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Stephen F. Austin Leads Preseason All-Conference Volleyball Teams

first_img Samantha Anderson1 Sr. RS Central Arkansas Tyler, Texas First Team                                                                                                                                                                                                           After its Cinderella run as the No. 8 seed last year participating in its first ever Southland postseason tournament, Abilene Christian heads into the season with three preseason second team members. Senior setter Kendall Bosse and senior outside hitter Jacey Smith, both 2017 All-Tournament selections, were both picked to the second team, along with senior middle blocker Lauren Walker. Lauren Walker Sr. MB Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar University, New Orleans and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each garnered a single selection. The Islanders’ junior right side/setter Madison Green was the top vote-getter outside of the eight automatic selections. 1 – 2017 All-Conference Selection Tomar Thomas Sr. OH Lamar University Houston, Texas Autumn Lockley Sr. OH Incarnate Word Leander, Texas Elizabeth Armstrong1 Jr. S Central Arkansas League City, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Haley Coleman1 Sr. OH Stephen F. Austin Rockwall, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin paces the way with four spots on the 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Thursday. Danae Daron1 Jr. MB Stephen F. Austin Crosby, Texas Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own players is not permitted. Each member of the preseason teams is an upperclassmen with just four juniors receiving the accolade. Seventeen of the 18 selections are Texas natives. Jacey Smith Sr. OH Abilene Christian Wimberley, Texascenter_img Defending tournament champion Central Arkansas captured two spots on the top team, as does Northwestern State and Sam Houston State. The Sugar Bears return the league’s 2017 Player of the Year, senior right side hitter Samantha Anderson, along with 2017 Tournament MVP junior setter Elizabeth Armstrong. The Lady Demons earned automatic selections in senior outside hitter Reagan Rogers and last season’s conference Libero of the Year Channing Burleson. Senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham snagged an automatic selection to the first team while senior setter Jaclyn Ward was also voted to the first team to represent the Bearkats. Madison Green Jr. RS/S Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dripping Springs, Texas Second Team                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reagan Rogers1 Sr. OH Northwestern State Blanco, Texas Jaclyn Ward Sr. S Sam Houston State Spring, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown The Ladyjacks head into the new campaign returning three all-conference members from a season ago in senior outside hitter Haley Coleman, junior middle blocker Danae Daron and senior middle blocker Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas was voted onto the second team. Last season SFA won its first Southland regular-season championship since 2014, posting a 14-2 mark in conference play. Channing Burleson1 Sr. L Northwestern State Midland, Texas Kendall Bosse Sr. S Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Kaitlyn Grice Sr. MB New Orleans Valrico, Fla. Kayla Davenport Sr. MB Houston Baptist Columbus, Texas Ann Hollas Jr. S Stephen F. Austin Longview, Texas Makenzee Hanna1 Sr. MB Stephen F. Austin DeSoto, Texas Taylor Cunningham1 Sr. MB Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texaslast_img read more

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‘A Healthy People Make A Happy Nation’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told Liberians through their lawmakers that a well-functioning healthcare delivery system is vital to the achievement of all other development goals in the country. The President added: “A healthy people make a happy nation.” Delivering her State of Nation address yesterday, she stated that her administration has improved access to health facilities from about 30 percent to about 70 percent. “We have reduced infant and maternal mortality, and improved birth attendance by trained professionals.” According to her, because of progress her administration has made, the UP-led government was singled out by the United Nations for recording the highest change in the reduction of under-five mortality. “We reduced the incidents of malaria from 68 percent to 28 percent; we made primary health care delivery free across the country. Yet, our efforts proved inadequate in terms of infrastructure and infection prevention and control. The President disclosed that today all the 15 counties have a government-run hospital, the last of which was recently constructed and is operational in Fish Town, River Gee County. President Sirleaf added that in addition to the 15 county hospitals, rather than 354 in 2006, there are 712 health facilities functioning in the country, 275 of which are privately-owned or faith-based. On the progress her government has made post-Ebola, she stated that a new diagnostic center is operational with plans to be converted to a public health institute. “Five regional public health laboratories capable of high quality diagnostics of diseases such as Ebola will improve our capacity to respond appropriately. A new college of physicians and surgeons has been established to provide home grown specialized training to doctors and other professional medical personnel. “Currently, all major health facilities are undergoing various forms of improvements including to the infrastructure, training, infection prevention and control protocols as well as provision of modern equipment with plans to expand, renovate and elevate five county hospitals to regional hospitals within the next 24 months. We will rebuild the health sector and ensure that it is more resilient,” the President said.Pres. Sirleaf stated how proud she is to have constructed the Jackson Fiah Doe (JFD) Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County. The hospital doesn’t only serve Liberians but citizens of other nations, including La Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. “We are pleased that its services have improved the living conditions of many of our people beyond the Nimba including spilling over our borders into neighboring countries. We renew our commitment to maintain the modern facility as the best-equipped referral institution in the country.”The President told the nation that since 2006, the number of healthcare workers has more than doubled, from nearly 4,000 to over 10,000. According to her, doctors who earned US$30 in 2006, today earn a minimum of US$1,000 a month. Nurses, who earned US$10 in 2006, now make up to US$225. Directly addressing the lawmakers, the President indicated that when compared to the invaluable services doctors, nurses, teachers and policemen are rendering, she considers “this improved compensation level to be inadequate.” “We understand the current financial constraints but must continue to explore possibilities to improve their compensation as the opportunities evolve. Over 16,500 health care personnel from both private and public facilities were paid risk benefits of over 22 million dollars in appreciation for their services to combat Ebola. This represented a supplement well above those paid by NGOs, private institutions and governments of other Ebola affected countries, said the President.To date, a total of 126 families whose relations were health care workers and regrettably died in the battle against the Ebola virus, from both public and private health facilities, have received US$5000 each, amounting to a total of US$636,000. We know that this is insufficient to dull the pains of our collective loss of such valuable lives. But we believe it represented the least a grateful nation could reasonably do.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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7 students, 10 charitable organisations awarded at GBTI’s 2018 calendar launch

