Talk to Terry Tibbs – We want YOU to get involved!

first_img1 Talk To Me with Terry Tibbs will be live on talkSPORT on Friday, February 6 10pm-12amThis is your chance to speak directly to one of the most opinionated figures in Britain.Former manager of Rickmansworth Ladies, Terry Tibbs now brings his expertise to talkSPORT and you can tackle him with your thoughts on the state of the game. If you’d like to talk to Terry about any subject in football, please fill in the form below. Talk to Terry Tibbs – We want YOU to get involved! last_img

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Web giant Amazon to invest in Donegal windfarm

first_imgAmazon Web Services (AWS) is to invest in a renewable energy project in Ireland, committing to a wind farm in Donegal as part of its long-term goal of moving towards completely renewable energy.The 91.2 megawatt wind farm will be developed by Invis Energy and is expected to begin providing energy by the end of 2021.“It’s our first project in Ireland, and the unique thing is that it’s the first unsubsidised project that has been done in the country,” said Nat Sahlstrom, AWS’s director of energy told the Irish Times. The announcement is part of a wider shift towards renewable energy, with AWS also revealing plans on Monday for a wind farm in Tehachapi, California and a third in Bäckhammar, Sweden.The three projects will total more than 229 megawatts (MW) of power, and are expected to generate more than 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy each year. The windfarm in California will come on line next year, followed by the Swedish project.However, the company will not be completely independent in its energy requirements just yet.“We will continue to rely on the Irish grid for energy; however the new wind farm will help support Ireland’s renewable energy goals towards 2020 and 2030,” Mr Sahlstrom said. “We’re really excited about this new project.” For a full report in this story see https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/amazon-to-invest-in-donegal-wind-farm-as-it-eyes-renewable-energy-goal-1.3853243 Web giant Amazon to invest in Donegal windfarm was last modified: April 11th, 2019 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:Amazondonegalwindfarmlast_img read more

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‘Heartbreaking for Spurs – moving three feet!’ Funniest WHL finale reaction

first_img1 Fans run onto the pitch at the end of Tottenham’s 2-1 win against Man United Tottenham’s final game at their current White Hart Lane home saw the club beat Man United 2-1.Spurs are not actually moving from the location, with the new pitch actually encroaching the old one – a source of confusion for supporters of other clubs watching the party being thrown. It included a pitch invasion and former players being paraded to wild applause.They pointed out that other teams such as Man City and West Ham moved from Maine Road and Upton Park, respectively, to locations miles away. Meanwhile, to other onlookers it appeared as though Tottenham fans were celebrating finishing in second place.WHITE HART LANE OPINION: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, BUT NO TEARS FOR STADIUMFINAL GAME AT WHITE HART LANE IN PICTURESlast_img read more

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‘This rumour has no basis’ – Bayern Munich rubbish Cristiano Ronaldo links

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo who apparently wants to leave the Spanish club 1 Bayern Munich have insisted there is ‘no basis’ to the speculation linking them with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.In a post labelled the ‘hoax of the day’ on the club’s website, Bayern said they were not looking to sign the Real Madrid forward.Ronaldo is said to want to quit Real and leave Spain over what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities.As well as Bayern, he has been linked with former club Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and a move to the United States or China.READ MORE: Man United set to bid £183m PLUS De Gea for Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and MorataBut should Portugal’s record goalscorer leave the Spanish capital this summer, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said his destination will not be the Bundesliga champions.“We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible ins and outs during the transfer period,” Rummenigge said.“As a rule, we do not comment on these rumours.“But now, in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of the fable.”last_img read more

