Chelsea consider new Modric bid

first_imgChelsea are considering whether to table an improved bid for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.The Blues have had offers of £22m and £27m for Modric rejected by Spurs, who insist the Croatia international is not for sale.“It’s something we’ll look at in the week and take it from there,” Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay told Sky Sports News.AdChoices广告Modric, 25, is reported to have handed in a transfer request at White Hart Lane and believes he had an agreement with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that he could leave this summer.Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, whose team have been touring Asia, is keen to add Modric to his squad before the start of the new Premier League season.“We really need to sit down with Andre and talk this through,” Gourlay added.“Even though we’ve been travelling, you can still be active in the marketplace. The communication is always there with our guys back in London.”last_img read more

Oceanport Names New Administrator, Replacing John O. Bennett

first_imgby John BurtonOCEANPORT – John O. Bennett, the former state legislator and embattled borough administrator, is moving on from that position.As anticipated since last November’s election, Mayor Jay Coffey and a majority of the Borough Council last Thursday selected another candidate to serve as the borough administrator, the position the former state senator and one-time, short-term acting governor Bennett had held for the last three years. During part of his tenure as administrator Bennett had been the borough’s Public Works supervisor. Prior to being administrator/supervisor, Bennett served as borough attorney for six years.With Coffey’s endorsement and with four of the council members’ advice and consent, on March 17 they named Raymond Poerio, Edison, to fill the position. Poerio plans on starting the new job on April 4.Coffey, a Democrat, offered his thanks and well wishes to Bennett. “He’s a fantastic guy…I think so highly of him,” the mayor said. “He deserves your respect.”Council President Joseph Irace, a Republican, who had a very public and heated confrontation with Bennett last summer, offered a conciliatory note last Thursday. “I may have had a very public difference,” with Bennett, Irace said, but noting “He helped us through tough times.”“We got along before,” that August 2015 incident, Irace continued. “We got along after.”“We have not always agreed on everything,” Bennett acknowledged of his relationship with Coffey, who has been mayor since Jan. 1. However, Bennett continued about the mayor. “I am absolutely convinced he will bring us together.”Bennett also maintained that it has been his “absolutely great pleasure” to continue to serve the community, first as a legislator for 13 years and then as its lawyer and then administrator.Bennett said he plans on taking a family vacation for a couple of weeks and when he returns “I’ve got a couple of opportunities” to consider.“I still want to work,” he added.One source familiar with the situation said Bennett is considering taking the administrator position in another area municipality.Bennett, 67, had served as a Republican member of the state Legislature. As president of the Senate he filled in for a very short period as acting governor in 2002, when the office was vacant following Christine Todd Whitman’s resignation to become the federal Environmental Protection Agency administrator.Bennett lost his Senate seat in the 2003 election and had served as the Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman.Bennett’s tenure as administrator became a focal point for the 2015 election with Coffey’s supporters criticizing then-Mayor Michael Mahon, a Republican, for having Bennett work without a formal contract—which is legally permissible—as well as contributing to what some called the discord and lack of constructive communication among then sitting council members. That tension boiled over with the confrontation between Irace and Bennett that some said they feared would come to blows.Bennett had said last fall he would retire at the end of the year but decided he would have liked to continue as administrator/supervisor and asked to be considered.The borough council had considered 42 applicants for the administrator job before whittling the number down to 15 and then five candidates, according to Coffey.Among that group, Poerio “came up aces,” was prepared, and knows about municipal operations, Coffey said.Poerio, 45, is currently working as director of parks and recreation for Scotch Plains. His role as administrator is “to be the voice of the mayor on occasion,” as well “as working with the residents, the council and other employees to have a well run town,” he said.The administrator’s role is to be the fulltime municipal manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations.Poerio will receive a $121,000 annual starting salary. Bennett was getting $125,000 for each of his three years in the job.last_img read more

