first_imgTrying to add some production value to your film? Add it to the soundtrack with these insights on how to create a blockbuster sound mix.Although Walter Murch is best known as a film editor he is also a legendary sound designer of films like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Parts 2 & 3 and Cold Mountain to name just a few. One of Walter’s many theories is that the brain can’t really absorb more than about 2.5 layers of sound at any one moment. So when sound mixing its best to isolate and emphasize the specific (2.5) sounds you want the audience to experience, rather than blasting everything at once. In these great sound design and mixing videos hopefully you’ll see some of that same technical and artistic understanding at work.The Sound of Man of SteelIf you’re curious about just how much work goes into a Hollywood blockbuster sound mix then this episode of The SoundWorks Collection will give you a pretty decent idea. Featuring interviews with “re-recording mixer Chris Jenkins, re-recording mixer Frank A. Montaño, supervising sound editor and designer Eric Norris, supervising sound editor and designer Scott Hecker, and dialogue supervisor Kira Roessler.”  It just goes to show that it take a whole team of people to record, edit, mix and finesse every sound effect and note of music. What’s great about this particular episode is some of the insights into the creative ways the sound recordists conjure up a sound from often unlikely elements.Sound Design for AnimationWith animation sound design, nothing comes for free as you have to ‘design everything from the ground up.’ In this second excellent SoundWorks Collection video you can listen through layer by layer all of the individual elements in a scene from Pixar’s new film Monster’s University. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the detail of a scene not only from the choice of sound effects but also the skill of blending them all together to create a harmonious mix rather than a muddy one.Creating Mixes and SubmixesIn this quick tutorial Michael from Film, Sound Colour demonstrates how he sets up and utlizes submixes inside both Logic and Adobe Audition. Submixes essentially allow you to group sound effects into layers and then control those layers as a group. For example – dialogue, music and effects. Understanding and using these will make your more complex mixes much easier to polish.last_img read more

first_imgWhy aren’t you getting the results you want? What has to change for you to improve the outcomes you’re getting?Your Beliefs: There isn’t any factor that has a greater impact on your results than your beliefs. Your beliefs are your values. What you believe drives your actions, and your actions produce your results. If you don’t change what you believe, you won’t take new actions.Twice in the last month someone has said to me “I could never get up and write at 5:00 AM every day.” Both times I answered with, “I know.” In both cases, the person I was speaking with shot back something like, “Well, I could if I wanted to!” In both cases, I said, “I know.”What you believe is true (for you, anyway).Your Identity: Your beliefs, you values, and your experiences provide you with your identity. The actions you take—or fail to take—are in large part of who you believe you are and how you present yourself to the world. (And if you spend time to figure out your purpose here, you are off to the races).Who you are matters more than what you do.Your Actions: Actions come before skills. If you pay attention to people who produce results, you can’t help but notice how many lack the requisite talent, skill, or knowledge to be where they are now. They produce better results than the more talented, the more skilled, and the more knowledgable because they take actions consistent with their beliefs and their identity.I once had a salesperson tell me he wanted to double his numbers. I asked him what he was willing to change to reach that goal. He rattled off a list of reasons why he couldn’t take a single new action. He is still disappointed with his lack of progress towards his goal.Your Skills: It sure doesn’t hurt to develop your skills! Taking consistent action produces outcomes, and these outcomes provide you with the opportunity to learn. You use that learning to make distinctions, to make changes to what you are doing, and to produce better, greater results.You don’t have to wait until you have the skills to take action. You can find a model, do what they do, and produce pretty similar results.Your Environment: Some would argue that environment should be first on this list, that you are a product of your environment. And there is some amount of truth here. But too many people escape their environment and the circumstances of their birth—as well as countless other horrifying misfortunes—to succeed wildly. How do they overcome their dreadful environment? They believe they can. They see themselves somewhere else in the future. And they take action. They overcome the environment and/or they leave it–and some cases they come back and change it. example. example. example. example. example. example. example.Change your beliefs, change your identity, change your actions, change your skills, change your environment, change your results.last_img read more

first_imgThe average temperatures from March to May across North India are likely to be above normal by more than one degree Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its seasonal forecast. The MeT office, in a statement, said average temperatures in Delhi, along with neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, can soar over 1.5 degrees Celsius above normal levels. It projected maximum rise of more than 2.3 degrees higher than usual temperatures in hilly states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The temperature rise is likely to be moderate in south India and four north-eastern states. India normally experiences hot weather and heat wave conditions during March to July period.last_img read more

