Relaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainer

first_imgGeorge Groves’ clash with local rival James DeGale was a bigger test of his nerve than this weekend’s world title fight, according to the Hammersmith man’s trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.Groves, then 23, upset the odds by edging a close points decision against Olympic gold medallist DeGale in front of a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in May 2011.And Fitzpatrick believes that experience is partly why the unbeaten challenger is unfazed by being the underdog ahead of Saturday’s showdown with super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.“Here’s a dude who is very composed and very at peace with where he is,” Fitzpatrick told West London Sport.“He’s been on the big stage far before Carl Froch was in his career. In only his 12th fight he fought on pay-per-view [against DeGale] in front of 20,000 people.Groves is convinced he will overcome Froch.“And this fight is easier emotionally than that one. Then he had to fight a fellow Londoner from the same district, the same amateur gym.“Emotionally that is very testing and trying and he’s proven that he can keep it together.“Don’t forget out of 31 experts before that fight, 29 had him losing, so opinions don’t mean anything.“You can be in a room and when someone walks in you can pick a vibe up from them.“I think anyone around George at the moment would pick up the vibe of a man who is very much relaxed about where he is right now.“He’s already proved to himself that he is ready emotionally for this stage and he’s proved technically in all his fights that he’s ready. Now he’s got to show everyone.”Irishman Fitzpatrick stepped into the breach after it was announced in September that Groves was no longer being trained by Adam Booth.Fitzpatrick had previously been part of the Groves camp and was an obvious person for the former British champion to turn to.Booth’s absence has raised eyebrows ahead of his protege’s step up to fight a man with considerable top-level experience who is widely fancied to successfully defend his WBA and IBF belts.But Groves and his team point to weaknesses of Froch which were exposed in defeats against Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler as well as a questionable points win against the slick Andre Dirrell and a last-gasp stoppage of a fading Jermain Taylor.“By nature we’re pretty much all sheep. You get one man in a crowd who nods and then they all nod,” Fitzpatrick added.“Carl has had two years now with Eddie Hearn where he’s been promoted wildly and he is a warrior – he’s top drawer.“So when you have somebody who is proven against somebody who is coming through, there will always be the question about whether he’s ready.“When the champion is a strong champion they usually say [about the challenger] that it’s too soon and he hasn’t done anything yet.“But you can’t have done it until you do it. Carl did it in his 24th fight, Joe Calzaghe in his 23rd, Andre Ward in his 19th and now George will do it in his 20th.”See also:Confident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conferenceHearn predicts Groves will go on the attackGroves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves stays cool at tense weigh-inGroves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clashFroch v Groves: Live updatesGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photos: Ex-49er, Raider NaVorro Bowman selling San Jose mansion

first_imgFormer 49ers and Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman is selling his San Jose, Calif. mansion for $4.253M.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 5,959 square foot Rose Garden estate has five bedrooms and five baths. Entering the 18-foot foyer, there is a sweeping wrought iron banister flowing to the second floor catwalk and Spanish tile floors. The kitchen flows into the family room, which opens onto the back loggia, viewing the grounds and pool. In the rear of the home, the memorabilia …last_img read more

Wilmington College’s 7th Food Symposium to highlight sugar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sugar will be viewed from many perspectives — history, business ethics, health and nutrition, social justice and, yes, tasting it — when Wilmington College presents its seventh annual Food Symposium March 30.Devised using the theme “Sugar Rushed,” the program will feature a combination of film, food, fun and informed opinions on one of nature’s sweetest and, in recent years, most controversial products.The day will open in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre with a screening of Michele Hozer’s Canadian documentary film, Sugar-Coated, from 10 to 11:40 a.m., followed by a food expo in which agriculture professor Tom Stilwell’s World Foods class will share dishes made from a variety of sugar crops from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.Again this year, the symposium will have a student focus in both planning and presentation, as an interdisciplinary student research panel will present its finidings on all things sugar: history, marketing, nutrition, etc., from 1 to 2 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center. Also, a sugar cube sculpture competition will be featured in which contestants can create sculptures out of sugar cubes, using no more than three ingredients: sugar cubes, glue and a coloring of choice.On the heels of past competitions featuring pies, cakes and cookies, this year’s contest, which is open to both the campus and community, will highlight candy-making.Categories include: dipped/covered (such as buckeyes and truffles), pulled/hard/gummies (taffy, rock candy), brittles/barks/toffee bars, diabetic friendly, caramels/fudge/pralines and novelty (specially design such as candies for holidays). Each entry must include a list of ingredients as a precaution for persons allergic to various nuts or other ingredients. The registration form can be found at: audience will be able to sample contest entries from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the McCoy Room. The symposium will culminate with a panel highlighting “Sugar and Wellness” featuring professionals speaking on nutrition, diabetes, activity and low-sugar cooking, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room.last_img read more

