first_imgThis uber-successful horror director dives into his latest project and what future directors should expect on set.All images via ponysmasher.Director the recent film Annabelle: Creation and YouTube extraordinaire David F. Sandberg takes us through directing a feature film — regardless of your budget — in this stellar video. The series is full of brilliant insight, excellent behind-the-scenes footage, and industry know-how for filmmakers of all skill levels.Of all the different people working on set, the director is no doubt one of the most important (if not the most important). So, when we ask, “What is it that the director actually does,” Sandberg discusses the one thing any director absolutely must know how to do: communicate.Communicate to other people. What it is you want. What your vision for the film is. What you want it to feel like. What you want it to look like. What you want it to sound like.It’s important to note that if you’re a first-time director or are dealing with cameras you’ve never shot with before, knowing how to work the cameras and which lenses work best isn’t necessarily your responsibility.A director doesn’t necessarily need or have to know all these technical things, but it helps, of course, the more you know about every aspect of filmmaking.Sandberg emphasizes how important it is to establish a good relationship with your director of photography. Working with a reliable DP, with mutual understanding and communication, builds trust. So, if you don’t necessarily know everything about cameras, lenses, or lights, it’s okay. Thats what the DP, gaffer, and DIT are there for — to help you capture your vision. That’s not to say experience and know-how won’t take you further, however, because they will.The director brings focus to the truly limitless possibilities of filmmaking. There are endless ways to shoot every action and scene. Because of this scope of opportunity, as a director, you’ll need to answer a million questions on set. Sandberg reflects on his first directorial debut, Lights Out, when he learned right from the start that he would need to field many, many questions — and quickly. Sandberg encourages directors not to let questions go unanswered and pile up. Even if you’re unsure of the answer and think it might be wrong, give them an answer. You can always correct yourself and fix the problem later.Staging the ActorsOne of the biggest takeaways from these behind-the-scenes videos is how much staging Sandberg does on set. Setting up the shot, positioning actors, determining marks: all these tasks take place while the camera operator and crew prep lighting, props, and extras.When you picture a director on set, you might imagine this weird guy yelling at the actors and giving them weird poetic directions, and doing like a hundred takes. I’m sure those directors exist, but for me casting is crucial. To find people who really know how to get into these characters so you don’t have to drag that out of them on set. Because on set you will have a lot of technical stuff to figure out, so your job will be so much easier if your actors just know their characters and are able to go into that.Be Open to EverythingOf the director’s many responsibilities, knowing and adhering to the script might be number one. However, directors should never feel beholden to the words on the page or how they hear the lines in their own heads.Sandberg stresses that directors should never oppose new directions or performances simply on principle. Just because the actor delivered a line differently than you were expecting doesn’t necessarily mean you need to keep shooting take after take. Let the actors give their characters lives of their own, and learn to trust the relationship you’ve built with them.Actors aren’t parrots . . . What an actor needs to know most of all, is why. Instead of telling an actor to look sad, you have to let them know why the person is sad.It’s all about what feels right for the actor. Making them as comfortable as possible will lead to well-rounded and believable performances.An Average DayOne of the first things to do on the first day of shooting is to walk through the scenes with your actors. No camera crew, no props, no crafty — just you and your actors. By doing so, you can figure out what will work and what won’t, and maybe even determine some new directions the scene could take.A big question many aspiring directors have is how many takes they should shoot and how long scenes should take to film. Sandberg advises you go with your gut, and don’t push your actors into frustration.Then you’re ready to do your first take, and then if that doesn’t feel right, you’ll do another take. I think, as a director, it’s important to know when to let go. Because its pretty easy to just keep chasing that perfect take that you’re never going to get. For me, I feel that usually the best take is like the third or fourth take.Because of this minimal approach to takes, Sandberg can cut down time between scenes, takes, and shots. Setting up lights and props (and the camera) takes forever, and you never have enough time while filming a movie, so the more time you can steal, the better.Another way he reduces time for breaking down equipment for new camera setups is by avoiding shooting coverage. Shooting coverage is a certain way to bore your actors and limit the number of shots you complete in a given day.My