Warriors shifting plans for Andrew Bogut’s return

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!SAN ANTONIO – Originally, Andrew Bogut planned to settle in the Bay Area this weekend so he could adjust to jet lag and find a new place to live. But with DeMarcus Cousins having an MRI on Monday because of a sore right foot, Bogut will be available to play when the Warriors (47-21) visit the …last_img read more

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Moviemaker Ian Gabriel tells South African stories

first_imgGabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. (Image: Ian Gabriel)• Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 info@brandsouthafrica.com• Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • Watch: Four Corners, South Africa’s Oscars contender, releases locally • South Africa: a top film location • Filming incentives grow South African movie industry • Homeland moves to Cape TownMelissa Jane Cook Earlier this year, Four Corners was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 86th Academy Awards.The gritty, hard hitting crime thriller tells the story of a young chess prodigy who must defy the odds and stay one move ahead of the gangs in a game where losing can be the difference between life or death. It takes a hard look at the reality that many Cape Flats teenagers face daily.“Every story that you get a chance to tell is vitally important while you’re telling it. Now that the film is made, it is engaging in a conversation that started and continues every week with the news of gang wars and the involvement and sacrifice of youths in turf wars. This is particularly prevalent in the Cape Flats, but it’s also true of youth in other marginal societies in South Africa who are growing up in a culture where there’s the pervasive threat of violence,” says the film’s maker, Ian Gabriel.When making Four Corners, Gabriel wanted to make a film close to home. “I thought that was very important. Forgiveness was about family and individuals in family damaged by an act of the past. Four Corners is about family trying to get beyond the past to make a new life.”The film is set in a mixed race community, which is the origin of his family as well. “I’ve spent a fair amount of time in my past thinking about those circumstances and how that reflects in unique ways on my life and history,” he says. Watch the Four Corners trailer: Playing his partGabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. He is known for his visual aesthetics and sound design, as well as a relentless pursuit of excellence across all aspects of production. Gabriel, it is said, has the ability to turn every creative opportunity into an interesting visual journey.Born in 1951 in Durban, his career began at Johannesburg’s famous multi-racial theatre venue, Dorkay House. Here, a fascination with performance drew him into film, where he worked as a producer before becoming a commercials and music video director.In the 1970s and ’80s many of South Africa’s jazz and theatre greats performed at Dorkay House, among them Kippie Moeketsi, Zakes Mokae, Cyril Magubane and Janet Suzman, as well as the then younger generation of performers such as Sipho Mabuse, Thule Malgas, Victor Ntoni, John Khani and Julian Bahula. From Johannesburg, Gabriel relocated to New York City, although in time he returned to South Africa.In the 1980s, at the height of apartheid repression, he made music videos with British pop enfant terrible Malcolm MacLaren. These received a unique double silver and bronze award at the New York Film and Television Festival, putting unexpected music and dance images of Soweto on video charts around the world.Gabriel is equally at home directing off-the-cuff, slice-of-life observation as he is bringing the human touch to celebrity talent. His work with jazz greats Miriam Makeba and Abdullah Ibrahim, political icons Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, football star Cristiano Ronaldo, actress Charlize Theron, world champion long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, among others, is testament to his ability to achieve outstanding performances from actors, characters, musicians, sports heroes and political figures.He has received accolades for his television advertising work at festivals in San Sebastian, Venice, Cannes, New York, London, Milan, South Africa and Hong Kong. He currently works on developing South African-themed documentaries and feature films. “I love finding the magic in the small moments equally as much as choreographing big action, big budget visuals.”Making a start in the industry“I was working at a black theatre company in legendary Dorkay House at the bottom of Eloff Street. A photographer / filmmaker I knew wanted to make a black version of Macbeth called Maxhosa. He called me and asked for my help casting the movie as there seemed to be no one else around at that time who was considered ‘qualified’ to cast a black movie in Joburg. Once I’d cast the film I worked as third assistant director on it, but soon found myself assisting the director with the performance work,” Gabriel explains.But it was a sign of the times that he opted to go into commercials. The long-form industry was all SABC, status quo based. There was poor quality filmmaking, but there was some great commercial work being done at the same time, and ironically for those days, he says, with a great deal of freedom.Debut featureIn 2003, he completed his first feature film, Forgiveness, to acclaim on the independent festival circuit worldwide. The film received Best African and South African Film accolades; it was a Golden Leopard nominee; and Gabriel received the Youth Jury Best Director Award and was the recipient of the prestigious Human Rights Award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.Forgiveness received International Festival and Audience Choice Awards and has featured in programmes on conflict, drama and reconciliation at festivals around the world, as well as on programmes at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. The movie dealt with the effects of apartheid and the difficulty of reconciliation and forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa.A storyteller“I think I’m an interpreter; I observe events and feel like I can interpret them in a particular way that reflects my particular take on things. That’s how I view performance and it’s how I view events. So I’m inspired to tell those stories where I feel I have a particular take on the behaviour, manners, motives and events,” he explains.“The inspiration, the work and the reward all live on the same holy ground that you’re meant to get to as a director – it takes focus to get there and stay in that place with the growing amount of distraction that can pull one away from the core values that one’s meant to be looking for, to do honest work as an actor or a director.”Internationally recognised as a top performance director with exceptional visual flare across all genres of filmmaking, Gabriel’s approach to filmmaking and storytelling has earned him a reputation for creating distinctive, compelling narratives. It has also turned many of his commercials into beautifully crafted short films in their own right.Local film industry“We need to figure out how best to make the industry grow so that we’ll all be proud of what the industry gives back to us and contributes to the day-to-day lifestyle of our pretty fragile South African community,” he explains. “There’s a lot of obsessing about what we can gain from this job or that choice and not much focus on how life or our industry is getting better, or what’s to be done about that. Thich Nath Hanh says: ‘no mud, no lotus’. Getting our hands dirty in practical ways to grow the lotus in our community is not a bad idea. We had the dark mud of apartheid once,” he says, referring to the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist.“People who had vision, not just in politics but in our business too, recognised that mud and did something about it – that vision caused the lotus to grow in those days. We’ve got new mud these days, and only a few willing to recognise, and dip their hands in. For most it’s all a pretty blinkered celebration of the status quo, just as it was during the bad old days of ‘braaivleis, sunshine and Chevrolet’. When we recognise the mud, and start to speak up about it, we’ll get to watch the lotus of the new generation grow.”Shooting into the futureHe has a couple of adventures in the pipeline, both very different projects with strong roots in true stories. One is a project called Concealment, written by Australian Terence Hammond. It’s a police thriller about a plot to assassinate the US senator, Bobby Kennedy, in 1966. It’s a kind of Bourne Legacy/ buddy cop thriller with a controversial American true story ingredient.Gabriel is also developing a Wild West in Africa story about the roots of the Numbers Gang, called Blood Babylon. “Apart from that, I’m also keen to work on other people’s projects, and am always interested in looking at interesting material that promises strong performances. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to work in any form of authentic filmmaking that I can. It’s what I enjoy most.”last_img read more

