Everton boss Roberto Martinez quick to praise match-winner Romelu Lukaku

first_imgBoss Roberto Martinez hailed game-changer Romelu Lukaku after his rescue act inspired Everton’s stunning comeback at West Brom. He made it six goals for the season and Martinez reckons Everton can always turn to the Belgium international in their hour of need. “He has an elite brain and you can see when he puts his mind to it he can achieve anything,” he said. “I always said Rom has got that unique strength of being the man the team needs and in the second half it wasn’t a coincidence he was the one who scored the goal straight after. “When you score two goals and you get an assist it’s impressive. When you look at the way West Brom defend they are very good in what they do. He had a real desire to get on the end of the crosses and it made a real difference.” It was the first time Everton had come from 2-0 down to win a top-flight game in 21 years – when they beat Wimbledon 3-2 in May 1994 to stay in the Barclays Premier League. They had to come back after goals from Berahino and Dawson put the Baggies in control at The Hawthorns and Martinez admitted they were not good enough in the first half. He said: “We were sluggish and we were sloppy. At half-time we had to reset and refocus. “I spoke before the game and I knew we were going to score but we knew Tony Pulis’ teams are incredibly well organised. The 22-year-old scored twice in the second half and set up substitute Arouna Kone to level as the Toffees hit back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson put the Baggies in charge but Lukaku scored immediately after Dawson’s 54th-minute header. Press Association “Our first-half performance wasn’t up to the level, every player was off two or three per cent. We were quite loose and quite ordinary.” The Baggies had previously kept 14 clean sheets in 24 top-flight games under Pulis and remain the only side in the Premier League not to concede an away goal. But defeat left them winless at home in the league this season and Pulis said they were on the wrong side of the decisions. He felt Kone was offside before his equaliser while the ball struck Lukaku’s hand before he bundled it in from close range six minutes from time. He said: “The second goal is offside, it’s marginal but it’s offside, they just tell me now Lukaku has handballed it for the third one. They have had a bit of fortune and we haven’t but when you are 2-0 up you should see the game out. “Saido’s goal was the only bit of quality in the first half, we got the second one and then we just switched off. “I don’t think we touched the ball, I think we were still celebrating the second goal without concentrating.” last_img read more

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Judge: $765M might not cover NFL concussion claims

first_imgIn this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge denied preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing it may not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players.U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody asked for more financial analysis from the parties, a week after players’ lawyers filed a detailed payout plan.“I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) … will be paid,” Brody wrote in a 12-page opinion issued Tuesday.The proposed settlement, negotiated over several months, is designed to last at least 65 years.The awards would vary based on an ex-player’s age and diagnosis. A younger retiree with Lou Gehrig’s disease would get $5 million, those with serious dementia cases would get $3 million and an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000. Retirees without symptoms would get baseline screening, and follow-up care if needed.Some critics have argued that the NFL, with more than $9 billion in annual revenues, was getting away lightly. But the players’ lawyers said they will face huge challenges just to get the case to trial. They would have to prove the injuries were linked to the players’ NFL service and should not be handled through league arbitration.Sol Weiss, a lead lawyer for the ex-players, remained confident the class-action settlement will ultimately be approved.“I am very confident that the (actuarial) people we used are right, and that there will be enough money to cover these claims for 65 years,” Weiss said.More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions. They include former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from dementia.Layn R. Phillips, a former federal judge from California hired by Brody to lead settlement negotiations, had called the deal fair.The settlement would include $675 million for compensatory claims, for players with neurological symptoms; $75 million for baseline testing for asymptomatic men; and $10 million for medical research and education. The NFL also would pay an additional $112 million to the players’ lawyers for their fees and expenses, for a total payout of nearly $900 million.With the preliminary rejection in hand, the two sides could try to assure the judge the money will last or raise the fund amount to ease her concerns. They also could try to start over.Brody is expected to hold a hearing sometime this year at which critics could challenge the settlement terms. She would then decide whether or not to grant final approval. Retirees could opt out of the settlement and sue the league individually, but there is no guarantee they would ever get to trial or see any money.The judge last month named Perry Golkin, a longtime executive at the investment firm Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., as a special master to advise her on the case.The players’ lawyers filed a few hundred pages of documents and exhibits last week, but Brody asked for more analysis to bolster their claim that the money won’t run out.“Unfortunately, no such analyses were provided to me in support of the plaintiffs’ motion. In the absence of additional supporting evidence, I have concerns about the fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the settlement,” Brody wrote.last_img read more

