Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 8th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Predominately hot and dry weather continued this past week, causing crop and livestock conditions to deteriorate across the State, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 6.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 7th. Aside from sporadic shower activity on Friday, very few areas of the State received any rain during the week. Meanwhile, temperatures statewide remained about five degrees above normal for this time of the year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 43 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 27 percent was rated “abnormally dry”. Soybeans were progressing, but showing stress due to lack of rain; there were reports of soybeans looking burned in southern counties. In northern counties, growers reported corn stalks starting to fire at the bottom and leaves curling, while hay fields were browning. Oat harvest was nearly complete across the State. Hay second cutting was nearly finished while third cutting was progressing.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more

PG vs. R Ratings: What’s the Difference for Summer Action Films?

first_imgA film’s rating ensures a certain kind of audience. Here, we discuss the logic and thought process behind making a summer action film.Every filmmaker working on a summer action film faces a decision: to make an R-rated film with strong adult appeal, or to create something more accessible for larger audiences. So how do you make this determination?Earlier this year, Rossatron released a great video essay about the importance of blood in film. The video essay explores how a lack of blood in violent action scenes also creates a lack of consequence for those violent actions.I can’t disagree with that critique. When we see our hero plow through a warehouse shooting the bad guys and they instantly fall bloodless to the floor, it does somewhat diminish the seriousness of the action. On the topic, James Mangold, director of Logan and 3:10 to Yuma, said the following:I have a lot of misgivings about violence and PG ratings. A PG film might show hundreds of people dying, falling off buildings, getting mowed down by rapid-fire guns, but you don’t feel the deaths because the ratings system dictates the amount of agony being played by the actor. In a weird way, that makes violence more palatable because when we excise the upsetting bits, we de-sensitize ourselves to death to the point where it’s almost like shooting ducks at a carnival.Notably, despite the glaring lack of gore from slices, stabs, and gunshots, many summer action films that play it safe are either top box office contenders or happily ensconced in the museum of classics. Whenever we hear an announcement for a popular hard-edged character coming to the big screen, there are always anxious moviegoers pleading for the film to be R-rated and show the violence in all its glory. But are audiences longing for an adult take on a popular character (see Logan), or are they just bloodthirsty? First, let’s look at the ratings system.R-RatedTypically, if a film shows violence that’s both realistic and extreme, the film will garner an R-rating — or in the UK, a 15 rating (although these evaluations can become convoluted — we touch upon this below). An R-rated film requires someone under the age of seventeen to be accompanied by an adult, and a BBFC 15 rating will only permit those who are fifteen and above to watch the film. It doesn’t matter if you have an adult accompanying you or not. But what does realistic and extreme mean? Well, let’s look at two instances with the character Wolverine from films X-men 2 (PG-13) and Logan (R).In the following sequence from the PG-13 X-men 2, enemy combatants invade the X-mansion, and in his savage-but-protective nature, Wolverine chops down any foe in his wake to protect the children.Despite having razor-sharp claws that can cut through any material, the soldiers who regrettably find themselves in Wolverine’s path visually receive nothing more than torn clothing, despite the slicing and stabbing. Conversely, in a scene that almost mimics the events from the 2003 film, Wolverine again goes berserk against a group of enemy combatants to protect young children.The difference, however, is that if Wolverine slices an enemy solider’s neck, we see the blood splatter from the initial cut, flesh flung in the direction of the attack, and a gush of blood running from the soldier’s wound. Typically, this is an example of violence that is both realistic and extreme.Of course, bloody gore isn’t the only factor involved in a movie’s rating. There’s also sex, nudity, language, drug use — each category has an extremity limit that will push the rating into the next class. Regarding violence, the exact level of extreme is somewhat blurred, and both the MPAA and BBFC have been criticized — for decades — by filmmakers and audiences alike. For example, in the clip beneath from beloved summer action film Black Panther (PG 13), the character Killmonger (the antagonist), shoots and wounds another character named Ulysses Klaue. Not following the norms of PG-13; however, we see the two bullets penetrate Klaue, along with bloody entry wounds. More frequently, we’d see the character being shot from an angle, where the bullet impact is hidden (see this clip from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the effect is visible, but we only see damage to the clothing and not the flesh, or the character gets shot off frame, and then we see a small amount of blood on the character’s shirt.Of course, we cannot disregard the economic factor. Both The Dark Knight and X-men 2 are inherently violent, but a large portion of the core demographic for summer action films are teenagers and children. And without those adolescent seats, studios lose a ton of box office cash and merchandising. Not to mention that R-rated films miss out on advertisements on teen-friendly spots — teen TV channels, Happy Meals, gaming websites, and so forth.The Demand for Blood or Adult Tone?Over the last few years, we’ve unquestionably seen a demand for more R-rated action films. Not necessarily for action films such as Die Hard, but for comic book films like Logan and Deadpool — along with future films based on more street-level characters. With the recent news that Marvel Studios will be bringing Blade into the fold, the internet was quick to rally behind the mantra that Blade, like the first iteration, needs to be bloody and R-rated. But are audiences longing for senseless bloody action in their summer action films, or do they merely want to see the characters they’ve grown up with now presented in a more adult-like tone?While there is an argument for visceral violence in these films (hey, I’m for it too), do we really need squirts of blood from every orc that Aragorn cuts down, in the same way that we saw from those slain by Jon Snow‘s sword? The thing is, unless it’s a blood-soaked horror film where the gore is the selling point, the nature of onscreen violence is usually a by-product of the tone of the film. What do I mean by that? Well, again, James Mangold has words on the topic. Speaking at the 2018 Writers Guild Association Beyond Words Panel, he said the following:You have to have a slightly off-pedal goal for your film, and the people who are gonna go: ‘What the fuck is that 8-minute scene between Professor X and Logan? That’s light 8 minutes of two guys in a tank talking.’ And it’s like ‘Yeah. That’s not gonna change because the vibe of this movie is an adult drama.’ That’s why, for instance, we wanted an R-rating. It wasn’t because of the violence and it wasn’t because of the language, but because I didn’t have to write a movie, and neither did my compatriots, for eleven-year-olds. If we had a rated-R movie, there were gonna be no Happy Meals. There can be no action figures. There was gonna be no marketing on Saturday morning cartoons or anything like it. So that, suddenly, you’re not making a movie written for someone under fourteen, fifteen. And that changes the length of scenes. It changes what they’re talking about.This is apparent when we compare the likes of Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings. Both are fantasy epics, both involve creatures and magic, and both are set in a world different than ours. Yet, Game of Thrones is naturally more grounded in reality than Lord of The Rings, and as such, when a character meets the sharp end of a blade, you expect to see the real consequence to that action. With Lord of The Rings, not so much. The film, in tone, is fantastical. The unimaginable and unreal is around every corner, and as a result, the lack of blood in skirmishes doesn’t seem that outlandish.There’s undoubtedly a disparity between the content in teen-friendly summer action films and the absence of blood to make it age-appropriate. It seems impracticable to have Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury shoot down a dozen bad guys with a machine gun, but it’s okay as there’s no blood splatter. As I said before, the rating system for movies, both domestic and foreign, has been scrutinized for years. It was actually the focus of the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see if the hold over the use of blood effects changes.Cover via Marvel Studios.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedWhat the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of Film10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The Cameralast_img read more

Diego Maradona – terms & conditions

first_img6.2.      The prize winner must accept the prize by email confirmation, and if no such confirmation is received within 7 days of the notification, the Promoter may re-run the prize draw to select a replacement prize winner. 8.1.      None of the Promoter or Altitude Entertainment (together, the “Released Parties”) accept any responsibility for any variation in the value of the prize. In the event that any element of a prize is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value, subject to written directions from relevant regulatory bodies. 1.1.      This competition is a free prize draw for a chance to win the Prize (defined below)(the “Draw”). Further Draw conditions In the event of any prize not being accepted or claimed, the winner of that individual prize will be deemed invalid and the Promoter reserves the right to select the next eligible entrant by random draw to receive the unclaimed prize.   Limitation of liability 2.1.      Subject to paragraphs 2.3 and 2.4, entry into the Draw is open solely to persons who are of the legal age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the date of entry.  The Draw is void where prohibited or restricted by law in the territory of the person entering into it, and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations 2.5.      No purchase or other payment is necessary to enter the Draw. Prize details The officers, management and employees (and immediate family members of officers, management and employees) of the Promoter are not eligible to enter the Draw. How to enter the Draw & how to win the Prize 12.7.    This Draw, these terms and conditions, and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. Each entrant irrevocably agrees that the courts of England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute or claim that arises out of or in relation to the Draw or these terms and conditions. To enter, eligible entrants must accept these terms and conditions, and complete the game of skill or merit explained in the entry portal (e.g. in the Twitter post).  One eligible entrant will be chosen by an independent third party on [date], who will be the (“winner” or “prize winner”). The Draw commences at [•][insert time and timezone] on [date], and closes at [•][insert time and timezone] on [date] (the “Draw Period”). 6.1.      The prize winner will be notified by Twitter on [•][date]. Intentionally not used Employees of Altitude Entertainment including affiliates, agents and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each of the aforementioned, are not eligible to enter or win the Draw.] Notification of prize winner Privacy 8.5.      If for any reason a prize winner does not accept: Draw Period 10.3.    Nothing in these terms and conditions excludes or limits Promoter’s liability for: (i) death or personal injury arising from the Promoter’s negligence; (ii) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; (iii) or any other liability which may not be excluded or limited by applicable law, and nothing in these terms and conditions limits, excludes or modifies any statutory right or guarantee provided by applicable law. 10.1.    To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Released Parties exclude all liability and will be held harmless from any losses, damages, actions, liability, injury or claims (including, without limitation (but subject to operation of law), personal injury, death to winner or any third party or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by any reason) incurred by any person in connection with the Draw or the promotion, receipt, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or participation in this Draw. The Released Parties also expressly exclude any liability for any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of your breach of these terms and conditions. 