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Under the Radar at UFC Wichita: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

first_imgFrom there, he’s a win away from being a win away from challenging for the title, which may sound like a strange way to frame things, but in actuality, it’s no different than where fighters like Darren Till and Ben Askren stand at the moment or Thiago Santos was prior to his bout with Jan Blachowicz in Prague last month.As much as I would love for everyone to start paying attention to these competitors from the jump or at least after they’ve put together a couple of wins, dos Santos should have been on peoples’ radar prior to each of his last two outings and continuing to ignore him now is unacceptable.And if he topples Millender on Saturday night, there will be no more room for excuses when it comes to not knowing about the emerging Brazilian contender. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Elizeu Zaleski dos SantosRecord: 20-5 overall; 6-1 UFCDivision: WelterweightTeam: CM System Heading into UFC 235 last week, I talked about how Pedro Munhoz was one round on one scorecard away from being on a seven-fight winning streak and an additional single round on a single card away from being unbeaten in his previous 10 appearances inside the UFC cage.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt was part of my logic for profiling “The Young Punisher” in this space in advance of his potential breakthrough bout against Cody Garbrandt last weekend, where the Brazilian standout slept the former champion to secure the biggest win of his career. In a greater sense, it was about making sure to look beyond the actual results to see the bigger picture and how that applies to the situation at hand.I say all of that, to get to this: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is one round on one scorecard away from a 7-0 start in the UFC and an 11-fight winning streak and yet “Capoeira” just cracked the rankings recently and remains one of the most slept-on fighters in the entire organization.While dos Santos is getting the opportunity to man the co-main event slot this weekend in Wichita, where he takes on fellow underrated welterweight Curtis Millender, who has won all three of his prior UFC fights and nine straight overall, Saturday’s fight card in Kansas is one of those instances where only the main event is featured on the poster and everything else is a distant second.Some co-main events are crucial; others are just the last fight before the headlining act.With that established, I genuinely don’t understand why more people aren’t foaming at the mouth to see this fight as dos Santos has finished each of his last two fights in spectacular fashion and Millender is down to sling leather with anyone, proving last time out that he’s both resilient and a reliable all-action fighter.Prior to his consecutive “Are you kidding me?” finishes of Luigi Vendramini and Sean Strickland, the 32-year-old Cristiano Marcello disciple earned Fight of the Night honors in three of his last four appearances, including dogged decision wins over Max Griffin and Lyman Good.Not only has he been consistently entertaining since debuting with a split decision loss to current and former Cage Warriors standout Nicolas Dalby, but he’s also scored solid wins over a couple of fighters that fans and observers got excited about when they won their next fight after sharing the cage with the surging Brazilian.He’s been an overlooked and underappreciated member of the welterweight ranks for a number of years now and hopefully, this weekend’s bout with Millender will bring that era to an end.The welterweight division is a chaotic mess beyond the top three fighters in the division — new champ Kamaru Usman, former champ Tyron Woodley, and Colby Covington, who has been assured the first crack at the new titleholder — and the next several weeks are going to result in a new hierarchy being established in the 170-pound ranks.With a win on Saturday, dos Santos will ensure that he’s very much in the mix as things start to get realigned and matchups for the second half of 2019 start to come together at welterweight. Even though he’s not the most established (or easy to pronounce) name in the collection of talent hovering between Nos. 7 and 27 in the division (yes, it’s that deep), there comes a point where you can’t overlook the continuous run of success he’s enjoyed.While a seventh straight win isn’t going to launch him into the title picture right away, it would certainly elevate him from facing unranked opponents on Fight Night cards in Wichita, Kansas — and I say that with all due respect to Millender and all the talented, but ignored athletes who land on these cards that get minimal attention from fans and media alike.Depending on how things shake out this weekend and through to the next break in the UFC schedule, which is the first week of April, dos Santos could find himself paired off with the winner of the Leon Edwards-Gunnar Nelson fight in London next week, Demian Maia, Neil Magny or another streaking Brazilian who has been criminally underrated to this point, Vicente Luque.last_img read more

