Interview: Director of Photography Jake Swantko of Netflix’s Icarus

first_imgNot every documentary turns out the way you intend. Find out how this filmmaker pivoted to tell a remarkable story.All images via Netflix.We had the opportunity to sit down with the DP Jake Swantko of Netflix’s latest documentary, Icarus. This riveting documentary begins by attempting to reveal the truth about steroid use in sports. However, after consulting with a Russian scientist, the story takes a drastic turn from a Supersize Me-like experiment into a story of espionage while shining a light on one of the biggest scandals in sports history.PremiumBeat: Will you tell us a little bit about your background and how it led to your work on Icarus?Jake Swantko: Yes, well I come from a journalism background. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in communications and then that program went on to basically become cinematography towards the end of my tenure in school. I started shooting documentaries right towards my senior year and then picked up a gig with National Geographic. It’s been a long road. I started off in Oregon and then lived in L.A. for about a year, then I moved to New York, and then briefly after I moved to New York I did some work during the Ukraine Revolution. After that I got a call from Bryan, probably two or three months after I did that work, and he basically told me about this idea for a project that he wanted to start shooting in a month in Boulder, Colorado. So he connected me to a producer who I worked with for quiet a while. I then basically met this guy in Colorado. It started off with this guy with all his belongings in an SUV.For me the camera’s always been able to speak the way I see. To be able to find so much of your voice with the camera, it’s been just a revelation throughout my career. It’s been great to become more of a cinematographer and learn and be able to capture the things as you want to imagine them. I think that’s always been the ethos of my work is to try and capture what I see. It was perfect for Brian and I to meet like that. He needed a journalist, or he needed somebody kind of with that background, and so yeah — I kind of just took off from there.PB: Will you tell us a little bit about the camera package you used on the film?JS: Yes, we used a Canon Vixia for sort of that Supersize Me candidness that you see a lot of in the film. We shot with a Canon C300 and a 24-70, 16-35, and a 70-200. The camera was just the perfect package for us. I shoot with that camera on a Glidecam HD2000 on the back of the motorcycle. The camera ended up being able to balance on the Glidecam. Also, the dynamic range and also the versatility to shoot both action sports but also be able to go incognito enough to go into these Moscow labs and shoot with Gregory. It was the camera to use. Then when the dual pixel autofocus came out, it made it much better to control.PB: The plot of the film almost completely changes; it does a complete 180. As a cinematographer did you have to adjust your shooting style and approach with that change in story or direction?JS: It’s funny, so I come from a journalism background. I had to switch my brain to shoot action sports, and then once it became this political sort of thing, I realized this is more conversation-based and less action. It was definitely at the beginning trying to figure out how to shoot action sports first and take chances with it. Once it became like this is, it was more like nothing strange.PB: As filmmakers was the plot change a gradual process and you happened to find yourself in this new story, or was it immediate and you had to make that quick decision to switch?JS: Well, it was gradual. It’s just weird how it all came about. The second trip of the races, we ended it in Geneva, and then we would leave from Geneva to Moscow to go talk with Gregory. There was kind of a gradual transition in the middle of it. Then when you go from over the course of three years, I guess anything is gradual. I mean when you start to look at it full circle, we started off with a Canon Vixia camera shooting this guy getting out of his car with all his belongings in Colorado. Then you’re filming a Russian chemist getting fingerprinted to enter into witness protection.PB: Did you have that feeling that you struck gold with where the story went?JS: Gregory certainly at one point said “Ryan you’re a very lucky  man.” With Gregory, he’s always saying very explicit and controversial things, but he’s just Gregory, you know. So it seemed like fun and games, and then, yeah — all of a  sudden it was this thing, and we were releasing documents to the New York Times, and the story was on the front page. Then it’s like Wow!PB: So I absolutely loved the lighting in your interviews. Can you tell me a little bit about your lighting approach for those?JS: I love to use pretty simple things to assist natural light as much as possible. I think the C300 is a great camera; its color rendition in daylight is so perfect. Basically what I would do is rig together an 85-watt fluorescent bulb in a china ball and push through silk. Then other than that, we had KinoFlos when we had bigger setups.PB: Will you tell us a little more about your GlideCam setup?JS: When I was approaching shooting and style, I was like I need to take more risk. I was up against the footage from the Tour de France where they have ENG cameras on motorcycles built out. I was going to have none of these and go like 100 miles an hour downhill. Plus, I had to shoot like 14- to 16-hour days. So I was like I’m trying using the C300 on the GlideCam, and it balanced.PB: What’s the main thing you want people to take away from your work on this film? JS: When you are a cinematographer like me, if you are coming from a journalism background, you kind of feel sort of the same things that I feel. Gregory is by far the most intelligent, charismatic, interesting character I’ve ever met. I really hope that people see him for that. There’s a lot of stigma around what he did and the measures he took to beat the system. I would just say (and to echo the film a little bit) he’s risking his life to do something extremely unpopular that no one wants to hear about. The goal of this film is to give him a voice and give whistleblowers like him a voice. There’s no incentive to do what he’s doing, no incentive whatsoever.last_img read more