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft Combine“Hi guys, Everything is good! It is understood that I am officially under contract in Hong Kong, so I could not be at the PBA Draft Combine,” Standhardinger posted on his Twitter account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My agent has already informed PBA officials in advance. Looking forward to seeing you all at Draft Day!” he wrote.Standhardinger, who is projected to be this year’s top overall pick, is currently in Hong Kong practicing with the Long Lions. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next UAAP Starting 5: Week 7 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comAfter skipping the Draft Combine on Monday, Christian Standhardinger assured that he will attend the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Fil-German big man shared that he had already notified the league of his absence in the mandatory combine weeks ahead due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.ADVERTISEMENT The draft will take place at Robinsons Place Manila. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgStung by recent court decisions that have gone against them, Justice Department lawyers are making a fresh push to clarify a computer trespass law that critics malign as overly broad.The 1986 law, known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, was intended to punish hackers who breach someone else’s computer network and steal information from it.But federal prosecutors have struggled at times in applying it to people who have permission to access a computer – a police department database, for instance, or a corporate network – but abuse that right by using for purposes that have not been authorized.The concerns attracted attention this year after President Barack Obama suggested changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as part of a broader proposal. The Justice Department has appealed to Congress, which is expected to take up other cyber-security measures in coming weeks.”These are really hard issues of what should the law cover and what should it not cover,” said George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr. “It’s totally understandable that we’re having this discussion and not sure what the answer should be, because this is a new kind of technological problem.”Critics, including judges, have long expressed concern that people could be prosecuted under the anti-fraud law for computer use that while technically unauthorized is nonetheless benign. An appeals court raised the prospect that checking sports scores at work could theoretically lead to prosecution, though the Justice Department says it’s never had any interest in going after that kind of behaviour.advertisementJustice Department lawyers have sought to allay those fears by proposing to narrow the circumstances for prosecution, such as in instances when someone knowingly exceeds authorized access or when the computer access targets a government database or was part of another felony like blackmailing a colleague.”What we need is a law that makes clear that if you exceed authorized access for nefarious purposes … that that’s a violation of the law,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell.Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., have drafted legislation similar to the Justice Department proposal that could be introduced soon. Meanwhile, Whitehouse has attached an amendment that would punish by up to 20 years damage to a “critical infrastructure computer” to broader cyber legislation expected to be considered soon by the Senate.Yet even some critics of the existing law say they believe the government already has enough tools to punish computer crime, without making the proposed changes. “All of this is a solution in search of a problem,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy group.Though the Justice Department has successfully used the existing statute many times, its proposal comes amid recent decisions in appeals courts – including in a lawsuit involving trade secrets – that have interpreted the law in ways prosecutors didn’t like.The issue surfaced last month when the California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out computer access charges in the case of Anthony Pellicano, a Hollywood private eye who wiretapped phones for celebrity clients to dig up dirt on rivals. The court upheld most of the convictions but said the jury was given improper instructions on the law.The same court in 2012 rejected computer access charges against a former employee of an executive search firm who had been accused of encouraging some of his ex-colleagues to help him start a competing business by using their log-in credentials to download information from a confidential database on the company’s computer.Basing criminal liability on a computer’s computer-use policies can make innocuous acts criminal, wrote Judge Alex Kozinski.”Employees who call family members from their work phones will become criminals if they send an email instead. Employees can sneak in the sports section of The New York Times to read at work, but they’d better not visit ESPN.com,” he wrote.A federal appeals court in New York is weighing the issue in the case of Gilberto Valle, a former New York City police detective dubbed the “cannibal cop” for his online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women. Though a judge dismissed most of the case, Valle is appealing his conviction for using an NYPD database to get information on a woman he’d known since high school.His supporters say that action could not have been a crime because, as an officer, he had legitimate access to the database.It’s not clear what action Congress will take, but it’s also not clear that it needs to do anything, said Kerr, the law professor.advertisement”It’s a hard set of problems for Congress to try to figure out, because you have courts disagreeing on what the rules should be,” Kerr said. “And one option is to just wait for the Supreme Court to say what the rules actually are.”last_img read more