August 26, 2020 0

Thurston County Chamber: 2018 Health Care Champions Announced

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County ChamberPartnering with the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, the Thurston County Chamber is pleased to announce the 2018 Health Care Champions:Interfaith Works – Health Care Safety Net AwardPaul Wilkinson – Lifetime Achievement AwardAnnie Iriye – Professional Leadership AwardKaren Hilburn Cancer Fund – Community Impact AwardThe Health Care Champion awards were established to recognize heroic acts, steadfast dedication, extraordinary service and professionalism that are seen every day in our community’s medical offices, clinics, hospitals, emergency services and related organizations.The community is invited to join us as we honor and celebrate these leaders at the 12th annual Health Care Champions event on Tuesday, June 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympia Country & Golf Club and will include honoree recognition, videos, hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar.Tickets are $40 each and are available by calling the Chamber at 360.357.3362 or visiting ThurstonChamber.com.last_img read more

August 5, 2020 0

Proposed Equestrian Center Application Is Withdrawn, For Now

first_imgBy John BurtonOCEANPORT – What will happen with the Mazza property on Port Au Peck Avenue remains undetermined for now.Attorney Robert Inglima Jr., representing 275 Port Au Peck Associates, LLC this week submitted a letter to the borough planning/zoning board, withdrawing his client’s application for the property which the board began hearing last month.In his brief letter, Inglima asked that the board to dismiss the application without prejudice at this time, in expectation that the applicant’s principal, James Mazza, may be “refiling of same or a substantially similar application in the future.”Mazza was seeking a use variance to eventually use the property to construct two single family homes on the front portion of the site, and establish what he called an equestrian center, with plans to build a 20,000-square-foot, 10-stall barn with an exercise area to board horses with more than 4 acres of the property.The board on Tuesday evening voted to allow the applicant to withdraw the application without prejudice. According to board attorney Rick DeNoia, it is the applicant’s right to receive it and “should they want to come back to the board at another time there is no impediment,” given the board’s without prejudice designation.But Board Chairman Christopher Widdis pointed out at Tuesday’s meeting that should the application return, “It would be treated as a new application,” starting from the beginning.Inglima’s letter did not offer a reason for the withdrawal. But some who are familiar with the situation offered some insight, sensing Mazza felt the April 12th hearing, where the applicant’s environmental expert testified as to the contamination and proposed remediation of the nearly 6 ½-acre property didn’t go as well as Mazza had hoped; and Mazza is maybe looking for additional time to address the contamination and the requirements for the site put in place by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).Inglima, who was not in attendance at Tuesday’s hearing, did not immediately return a phone call to his Ho-Ho-Kus office on Wednesday.Karen Long, a residential neighbor who is opposed to the proposal, suspected the application’s withdrawal concerns the extent of the work to clean up the contamination.Long’s opposition’s is that the proposed use is too expansive for the location. “It’s just overkill,” she said. She had concerns what disturbing the location to remediate and develop the site would mean in the way of releasing contaminates into the area environment.The property has long been vacant and has over the decades been used for discarded construction debris, including shingles containing asbestos, a prohibited carcinogenic.This article was originally published in the May 12-19 edition of the Two River Times newspaper.last_img read more