first_imgAs the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Tuesday unveiled its calendar for the upcoming year, seven students, along with 10 charitable organisations, were awarded as part of its annual initiative.Every year, GBTI singles out 10 non-profitable organisations that have been serving the poor and vulnerable throughout the country to which it makes a significant monetary donation in keeping with its corporate social responsibility.The 10 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to benefit this year are: UncleGBTI CEO Larry Nath, Public Relations and Marketing Manager Pamela Binda and Administration Manager Sean Noel pose with this year’s winners of the GBTI 2018 Calendar Art CompetitionEddie’s Home; The Salvation Army; Help and Shelter Crisis Service; Dharam Shala Home for the Poor for all Races; Guyana Red Cross Society; Guyana Society for the Blind; Artistes in Direct Support; Guyana Relief Council; the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) and Food For The Poor.Food For The Poor Public Relations Manager Wayne Hamilton, who accepted the donation on behalf of the organisation and who spoke for the receiving donor organisations, expressed his sincere gratitude to GBTI for its kind generosity to the organisations. He said it was donations like these which go a far way in helping provide much needed support for these organisations to keep doing what they were doing.These presentations have evolved into an even more fulfilling occasion for GBTI,This year’s representatives of the NGOs pose with GBTI’s Head of Credit, Shaleeza Shaw; Administration Manager Sean Noel and Public Relations and Marketing Manager Pamela Bindagiven that the entity has now merged the handing over with the award ceremony to students who were adjudged winners of its annual calendar competition.Addressing the gathering at the launch of the Bank’s 2018 calendar, Chief Executive Officer Larry Nath explained what kept these initiatives alive, year after year.In doing so, he noted, “Many of us think that banks are only in the lending business. I think GBTI has changed that perception and at GBTI, we’re actually in the people business of helping our folks achieve their financial dreams.”“The Bank is very connected to their communities and for this year alone would have contributed over $1 million to noteworthy charities and deserving causes,” Nath further detailed.Echoing similar sentiments was the Senior Manager of Administration, Sean Noel.Noel stated that, “Combining the launch of our annual 2018 almanac and our donations to charitable organisations sort of tells what we see in ourselves at GBTI as partners in the development of our country.”Adding to that, he zoomed in on the calendar competition and highlighted the concept of this particular initiative.“For many years, we have been doing this calendar competition that in a sense gives voice to young people, a space for us to hear their ideas, see some of their creativity and I believe that as parties in society, we must be able to give young people that opportunity,” the Senior Manager relayed.Continuing on that note, GBTI Public Relations and Marketing Manager Pamela Binda outlined how the calendar competition idea was birthed.Indicating that this annual undertaking was as a result of the aftermath of 911, Binda pointed out, “What can be described as a global catastrophe that touched the hearts of many no doubt touched the hearts of bankers sitting at GBTI. And this catapulted them to launch the very first calendar competition in 2001 which was focused on the topic: “If you had a chance to make a difference in this world, what would you do?”With that, she went on to say, “GBTI since then had Guyanese people at heart and wanted to ensure that it resonated within the country that GBTI was here to make a difference and still is today in 2017.”For the first time this year, GBTI opened the calendar competition to the wider public, a decision which was greeted with an overwhelming response as a total of 127 entries were submitted for the 2018 design.Among that total were students ranging from age nine to 17, from across the country. The theme for this year’s depiction was: “Saving: the Key to a Brighter Future.”Seven of the entries managed to make their way to the top of the list. Emerging as awardees at Tuesday’s ceremony were Aaron Gangadeen, Rasheed Franklin, Omawattie Ramnarain, Noel Sukhai, Siddharath Ramessar, Rena Marshall, and Azalyah Exeter.GBTI expressed heartfelt gratitude to all of the children who sent in entries, and is looking forward to their participation in next year’s competition.last_img read more