Dortmund Beats Benfica 4-0 for Champions League Quarterfinal

first_imgDORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick and Christian Pulisic claimed his first Champions League goal as Borussia Dortmund overcame Benfica 4-0 to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Aubameyang had missed a penalty as Dortmund lost 1-0 in the first leg of the Round of 16 contest, but he made up for that by taking his tally to seven goals in seven games as the German side progressed 4-1 on aggregate.Barcelona shocked Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in Wednesday’s other game with the winner in injury time to progress 6-5 on aggregate.Aubameyang got Dortmund off to a flying start in the fourth minute, heading in from point blank range after Pulisic headed on a corner.Click image to see the highlightsPulisic was playing in place of the injured Marco Reus, with the 18-year-old American making his eighth Champions League appearance.Dortmund kept the visitors pegged back, with Marc Bartra going close and then Ousmane Dembele trying his luck from distance.It was midway through the half before Benfica finally got forward, though Roman Buerki easily saved Franco Cervi’s low shot — a good chance for the visitors.Fear of conceding an away goal seemed to weigh on the Dortmund defense.Cervi should have scored after the break after Lukasz Piszczek botched a clearance but the Dortmund defender scrambled back in time to block.Piszczek more than made up for his error by finding the impressive Pulisic to score at the other end in the 59th with a brilliant chip over the outrushing Ederson.Within two minutes Dortmund had another as Aubameyang grabbed his second from Marcel Schmelzer’s volleyed cross after Julian Weigl picked him out with a fine diagonal ball.Bartra hit the post with a header before Aubameyang completed his hat trick with five minutes remaining thanks to Erik Durm’s cross.Benfica’s Luisao and Victor Lindelof jumps for the ball next to Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Benfica and Borussia Dortmund at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Liverpool should blame forwards, not defenders’

first_imgLiverpool Salah, Coutinho and Co to blame for Liverpool struggles, not defenders – Ince Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:13 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The former Reds midfielder believes a much-criticised defensive unit would not be under so much pressure if the forwards were doing their job Liverpool should be blaming their inconsistencies on their forwards, not their defenders, according to Paul Ince.The Reds have once again found clean sheets hard to come by this season, with their frailties at the back being exposed on a regular basis.Liverpool 8/15 to keep Newcastle clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Jurgen Klopp has faced criticism for failing to address those issues during the summer transfer window, although the German has maintained that the right players were not available.Ince feels too much is being made of the defensive leaks, with those misfiring at the opposite end of the field just as culpable for the struggles to generate momentum on Merseyside.The former Reds midfielder wrote in a column for Paddy Power: “I really sympathise with Jurgen Klopp, because he’s brought a philosophy into Liverpool that sees his team create chance after chance consistently.“They’re brilliant going forward and, the thing is, if his forwards don’t take those chances they put pressure on the back five or six.“If they’d have taken a few more of those chances this season – including against Spartak in the Champions League where they drew 1-1 – the game would’ve finished three or 4-0. And if they’d been better in front of goal, no one would be moaning about their defence.“There’s got to be more onus on those forward players for not getting the ball in the net and being more clinical.”Paul Ince Liverpool forwards blameInce added: “[The forwards] are getting away with it and avoiding the criticism, even though it’s those players at fault for missing golden chances.“But while everyone bangs on about the defence, the heat is taken off them, and I feel for Klopp, because he can’t put the ball in the back of the net for them.“Every time Liverpool concede a goal at the minute everyone goes on about their defence and I think it’s a bit unfair. Klopp will get that right, just like he has the forward line.“But there could also be an issue with protection from the wingers and some of the midfield players too, defending should start right from the front.“If you allow balls to go into the box willy-nilly, with wingers not doing their jobs then, yes, it’s going to end in goals. And if you haven’t been finishing chances at the other end, then obviously, it’s going to result in losses.”Liverpool have collected just one win from six fixtures since the last international break and remain stuck on two clean sheets for the season.There is another rest period on the domestic front approaching, with the Reds getting one final opportunity to put things right before that break when they travel to Newcastle on Sunday to face former boss Rafa Benitez. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Worlds 1st Ocean Cleanup System Launched

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The Ocean Cleanup The Dutch non-profit organization, The Ocean Cleanup, launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay on September 8.The cleanup system, named System 001, is heading to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup.System 001 is being towed from the San Francisco Bay by the vessel Maersk Launcher, provided to the project by Danish Maersk Group and DeepGreen, its current charter holder.The system consists of a 600-meter-long U-shaped floating barrier with a three-meter skirt attached below. The system is designed to be propelled by wind and waves, allowing it to passively catch and concentrate plastic debris in front of it. Due to its shape, the debris will be funnelled to the center of the system. Moving slightly faster than the plastic, the system will act like a giant Pac-Man, skimming the surface of the ocean.The Ocean Cleanup’s first cleanup system, System 001, is now on route into the Pacific Ocean. Follow our progress over the next months as we head to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. pic.twitter.com/jvWg1PDHDw— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) September 8, 2018 The system will be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics. Situated halfway between Hawaii and California, the patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, and covers an area twice the size of Texas.The Ocean Cleanup said that it the first plastic could be collected and returned to land within 6 months after deployment. This will mark the first time that free floating plastic will have been successfully collected at sea. After returning the plastic to land, The Ocean Cleanup plans to recycle the material into products and use the proceeds to help fund the cleanup operations.Once successful, and if the funding is available, The Ocean Cleanup aims to scale up to a fleet of approximately 60 systems focused on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next two years. The Ocean Cleanup projects that the full fleet can remove half of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years’ time. This is in line with The Ocean Cleanup’s ultimate goal: reducing the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans by at least 90% by 2040.last_img read more

