The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-Production

first_imgOther ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Although you may take care of all the producer responsibilities in the beginning of a project, be prepared to put back on your producer hat time from time throughout production. If anything goes wrong during the shoot and additional needs pop up, you will need to manage them as a client-friendly producer.You’ll also need to be the one to make sure you’re fully taken care of during production. If you need to bring on a PA or 2nd or 3rd shooter, it’s your job to figure things out — not to mention little things like providing craft services for yourself and clients, printing out scripts, keeping copies of receipts, and even managing clients on-set.Here are several more pre-production resources to have ready at your disposal.The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-ProductionWhat All Producers Need to Understand About Working With Directors5 Tips for Planning Your Audio in Pre-Production10 Free Apps for Filmmakers ScriptingImage via Shutterstock.As part of your role as producer, it’s up to you to outline a project and come up with a script. While you may associate scripts with narrative films, using a script for everything from corporate films to animations to even documentaries can be very helpful for your shooting and editing counterparts. Final Draft is perhaps the industry standard, but there are several free options that work just as well.Here are some resources for writing, refining, and accessing your scripts on the go.6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next ScreenplayHow to Break a Script Down Into a Shot ListNeed to Table Read a Script? There’s an App for That.Pro Insight: Highlighting Scripts Looking for more on production? Check out these articles.What Does a Film Producer Do?Small Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean FilmmakingThe Video Producer’s Secret Weapon: the Shot ListFinding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table BudgetingImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest headaches for most filmmakers is dealing with budgets and proposals. If you truly embrace the shreditor lifestyle, budgeting will unfortunately be one of your biggest concerns, as it drives your project. However, budgets don’t have to be scary. With the right resources, they can be organized, manageable, and beneficial for your production.Also, in your producer role, it’s helpful to set up a professional bank account, either under your name or an LLC. This will help you keep your personal finances separate from your work expenditures. Apps like Mint are also another great way to keep your budget tight and organized.Here are some additional resources to help with your budgeting.An Overview of the Film BudgetFilm Budget Planning: How to Effectively Budget a Script BreakdownHow to Build a Video BudgetThe How and Why of Video Production Budget & Templates StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your script, your inner director of photography should be gearing up to partner with your inner producer for a chance to storyboard your shoot. Storyboards can vary from quick sketches to in-depth diagrams that include everything from camera movements to lighting set-ups to focal lengths. As a producer, you can use some handy apps (like this one) to digitize your storyboard process.Here are some more storyboard resources,  including a free storyboard template!Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsCreating a Storyboard Edit in Premiere Pro CC 2015Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next ProjectThe Unifying Power of Storyboardscenter_img Do you tackle your video production projects entirely on your own? Here’s everything you need to know about working as a “shreditor.”Cover image via Shutterstock.For those of you who are unsure what a “Shreditor” is (and if you might be one yourself), check the definition below (or read up on the term in this article). If you find the concept of producing, shooting, and editing to be your ideal workflow, this series is for you.Shreditor {sHred-uh-ter, -tawr} noun: a film and video professional who produces, shoots, and edits as a one-man script-to-screen filmmaker.As a shreditor, you obviously have many hats to wear. While each could easily be a full-time role, it’s important to understand how they operate singly as much as they do together. Let’s dive into the first role — producer — and what you need to succeed in your quest to become an ultimate video production Shreditor.Concept DesignImage via Shutterstock.From the very beginnings of a project, a good producer needs to be able to work with a client to find the crux of the project and how video can be most helpful. Very often, clients will have something in mind, but you should still be prepared to work with them to refine the concept and design the right approach. It’s helpful to have a strong understanding of the various types of film and video production products. Here’s a breakdown of the main types of projects you may need to produce.Narrative: shorts and features.Documentary: shorts (or micro) and features.Television: broadcast news, scripted program, talk shows, web-series.Corporate: Promos, recruiting, explainers, training.Event: weddings, parties, company events.Social: vlog, video essays, promos, live streams. SchedulingA good producer needs to be highly organized and reliable. One of the best ways to do this is by mastering the art of scheduling and keeping a solid calendar. Whether it’s Outlook or iCal, there are plenty of great resources available — as well as more production-specialized resources (like this and this) to consider.Check out these additional resources and tips for production scheduling.15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule5 Scheduling Tips That’ll Help You Keep Momentum up During ProductionHow to Plan an Effective Shooting ScheduleScheduling and Budgeting Your Film Location ScoutingImage via Melty Cone Video.Before you begin your project, you’ll need to pick out your location(s). You may or may not have a studio available to you with a cyc wall, so it’s important to have resources at the ready should you need to rent a place. Things like background noise, lighting availability, and room for setups need consideration. Again, your producer self will appreciate keeping things like this organized with some handy apps and resources.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For FreeFree Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productionslast_img read more

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After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, during day three of Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Three courses stage the tournament, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. APST. ANDREWS, Scotland — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old.McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. Andrews in his final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ McIlroy said he will not start hitting balls again until the end of November, and will focus on rehab and “getting my body right.” A rib injury sustained at the SA Open in January forced him to have six weeks off, and the problem resurfaced at times.Putting and wedge play have been his biggest weaknesses this year, said McIlroy, who added that “basically all areas of my game could get a little bit better.”McIlroy turned pro in 2007 and failed to win a title the following year. Since 2009, he has won 21 titles worldwide.ADVERTISEMENT “It summed up my whole of 2017: Not much happening,” McIlroy said. “Couldn’t get out of neutral.”Former top-ranked McIlroy, who has had two spells out of action this year because of injury, has dropped to No. 6 in the world — behind players like 24-year-old Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, who is age 22. The last of McIlroy’s four majors came at the PGA Championship in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel I’m a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors,” the 28-year-old McIlroy said. “I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that’s why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I’m at and where I need to be.“The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors. You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It’s about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world.” View commentslast_img read more