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Province reportedly loses $7.5 million this year in crops

first_imgLargely due to 42.6 millimetres on the second, the full month post was 75, a total normally recorded by the local airport weather station, only in July.However, over 90 per cent of it this year was posted in the first 13 days the month, and with the canola crop harvest hanging in the balance, farmers took advantage of the drier second half of September — combined with double digits highs, on all but four of the next forty days, beginning on the 14th — and got the job done. While it doesn’t apply that much in the Peace Region, the province wide claim for lost crops this year has been placed at $7.5 million.That’s less than half of the ten year average, and it’s a far cry from what was anticipated in mid-summer when southern areas of the province were dealing with drought conditions and farmers were fearing the worst.Overall yields were down but University of the Fraser Valley agriculture expert Tom Bauman concedes the losses weren’t as severe as earlier anticipated.- Advertisement -He attributes that to the fact some fruit crops in the drought hit region surprisingly acclimatized to the heat, and also that, many failed crops weren’t insurable.In this area, Kelly Kassian of Richardson Pioneer says, despite below average precipitation in all of the traditionally heaviest rainfall months of June, July and August, local yields this fall were close to the area norm.As reported earlier, harvest operations were repeatedly interrupted in September when there were ten daily posts of measurable rain even though six of them were less than three millimetres, and four of those less than one.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man United target happy to stay with Benfica

first_img Nicolas Gaitan Long-time Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan insists his “body and heart” are with Benfica, amid interest from AS Monaco.United have been tracking the flying Argentine winger for some time now and there have been fresh links with Old Trafford this summer.But they appear to have fallen behind Monaco in the race to land him with the Ligue 1 club desperate to replace James Rodriguez, who left for Real Madrid.Midfielder Joao Moutinho, the former Porto ace who had regularly locked horns with Gaitan before he moved to Monaco last year, had even urged the side to bring in the Benfica man.But Monaco may have to look elsewhere after the 26-year-old poured cold water over suggestions he could leave.“I have two years on my contract with Benfica and I hope to honor them,” he told Portuguese channel RTP.“My body and my heart is here at Benfica always.” 1last_img read more

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Iheanacho the hero as Leicester close gap on Liverpool

first_img“The best teams have spirit,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers of his side’s fightback. “This is a team that is so strong together. Kelechi is a wonderful demonstration of someone who trains with a great attitude every day.“It was about giving him the confidence and reinforcing his role. The rest was him. I’m absolutely delighted for him.”Richarlison had given the visitors a shock lead at the King Power as Everton produced a performance that may do enough to save manager Marco Silva’s job ahead of the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.Silva was reportedly on the verge of losing his job earlier in the week after a shocking 2-0 home defeat to Norwich.Another defeat leaves the Toffees hovering just two points above the relegation zone with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to come in their next four league games.“A really harsh result for the players and the club. We deserved more from this game,” said Silva.“No one can say anything about the players’ commitment, attitude or desire.”Silva responded with a change of formation and his switch to a 3-5-2 worked to perfection for the opening goal.Djibril Sidibe broke upfield from right wing-back and his cross was bulleted home by Richarlison with a diving header.Leicester had already seen two half-hearted appeals for a penalty waived away for challenges on Ayoze Perez by the time that referee Graham Scott did point to the spot for Mason Holgate’s apparent trip on Ben Chilwell.However, a lengthy VAR review concluded no contact had been made and the Foxes were frustrated once more.Leicester laboured in the search for an equaliser, but the introduction of Iheanacho as a substitute just after the hour mark provided the much-needed spark.His first effort was too close to Jordan Pickford, but he got in behind the Everton defence again moments later and squared for Vardy for score his 13th goal of the season at the back post.“Kelechi caused a few more problems for the defenders, he got us into space and he got the winner which he deserves,” said Vardy. “He thoroughly deserves this.”Just as Leicester were turning the screw, Everton were inches away from retaking the lead in spectacular fashion as substitute Moise Kean nearly scored his first goal for the club with a curling effort that hit the side-netting.Silva’s men appeared to have weathered the Leicester storm, but deep into added time Iheanacho collected Ricardo Pereira’s pass, turned inside and found the bottom corner.A nervous wait ensued with the linesman’s flag raised, but a VAR check ruled the former Manchester City man onside for his first league goal since September 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Super sub: Kelechi Iheanacho (centre) is mobbed by his teammates after a late winner against Everton © AFP / Adrian DENNISLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 1 – Kelechi Iheanacho was the unlikely hero as Leicester came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 and close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League to eight points.The Nigerian had not played a single minute of Premier League football this season prior to being summoned from the bench just after the hour mark, but Iheanacho teed up Jamie Vardy’s equaliser before scoring the winner deep into stoppage time.last_img read more

