Where the San Francisco Giants stand on the morning of the trade deadline

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As Wednesday’s 4 p.m. EST trade deadline nears, the clock is ticking and baseball executives are frantically searching for the best possible deals for their respective clubs.Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is among those who planned to remain active in the hours leading up to the trade deadline, but it’s been a relatively quiet few days for the organization.Following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Phillies, first baseman Brandon Belt became the latest Giants …last_img

‘Our experiences are not because we’re an interracial couple – we’re just a couple.’

first_imgCassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays see themselves as an ordinary couple – even if other people refer to them as being in an interracial relationship. The pair has been dating for five years, having met online on a MXit chatroom.Cassarica Nadas met Gareth Mays on a MXit chatroom and fell in love after meeting him in person. The two speak about their families’ reaction when Mays became Nadas’ first boyfriend. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere was a time in South Africa when laws such as the Group Areas Act, the Immorality Act and the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act stopped people of different races from having relationships or from living in the same communities.However, since the democratic dispensation brought South Africa’s Constitution and Bill of Rights, people such as Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays have been able to build close relationships without being harassed by the law.Mays and Nadas marked their fifth year as a couple on 8 November 2016. The two were in a long-distance relationship when Mays moved to Cape Town for work in January 2013. Nadas eventually moved to Cape Town in September 2014. They now live together in Johannesburg.In light of Brand South Africa’s campaign, Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution, which was launched in October, this couple have spoken about their relationship.The three-month-long campaign focuses on empowering people with knowledge and information about their rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Brand South Africa says this awareness is integral to the promotion and advancement of South Africa’s constitutional values.Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays enjoy gaming and watching animation movies together. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How old are you and where did you grow up?CN: I am 26. I grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth.GM: I’m 30. I’m also from Port Elizabeth, the friendly city.MJ: What month and year did you meet?CN: We met in August 2011.GM: Oh that’s trouble. I can’t say which month exactly, but it was mid-2011.MJ: How did you meet?CN: Gareth and I met while in a chatroom on MXit. I thought he was interesting and we continued to chat over the next couple of weeks. He then wanted to meet me in person, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I was aware of all the horror stories people tell of meeting people online.One day after his badgering, I finally said yes and told him to come on that specific day or I wasn’t going to agree on meeting him again. I remember thinking there was no way he would come, with having responsibilities at work. I was so wrong. Gareth took off time from work and we met at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University campus where we chatted for a few hours. I skipped class and he showed me the architecture building I had never seen on campus.GM: We met online, over MXit. I was charming and mysterious, of course.Cassarica Nadas says when people judge her and Gareth Mays’ relationship, they should think before they say hurtful things – even if it’s not to them. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How did it feel when you started dating someone from a different culture?CN: There were no real feelings towards dating someone who was out of my culture. Gareth was my first boyfriend and I had more feeling towards my new relationship than any feelings towards his culture.Gareth’s family is very much like my own in a sense that they look after each other and I felt very comfortable with them. I also feel quite westernised in my own culture and I identified with Gareth’s culture more than what someone would think I did in my own culture.GM: My feelings were somewhat neutral, because cultural differences aren’t a major focus in my family. Essentially Cassie’s and my interests and habits were similar already.MJ: How did your families respond to your relationship?CN: My family were a bit cautious when I first introduced Gareth to them. He was the first boy I brought home who was not a friend. It was new to everyone. They didn’t have a problem with his race or culture. They had more of a problem that he was the guy who was taking away their daughter, like most parents have.GM: They were positive. Cassie is my sweetheart and probably more favourited by my parents than me.MJ: How have their attitudes changed or evolved over time?CN: My parents are very accepting of Gareth. They treat him like a son and are always buying him gifts. He is part of the family.GM: Only in the sense that we or they are closer and more loving.MJ: How did your family feel when you moved in together?CN: My parents were not keen at first. They are old school and have different principles and values. It was tough at first but they quickly came around. When we moved in together I moved to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth, so my parents were also dealing with my moving away as well as moving in with Gareth. We then moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg together. Skyping my parents helped a lot with this transition and I keep in touch via Whatsapp and phone calls.GM: My family is indifferent. We believe individuals are free to make their own choices. I suppose supportive would be more accurate to say. Bottom line is it was our choice, not anyone else’s.MJ: How do young people versus older people react when they see you together – especially strangers?CN: We have never really had any outwardly negative reactions from other people. Most people are accepting of us or hide it really well. Young people don’t seem to be bothered about our relationship but I do get some stares from the older generation when we are out shopping.GM: I’d say younger ages don’t really react differently. Older people may give one or two odd stares. This is the best time to kiss your girlfriend.MJ: What have been your worst and best experiences as an interracial couple?CN: The worst experience has been people judging Gareth based on the colour of his skin. I lived in a predominantly Indian and coloured neighbourhood. When Gareth used to drop me off at my parents’ house while we were still in Port Elizabeth, we had incidents of people who lived in my street making comments as I got out of the car. They would remark on his race and what car he drove.One lady who lived a street away from me saw my friend’s mum at a corner shop and said: “Cassie walks on egg shells, because of her white boyfriend who drives a BMW.” My friend’s mum didn’t even respond to that lady. I feel people are quick to pass judgement without knowing how it can hurt others.I wouldn’t say that there has been a best experience as an interracial couple, but we have had many experiences as a couple that have been amazing. A particular one was when we lived in Cape Town and we were walking to the shops. Gareth was helping me to put on a plaster because I had burnt my hand. To people who were passing by, it must have looked like he was proposing and this lady basically pushed half her body out the car window and started shouting at me to say “Yes!” and she wouldn’t stop until I did.Of course, he wasn’t proposing but it was wonderful to see a random person get excited for someone else’s happiness.GM: I really can’t say what the worst was. I guess those types of events I let go and move passed quickly. It’s no one’s business except our own. The best experiences are just like anybody else’s. I guess the only stories that spring to mind are when we approach counters or clerks and they don’t know we’re together so we let them think that till the last moment. Then a surprise kiss or hug throws them.MJ: What do you love most about each other?CN: My favourite things about Gareth are that he knows me very well it is almost scary. He knows when I want something and I haven’t asked yet, and then he just does it. It is almost as if he reads my mind. I also like that he is very intellectual and that we can discuss serious topics and joke about crazy things.GM: Cassie’s cheeky or mischievous laugh, or when she knows she’s up to nonsense and I catch her. I love her cute and lovable nature. Also, I love how much she likes unicorns. She makes me feel whole and happy.MJ: What do you have in common?CN: We love technology, gaming, and enjoy the same movies, especially superhero movies and animation.GM: We love being comfortable and growing together.MJ: Finish this sentence: Love is…CN: Being able to count on one another, to look past the flaws and accept all of a person.GM: Tea… and maybe roti.MJ: What do you like about the Constitution?CN: Our Constitution looks after our interests and makes it easier for us to be who we are. Without the Constitution in place we would not be able to express ourselves freely or be with who we love.GM: We have one of the best if not most advanced constitutions in the world. I’d say it is part of what makes me a proud citizen of this country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 19, 2011

