3 Reasons Why Less Is More When Directing Talent

first_imgAmateur directors often overcompensate for their lack of experience by overdirecting their actors. Here are some ways to take a more subtle approach.All images from IMDbDirecting talent is no easy task. Even for the most experienced directors out there, handling different personality types, performance disciplines, and other factors make communication very challenging. With that said though, more experienced directors tend to give far less direction than inexperienced directors for these three reasons:Understanding the Chain ReactionExperienced directors understand that a single piece of direction will change many different characteristics of a performance. For instance, if a director were to tell their talent to act ‘more upset,’ the actor would likely change other physical attributes as well. They may walk slower, speak differently, slouch, etc. Amateur directors often micromanage the actor, whereas a more experienced director understands that, with the right singular piece of direction, everything else falls into place.Keeping the Actor FocusedPerforming for camera and in front of a large crew is challenging enough as it is, so it makes sense that too much direction can overwhelm an actor, causing them to lose focus. If a director were to feed an actor with 10 or 15 pieces of direction right before a scene, that actor will likely lose focus of the scene and become preoccupied with the technicalities of what the director is telling them. By keeping direction down to a few points or less, actors can remain focused and in the right headspace.Avoiding Negative ConnotationsSome actors, especially those with less experience, can mistakenly take direction as a sign that they aren’t doing a good enough job. In reality, they’re probably doing just fine – but maybe aren’t performing in a way that’s most suitable to the script. As you might imagine, feeding what could be an already insecure actor a dozen directorial notes after a scene may come across negatively to them, and subsequently uproot their entire performance.Always remember that the job of an actor is extremely difficult, and they’re still human. Encourage them to take risks and to change their performance in a positive way by giving clear and simple direction – and only when completely necessary.Here are a few more tips for aspiring directors, courtesy of PremiumBeat:4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on SetHow to Direct Scenes Containing Minimal DialogueHoning Your Craft: Find Your Voice as a DirectorDo you have any directing advice to share? We’d love to hear it in the comments below.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir falls on 29 in his Test comeback

first_imgComebacks are never easy especially at the age of 34 and after a hiatus of two years. Gautam Gambhir would have felt a bit jittery when he would have walked out to the middle after India won the toss and opted to bat against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.Gambhir looked positive right from the start when he cut one to the point boundary and then followed up with two successive sixes off Matt Henry. The left-handed batsman with a changed stance left well any deliveries outside the off and looked set for a big score. But unfortunately fell on 29, trapped lbw by Trent Boult.The Delhi batsman, who was drafted to the Test squad after injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan last played in a Test match for India in 2014 against England at the Oval. Gambhir’s solid performances in the domestic circuit, which included the recently concluded Duleep Trophy brought him back into contention.The Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain still has one more chance in the second essay and if he manages to get a decent score, he could be very well in the fray to be picked for India’s upcoming Test matches.While, at lunch on day one of the third and final Test, India were 75/2 with Cheteshwar Pujara (29*) and Virat Kohli (7*) at the crease.last_img read more

Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark

first_imgVirat Kohli on Monday talked about flaws in England’s Test batting line-up a day after pacer James Anderson questioned the India captain’s batting technique. Anderson had said that Kohli’s technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lacked in pace and movement.There were some visible tense moments on the field on the final morning when Anderson walked out to bat at the fall of England’s ninth wicket. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja immediately surrounded Anderson to give him an earful before the umpires intervened. Kohli was also seen calming tempers but he did not mince words in summing up England’s abject batting performance.”I think it’s about the application. Their batsmen have hardly blocked six balls in-a-row and that’s something that we have worked on..in our defence. Defence is a very important aspect in India, if you don’t defend well, it is very difficult to counter the kind of bowling we have and we sensed that they don’t have enough faith in the way they went about their business,” Kohli, who has scored 2,580 runs in international cricket this year including three double centuries, said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (Match Highlights)Kohli has already amassed 640 runs in the ongoing five-Test series at an average of 128 and has been instrumental in India’s rise to the top of the world rankings.The 28-year-old, who scored his career-best 235 en route becoming the first captain ever to score double centuries in three consecutive series, further said India have really worked hard on their defence and they “thrive” on it.advertisement”Even in the second innings, they played a lot of high risk shots and we knew it’s just a matter of time before we get a couple of wickets and they will crumble down very quickly and they are not sure of taking the innings long. They just want to dominate and make runs. So, as soon as we plugged the boundaries, they literally had no way out because we knew our bowlers are very consistent and they are not so confident of their defence. That’s been one difference I will say that we have worked a lot on our defence in India and we thrive on it, we enjoy defending balls rather than scoring runs. I think it’s a difference in mindset as well,” he said after India defeated England by an innings and 36 runs to capture their fifth successive series.Anderson, who dismissed Kohli four times during India’s Test series in England in 2014, had said that the India captain was not tested enough in home conditions.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches.”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he added.’ASHWIN WASN’T PLEASED’Ashwin wasn’t pleased with whatever Anderson had said in the press conference. Ashwin told me on the ground, obviously I had no clue about it. I didn’t know what to make of it, I was laughing about it but Ashwin wasn’t too impressed. He let him know, not using any bad words honestly. He told me he was pretty disappointed with what he had said and it’s important to accept defeat. You know how Ashwin is. He’s to the point, he can really strike you well and he doesn’t need to say bad words, that’s exactly what happened and later on I told James (Anderson) that it’s fine and these things happen..so let’s move on with it.” (Delighted to have Ashwin in the team: Kohli)last_img read more

Dinesh Karthik vs Rishabh Pant for World Cup: MSK Prasad weighs in on debate

first_imgChairman of India’s senior selection committee, MSK Prasad has refused to rule out Dinesh Karthik’s chances of making the India squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The wicketkeeper-batsman was not picked for the upcoming ODI series against Australia, Team India’s final international assignment ahead of the mega event.MSK Prasad pointed out that Dinesh Karthik has done well in the finisher’s role in whatever opportunities he has got in the past and that a call on the back-up wicketkeeper’s slot “at an appropriate time” ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Rishabh Pant finds a place in both the T20I and ODI squads for the Australia series. The young wicketkeeper-batsman, who finished as the second-highest scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara for India in their historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia earlier this year, was rested for the subsequent ODI series in Australia and New Zealand.”It’s definitely a healthy debate that’s going on. We know Dinesh Karthik has been doing really well in the finisher’s role. At the same time, Rishabh Pant’s escalation has been very fast. He is showing a lot of maturity. Both of them are equally good but what is good for the team is going to help us take a call at the appropriate time,” MSK Prasad said in an interview to Hotstar.Even as Pant was not picked for the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand both MSK Prasad and the team management insisted he was in the World Cup mix. In fact, head coach Ravi Shastri said Pant was asked to learn to finish games. Pant played a couple of one-day games for India A against England Lions before he joined the senior national team for the T20I series in New Zealand earlier this month.advertisementMeanwhile, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar suggested Dinesh Karthik should definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad and even tipped the Tamil Nadu veteran to be the team’s back-up opener at the quadrennial event.”There should be flexibility in the team. Dinesh Karthik has opened in Test matches in the past so he can do it in ODIs too,” Gavaskar said.On the contrary, former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar had opined that the selector’s decision to not include Karthik in the ODI squad signalled that his career in ODI cricket is over.”His fans will feel sorry because with the opportunity he has got, he has done as well as he could. But I feel with this selection or non-selection of Karthik, India have told everyone that we look at Karthik as a T20 batsman, and his 50-over future is over as far as we are concerned,” Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.KL Rahul’s form is very important for World Cup selection: PrasadMeanwhile, MSK Prasad has insisted KL Rahul is being looked at as back-up opener but opined that he needs to hit form in order to justify his selection. Rahul, who hadn’t played international cricket since the Sydney Test in January, has been included in both the T20I and the ODI squads for the upcoming home series.”At such a major tournament [World Cup], we can’t afford to go in without a third opener. That’s why we have included KL Rahul for the T20Is and the ODIs against Australia. We have to see how he performs because his form is also very important,” Prasad said.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squadAlso Read | India are the best side in ODI cricket in their own conditions: Aaron FinchAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso See:last_img read more