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Incentives for winning medals at Asian Games

first_imgThe countdown for the Asian Games has begun.With the quadrennial extravaganza set to kick off from November 12, Samsung India announced its incentive programme for the medallists at the Asian Games during a felicitation ceremony on Wednesday.The extraordinary performers will get goods worth Rs 2.5 lakh from the company. The Commonwealth Games medallists also received the cash prizes for their efforts in Delhi.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh eulogised the CWG medallists and exuded confidence that India will come up with a similar performance at the Asian Games.” Indian athletes performed exceptionally well in almost all the events they participated in the Commonwealth Games.They won medals in some of the most competitive events and performance was good even in new sports like netball, lawn bowls and rugby sevens. I am looking forward to witness more of such performances from our athletes at the Asiad,” said Randhir at the event.Randhir also praised the government for sending the largest ever Indian contingent to China.” I am happy that the government approved a contingent comprising 609 athletes which also includes 249 female athletes. This will surely motivate our athletes to give their best at the Games,” he said.Brimming with confidence after their successful run at the Delhi Games, hockey captain Rajpal Singh and boxer Suranjoy Singh sounded confident of winning medals for the country.Rajpal said that there are certain areas where the team still needs to improve but the players are really motivated to do well.” We are satisfied with our performance as we played well against the top teams in Delhi.advertisementYes, there are certain areas where we need to work, but we expect to go there with a positive attitude. We are pitted against Japan and Pakistan in our pool.Both the teams are strong so let’s see how successful we will be,” Rajpal told MAIL TODAY . ” We will also focus to qualify for the London Olympics to be held in 2012. The team is trying its best to reduce the errors as the penalty corner conversion needs to be improved if we want to win big matches,” he said.Discussing the newly introduced Global Positioning System ( GPS) in hockey, Rajpal said the use of technology would surely help in improving their game.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy feels that India has a very good chance to win more medals at Asian Games. ” All the boxers are training very hard. I hope to win this time as well as after the Games I got enthused to improve my record. The competition in China is surely higher than the CWG but all the boxers are working hard to win medals,” Suranjoy said.Akhil, who is not part of the Asiad squad, backed Suranjoy and said that the pugilists have been through a tough training regime which leaves them with a good chance to bag some medals in Guangzhou.” India won a gold at the 1998 Asian Games and we want to repeat the feat in this edition. I feel India has produced some of the best boxers in the recent past and boxing is becoming a popular sport in the country. Good performance by our boxers has really helped the sport grow faster,” Akhil said.World Champion wrestler and CWG gold winner Sushil, who has pulled out of the Asian Games due to injuries, said the wrestling team is capable enough to do better even in his absence.” Wrestling team is in a great shape. All of them are working hard and let’s hope they get some medals too,” said Sushil.last_img read more

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Neither court nor CoA but elected bodies should run Indian cricket: Amicus Curiae

first_imgSupreme Court appointed amicus curiae PS Narasimha is confident that BCCI is moving towards forming a democratically elected body which should actually govern the game rather than the Court or its appointed bodies.Narsimha recently submitted a report in the apex court after meeting representatives of various state associations and having made some headway where stakeholders are now getting ready for an election.In another pertinent point, the former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India made it clear that the composition of nine-member apex council was never in Lodha Committee’s mandate.”Ultimately, it is for the organisers (officials) of cricket to take care of the game. It is not for courts to take care of the game. It is not for the lawyers to take care of the game. It is not for the Court appointed committees to continue to take care of the game,” Narsimha told PTI during an exclusive interview.”It is for the cricket organisers to do it and these organisers are the elected bodies. Now the reforms require that they associate cricketers also. They take care of the game that’s all. I think things are moving positively. The process of reforms commenced long back has taken time. Now it is time for implementation,” Narsimha said.The amicus said that his near “135 hours of mediation” with the state units have been “fruitful” as the matter is now nearing a “good conclusion”.”It seems to be near to that good conclusion we are thinking of to the litigation. So I think this mediation has resulted in some kind of a gateway of holding elections and putting in place a democratically elected BCCI,” Narsimha sounded confident.advertisement”My experience has been wonderful and all state units were enthusiastic in their response,” said the senior advocate, making it clear that at no point did he feel that any of the associations tried to scuttle the whole mediation process.Asked if it was good thing that Committee of Administrators (CoA) has now run Indian cricket for more than two years, Narsimha replied: “That question is really not relevant today because now we are at a stage where we are at the verge of resolving those issues and everyone lent a very positive hand.”He also clarified that the combined tenure for any office-bearer in state and parent body is 18 years.”The total number of years in BCCI is 9 years and in State association is also 9 years. So the total is 18 years. The last judgement made an observation which seemed to have created confusion as to whether it is 9 or 18.”One of the main issues was the composition of apex council and Narasimha agreed that the grievance of the state associations on the subject was a genuine one.”In BCCI, there are 36 members general body whereas some state associations have even 2000 voters and some even had a different composition with clubs and universities”So there are different types of entities and each one needed a representation. State associations are active bodies and they need man power. Therefore they need a larger number of executives to execute,” the amicus reasoned.He then agreed that the Lodha panel didn’t have the mandate to decide on the composition of the apex council.”I thought confining (apex council composition) as a matter of rule to nine for every state association is something that number one not logical and secondly, it wasn’t the mandate of Lodha Commission. Thirdly, it wasn’t the direction of the court. I spoke to CoA and told them that the system won’t work if you confine it to nine-member Apex council for state associations.”After a lot of deliberations, CoA also agreed it must be varied from place to place and importantly independence and character of the state association to the large extent was retrieved back,” said Narasimha.While a lot of associations spoke in favour of holding elections, Narasimha said that it is something for the “CoA to take note of”.”Once they fix the date for BCCI elections, automatically, working backwards, states will be holding their elections and send their representatives (to AGM). My role is not so much about holding elections.”On a personal front, it was an “unusual job” for him as a lawyer.”My cup of tea as a senior advocate is completely different from what the court asked me to do in this case,” he said smilingly.”My faith in the goodness of people is what helped me to execute this job and it happened naturally. Associations felt that they could convey to me their large number of grievances. I patiently heard them and could understand some of their frustrations. I only took them back to the question as to what they want in the best interest of cricket,” he concluded.advertisementAlso Read | Diana Edulji wanted to give away IPL winners’ trophy but eventually convention followedAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Team India: From mute golden goose to vocal stakeholderlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coach

