Vermont Telecommunications Authority to fund NEK fiber link

first_imgThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) announced today its intention to fund a multi-provider fiber communications link between Newport and Hardwick.  VTA funds in the amount of $500,000 for construction of the fiber link were authorized in Act 53 of the 2011-2012 legislative session. VTA intends to ensure that the design of the proposed facility will include fiber strands which can be used for middle-mile and last-mile broadband purposes, as called for in the authorizing legislation.‘The VTA has received strong expression of community support for the expansion of fiber optic facilities in the Northeast Kingdom,’ said VTA Executive Director Christopher Campbell.  ‘This project will connect and extend existing and planned fiber networks in one of Vermont’s most rural regions.’The fiber link will be available to multiple communications service providers to serve key businesses and institutional customers, local cellular networks and for last-mile broadband expansion.In early November, the VTA received responses to an October 24, 2011 Notice of Grant Funding.  The VTA has invited all respondents to the Notice to participate cooperatively in the engineering and development of the project, and to receive strands on the project in return for partial capital contributions to the construction of the project. VTA intends to convene a process with the providers shortly to begin the design of the project. Construction of the link between two important regional centers, will provide new communications opportunities for economic development and education, while enabling new expansions of last-mile broadband and cellular services.last_img read more

Face-to-face innovation in a fintech world

first_imgSince CU Direct opened its Innovation Lab in March, credit union leaders from across the country have gathered there to brainstorm ideas for new lending technology.The new center in Irvine, Calif., about 40 miles from CU Direct’s headquarters in Ontario, has hosted innovation sessions for Credit Union Advisory Councils focused on the company’s product lines, such as the CUDL auto lending platform and Lending Insights analytics tools. A group of credit union executives also met with CU Direct at the lab this spring to talk through the possibility of facilitating participation loan applications through block chain technology, and another group has formed to study how best to convert paper checks issued to preauthorize auto loans into a digital format that members could present to dealers via a mobile app, says CU Direct President/CEO Tony Boutelle.“The Innovation Lab offers a high-tech environment with collaboration cells for breaking into smaller groups around whiteboards,” he says. “Our aim is to create a lot of collaboration and discussion so that we can all prioritize together a combination of new products and improvements to existing lending products and processes.” continue reading » 86SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Open applications for the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has opened online applications for Annual Croatian Tourist Awards 2018.It is a joint project of the Croatian Tourist Board, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which was created with the aim of further encouraging competitiveness, innovation and awareness of sustainable development and raising the quality of services and products in the tourism sector. The concept of the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards consists of six categories: Destination of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Innovation of the Year, Attraction of the Year, Business Sector Award (Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia) and People in Tourism Award, and applications are open until August 13, 2018These awards are intended to reward, but also to motivate all companies, associations and individuals whose work shows excellence and gives new value to Croatian tourism. The awards are comprehensive and follow world tourism trends, and they encourage everyone to continue to contribute to the growth of Croatian tourism in the international arena.Attachment: APPLICATION for the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards (pay attention to the categories on the left)OPEN APPLICATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL AWARDS OF CNTB / PEOPLE IN TOURISMWe remind you that applications and candidacies for awarding an annual prize “Anton Štifanić” i Lifetime Achievement Award, which are received by natural and legal persons up to August 31, 2018, or for a reward “Man – the key to success, employee of the year” which are received until tomorrow, July 27, 2018. Candidates for the selection of employees of the year can be submitted by tourist boards, ministries, professional associations, companies and local self-government units.You can report our tourism ambassadors HEREAll winners will receive the award at the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are being held this year on Hvar on October 25th and 26th.last_img read more

