The Right Response to Lone Star’s Victory

first_imgShouts of jubilation rang through our nation’s streets, Saturday evening, as the Liberia Broadcasting System announced the goal that sealed the Lone Star’s victory against Tunisia. Later, ecstatic fans lined the streets from downtown Monrovia, down ELWA highway, cheering our heroes on as they made their way to the Executive Lodge. This was, indeed, a proud moment for our nation; and a much needed stimulant after Ebola’s devastation. But is that all it was meant to be? Should we just rejoice for now, and then return to our losing streak?The answer is up to us. We begin with the team itself. James “Salinsa” Debbah, one of Liberia’s football greats who played alongside George Weah in the 1980s, proved his star power once again as the Lone Star’s coach. Rather than resting on his laurels, he would do well to continue challenging his team to strive for excellence. During his phone interview with this newspaper, he urged the Government to increase financial support to the team. We agree; but even the largest endowment will not suffice to motivate this team. They need more than money. They need discipline, confidence, and a sense of patriotism – qualities money cannot hope to buy. Depending on Government funds as an ‘incentive’ to perform is unacceptable. Many of the great athletes who ever played any sport anywhere, started off as kids in poor neighborhoods, playing and winning –without money, but with a whole lot of heart. That is how they caught the notice of scouts in their locales.Yes, these are grown men with families to support; they need to make a living, and they deserve our respect. But they must also recognize that the impact of their success or failure cannot be measured in dollars and cents. The overwhelming national pride and joy – the feeling that (for once) we are not failures – is priceless. And for Debbah to let his players get hung up on the money is akin to a father spoiling his sons with money instead of instilling in them character. These men need to know that they do not work for the Government; they work for the four million Liberians at home and abroad, most of whom cannot afford to pay them a dime, but who desperately need the boost in morale that comes from the team’s victories.Lone Star needs to stay focused and humble, and to fight and win. They need to remember that, as long as the game is not over, they cannot get distracted and risk losing or drawing; we simply deserve better than the mediocrity that they have served us in the past. We want to at least see them attend the opening of the next World Cup, instead of us feeling like a ‘poopoo platoon’ every four years and rooting instead for our neighbors (God bless them). But only character can get them there. We cannot, however, deny that the Government has done poorly by the Lone Star. Bility’s poor leadership, the funding gap, and the poor coaches, have all contributed to weakness of our team. GOL has, in the past, hired foreign coaches who did not understand our unique Liberian mentality and who, therefore, could not activate the winning spirit in our team. Hiring Debbah as coach is a redeeming factor in this entire saga. We just hope that, having begun to prove his worth, the Government will afford him all the support he needs. Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, an avid footballer himself, is no doubt aware of the impact of adequate financing on professional players’ performance – we hear he played college ball. Bu his perspective should be much broader. As the UNMIL drawdown raises security concerns in a country whose major threat is internal, Konneh should recognize that investment in a football team that all citizens of a divided country can rally around can only help to ease tensions. His response, under the President’s leadership, must be to provide sufficient and consistent funding to the national team. The Legislature, with George Weah’s push, should support this effort. We cannot treat our players the way the donors often treat us – a dollar today and a penny tomorrow. Remember, predictability is critical to aid effectiveness.Last but not least, the Liberian people must also respond correctly to this victory. We must evaluate our own personal and collective performance, and aim higher. We cannot continue in mediocrity; because our communities are counting on our success, which gives them permission and courage to excel. Our response must, therefore, be to follow the Lone Star. Shine a light into the darkness around us and, thereby, inspire others to shine too. Thank you, Lone Star, for shining so bright! You have done us proud. Next time, shoot for 5-0; we will accept nothing less. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Thousand Oaks can’t get past No. 1 Agoura

