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GARDAI LEFT SHOCKED AFTER FINDING FOURTEEN IN VAN – NINE WITHOUT SEATBELTS!

first_imgGardai who stopped a van found 14 people inside including nine children – none of whom were wearing seat belts.Inspector David Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that Gardai stopped a Transit van at College Road on February 17th, 2011.The van was being driven by mum-of-three Margaret McDonagh, 27, of 109 Meadowbank, Letterkenny. She told Gardai that she was returning from a family wedding and was giving a number of people a lift home.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that there was no question of speed and that Mrs McDonagh was being very careful.He also said she had not been drinking at the wedding.However Judge Paul Kelly said he took a serious view of the situation considering none of the people under seventeen years of age were wearing safety belts.“The biggest problem here is the risk to the children. She took a serious risk in that someone could have run into the back of her and caused a serious injury,” he said.He fined Mrs McDonagh €100 for allowing a person under seventeen years of age to be driven without a seat belt and took all other charges into consideration.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGARDAI LEFT SHOCKED AFTER FINDING FOURTEEN IN VAN – NINE WITHOUT SEATBELTS! was last modified: November 2nd, 2011 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:donegaldaily.comGardailetterkennyseatbeltslast_img read more

Did Earth Get Its Water from Meteor Squirt Guns?

first_imgYou can’t just fire bullets at pumice and claim that Earth got its oceans that way.Talk about weird science. Two guys at Brown University went to a shooting range to figure out how Earth got its water. But is their theory all wet?First, they realize that explaining that has been difficult. From their paper in Science Advances, R. Terik Daly and Peter H. Schultz say,The timing of volatile delivery to the inner solar system continues to be debated. Some have argued that the terrestrial planets accreted dry and later gained volatiles as part of the “late veneer”. Recent Ru isotopic data, however, imply that the late veneer was not the primary source of volatiles on Earth. Moreover, data from angrites and eucrites point to the accretion of water in the inner solar system within the first few million years of solar system history. Isotopic evidence also indicates that carbonaceous chondrite (CC)–like impactors delivered much of the volatiles in the inner solar system. However, the actual mechanisms that trap this water remain poorly constrained.The “water planet” is unique in the solar system. Photo: Earthrise from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, December 2015 (NASA).Creationists say that Earth had its water from the beginning, but of course, they are not allowed into the debate, because they (with their peer-reviewed journals) are discriminated against as a class. Faced with an unending controversy, the two materialists went to a gun range to do some target practice. Using bullets of antigorite, a serpentine mineral they consider a “proxy” for carbonaceous chondrites (a common type of meteor), they shot at pumice, which they consider a “proxy” for the early crust. What did they get? Fragments of breccia (broken pieces of stuff), and some pieces of glass from the impact melt. If the CC’s came with any H2O, they figure that about 30% of it might have survived in the glass. Here it is in jargonese:Dynamical models and observational evidence indicate that water-rich asteroids and comets deliver water to objects throughout the solar system, but the mechanisms by which this water is captured have been unclear. New experiments reveal that impact melts and breccias capture up to 30% of the water carried by carbonaceous chondrite–like projectiles under impact conditions typical of the main asteroid belt impact and the early phases of planet formation. This impactor-derived water resides in two distinct reservoirs: in impact melts and projectile survivors. Impact melt hosts the bulk of the delivered water. Entrapment of water within impact glasses and melt-bearing breccias is therefore a plausible source of hydration features associated with craters on the Moon and elsewhere in the solar system and likely contributed to the early accretion of water during planet formation.We hope they had fun shooting, because logically, they can’t use the results of target practice to extrapolate to the formation of the Earth and its oceans. It might make them feel good to be published for their recreational sport, but proxies are not realities. Theory-laden proxies—relying on assumptions as they do—can mislead. And tiny bits of stuff under artificial conditions may have nothing to do with planetary-sized events of the unobservable past. Anyway, off they went from the range, telling the story of How the Earth Got Its Water.The fact that the amorphous, glassy component—not projectile survivors—constitutes the primary reservoir for impact-delivered water is critical for extrapolating these experiments. Impact melt production increases with impact speed. If impact melt derived primarily from the target successfully traps water during collisions among planetary bodies (as it does in experiments), then higher-speed impacts may still deliver significant quantities of water.It may, or it may not. That’s a big ‘If.’ Did they quantify if target practice by blind shooters could deliver 1.333 billion cubic kilometers of water to the Earth? No. Did they find corresponding relative amounts of water on the moon, Venus, Mercury and Mars? No. Did they determine if the deuterium content of CC water corresponds to the amount in ocean water? (That’s what shot down the comet-water-balloon theory, 22 March 2017.) No. Did they calculate the volume of CC’s that would have had to hit Earth to contribute to the present water content of the Water Planet? No. Did they determine if that’s how the water 100 miles under the crust got there? No. Did they critique the accretion theory of planet formation? No. Did they read Genesis 1? No.But because their theory is 100% naturalistic, purposeless, aimless, and unverifiable, it got published by the AAAS. Pretty good reward for a day at the shooting range.Once upon a time, blind shooters squirted water at a dry planet. From that water, life emerged, and evolved into scientists who tell just-so stories. Isn’t science wonderful.Remember to get Dr Henry Richter’s book Spacecraft Earth to learn about all the design evidences for Earth’s habitability. The evidence convinced this spacecraft pioneer (PhD, Caltech) that Earth was intelligently designed to be habitable (Isaiah 45:18). Later, the Bible convinced him that the Designer was God, who was not silent, but left us a “Guide for Passengers” in his revealed Word. (Visited 376 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Opening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Second South Africa Investment Conference

first_imgOpening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Second South Africa Investment Conference6 November 2019, Sandton Convention Centre, JohannesburgProgramme Director,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is my great privilege to warmly welcome you all to the 2019 South Africa Investment Conference.It is a particular privilege to welcome all our international guests to South Africa, the home of the champions of world rugby.Last year, we announced our objective to raise $100 million – or R1.2 trillion – in new investments over five years with a view to addressing low economic growth and reducing unemployment.It is now exactly a year since the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference, where local and international investors responded to our call and stood on this platform to make investment announcements totalling nearly R300 billion.Of the 31 projects announced last year eight projects have been realised and completed.Seventeen are in construction or at implementation stage.In total, this represents R238 billion of the investments that were announced last year.This is a phenomenal achievement by those who stood hereto announce those investments.It is gratifying to see the commitments that were made at this Conference last year materialising in the form of new factories, new production lines, new products, new services and new jobs.I have had occasion to be present at some of these factory and facility openings and have seen the optimism and commitment of the business owners, management teams and workers at all these establishments.I am pleased to see so many of you here from our own country, as well as from as many as 22 other countries outside the shores of South Africa.It is pleasing to see that investors continue to consider South Africa as a country with much to offer and a viable and profitable investment destination.Indeed we have a lot to offer, in the form of our people, in natural and mineral resources, with a young and able workforce, world class infrastructure, sophisticated telecommunications systems, and a well-regulated financial and banking sector.There is the rule of law in this country, our judiciary is independent and our legal framework is strong, especially around commerce, taxation, maritime issues, competition law, intellectual property, property rights and other basic human rights.We have a vibrant civil society, a progressive labour regime and an independent and robust media.Our democracy is strong, robust and wonderfully noisy and our institutions are durable, confirming the political stability of our body politic over the past 25 years and into the future.Yet, we are also a country with many challenges.We are also a country which carries the scars of a sad and horrible past, where the colour of one’s skin determined one’s livelihood and future.Despite significant progress over the last 25 years, the legacy of our divided past has left many of our people without skills, without assets and without jobs.All these factors have combined to exacerbate poverty and inequality.In navigating our way from the horrible past of apartheid misrule into a democratic future, we have made mistakes along the way.Over the last decade, our economy has barely grown, investment has dwindled and the rate of unemployment has increased.Today, we are still feeling the effects of several years of state capture and corruption, the erosion of important public institutions and the resultant policy malaise.But, even in the face of such great challenges, hope continues to spring eternal in the hearts of South Africans who are determined that they will not yield to despair.As a