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A.V. home prospects still bright

first_img So far, Antelope Valley home prices show no signs of collapsing. Because they were so low to begin with, valley median prices have been going up faster than those state and countywide, but prices remain among the lowest in Southern California. Median home prices in Palmdale for both new and previously owned homes went up in October to a record $350,000, up from $344,250 the previous month and 29.4 percent higher than a year ago, according to statistics released this week by the California Association of Realtors. In Lancaster, the median price last month hit a record $302,000, up from $301,235 in September and 29.1 percent ahead of a year ago. In Rosamond, the October median price was $270,000, the same as the record set in July and 28.8 percent ahead of a year ago. California City’s median price hit $194,000, up 32 percent over the year. Statewide, the median price for a previously owned home was $538,770, up 17.2 percent from a year earlier but below the peak of $568,730 set in August. PALMDALE – Three times since World War II the Antelope Valley has gone through housing booms. The late 1950s’ and late 1980s’ booms ended with defense industry cutbacks and real-estate busts, which sent prices plummeting and left homes sitting vacant. With Lancaster and Palmdale median-home prices now four times what they were in 1999, how and when will the present boom end, and what will happen to home prices? “I think they’re going to continue to escalate at least in the next few years,” said appraiser P. Scott Voltz, a principal of Southern California Real Estate Counselors Inc. “The tea leaves right now look like real estate is going to stay strong.” More than 5,600 new homes are expected to be issued construction permits this year in the Antelope Valley, up more than 60 percent from last year. This year’s home construction is expected to be more than the total home building from 1996 through 2000, according to the 2006 North Los Angeles County Real Estate and Economic Outlook report released last month. Voltz, who spoke to local business and civic leaders Tuesday at an Antelope Valley Board of Trade luncheon, objects to the term “bubble” applied to real estate prices. “There really is no such thing as the real estate bubble … but there really will be fluctuations in the real estate cycle, affected by supply and demand,” Voltz said. Remarking that he is “really sticking my neck out” making a prediction, Voltz said he expects prices to continue to go up, for a combination of factors. “Low interest rates, very easy credit and a surprisingly strong economy have created this perfect storm,” Voltz said. The post-World War II baby-boom generation provided the biggest group of first-time home buyers in history, and they are still in the housing market with the arrival of an even bigger group from Generation X, whose oldest members are entering their 40s, he said. In the 60-mile radius around downtown Los Angeles live 17 million people – a population more than any state except California, New York and Texas – and over the next 20 years the Southern California Association of Governments expects 5.8 million more – equivalent to creating two Chicagos. While some worry about easy lending practices putting people in homes they will lose to foreclosure if prices drop, the lenders are willing to take that risk, Voltz said. “They perceive we’re not in a bubble. We’re in a permanent step-up in prices,” Voltz said, like Southern California home prices went through in the 1960s and 1970s. Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors President Jodie Shepherd of 1st Choice Real Estate in Palmdale also doesn’t see local home prices as a bubble ready to burst. Resale home prices in November have leveled off, she said, but most likely because of the normal slowdown in people shopping for homes at holiday time and the increase of homes on the market. Sellers this month have begun dropping their asking prices, frequently because they originally concluded they should price their homes tens of thousands of dollars more than what a neighbor’s home just brought, Shepherd said. “We’ve leveled off and we adjusted a little bit. The market’s starting to become more normal,” Shepherd said. Voltz said home prices could fall if conditions change. That could mean the Federal Reserve tightening up too greatly on the money supply, causing interest rates to rise and businesses to cut back and lay off workers; loan companies tightening their easy financing plans, or cutbacks in defense spending, though none are on the horizon, Voltz said. “Nobody has a crystal ball … it will turn when it turns,” he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 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

