A’s starting pitcher sent back to Oakland for MRI

first_imgBALTIMORE — It’s a surprise these days when the A’s don’t show up to the ballpark with injury news on a starting pitcher.Thursday it was Trevor Cahill, who was sent back to the Bay Area to undergo an MRI after feeling soreness near the rhomboid muscle near his right shoulder blade.The issue may have affected the right-handers previous start in which he turned in his shortest outing of the season, lasting just 2 2/3 innings before the A’s came back for a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers last …last_img

Mobile money transactions on the rise

first_img8 July 2010 The growing use of mobile phones has opened the door for innovative financial transactions, says First National Bank, with consumers now able to use their mobiles as virtual wallets, giving them the ability to transact in even the remotest of locations. “The power of telephony has always been underestimated, with the launch of mobile phones in Africa, no one expected the radical change it would create, and recently Africa has become one of the fastest growing mobile markets on the globe,” said FNB Smart Services CEO Yolande van Wyk in a statement this week. According to FNB, its eWallet solution specifically, has seen a remarkable up-take in a very short period, predominantly because it speaks to people’s needs to replace cash easily and safely. Once there is a complete network providing access into this ecosystem, true cashless transactions become a reality, said Van Wyk. “It also dramatically reduces the costs of transactions as the negation of bricks and mortar services reduces the total cost of service provision; a cost saving that is then translated back into a benefit for the customer.” Since its inception in November 2009 more than 100 000 eWallets have been created with over R80-million been sent to friends and family from FNB accounts. According to FNB, while the service itself sounds simple, the ecosystem behind it is what really makes it tick. It is the collective companies, networks, and agents that work behind the scenes that bring the services into the hands of the consumer. Significant growth Access anytime, anywherecenter_img To date, FNB Smart Services has seen a significant growth in demand for paid-for content services, airtime transfer, mobile banking, merchant payments and even person-to-person money transfers. With the advent of various m-commerce models like mobile money and mobile banking, access to and the facilitation of financial transactions and financial information has become a method and means of business for African entrepreneurs. There is a need to place emphasis on partnerships, investigate interoperability, deploy incentives for users and partners, and deploy business models that reward qualified risks, Van Wyk explained. Van Wyk said that to effectively bring mobile banking solutions to the African market, service providers needed to bring the customer to the centre of the environment and make the stakeholders secondary. Customer-centric approach “The reality is that mobile money offers everyone access, no matter the physical infrastructure around them, or their income bracket,” the statement read. Mobile banking services is rapidly creating a service driven industry allowing consumers access to their financial information anytime, anywhere. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

3 Directing Tips For Adding Suspense To Your Thriller

first_imgA thriller without suspense falls as flat as a comedy with no jokes. Crank up the tension and get the audience reaction you want with these tips.Top image of Alfred Hitchcock from Leva FilmWorksThere’s a very common thread among films in the thriller genre that don’t succeed: they sell the steak and not the sizzle. In other words, they’re so focused on the payoff of the idea and the delivery of the film’s premise, that the buildup and suspense of the whole piece falls short. A great thriller is far more concerned with the anticipation of an event than with the payoff moment, yet time after time directors seem to make poor choices when working in this genre. So if you’re gearing up to direct your next thriller, consider the three tips below for adding real suspense to your next film:1. Be Selective With the ActionImage: Cary Grant in North by Northwest via IMDbMany poorly executed thrillers wind up feeling more like action films once they eventually hit the screen. And the reason why often has to do with pacing above all else. Directors without a lot of experience in the genre are often fearful that their stories aren’t moving quickly enough, and wind up flooding their scripts with unnecessary action sequences that are designed to “thrill” the audience but really just take away from story’s pensiveness. Thrillers are all about anticipation, and when you take away an audience’s breathing room to bite their nails or sit on the edge of their seats, you’re left with an action film – not a thriller.2. Don’t Overdo the Music in the EditOn the opposite side of the coin, there are films that move far too slowly and don’t have genuine suspense built into them, which is equally problematic. In these cases, filmmakers will often overuse suspenseful music in order to compensate for a lack of true depth in their scenes. If you ever reach this point, I can assure you that laying the soundtrack on thickly isn’t what your film needs… chances are you need a re-shoot.In the above scene (via Fandango Movieclips) from Steven Spielberg’s 2005 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds, you’ll find a great example of a sequence that successfully utilizes music and silence to create an atmosphere thick with tension and suspense.3. Focus on One Major Idea at a TimeImage: Jimmy Stewart from Rear Window via IMDbThis note applies equally to the writing phase of making a thriller as it does to editing one. Many directors attempt to force too many ideas into their thrillers as a means to keep their audience guessing. While their intentions are in the right place, in practice this just doesn’t work. By flooding your film with potential ideas, outcomes, and suspects, your audience will feel disoriented and disinterested pretty quickly. A far better approach would be to focus on a singular idea (or two at the most) at any given point, and then twist and turn only when absolutely necessary to ensure that you’re always staying ahead of your audience.What are some of your favorite moments of suspense in the world of film? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

