After Nugent hurt, Raiders on the lookout for a new kicker

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders are in the market for another placekicker Monday after Mike Nugent injured a hip during a 28-20 road loss to the Miami Dolphins.Nugent successfully converted field goal attempts of 25 and 52 yards — the last one with 1:40 to play.“Although he kicked field goals very well, we’re concerned about his status for this week,” coach Jon Gruden said at his weekly press conference.Nugent was originally brought in during training camp to join Eddy Pineiro, an undrafted rookie …last_img

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Production Tips: Getting Started with Low-Budget Stunt Coordination

first_imgNeed to (safely) coordinate some stunts for your next project? Here’s what you need to know to get started in the wild world of stunt coordination.First and foremost, stunts are dangerous. All stunts. Whether it’s running from a giant explosion or slipping on a wet tile floor, stunts can result in injury or even death — even when planned properly. This article is for educational purposes only.Stunts are exciting! They can add a real sense of danger to a fist fight when suddenly Wham! the hero gets suplexed through a table. They can add physical comedy to catch the audience off guard, like a character falling out of his chair unexpectedly. Stunts can also add a nice level of production value. But that doesn’t mean that all stunts have to be expensive.Now, blowing up buildings and flipping cars is beyond the scope of this article. Here we will go over a basic introduction to stunt coordination and some small-but-exciting stunts for low budgets.Stunt CoordinationSo what is stunt coordination? Stunt coordination involves safely planning out and executing stunts, such as falls, fights, chase scenes, etc. The stunt coordinator needs to work with the director, cinematographer, and often even the production designer and costume department in order to plan out the safest way to pull off a stunt — big or small. Emphasis on safest!Remember, film is all about illusions. Yes, practical stunts are real and dangerous; they depend on meticulous planning. Also keep in mind that the stunt needs to be safe enough to perform multiple times. Maybe your stunt double is tough and totally cool with taking that big hit and getting winded and bruised — or whatever. But if they can’t do it multiple times, or if doing it multiple times will injure them permanently, then it’s no good. No film project is worth death or permanent injury.So how can we pull off some impressive-looking stunts on a tight budget and still be safe? With planning and coordination.Planning and CoordinationIf you’re using a stunt double, I’d recommend checking out my previous article on how to maintain the stunt double illusion.Let’s go over two types of falls: one with gym mats and one with wires. For either one, it’s always good to have your stunt double wear some kind of padding on their body. Some reliable, low-budget padding is available online or from you local sporting goods store. Get some compression padded shorts to protect the hips and tailbone and some knee and elbow pads if you plan any stunts involving either of those. You can also purchase a low-cost motorcycle spine protector. Foldable gym mats are available at Amazon for a decent price.For this first example, use the spine protector. In this stunt, my character gets lifted and slammed through a table and knocked out.Let’s break this down. Framed just out of shot are a series of pads beneath the table. The table itself is cheaply made (particle board), and we removed all the supports. This allows for the table to effortlessly break as I pass through it (another method, if you’re able to afford it, is to either buy or make a breakaway table from balsa wood). Take note, as I pass through it: my co-actor is holding onto me the entire time and merely guiding me through the table. He is using some force, but he is not slamming me. This is important because even with pads and a breakaway table, getting slammed into the ground can cause some serious injuries.The natural pull of gravity and a bit of acting is what sells the table crash.The second example requires hip pads.In this stunt, my character gets kicked clean off his feet and falls straight to his side, bewildered. This stunt involves some wire work. As you can see, the wires have been removed digitally. We locked down the camera, did our stunt work, then cleared everyone out and shot a clean plate. I used the plate to cut out all the crew and equipment hoisting me up and dropping me to the floor.The rig is simple enough. Three strong ladders are securely bound together in the form of an archway and supported by my crew. A simple pulley system is attached to a harness that I’m wearing beneath my clothing and above my hip pads. My stunt coordinator suspends me in the air for a brief moment before dropping me to the ground as I get kicked, and then drops me. Yes, I do take about a four-foot drop to my side, but notice that I am still in control of my head (as to not whiplash or slam it into the ground and concuss myself).The wire is strong Paracord. Body and waist harnesses are available fairly cheaply (and they’re safe enough for small stunts like these). For an in-depth guide to digital wire removal, check out the following video. (Using masks is great for getting rid of big details and rigs, but I found the Photoshop method discussed in the video to be best for the wires themselves.)When dealing with any kind of rig like this, make sure you test it out! Attach a weighted bag, stress test it in a way that if it does fail no one will get hurt. Test it during pre-production; test it on set. You need to be sure your rig will stand up to rigorous and repeated use before attaching a person to it.AdvancingStunts are exciting! Performing, directing, and coordinating them is genuinely thrilling and satisfying. Start small and build. Always plan safely, never take shortcuts. See how you can use the camera to make even mundane stunts look spectacular. Experiment. Use padding whenever possible. If anyone feels unsafe about the stunt, then don’t go through with it. Go back to the drawing board and come back when you know you can do it safely.Looking for more film and video production tips? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceESCAPE ROOM (Short Film) — How To Composite Your Own StuntsThe Very Real Stunts of James Bond6 Tips for Filming a Thrilling Car Chase Scenelast_img read more

