What “The Righteous Gemstones” Teaches About Directing Styles

first_imgRotating roles — an intimate lesson in how multiple directors can use multiple filmmaking styles to create one vision.In the roughly two decades since Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green all attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts together, the three filmmaking writers, actors, and directors have cemented themselves as some of the brightest minds in high-minded dude-comedy.From some of their early indies like The Foot Fist Way to big budget features like Pineapple Express, the trio — who each have successful careers of their own — have stayed close, collaborating on several HBO series, including Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals (excluding Green), and their latest: The Righteous Gemstones.For those who haven’t caught the first season of The Righteous Gemstones, the HBO comedy series following a dysfunctional family behind a televangelical megachurch empire (which was just picked up for a second season) is perhaps the trio’s greatest work, yet. Originally conceived by McBride, he, Hill, and Green all co-executive produce the series, as well as share directing duties across episodes.Hill and Green have rotated directing roles in the past on Eastbound & Down; however, for Gemstones, Danny McBride was given credit for directing the pilot of the project he created. It’s interesting to watch Gemstones from a filmmaking/directing perspective for many reasons, but this story-behind-the-story of rotating directors, and their individual styles, is pretty fascinating — very informative for aspiring comedy filmmakers.Trust and FamiliarityIn an interview with McBride, Hill, Green, and frequent collaborator, writer, and star Edi Patterson (who plays Judy Gemstone), Green talks about how much trust must go into a collaborative project — and how they’ve been able to keep a core group together to keep things familiar and focused. Green states the following:Beyond just the core group, in talking about the show, there are so many people that have been with us for these years, who are incredible — from the production sound mixer to so many people behind the scenes. There are probably twenty-five people that went to film school with us that are working on this show, either as a writer or in any number of capacities.This is especially true when taking on the directorial role in regards to an episodic series like Gemstones, where the director is ultimately just one cog in a much bigger machine, tasked with realizing the full vision of a nine-episode series.Decision-Making in DirectingThis still is a good example of the single-camera cinematic style.When you watch Gemstones, it’s possible to reverse engineer some of the directorial decisions that clearly had to be made episode to episode. First off, the show looks to be in the same single-camera cinematic style of their earlier works like Eastbound & Down and tracing back to The Foot Fist Way, which becomes almost quasi-documentary at times.This means decisions about which shots to shoot steady on a tripod, or more loose and free-roaming — whether on a Steadicam, a gimbal, or handheld. The camera and shot decisions also tend to change as the narrative calls for it, staying wider and stationary for some of the big sets and megachurch services to more close-up and intimate in the more raw moments between family members. (Here’s a good article on the best options for smooth — and not so smooth — “handheld” options.)McBride’s pilot episode feels much more like a movie with big camera moves, as it sets the world and reveals the spectacle contained in the Gemstones’s megachurch and lavish compound. Meanwhile, once Green takes over for the second and third episodes, we start to get more shaky and intimate, as the camera moves around like a character (at times) in scenes between family members to build the narrative tension of the series.Directing Comedy and ActionHill’s direction — he has the distinction of directing McBride the most in his career — comedy and action quickly come into play, requiring a deft touch. Similar to HBO’s other hit Barry, there are plenty of high-octane sequences thrown in that spur much of the comedy. From gunshots to car crashes, Gemstones finds a good balance as all three directors are left to film complicated stunt sequences, as well as choreograph elaborate stage productions and dance numbers.The Challenges of EpisodicThis Gemstone family portrait illustrates the complexity of each character involved in the show.It’d be fair to say that the majority of television shows, or other episodic content, rely on multiple directors. The directing role is a difficult, laborious task, so it makes sense to spread the work around. However, this creates challenges.As Hill, Green, and McBride would undoubtedly tell you, it really comes down to having a strong vision, a solid team, and great trust and communication. Directors may have license to bring in their own styles and decision-making processes, but overall, they’re there because they’ve subscribed to a bigger vision — one they’re trying to remain faithful to.Gemstones is a show that feels much more epic than the trio’s previous collaborations, with a big HBO budget, and exploring important themes such as family, friendship, and religion. However, while the episodes may vary stylistically, they each do a great job of building a show that has already proven itself a success among critics and audiences alike.Looking for more on the film industry? Check these out.Costume Designer Ginger Martini on Sync on Set, Production Prep and Post ProcessHow Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital CamerasIndustry Insights: Bernie Su on his Emmy Winning Interactive Series, ArtificialRecreating Roger Deakins’ ‘Cove Light’Industry Insights: Makeup Artist Kaela Dobson on Wu-Tang, Marvel and Morelast_img read more