Ouverture des mises en candidature pour la Médaille de la bravoure

first_imgLes candidatures à la Médaille de la bravoure de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont maintenant acceptées. On encourage les Néo-Écossais à présenter la candidature de personnes qui ont fait preuve de courage et qui ont mis leur vie en danger pour aider les autres. « Chaque année, des Néo-Écossais font des efforts extraordinaires et mettent leur propre sécurité en péril pour sauver la vie ou les biens d’une autre personne, affirme le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. Ces gens doivent être reconnus pour leur bravoure. J’encourage les Néo-Écossais à exprimer leur gratitude en présentant la candidature d’une personne qui mérite cette médaille. » Les formulaires de mise en candidature sont disponibles aux centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse, aux bureaux des membres de l’Assemblée législative et en ligne au www.novascotia.ca/bravery. La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 1er mai. Les actes de bravoure accomplis le 1er janvier 2015 ou à une date ultérieure seront considérés. Un comité consultatif, présidé par Hugh Laurence, choisira les récipiendaires. Les autres membres du comité sont : Prière d’envoyer les formulaires de candidature dûment remplis au Secrétaire provincial, Médaille de la bravoure, ministère de la Justice, 7e étage, 1690, rue Hollis, Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2L6. Paul Mason, directeur général, Bureau de gestion des urgences Debbie Brown, avocate, ministère de la Justice Fred Jeffers, commissaire des incendies de la Nouvelle-Écosse Dave MacNeil, chef du service de police de Truro, ancien président, Association des chefs de police de la Nouvelle-Écosse Brigadier-général C.J. Turenne, Forces armées canadiennes Cynthia Stevenson, membre à titre personnel Jim Hoskins, membre à titre personnel last_img read more

RCMP seek white Ford pickup used in multiple thefts

first_imgShortly thereafter, at 7:20 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen backhoe.  The backhoe was located just over an hour later at the corner of 87th Ave and 74th St.Fort St John RCMP obtained surveillance video which provided the following photo of the suspect pickup truck.  All three thefts are believed to be related.The vehicle is described as:early 2000’s white Ford F-150single cab long boxblack front bumper and grillorange sticker of a skull wearing a helmet on the back window on the right sideThe male driver is described as:approximately 45 years oldmedium to light brown hairbeardwearing a t-shirt and blue jeans with a hi-vis vest.“The description and photo of this truck show it has some unique features”, said Cst Chad Neustaeter.  “The RCMP hope the public will recognize the truck and assist with locating the truck and driver.”The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP suspect three thefts are related to a white Ford pickup.The RCMP received a report of a stolen flat deck trailer that had been found abandoned near 87th Ave and 72nd Street on June 11, 2019, at approximately 5:30 am.That same morning, at just after 6 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a man attempting to steal a flat deck utility trailer from a parking lot in the area of 92nd Ave and 100th St.  The man was approached but then ran to his vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.30 lower $494.90; Jan. ’18 $0.60 lower $500.10; March ’18 $0.30 lower $504.70; May ’18 $0.30 lower $507.20; July ’18 $0.20 lower $508.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $486.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $487.70; March ’19 unchanged $490.40; May ’19 unchanged $490.40; July ’19 unchanged $490.40; Nov. ’19 unchanged $490.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.

Dozens released after massive Mississippi immigration raids

JACKSON, Miss. — Dozens of immigrant workers have been released a day after being detained in the largest immigration raid in a decade in the United States.Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials say 680 people were arrested in Wednesday’s raids.But immigration lawyers say that by Thursday morning, about five busloads of people had been released.The terms of the workers’ releases were unclear. It also was unclear whether any of those released were determined to be living in the country legally. ICE officials did not return telephone calls Thursday morning.Officials had said Wednesday that they would release detainees who met certain conditions, such as pregnant women or those who hadn’t faced immigration proceedings previously.Karla Vazquez-Elmore is a lawyer representing arrested workers. She said even those not arrested are terrified.Jeff Amy, The Associated Press read more

Outdoor air pollution a leading cause of cancer say UN health experts

An evaluation by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs Programme found there is sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer and increases the risk for bladder cancer. In a news release, the IARC pointed out that air pollution is already known to increase risks for a wide range of diseases, such as respiratory and heart diseases. Studies indicate that in recent years exposure levels have increased significantly in some parts of the world, particularly in rapidly industrializing countries with large populations. The most recent data indicate that 223,000 deaths from lung cancer in 2010 resulted from air pollution.“The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Section. “We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.” The IARC Monographs Programme, dubbed the ‘encyclopaedia of carcinogens,’ provides an authoritative source of scientific evidence on cancer-causing substances and exposures. In the past, the Programme evaluated many individual chemicals and specific mixtures that occur in outdoor air pollution. These included diesel engine exhaust, solvents, metals, and dusts. But this is the first time that experts have classified outdoor air pollution as a cause of cancer. “Our task was to evaluate the air everyone breathes rather than focus on specific air pollutants,” said Dana Loomis, Deputy Head of the Monographs Section. “The results from the reviewed studies point in the same direction: the risk of developing lung cancer is significantly increased in people exposed to air pollution.” The main sources of outdoor air pollution are transportation, stationary power generation, industrial and agricultural emissions, and residential heating and cooking. Some air pollutants have natural sources, as well. “Classifying outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans is an important step,” stressed IARC Director Christopher Wild. “There are effective ways to reduce air pollution and, given the scale of the exposure affecting people worldwide, this report should send a strong signal to the international community to take action without further delay.” read more

