These 9 conferences are a great way to stay up-to-date on all the latest products and industry trends.NAB image by PattyMooneyWhether you’re an indie-filmmaker, video producer or a network executive, there is a conference for you. These events are a great way to network with others in the industry and they also offer a lot of great learning opportunities. If you want to know which one’s best suited for you, check out our 9 recommended conferences every filmmaker should consider.1. NABNAB is the mother of all video and filmmaking conferences. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just getting into the industry, there’s something for everybody at NAB. Best known as the event where large companies unveil their latest cameras and products, you’ll find massive showfloors dedicated to the future of filmmaking, television, video, distribution and much more. Covering the entire event takes full days – there’s over 1,700 exhibitors in attendance and 2 million square feet of exhibitor space.Notable Session: Gravity and Cinematography’s New Frontiers: A Conversation with Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMCLocation: Las Vegas, NevadaPrice: $150+2. SXSWWhat started as a music festival in the late 80’s has become one of the world’s preeminent creative conferences. Now covering music, film and interactive, Austin’s South by Southwest is 9 days of the latest creative ideas and innovations. The film conference features indie productions of every size along with awesome keynote presentations from some of the best known actors, directors, and filmmakers in the world.Notable Session: A Conversation with Nicolas CageLocation: Austin, TexasPrice: $550+3. SundanceSundance has come a long way in its 33 years of existence. While it’s known as one of the biggest film festivals in the world, Sundance is much more than simply a festival. Here you’ll find panels comprised of the best filmmakers and actors all talking about their work, year round events from the Sundance Institute and excellent networking opportunities for anyone looking to meet fellow artists.Notable Session: Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets, How Do We Know Films Are Making a Difference?Location: Park City, UtahPrice: $1,500+ 4. SIGGRAPHSIGGRAPH is the world’s largest conference dedicated to computer graphics and developments in graphics technology. Those who purchase full conference access will be able to attend SIGGRAPH awards sessions, art galleries, a computer animation festival, and of course, the large exhibition.Notable Session: Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Cancel the Apocalypse – The Visual Effects of “Pacific Rim”Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaPrice: $1,1455. IBCIBC is a conference dedicated to content creation, management, and delivery. Most commonly thought of as the NAB of Europe, IBC is the second largest conference for video professionals. It’s occurs 6 months after NAB, giving vendors and manufacturers another major avenue to show off their latest products.Notable Session: Big Screen and Second Screens—can they coexist peacefully and profitably?Location: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsPrice:$749 8. AFM Conference SeriesDesigned to be a place where content producers and distributers collide, the American Film Market Conference Series is a great event for anyone looking to meet buyers for their film or TV series. Instead of focusing on the same topics every day, the AFM Conference is made up of mini-conferences, with topics ranging from financing films to pitching.Notable Session: DIY Distribution: Finding Your Film’s Audience and Digital NicheLocation: Santa Monica, CaliforniaPrice: $5458. NATPEIn line with the AFM Conference Series, NATPE is a conference dedicated to helping content producers find buyers and financing for their work. NATPE is dinstinct in that it is solely dedicated to television. NATPE takes a look at the TV industry as a whole through insightful sessions taught by industry executives and celebrities alike. If you are looking to get your next project on TV than the is is the place for you.Notable Session: Storytellers and the Shaping of Pop Culture: A Chat with Jay LenoLocation: Santa Monica, CaliforniaPrice: $1,1509. InFocusIf you’re looking for a relaxed, down-to-earth conference than the InFocus conference should be on your radar. Focusing more on creativity than the industry, InFocus is a networking and educational conference designed to help filmmakers get real world experience by working in groups. The attendees appear to be a mix of industry professionals, as well as those looking to get into the industry.Notable Session: Relaxing with Fellow FilmmakersLocation: Charleston, South CarolinaPrice: $575Know of any other great conferences for filmmakers? Let us know in the comments below.
