4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on Set

first_imgExperienced film directors understand how difficult it can be to complete a feature. Here are four mistakes that can make the task even harder.On a film set, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. No matter how much you prepare, plan, and scrutinize every last detail before you get to set, something will always go wrong. But even though you may never be able to make your film set a place that is completely worry-free, you can at the very least take some measures to ensure that the best creative result is achieved.Below, I’ve outlined four common mistakes that you need to avoid as a director in order to achieve that best possible end result: 1. They Surround Themselves with the Wrong PeopleNothing kills a film project faster than a poorly constructed crew that’s responsible for executing the exceptionally complicated task of making a film. Unfortunately, most indie film directors tend to overlook the importance of bringing the right people onto their project, and ultimately pay the price later on.This is especially true in the case of micro-budget films where projects come together quickly and options feel very limited. Due to issues like limited funding and lack of experience, independent directors often sacrifice elements of their film in the areas of casting and crew members by hiring whoever is readily available and able to work for next to nothing.It isn’t uncommon for directors to downright settle in these departments just for the sake of cheap or free labor, which is one of the most fatal mistakes that can be made. If you do not collaborate with a cast and crew that shares your vision, passion, and enthusiasm for the project, your experience on set and the results you yield will be utterly disappointing.In the end, you need to rely on your team to bring your vision to life, as you alone will never be able to do it all yourself. Make sure you build a team that can remain positive and enthusiastic through thick and thin (and are, of course, qualified for their respective positions) and you’ll be off to a great start.2. They Don’t Own the Creative VisionWhile working with an inexperienced crew can be detrimental to a film (as we’ve gone over above), working with an experienced crew can be just as challenging – especially when the director is new to the game. Often, indie film directors end up working with crew members that have been on far more sets than they have and start to feel insecure about their role on set and their vision as a whole. This can lead them to allow others to make critical decisions for them on set, and in the end their original vision for the film becomes stifled and muted.No matter what your experience level, as the film’s director it is your responsibility to lead and inspire your cast and crew all the way from pre-production to post-production. It is also your responsibility to yourself and to the film, to keep your vision alive and fight for it – even if your producer/DP/crew is suggesting that you go in a different direction.Ultimately, if you don’t take this position, your lack of vision will leave your cast and crew feeling uninspired –  and believing that they are working on an insignificant project. Perhaps even worse, you’ll be left with a watered down final product that you’ll be profoundly unhappy with and that your audience may not connect with.Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. – Jonathan SwiftRemember, it’s your story to tell and it must be told from your point of view. Mistakes are inevitable and it’s perfectly okay to take notes from others (more on that in the next point), but it’s crucial that you own your creative choices for the better of the project. 3. They Don’t Listen to OthersAs we discussed above, taking in too many opinions and losing your own vision is an issue that many directors are challenged with, but the opposite situation can be just as problematic. Many film directors go into their projects with a unilateral vision that leaves no room for creative collaborators to contribute whatsoever. They seem to forget that film is a collaborative medium and that (even though they need to maintain their vision throughout the process) it is okay to hear out the suggestions of others.Many film directors will joke that they don’t care where a good idea comes from, as long as they get credit for it. And, with all joking aside, I would argue that the most experienced directors are also those that are the most willing to listen to suggestions from the rest of their team. This may seem contradictory to the second point on this list, but it really goes hand in hand with it. It’s all about balance.As the director, you want to be the filter that takes in ideas and decides which of those ideas is in line with your vision. You don’t simply want to take every idea thrown at you, or take none at all – So always remember to keep an open mind and a maintain a confidence in the story that you are telling. 4. They Save the Most Important Scenes for the End of the DayIt always baffles me when directors choose to shoot the most important scenes of any given shoot day at the end of the day. Understandably, directors often feel that they want to break in their cast and crew, or warm up a bit themselves before jumping into the really important material – but I would argue that this is a very bad approach for a number of reasons.For starters, anyone that’s ever been on a film set knows that no matter how well planned your shooting schedule is, things will almost always take longer than you anticipate. The last thing you want is to feel rushed at the end of the day when you’re shooting your most important scene. But even if things are running perfectly on schedule (which of course is almost never the case!), your cast and crew are not necessarily going to be performing at their peak after 12 (or more) hours on set. If it’s important for you to warm up your cast, crew, and yourself before getting into an important scene, then by all means go for it. Just opt to schedule that scene in the middle of the day, rather than at the end.Want to learn more about filmmaking? Check out a few of the following links:5 Tips for Building Better Cinematic Suspense7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography TechniquesFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetKnow of any other common director mistakes that should have made the list? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Street Smart and Book Smart

