Video Production Tip: Tracking Shots with a Tripod or Monopod

first_imgThis technique for getting smooth tracking shots is perfect for the videographer or filmmaker on-the-go.Creating smooth tracking shots often means that you’ll need access to a jib or slider – both pieces of equipment that are bulky and expensive.  As an alternative, these quick tips from one of our favorite DSLR and filmmaking sites FENCHEL & JANISCH shows you how to pull off a smooth tracking shot with less.The following quick tutorials give tips for getting polished shots using only a monopod or tripod.  If you’re in a bind or on the move this technique should do the trick!See Fenchel & Janisch featured in our previous post: “10 Filmmaking Sites You Should Be Reading“Tracking Shots with a TripodTracking Shots with a Monopodlast_img read more

Four labourer buried alive while repairing tunnel in Rajasthan

first_imgFour labourers, repairing a tunnel in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district, died after being buried alive under debris, the police said on Saturday.The victims were trapped under the debris on Friday which fell due to vibrations generated by a poclain machine at the site on Beawar-Pindwara national highway, they said.The family members of the deceased, identified as Devi Singh, 32, Uttam Kumar, 23, Mahendra Kumar Meena, 27, and Mahendra Hiragar, 30, have refused to accept the bodies till they are provided compensation by the private firm which was carrying out the repair work, Sirohi collector Babu Lal Meena said.The bodies have been kept at a mortuary. The State government has announced ex-gratia for the kin of the deceased. A case has been registered against the company and the driver of the poclain machine, the police said.last_img read more

Raj Bhavan staff rapes 8 year old girl, arrested

first_imgThe police have arrested a Group D staffer of the Tripura Raj Bhavan on the charge of raping a minor girl. An officer of the West Agartala women police station said they had arrested Dilip Kumar Das, 50, on the basis of a complaint lodged by a woman, who alleged that Das had raped her 8-year-old daughter.last_img

Games Village is best-ever in history of CWG: Fennell

first_imgAfter having faced flak from several quarters for its shoddy state in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, the Athletes Village on Wednesday drew effusive praise from the head of the Games Federation who described it as the best-ever he has seen.”The atmosphere in Games Village is extremely positive. Representatives are relishing the facilities there, especially the training and practice facilities…the best facilities I have seen anywhere at any Games I have been to so far,” Fennell said at his media conference.In the build-up to the mega event, the Village had come under attack from foreign delegations for the “filthy and unliveable” conditions there.There were complaints about water logging in the basements of apartment blocks and unhygienic living conditions.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Kenyan Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru jumps to death after tiff with wife

first_imgSammy Wanjiru, Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru, suicide, Triza Njeri, Rift with wife, Nyahururu, Rift Valley, Central Province of Kenya, Rift with wife Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died in a fall from a balcony after a domestic dispute involving his wife (Triza Njeri) and another woman, police said on Monday.One police official said Wanjiru committed suicide, while another said he jumped to stop his wife from leaving the house after she discovered him with another woman.”The 24-year-old runner died late on Sunday after jumping from a balcony at his home in the town of Nyahururu, in the Rift Valley,” said John Mbijiwe, the police chief in Kenya’s Central Province.”The fact of the matter is that Wanjiru committed suicide,” national police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.Police commissioner Mathew Iteere also said initial reports indicated Wanjiru killed himself, though a local official offered a different account.”Wanjiru came home with another woman friend at around 11.30 pm and then when his wife came home and found them she inquired who the lady was,” area police chief Jasper Ombati said.”They got into an argument. His wife locked them in the bedroom and ran off.”He then jumped from the bedroom balcony. He is not here to tell us what he was thinking when he jumped. We do not suspect foul play. In our estimation we think he wanted to stop his wife from leaving the compound.” Ombati said the balcony is between four and six meters (13 and 19 feet) high. He said the runner landed on a hard surface.advertisement”His head was intact but they may have been internal injuries which only a post- mortem can reveal,” Ombati said.At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon, finishing in an Olympic-record of two hours, six minutes, 32 seconds.Ethiopian distance running great Haile Gebrselassie, said on his Twitter feed that he was ” totally shocked” by the news.”My thoughts are with his family and all his friends and colleagues,” Gebrselassie said.”Of course one wonders if we as an athletics family could have avoided this tragedy,” he said.Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Wanjiru was “steadily developing into our country’s running phenomenon.” Wanjiru made an early start to his career, moving to Japan aged 15 where he attended school in Sendai, where he won some major cross- country events.Wanjiru had a history of domestic problems. Last December, he was charged with wounding his security guard with a rifle and threatening to kill his wife and maid. The runner denied all charges and was released on bail.FACTFILEName: Sammy Wanjiru Date of birth: November 10, 1986Nationality: KenyanAchievements: In 2008 Beijing Olympics, he became the first Kenyan to clinch a gold medal in marathon, setting an Olympic record of 2: 06: 32 Winner of London Marathon in 2009 and Chicago Marathon in 2009 and 2010last_img read more

