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Freelance Tip: How Do You Know When to Turn Down a Job?

first_imgLearning how to find steady freelance video production gigs is hard enough, but what about knowing when you shouldn’t take the job?Cover image via VADL.As a freelance editor, I sometimes have to turn down work, even if I have nothing else going on, because I know that the job is likely to be a disaster. By this, I mean the client might be so difficult to work with that it will just be too stressful, or the project involves so much work that it really won’t be worth it in the end — or it’s just beyond my capability.Depending on where you are in your career, your income for the month, and your general work pipeline, saying no to any job might be a luxury you can’t afford. That’s okay — we’ve all been there, and sometimes you just have to knuckle down, grit your teeth, and push through. Plus, work is work — I’m always happy to have some.But, if you are in a position to say no when you suspect that the whole thing could be a nightmare, how do you know when to say no, and why? I recently had to do this, and without revealing who the client was, I’ll try to break down my thought process.Connection — How Well Do You Know The Client?Image via Hiroshi Teshigawara.In my case, the job came through a phone call out of the blue from a client of a friend. Normally, I would be totally up for expanding my client network through my friends — or finding a way to service their clients when they’re too busy. The call came based on a recommendation, but whenever I’m talking to someone on the phone for the first time, I’m always trying to get a sense of who they are; how much experience they have; what kind of budget they have; and any other factors that will help me understand how to tackle the job, the client, and the offer.If the call had been from a previous client of mine or even an agency I had heard of, I might have felt differently. But this was just “some random” who, when I looked them up, was also the star of the video and didn’t seem to have much experience in video at all.Budget — Do Your Expectations Match?Image via Focus and Blur.The second alarm bell was that our budget expectations were wildly out of alignment.They were offering less than half my usual day rate, for what would easily have been a full day’s work (if not two). Plus, they wanted to sit in and run the session.It’s worth quickly talking about a daily rate. Yes, it’s how much you get paid for a day’s work, so it should reflect what you need to live, but it should also be indicative of your experience level, your professionalism, and your abilities. We usually expect to pay more for something if it’s higher quality — or if there’s more of it. So the same should be true of hiring a freelancer. The more days you work, the more it costs — the more experienced the artist, the higher the fee.That said, it’s totally up to you what to charge, whether you want to offer discounts or “elastic” pricing. (Bear in mind that your daily rate can also filter out clients who can’t afford what you have to offer.) 9 times out of 10, when a client asks me to lower my rate and I decline, they just accept the rate, and we work happily together. (So don’t be afraid to say “No.”)If someone is asking you to work for less, then there is a mis-alignment in understanding either what the project involves or what your time, skills, and expertise are worth. Often, this is due to inexperienced clients who don’t know what they don’t know (which is fine: we all start not knowing anything), but part of your job will then be managing their expectations to keep things from spiraling out of control — and over budget.Opportunity Cost — Are You Missing Out?Image via Fedorovekb.In my case, the job they could afford should have taken half a day or less. They job they wanted would have taken a lot longer, but the opportunity cost was minimal. I was available to do the job, but I decided not to. Instead, I wrote this post.But sometimes when you’re trying to decide whether to say no, it’s worth considering what your best alternative might be. On a long job, the client might offer you a lower daily rate given how many days they’re paying for (again, you can always say “no”) or a buy-out fee for the job, meaning you just have to do it as quickly as you can to make it worth your while.But if that job is going to take up a lot of your time, or move you in a career direction you don’t want, you may want to decline so you can keep your options open for other projects.This is tricky as a freelancer, though. What if nothing better comes up? What’s more, it depends on your typical work-engagements. If you’re used to working for different clients every few days or weeks, then a three-month job might seem like a whale.If you’re used to taking on feature film work that lasts for months at a time, then taking on a couple of weeks of work might be no big deal — unless you need to start on the next film right away.So this is one of those “Hindsight is 20-20” situations, but it’s another small indicator that, when combined with the other two, might mean you should pass on the job.Growth — There’s Only One Way to Learn“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” —Mark TwainIn the end, if you take on a job, and it ends up being a disaster, then at least you will have learned something. And that learning isn’t just “silver-lining” thinking — it’s valuable experience you can’t get any other way.If you choose to pass on the job, hopefully something better will come along, or maybe you’ll hear from the person who did take it on that it was a disaster, or a triumph. Or you’ll never know.But over time, you’ll develop a gut feeling for these things that you should choose not to ignore.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Should Film and Video Editors Have Demo Reels?Review: The Illuminati — A Hands-Free Light Meter5 Simple Tips for Fixing Out-of-Focus FootageEverything You Need to Know When Filming Food Videos10 Insights to Keep in Mind When Applying for Filmmaking Grantslast_img read more

