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  • Better Establishing Shots With These Photography Techniques

    first_imgEstablishing shots are usually low priority on set. They usually fall to the second or third unit, and some filmmakers are doing away with them altogether. Personally, I love a great establishing shot; it can really set the tone for a scene. Using the tips here and the techniques discussed in this establishing shot article, you can now improve any project with more dynamic establishing shots.For more composition tips, check out this video by Steve McCurry. Improve your establishing shots with a few principles of still photography.Cover image via Shutterstock.The establishing shot is one of the core tools in cinematography. However, it can be easy to overlook this shot’s creative potential. When it comes to establishing shots, we can look at some principles of photography to create better shots because, in most cases, an establishing shot is essentially a cityscape photograph, a landscape photograph, and so on.Lead-In LinesThere are many visual components of print, film, and photography that can direct the audience’s gaze to specific areas of the image — or lead them through the picture organically. The Gutenberg Diagram dictates that readers of very large print will usually read from top left to right, diagonally across the center, and then to finish on the bottom right of the image. You’ll find countless magazine covers and movie posters that adhere to the Gutenberg Diagram.You can also direct the eye within an establishing shot using a lead-in lines.In photography, a lead-in line is any line in the image that leads your gaze into and through the photograph. It can be a road, the edge of a building, a contrail, even a spiral staircase; it doesn’t have to be a straight line. You can find lead-in lines in almost all compositional spaces — you just have to look for them.Stock Photo via Shutterstock.In filmmaking, we can use a line to direct the audience’s attention throughout the entire image instead of just focusing on a specific aspect. By doing so, we can add story elements and visual cues, and give the audience extra information about the story or plot — all within the establishing shot.Take the following shot from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Crawford. By choosing to shoot from behind the path, the filmmakers give the audience an organic lead-in line to follow through the entire image until we reach our location.Talk about diagonal lines.Foreground InterestStock Photo via Shutterstock.This photograph is a great example of foreground interest in photography.Foreground interest helps create layers of depth in your image. Since an establishing shot identifies a location, it’s normal to question the idea of featuring something in the foreground that will ultimately be the center of focus. However, foreground interest doesn’t just pertain to a boat, or a fence, or any visible object. Foreground interest can also be the ground itself, tall grass, rocks, water, etc.The establishing shot below is of Bear Island from Game of Thrones, home of fan-favorite Lyanna Mormont. Since this is a digital matte painting, the VFX artists had great creative leeway regarding what they wanted in the composition. The result features the Bear Island keep prominently, and we see some of the beauty of the island. However, by adding foreground interest, we see a lot more emotion in the environment, which creates a sense of depth.Image via HBO.If this were a real location, you would have had two possible shooting scenarios: to walk right up to the edge to get the best shot of the keep, or to move further back and include some of the foreground to give the composition life.Natural FramesA popular photography technique is to find and use natural enclosures to frame a landscape shot.Stock Photo via Shutterstock.Applied correctly, this technique can really add a sense of majestic beauty to an otherwise standard landscape. If you pay close enough attention to Steven Spielberg‘s films, you’ll see that he often uses people and objects within a scene to frame a major character or moment, as we see in Duel.Image via Universal.We can also use this technique in an establishing shot with the use of foliage, bridges, gates, fences, or even clouds. It’s important to note that you don’t have to use objects to create a defined frame. In fact, if we take another look at the still of Bear Island, we can see from the position of the foliage and the darkened areas of towards the edge of the image that there’s a somewhat-natural frame that locks your focus on the building in the center of the composition. Do you have tips for improving establishing shots? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

