Making Cinema Lights and Practicals Work Together

first_imgPractical lighting vs. cinematic lighting — this article examines how to use practical lighting to create a cinematic look.In a perfect world, we would walk into a location, arrange some lamps, and the scene would come to life, perfectly exposed and cinematically lit.Unfortunately, light doesn’t work like this. Practical lights, even if placed correctly, rarely create enough exposure — unless they’re so bright they blind the actors and peak off the edge of the waveform. The opposite is also a problem — bright, cinematic light that seems to come from nowhere.Most professional cinematographers strive for a mix of the two, but in a specific way — they place practical lights within the set to motivate and make their cinema lights seem plausible.The process is pretty straightforward. You light the space as the world of the story would actually light it — fixtures in the ceiling or walls, as well as lamps and windows. Then, once the actors are in the space and you’ve decided on your shots, you bring in large, soft lights just offscreen to augment those practical lights.For example, a man sits at a desk and turns on a light. The lamp, as a small source, doesn’t have the right level of brightness, softness, or angle for a close-up. Offscreen, we place a LED Fresnel with a fifty-five inch softbox at eye level, and as he turns on the lamp, we power on the light. Because it’s an LED, it comes up to max brightness right away, giving us a soft, bright closeup. With the lamp in frame, the cinema light doesn’t feel fake or “lit,” a common issue with amateur films.A big part of a DP’s job isn’t just lighting the characters, it’s doing so in a way that doesn’t break the fourth wall and bring the viewer out of the world of the story. Different genres treat this differently. Comedy and the high-key look allows the lighting team to get away with a lot more than they would in a gritty crime thriller.Image via The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix).Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt lights its star with unfailingly bright, three-point lighting — even when she’s in a basement or bunker, mirroring the unshakable optimism and youth of its lead character. By contrast, in another Netflix show, Mindhunter, even at midday the characters live in deep, contrast and shadow.Across genres, DPs look for ways to motivate their lighting and make it seem part of the world.Image via Mindhunter (Netflix).What’s great about using this method is you always have a starting point. You can look at a location, chose which parts of the existing lighting will work for your scene, and then augment with offscreen lights. You’ll never have “blank page syndrome,” and you won’t get stressed about where you should place your key light. You can follow the natural lighting of the room you’re in.This method works great for both sets and locations. Sets have the added advantage of wild walls — segments of the set that you can remove to accommodate bigger lights. With small-profile LEDS and tube lights, like Quasar science fixtures, you can get a lot of light into a small space, making real locations less of a disadvantage. Locations also offer a pre-dressed set that comes with existing fixtures and lights — if you know how to augment them. Cover image via Lionsgate.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.A Guide to Shooting With or Against the SunThe Dolly Shot: How It Works and Why It’s PowerfulTips for Avoiding Stress as A Solo FilmmakerPre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a ScriptEverything You Need to Know About Chroma Key and Green Screen Footagelast_img read more

Goan diaspora: Zest, thy name is Zulema

first_imgZulema Colaco-de Souza sports artificial knees and uses a pacemaker.That in no way affects the 82-year-old’s zest for life. She attends fitness classes three times a week and feeds on the nostalgia and energy released by the sport of hockey which the Margao-born is in no mood to forget as the highlight of her life.Ironically, Zulema never played for a Goan team but scorched the turf in Uganda in the 1960s after her family migrated to the African nation from Pune where they settled when she was not quite a teenager.Her skills honed by the legendary KD Singh ‘Babu’, she delighted fans with her speed and body swerves on the left wing.Read it at Times of india Related Itemslast_img

Coolpad Note 3 Lite now available through open sale on Amazon

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Coolpad has announced that its popular Note 3 Lite device will be available through open sale on e-commerce website Amazon from Tuesday.”Since the launch of Coolpad Note 3 Lite in January, the phone has received a great response on Amazon.in. So far, we have received over 300,000 orders of the phone in flash sales. Due to the high demand of the phone and for the convenience of our customers, we have decided to open sale for the smartphone starting March 22,” said Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India.It means that customers will no longer have to go through the registration process to order the phone.Launched in January 2016 and available at Rs 6,999, Coolpad Note 3 Lite is the only phone in its price range to sport the fingerprint technology.The device is also equipped with a 5-inch HD screen exclusively for the Indian market.last_img read more

