Not Enough Light? Try Double Bouncing Reflectors

first_imgBring light to dark areas with this helpful photo/video lighting technique.If you can’t afford high-powered production lights or (if powered lighting simply isn’t an option on your shoot) than we might have found a technique for you. It’s called double bouncing, and as the name implies, it works by bouncing sunlight off of two reflectors then onto your subject.This is a great fix to an all-to-common problem associated with using reflectors, angle. Normally when you use just one reflector your angle is 100% contingent on where your light source is located. However, when you double bounce you can have much more control over where the light can be directed.To create this effect you will need to purchase a couple reflectors, light stands, and clamps, all of which can be picked up for less than $50 online.The following video shows us how to use the double bouncing technique. The video covers:Bouncing LightWorking with AnglesProblems and TroubleshootingThis double bouncing light technique closely resembles book lighting. If you enjoy the following tutorial and want to learn a similar technique check out our post on the ultra-soft book lighting.This video tutorial was first shared by The Slanted Lens on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Want to learn more about lighting and film production? Check out the production section of the PremiumBeat blog.Have any tips for double bouncing light? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Naveen orders SIT probe into Kunduli gang-rape case

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that the State government will take immediate steps for handing over the investigation of the cases pertaining to the alleged gang-rape and suicide of a girl in Kunduli area of Koraput district to a Special Investigation Team (SIT). Terming the alleged gang-rape “an extremely tragic incident”, Mr. Patnaik said that the SIT probe will be monitored by the court. “It is my firm belief that law should take its own course and justice should be done without fear or favour,” he said.Judicial enquiryIn addition to transferring the case to the Crime Branch for investigation, the State government had also instituted an independent judicial enquiry with a sitting judge nominated by the High Court, Mr. Patnaik informed. “Because of the extraordinary circumstances of the case after the death of the victim, my strong faith and conviction in the principles of natural justice and commitment to safety and dignity of women, the State Government will take immediate steps for handing over the investigation of the cases to a Special Investigation Team with a prayer to be monitored by court,” Mr. Patnaik told press persons.The State government is committed that justice should be delivered at the earliest and in the most transparent manner, he said.The National Human Rights Commission has also initiated a probe into the case. Opposition demandThe 14-year-old Dalit girl had alleged that she was raped by four men in uniform on October 10 last year while she was returning to her home. She committed suicide at her home on January 22.On the other hand, the Opposition — Congress and BJP — has been demanding that the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation for investigation.last_img read more

Police detain two suspects for allegedly pelting stones at Australia cricket team bus in Guwahati

first_imgPolice in Guwahati have detained two people in connection to the alleged stone pelting incident on the Australian cricket team bus on Tuesday night.The Australian team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website.The board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”We have picked up two people from the area under Garchuk Police Station where the incident took place last night. We are interrogating them,” Guwahati police commissioner Hiren Nath told India Today.Posting an image of a shattered window pane, Aussie opener Aaron Finch had first brought the security breach to the notice of the authorities. The team was returning to their hotel when the incident took place despite heavy security.The incident has shocked sports fans across the country with Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directing state chief secretary to conduct an inquiry and submit an immediate report.”Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahati’s reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. Vow to take strictest action against the culprits. Investigation is on full swing & Police have already picked up 2 suspects,” Sonowal tweeted on Wednesday.advertisementSonowal, who has earlier served as the union sports minister said, “People of Assam do not approve this. FIFA Under-17 World Cup is going on in Guwahati. FIFA & all teams have expressed their satisfaction at our arrangements.””Whoever got indulged in the hooliganism did it on the sole objective of defaming Assam & derailing its journey towards the top. That’s a design we will foil with the support of the people of Assam. Culprits will face full force of law & given exemplary punishment,” the chief minister assured.last_img read more

IBASE: video wall player for UHD multi-screen signage

first_imgIBASE Technology debuts its SI-61S ultra-high resolution and highly expandable video wall player developed specifically for multi-screen video wall signage environments. It is equipped with Intel’s latest 7th Generation desktop processor and can be integrated with a Matrox, AMD or Nvidia PCI-E (x16) or two PCI-E (x8) graphics cards to play super high-resolution, eye-catching content in different screen layouts in order to captivate and engage consumers.Taking the most common 3×3 video wall as an example, the SI-61S with a nine display-output Matrox C900 PCI-E (x16) graphics card can play ultra-high-definition images and videos of up to 6K x 3K resolution. For an ultra-large 6×3 video wall requirement, it can be connected with two nine-output PCI-E (x8) Matrox C900 graphics cards for playback of up to 12K x 3K UHD images/videos. In addition, it can be connected to a single large-screen video wall with a single-output PCI-E (x16) graphics card for playback of 8K super-high-definition images/videos. An external 4K video capture card can also be used to provide live video input.The system includes two low-profile Mini PCI-E slots with both full-size and half-size slots. WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE or video capture cards can be installed to increase the convenience of network connectivity. It provides flexible video wall configuration and resolution setting modes, as well as the latest IBASE sole iCONTROL smart energy-saving and remote monitoring technology. Users can take advantage of this exclusive technology for intelligent energy-saving, auto-scheduling, automatic power resume, low-temperature power-on protection and intelligent OS recovery functionalities.The SI-61S features remote system temperature, voltage and fan speed hardware monitoring that contribute to lower maintenance costs, enhanced system stability, and a 24/7 long-term stable operation. The system’s product life cycle is estimated to be more than seven years.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Microsemi: new PFX-I PCIe switches address industrial, defense and security marketsNext Green Hills: INTEGRITY-178 tuMP certified as conforming to FACE standardlast_img read more