  • Siberian Blast Points to More Destructive Meteors Ahead

    first_imgThree times in the past century, sizable asteroids have streaked into Earth’s atmosphere and exploded in midair. Astronomers have thought that such intense, rapid-fire pummeling was an anomaly. But now a group of researchers says it may be the norm. Their new analysis, based on February’s window-shattering blast over Chelyabinsk, Russia, suggests—but falls short of proving—that the world should expect 10 times as many atmospheric blasts as astronomers have been expecting.There is no doubt that Chelyabinsk’s blast was well observed. There were the 400 video recordings of the smoke trail and blinding detonation, many made by cameras mounted in Russians’ cars to foil fraudsters faking traffic accidents. Seismographs gauged the ground shaking driven by the blast’s shock wave. And instruments monitoring the atmosphere’s ultra-low-frequency “infrasound,” many installed for the enforcement of the nuclear test-ban treaty, picked up the blast’s far-traveling sound.Then there were the “U.S. government sensors,” as the paper reporting the re-analysis in tomorrow’s issue of Nature delicately puts it. As a condition of using the data from these sensors, the 33 authors—led by planetary scientist Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada—can’t say any more than that about their data source. But it is common knowledge that the U.S. government flies light-sensing instruments on classified satellites to catch the flash of clandestine atmospheric nuclear tests.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Using all four types of observations, the group sized up the Chelyabinsk airburst at an energy equivalent to about 500 kilotons of TNT, about 23 times the energy of the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki. That energy rating could then be used to calibrate the past 20 years of infrasound and U.S. government sensors, a record twice as long as analyzed in the past. By looking at the 60 1-meter to about 20-meter asteroids that have exploded in the atmosphere, the team found that the Chelyabinsk airburst and the 3- to 15-megaton Tunguska airburst of 1908—which leveled 2000 square kilometers of Siberian forest—weren’t outliers at all.The authors conclude that the number of big airbursts “may be an order of magnitude higher” than astronomers would have predicted, they write. That would boost the frequency of Tunguska-size blasts from once in several thousand years to once in a few hundred years, Brown says. But he is not wedded to the order-of-magnitude figure. Given the small number of larger impactors observed, “I could easily see a factor of three [uncertainty] each way,” he says.The low end of Brown’s range of airburst frequency is still higher than the astronomers’ estimate, but there may be a middle ground. He considers the lower estimate of impact frequency from telescopic surveys made by NASA consultant Alan Harris of La Cañada Flintridge, California, to be the best possible at this point. And Harris writes in an e-mail that his estimate is uncertain by a factor of two to three. So the high end of his estimated range overlaps with the low end of Brown’s range. Harris tends to think the overlap at an impact rate two to three times as high as previously estimated “is probably right.”Researchers should soon know whether they can agree on a modest boost to the meteoric blast threat. More and better ground-based telescopes are being pressed into service in order to find a suitable target in the 5- to 10-meter size range for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission. “This will be resolved in the next few years,” Brown says.*Correction, 7 November, 11 a.m.: The original version of this story stated that the Tunguska meteoric explosion occurred in 1907. It actually occurred in 1908.last_img read more

  • Gin kings to exploit Slaughter’s towering presence

    first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESSince seven-footer Greg Slaughter arrived, Barangay Ginebra has stuck to a proven and tested method of rhythmically striking its opponents inside.It will be no different when the Gin Kings continue the sequel of their storied rivalry with the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  NU, Ateneo near crowns BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES “We believe in our fundamentals,” said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We’re going to go out and do the basic things that we normally do.”The defending champions have prepared nothing special to counter an upgraded Meralco side in Game 1 of their best-of-seven championship series at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City on Friday.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“We’ll just stay on what we know and once things aren’t working, then that’s the time we make adjustments,” said the league’s most decorated coach with 19 conference titles.At the focal point of their back-to-back titular bid in the season-ending conference is the towering Slaughter, a riddle other teams could only solve when the skillful big man is not in his elements.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slaughter is an essential piece of Ginebra’s squadron of quick-footed big men which includes the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance and import Justin Brownlee.They will certainly create mismatches in the paint since the Bolts will rely heavily on Allen Durham, Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge to contain them.“There will be mismatches at the perimeter if they play Durham and Ranidel at 4-5,” said Cone.“We have tough matchups for them but I think our advantage really is our size, because our size dictates their matchups,” added Cone.When the Gin Kings captured the crown in six games last year, Slaughter was on the sidelines nursing a leg injury. At that time, Durham spent most of his time guarding Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

  • Vikas Krishan all set for AIBA Pro Boxing debut

    first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) Former World Championships bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will become the first Indian boxer to compete in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) competition when he takes on Uzbekistans Israil Madrimov in Tashkent on Friday. The 24-year-old Vikas. who is supported by the JSW Sports Excellence Program (SEP), is targeting a quota place for the Olympics in August. The APB offers 20 quotas for the Olympics split over weight categories. The middleweight category has two quotas for the Rio Olympics with the top-two boxers in the category making the cut for the quadrennial event. Vikas, ranked sixth in the world in middleweight, recently won a gold medal at the South Asian Games. Vikas opponent, Madrimov, won the silver medal in the welterweight (69 kg) category at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. The Indian pugilist will be accompanied by his coach Jagdeep Hooda and left today for Uzbekistans capital. Vikas was training at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala under Dharmendra Yadav and chief national coach GS Sandhu. According to the APBs structure, Vikas will also be able to represent India at the Asian and Oceania qualifiers scheduled to be held from March 23 to April 3. A victory over Madrimov will allow Vikas to move into the next round of the APB whereas a loss will end his campaign, a press release stated. “Over the last couple of months, it has been difficult to find quality sparring partners and it is important to prepare very well if I have to win a quota for the Rio Olympics. The APB stint will allow me to fight against some challenging opponents and that will ensure that I test myself thoroughly and iron out any flaws in my technique,” he said. PTI PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Working for consensus on womens bill: Govt in LS

