Studying the Fall of the Market and What’s Next

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Recession U.S. Stock Market 2019-08-15 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The stock market did its best to recover Thursday after falling off the cliff on Wednesday, sending Wall Street into panic as the 10-year and 2-year Treasury yield curves inverted for the first time in more than a decade. The Dow Jones, which dropped more than 800 points Wednesday, began its slow recovery. As of 4 p.m. CDT, the Dow gained nearly 100 points and the S&P 500 was up 7 points. CNBC, however, revealed the 30-year Treasury yield fell to record lows and the 10-year yield fell below 1.5%—the first time that happened in three years. “I don’t believe the markets can rebound significantly with the current economic constraints and the political climate becoming more corrosive (heading into a presidential election) as the domestic and global economic expansions come to a halt,” said Mark Dangelo, President of MPD Organizations. “Factor in a U.S. domestic debt of $24 trillion that now exceeds annual GDP, and federal government deficits exceeding $1 trillion a year, the impacts to housing will be pronounced with less money willing to back homeownership now firmly stagnant around 63%.   “And, since global financial markets are now fully connected to each other, the impacts of one country are felt globally, thereby fueling a belief that the certainty of expansion has come to an end.”The 10-year Treasury note hit a low of 1.47% at 2 p.m. EST, while the yield on a 30-year Treasury note fell to 1.94% for the first time ever. The 2-year Treasury yield hit its lowest level since 2017 at 1.47%.Gagan Sharma, President and CEO of BSI Financial, said trade policies are creating uncertainty in the market, which can be causing volatility and the recent crash of the market. President Donald Trump had threatened to impose additional tariffs on China—10% on $300 billion worth of goods—beginning September 1. On Tuesday he announced plans to delay further tariffs on China. The news out of China was just as bleak, as the world’s second-largest economy reported its weakest growth in 17 years and industrial output slowed to 4.8%. Dangelo expects that markets will rise, but noted that until free-market principles overtake “civil war rhetoric of political parties,” the negative news will feed the idea of a pending recession. He also added that financial markets, whether domestic or international, thrive on certainty. He added that the uncertainty now surrounding the market could lead to the housing market feeling the effects, just not immediately. “The immediate impacts to housing may be muted as investors and homeowners wait to assess long-term impacts, but when you factor in the unprecedented and caustic rhetoric from politicians setting policy on Twitter against independent institutions that control monetary policy, the impact will likely be a freezing of an already tepid demand,” he said. Sharma added that the market’s decline and the drop in interest rates could be linked to the market’s view of an increased risk of recession. “Many indicators are showing that, with the inverted yield curve being the most prominent one. The fall in interest rates will likely help the housing market due to improved affordability,” Sharma said. “However, if a recession does occur, that will negatively impact unemployment and income growth for consumers, which would hurt the housing market.”Dangelo also said that the GSEs are in the hands of political interests, and the role of housing loan securitization is “completely dominated by institutions held in limbo.” He added the housing loan securitization has not happened post-Great Recession, resulting in a heavily in-debt government supporting MBSs. “Everything that is now the housing market, beyond where the loans are issued, are materially tied to the U.S. government and the wealth building of equity and bond markets, all of which are experiencing self-inflicted wounds,” Dangelo said.   The Fed will play a large role in the coming months, as they will once again be considering interest rates. Interest rates were cut for the first time in a decade on July 31, when the Fed slashed rates by a quarter of a point.Trump, who sent out a series of tweets following the collapse of the stock market Wednesday, aimed one of his messages toward the Fed. “Spread is way too much as other countries say THANK YOU to clueless Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve. Germany, and many others, are playing the game! CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE! We should easily be reaping big Rewards & Gains, but the Fed is holding us back. We will Win!” the President tweeted. Sharma said if volatility continues and a slowdown of the economy ensues, than the Fed will most likely lower rates again. Dangelo said the combination of the Fed now being called into question, along with remarks made by various leaders, points to a “lack of credibility” for the institution that he says once held the most influential minds of each generation. “As the Fed becomes a political whipping post, their decisions will be viewed as resisting pressure or caving into the Twitter storms,” he said. The question of whether or not a recession is looming is not an easy one to answer, as Sharma said it best: “there is a lot of uncertainty on this. It’s hard to forecast this one.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 15, 2019 944 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Studying the Fall of the Market and What’s Next Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Recession U.S. Stock Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Visionet Integrates System with Ellie Mae Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Citadel, Wells Fargo, and More  Print This Post Studying the Fall of the Market and What’s Next Share 1Save Subscribelast_img read more

