Unit stills photographers shoot the majority of promotional material and behind-the-scenes stills, but many people don’t know much about their role.It’d be a fair assessment to say that the unit stills photographer is perhaps one of the most overlooked roles in film production.Unit stills photographers seem to be everywhere on set, but you don’t see them. One tool that helps them stay so stealthy is the sound blimp. It’s a camera housing that’ll significantly reduce the sounds of the mirror folding up and shutter firing.However (as you can hear in the video above) it doesn’t mute the sound entirely. 90-95 percent of the time, though, the blimp enables the photographer to shoot unnoticed while the camera rolls.The majority of mirrorless cameras also have an electronic shutter, and as such, people have long wondered if mirrorless cameras would one day render the sound blimp obsolete. Of course, without the mirror reflex and the option to disable the mechanical shutter, the mirrorless camera is (on paper) the perfect, silent tool. At the beginning of what we could consider the Mirrorless vs. DSLR war, it didn’t seem likely that the mirrorless format was going to kill this tool any time soon. There were sensor limitations, continuous shooting wasn’t as fast, and autofocus points were lacking. They, quite simply, couldn’t measure up to the standard of professional DSLRs.Fast forward ten years, and, well, things have changed.Sound BlimpsLast year, longstanding blimp manufacturer Jacobson Sound Blimps announced it would be ceasing operations as the company CEO, Mark Jacobson, would be retiring:He writes:After fifty-two wonderful years, Jacobson Photographic Instruments wishes to happily announce our CEO, CFO, Head Technical Designer, and Chief Floor Sweeper Mark Jacobson’s retirement to the beautiful Ojai valley. Before I ride off into the sunset, I want to make sure all of the Amazing Photographers who have given me such a great life will have everything they need to get through their transition into the quiet, mirrorless camera world. If anyone needs a new blimp body, lens tube, repair, or tune-up of any kind, I’m keeping the office/shop open through August 25th, before closing the doors forever. Also, if you know of anyone interested in the machine shop equipment, it will all be available after I finish filling everybody’s orders, so come by early and take a look. I would especially love to see the equipment continuing on in Hollywood, helping to make that Hollywood Movie Magic for another lucky person’s lifetime.Thanks Everyone,Mark JacobsonThe Jacobson Sound Blimp reduces the sound caused by the shutter.The interesting tidbit from Mr. Jacobson’s announcement was the mention of the “quiet, mirrorless camera world.” Pushing into 2020, it’s now a different story regarding the functionality of mirrorless cameras, when compared to the DSLR. Ten years later, we have Sony releasing the A7R IV, a full-frame mirrorless camera that has a whopping sixty-one megapixel sensor, making it a somewhat faux medium-format camera, that can deliver photos with 9504 x 6336 pixels. And then, the likes of A9 line boasts 20 fps continuous shooting.Given that these cameras shoot in strict silence, without the need of a clunky shell, the sound blimp for the DSLR has become a dated device. I was looking to link a couple of manufacturers throughout this article. As of today, most websites are now defunct (Jacobson, Fatboy) or if the brand is still in operation — such as AquaTech — their sound blimp is no longer stocked.Shutter SpeedBased on interviews and comments online, while some have fully jumped over to mirrorless cameras, for many, a mirrorless camera and a blimped DSLR are a go-to setup. There are still a few instances where the electronic shutter doesn’t work well, depending on the model of camera. For example, banding under artificial lighting. Fluorescent lights run at a frequency of either 60 Hz or 50 Hz, if in a PAL region. Although, we typically associate anything electronic to be faster than the mechanical counterpart, the electronic shutter for most mirrorless cameras (save the Sony A9) has a slower readout speed than a mechanical shutter. As a result, banding will occur when pushing for faster shutter speeds.You want to be mindful of your shutter speed when shooting in artificial light.You can work around this problem by merely shooting at a shutter speed that correlates with the AC frequency of the host location. Either 1/60 or slower for 60 Hz, and 1/50 or slower for 50 Hz. The primary issue with these shutter speeds is that they’re not generally going to pause fast action, and any movement is going to cause motion blur.Likewise, a Unit Stills Photographer will capture an immense number of photos per day — a number like 500 photos would be on the low end. Yet, when compared to the number of photos you can capture per charge on a mirrorless — say comparing the Nikon D5 (DSLR) to the Nikon Z6 (mirrorless) — you’d be looking at a tremendously different output. The D5 can capture 3780 shots per battery charge, whereas the Z6 will capture around 310 shots per charge.The Pros TakeIn the video discussion below, Vanguard has a lengthy thirty-minute discussion with esteemed and legendary stills photographer Jasin Boland.At one point, a viewer from the