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  • Should You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?

    first_imgSo you’ve finished a great video for your client. They’re happy. You’re happy. However, they want the footage files, too. What should you do?Cover image via Shutterstock. It’s happened to nearly every video producer at some point (and if it hasn’t happened yet, it will). You’ve gone through multiple rounds of revisions, you’ve perfected the client’s vision, and you’ve sent it off with fingers crossed. Good news: the client loves it — now the video appears as planned (YouTube, social, etc.). Then, a couple weeks later, the client wants you to hand over the project files and/or the footage.This is always a difficult moment. Your initial thought will probably be, “Well, what was wrong with what I delivered?” or “I never agreed to this” or even “They will have no idea how to use these files.”If you say no, the client might get upset. If you say yes, you might lose out on potential work in the future — or the client might take your work and make it terrible without your input. Even worse, they might release something terrible with your name still on it.Here are some of my personal thoughts on how to handle this situation.Expectations Are KeyImage via stockfour.Before you start any work on any project, you and the client both need to clearly lay out your expectations.I get it, though — sometimes a job just starts out weird. Every once in a while, you’ll just find yourself working for a client without having discussed contracts, expectations, or deliverables. Even though I have a pretty strict contract policy for my clients, every once in a while, I’ll find myself working on something without taking the necessary steps due to a time crunch or absent mindedness. It happens.This is almost always exactly when this situation arises.It’s crucial to make sure you don’t spend a single hour on a project working outside of the parameters you’ve agreed on. You need very clear expectations for project deliverables. When the client asks you if you are interested, the first thing you should tell them (after “yes”) is exactly what you will deliver — along with your quote.If you’ve already told your client that you don’t provide raw files unless you have previously agreed to do so, then you’ll have a leg to stand on when they ask for it.Know Your RoleImage via piaharrisphotography.This one might seem kind of obvious, but I wouldn’t mention it if I didn’t know about multiple cases when this idea didn’t come into consideration.There is a very big difference between being hired as a production company or as a shooter. As a shooter, your only job is probably providing footage. There’s no real high ground here when it comes to withholding footage. You have one job.If you are working as a production company, that means that you’re providing the works: shooting, editing, and producing. This is where you do have the high ground — the footage you shot is for the edit you will provide. The company is buying the final product, not your footage. If the client is absolutely hell-bent on getting their hands on your footage, you have every right to ask for more money.Don’t Be HeadstrongImage via Vulp.I understand that it can be frustrating to deal with a client who asks for a lot. But if you are dealing with a recurring client who brings you constant business, sometimes it’s easier to take the high road than fight tooth and nail. It’s a simple business decision: do you give something away for a small price (or even free) to secure work from this client in the future? If you burn a bridge because you don’t want to hand over raw footage, you might be in the right, but you might also lose out on thousands of dollars.On the other hand, if the client doesn’t respect your wishes and treats you terribly, then do you really want to work with them again in the future? If you politely decline to provide footage and they come back with expletives and threats to “ruin you in this town,” then bail. You don’t want that type of person on your client list.Play the SituationImage via nd3000.When it all boils down, the situation really helps you determine the best course of action. Is this client a repeat customer who pays on time? Is this a friend whom you don’t mind sharing with? Does the client have a good reason for raw footage (such as archival purposes)? Working out deals with people is straight-up business, and it’s a vital part of being a successful freelancer.And remember, If you really don’t want to hand over your raw footage, you still have the right to hold on to it if you are the one producing the video. If they politely ask for the footage, charge ’em. If they demand the footage . . .Charge ’em double.Looking for more information on video production? Check out these articles.Take Your Creative Briefs to the Next Level With Adobe InDesignFree AE Templates and Assets to Celebrate 25 Years of After EffectsEditing Tips: 8 Ways You Can Save a Shot in Post-ProductionWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit MarginsFreelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing Clientlast_img read more

  • Suspected criminal shot dead by police in Muzaffarnagar encounter

    first_imgA suspected criminal was gunned down by police in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh in an alleged encounter, an official said on Monday.Police said that a police inspector in Purkazi area of Muzaffarnagar had a “chance encounter” with three motorcycle-borne suspected criminals while he was on patrolling duty.”In an exchange of fire one accused and the inspector were injured. Both injured were sent to the hospital,” said UP police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava.The accused died on the way to hospital. He was identified as Ramesh alias Rishipal, a resident of Deoband in Saharanpur.A 32-bore pistol with live cartridges and a stolen motorbike were recovered from him, police said.Police parties have been pressed to nab the other two, Mr. Srivastava added.Many cases against himAccording to police, Ramesh carried a bounty of ₹ 50,000 and had over two dozen criminal cases against him including loot, murder, attempt to murder and gangster activities in the districts of Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat.”He is an active member and shooter of the Jamshed gang,” said Mr. Srivastava.last_img read more