December 12, 2019
Sure, Russian Arm systems are amazing, and we’d all love to use one, but if you don’t have the budget for one, just build your own car-side camera mount.So, if the tutorial for my previous car camera rig for the hood, roof, or trunk didn’t send you screaming in fear of smashing your camera package into a million pieces, then have I got a new video for you! In this video tutorial, I cover how you can build a car-side camera mount for $50 that will get you some great low-angle vehicle shots without blowing your entire production budget.But, first things first. If you want to learn to capture these challenging but impressive angles, you’ve got to run a safe shoot. And there are laws against the obstruction of the driver’s view that include rearview mirrors. So review your local traffic laws, get the proper permits, and do not drive on public roads with heavy traffic using a side-mounted camera rig.Now then. Let’s get started. Using reclaimed materials, I was able to create a simple side mount using the build platform from my previous mount. However, while it’s not technically necessary, I purchased two dual dent pullers. This keeps things easier to manage due to the different angles of a car’s exterior molding. Attaching all four points is going to be impossible for most compact cars, but two is still possible with a quad version. You will need a truck, van, or SUV with a large flat surface area with good ground clearance for the chase vehicle. (You may want to find access to such a vehicle before creating a rig specifically like mine.)I used two large metal shelf supports to brace two boards at a perpendicular angle, but a rigged metal piece doesn’t allow for angle adjustments, hence the flat surface requirement. Perhaps using metal wire, a turnbuckle, and hinges could accommodate angle adjustment — although you’ll get some bouncing if don’t lock everything down with some tow straps. Suction cup failure is always a possibility, and the straps are a wonderful safety measure. Your heart will thank you later.You can use the same u-bolts to attach the suction cups, but you will need a set of new bolts to attach the metal frames. You can use self-locking bolts to make sure everything stays secure, but make sure to use the right length for your setup.When it comes to testing this kind of rig, I suggest using multi-level parking garages. They are open to the public but don’t have through traffic, and many are nearly empty at the right time of day. Weather is not major factor either, due to the cover. Nearly all of them have lighting of some kind, and most importantly, their traffic is one-way, so there is much less for the driver to worry about. Basically, do everything you can to isolate yourself from other drivers, without obstructing traffic or closing roads — if you have not obtained a permit. Closing a road with a permit usually requires insurance and hiring police officers to direct traffic. But most parking structures have a gate of some kind, so you can use a spotter to inform the rest of the team when other drivers enter the structure.Next was finding a good subject. It needed to complement the sense of speed that this mount creates, as low to the ground as it is. A friend of mine races and builds beautiful motorcycles, so he was the perfect candidate — never ask anyone without professional experience or training to do any stunt work.I also asked fellow photo/video friends to drive, pull focus, and capture behind-the-scenes footage to finish out the crew. A bit of location-scouting helped me figure out what kind of traffic and lighting to expect.There is some specific equipment that really helps out you’re using a gimbal setup. (The next video I create will feature all the equipment I’ve chosen, with commentary on its usefulness and limitations.) Personally, my equipment budget is very tight, but I’ll save up when I have to in order to get good, durable functionality. Here are the main components:GH5: small, easy-to-balance camera with powerful codec options.DJI Ronin MX: cheaper gimbal option, advertised to have stronger motors with GPS capability.Aputure DEC Lens Regain: wireless record function control, f-stop adjustment, and less accurate focus control.Cinegears Rattlesnake Follow Focus: more accurate wireless focus controls that can make a photo lens feel like a true cinema lens.Sigma 18-35mm Art Lens: a fast lens that can change focal length without a change in barrel size or weight distribution.O Gear HDMI Transmitter: wireless HDMI viewing (can be glitchy based on setup and distance).Once everyone is on set, and the equipment is ready, go over the game plan with your entire crew. Create a route for your scene that everyone can follow, including instructions for returning “back to 1” — or the first position of the scene for crew and actors. And be ready for some disappointment here and there. It is very difficult to keep the camera locked on the subject when making the turns due to g-forces. And speed is difficult to manage. But persistence will pay off, and some things you can fix with some editing tricks. (I sped up almost every shot in my thirty-second spec commercial a great deal, for example.) The rest of the tutorial video is raw footage with no processing.Good luck building your own rig!Looking for more video production tutorials? 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December 1, 2019
Unknown gunmen killed the personal security officer of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Sajad Mufti outside a mosque after Friday prayers in the Bijbehara area of Anantnag.“Policeman Farooq Ahmad Reshi sustained critical gunshot injuries. He was evacuated to hospital for medical treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries,” the police said.Mr. Mufti was inside the mosque when the gunmen struck outside and snatched the service rifle from the constable, police officials said.The attack came just six days after National Conference (NC) leader Peer Tauqeer Shah’s guard was killed in an attack in the Kokernag area of Anantnag.Heavy pricePDP president Mehbooba Mufti, a close relative of Mr. Mufti, said, “Such dastardly acts only add to the woes of the masses. Either ways, Kashmiris are paying a heavy price.”Several parties have condemned the attack.NC’s view“Another police bodyguard killed in the line of duty in south Kashmir. I condemn the attack,” National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said.The Congress, in a statement, demanded that the authorities “ascertain the identity of the killers for severe punishment”.The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee described the incident as a “mindless and shameful act on the part of killers”.“Violence in any form and manifestation is condemnable. Such incidents are inhuman and unfortunate and the perpetrators of violence have achieved nothing except for rendering irreparable loss to the victim family,” Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, said.