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coachBangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said he has tremendous respect for the national team stars for the way they handled themselves after the Christchurch mosque attack from earlier this year. Bangladesh take on New Zealand in their World Cup 2019 tie on Wednesdsay.advertisement Reuters LondonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 11:37 IST Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coach Steve Rhodes. ( AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNone of the Bangladesh players were injured and the tour was immediately abandonedBangladesh made a good start by beating South Africa by 21 runs in their World Cup openerBangladesh is seen as dangerous outsiders but Rhodes is not about to be carried away by the excitementBangladesh has dealt with the trauma of the Christchurch mosque attacks by becoming closer as a team, coach Steve Rhodes said on Tuesday as his World Cup players prepared to play New Zealand for the first time since the March mass shooting.A lone gunman killed 51 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two of the city’s mosques, with the Bangladesh team bus approaching one of them as the gunfire started.None of the players were injured and the tour was immediately abandoned.”I’ve got so much respect for the players. The way that they’ve handled themselves after that event,” Rhodes told reporters on a soggy afternoon at the Oval in South London where Bangladesh play on Wednesday.”The Christchurch awful day and the shootings, they’ve got some sort of brotherhood there now… the experience they went through together on that coach, I think it’s somehow gelled them,” added the Briton.”I think that they’ve actually got solace from each other, they’ve tried to help each other through it. I’ve got a lot of respect and admiration for the way they’ve pulled through.”Rhodes, whose players made a dream start to the campaign by beating South Africa by 21 runs in their World Cup opener after piling up their highest one-day international total, refused to take the credit. “Going back to that day in Christchurch, I was thinking how do we get a team back together after this? But they’ve done it, it’s not been anything special from me,” he said.advertisement”I’ve just tried to carry on as normal because I thought that was the right thing to do. And the support that they’ve given each other has been the main thing… they knew what they needed to do.”Bangladesh, seen as dangerous outsiders before the tournament started, face New Zealand with plenty of confidence but Rhodes said he was not about to be carried away by the excitement.”We all recognize that was just one game,” he said of the South Africa match.”We know the people back home are delighted and jumping up and down with what we’ve done but the team and the staff know that the task is going to be tough against some of these teams and New Zealand are just one of them.”They gave us decent hiding this winter and we are in better shape taking them on this time around. But they are tough opposition and it’ll be difficult.”The English weather has not helped, with training canceled on Monday and a steady drizzle frustrating plans on Tuesday, but Rhodes said that was no concern.”We needed to have a break yesterday, we had a tough game,” he said.”If preparations weren’t as good as they have been we’d have been worried about a lack of cricket today. So we’re not that worried. Most of the boys are in reasonable nick.”Also Read | Need improvement in batting: Karunaratne after Sri Lanka’s narrow win vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs via DLSAlso SeeFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Steve RhodesFollow team bangladeshFollow Bangladesh vs New Zealandlast_img read more

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Throttle Jockey: Reaching for the far horizon? ADV bikes can get you there

first_imgWhile some people are content to never leave their couch, house, city, state or country, there seems to be a strong steak of wanderlust in motorcycle riders, a primal urge to travel and explore beyond the horizon, both the one with the setting sun and another in the psyche. And motorcycles seem to be a nearly perfect tool for doing just such exploring in a timely and exciting manner. It beats walking, that’s for sure.Motorcycle riders love to swap stories. Many tales told around the campfire, in garages or over a frosty beverage or two are often about long trips, the realization of the adventures envisioned before a rider ever turned a key in a bike. Motorcycles grant a high level of freedom; freedom from the confines of a car, from social confines, and perhaps from the weight of our many modern responsibilities, if only for a brief time (for most of us). To be out in the wind, flying along on just two tires, is a special experience. But motorcycles do have limitations on where they can go – or at least they used to.Motorcycles able to travel off the pavement, known as “dual sport” or “adventure bikes” today, likely got their start in the military 100 years ago as troops on the forward lines modified their mounts with tires that could grip better in the mud and muck. Once the established trails ended, forward progress was left up to those on foot, on horses, and eventually, on motorcycles. And maybe tanks. But if you wanted to go anywhere with a modicum of speed, the motorbike was likely the best bet.As wars ended, riders returned to street bikes, but in the 1960s, several bike companies, especially those located in Britain, Italy and Japan, began to produce street-legal bikes with high-mount exhausts and knobbie tires that could take on (very) light dirt duty or putt around the farm. They became known as “enduro” bikes or “scramblers.” Owners made their own modifications, stripping off lights and other street gear, increasing suspension, upping performance and even building specialized frames. The pure “dirt bike” was born. But the original idea – that a bike could be made usable off-road and remain street legal – struck a chord with with a select group of riders whose idea of “freedom” meant more than just rolling down the pavement to the next town. They aspired to take roads less traveled, to follow the tiny lines on the map – if they were on the map at all – that wandered off towards yonder mesa, canyon or mountain range.One man, Ted Simon, pushed further than most when he rode his modified and overloaded 1974 Triumph twin around the world, hitting most every country on the globe on an epic journey. Thieves, corrupt officials, jail time and countless roadside repairs made for so many interesting stories he compiled them in a book, Jupiter’s Travels, which has become a bible of sorts for those who seek to travel beyond even the barely beaten path. Along the way, Simon also made countless friends and had incredible adventures as his journey continued over the course of four years. We can only imagine all the sights he saw.Most of us don’t have the time, stamina, riding or mechanical skills of Mr. Simon, and the world today is arguably a more dangerous place to attempt such a feat. And yet, many still do. One thing is for sure: the bikes available today for such an adventure are extraordinary. We call them Adventure Bikes, or ADV bikes for short. And they have evolved into what could be the ultimate form of motorcycling freedom. Many ADV riders point to 1980 as a turning point in their sport. That’s when BMW first offered the R80 G/S (Gelände/Strasse or “off-road/on-road”, below), a large (800cc) displacement, heavy-duty bike designed to be fast on the road and more than capable off of it. It was an ugly duck of a bike, all engine, gas tank and dirt bike fenders, but it sang the siren song of adventure, and today, the big BMW GS Adventure, now at 1200cc and packed with more tech than a space shuttle, is the gold standard for getting the hell outta Dodge and going wherever the GPS points, especially if it’s a far corner of the globe. Just bring about $25,000 to the dealer to get it kitted up just right. Some famous guys even based a terrific video travelogue series around their adventures circling the globe on BMW GS mounts.Along the way, other bike makers have kept pace with hardened adventure bikes, but very often, the best (and most affordable) way to go is with a different approach than the heavyweight GS. Kawasaki debuted the KLR650 in the mid-1980s, and they got it so perfect right out of the gate they didn’t change a thing on the bike for over 30 years of production. When they did decide to do an update in 2008, it was mostly for style points. The core of the KLR – a bullet-proof liquid-cooled 650 single and a 6-gallon tank surrounded by the barest of street legal gear and not much else – continued on. If you want to get into ADV riding on the cheap, a used KLR is a pretty good way to go. It worked for this guy: Honda and Suzuki kept the recipe even simpler: the air-cooled Honda XR650L and Suzuki DR650 (your author’s choice) both have less electronic complexity than a Bic lighter, but both bikes can be loaded up and powered down any road, paved or otherwise, with confidence and relative comfort. They are essentially big dirt bikes with lights and turn signals, and that’s about it. But add some side cases, maybe an optional larger gas tank, some extra lighting gear and you can hear the siren song of distant lands singing loudly in your brain at night. I hear the riding in Patagonia is really nice this time of year. Or any time of year.Not only are dual sport/ADV bikes the perfect way to fill your passport with stamps and your camera with photos, they also make fantastic commuter bikes. You sit up tall in traffic and the bikes, unladen, are thin, light and highly maneuverable. 650cc models typically get stellar gas mileage. You’re not going to win many races (unless you opt for certain high-end models) but that’s not the mission of the ADV motorcycle. Ride in the rain? No worries. Got tipped over? Pick it up and ride away. Potholes? Construction? Curbs? Can’t hardly feel them as the long legs soak them up. When the apocalypse comes, you’re gonna be all set to high-tail it right past the zombie hordes.But the ADV magic really hits when you circle those three or four days on your calendar, load up the side cases with rain gear, some cans of chili, beef jerky and a flask or two, strap on your tent and stuffsack, turn off the cell phone and head for that distant dot on the map that you’ve always wanted to visit. With an ADV bike, the far horizon really is just a ride away. Photos by Bill Roberson and David Weatherby A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List last_img read more

