5 Ways to Improve Your Cinematography Right Now!

first_img Tip #3: Understand shooting methods.There are several shooting methods that you should be aware of, such as Master Scene, Freeform, In-One, Overlapping, Montage, Coverage and Point-of-View. For instance, we see more and more films taking on the freeform style of cinematography, or what many call the documentary style of filmmaking. Now, if you were working on a film that called for this type of method, you would know exactly what to call it and how to shoot it.As you see, having a base knowledge of each one of these methods will help to ensure that you get the most out of each scene. So if you find yourself in a situation where your director wants to run and gun, like Michael Mann does, then you’ll know exactly how to handle that scene and what method to use. Let’s put aside the camera loadouts and other gear setups and just focus on knowledge-based cinematography tips.We talk about cinematography all the time here at The Beat, however these discussions usually revolve around camera loadouts and other gear. So we thought it was high time to put all of that aside and give you five non-gear related tips that will help improve your cinematography.All of the tips we are going to give you today are things that you would learn in the lecture side of a cinematography class. Do you have to go to film school to really learn these tips? No way! There are a ton of great resources out there for you to check out. Let’s list just a few before we get started.Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors: 2nd Edition by Blain BrownFilm Production Technique: Creating the Accomplished Image by Bruce MamerCinematography: Third Edition by Kris Malkiewicz & M. David Mullen ASCEach one of the books above have been used in various cinematography classes around the world. Luckily you don’t have to actually take one of those classes to get your hands on them. The two “Cinematography” books wont run you much, however Film Production Techniques is a little pricey, but its knowledge base is fantastic. Now enough wasting time… On with the tips!Tip #1: Cinema is a language. Learn it!As a cinematographer, you, like the director, are a storyteller and you tell your story through the language of motion. Now, this motion has a specific vocabulary and in that vocabulary there exist specific sub-languages such as composition, point-of-view, continuity, movement, design, lighting and lens. As a cinematographer, you should learn each one of these sub-languages. What we mean by this is you should gain a knowledge base of the concepts and terms of each.Having this type of knowledge can make a world of difference, especially when working with on a professional set. Because if you understand sub-language like movement you can take an ordinary static shot, turn it on its head with movement, and make it dramatic.  Tip #2: The knowledge bases of Cinematographers and Directors overlap.Now that you know your language, let’s expand that knowledge base. If you really want to be a successful cinematographer, then you need to know your director. Not just who the director is or how they work, but the knowledge base they work from. Just like you, a director has a language and sub-languages, many of which overlap with your own. And one thing is for sure — you both have a singular goal. That goal is telling a story with a camera.By knowing your director and understanding what he or she wants (through the concepts and terms they use), you can make things so much easier for yourself and the crew. For instance, because of his knowledge of exactly what Steven Spielberg wanted, cinematographer Allen Daviau was able to visually construct the famous “ride in the sky” scene from Steven’s storyboards to the film negative in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.  Tip #5: Learn the art of light and color. You must learn the art of light and color. Not only does light help to make your scene visible, it conveys a certain mood about that scene. Having a scene with a lot of dark contrast is going to elicit a specific emotion from your audience, so, again, use this to help sell the narrative.Then if you add color to your lighting, you can take your composition and visual metaphor to the next level. You’ll find high contrast lighting and color in every one of Nicolas Winding Refn’s films. He uses them to craft a mood. Whether it’s using the color of red to convey fear and hate, or the color blue to convey innocence and naiveté, he uses these colors in conjunction with the lighting to generate an emotional theme and response.This footage from Shutterstock shows us another good example of using light and color to tell a story. As you can see in the footage you eye is probably drawn to two distinct points in the frame: The clouds in the upper left and the building the the lower right. This is for multiple reasons including contrast, opposite colors, and differentiating lightness values.center_img  Tip #4: Grasp visual organization and compositional rules.To take your cinematography game to the next level, you always need to be aware of organization and the rules of composition. Whenever you are on location and you are ready to film, be aware of horizon lines, vanishing points, and even the lines created by a row of buildings. These natural lines in the world are all around us can be used to visually organize your composition. Use them to your advantage.In addition to natural lines, be aware and grasp the concept of compositional rules. For instance having knowledge of rules such as positive and negative space or the rule of thirds will help to keep your compositions balanced and visually interesting. There was no better master at visual organization than Stanley Kubrick, who used the natural lines of the world to his advantage constantly.This stock footage from Shutterstock is another great example of organizational and composition rules. Note how the leading lines of both the glass pyramid and the sidewalk lead your eye to the front door of the Louve. Want more content on cinematography? Of course you do! Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Is the AJA CION the Biggest Bust in Modern Filmmaking?Just How Expensive Are Real Cinema Lenses?Choosing Between The Blackmagic URSA and URSA MiniDo you know any other must-know cinematography tips? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