Construction picks up, but cranes disappearing from apartments

first_imgConstruction work underway at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.According to surveyor RBL, a total of 685 cranes are currently located on projects across Australia, with 350 in Sydney, 151 in Melbourne and 116 in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Mr James said there was nothing in the data to change CommSec’s belief that official interest rates won’t change for at least a year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Apartments under construction in Newstead, Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt.Across the four major sub-sectors in the survey, engineering construction activity expanded for a seventh consecutive month to hit 10-year highs. Government spending on road, rail and public transportation-related infrastructure projects continues to drive engineering jobs, wages growth and construction work. The home building sector also expanded in October, though at a slower rate of growth. PROPERTY BEATS SUPER HANDS DOWN BRISBANE’S PRESTIGE MARKET ON FIRE PLENTY OF HOMES FOR HORSE LOVERS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoApartment-related activity picked up, but it remained at contractionary levels as new orders softened and investor demand continued to wane following recent lending restrictions.Ai Group head of policy Peter Burn said the outlook for the apartment sub-sector was for a continuation of the orderly retreat from historically high levels that had been evident over the course of 2017. “There may still be plenty of cranes visible on new apartment sites but there are now many less than was the case a year ago,” he said. Construction work across Australia has picked up for a ninth straight month, new figures show. Photo: AFP/Armend Nimani.CONSTRUCTION work across the nation has picked up for a ninth straight month, but the cranes are starting to disappear from apartment sites, according to new figures.The Australian Industry Group Performance of Construction index eased to 53.2 in October from 54.7 in September.Any reading above 50 signifies expansion or growth of activity, however the pace of growth has been slowing since July.center_img Apartments under construction in Newstead, Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt.Housing Industry Association principal economist Tim Reardon said house building had continued to cool modestly throughout the year and he expected that to continue into 2018.“The easing in the pace of contraction in the apartment side of the market is welcome news in a market that has slowed over the year,” he said.CommSec senior economist Craig James noted the survey showed infrastructure-related construction work was booming across the nation. “While mining projects have been completed, the handover to non-mining sources of construction, especially road, rail and transport projects are driving growth and creating jobs,” he said in a note to clients.last_img read more

New York’s JFK starts Ebola checks

first_img 98 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint New York’s JFK starts Ebola checks by: – October 11, 2014 Share Screening measures will include checking passengers for high temperatureNew York’s JFK airport has started screening to try to stem the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people.Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – the worst-hit countries – will have their temperatures taken and have to answer a series of questions.Checks at O’Hare in Chicago, Newark, Washington’s Dulles and Atlanta’s airport will begin in the coming days.This comes after the first person died of Ebola in Texas on Wednesday.Thomas Duncan had travelled to the US from Liberia, and was only diagnosed with the disease once he arrived in Dallas.The latest figures released by the World Health Organization show the number of deaths attributed to the the haemorrhagic fever has risen to 4,033.The vast majority of the fatalities – 4,024 – were in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.New York’s Bellevue Hospital staff in protective suits in an isolation room during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patientsNew York’s authorities say the city is “particularly well prepared”‘Simulated patients’The screening measures at JFK started on Saturday. Border agents will check passengers for signs of illness such as high temperatures.Passengers from the three African nations will also be asked about their travel history prior to coming to the US and also if they have been in contact with anyone suffering from Ebola.If they answer “Yes” to any questions or are running a fever, a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will intervene and provide a public health assessment.There are currently no scheduled direct flights from the three countries to the US, with most passengers from Africa travelling via Europe.Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said the new system provided an extra layer of assurance for the American public, and would cover 94% of travellers from the affected region.Martin Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control, said that this was in addition to the 100% screening being carried out at the points of departure.However, he cautioned that “we cannot get the risk to zero” and that the latest screening “may not have caught the Texas case”.Mr Duncan only developed symptoms a week after he entered the US.Experts have warned that a person can carry the virus for up to three weeks before showing symptoms.JFK and the four other airports account for 90% of air travellers arriving in the US. As many as 160 people enter the US from the worse-affected countries each day.“There is no cause for alarm,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier, adding that the city was “particularly well prepared”.“Physicians, hospitals, emergency medical personnel are trained in how to identify this disease and how to quickly isolate anyone who may be afflicted.”To test the readiness of New York, people pretending to display Ebola symptoms – the so-called “simulated patients” – have been walking into hospital emergency rooms to see if there were any weaknesses in the new system.BBC Newslast_img read more