Air India Charters Limited hiring? Apply before May 26

first_imgThe Air India Chartered Services has released an official notification inviting all the eligible, interested candidates for the recruitment of Analyst posts on contract basis. All the candidates are requested to apply in a prescribed format only.Vacancy details:Total post: 18Name of the post:Analyst – Revenue ManagementEligibility criteria:Educational qualification:All the candidates interested in applying must possess a Master’s / Bachelor’s degree in statistics/ economics/finance/mathematics/engineering/operations research/computer science or any other related discipline.All the candidates with prior experience in Revenue Management, Pricing or Booking Systems will be preferred with quantitative and qualitative skills and problem solving capabilities.Also, the candidates with advanced knowledge of Excel (Including Macros) and other statistical, analytical or modeling tools will be given preference.Age limit:All the eligible candidates should be in the age group of 20-30 years.  However, candidates from the reserved category will be entitled for age relaxation as per government of India.Selection procedure:The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of a personal interview and pre-employment medical examination.Application fee:All the candidates from the General/OBC category need to pay Rs 500 for each application form.  All the SC/ST category are exempted from paying fee.How to apply:All the candidates can download the application from website, www.airindiaexpress.inThe application needs to filled in the prescribed format onlyAlong with application form, the candidates need to attach all the relevant documentsThe filled in application along with application should reach, “Air India Charters Limited, Airlines House, Durbar Hall Road, Near Gandhi Square, Kochi- 682 016”.Important dates:advertisementThe last date to apply is May 26Read: High Court of Gujarat is hiring, apply for 61 Computer Operator posts Read: HP notifies Patwari recruitment at 1,120 posts: Apply now! For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more

Beating Sachin Tendulkar’s record will be a ‘big milestone’, says Alastair Cook

first_imgAlastair Cook recognises that becoming the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs would be a “big milestone”. (England aim to show progress against Sri Lanka in first Test)He’s also eager to get to that mark as soon as possible so he can focus fully on the series against Sri Lanka.”It would mean a lot and hopefully I can get there sooner rather than later so we can talk about something else,” the England captain said Wednesday on the eve of the first Test at Headingley. (Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record under threat from Alastair Cook)Cook, who has scored 9,964 runs in 126 Tests, needs another 36 runs and could reach the landmark in his opening innings of the three-Test series. He would be only the 12th player to make 10,000 Test runs, joining the likes of Sunil Gavaskar (10,122 runs in 125 Tests), Steve Waugh (10,927 in 168), Brian Lara (11,953 in 131), Jacques Kallis (13,289 in 166) and second-placed Ricky Ponting (13,378 in 168). Indian great Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 15,921 Test runs in 200 Tests.Cook is also set to become the youngest to 10,000, beating Tendulkar, who was 31 years and 10 months old. Cook turned 31 on December 25 last year.”It’s a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously so it would be great to try and score these 36 runs,” Cook said. “I’ve just got to put that to bed … and try and do what I’ve done in the previous 10 years, which is just try and concentrate on that ball coming down and nothing else,” Cook said.advertisementThe series against Sri Lanka is a chance for England to further measure their progress after a significant series win in South Africa at the beginning of the year.Cook also confirmed that Steven Finn would fill one of England’s fast-bowling places at Headingley, with Jake Ball missing out. James Vince is set to bat in the middle order for his first test appearance in place of James Taylor, who was forced to retire suddenly with a heart condition.Finn, with his express pace, was an important part of the series win in South Africa, before missing out over the past couple of months with injury problems.”He has been outstanding when he’s been fit for us,” Cook said.With England’s bowling bolstered with Finn’s return, Sri Lanka’s batting is under pressure.Sri Lanka won the last time they were in England, but the tourists are now without batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and fellow batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who retired with more than 24,000 Tests runs between them, and were called “irreplaceable” by Cook on Wednesday.Sangakkara, now playing in English county cricket, said Sri Lanka’s team was over the loss of the pair, but other batsmen need to step up.”I’m not writing them off at all, but the real test will be for our batting,” Sangakkara said. “If they are able to get 350 plus runs on the board, it always gives your bowlers a chance. Our side is weighted more towards our bowling.”last_img read more

