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The 4 Unsung Pioneers of Film Editing

first_imgThe original cutters of film. The 4 women who predated the term “film editor” and whose names dominated the Academy Awards for decades.Cover image “Stagecoach” from United Artists via NY TimesThe Birth of a Nation (1915), Stagecoach (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), Raging Bull (1980), Pulp Fiction (1994), Memento (2000), The Avengers (2012), Star Wars: Episode VII (2015)Each of these films made cinematic history, but many people don’t realize one thing. All of these films were edited by women. But who are the original pioneers of film editing? Who paved the way for females in film? Before we go in depth, it should be stated that the following is a list of incredible editors. Not “female editors” or “women editors.” No. These are some of the best damn editors who have ever worked in the industry.Women working as editors dates back to the early days of cinema. In fact, the term “editor” was not even used as a job title. When working with actual film reels, editing a film required you to literally cut and splice scenes together. This gave rise to the term cutter. In the early days of film, cutting was seen as unskilled labor. Practically anyone could be hired for the job, and it actually became a common position for women. The reason most people don’t know this comes from the fact that all of those cutting positions went uncredited in the films.Margaret BoothImage from Stay for the CreditsIn 1910, actor Elmer Booth frequently starred in the early works of director D.W. Griffith. Elmer was set to have a large role in the Griffith film Intolerance, but he died in a car crash in 1915. Griffith actually gave the eulogy at the funeral. After his death, Griffith hired Booth’s sister, Margaret, as a “patcher.” This low-end editing job provided her with a living. She immediately got to work on Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation. The Orpheum Theatre in Haverhill, Massachusetts bought the exclusive rights to show The Birth of a Nation in the New England area. The owner of that theater was none other than Louis B. Mayer. In 1924, Mayer would form the Metro-Goldywn-Mayer company, widely known as MGM. Mayer hired Margaret Booth as a director’s assistant, where she would eventually rise to cut films like The Mysterious Lady and Camille, starring Greta Garbo. It was actually MGM’s head of production, Irving Thalberg, that would coin the term film editor when describing Margaret’s skill.In 1936 came the release of Mutiny on the Bounty. The film was a massive success, and Booth received an Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. The film had a total of 8 nominations, and won the Oscar for Best Picture. Her talents would not go unnoticed, as Booth soon became the studio’s editor-in-chief in 1939. She immediately became the supervising editor behind The Wizard of OZ, which was edited by Blanche Sewell. Booth did not receive editing credit for working on other major MGM films like The Red Badge of Courage and Ben-Hur. She remained the editor-in-chief at MGM until 1968.Throughout the 70s and 80s, Booth would supervise a variety of films. The last film she supervised was the 1982 hit Annie. She received an Honorary Oscar in 1978 for her contributions to the art of film making. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 104.Anne BauchensImage from Stay for the CreditsOne of the most notorious names associated with early directors is that of Cecil B. DeMille. One of the little known facts about DeMille is that he collaborated with the same editor for over 40 years, Anne Bauchens. Bauchens was personally trained by DeMille as an editor, receiving her first credit on the film Carmen in 1915. DeMille had directed and edited all his previous films himself, but by 1918 he had entrusted all his edits to Anne. The two worked together on nearly every project.The Oscar for Best Film Editing was first introduced in 1934. Anne Bauchens received one of the original 3 nominations for her work on Cleopatra. In the most shocking revelation, Bauchens is not even credited as the editor of the film. Neither is most of the production crew nor some of the cast. She lost the award in 1934, but would soon return. Bauchens won the Oscar for Best Film Editing in 1941 for North West Mounted Police, the first time a woman had won the award. Anne received 2 more Oscar Nominations for The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments. (She actually edited both versions of DeMille’s Ten Commandment in 1923 and 1956.)Despite her success, Bauchens was often criticized for her technique. In 1965, Margaret Booth had this to say of Anne Bauchens.Anne Bauchens is the oldest editor in the business. She was editing for years before I came into the business. DeMille was a bad editor, I thought, and made her look like a bad editor. I think Anne really would have been a good editor, but she had to put up with him — which was something. – Editors Guild MagazineBarbara McLeanImage from wikipedia.orgIn 1924, Barbara McLean married J. Gordon McLean, a film projectionist and cameraman. Soon after, she found a job as an assistant editor in Los Angeles, California. Her talents were quickly noticed. She received her first film credit in 1933. That same year, film producer and head of production at Warner Bros., Darryl F. Zanuck, decided to leave the company following a salary dispute. Immediately after his resignation, he created 20th Century Pictures. Two years later his company merged with the Fox Film Corporation. In 1935, Zanuck became the head of 20th Century Fox and named Barbara his editor-in-chief.1935 also saw the release of Les Misérables in theaters. The film was a hit and garnered McLean her first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. She lost, but was again nominated the next year for Lloyd’s of London. Once again she lost, but would soon be back. She was nominated five more times for Alexander’s Ragtime Band in 1939, The Rains Came in 1940, The Song of Bernadette in 1944, Wilson in 1945, and All About Eve in 1951. She only won the Oscar for Best Film Editing once, for Wilson.McLean remained with 20th Century Fox until her retirement in 1969. In that time, she was granted full authority over the studio’s film edits. In that era, film directors were not nearly as involved with editing, if they were involved at all. Director’s contracts had them working on their next production while editing had just started on their last project. McLean supervised all those edits. A 1940 issue of the Los Angeles Times declared,“Barbara McLean, one of Hollywood’s three women film editors, can make stars — or leave their faces on the cutting room floor.”Dorothy SpencerImage from Sheigh via FlickrDorothy Spencer began working as an assistant editor in 1924. By the late 1930s, she found herself employed at 20th Century Fox. In 1937 Spencer began co-editing with Otho Lovering. Together they collaborated on several features, most famously known for the work on John Ford‘s 1939 western Stagecoach. The film was also John Ford’s first collaboration with John Wayne. It was a massive success, garnering seven Oscar nominations, including Dorothy Spencer’s first Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing. The film won Best Music and Best Supporting Actor. She would later collaborate with John Ford again on My Darling Clementine, which is still regarded as John Ford’s best western.In the 1940s, Spencer took on a solo editing role. It was then she first worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on Foreign Correspondent and Lifeboat. She then worked on four films with director Ernst Lubitsch, including his hit film To Be or Not to Be. In 1945 she edited A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the feature film debut of legendary director Elia Kazan. As the 1950s rolled around, Spencer was quick to grab her second Oscar Nomination for Decision Before Dawn.By the 1960s, Spencer had already worked on 60 films. Her experience and skill would come to a test with the 1963 version of Cleopatra. The film was the most expensive movie ever made, and the director’s cut ran a whopping 320 minutes. When released in theaters, the film ran for just over 4 hours. Her work paid off, as Spencer received her third Oscar Nomination.She would continue editing an average of one film a year for the rest of her career. One of her final credits was the 1974 epic Earthquake. It was her seventh collaboration with director Mark Robson, which earned her a fourth and final Oscar Nomination. It was fitting that her last nomination reflected her first, a tremendous skill for editing action and suspense.Did you enjoy this piece? Would you like another installment on the role of women as editors? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Political Frontier

