Long Island Blizzard to Shut LIRR, Roads and Other Travel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard forecast to dump up to three feet of snow on Long Island overnight Monday is halting virtually all modes of transportation, including planes, trains, buses, ferries and all roadways.The Long Island Rail Road will tentatively be shut down at 11 p.m. Monday, New York State officials said. Airline passengers were also grounded from flights in and out of New York Metro area airports, including Long Island MacArthur Airport. Nassau and Suffolk county officials said buses will stop running once the weather worsens tonight—while both Cross-Sound and Fire Island ferries also canceled service.“This is not a storm to take lightly,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned during a news conference Monday afternoon. “Getting stuck on alast_img read more

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Redknapp overwhelmed by Saka’s gift

first_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Truly Mysterious Things That Have Happened On Chinese SoilBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Product That Have Wild Origin Stories7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Former Liverpool midfielder, Jamie Redknapp, has described Bukayo Saka as a “joy to watch” after he scored his first Premier League goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring at Wolves Though Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were seen as tough opponents with top-four ambitions, the Gunners were in a confident mood having recorded three wins on the bounce in all competitions. Saka ensured the streak continued with his beautiful volley from a Kieran Tierney pass two minutes prior to the half-time break. Alexandre Lacazette then sealed the win his strike off the bench in the 86th minute to keep Arsenal’s slim top-four hopes alive. It caps off an exciting week for Saka who signed a contract extension at the Emirates Stadium until 2024. “To a certain extent today wasn’t what we usually associate with Arsenal, they were dogged, really good defensively and they’ve got that little bit of quality as well when Lacazette comes on,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports as per the Express. “I’m so pleased for that young man, Saka. He’s a joy to watch. He’s loving the Premier League. New contract. As he said, what a week for him. It’s a really good finish. “Aubameyang is heavily involved, he knows exactly where he is on the pitch, plays it out wide and you just see again at the back post, Saka drops his shoulder [to get into space]. “He has a swing at it, it’s not necessarily conventionally the best volley you’ll ever see but it’s a really good one, and it works for him.center_img “He guides it away from the keeper, it’s a nice strike. It’s just one of those but it’s good technique.” Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole, also speaking on Sky Sports, said Saka feels very much at home now that he’s tied to the club for the foreseeable future. “Watching the interview, you know he [Saka] feels that Arsenal is his home,” Cole stated. “He’s a young kid. The group they’ve got around him, with extra young players, is making him feel very welcome and at home. “I think Arsenal fans are buzzing that he’s signed and he definitely looks one for the future, for sure.” Saka, who was clearly thrilled by the goal, asserted on the need to be humble as he keeps learning. The 18-year-old now has four goals and 10 assists in 35 competitive outings. “It has been such a great week, signing my contract and then getting my first Premier League goal. And it wasn’t a bad goal either so I’m very happy,” he told the BBC. read also:Saka’s first Premier League goal keeps Arsenal in Euro race “I have to stay humble and keep my feet on the ground to keep learning. It’s important for us to have experience and world-class players around to advise us. It was tough for us today but we gave our all and that is what got us over the line.” Saka will be hoping to impress again when Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Whicker: Clippers frustrating Portland‘s top shooters

