From Orson Welles to Ridley Scott, great filmmakers have developed signature styles that we know and recognize. Let’s look at the favorite focal lengths of famous directors and how they made them their own.Cover image via ShotonWhatDisclaimer: We acknowledge that all film directors use a wide variety of lenses and focal lengths in their films and throughout their careers. We are merely looking more in-depth at the focal lengths which may pop up time and time again in famous shots and films which we relate to famous directors’ legacies. Enjoy!When creating a film, the director is usually considered the one person with the vision to tell the story. All parts of production feed off the director in concert to bring that vision to life. One of the many, many decisions that a director must make going into each and every shot is on the focal length. If you look back through the cinematic histories of some of the most famous directors, you can uncover patterns and rules to how these directors have made systematic use of different focal lengths to elicit different feelings, themes and motifs to tell their story.Sareesh Sudhakaran at Wolfcrow.com put together a comprehensive breakdown of how nineteen famous directors have used specific focal lengths in their films and which ones are most representative of their work. You can watch his entire video here or at the bottom of this post, but here are his findings.Orson Welles: 18mm and 25mmOrson Welles in Touch of Evil via UniversalOrson Welles, like many directors of his era, mostly shot scenes with wide focal lengths and little movement. Instead, the characters moved within the frames between the composed fore and backgrounds. Sudhakaran points out that the two prominent focal lengths Welles used in his most famous films were 18mm (Touch of Evil) and 25mm (Citizen Kane). The wideness, while not too wide, allowed Welles to “get that deep focus and majestic blocking over long takes.”Image from Citizen Kane via RKOOther directors who often favored wide angles like 18mm and 25mm were Jean-Pierre Jeunet in Delicatessen and Roman Polanski in Rosemary’s Baby.Image from Delicatessen via UGCImage from Rosemary’s Baby via ParamountSteven Spielberg: 21mmImage via ParamountAccording to Sudhakaran, “Spielberg reportedly sees the world through 21mm,” which can be traced throughout his vast filmography. The Oscar-award-winning director makes heavy use of his preferred wide angle lens, letting the characters of his films move throughout their frames. His style is similar to Orson Welles, Sudhakaran argues, as he uses blocking within his shots better than anyone.Image from Munich via UniversalOther directors who make predominant use of the 21mm wide angle are Tim Burton and Martin Scorsese.Image from Edward Scissorhands via 20th Century FoxImage from Taxi Driver via ColumbiaThe Coen Brothers: 27mmImage via Working Title FilmsThe Coen Brothers join the long line of filmmakers who prefer the wide-angle approach. Although they vary film to film, Sudhakaran makes the case that 27mm is their true favorite focal length. Sudhakaran points out that David Fincher, like the Coen Brothers, is another director who varies his lenses but makes the most use of the 27mm.Image from Fargo via Working TitleDirectors like Wes Anderson have made heavy use of wide lenses like the 27mm but in a different format. Wes Anderson likes to use anamorphic lenses, which, while wider, creates the same compression as a non-anamorphic lens.Image via The Royal Tenenbaums via TouchstoneAlfred Hitchcock: 50mmImage via WaldinaEver the perfectionist, Alfred Hitchcock preferred the 50mm for the majority of his films, as it was the closest to the “natural field of view” according to Sudhakaran. He even went as far as to have his film sets built to best accommodate the framing he would need for the 50mm field of view.Image via Psycho via ParamountFamous international filmmakers like Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu also preferred the 50mm and would make adjustments to their sets to accommodate the lens.Image via A Man Escaped via GaumontImage via Tokyo Story via ShochikuRidley Scott: 75mm+Image via Indie RevolverRidley Scott is one of the rare directors who prefers to use long lenses. For 1979’s Alien, he used anamorphic 75mm and above. Sudhakaran also notes Scott’s affection for using zoom lenses and shooting spherical and cropped for widescreen. His shots are well-composed but lose some of the depth that accompanies wide focal length shots.Image from Alien via 20th Century FoxSudhakaran points out that one of the most famous directors in film history, Akira Kurosawa, is often believed to have used long zoom lenses as well, but actually worked mostly in the 35mm to 50mm range. Only occasionally would Kurosawa use telephoto for its extreme compression.Image from Yojimbo via TohoIf you’re interested, Sudhakaran has charted the preferred focal lengths of nineteen of his favorite directors which you can view below. You can also watch his video on the subject to get the full experience. What’s your favorite focal length to use? Was your choice inspired by one of the directors above? Let us know in the comments.
