7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Cinematography

first_imgWatch TutorialsImage via Awesome Cinematography Tutorial: The Flip Shot.We truly live in a golden age of information as pretty much anything you want to learn, you can learn online by watching videos. Filmmaking may be one of the great examples of the democratization of knowledge, as there are an endless number of videos that can explain everything from cinematography basics to camera breakdowns to a litany of concepts, tips, and tricks.6 Filmmaking Tutorials for CinematographersCinematography Tutorials Will Help You Put Some Brains Behind Your Cinematic Choices20 Lighting Tutorials for Film and VideoYou can also keep developing your cinematography by subscribing to channels like PremiumBeat’s YouTube channel or keeping tabs on our archives here.What are your tips and tricks for improving at cinematography? Let us know in the comments. Use InstagramImage via Shutterstock.Like it or not, Instagram is not only a cultural phenomenon for sharing food pics, it’s also a powerful tool for aspiring cinematographers. Depending on how much you want to utilize its potential, Instagram can be a great means to try new perspectives and develop an understanding of what makes certain images stand out. With its in-depth editing options covering everything from contrast to pulling out colors in highlights and shadows, it’s a great program to keep you constantly trying new things.8 Cinematographers to Follow on InstagramHow Instagram Can Help Cinematographers!Ryan Booth on Career, Life and Instagram Try Different Cameras and LensesImage via Shutterstock.A good director of photography needs not only a comprehensive understanding of cinematography but also an astute knowledge of camera technology. Finding ways to shoot on different cameras — either by renting, borrowing, or buying — is a great way to expand your camera repertoire. When you do try different cameras, try to understand each camera’s strengths and weaknesses for your specific cinematography style.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000How To Choose The Best Camera For Your Video ProductionImportant Cameras of Cinematic History Use Different Aspect RatiosImage via Shutterstock.Another way to get a cinematographer out of his or her comfort zone (which is important for growth), is to practice shooting in different aspect ratios. A good cinematographer should have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to shoot in everything from a 1:1 box to 2.35:1 cinemascope. A DP will have a major say in what aspect ratio is right for a project and will make their selections and recommendations based on what the story dictates.Using Aspect Ratios Like a Pro: Why Choose One Ratio Over Another?Movie Making Manual/Cinematography/Aspect ratios352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More) Try out these 7 tips and tricks to expand your skill set and improve as a cinematographer.Cover image via Shutterstock.Like any artist, a good cinematographer must constantly look for ways to hone his or her craft. While it’s easy to say “practice, practice, practice,” it’s harder to find creative and pragmatic ways to expand your knowledge base, day in and day out.Let’s explore seven tips and tricks that can help you become a better cinematographer.Take Up PhotographyImage via Shutterstock.It’s simple and it’s true: cinematography shares many of its principles with photography. However, you could argue that the stakes are higher in photography as a single frame must maximize all of its elements to convey a feeling and tell a story. Camera settings like exposure, color temperature, and depth of field are as important as framing concepts like the rule of thirds; focus; and foreground, middleground, and background.Here are some resources on how to improve your cinematography with photography (and vice versa).Find Cinematic Inspiration with These Visionary PhotographersThree Ways Cinematography Can Improve Your PhotographyTranslating Your Photography Skills to CinematographyCinematography and Photography Concepts Simplified Learn to Color GradeImage via Shutterstock.As film crews are continuing to shrink and roles continuing to merge, a good cinematographer in today’s multifaceted environment needs a good understanding of color grading — if not how to double in that role altogether. If you think about it, it really makes sense for a DP to know how an image is going to color in post and how to shoot intentionally to prepare for those results.The Video Editor’s Guide to Color GradingThe Difference Between Color Correction and Color Grading35 Free LUTs for Color Grading Videos Practice StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.While it may not be the most glamorous part of the profession, storyboarding is often a major part of a cinematographer’s job. A good cinematographer must often painstakingly storyboard every shot throughout an entire film — often by hand. If you’re a forward-looking individual, check out some of the many online and app options to streamline storyboarding. But make sure you’re ready to dive in deep, as storyboarding is where a true cinematographer can shine.Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsThe Unifying Power of StoryboardsWorkflow Tip: Storyboard Your Animations in Adobe Illustratorlast_img read more