ideal way of shooting a scene is you have a long take, that can sort of can start as a master and go into a two-shot. Getting the coverage you need in one long take, and then turning around and shooting from the other direction, so you have something to cut to.Shooting a OnerOne of the oldest techniques in the book, shooting a long take, has been a filmmaking staple since the art form’s inception. Sandberg speaks out about his love for shooting a oner and how often he includes the camera trick in his arsenal. However, oners can limit you in the edit. This might seem obvious, but many filmmakers don’t think about the editing process while on set, and they often can’t go back and reshoot the scene. So if you decide to shoot a scene in one take, make sure you at least get a few shots to cut to, just in case.Sandberg’s YouTube channel is an excellent resource for all things filmmaking, offering professional insight into the many directions your career can take. His latest, Annabelle: Creation opens August 11th.For more tips and tricks for filmmaking professionals, check out our past coverage:Last Chance U Director of Photography Gabriel PatayBehind A24’s Menashe with the Director and DPBehind the Scene’s with YouTube’s Binging with BabishInside Atomic Fiction: An Exclusive Interview with a VFX Powerhouselast_img read more

first_imgOpposition parties on Wednesday hit out at the Congress-led Punjab government, accusing it of “murdering democracy” by resorting to ‘goondagardi’ (hooliganism) to stop their candidates from participating in the upcoming zila parishad and block samiti polls.The Aam Aadmi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP questioned the role of the State Election Commission in holding fair and free polls, and alleged that it was working under “pressure” of the State government.They claimed that the candidatures of their nominees at most of the places were rejected on “flimsy grounds with mala fide intention”, reducing the entire poll process to a sham.“Over 200 nominations of our party were rejected on flimsy grounds in the entire State. There had been large-scale rejection of nominations. It is a total murder of democracy,” SAD spokesperson and former Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said.“Earlier, our candidates were forcibly stopped from filing nomination papers at several places. Those who managed to file nominations now faced rejection,” he further said.The Akali Dal is considering to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking probe into the “large-scale” rejection of nomination papers of the opposition parties, said Mr. Cheema. “We will also question the role of the State Election Commission,” he said.Mr. Cheema said the Akali Dal will not to be cowed down by the “gimmicks” of the ruling party.Echoing similar sentiments, the BJP accused the Congress of threatening candidates of the opposition parties with arrest.“In these elections, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is trying to murder the democracy the way West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had done in the panchayat polls,” said BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh.‘Humiliating defeat’“The Congress government knows if free and fair polls take place they will face humiliating defeat and that is why they are trying to crush the voice of the opposition parties by indulging in violence,” Mr. Chugh alleged.AAP MLA Aman Arora also lashed out at the Congress, accusing the State government of denying the right to fight the zila parishad and block samiti polls.“Complete ‘goondagardi’ (hooliganism) is taking place in Punjab during these polls,” claimed Mr. Arora.He pointed out that the nomination of his party candidate in Ubhowal zone in Sangrur was shown as withdrawn even as the candidate had not done so.“The signature of candidate on the withdrawal form was forged by someone in order to elect a Congress candidate,” claimed Mr. Arora.Notably, the body of AAP candidate Harvinder Singh Hinda was found at his home in Jethuke village in Bathinda district.Meanwhile, Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Baja denied all the charges of the opposition parties, claiming that they were levelling allegations out of sheer frustration.“Everything going on in the polls has been free and fair,” said Mr. Bajwa.Elections to zila parishads and panchayat samitis will be held on September 19. The counting of votes will take place on September 22.A total of 354 member of zila parishad and 2,900 members of panchayat samitis will be elected during the polling.last_img read more