first_imgEngland upset Argentina 3-2 in a pulsating quarter-finals at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to enter the semi-final of the Hockey World Cup 2018 while Australia notched up an easy victory against the underdogs of the tournament, France.While England vs Argentina turned out to be a cracker as expected, France had a tough time containing a rampant Australian side and lost 3-0 to bow out of the tournament after dream run to quarters.France, ranked 20 in the world, were highly unlikely to even make it to the quarters but they upset Argentina in the pool stage to eventually make it through. However, Australia proved to be way too strong for them.World No.1 Australia scored all their goals from penalty corners through Jeremy Hayward (4th minute), Blake Govers (19th) and skipper Aran Zalewski (37th) at the Kalinga Stadium.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEThe Frenchmen played good hockey in bits and pieces but were undone by the Kookaburras’ vast experience and skills. Australia will play the winner of Thursday’s last quarter-final between India and Netherlands in the semi-finals on Saturday.Four minutes into the match, Australia earned their first penalty corner when the ball found Francois Goyet’s foot and Hayward made no mistake in converting the opportunity to hand his side the early lead.Australia continued to dominate the proceedings with repeated forays as the French defence found itself in shambles to keep the Kookaburras at bay.Soon after the start of the second quarter, Jake Whetton earned Australia its second penalty corner and Govers fully obliged by smashing his flick into the back of France’s net to take a 2-0 lead.advertisementJust at the stroke of half time, France earned their first penalty corner which they wasted as Australia went into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.Seven minutes into the third quarter, Australia tripled their lead when Zalewski converted Kookaburras’ third penalty corner with a variation.The Australians kept up the pressure on the France defence and secured another penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time they failed to make use of the chance.The final quarter witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between the two teams as France tried hard to forge a comeback into the match but the Australians defended in numbers to deny any inroads.The Kookaburras too tried to extend their lead over their less-fancied opponents but failed to create any real scoring opportunities.Thank you for the great memories @FF_HockeyWhat a team!Odisha #HWC2018 BhubaneswarFIH/@GettySport pic.twitter.com/XQ9miZlKNmInternational Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) December 12, 2018ENGLAND BEAT ARGENTINAVeteran dragflick expert Gonzalo Peilat (17th, 48th minutes) converted a couple of penalty corners for Argentina. England, who were impressive with their free flowing attacks and well organised defence, scored field goals through Barry Middleton (27th), Will Calnan (44th) and Harry Martin (49th).It was an end-to-end affair with plenty of scoring chances for both teams although England enjoyed a slightly upper hand for the most part..@EnglandHockey have persisted past some of the world’s best teams on their way to a berth in the Semi-Finals of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. Congratulations on making it to the Semi-Finals!#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/2xFPVw3bsUHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 12, 2018Although England dominated the opening quarter, Peilat gave Argentina the lead with a powerful dragflick. England goalkeeper George Pinner had dived the correct way but was beaten by the sheer power in Peilat’s shot.England almost struck back in the next minute but an excellent save by goalkeeper Juan Manuel Vivaldi at his near post maintained Argentina’s lead.There were chances at both ends and Vivaldi was soon forced to make another good save to keep Argentina ahead. But the relentless England pressure finally bore fruit when Middleton scored a field goal with an excellent finish after a well worked build-up.Calnan, who had to sit out for a while after picking up a yellow card, made amends soon after coming back in when he beat Vivaldi at his near post with a powerful finish.England had a narrow escape a couple of minutes into the final quarter when the umpire initially awarded a penalty stroke to Argentina which was changed to a penalty corner for the South Americans after a review.But if the English players had heaved a sigh of relief, it turned out to be temporary as Peilat scored with another powerful dragflick.England struck back at the other end in the very next minute when Martin scored to make the issue safe for the European powerhouse.advertisementArgentina seemed to disintegrate under pressure in the closing minutes with two of their players sent off for yellow card offences as England clinched a well deserved victory.(With inputs from agencies)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: India aim for rare semi-final berth vs NetherlandsAlso Read | For India, Hockey World Cup 2018 starts now: Coach Harendra SinghAlso See: Sardar Singh exclusively on Hockey World Cup 2018last_img read more

