For those who caught on to Frank Zappa’s music after his untimely death, few experiences rivaled that of the Zappa Plays Zappa project. Led by Frank’s son Dweezil Zappa, the band name said it all, one Zappa playing the music of another.Only, there seems to be some contention over the use of the Zappa family name for the project. The Zappa Family Trust recently informed Dweezil that he did not have the rights to tour under the name Zappa Plays Zappa, as the last name is a trademark owned by the trust. Instead, the band will hit the road as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa.In an interview with the New York Times, Dweezil says, “It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue… but this is being done under duress.” He added, “My last name is Zappa; my father was Frank Zappa… but I am not allowed to use the name on its own. I’m not allowed to use a picture of him. I’m not allowed to use my own connection with him without some sort of deal to be struck.”When Frank Zappa’s window Gail Zappa passed away, control of the Family Trust went to two of Zappa’s four children, Ahmet Zappa and Diva Zappa. While the other two, Dweezil and Moon Unit, remained beneficiaries, the relationship between the siblings has been riddled with contention. Ahmet addressed the Zappa Plays Zappa situation as well, saying “I am not standing in the way of Dweezil playing the music… he would just have to be in accordance with the family trust.”Dweezil gets the final word in the article, saying “I just hope people will understand that the only thing I’m changing is the name.” The Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa tour kicks off in July.[H/t The New York Times]
Combis and FlixBus through the new digital service enable the purchase of excursions during the trip
The digital platform for mobile content promotion and booking is certainly not new, but in cooperation with FlixBus, which has its large customer base throughout Europe, it opens a new channel of communication and sales in a new and interesting way, correlated with travel. Also, passengers who travel by FlixBus to a certain destination, are not under the prism of noise in communications, ie they have time to explore what is becoming a luxury in today’s fast pace. Today, the goal is not just to attract attention, but the question arises how to keep customers on some content for more than three seconds. And it is through this kind of integration during the trip that we have time to tell our story and make a sale. Thus, with the help of the new platform, from December 2018, Flixbus passengers can see real-time information on availability and prices by scanning the QR code, with a description and details of the trip and very easily, in just a few clicks, plan and book your visit to different excursion destinations. “We live fast and it often happens that we do not have time to realize everything we set out to do, including quality vacation preparation. Just thinking about the unused time we have during the bus trip, we designed a cooperation with FlixBus and decided to make the most of the time potential of a foreign tourist traveling to Croatia. Excursor is a fantastic tool for communication and organization of the offer of tourist contents and carries an exceptional potential for digitalization of tourism”, Said Mladen Gregović, Member of the Management Board for Operations at Combis and added that the main denominator of this partnership is the mutual desire for innovation. Also, what is extremely important, especially for foreign passengers, all buses in the Flixbus network have free internet as well as a power outlet, which provides all the prerequisites for carefree surfing and exploration. “Combis developed excursor and introduced it to the market last year, after which it secured cooperation with several partners in a short time. In addition, research shows a significant increase in the interest of tourists for excursions and in general for non-board services, which is why this solution will benefit many in tourism, but also contribute to the promotion of Croatian tourism in a digital way.”, Concluded Aleksandar Radojčić, Director of the Digital Transformation Department at Combis. Platform excursor is intended for all those who want to offer tourist non-board service – tour organizers, travel agencies, hotels and other providers of accommodation and non-board content. It enables express booking, in just a few clicks, eliminates the processing of orders via e-mail and telephone, and thus eliminates missed booking opportunities. Also, this solution enables