    first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) Amid demands for early passage of the Womens Reservation Bill, Government today said in Lok Sabha that it is working towards evolving consensus on it and expressed hope that it would succeed in this at the earliest. The erstwhile UPA government tried to evolve consensus on the issue for 10 years and the present dispensation is continuing that effort, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said after an impromptu debate on womens empowerment on the occasion of International Womens Day during which the demands for reservation were raised. “Our government is working towards evolving consensus… Hope we succeed at the earliest,” he said about the bill which proposes 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and Assemblies. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha in 2010 but got stuck in Lok Sabha due to stiff resistance by a number of parties. When a member from the opposition camp wanted a concrete assurance, Naidu hit back saying “they (Congress government) could not evolve consensus in 10 years”. He said the Modi government, meanwhile, has initiated a number of schemes for empowerment of women, including beti bachao, beti padao (save girl child, educate girl child). Utmost important is education of girl child, the minister said, adding the earlier governments have worked in this direction and the present dispensation is doing it “more effectively”. After education, girls need to be provided with job opportunities, he said, adding that without provision of jobs, the “discrimination” against women will not end. Another way of ensuring empowerment of women is to ensure that under the Housing-for-all scheme, titles are registered in the name of the woman. Noting that illegal and anti-social practices like dowry deaths, child marriage and atrocities are still continuing, Naidu pressed for “introspection” by the society and “change of mindset” towards the fair sex. “We should ponder over these developments. It is not an issue of this party, that party… I do not want to politicise this. If blame is to be taken, all parties should take responsibility proportionate to the time they ruled,” he said. He said it cannot be accepted that practices like female foeticide is part of “culture” in India which is described as “motherland”. PTI AKK ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. admitted to hospital with breathing problems

    first_imgBalbir Singh Senior, three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend, has been admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh after he complained of difficulty in breathing.The legendary centre-forward, who is 94, is being treated at the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) of the PGI Hospital.A doctor attending to Singh told PTI on Thursday that an endotracheal tube has been inserted into his trachea.”The purpose of endotracheal intubation is to permit air to pass freely to and fro from the lungs in order to ventilate the lungs,” the doctor said.His condition has shown mild improvement since Wednesday when he was admitted to the hospital.The doctors are closely monitoring the iconic player and he will continue to remain in the hospital for the time being. Balbir Singh Senior scored against England in the London 1948 Olympics to win Independent India’s first Gold medal (@BalbirSinghSr Photo)In 2012, Singh became the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across the modern Olympic history.His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten.He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games.He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957 and was also the manager of India’s World Cup-winning team in 1975.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

  • Les Miles Bothered By Question At Introductory Press Conference

    first_imgLes Miles looks on during a game against Alabama.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 07: Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers, looks on during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kansas’ new head football coach, Les Miles, was introduced at a press conference this evening.One question in particular seemed to bother the former LSU head coach, who has had to answer similar questions before.The question’s topic: Offense.Miles was criticized during the latter years of his time at LSU for having an uncreative offense that didn’t best utilize his talent. This evening, he was once again asked about his offense and if anything is going to change.The Jayhawks’ new head coach didn’t seem to like the question.“I can tell you, when we had Mettenberger, we threw for 3,300 yards and had two 1,000-yard receivers. When we had passers, we threw it. When we had players who couldn’t throw well, we ran the football and won 10 a year,” he said.Wanna hit the nerve? Ask Miles about changing his offense.”I can tell you, when we had Mettenberger, we threw for 3,300 yards and had two 1,000-yard receivers. When we had passers, we threw it. When we had players who couldn’t throw well, we ran the football and won 10 a year.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 18, 2018One noted college football analyst didn’t seem to like his answer.I watched this answer. Miles still doesn’t think there’s any major philosophical changes to be made. https://t.co/7tnf5fibcr— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 18, 2018There are some who are definitely skeptical of Miles’ ability to work at Kansas, though most of the college football world seems to like it.At the very least, it should be entertaining.last_img read more

  • Nova Scotians Visitors Encouraged to Attend Titanic Commemorative Events

    first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are encouraged to attend free events April 14 and 15 in Halifax to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. “Halifax’s role in 1912 was one of assistance,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Atlantic Canadians are known for lending a hand in difficult times so we hope that everyone will gather together to honour our place in history.” Join host George Jordan at the waterfront side of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a walking, candle-lit procession on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. To symbolize Halifax’s role in the tragedy and the conditions in 1912, a horse-drawn carriage with a period-style casket and pallbearers will lead the procession. The procession will begin at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, move along the waterfront, left onto George Street, left onto Hollis, right onto Prince, right onto Argyle and into the Grand Parade for the Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells event. Gordon Pinsent, Canadian icon, will host Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells at the Grand Parade from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event, presented by The Chronicle Herald, will tell the story of Titanic, its passengers and crew and Halifax’s response to the tragedy. Over 20 performers will take the stage. A moment of silence will be held at 12:27 a.m., marking the time recorded when the last wireless messages from the Titanic were received. Flares will be set off to symbolize the ship’s call for help, members of the RCMP Pipe and Drums band will perform Amazing Grace, and churches in downtown Halifax that held memorial services for the victims in 1912 will ring their bells for a few minutes. People can bring a collapsible chair to the event and should dress for weather conditions. “The Herald was there 100 years ago and aided in breaking the news of Titanic’s tragedy,” said Ian Thompson, associate publisher of The Chronicle Herald. “From our extensive in-paper and online special coverage of the Titanic 100 anniversary leading to our presentation of Titanic Eve and Night of the Bells on Saturday, The Chronicle Herald is honoured to be supporting commemoration of this monumental anniversary 100 years later.” Visit The Chronicle Herald Titanic site at http://thechronicleherald.ca/titanic for more information. The Titanic Spiritual Ceremony, an interfaith memorial service will be held in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery on Sunday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members of the Girl Guides of Canada, the Boy Scouts of Canada and sea cadets will lay flowers at the grave sites of the Titanic victims, 121 of which are buried at the cemetery. People can enter the cemetery on foot through the Chisholm Avenue entrance and are reminded to respect grave markers as they make their way to the ceremony at the Titanic grave sites. Standing areas will be indicated. People will be able to pay personal respects to the victims’ grave sites after the service. There will be no vehicle access to the cemetery. The provincial, federal, municipal governments have contributed to the commemorative events as well as The Chronicle Herald, Emera, BellAliant, Famous Folks Communications, Egg Films, Canada Post, J.A. Snow Funeral Home and Hatfield Farm. For information on the events visit www.titanic100.ca .last_img read more

