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first_imgHOLMDEL – The Holmdel Township Board of Education has appointed Dr. Robert McGarry as assistant superintendent, curriculum and instruction.McGarry, whose appointment began Monday, Feb. 24, began his career as a teacher and coach in September 1995 in the Hillsborough Township School District where he taught vocal/general music in kindergarten through eighth grade. He also served as cross-country coach and running club advisor, developed and taught a course in the Parent’s Academy for Continuing Education, and served on the district strategic planning team. He later taught in the Marlboro Township schools where he also oversaw the development of the district’s first Summer Arts and Technology Camp for Basic Skills students.McGarry was supervisor of curriculum and instruction in both the Montville and East Brunswick schools. Over the course of his six years there, East Brunswick‘s arts programs received both state and national recognition. As director of curriculum and instruction at Shore Regional High School District, he guided the successful implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. He later served as director of curriculum and instruction in the Asbury Park School District.In 2006, he was invited to participate in the revision of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and in 2011 he was one of two educators chosen to represent New Jersey on the U.S. Department of Education’s Regional Advisory Council for the mid-Atlantic states.McGarry earned his Doctor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of several book chapters and journal articles and has had his work published in Educational Leadership, Kappan Magazine and in publications of the American Public Health Association.A resident of Long Branch, he is an avid runner and completed the New York City Marathon and is also a frequent musical theater performer and conductor in Red Bank and in his hometown of Spring Lake.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Green Men, the two super fans known as Force and Sully who root for the Vancouver Canucks, aim to spice up Hockey Night in Canada’s Monday broadcast with their antics (5 p.m.). Saturday at a fan rally in downtown Vancouver, the Green Men announced they will be making the trip to Boston to watch their beloved Canucks play the Boston Bruins for Games three and four of the Stanley Cup finals — thanks to Travelzoo Inc, a global Internet media company. “In Vancouver and across Canada this spring the Canucks are the big story,” said Sully.  “We’re going to help make Vancouver’s hockey story a little bigger in Boston next week. Our goal is to get some rings on the Canucks fingers and we’re not going to sleep until that happens.” The Green Men have caught the nation’s attention for their fun antics at Canucks games and have even spawned a whole group of imitators.“I don’t think we’ll be honoured with a Key to the City, but we’re thrilled to be traveling to Boston for both games and look forward to visiting — as only Green Men can,” said Force.  In honour of the Vancouver Green Men, Travelzoo Canada will be giving out a phenomenal trip for two to anyone who is a member or signs up to be a member at Travelzoo.ca.last_img read more

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first_imgMartin Jones520040%$199,350 MANDELLA EYES SHOEMAKER MILE FOR BAL A BALIBal a Bali, perhaps the most dynamic South American newcomer since Carmen Miranda, likely will make his next start in the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf June 13, Richard Mandella indicated Sunday morning.“He came out great and we’re looking forward to the Shoemaker Mile here,” Mandella said less than 24 hours after the Brazilian import rolled to a one-length victory in the Grade III American Stakes in his U.S. debut.“I just hate to go running him around the country yet,” Mandella added, alluding to Belmont Park’s Grade I, $1 million Manhattan at 1 ¼ miles on grass June 6. “He’s just getting started, so right now I’d say that’s the plan. I’m not saying the Manhattan’s not possible, but right now the plan is to run here.”Bal a Bali, a 5-year-old Brazilian-bred horse, recorded his 12th win from 13 starts in the American, weaving his way through traffic and finding an opening in the stretch under Santa Anita’s leading rider Flavien Prat to reward favorite players with a $5 win mutuel.The American was the first race in nearly 11 months for Bal a Bali, who overcame a major ailment before Mandella could train him up to his U.S. debut.“It is really fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis,” Mandella said.