  • Davis Cup: Rosol gives Czechs 1-0 lead against India

    first_imgLukas Rosol had to fight the crowd, muggy weather and a spirited fightback from Yuki Bhambri to beat the Indian and give the Czech Republic’s tennis team a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff on Friday.With the sun playing hide and seek, World No.85 Rosol had to endure the extremely humid conditions to beat Bhambri 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 56 minutes in the first singles rubber on the hard courts of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) complex.Bhambri had a good start with clean serves on the rebound ace and won the first game of the match rather easily. The first three games of the match went in order with neither player threatening the other. But right then Rosol stepped it up to win the next five games and take home the set in only 24 minutes. He broke the local boy thrice and held serve with ease to win the set comfortably.Bhambri could not match Rosol’s on-court movement and ground strokes at all. But the heat and humidity was getting to the Czech as he needed his ice pack from the first game itself. Despite the adverse conditions, Rosol continued his rampage, winning the first four games of the second set, and nine in a row. World No.125 Bhambri was broken twice and it came as a relief to the Indian when he just about managed to hold serve in the fifth game of the set.Rosol needed his towel after almost every two points but that did not stop him from winning the sixth and seventh games to clinch second set in half an hour, pleasing the applauding Czech ambassador Milan Hovorka, who was in attendance.advertisementWith good support from the growing home crowd, Bhambri tried to fight back in the third set. The 23-year-old made Rosol commit errors and broke the Czech for the first time in the match in the third game.However, it did not take much time for the superior Rosol to break back in the sixth game, levelling the set at 3-3. But Rosol had now decided to up the ante and clinched the next two games to take home the match. With Bhambri’s groundstroke going into the net, Rosol gave the visitors the much needed lead in the match.”He played much better. His ground strokes showed what a top class player he is and he belongs to the top rung in the circuit. I couldn’t play well,” Bhambri said.last_img read more

  • Man City to battle Barca for De Jong & De Ligt

    first_imgBarcelona and Manchester City have gone head-to-head in the race to sign Ajax prospect Frenkie De Jong, Goal understands.The two clubs each believe that the other has an advantage when it comes to landing the 21-year-old, who is being chased by Europe’s biggest sides.And the situation is further complicated by a mutual interest in Ajax centre-back Matthijs De Ligt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Barca spent the summer trying to open negotiations with Ajax for De Jong, with Goal having revealed that former technical secretary Robert Fernandez spoke with Ajax director of football Marc Overmars on numerous occasions , but the €30 million (£26.2m/$34.8m) fee on offer was well below the Dutch club’s valuation.De Jong has spoken of his desire to play with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou on several occasions, and sources at Manchester City had been of the belief that the Primera Division champions were in pole position.But senior Barca sources now believe that it is City who have the upper hand thanks to a recent push by sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who has travelled to Amsterdam for talks on several occasions.Barca are resigned to the fact that they would not be able to match City’s financial muscle, although Manchester United’s Paul Pogba does feature as an alternative midfield option. Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, whose contract is up next summer, is also under consideration.There is a feeling within the Catalan club that City could even try to buy De Jong in January and loan him back to Ajax until the end of the season.Frenkie De Jong NetherlandsDe Jong, for his part, insists he has no plans to leave the Amsterdam club : “For the moment I’m staying at Ajax, at least another year and maybe two or three more, I’m really enjoying it here,” he told Elf Voetbal on Thursday.Yet that public stance is not enough to put off his suitors.City are chasing midfield reinforcements after missing out on top target Jorginho to Chelsea in the summer, and the Premier League champions are also drawing up their plans for next summer’s window. A January move has not been ruled out; last season they moved to bring in a centre-back and a forward to aid their push for honours.The versatile De Jong, who can play in several positions in defence and in midfield, is regarded as a special talent by virtually every leading European club and City do not want to miss their opportunity to sign him.Ajax are hoping to take advantage of the situation to recoup as large a transfer fee as possible.City have also been working on a deal for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves , although the Midlands club have indicated that they will fight hard to keep the 21-year-old Portugal international, or at least hold out for as close to £100 million as possible.It remains to be seen whether City are ready to buy just one midfielder – an effective replacement for Jorginho – or two. Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is another player that City have been watching closely for several months.Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands 2017-18It is believed that City are also ready to move for De Jong’s Netherlands and Ajax team-mate De Ligt. The Blues were heavily linked with a big-money bid for the 19-year-old defender towards the end of last season, but Goal understands that the club were merely laying the groundwork ahead of a move in 2019.Barca are also interested in De Ligt and it has been reported recently that they will now prioritise a move for him over De Jong, partly because they believe City have stolen a march on De Jong, and because they see De Ligt as the next Gerard Pique.As with De Jong, however, Barca would not be able to match the English club’s financial terms if a formal offer is made.last_img read more