first_imgNot much has been different in this first-round playoff series. Lillard missed 16 of 22 shots in Portland’s 102-81 Game 2 loss at Staples Center on Tuesday. He missed all six three-pointers. In Game 1, the Clippers held him to 7-of-17 shooting and considered themselves ahead of the game.“I thought they (Portland) rushed some shots tonight,” said Doc Rivers, dismissively. “I thought we were really good defensively in Game 1. I didn’t think we were very good tonight.’C.J. McCollum, the shot engineer from Lehigh who went 3 of 11 on Sunday, was 6 for 17 in Game 2. That means Portland’s top guns are shooting 32.8 for the series, which moves to Portland on Saturday and Monday.“The important thing is just go at them when we have the ball,” said Austin Rivers, who was part of the Clippers’ second wave that washed out Portland’s hopes in the fourth quarter.“Those guys have to carry a heavy load for that team. We’re being real aggressive on both ends. I’m not saying they can’t defend, but the last thing they want to do is chase somebody around on defense after they’ve been on the offensive end. That’s tough, man. We’ve been going at them downhill with the ball, and then on defense we’re just trapping them, getting the ball out of their hands, and trying to make somebody else beat us.” JJ Redick referred to it as a “soft blitz,” in which Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan come out to greet Lillard as soon as he gets the ball. The Trail Blazers haven’t found a way to counter, primarily because they don’t have consistent punch in their frontcourt.Still, the Clippers took their sweet time putting away Portland. A lot of it was the foul line. This was a night when Portland coach Terry Stotts could have employed Hack-A-Clipper, because the team went 14 for 25 while DeAndre Jordan was going 1 for 6.But the Clippers also missed enough no-footers and lost enough loose balls to allow Portland to hang close at the end of the second and third quarters. Blake Griffin had only four goals in his 31 minutes, and Jordan, even though he had 18 boards, was 1 for 4.So the story, again, was a Clippers bench that is becoming its own contiguous unit. And its shape can shift. In this game, Pablo Prigioni was merely a victory cigar and Paul Pierce didn’t play at all. The subs who found a way were Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich and Jeff Green, and they shot 17 for 35. The L.A. bench buried Portland’s, 43-10.“Jamal’s pretty good,” said Gerald Henderson of Portland, wryly realizing he wasn’t breaking any new ground there. “He can come off screens, gets in there, get his own shot. Austin can be tough, too. We need to get into them better, play them more aggressively, make them shoot some contested ‘twos.’”Paul and Griffin re-entered the game with 7:38 left but postponed it because the Clippers bench was flying so high. The second unit began the fourth quarter intact, and the Clippers led by six. When they left, the lead was 15. The same thing happened in the second quarter, when the alt-Clippers took a 5-point lead and pushed it to 10.“As a group, we look at what the lead is,” Austin Rivers confirmed.“It’s a lot easier picking my spots now,” Crawford said. “I encourage those guys to be aggressive, because the more they do that, the more the floor opens up.”Lillard sounded the refrain of all good shooters who have bad nights.“My very first shot of the game, I got a clean pull-up,” he said, “at the free-throw line. It came out. Then I got a backdoor and got right to the rim and the ball slipped out of my hand. “There aren’t any excuses. Our coaching staff did a great job putting C.J. and I in positions where they couldn’t take a lot away from us. I just have to make the shots. As far as anything being missing, there is nothing missing. The ball just didn’t go in.”The Clippers fully expect Baby Dame to be cleaned up and ready for Game 3. But they don’t intend to Pamper him. You work your way out of Oakland and through Weber State and into Portland and finally into the world of the national commercial pitchman.And they put you in a stroller and get Kevin Garnett to tell the world you need a little fumigation.That’s not the worst thing about being Damian Lillard in this playoff series. The Clippers are.The guy who ranked No. 6 among NBA scorers might have had a premonition that he wouldn’t get to frolic against the Clippers, who aren’t exactly considered the Seven Blocks of Granite defensively. In four games against the Clippers this season, Lillard shot 32.4 percent and averaged 16 points, more than nine below his average.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Trump hugs ex-A’s catcher Suzuki, who wears MAGA hat during White House visit

first_imgThe lasting image of the world champion Washington Nationals’ visit to the White House on Monday was President Trump’s awkward hug of former A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki.Trump, though, can be forgiven for his unbridled show of affection toward Suzuki, whodonned a “Make America Great Again” hat after being summoned to the podium by the president.Kurt Suzuki of the Washington Nationals pops MAGA hat on as Trump calls him up to the mic. pic.twitter.com/6B4oOFNJko— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) …last_img read more