Jamaican anti-doping authority drops appeal on length of Andre Russell ban

first_imgJamaica’s anti-doping authority has withdrawn its appeal over the one-year ban received by West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell for breaches of the whereabouts rule, according to court documents seen by Reuters.Russell was given a one-year ban on Jan. 31 after he failed to file the necessary paperwork on his availability for drug testing three times in 2015, which constituted a failed test according to World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) rules.The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) appealed against the one-year ban and were seeking a two-year suspension at a hearing scheduled to begin on May 8 in Kingston.According to the documents seen by Reuters the anti-doping body has withdrawn their appeal.Russell’s lawyers, headed by Patrick Foster, had also launched a cross-appeal to overturn the ban, but that action was also withdrawn the documents showed.Neither Foster, nor JADCO’s attorneys were immediately available for comment.JADCO, however, have called a media conference for Monday.last_img read more

2017 Position Preview: Cowboy Safeties Are Deep But Top-Heavy in Experience

first_img—LaMarcus MortonFreshman SS2Za’Carrius GreenSoph. (RS) —Malcolm RodriguezFreshman PlayerClass While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Previous position previews: RB | CW | WR | OLOne of the deeper positions on the roster took a hit with the loss of three-year team leader in tackles, Jordan Sterns, as well as former Auburn-transfer Derrick Moncrief, but OSU seemingly has a lot of guys to choose from as they try and fill out a two-deep for the fall.Bodies don’t exactly equal players and there are some unknowns, though. Several of these guys have contributed special teams or not much at all. OSU safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt will have his work cut out for him to get this unit ready come fall, but he has a couple of playmakers at the top of the depth chart.Tre FlowersFlowers heads into 2017 leading all Cowboy defenders with 27 consecutive starts. He’s been know as more of a quiet leader but will need to take more of a vocal leadership role on the secondary along with corner Ramon Richards.The red-shirt junior compiled 61 total tackles (45 solo), seven pass breakups, two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. And who could forget when he went house after receiving the pitch from Vincent Taylor on the blocked PAT against Texas.Kenneth Edison-McGruderAcross from Sterns will be a new face in the starting lineup and it’s not really a question of who it should be.Edison-McGruder saw playing time as a true freshman and became a key contributor as a sophomore. His 29 solo tackles were the most for an underclassman in 2016 and he should have every opportunity to step into Jordan Sterns starting spot.Jerel MorrowThe only other senior among safeties currently slated for 2017. He’s seen most of his reps come on special teams but will have a chance to compete for quality reps starting this spring. Morrow’s experience should allow him the chance for more reps but there will be some younger guys playing for a spot.Za’Carrius GreenGreen got some time on special teams and played sparingly on defense as a red-shirt freshman but will look for an increased role in 2017.Incoming FreshmenLaMarcus Morton – A two-way star from Gilmer, Texas, Morton will be with Cowboys in the spring after enrolling early. The three-star wide receiver/defensive back will get a head start in the competition for reps.Malcolm Rodriguez – A three-star dual-threat quarterback and defensive back from Wagoner, Oklahoma who committed to play safety. Check out our writeup on Rodriguez.Trey Sterling – A three-star safety from Sunnyvale, Texas who committed back in November. Sterling considers himself a hard hitter and the OSU coaches agree, which is why they snatched him up when he was still an unranked prospect.OthersChance Cook – As a true freshman in 2016, Cook appeared in every game except the Alamo Bowl. Look for him to possibly step into an increased role in 2017.Winston Westbrooks – A redshirt sophomore in 2017 who played in the 2016 season opener against SE Louisiana.Matthew Newsome – A redshirt junior in 2017 who played in the 2016 season opener against SE Louisiana.There are still a lot of questions to be answered and that process will start this spring but here’s a decent starting point as far as how we see the depth chart shaking out.2017 Projectionscenter_img FS1Tre FlowersSenior (RS) Hopefully, the Cowboy secondary can take a step forward in 2017 but it will fall on the shoulders of a couple of young safeties to make plays. FS2Jerel MorrowSenior (RS) SS1Kenneth Edison-McGruderJuniorlast_img read more