World Cup 2011: New Zealand not underestimating Zimbabwe

first_imgBatsman Ross Taylor says New Zealand will be taking nothing for granted when it faces underdog Zimbabwe in Friday’s Group A clash at the World Cup.New Zealand, a five-time semifinalist in the competition, faces a Zimbabwe side which has not played test cricket since hosting India 2005 and was comfortably beaten by Australia in its World Cup opener last week.However, Ireland’s shock victory over England on Wednesday showed just how easily the form book can be proved wrong at this tournament.”Last night we saw Ireland, they can upset big teams,” Taylor told a news conference. “I am not saying Zimbabwe are a small team, but they have been out of cricket for some time.”They have played some big games … we won’t be taking them lightly and we have to respect them as a team.”Taylor watched as Australia rattled up 262 at Hambantota, Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe’s bowling attack, where spinners Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer all struggled to make headway.The Black Caps, who have also lost to Australia, are well aware of what lies ahead in Ahmedabad.”We saw how they bowled against Australia and I think 260 was a fair reflection of the way they bowled,” he said.”It could be 30-35 overs or 40-42 overs of spin… So that’s something we have been working on for the last four-five days, facing all the spin.”The other item on the New Zealand agenda has been consistency from a side which had started its campaign with a 10-wicket victory over Kenya.Coach John Wright has given his lineup a pep talk about the need for all batsmen to make their presence felt. Only Nathan McCullum (52) and skipper Daniel Vettori (44) troubled the Australian pace attack.”John talked to the whole team about what to do,” Taylor said. “Not necessarily just the batters, we need to be more consistent and clinical about the way we approach.”One person standing up is just not good enough. As a batting unit we need to step up and score about 300-330 which is the par score in this tournament.”- With inputs from APadvertisementlast_img read more

Allor plan allowing DNR firefighters to provide mutual aid becomes law

first_img26Mar Allor plan allowing DNR firefighters to provide mutual aid becomes law Categories: Allor News Firefighters with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will now be able to assist with search and rescue operations following natural disasters in other states – something that was not allowed prior to legislation introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor, which was signed into law last week.Allor, of Wolverine, said DNR firefighters were previously able to respond to forest fires in other states, but not other emergencies such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.“Every year, and often multiple times a year, requests are made asking our state to help during emergencies,” Allor said. “Last year, the DNR deployed more than 150 employees to fight out-of-state forest fires but state law prevented the DNR from assisting people in need following other events, like Hurricane Harvey. This reform allows us to step up and help our neighbors in need.”Allor said Michigan is reimbursed for all costs incurred when responding to emergencies in other states, and the DNR is not required to send assistance when a request is made.“The DNR will weigh each request against in-state work, with the safety and security of Michigan residents taking top priority,” Allor said. “But if the time is right and we can provide assistance, Michigan firefighters will gain valuable experience and learn skills they can put to use here at home.”Allor said Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush played a key role in the legislative process.“I want to thank Chief Forbush, first for bringing the issue to my attention and also for testifying in support of the bill during committee,” Allor said. “He provided a tremendous amount of helpful insight and knowledge.”Allor’s legislation, House Bill 5198, is now Public Act 80 of 2018.###last_img read more