Carter writes final chapter in Hogan Memorial history

first_imgFeature Results  Continuing to make the most of the fast higher line, Carter quickly built a half straight advantage after the restart. He was two lapped cars ahead of Rust when the final caution came out with seven laps left. Aikey had started 13th and battled back and forth with Joel Rust before settling into second with six laps left. Rust, Tim Ward and Hunter Marriott rounded out the top five. Hard charger Ethan Dotson started 24th and finished 10th while Ed Thomas, honored with an Ironman award earlier in the evening, started the main event for the 24th time. VINTON, Iowa (July 3) – That $4,908 check was great. Aikey caught Rust and made the final circuits interesting, but couldn’t catch Carter. The winner’s share of the purse included $500 for leading at halfway and $2,050 in lap money.  But taking home the winner’s trophy from the 25th, final and record-breaking Hogan Memorial, Cayden Carter said, was priceless. Hobby Stocks – 1.  Daniel Wauters, West Branch; 2. Leah Wroten, Independence; 3. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 4. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 5. Erick Knutsen, Cedar Rapids; 6. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 7. Justin Ginther, Jesup; 8. Michael Kimm, Vinton; 9. Luke Bird, Winthrop; 10. Quinton Miller, Independence; 11. Jake Benischek, Durant; 12. Matt Brown, Dysart; 13. Solomon Bennett, Minburn; 14. Jeremiah Andrews, Union; 15. Kyle Dulin, Brandon; 16. Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids; 17. Randy LaMar, Buffalo; 18. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids; 19. Justin Tharp, Vinton; 20. Max Leonard, Ladora; 21. David Simpson, Des Moines; 22. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids; 23. Scott Sondag, Vinton. And McBirnie was the fourth different leader in the last half of the Northern SportMod main. He banked $1,000 after running up front the last six circuits. Carter led all but nine laps and the last 36 times around the track in the 50-lap IMCA Modified main event Wednesday night at Benton County Speedway, beating Jeff Aikey to the stripe by three car lengths. “Winning this race means a lot to us,” said Carter, born a month and a half before the first annual event and who’d also won the Hogan in 2013. “This has always been a big race for us. I didn’t want the money. I wanted the trophy. You can’t buy that.” Cayden Carter won the final Hogan Memorial IMCA Modified feature Wednesday night, in front of a packed grandstand on a record-setting night at Benton County Speedway. Carter had also won the 2013 event. (Photo by Scott Swenson) “We got lucky with the draw tonight,” Carter said from victory lane, one hand still on that tall trophy. “We felt pretty good about running in traffic and thought that if we could get a lapped car in between, we’d be good.” center_img The front pair tussled before Carter got the lead back on lap 14; he was in heavy traffic when the caution light came on again on lap 23 and still had Rust and Aikey on his tail when the race was halted for the mandatory front stretch pitstop at halfway. Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 2. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 4. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 5. Dan Trimble, Fairbank; 6. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 7. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 8. Neal Miller, Evansdale; 9. Dallon Murty, Chelsea; 10. Jared Daggett, Marshalltown; 11. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 12. Les Blakely, Fairfield; 13. Shane Ebaugh, Evansdale; 14. Dean Kratzer, Montrose; 15. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo; 16. Kevin Rose, Waterloo; 17. Riley Hanson, Vinton; 18. Brandon Jacoby, Waterloo; 19. Dustin Vis, Cedar Rapids; 20. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 21. Duayne Herb, Hiawatha; 22. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone; 23. Kyle Merkes, Farley; 24. Paul Howard, Davenport; 25. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 26. Chase Zaruba, Sabula. Outside front row starter Austin Howes was scored as the leader on laps three and four; Carter regained the front spot before Californian Cody Laney nosed ahead. When the checkers flew, it signaled the end of one of the longest running specials for IMCA Modifieds. A track record 153 cars, including 44 Modifieds from seven states, saw action in front of a very full grandstand. Friends and the racing community added some $22,000-plus to the evening’s purse. Kyle Brown was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, Daniel Wauters topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Jake McBirnie won the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main. Carter was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  Wauters charged to the front following a lap three restart and led to the finish of the Hobby Stock feature, holding off Leah Wroten to earn $1,350. Brown, the defending Modified winner, started on the pole and led all 20 laps for a $1,000 payday. Damon Murty ran second most of the last half of the race before Abe Huls snuck by to take the runner-up spot. Modifieds – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 5. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 6. Brad Dierks, Clarence; 7. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 10. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 12. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 13. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 14. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 15. Brennen Chipp, Dunkerton; 16. Brandon Spanjer, Crete, Neb.; 17. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo.; 18. Dennis LaVeine, Burlington; 19. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 20. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 21. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 22. David Brown, Kellogg; 23. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 24.  Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 25. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 26. Mike Burbridge, Delhi.  Carter drew the pole after winning the third of six heats and led the first two circuits following a caution on the initial start. Northern SportMods – 1. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 2. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 3. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 4. Ben Chapman, Clarence; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville; 8. Gage Neal, Ely; 9. Dylan VanWyk, Oskaloosa; 10. Austin Kaplan, Ankeny; 11. Brandon Tharp, Vinton; 12. Carter VanDenberg, Oskaloosa; 13. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls; 14. Logan Anderson, Eddyville; 15. Chris Burke, Altoona; 16. Kyle Bentley, Rowley; 17. Erick Knutsen, Cedar Rapids; 18. Ron Kibbe, Danville; 19. Jacob Ellithorpe, Maquoketa; 20. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk; 21. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 22. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 23. Kevin Goben, Sherrard, Ill.last_img read more