first_imgGeocaching LiveSometimes, you end up places where you never expected to be. Maybe you ran into friends headed to the beach and decided to hop in the car, or perhaps your flight was diverted and you’re stuck somewhere overnight.Had you known in advance that you were going to this unexpected location, you might have downloaded a Pocket Query (if you’re a Premium Member) or printed out a few cache pages (if you’re a Basic Member). But because you didn’t know, you weren’t prepared to go geocaching.Groundspeak’s Geocaching application for smart phones solves this problem. The application provides direct access to the Geocaching.com database, so you can search for, find and log geocaches in the field. You can even filter search results by cache type, cache size, and difficulty and terrain ratings. Many people use a smartphone loaded with the application as their primary GPS device, while others prefer to plug the coordinates into their handheld GPS and use the application to access cache information, view photo galleries, move Trackables and log their finds.However you choose to use the app, you’ll find that it allows you more flexibility when planning for your geocaching adventures. Groundspeak’s Geocaching application is available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices. Application cost is US $9.99.There are also several third-party applications that use our public API, with more coming soon. Check them out here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in all seasons: Tips for the all-weather cacherDecember 19, 2017In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 3): Geocaching® app & retirement of Classic appMay 10, 2018In “Community”Introduce Friends to Geocaching with this 1 Free AppJune 30, 2014In “Geocaching Info”last_img read more