Leaf Vein Patterns Are Not in Vain

first_imgThe vein patterns in a leaf approach perfection.  If the requirement is to reach every cell with the shortest and most efficient paths, leaves do it just right.  A team of scientists at Cornell, “inspired by plant leaves,” tried to build a network in a polymer substrate that would maximize distribution of fluid with evaporation-driven flow.  Their “biomimetic leaf” couldn’t improve on the real thing.  Read all about it in PNAS.1    Next, they think the “design principles” they uncovered will be useful for inventors.  “These scaling relations for evaporatively driven flow through simple networks reveal basic design principles for the engineering of evaporation�permeation-driven devices, and highlight the role of physical constraints on the biological design of leaves.”1.  Noblin et al, “Optimal vein density in artificial and real leaves,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print July 1, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0709194105.Don’t you creationists try to latch onto this story now.  They said, “The long evolution of vascular plants has resulted in a tremendous variety of natural networks responsible for the evaporatively driven transport of water.”  So clearly they believe in evolution.  This is merely an adaptation.  Natural selection is up to the task.  That’s what natural selection does: adapts things to their environment.  It searches through all possibilities and finds the optimum solutions to nature’s engineering problems.  It tinkers with things until it gets them right.  Evolution has millions of years to work its magic.  Given enough time, anything is possible, even things that look like miracles.  Evolution is smart.  Evolution is like… well, a god.  Believe!(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa, Proudly South African and South African Tourism host a Heritage, Tourism and Investment Media tour to KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgBrand South Africa collaborated with Proudly South African and South African Tourism to host an insightful Heritage, Tourism and Investment Media tour to KwaZulu-Natal in celebration of Heritage Month on the 05th – 06th September 2018.Heritage Month is celebrated annually during September as a build up to the significant public holiday – heritage day on the 24th of September. On this day we are all encouraged to celebrate our cultural traditions that make up this diverse beautiful South Africa.Over 10 media personnel from Johannesburg were invited to be part of this two-day media tour which featured heritage, tourism and investment sites in KZN. This was the first for the tripartite collaboration and heritage month was a proudly South African platform.The day began with an early flight courtesy of Comair a Proudly South African member. On board, the media was warmly welcomed by the Captain as flight BA6203 took to the skies.Upon landing the team was met with a 32 bus seater and a welcoming smile from the travel agent courtesy of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism.First spot -Investment site, the Dube Tradeport for a tour of the Special Economic Zone. The Dube TradePort Corporation, is a business entity of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, which is charged with the responsibility to develop the province’s biggest infrastructural project. It is considered one of South Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities, this designated Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is geared to promote foreign and local investment.A quick presentation of the Dube Trade Port journey was shared by Mr Tim Hudson and Taryn Muller took the team on the Agrizone tour.Summary of the site visit included pointers on;Dube Trade Port aims is to contribute to the economy through nurturing small South African businesses for job creation and localization of products and import substitutionThe future of Dube Trade Port includes a Durban Aerotropolis to attract investors working with landowners for future investmentsThe AgriZone grows various vegetables one of is the super-efficient vertical growing cucumbers of which over hundred thousand cucumbers are produced in a weekFollow the link for more about Dube TradePortSecond spot Heritage site, the Luthuli Museum. The team couldn’t hold back their emotions and took to social media to share this heritage site filled historical memorabilia;A history lesson that was sincerely appreciated today @Brand_SA @ProudlySA @TourismKZN #KZNMediaTour #WeDoTourism thanks to many people like #AlbertLuthuli we are able to #ShotLeft #ItsYourCountry #EnjoyIt pic.twitter.com/657frR5kWB— Altaaf Kazi (@AK_MediaMan) September 5, 2018Chief Luthuli’s home in Groutville is a heritage site. Upon entry is a life-like statue of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Thulani Thusi, heritage officer, says Luthuli’s daughters cried the first time they saw the statue. #KZNmediatour @ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/JgQ8sZSw2W— Mpiletso