DELIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY He also named the Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS from the stables of 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, Philip Feanny’s SORRENTINO’S STAR, GOLDEN GLORY from the Subratie stable and Fitzroy Glispie’s BIRD CATCHER as contenders. David Reid, brand manager of Caribbean Choice, said the sponsorship was “a delightful opportunity to venture into your world of horse racing and we are excited to participate in the coming out party”. Reid was quick to add that the Ladies Day programme will feature a hat parade a staple on Oaks Day over the years as well as a number of giveaways to patrons, while Spragga Benz will provide the musical entertainment for racing fans. The 77th running of the Jamaica Oaks at Caymanas Park on Saturday will have a new sponsor in Caribbean Choice. Plans for the mile and quarter classic for native-bred three-year-old fillies were outlined by representatives of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and Caribbean Choice a major brand with Grace Foods franchise at yesterday’s launch on the front lawns of Caymanas Park. Denzil Miller Jr, CTL’s racing secretary, said the race will offer a total purse of $3 million, inclusive of $1 million donated by the sponsor. The race will as usual be run in honour of Hilma Veira, former general manager of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee. “After the season’s first classic on April 9, the Post to Post 1000 Guineas, it is back to the drawing board for some and high hopes for others,” said Miller. “The outstanding filly and Triple Crown contender NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who romped the 1000 Guineas for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, continues to train well after her fast time win of 1:39.2 for a mile and although Subratie has never won the Oaks, he certainly has the horse to accomplish the feat this time around,” said Miller.
The sheriff’s investigator on the case declined to comment, and the prosecutor did not respond to comment requests. Kleeh has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She had pleaded no contest to the two misdemeanor charges in August 2005, but then was allowed to withdraw her plea in November 2005, court officials said. She was scheduled to appear in court to set a trial date later this month, officials said. Her attorney did not respond to requests for comment. Palmdale interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said Kleeh had been employed by Los Angeles County when the county ran Antelope Valley’s special-education programs. Kleeh became a district staffer when Palmdale and other Antelope Valley school districts took over operation of the programs beginning in 2000. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She got a subpoena in the mail, didn’t know what it was about, and called the D.A.,” Gilmartin said. “They told her they wanted her to testify because (her son) was a victim in a child-abuse case. She had no idea.” One of the lawsuits alleges that the boy and his classmates were subjected to abuse, including “closed fist punches to his head, poking of his chest with a stick, beatings on body with a pipe, pushing and holding (him) down … to his desk, and verbal degradation and abuse.” According to police documents, school officials did not report any of the incidents to local authorities as required by state law, the lawsuit said. The criminal case was filed after authorities were contacted by witnesses, the lawsuit said. District officials said a substitute teacher and a substitute aide had witnessed an incident involving the boy and reported it to the principal, and authorities were contacted. The parents, however, were not notified, officials said. PALMDALE – Criminal charges and civil lawsuits have resulted from allegations that special-education students were abused at Manzanita Elementary School. Gloria Kleeh, 61, a former instructional aide in the Palmdale School District, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child by inflicting injury. The victims are a boy and a girl, both 7 at the time of the fall 2004 incidents. “It’s a really egregious and shocking story,” said Angela Gilmartin, an attorney representing the boy, who is autistic and “nonverbal,” in two civil lawsuits, one filed just recently against the district that brought the case to light. The boy’s mother only became aware of the incident involving her son when she got a subpoena in July 2005 from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office regarding Kleeh’s case.