Top 10 changes BCCI has to implement in next six months

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India has been given six months by the Supreme Court to implement the changes in its regime recommended by Justice RM Lodha-led committee. This leaves the cricket board with no other choice but to accept the judgement and start thinking about how to make the necessary changes. (SC gives BCCI 6 months to implement Lodha reforms)The Lodha panel, in its bid to clean up the mess in Indian cricket, had made some tough suggestions which is bound to deliver a big blow on the world’s richest cricket board. (Full Coverage)Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling on Monday, Justice Lodha said: “great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport, think cricket fans should rejoice the verdict of SC.”While in response to the ruling, BCCI said, “We will show greatest respect in implementing the judgement.”Top 10 ChangesThe Lodha panel recommended a ‘one state, one vote’ formula – only cricketing bodies representing a state would have full membership and voting rights in the BCCI.The panel also suggested term limits and eligibility criteria for office-bearers of BCCI. Government servants and ministers will be barred from being part of BCCI or those above 70 years of age.The BCCI president’s tenure should be restricted to just two years.States like Maharashtra and Gujarat, who have multiple affiliated units with voting rights, now will cast their franchise on a rotational basis. The BCCI had vehemently opposed this during the hearings.The Lodha panel also wanted betting to be legalised in India and that the BCCI should come under the RTI Act, the decision on which will be taken in the Parliament.The panel recommended that a member of CAG shall be part of the BCCI governing council. The judges were unhappy with distribution of funds in the BCCI.The Lodha committee recommended the establishment of players’ associations, which would offer membership to all Indian international and most first-class cricketers who had retired not less than five years ago.The BCCI will have to create three new positions – an ombudsman, an ethics officer and an electoral officer. The ombudsman’s position has already been filled, with the BCCI appointing AP Shah to the key role in November last year. Shah looks into complaints involving conflicts of interest.No office-bearer in the BCCI should be allowed to have more than two consecutive terms. Also there will be only five elected office-bearers – president, secretary, one vice-president instead of the current five, treasurer and joint-secretary – and they would serve a maximum of three terms of three years each across positions.BCCI’s highest decision-making body, the Working Committee, will be replaced with a nine-member Apex Council, which will include representatives from the players’ community – including one woman.advertisementlast_img read more

I like to perform when faced with challenges: Jadeja

first_imgMumbai, Jul 12 (PTI) Ravindra Jadeja has been the most consistent all-rounder for India in the recent times and with the Sri Lankan Test tour around the corner, he says he likes to perform when faced with challenges. India are set to tour Sri Lanka later this month and Jadeja will be a key member of the team along with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Asked about the tour, he said, “I like to perform when there are challenges. In cricket when you get easy performances or easy wickets then its no fun, but when you have to fight and perform in challenging conditions then that feeling is something else.”The left-handed batsman was speaking after unveiling the Castrol Super Mechanic Trophy. Last night, the BCCI appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach, Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as the consultant for overseas Test tours. “The good thing is that whatever new experience is added to the team, it is good for us. Hopefully, whoever new comes in the team, they will share their experiences and we will get to learn from them. Cricket is such a sport that you get to learn something from someone everyday. I will also try to learn from their experiences by talking to them,” said Jadeja when asked what he expects to learn from the trio. The player, who played for the Gujarat Lions, said T20 was a good platform for youngsters. “I think T20 is a good platform for youngsters. When I played in the IPL in 2008 for Rajasthan Royals, it was a good platform for me to showcase my talent and the selectors would notice me. “The young players who come from Under-19 or players who dont get opportunity elsewhere they get an opportunity in the IPL. If they perform well then they can make it to the top,” he said. Jadeja, however, believed that Test cricket will survive in T20 age. Walking down memory lane, Jadeja recalled how there were no good facilities during his initial days. “It is very tough to play for India, especially considering where I come from. Jamnagar is a small city but cricketers have come from there before also. “When I started cricket, we didnt have good facilities in Jamnagar so I had to arrange everything myself if I had to play a match on Saturday or Sunday. I used to prepare the wicket myself and then try to arrange for the money to purchase the cricket balls for the match. “I dont think these things happened to the players in the other cities that you had to yourself prepare the wicket or purchase the ball,” he recalled. “Those things motivate me a lot even now. My aim since the start was that I wanted to play in the blue jersey. I always wanted to play for India and when I used to see the team playing in blue, I also felt that I should be a part of the team and play for India,” he quipped. Jadeja recalled the time when spin great Shane Warne described him as a “rockstar”, saying he did not know the meaning of the term. “Then I didnt know what rockstar meant. When I met Shane Warne for the first time, I didnt know he was such a great bowler in Test cricket. He used to call me rockstar, and I used to wonder that I dont sing any songs, nor do I do anything that I desreved to be called a rockstar. “I just asked one of my friends why he is calling me a rockstar. He said that maybe because you put too much of zinc on your face (smiles)… I kept working hard on my game and kept improving my skills, whether it was bowling or batting.” Meanwhile, Jadeja met his daughter Nidhyana for the first time today after returning from England and the West Indies. “It was a special feeling. I dont realise anything now but as I spend more time with the baby, then I will get more attached. It is a good thing for me and everyone in the family is so happy,” he said. PTI NRB AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our hearts