The use of seat belts has improved substantially among bus and truck drivers after the new law on traffic violations came into force, according to a survey conducted by NGO Save Life Foundation.The study was conducted at different sites in two States — at Burari, Bhalswa and Mukundpur in Delhi and Mumbai Pune Expressway and Old Mumbai Pune Highway in Maharashtra. As many as 1,190 vehicles were observed before the implementation of the Act on August 29 and on September 11 a total of 1,294 vehicles were monitored after the rules came into effect.80.5% increaseThe findings show that in Delhi there was an 80.5% increase in use of seat belts by bus drivers with 88% of them wearing seatbelts after the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, whereas only 7.5% wore them earlier. Similarly, the use of seatbelts among bus drivers in Mumbai went up by 26%, with 50% of those monitored wearing them instead of a mere 26.5% earlier. About 120 buses were monitored in Delhi and 108 in Mumbai before the study and after the study 105 were observed in Delhi and 110 in Mumbai.There is a remarkable improvement among truck drivers, too, with 27.7% increase in their use in Delhi and 21% in Mumbai. A total of 92 trucks before the new rules and 105 trucks after were observed in Delhi, where 127 trucks were monitored before and after implementation of the rules.Light motor vehiclesSeat belt compliance improved by 17.8% for light motor vehicles in Delhi, while for Mumbai it improved by 1 percentage point.As per the amended Act, the fine for not wearing seat belts has increased from ₹100-₹300 to ₹1,000 with effect from September 1.These findings for heavy vehicles stood out among other offences which were monitored including non-usage of helmets, not providing passage to emergency vehicles, load protrusion and overloading for two-wheelers, buses, trucks and light motor vehicles.According to government data on road accidents for 2017, trucks (along with tempos and tractors) and buses together accounted for nearly 27% of crashes or 1,24,000 of the total 4,60,000 accidents.While seat belts don’t avert accidents, their use helps in mitigating fatalities and serious injuries. According to a forensic examination of 500 crashes conducted by the Road Safety Foundation, nearly 33% of deaths were caused due to seat belts not being worn by road users.
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. Three days after leaving the field in tears over his role in an opponent’s injury, Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.After hitting the crossbar in the buildup to Tottenham’s first goal, Son put the result beyond doubt with two goals in the space of four second-half minutes, sealing Tottenham’s second straight Champions League win since losing 7-2 to Bayern Munich last month. Son scored his first in the 57th minute off a pass from Dele Alli to finish an incisive team move and made it 3-0 shortly after off a cross from Danny Rose.On Sunday, Son got a red card after his challenge left Everton’s André Gomes with a fractured ankle. The decision was later overturned on appeal, so he won’t serve a Premier League ban.After his first goal, Son turned toward the TV camera and made a gesture of apology.”I didn’t want to celebrate. I just wanted to respect the situation,” Son said in televised comments. “It’s been a tough few days.”Tottenham’s first goal against Red Star looked closer to pinball than football as Harry Kane hit the post and Son the crossbar before Giovani Lo Celso finally buried the ball in the net.Red Star nearly leveled in similar circumstances shortly after when Rajiv van la Parra’s shot smacked against the post and Tottenham defender Davinson Sánchez hit his own crossbar with a botched clearance.Red Star played the last 12 minutes with 10 men after striker Milan Pavkov was stretchered off with an apparently serious injury to his leg after landing awkwardly when challenging for a high ball.With Red Star a man down, Christian Eriksen made it 4-0 with a deflected shot for his first goal since Sept. 1.Tottenham last won away from home when it beat Ajax in last season’s Champions League semifinals.The win gives Tottenham a strong hold on second place in Group B, with a four-point cushion to Red Star in third. Leader Bayern beat Olympiakos 2-0 in the night’s other game and has advanced to the knockout stage.Despite the win, there’s still pressure on manager Mauricio Pocchettino ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Sheffield United.Home and away wins over Red Star are Tottenham’s only wins from its last seven games in all competitions. champions leagueChristian EriksenDele Alliharry kane First Published: November 7, 2019, 8:50 AM IST