Reyes wants expanded Gilas cadets pool

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comWith Gilas Pilipinas’ manpower issues as evident as ever, coach Chot Reyes has already broached the idea of introducing a new batch of Gilas cadets to avoid the scheduling conflicts that comes with the new Fiba competition calendar.“Having an expanded pool will allow us to have guys who are not in the PBA, that when scheduling conflicts arise, we’ll always have choices,” he said Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted homecoming presser at Marco Polo in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying Reyes is hopeful that all of these planning will eventually bear fruit in the end, saying, “Hopefully, we keep building until we get to the final objective which is to qualifying for the World Cup and be the best Asian team.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Unlike with the original setup between the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA where rookies in the national team pool were dispersed to all 12 teams, Reyes said that the idea is to have a core group similar to that of the old Smart Gilas, where the best amateur players will be tapped to form the core of the national team pool.“Hopefully, in so doing, we’re able to train up enough players to form a competitive group even though there are complications with the pro leagues,” he said.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 shutoutThough the idea is still at its formative stage, Reyes shared that the SBP has already made a list of possible players to tap.“We know everyone who has potential, and everyone who are coming out, but we don’t want to touch those who are in college now. We know the problems that they will have in college teams,” he said. “We’re keeping tabs on everyone who we think are worthy, but right now, we want to focus on the guys who has no any collegiate obligations.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more

India vs England game ends in tie

first_imgIndia scored 338 but England matched up to it. India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar scored a fine century but England captain Andrew Strauss too match up to it with an impressive 158 on board.Score | PhotosLastly England scored the same number of runs that India had put on board – 338 – to tie their World Cup Group B match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. The match went down to the last ball of the match even as the spectators jumped off their seat in excitement.England needed 14 runs to win in the last over and Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad at the crease. Shahzad scored a six off Munaf Patel and a few singles included and England were just two runs short of the target – 339 with one ball remaining. As luck would have it the batsman at the crease Swann managed to score just one thanks to impressive bit of fielding in the mid-off region by Yusuf Pathan and their final score read — 338.Earlier in the innings, Munaf Patel sent home Kevin Pietersen on 31. He took a fine catch off his own bowling to see him through when the England total was 68.Post his dismissal a Piyush Chawla googly got the better of Jonathan Trott on 16. England score at the stage was 111/2 in 16.4 overs.Soon skipper Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell got on to exactly what Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar had done in the first innings — forge a partnership. They carried on to frustrate the India bowlers even as Strauss completed his century in good time. His 100 came off the 99 balls.But, Strauss hadn’t finished as yet, he went on to put 150 on board and still carried on. Taking cue Bell too batted on to complete his half-century. But, he could not complete his ton as Zaheer Khan got the better of him in the 43rd over.Bell went for a big heave but failed to clear the boundary as Virat Kohli claimed him at mid-off. He scored 69 and England went down to 281/3. Post his dismissal, the biggest scorer for the day, England captain Andrew Strauss too fell with Zaheer claiming his second victim with an LWB decision. Strauss fell for 158 and England to 281/4.Zaheer went on to do more damage. With two new batsmen at the crease, he knew that it was the right time to strike and strike he did claiming Paul Collingwood clean bowled on 1. England now were in dire straits with 285/5 on board in the 45th over.Harbhajan Singh too joined the party with Matt Prior’s wicket. He had put just 4 runs on board before Harbhajan saw him off on 289/6 in the 46th over. An over later Munaf Patel got an opportunity to join the celebrations with Michael Yardy’s wicket. Then Piyush Chawla cleaned bowled Tim Bresnan in the pen-ultimate over.Finally, England’s final score read 338/8 in 50 overs – the match was tied.India inningsadvertisementSachin Tendulkar en route to his 120 against England in Bangalore on Sunday. APMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar hit a record fifth World Cup century as India scored an impressive 338.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat and the Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar got on a rampage against England.However, Virender Sehwag fell early with Tim Bresnan scalping him in 8th over. A daft shot from Sehwag was taken well by keeper Matt Prior, who leaped towards his right to gather the ball. Sehwag walked back on 35 as India fell to 46/1 in 7.5 overs.Post Sehwag’s dismissal Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir got on with a partnership. Clearly the England bowlers were struggling in the face of Tendulkar and Gambhir’s batting prowess.The two had an answer to almost any delivery that was bowled at them. Cuts, pulls, the unconventional ‘upar cut’ — anything and everything was on display at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.Finally, offie Graeme Swann managed to break their partnership with his turner that uprooted the off stump of Gautam Gambhir when the score was 180 in the 30th over. Gambhir fell for 51 after a 134-run partnership with Tendulkar.But, Yuvraj Singh ensured that India’s strike rate stayed up as he too went on a rampage with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by his side. And in the 34th over, the much-awaited moment came as Tendulkar hit his 47th ODI ton and his  fifth century for at World Cup. He did it in fine fashion scoring a four off Bresnan.With his century over Tendulkar threw caution to the wind and went on a charge looking to utilise the Powerplay to the maximum advantage. In the process he ended up getting out on a James Andreson ball. A leading edge from his bat was well taken by Michael Yardy. He fell for 120 when the India total was 236 in the 39th over. His 120 came off just 115 balls and included 10 fours and five over the fence shots. Then India skipper MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh went on a rampage. The two put 69 runs for the third wicket even as Yuvraj Singh completed this 50. Finally he fell to Yardy on 58. On the next ball skipper Dhoni too departed on Bresnan’s ball. He scored 31. India were 305/5 at the stage.At death, the England bowlers tightened the noose even as India, who had posted a 300-plus total were looking to cut loose. As a result quick wickets fell with Bresnan claiming three wicket in an over. In the 49th over, he got rid of Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh to finish with a five wicket haul. And India were all out for 338.advertisementlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook revives beef with Utah Jazz fans

