Moving Lights At Night on An Indie Budget

first_imgFoam Core/Bounce Board The simplest form of illuminating your subject while they move is by using a bounce board, which is ideal for day shoots.Image via WingNut Films.For night shoots, however, this method presents a few particular obstacles. You already need to be in a well-illuminated area to bounce light. If your scene takes place in a suburban street where the only illumination comes from street lamps a hundred feet apart, it’s not going to work very well. If your character is walking down a city street lit by store lights, bar signs, and other sources, you’re going to have a lot more light bounce.It would appear that this technique was put to use in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman.Ring LightA ring light is typically a circular LED light fitted onto a camera lens. They’re incredibly popular with YouTube vloggers because they smooth the skin complex and give the eyes a halo ring. If you increase the size of the light and swap out the harsh LEDs for kinder tungsten lighting, you get a soft, ambient glow, much like the China Ball, but with more kick.Image via Warner Bros. Esteemed cinematographer Roger Deakins used this to great effect in Prisoners. Terrance Howard’s character is walking towards a memorial service where hundreds of candles have been laid out. Deakins moves back with the actor, while also slowing down the closer he gets to the candles to sell the effect that the character is moving nearer to the light source. It’s a great technique, and I’m not sure that there are many other methods that would have worked in the same setup. Need mobile lighting on a DIY-budget? These tips will help you get the most out of your moving night shots.Cover image via American Hustle (Atlas Entertainment).Set lighting, for the most part, is stationary. However, when an actor is moving, especially at night, lighting is a different ballgame. For example, say your script calls for a character to walk from the back of a restaurant through an alley and to her apartment. The director wants this shot in a single take. In the daytime, this might be easy to pull off, but at night, it presents a problem. Any stationary lights situated along the side, top or bottom of your frame will come into view at some point. You could always light a balloon or a cherry picker so the setup is completely out of frame, but what if that is out of your reach?Instead, consider moving a light along with the actor. These methods are all low cost, and even feature filmmakers take advantage of them when they can.China Ball/Chinese Lantern Lanterns are ideal for projecting soft, localized light. The most important aspect of a moving light in this circumstance is to make sure the light is soft. A hard, focused beam will quickly make your actor look like they are walking under a spotlight.  Using a China Ball for a shot with an actor moving through a house with the practical lamps on also works really well.Image via Center for Creative Media.  You can pick up a China Ball from Ikea for next to $20. Alternatively, there are companies such as Chimera that specifically build higher-quality lanterns that are more durable, fire resistant, and ready for accessories. For a more extensive read on Chinese Lanterns, see this article.The following Film Riot video suggests a similar method but with an LED light panel instead of a China Ball. However, I would recommend diffusing the LED light, as it might look harsh and artificial in comparison with light falloff from practicals in the house. Do you know any DIY methods of lighting a moving actor at night? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

When leaders fly kites, go on a drive: Modi, Netanyahu in Ahmedabad

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday played host to his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, in his home State of Gujarat. The visiting dignitary lavishly praised Mr. Modi, calling him “a leader with vision” while heralding the beginning of a new era in India-Israel relations and partnership.Mr. Modi and Mr. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, went on an 8-km roadshow from the Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram. Thousands of spectators danced, clapped and waved as the motorcade drove past.Dozens of two-storey-high posters with the smiling faces of both Prime Ministers were seen along the convoy route, as they drove together in an open vehicle, while artistes and schoolchildren performed dance shows in dozens of stands set up on the way.Mr. Modi took the couple to the ashram where they paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and subsequently, flew kites standing on the Sabarmati riverfront.Next, they flew off to Deo Dholera village to inaugurate the campus of iCreate, a new incubation and entrepreneurship centre to promote innovation.Chanting Jai Hind, Jai Bharat and Jai Israel, Mr. Netanyahu expressed willingness to join Indian entrepreneurs for inclusive development.“I am delighted to be here. The world knows about iPads and iPods. There is one more ‘i’ that the world needs to know about, that is iCreate. Israel wants to build partnership with you. We are your partners and I want Israeli youth to come to India,” he said, addressing a gathering of some 1,500 people comprising industrialists, entrepreneurs and businessmen.“PM Modi and I are both very young and both very optimistic. We are young in our thinking and optimistic about the future of our countries,” Mr. Netanyahu added.Mr. Modi underlined the importance of innovations, creativity and technology and Israel’s contribution. “Israel has proved to the world that commitment of the people, not size of the nation takes the country forward. In India, we are working towards making the entire system innovation-friendly, so that ideas are formed from intent, innovations are formed from ideas & New India is formed from innovations.”Water on tapThe two Prime Ministers also witnessed the demonstration of a vehicle that is equipped to conduct desalination of seawater. Designed with a modified jeep, the vehicle costs approximately $111,000. Mr. Modi said the vehicle would be stationed in the Banaskantha border district where the BSF and villagers can both benefit from it. After inaugurating the innovation centre, both PMs flew down to Vadrad in Sabarkantha district to visit the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for vegetables set up with the help of the Israel Foreign Ministry.last_img read more

Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img “This year, I’m taking a break from college basketball just because of residency and I really plan on trying out for Gilas,” he said.Paras recently transferred from Creighton to Cal State Northridge, where he will sit out for a year before being able to play competitive college basketball in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWith his basketball schedule on a minimum, the second-generation star seeks to get a look from coach Chot Reyes and possibly, see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m not the type of person who receives a call or text from a coach and plays right away. I wanna be fair and have an equal opportunity with everyone so I don’t really care if I’m famous enough. I care to try out before to even entering the team,” he said. Kobe Paras. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresIs Gilas Pilipinas the next destination for Kobe Paras?The 19-year-old prodigy would love for it to be as he expressed his intentions to represent the country in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes For the meantime, Paras will join forces with Jeron Teng, Kiefer Ravena, and JR Quiñahan with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 as they represent the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France from June 17 to 21.Being the youngest in the four-team crew, the 6-foot-6 forward is eyeing to absorb every lesson he can get from seasoned teammates.“Just being able to team up with Kiefer and Jeron is just really great. I’ve been keeping up with Kiefer and Jeron, just seeing them play, learning form them, it’s a great experience. Hopefully, we’ll show what we can do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Consecutive losses put concern on Meralco’s playoff push Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon set for huge expansion

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? On Thursday, the All England club announced a vote had gone in its favor, and that the transfer, pending court approval, would go through on December 21.A statement said it was “an important and exciting step” for the club and the future of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“The decision of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club members to vote in favor of the acquisition offer is a hugely significant moment for the AELTC and the Championships,” said All England club chairman Philip Brook.“We have achieved what we set out to do many months ago in having certainty in our planning for the future.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Top of the wish list will be moving the Wimbledon qualifiers from their current Roehampton home to the main Wimbledon site, in keeping with the other three Grand Slam events.“Over time, we plan to migrate the qualifying competition onto the land in order to elevate the event to world-class standards,” the statement added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Britain’s Andy Murray poses for a selfie after a training session at Wimbledon tennis club in southwest London on July 1, 2017, prior to the start of the tennis tournament on July 3. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)Wimbledon’s expansion plans have taken a huge step forward after the neighboring golf club in London voted to sell its land.The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made an offer, reported to be £65 million ($82 million), to buy Wimbledon Park Golf Club’s land in a move that would see its estate roughly triple in size.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion GALLERY: 2018 PBA Rookie Draft Combinelast_img read more

