Osman looking up league standings

first_img The 3-0 victory over Newcastle, their first home league win of 2015, was vital in restoring a six-point cushion between themselves and the bottom three. It relieved some of the pressure which was reaching crisis level among some fans, and after beating Dynamo Kiev last Thursday back-to-back wins for the first time since November have helped lift the gathering gloom. “We really needed the win. We had a good result in Europe in the week but it was really vital we turned up and got three points in the league, and we did that really well,” said Osman, on his first league start since December 3 after returning from injury. “We are not trying to look down, we are trying to look up but out the corner of your eye you can’t help but see how close you are (to the bottom three) at times. “With Burnley maybe surprisingly beating Man City on Saturday it was vital we won. “We’ve not been the best in the league of late, so it was vital we got ourselves back on track. “On occasions things don’t always go the way you want to on the pitch but for us it is not for a lack of trying, we tried the same as we have in the last few weeks. “We seemed to get things right as a team and we pressed together as a team and things came off for us. “Confidence is massive: you can be the best team in the world on paper but if you haven’t got confidence you are not going to get a result. “I think maybe we lost a bit of confidence over the Christmas period, but over the last few weeks we started to get it back and that showed out there in the last two matches.” Everton midfielder Leon Osman admits the players were more than aware how close they were to slipping into a relegation battle, but feels their renewed confidence means they can now start looking up the table. Press Association Despite it only being two results there finally seems to be a feeling of momentum gathering at Goodison Park, but that needs to continue in Ukraine this week for their last-16 second leg tie, in which they lead 2-1. “We have been good in Europe this season, especially away from home, so we are going there with confidence but these ties in countries like Ukraine are difficult,” added Osman. “We are ticking along nicely and starting to get our confidence back with two wins out of two and hopefully we will make it three on Thursday.” Manager Roberto Martinez made five changes for the Newcastle match and he will rotate players again for the trip to eastern Europe. The injury list is reducing after left-back Leighton Baines returned against the Magpies having missed the previous five games, with forward Kevin Mirallas available to face Kiev, and Osman believes that should help them finish the season strongly. “There is a lot of competition for places but we are in it as a team: there is no sulking if you are not in the team at the minute, it is all about the 11 out there getting a result,” he said. Newcastle, by contrast, are seeing their options diminish by the week and captain Fabricio Coloccini’s suspension for a red card at Goodison adds another name to the list of those unavailable. “Just when you think you are getting somewhere on the squad front in getting Jack Colback back from suspension and Remy Cabella and Robbie Elliott back into the group, all of a sudden you lose your captain for three games and a defender which, as we all know, we are not blessed with many,” said caretaker boss John Carver. “I can’t bring out a magic wand and bring in anyone from the outside but I am losing people not through silly training ground injuries or silly red cards. “I have a huge injury list and I am working with what I have got. I know what situation I am in and I can’t do anything about it.” last_img read more

RB Charter School Holds Relief Fundraiser to Assist Those in School…

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Charter School, a nonprofit, nonpartisan K-8 public school, will be holding a Sandy relief fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, to help members of the school family rebuild their lives after the storm.Several RBCS families and faculty have either been displaced or deeply burdened in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. “It’s our desire to work together to lighten their load,” said RCBS Principal Meredith Pennotti. “This community is like family and we want to help them any way that we can.”Together with Lucky Break Billiards, the Red Bank Charter School CCO (Charter Community Organization) will host the fundraising event at Lucky Break Billiards, 14 West Front St. Light fare and refreshments will be served along with access to Lucky Break pool tables, pingpong, shuffleboard and more.“We’re pleased to offer our establishment to support this charitable effort,” said James Hertler, owner of Lucky Break Billiards and a Red Bank Charter School parent.Limited tickets can be purchased and donations made online at www.redbankcharterschool.com/cco. Donations do not require event attendance and can be entered in any amount.Proceeds for the event will be used toward direct assistance of members of the RBCS community affected by Super Storm Sandy.Additional information is available by e-mailing rbcscco@gmail.com or calling 732-309-0331Founded in 1998, the school has an enrollment of 180 students with a faculty and staff numbering more than 40.last_img read more

Quarterback deficient Redskins say they discussed Kaepernick; why he didn’t get a tryout

first_imgWashington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said team personnel discussed giving quarterback Colin Kaepernick a tryout, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.Before you get all fired up, it’s not happening.“Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice,” Gruden told the AP. “So he’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction.”Hail to the Redskins. Mark Geragos, …last_img

