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A Guide to Shooting Interviews as a One-Person Crew

first_imgNeed to shoot an interview for a film, documentary, or corporate video project? Here’s a step-by-step guide on making sure you get quality footage.Let’s face it, no one would ever recommend shooting video interviews as a one person crew. But, if you work in today’s modern filmmaking industry long enough, you may have to do it from time to time. And, while it’s no one’s favorite situation to be in (all the stakes are squarely on your shoulders — and a lot can go wrong), it’s doable. If you really know your stuff, it can can look just as solid and professional as any small or medium production crew.Personally speaking, I’ve probably had to do fifty to one hundred of these solo interview shoots (or as I called them — Shreditor shoots). And, let me tell you, they never get any less nerve-wracking. I’d say audio is always my greatest concern, as it seems the most likely for something to go wrong without me noticing. But depending on your personal filmmaking strengths and weaknesses, any number of issues can come up on any solo filmmaking shoot.The key is mitigation. You have to do everything in your power to mitigate any and all variables that could go wrong, as well as plan accordingly to have all backup supplies and safeties in place. Make sure you’re ready to handle any problem or situation.Here are some tips for navigating the many challenges of tackling interview shoots solo.Securing Your ShotImage by KAMONRAT.Let’s start at the point you’re most likely going to be concerned about — securing your shot. Depending on your project’s needs and your available resources, you might be shooting the interviews on a single camera or with a multi-camera setup. Obviously adding more cameras to the mix means more work and more variables to consider, but I’d actually recommend having a second camera — if it’s available — as it can help you in securing comprehensive coverage.(Or heck, if you want to go for broke, a third camera can sometimes reach that next level.)Unless you’re looking to do some amazing run-and-gun feat and you’re shooting your interview from a shoulder mount (or monopod) — which you’ll have to do from time to time — you’re going to ideally want to use tripods and stands for all your cameras, lighting, and even audio gear.Your main (or only) camera should be on a tripod. Spend the majority of your focus on this camera when you frame your interview shot. If your subject is supposed to look directly into or just off of a camera, use this one.Focus Points and MarksYour next concern for your footage is to make sure you have your focus points set and your interview subject marked and in a stationary spot. If you need to, use a C-stand or tripod as a stand-in to help frame up your shot before your interview subject arrives. Again, focus on your main camera and frame up a solid shot. When your subject is there and in frame, ask them to lean forward and backwards at the maximum distance as they would when they naturally talk. Make sure those points are still in focus, as much as you deem acceptable.For marking your subject, use gaff tape on the ground where their feet need to stand. However, if you don’t have gaff tape, a stack of paper or even an apple box can work to help corral them where they need to stay.Lighting SetupImage by MikroKon.Lighting is another huge concern and can be hard to set without your subject on their mark (or at least a good stand-in). However, if you know your available lights well enough, you can set up a basic three-point lighting setup even without your subject there. Just make small adjustments once they arrive.A good pro tip for working solo is to make use of monitors. You might need to check your shot while you’re at different spots on set.Audio RecordingAs mentioned above, audio recording was often my biggest concern in terms of what might go wrong. Audio — like lighting and cinematography — really deserves at least one person solely dedicated to it at all times.One way to help cover yourself in case anything goes wrong is to implement at least two means for recording quality audio. I often found that using both a boom and a lapel mic should give you the security of coverage.For the boom, using a C-stand with a boom mic extension from above should give you solid boom audio.Then, you could use a wireless (or even wired) lapel mic as well. Ideally, you’d be using two separate audio recorders, but that might not always be available. While it does create risks, if you have two lines of quality audio being recorded to one recorder — which you can monitor while recording — you should have all the coverage you need.Wearing All the Hats at OnceImage by guruXOX.At the end of the day, for any solo Shreditor shoot, the biggest challenge is staying focused, adaptable, and in control in the face of adversity. If a camera battery fails or a light goes out, you not only have to find a way to deal with the problem, but it’s also your role to handle your interview subject as any producer would. One problem can quickly become several problems or setbacks.Before you dive into one of these solo interview shoots, try really asking yourself what could go wrong and which parts of the production you particularly struggle with the most. For those parts, having backups, failsafes, and solid game plans for addressing any issues should be your chief concern.For more filmmaking tips and tricks, check out some of these resources below.Practical Tips for Avoiding Stress and Saving Time as a Solo FilmmakerThe Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-ProductionThe Shreditor’s Guide to Shooting Videos and Commercials by YourselfThe Shreditor’s Guide to Do-It-Yourself Post-ProductionMaking a Short Film with Little to No Crew: The AftermathCover image by Fedorovekb.last_img read more