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Money stolen from Elkhart church collection box Saturday

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews By Brooklyne Beatty – September 1, 2020 3 476 Pinterest Previous articleBenton Harbor man hospitalized and facing charges after boating accidentNext articleMarson International expanding Elkhart operations, creating new jobs Brooklyne Beatty (Source: https://goo.gl/OJt5av License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) Elkart police are on the lookout for someone who stole money from a local church.The money was stolen from the Guidance Ministries Church collection box Saturday night.WSBT reports the church’s pastor showed up Sunday morning to find the front door shattered and the collection box broken into and empty. The pastor isn’t sure how much money was in the box.Anyone with any information on the crime should contact Elkhart police. Google+ Google+ Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Facebook TAGScollection boxElkhartGuidance Ministries ChurchIndianamoneytheft Pinterest Money stolen from Elkhart church collection box Saturday Twitterlast_img read more

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Food E-Talk

first_imgThe University of Georgia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program has launched Food eTalk, the country’s only evidence-based online SNAP-Ed program.UGA SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education and obesity prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets low-income audiences, is delivered through UGA Cooperative Extension network in partnership with diverse stakeholders and communities across the state.Food eTalk is an innovative, smartphone-based eLearning nutrition education program tailored to the specific needs of SNAP-eligible adult Georgians.The program features six 10-minute interactive lessons, cooking videos and just-in-time learning videos, backed by research conducted by UGA faculty, graduate students and staff within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“Online programming is relatively new to the SNAP-Ed program,” said Jung Sun Lee, UGA Athletic Association Professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “This groundbreaking nutrition education method allows us to increase our reach and impact. We also wanted to provide contextual learning opportunities, such as point-of-decision making in a supermarket, and allow participants to learn at their own teachable moment.”Food eTalk includes a mobile-first interface, user-friendly navigation and even a Southern-accented voiceover, in addition to lessons focused on sodium reduction, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, food resource management principles and food safety.Historically, SNAP-Ed programming has been offered via in-person food demonstrations in a classroom setting.“Low-income families, like many others, have busy schedules due to work and other responsibilities,” said Allisen Penn, associate dean for Extension and outreach in FACS. “Food eTalk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can access the programming any time and any place convenient for them.”The UGA SNAP-Ed program reaches around 2 million Georgians a year through direct, online and social marketing interventions and has received more than $20 million in funding since its founding in 2013, she added.“Our target audience is very tech savvy,” said Edda Cotto-Rivera, UGA SNAP-Ed’s program coordinator. “This is another way of reaching out with the information we want to share with them.”For more information about the Food E-Talk program visit www.foodtalk.org.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgIndyCar does not have any Black drivers. Bubba Wallace is the only full-time black driver in NASCAR’s top Cup Series. The initiative announced before Saturday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is aimed at both developing diversity within the sanctioning body and at the speedway, as well at the grassroots racing levels. F1-AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIXBottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian GPSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by taking pole position for Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will miss what was supposed to be his final Brickyard 400 as he quarantines following the Friday test result. He was asymptomatic but wife Chani had tested positive, so Johnson had himself checked. Johnson on Sunday had hoped to tie Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers with five victories at Indianapolis. Instead, Justin Allgaier will drive the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet. INDYCAR-INDIANAPOLISDixon takes first IndyCar Grand Prix winINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon retook the lead with 18 laps to go and pulled away from Graham Rahal to earn his first IndyCar Grand Prix victory. The five-time series champion beat Rahal to the checkered flag by 19.9469 seconds. Associated Press July 5, 2020 Update on the latest sports — Shohei Ohtani is doing twice as much work as his Los Angeles Angels teammates again. The first serious two-way major league player in decades is alternating between batting practice and bullpen sessions this week. Ohtani is determined to contribute on the mound and at the plate when the Angels return to action later this month for the short major league season. He hopes to pitch about once a week and serve as the Halos’ designated hitter for a few games in between mound starts. He has been waiting to get back in full form since late 2018, when his AL Rookie of the Year campaign ended with Tommy John surgery.— Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is using his platform to educate himself and others about racial injustice. Bell says he felt angry following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police back in May. Bell is trying to channel his anger into positive change. He’s started a book club with his teammates that focuses on social issues. He is also using his Instagram account to promote “Social Reform Sunday,” which highlights different aspects of inequality. Bell says his ability to reach out to the community has helped ease some of the pain he felt after Floyd’s passing.NASCAR-BRICKYARDJohnson missing Brickyard 400 after testing positiveINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NASCAR’s extravagant weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been rocked by its first driver testing positive for the coronavirus. The nature of Serpentine’s wire-to-wire victory added to the bizarre feel of the 241st running of the classic. The course was fenced off and there were only a few hundred people on site at a prestigious event that usually attracts as many as 100,000 race-goers. Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien claimed a record eighth win in the race.It marked another triumphant day for O’Brien, who saddled the winner of the Oaks hours earlier. Race favorite Love was his eighth winner of the classic for fillies.SPORTSBOOK ERRORBellagio error may be biggest sportsbook loss for VegasLAS VEGAS (AP) — The nearly quarter-million dollars in winning wagers reportedly placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday might be the largest sportsbook loss in Las Vegas history on bets made after an event has started. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports seven longtime Las Vegas bookmakers can’t recall a larger loss. ESPN reports Sunday’s bets were allowed to be placed because incorrect start times were posted on some Korean and Chinese baseball games due to a manual entry error. The Nevada Gaming Control Board is reportedly investigating the matter. MLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play.FC Dallas will now play its first tournament match July 15 against the Seattle Sounders.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-TIAFOEFrances Tiafoe has coronavirus, exits Atlanta tennis eventATLANTA (AP) — Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament. He was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament in Atlanta involving eight top American men’s players. MLS tournament match postponed by Dallas positivesDALLAS (AP) — The MLS Is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after six FC Dallas players tested positive for COVID-19.The group stage match was scheduled to take place Thursday. MLS officials announced the postponement Saturday and said a new time and date would come later.FC Dallas confirmed Wednesday that players had tested positive upon their arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament. The entire FC Dallas delegation is quarantining in their rooms at the walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.Vancouver’s team is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday. It’s the first time in Dixon’s 20-year career he has opened the season with back-to-back victories. He won the season opener last month at Texas. Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, also broke Team Penske’s five-year reign on the IndyCar GP title. Dixon’s 48 career wins are third all-time behind A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.NBANBA announces schedule for Florida scrimmagesUNDATED (AP) — The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex in Florida, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28. Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after he was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team’s first official summer camp workout. Tanaka’s hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up. Trainers tended to his head and appeared to check his vision. Tanaka was helped to his feet and walked off the field with help. Yankee’s Manager Aaron Boone also announced that All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa tested positive for the coronavirus before traveling to New York and are self-isolating at home. Elsewhere in the majors: Matthew Wolff shoots 64 to take Rocket Mortgage Classic leadDETROIT (AP) — Matthew Wolff had a roller-coaster round that went well enough Saturday to give him a three-shot lead in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Wolff shot his second straight 8-under 64 to move into position for his second PGA Tour victory. He was at 19-under 197 at Detroit Golf Club. Armour and Bryson DeChambeau were tied for second after 67s. Wolff made a 14-foot eagle putt