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Mothers Day a Chance to Reflect on Adoption

first_imgThe following is an op-ed piece from Janelle Comeau, a district manager in Yarmouth for the Department of Community Services. This Mother’s Day, I’ll be reflecting on how both of my mothers, my past and present, and my personal and professional life are connected by an Acadian joie de vivre. My birth mother was financially insecure when she placed me in care. Her wish was that her newborn would be loved in the heart of an Acadian family. She wanted me to grow up in a bilingual home and to experience French culture. I was cared for in a foster home for six months during the search for a suitable adoptive family. Then an Acadian family in Meteghan River was approved to adopt. My birth mother’s wishes were respected and I was raised in my culture. I’m happy that this was a priority for Community Services. I’ve learned how strong, vibrant and resilient our culture is by travelling internationally with a dance troupe. This Mother’s Day, I’ll walk next door to visit my mom, my adoptive mother. My two daughters will likely join us on the deck to admire flowers. Later on, my husband will cook, and we’ll enjoy family time. As the son of foster parents who cared for more than 50 children, he has always had a strong appreciation and understanding about fostering and adoption. I’ve always admired his family’s strong community spirit. I think my parents are amazing people who gave a child a chance to be who they could, and should, be. I’ve always been so proud that my parents got to choose me. As a child, I introduced myself as being adopted. This open attitude prompted others to discuss their stories with me and, eventually, persuaded me to pursue social work. The reason I decided to go into social work was because I wanted to pay it forward. One of my first experiences doing that happened early in my career in Digby. Two children were taken into care and placed in a wonderful home. Just recently I was away at a dance competition when I saw that adopted daughter take centre stage. That made me so, so happy. This is what I wanted for her. She’s talented, ambitious and a wonderful student. After Mother’s Day, I’ll head back into work at 10 Starrs Road in Yarmouth, where I’m a district manager for Community Services. I was taken into care in this building, given to my adoptive parents in this building, and now I come to work in this building. This community is where I was fostered. Today, there are few infants available for adoption. We do need adoptive families open to children older than eight, large sibling groups, children with medical or other special needs, and African Nova Scotian families. We are interested in talking to prospective foster parents. They can be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, or work inside or outside the home. As a social worker, and a mother, I believe that every child deserves a chance. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/ . -30-last_img read more

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Mulayam wants seniors to return Shivpal included

first_imgLucknow: Defeat, they say, is the best adhesive and the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh is learning this the hard way. After being sidelined for almost two-and-a-half years, party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav seems to be back in reckoning even as questions over the ‘failed leadership’ of Akhilesh Yadav start doing the rounds. SP President Akhilesh Yadav has led the party to its worst defeats – in 2014 when he was Chief Minister the SP ended up with just five Lok Sabha seats, in 2017 when he became party President it was reduced to 47 seats in the 403-member Assembly and in 2019, despite allying with BSP, it could just hold on to its five seats. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Mulayam Singh Yadav won his Mainpuri seat with the lowest margin of his career – 95,000 votes. After the Lok Sabha results came in, Akhilesh Yadav has been turning to his father for advice and guidance – something he did not do in the past. The senior Yadav, to begin with, has asked Akhilesh Yadav to reconnect with non-Yadav leaders in the party and demolish the perception that SP is an all-Yadav party. Senior leaders like Reoti Raman Singh, Bhagwati Singh, Om Prakash Singh, Manoj Pandey, Arvind Singh Gope, Narad Rai and Radhey Shyam Singh are being called for discussions with Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Mulayam Singh Yadav also wants senior leaders in the party to be involved in decision making and has asked Akhilesh Yadav to ensure the return of those leaders who have left the party in the past two years. If informed sources are to be believed, Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked his son to build bridges with his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav. Shivpal Yadav, who floated his own Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) last year after a prolonged feud with Akhilesh Yadav, failed to make his presence felt in the Lok Sabha elections. Shivpal Yadav lost his own election in Ferozabad and none of his candidates could even rank second in the polls. According to the sources, Shivpal Yadav has softened his stand towards Akhilesh Yadav but wants “issues and hearts to be clear” before he agrees to return to SP. “These elections have a message for Akhilesh as well as Shivpal. They should realize that united they will stand and divided they will fall. Mulayam wants his son and brother to reunite so that the party remains relevant,” said a senior SP leader known for his proximity to Mulayam Singh Yadav. Akhilesh Yadav, the sources said, will soon open his doors for party workers and will be meeting them without prior appointment. The SP headquarters had become almost inaccessible for all — including party workers and media persons-in the Akhilesh regime.last_img read more

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Canadian Red Cross ready to assist in monster storms

first_imgCanadian Red Cross teams remain on stand-by ready to help if they’re needed in either the Philippines or Carolinas. They are continuing to monitor and liaise with their sister societies.Hundreds of thousands of people are still on the move but they already have strong national teams at both sites. Vice President for the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta Jenn Mcmanus said they’re not asking people to donate funds just yet as they’re still assessing needs. “Family members actually try and stay off the phone lines because of course, we want people to get through for emergency purposes so check the Canadian Global Affairs website on what to do to find a relative.” In terms of visiting the areas, they’re asking people to listen to Global Affairs and register with the authorities.last_img read more