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The ROI of Softer Stuff

first_imgRevenue improvement. Profit increases. Cost reductions. Efficiencies.These are all tangible, measurable improvements that your product, service, or solution can produce. They make it possible for you to generate and share an ROI with your client. As important as it is to produce a business case, these aren’t the only factors buyers consider when making decisions. They don’t move you to trusted advisor, consultative salesperson, and Level 4 Value Creator status.Trust is soft. There isn’t a great way to measure it. But without trust nothing that you present really matters. What do you believe your dream client believes the ROI on trust to be?Caring, like trust, is soft. Your dream client will never list “caring” in a row on a spreadsheet and score you against your competitor (they won’t do that with trust, either). But when your dream client makes a decision, how much they believe you care about them and their challenges is a factor they weigh heavily. If you don’t believe this is true, share with them how much commission you hope to make on their sale and see how it changes your relationship.Business acumen and situational knowledge (or in the common vernacular, insights) are too soft to be measured. But people in positions of authority value people with the ability to help them deal with their most complex business challenges. They value people with ideas. They trade lower price for greater insights. They trade a marginally better ROI for real relationships of value.Collaboration isn’t a metric (at least not one I’ve ever seen). But you are being judged by how easy you are to do business with and how open you are to helping your dream client adjust your solution to precisely fit their needs. They value your ability to help them build consensus, and they appreciate being armed to have high value conversations within their own organization.None of this is to say that your financial ROI isn’t important. It is important, and critically so in some deals. But so is the softer stuff that gives you the opportunity to better develop the ROI, to position yourself as the right partner, to drive a wedge between you and your competitors, and to frame your solution in a way that resonates with your dream client contacts. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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9 months agoPalmeiras hope to tempt Chelsea defender Luiz back home

first_imgPalmeiras hope to tempt Chelsea defender Luiz back homeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePalmeiras are watching David Luiz’s situation at Chelsea.The Brazil defender, off contract in June, is in dispute with Chelsea as they refuse to offer him more than a rolling one-year deal as he’s over 30 years of age.”We will see what the future will bring us. I like this club, everyone knows that I want to stay,” said Luiz.However, despite his words, the defender is putting plans in place for next season with a return to Benfica considered.Palmeiras are also in the mix, says Fox Sports Brasil, with an approach now being prepared. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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19 days agoDavid Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say David Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bidby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says a rift with manager Frank Lampard led to him leaving Chelsea.The 32-year-old joined the Gunners on deadline day for £8million, with the Brazilian claiming he “didn’t think twice” about signing for the North London giants.Asked by Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar about why he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge, Luiz explained how the lure of Arsenal proved to be too much.He said: “It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.”It’s hard for rivalry, yes, but I couldn’t help but live a new story, in a new place, in a big club just because of the rivalry.” last_img read more

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The timeline of how delays led to a court case being tossed

first_imgVANCOUVER – A timeline of the delays in one case that led a B.C. Supreme Court judge to decide it should be thrown out:Jan. 15, 2012: Police find a marijuana grow-op while searching a home in Chilliwack.May 11, 2012: A man is charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.July 5, 2012: The accused attends court for the first of seven appearances, all before December, six of which the judge says are the defendant’s fault as he looks for a lawyer.September 2013: The man’s lawyer withdraws from the case and the original date for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 25 is pushed back by a year to Nov. 3, 2014.Nov. 3, 2014: The preliminary hearing is held. A trial date is set for four days, beginning Nov. 23, 2015.November 2015: The case is delayed for three months because a witness is unavailable after the death of a family member. The Crown and defence agree there is a need to resolve whether the accused’s charter rights were breached before the trial can proceed.Feb. 15-17, 2016: The charter application is heard and dismissed. The court schedules three days for a trial, starting Oct. 31, 2016. The accused fires his lawyer, pushing the trial dates back to May 16, 2017.May 16, 2017: The trial proceeds.May 23, 2017: The judge finds the man guilty on both counts.June 5, 2017: The man applies for a stay of proceedings because of unreasonable delay, citing the Jordan ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.June 9, 2017: Justice William Grist of the B.C. Supreme Court grants the man a stay of proceedings, blaming 38 of the more than 60 months of delay on complacency in the court system.last_img read more

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UNs Ban hails historic milestone in Tunisia

first_imgNEW YORK- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Tunisia’s adoption of a new constitution on Sunday, declaring it a “historic milestone” and a model for other countries seeking reform.Tunisia’s transition to democracy “reached another historic milestone with the adoption today of the country’s new constitution,” Ban said in a statement released by his spokesman Martin Nesirky.Ban “believes Tunisia’s example can be a model to other peoples seeking reforms,” Nesirky added. The UN chief “encourages political actors in Tunisia to ensure the next steps of the transition are conducted in a peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner,” he added.Tunisia’s lawmakers adopted a new constitution and the prime minister named a caretaker cabinet tasked with organising fresh polls — two key goals of the revolution that touched off the Arab Spring three years ago.“Strengthening the democratic institutions created by the constitution and related laws will help promote accountability and the rule oflaw with full respect to human rights,” Ban said.“Close attention must also be paid to ensuring economic growth is achieved in an equitable and sustainable manner.”last_img read more

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