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Cinematography Tip: Capture Smooth Panning Shots at 24fps

first_imgOne of the biggest headaches associated with shooting at 24fps is the jittery look of vertical lines you get when panning. This calculator will help you eliminate that issue entirely.Top image of Chris Menges from Movie City NewsThe reason we love 24p footage so much, is the very same reason it can be so frustrating to work with – it’s just not smooth. Unlike 30p or 60p footage that can appear so smooth that it’s hyper-realistic looking, 24fps material has a slight jitter to it, which makes it feel more ‘filmic.’Here’s a comparison from Derek Rowe that highlights the differences between 24fps and 60fps:This jittery effect goes unnoticed most of the time, except of course in certain circumstances — one example being panning shots. If you’ve ever watched back footage from a shoot and noticed that a building, sign, or anything else with a vertical line seemed to appear jumpy or jittery when panning, you probably weren’t factoring in panning speeds.To clarify exactly what this looks like, take a look at this test video I shot a couple years back with my GH3. The intention was to compare my new camera to the GH2 and see which had more noticeable jitter when panning:GH3 – Panning Judder Test from Noam Kroll on Vimeo.This issue can be problematic in other ways too – for example scrolling credits can often appear jittery at 24fps if they aren’t set to the right speed. But for the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on the production side of things and how to avoid this issue in camera.Thankfully, there’s a bit of a science to getting smooth motion when panning in 24p. Some of the biggest variables that come into play include: lens length, shutter speed, resolution, and panning angle. Once you understand how these elements affect each other, you can quickly figure out how long it should take you to pan from one side of your shot to the other.For example… let’s say you’re shooting on a 35mm lens at 24p on a Super 35mm camera. Let’s also assume that the shot you’re trying to capture calls for a panning angle of about 45 degrees — or in other words: you need to rotate the camera 45 degrees in your shot. To smoothly capture this shot you’d need to take at least 8 seconds to pan across your shot. If you were to move more slowly, that’ll work too… But any faster and your image becomes jittery.This may sound confusing, but there are many free calculators online that will help you determine the best panning speed for your shot. One of the ones that I use most often and highly recommend is from RED Digital Cinema. It can be found on their website here: Free Calculator from REDHere’s another from STAM Interactive: Pan Speed CalculatorAnd lastly, here’s a quick video from the great Dave Dugdale that’s full of tips that can help you pull off a great panning shot.Got any tips for your fellow cinematographers? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

RJD to move court in a week on new Bihar govt., says Manoj Jha

first_imgThe RJD on Sunday said it will move court “within a week” against Bihar governor’s invitation to the JD(U)-NDA coalition to form government in the State, and hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “robbery of the mandate”.“We will knock at the court’s door, and go to the people’s court (‘janata ki adalat’) as well to tell the masses about the kind of politics being played by the two parties — JD(U) and BJP,” RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said.The senior RJD leader also challenged Mr. Kumar to address a meeting in an area dominated by people from Dalit, Mahadalit and other backward castes, saying “He (Kumar) will face of the wrath of the people.” “Every mandate has a character and in Bihar it was the Dalits, the minorities and some progressive sections of the upper caste (which had voted for the previous government). Now, with JD(U) breaking the Grand Alliance, the character of that mandate has been dropped,” he said.“People of Bihar, including the youth, are feeling cheated about this robbery of the mandate they had given for an inclusive Bihar,” Mr. Jha said on the on the sidelines of an event here.The governor’s decision to invite Kumar to form the government with the BJP, he said, was a “blatant violation” of the Supreme Court judgement in the Bommai case.“According to the S.R. Bommai case judgement, it is mandatory to call the single largest party or electoral bloc first to explore the formation of a government,” Mr. Jha said, adding, “we will move court soon, within a week’s time”.He said the party will go to ‘janata ki adalat’ (people’s court) and tell them about the “conspiracy” hatched by the BJP. “If one looks at the political journey of Nitish Kumar, it is worse than a Machiavellian character. He spoke of ‘Sangh-mukt’ (RSS-free) India and now he made it a ‘Sangh-yukt’ (Sangh-driven) Bihar.” Attacking Mr. Kumar, Mr. Jha said his political journey also told us about morality in politics. “We were wrong in believing every word spoken by Nitish, which was just rhetoric. For the last one year, he was playing according to the script of Nagpur, the RSS headquarters,” he said.“But history has a different view than contemporary tv anchors. History looks at in a nuanced manner. And, in the eyes of history, Kumar shall appear as somebody who destroyed, deceived the mandate which was won for building an inclusive Bihar,” Mr. Jha said.Nitish Kumar joined the very people and the philosophy he pretended to be fighting, he said.last_img read more