first_imgAGOURA HILLS – No. 2 Thousand Oaks High knew it had to score early at Agoura and grab momentum if it wanted to upset the top-ranked Chargers in a Marmonte League girls’ water polo showdown Thursday afternoon. Agoura goalkeeper Sara Gralitzer wasn’t going to let that happen. She faced 41 shots and made 22 saves to lead the Chargers to a 14-6 victory. Junior Carly Clark led the Chargers with four goals, and Corso and Flacks each scored three. Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I just played the way I normally play,” she said. “I felt good.” Agoura (10-2 overall, 5-0 Marmonte) was up 2-0 in the first two minutes on goals by Cal-bound senior Meghan Corso and sophomore Casey Flacks. When Thousand Oaks (12-5, 4-1) tried to counter, Gralitzer got in the way. The Chargers opened a 4-1 lead after the first period and pulled away. Agoura coach Jason Rosenthal, quite aware of the abilities of T.O. stars Kat Plummer and Whitney Delgado, had a gameplan, and the Chargers worked it almost to perfection. “If they were going to beat us, they were going to beat us outside,” Rosenthal said. “Whitney did really well. We tried not to drop too much off of her, but she still burned us for a couple of goals.” Plummer had two goals for Thousand Oaks. center_img “She did a beautiful job,” Thousand Oaks coach Mike Giles said. “We’re in games without that many saves. A great goalkeeper has 10 saves, and she doubled that.” To Gralitzer, a junior, it was nothing special. last_img read more

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Desert Christian is in familiar territory

first_imgMegan Couch couldn’t help but be a little nostalgic Wednesday. One of two remaining links to Desert Christian High’s lone Southern Section girls’ soccer title, the senior midfielder found herself reminiscing with four-year teammate Megan Fike about the final minutes of their 2003 championship-game victory over Milken Community of Los Angeles. With eight minutes remaining, Couch played a ball along the wing to Angela Shoemaker, who crossed it to Fike, who headed it past a charging Milken goalkeeper for a 2-1 victory and the Div. VI title. “I remember that day so clearly,” said the UC Riverside-bound Fike, who plays next to Couch in the midfield. “Megan and I were talking about that game, and how she passed the ball to Angela, and how I scored that goal, and how we could remember the final play of the game and the celebration. It brought back some great memories.” “It gives a reminder to everyone that the games are going to get more challenging from here on out,” said Fike, who had a goal and an assist in the victory, setting up one of Jaide Garcia’s two goals. “Since we don’t have a lot of competition in our league, besides Bishop, we always look forward to the playoffs. We’re always looking at the bigger picture.” That picture no longer includes a possible finals rematch with Bishop, which won the High Desert League title by defeating Desert Christian 1-0 on Jan. 21. Bishop, seeded third in Div. VI, lost 1-0 Wednesday to Arrowhead Christian Academy of Redlands in a rematch of last year’s final, also won 1-0 by the Eagles. Bishop’s loss caused Couch to notice a pattern that could help the Knights’ cause the rest of the way. “My freshman year, we didn’t win league either,” said Couch, who has 22 goals and 25 assists. “Then we beat Windward, who was (the top seed), in the semifinals, and they hadn’t lost all season.” Desert Christian won the league last season but lost in the quarterfinals. Bishop finished second and reached the title game, giving Couch hope that the Knights can use the underdog role to their advantage again. “(My freshman year) all the pressure was off. We just played game after game, setting a goal and trying our best to reach it,” said Couch, who has signed to play at Kansas Wesleyan next fall. “It was really amazing. No one expected us to be there or win it, but we stayed together and it paid off in the end.” Couch and Fike have been part of 74 victories at Desert Christian, and they hope they can help produce at least one more to possibly set up a rematch with fourth-seeded Sage Hill in Tuesday’s semifinals. “It feels really good to be back on the field and playing, because these games have been the most competitive since I got injured,” Fike said. “We’re hoping we can go all the way, so we can have some more memories like (the 2003 championship game).” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Couch and Fike added another achievement to their resumes with Wednesday’s 3-2 second-round victory over Alverno of Sierra Madre, advancing to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year. They will lead host Desert Christian (18-1-1) against top-seeded Western Christian of Covina (21-3-2) today at 3 p.m. at the Lancaster National Soccer Center, looking to return to the semifinals after a 2-1 loss to Sage Hill of Newport Beach in the round of eight last season. “I’m really excited that we made it back again,” said Couch, the only female player in the Antelope Valley this season with at least 20 goals and 20 assists. “There’s a lot of pressure on the younger players, but even after (Alverno) scored their two goals, we just had to calm down and play together as a team and keep encouraging each other on the field and stay unified.” With Couch, Fike and senior goalkeeper Alyse Alcaraz providing valuable leadership, the Knights have been able to overcome several obstacles – among them, Fike sat out the first five games this season following surgery on her right knee and Alcaraz suffered a season-ending foot injury – to lead the area in goals scored (142) and fewest goals allowed (six). They were challenged only a few times during the regular season, so Fike believes surviving Alverno’s second-half pressure could be valuable for the Knights on their postseason journey. last_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB ROAD HURLING COMPETITION ON ST STEPHEN’S DAY

