Oteil Burbridge To Join Joe Russo’s Almost Dead On Select Dates This Fall

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead have announced that bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) will join them for a trio of shows this fall. The Grateful Dead-inspired quintet has a seven-date tour planned, and it sounds like bassist Dave Dreiwitz is unable to make it “due to an unexpected turn of events.”Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Oteil Burbridge will kick things off in Philadelphia for back-to-back shows at the Tower Theater on October 18th and 19th. The following night—on October 20th—the group will take over The Anthem in Washington, DC.The core members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will regroup to perform two sets at the Suwannee Hulaween pre-party on October 25th. Then, a few weeks later, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger will swing through California for two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.For tickets to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s fall tour dates, head to the band’s website.Watch pro-shot video of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Oteil Burbridge tackling “Here Comes Sunshine” > “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” > “Here Comes Sunshine” at the Brooklyn Bowl on 3/18/17: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Fall 2018 Dates:October 18 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 19 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 20 – Washington, DC — The AnthemNovember 8 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 9 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 10 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreNovember 11 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreView Fall Tour Dateslast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 15, 2015

first_imgPeter Miller3896424%$531,386 Mark Glatt2054325%$167,776 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS COACHING LEGEND BOB BOYD MISSED AT SO CAL TRACKS            Southern California horse racing lost an ardent supporter on Wednesday, with the passing of longtime USC basketball coach Bob Boyd, who died of natural causes at age 84 in Palm Desert.A star player at USC in the early 1950s, Boyd coached the Trojans with distinction from 1967-79, amassing a record of 216-131. Through 1975, he went head to head with the legendary John Wooden at arch rival UCLA, and Boyd became the only coach to ever defeat “The Wizard of Westwood” twice on his home court, Pauley Pavilion.A regular attendee at Santa Anita, Hollywood and Del Mar during his playing and coaching days, Boyd was an annual visitor at Del Mar throughout his retirement and regularly sat with a spirited group of longtime friends such as fellow coaches Pete Newell (Cal), Jerry Tarkanian (UNLV, et al), Dan Ayala (assistant to Tarkanian), Ed Goorjian (Crescenta Valley High), and Gene Victor (Mt. SAC).Coach Boyd is survived by his sons, Bill, Jim and John, and 10 grandchildren. For all of those who knew him, he’ll never be forgotten. Elvis Trujillo5195418%$458,448 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Joseph Talamo535979%$409,508 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 11 FINISH LINES: Yes, that is Chantal Sutherland galloping horses at Santa Anita these mornings, but she has no plans for a comeback. She studied interior design at the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach and also hopes to obtain a real estate license soon . . . Jockey Drayden Van Dyke‘s five-pound apprentice allowance is good through Monday, Jan. 19. On Jan. 20, he starts as a full-fledged journeyman, with no weight advantage . . . Victor Espinoza worked Zenyatta‘s first foal to make it to the races, Cozmic One, five furlongs Thursday in 1:03.20. “This makes the third time I’ve worked him,” Espinoza said. “The time before, I worked him from the gate. He feels great. John (trainer John Shirreffs) has been going easy with him, bringing him along slow. I don’t know how good the horse is, because I’ve never really asked him to run yet. ” . . . Tom Quigley‘s guests in the East Paddock Gardens this weekend will be HRTV host/analyst Scott Hazelton, Saturday, and Derek Lawson, agent for jockey Flavien Prat, Sunday, both days at 11:20 a.m. . . . Jockey Alex Canchari has been suspended three racing days (Jan. 17, 18, 19) for careless riding on Best Efforts in Saturday’s fourth race . . . A Celebration of Life for the late Dr. Jack Robbins will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., in Del Mar’s Turf Club . . . Sign of Beelzebub: Life a Riley, a son of the late Bertrando who turns six next