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I swear to God. I will fuck you up, you and your wife. I will fuck you up,” Westbrook said. Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign PLAY LIST 02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It was unclear from the video what the Jazz hecklers said to initiate the profanity-laced response from Westbrook but the player said he heard a racial slur.Westbrook was not penalized by the game officials in the Thunder’s 98-89 victory in front of a crowd of 18,300 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Westbrook finished with a near triple double, 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Westbrook issued a statement after the game to reporters but declined to answer questions.“The young man and his wife in the stands told me to get down on my knees like you used to,” Westbrook said. “And for me that is completely disrespectful. I think it is racial. It is inappropriate.“There are people that come to the games to say mean disrespectful things about me and my family. For many years I have done all the right things and never done anything to hurt or harm anybody. Never been in any trouble. Never fought a fan.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Thunder beat Jazz to sweep NBA season series 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The incident was similar to another outburst from Westbrook in the final of last year’s first round playoff series in Utah.Russell Westbrook explains the verbal altercation he had with Jazz fans during tonight’s game, saying fans told him “to get down on my knees like you used to.” (via @espn_macmahon)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2019“Here in Utah, man, a lot of disrespectful, vulgar things are said to the players here with these fans,” Westbrook said at the time. “It’s truly disrespectful. Talk about your families, your kids.”The NBA’s worst incident between players and fans took place during a 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Piston spectators which resulted in nine players being suspended.The brawl started with 46 seconds left in a game in Detroit and began with Pistons centre Ben Wallace and Pacers forward Ron Artest getting tangled up. A fight broke out between the players.After the fight was broken up, Artest charged into the stands to confront a fan that had thrown a drink at him.That sparked a massive brawl between players and a number of fans that lasted several minutes. Artest ended up with an 86-game suspension and Wallace got six games. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Things get heated between Russell Westbrook and Utah Jazz fans again. “I’ll f*ck you up. You and your wife,” he says. Not sure what these fans said to him, but he also had issues with Jazz fans during the postseason.— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 12, 2019Russell Westbrook threatened a female fan and her male companion when the Oklahoma City Thunder player got into another heated exchange with Utah spectators during an NBA game on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe confrontation between Westbrook and the Jazz fans was caught on video and posted to social media.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

French Open: Local players looking to ride ‘Kiki’ wave at Roland Garros

first_imgAfter Kristina “Kiki” Mladenovic took the home crowd by storm during an epic battle on Friday, French players will be looking to join the new darling of Roland Garros in the French Open fourth round on Saturday.Richard Gasquet plays compatriot Gael Monfils in an all- French third-round match on Court Philippe Chatrier, both men having eased through the draw despite lacking match practice on clay because of injuries.Opening proceedings on the main showcourts will be Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who faces ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, while on Court One, 28th seed Caroline Garcia will start as favourite against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.World number one Andy Murray is also in action on Chatrier against injury-prone Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentine, a fierce rival who will need to be at his best physically to unsettle the Briton.Third seed Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, faces a tricky match against Italian 28th seed Fabio Fognini and Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori is expected to advance at the expense of South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.In the women’s draw, one of the pre-tournament favourites, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, takes on Pole Magda Linette and former runner-up Simona Halep is up against Russian Daria Kasatkina.last_img read more