November 27, 2019
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “We’ve just been fortunate to get stops late,” Cauley-Stein said. “We don’t want to have to battle down 20. We just have to get stops earlier. In the first half of the last couple of games, they get a lot of layups.”Bogdan Bogdanovic added 24 points, De’Aaron Fox had 19 points and 11 assists, and Iman Shumpert scored 10.Anthony Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday added 27 points, six assists and seven rebounds. New Orleans has lost four straight and 12 of 17.“It’s kind of the same story for us,” Holiday said. “Between the coaches and the players, we have to get on the same page when it comes down to the last four minutes. In the second half they started making shots.”Down 105-94 with 7 1/2 minutes left, the Kings scored 14 consecutive points as part of a 19-5 run to take control. Hield fueled the comeback with a pair of 3-pointers and a fast-break layup, and Fox made a free throw to put the Kings up 113-110 with 2:03 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s fantastic,” Joerger said. “Guys have put in a lot of work. It’s also a feather in the hat of our organization and the direction that we’re going.”UP NEXTPelicans: At Dallas on Wednesday night.Kings: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New Orleans Pelicans guard Frank Jackson (15) passes the ball around Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dave Joerger is pretty proud of the way his Kings have been able to generate a few big comeback wins this season.It’s the early double-digit deficits the Sacramento coach could do without.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento pushed its lead to 121-114 before Davis made a 3. After Fox made one of two free throws, Julius Randle scored and appeared to get fouled but the play was overturned on replay.The Pelicans, who scored a franchise-record 149 points against the Kings when the teams met in the second game of the season in October, got off to another fast start. New Orleans led 32-13 in the first quarter, then withstood a surge by Sacramento in the second to go up 69-58 at halftime.“We played well over stretches and then we go away from what we’re doing,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We stopped moving the basketball and tried to do it ourselves. We’re not capable of doing that.”TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans scored 66 points in the paint. … Davis had eight points in the first quarter, going 6 for 6 on free throws. … Nikola Mirotic missed his fifth consecutive game because of a sore right ankle.Kings: Marvin Bagley (bruised left knee) sat out his fifth straight game. … The Kings made five 3s in the fourth quarter.FOX-LIKE REFLEXESFox made a phenomenal defensive play in the second quarter when he chased down Tim Frazier and blocked a fast-break layup attempt from behind. The ball ricocheted off the backboard and nearly went to midcourt, leading to an easy basket for Hield as the Golden1 Center crowd erupted in a thunderous ovation.NEW YEAR, NEW KINGSWith two games left in 2018, the Kings (18-15) are guaranteed of heading into the new year with a winning record for the first time since 2004-05. 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LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Buddy Hield scored 28 and the Kings overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 122-117 on Sunday.“The identity that we’re never out of a game, we love,” Joerger said. “The identity of starting slow because we’re going to catch you later is not what I’m looking for. We’ve got some young bodies, some young minds, and the best is in front of us. 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November 26, 2019
Manchester: Bernardo Silva admitted Manchester City’s “unbelievable” 8-0 thrashing of Watford was motivated by a desire to erase the bitter taste of their shock defeat against Norwich.City recorded their biggest ever top-flight victory thanks to Bernardo’s hat-trick and goals for Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne at a jubilant Etihad Stadium. It was the perfect response from Pep Guardiola’s side after their shock 3-2 loss against Norwich last weekend.That defeat has given the initiative to leaders Liverpool in the title race and Portugal playmaker Bernardo revealed City were desperate to make amends.”We were unbelievable in the first 30 minutes, scored lots of goals and had control. After the Norwich defeat, it was great to give our fans the result and the performance,” Bernardo said.”We aimed to keep it going in the second half. We didn’t want them to hurt us or score past us.”Football is a hard game – I’ve won 8-0 today but I’ve lost plenty of times by five or four goals.”It was a great performance, 8-0 says everything. It’s very good to get the three points after defeat at Norwich and I’m very happy with my first hat-trick of my career. My first match ball at home.”City are now two points behind Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp’s side can reopen a five-point lead if they win at Chelsea on Sunday.After winning the domestic treble last term, Bernardo believes the ruthless nature of City’s win, which saw them keep their foot on the gas after scoring five goals in the first half, proves they still have the hunger for more silverware.”All teams have good and bad moments, the way you react to the bad is the most important thing. Once again this team showed we want to fight for the Premier League and all the titles,” he said.Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster said City’s superlative display was the best he had ever seen.But he admitted the Hornets had failed to offer any kind of resistance in their heaviest ever defeat at any level of English football.”It’s probably a bit of shock, embarrassment. I think we let ourselves down today,” Foster said.”As a keeper coming to City and Liverpool, if you let five in 20 minutes you fear the worst, you think cricket scores.”They are without doubt the best team I have ever played against. We were poor, didn’t lay a glove on them but at times it was breathtaking watching them.”You come away to City and I’m not joking, you think if you keep it to two or three – they are so good. Them and Liverpool are a different level.” Bernardo Silvadavid SilvaEtihad StadiumKevin de Bruyne First Published: September 22, 2019, 9:11 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
November 18, 2019
NEW YORK — In a season that’s become pretty frustrating for the Baltimore Orioles, they’ve enjoyed one constant — the power of Chris Davis.Davis led off the ninth inning with his major league-leading 41st home run and the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Sept. 8 for just their fourth win in 19 games. “I thought we did a good job hanging in there,” Davis said.Baltimore has faded from contention in the wild-card race, which the Yankees lead. But they dropped 1 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Toronto.New York failed to take advantage of Masahiro Tanaka’s 10-strikeout performance and Alex Rodriguez’s 30th homer — A-Rod has reached the mark in 15 seasons, tying Hank Aaron’s record.Beyond that, the Yankees managed a mere five singles. “We just didn’t come up with the big hit tonight,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Davis picked on a 2-0 pitch and homered for the sixth time in seven games, lofting an opposite-field drive into the seats in left. He was the first batter Chasen Shreve (6-2) faced after Tanaka pitched eight innings.Davis, like Rodriguez, is enjoying a resurgent season. The Orioles’ slugger led the majors with 53 home runs in 2013, but hit just 26 last year and drew a drug suspension down the stretch.“Solid in a time of need,” Manager Buck Showalter said.Darren O’Day (6-2) got two outs for the win. Zach Britton closed for his 31st save in 34 chances.The Orioles ended a three-game skid overall and a five-game drought at Yankee Stadium despite star outfielder Adam Jones sitting out with a sore shoulder. New York lost for the third time in 11 games.Rodriguez hit his 684th career homer leading off the sixth, making it 1-all and chasing Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman.The 40-year-old Rodriguez hadn’t hit the 30-homer mark since 2010. He didn’t play last year while serving a season-long drug suspension.The homer was A-Rod’s fourth in five games and boosted his career hit total to 3,056, moving him past Rickey Henderson for 22nd place.Gausman did get even with Yankees rookie Greg Bird, striking him out in both at-bats. Bird was Gausman’s catcher in high school in Aurora, Colorado — the last time they faced each other, Bird homered in an intrasquad game.The two good friends went out to dinner Sept. 7. Gausman said he kidded that he’d strike out Bird every time, while Bird said he’d hit a home run.“It was pretty cool,” Gausman said. Echoed Bird: “It’s cool, I guess, seeing someone you grew up with out there and competing against him. It was fun.”Tanaka had given up just one scratch single before Ryan Flaherty led off the Orioles sixth by lining a home run. After a two-out single, Davis hustled for an infield hit, only to be called out on a replay review.Third baseman Brendan Ryan cut off a potential Baltimore burst in the seventh, diving to his left to begin a nifty double play. (BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
November 18, 2019
Manchester City has not been cooperating with investigators and is facing a one-season ban from the Champions League for violating financial monitoring rules, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.City released a statement Tuesday saying the club has provided “comprehensive proof” that it did not break financial regulations, but the person said the Champions League ban is being pursued by UEFA financial investigators, confirming a New York Times report. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is confidential and ongoing.The person also said the Premier League champions have not been cooperating with the investigation when they have been asked about information in leaked documents.An independent club finance panel has been examining evidence published in the Football Leaks series. The AP reported in December that UEFA believed it had been misled by City over income.In its statement , City said “the accusation of financial irregularities (is) entirely false, and comprehensive proof of this fact has been provided.” City also said the club’s “published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record.”City added it was “extremely concerning” that details about the process of the investigation has been leaked to a newspaper, saying that implies the club’s “good faith” in