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January 20, 2020
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Edwards, Griffith join Jamaica Scorpions

first_imgBarbadian opener Kirk Edwards and his young Guyanese counterpart, Trevon Griffith, are both in the country and will meet up with their Jamaica Scorpion teammates today, ahead of the team’s sixth and final West Indies Professional Cricket League trial match at Sabina Park. The duo, who are at different ends of the spectrum of the West Indies Professional League in terms of experience, were drafted by Jamaica as their two compulsory overseas-based professionals for the championship. The 30-year-old Edwards, who has represented the West Indies in 17 Tests and has an average of 31.80, including two centuries and eight fifties, was excluded from the list of 15 players contracted by Barbados Pride. He was the Scorpion’s first overseas pick during the draft held before the summer, and was followed by Griffith, who failed to make the roster of title-holders Guyana Jaguars. The 24-year-old Griffith, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, has so far made seven regional first-class appearances, managing one fifty for an average of 13.66. The two will be hoping to impress the national selectors for a starting spot in the Jamaica franchise team, which last season chopped and changed openers to little effect. Jamaica, former recent five-time back-to-back champions, finished fourth in the six-team tournament last season. Meanwhile, Edwards and Griffith could be joined by West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and former national leg-spinner Akeem Dewar for tomorrow’s final trial match. Walton, Jamaica’s most prolific batsman towards the end of last season, and Dewar missed the earlier trial matches due to their studies at the University of The West Indies. They are both hoping to represent Jamaica as pay-per-play players.last_img read more

January 14, 2020
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Gender Ministry Launches 16 Days of Activism Today

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell is expected today to launch the 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), as part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.The 16 Days of Activism will be commemorated under a national theme: “For the Health of Women and the Nation; Take Action to End Ebola and Violence Against Women.”The 16 Days of Activism is done every year, and the campaign provides a rallying point for the government, NGOs, CBOs and other stakeholders across the country to mount events aimed at raising awareness, influencing behavior change and securing high level political commitment to end gender violence.It is expected to climax on December 10th, which will be Human Rights Day. This date has been chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights.This year’s campaign will focus on the intersection between violence against women and health, using a collective voice as network members working together on the elimination of gender-based violence. This year marks the 13th commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence campaign in Liberia. The celebration began in Liberia in 2001 under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender and Development and has been commemorated with series of activities throughout the counties.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said, “Women and girls experience violence in all counties and neighborhoods, but these crimes often remain unreported and hidden. We must end the silence.”Therefore, this year’s 16-Day Campaign in Liberia is a call to action to prevent violence against women.The Gender Ministry said violence against women has been a silent epidemic for a very long time, however, campaigns to end violence against women and its effect on the Health and wellbeing of women, families and the Nation have increased.“These campaigns emphasize that women’s rights are human rights and acknowledge the role of patriarchal systems that embody harmful traditions and legal policies that normalize violence against women, and deny women their right to a life of dignity.”The activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6          Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Marriott brands first-ever golf carts at LGC