Joseph, Rickaby pace Team 1999-2003 to top prize at Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgMike Vance, Matthew Fuhr, Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair and Leo Grypma paced Team 1999-2003.Team 2006-08, consisting of Florian Joseph, Chase and Clay Rickaby, Ben Irving, Joel DeVito and Ryan Moore, advanced to the final by stopping Team 2013-18 72-63 and Team 2010-11 64-52.Team 1999-2003 opened by outlasting Team 2004-05 73-57 before edging the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League All-Stars 62-58.All proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament benefit the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society.The scholarship fund supports development of local grassroots basketball and student-athletes with post-secondary pursuits.D’Andrea, who was instrumental in the development of high school basketball while teaching at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Salmo Secondary and Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan, died suddenly in 2013. Florian Joseph and Chase Rickaby were too hot to handle in sparking Team 2006-08 to a 72-63 victory over Team 1999-2003 in the final of the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.The dynamic duo of former Bomber point guards led the victors to the early lead then snuffed out any rallies by Team 1999-2003 with shots from downtown.Joel DeVito and Ben Irving also chipped in on the scoresheet for Team 2006-08.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the San Gabriel Valley’s largest Easter Egg Hunt, with 10,000 candy-filled “eggs” earmarked for distribution in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Easter Sunday, March 27.Parking is free via Santa Anita’s Gate 6, off of Colorado Place and will be available to kids ranging in age from one year to 11 years. Three different age groups will be individually served; with toddlers aged one to three years in Group One, kids four to six years in Group Two, and kids seven to 11 years of age in Group Three.Easter Egg Hunt times are as follows:–12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.In addition to Easter Egg Hunts, families can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and may also enjoy Santa Anita’s regular Family Fun Activities, including Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bounce Houses and Carnival Games. (The Family Fun Zone is offered every Sunday, free of charge, in Santa Anita’s Infield).Admission and parking to the Infield Area is free each weekend. There is a two dollar “per hunt” charge for each child on March 27.For additional information, please visit, or call (626) 574-6384.last_img read more


first_imgPictured from the back row, L-R, Mr. Joe Breslin, Mountcharles (30yrs), Mr. James Dolan, Stranorlar (40yrs), Ms. Anne Marie Monagle, Glengad (30yrs), Mr. Hugo Boyle, Carrigart (30yrs), Mr. Denis Gallagher, Burt (30yrs), Mr. John Quinn, Ballybofey (30yrs), Mr. Brian Spain, Director for Civil Defence, Dept of Defence, Mr. Bill Smith, Director General, Civil Defence, RoscreaFront Row, Ms. Rose Mc Namee, Letterkenny (40yrs), Ms. Jackie Mc Crudden, Burt (30yrs) Mr. Paul Kehoe, The Minister for State at the Department of Defence, TD, Ms Edel Flynn, Ballybofey, Civil Defence Officer (30yrs), Ms. Ita Wilkie, Letterkenny.The Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, has presented 10 volunteers from Donegal with long service medals in recognition of their service to Donegal Civil Defence at an awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The medals were presented in recognition of 30, 40 and 50 years service in Civil Defence.The Donegal volunteers were among almost 300 Civil Defence Volunteers from across Ireland to be honoured with long service medals. Donegal recipients included Mr. Joe Breslin, Mountcharles, (30yrs), Mr. James Dolan, Stranorlar, (40yrs), Ms. Anne Marie Monagle, Glengad, (30yrs), Mr. Hugo Boyle, Carrigart, (30yrs), Mr. Denis Gallagher, Burt, (30Yrs) ,Mr. John Quinn, Ballybofey, (30yrs), Ms. Rose Mc Namee, Letterkenny, (40yrs), Ms. Jackie Mc Crudden, Burt, (30yrs) Ms. Ita Wilkie, Letterkenny, (30yrs) and Ms Edel Flynn, Ballybofey, Civil Defence Officer (30yrs).These medals have been awarded to honour decades of voluntary service given by these individuals to their communities. Both serving and retired members of Civil Defence with the appropriate service are eligible for these medals.At the ceremony, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD said he was delighted to honour so many people who have given 30, 40 and even 50 years of service to Civil Defence and to their local community.“The modern, professionally trained and equipped organisation that Civil Defence is today would not have been recognisable when our medal recipients first joined up. Civil Defence has never been afraid to change and has continued to thrive with the major transformations that have taken place down through the years. That success is very much to the credit of everybody assembled here today and long may it continue. For its part this Government will continue to ensure that Civil Defence has all of the necessary supports to ensure that it does.’ Speaking following the ceremony, Cllr. John Campbell, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council also congratulated the volunteers on receiving these long service awards.“The contribution that each and every one of these volunteers makes to their community and to their county is outstanding. They truly epitomise what volunteering is all about and I am delighted that their dedication and commitment to keeping their communities safe has been acknowledged with these long service awards”. DONEGAL CIVIL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS HONOURED WITH LONG SERVICE MEDALS was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Civil Defencedonegallong service awardslast_img read more