first_imgThe St Eunan’s GAA 2015 Road Puck takes place tomorrow (Saturday) meeting up at the Clubhouse at 11:30am.Lifts will be provided to the starting line at Ard na Rí pub from where the course runs back to the clubhouse via the Kirkstown Road.Competitors hope to be back in the clubhouse at the same time as the ‘Single Vs Married’ footballers (who are playing in a challenge match) and supporters for soup and turkey sandwiches. Road Hurling can best be described as a hurling form of road bowls. Teams compete over a distance of 5km. Each team comprises two members. Each player takes a turn to hit the sliotar with the hurley. The skill is to keep the ball low on the ground, avoiding hedgerows and ditches, to gain as much distance as possible per shot. The winning team will be the first to complete the circuit with the fewest pucks. It’s an imperfect description, but think of a compromise between hurling and golf. Using a hurl and sliotar, competitors must get to the end of the course with low strokes – it’s down the road, but sometimes it goes a little cross-country.Brute strength may help but will not be the winning attribute as tactics will be essential. You can try and go for distance; you can bounce it off a ditch, you can try to cut corners, or you can be cautious and not lose any sliotars!It should take the teams just over an hour and a half to get around the course. It is not overly strenuous as its mainly downhill but it does require some basic fitness.Players from the U12’s, U14’s, U16’s minors and seniors hurlers and camoige players, coaches, ex-players, future players, footballers, fathers & sons, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours, visitors – everyone is welcome. Advertisement Entrance fee is €10 per adult and all juveniles are €5 each, with all money raised going towards the club. Any queries to Eunan O’Donnell 087 677 5637. ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB ROAD HURLING COMPETITION ON ST STEPHEN’S DAY was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyroad hurlingSt Eunanslast_img read more

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What we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