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Psychotherapy Struggles to Demonstrate Scientific Validity

first_imgPsychologist, heal thyself.  That may well have been the caption to the cover story of Science News,1 illustrated with an iconic cartoon of the patient on the psychoanalyst’s couch – only this time, psychotherapy itself is the patient.  “Researchers spar over how best to evaluate psychotherapy,” announced Bruce Bower, as he described the attempts of professional “talk psychology” to legitimize itself as science.  What has happened?  A few years ago, it was common for people to converse about their shrink and how their therapy was going.  What’s driving the new scrutiny?  Health insurance dollars, for one thing:These are the times that try psychotherapists’ souls.  Federal and state mental-health budget cuts have reduced the number of people who can afford one-on-one psychotherapy sessions to address their problems. Managed care companies demand to see proof that various psychological treatments work, and even then, they reimburse the cost of 2 or 3 months of psychotherapy at most….    Today, the financial survival of any medical treatment or procedure rests on published evidence for its effectiveness.  In that environment, the science of psychotherapy has assumed special urgency.  Psychologists with backgrounds in both research and treatment stand at ground zero of efforts to conduct psychotherapy studies and then integrate the findings into clinical practice.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)How can this be?  The scientific validity of psychotherapy has seemed as solid as that of Darwinism.  Now, both are increasingly being asked to produce the evidence.  The American Psychological Association (APA) recently approved a policy statement on “evidence-based practice in psychology,” Bower reports.  The presumption is that such evidence has been lacking, or is being questioned.  Why?    Following the money, we find that insurance companies are increasingly restricting their subsidies to about two dozen therapies deemed “empirically supported” according to an 1998 APA study.  Then Bower gives a stunner: only a handful of procedures are even adequately documented, let alone demonstrated effective:The list of science-backed psychotherapies emphasizes a handful of approaches grounded in concrete procedures that are described in training manuals.  For instance, in cognitive therapy for depression, a therapist assists patients in identifying and correcting faulty beliefs, such as a tendency to regard any setback as confirmation of one’s failure as a person.  Cognitive therapy includes homework assignments, for instance, a patient trying out a challenging new hobby and monitoring negative thoughts as they crop up.It gets worse.  Even the therapies deemed “empirically supported” are being viewed more and more as subjective, with cause-and-effect inferences difficult to establish.  Bower says that even the definition of “evidence-based practice” is a “sticky issue.”  One psychologist accuses the APA of politicking in favor of psychotherapy practitioners over researchers.  Another calls “evidence-based practice” the most “consequential, incendiary topic in mental health in recent years.”    Bower spends some time with specific examples of testing therapies to see if they can be legitimized scientifically.  Randomized controlled trials of cognitive therapies were studied to establish the “gold standard” of validity.  But how does one do a controlled experiment on people, when each patient represents a unique combination of symptoms?  Bower describes the examples only to question them: “Not everyone is brimming with optimism for psychotherapies bearing scientific seals of approval,” he says.  There are plenty of insiders willing to cast doubt.  Better not let the insurance companies get wind of this:Rare comparisons of patients receiving either of two forms of genuine psychotherapy have yielded no clear winners, [Drew] Westen [Emory U] notes.  In head-to-head comparisons, for example, a few months of cognitive therapy for depression works about as well as the same amount of interpersonal therapy does.  The latter form of one-on-one talk therapy, which is also outlined in a training manual, focuses on helping the patient find ways to resolve conflicts with others, to adjust to new roles in life, and to foster better relationships.    Psychologist Bruce E. Wampold of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has combed through data from psychotherapy studies and concludes that a good working relationship between therapist and patient plays a larger role in sparking psychological progress than any particular treatment technique does.But if that is true, who needs a professional?  Why could not a good friend, or a clergyman, achieve results just as valid as the psychotherapist?  “The methodological tail is wagging the therapeutic dog,” Westen says.  This means that one cannot control for something as complex as the interpersonal relationship between a therapist and the patient.    That has not prevented psychologists from trying.  Enrico E. Jones (UC Berkeley) devised a 100-item rating instrument called a Q-test in hopes of providing unbiased observers a way to rate the success of a therapy.  Unfortunately, the ratings of viewers were influenced by their subjective impressions and biases.  