first_imgThe whole nation is celebrating the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the heroic Indian Air Force pilot crossed over the Indian border just after 9pm on Friday night.Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani officials after his fighter jet, a MIG-21 Bison, was shot down during an aerial combat between India and Pakistan on Wednesday morning.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people who had gathered since morning to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare.Indian sports personalities, Bollywood actors and prominent politicians celebrated his return on social media throughout the day. It was indeed a historic moment when he exited the Pakistani side and marched over to India and was immediately embraced by the Indian army and IAF.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also paid a glorious tribute to Abhinandan, just minutes after he crossed the border.”#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter and posted an Indian jersey with Wing Commander Abhinandan written on the back.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/PbG385LUsEadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to express his pride and love for Wing Commander Abhinandan and bowed down to his courage.”A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves,” Tendulkar wrote.A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandanJai HindSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2019″Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan!The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.Vande Mataram!Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2019Other sports stars like Virender Sehwag, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin etc kept on flooding twitter with congratulatory messages throughout the day.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Welcome back our hero … #WingCommandarAbhinandan #IndianAirfoceSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 1, 2019Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman, the entire country salutes your spirit and bravery. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/wXSobEm4VESuresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019In my time alive on this planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandanAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. We bow to your courage and bravery. Jai hindManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) March 1, 2019The nation salutes your valour , selflessness and grit. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/N432Qk2ajTVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanHima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day during which both nations claimed to have downed an enemy jet each.Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured alive by Pakistani officials on Wednesday after his MIG-21 Bison fighter jet went down in enemy territory after dogfight with a Pakistani fighter plane.last_img read more

No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on Hardik

first_imgIndia all-rounder Krunal Pandya has said he doesn’t even think about comparisions between him and his younger brother Hardik Pandya. Krunal added the Pandya brothers have different mindets but their ultimate aim is to make the country proud with their contribution to the senior national team.Stressing that he wants to represent India across all 3 formats and not just the shortest format, Krunal Pandya added he is working towards sealing a berth in India’s T20 World Cup squad for next year.Krunal Pandya made good use of the opportunity that came his way in the 3-match T20I series against West Indies earlier this month. The all-rounder picked up 3 wickets and hit 32 runs in 2 matches to bag the Man of the Series award as India went on to whitewash West Indies 3-0.While Hardik Pandya is a regular for Team India across all formats, Krunal, who made his international debut in 2018, has played 14 T20Is. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder though has been impressive in the shortest format of the game, coming up with match-winning performances consistently.”There has never been a case of getting out of Hardik’s shadow. We enjoy each other’s success. Have never thought of any comparison as our journeys have been very different. There has never been any insecurity. Whoever succeeds, the other person is very happy. Our mindsets are very different and the focus is on making the country proud,” Krunal Pandya told IANS in an interview.”The dream is to represent India in the World T20. Every performance will matter, but that is a long term goal. For now, it is about making it to the team in the next series and then do well.advertisement”If I manage to keep performing, the goal of playing in the World T20 in Australia will obviously be fulfilled. However, for now, the focus is the next series against South Africa. Always important to take it one at a time.”Accepting mistakes and rectifying them Hardik’s strength: KrunalMeanwhile, Krunal Pandya also said his brother and MI teammate Hardik has put behind the controversy that surrounded his comments in Koffee With Karan and is focussed on doing well for the senior national team. Hardik along with KL Rahul, was suspended by the BCCI for the controversial comments on the popular chat show but the fast-bowling all-rounder has been impressive ever since he returned to the side in the lead up to World Cup 2019.Hardik Pandya has been rested from the squad for India’s tour of West Indies but the big-hitting star is likely to return during India’s home series agianst South Africa in September and October.”See, mistakes happen. We are all human at the end of the day. But Hardik’s strength is that he accepts his mistake and tries to rectify it. Some people try to ignore the reality, but not with him. He has learnt from his mistake and the way he returned to the field after it, not just in the IPL, but also for the Indian team bears testimony to the fact that he has put the mistake behind him and is focused on doing well for the country,” Krunal said.Krunal, who shone for India in T20Is, is not part of the squad for the ongoing ODI series. India are on the verge of winning the ODI series as well as they took a 1-0 unbeatable lead in the 3-match series with a dominant win over West Indies on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s men will begin their World Test Championships in a 2-Test series against West Indies from August 22.Also Read | No pressure on Kapil Dev-led panel to select next India coach: CoA member Also Read | Quinton de Kock to lead South Africa in T20Is vs IndiaAlso See:last_img read more