  • Modi invokes 911 points at roots of terror in Pak

    first_imgMathura (UP): Invoking the 9/11 attack on America this day 18 year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the roots of terrorism are being nourished in India’s neighbourhood and asserted that New Delhi is fully competent to meet the challenge. “Today terrorism has become an ideology which has transgressed every border. It is a global problem and has become a global threat, whose strong roots are getting nourished in our neighbourhood,” Modi said in an apparent reference to Pakistan. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said the entire world needs to take a pledge against this ideology, against those who are taking it forward and those giving shelter and training to terrorists. “There is need for strong action,” he said. “India is fully competent to face the challenge. We have shown this and will also show it in future.” He was addressing a gathering here after the launch of the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi said his government’s effort to strengthen anti-terror laws is a step forward in this direction. Remembering the 9/11 attack, he said, September 11 is also a special day for another reason, as it was on this day a century back when Swami Vivekananda delivered his historic address in Chicago. “Through that speech, the entire world thoroughly understood the culture and tradition of India. But it is unfortunate that on that very September 11, the 9/11 terrorist attack took place in the US, and it shook the entire world.” He said people need to unite whether the problem is sickness, pollution or terror.last_img read more

  • Watch your step Ecologist warns bird candy catalyst for extreme goose poop

    first_imgREGINA — People who like to go for a stroll in Regina’s Wascana Park are being advised that if they want to avoid stepping in goose poop, they should quit giving unhealthy snacks to the birds.Ecologist Sarah Romuld says tossing bread crumbs, popcorn or cheese snacks to hundreds of Canada geese that nest in the park each year speeds up the birds’ growth — which means more excrement.It’s estimated that nesting geese in the park drop more than 200 kilograms of waste there every day.On average, adult geese excrete upwards of 900 grams per 24-hour period.Romuld says human snacks also make the birds heavier and longer, which puts stress on the joints that hold their wings to their bodies.She says the park has enough vegetation for geese to eat, but if visitors insist on feeding the waterfowl they should only give them spinach, lettuce, parsley or barley seed.“When you’re feeding them bread that’s very calorie-rich, you are speeding up their growth to where their body is not prepared,” said Romuld. “Bread is in fact feeding birds candy. There’s no nutritional value in it.”About 250 to 300 geese nest in Wascana Park every year, although Romuld noted that their numbers change significantly from year to year.She said a goose visiting the park could be nesting at a nearby golf course or a city-operated park in another part of Regina.Wascana Park crews clear pathways of bird droppings, but not grassed areas.Romuld said the excrement can get into Wascana Lake and add more phosphorus and nitrogen to the water. (CJME)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • HC seeks TN govts response to plea for courtmonitored probe

    first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government and the CBI to file their replies on a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into the Pollachi sexual harassment case.A bench comprising Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani and Justice M Duraiswamy gave the direction when the petition by an advocate came up for hearing. It then posted the petition to April 10 for further hearing. Petitioner P Pugalenthi referred to the Tamil Nadu government order transferring the case to the CBI based on a recommendation by the state DGP. A gang of four men had on February 12 allegedly tried to strip a 19-year-old woman inside a car near Pollachi in Coimbatore district, shot a video of the act and blackmailed her using the visuals. With the incident triggering outrage amid reports that more women had been assaulted by the gang, the state government had last week issued an order transferring the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petitioner submitted that the DGP had recommended the CBI probe since the case involved technical issues, including analysis of social media accounts. He also referred to the government order mentioning the name of the victim and said it was “unfortunate” the state ignored the fundamentals of justice and disclosed her identity. He wanted the court to monitor the probe by the CBI, saying the DGP himself had stated the case demanded more laborious and dedicated investigation. Meanwhile, a report from Coimbatore said the CB-CID, which is at present investigating the case, summoned editor of “Nakkheeran” R R Gopal to appear before it on March 25 in connection with the release of a video by the Tamil magazine reportedly containing visuals of some women being harassed by the gang. Gopal had Monday moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail, apprehending arrest by police. He has alleged that the case had been foisted on him. In Pollachi, almost all shops and other commercial establishments Tuesday downed shutters in support of a call given by various organisations seeking a court-monitored probe into the harassment case.last_img read more

