QPR are lining up a ‘new’ bid for Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, according to the Telegraph.Rangers did not make an approach for the winger during the previous transfer window despite reports they were looking to sign him.But it is claimed that Lennon, 27, rejected a loan move to Loftus Road shortly before the window closed and that Rangers remain interested.It is suggested that a loan deal would suit both parties, with Lennon possibly reluctant to commit to a permanent transfer until QPR’s Premier League status is secured.Reports in Turkey continue to claim that the R’s are interested in Galatasary’s former Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, who has Maurico Isla on a season-long loan from Juventus, is supposedly keen to sign the 31-year-old Ivorian.Eboue, who has not played a first-team match this season, is apparently also wanted by Burnley and Leicester.Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has again been linked with a possible move to Liverpool, this time by the Mail. For more transfer speculation, including QPR being tipped to sign Lassana Diarra, see Monday morning’s Paper Talk.See also:QPR tipped to complete Diarra deal and Blues linked with BrazilianFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Filmmaking is all about pushing limits; however, failure to consider risks can cause injuries. Here are the most important safety concerns to keep in mind.As wonderful as your screenplay or viral video idea is, it’s not worth an injury. Yet, every year, dozens of people become seriously injured by accidents on set. Most of the time, these are preventable injuries caused by negligence and ignorance. An injury can not only derail your shoot, it can also end your career.Filmmaking engenders a kind of optimism and craziness where it seems that normal rules don’t apply. The entire industry is based on crazy new stunts no-one has seen before. So, it’s not surprising that dangerous situations arise.If you’re the director or producer, it’s critical that you establish that safety comes first because, without it, everything you’ve built is at risk.Let’s take a look at the biggest dangers — and how to avoid them.WeightI’ve put this first because it’s the most common mistake — and probably where most injuries occur. Setting up a C-stand is something people do on their first day on a film set. As a result, it’s taken for granted that it’s an elementary skill. You don’t need to add any lights or grip to a C-stand to make it dangerous — it’s already capable of killing or maiming someone. If the knuckle isn’t sighted fully, or if the arm is on the wrong side, it will loosen with weight and come crashing down. Most C-stand injuries occur when someone goes to move them, and they’re not aware how much weight or torque is involved.Never remove a sandbag from a C-stand until you know why it’s there. Don’t try and shift a C-stand or light stand that is plugged in or extended.Anytime you’re putting lights (or other equipment) above waist level, you need to maintain a margin of safety. Only people who understand grip should be putting things up and taking them down. It’s up to you to make sure every tool on set, not just the camera, gets handled by people trained in using that particular tool.ElectricityIt’s no surprise that power is next on this list. You cannot make a film without light, and there is no light without power. However, with the advent of LEDs, lights have become cooler and safer, which also means that more filmmakers are acting as their own gaffers without proper training.Image via ponsulak.A common way to get zapped on set is by damaged equipment — lights that have been treated too roughly and wires that have become exposed. Unprotected extension cords driven over by a scissor lift will electrocute the next person who touches them. Power is deadly, and unless you know what you’re doing, don’t mess with it.FallsResearching this video, I found an article in the Los Angeles Times that outlined 205 production accidents in Hollywood from 1990 to 2014. By far, the most common cause was a fall. Falling off a ladder, a scissor lift, a scaffold, or a rooftop: unfortunately, these accidents occur more often than they should. People exercise caution in their daily lives, yet on set, if people are waiting or if something’s running behind schedule, people take chances they normally wouldn’t and end up injured.Treat climbing as a two-person job. Have someone spot you (or act as the spotter yourself), and don’t try to access something with the wrong tool. If you can’t reach it from a ladder, go find a longer ladder or find another way to access what you need. Balancing on your tip toes while trying to rig a heavy light is a great way to fall and spend the rest of the shoot in a cast.Fatigue — The Real KillerThe last thing I want to talk about is probably a factor in every film set injury: fatigue. Long hours dull our senses and impair our abilities to assess risks.When people lack sleep, or just some much-needed downtime, they become an injury waiting to happen. Many fatigue-related injuries don’t get reported because they occur on the way home from a shoot.As filmmakers, we have to get over the idea that not getting sleep and working in a daze is somehow part of the job. You can only be a creative problem solver — and maintain a safe work environment — when you’re rested. It’s up to us to stand up to the producer when we’re pushing the limits.Filmmaking is a long game. The only way we can make the films we want to make, and follow our dreams as storytellers, is by working for decades at what we love. This means taking care of ourselves, and those around us, so we can reach our full potential.So make it an objective to be safe out there!Cover image via gnepphoto.Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryThe Universal Language of Music: Interview with Composer Jacob YoffeeFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The Camera