Penn State Got Some More Good Recruiting News This Afternoon

first_imgJames Franklin running onto the field.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Penn State’s recruiting hot streak continued this afternoon with the commitment of Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee three-star athlete Tyler Warren.Warren, a dual-threat quarterback for Atlee, is reportedly set to play tight end for the Nittany Lions. He had been committed to Virginia Tech until early May and also held offers from Louisville, Michigan, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia.Warren is the third commitment for Penn State in the last two days, joining three-star wide receiver Parker Washington and four-star defensive back Joseph Johnson.Overall, he is the 11th recruit to pledge to PSU in the last two weeks, a remarkable stretch that began after the Nittany Lions had suffered a string of decommitments. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Recruiting ALERT: @AtleeFootball 2020 QB Tyler Warren has verbally committed to @PennStateFball after earlier decommiting from Virginia Tech and holding several offers.— HanoverSports RVASN (@hanoversports) July 3, 2019Warren is the No. 16 rising senior in the state of Virginia and the No. 21 athlete in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class currently contains 19 commitments and ranks third in the Big Ten.The group is also ranked 10th nationally.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The southbound entrance ramp from Glendale Drive to Highway 102 at Exit 4C will be closed from midnight on Friday, Sept. 15, to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, detour signs, traffic control devices and drums. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30-last_img

Amazon fails to take on Alibaba to shut China biz

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com Inc said it will shut its China online store by July 18, as the U.S. e-commerce giant focuses on the lucrative businesses of selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation. The move underscores how entrenched, home-grown e-commerce rivals have made it difficult for Amazon’s marketplace to gain traction in China. Consumer research firm iResearch Global said Alibaba Group Holding’s Tmall marketplace and JD.com controlled 82 percent of the Chinese e-commerce market last year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAn Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday that it is notifying sellers that it will no longer operate a marketplace, nor provide seller services on Amazon.cn. Sources familiar with its plans had told Reuters a day before that the company had planned to make such a move. “We are working closely with our sellers to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to deliver the best customer experience possible,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Sellers interested in continuing to sell on Amazon outside of China are able to do so through Amazon Global Selling.” The sources said that Amazon shoppers in China will no longer be able to buy goods from third-party merchants in the country, but they still will be able to order from the United States, Britain, Germany and Japan via the firm’s global store. Amazon will wind down support for domestic-selling merchants in China in the next 90 days and review the impact on its fulfilment centers in the country, some of which it may close, one of the people said. “They’re pulling out because it’s not profitable and not growing,” said analyst Michael Pachter at Wedbush Securities. Ker Zheng, marketing specialist at Shenzhen-based e-commerce consultancy Azoya, said Amazon had no major competitive advantage in China over its domestic rivals. Unless someone is searching for a very specific imported good that can’t be found elsewhere, “there’s no reason for a consumer to pick Amazon because they’re not going to be able to ship things as fast as Tmall or JD,” he said. The Amazon spokeswoman said that the company would continue to invest and grow in China through its Amazon Global Store, Global Selling, Kindle e-readers and online content. Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing unit that sells data storage and computing power to enterprises, will also remain. U.S.-listed shares of Alibaba and JD.com rose 1 percent on Wednesday after Reuters first reported the move, before paring gains later in the day. Amazon’s shares closed flat. The withdrawal of the world’s largest online retailer – founded by Jeff Bezos, who later became the world’s richest person – comes amid a broader e-commerce slowdown in China. Alibaba in January reported its slowest quarterly earnings growth since 2016, while JD.com is responding to the changing business environment with staff cuts. It also follows the Chinese e-commerce retreat of other big-name Western retailers. Walmart Inc sold its Chinese online shopping platform to JD.com in 2016 in return for a stake in JD.com to focus on its bricks-and-mortar stores. Similarly, the country appears to factor less in the global aspirations of fellow U.S. tech majors Netflix Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, Wedbush Securities’ Pachter said. Amazon bought Chinese online shopping website Joyo.com in 2004 for $75 million, rebranding the business in 2011 as Amazon China. But in a sign of Tmall’s dominance, Amazon opened an online store on the Alibaba site in 2015. Amazon is still expanding aggressively in other countries, notably India, where it is contending with local rival Flipkart.last_img read more