  • Danish Travel Agencies We will Send More Tourists to Morocco

    By Mohamed HikalRabat – Managers and employees at Danish travel agencies have said that they will continue sending more tourists to Morocco and will follow the instructions provided by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Politiken, indicated that most Danish tourists have not faced any difficulties while in Morocco.  The Danish news outlet, however, said that the ministry advised travelers to exercise extra caution. The ministry also called on Danish tourists not to hike alone, recommending guides. Politiken also cited managers of Danish travel agencies, who confirmed that they will keep sending tourists to Morocco.According to Viktors Farmor Marketing Director Esben Gynther, the travel agency offers a package tour for 20 people to Marrakech. The director of the agency, which specializes in cultural and nature travel, said that 19 tourists will join the first group on December 30.He added, “We will stick to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ guidelines and follow travel warnings to assure the safety of our travelers. Meanwhile we’ll keep on providing travel and holiday services to more tourists as usual.”Viktors Farmor aims to provide travel tours and holiday services for over 400 tourists in 2019.  Some of those 400 tourists will head to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.According to the spokesman for the Danish Spies travel agency, Torben Andersen, his company has already sent over 500 travelers and will be sending 50 more Danish tourists to Agadir and Marrakech in the near future.“Our customers never complained and we will follow the foreign affairs ministry’s guidelines and warnings as we don’t have any guides in Morocco,” Torben Andersen added.Mikkel Hansen, the communication manager for TUI, a German leisure travel group, said that the company has provided travel services for approximately 30 Scandinavian travelers in Morocco, mainly in Agadir.Read Also: Tourism in Morocco: High Occupancy Rates Despite Murders of 2 TouristsMany people, both Moroccan and foreign, had surmised that the double murder of Danish tourist Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Norwegian tourist Maren Ueland would negatively impact future tourism in Morocco.The bodies of the victims were found on Monday, December 17, in an apparent terror attack.The Danish embassy in Rabat has received letters from many Moroccans who expressed solidarity and support for the families of the victims.Denmark’s Ambassador to Morocco Nikolaj Harris has thanked Moroccans for their empathy for Louisa’s and Maren’s families. Norway’s Ambassador to Morocco Merethe Nergaard also expressed gratitude after Moroccans showed solidarity with the victims’ families.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has arrested 18 suspects in the case. Denmark suspects ISIS was behind the double murder. read more

  • Violence puts some 2 million people in Somalia at risk says UN

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that there are up to 2 million vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid in war-wracked Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991 and where fighting has intensified in recent months.In the capital Mogadishu, the number of people escaping the city to the poorest areas of the Horn of Africa nation has doubled to 700,000 in the last six months.At the same time, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York the “constrained movement of aid workers” is causing concern.The transport and delivery of crucial items such as food is being impeded by roadblocks, taxes and banditry, which are also responsible for a surge in numbers of people needing assistance.In late January, three staff members of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)–Holland were killed in the southern port city of Kismayo when their car was hit by a roadside bomb outside the town of Kismayo. A Somali journalist, Hassan Kafi Hared, as well as a Somali boy, were also reportedly killed in the blast. 13 February 2008The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that there are up to 2 million vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid in war-wracked Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991 and where fighting has intensified in recent months. read more

  • Montreals La Presse announces its officially a notforprofit publication

    Montreal-based La Presse news group says it has officially adopted a not-for-profit structure.President Pierre-Elliott Levasseur announced on La Presse’s website that the outlet is fully independent from the Power Corporation of Canada as of Saturday.Going forward, Levasseur says the 130-year-old publication will operate as a “social trust” that will be administered by retired Supreme Court justice Louis LeBel.Torstar cutting 11 full-time, 10 part-time staff at StarMetro in Toronto as it shifts production to HamiltonLa Presse plans to go not-for-profit — if Quebec lets itLa Presse first announced its intention to shift to a non-profit structure in May.The Quebec government paved the way for the change last month by fast-tracking a bill to repeal a provision of an act adopted in 1967 regarding La Presse’s ownership.Power Corp., which owned La Presse through its subsidiary Square Victoria Communications Group, agreed to grant $50 million to the new venture.The company also holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with Torstar and a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail. read more

  • Annan condemns Hizbollah attack calls for immediate release of Israeli soldiers