Jan. 1, has finished sixth in his last three starts. In today’s sixth race, he breaks from post position six . . . Bob Baffert isn’t showing his age. The Hall of Fame trainer celebrated his 62nd birthday Tuesday and took the occasion to get a senior’s discount at a car wash. His day was made when the cashier carded him. Rafael Bejarano591313822%$674,816 TALAMO SEEKS STAKES REPEAT IN MONDAY FEATUREJoe Talamo seeks his second straight stakes win on Harlington’s Rose when he rides her in Monday’s holiday feature, the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Talamo guided the 4-year-old daughter of Harlington to a picture-perfect victory in the Kalookan Queen at 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 28, rallying from a stalking trip to win by a length and a quarter.“She ran great; it set up for her,” Talamo said. “They went quick up front, and she runs her race every time, especially sprinting on dirt. She comes with that big run, so hopefully they go pretty quick and she’ll have a big shot.”Added trainer Steve Knapp: “She’s really sharp right now. We just asked her a little bit and she exploded in her work. We know she loves the dirt and she came out her race fantastic, so now’s the time to run.”Fans can “buck up” on bargain day at Santa Anita this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which completes a three-day weekend at The Great Race Place with another popular Dollar Day. On-track attendees can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for a dollar each. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Victor Espinoza4178317%$486,130 JOJO WARRIOR STRETCHES OUT IN LA CANADAIf punters were caught unaware by Jojo Warrior’s uncharacteristic eighth-place finish at7-2 in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26, join the club.Imagine how Bob Baffert felt. He trains the 4-year-old Pioneerof the Nile filly, who finished 20 ½ lengths behind victorious Sam’s Sister.“I was surprised at how poorly she ran,” Baffert said. “She was training great going into it, but you know what? She wasn’t effective going one turn last year, and when I finally stretched her out, she was a different filly.”That’s what Baffert is hoping for when Jojo Warrior runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s been training well for this race, so I think she doesn’t want any part of one turn,” Baffert said. “That’s it. She doesn’t want to be rushed.”On the status of Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old finalist Bayern Baffert said: “It’s not that serious, but I haven’t been able to work him.“He just had an abscess (on his right hind foot), so I’ve got to be really careful with it. He’s day to day.”The field for the La Canada: Fleet of Gold, Alex Solis, 12-1; Sam’s Sister, Elvis Trujillo, 2-1; Lexie Lou, Corey Nakatani, 6-5; Thegirlinthatsong, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Jojo Warrior, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Une Cherise, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Ramona’s Wildcat, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; and Colonel Joan, Gary Stevens, 12-1. Martin Pedroza4375516%$241,410center_img Kent Desormeaux4395621%$512,008 Tyler Baze701031214%$520,698 Peter Eurton2252323%$244,130 DISTANCE KEY FOR JOJO; BAYERN ‘DAY-TO-DAY’THIRD TIME THE CHARM FOR FLORAL ROMANCE?HARLINGTON’S ROSE SHARP FOR MONDAY STAKESARDENT RACING FAN COACH BOB BOYD PASSES Gary Stevens2054225%$236,630 SISE HOPES FLORAL ROMANCE SETTLES IN FOR MEGAHERTZCliff Sise Jr. hopes for an improved performance from Floral Romance when she runs in Saturday’s $75,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on the turf.The Kentucky-bred daughter of After Market owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod finished a disappointing ninth in Katherine Crosby at Del Mar last out on Nov. 7. The Megahertz will mark her third start for Sise. Previously, Floral Romance had been trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. The 6-year-old mare was third for Sise in the Swingtime at Santa Anita last Oct. 4, rallying after a slow start.“She ran great in the Swingtime, but when she shipped to Del Mar for the Crosby, she got very nervous in her stall, but she’s always shipped to Santa Anita well,” Sise said. “I have a window in her stall and she’s OK in there.Sise is back training full time after running Jenny Craig’s farm, “but when she closed it down and sold it, I went to Saudi Arabia a few months, then I came back and here I am, training out of San Luis Rey Downs.”The field for the Megahertz: Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux; Fanticola, Martin Garcia; Rusty Slipper, Rafael Bejarano; Nashoba’s Gold, Joe Talamo; Floral Romance, Brice Blanc; Winning Rhythm, Kieren Fallon; Industrial Policy, Corey Nakatani; Bee Brave, Gary Stevens; Oscar Party, Victor Espinoza; Magnificent Shirl, Martin Pedroza; and also-eligible Birdlover, Elvis Trujillo. Mike Smith3765616%$530,841 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer3996523%$799,552 Drayden Van Dyke574597%$284,886 Corey Nakatani3063420%$293,536 Mark Casse2143319%$287,150last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016