BJP, Congress MLAs exchange blows in Gujarat Assembly

first_imgIn a major scuffle between BJP and Congress legislators in the Gujarat Assembly, MLAs exchanged blows while mikes were flung as the House plunged into chaos.After the ugly scenes in the House, Speaker Rajendra Trivedi suspended Congress legislators Amrish Der and Pratp Dudhat for three years while another Opposition party member Baldevji Thakor was suspended for one year.The zero hour on Wednesday witnessed fierce arguments, as members started hurling expletives at each other; while Mr. Dudhat hit BJP MLA Jagdish Panchal with his belt as both were engaged in exchanging blows and slaps.As they came to blows, other members from both sides rushed to the well where they all jostled with one another before the Speaker adjourned the proceedings.Asaram Bapu caseThe ruckus erupted during discussion over tabling the report of Justice D.K. Trivedi Commission in the Asaram Bapu case pertaining to the unnatural death of two children studying in the ashram in 2008.Senior Congress legislator Vikram Madam tried to raise a question and participate in the issue but was repeatedly shouted down by the members from treasury benches.He was forcefully taken out by marshals when he tried to pull out a mike from the table.Later, Mr. Der attacked BJP MLAs. In return, BJP MLAs collectively thrashed him inside the House.Trade chargesFollowing the adjournment, leaders of both parties traded allegations and charges. “Our members were not allowed to speak in the House and when they tried, they were provoked by the ruling party members,” said Leader of the Opposition Paresh Dhanani.He said BJP legislator Mr. Panchal used expletives at Congress members, prompting the scuffle.However, the ruling party leaders dismissed the Opposition leader’s charges and alleged that Congress members indulged in violence in the House.“The opposition party members started the ruckus and resorted to violence in the House. It is a black day for democracy,” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.last_img read more

Four JeM terrorists killed in J&K

first_imgFour Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were gunned down and two security forces’ personnel lost their life in a fierce encounter that broke out in the forest area in the Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. Based on intelligence developed by police on the presence of terrorists, security forces launched an operation in the Laam forest of Tral area, the official said. The slain personnel were identified as Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Constable Lateef Gujri. The identity of the slain militants was being ascertained, the official said adding at least two of them were believed to be foreigners.last_img

Unfamiliar, but nice: Simona Halep back to defend French Open title

first_imgAnd she likes it.“Much better and much easier, because I have the title already,” Halep said Friday at Roland Garros. “Doesn’t matter anymore what is going to happen. Everything now comes as a bonus. So I will try just to give my best and to see if I’m able to do it again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHalep, the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title after Virginia Ruzici in 1978, won the French Open last year by rallying past Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final. She had previously lost three Grand Slams finals, including two on the French clay.Before her win, the former top-ranked player often had the unpleasant tendency to crumble on big occasions. Like two years ago in the French Open final, when she led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 only to fall apart. Gilas women’s awaits fate as it splits main draw assignments in Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup FILE – In this June 9, 2018, file photo, Romania’s Simona Halep holds the trophy as she celebrates after defeating against Sloane Stephens, of the United States, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the finals of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)PARIS — Simona Halep is experiencing something new at the French Open this year.The Romanian player is back in Paris to defend her title, a situation she’s never been in before.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES “It’s going to be different because it’s clay court,” Halep said. “But still it’s going to be a very tough match. She’s powerful. She hits the ball strong. If I am able to do my game, I think I have a good chance to win.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 She said her defending champion status takes a lot of pressure off.“Mentally, I am pretty relaxed,” she said. “So I just want to take the positive and to be in this position, I think, is the best thing. I am too happy to be in this position, I have to admit this. But there is nothing bad.”Although she has not won a title this year and lost her first match in Rome last week, Halep is confident she can achieve a deep run in Paris on the back of solid clay-court campaign. She won two Fed Cup matches on the slow surface last month and reached the final in Madrid.“Even if I didn’t win the final, I felt that my level is very high,” she said. “I have confidence. Coming here, practicing, I felt really well.”Seeded third in Paris, Halep will open her campaign against Ajla Tomljanovic, a player she beat last year on hard court.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon: Kevin Anderson says he’s facing fitness battle ahead of final