David Saker resigns as Australia’s bowling coach ahead of 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgAustralia bowling coach David Saker has resigned less than three months before the team’s World Cup title defence in England.Governing body Cricket Australia said Saker, who succeeded Craig McDermott in 2016, had resigned “effective immediately” and would be replaced by Troy Cooley for upcoming one-day international series against India and Pakistan.While Australia completed a dominant 2-0 Test series win over Sri Lanka earlier this week, the team’s bowlers have been under fire during a disappointing home summer.They were upstaged by India’s potent seamers in a 2-1 Test series loss to Virat Kohli’s team, Australia’s first defeat to an Asian side on home pitches.Head coach Justin Langer said he and Saker had been talking about his position for several months.”David and I have had ongoing discussions over the past nine months about his role with the team, and we agreed it’s the right time to head in a different direction in the best interests of the team,” Langer said in a statement on Thursday.Saker took the unusual step of publicly criticising his bowlers in the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney last month, revealing discord with staff over tactics.He finishes with a mixed record, having helped Australia to big Test series wins at home to Pakistan (2016/17) and England (2017/18) but also having overseen demoralising home defeats to South Africa (2016/17) and India recently.Saker said he had enjoyed “working closely with a great group of fast bowlers” and would look forward to a new coaching role.advertisementThe 52-year-old enjoyed his greatest international successes in charge of England’s bowling, helping Andrew Strauss’s side to a breakthrough Ashes win in Australia in 2010/11 and Alastair Cook’s team to a rare Test series win in India in 2012/13.CA said it would confirm the coaching set-up before the World Cup starts in England at the end of May.Also Read | Injured Mitchell Starc out as Australia name squad for ODI series vs IndiaAlso Watch:last_img read more

Six-Shooter: Zach Crabtree on McGregor-Mayweather and More

first_imgIntroducing a new series, welcome to the Six-Shooter, a weekly segment with an Oklahoma State athlete where we ask six random, non-sports-related questions to get to know these gals and guys a bit better.Senior offensive tackle Zach Crabtree has been a staple in the Oklahoma State O-line since 2014 when he started eight games as a freshman, but he is far more complex than a nicely cut beard and a football mind.Here is how he faired in this week’s gauntlet of hard-hitting journalism:If you found $1 million in a bag on the side of the road, what would you do with it?“You definitely gotta check and see who the money belongs to. You got to find the source. That’s a lot of money. A million dollars, something’s going on there. I don’t know if I wanna be touching that money. Something went wrong. There could be some dirty stuff going on there.”Money is not an issue, you have a full range of abilities, but you have a week to live. Where are you going? What are you doing? And who are you spending your last week on Earth with?“I’m going somewhere in the Caribbean. I’ve never been to the Caribbean. I’ve always wanted to. I’m renting a beach house or a hut or something somewhere, and I’m laying up for a week, enjoying the last week and just chillin’ in paradise with some close friends.“My boys (are with me), my family obviously, but definitely my boys just from here. There’s a group of about six of us that have got real close and so we’d probably all be together.“I’d have Mason (Rudolph) with me. I’d have Austin Hays. I’d have Blake Jarwin. We have some other friends that don’t play. I got a boy at Duke. I’d have a close-knit group of friends that I always hang out with.”What’s your favorite cereal?“I’m really a big Special K, Fruit and Yogurt guy. I don’t know if you’ve ever had their Fruit & Yogurt cereal, but it is fantastic. I’m telling ya’ it’s the way to go.“That or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I can do Cinnamon Toast Crunch.”What is your favorite video game?“Madden. I haven’t played ’17 too much.“Back a couple years ago when I was living with J.W. (Walsh), we used to play Madden nonstop. We would always do three randoms, and you had to pick your random.“I like somebody that does a lot of stuff out of the gun because I like to be able to go up-tempo and pick it apart that way.”When did you know you were a man?“Athletically, probably the first time I ever did a pass set here. I was a true freshman. I got thrown into the fire, and I had to go up against Emmanuel Ogbah as a true freshman. That’ll wake you up in a hurry.“Off the field, probably the first time I got my books and I realized that my athletic ability paid for my opportunity and got me all those books and tuition, so that was probably off the field, that’s when I realized it.”Mayweather or McGregor?“I’m goin’ McGregor.“We had a big debate about this the other day. We had a huge debate about this. I think McGregor’s tougher than (Mayweather) is. The UFC is harder to fight in than boxing. There’s no question about it. You’re looking out for a lot more things, and so you take a leg kick out of it, and now McGregor’s just watching his hands.“And do let Conor McGregor fool you. He wants a knockout. He’s determined. I think he’s probably the best guy that maybe Floyd has fought, talent-wise. He’s strong. He’s tough, and it’s gonna be a little different taking a punch from Conor McGregor than it would (Marcos Maidana) or something. If he connects — that’s the problem is connecting, but if he connects, I think it’s gonna be over.”Bonus: Nickname is “60”After Rudolph wrapped up his media duties, he looked at Crabtree, who was still doing an interview, a few feet away and said, “All right, 60, you ready for lunch.”That’s an awesome nickname. Don’t know if you can beat that as an offensive lineman. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Tigres vs Atlas: Match preview & live stream