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Press bodies say need to reexamine OSA

first_imgNew Delhi: A group of press bodies on Thursday expressed concern over the government threatening The Hindu newspaper with action under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for publishing articles on the Rafale deal based on documents stolen from the Defence Ministry, and said the legislation needs to “re-examined”.In a joint statement, Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps and Press Association said, “We feel it is time that the Official Secrets Act as well as law on defamation need to be re-examined given the potential of their misuse against the Fourth Estate.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government on Wednesday told the SC documents related to Rafale aircraft deal have been stolen from the Defence Ministry and the petitioners seeking a review of its verdict dismissing all pleas against the purchase of the jets relied upon those documents. The Attorney General also submitted in the apex court that the documents on the deal relied on by the petitioners were marked secret and classified, and therefore, are in violation of the Official Secrets Act. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe had also sought dismissal of the review petitions and perjury application as they relied on stolen documents and said that today’s The Hindu report on Rafale amounts to influencing hearing in apex court and is itself contempt of court. “We, the undersigned journalist organisations express deep concern over the statements made by the Attorney General of India insinuating that reports on the Rafale deal published in The Hindu newspaper were based on documents stolen from the Ministry of Defence,” the joint statement said. The Attorney General’s statements made in open court suggesting that the publication of such reports and the documents “imperiled national security and therefore should be deemed as criminal, has the potential of sending out a chilling effect to one and all in the media,” the statement claimed. The implications and ramifications of the statements made by the top most legal officer of the government are not only for the media but also for the sources of information that journalists rely on, the press bodies said. The Editors Guild of India also unequivocally condemned Attorney General’s remarks before the Supreme Court pertaining to the documents based on which the media had reported on the Rafale deal, saying any attempt to use the Official Secrets Act against the media is as “reprehensible” as asking journalists to disclose their sources. The Guild, in a statement, also urged the government to refrain from initiating any action that might undermine the media’s freedom and independence.last_img read more

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WatchHousing market no longer considered highly vulnerable after prices ease CMHC says

OTTAWA — The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says it no longer rates the country’s housing market as highly vulnerable after an overall easing of price acceleration.The federal agency said in a report Thursday that it rates the overall market at moderate after 10 consecutive quarters at the highly vulnerable rating, though some cities remain at elevated risk.“The state of the national housing market has improved to moderate vulnerability,” CMHC chief economist Bob Dugann said in a statement.“Even though moderate evidence of overvaluation continues for Canada as a whole, there has been improved alignment overall between house prices and housing market fundamentals in 2018.” The real estate market’s burning question: Should you buy now or buy later? Don’t kill the mortgage stress test — modify it: CIBC’s Benjamin Tal Scrapping mortgage rules would boost Canadian home prices by about $32,000, TD says The inflation-adjusted average price decreased 5.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2018 from the same period a year earlier.CMHC said that while house prices in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Hamilton moved closer to sustainable levels, it continues to see a high degree of vulnerability in those markets.The agency noted that while Vancouver remains rated at highly vulnerable, evidence of overvaluation has changed from high to moderate.The biggest cities in the Prairies remain at a moderate degree of vulnerability, while Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax and St. John’s are rated as low vulnerability.The report based its vulnerability assessment on several criteria including price acceleration, overvaluation, overbuilding, and overheating.Price acceleration has eased nationally after the federal government’s mortgage stress tests came into effect in 2018 and raised the bar for qualifying for a mortgage, the report said.“Tighter mortgage rules, likely reduced demand for housing, and contributed to the observed decline of house prices.”CMHC also noted that inflation adjusted personal disposable income dropped by 1.2 per cent to reduce buying power, but that was partially offset by a young-adult population that grew by 1.9 per cent to continue to increase the pool of potential first-time homebuyers. read more

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Annan appoints expert panel to followup on Liberia sanctions

The appointments were announced in a letter by the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters in New York. Citing Liberia’s “active support” of rebel groups and the resultant destabilizing effects on the West African sub-region, the Council unanimously re-established the expert body in early May, when it renewed sanctions against Liberia, and extended the measures to include a ban on timber exports in addition to existing arms and diamond embargoes. The Panel will investigate and compile a report on the Government of Liberia’s compliance with the demands contained in resolution 1343, adopted in 2001 in response to concerns about the reported transit of illicit diamonds – which were being traded to fuel the conflict in Sierra Leone – through Liberia. Along with investigating any violations of the measures referred to in subsequent resolutions adopted by the Council, the Panel was also asked to investigate the effects on the Liberian populace of the Government’s diversion of any funds from civilian purposes, to assess the possible socio-economic and humanitarian impact of the ban on timber exports, and make recommendations by 7 August on how to minimize such impact.The Panel will be chaired by Atabou Bobian of Senegal, and also includes Enrico Carisch of Switzerland, Damien Callamand of France, Arthur Blondell of Canada, Caspar Fithen of the United Kingdom and Harjit Singh Kelley of Kenya.In other news, the Council committee which monitors the sanctions against Liberia announced yesterday that it had approved the removal of two individuals from its list of persons affected by the measures. Francis M. Carbah, also known as Francis Kabah, Former Minister of Transport and former Economic Advisor to President Charles Taylor and Y. Mewasah Paye-Bayee former Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, were both de-listed on 6 June. read more

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In or out UKs David Cameron proposes vote on EU membership after