first_imgKevin Anderson has contested back-to-back five-set battles en route his first ever Wimbeldon final. Anderson beat USA’s John Isner to reach the Wimbledon singles final on Saturday in what was the longest semi-final in the history of the tournament.It took eighth seed Anderson six hours and 35 minutes to get past ninth seed Isner 7-6(8), 6-7(5), 6-7(9), 6-4, 26-24 at the Centre Court of All England Club. In the quarter-finals, the South African came from two set down to beat the 2017 champion Roger Federer in five sets which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes.As if surviving a marathon was not enough punishment for his body, Anderson is now hoping his “sore” and “swollen” feet, and “jelly-like” legs will be able to withstand one final test in Sunday’s men’s final at Wimbledon.How he does that after contesting the longest ever Grand Slam semi-final is anyone’s guess.”He’s got a tough task ahead of him,” summed up John Isner on Friday after the American came off second best in a war of attrition.And Isner should know.Eight years ago, he was enshrined in Wimbledon folklore for winning the “endless match” — an 11 hour, five minute humdinger against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut that Isner edged 70-68 in the decider.With that three-day epic being just a first round contest, when Isner returned for his next match, he folded very, very quickly — in just 75 minutes and without an ace in sight.Anderson will be hoping that is not the fate that awaits him on Sunday when he faces one of the fittest athletes in sport in the shape of either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic — who between them own 29 Grand Slam titles.advertisement”I’ve never played a match this long, so I have to recover as much as I can for the final now,” the 32-year-old Anderson told reporters.”I’d like to have been done a little bit earlier in terms of my recovery, playing against two of the greatest players of all time.”I need a lot of treatment in terms of getting the body back balanced and stuff, but at the same time obviously sleep is important, too.”Obviously it’s not going to be easy.”NADAL-DJOKOVIC DELAYEDThat recovery process started as soon as he came off Centre Court at 7:46 p.m. on Friday.”I actually went straight into the ice tank, then I did the stretching. I actually ate before stretching, as well,” he said.”Obviously trying to get sort of food and nutrition back in my body is a challenge because you definitely don’t feel like eating, but you have to somehow force it down.”The only silver lining for Anderson, if it can be called that, is that the length of his match had a knock-on effect on the Nadal-Djokovic semi-final.After being kept waiting until past 8 p.m. to start their semi-final, the duo ran out of time to finish it before the 11 p.m. curfew and will have to return on Saturday to complete the match with Djokovic leading by two sets to one.Anderson will be keeping his fingers and toes crossed that the 52nd meeting of their career turns into another exhausting epic to match some of their previous blockbusters.”Watching these guys, they’re moving like gazelles out there,” a worn out Isner added.”Whoever wins this (second) match you would think, because of how much time Kevin spent on court, will be the prohibitive favourite.”If Kevin can serve like that, serve a high percentage like he did, he could have his shot, for sure. He’ll do everything possible to get ready for Sunday.”Whether that will be enough is anyone’s guess.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