    “This incident, and subsequent developments, which endanger an already volatile region, demonstrates once again how urgent it is that the Lebanese Government extends its control over all Lebanese territory and prevents such attacks across the Blue Line,” he said in a statement issued by his office.Mr. Annan’s Personal Representative for Lebanon, Geir Pedersen, said the attack was to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. “We are deeply disturbed by this violent breach of the Blue Line which contradicts the stated intent of the Lebanese side to maintain calm and stability along the Line,” he added in a statement. “Hizbollah’s action escalates the already tense situation along the Blue Line and is an act of very dangerous proportions. This is not in Lebanon’s interest.”He called on Hizbollah to release the soldiers and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and avoid any further escalation. UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said Mr. Annan had already spoken by telephone to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and had calls that he would be making to the Israeli and Syrian leaders. “So he’s very much working the phones… appealing for the release of the soldiers and for maximum restraint to be obeyed,” she told a news briefing. The Security Council was briefed on the situation by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno.Speaking to the press afterwards, the Council President, French Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière, said members agreed to follow the developments in Lebanon closely. “We will come back to it,” he said.Mr. Annan, who is currently in Rome, told reporters after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi that both leaders felt extremely concerned by the situation in the Middle East.On Israel’s reported killing in a bombing raid of a family in Gaza, Ms. Okabe said Mr. Annan was “distressed,” deplored the action, and “reminds Israel of its obligation under international law to protect civilians from the effects of the conflict.”She added that the Secretary-General “calls on both sides to exercise greater restraint.” read more

  • CIBC expects moderation in new mortgages as new regulations take shape

    by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 24, 2017 4:22 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC expects ‘moderation’ in new mortgages as new regulations take shape TORONTO – Soaring home prices have been a boon to mortgage businesses, but recent government efforts to cool the housing market could impact lenders if the economy falters, CIBC said Thursday.While Canada’s economy is pumping out jobs and growing at a steady pace, a potential shock could put borrowers at risk of foreclosure — particularly those who have overextended themselves to buy homes, said the bank’s chief risk officer.“If house prices do come off, we need our borrowers to continue to have their jobs to service their loans,” Laura Dottori-Attanasio told analysts during the bank’s third-quarter conference call.“But in the event we find ourselves taking on assets, we do have — and continue to have — a good buffer as it relates to that loan-to-value.”CIBC reassured analysts that its loan book, which sits at $197 billion, won’t turn into a problem. The bank took on $16 billion of new mortgages in the quarter, an increase of eight per cent over the same time last year, with more than half in Toronto and Vancouver’s overvalued markets.Dottori-Attanasio noted that both cities have lower delinquency rates over 90 days than the national average.The prospect of more Canadians missing debt payments has become a hot topic of discussion in the financial sector as Canada heads into an uncertain economic climate next year. Many economists are calling for slower economic growth next year, saying the nearly four per cent pace logged in the first quarter of this year is not sustainable.Moody’s Investor Service said in a report earlier this week that mortgage growth is driving record consumer debt levels, which reached $1.69 of debt for each dollar of disposable income as of March 31.Meanwhile, stricter regulations drafted by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions last month could also put the brakes on loan portfolio growth by curbing mortgage demand considerably. An imposed “stress test” for all uninsured mortgages would make it harder to qualify.CIBC’s chief executive Victor Dodig acknowledged that higher interest rates and regulatory changes would lead to a “moderation” in new mortgages, but told analysts that the bank is not concerned about any imminent impact.Still, interest rate decisions by the Bank of Canada could add extra pressure, particularly when loans come up for renewal.CIBC agrees with widespread expectations that the central bank will likely raise the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points before the end of the year, adding to a rate increase it made last month.Dodig suggested another prime rate hike of 50 basis points next year, barring any changes in U.S. trade policies that prove to be a “major barrier” to Canadian economic growth.CIBC (TSX:CM) became the second Canadian bank to boost its quarterly dividend, following RBC on Wednesday. An increase of three cents puts CIBC’s payment at $1.30 per share.The bank posted net income of $1.1 billion or $2.60 per common share, which was down from $3.61 per share a year earlier when it recorded a gain from selling its minority stake in American Century Investments.Adjusted earnings were $2.77 per share or $1.17 billion in the three months ended July 31, up from $1.07 billion a year ago, while revenue was steady at $4.1 billion.CIBC’s core retail and business banking unit in Canada grew net income by eight per cent to $719 million.But net income at its Canadian wealth management arm was down 73 per cent or $370 million from last year, when CIBC recognized a $383-million gain from the ACI transaction. Excluding the gain, net income rose 10 per cent to $136 million.At U.S. commercial banking and wealth management, the acquisition of PrivateBank helped boost adjusted earnings by 55 per cent to $44 million.The bank’s capital markets operation was the only major division to post declines in both net income and adjusted earnings, pulled down by weaker revenue.Canada’s other big banks are scheduled to release their results next week.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