nation, we have determined that we will not be defeated by challenges we face.We will not falter on our path to improve the condition of our people.It is for this reason that, as a government, we reached out to our social partners to forge a new compact for growth and development.And it was through this collaboration that we identified several major issues we must address to achieve to the economic recovery that we all seek.We have determined that we will move forward, effect far-reaching reforms and undertake the detailed work required to turn our economy around.Working together, we have made much progress in implementing the policy reforms that I spoke about at last year’s Conference, creating policy certainty, consistency and predictability for investors and for citizens.We have acted decisively to end state capture and are rebuilding the capacity of the state. We have fostered greater policy coherence and are improving alignment across the different spheres and entities of government.We have been steadily working to create a business environment that is competitive and conducive to investment.As a government, and as a country, we are clear about what we need to do, and we are marshalling our every resource and our every capability to do it.We are on a path of removing impediments and constraints to inclusive growth.We have embarked on a path that is illuminated by policy consistency and regulatory certainty, fiscal responsibility, and decisive interventions to stimulate economic activity.Central to our efforts to ignite growth and create jobs is an ambitious execution oriented industrial strategy founded on partnerships between government, labour and industry.It prioritises growth in important sectors such as automotive, clothing and textiles, gas, chemicals and plastics, tourism, renewable energy, oceans economy, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, the digital economy and the high-tech industries.Master plans for each of these sectors will ensure that infrastructure, skills, incentives and other resources are directed towards where they have the greatest impact.Today we will witness the signing of master plans for the poultry and the clothing, textile and footwear industries. This will lead to the giant retailers in our economy increasing local procurement, investment and job creation. Labour is committed to improve productivity levels.We have identified special economic zones as platforms that can attract investors and enhance economic growth.To this end, we have established 10 special economic zones in strategic locations around the country where investors are able to produce and export value-added products.Investors are offered a preferential corporate tax regime, building support, employee tax incentives, favourable customs regulations and support for capital investment and training.Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the launch of a new automotive special economic zone in Tshwane.A partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry, Gauteng Provincial Government, the City of Tshwane and the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, this automotive SEZ underlines the value of strategic collaboration in the revival of our economy.As a major boost to manufacturing, localisation and job creation, nine companies have already confirmed their intention to set up factories by January 2021, with some coming on-stream well before this date.This will entail an investment of around R3.6 billion and the creation of 6,700 direct jobs, consolidating South Africa’s position as the auto-hub of the African continent.It is a sign of the enthusiasm for this opportunity that the first phase of the automotive SEZ was oversubscribed.A few weeks ago we launched the Mara mobile phone factory in the Dube Port special economic zone in KwaZulu-Natal following the commitment that the Mara company made here at last year’s conference.Rapid industrialisation is critical if we are to reap the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which entered its implementation phase in July this year.This is a historic development that promises to fundamentally reshape African economies.The Continental Free Trade Area will improve access to existing markets and lead to the creation of new ones.This treaty will unleash the manufacturing and industrial capability of the continent as companies seek to make products for the burgeoning African market, and thereby address the absurd situation that African countries do not trade with each other.Trade among countries in Africa is currently at 15%, compared to 47% in the Americas, 61% in Asia and 67% in Europe.As one of our Ministers often observes: “We consume what we do not make and we make what we do not consume.”The African Continental Free Trade Area will change all that.Another critical driver of growth is investment in infrastructure, which is being ramped up after years of decline.To generate the funding needed for our infrastructure build programme, we have set up an Infrastructure Fund, which is being incubated by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.With an initial investment from government of R100 billion over 10 years, the fund will leverage investments from financial institutions, multilateral development banks, asset managers and commercial banks.Infrastructure will also be a driver of our