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7 Creative Things to Do With Gaff Tape

first_imgGaff tape can be used for so much more than fixing cables to the ground. Here are some other ways you can use this sticky filmmaking staple.Gaffer’s tape, gaff tape, camera tape, spike tape. Whatever you call it, don’t call it duct tape. Gaff tape is the most common tool you will see on set.The tape is made with a heavy cotton cloth, rather than vinyl or plastic. The adhesive used in gaff tape is more heat resistant, making it popular among lighting technicians. Unlike duct tape, gaff tape wont leave a residue when it’s removed.1. Make a space bra.Image from starwars.comWhen George Lucas was filming the original Star Wars, he told actress Carrie Fisher that “there’s no underwear in space.” That meant Princess Leia couldn’t wear anything more than her hair buns and white robe. To keep the film PG, Fisher had to wear makeshift pasties made out of gaff tape.2. Save your footage from being formatted.Did you just pull a full memory card out of the camera? Put a strip of red gaff tape on it to prevent it from going back into the camera. Keep that card taped until you dump the footage. If you put the card inside a case, tape the case shut. This is an easy way to help you keep track of your cards.3. Salvage your shoes.Did you get a hole in your sole? Maybe your shoes are squeaking too much. Put some gaff tape over the bottom of your shoes to help quiet them.Did you wear white shoes when you are only allowed to wear black ones? Start taping your whole shoe. Gaff tape won’t leave any residue, so your shoes will still be white when you take the tape off.4. DIY tracking points.Will you be using motion tracking when you edit? Make some cross hairs with two pieces of gaff tape. You can even put gaff tape on light stand, like in this VFX breakdown from Jean-Baptiste Lefournier for the Beat Assailant music video RUN.You can see more breakdowns like this over at RocketStock.com.5. Cover your built in laptop camera.Maybe you don’t trust your computer after you accidentally streamed your whole face to a hotel conference while trying to fix an issue at an event. A little gaff tape won’t hurt the screen. You’re on your own when it comes to the microphone.6. Mark your gear.Keeping track of your own gear and rentals can be a hassle. Gaff tape comes in multiple colors. Color code your cameras and gear to make sure everything goes back to its rightful owner.7. Gaff tape on the go.Image from StrobistNow that you know some cool tricks for using gaff tape, make sure you always have some on you. You might not have room for an entire roll, but you can easily have some in your pocket.Have an old gift card or hotel room key? Wrap a foot or two of gaff tape around it. One of the coolest tricks can be found in this tutorial from Strobist. Learn how to make a gaffer’s tape key fob. All you need is a paper clip and pencil to carry 40 inches of gaff tape with you everywhere.Need more cheap gear to help stay organized on set? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat7 Tricks for Keeping Your Camera Equipment Organized12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $204 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On SetKnow of any other tape tips that we missed? Have any tricks of your own? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar’s film on footballer Sibdas Bhaduri

first_imgAfter shelving his project on Rituparno Ghosh due to his demise, director Shoojit Sircar is now focusing on the life of Sibdas Bhaduri, who successfully led bare-footed Indians against British footballers in 1911.The Madras Cafe maker has cast John Abraham in the lead role of the period piece 1911 that focuses on Bhaduri, the then captain of Mohun Bagan that won the IFA Shield as the first Indian team in that year.A sports fanatic, John had earlier played a footballer in 2007 film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.A sports fanatic, John had earlier played a footballer in 2007 film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.The pre-production of 1911 has started, but Shoojit is sad that the Rituparno project will never happen.”Red Carpet won’t happen without Ritu-da. The film was based on him and only he could have enacted the role,” Shoojit told PTI, remembering the ace director who died an untimely death on May 30 last year.”Now that he is no more, there is none who can match his persona and screen presence. I have shelved the project,” he said. Returning to 1911, he says, John will essay Bhaduri’s character in the film which will be entirely shot on Kolkata maidan area.”John is working on the character by reading details on the pre-Independence era football legend,” Shoojit said. Bhaduri and his dhoti-clad team had defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield final in 1911.It will be a sports film with patriotic fervor like the 2007 hit Chak De India, the director said.advertisement”I will do everything to retain authenticity of the period,” said Shoojit, who has encouraged John to buy I-league team Lajong FC, besides the Guwahati franchise of ISL.last_img read more

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Nets Clip Dallas Mavericks, 107-106

