norway put up a silver moose statue between its capital city of Oslo and Trondheim, narrowly edging out Mac by 30 centimetres.Now, Tourism Moose Jaw has launched a campaign asking for suggestions on how the city can win back the title.One idea is to have Mac the Moose wear a Saskatchewan Roughriders helmet. Some people in Norway are aware of the campaign and say they are prepared to lock antlers with Moose Jaw to retain the honour of having the tallest statue.Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said he’s taking the fight personally, noting his family has a connection to Mac because it was named after his wife’s great-uncle and former city councillor, Les MacKenzie.“There are some things you just don’t do to Canadians — you don’t water down their beer, you don’t tell them they can’t put maple syrup on their pancakes and you don’t mess with Mac the Moose,” Tolmie said Thursday.“(The Norwegians) purposely built a moose bigger than ours, but we’re going to be dignified and we’re going to win.”Longtime city resident Clayton Boyer said regaining the title is imperative.“I think we’ve lost a little bit of our sparkle,” he said, adding a top hat would help Mac grow a few feet.People in the community have started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 towards whatever addition is decided for the statue.Tourism Moose Jaw notes that Mac weighs 9,000 kilograms and has been luring visitors to the city since 1984.The statue won an award in 2013 for being Moose Jaw’s best celebrity. (CJME, The Canadian Press) CJME, The Canadian Press
When Royal Dutch Shell requested an extension to their Arctic oil exploration leases from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), actor and healthy oceans advocate Ted Danson created a petition to encourage BSEE to turn it down.The extension, he says, would provide another five years of exploration for the only oil company that is still drilling in the US Arctic Ocean, after years of failure, plagued by mistakes and problems.“Shell already has a dangerous track record,” says Danson’s petition, “and if it’s allowed five more years to drill on the leases in question, the Arctic’s polar bears, ice seals, belugas and many other iconic inhabitants will be thrust further in harm’s way. The oil industry cannot adequately contain or clean a spill in the Arctic Ocean, and a single accident could cause serious harm to the sensitive ocean environment and the communities and wildlife that depend on it.”Danson’s petition is close to two thirds of the 150,000 signature goal. You can sign the petition here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: This weekend, Don McKellar’s apocalyptic directorial debut Last Night continues 11 straight Saturdays of classic Canadian on the CBC. But before the big show, McKellar himself will sit down for an interview on the latest episode of The Filmmakers, CBC Arts’ new film talk show. And in the above video, we’re offering up a little tease, which includes some sound advice for any Canadians wanting to follow in McKellar’s footsteps.“If you want to just make money, then you should go to the States, because you’re not going to do that here,” McKellar says. “What you do have that to compensate for that is control, and the possibility to work with likeminded people and create a vision together that is distinctive.” Advertisement
Rabat – King Mohammed VI addressed a cable of congratulations to the Interim President of Algeria Abdelkader Ben Salah after Algeria’s national football team won the final match of the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2019).In his letter, King congratulated Algeria on the deserved victory.“I would like to express to the Algerian people my warmest congratulations on this continental football achievement of Algerian football.” The monarch also conveyed the Moroccan people’s congratulations to Algeria. “On this historic event, on behalf of the entire Moroccan people, I am pleased to share with the Algerian people our pride in this deserved coronation.”The King said that this is the victory of a “neighboring and brotherly Maghreb country.” For the King, the win is a victory for Morocco as well.King Mohammed VI said that he appreciated the high technical performance and the highly competitive spirit of the Algerian team throughout the tournament.Since the elimination of Morocco’s national team from the tournament, millions of Moroccan fans have cheered for the Algerian team. After scoring their first goal, people in Moroccan cafes shouted the well-known chant: 1,2,3; Viva Algeria (long live Algeria).The chant is now widely repeated in the Maghreb region after the Algerian football team clinched the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Algeria won the final match against Senegal (1-0).Algeria’s Baghdad Bounedjah scored their solo goal in the second minute of the match.