Shillong, July 1 (PTI) Three persons including two women, were arrested from the outskirts of Shillong for carrying fake currency notes of the face value of more than Rs one lakh, police said.Acting on a tip off, a special police team conducted checking at Lad Smit area in the afternoon following which the trio were nabbed with the fake notes, they said.The arrested persons were identified as Narilona Siangshai from Wapungskur and Chemi Phawa from Mihmyntdu in West Jaintia Hills district and Teimon Chyrmang from Jalaphet in East Jaintia Hills district, East Khasi Hills district police chief M Kharkrang said.From their possession Police have recovered fake currencies with face value of Rs 1,33,500, he said.The three persons were later arrested and the vehicle they used impounded. PTI JOP SUS RG
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will pass an order on Friday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not disburse funds to its state affiliates if they refuse to carry out organisational reforms recommended by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and subsequently endorsed by it. (BCCI refuses to comply with Lodha reforms, Supreme Court to pass order tomorrow)The bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said it would pass an order to that effect on Friday after senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the court that it would be difficult for the BCCI to give an “unconditional undertaking” by that day. (BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting Lodha reforms)The court had asked the BCCI to give an “unconditional undertaking” that it would hold back the funding of its state affiliates who would resist organisational reforms. (Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur)As Sibal said “Tomorrow it (giving an unconditional undertaking) will be difficult”, Chief Justice Thakur said “Alright we will pass an order.”Just prior to this, Sibal asked the court: “Can we come back on the undertaking (aspect) on October 17,” but the bench said “You can make a statement by tomorrow.”The court will go into the Dussehra break from Saturday and reopen on October 17. (Apex Court to BCCI: Set Lodha panel’s reforms rolling or court will do so tomorrow)In an indication of the possible future course, the court in the course of the hearing indicated that it had two options — one to appoint a panel of administrators to oversee the transition in BCCI or ask the Lodha Committee to do it.advertisementThe bench said the Lodha Committee could give more time to the country’s apex cricketing body to carry out the recommendations or appoint a panel of administrators to effect the transition to new reformed order.Telling Sibal — who appeared for the BCCI — that the court has no problem in extending the time for carrying out the organisational reforms, Chief Justice Thakur said: “If an association (state affiliate of BCCI) is reluctant to reform, why are you giving them money? Why? Why? Your AGM is (read was) on September 30, you disburse money on September 29.”TIME RUNNING OUT FOR BCCIAs per the apex court’s June 18 judgement, the BCCI has time till November 18, extendable to January 18 to carry out organisational reforms recommended by the Lodha Committee.Telling the BCCI to give an unconditional undertaking stating that it would abide by all the directions of the Lodha Committee, the bench said: “We can’t be wasting our time when BCCI is not willing to abide by our directions.”The court’s strong observation came in the course of the hearing of an application by the Lodha Committee seeking some arrangement for the BCCI to transit from its existing order to one based on organisational reforms.Largely reiterating the Lodha Committee’s recommendations on the organisational reforms in BCCI, the apex court by its July 18 judgement had barred government Ministers, and serving civil servants from holding positions in the BCCI or its state affiliates, and recommended one state-one vote, limiting the age of office bearers to 70 years with a maximum term of nine years, and cooling off period between two terms, among others.There was also a stipulation that a person can’t be simultaneously an office bearer of the BCCI and the state cricketing associations — a provision that directly hits BCCI President Anurag Thakur.As Sibal tried to explain the BCCI’s dependence on its state affiliates saying “We survive because of them”, Chief Justice Thakur observed “They survive because of the money you give them”.Telling the BCCI that it was nobody’s money but that of the public and must be spent for “public causes”, the court reminded the country’s apex cricketing body, “You are discharging a public function. You must act in a transparent way”.At the outset of the hearing, senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, giving the sequence of developments including communications exchanged, told the court that the BCCI was finding every “way and means to subvert the judicial order” and described the acts of apex cricketing body as “criminal contempt”.Subramanium said that initially the BCCI was itself opposing the recommended organisational reforms but now it was pitch-forking its state affiliates to do so.