first_imgThe first weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season is done and in the record books.It wasn’t the most thrilling, with no real shocks but we’re already seeing how sides are developing their tactics for the new campaign. latest Cardiff City West Ham United 20 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Most Popular Premier League News 20 silverware changes Huddersfield Town smart causal How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings We all knew the Cottagers would attempt to pass teams off the park but more interestingly they seemed keen to take on long shots, which undoubtedly restricted the likelihood of them scoring, despite some good chances from Aleksandar Mitrovic in the area. The Bluebirds are in for tough season, that’s for sure, but seem keen to adapt to their rivals. They played a 4-1-4-1 with Sol Bamba in defensive midfield but drop deep and narrow on almost every possible occasion. In one defensive phase they had seven men behind the penalty spot. 20 Liverpool Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? SORRY It seems the Hammers will play with just the one defensive midfielder this year and look to use Mark Noble in a more box-to-box role on the right of central midfield, with Jack Wilshere a creator on the left. When Declan Rice was substituted, Noble dropped into the defensive role, while Robert Snodgrass, surprisingly, took up a creative central role. Manuel Pellegrini is also set to get his wingers swapping flanks to confuse opposing full-backs. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The Reds are ready to get dirty as they attempt to win the Premier League this season. They committed 14 fouls compared to West Ham’s nine and only Brighton made more than Jurgen Klopp’s side. Manchester United whoops 20 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 20 Southampton Given Phil Jagielka’s first-half red card, it’s hard to get a full take on how the Toffees are going to look. Already though, it seems Richarlison is set to be the focal point of their attack as they lean to the left, with Michael Keane and Leighton Baines also seeing more of the ball. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Javi Gracia showed an excellent ability to adapt to a developing situation in front of him. With Brighton’s Bernardo forced to swap from left-back to the opposite flank he clearly targeted their new signing, while late on he used Kiko Femenia to torment Gaetan Bong and overloaded the attack with Ken Sema and Isaac Success around Troy Deeney. 20 revealed Burnley 20 Ryan Fraser and David Brooks will be getting amongst the goals as they barely drifted wide and allowed the full-backs to get out and overlap them. As soon as the ball is on the flank these two are hustling to get into goalscoring positions with Joshua King and Callum Wilson. In addition, when the duo were out wide, the full-backs were keen on underlapping to add an extra body in midfield. Premier League managers have shown us a glimpse of their tactics this season 20 As Tottenham attempt to work out the kinks in their games against smaller teams, they appear to be moving towards a 4-3-3 formation, with Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura drifting behind Harry Kane. Dele Alli looked a lot deeper than normal towards the left, despite his surging runs forward, with Moussa Sissoko moving towards the right with Eric Dier between them. The main takeaway, noted by most observers, was Benjamin Mendy taking up the half space out side Arsenal’s penalty area when City were on the attack. Attacking as an immediate defence against a counter – something Arsenal will have been preparing to do with their pacy frontline – but also another threat in the final third, as he proved with two assists. 20center_img Watford predicted 20 The Gunners got stick from some quarters as they attempted some risky passing out from the back, which put goalkeeper Petr Cech under pressure from Manchester City’s forward line. On other occasions, though, this attitude will do them well and it’s encouraging overall. The players signed by Unai Emery appear to give them some extra bite too with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi not shy in midfield. Fulham 20 You can stand still in modern football with your opponents scouting almost continuously so they can find holes in your side’s game plans.But what are the most noticeable tactics for each Premier League team? With just one game gone it’s foolish to draw a full conclusion as the sample size is too small, but they may be giving us a clue about their plans.Check out our thoughts below. 20 20 20 Tottenham Hotspur 20 The Foxes have found themselves the ultimate creator for their side in James Maddison. Last year they struggled to find the right man to play behind their lone striker but it seems Claude Puel is going to get a lot of joy with the ex-Norwich man after solving his riddle. The Clarets are looking to attack from the off. At the start of both halves they took the game by the scruff of the neck and attempt and grab a goal, while also playing a high line. 20 Chelsea Manchester City The Saints are set to be lethal from crosses and set-pieces, and could play through Mohamed Elyounoussi a lot. The Norwegian made four key passes in his time on the pitch and connected with four of his seven balls into the box. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 20 The Terriers are already favouring the right flank with Florent Hadergjonaj getting quite far up the pitch when allowed. Overall, 48 per cent of their play was on that side, with Zanka and Aaron Mooy also getting plenty of touches towards that area of the pitch as they set up in a 3-5-1-1. At no point did the Red Devils have an extended period of high pressure in the attacking third and they seemed reluctant to expend energy they didn’t need to. This could become a fixture of their play, but may also be a result of their early opener against Leicester City, which allowed them to sit back a little. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Bournemouth Newcastle United possible standings 20 Everton Brighton and Hove Albion 20 Most people have noted the evolution in N’Golo Kante’s role already. You may not have seen, though, Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz leaving a chasm of space between them, it’s a big worry they will come unstuck against teams with more in attack. 20 It appears the Magpies aren’t going to be afraid to attack with the ball on the deck this season. Every midfielder who took to the pitch completed at least one dribble apart from Christian Atsu, even Jonjo Shevley was and of 27 attempted (to Tottenham’s nine) they completed 15, with six being credited to the excellent Kenedy. Only Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris weren’t beaten on the floor. Arsenal gameday cracker Leicester City Wolverhampton Wanderers If Yves Bissouma is given freedom he could be the magician the Seagulls need to unlock defences. He had a couple of outstanding moments in his cameo and wasn’t afraid to get stuck in, he totally outshone last season’s star Pascal Gross. Meanwhile, a propensity for long ball remains for the team as a whole. No matter what the scenario, Nuno Espirito Santo is getting his players to take shots in central areas. Perhaps a keen student of expected goals, it may be rare to see Wolves takes shots from wide of the goal frame.last_img read more

