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10 Tips from Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins

first_imgAward-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins shares his insight, wisdom, and experience. Learn from a true master with these top 10 tips.Top Image via The Film StageMost film and video pros are familiar with Roger Deakins. We recently highlighted the master cinematographer when we covered the ins and outs of framing a medium shot. If for some reason you’re unsure of his legacy, Roger Deakins has earned 12 Oscar nominations for his work on such films as Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, Skyfall, and almost every Coen Brothers film since Barton Fink.Image: Production Location for Skyfall, via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.Luckily for us, Deakins loves connecting with other cinematographers and giving advice whenever he can. He does most of this through his website forum where he answers questions and give tips, tricks, and general advice. Cinematographers from around the world flock to his site hoping to learn more about their craft.We’ve pulled a few of our favorite cinematography tips straight from the cinema master’s mouth. We believe these useful tips will aid you as you embark on your career or your next production.1. Learn to Be SelectiveImage from By The DartBefore you begin a new project, make sure this project is actually something you want to take on. Make sure it’s something that you believe in. Be selective with any project you latch on to, because as Roger Deakin mentions in this article from the BBC, you’re going to be on this project for a long time.I’m picky about the sort of material I want to work with, always have been. But usually I’m drawn to scripts that are about characters, I don’t have a love of doing action movies. It is really important to choose which projects you are going to work on carefully. You are going to be on a film for a long time.Video from Cinefii Channel2. The Importance of LightingImage: Fantastic lighting from No Country For Old Men via IMDbLighting is king for cinematographers. The way you light a scene greatly effects how the audience reacts to that scene. In fact, Roger Deakins says that great lighting begins with the script. Keep this in mind when picking your color and lighting. Discuss the scene with the director and find out what they want the audience to gain from the scene.So, on the one hand, you need to light a space so you can see the actors – but, more than that, you are creating a mood, you are creating a world for those actors to inhabit and for the audience to get submersed in. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any great film.3. Embrace DocumentaryWhen working with documentary film, you have to be quick on your feet. You’ve got to find the action and frame it at any given moment. This is definitely something that has aided Roger Deakins throughout his career.You work with the light that’s available and create something with what you have at hand. It teaches you how to be quick in terms of setting the frame and finding the angle and reading what’s happening – reading the development of what’s going on in front of you.Video from AFIFEST4. Stay With the Character and StoryImage: Jeff Bridges in True Grit via IMDbNot every shot needs to be a jaw-dropping exercise in masterful composition. Sometimes you need to reign it in and go back to the basics, allowing the characters and the story to drive the narrative and keep the audience engaged.There’s nothing worse than an ostentatious shot or some lighting that draws attention to itself, and you might go, ‘Oh, wow, that’s spectacular.’ Or that spectacular shot, a big crane move, or something. But it’s not necessarily right for the film — you jump out, you think about the surface, and you don’t stay in there with the characters and the story. – Roger Deakins via Screen Writing from Iowa5. Don’t Compromise PerformanceImage: Scene from Prisoners via Alcon Entertainment.This is really an extension of the previous tip, but it’s so vital that it needs its own spot on the list. The main idea: Don’t compromise the actor’s performance for a perfect shot.Instead, capture the performance the actor gives you in the best way you can. You’ll find (as Deakins has mentioned in past interviews) that a great performance can mask a bad shot.In the end a film can look lousy but work because of a great performance but not the other way round. That’s something always worth remembering.Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick has a reputation for filming the performance. He and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki allowed the actors on The Tree of Life to move right into their performance freely, and it was there they would capture the footage they needed. While some scenes were storyboarded, most of the footage was done in a very cinema-verite style.Video from FoxSearchlight6. Find Your StyleImage: Deakins on the set of The VillageIt’s likely you have one or two master filmmakers that you just absolutely love, but make sure you aren’t just copying what those filmmakers do. Incorporate their techniques into your own style while working toward finding your cinematic voice.You can’t learn your craft by copying me or anyone else. I hope what I do can do is in some way inspire others but I would be appalled if I though my work was being studied as ‘the right way to do the job’. – Roger Deakins via Revl8.7. Tech Is Good, but Don’t Forget You’re Telling a StoryFilmmakers need to be on the cutting edge of technology. But there’s one thing more important than each and every piece of technology or equipment: the story. Without a compelling story, all of your amazingly composed shots will fall on deaf ears.I know the visuals are vitally important, after all this IS a visual medium but it’s not just about a little black box with a lens stuck on the front, it’s about the skill of the person operating it but even more importantly it’s the story and how you execute it that really matters.Roger Deakins has a very similar philosophy and has mentioned on several occasions that storytelling is still the most important thing you need to remember as a cinematographer. He has stated that while technology changes rapidly, the way he frames and tells a story never changes. This is an important lesson for any cinematographer.Video from Cinefii Channel8. Choose Your Location WiselyImage: Deakins on the set of A Serious ManLocation, location, location. Where you decide to film a scene is incredibly important to the final product on screen. If you’re working with a small budget, then finding optimal locations will be key for you. But even if you have a large-scale budget, this same advice applies. The location will determine what lenses, lighting, and camera setup you use.I would suggest the choice of location is the most important one if you have little money in the budget for lights. You might consider the films of Terry Malick. They utilize very few artificial sources.9. The Film Is the Director’s FilmFirst and foremost, cinematographers need to know that filmmaking is a collaborative art form. At the end of the day, they are responsible for framing the film as the director envisioned. Does this mean that a cinematographer needs to be silent and only do what the director asks? Absolutely not.You should engage and offer opinions and suggestions, but as Roger Deakins said, “Every film is the Director’s film and we must never lose sight of that.”Video from Film and Digital Times10. Be Social and Get to Know PeopleImage From Left: Brad Pitt, Joel Coen, and Roger Deakins via ASCEver heard someone swear that “It’s all about who you know?” Well, it’s true.As a cinematographer and filmmaker, you’ll never be able to move your way up to bigger and better things on your own. You need to be social and connect with people. This practice will also help you when you’re going into production. Because you have quality interaction with people, you can take those experiences and apply them to your project.All I’ve ever wanted to do is take stills of people, or take documentaries about people, and try to express to an audience how somebody lives next door.  You know what I mean? Just how similar we all are as individuals.What are your favorite pearls of wisdom for cinematographers? Share your advice in the comments below!last_img read more