In Gurugram, Independents add spice to poll

first_imgKusheshwar Bhagat, 48, has been running a ‘pav bhaji’ stall off Jharsa Road in Part-II of Sector 15 here for more than a decade now. But don’t mistake him for an ordinary street food vendor by the roadside.One of the seven Independent contestants in the fray for the Lok Sabha election in Gurugram, Mr. Bhagat is contesting for the third consecutive time from this parliamentary constituency. He fought two Vidhan Sabha elections earlier. But could never save his deposit.Voters disillusioned“I polled 7,821 votes in 2014 LS election, the highest so far in the four elections,” says Mr. Bhagat, who has moveable assets of around ₹2.5 lakh, besides a Nano car and a house in Delhi. “The voters seem disillusioned with all parties this time. I hope to get around 3 lakh votes… they will vote me to power one day,” says Mr. Bhagat, contesting on the plank of health and education to all.Like him, affordable health and education, development, agrarian crisis, corruption and unemployment are high on the agenda of the Independent candidates in Gurugram. Pawan Kumar, 34, a resident of Gurugram, says he decided to fight the election to raise his voice against lack of jobs and the plight of government schools. “The local youth are not getting employed in the industries in the area. The government schools are in a pitiable condition. Farmers are in distress and the soldiers are dying,” says Mr. Pawan, a graduate, claiming the support of a dozen villages. He says his election symbol, a bucket, will help him strike an instant chord with the voters. He hopes to win with a margin of around one lakh votes.A mini-worldBikaner’s Virender, who claims to have contested five Rajasthan Assembly elections, says that Gurugram is a mini-world with people having come and settled from across the globe. He wants to make it a truly “Millennium City”.Sudesh Kumar of Pataudi, a Scheduled Caste, took the plunge to prepare for the Assembly election later this year. Self-employed, Mr. Sudesh says this Lok Sabha election is a “mock test” for him as he wants to acquaint himself with the election process.Most of these Independent candidates, coming from humble backgrounds, are contesting on shoestring budgets with little money to spare for the canvassing. Mr. Pawan says he is yet to get his campaign material printed and has sought financial support from his father and relatives. He carries his visiting card along and distributes it during his door-to-door campaign.Mr. Bhagat says he spent around ₹15,000 on his campaign in the previous election, but this time he is pinning his hopes on the free publicity through the media. “Every day an article is carried on me in the newspapers. It is enough publicity.I need not spend much on the campaign this time.” says Kusheshwar.Mr. Virender says that he will reach the voters through door-to-door campaign, distributing handbills and send text messages. Mr. Sudesh is active on all popular social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook, and updates all his canvassing pictures online for the maximum reach.last_img read more

Several Indian American Athletes Selected for USA Field Hockey Masters World Cup Teams

first_imgUSA Field Hockey last month announced five teams that will compete at the International Hockey Federation’s Grand Masters World Cup and the Masters World Cup later this year, with several Indian Americans and South Asian Americans among them.USA Field Hockey announced the teams for the men’s over-40, over-45, over-50, over-55 and over-60 masters following five separate tryouts held across the U.S. last summer.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img

Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Hero launches 17 new Hero Sprint Pro cycles and more

first_imgMercedes-Maybach Vision 6 unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceMercedes has presented a new concept car at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21st. So far, the company has shown silhouette-like teaser photos – but here it is now in full glory: The Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept.Hero launches 17 new Hero Sprint Pro cycles; priced up to Rs 15,000Hero Cycles launched 17 bikes under its new brand Hero Sprint Pro, priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000.Delphi, Mobileye join hands to develop autonomous carsAuto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years.Lamborghini pins hope on Urus SUV to double sales by 2019Lamborghini expects to at least double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019 once it rolls out a new SUV, but it will not lose its focus on making sports cars, Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali said Tuesday.last_img read more