first_imgA rare 17th century tray produced in Bidar in south India that exemplified Indian superiority in metallurgy at the time – long before England had the expertise – has been blocked from export by the Theresa May government, seeking to retain and preserve it in the United Kingdom.Described by the department of digital, media, culture & sport as “mysterious and unique”, the artwork has been assessed by experts to be at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found and retained within the UK.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgSunil Gavaskar recently exited the IPL Governing Council because he felt that the IPL, as a commercial enterprise, was not remunerating him adequately. In any case, his exit sparked off a controversy.Sunil GavaskarFrom the time the Kochi franchise was rigged up, there has been speculation about the role of a top,Sunil Gavaskar recently exited the IPL Governing Council because he felt that the IPL, as a commercial enterprise, was not remunerating him adequately. In any case, his exit sparked off a controversy.Sunil GavaskarFrom the time the Kochi franchise was rigged up, there has been speculation about the role of a top former cricketer. Outing Gavaskar just a day before the crucial IPL Governing Council meeting at Nagpur only confirmed the top cricketer’s name. Holidaying in Dubai, Gavaskar spoke to sandeep bamzai on the eve of the ipl Governing Council meeting about his actual involvement with the Kochi franchise. Excerpts:Q. What is the extent of your involvement with the controversial Kochi franchise of the IPL?A. This is not the first time I have been approached by a potential franchise. In the past too there have been several approaches to help on the cricketing aspect but nothing actually materialised.Q. Has a formal offer been made to you by the Gaekwads?A. Till I get a formal offer in writing, it is just like all previous approaches made to me. It is only after a formal written approach is made that I will be in a position to answer questions about monetary aspects and any stake in the franchise. Of course, before that we have to wait for the BCCI’s decision on the matter of retaining the franchise or not.Q. Why did you quit from the Governing Council after being an integral member of the executive from the beginning?advertisementA. I opted out because I feel like Tiger Pataudi that since the IPL is a commercial enterprise, those who give their expertise, experience, inputs and time should be remunerated. You are aware that I have been a coach and consultant for the Indian team in the past and did not ask for nor got a rupee for doing so. I thought it was my duty to do so for what Indian cricket has given me and I will still do so if asked. But the IPL is a commercial enterprise.last_img read more

first_imgIf numbers are anything to go by, the 20th edition of the Delhi Book Fair is witnessing a dramatic comeback of the iconic Indian comic character, Chacha Chaudhary, whose creator Pran Kumar Sharma died recently. Our stall has seen an unprecedented footfall over the last few days and we have already sold more than three thousand copies of the Chacha Chaudhary series, Gulshan Rai, publisher, Diamond Comics, told PTI.In what could be called a fitting tribute, Diamond Comics has also republished all the early editions of the series and released them at their original price, effectively leading to a huge discount.People visiting the fair could be seen lapping up the opportunity to purchase these comic books, with the Diamond Comics stall swarming with buyers cutting across the age spectrum, giving credence to the publisher’s claim. “I remember fighting with my siblings over who would read the comic first. Such was the craze that even during exams, I used to keep those comics underneath my textbooks, all the while pretending that I was studying,” said Rachita Arora, a homemaker, taking a trip down memory lane at the Fair. The Chacha Chaudhary comic is available in 10 languages.”The diminutive ‘Chacha’, with a brain sharper than a needle and faster than a super-computer, once had a ubiquitous presence in many Indian homes. But like other indigenous comic characters, ‘Chacha’ too faded away from public memory owing to multiple distractions,” Rachita added.Shivani Gupta, an avowed fan of the endearing character, said, My son remains glued to the television watching shows like ‘Chhota Bheem’ when he is not busy fiddling with an app or the other on the phone. I am buying a few copies of Chacha Chaudhury, just to inculcate the habit of reading in him.advertisementMeanwhile, Chacha Chaudhary fans might be able to possess some collectors’ items through a deal announced by the online shopping site Groupon India. The site in collaboration with Diamond Comics has launched a series of deals, which offer limited edition copies of the comics bearing digital autographs of Pran.The package contains other Chacha merchandise like DVDs, 3D comics and magnet stickers. Four deals available with the site including The Best of Chacha Chaudhury (English) a handpicked collection of five popular issues of the comics priced at Rs 333.Buyers would also receive a DVD worth Rs 150, a Chacha Chaudhary magnet sticker, and a 3D comic worth Rs 50 on purchase of the deal. Pran imagined Chacha a middle class frail but highly intelligent old man. He always sported a bushy bristling white mustache and a trademark red pagadi.A wooden stick, a pocket watch and a waistcoat with a double inside pocket are also some of Chacha’s wardrobe staples. Wife Bini (Chachi), a faithful street dog Rocket and a giant called Sabu who is his sidekick are what Pran gave Chacha as his household members.The Chacha Chaudhary comic is available in 10 languages.