How to Shoot a Training Montage for a Sports Film

first_imgTraining montages are central to every sports film. In this video tutorial, we find out what goes into shooting a great one.To figure out the best way to approach a training montage, we were lucky enough to find Olympian Steven Benedict, who agreed to be our test subject. We used the gym where he trains in Culver City. Here’s what we learned.Rocky set the standard for training montages in 1976. That first film inspired countless other sequences because it tapped into something primal. It uses a central motif — in this case Rocky’s running — to show the hero progressing physically and metaphorically from his humble, working-class origins to the top of the world, represented by the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.We chose five exercises to juxtapose against a tracking shot of Steven running. What I learned was not to get too caught up in any one setup, but to get coverage of each one from a variety of angles and shot sizes. I also tried to get progression — from beginning an exercise to struggling with it and finally perfecting it. I shot a blend of wide-angle shots that show the exercise, as well as tighter shots that show the athlete’s face, and what’s going through their mind as they struggle.You can fake shots if you need to (by placing the athlete’s legs on a box for close-ups) so you can get the number of reps you want at a consistent intensity. It also helps to shoot two or three cameras so you can get multiple shots on the same take.We shot for two and a half hours and ended up with a total of ninety-six usable shots from our A Cam, the Canon C200 and B cam, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K. Once I had the shots I needed, I made subedits in Premiere of each exercise, then intercut these with the main edit of Steven running.Then, I added music, and tweaked the cut so that big moments coincided with key moments in the music. I think what we ended up with has impact and dynamism, and it tells a story — all in just over a minute.Beyond just training montages, I really found it helpful to analyze the same kind of scene in multiple movies, to see what worked and what didn’t, and then try it out for myself. I encourage filmmakers out there to do the same kind of thing with a type of scene they love.Looking for more tutorials on film and video production? Check these out.Learn How to Speak Filmmaking: Formatting the ScreenplayStabilizing GoPro Footage with the Unique ReelSteady GO AppQuality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesFrom The Wizard of Oz to Transformers: 100 Years of Color Gradinglast_img read more

Anti-Kashmiri hoardings in U.P.

first_imgA day after some Kashmiri students were thrashed in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, hoardings appeared in different parts of the city here on Thursday, asking Kashmiris living in Uttar Pradesh to leave the State or face the consequences.“Boycott the Kashmiris who throw stones at Indian Army. Kashmiris leave Uttar Pradesh or face consequences,” said the hoardings, purportedly put up by the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena, a fringe group.The hoardings came up after videos of clashes between security forces and protesters in the Kashmir Valley went viral on social media. The district administration removed the hoardings while the police said they would “file a case under relevant sections.”The head of the outfit, Amit Jani, said: “We want to boycott Kashmiris socially and financially so that they can tell their brothers in Kashmir not to trouble the Army. This is an important thing which must be done in order to ensure the safety of the Army in Kashmir.”Mr. Jani was arrested last year for threatening to kill JNU students Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar. Many students from Kashmir study in educational institutions in and around Meerut. Vice-Chancellor N.K. Ahuja said they were feeling safe.last_img read more

16 days agoMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth Helps Share More Good Days In Partnership With Warriors In