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Fishing The North Coast: King action hit and miss off the coast

first_imgIt’s been a while since the North Coast has played second fiddle to other parts of the state when it comes to sport salmon fishing, but that’s the reality right now. Unlike the ports to our south, who are enjoying some of the best salmon fishing that anyone can remember, the large concentrations of keeper-size salmon have yet to move into the Eureka/Trinidad area. That’s not to say if you went trolling tomorrow you’d be bored, you’d just likely come home with lots of empty bait trays and maybe …last_img read more

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Nellie knew best, drafting Stephen Curry in 2009 despite his parents’ desires

first_imgGood thing for a lot of people that Don Nelson doesn’t take “I beg you not to do this thing” for an answer.Nelson has long maintained that it was his wish to pick Stephen Curry in the 2009 NBA draft. He didn’t think it would be possible. When Curry fell to the Warriors at No. 7, Nelson was euphoric — and still is.Turns out there was another dynamic in play that night.According to an NBC Sports Bay Area report, before Nelson drafted Stephen Curry, he had a conversation with Dell Curry, …last_img read more

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Q and A with few of South Africa’s influential women

first_img18 August 2016What do Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Kass Naidoo, and Farah Fortune have in common? Besides being in the limelight, they are successful women who learnt important life lessons from influential women in their lives.With the 9th of August having been National Women’s Day, we celebrate the contribution of women through the month. Journalist Melissa Javan conducted question and answer sessions with a few of South Africa’s prominent women.Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress and the face of the skincare range Neutrogena South Africa and the Puma’s local brand ambassador. (Image: Nomzamo Mbatha, Facebook)Who are the women in your life who have inspired you, and why?Roxy Burger, TV presenter: My mother. Cliché, I know but she is the epitome of an amazing career woman. She will also do anything for her family. I also admire broadcasters such as Leanne Manas, Anele Mdoda and others internationally.Farah Fortune, entrepreneur: My mum is my biggest female inspiration. She’s a strong woman who raised six children and always has the best advice. I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou, because she was a huge inspiration to me too.Bonang Matheba, media personality: I come from a family of strong women. My mother is my biggest inspiration. From her I learned what it means to be resilient, not shaken, to love and nurture. Her sisters have also been my other role models in being a woman. They pursued education, held down households whilst being captains of their industries.Nomzamo Mbatha, actress: My grandmother has an incredible amount of influence on the woman I am becoming and have become. She taught me everything – having strength, resilience, humility and charm. One of the things she’d say is: “People are like fingers on your hand. They may not be the same in terms of social standing, but are treated the same. Treat people equally, no matter who or what they are, because you need them.” I also admire Basetsana Kumalo, Khanyi Dhlomo, Viola Davis and mam’ Winnie Mandela.Kass Naidoo, sports presenter: There are many women who I admire. One of my earliest inspirations was West Indian Donna Simmonds. She was cricket’s first woman commentator. These days, I’m proud of South Africa’s 800m Olympic heroine, Caster Semenya. She consistently displays courage, strength and champion temperament without apology.Roxy Burger is television presenter for the lifestyle series Top Billing and Strictly Come Dancing. She is also a celebrity blogger. (Image: Roxy Burger)What does Women’s Month mean to you?Roxy Burger: It is of course special and women deserve to be celebrated. I do wish that the respect and celebration women receive during this month continues and we achieve equality in all aspects of our lives.Farah Fortune: It means we get to highlight issues in South Africa that affect us. I’m not overly fond about Women’s Month though. I feel a little disappointed that our issues are only highlighted during this month. I wish we had more platforms throughout the year for the issues and rights that affect us.Farah Fortune is the founder and chief executive officer of the public relations company African Star Communications. (Image: African Star Communications)Bonang Matheba: Every year, I use 9 August as a time to reflect on what 20 000, fearless women risked in order for me to have a voice and a position in society. This year it’s been more about what the Bonang Legacy will look or read like in 60 years’ time. I am ensuring that I do my part through the camp for girls I am hosting in December.Nomzamo Mbatha: It’s an exciting time! Many women say: “It shouldn’t just be during this month that we are celebrated, it should be every month.” Of which I fully agree. However, come August, there’s a breeze in the air, women walk taller, owning who they are, unafraid of their voices, sharing their stories, being bold, demanding their voices to be heard, reminding men how powerful we are. Women’s Month for me means that we are claiming a place in this world that belongs to us in the most fiercest and fearless way.Kass Naidoo: Women’s Month gives us the opportunity to amplify our message to raise profile of South African women in sport, and comes on the back of a daily commitment to support our athletes and women in sport.Kass Naidoo was South Africa’s first female cricket commentator. She is also founder of G Sport for Girls, an online platform that promotes girls and women in sports. (Image: Judd van Rensburg/ Jet Club, Kass Naidoo)Can South African women move the country forward?Roxy Burger: Of course. This goes without saying. I believe that the emotional strength women have is something that is not respected enough. Sometimes this is even seen as a weakness but I believe a high EQ is a leadership quality we as women should embrace.Farah Fortune: Yes! We are a strong willed nation of women leaders. We need to create our own platforms to have our voices heard. When we look at what women have done for South Africa since 1956 alone, the evidence is there that we as women in South Africa are capable of anything.Bonang Matheba: Most definitely. Women are the cornerstone of society. When anything goes wrong with a child in the home or community, it is always the woman who is looked upon to give answers and speak solutions to that.Nomzamo Mbatha: Absolutely! South African women have one of the deepest and strongest narratives. Our forefathers fought and had resilience which was imparted on us when they left this earth. As women of this country we have woken up and realised that we are worldly, and can become absolutely anything in this world, and guess what, we want it! There is a strength that we have and a sense of leadership that we are fighting for now. We are becoming anything and everything that we have always wanted to be.Kass Naidoo: South African women are moving the country forward, because of our tenacity, ability to endure, and our hunger for success.Bonang Matheba’s resume´ includes radio disk jockey, television presenter for lifestyle shows like the Afternoon Express, and being a global ambassador for Revlon cosmetics. (Image: Bonang Matheba)Any advice to women?Roxy Burger: Run your own race. Try not to compare yourself to others. And let’s stop pulling each other down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Let’s support one another and uplift one another and that is how we can create change.Farah Fortune: Always do what’s best for you. Your gender is not a disability.Bonang Matheba: Be each other’s champions. We are so much more than the bickering.Nomzamo Mbatha: Have resilience. The resilience to fight for your voice, your place and your dreams. We can and will be any and everything that we want to be. Society is afraid of the strength we have, now is the time to be the change. Now is the time! Let us love each other, support each other and know that if one of us wins, it’s a win for all!Kass Naidoo: My advice for women is to find your passion, work hard and reach for the stars!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Honing Your Craft: Find Your Voice as a Director