first_imgLiga MX Tigres vs Atlas: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 01:25 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre-Pierre Gignac Tigres Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Tigres UANL v Atlas Atlas Tigres UANL Two teams coming off disappointing midweek draws meet at El Volcan hoping to snap out of slumps The reigning champion of Liga MX meets the current last-place team, with each coming off midweek struggles. Atlas has won just once this season and now heads north to face Tigres in El Volcan after earning a point at home against Necaxa.AdChoices广告Tigres also are coming off a draw, slumping to a scoreless draw against Lobos BUAP — the team sitting just a point above Atlas in second-to-last place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They have just three wins so far this tournament between them, with both expecting more from the Clausura. Will one be able to nab all three points and gather momentum ahead of the stretch run? Game Tigres vs. Atlas Date Saturday, February 17 Time 8 p.m. ET Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Big Cliff Clifford Aboagye AtlasWatch Tigres vs. Atlas live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Tigres players Goalkeepers Guzman, Fernandez, Ortega Defenders Kolodziejczak, Ayala, Juninho, Meza, Torres Nilo, Acosta, Jimenez, Estrada, Rodriguez Midfielders Carioca, Duenas, J. Torres, Vasquez, R. Torres, Zelarayan, Aquino, Alvarez, Sosa, Damm Forwards Valencia, Gignac, Vargas With Javier Aquino still out with an injury and Rafael Carioca suspended after being sent off in Tuesday’s match with Lobos BUAP, manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti has several choices to make. The past two matches, he’s deployed a three-man back line with Timothee Kolodziejczak joining Hugo Ayala and Juninho. Without those two key players and with Jorge Torres ready to return from injury, Ferretti may return to a four-man back line.Potential starting XI: Guzman; Rodriguez, Ayala, Juninho, Torres Nilo; Sosa, Duenas, Torres; Valencia, Gignac, Vargas Position Atlas players Goalkeepers Ustari, Fraga, Toselli, Hernandez Defenders Jimenez, Marquez, Barreiro, Aguirre, Reyes, Arreola, Calderon, Gonzalez, Monroy Midfielders Zaldivar, Robles, Vigon, Aboagye, Morrison, Avila, Ramirez, Gomez, Garnica, Nava, Soko Forwards Henriquez, Caraglio Rafa Marquez returned from a knock to play at center back against Necaxa during the week. If he’s fatigued Daniel Arreola could come in at center back or as left back, with Luis Reyes pushing farther up the field to play on the wing.Potential starting XI: Toselli; Barreiro, Marquez, Jimenez, Reyes; Aboagye, Robles; Garnica, Henriquez, Gomez; CaraglioGAME PREVIEW Ricardo Tuca Ferretti TigresA drab draw during the week against Lobos BUAP made it three winless matches in a row for Tigres, putting far more of a spotlight on Saturday’s visit from Atlas than had been expected.Tigres did play most of the match without midfielder Rafael Carioca, who was sent off in the 21st minute. Yet, last week’s home draw to America, which saw Tigres put in a worse game than America but still get out with a point, has fans in Monterrey feeling worried.Missing Javier Aquino, who suffered a hamstring injury, won’t do much to help. Since Aquino left Tigres’ match against Pumas, they’ve picked up just two of nine possible points.Atlas currently sits in last place in the league but also was able to secure a point during the week thanks to a 1-1 draw at home with Necaxa.Rafa Marquez returned to the starting lineup, playing center back behind defensive midfielders Clifford Aboagye and Luis Robles. The Mexico legend turned 39 this week and told ESPN Deportes he’d rather win a championship with Atlas instead of going to a fifth World Cup. Neither seems very likely at the moment.Tigres last lost a league match at home on April 1. For a team like Atlas that has struggled hard this season, getting a point out of their trip to El Volcan will be a struggle as well.last_img read more

Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority Reporting Heightening Investor Interest