“Dr. Vernon Dryden, the podiatrist at Rood & Riddle in Kentucky, did an unbelievable job getting him back to the races. I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Mandella and Prat, meanwhile, have proved a winning combination. The 22-year-old Frenchman has ridden 15 horses for the Hall of Fame trainer this meet, winning five with five seconds. Dating back to his Southern California debut, Prat has won 17 times from 72 mounts for Mandella, 23 percent. He also has 15 seconds and six thirds for an in-the-money mark of 52 percent.“Flavien is winning at 30 percent on turf this meet with eight wins,” points out his agent, Derek Lawson.As to Beholder, who was scratched from yesterday’s Grade I Vanity Stakes due to a fever, Mandella said the two-time Eclipse Award winner continues to show progress.“Her temperature is staying at a good level and her blood is getting better,” he said. Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 Richard Mandella1755129%$385,840 THE TWO BAFFERTS ‘LOOK GOOD’ FOR PREAKNESSGRADE I SHOEMAKER MILE NEXT UP FOR BAL A BALI?SPAWR BACK ON THE BEAT AFTER BACK SURGERYWORKS TOTAL 243 HORSES, 28 FOR HOLLENDORFER John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 (Current Through Saturday, May 9) Jorge Periban722129%$45,870 Alex Solis1123118%$110,400 Alonso Quinonez1821411%$64,220 Peter Eurton1321315%$60,156 Robertino Diodoro921122%$47,390 FINISH LINES. On a glorious Mothers’ Day morning at Santa Anita, there were 243 recorded workouts, including 13 on the turf and five on the training track. Topping the list were 28 for Jerry Hollendorfer, including 2013 Met Mile winner Sahara Sky, who went in company with Outside Nashville, getting six furlong times of 1:14.20 and 1:14, respectively. Sahara Sky is ticketed for this year’s Met Mile on Belmont Day, June 6. It wasn’t a one-day record for Hollendorfer workers, “but it was close,” said assistant Dan Ward . . . Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho is back with trainer Jim Cassidy after finishing 14th in the Kentucky Derby but future plans are on hold. “He ran well,” Cassidy said. “It was just a little too far him. He came back in good form, but we backed off him a bit. I really don’t have anything I’m pointing to right now.” . . . Longevity personified: Jose “Vinny” Castaneda, the groom for My Sweet Addiction, upset winner of Saturday’s Grade I Vanity Stakes, has been with the barn through three generations since the 1960s, starting with Farrell Jones, then his son, Gary Jones, and now Gary’s son, Marty, who trains My Sweet Addiction for owner/breeder Pamela Ziebarth . . . Racing rarity: Canny Nanny, Market Magic, Savings Account and Compelling Case finished one, two, three, four in Saturday’s 10th race at Churchill Downs. Each horse went off at odds of 7-2 . . . Through 10 days of the Spring Meet, favorites are winning at 31.40 percent (27 of 86), according to Santa Anita’s ever-efficient stat man Jason Hom. Favorites on dirt are scoring at 28.57 percent (16 of 56); on turf at 36.67 (11 of 30); odds-on favorites at 30.77 (four of 13); in-the-money favorites at 67.44 (58 of 86); and in-the-money odds-on favorites at 76.92 (10 of 13) . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place. Gonzalo Nicolas3132610%$106,896 Mike Puype1921311%$114,560 Edwin Maldonado3047413%$157,000 William Spawr630050%$58,200 Santiago Gonzalez2937110%$128,570 Felipe Valdez3255216%$173,530 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 Martin Garcia1020120%$56,990 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bob Baffert921122%$94,740center_img Flavien Prat43119226%$608,520 Brayan Pena252118%$52,870 SPAWR ON WINNING TRACK AFTER BACK SURGERYYou can’t keep a good man down, the saying goes, and anyone who’s been around racing for any length of time knows Bill Spawr is a good man, especially with horses.The 74-year-old trainer is usually the first one at the track every morning and the first one to leave, unless he has a horse running, like he did yesterday, when first-time starter Matriculate ran in the first race, winning off by 6 ½ lengths to give jockey Elvis Trujillo his 2,000th career victory.With the aid of a four-pronged walker, Spawr was back on the beat Sunday morning recovering from back surgery, which didn’t keep him out for long.“I was training Monday at 9 in the morning, had surgery at 2 p.m. and was back at the barn the next day,” Spawr said. “It was the first day I missed in 11 years. A disc in my L3 vertebrae broke and was pushing down on a nerve in my right knee causing numbness.“I was lucky to have the surgery done so quickly; I hope to shed this walker very soon.”The 31-year-old Trujillo, meanwhile, had an easy score aboard Matriculate, a 3-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit. “I want to thank the trainers and owners on the East Coast and out here who have been so good to me,” said the native of Panama, who is represented by Tom Knust.