first_imgFernando Perez1321113198%33%$642,344 Jeff Bonde2872425%46%$168,010 Santiago Gonzalez20538292419%44%$1,507,469 John Sadler62118518%39%$507,619 Kristin Mulhall3676219%42%$306,520 FINISH LINES: Congrats to seven-pound apprentice rider Bruno Panicucci on winning his first race at Santa Anita yesterday aboard Icona for trainer Phil D’Amato. “He earned it,” D’Amato said. “He works hard.” Icona won by a length-and-a-half and paid $7.60 as the second choice. Panicucci now has eight career wins, his first four coming in his native France . . . Retired Hall of Fame riding great Laffit Pincay Jr. was a visitor to Clockers’ Corner Friday, looking fit enough to ride again. “I visited my native country of Panama a few times, I’ve also spent some time with my mother, Rosario, who is 93 and in an assisted living facility, and I recently returned from a Jockey and Jeans event in Ft. Lauderdale benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” said Pincay, who turned 69 last Dec. 26 and retired in 2003 . . . Rosie Ybarra celebrates her 64th birthday next Thursday, March 10. “I came to Santa Anita 37 years ago for the Strub Stakes and never left,” said the popular grub and grog hostess at Clockers’ Corner. “I’ve been at Clockers’ Corner now for 20 years.” Tyler Baze19520312810%41%$1,077,416 EFFINEX ARRIVES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMOR SPIRIT DRILLS SATURDAY FOR SAN FELIPE KOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE SAN CARLOSOM IS ON COURSE FOR GRADE I KILROE MILE Martin Garcia94169917%36%$905,399 Rafael Bejarano19342372022%51%$1,898,377 UNUSUAL HEAT: CALIFORNIA’S $50 MILLION MANPerennial California leading sire Unusual Heat has passed the $50 million mark in cumulative progeny earnings, becoming the first sire in the history of California breeding to achieve this while standing his entire career in the Golden State.Unusual Heat has sired 18 crops, and his 16th crop of two year olds will hit race tracks this year. As of Thursday, he boasted $50,158,241 in earnings.It was only fitting that the race putting Unusual Heat over the milestone was the stirring stretch drive victory by his son Boozer in the Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 27.Unusual Heat is the all-time leading sire in California in total progeny earnings, California-bred earnings and career progeny turf earnings. He set the all-time single-season California record for progeny earnings in 2008 with over $5.8 million and was again the California earnings champion for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, becoming the leading sire in California for an unprecedented six consecutive seasons in the modern era.In 2015 Unusual Heat achieved an unmatched ninth consecutive season of over $3 million in progeny earnings and also won his 12th consecutive California-bred North American Turf earnings championship. He has sired one Eclipse Award winner and 15 California champions, including 2015 two-year-old filly champion Pacific Heat.Unusual Heat has also started to make his mark as a broodmare sire, adding eight new stakes winners since 2015, including Grade I winners Masochistic and Spanish Queen.Unusual Heat is 26 years old and currently standing his 19th season at stud in California and his sixth at Harris Farms in Coalinga, CA.For more information about Unusual Heat, contact Harris Auerbach at [email protected] or go to www.unusualheat.com . Mike Smith68761310%38%$944,075 Edwin Maldonado13025111219%37%$849,205 David Lopez1162081617%38%$600,811 (Current Through Thursday, March 3) Brice Blanc464579%35%$451,940 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo17318202210%35%$968,014 Steven Miyadi49911818%57%$304,544 Drayden Van Dyke11213131512%37%$741,724 Mark Glatt6588312%29%$369,025 Hector Palma3053517%43%$134,547 Gary Stevens50106720%46%$1,113,803 William Spawr2975324%52%$187,687 Carla Gaines3762216%27%$453,015 Bob Baffert7917121222%52%$1,263,570 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 OM ‘READY TO ROLL’ IN FRANK E. KILROE MILEMultiple graded stakes winner Om is at the ready for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12.