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers proved they aren’t the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season when they won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals 2-1 on SaturdayDominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play and the Rangers moved to within three wins of returning to the Stanley Cup finals.The game-winning goal came just 30 seconds after Moore stepped out of the penalty box, and it capped another nail-biter for the Rangers, who have played 15 consecutive one-goal games in the postseason.The Rangers have won nine games this postseason, and have seven victories by a 2-1 score.The series opener was unlike any of the three games between the Rangers and Lightning in the regular season. Tampa Bay won all three by a combined 15-7 margin.Derek Stepan, who scored the Game 7 winner against Washington on Wednesday, also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.Ondrej Palat tied the game on a power-play goal early in the third period. Ben Bishop had 28 saves for the Lightning in losing to New York for the first time in nine games.Game 2 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Monday.TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Tammy Abraham revels up front but Chelsea need to tighten up at the back Share on WhatsApp In the short term he may persist, or perhaps may look to make good on his pledge to use Fernandinho as a centre-half. Certainly some more leadership in that area would not go amiss and it is not just Laporte but Vincent Kompany who City are missing in that regard. The Frenchman and the Belgian were also the combination who provided the best results for City in the past 18 months (11 games started together and with a 91% win ratio).Often when Guardiola talks the conversation comes back to himself and there will be things he has to deal with too. He says his team spend every day on the training ground, “almost every day”, trying to correct the flaw that sees them exposed at the near post from corners, the source of Norwich’s opening goal. This will need to continue. He may also have to take measures to make sure his best players are less subject to rotation. Kevin De Bruyne, whose form had been league-leading prior to the international break, was left on the bench after playing two matches for Belgium but it was only after his introduction on the hour that City upped their tempo.Being part of one of the world’s richest and most successful clubs has its upsides, but also its unique challenges. And not every one can be solved by opening the chequebook. After retaining the title so impressively last season there is a mental challenge involved in going again and Guardiola says the team struggled equally against Bournemouth as they did against Norwich, not to mention the points dropped against Spurs. Guardiola is right to suggest that the answers must come from within. Perhaps a wake-up call in September is no bad thing. Share on Twitter Bournemouth 3-1 Everton: Premier League – as it happened Manchester City “How many games have John and Nico played in the three seasons?” came Guardiola’s response. “How many games have they played with Kyle Walker? Pah … a lot. Also Laporte made a mistake in the quarter-final of the Champions League, against Tottenham, when he never made a mistake before. We have to see what the problems are. If [the players] want to take a step for the club for themselves we are going to solve it.“If today you believe I have doubts in my team because we lost a game …” he continued in rhetorical mode. “They gave me all the prestige I have in England. In the first season it was ‘fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola’ OK, and how it was not possible to play this way because you have too many tackles. It was these players who gave me the prestige I have and [talk] all round the world about how good a manager I am.”So that’s that, then. Except. While Stones and Otamendi have played many games for City, they have done so together on few occasions. Saturday’s defeat was just the fourth time they have played as a pair since Laporte’s arrival in January 2018. Guardiola believes in his team and knows they have the capacity to learn and refocus. But he has not sought to persevere with this partnership in the past. Share on Messenger Pep Guardiola Read more Topics Premier League Norwich City It did seem odd that, in the aftermath of Manchester City’s defeat to Norwich, there was talk of the champions needing to strengthen. By some accounts, Norwich’s entire squad cost less than a single City substitute, but yet – after the 3-2 reverse – it was the visitors who were felt to have a glaring absence in their team.The name being uttered with a sigh was that of Aymeric Laporte. The “most solid and incredible defender that we had in the previous season”, in Pep Guardiola’s words, was missing from the City team with a knee injury and will continue to be missing until the new year. In his absence, the feeling went, City fell to pieces at the back. Coming under particular scrutiny was the partnership of John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi in central defence. With both players making prominent errors would Guardiola really persist with them, with so much at stake and Liverpool already five points clear in the Premier League? Share on Facebook Share via Email news Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant brace for England U21sby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi scored two brilliant goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.The Chelsea winger converted a difficult volley to open to scoring for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.His second goal was a display of sublime speed and dribbling as he travelled more than half of the pitch before dispatching the ball into the top-corner.