MSD says tennisball cricket behind his glovework

first_imgChennai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is lightning quick behind the stumps and the veteran wicket-keeper batsman said it is a skill which he has developed from tennis ball cricket. Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said: “I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important.” Skipper Dhoni has been in super form in the ongoing IPL and after sitting out for a couple of matches due to fever and a stiff back, he smashed an unbeaten 44 off 22 balls to power Chennai Super Kings to 179 against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday night. CSK were struggling in the beginning but thanks to Dhoni, CSK scored 20 runs from the last over bowled by Trent Boult with the stumper finishing off with two sixes off the final two balls. Asked about his power-packed knock, Dhoni said he had spent enough time on the wicket to understand the bowling variations and unleash his game towards the end to lead Chennai Super Kings to a match-winning total. “Watch the ball, hit the ball. You’ve spent time, you know the variations. By the 20th over you’re almost ready and you swing at everything,” Dhoni said when asked about his last-over exploits. “It’s easier for somebody who has played 10-15 deliveries than someone who has just come in.” Dhoni said the conditions actually favoured them though they lost the toss. “We knew there wouldn’t be much dew. What we’ve seen is if there’s no dew, there’s assistance for spinners. But when we started, Bhajju pa (Harbhajan Singh) didn’t get any turn. But as they started losing wickets, it started spinning, it started turning. Cricket is such a game,” he said after the 80-run win over Delhi Capitals. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took three wickets, said the wicket helped spinners. “Obviously I enjoyed bowling, the way the wicket was turning. I was bowling in good areas and the wicket was doing the rest for me,” he said. Asked how it helps having someone like Imran Tahir bowling in tandem with him, Jadeja said the South African has been “fantastic.” “He has been taking wickets whenever we needed. Me, Immy bhai and Bhajju pa (Harbhajan) as a unit, we are bowling the way we want to bowl. Still one more game to go. We need to continue our momentum. Everyone is in good form so we just need to keep the winning momentum going.” Jadeja said Dhoni can be described by one word and that is ‘genius’. Losing skipper Shreyas Iyer said the defeat was a “reality check” for Delhi. “It’s really going to affect us. The way we played was not expected. Everybody will be on their toes in the next game. Wouldn’t blame the abilities of our team but we didn’t play smart cricket. We should have curtailed them,” he said.last_img read more

Quebec Ontario premiers team up to push Ottawa to help fund Bombardier

VANCOUVER — The premiers of Canada’s two most populous provinces have joined forces to push for federal help for Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard drew support from his Ontario counterpart in calling for Ottawa to back the airliner, saying the CSeries is important to the Canadian economy.The province wants the federal government to join it in contributing US$1 billion to the troubled jet program at Bombardier.Quebec has secured a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries and two of five seats on a separate board after agreeing last October to the financial contribution.Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare says CSeries is en route for successA bailout won’t fix Bombardier’s biggest problems: family control and dual-class sharesCouillard says he understands it takes time for Ottawa to consider the proposal, but he likened Quebec’s case to federal support for the auto industry in the past.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne supported Couillard, telling reporters at climate change talks in Vancouver that Bombardier is an important national company.The Liberal government has said it was continuing to evaluate the request for funding.The narrow-body CSeries planes, which are two years late and over budget at US$5.4 billion, are set to enter into service in the coming months. read more

Third suspect confesses to killing Kotadeniyawa child

The police media unit had said that pornographic materiel had been recovered from the laptop and it has been sent to the Colombo University in an attempt to gather more information on the data stored in the laptop. The police were earlier investigating the laptop used by one of the two suspects arrested initially over the murder. The police also said that DNA samples have been taken from the remains of the child, Seya Sadewmini and the two suspects for further investigations.Among the two suspects arrested earlier, is a 17 year old youth. (Colombo Gazette) A third suspect arrested yesterday over the murder of 4 1/2 year old Seya Sadewmini in Kotadeniyawa, has confessed to the killing.The suspect, identified as 33 year old Dinesh Priyashantha, was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Gampaha. read more