  • Joulescope helps simplify energy optimization

    first_img Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Continue Reading Previous Joulescope helps simplify energy optimizationNext Infineon: iMOTION IMM100 series reduces PCB size and R&D efforts EdwardThirlwall says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. DavidHamilton says: March 20, 2019 at 6:38 am Log in to Reply I just heard from my chum Matt Liberty. In addition to presenting at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) and serving on its technical advisory board, Matt is the founder of Jetperch, an engineering services company that tackles hardware and software development challenges across a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics, telecom, and industrial.Matt tells me that, over the past couple of years, he has been working on a test equipment product called Joulescope, which makes energy optimization easy and inexpensive for low-power microprocessor-based systems, such as the “things” that live at the edge of the internet of things (IoT). Meet Joulescope. (Source: Jetperch) Joulescope measures current and voltage and computes power and energy. (Source: Jetperch) Matt says that Joulescope measures from –1 A to 3 A. The purpose of the negative side is to capture the glitches and transients that occur during normal operation of a target device. At the high end, Joulescope supports bursts up to 10 A, such as those seen during inrush current testing. Furthermore, Joulescope also supports down to 1.5-nA resolution in its most sensitive 18-µA current range.A key point is that Joulescope’s current measurement is fully autoranging, and what really sets it apart is that it autoranges so fast as to have no practical effect on the device under test. Joulescope switches current ranges in under 2 µs to avoid “browning out” the target device, which is very important when the target device transitions from sleep mode (nA or µA) to active mode (mA or A) or vice versa. Joulescope also has sufficient bandwidth for you to observe short-duration events like interrupt service routines (ISRs).The really exciting part of all of this is that Matt’s Joulescope Precision Energy Analyzer is now live on Kickstarter. Matt tells me that the campaign is already 45% funded after only 5.5 hours (we should all be so lucky). Check out this video of Matt introducing Joulescope. “We need to be as efficient as possible in whichever project that we are currently handling. This is to ensure that not only will we get to save on costs, but we can also be energy-efficient as well. It is about making sure things happen as planned as well March 29, 2019 at 8:50 am “This looks really handy but what I would really like to see is a proper comparison of what’s available in the market right now. At the moment, it seems like there are a lot of companies t hat are racing to come up with the best amplifiers, testers and met 2 thoughts on “Joulescope helps simplify energy optimization” last_img read more

  • Jai Hind India: AR Rahman and SRK join hands for tribute to Indian Hockey

    first_imgTill now, AR Rahman’s Vande Mataram, composed two decades ago, never fails to give goosebumps to the listener. Similarly, his terrific composition for the Tamil language, when it gained the classical language status, is still a favourite with Tamilians.Now, AR Rahman is bringing his Midas touch to pay a tribute to Indian Hockey. With the Hockey World Cup 2018 on our heels, all set to start on November 28 in India, the music maestro has composed a tribute song called Jai Hind India.Many leading celebrities have done a cameo in the song including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. SRK and Rahman are seen wielding the hockey stick in the song promo.Tamil actress Nayanthara also makes an appearance in the promo. Drum Sivamani, Shweta Mohan, Sasha Tirupathi, Shweta Pandit and Harshdeep have also contributed to the tribute song for our national sport.The song will also feature few Indian Hockey players who are taking part in the World Cup.AR Rahman is currently busy with many films in his kitty including Vijay’s Thalapathy 63 and Sivakarthikeyan’s ambitious sci-fi venture.ALSO READ: AR Rahman floored by voice of unknown Andhra womanALSO WATCH: Ranveer and Deepika’s Sindhi wedding at Lake Como todaylast_img read more