at the 559-yard, par-5 14th to pull into a tie with Armour at 17 under, and added birdies on the par-3 15th and par-5 17th. He finished with the eagle, nine birdies, five pars and three bogeys.GOLF-KORN FERRY TOUR Zalatoris wins at TPC Colorado for first Korn Ferry titleBERTHOUD, Colo. (AP) — Will Zalatoris won the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes on Saturday for his first Korn Ferry Tour victory. Zalatoris closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Chase Johnson. The former Wake Forest star earned $108,000 and jumped from fourth to first in the points race for 25 PGA Tour cards. Zalatoris finished at 15-under 273 for his fourth straight top-10 finish and sixth in nine starts this season. He birdied the par-3 16th and parred the final two holes to help off Johnson. Johnson finished with a 63.SOCCER-FC DALLAS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditYANKEES-TANAKA INJUREDYankees pitcher Tanaka hit in the head by drive from StantonNEW YORK (AP) — Freddie Freeman tests positive for COVID-19. Masahiro Tanaka gets hit in the head by a line drive. David Price announces he won’t play this season for the sake of his health and his family’s health. Sobering examples of the game’s potential danger took place at camps across the country as Major League Baseball teams continued preparing to start their pandemic-shortened season later this month. The return of baseball didn’t offer much cause for celebration on this Fourth of July. — Dodgers pitcher David Price won’t play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn’t participate in the 60-game season that’s scheduled to begin July 23. Price’s announcement came a day after Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout said he wasn’t comfortable with the current climate and might not play. Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond and Arizona pitcher Mike Leake are among those who have already said they’re out this year.— Arizona’s new pitching addition Madison Bumgarner threw two innings of live batting practice. It was his first outing during the team’s summer camp at Chase Field as the D-backs prepare for a 60-game season. The left-handed Bumgarner signed with the Diamondbacks in the offseason after spending his first 11 seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner’s trying to get his arm in shape and avoid COVID-19 as he prepares for opening day. Three players on the Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster have tested positive for coronavirus though the team hasn’t revealed any names.— Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests. Snitker says Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said Freeman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” He says “it will be a while” before Freeman can return to the team. The Braves signed Smith, the former Giants reliever, to a three-year, $39 million deal in the offseason.— With teams in two pro sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves are giving no indication they are willing to consider a similar change. The Cleveland Indians said Friday they’re reconsidering their name following the furor over the NFL Washington Redskins name. The Braves released a statement saying the team “honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change.” The Braves said they “have much work to do on and off the field.” The Braves have not said if they will encourage the tomahawk chop and chant by fans this season.—Milwaukee Brewers veteran Ryan Braun says he’s more likely to play beyond 2020 because of the unusual circumstances of this pandemic-shortened season. Braun had said in January that the upcoming season could be his last. He now believes this year’s 60-game schedule won’t wear him out as much as a full, 162-game season. Braun can also benefit from the National League adopting the designated hitter this season. The former MVP is entering the final season of a five-year, $105 million contract and will turn 37 in November. MLB-BRUMMETT OBITEx-MLB pitcher Tyson Brummett, 3 others die in plane crashAMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — A former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and three others died in a plane crash in rural Utah. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office says ex-pitcher 35-year-old Tyson Brummett of Salt Lake City was flying the small plane, which crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon just before 8 a.m. Friday. A witness said the plane went into a downward corkscrew motion as it crashed. TV station WPVI reports all four people on board did not survive. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by .012 seconds at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was back in third place and Lando Norris gave McLaren a boost by finishing fourth. Verstappen has won the past two years in Austria. Hamilton was chasing a record-extending 89th career pole. Ferrari struggled with Charles Leclerc nearly one second behind in seventh and Sebastian Vettel a miserable 11th.HORSE RACING-ENGLISH DERBYPacesetter Serpentine goes wire-to-wireEPSOM, England (AP) — The first English Derby to take place without spectators has taken a surreal turn as 25-1 shot Serpentine went out as the pacemaker and was never caught for a stunning six-length victory at an empty Epsom Downs. Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games.All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages.There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30.Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday.GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested.Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday, but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive. He says he had tested negative for the virus as recently as a week ago.INDYCAR-DIVERSITY PROGRAMIndyCar donates $1 million to establish diversity program INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are making an active effort to increase diversity throughout the industry with a $1 million donation to a new “Race for Equality & Change” initiative. The initiative will support both internal and external programs. last_img read more

