Klay Thompson confident he can play in Game 1 vs. Houston

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Klay Thompson walked with a slight limp through the arena’s hallway.That did not stop him, though, from gutting through the Warriors’ 129-110 Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Thompson rolled his right ankle as he drove to the basket in the third quarter, but he still stayed in the game.Oh great. Klay Thompson slightly rolls his …last_img read more

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New law to bolster police watchdog

first_img3 June 2011 New legislation will give South Africa’s Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) – soon to become the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) – the “teeth” it needs to tackle any criminality or misconduct by the country’s police service. This is according to ICD executive director Francois Beukman, who said the directorate’s mandate – to conduct independent and impartial investigations of alleged criminality and misconduct by the SA Police Service (SAPS) and Municipal Police Services – had been expanded by the new legislation. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) legislation was recently signed into law by President Jacob Zuma. Beukman said that while previously the police would take their time in reporting matters for investigation to the ICD, with the new legislation, station commanders and police must notify the directorate of matters that need investigation immediately after they become aware of it. Police officers who fail to report incidents to the IPID as stipulated will be guilty of an offence and will be liable for a fine and even imprisonment, he added. The legislation also, for the first time, obligates SAPS management to act and respond to the IPID’s disciplinary recommendations. As things currently stand, police management are reluctant to implement the directorate’s recommendations at the conclusion of an investigation, he noted. The legislation will also sharpen the types of investigation that the directorate must carry out, Beukman said. The IPID will concentrate its investigation on: deaths in police custody and as a result of police action; any complaint relating to the discharge of an official firearm by a police officer; rape by a police officer or while in police custody; and complaints of torture or assault against police officers carrying out their duties. In addition, the IPID may investigate corruption matters within the police and any other matters referred to it. Beukman noted that the difference between the ICD and IPID is that the latter will focus on more serious crimes. The IPID will no longer have to investigate service delivery complaints against police, as this will now become matters for police management to handle. The directorate is currently dealing with about 6 000 cases, of which about 2 000 are related to service delivery. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Joburg by taxi

