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

Startups Accredited investors may receive exemption from angel tax

first_imgNew Delhi: Funds received by startups from accredited investors may be exempted from angel tax subject to complying with certain net worth criteria, an official said. This provision is considered by the government as part of an exercise to define ‘accredited investors’ with a view to increase investment flow in startups. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is working on the definition, which would be submitted to the finance ministry for approval. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Accredited or genuine investors can invest any amount but we will make some criteria for that. It should be liberal enough so that all such people can come under its purview. But it should not be over liberal and extra-stringent,” the official said. “How much a genuine investor is investing per year would depend on his/her net worth. For example, if you invest Rs 2 crore, then the net worth should be 10 times of that. There should be a linkage between investments and investors’ net worth and certain income should be there,” the official added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThese accredited investors, which can include trusts, individuals, family member of a startup and unlisted companies, may get exemption from angel tax under Section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961, beyond the Rs 25 crore limit. Currently, the government allows startups to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Section 56(2) of the I-T Act provides that the amount raised by a startup in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent. Touted as an anti-abuse measure, this section was introduced in 2012. It is dubbed as angel tax due to its impact on investments made by angel investors in startup ventures. An angel investor is the one who puts funds in a startup when it is taking steps to establish itself in the competitive market. Normally, about 300-400 startups get angel funding in a year. Their investment in a unit ranges between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 4 crore. The department is also suggesting to exempt funds of alternate investment funds (AIFs) category 1 and 2 in startups to be completely exempted from this section. Currently, only certain areas of AIF category 1 are exempted. DPIIT has proposed various measures such as tax incentives to promote budding entrepreneurs as part of the ‘Startup India Vision 2024’. The vision document aims at facilitating setting up of 50,000 new startups in the country by 2024 and creating 20 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities. In the document, it has suggested setting up of 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024; 100 innovation zones in urban local bodies; deployment of entire corpus of Rs 10,000 crore Fund of Funds; and expanding CSR funding to incubators. Startup India is a flagship initiative of the government launched in January 2016. The programme intends to build a strong ecosystem for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate employment opportunities. So far, as many as 17,984 startups have been recognised by the department.last_img read more

