5 Editors that Broke the Hollywood Studio System

first_imgImage via Editors GuildHer passion landed her a job as an assistant film editor at Pinewood Studios. The first film she worked on was The Red Shoes for director Michael Powell in 1948. She worked under editor Reggie Mills, who despite not talking much, taught Anne a tremendous amount of discipline when it came to editing a film. Mills would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for The Red Shoes. By 1952, Coates would receive her first credit as an editor for The Pickwick Papers.In 1962, Anne V. Coates would work with director David Lean to masterfully edit the epic film Lawrence of Arabia. The film was an astronomical success, and the editing techniques used by Coates are still studied and used today.I suppose the most challenging film I cut was “Lawrence,” because we had such a huge amount of film – I believe it was 31 miles! – which gave me an abundance of choices. – Turner Classic MoviesThe most famous edit in the film is the literal match cut. The film cuts from the image of a match to the sun over the Arabian desert.In this documentary look at the making of the film, Anne V. Coates discusses editing Lawrence of Arabia. She explains the difficulty of editing the film in London, while the sound crew worked in Shepperton Studios.Coates worked seven days a week for four months to complete Lawrence of Arabia on time. Her worked paid off, as Anne won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Lawrence of Arabia was nominated for ten Oscars, winning seven.Two years later, Anne was nominated for her second Academy Award for her work on Becket.There are nonlinear small things in my editing sometimes that you might not even have noticed. I started jump-cutting from one place to another quite a lot. When I was editing Becket, the producer, Hal Wallis, said, “You can’t do that. You can’t cut from this shot to that shot without a dissolve as they are 50 miles apart.” I said, “Guess what? I’ve done it and it works perfectly.” And it’s still in the film. – Editors GuildShe received her third Oscar nomination for the 1981 film The Elephant Man. The film was a challenge, as producer Mel Brooks didn’t want the audience to see the Elephant Man’s face until later in the film.By the 1990s, the changes in the film industry meant that Anne would have to learn an entirely new editing process. When Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy offered me Congo, they said, “Well, you have to do it digitally because the special effects system couldn’t do it otherwise.” So they had me taught on Lightworks. . . It’s just another tool, really. Once I got that in my mind, I progressed faster. And then, when I did Out of Sight, Steven Soderbergh had a sound man who could link up with an Avid [Media Composer] but not with a Lightworks. I moved then from Lightworks to Avid, and I’ve stayed on an Avid ever since. – Editors GuildAnne V. Coates is still working in the industry, recently surpassing the length of Margaret Booth’s storied career. She just completed the 2015 blockbuster film Fifty Shades of Grey. To date she has been nominated for five Oscars, winning one. She has also a member of the Order of the British Empire.Thelma SchoonmakerImage via Editors GuildWhile studying at Columbia University, Thelma Schoonmaker answered a New York Times ad for an assistant film editor. She would cut successful European films to fit US broadcast time standards. In that job, she learned the art of negative cutting.Schoonmaker then signed up for a six-week filmmaking course at New York University (NYU). It was there she met a young Martin Scorsese. Scorsese was struggling to finish his short film, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? A professor asked Schoonmaker to help Scorsese finish the film, and thus started the legendary Hollywood duo. She would edit Scorsese’s first feature film, 1967’s I Call First – renamed Who’s That Knocking at My Door.In 1970, Thelma Schoonmaker edited Woodstock, the documentary on the famous American music festival. The film showcased the performers through a series of superimpositions and freeze frames. The film earned Schoonmaker her first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing, a nomination rarely awarded to documentary films. (In 1996, Woodstock was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.)Image via Editors GuildEven though Schoonmaker earned an Academy Award nomination for her editing, she was unable to join the Motion Picture Editors Guild. To acquire union membership, Schoonmaker would have to first work as an apprentice and an assistant. She refused to do so, and was thus forced to work on a series of small films and documentaries for the next decade.In 1980, Scorsese called upon Schoonmaker to edit his film Raging Bull. Initially she had to decline, due to the fact that she was not a member of the Editors Guild. Apparently her work and friendships over the years played in her favor, as the union was influenced to offer her membership. Schoonmaker finally joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild and got to work on Raging Bull.In this presentation at EditFest NY 2010, Schoonmaker talks about her experiences editing the improvisation between Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro.10 years after her original Academy Award nomination, Schoonmaker was once again nominated for Best Film Editing, this time taking home the Oscar for Raging Bull. Schoonmaker went on to edit every single Scorsese film since.Not only did Scorsese help Schoonmaker achieve success as a film editor, he also introduced Schoonmaker to her husband, director Michael Powell. Powell was the director of the previously mentioned film, The Red Shoes. Powell was also a great influence on Scorsese, who had studied Powell’s films.After Michael Powell’s death in 1990, Scorsese and Schoonmaker would go on to preserve his memory by restoring his films. In this fantastic video, the three can be seen together in the editing bay.In 1991, Thelma Schoonmaker received her third Oscar nomination for her work on Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Here’s a look at Scorsese and Schoonmaker working on the sound mix. Though Goodfellas was nominated for six Oscars, only Joe Pesci won an award.In 1995, Schoonmaker oversaw the Scorsese documentary A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, which was a part of the British Film Institute’s celebration of the first 100 years of film.Schoonmaker garnered her fourth Academy Award nomination for Gangs of New York. Two years later she won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for The Aviator, and two years after that she won another Academy Award for Best Film Editing for The Departed. Her most recent Oscar nomination was for the film Hugo.Thelma Schoonmaker’s seven Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing is the second most nominations in Oscar history. She trails Michael Kahn by one nomination. Schoonmaker is currently tied with legendary editor Barbara McLean.Dede AllenImage via IFCDorothea Carothers “Dede” Allen began her career at Columbia Pictures in the 1940s. She first started as a production runner, eventually working her way up to sound librarian and eventually assistant film editor in the special effects department.One of her first projects as an editor was the 1959 film Odds Against Tomorrow, which was directed by Robert Wise. Wise served as Allen’s mentor, often encouraging her to experiment with her editing. Wise was an editor turned director; he edited the legendary masterpiece Citizen Kane.In 1961, Dede Allen edited the hit film The Hustler starring Paul Newman. (The film’s sequel, The Color of Money, was directed by Martin Scorsese and edited by Thelma Schoonmaker.) Dede Allen later collaborated with Paul Newman on Rachel, Rachel, Slap Shot, and Harry & Son.Image via Editors GuildAs the Hollywood studio system crumbled, film editors took on