Your One Page Plan for Winning Your Dream Clients

first_imgThe truth is that there is no magic formula for landing your dream client. No matter what you have been told, it takes a lot more than a magic wand or a forceful or winning personality. What you really need is a plan.Draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper. A legal pad will work perfectly.Label the top left-hand column “Dream Clients.” In that left-hand column, write down the names of your top 20 strategically chosen prospects.Label the top of the right-hand column “New Clients.” Write the numbers 1 through 20 down that column to create 20 spaces to match the 20 dream clients whose names you have written in the left-hand column.Your job is to move the dream clients on the left to the right by winning their business.Begin by answering these questions:What do you need to do to move the dream clients on the left-hand side of the page to the right-hand side of the page? What do you need to do to turn your “dream clients” into “clients.” Be specific.What are the compelling reasons that your dream clients should change what they are doing, and what do you know that would help them understand why they should change, what their better future looks like, and what actions are necessary to bring that future to life?What is the first medium you need to use to begin the process of being known? Is this medium the fastest method available to you, or do you prefer it because you are uncomfortable using a faster choice? How long should it take you to start developing relationships and opportunities with your dream clients now that you have named them?What actions do you need to take to nurture these relationships, playing the long game, developing relationships, and creating the value that earns you the right to compete for their business? How do you make yourself known as a value creator and someone with deep chops?What resources do you have available to help you open new relationships and create opportunities within these dream client companies? Whose help are you going to enlist?How many days should you allow to pass without taking some action to move these prospects over to your client column?Six months from now, how many of your dream clients will be working with you?Twelve months from now, how many of your dream clients will be working with you?A big part of success is just showing up. Naming your dream clients, designing a pursuit plan, and taking action every day will likely be enough to move some of your dream clients to the client column here.You just have to be willing to take action. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

De Guzman punch claims ‘entirely false’ – Napoli

first_imgNapoli have branded Jonathan de Guzman’s claim that he was punched by sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli “entirely false” and hinted at legal action against the midfielder.De Guzman said in an interview in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that a fight broke out between the pair when he was hit in the face by Giuntoli in an argument about his future in 2015.The Netherlands international, who joined the club from Villarreal in 2014, said problems started during preparation for the 2015-16 campaign. De Guzman was told to train despite suffering from stomach pains, and the Italian side decided to sell him. After a series of arguments with Giuntoli, things came to a head on September 1 – after the transfer window closed. 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! De Guzman alleges that Giuntoli called him a “piece of sh*t” and said he had promised to leave the club before punching him in the face.”We started fighting, chairs fell over,” De Guzman said. “My team mate [Juan Camilo] Zuniga joined us, pulled us apart and said to me: ‘Take your things and go home’.”But Napoli have insisted the 31-year-old, now playing with Eintracht Frankfurt, was not telling the truth and will let their lawyers handle it.”SSC Napoli would like to stress that his version of the events in question, which took place over three years ago, is entirely false,” a statement on their website read.”The club reserves the right to protect its image and that of its employees via the appropriate legal channels.”A few months after the alleged incident, De Guzman was loaned to Carpi for six months and spent the following season at Chievo before joining Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer in July 2017.last_img read more

Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atleti deals

first_imgTransfers Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atletico deals Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid Richard Heathcote Transfers Atlético Madrid Monaco France Primera División Antoine Griezmann Thomas Lemar The three France team-mates have agreed contractual terms with the Liga side, giving the club a boost ahead of the 2018-19 season Less than a week after “La Decision” Antoine Griezmann has officially ended speculation on a move to Barcelona, putting pen to paper on a new deal with Atletico Madrid, along with France team-mates Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar.Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico for two straight summers, with talk of a move to Manchester United in 2017 being followed by reports of a switch to La Liga champions Barca this year.The France international announced last week he would announce his future on a televised documentary, during which he said had decided to stay at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move That has now been made official as Atletico announced Griezmann has signed a contract which ties him to Diego Simeone’s side until 2023. Griezmann’s previous contract ran through 2022.In addition to Griezmann, Atletico Chief Executive Officer Miguel Angel Gil Marin and sporting director Andrea Berta were in Russia at the French camp to finalise contracts with two of Griezmann’s international team-mates.Thomas Lemar has now agreed to personal terms with the Liga club. Last week, Atletico announced they had come to an agreement with Monaco over a reported €60 million (£52.9m/$70.5m) move for the winger.However, Lemar’s move to the Spanish capital is not yet official, as a medical and the formalisation of the transfer with Monaco are still pending.Defender Lucas Hernandez has been also seen his deal with the club extended to 2024. The 22-year-old full-back has made 88 appearances with the club since making his first team debut in 2014-15.Grandes noticias desde Rusia. @AntoGriezmann ha firmado su renovación hasta 2023, @LucasHernandez hasta 2024 y Lemar su contrato #AúpaAtleti https://t.co/f1wjstCtj6 pic.twitter.com/vgRN0pture— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) June 18, 2018Hernandez has become an ever-increasing presence in Diego Simeone’s line-up over the past three campaigns, and he made a career-high 24 starts for Atletico last season.The defender’s strong campaign saw a battle over his international future this year, but he chose to remain with France and started Les Blues’ World Cup opener, a 2-1 win over Australia.Their club futures seemingly all but secure, the France trio will next be in action at the World Cup on June 21 against Peru.last_img read more

Former Star Alabama Linebacker Calls Out Georgia

first_imgAn Alabama Crimson Tide HelmetATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There’s no love lost between Alabama and Georgia. The two SEC programs have become bitter rivals both on and off the field.Alabama has produced a plethora of NFL prospects during the Nick Saban era. Even when those players are no longer with the football team, the program still takes care of them.Over the years, the Crimson Tide have sent out care packages to former players. Now, the Georgia Bulldogs are doing the same exact thing.Former Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland decided to call out Georgia for copying his alma mater. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p On Friday, Ragland blasted his teammate and former Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman because he received a care package from the Bulldogs.“Georgia wants to be like us so bad,” Ragland told Hardman. “Isn’t that right, Mecole? Y’all want to be like us so bad with the box. Man, that’s crazy.”Hardman had a fair response to Ragland, telling him that Kirby Smart sends out care packages because he came from Alabama’s coaching system. However, Ragland believes that Georgia’s head coach should do something else instead to show his support.Reggie Ragland telling the truth. pic.twitter.com/PF2C6f51g5— steven (@RollBama17) September 27, 2019 NFL players do an excellent job of showing their school pride even when they’re done with college.If Alabama and Georgia meet again in the SEC Championship, it’ll be fun to see how Ragland and Hardman trash talk each other.last_img read more

Report DSME Rolls Out Revised SelfRescue Plan

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) intends to raise an additional KRW 700 billion (USD 612 million) through asset sales in 2016, as the shipbuilder expects to add up to five times less orders to its order book this year than initially projected, Yonhap News Agency reports.This year’s new orders are expected to be between USD 2 billion and USD 2.5 billion. The amount is much lower now than USD 10 billion DSME previously expected to receive in new orders.With the new measure, DSME would raise a total of KRW 6 trillion (USD 5.25 billion) through its self-rescue plan.The cuts will be made mainly in the company’s offshore-related businesses, with DSME focusing on money-making businesses, Yonhap cited DSME’s CEO, Jung Sung-leep, as saying.The shipbuilder’ creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank, are reportedly set to announce a debt-for-equity swap and other measures worth KRW 3 trillion, for the financially-troubled shipbuilder next week, to prevent DSME’s delisting from the stock market.South Korea’s two policy lenders, the KDB and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (EXIM Bank), would provide a combined KRW 4.2 trillion in financial aid to DSME.During the first half of the year, South Korea’s Big Three shipbuilders including DSME, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) cut their joint workforce by some 5,000 workers amid the global oversupply and the lack of demand in the shipbuilding industry. The companies initially planned to cut their combined workforce by up to 6,000 in 2016, however, earlier reports noted that this number could be even larger given the persistent slowdown in the shipbuilding industry.In March, DSME revealed its plans to slash its workforce by 12,000 to 30,000 by 2019 as part of its cost-cutting measures.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Ramlal returns to RSS from BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major change, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday re-appointed BJP national General Secretary (Org) Ramlal as Akhil Bharatiya Sahsampark Pramukh (national co-communications head) and deputy of Aniruddha Deshpande.After the appointment of J P Nadda as working president last month, there was a buzz in the power corridors of the BJP of an organizational reshuffle. The job of national general secretary (org) is coordination between BJP and its parent RSS. It is a practice in Sangh to send its representatives to all associate organisations for coordination.last_img read more