From hedge-fund job in New York to squash: gamble paying off for Ramit Tandon

first_imgBy Bharat SharmaEDS: Correcting typos and adding a word in headline New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) Ramit Tandon took “the risk” of his life last September by leaving a cushiony hedge fund analyst’s job in New York to become a full-time squash player, a move that seems to be paying off as he prepares to represent India at upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. Since that life-changing decision, the 25-year-old Columbia graduate has won two titles on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) tour and jumped more than 400 spots to reach a career-high 62 in the latest world rankings. Tandon says nothing can beat the honour of playing for India, so, he has no regrets about the “brave call” he took less than 12 months ago. However, he does miss the comfort of getting paid by the end of the month, like he used to at the billion dollar hedge fund Birch Grove Capital. “Yes, I do the miss the stability of a job but it was a call I had to make if I had to play squash full-time and represent India. It is the greatest honour to represent your country. It is still early days but so far so good,” the Kolkata-based player told PTI. Until last September, Tandon was playing an odd PSA event here and there but a permanent job did not allow him to devote enough time to the game. Fortunately, he found the support of his employers. “Honestly, it was a case of now or never. I could go back to my job even after turning 35 but I would not have been able to play squash at the highest level. My employers understood that and offered to sponsor me. The fact that some of my seniors at work played squash also helped,” he said.advertisement He graduated from Columbia University in statistics and worked at the hedge-fund for two years. Most people of his age would be happy with that career graph but Tandon doesn’t look in life that way. “I was earning well for a 25-year-old and if I had worked for another 5-10 years, I would be a rich man. Now my earnings depend solely on how far I reach in a tournament. That is the only negative I can think of,” he explained. “But like I said, I can always go back to it. I will start thinking on those lines only when I am not doing well in squash. The last 12 months have been productive and target is to break into the top-50 by the end of the year,” said Tandon, who is considered a “gifted” player but someone who needs to work on his fitness. The immediate job at hand is the Asian Games where the men’s team will defend the gold it won in Incheon four years ago. In the company of senior pro and world number 12 Saurav Ghosal, Tandon thinks they can do an encore. The entire contingent will be gathering in Chennai on Friday for a week’s camp before jetting off to Jakarta. “Based on the rankings, I think I will only be part of the team event. Really looking forward to winning some important games for the side. Commonwealth Games was my first time at a multi-sporting event. The feeling of staying at the Games’ village was very special. I am sure Asian Games will be another highlight of my career,” he added. He has chosen an unconventional career path but the stock analyst in him will never die. “I still keep a track of what is happening in the Wall Street. I was happy doing that and now I am happy playing squash,” summed up Tandon. PTI BS PM PM BSBSlast_img read more

HAVE COFFEE WITH A COP DOWNTOWN ON YOUR MORNING DRIVE

first_imgMOTORISTS HEADING DOWN PIERCE STREET THURSDAY MORNING IN DOWNTOWN SIOUX CITY MAY GET A SURPRISE FROM A SIOUX CITY POLICE OFFICER.SGT. JASON ALLEN SAYS POLICE WILL BE HANDING OUT SOMETHING TO HELP YOU GET YOUR DAY OFF TO A GOOD START:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/COPCOFFEE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….AND A SMILE. :16SGT. ALLEN SAYS IT’S A FRIENDLY WAY FOR OFFICERS TO INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/COPCOFFEE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….YOU’LL GO. :17POLICE WILL SERVE COFFEE BEGINNING AT 7A.M. UNTIL THEY RUN OUT AT THE 4TH AND PIERCE STREET INTERSECTION.last_img

Otto Marine Secures Charter Contract for ‘Go …

first_imgzoom Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company, has secured a charter contract for its 24,000 bhp AHTS vessel, Go Pegasus worth approximately US$40 million including options.Go Pegasus will soon be mobilized and deployed to the North Sea where she will work for the summer season before commencing its term contract from September 2014. As part of the contract, the client also has options to extend the contract for an undisclosed period.Construction of Go Pegasus was recently completed at the Group’s Batam yard. Go Pegasus is a Norwegian designed and DNV classed anchor handling tug supply (“AHTS”) vessel. Equipped with dynamic positioning 2 (DP2) capabilities, the VS491, 24,000 bhp AHTS is particularly suited for work in harsh environments.Mr. Garrick Stanley, Chief Executive Officer on this occasion said: “We are very happy to have secured a sizeable contract for Go Pegasus’ maiden project immediately after it joins our fleet. In addition to enhancing our fleet profile, Go Pegasus will aid the Group in strengthening our presence in the North Sea and pave the way for future work in the region. This charter contract is a reflection of the strong interest we are receiving globally for vessels with this tonnage, and we hope to keep Go Pegasus highly utilized on projects around the world.” Otto Marine, February 7, 2014last_img read more