a much more significant role than ever before. Traditionally, editors were studio employees that did not need attribution for their work on any particular film. This all changed in 1967, when Dede Allen became the first film editor to ever receive a solo opening credit on a film. The film just happened to be her most renowned and praised work – Bonnie and Clyde.Dede Allen’s work broke from standard Hollywood editing techniques. She implemented the use of jump cuts, or would open a scene with a close-up. It would be the finale of Bonnie and Clyde that would become her most famed use of quick paced editing. In less than a minute, Allen cuts over 50 times during the ambush scene.In the 1970s, Allen would often collaborate with director Sidney Lumet, editing his films Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Wiz. Dede Allen earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing for Dog Day Afternoon.Warren Beatty, who had talked to Dede Allen about journalist John Reed during the production of Bonnie and Clyde, brought Allen on to edit the 1981 film Reds. It took two and a half years for her to finish the film, longer than any other film she had worked on. The John Reed story earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including a second Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing for Allen.In 1985, Allen edited the John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club. She also edited The Addams Family in 1991. In 1992, Dede Allen accepted the role of head of post-production at Warner Bros. She would return to editing in 2000 with the film Wonder Boys, which garnered her third and final Oscar nomination. Dede Allen died in 2010 at the age of 86.For an in-depth look at her career, take a look at one of her final interviews before her death. As the Hollywood studio system began to crumble, these editors turned a new generation of young filmmakers into household names.In the late 1960s, the United States of America found itself in a transitional stage. The younger generation had attached themselves to art, music, and film. Young filmmakers were unlike any directors before them. They had grown up with with movies and the meticulously studied them. By the 1970s, these young directors were breaking box office records.Names like Scorsese, Spielberg, and Lucas became legendary after this period. Behind those directors were some incredible editors who were also breaking traditional molds. Following the footsteps of the pioneering women in film editing, these women would cut some of the most praised work in American cinema. They were the editors of New Hollywood.Anne V. CoatesImage via Editors GuildAnne Voase Coates had dreamed of working in film. Her uncle, J. Arthur Rank, was a founding member of Pinewood Film Studios. His company, the Rank Organization, also controlled Denham Film Studios and the Odeon Cinemas chain. Rank was a devout Methodist, who produced many religious films.Anne had expressed her desires to work in film, but her uncle had reservations. He attempted to break her spirits by having her cut many of the religious films he was producing. His hope what that she would lose interest in the industry and return to her work as a nurse. However, Anne found the work invigorating. She fixed film prints of religious short films and sent them on various British church tours.There were some wonderful women editors who helped inspire me to go into editing in England. In a way, I’ve never looked at myself as a woman in the business. I’ve just looked at myself as an editor. I mean, I’m sure I’ve been turned down because I’m a woman, but then other times I’ve been used because they wanted a woman editor. – Film Sound Verna Fields — “Mother Cutter”Image via Film WritingsVerna Fields began her film career as a sound editor in the late 1950s and early 1960s, working on films like El Cid. By the mid-1960s, she was teaching film editing at the University of Southern California (USC). She would also edit occasional projects, like The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle and Targets.In 1968, Fields made her directorial debut with the documentary Journey to the Pacific. Verna Fields hired two editors to help her with the documentary, George Lucas and Marcia Griffin. George and Marcia married in 1969.Impressed with her work as a sound editor on his film Targets, director Peter Bogdanovich asked Fields to edit his films What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon. At the same time, George Lucas had Verna Fields and Marcia Lucas edit his film American Graffiti.Image via Movie MorlocksBoth Paper Moons and American Graffiti were nominated for the 1974 Academy Awards. Paper Moons received four nominations. American Graffiti earned five nominations, including Best Film Editing for Verna Fields and Marcia Lucas.That same year, Fields began editing the The Sugarland Express, the directorial feature film debut of Steven Spielberg. For her skill and attention to detail, Fields became endearingly known as ‘Mother Cutter.’ Even though she was surrounded by up-and-coming talent, Verna Fields edited her last feature film in 1975. She worked on Spielberg’s next film – Jaws. Verna Fields would absolutely go out at the top of her abilities, as Jaws is an absolute master class in editing. Here is an intense breakdown of one of the films scenes.Verna Fields won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Jaws, beating out Dede Allen’s Dog Day Afternoon.Following the success of Jaws, Verna Fields became the Vice-President for Feature Production at Universal Studios. She remained in that position until her death in 1982.Marcia LucasImage via Flickering MythAs previously mentioned, Marcia Griffin married George Lucas in 1969. She worked as an assistant editor on THX 1138 and The Candidate. Marcia Lucas would then collaborate with Verna Fields on American Graffiti, earning her first Oscar nomination.While Martin Scorsese was without Thelma Schoonmaker in the 1970s, Marcia Lucas edited Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and served as Scorsese’s supervising editor for Taxi Driver and New York, New York.Image via CrackedIn 1977, the world was introduced to Star Wars. Directed by George Lucas, the film was edited by Marcia. Not only did Marcia serve as the films editor, she helped rewrite the piece. In an interview with Rolling Stone, George Lucas said,I was rewriting, I was struggling with that plot problem when my wife suggested that I kill off Ben, which she thought was a pretty outrageous idea, and I said, ‘Well, that is an interesting idea, and I had been thinking about it.’ Her first idea was to have Threepio get shot, and I said impossible because I wanted to start and end the film with the robots, I wanted the film to really be about the robots and have the theme be the framework for the rest of the movie. But then the more I thought about Ben getting killed the more I liked the idea.Marcia was also crucial to the film’s climactic Death Star finale. To build the tension the original sequence lacked, Marcia had to re-order the shots from the beginning. She told George:If the audience doesn’t cheer when Han Solo comes in at the last second in the Millennium Falcon to help Luke when he’s being chased by Darth Vader, the picture doesn’t work.Her intuition proved right, as Star Wars was not only a blockbuster hit, but also a hit with the critics. Marcia Lucas won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for her work on Star Wars.Marcia would go on to edit Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Those would be the final films she would ever work on. Following a divorce from George Lucas, Marcia has withdrawn from the public view and kept to herself since.Interested in more pieces on film editors? Want more history articles like this? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Exclusive: Michael Clarke echoes Virender Sehwag’s views on Kings XI Punjab’s foreign players