communication and sale of excursions in real time, which eliminates the possibility overbooking. All in all, it’s an End-to-end solution; real-time promotion and sales, billing system, with the issuance of personalized multilingual vouchers. Namely, through a new digital platform excursor introduce the possibility of instant purchase of excursions during the trip, all via mobile phones. This certainly opens up a new dimension in the promotion and sale of content. Combis, the leading provider of IT services in Croatia and FlixBus, one of the largest European bus carriers, have agreed on cooperation to raise the promotion of our tourism to a higher level. The service is provided on a number of targeted routes, such as bus lines from Austrian, German and Italian cities to Zagreb, in order to most effectively direct the offer of excursions in Croatia. “FlixBus is focused on business innovation. From the very beginning, we have been a combination of technology start-up, online shopping and transportation company and this is our formula for success. The potential of providing a new service in such a simple way as with an excursor, provides a new and innovative experience to the satisfaction of our customers, which is our constant priority.said Dean Chebohin, business development director for the FlixBus CEE South region.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., has drafted a resolution calling on the U.S. to “permanently withhold payments on debts owed to the People’s Republic of China in amounts equal to the public costs incurred” as a result of the coronavirus.Congressman Mast joined the South Florida Morning show and commented on his desire to hold China accountable for COVID-19.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Rep-Brian-Mast-China.mp3The resolution cites China’s slow response to combat the virus in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.“China’s total lack of transparency and mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has cost tens of thousands of lives, millions of jobs and left untold economic destruction,” Mast said in a statement. “Congress must hold China accountable for their cover-up and force them to pay back the taxpayer dollars that have been spent as a result.”Mast previously co-sponsored a bill that would force China to reimburse the U.S. His press secretary, Kyle VonEnde, told WPTV NewsChannel 5 that Mast’s measure would empower the U.S. to withhold funds owed to China.A class-action lawsuit filed in Miami federal court last month seeks billions of dollars in damages from the Chinese government. Listen to the full interview with Rep. Brian Mast here. He addresses the sluggish unemployment reimbursements to Floridians, the PPP and other coronavirus issues.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Brian-Mast-4-29-20-China-interview-1.mp3
Facebook103Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondThe Thurston County Tourism Awards recognize people who have gone above and beyond to help bring tourism to Thurston County. Experience Olympia & Beyond, the region’s Visitor & Convention Bureau, will announce the winners at the Annual State of Tourism Meeting on May 2 at Stampfer Retreat Center. The awards are presented by Port of Olympia.Thurston County Tourism Awards:Community Unity AwardFor those who live out their belief in collaboration and regionalism, working to bring the communities of Thurston County together in the name of tourism.Nominees:Blaine Land, Lacey South Sound ChamberGeorge Sharp, Thurston Economic Development CouncilSouth Puget Sound Community College Brewing & Distilling ProgramTourism Visionary AwardThis award honors an individual whose continuous commitment and trail-blazing accomplishments have set the stage for regional tourism.Mayor Alan Carr, Mayor of BucodaTodd Cutts, Olympia Downtown AllianceKaufman Construction and City of Tumwater, Deschutes Landing at the Warehouse DistrictDave Nickerson, Tumwater Valley Golf ClubExcellence in Hospitality AwardAll who work in the hospitality business provide an invaluable service to the well-being of our economy. This award honors a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.Brandon Andres, Fairfield Inn & SuitesLucy Graves, Stottle WinerySandra Hall, Dillinger’s Cocktails & KitchenMallery McDonald, Ramada by Wyndham OlympiaJeff Olive, Airport Golf & Batting CenterNominees are recognized at the meeting and winners are awarded plaques made with historic Legion Way Oak trees cut in the shape of Thurston County. The oak trees were planted in 1928 as a living memorial to honor local veterans.