“He just breezed two days ago, so we’re all set in that regard,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “He got his work in and we’ll get a good strong gallop in Wednesday or Thursday. He’s doing good and we’re ready to roll.”Om was third behind Bolo and Obviously in the Grade II Arcadia Mile on grass Feb. 13, but won three of his previous four starts before that.Probable for the Kilroe: Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; De Treville, Bolo, Mike Smith; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Ocho Ocho Ocho, no rider; Om, Gary Stevens; and What a View, Kent Desormeaux. KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR SAN CARLOSKobe’s Back, on the winning track again after wearing blinkers to capture the Palos Verdes Stakes on Feb. 7, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 47.20 for Peter Eurton under regular rider Gary Stevens.Kobe’s Back is headed for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 12. Also working for the San Carlos Friday was Salutos Amigos for trainer David Jacobson. Salutos Amigos was second in the Palos Verdes, beaten only a half-length.Probable for the San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia; Salutos Amigos, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; and 2015 San Carlos winner Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano. Flavien Prat18433262718%47%$1,944,601 Mike Puype58611310%34%$301,130 Philip D’Amato9621161622%55%$1,100,485 Agapito Delgadillo7398612%32%$251,607 Jerry Hollendorfer991591415%38%$981,546 Doug O’Neill13522192116%46%$1,130,473 J. Keith Desormeaux3565817%54%$241,069 Peter Miller971191211%33%$476,435 EASTERN INVADER EFFINEX SETTLES IN FOR BIG ‘CAPEffinex, the probable favorite for the 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa AnitaHandicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino a week from Saturday, March 12, arrived safely from Florida early Thursday evening and was bedded down in trainer Eoin Harty’s barn to prepare for the prestigious mile-and-a-quarter classic.“We left Palm Meadows at 6:30 a.m. our time (Eastern Standard Time) and got in the barn about 6:30 (Pacific Time),” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, who trains Effinex.“It made for a long day for him but he ate up everything last night and looks good. I had him walking this morning and bouncing around, so he shipped good.”Sweezey, who recently turned 30, is a native of Lexington, Ky. He worked with Harty until parting company two years ago at Del Mar and has been with Jerkens for 18 months. Prior to that, he was with Christophe Clement for a bit, then came to Southern California where he was with Harty for three years.“The horse hasn’t run since November 27 (when he won the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs),” Sweezey said. “Initially, we were going to give him a break after that. Then the World Cup was considered but we felt he wouldn’t be ready to go all the way to Dubai (for the March 26 race), so we decided the Santa Anita Handicap was the next-best option.”Effinex, a five-year-old full horse by Mineshaft bred in New York by Dr. Russell S. Cohen, a veterinarian, is owned by the Tri-Bone Stables. The horse has won seven of 20 starts and earned $2,112,950.“Effinex will breeze here for sure, but rain is supposed to come the next couple days, so it puts us in a predicament,” Sweezey said. “We gave him a little breeze Wednesday before we left Palm Meadows–I’m not sure it even went down as a breeze–but he blew out a little bit.“He jogged today, will gallop tomorrow, breeze in the next couple of days and then go straight into the race. Maybe Jimmy will be here for the race. I’m not sure. We’ve got a bunch of good young horses in Florida one of which might run there the same day Effinex runs here, so Jimmy will have to make a decision if he’s going to come out or not.”Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap: Donworth, Mario Gutierrez; Effinex, Mike Smith; General A Rod, Rafael Bejarano; Hard Aces, no rider; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez; and Melatonin, no rider.In other Big ‘Cap news:According to Santa Anita’s work tab, Donworth worked four furlongs Friday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 48 seconds flat under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Trainer Doug O’Neill, however, had the son of Tiznow going a mile in 1:45, the last eighth of a mile in 11:60.“He went super,” O’Neill said. “All systems are go.”Trainer Phil D’Amato said turf marathon specialist Big John B would pass the race in favor of the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on grass Sunday, March 13.Havana Belle, a four-year-old filly that won the $75,000 Astra Stakes at a mile and a half on grass Jan. 17, also is ticketed for the San Luis Rey for D’Amato. Brice Blanc, who was aboard the Irish-bred filly in the 2 ¼-length Astra upset at 10-1, retains the mount.Bob Baffert said Cat Burglar, who also is nominated to the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs March 12, would not run in the Handicap.Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces is scheduled to work tomorrow for John Sadler at 6:45 or 7:45 a.m.Team Hollendorfer also is likely to have a starter, although Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said they were waiting on “the weights and the weather” before rendering a final decision. Hollendorfer has three horses nominated: Cyrus Alexander, Point Piper and Southern Freedom.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time will be 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.MOR SPIRIT HEADS SAN FELIPE WORKERS TOMORROWMor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s primary Triple Crown contender, is scheduled to work Saturday at a time and distance the trainer did not reveal for the San Felipe Stakes on March 12.Baffert said Martin Garcia would be aboard for the workout.Also scheduled to breeze Saturday for the Grade II San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles are undefeated California-bred Smokey Image for Carla Gaines, Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino, five furlongs at 6:45 under regular rider Fernando Perez for trainer Gary Sherlock, and Danzing Candy for trainer Cliff Sise Jr.Probable for the San Felipe: Danzing Candy, Exaggerator, Mor Spirit, Smokey Image and Uncle Lino. Steve Knapp2751319%33%$153,830 Vladimir Cerin3393527%52%$307,630 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas8014121018%45%$980,394 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 Peter Eurton6912161117%57%$743,317 Mario Gutierrez14619252113%45%$1,135,369 Clifford Sise, Jr.1854128%56%$196,540 Victor Espinoza6189613%38%$681,135 Patrick Gallagher2863521%50%$468,023 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Abel Lezcano5462411%22%$254,764 George Papaprodromou3973618%41%$213,890 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux8412211614%58%$1,024,990 -30-last_img read more

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Behind-the-scenes decisions come into focus for Giants as season winds down

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — At the end of a 98-loss season in 2017, Giants executive Brian Sabean explained that the organization was not going to begin analyzing the team’s most significant issues.Sabean said the “autopsy” performed by the Giants’ front office was executed months earlier, when the front office understood the season was destined to be a massive failure.As the 2019 season winds down, first-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is in a similar situation. Zaidi spent most of …last_img read more

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Cathay signals move to 10-abreast Boeing 777s

first_imgHONG Kong’s Cathay Pacific has indicated it will move to more cramped 10-abreast economy seating in its Boeing 777s, joining a growing trend among operators of one of the world’s most popular airliners.Cathay chief executive Ivan Chu revealed the intention to move from the current nine- abreast economy configuration in an interview with the The South China Morning Post.“If you look at the Boeing 777s, which everybody uses from the Gulf to the US to European carriers and ourselves, the standard is 3-4-3. I think we are moving towards that stage, it’s very clear.” Chu told the paper.Chu promised to maintain the airline’s 32-inch (81.3cm) seat pitch but the width of seats would reduce by up to 1.5 inches (3.8cm) if Cathay follows the lead of other airlines that have adopted the configuration. Cathay offers a generous 18.5-inch wide seat on its nine-abreast B777-300ERs but only 17.5 inches on its regional 777-200s, according to SeatGuru.The airline’s cabin crew union warned the changes would be bad for passengers but Chu said scarce landing and take-off slots in Hong Kong meant the move was necessary.The move is expected to add  up to 35 more economy seats on regional aircraft and at least 17 more on long-haul flights. The Post calculated this would add nearly 1.1 million extra seats per year to the 70 Boeings in the Cathay fleet and amount to 4 per cent seats a year.“We want to generate more seats per slot, that’s the key thing,’’  Chu said. “That’s why we are doing it. It’s very important we do it.’’The decision comes as airline yields, a measure of average fares, are falling globally and airline executives say passenger choices are increasingly being made on price.The International Air Transport Association said recently the average global yield to June  had continued to trend downwards in US dollar terms.