“Trainers like Bill Spawr, Peter Miller, Jerry Hollendorfer and Steve DiMauro have helped me so much. I’d like to win 2,000 more. With God’s help and if I stay healthy, hopefully I can.”Trujillo will be at Pimlico on Saturday, Preakness Day, to ride Oscar Party for Jim Cassidy in the Grade III Gallorette Stakes. Peter Miller1726112%$136,410 BAFFERT SEEKS SIXTH PREAKNESS VICTORYThe pressure is off for Bob Baffert, or so it would seem.He accomplished his major objective last Saturday, winning the mile and a quarter Kentucky Derby with American Pharoah and finishing third with Dortmund. Next up: Saturday’s second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, a race Baffert has won five times, with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002) and Lookin At Lucky (2010).“They both ran their races and that’s all you can ask for,” Baffert said of American Pharoah and Dortmund. “Turning for home they were there and they ran first and third, so I was just happy and relieved that we won the Kentucky Derby.“We won the most important race we were aiming for, so now it’s on to the Preakness. I haven’t seen anything that would tell me American Pharoah has regressed. Both horses look good, so that means they were pretty fit.“Going into the Derby, they were well-conditioned. You have to have good horses and they have to run their race, and they both ran their races and that’s a good sign.”Is the shorter Preakness distance of a mile and three sixteenths and a different track surface cause for concern?“You know what?,” Baffert said. “I’ve had a lot of success in the Preakness, because I’ve won it with really good horses. I’ve always gone in there and won with the best horse, but you still have to get the trip, the post, everything. You still have to be lucky.“I really don’t think about it until after the draw. Then you start trying to figure out strategy. The break is still the most important part. Last year with Bayern, he just got completely eliminated at the start, so you can get eliminated, forget about what kind of horse you have.“You never know how they’re going to run. When I got there with Silver Charm, I wasn’t sure how he was going to run, but I had just won the Derby, so I felt if he wins, fine, if he doesn’t, I still won the Derby.“I feel good about our horses for the Preakness, but you still need to get around there.”In conjunction with the Preakness, Santa Anita will present an attractive day of live racing along with a big Preakness party featuring the Preakness Handicapping Challenge offering $100,000 in prizes next weekend, May 16 and 17.Admission gates open on Preakness Day at 8 a.m., first live race post time is at 11:30 a.m. For details, visit santaanita.com. Doug O’Neill2868321%$280,620 Tiago Pereira2136314%$171,220 Mike Smith1121118%$254,280 Mark Glatt1823311%$89,354 Elvis Trujillo3141313%$186,700 John Sadler222439%$131,598 Philip D’Amato2072235%$278,960 Tyler Baze581091217%$480,650 Fernando Perez3767616%$259,480 -30- Richard Baltas1852128%$281,070 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo3862716%$233,942 Rafael Bejarano3357815%$261,020 Mario Gutierrez1422314%$109,720 Drayden Van Dyke3254216%$201,710 Victor Espinoza721029%$92,270last_img read more

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first_img1 October 2010 State involvement, challenges “We are confident the necessary work will be done, and we are committed to do the best we can to help grow the automotive industry in SA.” Lourencon said the Spark was well suited to the South African market, with customers having placed over 1 800 orders for this product during the first month of sales: “We therefore have no doubt that the new Spark is going to be a volume player here,” he said. Expanding export markets Local production is set to commence during the first quarter of 2012, creating about 500 direct new jobs in GMSA. The plant will assemble around 15 000 Sparks per annum, with half of this destined for export markets. The Spark will initially be produced for the local market as well for Australia, New Zealand and other Asia Pacific right-hand drive markets. Launched in South Africa in August this year, the Spark is currently imported from South Korea. “This investment reinforces our commitment to doing business in South Africa and continues a key player in motor industry,” General Motors Africa MD Edgar Lourencon said in a statement this week. “This decision was based on the Spark success in the global market and to support GM South Africa’s objective to assemble over 50 000 vehicles per annum, in line with the government’s Automotive Production Development Plan, which replaces the Motor Industry Development Plan in 2013.”center_img He added that the recent labour disruptions in the automotive and components industry, and associated above-inflation wage increases, meant that a concerted effort was called for from the industry, the unions and the government to improve productivity levels in order to reverse the current negative trend. Lourencon said there were opportunities in the short to medium term to expand export markets for the new Spark and Isuzu KB, but that it was “dependent upon