first_imgA big issue that plagues some indie filmmakers is their lack of identity. Many independent films can end up feeling like a parody of someone else’s work, ultimately leading them to be flops both commercially and critically.If you watch enough movies, you should be able to tell the work of Aronofsky from Spielberg simply based on their directorial style and the trademarks that they leave on each scene.These are filmmakers that spent decades honing their craft and understanding what they wanted to say and how they wanted to say it. They found their voices long ago, and ultimately their work has become extremely identifiable as a result. If you (as a director) want to get the most out of yourself creatively, one of the most important things you can do is develop your directing style so that your work can speak for itself.While it might take a long time to get where you want to go (creatively-speaking), in this post we’ll explore three powerful steps you can take to find your voice as a director.1. Watch More MoviesOne of the biggest red flags of a director that hasn’t found their own voice is when their taste in movies is all over the place. Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with binge watching movies across every genre; I truly believe you can learn something from any movie no matter how far off from your own taste it may be.But if you simply like watching movies, but aren’t particularly drawn to one genre, director, or style – then that may be the first sign you haven’t found your vision or style as an artist.If this sounds like you, I would recommend watching loads of movies (I’m talking 1 – 2 a day on average) for as long as you can. Completely saturate yourself in films and after a short while some of them will get stuck with you. There will be those films that nag at you, that you want to go back and watch, or that inspire you to make something yourself.Chances are, whatever films are drawing you back to them will be in a similar genre or will deal with similar subject matter – and that may very well be the first step in identifying the films that you are best suited to direct and that you really want to make.2. Understand How to Tell a Story With No DialogueEveryone wants to be the next Tarantino or Sorkin. A lot of indie films these days are busting at the seams with heavy dialogue, yet there is often no substance to what is on the screen – not to mention there is no distinct style in the way the dialogue is being delivered.While you might be more inclined to direct heavily dialogue-driven films (and may be a great dialogue writer too), you need to challenge yourself to tell stories without dialogue if you want to maximize your talent. This may seem counterintuitive, as your strength may be as a writer, but the fact of the matter is you aren’t doing yourself any favors as a director by resting on your laurels as a writer.If you really want to develop your directorial style, trying shooting a test scene or a short film with little to no dialogue at all. Once you’ve mastered that, and you go back to your heavily scripted material, your work will improve dramatically.Imagine a musician that isn’t very good at playing guitar, but can write great songs. This person would always be held back by the fact that they can’t express their art form to the fullest, much in the same way that a director is held back when they don’t know how to direct with images.Just remember, filmmaking is a visual medium. And as the adage goes – show, don’t tell. It’s in the subtleties of camera movement, framing, and other visual choices that your directing style will really come out, so be sure to embrace that as much as you can.3. Tap into Your Music TasteThere are a lot of similarities between film and music, in my opinion at least, and it’s no coincidence that the type of music that filmmakers love is often in the same vain as the films that they create. Take Tarantino for instance.It would be hard to deny that his musical influence isn’t obviously put front and center in so many of his films, and as a result the tone and style of his movies are largely centered around his taste in music.The Tarantino example might be the most obvious, but the same could be said for nearly any auteur that has really found their voice. It’s why Spielberg has worked with the same composer (John Williams) for so long and why Fincher has stayed with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after hitting it off with them creatively several films back.So for these reasons amongst others, I would argue that a big part of developing your style as a director is understanding your taste in music. After all, 50% (or more) of the viewing experience of a movie is dependent on the audio, and the music more so than any other element of the process guides the viewers emotional experience.And by the way, if you aren’t a big music fan, that doesn’t mean you can’t find your voice. Perhaps your style is simply best served with sound design or natural backgrounds as opposed to a traditional score. Whatever the case may be, understand yourself on a creative level (musically speaking) as it is very much related to who you are as a storyteller.How do you define yourself as a filmmaker? What steps did you take to find your voice? Let’s discuss it all in the comments below.last_img read more

