3 Hacks for Shooting Without a Focus Puller

first_imgCinematographers on low-budget indie films are often required to operate their camera while also pulling focus. Here are some hacks to make this situation less frustrating.The role of a focus puller is critical on nearly any professional set. The skills required to accurately pull focus in challenging situations are independent of the skill set required by the cinematographer, though there is some crossover.Even if a DP also happens to be fantastic at pulling focus, they are often busy with the camera and keeping an eye on lighting. In these instances, a dedicated 1st AC can make a world of difference on set.Image from Wikimedia.orgAll that said, there are many situations where DPs need to fly solo these days, which can lead to frustration when they are unable to deliver the desired creative results. In my opinion, the frustration usually stems from attempting to act as both DP and 1st AC, as opposed to setting up the shots in a way that allow for a single operator/focus puller.Below are my 3 hacks for working without a dedicated 1st AC.Attach a string to your talent to maintain your distance when tracking.Tracking shots are one of the most common shooting challenges when there’s no focus puller on the crew. When following an actor, it can be extremely difficult to keep your shot in focus, as the talent will always be walking at a slightly different speed than you.As you can imagine, this is a nightmare when it comes to pulling focus. Because, unless you’re shooting with a very high F-stop, leaving nearly the entire image in focus, your talent will drift in and out of the focus plane every few steps.Attempting to pull focus yourself when shooting like this is usually a terrible idea, since by the time you move your focus to compensate for the talent’s movement, you’ve already lost them again.Instead of trying to pull focus, you can eliminate the issue entirely by ensuring that your talent is always the exact same distance from the camera. One of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to do this is mind-blowing in its DIY simplicity: Attach a string to yourself. Attach the other end of the string to your talent.You would usually do this by tying it around your belt or waist, and would have the length of the string be the exact distance that you need to be from your talent for the framing to be right. This effectively allows you to walk in a way that will always keep your talent the perfect distance from you, as you are essentially tethered together. It’s an extremely low-fi solution, but it works every time.Always use peaking & never use markers.Using marks on a follow focus is one of the fundamentals of pulling focus for a 1st AC. But when you’re pulling focus yourself, you need to learn to throw that out the window entirely.Even if your shot is locked off on a tripod and you’re simply pulling focus between two characters on alternating lines, you still shouldn’t be diverting your vision to the follow focus for too long, if at all, as it will inevitably take you away from the monitor.If one of the actors moves in a way that is slightly different from the blocking, you may very well miss it if you aren’t 100% visually focused on the monitor at all times.For this reason, I always recommend using focus peaking whenever possible. Peaking is often used by 1st ACs to lock in their focus marks, and sometimes is then turned off so the DP can see the image without the strange effects of the peaking on the monitor.When shooting by yourself though, it’s critical that you learn to constantly shoot with focus peaking on, and rely on it solely, as it’s truly the only way you can achieve critical focus without taking your eyes off of the monitor.Image example of focus peaking:Image from KarelDonkAvoid unnecessary pulls.When you’re used to working with a focus puller, you might tend to take them for granted and simply assume that every shot needs a focus pull. In reality though, there are loads of scenes/set-ups that don’t require focus pulls at all.If you can get away with shooting a wide shot at infinity (and it still works for your story) then go for it. Or if you want to use selective focus to isolate a character in a scene, intentionally avoiding pulling focus to their scene partner, that could be a great technique too – as long as it serves the story well.I’m by no means suggesting you do this strictly out of necessity or laziness, however I am suggesting that you stop yourself before each shot and really ask whether or not you need to be pulling focus.There have been a few really great films in recent years that have implemented this technique in memorable ways. Two examples worth sharing are Upstream Color and the recently released Still Alice. Both of these films make use of shots where the blocking is designed in a way that allows the characters to walk in and out of the focal plane, as opposed to having the focus following their movement.It’s a really fascinating technique and certainly one that worked beautifully in the films mentioned. Check out the technique as showcased in the very first shot of the Upstream Color trailer.Hopefully these tips can alleviate some of on-set stress that comes with shooting without a focus puller. Take a look at the following links for even more about cinematography and focus pulling:Simple Framing Tips to Dramatically Improve Your CinematographyAdvice for New CinematographersQuick Tip: Focus PullingTry out these focus pulling hacks and let us know if you met with success or disaster! See you in the comment section.last_img read more