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Frustrated with the lack of playing time in his first year in the NBA last season, Brooklyn Nets reserve forward Mirza Teletovic stayed composed and patient. Now with a chance to contribute, Teletovic is coming up big for the Nets.Teletovic scored 24 of his career-high 34 points in the second quarter and the Nets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-106 on Jan. 24 for their fourth straight win.“Confidence is very important. With the confidence it’s so much easier to make shots, to move around, to play and do anything on the court,” said Teletovic, who shot 12 for 18 from the field including 7 of 11 beyond the 3-point arc.“I think it’s very important to have patience and wait for your moment. You have to be ready when your name is called. If you’re not ready, you can’t do anything.”The Nets improved to an NBA best 9-1 in January.“I think just the opportunity for him playing, but also his work ethic,” coach Jason Kidd said.“He just doesn’t show up on game day shooting. He’s been working extremely hard at this game. I think also, a big credit goes to his teammates because they believe in him. As much as coaches believe in him, his teammates in that locker room believe that he’s going to do the right thing when he has the ball.”Paul Pierce had 12 points and Kevin Garnett added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn, which has won seven straight at home, a season-high.Former Net Vince Carter had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points for the Mavs, who lost their second straight game.Brooklyn almost blew a 11-point lead after Teletovic hit a 3-pointer to make it 100-89 with 4:35 left in the fourth quarter.Dallas then mounted a late rally, going on an 11-5 run to close in within two points with 8.1 seconds left in the game.Deron Williams, who came off the bench for the third straight game and posted 18 points and dished out 11 assists, hit one of two free throws to extend the Nets’ lead to 103-98 with 27.3 left.The Mavs cut the lead down to 103-100 after Donta Ellis made a layup and Brooklyn was able to quickly increase it to 105-100 after Ellis sent Pierce to the free throw line for a pair of successful shots. Shawn Marion managed to bring Dallas within three points after two free throws with 10.8 left to make it 105-102.Nowitzki then got fouled by Pierce. He hit the first free throw that made it 105-103 but missed the second attempt. Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko each hit a pair of free throws to make it a 107-103 game before Ellis hit a 3-point before time expired.Brooklyn forced 15 turnovers and scored 23 points off of them.“When you give up 23 points off turnovers in a one possession game, it’s another story teller of the reason we lost,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were just poor defensively. Mirza Teletovic hit his first couple of shots and we just let him keep going and you just can’t do that.”Nowitzki shot 5 for 15 from the field and hit just two 3-pointer in eight attempts, crediting his former teammate, Kidd, who was on the 2011 Dallas championship team, with the game plan that had him off throughout the night.“They didn’t stop me from getting the ball but once I got it they double-teamed me pretty good”, Nowitzki said.Teletovic and Williams got it going for the Nets in the second quarter after they trailed 21-18. The reserve forward Teletovic tied it 23-all with the first of six 3-pointers he made in the period. He scored 19 of the Nets 23 points in the first six minutes to give them a 41-33 lead with 5:51 left.For Williams, it was his third straight game off the bench since returning to the Nets from a left sprained ankle. The Nets point guard had only one turnover in 35 minutes.Williams understood the tough time that Teletovic went through last season and commended him for the way he handled the tough situation.“It speaks a lot about him. (He was) definitely frustrated a lot last year with his lack of playing time. Mirza’s a competitor and he’s been one of the top players in Europe for a long time,” he said.(Addry Torres)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Warriors Beat Raptors 109-104 To Even NBA Finals

first_imgTORONTO — Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Golden State Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half on their way to a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night that tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece.With Kevin Durant already out and Thompson eventually joining him in the fourth quarter, the Warriors relied on a champion’s heart to overcome their weary bodies.Andre Iguodala, himself slow to get up after a hard fall in the first half, made the clinching 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left after the Raptors scored 10 straight points to cut it to 106-104.Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. They had won five straight since falling behind 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.Curry appeared to be laboring as well in the first half, returning to the locker room in the midst of six straight misses to start the game.But the Warriors cobbled together a good enough finish to the second quarter to keep it close, then stormed out of the locker room with one of their vintage third-quarter charges that have been so frequent during their run to five straight NBA Finals.DeMarcus Cousins was inserted into the starting lineup and delivered 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Draymond Green had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists — missing by one assist a fourth straight triple-double.The series now moves to their Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4, with the first NBA Finals to be played outside the U.S. assured of returning to Canada for Game 5.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for a way out under pressure from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and teammate Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)The Warriors will hope to have enough healthy bodies to get through it. Thompson landed awkwardly after a 3-point attempt early in the fourth quarter and limped off soon after, with backup center Kevon Looney already missing the second half with a chest injury.And Golden State is still without Durant, who missed his seventh straight game with a strained right calf but hopes to return during the series.Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had red T-shirts with their slogan “We The North” hanging on seats around the arena.The Warriors sure were seeing red, especially Curry, during a mostly miserable first half when they missed 20 of their first 28 shots.He hung his head and didn’t even attempt to run back when VanVleet stole the ball from him and made a layup to give Toronto an 11-point lead with a little more than 2 minutes remaining in the half.But Curry made two free throws for the final points of the half to cut it to 59-54, then the Warriors came back and pitched a shutout until nearly the midpoint of the third quarter during a series-changing — perhaps season-changing — swing.Iguodala, had five quick points including a 3-pointer that moved Golden State into the lead at 61-59. The surge continued with three straight baskets from Thompson and three more from Green, whose last one capped it and made it 72-59 before Toronto finally got on the board with a 3-pointer with VanVleet with 6:20 remaining in the period.By: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ST: STM32WB dual-core wireless MCUs deliver ultra-low-power real-time performance