Carrick nomination overdue – Fergie

first_img Press Association Midfielder Carrick was named in the 2004 Division One team of the year for his performances at West Ham. But he had never been among the names shortlisted for the main award until now, before the 2013 Player of the Year is picked on April 28. “This has been Michael’s best ever season at United,” said Ferguson. “He’s been absolutely magnificent. It’s amazing Michael has had to wait until he’s 31 to get nominated for anything – but he deserves it.” Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is stunned Michael Carrick has had to wait until he is 31 for his first PFA Player of the Year nomination.center_img Carrick’s Manchester United team-mate Robin van Persie is also on the shortlist, along with Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. Favourite for the gong is Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez also among the contenders despite his chequered past. “Sometimes controversy travels with players,” said Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor. “Sometimes it is in their very nature. Sometimes the very intensity that causes a problem also makes sure they win. “It is very difficult at times. Players are expected to be top role models and set the finest example. I don’t underestimate the need for them to do all they can to be seen as a good example. But they are also human beings. It is not always possible to put old heads on relatively young shoulders.” In a shortlist that includes no defenders or goalkeepers, and no representation from champions Manchester City, the biggest surprise is the absence of Swansea forward Michu, who many believe to be the signing of the season. City defender Matija Nastastic and Manchester United’s Rafael are the main omissions from the young player prize. Bale and Hazard have been listed, with the competition coming from Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere. For the first time, there will be a Women’s Player of the Year prize, too, with Scotland’s Kim Little among those nominated in addition to 20-year-old Arsenal team-mate Jordan Nobbs, who scored a stunning debut goal against Italy during England’s triumphant Cyprus Cup campaign in March. last_img read more