At least 21 passengers were killed and more than 50 others injured when a packed private luxury bus overturned in a hilly area in Banaskantha district of North Gujarat on Monday evening, said officials.The ghastly mishap took place at Trishulia Ghat, a hilly patch on the Ambaji-Danta road near Ambaji town of Banaskantha district, around 160km from Ahmedabad, when the victims were returning home after visiting a temple, they said.The private luxury bus, carrying around 70 passengers, tipped over at Trishulia Ghat after the driver lost control over the vehicle due to heavy rain in the area, Banaskantha district SP Ajit Rajian said.He said, “21 persons travelling in a private bus died after the vehicle overturned at Trishulia Ghat.“The bus driver lost control due to heavy rain as the tyres slipped on the road when brakes were applied. We pulled out 53 persons alive from the bus using a crane.”These injured passengers were referred to Danta town’s referral hospital and Palanpur civil hospital, said Rajian.The SP along with district collector Sandip Sagale rushed to Danta hospital after the accident.According to Mr. Sagale, 35 of the 53 injured are in critical condition and referred to the civil hospital at Palanpur, the administrative headquarters of the district, from Danta.“We have deployed more doctors at both the hospitals to treat the injured and carry out post-mortem.“All the passengers were residents of Anklav village of Anand taluka and returning after visiting Ambaji temple,” said Mr. Sagale.The Trishulia Ghat is the same spot, where nine people had lost their lives in June last when a multi-utility vehicle overturned after its brakes failed at a sharp turn.Sagale said the state government plans to convert the road passing through the Trishulia Ghat into a four-lane pathway.
Ziva just made MS Dhoni’s day even more special as the toddler wished her father on his 37th birthday.The three-year-old sang Happy Birthday for Mahi and even added a cheeky comment by saying, “you’re getting older”.Captain Cool, as he is still fondly called, celebrated his birthday with wife Sakshi, Ziva and all the members of the Indian team in his hotel room after India’s second T20I against England in Cardiff on Friday night.Watch: MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, AnushkaIndia lost the match by 5 wickets but they still had a cause for celebration as Dhoni cut a cake with his family present at his side while his teammates sang Happy Birthday.The celebrations were led by Captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma as the rest of the team members also joined in.Birthday Celebration Pics #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/65Ypy6SxipMS Dhoni #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni (@BleedDhonism) July 7, 2018MS Dhoni turns 37: 37 cool facts about Captain CooladvertisementWishes also poured in from his past and present colleagues on social media.Wish you a very happy birthday, @msdhoni and congratulations on playing your 500th International match. May you continue to give joy and happiness to people around you and beyond. pic.twitter.com/gIUkaKxgsWSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 7, 2018#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni . May your life be longer than this stretch and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha ! pic.twitter.com/zAHCX33n1yVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 6, 2018Walking out of your 500th international match & gracefully walking into the blessed day of India, when a legend like you was born! Wish you a very Happy Birthday brother @msdhoni You have been my inspiration & will always be! I cherish all our good times! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/YinwMNSAgzSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 6, 2018The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also posted a video on its website in which all the players , led by Kohli, wished him on camera.SPECIAL: From his teammates to someone very very special, wishes galore for @msdhoni as he celebrates his 37th birthday. Watch it till the end – Cuteness Alert! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoniLINK—->https://t.co/wT27zi4Bx1 pic.twitter.com/YPupnjLVwzBCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2018Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Sachin, Sehwag and Team India wish MahiTeam India meanwhile, couldn’t give Dhoni the perfect birthday present as they lost the second T20I by 5 wickets against England.England remained unbeaten in T20I matches at Cardiff and became the first team to win five games at the same venue without losing. The result also ended India’s seven-match winning streak.Chasing a modest 149 for a win, England were rocked early when Umesh Yadav removed Jason Roy and Jos Buttler early.They suffered another blow when Joe Root was clean bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal in the in the seventh over.It looked like another collapse but Hales and captain Eoin Morgan joined forces and steadied the ship with a 48-run stand for the 4th wicket.Jonny Bairstow (28) kept England in the game but Bhuvneshwar Kumar had other ideas as he returned in the 18th over and gave away just three runs and also picked an important wicket.However, Hales held his nerves to score 12 runs in the final over bowled by Bhuvneshwar to guide England to a five-wicket victory and level the three-match series 1-1.Here is wishing a happy birthday to the man who has brought unparalleled happiness to every Indian cricket fan with his helicopter shots, unmissable stumpings & incredible leadership skills.#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni @msdhoni #MSDhoni #ITSpecial pic.twitter.com/jVjbll3YAPIndia Today (@IndiaToday) July 7, 2018
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Baylor is adding one of their top offensive weapons back into the fold this weekend after serving a three-game suspension.Ish Zamora, who was listed as a starter on the depth chart going into the season, served the suspension after a snapchat video surfaced of him beating his dog.The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore played in every game last year and racked up 132 and 2 touchdowns on 9 receptions, and also saw time on the kick return team.Zamora is a big, physical receiver at 6-4 who reportedly runs a 4.47 40-yard dash and 39 inch vertical. He’ll be one of many weapons Glenn Spencer will have to try and slow on Saturday as the Pokes travel to Waco.