  • Bigger Ships on the Horizon for Fujairah Terminals

    first_img“The current expansion work undertaken by Fujairah Terminals includes deepening of berths to 18 metres, allowing large vessels to come to the port, building a 300,000 square meter yard of storage space and upgrading the 1 kilometer quay to accommodate the anticipated growth in shipping traffic. Both phases of the expansion project are on track for their respective completion dates of June 2019 and June 2020,”Al Mutawa continued.“The ongoing construction activities at the port are not affecting the daily work stream and we strive to minimize disruption of services to existing and new clients.”Once phase one is completed, the port will have a capacity of 350,000 TEU per year and 400,000 tons of general cargo. The port will also be able to accommodate Marco Polo-class vessels of up to 9,000 TEU, doubling the size of the largest vessels that can currently call at the port.“We are working to complete phase two of the expansion project by 2020 and we are smoothly implementing our masterplan with the support of various government entities and authorities, including the Fujairah Port Authority.“We have worked with the Fujairah Port Authority on an extensive research, including economic and environmental studies to implement the best means to enhance the capacity of Fujairah Terminals.“Whilst the berth is designed and is being built for 18-meter draft, further dredging as well as increased entrance channel will be addressed in our future development plans, driven by the strategical volumes growth,” he pointed out.The company expects the capacity to reach 1 million TEUs and 700,000 tons of general cargo by 2030.Commenting on investing in berths for even larger ships in line with increasing vessel sizes of up to 21,000+ TEU, Al Mutawa noted that further investment in berth capacity, driven by volumes growth is part of the company’s long-term strategy.In the short run, and to help benchmark against international standards, the company plans to install equipment, such as STS Post-Panamax quay cranes and e-RTGs, to increase operational efficiencies to meet the needs of global shipping companies and service operators.“A new gate complex is also being constructed that will be dedicated to customs and use radio frequency identification (RFI) technology to speed up turnaround for transportation firms, making it easier, cheaper and safer to use the port.“We are gearing up for further expansions. The 18-meter quay wall depth could accommodate the biggest vessels, so that we will be able to adapt to growing demand and industry trends of larger container vessels,” he said.Automation and Digitalization Speaking of the role of technology and innovation in the terminal development, Al Mutawa stressed that the two represent integral components of the company’s growth strategy.“We are constantly assessing ways to harness emerging technologies to streamline our processes and operations together with our investors and customers. Operational inefficiency is one of the major issues affecting the maritime trade. At Abu Dhabi Ports, one of the ways we’ve addressed inefficiencies was to integrate technology seamlessly into our solutions,” he said.“For instance, one of our recent innovations is MAMAR, which was developed and operated by Maqta Gateway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports and a central pillar of the company’s strategy to be a leader in the development of integrated, digital, global trade.”MAMAR is a single-window online interface that merges existing features from Port Community System (mPCS) with Abu Dhabi Customs’ e-services, the aim being to reduce inefficiencies by connecting multiple entities and enable different stakeholders to work together.Impact of Geopolitical Challenges and Trade Wars When asked about the potential impact of the geopolitical challenges on global trade and the future of container terminal industry, especially on the back of the rising tensions between China and the United States, Fujairah Terminals CEO said the vision of Abu Dhabi Ports was one that looks at the long-term.“That is why we’re focused on building infrastructure that will outlast any short-term geopolitical changes that impact the trade environment. In 2019, our industry still faces challenging conditions, however the resilience and creativity that it has shown over the past decade since the financial crisis mean that the sector has emerged stronger, smarter and more efficient.“In fact, the recovery has exceeded expectations. Take, for example, regional container volumes, which have grown at an annual rate of 6.4% in the last 10 years.“So, we are in a strong position to face any challenges.”Al Mutawa believes that there are real opportunities to explore, such as the potential for automation. According to a study by McKinsey & Company released in December 2018, careful planning and management of automated ports can lower operating expenses by 25 to 55 percent and increase productivity by 10 to 35 percent.“Our plan is to continuously scrutinize the market as well as the macro-economic environment to identify levers that will help boost the volumes operated within the terminal. “Whilst containerized cargo and general cargo/project cargo both represent our key priorities in the immediate future, we are continuously exploring prospects beyond these two segments, which involves capitalizing on the strategic geographical position and regional connectivity around Fujairah Emirate. As you may be aware, Etihad Rail is planning to connect main regions and ports with rails expected to come right inside the port,” he concluded.Interview by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra; Image Courtesy: Fujairah Terminals/Abu Dhabi Ports In 2017, UAE-based port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah, under which Fujairah Terminals, a new operational arm of Abu Dhabi Ports was established, with over AED 1 billion (USD 272 million) earmarked for infrastructural investment.Commercial operations at Fujairah Terminals were officially kick-started in September 2017 as activities were ramping up to launch the expansion project the following year.The Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the East Coast of the UAE, a major bunkering and energy hub, as well as a major port for crew changes.Over the past decade, the port has tripled its berths to nine and increased shipping traffic more than eight-fold, with the port handling 4,695 vessels in 2018, including vessels handled by Fujairah Terminals; oil terminals, bunkering, supply boats, container, cruise and general cargo, data from Abu Dhabi Ports shows.Over a year and a half since the establishment of the new company, World Maritime News spoke with Ahmed Al Mutawa, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fujairah Terminals, on the progress made so far with expansion plans at the port, which remained operational during construction work.“Abu Dhabi Ports realized a significant growth opportunity to leverage the Port of Fujairah’s location and improve its capacity and facilities, creating a new gateway to the UAE that boosts connectivity to India, Africa and Asia. Over the past two decades, the port has become the world’s second largest bunkering hub due to its world-class terminal and storage facilities. Additionally, Fujairah Port is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the UAE, strategically located on the country’s Indian Ocean coast, close to the east-west shipping routes,” Mr. Al Mutawa said commenting on Abu Dhabi Ports’ motivation and strategy behind the investment in the Port of Fujairah.“We’re transforming the port through an AED 1 billion investment program in infrastructure and superstructure. By developing world-class infrastructure such as this we are facilitating global trade and attracting foreign direct investment, in line with the vision of UAE’s leadership to create a strong, diversified economy,” he added.According to Fujairah Terminals CEO, the port is witnessing a growing demand for general cargo, project cargo, container, bulk and RORO. “We look forward to tapping into business opportunities from the Red Sea, East Africa and several neighboring countries through our long-term investment plans.“We see significant growth opportunities and plan to boost transhipment for vital sectors like steel, spare parts, food and polymers. The port directly serves the entire Arabian Gulf region and the Indian subcontinent, which represent our key target markets,” he added.The company’s development master plan includes deepening of berths to allow large vessels to come to the port, as well as increasing the entrance of the channel. So far, the port has been able to accommodate containerships of up to 5,500 TEU.Activities on constructing the berths, yards and the marine side were launched in 2018, and the development is taking place in two phases, with the completion deadline set for the mid of 2020.last_img read more