Homecoming Driver Gets Life In Prison

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Adacia Chambers recently received her sentencing, and as expected it results in her receiving life behind bars for killing four people in the 2015 Homecoming parade in Stillwater.Adacia Chambers has pleaded no contest to four second-degree murder charges and 39 counts of assault and battery in a January 10 court hearing.The driver of the vehicle that struck the 2015 Sea of Orange Parade in Stillwater agreed to four concurrent life sentences in prison and 10 years for each assault and battery charge.Stillwater District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said after the hearing Chambers will not have the opportunity for parole until she is 72. [O’Colly]This was the expected ending to this whole ordeal all along. Chambers could have undergone a lengthy trial but accepted this plea deal instead.“If only I could change the past. My prayers are always with the victims,” Chambers said in court according to CBS News. “I was suffering from psychosis that day.”last_img read more

Oklahoma State Offers 2018 Georgia Running Back Prospect Lyn-J Dixon

first_imgDixon rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season as a junior that garnered him a ton of attention in SEC country, but the attention has tapered of late. LSU, Minnesota, and OSU are the only schools to get on board of late, but it seems clear that his early offers from the blue-chip schools have been put on hold. OSU is likely aiming to swoop in and get his attention midway through the process, doing so with its recently hired running backs coach John Wozniak. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s recent success in finding offensive weapons in Georgia has the Pokes fishing in similar territory, as 2018 running back Lyn-J Dixon, a 2018 prospect from Butler, Georgia, announced an offer from OSU this week.A three-star prospect, Dixon’s recruiting credentials don’t quite match his offer sheet. Although considered the 401st best prospect nationally in his class and 25th best running back, prominent schools like Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and others have hopped on board for the speedster.last_img read more

OSU Makes Top 9 for Louisiana Safety Israel Mukuamu

first_imgParkway High School safety Israel Mukuamu cut his list in half on Friday, naming Florida State, Oklahoma State, Florida, Purdue, Indiana, Georgia State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Louisville among his final nine schools.Top 9‼️#Blessed— Israel Mukuamu2️⃣5️⃣ (@IsraelMukuamu) June 23, 2017Mukuamu made a visit to Stillwater last month where he came away impressed with the town and pitch the coaching staff gave him.AdChoices广告“When I went up there, Coach Gundy sat me in his office and told me he that he thinks I’m the guy for the program and that no matter what they’re going to keep a spot for me,” he told Pistols Firing. “They’re just waiting on me. Coach Hammerschmidt actually compares me to the safety there now, Tre Flowers. He said I could potentially come in early, play early and be the next him because he’s looking for another tall DB like him to play that strong safety position.”The Bossier City product is a 6-foot-5 ball-hawk at the strong safety who OSU has pitched for months now as the next Tre Flowers. Although he’s been a late-riser in recruiting circles, his size, frame and footwork indicate he’s primed to be a strong contributor at the Division I level—something OSU recognized early in the process.“One of the first schools to show interest in me when I first moved down here to Louisiana,” he told Scout of OSU. “They want me to come in and play a big-time role in that strong safety spot like their strong safety right now Tre Flowers is doing.”Late interest from Florida and Florida State along with other major players in the south could be a major factor for the one-time South Carolina native. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Rundown: Mike Gundy’s First Media Luncheon of the Season