Happy birthday, Anil Kumble!The former India captain and one of the greatest bowlers to have played cricket, turns 47 today. The fiery leg-spinner captained India in 14 Tests and oversaw three victories, five defeats and six draws.The inspirational leader was also appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team and during his one-year term, Virat Kohli-led India won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.However, two days after the Champions Trophy Kumble resigned from his post as his partnership with captain Kohli became ‘untenable’.BIRTHDAY WISHESFrom Sachin Tendulkar to Virender Sehwag, wishes continued to pour in on Twitter for the man who always played cricket the hard way.”Wish you a very happy birthday, Kumbels! You have been an inspiration for generations together and will continue to be one,” Tendulkar tweeted.Sehwag led Twitter tributes for the legendary spinner, “On Dhanteras, wishing one of India’s greatest Dhan @anilkumble1074 bhai a very happy birthday. Jai jai Shiv Shambho, Happy Birthday Jumbo!””Wishing one of India’s greatest match winners , @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. May you have a great day and year ahead,” legendary batsman VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.Wish you a very happy birthday, Kumbels! You have been an inspiration for generations together and will continue to be one. pic.twitter.com/3vqMpqhu6E- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 17, 2017A perfect role model, an inspiration to many and a very humble man. Happy birthday @anilkumble1074! God bless. pic.twitter.com/2u41DG9Q7Radvertisement- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 17, 2017Wishing one of India’s greatest match winners , @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. May you have a great day and year ahead. pic.twitter.com/JBCvgOeIBk- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 17, 2017On Dhanteras, wishing one of India’s greatest Dhan @anilkumble1074 bhai a very happy birthday.Jai jai Shiv Shambho,Happy Birthday Jumbo ! pic.twitter.com/avEDcOgeWJ- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2017Very happy birthday @anilkumble1074! Wishing you a fantastic, most amazing and an incredible day. Lots of love and success to you! ???? pic.twitter.com/BhC65ITp11- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 17, 2017Truly one of the legends of Indian cricket and played massive part in Indian cricket’s success. Many happy returns @anilkumble1074- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 17, 2017With 956 wickets, he’s third in the all-time top international wicket takers list!Happy Birthday to India leg-spin legend @anilkumble1074! pic.twitter.com/OHuXYxffhP- ICC (@ICC) October 17, 2017Happy birthday to Indias biggest match winner…have a great one @anilkumble1074 ?????????- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 17, 2017Wishing a very happy birthday Anil Bhai. May all your dreams come true @anilkumble1074 ! pic.twitter.com/2UNvZof2tb- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 17, 2017Happy birthday to a true gentleman of cricket, @anilkumble1074 .. respect and best wishes always.- Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 17, 2017Happy Birthday @anilkumble1074 ! I wish you happiness, gr8 health & also a wonderful #diwali ! Take care.- Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 17, 2017Today: Aravinda de Silva is 52 & Anil Kumble is 47. In all internationals Kumble has dismissed deSilva most times – on 14 occasions!- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 17, 2017FUN FACTSAnil Kumble is India’s highest wicket taker in both Tests and one-day internationals. The leg-spinner took 619 wickets from 132 matches in the longest format and 337 wickets from 271 ODIs.Kumble made his Test debut in August 1990 against England at Manchester when he was 19. He made his ODI debut in April earlier that year against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. Kumble’s cricket career was spread over 18 years in which he single-handedly lead India to famous victories.Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2005. He was inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame in 2015. The Karnataka leg-spinner became the fourth Indian after Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Bishan Singh Bedi to feature in the elite list.Kumble became the only second bowler after Jim Lakes to pick up all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match. The leg-spinner achieved the feat against Pakistan at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla in 1999.Not just with the ball, Kumble was also a passable batsman. The right-hander scored his maiden century against England at The Oval in 2007.Kumble was handed the responsibility of captaincy during the fag end of his career. After taking over from Rahul Dravid, Kumble captained India in 14 Tests and won three, lost five and drew eight. The leg-spinner also led Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final in the second season of the Indian Premier League.The leg-spinner, who led India during the controversial 2008 tour to Australia, was lauded for the way he held the team together. The second Test in Sydney was marred by monkeygate scandal and poor umpiring decisions. Kumble, who kept his cool on the field, unleashed himself at the post-match press conference saying ‘only one team played in the spirit of the game’.advertisementAnil Kumble was included in World Anti-Doping Agency’s Standing Committee, that was aimed at monitoring global fight against doping, in 2009.Kumble began his role as cricket administrator when he was elected as the president of Karnataka State Cricket Association. In 2014, after the end of his three-year term with the board, he accused the board of misuse of funds and walked out of an association meeting.In 2012, Kumble was appointed as chairman of ICC Cricket Committee. He was reappointed as the committee’s head in 2013 and would be at the helm of things till 2018. Kumble was also the chief of BCCI’s Technical Committee before he stepped down in 2015.Kumble had successfully mentored IPL teams RCB and Mumbai Indians. During his three-year tenure as mentor of Mumbai between 2013 and 2015, the franchise went on win the title twice.