  • Festivities galore mark Montreals 375th birthday

    first_imgMONTREAL – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to Montreal’s founders and highlighted the city’s cultural diversity on Wednesday as he joined the festivities in honour of the city’s 375th birthday.“Its francophone roots, its indigenous origins, the contributions of different communities and people who come from all over the world to live here make it a city that is unique in its kind,” Trudeau said at a ceremony honouring Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey, the city’s founders.Earlier, Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard attended a mass at the historic Notre-Dame Basilica, along with Mayor Denis Coderre and several hundred other guests.Church bells rang out across Montreal prior to the mass, which was intended to celebrate the city’s religious diversity.“Montrealers, more than anyone, know that our diversity is our strength and this mass is a testament to that,” Trudeau told the gathering inside the historic church.That sentiment was echoed by Couillard.“The gathering this morning expresses the best of ourselves,” he said. “Montreal is a city of diversity, with beautiful projects, attracting people from all over the world to put down roots and chase their dreams.”Even Pope Francis, who declined an earlier invitation to attend events marking Montreal’s 375th birthday, sent his greetings to mark the occasion.“His Holiness Pope Francis associates himself with the joy and prayer of all those present,” according to the message relayed by a Vatican official and released by the diocese of Montreal.In the message, the pontiff went on to encourage the city’s inhabitants “to build bridges between men, respecting their differences and thus contributing to the building of a more just and fraternal society.”At the homage to the city’s founders, which included a performance from the Ecole superieure de ballet du Quebec and Mohawk singers and drummers, Coderre paid tribute to those whose lands on which Montreal was founded.“We have a duty to remember and recognize the native people, who’ve also suffered over the centuries of this grand European migration and who have contributed to the edification of society that we live in and who continue to contribute today,” he told an audience at an Old Montreal square.Coderre said that’s why the city recognizes it is on unceded Iroquois territory.“On this day to mark our 375th anniversary, we cannot rewrite history, but we can certainly contribute to the reconciliation between our peoples,” he said.The prime minister also acknowleged the “many errors” that had been made with regard to the treatment of indigenous peoples in the city.“Part of being an open, vibrant, modern city is recognizing the errors of the past and building always together for a brighter future,” Trudeau said.Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, as well as several other dignitaries also laid wreaths of flowers at the foot of a statue of de Chomedey as part of the ceremony.The birthday festivities continued throughout the day and were to culminate with the nighttime illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.Trudeau told reporters his birthday wish for Montreal, which was known as Ville-Marie when it was founded on May 17, 1642, is another 375 years of diversity, pride and openness.He said he is a proud Montrealer even though he was born in Ottawa.Trudeau said his father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, made it clear where the family came from.“I grew up in Ottawa, I was born in Ottawa, but my father was a Montrealer and he would bring us here quite regularly,” he said. “He would tell us, ‘No, you live in Ottawa but you’re Montrealers. You just don’t really know it yet.’“So when I arrived here at the age of 13 after my father left politics, it was like coming home.”last_img read more

  • PetSmarts Chewycom files to go public

    NEW YORK — Chewy, the online pet store owned by PetSmart, is going public.The company said it plans to raise about $100 million, but that is likely to change based on investor demand. It said Monday it expects its ticker symbol to be “CHWY.”Chewy, which was founded in 2011 and bought by PetSmart in 2017, has never been profitable. It reported a loss of $267.9 million last year on revenue of $3.53 billion.The company says it wants to grow its in-house brands, increase its pet pharmacy offerings and expand outside the U.S.Chewy has headquarters in Boston and Dania Beach, Florida, and has seven warehouses around the country where orders are packed and shipped to shoppers.The Associated Press read more

  • US probes inadvertent side air bag deployment on Mazda SUVs

    DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that side curtain air bags can inflate for no reason on some Mazda CX-9 large SUVs.Documents posted Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say two owners have complained about the problem. Four people were hurt in one of the cases.In both complaints owners told the agency that the left and right air bags went off for no reason while the SUVs were moving.The probe covers CX-9s from the 2010 through 2013 model years. Mazda sold just over 112,000 of the SUVs from 2010 through 2013.The safety agency says investigators will figure out how often the problem happens and determine the safety consequences. The agency could seek a recall.Messages were left Monday morning seeking comment from Mazda.The Associated Press read more