However, moves are now underway to deport the suspects as soon as possible for them to be prosecuted in China. The suspects had been produced in court after being arrested and remanded till January 7th, the police said. The police today said that the arrest of the 100 suspects, carried out on a request by the Chinese police, could be termed as a successful joint operation between Sri Lanka and China.Of those arrested were 74 men and 26 women, all between the ages of 20 and 30, the police media unit said. The 100 Chinese nationals arrested in Colombo on Friday over their involvement in telephone fraud, are to be deported.According to the police media unit, the suspects are residents of China and Chinese Taipei.
The next government budget is to be presented in parliament on November 5 with the final vote scheduled for December.The Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) vote would be key to the current unity government in passing the budget. The TNA support would be important in the midst of reported attempts by loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to defeat the budget in order to force the government to resign. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has said that the TNA party must make its support to the government’s 2019 budget conditional to the release of all Tamil political prisoners.Wigneswaran stated this at a political meeting held in Jaffna. While Tamil political activists and rights groups describe those held for LTTE-linked terrorist acts as political prisoners, the government maintains there are no such prisoners in the country.Responding to Wigneswaran’s stance, TNA spokesman M A Sumanthiran said that the release of all Tamil political prisoners has been a long held demand of the party. “We have to consider this and ask the party to take action,” he said. Wigneswaran said some Tamil youth have been imprisoned over the last 20 years for being aligned with the former LTTE militant group. But many LTTE leaders such as its former deputy leader Karuna are free, he said.
Sara Striker has earned a distinction achieved by few people her age: she’s one of Canada’s youngest student pilots.The 14-year-old, who attends high school in Warman, spent most of her summer flying, attaining her student pilot permit and taking her first solo flight on Aug. 30 in a Cessna 150.Striker caught the flying bug early, watching her father Ron work as a commercial bush pilot in the north. He flew float planes for most of his career.At two years old, she’d sit by the controls in his plane as he flew. She recalls an incident when she was still quite young when she yanked at the control column, making her mom queasy.By the time she was nine or 10, her father started to show her how to fly.“I’ve been focusing on flying for a lot of my life,” she said.She trained with Kristen Penner at Millennium Aviation in Saskatoon for about a month over the summer.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Penner calls Striker an excellent pilot with good judgment, noting she handled tough situations — such as learning how to spin well under a time crunch — really well.Striker said she finds flying relaxing and enjoys having Penner as a flight companion — they share laughs during flights. She finds landings to be the most challenging and is working on levelling off at the right time.According to Transport Canada, approximately seven 14-year-olds hold student pilot permits in the aeroplane category. They aren’t fully licensed and must be supervised by a fully licensed instructor.To apply for a recreational pilot permit, a person has to be at least 16; they must be at least 17 to apply for a private pilot licence.When Striker made her first solo flight, Penner observed from the ground.“At first, it was nerve-racking for me,” Striker said. “But once the wheels got off the ground, I just thought, ‘I’ll just fly the plane.’ So I flew the plane and everything went all right.”Penner said she had a moment on the Monday before Striker’s solo flight when she was stressed about it.“It’s just that she was so young. Her piloting skills were excellent, her judgment was excellent. I wasn’t worried about her otherwise. If she had been 21 years old, I’d have no problems with it. It’s just that she’s 14 — you want to put her in a bubble, protect her.”Striker is the youngest student Penner has trained.She plans to continue flying a couple times a month throughout the school year. Striker said she envisions a career as a pilot — first starting with float planes up north, and then moving on to commercial email@example.com
