Movie Awards: See Who’s Nominated

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Bruce hails players and discusses Birmingham return

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce praised his players for seeing out a victory over Fulham – and then turned his attentions to the local derby with his former club Birmingham.Bruce has picked up seven points from his first three matches in charge, which began with a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves last weekend.Following Tuesday night’s win at Reading, Jonathan Kodjia took advantage of a David Button error to see off the Whites at Villa Park and clinch back to back victories for the first time since April 2015.“I’m delighted for the players because a week ago they were quiet. We’ve just tried to breathe a bit of life back into them,” Bruce said“I think it’s fair to say we can only get better. We’ve got to still improve.“We were better in the second half [against Fulham], we went 10 yards further up the pitch.“Fulham are a good side. They were unbeaten away from home and you can see why. They didn’t really cause us any problems defensively but they keep the ball in deep areas.”Bruce, who managed Birmingham between 2001 and 2007, returns to St. Andrews with Villa next Sunday.“It should be a nice, quiet affair. I’m sure I’m going to be welcomed with open arms!” he joked.“It’s a special occasion in the second city. I don’t think it’s happened for five years.” See also:Fulham lose at Villa after Button error  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Do or Do Not: How I Launched My Career with Star Wars

first_imgDid Star Wars inspire you as a filmmaker? Let us know in the comments. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I worked on two of the first three episodes of Star Wars.Cover image via ILM.Forty years later, a reunion commemorating the release of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope took place on the main stage at Industrial Light and Magic in San Rafael, California.I was there along with 250 other people who helped create cinema history.May 25, 1977 was a long time ago, but my recollection of seeing Star Wars for the first time is as vivid as any of my high-impact memories. Talk about a two-hour voyage to another reality – this movie succeeded on so many levels. I made it a personal goal to somehow, one day, be a part of this visual revolution. Though still a senior in college, I would get my chance two years later on The Empire Strikes Back.Believe in your dreams.Myself with Warren Franklin, optical department team mate, and two of my bosses, John Dykstra and Richard Edlund.Seeing everyone, many of them for the first time since I last drove out of ILM’s parking lot, was a bit surreal and lots of fun. Thankfully, we had name tags! I knew most everyone by name, but a few, I admit, required a rapid glance at their name tag.Ours was a time when sprocket-driven, photo chemical film technology was colliding with the emerging PC revolution. Digital imaging and cellular communication was still years away, but on the movie screen, we were already traveling at light speed and doing battle with planet-destroying particle weapons. These were heady times, and being in a group of twenty- and thirty-somethings who thought there was no limit to our visual realizations was thrilling and foundational.The crew of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”Toward the end of the evening, many of the supervisors got a chance to reminisce about the original three films. Each of them concluded their remarks by saying it was a time — a place — and a team that would never repeat. I don’t agree — that’s old people talk.Today, teams of young people all over the world are improving our industry with equipment and software advances, breathtaking shot making and inventive new ways to tell stories. Our industry will forever move forward.ILM Optical department, circa 1982. From back row: Ed Jones, Marc Vargo, Dave Berry, Ralph Gordon, Dave Hanies, Peter Almlandson, James Lim, John Ellis, Chris Rand, Michael Moore, Tom Rosseter, Phil Barberio, Duncan Myers, Mike Shannon, Mary Walter, Bruce Nicholson, Peg Hunter. Image via ILM/Lucasfilm.My participation on Empire and Jedi occurred because of two improbable breaks. I’m a product of a mid-level film school in flyover country who got a chance to be a part of film history.Because I dreamed about it first.Check out my video “Blue Screen — 1980” to see how we composited elements in those days.last_img read more

Stags brace for tough stretch, seek to end Final Four drought

first_imgRead Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Our confidence never wanes. So what we have to do is to compose ourselves and continue fighting on,” he said.The Stags are aiming to make the Final Four for the first time since 2013. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Every game we have will be a difficult one because we have a small team. So every game, I’m really pushing the boys to do whatever we could to get the win,” he said.San Sebastian braces for a desperate Arellano squad fighting for survival on Tuesday before wrapping up its elimination round schedule against the upset-seeking Mapua and Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMichael Calisaan, however, would rather look at the tough stretch in a positive light.“If we win and we sweep our last three games, we still have a chance,” the senior forward said. “The teams above us will still play each other. So our focus is preparing ourselves for the next games and improving our game.” View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCurrently out of the NCAA Final Four picture, San Sebastian’s path to the playoffs couldn’t be stiffer as the end of the elimination round nears.That’s why coach Egay Macaraya is motivating his players to be at the best of their capablities as the Golden Stags seek to make a belated run in NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mbala: La Salle defense not as good as last yearlast_img read more