In or out? UK’s David Cameron proposes vote on EU membership after next election AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Cassandra Vinograd, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 5:42 pm MDT LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Wednesday to offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting rebukes from European leaders accusing the premier of putting the bloc’s future at risk over domestic politics.Claiming that public disillusionment with the 27-nation EU is “at an all-time high,” Cameron used a long-awaited speech in central London to say that the terms of Britain’s membership in the bloc should be revised and the country’s voters should have a say.Cameron proposed that his Conservative Party renegotiate the U.K.’s relationship with the EU if it wins the next general election, expected in 2015.“Once that new settlement has been negotiated, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in-or-out choice to stay in the EU on these new terms. Or come out altogether,” Cameron said.The speech was seen by many as a gamble to shore up support from Cameron’s fractured, increasingly anti-EU party that risked antagonizing other countries focused on stemming the eurozone debt crisis.The fiercely independent island nation has never been an enthusiastic member of the bloc, seeing itself as culturally different and balking at having policy dictated by Brussels. But the drumbeat has grown over fears that new EU regulations to address the debt crisis will further restrict the country’s control over its own economic policies.Many EU member states, which had in the run-up to the speech stressed the importance of Britain’s presence in the bloc, took a sharper tone after Cameron spoke.Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said Cameron was playing “a dangerous game,” and accused him of playing domestic politics.“This was an inward-looking speech that does not reflect European reality and will not impress many of the U.K.’s European partners,” Schulz said.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius likened the EU to joining a soccer club — “you can’t say you want to play rugby,” he told France-Info radio.Britain does not use the euro currency, but membership in the EU has given the U.K. access to the massive joint European market as well as a say in how the region should govern itself and run its financial markets. The country has also benefited from EU funds to build infrastructure such as broadband networks.German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country wants Britain “to remain an active and constructive part” of the EU, but suggested that countries could not be allowed to write their own terms for EU membership, saying “a policy of cherry-picking won’t function.”Italian Premier Mario Monti said the EU does not need “unwilling members,” adding that he hopes British citizens will decide to remain in the bloc and help shape its future. He said the referendum would be best framed with a direct question — up or down on membership — rather than a fuzzier query for voters.“I think there is an advantage in the idea of eventually putting to the people the real question in a referendum,” he said.Cameron stressed that his first priority is renegotiating the EU treaty — not leaving the bloc.“I say to our European partners, frustrated as some of them no doubt are by Britain’s attitude: work with us on this,” he said.Cameron said a new EU treaty should reshape the bloc, protect and complete the single market, allow the transfer of powers on issues from crime to working hours back from Brussels to national governments, and make Europe’s economy more competitive and its institutions more flexible and democratically accountable.Cameron insisted Wednesday that a “one size fits all” approach to the EU is misguided.“Let us not be misled by the fallacy that a deep and workable single market requires everything to be harmonized,” he said. “Countries are different. They make different choices. We cannot harmonize everything.”Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany is “of course prepared to talk about British wishes, but we must always bear in mind that other countries have other wishes.”Her foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer added that Britain could lose future economic benefits if it exits the EU, for example if tentative talks on a free trade deal between the U.S. and EU are successful.“If such negotiations lead to a conclusion the fruits will only be available to those who are members of the union,” he told reporters in Berlin.Even as he raised the spectre of a referendum, Cameron reiterated his view that Britain should stay in the EU.“I speak as British prime minister with a positive vision for the future of the European Union. A future in which Britain wants, and should want, to play a committed and active part,” Cameron said. “There is no doubt that we are more powerful in Washington, in Beijing, in Delhi because we are a powerful player in the European Union.”In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration welcomes Cameron’s call for Britain to remain an active force in the EU.“We believe that the United Kingdom is stronger as a result of its European Union’s membership and we believe the European Union is stronger as a result of having the United Kingdom in the EU,” he said.The timeline Cameron laid out mostly hinges on a Conservative victory in the next general election. But he said legislation will be drafted before 2015 so that if his party wins, it can be introduced and passed quickly to ensure a vote could be held “in the first half” of the next Parliament.Cameron’s proposals drew lukewarm support from the foreign minister of the Netherlands, where the prime minister was initially slated to give his speech last week before it was postponed due to the Algeria hostage crisis.Frans Timmermans said in a statement that the Netherlands agrees with many of Cameron’s criticisms of the EU.“That’s why we want to keep the British on board in the EU,” he said. “Because you reform the EU from within, not by walking away.”___Associated Press writers Elaine Ganley in Paris; Geir Moulson, David Rising and Frank Jordans in Berlin; Don Melvin in Brussels and Angela Charlton and David McHugh in Davos, Switzerland, contributed to this report.Cassandra Vinograd can be reached at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd read more

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The butler did it Jim Carter lets slip about Downton movie

first_img“We’ve all heard this rumour – the cast – that the script has been written,” she said.”There’s a hard copy somewhere but none of us have seen it or know what’s in it. So we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that it all comes together. We’re all willing it to happen. I’d absolutely jump at the chance to star in it if I’m asked. I’ll squeeze it in.”Fellowes has also spoken of the possibility of a film, saying the difficulty was getting cast members – such as Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery – free. Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has hinted that a movie spin-off could be close – with the cast asked to keep dates free for the big-screen version.The hit TV period drama ended on Christmas Day 2015 but has since sparked endless speculation about whether it will return with a film. “The difficulty is rounding up the actors. One is in America making a new series, another is in a play,” he has said.”My lips are sealed! It’s very unlikely there won’t be a film because there is an audience out there for it.” Michael Fox – who portrayed footman Andy Parker in the series – has suggested that Dame Maggie Smith could reprise her role as the acerbic Dowager Countess in the drama.”She elevates it to something else, because she is such a legend and a national treasure. The film without her would still be good with all the other actors, but it puts a stamp of quality with her in it,” he said.The final episode of Downton Abbey was the most-watched TV show on Christmas Day in 2015. Joanne Froggatt as Annacenter_img Joanne Froggatt as AnnaCredit:Nick Briggs/ITV Carter, who played butler Carson in the show, told Good Morning Britain that “nobody’s seen the script”.But he said: “We’ve been asked to keep ourselves available at dates in the future…”He added of the script: “There’s a place in the West Country called Julian Fellowes’ head and it’s in there somewhere. I’m sure it will emerge.”He told Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid: “I think there’s a willingness there to do a film but until there’s a script there’s no film.”Carter said he was meeting the cast of the ITV drama on Thursday night.”I’m having dinner with a few of them tonight. And I’ve just gone dry January … We’ll all be gossiping about this very topic probably.”His comments come after Joanne Froggatt, who played maid Anna Smith, said she had heard rumours that Downton’s creator had already penned the script. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Carl Beechs compensation payout criticised by mother who was refused money after