the independent panel is “misplaced” or that the “process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club’s reputation and its commercial interests. Or both.”Key to the investigation is whether City deceived UEFA for several years, including by disguising the source of revenue from sponsorship deals tied to the club’s owners in Abu Dhabi. UEFA rules limit cash injections from wealthy owners, and commercial deals such as shirt sponsorship that are suspected of being inflated are assessed for the fair market rate.UEFA said it does not comment on ongoing Financial Fair Play investigations. The governing body’s next scheduled public statement will likely be to announce if the file on City has been transferred to the judges, or closed.City won the Premier League title on Sunday for the fourth time in eight seasons. The team has never won the Champions League.By: Rob Harris and Steve Douglas, AP Sports Writers TweetPinShare0 Shares
November 17, 2019
Korean electronics giant, LG is expected to launch a new Q-series smartphone soon. Ahead of its global launch, fresh press renders of LG’s upcoming Q-series Android phone- the LG Q9– have surfaced online. The new images reveal that the phone will sport a notched display with a metallic finish.As per MrGizmo, the fresh press renders show that the purported new phone will sport a design that is quite similar to the LG G7 Fit, that was announced in August this year. The upcoming LG Q9 appears to features a metal back with a sleek metal frame. In the front, the phone sports a notch with a selfie camera- a feature that is similar to the previous leaks.Besides this, the phone will also sports a 3.5mm jack along with a USB Type-C jack and a speaker grill. Additionally, the phone will come with three buttons- two on the left side of the device for adjusting the volume and one on the right side for turning the device on or off. Sadly the leaked images indicate that the phone, unlike the recently launched LG V40 ThinQ, will not sport a separate button for invoking Google Assistant. However, there is a possibility that the phone will with IP68 dust and water resistant technology. It is also highly likely that the upcoming phone, just like LG’s other high-end phones, will be compliant with MIL-STD-810G military grade technology.Meanwhile, previous leaks have divulged interesting details about the company’s purported new phone. Previous leaks suggest that the phone will come with a 6.1-inch display and it will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip. The phone is likely to feature 4GB RAM and come in two memory variants-smaller 32GB memory variant and larger 64GB memory variant. It is also likely to feature a slot for a memory card that would expand its memory up to 2TB.advertisementALSO READ: LG Q9 leaked press render shows a 6.1-inch screen with a notched displayBesides this, the phone is tipped to with Android Oreo out of the box and feature a battery measuring 3,550mAh. In terms of connectivity, the phone is expected to feature a host of options including NFC, Wi-Fi, GLONASS, 4G VoLTE and Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy.
October 25, 2019
India Today Web Desk CanadaJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 00:31 IST Global T20 Canada: Yuvraj Singh in action for Toronto Nationals (@GT20Canada)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh’s knock was laced with 2 sixes and 4 boundaries in his 26-ball 45Before this, Yuvraj scored 21-ball 35 that helped Toronto Nationals secure a two-wicket winRodrigo Thomas and Kieron Pollard also hit fifties to take Toronto Nationals to another big totalFormer Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh continued to impress with the bat as he smashed 26-ball 45 to help Toronto Nationals set a target of 217 against Winnipeg Hawks in the 7th Match of Global T20 Canada at Brampton on Monday.After winning the toss, Winnipeg Hawks opted to bowl against Toronto Nationals. Chirag Suri and Heinrich Klaasen fell in the first 5 overs as Rodrigo Thomas and Yuvraj Singh heroics helped the Nationals get past 200.Yuvraj Singh’s knock was laced with 2 sixes and 4 boundaries in his 26-ball 45 before being falling to Kaleem Sana in the 13th over of the game. Sana bowled a slower ball that nipped back in as Yuvraj Singh got an inside edge to that while trying to play it to the third man.We witnessed some vintage shots from @YUVSTRONG12 before he got out on 45 (26). What an entertainer! #GT2019 #TNvsWH pic.twitter.com/kaayDaPhODGT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) July 29, 2019Other than the skipper, Rodrigo Thomas (65) and Kieron Pollard (52) also hit fifties to take their side to another big total of the tournament.This was not the first time that Yuvraj Singh entertained his fans in the Global T20 Canada. Before this, he scored 21-ball 35 that helped Toronto Nationals secure a two-wicket victory over Edmonton Royals in their 2nd match of league.The former India-all rounder was, however, criticized in the opener of the league for his slow approach. Yuvraj was struggling with a back issue as he made just 14 from 27 balls in National’s first game.However, Yuvraj Singh came up with much-improved effort in Toronto Nationals rest of the matches.advertisementYuvraj Singh is playing in the Global T20 Canada after announcing his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League earlier this month.Read more | Sanjay Winnipeg Hawks Manjrekar disagrees with Sunil Gavaskar view on selectors and Virat Kohli captaincyAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Global T20 CanadaFollow GT20 leagueFollow GT20Follow Toronto Nationals Global T20 Canada: Yuvraj Singh shines with bat again for Toronto NationalsOther than Yuvraj Singh, Rodrigo Thomas (65) and Kieron Pollard (52) also hit fifties to take their side to another big total of the tournament.advertisement