More Of That claims World Hurdle

first_img Press Association Big Buck’s was taken straight to the stables following the race, but after his retirement was confirmed, the ever-popular runner returned to the paddock to say farewell with one last walk around the ring. Nicholls said: “Andy (Stewart, owner) and I have been talking about it and I couldn’t improve him any more on what he’s done today. We won’t ask him to run again as he’s been a wonderful horse and wonderful for racing.” Stewart said: “The great horse is not as great as he was when a nine-year-old. “He had 420 days off (before returning in the Cleeve Hurdle) and he’s obviously not sparkling any more. At Fishers Cross beat him in the Cleeve and has done so again and I think he is finding the years getting to him. “We have done as much as we possibly can and there’s no way we can improve on that – what you saw today is as good as he is but he owes us nothing. “He’s going back to Ditcheat where all my other retired horses are, and he’ll be with Cenkos. “It’s been very flattering the way the public have taken to him. “He’s probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, staying hurdler of all-time, and it’s time to enjoy his retirement. “He’s been great for the public, great for racing and I love him to death.” Walsh said of Annie Power: “She was keen early and I didn’t get her 100 per cent switched off. “I probably got in a battle too early and picked the wrong JP McManus horse to follow. “The winner found plenty, she stayed all right but he stayed better. I wouldn’t mind riding the race again and challenging after the last rather than at the furlong pole. “She jumped like a buck and she’ll benefit greatly from a race like that, she’s still a very good mare.” Rebecca Curtis said of At Fishers Cross: “He ran a brilliant race. I thought he was going to win coming down to the last couple of flights. “I’m delighted that JP has won anyway.” Willie Mullins said of Annie Power: “I imagine she ran up to her mark, we were just beaten by a better horse on the day. “She jumped well, I couldn’t point to one hurdle and say she made a mistake. “We’ll see if she’ll run again, there’s Aintree or Punchestown which I would say might be favourite, but that was an extremely hard race and she might need a rest.” Meanwhile, David Pipe was thrilled to right last year’s wrong as Dynaste returned to his potent best with a slick display in the Ryanair Chase. The dashing grey was considered one of the bankers of last year’s Festival when going down in a Jewson Novices’ Chase thriller to Irish contender Benefficient, who was once again in a quality field for this middle-distance championship. Dynaste ran with great credit when chasing home Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, but had something to prove back at Prestbury Park having blown out badly when well fancied for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. His supporters stuck with him, however, ensuring he was sent off the 3-1 favourite, and it was clear Tom Scudamore was keen to give his charge a little more time to find his feet than has been the case in the past. The eight-year-old could be spotted making good progress coming down the hill, but Scudamore continued to bide his time and produced him with a perfectly-timed challenge to join the front-running Hidden Cyclone at the final fence. To his credit, Shark Hanlon’s pride and joy tried to make a race of it, but Dynaste had too many gears on the run to the line and was good value for a two-and-a-quarter-length verdict. His old adversary Benefficient travelled well for a long way, but dropped out quickly in the straight and was pulled up sharply before the final fence. Scudamore said: “He’s taken some knocks so I’m pleased for the horse as he’s gone and shown how good he is, and he’s gone and shown it at Cheltenham in a Grade One. “What a thrill.” Earlier in the day, McCoy partnered Taquin Du Seuil to victory in the JLT Novices’ Chase. The O’Neill-trained 7-1 shot was noted moving into contention at the top of the hill and he swooped after the last to deny game front-runner Uxizandre. Plenty still held chances at the bottom of the hill, but it was left to the two unbeaten young guns to fight it out, with More Of That, having just the fifth run of his life, powering to glory. Trainer Paul Nicholls immediately announced the retirement of 11-year-old Big Buck’s, the four-time winner of the race who only returned from injury in January. Nicholls said: “He’s going to have an honourable retirement, it’s a sad day but it’s good to end in one piece.” Geraghty said of More Of That: “It’s great. AP was the first to congratulate me, there’s no hard feelings – he’s a true professional. “He’s a good horse. I was always happy. Ruby (Walsh, on Annie Power) was upsides me in the straight and he looked to be travelling and when he gave her a squeeze, the response was OK but I thought I had enough in reserve. “It’s only his fifth run. He jumped and travelled away. He was a bit innocent when he got to the front, a bit unsure but he kept going.” Trainer Jonjo O’Neill added: “He’s still a big frame of a horse really and coming to himself. It all came together nicely, it’s brilliant. “He doesn’t show you much at home, he’s just a real class horse and goes about his business, never does anything flash.” Tony McCoy appeared to have dealt a hammer blow to More Of That’s chances a couple of weeks ago by choosing to ride At Fishers Cross, who eventually finished third, and the winner’s participation was only confirmed at declaration time. Punters were not deterred, however, and he was sent off the 15-2 third-favourite in the hands of Barry Geraghty, who for the second time this week benefited from McCoy making the wrong choice. More Of That outstayed Annie Power up the famous Cheltenham hill to claim the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with Big Buck’s back in fifth and subsequently retired. last_img read more