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It’s not easy to be street smart. To be street smart, you have to spend time on the streets. That puts you in contact with unsavory characters, the kind that typify the hustler that embodies the negative version of that word.You get street smarts when people try to take advantage of you, when they try to bully you, or when they try to bamboozle you. The people you meet on the streets are tough, they aren’t afraid of conflict, and they’re not afraid to engage in a physical confrontation.When you’re street smart, you learn to read people. You know when someone is trying to pull one over on you. You know when someone is trying to take advantage of you. You also know how to communicate with different types of people, and you almost certainly know how to use humor to defuse a stressful, tense, or bad situation. You don’t get your street MBA without learning these things.In business, in sales, and in life, street smarts will carry you a long way.But book smarts are important too. I know right now that there are influential people telling you that you don’t need book smarts. There are countless articles and blog posts and YouTube videos that show you how expensive college is, and suggesting that you are better off becoming an entrepreneur right out of high school. Right now, the poor liberal arts degree gets no respect.If you want to be a good, happy, and effective human being, it’s important to get book smarts. You want to understand the big themes that run through human history and the big ideas in human endeavors, including business. Understanding how things work and what people made in the past gives you a context for future decisions. Studying the arts and sciences allows you to see a bigger picture, and it provides different lenses with which to view things.In business, in sales, and in life, book smarts will help you succeed.These two types of “smarts” are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the combination of book smarts and street smarts is lethal. If you’ve got one, getting the other will give you superpowers.last_img read more

Attempted sexual assault in school

first_imgAn unidentified man tried to sexually assault a Class IV girl student in the toilet of a private school in Panipat, a senior police official said on Thursday. A case has been registered under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act against the accused, after the girl’s father reported the matter to the police on Wednesday. “The girl was found crying in the school by her teachers. She insisted on meeting her parents. Her parents were immediately called and she left with them. At home, she narrated her ordeal,” Station House Officer (SHO) Sub Inspector (SI) Kavita of the Women Police Station in Panipat said.last_img read more

Messi hat-trick helps Barcelona to record 35-match unbeaten run

first_imgBarcelona set a Spanish record of 35 matches unbeaten in all competitions with a thumping 5-1 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Thursday after goal-machine Lionel Messi scored his 35th hat-trick.Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, Messi caught up with Real Madrids Cristiano Ronaldo on 35 trebles in all competitions and Arda Turan completed the rout, with Turkey’s captain scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Atletico Madrid.Barca’s victory, which saw them beat the undefeated record Real Madrid had held since the 1988/89 season, restored an eight-point lead at the top over Atletico with 11 matches to go.Atletico beat visiting Real Sociedad 3-0 on Tuesday, while third-placed Real Madrid are again 12 points off the pace after a 3-1 win at Levante on Wednesday.Barca were helped by the fact that Rayo lost defender Diego Llorente to a red card three minutes before halftime for a foul on Rakitic before Manuel Iturra was also sent off in the 67th for bringing down Sergio Busquets in the area.Busquets was felled from behind going for the rebound after a Messi free kick came back off the bar but Luis Suarez’s penalty was saved by Juan Carlos, Barcelona’s ninth miss from 18 penalties in all competitions this season.”It’s a strange situation (missing penalties),” the Catalan side’s midfield general Andres Iniesta said. “We mustn’t let it bother us while everything is working as well as it is.”The reasons are many (to explain) why the team continues in this positive dynamic (but) the league isn’t over, there are lots of points still to take,” he was quoted as saying on the As website (www.as.com).advertisementRakitic scored in the 22nd minute by tapping the ball home when it fell to him after Juan Carlos spilt a high cross.Messi finished off a fine one-two with Neymar a minute later for his first goal and Llorente was shown the red card three minutes before halftime for a foul on Rakitic.Messi scored his second in the 53rd after a shot by Suarez came back off the post and completed his hat-trick in the 72nd after darting through the defence from midfield.Rayo got a consolation in the 57th through Manucho’s header after Bebe, at the far post, nodded a cross from the right into the middle as the two ex-Manchester United players combined.last_img read more