Sheryl Crow Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Ringing Nasdaq Opening

first_imgHologic, Inc. has announced that breast cancer survivor and Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow will join Steve MacMillan, the Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, to ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell on October 3, in conjunction with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Hologic’s participation in the bell ringing marks the start of a month-long series of national events and media appearances to increase awareness of the Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY exam, the only mammogram clinically proven to detect cancer 15 months earlier than traditional 2D screenings. The Genius exam also has been shown to reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40 percent, and detect 41 percent more invasive cancers than conventional mammography alone.“We are honored to ring in Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our spokeswoman, Sheryl Crow, who shares Hologic’s steadfast commitment to educating women on the importance of early detection,” said MacMillan. “Early detection saves lives, and our hope is that by the end of this month every woman across the country knows that a more accurate mammogram, the Genius exam, finds more invasive cancers, faster, than traditional mammography.”Crow, a breast cancer survivor marking 10 years since her diagnosis, will participate in a series of national and regional media interviews throughout the month. In addition, Hologic teams will educate women at a variety of events in 10 cities across the nation, including Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Birmingham, AL, and Pittsburgh, PA. The Company also will sponsor American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure walks in multiple markets where Hologic sites are located. Hologic will support these efforts with a national advertising campaign featuring Crow via print, billboard and online ad placements. All campaign materials will drive consumers to a microsite where women can learn more about the technology and find imaging sites offering the Genius exam.“Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram,” said Crow. “Fortunately, it was caught early and I’m now cancer-free. I’m proud to be working with Hologic during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to urge women to take advantage of the best, and most accurate, screening technologies available.”Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY exams have been available in the U.S. since 2011, and are only available on the Hologic Selenia Dimensions mammography system. More than 100 clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of this exam and in 2015, an estimated 10 million women in the U.S. benefited from a Genius exam. Additional information, as well as a locator to find imaging sites offering the exams, can be found here.last_img read more

Oil and Gas Commission issues BCs first geothermal resource well permit

first_imgVALEMOUNT, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission says it has issued authorization the province’s first-ever permit for a geothermal energy project.The OGC has granted the permits to Calagary-based Borealis Geopower Inc. to build four thermal gradient wells on its Canoe Reach Geothermal Project, which is located south of Valemount. The company plans to drill geothermal wells to produce renewable power and heat, and the well authorizations allow the company to begin drilling to collect geotechnical and temperature gradient information.The OGC issued the well authorizations on May 29th, marking the first time the Commission has issued a well authorization under the Geothermal Resource Act. The provincial government made the Oil and Gas Commission the provincial regulator of geothermal resources on March 31, 2017. The Geothermal Resources Act governs the development and use of geothermal resources that have a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius or higher, and the Commission has jurisdiction over operational requirements.last_img read more

Relief at last: Thundershowers to lower mercury in city after Tuesday

first_imgKolkata: The temperature in various South Bengal districts will start sliding down from Monday, as there is an expected change to happen in the weather system.The people in South Bengal will get much awaited relief from the scorching summer heat next week, as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted thundershower in a couple of days from Tuesday. It may be mentioned that entire South Bengal has been under an intense heat spell for the past few days, with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through the districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPeople in all the poll-bound districts felt intense discomfort due to the hot and humid weather. Eight constituencies went to poll on Sunday. A senior official of the MeT office said: “The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with gusty wind. The rain and thundershower are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts, including the city, during the afternoon hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe temperature continued to shoot up to 40-43 degree Celsius in Western districts including Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and some parts of West Burdwan and Birbhum. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature remained between 36 and 38 degree Celsius in the past few days. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high due to the inflow of northwesterly wind into the state from the neighbouring states. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal since, preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system.last_img read more