industrialisation policies and component manufacturers across the world will find this a useful place to set up their operations.Building on the success of our independent power producers programme in the field of renewable energy, we will be expanding opportunities for private sector involvement in other areas of infrastructure development.Through a newly-established Investment and Infrastructure Office to be headed by Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the President will ensure effective coordination of all aspects of our investment and infrastructure drive, monitor progress and clear blockages.Steadily but surely, we are making South Africa a more competitive destination for investment by reducing the cost, and improving the ease, of doing business.We have set ourselves the ambition of being in the top 50 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index within the next three years. Through the expanding network of Invest SA’s One-Stop Shops we are working to remove bureaucratic and administrative hurdles to investment, providing new entrants with a single contact point for licensing and regulatory compliance.This week we launched an integrated online platform for the fast, efficient and inexpensive registration of company.Known as Biz Portal, this online portal promises to be a game-changer.Through collaboration among several government agencies and with the involvement of the four major banks, it is now possible for applicants to register their company at the same time as they register for tax, a domain name, a BEE certificate, the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and open a business bank account.We are aiming for a registration process that can be completed in one day.Detailed work is underway between government and industry to improve the efficiency of various permitting process, including, for example, the issuing of water use licences.We have taken steps to provide greater policy certainty in areas such as mining, oil and gas and telecoms as part of efforts to create a stable environment for investment.We have initiated the release of the high-demand broadband spectrum, which will bring down data costs and encourage investment.A policy framework has been gazetted and the regulator has published its proposals.As part of attracting skilled professionals and growing tourism, we have prioritised immigration reform and changes to the visa regime.More countries have been added to the list of visa-free nations for inward tourism, the requirements on unabridged birth certificates for young tourists have been abolished, and we are piloting a new eVisa portal later this month.We are now working on a smart system for work permits, for scarce skills and to encourage companies to set up their African corporate headquarters in South Africa.As the Minister of Finance indicated in his medium-term budget policy statement last week, one of our central priorities is to return our country to a sustainable fiscal path.We are taking several measures to reduce public spending, eliminate wastage and direct resources to where they will have the greatest impact on long-term growth and poverty alleviation.We are committed to taking the necessary measures to stabilise the debt-to-GDP ratio over the coming decade.Our experience over the 25 years of democracy is that macroeconomic stability and fiscal prudence is essential for investment and growth.The security and sustainability of energy supply is critical for investment in our economy.We have embarked on urgent far-reaching measures to overhaul the energy sector to ensure that it meets the needs of our economy and our people into the future.These measures are set out In the Integrated Resource Plan released by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the paper on Eskom released by the Minister of Public Enterprises.We have set out a clear process, with timelines, for the restructuring of the power utility, Eskom, into three separate entities for transmission, generation and distribution.An immediate priority is appointing a CEO and strengthening governance through revamping the board, which we will do in the next few days.The other key priority is to deal with Eskom’s debt as part of the restructuring process and taking urgent measures to significantly improve operations, cut costs, and increase revenue.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,The South African investment book that we will present at this Conference illustrates just how much potential investment opportunities exist in every part of our country.Investors do indeed have much to choose from.There is Gauteng, the country’s industrial powerhouse and financial capital, and Mpumalanga, the source of much of the country’s energy brimming with opportunities in tourism and agriculture.There is Limpopo, with its diverse mineral deposits and fertile soil, and the Northern Cape wellendowed with mineral resources and home to the largest solar farm in the Southern Hemisphere.The North West with the world’s largest platinum reserves has great potential for a mining special economic zone, the Free State with its abundant maize, wheat and livestock production, and the Western Cape, a tourist mecca whose wines are renowned around the world.There is the Eastern Cape, a leader in automotive exports and a growing renewable energy industry, and