“These reports are extremely troubling, and make a mockery of the so-called ‘de-escalation zones’ intended to protect civilians from such bombardment,” said Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro.“The parties to this conflict are failing in their obligations under international humanitarian law, including their absolute obligation to refrain from attacks against medical facilities and personnel,” Mr. Pinheiro added.Most alarmingly, the Commission has received multiple reports – which it is now investigating – that bombs allegedly containing weaponised chlorine have been used in the town of Saraqeb in Idlib and in Douma in eastern Ghouta.Mounting attacks in Idlib come at a time when the escalation of violence in eastern Ghouta has also magnified the longstanding humanitarian crisis in that besieged pocket on the north-eastern outskirts of Damascus.Airstrikes and shelling of areas held by anti-government armed groups has compounded a three-year siege in which nearly 400,000 civilians – including children – have had little access to basic assistance, including food, medicines and life-saving health assistance.“What is happening in eastern Ghouta is not simply a humanitarian crisis because aid is denied, these sieges involve the international crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population,” stated Mr. Pinheiro. “The United Nations humanitarian team in Syria warns of the dire consequences of the compounded humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country,” said a statement issued Tuesday by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the UN Representatives in Syria.“In this extreme situation,” the officials called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities lasting for at least one month throughout Syria to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid and services, evacuation of the critically sick and wounded, and alleviation of people’s suffering, to the extent possible, wherever they are.”In Afrin, the ongoing military operations and the reported blockage of exits by other forces have virtually trapped many civilians preventing them from accessing safer areas, the statement said, noting that so far, 380 families have reached surrounding villages and Aleppo city neighborhoods while thousands of people have been displaced within Afrin.“As the fighting escalates, the number of civilians affected by violence is bound to increase,” the statement warned.In Al-Hasakah, an agreement was reached to allow some UN partners to resume their work, after a month in which most humanitarian assistance came to a complete halt. This is a positive first step, but the agreement is only for a period of two months and covers a limited number of partners.Turning to Ar-Raqqah, the statement noted that the city’s devastation is unparalleled and conditions remain unsafe. Many civilians trying to return home have been killed and injured by unexploded ordinances. Services are absent. Access for humanitarian workers to the city is almost impossible due to unsafe conditions.In Idleb, the military operations resulted in increased casualties and movement of civilians to safer areas. Some of them have been forced to move several times to escape fighting. With the high concentration of displaced people, the Governorate may not be able to withstand the consequences of renewed fighting.Foah and Kafraya in Idleb continue to be besieged by non-State armed groups, without access to much needed humanitarian supplies and medical treatment.In the south, civilians in Al-Rukban camp remain inaccessible to the humanitarian team in Syria. The last time the camp was supplied with food and non-food items was from across the border in early January, the statement said.Upsurge in Violence in Idlib and eastern GhoutaMeanwhile, the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria expressed deep concern over the further escalation of violence in Idlib governorate and in eastern Ghouta.Over the last 48 hours, the scale and ferocity of attacks has increased dramatically resulting in multiple reports of civilian casualties and airstrikes that have reportedly hit at least three hospitals, including in Ma’aret al Nu’man, Kafr Nabl and Mardikh.Since the beginning of the year, the increase in violence in Idlib has resulted in another upsurge of internal displacement with over a quarter of a million civilians reportedly fleeing the fighting, according to reports received by the Commission.OCHA
Ohio State junior golfer Jaclyn Lee tees off during a round of golf in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsNearly every student at Ohio State complains about the ever-changing weather. In Columbus, learning to deal with the wind, rain, cold and overall fickle forecast is seemingly a rite of passage.Perhaps no member of the Ohio State community has more cause to complain about the weather than women’s golf head coach Therese Hession.Ohio State has less reputation and notoriety in golf than it does in many other sports, giving Hession a more difficult time recruiting than top programs. This is in large part due to Mother Nature. Top recruits want to go somewhere they can golf consistently year-round. Thanks to weather that gets cold early and stays chilled late, that’s just not possible in central Ohio.Since the mid-2000s, Ohio State has looked to untapped markets outside the United States to attract talent and remain competitive nationally as a way to circumvent the obstacle that Ohio’s climate presents.“A lot of times, the top players in some countries are really good players,” Hession said. “They might be equivalent to the top 10 or 15 percent of the players in America. A lot of the [top players] in the United States don’t give me a look up here in Ohio.”Plenty of international players want to come to the U.S. and compete in the NCAA. Hession said this is mostly due to the professional opportunities in North America — particularly the LPGA Tour — that are more lucrative than other international women’s tours.In countries with colder climates, players who want to compete as much as possible are drawn to the U.S., where they can play in tournaments around the country throughout the year.