Indian-Origin Youth Arrested in Orlando for Trying to Steal Aircraft

first_imgAn Indian-origin youth was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to steal a plane on Sept. 20 after he entered the cockpit of an aircraft at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.Nishal Sankat, 22, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, was seized from the cockpit of an American Airlines Airbus plane that was parked on the tarmac for maintenance, according to reports.Sankat reportedly came near the airport in his car at 2 a.m. on Sept. 20. He jumped over the barbed wire fence and reached the aircraft under maintenance. To avoid any suspicion, he kept his car ignition on. He was arrested after flight maintenance workers challenged him and summoned the airport police who immediately arrested him. Police are trying to ascertain what he wanted to do with the aircraft.“The individual was confronted as soon as he was on the aircraft. The employee who was on the aircraft took appropriate action and escorted him off the aircraft,” CBS quoted Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie as saying. But after he was dragged from the plane, Sankat broke free, running back toward the jet. Soon after police took him into custody, CBS said.Sankat, a part-time student of aviation management at the Florida Institute of Technology, received a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration eight months ago. He was not qualified to fly this type of plane.He was charged with grand theft, burglary and trespassing and was being held in the Brevard County Jail without bail, reported.He is the son of Clement Sankat, the president of the University of Belize and former president of University of West Indies.After this incident, Prof. Sankat issued a statement to the Trinidad Express Newspaper, calling it an extremely difficult period.Referring to the family, the statement said: “At this time, they have not yet been able to speak with their son, and since they have limited information, are still trying to ascertain all the facts surrounding the incident, and his well-being. As expected, their focus right now is on providing all the legal, mental, emotional and parental support possible. What has occurred acutely underscores to the family the need to be aware of the challenges young students face, especially those living away from home and family.”Police told CBS that they searched Sankat’s home and confiscated his electronics, but at this time there is no evidence to indicate a connection to terrorism. Related ItemsCaribbeanfloridaTrinidad and Tobagolast_img read more

Andy Murray into First Final Since 2017, Faces Stan Wawrinka for European Open Title

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayATP Toureuropean openstan wawrinka First Published: October 19, 2019, 11:33 PM IST Antwerp: Former world number one Andy Murray reached his first final in more than two and a half years on Saturday with a three-set triumph over Ugo Humbert of France in the European Open in Antwerp.Murray, steadily rebuilding his game after career-saving hip surgery earlier this year, triumphed 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals. On Sunday, the 32-year-old Briton will tackle fellow three-time Grand Slam title winner Stan Wawrinka in the final.Murray, now ranked a lowly 243, last reached a final in Dubai in March 2017 where he was crowned champion.Wawrinka earlier ended Italian teenager Jannik Sinner’s fine run in Belgium, the Swiss veteran defeating the 18-year-old 6-3, 6-2 to reach his 30th career final.Sinner was the youngest player to make the semi-finals of an ATP tournament since 17-year-old Borna Coric in 2014.But he met his match in 18th-ranked Wawrinka, with the 34-year-old taking one hour and 59 minutes to edge closer to a first title since winning the Geneva Open in May 2017. last_img read more