first_imgGetting around Joburg on a minibus taxi can be daunting for newbies. But once you know your short right from your after robot, and your Diepsloot from your Orange Farm, it’s the fastest, most popular and often the cheapest way to get where you want to go. Minibus taxis are by far the most popular – and are often the cheapest – form of public transport in South Africa, used mainly by the urban and rural poor. (Image: Arrive Alive) • Sanlam Cape Town Marathon goes silver • South Africa’s tourism improves • Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum • The artist at work: Mbongeni Buthelezi makes beauty out of waste • World falls in love with South African baby elephant Ray MaotaMinibus taxis are by far the most popular – and are often the cheapest – form of public transport in South Africa, used mainly by the urban and rural poor.In Johannesburg, using a taxi can be bewildering, and even frightening, if you are not from the city of gold. Here’s a quick guide to ease your way.To board a taxi in the city of Johannesburg, you must first get to the appropriate taxi rank. Here, hundreds of minibus taxis converge to ferry commuters to their various destinations in and out of Gauteng province, and even across the border to neighbouring countries.The Johannesburg CBD has four major taxi ranks: Noord Street Taxi Rank, Bree Street Taxi Rank, Wanderers Taxi Rank and Faraday Taxi Rank. At any of the four, you can get a taxi to anywhere in Gauteng, while some also cater for taxis beyond the province.Noord Street is by far the largest and busiest rank in the middle of the city. As you approach the rank, especially during peak hours, you are swarmed by hordes of hurrying commuters. You are also confronted by hawkers peddling a variety of goods, ranging from foodstuff to clothing and anything else in-between.The taxi ranks are the easiest part of your journey to navigate as there is signage and you stand in queues to board a taxi to your destination. It’s when you are not at a taxi rank that you have to be fluent in taxi sign language – there are no written signs; it’s all done by a complicated series of hand signals. And South African minibus taxis stop wherever they are needed along whatever road they are driving. They do not have designated stops; you simply have to flag one down – using the correct hand signal, of course.A language like no otherEvery day thousands of hands stretch out along commuter routes across Gauteng speaking a silent language of taxi hand signals. According to artist Susan Woolf, taxi hand signs are a shared language, learned by imitation and word of mouth.Woolf is a recognised expert in Gauteng taxi hand signs, or what is really the Gauteng dialect of what has been called South Africa’s 12th official language. She spent many years of research and artistic production focusing on the signals, documenting and deciphering them. Along the way, she has created a lexicon for blind people to comfortably use this mode of transport.“They are basic gestures tied to narrative threads that swirl through community life connecting today with history and folklore,” says Woolf.They are complex, she adds. They often have an indexical aspect in that they “point to” the place to which they refer and often use the gestural shape of a pointing finger, or a finger or hand in motion towards the place indicated. But some of the signs have iconic features of resemblance, such as the shape of the orange for T Junction, Orange Farm or KwaThema, all places in Gauteng; others have symbolic arbitrary, purely conventional qualities.Signs and destinationsAccording to Woolf, a taxi hand sign may refer to a place that has retained its indigenous name but it may just as easily refer to an event associated with it, or a physical attribute of the place, or even a shopping mall that is the main feature of a place.There are two basic signs that commuters in Johannesburg. One is the index figure pointing up, which means town; the other is the index figure pointing down, meaning local. This takes you anywhere within the suburb you are in.The KwaThema taxi hand sign is performed showing two flat hands, palms together, resting on the left side of the person’s face.The taxi hand sign to Kliptown is one hand waving left to right in front of their faces and the other hand waves up and down, to ask the taxi to slow down.The sign to Orange Farm is directly descriptive of its name. With a forward pointing hand, all four fingers and the thumb are bent upwards as if to hold an orange.The taxi sign to Diepsloot is acted out with one hand in a sequence of hand postures, dipping downwards and then upwards in a forward movement several times.If you want to get to Fourways, in Johannesburg, just hold up your hand with four fingers exposed and your thumb tucked in.Taxi lingoBut it’s not only the hand signals that are important. There are also phrases you’ll need to understand, such as “short right”, “short left”, “after robot” and “dankie”.They might sound confusing but they are literal meanings of where the passenger wants to alight.Short right means you want to get off at the next street to the right and vice-versa with short left.After robot means you want to get off after the next traffic light the taxi goes through.Here, or dankie, which actually means “thank you” in Afrikaans, has been the subject of many squabbles between driver and passenger. Many taxi drivers feel it’s too ambiguous. They prefer a passenger to be specific, for example “after robot”.last_img read more

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Celebrate Whole Grains Month with sweet corn and other favorites