August 4, 2020 0

ZENYATTA STAKES QUOTES – Saturday September 26, 2015

first_img“I think we’ll have to see how she comes out of the race. The Breeders’ Cup is always an option. We’d run her in the Distaff. If Beholder decides to run in the Classic, that may make our decision easier, but we’ll have to see how she comes out of the race before we make those decisions.” -30- MARTIN JONES, MY SWEET ADDICTION, SECOND: “She ran her heart out. Mike rode a great race. That’s where she likes to be. He got her very comfortable and she really gave it all she had. She just ran into a champion today. RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “It really was pretty much what I had hoped for from her. I hate to say ‘easy,’ but it really did look easy.”Mentioned she went a little wide on the first turn: “Gary didn’t want any trouble. He just kept her in the clear and had a nice workout.”Asked if she would run next in the Breeders’ Cup Classic against males on Oct. 31 at Keeneland: “That would be the plan. Anything can change and nothing’s in stone, but as of now there’s no reason not to think of that.“She needed to run because she had nothing but rest since the Pacific Classic (Aug. 22). She had one good workout, the rest was just rest, so she needed the race or a really good work or several good works. I actually thought with the (high) temperatures, maybe I shouldn’t run. Then I thought, if I scratch her, something else could come up, then everything would be messed up, so I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.”“I’ll spend next week thinking about when to ship her. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ll get a feel for it in a couple days and go from there.”            Asked if it was fair to ask if Beholder is as good or better than any horse he’s trained: “She’s good. She’s really, really good.” B. WAYNE HUGHES, OWNER, BEHOLDER: “He left something in the tank. Gary told me he never asked her to run today.”Regarding a potential showdown with American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic: “My thought is I’d like to see what happens when that takes place. He’s a very good horse. He’s one of a kind. But he’s a colt–that’s his disadvantage (laughing).”When asked if Beholder is better now at age five than she’s ever been: “Richard says he might’ve been holding her back all these years.”Regarding the likelihood of a 6-year-old campaign in 2016: “If she’s sound and everything’s perfect, the answer is yes. We’re having so much fun…how could I ever top this?” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky. JOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “Richard has a big smile on his face. He told me yesterday, ‘I want to win but by no means do I want to knock her out.’ We couldn’t have scripted it any better. I told him that he might have to tack-walk her in the morning because she pulled up full of it.”“She’s by far the most intelligent animal I’ve ever been around and when I say animal I’m not just talking about horses, she’s so intelligent. She knows what her job is and she enjoys it; she literally loves what she’s doing. She has a great cardiovascular system but that big brain between her ears is what makes her different and special.“The heat was weighing on Richard’s mind and was weighing on my mind the last couple of days. We didn’t want a tough race. First, because the Breeders’ Cup is coming up and it’s going to be the toughest race of her life and with the heat, you’re always wondering how much it’s going to knock them out.“When I pulled her up that’s the first time she’s ever pulled me back to the Winners’ Circle almost like she knew she needed to get off the track but she was that fresh after the race still. It couldn’t have gone any better.“I’m serious when I talk about the job Santa Anita has done, especially handling today. They have a new ventilation system that they put in the saddling enclosure that keeps the air moving with big fans and keeps the air cool. We had a breeze today which has helped and they made the post parades super short which has helped a lot.“I’m not going to make any predictions but I can’t wait to get to Keeneland. I just hope everybody shows up like they did today. I’m excited about the Classic; I think that I’ll probably feel less pressure going into the Classic than what I felt today. Going into today I knew we had to get through this one as easy as possible and it was! Now it’s Richard’s job to keep her the way she is for another month. I was stressed, but more stressed about the weather than anything else. She handled it well.”MIKE SMITH, MY SWEET ADDICTION, SECOND: “I feel like I won (laughing). I wanted to get second … well, the W if we could, but we all knew who was in there, and to run second to that mare is really a good thing. I was just proud of the way she acted today. She just did everything right, but we ran against Beholder. My mare’s talented. I know they’re using this race for a prep and Gary doesn’t want to do too much going into the Breeders’ Cup. So therefore he stayed with me and really carried me along. My mare ran well – she really dug in, and I couldn’t be any prouder of her.”last_img read more