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. CICA is seeking to recover the £22,000 paid to Mr Beech, which he used for a down payment on a £34,000 Ford Mustang.Beech was jailed last month for for 18 years after being found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, relating to his claims that he was raped and tortured by a murderous VIP paedophile group. He was also convicted of one count of fraud in relation to the £22,000 he had received from the CICA for the abuse that had never taken place.He was awarded the money on the strength of Wiltshire Police’s support for his claims.The day his compensation payment was confirmed, Beech put down a £10,000 deposit on a Ford Mustang.In order to qualify for compensation, Beech only needed to have reported the alleged abuse to the police and have a crime reference number.He was also supposed to submit the date and location of the alleged crime and the name of his GP, but failed to do so.CICA rules and eligibility criteria, which entitle “blameless victims of violent crime” and “qualifying relatives” to compensation, have been criticised for being bureaucratic and complicated. Previous controversies include child abuse victims being denied compensation because they were viewed as having consented to the crime and payment being refused to the family of a man stabbed to death outside his home because he had confronted his attackers over the noise they were making. Ms McPhillips’ claim was initially rejected, but she won the right to appeal after her solicitors Fieldfisher obtained CCTV footage showing her running to the murder scene within minutes.Jennifer Buchanan, a personal injury lawyer at Fieldfisher called for the “outdated” £500,000 cap on payouts to be reviewed, along with the requirement for claimants to pay for their own appeals.“We deal with catastrophically injured claimants and they reach the cap very quickly. It’s great we have the scheme but there are huge delays and sometimes there is a failure to investigate properly.”It feels as if the system is not as generous as it was. Claimants who appeal are seeing their damages wiped out. It should be like common law that if you win your case on appeal, you get your costs back. ”Although CICA works to a tariff schedule, which allows £33,000 for the loss of a leg below the knee, and £44,000 above, other clients also claim to have been ‘short-changed’.  A mother who cradled her dying son in her arms after he was fatally stabbed has criticised the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for denying her a payout while giving £22,000 to convicted paedophile Carl Beech, aka the fantasist Nick.Karen McPhillips has had to spend her own money appealing against the decision not to give her a payout on the grounds she was not sufficiently “emotionally involved” in her son Jonathon’s death – despite accompanying him in the ambulance and switching off his life support machine.The 28-year-old father of two, nicknamed JJ, was stabbed through the chest outside Islington Town Hall in north London in February 2017. “Once I heard he had been stabbed, I ran 270 steps up the street to get to him,” said hotelier Ms McPhillips, 55.“I was with him in the street saying: ‘Keep breathing, keep breathing’. I was with him in the back of the ambulance. I saw the air ambulance guy massaging my son’s heart with his bare hands. Now wheelchair-bound and facing a dire financial situation having lost his livelihood, he said: “I’m at the point of giving up. I was hoping that CICA would help me to recover.The stress of what should be a straightforward claim has left me depressed and without hope. I don’t know how I will manage my life going forward.” Another man, who nearly died after being shot in the neck with an air pistol by a gang, received just £15,000. The Sunday Telegraph has also learned that an appeal by Mike Briggs, whose wife Kim was killed by courier Charlie Alliston riding a ‘fixie’ bike in February 2016, was rejected by CICA on the grounds that a bike is a vehicle and therefore doesn’t fall within the scheme. Six per cent of the total 33,000 decisions made by CICA were appealed last year and 82 per cent upheld the CICA decision. 81 percent of new applications were decided within 12 months.A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme provided £130 million in taxpayer-funded awards last year as public acknowledgment of the suffering experienced by victims of violent crime.  “Decisions are based on information provided by applicants, the police, courts and medical professionals. CICA has a 95 per cent satisfaction rate and only a tiny fraction of its decisions are overturned at tribunal.” “I was in intensive care with him when I was told he was brain dead and to switch off the machine – so at which point was I not involved?“The CICA is not fit for purpose. It’s uncaring, it’s difficult to navigate, too many people have to fight to get money and there’s too much delay. It causes extra heartache for victims and their families.” Mohammed Banares lost both his legs in a completely unprovoked machete attack outside a Birmingham gym in May 2015 but was offered just £32,000 compensation, a sum described by his solicitor Claire Glasgow as ‘appalling’. read more

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TAKRAF leading design and implementation of stacker replacement at Rio Tinto Paraburdoo

first_imgRio Tinto Iron Ore has commenced a major sustaining capital project, spending almost $39 million (A$50 million) to replace the original stackers at the Paraburdoo mine which will create almost 100 jobs. Global advanced technology provider Tenova TAKRAF is leading the design and implementation phases of the stacker replacement and has committed to sourcing all material and equipment from well known, reputable suppliers with a preference for local content.Tenova’s engineering technology centre in Perth will manage all the lead engineering work to replace the stackers, which are large pieces of machinery used to evenly distribute ore into stockpiles. West Australian Premier Mark McGowan visited Paraburdoo to mark the start of the project. The design of the new stackers is underway and fabrication is expected to begin later this year with installation and commissioning completed by 2020.The design phase will create approximately 10 to 15 Perth-based roles. So far, the project has awarded a multi-million dollar subcontract to Western Australian company Paradigm Engineers to provide electrical engineering design and control system programming services, as well as the supply of electrical equipment.Around 80 Western Australian based roles are likely to be required during implementation. Fabrication, including pre-assembly, will take place in a local Perth workshop. Up to 30 Pilbara-based roles will be required to prepare the site and install the plant. Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said: “This is great news not only for Paraburdoo, but also for jobs here in WA. This project is an important part of our sustaining capital programme for 2018 and we’re pleased to be supporting local businesses with this significant body of work. A further feature of our commitment to local jobs is our local procurement programme that we launched last year. The programme already has over 750 business registrations and more than 200 packages of work placed online.”The old stackers were part of the mine’s original infrastructure, stacking the very first load of iron ore from Paraburdoo in 1972. In 46 years of operation, they’ve stacked just over 800 Mt of iron ore, requiring only minimal structural changes throughout that time.The project forms part of Rio Tinto’s broader sustaining capital programme estimated at $1 billion a year over the next three years. The company is also investing in replacing depleting assets with an estimated $2.2 billion expected to be spent on replacement mines over the next three years.Features of the new stackers include:Modern advances in engineering design and mechanical technologyLatest generation variable-speed drive control and fibre optic network infrastructureAnti-collision system with GPS back upFully automated and monitored from the Operations Centre in Perthlast_img read more

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Changes to age pension payments outside of Australia

first_imgAge Pensioners of the Greek community have not been affected by the new six week rule which reduces payments to people overseas for longer than that time. This new rule only applies to people receiving payments who are of working age. This means you can go overseas indefinitely without having your Age Pension affected (subject to the Australian Life Working Residence Rules).However, if age pensioners go overseas for more than six weeks and get the Pension Supplement in Australia, after six weeks this is reduced to Pension Supplement Basic Amount, but is reinstated as soon as you get back to Australia. This is because the supplement is specifically designed to help with Australian living costs.Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, said that if you are an Age Pensioner you need to advise Centrelink of your travel dates to make sure you get the right amounts and so that you don’t get extra money that you would then need to pay back later on. She also said that every Age Pensioner got an increase on 20 March 2013. The most recent increase was $35.80 per fortnight for singles and $54 per fortnight for couples combined. “Under the increases, which have been brought in by Labor to help pensioners with the cost of living, single pensioners now get up to $5390 more per year ($207/week) and couples combined get up to $6129 more per year ($236/week) compared to when the Liberal party was in government. We think it is really important to help pensioners and that’s why we keep raising pensions. There will be another increase on 20 September 2013,” she said. There is also a permanent extra payment of $351 per year for singles or $530 per year for couples combined which is the Clean Energy Supplement. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Premier spot TV en France pour Google