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Racal smothers Gamboa in 2nd half to halt 3-game slide

first_imgRian Ayonayon. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors locked down Gamboa Coffee Mix in the second half to win, 107-60, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After a tightly contested first half, the Alibaba limited the Coffee Lovers to just three points, the least points scored in a quarter in league history, that turned a close 47-45 deficit to a decisive 71-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racal continued to choke the air out of Gamboa as the latter’s 13-point windup in the second half also registered as the worst scoring half in PBA D-League history.Rian Ayonayon scattered 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to lead the Racal Motors assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Gamboa continued its downward spiral as it incurred its sixth straight loss to fall to 1-6.Mark Montuano got 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, while Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards.The scores:RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMac Tallo came off the bench and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 16 markers, on top of his two boards and two dimes, while Jam Cortes got 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.Racal finally ended its three-game losing skid and evened its record to 3-3. View commentslast_img read more

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Oklahoma State-Kansas Postgame Show

first_imgCarson Cunningham joined me on a postgame show to discuss the Kansas game, why Vincent Taylor is the next Tommie Frazier and who the better coordinator is between Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer.Thanks to Carson for joining and to everyone for watching. These have become a lot of fun to do.LIVE on #Periscope: Join our postgame show to talk about #okstate’s 44-20 win over Kansas. https://t.co/G8ePjuVNSL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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YES but How…

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.The day I returned from India, I was greeted by emails from a few of my contacts requesting JANMA – Birth Kit samples for Haiti, Tanzania and Ghana. Since I was too tired, I decided I would pack and send them the next evening. In the morning, in one of the meetings at Health Leads (the new name for Project HEALTH), we were talking about how many patients with critical needs were not being identified either by the provider or by Health Leads, resulting in them reaching a crisis situation. The question arose: how can patients and needs be identified in the first few visits so an expecting mother and family can have an easier time, and the silent, manageable issues don’t affect her health during pregnancy?It was decided that a volunteer and I will study all of the cases for the last three years and identify where the gap was and what Health Leads can do to with its partners to decrease this incidence. On my way back home, as I was going through the events of the day, I felt overwhelmed as I thought of the impact of the work being done by the Health Leads regional and national offices. It made me realize how crucial my work was going to be as it would help them measure and see the outcome of their impact. Later that evening at home as I unpacked feeling overjoyed that the AYZH birth kits were going to so many countries as samples, it suddenly struck me how was AYZH going to measure impact of its own offerings.In the bed at night, I thought of the impact I was going to make in the field of maternal health, what impact the other 15 Ashoka Young Champions were going to make, and what the impact of Ashoka as an organization was making by supporting us and our passions. Is there a way we could measure this impact? Wouldn’t it be SUPERCOOL to be able to put some numbers around this?As we approach the end of fourth month of the fellowship, I thought I should write a blog for the Young Champions to start thinking of the IMPACT: what, when and how should we as YCs be measuring to help Ashoka feel proud for having given us this opportunity? It is my firm belief that if you cannot measure your work, you cannot add value to what you do.Given the fact that the maternal health is a subject very difficult to measure, I started looking for the simplest definition in the field around what I found was a definition of maternal mortality by WHO in 1992 where it says “maternal mortality has typically been defined as including direct obstetric and indirect obstetric causes but not incidental deaths.” This definition by default negates all the silent factors around maternal mortality and health. As rightly pointed about Hellen Kotolo in her blog this month, it is difficult to see that HIV is not even considered an important issue in maternal health in developing countries. Given the fact that in this modern world where women’s rights are given high importance it’s a sad fact that safe motherhood remains the least prioritized topic in many developing countries.From my field work of over 5 years in the social sector, I have time and again observed that many silent issues go unaccounted for due to the lack of the ability to express them or, in terms of the topic of this blog, to measure them. Even though good intentions can go a long way, it is very important for professionals in the field of social good to make themselves, heard, seen and believed.So let’s do it… Measure our impact and bring to life the silent issues of maternal health.Share this:last_img read more