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JRU overcomes Adamson, enters semis in Filoil

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Papi Sarr led Adamson with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Teytey Teodoro went off for the Heavy Bombers, erecting a game-high 23 points to go along five rebounds.JRU head coach Vergel Meneses credited his team’s stingy defense, especially on the three-point area where the Falcons went dry hitting just 6-of-33.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s our defense, our defense carried us the whole game,” said Meneses. “Even though we weren’t scoring, the other team wasn’t able to get on a big run.”Ervin Grospe played lieutenant for the Heavy Bombers and put up 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Austria believes championship experience SMB’s biggest edge For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University booted Adamson University, 67-56, in the quarterfinal stage of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Thursday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The semifinals-bound Heavy Bombers will face the winner between San Beda and University of the Philippines in the other quarterfinals series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

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Feels great working with talented person like Anushka: Salman

first_imgDubai, Mar 19 (PTI) Superstar Salman Khan has praised his leading lady in “Sultan”, Anushka Sharma, saying he is having a great time working with a talent like her.Several actresses were attached to the project since the film was announced last year but the movie finally went to Anushka.When asked about his experience working with 27-year-old Anushka, Salman said, “It has been great. It feels good to work with good and talented people.”The movie will see Salman playing Sultan Ali Khan, a Haryana-based wrestler.The 50-year-old actor called the YRF film one of the most difficult movies of his career. “I am working very hard. It is one of my most difficult movies,” said the actor on the sidelines of the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA).The sports drama, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is set to release this Eid in a box office clash with Shah Rukh Khans “Raees”. PTI PSH JCHlast_img read more

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Chidambaram files nomination for Rajya Sabha from Maha

first_imgMumbai, May 31 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance minister P Chidambaram today filed his nomination papers for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra.Accompanied by former state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, MPCC president Ashok Chavan, former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and other party leaders, Chidambaram filed the papers at the Vidhan Bhawan here.His son Karti Chidambaram was also present when he filed his nomination before the returning officer.Chidambaram, 70, did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and his son Karti had unsuccessfully fought from his native Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.Besides, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane also filed his nomination papers here for a Rajya Sabha seat.Today is the last day for filing the nominations for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha to be held on June 11.In Maharashtra, six RS seats are up for grabs.The biennial elections to 57 seats in Rajya Sabha are necessitated as 55 members from 15 states are retiring between June and August. PTI APM VT GK DBSlast_img read more