first_imgArunachal Pradesh will soon get three state-of-the-art sports academies to hone the talents of the state, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said here on Saturday. “We must engage our youth in various activities. Otherwise they will sway towards anti-social activities,” he added.He said one centre of excellence (academy) would be set up for martial arts, where training would be provided for judo, karate, taekwondo and wushu, while two other academies will be set up for weightlifting and boxing, respectively.The Union minister arrived here Saturday morning and he was accompanied by Union Sports Secretary Radheyshyam Julaniya.Rijiju convened a review meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Sports Minister Mama Natung and Chief Secretary Satya Gopal.More details about the upcoming sports academies”The three academies will have intake capacities of 100 players each. All the academies will have residential facilities and world-class coaches,” Rijiju said at a press conference here.Seeking the support of the state government for establishing the academies, he said the Centre would provide all budgetary support.The Centre would extend all possible support for development of sports in the state the minister said, adding that his ministry has decided to install astro turfs in stadiums across all districts.”This will be done in the next three years. The state government will decide the districts, where the project will be implemented,” the Union minister said, adding, the ministry would start funding as soon as the proposals from the state government are received.Sports academies might be opened in various districtsThe ministry is also considering opening academies across all districts of the state to promote games such as archery and athletics.advertisementThat will be taken up under the ambitious programme of ‘Khelo India’ after consultation with the state government.”The ministry will provide all crucial funding, wherever necessary, to develop the sports sector in the state,” Rijiju said, adding, the ministry has proposed to organise a North East Youth Festival in Arunachal this year to promote sporting activities.”There is no dearth of sporting talent in Arunachal. Yet, no players from the state are able to make it to international sporting events, said Rijiju.”I have a dream that the youths of the state will participate in events such as the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. To turn the dream into reality, we must draw a roadmap and as a first step we have decided to provide adequate sports facilities to the state,” he added.Read: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaRead: Here’s how sports and education work well togetherRead: Playing recreational sports may boost your college grades: StudyRead: Participation in sports improves children’s learning skills and self esteem: Studylast_img read more

first_imgHarry Kane Shearer: Kane could star for Real Madrid or Barcelona Dejan Kalinic 13:19 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Harry Kane Tottenham Burnley Lindsey Parnaby Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton Real Madrid Barcelona Premier League Primera División After the Spurs forward broke his Premier League record, the former star striker says he could score goals anywhere Tottenham star Harry Kane is capable of performing for Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to Alan Shearer.Kane scored a hat-trick in Spurs’ 5-2 win over Southampton on Boxing Day, taking his tally to a Premier League-record 39 in 2017, breaking a mark previously held by Shearer.The England international’s performances have seen him linked to Spanish and European champions Real Madrid previously. 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 Shearer believes that could be a problem for Tottenham going forward, particularly if Kane is desperate to win trophies.”Not only has he beaten my calendar-year record in the Premier League, but with his second successive hat-trick he eclipsed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for goals in all competitions in 2017 for club and country,” Shearer wrote in The Sun .”That is some company to be in but, believe me, he could score goals for Barcelona and Real Madrid as well. There lies the problem for Spurs going forward, of course”The club will not want to move into their brand new stadium without their biggest star.”‘One of our own’ as the Spurs faithful chant.”But things have stalled a bit on the pitch after title tilts in the last two seasons, although they have been impressive in the Champions League.”Record breaker @HKane looks back on a memorable afternoon at Wembley. #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/b4FBU2AnyS — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017 Kane is on track to win a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot, something only Shearer (1994-97) and Thierry Henry (2003-06) have done previously.However, Shearer said the 24-year-old – who is contracted until 2022 – could move unless Tottenham were successful.”If they don’t win anything in the next two years, Kane could have a big decision to make and there will be no lack of suitors with big money wanting him,” he wrote.”The fact Spurs are his club will be a big factor.”I know as well as anyone what it means to play for your home-town club and stay loyal to them.”last_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim. last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli pays his respects to Arun Jaitley in a heartfelt postVirat Kohli paid his condolences to Arun Jaitley who passed away at AIIMS on Saturday after a prolonged illness.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 24, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 16:57 IST Arun Jaitley passed away after a prolonged illness. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has condoled the death of former finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.Arun Jaitley was also the former vice-president of the BCCI and the president of the DDCAArun Jaitley’s last rites will be performed on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh GhatVirat Kohli has condoled the death of former finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley. Jaitley passed away at AIIMS on Saturday after a prolonged illness.Various personalities from the cricket fraternity offered condolences following the demise of Arun Jaitley, who was also the former vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the president of the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA).Virat Kohli paid a heartfelt tribute on social media while narrating how Jaitley visited took out time to visit India skipper’s home when his father had passed away in 2006.”Shocked & saddened to hear about the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. He was genuinely a good person, always willing to help others. He took out his precious time back in 2006 when my father passed away to come to my home & pay his condolences. May his soul rest in peace.””BCCI condoles the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. The BCCI shares the pain and grief of the Jaitley family & prays for the departed soul, ” tweeted BCCI.Arun Jaitley was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. He was kept under observation at the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital, however, his condition kept on deteriorating.Arun Jaitley’s last rites will be performed on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi.Jaitley, 66, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stepped down as finance minister in January due to ill health, just months before elections that returned Modi’s Hindu nationalists to power.advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Arun Jaitley Nextlast_img read more