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — Mike Gundy won’t have to talk about who how Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders haven’t played in a game at OSU again.Gundy had his first media luncheon of the season Friday, a week out from his team’s meeting with Oregon State. It’s the last time he’ll meet with the media until postgame in Corvallis. Here are the topics OSU’s coach hit on.Gundy said:• He started with some self-aware coach speak saying everyone is excited, and we’ll know a lot more a week from now.• There is now a plan in place for how the quarterbacks will play next week, but it’s not a plan Gundy intents on spilling. He said nothing has changed in regards of both being equal.• We go straight from quarterbacks to … the kicking game? Alright. Tom Hutton, a 29-year-old freshman, is the punter. Jake McClure will handle kickoffs, and Matt Ammendola will kick field goals.• The lights started to flicker before turning off early in the press conference. “That new baseball stadium sucked the money. We didn’t pay the damn light bill.”• The team talent show was director of player development Joel Tudman’s idea. Gundy said it was such a hit that he suggests the team has at least two a year.• “Israel Antwine, if you guys turned around and looked that way and he got up here, when he speaks like President Obama, you don’t know the difference. It sounds exactly like him.”• Gundy said The Temptations cover band of Dru Brown, LD Brown, Samuela Tuihalamaka, Sione Asi and Dillon Stoner was “pretty good.” There were more up-to-date acts where Gundy had no idea what was going on, and A.J. Green better stick to playing corner as opposed to becoming a magician.• On Bryce Bray being listed at right guard instead of left tackle, Gundy said Charlie Dickey is moving guys around some. Gundy said he isn’t sure that it’ll start that way. They’re always looking for three guards, three tackles and two centers.• Malcolm Rodriguez got moved to linebacker because of the limitations the team has there with a few injuries. Gundy said he thinks Rodriguez weighs somewhere between 212 to 215 pounds now (he’s listed at 205). Gundy said his agility will be a big advantage for him at linebacker, but his size could be an issue.• Gundy said he thinks Oregon State would prefer to run the football with 2018 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jermar Jefferson.• Gundy expects his offensive line to start the year better than the group has in the last few seasons with new offensive line coach Charlie Dickey.• With the four-game redshirt rule, Gundy said he intents on using it the same as last season: using skill guys on special teams and in most cases the big guys won’t play unless there is a game where OSU is “way ahead.”• You don’t see as many kickoff returns now with the rule changes, Gundy said. He said Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown want to be back there, so he let them.• As far as leaving his first two options at running back back there, though, Gundy said he goes back to what Penn State did with Saquan Barkley, letting him return kicks.• On comparisons between Johnny Wilson and Charlie Dickey: “(Wilson) likes heavy-metal music. I don’t know that Coach Dickey likes heavy-metal music or has been to a Metallica or Black Sabbath concert as recent as Johnny has.”• Gundy wasn’t really ever into heavy-metal. He was more of a Motown guy.• To a certain extent, Gundy said he imagines Oregon State will run similar plays to what they have in the past.• A lot of the preseason rankings are determined returning quarterback play and returners on defense. With not a lot of starters back on defense and no returning quarterback, Gundy said that’s his guess as to why they weren’t in the polls.• Tre Sterling covers Malcolm Rodriguez’s safety spot. Gundy said Sterling had a great summer. Gundy added Sterling wasn’t too physical when he got to campus, and he didn’t know if college football was for him. But Sterling has made a “big change.”• Tyler Lacy, listed as a starting defensive end, has grown even more than Sterling. “Tyler spent most of last year asleep. We had to yell at him every day just to do anything on scout team. He’s doing a lot better now.”• Gundy hasn’t spent much “personal time” with Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders, but from what Gundy does see, he said he sees them have positive discussions about what all is going on. “There’s no question both of them want to be the starter, and I’m guessing that they would both like to be the full-time starter. So, there’s always going to be some edge in the competition there, but it hasn’t become a distraction. And I actually think it has become positive in their learning experience.”• There haven’t been a lot of challenges he has had to face in the quarterback battles over the years. He said Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh got along, as did Walsh and Mason Rudolph.  “Mason didn’t ever want to come out of the game, but he understood. There was never an issue. I’ve never had to have a discussion with anybody.”• The staff has a good plan in place on how to use the quarterbacks against Oregon State.• Brown and Sanders are further ahead than J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf were in their 2013 quarterback battle.• Tom Hutton is “very athletic,” but Gundy isn’t giving out any information in terms of punt fakes for the former Australian-Rules Football star.• Competitive penalties are OK. “It’s not like we’re gonna play games and not have any penalties, but what I’m concerned with are undisciplined penalties.”• TV pays the bills, so arguing against a Friday game would be a waste of time.• “(Tylan Wallace) hasn’t changed at all. He won’t change. He’ll be the same 10 years from now when he’s still playing. It’s just who he is. He doesn’t think he’s any different than anybody else. He’s in every blocking drill. He dives for balls. I see him doing it in practice and I look over at Coach Dunn like, ‘Really? Does he really need to run down the field and dive for a ball eight times a day?’ He just does it. It’s what he does.”• With a new rule on targeting, cracking down on crack-back blocks against a defenseless player, Gundy said they’ve taken out the plays were Wallace has drilled guys in the past because he’d get throw out of the game if he does it this season. It was clean last year. • Chuba Hubbard won’t have the 15-touch limit Justice Hill loosely had last season. Gundy said Hubbard has “a little more meat on him.” He said if OSU is way ahead, he’s going to pull Hubbard because he doesn’t want him to get hit unnecessarily.• Hubbard is more serious about playing football this year, so his change this offseason might have been more mental than physical. “There’s no BS.”• Gundy said Thomas Harper, Jayden Jernigan, Trace Ford won’t redshirt. He said he thinks the number of true freshmen who will play is six. Jim Knowles has mentioned Na’drian Dizadare and Kam Farrar as guys who will likely play, leaving a mystery man. He doesn’t expect any offensive linemen to avoid a redshirt.• Trace Ford likes football. Gundy said he was “kind of a key recruiter” with Ford because he watched Ford beat out a bunt and steal two bases against the Stillwater High baseball team. “I came back to the staff meeting the next day, and I said, ‘I know we’re recruiting the defensive end from Santa Fe, I just watched him steal two bases in high school against a pretty good catcher, and it wasn’t even close. So, if you’re thinking about it, I would highly recommend we go after him.’”• Kanion Williams benefited from the four-game redshirt rule last season, as did Jason Taylor.last_img read more