Supports available to help students with addiction issues

Brock University is offering help that comes free of charge and without judgment for students coping with addiction issues.As Brock’s on-site addictions counsellor, Stacey Stemplowski, offers appointments two days a week to help students explore coping strategies and set goals to manage their addictions.As part of the supports available through the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, and run through a partnership with Community Addictions Services of Niagara, Stemplowski counsels students on a wide range of addictions such as gambling, gaming, other behavioural issues and substance abuse. To do this, she employs an approach to addictions counselling that focuses on harm reduction.“We explore coping strategies and motivation for use,” she said of the time she spends with students. “They are the ones who set the goals, and we support them through the process.”As she begins her counselling sessions, Stemplowski often reassures students that she is there to offer help rather than discipline.“I will not be like a parent,” she said. “This is a conversation not a lecture. I think the idea of harm reduction is new to students, as they are more familiar with abstinence-based treatment.”The support Stemplowski provides often goes beyond addictions and aims to assist students who may be dealing with mental health concerns as well.“A number of years ago, social services approached mental health and addictions as two separate entities,” she said. “Now they are concurrent. I actively partner with our mental health nurse, Deborah MacCulloch, to share strategies, and I use dialectical behaviour therapy training with all of my clients.”This form of therapy is designed to help people suffering from personality disorders. It has also been used to treat mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behaviour that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.Sarah Pennisi, Director of Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, says the University responded to student feedback to ensure available supports are addressing the needs on campus.“Students have told us that we need to make it easy for them to access services when and if they need them,” she said. “That’s why on-campus mental health and addiction services are so important.”For students who are not presently dealing with an addiction, Stemplowski offered advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.“Maintain an overall balance of school work, family, friends, diet and nutrition to help reduce addiction-related issues,” she said. “But of course, that is never a guarantee.”For those who are dealing with an addiction but are unsure about booking an appointment, Stemplowski had some words of encouragement and reassurance.“Let’s meet once,” she said. “We can discuss the overall picture of what student life looks like to you right now. I can provide some information, even if it’s not ongoing counselling, and I can increase your overall knowledge around the area of addiction in a completely non-judgmental environment.”Stemplowski is available to meet with students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 905-684-1183 x234 or sstemplowski@cason.ca read more

Atlantas Dismantling Of Tampa Was The SixthMost Dominant In NFL History

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some bad moments over the years, but their 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night might be the franchise’s lowest point.The Bucs gave up 35 points to the Falcons before gaining a single first down. They trailed 49-0 with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter after an aborted snap — Tampa Bay’s fourth turnover of the game — handed Atlanta the ball on the Bucs’ 2-yard line (Steven Jackson would punch it in for a touchdown on the following play).If Atlanta hadn’t pulled their starters at that point, there was the real sense that they could have challenged Chicago’s NFL-record 73-0 obliteration of Washington in the 1940 NFL Championship Game — it was just that one-sided. As it was, the Falcons’ win was the 108th-biggest blowout in pro football history (since 1940).But that actually sells the performance short, because the score was out of hand so quickly and the margin so lopsided for most of the game; it took a pair of late Tampa Bay touchdowns to pull the margin closer to anything approaching respectability. To better quantify how the game played out, we can use what FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart calls the “game script,” which measures the average point margin at any given second in a game. And Atlanta’s game script Thursday night — +32.9 — was a doozy. Going back to 1940, it was the sixth-most dominant performance by any pro football team (playoff games are in gray):Naturally, that infamous Chicago-Washington rout was first, with a +34.9 game script. And most fans probably remember the Jacksonville Jaguars dismantling the Miami Dolphins in Dan Marino’s final NFL game, or Tom Brady throwing five second-quarter touchdowns in the snow against the Tennessee Titans. But as far as historic thrashings go, Thursday night’s ranks right up there. read more