Support grows for Newfoundland students in town that nixed a rainbow crosswalk

first_imgSPRINGDALE, N.L. – There’s growing support for students who made another pitch to town councillors after they voted down a rainbow crosswalk in Springdale, N.L., unleashing fierce debate.But there was no hint Tuesday if or when the request for a widely embraced symbol of inclusion will be reconsidered.Three teenagers from Indian River High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance spoke at Monday night’s council meeting. They hoped to convince local politicians to reverse their decision.Christina Pelley, one of the group’s teacher sponsors, said the three girls discussed everything from statistics on mental health and LGBTQ youth, to what a rainbow crosswalk represents.“They did a fantastic job and whatever happens, it’s a positive for those girls and for the entire group,” she said Tuesday. “There are a lot of conversations that have been started — important conversations that will keep going no matter what the result is, whether we get our rainbow crosswalk or not.”Councillors didn’t vote on the presentation.Lorinda Goudie, administrative assistant for the Town of Springdale, said Tuesday there is no follow-up meeting planned.She said it’s not known if or when there will be another vote on the crosswalk. No one from the council was immediately available to comment.Earlier this month, the council voted four to three against painting the crosswalk — something that has been done across the country as a symbol of welcome and support for the LGBTQ community.Mayor Dave Edison, who cast the deciding vote, told a local Nor’Wester reporter he does not discriminate against anyone.“I am just worried that, while they are asking for this to show inclusion, I think it is actually going to create a division,” he said. “I have had people speak to me already about not wanting to see it there. I don’t want to create that (animosity) in town.”Prominent Newfoundlanders ridiculed the rejection on social media.“If you’re a LGBTQ kid in Springdale, please know that there are a whole lot of people in Newfoundland and Labrador that support you,” tweeted comedian Mark Critch, anchor of CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.”“Inclusion never divides. Your mayor is being a tool. You’re awesome.”The crosswalk cause is taking on a life of its own online. A Go Fund Me page dubbed “Paint the Town Gay!” had raised more than double its $500 goal by Tuesday afternoon.“Monies raised will cover the cost of paint supplies so the town doesn’t have to worry about taxpayer dollars,” said Adam Elliott, who created the account Friday. He posted that he’s from rural Newfoundland and Labrador but now lives in Sydney, N.S.Adrian Brett, who grew up in Springdale, has so far collected more than 3,000 signatures on an online petition he launched Friday, urging his hometown to approve the rainbow.“I was really taken aback when I heard about their decision because I don’t feel that reflects the majority of the people who actually live in Springdale.”Brett said the town of about 3,000 people includes a mix of Pentecostal and more “liberal Christian” groups.“Acceptance and tolerance and a willingness to include others was a good thing,” he said of his upbringing. “It was something to be celebrated and encouraged.”Brett said if council is stalling, hoping the issue will go away, it won’t.“They need to realize that they’re now under a bit of a national microscope,” he said from Victoria, B.C., where he works as an urban planner.“It’s time that council wake up and realize it’s 2018, and they have a decision to make. I hope they make the right one.”—By Sue Bailey in St. John’s and Alison Auld in Halifax.Follow @suebailey and @alison_auld on Twitter.last_img read more

Motor Show 2002 media sponsor announced

The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC with public access from 24 October. Discount tickets for the Show are now on sale for those who book in advance through the web site at Visitors can save £3 by booking on-line, with adult tickets priced at £12 for public days. On the door, tickets are priced at £15. For the exclusive preview day on 24 October tickets cost £25 in advance but £40 on the door, an on-line saving of more than a third. Figures released by ACEA this week show the UK is now the second largest market for new car sales in Europe. Germany topped the 2001 table with 3,340,544 units, followed by the UK with 2,458,769, Italy with 2,425,300 and France with 2,254,733 units. For visitors without access to the Internet, tickets are available through the NEC box office on 0870 909 4133. Lines are open 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend. In a week when the UK was highlighted as the second biggest market for new car sales in Europe, SMMT is delighted that The Daily Telegraph has confirmed its sponsorship for the British International Motor Show 2002. This will be the fourth Motor Show in a row sponsored by Britain’s biggest-selling quality daily newspaper.The international showcase, which takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC, is the highlight of the motoring calendar. SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are delighted that The Daily Telegraph is a show sponsor again this year. With the prospect of world launches and exclusive features, the British International Motor Show 2002 is the perfect day out for motoring enthusiasts and car buyers alike.‘Since the Motor Show was officially launched, and prior to any advertising for the event, we already have significant advanced ticket sales. Through our partnership with The Daily Telegraph we’re looking forward to welcoming more discerning motoring enthusiasts to the event.’Commenting on its sponsorship of the Show, The Daily Telegraph’s Marketing Director Mark Dixon said, ‘Britain’s biggest consumer show is the perfect partner for Britain’s biggest selling quality daily newspaper. The Daily Telegraph is the only national newspaper to publish a weekly motoring supplement featuring expert motoring editorial from our team of writers as well as celebrity and guest contributions. We are delighted to reinforce our market leadership by being a part of this important international event.’ Notes to editors: During the Show doors will open from 9.30am to 7pm on all public days, closing at 5pm on the final day. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Automotive Academy races to attract new generation of Motor Industry workers