Malaika Arora is feeling all loved up in midriff-baring crop top at the gym. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Malaika Arora was recently spotted outside her yoga class in Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The actress wore a ‘love’ slogan white top which she tucked in her sports bra in a way that gave us a glimpse of her abs.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She wore a pair of black yoga pants which she matched with her black sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: For her workout session, the actress wore a pair of black and white sneakers.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: Malaika paired her monochrome look with black aviators and tied her hair in a bun.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: The Chaiyya Chaiyya girl looked gorgeous without any makeup in her all natural avatar.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Malaika AroraGym lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Malaika Arora was recently spotted outside her yoga class in Mumbai. For her look the actress wore a white top which she paired with black yoga pants and sneakers.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5cc8043fdf2e21556612159_1513481_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – 13:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Malaika Arora is feeling all loved up in midriff-baring crop top at the gym. See picsApp headline: Malaika Arora is feeling all loved up in midriff-baring crop top at the gym. See picslast_img read more

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

first_imgAs the Toronto Raptors gear up for a game that could mark a milestone in team history, fans at home and abroad are making preparations of their own.Social media was abuzz with talk of organizing viewing parties for Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between the Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks, blowing off long-held plans to tune in the game, and finding ways to modify previously scheduled events to include their favourite team.The Raptors currently lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-2, and a win on Saturday night would vault the team into the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.Calgary native Braden Lunn is hoping his friend’s birthday festivities can turn into a Raptors victory party instead.The 26-year-old software developer says he and his Ontario-born girlfriend will be the only Raptors fans at the party, held in honour of an avid Bucks booster.Lunn says he intends to make sure the game is aired at the Seattle-based winery where the party is taking place, adding the drinks expected to flow would make the perfect celebratory touch.“We’re going to roll it into a Raptors win,” he said.But Lunn’s confidence is tempered by what happened the last time he and his girlfriend spent time with the birthday girl and her partner. The two couples got together to indulge their friendly rivalry during the first two games of the Raptors-Bucks series, both Toronto losses.“I’m pretty superstitious, so I’m worried that now that I’m watching games with them again the Raptors are going to lose,” he said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”Closer to the Raptors’ home base, fans were already laying plans to flock to Jurassic Park, the tailgate zone near the team’s home arena that’s hosted game viewings since the playoffs began.Others mused on Twitter about ways they could alter their previous engagements to accommodate what they hope will be a date with destiny.“My daughters wedding is Saturday, do you think she would mind if I missed it?” quipped one Twitter user.“Gonna be streaming Raptors game while DJing Saturday’s wedding,” wrote another.Others are getting ready for the game by placing bets on the prospective antics of Drake, the Toronto rapper who’s become a vocal and polarizing ambassador for his home began taking bets on Friday over the Drake-related shenanigans that could unfold during Game six.Possible options included whether Drake touches Raptors head coach Nick Nurse like he did in Game 4, and whether Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will speak to Drake.Other wagers on offer include: Will Drake step onto the court? Will the NBA publicly warn Drake regarding his on-court behaviour? Will Drake be removed from Game 6 by security?Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BTIG Announces Charity Day 2016