BJP criticises Khalis show in Dehradun

first_imgDehradun, Feb 27 (PTI) Criticising the “The Great Khali Show”, Uttarakhand BJP today said arranging a wrestling show in the name of promoting sports ahead of the proposed 2018 National Games is wrong.Speaking about the show that was a part of CM for Youth programme in the state, spokesperson of the state BJP unit, Munna Singh Chauhan said, “This type of wrestling is not a sport and thus it cannot encourage sports.”In reality, this cannot be called a sport even. In the western countries this is a form of entertainment.”Referring to attack on former WWE wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known by his ring name The Great Khali, by a foreign wrestler with a chair, during a show in Haldwani, the BJP spokesperson said, “This sport is very violent and this countrys law doesnt permit it.””A foreign wrestler injured Khali. FIR should not be registered in this matter. In a country where even some traditional sports have been stopped citing cruelty to animals, how come this kind of show is being allowed,” he said.Pointing out that Khali was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is planning to fight again tomorrow in Dehradun, Chauhan termed the event as a facade and said that it was a fixed match carried out to advertise the CM for Youth programme.Khali had suffered head and chest injuries on Wednesday night at the show in Haldwani and was subsequently airlifted the next morning to a speciality hospital in Dehradun. PTI DPT NSD PVI PVIadvertisementlast_img read more

Life and death on a football pitch: The Mitchell Cole story

first_imgOn one side, the pitches at Finsbury Leisure Centre face Mitchell Street.It was there one freezing cold Friday night in late November 2012 that Mitchell Cole died, a stone’s throw from his mother’s flat where he grew up and where that evening his son and pregnant wife first received the news that he’d collapsed on the pitch.Mitchell’s family always had in the back of their minds that one day a call may come; that their son, husband, father, and brother would go down and not get up again. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The game he was playing that night drew heavily on the local north London community that Mitchell was from. He and his brother Ben would gather there with their cousins and childhood friends. Mitchell, a prodigy, was by far the pick of the bunch. He was much better than the rest but that hardly mattered.They took it seriously but not seriously enough to stand in the way of a pint or two being sunk together, in sweaty gear, at the pub next door when it was all over.Ben sat it out that night, enjoying a meal with a friend instead. That Ben Cole didn’t play that night was probably for the best.The participants could see their breath that night when they kicked off and it was one of those games that was slow to get going in the cold. By then it was just after eight o’clock, barely five minutes after the game started. And those who saw Mitchell collapse say he went over slowly.Mitchell Cole travelled widely as an aspiring professional and played his football all over the world; in Japan, in the Caribbean, in the United States. At one youth tournament in Florida he was incentivised by the promise of a pizza for every goal he scored. He scored 13 and shared them out among his team-mates. But he died right there on the pitch where he first played as a six-year old. Right there where his dad Tim gave Mitchell and his brother Ben their first little coaching sessions. Right there where the child Mitchell would escape to go and play with the men.One week a long time ago, those men saw that tiny kid come over to their pitch. He wanted to play. And they allowed him to join in, just to humour him. The next week they were fighting to have him on their side.Those pitches were where Mitchell would hone his technique and master his craft. By the time he was 12, he could kick corners straight into the goal like a professional player twice his age. He was as close to a sure thing as you were likely to find. On one hand, Mitchell Cole’s story is one of unfulfilled potential. He was finished with football by the age of 25; unknown to all but fans of those clubs further down the league he represented with style and guts.On the other hand, Mitchell Cole’s story is inspirational. It’s about a boy who, for eight years, did what no one thought he had the right to do: play football. He packed a lot into his 27 years.Mitchell’s mum used to worry that he’d never get a job, never get married, never have kids. But he did all that. Mitchell Cole lived.Mitchell Cole StevenageWhen he was a teenager, around 15 or 16, Mitchell collapsed three times in three months. He was away with an England youth team on one such occasion. He’d been in the shower and his father had heard a thud from the bathroom. Mitchell slumped against the other side of the door and when he came around he said he’d banged his head. That was the first warning sign. Mitchell had inherited a genetic heart problem called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His mum Julie had never heard the words before. She went home and Googled it and cried her eyes out.It doesn’t usually come on until puberty. Then, it’s there and you have to live with it. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an irregular thickening of the heart valve. One in 500 people are walking around with it right now and many of them don’t even know it’s there.Mitchell knew, and his family knew, and it meant he couldn’t play football anymore. Keeping fit is good for someone suffering with the condition but strenuous exercise can increase the risk of a sudden cardiac event by as much as a factor of four.He’d been on the pitch at one West Ham home game – at half-time with his dad – to sign his first professional contract. He was involved there in the pre-season picture alongside Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe. But once the cardiomyopathy was discovered, West Ham could no longer take the risk to play him. They made a pledge to honour his contract and Mitchell got out.He’d joined West Ham young after Arsenal passed up the opportunity to sign him. He was too small they said but West Ham knew what kind of talent they had on their hands.He’d been compared to Ashley Cole in his youth – a nippy left-sider – and if you think that kind of praise is only offered in eulogies then consider the fact that the comparison was made by a man who coached them both.The West Ham rejection stung. He thought about driving a black cab. He drank. But on a family holiday he ran into the owner of Gray’s Athletic, who invited him along to train again. He liked it and it wasn’t long before he was back in the swing of the full-time game.He was quick and he worked hard but during games you’d see him take little breathers. He wasn’t lazy, though. He was working as hard as he could.After Gray’s came Southend and then Stevenage. In between Mitchell – a Gooner in a family of Spurs fans – said no to Arsenal as he didn’t want to be on the bench or in the reserves. He wanted to play. Mitchell Cole StevenageOne day in 2007 he scored a goal in the first final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium as Stevenage laid claim to the FA Trophy. He sought out his mum in the stands afterwards and gave her a big hug. His dad had been due to fly out on holiday that night; in the merriment of the evening that followed he forgot to go to the airport.From the highs of Stevenage to the lows of Oxford. Things weren’t looking good. Mitchell was struggling to keep up in training and in matches. A scan at the hospital showed things had got worse with his heart. He was again out of league football.And yet he couldn’t leave the ball alone. He would do some coaching around local clubs where he had his home and he was playing some non-league. It was exercise; he wasn’t busting a gut, just enjoying his football.In 2012, he was in the Arlesey Town club house watching the FA Cup on television when he saw Fabrice Muamba collapse at White Hart Lane. That was that. He told the chairman there and then he’d never play again. He was a husband and father now and couldn’t face not being around.He took up the cardiomyopathy cause. He went to the US and spoke about life with the condition. At one event Mitchell Cole spoke alongside another cardiomyopathy patient called Cole Mitchell.He went on TV, on the radio, talking about his heart condition and you can see some of the footage still on YouTube. On one video, you can see a user has left the comment “RIP Daddy” underneath.Because Mitchell played professionally, his family still find some comfort in the fact that his voice and image can be found online. It is a solace that is not available to everyone who is bereaved.But it’s bittersweet.Mitchell Cole would be 33 now. Wayne Rooney, with whom he played at England schoolboy level, is still enjoying his football and life with his family. Instead, it’s the sixth anniversary of Cole’s death.He’d retired but he still enjoyed his Friday night game. He’d drive into London, spend time with the family and catch up with his friends. Mitchell left his mother’s flat around a quarter to eight that night and walked for the last time to the pitch just across the road.Mum Julie already had her Christmas tree up and the Coles were looking forward to a new arrival. Mitchell and wife Charley’s third child was born one week to the day after he died.That same day Ben, along with some of Mitchell’s cousins and his friends got together for one more game, because nobody wanted the last game they all played together to be the one where they lost him.You can walk past the pitches today and see people enjoying their game. You’d never know about that night he fell down there, about the ambulance arriving, just as his mother always feared would happen. You’d never know that the last place Mitchell Cole played football was the first place Mitchell Cole played football. It was here on a freezing Friday night, looking out on Mitchell St, across the road from home.last_img read more