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Clemson RB Tavien Feaster Reportedly Transferring To Rival South Carolina

first_imgClemson RB Tavien Feaster celebrates the national title.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Tavien Feaster #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide with a score of 44 to 16.(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)In three seasons at Clemson, running back Tavien Feaster has been a part of two national title teams. But after getting only limited reps with the team in that span, he’s decided to transfer. Having narrowed down his choices to two, he has reportedly made his decision.According to Mike Uva of WACH FOX, Feaster will be transferring to the University of South Carolina. Earlier this month he had reduced his choices to South Carolina and Virginia Tech.In three seasons for the Tigers, Feaster had 222 carries for 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns. He saw his most extensive time on the field in 2017, when he rushed 107 times for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.Uva tweeted on Sunday that he will be enrolling at South Carolina after he graduates from Clemson this summer.Breaking: Tavien Feaster will enroll at USC following his graduation at Clemson. @wachfox has been told that there is no date set at this time for Feaster’s first day with the Gamecocks but he’s expected to join the team following the the end of Clemson’s summer schedule (Aug 5).— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) July 29, 2019For the Gamecocks, they get a speedster who is likely going to have a big role in the offense. South Carolina uses running backs by committee though, so crossing the 1,000-yard plane may not happen for Feaster.Last year the Gamecocks went 7-5 in the regular season, securing a spot in the Belk Bowl but losing to Virginia.As for the Tigers, Travis Etienne is entrenched as the starter, and could be a Heisman contender this season. They’re also poised to pick up several new running backs in the incoming freshman class.UPDATE: Feaster has confirmed the move on Instagram, donning a Gamecocks jersey in his announcement.last_img read more

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The Latest Prosecutor says Avenatti case shows greed

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local):11:40 a.m.U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in Los Angeles says lawyer Michael Avenatti could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on wire and bank fraud charges.The critic of President Donald Trump and private attorney who formerly represented porn star Stormy Daniels was arrested Monday in New York on federal charges there and in California.Hanna says the case filed in Los Angeles on Friday and unsealed Monday paints “an ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed.”Hanna says the case had nothing to do with politics and the facts speak for themselves. He says the Mueller report had nothing to with the timing of the announcement.The case alleges in part that Avenatti collected a $1.6 million settlement for a client and used it for his own interests.___10:25 a.m.U.S. prosecutors have charged Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud.A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York.Spokesman Ciaran McEvoy says the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York and California.In New York, he was accused of threatening to use his ability to get publicity to harm Nike. Prosecutors say he demanded that the apparel company give him $10 million.Prosecutors in California planned to release more details at a news conference later Monday.Avenatti represented Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement to speak about her alleged affair with Trump.The Associated Press read more

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Alaska considering early close for telephone internet fund

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska regulators are considering whether the state should continue replenishing a rural telephone and internet service fund or shut it down.The Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday that the Alaska Universal Service Fund is losing money and has already been scheduled for closure in 2023.A Regulatory Commission of Alaska meeting Wednesday included discussion of possible early closure.The fund was established in 1998 to distribute fees levied on phone service to companies across the state.The fund is expected to collect about $1.25 million per month, but this year has paid out almost $2 million monthly.Officials say the fund could reduce payouts through regulation, but they suspect reductions in corporate fee payments are possible.Officials say that without changes, the fund could run dry by November.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

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UN forecasts 100ton drop in worldwide cocaine production

“For the first time in over a decade aggregate coca cultivation in the Andean region, the main producer in the world, declined to 173,000 hectares,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, told the press in Brussels today. “This decline will subtract over 100 tons of cocaine from world markets.”The results of a survey conducted by UNODC in collaboration with the Government of Colombia show that as of 31 December, 102,000 hectares of coca were cultivated, compared to 144,807 hectares the year before. However, Mr. Costa said, this significant progress would bring about new challenges of alternative crop promotion.First, Colombia’s crop reduction needs to be matched by alternative development programs to provide farmers with licit incomes,” Mr. Costa added. “Second, governments worldwide should concentrate on reducing demand and promoting drug-abuse prevention. The United Nations is fully mobilized behind such measures.”The reduction in coca cultivation was reported in the departments of Putumayo, Meta, and Caqueta, where government-sponsored eradication took place last year. Further crop reductions in Bolivar, Cauca and Vichada departments were due to voluntary eradication and abandonment of fields. read more

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China says defence budget to rise by about 7 per cent in

BEIJING, China – China says its defence budget will rise by about 7 per cent in 2017, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy.The precise figure will be provided by Premier Li Keqiang in his address Sunday morning at the opening of the legislature’s annual session.Depending on the final number, that could mark the third consecutive year of declines in the rate of growth of defence spending.Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the legislature, the National People’s Congress, released the rough figure at a news conference on Saturday. She reiterated China’s contention that its military was purely for defence and represented a force for stability in Asia.China’s new military capabilities include aircraft carriers, long-range bombers and its first overseas military base located in East Africa. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2017 8:53 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China says defence budget to rise by about 7 per cent in 2017 read more

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Caledonia documentary headlined the Niagara Social Justice Forum