first_img Minister Chuck stressed that the Government has been deliberate in its planning and implementation of the zone. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the first zone of special operations should be declared in a matter of days.He said a great deal of work is being done to ensure that all is in place for the successful operation of the zone.“For the last six weeks, I can assure you that we have been planning and waiting to ensure that once we declare the zone, the operations will begin from day one to be successful. We have been working assiduously, and what I will tell you is that we were waiting to ensure that certain resources were in place, (and) they are now in place, and … within a matter of days, not weeks, I believe we will have a declaration,” the Minister said.He was speaking at a sensitisation session for lay magistrates and justices of the peace (JPs) on the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on August 31.The JPs and the lay magistrates were drawn from the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine.Minister Chuck stressed that the Government has been deliberate in its planning and implementation of the zone.“Let me make it very clear that when you see a Prime Minister, who deliberates and is ensuring patience in terms of implementation, it is not that we are sitting idly and not doing anything,” he said.“We have not declared a zone as yet, because once a zone has been declared, we must get it right, and we are going to succeed once a zone is declared. We had to put the law in place so that the planning can take place,” he continued.Minister Chuck informed that once the zone is declared, a meeting will be held with the Custos and lay magistrates of the relevant parish, who will then be introduced to the Zone Commander in charge of operations.He said no advanced notice will be given regarding the area that will be declared, so as to prevent criminals from moving weapons and ammunition. He noted that once an area is cordoned off, persons will be given an opportunity to surrender their weapons.Minister Chuck added that the appropriate technology will be employed in carrying out searches during the period of operation.He indicated that the security forces have been put on high alert and meetings have been held with representatives from social-intervention agencies.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act was passed earlier this year in the Houses of Parliament.     It seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a zone of special operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The zone can only be established after the police commissioner and the chief of defence staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.JPs have a critical role to play in ensuring the protection of citizens’ rights once an area has been designated a special crime zone.Once a person has been detained, the police will have to convince the JP that the person is suspected of having committed a crime.If the JP disagrees, then the person must be released. If the JP agrees, then that person must be taken before a parish judge within 24 hours.The JPs should also be present when the security forces are conducting searches. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the first zone of special operations should be declared in a matter of days. last_img read more

first_imgzoom Norwegian transporter of LPG and petrochemical gases Solvang Shipping has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of up to four ethylene carriers with South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.The deal includes firm orders for two ethylene carriers with a capacity of 21,000 cbm, and an option for two more vessels of the same capacity.Under the agreement, signed on February 17, the shipping firm said that the vessel are scheduled for delivery in the first and second quarters of 2019, respectively.Solvang Shipping said that the final agreement is subject to satisfactory technical specification and contractual terms, with deadline set for late March 2017.The ships will feature full exhaust gas cleaning and Tier III compliance, giving high flexibility with regards to existing and future environmental regulations, according to the company.Solvang Shipping operates a fleet of 21 LPG carriers with a total size of 1.2 million cbm.The company’s newbuilding orderbook consists of two VLGCs, currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries, scheduled for delivery in June and September of 2017, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