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah collected the match ball after scoring the game’s other three goals.Hudson-Odoi with a great volley. @btsportfootballpic.twitter.com/At5TMN0wZW— Paree (@ACParee) October 15, 2019Watch HUDSON ODOI goal and retweet pic.twitter.com/z4YJWKrljG— Chelsea4Ever (@wadja_roland) October 15, 2019 last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Klopp confirms Salah back for Genk; TAA, Matip outby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah will return to action against Genk on Wednesday.However, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) will miss the trip to Belgium.Klopp told the club’s website: “It’s absolutely good to have him (Salah) back.”The squad is cool, it’s a good squad, everything is OK, but that’s all.”He added: “Trent is ill and Joel is not ready.”It is just a little thing which usually settles in the two weeks [Matip] had; it did, but then it came up after the United game and so now we just have to make sure this time it settles finally, that’s all. It is not a massive injury, it’s just a bit annoying for him and he cannot do it [face Genk].”Trent got ill overnight; hopefully he can recover quickly, but for tomorrow there was no chance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgThe logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” Michigan@HailEquipment Michigan@HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Belowlast_img read more

first_imgThe list of potential sites for a $10 million justice centre inLunenburg County is now down to four. “We’re actively reviewing many of the technical and operationaldetails to make sure we choose the best possible location,” saidJustice Minister Michael Baker. “We’ve been able to narrow thelist from six to four. So we’ll continue the process with a viewto making a decision as soon as possible.” The new justice centre will include four courtrooms,administrative offices and space for related agencies such as thepublic prosecution service, legal aid, community corrections andothers. It will consolidate services now being provided inseparate locations. “I want to thank members of the Lunenburg County Court FacilityUsers’ Committee for their valuable input,” said Mr. Baker.Members reviewed the six proposed sites that initially cameforward, listened to presentations by the property owners andproposed four sites for further consideration. Construction work continues on the Port Hawkesbury JusticeCentre, a $10 million project due to be completed by late springor early summer next year.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: With an aim to make content driven films, actor-turned-producer Jackky Bhagnani has signed three directors – Nitin Kakkar of “Filmistaan” fame, “Tumbbad” director Rahi Anil Barve and Vijay Lalwani, who had directed “Karthik Calling Karthik”. His production company Pooja Films signed the three filmmakers for different projects. “Just like in the game of chess, in showbiz too content is the queen and it can move in any direction, changing the game in just one move,” Bhagnani said in a statement here. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Kakkar, who directed Bhagnani in “Mitron”, said he is looking forward to the collaboration. The director’s last release was 2019’s “Notebook”, which was co-produced by Salman Khan. “Working with Pooja Films has been a wonderful experience, and I am looking forward to my association with Jackky. He is determined to do content-driven cinema and after ‘Filmistaan’, I haven’t written anything on my own. I am excited for the film we are doing because it will be written and directed by me,” Kakkar said. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Barve said he will helm a completely different film after his critically-acclaimed fantasy-drama “Tumbbad”. “After the tremendous response to ‘Tumbbad’, I was expecting Pooja Films to brief me on a similar genre. But Jackky’s willingness to explore unchartered territory pleasantly surprised me. A free hand to execute your vision is something that every filmmaker aspires for,” Barve said. Echoing his sentiments, Lalwani said he is happy Bhagnani is open to backing new, edgy stories. Pooja Films has also announced two big projects this year, namely remake of “Coolie No 1” and “Jawaani Jaaneman”, starring Saif Ali Khan and Alaia F which is under production. Featuring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan, “Coolie No 1” remake is scheduled to go on floors in August.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s sporting fraternity, led by cricket captain Virat Kohli, mourned the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday. Swaraj passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67. “Deeply saddened by the news of Sushma Ji’s demise, may her soul rest in peace,” Kohli wrote on his twitter page. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said Swaraj will always live in the hearts and minds of the people. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I have no words left with me at this point of time. She truly lived for the motherland INDIA. Sushma ji, you will forever live in our heart and mind,” he said. Former Sports Minister and Olympic silver-medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore expressed shock at the sudden death of the senior leader. “Shocked by the sudden demise of Sushma Swarajji. In a political career spanning over 50 years, she touched a billion hearts with her strength, grace and compassion. Her clutter breaking approach as the External Affairs Minister will always be revered and remembered,” Rathore tweeted. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir said her death is a huge loss for the country. “I’m beyond aggrieved at the passing away of Sushma Swaraj A veteran politician and a pillar of the BJP, she was loved by everyone. She will be remembered as the most endearing and helpful politicians of recent times. My condolences to her family and friends. A huge loss for India,” said Gambhir. Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag expressed his sympathies with Swaraj’s family. “Heartfelt condolences to family and admirers of Sushma Swarajji,” tweeted the former Indian opener. Tennis ace Sania Mirza said she had the honour of working with the BJP leader. “Shocked at the passing away of my dear Sushma Swarajji. Had the honour of working as the brand ambassador of the ‘girl child’ campaign under her able guidance and will cherish my personal relationship with her forever. R.I.P. ma’am,” said Sania. Decorated shooter Heena Sidhu described Swaraj as a great leader. “I was so sad looking at the headlines in the paper today. I really really liked Sushma Swaraj ji. She was someone to look up to. She was a great leader, a great orator, a strong woman and true to her work. India will miss her deeply,” Heena wrote. Other cricketers such as Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Aakash Chopra also condoled her death. “Fierce, result-driven and a people’s person she was all of that and more. A true leader. Still unable to process the news of Sushma Swarajji’s passing away. Extremely disturbed! A big loss for our nation. May you rest in peace!” said Raina. In his condolence message, Kaif wrote: “Here in the West Indies and just heard the terrible news of passing away of #SushmaSwarajji. Condolences to her family, gone too soon.” “One of my favourite politicians. Lots to admire. Heartfelt condolences. Huge loss. Rest in peace,” said cricketer-turned commentator Aakash Chopra.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — Thousands of Winnipeg employees of insurance giant Great-West Life Assurance Co. have been told to stay home today because of a threat against the business.Police say a building security team notified them of the threat just after midnight.Const. Tammy Skrabek, a police spokeswoman, says officers carried out a search of company facilities and found nothing.But she says new information overnight prompted a decision by the Winnipeg-headquartered company to close all of its five downtown area locations.Another search will be done today involving the police canine unit, but Skrabek says police don’t believe there is any immediate threat.There’s no word from Great-West Life on how the closure will affect its clients.“Out of an abundance of caution for our employees and the community around us, we alerted the Winnipeg Police Service and have closed our buildings at 60, 80 and 100 Osborne Street, 444 St. Mary and 560 Broadway,” Great-West spokeswoman Liz Kulyk said in an email statement. (CJOB)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: In a clear indication of lack of support from the lenders on further funding, Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube has said it is painful that there is no commitment on the part of the all stakeholders on paying salaries to the employees which are due in a few days. The now grounded airline has not paid March salaries to its over 20,000 employees. Jet ceased operations on April 17. April salary is due in a few days. The airline suspended operations after the SBI-led consortium of lenders rejected its demand for a Rs 983-crore lifeline to help carry out operations and pay to the employees their March salaries. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While we will continue to support the bank’s bid find a buyer or the airline, it pains us to communicate that no clarity or commitment on salaries has been provided by any of our stakeholders so far,” Dube said in a communication to employees Friday. Significantly, on Friday the employees had planned to take out a peace walk towards the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in the BKC are here, but was cancelled at the last minute on request from the police and the state government. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”While on the one hand, we are being told to preserve the value of Jet Airways during the bid process, on the other hand, with no salary payment, some of our colleague have no choice but to find employment elsewhere. “When we highlight the disappointing irony of this situation to the lenders, we are simply told that this problem is to be addressed by the shareholders, who should and could have agreed on a resolution plan a long time ago,” Dube lamented in the letter. He also said though there have been many board meeting, the promoters and strategic shareholder (Etihad) there was no favourable outcome on funding and paying salaries so far. “We have also approached government at the highest levels seeking intervention and assistance but that too has not yielded any positive results,” he added. Dube also said in the past few days the leadership team is trying to convince the lenders to release some funds to the employees, while continuing to support the bank led bid sale process. “We have told them repeatedly that our employees are facing grave hardships owing to non-payment of salaries and that if this were to continue any longer, our employees will have no option but to find employment elsewhere. “Unfortunately, the banks have said they are unable to make any salary commitments, until after the bidding process is complete,” he said.last_img read more