Suddenly favored

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Hotshots would, of course, try to change what happened last season, where they also won the series opener only to lose the next four.“It’s [imperative] for us to settle down and again prepare hard for this game,” added Victolero.Last season, the Hotshots took back-to-back lopsided losses after that Game 1 win. Game 4 was close before they suffered a meltdown in overtime of Game 5.Now coming off a championship run in the Governors’ Cup, and toughened up by the character-shaping playoff victories over crowd darling Barangay Ginebra and second-seeded Rain or Shine, the Magnolia mentor hopes he and his charges are experienced enough to counter the Beermen’s overwhelming advantage in manpower.“[Through all that], we’ve improved in terms of maturity,” Victolero said. “Our core group has grown a lot and our chemistry has never been better.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Maybe Magnolia is not the underdog after all.ADVERTISEMENT Having won five of its last games in the PBA Philippine Cup, counting Finals opener, Magnolia shoots for a commanding 2-0 lead over reigning champion San Miguel Beer in their race-to-four series Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where all pre-series hype has been thrown out the window.Tip off is at 7 p.m. with the Hotshots looking to cash in on the lessons they’ve learned for over a year. After all, they have been an entirely different team since last facing the Beermen in the grandest PBA stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It has been a learning experience for us. But as I’ve said before, the series doesn’t end in this (first) game,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said. “We know that San Miguel will try to mount a comeback and we’ve learned from that (from last year).”Magnolia threw a defensive blanket on June Mar Fajardo’s supporting cast in Game 1 to carve out a 99-94 win and take great momentum into the second game. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img “We were down against Ginebra 0-1 (in the quarterfinals and we won the next two (games),” he said. “We were down 0-2 against the Elasto Painters, and we won the series. Those are some of the experience we’ve brought into this.”Fajardo faced a relentless Magnolia defense but still came away with 35 points in Game 1. He will need his supporting cast to step up for the Beermen to take control and pull even in this series.“Their maturity is incredible,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “As we’ve been saying before, they’re good in closing out games. So as far as indication goes, this is not going to be easy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres poised to go deep Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

13 days agoMoreno: Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard not good enough for Spain

first_imgMoreno: Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard not good enough for Spainby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Roberto Moreno insists Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard wouldn’t be good enough for his squad.Odegaard is ready to play for Norway against Spain on Saturday night.Asked if he would make it into the Spain team, Moreno was clear.”I’m sorry, but no,” Moreno said. “Our players are better. I don’t want to disrespect anyone. I think we have a great team.”Now he [Odegaard] is playing in midfield at Real Sociedad and is reaching a high level. He is doing amazingly well.”At the end of the day Norway are a good team and we will have to be effective to get the win.”He is doing well, but there won’t be a plan to stop a specific player. I wouldn’t make a specific plan to stop him or anyone else.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gov’t Advancing Drought Mitigation Plans