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) is reporting heightening investor/stakeholder interest in operating in the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs), which are key components of the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI). The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) is reporting heightening investor/stakeholder interest in operating in the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs), which are key components of the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI).Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JSEZA, which is spearheading the Initiative’s development, Dr. Eric Deans, tells JIS News that the Authority has 31 SEZ applications for established activities such as business process outsourcing, manufacturing and logistics, pointing out that a significant number of the applicants are micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).“We are also seeing interest from a wide cross section of industries in new and emerging industries, particularly in the logistics and maritime sectors, which are deemed attractive to operate in Jamaica,” Dr. Dean notes.Dr. Deans points out that a JSEZA market analysis identifies pharmaceuticals; higher-end agro-processing; electronics; medical device; auto parts; and motor vehicle assembly among the diverse set of additional activities for consideration.Noting that there is local and foreign interest in pursuing activities in these new industries, he attributes this to new incentives being offered under the SEZ Act that “investors are taking advantage of”, coupled with Jamaica’s strategic location in the Caribbean.The JSEZA’s Director of Investor Relations and Communications, Kelli-Dawn Hamilton, tells JIS News that the SEZ incentive regime includes an attractive corporate income tax rate of 12.5 per cent, which she says can be further reduced to 7.75 per cent with the application of various promotional tax credits, compared to 25 per cent in the regular domestic economy.Additionally, she says SEZ companies are able to import items at the duty-free rate.Mrs. Hamilton also emphasises the importance of the Authority’s inclusion of the general economy in the engagements embarked on.“So through the regime, we have created an incentive framework that allows persons who purchase goods and services in the domestic economy to pay zero per cent general consumption tax, which is a huge win for the investor and for the local economy because it now means that it is more attractive to purchase goods locally,” she states.The Director also points out that the Authority is keen on creating linkages with domestic suppliers. As such, she says they have been advancing work to create a policy that facilitates a linkage programme, “which sees us connecting local suppliers with investors”.She further tells JIS News that the Authority is developing an MSME Policy, pointing out that the Special Economic Zone Act stipulates the development of such an instrument.“We recognise that our MSMEs are central to moving our economy… and so we must carve out a special regime for these players… and it is something that we are actively working on with a number of stakeholders,” Mrs. Hamilton says.She emphasises that the Authority is implementing a regime that is adaptable and responsive to the market, “while maintaining our role as regulators of the free zone/SEZ space”.“Our processes continue to be consultative (because) we believe that we must be listening to our clients. But we take our role as regulators very seriously, because there are certain rules that entities must adhere to. We see our SEZ brands as being flag-bearers for the country and for business in Jamaica, and we, therefore, expect that they must be operating at a certain level,” Mrs. Hamilton states.In emphasising the importance of protecting brand Jamaica, if the country’s development is to be further advanced, she says the Authority “will continue to push that and work with our stakeholders to ensure that the regime achieves its intended purpose”. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JSEZA, which is spearheading the Initiative’s development, Dr. Eric Deans, tells JIS News that the Authority has 31 SEZ applications for established activities such as business process outsourcing, manufacturing and logistics, pointing out that a significant number of the applicants are micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). “We are also seeing interest from a wide cross section of industries in new and emerging industries, particularly in the logistics and maritime sectors, which are deemed attractive to operate in Jamaica,” Dr. Dean notes.last_img read more

EIB Sets Aside EUR 165 Million for Amsterdam Sea Lock

first_imgzoom The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide EUR 165 million (187.5m) to support the construction of a new sea lock at IJmuiden, the principal access to the Dutch Port of Amsterdam.The current Noordersluis lock was built in 1929 and the new larger lock will ensure that the next generation of bulk carriers, container ships and cruise ships can continue to access the Port of Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal, and is expected to reduce waiting time for ships.The new sea lock will be 500 meters long, 70 meters wide and 18 meters deep, and able to operate in all tides. The IJmuiden sea lock is expected to support economic activity both along the North Sea canal and for companies using the Port of Amsterdam, Europe’s fourth busiest port.Europe’s long-term investment institution will provide 33% of the debt financing for the project, alongside a consortium of banks including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, UniCredit Bank, DZ BANK and KfW IPEX-Bank, whereas Rabobank is providing an equity bridge facility.The lock is procured as a public private partnership of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment through Rijkswaterstaat, and is supported by the province of North Holland and the municipality of Amsterdam.“90% of Europe’s international trade passes through ports and upgrading the IJmuiden sea lock complex is crucial to ensuring the Port of Amsterdam’s leading role. Amsterdam has more distribution centres than any other region in Europe and the port supports companies dependent on logistics across the Netherlands and northern Europe,” said Pim van Ballekom, European Investment Bank Vice President.last_img read more

Painting Unveiled at Maritime Museum

first_imgA painting that shows a rare glimpse of an icebound Halifax Harbour is the focus of a new display, entitled A Moment Frozen in Time, that opened today, Feb. 13, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Painted nearly 150 years ago by a mystery artist known only as Avery, the watercolour depicts the Cunard Line steamer, RMS America, challenging an ice-filled Halifax Harbour. In the winter of 1859, the city’s normally ice-free harbour froze. When RMS America steamed into port on Feb. 14, it made a big impression by successfully smashing through the ice, demonstrating the power and reliability of Cunard’s new steam technology. Haligonian Samuel Cunard revolutionized travel with his safe and fast ocean liners. He could not have planned for better publicity than the RMS America’s challenge, said Dan Conlin, curator of marine history at the museum. “RMS America’s victory over the ice surprised many, as Halifax’s frozen harbour was well-known worldwide.” The painting’s connection to the Cunard Line and its representation of a historic event in Halifax’s history make it rare, but it is the artist’s unknown identity that has emerged as one of the painting’s most compelling qualities. Museum staff searched for any historical records or documentation that could provide clues about the talented painter but, to date, no new information has been discovered. So little is known about the mysterious Avery, it is not even possible to confirm the painter’s gender. In 1859, painting was considered a suitable hobby for women, said Mr. Conlin, so the possibility that the artist was female cannot be ruled out. Despite the lack of information, Mr. Conlin has constructed some theories based on the painting. “Perhaps Avery depicted himself as the well-dressed gentleman leaning into the painting on the right and looking straight at us, across a century and a half of frozen time,” he said. Other items in the display include a bust of Samuel Cunard and a model of Cunard’s first ocean liner the RMS Britannia, which was smaller than the RMS America. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., in Halifax.last_img read more