“The parties are determined to bridge their differences and have been working on concrete proposals on the key elements regarding security arrangements and a government of national unity to bring peace to the country,” said a press statement released by the Mission today.The statement noted that those two important issues would form part of a larger agreement on several other important matters, and that the dialogue was conducted in “a spirit of transparency and openness” focused on the greater cause of ending conflict and restoring stability to Libya.“As UNSMIL and the key Libyan stakeholders reiterated on a number of occasions, there is agreement that nothing is agreed on until everything is agreed on,” said UNSMIL’s statement. “No decision will be taken without the support of the Libyan people after wide consultations among the participants and the key stakeholders.”The statement addressed reports circulating on some social media platforms about elements of the discussions regarding the Government of national unity and the security arrangements. It said the specific elements reflected in those reports were partial, preliminary drafts. Other elements, such as relations with the legislature and other State institutions remain matters for discussion.“They are first drafts. Already these drafts are being elaborated to reflect new discussions,” said the statement. “As in any other discussions, proposals are made and are amended and changed with the consensus of the participants.”The drafts were produced after lengthy consultations with the parties conducted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, in the past weeks during his frequent visits to Libya and meetings with the key stakeholders.Participants in the discussions noted the constructive nature of the discussions and the spirit of full engagement in which they took place. Proposals were built on and amended, with language improved and new elements proposed where necessary.The Mission, which stressed that its role is only to facilitate reaching a peaceful solution to end the bloodshed called, along with the participants in the dialogue, for everyone to protect the process and prevent it from being undermined.“The discussions are at a delicate phase and require certain conditions to be successful and to be understandable,” the statement read. read more

OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns his second interception of the day during the second half of Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorListed as a starting safety for Ohio State on Saturday and donning a scarlet No. 24 jersey, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker made his first impression in front of a crowd of 107,193 in Ohio Stadium.OSU coach Urban Meyer called him a “freakish” athlete, which showed on Saturday, midway through the first half.Hooker sprinted over to the opposing team’s sideline with redshirt freshman Damon Arnette defending Bowling Green senior wide receiver Ronnie Moore. Hooker jumped off of one foot, tipped the ball with his right hand and came down with the interception — which was one of the highlights of the first weekend of college football.Hooker displayed his “ball hawk” mentality again when he snatched his second interception of the day.But Hooker’s path to the centerfold of Meyer’s secondary was an unorthodox one filled with adversity, and he has his mom to thank for that.Hooker was a basketball star at New Castle High School in Pennsylvania where he was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous Five basketball team in 2012-2013. Hooker’s team was 54-2 combined in his sophomore and junior seasons in high school.He was a rising high school prospect sought by Division I schools, but when he entered his junior year, he returned to the game of football — one he had not played since suffering a shoulder injury in seventh grade.Hooker’s talent on the hardwood translated almost immediately to the gridiron as he was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 26 athlete overall by 247Sports. Meyer said when he was recruiting him, Hooker scored 35 points in a basketball game his junior season.When Hooker arrived on campus in 2014, he had to take a redshirt and sit out a year. At the time, it wasn’t a situation Hooker was familiar with.“There were a couple times where I thought this wasn’t for me.” Hooker said. “I just started doubting myself because I felt like I didn’t fit in.”Hooker said he had several talks with his mom, Angela Dennis, while he was going through his redshirt season.“I don’t know what you’re going to do, but you’re not coming home,” Hooker said Dennis told him.Although Hooker said he was just blowing smoke at the time, in hindsight, he’s thankful for his mother’s advice.“My mom, she’s like my everything. Growing up, that’s all I had,” he said. “I learned a lot from my mom. Being a single parent, she taught me that no matter what you’re going through, just fight through what you’re doing, because there is going to be adversity.”Meyer estimates that between 95 and 99 percent of freshmen in college football experience what Hooker went through when redshirting. He said that Dennis is someone he should thank for encouraging Hooker to stay with the Buckeyes.Now, Meyer is reaping the rewards.Hooker said he gained his confidence when he saw results in the weight room. He said he began to see his body transform into the role he was expected to fill. He said he studied more film, learned the playbook and earned the trust of his teammates and his coaching staff.Hooker’s performance against the Falcons might have been the peak of a grind that started with doubt and culminated with his first two interceptions for the Scarlet and Gray.