Sara RoqueWith the Caledonia land claim stand-off, Aboriginal women took their traditional place as community leaders, and it’s a story that’s inspiring to women everywhere.That was the message delivered by Toronto filmmaker Sara Roque last week as she gave the plenary presentation at the Niagara Social Justice Forum at Brock.With her documentary Six Miles Deep, Roque told a 42-minute story about the clan mothers of Six Nations taking a deciding role in the demonstration at Caledonia. In 2006, Six Nations members stopped a housing development on land subject to a federal land claim. The claim has not been resolved.Roque’s film depicts the clan mothers — a traditional source of power in the Haudenosaunee nation — leading a cultural awakening.“I really found the women in the film inspiring,” said Roque, who is Metis and Aboriginal Arts Officer with the Ontario Arts Council, in an interview last week. “They inspired me to be curious, and to continue the work that we need to do.”Six Miles Deep, a point-of-view documentary, was presented for forum attendees on March 20. Roque said one reason she focused on the women was because “we live in an extremely patriarchal society, and when you look at society as a whole, Aboriginal woman are kind of invisible to mainstream society.”About 200 people attended the fourth annual forum. Other workshops included:Niagara’s Threatened Beautiful LandscapesBuilding Global Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers in the Niagara RegionFood Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace AppealThe Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer FilmsNaming HomelessnessProper Shelter Saves Lives (Habitat for Humanity)“The organizers of this event were mindful to create an open and shared space for community groups and individuals to encounter one another without any interference in how they choose to do that,” said Janet Conway, one of the event’s lead organizers and a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice at the University.There was a performance of The Vagina Monologues that evening.The Forum was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, the departments of Social Justice and Equity Studies, Child and Youth Studies, Sociology and Women’s Studies, and OPIRG Brock.Quick links:• 2010 Niagara Social Justice Forum• Six Miles Deep — National Film Board of Canada• Conference shares the struggles of aboriginal women — St. Catharines Standard read more

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The Rockets Love Launching 3s From Way Past The Line