BJP will make sedition law more stringent Rajnath

first_imgShimla: Hitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the legislation will be made more stringent after BJP returns to power at the Centre. At a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district in support of Ram Swaroop Sharma who is seeking re-election from Mandi Lok Sabha seat, he said Indian economy has become on of the fastest growing economy in the world and the IMF has praised the country for its economic growth. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He also claimed that inflation has been controlled during the five years the BJP’s rule. If voted to power again, the BJP will make the provisions of sedition law more stringent to check anti-national activities, Singh said, adding India has not acquired even an inch of land of any other country but if any other nation tries to do so, India will prevent it at any cost. In its poll manifesto, the Congress has promised to abolish the provision of sedition in the IPC and review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as well as deployment of the armed forces. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “The BJP is the only party where a ground-level worker can become a chief minister and even prime minister with his relentless efforts. On the other hand, there is a party which revolves around only a family,” Singh claimed. Ram Swaroop is pitted against Sukh Ram’s grandson Aashray Sharma who has been fielded in the seat by the Congress. Aashray Sharma’s father Anil Sharma recently resigned from the state cabinet but is still a BJP MLA in Mandi Assembly segment. Voting for state’s all four seats — Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra — will take place during the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19.last_img read more

Why Canada is unlikely to take a chainsaw to corporate tax rates

WASHINGTON — While they have slightly differing views on the landmark tax cuts just adopted in the U.S., and their potential effect on Canada, some of the country’s leading fiscal-policy experts agree on one thing.In short: Don’t expect Canada to engage in a corporate-tax-cut-war with the U.S. That’s according to three prominent fiscal experts contacted by The Canadian Press as the U.S. passed a bill that will make it cheaper to do business down south.Kevin Page, Jack Mintz, and Kevin Milligan all agreed Canada has different policy tools to respond. And they expressed doubt the likeliest tool involves taking a chainsaw to corporate tax rates.The University of Calgary’s Mintz believes Canada should worry about its neighbour’s tax reform; he’s expressed it in National Post pieces with titles like, “Trump’s tax tsunami is about to wallop Canadian jobs and investment.”U.S. passes biggest tax overhaul in 30 years — and there are big consequences for CanadaTrump’s tax tsunami is about to wallop Canadian jobs and investmentTrump’s promise: ‘The rich will not be gaining at all’ from the U.S. tax plan. Reality: They willHis view is that for several decades Canada had two business advantages: lower corporate taxes, and free trade. Now the taxes are about equal, and free trade is in jeopardy. He said Canadian businesses also face new challenges, like carbon taxes; while the U.S. eliminates regulations.But he said Canadian policy-makers can respond with a variety of solutions. One is tax rates. Others include simplifying regulation, or designing tax policy to benefit investment, say, by steering the proceeds of carbon taxes back to businesses.“There are a gamut of different policies,” he said in an interview.“It’s wrong to think that a single nugget is going to solve, deal, with the issue.”He suggests Canadians seek some clues in an annual World Bank document. In the bank’s annual Doing Business report, Canada scores high in several places — it’s No. 2 in the world for ease of starting a business.But it points to sore spots.Overall, Canada ranks as the 22nd-best country to run a business, sandwiched between Lithuania and Malaysia — 13 spots behind its neighbour, the U.S. It’s 57th in dealing with construction permits, and 108th in getting electricity.Page, Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer, also doubts copycat tax cuts are coming.“I think it is unlikely Canada will try to match U.S. tax cuts,” Page said in an email.“Tax reform pressures will likely build in Canada over the next few years leading up to the 2019 elections but it is more likely to have a broader agenda than tax reductions , including fairness, sustainability, growth, (the) environment.”He said corporate income taxes are one important cost of doing business — but that companies look at a variety of things: dividend, capital and payroll taxes; regulations; and production costs like wages.He said Canada might even draw some early benefit from the U.S. tax bill. That’s because economic growth in the U.S. tends to spill into Canada. Scotiabank’s models estimate that for every percentage point of growth in the U.S., there’s a half-point growth in Canada.Page said he expects a short-term positive impact for Canada. But he said that dissipates as the bill’s less-desirable aspects kick in — like the $1.5 trillion added to the debt, Republicans’ talk of offsetting that through social-spending cuts, growing inequality, and the diminished fiscal manoeuvring room whenever another recession hits.He offers a term to describe the temporary boost for Canada: “A sugar high.”Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist who has advised the Trudeau Liberals on tax reform, said he’s not nearly as concerned about this bill as he would be if it gave U.S. businesses a permanent tax advantage of, say, five percentage points, rather than simply putting the countries at similar rates.“Then we’d be in a world where we’d be really, perhaps, in trouble — where you’d see firms wanting … to shift profits out of Canada. The fact that we’re tied, at about the same rate, means there’s no incentive to move profit,” he said.“That’s why I don’t have apocalyptic concerns that some others might have expressed.”He said businesses will continue making choices based on numerous factors, like the cost of providing health insurance to employees, a significant issue in the U.S.; good transit links; pleasant communities; workforce training; and the ability to attract talented immigrants — an area where Canada has gained some advantage, he said, given the current U.S. political climate.“So that’s the question,” Milligan said.“Are we best off getting into a tax-rate competition with the U.S., or competing on other grounds?” read more