Microsoft’s new US campus will have a world-class cricket field

first_imgMicrosoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, who learnt leadership values and survival instinct while playing cricket in India, now wants his workforce to replay his past at the company’s upcoming revitalised campus.As part of a plan to overhaul its 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington State, Microsoft will start a multi-year project in 2018 to create 18 new buildings, alongside new public spaces, transportation and, a world-class cricket field.Cricket players already have been coming for years at Microsoft, negotiating their way onto softball diamonds and soccer fields to play their sport.”But in a few years, they will have their own field of dreams — an oval, wicket and stumps that reflect the growing influence of employees from the cricket-mad nations of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa and England,” Greg Shaw, Senior Director in the Office of the CEO at Microsoft, wrote in a post on LinkedIn.The renderings of the new Microsoft campus reveal a surprising, oval-shaped ground with a wicket in the middle next to a lush green soccer field.”This may be the first proper, recreational cricket ground ever designed and built as part of a major corporate or community project in the United States. Wikipedia shows less than a handful of cricket grounds west of the Mississippi, and the few that do exist are in the ancestral American cricket homelands of Philadelphia and New York,” Shaw wrote.Vishwa Gaddamanugu, who manages several cricket endeavours in the Pacific Northwest and has served as a selector for USA Cricket, cannot recall another project of this scale that incorporated a cricket grounds.advertisementAlso Read: Microsoft Edge browser now available for Android and iOS”He and others in the Indian community have advocated for years to have King County parks build an official cricket ground, even offering private financing. But to no avail,” Shaw noted.The cricket space, located where Microsoft Buildings 5 and 6 presently stand, is currently envisioned to be about 250-feet by over 320-feet, but there is also room to expand.”The team is speaking with cricket experts to get it just right. In that location, a well-struck ball — a six as they call it in cricket — could crash into Lake Bill, named for founder Bill Gates,” Shaw mentioned.That Nadella is an avid cricket fan is no mystery.In his newly-launched book “Hit Refresh,” Nadella wrote: “No matter where I am, this beautiful game is always in the back of my mind. The joy, the memories, the drama, the complexities, and the ups and downs – the infinite possibilities”.”…On those fields, I learned a lot about myself – succeeding and failing as a bowler, a batsman, and a fielder. Even today I catch myself reflecting on the nuances within the cricket rulebook and the inherent grace of a team of eleven working together as one unit,” he continued.In India recently, the Microsoft CEO shared the stage with veteran cricketer Anil Kumble during a discussion on his book, saying the leadership values he learnt while playing cricket in India helped him compete vigorously in the face of uncertainty — putting the team first and bringing out the best in everybody — during his 25-year career at the company.Now with a lush-green cricket field right within the campus, Nadella can keep doing that – this time watching Microsoft employees learn those lessons.last_img read more

Ravneet Pawha becomes Business Leader of the Year

first_imgRavneet Pawha has been honoured as the for Business Leader of Professional of the Year by the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) on October 12.The Australian government gave away the prestigious award in presence of Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Marise Payne, Indian High Commissioner in Australia, Dr Ajay Gondane, and other Indian business and community leaders.On receiving the award Pawha commented, “This award recognises Deakin’s efforts in India towards education for jobs of the future and initiatives for the communities we serve.”It is indeed an honour to be felicitated on such a big platform. The award belongs to the highly-committed Deakin India team in New Delhi. We endeavour to continue our mission with passion, persistence and people to people connect,” she added.This has strengthened ties between India and Australia with this innovative strategic partnerships, uniting Australian higher education with Indian popular culture.A look at her work She headed the key strategic project — the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI), which aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry.Through DIRI, Deakin has established more than 100 projects involving 100+ PhD students and more than 50 industry, academic, and government partners in India.This includes the $15-million TERI-Deakin Nano-Biotechnology research facility in India, often cited as a standout example of India-Australia collaboration.Ravneet Pawha’s achievements:Ms Pawha has been a contributor to the Victorian Government’s India strategy and the recently published Australia-India Economic Strategy, featuring Deakin as a profile institution.She represents Australian higher education at various forums and is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry Sports Council.Under her leadership, the Australia India Business Council awarded the Deakin South Asia office for ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Australian Business in India in 2017.advertisementShe also brought Deakin into the limelight, winning several awards from the federal and state governments of Australia. The institution received the 2017 Australian Export Award for Education and Training.She did her master’s from Panjab University and has been working for Deakin University for over 17 years now.Also read: 8 major awards given by the Government of IndiaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