Man Leading Search for Sala’s Plane Says Wreckage Found

first_imgBy Rob Harris, AP Global Soccer WriterLONDON (AP) — The wreckage of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala was located on Sunday, two weeks after it disappeared from radar over the English Channel, according to the marine scientist leading a privately funded search for the Argentine’s family.David Mearns, an American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist, made the announcement on Twitter after returning to the island of Guernsey from the search and police informed the families of the two men on board.Sala and David Ibbotson, the pilot of the small aircraft, are presumed dead by authorities.“This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families,” Mearns told British broadcaster Sky News.Sala was being flown on the evening of Jan. 21 from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff after being signed by the Welsh capital’s Premier League team. The main search for the plane was called off after three days, but Sala’s family launched a fund-raising initiative that led to Mearns bringing his expertise to the mission.Mearns did a search in conjunction with Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which also deployed a vessel for a search of the seabed on Sunday.“Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN,” Mearns wrote on a Twitter account, referencing the survey vessel.“As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle).”Mearns said a statement from the AAIB is expected on Monday.“Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,” Mearns said.Cardiff signed the 28-year-old Sala from Nantes for a club-record fee, reported to be 15 million pounds ($19 million), on Jan. 19. The striker left Cardiff after signing his deal and returned to Nantes to collect his belongings and say goodbye to teammates and staff of the French topflight club. He never made it back to Cardiff to start playing in the Premier League.At its first home game since the plane disappeared, Cardiff paid tribute to Sala before a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.There was a series of tributes before kickoff, with Sala’s photograph appearing on the front cover of the matchday program and the two captains laying floral tributes on the halfway line.Sala’s name, in the colors of his native Argentina, was also spelled out behind one of the goals as supporters held cards aloft.Cardiff’s players, who sported daffodils embroidered on their shirts in Sala’s honor, celebrated a goal by racing to the home dugout and holding up a blue shirt bearing Sala’s photograph.Program notes, penned by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan and the rest of the Bluebirds’ board, said events shook “Cardiff City to its very core” and they were now playing for Sala and Ibbotson.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for September 2, 2018