“I feel like my redshirt year definitely helped me fit into the environment more,” he said. “It definitely helped me bulk my body up and play out there with the Big Ten conference.”Hooker believes that a redshirt year can be taken one of two ways. The player can take it and get frustrated, or he can put the work into fine-tuning his game and benefit from a full year of development.Hooker will be asked to do more on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the ‘Shoe against a prolific passing team in Tulsa. However, Meyer believes in Hooker’s basketball and athletic background to lead the OSU defense.“He can do whatever he trains to do. He’s talented. He’s fast. He has great ball skills,” Meyer said following the team’s 77-10 victory over Bowling Green. “His commitment to our program now is over the top.” read more

first_imgBen Butler with EllieCredit:REX Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Guardian newspaper, which first reported the allegations, contacted Atherton about the police investigation but he declined to comment.A spokeswoman for the Health and Care Professions Council confirmed Atherton was still registered with the organisation as a social worker.Ellie was found dead in her bedroom in Sutton, South London, October 2013 after her parents made what appeared to be a desperate 999 call for help.Police discovered she had suffered a catastrophic skull fracture similar to that seen in victims of high-speed car crashes.Butler, who had been left caring for her and her sibling while Gray was at work, claimed she must have fallen from a stool.But investigators found that Ellie was dead two hours before the 999 call was made and her parents had concocted an elaborate charade.He was found guilty earlier this year of murdering Ellie in October 2013, 11 months after she was returned to his care following a custody battle.Selena Lynch, the senior coroner for south London, is considering whether to reopen the inquest into Ellie’s death.  Ben Butler with Elliecenter_img A private social worker who oversaw the return of Ellie Butler to her killer father is being investigated by detectives over alleged offences relating to children.Steve Atherton, who worked with with six-year-old 11 months before Ben Butler murdered her, was interviewed under caution after allegations children were filmed at a swimming pool.Atherton, 57, from Reading, works for social work consultancy Services For Children (S4C) and over  the incident reported to Scotland Yard is unrelated to the Butler case. A spokeswoman for S4C is reported to have said the allegation is “completely untrue.”The investigation relates to alleged inappropriate filming of children at a swimming pool in Northwood, Greater London, in July.Atherton was interviewed by police under caution earlier this week and was not arrested. Police inquiries into the alleged incident were continuing.A Met spokesman said: “Police in Hillingdon have received an allegation of alleged inappropriate filming of children at a swimming pool in Pines Close, Northwood, by an individual in July2015.“One man aged in his fifties was interviewed under caution in relation to this matter on the 7th of November. No arrests have been made. Inquiries continue.”Atherton qualified as a social worker in 1988. Before joining S4C, he worked in a variety of roles, including as a team manager in fostering and adoption for Reading borough council.last_img read more

first_imgJust yesterday, Asus sent out invitations to an October event where it’s going to show off the successor to the Padfone. Now, a freshly-leaked photo appears to have prematurely laid bare the hardware details of the Padfone 2.Not much was revealed by the invite itself, but someone, somewhere has snapped a photo which appears to be the back of the Padfone 2’s retail packaging. According to what’s printed, the details spotted on AnTuTu were indeed accurate: a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz is running the show. It’s also paired with 2GB of RAM (again, as benchmarked).The Padfone 2 will be larger than the original, too. Asus has opted to go with a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ display (or is it SuperAMOLED, as the icon indicates?) this time around, and more than the diagonal measurement has changed. The new panel has a native resolution of 1280 x 720, compared to 960 x 540 on the previous Padfone. And in addition to supporting GSM, CDMA, and HSPA+, the Padfone 2 is also packing an LTE radio. With a quad-core chip, LTE, and a larger, higher-resolution display on board you’d hope Asus would increase battery capacity — and it has, by more than 600mAh (to 2140mAh total).And what about the front and rear-facing cameras? They’ve been upgraded from VGA and 8MP respectively to 1.2MP and 13MP. Low-power Bluetooth 4.0 has been added, and there’s an MHL output for those times when you want to go really big. Presumably there’s a 10-ish inch tablet dock coming for the Padfone 2, but it’s nice to know that it’s equipped for home theater duties, too.Printing inconsistency aside, this purported Padfone 2 retail box reveals a tasty set of specs to go along with those earlier benchmarks. Now let’s see what Asus has planned in terms of pricing and availability.More at Engadgetlast_img read more