October 24, 2019
Approximately 1,000 public schools at the infant, primary and secondary levels will open their doors to welcome almost 500,000 students for the new school year. In addition, hundreds of early-childhood institutions operated by community-based and private entities will extend their arms to admit thousands of four- to six-year-olds. With less than a week before the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Educators in several institutions in rural Jamaica say they are more than ready for the tasks ahead. Story Highlights In the meantime, Vice-Principal of Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland, Emily Ricketts, tells JIS News that one of the challenges her school is facing is to accommodate the high number of requests for transfers. With less than a week before the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Educators in several institutions in rural Jamaica say they are more than ready for the tasks ahead.However, they say that while they will be doing their best to facilitate the needs of thousands of students in the classrooms, “we are hoping that parents will also do their part in giving us some much-needed assistance”.Approximately 1,000 public schools at the infant, primary and secondary levels will open their doors to welcome almost 500,000 students for the new school year. In addition, hundreds of early-childhood institutions operated by community-based and private entities will extend their arms to admit thousands of four- to six-year-olds.The educators also note that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and its regional bodies have been of “tremendous help” and should be commended for their assistance in some very critical areas.“We are doing our best to ensure we have an environment that is conducive to learning for the one thousand-plus students who will be rolling through our corridors next Monday (September 4),” Principal of John Rollins Success Primary in Barrett Town, St. James, Yvonne Williams-Wisdom, tells JIS News.“We must commend the Ministry for its commitment in ensuring that no child is left behind and for the continuation of the lunch and breakfast programmes for needy students. Of course, there will be challenges. However, as best as possible, I am confident we are ready for the start of the new school year,” she says.Ms. Williams-Wisdom says that while security was a major concern in the past, the school has now hired a security firm “to keep intruders out” and to ensure that “our students and teachers remain safe”.For her part, Senior Teacher at Beecher Town Primary in St. Ann, Carmen Brown, says while the back-to-school preparations have been going well, the water situation at the facility remains a challenge.“We have a catchment where we have to rely on the rain and also trucked water from the National Water Commission (NWC). It is not the perfect situation, but we have to make do with the reality at hand,” she adds.Ms. Brown, whose school has excelled in both academics and cultural activities, says that teachers at Beecher Town Primary are really looking forward to the start of the new school year, noting that “our job here is to try and provide the highest quality of education for our children”.In anticipation of the new school year, the Ministry has been busy sending out senior officers in the field to engage in dialogue with educators as it relates to chartering a way forward.Emphasising that education is the most important gift a parent can pass on to a child, portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told a recent Jamaica Teachers’ Association conference that every child in Jamaica that is of age to go to school must do so as provided for in the Education Code.“No child must be kept at home without good cause, and no school must exclude any student,” the Education Minister declared.In the meantime, Vice-Principal of Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland, Emily Ricketts, tells JIS News that one of the challenges her school is facing is to accommodate the high number of requests for transfers.“Godfrey Stewart has emerged as a school of choice for many students in Westmoreland. Unfortunately, especially on the eve of back-to-school, we are unable to accommodate many of the transfer requests we are getting,” she says.Ms. Ricketts notes that the school is well prepared for back-to-school activities. “We are all very positive and excited about the prospects of a very good school year,” she says.Over at Maldon Primary in Maroon Town, St. James, expectations are high for a very successful school year.Principal, Audrey Bernard-Kilbourne, tells JIS News: “We too have our fair share of challenges. However, we have been good in working with what we have, and our dedicated teachers and equally dedicated students are ready for whatever lies ahead. Yes, we are ready for the new school year.”