If you want to make a strong case against Mike Yurcich (and I know many of you do), I’ll give you a good place to start. From 2005 to 2012, the first eight years of the Mike Gundy era, OSU had a 100-yard rusher in a game 70 times.That’s a 100-yard rushing effort from one player about once every game and a half (some games had two guys get 100 yards). For every three games, two games in which it had a 100-yard rusher. That’s pretty good. In the Dana-Monken era, it had a 100-yard rusher 28 times in 39 games which is just insane.Since Monken left in 2012, though? Just eight of them in 42 games (and two were in the same game) and now just four in the last 29 games after Rennie Childs did it on Saturday against Pitt.Here’s the entire list:Rennie Childs (2016 — Pitt): 10 for 101 yardsChris Carson (2015 — UTSA): 17 for 104 yardsDesmond Roland (2015 — Washington): 32 for 123 yardsTyreek Hill (2014 — KSU): 18 for 102 yardsDesmond Roland (2013 — OU): 21 for 144 yardsDesmond Roland (2013 — ISU): 26 for 219 yardsJeremy Smith (2013 — Mississippi State): 15 for 102 yardsJ.W. Walsh (2013 — Mississippi State): 13 for 125 yardsThis happens for myriad reasons. There hasn’t really been a feature back like a Kendall Hunter or a Joe Randle to feed which gives you results like last year against Texas Tech where two players had over 55 yards but none had 100. But also the offensive line and overall run game hasn’t been all that good (obviously). OSU has never been over 4.5 yards per carry for a season under Yurcich. So the Childs game last week in which he barely gained 100 yards really stands out.“I think today went very, very well,” Childs said last Saturday. “From the offensive line and for the wide receivers blocking on the outside and making plays. I’m very proud of our offense. Actually, I’m very proud of our whole team.”A 100-yard rusher in a game used to be a formality. Now it’s a rarity. Which is why there is often so much angst among those who root for the orange and black. #MakeOSURunAgain While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I wrote in yesterday’s mailbag about whether the offensive line issues were more nature or more nurture, and I got a terrific rebuttal from friend of the blog Chris McCulloch. I thought I would share that here because it was so good.Would you like to know the difference in the 2011 offensive line and today’s offensive line?2011 depth chart: Levy Adcock, Sr. Grant Garner, Sr. Nick Martinez, Sr. Jonathan Rush, Sr. Lane Taylor, Jr. That’s almost 20 combined years in the program.2016 depth chart: Victor Salako, Sr. Marcus Keyes, RFr. Brad Lunblade, Jr. Larry Williams, Jr. Zach Crabtree, Jr. That’s not even 10 combined years in the program. Closer to around a third as many as in 2011.Outside of Lane Taylor, I bet they were all redshirt seniors. The better comparison to look at is years of development in the program. So numbers of years before they started the seasons we’re comparing to. Assuming 2011 included redshirts outside of Taylor.In previous seasons, Crabtree would be the only player on the current o-line that would just now be getting to play. Keyes would still have two more seasons, Lundblade would have never made it off of practice squad and Salako and Williams would be good rotational players. If you notice the only guys that broke that mold are guys that are on current NFL rosters.Go look at the guys backing that 2011 squad up. I think Rush got hurt and came back for a 6th season. Epstein, was a sophomore ready to go. They got to develop behind this line. That’s how you have sustained success is having redshirt Jrs replacing redshirt Srs every two years.Problem is we had two maybe three bad classes and had a couple of people quit and it set the line back three years. This is year three, I think you will see a big improvement by next season. To me stars don’t matter as much on the line as much as years in the program do. The majority of non 5-star and high end 4-star offensive linemen need three years to develop. We simply haven’t had that luxury.Great points all the way around. All of this obviously points back to Joe Wickline leaving and the upheaval in the years after that. Hopefully Greg Adkins can be the long-term solution and get OSU pointed back in the right direction like Chris noted.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Perhaps the play of the year for Oklahoma State came toward the end of the first quarter against Oklahoma State.After Texas took back some momentum marching down the field for a touchdown that would have tied the game with an extra point, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor blocked the kick (with his gut!) and pitched back to Tre Flowers, who took it the rest of the way for a score.Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) & Tre Flowers (@_Slimm7) have known each other since middle school. You could tell in this PAT return. #OKState pic.twitter.com/pbb3NR0SwC— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016