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Prevalence & Effects on Couples

first_imgThis post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./Ed.S. Candidate, 1Lt Florida Army National Guard and Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Kimberly Quinn & Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTIn the last 12 years, the United States military has diagnosed over 103 thousand new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in deployed service members and over 25 thousand new cases in non-deployed service members [1]. To receive a diagnosis of PTSD, individuals must meet diagnostic criteria inclusive of displaying a certain number of symptoms that cause significant distress and/or disruption.  In addition, there must be some sort of traumatic stressor leading to these symptoms. Full diagnostic criteria for PTSD can be found here. Those that suffer from the effects of trauma without being diagnosed with PTSD are considered to have post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). The intensity of PTSS varies, however, the impact does not reach the severity level of PTSD.  The table below highlights PTSD symptoms included in the new Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-V):American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon permits to use her personal photo.Spouses and children of service members who deploy can experience secondary traumatic stress (STS)–or significant levels of post-traumatic stress symptoms [2].  This can also be termed vicarious trauma, secondary trauma or secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms have negative effects on couple [2] and family functioning.  Specific symptoms of post-traumatic stress [3] that negatively affect couple and family functioning include:Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon permits to use her personal photoThe good news is that there are steps families can take to prevent the negative effects of PTSD and STS. The following links to resources that can help military families and those that play a supportive role in their lives gain awareness about common stressors, preventative strategies and interventions related to PTSD.Stress Free Kids-Military FamilySecondary Trauma TrainingNational Child Traumatic Stress Network (NTCS)-Military FamiliesNTCS Learning Center References[1] Fischer, H. (2010). U.S. military casualty statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom [2] Melvin, K. C., Gross, D., Hayat, M. J., Jennings, B. M., & Campbell, J. C. (2012). Couple functioning and post‐traumatic stress symptoms in US army couples: The role of resilience. Research in Nursing & Health, 35(2), 164-177. [3] American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.last_img read more

How to Write a Documentary Treatment

first_imgImage via Shutterstock.Key CharactersSome grant applications ask for summaries of each of the key characters in the film. These summaries are simple, one-paragraph breakdowns of the key characters and how they contribute to the story. You should highlight the details of each character and why you’re including them in the film.Director’s StatementSome grant programs or other investors require a director’s statement detailing your passion for the project and why you want to share the story with the world. This is your opportunity to showcase why you’re the right person to make this film. Status of the FilmDifferent grant programs will have different timelines in mind while they consider funding films. Thoroughly describe where your film is in the production process, but also clearly identify how much work remains to complete the film. Key Crew Members If you have a great team attached to the film, this is your opportunity to sell your crew members and their qualifications for the project.Line Item BudgetImage via Shutterstock.If a grant committee or investor is going to contribute funds, they will want to know how you plan to allocate them. Go into detail, and be prepared to answer why you really need $50 for gummy bears or why you’re shooting in a more expensive camera format. Check out a film production budget template for ideas about how to craft your own.Fundraising StrategyUnless you’re very lucky, most grants or investments won’t fund the entire project. In this section, you will detail how you plan to pursue additional funding to complete the project.Distribution and Marketing StrategyFrom the beginning of your project, you’ve probably envisioned the perfect platform or space for the finished project. In this section of your treatment, you will explain how you plan to place the finished film with these platforms to reach the largest audience possible.As you start the treatment submission process, you will find that each outlet has unique requirements. Be prepared to make changes or additions to your treatment. Take the time to craft a quality treatment beforehand, and this process will go much more smoothly.Do you know any tips or tricks about the treatment writing process? Let us know in the comments. You’ve got an idea for a documentary, but you need funding. Writing a treatment is an essential part of fundraising. Top image via Ad Week / Alex Weprin.Writing treatments is not the most glamorous part of the filmmaking process. However, they demonstrate your grasp of the story and its production. As such, a quality treatment improves your fundraising efforts and streamlines the filmmaking process.In the simplest terms, a treatment is a detailed report that can inform potential investors or contributors about a project, including its budget, production timeline, and other processes. Often, a treatment is a living document that you alter as necessary — for example, different grant programs or funding outlets require different information. The following are the key components of an effective treatment.Image via Shutterstock.Log LineA log line is a two- to three-sentence summary of the film. Think of it like an elevator pitch. It needs to be short, powerful, and captivating. Your log line will be the first piece of information people see about your film, so it’s critical to leave a good impression. I can tell you from personal experience that you will recite this log line continuously during the production and distribution of your film, so make sure you love it.Summary of TopicThe summary is a longer and more detailed version of your log line. Usually, you’ll want to summarize your topic in one to two pages. This is when you begin to really make a case for your film and its relevance. Something to keep in mind is that a treatment is creative. Don’t write it like you would an essay in high school. Write in a captivating and entertaining manner. This is the first chance your reader has to see your narrative voice in action.Narrative SynopsisYour narrative synopsis starts to break down the themes and story arcs of your film — in depth. It demonstrates the framework of your film, and this is where you’ll detail the progression of your story and characters. This is also where the reader can see your directorial vision. After reading the synopsis, the reader should understand how the story will play out and how the characters will develop.last_img read more