first_imgThe Guyana Marriott announced its partnership with the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) as they displayed the first-ever golf carts available for use at the Club.LGC President Aleem Hussain, PRO Guy Griffith, Assistant Captain Dr Joaan Deo, Marriott General Manager Eduardo Reple and Marriott Sales Director Sandra BernalThis was done through a partnership agreement with LGC President Aleem Hussain; Marriott’s General Manager, Eduardo Reple and Director of Sales, Sandra Bernal. The carts will carry the Marriott Bon Voy branding.“Marriott has over 120 million reward guests in their Bon Voy programme and this partnership with Aleem and the LGC allows our guests to take advantage of quality both on and off property,” said Reple. “Marriott has always been associated with the development of sports in every country we are located and offer the best experience for our guests.”According to Bernal, “Additionally, the Guyana Marriott will host its first-ever Customer Appreciation awards at the LGC on November 3 with a fun day and golf tournament, which will allow all their guests, clients, and staff to play along with the local golfers. The tournament was the brainchild of our General Manager, who is himself an avid golfer and has seen the value of associating the Marriott brand with golf in Guyana.”Present at the handing-over ceremony at the Marriott were Assistant Captain, Dr Joaan Deo and Club Public Relations Officer (PRO)/Assistant Secretary Bishop Guy Griffith, along with several members of the Marriott management team and hotel guests. Interest was extremely high as many of the guests present were both happy and astonished to hear that Guyana has a golf course and several immediately booked appointments to visit the club.The sport has gained considerable attention in the past few years and continues to dominate the sports landscape as more and more ex-pats and tourists enter Guyana.“We have projected that more than 400 golfers will be in Guyana over the next few years and are determined to be prepared for this eventuality,” said LGC President Hussain.“With American Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Jet Blue, Copa, Caribbean, Liat, and several others scheduled to fly into the country in the coming year, it is anticipated that Guyana will be host to more than 500,000 visitors annually, and golf is a key sport for those who are coming and we will be ready.”The Marriott Bon Voy branded carts will be available for rental on a daily basis at the golf course, which is in magnificent condition in preparation for the Guyana Open scheduled for October 26-27.In the near future, guests at the Marriott will be able to practise their putting as the agreement between the two entities extends to having a permanent presence at the hotel for guests to enjoy on a daily basis.For more information on how you may benefit from the partnership, simply stop by the Marriott or sign up online for its Bon Voy rewards programme.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Six Hart ROP students’ work honored

first_imgBronze medalists included Samantha Turner, Saugus; Rachel Davis, West Ranch; Stephen Stickles, Hart; Alyssa Kessler, Golden Valley; Clark Harney, Hart; and Sabina Couturier, Canyon. The 18 medalists were selected from a record field of 78 students nominated by their ROP teachers. Winners were selected on the basis of teacher recommendation, a completed job application and personal interviews before a panel of business and community leaders. Gold medal winners were interviewed by a second panel to select the ROP Outstanding Student of the Year. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Six “shining stars” from the Hart School District’s Regional Occupational Program will represent the local program in Olympic Chapter competition after their selection as gold medal winners in the local ROP competition for career students. In addition, Wesley Ellsworth from the Hotel Operations class was named Hart ROP Outstanding Student of the Year at the recent ROP Awards Banquet and Advisory Committee dinner. Eighteen outstanding ROP students received awards at the event, earning gold, silver or bronze medals in six occupational categories. Top winner of the evening was Wesley Ellsworth, a senior at Opportunities for Learning, a private charter school that operates under the Hart District umbrella. He was nominated by John Moskal, teacher of the Hotel and Restaurant Occupations course, for his academic achievements in class, high test scores and outstanding business ethics. Ellsworth selected BJs Restaurant for his on-the-job training site and was the first student in the class to be hired by the restaurant. Gold medalist Breck Csicsai from Valencia High School was nominated by her instructor at Newberry School of Beauty, which partners with the Hart District to offer the ROP Cosmetology class. “She will be a welcome and productive addition to the industry, and we are very proud of Breck’s accomplishments,” her nomination form reads. Senior Johnathan Ellis from Saugus High School was nominated by Kelly Chulick, who teaches the Fire Fighting Technology class. “He is always top in his class with the class work and physical training,” Chulick said of the award winner. Ellis also was lauded for his leadership qualities, helpful manner and punctuality. Kira James, a junior at Saugus High School, earned her nomination from the Animal Care and Services class. “She joined ROP to learn more about animals because she wants to eventually work in research or laboratories developing the pharmaceuticals,” said instructor Debbie Pepe. James has a full school schedule, including enrollment in Advanced Placement classes, and was one of the first students in the ROP class to start her on-the-job training. Saugus High School senior Jessica Mastrobuono was nominated by Chris Faldmo, her teacher in the ROP Physical Therapy class. “She performed well all semester long and was the top student, achieving over 100 percent with bonus work and extra credit,” Faldmo explained. “She was even kind enough to give a thank-you card to say thanks for the class. How many students ever do that?” Daniel Smith, a senior at Valencia High School, was nominated for his gold medal through the ROP Automotive Technology class. His teacher, Chris Houser, cites his work ethic and his willingness to ask the important questions. Smith uses his skills to help other students, stepping beyond the role of student and becoming the teacher on occasion. Silver medals at the banquet were presented to Jacqueline Santillan, West Ranch High School; Nicole Hannasch, Canyon High; Anthony Pietro Sozio, Canyon; Sarah Grate, Saugus; Sarah Lawrence, Hart; and Kay-La Thornton, Saugus. last_img read more