MARRAKECH Ban hails new dawn of cooperation on climate change urges action

The Agreement entered into force in time for COP 22, which has been under way since 7 November. Before the meeting wraps up on Saturday, 18 November, parties hope to define the rules of implementation of the Paris Agreement and establish a viable plan to provide financial support to developing countries to support climate action. Mr. Ban said that the United Nations will help countries implement the Agreement and he called on developed countries “to honour their commitment to mobilize climate finance – $100 billion by 2020 ¬– to help developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate vulnerability.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the press at the start of the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Credit: UN News Centre The UN chief also said that after a decade of making sure climate change was at the top of the international agenda, he would leave delegations with some key lessons:Multilateral solutions work; acting together, countries achieve more than they ever could alone; Heads of State and Government must take the lead;Whole societies must get engaged; The UN must continue to champion science;Solutions must be funded and expanded; and The UN must continue advancing the moral cause for action. In his remarks, the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, encouraged all Parties to the Paris Agreement to implement and enhance ambition of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) “without delay.” He added that urgent action on climate change “must be seen as a moral, environmental, scientific, and developmental imperative, guided by ambition, action and equity.”The Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa, stressed in her remarks the need to “accelerate climate action” and “to make climate action a cornerstone of the transformation to truly sustainable development.”“This profound transformation will not be easy and will involve difficult decisions. Leadership is needed now more than ever. And the contribution to this transformation by business, subnational governments, indigenous people, youth, women and many others cannot be overlooked,” she added. Ahead of the official opening of the high-level segment of the Conference, Mr. Ban told a press conference that “every country is aware that climate change is a reality” and “no country, however resourceful or powerful, is immune from the impacts of climate change.” Ten days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders showed strong support for the implementation of this agreement at the opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22) today. “Countries have strongly supported the Agreement because they realize their own national interest is best secured by pursuing the common good. Now we have to translate words into effective policies and actions,” Mr. Ban said as he opened the High-Level segment of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “This is critical to protect our planet, safeguard the most vulnerable and drive shared prosperity. Low-emission development and climate resilience will advance all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, added Mr. Ban. Adopted by 196 States Parties to the UNFCCC last December, the Paris Agreement, so-named after the French capital where it was approved by the previous Conference, known as COP 21, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In early October, the accord cleared the final threshold of 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions required for it to come into effect within one month. Its entry into force was extremely swift, particularly for an agreement that required a large number of ratifications and the two specific thresholds. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo: OSSG read more