‘Talks have stopped’ for Barca target Arthur

first_imgTransfers ‘Talks have stopped’ – Gremio to make Barcelona wait for Arthur deal Ryan Benson 18:04 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) arthur-cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Grêmio Primera División Serie A The Catalans have long wanted the 21-year-old, but they will have to wait for at least another 12 months to get their hands on him Highly rated Gremio midfielder Arthur will not be leaving before December, regardless of any potential deal that is struck with Barcelona, according to club president Romildo Bolzan Jr.Arthur, 21, has been strongly linked with a move to Catalonia for several months and angered officials at Gremio when he was photographed wearing a Barca jersey in a meeting with their sporting director Robert Fernandez at the start of December.Barca were quick to offer an apology to the Copa Libertadores champions, reportedly keen to remain on good terms with Gremio in anticipation of negotiations eventually getting started. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And, while Bolzan confirmed there have been talks, he swiftly highlighted that even if a deal is struck between the two clubs, Arthur – who reportedly has a €50 million release clause – will not be leaving before the end of the year.”At this moment it’s [transfer talks] stopped,” Bolzan told UOL Esporte. “But I can tell you that all the ideas are Arthur will stay with us until December.”All parties agree that it is more or less agreed that Arthur will stay until the end of 2018 if the negotiations are completed. I repeat, if they are completed.”Arthur has yet to make his international debut for Brazil, but at the end of 2017 was called to the squad to face Bolivia and Chile as recognition of his burgeoning talent.last_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gains

first_imgICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gainsVirat Kohli enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson at the top of the rankings for batsmen while Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th in the bowlers list.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service DubaiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 15:35 IST Virat Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the Boxing Day Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKohli had attained a career-high 937 points during the yearSince overtaking Steve Smith, Kohli held the top position for 135 daysPujara has maintained the fourth position while Pant has gained 10 slotsIndia captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada have maintained their top positions in the ICC Test Player rankings which was announced on Monday.Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson, according to an ICC’s statement.Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. Kohli overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has maintained the fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 that helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami next in 23rd position.advertisementFor Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order. Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update.New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update.For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Rishabh PantFollow ICC Test rankingslast_img read more

$78 Million Spent on Road Projects in West St. Mary

first_imgSome $78 million has been spent on major infrastructure development projects in the constituency of western St. Mary.This was disclosed by Member of Parliament for the area, Jolyan Silvera, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on June 18, in the House of Representatives.He said the works are being executed by the National Works Agency under the direction of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Under the programme, two new bridges have been constructed in the communities of Jack’s River and Fontabell, while road rehabilitation and gabion works continue in sections of the constituency.In the meantime, Mr. Silvera informed that a further investment of some $19 million will go towards the rehabilitation of the Coloraine Housing Scheme in the parish.The works will include the reconstruction of roadways and repair of the drainage system. “The (scheme) was constructed in 1972 by the Ministry of Housing and never received rehabilitative works (until now),” he pointed out.Other major programmes within the constituency include the establishment of a $3.2 million bee project, which has benefited some 20 persons through the provision of training, bee hives and other equipment.Additionally, more than $5 million has been spent to assist some 400 students with subsidies on school fees and textbooks.Mr. Silvera also informed that funding from the Jamaica Emergency Employment Project (JEEP) was used to rehabilitate community centres in the districts of Three Hills, Charles Town and Mango Valley.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

CLdN Takes Delivery of Its First NextGeneration RoRo

first_imgzoom Luxembourg-based short sea specialist CLdN RoRo has taken delivery of its first newbuilding vessel from the next generation of super RoRos, the MV CELINE.Originally code named the G9, the 234-meter-long ship will add 8.000 lane meters to the CLdN network, according to the company.Following a debut voyage from the South Korea’s Hyundai Shipyard, where it was constructed, MV CELINE arrived at its home ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam on October 25, according to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic.The new ship will operate on a rotational schedule, including both ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam; Dublin, Ireland and London/Killingholme, UK.“We are delighted to be able to welcome the eagerly anticipated arrival of the first of 12 vessels of our previously announced fleet enhancement strategy,” a spokesperson for CLdN said.“With the CELINE’s green credentials, including being LNG ready and offering unparalleled flexibility, we envisage CLdN is poised to commence delivery of their ambitions,” the spokesperson added.The second 8,000 lane meter vessel under the order is sceduled to join its owner this year.In September 2015, CLdN Ro-Ro unveiled its expansion program, looking to order up to 12 new vessels, of which six have been confirmed until now.In March 2016, the firm ordered two RoRo vessels from Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik, with an option for further four. Two additional 5,400 lane meter vessels were ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), with options for a further four of the same class, in February 2017.CLdN operates 24 RoRo vessels, offering sailings between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Santander and Porto.last_img read more