TFA Open Assistant Coach and Manager EOI

first_imgOver the next four years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019, Australia will compete on the international stage annually in Open Trans Tasman Series. The full list of international events appears below:April 2016                     Auckland, NZ                            Open Trans Tasman2017                             Australia                                   Open, Youth & Masters Trans Tasman 2018                             New Zealand                             Open Trans Tasman2019                             Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia             FIT Touch World Cup & Youth Trans TasmanExpression of Interest – Assistant CoachTo support the High Performance Program and appointed Head Coaches TFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following assistant coaching positions for the Open Program.  Men’s Open to assist Tony TradMixed Open to assist Micheal LovettWomen’s Open to assist TBAExpression of Interest – ManagerTFA is also seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced Managers to fill the following positions.Open Program:Mens Open Manager Womens Open ManagerMixed Open Manager To submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) and for more information, please click on the memo attached. Related Filestfa_open_australian_asst_coach___manager_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksExpression of Interestlast_img read more

Belships Grows Fleet with Supramax Bulker

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based bulk ship operator Belships has signed an agreement to acquire a 58,700 dwt bulk carrier from Wenaas Shipping AS.The Supramax bulker was built at Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) in the Philippines in 2008.As informed, the agreed purchase price is USD 13 million, of which half will be paid in cash. The remaining consideration will be settled through a proposed issue of 8,060,650 new Belships shares to the seller of the vessel.Belships expects the cash payment to be fully financed within the loan unveiled last month.Delivery of the acquired vessel is expected in the second quarter of 2019.Following the completion of the transaction, the Belships fleet will count 16 Supramax/Ultramax bulk carriers. Furthermore, the group will take delivery of one newbuild in the first half of 2020.Belships further said that its strategy is to grow as a fully integrated shipowner and operator of geared bulk carriers. The proposed share issue will, in line with the group’s shareholder strategy, expand Belships’ shareholder base and improve share liquidity.In a separate statement, Belships shared new details regarding the mandatory offer made by Kontrari AS and Kontrazi AS (Lighthouse) to acquire all issued and outstanding shares in the company.On April 1, 2019, the offerors were notified that acceptances under the offer for 745,704 shares have been received.Together with the 120,454,198 shares already owned and previous acceptances, Kontrari AS and Kontrazi AS will thus, upon completion of the offer, own and hold rights to a total of 128,004,088 shares, corresponding to 73.1% of the issued shares and outstanding votes in Belships.last_img read more

Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates Meet in Halifax

first_imgHelping to ensure that young people’s voices are heard on issues that directly affect them is the focus of this year’s Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates meeting. The council is meeting in Halifax, today, Sept. 28 to Friday, Sept. 30, to talk about youth engagement — how to include youth’s voices in the decision-making processes of issues that affect them, both provincially and nationally. The council has identified critical issues for discussion, including setting standards of care for youth in secure custody and permanency planning for children in state care — arranging permanent family placement so the child can feel comfortable and secure to plan for their future. Youth representatives from across the country will provide their opinions about how they can become more directly involved with the council as a whole. The Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates has been active since 1996. Its members work to ensure that children and youth are treated with dignity, tolerance, respect and equality. The council is an alliance of the five provincially appointed children’s advocates from Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Ontario and Saskatchewan; youth services at the Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman; Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, from the province of Quebec; and the British Columbia Child and Youth Officer. Although mandates differ provincially, council members share a common commitment to further the voice, rights and dignity of children. In Nova Scotia youth services at the Office of the Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints in all youth serving systems including the child custody and child protection systems as well as health, education, sport and recreation, justice and community services.last_img read more

Ilish Utsav

first_imgSpreading out the message of ‘Eat large, Save small’, the very famous festival of West Bengal – ‘Ilish Utsav’ began in Kolkata. The celebratory event, organised at Town Hall, Kolkata, on July 20, was graced by Debashis Sen, Chairman, HIDCOlast_img

MakeAWish And ESPN Team Up To Showcase LifeChanging Wishes

first_imgMore than 60 life-changing wishes and 13 years later, Make-A-Wish and ESPN announce an all-star lineup of four new, inspirational sports stories as part of the annual “My Wish” series.The summertime series presented by Dove Men+Care on SportsCenter focuses on the incredible joy and strength that children with critical illnesses receive from a wish-come-true. Starting the evening of Sunday, July 15 and continuing Monday, July 16, Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19, sports fans can catch different stories of Make-A-Wish kids meeting their sports heroes. The series will come to a conclusion on Friday, July 20 with a compilation feature highlighting the full roster of this year’s wishes.From end zones and three-point lines to outfields and race tracks, ESPN cameras have been there from the initial surprise when wish kids find out their wish will come true until they meet the athletes they idolize the most. Throughout the years, the series has featured elite athletes of all kinds, including global superstars, world champions, gold medalists, hall of famers and MVPs. This year’s participants are equally as impressive with involvement from golf champion Jordan Spieth; 27-time World Series winning team, The New York Yankees; NFL all-time great Larry Fitzgerald; and NBA all-star Jimmy Butler.For the 13th consecutive year, Emmy-award winning reporter Chris Connelly brings these stories to life through eye-opening, first-hand interviews and best-in-class storytelling.“Every year, we witness how sick kids internalize the toughness and determination that professional athletes display on a nightly basis,” said Connelly. “When wish kids meet their favorite athletes and teams, they are empowered to stay strong and positive no matter what health obstacles come their way.”“Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “That’s because when a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. The ‘My Wish’ series invites SportsCenter viewers to witness this power and see as the lives of wish kids, their families and their favorite athletes change forever.”Make-A-Wish extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of the “My Wish” series as part of their Team of Heroes initiative centered around improving the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals. Beyond assisting with this year’s series, Disney – which owns ESPN – has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 38 years and has helped the organization grant more than 120,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.For more information about Make-A-Wish and the ESPN “My Wish” series, visit wish.org/mywish.last_img read more

