Hewitt bows out

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Baseball cap turned backward, pumping himself up with cries of “C’MON!” Lleyton Hewitt fought one last feisty encounter. Then he gathered his three young kids on centre court and said farewell.After a career spent trying to win the Australian Open, the 34-year-old Hewitt had said that this year’s tournament – his 20th attempt – would be his last.”Lleyton’s Last Stand”, as some Australian media have billed it, came yesterday in the second round, where Hewitt lost to David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in a gritty contest that the numbers alone don’t do justice. It included some dramatic tennis, a few expletives – including a verbal volley Hewitt had with the chair umpire – and was capped off by an emotional send-off in the Rod Laver Arena.When the No. 8-ranked Ferrer returned to the court for the winner’s customary post-match interview, he redirected the spotlight to Hewitt.Ferrer, who at 33 is just a year younger than Hewitt and has a similar relentless, chase-every-ball style, told the crowd that he once had Hewitt sign a T-shirt for him that now hangs with other tennis memorabilia in his home. “I never had idols, but Lleyton is an idol for me.”last_img read more

Policeman in hot water for shooting Itaballi man

first_imgA Police constable is in hot water after he allegedly used excessive force on a man with whom he had an argument at Itaballi Check Point, Region Seven. The incident occurred at about 20:00h on Friday evening.According to reports, the constable was responding to a report of domestic violence in the area when he came into contact with the accused, resulting in an argument.During the heated argument, the Policeman was accused of hitting the man to the head with his service revolver, causing him to fall. The Constable then discharged a round, hitting the man to his upper chest.After the shooting, the constable took the man to the Bartica Regional Hospital where he was admitted, and is now in a stable but serious condition.The rank, according to reports, fled the area but was later arrested at the Tiperu Crossing.The Office of Professional Responsibility has launched a probe into the purported breaches of standard operating procedures in relation to the report of domestic violence.last_img read more

Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort.Friday’s visit to the Galaxy was set up by US television star Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the team on her show on Monday.Former Sweden international Ibrahimovic had also appeared as a surprise guest to meet the team on the show.“I thought I was brave, but these kids, this team, is more braver than me… This is probably the best team in the world,” Ibrahimovic said.The team became the centre of global media sensation as the world watched and waited for news of their rescue in June.The rescue effort claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort © AFP/File / Eitan ABRAMOVICHLOS ANGELES, United States, Oct 20 – The Thai junior football team who were rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped for more than two weeks trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy and their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday in the latest stop of an international tour.The Wild Boars team, who earlier this month were guests at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, were given a tour of the Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium before training with members of the MLS team at a nearby pitch.last_img read more

$11.8 million verdict returned in truck-train suit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Universal Studios officials declined to comment on Friday. Metrolink previously settled with Kilpatrick and some two dozen other injured passengers in an agreement whose terms are confidential. Another passenger, 76-year-old Grace Kirkness of Santa Clarita, died in a hospital 15 days after the crash. Universal Studios in court said the crash was the result of what a federal investigation called “confusing” traffic signals and roadway where the Metrolink tracks pass the intersection of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Road. Truck driver Jacek Wysocki, who was employed by a Universal subsidiary and was killed in the crash, had stopped for a red left-turn arrow at the intersection, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Then he drove onto the tracks when the arrow began to flash at the train’s approach, the NTSB said. PASADENA – A former Newhall attorney crippled when a Metrolink train crashed into a movie-studio truck that drove onto the tracks was awarded $11.8 million from Universal Studios. A Pasadena jury awarded the money Friday to Jennifer Kilpatrick, who must use a walker or a wheelchair because of the injuries she suffered in January 2003 when the train derailed after plowing at 80 mph into the truck at a Burbank intersection. Kilpatrick, who was on her way to work when the crash happened, now lives in Las Vegas. The jury award was announced by Kilpatrick’s attorney, Los Angeles attorney Jerome Ringler, who is also lead counsel representing passengers injured in Metrolink crashes in Glendale and Placentia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSEAMUS Coleman will play on the right of midfield against Italy in a friendly in Belgium tonight – and gets a chance to show just how good he is against the very best from Serie A.With half a dozen more senior players being allowed to skip the friendly in Liege, the Killybegs man has another chance to impress Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni.Trapattoni has spoken in glowing terms about the Killybegs man in the past two weeks. And there is talk in the Irish camp that the Everton player may now be ahead of Liam Lawrence in future competitive games.Trapattoni was particularly happy about the way in which Coleman slotted easily into the side against Scotland last Sunday week.And whilst he didn’t play against Macedonia for tactical reasons, there is no doubt the Donegal man’s star is rising.Meanwhile former Blues striker Sharp feels Coleman got great experience from the Nations Cup. Sharp told evertonfc.com: “When you look at the season Seamus has had you have got to take your hat off to him and say he has done really well. He has probably played more games than David Moyes or even he envisaged at the start of the season.“He has got himself into the international set-up now and he will want to stay in there.“The Nations Cup was probably a good way for him to start with his country. It is a nice introduction to international football for him and he will want to do well for his country.”COLEMAN GETS CHANCE TO SHINE AGAINST ITALY was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more