Man Utd complete shock comeback in Turin

first_imgManchester United scored twice in the last four minutes to come from behind and secure a 2-1 away Champions League win over Juventus, cancelling out Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning opener.Juve appeared to be sailing through to the knockout phase as Group H winners after Ronaldo’s glorious strike against his former club, but substitute Juan Mata drew the visitors level and an Alex Sandro own goal completed a remarkable finish.United had more about them than they did when taught a footballing lesson by Juve at Old Trafford two weeks ago, though the hosts still controlled the first half and almost scored when Sami Khedira hit the post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! After Paulo Dybala hit the bar, there was to be no denying Ronaldo’s sumptuous effort 25 minutes from the end, but Mata struck with a fine free-kick and then Alex Sandro bundled into his own net at the death, meaning Juve have not yet secured qualification.United boss Jose Mourinho, formerly of Inter, subsequently taunted the Juve fans at full-time, as he walked on to the pitch and cupped his ear towards them – irritating Leonardo Bonucci in the process.Juve went agonisingly close to the breakthrough just past the half-hour – Ronaldo picking out Khedira in the centre of the box with a cut-back, but the midfielder’s first-time low shot hit the post.The hosts were again denied by the goal’s frame early in the second period, Dybala’s curling 18-yard effort bouncing off the crossbar with David de Gea beaten.Ronaldo finally ended United’s resistance just past the hour, however, racing on to Bonucci’s long-range pass and sending an unstoppable volley beyond De Gea after the ball dropped over his shoulder.Like we said – big game, big names! #MUFC #UCL — Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 7, 2018 But things were far from over.Mata, introduced for Ander Herrera 11 minutes from the end, equalised with a fine 20-yard free-kick shortly after coming on.And then Alex Sandro fell victim to Ashley Young’s wonderful set-piece delivery a minute from the end, as Bonucci headed the ball on to his team-mate and into the net after Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba had attempted to head in, United greeting the final whistle with joyous celebrations.What does it mean? United show their mettle No one will try to tell you United put on a show in Turin, but they were significantly better than at Old Trafford and proved their character on the biggest stage, digging deep at the end to beat arguably the tournament favourites.The win saw United close to within two points of the Old Lady with as many games to play, and two clear of third-placed Valencia, who had beaten Young Boys earlier on Wednesday.2 – Manchester United have come back to win a UEFA Champions League game with two goals in the final five minutes of a match for the first time since the 1999 final vs Bayern Munich. Drama. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018 The special Juan He was only on for 11 minutes, but that was all the time Mata needed. He has been in and out of the United team, but showed his quality with the goal and use of the ball, particularly when Juve suddenly found themselves pegged back and needing to get forward.Lingard offers little Jesse Lingard was back in United’s starting XI for the first time since September 25, but he looked well off the pace, having very little impact from his position on the right flank. The winger failed to create a single chance for his team-mates before being replaced by Marcus Rashford with 20 minutes to go.Key Opta facts:- The last Juventus home defeat in the Champions League group stage was in 2009-10 against Bayern Munich.- This is only the third time Juventus have lost a home Champions League game after taking the (4-1 in 2009 against Bayern and 3-2 in 1999 against United).- Juventus conceded their first goal of this Champions League campaign after 356 minutes, the second just 3 minutes and 30 seconds later.- The Italian champions have hit the woodwork four times in four Champions League games this season.- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his first Champions League goal with Juventus with his 11th shot, this effort ending a 454-minute drought in the competition. What’s next? Juventus have another big game on the horizon, as they face AC Milan away from home on Sunday, while their next Champions League outing is at home to Valencia on November 27. United face Young Boys at Old Trafford on the same day, but before that they go into domestic outings against bitter rivals Manchester City and then Crystal Palace – the first of which takes place this Sunday – on a massive high. read morelast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic take centre stage again

first_imgCentre Court fans at Wimbledon will be hoping to see a bit more of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Saturday when they play back-to-back third round matches.The last time Djokovic and Federer played successive matches on tennis’ most famous stage, fans were left short changed as both of their first-round opponents quit midway through the second set with injuries.Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, once a top 10 player but now ranked 589th, and Germany’s Mischa Zverev are unlikely to disappear quite as easily however, and are likely to pose the first real tests to Djokovic and seven-times champion Federer.Women’s top seed Angelique Kerber has been finding her grasscourt feet following her struggles in the first half of the season and will be hoping to continue her resurgence against American Shelby Rogers.Agnieszka Radwanska, runner-up here in 2012, will open Centre Court proceedings against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be back to complete the fifth set of his encounter against Djokovic’s 2016 conqueror Sam Querrey.last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are moving for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.It emerged this week that Luis and Atletico have agreed this will be his last season in Madrid.After having a summer move to PSG blocked, Luis has been left frustrated over his treatment by Atletico’s management.Tuttosport says Juve have been watching developments closely and are ready to take Luis on a free transfer next summer.The Bianconeri see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro. last_img