Research In Motion No More – RIM Becomes BlackBerry

first_imgdan rowinski At the keynote for BlackBerry 10 today in New York City, Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins said that RIM is no more. “From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world,” Heins said.Heins said that Research In Motion is BlackBerry. All employees are working on BlackBerry and the brand is indentifiable only with BlackBerry. Hence, RIM, a company that has been in existence since the early 1980s, is no more. The company will now trade publicly as BBRY.Stay tuned for more information from the BlackBerry 10 launch event in New York City.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry#Research In Motion What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Improve Your Editing – Understanding Scriptwriting

first_imgScreenwriting: Simplify to ClarifyMany stories actually contain way too much information or take too long to make their point. When was the last time you heard anyone complaining that a film was too short?  Being able to ‘murder your darlings’ and cut out your favourite scenes, moments or shots is crucial to being able to tell a story well.As editors we’ve got to find ways to convey the same story beats but in as concise a way as possible. Can you eliminate one half of the dialogue and still have a great scene? Can you take a whole scene out because its not clear that scenes purpose.  Could another scene already have made that point?Ira Glass has a great 4 part video series on storytelling that is well worth checking out. This nicely put together typography piece will give you a decent flavour of what’s in store:Step Back: Big Picture ScriptwritingFilm editor Walter Murch uses a system of cards mapping out the story structure, based on the screenplay (very much like screenwriters do when writing the script in the first place) to help him visualize what’s going on in the film.The above cards cards are from Cold Mountain, for which Walter was nominated for an Oscar:“Blue with a yellow background means Inman (Jude Law) is in a scene; plain blue means Inman is not in that scene. A lot of blue cards in a row means not much Inman – which makes me wonder ‘is that a good idea?’ A triangle indicates I feel it is a pivot scene. The size of card equals the approximate length of a scene.”Being able to step back and see the story as a whole is crucial to seeing what’s working well and what’s not adding to the overall experience. Sometimes a great scene is hurting the rest of film.Screening your film with people who don’t know anything about it is also a good way to a) see it with fresh eyes and b) discover if it actually makes sense. A huge part of successful storytelling and screenwriting is mapping out the emotional arc and narrative, while weaving those together.  Sometimes withholding information from the audience or a character can dramatically alter those dynamics.Have screenwriting and scriptwriting tips to share?Let us know in the comments below! As an editor, the key to shaping the story hidden amid the footage is to understand the fundamentals of scriptwriting.The two tweets below got me inspired to put together a post on scriptwriting and storytelling for editors and creatives alike.  If you’re like me and keen to beef up your story structure skills, these scriptwriting tips and videos should help you improve your craft. Jeff Ford, editor on The Avengers, mentions several things that he feels editors should learn – sound, acting and scriptwriting – in the course of this interview for Avid.  It’s well worth watching.Follow Basic Scriptwriting FormulasThe basics sound pretty basic, but if you don’t follow these simple things your story will be all over the place and impossible for the audience to follow.You’ve got to have a beginning, a middle and an end.  Set up, develop and pay off. If you’ve got problems with your pay off at the end of your story, go back and check that everything that precedes it is lining up to make that point. If you’re arranging an interview as the basis for your story structure and you’ve got a clip that conveys the information of a beginning piece but tonally feels like an ending, its definitely best to go with how it will feel…or leave it out all together.This talk on the Power of Storytelling given by professional storyteller Jay O’Callahan is one of my absolute favorites from any 99percent conference because for 17 and a half minutes you get to see a master craftsman at work:last_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid jeered at home after 4th straight draw; Atletico go on top

first_imgReal Madrid was held by Eibar at home on Sunday, drawing for the fourth straight time and dropping out of the Spanish league lead.Fans jeered Madrid after the 1-1 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu, which allowed Atletico Madrid to provisionally take over first place following its 2-0 win at Valencia. Atletico and Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid, which had led since the first round, each have 15 points from seven matches but Atletico has a better goal difference.Barcelona plays at Celta Vigo later Sunday and can go first on points with a win.Midfielder Fran Rico put Eibar ahead with a header in the sixth minute and Gareth Bale equalized from close range in the 17th, but Madrid was not able to capitalize on its scoring chances until the end, prompting some booing from fans. “That is normal when the results are not good,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said of the crowd’s reaction. “The fans come here looking for the victory. They are upset, just like we are.”Alvaro Morata, who replaced Karim Benzema at halftime, had a goal disallowed for offside in the 54th, after Cristiano Ronaldo just missed with a close-range header. Bale struck the post with a header in the 60th.Madrid was coming off league draws against Villarreal, also at home, and at Las Palmas. It also drew at Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match. (Also read: Real Madrid’s La Liga winning streak ends in 1-1 draw with Villarreal)It was the first time that the Spanish powerhouse failed to earn a victory in three consecutive league matches under Zidane.advertisementThe coach still couldn’t count on key players because of injuries, including Marcelo, Casemiro and Luka Modric, who earlier Sunday successfully underwent arthroscopy on his left knee to extract a fragment of damaged cartilage.It was the first point earned by Eibar against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. The small Basque club is eighth in the 20-team standings with 11 points from seven matches. “It was historic,” Rico said. “Many players can spend years without being able to do what we did here today. We are very happy, we know it’s not something you get to achieve every day.”VALENCIA 0, ATLETICO 2Two penalty saves by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves were not enough to stop Atletico Madrid.Antoine Griezmann scored in the 63rd minute and Kevin Gameiro in injury time to give Atletico the win at Valencia despite Alves’ saves in each half.Alves stopped Griezmann’s penalty in the 44th, but the France forward was able to open the scoring with a left-footed shot from inside the area early in the second half. Griezmann had already missed from the spot in the team’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday. He also missed in the Champions League final last season, when Atletico lost to Real Madrid.The Brazilian goalkeeper also saved Gabi Fernandez’s penalty in the 69th, but Gameiro sealed victory for the visitors in injury time.”The two penalties mean nothing to me,” Alves said. “I wanted to win the match.”It was the fourth win in the last five league matches for Atletico, with the only setback being a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou.Valencia, coming off two straight victories, remains near the relegation zone. The team announced Saturday a deal with former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli until June 2018. Interim coach Salvador “Voro” Gonzalez was still in charge on Sunday.last_img read more