LUH apologises to Burtonport man whose leg was amputated after angiogram

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has apologised to a Burtonport man in the High Court whose leg had to be amputated after he went into the hospital for an angiogram.In the letter to 77-year-old Hugh McElroy, a retired construction worker, the hospital’s general manager said the care afforded to him in 2014 and 2015 was not to a standard which they would have hoped or expected.Sean Murphy told Mr McElroy that he apologised unreservedly for the quality of care he received and acknowledged the devastating impact this had on his life. He said he recognised that nothing he or any of the team could say, could make up for the impact on Mr McElroy’s quality of life and on his family.Mr McElroy went into Letterkenny University Hospital in September 2014 for an angiogram – a procedure where a tube is inserted into the groin and threaded up to the heart to check the blood vessels.He developed a blood clot at the site where the angiogram had been inserted and was readmitted to hospital in Letterkenny where his condition worsened.By the time he was transferred to University Hospital Galway, on 14 October 2014, he was in poor condition and had to undergo surgery. He subsequently underwent further surgeries and treatment.But in September 2015, a decision was made to amputate his leg.Details of the settlement made with Mr McElroy were not revealed in court.LUH apologises to Burtonport man whose leg was amputated after angiogram was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Gartner: AWS Now Five Times The Size Of Other Cloud Vendors Combined

first_imgRelated Posts Amazon’s AWS dominates cloud computing. That should surprise no one. What is perhaps surprising, however, is how dramatically it dominates. According to a new Gartner analysis, AWS offers five times the utilized compute capacity of the other 14 cloud providers in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Combined.Even more surprising, it has spent less than Google and Microsoft building out its infrastructure.Money Can’t Buy Me LoveHow much less? Dramatically less. Since 2005, Google has spent $20.9 billion on its infrastructure. Microsoft? Just shy of $18 billion. Amazon? Roughly $12 billion. While more than Rackspace’s $1.4 billion cumulative capital expenditures, Amazon’s spending is a far cry from what both Google and Microsoft have spent. Keep in mind that we’re not talking about generic capital expenditures here, used to run these companies day-to-day businesses. Amazon, after all, has spent heavily on infrastructure to power its ecommerce site, and to good financial effect, but that’s not the number tracked above.No, we’re talking about the total investment in real and virtual revenue-generating IT assets, according to Gartner analyst Lydia Leong, who authored the report. And the implication? As The Register‘s Jack Clark highlights: It could get worse, too, for Amazon’s competitors. After all, Amazon’s capital investments are accelerating relative to its peers. If it managed to get 5X the utilization of the combined totals of its top 14 competitors, what happens when it spends even more money? While financial analysts have worried for years about Amazon’s capital expenditures, the company seems to get more value from them than competitors.Changing The Rules Of The GameThis may be why we’re seeing competition to AWS take different forms. Google’s cloud offering, for example, isn’t really about matching AWS service-for-service. Instead, Google brings over a decade of operational excellence to bear, creating a high-performance cloud that leapfrogs AWS in various ways, including sub-hour billing, shared core instances, advanced routing and large persistent disks.Softlayer, now part of IBM, sets itself apart by offering far more granular control over one’s cloud infrastructure. Microsoft, for its part, is beloved by enterprise IT, which is giving it a lot of runway to get Azure right. As IDC analyst Matt Eastwood points out, over 50% of the Global 100 already run Azure. That number will continue to grow. Rackspace continues to tell its story of exceptional support to help wary enterprises into the cloud, coupled with community outreach through OpenStack.And CSC’s cloud, ranked second in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant? Gartner writes that “unlike other traditional data center outsourcers, CSC has fully embraced the highly standardized, highly automated cloud model, successfully blending the benefits of a true cloud service into an enterprise-ready offering.” In other words, CSC succeeds by making cloud more palatable to enterprise buyers.Advantage: Amazon… For NowAmazon Web Services has what appears to be an unassailable lead, built not on superior capital expenditures but rather on a keen understanding of what developers want. By making AWS relatively painless to use, and inexpensive, AWS has punched above its financial weight. To maintain that lead, Amazon looks to be pressing down on the investment accelerator. So long as this extra financing corresponds to a continuing focus on what Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady labels “the most important feature of cloud computing: a low barrier to entry,” and an emphasis on developers, Amazon will maintain its lead, if not extend it.But it’s now competing against other companies with a history of developer outreach, including Microsoft and Google. Perhaps that’s why it’s having to significantly grow spending.Or maybe it’s just trying to slam the door on competition.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Matt Asay Tags:#Amazon#AWS#Azure#Gartner#google cloud#IDC#Microsoft#Redmonk How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Should You Make a Feature Film on a Phone?

