Celebrity kangaroo is given plastic surgery to aid career

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Feznick is an aspiring actor who often appears at corporate events and was on the red carpet for the opening of last year’s movie flop “Kangaroo Jack,” his owner Eadie McMullan said. Westlake Village plastic surgeon Dr. Theodore Corwin performed the two-hour lip surgery, the first time he’s ever worked on an animal. He didn’t charge for Feznick’s lip repair. “It looks like people surgery in a way, except the patient is a little hairier,” Corwin surgical nurse Jeanine Rich said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK – Feznick, an aspiring celebrity kangaroo, underwent lip surgery because he was bitten by a wolf at a Hollywood animal farm. The 75-pound kangaroo underwent plastic surgery on Sunday and veterinarians say the marsupial will soon be ready to resume his acting career. Last year, Feznick stuck his snout under a fence at a Kern County farm for Hollywood animals and was bitten by a wolf, leaving the 4-year-old kangaroo with a toothy, Billy Idol-style sneer, veterinarian Scott Amsel said. Surgery on Sunday turned Feznick’s muzzle back into a fuzzy, made-for-TV, face. last_img read more

No-till a fit for first generation farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseStarting out as a first generation row-crop farmer offers plenty of challenges. To help overcome some of those, Nathan Brown — the 2018 Ohio No-Till Council Outstanding No-Till Farmer —started no-tilling on his Highland County farm.Though he did not grow up on a farm, Brown began working for a nearby farm when he was young, which allowed him to get started on his own. In 2012, he started no-till to help make the transition to farming on his own a little easier.“Originally we started working everything but I realized really quickly that tillage wasn’t going to be feasible if I was going to expand the operation. I remember chisel plowing ground in April or May when I was back in high school and watching the neighbors who were no-tilling out planting. I realized that as much as I love to do tillage, I really hate to do tillage,” Brown said. “With the labor and the fuel, I very quickly realized no-till was going to be the best fit for the operation. We started no-tilling soybeans first into corn stalks and got along very well with that and quickly transitioned to no-till corn. The soil types in this part of the country seem to fit no-till better than others. If you can give it the extra day, our ground will dry out and most ground around here has some type of tile under it. We are not flat and we have some roll. When we were doing tillage, the amount of topsoil we were losing made us consider no-till too. We have highly erodible soils and soils that are conducive to no-till.”No-till set the stage for the use of cover crops in 2015. Brown started learning more about cover crops from Ed Winkle, who farmed about two miles down the road.“I watched some of the things he was doing with cover crops and cereal rye. He ended up passing away not very long after that. He was very vocal about using cover crops,” Brown said. “The economics really drove us to transition into no-till, but the soil loss, especially with the excessive rains we’ve had, pushed us into cover cropping. With no-till we still have low places that tend to gully out when you get these big rains. We transitioned to cover crops to alleviate some of that.“We first sowed cereal rye 6 or 7 years ago into corn stalks going into beans. The ground has some goodOn Sept. 7 a mix of daikon radish, oats, cereal rye, rapeseed, and clover were flown on this field.roll to it. When we spread fertilizer that fall, we had the co-op put some cereal rye in with it. At first we just did 100 acres here or there to a get a feel of what worked and what didn’t. We were planting into 6-foot tall rye right away. We had planned on terminating it but that didn’t happen and we didn’t have any problems at all.”Now Brown is farming over 1,000 acres and is working towards getting it all covered each year.“We got 750 drills and started doing more cover crops. We went up to 500 acres of primarily cereal rye. We also started planting earlier maturing crops — a 3.2 bean and 105- or 107-day corn so we could get started with harvest in mid-September and have more opportunity to get cover crops going,” Brown said. “This year my 3.2 beans are yielding as well or better than my 3.8 beans so we are not seeing a yield lag with earlier maturity stuff. With today’s genetics those earlier maturities work, but they take a little more management. We automatically plan on using fungicides as part of managing those earlier crops.”As Brown has expanded cover crop acres, he has also had to be more creative with how he gets them planted and the types of cover crops used.“The last 2 to 3 years we tried to expand the cover crops we are using. We can spread with fertilizer, drill, Turbo Max with an air seeder, and then the airplane we use to sow into the standing crop. That has allowed us to experiment more with different things like oats and clovers, radishes, hairy vetch or rapeseed,” he said. “With the airplane you have to watch the weather and have an applicator lined up to do it when you need to do it. If it is dry in August and September, they will not germinate. This year we flew the first batch on Sept. 7 and we got 4 inches of rain that weekend. We flew the second batch on of Thursday of Farm Science Review and I think every seed germinated. We flew seed on in corn and soybeans, close to 450 acres this year. Of that, 350 was in soybeans. It was growing fast and we cut maybe six inches of that cover off when we were harvesting. I was very impressed. That was the tallest the cover crop had ever been when I harvested soybeans. Today the field looks like hay fields.