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I was more focused after Centennial Park bombing: Paes

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Leander Paes, one of the 12 individual Olympic medal winners that India has produced in its sporting history, says that surviving the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Games made him more determined to win the coveted medal. In a book – My Olympic Journey – co-authored by sports journalists Digvijay Singh Deo and Amit Bose, Paes has opened up about the harrowing time he went through that day when he struggled to re-enter the Games Village. The 43-year-old legend, who is now set to appear in a record seventh Olympics in Rio, recalled that he had to literally beg before the security officials to get in. “My parents, my team and I were all inside the park when it happened. We were about 30?40 feet away and we were rattled by the vibrations. Chairs and tables had fallen all around us, and my ears were ringing. I struggled with my hearing for the next twenty-four hours. “… when I reached the entrance to the Village, the gate had shut. I pleaded with the guards to let me in and showed them my credentials. I told them my parents had gone home and public transport had been shut down. I had nowhere to go. The poor guards were only following orders not to allow anyone in and they asked me to find another gate that might be open. “I sprinted all the way to the next gate but got the same result. I kept running around for the next twenty minutes, going from one gate to the other, and it was probably at the fifth gate that I managed to literally beg the guard to let me in. I told him I had been at the park when the bomb went off, and he was really humble and sweet, and had the presence of mind to let an Olympic athlete in. “I slowly walked all the way back to my apartment block, gathering my thoughts and returning to the state of mind I had created for myself. I was very lucky to make it through Centennial Park that day, and I know there is a God above who has always showered his blessings on me all my life. “That incident made me more focused. I had a determination that went beyond what had propelled me when I just played for myself. I actually believed I could beat Andre Agassi in the semifinals.” (MORE) PTI AT CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 3

first_imgIndia took their Asian Games 2018 medal tally to 10 as five medals were earned on Tuesday.Teenage shooter Saurabh Chaudhary clinched India’s third gold medal in Jakarta early on Tuesday.Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.Saurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.India also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepaktakraw Men’s Team Regu and the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category. 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreIndia clinched its third gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta as shooter Saurabh Chaudhary created a new Games record to win the men’s 10m air pistol event on Tuesday.16-year-old Saurabh finished on top with a Games record score of 240.7 to clinch the gold medal ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).The bronze medal went to Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma who recorded a score of 219.3. He had finished sixth during the qualification round.Matsuda and Saurabh had pulled away for the gold medal battle with points of 220.1 and 220.5 respectively as Abhishek was eliminated with 219.3 points after eight series.Matsuda, 42, was leading the charge going into the ninth and final series having led after each of the series. But in the final series, he came up with first shot score of 8.9 to blow his chances as Saurabh overtook him with a 10.2 in his first shot of the series.advertisementIn the second shot of the series, Matsuda scored 10.3 but Saurabh did well with 10.4 to seal the title.At the beginning, Saurabh, who topped the qualifications after a score of 586, began his finals with a 50.6 in the opening five-shot series. In the second five-shot series, he scored 50.8 to take his total to 101.4, while Matsuda had 103.3 in total at this point of time.In the third series, a two-shot round, Saurabh scored 18.6. He then produced scores of 19.4, 20.0, 20.6, 20.2 to have a total of 200.2 at the end of seven series when Matsuda and Saurabh totalled 201.3 and 199.7 respectively as the top three places were determined.In the eighth series, Saurabh, Matsuda and Abhishek got scores of 19.9, 19.2 and 19.6 as the latter was eliminated.The drama unfolded in the final series, with Matsuda coming up with his worst shot of the entire final round to give the advantage to Saurabh, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaSanjeev Rajput clinched the third silver medal for India at the Asian Games 2018 after winning the 50m Rifle 3 Positions on Tuesday.Rajput ended with a score of 452.7 to finish second behind Zicheng Hui of China, who came out of nowhere to clinch the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Takayuki Matsumoto of Japan bagged the bronze with a score of 441.4.India win first medal in sepak takrawIndia grabbed their first ever medal in Sepak takraw at the Asian Games 2018 on Tuesday as they were defeated by Thailand 2-0 in the semi-finals.Even though India failed to advance to the final and assure themselves of a silver, the bronze medal was an untouched territory and India will surely be happy with their performance in the multi-sport event at Jakarta and Palembang.India began their campaign with a 2-1 win over Iran but lost their second match 2-0 against Indonesia.However, since Iran had lost both their matches, they were eliminated and India advanced to the semi-finals, assuring themselves of a bronze medal.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestling Divya Kakran won India’s 10th medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta (Reuters Photo)Wrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Divya, who had also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year in Gold Coast, beat Wenling in the freestyle 68kg category on Technical Superiority with the final scoreline reading 10-0.Day 2: WRAPVinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.advertisementIndia bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (Reuters Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