first_imgYou can shoot a feature film on a smart phone. It’s already been successfully done quite a few times. But is it a good idea?The question isn’t can you, it’s why would you? Or, more specifically, what are the compelling reasons to chose the camera on a phone over a device that is simply a camera? While there are compelling reasons for shooting something as ambitious as a feature film project on a smart phone, doing it for the sake of saying, “this was shot on a smart phone” is not one of them.An audience does not care what you use to shoot your movie. It’s confusing, because almost universally, that is one of the first questions you’re asked at the post-screening Q&A at every festival. The first question at every festival screening is always “what was this shot on?” That’s not a question about your film, it’s a camera advice question from another filmmaker trying to decide what camera to buy.Take a look at the trailers for these two films. First up is Olive from 2011:This was shot on an Nokia N8. The second, Tangerine, is a breakout Sundance feature from this year (warning, this trailer isn’t safe for work):This was shot with a few iPhone 5 units.I’m not going to debate the merits of the either film. Check them out and decide for yourself. Both films stand on their own in terms of story and execution, and both have more than acceptable image quality. Which phone is better is irrelevant.To me, the critical choice here is the same choice you make in selecting any camera package to shoot a project — is it the right camera for the particular job? If you’re making a movie with a smart phone, are you making the kind of movie that benefits from the form factor and feature set of the unit?Take a look at the two trailers again. In Olive, every shot is the standard kind of shot you’d have in a locked down, single camera indie film production: a mix of interiors and exteriors; wide establishing shots; mediums and close ups on characters; even a drone-cam aerial shot following a motorcycle on a highway.It is a well-lensed, standard cinematic shot list. You can almost see the storyboards they were working off of. In terms of image quality, you really have to look to see the tell-tale evidence that it was shot on a phone — artifacting, auto-iris changes, blown highlights.In Tangerine, it’s the exact opposite: the camera work is kinetic, mostly exteriors, shot on public transit, on the street, characters are constantly moving. In terms of image quality, no one is hiding the fact that this was shot on a phone. Highlights are blown out and there is blocky noise in the shadows.In terms of cost and gear, while Olive was shot on a Nokia N8, it had a customized lens adapter attached that allowed the filmmakers to work with a set of 35mm prime lenses, which means a truck load of grip gear and techs to keep everything working. The film cost close to half-a-million dollars for production and post.Tangerine was shot with three iPhone 5 units equipped with Moondog Lab’s snap-on anamorphic lens.Olive clearly had permits, while Tangerine looks like it barely asked for permission. Both of these strategies have their strengths and weaknesses, but in the end, the single biggest argument in favor of a shooting a film on a phone is the anonymity and stealth the strategy affords you.The moment you give that up and start encumbering your production with something as obvious as a crew, then you have to start asking yourself the question, “why do this with a phone?”New State of the Art TechIn 2015, a phone isn’t just a phone. Top-end smart phones shoot crisp 4K, offer multiple high frame rates, and produce amazing image quality. And in 2015, the camera on the phone is more than just a camera, it’s a complete platform — highly extendable with apps that allow for a tremendous amount of image control. From a budget standpoint, chances are you already own the phone, so you have a really amazing camera with you already.While the lenses on smart phones have gotten better and faster, they are still largely a wide fixed focus lens. Changing the frame either means scaling an image (easier now that 4K is an option, allowing a filmmaker to “punch in” rather than scale), or it means some