Tommy John Surgeries Are Down And Nobody Quite Knows Why

By Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh Embed Code Passan dismissed that thought process as “reductive.” As he pointed out, “no studies have proven decreased usage in major league pitchers does anything to stem blown-out elbows.” But he granted that there might be better health-related reasons to shorten the leash for minor leaguers. “There is a profound difference between an 18-year-old’s elbow and that of a 25-year-old,” Passan said.Teams seem to be taking that mindset seriously. At a seasonal level, per-player pitch counts have declined by about 10 percent across the board in Double A and Triple A from 2013 to present (after increasing in 2011 and 2012). And prospects who’ve appeared in Baseball America’s top 100 rankings have seen their counts sink even more, by about 15 percent. According to Boddy, “the reduction in workloads is definitely a concentrated effort by teams to impact injury rates.”One team in particular has treated its minor league starters like delicate flowers: the Los Angeles Dodgers under the Andrew Friedman regime. Although player development director Gabe Kapler (who was hired in November 2014) didn’t divulge any details about the team’s plan for young pitchers when we asked him for comment, Dodger starters in Double and Triple A last season threw about five fewer pitches per outing than the league average, and their staffs’ ratio of relief appearances to starts was 20 percent higher than that of the typical team — indicating that the Dodgers’ upper-level affiliates are signaling for new arms early and often. Last week, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Angels ace Garrett Richards would miss the rest of this season — and at least part of next year — after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The loss of a talented pitcher who was off to a promising start provided the usual alarming reminder that any arm could be days away from a season-ending diagnosis. But we can serve some chicken soup for the baseball fan’s soul:1No, not that kind. Compared with totals through the same date in recent seasons, 2016’s Tommy John toll has been mercifully light. (Knock on the nearest ulnar collateral ligament.)Historically, March and April have been the peak periods for Tommy John-inducing injuries. Not only does ramping up from a winter’s inactivity put pitchers at increased risk, but spring is also when pitchers who felt a twinge at the end of the previous season can no longer pretend rest will restore them. From 2005-14, 44 percent of injuries that led to elbow ligament replacements occurred in March or April. The last two springs were particularly costly, yielding record Tommy John totals and depriving fans of full seasons from such prominent pitchers as Yu Darvish, Zack Wheeler and Brandon McCarthy in 2015, and Matt Moore, Patrick Corbin and Jarrod Parker in 2014.In 2016, however, the parade of early-season elbow injuries has slowed, as evidenced by Hardball Times analyst Jon Roegele’s list of Tommy John patients. The poster boy for pitch-count control is 19-year-old Dodgers starter Julio Urias, the minor leagues’ top left-handed pitching prospect and the youngest pitcher in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League by almost three years. Urias, who’s made 60 minor league starts, has never thrown more than six innings in any single outing as a pro; earlier this month, he no-hit the New Orleans Zephyrs for six innings and was still pulled after 77 pitches. According to game-by-game minor league data from Baseball Prospectus,5Which goes back to 2005. only one pitcher who made the majors in that span — Rafael Dolis, who pitched primarily out of the bullpen and never started a big-league game — made more than 60 minor league starts before his MLB debut without ever recording more than 18 outs in any of them. If Urias makes six more starts without seeing the seventh inning before his Dodgers debut, he’ll pass Dolis on the light-workload leaderboard. If he doesn’t do it, it will probably be because the Dodgers decided to promote him to the big-league bullpen, a move they’re currently contemplating.“Most doctors believe limiting usage the way the Dodgers have with Julio Urias gives his UCL the best chance to survive the stress and strain that comes with his sort of velocity,” Passan said. The catch, of course, is that Urias will eventually have to go deeper in games—unless Los Angeles implements an even more innovative approach to limiting workloads at the major league level, perhaps building on the tandem-starter schemes other teams have tried. If the Dodgers don’t handle Urias’s transition to the majors with care, they could inadvertently expose him to even greater risk. “Pitchers are most at risk later in the games when they are fatigued, so limiting workloads in the minors only to expose them to the traditional 180-220 IP and 100+ pitch count metrics in the big leagues doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Boddy says.With all the brainpower in LA’s rapidly inflating R&D department devoted to injury research and prevention, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them ahead of the arm-injury curve. But in the bigger picture, this year’s Tommy John reversal might prove as illusory as the global warming “pause.” Pitch-count protocols in pro ball probably won’t undo the damage done at earlier ages, and a lasting solution would require more sweeping changes than teams have had time to institute.But even if what we’ve witnessed this spring is just a trough between Tommy John waves, we should still savor the lack of ugly MRI results as long as it lasts. The fewer pitchers paying visits to the dreaded Dr. James Andrews, the better off baseball will be. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the drop in Tommy John surgeries. This year’s tally of 22 Tommy John surgeries through May 10 — across all professional levels — is the lowest since 2002.2We filtered out surgeries listed as occurring on Jan. 1 of a given year, since these were procedures for which Roegele didn’t know the exact date. We also ignored the surgeries of players who were drafted in the same year the surgery occurred, as their cases often weren’t added to Roegele’s list until after the draft. And finally, we added one surgery to the 2016 total: that of Richards, who was not yet included in Roegele’s data. And that count includes very few prominent pitchers: Aside from Richards, the highest-profile big leaguer lost to the procedure in 2016 thus far3Excluding Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who went under the knife in November. is Carter Capps, the Miami Marlins reliever whose borderline-illegal delivery made him an attraction mostly in a circus-freak sense. This year’s big-league Tommy John casualties were projected by Dan Szymborski’s preseason ZiPS algorithm to produce only 7.0 wins above replacement in 2016,4According to data Szymborski provided us. compared with the 13.3 and 23.8 WAR projected for Tommy John victims by May 10 of the 2015 and 2014 seasons, respectively.It would be pretty to think this means that teams have solved the UCL scourge. Unfortunately, though, there’s no real reason to believe they’ve addressed all of the underlying problems that contribute to ligament tears. Pitchers continue to throw harder than they have in the past, and higher pitch speeds are associated with higher risks of injury. And as Passan reported in his recent elbow-injury opus, “The Arm,” the odometers on amateur arms are still creeping up quickly, thanks to year-round competition and the pressure to appear — and throw as hard as possible — in scout-packed showcase events.In other words, this year’s reduced injury toll may come down to timing and plain old good fortune. As Kyle Boddy, founder of the pitching performance and research facility Driveline Baseball, told us: “The easiest and most likely explanation is that Tommy John surgeries were abnormally high last year and are somewhat low this year.”Not that MLB clubs aren’t altering pitcher usage in an attempt to preserve arms. Between 2008 and 2015, the average number of pitches per major league start fell from about 97 to 93. Some of this decrease owes to swelling bullpens and an increased recognition that putting in fresh pitchers is often to teams’ benefit, but it also stems in part from an impulse Passan described to us in an email: “If throwing hurts pitchers, throwing less will hurt pitchers less.” read more