the ability of the South African motor industry to improve its overall competitiveness”. The Isuzu export contract, together with the new Spark export contract, is valued at over R1.5-billion per annum. “We want to thank [the] government for the support the industry receives via the Automotive Production Development Plan,” Lourencon said. “Without these levels of support, we would not be able to make these investments in the South African automotive industry.” General Motors South Africa has announced an investment of over R1-billion in its Struandale, Port Elizabeth plant to enable the company to build the new generation Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Corsa Utility and Isuzu KB vehicles for local and international markets. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material GM South Africa also announced that it had reached an agreement with Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan to expand exports of its Isuzu light commercial vehicles in sub-Saharan Africa. This agreement will provide export opportunities beyond the current export markets of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritius.last_img read more

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first_img16 January 2013The South African Police Service (SAPS) made 67 000 arrests around the country over the festive season, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday.The arrests – for crimes ranging from murder, robbery and rape to fraud, shoplifting and driving under the influence – took place during the course of a festive season safety campaign which began on 15 October and will officially end on 31 January.A total of 704 were arrested for public violence. “We respect the right of citizens to protest as that is a constitutionally enshrined right and we have no intention to tamper with these rights,” Mthethwa said.“We, however, firmly oppose any violent destruction of property, intimidation and murder of innocent people, while these criminal acts are being disguised and justified as public protests.”Lawlessness on the country’s roads was responsible for a high number of arrests, with crimes ranging from speeding to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.“We remain very concerned about the lack of adherence to the rules of the road, which have resulted in fatalities and loss of lives,” the minister said said.“We arrested 2 751 suspects for driving under the influence, which is exceptionally high.”According to Transport Minister Ben Martins, approximately 1 465 South Africans lost their lives on the country’s roads over the festive season.Stolen vehicles were also a problem, and Mthethwa said the police had confiscated 451 vehicles nationally, with 296 suspects arrested for theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles.In addition, he said, 51 191 fines were issued for offences ranging from traffic violations to unlawfully running liquor outlets.Illegal firearms and ammunition were also confiscated, with the police finding 721 guns and 7 638 rounds of ammunition, including nine commercial explosives.Drugs also posed a threat, but the arrest of 8 889 suspects for drug-related crimes helped put a dent in the scourge.“We confiscated 6-million grams of dagga, 2 832 grams of cocaine, 4 225 grams of nyaope [a mixture of dagga and cheap heroin] and 2 551 grams of tik [crystal methamphetamine].”From the start of the campaign, about 1 477 901 people 501 373 vehicles were searched, with 3 614 roadblocks conducted.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts MetroPCS, the 5th largest wireless carrier in the United States, has announced a new pricing structure that requires customers to pay extra to access video services other than YouTube, audio including Pandora or any VOIP service, over their mobile devices. GigaOm’s Ryan Kim says the move raises “the specter of consumers paying more for certain kinds of content and the potential for a fractured Internet experience, where users may not be free to jump easily from one site to another.”This could be a key move in the struggle over network neutrality or tiered pricing by content type.MetroPCS’s estimated 6.6 million customers will be given a range of discounted data options, from $40 through $60 per month. Though the $40 per month plan allows unlimited web page browsing and YouTube viewing, and admittedly comes with no contract required, you’ll need to pay more to access other types of media. As the company explains, “With the $50 and $60 service plans, consumers have more data access service choices to better fit their actual usage of certain streaming audio and video content, real-time Internet gaming, music and video downloads and other media applications.”The prospect of paying $40 per month for mobile data access and only being allowed to view online video or listen to online audio from a selected list of sources is just repugnant though, isn’t it?