DFDS’ Ferries Emerge from Major Makeover

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Dunkerque has been very busy with a major refit and rebranding project on DFDS Seaways’ ferries.  Five vessels have been completed until now and two ferries, the Calais Seaways and Malo Seaways remain at the Dunkirk-based repair yard for final works.In just three weeks, three of DFDS’ ‘D-Class’ ferries – the Dover Seaways, Dunkerque Seaways and Delft Seaways – were upgraded.Damen carried out an extensive work by overhauling the propulsion, stern and bow thrusters, rudders, engines and repainting the vessels with DFDS’ new livery, what required a total of 11,000 sq m of paint per ferry. The Dunkerque Seaways’ bow doors were also rehung and the Kongsberg Power Management and Control System were upgraded with the latest software and hardware.As well as the three D Class ferries, DFDS had acquired two ferries from a former cross-channel operator  – the Côte des Flandres and the Côte des Dunes – and these underwent a similar refit. The two new vessels, which left the yard in February, joined the Dover-Calais service. “There was a lot of competition for this major refit project. I think DFDS Seaways appreciate the efforts and investments we’ve made at our facility and we are continuously making improvements,” said Bob Derks, Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque Managing Director.Image Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more

Illicit liquor worth Rs 50 lakh seized in Gr Noida truck driver

first_imgNoida (UP): Around 250 cartons of illicit liquor, estimated to be worth about Rs 50 lakh, has been seized by police in Greater Noida, officials said on Tuesday. The liquor, which was marked for sale in Arunachal Pradesh, was being transported in a canter truck which was intercepted near the NTPC-cut in Badalpur area late on Monday night, they said. “The Delhi-registered truck was intercepted for checking by a police team on patrol duty. About 250 cartons of illicit liquor were recovered from it and the driver was unable to explain the situation,” a police official said. “While the checking was underway, the driver fled the spot,” the official added. The driver has been identified as Dharamveer, a resident of Rohtak in Haryana, and hunt is on to nab him, the police said, adding that a case has been registered under the Excise Act.last_img read more

APTN InFocus Are some consumers being targeted by race

first_imgAPTN InFocusIf you think you’re being racially profiled in a store or restaurant, you’re probably right.Tomee Sojourner-Campbell, founder of www.preventcrp.com or Prevent Consumer Racial Profiling, says it’s a common tactic.And one, she tells APTN InFocus, that can inflict a great deal of stress on consumers.Sojourner-Campbell shared a few tips with InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen on how to handle the pressure of being racially profiled in our Shopping While Brown episode.Indigenous people responding to our online poll say it happens so frequently it almost feels normal.An overwhelming 89 per cent say they have been racially profiled while shopping in some way – usually by being observed, followed or ignored.Some even say they’ve even been asked to pre-pay for services others have not, which Sojourner-Campbell confirms is a form of consumer racial profiling.So what can you do? @PreventCRP says:1) If you are being followed by a store employee, a security guard or a loss prevention person in plain clothes, you can ask to speak to the manager and let them know what you are experiencing. Request a complaint report from the business or organization to document your consumer racial profiling experience.2) If you are feeling unsafe when you ask why you are being followed, you can leave the store.  Write, record audio or video of what happened. Then send an email to the business or organization.  Remember as many details as you can and, if possible, get names of the employee(s) involved.3) If you buy an item during or after the incident, keep your receipt.4) If you are in a restaurant and ignored, asked to pre-pay when no one else has been, or treated poorly, post a comment on the store’s social media account and ask them to contact you.5)  Contact PreventCRP at preventcrp@gmail.com or tweet @preventcrp. We share information about consumer racial profiling. Note that @preventcrp does not do intake or provide legal services or legal advice.You can also share with your experience with @APTNInFocus.last_img read more