first_imgMore impaired drivers will be taken off the streets, making Nova Scotia roads safer through a campaign by the province and Mothers Against Drunk Driving that encourages and empowers citizens to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Campaign 911, a nationwide initiative to help rid roads of impaired drivers, was launched today, Dec. 15 in Halifax. Impaired drivers kill about 22 Nova Scotians each year. “We know that impaired driving is the number one cause of criminal death in Canada,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Calling 911 to report a suspected impaired driver will help reduce the number of tragedies on our roads.” Campaign 911 was first introduced by MADD Canada in 2007 and now has programs in nine provinces. Effective 911 programs increase arrest rates for impaired driving by as much as 50 per cent. “MADD Canada is so pleased to partner with the government of Nova Scotia and the RCMP to bring this valuable program to our province,” said MADD Canada president Margaret Miller. “Encouraging the public to call 911 and report suspected impaired drivers is a crucial way to help police keep our roads safe. Every call to police could save a life or prevent an injury.” Possible signs of an impaired driver include exceptionally wide turns, drifting in and out of lanes, tailgating, changing lanes frequently, and disregarding signals and lights. Drivers are advised to pull over safely, call 911 and provide a description of the vehicle. “Road safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said RCMP Insp. Sput McCarthy. “It’s up to all citizens to assist police agencies and call 911 if they believe they have observed an impaired driver. The RCMP’s goal is to reduce harm and save lives.” “Unfortunately, in spite of all of our efforts, people continue to drink and drive,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “In fact, Halifax Regional Police charged 500 people with impaired driving so far this year and issued 86 24-hour suspensions. “Halifax Regional Police is proud to support MADD Canada and the important work they do in the fight against drinking and driving.” The province will install 13 highway signs during the holiday season to remind drivers to call 911 to report the crime. Impaired driving is one of the leading factors in fatal collisions in Nova Scotia. To date in 2009, there have been 18 fatalities in the province involving impaired drivers. Last month, the province passed some of the toughest legislation in the country to fight impaired driving. New legislation will increase the suspension time for people who register .05 on a roadside alcohol screening test.last_img read more

first_imgOn 22nd June, His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay officially opened the Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow.Set to become Scotland’s largest employment and enterprise hub, the Centre will support young people to achieve success in education, work and business.At the event, HRH made a speech to thank volunteers, staff and funders for their role in transforming young lives:“I wanted to use this occasion to express my immense gratitude to so many of you who are here who have played such an important part in enabling this whole project to come to fruition. The role played by the Wolfson Foundation has been truly remarkable in enabling the building and everything that now takes place in it.“But also I know that many of you have provided pro bono assistance in one form or another. For that we are hugely grateful. I can imagine just how many other requests and demands there are on your time and generosity – I can see you all nodding!“From that point of view I appreciate it even more. But I hope all of you have seen what we can achieve as a result of the remarkable staff that the Prince’s Trust has who put so much effort and devotion into helping to turn young peoples lives around.“It’s probably a great deal more challenging than you think but my goodness I’ve seen over the last 40 years – the difference is astonishing – in terms of what you can do just to build people’s self confidence and self esteem. And suddenly young people are able to take on almost anything, including having decided where their talents best lie.“So many young people need that foundation for self-esteem and self-confidence including developing personal and social skills to be able to take on challenges. So I hope that we can do more of this kind of thing all around Scotland.“But it cannot be done, any of this, without so many people like yourselves, without the volunteers, without the mentors, these wonderful people who provide so much of their time to help, encourage and advise, particularly with setting up enterprises.“I am truly grateful to everyone who has helped to make The Trust what it is today. Thank you.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

WASHINGTON — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says he’s going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four rovers and using a newly designed rocket engine and souped-up rockets. It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as NASA’s proposed 2024 return.Bezos, who was dwarfed by his mock-up of the Blue Moon vehicle at his presentation Thursday, says, “This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon.”Bezos says: “It’s time to go back to the moon. This time to stay.”Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press read more