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WATCH SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket Launch LIVE

first_imgA rocket launch that was planned for the weekend is now set for today.SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral around 10 a.m. Eastern.The rocket is carrying 60 Starlink satellites that will help provide high-speed internet all over the world.last_img

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Scandal and justice: #MeToo reached the sports world in 2018

first_imgOne by one they came forward, more than 150 in all. Fearful yet defiant. Vulnerable but resolute, buoyed by the hope of catharsis and the promise of justice.Standing in a Michigan courtroom last January, women and girls sexually abused by Larry Nassar confronted the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, and over seven draining days detailed the devastating effect the molestation had on their lives.The #MeToo movement reached the sports world in 2018 with a scandal that reverberated not just in locker rooms and gyms but in courthouses, in boardrooms and at kitchen tables. The sight of women being not just heard but believed — combined with other breakthroughs for female athletes in the fight for fair treatment — created a sense of real momentum in sports over the past year.Female athletes “are taking control, and that’s what it’s all about,” tennis star Serena Williams said. “Taking control of who you are.”While 2017 brought the downfall of TV personalities Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a scandal in the sports world that had been brewing for a few years blew up in 2018 into shocking front-page news.Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a case that has had widespread and devastating fallout. Michigan State agreed to settle victims’ lawsuits for $500 million. The university president lost her job and was charged with lying to police. Others at the school or at gymnastics’ national governing body, USA Gymnastics, also face charges. And the future of the organization is in limbo.Jordyn Wieber, a member of the gold-medal 2012 Olympic gymnastics team, planned to detail her allegations against Nassar quietly in a lawsuit. Yet as she watched other victims share the most difficult memories of their lives in open court, with their tormentor 20 feet away and a TV camera broadcasting it to the world, Wieber decided to testify, too.“I saw this effect and this power we as Olympians had by using our voice,” the 23-year-old Wieber told The Associated Press. “I felt really responsible to do that. If I could do one small thing in the world of gymnastics, the world of sports, this was it. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I felt like it was worth it.”The young women also played a role in trying to hold USA Gymnastics and other organizations accountable for the way Nassar’s abuse went unchecked for decades.When USA Gymnastics continued to use the Karolyi Ranch training center in Texas even after victims told of how they were abused by Nassar there, reigning Olympic champion and Nassar victim Simone Biles went on Twitter to ask why. The organization announced almost immediately it was leaving the facility.Biles took then-USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry to task in August for not speaking up to outline a way forward for the embattled organization. Perry resigned less than a month later.“The fact Simone is able to effect the amount of change she’s been able to is a testament that athletes are starting to have a little bit of power,” said former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, who filed a criminal complaint against Nassar in 2016.The year 2018 also saw the swift downfall of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson — who sold the teamand was fined $2.75 million by the NFL after he was accused of sexual harassment — and the continued pursuit of equal treatment of women in sports like tennis and soccer.The French Open angered some in May when it declined to seed three-time winner Williams following a 14-month break from tennis in which she gave birth to a daughter. Last week, the women’s tennis tour announced that starting in 2019, players coming off maternity leave or major injury may use a special ranking for up to three years upon their return.