ZURICH — Portugal’s new coach Fernando Santos has lost his appeal against an eight-match FIFA ban for misconduct at the World Cup.FIFA says its appeal committee rejected the former Greece coach’s challenge. Santos can appeal again at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.He was hired by the Portuguese Football Federation despite being banned from the touchline for eight competitive matches.Santos will serve the sanction during European Championship qualifying, though he can pick the team and attend training sessions.The 59-year-old coach verbally abused match officials during Greece’s second-round elimination by Costa Rica. Santos was banished from the dugout after extra time, which finished 1-1. Greece then lost the penalty shootout.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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Transfers Texas-native Parks signs new Benfica deal Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 04:51 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images Transfers Benfica Benfica II Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Weeks after making his first team debut with the Portuguese giants, the 20-year-old midfielder signed a deal to keep him at the club until 2022 American youngster Keaton Parks has signed a new deal at Benfica to keep him at the club until 2022, the Portuguese giants announced Wednesday.The 20-year-old Texas native joined Benfica during the summer and has played the majority of the season with the club’s B side. However he made his first team debut last month, coming on in a Taca de Portugal match against Vitoria Setubal.The midfielder has yet to make an appearance in the Portuguese Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)“I feel great. I’m very excited to start a new journey at Benfica — continue my journey with Benfica — and get my chance in the A team and in the B team as I move forward,” Keaton Parks told BenficaTV.Keaton Parks renova até 2022! Sabe tudo no Site Oficial: https://t.co/8QfnfFPh19 pic.twitter.com/4kRZrk2R6l— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) December 6, 2017Parks left the United States after high school and joined Portuguese second-division side Varzim last season. He played in 10 games in the second-division last year, scoring two goals, before leaving to join Benfica this past summer.“It was a new team. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, I didn’t know what to expect. But it has been an amazing experience playing with the B team and getting my opportunity with the A team as well. It’s been great — training with them every day, playing in the games on the weekend — it’s has been good,” Parks said.With the B side this year, Parks has made 11 appearances and also scored two goals.“All the coaches have helped me a lot. With the B team and players they talk to me a lot, they help me out and I think I’ve evolved a lot since I’ve come here to Benfica,” Parks said.With the new deal, Parks knows he will continue with the B side but hopes to parlay that into more chances to play with the first team, saying: “To continue at Benfica, work very hard, and, if everything goes well, have more opportunities in the first team, more minutes in matches and prove myself.”
The Highland Village Museum will host a Gaelic song session on Tuesday, July 8. Seumas Watson, the museum’s manager of interpretation, and others will teach traditional Gaelic songs of Cape Breton at the event, known in Gaelic as Ag Éirigh air Òran. Samples of fieldwork collected from traditional Gaelic singers over the years will be featured. The session will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tuning Room at the Highland Village. Admission is free. More information on this event or other Highland Village Museum programs is available by calling 902-725-2272, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kabul: Dozens of people were wounded with fatalities feared as a powerful explosion rocked Kabul early Monday, targeting an area of the Afghan capital housing military and government buildings, officials said. The rush-hour explosion sent a plume of smoke into the air above the Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood of the city, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. An AFP reporter said he could hear gunshots shortly after the blast. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ “Dozens of wounded were taken to hospitals from today’s blast in Kabul,” health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar tweeted. The area was quickly blocked off by Afghan forces and ambulances, while the nearby “Green Zone” diplomatic area was put on lockdown, with no one allowed in or out. The heavily-secured neighbourhood is home to some military and government buildings, including one shared by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and defence ministry, as well as the Afghan Football Federation and the Afghan Cricket Board. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Shams Amini, a football federation spokesman, told AFP that the blast occurred near the federation’s gates. “Some of our colleagues are trapped inside, we have reports of some injuries. We don’t know if the attackers have entered the building,” he said. Nearby Shamshad TV station, which was attacked in 2017, aired images of broken glass and damage to its offices but said it was not the target. No group immediately claimed responsibility, and police said they did not yet know the target or nature of the blast. Both the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State group are active in Kabul. The explosion came two days after the Taliban and the US began their seventh round of talks in the Qatari capital of Doha as Washington eyes a breakthrough before Afghanistan’s September presidential election. The negotiations have so far centred on four issues — counter-terrorism, the foreign troop presence, an intra-Afghan dialogue and a permanent ceasefire. A potential deal would see the US agree to withdraw its troops after more than 17 years in Afghanistan, igniting deep concerns among huge swathes of Afghans who fear the militants will return to some semblance of power. In return the Taliban would guarantee the country would never again become a safe haven for violent extremist groups, as happened with Al-Qaeda before the September 11, 2001 attacks. US officials have previously said they are hoping for a deal before the upcoming Afghan presidential elections, which have already been delayed twice and are now set for September.