  • RJ Barrett leads record setting class of six Canadians picked in NBA

    BROWSE nba draft Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Toronto was selected 17th overall by the Brooklyn Nets, the second Canadian picked in the draft. Vancouver-born and Arizona-raised Brandon Clarke of Gonzaga was taken four picks later, going to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 21st overall.Mfiondu Kabengele of Burlington, Ont., who played for Florida State last season, was drafted by the Nets 27th overall. However, ESPN reported that Brooklyn had a deal in place with the Clippers that will send Kabengele to Los Angeles.Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis of Oakville, Ont., was drafted in the second round, 47th overall, by the Sacramento Kings to match the worldwide record. Several media reports indicated that the Kings had a deal in place to send Brazdeikis to the Knicks, where he will join Barrett.The Philadelphia 76ers took Ottawa’s Marial Shayok in the second round, 54th overall, making him the sixth Canadian drafted on Thursday night. That pick officially set the new benchmark for non-American selections in a single NBA draft.“I’d like to congratulate all our Canadian players on achieving their dreams after being selected during tonight’s NBA Draft,” said Basketball Canada president and CEO Glen Grunwald. “As a country, Canada continues to produce some of the top basketball talent in the world as a Canadian has now been selected in each of the last ten NBA drafts.”Arizona State guard Luguentz Dort of Montreal will sign as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN.The evening was a continuation of a memorable week for Canadian basketball. A massive crowd cheered on the NBA champion Raptors during a parade and rally in downtown Toronto on Monday, four days after the team became the first squad from outside the U.S. to capture the crown.Canada’s previous record for most players taken in a draft was four, set in 2014. That year three Canadians were taken in the first round.R.J. Barrett was the highest Canadian picked since Andrew Wiggins went first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. The younger Barrett wore a pink suit with black shirt, tie and pocket square. The lining of his suit was covered in red maple leaves.Anthony Bennett of Brampton, Ont., also went first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.On Thursday, the New Orleans Pelicans started the draft by taking Duke’s Zion Williamson. The Memphis Grizzlies followed by scooping up Murray State guard Ja Morant.The NBA champion Toronto Raptors entered the night without a pick in the first round. They selected centre Dewan Hernandez 59th overall.Watch CityNews reporter Stella Acquisto go one-one-one with Barrett back in 2015 R.J. Barrett was picked third overall by the New York Knicks in the NBA draft, kicking off a record-setting night for Canadian basketball.A native of Mississauga, Ont., and a star with Duke University, the six-foot-seven Barrett was the first of four Canadians selected in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night, a new record for Basketball Canada. Two more Canadians were selected in the second round, setting a new record for most players picked from any country outside the United States in a single draft. France had five players drafted in 2016.“Today is a momentous day for all our Canadian players drafted into the NBA,” said Rowan Barrett, general manager of Canada’s senior men’s basketball team and R.J. Barrett’s father. “With a record number of Canadians selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, this exemplifies our players reaching for the highest levels in the sport.”“This growth has not happened overnight and is result of many years of planning, programming and winning.”In 2015, Barrett was featured as Athlete of the Week on CityNews read more