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest September is Whole Grains Month. Paul asked me why is it Whole Grains Month? I told him it is because the Whole Grains Council wants to promote whole grains. He says it can’t be as important as Dairy Month. It is just as important. However, in today’s crazy food label world it just adds to the confusing food label lingo. Who knows what a whole grain is and how is it different than whole wheat? What does enriched mean? And the list goes on…The Whole Grains Council states that “Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver approximately the same rich balance of nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.” Basically that means that whole grains are whole grains but even when a grain has been processed and all the parts are still in a product, it can claim it’s a whole grain. Some common whole grains include Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, including whole cornmeal and popcorn, millet, oats, including oatmeal, quinoa, rice, both brown rice and colored rice, Rye, Teff, Triticale, Wheat, including varieties such as spelt, emmer, farro, einkorn, Kamut, durum and forms such as bulgur, cracked wheat and wheatberries and wild rice. To answer the whole wheat question, think of it like this: whole wheat is to whole grains like green beans are to vegetables.Recently during a wellness talk to Union County employees about whole grains, another great question came up. What is enriched? Enriched has nothing to do with whole grains and is a term from the FDA that states a product has added at least 10% more of the daily value of a single nutrient — typically vitamins and/or minerals — than the product had to begin with. For example enriched flour has been enriched with folic acid, iron and other minerals.It takes time to learn all the label lingo and to be able to decipher the truth. But why must we include whole grains you ask? The Mayo Clinic states: “Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. So whenever you can, choose whole grains over refined grains.” Basically the more processed grains you eat, the more the nutrients have been greatly reduced.Did you notice corn in the whole grain list? How many kernels does the “average” ear of corn have? 800 arranged in 16 rows. What did one ear of corn say to the other ear of corn? Don’t look now but I think someone is stalking us. Corny jokes aside, corn is probably the all-time favorite whole grain in the Detwiler family. We love corn in most any form — sweet corn and popcorn being our favorite. Sweet corn is great side dish and can be included in a healthy diet. One medium ear has 90 calories, 18 grams of carbs, four grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, and two grams of fiber. Corn is the best dietary source of two antioxidants called Lutein and zeaxanthin. These yellow pigments play a significant role in good eye health. Everyone seems to have their favorite way to cook it boil it, grill it and recently I even tried microwaving it. It’s all yummy. The best tips are to eat it the day it’s picked. If you can’t, chilling it helps keep the sugar content up. We started growing popcorn just to support Paul’s popcorn habit, which exceeds three gallons a week! Ruby Red is his favorite, which is a smaller kernel with less hull packed with more flavor. Popcorn is a great snack if you can skip all the butter on it. Three cups has only 90 calories, one gram of fat, 18 grams of carbs, and three grams of fiber.Celebrate whole grains month by including some of these great tasting “whole grain” corn recipes.Two-corn polenta with tomatoes, basil and cheese www.cookinglight.com 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups chopped onion (2 medium) 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears) 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup instant dry polenta 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil  Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in broth, corn, and garlic; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Slowly add polenta, stirring with a whisk until polenta is thick (about 5 minutes). Add cheese, stirring to melt. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat; sprinkle with tomato and basil. Serve immediately. Yield: 7-1 cup servings CALORIES 194 (20% from fat); FAT 4.3g (sat 1.5g,mono 1.8g,poly 0.4g); IRON 1.1mg; CHOLESTEROL 6mg; CALCIUM 134mg; CARBOHYDRATE 31.6g; SODIUM 457mg; PROTEIN 8.9g; FIBER 4.6g Quinoa toss with chickpeas and herbs www.bhg.com  1 c quinoa2 c chicken or vegetable broth2 ears of fresh corn or 1 c frozen, thawed15 oz. can chickpea½ c crumbled feta cheese1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion3 Tbsp. snipped fresh basil2 Tbsp. snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley¼ cup olive oil2 Tbsp. lemon juice1 cup diced, cooked beetsRomaine leaves  Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve under cold running water; drain. In saucepan bring broth to boiling. Add quinoa. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until broth is absorbed. Remove from heat; set aside to cool.Cut corn from cobs. Rinse and drain chickpeas. In bowl combine quinoa, corn, chickpeas, cheese, onion, and herbs. For dressing, in bowl whisk together oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add to quinoa mixture; toss to coat.Cover and let stand at least 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving. Stir in beets just before serving. Serve in bowls lined with romaine leaves. Makes 8 (1-cup) servings. Nutrition Facts: Per serving: 270 cal, 11 g fat, 7 mg chol., 665 mg sodium, 37 g carb, 6 g fiber, 9 g pro Fresh corn salad  8 ears fresh corn (husked and cleaned)¼ cup olive oil¼ cup cider vinegar1 ½ tsp lemon juice¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)1 tsp sugar¼ tsp salt1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil1-2 cloves garlic1/8 tsp cayenne pepper2 large tomatoes (seeded and chopped)1/3 cup green pepper (chopped)¼ cup sweet red pepper (chopped)½ cup onion (chopped)  Cook corn for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Drain, cool and set aside. Mix oil, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, sugar, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Cut cooled corn off the cob (4 cups). Add corn, tomatoes, onion and peppers to the oil mixture. Cover and chill overnight.Makes 8-1 cup servings. Nutrition information per serving: 162 calories; 8g fat; 20g carbohydrate; 3g protein; 76mg sodium; 3g fiber Corn and bacon dip from Taste of Home   1 package (8 ounces) lite cream cheese, soft1 cup (8 ounces) fat free sour cream1/4 cup lite mayonnaise2 garlic cloves, minced1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drainedOr 2 cups fresh cut cooked corn6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbledAssorted raw vegetables and/or crackers  In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in corn and bacon. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Serve with vegetables and/or crackers.Yield: 3 cups. 24-2Tbsp Servings: Snickerdoodle popcorn2/3 to ¾ c popcorn kernels4 Tbsp. butter ¼ c powdered sugar2 Tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon Mix sugars & cinnamon. Pop popcorn. Melt butter and drizzle over popcorn. Stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy! Easy caramel popcorn1/2 c popcorn kernels 1c brown sugar 1/2 c butter                  ½-1 tsp salt1/4 c light corn syrup ½ tsp baking soda Pop popcorn kernels & pour into a large bowl. Melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and ½ tsp salt together over medium heat. Bring to boil. Boil for 4 minutes without stirring. Stir in baking soda & let foam. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir to coat completely. Pour on wax or parchment. Sprinkle remaining salt on top for a salty caramel taste. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.last_img read more