Applications for 2013 Moose Hunt Now Open

first_imgMoose hunters in Nova Scotia will have additional choices for hunting times in the non-motorized moose hunt in the Polletts Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness area of Cape Breton, with the addition of two new one-week seasons in late October and early November. “Moose hunting in Cape Breton is popular and allows for good management of the moose population,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “The annual moose draw provides a simple, fair way to manage the number of selected hunters per zone.” Every year hunters have an opportunity to apply for a chance to harvest a Cape Breton moose by submitting applications for the annual moose hunting licence lottery. Selected hunters can participate in one of seven hunting seasons. There are five moose management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties, the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. Last year about 11,000 applicants entered the draw. A total of 345 licences will be available again this year. Hunters applying for the draw must pick the zone and season they want to hunt in before they apply. There are two types of moose hunting available. Hunting using motorized vehicles to access and remove moose will be permitted in seasons one and two, in zones one to four and in season seven, in zone one. A non-motorized moose hunt is available in seasons one to six, in zone five. Motorized vehicles are prohibited in zone five. Hunters can apply to either or both hunts. If one name is drawn for both, the hunter must choose one. The hunting zones are described online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw. The first six moose hunting seasons will run consecutively, Monday to Saturday, beginning Sept. 30. The seventh season will take place Dec. 10-12. The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications. The deadline is Friday, May 31 at midnight. For $7.83, plus HST, people can apply online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw. Hunters can also apply by calling 1-900-565-3337. They must have their Wildlife Resources Card number available and call from a landline, not a cellphone. The application fee will be charged to the phone. Applications can also be made by mail with a fee of $13.05, HST included, to Moose Draw, Wildlife Division, Department of Natural Resources, 136 Exhibition St., Kentville, N.S., B4N 4E5. The draw will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and may also be viewed by live webcast via the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters website www.nsfah.ca. Winners will be notified by mail and their names will be announced at the draw. Applicants can also check draw results online or by calling a local Department of Natural Resources office. More information on the moose hunt is available at Department of Natural Resources offices and online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/.last_img read more

Serena Williams To Host Live Ultimate Run For Charity

first_imgSerena Williams has announced that she will be hosting the second annual Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, which will be held in Miami’s South Beach Sunday, December 13, 2015.The Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), 5K Run/Walk and Ultimate Kids Dash will gather runners of all ages and ability to support the Serena Williams Fund.“I continue to be honored by the rare opportunity I have been given, and truly understand the importance of using my platform to assist others,” shared Williams. “The Serena Williams Fund is excited for the opportunity to partner with Live Ultimate to host a run. We get people outdoors and active in beautiful South Beach and most importantly raise funds for two very important causes: aiding individuals and communities who have been affected by senseless violence and making a quality education accessible to deserving youth around the world. Come out and join us!”On December 13, famed Ocean Drive will be closed to traffic for the Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run’s start and finish lines, with a course that will take runners through Miami’s world-renowned South Beach scene, an iconic destination known for its tropical beauty, Art Deco buildings, world class nightlife and dining. The course will take runners through Ocean Drive, Washington Ave, the Art Deco District, Lincoln Road, and down South Beach’s world-famous beach walk. The event, which is supported by the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA), has partnered with local hotels within walking distance of the start/finish line to offer participants attractive hotel deals.“Serena is the absolute personification of the philosophy of living ultimate,” adds Marc Wachter, CEO of Live Ultimate, LLC and Board Member of Driving Force Giving Circle (DFGC), which houses funds and projects dedicated to creating equity for all, including the Serena Williams Fund. “Not only does she excel in her professional and personal life, but she dedicates her time and energy to giving back to those in need. She should be recognized as much for her work off the courts as for her achievements on them. We are honored to work with her to raise funds for her very important causes.”Joining Serena will be her sister and fellow tennis champion, Venus, and an expected list of elite runners and both local and national personalities who will be coming out in support of The Serena Williams Fund.“We had such a blast last year, I’m really looking forward to getting back out there again for the Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run,” adds Venus Williams. ” My goal is to train harder and beat my time from last year. I encourage everyone from all walks of life to join us for a fun run while supporting a great cause, and of course… the post race Karaoke party on the beach!”More than 3,000 runners are expected to participate in the Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, which will be the culmination of a weekend-long series of events, kicking off with an Ultimate Evening charity gala and silent auction on Friday, December 11, and a health and wellness expo on Saturday, December 12.“Once again we are thrilled to unite so many communities – runners, families, fitness fans, and philanthropists – to run with Serena, Venus, and other elite athletes, through our shared neighborhood, the one-and-only South Beach,” adds Michael Rose, Managing Partner of Rose Capital Advisors in Miami Beach and Board Member of DFGC. “We had so much fun last year, with over 2,500 runners and even more spectators, that in true Williams competitive spirit, this year we are all out to top our personal bests in both race times as well as raising money and awareness for such important causes.”One hundred teams of four or more are expected to join the Ultimate Team Challenge, and several hundred children, aged 2 – 10, are expected to participate in the Ultimate Kids Dash. For more information about The Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, The Serena Williams Fund, or to register for the event, click here.last_img read more