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Championship round-up: QPR and Bristol City stage thrilling comebacks after a flurry of late goals

first_img1 Matt Phillips scored twice as Queens Park Rangers came back from 2-0 down to beat Wolves 3-2 for their first victory of the season.Goals from Benik Afobe – who has been linked with a move to Norwich – and Kevin McDonald put the home side ahead with Charlie Austin pulling a goal back before half-time.Chris Ramsey’s half-time team talk obviously had a telling effect as his players came out re-energised and Phillips scored twice to hand QPR the three points.Bristol City got their first point of the season after fighting back from 2-0 to earn a 2-2 draw thanks to a late Aiden Flint backheeled goal.A Mirco Antenucci penalty and Chris Wood gave the visitors a two goal lead before an 89th-minute Keiran Agard goal set the wheels in motion for the thrilling comeback.Hull needed to rely on an 86th minute Sone Aluko goal to nick a 2-1 victory at home to Fulham.Ahmed Elmohamady put the hosts in front at half-time before Tom Cairney equalised, only for Steve Bruce’s men to snatch the three points late on.The Championship was full of late goals and Sheffield Wednesday benefited from another as Modou Sougou rescued a point in a 1-1 draw against Reading after Danny Williams’ opener. Bristol City last_img read more

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Pasadena residents fight ballot measure

first_img “Ultimately, we’re seeking to ask the court that the city isn’t forced to spend money on an invalid measure,” said Fredric Woocher, an attorney representing Pasadena First, a political action committee formed mainly by Rose Bowl neighborhood residents. Earlier this month, signature gatherers began canvassing Pasadena in an attempt to gather the 9,816 valid signatures that will be required to put the initiative on the ballot, which Holden hopes to do in a special election by March. Benson said Friday that he wanted to “make it clear that no decisions have been made regarding our future plans,” and added that none would be made until the 2005 season is over. “There are many factors that will affect the future location of our team,” Benson said. “That is also true of many other New Orleans-based companies that are faced with deciding their future homes.” On Oct. 30, the Saints will play the first of four scheduled home games in Louisiana – all in LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge – because of damage to the Louisiana Superdome. Injury update: Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell sat out for much of practice with a strained left calf muscle, but remains listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who has a sore calf, did practice and is expected to play. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Woocher said the suit was filed as a warning shot. He would ask for an injunction if the signatures being gathered are filed with the city, which has 30 days to verify them. Holden could not be reached for comment. The drive comes after two years of stop-and-start negotiations with the NFL for a proposed $500 million renovation of the Rose Bowl ended in June when the city council was deadlocked on whether to go forward with the final negotiations of terms. The stalemate left Anaheim and the Coliseum as the NFL’s two options. The NFL had planned to make a decision on a site at an owners meeting next week, but in recent weeks it became clear that a decision is several months off – perhaps not until the owners’ next scheduled meeting in March. – Billy Witz A new tune: After the mayor of New Orleans blasted him for talking of moving his team to San Antonio, Saints owner Tom Benson said he hasn’t made any plans to relocate in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. center_img Rose Bowl neighborhood activists filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to thwart Pasadena councilman Chris Holden’s effort to put an initiative on the ballot that would require the city to resume negotiations with the league. The suit asks that the court stop the initiative process because it violates several provisions of state law, including the naming of a private corporation – in this case, the NFL – in an initiative. last_img read more