This state is first in India to provide pension and food benefits to the transgender community

first_imgOdisha has become the first state in the country to provide food grains, pension, health, education and housing benefits to the transgender community, thus including them in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. The step has been taken to empower the transgender community.Difference between sex and gender: Transgender is a global term for the people whose gender identity does not conform with the sex they were assigned at the time of their birth. Sex is different from gender. Sex refers to genitalia and gender is a society constructed definition to differentiate between a man and woman.Here is everything you should know:Members of the transgender community will be given BPL cardsThe BPL cards will give them access to a number of social benefits under various government welfare programmesThe benefits include “free housing, pensions loans to start up their own businesses and 100 days of paid work annually”The community will also be entitled to 5 kg of food grains every monthIn the 2011 census, 4,000 transgender people had registered themselves in the ‘Others’ categoryIn the year 2014, the transgenders were recognised as a legal third gender by the Supreme Court which ordered the government to provide the third gender with quotas in jobs and educationOn April 24, 2015, a bill for the transgenders was passed in the Rajya Sabha which sought equal rights for the community. The bill was later adopted through a voice note.Read: List of Indian transgenders who made a differenceRead: Transgender and their livesInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Students from 9 nations can now appear for JEE (Advanced) directly, announces IIT Joint Admission Board

first_imgWith the objective of making it one of the top international educational institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to allow students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, the UAE and Ethiopia to skip JEE (main) and directly appear for JEE (Advanced).Regarding the included (or excluded) countries: According to TOI reports, exam centres will be set up in these above mentioned countries. Although Pakistan has not been included due to the home ministry’s objection, the choice of Ethiopia as the only country from Africa has displayed a lot of curiosity.An official said, “The idea has been approved in-principle. Each IIT will also ratify it and the IIT council will approve it next week.” He also said that this step has being taken to showcase India’s soft power and in no case would the foreign students occupy the seats meant for Indians. IIT Guwahati had eight MTech students from Ethiopia. The UAE was selected as people of various nationalities reside in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.(Read: Ban sports quota! Hyderabad HC calls it illegal, calls for dissolution across India) Concerning admission cost:The cost of admission will be recovered from the foreign student and the government will not bear any expense on account of foreign students. Same facilities will be provided to them as that of Indian students. Director IIT Guwahati, Gautam Biswas said, “For the last many years, we have got a large number of Ethiopian students in post-graduate courses. IITs are popular there.”advertisementThe reputed IITs may also enroll one lakh students by 2020, if things move according to plan. A proposal to be considered by the IIT council states that 30,000 additional non-resident students will be allowed to study at these institutes in the next three years.Read: Pune gears up for International Literary Festival from September 2 Read: Value based education is the priority of the state government, says AP HRD minister For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