5 Lesser-Known U.S. National Parks You Need to Visit

first_img Previous U.S National ParkLocationVisitors in 2017 Previous Great Basin Desert, Great Basin National Park, Nevada. NPS Previous Great BasinNevada168,028 Next Biscayne National ParkFlorida Stehekin at Lake Chelan, North Cascades National Park, Washington Deby Dixon/NPS North CascadesWashington30,326 Coral Reef, Biscayne National Park, Florida. Shaun Wolfe/NPS Rock Harbor, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. Posnov/Getty Images Biscayne National Park, Florida. Christy Thibodeau/NPS Coral Reef, Biscayne National Park, Florida. Commons/Wikimedia Get ready to dive in, as 95 percent of Biscayne is covered by water. Located south of Miami, the 172,000-acre park is largely blanket by crystal clear water that is ideal for diving and snorkeling. There are over 70 shipwrecks within its boundaries, six of which are part of the Maritime Heritage Trail. Oh, and did we mention that Biscayne also encompasses the world’s third largest coral reef?Great Basin National ParkNevada Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park, Washington. Genevieve Poblano/The Manual 1 of 3 Next 1 of 3 Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Raphael Schneider/Getty Images The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Located in east-central Nevada near the Utah border, this relative newcomer to the national park lineup is home to ancient bristlecone pine groves and the spectacular Lehman Caves. Grab a telescope and take advantage of Great Basin’s remote location as it boasts some of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states.Capitol Reef National ParkUtah Lehman Cave, Great Basin National Park, Nevada. NPS Next Editors’ Recommendations Previous Capitol ReefUtah1,150,165 Nestled in the world’s largest freshwater body (by surface area), Isle Royale is the largest island on Lake Superior. The park’s remoteness also contributes to its popularity among backcountry users. In addition to the main island, there are over 400 satellite islands within the park that create unparalleled adventures for those seeking isolation and solitude. On the downside, Isle Royale can only be reached by boat or seaplane and is one of the few U.S. national parks to close in winter.North Cascades National ParkWashington Isle RoyaleMichigan28,196 Previous Passage Island Lighthouse, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. NPS/Facebook In 1872, long before they were states, the United States Congress established Yellowstone National Park within the territories of what is now Montana and Wyoming. Over a century later, there are 58 national parks across the country. Many states do not have a single park, while others like Alaska and California boast seven and eight respectively.The “big five” are those parks that have the highest number of visitors each year: Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Zion, Rocky Mountain, and Yosemite. But did you know that some of the more obscure parks are just as majestic, yet receive only a fraction of the visitors as those?So what are you waiting for?Grab a pack, lace up your boots, and hit the trails of one of these five lesser-known national treasures. Capitol Reef is the least visited of Utah’s “mighty five.” Situated in south-central Utah, the park was established around a “wrinkle in the Earth’s crust” called the Waterpocket Fold. This 100 mile-long geologic monocline features sedimentary deposits older than 270 million years. Looking for something a little more recent? Make sure to check out the prehistoric petroglyphs etched in the canyon’s cliffs from its earliest inhabitants.Isle Royale National ParkMichigan North Cascades is located just three hours north of Seattle near the Canadian border. With over 400 miles of hiking trails and dramatic snow-capped mountains as a backdrop, the park also lays claim to more than 120 alpine lakes and melting glaciers produce waterfalls to plentiful to count.Once you’re done exploring these, check out the most remote national parks and the best day hikes. 1 of 3 1 of 3 The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Dassler Cabin, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. NPS The Best American Liqueur Hackman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Genevieve Poblano/The Manual Mt. Baker, North Cascades National Park, Washington. Andy Porter/NPS The Best American Gin 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Next Hamburger Rocks, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. NPS Stella Lake, Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Commons/Wikimedia 1 of 3 Next BiscayneFlorida446,961last_img read more