first_img Continue Reading Previous Azul Systems teams with Eurotech to provide Open Source Java on Eurotech’s embedded boardsNext TQ presents latest COM Express Compact module STM32WBx5 dual-core wireless microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics come with Bluetooth 5, OpenThread, and ZigBee 3.0 connectivity combined with ultra-low-power performance.Fusing features of ST’s STM32L4 Arm Cortex-M4 MCUs and in-house radio managed by a dedicated Cortex-M0+, the STM32WBx5 is power-conscious yet capable of concurrent wireless-protocol and real-time application execution. It is ideally suited to remote sensors, wearable trackers, building-automation controllers, computer peripherals, drones, and other IoT devices.Security features strengthen the STM32WBx5’s IoT credentials and include Customer Key Storage (CKS), Public Key Authorization (PKA), and encryption engines for the radio MAC and upper layers. Security managed by the Cortex-M0+, including OTA secure firmware update for application and radio stack, protects device integrity and intellectual property, and ensures easy, robust product management.Extensive feature integration lets product developers minimize bill-of-material costs and footprint. STM32WBx5 MCUs have up to 1Mbyte of on-chip Flash and a Quad-SPI port for efficient connection to external memory, if needed. Additional features include crystal-less Full-Speed USB, 32MHz RF oscillator with trimming capacitors, a touch-sense controller, LCD controller, analog peripherals, and multiple timers and watchdogs. The balun for antenna connection is also integrated.Leveraging ultra-low-power technologies of the STM32L4 line, STM32WBx5 MCUs feature multiple power-saving modes including 13nA Shutdown mode, adaptive voltage scaling, and the adaptive real-time ART Accelerator to maximize energy efficiency and ensure long-lasting performance in self-powered applications.The integrated radio transmitter is optimized for high RF performance and low power consumption to maximize battery runtime. The RF output power is programmable up to +6dBm in 1dB increments, and the MCU draws only 5.2mA when transmitting at 0dB. Receive sensitivity is -96dBm for BLE communication at 1mbps. Designed for a link budget of 102dB, the radio ensures robust communication over long connection distances and includes support for an external Power Amplifier.Developing with the STM32WBx5 line is well served through the rich STM32Cube ecosystem. Developers not only get free access to an extensive set of tools but can also take advantage of the STM32CubeWB MCU Package featuring peripheral drivers, middleware, and connectivity libraries, and the STM32WB55 Nucleo pack (P-NUCLEO-WB55). The dedicated STM32CubeMon-RF connectivity tool for RF testing and custom use-case scripting comes as a new addition to STM32Cube to further accelerate time-to-market.Devices are available in a selection of packages from UFQFPN48 up to UFBGA129, offering flexibility to meet cost, size, and complexity demands with plentiful user I/Os in each option.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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West Ham hand evidence to police over alleged abuse of Mohamed Salah

first_img West Ham and police investigate alleged Islamophobic abuse of Mohamed Salah Share on Facebook Race Share on Messenger Metropolitan police Topics Mohamed Salah Share on Twitter news Share on LinkedIn Read morecenter_img Race and sports In the footage, recorded in a home area of the ground, someone is heard shouting “Salah, you fucking Muslim, fucking Muslim cunt”. According to West Ham sources, the club believe they have identified the person responsible for the alleged abuse.“After a thorough and immediate investigation following the abhorrent racist abuse aimed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Monday night, West Ham United can confirm that it has handed evidence to the Metropolitan Police,” the club said.“The club is unequivocal in its stance – such abuse will not be tolerated. There is no place or excuse for this kind of behaviour.”Number of incidents ‘alarming’, says Fare Network directorPiara Powar, the executive director of anti-discrimination charity Fare Network, has said the number of recent incidents of reported racism is “alarming”, and added that closing stadiums may be the logical next step in combating abuse.The incident during West Ham’s home game with Liverpool, which led Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini to demand a life ban for the culprits, follows allegations of discriminatory chanting by Chelsea and Millwall supporters in recent months.“The number and frequency of recent incidents in England is quite alarming,” Powar said. “Football seems to have a rump of fans who have trouble accepting the diversity of our country. I also think it points to the divisions that have opened up in the UK since Brexit. “I think the FA must get a grip on the problem,” Powar added. “They do a lot of good work but they should use the powers they have to close stadiums and ban and fine clubs. The FA regulations allow for it but these measures are rarely used.” PA Share via Email Share on Pinterest Liverpool West Ham have handed evidence to the Metropolitan Police after investigating the apparent Islamophobic abuse of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah by one of their fans.After Monday’s game at the London Stadium, a video emerged in which someone is heard shouting apparent abuse at Salah as the Egyptian forward took a corner. The incident, which occurred during the first half of the 1-1 draw, was captured in a video posted on Twitter. Share on WhatsApp West Ham United Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Watch Alex Honnold Climb 3200 Feet with No Ropes in ‘Free Solo’