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Motorola One Power with Android One inside launched, coming to India in October

first_imgFor months now we have been hearing about the Motorola One and Motorola One phones from Motorola. On Friday, the company finally made the phones official and they pretty much keep in line with what past renders, leaked specs and certification sites have told us. Specs and design aside, the biggest highlight here is that Motorola has finally decided to get on board with the Android One program, something fans had hoped for a while and only got a glimpse of it with the Moto X4. Of the two new phones, Motorola has confirmed that the Motorola One Power will come to in India in October.As expected, the Motorola One and Motorola One Power are both Android One phones, and the company is happy to announce that they will bring stock Android experience with a promise of security updates for three years and a smarter camera app with Google Lens baked in. The company also promises two major Android updates, the first of which being Android 9 Pie, which will be released soon after the phones are launched. This is a pretty fantastic news for Motorola fans who have been disappointed with Motorola’s poor software support.Motorola One specificationsBoth the Motorola One phones come with a notch similar to the Motorola P30 that was recently announced in China. The Motorola One brings a curved glass body and a 5.9-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 256GB via microSD card.advertisement Motorola OneFor cameras, the Motorola One gets a 13-megapixel dual camera system on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. It houses a 3,500mAh battery with TurboPower support that will give you 6 hours of power in 20 minutes of charge. The device comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint support, USB Type-C support and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Motorola has priced the device at 299 euros (approx Rs 24,700) and will be available in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific in the coming months.Motorola One Power specificationsThe Motorola One Power will be coming to India in October and the company hasn’t revealed its pricing details just yet. The device is bigger and more powerful compared to the Motorola One. It sports a tall 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It gets a Snapdragon 636 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability.The camera configuration is also a notch above the Motorola One. It bears a 16MP + 5MP setup on the back and a 12-megapixel sensor on the front. It houses a larger 4,850mAh battery with TurboPower support. Like the Motorola One, the One Power also gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C support and a headphone jack.last_img read more

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Cricket a special part of my life but not the most important thing: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli exhibits his passion for the game every single time he steps out on the field whether it’s an international match or an Indian Premier League (IPL) game. His hunger for scoring runs is never ending and that has put him on par with the legends of the game.As far as his batting is concerned, Kohli has already broken several records and is on path to break many more, including Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 hundreds in international cricket.Virat Kohli now has 64 hundreds in international cricket. He has overtaken Kumar Sangakkara to become third in the list for most international hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads with 100 international hundreds from 782 innings. Ricky Ponting has 71 hundreds from 668 innings while Kohli has scored 64 hundreds from 401 innings.Cricket pundits around the globe believe Kohli can do it if he stays fit.The 30-year-old still has a few years left before he takes a call on future plans. But one thing he has already made it clear that he will “not pick up his bat again” once he is done with playing cricket.So what will the India captain do after hanging his boots?”8 years down the line, priority would be family. Priority would be myself, Anushka and our family by then. Cricket would obviously be a part of my life always but I think family should be priority at all times because nothing is bigger than life. Cricket is a part of life, nothing should be bigger than life,” Kohli said on his Mobile Application, Virat Kohli App.advertisement”I know people take life too seriously and be like… ‘if you don’t take cricket too seriously, then you’re not committted enough’. I don’t believe in all that. The larger picture always has to be life because whatever happens and may happen, you always come back home.”So I think the priority will be family, should be family. Cricket will be a very special part of my life, but it’s not the most important thing in life is the way I see it. I am blessed to be able to do it right now, it has to end one day. Eight years down the line, I think I will be totally focussed on my family,” he said.Kohli recently led India to their first ever Test and ODI series triumph in Australia. India thrashed Australia 2-1 in four-Test series while won the three-match ODI series 2-1.Virat Kohli has been in sensational form since the tour of Australia back in 2016. That year, he scored 3 ODI hundreds from 10 matches before hammering 6 ODI hundreds in 2017. In 2018, Kohli was the highst run-scorer in one-day internationals and smashed 6 hundreds.Also Read | Virat Kohli posts priceless photo with Roger Federer at Australian OpenAlso Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spacelast_img read more