live show asks if he’s using mirrorless cameras, and Jasin replies as follows:A lot of guys have started to go mirrorless. I’m a Nikon guy, as some may know . . . The reason why I’m still on the DSLR and blimped cameras is because I use D5s. I need that 12 fps, and I need my focus to be accurate.However, this interview was from 2017. Since then, we’ve seen the Nikon Z line — a mirrorless full-frame line that represses a number of those concerns. Jasin did go on to say that he’d be ready for mirrorless in a year, and I recently reached out to him via Instagram, and he did confirm that he now shoots with a mirrorless system and a blimped camera.RelicWhile it’s likely you’ll still be seeing blimps on sets for the next year or two, I’d wager that mirrorless will soon deal the final blow, truly making the sound blimp a relic of film production.If a mirrorless camera — with the needed functions for onset photography — is out of your budget range, and you can’t find a blimp on the market, many creatives have taken to making their own with excellent results. Cover image via Jacobson Photographic Instruments.Looking for more articles on filmmaking equipment? Check these out.Learning Curve: Using a Steadicam for the Right ShotWhy Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving How to Build and Use the Swiss Frame Book LightBuilding Your Own Car Rig — Commercial Insider EditionWill an Electronic Viewfinder Help You Get Better Shots?
SHARE sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL The inaugural match of the Celebrity Badminton League has postponed and the venue changed.The first match will take place in Kochi on September 24 instead of the original planned September 18 in Chennai.“Considering the unfortunate current issue between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the franchise partners Chennai Rockers, Karnataka Alps, Kerala Royals and Tollywood Thunders along with CBL management have proposed two changes from the original schedules,” said a statement from L Hemachandran, Founding Director and CEO of Celebrity Badminton League Pvt Ltd.In the inaugural match, Chennai and Bengaluru teams were to play against each other on September 18 and another match between them was to be held on October 8. Both have been rescheduled to a later date in October, and the dates will be announced shortly, he said in the release.“Karnataka Alps is an integral part of the CBL season-1, as much as the others and all the teams are determined to play the sport in right spirit. We have taken this decision as a responsible organisation to ensure peace and harmony on behalf of Board and Franchise Partners,” he said.The league consisting of celebrities from from entertainment industry in the South including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu industries.The seasons’ official launch will be held on September 17 with Karnataka Alps team to introduce via audio-video format.All other schedules remain same. This includes matches in Malaysia. Published on COMMENTS September 16, 2016 Inaugural match postponed to Sept 24 COMMENT
Kolkata, Mar 12 (PTI) Following are the results of the Kolkata, Mar 12 (PTI) Following are the results of the races held here today. Ist Race: The Young lady Handcap. Dist 1400 Mts. IVY (Mrs. Anupama Gowli, Rolli Stud Dairy & Agriculture Farm Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. R V Gowli) 58 Arman Khan First. Romantic Society 62 C.Alford Second. Don Magnifico 53 Md.Islam Third. Krishna 62 Imran Chisty Fourth. All Ran. Won by: 1-3/4, 1/2 and 1. Time: 1 Min 28.526 Sec. Tote: Rs 225 for win, Rs 45, Rs 14 and Rs 25 for places. FC: Rs 488. Shp: Rs 43. Tanala: Rs 3096. Favourite: Krishna. Winner trained by: R V Gowli. More PTI COR PS CM
The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has come a long way from when it started in 1986 in two small rooms at Delhi’s Samrat Hotel in Delhi with one certificate programme. Today, it is the best and only public institute for fashion and apparel in the country. “The journey,The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has come a long way from when it started in 1986 in two small rooms at Delhi’s Samrat Hotel in Delhi with one certificate programme. Today, it is the best and only public institute for fashion and apparel in the country. “The journey was long,” says Vandana Narang, NIFT director. “In 1987, we moved to a small space at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium and started hosting longer diploma programmes. It was only in 2007 NIFT was conferred statutory status, giving it the power to award degrees.”India’s Best Colleges 2016 A student at work at NIFT. Photo: Rajwant RawatCurrently, the institute has more than 1,100 students and a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering the entire gamut of fashion, technology and management. In its 30 years of existence, NIFT has given the fashion industry designers such as Manish Arora, Ritu Beri, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Rajesh Pratap Singh among the older generation and Samant Chauhan, Shivan and Narresh among the younger lot.”When you think of fashion, you associate it with fashion shows and glamour,” says Shaila Beck, a second-year fashion design student. “But behind the scenes this profession is anything but glamorous. We