  • Enes Kanter May Be One Of The Last Players To Cash In

    At a glance, Kanter is the kind of young post player whose services teams line up around the block to pay for. The list of big men who snagged at least 15 points and 8 rebounds a game as 22-year-olds, as Kanter did last year, is littered with Hall of Famers, to say nothing of players whose numbers Kanter matched (18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG) after a midseason trade to the Thunder. Decades ago, Kanter would have been seen as one of the league’s rising stars.Today, though, players are judged on their advanced metrics in addition to per-game averages and the eye test. And few players benefit less from this development than Kanter.Granted, it doesn’t take supercharged data to suspect Kanter of playing poor defense. He has a reputation for ineptitude at that end of the floor, and his block totals are routinely anemic. But defense is also a complex area of the game that statistics have traditionally been ill-equipped to measure accurately. And without reliable data, defensive deficiencies were easy to deny or downplay as more opinion than fact.Modern advanced stats, though, help quantify the defensive inadequacies of players such as Kanter with far greater precision than was previously possible. Without Real Plus-Minus (RPM), for instance, you wouldn’t know that Kanter had the worst on-court defensive influence of any center last season. And without SportVU player tracking data, you wouldn’t know Kanter allowed the highest field goal percentage at the rim of any qualified1Minimum 500 minutes played. big man a year ago. The recent advent of deeper NBA data has made it tougher for poor defenders to hide their shortcomings.Surprisingly (at least to me), Kanter’s offense also suffers on the sabermetric front: He doesn’t appear to help his teams score as efficiently as would be expected from his basic statistics. Only a few players have scored as much, and with as much efficiency,2As respectively measured by usage rate and true shooting percentage. as Kanter has over the past three seasons, but it doesn’t seem to matter. During Kanter’s career, his teams have scored 1.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than without, and — perhaps not coincidentally — he had the second-worst offensive Box Plus/Minus (BPM) of any player in the aforementioned group, and the fifth-worst offensive RPM.The single most important component of a player’s on-court offensive influence3As measured by offensive RPM. is scoring efficiency, and that’s not a trouble spot for Kanter. But even more important (when taken collectively) are a player’s assist rate and his ability to get to the line and to take 3-point shots, and Kanter sets the team back in both areas.That may not seem important because Kanter is still personally scoring points, but basketball is a tricky sport that way. The fascinating thing that happens when you search for links between component categories and overall offensive performance is that unexpected relationships fall out of the data. A player’s passing can amplify (or diminish) the potency of the threat his scoring talent represents; his ability to stretch the floor or collapse defenses into the paint can open up opportunities for teammates. Kanter’s own numbers might not be affected, but his weaknesses show up in his team’s rates of shooting efficiency, turnovers and, ultimately, offensive success.The idea of players being hollow stat-stuffers is hardly new, but the ability to quantify it with enough certainty to resist the lure of the potential “20 and 10” guy4Kanter averaged 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season. at the negotiating table is a novel development. Too novel, in fact, since OKC did eventually cave and match Portland’s offer to Kanter, putting the Thunder above the luxury-tax line they’d traded James Harden to avoid less than three years earlier. But if the rapid acceptance of advanced metrics is any indication, Kanter might be one of the last of his kind.In other words, don’t be surprised if the days of a player cashing in on hollow numbers are, well, numbered. In the history of NBA free agency, there have been worse moves — particularly when you consider the crazy money that teams have shelled out to big men over the years. And through a certain prism (one that used to be the norm not so long ago), it even seems perfectly reasonable. But the Oklahoma City Thunder’s decision to match Portland’s maximum-level ($70 million) offer sheet to center Enes Kanter received mostly scorn from the Internet after it was announced late Sunday. read more


    first_img Pastors talk tough on more direct dealing with social woes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Nov 2014 – The Turks and Caicos will see a carnival festivity next year to add to the summer events calendar of the country… Williams Entertainment is spearheading, what is called ‘We Carnival’ and is about to launch an opportunity for local fashion aficionados to be a part of the designing of the costumes for ‘We Carnival’… We Carnival to debut this weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:We Carnival DESIGNERS DESIREDlast_img read more

  • New drug to treat people with OCD being tested in San Diego

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Obsessive compulsive disorder Or OCD affects millions of people in the U.S. According to the National Institutes of Health,  1 in 40 adults struggles with the condition and one in 100 children.A new drug is being tested here in San Diego county to treat people with the condition.Here to tell us more is Dr. Charmaine Semeniuk, a neurologist and psychiatrist at Synergy Research Center’s clinics in Lemon Grove and Corey Bosvay, a patient whose battled obsessive compulsive disorder for years.To learn more: Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom New drug to treat people with OCD being tested in San Diego March 7, 2019last_img read more

  • PBSO find 11yearold girl who went missing

    first_imgROYAL PALM BEACH (WSVN) — The West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office has located an 11-year-old girl who went missing, Saturday night.Sara Saige Ornelas had last seen Saturday, leaving her residence near the 100 block of Sandpiper Avenue in Royal Palm Beach. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • David Byrne Preps For First Solo Tour Since 2009

    first_img David Byrne Ready For 2018 Solo Tour david-byrne-preps-first-solo-tour-2009 David Byrne Preps For First Solo Tour Since 2009 News Facebook Twitter Email The Talking Heads co-founder has planned a mini-tour to demo his new live stage conceptBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 13, 2017 – 5:35 pm Writer, multi-instrumentalist, art pop pioneer, and Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne has some big plans in store for early 2018 – namely a brand-new solo album, a handful of U.S. tour dates, and a number of international festival appearances.Byrne announced the tour in a blog post on his official website, and revealed that his upcoming tour will primarily feature Talking Heads hits alongside new songs from his forthcoming, as-yet untitled solo album.Although he hasn’t toured as a solo act since 2009, Byrne’s last big road trip was in support for his 2012 collaboration album with St. Vincent Love This Giant.Byrne also teased some details surrounding the new conceptual stage setup he has envisioned for the upcoming tour. “I had an idea that everyone in the band might be mobile,” he explains.  “So there would be no risers, drum platform or any of that stuff. I’d experienced a taste of this on the tour I did with St. Vincent, where all the brass players were mobile.”On top of cutting cables to let the instrumentalists roam freely about the stage, Byrne hoped to shroud or otherwise hide all amps, monitors, and other gear from sight, leaving the stage “completely clear.”  In a typical theater setting, these items could be shrouded using cloth draping, but this presented an obvious problem for the outdoor shows Byrne is scheduled to play, so his team has been experimenting with a drapery made of lightweight chain instead. Byrne’s intention for the upcoming tour dates is to conduct a live real-world test of the new stage setup.Byrne’s 2018 U.S. mini-tour will kick off on March 3 at New Jersey’s Count Basie Theater, and wrap up on March 10 in Kingston, N.Y. Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 15.  Further details regarding his new solo album – including the title – are still forthcoming.HBO’s ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Arrives January 2018last_img read more