Motumi (@mane_mpi) September 5, 2018Second site @LuthuliMuseum #KZNMediaTour to reflect on the journey SA travelled with Nkosi Luthuli to enable a free society able to embrace it’s heritage and diversity #letmypeoplego @Brand_SA @ProudlySA @TourismKZN pic.twitter.com/xJf2iDb93D— Ntombi Ntanzi (@Nto_B) September 5, 2018Follow the link for more information about the Luthuli MuseumThird spot – Tourism site, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, the host for the night, courtesy of Tsogo Sun. A cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel was hosted that afforded the tripartite collaboration to engage with media about this partnership. Fast facts shared by the hotel Manager as he welcomed the guests to the cocktail dinner, “Beverly Hills Hotel is the first 5-star hotel in the country”Speaking on the tripartite collaboration, Brand South Africa’s GM for Stakeholder Ms Mpumi Mabuza said, “The reason for the conceptualization of this collaboration came to be, because of a need to support each other’s strategic mandates that aim to enhance features of the Nation Brand that contribute to the bigger vision of the country – to be globally competitive and as an investment destination of choice.”Research shared in the 2017 City Brand Index on the performance of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. The report reflected on the role cities and metros play in the global economy.Cape Town and Johannesburg make marginal gains in the 2017 index, with Durban seeing the strongest improvements in several of the indicators of the study – Durban is most admired for its cleanliness.One of the messages emerging from the report is that a Nation Brand’s reputation is directly influenced by those of cities and metros.South Africa is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets, offering a unique combination of highly developed first world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy.“Proudly South African seeks to strongly influence attaining an increase for local production, and influence consumers to buy local. It’s for this notion that we have launched an online store that makes supporting local products easily accessible to everyone through a click of a button” said Chief Marketing Officer Ms Happy Ngidi.The Proudly South African Campaign is in line with government’s plans to revive South Africa’s economy so that millions of jobs can be created and unemployment can be decreased under the New Growth Path Plan. Proudly South African fits hand-in-glove with the broader national development agenda and the Local Procurement Accord.South African Tourism, GM: Global PR, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Mr Altaaf Kazi, “We all need to tell our stories, we have a beautiful country and through these collaborations, we can increase domestic tourism numbers. I am more than eager to take this concept across the country.”After the formalities, the guests were given an opportunity to mingle, share their thoughts on the importance of heritage, tourism and investment to afford the country an opportunity to be competitively capable on a global and domestic stage.Day two was the final spot – Investment and Tourist attraction, the Cappeny Estates Strawberry Farm. Cappeny Estates is KwaZulu-Natal’s newest and arguably its most popular hydroponic strawberry farm. It is the only commercial strawberry farm in Ballito.Giving the presentation was co-founder Mrs Yolisa Gumede, “The 17-hectare farm was built entirely from scratch by my husband and me, who are first-generation farmers and proud members of the Ballito community. Their journey is one of research, courage and passion. The journey began in 2010, with extensive worldwide travels and research to various strawberry farms.”The farm now employs 28 permanent workers, 5 graduates and 50 seasonal employees which contribute to the wide range of products that Cappeny Estates exports to the world.Every year the estate hosts a strawberry picking festival with people travelling from all over the country. The team had missed out on this festival but were fortunate to be granted a picking experience.We just picked Strawberries from the farm @CappenyEstates owned by Black family “Gumede’s #KZNmediatour @Brand_SA @ProudlySA their story so inspiring @TourismKZN pic.twitter.com/LQqiYhK8Z2— Madoda Ntuli ?? (@Madoda) September 6, 2018My pickings from @CappenyEstates strawberry farm ????nix mapha?#KZNMEDIATOUR @Brand_SA @ProudlySA @TourismKZN pic.twitter.com/r0Po47qU8g— Ntombi Ntanzi (@Nto_B) September 6, 2018Follow the link for more on the Cappeny EstateThe Media Tour came to an end with a flight back to Jozi and an experience that hopefully triggered the travel bug. Most importantly, the necessity for each and every person to contribute towards positively marketing the country and telling inspiring stories of the Nation Brand’s heritage, tourism and investment sites.Follow #KZNMediaTour to see the two days shared by our local media and tripartite partners.last_img read more