KwaZulu-Natal, with the largest container port in sub-Saharan Africa, a thriving tourism industry and a maritime sector undergoing rapid growth.The South Africa we are presenting to you here today is not just the South Africa of the here and now. It is the South Africa of the future.It is a South Africa that is interconnected, technologically advanced and sustainable.Already, South Africa is riding the wave of scientific progress to meet the needs of citizens and overcome its developmental challenges.To support sustainable and climate smart agriculture, farmers are using mobile applications to track their finances and to sell their produce on the open markets.Drones are being used in crop management and pest control.Africa’s first solar powered airport is in the city of George in the Southern Cape.Right here in Gauteng, a BMW plant is being powered in part by biogas generated through agricultural feedlot emissions and food waste.South Africa is a land of many contrasts.On one hand, we face substantial developmental challenges, but on the other, we are pushing the frontiers of excellence and innovation.And we are reaching out to build partnerships within the continent and beyond.Today will see the signing of agreements to set up business councils with Japan, following my discussions with Prime Minister Abe a few months ago, and with the United States business community.There can be no better time to invest in this dynamic, growing economy than now.I look forward to several companies making pledges today to invest in South Africa, by setting up greenfield operations or expanding their existing businesses.In doing so, you will not just realise great returns. You will also be claiming a stake in the collective fortunes of an entire nation.The progress that has been made since we announced our investment drive in April last year owes much to the hard work of the four Presidential investment envoys I appointed to spearhead our efforts – Mr Jacko Maree, Ms Phumzile Langeni, Mr Trevor Manuel and Mr Mcebisi Jonas.I wish to express my profound gratitude to them for the dedication and determination with which they have undertaken this task.To strengthen this work, I have this week appointed additional special envoys to focus on specific investment areas. These are Mr Jeff Radebe, who will focus on oil and gas, and Mr Derek Hanekom and Ms Elizabeth Thabethe, who will both focus on tourism.Distinguished Guests,The remarkable achievement of the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday has inspired our nation to reach for greatness, to reach beyond the limits of the present towards the boundless opportunities of the future.It has demonstrated the power of a shared vision and a common purpose.As we undertake the vital task of building a thriving and inclusive economy, we draw strength from the determination of the people of this country to confront even the greatest of challenges and to prevail.We also draw strength and encouragement from the many business people, investors and entrepreneurs who – like us – see incredible potential in this country.I therefore invite you all to join us to make South Africa a land of stability, progress and prosperity for all.I thank you.Issued by: The Presidency of the Republic of South AfricaPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africa to host next Cites conference

first_img24 June 2014Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa, has been named as the host of the next wildlife conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Cites.The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) will take place from 24 September to 5 October 2016.Cites secretary-general John E Scanlon said South Africa was a highly appropriate location for the CoP because of the frontline wildlife challenges the country faced.Inspiration and history“Africa is home to a vast array of Cites-listed species and South Africa is globally recognised for the Big Five,” he explained. “Holding the CoP in such surroundings should inspire all delegates. Cites parties and observers look forward to meeting in South Africa in 2016 for the world wildlife conference.”He also noted that South Africa was one of the first countries to join Cites after it came into effect in 1975 and since then the country had been active in the work needed.Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya have all hosted the conference previously.Cites is a global treaty between 181 member states. Its mandate is to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten the species’ survival.Cites regulates international trade in over 35 000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment, according to the organisation. “The Cites permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable,” it says.Poaching on the riseThere has been an increase in elephant and rhino poaching, which are killed or maimed for their tusks and horns in South Africa. According to government figures, 393 rhinos were killed by poachers between January and April this year, an increase of 18% over the same period a year previously.Glad to have youEnvironmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said: “We look forward to welcoming Cites parties and observers to our beautiful country.” She encouraged delegates to experience and embrace the country’s biodiversity, culture, and historic heritage.Molewa also urged delegates to use the opportunity to engage in robust discussions and come up with resolutions that will take forward the work already under way regarding the trade in flora and fauna.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