Smooth Sailing for DSME

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has seen a healthy order intake in the previous month, putting DSME’s 2014 secured orders value at approximately 5.8 billion USD.DSME’s figures back the estimates that South Korean shipbuilding is entering the recovery mode after it lost its top spot to Chinese rivals.USD 5.8 Bln in new ordersAccording to Clarkson’s data cited by Yonhap, South Korean shipbuilders reclaimed their top position after five months as the number of new orders for local shipyards jumped 3.6 times on-month to 33 ships totaling 1.4 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) in July.On the other hand, Chinese counterparts are not likely to give up the number one place without a fight. With the support from the government, China’s shipbuilding industry swept the global market in the first half of 2014.Based on data issued by Clarkson Research in July, Chinese shipbuilders won 900,000 CGT, or 47.7 percent in total, in new orders claiming the top position in the month of June, followed by Japanese shipyards in the second place and the Korean builders in third.However, the tables may be turning as DSME bags new orders. Last month DSME inked new orders for nine Arc 7 icebreaking LNG carriers.DSME received six LNG carrier orders from Teekay & CLNG, a joint venture between Canada’s Teekay and China’s CLNG, and the remaining three orders are with MOL & CSLNG, a joint venture between Japan’s MOL and China’s CSLNG.This vessel is the first icebreaking LNG carrier. It is able to load 170,000㎥ of LNG and is capable of breaking 2.1 meters thick ice which is commonly found in the Arctic Ocean.DSME won an additional order for four Very Large Crude Oil Carriers (VLCC) on the 30th of July.The value of the contract is approximately 400 million USD and Maran Tankers Management will be operating and managing the vessels.This vessel is equipped with DSME’s latest eco-ship design which features such advancements as a high efficiency engine and fuel saving technologies. The two companies also agreed to build additional vessels which will be propelled by LNG.World Maritime News Staff, August 14, 2014last_img read more

Sudden expulsion of Iranian refugees from Turkey alarms UN agency

UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva that the agency had received confirmation that the five people were expelled on 22 August – even though they were recognized in Turkey by UNHCR under its mandate. The Iranians were sent to the Iraqi city of Erbil, where they spent almost a month in detention. The refugees have just been released. “UNHCR is concerned that no due process of law was followed prior to the expulsion and that UNHCR was not given any prior information of the authorities’ intention to expel these persons or of the expulsion itself,” Mr. Redmond said. “To forcibly send persons to Iraq’s northern governorates if they do not originate from there is contrary to UNHCR’s guidelines. The security situation in northern Iraq, although relatively calm compared to the rest of Iraq, is still tense and unpredictable.” Mr. Redmond added that unless sufficient safeguards are taken, the expulsion of refugees under the mandate of UNHCR may breach the principle of non-refoulement, which is enshrined in the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Non-refoulement refers to the right of a refugee or asylum-seeker whose case has not yet been fully assessed to not be sent to a country where his or her life or liberty could be at risk. 21 September 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that it has raised serious concerns with the Turkish Government about its expulsion last month of five Iranians to northern Iraq. read more

SecretaryGeneral to address Genevabased human rights trade bodies next week

27 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel on Monday to Geneva, where he will address the seventh session of the Human Rights Council as well as the executive session of the board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel on Monday to Geneva, where he will address the seventh session of the Human Rights Council as well as the executive session of the board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).“The Secretary-General is putting particular emphasis this year on human rights issues, as we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights,” his spokesperson, Michele Montas, told journalists today.“He looks to the Human Rights Council to make every effort to meet the expectations of the international community, and to strengthen and make effective the Universal Periodic Review to the fullest extent possible,” she added, referring to a new mechanism which allows the human rights records of every country to be scrutinized. Before leaving for Geneva, Mr. Ban will travel on Friday to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, where he has been invited by former United States President George Herbert Walker Bush to give a lecture on US-UN relations. read more

UN convenes meeting of aid groups to discuss how to tackle hunger

“The needs of the millions affected by drought in the Sahel are enormous, and the time to act is now,” said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which will host the meeting at its headquarters.“This gathering comes at a critical moment as humanitarian agencies are gearing up their response in an effort to prevent a crisis becoming a disaster.”The Sahel is a regional belt spanning West and Central Africa immediately south of the Sahara Desert and it includes a number of countries which have been regularly afflicted by food insecurity. Last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that several areas of the Sahel had been affected by irregular rains during the 2011 cropping season and that an early end to the rains would lead to a significant drop in production and increased food insecurity.Participants at the meeting, which will hosted at WFP’s headquarters, are expected to include the heads of FAO; the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), as well as the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and top officials from the European Union and the United States. 13 February 2012The leaders of United Nations aid agencies, humanitarian organizations and donor governments will meet on Wednesday in Rome to discuss how to urgently scale up assistance in Africa’s Sahel region, where drought and food shortages are threatening millions of lives. read more