FIFA 18 patch draws mixed reaction

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 patch: New updates draw mixed reaction from gamers Oli Platt 06:37 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 EA Sports eSports WTF Changes to goalkeeping and defending have been criticised by some players as a step backwards for EA Sports’ latest release Even when a new game is released, the work at EA Sports headquarters is never quite done.FIFA 18 has not yet been on the shelves for a fortnight and and already its creators are striving to iron out any lingering faults and bugs.But while many of the updates in the game’s first patch – rolled out this week on PC and then consoles – have been welcomed, some of the more hardcore players have been less than happy with a few specific changes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The first update has solved some obvious issues such as the underwhelming goal-net animations and minor bugs and crashes across the game’s various different modes.But it also made fundamental changes to the gameplay – namely making goalkeepers more difficult to beat.Here’s the key section from EA’s list of changes implemented through the patch:Addressed the following in Gameplay: Tuned goalkeeper reactions in certain situations. Tuned down the difficulty for Amateur and Semi-Pro difficulties. Reduced shot accuracy and slightly increased goalkeeper reaction times in certain in-game situations. Some players have claimed that EA has quietly tweaked AI defending as well, though, and that by making defending easier, differences in skill level between individual players are now less obvious and results more random as a result.In a lengthy post published on Facebook, pro player Benedikt ‘SaLz0r’ Saltzer – who represents Wolfsburg at FIFA championships – articulated these complaints, describing himself as “thrilled” with the new game before the patch was released. “The goalkeeper has been massively improved,” Saltzer wrote. “Suddenly, there are significantly fewer goals from positions where you have scored a goal before.”Sure, it is definitely still possible to score some goals. However, in my opinion, far too many one-on-one situations are [now] negative for the attacker.”The reduction in shot accuracy, he added, had manifested itself in more blocked shots – making defending less challenging.”Together, all of this means that the AI ​​defends very much by itself, which greatly weakened the very challenging defensive behaviour that we had at the beginning of FIFA 18 and had to learn first,” Saltzer explained.He concluded: “If EA announces year by year that they want to promote eSports and be a main title then I do not really understand this patch at all, because it is by no means progress but, in my opinion, a clear step back.”His unhappiness has been echoed across social media.i hate this fifa so much after the patch, absolute joke for me, almost identical in terms of last year how people are winning undeservedly— Taran D (@Tazmania030901) October 6, 2017 Gameplay is terrible, patch is terrible and I’m getting absolute bs. I thought FIFA 17 was bad.— Fuji (@Fuji720pYT) October 8, 2017 Here’s one, why did ea kill Fifa before it even got in full swing. I’ve never seen a patch ruin a game more than this one— Adam (4-1) (@Hakanology) October 8, 2017 I really hope they just go back to before the patch, this patch actually ruins the game, fifa 17 all over again— FIFA 18 Tips (@FIFA18Tips) October 6, 2017 Other players, though, disagree – including Sean Allen, another pro who until recently represented West Ham.Best FIFA ever so far, the patch saved the game— Sean Allen (@DragonFIFA_) October 8, 2017 Those supportive of the patch have been pleased to see goalscoring become more difficult, reducing the number of one-sided and unrealistically high-scoring games.Can confirm that the new patch on FIFA 18 is much better, you wont concede 8762 goals in one game anymore— . (@Henrikinho__) October 3, 2017 People should realise scoring is basically the hardest thing in football, should require an element of skill, timing, type of finish etc— Harry Hesketh (@HashtagHarry__) October 9, 2017 FIFA may be comfortably the most popular football game on the planet, but their quest to please everyone will go on for a little while longer yet.last_img read more

Delhi govt to archive oral history of locals

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Monday signed an MoU with Ambedkar University and launched an “Oral History Programme” to record historical events from the memories of Delhiites — elites and commoners alike. Delhi Archives, in collaboration with the Ambedkar University, will record 100 interviews of the city’s senior citizens in two years.To fill unwritten maps of history and make knowledge more inclusive, the project in its first phase will include author-historian RV Smith, photographer Raghu Rai, musician and head of Dilli Gharana Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, and journalist Salma Sultan. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the project will offer much to the country owing to the city’s composite culture. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said the first phase of the initiative will map senior citizens’ connect with Delhi. “The elderly are a treasure trove of stories and the custodians of our history. Through common experiences and shared histories, people might realise we have more in common than what those wanting to polarise our society would want us to believe,” he said in a statement. “It is also essential to disseminate oral history as it will help tackle constant attempts to manipulate our past to advance a particular narrative,” Sisodia added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSpeaking at an event held here, Abhinandita Mathur, cultural advisor to the Delhi government, said archiving oral history should solve issues as there are more similarities than differences. “While talking to elders, my community members and people belonging to different communities, I realised that their experiences were more similar than different,” she said. “And I think in today’s time it’s a really important lesson. Delhi can boast of a composite culture but what it actually means is not very clear to someone young. When we live in a city we have common experiences,” Mathur added. A panel discussion was held on “Oral History in the City: Potential and Possibilities”. Noted historians S Irfan Habib and R V Smith, professor at Ambedkar University Denys Leighton, archivist Usha Purie and researcher-historian Sohail Hashmi also attended the event.last_img read more