first_img The Government is advancing plans to combat the effects of drought, particularly in vulnerable communities.The interventions are intended to ensure an effective monitoring programme is in place and facilitate the development of long-term plans to address the issue.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has emphasised that “water sustainability is at the core of national development”.“Therefore, significant consideration must be given to protecting our environment so that future generations can have access to this commodity,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum held on April 17 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Every Drop: Water, Sustainability and Industry’. The event featured several presentations from industry leaders on strategies to provide safe, sustainable water sources for all.The presentations also highlighted approaches to managing Jamaica’s water resources through which stakeholders can contribute.Noting that Jamaica’s water sector is susceptible to multiple risks associated with climate change and variables such as hurricanes and drought, Mr. Charles said agencies, such as the National Water Commission (NWC) and Water Resources Authority (WRA), have been working tirelessly to protect and manage the distribution of the amenity.Accordingly, the Authority has implemented strategies to ensure that water abstraction licence holders adhere to the conditions of their permits.“This is effective in reducing the likelihood of saline intrusion, which will compromise water sources,” the Minister said.Saline intrusion refers to the movement of salt water into freshwater aquifers, which can lead to contamination of drinking water sources, among other things.Senator Charles further noted the Authority recently imposed volume-based fees to encourage conservation and increase efficiency among water users.Another initiative of the Authority is the Managed Artificial Recharge (MAR) Project in Inswood, St. Catherine, which channels excess water from the Rio Cobre into the aquifers.This initiative will increase and improve water quantity and quality in the lower Rio Cobre Basin.Additionally, the NWC has embarked on the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Co-Management Programme (NWC & Miya), at a cost of US$42.5 million.Figures from the NWC show that Jamaica has a high level of non-revenue water totalling approximately 70 per cent.The entity has, therefore, embarked on this five-year programme that will: establish sustainable NRW management capability at the NWC; reduce NRW in KSA to 30 per cent by the end of year five and maximise income collected by NWC; and prepare and implement strategies and action plans to improve NWC performance and efficiency.“An integral part of growing the NWC customer base across the country must be converting consumers of water into customers. Through the use of geo-referencing of services and the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, the NWC will be better able to identify illegal connections. They will continue to take the relevant steps to ensure once consumers are identified they are accounted for in the billing system,” Senator Charles added. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has emphasised that “water sustainability is at the core of national development”. The interventions are intended to ensure an effective monitoring programme is in place and facilitate the development of long-term plans to address the issue. Story Highlights The Government is advancing plans to combat the effects of drought, particularly in vulnerable communities.last_img read more

The Spartans Shift Up Updated College Football Playoff Predictions Week 12

Alabama 10-121359%66% ▲ 2122% Florida 10-18101932%17% ▼ 5a3% Clemson 11-014660%69% ▲ 2116% Michigan 9-21213157%6% ▲ 21<1% LSU 7-31538120%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-31337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Northwestern 9-22021550%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … USC 7-424261033%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 11-05122937%29% ▲ 6a3% Stanford 9-21111952%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 10-175163%55% ▲ 1022% North Carolina 10-11781640%11% ▲ 212% Navy 9-116163826%<1% ▲ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 18; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Florida State 9-21419130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Notre Dame 10-1478—a31% ▲ 216% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Baylor 9-1109216%19% ▲ 217% Oklahoma St. 10-16141420%9% ▼ 162% Wisconsin 8-32531280%<1% ▲ 21<1% Memphis 8-32152490%<1% ▲ 21<1% Houston 10-119284431%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1921747%44% ▲ 336% (But first, a reminder: Our predictions are probabilistic for a reason. There’s a lot we don’t know! With only one year of data to work off, it’s not clear how the playoff committee weighs winning a conference championship against not playing in one, or how it judges a one-loss team in a strong conference versus an undefeated squad from a weak one. We’ll learn a lot more on Dec. 6 when the committee makes its picks.)Clemson and Alabama cruised on Saturday and retain pole position to make the playoff at 69 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Oklahoma sweated out a thrilling TCU comeback and remains the best bet from the Big 12 to make the playoff: The Sooners’ odds have risen to 55 percent. If they can win at Oklahoma State next Saturday, the Sooners make the playoff in 85 percent of our simulations.After that, it’s a pair of Big Ten teams — and things get hairy. Our model now gives Michigan State the inside track to be the fourth team in the playoff (with a 44 percent likelihood). Right behind the Spartans are the Buckeyes, at 33 percent. Luckily for Michigan State, it has a clear path to the playoff: Beat Penn State next week (the Spartans are 80 percent favorites) to wrap up the Big Ten East and then win over Iowa in the conference title game. Should Michigan State win out, our model gives them a 92 percent shot to make the playoff.Ohio State is not out yet, however. The Buckeyes’ path is just much less clear. They first need to beat Michigan at The Big House next week — no easy task, as the Buckeyes are only 58 percent favorites. Then they need the Spartans to lose. In a scenario in which Michigan State does slip up and a one-loss Ohio State team wins out — including over Iowa — the Buckeyes make the playoff in 96 percent of those simulations.But that is not the Buckeyes’ only way to the playoff. Should they win out and be excluded from the Big Ten championship game, they still make the playoff 54 percent of the time. As I explained last week, Ohio State as a one-loss defending national champion presents an impressive résumé for the committee to consider, even if the Buckeyes are prevented from vying for their conference title. It’s possible that two Big Ten teams make the playoff.Other takeaways from our model: Notre Dame, even if it wins out, is not assured a playoff spot. Three teams ranked behind it by the committee — Iowa, Michigan State and Oklahoma — have a good chance to leapfrog the Irish if they win out. Still, if the Irish beat Stanford next week to finish their regular season, their chances jump noticeably, to 69 percent.Baylor notched an impressive win over undefeated Oklahoma State on Saturday, but it didn’t help its playoff chances much. Currently, the Bears’ chances are 19 percent. Florida, on the other hand, had an overtime scare against Florida Atlantic, but despite a Gator victory, the model revised Florida’s playoff odds down to 17 percent. Oregon 8-3236240%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 9-2181850%<1% ▼ 5a<1% Mississippi 8-3221779%<1% ▲ 21<1% Ohio State 10-133410%33% ▼ 299% Michigan State kicked a field goal on the last play of its game on Saturday to topple the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes — and made the College Football Playoff picture more complicated. You may have some unanswered questions: What does the upset of the Buckeyes mean for the eventual Big Ten champ’s chances? Does it help or hurt Notre Dame’s playoff position? And what about the Big 12? Fear not! FiveThirtyEight’s college football model has some (probabilistic) answers. Here are our updated projections following Saturday’s games (these numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released): read more