Joe Calzaghes father and trainer Enzo very poorly but still fighting in

An alternative reception was held in Caerphilly, south Wales, near where he settled to raise a family having travelled across Europe after completing his national service in the Italian forces. He was born and raised in Sassari, Sardinia. Calzaghe arrived in the UK in the 1970s after hitchhiking and busking his way across Europe. Calzaghe went on to become one of the most well-respected boxing trainers in the world, and after Joe retired in 2008, his father continued to work with young Welsh talent at the Newbridge Boxing Club.  Enzo CalzagheCredit:Gareth Everett/Huw Evans Agency Joe Calzaghe, known as The Fighting Pride of Wales is one of only four European boxers to retire as an undefeated world champion.Calzaghe won his first world title in 1997, defeating Chris Eubank, and retired having held the WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF Super Middleweight Title, along with the Ring Magazine world titles for Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight.   Calazaghe held his WBO title for over 10 years, and retired with a career record of 46-0 (32 KOs).His father was a constant presence in his corner and won the adoration of fans for his passionate support and quips from the corner.In 2010, he received an MBE for his services to British sport, but due to his Italian nationality, he was unable to attend the Buckingham Palace ceremony.  Joe Calzaghe’s father Enzo, who trained his son to become one of the most decorated British boxers in history, is ‘very poorly’ in hospital. The charismatic corner man, 69, guided his son Joe to an unblemished 46-fight career during which he be became an undefeated world champion over two weight divisions. Tabloid media reports on Saturday wrongly suggested Mr Calzaghe had died, prompting his niece Carrie Calzaghe to issue a statement on behalf of the family. She said: “My uncle, Enzo Calzaghe, has not passed away, this is false news, he is alive but very poorly.”Please allow space for our family at this time. He is alive and still fighting. We will keep you posted and let you know how he is doing when we can.”Please allow and respect our privacy at this time. Thank you. Team Calzaghe.” Enzo Calzaghe Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Geek deals Save 50 on the Dell Vostro 3560 Ivy Bridge laptop

first_imgThis year was a bit of an exception to the usual PC launch cycle we see. Normally, Intel launches their new processors and chipsets at CES in January. The PC manufacturers announce some, if not all, of their new models at the same time and they start shipping within a couple months.Due to Intel’s delay of Ivy Bridge this year, manufacturers across the board were late in actually shipping their new PCs. This caused their existing models to get even more stale on the virtual store shelf. Now that all the major manufacturers have released their new models, they are being extra aggressive with pricing and offering discounts on brand new products, which we have never seen before.Dell was the last of the top PC companies to release refreshed products with Ivy Bridge processors and the Vostro 3560 is looking to be our bargain favorite for the year. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary with design, but is still a decent looker.What we really like is the solid feature set in a robust SMB-focused package. It comes well equipped with four, count them FOUR, USB 3.0 ports, VGA and HDMI video outputs, and an 8-in-1 media card reader. One of the USB ports has Dell’s “PowerShare” feature, which allows you to charge your mobile device with or without the system being powered up.A rare feature on the 3560 these days is an ExpressCard 34mm slot. This is a sign of Dell’s business focus here, as the ExpressCard slot allows extensive expansion options, like external graphics.Dell is offering the 3560 out of the gate for $549 after $50 coupon with a 2nd generation Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, and 320GB hard drive. Stepping up to a 3rd gen Core i5 model will run $699 and from there the sky’s the limit. Some of the sweeter options on the Vostro 3560 include a 32GB mSATA drive, Radeon HD 7670M graphics, and a 1080p screen.Visit LogicBuy for the Dell Vostro 3560 laptop deallast_img read more