Multiple injuries aboard Air Canada flight after plane hits turbulence

first_imgMONTREAL — Nearly three dozen passengers sustained minor injuries Thursday when an Air Canada flight travelling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, ran into severe turbulence, prompting an emergency landing in Honolulu.The airline says Flight AC33, which made a scheduled stopover in Vancouver Wednesday night, was about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean when the conditions triggered a turnaround, resulting in 35 injuries.The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, had 269 passengers on board, some of whom received medical assistance on arrival at Honolulu airport.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

YOUTUBE ORDERS NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FROM TEAM DOWNEYS ROBERT

first_img“We are excited to be in business with the incredibly creative minds behind this innovative new series,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “There is so much to discover, and this series will take us on a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”“Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey.Downey is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. Network Entertainment is repped by UTA.YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to YouTube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.About YouTubeLaunched in May 2005, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. YouTube is a Google company.About Team DowneyTeam Downey is an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey that produces film, television, and digital properties. Team Downey is currently producing Universal Pictures’ THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE written and directed by Stephen Gaghan and starring Robert Downey Jr. Other features currently in development include an adaptation of the Reply All Podcast MAN OF THE PEOPLE that Richard Linklater is writing and will direct for Annapurna, and the third installment in the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise for Warner Brothers. In television, Team Downey has several high profile projects at various networks including PERRY MASON at HBO and an adaptation of Karen Russell’s novel SWAMPLANDIA! at HULU.About Network Entertainment* Network Entertainment, founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces premium content for global audiences. Network’s documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world’s most inspiring cultural icons and their endearing legacy. Our films have featured a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music, Movies, Comedy, Sports, Politics and Business. The Network premium brand of programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Our productions are consistently embraced by both popular and critical acclaim garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage.Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: AHC, AMC, Discovery, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird and TMN. Our work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, The Emmys, Realscreen Awards, The Gemini’s, The Leo’s, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, VancouverInternational Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caAbout SonarSonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes content for global audiences. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry. Sonar Entertainment premium scripted series include Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; and Das Boot, an eight-part series inspired by the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar Entertainment also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Factual and lifestyle series include Texas Metal for Discovery and Food’s Greatest Hits for Scripps. Sonar Kids and Family series include Counterfeit Cat, airing on Disney XD in the US, Teletoon in Canada, on Hulu and in over 200 countries worldwide; and Go Away, Unicorn! for Disney.*For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caNeither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking InformationExcept for historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the Company not obtaining required TSX Venture Exchange approval of the Transaction and the Transaction not being completed as proposed or at all. These statements are necessarily based upon management’s perceptions, beliefs, assumptions and expectations, as well as a number of specific factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that could result in the forward-looking information ultimately, perhaps materially, being incorrect. All forward-looking information in this news release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond the control of the Company and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Except as required pursuant to applicable securities laws, the Company will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Robert Downey Jr. will bring his genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject to the screen, narrating the series and uncovering insights from researchers and leading experts who will share their unique perspectives. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.The Untitled A.I. Series will be executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, through their production company, Team Downey, with Team Downey’s Emily Ford also serving as executive producer, and Evan Mooreoverseeing the project. Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski of Sonar Entertainment will executive produce, while Derik Murray and Paul Gertz of Network Entertainment will produce the series. VANCOUVER, May 17, 2018 – Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) (OTCMKTS: NMGGF) and Network Entertainment Inc. (“Network” or “the Company”) are pleased to report that YouTube announced its order for an expansive new series on artificial intelligence that will be executive produced by Team Downey partners Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz, and Sonar Entertainment’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski. The series will feature the brightest minds in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts to tell the dynamic story of A.I. The 8-episode hour-long series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.last_img read more

Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine and upgrader complex in northern Alberta is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and strengthen prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July. The stoppage was caused by a power outage last week.The interruption should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil, said Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a research report. The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again filled pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The differential will likely revert back to US$13 to $15 per barrel in July, Barclays analysts predicted in a report.Syncrude has the capacity to produce 350,000 barrels per day but Barclays estimated it has averaged only 245,000 bpd so far this year because of planned and unplanned downtime. It lowered its estimate of third-quarter production from 305,000 bpd to between 200,000 and 215,000 bpd, adding it expects Syncrude to post significantly higher costs per barrel.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 percent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 percent stake.On June 7, Suncor said in a news release it was ready for “strong production” this year after completing maintenance at facilities including Syncrude.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Young Womens Night program launches Sept 26

The Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre is launching a drop-in Young Women’s Night for youth approximately 14-19 years old.It will begin Friday, Sept. 26 from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.The drop-in will happen every Friday evening from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at its downtown location (31 Ontario St., St. Catharines). It is facilitated by the Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre trained staff and volunteers.All women are welcome, and this program is not specifically for survivors of sexual violence, though it does also offer support services.“All youth need a safe, welcoming and comfortable space and we want to help provide it to them,” program co-ordinator Jami Coughler said.For detailed information on the Young Women’s Night program, visit www.ASaferBrock.org/Youth. read more

New climate change measures agreed at UN conference in Nairobi

A series of measures designed to help developing countries adapt to the effects of global warming will soon be put in place thanks to an agreement reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which concluded in Nairobi today.The Nairobi agreement will enhance decision-making on adaptation action and will improve assessment capabilities of vulnerability and related factors. Countries also agreed on the management of the Adaptation Fund under the Kyoto Protocol to support concrete activities in developing countries.“The Conference has delivered on its promise to support the needs of developing countries,” said Conference President, Kenyan Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment Kivutha Kibwana.“The spirit of Nairobi has been truly remarkable,” he said. “Let us now use the momentum of this Conference to carry this spirit forward and jointly undertake the kind of concerted action we need for humankind to have a future on this planet.”Countries also agreed on a plan to work toward future commitments for industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for post-2012 under the Kyoto Protocol, which set legally binding emission reduction targets for 35 industrialized countries during the 2008-2012 period.“The 166 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol heard in Nairobi that global emissions of greenhouse gases have to be reduced to very low levels, well below half of levels in 2000, in order to avoid dangerous climate change,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“The fact that Parties now have a concrete workplan means that they can move ahead with addressing issues fundamental for agreement on future commitments, such as the level of emission reductions that is required and the ways in which they can be achieved,” he added.The conference was attended by some 6,000 participants, among them more than 100 ministers, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and two heads of State, and marked the first time that a climate change convention was held in sub-Saharan Africa.Adaptation to climate change – the ability to respond to the impacts of climate change, such as increased flooding, droughts, sea-level rise or an increase – was a major focus of the Conference, and the agreements it reached are expected to facilitate and expedite projects in developing countries.The Adaptation Fund will draw on proceeds generated by the clean development mechanism, which permits industrialized countries, which have emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol, to invest in sustainable development projects in developing countries that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby generate tradable emission credits.Countries recognized, however, that considerable barriers stand in the way of increased projects in many countries, in particular in Africa. To address this situation Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the launch of the “Nairobi Framework” through which several UN agencies will provide additional support to developing countries to successfully develop projects for the clean development mechanism.“We are seeing a revolutionary shift in the debate on climate change,” said Mr. de Boer. “From looking at climate change policies as a cost factor for development, countries are starting to see them as opportunities to enhance economic growth in a sustainable way.”The development of carbon markets can help mobilize financial resources for a global response to climate change and “give us a future agreement that is focused on incentives to act,” he added.The next round of negotiations under the Kyoto Protocol and talks under the United Nations Climate Change Convention will be held in Bonn, Germany in May 2007. read more

USUE Spirit Squad to Hold Second Auditions

USUE Press ReleaseUtah State Eastern Spirit Squad will be holding second auditions for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year after completing the first round last week. The second auditions will be by video submission only.For complete information about the second audition, including what is required, please click here.If you have any questions about the audition, please contact USUE Spirit Squad DIrector Brandi Johansen at usuespiritsquad@usu.edu.