Chilaw temple cancels animal sacrifice

He said that both in principal and policy the government is against cruelty to animals that takes place in these ritual sacrifices. Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga had said last week that there was no agreement with the government to allow animal sacrifices at the Sri Munneswaram Bhadrakali Amman Kovil. “The Government is also aware that the ritual sacrifice of animals is not acceptable to the Hindu Community, which considers it a sinful act, as clearly stated by the All Ceylon Hindu Congress. Similarly, the majority of other faiths in the country do not accept animal sacrifice in their worship and rituals, and importantly, all faiths in our country are against cruelty to animals,” he said in a statement last week. The Munneshwaram Bhadrakali Amman Hindu temple in Chilaw has decided to cancel the animal sacrifice scheduled for this year.According to the government information department this decision was announced by the chief priest of the temple. read more

Sidney Crosbys Out And The Penguins May Be Next

Includes all Pittsburgh Penguins regular-season and playoff games, 2005-06 to 2016-17.Source: Crosby’s loss can’t be overstated. In terms of individual numbers, he stands toe-to-toe with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin as the best player of the NHL’s post-lockout generation. But even more than his own production, Crosby also brings the best out of the Penguins’ offense while he’s on the ice. Over the span of his career (since 2005-06), here’s how Pittsburgh’s stats change when Crosby plays versus when he sits: WITH CROSBYWITHOUT CROSBYDIFFERENCE Shots against per game30.128.8-1.3 Games914176— Points percentage55.355.7+0.4 Save percentage90.790.9+0.2 How losing Sid the Kid has affected the Penguins, 2005-17 Shots per game31.130.9-0.2 Goals per game3.152.94-0.21 Goals against per game2.82.64-0.16 Although the Pens have traditionally fared slightly better defensively in games Crosby missed, they’ve struggled to replace him on offense, producing fewer shots and shooting the puck less accurately when their star sits out. Those differences become even more stark when you look at what happens when he’s on the ice. Pittsburgh’s shots and goals per minute improve sharply with Crosby on the ice — no player of his generation has wielded a bigger influence on his team’s scoring than Sid the Kid.Now, the Penguins will be without that offensive leadership for at least one game, and possibly many more. (This isn’t the first time Crosby has missed time with a head injury; he sat out 101 games in 2010-11 and 2011-12 while fending off concussion symptoms, and he missed time with a concussion earlier this season as well.)Prior to this week’s injury, the reigning Stanley Cup champions had been cruising through the playoffs and seemed on their way to dispatching the Capitals for the second-straight year. It’s up to Crosby’s teammates to prevent this from being the turning point the Capitals needed to claw their way back into the series. Shooting percentage10.29.5-0.7 Power-play goals per game0.810.74-0.07 The Pittsburgh Penguins had a rough Monday night, losing their superstar center Sidney Crosby after a hit to the head by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen, then losing Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in overtime. Tuesday afternoon was arguably even worse, as news arrived that Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out of Thursday’s Game 4: read more

Care home blasts out Beyonce when residents want to hear James Last

first_imgA care home has been criticised for blasting out rock and pop music continuously in the lounge when residents would rather listen to James Last and big band.Barham House, near Canterbury in Kent, played songs by Beyonce and Bon Jovi, the health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said, failing to adhere to the wishes of the 23 people in its care.A CQC report said residents told inspectors they had not been consulted on their music preferences.And because the radio was permanently on, the television in the main lounge was switched off all day.The care home was issued with a warning notice after an inspection last January which found it was “inadequate”.In its follow up inspection, it stated that the facility required improvement in all five areas, including safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and being “well led”. Residents expressed a desire to listen to James LastCredit:Tony Russell/Redferns Another was given a chocolate mousse instead of biscuits because kitchen staff incorrectly said they needed a soft diet.It was only when the resident informed staff that she should not be eating the mousse, which contained 14g of sugar, because she was diabetic that it was replaced with yoghurt.Despite the criticisms, residents gave inspectors positive feedback about their care.One said: “They do everything they can to make us comfortable” while another said “We’re alright here; everyone’s kind and I feel lucky and looked after”.The home, which is owned by Care & Residential Homes Ltd and which looks after elderly people with diabetes, dementia and mobility problems, declined to comment on the report. James Last, who died in 2015, was the big band leader of the James Last Orchestra and recorded 52 hit albums between 1967 and 1986.Known as “Mr Happy Sound,” he was credited with achieving sales surpassed only by Elvis Presley. He is estimated to have sold up to 100 million albums worldwide and had hits with songs including Games That Lovers Play and Happy Heart.The report said staff were not always considerate of people’s choices or the impact of what they said to them and there were not enough activities to offer people social stimulation.“Staff spoke kindly with people but on occasions did not consider the potential impact of what they said,” it found.”For example, staff openly told people that the service was running short staffed and passed comment about how this affected them personally, for example, causing them to sweat or be ‘Dead on my feet.’”This was not appropriate and one person told us ‘I don’t like to ask them to come in to me again; they’re so busy.’”The home was also criticised for failing to meet individuals’ nutritional needs and following professional diet advice.One person assessed as needing a soft diet was observed eating biscuits given to them by kitchen staff that could have proved a choking risk. “Pop and rock music was played on the radio almost continuously in the main lounge during our inspection,” the report said.“People who were able to speak with us said they liked big band music for example. One person said “Oh I like James Last”.“We heard music by Beyoncé and Jon Bon Jovi being played and people said they had not been asked if they liked the radio station selected, which was not considerate of their preferences.” Residents expressed a desire to listen to James Last 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.last_img read more