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Steven Bogere set to take over at SC Villa

first_img Tags: asaph mwebazepaul mukatabalaSC Villasteven bogeretop Bogere was at Villa in 2014 (file photo)KAMPALA – Barely a week after Moses Basena threw in the towel at embattled 16 time record league champions, SC Villa, they seem to have already found his replacement.The man set to take over the ruins at Villa is a familiar name in Steven Bogere who is a former player and coach at the Jogoos.The latest reports coming in indicate that the interim committee running the clubs is set to appoint Bogere on a short time deal to fill the vacant role.A source that preferred anonymity intimated to this website that Bogere who is currently at FUFA Big League side UPDF FC will take over as the new coach.The source further indicates the committee first reached out to Paul Mukatabala who recommended Bogere to work with him on the new technical team.”There have been negotiations and Mukatabala recommended Bogere and the two will work together with Bogere as head coach” said the source.Bogere coached SC Villa during the 2014/15 season at the start of Ben Misagga’s regime but was fired just three games into the season.Mukatabala a former player with SC Villa just like Bogere was assistant to Wasswa Bossa last season but quit the club before the end of the season.SC Villa is 14th on the league table with just four points in eight games.The time Basena was in charge, they lost 4 and drew as many in their opening 8 games.Amidst the growing pressure, Basena decided to call it time on his Villa tenure claiming he was not the person to take the club forward.Comments last_img read more

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SA Football Village for World Cup

first_imgThe International Football Village atBirchwood Hotel east of Johannesburgwill be offering football fans an authenticWorld Cup experience.(Image: www.birchwoodhotel.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mike de Vries International Football Village +27 82 759 2010 mikev@birchwoodhotel.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • Soccer Cinema to inspire SA • Get the World Cup Fan Guide • SA vendors ready for World Cup • SA starts the 2010 countdown • World Cup fever hits the roadNosimilo RamelaFootball fans who want to feel the spirit and excitement of the World Cup but cannot get to the stadium can look forward to enjoying the game at the International Football Village (IFV) at Birchwood Hotel, east of Johannesburg, during the month-long tournament.The IFV is a private venture initiated by Birchwood chief executive officer Kevin Clarence, together with South African and German business partners. Clarence said they came up with the idea to ensure that football fans enjoyed the sport in a friendly environment.“The aim is to integrate South African people from all walks of life, giving them the opportunity to participate in the event while taking on the role of genial host,” he said.German branding and communications expert Mike de Vries, chief executive of the IFV, previously worked in the organisation of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He said they intend to create a home for international and local visitors at the village.“The IFV is intended to be a platform for African hospitality, cultural exchange, international dialogue, and friendship,” he said. “It will be a central point whereby fans, visitors, corporate partners, their customers, and their employees can participate”.  Situated just seven kilometres from OR Tambo International Airport, the village will be assembled on a large open area at the hotel. An arena that can seat 2 000 people will be set on the site with a 12 meter screen for live game broadcast.The village will be open every day from 11am during the World Cup with restaurants and pubs for fans to relax and socialise. “We will be offering entertainment such as the German Fan Mile, a Brazilian Caipi bar, a Bavarian beerhouse and an African shebeen (township beer halls),” said De Vries.Those who want to put their football skills to the test can take part in the five-a-side tournament at the villages makeshift Maracan Stadium.There will be performances by South African musicians before game, to highlight and celebrate African. Foreign visitors will get a feel of the South African way of watching football visitors with a treat of South African cuisines, such as dumplings (homemade steamed bread), pap (stiff porridge), and tripe served around the fire. This food is traditionally sold at shebeens where people watch games and outside stadiums where the games are played.For a true shebeen experience beers will be served in quarts rather than the smaller bottles or in beer glasses. “As the host nation, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to showcase true, warm South African hospitality,” said De Vries.Julian Smith from Boksburg said he is excited about the village and looks forward to sharing the World Cup experience with fellow South Africans and foreign visitors. “The IFV will be a great place to enjoy the game, while celebrating African culture with fans from all over the world.”Thabiso Thuso agrees. “I was not able to get tickets to the game but still want to see the games and interact with fans from all across the world. IFV gives us the platform to do just that.”  Corporate and media centreThe IFV will have 50 corporate suites for companies to host their employees, guests and clients, and provide an opportunity for networking.There will also be a media centre where press conferences will be held. Prior to the games, international football experts will be invited to offer post-mortems on games played the previous day. They will interact with the media and visitors, discussing and analysing matches.“We invite patriotic South Africans and business leaders to join and support us for this chance to build unity; excitement; and morale within businesses and forge closer ties between our compatriots and with the world,” said Clarence.last_img read more