first_imgARIESThe Queen of Discs grounds you with creative activity at home and productive energy at work. You are able to achieve targets and catch up with backlog. You may get into the mood and redecorate the home or office space. Family and friends gather round you. Lucky number 17. Colour green. TAURUSYou may be divided as choices and opportunities appear today! You tend to be stressed as two separate situations demand resolution. Grandiose plans may not go according to schedule so you need to be more realistic. Listen to your heart for answers. Lucky number 10. Colour saffron. GEMINIYou make new beginnings today! You opt to be in a position of control to manifest leadership qualities. You interact with important people. You maintain individuality and self-esteem in relationships by winning a competitive position. Beware of rashness. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow. CANCERPatience and persistence in relationships bring their own rewards! You attain professional power through hard work alone today. Good planning of finances and management of resources at home proves to be beneficial. Your plans and investments are sound. Lucky number 1. Colour green. LEOYou achieve personal goals and success in business with immense power, inner wisdom and professional ability. Today you mask intense feelings and ideas with a calm surface. You can be subtle and secretive when faced with adverse situations and negative people. Lucky number 6. Colour blue. VIRGOYou feel grooved into routines and patterns with a need to make changes. You may have to sacrifice something to gain a new position at work. Letting go negative attitudes helps to renew relationships. Spending time in natural surroundings is therapeutic. Lucky number 12. Colour white.advertisement LIBRAYou turn a negative family situation to a positive one. Love and romance is in the air. Personal relationships flower into commitments. You make a dramatic impact on friends with enviable hospitality and generosity. Communication brings understanding. Lucky number 11. Colour gold. SCORPIOYou come to important conclusions and finish an ongoing saga of conflict. Perseverance and patience in a relationship is rewarding. Opposition in professional matters can delay projects. A trip is on the cards! You may get involved in sporty activities. Lucky number 21. Colour blue. SAGITTARIUSA pleasure trip is on the cards as you take a brief vacation and let your hair down to relax. Happiness and fulfillment at home adds to success and achievement at work. There is a beginning of steady increase in come as you start a new venture. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. CAPRICORNFlowers are entwined in love with each other suggesting happiness, sharing and fulfillment in relationships today. Family and children are supportive as well as demanding. Work routines move forward smoothly. List priorities or you lose perspective. Lucky number 2. Colour pink. AQUARIUSYou bring order at home after a period of chaos. You gain money and influence through business. You display skill and prowess at a sport dear to your heart. Be caring when using emotional or spiritual energy to influence others. Take care of health. Lucky number 4. Colour orange. PISCESTension can be a result of inner conflict and outside interference. You are lucky and you are able to resolve two separate matters that need your attention. Work and family tear you apart as you have your hands full with meetings and expansion programs. Lucky number 8. Colour grey.last_img read more

10 months agoKeylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…

first_imgKeylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 Iowa Starters Suspended For The Team’s Opening Game

first_imgIowa football players walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa football will be a bit shorthanded when they open the season against Northern Illinois. Two starters—Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore—have been suspended.Iowa kicks its season off on September 1 at Kinnick Stadium. NIU comes in after an 8-5 season and a Quick Lane Bowl berth.Iowa announced the two suspensions this afternoon:#Iowa announces sophomore offensive lineman Alaric Jackson and junior defensive lineman Cedrick Lattimore are suspended for the season opener against Northern Illinois for an unspecified violation of team rules. Not a legal issue, the school says.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 8, 2018Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore are both key players for Iowa football.Jackson, a rising sophomore, was the starting left tackle for Iowa for 12 games last season. Lattimore, a junior, started half the year at defensive tackle.Kirk Ferentz commented on the suspensions, saying that he’s happy with how the players have responded since the decision. From The Gazette:“As a coach one of the most important decisions is to hold student-athletes accountable,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement. “It is painful for the players and the team to impose a suspension, but we have high standards and there is an expectation all players abide by our rules.”According to the release, the infractions aren’t legal matters. Violation of team policy or rules can include academic performance, attendance, timeliness, behavior, effort and engagement.The issues surfaced in late spring and both players were given guidelines to meet and milestones to achieve over the past 10 weeks.“Their response has been excellent, and I am very pleased with how they are meeting our expectations,” said Ferentz.This will be the second-straight game that Jackson misses due to suspension. He also had to sit out last season’s Pinstripe Bowl. Iowa defeated Boston College 27-20 at Yankee Stadium.last_img read more

CBI summons TMC MP Derek O’Brien for questioning in Saradha chit fund scam

first_img Munish Chandra Pandey New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 00:21 IST TMC MP Derek O’Brien (Photo: PTI)In a development which can have far-reaching political implication, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday summoned Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case.India Today TV has learnt Derek O’Brien has been asked by the agency to join the investigation in the first week of August.Earlier this year, the agency had summoned Derek O’Brien to appear before it. The TMC leader, however, informed the CBI that he won’t be able to join the investigation due to the Parliament session.The CBI had also questioned another TMC leader, Manik Majumdar, in January 2019 in connection with the case. The CBI has been investigating the route of the chit fund money scam to find out the larger conspiracy angle.Earlier, the case was being investigated by Kolkata SIT headed by IPS Rajeev Kumar. The SIT was formed by the Mamata Banerjee government in 2013 and in 2014. The Supreme Court had transferred the case to the CBI.In February this year, high-level drama was witnessed when the CBI sent a team to interrogate former Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar at his residence in Kolkata.While Derek O’ Brien implicitly said that he has been served notice by CBI because Trinamool Congress is opposing amendments to RTI Act in Rajya Sabha.”JagoBangla is Trinamool’s official newspaper. Publisher: Derek O’Brien. Editor Subrata Bakshi was summoned by CBI a months ago to seek clarifications. Now, publisher served notice at 2 pm July 25. Trinamool Motion in RS to oppose amendments to RTI Act started at 2 pm July 25,” he tweeted.advertisementAlso Read | ED summons TMC MP, five others in Saradha caseAlso Read | ED interrogates TMC leader Madan Mitra in Rose Valley scamAlso Watch | TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byChanchal Chauhan CBI summons TMC MP Derek O’Brien for questioning in Saradha chit fund scamIndia Today TV has learnt Derek O’Brien has been asked by the agency to join the investigation in the first week of August.advertisementlast_img read more