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group The Rockets shoot from (way, way) downtownNBA teams with the most 3-point attempts from 28-35 feet, 2017-18 Miami Heat70– Houston Rockets178– Portland Trail Blazers108– Cleveland Cavaliers93– DALLAS — The Houston Rockets, who at the moment seem to be the only team worthy of challenging the defending champion Warriors, just might be the NBA’s most unapologetic club.The team set fire to the record books last season by launching more than 40 3-point attempts per night, which shattered their own record from 2014-15 and was over six 3s a night more than the team with the second-most attempts. Yet entering this campaign, reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni still wanted more, saying that Houston could realistically take 50 per game. Houston may not be quite that extreme so far, but they are on pace to become the first team in history to shoot more 3s than 2s — which is mind-boggling in its own right.Yet for all the attention paid to how many 3s the Rockets are taking, there’s been less attention paid to where, exactly, the club is hoisting them from, and the positive difference it’s making for their offense even if the shots don’t all go in.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/andersonspace.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/gordonhorse.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Going into their nationally televised matchup Friday night with the Pelicans, the Rockets were spotting up from a different zip code far more than any other team. Houston’s taken a whopping 178 three-point attempts from the 28-to-35 foot range, according to data from James Jackson of ESPN Stats & Information Group. For context, the teams right behind Houston on this list, Portland and Indiana, have taken just 108 and 107 attempts from this distance which is at least 4 feet behind the line. But after those three teams, no one else has even managed to crack 100 so far. This number is unusually high for the 3-point-obsessed Rockets, too: They’ve already taken more 3s from that range in 46 games this season than they took during last year’s entire 82-game slate. Boston Celtics93– Golden State Warriors84– Charlotte Hornets78– Indiana Pacers107– Team3-point Attempts Of course, it’s not like Houston — which entered Friday as the No. 2 seed, at 34-12 — is regularly canning these looks. The Rockets are connecting on just under 30 percent of their shots from that deep,1When the Rockets take 3s from above the break, their average shot distance is 25.8 feet from the basket, the second-farthest in the NBA. a far cry from the 36 percent league-average mark from 3-point range in general.Still, there are several reasons that those shots help the team even if they don’t go in, and just about all of those reasons stem from the spacing these long shots create. Chris Paul and James Harden certainly benefit from the extra room, and they already rank among the NBA’s best playmakers, even without the help.Watch this pick-and-roll play against Utah, where Paul comes down and finds big man Clint Capela for a dunk. Jazz swingman Joe Johnson was prepared to help at the rim, but began scrambling back toward sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, even though he was standing nearly 30 feet from the basket. Johnson’s recognition that Anderson can make shots from that distance was enough to send him rushing away from Capela.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/spreadpr.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Capela, who’s in the middle of his best season and is currently leading the NBA in field-goal percentage, has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the additional spacing. Harden and Paul, two of the best no-look passers, have had a field day throwing him lobs (He’s second in the league in dunks). His average shot attempt this season is coming fewer than 2 feet from the basket.“Having all that extra space definitely enhances Clint’s game,” said D’Antoni, who told me he gave a handful of players (namely Anderson, Harden and Eric Gordon) the green light last season to experiment with the longer 3-point tries.The importance of Capela’s vertical floor-spacing role within the offense can’t be overstated. For starters, the Rockets run an NBA-high 62 direct2Meaning an action that led directly to a shot, foul or change of possession. pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, meaning he’s involved in dozens of scoring opportunities each game, with both Paul and Harden. One thing worth noting about this trio: Paul, Harden and Capela have led the Rockets to a 19-0 mark this season when all three suit up and play. The team is just 15-12 when one or more of them doesn’t play.When I asked Paul what it’s like playing in an offense with so much space, he explained that he’s still learning to adjust to how open some of his teammates are. “My friends joke with me and tell me I’m a new player now, but it’s a cool way to play,” he told me. “Nobody argues about shots or anything. When you see us get frustrated, a lot of the time it’s because we’re not defending. The offense is free-flowing, and guys just let (long shots) go.”Giving players like Paul and Harden more space to work with is almost cruel. A weak-side defender’s inability to help leaves primary stoppers on an island, and the star point guards are happy to take their chances with those matchups. The result so far: The Rockets go 1-on-1 more than any other NBA team and are the league’s most efficient isolation team by a wide margin.3Their current scoring rate is the highest on record in the Synergy Sports database, which goes back 14 years. Similarly, Harden and Paul rank No. 1 and No. 2 in isolation efficiency among those who go 1-on-1 at least three times per contest. (Harden is somehow scoring nearly 53 percent of the time in iso scenarios to this point.)But the isolation plays are just one way the extra spacing has helped Harden this year, after he showed himself to be perhaps the NBA’s best passer last season. The extra room has also enabled him to toy with defenses at times. In this first video of the Rockets playing against Sacramento, Harden draws three defenders at once — two of whom run into each other — and feeds the ball to Capela after the Kings fail to account for him in the paint. Less than two minutes later, knowing that the defense won’t make the same mistake and leave Capela open again, Harden makes it look as if he’s going to throw the ball back to his center but instead swings the ball to a wide-open Anderson, who’s waiting 5 feet above the top of the key.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/capelakings.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/andersonkings.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In just those two plays, the Rockets illustrate how easily they can break a defense. If you pay too much attention to Harden or Paul, they’ll simply go over the top to Capela. Pay too much attention to someone cutting through the paint? There’s a good chance it’s going to cost you 3 points, given the caliber of shooters they have lining the perimeter. And it goes without saying that if you neglect Harden or Paul driving into the paint, Houston will either score or draw a shooting foul, which the Rockets do better than anyone.All of this explains why Anderson likes to stand so far off the line: It forces the defender to make a choice: Am I going to come out and guard him up to 30 feet from the basket and be too far away to provide help on James or Paul, or do I want to be in position to guard against the drive and risk letting Anderson or Gordon get an open 3 from basically another county?“I kind of like shooting it from that deep. Most times, no one wants to come out that far, so it feels kind of like a free throw, where there’s no pressure,” said Anderson, who was prodded by D’Antoni to start taking that shot based on what his coach had seen in shootarounds and practices. “And if they do hug up on me, like Harrison Barnes was doing tonight, all it does is leave room for James and Chris.” (Harden finished Wednesday’s game with 25 points, 13 assists and one turnover.)You might think this sort of dilemma might send a defense scrambling, but opposing teams sometimes treat the court like a minefield: Often they’re a bit too confused about who they should shade toward and wind up unwilling to make a definitive step in any direction. Houston’s opponents move at the league’s seventh-slowest rate on defense, according to Second Spectrum. On the flip side, the Rockets know exactly what they want to do when they have an open look, regardless of how far away they may be from the basket.“They’re really comfortable out there,” D’Antoni said of his players, who get more wide-open 3s per game than any other team. “If it’s just as comfortable [as a shorter 3], why not shoot it? I’m willing to live with that.” Brooklyn Nets70– Detroit Pistons77– read more

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Woman dies in Portadown fire

first_imgPOLICE IN PORTADOWN are investigating a fire that has left a woman dead. The PSNI confirmed that a woman died following a fire at a property in the Oakleigh Park area of the town this morning. The fire was reported to police shortly after 7.20am. Police and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance and continuing to deal with the incident.Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire and say that there are no further details at this stage.last_img