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5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should Have

first_img4. Online ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Once you fully dive into the screenwriting world, one of the best ways to stay engaged and continue to grow is to constantly read about the art form. Luckily, there are some really great resources for screenwriters online. Here is a great mega-list, and below are some select few to dive into from award-winning screenwriters who provide great tips, tricks, and conversations.The Script LabScreenwriting from IowaJohn AugustJen GrisantiThe Bitter Script Reader/r/screenwriting Before you sit down to write your next script, be sure to get these five essential tools ready to help you with the task.Cover image via Thrillist.It’s been said by thousands since, but I believe it was Alfred Hitchcock who first once said, “To make a great film you need three things — the script, the script and the script.” And in today’s wild age of film and video content run amuck across an ever-growing range of film festivals and digital platforms, it rings absolutely true today.At the heart of every good film is a good script, and at the heart of a good script is a great story. To truly master the art of scripting, a screenwriter needs to harness every tool at his or her disposal to create scripts that can resonate with audiences and pop off the page to bring your story to life.So, if you’re looking to be the next Paddy Chayefsky, Aaron Sorkin or Diablo Cody — or are looking to put your story down in proper script form for the first time — here are five things you need to succeed.1. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (and Subsequent Readings)Image via Tally Pendragon.Let’s start with the most fundamental of the fundamental. If you are unfamiliar with the works of Joseph Campbell and his Hero’s Journey, you need to start reading up now. Campbell’s famous book contains the most important formula not only for screenplays but for stories of all kinds. However, while the book itself can be a little dense, there are also plenty of great writing resources (and blogging online) to help you learn how to master the art of the Hero’s Journey for your own work.2. Script Writing SoftwareImage via Shutterstock.Only once you’ve done your formative work should you even consider writing your script. It’s also worth noting that before diving into the actual script, it would certainly make sense to work your story out as a concept first. But for the sake of this article, specifically on screenwriting, let’s assume you have and we’re diving into the actual scripting. Unless you want to do your writing on a word processor long-form, you’re going to need software that helps with things like formatting and hotkeys to streamline your writing process.I’ll always suggest Final Draft as the industry standard, but there are several great options available (many of which are free!) that will work as well.3. Formatting GuideImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest reasons for using script writing software is formatting. A good software will help you work with different things like action, dialogue, and blocking directions. However, to truly grow as a script writer, you’ll need to understand how scripts are formatted (and why). The following are some good resources.How to Format a ScreenplayScript Writing Example & Screenwriting TipsScreenplay Format GuideWhat is standard screenplay format? 5. Script Review ServicesImage via Shutterstock.Additionally, if you’re looking for feedback on your scripts, there are plenty of resources for reviewing scripts and getting advice on everything from character, to plot, to dialogue — and support for getting your scripts Hollywood-ready. However, these services are not free (or even cheap), but they can be helpful for beginning screenwriters desperate for real feedback on their projects.Script PipelineScript Reader ProScript ShadowScreenplay ReadersStory Sensecenter_img If you’re still hungry for more screenwriting resources, here are some other great articles to check out.8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptWriting The Hollywood Blockbuster – Screenwriting MasterclassScreenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer9 Sites for Free Movie ScriptsPremiumbeat Screenwriting Archiveslast_img read more