Iraqi refugees learn the value of laughter at UNbacked workshops

1 August 2008Dozens of Iraqi refugee women living in Syria are learning how to build their self-confidence, develop relaxation techniques and hone their communication skills thanks to innovative workshops organized by the United Nations refugee agency and the group Clowns Without Borders. So far, more than 50 Iraqis have participated in workshops in Damascus, the Syrian capital, that involve theatre, humour and communications, according to a press release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday. The workshops, part of a UNHCR pilot project, have been conducted by three Spanish members of the international organization Clowns Without Borders and aimed at some of the most vulnerable and neediest refugees from Iraq. The group has also trained three Iraqi clowns who offer daily shows for children at the agency centres in Damascus. Within a few weeks, UNHCR reported, results are already being noticed: many participants say the workshops have allowed them to laugh again for the first time since the war in Iraq began in 2003. One participant said she used to come home from work each day so angry and wound up that she would ask her family to leave her in peace. “But this course has really affected me,” she said. “When I go back home after the workshop my children say, ‘Wow, you have really changed, you smile at us, you play with us.’ Even my young son is saying, ‘Please, I want to join this course with you.’ ” Some participants have been recruited as outreach workers, going house to house in the refugee areas of Damascus to seek out other women to attend the workshops or receive intervention from UNHCR staff for their problems. More than 215,000 Iraqi refugees are registered with the agency in Syria, and about a fifth of them suffer from severe medical conditions. Many others are unregistered, often turning to prostitution or child labour to support themselves. Cristina Aguirre, the team leader of Clowns Without Borders for the project, said many participants had told the clowns that the class is not a “normal” situation. “Normally they are surrounded by noises, screams and people,” she said. “But we want to give them the opportunity to listen to themselves, to feel themselves, in a relaxed environment. By doing this they can gain self-confidence and spread it to others around them.” read more

As newest UN member Montenegro voices hope in multilateralism

President Filip Vujanović said that statehood “represents political freedom, but also a responsibility,” qualities that can be found in the UN and its Charter which promulgate mutual equality and respect among all nations.“Multilateralism as the core of the international system inspires strong motivation and commitment,” the President said, adding that the UN provides a dependable structure to promote peace and security, human rights, democracy, respect for international law and development.Mr. Vujanović also called for a pragmatic reform process at the United Nations. “As a small State, we are particularly interested in strengthening authority of the General Assembly and other main UN bodies.”He added that at the heart of the overall reform process should be transforming the Security Council, taking into account “equitable regional representation, transparency and improvement in working methods.”Regarding the country’s security policy, which is “centered around multilateral cooperation, Montenegro is making a step forward with the aim to create a legislative framework for deployment of our police, military and civilian personnel to the UN peacekeeping missions,” he said. 26 September 2008As the newest United Nations Member State, Montenegro is imbued with a strong sense of political responsibility and committed to multilateralism, the South-East European nation’s leader told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. read more

Korean Premier to visit Lanka

The Prime Minister of Korea Chung Hong-won, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka and the end of this month, the External Affairs Ministry said.A Ministry statement said that the South Korean Premier is scheduled to be in the country between 28 – 30 August. The Ministry said that the Korean authorities commended on the ability by the Sri Lankan labour force to be integrated into the Korean working culture expeditiously.  Both sides acknowledged that the expat labour community of Sri Lanka is a strong base of enhancing people to people inter-actions between the two countries.Sri Lanka ha also encouraged further the investment opportunities for Korean entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and invited the participation of top business leaders of the Republic of Korea at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Business Forum which would create a platform for the visiting business community to interact in a regional context as well as seeking more bilateral investment opportunities.  (Colombo Gazette) The Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, Karunatilaka Amunugama made the request to the 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea Kim Kyou-hyun, the External Affairs Ministry said. Meanwhile the Ministry also said that Sri Lanka has requested Korea to extend the quota for Sri Lankan migrant workers in Korea noting the dual advantages generated by the expat labour community of Sri Lanka in stimulating the capacity of both economies. read more