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Stop exporting your abortion problem Britain tells Ireland

first_imgTHE LARGEST PROVIDER of abortions in Britain has told the Irish government to ‘stop washing its hands’ of women who travel abroad for an abortion.The  British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has taken out an advertisement in The Irish Times newspaper today with the provocative slogan “We’ll care for your women until your government does”.The organisation, which says it has treated ‘many thousands of women from Ireland’ over the past thirty years, says women from Ireland who have abortions are being “wilfully ignored by the political establishment” and that the recent abortion legislation “will do nothing to help the women we see in our clinics every day”.“The women we see from Ireland are just like those from England – but made more desperate by the financial and emotional cost of having to travel,” said Ann Furedi, the chief executive of BPAS.The advertisement which ran today. (Image: BPAS) BPAS said women from Ireland tend to have abortions later than average because they have to arrange travel and funding. The group said that almost one third of abortions for women from Ireland are carried out at 10 weeks and later, compared with just over a fifth of abortions for women from England.The abortion provider said it had taken out the advertisement “in solidarity with the women who are denied legal, safe abortion in Ireland and those who campaign tirelessly for the legal change needed so women can access care at home”.“No politician in a civilised country should force women to make a journey abroad for abortion care.” said Furedi. “The decision alone is a tough enough journey”.The full  text of the advertisement reads: As if deciding to have an abortion wasn’t enough of a journeyAlmost 4,000 Irish women have to travel to Britain for help every year.We’ll care for your women until your government does The most recent figures show that 3,982 women – an average of almost 11 per day –  gave addresses in the Republic of Ireland when attending British clinics and hospitals for an abortion last year. The actual figure is likely to be even higher as not all women give their real address.Government ministers – including Justice Minister Alan Shatter – have said there will be no more abortion legislation in the lifetime of this government, following the passing of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill earlier this year.The current law allows for abortion to be carried out in Ireland only in cases of a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother.Explainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change? Read: Priest resigns from Mater Hospital board over decision to comply with abortion law > Read: Abortion laws may not commence until next year >last_img read more

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SBS review provokes public concern

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Criticism of the radio scheduling review of ‘Language Programs for Ageing Established Communities’ currently being carried out by SBS Radio has circulated around Australia in the past few weeks. Although most has originated from the Greek Australian community, the Australian trade union that governs the Australian entertainment industry, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, has also spoken out about the way in which SBS has carried out their review. In a public statement, the Alliance has expressed concern that the public consultation process provided by SBS around the review, which is internet-based, does not allow a large portion of non-English speaking and computer illiterate SBS viewers to have their say. Jenny Mikakos, Labor minister for the Northern Metropolitan region of Victoria, has agreed, issuing a letter to SBS Radio. In response to the widespread concern among the Greek Australian community, Mikakos has publicly commented on the potential reduction of Greek language broadcasts that ageing Greek migrants in particular rely on for news. President of Fronditha Care, Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP, agrees with Mikakos, saying that the SBS review is far too simplistic. He raises the relevance of factors such as the ‘number of people who speak the language, stage of settlement, age profile, and English proficiency’, which he claims that SBS have not considered fully. He also mentions that other factors, including socio-economic status, educational background or religion might have an influence on a migrant’s reliance on foreign language radio broadcasts. Jenny Mikakos takes her concern further, claiming that SBS are not using relevant data to inform their review, saying: ‘I am also concerned that both the Large Languages Criteria and High Needs Language Criteria are based on projected census data for 2020 rather than the current population.’ The review by SBS was open for public comment throughout April, with the new selection criteria for radio scheduling to be issued on their website during May 2012.last_img read more

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Not so fast on WWE featuring monthly NXT specials

first_imgFacebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Velvet Sky WWE has now altered the press release issued on Monday regarding new programming coming to the WWE Network in 2015. NXT specials will remain quarterly on the network and will not be taking place monthly as previously advertised.Source: corporate.wwe.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

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The Longhairs attempt world record hair donation for children with hair loss

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, The Longhairs’ attempt world record hair donation for children with hair loss Posted: March 15, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A San Diego based non-profit is making an attempt in breaking a world record of hair donation.The Longhairs have an ultimate goal to collect donations and raise money for children who can no longer grow hair.The event will be March 16th at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego where the goals are to perform 2,000 haircuts, donate 200 lbs. of hair and $200K to Children With Hair Loss. March 15, 2019last_img read more