first_img What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? El Capitan is a 3,200-foot-tall wall of sheer granite in Yosemite National Park. Professional climber Alex Honnold climbed the Freerider route in June of 2017 in 3 hours 56 minutes.Oh, and did we mention he climbed it with no ropes?Not only did he complete this insane feat in under four hours, he did it while being filmed the entire way for the new documentary Free Solo.Accomplished skier, mountaineer, and filmmaker Jimmy Chin teamed up with director and wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi to make the film documenting Honnold’s obsession with the massive rock face and the years of preparation leading up to the climb.The film doesn’t just show the tension of training and climbing (though cameras showing Honnold dangling 2000 feet above the valley floor with no ropes might be enough for some of us), it also includes the emotional battle of family, friends, and a new girlfriend having to deal with the possibility of Honnold not coming home.National GeographicHonnold spent years preparing for the climb, climbing the route many times with ropes, making detailed notes about exactly what he would do without one. In 2016 he attempted the route, but found he wasn’t quite ready.When asked what happens if he were to fall, he simply says, “You accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, you’re going to die. And that’s that.”Good friend Chin had doubts about making a movie about free soloing, especially one about a friend, because it’s so dangerous.“It’s hard to not imagine your friend falling through the frame to his death,” he said. Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Editors’ Recommendations A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Satocenter_img Preparation for the filming was almost as rigorous as the climb itself. Chin had to manage multiple climbers and drones filming on the wall all at once while keeping them from being in anyone else’s shot. Chin followed Honnold through years of preparation and then 30 days practicing the shoot with a 15 person crew on El Capitan.Free Solo isn’t just about climbing and that’s what makes it different than any other climbing film. After watching the end results, Honnold complains that filming emotional conversations with his girlfriend in his van was harder than the climb itself.National Geographic“[Honnold] says he has the opposite experience from the audiences,” Chin says in an interview with Business Insider. “Everybody loves the love story and him as a fascinating documentary character and then are cringing during the climb. He loves the climbing footage and cringes during everything else.”Honnold is taking a break from free soloing for the moment, focusing on other climbing projects. He’s also working on the Honnold Foundation, his non-profit that focuses on helping people out of poverty so they can enjoy and help protect the outdoors.See dates and times for Free Solo and watch the interactive 360 video on National Geographic’s official movie site.If you’re hankering to get your own climb on, check out the best places in the world to go rock climbing for a little inspiration. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More last_img read more

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Back to the Beaches for Nova Scotia Lifeguards

first_imgSurf’s up on some of the province’s most popular beaches beginning Saturday, June 30, when lifeguards will hit the sand to keep Nova Scotians safe. In its 40th year of operation, the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service will supervise 23 beaches. “From Yarmouth to Sydney, Nova Scotians of all ages will take the time to enjoy our many beautiful beaches,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “I want to wish them a fun and safe summer season.” No one has drowned on a beach in Nova Scotia while being supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. Last year, about 360,000 people visited the supervised beaches. Lifeguards responded to about 164 rescues, injuries and medical emergencies. “Our top priority is to make the beach-going experience as safe as we can,” said Paul D’Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “Our lifeguards look forward to another successful season.” To ensure a safe beach season, beach-goers should follow some simple guidelines: People should swim between the red and yellow flags that mark the supervised portion of the beach Parents should keep their children within arm’s reach on the beach and in the water It is illegal to consume alcohol on beaches — an overwhelming number of drowning and water-related incidents are tied to alcohol consumption All provincial service lifeguards hold the Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard, Standard First Aid, and CPR certification. Since opening in 1973, the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service has supervised more than 17 million people, been involved in 3,697 rescues and completed more than 1,386 community service projects. The service is a joint project of the Department of Health and Wellness and the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch.last_img read more

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Attempt to murder 2 held for plotting against landlord

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested two brothers for conspiring to frame landlord in an attempt to murder case in South East Delhi’s Amar Colony. The duo have been identified as Sumit Bhadana and Naveen Bhadana, both in their early twenties. One of them also inflicted a gun wound on himself to frame his landlord.On August 22 at about 5 pm, a PCR call regarding landlord has fired upon the caller and injured is going to the hospital, was received at Amar Colony. Police team immediately reached the spot and found some blood was lying on the floor and 2 fired cartridges were also found on the floor. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThereafter, police team reached at Safdarjung Hospital and met injured Sumit Bhadana, 22 years, a resident of Bhondsi, Gurugram. Injured sustained two gun shot wounds at his shoulder and thigh. Injured Sumit Bhadana stated that his landlord Varun Juneja fired upon him. A claim which the landlord denied and said that he is being framed as the injured is unable to pay 6 months rent which amounts to Rs 2.25 lakh. “During investigation, there was some contradiction in the statement of the injured regarding the sequence of events. So, the police team confronted the injured with evidences gathered which were contradicting to his version. In the meantime, sensing that he is in trouble, injured Sumit Bhadana escaped from the Safdarjung Hospital as LAMA (Leave Against Medical Advice), while his medical tests were being conducted. Police team tried to reach out to the injured but he was not available at his residence. Thereafter, police team gathered intelligence and apprehended injured from his sister’s house at Shastri Nagar,” said DCP South East Chinmoy Biswal. Around 10 days back, accused Sumit procured a pistol from his friend from Badshahpur, Rajasthan. After shooting at his arms, the accused Sumit called his brother Naveen and disclosed the whole incident to him. Sumit also gave his pistol to Naveen.last_img read more