Sri Lankas greater involvement sought within ASEAN processes

Pointing to  the important processes within ASEAN on confidence building measures and Preventive Diplomacy, Ambassador Perera said that these are important pillars which has sustained peace and stability in the region.On Sri Lanka’s partnership with ASEAN, the Ambassador reiterated Sri Lanka’s intention to further elevate, progressively, Sri Lanka’s engagement as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner, while sustaining the dialogue within the ARF framework with emphasis on regional security issues including terrorism, violent extremism, illegal migration and human smuggling, and non-traditional security issues such as environmental and climate-related challenges.Ambassador Perera commended the manner in which ASEAN has emerged as a successful regional initiative and expressed satisfaction at the opportunity to deepen Sri Lanka’s engagement with the region with this accreditation. In this regard, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to ASEAN emphasized the need to progressively create wider economic opportunities for ASEAN’s partners following the landmark formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) on 31 December 2015. Whilst noting the good relations which Sri Lanka has nurtured bilaterally in the region, Secretary General Minh appreciated the contribution made by Sri Lanka as a partner in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The Secretary-General looked forward to Sri Lanka’s greater involvement within relevant ASEAN processes and invited Sri Lanka for its involved engagement with the Secretariat. ASEAN’s External Relations Division Officials including Assistant Director Phanthaly Chantharathip, Senior Officer Div III Mr. Akbar and Second Secretary Mrs. Dilini Lenagala of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, in Jakarta were associated with the talks. (Colombo Gazette) Ambassador Dharshana Perera whilst appreciating the warmth with which the accreditation has been received by the ASEAN countries, briefed on the important developments, which have taken place in the country, including the critical reconciliation processes currently underway following the re-establishment of peace in Sri Lanka after over 30 years of conflict.He also highlighted changes the Unity Government in Sri Lanka has brought about including: strong political stability; strengthened democracy, rule of law, and, the establishment of effective mechanism for good governance. The changed scenario has given the opportunity for Sri Lanka to recalibrate its engagement globally including with the Southeast Asian region and ASEAN in particular, he said. Sri Lanka’s greater involvement has been sought within the relevant ASEAN processes, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Indonesia said.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Dharshana M. Perera presented credentials as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to ASEAN to Secretary General Le Luong Minh at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. During the discussion which followed, the ASEAN Secretary General welcomed the accreditation of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka and described it as an important conduit to deepen engagement with ASEAN. He also commended Secretary-General Le Luong Minh’s leadership as Secretary General at the important juncture in the history of the organization. He conveyed the greetings of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera which were warmly reciprocated.  He also pledged the commitment to contribute to strengthen relations between ASEAN and Sri Lanka. read more

Toronto man charged in 2009 shooting death of 18yearold

Toronto police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old man in connection to a fatal shooting that happened seven years ago.Christopher Reauz Shaw, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Tevon Mitchell (pictured below).In 2009, Mitchell was at a birthday party in the area of Rouge Hills Dr. and Lawrence Ave. East when he was fatally shot. Police say a vehicle fled after shots were fired.Shaw is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court today.

American Airlines to add 400 jobs in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — American Airlines says it’s adding 400 jobs at its Tulsa maintenance facility, marking what an airline official calls the largest workforce addition to that base in over a decade.Airline officials told The Associated Press that about 330 of the new positions will be filled by mechanics who have the potential to earn six figures as they accrue seniority. The remaining positions will be offered at a lower salary.The Tech Ops Tulsa facility already employs 5,200 people.The new mechanics will focus on aircraft overhaul, landing gear overhaul for some Boeing planes and engine maintenance for select aircraft.Erik Olund is the managing director of base maintenance. Olund says hiring will take place over the next four months.American Airlines is based in Fort Worth, Texas.The Associated Press read more

UN publication to help countries ensure quality of medicines

Poor quality medicines, besides having no therapeutic effect, can cause death or serious harm to health, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “The consequences of substandard or counterfeit medicines are extremely serious and detrimental to all efforts to control disease and save lives,” Director-General Gro Brundtland stressed. “This is a critical aspect of the struggle for access to medicines, and a fundamental feature of WHO’s work on this issue.”The fifth edition of the International Pharmacopoeia (IntPh) contains specifications for the content, purity and quality of active ingredients in pharmaceutical products as defined by international standards. The publication is part of a comprehensive programme to help regulatory authorities, health services and manufacturers to guarantee the quality of medicines, considering that an average of 10 to 20 per cent of medicines in developing country markets are substandard, WHO said.The IntPh gives priority to drugs neglected by conventional pharmaceutical markets and those for illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries. read more

Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut

Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 9:30 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The company behind Snapchat is trading sharply higher in its Wall Street debut.Snap Inc. jumped $7, or 41 per cent, to $24 a share.It had priced its initial public offering of 200 million non-voting shares at $17 each on Wednesday. That’s above the expected range of $14 to $16.Snap’s IPO is one of the most anticipated for a technology company since Twitter’s in 2013. That, in turn, had created the biggest stir since Facebook took its first bow on Wall Street in 2012. Twitter is now valued at $11 billion, while Facebook is $395 billion. Snap’s pricing valued the Los Angeles company at $24 billion.Snapchat is best known for disappearing messages. It’s popular with young people, but growth has slowed down in recent months. read more