first_imgPEOPLE in Donegal will have to pay for water via meters and a new property tax under new Government plans, it was revealed today.In the past hour Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government has not yet decided how exactly how much people will have to pay for water and property taxes next year.All Donegal householders would face two new charges in 2012. Speaking in the Dáil today, Mr Kenny said no details on the charges had been said.He also said that the water charge will only take affect after a ‘generous’ free amount of water is used up by the household.He added that when the setting the cost of the charge, the Government will take into account those in financial difficulty.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams described the charges as stealth taxes. He said the money that will be spent on water metres should be spent on fixing the breaks in the water system. Earlier, the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin once again asked that information about the pension levy be published.Today his colleague Donegal Senator Brian O’Domhnaill accused the Government of ‘bringing back domestic rates by the back door’.There are also fears that people with holiday homes in the county will face the new charges on top of the tax they already pay – hitting our tourism sector…and property prices.ANGER AS GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES WATER CHARGES – AND NEW PROPERTY TAX was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalproperty taxSenator Brian O’Domhnaillwater chargeslast_img read more


first_imgGardai have confirmed they are carrying out an investigation into councillor’s expenses at Donegal County Council.It is believed the investigation centres around just one councillor.No other details are available at this stage.  GARDAI BEGIN INVESTIGATION AT DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: May 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilGardaiinvestigationlast_img read more


first_imgLocal Republicans gathered at St. Agatha’s Church graveyard, Clar, Donegal Town on Easter Sunday Morning for a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of three IRA Volunteers killed at the Battle of Pettigo in 1922.A spokesperson from the organising Committee, commented: “This annual wreath laying ceremony reflects the deep commitment of local Republican minded people for remembering our Patriot dead.“This annual Easter ceremony is always an opportunity to reflect on the incredible sacrifices made by previous generations, to remember that in every generation over the past 200 years people have striven and in many cases given their lives to create an Ireland based on the principles of equality and justice. “We are mindful that the struggle to create an Ireland at peace with itself, governed by itself and governed in the best interests of all, continues today”.A wreath was laid on behalf of Sinn Fein and the 1916 Proclamation was read by Claire Thomas. REPUBLICANS REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF PETTIGO was last modified: March 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REPUBLICANS REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF PETTIGOlast_img read more