Burning and Building Bridges

first_imgThere is problem with burning bridges behind you.It’s easy to become frustrated and react by giving someone a piece of your mind. When relationships are challenging, sometimes the easiest answer looks like blowing up the relationship and burning the bridges behind you.You can burn down bridges in your personal relationships, your work relationships, and even your sales relationships. In the heat of the moment you can overreact and go to far. You can also act exactly as you wish in that moment, burning down the bridges and completely leveling the relationship. The person (or people) that were on the other side of that bridge can no longer reach you (as if they would want to).The problem with burning bridges behind you is that to get back across you have to build a new bridge.Building a new bridge requires an enormous effort. First you have to apologize for burning (or blowing up) the bridge in the first place. The bigger and nastier the explosion you made when burning down that bridge, the more work it’s going to take for your apology to be accepted. Then you have to start making deposits in the relationships so you can brick by brick and step-by-step rebuild the bridge. You have to build the bridge and find your way back across.But you don’t have to burn down the bridge in the first place. There’s really nothing to be gained. But there’s quite a bit to be lost. You can lose your ability to ever get back across to the other side. It makes more sense not to blow up the bridge in the first place. Instead work on patching up the damaged bridge you already have.QuestionsHave you ever burned a bridge behind you?Have you ever had the experience of needing that bridge later?How do you rebuild the bridges that you’ve burned down?How can you end relationships in a healthier way? A way that preserves the bridge, should you ever want it.last_img read more

10 months agoVan Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want him

first_imgVan Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits there’s little talk about Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax stopper is expected to leave for a major European power, though Van Dijk says there’s been little talk of his Holland teammate at Melwood.He told AD: “It does not work like that. A big club like Liverpool has so many scouts looking around, they will keep an eye on him. “If they want to know something, I’ll hear about it.”Asked how much he would pay for De Ligt, Van Dijk laughed: “Well, less than that for me, hahaha. But Ajax is in a luxurious position. We will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feisty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

New trial for man who killed roommate over alleged relationship with teen

first_imgTORONTO — A new trial has been ordered for an Ontario man who beat his roommate to death with a hammer in a drunken confrontation over the other man’s alleged sexual relationship with a teenage girl.Toby Land appealed his second-degree murder conviction in the May 2009 killing of Dominic Doyon, arguing the judge was wrong to rule out the defence of provocation.Had the defence been presented to the jury, Land argued he could have been convicted of manslaughter instead, which would allow for a lower sentence. Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.In a ruling released last week, Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge erred in determining that Land could not claim provocation because he had initiated the confrontation while armed.The three-member appeal panel said the trial judge failed to consider whether Land, who anticipated that Doyon may become violent, could have realistically predicted that his roommate would reach for a samurai sword.The appeal court added that Doyon’s comments about his relationship with the teen during the dispute could also count as provocation, particularly for Land, who “was raised in a sexually abusive home.”“This confrontation arose out of Mr. Doyon’s alleged sexually abusive conduct. Mr. Land’s personal reaction to that conduct would obviously be affected by his experiences,” the court wrote.“Mr. Land, an Indigenous man, then 24 years old, had a horrendous past. It scarred him deeply,” it said. “He left his home with substance abuse issues and with a violent aversion to sexual abusers. On numerous occasions prior to May 4, 2009, Mr. Land attacked men he knew to be sexual abusers.”The decision said Land was angered by his 33-year-old roommate’s relationship with the teen, and the pair had clashed over the issue in the past. On two occasions, the dispute turned physical, with Doyon gaining the upper hand, it said.One day, Land said he came home to find Doyon and the teen shirtless on the couch, the document said, and he remained “deeply troubled” hours later.After drinking about eight beers, Land decided to confront Doyon but feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a hammer and held it at his side as he addressed his roommate, it said.He then noticed Doyon had a samurai sword — which had previously hung on the wall or been kept beside the couch or window — with him on the couch, the decision said.Doyon grabbed the sword’s handle as he got up and said something about how he could do whatever he wanted with his life, it said.Land told the court he felt like he snapped and “just reacted,” the document said. He vaguely remembered hitting Doyon in the arms with the hammer and said his next memory was of his other roommate pulling him back and, he believed, pulling the sword from his hands, it said.“Mr. Land said he could not control his thoughts and his actions,” the appeal court said.In fact, Land had “engaged in a frenzied attack upon Mr. Doyon, hitting him dozens of times with the hammer, including about the head,” it said.Doyon was also stabbed repeatedly with the sword and beaten with a pair of crutches, it said.The appeal court said the defence of provocation “had an air of reality and should have been left with the jury.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more