Four stories in the news for Monday, June 18———REPORT DETAILS CHILD POVERTY IN ALL FEDERAL RIDINGSForty per cent of the children in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report that tracks child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings. The anti-poverty group Campaign 2000 is hoping its report will prod the government to approve a soon-to-be-finalized poverty-reduction strategy before next year’s federal election, and enshrine its commitments in legislation.———U.S. INDIGENOUS PROTESTERS FIGHT TRANS MOUNTAINIndigenous protesters in Washington state are gearing up to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Canada recently bought the project for $4.5 billion but it doesn’t only affect Canadian waters or lands. Many Indigenous activists in Washington trace their roots to both sides of the border and say they won’t give up until the expansion is stopped. They’re calling their fight against the project the Standing Rock of the north, comparing it to the fierce protests that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline.———POLITICS FAR FROM CLEAN IN QUEBEC: WHISTLEBLOWERA former star witness in Quebec’s corruption inquiry says the Liberals must be defeated in October’s election in order to clean up politics in the province. Lino Zambito says most of the people convicted in the high-profile cases investigated by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit have pleaded guilty and served no jail time, while key figures at the provincial level have barely been touched. Zambito’s comments reflect a frustration in Quebec after recent acquittals in numerous high-profile fraud cases.———UNIVERSITY RECEIVES 1,140 ART PIECES FROM COLLECTORMargaret Perkins Hess spent a lifetime following her passion. And upon her death in 2016 at the age of 100 the lifelong educator, art collector and Order of Canada recipient bequeathed a collection worth as much as $5 million to the school where she received a doctorate of fine arts. The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery received word last year that Hess had donated her vast collection, which includes works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A public forum will be held in Halifax on prostitution and human trafficking in Nova Scotia.— A general court martial will be held in Halifax for Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, a military police officer accused of sexual assault.— Federal byelection today in the Quebec riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord.— Sentencing arguments continue in Quebec City in the case of convicted mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette.— MP Stephen Fuhr, chair of the Commons defence committee, releases a report on Canada’s involvement in NATO.— Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna will make his first appearance in a Toronto court on an assault charge.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announces changes to her cabinet.— B.C. Premier John Horgan makes an announcement in Prince George about new housing for Indigenous people.———
20 May 2008Two people from the Maasai community of Laikipia in Kenya are to be given training in documenting and archiving their cultural heritage through a new project launched today by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The two people from the Maasai community will travel with an expert from the National Museums of Kenya to the United States for intensive, hands-on training in documentary techniques and archival skills at the American Folklife Center and the Center for Documentary Studies, which are collaborating on the project with WIPO.“Our goal is to empower tradition-bearers to preserve and pass on their own traditional cultures if they wish to do so while safeguarding their intellectual property rights and interests,” Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General of WIPO, said today.New technologies provide communities with fresh opportunities to document and digitize expressions of their traditional culture, but these can be vulnerable to unwanted exploitation, according to a statement released by WIPO.WIPO will also provide the Maasai people with a basic kit of field equipment, computers and software for their own use when they return to Kenya.The pilot programme announced today stems from a request made directly to WIPO by the Maasai community, and is aimed to empower indigenous communities to manage their intellectual property in a way that corresponds with their development goals.
Chrissy Lackner, left, and Daniel Antwi-Amoabeng are all smiles in the Library’s new work space for grad students.Grad students have a lot of work to do and not enough quiet space in which to do it. But new graduate students’ study space in the James A. Gibson Library has helped make their lives a little easier.The newly renovated area on the west side of the Library’s sixth floor offers a meeting room and quiet work areas for graduate students. At the recent grand opening to celebrate the new space, PhD candidate Chrissy Lackner said it is welcome and has long been in demand.“Graduate students need an area that’s primarily quiet and conducive to working for long periods of time,” said Lackner, senate representative for the Graduate Students Association (GSA). “They need an environment that’s appealing because they’re going to spend a lot of time there.”So far, that’s been the case with the new space, which was created in consultation with graduate students. In the short time it’s been open, students have flocked there and worked long into the night, said GSA president Daniel Antwi-Amoabeng.“I’ve been here a few times, and every time I’ve been here, it’s always been full,” he said.The new space features:22 large study carrels two computer workstations 38 bookable lockers nearby for storage two lounge chairs bookable meeting/presentation/group space for up to 10 students“With the growth in graduate programs at Brock University, the Library has been examining the needs of graduate students for some time,” said University librarian Margaret Grove. “We are thrilled to open these new spaces, which are designed to foster both individual study and collaboration.”Related story:• Renovations underway on Library’s graduate study space