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Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lunar lander plans for huge space colonies

first_imgOriginally published 2:02 p.m.Update 5:02 p.m.: Adds video.  Jeff Bezos is giving Elon Musk a run for his money with… Bezos’ company is also building a bigger rocket, New Glenn, that’ll compete with orbital class rockets like the SpaceX Falcon 9 to deliver commercial satellites and other large payloads to orbit.Blue Origin is rapidly expanding its footprint at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it’s manufacturing New Glenn on land leased from NASA. The first launch of Blue Origin’s big rocket could come as soon as 2021. Jeff Bezos, we saw you standing alone, with a dream in your heart, and a moon lander of your own. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, unveiled on Thursday a new moon lander called Blue Moon, along with a smaller rover.”This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon,” Bezos said at a press event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, where he stood in front of the hulking new lander on stage.At the event, Bezos, the world’s richest person according to Forbes, described a grand, multigenerational vision of one day creating enormous space colonies in close proximity to Earth, as a way of expanding humanity to a trillion people. This concept, envisioned by physicist Gerard O’Neill in 1975, is something Bezos has talked up in a few interviews over the past year. He’s looking to use Blue Origin, and the new lander, as early steps in this effort. Now playing: Watch this: Looking to inspire the next generation to keep up space development, Bezos announced the creation of the Club for the Future, which will focus on space-related activities for youths in grades K-12. The front rows of the event included dozens of kids who were the inaugural members of the new club.The rare public appearance by Bezos in his capacity as space startup founder comes at a pivotal moment for Blue Origin. Last week it launched and landed one of its suborbital New Shepard rockets for the fifth time, bringing the company closer to its goal of developing reliably reusable rockets to make space travel much more accessible.Also, Blue Origin has said repeatedly in recent months that it aims to launch a human to space aboard New Shepard for the first time later this year, paving the way for paying customers to experience microgravity. Now playing: Watch this: 6:04 More on Bezos’ space plans Tags 17 Photos Jeff Bezos reveals plans for the moon and beyond Comments As part of this ongoing space race, SpaceX, Amazon and others are planning to send into orbit thousands of satellites that’ll one day be able to beam broadband internet to millions of people around the world. SpaceX’s system is called Starlink, and Amazon’s, which was first revealed last month, is dubbed Project Kuiper. Blue Origin, meanwhile, is partnering with satellite operator Telesat on yet another internet satellite project.Over the past year, Bezos has spoken publicly at a handful of notable gatherings, including a Wired conference in San Francisco, the Economic Club in Washington, DC, and the Yale Club in New York. Still, he’s rarely hosted his own press events in recent years. One of the last times he took the stage for his own announcement was in 2014 for the failed Fire Phone.Next month, he’s expected to speak at his new re:MARS science and tech conference in Las Vegas.His appearance in DC on Thursday comes after a rocky start to the year, with his divorce from his longtime wife, MacKenzie, quickly turning into a gossipy tabloid controversy that included him accusing the National Enquirer of blackmail. A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy 22 Share your voice Blue Moon was in development for three years and Bezos said Thursday that the larger variant of the lander will be able to bring Americans back to the moon by 2024. It’ll be able to carry the rover that could do scientific missions and shoot off small satellites.”It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” Bezos said.The year 2024 is also the deadline the Trump administration has set for NASA to return astronauts to the surface of the moon, something Bezos referenced on stage. img-1741-2The Blue Moon’s rover Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Bezos isn’t the only billionaire pursuing lofty space dreams. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is further along in developing larger rockets for orbital space travel. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is also working on space tourism. At least in the first few years, commercial space travel is expected to be so prohibitively expensive that only the superrich will be able to use these new services.However, Bezos said Thursday that the early work of Blue Origin should help develop an infrastructure for space that’ll give millions of people access to space travel and unlock the potential of countless future entrepreneurs and artists. A major need to do this work, he said, is because the Earth is “finite,” so expanding to space will become a necessity one day to ensure humanity doesn’t fall into rationing and stagnation.”The solar system can support a trillion humans, and then we’d have 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins,” Bezos said during a Yale Club talk in February. “Think how incredible and dynamic that civilization will be.”Aside from these huge goals, Blue Origin this year is starting with space tourism flights, in hopes of growing its revenue and training itself for consistent flights outside Earth’s orbit.Blue Origin first announced Thursday’s press event last month with a cryptic tweet including only the date and an image of the Endurance, the ship Ernest Shackleton sailed to the Antarctic as part of a failed attempt to cross the frigid continent more than a century ago. “This is Maui on its best day all year long. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes,” he said of these future space colonies, though he later added it’ll be up to future generations to build these massive structures. He described these sci-fi concepts to a relatively small audience of roughly a hundred or more people while he walked across the stage in a gray jacket and jeans, with the darkened ballroom bathed in blue light and the walls decorated in sparkly star lights. It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay.  Jeff Bezos Blue Origin lands rocket again ahead of first crewed mission NASA, Blue Origin partner up for new rocket engine tests Space in 2019 will be all about the moon, and one weird asteroid Blue Origin Amazon Jeff Bezos Space Sci-Tech 3:33last_img read more

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 sprints from 0 to 100 and back