One review of Q-test data found that “cognitive therapists usually blended psychodynamic techniques into their treatment, while psychodynamic therapists often examined faulty thinking and irrational beliefs just as cognitive therapists did.”In a 2002 paper that Ablon calls “a shocker,” clinicians and psychology graduate students rated videotaped sessions of therapists practicing what they considered either cognitive or interpersonal therapy.  The researchers found that, at least in the sessions with depressed patients, both treatments fit the definition of cognitive therapy, suggesting that a single therapy had been compared with itself.  The two sets of therapists were similarly effective….Many proponents of randomized controlled trials regard Q-set studies as a swamp of correlations that can’t establish what actually helps a patient.  Moreover, many psychoanalysts frown on what they consider to be superficial attempts to measure what they do.Anything so far to help an insurer determine how to spend the money?  It gets even worser:Brent D. Slife stood before an audience at the annual APA meeting held in Washington, D.C., in August, and filed the equivalent of a philosophical antitrust suit against psychotherapy researchers.  Slife, a psychologist at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, bemoaned what he called “the almost dogmatic status” of the philosophy of empiricism in guiding examinations of psychotherapy.Slife thinks that psychotherapy should be evaluated qualitatively instead.  This might help therapies that get slighted by the “evidence-based” craze, like humanistic and existential psychotherapy.  But then, how can it get the coveted label of science?  “If we took Slife’s approach,” a critical colleague said, “we’d quickly get booted out of the health care system.”  Bower ends on that thought:In the quarrelsome world of psychotherapy studies, there’s one issue that everyone agrees on: Psychotherapists are fighting an uphill battle to procure more than minimal health insurance coverage for their services.  Norcross remarks, “The sad reality is that insurance companies largely respond to financial considerations, not psychotherapy research.”Update  11/23/2005:  A similar story appeared in New Scientist about psychiatry.  Psychiatrists earn an M.D. and are licensed to dispense drugs, but this article by Liz Else says they face similar credibility breakdowns:In psychiatry, the cost of erroneous scientific theories can be incalculable.  Get things wrong (or even only half right) and once adopted by the profession it can take years to weed them out.  The result can be millions of shattered lives.    Some of the world’s leading psychiatrists believe that this is just what has happened in their craft today.  Poor diagnosis, shaky science and drugs with costly side effects all point to the same conclusion: psychiatry is badly in need of a radical overhaul.1Bruce Bower, “Researchers spar over how best to evaluate psychotherapy,” Science News, Week of Nov. 5, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 19 , p. 299.For those who didn’t already know that psychotherapy is a sickman fraud, this should be a real eye-opener.  Put up or shut up, the insurance companies rightfully ask: let’s see some evidence that psychotherapy actually works before we dole out millions of dollars for it.  What do they reply?  “Well, it’s just too complicated to measure.  You can’t treat it like uniform circular motion or gravity; but trust us, it’s scientific, and we know what we are doing.”  Anybody who trusts a psychotherapist should get his head examined.  You’d be better off seeing a real head-shrinker.  You could save a lot of money by employing the Lucy in Peanuts fame, at her “Psychological Help: 5 Cents” booth.  It appears her standard reply, “Snap out of it!” would prove as successful as anything the psychological charlatans come up with.  It might even be less harmful.  How many psychotherapists have irreparably damaged patients by “helping” them with their sex problems?  If the truth were told, they would, in fact, be booted out of the health care system.    It’s no secret that Sigmund Freud was a worshiper of Darwin.  Psychology has always followed the tradition of building on the Darwinist foundation, treating the human mind as a concourse of molecules molded by natural selection.  Psychotherapy is a secular religion masquerading as science, intended to replace the pastor of the local church.  Here we see that after all these years the Charlietans have nothing to show for it.  Don’t waste your time; they are wells without water, clouds without rain.*    Need healing?  There is hope for those who hurt.  The secret is to follow the Manufacturer’s Manual.  No one could ever figure out the complexities of the human mind but the one who made it.  Need evidence-based healing?  “Come unto me, all you who are weak and heavy laden,” said the Good Shepherd, “and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-30).  There are millions who will vouch for that.  When God’s spirit takes control of a mind, a host of therapeutic agents are included: faith, hope, love, confidence, unselfishness, forgiveness, peace, thanksgiving, joy, and self-control.  See our list of Bible verses on the subject.  For some “evidence-based” illustrations of the power of God to change lives and heal sorrows, watch this film.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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4 Tips to Avoid Getting ‘Hangry’: Snacks for the Geocaching Trail