first_imgPremier spot TV en France pour GoogleHier soir, le moteur de recherches est apparu sur TF1 avant la diffusion de “Bienvenue chez les Ch’ti”, avec un spot TV créé pour l’occasion. La publicité faisait apparaître les recherches sur les différents services de Google, toujours en rapport avec le Nord et le film de Dany Boon. La popularité du film de Dany Boon a attiré Google. Le moteur de recherches plaçait ainsi hier son premier spot télé en France, en prime time. Bergues, son beffroi, la région… En rapport direct avec “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis”, la publicité d’une minute illustrait des recherches sur le moteur du géant américain en rapport avec le Nord et le film. Le spot TV a permis d’avoir un aperçu des services proposés par Google (Gtalk, recherche sur mobile, Maps…). Il lui aurait coûté 300.000 euros en achat d’espace, selon l’Expansion.Médiamétrie indique que le film a succès a réuni 14 millions de téléspectateurs, hier soir.Voir le spot Google adapté à “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” ici : https://www.maxisciences.com/publicit%e9/google-son-premier-spot-tv-en-france-diffuse-hier-soir_art10733.htmlLe 29 novembre 2010 à 14:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Devil May Cry 5 Is Devilishly Delightful

first_img Titles like Resident Evil 7 and Mega Man 11 prove Capcom knows how to successfully resurrect its beloved franchises. The famed Japanese publisher/developer is restoring another classic with Devil May Cry 5. Like those aforementioned titles, Devil May Cry 5 has everything that made the series great while introducing fresh gameplay elements. The end result is one of the best games in the Hack-n-Slash franchise.Devil May Cry 5 takes place several years after the events of Devil May Cry 4. A new demonic threat emerges and it is up to devil hunters Dante and Nero to stop it. I won’t go into story specifics, but Devil May Cry 5 tells an entertaining tale that’s relatively easy to follow. Though it is the fifth installment, you don’t need to have played any of the previous games. Even if you don’t watch the DMC story recap video, you’ll understand the narrative just fine.The big draw of Devil May Cry 5 is being able to play as three distinct characters. Nero, Dante, and newcomer, V, each have unique gameplay styles. Most of the time, you’re locked into playing as a specific character. Other times, you’re free to choose who to play as. Going with three playable characters was a smart decision since it prevents the game from becoming overly repetitive.Nero seems like the “vanilla” character since he only carries two weapons (a sword and gun). However, the character uses disposable robotic arms that lends him a wide array of attacks. Devil Breakers let Nero do things like stun, electrify, or blast foes. One arm has the ability to slow down time while another can remotely attack enemies from a distance. Devil Breakers eventually run out, but there are plenty scattered throughout levels or available from the item shop. Also, Nero can use his arm to pull enemies closer to him, which is always useful.Dante is what I call the swiss army knife character. The infamous devil hunter has four different styles: Swordmaster, Trickster, Royal Guard, and Gunsmith. On top of that, he has a wide range of different melee weapons, long-range weapons, and different Devil Triggers. Since one can mix and match all of Dante’s different attacks, he is a complex character to use. However, he is also the most rewarding to master. Dante is the legendary devil hunter through and through.Then there’s V. Unlike Dante and Nero, V is not a close-range fighter. Instead, the character uses a demonic bird, panther, and golem to attack. This forces players to employ a completely different playstyle since they have to attack from afar. I honestly wasn’t a fan of V at first, but his quirky gameplay style eventually won me over. I still prefer the two white-haired heroes, but playing as V is more enjoyable than it is frustrating.As you explore levels and kill demons, you’ll gather red orbs. This is your main currency for unlocking new skills, buying items, and upgrading weapons. Given their abundance, you’ll have more than enough orbs to constantly upgrade each of the characters. In addition to red orbs, you can find blue shards to increase your health, white shards to increase the devil trigger, and yellow stars that resurrect you upon death. Searching the world for these objects is half the fun of playing DMC5 since some items are in hard-to-reach areas.Though a single player game, Devil May Cry 5 has a form of multiplayer. During certain levels, you’ll actually see a player-controlled character in the background. They may even join you directly in battles. You can rate these players after completing a level. While this is an interesting feature, it doesn’t add much to the actual game. During my time, the other player was usually somewhere beyond reach. In all honesty, it would have been better to have full-blown co-op instead of this. But since it doesn’t impact the overall game, I can’t complain too much.This is the smoothest-playing Devil May Cry title ever released. Though combat is challenging, transitioning between different attacks is easy and seamless. This allows users to create their own unique combos. This is great considering how the game rewards players for being stylish. Though some platforming segments feel awkward, combat never fails to deliver. DMC5 sets a new standard for Hack-n-Slash controls.The Devil May Cry games have always had impressive graphics but Devil May Cry 5 takes the visuals to another level. This is due to the game running on Capcom’s RE Engine, which also powers Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2. All of the environments: from devastated city streets to hellish underworlds, come to life in stunning detail. More often than not, Devil May Cry 5 looks like a special effects-driven Hollywood blockbuster. Everything, no matter how (literally) out-of-this-world, looks absolutely realistic.Visually, I liked the various environments in Devil May Cry 5. Unfortunately, they aren’t as imaginative as those of previous installments. While there are some truly creative levels, most are rather mundane. This is especially true of the latter half where levels not only look the same, but are fairly straightforward. I’m obviously trying to be as vague as possible here, but I felt disappointed by the level designs in the last half of the game.Devil May Cry games are notorious for their high difficulty. In fact, it is one of the reasons the franchise has such a rabid fanbase. However, the high difficulty has always been a barrier for more casual users. Thankfully, Devil May Cry 5 caters to players of different skill sets. ‘Human’ difficulty is for folks who just want to enjoy the story, while the default ‘Devil’ difficulty provides a more traditional DMC experience. Those who want the greatest challenges available can unlock higher difficulties such as ‘Dante Must Die’ and ‘Heaven or Hell.’ Even if you’re a scrub like me, I encourage you to try out all of the game’s difficulty settings to see just how challenging things can get.Devil May Cry 5 is a near-perfect Hack-n-Slasher that delivers on almost every front. Those disappointed by DmC: Devil May Cry will find little to complain about. The game has everything fans expect: cool characters, demonic landscapes, terrifying monsters, and over-the-top combos. Both longtime fans and newcomers will find a lot to enjoy with this title. Devil May Cry 5 is definitely another home run from Capcom.Buy Devil May Cry 5 on AmazonMore on Geek.com:These Are the Games You Should Check Out in March 2019Final ‘Devil May Cry 5’ Trailer Spoils the Whole GamePlay These Nintendo Switch Games in 2019 Stay on target ‘Devil May Cry 5’s’ Kylo Ren Mod Is Angst OverloadFinal ‘Devil May Cry 5’ Trailer Spoils the Whole Game last_img read more

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