Safe injection sites: A slippery slope

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhile listening to Channel 6 news recently, they reported that a group wants to set up a place where drug users could shoot up safely under supervision. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought it was illegal to sell drugs in New York. Also, I thought it was illegal to buy and use drugs in this state, and these people want to enable people to break the law so they can be safe. Why not just legalize drug usage in New York, provided that the drugs have to be bought from a licensed grower and dealer. I realize there will be those who wish to do it illegally as in Prohibition. For those who are caught doing it, they should be put to death. That would discourage those criminals. Why pay $100,000 a year to jail them?While we’re at it, let’s protect other unfortunates. I don’t know what leads a person into prostitution, but I’ve seen stories where prostitutes have been killed by their johns and beaten by their pimps. Why not create rooms similar to the drug rooms where they would be paid and supervised?With a state-run bordello, the prostitutes could be under a doctor’s care to ensure their health. They can be paid a set fee and tipped for exceptional service, something like you’d do for a great haircut. We can tax both enterprises, which would help our economy. They’d have to be licensed by the state. As for those who choose to perform outside the law, there would be no police protection. If beaten or killed, that’s the breaks. If you can think of some other endeavor, I’m sure the state would be happy to listen.Peter PidgeonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Photos: 10 images that sum up the A’s wild-card loss

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland A’s returned to the MLB playoffs, but much like last year, they didn’t make much noise as they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1.The Wild Card playoff game started out with hope. MC Hammer threw out the first pitch, but starter Sean Manaea got in trouble early and gave up three home runs, including a lead-off. That put the Athletics in a hole they couldn’t get out of. Save for a run scored by Marcus Semien …last_img read more

Modern road will boost Mozambique coal sector

first_img23 February 2015The Sub-Saharan Regional Pipeline Corporation (SSRPC) is investing $350-million (about R4-billion) in transforming an approximately 350km-long narrow and unpaved carriageway into a modern road that crosses Mozambique’s Tete province and ends at the Zambezi River, where Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe have a common border.Louis Berger will provide $7.6-million in consultancy services for the rehabilitation of the road, National Road N303. The modernised road will be the shortest link to a railway under construction between the coal-rich province of Tete and the port of Nacala, the deepest port in southern Africa. The road will offer a more cost-effective transportation solution, increasing the flow of goods and mineral resources, particularly copper exports.“The rehabilitation of the N303 is vital not only for Mozambique but for the region as a whole,” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, the head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa. “The modernised road will greatly boost the local economy, which is mainly dependent on coal mining, by allowing the development of local small scale enterprises along the road.”Overall, the project will encompass the rehabilitation, widening and/or reinforcement of the road and the existing structures; improvement of the alignment, pavement and signage design; drainage and ancillary works; as well as the rehabilitation of 19 bridges. Louis Berger will be responsible for providing pure design services for the development of feasibility, environmental and social impact assessment and resettlement studies.Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and 25 years of experience working in Mozambique, where the firm has implemented approximately 50 projects. These public- and private- sector funded contracts cover a broad range of professional services in the markets of transport, environment, water and sanitation, agriculture, power, telecommunications and health.The final beneficiary of the road rehabilitation project will be the government of Mozambique, namely the National Roads Directorate, with whom SSRPC entered into a public-private partnership type of agreement.Louis Berger is a global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients to solve complex challenges. It uses the multidisciplinary expertise of nearly 6 000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners in more than 50 nations.Source: APOlast_img read more