We Break Down Each MLB Playoff Matchup And Predict The World Series

sara.ziegler: LOLThe Yankees look like they’ll be starting with J.A. Happ in Game 1.travis.sawchik: “Bullpen Game”sara.ziegler: Aaron Boone is all talk on bullpen games. He says he’s open to them, but I doubt he’ll actually go through with it — particularly in light of how it worked out for Oakland on Wednesday.travis.sawchik: Happ has been excellent in New York: 7-0, 2.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 11 starts. The Yankees have a real shot … but the Red Sox have Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinezneil: And for the Red Sox, I’ve seen a lot of worry that the 108-win season will all be for naught. Maybe that’s New England pessimism talking, but I think they also probably played a bit above their heads this year. Either way, a 100-win team will be going home, which is kind of sad this early in the postseason.gfoster: Why is New England pessimistic? Are they disappointed by two decades of NONSTOP TITLES?neil: LOL. Old habits with the Red Sox, I think.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox have to have the edge in batting, right? Because of the aforementioned Betts and Martinez?travis.sawchik: I think the Yankees and Red Sox are pretty similar in terms of overall offensive production. Two elite lineups. FanGraphs has Yankees with a 111 wRC+, Red Sox 110 wRC+.neil: Yeah, relative to park, the Sox only scored about 14 more runs than the Yankees. (They allowed 37 fewer.)travis.sawchik: Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers has done a good job with getting even more out of Betts, who has worked with Hyers and Martinez on increasing his power profile.The Yankees are all about launching baseballs into the air … and bullpenning … and throwing a lot of breaking balls. Modern baseball will be on display.gfoster: Sara, I also wonder if we have not seen the full potential of the Yankees lineup, even despite all those wins. Aaron Judge has been injured, Gary Sanchez has been awful, Giancarlo Stanton started slow. They were never at full capacity it seemed; Didi Gregorius basically carried them for a month early on.travis.sawchik: And Aaron Hicks!gfoster: Aaron Hicks is going into monument park.travis.sawchik: Hahasara.ziegler: Hicks has been great, I’ve heard.travis.sawchik: Yeah, read that somewhere …sara.ziegler: I’m having a hard time getting excited about either of these teams, since this series seems to have been written in stone for a while. That’s part of the problem with the AL.gfoster: Let’s go to the National League. The first series up this afternoon is Colorado vs. Milwaukee, which carries less cachet and less breathless announcer speak but is interesting nonetheless.neil: Well, I for one am curious about how a pitching-centric team like Colorado will perform.gfoster: Travis, you were doubting that Colorado would make it; are you surprised they are here, or have you come around on the Rox?travis.sawchik: The Rockies are such a weird team. They are a pitching-first team with one of the worst offenses (25th in majors in wRC+) and outfield defenses in baseball, and they make their home in the most offensive environment in baseball, with one of the largest outfields. They committed $106 million to free agent relievers, but Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw (two of those high-priced investments) have been poor, while a reliever left off last season’s postseason roster, Adam Ottavino, has been amazing. I like the Brewers in this series given the strength of their lineup and bullpen. The Brewers seem like the rare team that won the offseason — Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Jhoulys Chacin were all key offseason additions — and its division.neil: They’re also the spitting image — in many ways — of a world champion: The 2015 K.C. Royals. So clearly, Milwaukee will storm through the postseason.sara.ziegler: And win the World Series against a team from New York, Neil?😉neil: I’d be happier with that this time around.sara.ziegler: The Rockies will have played three games in three different cities in four days. And one of those was in 13 innings.travis.sawchik: Brutal schedule stretch for the Rockies, for sure. At least they could just bus up I-94 after the wild-card game.sara.ziegler: I wonder if they got stuck in traffic in Kenosha. As one does.gfoster: It’s just ridiculous that these series are five games. And that the schedule is so condensed. Why are they even playing today? Give them another day!! In the NBA, the playoffs last five months and no one seems to be bothered.travis.sawchik: This is strange to say, but the Rockies actually hold a starting pitching edge in a postseason series.neil: Well, hasn’t that usually been the case with the Rockies’ best teams after adjusting for park? We think of the Rockies as an offensive powerhouse, but they never can hit away from Coors. Even this year, they had a .665 road OPS.travis.sawchik: Yeah, the Rockies’ best teams have typically had above-average starting pitching when adjusting for park and run environment. By ERA-minus, this is second best pitching staff in Rockies’ history.I’m not sure many people realize how good German Marquez and Kyle Freeland have been for Rockies in second half. Only Jacob deGrom has been more productive than Marquez in the second half as an MLB starting pitcher.neil: One other thing about the Rockies: By run differential during the regular season, they were really only about an 85-win team. So I think there’s a case for them being the worst team in the field. (Then again, ask the Cubs how facing them worked out.)sara.ziegler: Meanwhile, the Brewers didn’t get here with their starters, obviously. But the bullpen is just outstanding. Can it hold up under the pressure of the postseason?gfoster: OK, let’s shift back to the AL. Indians-Astros is really the ALCS we were all expecting last year, as both teams were 100-plus game winners. Are these teams better or worse than their 2017 versions?travis.sawchik: The Indians are weaker than they were a year ago when they entered the postseason with the game’s best run differential and the to-be-named AL Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber. They’re dealing with a significant injury as Trevor Bauer suffered a fractured ankle in August, and his velo was down in his brief return. Their top starter in the regular season going into August, Bauer will begin the series in the bullpen.The Indians’ bullpen, once a strength, was the weakest in the playoff field in the regular season. Though a healthy Andrew Miller could change that.neil: The Astros might actually somehow be better. Hot take: They’re the best team in MLB, despite an inferior record to the Red Sox. (At least, that’s what our Elo model thinks.) They had 109 Pythagorean wins! Who does that??sara.ziegler: The Astros are so weird. Their biggest names weren’t that good! And yet here they are, better than last year. They have Alex Bregman to thank, I guess.neil: It helps to have that ridiculous pitching staff, too.sara.ziegler: So true.neil: They had the best FIP in the league by a mile (3.23; next best were the Dodgers at 3.60).travis.sawchik: The Astros are so talented. The defending World Champs basically added an ace — Gerrit Cole — and an MVP candidate (Bregman breakout) since we last saw them in October.gfoster: I’m interested in how big a role Josh Donaldson plays for Cleveland. He seems healthy finally.travis.sawchik: The Indians needed another bat, and Donaldson has looked like his old self in a brief sample. He’s a wild card this postseasonsara.ziegler: He better perform offensively, given that his presence has messed with Cleveland’s defense — pushing people into different positions.gfoster: I love that the lineup that has Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley “needed another bat.”travis.sawchik: Well, another bat relative to the lineups they are facing in the AL field. The Indians rank last in remaining AL teams in wRC+, third in runs.neil: There are some real question marks surrounding Cleveland’s bullpen, though. They finished 26th in relief WAR this season.(Which is surprising since they are the O.G. of playoff bullpenning.)gfoster: Even with Brad Hand?neil: Hand has definitely stabilized things some, and Andrew Miller is back after missing a huge chunk of the reg season. But Cody Allen was pretty mediocre this year (93 ERA-plus).travis.sawchik: The Indians thought their bullpen was such a problem that they traded their top position player prospect, Francisco Mejia, at the deadline. Trading a consensus top 50 prospect for a reliever is apparently the thing to do at the deadline nowadays.sara.ziegler: Miller does seem to be healthy again — which is huge for the Indians. (An end-of-season blowup against the Royals notwithstanding.)travis.sawchik: One concern with the Indians is some of their players are trending down at the wrong time again. Jose Ramirez, an MVP candidate (favorite?) at the All-Star break, hit .223 in the second half. Ramirez has really struggled with breaking pitches. I’ll be interested to see how many fastballs he sees in series against an elite fastball team in the Astros. Could be a fascinating strength on strength: One of the game’s best fastball hitters (Ramirez) vs. the elite four-seamers of Justin Verlander and Cole.