have a well-constructed curriculum, but you can only make the best of it if you’re ready to back it with hard work.”The flagship course at NIFT is its Bachelor of Design programme, with specialisations in fashion, leather, accessories, textile, knitwear and fashion communication. While most fashion-inclined students gravitate towards this course, making it one of the most coveted in India, there are enough takers for the undergraduate course in fashion technology (BFTech) that focuses on apparel production.”I got through BITS Pilani in Goa, but I chose to study here instead,” says Kushagr Tantia, a second-year BFTech student. “I initially didn’t care much for clothes and seriously believe I’m fashionably challenged, but since I’ve been here, I’ve had the fortune not only of meeting people starkly different from me, but also developed an appreciation for fashion design.”advertisementAn interesting compulsory programme fourth-year FD students have to participate in is the Craft Cluster Initiative aimed at reviving dying art forms by connecting students with artisans and weavers. “I went to Gujarat to study the traditional crafts of Tangalia and Ikat,” says fourth-year student Mehreena Imam. “I learnt about their handiwork within a socio-economic context and used the knowledge in our designs to help them secure a market for their own products.”To break the monotony of daily classes, NIFT has a ‘zero hour’ every Wednesday, which features lectures by designers, performers, discussions, film screenings and contests. There are five clubs-culture and drama, sports, literary, adventure and photography and environment and social service. The social service club organises workshops and works closely with NGOs like GOONJ, Sweccha, Small Steps and TERI. Students also volunteer to teach crafts to underprivileged children during weekends and holidays.”Most of them come to NIFT thinking they will be the next big thing in the fashion industry, but nothing comes without hard work. Manish Arora and Sabyasachi Mukherjee graduated almost two decades ago and it has taken them these many years of hard work to get where they are,” says Narang. Worthy examples.Follow the writer on Twitter @karishmagoenka
MANILA, Philippines–Playing catch-up for three quarters, Meralco pulled the rug from under defending champion Magnolia, 98-92, behind the heroics of Raymond Almazan in Saturday’s PBA Governors’ Cup action at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Read Next View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Chris Newsome and Durham were at their usual sharp form, tossing 22 and 21 points in the come-from-behind victory that primes Meralco up for a duel with sister team NLEX which it plays on Friday.Romeo Travis, Magnolia’s returning import, buoyed the Hotshots all night long. He finished with 22 with guards Paul Lee posting 20 and Mark Barroca adding 12.“It’s a very, very satisfying win because we’re going up against the defending champions and they are a really good defensive team,” Black said of his charges’ effort from 16 down.Magnolia looks to bounce back against NorthPort—a team that notched a conference-opening victory—also this coming Friday.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Tentative for the most part of the last conference when he joined the Bolts, Almazan played what coach Norman Black feels like his ward’s finest performance.Almazan delivered 19 points, four of which coming in the turnaround in the final 2:27 mark of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“(Raymond) couldn’t get his bearings last conference, but I wasn’t really concerned about that. But we have a chance now for him to get comfortable with the team,” Black said of his big man who was hounded with an assortment of injuries during the Commissioner’s Cup.“The combination of him and [Allen Durham] is a very good one defensively because Raymond can cover a lot of area by blocking shots while AD takes care of the boards,” he added. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:55Albayalde steps down as PNP chief02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue San Miguel ousted as Stephenson, Liaoning advance to Terrific 12 finals Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man Meralco (98) – Newsome 22, Durham 21, Almazan 19, Pinto 9, Faundo 8, Amer 7, Salva 4, Hugnatan 3, Quinto 3 Caram 2.Magnolia (92) – Travis 22, Lee 20, Barroca 18, Simon 12, Sangalang 11, Pingris 4, Melton 3, Jalalon 2, Reavis 0, Dela Rosa 0.Quarterscores: 27-30, 48-57, 73-75, 98-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights PLAY LIST 02:11NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9402:12Minors joining leftist groups worse off than drug users, parent says at Senate probe02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Pacquiao cracks whip on officials, players “I wasn’t nervous at all because I wanted to prove something to the Letran community,” said Yu after spearheading his team to a 65-64 win in Game 1 of the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball best-of-three championship series.The versatile third-year guard again made the Knights look good after delivering several unselfish plays in the end that put them on the verge of winning a crown that many thought previously unbeaten San Beda would easily claim.