Nunavuts Okalik explains why the territorys liquor policy forced him to step

first_imgAPTN National NewsFormer Premier and Nunavut Minister of both Justice and Health, Paul Okalik resigned his cabinet positions in the territorial legislature Thursday.Okalik said he couldn’t support a beer and wine store in Iqaluit.APTN’s Kent Driscoll asked Okalik about the issue.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Tanger Med to Transform into Biggest Container Port in Africa Magazine

Johannesburg – Contracts have been awarded over the past few weeks that will transform Tanger Med in Morocco “into the biggest container port in Africa”, Pan African magazine African Business wrote on Monday. The facility is already handling as much cargo as Durban in South Africa, the magazine noted.APM Terminals (APMT) is developing the fourth terminal at the port, named MedPort Tangier, which will take total port capacity up to 9m TEU a year. TEU measures a ship’s cargo carrying capacity, and the measurement is equivalent to 20 feet in length and 8 feet in height.“Netherlands-based APMT signed deals to buy 44 new cranes for the facility in late October, while the project management contract on the venture was awarded on 5 December,” the source added. “With annual handling capacity of 5m TEU a year, it will be by far the biggest container terminal on the African continent, more than twice the size of the largest terminal at Durban, which has a capacity of 3m TEU,” African Business pointed out, adding that there will be scope to add a further 1m TEU at a later date.“The existing three terminals currently handle more than 3m TEU a year, beyond their combined design capacity of 2.8m TEU. Tanger Med has already won some business from the Port of Algeciras in Spain because of its lower costs and higher productivity.”MedPort Tangier managing director, Dennis Olesen, said: “Our goal is to use proven technology to create high-productivity for our clients on one of the world’s most strategically important trade lanes on the Strait of Gibraltar.”The terminal will be the first in Africa able to serve the new generation of massive container vessels. Known as Ultra Large Container Ships, they can carry up to 20,000 TEU, the magazine noted. The facility is scheduled to open in 2019 and will act as an important transhipment terminal for the Western Mediterranean. Tanger Med is also helping Morocco deepen its role as a manufacturing centre. French car maker Renault now produces 250,000 vehicles a year in the country, while another French firm Valeo is setting up a new factory at an initial cost of €50m, the source said. read more

Moroccos BCIJ Dismantles Drug Trafficking Network Seizes 541 Kg of Cocaine

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has seized an estimated 541 kilograms of cocaine in Casablanca’s port, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).In a statement, BCIJ announced on Sunday, February 11 that its forces managed to seize the large shipment of cocaine which was concealed in a container of goods from South America.This latest seizure is another example of close international cooperation to combat drug smuggling and it demonstrates the ongoing commitment on the part of BCIJ to uncover drug trafficking rings, added the statement. A sample of the seized cocaine was sent to a laboratory of the Scientific Police to determine the concentration ratio of the drug.During the operation, BCIJ members arrested six suspects including a Brazilian national who is suspected to be the mastermind of the ring. The police have also seized five cars that were prepared to transfer and then transport the seized cocaine. Significant sums of foreign and Moroccan currencies were also seized, added the statement.The BCIJ investigation showed the danger posed by this particular criminal network, which likely has been taking advantage of Morocco’s unique strategic position that joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean, close to European countries, according to the statement. Under the supervision of the public prosecutor, the investigation will continue to determine the full circumstances of the case and to arrest any other possible suspects involved. read more