first_imgReid’s Personalized Nut Jumble (Note: Clearly snacks do not belong in geocaches unless you’re actually using them as Tupperware.) Geocachers are always prepared. GPS? Check. Pen? Check. But wait! What should you bring to combat the growling stomach that inevitably follows a finding frenzy on the geocaching trail? To answer this most important of questions, we decided to ask our fellow geocachers here at Geocaching HQ for their top remedies for an empty belly. Here are their top tricks and tips for a great geocaching adventure!Tip #1: Avoid getting ‘hangry’ (hungry + angry)Family and friends can take the geocaching fun-o-meter to a whole new level, but hungry people can sometimes be cranky people. Geocaching videographer Reid Kuennen (Username: reidsomething) advises always keeping snacks on hand. She says, “One thing you should know about me before we go geocaching together is that I have a tendency to get hangry (hungry + angry) if I don’t bring snacks. Over the years I’ve learned never to navigate too far from home without my trusty bag of trail mix.”Geoacching HQ User Experience lead Nick Botner (Username: Whiskey Bones) suggests a similar tactic to maximize your find potential and reduce the need to exhaust your carefully honed geosense scrounging for food in the forest. “If you’re going out into the wild, make sure you bring a little more than you might need. I know I can tend to get a little carried away with the whole ‘just one more cache’ so it’s nice to have the extra food and more importantly water to enable me to enjoy my time out there and not be reduced to eating the surrounding vegetation.”Tip #2: Stay hydratedNick in his must-find-one-more-geocache mode. Good thing he’s prepared with apples and beef jerky!Staying hydrated is key to keeping in tip-top geocaching shape. While drinking water is great (we highly recommend it!), there are other ways to keep hydrated as well. Nick likes to eat apples while out on the trail: “This not only stops the hunger but also helps hydrate me. Plus, the natural sugar gives me a little pick me up.” Power geocaching couple Jayme (Geocaching Community Manager) and Ben Hewitt (benandjayme) always make sure to have a good day pack with a hydration reservoir. “Sometimes we even add lemonade powder to one of our water bladders.”Packing in snacks is useless if nature gets to them first! Nick says, “It’s not often I go into bear country. But when I make my way into the swamps I make sure I bring a backpack that has a compartment on the top so in case I get too deep. Food and electronics can stay dry in their respective compartments.” Reid also reminds us that weather can be important when packing and snacking: “I recommend sealable plastic bags or light-weight Tupperware, both can be washed and used many times! You probably already know this, but chocolate melts, and it’s something to think about on hot days.”Tip #3: Cache in, Trash outAnything that you pack in should also be packed out (unless it’s in your belly of course!). Jayme and Ben warn that this is often easier said than done and can sometimes require a bit of hunting: “After we are done eating we always check the area to make sure we’ve gathered any rogue baggies that the wind has picked up.”Tip #4: DIY Snacks with ReidPersonalized Nut Jumble:Reid hunting for the perfect trail mix ingredients.Roasted almonds (a little salty)Roasted cashews (also salty)Pumpkin seedsSunflower seedsDried cranberries (preferably not sweetened… nature has sweetened them plenty)Dark chocolate chunks How to: The fun thing is that you get to put whatever you like in it! Above are some of my favorite ingredients.Surprise Dates:DatesChocolateAlmondsHow to: Putting these together is simple and sticky – pit the dates & shove (gently) an almond and hunk of chocolate inside.Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite snacks to bring out on the geocaching trail? Tell us about them in comments below! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedA geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Beat the Heat: 7 Safety Tips to Keep You Healthy, Happy, and Cool as a CucumberAugust 3, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