Arlene Foster praised and criticised for meeting with Irish language groups

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images 40 Comments Apr 28th 2017, 2:27 PM Context is very important, because [the Irish Language Act] had become a political demand. Share Tweet Email1 But as we talked about its culture and identity, I felt that it would be good to step back and actually listen to people who love the language and want to use it in their everyday lives.This jars with previous comments Foster had made on the Irish language, where she said that there would be no point in bringing in an Irish Language Act because it would only encourage Gaeilgeoirí ‘to come back for more’. By Gráinne Ní Aodha IN THE MIDST of an election, the beginning of Brexit talks and a lot of talk around a united Ireland, Arlene Foster has signaled a peace-offering to Irish language activists.Previously, the Irish language had been used as a political tool to inflame both nationalists and unionists, with Sinn Féin’s demand for an Irish Language Act and the DUP’s refusal causing difficulties during efforts to form a Northern Ireland Assembly.But this week, DUP leader Arlene Foster and a number of her colleagues set time aside to meet with Irish speakers in an attempt to learn more about the concerns of activists.Yesterday, Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge went to Stormont to meet with the DUP’s David Graham, Chris Stalford and Edwin Poots.After attending a gaelscoil in on Wednesday, Arlene Foster made said that she was “on a journey” of learning more about the language outside of the context as a political demand. Arlene Foster praised and criticised for meeting with Irish language groups An Irish Language Act has been one of the main sticking issues in efforts to form a new Northern Ireland Assembly. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Friday 28 Apr 2017, 2:27 PM Short URL Foster’s presence at Martin McGuinness’ funeral hinted at a chance of cooperation between nationalists and unionists in the North. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesBowing down to Irish brigadeBut for all that progress, there’s still tensions that this is giving in to nationalist demands.Today, TUV leader Jim Allister told BBC’s The Nolan Show that Arlene Foster was ”genuflecting to the Irish Language Brigade”.When suggested that Foster changing her views on the Irish language was a mature and grown up thing to do, Allister said that it was a grown up thing “to keep your election promises”. They said that under the DUP there would never be an Irish Language Act, and yet here we are a few weeks later.In January of this year, the Assembly’s Communities Minister Paul Givan withdrew funding for the Líofa Irish language bursary fund, which was worth about £50,000 per year.The fund allowed at least 100 students from disadvantaged areas to attend a Gaeltacht in Co Donegal, and led Gerry Adams to call the move ”an ignorant decision taken by an ignoramus”.That decision has since been reversed, but it did prompt protests by Irish language speakers, as it seemed to prove the use of An Ghaeilge to irk Sinn Féin.Talks to form an Assembly in Northern Ireland have been postponed until after UK elections, which will be held on 8 June.Read: How the Irish language drove a wedge between Northern Ireland’s AssemblyFactCheck: Are there really more Polish speakers than Irish speakers in Northern Ireland? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,172 Views last_img read more

Gary Lineker addresses accident at King Power Stadium

first_imgFormer Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker has addressed the horror accident involving Leicester City owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter.The helicopter was leaving the stadium after Leicester’s Premier League clash against West Ham on Saturday evening but for some reason, the helicopter crashed as soon as it took off.The Foxes were held to a one-all draw at the King Power Stadium by visitors, West Ham United.Manuel Pellegrini’s men took the lead in the first half through defender Fabian Balbuena in the 30th minute but were also reduced to ten men, after captain Mark Noble was sent off in the 38th minute for a rash challenge.Nigeria international midfielder Wilfred Ndidi salvaged a point for Leicester in the 89th minute of the game when his long-range strike was deflected past Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Lineker addressed the helicopter crash that has engulfed his favoured team Leicester City, during BBC’s Match of the Day program.He said: “Then, after Leicester played West Ham this evening, the helicopter owned by the Leicester chairman took off from the pitch at the King Power Stadium and a few seconds later crashed outside the ground.”“Clearly, this is a breaking story and we’ll do our best to keep you updated throughout the programme.”“First, this is what happened during the game.”last_img read more