first_imgBTIG, LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research and related brokerage services, announced today that it will host its 14th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.The event will take place across BTIG’s 14 global locations including its U.S. offices and affiliate office locations in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a global initiative supported by the firm’s institutional and corporate client base, in addition to employees across four continents and a diverse and growing list of celebrity guest traders. Each year, BTIG donates the day’s commissions to charities, many of them supporting children in need. Throughout the day, cultural icons, all-star athletes, top-recording artists and celebrities from film and television act as guest traders alongside the firm’s institutional trading team, while clients partner with some of their favorite stars to support meaningful causes.“Our participants work to make BTIG Commissions for Charity Day a great success each year. We are honored by the dedication demonstrated by clients and our celebrity partners, and are very proud of our team’s continued commitment to donating to hundreds of organizations around the world,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG.BTIG pioneered its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, raising funds for three charities in the U.S. In the last thirteen years as BTIG has grown, so has BTIG Commissions for Charity Day. Since the inception of the event, BTIG has raised more than US$35 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from this event in 2015. Charities are nominated by clients and celebrity guest traders, and the firm encourages the selection of child-focused charities.Celebrities committed to join BTIG this year so far include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Petra Nemcova, Mark Teixeira, Victor Cruz, Joe Girardi and Bruce Beck. Some of the previous participants have included Allan Houston, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Blake Griffin, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Bridget Moynahan, Brooke Shields, Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chris Mullin, Chrissy Teigen, Damaris Lewis, David Diehl, David Muir, David Wright, Doug Ellin, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Geoffrey Zakarian, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Namath, John McEnroe, John Starks, John Sterling, Josh Capon, K. Lee Graham, Kelly Ripa, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Matt Dillon, Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, Mike Maccagnan, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Robinson, Rebecca Jarvis, Reggie Jackson, Rex Ryan, Rick DiPietro, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Tutan Reyes and Woody Johnson in New York; Barry Bonds, Joe Morgan, Marshawn Lynch, Ronnie Lott and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Jason Collins, Marcus Allen, Michelle Monaghan and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Aled Jones MBE, Brian Conley, Charlie Webster, Francine Lewis, Jamie Laing, Miles Jupp, Pandora, Sinitta and Vogue Williams in London.“Driven by passion to help those in need, we are inspired by the success stories that come from the charities we collaborate with each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of BTIG. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this event and we are grateful for our supporters, many of whom continue to participate year after year.”BTIG plans to announce additional celebrity participants throughout the coming monthslast_img read more

The Huffington Post Launches Video Series Celebs Have Issues

first_imgHuffPost Originals announced today the launch of “Celebs Have Issues”, an original video series aimed at solving the world’s problems one comedy sketch at a time.Each star-studded episode spoofs a commercial, promo, or PSA and puts serious causes such as equal pay, transgender rights, and mental health in the spotlight, using wit and laughter as a means to fight the good fight.Each week, celebrities including Kristen Bell, Drew & Jonathan Scott, Mayim Bialik, Ty Burrell and Reid Scott will star in a custom sketch highlighting a cause of their choosing. Each individual episode will align with a charity in order to promote awareness – from I Am That Girl and Straight But Not Narrow to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Kids In The Spotlight. The Huffington Post will work with these celebrities to create a real difference while making audiences laugh along the way.In the premiere episode, debuted this week, Kristen Bell stars as a hilarious advocate for the very unfunny issue of women’s inequality in the workplace. The episode begs the question, “Why outsource all your production to far away countries like India, China and Narnia when we have the cheapest and best workforce right here in the good ole’ US of A: Women.” Looking for employees who smell nice, bring in baked goods and don’t complain about their working conditions? Pinksourcing is the answer for you.Click here to watch the full episode online. New episodes will be available every Wednesday.last_img read more