By logging onto players can participate in a ‘live’ computer game that is enjoyable and competitive whilst incorporating some of the industry lean manufacturing techniques, particularly Workplace Organisation or ‘Kaizen’. At the end of each lap there is a pit stop that requires three operations to be performed on the car. A quick time relies on the selection of the right tool, performing the operation, replenishing the stock of parts and replacing the tool on the tool board. As well as being good workplace practices, a fast lap also requires excellent manual dexterity. The top score on the leader board has been reduced from 1:41.1 on 25 July to a very respectable 1:39.5 to date. Alan Begg, the Academy chief executive said, ‘This fantastic initiative, whilst being fun, also serves to demonstrate skills and techniques that young people can expect to learn to develop when they take up a role within the motor industry. It has been a huge success since its launch and interest has accelerated at a breathtaking rate – especially noticeable towards the end of the motor show.’ Begg continues, ‘Because the Automotive Academy only delivers training to young people from early 20s upwards, it was important for us to try and capture the attention of this pool of talent for the industry. We believe that the interest and enthusiasm shown in so far is proof of it success. In fact it has far exceeded our expectations – we are delighted.’ Recently showcased to huge numbers of visitors to the British International Motor Show where the Automotive Academy was exhibiting within the Careers Village section at ExCeL London, the fun educational game challenges players to negotiate their way round a racing circuit and through the pits, replenishing fuel and tyres as they go. Following its launch last month at the SMMT’s Industry Forum Youth Summit,, the new on-line game for young people that encourages them to consider a rewarding career in the motor industry, is in pole position to become this season’s success story. More than 200,000 young people have now played the game and with schools on holiday, the figure is building at an incredible rate. Nearly 2,000 young people have visited the kaizen racing web site which has helpful links to careers in the motor industry. The ability to pass the game on without having directly to log on to the web site means more and more youngsters are getting a taste for a what a career in this arena could offer.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock for Refugees

A Brock for Refugees Open Meeting will take place Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Brock. The meeting is from 5-7 p.m. and will be held in TH258. All are welcome to attend to assist with Brock’s efforts to support Syrian refugees and other refugees around the world.For more information on the Brock for Refugees Open Meetings please see the linked Brock News article about the first meeting, which took place on Oct. 21.

GIS system for mine fleet management

first_imgAustralian company iVolve has released its new iControlTM product, providing complete real-time monitoring and control of a mine site’s mobile fleet and static assets. The ability to integrate real-time visualisation while providing true real-time monitoring and analysis and production and maintenance management are at the heart of iControl, providing users with site-wide management and productivity control capability. iControlM is a Geospatial Information System (GIS) designed specifically for the mining industry. It aggregates and combines information from various sources to produce a complete overview of the state of the fleet and assets. Details such as:– Location and operational status of vehicles– Quantity of material a vehicle is carrying– Amount of fuel the vehicle is consumingThese are all examples of the information that can be clearly visualized in real-time on the map and associated dashboards of iControl. Data sources include aerial photography, vector/CAD drawings, databases, GPS, remote sensors and cameras.By providing access to real-time visibility of the status of the site assets, iControl assists site operations personnel to maximise safety and improve productivity, while providing maintenance personnel with the ability to perform preventative maintenance by monitoring vehicle health and identifying potential issues before they result in costly downtime or in-service failures, or cause injury. iControl is web-enabled and can be used remotely to assist in the analysis and planning stages of mine operations allowing management to optimise future operations.In addition to the ability to visualise real-time information as it occurs, iControl can also be used to analyse and report on historical fleet movements and events. Using the playback feature, iControl is capable of replaying vehicle-specific information such as a near miss or incident, or displaying selected machine health alerts for a desired period of time. iControl is now available as part of iVolve’s PAMS suite of products to the global mining industry.last_img read more