12.4.    The Promoter reserves the right at any time and its sole discretion to: (i) verify the eligibility of any entrant and/or a prize winner’s guest (including their age and place of residence); (ii) disqualify any entrant who conspires with others to gain an unfair advantage or who is otherwise involved in manipulating, interfering or tampering with the entry process or any other element of the Draw or who the Promoter reasonably believes to have acted in breach of these terms and conditions.center_img 10.2.    Except as otherwise required by applicable law, the Released Parties accept no responsibility or liability for any entry or claim which for technical or other reasons is unsuccessful, ineligible, late or incomplete. an element of the prize;any part of these terms and conditions relevant to that element; orany additional terms and conditions stipulated by any third party prize suppliers relevant to that element,that element of the prize will be forfeited.  Cash will not be awarded in lieu of any element of any prize under any circumstances.8.6.      All eligible entrants agree to provide the Promoter or the Promoter’s authorised agent with identification and proof of eligibility in accordance with applicable law or regulation if selected as a prize winner. The required form of identification and proof of eligibility are at the discretion of the Promoter (acting reasonably). 8.4.      The Released Parties do not accept responsibility and are not liable for any additional conditions imposed by a third party as referred to in paragraph 8.3 Who may enter 1.3.      The promoter of the Draw is Perform Media Channels Ltd. of Sussex House, Plane Tree Crescent, Feltham, TW13 7HE, United Kingdom (the “Promoter”). Draw and Promoter Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player General 7.1.      The prize is one of five copies of the BluRay release of Diego Maradona. 8.3.      Prize winner(s) each acknowledge that their prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions imposed by third party suppliers which will be provided to each prize winner. By accepting their prize, the prize winner will be deemed to have accepted any such additional terms and conditions in full. 1.2.      By entering this Draw and in consideration for the opportunity to win the prize associated with the Draw, each entrant agrees to be bound by and observe these terms and conditions. Information on how to enter and prize details form part of these terms and conditions. 8.2.      No prize is transferable or exchangeable. Prize(s) are not redeemable or exchangeable for cash and can only be taken as offered. Unclaimed prizes 12.5.    The prize winner is advised that tax implications may arise from the prize and should seek independent financial and taxation advice prior to acceptance of the prize. Each prize winner shall responsible for all applicable taxes. 7.2.      The prize winner agrees that the Released Parties (defined in paragraph 8.1 below)  and their designees and assigns may use the winner’s name, voice, city/province or territory of residence, photos, video or film clips, and/or other visual likeness for advertising and/or trade purposes and/or for any other purpose in any media or format now or hereafter known without further compensation (financial or otherwise), permission or notification. 7.3       Before the prize is awarded, the selected entrant may be required to participate in a skill-based math question, sign an agreement consenting to the use of their image, name, entry and/or voice in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this Draw (including any outcome) and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promotor . 12.1.    Any decision of the Promoter in respect of the Draw, is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw, alter or suspend the Draw or these terms and conditions at any time if circumstances beyond its control make this unavoidable. 12.2.    The prize(s) remain the property of the Promoter until delivered to the prize winners. 12.3.    The Released Parties shall bear no liability if for any reason the Draw is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, technical failures or any causes beyond the Promoter’s control which corrupt or affect the fairness or integrity or proper conduct of the Draw.  The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the Draw, subject to written directions from relevant regulatory bodies. By entering the Draw, the entrant understands and agrees that the Promoter and its agents may use and disclose the entrant’s personal information to assist in administering and managing the Draw and prizes (where applicable) and communicating with the entrant in regard to special offers from the Promoter and its related entities. Entrants in the Draw acknowledge that the Promoter may share an entrant’s personal information with the Promoter’s foreign related entities which may contact the entrant with marketing messages and special offers. Without limiting the foregoing, the Promoter may disclose the prize winner’s personal information to third parties for the purpose of fulfilling the prize. If an entrant elects to receive information from other third parties, the Promoter may also disclose the entrant’s personal information for that purpose. Entrants may find out more information about how the Promoter collects, uses and discloses personal information by reading the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, which is available at https://www.goal.com/en-us/legal/privacy-policy. Entrants may access the personal information the Promoter holds about them by writing to the Promoter at the address set out below. If the Promoter limits or denies an entrant access to their personal information in certain circumstances, the Promoter will tell the entrant why access was limited or denied. The entrant can contact the Promoter by writing to the Promoter at the address(es) given in the privacy policy. UEFA Champions League Diego Maradona – terms & conditions Goal Last updated 5 days ago 07:00 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Diego Maradona Napoli Alfredo Capozzi UEFA Champions League TERMS AND CONDITIONS 12.6.    It is the entrant’s responsibility to inform the Promoter of any changes to their contact details, including their residential address, e-mail address or daytime telephone number. Each eligible entrant may enter only one once.last_img read more