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The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber

first_img Facebook Yet this time all of Bieber’s competitors are under the age of 40. Also nominated for album of the year are Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Adele’s 25, Drake’s Views and A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by the roots-music maverick Sturgill Simpson.Youngsters dominate other major categories too, such as Record of the Year (with nominees including Rihanna’s “Work” and Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out”) and Song of the Year (in which Bieber’s “Love Yourself” will battle Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” among others).But if the famously fusty Grammys appear to be aging down, perhaps as a way to attract new viewers to a telecast whose ratings keep sliding, it’s not quite the case that the academy has shaken its old loyalties.Think of Bieber: While the sound of Purpose very much reflects the state of dance pop in 2016 — gleaming synthesizers and throbbing, sometimes harsh beats — the album uses those edgy textures to sell a classic confessional narrative. In songs like “Sorry” and “Mark My Words” he’s apologizing for his public misbehaviour over the last few years; several tracks even invoke God as a sure sign of his penitence.Which means the grown-ups at the Grammys have finally embraced Bieber not because of who he is but because he’s promising to change. That seems only clearer with the nod for “Love Yourself,” an outlier of a folk-pop ballad that Bieber co-wrote with Ed Sheeran, an established Grammy favourite.And the same goes for Posner, recognized for his clever top 5 hit about a drug-fueled meditation on the disappointments of fame. Look closely, though, and you see his nomination isn’t for the popular club remix that makes “Ibiza” so funny; it’s for Posner’s lower-impact acoustic recording.So welcome at last, young pop stars, to the prestigious Grammy club!Now please hurry up and turn into James Taylor.By Mikael WoodLos – Angeles Times Advertisement And at 22 he made it happen while still a baby, at least by Grammy standards.Indeed, Bieber may be the most surprising nominee in a category crowded with young artists. The Recording Academy is notorious for giving its flagship prize to past-their-prime veterans like Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock. In December 2012, Ellen DeGeneres had Justin Bieber on her talk show to discuss the pop star’s latest tattoo (a wise owl), what he likes to do on his days off (sneak into movies) and whether he was bummed not to have been nominated for a Grammy Award.“It’s definitely something that I was looking forward to,” he said of being recognized for his blockbuster album Believe, which failed to pick up a nod that year for music’s highest honour. “But I know that it’ll happen one day. I’m so young.”Four not-so-long years later, Bieber is tasting sweet vindication with Tuesday’s announcement of nominations for the 59th annual Grammys. The polarizing singer whose manufactured sound and tabloid shenanigans once put him beyond consideration is up for four awards, including the coveted Album of the Year with Purpose. Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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CANADIAN ICON DONALD SUTHERLAND JOINS NICOLE KIDMAN AND HUGH GRANT FOR HBOS

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Sutherland stars as Franklin Renner, Grace’s father, a retired financier and loving grandfather, who is tasked with protecting his family when turbulent revelations come to light.THE UNDOING is directed by Susanne Bier and written for television by David E. Kelley (BIG LITTLE LIES). Executive produced by David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, and Susanne Bier.  Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment HBO revealed this afternoon that legendary Canadian actor and Order of Canada recipient Donald Sutherland will star alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in THE UNDOING, a limited series based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The series is written for television by David E. Kelley, who reunites with HBO and Kidman following 2017’s award-winning BIG LITTLE LIES (available now on the all-new Crave).THE UNDOING will debut on Crave, the home of HBO in Canada.About THE UNDOING:Grace Sachs (Nicole Kidman) is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Hugh Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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NSE claims adverse Sebi order will not hit its functioning as exchange

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Sebi passed orders against it in the co-location case, National Stock Exchange said Wednesday the orders do not affect its functioning as a recognised stock exchange. “Normal trading on NSE in all segments will continue from Thursday, May 2, 2019. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 is a trading holiday on account of May Day,” the bourse said in a statement.The markets regulator on Tuesday directed the bourse to disgorge profits worth over Rs 687 crore along with interest besides barring it from launching any new derivative products as well as from accessing the securities market directly or indirectly for six months. Together with interest, the total disgorgement amount would be more than Rs 1,000 crore. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraSebi’s orders would not affect its functioning as a recognised stock exchange, the statement added. The watchdog passed five separate orders, together running into 400 pages, related to the co-location case, wherein some entities allegedly got preferential access in high frequency trading. Strict action has also been taken against some present and past executives of the exchange and some stock brokers. On Wednesday, NSE chief Vikram Limaye said there is “light at the end of the tunnel” after the Sebi orders in co-location case and all legal options will be explored before deciding the future course of action. Limaye also asserted that there would be no bearing on the functioning of the NSE. “When you look at the orders, you see that there is no evidence of any unfair trade practice or fraudulent trade practice… We are not being charged of any unfair or fraudulent practices,” he said. Limaye, who is MD & CEO, said there is nothing pending from the regulatory perspective in the co-location matter.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Wholesale tradeStatistics Canada will release wholesale trade and manufacturing numbers for November on Tuesday. The federal agency said wholesale sales rose 1.0 per cent to $63.8 billion in October, more than offsetting a 0.7 per cent decline in September.CP earningsCP Rail releases its fourth-quarter results on Wednesday. Analysts said both CP and rival CN Rail are well positioned to weather potential economic headwinds and the U.S.-China trade war as ongoing investments in new cars and track bolster crude-by-rail and commodities shipments.Retail salesStatistics Canada will release retail trade figures for November on Wednesday. Retail sales increased 0.3 per cent to $51.0 billion in October, topping expectations for an increase of 0.4 per cent.Welcome to WhistlerCIBC’s Annual Whistler Institutional Investor Conference kicks off on Wednesday. CIBC decided to cancel the oil and gas part of the conference after Whistler town council took part in a letter-writing campaign in December demanding oil companies compensate it for its costs related to climate change. The mayor subsequently apologized.Rogers earningsRogers Communications releases fourth-quarter results on Thursday. Strong wireless results helped Canada’s second-largest telco beat analyst expectations in the third quarter and raise its full-year outlook.The Canadian Press read more