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NewLead to Acquire Newbuild Eco Type Dry Bulk Vessel

first_img Print  Close My location zoom  NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NewLead) announced today that it has recently agreed to acquire one newbuilding Eco Type geared double hull Handysize dry bulk vessel for a purchase price of $19.5 million. The vessel is 35,000 dwt and is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2014.Mr. Michael Zolotas, chairman and chief executive officer of NewLead, stated, “As we have previously announced, following the completion of NewLead’s restructuring and alongside the development of its commodity arm, our aim is the continuous growth of our fleet. This is the first Eco Type vessel with high specifications to be added to NewLead’s fleet. We are exploring all options and opportunities for the chartering of this vessel which will likely be announced closer to the delivery of the vessel.”The down payment was paid, and the balance will be paid, as a result of the transactions described in the Current Report on Form 6-K filed on December 2, 2013 that will result in NewLead acquiring the vessel free and clear of all liens. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 NewLead, December 4, 2013; Image Wikimedialast_img read more

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RBI to come out with mobile app for currency notes identification

first_imgNew Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India will come out with a mobile application to help visually challenged people in identifying currency notes as cash still remains a dominant mode of transaction. At present, banknotes in the denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 are in circulation, besides Re 1 notes issued by the Centre. The RBI said that identification of banknote denomination is key to successful completion of cash-based transactions by visually impaired persons. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIntaglio printing based identification marks for helping the visually challenged in identification of banknotes denomination are present in the notes of Rs 100 and above. After demonetisation of old Rs 500/1,000 notes in November 2016, new banknotes in design and sizes have been put in circulation. “The Reserve Bank of India has been sensitive to the challenges faced by the visually challenged in conducting their day to day business with Indian banknotes,” said the central bank while scouting for a vendor to develop the mobile application. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe proposed mobile app would be able to identify the denomination of notes of Mahatma Gandhi Series and Mahatma Gandhi (New) series by capturing the image of the notes placed in front of mobile camera, the RBI said while inviting bids from tech firms to develop the app. The RBI had come out with a similar ‘request for proposal’ from vendors but later cancelled it. The app will also generate “audio notification” intimating the currency note denomination to the user if image is captured correctly, else intimating the user to try again in case of image is not readable. There are about 80 lakh blind or visually impaired people in the country, who are likely to benefit from the initiative of the central bank. In June, 2018 the central bank had declared that it would explore the feasibility of developing a suitable device or mechanism for aiding the visually impaired in the identification of Indian banknotes.last_img read more

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Weekly Direct Shipping Service Launched Between Morocco and Russia

Rabat – The worldwide shipping group CMA CGM has launched a new linking service between Morocco and Russia called “AGAX,” allowing the delivery of vegetables and fruits in eight days without any stopover. In a communiqué published on the official website of the the shipping group, on Tuesday, CMA CGM  said that this service was created in partnership with its subsidiaries OPDR and ComanavThe group noted that it will provide the fastest transit times on the market by linking Agadir and Saint Petersburg. “Southbound, the ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam still act as important hubs and offer various transshipment and intermodal opportunities,” said CMA CGM.The group went on to say that besides this new service, it maintains a position on the Morocco-Northern Europe/Russia trade with two other weekly lines: DUNKRUS and CISS.“From March 16th, the following rotation will be operated in partnership with SEAGO with 3 x 868 TEU vessels (two being operated by CMA CGM and one by SEAGO): Casablanca – Agadir – St. Petersburg – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Casablanca,” it added.Exportation deals between Russia and Morocco have risen over the past few years.The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters and Producers said in 2015 that the exports of fruit and vegetable from Morocco to Russia increased from 14 to 20 percent“There was a strong demand, especially for tomatoes, cucumber and slightly less for peppers. Cherry tomatoes are also increasing in demand. Russians imported from Southern Europe,” said Saad Silimani, president of the association. read more