first_imgAlthough an incomparable genius, given the frequency of his dismissals to expensive strokes, Virender Sehwag had his share of run-ins with the coaching staff during his playing days.Now finding himself on the other side of the fence as Director of Cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and getting to experience the frustrations of a coach, Sehwag chose not to mince his words.Sehwag’s public criticism of his overseas batting cast for not taking enough responsibility however, finds favour from unexpected quarters in former Australian skipper Michael Clarke.”I don’t mind Viru being tough. He had that attitude as a player and I don’t mind him getting tough as a coach. His team was talented and failed to make the playoffs. The overseas players had to take responsibility and lead by example. The conditions were different to what they got last in Mumbai where it was flat. They played? expecting? the same pitch. There was a bit of rain and they didn’t have the commitment that’s required,” Clarke told India Today.Kings XI, in a virtual knockout match against Rising Pune Supergiant, were reduced to 32/5 inside the powerplay with all its overseas batsmen Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan and captain Glenn Maxwell back in the pavilion. Pune walked all over Punjab from that position having them dismissed for 73.”The top four had to take responsibility. You cant afford to lose more than two wickets. Unfortunately they continued to play the same way on a different pitch. In a big game when the pressure is on, taking the money that they do, you expect overseas players to stand up. Generally it takes the entire squad to win games but in t20 you can have a brilliant individual performance to win games as well,” he added.advertisementSehwag who despite being one of India’s most feared batsmen ever continued to test patience of his coaches with his batting style would be happy to find support in Clarke’s views.last_img read more

Goodell Will Hear Brady Appeal

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said May 14 he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league’s punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.The NFL Players Association filed the expected appeal about an hour before a 5 p.m. deadline on May 14, asking for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed about six hours later that the Commissioner had rejected the request.“Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement,” he said.Union officials declined immediate comment. Patriots team officials and Brady’s agent, Donald Yee, did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment from The Associated Press.Goodell’s decision was first reported by Bleacher Report.While CBA gives Goodell control of the arbitrator, the players union said in a news release that “given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal.”If the league and its investigators are truly confident in its case, the union said, “they should be confident enough to present their case before someone who is truly independent.”The union did not detail the basis for the appeal. But in a 20,000-word rebuttal posted online by the Patriots’ lawyers earlier, the team disputed the conclusions on matters of science, logic and law.Attorney Daniel Goldberg’s response claims the league’s conclusions are “at best, incomplete, incorrect and lack context,” claiming as one example that the “deflator” nickname used by a ballboy and cited in the discipline was about weight loss, not footballs.Goldberg represented the team and was present during all of interviews of team personnel. Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed that the site wellsreportcontext.com was genuine and “approved/supported by the team.”The NFL suspended the quarterback for four games on May 11, also fining the defending Super Bowl champions $1 million and taking away two draft picks.Brady’s appeal only deals with the suspension and must be heard within 10 days. The team has not said if it will appeal its penalties, which include a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017, before a May 21 deadline.League-appointed investigator Ted Wells found that Brady was “at least generally aware” of plans by two team employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.But the team’s rebuttal presented its own science that would explain the loss of pressure in a more innocuous way.“The most fundamental issue in this matter is: DOES SCIENCE EXPLAIN THE LOSS OF PSI IN THE PATRIOTS FOOTBALLS?” Goldberg wrote before concluding, also in all capital letters, that it does.The rebuttal also alludes to other incidents of ball-tampering that were not dealt with as harshly. And it says increased communication between Brady and the ballboys after the scandal broke were just normal expressions of concern, rather than evidence of the quarterback’s guilt.Here are some more of the claims and counter-claims in the Wells report and the Patriots’ rebuttal:___THE DEFLATORThe NFL says: Texts in which locker room attendant Jim McNally refers to himself as “the deflator” are an indication that he was taking air out of footballs after they were inspected by the referees. His texts with equipment assistant John Jastremski also include a reference to a providing him with a needle.The team says: McNally used the term “deflator” refer to his desire to lose weight, as in the text, “deflate and give somebody that jacket.” And the needle was necessary because McNally was sometimes responsible for getting an inflation needle to referees for pregame testing.___THE SCIENCE:The NFL says: The footballs provided by the Patriots lost more air pressure between the pregame test and halftime than could be explained by non-nefarious reasons.The team says: The league cherry-picked readings from two different gauges to create the biggest gap between pregame and halftime measurements. That overshadowed a difference in air pressure in some of the balls that could be explained by atmospheric conditions.___WHO IS “HE”?The NFL says: It’s Brady. A text message from Jastremski to McNally says: “Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done.”The Patriots say: It is a leap of logic to conclude that the stress was related to football deflation. They refer, Goldberg wrote, to “Mr. Jastremski’s friend, as the investigators were told, and the conversation involved issues relating to Mr. McNally’s stress relating to reselling family tickets.”___COOPERATIONThe NFL says: Brady obstructed the investigation by refusing to turn over his cellphone records. The team refused to make McNally available for a follow-up interview. Failure to cooperate in a league investigation is considered conduct detrimental to the league, and it opens the team and player up to severe penalties.The team says: The league already had access to Brady’s texts and calls with McNally and Jastremski through their phones. Also, if Wells’ investigators failed to ask all the questions the first time, it’s their fault.___By Howard Ulman and Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writers. 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ANSYS: Discovery Live enables real-time digital exploration