first_imgThe Republican tsunami in November wiped out the Congressional ambitions of five Indian Americans running for the U.S. House of Representatives, but it swept into office an Indian governor — Nikki Haley (Nimrata Randhawa Haley) of South Carolina. Haley, 38, becomes the second Indian governor in the United States, after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a truly remarkable feat, not just because Indian Americans constitute under 1 percent of the U.S. population, but also because both are Republicans and won in the South, a party and region considered the least hospitable to minorities and immigrants.Haley and Jindal positioned themselves in the extreme right wing of the Republican Party; Haley was even a Tea Party favorite and secured the endorsement of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin early on in the GOP primaries — an endorsement that was considered crucial to her primary victory in a heavily Republican state. Both Jindal and Haley also converted to Christianity before their political debuts. Jindal is Catholic, while Haley converted at the age of 24 and worships at the Mount Horeb Methodist Church in Lexington.  After her religious beliefs became an issue during the campaign, Haley reaffirmed her Christian allegiance on her website: “My faith in Christ has a profound impact on my daily life and I look to Him for guidance with every decision I make. God has blessed my family in so many ways and my faith in the Lord gives me great strength on a daily basis. Being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day.” Nevertheless, unlike Jindal, Haley did not hide from her ethnicity and her family, including her Sikh father Ajit Randhawa, were visible on the campaign trail.The next biggest statewide prize won by an Indian American was Democrat Kamala Harris’ narrow victory over her Republican opponent for attorney general of California, the largest state in the country. In Maryland, three Indian Americans — Sam Arora, Aruna Miller and Kumar Barve — won state legislative races from Montgomery County, creating the largest Indian American legislative delegation in any state in the country. Two other South Asians were elected as state legislators in the 2010 elections: Dr Janak Joshi from the 14th district in Colorado and Sen. Hansen Clark, whose father was born in the Sylhet region of pre-partition India (now Bangladesh), who won from Michigan’s 13th District.This year a record five Indian Americans ran for the U.S. Congress on the Democratic ticket and atleast two — Dr Manan Trivedi of Pennsylvania’s 6th district and Dr Ami Bera of California’s 3rd district — were credited with having solid shots at prevailing. However, the Republican Congressional landslide, which crushed 60 Democratic incumbents, saw Trivedi go down 43% to 57% and Bera 43% to 51%. The other three were trounced even more humiliatingly — Rajiv Goyle in Kansas’ 4th district by 36% to 59%; Ravi Sangisetty, in Louisiana’s 3rd district by 36% to 64% and Surya Yalamanchili, in Ohio’s 2nd district by 34% to 59%.By all accounts, after taking stock of the number of Indian Americans who threw their hats into the ring, tallying their wins and losses, the 2010 elections were a watershed moment for the community. Clearly, American politics is the next Indian American frontier. Boot up! Related Itemslast_img read more

ICC indefinitely suspends No.1 ODI bowler Saeed Ajmal

first_imgTop-ranked Pakistani offspinner Saeed Ajmal was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely from international cricket for an illegal bowling action but vowed to return in time for next year’s World Cup. The world’s leading ODI bowler blamed the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruling on his ‘not usual’ right elbow and said he would appeal. Ajmal, speaking to reporters in his home city of Faisalabad shortly after the announcement, shrugged off the ICC announcement as not an issue. But the ban could cause serious problems for Pakistan, firstly in their upcoming series with Australia and also in the World Cup, which they won in 1992.It comes as part of an ICC crackdown on illegal bowling actions – where the arm is straightened more than 15 degrees – in international cricket. “It is disappointing to learn the result of the biomechanic test in Brisbane but I have not given up. I don’t see the ban as a major problem as I know I can work out on the flaws and make a comeback,” Ajmal said in Faisalabad. “My elbow is not usual, so that’s why it seems that I bend it more than normal 15 degree allowed,” said Ajmal, who was cleared on medical grounds when his action was first reported in 2009. “We will go into appeal soon… I will be in action in the World Cup next year, that’s my resolve,” he added — though the Pakistan Cricket Board later said it has yet to decide whether to appeal. The ICC said Ajmal, 36, had been suspended with immediate effect following tests by specialists at Australia’s National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Ajmal was reported for a suspect action after last month’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. He can apply for a reassessment once he has modified his action. “The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations,” the ICC said in a statement. Ajmal is Pakistan’s key bowler, with 178 wickets in 35 Tests and 183 in 111 ODIs. He is also the leading wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches with 85 in 63 matches. He is ranked number one in ODIs. Ajmal will require to undergo remedial work on his bowling action at Perth’s University of Western Australia, where human movement expert Daryl Foster will work on his action. The ICC said Ajmal can be tested again once the remedial work report is satisfactory.Even if he is cleared, he faces a ban of 12 months if he is reported again within two years. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was a big jolt to lose a player with a total of more than 350 Test and one-day wickets. Under the ICC rules a suspended bowler can appeal within 15 days but can risk a ban of six to 12 months in case the appeal is turned down. “PCB is contemplating its future course of action, weighing all options, after Ajmal was suspended,” said a PCB release late on Tuesday.advertisement”It’s unfortunate and the timing is sad,” said head coach Waqar Younis. “Ajmal is mentally very strong and I am sure he will come back after correcting his action.” The ICC has recently come down hard on suspect actions after its cricket committee decided no bowler should be allowed to play at international level without remedial work. Former Pakistan cricketers have backed Ajmal to the hilt. Ex-pacer Shoaib Akhtar said: “I think legal action is the best option for Saeed at this time. I am surprised at the number of bowlers being reported for suspect actions all of a sudden by the ICC match officials. This new protocol needs to be challenged.” Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said: “The ICC is biased [against] Pakistani players. All its rules and penalties are only for our players,” Qadir said. Agencieslast_img read more