“However, adjusting for distortions associated with movements in the US dollar shows that downward pressure on underlying (is constant exchange rate) yields has actually intensified over the past six months or so,’’ the association said, noting this was tied to a moderation in demand.The 10-abreast 777 economy configuration,, although disliked by passengers, has become more common among operators of the aircraft.Airlines which have already moved to the seating include Air Canada, Emirates, Etihad, Air New Zealand, KLM and American Airlines.Airlines which still operate nine-abreast economy seating include Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, British Airways and Delta Air Lines.last_img read more

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SA revenue ‘has recovered from 2008’

first_img22 October 2013 Despite concerns over lagging company income tax, South Africa’s tax revenue has recovered since the 2008-09 global financial crisis, growing at 6.8% between 2008/9 and 2012/13, according to the South African Revenue Service’s (Sars’) head of revenue analysis, Randall Carolissen. Speaking during the release of Sars’ annual tax statistics in Parliament in Cape Town on Monday, Carolissen said all the country’s tax types – with the exception of company income tax – had rebounded strongly since the 2009 recession. Though the country’s tax income performance still fell short of the pre-crisis period between 2004/5 and 2007/8, when tax revenue grew by 17.3%, the decline during the recession – a 4.2% contraction in 2009/10 over 2008-09 – was not as dramatic as that of over developing economies, Carolissen said. For the 2012/13 fiscal year, tax revenue collected amounted to R813.8-billion, up R71.2-billion or 9.6% over the previous tax year. However, while personal income tax and VAT contributions had recovered relatively well since 2008, company income tax (CIT) collections had not yet recovered to pre-crisis levels, due to the contraction in the contribution by the mining sector. While only 55% of CIT assessments have so far been carried out, projections show that R160.9-billion will be collected for 2012/13, below the R167.2-billion which was collected in 2008/9. CIT contributions increased steadily between 1994/5 and 2008/9, making up 26.7% of tax revenue in 2008/9, but have since fallen to an expected 19.8% of tax contributions in 2012/13. Carolissen said CIT contributions from both the manufacturing and mining sectors had declined after the recession because of increased labour costs, higher administrative inflation and production hours lost to labour unrest. At the same time, he noted that Sars had in recent years instituted a number of innovations that had helped to limit compliance lapse, including the introduction of the 80% rule, which requires provisional taxpayers with taxable income of more than R1-million to settle at least 80% of their tax liability by the time they make their second provisional payment. “This amendment to the Act ensured that CIT collections are accounted for in the correct reporting period,” Carolissen said, adding that the policy change had helped improve CIT collections in 2009/10, so cushioning the effect of the recession. The latest tax statistics also reveal that: The number of registered taxpayers grew by 32.5% over 2011/12 to 15.4-million individuals in the 2012/13 tax year, following the requirement in 2010 that all employed people have to be on Sars’ tax register regardless of whether they are liable for income tax or not.Over 5.8-million individual taxpayers were liable to submit tax returns in 2012/13.South Africa’s tax-to-GDP ratio increased marginally from 25% in 2011/12 to 25.3% in 2012/13. This is comparable to a number of countries, include Australia, Japan, Turkey, the US, Switzerland and Korea.A total of R45.3-billion in tax relief was granted to individuals between 2008/9 and 2012/13.The value of tax payments made at branches fell from 21.8% in 2008/9 to 1.8% in 2012/13, with 64.8% of payments in the last financial year done through Sars’ online e-filing system. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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How to Utilize Dynamic Tracking Shots