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about the last series, and then I’m going to ask for predictions. The Braves return to the postseason, perhaps a little earlier than some expected, and will take on the Dodgers, which was the last team they actually played in October in the NLDS in 2013. I literally have zero memory of that.sara.ziegler: That was 10 lifetimes ago, Geoff.travis.sawchik: That happened?neil: Was that one of those random Dan Uggla 30-homer seasons for Atlanta? (Edit: No, he hit .179 that year. LOL.)gfoster: Those Braves had Uggla, Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Andrelton Simmons and two Uptons (B.J. and Justin). The only guys of note still there are Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran.sara.ziegler: Two Uptons!neil: As far as five-year rebuild plans go, that’s pretty impressive to fully tear down and build back by now.travis.sawchik: Only the Yankees have a younger group of positional players than the Braves in the playoffs, with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies and maybe Dansby Swanson. It’s a pretty strong under-25 core. Atlanta is ahead of schedule and trending up.sara.ziegler: And on the other side, remember a month ago, when we thought the Dodgers might not make the playoffs? On Sept. 6, our model gave L.A. a 55 percent chance of getting here.neil: That remains incredible, given that they finished with 102 Pythagorean wins.travis.sawchik: The Dodgers are the most talented NL team in the field. They lead baseball in position player WAR and are fifth in pitching WAR. And it feels like the Dodgers have never been right all season with injuries to key stars like Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager. L.A.’s Walker Buehler looked like an ace in Game 163 vs. Rockies. He’s another wild card in the postseason. Big time young talent.gfoster: I was just going to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if Buehler is one of these young pitchers who makes his name with a great October, much like Madison Bumgarner did a few years ago.neil: All of that is why the Dodgers have a 45 percent chance (!) to make the World Series according to our model. That’s easily the highest pennant probability of any team. (It also says a lot about the rest of the NL.)sara.ziegler: Max Muncy finally has a chance to make his name nationally, too. (No one on this chat has ever referred to him as “Matt Muncy,” that’s for sure.)neil: Sara, you were an early adopter on Muncy in fantasy.sara.ziegler: I was! Before I could remember his first name.travis.sawchik: Muncy has been an amazing breakout story.sara.ziegler: The Dodgers had a hard time finding a consistent spot for him during the season. They shouldn’t make that mistake in the postseason.gfoster: I’m interested to see which Kershaw we see: the one who has been the best pitcher in baseball for a decade or the one who has been one of the most disappointing playoff pitchers over the past decade.travis.sawchik: Kershaw has suffered a loss in velocity and overall swing-and-miss capability. In 2015, his fastball averaged over 94 mph; this year, it was 90 mph.gfoster: Is he throwing the breaking stuff more? Making his metamorphosis into a crafty old lefty?travis.sawchik: Kershaw has had a curious spike in spin rate on his fastball, which is highly unusual to accompany a velocity decline.neil: But enough about the Dodgers! The Braves are good, too.travis.sawchik: Acuna is somethingneil: Yes, he is quite good! In fact, the Braves have a ton of position-player talent. They were seventh in WAR from batters this year. But eight of their top 10 most valuable players were position players. Pitching-wise, there are questions.sara.ziegler: Don’t forget Mike Foltynewicz, though! I love pitchers like that who come out of nowhere.travis.sawchik: I’m pretty bullish on the Braves’ future, but there are questions on the pitching end, as Neil said, and the Dodgers seem like the NL’s only “super team,” whereas there are three or four in AL field.gfoster: OK, let’s get the World Series prediction. I want to see winner, number of games, MVP. And you will all be judged on these for 12 months.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: No pressure… 😬travis.sawchik: 😮sara.ziegler: I’m gonna go with my ❤️. Brewers over Astros in seven, Christian Yelich MVP.gfoster: I like it.travis.sawchik: I think we’re headed for an Astros-Dodgers WS rematch. Houston over L.A. in six. Bregman MVP.neil: Our model says Astros over Dodgers again, too, but that’s boring. (Also, Travis already took it, haha.)gfoster: Yankees over Dodgers in five, Gleyber Torres MVP.sara.ziegler: Wow.travis.sawchik: !!!sara.ziegler: I mean, at least go Luke Voit as MVP.gfoster: I was considering Voit. It won’t be Judge or Stanton; if the Yankees win, they will get an incredible hot streak from someone less expected. I do feel like the Yankees haven’t experienced a true Stanton home run barrage like he had for the Marlins several times last season, so maybe that’s due?neil: What the hell, I’m gonna go Red Sox over Braves in six. Betts MVP. Boston’s current team over its former team. (For old timers from, like, the 1940s.)travis.sawchik: I guess the model and I are in this together.neil: It’s generally better to be on the model’s side, I’ve found.gfoster: No love for the Indians here.neil: I couldn’t pull the trigger with that Astros matchup.travis.sawchik: Too many questions for Cleveland, IMO.gfoster: OK, thank you all. Enjoy the baseball!Check out our latest MLB predictions. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s postseason MLB chat. We are done with the one-game wild-card playoffs. We are done with the one-game playoffs to figure out who would play in the one-game playoffs. And the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs are the first casualties of October. I think Oakland has to be pleased they made it that far with their ragtag team of relievers and .247 hitters, while the Cubs probably had higher hopes for 2018. They now have a two-year World Series drought in the works. But on to the division series!Here’s how the eight remaining teams stack up in terms of wins above replacement1Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. during the regular season to get a sense of where each team’s strengths and weaknesses lie:We are going to go through all four matchups. Let’s start with America’s two most lovable teams: the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who are playing each other for the first time in the postseason since 2004. This was inevitable wasn’t it? Boston gets to potentially start Chris Sale twice in five games; does that give them the edge?sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, general editor): I’m just happy last night’s game didn’t go to 13 innings. 😴travis.sawchik (Travis Sawchik, baseball writer): Assuming Sale is 100 percent, starting arguably the most talented pitcher in the AL potentially twice is a huge edge. But Sale landed on the DL twice in the second half (left shoulder inflammation), and his velocity has trended down, which is a troubling indicator.neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): And that’s kind of concerning if he doesn’t live up to his usual expectations. Our model gives the Sox a 57 percent chance of winning the series, but that’s partly a function of the large pitcher adjustment it gives Sale. With Sale at home in Game 1, we give Boston a 65 percent chance of winning that game; with a generic pitcher in the same situation, Boston would only have a 57 percent chance of winning.gfoster: David Price has to be a concern for Boston. He’s really been terrible in the postseason, after those early heroics as a relief pitcher for Tampa. He’s also gotten bombed by the Yankees this year.travis.sawchik: David Price career postseason: 2-8, 5.03 ERA. David Price career vs. Yankees: 15-14, 4.90 ERA. Price is fatigued from discussing his issues in postseason and vs. the Yankees, but they have to be a concern for the Red Sox. And the Red Sox bullpen is arguably only stronger than Cleveland’s in the AL field. That makes Sale so important for Boston.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox bullpen is obviously an issue — at least getting to Craig Kimbrel.gfoster: The Yankees’ Game 1 starter is pretty intimidating: read more