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Stylize Your Storytelling with Character Title Cards

first_imgCharacter title cards avoid exposition while telling your audience what they need to know. Learn when (and when not) to use them in this in-depth look.Cover image via Marvel Studios.Creating a scene that is solely expository is a cardinal screenwriting sin. Exposition refers to background information that explains the current situation in a story. It’s indirect material that doesn’t naturally come up in conversation.(There are some circumstances when it’s impossible to avoid blunt exposition, such as two police detectives talking at a crime scene. Their entire conversation is naturally going to simply present facts, both to each other and to the audience.)Image via Miramax Films.When exposition would seriously interrupt the viewing experience, filmmakers seek other ways to communicate background information. One of those methods is the use of a character title card, which can also go by the name of a “boss subtitle” — a reference to the title that appears when facing a boss in a video game.The use of title cards long precedes video game boss titles. You can find some of earliest uses in old Chinese action films — a trope that would later inspire Quentin Tarantino to use character title cards in his films.Image from The Masked Avengers via Shaw Brothers Studio.Uses of The Character Title CardIf you’re considering a character title card for your project, let’s have a look at some of the primary uses of this onscreen graphic, how to use it properly, and how it can sometimes be redundantFirst and foremost, you must be aware that character title cards pull your audience out of the film world in which you’re trying to immerse them. The character title card often appears during a freeze-frame, so you now have two elements that could disengage your audience. The duration of the character title card is key to not ruining immersion. Character title cards that appear with a freeze-frame shouldn’t last more than 2-5 seconds, depending on the amount of text.The primary use of a character title card (or a boss subtitle) is to give the audience essential information that would seem trivial or forced in conversation. They can also communicate character histories that are relevant to the story.Let’s have a look at a few examplesIn the still below from 2015 film Creed, character title cards introduce several characters.What does this information do for the audience? It certainly heightens the tension, as we’ve gone from Adonis Creed stepping into the ring to spar with somebody, to Adonis Creed stepping into the ring to fight someone who has won 10 times by knockout. During the transitional moments of Adonis asking the gym owner to train him, and Adonis stepping into the ring to prove himself, there were no moments that would have been suitable to include this information.This is the perfect use of a character title card, and if you analyze the design of the card, you’ll notice it mimics a classic boxing promotional poster.A character card doesn’t have to include this much information. As we see in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the characters appear with their name, trait, and age. This is particularly important in regards to Scott’s new girlfriend. Scott, who is 22, is currently dating a girl in high-school. His friend Kim pokes fun at that, but we don’t find out her age through dialogue. If this dialogue had been something like “Oh my god, you’re dating a seventeen-year-old,” it wouldn’t sound as organic as “You’re dating a high schooler?” When his girlfriend arrives, we see a small character title with his girlfriend’s name and age.An important thing to note is that in these examples, cards aren’t a foreign concept to the story’s source material. Scott Pilgrim draws from video games and comics, and overlays are common during televised boxing matches. If title cards are mismatched with your narrative material, you may have to get more creative.Mise-en-Scène Title CardsWhat if you don’t want to use a freeze-frame or include an element of information that exists outside of the film world? Filmmakers can get creative and include character title elements in the scene itself. Let’s look at an excellent example from 2014’s Guardians of The Galaxy.In this scene, all of the principal characters have just been arrested, and we don’t know a lot about them save for Peter Quill. In one scene, they are undergoing processing in a space prison, and the officer is relaying information about each character to his partner. There’s no doubt about it: there’s a lot of exposition flying around, but as I mentioned earlier, there are some situations — and it usually involves crime — when it’s hard to get away from exposition. Instead of overwhelming the audience with too much expository dialogue, the filmmakers emulate a character title card — but in the form of a digital projection.The guard says, “Subject 89P13. Calls itself Rocket. The result of illegal genetic and cybernetic experiments on a lower life form.”However, onscreen, through the database projection, we see a lot more information, and it tells us that Rocket is one of the rowdiest characters of the cast: “13 counts of theft, 14 counts of mercenary activity, 15 counts of arson — has a tendency to bite.” Since this information is a projection in the scene, the fourth wall stays intact.When Not To Use The CardsAs with every great technique, there’s a time and place to use it. Character title cards may not work in specific genres, but what about films wherein the character title cards are a genre convention but their use still falls flat? For this, let’s look at 2015’s Suicide Squad.Suicide Squad was perhaps one of the most heavily criticized blockbusters of 2015, and its editing was a prime culprit (you can watch an excellent thirty-minute analysis of the editing here). The character title cards in this film were poorly done for one very particular reason: the information on the cards is not essential.Will Smith’s character Deadshot is a good example of the problem. We learn from a title card that he’s an assassin for hire, a “human arsenal,” lethal from 4,000 meters, and an expert marksman. This character title card lasts for ten seconds. However, we then proceed to a sequence wherein we see for ourselves that he’s an assassin for hire — and that he can kill a target from very far away. Sometime later, another scene demonstrates his proficiency with multiple weapons. The title card doesn’t actually convey any extra information, and when you see one for each character, it becomes fatiguing.Create Your Own Character Title CardsThankfully, YouTube has many tutorials that can teach you how to make your own character title card. Film Riot made an excellent tutorial on how you can make stylized character introductions, similar to the style of character title cards in a Guy Ritchie film — or from the 2006 film Smokin’ Aces.Personally, I’m a huge fan of the classic freeze-frame and text overlay card. I find them very elegant and timeless. What are your thoughts character title card? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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The Indian Actresses Caught in a US Prostitution Racket