August 2, 2020 0

Sprint – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBob BaffertMartin GarciaSusan ChuCharlie ChuPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we are back down in the media briefing room, and the winner of the TwinSpires and twinspires.com Breeders’ Cup Sprint is Drefong, and we are joined now by the winning connections. Having a seat on our right is trainer Bob Baffert. This is his fifth win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. To our left, winning jockey Martin Garcia and Susan Chu and Charlie Chu. The horse runs in the colors of Charlie’s small stable. But Susan actually was first into the Thoroughbred game, and Charlie, who knows a good thing when he sees one, got in soon after. But, Bob, we’d like to start with you, as we typically do. Bob, if you could just take us through the race, the two California horses were on the lead the whole time. Tell us how you saw it?BOB BAFFERT: Well, Drefong, he looked so good in the paddock. This is probably the sharpest he’s ever been. So we’ve been taking our time. We were bringing him up to this point. So I just told Martin, we had a discussion about, you know what, if you get away from there, just whip him a little bit, and he did a great job. I knew there was going to be a little bit of a speed deal. I was worried about the inside post because he had to force his hand. But he waited. He let him just sort of ease up there without really forcing the issue, and then once I knew Masochistic and him were going to battle, and when Masochistic — he’s a really good horse, and I thought, wow, I think we’re going to run second. Then turning for home, he knows the horse really well. You just can’t really hit him too much. He doesn’t like the whip too much, and he got after him a little bit left-handed. But I knew at the 1/8th pole, I thought, wow, this horse is really — it was almost like watching Beholder and Songbird yesterday. I mean, when they throw down like that, I mean, those two horses really threw down in the stretch.It’s one of those things that I’m just lucky that I happened to be on the better end of it. But it was a pretty fast race. Because this track is not real — we’re used to a really faster track, but I’m just glad that the Chus, they’ve been very lucky. They’ve been extremely blessed and fortunate. They’ve had some nice horses. So Susan just loves the animals. She wants to keep them all and take care of them. She’s the kind of owner that really worries about her horses.Charlie, he’s game. He’s a sportsman, he loves the horses. So he’s got his whole family here. So it’s a great honor to have a horse like this, to have a talented horse. For him to show it today, we didn’t know how fast he was, because he’s done everything, and today he needed to be really, really good to beat that horse.THE MODERATOR: They were really moving. Martin, you were actually on the inside of Masochistic, so just tell us how your horse responded and about your trip in general?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Well, I was pretty confident since I got on him here in the paddock. And Mr. Baffert told me just let him run, whatever, however he’s happy, and I was really comfortable.THE MODERATOR: Let’s hear from the Chus, please. Susan, this is a big win. Just tell us about your reaction and the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race if you would.SUSAN CHU: Yeah, we are so honored to be sitting here with Bob and with Martin together. And Bob knows how much we love this sport, and we love our horse. I’m so appreciative to everybody doing everything for us, Bob and Jimmy, Donato, everybody in Bob Baffert’s stable that support us 100%. And we so appreciate we have a chance to be winning today. So this is so joyful.We have a big, strong family coming to support us today from everywhere, all over the country to watch us on such a special day. This is really so joyful. Thank you.Q. Bob, good when a plan comes together. I mean, you knew he was training good, and then the track hadn’t been playing necessarily in the favor of speed, but today it worked out. So good to see that all come together?BOB BAFFERT: Well, I mean, when he broke and he broke with him and Martin, he just let him ease up there that first quarter. He rode a really beautiful race. When I saw the fraction 21, I think it was 60 something, I thought, and I thought: That’s manageable. That’s okay. These are good horses. They can handle that.When I saw Masochistic out there with Mike Smith, I thought that horse is running his A-game, and I’ve been watching that horse train. So I knew it was going to be a battle. But the 3/8th pole it looked like Masochistic was going to have the edge on us. But, you know, this little horse and Martin, they just — when the running started, he just brought it. And the 1/8th pole, I could just tell that horse — it just shows you the will to win they have. And he was just — both horses were just champions. They were just throwing it down.The Breeders’ Cup, I remember years ago I was in Chicago, and I ran second and third, and Bob Lewis, one of my greatest owners ever, I was complaining to him about it, You know what? Maybe we could have done this, whatever. Just complained a little bit. I was just trying to — and he