Winter Storm watch issued for the South Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgPlease continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologists are closely monitoring the situation, and this winter storm watch may be upgraded to a warning as the forecast becomes more certain.Winter storm watch issued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)Current details:A long duration snowstorm is forecast to begin on Thursday…A slow moving frontal system will spread snow across the B.C. central interior beginning Thursday morning. Snow is expected to continue falling Thursday night and Friday and will likely persist over some regions until the front moves into Alberta early Saturday. Current indications suggest that storm total snowfall amounts will range from 15 cm up to as high as 30 cm by Friday morning.Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologists are closely monitoring the situation, and this winter storm watch may be upgraded to a warning as the forecast becomes more certain.Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A winter storm watch has been issued for the South Peace and Pine Pass.Environment Canada says a slow-moving front will move into Northern B.C. Thursday morning.  The snow could start Thursday night and continue until Saturday with some forecast models showing as much as 30 cm of snow.In Fort St. John the forecast is also calling for a large amount of snow.  The North Peace could see up to 20 cm before the storm is over.last_img read more

Marrakech International Conference of Human Rights Institutions

Rabat – The 13th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions opened in Marrakech today. The three-day conference is themed “Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women: The role of national human rights institutions” according to the state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The meeting’s main goal is to open a debate on national human rights institutions’ (NHRI) role in protecting activists, especially women. It will also look at enhancing civic rights.   UN experts and regional and civil society organizations will be sharing their testimonies, experiences, and practices in various regions. Participants will also try to find sustainable solutions by incorporating societal, political, and economic factors to expose the threats to human rights activists. A declaration will be prepared by the conference drafting committee to share the strategy and action plan relating to the NHRI and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). The declaration should have a long-term impact on the work of these organizations. The conference is co-hosted by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (CNDH) along with the GANHR, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). NGOs, human rights activists, and over 300 regional, international, and national institutions’ representatives will participate in the event. read more

Ban welcomes agreement to resolve political crisis in Madagascar

Mr. Ban “congratulates the four leaders – Andry Rajoelina, Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy – for committing to a peaceful transition under a government of national unity,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.The statement follows the deal reached yesterday during talks in Maputo, Mozambique, that were mediated by that country’s former president Joaquim Chissano and a joint team comprising the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Organization of the Francophonie.Mr. Ban urged the leaders in the Indian Ocean country to agree quickly on the composition of the government of national unity “and on the establishment of the institutions of the transition leading to credible elections and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law.”The Secretary-General thanked Mr. Chissano and the other mediators for their efforts and joined them in calling on “all political actors in Madagascar to build on the Maputo consensus and to work for the prompt implementation of the agreements.”Since the start of the year Madagascar has been engulfed by political tensions, which have led to widespread violence and killings and numerous politically motivated arrests. Mr. Ravalomanana resigned as president in early March amid a dispute with Mr. Rajoelina, the mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, and now the leader of the country. 10 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the power-sharing agreement reached in Madagascar and urged all sides to work together to ensure that a new government of national unity is quickly installed and a process leading to credible elections can be established. read more