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JRU gets first streak, clobbers St. Benilde by 28

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:15Learn basic phrases in Filipino Sign Language01:37Protesters 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 With JRU winning two straight games, Meneses is hopeful that his players would realize that the difference between success and failure boils down to consistency.“If they play with hustle and energy, it’s easy for us to get a basket. But in turn, if we don’t have that, it will be hard for us because we’ll play sluggish,” he said.Carlo Young paced St. Benilde (2-6) with 14 points and three rebounds, while Edward Dixon fired 13 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:JRU 81 – Grospe 14, Teodoro 13, Mendoza 12, Sawat 10, Dela Virgen 8, Poutouochi 7, Bordon 6, Abdul Razak 6, Lasquety 3, David 2, Mate 0, Sibangan 0, Castor 0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief ST. BENILDE 53 – Young 14, Dixon 13, Sta. Maria 8, Naboa 6, Leutcheu 4, Johnson 4, San Juan 2, Castor 1, Pili 1, Velasco 0, Bunyi 0, Suarez 0.Quarters: 17-12, 38-19, 70-44, 81-53. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentscenter_img With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University ended its roller coaster campaign and crushed St. Benilde by 28 points, 81-53, for its first winning streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“Finally, we’re able to win back-to-back,” said coach Vergel Meneses as the Heavy Bombers moved up to 4-3.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Ervin Grospe topped the balanced attack for JRU with 14 points and five assists, while Tey Teodoro added 13 markers on a 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.Jed Mendoza also added 12 points and four rebounds, Abdul Sawat chimed in 10 markers while playing assistant coach Gio Lasquety did the dirty work with three points, seven boards, seven assists, and four steals.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 shutoutAbdulwahab Abdul Razak also imposed his presence in the frontline as he hauled in 18 rebounds on top of his six markers.JRU’s defense shut down St. Benilde in the second quarter, limiting the Blazers to just seven points as the Heavy Bombers jumped to a 38-19 halftime lead which even ballooned to 31 late in the game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Trainer’s stock also rises

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Among those who expressed interest were Australian and Chinese boxers, who are willing to train in Survival Camp, which Jimenez and Ancajas put up in Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite.“Of course, they (foreign boxers) will pay,” said Jimenez, a former amateur boxer and Navyman. “Jerwin and I will be joint partners.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times Monday that Manny Pacquiao’s opponent for his next fight slated April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York will be known within the week. Jerwin Ancajas’ 10th round knockout of Mexican Israel Gonzalez in Corpus Christi, Texas, Sunday night, proved to be a windfall for his trainer too, as Joven Jimenez was flooded with inquiries from those interested to join his stable.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Go for Gold coach says Jerwin Gaco injury ‘nothing serious’ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

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