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iPadOS makes Apples tablet almost the computer I need

first_img Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad 31 46 Photos More split-screen apps and easy-glance widgets, but with limitsMultitasking on an iPad looks to be better, thanks to apps now having multiple windows open at once. In theory, Google Docs could allow two windows, if Google Docs chooses to update its iPadOS app. But the number of windows, or split-pane apps, is still limited by the iPadOS design. It’s still two panes or apps at once, plus a hovering extra pane on top of that (Side View).Widgets can be pushed onto the home screen now, something I’ve wanted for a while. The grid of apps get moved aside a bit to allow for them. Why not allow a full home screen to be customized, though? I’d prefer the grid of apps to be pushed out of sight completely. Do what the Apple Watch does: Have them appear with a gesture or a button. Or search for apps instead, which is what I do most of the time. WWDC 2019 Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Tags Share your voice 1:26 iPadOS adds some key features, including multiple windows in the same app. Scott Stein/CNET I’d love to take an iPad around as my main work machine. I’ve come close. But I haven’t crossed over. The 11-inch iPad Pro is a fantastic piece of hardware. The limits? The software.Apple’s newly renamed iPadOS is a commitment to the iPad platform as a distinct thing from iOS on the iPhone. But it’s already been that way: Many key iPad features aren’t on the iPhone. With iPadOS, the distance between the two is growing. The iPad’s getting some serious tools that will let it handle some of my biggest work needs.”iPad is a growing platform again, which is pretty awesome,” Apple’s Greg Joswiak, said of the iPad platform right now. Craig Federighi told CNET, “It’s become a truly distinct experience.”And yet, it’s not entirely made the moves I expected.ipados-browserBrowsing in Safari in iPadOS promises to finally allow Google Docs to work properly. Scott Stein/CNET Desktop-class browser: Is it a Chromebook now?A full page of Google Docs, menus and markups and everything intact is what I’d expect. Working in my company’s CMS to file a story is important. I haven’t been able to do this well on an iPad before, but Safari promises, at last, that web pages will look like real web pages.This isn’t magic: Chromebooks and Chrome tablets do it. Windows tablets do it. It’s time for Apple to do it, too. This was one of the biggest things holding back the iPad for me. I can’t wait to seriously give it a try.But, to be clear, this still means I’d need to touch icons. Apple’s solution for places where a mouse or trackpad “hovers” is to tap on an icon on the iPad, which will bring up a menu. Then you’ll tap on it again. What if a menu is long, and needs to be scrolled through? Will it be easy? That remains to be seen. The iPadOS public beta in July will be the first great test run, and I can’t wait to see how well it works.Multi-touch gestures for editing: Will they make me forget a mouse?There are some new pinching finger gestures in iPadOS that are made to help text editing feel better. In a document, you’d pinch some text to copy, and unpinch somewhere else to paste. Seeing these in action, they almost seemed like gestures I’d do with a HoloLens AR headset. On a tablet, will they feel intuitive, or weird?Apple doesn’t support a trackpad or a mouse in iPadOS yet, even though mouse support can be set up for basic clicking under Accessibility features. But Apple insists on fingers (and a Pencil) as the key editing tools for now. iPadOS is making a bet that I won’t miss a mouse or trackpad. I bet I will.And there’s another problem with the odd gestures in iPadOS: as CNET’s Stephen Shankland said to me in a conversation, they feel like “incantatory gestures.” You have to know the special moves to pull them off. Comments WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote •center_img Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Everything Apple announced from its WWDC 2019 keynote reading • iPadOS makes Apple’s tablet (almost) the computer I need See All Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019 Mouse and trackpad support: Clearly the next stepWhat I really want? I’ve stated it months ago: An iPad that will let me easily edit and control things with a trackpad. A full laptop-like experience, like what I can do on a Google Chromebook or a Microsoft Surface. The iPad is not far from this idea. But there’s no official way to use a trackpad in 2019.Unless, that is, I choose to enable the iPadOS accessibility mouse support, which is clearly not going to satisfy my needs. That feature is intended to help people who can’t use the touch feature easily. The mouse cursor is a big fat circle, not a small pointer. It only works as a single-click tool. And yet it shows that iPadOS can support a mouse, if Apple only worked that support into all apps and features at an OS-wide level. I don’t want just a basic mouse, though: I want a trackpad with multi-touch gestures. I want what a MacBook has. So, Scott, you want a MacBook, not an iPad, you say. No, I want both. Apple needs to solve for both problems in one device. And that’s not an unreasonable request. In fact, it seems like an inevitability. With Apple’s ARM-based processors becoming more powerful, USB-C in iPads, Macs getting iPad apps, and iPads acting as plug-in touchscreens for Macs using Sidecar, the overlaps are already everywhere.  Tablets Computers Hello mouse support on iOS 13! It’s an AssistiveTouch feature, and works with USB mice. @viticci nailed this pic.twitter.com/nj6xGAKSg0— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 3, 2019 iPadOS Apple Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Amarnath Yatra First batch of devotees leave Jammu to begin pilgrimage