Thai law on defaming monarchy has chilling effect on free expression –

In Geneva, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said that since the 22 May coup, at least 13 new lèse majesté cases have been opened for investigation while others where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived. “Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand,” she warned, adding that just last week, two university students were arrested for participating in a play in October 2013 that depicted a fictional monarch who was manipulated by his advisor. The arrests followed a number of convictions and harsh sentences in lèse majesté cases, including that of Plutnarin Thanaboriboonsuk, who was also charged under the Computer Crime Act in relation to messages he posted on Facebook. He was sentenced on 31 July to 15 years in prison. That sentence came less than two months after charges were laid on 16 June, even though the investigation had remained pending for more than two years. In another case, on 14 August, Yuthasak Kangwanwongsakul, a taxi driver, was sentenced to two years and six months in jail under the lèse majesté laws for a conversation he had with a passenger. “We are concerned that more charges may be filed and that more harsh sentences may be issued in the coming weeks,” said Shamdasani. In 2013, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay indicated her support for amendments of Thailand’s lèse majesté law under its section 112 of the Criminal Code to address concerns related to the implementation of the law. In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression and opinion also urged the amendment, stating that section 112 was too vague and prescribes long maximum sentences that are contrary to permissible restrictions on freedom of expression under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Thailand has ratified. “We reiterate our call to the military administration to ensure its compliance with Thailand’s obligations under international human rights law, especially the ICCPR,” Shamdasani said. “The threat of the use of the lèse majesté laws adds to the chilling effects on freedom of expression observed in Thailand after the coup, and risks curbing critical debate on issues of public interest.” read more

Interesting start in Baltic Handball League

Baltic Handball League The 2015/16 season of Baltic Handball League is surely not going to be boring, so much excitement, surprises and even shocks already was seen during the opening weekend. Who would have believed that both last season’s BHL and BCL champions will suffer defeat in their opening matches? Or that Belarussian clubs manage to take just one win out of six matches? Or that four matches end with one team’s minimal advantage with goals coming in the final seconds?Arguably the biggest shock of the weekend came in the opening match, where title-holder SKA Minsk met HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper. The match was played in Kehra, although it was considered as “home match” for the Belarussians. It was also the first game as a head coach in BHL for Kehra’s new boss Indrek Lillsoo and what a great debut he had…Kehra’s first ever win over SKASKA started strongly, but Kehra played well and taking the lead after seven minutes, the Estonian side never let SKA ahead again. Half-time was 18-17 for Kehra and it was tight until 46th minute, then Lillsoo’s boys made a strong 7-2 finish and eventually enjoyed a comfortable 35-28 win. All eight previous meetings of the two clubs in BHL had ended in SKA’s favour! Uku-Tanel Laast was the best scorer with 10 goals, while Uladzislau Kulesh scored 7 for SKA.“I knew that BHL can produce unexpected results, but this was surprising even for me,” smiled happy Lillsoo after the game. “Our team is in good shape, we played well and without pressure, as the opponent is the title-defender and maybe all this surprised SKA. The league seems to consist quite equal teams and none can expect easy wins here.”Despite the great performance on Saturday, Kehra did not manage to continue on winning streak and travelling to Lithuania the day later, lost 24-33 to Dragunas Klaipeda (Igor Kopishinskiy 9 – Kaupo Liiva  5). “Perhaps there was a little bit of content after the success over SKA,” said Lillsoo. “Dragunas had huge will to win and they were very aggressive. Three defeats against Estonian clubs in short period of time had built up a hunger for revenge and the whole atmosphere was heated.”Dragunas surprised by ViljandiOpposite to HC Kehra, the other Estonian club Viljandi HC started in Klaipeda on Saturday and caused a surprise of their own. Last year both clubs played in BCL and Dragunas won both matches, this time Viljandi took a very important away win by 27-25, having lost the first half 13-15. Estonian internationals Kristo Voika and Kristo Järve, as well as Dragunas’ best, Karolis Stropus all recorded 6 goals.“We were expecting to gain one win from this weekend, but did not expect to lose against Viljandi,” admits Dragunas’ head coach Arturas Juškenas. “I’m not happy with the result, but Viljandi was the better and more stable team here. And we had huge problems with Kristo Järve. He’s soon 38 and still going strong – we know everything he does and still could not stop him.”The day later Viljandi was back home, met with SKA, but was no match for the defending champions. The game was not one-sided, but Viljandi never got ahead and curiously lost both halfs with the same result 11-14, making the final score 28-22 for SKA. Mikita Vailupau was SKA’s best with 8 goals. Voika, Ott Varik and Robert Lõpp all scored 5 for the hosts.Viljandi HC’s head coach Marko Koks had mixed, but mostly positive feelings after the weekend: “I’m never happy with a defeat, but we did prove to