January 3, 2020
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BOOM! Benteke scores stunning volley on Liverpool debut

first_img1 Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool had many Reds fans balking at the £32.5million fee it took to pry the striker away from Aston Villa, but it may have taken just one game for the Belgian to win over the Anfield faithful.Liverpool have struggled for goals since the exit of Luis Suarez, scoring half as many goals last season as they managed with the prolific Uruguayan spearheading their strikeforce.But their striker woes may be at an end this year, if this booming strike from Benteke shows just a snippet of what is to come from the 24-year-old.He made his Reds debut in a pre-season friendly with Swindon Town on Sunday and marked his first appearance with a goal to remember, with the travelling Liverpool fans given a perfect view from behind the goal.Check out Benteke’s wonderful volley in the clip below! Liverpool striker Christian Benteke last_img read more

December 29, 2019
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Evacuation drill in San Pedro

first_imgWhat if 17,300 gallons of dichloromethane began to leak from a rail car at the Port of Los Angeles? That was the scenario Monday for a mock hazardous-materials release that called for the evacuation of more than 1,100 people in San Pedro. The Los Angeles Fire Department along with Port Police executed the large-scale effort to analyze and control a poisonous contamination situation. Dichloromethane, commonly used as a paint stripper, can cause lung irritation, carbon monoxide poisoning and chemical burns to the skin. Other agencies, such as the U.S. Coast Guard and Animal Services, were on hand to observe the exercise from a command center. “One of my biggest concerns is the potential for a disaster at the Port of Los Angeles,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “With 43 percent of all goods entering here, it’s one of the nation’s most vulnerable entryways for accidental disaster or purposeful terrorist attacks. “The chances are very good that one of these occurrences will happen here and that city employees, workers, residents and tourists will all have to be evacuated.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWorkers at San Pedro City Hall and the Port of Los Angeles Administrative Building were directed to leave their offices about 11 a.m. in what was described as the largest evacuation drill in the city of Los Angeles’ history. Some used the opportunity to take an extra long lunch, while others boarded buses headed to Ports O’ Call for a free meal provided to all evacuees. “Hey, it’s not raining, and we get a free lunch,” said evacuee Daniel Samaro, an engineering associate for the port. “It’s a sweet deal.” Fire and police officials chose a hazardous materials drill at the port so they can be prepared for an accidental leak or a terrorist attack. “The value of this exercise is to have all the emergency agencies work together in a real-life setting,” Fire Chief Douglas Berry said. “The inclusion of an evacuation component also played an important role in educating emergency personnel and the community.” The exercise took less than three hours. A real hazardous materials operation takes an average of four to six hours, fire Capt. Armando Hogan said. last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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COUNCIL INVITES SUBMISSIONS ON PEACE IV ACTION PLAN