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ArcGIS Beta Now Live

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ESRI’s Bern Szukalski Tweeted today that ArcGIS and ArcGIS Explorer are now live. ArcGIS is a community-friendly online system for geographic information from ESRI, the GIS software company. The system was debuted at the 2010 ESRI Developer Summit in March. Matt Ball of Spatial Sustain describes the interoperability and the focus on templates. Tags:#Location#web Related Posts “The site allows you to see a map gallery, to share with groups of like-minded map makers, and to make and publish maps online over the Web and to handheld devices. The site has a great deal of functionality that will be enhanced over time…The site is aimed at community development and lowers the barrier to GIS functionality online…The concept of the template approach to map making is one of the primary enhancements of this release, aiming to create stylized themes and map galleries to reduce the frustrations of entry-level users while also expanding the resources of experts.”This announcement follows hard on the heels of another ESRI’s announcement, cloud availability. (C)ustomers have the option to purchase a cloud-based subscription to ArcGIS Server, ESRI’s server-based geographic information system (GIS) software. With this option, users can purchase an annual subscription, which bundles a preconfigured ArcGIS Server instance on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure with 12 months of ESRI technical support and maintenance. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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12 Video Editing Tips for Cutting a Documentary

first_imgFrom file management to lower thirds, these twelve video editing tips will help you shape your documentary film.Top Image: Ken Burns editing The Civil War, Cori Wells Braun via We Wild BeastsPerhaps the most difficult aspect of editing a documentary is the amount of unscripted responses during interviews. As an editor, you’ll find yourself sitting through hours of content looking for that one little snippet you need. After hours spent preparing to edit, then your work truly begins.1. Organize Folders and Label BinsA feature length documentary will have so much content, it’s crucial that you have you footage and assets as organized as possible. I highly recommend using PostHaste from Digital Rebellion, a free program that instantly creates folder structures based on the type of project. There are settings for video editing, motion graphics, photography, visual effects, and web design. The program works for both Mac and PC.Then you will need to dump your footage and audio into the various folders. Yes, this will be time consuming, but you’ll thank yourself later if you ever have to make adjustments or migrate to another machine. In your NLE of choice, recreate the same folder structure and import your files. If you are using the Adobe Creative Cloud, PostHaste already has templates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.2. Create Sequences for Individual InterviewsThis tip is one that I personally use, and every editor will offer their own opinions. I like to create individual timelines for each interview. This timeline will now have all the camera angles and audio synced. Then I start adding cuts in between all of the answers. You could also use markers, I just find it faster to scrub through splices. When you’re done, each splice now represents an answer. As you are going through the interview, you’ll want to transcribe everything.3. Transcribe FootageImage via ShutterstockI’m not going to sugarcoat it. This step is a real pain, but on feature documentaries — it is a must! You, or an assistant — like you have one of those — will need to sit and watch every interview. As you watch, you will need to transcribe what is said and timestamp as you go along. You can use any program like Word or a Google Doc. Type out every word that is said. After each sentence (or during a good pause) be sure to note the time in the clip.This will take forever, but when you’re editing and you need a clip of the subject saying that one line you need, you can easily search the document and find the exact line you are looking for next to a timestamp. It may take hours to get this done, but it’s better spent in the beginning than searching for hours on a tight deadline.4. Backup EverythingWe’re three tips in, and you’re already several hours into setting up this project. Make sure you have already backed up your project. I suggest copying your folder structure onto an external hard drive. If you can, I’d keep that hard drive off site. Just in case there is a fire or theft, those files still exist somewhere else.5. Edit for a Story ArcWhether it’s a documentary or work of fiction, every film needs to tell a story. In doing so, you want to make sure you have a beginning, middle, and end. In that series of events, you want to take your audience on an emotional rollercoaster — or story arc. It doesn’t matter if your documentary is two minutes long or two hours, if the story doesn’t progress — don’t expect anyone to watch.6. Use Close-Ups and Medium Shots Over Wide ShotsImage: Cartel Land via The OrchardWide shots are great for establishing a scene or as an introduction to a new speaker, but they aren’t enough to maintain your audience’s attention. Their eyes begin to wander around the set if the shot is too long. But cutting to medium shots and close-ups, you are making the speaker more relatable. The medium shot is most often used for conversational pieces, as the audience feels the subject is right there talking to them. However, documentary films frequently use close-ups of only a speaker’s head. This is common due to the varying sets and backgrounds that can be jarring when cutting between speakers.7. Cut on ActionIf a shot is getting too static, go for an edit on physical action. Is the speaker using their hands a lot? Perhaps they turn their head to the side. These actions make perfect cutting points that seem natural.8. Cut to DialogueLike cutting on action, cut to words with strong pronunciation.  You can also cut at the beginning of a new sentence.9. Avoid Jump Cuts With Multiple Camera Angles or B-RollWhen interviewed, many subjects will stumble on their words. Be prepared to cut out a lot of umms, uhhhs, and hmmms. You can hide these cuts by switching between angles. If the speaker is a chronic mumbler, then you may be cutting back and forth too much. You can cover these edits up with b-roll. Check out this posts on hiding jump cuts.10. Use Photos When You Don’t Have FootageImage: The Roosevelts – An Intimate History via PBSKen Burns gets all the credit for this technique, but using still photos can help you hide edits or break away from static shots. Burns is notorious for adding subtle movement to his photos, keeping viewers engaged. If you didn’t have any photo files from the production crew, you can always turn to stock photo sites like Shutterstock.11. Keep Graphics and Lower Thirds Easy to ReadImage: The Battered Bastards of Baseball via NetflixIt’s bad enough that this needs to be a rule, but some documentary films have interviews with — well, I don’t know who, because I couldn’t read the lower thirds. Less is more when it comes to lower thirds in documentary films. You don’t need a ton of moving parts or motion graphics. In fact, text with shadow is the most common lower third for a reason. It’s simple and legible. Be sure to also use a font that is easy to read, as well as a nice font color. Don’t go crazy. For some great pointers, check out this post on designing professional lower thirds.12. Have an Archive of AssetsThese are things you can use in multiple projects. Royalty free sound effects (which you can get here), overlays, elements, instrumental tracks and graphic packages will always come in handy. One of my favorite resources for lower thirds and graphics packages is RocketStock. From there I can just snag an After Effects template and customize it to any project. They even have a section dedicated to free AE templates which has come in handy several times.Got any additional documentary editing tips? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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North Bengal gets HC Circuit Bench

first_imgChief Justice Biswanath Somadder on Saturday unveiled a plaque to mark the operationalisation of the Calcutta High Court Circuit Bench at Jalpaiguri. The programme was attended by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, among others. The Centre and the State had been engaged in a bitter rivalry over the past few years over the fate of the Bench in Jalpaiguri. The foundation stone for it was laid by Ms. Banerjee in 2012, but it was only on February 8 this year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the facility. It triggered a prompt protest by the CM, who claimed that her government as well as the high court were kept out of the loop.On Saturday, Ms. Banerjee refused to get drawn into any controversy. “There have been some struggles along the way, but I don’t want to fuel any controversy about it. All’s well that ends well,” she said. Relief for manyThe new Bench is the third one of the Calcutta High Court, the other two being the principal Bench in Kolkata and a permanent Circuit Bench in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Calcutta High Court retains jurisdiction over the Port Blair Bench. The new Bench will have jurisdiction over five north Bengal districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri. Acting Chief Justice Somadder and three other judges will hear matters at the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench. The judges will begin hearing petitions from Monday at the Jalpaiguri Zilla Parishad bungalow till a new building comes up on land allotted by the State government.More than 10% of Bengal’s almost 10 crore people reside in the area and they had to travel to Kolkata, about 600 km away, for “every tiny issue or dispute”, said Tanmay Mallick, a Siliguri resident. The Circuit Bench will stop the ordeal, he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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