  • John Prine And His Famous Friends Are Knockin On Your Screen Door

    first_img John Prine And His Famous Friends Are “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 27, 2016 – 11:02 am John Prine, Sturgill Simpson On Songwriting’s Myst Email John Prine Is Knocking, Let Him In john-prine-and-his-famous-friends-are-knockin-your-screen-door Twitter Joined by Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, he’s introducing himself all over againPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 10, 2018 – 4:16 pm Legendary folk artist and multiple GRAMMY winner John Prine released The Tree Of Forgiveness this past April, his first album of original compositions since 2005’s Fair & Square, which won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. On July 10, joined by some exceptional guests, Prine released a video for the first track, “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.” A new generation of listeners just might answer that summertime call.His knock-knock is distinctively set in Nashville and his band includes GRAMMY winners Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Elizabeth Cook and Margo Price. Favorite Nashville spots incorporated as settings include Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Station Inn. Altogether the warm feelings are “down home” and inviting. News With just a couple more U.S. dates this month, Prine’s summer will take him abroad in August for a European tour, but he’ll be back in fall. As announced on July 9, joined by Simpson, Prine will be ringing in the New Year at the Grand Ole Opry. “I’m basically doing the same thing I’ve been doing over the years,” Prine said in an interview with The Tennessean. “Maybe people finally caught on to it.”The paper, a version of which began publishing in Nashville in 1812, dubbed him “the godfather of the exploding Americana music scene.” The way Simpson put it to their writer was, “John Prine is the coolest person in the room and he always has been.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

  • With Budget Changes Walker Boosts Ferry Community Jails Funding

    first_imgWith Wednesday’s deadline for changes, Gov. Bill Walker has sent his final amendments to the capital and operating budget to the Legislature.Download AudioThe governor partially restored funding for community jails. While Walker had initially cut the program entirely, the amended budget includes $7 million for their operation. The budget also shuffles $6 million in highway funding to the ferry system to cover already scheduled services. Walker also added a $9 million capital appropriation for homelessness programs, and he cut $20 million from Medicaid based on anticipated savings through expansion of the program.The changes also include a contingency provision that would allow the governor the discretion to transfer some funds between departments “to mitigate the unexpected consequence of budget cutting.”The net change from the last version of his budget is an increase of $350,000. The current budget spends $5.5 billion from the state’s unrestricted general fund.last_img read more

  • Economic Survey 2015 Adopt Direct Cash Transfer Overhaul Food Subsidies Says Report

    first_imgThe food subsidy bill India runs every year needs to be overhauled with the direct cash transfer mechanism to help control losses in the public distribution of dietary staples aimed at the poor, said the Economic Survey presented on Friday. The report, which acts as the basis for the Union Budget 2015-16, noted that food subsidy reforms needed more work. A watchman stands next to heaps of sacks filled with paddy at a wholesale grain market in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 15, 2014.ReutersIndia, which feeds 1.2 billion mouths, is the world’s largest rice and wheat producer, next only to China. The democracy is also home to a third of the world’s poorest people, some of whom live under conditions much worse than sub-Sahara nations, and runs a mammoth and expensive food welfare programme for the poor, which fails to live up to expectations.For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2015, India’s food subsidy bill totals $18.6 billion.A distribution network of 4.5 lakh ration shops disburse subsidised food to over 6.5 crore people, the stated beneficiaries of the often inefficient programme.The loss in subsidies for rice and wheat amounts to almost $2.98 billion, which the report said, “seriously” undermined the effectiveness of the distribution network. Pilferage is accepted and treated as a norm.”Leakages can be stopped by cash transfer of the subsidy amount directly to the bank account, but the biggest challenge is most of the poor in India do not have any accounts at all,” Karvy Comtrade research head of brokerage Veeresh Hiremath told Reuters. Pigeons eat grains from stacked sacks at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market yard, on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad July 29, 2014.ReutersThe report called for a review of state-run grain procurement policies, particularly in the states that pay a higher price than the minimum support price level for subsidised food grains and impose high tariff barriers on the purchases.The Food Corporation of India (FCI), the government body which handles storage and distribution of grain, some of which goes to rot, is especially known for inefficient food grain management policies.The report recommended extending the food subsidy review to also cover stocking and distribution policies.last_img read more