“I wanted the opportunity to get better at my golf game,” said Jaclyn Lee, a junior from Calgary, Alberta. “It’s hard to do that when the seasons turn in Canada, which is why I chose to come down [to the United States].”Though the Ohio State women’s golf team spent only $19,207 on recruiting in the fiscal year 2017, according to Ohio State Athletics’ NCAA financial statements, international travel is expensive. Hession said the coaching staff typically travels overseas to watch specific tournaments and monitor the players they want to pursue and have not seen before, rather than approach players they have already pinpointed as targets.Yet the team still needs to build a relationship with its recruits in order to establish a supportive environment vital to performance.“[Players] want to feel like they can trust me and that I will be there to take care of them,” Hession said.Having limited face-to-face interaction with international players, Ohio State has leaned heavily on technology to build relationships with recruits. This includes emailing, Skype conversations and FaceTime tours of the team’s indoor golf facility. The team also strives to build relationships with players’ coaches in their home countries. Due to NCAA regulations, coaches are not allowed to directly contact recruits until their junior year of high school. Communication with coaches provides a middle ground for Ohio State to closely monitor a player early in the process without committing any violations.Many high-school coaches continue to work with their players after they leave for college. Technology allows Hession to collaborate with these coaches and help players improve their game.“You can sit there with your phone and take a video and send it off to the teacher and they can respond in five minutes with their synopsis of what they think is going on,” Hession said. “I like to talk to those coaches, too, and tell them what I’m seeing. Video shows one thing of a swing or a putt or a chip, but I get to see a lot of how they manage themselves on the golf course, how they’re handling pressure.”Ohio State hopes its targeting of international players can help the team garner a reputation and attract talent from different countries. Katja Pogacar, a native of Slovenia who golfed for the Buckeyes from 2013 to 2017, now plays on the Ladies European Tour. Hession said she believes Pogacar’s success at Ohio State leading to a professional career has made young players in Slovenia more aware of the team.“When [recruits] know that [former players] have had a good experience and they’ve improved and they’ve gotten better and been on some great championship teams, that’s the best sales pitch that anyone could ask for,” Hession said.In the past decade, Ohio State has seen golfers from five different continents on its roster. The weather has provided Hession with a challenge to find the talent. But she has shown that she and the rest of the team will go anywhere to improve the team.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related43-yr-old Brazilian miner killed during robberyOctober 15, 2016In “Crime”Brazilian charged with murder of Guyanese minerDecember 7, 2016In “Crime”GGDMA calls for CoI into miner’s deathAugust 15, 2018In “Business” The employer and a colleague of the miner whose decomposed body was found in a shallow grave at Karrau Backdam, Mazaruni, Region Seven, on Monday last, are expected to be charged for murder some time next week.This is according to Police “F” Division Commander, Rabindranauth Budhram.“We were advised to charge for murder in the shallow grave matter,” he informed Inews on Friday.On April 17, 2017, the remains of the miner who has been identified as “Kevin” also known as “Fine Thyme” was discovered.Police confirmed that the man’s body bore several chop wounds and two men- the employer and colleague- were taken into custody to assist with the probe.Reports are that on April 7, the now dead man and the duo went to the mining pit to “wash down” gold and went for a drink after.However, in the midst of consuming alcohol, the owner of the mining camp who is also Kevin’s employer, accused him of stealing raw gold. This led to an initial altercation which was reportedly subdued by the intervention of those around.The employer and the employee reportedly went their separate ways only to return to the same mining camp shortly after.Inews understands that it was at the camp that Kevin’s employer reportedly grabbed a cutlass and dealt him several blows to the body while he was asleep in the hammock.Kevin’s colleague, who was present at the camp during the ordeal, told Police that owing to the chop wounds, Kevin fell out of the hammock, but he (colleague) was too “drunk” to help him and might have fallen asleep.The colleague said that upon waking up he did not see Kevin and thought that he had left the camp due to the beating he endured the night before. He told ranks that it was not until the body was found that he realized Kevin was dead.Commander Budhram told media operatives that following the discovery of the body the owner of the