Why dont the new iPhones have 4G connections in Ireland

first_imgTWO NEW IPHONES were released in Ireland on Friday but, despite having 4G capability, they will not yet run on the high-speed connection.Last month Meteor and eMobile’s became the first Irish operators to launch a 4G smartphone service in four cities with running a speed test to see what users can expect.Following that,  a couple of weeks ago Vodafone Ireland switched on its 4G mobile broadband service in six cities and 23 towns across the country with the provider promising a 4G smartphone offer in the coming weeks.As yet, however, those who purchase a new iPhone 5C or 5S on these networks will not be able to avail of 4G. This is because Apple not yet “certified” their phones to work on Irish 4G networks.Apple says that it does not comment on the details of its certification process with each of the relevant networks involved saying they are working with Apple in the hope of having the situations resolved soon.As is the case with most mobile devices, especially smartphones, operators conduct tests to ensure that standards will be maintained for customers.In the case of Apple however, as was confirmed by a Swiss telecoms company last year, the California-based manufacturer undertakes its own independent 4G tests on networks before approval.Other manufacturers such as Samsung also have their own procedures by the process is quicker by comparison.eMobile and Meteor both have 4G smartphone deals for sale with Samsung, Sony and Nokia all represented in their 4G range.Vodafone are expected to have their offers ready next month for the Christmas market with the company saying that they apply a testing process to all devices prior to certification.Watch: Meteor to roll out its 4G service today, but just how fast is it? >Read: New iPhones available in Ireland from 25 October >last_img read more

Poll Could you make it in to Mensa

first_img Poll Results: Not a chance. (1286) Yes. With ease.I might scrape in.Not a chance.I don’t know.VoteRead: The Troubles, the parties and the loneliness of intelligence: Ireland’s Mensa story IRELAND HAS A pretty high number of Mensa members per capita.Mensans are not all well-paid high-flyers, in fact, some are unemployed, so your job and social standing don’t matter, only your IQ.Membership of Mensa is open to people who have attained “a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test”.But, what do you think? Could you make it in? Would you be running the place in a week? What’s your own view of your IQ?To test yourself, here’s a workout.We’re asking: Could you make it in to Mensa? I don’t know. (756) Yes. With ease. (1296) I might scrape in. (2413)last_img read more

iPad 2 cases appear hint at new tablet features

first_imgSometimes the cart really does come before the horse, or more specifically new cases come before the launch of the iPad 2.Chinese manufacturers are currently touting cases which they say will be for the next generation of the iPad. Previous to the news of these cases, our knowledge of the iPad 2 was limited to rumors of a late February 2011 release, and the possibility that these new iPads would have Qualcomm chips allowing them to run on GSM and CDMA networks. That would mean  3G versions will be available for use on the AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks.The cases all have similar characteristics including a hole for a headphone jack, a place for a single dock connector, and a small hole near one of the corners which must be for the rumored rear-facing camera. Another hole in the cases seems to have most people baffled. Speculation for the hole includes room for an antenna, an SD slot (which many people believe is unlikely because of the large size of the hole) and a redesigned speaker.It’s pretty common for Chinese manufacturers to be first with cases for Apple products, even before they are released. The belief is that these manufacturers receive specs from low-level operators at the plants who actually make the Apple devices. The timing of the release of these cases does give some credence to a February 2011 launch. Only then will we see the goodies that make up the new holes included in these iPad 2 cases.Read more at Gizmodo and Engadgetlast_img read more

CCTV footage shows Lyra McKee and suspected gunman in moments leading up

first_img 56,230 Views Apr 20th 2019, 7:32 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 51 Comments Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 7:32 AM Source: PoliceServiceNI/YouTubeTHE POLICE SERVICE of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has released CCTV images of the moments leading up to the shooting of Lyra McKee in Derry.The 29-year-old journalist died after shots were fired in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan in the city during rioting on Thursday night. The PSNI has since launched a murder inquiry, and the senior detective leading the investigation has called on the community in Creggan to help police identify the suspect.“Lyra’s death is senseless and appalling beyond belief,” Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said.“It represents the tragic loss of promise and the loss of potential, however it should not be the loss of hope.“We know that the people of Creggan do not support what happened and they stand with us today in outrage and disgust at the mayhem that took place on their streets last night.” A still of a suspected gunman involved in the killing Source: Police Service of Northern IrelandPSNI have issued CCTV from the incident which shows Lyra in a crowd, the suspected gunman at a street corner, and an individual picking something up at the same corner.“We are releasing this to encourage anyone with information to make contact with us,” Murphy said.“We have already received a large number of calls and information from the public and I would like to thank them for their support and for their willingness to come forward and to try to help us take a killer off the streets.” CCTV footage showing Lyra McKee in the crowd on Thursday night Source: Police Service of Northern IrelandFollowing an appeal by police for members of the public not to share any footage of the moments leading up to the shooting on social media yesterday, Murphy urged the public to share this footage with police instead.“People saw the gunman and people saw those who goaded young people out onto the streets; people know who they are,” he said.“The answers to what happened last night lie within the community. I am asking people to do the right thing for Lyra McKee, for her family and for the city of Derry and help us stop this madness.”Police believe members of a dissident republican group were behind the murder.A number of vigils took place across the island of Ireland in memory of the 29-year-old yesterday, with more events expected to take place later today.center_img Share Tweet Email CCTV footage shows Lyra McKee and suspected gunman in moments leading up to her killing The 29 year-old was shot dead in Derry on Thursday night. By Stephen McDermott Short URLlast_img read more