first_imgAlso known as Tollywood, it is one of India’s biggest regional film industries and routinely produces blockbuster hits that rival Bollywood’s most popular films.According to recently revealed federal charges, Kishan Modugumudi and his wife, Chandra, arranged for at least five Telugu actresses to travel to the US on the pretext of attending cultural events as performers or guests.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

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12 in fray for Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgTwelve candidates are in the fray for the October 21 byelections to Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats in Rajasthan after the withdrawal of nominations on Thursday. A keen contest is on the cards between the ruling Congress and the BJP-Rashtriya Loktantrik Party alliance which had won the Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election.Elected to LSThe Congress had lost both the Jat-dominated Assembly constituencies in the 2018 election and the seats became vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while RLP MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, supported by the BJP, won from Nagaur.Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said here on Friday that three candidates were in fray in Khinvsar and nine in Mandawa. There are four independents contesting from Mandawa and one from Khinvsar.Nagaur MP Mr. Hanuman Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal has filed his nomination as RLP candidate, supported by the BJP, in Khinvsar, while the Congress has fielded former Minister Harendra Mirdha. The BJP has fielded Sushila Sigra, who has crossed over from the Congress, in Mandawa, and the Congress’ candidate at the seat is Rita Chaudhary, daughter of veteran party leader, the late Ram Narayan Chaudhary.While Ankur Sharma will contest as an independent from Khinvsar, the candidates for the Mandawa seat include Ambedkarite Party of India’s Durga Prasad Meena, Rashtriya Swarna Dal’s Beni Prasad Kaushik and Independents Ganesh Kumar Joshi, Pratap Singh Khyali, Satyaveer Singh Krishnia, Subhash Khareshiya and Altif.Star campaigners Both the Congress and the BJP have released the lists of their star campaigners. The Congress’s list included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad were conspicuous by their absence.The BJP’s list of 40 leaders, included the party’s working president J.P. Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol.last_img read more

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