October 23, 2019
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Taiwanese shipping company Wisdom Marine has approved a plan to order two bulk carriers at Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding.The new vessels would feature 37,800 dwt, according to Wisdom Marine.The company plans to spend a total of USD 50 million on the Handymax units, or USD 25 million a piece.Wisom Marine said that the new vessels would be ordered as part of its fleet optimisation progamme as the company aims to dispose of more ageing vessels.The company currently operates 130 vessels, mostly consisting of Handysize and Supramax bulkers. Data from the company’s fleet list reveals that the company has an additional 13 units on order from different Japanese shipbuilders.World Maritime News Staff
October 17, 2019
CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Negotiations continue to inch along between Canada Post and the union representing its employees.The latest round of rolling strikes hit several communities in British Columbia on Monday, after previously stopping mail delivery in Calgary on October 25.This is despite the federal government appointed a special mediator to assist with the talks.“Things are going very slow, we haven’t made much progress,” said Gord Fischer, National Director for the Prairie Region of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Fischer thinks the mediator is doing the best job possible but blames some of the hold-up on the crown corporation.“Canada Post’s attitude in terms of dealing with (CUPW) is that they seem to be unmoving, they seem to be stubborn. This corporation is a bit of a dinosaur; it needs to move ahead, and it needs to start dealing with its worker issues.”Namely on that list of issues is health and safety, with the union saying work is precarious, dangerous and slow.“A lot of that goes with overburdening in terms of people being required to do more work than can be reasonably expected and work more hours in a day than can be expected,” said Fischer.The union is also not budging on its bread and butter: delivering traditional lettermail, even though lettermail deliveries have fallen sharply in the last few years while parcel deliveries skyrocket.“Many people still use it,” added Fischer. “They use it for a number of purposes, whether that’s businesses for billings and it’s also for people that mail each other still, believe it or not — greeting cards, that sort of thing.”But Ian Lee, an Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University believes Canada Post needs to modernize into an e-commerce firm and put most of its focus on parcels. He said one issue with lettermail is the majority of people who still receive it are getting older. Lee added another problem with CUPW’s argument is the complaint about workload.“Right now, they’re waving their arms at 50,000 feet saying unfair workload, workload. And yet, you don’t hear these complaints from any other courier companies, so then the question is what are they doing differently?”Fischer said the rolling strikes would continue to be their primary strategy as the negotiations progress, but the locations where they will happen are kept a secret “because we like to catch Canada Post unprepared if we can.”But in the meantime, Fischer is still very optimistic a deal can be done, and the disruptions can stop soon.“We’d like to get back to work and get mail service back to normal for the Canadian people, and so we’re hoping that either the government or Canada Post get to the bargaining table and reach a deal quickly.”
October 17, 2019
VICTORIA — The British Columbia legislature’s two top officials say they have responded to a report released by the Speaker alleging they engaged in flagrant overspending, questionable expenses and inappropriate payouts of cash.Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and clerk of the house Craig James say they submitted their responses today to the Legislative Assembly Management Committee and they deny any wrongdoing in media statements.They were given until today to respond to the committee, which voted Jan. 21 to release the 76-page report by Speaker Darryl Plecas.Both men say they have responded as best they could in the short time they had available and without access to records and their office staff.Lenz and James were placed on administrative leave in November after members of the legislature learned of an ongoing RCMP investigation.The report by Plecas alleges the two officials claimed expenses for luxurious overseas trips and personal purchases, and that they received inappropriate payouts of cash in lieu of vacation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Canadian Press
October 15, 2019
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October 13, 2019
OTTAWA — The federal government is showing no apparent signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada’s spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Speaking to reporters today in Windsor, Ont., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s position that no new arms-export permits will be signed for Saudi Arabia as the Khashoggi case is being reviewed. That’s no different from what Canada’s been saying for weeks.Khashoggi’s killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Canada and renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.CSIS director David Vigneault recently travelled to Turkey to listen to the recording Turkish authorities have of the killing and briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as other top officials upon his return.Freeland says Canada is reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia — but her government has come under pressure to cancel the armoured-vehicles deal.She also says she spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday to press for a credible, transparent investigation into what she calls Khashoggi’s “atrocious murder.”Under intensifying pressure, Riyadh has changed its story about Khashoggi’s death, first saying he walked out of the consulate the day he disappeared but eventually acknowledging he was killed inside the building. Saudi Arabia has also recently acknowledged Turkish evidence that showed the slaying was premeditated.The killing has prompted international condemnation, including from Trudeau himself, but the prime minister has offered no clue on how the recordings may have affected his thoughts on the matter.Trudeau has said the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The Canadian Press