said, Robert, hey, that’s why they have these races. The best horses are in the race, so there’s no excuses. And that’s what happens.So they threw it down, and it was incredible, because after losing Lord Nelson this week in the lineup, that really hurt. He was doing so well also. It would have been nice to have him in there. But it’s great that I knew Drefong was ready to do it. His post, I was a little leery. If he would have been on the outside, I would have felt a little bit better. But, like I said, it was a great time for Martin to reunite with me (laughing). He got a big, fat check.THE MODERATOR: Well, you brought up the topic. So let me ask, Martin, how it feels to be back riding the best horses in the Baffert barn again or several of the best horses in the Baffert barn and what your probation period was like?CHRIS RICHARDSON: I feel lucky.SUSAN CHU: He has to.Q. It is part of the story of this horse.BOB BAFFERT: You know, he needed some time there. You know, when you have one jockey just constantly and if you’re going through a rut or whatever, it’s tough. Just like a jockey can get beat and he can get on the next race and win with the trainers. It’s a lot of pressure.So sometimes it’s tough to really — like, if I use 10 different, 20 different riders, you really don’t notice it. But guys, if they get a little cold, if the trainer gets cold, if you’re both cold, there’s a lot of tension.So sometimes that happens. You have your little — we really didn’t have any argument. But it’s one of those things where sometimes it’s good to have that time away just to reorganize, and it’s worked well. So, you know, he knows my horses. He knows how they’re going to be ridden. When Mike Smith chose Masochistic, and he’d won on it before, and Charlie — we talked to the Chus, and they were, you know, well, I could put whatever, but I know Martin knows the horse really well. Came in there, worked these horses, got them ready. So it’s one of those things where it’s just, you know, I wasn’t mad at him. But we needed some separation. It was getting tense. So everything’s good. Look at him.Q. Can you reflect a little bit on the Breeders’ Cup Sprint specifically? It was a breakthrough win for you. Your first emergence onto the national stage, the first time you won it. Your success specifically in this race? Just talk about how well you’ve done in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and what this race means to you?BOB BAFFERT: You know what, when I first was training quarter horses, I remember watching the first Breeders’ Cup, and I thought, wow, that looks so much — that is exciting. So I thought maybe I could do something like that, maybe the Sprint. Maybe I could win a Sprint race. I remember Thirty Slews was the first horse I ever bought for $30,000. When he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, I thought that day at Gulfstream Park I had reached the pinnacle of my career. That was it. I’ve never — I never had that feeling again until I won a Kentucky Derby. But it was just the most exciting. I can’t even remember how I got to the Winner’s Circle. I was so afraid if I didn’t get there in time they were going to take the picture without me. That’s how nervous I was. So it was one of those things where I remember I had to take an elevator to Gulfstream Park, and it wasn’t coming and I was panicking. I was like, I’ve got to get down there. They’re going to take the picture without me.But still it’s a thrill. Breeders’ Cup Races, these championship races, there’s a lot on the line. Not only the money, but the championships. The championships. This is when they hand out the championships in the fall. So hopefully this put Drefong in the conversation, and we’ll see what goes.Q. When did you get involved in racing, and some background on your involvement in the sport of Thoroughbred racing? When did you get started buying horses?SUSAN CHU: Yeah, we actually started show jumping, and since all of our family — myself, my daughter, my son — we are all riding horses. So we know horses. We love horses when the kids were so young. And after that, we watched the Kentucky Derby years ago, four, five years ago, and my husband and I, we took our kids to Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. It was a surprise: Oh, this horseracing is totally different. It’s amazing sport. So I turned ahead to my husband and said, Charlie, let me do horseracing. How’s about that? And he said, Okay. Since from then, actually just probably four, five years ago, I’m working so hard. I started searching, searching, searching. I know Bob Baffert is the best. So I’m searching. I tried to compare with Bob 100 times without getting him. And then he has so many people blocked me, I could not reach him.So you know what I’m doing? Finally I decide just buy a ticket, fly to California to see him. And then the first time he met me in the stable, I was so nervous. I thought this is the very top trainer. Does he want to talk to me? I don’t know. I was so nervous. I just took the trip myself.So he asked me, Are you sure you want to do horseracing? I said, Yes. And so he said, Okay, I’ll help you.BOB BAFFERT: I was trying to talk her out of it.SUSAN CHU: So, yeah, that is the starting.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