“What this all means,” Kim writes at GigaOm, “is that users can browse Facebook all day long and could click on any YouTube links to see the video. But if they click on a link to another video service, users can visit the site but won’t be able to view the video. Facebook videos are also likely blocked as are streaming music services such as Pandora. [MetroPCS spokesperson Drew Crowell] said YouTube doesn’t have a special relationship with MetroPCS. It was just one of the most popular multimedia sites among MetroPCS consumers so the carrier decided to allow unlimited access to it.”Does that sound fair to you? I must confess, when Google and Verizon made a joint announcement this Summer about Net Neutrality and excluded wireless from their support of it, I didn’t think it unreasonable. (I was nearly alone in this, too, I think.)I think I may have been wrong. Seeing a wireless network put tiered pricing into play makes me feel pretty ill. For some silly reason, I didn’t think they would really do it. The prospect of paying $40 per month for mobile data access and only being allowed to view online video or listen to online audio from a selected list of sources is just repugnant though, isn’t it?Here’s how GigaOm’s Ryan Kim puts it:These new plans, if they’re allowed to stand, show us what the future of mobile broadband will look like if operators have their way. It could be a frustrating experience for users, recreating a walled garden. It’s not surprising that MetroPCS is trying to push this agenda. Most operators would stand to gain a lot if they can get this type of plan to fly. Eventually, I expect MetroPCS won’t be the only operator looking to lay down new toll layers atop the mobile Internet.Related: British Telecom is working on something very similar, called Content Connect. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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first_imgWant to make your next unboxing vid stand out from the crowd? These stylish tunes will do the trick.Cover image via Shutterstock.Image via Shutterstock.Just one look on YouTube, and it’s plain to see: unboxing videos are a big deal. For every highly anticipated product that gets released, there are numerous vloggers documenting it. If you’re an unboxing video creator, you’re in good company — popular channels like Unbox Therapy can reach viewership in the millions.It’s easy to see why unboxing videos are so popular. They offer viewers an authentic, third-party look at a new product, unbiased by marketing hype — all while conjuring that exciting, Christmas-morning feeling of anticipation.As experts in all things music, we believe that the soundtrack you choose for your unboxing video can contribute a lot to its success. A high-quality track can give your work a polished, stylish feel. It can also reassure viewers that they’re watching a professional who knows their stuff when it comes to the product they’re unveiling. Take a look at the Samsung Gear IconX unboxing video below, for example. It uses the PremiumBeat track “Oh So Happy” by Gentle Fire Studio to great effect.To help take your unboxing videos to the next level, our music team has curated a selection of ideal royalty free tracks. These bright, engaging cues are the perfect match for showcasing exciting new products — from the latest tech to brand-new toys. Each track is royalty free, so with the purchase of a simple license, you can use your chosen tracks online in as many videos as you want.last_img read more

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first_imgSure, Russian Arm systems are amazing, and we’d all love to use one, but if you don’t have the budget for one, just build your own car-side camera mount.So, if the tutorial for my previous car camera rig for the hood, roof, or trunk didn’t send you screaming in fear of smashing your camera package into a million pieces, then have I got a new video for you! In this video tutorial, I cover how you can build a car-side camera mount for $50 that will get you some great low-angle vehicle shots without blowing your entire production budget.But, first things first. If you want to learn to capture these challenging but impressive angles, you’ve got to run a safe shoot. And there are laws against the obstruction of the driver’s view that include rearview mirrors. So review your local traffic laws, get the proper permits, and do not drive on public roads with heavy traffic using a side-mounted camera rig.Now then. Let’s get started. Using reclaimed materials, I was able to create a simple side mount using the build platform from my previous mount. However, while it’s not technically necessary, I purchased two dual dent pullers. This keeps things easier to manage due to the different angles of a car’s exterior molding. Attaching all four points is going to be impossible for most compact cars, but two is still possible with a quad