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Plantation companies refuse to agree to wage hike demand

In the wake of indefinite strike action declared by Trade Union (TU) leaders from 4th December onwards, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) firmly reiterated the position of its membership – that a 100% increase in daily basic wages as demanded by the TUs simply cannot be sustained by the industry.“All Regional Plantation Companies pay their employees’ through what is earned as revenue; however the demands of Trade Union leaders far exceed this capacity. At this crucial moment, we urge all stakeholders, especially those whose daily living depends on this industry, to consider the fatality of this industry and those dependent on it if impractical, untenable decisions are taken,” Planters’ Association of Ceylon said in a statement. The PA noted that current TU demands are devoid of any incentives which could in effect curtail the earning potential of the worker by locking them into a system that only provided for a basic daily wage. Additionally, tea harvesters who are able to bring in harvests above the norm will continue to be entitled to an over-kilo pay of Rs.28.75 per kilo in excess of the plucking norm which could easily expand their earnings beyond the Rs. 1,000. Planters’ Association of Ceylon said that RPCs have already advanced multiple productivity- linked models that could easily enable workers to earn beyond Rs. 1,000 per day. This time’s RPC proposal is a 20% increase in the basic wage escalating it from Rs 500/- to Rs. 600/- . A 33% increase in the Attendance Incentive (AI) up to Rs. 80 plus the Productivity Incentive (PI) and Price Share Supplement (PSS), all totaling Rs 940/- per day, amounting to an average increase of Rs. 3,375 per month per worker. read more

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Chief of UN refugee agency heading to United States for official visit

According to a UNHCR spokesman, during his three-day visit, Ruud Lubbers is expected to focus on the dire need in West Africa and Afghanistan.Mr. Lubbers, who just completed an eight-day visit to West Africa, will discuss his findings and impressions from that mission. Additional programmes in Africa will also be covered, including East Africa, where the High Commissioner travelled in mid-April.The repatriation of Iraqi refugees, US domestic issues, including the need to offer temporary protection to Colombians, as well as UNHCR’s management issues and the overall funding situation for 2004 are likely to be key issues also to be discussed.The United States is UNHCR’s single largest donor. read more

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Governments increasingly recognize sports as promoting health peace UN says

As the second half of the year got under way, Mr. Federer, this year’s United States Open and Wimbledon tennis champion who is ranked no.1 in the world, told a news conference in Geneva that since his mother is South African he knew that country well and his charitable activity, which had started slowly, now would be helped by the UN, which had given him the opportunity “to do good things for a good cause.”Through his foundation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, he has been providing food and education for street children there and estimated that a tennis fundraiser, which he pulled together earlier this year to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, might have raised about $50,000.Recalling that the rapprochement between the US and China came through ping pong in 1971, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, former Swiss President Adolf Ogi, said governments are increasingly recognizing sport as a way to promote health, education, development and peace.He said the International Year of Sport and Physical Education was in full swing at nearly its halfway point and it had become clear that sports could help countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a raft of proposals to raise the standard of living of the poor by 2015.Building on the outcome document approved by the World Summit last week, a Sport and Development Plan of Action would be discussed in the General Assembly, he said.The Summit document said: “We underline that sports can foster peace and development and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding, and we encourage discussions in the General Assembly for proposals leading to a Sport and Development Plan of Action.” In the Assembly’s agenda, the item falls under “Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.” The Plan of Action would ensure that the Year would leave behind a lasting legacy, Mr. Ogi said.Many countries have established national committees for the Year and many sports projects, run by the UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, sports organizations have started, Mr. Ogi said. The Swiss Sports Development Project alone had run over 40 such projects, he said, while conferences on sport and peace in Russia and sports and women’s leadership had been held in the United States. read more

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Fed Chairman Bernanke says central bank working to increase financial system monitoring