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He’s (Fran) the most improved player this season and it added to his confidence,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan.Yu fed Larry Muyang underneath, stole the ball in the next sequence and pulled down the rebound off a Calvin Oftana miss with 1.6 seconds remaining that sealed the victory and ended the 18-game win streak by the Red Lions this season. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Successive misses by Oftana, James Canlas and Clint Doliguz at one stretch near the end didn’t help at all, and San Beda’s last stand was when Evan Nelle drove to pull the Lions within a point with 37 seconds left.The Lions had a chance to secure the opening match of the series but Oftana, the tournament MVP, flubbed an open three in the ensuing possession.Game 2 of their best-of-three series is scheduled on Friday with the Knights seeking to win their second championship since defeating the Red Lions in 2015.“Although we have the momentum going into the next game, the series is not yet done. I hope we will not let this one go away,” said Tan.Juniors matchJustin Sanchez and Rhayyan Amsali wound up with double-double figures as the San Beda Red Cubs downed the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 94-80, and moved within a victory of clinching the juniors title.Yukien Andrada and Jay Ynot likewise sparkled along with King Alcantara for the Red Cubs, who are seeking redemption after missing the crown the past three seasons.“It’s a great feeling to win Game 1, but the series is far from over,” said San Beda coach Manu Iñigo, son of former Inquirer sports editor Manolo Iñigo.Sanchez had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Amsali added 14 points and 14 boards. Ynot, playing his final year for San Beda along with Sanchez and Amsali, fired 16 points while Andrada contributed 14.The Red Cubs are looking for their 24th NCAA juniors crown overall. Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s just the first game. Our rebounding was crucial. We were outrebounded in the first half and we simply addressed that problem,” said Tan.Three-point bricksThe Red Lions, defending the title for the fourth straight time, came off a 26-day break after sweeping the eliminations, but San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez believes bricked shots, not rustiness, were the cause of their setback.“We didn’t make our threes in this game,” said Fernandez after the Lions shot 6 of 40 from three-point range.“But I believe we are capable of bouncing back.” he added.ADVERTISEMENT View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Until early Tuesday evening, Fran Yu had never played in a championship game where an electrifying crowd cheered his every shot.But the way he saved Letran from falling on Tuesday not only spoke volumes on how the 5-foot-7 court general can lead the Knights, it also guaranteed he’ll be hearing his name from the crowd a lot from hereon.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’
While the entire cricketing fraternity is finding it difficult to name the best batsmen in the present era, left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has made it clear that for him it is none other than India skipper Virat Kohli.Amir, who recently organised a chat session on his Twitter account, was asked to name his favourite current best batsman to which left-arm pacer wrote “Virat Kohli”.The 25-year-old reiterated his statement by replying to another tweet that asked him who among Joe Root, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Kohli was the current best batsman and in response the left-arm pacer wrote, “They all are but personally Virat Kohli.”In the recently held Champions Trophy final, Amir wreaked havoc and ripped the heart out of the solid Indian batting line up with his devastating opening spell in which he took the priced scalps of India’s top three – Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Eventually the Men in Green went on win their maiden Champions Trophy title as they defeated Kohli’s men by 180 runs.The Pakistan pacer, during the chat session, also revealed that he equally cherished picking up Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket in his first ever Champions Trophy.Amir removed Tendulkar for 8 as India fell 54 runs short of Pakistan’s total of 302 during the league stage at Centurion in 2009.
joel klatt cardale jones fox sportsSaturday, Ohio State, for the first time this season, will be starting sophomore J.T. Barrett over junior Cardale Jones at quarterback. Most college football analysts are applauding the move, given Jones’ struggles this year. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt agrees, and even went one step further when he joined Dan Patrick Friday morning.Klatt, using a Thanksgiving analogy, implied that Jones was given too much credit for last year’s national title. He believes that Barrett did most of the work in leading Ohio State to the promised land.Klatt’s right, but he is discounting the fact that Jones, who had never started a college football game, beat Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three games. Regardless, Barrett is set to lead the offense, and it has Ohio State fans excited.
BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Colorado football completed a major comeback against Nebraska earlier this afternoon.In the day’s most exciting game, the Buffaloes scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game. In overtime, Nebraska missed a game-tying field goal giving CU the win.Things were chippy heading into the match-up. The long-time rivalry definitely evoked bitter feelings from both fan-bases and teams. Not to mention the large turnout from Nebraska fans in Boulder.Following the game, Colorado’s quarterback Steven Montez had some things to say about the Cornhuskers. “You guys saw all those crazy quotes (Nebraska was) putting out in the week and I think they talked themselves right out of it,” Montez said, via Twitter. “Before the coin toss they were talking trash. They were spitting at the bottom of piles so they got what was coming to them.”Certainly some strong words from Montez — one of Colorado’s heroes of the game. Montez completed 28-of-41 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns.Nebraska’s players certainly weren’t shy heading into the game.Daniels (continued on Colorado): “I felt like last year we were the better team. And then if we were the better team last year, I know we’re the better team this year… I’m just ready to go and kick some ass, to be honest with you.”— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 31, 2019Colorado’s win is not only big for the program, but for the Pac-12 conference. The Pac-12 has struggled to win big non-conference games in recent years. But Colorado’s win helps the conference as a whole gain some much needed respect.Saturday’s victory is a great start for new Colorado head coach Mel Tucker.
Gurugram: A National Security Guard (NSG) commando accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl on the unit’s campus in Manesar was arrested on Saturday.The accused identified as Havaldar Parvind Kumar was produced in a city court and remanded in judicial custody. The girl’s mother had approached the group commander, NK Sharma, who lodged a complaint at the women’s police station in Manesar. Kumar had been detained for questioning on Friday and was arrested after he reportedly admitted to having touched the girl inappropriately. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the complaint, the woman had sent her daughter to the NSG canteen to buy curd on July 15. As she was coming out of the canteen, Kumar allegedly molested her. The child rushed back home and told her mother that “an uncle” had touched her inappropriately. The woman approached the group commander. CCTV footage was examined and a case was filed. Following the complaint by Sharma, an FIR was registered under Section 10 of the Pocso Act at the women’s police station on Thursday. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice declined to divulge details of the case as sensitive. Police spokesperson Subhash Bokan, however, said Kumar had been arrested and sent to judicial custody on Saturday. Neither the NSG nor the police issued any statement. Co-incidentally the day this incident happened, five people were also arrested for molesting a 20-year-old woman, working with a garment factory, as she stepped out for lunch in Sector 37 on Thursday. The woman was attacked by four men, who were in an inebriated condition, in an auto. They pulled her inside the vehicle and forced her to drink the alcohol they were carrying. According to police, the crime took place around 1.30pm on Thursday in Khandsa industrial area, Sector 37. An FIR has been registered in the case.
FestForums Convergence, a bi-annual Festival Industry conference occurring in NYC and Santa Barbara has awarded the 2016 festival industry awards at “Best of the Fests”.The awards are given to festivals for their stellar efforts in sustainability, charitable works and innovation.Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Michael Lang, Bruce Dern and Chef Gilles Epié.Music legend Rita Coolidge was honored as the Champion of Music. Recording artist Jack Johnson and his wife Kim Johnson were honored for their contribution to promoting Sustainability at events.In accepting the award for Sustainability, Jack Johnson had this to say “It’s an honor to receive the FestForums Sustainability Award. The conference was a perfect opportunity to further conversations and inspire people to take the next steps in greening festivals across the country. There are so many amazing events around the world which have made a strong commitment to sustainability and have been successful in engaging festival-goers in environmental action. I’m excited to be a part of these conversations and see these changes happening in the festival community.”Rita Coolidge was presented with the Champion of Music Award by The Supreme’s Mary Wilson after performing many heartwarming numbers at the conference. Michael Lang (Woodstock), actor Bruce Dern, and chef Gilles Epié were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards for Music, Film, and Food & Beverage, respectively. Lang was interviewed by Simon Rust Lamb as the conference’s opening keynote. Bruce Dern regaled the audience with many of his entertaining anecdotes and life experiences as the closing keynote. Chef Epié was one of 6 celebrity chefs at The James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Charity Dinner held after the awards ceremony.Outfest, Merlefest, and Made in the Shade festivals were awarded for the charitable contributions. Cinema Verde, Green Music Fest, and Santa Barbara Earth Day were awarded for their efforts in sustainability. Hip Hop Film Fest, California WorldFest, and the Great American Beer Fest were recognized for their innovation. Rock the Green was awarded the Convergence Award. HBO was nominated as Best Sponsor Partner to a Festival.The “Best of the Fests” Award Ceremony is an annual celebration of the Festival Industry in Santa Barbara, CA. The Awards mark the end of a three day conference, FestForums, which is an experiential Festival networking convergence of music, film, food & beverage with a special focus on sustainability, charity and technology.For more information, visit FestForums.com.