“Brown was most concerned about no-tilling corn into his cover crops as he added more acres.“I was leery of planting corn into cover crops. I bought a corn planter with liquid setup and we are trying a little bit of corn into cover crops. Planting into cereal rye is the big one. There is so much carbon there it can tie up your nitrogen. You either have to terminate the cover crop when it is small or you need a nitrogen source pretty close to that seed. We are still experimenting and trying to learn,” he said. “There can be an allelopathic effect on the corn if you’re not careful. One year we didn’t have fertilizer on the planter and we got a good corn stand but then we had trouble getting the N on and I was worried the corn would struggle but it didn’t. The corn was five or 10 bushels off what it would normally make so it wasn’t a complete flop.“This year we planted corn into oats and crimson clover. The oats captured the manure from the hog barn and we have been really impressed with the yields. We want to give it a shot of N as close to that seed with 2X2 and we are maybe looking at something in-furrow to get the corn up and going quickly and not get the N tied up with all the carbon. We may try to plant some green and may terminate some early too. Working with cover crops is not an exact science — it is an experiment. I don’t know that anyone has all the answers about cover cropping.”The cover crops are showing promise with controlling weed pressure as well.“Looking forward, I think cereal rye could replace my burndown and part of my residual program because it does such a good job of suppressing weeds when you get good growth to it. We were right at 50 pounds of cereal rye last year. With that I think I can cut my herbicides,” Brown said. “My goal in one field is to try and plant beans early and not terminate the rye until flowering stage and then roll the rye up to the second trifoliate of the soybeans. If I can get the beans in early and let the rye grow, then roll it and come in with dicamba and clean up what is there, that mat will act as a residual. That could be a place to cut costs and not hurt my weed control program. We are trying to incorporate new school with old school and intermingle them.”In addition, Brown has been applying manure on fields he farms around a sow facility.“The manure is custom applied. When we first started with the manure, they were plowing it all in 6 inches deep. They changed applicators and started running something new that is surface applied but then incorporated like an AerWay. We began to no-till into that,” he said. “When they fall apply manure they would drag up soybean stubble and we started running a Phillips harrow over it to knock it down. That is pretty much our total source of nutrients for those acres and we are trying to capture that as much as we can for each acre and cover crops help with that.“We apply manure on maybe a third of our acres and half of that is applied every year. The fall-applied manure is easier to manage because you have more time to get fertilizer on the setbacks. The spring applications can be tougher to manage. We try to follow the manure applications with corn whenever we can. The hog manure has worked well with soybeans after the applications too. Typically we try to plant corn to maximize that nitrogen.”The soils are showing improvements and the crop yields are responding to the changes.“The biology in our soil has really changed. You can go out and dig and see all the earthworms and tunnels and I really believe there is a lot to soil biology and soil health. I have been really pleased with our yields and our plant health. It seems like our plants are healthier, standing better and I attribute a lot of that back to soil health. Our weather is changing and the organic matter and biology in the soil helps it hold water and nutrients better. When we get warm dry spells, the plant can better handle the weather because of the soil that is supporting it. Even with the wet conditions we’ve had this year, with our soil structure the water gets away faster and the plants don’t sit in the wet and handle wet weather better than I anticipated,” Brown said. “If I’m not healthy I’m not going to perform my best. It is the same with the soil. If we don’t have healthy soils, I think we are still leaving a lot on the table. Modern farming practices have only been around for 100 years. Nature took care of itself pretty well before we started plowing it. Yields have gone up but what could they do if we pay more attention to our soil health?”Of course, the cost and effort of cover crops needs to be carefully considered and justified.“How do you put a dollar amount on it? In the beginning, it is almost impossible to make it a profitable practice. But as your soil gets healthier and you can start reducing other costs and capturing more nutrients it can be a long-term investment. You are not going to see returns in the first year,” Brown said. “How do you put a price on the topsoil you lose? I am not farming for me. I am farming for my kids’ kids. I want there to be topsoil left for them to farm and healthy soils for them to farm. Being a first generation farm, we don’t own most of our acres but I treat every acre the same whether we own it or not. It is not one size fits all — we need think outside of the box a little bit because I want to be better at farming before I get bigger at farming.”last_img read more