AB de Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Monday revealed that his good friend and former Proteas legend AB de Villiers had called him the night before the team was to be picked for the World Cup 2019 and told him that he was ready to come out of retirement to play for the national team if needed.But the phone call came in too late as the South African selectors had already zeroed in on the 15-member squad for the showpiece event by that time and announced the team minus de Villiers the next day.”It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced. It was just a ‘this is what I’m feeling’ [phone call].”I said to him, ‘I think it is too late but I will check in with the coach and the selectors the next morning.’ When I spoke to the coach and the selectors, they all agreed that it was way, way too late to change the team on 99.99 per cent,” du Plessis revealed after South Africa’s fourth game against West Indies got washed out.Du Plessis, however, added that recent turn of events has not affected his bond with de Villiers. “AB and I are still friends. This incident has not changed that. This is a small thing for a friendship that goes so way back.”Faf du Plessis “AB de Villiers called me the night before the World Cup squad was to be announced – I said to him I think it’s too late” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/NREfOsk7CBadvertisementSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 10, 2019The South African cricket board had already refused de Villiers’s offer to come out of retirement to play for the national team after which he spoke to du Plessis during the Indian Premier League this season but in vain.The Proteas team management considered AB de Villiers’ absence from the domestic circuit and the performance of other members, including Rassie van der Dussen during the period after the Royal Challengers Bangalore star’s retirement. De Villiers had announced his retirement in May 2018.De Villiers’s revelations and the controversy surrounding the team selection for the World Cup though, has not affected the players but in fact all this has united South Africa as a team, du Plessis stated.”We do feel like the news came in and went through the team. It didn’t have a huge impact. There was just a discussion on clarity and on making sure everyone knows what’s going on and then it was moving on.”The team was happy to get on with business. But it is stuff like that, generally, that can give you direction in your team and give you purpose to focus on what lies ahead,” du Plessis.South Africa though, have been struggling big time in the tournament with their chances of making it to the semi-finals diminishing with every game.Du Plessis’s team lost its first three matches against England, Bangladesh and India while the fourth match against the West Indies on Monday got washed out due to rain in Southampton. They got their first point thanks to the washout and are now placed ninth on the 10-team table, just ahead of Afghanistan.Today promised an enthralling encounter between @OfficialCSA and @windiescricket, but it wasn’t to beHere’s what happened before rain spoiled the day in Southampton #ProteaFire #MenInMaroon #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/MhVcwz5khyICC (@ICC) June 10, 2019″I do honestly feel as a team we are still very strong, you know. The guys are still enjoying being on tour, enjoying being here. The guys are having fun. It is just performance-wise we haven’t put in the performances we need and, generally, I find that when a team starts losing two or three games, it can happen that there’s a few cracks that can appear in a team and the blame game can start.”And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that. That is a strong sign of us as a team, as a culture, and that is one aspect of performance. You get culture and then you get the actual performance on the field. So it’s a positive sign that everything seems intact when it comes to that. But now it is just the performance and the skill side of cricket that needs to take over,” du Plessis said.Also Read | AB de Villiers chose money over country: Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | I’ll come back in 2023 World Cup if MS Dhoni is still around: AB de VilliersAlso Read | AB de Villiers backs battered South Africa to bounce back in World Cup 2019advertisementlast_img read more

Analyst Names 4 Schools Transfer Options For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts has played well in backup duty for Alabama so far this season, but the Crimson Tide are clearly rolling with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback moving forward.Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after the Week 1 win over Louisville that Tua was going to be the starter. Jalen, meanwhile, would be used when necessary.“I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game, and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill set in the future to help however we feel that he can benefit the team,” Saban said.“And I just want to be clear with everyone that I have done this in the past where we don’t say who the starter’s going to be for the first game, and we give both quarterbacks an opportunity to play in the game, which is exactly what we did in this game. Not a whole lot different than what we’ve done in the past, aight. So, now we know and you know.”What does this mean for Hurts’ future at Alabama? Well, questions are already swirling.Hurts can graduate after the 2018 season and transfer somewhere else for the 2019 season. He’d be able to play right away and could have two years of eligibility remaining (if he redshirts this year).One college football analyst has named four schools potential options for Hurts when it comes to a graduate transfer.“Possible destinations for Jalen Hurts: Texas – Texas native and would thrive in that offense Auburn – great scheme fit and the ultimate anti-bama move Miami – Might be a QB away from the playoff Oklahoma – Will be replacing Murray and loves transfers.”Possible destinations for Jalen Hurts:Texas – Texas native and would thrive in that offenseAuburn – great scheme fit and the ultimate anti-bama moveMiami – Might be a QB away from the playoffOklahoma – Will be replacing Murray and loves transfers— Mello (@melloesquire) September 8, 2018Tim Tebow had previously speculated that Auburn could be an option for Hurts, too.(Finebaum just deleted the Tweet in which Tim Tebow speculates recklessly about Jalen Hurts transferring to Auburn. Hmm.)— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 7, 2018Alabama, meanwhile, is set to take on Ole Miss today. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Another College Football Head Coach Has Been Fired

first_imgTexas State football players ahead of 2018 game at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Members of the Texas State Bobcats run off the field before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)The college football coaching carousel is starting to spin a little faster, after Week 12.Kansas has already filled its job. Les Miles has officially been announced as the next Jayhawks head coach.This morning, Colorado fired Mike MacIntyre two years removed from a 10-win season and trip to the Pac-12 championship game. MacIntyre’s team has lost six straight since a 5-0 start to the year, and is at risk of another missed bowl.Now, a Group of Five job is opening up, with Texas State making a decision on its embattled coach.According to Football Scoop, Texas State has fired Everett Withers.Withers is in his third year in San Marcos, and has really struggled to get things going for the young Sun Belt club.After a pair of 2-10 seasons, the Bobcats are 3-8 this season. According to the report, he will not finish out the year.Withers (per our sources) will not coach the final game. He’s done at Texas Statehttps://t.co/dV9tUyKXN8— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 18, 2018The Bobcats lost Saturday’s game to Troy, 12-7.Withers was a very successful head coach at the FCS level, winning 18 games in two years at James Madison before takng over the Bobcats. He also went 7-6 in one year as interim head coach at North Carolina, after the 2011 dismissal of Butch Davis just ahead of the season.In between that season and the JMU gig, he was on Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff for two seasons as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator.[Football Scoop]last_img read more