first_imgDynamic tracking shots can add excitement and tension to your video and film productions. Let’s take a look at a few ways to use them.Top image from Warner Bros.Eventually, every videographer and filmmaker will utilize a tracking shot. They are key components to visual storytelling and structure. But sometimes you may want to jazz things up and break away from the traditional tracking shot. Instead, you want something dynamic. But how do you pull that off? Well, we’re going to look at how to do just that.Tracking shots can be of varying degrees, from complex to simple. But getting a dynamic tracking shot is more about what you are doing within the frame and where that frame is moving. Let’s look at the the basic techniques of a tracking shot and some examples of how to make tracking shots dynamic.What Is a Tracking Shot?The term tracking shot came from the literal use of a camera on a dolly track. Over time, the term has come to be known as the technique of tracking a subject. While there is debate on what a tracking shot is, we’ll be talking specifically about tracking subjects within the environment.Video from or kazaTracking shots today are done with a wide variety of solutions. Beyond dolly tracks, videographers and filmmakers alike are using Steadicams and 3-axis gimbals. Some are even using drones to capture a hard-to-get tracking shot. However you do it, the goal is still the same: to track a subject within the given environment, which in turn immerses the audience into the scene and space.Use Tracking Shots for EmphasisTraditional tracking shots are done using a dolly or slider, which is how they got their nickname… “dolly shots.” But just like every other tracking shot, the point of the using it is to bring something to the visual narrative. There needs to be purpose of the tracking shot.Video from MovieclipsIn the Jaws clip above, Steven Spielberg used a traditional tracking or dolly shot, but then added a zoom effect to really put an emphasis on the emotion of the scene for Chief Brody. This took a simple tracking shot and then flipped it on itself and made it completely dynamic.Using Tracking Shots to Convey SpaceMany times as videographers and filmmakers, we want or need to convey space to our audience. Sometime a scene will occur where there isn’t really any pertinent information being divulged by the main characters, but we still want to the audience to be able to explore the space. One of the best ways to do this is capturing a tracking shot with a Steadicam or 3-axis gimbal. Here is a great example of just that in Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil.Video from pocodecineThe Shining is another example of using the tracking shot to convey space. In this scene, Kubrick used the tracking shot to follow young Danny as he rode around the hotel. As an audience we get a sense of the space… and by the time he meets the twins in the hallway, we have a feeling of dread. It feels as if Danny is to far away from his parents and any place safe.Video from lera mulinaConnecting Characters With Tracking ShotsAnother great way to use tracking shots is to connect two characters together. In the following clip from Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino starts things off by following the Bride into the bathroom before following some secondary characters out of the bathroom and back into the main area of the restaurant. It is here that we see Sofie and follow her back to the bathroom where the Bride is waiting.Video from zombriz-tvYou can also use the tracking shot to connect the characters to the dangers around them, as Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki did for Children of Men. In the car scene, we see the main characters bantering between each other before suddenly falling under attack. By staying in the car, but tracking the characters both outside and inside the car, we bring the audience closer to the action.Video from Single Shot Film FestivalTotal Immersion in One Long Tracking ShotThe last dynamic way to use a tracking shot that we’ll discuss is the use of long shots in order to immerse the audience. The best immersive tracking shot in film history has to be Russian Ark. This is a feature length film from Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, who successfully filmed the entire narrative in one single take using nothing but tracking shots to move from space to space.Video from ucofilmsocietyWhat are your thoughts on the tracking shot? Do you employ it on your video or film shoots? How do you make your shots dynamic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