Science, Climate Change, and Policy

first_imgGlobal warming deniers have garnered a lot of attention in recent years. From opinion columns and letters in our local newspaper to heated reporting on Fox News (whose trademarked slogan “Fair & Balanced” is often anything but), those who doubt the underlying science of global warming are receiving unprecedented access to the American public and to policymakers.Let me offer a few thoughts on all this. I’ve long had a fascination with the science of climate change. After college, with a degree in biology, I worked for a while at the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress studying world food problems. One of the issues I was investigating was whether changes in the world’s climate might affect agricultural production. I just pulled from my bookshelf a faded yellow report that I had used in this research: A Primer on Climatic Variation and Change.This primer was written by staff at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in 1976 when there was significant concern about “global cooling.” Scientists had observed a several-decade period of lower temperatures, and prevailing theories posited that the increased concentration of particulates (dust) in the atmosphere was blocking incoming solar radiation and cooling the planet. Some scientists even suggested that we would pass a delicate tipping point, plunging us into a new ice age.The report begins: “A growing fraction of the current evidence suggests that the world may be entering a new climate regime. Amid recent expressions of concern that the earth may be on the verge of entering a new ice age, a potential serious problem for mankind is perceived….” A few pages later: “If present global cooling trends continue for several more decades, high latitude areas, such as Canada, the U.S.S.R., and northern China would experience shorter growing seasons and a drop in [agricultural] output.”I offer these excerpts not to shed doubt on the reality of climate change today (though some readers may make that claim), but rather to make a point about science.The scientific process offers hypotheses and then seeks to either support or refute those hypotheses through experiments and data collection. A hypothesis is never “proven” in absolute terms, it is only supported by the evidence at hand or rejected by that evidence. In 1976, there was a reasonable body of evidence showing that global temperatures had been dropping since the 1940s and that particulates being introduced into the atmosphere by human activities might reflect back to space enough solar radiation to cool the earth’s climate.The report also addressed the rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the influence that has on the “greenhouse effect” and global warming. A fascinating graph shows the opposing trends of global warming from rising CO2 levels and global cooling from increasing particulate concentrations; these were plotted along with actual, measured temperatures going back to the late 1800s.A prophetic (and then-contrarian) 1975 article from the journal Science, “Climate Change: Are We On the Brink of Pronounced Global Warming?” was reprinted in the report. This paper suggested that within a decade the cooling trend that had been experienced since the 1940s would be replaced by warming, as the rising CO2 levels would overtake particulates as the driving force of climate change.The CRS report paints a fascinating picture of the scientific debate that was taking place in the mid-70s. And, indeed, the overarching conclusion of the report was that Congress should devote more research funding for climate science and the impacts a changing climate could have on rainfall patterns, agricultural productivity, and other factors that affect our livelihoods.So where does this leave us today, in 2010? As that Science article referenced above predicted, the cooling trend from the 1940s through 1960s was replaced by significant warming as CO2 levels continued to rise. There is far greater scientific consensus today about global warming than there was about global cooling in 1976, but the scientific method of testing hypotheses against actual data is still the same. Today’s tools are better, however, including more powerful computers to run more sophisticated climate models, and we have collected vast amounts of new data. All this has helped scientists feel more confident about the prevailing fundamental hypothesis that the earth is warming.It is the task of policymakers to take the best available information from scientists and create guidelines and laws that benefit society. The problem is that policymakers often get their information more from the popular press than from peer-reviewed scientific journals. Very often the popular press (even that claiming to be fair and balanced) doesn’t understand science. Expressions of doubt that are an inherent part of science, are picked up by the media and significant segments of the public as justification for inaction.More on this conundrum and what to do about it next week.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. You can also follow my musings on Twitterlast_img read more