An attorney for Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims a British diver who is suing his client can’t recover damages because the diver allegedly started the spat and his reputation hasn’t been harmedVernon Unsworth is suing Musk for calling him a “pedo” in a July 15 post on Twitter. The post came during an exchange of insults last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand.In a response to Unsworth’s lawsuit, attorney Alex Spiro wrote that Musk’s statements were opinion protected by the First Amendment. He also wrote that the statements were true or substantially true.Last week a federal judge in Los Angeles set an Oct. 22 trial date, rejecting Musk’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit.The Associated Press read more

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois broadcast meteorologist who was taken off television after criticizing an unpopular “Code Red” weather alert system has been fired, his former employer confirmed.Joe Crain’s dismissal was confirmed Thursday by Rob Ford, a spokesman for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns Crain’s former employer, WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois. Ford declined further comment.Crain, a 15-year WICS veteran, was absent from newscasts after an on-air critique June 5 of Sinclair’s “Code Red” weather-alert brand, which the station subsequently announced would be replaced.Crain acknowledged widespread community complaints that “Code Red” was alarmist and imprecise. He said it was improperly “all-inclusive” and failed to recognize storms’ varying degrees.“When you hear ‘Code Red,’ you think, as they say, the feces is about to hit the fan. We understand your concerns,” Crain said. “It’s not us. This is a corporate initiative, the ‘Code Red’ alert, and behind the scenes, many of us have tried to dissuade it for the last few months.”Crain’s absence unleashed social-media protests, petitions demanding his return, and advertiser boycotts. Businesses pulled their ads in support of Crain and to protest “Code Red” as a needless alarm that persuaded people to stay home and away from restaurants and retail stores.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat who lives in Springfield, voiced support for Crain. A weekly newspaper reporter composed a song, “Joe Crain,” to the tune of the early 20th Century labour anthem, “Joe Hill,” and the brouhaha was the subject of a parody bit on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.Crain has declined comment. WICS general manager Rick Lipps posted an online video Monday in which he announced that the station would replace “Code Red” with a “Weather Warn” banner and that managers would work to improve geographic specificity of alerts.Lipps said in the video that he could not comment on Crain because it was a personnel matter. But Sinclair posted a solicitation for a WICS meteorologist on its website Tuesday.___Follow Political Writer John O’Connor at https://twitter.com/apoconnor .John O’Connor, The Associated Press read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market broke a six-session losing run Thursday as traders used a selloff resulting from Sunday’s inconclusive Greek elections as an opportunity to pick up some beaten-down equities.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11736.17 0.52% +61.16S&P 500 — 1357.99 0.25% +3.41Dow — 12855.04 0.16% +19.98Nasdaq — 2933.64 -0.04% -1.07The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 61.16 points at 11,736.17 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 9.62 points to 1,355.31.However, nervousness hit the Canadian dollar, which closed down 0.08 of a cent to 99.83 US cents as traders continued to avoid riskier assets such as resource-based currencies, including the loonie, amid the latest round of eurozone turmoil.New York’s Dow Jones industrials rose 19.98 points at 12,855.04.The Nasdaq composite index slipped 1.07 points to 2,933.64, weighed down by a negative outlook from Cisco Systems. Cisco’s stock fell US$1.97 or 10.49% to US$16.81. The S&P 500 index was ahead 3.41 points at 1,357.99.Positive jobs data helped support stocks Thursday. Weekly jobless claims in the U.S. edged downward last week, suggesting that employers may accelerate hiring this month. Applications dropped by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ended May 5, the U.S. Labour Department said Thursday.The recent selloff on the TSX left the market about two% lower than where it started the year.Besides the latest round of uncertainty in Europe, stocks and commodities have also been pressured by signs of slowing economies in China and the United States.“It’s really based on commodities and demand from the emerging markets,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“They are growing but at a slower pace and I think the consensus was an expectation of continued strong markets and I think maybe that was a bit of a pipe dream.”Meanwhile, analysts expect talks to form a Greek government will go nowhere and that Greeks will go back to the polls in June.There are some hopes in the markets that in new elections Greeks who want the country to remain in the euro currency bloc will support the main pro-euro parties, facilitating the creation of a moderate coalition government.