In Jordan UN refugee agency chief urges greater efforts to end Syria

“It is essential that the international community and all actors that have an influence on the parties to the conflict – and the parties to the conflict themselves, first and foremost – exercise greater efforts towards peace,” Filippo Grandi told reporters while visiting Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.Three weeks after taking up office, Mr. Grandi said he had chosen to travel to the region on his first overseas trip to focus minds on finding solutions to the nearly five-year-old conflict.“If a settlement of the conflict is not found, this crisis will not end and we will continue year after year to ask the international community for huge amounts of money to support refugees that – until there is peace – will not want to go back,” he stated.Mr. Grandi urged governments to take advantage of two upcoming global conferences in London in February and Geneva in March to pledge more financial support for refugees and host countries, and increase the number of legal resettlement places for those escaping the conflict.According to the High Commissioner’s Office (UNHCR), the protracted nature of the crisis is having a devastating effect on millions of ordinary Syrians, as well as placing a huge burden on neighbouring countries that have so far taken in more than four million refugees.Jordan is currently host to more than 630,000 Syrian refugees, putting a huge strain on the small kingdom’s natural resources, infrastructure and economy. While almost 110,000 Syrians currently live in Za’atari and the country’s other main camp at Azraq, the vast majority are struggling to survive in towns and cities across Jordan.Addressing the plight of an estimated 17,000 Syrians currently camped near the country’s north-eastern border, Mr. Grandi said he fully appreciated Jordan’s security concerns and pledged UNHCR’s help in screening individuals in order to allow those in need of international protection to enter the kingdom.While at the camp, he met a Syrian Bedouin family who arrived in Za’atari in February 2013. A father of six, Mohammad Olayan said he had witnessed a steady improvement in conditions during his three years there.“When we first came we were living in a tent and there were no services. Now we have two caravans, and there is electricity and proper sanitation,” he said. Despite the improvements, the family still struggles to feed themselves with the food assistance they receive, and Mohammad must borrow money or try to find work to keep food on the table.While his three young sons attend school in the camp, his two school-aged daughters say they are still too traumatized by the conflict and intimidated by the large class sizes to go. As a result, Mohammed and his wife and daughters spend much of their time inside their shelter. “What else can refugees do?” he asked.After three years in exile with no end in sight, Mohammad said he is considering returning to the family’s small farm in Syria’s southern Dara’a province despite the danger. “We don’t want to run away for the rest of our lives,” he explained. “Maybe it would be better to die quickly in Syria than the slow death we face here.”The High Commissioner’s visit also includes stops in Turkey and Lebanon. read more

HABITAT III UN conference agrees new urban development agenda creating sustainable equitable

A major conference on the future of the world’s cities and towns, known as Habitat III, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.“We have analyzed and discussed the challenges that our cities are facing and have [agreed] on a common roadmap for the 20 years to come,” Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), told the closing plenary of the conference, which has drawn around 36,000 people from 167 different countries to the lush equatorial capital of Quito for the past six days. He said that the action-oriented outcome document, known as the New Urban Agenda, enshrined now in the ‘Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All,’ should be seen as an extension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed by 193 Member States of the UN in September 2015. That Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognized the power of cities and towns, which will constitute up to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050, to be the engine for sustainable growth in the future.Habitat III brought together mayors, local and regional authorities, civil society and community groups, and urban planners. Mayors said the conference advanced the participation of local authorities in the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.Dennis Codere, Mayor of Montreal, said: “We know that without the involvement of cities and local governments, the world will not be able to address the global challenges of our times. ‘New Urban Agenda’ for green, clean, inclusive cities“The New Urban Agenda is an ambitious agenda which aims at paving the way towards making cities and human settlements more inclusive,” said Mr. Clos, who also served as the Secretary-General of the Conference, adding that it would ensure “everyone can benefit from urbanization, paying particular attention to those in those in vulnerable situations.” UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos. Photo: UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu The Agenda stresses that tackling air pollution in cities is good both for people’s health and for the planet and through it, leaders have committed to increase their use of renewable energy, provide better and greener public transport, and sustainably manage their natural resources. The Agenda’s ‘shared vision’ aims to create conditions for communities and policy-makers to create that are engines of sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection.Among the key provisions are a call for equal opportunities for all; an end to discrimination; cleaner cities; strengthening resilience and reducing carbon emissions; fully respecting the rights of migrants and refugees regardless of their status; improving connectivity and green initiatives, and promoting “safe accessible and green public spaces.” Above all, he said, it was a “commitment that we will all together take the responsibility of one another and the direction of the development of our common urbanizing world.” The agenda does not bind Member States or city governments to specific targets or goals, but is rather a “shared vision” that set standards for transforming urban areas into safer, resilient and more sustainable places, based on better planning and development.In signing onto the declaration, UN Member States are committing to action over the next 20 years, to improve all areas of urban life through the Quito Implementation Plan, in support of the outcomes of Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda.Mr. Clos reminded the world gathering of national leaders; Mayors, civil society representatives; non-governmental organizations (NGOs), urban development experts, and other stakeholders that “we will have to act for these commitments.” In an interview with the UN News Service to mark the end of Habitat III, Mr. Clos said the hard work of making the New Urban Agenda a reality needs to begin immediately. “If we don’t implement, it’s going to be useless,” he stressed.The conference had helped establish “who needs to do what. This is the real question […] What the conference is saying is there’s a need to walk back to the fundamentals of urbanization,” he added. “I encourage national, sub-national and local governments to use the New Urban Agenda as a key instrument for planning and policy development for sustainable urbanization,” he said, in his remarks during the closing plenary, adding that national reports were already being sent to the Habitat III Secretariat, prepared by governments, “some of which have been delivered to us at this conference.” The Quito Declaration lays out steps for action, and for government accountability to try and ensure that the New Urban Agenda becomes a reality.An “evidence-based and independent assessment” of UN-Habitat is due to take place next year under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, and a two-day High Level Meeting of the General Assembly is being convened by assembly President, Peter Thomson, to discuss effective implementation. read more