MET Service Forecasts Above-Normal Hurricane Season

first_imgStory Highlights The Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) says Jamaicans must prepare for above-normal activity for the 2017 hurricane season, which runs from June 1- November 30. Director of the Met Service, Evan Thompson, said some 11 to 17 tropical systems are expected for the season. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) says Jamaicans must prepare for above-normal activity for the 2017 hurricane season, which runs from June 1- November 30.Director of the Met Service, Evan Thompson, said some 11 to 17 tropical systems are expected for the season.He said it is predicted that five to nine hurricanes will develop, with two to four of them being Category 3 or stronger.“The forecast for this year compares with what we experienced last year and suggests that this 2017 season will be either normal or a bit above normal in terms of its tropical cyclone activity,” Mr. Thompson said.He was addressing the launch of Disaster Preparedness Month and the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season on June 1 at Jamaica House.Mr. Thompson reminded Jamaicans that the forecast “does not indicate how many of these systems will or could affect the country directly”, and so persons must always be prepared.“Recent memory will tell us that just one surface trough is able to inflict damage of over $2 billion and destroy livelihoods. We must ensure that we prepare ourselves for the worst, while we are praying for God’s mercy,” he said.Meanwhile, the Director of the Met Service said the agency will be improving on its methods of communicating with the public.This, he said, will include the use of social media and text messages on mobile phones.“You will also be getting your warning messages in graphical imagery, where you can also see colour coding, as to whether it will be an immediate warning, or long-term warning. So, you will be seeing that, as we roll out this hurricane season,” Mr. Thompson said. Mr. Thompson reminded Jamaicans that the forecast “does not indicate how many of these systems will or could affect the country directly”, and so persons must always be prepared. last_img read more

Agriculture Minister Calls on Farmers to Utilise New Irrigation Technology

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers to utilise new irrigation technology to improve crop quality and to increase production. Story Highlights Mr. Shaw said of the close to 200,000 acres of irrigable lands in Jamaica, about 12 to 13 per cent have been irrigated, adding that it is an issue that needs to be corrected. center_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers to utilise new irrigation technology to improve crop quality and to increase production.Mr. Shaw said of the close to 200,000 acres of irrigable lands in Jamaica, about 12 to 13 per cent have been irrigated, adding that it is an issue that needs to be corrected.Giving the keynote address at the opening ceremony for Isratech Jamaica Limited’s new retail outlet and complex in Reading, St. James, on Wednesday (October 10), the Minister said the technology is available to erect cost-effective irrigation systems for both small and large farmers.In this regard, he urged farmers to take advantage of the products manufactured and supplied by Isratech to get their lands irrigated, especially for farms cultivated on slopes.“The land is sloping, so you get your plastic tanks and you put them on the hillside and you get some Isratech lines with the drip irrigation and you run them into the fields where you’re planting. No energy is needed, because gravity will take the water from the hillside down into the fields,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Shaw has renewed the call for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.“We have idle lands in St. Catherine, Clarendon, some areas of Westmoreland and Trelawny, all waiting on the promise of sugar to come back. Sugar is not going to come back to use the volume of idle lands that we have here in Jamaica,” he emphasised.Mr. Shaw said that while the Ministry has received hundreds of applications from farmers for investment in the agricultural sector, more persons need to utilise lands made available from the decline in sugar-cane production.The Minister declared that Jamaica’s economy cannot grow unless agriculture grows.last_img read more

Banks reliance on bulk deposits likely to rise

first_imgNew Delhi: Scheduled commercial banks’ reliance on bulk deposits is likely to increase if credit growth is higher than that of deposit, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said Monday. As per the rating agency, the system level credit growth of 12.9 per cent year-on-year continues to outpace deposit growth at 9.3 per cent, thereby intensifying competition for deposits among banks. This is based on RBI’s quarterly statistics on deposits and credit of scheduled commercial banks for December 2018 Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn third quarter of this fiscal, state-owned banks have seen credit growth of 8.4 per cent and deposit growth at 4.9 per as compared to the year-ago period, implying that they could also compete to recoup some of the deposit market share loss that they have conceded to private banks over the years. “With private banks seeing continuing strong credit growth at 22 per cent year-on-year in third quarter of 2018-19, they are likely to solicit deposits even by offering higher rates,” Ind-Ra said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt believes that if credit growth continues to outpace deposit growth, “then scheduled commercial banks’ reliance on bulk deposits is likely to increase which could lead to a higher cost of funds along with increasing volatility in the asset-liability structure of banks”. During April-February 2018-19, deposits raised by banks were up 24.6 per cent as compared to the year-ago period even as the outstanding amount was up only 3.6 per cent at Rs 1.78 lakh crore, it said. The rating agency said the longer term trend of market share shift from public sector banks (PSBs) to private banks continued to play out in the last 12 months.last_img read more