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Public must protect the army

General Jagath Jayasuriya before the end of his itinerary called on incumbents at Merisavatiya and Lanka Ramaya. General Jagath Jayasuriya during the interaction said that it is the responsibility of the public too to take care of the heroes who have sacrificed their legs and limbs on behalf of the nation. He shared a cup of tea with these inmates talking to them and listing to their concerns, the army media unit said. Commander of the Army General Jagath Jayasuriya says the public must protect the soldiers who made sacrifices for the nation.He made these comments while visiting soldiers at the Abhimansala resort in Anuradhapura today. Meanwhile, the Commander visited the Udamaluwa (Upper layer) at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya Anuradhapura were Army troops are engaged in constructing a new Sangaha Vasaya (residential quarters) by the side of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya area. He spoke to the engineers of the Army and inquired into the progress which cost the Army about Rs. 102 milion. read more

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Four more suspects arrested over Kilinochchi leopard killing

Earlier two suspects were arrested and remanded over the killing. The two suspects were produced before the Kilinochchi Magistrate yesterday who ordered that they be remanded till June 29th. Wildlife officers had arrived at Ambalkulam in Kilinochchi to capture the animal but they had failed to locate it resulting in agitated residents deciding to look for the animal themselves.The hunt for the leopard was captured on video and visuals showed the leopard being captured and brutally attacked and killed by the residents.The dead animal was later dragged along the streets and displayed to the public. (Colombo Gazette) Villagers in Kilinochchi last week captured and killed a leopard after it attacked 10 people in the area.The villagers hunted down the animal after accusing wildlife officers of failing to do their duty. Four more suspects have been arrested over the mob attack and killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi last week.They were produced in court and remanded till June 29th. The Magistrate also ordered the Police to arrest all other suspects involved in the incident. read more

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Mayor Nenshis 2015 to do list

by News Staff Posted Jan 4, 2015 12:25 pm MDT Calgary’s mayor hopes 2015 is the year some important work, that will improve the operations of city hall, will be completed.“I’m hoping we will get real movement on the City Charters for Calgary and Edmonton and on the Municipal Government’s Act to allow cities to work better,” Naheed Nenshi said in a year-end interview with 660News.Nenshi said he also wants to address some of the red tape issues of doing business with the city.“I’m very hopeful we’ll be able to continue doing the ‘cut red tape’ work within the City of Calgary and making this whole corporation. this whole organization, these 20,000 people even more responsive and more citizen centred. We’ve made some really good progress on that but we’re not all the way on that yet.” Nenshi said he hopes to finalize what he calls a “new fiscal” framework which would cover a number of things ranging from developer fees to a more stable and predictable funding deal with the provincial government. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mayor Nenshi’s 2015 ” to do ” list read more

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UN development chief discusses progress technical assistance and partnerships during Iraq visit

“Iraq’s progress in achieving the MDGs has been mixed since Iraq is coming out of many years of deprivation of its people,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, referring to the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are set to expire on 2015.“We have seen progress in terms of a reduction of extreme poverty and child and maternal mortality rates. However, there is work to do especially in the areas of women’s empowerment and environmental issues like water” Ms. Clark added. While in the capital, Baghdad, in addition to meeting with Government officials, the UNDP head also met with representatives of women’s organizations and independent institutions such as the recently established Human Rights Commission. During her meetings, Ms. Clark discussed ways to increase UNDP’s presence in Iraq by strengthening partnerships and providing ongoing technical assistance in a number of areas including elections, human rights, public sector reform, improving basic services, gender equality and women’s empowerment, economic diversification, water, oil and gas and the environment.In her meeting with the Ministry of Planning, in particular, she discussed key issues crucial for Iraq’s development including the new National Development Plan, the 2012 National Human Development Report focusing on youth, and Iraq’s progress in achieving the MDGs. “I came to Baghdad to give support and visibility to the work that UNDP and the UN Country Team do in Iraq.” said Ms. Clark. “I’m really quite impressed with the broad UNDP programme here in Iraq across all the elements of our mandate.” UNDP currently has 70 staff in Baghdad and the cities of Erbil and Basra and plans to expand its presence throughout the country and employ more Iraqi national staff in the coming year. Ms. Clark’s visit comes as UNDP finalizes plans to relocate its operations and programmes to Iraq from Amman, Jordan, where the agency has maintained an office since the bombing of the UN offices located at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad in August 2003.“We have taken the decision to move all our substantive staff to Iraq and we hope to see that happen in the coming year provided that we find adequate space in Baghdad,” she said. read more