first_imgThe pilgrimage, which spans for 45 days, will officially commence from Monday and conclude on August 15.TwitterThe first batch of devotees left for the Kashmir Valley from Jammu on Sunday, June 30, to begin the Amarnath Yatra this year. The pilgrimage, which spans for 45 days, will officially commence from Monday and conclude on August 15.”The first batch of pilgrims include 1,051 bound for the north Kashmir Baltal base camp and 1,183 to the Pahalgam base camp. The pilgrims comprised 1,839 males, 333 females, 45 sadhus and 17 children,” IANS quoted police sources as saying.”The pilgrims left in security escorted convoys. No opposite movement of traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar highway till 3 pm today (Sunday) in order to ensure that the pilgrims cross the Jawahar Tunnel without any delay,” the police added.Notable security arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth and violence-free Amarnath Yatra this year. The arrangements were reviewed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to Kashmir last week.Situated at 3,888 metres above sea-level, the Amarnath shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises the mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.last_img read more

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Businessman killed in Sylhet

first_imgMap of SylhetPolice recovered the slaughtered body of a cloth trader in Konkolosh area in Beanibazar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Shaiban Ahmed, 55, owner of Aboroni Fashion at Jaman Plaza of the municipality area.Shahjalal Munshi, officer-in-charge of Beanibazar police station, said locals spotted the body of an unidentified man and informed police.Police recovered the body around 8am.Later, family members identified the body of Shaiban.last_img

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Befriending music

first_imgGet set for an evening full of different genres of music. Teamwork is back with Friends Of Music (FOM), a series of musical get together. It is an initiative to revive the culture of enjoying a classic cocktail of good food and great music under moonlit evening with friends and family. Spend an evening with some old school blues, funky rhythm and blues, and soulful jazz music. Backed by rusty stringed guitars and harps, soothing saxophones and melodies that you will never forget.  The young and talented Dhruv Vishwanath, Soul’d Out, and Big Bang  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Blues wil entertain the audience with their performances. Visvanath is a multi-talented musician who began his musical journey at the age of eight. His percussive acoustic style is unique to the Indian subcontinent. He has pioneered a new style of playing guitar and has brought the genre to the forefront.  He continues to write and compose music that communicates with the emotions of people. Lovingly known as Guitar Spanker,  he uses the body of the guitar like a drum and sings simultaneously. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBig Bang Blues, influenced by genres of blues, rhythm and jazz, funk and rock, BBB brings a wide repertoire of music to the stage. The band drives its inspiration from the influences brought in together by its members who come from different backgrounds.Soul’d Out, whose music ranges over different genres aren’t really concerned about how its music is defined or categorised. All that matters to them is they have fun playing, which eventually entertains the audience.When: 25 April Where: Lodi- The Garden Restaurant Timing: 7.30 pm Ticket Price: Rs 350last_img read more

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