mining camp and his employee were taken into custody for questioning as neither of them had made a report of the incident.Police believe that the story told by the miner in custody had some loopholes and maintained the view that the two men might have buried the man’s body after they realised that he had stopped breathing. (Ramona Luthi)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSubmersible vessel found in Port KaitumaNovember 26, 2017In “Local News”Fuel smuggling: PPP calling on Auditor General to investigate vessel linked to Gov’t officialApril 26, 2018In “Crime”Businessmen left adrift at sea following robberyApril 9, 2014In “Crime” Acting Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams has revealed that the vessel discovered in a creek at Annbisi River in Port Kaituma, North West District (Region One) on Saturday last is not submersible but in fact a “modernised boat”.Last weekend, acting on intelligence received about a submerged craft being seen at the bank of the creek, Police ranks went to the area and arrested two men, including the Venezuelan owner, and confiscated the vessel.The “modernised” boat that was found in a creek at Port KaitumaAt the time of the discovery, the vessel – about 25 metres long, 2.7 metres wide, and 2.8 metres in depth – was undergoing maintenance work which was being carried out by a Guyanese welder.The craft was subsequently brought to the city and has been lodged at CID Headquarters in Georgetown.However, Williams explained that the owner used the boat to transport fuel. He noted that in its original form, the vessel had a capacity to hold approximately 80 to 90 barrels of fuel and as such the owner wanted to “modernise” the boat to expand its capacity so that it can carry a larger quantity of fuel.Nevertheless, the acting Crime Chief noted that the probe is still active as the Police are trying to verify the documents for the boat. He added that they are also checking with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to find out whether there are any legal requirements to make such changes to a vessel and whether the changes were registered, if required.Further, Williams disclosed that investigators are also working along with the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) to ascertain whether the vessel was found in illegal waters, that is, waterways earmarked for non-traversing by vessels.According to the acting Crime Chief, there are no reasons to believe that the vessel was being used for any illegal activities.Over the years, local security agencies have been working on tightening the policing of the country’s vast hinterland regions with the aim of clamping down on illegal activities such as narcotic trafficking, which has found the interior as a safe haven.In fact, the discovery of the vessel initially spurred concerns among law enforcement officials since it was thought to be a submersible craft; the type usually linked to the narco trade.In September 2014, a self-propellant semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel was discovered in the Waini River, Region One during an intelligence-led operation between the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force. The vessel weighed approximately 18 tonnes and was 63 feet long.There were reports of the vessel having links to Colombia however, this was never substantiated.
He said that Varadkar had made his comments prior to the Tsaoiseach’s request and said that ministers are more effective in running the country when they are in a position to discuss matters at Cabinet.“I will give my Cabinet colleagues the respect that the Taoiseach has asked me to give and I will await making any further comment on this until after the Cabinet meets tomorrow,” he added.Meanwhile, a garda spokesperson has confirmed this morning that there are “no plans” for Callinan to issue a statement today despite indications in a number of newspaper reports that this will happen.However, a source has said the current position may change as the situation is “fluid”.The controversy is likely to dominate the political agenda this week.The Dáil is due to debate the report of the Garda Inspectorate, which harshly criticised the penalty points system, for some five hours on Thursday.First published 8.52amMinister: Garda whistleblowers should have their reputations reinstatedRead: The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark Updated 12.30pm TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has suggested that Justice Minister Alan Shatter should clear up claims that two garda whistleblowers did not cooperate with the internal inquiry into the penalty points controversy. Gilmore was speaking amid ongoing controversy surrounding calls for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks that the actions of the whistleblowers were ‘disgusting’. Speaking at Croke Park today, Gilmore was asked specifically if Shatter should also withdraw remarks made on the Dáil record last year that the whistleblowers did not cooperate with the O’Mahoney inquiry. He said: “As I’ve said, there are always phrases that are used and comments that are made and I think it’s always best that they’re cleared up as quickly as possible. But I think that’s a matter for the Minister for Justice.”Asked if it is it