August 2, 2020 0

Bruins move on, Griffins get upset

first_img“What I thought you saw today is the strength of our depth,” Wilson coach Tony Martinho said. “We came out really strong with our first six players. With the second group, we were able to maintain our lead. The strength you saw today was our speed and depth. We played a ball-control style once we got our lead.” Williams scored the Bruins (15-12)first goal as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead before surrendering two consecutive goals by Jackie Dandan and Alex Gurinee to make the score 8-5 at intermission Wilson responded by turning up its defensive pressure on the perimeter, and out-swam the visitors helping the Bruins opened up the third period with three consecutive goals, one by Kelsey Schafer and back-to-back scores by Kendall Wootten. The Griffins had an up hill battle throughout their contest. They rallied to tie El Toro on five separate occasions. But Kristen Henry’s breakaway goal at 4:47 in the fourth and her shot with 18 seconds remaining finalized the upset victory for the Chargers. “The girls did what I asked them to do,” Los Alamitos coach Dave Carlson said. “They worked hard and they played the whole game. El Toro seemed to hit every shot. They put away a lot of high-percentage shots. We had some good open-look shots, but they just didn’t go in.” In the nightcap of a double-header, freshman Jamie Williams scored four goals to lead Wilson’s balanced attack a 14-7 victory against Mater Dei and propelled the Bruins, ranked No. 6, into a second-round showdown with the winner of the Montebello-Edison game, both of whom defeated Wilson earlier in this season. Los Alamitos, No. 7, didn’t fair quite as well. Although Sarah Brady tallied four goals, the Griffins fell behind by two goals in the closing minutes of the fourth period to El Toro and couldn’t make up the difference losing by a score of 9-7. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ALAMTIOS – For one local high school girls water polo team, the season will proceed to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. For the other one, the road ended much earlier than it expected at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Center on Thursday afternoon. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 0