RCMP investigating double homicide on Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN National NewsA Yukon mother who lost her daughter 10 years ago now joins her on the list of the murdered and missing Indigenous women as Whitehorse RCMP investigate a double homicide of two First Nation women.Police said Sarah MacIntosh, 53, a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and Wendy Margaret Carlick, 51, from the Kaska Nation were found together in the same home.Elaine Shorty lives in McIntyre and has known MacIntosh since they were children.She said it’s devastating and tragic news.“Sarah had a heart of gold and a soft soul, she would never hurt anybody and it’s really shocking,” she said. “Especially Wendy, her daughter was murdered and that’s unsolved almost 10 years ago.”Sarah MacIntosh.A hiker found the body of 19-year-old Angel Carlick in a shallow grave in a rural subdivision outside of Whitehorse in November 2007 six months after she went missing from downtown Whitehorse and just days before her high school graduation.In an interview with APTN during the annual sisters in spirit march held every year on October 4th, Wendy Carlick wore white in honour of her daughter“Everyday I think of my daughter so I want to be dressed in white for Angel for the angel that she is,” she said.Angel Carlick’s death laid heavy on her mother. She would get yearly updates in April from the police.Tributes have sprung up around the city in memory of the slain women and the First Nation has a sacred fire burning in the community for members to gather and pray.Whitehorse RCMP isn’t releasing any more details as they continue to investigate this scene and another suspicious death.Greg Alvin Dawson, 45, also from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation was found in a Whitehorse home on April 6.According to police, foul play could not be ruled out in his death.Elaine Shorty says she’s fearful for her community“The reality is that our community is unsafe and why is it unsafe i don’t’ know it’s been really quiet it’s been very quiet at night, normally you would see people wandering the streets but it’s quiet,” she said. “I think people are really afraid. It’s devastating you don’t’ even see the street people out and who wants to live like that.”RCMP say the public is not at risksmclean@aptn.calast_img read more

BJP to reveal Modi govts works toward fulfilling 2014 promises

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP is set to come out with details of the Modi government’s works toward fulfilling the promises it had made in its manifesto in 2014, with party sources asserting that over 520 of a total of 549 assurances given were either met or work on them is successfully going on. The decision assumes significance as ahead of the coming general election opposition parties have accused the BJP of failing to fulfil the promises it had made before the last Lok Sabha polls. A team of BJP leaders has been entrusted with the task of collating details of the work the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had done in fulfilling these promises, like on generating employment, proving people social security and enhancing internal security. A party leader privy to the development said the BJP had under different agenda items made nearly 549 promises before the last general election. “As many as 520 of them have either been fulfilled or work on them has been going on as their completion require a certain time period,” he said. Another party leader said there are several other “successful” initiatives of the government, such as Ujjwala and Mudra, which were not part of the BJP’s manifesto but have benefited a large number of people. The government provided free LPG connection to the poor households under the Ujjwala scheme while loans are provided for self-employment under Mudra. BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the Modi government stands out for working on a long-term agenda and overcoming the “attraction of quick-fixes by turning its back on populism”. He cited implementation of the GST as an example of the government’s long-term vision and asserted that the BJP has become the only party which has brought into electoral fray the politics of performance and development. “Is an opposition party like the Congress telling people that this is what it had done for them when it was in power so that they should vote for it?” he asked, slamming the BJP’s rivals for their negative agenda. The Modi government has vastly expanded social security umbrella and given dignity, especially to the poor while its track record on internal and external security fronts are also unmatched, Sahasrabuddhe said.last_img read more

Human rights defenders in DR Congo under threat says UN expert

Human rights defenders, including lawyers and members of non-governmental organizations, “face illegitimate restrictions of their right to core freedoms, i.e. freedoms of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association,” said Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. “Defenders, in particular journalists, who report on human rights abuses committed by State and non-State actors are killed, threatened, tortured or arbitrarily arrested, and their offices are raided,” she said in a statement issued following her 21 May to 3 June visit to the country.Ms. Sekaggya expressed “specific concern at the plight of women human rights defenders whose activities are often hindered by the authorities and who may face discrimination from their male colleagues.”She issued a list of recommended actions to be taken by the Government, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, and the international community to protect the human rights advocates. The Government should “investigate all human rights abuses against defenders, hold fair trials of alleged perpetrators and sentence them if convicted,” she stated.In addition, the Government should openly “give legitimacy to the work of human rights defenders, including women defenders, and acknowledge it as human rights work.” Further recommendations included sensitization training for Congolese police and public condemnations of all attacks on rights workers. Ms. Sekaggya also recommended that MONUC increase the staffing and financial capacity of its human rights offices, and said the international community should help the Congolese Human Rights Ministry’s programmes, and assist it in re-establishing offices in the provinces. The Special Rapporteur, who carries out her duties in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present her report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in March 2010. 3 June 2009An independent United Nations expert has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to protect human rights workers and prosecute those who threaten or attack them. read more