Using Finagle’s Rules in Cosmology

first_imgFudging and finagling often underlie the confident-sounding claims of cosmologists.Finagle’s Rules prescribe ways to ameliorate Murphy’s Law in science.  They are needed because, according to Finagle, “The perversity of the Universe tends towards a maximum.”  Here are the rules:To study a subject, understand it thoroughly before you start.Always keep a record of data – it indicates that you have been working.Draw your curves first, then plot your data.If in doubt, make it sound convincing.Experiments should be reproducible – they should fail in the same way.Do not believe in miracles, rely on them.The case of the impossible star:  A “Methuselah” star older than the universe was reported on Space.com.  That, of course, is impossible, so what did astronomers do?  In order to keep current theory intact, they worked the puzzle from both ends.  They increased the age of the universe, and worked to decrease the estimated age of the star from 16 billion years down to a more reasonable level, by altering theory to let it burn faster.  But the new estimate is still paradoxical, because the star has to be significantly younger than the big bang to allow time for gas to condense into galaxies.  “In the end, the astronomers estimated that HD 140283 was born 14.5 billion years ago, plus or minus 800 million years,” the article ends.  “Further observations could help bring the Methuselah star’s age down even further, making it unequivocally younger than the universe, researchers said.”  Is that further observations, or further finagling?The case of the unwelcome supernova:  Type-Ia supernovas are the “standard candles” of cosmology, critical links for determining distance and age of the universe.  An upstart new type of Type-Ia has been found, potentially blurring the calibration.  Called Type-Iax, it is 1/100th fainter and less energetic than classical Type-Ia supernovae, Science Daily said, and may account for a third of all Type-Ia supernovae.  Couldn’t that call into question earlier estimates, making some supernova events look farther away than they were?  The article didn’t say.  What it did say was not particularly encouraging for standard theory.  “Researchers aren’t sure what triggers a Type Iax,” for one thing.  What one astronomer said was even more disconcerting: “The closer we look, the more ways we find for stars to explode.” Maybe that’s why Space.com‘s headline read, “Whoa! Mini-Supernovas Discovered.”The case of the anomalous good fit:  Most of the science news media gave excited headlines about how a new map of the cosmic background radiation made from Planck Telescope data “confirms standard cosmology” (Science Now; see Finagle Rule #4). The Planck telescope, three times more sensitive than its predecessor WMAP, “backs sudden ‘inflation’ after the big bang,” according to Nature News.  They were less excited, and more worried, about the “anomaly” in the data, the so-called “axis of evil.”  Planck seems to have confirmed the presence of a preferred direction in space – a violation of the so-called “Copernican Principle” that expects every direction to look the same:The asymmetry “defines a preferred direction in space, which is an extremely strange result”, says Efstathiou. This rules out some models of inflation, but does not undermine the idea itself, he adds. It does, however, raise tantalizing hints that there may yet be new physics to be discovered in Planck’s data.Not only that, Planck found a “‘cold spot’ that covers a large area.”  Space.com discussed how the new map makes the universe “older than thought” by about 100 million years, based on its calculated value of the Hubble constant.  The new truth to be told in textbooks is 13.82 billion years, not 13.7, meaning that “space and time are expanding slightly slower than scientists thought.”  The phrase “than thought” appears again in New Scientist: “The universe is almost perfect, 80 million years older than we thought, and maybe a little bit evil.”  New Scientist suggested the anomaly might represent a bump from a neighboring universe born from”eternal inflation” putting a “bruise” on ours – a speculative notion far beyond experimental confirmation.   At best, Efstathiou said, “There is less stuff that we don’t understand, by a tiny amount.”If you don’t know how much you don’t understand, then you don’t know how much you do understand.  Suppose you don’t understand 99.99% of reality.  Improving that to 99.98% (“a tiny amount”) is hardly cause for rejoicing.  A bad sign is when you have to conclude, based on your favored notions, that the stuff of stars and galaxies is perverse or evil.  Since gas cannot be evil, the evil must reside in the minds of the theorists who fudge and finagle the data, or invent new physics, to keep their presumably righteous theories intact.  When you hear a cosmologist worrying about an “extremely strange result,” ask whether it is the evidence, or the astronomer, that deserves the adjective.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Industry Interview: Gotham Chopra on Following Stephen Curry for Facebook Watch