Filmmaking Tips: The Ins and Outs of Fight Scene Choreography

first_imgEffective fight scene choreography ties together filmmaking principles, safety protocols, and proven production techniques in a seamless dance.Choreographing and directing a fight scene is no easy task. There are many moving parts involved, and it all has to sync up and look believable. Even simple fights can be dangerous, so be sure you work with your stunt coordinator to execute every move as safely as possible — especially if you involve weapons.As fight scenes often rely on some stunt work, start by checking out our earlier article “Low Budget Stunt Coordination.”Now if your goal is to become a fight choreographer, then, if you haven’t already, start taking martial arts classes. You need a plethora of techniques to draw from to develop interesting exchanges.This article will focus primarily on directing fight choreography, focusing on character background, fighting styles, and working with your choreographer. However, I’d still recommend taking a few classes (or even taking a few lessons from your choreographer) so you can get firsthand experience and learn to better communicate your ideas.Your fight scenes need to be appropriate to your film’s genre. Unless you’re trying to make a ridiculous spoof, a Matrix–style kung fu fight scene in an English period piece would be completely out of place.You also need to give your audience believable backgrounds or explanations for your characters’ martial arts skill levels. Was your character in the military? Is he or she secretly an assassin? Are they simply martial arts enthusiasts? Or did they learn to brawl on the streets? You need this information not only to give your audience a believable character and fight but also to determine how you choreograph their fight scenes.Before getting into any specifics on fighting style, we need to touch on possibly the most important framework for a fight: motivation. We need to believe in the character’s motivation for the fight. Great choreography is meaningless if the audience doesn’t care about why our hero is fighting. One of the best examples of this is from Ip Man. Behold: Fight Choreography StylesFighting in movies breaks down into about three categories. You have the street fighter, the skilled martial artist, and the master. The most realistic is the street fighter, and the most stylized and staged is the master.Street FighterKeep in mind that no matter how realistic you want your fight to be, it’s always going to be staged. Rarely are actual street fights anything like street fights in films. They’re typically fast, dirty, and tangled with people. They’re not pretty, and it’s difficult to really make out distinct techniques. By way of comparison, conversations in real life aren’t as clean and crisp and to-the-point as they are in films, but they still feel natural and sound real. That’s what all fight scenes aim to do.(An excellent example of realistic fighting comes from Fight Club.)This fight simulates realism. It’s gritty, it’s rough, but you can still make out the moves. Notice how the fighters in Fight Club seem to be mimicking boxers and MMA fighters, but they don’t have truly proper form or technique. Maybe they watched some tutorials or took a karate class as a child, but these characters are not trained fighters. Their skill comes from pure trial and error — learning the hard way.There are times when the characters punch wildly in the air, with no real discipline. They’re both antsy and a bit unfocused. They miss opportunities for joint locks or more advanced techniques because all they know is striking and backyard wrestling. A good base to draw on for the street fighter is basic boxing. The techniques themselves might not be fancy, but you can still make the fight interesting. Focus on tension and character motivation.Skilled Martial ArtistThe skilled martial artist is well-trained and highly skilled. Maybe he or she came out of some military Special Ops program, or trained their whole life with an old master. But here we are still simulating a realistic fight, just with a touch flair and coordination to raise the stakes and intricacy of the choreography. Netflix’s Daredevil does this perfectly.The fight is gritty and rough, but Daredevil clearly uses more advanced techniques than the street fighter —joint locks, throws, well-coordinated slips, bobs, and weaves. Occasionally, we see a flip, either as an evasion or to deliver a kick — thrown in for flair disguised as practicality. He’s still throwing punches in the heat of the moment, sometimes his form gets sloppy from fatigue or when he gets overwhelmed by opponents, but his skill and control shine through nonetheless.Notice how all the fighters stop from time to time to catch their breath, but it never ruins the pacing of the fight. The tension actually builds, and it further simulates realism while maintaining a heightened choreographic style.You can draw from any martial art here since your hero is highly trained; just make sure the style fits with his or her back story. The idea is that, despite their training, they’ll still get tired, their form will not be perfect after fighting for three minutes straight, and sometimes they may stumble and fall. Real fights aren’t graceful.The MasterThe master, however, is flawless and graceful. Think old Hong Kong movies or The Matrix. The techniques are crisp and beautiful. If choreographed well, even some of the more complicated and intricate techniques can look practical. The skilled martial artist can pull off basic and intermediate joint locks using someone’s elbow or shoulder when given the chance, but their techniques still rely on gross motor control; they must be able to execute techniques quickly and in the heat of the moment without thought.However the master can easily pull off joint locks using the opponent’s fingers and is a master of fine motor control; they have laser focus, and adrenaline doesn’t slow their movements or self control.The master-style choreography relies on fast and clean delivery of techniques and excellent stance and form. Your actors and stunt doubles need to really know the style and have excellent muscle control. Rarely does this character’s form slacken when they get tired.When looking for a martial art, you can pick nearly any style. Find one with forms or katas, like Karate, Kung Fu, or even traditional Muay Thai (not the MMA style of Muay Thai). Choreographing this style really requires your choreographer to have a strong grasp of the style’s traditional forms — and their applications.FlowA key component to engaging choreography is flow. Notice in all the examples, the fighters don’t start and stop. Yes there are moments when they may pause to catch their breath or exchange dialogue, etc.; however, they don’t just stop after a technique or two. Check out the video below to see what I mean.(Forgive the obnoxious slow motion in example one; it was a John Woo parody.)In example one, after nearly every exchange, we just kinda stop dead in our tracks. There’s no real tension built — it just slows down. It’s like watching an old-school, turn-based RPG but without the excitement of playing it. However, in example two, the pacing is much faster, and the tension continues to build. The characters must adapt during the fight to overcome the opponent and outsmart them.Also pay attention to the number of techniques per second. In example one, there are maybe two or three. In example two, there are about five to six techniques per second! Regardless of the style of choreography you choose, you’re always simulating real fighting to some degree, and real fights are fast! Whether it’s a street fight with basic jabs and hooks or masters battling it out with secret techniques and finger locks, you need the fight to move fast — and keep moving!Mixing and MatchingYou don’t have to adhere to one style of choreography. You can mix and match. A master or skilled martial artist may go up against a gang of street fighters. Maybe your hero’s skill level lies somewhere between street fighter and skilled martial artist. Personally I’d put most of Jackie Chan’s style between skilled martial artist and master; he purposefully gets his characters hurt and has them stumble (and not just for comedic effect but also to build tension and engagement), but his characters are almost always pulling off master-level stances and techniques.Play around. Experiment. Work with your choreographer on what styles best suit the story and the characters, and build from there. But choreography is just the first step in a good fight scene. Once you have the fight planned, you’ll eventually have to shoot it. For some tips on shooting the fight, refer to our earlier article on directing fight cinematography.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Stop Telling People to Shoot Their Film on an iPhoneNew to Filmmaking? 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Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)BRISBANE, Australia—There will be no rush for Jeff Horn in the first round. Instead, he’ll measure Manny Pacquiao’s distance before testing his speed and power.Afterwards, Horn will try to break down Pacquiao’s body before going for the kill on the later rounds.ADVERTISEMENT Battle of Brisbane Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “We must be mistake-free tomorrow (Sunday),” said Rushton.Having thoroughly analyzed Pacquiao’s previous fights, Rushton is taking a cue from what Pacquiao did to Ricky Hatton in 2009, when he flattened the Briton in just two rounds.Rushton said Hatton made a mistake and paid the price.Claiming that Horn is competent and technically proficient to adapt to whatever Pacquiao will bring to the ring, Rushton promised a “Bloody Sunday.”Though they’ve stated that Pacquiao’s chin will be a prime target, owing to what Juan Manuel Marquez did to him in 2013, Rushton insists Hop has a large target area.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “We’re prepared to hit him in the head, body, and wherever,” said Rushton.Not only that, the mixed martial arts expert and self-made millionaire swears Horn has everything in hisarsenal.“He can hit from long range, middle range and short range,” said Rushton.Horn’s unpredictability will also be a key factor in his bid to stun Pacquiao, and probably send him into retirement, according to Rushton.“He throws punches from everywhere. He can turn southpaw like Manny, he can hit with right hand leads and can move and fight from angles that Manny hasn’t encountered before.”In other words, Rushton believes Horn’s so good, Pacquiao will look bad on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? To proceed with caution is what trainer Glenn Rushton wants Horn to do in the headliner of “Battle of Brisbane.”Rushton, who has charted an extensive 10-point plan to improve their chances of dethroning Pacquiao, said Horn should stick to it once the bell rings and when it ends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“After the first two to three rounds, I want Jeff to say it’s ‘another easy day at the office.’”In addition, Rushton wants Horn to commit no mistake throughout the execution of the strategy, which likely includes Horn avoiding Pacquiao’s vaunted straight left. 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 Gameslast_img read more