Teamwork, collaboration and coordination: How cinema students produce films during the pandemic

first_img“Usually [picture-locking is] this celebratory day where you’re all in the editing labs together,” co-producer of “Spit it Out, Margot!” and cinematic arts, film and television production major Caroline Quien said. “You have final little touches, you’re kind of working on the titles, the professor might be there with you. Instead, this was all remote. It was on Easter, we were all in different places, different time zones. When the faculty was like giving us final notes, Madison’s oven burst into flames.” “Production’s never going to look the same because we can’t be that close to each other on set anymore,” Harris said. “I think the exciting thing is, as we move forward, we get to be a part of that change … We get to be the ones to figure out what the new wave of this industry is going to look like.” The effects of the coronavirus have extended into almost every aspect of life, and the film industry is no exception. While the future of the industry remains uncertain, the CTPR 480 students believe that the production of their films equipped them for a career that will continue to evolve in a post-pandemic world.  Not only did Wuolijoki have to grapple with the time difference, but she also had a movie to produce.  A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT With the absence of some of SCA’s in-house sound technology or image editing equipment, the wait time for uploading and transferring film clips to show drafts to project members increased. Miriam Sachs, a cinematic arts, film and television production major, writer and one of the sound editors for “Spit It Out, Margot!,” spent hours sitting at her home desk waiting for files to upload.  “Time challenges are humongous,” Goodman said. “It’s creating art, managing time, doing all those things that, in and of itself, without a pandemic, is pretty challenging.” “[There was] a lot of waiting for things to upload, things not uploading … spending so many hours just trying to get the film out so that the director and our producers could watch,” Sachs said. “That was probably the most infuriating part of it, to be completely honest, because normally you’re just all together in a room mixing together. But because it’s all virtual, we had to upload drafts.”  A NEW SET OF CHALLENGES “In post-production, it’s great to be able to sit together in groups and be able to watch cuts or a soundtrack or music or whatnot and be able to give feedback on it,” Vempaty said. “So just the fact that we weren’t able to do that affected [the film] a lot.”  “When we’re all separated … since the timeline for a specific work or things becomes so much longer, it becomes really important that we’re constantly checking in on each other to make sure that we’re mentally healthy,” Ravi said. “These four films are fantastic,” Goodman said. “Other than missing the physical presence and maybe some things that they technically could do like sound mixing and color grading that maybe they could have done at a slightly elevated level, I’m hard-pressed to see how these films could be any better … I was really surprised and pleasantly surprised. That’s really because of the way the students just rose to the occasion.”  Kevin Maxwell, a graduate student and co-producer of “The Order,” felt that, with a great deal of teamwork, he believes that this year’s CTPR 480 experience has left students with invaluable lessons about the industry as it moves forward amid the pandemic.  “One thing that it taught us as a whole is the power of collaboration, the power of flexibility, the power of clear, coherent communication and patience,” Maxwell said. “We’re not able to sit in class with each other and to react to the film. That really changed things for us and doing screenings online is a different experience. That taught us a lot about the power of cinema and the communal experience of the theatre.” (Design: Ally Wei, Photos courtesy of CTPR 480 students) Lead instructor of CTPR 480 and professor of practice Brenda Goodman knows that without a pandemic, the class is already a difficult undertaking as storytelling is not an easy task.  The students may have pulled it off, but not without struggle. Quien said that, because of the collaborative nature of filmmaking, remote instruction led to a sense of creative and emotional distance from her project.  “I pretty much switched my schedule around, like my sleeping schedule, because all the post-production was happening, obviously, during the day L.A. time which is middle of the night Finnish time,” Wuolijoki said. “Because I’m the one that all of the communication flows through, I was staying up a lot.”  “Before the pandemic, we could just schedule a time to meet in the labs and just make adjustments,” Pu said. “But now, people can’t see those changes instantly. So they have to wait for the new cut to be exported and uploaded. And if it didn’t work, then we need to go back and change it and go through the same process again. So what usually takes maybe three hours in the lab will now take 10 hours or even a day because we all have other tasks and personal business that are also affected by the pandemic.”  “Our biggest issue or biggest roadblock came just in post-production and really trying to stay focused when everything was happening,” Harris said. “Staying on the timeline was really difficult and demanding.” “Our sound designer … was building this home booth by wrapping curtains and clothes and just trying to get some sort of sound isolation,” Wuolijoki said. “We were not able to do pretty much any Foley for this film or ADR [the process of re-recording audio to improve sound quality]. Right now, all four films are still not in the proper theater mix.” It was 4 a.m. in Helsinki, Finland, and pitch black outside — a stark contrast to 2020 graduate Oona Wuolijoki’s bright laptop screen. At a time when many students might be sleeping, Wuolijoki, who majored in cinematic arts, film and television production, was hard at work. She was awake this early because she, like many other international students at USC, rapidly packed up her apartment in a matter of days, booked a last-minute ticket home and began taking online classes mid-March while staying with her family. center_img As protocols for filming are being worked out by the industry and by SCA, future student productions will need to adhere to public health protocols once they are implemented on campus. Currently, SCA faculty are talking with their students about scripts and stories that allow both student filmmakers and actors to work safely.  Without access to SCA’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the scoring stages, recording studios, editing labs and classrooms, the 480 film teams had to overcome both technical and communication difficulties.  “We have amazing technology that allows us to do so many of the functions in our business online,” Goodman said. “But how to do that collaboratively was really my biggest fear.”  Fire or no fire, the teams grappled with perfecting their films. The spirit of collaboration and sense of community that is created among the CTPR 480 students would be difficult to maintain without in-person classes and meetings, Goodman thought. But her students shocked her.  Director of “The Order” Ryan Zhang admitted that, at times, a film school education can be overwhelming. But, this experience, he believes, taught him the importance of empathy in the creative process and looking at film production from a broader perspective.  For Wuolijoki’s film, “You Missed a Spot,” one of the biggest challenges she faced as co-producer was sound editing. Since the sound editors did not have access to the SCA Foley sound stages, students had to find creative ways to execute their work from home.  The separation also brought about surprising challenges. When the “Spit It Out, Margot!” team met with their professors to picture-lock — a process that involves all team members agreeing to be done with editing the frames — the group faced an unexpected distraction. While meeting via Zoom, co-producer Madison Holbrook had to simultaneously receive feedback from faculty and speak with firefighters who put out an accidental oven fire that erupted in her apartment during the meeting.  “When you’re doing editing and you’re doing sound work, and you’re all in the studio together, as a team, it’s way easier to focus,” Quien said. “But if you’re just watching clips alone, you’re going to have a different experience, and it’s going to be hard to communicate.”   “We’re just people struggling through life, and we just all care about making the movie as best as possible,” Zhang, a 2020 graduate who majored in cinematic arts, film and television production, said. “But sometimes, life gets in the way. And this is the most perfect example.”  LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Although the pandemic interrupted the typical workflow of CTPR 480 production, co-producer of “Strawman” Erik He stated that the entire process reinforced his belief that, despite all the hours spent in pre-production, things will never go perfectly according to plan. Luckily, however, all of the 480 students were fortunate to have completed filming before USC transitioned to online instruction and were transitioning to post-production.  Co-producer of “Strawman” and cinematic arts, film and television production major Aditya Vempaty echoed Pu, stating that this abrupt transition took a toll on the traditional creative process. Director of “Spit It Out, Margot!” Ella Harris felt the challenge of balancing schoolwork while meeting class deadlines. Harris, who is majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production, also said that it was difficult to keep everyone up to date without the luxury of being in the same room to disseminate information. All of this work was for Wuolijoki’s “Advanced Production” class, also known as CTPR 480, which is the School of Cinematic Arts’ longest-running production class reserved for students of senior standing. Designed to mimic the creation of a professional film, CTPR 480 students are assigned principal crew positions on four faculty-approved film scripts. This year’s chosen films included “Spit It Out, Margot!,” “The Order,” “You Missed a Spot” and “Strawman.”  Co-producer of “The Order” and cinematic arts, film and television production major Akshay Ravi affirmed that, without the luxury of face-to-face communication, coming together as a team is even more crucial. In what he called a “tumultuous school year,” supporting his crew became a top priority.  The class involves immense collaboration and coordination. Directors, producers, writers, editors and actors must come together to tell a cinematic story. The students involved are typically enrolled in 18 units and may have other internship or job obligations. Many students are assigned to these positions for the first time.  (Design: Ally Wei, Photos courtesy of CTPR 480 students) Instead of meeting together in person, the teams had to communicate online via Zoom and other platforms to stay connected and manage time efficiently. Editor of “The Order” Yiwei Pu, who majored in cinematic arts, film and television production, remembers feeling both the strain of time management and the difficulties of communicating online.  “This was such a good exercise in learning that you sometimes don’t have control … Even with everything prepared, there can be the absolute worst-case scenario,” he said. “It’s such a humbling lesson that no matter how much time you devote … ultimately, it’s not like assembly work. It really comes down to being flexible and just being prepared for absolutely anything.”last_img read more