10 months agoKante: What Chelsea players think of Pulisic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kante: What Chelsea players think of Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has welcomed their swoop for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.On Wednesday morning it was announced that the 20-year-old will be moving to west London this summer in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.Having watched Pulisic’s impact from afar, Kante can’t wait to see it close up next season.”We know he’s a good player,” he told the Daily Mail following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday night.”He’s doing well for Dortmund and we are glad to welcome him to Chelsea.” last_img

Video: Notre Dame Football’s Version Of “Bad Lip Reading” Is Hilarious

first_imgNotre Dame player laughs after doing bad at "Bad Lip Reading".Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.https://t.co/iMLte4Dal6— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016last_img

Canadas UN arguments trouble TRC commissioner

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsCanada’s most recent positioning during UN debates on indigenous peoples rights has left one of the main players with the commission delving into the dark history of residential schools wondering if he can ever reconcile with this country.Truth and Reconciliation Commission Commissioner Willie Littlechild said Canada recently argued that the collective rights of indigenous peoples were not human rights. He said Canada made the argument during debates last week at the UN Human Rights Council.“When a state takes the floor and attacks indigenous rights and freedoms in that way by using a tactic that is old…to bring that back again, is a giant step backward,” said Littlechild, who attended the sessions in Geneva. “For me, as a commissioner and a former student, to tell me to reconcile with someone who keeps doing that, that is a very difficult proposition.”The debate centred on a single letter in a “pro forma and procedural” resolution, according to another observer.The resolution was aimed at extending the three-year mandate of an UN official tasked with monitoring and investigating indigenous rights issues across the world, said Alberto Saldamando, general counsel for the International Indian Treaty Council.Canada objected to an amendment to place an “s” at the end of the word people in a resolution, which described the official as the “Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people,” said Saldamando, in an interview from San Francisco.Saldamando, who was present during the informal debate, said that Canada, along with the U.S., Poland, Sweden, the U.K., and Russia, objected to the “s” because they believed it crossed the line into equating human rights with collective rights.“It was Canada’s contention…that collective rights are not human rights,” said Saldamando. “They felt that any reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms (should) only refer to the individual rights of people and not the collective rights of peoples as human rights.”Saldamando said Canada’s argument is an old one and casts doubt on the authenticity of its declared intentions to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The Stephen Harper government switched their opposition and promised in this year’s Speech from the Throne give a qualified endorsement to the declaration. Former Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said the change of heart was prompted by the amount of grief they received from First Nations leaders across the country on the issue.Littlechild said it appears the Canadian government didn’t really have a change of heart. Littlechild said he viewed Canada’s most recent argument as a direct “attack” on the country’s indigenous peoples.“The Canadian delegation was taking the position to deny that we are humans,” said Littlechild, during a teleconference with reporters Tuesday afternoon. “I will challenge anyone who tries to deny those rights, at any level, any forum…We have, for example, sacred ceremonies we do in our own cultures, our own languages, that we believe are fundamental rights and we see that as a direct attack to those kinds of beliefs we hold as indigenous peoples.”Littlechild said the experience in Geneva prompted him to take Canada to task during an appearance before a Senate committee for not signing the UN declaration.The Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples invited the three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to testify on the progress of reconciliation since the 2008 residential school apology.Littlechild told Senators that Canada’s refusal to endorse the declaration was hindering reconciliation.“How can we as a country…keep denying that there are rights that exist for indigenous people?” said Littlechild, during the hearing Tuesday morning.He was criticized by Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, a close advisor to Harper, who suggested they should instead stick to domestic issues.“I would hope that energies, monies, funding, are not being devoted to an international effort when we need every ounce of energy focused (on the TRC),” said Stewart Olsen.Littlechild later said Stewart Olsen went a bit far in her criticism.“It is very difficult for me as a former student to witness what I saw last week…and it caused me to say what I did,” said Littlechild. “It challenges the integrity of the independence of the commission when we are told we can’t do things in a certain way by anyone. I think we need to safeguard our independence as well.”Saldamando said that after much debate among indigenous representatives they decided to support a watered-down resolution describing the UN official as a” Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.”Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon’s office said they were looking into the issue.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more