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: use UP Squared maker board to create your own IOT applicationsNext ADI showcases total sensor-to-cloud capabilities at Embedded World ANSYS enables engineers to create smarter designs faster and more efficiently with the commercial release of ANSYS Discovery Live. Discovery Live will empower millions of engineers around the world to confidently simulate designs in real-time quickly and more economically.Discovery Live is expanding Pervasive Engineering Simulation – empowering engineers to pose what-if questions upfront in the design process where most of the product costs are locked in, to rapidly explore thousands of design options and to receive immediate feedback. Discovery Live’s instant simulation tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling in a real-time and intuitive design environment delivers interactive exploration and rapid product innovation. Now, every engineer can immediately examine the impact of their design changes, instead of waiting weeks or months to set up, run and analyze prototypes.ANSYS brings Discovery Live together with ANSYS AIM and ANSYS SpaceClaim into one product family geared toward design engineers. From rapid initial concept exploration and 3-D design to more detailed and comprehensive validation, the Discovery product family enables engineers at every stage.Discovery Live is powered by NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and CUDA parallel computing that provide supercomputing capabilities to deliver results thousands of times faster than more traditional methods. The real-time design environment revolutionizes the way innovative products are designed and created. Through real-time digital exploration, Discovery Live provides cost and time savings because it eliminates costly physical prototyping during the development process. Engineers have the flexibility to experiment with and creatively solve design challenges without risking a product delay or setback.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko set up semi-final clash

first_imgAngelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko will go head-to-head against each other in the Wimbledon semi-finals after defeating Daria Kasatkina and Dominika Cibulkova respectively in the quarter-finals.Kerber, who converted her seventh match point to finally beat Kasatkina 6-3 7-5, reached the Wimbledon semis for the third time in her career. Ostapenko on the other hand, became the first Latvian to reach the last four of Wimbledon after her 7-5 6-4 win over Cibulkova.World No. 11 Kerber, also became the highest seeded woman to reach this year’s quarter-finals after all the top 10 seeds were knocked out of the tournament. This is the first time since Wimbledon began seeding players in 1920s that none of the top 10 seeds have reached the last 8 stage.Kerber is a former No. 1 and two-time major champion who was the runner-up at the All England Club two years ago and a semifinalist in 2012.A runner-up in 2016, @AngeliqueKerber has returned with her eyes set on the biggest prize…She beats Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 in a high-quality encounter to reach the #Wimbledon semi-finals pic.twitter.com/gAneXEiMJ7Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018Former world No. 1 Kerber was runner-up two years ago and a semi-finalist in 2012 and was not touted to reach the semis due to her bad run of form. But the two-time major champion, took full advantage of 14th-seeded Kasatkina, who made 31 unforced errors and seven double-faults.Kerber was 3-0 up in the first set before her 21-year-old opponent had time to react.Kasatkina steadied herself to reach 3-4 before she double-faulted on break point and lamely surrendered the game to Kerber, who then served for the set.advertisementThat was to be the story of the match with the Russian delighting the gasping crowd with some outrageously talented returns and passing shots only to self-destruct on serve.Kerber again broke to go 3-1 up in the second set before Kasatkina levelled for 3-3 only for another double fault to put Kerber back in the driving seat.The Russian broke back again for 4-4 but the German replied in kind immediately.With Kerber serving for a place in the last four, Kasatkina earned two break points with a forehand and levelled the scores before again failing to hold her serve and being left on the backfoot.Kasatkina then saved five match points before surviving yet another thanks to Hawkeye, with Kerber’s lob landing just beyond the baseline. The German finally won through to the semis when Kasatkina’s return found the net.The moment @AngeliqueKerber went one step closer to a first #Wimbledon title… pic.twitter.com/9PFcNj8mptWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018OSTAPENKO SCRIPTS HISTORYThirteen months after she captured the world’s attention by winning her first claycourt title at Roland Garros, Ostapenko will now hope to contest her first grasscourt final at the All England Club when she meet’s German 11th seed Angelique Kerber in Thursday’s last four showdown.”I am fighting till the end and it helps me gain more confidence. It’s great to be in the semis,” a beaming Ostapenko said after beating Cibulkova for the first time in three attempts.After more than a week of sizzling 30 degrees Celsius temperatures, the players struggled to find their range on a chilly and blustery Court One, where the ‘feels like’ temperature dipped to around the 14 degrees mark.Into the semi-finals without dropping a setIs a second Grand Slam title on the horizon for @JelenaOstapenk8?#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/UJ0nCMd6doWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018Four of the first five games went against serve before 12th seed Ostapenko’s game finally caught fire in the 11th game when she broke Cibulkova to love with a blazing backhand down-the-line winner.Two successive aces, clocked at 103 and 106 mph, gave the 21-year-old the first set and the 2017 French Open champion tightened her grip on the contest when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second.Cibulkova did her best to try and hang on but the Slovakian was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand winner on her first match point to reach the last four without dropping a set in this year’s tournament.There was no let up from Ostapenko throughout the 82-minute contest as she struck the ball with such ferocity that Cibulkova might have wanted to take cover as she watched 33 crisp winners fly off Ostapenko’s racket while her tally amounted to just six.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

MS Dhoni misses 4th straight fifty, Rohit Sharma falls short of 23rd hundred

first_imgMS Dhoni misses 4th straight fifty, Rohit Sharma falls short of 23rd hundredIndia vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni continued his red hot form in ODIs this year while Rohit Sharma narrowly missed out on a 23rd hundred as India posted 324 for 4 against New Zealand in the second ODIadvertisement Rajarshi Gupta Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 12:25 IST India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni was left stranded on 48 at the close of the Indian innings (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni’s ODI innings in 2019: 51, 55 not out, 87 not out and 48 not outRohit Sharma narrowly missed out on his 23rd ODI hundred – he fell for 87India’s performances put together a sound performance and posted 324 for 4 in the 2nd ODI vs New ZealandBrief Scores: India 324/4 (50 overs) vs New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66), Dhoni (48*) (SCORECARD)MS Dhoni came out all guns blazing in the second ODI against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui and looked like he would score his fourth successive half-century but he fell short by two runs as India finished with 324 for 4.Dhoni had a horror run in 2018, scoring 275 runs without a single half-century from 20 ODIs. This year, Dhoni has turned it around. In Australia, he slammed three successive fifties in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne as India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in that country.MS Dhoni did not get to bat in the first ODI against New Zealand in Napier as India chased down a paltry total. However, on a flat pitch in Mount Maunganui, every Indian batsman had a field day.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Live ScoreSo far in 2019, Dhoni has scores of 51, 55 not out, 87 not out and 48 not out. In only four innings, Dhoni now has 241 runs in ODIs this year.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored half-centuries while Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni scored in the 40s.Dhoni has had a sensational run in New Zealand. Back in 2014, he was in top form but India failed to win the five-match ODI series. His run of scores in New Zealand now reads: 48*, 85*, 47, 79*, 50, 56, 40. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma would consider himself a little unlucky. He was on his way to overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 22 ODI hundreds. Had Rohit got 13 more, he would have been third in the list of most century-scorers in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (39) lead the charts.advertisementIn 2018, Rohit scored 5 ODI hundreds and was the second highest run-scorer behind Virat Kohli. With the World Cup a few months away, Rohit has continued to dominate in the one-day format.On Saturday, Rohit and Dhawan also brought up their 14th 100-run stand as India openers. Rohit is the only batsman to score three double hundreds in ODIs and he holds the record for the highest individual score in the formatIncluded in the Test squad against Australia Rohit returned home after scoring his first Test fifty outside Asia to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd ODIFollow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Bay OvalFollow Mount Maunganuilast_img read more