Power supply to be disrupted tomorrow in parts of Colombo

The affected areas will be Colombo 03 including Galle road, Edward road, Glen Aber Place, 8th Lane, School Lane, Alfred House Gardens and Lower Bagatalle road, Colombo 04 including Galle road, Indra Road, Daisy Villa road, De Vos Avenue, Vajira road, R.A. de Mel Road, Milagiriya Avenue, Bambalapitiya Terrace, Retreat road, Shruberry Gardens, Upatissa road, Lauries road, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Station road, Arthur’s Place, Majestic avenue, Trelawney Place and Jawatta road, Colombo 05, including Thimbirigasyaya road, Aintree Street, Kirula road, Chithra Lane, Siripa road and Keppetipola road, Colombo 07 including Torrinton Avenue, Mitland Place, Wijerama Mawatha, Vidya Mawatha, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Nidahas Mawatha, Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha and Malalasekara Mawatha and Colombo 08 including Elvitigala Mawatha, Kithulwatta road, Narahenpita road, Model Farm road, Mangala Path, Gajaba road, Baseline road, D.S. Senanayake road and Dudley Senanayake road. The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said that following the upgrade there will be more disruptions to the power supply from July 25 to July 31 in the same areas. (Colombo Gazette) The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said that the electricity supply will be disrupted from time to time between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m in parts of Colombo tomorrow. The electricity supply will be disrupted in parts of Colombo tomorrow (Saturday) due the upgrading of 132KW cable network system in Colombo.The disruption was earlier expected today but was postponed to tomorrow. read more

Several MPs set to publish assets and liabilities

TISL said that this will mark a historic event in Sri Lanka’s political history as it is the first time that a group of MPs from multiple political parties have come together to make this information public. (Colombo Gazette) Several Members of Parliament are set to publish their assets and liabilities this week.Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said that a group of members of parliament from across party lines will publish their Declarations of Assets and Liabilities on Thursday.

Georgia Power places 1st nuclear fuel order in 3 decades

ATLANTA — Georgia Power has ordered nuclear fuel for its long-delayed expansion of Plant Vogtle, the nation’s first large-scale nuclear project in more than 30 years.The fuel order was announced the day before its parent company reported second-quarter net income of $902 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.Atlanta-based Southern Co. said Wednesday that it had profit of 86 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 80 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research had been earnings of 72 cents per share.The Associated Press

Rio Tinto Alcan to close Shawinigan Que smelter affecting 425 workers

Rio Tinto Alcan to close Shawinigan, Que., smelter, affecting 425 workers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 4:20 pm MDT Rio Tinto Alcan says weak metal prices has forced the aluminum producer to close its 72-year-old smelter in Shawinigan, Que., about a year ahead of schedule in November, affecting most of its 425 workers.“With the current difficult market conditions and when we look at the short-term forecasts, the situation became financially unsustainable for Shawinigan and this despite all the efforts the employees made to help over the past years,” said Etienne Jacques, chief operating officer of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal in an interview.He said employees couldn’t have done anything to avert the decision because the market finally caught up with the plant’s old Soderberg technology.“They have done almost everything that was imaginable to do, they have done it,” said Jacques.The announcement was made Wednesday, ahead of environmental regulations that would have forced the facility to close at the end of next year.The Montreal-based company division of mining giant Rio Tinto said it will immediately curtail 50,000 tonnes of production and progressively cut the remaining 50,000 tonnes over four months.About 26,000 tonnes of production will be reduced this year, with the full effect hitting next year.About 60 workers will remain at the casting house until the facility closes at the end of December 2014. But all employees will continue to receive a full salary for a year, as outlined in the union collective agreement, said Jacques. Rio Tinto Alcan has about 5,000 workers in Quebec.Arnaud Soirat, chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, said the company will meet with union representatives to evaluate solutions such as retirements to minimize the impact.Rio Tinto Alcan said it will provide impacted employees with re-training and job-search assistance.The president of the local union said the announcement is a tough blow for workers and a community that has seen several manufacturers close in recent years, shedding hundreds of well-paying jobs. But Louis-Gerard Dallaire said clauses negotiated in collective agreements anticipating an eventual closure will cushion the blow.“Yes the news is difficult but there were measures put in put in place for workers to take their time and not feel rushed, that’s kind of novel,” he said.Shawinigan Mayor Michel Angers said the closure represents several million dollars of economic losses for the community but the plant’s closure isn’t a total surprise. He said efforts will now have to be accelerated on several projects to convert the facility.“What I give as a message to people is to have hope. There will be jobs for the people of Shawinigan, there will be a future for the workers of Rio Tinto in Shawinigan,” said Angers.About 276,000 tonnes of aluminum capacity had been scheduled to be removed when the metal giant’s division was slated to close facilities in Shawinigan and Arvida, Que., by the end of 2014. That will be offset by the addition of 60,000 tonnes with the impending opening of a facility using AP60 technology.An expansion in Kitimat, B.C., will increase production to 420,000 tonnes from the current 187,000-tonne output.Jacques said all facilities are evaluated in light of the difficult market conditions but he wouldn’t say if other closures, such as Arvida, are planned.Rio Tinto Alcan suspended two lines of production at the Shawinigan smelter after a major power outage at the end of 2011 forced the closure of two of the plant’s four production lines.The process of gradually restarting the 280 cells that were shut down was completed in the second quarter of 2012.Commissioned in 1941, the smelter uses Soderberg technology, which is to be phased out of all Quebec primary aluminium smelters by Dec. 31, 2014 in compliance with Quebec environmental regulations.Rio Tinto and rival Alcoa have been looking to curtail the higher costs of aluminum production as it adjusts to low metal prices.London-based Rio Tinto is also looking to sell its Pacific smelters which have 1.6 million tonnes of capacity. The company is set to announce its latest financial results results on Thursday.In May, the Quebec government announced that it had given both Alcoa and Rio Tinto Alcan more time to honour their investment commitments in the province because of the weak aluminum market.Wednesday announcement follows Alcoa’s plans to eliminate about 500 jobs by permanently closing two potlines this summer at its smelter in Baie-Comeau, Que., while also delaying construction of more efficient facilities at the smelter for three years.That announcement came a couple of weeks after Alcoa announced a 15-month review to cut worldwide production by 460,000 tonnes or 11 per cent of its global output.The U.S.-based company said the review was in response to a more than 33 per cent drop in the price of aluminum since 2011.It has already idled 568,000 tonnes of production capacity, or 13 per cent of its global network. read more