version. You will need a truck, van, or SUV with a large flat surface area with good ground clearance for the chase vehicle. (You may want to find access to such a vehicle before creating a rig specifically like mine.)I used two large metal shelf supports to brace two boards at a perpendicular angle, but a rigged metal piece doesn’t allow for angle adjustments, hence the flat surface requirement. Perhaps using metal wire, a turnbuckle, and hinges could accommodate angle adjustment — although you’ll get some bouncing if don’t lock everything down with some tow straps. Suction cup failure is always a possibility, and the straps are a wonderful safety measure. Your heart will thank you later.You can use the same u-bolts to attach the suction cups, but you will need a set of new bolts to attach the metal frames. You can use self-locking bolts to make sure everything stays secure, but make sure to use the right length for your setup.When it comes to testing this kind of rig, I suggest using multi-level parking garages. They are open to the public but don’t have through traffic, and many are nearly empty at the right time of day. Weather is not major factor either, due to the cover. Nearly all of them have lighting of some kind, and most importantly, their traffic is one-way, so there is much less for the driver to worry about. Basically, do everything you can to isolate yourself from other drivers, without obstructing traffic or closing roads — if you have not obtained a permit. Closing a road with a permit usually requires insurance and hiring police officers to direct traffic. But most parking structures have a gate of some kind, so you can use a spotter to inform the rest of the team when other drivers enter the structure.Next was finding a good subject. It needed to complement the sense of speed that this mount creates, as low to the ground as it is. A friend of mine races and builds beautiful motorcycles, so he was the perfect candidate — never ask anyone without professional experience or training to do any stunt work.I also asked fellow photo/video friends to drive, pull focus, and capture behind-the-scenes footage to finish out the crew. A bit of location-scouting helped me figure out what kind of traffic and lighting to expect.There is some specific equipment that really helps out you’re using a gimbal setup. (The next video I create will feature all the equipment I’ve chosen, with commentary on its usefulness and limitations.) Personally, my equipment budget is very tight, but I’ll save up when I have to in order to get good, durable functionality. Here are the main components:GH5: small, easy-to-balance camera with powerful codec options.DJI Ronin MX: cheaper gimbal option, advertised to have stronger motors with GPS capability.Aputure DEC Lens Regain: wireless record function control, f-stop adjustment, and less accurate focus control.Cinegears Rattlesnake Follow Focus: more accurate wireless focus controls that can make a photo lens feel like a true cinema lens.Sigma 18-35mm Art Lens: a fast lens that can change focal length without a change in barrel size or weight distribution.O Gear HDMI Transmitter: wireless HDMI viewing (can be glitchy based on setup and distance).Once everyone is on set, and the equipment is ready, go over the game plan with your entire crew. Create a route for your scene that everyone can follow, including instructions for returning “back to 1” — or the first position of the scene for crew and actors. And be ready for some disappointment here and there. It is very difficult to keep the camera locked on the subject when making the turns due to g-forces. And speed is difficult to manage. But persistence will pay off, and some things you can fix with some editing tricks. (I sped up almost every shot in my thirty-second spec commercial a great deal, for example.) The rest of the tutorial video is raw footage with no processing.Good luck building your own rig!Looking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.This DIY Roger Deakins-Style Ring Light Costs Less Than $150Revive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster ToolsAudio Gear: 10 Super Cheap Accessories for Your Audio KitHarness the Power of the Canon 5D mk IV’s Built In IntervalometerChoreographing A Fight Scene With A Hollywood Stunt Manlast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary It has been a rather unexpectedly good start to the season for Barcelona, which began the league amid turmoil after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain and losing the Spanish Super Cup match to Real Madrid.It is the best start to the league for Messi, who in 2011-12 had scored eight goals after five matches.He is the league’s leading scorer, with four goals more than Simone Zaza of Valencia, who had a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of Malaga earlier Tuesday.