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Football Ohio State defensive line adapts to depleted depth

Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) moves in to tackle a Rutgers player during the second half of the game on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense is one unit. Despite the different jobs defensive lineman and defensive backs may have on the field, each position’s success defines the success of the positions around them. The way redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers puts it, getting to the quarterback as a lineman makes a defensive back’s job much easier. But also, if a defensive back shuts down an opposing wide receiver, not giving the quarterback a target to hit, the defensive linemen have more time to get to the quarterback in pass rush. However, the Ohio State defensive line may have another man down as the team prepares for Minnesota on Saturday. Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper was taken off the field on a cart during the game against Indiana. Head coach Urban Meyer said that both Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison were in concussion protocol and did not have any updates on their status ahead of Saturday. For an already depleted defensive line, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa out with a core muscle injury since Sept. 15, Landers reiterated a message the line has held since the beginning of the season: next man up. “Getting a little banged up here and there is a part of the game, so that’s why we all prepare the exact same way, we take the amount of reps and we take what we do seriously,” Landers said. “When it’s time to work on your craft on a day-to-day basis in practice, we try and enhance it as much as we can so if someone does go down or gets hurt or that situation, we have guys ready to play.”  Along with redshirt junior Jashon Cornell entering into the starting lineup, facing his hometown team, true freshman defensive ends, like Tyler Friday or Tyreke Smith could get increased playing time with the loss of both Bosa and Cooper. Landers said the focus in the room has been building the culture of the defensive linemen despite the injuries, calling for players like Smith and Cornell to step up in the absence of Cooper and Bosa. The junior defensive lineman had suffered his share of injuries during the 2018 season. Even though he did not specify what type of injury he had, Landers said he was “100 percent” heading into the Minnesota game. However, in the time he was sidelined, he took on a new role for his fellow defensive linemen. “I knew, at that moment in time, my job was to become a coach,” Landers said. “As I go throughout the game, whether I am playing or sitting on the sidelines or what, I’m doing everything I can to pick up one little thing, little indicators and help some of the guys who are in the game work on what they might be doing wrong or giving them tips to help them enhance their game, so they are a little bit more comfortable with playing.” One of the things he did pick up was how opposing quarterbacks face a Bosa-less defensive line. In the first half of Ohio State’s 49-26 win over Indiana, Landers said Indiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey was getting the ball out remarkably fast, giving the Ohio State defensive front no time to really pass rush. Instead, he said the line tried to limit his throwing lane, closing the pocket as quickly as they could to limit his success. As Ohio State prepares for the Golden Gophers, Landers said it’s going to be a different look, a look that they might not know until the game actually begins. However, like the Ohio State defensive line has to do with the injuries the unit has suffered, Landers said the unit will have to face whatever it is dealt. “It’s going to be one of those things where we have to adapt to the game on the fly,” Landers said. Adaptation has been a main theme of the Ohio State defensive line this season. However, even with depleted depth, that does not change the responsibility the line has to the rest of the offense. read more

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Olympic gold medallist cancelled health club membership after being told he was