Akhilesh terms ST students suicide as murder of Constitution

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has said that the death of Payal Salman Tadvi, a medical student in Mumbai, was actually “a murder of the constitutional protection given to the Scheduled Tribes”. Payal Tadvi belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community and was a victim of casteist slur. Akhilesh Yadav tweeted that the “suicide of the brilliant Dr Payal Tadvi belonging to the Scheduled Tribal community is a result of comments against her caste and the reservation system. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “This is a case of murder. It is a murder of the protection given by the Constitution. Is this the direction the country is heading towards?” Payal Tadvi, 23, was a postgraduate student at the Nair Hospital in Mumbai. She allegedly committed suicide on May 22 following harassment at the hands of three senior doctors. The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has issued a notice to Dean of the BYL Nair Hospital, seeking a report on the action taken in the case. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Her mother Abeda Tadvi had alleged that three senior doctors — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehar, and Ankita Khandilwal — persistently tortured her daughter, which resulted in her taking the extreme step. “My daughter told me on phone several times that these three senior doctors would torture her because she belonged to a tribal community. They would use casteist words against her. All we want is justice for my daughter,” she told a news agency. The BYL Nair Hospital administration has now formed an anti-ragging committee to probe into the suicide. The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has suspended the three doctors. The accused doctors, on Monday, wrote to the association urging to ensure ‘fair’ probe into the issue.last_img read more

Oscar De La Hoya Helps Honor Teachers At Sixth Annual Golden Dot

first_imgBoxing legend, Olympic Gold Medalist and 10-time world champion in six different weight classes Oscar De La Hoya gave the keynote Green Dot Public School’s Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards on Saturday, May 5 at the California Science Center in recognition of the organization’s most outstanding teachers and staff from the last year.The Golden Dot Awards represent Green Dot’s annual teacher and staff appreciation event recognizing Principal of the Year; Teacher of the Year; Rising Star Teacher of the Year. Green Dot teachers, staff and administrators serve more than 15,000 students across the country each year.De La Hoya has been involved with Green Dot’s commitment to excellence in public school education since 2003 when the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School opened in Boyle Heights. The school bearing the boxing legend’s name was among the first five charter schools Green Dot opened with the goal to provide enhanced learning opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities.The Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School was the first public high school to be built in Boyle Heights in 80 years. Today, the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School is one of the top performing high schools in the country, thanks to the dedication of Green Dot’s excellent teachers, administrators and staff.“I’ve witnessed firsthand the difference Green Dot educators make through their devoted commitment to our students at the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, not far from the neighborhood where I grew up,” De La Hoya remarked at Saturday’s event. “The level of dedication that Green Dot teachers, administrators and staff bring to their schools every day is truly inspiring. I’m in awe of the work they do and so thankful they are guiding the leaders of tomorrow and showing them what it looks like to work hard and succeed.”Green Dot Public Schools’ Golden Dot Awards recognizes educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education. Golden Dot Awards (aka “The Dotties”) are given to staff who exemplify Green Dot’s Core Values. As a result of the dedicated work of the entire team and their commitment to excellence in education, Green Dot graduated more than 1,600 students last year, the most of any charter management organization in the country, for the fourth year in a row.For more information, click here.last_img read more