JUSTICENova Scotia Police Long Service Awards Presented

first_imgLong-serving police officers from across Nova Scotia were recognized today, Nov. 2, for their contributions to law enforcement. Justice Minister and Attorney General Ross Landry presented Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards at a ceremony in Halifax to 52 recipients. “Reaching a milestone like this is a tremendous accomplishment and these men and women have earned the right to be very proud,” said Mr. Landry. “Over the years, their dedicated service has created a province that is safer for all Nova Scotians.” The provincial award program recognizes police officers who have served in the province for 15 and 25 consecutive years. This is the third year for the program. A list of the recipients is available at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img

New data show how close jets came to crashing at SF airport

first_imgNewly released data and photos show how shockingly low an Air Canada jet was when it pulled up to avoid crashing into planes waiting on a San Francisco International Airport taxiway last month.The Air Canada pilots mistook the taxiway for the runway next to it and flew their jet to just 59 feet (18 metres) above ground before pulling up to attempt another landing, according to National Transportation Safety Board information released Wednesday.That’s barely taller than the four planes that were on the taxiway when the incident occurred late at night on July 7.Pilots in a United Airlines plane alerted air traffic controllers about the off-course jet, while the crew of a Philippine Airlines jet behind it switched on their plane’s landing lights in an apparent last-ditch danger signal to Air Canada.NTSB investigators said they have not determined probable cause for the incident that came within a few feet of becoming one of the worst disasters in aviation history.“It was close, much too close,” said John Cox, a safety consultant and retired airline pilot.The investigators said that as the Air Canada jet approached the taxiway just before midnight after a flight from Toronto, it was so far off course that it did not appear on a radar system used to prevent runway collisions.Those systems were not designed to spot planes that are lined up to land on a taxiway — a rare occurrence, especially for airline pilots. But the Federal Aviation Administration is working on modifications so they can, agency spokesman Ian Gregor said.Both pilots of the Air Canada Airbus A320 jet were very experienced. The captain, who was flying the plane, had more than 20,000 hours of flying time, and the co-pilot had about 10,000 hours.The pilots told investigators “that they did not recall seeing aircraft on taxiway but that something did not look right to them,” the NTSB said.Investigators could not hear what the Air Canada captain and co-pilot said to each other during the aborted landing because their conversation was recorded over when the plane made other flights, starting with a San Francisco-to-Montreal trip the next morning. Recorders are required to capture only the last two hours of a plane’s flying time.Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada, declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterlast_img read more

PRRD moves closer to passing bylaw prohibiting sales of cannabis pipes bongs

first_imgAfter getting back the recommendations from that review, PRRD staff made several amendments to the bylaw, including adding definitions for ‘cannabis,’ ‘cannabis accessory,’ and ‘cannabis-related business,’ while also amending a reference to the since-repealed Municipal Act.In a report presented to the Board back in February, staff wrote that the intention of the ban on cannabis sales is pre-emptive to prevent cannabis retail stores setting up shop and becoming grandfathered in.“Through the zoning amendment process, the Regional Board would have an opportunity to look at the specific context of the location and consider public input,” said the report.So far, a number of municipalities in Northeast B.C. have passed bylaws or are in the process of passing bylaws allowing recreational cannabis sales, including Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge.Earlier this year, the District of Taylor passed a bylaw pre-emptively banning the sale of cannabis in order for District Council to learn more about the provincial government’s regulations and to gather feedback from residents.With the Regional District Board voting in favour of the bylaw passing second reading, the PRRD will hold a public hearing on the proposed bylaw, which will take place at the Regional Board meeting on August 23rd. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has moved one step closer to pre-emptively prohibiting the sale of cannabis ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis this fall.At last week’s meeting, the PRRD Board voted in favour passing second reading on the proposed bylaw, which would disallow not only the sale of recreational cannabis, but also would prohibit the sale of any items that could be used to consume cannabis such as pipes, bongs, vaporizers, or similar accessories.The proposed bylaw passed first reading back on February 22nd, after which it was sent off for a legal review. The full bylaw and discussion at last week’s meeting can be found here (item B-2 under the Bylaws section): http://prrd.bc.ca/board/agendas/2018/2018-23-881821274/AGENDA.htmllast_img read more

Struggling Papa Johns names Starboard chief as new chairman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of the investment firm Starboard Value is being named board chairman at Papa John’s, and it will invest $200 million in the troubled pizza chain.The Louisville, Kentucky, company has struggled since the messy departure of its founder John Schnatter in late 2017.In its most recent quarter, Papa John’s International Inc. reported losses of $13 million and revenue tumbled 16 per cent. On Monday, it said it now expects its annual profit will be at the low-end of its prior forecast.But the board changes sent company shares up 6 per cent before the opening bell.In addition to Starboard CEO Steve Ritchie, Anthony Sanfilippo, former chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., will join the board.Starboard can make an additional $50 million investment through March 29.The Associated Press read more

UN agency saddened by death of Nepalese human rights defender

The United Nations Human Rights Office in Nepal (OHCHR) has expressed its sadness over the death of the Nepalese human rights defender Jay Kishore Labh, describing him as a determined man who pursued justice tirelessly despite personal ill-health.“Jay Kishore Labh was a sensitive and determined man who, despite health problems that were almost certainly exacerbated by the anguish of his loss and his outrage at ongoing impunity, fought courageously to obtain justice for his son and others who were disappeared,” Richard Bennett, OHCHR representative in Nepal, said in a statement yesterday.“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family on behalf of OHCHR and once again call on the authorities in the Home Ministry to disclose the fate of the disappeared students in Danusha and bring to justice those responsible,” he added.Mr. Labh’s son, Sanjiv Kumar Karn, disappeared in October 2003 along with four other students after police arrested them. They have never been found. Mr. Labh, a lawyer, fought tirelessly as he demanded disclosure of the fate of the disappeared students and insisted that those responsible for their disappearance to brought to justice.The case has become emblematic for many victims and human rights defender organizations, including OHCHR. When the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited Nepal last year, she met with Mr. Labh and other family members of the disappeared.Ms. Pillay also met with the superintendent of police in charge of Danusha district and urged him to complete the investigation into the disappearance of the five students. OHCHR has continued to follow up on the case, along others.The fate of most of those who were disappeared by the State and by the then Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) during the country’s civil war remains unknown, despite repeated requests for clarification by their families and human rights organizations. 19 April 2010The United Nations Human Rights Office in Nepal (OHCHR) has expressed its sadness over the death of the Nepalese human rights defender Jay Kishore Labh, describing him as a determined man who pursued justice tirelessly despite personal ill-health. read more

