SDLP nominate assembly election candidates as Ramsay reflects on 30 year career

first_img Google+ SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Minister Mark H Durkan and Cllr Gerard Diver have been endorsed at a selection convention to stand for Foyle in the upcoming Assembly elections.Mark H Durkan and Colm Eastwood are already in the assembly, and they’ll be joined next month by Gerard Diver, who will be coopted into the assembly to replace Pat Ramsey who steps down from the end of next week for medical reasons.Pat Ramsay says it was a strange experience being at a convention at which his name was not going forward……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp By admin – December 23, 2015 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also SDLP nominate assembly election candidates as Ramsay reflects on 30 year career Facebook 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Twittercenter_img Google+ Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Previous articleSt Eunan’s Kilcar U21 Final PostponedNext articleSubmerged boat ‘Rival’ to be removed from Ramelton admin Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

In ‘Fingersmith,’ lead role for lighting

first_imgIt’s an oft-overlooked part of the theater experience, but without it, the audience would be stuck in the dark.As the lighting designer on the American Repertory Theater’s “Fingersmith,” a Victorian England-set thriller full of twists and turns, Jen Schriever knows her craft doesn’t captivate like a scene-stealing dance number or a mesmerizing monologue, but she’s obsessed with it nonetheless.One of lighting’s key roles “is to transport us moment to moment,” said Schriever, taking a break from one her final technical rehearsals at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center.For “Fingersmith,” on the Loeb’s main stage, her lighting is in overdrive. With only one main set to work with, Schriever and the design team had to get creative, using lighting not just to convey feeling and mood, but also to quickly and frequently shift locations — from a series of rooms in a London slum to the expansive hallways and library of a vast countryside estate to a garden, a graveyard, even a gallows.“This is one prime example of why lighting is so important,” said Schriever, adding that the lighting-enhanced scene changes take the actors and the audience to close to “20 different locations” during the show’s 2½-hour run time.Video projections feature prominently in the set design of “Fingersmith,” which is based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel. Onstage a scrim fills with the image of a full moon or the dark silhouettes of gravestones. Schriever worked closely with projection designer Shawn Sagady to use lighting to help amplify the images, their sense of scale, and their ability to convey movement from one location to the next. Playwright stirs conversation with provocative show on U.S. education Related Smith gives voice to broken promise “It’s just important that the image being projected is integrated with the set … it’s beautiful when it fits together.”Highlighting those evocative projections sometimes calls for as little light as possible. During a number of violent scenes involving a small curtain and a macabre magic trick, Schriever’s job was to “artfully get out of the way.” Certain visual tricks work best in the dark, she said.At other times her role is to use lighting as a sleight of hand or a focal point, distracting the audience during a scene change, or making sure they see exactly what is unfolding on stage.For Schriever the week of previews was all about perfecting transitions in the show — ensuring that the lighting synchs with the music, the quick costume changes, and the movement of actors to help create a seamless production. It’s a largely computerized process, one she refers to as a “complicated, integrated, fully disciplined ballet.”Help has come from a talented group of collaborators eager to offer up suggestions and listen to hers, including the show’s director, Bill Rauch ’84, who also helmed the A.R.T.’s “All the Way,” a drama based on Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, in 2013.“I think it makes a tighter and better production when the director is involved and interested and curious about lighting,” said Schriever.The designer has also found inspiration in the evocative source material.“I had visuals in my head from the book. I thought ‘I know what this looks like’ because I imagined it from the adjectives and descriptions [Waters] used … it was fun to bring that image to life.”“Fingersmith” is at the A.R.T. through Jan. 8.last_img read more

Steelers lose home field advantage

first_imgCoach Mike Tomlin showed absolutely no confidence in his backup quarterbacks, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon, as he started a severely injured Ben Roethlisberger and played him the entire game despite him being terribly ineffective, which led to an embarrassing 20-3 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. SACKED—Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith during the fourth quarter in San Francisco, Dec. 19. Smith had 2-1/2 sacks for San Francisco’s stingy defense. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Three interceptions and one lost ball led to 20 unanswered points by the 49ers that pushed the Steelers out of the driver’s seat into the back seat of the AFC race.After the San Diego Chargers slaughtered the Baltimore Ravens 34-14, Steelers’ victories over the 49ers, the St. Louis Rams (2-12) and the Cleveland Browns (4-10) would have given them home field throughout the playoffs. But instead of going with one of his backup quarterbacks, Tomlin stayed with the banged up Roethlisberger, who could barely walk, let alone play the quarterback position. He couldn’t plant his feet because of the pain which caused inaccurate throws leading to three interceptions, and his inability to move in the or out of the pocket, led to a fumble. In essence, he made good defensive players look like Hall of Famers. Just about every turnover led to San Francisco scores.San Francisco also became the first team in NFL history to hold an opponent without a rushing touchdown through each of the first 14 games. The 49ers also have gone 36 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Rashard Mendenhall had 15 carries for 64 yards.“It’s very frustrating to feel like you let down your team and your fans and your coaches. It’s tough,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not going to make excuses. I played a bad football game, I turned the ball over and that one’s on me.”Once again the defense played outstanding ball but without James Harrison, and LaMarr Woodley for most of the game, but with the offense showing absolutely no life, they could not pull off the victory.Even the announcers in the booth wondered why Roethlisberger played the entire second half despite being totally ineffective, and the game being out of reach late in the fourth quarter.If the Steelers are going to be a factor in the playoffs, Tomlin needs to make some tough decisions. The first is to bench Roethlisberger so he can be healthy for the playoffs. Batch and Dixon showed last season that they can do the job if given the chance. Now it’s time to give the ball to one of them dropping Ben down to third string for the final two regular season games. Why even suit him up.The Steelers, Ravens and Houston Texans losses put the New England Patriots in first place. Their final two games should be easy wins, against the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens have a tougher schedule against the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. But they would have to lose both games for the Steelers to have a chance of winning the AFC North title.“I think we need to acknowledge that was 49er football tonight,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.“We played the game on their terms. They created turnovers, they got turnovers, they got us with a few concept plays, they controlled the ball offensively. We had an opportunity and we didn’t seize it. We’ll evaluate this performance and make the necessary corrections. We’d better make them quickly and be prepared to move on here when we get back into Pittsburgh.”“He (Roethlisberger) was healthy enough to play,” Tomlin added.“We always like what Ben provides us, not only from his quality of play, but his leadership. This guy is a tremendous competitor. We appreciate his efforts, obviously we fell short tonight.”last_img read more

Ravens RB Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL

first_imgBaltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, hands off to running back Ray Rice during a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote:  “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing.Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.“You knew something was going to happen,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”Coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s part of the process. There are consequences when you make a mistake; we’ll move forward.”Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning test.___AP NFL website: and read more