Demand for larger vehicles drives commercial vehicle growth

March CV registrations – LCVs <2t vs 2-3.5t “In the van and truck markets, there has been a clear shift towards the larger vehicles in the sector in the first three months of the year. Both 2.5 – 3.5t vans and 3-axle artic trucks have seen a sharp increase in registrations as operators seek to make their fleets as flexible and cost-effective as possible.” “Demand for commercial vehicles remains buoyant in 2015, with both vans and trucks achieving a strong first quarter performance yet again,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This continued upturn, and the third month of consecutive growth, can be attributed to higher levels of consumer and business confidence.” UK van and truck registrations: 2015 and % change on 2014 Commercial vehicle market grows 25.3% in March to 67,965 units, due to positive van and truck performance.Van registrations led by 2.5 – 3.5t vans, up 23.8% to 34,007 in March.Third consecutive month of increased truck demand sees 41.0% growth so far this year. Click through to download the full March 2015 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

16 unspoken rules everyone should live by

first_imgTHE FOLLOWING 16 maxims will help you – and those around you – live a satisfied life.You’re welcome.1. Never put the milk back in the fridge with just a drop left Source: Peter aka anemoneprojectorsAnything less than enough for a cup of tea is unacceptable.2. When you’re going to someone’s house for dinner or a party, show up a few minutes late Source: PleuntjeAnd it also goes without saying that you should always bring something. Always.3. Never ask someone if they’re pregnant Source: deanjIt’s too risky.4. No talking at the urinal Source: bradleygeeIt can wait.5. If someone holds the door for you, don’t leave them hanging there if there are more people coming Source: ShutterstockSay thanks and take the door from them, then pass it to the person behind you.6. If an awkward silence happens, don’t point it out Source: John JewellIt just makes it worse.7. Replace the toilet paper when it runs out Source: GorillaSushi8. If someone shows you a photo on their phone, don’t swipe Source: ChoveeThere are almost certainly images on there you shouldn’t see.9. Don’t make small talk in the lift Source: robinsonsmayIt’s already awkward enough.10. There’s no need to be rude to waiters Source: ralph and jennyOr anyone else serving you. (Unless they’re nasty to you, obviously. Then they’re fair game.)11. Hand people money, don’t put it down on the counter Source: stevendepolo12. If you’re sharing a hotel room, it’s common decency not to stink up the bathroom Source: pdstahl13. If you’re going to complain on social media, be specific Source: Passive Aggressive Status14. The phone does not require your ‘outside voice’ Source: Gari15. When someone else is eating something, don’t be rude about it Source: thienzieyungNo matter how disgusting it looks. Your thoughts can wait until they’ve finished.16. Never fart while wearing headphones Source: ShutterstockIn your head: useful cover noise. Outside: total silence.Any more for any more? Let us know in the comments…Inspired by this Reddit thread.14 seemingly harmless things that are definitely out to get you>11 distinctly Irish cooking methods from your youth>last_img read more