  • UN human rights office disappointed by ruling in DR Congo mass rape

    Briefing reporters in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said the Office was disappointed in the ruling by the Operational Military Court in North Kivu against the members of the DRC armed forces (FARDC) who were accused of rapes and other crimes committed two years ago in and around Minova, a town in the vast country’s restive east.According to Mr. Colville, the Court condemned 26 FARDC members, including two for rape, one for murder and most of the rest on more “minor charges” such as looting and disobedience. Fourteen officers were acquitted, he said, adding the UN human rights workers on the ground were still carefully analyzing the judgment.But in light of what is known so far, he said “the judiciary has not met the expectations of the numerous victims of rape who had fully participated in the trial.” “The outcome of the trial confirms shortcomings in the administration of justice in the DRC,” as outlined in the recent report on progress and obstacles in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the country issued by the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC, he added.He said there is no possibility for appeal, per the Operational Military Court rules of procedure, in contradiction of international standards as well as the Congolese Constitution, both of which guaranteed the right to appeal.“The crimes perpetrated in Minova and its surroundings…were extremely serious and widespread,” said Mr. Colville, recalling that on 8 May 2013, OHCHR and the UN Mission in the country, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, issued a report on the incident, documenting 135 cases of sexual violence perpetrated by FARDC elements in and around the town of Minova as units had retreated from the front lines.The report, which details victim and eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross violations of human rights, also cites M23 rebels for committing atrocities. Yet, it notes that the serious rights violations committed by FARDC soldiers, in particular, were “perpetrated in a systematic manner and with extreme violence” and may constitute international crimes under human rights law, as well as crimes under Congolese criminal law. “Those responsible for such crimes must know that they will be prosecuted,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement issued at the time, calling the sexual violence outlined in the report “horrifying” in scale and systematic nature.The joint investigation attributes poor discipline among soldiers and officers, as well as improper training and inadequate vetting mechanisms for what happened. The investigation also expresses serious concern about the failure of the Congolese army to protect civilians, which it says stems from a lack of vetting procedures which allowed former rebels to integrate into the national army without verification of the human rights records. read more

  • Oklahoma serves ultimate test before Big Ten slate

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) sets up to pass in the second quarter against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 37-17. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)In the era of the College Football Playoff, teams with a relative shot at the national championship see the importance of making a statement early in the season. Coach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes have that opportunity on Saturday at No. 14 Oklahoma.This meeting marks just the third time, and the first since 1983, that the Buckeyes will play the Sooners. In his fifth year as OSU’s coach, Meyer faces off against Bob Stoops in his 18th season with Oklahoma. The two met in the 2008 BCS National Championship.Two prolific quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford — and two sublime coaches created an atmosphere for a college football game that is rarely seen. Meyer’s Florida Gators won that game for his second national title in three years.In 2016, the same scenario remains. Two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, the same coaches. Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, is a Herculean early-season showdown.In Week 1, Oklahoma played the Houston Cougars and former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at NRG Stadium in Houston. By the final whistle, Oklahoma had an 0-1 record —  facing an uphill climb.OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said he and the Buckeyes know they will face a determined team.“We feel like they have their backs against the wall,” Hubbard said. “They’re a big time program just like us and they’re not going to roll over cause we’re Ohio State. We really got to prepare because they’re just as motivated as us, if not more.”Hubbard went on to say that the practices this week were intense, focusing on exact details that could be the difference.“I think what Oklahoma does a real good job is they pull off the gas, they put on the gas,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “They control the tempo but it’s not consistent. We just need to be ready all the time for mach speed.” One of the team’s first tasks is containing redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Finishing last season with 3,700 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, Mayfield is one of the favorites for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.Mayfield has the ability to create opportunities downfield by avoiding tacklers and scrambling outside of the pocket. Schiano said that he’s preparing for Mayfield the way he prepared for Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre when Schiano coached for the Chicago Bears.“I think what has occurred there over time is their offensive line and receivers know that he’s creative (when scrambling). They really work hard at finishing plays,” Schiano said. “We’re going to really have to maintain discipline in our pass rush lanes. Eye discipline is going to be key for our secondary.”Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine present a challenge for the OSU defense. The dynamic duo has totaled 246 yards rushing on 36 carries with three total touchdowns through two weeks. Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis lead a rather inexperienced group into one of college football’s crystal palaces in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Stadium.On the offensive side, Saturday’s gargantuan contest serves as an opportunity for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense to get back on track.Against Tulsa in Week 2, the offense fed off the momentum harnessed by the defense’s two first-half touchdowns. The Buckeyes had 151 first-half total yards. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson said he doesn’t expect another slow start in Week 3.“I know we have to establish the running game,” Wilson said. “Once the running game pops, then we can start throwing the ball.”Barrett is similar to Mayfield in style, but might have the advantage in the passing game. The Sooners’ defense has allowed an average of 296.5 yards passing in 2016.The OSU receiving corps continues to be a mystery as to who who will be the main target for Barrett, but wide receivers coach Zach Smith remains confident.“This is what we do all year round,” Smith said. “They’ll come in ready. They’re not going to come in overwhelmed. We’ve built up to this moment.”OSU asserting itself on all levels against a nationally recognizable opponent will firmly place Meyer’s team as a national contender. Improving to 3-0 leading into the nine-game Big Ten slate would be an indicator to Meyer that his young team has matured to a level he has desired since the beginning of fall camp.“This is going to be one of those prized fights,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a big one.” read more