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a 700+ hp assassin More From Roadshow 4:31 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Performance Cars Coupes 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Ford Enlarge ImageThat’s a whole lot of hustle — and whatever the opposite of hustle is, too. Ford Going fast is all well and good, but eventually you’re going to need to come to a stop. A car that hustles without a good set of brakes is only half a car, really, which is why Ford’s latest news about the Shelby GT500 can put to rest any fears that the automaker only considered half of the equation.Ford announced on Monday that the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 can sprint from 0 to 100 miles per hour and then brake back down to 0 in just 10.6 seconds. That’s a whole lot of hustle, although I can’t imagine Ford would enjoy you testing this out on public roads after the car reaches dealerships.In order to get up to that speed in the first place, the powertrain has to put in work. There’s plenty of powertrain for that, starting with the engine, a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 putting out 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission rattles off upshifts in as little as 80 milliseconds (0.08 seconds). The paddle shifters on the wheel are hooked directly to the DCT to reduce wiring-related delays between pulling the paddle and initiating the shift.And that’s only the first half of the sprint. When it comes time to stop, it’s all about the GT500’s brakes. And this thing has brakes aplenty, with its front rotors measuring 16.5 inches in diameter, larger than some vehicle wheels. Speaking of wheels, Ford has lightweight carbon-fiber rollers on offer on the GT500. Combined with massively sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, that reduction in unsprung mass makes for some prompt slowdowns. The car doesn’t always have to be that violent. It packs five different drive modes that affect everything from the antilock braking system to shift feel. Sport mode improves shift times by about 20 percent, while switching to Drag mode mimics powershifting to try and maintain power delivery between gears. After all, just because the GT500 can get down a quarter-mile drag strip in 10.8 seconds doesn’t mean that drivers want a car engineered only for that purpose. 0 98 Photos Ford 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawlerlast_img read more

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Alaska Railroads first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

first_imgHarry Ross, the Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor, is retiring at the end of the summer — after a record 50 years with the company. (Photo by Victoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Harry Ross started moving trains when he was 21. Fifty years later, he’s still transporting passengers and freight by rail across the state. “I do not believe there has ever been nobody as foolish as I,” Ross said.It wasn’t a job Ross expected to get, and it wasn’t the job he originally hoped for. After graduating from East High School in 1964, Ross worked as a mess attendant at Elmendorf Air Force Base. His mom wanted more for him and sent him to college in San Francisco. After dropping out of school, Ross applied for two jobs, one with Western Airlines, now Delta, and one with the Alaska Railroad.“I didn’t have the education to be a brakeman or a trainman period. I never thought about the railroad my whole life,” Ross said. “Growing up through high school I never thought about working at the railroad in no way, shape or form.”Ross has been the number one conductor at the Alaska Railroad for over half of his career.“I’ve been number one so long, like I said, I’ve even forgotten how long I’ve been number one,” Ross said.Having the highest seniority among conductors comes with some perks. Ross says he gets the first pick of routes and vacation time.“Everybody salutes you, like, ‘hey number one.’ They don’t call you Harry Ross they say ‘hey number one,’ and you know, that’s pretty interesting and fun,” Ross said.The workplace wasn’t always so friendly towards Ross. As the first minority trainman hired by the company, Ross says he was met with opposition almost immediately.“I had a lot of people that I worked with, that did not want to work with me only because of the color of my skin,” Ross said. “And, of course, that didn’t bother me because I’ve always been a people person and I figured one way or another I was gonna win them over. One by one I did, and there were some, of course, I didn’t. And it’s not gonna change those people that’s just the way they are.”In his time at the railroad, Ross has seen the company go from federally owned to state owned. He says safety is a higher priority and the trains are more heavily regulated. Ross says the best change the railroad implemented in his 50 years is the Alaska Railroad Tour Guide program. The program began in 1980 and is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the Anchorage School District.“Well, basically it gives the kids a chance to get into the job market,” Ross said. “I enjoy working with these kids because everybody’s energetic and they really love what they’re doing.”Jon Mobley was a tour guide in 2009 and worked at the railroad in multiple positions, including conductor, until 2017. Mobley says after years of mentoring under Ross, they’re like family now.“He taught me a lot when I was in the tour guide program, just as a tour guide, and he taught me even more when I climbed the ladder and finally became a conductor. He’s been very crucial to my time at the railroad,” Mobley said.Ross says he plans to retire at the end of the summer.“I don’t know how it’s going to feel when I have to say goodbye. I know eventually it’s going to come,” Ross said. “I don’t want to die on the job. I want to enjoy some of my life that I have left, but I can say that I will truly miss what I have been doing the last 50 years.”Ross says he plans on writing a memoir about his life growing up in Alaska and his time working on the railroad.last_img read more

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