BotClouds: How Botnets Now Offer Crime-As-A-Service

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Botnets, networks of compromised end-user computers and servers, are hugely sophisticated engines of computation and messaging these days – just like cloud computing. Botnet creators can now sell their criminal and fraudster clientele capabilities to do a variety of tasks, from trying to crack into banks to creating fake grassroots political campaigns.Bots Grow Up, Get MeanerThe use of botnets for straightforward criminal activity is nothing new, of course. By marshaling the resources of hundreds of thousands of infected computers at any given time, botnet controllers can use sheer brute force to bring down relatively unprotected websites just be directing thousands of traffic requests per second. Or they can use such an event to mask a more surreptitious attack into a bank’s online data.But botnets have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. No longer just single-purpose, point-and-shoot networks of zombied computers, botnets now have the ability to change their network’s primary functionality and deliver shadow-cloud services to anyone who can pay, according to Shuman Ghosemajumder, once Google’s click fraud czar and now VP of Strategy at startup Shape Security.Zeus is one such botnet, Ghosemajumder explained. There isn’t one single Zeus botnet, per se, but rather a very useful botnet kit for which hackers can purchase the binaries for as little as $700. The Zeus botnet that made the headlines this summer when Microsoft took down two Zeus botnet servers was only one implementation of the Zeus botnet tools in action. That one network alone was estimated to have 13 million zombied computers and was responsible for making off with $100 million – mostly by spoofing legitimate banking sites and making off with the victim’s funds when their valid login and password information was logged.But Zeus is not just about stealing financial data. The software belongs to a new class of botnet software that goes beyond the special-purpose botnets and even the general malware-delivery botnets we’ve seen in the past. Zeus botnets can be adapted and retooled to meet specific client needs, effectively rendering the captured botnet machines into the very real equivalent of a cloud computing network. Botnets To BotCloudsWith geographically diverse nodes spread all over the planet and controlled by a fairly well-hidden network of command and control servers, one could argue that the botnets are even more resilient and “cloudy” than legitimate cloud networks, which still tend to be localized in key spots on the Internet.Making the problem worse, Ghosemajumder added, is that criminals and spammers are no longer limited by their own technical expertise (or lack thereof) to implement their schemes. A whole new marketplace of Botnets-as-a-Service (BaaS) providers are cropping up, selling either the direct capabilities of the botnet to perform whatever the client needs, or selling the gains of botnet-gathered data to the highest bidder or through resellers. Think of it as Crime-as-a-Service.Moving Beyond Smash-And-GrabThis data doesn’t have to be high-value credit card and banking information, either. Taking advantage of the fact that botnets, by their very nature, have multiple IP addresses within the network, zombied computers can be directed to sign up for fake social media accounts without much risk of detection. Those accounts can then be sold in bulk to resellers, creating a vast gray market that injects lot of money into the botnet owners’ pockets.Search for “buy Facebook accounts” and you will quickly find the resellers of this kind of botnet-created data. Outfits like Buy Accounts Now and DataEntry Assistant may not be running the actual botnets that generate the fake Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook or Twitter accounts they are selling, but observers often charge that companies like this are reselling data that originally came from one of these botnets. For just $99, you can buy 1,000 Twitter accounts from DataEntry, with $250 getting you the same number of Facebook accounts. Need phone-verified Facebook accounts with multiple photos preloaded? That’ll cost you a lot more: $599 for 250 of those high-end babies. The phone-verified accounts cost more because they are more complicated to set up. You have to associate a real working number with each account.Harming Already Precarious Business ModelsThis is a serious problem for social networks, because the presence of so many fake accounts can be as economically disruptive as spam in the inbox. Facebook released data in August that highlighted the known presence of 83 million fake accounts, 8.7% of its reported 955 million accounts at the time. Facebook started purging as many of these accounts as it could in September, but the damage was done, as advertisers began questioning payments to Facebook for ad clicks that could have very well been generated by false accounts.The ripple effect of these fake accounts is still spreading. Those changes Facebook made in September to cut down on fake account- and user-generated spam also enacted changes in brand outreach policies that have seriously angered big-time customers like Mark Cuban, who are now looking to take their Facebook business elsewhere.Eroding User TrustEnd users of these social media services are also getting hurt by these fake accounts, directly or otherwise. Every week there’s a new Twitter campaign from fake accounts trying to phish users into signing up to see or get something that will actually hijack that user’s account.Astroturfing, the practice of creating a grassroots campaign by flooding a social media channel or feedback sections on a website with seemingly legitimate comments, has gotten a big boost from these automated botnet-created accounts. The New York Times related this week the tale of a Washington State fight over a gay marriage referendum using apparent fake account to create a false sense of popularity.“A group supportive of gay marriage pointed to the Facebook page of its rival, Preserve Marriage Washington, which collected thousands of ‘likes’ in a few short spurts. During those peaks, the pro-gay marriage group [Washington United for Marriage] said, the preponderance of the ‘likes’ came from far-flung cities like Bangkok and Vilnius, Lithuania, whose residents would seem to have little reason to care about a state referendum in Washington. The ‘likes’ then fell as suddenly as they had risen,” the Times reported.Similar accusations of astroturfing and false popularity have been leveled in many political campaigns this year.Social media manipulation is just one aspect of what these botnets-as-a-service can do. By delivering the resources of cloud computing into the hands of criminals and those who seek to defraud and manipulate, botnets will be a serious challenge for security organizations in the months ahead.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#security brian proffittlast_img read more