Police blotter Shoplifter stolen plates death threats

Death threat charges laidA 30-year-old man from Norfolk County is facing charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm following an altercation.On June 11 a man entered a home on Queen Street North and removed a Hoverboard. The owner later located the Hoverboard and reclaimed it without contacting police.On June 12 the same man returned to the address and became involved in a verbal altercation with the homeowner.The accused is scheduled to appear in court.Suspected shoplifter chargedA 20-year-old Norfolk County woman has been charged in relation to a shoplifting report from Food Basics.On June 12 around 11:46 a.m. a theft was reported from the West Street, Simcoe, grocery store. Police say that a woman attended Food Basics on June 11 and removed a quantity of merchandise.As a result a 20-year-old has been charged with theft under $5,000. She is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Driver facing several chargesA 35-year-old man from Norfolk County is in custody after a vehicle was stopped by police.The driver is facing several charges after being stopped on Schafer Side Road near Courtland on June 12 around 2:20 p.m.Police were conducting an investigation at an address when the vehicle drove by, catching an officer’s attention.The driver has been charged with operation while prohibited, driving while under suspension, obstruct peace officer, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, drive motor vehicle not equipped with approved ignition interlock device while prohibited from doing so, and fail to comply with probation order.The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Simcoe at a later date.Several faucets stolenIn the early morning hours of June 12 a home that is under construction on Blueline Road near Port Dover was entered, and all of the faucets in the home were removed.The theft is valued at $3,000. Police are asking for the public’s help in the investigation.Licence plate stolenA licence plate was removed from a trailer that was parked on a property on Townline Street in the Charlotteville area.The theft occurred some point between April 1 and June 7.OPP continue to investigate.Online scammer asks for $25,000A Norfolk County resident knew they were being scammed when they were asked for $25,000.The resident has established a relationship on a dating site.On June 12 around 8:48 p.m. police were contacted when the suspect asked to borrow $25,000 from the resident, claiming that several emergencies occurred.The victim then recognized the scam and contacted police.In some cases, prolonged interaction with individuals has cost some victims tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars before the relationship ends – usually after the culprit gets what they want. read more

Angry exchange of extremists must be replaced by still voice of calm

Pointing out that Islam and the West are not inherently contradictory or monolithic, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Doha, Qatar, today called for replacing the loud shouts of extremists with the calm voice of reason.The crisis over the recent publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is being fueled by extremism, Mr. Annan told the second meeting of the High-Level Group for the Alliance of Civilization, an initiative set up last year to bridge divides between Islam and the West and to overcome prejudice, misconceptions and polarization. But he cautioned against crediting extremists with representing widely held views. “Those who shout loudest, or act in the most provocative ways, are not necessarily typical of the group on whose behalf they claim to speak,” he said. “I think one can safely say that most non-Muslims in western societies have no desire to offend the Muslim community, and that most Muslims, even when offended, do not believe that violence or destruction is the right way to react.”He added that neither ‘Islamic’ nor ‘Western’ societies are homogeneous or monolithic. “In fact, there is a great deal of overlap between the two,” he said, noting that many individuals today see no contradiction between their Muslim religion and their membership in Western societies. “Whether or not those who published the caricatures were deliberately seeking to provoke, there is no doubt that some of the violent reactions have encouraged extremist groups within European societies, whose agenda is to demonize Muslim immigrants, or even expel them,” he said. “Similarly, the republication of the cartoons, and the support for them voiced by some leaders in Europe, have strengthened those in the Muslim world who see Europe, or the West as a whole, as irredeemably hostile to Islam, and encourage Muslims always to see themselves as victims.”He stressed that the vicious circle whereby misperception feeds extremism, and extremism appears to validate misperception, must be broken.The Secretary-General said extremist views must not dominate the debate. “We must appeal to the majority to speak up and denounce those who disrespect values and principles of solidarity that are present in all great religions,” he said.“If they fail to do so, the essential dialogue between cultures and societies will be reduced to an angry exchange between the fringes, with each side assuming that extremists speak for the other side as a whole and – in turn – allowing its own extremists to frame its response,” he warned. Mr. Annan acknowledged that his own potential contribution is limited. “Incidents like a caricature of the Prophet, or a death threat to the artist who drew it, make far more impact on the popular imagination than pious statements issued by foreign ministers and secretaries-general,” he said.The High-Level Group must help, going beyond loft ideas to develop “sobering, but equally compelling counter-narratives.” The Group, made up of experts in various disciplines from across the world, must come up with specific, concrete suggestions for carrying this dialogue forward “so that it can really catch the popular imagination; so that we are not just a nice group of people agreeing with each other, but people with a message that can echo round the world.” That message must be heard “not in the earthquake, nor in the fire, nor yet in the rushing mighty wind, but in the still, small voice of calm.” read more

Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation says UN rights chief Zeid