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed Chairman Bernanke says central bank working to increase financial system monitoring by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 9:42 am MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve has broadened its oversight beyond banks and now monitors a wide-range of financial institutions that could hasten another financial crisis, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.Bernanke said the Fed is still monitoring banks and other systematically important financial institutions. But it has widened its scope to include other important participants that could either trigger a crisis or make the system more vulnerable.Chief among them is the so-called shadow banking system, which includes loans that are turned into securities and sold to investors. It was the breakdown of lending in the area of sub-prime mortgages that helped trigger the 2008 crisis.In a speech to a banking conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Bernanke said the Fed is also looking more closely at asset markets and the nonfinancial sector, which includes consumers and businesses.“Probably our best defence against complacency during extended periods of calm is careful monitoring for signs of emerging vulnerabilities,” Bernanke said.The 2008 financial crisis helped push the country into the worst recession since the 1930s. Bernanke said the country is still suffering from the effects of the crisis and economic downturn.“Our economy has not yet fully regained the jobs lost in the recession that accompanied the financial near collapse,” Bernanke said. “And our financial system — despite significant healing over the past four years — continues to struggle with the economic, legal and reputational consequences of the events of 2007 to 2009.”In 2010, Congress passed a sweeping overhaul of financial regulation that President Barack Obama signed into law. But opponents of the law, including many of the nation’s biggest banks, have mounted an aggressive effort to overturn key provisions that target some of the most influential institutions.The regulatory overhaul adopted tougher requirements for these institutions that are considered “too big to fail.” Their collapse could put the entire financial system at risk. Many of the rules are still being finalized.For example, banks are being asked to hold larger amounts of capital to cushion against risk. And regulators could seize a company that is threatening the system, dismantle it and sell off the pieces.Asked about these efforts Friday, Bernanke said that the Fed and other banking regulators were working hard to put in place the regulations needed to implement the too-big-to-fail provisions.“Too big to fail is partly a credibility issue on the part of the government,” Bernanke said. “Will the markets believe the government will go through with its commitment to wind down an institution?”Bernanke said that if the regulatory overhaul has not adequately addressed this issue, regulators may need to increase the capital requirements further for banks. He said that could be preferable to “arbitrarily saying banks can be no larger than a certain size.”Bernanke was also asked about regulators’ ability to detect asset bubbles, such as the surge in home prices that contributed to the financial crisis. Bernanke said that’s difficult to do. He suggested strengthening the broader financial system so that it is not as vulnerable to such triggers.___Associated Press reporter Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this report. read more

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Honouring three years of UN Academic Impact youth explore making a difference

At an interactive, webcast youth forum held in the UN’s Economic and Social Council Chamber on 18 November, students from Monmouth University, Lehigh University, the Global Education Motivators, CityKids and East Stroudsburg High School detailed some of their volunteer work aimed at empowering other young people through arts, education, mentoring, and community engagement.Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, urged students to be passionate about their volunteering and not see it simply as a stepping stone for their professional careers, “Nice resumes should be a reflection of your core values.”In a question and answer session following the panels, the more than 100 participants and those watching via the internet asked questions in person and by email and included questions from UNAI member Pomona College in California. Topics ranged from how to make students representing religious minorities feel more comfortable and connected with peers, to balance of power and gender equality.Noorjahan Akbar, Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year 2013, who led a grassroots campaign in her native Afghanistan against street harassment, and hopes to launch a women’s newspaper one day, also spoke with the students. She noted the importance of education and discussed some of the challenges keeping South Asian women out university classrooms.Participants also heard from Maggie Betts, director and producer of the documentary ‘The Carrier’ about how a 28-year-old woman in Zambia and her community struggle to free their next generation from HIV and AIDS. The event at UN Headquarters coincided with the third anniversary of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI). Closing the discussion, chief of the UN Academic Impact, Ramu Damodaran called on the students present to “bring their tenacity and imagination” to effect change. He noted that “youth is the present generation. You are very much the present tense.”Formally launched at UN in November 2010, UNAI is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN to actively support universally accepted principles in human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution, among others. It has nearly 1,000 members in 120 countries. read more

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Top Pac12 quarterback Easy Minshew is AP panels choice