Barrick upgrades Fourmile project from a target to a discovery

first_imgBased on further positive drill results, Barrick has upgraded the Fourmile exploration project from a target to a discovery. Located approximately 2 km north of Goldrush in Nevada, drilling continues to intersect high grade results, confirming the continuity of mineralisation in the project area, “and increasing our confidence that Fourmile and Goldrush form part of a seven-kilometre-long mineralised system.”Recent drilling has encountered high grade mineralisation across a number of stratigraphic horizons in multiple holes covering an area 600 m in length by 200 m in width.Assay result highlights from the second quarter include 13.9 m grading 56.8 g/t of gold, 16.6 m grading 71.6 g/t of gold, and 16.8 m grading 57.9 g/t of gold. “Based on the success of our 2018 drilling campaign to date, we are allocating an additional $10 million to Fourmile exploration this year, increasing the total number of planned holes from 30 to 47. Further infill and wide spaced step out drilling will continue for the remainder of 2018.”last_img read more

Son who killed own mother suffered from bipolar for years

first_imgShocking details behind the murder of Violet Tamvakis were finally revealed in a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday. According to a report by the Herald Sun, the 75-year-old was in the process of changing her will in a bid to stop her son Socrates Tamvakis from selling the family home, when she was allegedly murdered by him.The incident took place in the family home in Bentleigh, where the beloved mother and grandmother lived with her son, in the early hours of 26 April 2016, when police allege the 45-year-old beat his mother with a rolling pin and stabbed her to death.Mr Tamvakis appeared in court on Tuesday, and despite pleading not guilty, was charged with the murder of his mother. The youngest of three siblings, his elder sisters revealed to the committal that he had been suffering from bipolar for some 25 years and had a history of verbally abusing their mother. While Mrs Tamvakis’ second daughter Dimitra Kotsabouikis described the pair’s relationship as “love-hate”, she said that she had never witnessed her brother be physically violent towards her.“Socrates has said many times he was going to kill mum, but I never thought he’d do it,” Mrs Kotsabouikis told the court.The sisters said that their mother was in fact changing her will, but that it was her intention to allow Mr Tamvakis to continue living in the house for the entirety of his life, but to stop him from selling it after her death.An electronics technician, Mr Tamvakis has a long history of mental illness. Diagnosed with depression at the age of 20, he had since been admitted to psychiatric clinics involuntarily some 30 times.The 45-year-old will stand trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria on 31 January. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Guardiola hails incredible Phil Foden

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lauded youngster Phil Foden after he scored his first goal for the club in their 7-0 win against Rotherham.18-year old Phil Foden was among the goals when City ran riot at the Etihad on Sunday with a 7-0 emphatic victory against Championship side Rotherham.Speaking after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola spoke highly of the teenager and why he picks him in games.“Today he was there and his movement was incredible,” Guardiola told the club’s website.“Of course the pass from Gundogan (for Foden’s goal) was incredible but these kind of balls are so difficult to defend.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The 90 mins for his experience and self-confidence, but of course he must improve.“He lost three or four balls but that’s normal, he is 18-years-old! He will learn in the future and play better!“If he plays it’s because we believe he can play, not because he’s a City fan or a nice guy – we believe he can play!”last_img read more