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Indonesia triumph special because it’s my first Super Series win in 2 years: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth became the first men’s player to win the Indonesia Super Series Premier title for India on Sunday when he beat Japanese Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19 in the summit clash.With the win, Srikanth clinched his third Super Series title after he had notched up victories at the 2014 China Open and the 2015 India Open.Srikanth displayed clever net play and usage of court in order to create attacking opportunities for himself that allowed him to express himself and play his natural game against Sakai.This was Srikanth’s second consecutive Super Series final, after he reached the summit clash at Singapore Open where he lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth.Srikanth’s next assignment is the Australian Open Super Series, which will be held from June 20-25. Along with him, other men’s singles competitors from India will be B Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy. Ashwini Ponappa and Satwaiksairaj Rankireddy will be participating in the mixed doubles category while Ashwini will partner N Sikki Reddy in the women’s doubles category. The men’s doubles would be contested by Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy while Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will represent in the women’s singles. Srikanth posted a picture of his flight ticket on Instragram while HS Prannoy tweeted a picture along with a few teammates after reaching Sydney.In an exclusive interview with IndiaToday.in, Srikanth spoke about how much the win meant to him and how he conquered the title.Excerpts:Abreshmina S Quadri: You’re the first male Indian to win the Indonesia Super Series Premier title. How is it sinking in?advertisementKidambi Srikanth: I am very happy to do so and this title is also special for me because I won a Super Series after 2 years, that last title coming in 2015 at home in India Open.Abreshmina: What was your strategy against Sakai, especially when he took the lead in the second set?Srikanth: The conditions were very tricky here so it took a little time for me to adjust to that. In the crucial points, I tried to play a little aggressive and it worked for me.Abreshmina: What did you improve in your game from the Singapore Open where you finished runners-up?Srikanth: We train everyday for improvements and even now when I will go back, I’ll train to further improve my game. There’s nothing specific as of now that I’m working on, it’s like I want to improve every aspect of my game.Abreshmina: How has coach Mulyo Handoyo helped your game?Srikanth: His training program is different from what we used to do before and I feel this new setup is working fine for me.Abreshmina: What is the difference in the training program that Handoyo has implemented?Srikanth: The sessions have become longer and we are playing on court for longer periods of time compared to the amount of time we used to spend earlier.Abreshmina: Your celebration was extremely vibrant. Considering your return from the injury, how much does this title mean to you?Srikanth: As I told you, this title is very special to me because it has come after a long hiatus.Abreshmina: Any word on the changing scenario of badminton setup in India with the new president, Himanta Biswa Sarma, at the helm?Srikanth: The new president wants to develop badminton in the country and he is actually taking inputs from all the players. So I feel and wish that things only gets better from here.Abreshmina: Lastly, your thoughts on the growth of badminton in the country.Srikanth: It’s great to see so many players perform well on the global stage. That’s how the local standard also improves. I feel this is just the beginning and there much more to come.Hellooooo Sydney!! New city , new tournament. #letsgo #australiaopen superseries #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JySEWU4w3Z- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 19, 2017last_img read more

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9 months agoEx-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward together

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he’s joined AS Monaco to help the club’s young players.Cesc is in line to make his debut tonight against Marseille.He said, “It’s a great pleasure to join the Monaco, it’s a new project for me with a team of young players and a new coach, there was a lot of discussion, obviously I spoke with Thierry Henry, he really wanted me to come and make a difference, now I’m here and we’ll take this challenge together.”I think my experience can help the young players to grow and progress to the highest level, I am a patient player with them because I was in their place. “This group has a huge potential, so I can help them and if we can win something together even this year, it would be perfect, I am now part of the team and I cannot wait to start. We’re currently in a delicate situation, but we all want to improve, we’ll do everything to change things quickly.” last_img read more

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