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How will El Tri line up vs. Germany?

first_imgMexico How will Mexico line up against Germany? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 10:19 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Layuna Mexico 2018 Getty Images Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup What is El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio planning to do in a game he’s had months to prepare for? Click here for the confirmed starting XIsYou don’t have to know much about Mexico to know manager Juan Carlos Osorio is a planner. In May, he said he’d decided on his starting XI for this game after the March friendlies.However, injuries that forced Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes out of the World Cup derailed those plans, and now the manager has to deal with a group he’s lined up for only the past two weeks. Who has stood out in training? Are there any fringe players who have won his confidence? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move As we do before every Mexico match, Goal is projecting three possible lineups for El Tri. Let’s take a look at how Mexico could line up in the biggest match in four years.Vela in free roleGFX MX Vela freeOsorio didn’t bring Jesus Molina to Russia, even though he knew Reyes was an injury doubt. Yet, he knows he needs more force in the midfield than he did when his squad faced Germany in the Confederations Cup. That’s why he could have both Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado sit back and hand a free role to a player like Carlos Vela.Vela can drop behind Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and play as a number 10 or overload the left side of defense where the left-footer already enjoys playing. This lineup seems like the most probable, with Hector Moreno and Miguel Layun playing on the left side of defense against a strong Germany attack.There are subtle tweaks that could be made here, though. Hugo Ayala could come in as the right center back and push Carlos Salcedo to right back with Edson Alvarez dropping to the bench. Or this could end up playing in a standard 4-3-3. Vela has played as an interior midfielder for El Tri before.Layun in the middleGFX MX Layun midfieldLayun is an incredibly versatile player, and his talents almost feel wasted at left back. Osorio has looked to get Layun into the midfield, playing him there in Mexico’s send-off friendly against Scotland, and said he could compete for a job there.The issue, then, is who takes over at left back, with the answer being Jesus Gallardo. The converted winger has adapted well to life as a defender and had decent showings in recent friendly games. However, he’s still a question mark there, and with the option to play Layun against a team as strong as Germany, it might be a risk Osorio isn’t willing to take.If he does take it, it could be a bridge too far to also play 20-year-old Alvarez, so Ayala steps in with Salcedo moving to the right in this projection.Up front, Jesus Corona loses his spot to Vela despite “Tecatito” playing the best of any Mexico player over the course of three pre-World Cup friendly matches.Trust in AlvarezGFX MX edson trustOsorio also could total surprise with a roster like this one, putting Alvarez straight into the starting XI as the central midfielder. That would free up Herrera to do more going forward, but it would be a tough for the Club America man to see his World Cup debut come against the reigning world champion. Alvarez did play better in midfield than he did in defense during the friendly matches ahead of the tournament, so it’s not out of the question. If he’s blown the coaching staff away in training, it would allow for an experienced back four with Guardado and Herrera getting more freedom to attack – something Osorio made clear in Saturday’s news conference that he wants to do.last_img read more

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