Budget needs to sustain investment says UK automotive

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders will today brief a group of senior parliamentarians on the need to sustain growth and encourage further investment in next week’s Budget statement.The necessity for government to deliver on taxation reforms, particularly on the important R&D tax credit system promised in the Autumn statement, act on its growth strategy and sustain consumer confidence were addressed at a meeting of the All-party Parliamentary Motor Group, which focused on the outlook for automotive.SMMT celebrated last year’s £4 billion investment made by industry, but warned against complacency, and stressed the need to attract long-term investment in R&D, advanced skills, capital equipment and new model production to remain globally competitive.“The UK motor industry has made steady progress during the last 18 months with increased production, substantial new investment and growing exports,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The Budget must help to sustain this by encouraging long-term investment in skills, R&D and capital equipment. To make the most of new and emerging opportunities the Chancellor must progress the R&D tax credit reform, increase capital allowances and avoid any further squeeze on hard-pressed businesses and consumers.”SMMT called for stability and certainty on motoring taxes, and encouraged greater incentives – such as the Plug-In Car and Van Grant – to move business and retail consumers towards more efficient and low carbon technologies. The Society reiterated the need for continued business investment and easing access to funding. In its submission, SMMT set out the steps it believes government should take to promote sustainable growth in the automotive sector as a key part of the UK’s economic recovery.Corporate measures:To promote business growth, government should:Finalise R&D tax credit reform, attracting further investment in R&D facilities in the UK and communicate the upfront ‘above the line’ credit effectively.Enhance the Capital Allowances system to acknowledge the capital intensity, global footing and cyclical risks of the automotive sector.Continue to put pressure on banks and the finance community to improve access to working capital, investment finance and credit guarantees.Review Business Rates to ease regulatory costs on the manufacturing sector and make UK operations internationally competitive.Reduce the complexity of energy efficiency regimes to restore confidence and stimulate business investment by reducing the burden.Realise the growth opportunities from international trade, exports and inward investment by adopting a consistent trade policy that supports manufacturing.Consumer measures:With a significant squeeze on business and household spending, SMMT recommended that government should:Deliver stability and certainty on motoring taxes and duties. This is not the time for short term radical changes, or substantial rate increases.Support a durable and consistent set of measures or incentives to support the electric re-charging and servicing infrastructure and uptake of alternative fuels.Reassure business fleets that the company car tax regime remains clear and consistent so that car users can confidently make future car plans.Industry and government collaboration through the Automotive Council is setting the strategic agenda for competitiveness and growth in the automotive sector in the UK. SMMT believes the 2012 Budget should take up this strategic agenda and promote investment in capital equipment, R&D, low carbon technologies and skills. These measures, coupled with schemes to enhance the availability of finance and credit are crucial to reinforce the commitment of existing UK-based operations, while broadening the appeal of the UK and the automotive industry to new suppliers and investors.UK automotive represents around 3% of total GDP, accounts for two thirds of total manufacturing turnover and is the country’s largest sector in terms of export, generating around £24 billion in revenue. Typically achieving a turnover of around £50bn, employing over 700,000 people and producing an annual net value-added to the economy in excess of £10bn, the significance of the sector cannot be underestimated. Each year the industry spends around £1.3bn on R&D in the UK. read more

Pozdravi President begins State visit to Croatia

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has begun a State visit to Croatia as the country prepares to become the 28th member of the European Union next month.The President, accompanied by his wife Sabina, is holding a private meeting with his Croat counterpart Ivo Josipovic followed by bilateral talks between both delegations today.Later this evening the President and his wife are attending a State dinner hosted by the Croatian president and his wife, Dr Tatjana Josipovic.Tomorrow, Higgins meets with Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanović before visiting the University of Zagreb where he will deliver an address entitled Reflecting on the future of Europe: A perspective after 40 years of MembershipOn Thursday evening both Presidents will attend a concert and an Irish community reception in Zagreb, with entertainment by the ‘Lunny, Rynne, Barou Trio’.Up to 200 guests from the local Irish community, Croatians with strong Irish connections and members of the government, business and cultural sectors, will be in attendance.On Friday, Higgins will visit the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and later he will attend a business lucnh before departing Croatia for Dublin on Sunday morning.Michael D: ‘The EU will become illegitimate without economic reform’Read: 21 reasons to cuddle Michael D Higginslast_img read more