“He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen on a field,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Messi. “You don’t really know how, but he is always in good position. He is extraordinary.”It was the fourth time Messi has scored four goals or more with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday.Messi converted a penalty in the first half and scored three more goals in the second to give Barcelona its fifth straight victory in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brazil midfielder Paulinho and Denis Suarez also scored for the Catalan club, while Sergi Enrich netted Eibar’s goal.Barcelona was without Ousmane Dembele, who injured his left thigh at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to four months. The young France forward, Barcelona’s top signing during the transfer window, traveled to Finland to undergo surgery on a ruptured tendon. He made only three appearances after arriving to replace Neymar.Valverde left Luis Suarez on the bench and started with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez and Messi as a false “9″ in the attack. Paulinho, the Brazil midfielder who came off the bench to score the winner against Getafe on Saturday, also made it to the starting lineup.“Today we have been able to rest certain players and give playing time to others who needed to play and it turned out well,” Valverde said.___LOSING AGAINValencia won 5-0 with a hat trick by Simone Zaza to hand Malaga its fifth straight loss to start the season.Zaza scored his three goals eight minutes apart early in the second half to give Valencia its first victory after three straight draws and move the club into third place.Forward Santi Mina and Rodrigo also scored for the hosts at Mestalla Stadium. Read Next The Argentina playmaker took his tally to 12 goals in eight matches this season, including nine in the five league games.Messi had already scored a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol in the Catalan derby two rounds ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe result gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which hosts Las Palmas on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, six points back, is at Levante on Thursday.Defending champion Real Madrid, seven points behind Barcelona, hosts Real Betis on Wednesday. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Congress may have claimed a moral high ground by sacking Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, but it invited ridicule by meting out a ridiculously lesser punishment to Suresh Kalmadi.The chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee is linked to scams worth several thousand crores. In the wake of reports of his larger role in the CWG scam, Kalmadi, who is the Congress MP from Pune, had resigned from his post as secretary to the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) in August.But his resignation was accepted by party chief Sonia Gandhi just two hours before the winter session of Parliament got underway. The Congress made the announcement about his resignation in an apparent bid to turn the tables against the BJP.”Suresh Kalmadi’s resignation as secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party has been accepted with immediate effect,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. But the Opposition claims it’s nothing but an eyewash. “Compared to CWG, the Adarsh society scam is peanuts,” an Opposition MP said, adding that the Congress was trying to fool the public by sacking Kalmadi as CPP secretary.BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said Kalmadi’s resignation as CPP secretary meant nothing and that the party would still raise the Games corruption issue in the House. There are five to six CPP secretaries and his removal from this inconsequential post was part of the Congress strategy to deflect public criticism on Games corruption, the BJP said.In fact, not many were even aware that Kalmadi was holding such a post. “People are asking what happens to the scam and loot in the Games, in which there were a group of ministers and secretaries (monitoring the organisation) involved,” the BJP leader said. “We will definitely raise the issue.” Soon after the completion of the Games, the Congress had left Kalmadi to fend for himself, declining to give a clean chit to him or the others associated with the organisation of the Games.advertisementHowever, sources said the party could not sack him from the OC, which is an independent sports body. “He could take the cue from his removal as CPP secretary and quit the OC,” a senior Congress leader said. The Opposition, however, said it would not let Kalmadi to get away easily and raised the CWG scam in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav said the scam involved `70,000 crore to `90,000 crore. Kalmadi was not present in the House when the matter was raised.last_img

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