Solution must be found for thousands of Congolese refugees in Angola –

29 March 2007Now that the repatriation of over 400,000 Angolan refugees has been completed, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the next challenge for Angola is finding a solution for the thousands of Congolese refugees residing in the country, many of whom do not want to return to their homeland. High Commissioner António Guterres yesterday visited the Vianna Refugee Camp which shelters 7,000 Congolese refugees who have been living in Angola since fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1960s during the separatist conflict in Katanga province when the country was known as Zaire. Most of these people were born in Angola and are the children of original refugees, and many have stated that they do not wish to return to their homeland.UNHCR believes that permanent residency in Angola is the best solution for these long-standing refugees, and is planning to register those in the Vianna camp and others later this year to compile detailed data on this group.The Angolan Government has indicated that it is willing to join efforts to find a solution for the Congolese refugees, but the lack of thorough information has so far impeded progress.“When it comes to hosting refugees, the extreme generosity of African nations is impressive and should serve as an example for other nations to follow,” Mr. Guterres said.Mr. Guterres just completed a four-day visit to Angola and attended a ceremony on Tuesday marking the end of the official close of the UNHCR-backed repatriation programme which began in 2003. Of the 457,000 Angolans who lived outside their homeland at the end of the almost three-decade-long civil war in 2002, nearly 410,000 have returned home.Of these repatriated refugees, UNHCR organized the return of 138,594 Angolans and assisted 116,856 who returned on their own. An additional 154,000 are believed to have repatriated without the agency’s help.“Contrary to what many people believe, the vast majority of refugees do not want to emigrate to a rich country,” Mr. Guterres said at the ceremony in Luanda, the capital, attended by representatives of countries which had hosted Angolan refugees. “The majority want to go back home.”Also at the event, Angolan Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos said that his country would do its utmost to ensure the sustainable reintegration of those who had recently returned home by providing jobs, schools and hospitals.“This is a very important moment and this operation is particularly important, not only because of the number of persons repatriated and the countries involved, but also – and for me this is the most important fact – because the operation was carried out without any accidents or incidents,” he said.Recently, UNHCR has focused on facilitating the reintegration of Angolan refugees, aiming to act as a catalyst to involve the Government, other international bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in urgent development programmes.“UN agencies have eventually – and with some difficulty – moved from the humanitarian phase to a development-oriented one,” said Enrique Valles, the UNHCR officer in charge of Angolan reintegration. “However, the humanitarian situation in the areas of return remains fragile.” read more

Annan hails new Nobel Peace Prize laureates for championing the poor

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to microfinance economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh as a victory for efforts to help to “break the vicious circle of poverty” and set low-income families on the path to prosperity.“They have provided a powerful weapon to help the world reach the Millennium Development Goals, by helping people change their lives for the better – especially those who need it most,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman, referring to the targets set by the UN Millennium summit of 2000 to dramatically slash poverty, illiteracy, maternal and infant mortality and a host of other global ills by 2015.“The Secretary-General is delighted that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 has been awarded to Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, pioneers of the microfinance movement and long-standing allies of the United Nations in the cause of development and the empowerment of women,” the statement added.“He notes that thanks to Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank, microfinance has proved its value as a way for low-income families to break the vicious circle of poverty, for productive enterprises to grow, and for communities to prosper.”The specialized UN agency dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries also welcomed the award.“Professor Yunus’ leadership has brought opportunities to millions of poor rural families worldwide,” International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president Lennart Båge said. “Professor Yunus challenged IFAD and other international financial and humanitarian institutions to question their approaches and to find better ways to serve poor people” said Mr. Båge.Mr. Yunus and Mr. Båge are champions of the nine-year Microcredit Summit Campaign launched in 1997 to reach 100 million of the world’s poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for self employment and other financial and business services.IFAD was one of the first UN agencies to support Professor Yunus initiatives on behalf of poor rural people. From 1981 to 1995, it provided capital to the Grameen bank through three projects. As the bank gained momentum and became an ever more successful and sustainable institution, donor financing was reduced. read more