Companies inn this story: (TSX:JE) TORONTO — Just Energy Group Inc. is launching a review of its strategic alternatives after it said it received expressions of interest from a number of groups regarding potential transactions.The company’s board has appointed a committee comprised of all of the independent directors to oversee the process.A strategic review is often used by a company to consider the potential sale of all or part of its business.Just Energy says it has not established a definitive timeline to complete its review and there is no assurance a transaction will result.Executive chairwoman Rebecca MacDonald says the board’s goal is to unlock shareholder value with a view to the best interests of Just Energy and all its stakeholders.Just Energy provides electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses with operations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Canadian Press
Ohio State senior goalie Matt Tomkins makes a save in the second period against Minnesota on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorA series sweep of the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers wasn’t in the cards for the 12th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, as the Buckeyes lost 6-5 Saturday night.Tied after two periods, sophomore forward Dakota Joshua scored what looked like the game-winning goal with 11:36 remaining, putting the Scarlet and Gray up 5-4. But on a five-minute major-penalty powerplay, Minnesota struck twice and withstood a Buckeye attack in the final minutes to preserve a victory.OSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period with goals from freshman defenseman Matt Miller, sophomore forward Mason Jobst and Joshua. OSU then led 4-2 after senior forward Nick Schilkey’s powerplay goal. Those leads were erased and surpassed as Minnesota completed an impressive come-from-behind victory.OSU is currently sitting on the bubble of the NCAA tournament field, and coach Steve Rohlik said he knew this one got away from his team.“There really is much to say about the game other than we gift-wrapped it,” Rohlik said. “We basically shot ourselves in the foot tonight. You can’t give a good hockey team that many opportunities.”OSU’s silent killers were the two major penalties. All six Minnesota goals were scored on the powerplay, four during the two major penalties. Senior defenseman Josh Healey committed the first major penalty at 14:34 in the second period for a hit to the head, and junior forward Luke Stork committed the second in the third period with a hit from behind. Both were ejected for game misconducts.Healey’s five-minute major penalty led to the game-tying goal at 4-4 by sophomore forward Tyler Sheehey, his 17th of the year, with under two minutes to go in the second period. Stork’s penalty gave Minnesota the man-advantage on the final two goals.Overall, Minnesota had 10 powerplay chances and scored on six of them.“No matter what our percentage is on the night, it’s a matter of going out there and trying to do a job,” Schilkey said.Toward the end of the second period, Rohlik elected to swap his senior netminders. Matt Tomkins, who started in both games, was pulled and replaced by Christian Frey after the third goal.“(I was) just trying to wake our team up more than anything,” Rohlik said. “It’s a message to our guys that we can’t let our goalies out to hang. We can’t take penalties. It was more of a trying to get momentum thing than anything.”Frey made 17 saves on 20 shots compared to Tomkins 14 saves on 17 shots.If there’s one positive OSU can take from the series, it’s that there’s no question it can compete with the best in the Big Ten conference, but the Buckeyes already knew that. What they didn’t know, however, was if their offense would be alongside them. After a 10-goal weekend, OSU should have a renewed confidence in its offense. The defense is what remains the question mark.After looking like they were going to run away with the game at 3-0 in the second period, the defense fell apart and couldn’t get pucks out of their zone, and weren’t doing a great job of staying in front of defenders. All of which will be vital to the Buckeyes down the stretch with eight games to play before the Big Ten tournament.So with another major opportunity missed, where do the Buckeyes go from here?“Where we go is back to work on Monday,” Rohlik said. “We got a good hockey team in there and like I told the guys, we got eight games left. To be a great team, you have to do the little things. At the end of the day, we’re capable … but tonight we didn’t do it the right way.”Up NextOSU travels to East Lansing, Michigan, next weekend for two games versus the Michigan State Spartans. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister urges TCI public to get ready for Hurricane Season Recommended for you TCI Tourism plan ready in case of Hurricane Cheque to support TCI Red Cross from Scotiabank Related Items:#magneticmedianews, hurricane season, RFA Mounts Bay, Royal Navy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Turk, TCI July 18, 2017 — The visit of the Royal Navy ship, RFA Mounts Bay, which was scheduled to dock in TCI yesterday, has been postponed indefinitely. A press release from the Governor’s office said the ship’s delay was due to unforseen circumstances. A new date for the ship’s arrival has not yet been announced.The ship was deployed to assist the United Kingdom’s Caribbean overseas territories during the 2017 hurricane season. The crew along with a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief team have already visited the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. The Disaster Management and Emergency Services, Emergency Medical Services and Public Works Department and the TCI Royal Police Force will all be working in partnership with the crew to assess hurricane preparedness and post-hurricane relief.#MagneticMediaNews#RFAMountsBay#HurricaneSeason