first_imgHARD-pressed families are furious after two ‘country’ shops were banned from selling smoky coal – amid warnings that the fuel will be banned county-wide from next year.Families in the Illistrin and Glenswilly areas are up in arms after their local shops were included in the Letterkenny town area ban brought in earlier this year.Keys of Newmills and Kelly’s of Illistrin are now being forced to sell more expensive smokeless coal – costing €2 per bag more than regular coal. Eugene Kelly from the popular Illistrin shop says customers are angry, because most of them are from the area outside the town or from the Termon and Kilmacrennan areas.But he says he was told there would be “no point” in arguing about the ban – as it would be introduced throughout County Donegal next year.“I was told the town boundary was 100 yards down the road,” said Mr Kelly today.“It is totally ridiculous for people who know where we are and the customers we have. We do of course have many customers from Letterkenny but the majority are from the countryside and villages around here. “Two council officials came along and warned us to stop selling regular coal and we had no choice but to withdraw it from sale.“This is a blow for families around here. When I raised the issue I was told there was no point complaining because there would probably be a ban on smoky coal throughout Donegal from next year; that’s what Phil Hogan wants.” ANGER AS COUNCIL WARNS OF COUNTY-WIDE SMOKY COAL BAN was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 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:IllistrinKellys of IllistrinKeysNEWMILLSlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 0

Letter from heartbroken family of Dawn Croke honours Dungloe community

first_imgA touching letter from the family of the late Dawn Croke has been released today, on what would have been her 33rd birthday.Ms Croke died in a tragic car accident on the grounds of St Crona’s National School in January this year.The beloved teacher and mum of two boys is dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was involved in many facets of local life and was a proud Dungloe Mary in 2008. On the occasion of her birthday, Rosses Community School has paid tribute to their former colleague by sharing a heartfelt letter.The letter was written by Dawn’s uncle Paul De hOra a month after her death to express gratitude to the ‘Family of Dungloe’ for their outstanding support and to celebrate her short but beautiful life.“She was pure joy, a light in every room and person’s life that she had ever entered,” Paul wrote.He highlighted the countless good deeds which neighbours, friends, students and strangers carried out in the wake of Dawn’s passing. He thanked those who went out of their way to accommodate visitors to Dungloe. He praised those who showed compassion, sympathy and respect to his family and described their actions as “a reflection of the true Christian spirit and good character of your Community.” Paul said: “You showed us all, I guess what it’s all about at the end of the day “Love”.“In our eyes, out of tragedy you showed your true colors, and a resounding belief in the importance of having good people in your life. Those people are You “the people of Dungloe.” You should be, you actually are deservedly the proudest community in the country. It would be more appropriate to refer to you as the Family of Dungloe,” he wrote.Paul told the people of Dungloe that Dawn’s family were humbled by their greatness: “What struck us while we were up here last month was the special way in which the community stepped in to rally around, support and buoy up their neighbours in their time of sorrow. It was a unique experience, something that seems to be lost in other parts of Ireland. It was something we have not seen in a long time. Anne, Tony and family are blessed to have you as an extended family.”Letter from heartbroken family of Dawn Croke honours Dungloe community was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Dawn Crokedungloerosses community schoollast_img read more

December 21, 2019 0

Weatherization in Texas Inches Along Cautiously

first_imgIn some states, the expansion of the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program has put the focus not only on the potential benefits of the stimulus package but on a paradox: big stimulus programs may be intended to reduce unemployment quickly, but their scale and complexity – and the scrutiny they attract – can cause them to unfold very slowly.One example of that paradox is the sluggish pace of weatherization in Texas, where, by the end of November, only seven homes had been weatherized under the expanded version of the stimulus-funded program. As a recent story on the subject by the Dallas Morning News notes, the tension between the ambitions for the program and the pressure to manage it prudently is long-running.Federal officials “aren’t excited about where we are today, and neither are we,” Brooke Boston, a deputy executive director at the state’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs, told the paper. The agency is scheduled to receive a total of $327 million for WAP services (55 times more than it usually receives annually) and aims to weatherize 56,000 homes by March 2012. About $1.8 million of the first allotment for Texas, $163 million, has been spent so far, mainly on administrative costs.Like herding catsAt least one source of delay in Texas – confusion over the DOE’s prevailing-wage rules for stimulus-funded weatherization work, as set forth in the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act – has afflicted agencies in several other states, including Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington.Some of the state’s community action agencies complain that the housing department has been slow to replace staff and complete administrative work. Federal officials also have been blamed for creating abundant restrictions and complex guidelines for program development and monitoring. Basically, though, most of the WAP’s bureaucratic frustrations stem from tremendous pressure to manage government funds carefully.“No one wants to make mistakes,” Bob Scott, director of weatherization services for the National Association for State Community Services Programs, told the Morning News. “They are trying to balance the need to show results quickly with the concern that there is increased scrutiny and accountability.”Longtime watchdog groups and others tracking stimulus-funded programs probably aren’t surprised that the WAP expansion has, in several markets, taken so long to get in gear. It’s a bureaucracy, after all, that ballooned from small and obscure to pretty big and high-profile with the stroke of a pen. Though there still are no guarantees, WAP’s lagging performers most likely will finally bust out of the blocks in 2010, allowing the expansion’s merits and flaws to be assessed more fully.last_img read more