Lakers boost Anthony Davis offer as Pelicans get wish list

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes That leaves the Lakers, who according to ESPN had multiple conversations Monday with the Pelicans regarding Davis and have offered multiple young players and draft picks plus money as salary cap relief for the Pelicans.The Lakers, 27-26, are 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.Bringing Davis to the Lakers to play alongside LeBron James would give the team another major two-man combination in their history of success with such duos as Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West.It’s Johnson who would make any final decision for the Lakers as team president.The Pelicans have lost seven of their past 10 games and slid to 13th in the west at 23-30, 5.5 games behind the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trail Blazers swing NBA deal with Cavs for guard Rodney Hood Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the Detroit Pistons at Smoothie King Center on January 23, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFPAnthony Davis has given the New Orleans Pelicans an NBA wish list of teams, according to multiple reports Monday, while the Los Angeles Lakers have revised their offer for him.The 25-year-old forward who helped the United States capture 2012 London Olympic gold is the most prized player up for grabs as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline approaches.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Rich Paul, Davis’s agent, revealed his star client’s trade demand a week ago, leading to a $50,000 fine for Davis from the NBA but forcing the Pelicans’ hand, lest he play out his contract next year and leave without any compensation.ESPN reported Monday that Davis has given the Pelicans a list with a “handful” of clubs where he would sign a long-term deal after a trade, saying it includes Milwaukee and does not include Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Lakers, Bucks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are on the list, according to the Los Angeles Times.But the Bucks and Clippers haven’t made an offer for Davis, according to both reports, and the Knicks and Clippers are expected to save salary cap room for July free agency while the Bucks, with the NBA’s best record at 38-13, would need major roster juggling to make an offer. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more