Spain Must Beat Chile If It Hopes to Advance in the World

I’ve arrived here in Rio de Janeiro for a few days. I know how lucky I am — especially since the match I’ll see later on Wednesday, between Spain and Chile at the Maracana stadium, might be the most important of the group stage. (For more on Wednesday’s other matches, see our Crib Notes.)ESPN’s Soccer Power Index doesn’t have much in the way of a prediction for this game — it sees a Chilean win and a Spanish win as about equally likely, with a draw also a decent possibility. But of course, the match matters greatly for Spain’s chances of advancing.Let’s follow the format we used for breaking down the United States’ chances and consider the rest of the group stage from Spain’s perspective. The nine scenarios I’ll cover detail the possible results of the two games Wednesday in Group B — before Spain kicks off with Chile, the Netherlands and Australia will have completed their match in Porto Alegre (the Netherlands is heavily favored). I’ll list what the group standings will look like at the end of the day after each result — assuming that Spain remains behind on any goal differential tiebreaker because it lost by four goals to the Netherlands earlier in the group stage. (That goal differential tiebreaker makes Spain’s path much more difficult than it otherwise would be and is a big part of why our simulations give the La Furia Roja only about a 25 percent chance of advancing.) I’ll then consider how the final two matches (between Spain and Australia, and between the Netherlands and Chile) might play out.Netherlands wins, Spain wins: Netherlands 6 points, Chile 3, Spain 3, Australia 0. Obviously, this is one result Spain would be happy with. A follow-up win against Australia would probably get Spain to the knockout stage — and there are some cases in which a draw against Australia could, too. Even two wins wouldn’t leave Spain 100 percent safe, however. If Spain beats Australia but Chile beats the Netherlands, three teams would be tied atop the group with six points, and Spain would probably have the worst goal differential.Netherlands draws, Spain wins: Netherlands 4 points, Chile 3, Spain 3, Australia 1. This is more promising for Spain as there’d then be some chance it could leapfrog the Netherlands. Spain would control its own destiny without having to worry about goal differential: Win against Australia by any margin and Spain would make it to the knockout stage. Spanish fans should be rooting for the Socceroos to grab at least one point today.Netherlands loses, Spain wins: Netherlands 3 points, Chile 3, Australia 3, Spain 3. A heck of a mess in the short run as all teams would be tied at three points. However, Spain would still control its own destiny and a win against Australia by any margin would put Spain in the knockout stage.Netherlands wins, Spain draws: Netherlands 6 points, Chile 4, Spain 1, Australia 0. Spain is very probably out. The only exception is if it beats Australia and the Netherlands beats Chile — and the margins are wide enough to swing the goal differential back in Spain’s favor.Netherlands draws, Spain draws: Netherlands 4 points, Chile 4, Australia 1, Spain 1. This scenario is extremely problematic for Spain and probably means its elimination. The best Spain could hope after these results is a tie for second, which it would probably lose on goal differential. Another problem is that even if Spain were to beat Australia, the Netherlands and Chile could guarantee their entry into the knockout stage by drawing with each other. FIFA and fans hate it, but soccer teams have a way of playing for the draw when such incentives are in place.Netherlands loses, Spain draws: Chile 4 points, Netherlands 3, Australia 3, Spain 1. Only marginally better. In this case, Spain can finish in sole possession of second place if it then beats Australia and Chile beats the Netherlands. If Spain beats Australia but the Netherlands draws or beats Chile, Spain finishes in a tie for second and is likely out based on goal differential.Netherlands wins, Spain loses: Netherlands 6 points, Chile 6, Australia 0, Spain 0. Spain is mathematically eliminated.Netherlands draws, Spain loses: Chile 6 points, Netherlands 4, Australia 1, Spain 0. Spain is mathematically eliminated.Netherlands loses, Spain loses: Chile 6 points, Netherlands 3, Australia 3, Spain 0. Spain is eliminated for all intents and purposes. It would have to beat Australia, have Chile beat the Netherlands, and then beat both the Netherlands and Australia on goal differential — not very likely.The short version: Lose to Chile on Wednesday and Spain is almost certainly out of the tournament. A draw and La Furia Roja is in grave trouble: Spain would need a win against Australia by an overwhelming margin and very probably some help on top of that. A win keeps Spain alive, but it remains vulnerable, especially if the Netherlands beats Australia (a 74 percent chance, according to our model).CORRECTION (June 18, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this post incorrectly listed Australia as having three points if the Netherlands beats Australia and Spain loses to Chile. In that scenario, Australia would have zero points. read more