IHF Germany gets Wild Card for Qatar 2015

The IHF Council had an intensive agenda during its today’s meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. Several important topics were discussed and corresponding decisions were made.Referring to the Regulations for Transfer between Federations, the IHF Council limited the number of possible loans of each player to two per season.The IHF Council also adopted amendments to the Rules of the Game for Beach Handball.Additionally, the Council of the International Handball Federation discussed the situation of handball in Oceania. There is currently no Continental Confederation in Oceania recognized by the International Handball Federation. Hence, the IHF Council decided to allocate the spot reserved for this continent to another National Federation on the principle of a wild card.The criterion taken into consideration when awarding was the ranking on the previous World Championship. The Council decided to award this place to the best-ranked team on the 2013 World Championship in Spain that has not obtained the right to participate through the continental qualifications, which is the national team of Germany. Germany ranked 5th in Spain in 2013. Furthermore, the Council discussed the proposal from the Playing Rules and Referees Commission on creating a temporary working group to study the possibility of changing the Rules of the Game to follow the recent development of the sport and to make it more attractive to the fans.source: ihf.info IHFQatar 2015 ← Previous Story New Face of Handball in Plock! Next Story → Lino Cervar rejects rumours about HSV Handball! read more

Le médicament Champix nouveau scandale

first_imgLe médicament Champix : nouveau scandaleAlors que l’affaire du Mediator est toujours au cœur de l’actualité sanitaire en France, un autre produit attire l’attention outre-Atlantique : le Champix, destiné au sevrage tabagique.Le médicament Champix, contenant du Chantix, est autorisé sur le marché américain du médicament depuis 2006, et sur celui de la France depuis 2007. Ce produit est destiné à aider les individus dans le cadre d’un sevrage tabagique mais est aujourd’hui accusé d’avoir provoqué des problèmes neurologiques. Ainsi, ce sont plus de 1.200 plaintes à l’encontre du produit qui ont été recensées concernant le Champix, aux Etats-Unis. Ces plaintes sont aujourd’hui centralisées dans un tribunal fédéral de l’Alabama, explique l’AFP.Ernest Cory, avocat des plaignants, explique que les plaintes ont été déposées pour “négligence” à l’encontre du laboratoire Pfizer, à l’origine du médicament. L’homme explique que le Champix aurait provoqué plusieurs problèmes neurologiques comme des “suicides, tentatives de suicide et trous de mémoire”. De son côté, le laboratoire mis en cause assure qu’aucune preuve n’existe pouvant démontrer un lien entre ces problèmes et le médicament. La porte-parole de Pfizer a d’ailleurs expliqué à l’AFP : “Le Chantix est un traitement efficace pour de nombreux fumeurs qui souhaitent arrêter et nous avons l’intention de défendre ce médicament utile”. Cette affaire, même si elle ne va pas jusqu’au procès, pourrait coûter cher au laboratoire américain qui devra sûrement débourser de grosses sommes et peut-être même voir son produit retiré des marchés par l’Agence américaine du médicament ou FDA.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Grandfather of Ten Jailed Over Seizure of 1m of Marijuana