“There is talk maybe the Greeks will have realized OK, this was my vote against austerity, now we’re going to look at one of the other parties,” Headland said.“But again, how much does Greece matter? It’s more about what is going to happen with Spain and is there going to be some kind of knock on effect on their debt and perhaps Italy’s and that’s a bigger issue going forward.”In the meantime, Greece is being held together by an international bailout. And analysts warn that Greece could run out of money as soon as next month without a government to negotiate the next level of its bailout.On Thursday, China’s weak import growth data raised fears the world’s second-biggest economy wasn’t doing enough to stimulate domestic demand amid an economic slowdown.Imports edged up 0.3% to US$144.8-billion in April while exports rose 4.9% to US$163.3-billion, leaving a surplus of US$18.4-billion, according to customs data released Thursday.That compared with a surplus of US$5.35-billion in March and a deficit of US$31.5-billion in February.China has been an important prop for a global economy still in the midst of a fragile recovery from the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession. Its huge appetite for energy and metals has boosted commodity prices and oil and mining stocks on the TSX.But resource stocks and commodity prices have been hit particularly hard recently. The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange climbed 27 cents to US$97.08 a barrel, down sharply from US$106 at the beginning of this month. The energy sector improved by 0.75% as Suncor Energy advanced 23 cents to $29.30.The base metals sector gained 0.32% with copper prices up three cents at US$3.69. Demand concerns had pushed the metal down almost 5% from May 1. HudBay Minerals climbed 18 cents to $9.45.Bullion prices added US$1.30 to US$1,595.50 an ounce, taking the gold sector up 0.55% and Iamgold gained 17 cents to $10.97.Financials were also positive as Sun Life Financial shares gained 42 cents to $22.55 as it reported that an improvement in capital markets led to quarterly net income of $686-million or $1.15 per share compared with $438 million or 73 cents in the same period last year.Stocks also benefited from news that Spain would take over Bankia SA, the country’s fourth-largest bank, which has high exposure to bad property loans. The government is hoping to convince investors that Spain won’t need a bailout.Elsewhere in the sector, Royal Bank rose 58 cents to $53.95.In other earnings news, Bombardier Inc. was up 27 cents at $3.96 as it reported net income of $190-million in the first quarter, or 10 cents a share. That is down sharply from $220-million, or 12 cents a share a year ago. Revenue was $3.5-billion, compared with $4.7-billion last year.Magna International Inc. posted first-quarter sales of $7.7-billion, up 7% from the first quarter of 2011. Canada’s largest auto parts maker handed in net income of $343-million. Magna shares gained 96 cents to $43.64.Canadian Tire posted $2.4-billion in revenue for the quarter ended March 31, up 23% from the same period last year and a profit of $71-million, or 87 cents a share, up 21.5% from the same period in 2011. Its shares gained $2.81 to $70.23.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Greece may hold US$510B trump card in potential bailout talksEarnings roundup: Canadian Tire, Cineplex, BombardierSun Life profit surges on stronger marketsRIM scores social media bump with hiring of chief marketerToronto condo market ripe for a correction?Goldman Sachs says gold is the ‘currency of last resort’ and it’s going to $1,840ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSEU economic forecasts CANADA8:30 a.m.Employment report (April): Economists expect the economy to gain 10,000 jobs and the jobless rate to tick up 7.3% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Producer price index (April): Economists expect no gain from the month before and 2.1% rise year over year 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index (May): Economists expect a reading of 76, unchanged from the month before CORPORATE NEWSCANADATMX Group Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 88¢ a share Iamgold Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ Enerplus Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 1¢ read more

The navy arrested 14 Indian fishermen while they were poaching in Sri Lankan waters in the seas North of Thalaimannar yesterday.The navy media unit said that three Indian fishing trawlers were also taken into custody. The Indian fishermen along with the trawlers were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Mannar for further action.

Mr. Annan will be the keynote speaker at the event on 18 November, where he will be joined by the Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland, and the Administrator of the UN Development Programme, Mark Malloch Brown.The theme of the appeal, “Hear Our Voices”, emphasizes the importance of listening to people from communities ravaged by war, conflict, and natural disasters, and those struggling to rebuild. It covers 21 crises, 17 of them in Africa.The appeal is put together by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and is a product of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP), a mechanism created a decade ago by the UN General Assembly to plan a common humanitarian strategy and maximize resources. read more