first_imgFilmmaker Gotham Chopra talked to us about letting story dictate form, producing intimate docs on winners, and breaking down the “anatomy of greatness.”The season finale of Stephen vs. The Game premieres Monday, July 29 at 8 p.m. EST on Facebook Watch. Concluding a series on Stephen Curry’s rise from NBA hopeful to six-time All Star, the episode wraps around the Golden State Warriors’ surprise loss to the Toronto Raptors in the finals — an event that, for many, marked the end of an era in basketball.Gotham Chopra is the filmmaker behind the Versus stamp and a founder of the powerhouse collective Religion of Sports. As he wrapped up production on this pivotal installment of Stephen Curry‘s story, Chopra shared his mission for Versus and the freedom afforded by Facebook Watch.PremiumBeat: The subjects you’ve chosen aren’t underdogs. Lauded as the best shooter in the NBA, Stephen Curry led the Warriors to three championship titles in four years. New England Patriots’ star (and Religion of Sports co-founder), Tom Brady, was the first quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five Super Bowl wins. Were you concerned at all that their stories could plateau in victory-world?Gotham Chopra: I’m always fascinated by people who are the best at what they do. I call it the “anatomy of greatness.”  What are the components that drive people to be the best? Athletes, because their craft is physical, bring a cinematic quality, which, obviously as a filmmaker, I really love.In terms of Stephen and Tom, both of them have great backstories and have that edge that really drives them, which is great for storytelling. I never really worried about victory-world. We live in the world of non-scripted storytelling. You go where the story does, and I always have confidence in my team to make it interesting.PB: Did you make these series with Facebook Watch in mind as an outlet? How did the partnership come about?GC: Both players had relationships with Facebook and had done lesser profile stuff with them. Facebook Watch was just getting started when the opportunity with Tom arose. He and I had been talking about collaborating on something for a while, and then it was just timed great. Facebook has been an awesome partner. It’s a unique platform because of the communities that exist around certain subjects and personalities. That demands a different style of storytelling and depth because audiences are very invested.PB: When you pitched this series to all relevant parties, what was important about the language you used in differentiating yourself from other contenders in the genre? To what do you credit the success of the pitch itself?GC: With Tom and Steph, they are amongst the highest-profile people in sports (and beyond), so it wasn’t exactly a tough pitch. They have millions of fans and are highly sought after, and we live in a media world where cutting through the clutter isn’t easy and big names help enormously.That said, we always try to have a point of view, a reason we are telling the story — something that really pulses at the heart of it. Just following around a celebrity with a camera is a reality show, which is less interesting to me. My team works hard at trying to understand our subject, what drives them, what their conflict is, and then we try to have that be the epicenter of the story.PB: In the first episode of the Tom Brady season, Tom vs. Time, he reads his practice notes from coach Bill Belichick. The story begins in urgent present-tense. In Stephen’s debut episode, we see him first as a toddler, looking back with his family at his rise to greatness. What did you discover about structure from the first season to the second season?GC: It’s mostly driven by the subject and the story we’re trying to tell — the POV. With Tom, the story was really about that season, his turning forty and proving the doubters wrong. We didn’t spend much time looking back, unpacking his backstory, or trying to do the definitive Brady doc. There was an urgency to it — will he or won’t he? — and that’s what we tracked.With Stephen, even though he was younger, it was more about breaking down his story, going back and understanding the origins of his faith in the game. The episodes had a very different structure in that they dipped back into the past, while also tracking an A-story across the 2019 season.PB: You segued from a fifteen-minute runtime to a half-hour runtime. What led you to make the decision to go longer for Season Two?GC: Basically, the inclusion of Steph’s backstory required us to add an additional act to each episode, which made them longer. It was basically the structure of the storytelling that required more time.PB: What did you learn about each player that most surprised you in the moment of shooting?GC: With both Tom and Steph, I think I was surprised at how intensely they are able to focus, despite all the noise that is constantly surrounding them. They’re both under endless scrutiny. People love them. People hate them. The noise is ever-present and yet both just do what they do — at the highest level. It’s impressive. Just the success, the championships, and records — it’s the balance off the court. The stable families, happy children and wives. I really admire that with both of them.PB: You’re credited as a cinematographer on the series. Were there certain scenes or interviews you wanted to shoot yourself, or did you pitch in as needed?GC: I tend to form strong relationships with my subjects and because some of the moments are super intimate — with their families or their teammates, etc. — sometimes I will pick up the camera and shoot myself. I like to think what we lose in cinematic quality, we gain in intimacy!I love great cinema and adore the talented cinematographers I work with, but I also really love the intimacy and rawness of just shooting with a subject myself.PB: I learned about Stephen vs. The Game from a link in Curry’s Instagram profile. How are you marrying the feel of the series with the way it’s promoted?GC: Both my creative team and FB’s marketing arm will create promotional assets. For us, it’s not rocket science. We know our subjects, we know the footage we have, and we have fun creating stuff that feels less formal and produced. To have Steph’s platform to promote the series is such an enormous asset. Millions of people have already signed up to follow him and want more storytelling around him.PB: What have been your inspirations as you create short-form documentary?GC: It’s a rapidly evolving medium. Long-form, short-form, mid-form, series, micro-docs, etc. I actually don’t really worry too much about format. I’m attracted to good stories and great characters. Usually, I find the story will tell you how long it wants to be.In terms of sports, I think the 30 for 30 franchise really popularized the genre and made it more of an elevated art form — appealed to broader audiences than just sports fans, and opened the whole space to great filmmakers and storytellers.PB: To whom do you show rough cuts of the episodes to, outside the immediate production team? Whose laymen’s-notes do you value? And has there been a time you changed something because a note-giver outside the production team pointed it out?GC: I have a small circle of people who I really trust — fellow filmmakers, people who may be fans of the athlete, and then others who don’t particularly care for them or even the sports that they play. Ultimately, we want to satisfy audiences that are made up of both the diehards, as well as beyond sports. I make tweaks every step of the way and then when I see them out there, I see other things I wish I could change! It’s par for the course.PB: How do you see the genre of sports documentary evolving? What inspires you about the future? What is daunting, to you, about the direction of trends?GC: I don’t think too far into the future. In general, I like to live in the present moment. It’s a great time for storytelling with so many platforms, formats, technologies, talent, and audiences that are on the hunt for great stories. I’ll be curious to see where it all goes!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.CGI, 3D Scans and Live Action with the Image Creators at Saddington BaynesIndustry Insights: Production Designer John Paino Tells Big Little LiesIndustry Insights: Hulu’s Das Boot Composer Matthias WeberIndustry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaVFX Master Michael Conelly Talks AR and VR Technologylast_img read more