first_img Related Items:#grandfatherjailedfordrugs, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 26, 2017 – Nassau – A grandfather of 10 was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, May 22, after pleading guilty to several drug related charges in connection with a recent seizure of marijuana in South Andros worth over $1m.Dominic Emile Levarity, 45, who also has ten children, pleaded guilty to all four charges concerning the May 18 incident, namely conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and importation of dangerous drugs.Subsequent to entering a guilty plea to all four counts, the Armbrister Street, Fox Hill resident was sentenced to five years, three years, five years and three years imprisonment respectively for each count, all to run concurrently.Another man, 59-year-old Bernard Clarence Young of Mar’s Bay, South Andros, pleaded not guilty to all four charges concerning his alleged involvement in the incident in question, and was subsequently remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BCDS). His matter was adjourned to June 6 for trial.According to initial reports, two Bahamians were arrested on Thursday after police in South Andros seized drugs weighing 1,602 pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.6m.The large quantity of marijuana was found in 44 nylon sacks, a suitcase containing a number of small packages and 19 individual packages of various sizes, police initially reported.On Monday, Levarity’s attorney Alex Morley petitioned the judge to be lenient with his client, stating that Levarity had no previous convictions and has “many dependents,” in the form of ten children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Morley also said Levarity has been a fisherman for some 30 years.In response, however, Magistrate Andrew Forbes said the Fox Hill resident’s actions ultimately had a “detrimental affect” on Bahamian society, especially when considering the “violent component” associated with drug trafficking.Levarity was ultimately sentenced to five years in prison, with the sentence to start from May 22, according to the magistrate.#magneticmedianews#grandfatherjailedfordrugs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Minimal Fire Growth Expected On Caribou Lake Fire Due To Possible Rainfall

first_imgHelicopters and firefighters will be using a portion of the gravel pit parking area on Basargin Road as a helispot in support of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire officials are asking people to avoid parking in the area near the helispot for the safety of the firefighters and public. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Kenai Peninsula hunters to avoid active wildfire areas. Original Post: 9:30am:Minimal fire growth is expected on the Caribou Lake Fire with a chance of rainfall beginning Friday evening. The fire remains at 904 acres and at 57% containment.On Thursday, firefighters continued with the full containment strategy. Crews secured existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills. The Caribou Lake Fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with a goal of 100 percent containment estimated by September 4. Smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there significant and repeated rain or snow.center_img Sarah Saarloos with the Incident Command Team:“Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This will be the last daily update for the Caribou Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs.last_img read more

Adventure enthusiasts participate in Friendship Day Trek in

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Team Treksome has organised a ‘Special Friendship Day Trek’ here on Sunday. Adventure enthusiasts from the city assembled at Kala Bhairava Swamy Temple, Hanumantawaka by 5.30 am. The journey stared off with a warmup session and the participants were given instructions before they were ready for the trek. Around 50 people participated and wandered around picturesque scenaries, tall anthills, wildflowers, which excited the team. They trekked 1.2 km passing through thorny bushes, beautiful landscape. Once they reached the summit, they were extremely happy. They clicked pictures and admired the nature. After reaching the destination the trekkers celebrated Friendship Day by cutting a cake. The participants have trekked a total distance of 7.2 kms in the forest area till they reach Dabbanda village.last_img read more

Ways Domestic Violence Laws Sometimes Backfire On The Victim

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In the midst of complicated divorce proceedings in Florida, Courtney Irby was arrested after giving her estranged husband’s guns to police after he was charged with aggravated battery against her.Since the guns were in his apartment — in which she did not live — Irby was originally brought in on charges of burglary. Irby claimed that she did this out of fear for her safety because she worried her husband, Joseph, would not turn in his firearms as was required by a restraining order.Brian Haas, the state attorney prosecuting her case, pushed back against that narrative, suggesting Irby took the guns and a number of other items with the intent to pawn them, and that it was at the urging of a friend that she turned the guns in.At this point, the burglary charges against her have been reduced to misdemeanor trespassing.The exact nuances on this case aside, it does brings up some interesting questions about how domestic violence cases are handled and how victims sometimes can face legal issues that might seem counterintuitive to the general public, questions like:Should a lesser crime be forgiven if a victim fears for their life?Are there loopholes in Texas law that limit a victim’s access to protection?What resources are available to Houstonians when dealing with domestic violence?In the audio above, Houston Matters considers those questions and more with three guests:Local attorney Brett Podolsky offers his interpretation of the Florida case and its implicationsHPD Commander James Bryant discusses how officers handle domestic violence incidentsEmilee Whitehurst of the Houston Area Women’s Center outlines the resources her organization provides victims and explains ways domestic violence laws sometimes backfire Sharecenter_img Pixabay 00:00 /16:40 Xlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday January 29

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of some of the top news stories of the week from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, our recurring guests Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) of The Real News Network, report on Baltimore politics and law enforcement.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Avoid cosmetics during first trimester for a healthy baby

first_imgExpectant mothers in their first trimester should avoid certain cosmetics, cleaning agents and medicines, to protect the developing fetal brain from chemicals that can trigger autism, suggest health researchers from York University in Canada.“The products that we use on a daily basis, such as creams and cosmetics, contain chemicals that could potentially affect a developing baby during pregnancy,” said one of the researchers professor Dorota Crawford. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Besides cosmetics and lotions, the list of products that expectant mothers should avoid during first trimester, according to the researchers, include — cleaning solvents, pesticides, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetylsalicylic acid, misoprostol (a drug used for inducing labour), polychlorinated bisphenyls used as industrial lubricants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers found in wood and textiles, phthalates in PVC flooring, and children’s toys. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAside from the type of chemical a pregnant woman is exposed to, the duration, the frequency and the concentration level also impact a developing brain at the prenatal stage, the researchers said.“We recommend that women learn about health effects from exposure to chemical substances in the environment,” study co-author Christine Wong noted. According to the researchers, prenatal brain development undergoes constant changes and its normal functioning depends greatly on the presence of specific genes at any given time.Since environmental factors influence the expression levels of these critical genes, it is important for an expectant mother to be aware and cautious of exposure to these factors. The study was published in the European Journal of Neuroscience.last_img read more