US Open Forecast Serena Williams Has a 55 Percent Chance To Win

We’re forecasting every match of the 2016 men’s and women’s U.S. Open tournaments. See our predictions here » Less is at stake in the men’s draw, because of a series of near misses.Had Novak Djokovic won at Wimbledon, he’d be going for his sixth straight major title and trying to become the first man to sweep all four in one year since Rod Laver did it in 1969. But American Sam Querrey upset Djokovic in the third round.If Querrey’s win had sparked a great run, Americans might hope to see the first win at the U.S. Open — or any major — by an American man since Andy Roddick in 2003. But Querrey has lost more matches than he has won since that upset, and we don’t give him or any other American man even a 1 percent chance of reaching the final.If Andy Murray had won in Cincinnati a week ago, he’d be entering the Open on a 23-match winning streak, with the potential to make it 30 by winning his second major in a row. But he lost in the final to Marin Cilic.And if Roger Federer were playing the Open, we’d give him a decent shot at winning a record 18th major title and the first major title by a man 35 or older since Ken Rosewall won the Australian Open in 1972; our rating system thinks Federer is better than every active male player besides Djokovic and Murray. But Federer isn’t playing any more this year; he’s rehabbing a knee injury.1Though Federer came to New York last week to promote a new tennis event with Laver; Federer promises to play doubles with Rafael Nadal next year at the competition.There are still plenty of open questions to answer at the Open. Can Rafael Nadal win his first big event on hard courts in three years and pass Pete Sampras to rank second in career major titles? (We give him a 6 percent chance of doing so.) Will Djokovic overcome the wrist injury that caused him to skip Cincinnati and win his 13th major title, resuming his dominance of the tour? (57 percent) Will Murray win his fourth major title, tying Rosewall, Jim Courier and Guillermo Vilas on the Open-era list and giving him two in the same season for the first time? (17 percent) Can Stan Wawrinka win his third after an inconsistent start to the year? (2 percent) Can Milos Raonic become the first Canadian man to win a major in singles, or can Kei Nishikori become the first man representing an Asian country to do so? (3 percent and 7 percent) If either one does, it’d be the first big title won by a man born in 1989 or later and the first real sign of a crack in the dominance of the old guard of men’s tennis. It could happen, but our model suggests a triumph by Djokovic or Murray is almost three times more likely than a victory by anyone else.Check out our U.S. Open predictions. It took Serena Williams a year to get her 22nd major title, the one she needed to tie Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era. She got it at Wimbledon last month, after tough losses late in the previous three majors. We think Williams has a 55 percent chance to get her 23rd title much faster, at the U.S. Open in New York two months after her Wimbledon triumph.For the first time, FiveThirtyEight is forecasting a tennis tournament. (Read more about our methodology.) And it’s potentially a historic one: Williams is the favorite to win her seventh U.S. Open, which would complete her remarkable run at Graf’s record after turning 30. Williams has younger rivals, including two who beat her in Grand Slam finals this year, but we aren’t giving any of them better than a 9 percent chance at the title. Also looming: Roberta Vinci, the Italian who upset Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals last year but who has beaten only one top 10 player since then. Williams could face Vinci in the final — a round that we think Vinci has a 1 percent chance of reaching.Aiding Williams’s chances is the absence of the two women who have been the most consistent among her rivals over the past five years: Maria Sharapova, the five-time major champion who is serving a suspension for using a banned substance, and Victoria Azarenka, the two-time major champ who announced last month that she is pregnant and will resume playing after her baby is born. Sure, neither woman has beaten Williams at a major in the past 12 years, but you have to stretch to find a big threat to the dominant No. 1. Her toughest competition at this event might be her older sister, Venus, who is the No. 6 seed at age 36 and took a set off her younger sister in a quarterfinal meeting at last year’s Open. Or it could be her tricky first-round match against Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted Serena Williams from the 2012 Australian Open and has beaten top 10 players eight times at majors; we give Makarova a 6 percent chance to win the match. Williams’s other obstacle might be her right shoulder. Inflammation caused her to skip a pre-Open tournament in Cincinnati (our forecast doesn’t directly account for injuries). read more