Renting or Owning….New Questions to Ask

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionMonkeyBusiness Images/PhotospinAs time has passed, however, you may have come to the realization that in real life, things aren’t always so simple. Depending on your situation, it may be better to rent a house rather than own—especially for service members. But did you know that in today’s internet-connected economy, it’s getting easier and more common to rent (rather than buy) or pay to “share” all kinds of things, from dresses to bikes to toys?What’s driving this trend? It’s a combination of factors. Today’s young people move around a lot and often aren’t interested in owning a lot of “stuff,” a sentiment frequently echoed by many older people who are feeling an urge to de-clutter and purge. Renting some things helps keep the amount of objects we own (and have to move) a bit more limited.Of course, sometimes, consumerism (an interest in having “the latest and greatest”) also plays a role. Take a minute to think about the relationship many of us have with our cell phones. Though they may not technically be rented, in a way, they might as well be, since many of us get them in connection with a plan and trade up frequently. Yellow house with For Rent in front. 6/15/17. Photospin.https://www.photospin.com/Image/8f63a6c2-8b3c-4ac0-98a6-7f46dff99333 istock By Carol Church If you have achieved a certain age, you may have been brought up to believe that renting, while sometimes necessary, “throws money away.” After all, at the end of the rental period, you have spent your hard-earned cash, and are left with nothing tangible to own. Return to article. Long DescriptionBut renting can also be seen as eco-friendly and less consumptive, which appeals to many. And in the case of “sharing” enterprises, such as car sharing and bike sharing systems, renting may even feel like it’s part of a new kind of relationship with material goods, where we’re less attached to our own personal things and instead pay for the ability to “share” whatever it is with others.However, another factor that’s important to remember when considering the popularity of rental options is that some, such as rent-to-own stores, mainly aim to appeal to lower-income consumers who are typically drawn to the option due to lack of credit. These rental situations should be avoided.When Should Military Families Consider Renting?Anyone who’s had to pull up stakes and PCS more than once understands the appeal of owning fewer permanent items, especially large, bulky, or rarely used ones. The military lifestyle is not one that typically lends itself well to owning tons and tons of stuff, making the option to briefly rent items potentially appealing.In recognition of this reality, most bases have a great service called equipment checkout services or recreation checkout. This well-priced option offers service member families the opportunity to rent a number of items (most commonly outdoor recreation equipment, party items, and lawn and garden maintenance tools) at very reasonable prices. These services are the first place military families should look when considering a more “rental-oriented” lifestyle.But equipment checkout, while convenient, is limited. There are plenty of other options for families who may be interested in renting or sharing items rather than purchasing outright.Read on to parts 2 and 3 of this series to learn more about the surprising things available to rent today, and when it is and isn’t a good idea to rent instead of buy.References:Smith, S. (2010). A transumer manifesto. Retrieved from http://www.shareable.net/blog/a-transumer-manifestolast_img read more