“Serena is mainly responsible for bringing that issue to the forefront: Should you be treated the same for pregnancy as you are if you miss time with an injury?” tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert said. The new rule “obviously was an advancement in the women’s game.”The push by female athletes to transform their sports wasn’t limited to the U.S.The South Korean women’s curling team that won a surprise silver at the 2018 Olympics came forward in November to complain of verbal and psychological abuse by their handlers, a pattern that included withholding prize money and threatening to bench the captain after learning she wanted to start a family. The handlers admitted to some of the allegations but denied others while resigning under pressure this month.And members of Argentina’s women’s soccer team used social media to express mounting frustration over unequal treatment, including being barred from the training complex traditionally reserved for the men and receiving minimal financial support. Argentine soccer officials relented, allowing the women to work out at the same facility as the men.“Teams are standing up and saying — and it’s South America, it’s Africa, it’s Europe — ‘This isn’t good enough, this isn’t right,’” said two-time Women’s World Cup champion-turned-TV analyst Julie Foudy.As for the effect on the world outside sports, Denhollander, who is now a lawyer, said prosecutors have told her about a spike in the number of abuse victims from other walks of life coming forward since Nassar’s sentencing. Still, she cautioned that the Nassar case was just one battle in a continuing fight.“The cultural impact is huge,” Denhollander said. “The personal impact, feeling like they can finally tell someone, that’s huge. On the flip side, there’s a danger of feeling like we’ve accomplished more than we really have.”___AP Sports Writers Howard Fendrich, Teresa Walker, Anne Peterson, Larry Lage and Eddie Pells and Associated Press writer Kelli Kennedy contributed to this report.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, United States gymnast Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)last_img read more

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With SteamOS, Valve Is Taking On The Xbox One And PlayStation 4

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#Open Source#STEAM#SteamOS#TV#Valve#video games 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Sony and Microsoft are betting big on their first console launches in seven and eight years, respectively. But it’s no longer just their show.Valve—the company behind Steam, the hit digital-games distribution service—has a wrench to toss into the living-room works. The company has just announced SteamOS, a wide-open operating system that helps PC games make the hop to the TV. Breaking Down BarriersGamers have been watching Steam for a while now in anticipation of the fabled Steam Box, a Valve-built console that’s still in the works. Before the hardware hits, though, we’re getting software: SteamOS, built with Linux, will extend Valve’s distribution service to the living room. Prior to the rise of Steam, PC gaming was idling in a dark age, largely in the hands of Microsoft. Steam is fiercely loved among its users for offering gamers an operating-system agnostic platform to connect with other gamers and manage a collection of games which are synced to Steam’s servers.Here’s what Steam wrote:As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. taylor hatmaker SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.Between SteamOS and the Ouya, an Android-based gaming console, the living room is more open than ever. Consumers have an infinite array of combinations for living room entertainment, and Valve will be getting involved in the hardware game soon too. SteamOS offers what it calls “in-home streaming” that lets users stream Steam games from a Windows or Mac machine to a system running SteamOS.See also: Ouya Is A Tiny Box Open To Many Game PossibilitiesThe remaining question: What system will run SteamOS? Presumably the Steam Box, which Valve may announce as soon as this week—though recent layoffs have caused some to call the project into question. (Valve head Gabe Newell’s dismisses that possibility.)Steam also says it’s working on bringing video and music to SteamOS boxes, though nothing’s been confirmed yet.Whether Valve makes the box that runs SteamOS or third-party manufacturers pick it up, the entry of Steam has made the console market more interesting.The Contenders, ComparedSteamOS: No hardware yet, free software that works with any Steam-compatible PCBuilt on Linux and other open-source softwareStreams gameplay from a Windows or Mac PC to the TVLibrary of over 2,000 games, both major and indie titles (Dota 2, Skyrim, Civilization V, to give a decent cross-section of the selection) Indie gamer and developer-friendly (Valve takes roughly a 30% cut)Games all digitally distributed (no discs)Enables mods and hacks not possible or more difficult on major consoles (like putting monocles on crabs in Skyrim—because why not?!)Free to join Steam, no subscription feesOuya:$99 online or through retail partners (Gamestop, Best Buy, etc.)Runs a modified version of Android, the mobile operating systemMod-friendly, easy-open hardware; all systems are built to work as developer’s kitsAll Ouya games must meet a “free to play” requirement (trial modes, free and premium tiers)Games all digitally distributed435 games available in the Ouya library—not impressive, but growingStreaming video and non-gaming apps can be side-loaded onto the Ouya, native apps not yet availableXbox One:Microsoft gaming console, will retail for $499 on November 22$60/year Xbox Live membership required for online play and multimedia like Netflix and Hulu PlusDigital game downloads available over the Xbox Live networkLaunch exclusives: Halo 5, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Below and (many) morePlayStation 4:Sony’s gaming console, will retail for $399 on November 15$50/year PlayStation Plus subscription required for online gaming, but not for streaming media like Netflix and HuluDigital game downloads available over the PlayStation Plus networkLaunch exclusives: The Order: 1886; Infamous: Second Son; Knack and moreWhen it comes to flashy, big-name gaming titles, indie upstarts like the Ouya and Steam can’t compete—but that’s not really what they’re about, anyway. Once Steam’s living-room hardware gets up to speed, Valve’s gaming platform will likely remain complementary to the major consoles where big titles live. But for dedicated PC gamers looking for a fresh, big-screen experience, SteamOS might just open up a whole new world of gaming—once it finds a hardware home, that is.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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Video Editing Tips and Tricks from Oscar-Nominated Editor Joe Walker

first_imgLearn useful editing tips and tricks from Arrival and Sicario editor Joe WalkerNo matter how long you’ve been editing, and no matter what kind of material you work with, you can always learn useful tips and tricks from leaders in the industry.While working on this post on the making of Arrival, I listened to and read a lot of articles featuring the film’s editor, Joe Walker. Not only did his work on the film earn him a second Oscar nomination (the first for 12 Years A Slave), but he’s also been very generous in sharing his expertise.Joe is currently in post-production for the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049.Interestingly, Joe likes to get involved in the editing of the teaser trailers, as this helps him repurpose the same material in a much more compact form, which can inspire him to be bolder with the actual film.In this post, I’ll cover several of the practical editing tips that Joe has shared that can improve how you edit.Improve Your Editing with Tips from Joe WalkerMost of the tips from Joe in this post are from two excellent sources. The first is an absolutely must-read article, written by Joe himself, and published in MovieMaker magazine.The second is this engaging interview with DP/30 (above), which offers a “super-sized” chat with Joe about his work on Arrival, Sicario, and even a little bit on BladeRunner 2049.Since Joe was nominated for an Oscar and Arrival has been so well-received, it’s highly likely that he’s also shared many of these same points in other interviews, too.Structure Your EditIn the DP/30 interview, Joe mentions a new technique that he’s developed — he tries to edit backwards.By this, he means that when he’s first constructing a scene, he tries to work backward from the one line, key shot, or moment that the scene is really all about — something he needs to “land” to make the edit work.So rather than starting with the opening shot and working toward that moment (which sometimes doesn’t pan out), he starts from the end and works backwards, structuring the shot sizes, cutting, and timing to make that core moment really shines.Joe attributes this to learning to edit film during his days at the BBC, hand-splicing every cut, and the discipline it required to think through your edit before you even began chopping up the rushes.These days, it’s easy to slap everything down on the timeline and skim through rushes. Learning to stop and think through a scene, consider what it’s really about, and determine its key moments can take practice, but the end result is worth it.Another tip that Joe has shared in several interviews arose from Arrival‘s dream sequences. They needed to condense several scenes into one and remove a distracting story thread, all while keeping a key piece of information in the film. How did Joe solve this problem?As an experiment, we very crudely strung together only the pieces we needed, at one point creating a really jarring join between one line of Ian’s and another.This jarring cut was left in, along with a bunch of other tricks you can read about in the MovieMaker magazine article, but it reveals an important technique for any edit, which is to start with only the pieces you need.So often, the work of inexperienced editors is overly long because they start with everything and (sometimes) try to whittle it down instead of selecting only essential material and finding creative ways of making it work.If you’ve stopped to think through the scene and its core beats, these should be the elements you’re starting with and working backward from.Playing with TimeThe editor’s greatest superpower is playing with time: speeding things up or slowing them down to examine a moment in microscopic detail … “Pace” isn’t just rattling through a film without allowing anyone to feel anything; you have to add variety and landscape to the moments you want to dwell on. A director I worked with used to say, “You’ve got to sell some to buy others.” Apply firm scrutiny of the sense of time throughout the story.In many ways, Joe’s tip about working on the effective pacing and sense of time in each scene is a macro version of the tip about cutting a scene backwards. To get the film to work as a whole, you need to have moments of both tension and release — moments to absorb what’s happened and moments to rush along without all the answers.There is a brilliant breakdown of how this plays out in Sicario from CineFix, which is well worth a watch for a more detailed look