It’s Verizon iPhone Time! (Or So We Hope)

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web Related Posts Verizon has just announced it will be holding a press conference following this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011). The invite to the event, which will be held at New York City’s Lincoln Center (Frederick P. Rose Hall) on January 11, is arriving in select journalists’ inboxes as we speak. As for the host? It’s Lowell McAdam, Verizon President and COO.Oh yes, this must be the Verizon iPhone.Given the timing, and the lack of any Apple mention (or even a hint!) during the Verizon keynote at CES, the conclusion is that this is indeed the announcement everyone has been waiting for: the Verizon iPhone, at long last.There’s really no other news beyond that, only this mysterious invite: Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Image credit: AllThingsD – it’s no surprise that they’re on the list. Please, please let it come in white!For more proof of the Verizon iPhone’s existence, see this post: “What’s the status of the Verizon iPhone?“And let’s not forget this recently leaked video from smartphone parts firm Global Direct Parts. The video, which was subsequently pulled from YouTube by either Apple.com (as it claimed) or some jokester claiming to be Apple (DMCA takedown notices are often automated), appeared to show a comparison of parts between the current iPhone 4 and some future fifth-generation phone.This is a backup copy: sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

What “The Righteous Gemstones” Teaches About Directing Styles

first_imgRotating roles — an intimate lesson in how multiple directors can use multiple filmmaking styles to create one vision.In the roughly two decades since Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green all attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts together, the three filmmaking writers, actors, and directors have cemented themselves as some of the brightest minds in high-minded dude-comedy.From some of their early indies like The Foot Fist Way to big budget features like Pineapple Express, the trio — who each have successful careers of their own — have stayed close, collaborating on several HBO series, including Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals (excluding Green), and their latest: The Righteous Gemstones.For those who haven’t caught the first season of The Righteous Gemstones, the HBO comedy series following a dysfunctional family behind a televangelical megachurch empire (which was just picked up for a second season) is perhaps the trio’s greatest work, yet. Originally conceived by McBride, he, Hill, and Green all co-executive produce the series, as well as share directing duties across episodes.Hill and Green have rotated directing roles in the past on Eastbound & Down; however, for Gemstones, Danny McBride was given credit for directing the pilot of the project he created. It’s interesting to watch Gemstones from a filmmaking/directing perspective for many reasons, but this story-behind-the-story of rotating directors, and their individual styles, is pretty fascinating — very informative for aspiring comedy filmmakers.Trust and FamiliarityIn an interview with McBride, Hill, Green, and frequent collaborator, writer, and star Edi Patterson (who plays Judy Gemstone), Green talks about how much trust must go into a collaborative project — and how they’ve been able to keep a core group together to keep things familiar and focused. Green states the following:Beyond just the core group, in talking about the show, there are so many people that have been with us for these years, who are incredible — from the production sound mixer to so many people behind the scenes. There are probably twenty-five people that went to film school with us that are working on this show, either as a writer or in any number of capacities.This is especially true when taking on the directorial role in regards to an episodic series like Gemstones, where the director is ultimately just one cog in a much bigger machine, tasked with realizing the full vision of a nine-episode series.Decision-Making in DirectingThis still is a good example of the single-camera cinematic style.When you watch Gemstones, it’s possible to reverse engineer some of the directorial decisions that clearly had to be made episode to episode. First off, the show looks to be in the same single-camera cinematic style of their earlier works like Eastbound & Down and tracing back to The Foot Fist Way, which becomes almost quasi-documentary at times.This means decisions about which shots to shoot steady on a tripod, or more loose and free-roaming — whether on a Steadicam, a gimbal, or handheld. The camera and shot decisions also tend to change as the narrative calls for it, staying wider and stationary for some of the big sets and megachurch services to more close-up and intimate in the more raw moments between family members. (Here’s a good article on the best options for smooth — and not so smooth — “handheld” options.)McBride’s pilot episode feels much more like a movie