The painful and sensitive questions about Emiliano Salas contract

first_imgThe Argentinean footballer disappeared after visiting former Nantes friends in France as he traveled to his new destination: Cardiff City Football Club.Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson were traveling over the English Channel when they disappeared from the radar.Two and a half days later, the light aircraft on which they were traveling hasn’t been found.And as search and rescue mission is set to resume tomorrow, one has to ask painful and sensitive questions about his contract.The footballer signed a 17 million Euros contract with Cardiff City in the English Premier League.He then went back to say goodbye to his former teammates in the French Ligue 1 team Nantes.And when he traveled back to the United Kingdom, his aircraft disappeared, and family and friends are fearing the worst.But what happens to his contract?“The transfer contract is valid as soon as it is registered with FIFA,” Alexandra Cohen Jonathan, a lawyer, and partner at the Paris firm August Debouzy was quoted by Fox Sports Australia.“If this is the case, in principle Cardiff must pay the 17 million Euros to Nantes even though the player has disappeared.”She then described how teams protect themselves with insurance policies.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“Nantes had certainly signed a contract of this type, but does this contract still apply when a transfer has already been signed?” asked Cohen Jonathan.“Have Cardiff already taken out this insurance? Had it already come into effect?”And for liability insurance, it would have only come into play “if one of the two clubs was the organizer of air transport,” said Cohen Jonathan.“We spoke to the player and asked him if he wanted us to make arrangements for his flight, which would have been commercial. He declined,” said Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman to The Mirror.Sala’s agent, Mark McKay, has already confirmed he arranged the private flight for his client.“In any case, someone will have to pay 17 million euros,” said Cohen Jonathan.ICYMI | Yesterday, we announced the Club-record signing of @EmilianoSala1 from @FCNantes.👉 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 20, 2019last_img read more

All clear given at Brentwood Elementary after suspicious device prompts evacuation

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have given the all clear at an elementary school in Miami Gardens after a suspicious device found on campus led to an evacuation.Officers responded to Brentwood Elementary at around 2 p.m., Friday, after a custodian found a device on school grounds, according to officials.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene showing teachers evacuating children across the street from the school. The children were seen walking in single file holding hands while being escorted by school personnel.Cameras later showed a robot taking away the device, which was located near a chain-link fence. Moments later, an officer was seen picking it up.Officials determined that the suspicious object turned out to be a water meter. It had wires sticking out with a timer on it, but authorities stressed it never posed a danger.K9 units searched the property for any clues about what may have led to the device being placed on school grounds. The investigation remains ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Local Woman Works to Get Parents Directly Involved in their Childrens Educations

first_imgShareki Chaney at the Greater Homewood Community Corporation headquarters.Shareki Chaney spent five years in the foster care system, being taken advantage of by one family who had her serving as a nanny to their biological children, and almost derailing her quest to become the first person in her family to graduate from high school and move onto college.  Chaney is now a coordinator for a program, run in partnership with Baltimore’s Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC), that seeks to get parents actively involved in their children’s education, becoming partners in the classroom and ensuring that the kids continue to have the support and motivation to accomplish their educational aims.The program for which Chaney serves as a coordinator is known as LIFTT, which stands for Learning Ignited by Family and Teachers Together.  It is a pilot program of ACTS (Alliance for Community, Teachers, and Schools), an organization under the fiscal umbrella of the GHCC, which is a local non-profit focused on sustainable community development efforts that also serves as a sponsor site for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program, which provides funding for volunteers who then work in short term service projects identified by GHCC.“GHCC’s mission is to build and strengthen vibrant urban communities,” explained Tyson Garith, the AmeriCorps VISTA supervisor for the 45 year old organization.In pursuing that mission, GHCC looks to identify programs that could be established and overseen by VISTA volunteers for a period of one to three years, the idea being that the program will be able to then stand on its own once VISTA volunteers are no longer overseeing it.AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that provides funding for volunteers like Chaney to serve in anti-poverty initiatives.  In Baltimore, GHCC coordinates programs with a number of non-profits and governmental agencies which provide service opportunities for VISTA volunteers, according to Lee Domeika, one of GHCC’s AmeriCorps Vista leaders.For Chaney, now in her second year of volunteering through VISTA, LIFTT was an opportunity to directly influence some of the limitations her East Baltimore upbringing had on her own educational path. Chaney’s mother was not present for most of her life, which left her in the care of her grandmother.“My grandmother never came to the school,” said Chaney about her grandmother’s involvement in her education. “I would always want my grandmother to come to the school but because she was older it was harder for her.”Chaney explains that while she always enjoyed school, there came a point during her high school years when she lost focus. Nobody was pushing her to see her education through to the end, and it did not help that at 14, Chaney ended up in a foster home where she was taken advantage of by a family who encouraged her to stay out of school in order to take care of their biological children.Through LIFTT, Chaney now works to ensure that parents are more engrossed in the educational lives of their children by getting involved in actual classroom instruction.  The single mother of an eight year old son who attends Kipp Academy, Chaney felt her input was valued by her son’s teachers, and has worked to bring a similar ethos to the four LIFTT sites, all in Baltimore City public schools, she is currently overseeing.“When we go into these schools, I try to tell the parents the same thing: your voice is important, very important, more important than you actually know,” said Chaney.There are many advantages to having community parents directly involved in their children’s instruction says Chaney. Students are better behaved when someone they encounter on a regular basis in their neighborhood is in the classroom, and teachers get more direct input about how the students are faring.LIFTT parents are involved in lesson planning as well as classroom instruction, able to have input into various stages of the educational process.  The greater engagement facilitated by LIFTT has helped a number of parents become more active in their child’s school community overall, with a parent at one site coming to administer the school’s food pantry, another becoming vice president of the PTO, and another serving as a football coach.“All of that from LIFTT and because the administrators, the principals, everyone valued those parents . . . just because they have such a positive impact,” said Chaney. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more