6 Sites to Make You a Better Filmmaker

first_imgImprove your scriptwriting, filmmaking and film theory knowledge with these helpful sites.Image from Vancouver Film School on FlickrIt often seems that new filmmakers are obsessed with gear and technology, but don’t focus on how to tell a story. If you’re looking to dig deeper into film theory and learn how the best moving stories are told, these filmmaking sites provide a wealth of info. Bookmark them!Film CourageFim Courage  is co-run by Karen Worden (Editor-in-Chief/videographer) and David Branin (videographer). The site provides a ton filmmaking tips and tricks from professional filmmakers in the industry.  Also worth checking out is their Director’s Toolkit that has interviews with successful filmmakers like Richard Linklater.Fincher FanaticAs the name indicates, Fincher Fanatic is focused on the Films of David Fincher. But don’t let that put you off, as it offers the site is actually a lot more comprehensive and features articles/videos on the process of filmmaking. I suggest starting in the “Film School” section, featuring a variety of interesting articles and videos.One of my favorites is Paint It Black: A Look at David Fincher’s Color Palette ,a PDF that looks at the use of color in several Fincher films. It’s a very enlightening 9 page read, especially for those interested in learning cinematography and color grading.Movies in ColorMovies in Color touts itself as “a website featuring stills from films and their corresponding color palettes. A tool to promote learning and inspiration”. The site examines color palettes from well known Hollywood classics, as well as recent films.Color is an essential part of mise-en-scène. I find this site fascinating and have been revisiting some of favorite films while referencing the color swatches here. You can search the site based on the film, director or cinematographer. For those wanting to work in cinematography and color grading, understanding color is essential.Related to this, Mike Jones has a great article on color grading that covers building color swatches for your film/video project.Clothes on Film“The aim of Clothes on Film is to examine costume and identity in movies, featuring detailed articles on outfits, reviews, news and exclusive interviews”Although the blog seems like an ideal read for a costumer, there’s actually a lot of considerations here for anyone interested in filmmaking. Unfortunately clothes and costuming is often neglected in low budget filmmaking. The right clothing can help better convey a sense of time and feeling in your film project.David Bordell Geared toward the student filmmaker, Elements of Cinema is a good starting point for those interested in the fundmentals of successful filmmaking. The site provides a detailed guide to the process, from screenwriting and editing to directing and cinematography.For those new to the craft, start on the What is Cinema page.These sites provide a wealth of info on the different aspects of filmmaking. Got others to share? Let us know in the comments below. David Bordell is the author of the well known book  Film Art and a Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His articles are detailed observations on both historical and contemporary cinema. The site feels slightly academic, but there is great info here and definitely worth a read.One of his most recent post is a fascinating look at the storytelling process of the ‘Wolf of Wall Street“. It’s a terrific read on the fundamentals of film narrative.Elements of Cinemalast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona defender Gerard Pique calls for unity

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Gerard Pique calls for unityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has called for unity after victory at Getafe.Pique, Barcelona’s third captain, sent a message to the board in the mixed zone of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”We have to be united, the fans and the board,” said Pique. “When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no fights. We know the club, we know the daily goings on, we know who writes the articles, even though they may carry another person’s name.”Pique added: “We want to compete, go out to play and not cause fights that don’t exist. We don’t want them to eist. Things can go better or worse, but we should be united or we’ll hurt ourselves.” last_img read more

Video: Texas And Baylor Nearly Brawled In Overtime Tonight

first_imgTexas and Baylor almost fight during game.Texas hosted No. 14 Baylor tonight, and the Longhorns needed the win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They won 61-59 in overtime on a runner by guard Isaiah Taylor, but not before seven players from both teams were ejected following a serious scuffle in the extra session.The scrum started near the scorers table and resulted in multiple players leaving their respective benches. Assistant coaches and referees had to break up the action.A look at the fracas in Austin. Several #Texas players left the bench area, to join the scrum Maybe 1-2 #Baylor plyrs pic.twitter.com/eBTDmN7gD4— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieTV) March 3, 2015Here’s a glance at the seven players who got the boot for their roles in the near melee.Seven players (4 Texas, 3 Baylor) have been ejected in #BAYvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/Kq3LvsYmqC— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 3, 2015Amazingly, Taylor, who was involved in starting the entire incident, not only didn’t get ejected but ended up winning the game with his floater in the lane. Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes needed this win, but it’ll be interesting to see if players from either team are suspended moving forward.last_img read more

Video: Watch Peyton Manning Get On Stage And Sing “Rocky Top” At Nashville Bar

first_imgPeyton Manning gets on stage at Nashville Bar.Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]last_img read more