first_imgPeople in Donegal are being asked for their views that will inform both the development and roll out of the Peace IV Action Plan within the County.The overall priority of the Peace IV Programme is to promote social and economic stability by actions that promote cohesion between communities in Northern Ireland and the Border Region.Building on the successes of the previous Peace Programmes, Peace IV will tackle the remaining challenges that exist in building positive relationships and developing shared spaces by tackling real and complex issues, such as racism and sectarianism. The Peace IV Programme will be delivered through a partnership arrangement operating at local level under the auspices of the Local Community Development Committee.There will be a strong emphasis on promoting cross community relations and understanding with a focus on Children & Young People, Shared Spaces & Services and Building Positive Relations. In this regard there is a requirement to prepare a County Action Plan that will address the relevant issues in County Donegal in preventing the benefits of a united and shared community from being realised. This will provide the basis upon which funding will be secured for actions under the PEACE IV Programme.Paddy Doherty, Partnership Secretary welcomed the start of the consultation.“This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on how the PEACE IV Action Plan should be developed, and how the funding should be spent over the next four years. The previous Peace Programmes assisted projects throughout Donegal and all communities benefited considerably from the funding available”. “Peace IV has the potential to build upon this achievement, particularly if its priorities and actions are fully informed by public consultation. That is why it is vital that everyone with an opinion should participate in the consultation”.Donegal County Council will carry out the public consultation, on behalf of the PEACE IV Partnership week beginning 27th June 2016. Everyone with an interest in the new programme is being encouraged to participate and make their views known.Anyone interested in attending these workshops should register with Anne McElchar at 074 91 72 232 or amcelchar@donegalcoco.ieIndividual submissions are also invited through the following link:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B2P99NFCOUNCIL INVITES SUBMISSIONS ON PEACE IV ACTION PLAN was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Donegal County CouncilPeace Planlast_img read more

December 19, 2019
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Science Done by Humans Is Mushy

first_imgDiscoveries in science must be mediated by flawed agents: human beings.  Though the most hardened scientific realists maintain strong beliefs in external reality, the perceived reality is mediated by senses, then interpreted by minds that are not omniscient.  Those are some of the reasons that science keeps changing, as illustrated by some recent examples:Endangered what?  Scientists can have profound economic impacts on people when they help government agencies decide that certain species are endangered and need protection.  PhysOrg told about species of coral that might be designated for protection.  Then it asked, “But are all the ‘species’ on this list really species?”  It turns out that classifying corals, and deciding which kinds interbreed, is not always so clear.  “Surprisingly, researchers found that colony shape, color, and growth form can vary wildly, and may be misleading as to their species identity.”Nova novelty:  Some novae (exploding stars) can be witnessed by the naked eye.  Astronomers thought they had them pretty well figured out, but now a new instrument on a satellite is revealing flickers, pauses and flares not predicted by theory, reported PhysOrg.  One phenomenon called a pre-maximum halt was confirmed by the new observations.  “The reality of this halt as found in all three of the fast-declining novae observed is a challenge to detailed models of the nova outburst,” an astronomer said.Perfuming the myth:  For over a half century, we’ve been told that, like insects, humans give off faint odors called pheromones that induce responses like sexual attraction.  Problem is, it’s a myth, says Richard Doty (Penn State School of Medicine).  PhysOrg told about his research that culminated in a book, The Great Pheromone Myth.  Mammals don’t have them, he claims – which has “reignited the debate over the science of these supposed smells.”  But that’s not the only problem: “Even the definition of the word is controversial.”Climate science clashes with politics:  Reporters have descended upon Cancun, Mexico, at the intersection of cloudy science and nationalism.  Live Science said that the climate talks hit snags early on.  The tenor of the talks seems far less confident about the science than before the Climategate scandal hit last year.  Nature News agreed that it is a climate of confusion.  