The Truth About Why Most Indie Films Don’t Get Distributed

first_imgThe number one goal for just about any indie filmmaker is to secure distribution for their feature film. Unfortunately though, such a small percentage of films are actually able to achieve this.I’ve been making films for many years now, but it wasn’t until recently that I really started to wrap my head around the realities of distribution. Early on in my filmmaking career, I had a very limited view of the industry as a whole and for the most part my entire focus was on the creative process. Over the years though, I not only became accustomed to the realities of distribution based on my own experiences, but also those of my friends and colleagues.I have been involved with hundreds of productions – some which got distribution (even a few theatrically), and many more that didn’t. I have had the opportunity to attend film markets for the projects I have been involved with, meet with sales agents and distributors, and pick the brains of colleagues of mine that work in distribution. Only now do I feel like I have a firm grasp on the harsh realities of selling a film, and throughout this article I am going to outline some of my key takeaways.Star Power MattersLike many filmmakers, I used to tell myself that it really doesn’t matter if I had completely unknown actors in my films. Creatively speaking I actually love working with unknown talent as it allows the audience to connect with the film on a more universal level. From a business perspective though, stars (or at least recognizable faces) are one of the most important elements when it comes time to securing distribution.Many distributors that I know have told me first hand that they don’t even look at submissions unless there is a notable cast member attached to the project. This doesn’t mean your film absolutely won’t get distributed if you don’t have a name actor in it, but it will make it more difficult. The good news is that even with a modest budget it is often possible to get a notable actor in your film (even if it’s just as a cameo), and this can seriously help you get a foot in the door.Even Festival Darlings Struggle for DistributionThere is a common misconception that getting into a big festival like Sundance means that your film is guaranteed to get distribution. While there is no denying that major festivals open up lots of doors, they are by no means a guarantee.In fact many films that are rejected from these major festivals go on to secure distribution for other reasons (namely genre, which we will touch on next). Festival laurels simply don’t matter as much to distributors as we like to think. Perhaps the best thing about getting into a big festival is having access to potential buyers directly, but even if you film is well received it still needs to be marketable.Genre is CriticalIf you’re at the point in your career where selling a film is your number one goal, you need to start doing some serious homework with regards to genre. A few years ago indie-horror films were amongst the easiest to sell (even without name talent) as there was a huge demand in the market for them, and they did quite well overseas in foreign language markets.Soon after, found footage films became all the rage, and currently there is a big demand for sci-fi films, both domestically and overseas. You don’t need to choose your genre simply based on what is most marketable at any given moment, but understanding where you stand with regards to genre is really important so you can set your expectations accordingly.Timely Subject Matter is KeySimilarly to having a genre that is marketable, you also want to tap into subject matter that is timely, relevant, and interesting to a wide demographic. For instance, films that deal with subject matter like gun control may be of particular interest to distributors at the moment, since it’s such a controversial topic and certainly one that is tackled in the media every day.Like many of the other points on this list, you don’t always want to base your film around something topical simply because you think it will help with distribution. However, if you have several ideas floating around for your next film and one of them happens to be more pertinent at the moment, you may want to give greater consideration to that one.Audio Must Be Top-NotchWe all know that production value is critical when it comes time to sell your film. Distributors often won’t even look at films that were poorly shot and technically flawed, but perhaps the most important element in this regard is audio. Poor audio literally can be the deciding factor between a great film getting distribution or getting passed on, and I’ve been told personally by a number of distributors that it’s one of the primary reasons that they pass on films that were otherwise viable options for them.No matter how great your film might be, how beautifully it’s shot, and who’s in it, if the audio isn’t pristine, nothing else matters. It’s more important to have incredible audio than incredible cinematography with regards to distribution, so never skimp out in this department!You Don’t Need to Have it AllIn an ideal world, you have a film with star power that premieres at a great festival, touches on a timely subject matter and is technically well done. But in reality, you’ll never be able to have it all without a huge budget – nor do you need to in order to have distribution. Don’t feel discouraged if you can’t afford name talent, or if you want to make a film in a genre that isn’t the flavor of the week.As long as you know the challenges associated with getting your film distributed, and understand what the market is looking for, you can find ways to make your film fit that mould, even with limited resources.last_img read more