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin’s team blew a 34-point lead Sunday in a game against UCL, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas A&M and law enforcement officials were investigating Thursday night after football coach Kevin Sumlin received a racist and threatening letter at his home.His wife, Charlene Sumlin, posted a picture of the letter , which had a return address in Houston, on Twitter on Thursday night. The handwritten letter read: “You suck as a coach! You’re a [racial epithet] and can’t win! Please get lost! Or else.”On the post, Charlene added: “People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is OK? And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it?” At the end of the post, she added #orelseWHAT?Later on Thursday night, Texas A&M President Michael Young and athletics director Scott Woodward issued a joint statement condemning the letter and adding that they are “working with law enforcement authorities to bring the sender of this letter to justice.”The statement said that they were doing everything they can to ensure the safety of Sumlin and his family.“There is no excuse for hatred and, as a community, we will not allow the ignorance of some to intimidate any member of our community,” the statement continued.On Sunday night in Los Angeles, Texas A&M squandered a 34-point third-quarter lead in a season-opening loss to UCLA. That loss led to waves of criticism directed at the coach. Noteworthy among those critics was university system regent Tony Buzbee, who took to Facebook to express his displeasure with Sumlin.“Our players were better tonight,” Buzbee, a Houston attorney wrote Sunday night after the stunning loss. “Our players were more talented tonight. But coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again. I’m only one vote on the Board of Regents, but when the time comes, my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to GO. In my view, he should go now. We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.”The Aggies will host Nicholls State on Saturday night.The 53-year-old Sumlin, the first black head football coach at A&M, has three years and $15 million left on his contract that runs through the 2019 season.
Caterpillar and Bucyrus International have received notification from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that it has closed its investigation into Caterpillar’s planned acquisition of Bucyrus. The DOJ action, in addition to the expiration of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period, concludes the antitrust review process in the US. The clearance by the DOJ will allow the acquisition, valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt), to proceed as soon as all other conditions to closing have been satisfied. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2011. The implifications of this acquisition were considered in detail in IM, December 2010. “We were very pleased to hear this positive news from the Department of Justice about this strategic acquisition,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “Since we announced our plan to acquire Bucyrus last November, we have continued to hear from our customers that this complementary expansion of our mining product range is what they have been looking for from Caterpillar. This will position us to better serve the increasingly complex requirements of those customers,” Oberhelman added.Cat says the acquisition is based on its key strategic imperative to expand its “leadership in the mining equipment industry, and position Caterpillar to capitalise on the robust long-term outlook for commodities driven by the trend of rapid growth in emerging markets which are improving infrastructure, rapidly developing urban areas and industrialising their economies.”Tim Sullivan, Bucyrus President and CEO, said, “This is a critical and important step as we move toward closing this historic transaction that will deliver tremendous value to all the Bucyrus stakeholders.”Caterpillar will fund the acquisition through a combination of cash from its balance sheet and debt. Caterpillar does not plan to issue equity to help pay for the acquisition.
Computerization has had a major impact on just about every aspect of manufacturing and fabrication. It’s also led to a democratization of the process, enabling enthusiastic DIYers with a bit of know-how (and a little extra cash in their bank accounts) to create some pretty amazing things with devices like 3D printers, desktop laser cutters, and programmable CNC machines.It’s this last piece of equipment that WikiHouse wants to help you put to good use. The goal of WikiHouse is to allow people to freely download “open source structures” which can be opened and modified using Google Sketchup. The plans’ building components are designed to be milled from 18MM sheets of plywood, and the resulting pieces can be fitted together like a giant puzzle. They’re even labeled during fabrication, making it perhaps a bit more like building an Ikea desk (though that can be puzzling at times). In addition to marking pieces for easy assembly, the CNC will even cut a wooden mallet that can be used to ensure a tight fight between panels.The finished skeleton — when assembled properly on a solid footing — is ready to clad, glaze, wire, plumb, and finish. Though WikiHouse assures that you won’t need any power tools to assemble your creation, I’m going to hazard a guess that all the required bolting might be a touch more enjoyable if you grab your trusty cordless impact driver and sockets.WikiHouse has been hammered (pardon the pun) by traffic, so while you wait for the site to return you can download Google Sketchup and the WikiHouse plug-in. That CNC machine will set you back a few thousand bucks, but why not split it with some friends? Once WikiHouse is rolling, you can take turns churning out sheds, pergolas, and garages with each other.More at WikiHouse (cached) and Treehugger