with big camera moves, as it sets the world and reveals the spectacle contained in the Gemstones’s megachurch and lavish compound. Meanwhile, once Green takes over for the second and third episodes, we start to get more shaky and intimate, as the camera moves around like a character (at times) in scenes between family members to build the narrative tension of the series.Directing Comedy and ActionHill’s direction — he has the distinction of directing McBride the most in his career — comedy and action quickly come into play, requiring a deft touch. Similar to HBO’s other hit Barry, there are plenty of high-octane sequences thrown in that spur much of the comedy. From gunshots to car crashes, Gemstones finds a good balance as all three directors are left to film complicated stunt sequences, as well as choreograph elaborate stage productions and dance numbers.The Challenges of EpisodicThis Gemstone family portrait illustrates the complexity of each character involved in the show.It’d be fair to say that the majority of television shows, or other episodic content, rely on multiple directors. The directing role is a difficult, laborious task, so it makes sense to spread the work around. However, this creates challenges.As Hill, Green, and McBride would undoubtedly tell you, it really comes down to having a strong vision, a solid team, and great trust and communication. Directors may have license to bring in their own styles and decision-making processes, but overall, they’re there because they’ve subscribed to a bigger vision — one they’re trying to remain faithful to.Gemstones is a show that feels much more epic than the trio’s previous collaborations, with a big HBO budget, and exploring important themes such as family, friendship, and religion. However, while the episodes may vary stylistically, they each do a great job of building a show that has already proven itself a success among critics and audiences alike.Looking for more on the film industry? 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LeBron James out for Fiba World Cup, says 2020 Olympics ‘possibility’

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director This season snaps an eight-year run of NBA Finals appearances for James, who captured two titles with the Miami Heat and another with the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom he left as a free agent to join the Lakers last July.James will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and plans for extra training time during his long summer break as well as his movie work on a set that will include a basketball court so he can get in some workouts while making the movie.“I’ve had basically the same offseason training regimen the last eight years,” James told the website. “I knew how long I wanted to rest for the season on a short timeline. I’m figuring out now how to get as much as I can out of two months of extra time for training.“It requires a totally different strategy. We’re looking at it in an entirely new way.”The “Space Jam” sequel being made by the SpringHill Entertainment production company owned by James is set for a July 2021 release, 25 years after the original film with NBA legend Michael Jordan and animated allies like Bugs Bunny was released.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving 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 Pacers outmuscle Pistons for much-needed win That meant James wasn’t going to be a candidate for the US team of NBA players competing under coach Gregg Popovich in this year’s FIBA World Cup, set to open August 31 in China.“I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” James said.James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists for the Lakers this season and passed Jordan for fourth place on the all-time NBA scoring list.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img LATEST STORIES “That’s a possibility,” James said. “It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics.”James spent most of the 2004 Athens Olympics on the bench as a US team of NBA stars settled for bronze, then served as the backbone of a revamped program that won Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.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, logisticsHe did not play for the American squad that captured a third consecutive title in 2016 at Rio.James is entering the earliest NBA off-season he has known, the Lakers having benched him for the finish of the campaign due to a left groin injury that has nagged him since late December. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pauses during the closing seconds of the team’s 131-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, in Los Angeles. The Lakers have endured a miserable season, giving James a much longer summer break than he’s used to. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James is a “possibility” for the defending champion US team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but says he will skip this year’s World Cup in China.The 34-year-old forward for the Los Angeles Lakers told The Athletic website in a story posted Monday that he will begin production on the movie “Space Jam 2” during this off-season and how he feels after next season will determine his chances of playing for gold in Japan next year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more