India doctors allow 10yearold rape victim to abort

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndia media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victimAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Brothers given life sentences for raping 10-year-old niece in IndiaNovember 3, 2017In “World”Third teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news” (BBC) A panel of doctors has accepted a 10-year-old rape victim’s plea for an abortion in the northern Indian state of Haryana.Dr Ashok Chauhan told the BBC the termination would be carried out “anytime now”.Sexual abuse against children is rampant in India (Getty images photo)The girl became pregnant about five months ago. She alleges rape by her stepfather, who has been arrested.Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the woman’s life is in danger.The decision to allow the child to abort was taken after a local court told doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in the town of Rohtak that it would accept their recommendation.Analysis: Geeta Pandey, BBC News, DelhiIndia is home to the largest number of sexually abused children globally. But there’s a general reluctance to talk about the problem and it’s rarely discussed in public.Studies have shown that in large numbers of cases, like in the case of the 10-year-old rape victim in Rohtak, the abusers are known to the children and include care-givers like parents, relatives and teachers.Contrary to the popular belief that only girls are abused, boys are equally at risk; and children from affluent families are just as much at risk as those from poor backgrounds.Campaigners say sexual abuse of children goes unchecked because the victims are often afraid to report it to their parents or teachers, and also because parents themselves often hush it up, fearing family dishonour.But in recent years India has been waking up to the problem and on Tuesday, child rights charity World Vision India launched a new campaign to end child sexual abuse by 2021.The campaign aims to impact five million children across 200 districts and calls on every Indian citizen to work to break the silence that surrounds child abuse.Campaigners say India’s culture at present stands on the side of the offender, and that must change.The tough law against abortion was introduced to fight India’s skewed gender ratio. A deep-seated cultural preference for sons has led to millions of female foetuses being aborted over the years by pregnant women after undergoing foetal gender testing.In recent months India’s Supreme Court has received several petitions, some from women who were raped, wanting to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks. The court has always referred the matter to medical experts.The scale of abuse in IndiaA child under 16 is raped every 155 minutes, a child under 10 every 13 hoursMore than 10,000 children were raped in 2015240 million women living in India were married before they turned 1853.22% of children who participated in a government study reported some form of sexual abuse50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers”Sources: Indian government, UnicefIn the latest case in Rohtak town in Haryana, doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) accepted the family’s request to allow the child to have an abortion after discussing the matter on Monday.The pregnancy came to light last week when the 10-year-old’s mother, who works as a domestic helper, suspected her child was pregnant and took her to see a doctor.Reports said the girl was often left at home when her mother went to work. She told her mother that she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who had warned her not to say anything.The stepfather was arrested after the mother lodged a police complaint, senior Rohtak police official Pankaj Nain told the BBC.Dr Chauhan had said on Monday the case for the termination was “borderline”.“She is around 20 weeks pregnant, but it could be 19 weeks or it could be 21 weeks. The technology is not so advanced that it can tell you exactly what week she’s in.” read more

Pictures Founding of Irish Volunteers marked at Garden of Remembrance

first_imgTHE PRESIDENT, THE Taoiseach, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, along with various other office-holders and members of the Government, have taken part in a ceremony at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers.‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’ were officially launched with a rally at the Rotunda on 25 November 1913; on that occasion, the hall was filled with 4,000 people, while another 3,000 gathered outside. Patrick Pearse and Eoin MacNéill were among the speakers.This morning, the anniversary was marked with a fly-past by the Air Corps, while the Defence Forces also provided a Cavalry Escort, Military Bands and a Guard of Honour.After the ceremony, the President was also due to open a special Military Archives Exhibition on the early years of the Volunteers at the Rotunda.last_img read more

Bloody demonstrations to be held against badger culling

first_img‘BLOODY’ DEMONSTRATIONS BY animal rights activists have been threatened against badger culling set to be carried out by the Department of Agriculture.The bovine Tuberculosis (TB) eradication programme has been run by the Department of Agriculture over the past 10 years as part of a range of measures aimed at eradicating TB.Approximately 6,000 badgers have been culled under the programme in recent years.As the latest round of culling is set to begin, an animal rights group said it will protest the action.“The removal of badgers is undertaken only in areas where badgers are the likely source of [TB] infection,” said the Agriculture Department.  The badgers are captured by trained contractors who are monitored by the Department.“The objective of the research is to replace badger culling with vaccination when researchcurrently being undertaken demonstrates that this is a practicable proposition,” said the Department.It recently sought expressions of interest from organisations interested in tendering for the provision of services, specifically capturing badgers and vaccinating badgers.The closing date for expressions of interest was the end of June.‘Bloody’ protestAnimal rights group ARAN said today it will stage a “lively, ‘bloody’ demonstration” in the coming weeks outside the Agriculture Department in Dublin and has vowed to “fight tooth and nail” to stop the increased kill.The group will also be reaching out to Brian May, guitarist with band Queen and activist, for assistance during the campaign.It is calling on Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, to step down over the cull.The group said that there other more effective humane options available than killing the badgers.ARAN believes that improvements in testing and the development of a cattle vaccine are the best ways to eliminate this disease.Read: Ireland in breach of European convention over badger culling reports>Read: 5,000 badgers to be killed as cull begins>last_img read more