http://jrnl.ie/3275478 By Isabel Hayes Share40 Tweet Email 37 Comments A “DEEPLY RELIGIOUS” man who held his girlfriend prisoner, made her read the bible and threatened to cut her throat, has avoided a jail term.Andris Andruss (56) dragged his partner of two years back inside their Finglas home after she told him she was leaving him. He then forced her to read the bible while he sharpened a kitchen knife in front of her and told her he was going to stab her.Andruss of Parkview Drive, Finglas, Dublin , pleaded guilty to one count of false imprisonment at his home on 21 July, 2015.At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Garda Mark Reilly told Úna Tighe BL, prosecuting, that the woman packed her bags on the evening in question after ending the relationship. However Andruss, who was extremely drunk, dragged her forcibly back into the apartment before grabbing a knife.Gardaí were called to the scene after the woman managed to phone her friend when Andruss briefly left the room. She told her friend she was being held against her will and asked her to get in touch with her daughter. The daughter then called gardaí.When gardaí arrived, Andruss told the woman that if they entered the house, he was going to cut her throat. He attempted to hide the weapon when gardaí entered the apartment, before being disarmed.He has no previous convictions.LutheranDefence barrister, Michael Bowman SC, said Andruss, a member of the Latvian Lutheran Church in Ireland, was a “deeply religious” man who was extremely upset at the news his partner was leaving him. He was highly intoxicated at the time of the incident.He has since stopped drinking alcohol, accepts the relationship is over and has made no attempt to get in touch with the victim, the court heard. He has health problems, including cancer and a serious knee injury.Handing down a suspended two-and-a-half year sentence, Judge Melanie Greally said it was an extremely frightening incident for the woman. “It had a considerable psychological effect on her,” the judge said.But she noted there were significant mitigating factors in the case, including the fact Andruss had no previous convictions, was in poor health and had a good employment record.Judge Greally also noted the victim told gardaí she had no wish to pursue a court case and just wanted to get on with her life. As a result, Andruss’s guilty plea was “valuable” and a “genuine expression of remorse”, the judge said.She noted the woman “still retained some considerable fear” of Andruss, despite the fact he had made no effort to contact her. As a result, the judge ordered Andruss to stay away from his former partner for a period of five years. Image: Shutterstock/Anelina Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Anelina Short URL 14,443 Views Mar 8th 2017, 6:05 AM Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Man who made girlfriend read the bible while threatening to cut her throat avoids jail Andris Andruss (56) dragged his partner of two years back inside their Finglas home after she told him she was leaving him.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania plans to hire more than 200 people next year, Deputy Commander Frank Zardecki said this week. The depot currently employs 3,388 personnel, reported the Pocono Record. A new economic impact study sponsored by the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission found that Tobyhanna Army Depot generates an annual economic impact of about $2 billion; all together the state’s 12 major installations generate about 55,000 jobs, $4 billion in labor income and $11 billion in total economic output, according to the study. “Tobyhanna is crucial in Pennsylvania, but particularly here in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, the commission’s chairman. “It’s the leading job creator and we have to do everything we can to protect that,” he said. … In the wake of news reports that the Trump administration is planning to suspend enforcement of key components of the 2006 Military Lending Act, the Senate’s 47 Democrats and two Independents on Wednesday urged OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to continue to protect service members and their families from financial fraud, predatory loans and credit gouging. The New York Times reported the administration is planning to halt routine examinations of lenders for violations of the law. “For our service members, especially those who are deployed overseas facing hostile fire, it is unreasonable to place the burden of detecting and reporting MLA abuses on service members, especially when they should be given every opportunity to focus squarely on their missions,” the Democratic conference stated in a letter, according to a news release from the office of Jack Reed (R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.Army photo by Tony Medici
Tags It also gives glimpses at some of the actors who will be appearing in the show, like Adam Scott, Tracy Morgan, Kumail Nanjiani and John Cho. According to CBS, which will broadcast the show, other actors will include Greg Kinnear, Jessica Williams and Jacob Tremblay, to name a few. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Scott keeps seeing the same numbers turn up. Nanjiani thinks he has a dog, for some reason. Tremblay may or may not be a child politician.And of course, Jordan Peele, who is executive producing and hosting, has an unsettling look to give the camera from the booth of a diner. The Twilight Zone’s first two episodes will be available on CBS All Access April 1 and will then be released on Thursdays starting April 11. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Jordan Peele hosts The Twilight Zone. Screenshot by CNET In the new trailer for The Twilight Zone, out Thursday, one character utters a telling line to another: “Life sometimes goes like you don’t expect it to.”The trailer gives another look at the upcoming reboot of the classic anthology series, cutting between different stories of characters realizing something in their world has shifted. 50 Photos Share your voice Comment 1 Culture