England booked their place in the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden.Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli either side of half-time sealed the victory for Gareth Southgate’s side in a game which also saw Jordan Pickford make a number of brilliant saves. GETTY 4 Southgate celebrates the victory over the Swedes 4 Lingard caused all sorts of problems for Sweden 4 Harry Maguire scored England’s first goal against Sweden Pickford made a crucial save at the start of the second-half Gareth Southgate’s men will face the winners of the Russia v Croatia quarter-final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday night knowing they are just 90 minutes away from their first World Cup final since 1966.Both sides made nervous starts but England started to take control of the game after Harry Kane’s shot from 20 yards out went just wide after a swift counter-attack.They applied the pressure more and took the lead after half an hour when Maguire scored his first goal for England after powerfully heading home Ashley Young’s corner from the left beyond Robin Olsen.Raheem Sterling missed a golden opportunity to double their lead moments before the break. A brilliant long ball from Kieran Trippier put the Manchester City man through on goal but Sterling dithered before having his effort saved. It was a very calm and mature performance from the Three Lions and everyone did their job well.Pickford made some great saves at important moments but the star performer of this game was Jesse Lingard.While he did not score any goals, the Manchester United man was everywhere, finding all sorts of space going forward. He also laid on the assist for Alli’s goal.MOMENT OF THE MATCH It was a wonderful moment for Maguire to bag his first international goal while Alli scored his first England goal at a major tournament, but the moment of the match has to be when referee Bjorn Kuipers blew the final whistle.This sealed England’s place in their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years and just their third overall. After 52 years of hurt, is football finally coming home?LINE-UPSSweden: Olsen, Krafth (Jansson 85), Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg (Olsson 65), Berg, Toivonen (Guidetti 65)Subs not used: Johnsson, Svensson, Helander, Hiljemark, Rohden, Durmaz, Thelin, NordfeldtEngland: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli (Delph 77), Henderson (Dier 85), Lingard, Young, Sterling (Rashford 90), KaneSubs not used: Butland, Rose, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope 4 England had hero of the last round Pickford to thank for making a great stop to deny Marcus Berg with a downward header just after the break.And the Three Lions made them pay when Alli headed in Jesse Lingard’s looping cross to make it 2-0 to England.The Swedes came again and Viktor Claesson was denied with another super Pickford stop before Jordan Henderson expertly blocked Claesson’s second bite.Pickford denied Berg again with a smart save on 72 minutes while Emil Krafth brilliantly cleared a menacing Kieran Trippier cross as England held on for the win – and securing their first clean sheet of these finals.STAR MAN
Gardaí are advising people not to drive unless absolutely necessary tonight as high winds continue to hit Ireland.They say trees are down on roads in many areas of the country.A number of trees have been reported down and there are some power outages. There are reports of trees down on the Rockhill Road at Bomany outside Letterkenny and also in Donegal Town.People have also been advised to stay away from the coastline and cliffs.Met Éireann said it will remain very windy with severe and damaging gusts in parts of Connacht for a time as a result of Elsa – an Atlantic storm system.Strong southerly winds, veering southwest, will reach mean speeds of 65-80km/h, with gusts up to 120km/h. A Status Yellow wind warning for most of the country is in effect until 3am tomorrow (Thurs).Gardai advise motorists not to drive as wind gusts lash country was last modified: December 19th, 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)
We take a look behind the scenes at how a Sundance Award-winning filmmaker shoots dynamic, one-take short films.All images via Jim Cummings.We sat down and chatted with the talented and funny Jim Cummings, whose short film “Thunder Road” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (as well as jury awards at SXSW and several other festivals around the world) and has been called one of the greatest short films of all time.Cummings, along with Dustin Hahn and several other collaborators, has spent the last several years perfecting the art of the one-shot, one-take short film with ten different award-winning iterations.In addition to talking about Cummings’s upcoming journey to turn Thunder Road into a feature film (check out their Kickstarter), we asked for some actionable production advice on how to film festival-friendly, one-take short films. Here are some practical tips for filming dynamic and creative one-take shorts.Book a Full DayFor Thunder Road, we did six takes – two of them we had to stop because people laughed – which is about standard. Others we’d do as many as 12 or 18 because they were longer. We found it worked best when we’d shoot several takes in the morning, find our best one and review it over lunch – then spend the rest of the day trying to see if we could top it.While it may seem easier to film one-take shorts (or at least edit them), it certainly takes a great deal of time, resources, and talent to execute. For Cummings and his teams, filming even the shortest one-take film