A tragic loss Young Gaelic football player dies after suffering serious injury

first_img 23 Comments 152,777 Views Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 2:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aodhán O’Connor suffered a serious injury last week. Source: Dingle GAA via Facebook“Aodhán will be deeply missed by his loving mom Áine, dad John, sister Ciara and all his teammates. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aodhán’s family and friends.”His secondary school this morning also posted an image on its Facebook page of a black ribbon next to its school crest.Yesterday the Munster Colleges body said today’s senior decider which was due to take place at 1pm in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney has been postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances”.Related: Munster senior schools final postponed after young player suffers serious injury> A TEENAGE BOY has died of an injury sustained during a Gaelic football match last week.The young Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne player suffered the serious injury in an accident during an U15 Kerry colleges game.Today Dingle GAA confirmed 14-year-old Aodhán O’Connor’s death and said it was “truly saddened at the tragic loss” of the young footballer. By Michelle Hennessycenter_img Feb 25th 2018, 2:02 PM Share2168 Tweet Email5 Short URL ‘A tragic loss’: Young Gaelic football player dies after suffering serious injury during game Aodhán O’Connor was injured during an U15 Kerry colleges game last week. last_img read more

On the campaign trail Labor pledges to invest 3 million for Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the election campaign in full swing, Labor Member for Hotham Clare O’Neil MP dropped by Oakleigh Cannons Football Club on Tuesday night with promising news.The Labor Government has pledged to invest $3 million to upgrade the club’s facilities at Jack Edwards Reserve, if Bill Shorten wins the upcoming election on 18 May.Oakleigh Cannons FC has seen significant growth in recent years, with over 550 juniors, and growing female participation.If the commitment comes to fruition, the club’s change rooms for players, umpires and the public will be upgraded, as will storage facilities. The stand will also be expanded to provide additional seating for up to 1,500 spectators, a new gym, as well as a conference room for media.“I first came to Jack Edwards Reserve six weeks ago, and tonight I see how much of a significant role this club has played in the community,” Ms O’Neil said.“I am also thrilled that Oakleigh is one of the most developed Greek communities in Australia. This is important to me. I am not a Greek but I admire the way Greeks value family, I love their history, philosophy, dances and their fine cuisine. The Cannons are an important part of the Greek community in this area, and as a local member, seeing the hard work put into the facility upgrade plans, with the participation of 550 children, I feel great joy for the financial support being offered by the Labor party.”READ MORE: OPINION Political factors to determine Victorian seats in Federal electionsLabor Member for Hotham Clare O’Neil MP. Photos: Kostas DevesLabor Member for Hotham Clare O’Neil MP. Photos: Kostas DevesIf the planned works are financed, it is estimated they will commence mid-2020, with the expectation of being completed by early 2022.By upgrading the club facilities, it is hoped that more people will be attracted to join, and as a result additional teams will be formed.Present on Tuesday night were over 500 people, including club officials, players and fans. Among them were representatives of Football Victoria including President Kimon Taliadoros, CEO Peter Filopoulos, Executive Manager George Angelopoulos, Head of Delphi Bank Jim Sarris, as well as local Labor member, Greek Australian Steve Dimopoulos MP.Oakleigh Cannon FC competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria and is the only club at elite level that also houses community football at its grounds.READ NEXT: $3 million pledge to help and support our senior Greek Australianslast_img read more