Womens basketball Freshmen getting adjusted to college life

The jump from high school to college can be a difficult adjustment for any student, and student-athletes are no exception.The Ohio State women’s basketball team features three true freshmen this season. Forward Tori McCoy and guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti are currently going through the same adaptation process many new college students face.“It was a struggle starting off my first day,” McCoy said. “My first week, actually, I was just confused about everything.”The jump can be tough for students from small towns, especially at a large institution like OSU. Caretti is originally from Clarington, Ohio, a town which, according to the 2015 U.S. census, had a population of just 380.“It’s a big environmental change,” Caretti said. “I never expected to go this big in the first place.”The path to OSU was different for all three. Lewis attended Whitney M. Young High School in Chicago, the same school that produced teammate Linnae Harper.Freshman Kiara Lewis (23), Tori McCoy (0) and Jensen Caretti (33) pose for a photo together donning their Ohio state uniforms. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsDuring her senior year of high school, Lewis averaged 24.4 points, 5.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Her efforts landed her the Gatorade Player of the Year award in the state of Illinois.Ranked as the 24th best prospect in the 2016 class by ESPN, Lewis was recruited by the likes of Texas A&M and Tennessee, but said that OSU was the best fit.“I felt that the coaches were very caring and that the team was going to be pretty good,” Lewis said. “We could possibly do something big.”McCoy is a product of Saint Thomas More High School in Champaign, Illinois. She was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award during her senior year, a campaign which saw her average 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. ESPN ranked her as the 10th best player in her class.McCoy’s list of college options included Baylor, Tennessee and South Carolina, but she said that she felt a different level of comfort with OSU.“The players, they made me feel welcome and that’s a big thing for me,” McCoy said. “I just enjoyed being around the girls.”Caretti was named Ms. Basketball for Ohio after her senior year at River High School in Hannibal, Ohio. She averaged 25.0 points, 11.0 boards and carried a shooting percentage of over 58 percent that year, leading to an ESPN ranking of 31st nationally.Caretti also excelled at volleyball in high school. She said that she considered playing collegiate volleyball instead of basketball, but the opportunities were far greater for basketball.“I didn’t get any big offers like I did for basketball,” Caretti said. “I never played on a travel team for volleyball, so I didn’t really get any looks because our school was so small.”Louisville and South Carolina were among the schools who looked at Caretti for basketball, but the guard said her decision to become a Buckeye was made due to the team’s recent resurgence and the fact that the school was close to home.Now, all three players have joined forces in Columbus and are helping each other get acclimated to life in college.“We actually became close really fast,” McCoy said. “They are always pushing me and I’m always pushing them too.”The tight-knit group remains together on and off the court.“We all come to the gym together, leave together — stuff like that,” Lewis said.As they settle in, McCoy, Lewis and Caretti are looking ahead to what they believe could be a special season at OSU.“I think we are going to go pretty far this year,” McCoy said. “We’re looking pretty good and we’re doing better in practices every day.”The end goal for the incoming players is obvious: Win it all.“Hopefully, we can expect a national championship,” Caretti said. “We are a great team.” read more