Morocco’s Driss Sekkat wins 2014 CINE Special Jury Award

Fez – Moroccan-American media producer Driss Sekkat has recently been honored with the 2014 CINE Special Jury Award for his television show Street Pulse.The documentary style show won the 2014 CINE Special Jury Award for best investigative reporting in the televised news division. “As a Moroccan, it gives me great pride to be recognized alongside some of the greatest names in the television industry,” Sekkat said.This is not the first time Street Pulse has been honored by the Council on International Nontheatrical Events (CINE). The show also received the 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award, in the category of investigative documentary. “I am truly humbled to be recognized by the CINE Special Jury Award.  This award goes to our remarkable team behind the scenes,” Sekkat stated. Sekkat and his Cairo-based team produce the documentary to highlight social and political issues in Egypt. Each episode of the show examines cultural hot button topics such as “the impact of the internet on political and social change, human trafficking and sexual harassment, refugees and the food crisis,” Sekkat said.The award-winning show put the spotlight on the poor working conditions of quarry workers. “The Street Pulse episode showed how adults and child laborers risk serious injury or death from rock cutting machines, respiratory ailments from stone dust, and intense heat in order to support their families,” Sekkat stated.Sekkat worked as the senior supervising producer on Street Pulse for US-based, Arabic language channel, Alhurra Television. “I am grateful we are able produce powerful stories that connect with the audience. The feedback has been fantastic since the launch of the show a few years ago,” Sekkat continued.The Moroccan producer recently returned from another trip to Cairo, where he plans to continue producing hard-hitting documentaries that shed light on Egyptian social issues. “This gives me a great amount of motivation to continue working hard and to produce stories that have a real impact on people’s lives,” Sekkat said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Unions, senator file 3rd lame-duck lawsuit in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — A coalition of labour unions and a Democratic lawmaker filed another lawsuit Monday challenging measures Wisconsin Republicans approved in a lame-duck session, alleging in part that the new laws illegally weaken the governor and attorney general while placing an “incalculable” financial burden on taxpayers.GOP legislators passed a sweeping package of legislation in December to weaken new Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats. The measure prohibits Evers from withdrawing from lawsuits, a move designed to block him from pulling Wisconsin out of a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. Other key provisions in the bill force Kaul to get approval from the Legislature’s budget committee before settling lawsuits, allow lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits and restrict early-voting hours.Liberal-leaning groups including the League of Women voters filed a lawsuit in Dane County court last month challenging the laws, arguing Republicans convened illegally to adopt the legislation. Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now challenged the early voting restrictions in federal court last month and convinced U.S. District Judge James Peterson to block them.Now comes a third lawsuit. Five unions, including the Service Employees International Union and the Wisconsin chapter of the American Federal of Teachers, and their members along with state Sen. Janet Bewley filed the action in Dane County court. The lawsuit brands the lame-duck laws “an assault on the will of the voters and an unprecedented ‘power grab.’”The lawsuit alleges the new statutes violate the Wisconsin Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine, which divides government into executive, legislative and judiciary branches. The laws essentially steal power form the executive branch and transfers it to the legislative branch, the lawsuit contends, creating confusion about the state’s position in key litigation. The lawsuit points out that Evers tried to order Kaul in his State of the State address last month to withdraw from the ACA lawsuit only to have Kaul say he can’t without legislative approval. Republicans haven’t responded.“It is particularly troubling that the extraordinary legislation imposes extra hurdles on the Attorney General and the Governor in situations where they wish to take the position that a given law is unconstitutional,” the lawsuit said. “This prevents the Executive Branch from fulfilling its key role as an independent, democratically accountable check on the Legislature should the Legislature pass an unconstitutional law.”The filing also takes issue with requirements that by July 1 state agencies take down all public communications explaining how they’re interpreting laws, unless they send all the publications through a new process that includes a public comment period. The lawsuit alleges that means vast numbers of basic government communications could disappear, including employer handbooks on unemployment benefits, Division of Motor Vehicles bulletins about driver’s license exams and Department of Children and Families forms laying out eligibility requirements for child support.The filing also alleges the laws could mean higher legal bills for the state since lawmakers can now insert themselves in lawsuits using private attorneys. It notes that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos recently released a contract showing taxpayers are paying at least $840,000 to defend Republican lawmakers in a federal redistricting lawsuit and plan to hire private attorneys at taxpayer expense to defend the lame-duck laws against the League of Women Voters.“The financial burden that will be imposed on Wisconsin taxpayers as a result of this chaos and inefficiency is incalculable,” the lawsuit alleges.The lawsuit concludes with an argument that the budget committee lacks the power to decide whether to settle a lawsuit because the 16-member panel doesn’t have enough members to constitute a majority of the Senate or Assembly.___Follow Todd Richmond on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trichmond1Todd Richmond, The Associated Press read more

CEP voices opposition to BellAstral deal at CRTC hearing

MONTREAL — One of Canada’s largest media unions is sounding the alarm over Bell’s $3.4-billion deal to buy Montreal’s Astral Media, which would add to the telecom company’s extensive radio and television business.The CRTC is in its third day of hearings into whether the telecom giant should be allowed to forge a deal that would make it even larger.Apart from chilling diversity and neutering competition, concentrated media ownership has reduced employment opportunities in content creatioBell already owns the CTV television network and former Chum radio group as well as their extensive list of specialty television channels and Bell Canada, the country’s largest telecom company.The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada told the federal regulator on Wednesday that media concentration in Canada has had troubling consequences.“Apart from chilling diversity and neutering competition, concentrated media ownership has reduced employment opportunities in content creation,” said union vice-president Peter Murdoch.“This is why CEP opposes this application.”[np-related]He added that if the CRTC does approve the deal it should ensure that Bell strengthens original, local broadcast news.“You could approve it, however, if the evidence presented to you establishes that it will clearly, significantly and unequivocally benefit Canadians and the broadcasting system, and if its benefits offset the extremely serious concerns it has raised — especially for news and particularly local news.”Murdoch says the CRTC should require Bell to spend $43.5-million on radio and TV news production. The union also says that since 2008, CTV has cut its TV staff by 24%, including 233 people since BCE acquired CTV in 2000. Astral has cut its radio news spending by eight per cent since 2008, Murdoch added.Major telecom players Rogers and Telus and cable provider Cogeco were scheduled to give testimony later Wednesday.Rogers says it is opposed to the deal unless the CRTC orders Bell to divest of some of its English language TV services. Like BCE, Rogers has extensive media and telecom businesses that compete in several major markets, particularly in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.A few years ago, Rogers was able to acquire several Citytv conventional television stations — including its flagship station in Toronto — that BCE had wanted when it bought Chum Ltd. several years ago. The CRTC ruled that BCE would have to divest the Citytv stations in order to get approval for the larger Chum deal.Quebecor Inc., telecom company Telus and cable provider Cogeco are also against the deal, saying Bell will own too much of the marketCogeco and Telus have already voiced concern about the deal, which they say would give Bell too much control over the country’s broadcasting landscape.Bell has said the acquisition of the Astral media assets will provide more competition in Quebec’s French-language market, which is dominated by Quebecor. It says that with the acquisition of Astral, it will own 33.5% of the English language TV viewing market and 24.4% of the French-language market.The deal aims to create a media powerhouse that’s poised to take on rivals in providing digital content to consumers through online services and mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers.The ACTRA union, which represents performers across Canada, supported the deal — with conditions. Union president Ferne Downey said ACTRA is relying on the CRTC to make sure Bell doesn’t own more than 35% of the English market so that strong, competitive Canadian media companies can continue to emerge.“If you do that, we are prepared to support this transaction,” she said. “But not without hesitation.”The Canadian Press read more