Athens homeless strikes a chord with Greek Australian MP

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Labor MP Steve Georganas was deeply moved by a visit to an Athens Homeless Centre earlier this year. On a trip to Greece, Mr Georganas arranged a visit – through the Australian Ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield – to visit the Homeless Foundation in Athens to see first-hand the devastation inflicted on everyday Greeks through the financial crisis. Yet he also saw the tireless help received through the effort of volunteers to the illegal immigrants in central Athens. “These soup kitchens or homeless centres are struggling to cope with demand at the moment. There are so many people out of work. The economic crisis has been cruel, especially to workers, but crueller still to older people living on very meagre pensions and those who depend on their children to support them,” Mr Georganas told parliament. When speaking to Neos Kosmos, he recalls an elderly Greek gentleman he met at the centre. Mr Georganas struck up a conversation with the pensioner who said his 300 euro a month pension only covers his rent and bills and leaves him with no money to eat. When asked if his pension was cut due to the crisis, the elderly gent said no, but that previously he had relied on the handouts from his two sons who have found themselves unemployed due to the crisis. He is now one of the many Greeks reliant on these centres for sustenance, food and health treatments. Mr Georganas said there were well over 500 people at the centre when he arrived around 3:00 pm and said that although most were foreigners there were many Greeks too. “The majority were foreigners, refugees. What they do is they give them some food, they make sure their health is okay,” he explains. “When we were there, just a few days beforehand they had run out of food, so they put a call out on all television channels for staples, like rice, spaghetti – things that last and within days they filled their warehouse up again and this happens regularly. He said the Greek people respond rapidly to requests by the centre. But was quick to point out the assistance of the diaspora. This year, through fundraising in the community, the Archdiocese of Australia raised over $320,000 for the centre and sent the money directly to the Athens council for assistance in these homeless centres. “What we saw there was both uplifting, because of the enormous energy by volunteers to assist, but very deeply sorrowful as well,” Mr Georganas salast_img read more

Care Medical DSHS resolve issues

first_imgA Portland-Vancouver-area company and the Washington state agency that oversees social services have largely resolved a dispute over a new computerized statewide billing and payment system for Medicaid.At issue was ProviderOne, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ $164 million computerized system for handling millions in payments for medical and nursing home care to thousands of health care providers, including doctors and pharmacies.Leaders of Portland-based Care Medical & Rehabilitation Equipment, whose Vancouver office represents about 20 percent of the company’s sales, publicly complained that monthly revenue from Medicaid billings dropped drastically because of glitches with ProviderOne. The company also said it wasn’t the only provider of medical equipment whose bottom line was hurt because of delays and other problems with the system.While state officials acknowledged ProviderOne had bugs early on, they responded to Care Medical’s complaints by saying the company needed to improve its ability to file claims with the system.A turning point in resolving the dispute occurred in October, when Care Medical and DSHS staff met to discuss the problems and to walk through the ProviderOne system, according to Cathie Ott, assistant director of systems and monitoring for DSHS. “They certainly recognized the errors they were making on their side and the work they needed to do to correct it,” Ott said.last_img read more

Heavy rains cause flooding in Goa villages several evacuated

first_imgPANAJI: Incessant rains continued to lash several parts of Goa on Tuesday, causing flooding in some low-lying areas and forcing several families to shift out of their water-logged homes. Ten people from North Goa district’s Pilgao village were rescued by the disaster management department on Monday night after they were stranded at their homes due to flooding in the area, a senior government official said. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Besides, several families were evacuated from Bicholim taluka where many homes were inundated, he said. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday morning visited some villages in North Goa which have been facing a flood-like situation. Heavy rains have been lashing the coastal state for last seven days. The Mandovi river in the state crossed the danger mark on Monday night, causing flooding in some villages of Sattari taluka in North Goa. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Sonan village in Sattari was cut-off from other parts of the district for last 12 hours, another official said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in both North Goa and South Goa districts and issued an ‘orange alert’, asking people to be prepared for any situation. The IMD has predicted strong winds with speed reaching 45 to 50 km per hour and gusting up to 65 kmph along the Maharashtra-Goa coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea due to the rough weather, though the fisheries department lifted the ban on fishing in the state from August 1.last_img read more

Jamie Foxxs daughter named Miss Golden Globe 2016

first_imgOscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne is Miss Golden Globe 2016, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced.Miss or Mister Golden Globe is chosen to assist at the awards ceremony and is traditionally the son or daughter of an established Hollywood star. The 21-year-old USC senior and model follows in the footsteps of the likes of Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon, and Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis’ daughter. Corrine considers the title an “honour”, said The Hollywood Reporter. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“Throughout the years I’ve grown up watching my dad establish himself as a well-respected actor. I’m honoured that HFPA has given me the opportunity to now share the same stage where he’s been recognised for some of his greatest accomplishments,” she said. Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA, said, “Like her father, she leads a fine example of following her dreams and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” The 73rd annual Golden Globes will air on January 10 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.last_img read more