kind of external lens adapter and a kit of photographic lenses. Or it means deciding to shoot a film with a single focal length, which results in moving the camera constantly.This is where you need to be asking that question of “what is the right tool for the job?”This is a New WaveImage from Vague VisagesIn the late 1960’s, with the advent of portable, handheld 16mm film cameras and sync sound, an entire new language of cinema was born. This was the French New Wave and the rise of cinéma vérité. Filmmakers suddenly had the ability to move their cameras and actors around in the real, everyday world and freed filmmaking from the technical considerations of shooting on stages with boat-heavy gear.Had the filmmakers of that generation attached all the apparatus of the dominant filmmaking methods of the time to their 16mm cameras, cinematic history would have played out very differently. Of course, you can’t reinvent the wheel… there are style choices and techniques that will be borrowed from the previous generation of filmmaking and film technology.This is a question to ask anyone who has decided to shoot with not just a camera phone, but any kind of camera that requires a lot of external kit before the camera is ready to use. Why not just use a camera that works for the project, rather than forcing a particular camera to fit the goal of the project?In the case of Tangerine, the filmmakers struck a nice balance with the Moondog Labs adapter. It didn’t change the focal length or make the DoF any shallower. It just gave the filmmaker access to a different aspect ratio without losing pixels. The adapter also added the nice artifact of asymetrical lens flares and streaks that reference a particular era of filmmaking in Hollywood. These could have been added in post, but the result of doing it in camera seems more organic and saves time in post.Is the Future More Than Cameras vs. Camera Phones?Image from ShutterstockNew technology, particularly new filmmaking technology, offers the two-fold promise of removing limitations while expanding capability. A high-resolution camera that is also a constantly connected platform, perpetually updating functionality, is clearly the future of image making. Right now those innovations are found on phones. How long will it be before camera manufacturers realize that some of those features would sell their devices as well?Working with limitations? Interested in experimenting with new approaches to filmmaking? Do you have a more DIY attitude toward shooting? These articles will appeal to you!5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a Budget5 DIY Filmmaking TutorialsFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetGot any experience shooting on your smart phone? Is it an execution worth exploring? Share your opinions in the comments below!last_img read more

10 months agoINSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****d

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****dby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKristiansund coach Christian Michelsen is delighted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his early success at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won the first five games of his time in charge.Michelsen told VG: “For someone who has been in his circle of friends, this is unreal. The whole thing is really surreal. Ole Gunnar has lifted a sinking ship with lots of negativity and whining. What he is experiencing now is great.”This tells me about everything in football if you are good, work hard and have potential. Ole Gunnar has stepped up the path for all of us with Norwegian passports not only once, but twice. He bursts boundaries. “Ole has always been a stubborn b*****d who has set goals that he wants to achieve. You talk about the smiling, kind Ole Gunnar – but the devil: He is also a winner who is not afraid to say so when it is needed. At the same time, he is associated with the good values that Norwegians have. And that’s Ole Gunnar: He is one of the people.” last_img read more

4-Star LB Has Miami, Michigan State, Missouri Hats On Table, Commits To Tennessee Anyway

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.last_img