This may be one of the best examples in recent times of a clash between scientists and politicians over how much confidence can be put in human-mediated conclusions about external reality, when the economic stakes are potentially crippling either way – whether the scientific consensus is right and nothing is done, or the consensus is wrong and too much is done.  The world awaits the outcome of decisions by fallible people.When blogger Richard Thaler at The Edge invited fellow scientists to respond to his latest edgy question, “The flat earth and geocentric world are examples of wrong scientific beliefs that were held for long periods.  Can you name your favorite example and for extra credit why it was believed to be true?” he got quite a reaction.  According to Live Science, he got some fascinating responses.  65 notable names in science responded with their favorite examples.    Our headline reads, “Science done by humans is mushy.”  Who else is going to do science?  What does that imply?Isn’t it pretentious that several of the evolutionists in the responses picked on creation and intelligent design as examples of debunked science?  What they should have done is recognize that their own faith in evolution could be tomorrow’s debris in the dustbin.  Thaler, co-author of leftist utopian Cass Sunstein’s book Nudge, which tries to program human beings according to leftist ideology, is even more pretentious, presuming that he, a mere mortal, has the insight and understanding to look down on members of his own species as sheep that can be manipulated.  There is no more scary prospect to a civilization than an oligarchy of the self-appointed wise.  For the survival of humanity, teach humility to your local scientist!    See also last month’s related entry on 11/02/2010, “People Doing Science, Sometimes Badly.”(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Ohio Crop Tour recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty Higgins barely gets a chance to catch his breath this time of year as we go from the busy Ohio State Fair straight into the Ohio Crop Tour and then he jumps right back in the passenger seat to ride along on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.It is always interesting every year to see how our Ohio yield numbers compare to the yields found on the Pro Farmer Tour for the state. So, as a review, here is what we found in Ohio last week on the2015 I-75/I-71 Ohio  Crop Tour.It seems that this year, both in Ohio and around the nation, the final yields will be all about balance. There is no doubt there are disastrous conditions out there. We encountered some extremely poor fields — some of the worst we have ever seen — in northwest Ohio. There were also a tremendous number of unplanted fields in the region.In contrast, though, other parts of Ohio may very well have record breaking yields. Some areas may have bin-busting yields and total losses in the same field. The ultimate question is will Ohio’s final yield more closely reflect the disasters we found in the northwest or the monster yields we found further south.To get a preview of what to expect this harvest season, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team once again went on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff crisscrossed I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on Aug. 12 and 13. The teams started in the north in Williams and Medina Counties and met at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team sampled a representative corn and soybean field in 20 counties (for a total of 40 counties over the two days).The groups estimated yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. For complete results from the tour, visit ocj.com click on “Crops” and then “2015 Ohio Crop Tour.”Tour summaryIt should be noted that the yield estimates made on the tour indicate the potential of the field. In many cases the corn and soybeans are very late and still in need of time and moisture. An early frost and no more rain moving forward could significantly (and negatively) impact yields in a large percentage of the fields surveyed.On the I-71 leg of the tour, the Day 1 average was 175 bushels and the Day 2 average was 192 bushels. The average over both days was 183 bushels.On the I-75 leg of the tour the Day 1 average was 141 bushels and the Day 2 average was 193 bushels. The average over both days was 167 bushels.The combined numerical tour average was 175 bushels. The formula used is accurate plus or minus 30 bushels for the areas of the fields sampled. The terrible conditions in NW Ohio will pull down the total average of the state, however. The group consensus is 166 bushels for a state average based on the extremely poor conditions in so much of northwest Ohio and many unseen holes in fields from early wet conditions throughout the state.It will be interesting to see what Ty finds in Ohio (and the Midwest) this week. Then, at the end of the week, I hope he gets the chance to find a nap.last_img read more