Government making some progress on child welfare file but more is needed

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsThe Government of Canada was back before the Canadian Human Rights Commission giving an update on how it is improving the child welfare system for First Nations children.To date, Ottawa has been severely criticized for how it funds the child welfare system on reserve compared to how provinces pays for the system off-reserve.In 2016 the tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children.Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, and one of the parties that took the government to the tribunal, said there is some progress but more work is [email protected]@aptnafrancislast_img read more

NBA News Heats Big 3 Discussing Contract Carmelo to

Perhaps all the discussion of LeBron James truly considering leaving the Miami Heat via free agency has been premature. James and “Big 3” cohorts Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have all optioned out of their contracts, but have been discussing future deals–an indication that they are strategizing a return to Miami.All three, and Udonis Haslem, will officially become free agents on Tuesday. Unlike in 2010 when all three took nearly identical contracts, the discussions this time have included the possibility that James would draw the highest salary among the three, sources told ESPN.James, 29, has never been the single highest-paid player on his team in his 11-year NBA career.Under league rules, players are not allowed to negotiate new contracts with their teams until July 1. However, there is nothing preventing the players from working it out among themselves, and cutting up the Heat’s upcoming record $55 million in available cap space is believed to have been a major part of the discussion when Wade, James and Bosh held a meeting last week in Miami.The trio of Heat stars working collectively have three general options on how to put together their deals that could affect how aggressive the team will be going after other free agents. The Heat’s front office, led by president Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg, will consult but have different plans for all three contingencies, sources said.James, Bosh and Wade could all re-sign and take raises to the maximum salary starting at $22 million each, which would carry the Heat into the luxury tax and significantly limit their spending options this season and in the following seasons.They could all take significant pay cuts, perhaps in excess of $5 million per year each, that would take the Heat below the salary cap and leave enough room to chase a major free agent like point guard Kyle Lowry. Though the Heat may ultimately investigate the possibility of Carmelo Anthony, that option has not been seriously discussed among the parties yet, sources said.The last option is that the Heat stars could all take moderate pay cuts and stagger their salaries at different levels. This would likely not leave significant cap space, but it would take the Heat below the luxury tax line and enable them up to use the full mid-level exception of $5.3 million and the biannual exception of $2 million to bring in multiple role players.With James saying the team needs to improve “at every position,” it seems possible the third option may end up being the most likely, especially after the Heat players all took pay cuts when they came to Miami four years ago.Carmelo Anthony to Visit Chicago Bulls FirstCarmelo Anthony, who has committed to opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks, plans to visit the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, the first day free agents can have contact with other teams.Anthony, who maintains an offseason home in Los Angeles, is also expected to meet with the with the Los Angeles Lakers in LA next week.But reported Saturday that although Anthony is about to be courted hard by the aforementioned suitors, the New York Knicks remain optimistic that Anthony will re-sign with the team. A source told the website that Anthony, the star forward, and new Knicks president Phil Jackson, have  “connected.”Bucks Seeking Jason Kidd as Head Coach; Larry Drew OutJason Kidd, after just one year as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, could become the new leader of the Milwaukee Bucks if the teams agree to a trade for a draft pick.The Nets want a first-round selection; the Bucks are offering a second.“If the Nets agree then there will be a deal, if they don’t then [the Bucks] are comfortable moving on and there will be nothing further to talk about,” said the source. “The only thing (the Bucks) would give them is a second-round pick. They want a first. In the next 24 hours, there will either be a deal or there won’t be a deal.”All this leaves Larry Drew out of a job for the second year in a row. The Atlanta Hawks unceremoniously dumped Drew prior to last season. Now, after one nondescript year with the roster-suffering Bucks, he’s out again.“If Jason accepts, then they will work it out [with Drew],” said the source. “If the deal doesn’t happen, then there will be an issue with Larry.”A league source told Saturday that Lionel Hollins has already emerged as “a very serious candidate” to become head coach of the Nets in the event Kidd does end up in Milwaukee.“In a lot of ways he makes the most sense,” a league source said of Hollins. “He represents stability, and stability is very important right now. He rules with an iron fist and gets a lot out of his players, so he’d be very high on the list right now, and likely the leader.” read more