October 12, 2019
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s newly reelected administration says its promise to slash income taxes might be delivered late but won’t be broken as the government hopes to stimulate consumer spending and revive a flagging economy.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday passing the legislation that would reduce the annual tax bill of 10 million Australians by 1,080 Australian dollars ($740) is the government’s first priority when Parliament resumes once the vote counting from Saturday’s election is finished.Prime Minister Scott Morrison chose the latest possible date to call an election that delivered his conservative coalition a surprise victory.But the timing means he probably won’t be able to recall Parliament to pass the tax cuts before July 1 — when Morrison promised during the election campaign that the lower tax rate would take effect.The Associated Press
October 8, 2019
However inclement weather by last afteroon had worsened with torrential rains, covering the whole of the area with a pall of thick mist, compelling stranded picnickers to go in all directions, away from one another as darkness was enveloping the mountains. Over 200 members of the Army serving in Kandy were involved in the operation to rescue 455 students of the Sri Jayawardenapura and Jaffna universities who went missing in the Hantana mountains in Peradeniya.Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that all the students who went missing yesterday were rescued were brought to safety at daybreak today. As excitment, tension and sheer desperation began to grow every second with no assistance forthcoming in sight, one of the stranded lecturers in the group had reportedly alerted the Kandy Police on their plight over a mobile phone and pleaded for emergency assistance.Police in turn immediately contacted the Kandy 11 Division Headquarters of the Army for action since the Army has the potential for such rescue operations at short notice and in times of national disasters, etc. More than 200 officers and soldiers of 2 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), 20 Gajaba Regiment (GR) and Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) of the Training School in Gannoruwa launched the rescue operations by last evening.Hours after the launch of the operation the army traced the whereabouts of 71 missing students at first, of whom 7 were found critically ill. They were admitted to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital.By 4.30 a.m. today the troops completed the mammoth rescue operation after saving all the 455 missing students, including four lecturers and 30 student monks who were on the expedition, organized jointly by University of Jaffna and University of Peradeniya. He said that 386 undergraduates and several lecturers of the Sri Jayawardenapura University joined by 65 undergraduates and 4 lecturers of the Vavuniya Faculty of University of Jaffna as part of their annual picnic last morning, had commenced trekking the popular Hantana mountain range after entering from the Peradeniya University side. The army spokesman said that 46 among the stranded who were in poor health were rushed to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital for medical treatment.
September 25, 2019
This was a sophisticated and an involved fraud which preyed on vulnerable and elderly victimsProsecutor Leo Seelig A wine company boss who cheated his clients out of their fine vintages is facing jail.Jonathan Piper, 30, was the sole director of Embassy Wine UK Ltd, which claimed to act as brokers for investors in fine wine.The company cold-called prospective investors and persuaded them to hand over control of their collections to Embassy, which then sold them and broke off contact.These “clients” were also made to pay fees before sales could be transacted. Victims took out bank loans, used credit cards and even cashed in pensions to pay the fees. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. At least five people lost up to £300,000 in the scam – one of whom lost £150,000 out of her life savings – which operated between June 2011 and October 2014.Piper used the cash from the con to fund a lavish lifestyle and spent almost £90,000 on a BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport.None of the income he generated between 2008 and 2014 – either legitimately or otherwise – was declared to HMRC, which was subsequently swindled out of £51,104 in income tax payments.Piper appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, where he had been due to stand trial accused of fraud by false representation, cheating the Inland Revenue, fraudulent trading and two counts of converting criminal property.Prosecutor Leo Seelig said: “The prosecution would simply say that this was a sophisticated and an involved fraud which preyed on vulnerable and elderly victims.”The court heard that Piper, now working as a scaffolder, intended to borrow money from friends in order to repay a portion of the money, which he put at closer to £200,000, following his guilty pleas.”It is his hope that he will be able to reduce the amount that is owed to the victims before sentencing,” said Thomas Day, defending. She added: “These offences, just one of them alone, is likely to attract a custodial sentence and for my part I cannot see any reason why Mr Piper should not begin that sentence as of now.”It would be unfair, in fact, for him to go out and come back knowing that there is a lengthy sentence that he will face and in those circumstances I refuse bail.”It is my decision and I appreciate that he has been entrusted with bail in the past but he must begin his sentence now.”Piper, of Wanstead, east London, admitted cheating the Inland Revenue, fraudulent trading and two counts of converting criminal property. He was remanded in custody ahead of sentence on September 16. Judge Louise Kamill said: “I have listened very carefully to Mr Day, but I am afraid I am not going to grant bail.”It seems to me before reparations are proposed, first of all, they will of course be taken into account by the sentencing court.”Secondly, these reparations are not going to be personally made by Mr Piper. He never has done and nothing has been done to date.”If people are intending to make a dent in the losses on his behalf, their efforts of course will be taken into account. But it does not devolve around Mr Piper.”He is not, himself as a scaffolder, going to get a loan of about £200,000 or however he is proposing to repay those losers.”