Amid a backdrop of protests in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions of the West African country, that escalated in late 2017 into clashes between State military forces and armed groups, Zeid condemned an ambush on a Government convoy that took place earlier this month.But he cautioned that the Government’s “heavy-handed response…will only make matters worse for the women, children and men caught in the middle”.To date, the violence has forced more than 21,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, according to UN humanitarian staff, while 160,000 have been internally displaced, many reportedly hiding in forests to protect themselves.I am deeply worried that these killings … may not be isolated cases — UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein“There are reports that armed elements have carried out kidnappings, targeted killings of police and local authorities, extortion and have torched schools,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. “There are also reports that Government forces are responsible for killings, the excessive use of force, burning down of houses, arbitrary detentions and torture.”To prevent the situation from deteriorating further, Zeid urged the Government to launch independent investigations into alleged violations by State security forces and abuses by armed elements.In a statement, the High Commissioner also noted serious violations in the far north of the country, where the authorities continue to confront the terrorist group Boko Haram.Zeid said that he was “utterly appalled” by a video reportedly showing members of State armed forces executing a woman, a child and a baby who were accused of belonging to the separatist militants, and insisted the Government had an obligation to investigate the crime.“I am deeply worried that these killings captured on camera may not be isolated cases,” he said.Given the seriousness of the reported violence by State and armed actors, the UN official added that it was “regrettable” that the Government had failed to grant the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) access, despite repeated requests.“We will now need to explore other options, including remote monitoring,” Zeid noted. read more

Wrestling After win at Big Tens Buckeyes look to continue success at

Sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorComing off the first team win at the Big Ten wrestling tournament in over 50 years, Ohio State enters the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships with high hopes.The team is sending nine wrestlers to compete at the tournament. Four of those wrestlers are fresh off a Big Ten individual championship, including redshirt freshman Kollin Moore.Moore was the second seed at 197 pounds at the Big Ten tournament, but upset Minnesota’s top-seeded Brett Pfarr to take home the championship. One of the focal points of Moore’s game as a freshman has been his aggression, which he showcased in his match against Pfarr.“It’s been my level of aggression all year and I don’t really like to change it for anybody,” Moore said. “I think it works out to my advantage a lot.”Moore will compete in his first NCAA tournament, but many of the other Buckeyes will be competing for their second or third time.Among those is sophomore 184-pounder Myles Martin. Martin won a national championship at 174 pounds in 2016 and hopes to repeat that success at the 184-pound division.“Last year for nationals, I just kept telling myself to just go compete, have fun, and whatever happens, happens,” Martin said. “It’s going to be hard to replicate last year, but I’m going to do my best to do it.”Cornell’s Gabe Dean sits atop the 184-pound rankings as the reigning back-to-back champion in the weight class.While Martin will look to play David to Dean’s Goliath, junior Kyle Snyder will be assuming the role of Goliath in the heavyweight division.Snyder won a national championship last year, but some of his best achievements have come on the international scene. Snyder is an Olympic gold medalist and recently won the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix.Snyder has grown to appreciate the level of competition he faces in his role atop the heavyweight rankings.“I hope that I face everyone’s best attempt,” Snyder said. “I want my best version of myself on the mat versus their best version. Whoever wins, wins.”Snyder’s confidence does not stop with himself, though, as he said he feels very confident in OSU’s ability to win the team championship.“If everyone wrestles to the best of their ability, I think Ohio State – we have the best combined nine wrestlers there,” Snyder said. “If everyone gets the most out of themselves, focuses on having fun and scoring points – lots of points – that we can be team champions.” read more

New book features some of Irelands great sporting images

first_imgWHEN IT COMES to sport, Billy Stickland has just about seen it all.After complete his degree at Trinity College and going into teaching, he became passionate about photography and got his first real break from Vincent Browne – then running popular magazine Magill.Fond early memories involve an international game at Windsor Park, following the peleton at the Tour de France and travelling to Mexico for the World Cup in 1986.In 1998, he joined forces with James Meehan (currently Pictures Editor of The Mail on Sunday) and founded Inpho, which today is the most successful sports photography agency in the country.Having witnessed some of Ireland’s greatest sporting feats over the past quarter of a century, Stickland had always wanted to release a book. And three weeks ago, ‘Heroes’ hit the shelves.“We had been thinking about it for the last two or three years but we had no backing,” Stickland told TheScore.ie this week. “Then I was at a dinner one night when I got talking to people from our suppliers Canon about it and they said it would be a good idea to commemorate 25 years. So that’s how it happened.”With just over 170 pages of space and thousands of photographs to choose from, Stickland had a tough task choosing which pics would be included but was eager to have a vast selection of different types.“What we wanted to do was to make it a bit different. You get sports books that come out and it’s just action, action, action. Or ones that are just full of portraits.“We just wanted to mix it up as much as possible. The action is very important but so was our feature stuff. We also decided to throw in a few things.The ideal scenario is that every time a person turns the page they go “wow”. The featuring dozens of fan headshots was a surprise. I think it worked very well as it was very colourful and had people’s facial expressions.“There were loads of pictures to choose from and by the time you’re finished you are really unsure whether they are all the best ones.“Picking for a book like that is very subjective. If you had to choose you probably would have come up with a lot of different ones. There was a core that most would have picked but after that there are a lot that I think just fit well into the book.“For instance, there is one of the guy covered in mud and then on the opposite page we have the woman rugby player. The two expressions worked very well together.“There is another one with Jonny Sexton and the Leinster team celebrating winning the Heineken Cup with the Cork women celebrating in the same way. There was an element of design in some of the final decisions.”The result is an extremely rounded piece of work. While iconic action shots such as Sonia O’Sullivan finishing second at the Sydney Olympics and Packie Bonner’s penalty save against Romania in 1990 will undoubtedly bring memories flooding back, other pre-planned images like former Dublin manager Kevin Heffernan sitting in the Dublin dressing room are equally as powerful.So, what makes a good sports pic?“It’s a funny thing really,” explains Stickland. “What makes a good action shot is cutting down on the element of luck. People might say you’ve got a really good camera and you can take hundreds of shots so why wouldn’t you take a good shot.“But by knowing the sport, having the right equipment, choosing the right angle and how the background looks you can cut down on that element of luck.“When you have all those things together the photographs are much better. They are the general principles that I have for action photographs.“With feature pictures you should just be really well-prepared and think about it beforehand. In most cases, you’re dealing with somebody who will be nervous about being photographed so you have to be confident about what you want them to do and try to make them feel comfortable.“You should be prepared well, know exactly what you’re going to do and explain it to them. What I get the greatest satisfaction out of is when you get good photographs and they have enjoyed being in it.“Planning is a lot to do with it. If you’re given time and space most photographers will come up with something good. So you’ve got to create that time and space.” Some of the pictures included in ‘Heroes’ – Packie Bonner (top), Kevin Heffernan (middle) and Sonia O’Sullivan (bottom). Stickland has seen the industry evolve behind recognition due to technological advancements in recent years. As the growth of the internet has resulted in a thirst for instant news, media outlets demand photographs to be on their desks minutes after they have been taken.“The technology is so good nowadays and it would seem to have made our job easier but it has probably made it more competitive and harder.“When we’re photographing matches in say the Aviva Stadium or Croke Park we need to get photographs out really quickly. In the old days you waited until after the match or even delivered them the next day.“And it’s reflected in the newspapers who used to receive two or three pictures on an afternoon are now getting thousands.“On somewhere like the TheScore.ie, you want a running commentary of matches so you want, for example, a picture of Joe Schmidt before the All Blacks match or Richie McCaw warming up, then you want the Haka and the action right through to the final minute.“We have to keep providing those pictures all the time and technology allows us to do that. But it also puts us under more pressure.”Stickland reveals that it is currently difficult to get into sports photography as it is controlled by the agencies and getting recognised can be tough.That said, there is clearly a talented new generation coming through and Inpho’s own Ryan Byrne was just 21-years-old when he won a Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) award earlier this year.I always say to look at life a little bit differently,” answers Stickland when asked what advice he would give an aspiring photographer. ”That has driven me through all the photography I’ve ever done.“That’s why you have a camera and all the equipment. That’s what we have always advised our photographers who come to Inpho. Just think about what you’re doing – what angle you’re taking it from, what lense you’re using and try view something different.“I get tremendous satisfaction when some of our photographers do and in the book there are about half-a-dozen pictures which are evidence to that.”8 pictures and videos that prove Nelson Mandela was a sporting icon25 brilliant images of Paul McGrathlast_img read more