Netflix Castlevania Animated Series Gets First BloodSoaked Trailer

first_imgSince there isn’t a new Castlevania game anywhere on the horizon, we’ll have to make do with the next best thing: a Netflix animated series. The famed streaming service has just released a teaser trailer for a new Castlevania show that promises to please fans of the franchise.Interestingly, the trailer doesn’t show footage from the series until the 41-second mark. The intro shows a person inserting a Castlevania cartridge into a Nintendo Entertainment System console. Once the system is booted up, a menu of Netflix shows appears on screen. The menu itself has graphics reminiscent of an 80’s computer game.Once Castlevania is selected, we see something that looks more like the Predator’s heat vision than NES graphics. After all that silliness, the actual trailer begins.”Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself,” reads the show’s official synopsis. “The animated series is written by best-selling author and comic-book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.”Though we don’t get to see much footage in this trailer, what’s shown is promising. It’s unclear what animation house worked on this series, but it could be a Japanese one. While this Castlevania series is animated, it appears to have its fair share of computer generated graphics. The tone of the series is about as grim and dark as you would expect. Perhaps — as producer Adi Shankar stated — the show “will end the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.”Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 will debut on July 7. This first part will be composed of four episodes. The second part is set to stream sometime in 2018.last_img read more

Icardis former agent critical of Wanda

first_imgMauro Icardi’s former agent feels the wife and agent Wanda Nara is a misfit for the star striker suggesting she only cares about money.Wanda and Inter seem to be having a rift over the Icardi’s contract situation and openly revealed they almost sold him to rivals JuventusHowever, the Argentine’s former agent has come out to discredit Wanda’s work.“Icardi has given a lot on the field as a striker,” Ablan Moreno told Football Italia via Radio Sportiva.“However, he has a bad influence beside him, who only thinks of money. His work on the field is phenomenal and he’s grown a lot in Italian football because his mentality and body are perfect for Serie A, but Wanda Nara only cares about money and not his image and value as Inter’s captain.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Any agent can talk about renewal, but the way you do it is very important. You can’t just say ‘these are Icardi’s numbers’ and put everything on social media.“They need to go to Inter and talk instead of putting everything on the internet.”#Icardi’s former agent: ‘Wanda is hurting him. She only thinks about money’ https://t.co/7Ri4RJpHdI pic.twitter.com/KOgbhsgprx— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her BioMusical In London

first_img Twitter Turner made a special appearance to mark the opening of the bio-musical based on her remarkable life and career. Honored and excited by the project, Turner even claimed, “This took me out of retirement,” in a video posted on the musical’s Twitter account. Email Tina Turner’s Bio-Musical Performance tina-turner-performs-launch-her-bio-musical-london Facebook The electrifying singer joins the cast of “Tina” onstage for a rare performance at the London launch of the musical honoring her life and careerNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 6:06 pm For actress/singer Adrienne Warren, the only thrill that could outshine the honor of playing eight-time GRAMMY winner Tina Turner in her official bio-musical would be to join Turner onstage. With the recent London Launch of “Tina,” that’s exactly what happened.center_img News Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her Bio-Musical In London It was incredible to have @LoveTinaTurner with us at our launch in London to officially announce our Tina @adriennelwarren pic.twitter.com/bohulvz3TR— TINA the Musical (@TinaTheMusical) October 18, 2017″Growing up watching Tina, I knew how to shake my hips before I could tie my shoes,” said Warren. “I am elated, honored and humbled. Meeting and working with Tina is and will always be one of the great moments of my life.”Preview performances of “Tina,” which is being produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Turner, will begin March 21, 2018.Read More: Tina Turner’s Second-Hand Emotion NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 2, 2015 – 5:19 pm Tina Turner Wins Record Of The Yearlast_img read more