‘We’re trying to figure that out’: Disastrous 1st half dooms No. 8 Syracuse in 13-10 loss at No. 12 Notre Dame

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. — Syracuse head coach John Desko didn’t have many answers to the dearth of issues plaguing the Orange after a 13-10 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.For the fourth-straight game, SU fell behind in the first half. The past three were four-goal deficits that Syracuse eventually erased. But Saturday, the Orange watched the Fighting Irish blister the defense to the tune of 11 first-half goals and an eight-goal halftime lead.“We’re banging our heads against the wall,” Desko said of SU’s early deficits. “We can not figure that out.”A lack of slides and communication on defense, turnovers and penalties all doomed No. 8 Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) in a disastrous first half. No. 12 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1) exploited it all, dominating the first half and winning, 13-10. Giving up early leads has been a concerning trend over the last month for the Orange and on Saturday at Arlotta Stadium, it allowed the Irish to run away with the game before the halftime buzzer.“We’ve proven we can comeback from a crazy deficit,” attack Bradley Voigt said, “but today was a little too much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNot even a minute into the game, SU’s defense lapsed. Bryan Costabile, the Irish’s All-American midfielder, dodged off a midfielder into open space and ripped a shot past Syracuse goalie Drake Porter. A close defender should’ve picked up Costabile off the dodge, but none moved to him quick enough.Two minutes later, Brendan Gleason used a pick to slip inside of Nick Mellen about 20 yards from the cage. Gleason barreled to the crease from the right side of the alley, Mellen holding him from behind with his stick. A defender needed to slide and stop Gleason’s charge. None did and UND went up 2-0 within three minutes.All throughout the first half, the Orange’s defense failed to consistently make slides and pick up cutters. Players and Desko attributed it to a lack of communication. No one explained the absence of chatter among an experienced group of defenders.Desko registered particular concern with the sudden lack of talk, noting slides are “basic team defense.”“Our No. 1 rule is communication,” long stick midfielder Brett Kennedy said. “So when we were lacking it, it obviously showed.”Notre Dame built a lead easily on Saturday in large part because in the first half, it dominated possession.Neither team dominated at the face-off X, but the Orange finished the first half with 14 turnovers, only four caused by the Irish. Prior to Saturday, SU averaged just over 12 a game.Twice, SU had the ball on offense, working it around the outside of the Irish’s defense. Twice, a midfielder — first Brendan Curry, then Jamie Trimboli — dropped what should’ve been an easy catch, starting up a Notre Dame clear.Between attack zones, the Orange often struggled to transition between defense and offense, coughing up the ball on bad passes or losing the ball in a crowd of defenders.It all resulted in a shocking possession disparity that let the Irish build a lead and outshoot SU 22-12 in the first frame.“It was definitely out of character for us,” Kennedy said. “I think some of it was just being stupid. Dumb mistakes. Everyone just needed to be more composed at the time.”The Irish went 3-for-3 with an extra man in the first half.On a Connor Morin goal in the first quarter, Tyson Bomberry picked up a two-minute, unreleasable penalty for a cross-check to the back of the head. He came late, from behind, hitting Morin as he shot.Notre Dame burned 1:54 of the penalty, probing the SU defense, before Gleason punished the Orange. Once more, in the second quarter, Gleason buried a man-up chance.Notre Dame already dominated Syracuse’s defense six-on-six in the first. Subtracting a defender only made matters worse for the Orange.As the Irish amassed their massive lead — built on the back of every SU misstep — the patented Syracuse comeback seemed less and less likely. But then the Orange went on a seven-goal run throughout most of the second half, bringing the game within two.But the Irish pushed back, capitalizing on a late lapse from Kennedy — a cross-check to Gleason — and ultimately preserving the massive lead spawned from the litany of Syracuse mistakes in the first half.“We’re trying to figure that out,” Desko said. “We’ve got the second half figured out, now we’ve got to figure out what the first half is.” Comments Published on March 30, 2019 at 4:12 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more