Ohio State softball swept by Michigan

Michigan’s offense struck early and often to help the No. 20 Wolverines sweep the Ohio State softball team in a three-game series at Buckeye Field over the weekend. The Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes, 27-11, and out-hit them, 32-16, on the way to three key wins in Big Ten play. Both teams entered the series with a 5-1 record in the conference. Game three was the most tightly contested of the weekend, but it didn’t look that way early as senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott dug herself a hole in the top of the first inning. Endicott threw 60 pitches, walked five batters and gave up four runs before OSU ever had a chance to step to the plate. She credited the Wolverine batters for the length of her first inning. “I just kept attacking them, mixing things up,” Endicott said. “It was a battle and I was just trying to keep them off-balance and throw my game.” Trailing, 4-0, the Buckeyes responded quickly in the bottom of the first. A leadoff single followed by two hit batters loaded the bases with no outs and Evelyn Carrillo took advantage of the opportunity. The sophomore first baseman hit a grand slam over the right field wall to tie the game. Carrillo said she had a good idea of what pitch she would see. “I was expecting change-up all day today because I knew they had gotten me the previous day on a change-up,” she said. “I was like something up, I’m just gonna hit it, and that’s what it was.” The Wolverines added one run in the second and one in the third to make the score 6-4 and the Buckeyes couldn’t overcome the deficit. OSU scored once in the bottom of the fifth on a Michigan error, but that was it as OSU fell, 6-5. Despite the third loss to Michigan in two days, senior shortstop Alicia Herron found some positives in game three. “We came out a lot better the second game in comparison to the first two games,” Herron said. “We played tougher, we made adjustments, we were better at the plate. Overall it was just much better.” In game two, OSU built an early lead, but saw it disappear quickly. The Buckeyes batted through the order in the bottom of the first and took an early 3-1 lead. The Wolverines’ potent offense answered in the top of the second with five runs and never looked back. They added one run in the third, one in the fourth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and finished the game with 16 hits to defeat the Buckeyes, 11-4. OSU coach Linda Kalafatis said it wasn’t the physical aspect of the game that caused her team problems. “A lot of this was mental and we had some breakdowns,” Kalafatis said. “A great program like Michigan isn’t gonna let you get away with a whole lot.” On Friday, game one started and ended the same way as game two. The Buckeyes scored two in the first inning thanks to a Herron home run, but could not muster another run the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Wolverines blasted Endicott for nine runs in three innings of work to build a 9-2 lead before tacking on one run in the seventh off freshman pitcher Olivia O’Reilly to post a 10-2 victory. OSU fell to 23-14 on the season and 5-4 in the Big Ten while Michigan improved to 27-10 and 8-1 in the conference. The Buckeyes finish up a six-game homestand Wednesday at 6 p.m. versus Dayton at Buckeye Field. read more

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