December 12, 2019
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These Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The Camera

first_imgIncredible portraits of image-makers premiered at Tribeca 2019, and some new documentaries on the schedule affirm the value of intimate storytelling.At this year’s Tribeca film festival, several new documentaries reveal the power of storytelling with a camera. Here are our thoughts.Martha: A Picture StoryWhen New York Post photographer Martha Cooper combed Alphabet City for filler images in the 1970s, street art was an emerging, ephemeral act of transgression. Graffiti was not her subject as a photographer — yet. She had something in common with these anonymous outsiders who created their own worlds on brick walls. Their game was creating joy from whatever was around. Cooper was drawn then to wonderment, especially as it belonged to kids who made their own fun in blighted neighborhoods while New York City’s real estate economy went awry. The images Cooper found between news stories were all magic amid everyday bleakness. You might recognize some of the children she photographed: a boy holding a spouting fire hydrant, a young man with a pigeon perched on his hand with the New York City skyline in the background. Artists like Shepherd Fairey and Banksy have appropriated Cooper’s images in homage.Much of Cooper’s early work in New York City featured bold tags in the background. She later found kindred spirits in graffiti artists and became famous for documenting their work in her photo book Subway Art. Selena Miles’s first feature documentary, Martha: A Picture Story, picks up with the wide-spanning influence of that volume, referred to by so many street art enthusiasts and artists as “the Bible.”The film immediately endears viewers to “Marty” Cooper and her work. At 34, she became the first woman to ever work as a staff photographer at the Post and started building the trove of effusive work catalogued in Martha: A Picture Story. Every quick-hit archival slide sequence and nimble, exacting cut is a hook in the infectiously vibrant documentary. Martha: A Picture Story is a film about how visual culture spread before the internet. The excitement of discovering that culture — and, for Cooper, what it was like to have seen it first and spread it around — is the heartbeat of the film. A soundtrack full of funk and groove matches both Cooper’s energy and that of her awestruck devotees.Miles is a self-taught Australian filmmaker who’s made a clean jam of a hi-fi film with Martha: A Picture Story. Audiences get to see present-day Cooper in her 70s riding around with hooded graffiti artists, discussing the impetus for her work. The rush that got her back onto the street at night with these anonymous figures is so potent and light of heart. When a curator tells Cooper that people don’t take smiling faces as seriously when it comes to photographs, her laugh bounces through the stale white gallery around them. Cooper tours freestanding gate-protected graffiti walls in Miami and wonders if her pictures can still be relevant when the medium is so contained and easily Instagrammed. Martha: A Picture Story proves the usefulness of spirits like Cooper’s as cities gentrify and unsanctioned tags and murals — the record of a people’s history — are painted over.Find remaining public screenings here.All I Can SayBlind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon was known in his inner circle for filming most every moment from 1990 until the day he died in 1995. Those evocative and private moments were stitched together by directors Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, and Colleen Hennessy, who also credit Hoon as a director. The result is a bittersweet and heartrending tribute to Hoon’s undeniable potential as a filmmaker.Hoon’s bandmates chide him constantly about “playing with his video camera” before high-stakes shows; his high school sweetheart Lisa demands he stop rolling when they’re alone. Moments throughout the film gently counter their naysaying and affirm the supreme value of the camera as messenger. The singer/guitarist tapes the television when news of the L.A. riots breaks and a reporter mentions an “amateur photographer” (George Holliday) who shot and released a crucial video of police beating Rodney King. Blind Melon’s video for “No Rain” is the reason the single reached number seven on the Billboard charts a year after the album is released, we learn via Hoon’s footage.His sensibilities range from patiently neorealistic to tenderly goofy to jarringly personal. A Midwesterner through and through, Hoon appears as an unflinching yet gentle soul. He flushes a bad review down the toilet on camera and records a phone call with his dad on the eve of a jail sentence for a DUI. Hoon cheats out to the camera as he drives through Amish country near his hometown of Lafayette on the cusp of a move to Los Angeles, swims in a pool with his new fame-destined bandmates, and takes the first phone call in the delivery room with Lisa and his baby daughter. It’s the tiny, bored moments in between, too, that educate our senses on who Noon was and what his camera meant to him.All I Can Say spells that out directly. A reporter asks Hoon about religious references in lyrics to songs like “Holyman,” and he responds tellingly: he doesn’t believe in religion, but he describes his experience of God as “sitting alone and talking to someone,” the ritual he’s kept with his camera. Hoon is seen and known most fully by the camera he is never without. That communion was something he wanted to share with the world. It’s toward the very end when he says it outright. “I want to get into film,” he confesses. Blind Melon is too big, life is too busy, he says. And it’s hard enough to break even on the road after trying rehab for drugs and alcohol. Hoon recorded himself in a hotel bed telling Lisa on the