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos, August 10, 2017 – Salt Cay – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to inform the General Public that the restriction placed on Caicos Express Airways Air Operators Certificate (AOC) which prohibited commercial flights into Salt Cay has been lifted.The TCICAA team, representatives from the Airports Authority and Caicos Express Airways made a follow-up visit to Salt Cay on Monday August 7th, 2017 for the purpose of verifying the additional maintenance work that was done by the Airports Authority. The TCICAA team is satisfied with the work done which led to the decision to lift the restriction placed on Caicos Express Airways.This is part of my Government’s commitment to ensure that the Turks and Caicos Islands remains accessible. The suspension of flights into and out of Salt Cay has caused the public on the Island most particularly the aged persons and the already challenged businesses much inconvenience and my Government made a commitment to ensure that this matter was rectified expeditiously.Turks and Caicos Islanders deserves nothing less than a transportation system that is safe, reliable and facilitates trade and the movement of people and goods. I wish to assure the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands that my Government will stand firm on our commitment to strive for a reliable and accessible transport system and barrier free infrastructure for these Islands. And we will continue to back up this commitment with action.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
Sri Lanka explosiontwitterThe ghastly explosions in Sri Lanka that have left nearly 200 people dead and more than 600 wounded has marked a deep scar on the country that was just settling on after years of unrest.The multiple attacks on the churches and five-star hotels in the capital city Colombo and other regions during Easter Sunday have shocked the world. The initial blasts were reported from St Anthony’s church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s church in Negombo followed by attacks on hotels.It has now come to light that Sri Lankan police chief Pujuth Jayasundara had sent an intelligence warning on April 11 to the top officers alerting them of a potential attack on the Indian High Commission and prominent churches in Colombo.”A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert, reports AFP.NTJ is an Islamist group that came into the radar after they vandalised a Buddhist statue three years ago.Sri Lanka’s minister of economic reforms and public distribution Harsha de Silva has called an emergency meeting over the tensed situation in the country. Schools have been directed to be kept shut following the attacks.Even though no militant group or organisation has claimed the attack, the explosions have been linked to the terrorists. Two of the six attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. The government has arranged heavy security at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
J. Scott Applewhite/APSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speak to reporters about the Senate’s version of the GOP tax reform bill.President Donald Trump boasted earlier this month that Republicans were working together to pass sweeping tax cuts in the waning weeks of 2017.“We’re working to give the American people a giant tax cut for Christmas,” Trump said. “We are giving them a big, beautiful Christmas present in the form of a tremendous tax cut.”But first, GOP lawmakers will have to resolve some major policy differences that could derail the bill.Senate Republicans hope to hold a vote on their version of tax legislation soon after they return to Washington from a week-long Thanksgiving break. If the bill passes, the Senate plans to combine their legislation with a different tax overhaul that passed the House earlier this month.GOP leaders say they are confident that they have the votes to meet that goal. Here are a few of the major hurdles that could get in the way of the GOP plan to keep Trump’s promise for a Christmas tax break.1. Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes. Republicans plan to take advantage of special Senate budget rules that allow them to pass certain tax measures with just 51 votes, rather than the 60 needed for most other legislation. That means the 52 Senate Republicans could pass a tax overhaul without the help of any Democrats.No Democrats are expected to vote for the bill, meaning GOP leaders need to keep their party unified if they want to quickly pass the legislation.2. Tax cuts for small businesses. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is the only Republican who has officially come out against the latest version of the tax plan. He says big corporations get the majority of benefits while small businesses get left on the sidelines. The current Senate bill would slash the top corporate rate from 35 to 20 percent and many small businesses would be able to pay at a rate of 25 percent.Johnson says he is working on making some changes to the legislation that could eventually allow him to vote for the tax overhaul.“In the current form, I wouldn’t vote for it,” Johnson said in a recent interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “I want to get this thing fixed, and vote for pro-growth tax reform that makes all American businesses competitive globally.”3. Big tax breaks could mean big deficits. Republicans have been working around the clock to rein in the cost of cutting taxes on most individuals and businesses. The same Senate budget rules say the bill can add as much as $1.5 trillion to the deficit over a decade but some conservatives worry the true price tag could be much higher.Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is among those who have said he won’t support any tax legislation that adds to the deficit in the long-run. Corker hasn’t explicitly said that he would vote against the legislation but he has not decided if he will vote for it either.Deficit hawks have criticized the Senate legislation for disguising the long-term costs of the bill by allowing cuts on the individual side to expire in 2025. Short-term tax cuts would cost the government less in the long run, but only if they actually expire.Republicans say they hope a future Congress will decide to keep the tax cuts in place, potentially creating a major political showdown in eight years.4. Health care could get in the way. The Senate legislation would effectively eliminate the individual mandate requirement in the Affordable Care Act. That provision was added to the bill at Trump’s request, but it could alienate some Republicans who don’t want to mix health care with taxes.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she doesn’t think it is wise to combine taxes and health care at this time. She and other moderate Republicans worry that ending the individual mandate could drive up health insurance premiums. A recent study from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that ending the requirement would result in roughly 13 million fewer people with coverage over a decade.5. Drilling for oil in Alaska. The tax bill is full of sweeteners for individual senators, including one that would open up drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, also known as ANWR. That measure is a direct appeal to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has been skeptical of some other measures in the bill. Murkowski has spent much of her career advocating for those drilling rights.But other Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, worry new drilling could harm the animals and sensitive environment the refuge was intended to protect.6. People love their favorite tax breaks. Republicans want to end, cap or change many popular write-offs that are included in the current tax code, including breaks for mortgage interest, charitable giving, student loans and taxes paid to state and local governments.Republicans say most people won’t need those deductions, thanks to lower tax rates and a plan to double the standard deduction taken by most people. But Democrats say the legislation is set up to favor big businesses with corporate rate cuts while allowing middle-class benefits to expire.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Edward Welburn, vice president for General Motors Global Design, presents a check to Howard University for development in the STEM field. (Photo by: Kari Arnold, HUNS)If you love the sexy sleekness of the Chevrolet Corvette, the elegance of the Cadillac Escalade, or the pure brawn of the Hummer H2, you can thank Edward Welburn Jr. Welburn is not exactly a household name, but for more than 20 years the Howard University graduate has been overseeing the design of many of the world’s top cars and winning awards and accolades, including from President Barack Obama.For that work Welburn, vice president for General Motors Global Design, was honored this past weekend as the Engineer of the Year byengineers from the automobile, space, science, and technology industries at the 29th annual BEYA STEM Conference in Washington.The conference is dedicated to building diversity in the STEM (Science, Technology. Engineering and Mathematics) fields, an issue Welburn has led on during his 43-years in the automotive industry.Welburn said that while he has received many honors, BEYA’s was truly special. “It’s still sinking in,” he said.To honor his alma mater and to aid increased diversity and curriculum development in the STEM field, Welburn presented a $110,000 check to Howard University on behalf of General Motors. “In achieving my goals, one of the defining chapters in my life was the time I spent at Howard University,” Welburn said. “There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t think about the instructors and professors and the guidance that I received from them and what I learned.”LaWanda Peace, the assistant dean of Howard’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, said Welburn’s contribution by example and his donation can point more Howard students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “It’s really important to get our young Black people into the STEM area,” Peace said. “STEM is where it is now. It really is.“Back in 1972, when we first started trying to get young Black people into engineering, it probably wasn’t even 3 percent of the workforce that was Black at that time.”When Welburn was 11, he wrote General Motors asking for information on how to become a car designer. Eleven years later, he joined General Motors as an associate designer in the Advanced Design Studios.Welburn, who also interned at the company the summer before he graduated, became the first African-American designer at General Motors. In Weburn’s current position, every car that General Motors develops globally is created under his design direction.Welburn, the highest-ranked African-American in the automotive industry, said he wants to see more African-Americans and other people of color to follow in his path.“I just want to see Black folks do well,” Welburn said. “I want to see them succeed. Car design was what I wanted, and I know there are people out there who have the same dreams, whether it’s car design or whatever it is that they’re interested in. We need to do everything we can to open doors and help them realize their dreams.”“There are so many creative young people that are looking for an outlet, and I want to help them realize their dreams. I know from my many years designing automobiles for General Motors is that having a diverse workforce has huge benefits in developing a design for a car.”