first_img 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. You go to the pool to swim – not to have lifeguards telling you how to swimDavid Wilkie Mr Wilkie talking with swimming coach Bill DiazCredit:Tony Duffy/Getty Images Mr Wilkie talking with swimming coach Bill Diaz Mr Wilkie, who learned to swim in Sri Lanka, where he was born, first won an Olympic medal at the 1972 Games in Munich, where he picked up silver in the 200m breaststroke.Four years later, he took home gold in the same event, while also adding a silver to his tally for the 100m breaststroke. He is believed to be the only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time.After retiring from swimming, he remained active and started a health business and Pets’ Kitchen, which provides nutritional food for pets.  A Virgin Active spokesman said: “We take any complaints we receive from our members seriously. We spoke with Mr Wilkie in 2015 to resolve his complaint and we were sorry to see him leave our club.” The 62-year-old claims he was told he had “banged” into another person while doing front crawl in the fast lane of the 25m pool, which is near his home in Surrey, in 2015. He told the Daily Mail: “I was just swimming as normal in the pool, doing front crawl, and the lifeguard came up to me and said, ‘I think you banged into somebody’. I said, ‘it’s the fast lane you know, this is rubbish’.”Mr Wilkie blamed the incident on an “over-zealous” lifeguard and said he decided to talk to a more senior member of staff before cancelling his membership.Describing the situation as “ridiculous”, he added: “You go to the pool to swim  not to have lifeguards telling you how to swim.” An Olympic gold medallist claimed he cancelled his health club membership after being told he was swimming too fast.David Wilkie, who won gold at the 1976 Montreal games for the 200-metre breaststroke, said he was approached by a lifeguard at the Royal Berkshire Virgin Active club in Bracknell.last_img read more

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The Irish show Berlin how to celebrate St Paddys Day

first_img(Parade and Concert 2013, St.Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin) O’Neill said “Demand is there so we’re planning to meet that demand”.The closer we get though there’s also that fear that nobody will turn up.Taking into account that the festival has gone from 150 attending in 2011 to 5,000 turning up in 2013…we have every faith that this year Saint Patrick’s Day parade will be the biggest Berlin has seen yet! IN 2011 ONE Irishman living in Berlin decided it was time he show the city how to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.Dara O’Neill originally from Waterford, but living in Berlin for the past eight years, began working on a Berlin St Patricks Day festival.He told TheJournal.ie “I started it for personal reasons so the first year it was really just a group of extended friends having a party.”“One hundred and fifty people turned up to celebrate in the first year in 2011 and the following year that jumped 10 fold when 1,500 people came out”.And so the party started…(Berlin Parade 2012, St.Patrick’s Festival Berlin) Last year it jumped dramatically again when 5,000 people turned up.“We didn’t realize how big it was going to be. We had booked a venue for the afterparty that held 1,500 people so we were really underestimating the growth.I think the rise of the festival over the past few years paints a picture of the mutual warmth between Ireland and Germany.“This year we went all out but we had a hard time with sponsorship. We almost cancelled it a few weeks ago but then we just decided we would make it work. We’ve asked bands to play for free and obviously we do all the work for free so now we’re just hoping it’s a success”. (Parade and Concert 2013, St.Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin)Read: Dublin Airport is asking tourists not to say ‘St Patty’s Day’Read: Tubridy’s threatening to wear this Paddy’s Day jumper on the Late Late>Read: Here’s how the Taoiseach and Tánaiste are spending the St Patrick’s Weekend>last_img read more

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Lunchtime Fix 6 things you need to know

first_img Drum roll please…the Man Booker Longlist 2014 is pic.twitter.com/fYvzlucvam— Man Booker Prize (@ManBookerPrize) July 23, 2014 We spend thousands each year removing graffiti from businesses. Now much loved public monuments targeted #disgrace pic.twitter.com/97xrw8zQAk— weareDublinTown (@weareDublinTown) July 23, 2014 Source: Man Booker Prize/Twitter Source: Dublin City BID/Twitter 6. Just days after returning to the city’s streets, Dublin’s Molly Malone has been subjected to an assault.center_img WHAT’S THE STORY?1. THE homelessness crisis was top of this morning’s news again with Focus Ireland revealing a 25 per cent increase in demand for its services. One mother of two, Bridget, tells her story here:I was reduced to having to boil pasta and eggs in the kettle just to they had something they could eat.2. THE inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof has ruled that the 25-year-old died of a heroin overdose. Husband Tom Cohen told the hearing that his wife had been an addict. Source: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images3. Louis Lentin, the maker of Dear Daughter – a famous documentary about the life of abuse survivor Christine Buckley – has passed away. Source: Lavozdelarcángel666/YouTube4. A man has been extradited from the US on charges of sexual offences against two minors. The 33-year-old is due in court shortly. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland5. The Man Booker Prize has revealed this year’s Long List…through a snazzy Twitter video. Read the rest of today’s news>last_img read more