Fast Is Slow, Slow is Fast

first_imgFast is slow. Slow is fast.You can’t cram success. Fast results are the product of having done the slow work that eventually produces results. You can’t cheat and get the fast results. You have to do the slow work.Slow is really fast. The more time and effort you put into building the competencies and skills that eventually produce faster results, the faster you produce them. The more time you spend doing the slow work of selling well, the faster you make your number. But you have to do the slow work.If you want access to your dream clients, you invest your time in building your nurture toolkit, creating value before claiming any, and developing the relationships you need in front of any opportunity. Nurturing is slow. Building relationships is slow. Creating value before claiming it feels really slow. Slow is fast.If you want your dream client to choose your solution, you do the slow work of understanding the ground truth, learning what really needs to happen to produce results. You do the slow work of meeting with decision-influencers and those with no formal authority. You build consensus over time. Understanding is slow. Consensus is slow. Slow is fast.If you try to take shortcuts to get the results you want without doing the slow work, it takes more time to get the results you want—and it makes it far less likely you get them at all. Trying to produce the results you need fast isn’t effective. You can’t violate the natural laws of the universe. Your need for results and for revenue don’t allow you to break the laws.Slow is fast. Fast is slow. Do the slow work and go faster.QuestionsWhat do you do in an attempt to produce fast results?Why do you need those results so urgently?Is there slow work that you could have done that would have made it easier, more likely, and faster to get the results you need now?last_img read more

Maharashtra dams are 50% full

first_imgIncessant rains for over a week have filled Maharashtra’s dams to 50% of their capacity, bringing relief to the drought-hit regions. The water levels in Marathwada region, which had dropped to below 1% have now touched double digits. According to information from the Water Resources Department, the water storage in all dams of the State is 51.36% of their total capacity, which is almost equal to the 51.41% of 2018 on the same date. Dams in Marathwada have recorded 11.77% of their total storage capacity as compared to 17.89% last year. Vidarbha’s Amaravati and Nagpur divisions too have recorded an increase in water storage in dams, with 16.82% and 28.22% of their total capacity, respectively. The water levels in Marathwada dams had gone below 1% mark in July due to very less or no rains. An official from the department said continuous rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region have ensured satisfactory increase in the water levels. “While these parts have benefited with rains, some regions of Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra are yet to get rains. But according to Indian Meteorological Department, these parts will get medium to high showers from August 7 to 9,” said the official.He said that the department has predicted flood-like situation in some parts of Marathwada and central Maharashtra for August 9. “Disaster management teams have been asked to be on alert,” he said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Eknath Shinde, said, “As per the initial estimate, a total of 1.14 lakh population is affected due to floods. Diseases spread after the water recedes and medical teams have been kept ready in anticipation.”last_img read more

‘Fan’ Valdez says team has a lot of fight to show

first_imgStay hungry, Chot urges PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Valdez, who leads the Philippines in scoring with 14 points a game, will look to swing the Philippines back into the win column after suffering a disappointing three-set loss to Kazakhstan at the end of the group stages.The Filipinos’ 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 defeat left them at second in Pool A with a 1-1 record while Korea, despite sitting out Kim for the first two group stage games, went 3-0 to top Pool C.And while Valdez played in all of the Philippines’ games, Kim played in just one as she had to rest after playing for nearly a month in the FIVB World Grand Prix.Valdez knows that the 79th-ranked Philippines will be a definitive underdog against the 10th best team in the world.“It’s going to be a tougher second round because there’s Korea, Vietnam but we’re here to fight,” said Valdez. “We’re here to learn, we’re here to win, we’re here to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez has been, arguably, the face of Philippine volleyball for the past few years. But on Sunday the Phenom will be the one doing the admiring.The Filipino superstar will be facing off against the resolute leader of Korean volleyball, Kim Yeon-koung, and Valdez admits she’s a fan of the Fenerbahce hitter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue fighting because this tournament is far from over.” “I’ve been watching her as a fan, and I’m really excited playing against Korea,” said Valdez as the team prepares for the quarterfinals of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Biñan, Laguna.Valdez believes the game against Korea will help sharpen the Philippines for the future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that Korea is a well-known team in international volleyball and playing against such an experienced team will be a great lesson for us players.”After this tournament, the Philippines will fly to Kuala Lumpur for the Southeast Asian Games, where it hopes to gain a podium finish. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