Dont use dyslexia as an excuse judge tells bully businessman in divorce

first_imgThe woman had discovered her husband was having an affair with his personal assistant more than 15 years ago, the judge said, but had not filed for divorce until 2015.He criticised the couple’s behaviour, saying they had run up “horrific” legal bills of more than £1 million between them, and told of a “truly terrible level of acrimony”.Mr Justice Moor said the “basic premise” of the woman’s evidence was that “she knew nothing”, but said he could not accept that “total denial”.While the husband, he said, was an “unattractive witness”.”At times, he appeared to me to be attempting to bully the court by his aggressive approach.”At others, when the going got tough, he tried to fall back on his dyslexia and Asperger’s.”The judge added: “It was quite clear to me that he is a very intelligent and clever man.”I, of course, accept his dyslexia but Albert Einstein was dyslexic.Mr Justice Moor said he had grappled with complicated family financial arrangements, and made a number of detailed decisions about the division of money.He said the couple’s marital home should be sold and the profits – expected to be about £1 million – handed to the woman. A businessman embroiled in a bitter divorce case with his estranged wife has been criticised by a judge for using his dyslexia as an excuse, telling him “even Einstein had dyslexia”.Mr Justice Moor said the man had attempted to “bully the court” at times and had fallen back on his Asperger’s and dyslexia when the going got tough.He made his criticisms in a ruling on a private trial at the Family Division of the High Court in Cardiff in October.The couple, both 59, who the judge ruled could not be identified, shared a home in Cardiff and have been married for nearly 30 years. Credit:AFP/Getty high court 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

Assmang Black Rock expands training capabilities with CYBERMINE bolter simulator

first_imgAssmang’s Black Rock manganese operation in the remote Northern Cape province of South Africa is expanding its training simulation capacity to increase safety and productivity levels. Black Rock’s training team recently completed factory acceptance testing of their new CYBERMINE simulator for an Atlas Copco 235-H bolter at global training simulator provider ThoroughTec Simulation.“We have a big need for operators that know how to use this bolter safely and efficiently,” says Gideon Hayward, HRD Manager at Black Rock Mine Operations. “Operators of the 235 need to know how to support the hanging walls correctly to prevent potentially fatal rock falls.” Black Rock has seen a reduction in Lost Time Injuries (LTI) since moving over to the advanced 235-H bolter, of which they have around 20 in their fleet across their Gloria and Nchwaning 2 and 3 mines. Now they want to use their latest CYBERMINE high fidelity simulator to improve upon these safety and efficiency levels in a cost effective way. Black Rock now boasts five CYBERMINE simulators across a range of underground equipment, including complex drill rigs, scalers, ADTs and LHDs.Safer, more advanced equipment is only as good as the operator. “We need to ensure that our operators follow correct operating procedures when handling the equipment and by using the simulator we are able to achieve that,” says Hayward. The simulator will monitor functions such as colliding the boom with the face, drilling without flushing, inserting the incorrect amount of resin and score the operator on their performance.  “It costs nothing to damage the machine during a simulation exercise,” says Willie Koekemoer, Black Rock’s Training Facilitator. “It’s a cheaper environment to make mistakes.” For example, damage to certain components on the bolter can cost tens of thousands of rands a day and it also means the bolter is taken out of operation. “We obviously want to prevent this from happening, so we’ll use the simulator to show the operators where they’re going wrong without using an actual bolter and it’s in a safe environment,” says Koekemoer. New bolter operators at Black Rock will be required to use the simulator extensively before going underground. “There will also be annual refresher training for every operator,” says Hayward.ThoroughTec’s CYBERMINE simulator system is now in its fourth generation. Every mining simulator features a simulated cab, a highly realistic replica of the actual mining equipment, with fully functional simulated instruments and controls. The replicated cab is mounted on a motion platform capable of imparting up to six degrees of freedom and is surrounded by a full 360° panoramic, high-resolution projection display system with surround sound audio. Control of all aspects of training and evaluation is exercised in real time from an advanced instructor station.last_img read more

Outstanding results from ore sorting trials

first_imgMiddle Island Resources Ltd has received positive results from preliminary ore sorting test work conducted on drill core from the Two Mile Hill tonalite deeps deposit at its 100% owned Sandstone gold project in Western Australia. Positive ore sorting test work campaign has demonstrated Two Mile Hill Tonalite Deeps deposit is amenable to pre-concentration sorting, with a high selectivity of gold mineralisation using X-ray and optical sensors.Scoping level test work indicates that sorting can deliver a 185%-257% increase in grade with gold recoveries in excess of 93%Up to 64% of the sorter feed material may be rejected delivering significant benefits, including reduced haulage and process operating costs, and tailings disposal and water requirementsPOW lodged to provide PQ diameter diamond core for more definitive test work on larger composite samplesMultistage XRT/colour/laser sorting being scheduled to qualify the positive results received from initial test workValidation would likely lead to a significant positive impact on project economicsTwo Mile Hill tonalite deeps deposit is located 4 km north of the company’s 600,000t/y Sandstone gold processing plant and comprises an Exploration Target of 24 Mt to 34 Mt at 1.1g/t to 1.4g/t AuThe indicative ore sorting results will be incorporated into an underground mining concept study to be prepared during the March quarter.An ore sorting study was initiated following encouraging mineralogical assessment on ore sourced from the Two Mile Hill deeps deposi. The aims of the test work were to determine if a mill feed upgrade was achievable and the optimum processing route to do so.Continuous intervals of quarter NQ2 core from four selected holes were compiled by Middle Island for sorting trials completed by Tomra (Sydney) and Steinert (Perth). The selection process for test work intervals did not apply an upper cut-off grade, with the drilled composite grade averaging 3.44g/t Au based on 50 g fire assay analyses.The drill core was combined and then lightly jaw crushed (-30mm/+10mm) to produce a suitable feed size for sorting. The -10mm material (fines) is deemed mill feed.Screening, sampling and assaying on the Tomra sorting products was undertaken by Australian Laboratory Services (ALS) in Perth. Sample splits for the Tomra gold assays were undertaken on +10mm products, as the material was subsequently re-combined for the following Steinert sorting trials. Sampling and assays on the Steinert sorting products were undertaken by the Nagrom metallurgical laboratory in Perth. The Steinert products were crushed to -2mm before 1kg sub-samples were split for gold analysis.With one exception, all product and reject gold analyses involved 1 kg bottle rolls with AAS readings and residue assays.last_img read more