The Canadian PressTwo injured Inuit hunters huddled for three days with the body of their friend who was killed by a polar bear, four other bears circling their camp.“They had to sit tight,” said Rob Hedley, administrator for the hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut, where the hunters were from.“It was pretty scary. They didn’t sleep and they were out there for a while.”Nunavut’s second polar bear death this summer sparked widespread outrage Wednesday among Inuit, who feel their lives are being endangered by hunting restrictions imposed by southerners.The hunters left Naujaat on the northernmost shore of Hudson Bay on Aug. 21 to hunt narwhal and caribou. They were expected home on Thursday.Police said they were notified when the trio hadn’t shown up by Sunday.A search began Monday with federal, territorial and local teams. Although rescuers knew roughly where the hunters were headed, search boats were blocked by heavy sea ice.The Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent joined the search and its helicopter found the hunters early Tuesday about 100 kilometres east of Naujaat near Lyon Inlet.“It looks like it was a mother and a cub,” said Hedley. “The mother and the cub were killed.“(The hunters) killed at least one more. There were multiple other bears in the area that were attracted by blood and scent.”The two injured hunters weren’t badly hurt and were treated and released.In early July, an Arviat man was killed when a bear appeared during a family outing on an island near the community. Aaron Gibbons, 31, died after he placed himself between the bear and his children, who were able to run to safety.Social media was alive Wednesday with posts from one end of the Arctic to the other expressing anger over the deaths. Inuit have long held that they’re having more interactions with bears on the land.“I can’t even describe the pain we’re feeling right now,” said Helena Malliki from Naujaat.Quotas that limit the numbers of bears that can be killed in each region prevent Inuit from thinning the population, she said.“Those (bears) could have been caught if we didn’t have these laws from the government,” she said.“(Bears) are in our land and they are very, very dangerous. I just want Inuit to kill all the bears they see.”Gordy Kidlapik of Rankin Inlet – Aaron Gibbons’s uncle – said polar bears have always presented a threat. But it’s different now.“The past few years, sightings and encounters have been rising. We’re at a different level now.“The guys I’ve been talking to say the bear population is at a level where it’s safe to not have a quota.”Inuit have managed their wildlife successfully for generations, said Shelly Woodford from Rankin Inlet.“We always treat the animals with respect. We’re not going to go overboard.”Andrew Derocher, a polar bear biologist at the University of Alberta, pointed out that quotas are set in Nunavut after consultation with hunters.He warned that without careful management of the animals, the international community would be likely to ban exports of polar bear products and trophies from Canada, wiping out important income for Inuit.That could leave Inuit killing even fewer bears, much like when the European ban on seal fur destroyed that market.“The seal harvest dropped dramatically,” Derocher said.He argued quotas aren’t the problem. Local hunters didn’t even take their allotted 100 bears last year, he said.The Foxe Basin bear population around Naujaat has lost about 30 days of sea ice cover over the last several decades in the area where it hunts.“Bears start to move ashore,” Derocher said. “Once all those bears are on shore, the likelihood of them coming into conflict with people increases.“The ecosystem is changing. People in polar bear habitat have to look at changing some of their behaviour.”