first_imgThe MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein along with award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth hosted a MAMARAZZI event on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.Denise Albert, Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Musen GersteinCredit/Copyright: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 ProductionsThe event was sponsored by breast cancer support initiative Warriors in Pink powered by Ford, and was held at the renowned The Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side.The event was an impactful one with several heartfelt speeches; the first one from breast cancer survivor and Warriors in Pink “Model of Courage” Lorraine Elmo. She told the attendees about not only her own struggle with cancer but also her mother’s struggle with cancer and how difficult it was to explain it to her children. She explained how important it was in the middle of her cancer battle to keep up her spirits and give her last bit of energy to her children to ease their struggle, and the big role music had in helping her heal.The MOMS extended a wholehearted thank you to guests for attending this important event and for supporting breast cancer awareness month. Denise Albert took off her wig for the first time in public as Kristin Chenoweth had expressed a wish to see her without it.Kristin Chenoweth’s speech revolved around how inspirational it is to see Denise fight her cancer so fiercely and how Melissa is there for her through thick and thin just like a sister. She also went on to explain how during lower days, music helps to inspire and lift one up and how music has helped her get through the devastation of having both a mother and two aunts battle breast cancer. Said Chenoweth, “Music is the vibration that heals the soul”.Through the Warriors in Pink program, Ford is committed to helping those touched by breast cancer and has dedicated $130M to research, education and support services. Warriors in Pink (#WarriorsInPinkMOMS) also empowers people to take real action to help those battling the disease through the More Good Days initiative (#MoreGoodDays), which launched in 2015 to help lessen the burden on those living with breast cancer and bring them what they ultimately deserve – more good days.The MAMARAZZI event is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein helping to raise awareness about how to bring More Good Days to those living with breast cancer. Denise, currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, alongside her friend and business partner, Melissa, can offer insights from first-hand experience into dealing with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer and finding the strength within to continue the fight.last_img read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State wins fourth straight with 6150 victory against Wisconsin

Ohio State guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-12, 10-7 Big Ten) continued its hot streak, winning 10 of its past 14 games, with a 61-50 win against Wisconsin(13-16, 4-13). Thursday’s game saw four players score 10 points or more, with redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande leading the way for Ohio State. Her 17 points along with three rebounds and five assists were key in giving the Buckeyes a substantial lead for most of the game. Also getting in on the action were freshman guard Janai Crooms, redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro and freshman forward Dorka Juhasz, who combined for 32 of the team’s 61 points. Crooms was hot early on helping the Buckeyes get off to an early lead in the first quarter. She was 4-of-8 from the field for 11 points to go with six rebounds. Moving into the second quarter, Santoro and Juhasz stepped up to take control of the game and get a 13-point lead heading into halftime. Santoro scored 11 points with two rebounds and two assists. Juhasz had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds to contribute not only on the offensive side, but also being a key figure on the defensive side as well. Wisconsin could never quite get it going on the offensive side early on, but senior forward Marsha Howard kept the Badgers in the game with a 15-point performance along with seven rebounds and two assists. The second half was a bit of different story, as a 10-point Wisconsin run in the third quarter cut an 18-point Ohio State lead back down to a single-digit game. However, the Buckeyes countered with a nine-point run of their own to take a firm hold of the game again. Despite a nine-point run by Wisconsin in the fourth quarter, Ohio State burned enough clock to limit Wisconsin’s options. The Badgers were forced to foul to stay in the game, and the Buckeyes made enough free throws to get away with the win. The Buckeyes will close out the regular season with a rematch against Rutgers on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Police investigate Salah incident

first_imgMerseyside Police are currently investigating an incident involving Liverpool’s winger Mohammed Salah, according to club reportsAn online video appeared to show the player sitting in traffic as a number of people, including children, gathered near his car before he drove off.A Liverpool FC spokesman said: “The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture.“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”Merseyside Police said: “We have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving.“This has been passed to the relevant department. Thanks for letting us know.”Salah was in fine form as he helped the Reds to a 4-0 victory against West-Ham at Anfield. Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park for their next game against Crystal Palace on Monday.last_img read more

Five arrests made at Santee DUI checkpoint for Cinco De Mayo

first_img KUSI Newsroom, May 6, 2018 Five arrests made at Santee DUI checkpoint for Cinco De Mayo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 6, 2018 SANTEE (KUSI) — An overnight driver’s license/sobriety checkpoint in Santee netted five DUI arrests, a sheriff’s sergeant said Sunday.Also, six citations were issued for motorists driving unlicensed or with a suspended or revoked license, said Sgt. Joe Passalacqua of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.Eight vehicles were also impounded at the checkpoint near the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and State Route 125, which began at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and ended today at 2:30 a.m.,  Passalacqua said. KUSI Newsroom last_img