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Picture Special: Glenswilly GAA’s Strictly Come Dancing a huge success

first_imgGlenswilly GAA hosted a hugely successful night of glitz and glam as they presented Strictly Come Dancing to a packed house.Hosted at the lavish Silver Tassie Hotel, the judges on the night were Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan, Donegal Captain Michael Murphy, and Glenswilly’s Eileen Quinn. Some of the amazing costumes included cops and robbers, cowboys and cowgirls, and there were even a few acts from the 1950s!The event was won by Shane McDevitt and Niamh Gallagher, who won the judges over with their remarkably fancy footwork.Marion McGarrigle previously received a few tips from Strictly star Vincent Simone dropped into Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny! Pictures by Geraldine Diver.Picture Special: Glenswilly GAA’s Strictly Come Dancing a huge success was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Glenswilly GAAStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

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Production Tips: Walkie Talkie Codes and Etiquette on Set

first_imgGo ToAs I mentioned, most productions will designate radio channels for different departments — and others for general crew use. When someone calls for you to “Go to channel 8,” for example, they need to have a more detailed conversation with you than general channels will allow. Both you and the other party switch to channel 8 (in this example) and continue your conversation there.What’s your 20?20 is short for location. This is one of the most common radio calls.Copy and 10-4Both “copy” and 10-4 are slang for an affirmative response, and for the most part, may be used interchangeably. More than simply “yes,” they imply that you understood the preceding request and are moving to act on it.10-1 and 10-2 (10-100 and 10-200)These are bathroom calls. I’ll let you figure out the difference between the two.Go againI’ve heard a few variations of this one on different sets, but “Go Again” is a common response when the other party needs you to repeat yourself.Flying in/outFlying in or out just means that someone or something is being brought to or taken from set. You’ll hear it used all over set, not just over the radio.Keying or hot mic’ingThis is another one that has a few common variations in wording, depending on the crew or production. Essentially “keying” or “hot mic’ing” means that someone is accidentally holding the transmit button on their radio and disrupting communications. Mess this up enough and you are going to lose your walkie.If you ever get a code that you don’t understand, ask the other person to “go again.” If you still don’t understand the request, tell them to “go to” an appropriate channel to explain in full.With these basics, you should be all set for your first day. Pay attention to the codes you hear other members of the crew using, and you should get a good feel for most of the codes within your first week or so on set.Cover image via zhgee.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Directing Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong WayProduction Tips: What to Expect on Your First Film or Video SetUnderstanding Tax Incentives in the Filmmaking IndustryThis DIY Roger Deakins Style Ring Light Costs Less Than $150Understanding Image Noise in Your Film and Video Projects Efficient radio communication on set keeps productions moving quickly. Here’s what you need to know to join the conversation.The efficiency of radio communication on set depends on the knowledge and discipline of the crew members using the radios. To increase productivity, crews rely on codified forms of communication on set to quickly and clearly convey information or requests.In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the basics of walkie communication.Channel ManagementImage via gnepphoto.Radio communication is the backbone of most sets. Walkies help the crew stay productive — even during quiet moments. Radios also keep the crew connected when they’re out of sight or speaking distance. Good comms makes productions move faster and more efficiently.Productions will usually have either one or a small handful of channels designated as general communication channels for the entire crew to use. When not actively communicating, this should be where you keep your walkie parked. The remaining channels are reserved for different departments.When someone needs you, they will call for you, you will respond to the call, and they will tell you to “go to” another one of the specified channels. You will both flip over to that channel to continue the discussion without interrupting the general channels. Once done, you will both flip back to the designated general channel.Here are some general walkie tips that will help you out during your first few days on set.Walkie Codes for your first productionImage via gnepphoto.Speak ClearlyWhen speaking, communicate confidently and succinctly. Before you hit the transmit button and start talking, take a moment to repeat the call you want to give a few times in your head. Make sure you know what you need, whom you need, and how you are going to say what you need to say.Observe Channel RulesDon’t chat in the general channels. These channels are for quickly connecting with other crew members or to share announcements. If you are talking in one of them beyond a simple “go to” or a quick remark or request, your crew mates will become frustrated with you.Learn the Voices of the CrewAt the very least, learn the voices of those members of the crew with whom you interact regularly. It’s fine to ask whom you’re speaking with for the first week or so of a production, but after that, you are at moderately high risk for being thought of as a little rude — or at least a little slow on the uptake. Pay attention to who is speaking on the radios most often, match faces to names, and quiz yourself from time to time when you hear a voice you don’t recognize.Now that we’ve got a few of the basics down, let’s take a quick look at some of the codes you’ll hear on set.Set Radio CodesImage via gnepphoto.I won’t attempt to provide an exhaustive list of radio callouts and codes; instead, I’ll focus on those you’re most likely to hear during your first few days of production.last_img read more