10 May 2016A small amateur cricket club in Limpopo is changing the game for the region’s kids on the field. Meet the Oaks Cricket Club. A new documentary and crowdfunding project takes the story of this positive community project to the world.Established in 1996, inspired by the South African cricket team’s successes after re-admittance to the international game, the Oaks youth cricket team started out small and humble in the village of Ga-Sekororo, part of the Maruleng district, with only rudimentary equipment and makeshift playing fields.Coach Cavaan Moyakamela, an alumni of the team, tutors and guides disadvantaged boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 19 from townships on the basics of cricket, instilling a love for the intricacies of the game, and gives them the opportunity to take their minds off their daily hardships.Moyakamela told community newspaper, Letaba Herald that the club priority has always been to create a safe, fun environment for the local youth, while offering an opportunity for the kids to learn about fitness and healthy living, but also gain discipline and respect that team sport offers.The club currently provides cricket training to over 80 kids, and despite the massive financial and social challenges they face, the team has progressed from strength to strength, playing against other school teams in the region with great success, creating an enthusiastic buzz amongst local residents.With the help of an award-winning filmmaker and a local journalist, the club is now eager to tell the world its story in an effort to create awareness for the power of grassroots sport initiatives and earn some much needed sponsorship. The money will be used to improve the club’s playing fields, buy new equipment and take its members on national tours to play against other youth cricket teams.South African Film and Television Award winning producer of local film hit Dis Ek, Anna, Niel van Deventer, and Letaba Herald journalist, Hendrik Hancke, have begun the Field of Dreams initiative as a way to generate interest in the club. They also seek financing and sponsorship for the documentary, which highlights the club and its rich history.While the story of the Oaks has now become legendary in the Limpopo province, inspiring local businesses and individuals to play their part in the form of sponsorships and other support for the club’s teams, Hancke and Van Deventer have now released a trailer for the documentary-in-progress on YouTube to gain wider exposure for the team. They have also started a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo’s Generosity fundraising website.The initiative has even caught the attention of former Proteas bowler Meyrick Pringle, who tweeted support of the club’s plans.Let’s help raise some funds. Inbox me please. https://t.co/n2iTdeK1fa— Meyrick Pringle (@MeyrickPringle) May 6, 2016While funds raised so far have been small, including donations from as far as New Zealand and the UK, the initiative hopes that as the story of the club’s success and contribution to the community spreads, the more funding will follow. The first part of the plan is to send the club on their inaugral national tour, to play youth teams in Eastern Cape over the next year.Watch the documentary trailer here and visit the Field of Dreams Generosity crowdfunding page for more information.
Image via Lighting Grip Las Vegas.Attaching the GelA common practice is to attach the gel to the outside of the window to conceal its edges. If you decide to do so, it’s paramount to attach the gel firmly to avoid light leaks and prevent the sound of the wind rustling the gel.If attaching the gel to the outside of the window is not a viable option, you can temporarily bond the film to the window using a cleaning liquid like Windex. In the video tutorial below from Grip Tips, Dave Donaldson explains that it’s important to completely clean the window before placing the ND film, as you want to ensure that film and the window appear seamless.If you have several large-scale windows to diffuse (and a large enough budget), ND window panels are more efficient. These are solid gels that you affix to a window. However, since they come in specific sizes, you might run into problems with oddly sized windows.Image credit: Before the Door Pictures.There’s an incredibly creative story from the thriller Margin Call. In the scene above, the windows are 50” to 52” wide, while the ND panels were only 48.” John Paino, the production designer, created removable pilasters to hide the gaps.Once we installed the ND panels, we could take these pilasters and Velcro them against the window,” says DeMarco. “They not only hid the gaps, but they also looked great as vertical window dividers. As exterior lighting changed, particularly at the end of the day, it was a breeze for key grip Caswell Cooke and his crew to quickly change the panels.What are your thoughts on window light? Let us know in the comments. Take control of window lighting on your next shoot with ND filters.Top image via Shutterstock.Windows are light sources that can work wonders — if you use them correctly. They’re ideal for soft key lights when the camera faces away from them. However, when cameras face windows providing backlight, trouble can arise. Unless you have a large lighting unit that can match the window light, you’re either going to have to drop the subject into a silhouette or expose for the actor which will blow out the window light.There’s plenty of discussion on whether or not filmmakers should allow window lights to blow out. It’s a highly creative choice, and opinions will always differ. You might be surprised how many films and TV shows let window light clip. Take note next time you’re watching something.For those who favor controlling window light, you can do so with ND gels.ND Window GelsMuch like neutral density filters for your lens, ND window film reduces the intensity of window light. Window gels, like camera density filters, come in a variety of different strengths: .3, .6, .9, and 1.2. If you only have the budget to purchase one roll, you’re going to want at least 2-3 (0.6-0.9) stops of density filtration because sunlight is incredibly bright (around 98,000 lux). Several brands offer this gel; one of the most reputable is Rosco. However, at around $120 for a 7-meter roll, you can quickly burn through your budget.