December 16, 2019 0

Industry Interview: Behind the Lens with Filmmaker Carolina Costa

first_imgPremiumBeat spoke with Brazilian filmmaker Carolina Costa about her path to success, her approach to the work, and her creative direction.Being named one of American Cinematographer’s rising stars of 2018 is just one of the many accomplishments Brazilian DP Carolina Costa has achieved this past year. Costa most recently shot director Minhal Baig and executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith’s coming-of-age story Hala, which premiered at Sundance before being picked up by Apple.PremiumBeat spoke to Costa about her path to success, her approach to the work, and her creative direction.Geraldine Viswanathan in Hala.PremiumBeat: There are so many people that desire to make the leap from operator, assistant, or grip to DP.  It’s obviously not a straight line, but how did you manage to make the transition? Skill? Relationships? Determination?Carolina Costa: It is definitely not a straight line. When I first started, everybody said it would be impossible to be a DP before going through all the ranks in the camera department. I started as a trainee and then moved to clapper/loader. Worked in the camera department for many years and always kept trying to shoot little things on the side. I was very lucky to work for DPs that were generous, and they kept the job interesting, because camera assisting can get tedious and you don’t necessarily learn the skills to be a cinematographer.The DPs I worked for would give me homework sometimes — like how would I light this scene if I were the DoP. The next day, I would discuss it with them, and they always allowed me to talk to the gaffers, ask them technical questions. I was also lucky to know a very talented group of gaffers and electricians at the beginning of my career — and I learned how to light from them.When I decided to stop assisting and wanted to be the head of the department, I was out of work for months. Nobody called me. Then the AC jobs stopped coming my way, and I thought about giving up many times but stuck with my determination to make the transition. I kept going. I would apply for anything I saw on the internet. I reached out to all my friends with bands or actors. I just kept shooting. Then people started giving me a break, and I started my career, mostly on shorts, documentaries, and a lot of corporate videos. Eventually, I realized nobody was going to give me a big break to shoot a feature, and that’s where my eyes were always set — shooting narrative.That is when I realized I needed to improve my tools, so I applied for AFI. It was only when I left AFI that I saw myself as a director of photography. I was ready. I shot a short with fellows from AFI, and that short traveled, and it landed me my first feature. I’m glad that Las Elegidas/ The Chosen Ones was my first feature. I really waited for something special, and it paid off.PB: You are incredibly versatile, having shot documentaries, shorts, TV, and features. How is the role of the cinematographer different based on the medium?CC: I try to see it as the same. Each job will have their own specificities, independent of the medium, and I treat each one with the same respect and set of rules. Then, I have to adapt myself to that director and that project.DP-Carolina-Costa-Director-Minhal-Baig-and-Geraldine-ViswanathanPB: What is your preferred process when working with a new director? What are your initial discussions? What do you feel are the best working conditions and results?CC: I always like to start from a big psychological breakdown of the script, pointing out what each scene is about from an emotional standpoint. I like to understand who the characters are and why they made these choices. So, I guess it always starts from the text and the script.After that, I like to dive into the mind of the director — what are their references, what movies they like, where do they come from. From then on, the collaboration starts. I like the directors I work with to know that I will always be there, every step of the way. Most directors I work with are generous and great collaborators, so I feel part of the whole creative process, but independently I have to adapt myself to their methods.I like to think that I am their support through their process. Some folks are more communicative and verbal about their thoughts and processes, and others aren’t. It’s really up to me to figure that out and mold myself to it.Hala actors Sam Straley, Taylor Blim; cinematographer Carolina Costa and actor Azad Khan.PB: Minhal Baig recently took Hala to Sundance, which you shot. This was a project that evolved from a short film. Often, artists don’t want to be influenced by source material. Did you watch the short and did it impact the work at all?CC: I watched the short when it first came out, which was a couple of years before we shot the feature. Since I wasn’t the DP on the short, and I truly respected the work from another fellow cinematographer, I didn’t want to be influenced by his work. I felt it would be like cheating or copying someone’s approach. So no, it didn’t really impact my work on the feature version.AFI Panel at Sundance Canon Creative Studio. (Image by Michael Ori.)PB: It’s getting better, but women are woefully underrepresented in our industry. Does gender play a role in the way you work, are respected, or heard?  Having worked with male and female directors, how are the dynamics different? Or have your interactions been with perhaps a predominately male crew?CC: It’s definitely getting better. I can see big changes in the 15 years I have in our industry, but we still have a ways to go. It’s funny to answer this question today because just two weeks ago, I was mentoring a young woman and was mentioning that my gender was a much bigger issue at the beginning of my career than it is now. Cut to two days later, on the film I am shooting right now, and some technical crew that came with a crane were mansplaining to me how a crane worked — I was baffled. And this was to make an excuse why they couldn’t execute with precision the shot I had requested.A few days after, I was interviewing MOVI operators for the same job, and I can’t get off my mind the face of disgust that this one guy had once he realized I was going to be his boss. That being said, both my producer and my director, who are males, were also shocked by the situation.I don’t feel that my gender plays a role on my working methods, to be honest. I don’t think of myself as a female cinematographer when I’m lighting, I just see myself as a cinematographer, full stop. And I hope that the industry really changes and that this distinction gets forgotten, that it feels like the right person for the right job instead.When I first started I was always the only woman in the camera department, and people would treat me differently, but as I progressed in my career, and made a name for myself, that felt like something in the past for a while. And there has been a great change, obviously, but when I’m faced with these circumstances, I remember that we have taken just baby steps.DP Carolina Costa on an AFI Panel at the Sundance Canon Creative Studio. (Photo by Canon.)PB: If budget were not a concern, what would be your ideal camera, lens, and gear to have at your disposal?  Likewise, while working within a tight budget, where would you spend the money to get the look you want, or does either scenario really depend on the script and director’s vision?CC: That is a hard one to answer. I feel the tools chosen for a project come from what the project is about and how we will approach the visual language for it. Obviously, the budget will dictate what can be done or not.Carolina Costa (Image via IMDB).PB: What is your relationship to operating and lighting? What determines your approach?CC: The visual language created for each film is unique to each project. Though I operate from instinct and my own experience, I like to feel I’m starting fresh for each project, not taking vices from the previous one. I mostly don’t operate the camera — preferably, I would have an operator. I like to have that collaborator on set, and it gives me much more freedom and time for lighting. That being said, sometimes I might operate, and it can be for many reasons — once it was because I didn’t speak the language of that country; another time was because it was an intimate story and a tiny space, etc.The same way that I involve my operators on the language we are creating for a film, I do with my gaffers. I like people to have opinions, ideas, and be invested, at all times. The collaboration with my gaffers is always special to me — I love it!In terms of the style of a film, I feel that both the camera and the lighting have to be honest to that story, and, in general, I don’t like them to go on the same tracks. If the camera will take a more stylized approach, per se, then I feel the lighting should fall into a more naturalistic approach.Image via IMDB.PB: Finally, is there anything you are dying to test out on set? Any new, cutting-edge technology? Or maybe some trick with all natural lighting?CC: I don’t think I have any toys in particular I want to try, but, instead, I would love to experiment with genres. Right now, I’m shooting my first horror film. Later this year, I will shoot a period piece, and now I’m looking for sci-fi scripts for next year. I don’t want to be boxed, I want to be able to shoot any genre of film.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Working with Comedy and Drama in Sundance’s “Before You Know It”The Costume Design Behind Star Trek, House of Cards, and Greek WeddingThe Story Behind Editing a Movie About Dungeons and DragonsInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist ScreenplaysIn Sundance Movie Paddleton, Limited Space and Time Yield A Genuine Bromancelast_img read more

December 12, 2019 0