Russia to learn if its track team can go to Rio Games

first_imgThe credibility of the fight against doping in sports will be at stake Friday when track and field’s world governing body decides whether to uphold or lift its ban on Russian athletes ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Sports geopolitics – and the key issue of individual justice vs. collective punishment – frame the debate heading into the meeting of IAAF leaders in Vienna.Even if the IAAF decides against a full reinstatement of the Russians, there could be pressure to find a way for individual athletes who have not been implicated in doping to be allowed to compete in Rio in August.Friday’s ruling may not be the end of the story either.The IOC has called a summit of sports leaders next Tuesday to consider the IAAF ruling, and a blanket ban on Russians athletes for Rio will likely lead to appeals and court challenges.Some questions and answers ahead of Friday’s decision:Q: Why were the Russians suspended in the first place?A: The IAAF imposed the indefinite suspension in November after a report by an independent World Anti-Doping Agency commission detailed widespread doping, corruption and cover-ups in Russian track and field. Subsequently, Russia’s anti-doping agency and drug-testing lab were also suspended by WADA. The IAAF gave Russia a long list of criteria to fulfill in order to be let back in. The IAAF ruled in March that the Russians had not done enough and gave them until June 17 to comply in time for Rio. Q: What’s the likely outcome? Will the ban stay or go?advertisementA: All options are open, but signs are the IAAF is unlikely to cancel the ban, at least outright – especially after the release of a devastating WADA report Wednesday that laid out how Russian athletes and government agencies have continued to obstruct and deceive drug-testers. Among other things, the report said FSB security service personnel had intimidated testers, customs services had tampered with doping sample packages, and athletes evaded doping controls – including one who tried to give a fake urine sample using a “container inserted inside her body.” Q: Haven’t there been other allegations?A: A slew of other developments have not helped Russia’s cause. Russians athletes provided 22 of the 55 positive doping samples detected in IOC retests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping lab, alleged that he was involved in doping Russian athletes – including 15 medalists – ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and helped swap tainted urine samples for clean ones through a concealed hole in a wall at the Sochi lab. Violence by Russian soccer hooligans at the European Championship in France has further tarnished Russia’s overall public image.Q: What do the Russians say?A: Russian officials insist that, since the ban was imposed in November, they have cleaned house, sanctioned guilty athletes and officials, and met all the IAAF verification criteria for reinstatement. In addition, Russian Olympic officials say they have taken extra steps by deciding not to take any athletes to Rio who have had prior doping offenses. “If the Russian team goes to the games in Rio, it will be a crystal clear team without the slightest shadow of any suspicion,” said Gennady Alyoshin, the Russian Olympic Committee’s point man on reforming the track and field federation.Q: Could there be a compromise?A: Olympic and Russian officials have argued it would be unjust to ban the entire track and field team because it would punish those athletes who have not done anything wrong. Athletes, including two-time pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, could mount legal challenges if they are kept out. A potential compromise – favored among top IOC leaders – would give Russian athletes with a proven clean doping record and who have passed a certain number or recent tests the chance to compete. Critics, however, say evidence of a corrupt, state-sponsored doping system is enough to exclude the whole team in order to protect the rest of the world’s clean athletes. Both viewpoints are likely to be aired Friday.Q: How will the decision be made?A: An IAAF task force, headed by Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen, will present a report to the IAAF Council and recommend whether to keep or lift the ban. The council, headed by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, will then debate the issues. The delegates could hold a vote or make a decision unanimously. The council usually has 27 members, but the Russian and Kenyan delegates are suspended from the decision, so a maximum of 25 members will decide.advertisementQ: Could the IOC overrule the IAAF decision?A: That seems unlikely. The IAAF controls the sport and the competition, including eligibility of athletes. If the IOC decided to alter the decision, it would undermine the system and Coe. “The IOC will have to decide whether the IAAF runs track and field or whether the IOC does,” longtime Canadian IOC member and former WADA president Dick Pound said. “If the IOC stepped in, it would be fraught with difficulty.”Q: What about banning the entire Russian Olympic team?A: The IAAF is ruling only on the eligibility of track and field athletes. While some critics have called for Russia’s entire Olympic team to be excluded, there is no indication of that happening. However, if further allegations of state-backed doping across other Russian sports are proven, the issue will arise. No country has ever been thrown out of the Olympics for doping.Q: Could Russia boycott the games?A: That would be the nuclear option. Conceivably, Russia could decide to pull out its entire Olympic team if its track athletes are banned. However, no Russian officials have publicly made that threat, and staging a boycott would jeopardize Russia’s status for all future Olympics.Q: Any other issues on the table Friday?A: Yes. The council will rule on a petition by whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, a Russian middle-distance runner who herself was banned for doping in 2013. Now living in the United States, she wants to compete in the games, though not for Russia. The IAAF will also rule on whether Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm can compete in the Olympics. There has been no conclusive scientific findings on whether the German’s carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes.last_img read more