Brikama Area Council to Invite Protesters

first_imgBy Louise JobeThe Director of Administration and Public Relation Officer of the Brikama Area Council, Ebrima Sawaneh, on Thursday said the council will invite the youth-led group called ‘occupyBAC’ for a dialogue to look into their demands.The group that identified itself as ‘occupy BAC’ demanded for better social service to the people of their region such as good roads, standard market facilities,  proper waste collection system, good drainage amenities and proper utilization of the council rates and taxes for the development of the region.The protest, according to the demonstrators, was prearranged to manifest their dissatisfaction over what they called the poor management of the Brikama Area Council. They said the Council has failed to provide the area with good roads, standard markets and garbage collection system. In addition, the protesters said the people of the Region pay rates to council and yet they do not realize the benefit of being tax compliant. They also said the region has a poor drainage system as well. According to the protesters, the authorities are not sensitive to the plight of vendors.PRO Sawaneh told Foroyaa the council will invite the demonstrators for a dialogue in which some of the things stated in their petition as concerned youths of the West Coast Region, would be clarified by the council management. He added they would tell the youths the limits of the council and its responsibilities because some of the demands are not within their mandate as a council.“We have received their petition and we have looked at it, in fact, we are going to invite them and tell them that the demands written on their document such as good roads, electricity among others are not the responsibilities of the council; perhaps they do not understand that some of those things do not lie on the area councils,” the BAC PRO said.He said he did not blame them maybe they do not know what the responsibilities and functions of the council are.“Some of the things stated in their demand are not the council’s duties,” he said.He added the CEO of the council is going to invite them and tell them what is the responsibilities of the Brikama Area Council are.He said the council is currently facing difficulties in terms of provision of some social services to the people of the Region because taxes levied on sand mining, car park fee, cattle tax and billboard fee are collected by the Central Government and the National Revenue Authority respectively.last_img read more

Review Spain – Croatia

first_imgSpain demolished Croatia 6-0 in Elche. Rodrigo, Isco, Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Saul all wrote their names on the score sheet in Croatia’s worst ever defeat in international football. Spain starting lineup David de Gea, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Jose Luis Gaya, Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Marco Asensio, Rodrigo Croatia starting lineup Lovre Kalinic, Josip Pivaric, Domagoj Vida, Matej Mitrovic, Sime Vrsaljko, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Ivan SantiniIn the 5th minute, de Gea and his defenders made a mess of a simple situation with some unnecessarily risky passes. Ivan Rakitic stole the ball and fired a shot which went by like a bullet past the far post. Spain got lucky. A couple of minutes later, Perisic was caught napping on the defensive end, putting the opposition in a goalscoring position. Dani Carvajal got behind him and inside the penalty area, but his attempt at finding Rodrigo was blocked by Mitrovic. Ivan Santini had a great goalscoring opportunity of his own when he was left unmarked by Spain’s defense. He got at the end of a Sime Vrsaljko cross, but missed the net by centimeters.Saul’s second goal in the space of four days opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. The goal was fairly simple. A long ball to Carvajal, who crossed it with the outside part of his foot. Saul Niguez flew in from midfield and headed the ball home to give Spain a 1-0 lead.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid join forces, as Dani Carvajal tees up Saul Niguez for the perfect header. Spain leads World Cup finalist Croatia in the #NationsLeague early on (via @UnivisionSports) pic.twitter.com/7oFCcXmHi1— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) September 11, 2018Ten minutes later, Marco Asensio scored a spectacular first goal wearing Spain’s shirt. He just blasted the ball from over 20 meters out, beating an unprepared Lovre Kalinic and gave his side a 2-0 advantage.BOOOM | Marco Asensio ! ?#SPACRO 2️⃣-0️⃣ pic.twitter.com/xnWjvZMWRA— Eleven Sports BE (@ElevenBE_fr) September 11, 2018Two minutes later, he did it again. He received a ball at the right flank, where he was all alone. Asensio came on to his stronger left foot, aimed the ball towards goal and struck another thunderbolt which ricochetted off the bar, off Kalinic’s back and into the net. 3-0 Spain. Remarkable.2 goals in 2 minutes for Spain! ⏰It may go down as an own-goal, but what an effort from Marco Asensio to make it 3-0…???Watch live on Sky Sports PL now!Follow: https://t.co/clJVVjgKuU pic.twitter.com/nMeE2aLFpF— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 11, 2018Rodrigo had a header go wide right before the half-time whistle sounded. Croatia had a couple of chances which if used would’ve changed the entire complexity of the contest. They weren’t, and Luis Enrique’s team took full advantage. The acres of space left on the flanks didn’t do any service to Dalic’s men either.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Five minutes into the second period, Rodrigo extended Spain’s lead to 4-0. He ran away from Domagoj Vida, avoiding an offside trap in the process, and was found with a neat pass by Marco Asensio. Rodrigo then routinely beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation, putting the ball through his legs. Zlatko Dalic was sitting on the bench in despair.The future is bright for Spain! ???It looks like they are back on the international scene with a bang as they lead World Cup finalists Croatia 4-0! ?Watch live on Sky Sports PL now!Follow: https://t.co/clJVVjgKuU pic.twitter.com/axdxVvbvj0— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 11, 2018Things only got worse when Sergio Ramos was left alone during a corner kick and bowed down to make it 5-0.#NationsLeague??? España 5-0 Croacia ??¡Goooool de España!Apareció sin marca Sergio Ramos para hacer el quinto de La Roja. pic.twitter.com/0WIimZaPpK— Nación Deportes (@naciondeportes_) September 11, 2018It was getting to the point where Croatia’s players just wanted for the match to be over sooner and catch a flight back home. Rodri replaced Busquets after Ramos’ goal. Marko Pjaca for Marcelo Brozovic and Thiago Alcantara for Saul Niguez, who left the pitch under a standing ovation from his hometown crowd in Elche, were the next two changes. Spain weren’t about to slow down. In the 70th minute, Isco made it 6-0. Asensio found him inside the box, the Real Madrid man made a dummy move to fool Vida and shot the ball in the opposite corner.Sensational touch and finish from Isco ?? pic.twitter.com/M74BNcu6nL— FootyStats (@FootyStats_org) September 11, 2018After the goal, Marko Livaja came in for Ivan Santini. The final substitution for Luis Enrique was Cesar Azpilicueta for Dani Carvajal. In the 85th minute, Rodrigo broke away from Vida again and nearly scored his second goal of the contest. Vida managed to block the striker’s left-footed effort with his backheel. Moments later, Isco had a chance for a second as well. Spain came perilously close to goal number seven in the 90th minute, when Vida’s deflection came onto the foot of Thiago Alcantara, whose powerful shot was saved by Kalinic. On the rebound, Rodrigo redirected the ball towards goal with an overhead kick. Ceballos got a touch on it, but didn’t find the net.After three minutes of injury time, the referee put an end to Croatia’s worst ever defeat in international football.last_img read more