Paramedic dies after 4×4 crashes into pole in Laois

first_imgUpdated at 7.14pmA HSE AMBULANCE paramedic has died after the 4×4 he was driving crashed into a pole in Laois early this morning.The fatal crash happened at approximately 6.20am today on the Ballyfin Road near Mountrath in Laois. The man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.His body was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where a post mortem will be carried out later today.Local Authority Road Safety Officers spokesperson Declan Keogh extended “sympathy and condolences to his family, close friends and in particular his colleagues in the Ambulance Service”.The news of any member of the emergency services being injured or killed in a road collision is particularly sad, given the role they play in preventing death and injuries; both on the road in their life saving capacity, and off the road in raising awareness about road safety.Garda investigators have carried out a forensic examination of the scene.Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact them with information.Originally published 10amlast_img read more

ADC Salutes the 2015 Defense Community Award Winners

first_imgADC is proud to announce the 2015 recipients of the Defense Community Awards, the association’s effort to recognize the achievements of communities and the leaders who support them. The winners will be recognized during the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit, June 22-24 in Washington.Here is a rundown of the 2015 winners by category:Community Leadership Award — Recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership helps (1) drive the success of a base redevelopment project; and/or (2) build a military-community partnership to enhance the mission of an active installation. An honoree may be an elected or appointed (non-military) official at the state, regional or local level, a volunteer, or the chief executive officer of a local redevelopment authority (or equivalent organization).Steven Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, MaineMilitary Leadership Award — Recognizes an individual from any branch of the military whose outstanding leadership has been essential in building and sustaining partnerships with defense communities that are home to active, realigning or closing installations. The nominee may be active or civilian military personnel who has played a role in defense community issues at any level and who demonstrates vision for establishing new models of partnerships across the country.Col. Chuck Hodges, Installation Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.Base Redevelopment Excellence Award — Recognizes a community or local redevelopment authority whose efforts (1) demonstrate leadership and vision to address the community’s specific economic needs following base realignment or closure; (2) have shown measurable results; (3) incorporate innovative public-private partnerships; and/or (4) serve as a model for other communities across the country.March Joint Powers Authority, Riverside, Calif.Community Excellence Award — Recognizes a community that is home to an active installation and which (1) demonstrates sustained and effective strategies to promote collaboration with the local installation; (2) contributes to measurable results in greater effectiveness of the installation’s military mission; (3) implements innovative military-community partnerships; and/or (4) serves as a model for other defense communities and states across the country.Dayton Development Coalition/State of OhioFort Polk Progress, Leesville, La.Installation Excellence Award — Recognizes a DOD installation from any military branch that has successfully built strong partnerships with communities, regions and/or states to (1) enhance community-military collaboration; (2) promote installation efficiency and innovation; (3) advance DOD energy efficiency goals; and/or (4) serve as a national model for community-military partnerships.Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.Congressional Leadership Award — Recognizes a sitting member of the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives whose leadership is essential to (1) support active, realigning or closing installations; (2) build partnerships between the military and communities; (3) advance policy issues that support defense communities across the country; and/or (4) support military families and veterans.Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)The ADC Awards Committee thanks all members and association partners that submitted nominations for participating in this year’s program. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

OBITUARY Jason C Zwicker 48

first_imgMILFORD, NH — Jason C. Zwicker, 48, resident of Milford, NH, died on April 25, 2018 in Milford.Jason was born in Wilmington, MA on October 31, 1969, a son of Ronald Zwicker Sr. of Wilmington and the late Victoria (Sousa) Zwicker. Besides his childhood, Jason spent many years a resident in Nashua, NH with extended family and enormous amounts of friends that were considered just as close.Jason was self-employed as a very talented tile installer, having worked many years within the tile industry throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Jason enjoyed his work bringing pleasure to his clients as much as being creative and masterful.He enjoyed spending time with his family as a devoted husband and father. Jason enjoyed walks on the beach and anything to do with the ocean. He enjoyed playing cards, listening to music, wind therapy on a motorcycle, grilling food over open flame and entertaining company. Jason enjoyed travel and dining. He loved to laugh and joke, and spending time with friends that inspired the world with better ways.In addition to his father, his immediate family includes his wife, Micaela Zwicker of Milford, NH; his daughter, Miranda Daisy Zwicker; his son, Tyler Morgan Zwicker of Nashua, NH; and his step son Dustin Michael Pompey; Jason’s brother, Ronald Zwicker and beloved family dog Koda Zwicker.A memorial was held on Friday, May 4th at 6:00pm at the Harley-Sanford Post #4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford, NH 03055. A celebration of life is to be arranged shortly after memorial, the date and time will be announced to public.Jason C. Zwicker(NOTE: The above obituary is from Smith & Heald Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Francis J. Zizis, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John S. Zwicker, 83In “Obituaries”last_img read more