  • Queen spotted driving on her Sandringham estate with her seatbelt on

    The Queen learned to drive in 1945 and does not need a licence, as she is immune from civil and criminal proceedings.Buckingham Palace insisted the monarch was careful to ensure she privately complied with the law.  Wood Farm near Sandringham,Norfolk,where where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday's crash Wood Farm near Sandringham,Norfolk,where where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday’s crashCredit:Geoff Robinson New aerial pictures taken today show Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk where Prince Philip is now recovering after Thursday’s crash, which happened near the Sandringham estate.Photos reveal the cottage is in a secluded corner of the Royal estate, surrounded by fields and trees.The Duke of Edinburgh has been living at Wood Farm since his retirement and is now recuperating there. The cottage is in a quiet and idyllic setting, next to the Royal Stud and offers him room to recover in complete peace and quiet. The Queen has been seen driving close to Sandringham with her seat belt fastened two days after Prince Philip’s car crash.The 92-year-old monarch was driving her Range Rover towards nearby Kings Avenue, and was followed by another car.She was joined by a lady in the front seat and two men in the back of the car, seen just after midday.On Thursday, the Duke of Edinburgh crashed his Land Rover on the A149 close to Sandringham.Prince Philip, 97, collided with a Kia, leaving two women briefly hospitalised with minor injuries.A 28-year-old and her 9-month old son, along with a 45-year-old woman were in the car during the accident.Both were discharged from hospital, with the older woman suffering a broken wrist.It is understood that the Prince phoned the women to check on their condition after the crash. 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. read more

  • Greek economy fear

    first_imgGreece’s high-stakes presidential election went into a second round on Thursday morning (eastern Australian time) after parliament failed to pick a head of state in a first ballot, fuelling concerns about the future of fiscal reforms.The coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to muster the required 200 out of 300 MPs to elect its nominee, former EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, meaning a second vote will be held on December 23.The looming political stalemate has alarmed international markets, pushing up the yield of Greek bonds and prompting EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to recently warn the nation against delivering the “wrong” election result.“We have two more votes. I am hopeful that a president will be elected,” the premier said in reaction to the result.“The country is facing difficult conditions and I am certain that MPs realise that the country should not face an adventure,” Samaras said.The official count showed a total of just 160 deputies voted for Dimas, nearly all of them from the government majority, which has 155 MPs.Should a third and final round be required on December 29, Dimas would need just 180 votes for the post — but a third failure will bring early elections.“Clearly this result means early elections,” said Panos Kammenos, leader of the small nationalist Independent Greeks party.The government brought forward the election from February, when it will be locked in delicate negotiations with the cash-starved country’s creditors, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.But the gamble to stave off uncertainty during those talks may well backfire, given the government’s slender 155-seat majority in the chamber – and the rise of the opposition radical leftist party SYRIZA, which wants to end a four-year austerity drive and re-negotiate Greece’s bailout.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said a “fear campaign” by the government had collapsed, and that voters would soon have their say. “Very soon our people will take centre stage in developments,” Tsipras told reporters.Analysts said the government had hoped to pick up half a dozen opposition deputies tonight, and a few more next week, before the deciding vote on December 29. But a number of deputies it had counted on either voted the opposite way, or did not attend the session at all.Conservative premier Samaras said just hours before lawmakers were due to vote that rejecting his presidential nominee could prove “fatal to the European development of the country”.Any snap elections would happen at a time when SYRIZA is leading opinion polls, and could therefore roll back years of painful reforms forced through by the government in exchange for bailouts worth 240 billion euros ($300 billion).Samaras’ gamble has sent shockwaves through the markets, with stocks in Athens last week losing more than a fifth of their value over four trading days. They edged up on Wednesday and closed with a 3.33 per cent gain.The vote will be closely followed across Europe, where the fate of Greece, and its place in the eurozone, is not secure.SYRIZA pledges to raise salaries and pensions, halt layoffs and freeze privatisation of state assets – all of them key elements of reforms demanded by Greece’s creditors.“Given plans (by SYRIZA) to cut taxes and reverse some of the recent cuts in government spending, it seems likely that markets will remain nervous about the threat of another debt restructuring and perhaps even the possibility of a Greek euro exit at some point in the future,” Capital Economics said in a note.ING bank analysts said “today we have the beginnings of what could be a Greek tragedy”, while IG analyst Stan Shamu said “the first round of voting in Greece … always has the potential to cause some volatility”.Bank of Greece chief Yannis Stournaras warned Monday that “the crisis of the last few days is now taking on a serious dimension”.A change in government could lead to market volatility that could pose a “great danger of irreparable damage to the Greek economy”, Stournaras said.Thibault Mercier, an analyst at BNP Paribas, said however that Greece’s budgetary situation was better now than at the height of the Greek debt crisis in 2012.European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, on a visit to Athens on the eve of the vote, also argued the situation had improved since 2012. “Greece’s place is in Europe. That place is not threatened like it was in the past,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more