Two eclipses will be visible locally in October

first_imgTwo October eclipses will give local sky-watchers a reason to get up early in the morning, as well as something to enjoy during an afternoon coffee break.A total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Oct. 8, and a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23 will be visible in the Portland-Vancouver area, science educator Jim Todd said.The lunar eclipse will begin at 2:14 a.m. Oct. 8 when the Earth’s shadow takes a small bite out of the left edge of the moon, said Todd, director of space science education at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.The partial eclipse ends and totality begins at 3:27 a.m.; the point of the greatest eclipse occurs at 3:55 a.m. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 58 minutes. For almost an hour, the only light hitting the moon will be the reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets. The total lunar eclipse ends at 4:25 a.m. and the partial eclipse ends at 5:32 a.m.Fifteen days later, on the afternoon of Oct. 23, the new moon will pass in front of the sun. The solar eclipse begins in the Portland-Vancouver at 1:37 p.m. when the moon makes first contact with the sun. The maximum eclipse is at 3:02 p.m., when the moon covers 61 percent of the sun’s diameter. The partial eclipse will end at 4:23 p.m.last_img read more

India wont play Davis Cup fixture in Pakistan due to revocation of

first_imgIANSThe All India Tennis Association (AITA) has reportedly planned to write a letter to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to shift India’s Davis Cup fixture against Pakistan from Islamabad to a neutral venue due to the political tensions after India’s revocation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. The Asia/Oceania zone Davis Cup tie is slated to be played on September 14-15.The Indian Davis Cup team has not gone to Pakistan since 1964. The tie 55 years ago was played in Lahore which India won 4-0. The Indian team were scheduled to visit the neighbouring country again but the recent political tensions have raised a question mark regarding the safety of the players.As reported by the DNA, a senior official of the AITA mentioned that they are going to send a letter in a day or so, in regards to the matter. The official mentioned that the AITA is hopeful that the ITF will accept the request and further added that the situation has become worse after Pakistan ordered India’s ambassador to leave.”We are hopeful that our request in this regard will be accepted on the simple ground that no team in recent times has played in Pakistan. The situation has become even worse after Islamabad expelled India’s ambassador and suspended trade ties,” the official told DNA.The official also mentioned that there is a question mark regarding the issue of obtaining visas from Pakistan. He added that in case of serious security threats, the ITF has always taken the correct decision.”There is also a question mark over obtaining visas from Pakistan. Even if we get visas on time, what about the security?” the official said.”Security parameters are set by the ITF. In the face of serious security threats in a country, ITF has always taken a proper decision and shifted many ties to safer places,” the person added.AITA is going to quote the security parameters to the ITF when they make the request for avoiding any penalties. Earlier, penalties have been imposed on countries for refusing to travel to the scheduled venue. The Hong Kong tennis board was fined $10K by the ITF as they refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017.last_img read more

The PS Vita will be regionfree

first_imgWhen cornered on the topic in a press conference for European and Australian journalists, a Sony executive revealed that the PS Vita will be region-free, meaning games released for any locale in the world will be playable in a PS Vita sold anywhere else in the world. Michael Denny, Vice President of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe, said that “to the best of his knowledge” the PS Vita would not be region locked, which leaves room to backtrack, but we’re hoping that’s the final word.After all, the Nintendo 3DS has come under fire for its intrusive terms of service and the fact that it’s region-locked, meaning games released in Japan must be played on a Japanese 3DS and American releases played on a Region 1 3DS. This locks out players around the world from importing and enjoying games released in other regions.Game developers and studios say that region locking is required to control the release of games around the globe, so a game isn’t released in one location and then pirated and trafficked to other parts of the world. Most gamers disagree entirely, and claim that region locking actually encourages piracy because it denies willing buyers the games they want to play – instead, they have to import an entire console as well as the title they want.If the PS Vita is region-free, it’ll make historical sense: after all, the PlayStation 3 is region-free as well, and gamers anywhere in the world can import PS3 games and play them on their home consoles. Most gamers have responded positively to the news, since it means the doors are open to a world of small and independent titles only released in specific markets. It also means that gamers can buy games when traveling, or get a hold of a title only released overseas.via IGNlast_img read more

From the coast of Italy

first_imgWould it not be nice to have an authentic slice of Italy in your mundane life in the Capital? Sorrento, the award-winning Italian restaurant at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, is offering its patrons an authentic Italian experience titled ‘Barefoot in the Sand’, a handcrafted menu of the signature dishes of Michelin Star Chef Riccardo Sculli. Having long been captivated and driven by the flavours of the pristine waters and the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast, the richly evocative menu enthrals for style, taste and the very quality of the raw materials itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA special a-la-carte menu has been curated for lunch, featuring some of Chef Riccardo’s signature dishes such as – Carpaccio di Aragosta e verdure (Lobster carpaccio with seasonal salad and tomato gelè) and Risotto allo zafferano con mud granchio e ribes rosso (Saffron risotto, mud crab and red currants). For dinner, a special degustation menu has been designed by Chef Riccardo, starring culinary masterpieces such as Costoletta di agnello con carciofi e liquirizia (Rack of lamb with artichokes and liquorice) and Pollo ruspante con peperoni e arancia (Free-range chicken with peppers and orange). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeeping in line with the traditions and rich culinary heritage of Calabria, some of Sorrento’s best wine selection have been paired with the stunning menu which is on till today.Chef Riccardo Sculli has especially flown down to curate this experience for the culinary enthusiasts of Delhi. He is the first chef from the Reggio Calabria province to have received a Michelin star, and is currently the head chef at Ristorante Gamberro Rosso, Marina di Gioiosa Jonica RC, Italy. Chef Riccardo is on a perpetual quest to keep educating himself about the extensive gastronomic legacy of Calabria, and to pay homage to this legacy through meticulously prepared and skillfully presented dishes.last_img read more