There’s no question at quarterback: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew II leads the way in the Pac-12.Minshew, a graduate transfer who leads the nation with an average of 373.1 passing yards per game, was the unanimous choice for first-team quarterback on The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, selected by a panel of sports writers who cover the conference.Unsurprisingly, he also got the nod as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.Minshew has thrown for 4,477 yards and 36 touchdowns for the Cougars, who are 10-2 overall and headed to the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28 against Iowa State.Stanford’s K.J. Costello earned the second team quarterback honours.Minshew joins Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin as the two unanimous first-team selections on offence. There were several on the first-team defence: Washington’s Greg Gaines at defensive tackle, fellow Husky Ben Burr-Kirven at linebacker and Utah’s Bradlee Anae at defensive end.As for Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Washington State’s Mike Leach also topped all the ballots. Burr-Kirven was defensive player of the year and Minshew got the nod as newcomer of the year.___The 2018 Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, as selected by a panel of sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers or broadcast outlets. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown; “u-” denotes unanimous selections.___First teamOffenceQuarterback — u-Gardner Minshew II, Washington State, 6-2, 220, sr., Brandon, Missouri.Running back — u-Eno Benjamin, Arizona State, 5-10, 200, soph., Wylie, Texas; Joshua Kelley, UCLA, 5-11, 204, jr., Lancaster, California.Tackles — Andre Dillard, Washington State, 6-5, 310, sr., Woodinville, Washington; Calvin Throckmorton, 6-5, 318, jr., Bellevue, Washington.Guards — Shane Lemieux, Oregon, 6-4, 317, jr., Yakima, Washington. Jordan Agasiva, Utah, 6-4, 320, sr., Kalihi, Hawaii.Center — Nick Harris, Washington, 6-1, 300, jr., Inglewood, California.Tight end — Caleb Wilson, UCLA, 6-4, 235, jr., Dallas, Texas.Wide receiver — N’Keal Harry, Arizona State, 6-4, 213, jr., Chandler, Arizona; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford, 6-3, 225, sr., Inman, South Carolina.All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, Arizona, 5-6, 184, soph., Corona, California.Kicker — Matt Gay, Utah, 6-0, 230, sr., Orem, Utah.DefenceDefensive ends — u-Bradlee Anae, Utah, 6-3, 254, jr. Laie, Hawaii; Justin Hollins, Oregon, 6-5, 242, sr., Arlington, Texas.Defensive tackles — u-Greg Gaines, Washington, 6-2, 316, sr., La Habra, California; Mustafa Johnson, Colorado, 6-2, 290, soph., Turlock, California.Linebackers — u-Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington, 6-0, 221, sr., Menlo Park, California; Chase Hansen, Utah, 6-3, 230, sr., Highland, Utah; Evan Weaver, California, 6-3, 245, jr., Spokane, Washington.Cornerbacks — Byron Murphy, Washington, 5-11, 182, soph., Scottsdale, Arizona; Paulson Adebo, Stanford, 6-1, 189, soph., Mansfield, Texas.Safeties — Taylor Rapp, Washington, 6-2, 200, jr., Bellingham, Washington; Ashtyn Davis, California, 6-1, 190, jr. Santa Cruz, California.Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah, 6-2, 220, sr., Perth Australia.___Second TeamOffenceQuarterback — K.J. Costello, Stanford, 6-5, 215, jr., Coto de Caza, California.Running back — Myles Gaskin, Washington, 5-10, 193, sr., Lynwood, Washington; Zack Moss, Utah, 5-10, 215, jr., Hialeah Gardens, Florida.Tackles — Kaleb McGary, Washington, 6-8, 324, sr., Fife, Washington; Patrick Mekari, California, 6-4, 310, jr., Westlake Village, California.Guards — Chris Brown, USC, 6-5, 310, sr., Los Angeles; Gus Lavaka, Oregon State, 6-4, 353, jr., Kearns, Utah.Center — Jake Hanson, Oregon, 6-5, 297, jr., Eureka, California.Tight end — Kaden Smith, Stanford, 6-5, 252, jr., Flower Mound, Texas.Wide receivers — Dillon Mitchell, Oregon, 6-2, 189, jr., Memphis, Tennessee; Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado, 6-2, 220, jr., DeSoto, Texas.All-purpose player — Britain Covey, Utah, 5-8, 170, soph., Provo, Utah.Kicker — Jet Toner, Stanford, 6-4, 201, jr., Honolulu.DefenceDefensive ends — Logan Tago, Washington State, 6-3, 250, sr., Fagasa, American Samoa; Christian Rector, USC, 604, 275, jr., Pasadena, California.Defensive tackles — Leki Fotu, Utah, 6-5, jr., West Valley City, Utah; Jordan Scott, Oregon, 6-1, 329, sophomore, Largo, Florida.Linebackers — Jordan Kunaszyk, California, 6-3, 235, sr., Sacramento, California; Colin Schooler, Arizona, 6-0, 236, soph., Dana Point, California; Nate Landman, Colorado, 6-3, 235, jr., Danville, California.Cornerbacks — Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon, 5-11, 191, soph., Rancho Cucamonga, California; (tie) Camryn Bynum, California, 6-0, 180, soph., Corona California, Elisha Guidry, UCLA, 5-11, 182, fr., Murrieta, Georgia, and Julian Blackmon, Utah, 6-1, 190, jr., Layton, Utah.Safeties — Jalen Thompson, Washington State, 6-0, 190, jr., Downey, California; Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon, 5-10, 201, sr., Nashville, Tennessee.Punter — Jake Bailey, Stanford, 6-2, 202, sr., Solana Beach, California.___Coach of the year — Mike Leach, Washington State.Offensive player of the year — Gardner Minshew II, Washington State.Defensive player of the year — Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington.Newcomer of the year — Gardner Minshew II, Washington State.___Voting panel:Tony Parks, 1280 The Zone, Salt Lake City; Theo Lawson, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington; Gary Horowitz, The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon; Joey Kaufman, Southern California News Group; Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, San Jose, California; James Crepea, The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon; Brian Howell, Buffzone.com, Boulder, Colorado; Adam Jude, The Seattle Times; Christian Caple, The Athletic; Lauren Kirschman, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press read more

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