phone about how badly he needs to get off the tour bus and be there when their daughter says her first words. It’s the last frame of Hoon’s archive, taken hours before he is found unresponsive on that bus the day of his death.The respectful channeling done by the team of filmmakers — especially Gould’s editing — was no less than a spiritual undertaking. The result of their care is a haunting film that feels true to Hoon’s vision expressed in his images and words. After becoming so enveloped in Hoon’s world, it’s feasible to imagine the musician being elated at the shape his work has taken. If only the ending could change.Find remaining public screenings here.A Kid From Coney IslandFor every would-be public figure who is gifted at and interested in telling their own story, another is unable to synthesize their experience and appeal to others. Whole careers can depend on these forces. The media notoriously uses misunderstood NBA players as mainlines to gossip and drama. When Zatella Beaty’s deeply affecting Iverson came out in 2014, audiences finally absorbed the full story behind the 11-time NBA All Star’s irreverent exterior. Films like hers transcend years of soundbites heard by fans.There’s a moment in A Kid From Coney Island when Stephen A. Smith explains it perfectly. The reason why Stephon Marbury was so loathed by Knicks fans, he says, is that he never formed a strong relationship with someone — a journalist, a coach — who could disseminate the message of who he is and where he came from. Filmmakers Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah (Kanye West’s “Through The Wire” video) have done this for Marbury with touching depth in A Kid From Coney Island. The urgency felt by Marbury’s friends and family to convey his transformation is undeniable in this documentary, thanks to interviews filmed at wildly varying angles in vibrant setups tailored to each subject. Even claymation is used to articulate scenes from Marbury’s pressured rise to the Minnesota Timberwolves at 20 years old.Rapper and close comrade Fat Joe, Marbury’s mother and siblings, and colleagues from the court facilitate a striking emotional range. The film runs at the speed of NYC street ball in telling the story of “Starbury’s” well-intentioned-but-failed $15 basketball shoes (LeBron ruined everything with his negative review), his standard-issue personality clash with infamously difficult Knicks coach Larry Brown, and his desire from early childhood to buy his family out of poverty with an NBA contract. We see present-day Marbury in the flesh when he leaves for China in exile and becomes a new person after the death of his father almost drove him away from basketball completely.Scenes filmed in a Coney Island barbershop after Stephon retires show the NYC native expressing his aims in a way he never could before. He tells a small boy who has designs on joining the NBA that, sure, he could do that, or he could be the president if he wants. “You know my documentary’s going to be about you,” Marbury tells him.Find remaining public screenings here.The Queen Collective ShortsTo christen Queen Latifah’s effort to nurture filmmakers and accelerate gender and racial equity behind the camera, two short documentaries screened at Tribeca before debuting on Hulu this weekend. “Ballet After Dark” announces director B. Monet’s distinctive voice with a profile of Tyde-Courtney Edwards. She founded the so-titled dance therapy program for trauma survivors. As Edwards tells her own story, dancers appear to interpret the attack and aftermath in modes of performance art. The form borders on experimental while using artful elements to protect a grounded narrative. This is a difficult balance to strike. Monet proves it can be done with elegance. Ensemble ballet sequences filmed in a large abandoned building echo the breaks in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s 2012 documentary Detropia, when a young opera singer was shown testing the acoustics of ruin during short interludes. The inspired choreography acts as a cleanse for both the subject and the viewer who encounters the benefits of dance therapy in a visceral, active way.B. Monet spoke onstage about how process-based mentorship through The Queen Collective via Procter & Gamble has changed her life. She appeared at the premiere alongside Haley Elizabeth Anderson, who directed the short “If There Is Light.” That film sees a mother navigating the hell of homelessness in New York City while ill through the eyes of her 14-year-old daughter, Janiyah, who candidly narrates the film. Both of The Queen Collective shorts testify to unyielding persistence, something the filmmakers said they learned as they networked with empty bank accounts and kept working despite feeling unseen. Latifah told director Dee Rees in an introduction Friday how women on crews of her projects are hungry for mentorship. She wants to help.So many women, it seemed like they stepped out of a dark shadow and stepped up to me, and said, ‘Oh, I heard about your initiative. Are you guys still doing more movies? I want to direct.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow, I don’t know if you’ve said three words to me this whole year. I just see you take a camera here, take a camera there, take a camera here! But this resonated with people. Which tells me that there’s so many women out there just waiting for an opportunity, someone who understands what they’re trying to accomplish.Cover image via “A Kid from Coney Island.”Looking for more articles on the filmmaking industry? Check these out.The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Phase ThreeThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Phase TwoThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBreakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time FilmmakersIndustry Insights: A Conversation with Actor and Director Melanie Mayronlast_img read more