would typically require one full day of production.Marks for Cameras and Actors Are KeyMarks are key for one-take sequences. We’d start making marks and blocking out actions early in the writing process. Not only do you need them for your actors and actions, but also for your camera moves so that you can set lighting and focus.When you watch Cummings’s films, you’ll likely notice a lot of movement and action. These aren’t arbitrary — his films are tightly scripted and choreographed for both the actors and the camera. A feeling of controlled chaos comes across as you watch characters in the throes of mental breakdowns, life-changing moments, and personal revelations.If a Cup Falls, Pick It UpWhile we had a tight script and carefully laid out blocking, we also told actors that if, in the scene, a cup dropped to pick it up. Don’t assume we’re going to cut for anything. Which was really helpful for cast and crew to stay in the moment and be ready at every second for every take.Cummings is quick to point out how each film lets the actors bring it to life. In shorts like It’s Alright, It’s OK (which you can watch here) and The Robbery (which you can watch here), the camera very intently focuses in on the actors, who seem to organically stumble through the scene, running into people and knocking them over — all while engrossed in their characters.It Takes All Types of Audio Recording TricksOn Thunder Road, we had a boom mic overhead for recording audio. However, because the film starts so wide, we also had to hide a lav mic in my tie which is what recorded the majority of the audio for the first 6 minutes until the shot could get tight enough for the boom to come in.Even in a quiet indoor setting with subtle camera moves, capturing audio in a one-take short can be extremely difficult and require several different approaches, as Cummings reveals for Thunder Road. Along with adding echo to the lav mic audio and mixing it with the boom, Cummings also had to record DIY-ADR using a Zoom H2 while dancing around his apartment to match the energy and movements.Get Creative with LightingOne of the most fun films we did was called The Stop, which had us rig up a whole car set-up in the desert for some characters about to begin a drug-induced hallucinatory trip. We had to get very creative with some of the effects like cop car lights, to self-lighting lamps and even a glowing dragon.Lighting is an issue on all sets, but it is especially problematic when you can’t stop and move your lights around. One-take sequences, like you see in The Stop (which you can watch here on Fullscreen), are a good example of how to find ways to make creative use of light panels, ultra-violet lights, and paints to keep the lighting compelling.
For 17 years, Kalavati Pardeshi had been in grip of a superstition: she feared divine retribution if she cut her matted braid of long hair. On Tuesday, aided by counseling from activists of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANiS), Ms. Pardeshi, a 50-year-old homemaker, finally rid herself of her the 4 feet long braid and her credulous beliefs. Ironically for Ms. Pardeshi, her matted braid was both a product of social pressures — with many neighbours dissuading her from cutting what they termed a divine curse — and a cause for social ostracism. “I was shunned because of my hair,” said Ms. Pardeshi. “My relatives would not speak to me. People refused work saying that a curse would befall them if they employed me. Besides, I endured physical problems and had trouble sleeping owing to my matted hair,” she added.Even on the odd occasion when the sheer discomfort briefly overwhelmed her fears and she approached local saloons to help cut the hair, she found herself being asked to pay as much as Rs. 60,000 for a hair cut. “I come from a family with modest means and could not meet this cost,” Ms. Pardeshi said, adding the Anis activists had not only brought her relief by cutting the long matted braid, but also helped dispel all her fears and superstitions.ANiS, founded by the late rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, has so far helped free 75 women across Pune district from the ‘matted hair’ superstition. “The campaign against this began sometime in 2013,” Nandini Jadhav of AniS. “The cases that we have encountered transcend economic and caste lines. The ladies often require counseling extending as long as six months to even a year before they are convinced of cutting their matted hair.” In parts of Maharashtra and southern India, women with matted hair, which forms owing either to a lack of hygiene or exposure to some sticky substance, often face ostracism on account of an irrational belief that these women have incurred “the wrath of gods”, Ms. Jadhav explained. “As a result, the women afflicted with this condition are deterred from doing away with their braids. We have had cases ranging from an IT engineer to a folk artist to the wife of a bank employee who hesitated before mustering courage to do away with the burden of superstition,” she said. Like Ms. Pardeshi, ANiS provided physical and emotional relief to Reshma Bahnot from Pune’s Ghorpadi area in May this year after the lady got in touch with the outfit through the Khadki police. In March, three women from the city were provided relief after a police constable intimated the outfit about their condition. “My neighbours warned me against cutting off my ‘jata’ as it would anger the gods; so, I resisted for more than 15 years,” saidLata Khandekar, one of the women who was assisted by AniS. “Now, I feel light and the pain in my back and neck, owing to the strain of carrying my braid, has vanished.”