Skiff Partners with Samsung Publishers

first_imgSamsung’s new Galaxy S smartphone [pictured], which has a four-inch display, was featured in Fuchsberg’s remarks, but he also noted Skiff content and services will be available “across a range of Samsung devices.”Content from The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Random House and Simon & Schuster will be available at launch, said Fuchsberg.Skiff has been working with device manufacturers in an effort to have its service embedded in the products, with access to a Skiff storefront—also currently under construction—available at time of purchase. At the same time, Skiff has created its own branded e-reader device, which the company debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.Photo via Engadget Hearst-incubated Skiff has partnered with Samsung to provide e-reading services and content to the consumer electronics company’s smart phones.Skiff CEO Gil Fuchsberg made the announcement Tuesday during the International CTIA Wireless event held in Las Vegas.Fuchsberg described Skiff’s relationship to Samsung as a “preferred e-reading service partner” and offered some insight into the company’s commitment to the smartphone platform and some of the content it will have available when the service launches “later this year.”last_img read more

Number of House members calling for Fansler resignation grows

first_imgRep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler is facing calls for him to resign from both caucuses after a woman alleged he assaulted her. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The fallout from the assault allegations against Bethel Democratic Rep. Zach Fansler continued Monday, with members from both parties calling for him to resign.Listen nowFansler didn’t show up in the Capitol on the first weekday since the Juneau Empire reported that Juneau police and the Department of Law were investigating him.The Juneau Empire reported Fansler was drunk and slapped a woman repeatedly, rupturing her eardrum, when she denied his sexual advances.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz said Fansler can’t adequately represent his constituents at this point.“I join House majority coalition leadership in calling for Representative Fansler’s resignation,” Spohnholz said. “I think that as leaders, we are called to a higher standard — the highest standard – of behavior, ethical and moral.”The House majority caucus is scheduled to meet Monday evening.It will be the first caucus meeting since the allegations became public and could lead to Fansler being removed from the caucus and losing committee assignments.If Fansler doesn’t resign, he could be expelled from the House by a two-thirds vote – or 27 of 40 — of House members.The House Rules Committee also is meeting tonight. That committee would be responsible for starting the process of expelling Fansler.Spohnholz said Fansler’s position in the House shouldn’t wait for the resolution of a potential legal case.“It’s clear that Representative Fansler stepped over a line,” Spohnholz said. “Whether the court of law convicts him of that is a separate matter.”Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett said she expects Fansler to “do the right thing” and resign.“We have got to stop tolerating this behavior,” Millett said. “We have got to stop sweeping it under the rug. And we have got to honor the victims and their bravery coming forward.”House members said they believe Fansler is still in Juneau.It’s not clear when or if he will visit the Capitol again.last_img read more

Sweet tributes to Nutella billionaire

first_imgSweet tributes to Nutella billionaire106 viewsSweet tributes to Nutella billionaire106 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Sweet tributes to Nutella billionaire106 viewsBusinessHe spent five decades building the Ferrero brand into a global chocolate and confectionary empire. Some called Michele Ferrero a real life Willy Wonka having created Nutella, Kinda Eggs and of courseVentuno Web Player 4.50He spent five decades building the Ferrero brand into a global chocolate and confectionary empire. Some called Michele Ferrero a real life Willy Wonka having created Nutella, Kinda Eggs and of courselast_img