Ontario Liberals want to drop contempt motion if gas plant documents go

It’s the first time we’ve debated something like this in 104 yearsTORONTO — It will likely be the middle of next week before regular business resumes at the Ontario legislature, with the Conservatives saying Thursday they still had members who want to be heard on the contempt motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley.“It’s the first time we’ve debated something like this in 104 years,” said Tory Rob Leone, who introduced the contempt motion Tuesday, blocking all other business, including the daily question period, until the debate ends.Leone introduced the motion because the Liberals fought a committee’s request to release documents on their decision to cancel two power plants planned for Oakville and Mississauga, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $230 million.“I know a lot of my colleagues want to speak to this issue because this is history in the making,” said Leone. “They’re going to speak to it until we exhaust that.”The Liberals said Thursday they would agree to send the issue of the cancelled gas-plants to committee, but only if the Tories and NDP agree to drop the contempt motion against Bentley.“The committee’s recommendations shall not include any proposal to punish or discipline the minister of energy, including a finding of contempt of the legislature,” reads a Liberal amendment to Leone’s motion.The NDP haven’t put up anyone to speak to the contempt motion since Tuesday, and said Thursday they wanted to have the vote and send the issue to committee.“It’s time to move the debate from the legislative chamber to committee so we can call witnesses, question them and fully understand what happened in the case of these two politically-driven gas plant cancellations,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.“We need to have the documentation as requested, and we need to have the testimony of those who actually made the decision about what really happened.”Bentley released 36,000 pages of documents on the cancelled gas-fired plants on Monday to comply with a Speaker’s ruling, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy the opposition parties.The Tories and New Democrats say there were documents missing, especially those that would clarify exactly who made the political decision to scrap the two energy projects.Leone’s original motion, which demands Bentley release more documents on the cancelled power stations, also calls for the recreation of the finance committee to deal with the contempt issue and examine the documents.If the New Democrats support the Leone’s original motion, the minority Liberal government would then have 10 days to set up the committee, likely around Oct. 15.There have been no legislative committees since August because the three parties have been unable to agree on their make-up, so the motion calls for the finance committee to be reconstituted as it was when it last met.However, Thursday’s motion from the Liberals shows they will agree to recreate the finance committee, if the opposition parties drop the contempt motion.The Conservatives rejected the government’s figure of $40 million for cancelling the Oakville project as way too low, and say the documents show taxpayers will be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars more than that.“The government has clearly buried staggering costs of this expensive seat-saver program deep within the contract,” said Leone.“They have not been truthful, and the government continues to defy the will and the authority of the legislature by providing documents that are incomplete and heavily redacted.”The New Democrats called the government’s $40 million cost figure for the cancelled Oakville gas-fired plant a “dramatic understatement.” read more

Arrest warrants for two war crimes suspects transmitted to Belgrade UN tribunal

Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson transmitted the arrest warrants for Radovan Stankovic and Dragan Zelenovic to the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on Wednesday. Both men are charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war for their part in the detention, torture and sexual assault, including rape, of Bosnian Muslim women and girls after Serb forces overran the Bosnian town of Foca in 1992. The arrest warrants were sent at the request of the Tribunal Prosecutor’s Office, which believes that the two men are likely to be in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. At the Prosecutor’s request, Judge Robinson also sent Belgrade orders for the surrender of the two men.Judge Robinson’s orders “directed the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) to search for, arrest and surrender to the International Tribunal” Mr. Stankovic and Mr. Zelenovic, and to advise them of their rights. In a separate development, the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber today cleared a defence attorney, Anto Nobilo, of contempt charges filed in connection with his examination of a witness who had been granted protection. The court found that although Mr. Nobilo had disclosed protected information concerning another case during his client’s trial, he had not knowingly violated an order to protect a Tribunal witness. In granting Mr. Nobilo’s appeal, the Tribunal revoked the fine that had originally been imposed on him. read more