at this concept.Not Cutting Is BetterI had this brilliant mentor and taught me the value of not cutting. And that’s the biggest impact of cutting with film on me … He used to say “Just because they shot it, you don’t have to use it.”In the DP/30 interview Joe talks about something he learned from a film editing mentor on the power of not cutting. He describes spending all afternoon cutting between a wide shot and three close-ups, trying to milk each of the close-ups for all the best bits of each performance while keeping up with the fast-paced dialogue.After seeing Walker’s work, the senior editor asked him to see the wide shot that featured all of the best performances, body language, and looks. His conclusion was, “It’s better.”If you have great performances to work with, not cutting is many times more powerful than trying to accentuate a moment with a close up. Often, the audience is editing a wide shot in their heads anyway, as they shift their focus from character to character.Image from MovieMaker.comThe Sound of SilenceI come from a music background, I was a composer and I’m very nervous about over-reliance on temp tracks. I think they are unfair to composers because they tie their hands behind their backs before they’ve had a chance to respond to a tabula rasa, and also it means in sound terms, it prohibits the investigation of silence and the investigation of sound effects, so I like, if possible, to do things with an atmosphere or a mood, or in Twelve Years a Slave, cicadas, for example.In this interview from Gordon Burkell of AOTG.com, Joe talks about avoiding an over-reliance on editing with temp tracks — he likes to keep them off for as long as possible. This is a tried-and-true technique for many experienced editors, but  it takes real discipline to watch scenes “dry.”It feels more satisfying to slap on some temp music, cut to its rhythm, and get the instant gratification that it all “works.” It also then feels painful to undo anything that works to that track because, you know, ”it’s working.” This is the inherent problem with temp tracks. They are temporary.You will get far better results by keeping the music off for as long as possible, ensuring that the scene can “stand up and carry itself” on it’s own. Then, when the (preferably composed) music comes into the cut, the scene will really shine.As a related tip (and something that Walter Murch is also known for), Joe will edit with the speakers completely turned off, to see if the scene works without any dialogue.We both love cutting with the speakers off, which is just something we started doing on Sicario, and cutting it as a silent movie sometimes … but it seems to be a good approach with [Villeneuve’s] films, that if it works with just the visuals and you can tell what’s going on and the story is working … it makes you very tough [on the story].These are just “some” of the tips and tricks that Joe has shared in his interviews, so I’d encourage you to read and watch as much as you can about his work.Do you know editing tips from other industry leaders? 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Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squad

first_imgChris Gayle and Andre Russell were among 15 players in the West Indies squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup named on Wednesday. Jason Holder, the all-rounder, will lead West Indies as they seek to win a World Cup for the first time since 1979.Chris Gayle is 39 but he has been in spectacular form for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 Indian Premier League. He has scored 444 runs including 4 fifties from 10 matches at a strike-rate of 162.04. Andre Russell has hit 392 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 IPL and has the highest strike-rate this season: 217.77.”Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” interim chairman of the Cricket West Indies selection panel Robert Haynes said.Haynes noted that off-spinner Sunil Narine and emerging fast bowler Alzarri Joseph were not considered, due to finger and shoulder injuries, respectively.”There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”BREAKING: @windiescricket name their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/Ca61nyDmc8 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 24, 2019″In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”advertisementGayle will be making a record fifth World Cup appearance for West Indies and needs just 253 runs to overtake fellow left-hander Brian Lara and become the leading batsman for the Caribbean side in One-day Internationals. The self-proclaimed, “Universe Boss” is the headline act of a batting line-up capable of changing the complexion of any game with enterprising stroke-play.”To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish,” said Haynes.”Looking at the condition of pitches in ODIs over the last few years in England and Wales, it appears that big totals will be the order of the day, so we believe we have a line-up that can put big totals on the board or chase them, as we have seen from recent matches.”With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting which will allow us to play the brand of cricket that will give us the best of chance of winning the World Cup.”Also Read | Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupAlso Read | BCCI Ombudsman issues notices to Sachin Tendulkar, VVS LaxmanAlso See:last_img read more

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