Hearing on 3 death sentence appeals in Nov

first_imgATM Azharul Islam, Muhammad Abdus Subhan and Syed Md. KaysarThe Appellate Division has fixed 21 November for the hearing of the case against three leaders who were sentenced to death for committing crimes against humanity.The leaders are ATM Azharul Islam, Muhammad Abdus Subhan and former state minister for agriculture Syed Md. Kaysar.A five-member appeal bench led by acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order on Tuesday morning.The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Subhan to death on charges of crimes against humanity on 18 February 2015. In the verdict, six allegations out of nine were proven against Subhan. Subhan appealed against the verdict on 18 March. On 20 September 2012, the law enforcers picked up Subhan near Bangabandhu Bridge. On 23 September, he was shown arrested for committing crimes against the humanity. Since then he has been in jail.For committing similar crimes, former state minister for agriculture and Jatiya Party leader Syed Md Kaysar was sentenced to death on 23 December 2014 while ATM Azharul Islam was sentenced to death on 30 December the same year.Kaysar appealed against the death sentence on 19 January 2015 and Azhar on 28 January.Hearing on appeal by Azhar and Kaysar was held on 13 August. The Appellate Division fixed 10 October for the next hearing. After hearing the appeal by Subhan on 16 August, the Appellate Division fixed 16 October for the next hearing.Attorney General Mahbubey Alam sought time for hearing on behalf of the state.Advocate Zainul Abedin was the defence counsel for Azhar and Subhan, and advocate SM Shajahan for Syed Md. Kaysar.last_img read more

Geek deals 1300 50inch Samsung TV Xbox bundle

first_imgOver the past weeks, we’ve seen hot deals on giant TVs, super-low prices on tiny TVs, and occasionally a decent offer on a gaming system. For someone looking to bring a whole new entertainment experience into their living room, this deal is one of the best we’ve seen to date.It starts with one of Samsung’s newest HDTVs, the 1080p, 50-inch UN50ES6900. It uses LED backlighting and has a 120Hz refresh rate, common for any recent TV, but thankfully it also comes with a number of other bells and whistles we’ve come to expect on 2012 HDTVs.It has WiFi built-in, as well as ethernet port if you prefer wires, and built-in web apps for the popular streaming and media services (including Netflix, Pandora, Blockbuster, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter). These are also the kinds of features that tend to be refreshed with software updates, so it is a safe bet this list will grow. 3D support is included, and you even two pairs of glasses in the box.This bundle includes an Xbox 360, and though it’s only the 4GB model you do get a Kinect motion sensor. Two Kinect games are included, Kinect Adventures and Disneyland Adventures, making it the perfect to get started into Microsoft’s hottest toy.The Samsung UN50ES6900 normally runs $1,999 and the Xbox 306 is $249, but you can grab this combo for just $1,299.99 with free shipping. This is a great one-stop offer to breath some new life into your home theater, so follow the instructions below to snag this hot bundle.Click here and add HDTV to shopping cart. Click here and add Xbox 360 to shopping cart. Proceed to shopping cart, Xbox 360 will be marked down to $0 with total price $1,299.99 + free shipping.(Normally $2,249.99 | ends Nov. 7 or sooner)Our other top deals:Three HP W2371d 23-inch 1080p LED-backlit LCD monitors for $469.94 + Free shipping(normally $599.94 | use instant savings | ends Dec. 6 or sooner)Dell XPS 13 Core i5 13.3-inch ultrabook w/ 128GB SSD, Gorilla Glass for $749.99 + Free shipping(normally $949.99 | ends Dec. 7 or sooner)last_img read more

President Solís to discuss migration green energy with US Vice President Joe

first_imgRelated posts:Presidents Obama, Solís sign historic security donation for Costa Rica Costa Rica, Panama ask neighbors to help with stranded migrants President Luis Guillermo Solís to meet with U.S. Vice President Michael Pence Costa Rican women who made us cheer this year President Luis Guillermo Solís will meet next Monday with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Washington D.C. to talk about regional security, irregular migration and renewable energy.Solís said his visit to the White House will be brief and that the agenda was convened following an official invitation from the U.S. government.One of the key issues to be discussed at the meeting is the newly announced program to provide temporary shelter to Central American refugees while they are processed for asylum in the U.S.Under the program, Costa Rica will take up to 200 asylum-seekers at a time from Central America’s Northern Triangle: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.Solís and Biden will also discuss the formulation of a sustainable energy strategy for Central America.Casa Presidencial reported that Solís will take the opportunity to promote Christiana Figueres’ bid for the General Secretariat of the United Nations.The official entourage will include Foreign Minister Manuel González, Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro and director of the Department of Intelligence and Security Mariano Figueres. The group will be back in the country on Tuesday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more