ourselves, we can play with the strongest teams in the league. I think we had a little bit too much respect for SKA due to their name and titles. We had quite a lot of chances, which we just failed to use and of course – to miss four penalty throws is never a good sign either.”In the one remaining Group A match BHL’s newcomer HK Ogre/Miandum took a little surprisingly a win over Celtnieks Riga 34-30, despite having lost the the first half 16-18 and trailing 29-30 with just eight minutes to go. Incredible 5-0 finish helped Ogre/Miandum to a win in their debut. Artis Kurmens recorded the best score of the whole opening BHL weekend with 14 goals. Arvis Čikuts scored 8 for Celtnieks.Cocks decided both games in last secondsIt was in Group B, where incredibly tight matches were played – four out of six games ended with just one-goal difference for the winners! Most expected clash was arguably the two-match stand-off in Põlva, where last season’s second and third teams Serviti and Cocks played. On both days Cocks came out on top, but with minimal advantage and with two different scenarios.On Saturday, Cocks was basically leading the whole time, occasionally with 4-5 goals, until suddenly in the 53rd minute, Serviti took the lead for the first – and only – time by 25-24. The end of the match belonged to Finns and it was Nico Rönnberg who recorded the winning goal in the last seconds to make it 28-27.Ukrainian Andriy Ternovyi scored 9 goals for Serviti and Teemu Tamminen hit 7 for the winners. Cocks’ head coach Kaj Kekki was obviously satisfied: “In my four years in charge of the club, I believe we only had one draw in Põlva’s home and lost all the other matches. And this time we grabbed the win in final seconds!”It was a different story on Sunday, this time Serviti seemed to slip away from last season’s runner-up. It was a tight first half before Estonian champion scored four unanswered goals at the end and took a 15-13 lead. Cocks fought back, but then a seven-minute spell midway through the second half, which ended 8-1 for Serviti – and saw Ardo Puna score 4 goals – seemed to have ended the game.But Finnish champions did not think that way – with 13 minutes to go, they were 19-27 behind, but came out as 29-28 winners! In that incredible spell Roni Syrjälä scored all of his 4 goals of the match and Gheorghe Safronii added 3 – including the winner with 14 seconds to go. It was a very good overall team performance, as 10 of Cocks’ players scored in the game. Puna was Serviti’s best with 10 goals.“I decided to change three players and play a defensive tactic we have never done in BHL before,” explained Kekki his winning formula. “We man-marked two of Serviti’s players and the hosts seemed to froze for a moment. Our throws started to go in and of course Roni [Syrjälä], who did not play the day before, was a true ace we found for these minutes.”Tenax and Granitas start with two victoriesUnlike in Group A, three teams in Group B ended the weekend with two wins and the rest have no points in the table. Tenax Dobele took another one-goal win of the weekend on Saturday, beating HC Meshkov Brest by 33-32 (Toms Lielais 7 – Artsiom Kulak 12). Day later, the Latvian champions had an easier day, smashing the other Belarus team of the group, HC Vityaz Minsk by 37-19 (Oskars Arajs 7 – Andrei Satsiuk 5).Tenax manager Ivars Zarinš was very happy with the start. “We have to win home matches if we want to achieve something and as minimum, we want to qualify to the quarter-finals,” Zarinš said. “Saturday was a very tight match, Brest took a 4-goal lead by half-time, but we had a good fight-back. In the end I guess we just had a little bit more luck, as Toms Lielais scored our winning goal with just five seconds remaining.”Granitas-Gaja-Karys Kaunas started their season with a 36-24 win over Vityaz (Mindaugas Urbonas 11 – Siarhei Radziukou 11) and then caused another little surprise on Sunday, as they beat HC Meshkov by 33-32 (Urbonas and Vaidas Drevinskas 6 – Kulak 8). Artsiom Kulak also leads the scoring competition of the BHL after the opening weekend with 20 goals.Tenax, Cocks and Granitas lead the Group B with 4 points each, while in Group A five teams have two points – SKA, Viljandi, Kehra, Ogre/Miandum and Dragunas. Celtnieks is the only team without points, but the two Latvian teams have only played one game. The BHL season continues on 14th and 15th November with another ten matches.Source: Baltic Handball League ← Previous Story POLAND 2016: EHF announce 12 pairs of referees Next Story → LNH: Furious PSG win in Chartres read more

Gardaí make fresh appeal about fatal Kildare crash

first_imgGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING A fatal crash in Kildare yesterday afternoon have made a fresh appeal for witnesses.They wish to speak to any motorists who were travelling on the N78 road joining Athy to the M9 between 1.30pm and 3pm Friday.The numbers to contact are the Athy garda station on 059 863 4210 or the confidential line on 1800 666 111.Two people died in the two vehicle collision at Ballycullane. A third, the driver of the car who is a man in his 80s, was seriously injured and remains in hospital.The deceased included a young motorcyclist who was in his 20s and the passenger of the car, a woman in her 80s. It is understood that all three live in the area.Three people have been killed in collisions on since gardaí implemented their Operation Slow Down on Friday. A man in his 30s died in Kerry last night after the van he was driving lost control and hit a tree. He became the 78th person to die on Irish roads in 2013.Update: Two dead after road traffic accident on road outside AthyMan in Kerry crash is 78th person to die on Irish roads in 2013Operation Slow Down: 321 vehicles caught speeding in 24 hourslast_img read more