ASAWISHH Hosts Africa Trade Team for Workshop Industry and Farm Visits

first_imgTrade team visiting Jerry Gaffner’s farm. Credit: WISHHThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program brought participants from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Senegal to the U.S. last week for a program titled “Applications of Soy Proteins in Meat Extension, Meat Replacement and Structuring Technologies for Enhanced Carcass Utilization in the Meat Industry.”The activity was funded by the USDA’s Global Broad Based Initiative (GBI), Market Access Program (MAP) and the Cochran Fellowship Program. This week, the team visited with Tom Mertle and other staff at DuPont Nutrition & Health. While at DuPont, the team learned about the wide variety of products they offer and how to use them in meat and other food applications. On Tuesday, the team traveled to Illinois to visit Jerry Gaffner’s farm.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Feb 4 2019

first_imgLegislature still at reduced capacity as budget deadline loomsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauIt’s been three weeks since the Legislature gaveled in, but the House still doesn’t have a speaker.Dunleavy’s candidate screening process under scrutinyAssociated PressGov. Mike Dunleavy’s process for screening candidates for government work is under scrutiny after three people picked for prominent positions quit or declined roles.Trump’s pick for Interior secretary has worked for Alaska and energy industryLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump has nominated David Bernhardt to be the next secretary of Interior, to replace Ryan Zinke.Teen arrested after trying to take control of a flight from Napakiak to BethelAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelIn Western Alaska, law enforcement officials have arrested a teenager after he grabbed the controls of an airplane in flight from Napakiak to Bethel, causing the plane to shoot towards the ground. With the help of a passenger, the pilot took back control of the aircraft, and no injuries were reported.Credit agencies paying close attention to state amid budget discussionsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauBut Alaskans aren’t the only ones who are waiting to see what’s on the chopping block — the credit ratings agencies are watching too.Fairbanks City Council holds additional meetings on anti-discrimination ordinance Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks City Council is conducting three more meetings this week to continue work on a controversial ordinance that’s intended to prohibit discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community and other groups.Shutdown cripples, but doesn’t sink ocean science symposiumJohanna Eurich, KYUK – AnchorageThe federal shutdown made waves last week at a major conference on Alaska’s marine research that may have repercussions for the coming research season. While the conference took place after the government workers were back on the job, it was too late for them to get authorization to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.Gatt, Moore and Sass in early Yukon Quest lead into Dawson CityLex Treinen, KUAC – FairbanksIt’s two days into the 2019 Yukon Quest, and a group of past champions are duking it out at the front of the race.Aleknagik boys’ basketball team hits the court for the first time in 32 yearsIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamThe last time the Aleknagik Lakers tipped off was in 1987. Now, the five-player team is tackling their first season. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

End of Rishabh Pant Shikhar Dhawan Virat Kohli drops big hint about

first_imgThe Indian side led by Virat Kohli performed consistently good for two matches in the ongoing T20I series against West Indies. They have now sealed the series with another win in Florida in the second T20I.Captain Virat Kohli said post the win that new players in the side would not get an opportunity to prove their mettle in the upcoming match.”Winning is always going to be a priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. Idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games gives the cushion,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.After the America sojourn, the teams will now head across to Guyana for the final match, which will be played at Providence Stadium on Tuesday.A number of young faces are waiting in the wings Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesThere are a number of young faces who could be given a chance in the final match. Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could find a place in the side. Chahar can replace Ravindra Jadeja.After the twin failures, there will also be pressure on Rishabh Pant to keep his place as Kohli could include KL Rahul as the wicket-keeper.One of the biggest advantages for India has been the form of young Washington Sundar. He has been frugal at the top of the order and has chipped away at the wickets. He has also impressed captain Kohli with his fitness and then with his batting ability. Virat KohliGetty images”Starting with the new ball, the way Sundar has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball, he’s done a tremendous job. The composure he’s shown has been outstanding. He’s become fitter, leaner and is very handy with the bat as well. He is definitely going to be a factor for us,” Kohli said.The Indian side will play a 3-match ODI series after the T20I affair and hence, the fresh faces in the side need to be given a go-ahead as they could be important cogs in the middle order as well as in the bowling department.The management also needs to keep in mind workload management of different senior players in the side and rest or play them accordingly.last_img read more