incumbent on the minister to withdraw the claims, as is being asked of Martin Callinan, Gilmore responded: “I’ve said that I think it would be helpful if the remarks were withdrawn. I stand by that.”He added that it was a matter for both Callinan and Shatter and also defended the decision to speak out publicly on the matter last week, saying: “When matters are in the public domain and questions are being asked about it, I think answers have to be given.” He suggested that there is now a need for an independent policing authority along the lines of the arrangements in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar had said that he doesn’t want to say any more than he has already said about the controversy, saying at a tourism event this afternoon: “I said what I said at the Road Safety Conference on Thursday. I am not resiling from my position.” Reilly declines to comment Earlier, Health Minister James Reilly declined to say whether or not Callinan should withdraw his remark about the actions of two whistleblowers being ‘disgusting’.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Reilly said that while it was his own personal view that the whistleblowers “are very important” and need to be encouraged to come forward he had heard the Taoiseach “loud and clear”.Enda Kenny asked that ministers not air their views on the controversy in public after his party colleague Leo Varadkar said that Callinan should withdraw the remark.Varadkar’s call was later supported by his five Labour Cabinet colleagues with one minister, Ruairí Quinn, issuing a statement in support of the remark’s withdrawal after Kenny’s request was made.“We should sort it out in private and allow people air their views there, and I will certainly be airing my views at the Cabinet,” Reilly said this morning.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Google’s new Reader for Android app sound like a perfect combination. After all, you get full GReader support in a free, official app as well as the large display of the GTab. What’s not to love?The video above runs through a demo of the Reader app on the 7-inch Android tablet. It’s starts with a fresh Google account so you can see the “out of box” experience (and so you can’t see my dozens of LOLcat feeds).Verdict: I like it. I have my issues with the Galaxy Tab but none of its shortcomings really affect the usage of the Google Reader app. In fact the app probably looks better on the 7-inch screen than it would on a 10-inch one because of the layout. A 10-inch screen could move to a cool windowed version, like in Gmail for the iPad, but that’d definitely take some more work on Google’s part.As for the app, it’s quick, it has pretty much all the tools found on Google Reader’s full web version (as well as some new ones), and it’s enjoyable to use. RSS reading is a huge feature for me and one my tablet has to handle well, which means Android has an advantage over iOS because of Google’s release of their own app. iOS users are stuck with non-free options, some of which are very good (like Reeder) but I’d prefer to use first-party tools, especially as Google has established a track record of putting out pretty solid apps.
Gun found in burned out car close to where criminal Mark Desmond was shot dead Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Share3 Tweet Email Short URL 75 Comments 48,103 Views http://jrnl.ie/3117787 Dec 3rd 2016, 2:02 PM Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 2:02 PM Image: Brian Lawless Image: Brian Lawless GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to come forward after a man was shot dead in the Lucan area of west Dublin last night.The man has been named as well known criminal Mark Desmond who was involved with gangland activity.The body of the 41-year-old was found with gunshot wounds to the head at Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan shortly after 8pm.A blue Mazda car was found burned out close to the scene of the fatal shooting. A gun was found inside the car on Haydens Lane. Source: Brian LawlessDesmond, who was originally from Ballyfermot, had numerous previous convictions.He was a suspect for a number of murders, including that of Patrick Murray and Darren Carey, whose bodies were dumped into the Grand Canal in after being shot in 2000. Source: RollingNews,ieIn 2002, Desmond was questioned about the rape of a 15-year-old boy while he was in custody in 2000.It’s understood that he was based in Sligo in recent months working with a local drugs gang.The scene was sealed off last night but is being examined again today. Source: Brian LawlessGardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses and are interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around the park between 7pm and 9pm last night.They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have been using the park at the time such as walkers or joggers. Source: Eamoinn Farrell via RollingNews,ieIn addition anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around Haydens Lane in Lucan where a burned out car was found is asked to contact them at Lucan Garda Station 01 666 7300, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Well-known criminal shot dead in west Dublin gun attack> By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article