Penton Launches App for Niche Wealth and Estate Management Market

first_imgThe app’s content is fed from Trusts & Estates and, but a growing aggregated content feed curated by editors is also part of the model. Right now, there are about 70 sources contributing to that feed. The app’s four content buckets—original, sponsored, curated and app-exclusive—are dog-eared with a label indicating its source for easy identification, says Bimblick.Existing subscribers to Trusts & Estates and/or do not get the app for free. “There is an upcharge,” says Bimblick, which varies according to subscriber status. was launched in June as a parent site to the Trusts & Estates and Rep. brands. More on this topic Penton Launches New Wealth Management Website Digital Edition Briefs | 9.28.11 Digital Edition Briefs | 8.24.11 Penton Reorganizes into ‘Market-Focused’ Groups Content Marketing Institute Launches Content Marketing Channel Next American City to Relaunch Site, Debut Long-Form E-SinglesJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by Penton has just launched a new app called Trusts & Estates Plus that targets subscribers of the magazine of the same name, as well as the company’s new site. The app will cost $329 per year for new subscribers, which also provides access to and other digital products.The potential audience is a small, but highly specialized one, says Warren Bimblick, Penton’s senior vice president, strategy and business development. Trusts & Estates has about 10,000 subscribers and including the audience using, the total potential universe grows to about 25,000. The app will not include any advertising, but content channels can be sponsored with a static logo. Marketers can also contribute sponsored content to the app, such as whitepapers. An email that’s pushed periodically to subscribers to alert them of new content updates can also be sponsored, says Bimblick. last_img read more

Volvo Group sells WirelessCar connectedcar stake to VW

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow 1 Comment Car Industry Auto Tech With automakers scooping up tech and mobility companies left and right, it’s no surprise that Volvo found a big-time buyer when it wanted to divest its majority stake in a connected-car company.Volvo Group has sold 75.1 percent of the shares of WirelessCar to Volkswagen Group. The deal cost VW Group 1.1 billion Swedish crowns (approximately $121.5 million). It should be noted that Volvo Group does not include Volvo Cars, which it sold off in 1999 — Volvo Group’s focus is trucks, buses and construction equipment.WirelessCar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volvo Group. The company offers a connected-car platform along with a variety of services that include concierge, billion and safety services. Approximately 3.5 million vehicles worldwide use WirelessCar’s platform.VW Group will integrate WirelessCar’s platform into its own ecosystem, in an effort to expand connected-vehicle offerings in future vehicles. To that end, VW is currently working with Microsoft to develop a cloud platform that will handle these services. The company believes WirelessCar’s platform will “enable safe and stable data exchange between the vehicle’s operating system and the cloud-based platform.”The deal isn’t done just yet. It still needs to be approved by European authorities, which VW expects to happen in the first half of 2019. The money Volvo Group makes from this sale will likely be put right back into the company’s efforts to develop electric and autonomous solutions for its heavy vehicles. We’ll see those efforts bear fruit through the electric Volvo VNR semi truck, which will be tested in California in 2019 before going on sale nationwide in 2020. More about 2019 Volkswagen Beetle S Auto Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img 12 Photos Volvo Preview • 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition: Bye-bye, Bug The Iron Knight is the coolest Volvo you’ll never be able to buy Volkswagen Volvo Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

BSE closes points 12823 up on Feb 10

first_imgBSE closes points 128.23 up on Feb 101.5K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 128.23 up on Feb 101.5K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 128.23 points up to stand at 28,355.62. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 39.20 points up to stand at 8,565.55. ABB and KSCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.07% and 7.79% along with GPPL and PIPAVAV DOC with an increase of 7.52% and 6.57% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include FRL and INDIABULLS REAL ESTATE LTD. with a decrease of 16.26% and 7.91% along with FSL and INDIA CEMENTS with a decrease of 6.68% and 6.42% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 340.46 points at 18,960.89 while the banking sector is up 371.46 points at 21,464.07 and the reality sector is up 4.04 points at 1,702.73. The Indian currency is down 0.1% at Rs 62.10 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 128.23 points up to stand at 28,355.62. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 39.20 points up to stand at 8,565.55. ABB and KSCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.07% and 7.79% along with GPPL and PIPAVAV DOC with an increase of 7.52% and 6.57% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include FRL and INDIABULLS REAL ESTATE LTD. with a decrease of 16.26% and 7.91% along with FSL and INDIA CEMENTS with a decrease of 6.68% and 6.42% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 340.46 points at 18,960.89 while the banking sector is up 371.46 points at 21,464.07 and the reality sector is up 4.04 points at 1,702.73. The Indian currency is down 0.1% at Rs 62.10 per dollar.last_img read more