Bridgestone demos AeroBee flexible color ereader

first_imgAt the moment, if you want an e-reader device then chances are it will carry an E-Ink display. E-Ink has done so well, and made its way into the market leading Amazon Kindle, because it offers crisp, paper-like viewing in most lighting conditions while using very little power.That doesn’t mean to say E-Ink displays are free of problems, though, and while they are great for just displaying text and images, they can’t do color, aren’t flexible, and the refresh rate of the screen is so low animation is not an option (although that could change soon).AdChoices广告Competitors are attempting to develop alternatives that make their displays more attractive based on those shortcomings, and one showing some major progress recently is Bridgestone. Its AeroBee e-reader uses  the company’s  QR-LPD display running at a resolution of 800 x 600. It can do color, allows for drawing directly on the screen with a stylus, and is flexible.Bridgestone has managed to achieve this by using a completely different approach to creating the display than E-Ink’s technology. AeroBee uses black and white electrified powder that moves through air using transparent electrodes and acts a lot like a liquid. When a voltage is applied to the electrodes the black powder particles move either to the front or back of the display giving a black or white area on the screen. This is also what allows for stylus input as the powder can be moved to track the input as it happens over specific points.Bridgestone has achieved this while retaining an ultra-low power solution. As a bonus, 4,096 colors can be displayed by adding color filters and the screen technology allows the display to remain flexible. The size of the e-reader can also be both large and small, with the video above showing screens as big as 13.1-inches.The hardware powering AeroBee includes a 533MHz ARM11 processor running Linux 2.6.24. There’s 128MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, and a memory card slot. Weight wise, it will vary on the screen size, but the 13mm thick 13.1-inch model is 730 grams. The display also has an anti-glare film, although from watching the video the AeroBee still looks like it could suffer from some glare issues.As for when we will see AeroBee offered as a consumer product, we may have a long wait ahead. Bridgestone looks to be targeting business users first so no timeline or pricing has yet been revealed.via CrunchGearlast_img read more

E touts season four of Total Divas coming in Summer 2015

first_imgFacebook John Cena Google+ John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Pinterest Nikki Bella Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Videos Articles ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Is John Cena Surprised To Hear Nikki Bella Is Dating Again? Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR E! issued the a press release today on its programming for the remainder of 2015, with the following blurb on Season 4 of WWE Total Divas:“Total Divas” – Summer 2015Returning in its fourth season, E!, WWE®and Bunim-Murray Productions continue their look inside the lives of the women of the sports entertainment giant. Cameras once again showcase the professional and personal lives of the WWE Divas: The Bella Twins™(Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya™ (Nattie), Naomi™, Alicia Fox™, Paige™, and Eva Marie™. Between balancing family, maintaining romantic relationships and constantly fighting for the spotlight, the Divas are up against the odds. However, their unique lifestyles bring them together in a bond of sisterhood like no other. “Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim/Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer for ‘Total Divas’, ‘#RichKids of Beverly Hills’ & ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’ Renewed by E!; Network Orders 3 New SeriesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda RouseyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 45.64%0:03Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseylast_img read more

High Court rules against British Airways in pensions discretionary increase case

first_imgA High Court judge has ruled against British Airways (BA) in its bid to challenge a decision made by its pension scheme trustees to award a 0.2% discretionary increase to members of the Airways Pension Scheme (APS).The case, which was heard between October and December 2016, centred around allowing the APS trustees to amend scheme rules to enable them to award discretionary increases, after the government changed the process by which increases would be valued in 2010.The APS is a final salary defined benefit (DB) scheme that was closed to new members from 31 March 1984. At 31 March 2015, the scheme had 27,268 members, including 2% active members, 5% deferred members, and 92% pensioners.Before British Airways was privatised, the APS was a public sector pension scheme. As a result, ongoing increases within the scheme were based on the Retail Price Index (RPI) in line with the Pensions Increase Review Order (PIRO). The RPI is calculated on a monthly basis, and reflects the change in price of a selection of goods and services designed to be representative of the expenditure of UK households. In 2010, the government announced that PIRO would be based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rather than the RPI. The CPI is the current headline rate of inflation in the UK.The scheme trustees amended the APS rules in 2011 to introduce a discretionary power to enable them to increase pensions to accommodate for an expected lower rate of increase as a result of the move to CPI.In November 2013, the trustees agreed to exercise the discretionary power to award an increase of 0.2%, effective from 1 December 2013.BA challenged the amendment of the scheme rules and the decision-making process that led to the discretionary increase of 0.2%, arguing that the trustees failed to take all relevant considerations into account and also took some irrelevant considerations into account.In his judgement, Justice Morgan confirmed that the amendment to scheme rules was valid and effective, therefore any decisions made regarding the pensions increase were within the scope of the trustees’ power. He found that the trustees had regarded all relevant considerations around the increases, and that the November 2013 decision to grant a discretionary increase of 0.2% did not amount to a benevolent or compassionate payment.Trustees for the Airways Pension Scheme said: “We are naturally very pleased with the clarity brought by the Court’s decision. We welcome the confirmation from the Court that we and our professional advisers acted appropriately in relation to those decisions. “We are analysing the full implications of the judgment with our professional advisers and assessing the next steps, albeit the actions that we are able to take in the near term will depend on whether BA decides to appeal.”A spokesperson at British Airways said: “Given the risks that remain within the scheme we believe the deficit contributions should be applied to improve funding and reduce risks, not improve benefits. There are 26,000 members in this pension scheme, 98% of whom are already retired and on far more generous pensions than succeeding generations of British Airways employees. Last year British Airways made payments of more than £500m toward pension fund deficits.”last_img read more