Force India drivers reminded that the team comes first

first_imgForce India co-owner Vijay Mallya has reminded drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon that the team must take priority after a collision at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix wrecked hopes of a first win in Formula One.The Indian said they would be allowed to continue racing without the need to be reined in, however.”It’s still frustrating to ponder what might have been had things played out differently,” Mallya said in a preview for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, the race following on from Baku.”Since Baku we’ve had some conversations internally and reminded our drivers that the team must always come first. It’s never acceptable for team mates to make contact with each other and it certainly cost us points in Baku,” added Mallya.”However, the events of Azerbaijan won’t change our approach. Our drivers can race freely and I’m sure they have learned some valuable lessons … I know they are mature enough to work together for the good of the team.”Force India, currently fourth overall in the constructors’ championship, have yet to win a race since Mallya arrived in 2008 and renamed a team that had gone through various previous guises as Jordan, Midland and Spyker.They have come close, with a pole position and second place in Belgium in 2009 with Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, and four third places for Mexican Perez since he joined in 2014.In Azerbaijan, Perez and French rookie Ocon were fighting for a podium spot when they collided. Ocon suffered a puncture and significant car damage but continued to finish sixth.advertisementPerez initially retired, before the race was stopped and then re-started due to debris on the track caused by the Force India collision.Of the cars ahead of them at the time, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton lost the lead after pitting to fix a loose headrest while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty and finished fourth.”Vettel got his penalty due to that restart, so we would have beaten him. And (Red Bull’s eventual winner Daniel) Ricciardo we would have beaten,” said chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer after the race.”But without us causing the red flag, Hamilton’s headrest wouldn’t have come up, so he would have won it. So, would have, could have, should have … we still would have been second or third.”last_img read more

Scotland almost perfect – Strachan

first_imgScotland Scotland close to perfect against Lithuania – Strachan Matt Dorman 07:57 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gordon Strachan - cropped Getty Images Scotland Lithuania v Scotland Lithuania WC Qualification Europe A 3-0 win for the visitors surprised even their manager, who admitted he “turned into a spectator” during the match Scotland manager Gordon Strachan hailed his side’s vital 3-0 away win over Lithuania on Friday as a near enough complete performance.Needing three points to stay in touch with Group F’s top two in World Cup qualifying, the visitors scored twice inside the opening half-hour and added a late third through James McArthur in a highly polished display.Although they were unable to close the gap on second-placed Slovakia, Strachan’s side are still well in contention to earn a play-off place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina And the former Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough boss conceded even he was surprised by one of the finest 90 minutes he has seen from his side.”I knew they could put in a good performance but that was near enough a complete performance,” Strachan told STV.”For a manager who turned into a spectator at one point – and that is what I did, because I just went ‘let them go’ – they made it easy for us as a coaching staff because of their performances, their bravery on the ball, their energy.”We asked them to use their energy, not just to pass. The energy had to come as well to allow more space and that is what they did.”Thanks to the brilliant fans both in Vilnius and back home in Scotland for your tremendous support this evening. #NoScotlandNoParty #LTUSCO— Scotland (@ScottishFA) September 1, 2017Slovakia’s win over Slovenia did help Scotland climb to third in Group F as they sit four points off second with three matches remaining.Strachan insists his team are confident of turning their three-match unbeaten run in qualifying into a potential World Cup berth.”We never felt out of it. Over the last 18 months it has been changing in terms of energy,” he said.”Players are playing at a high level, Celtic players are playing European football. It shows if you play at that level, your game will come on.”Scotland are back in action on Monday as they host struggling Malta, who lost 4-0 to England in the group’s other match.last_img read more

Maersk to Consider Splitting Its Operations?

first_imgzoom Danish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Group is considering a number of strategic and structural options, one of which might be splitting up the group’s operations, according to Bloomberg.The company’s business units are self-running, therefore the group is looking where to go next, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Michael Pram Rasmussen, told Bloomberg.Maersk Group’s Board of Directors will now review whether to continue operating with five distinct businesses together or whether it should split.The Maersk Group is made up of five core businesses which include Maersk Line, APM Terminals, Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling and APM Shipping Services.The announcement follows Maersk’s latest shift in management as the group appointed Søren Skou as new Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, replacing Nils S. Andersen, effective July 1, 2016.Skou has been a member of the Executive Board of A.P. Møller – Mærsk since 2006, and in 2012, he was appointed CEO of Maersk Line.For now, Skou will continue to hold his position of Maersk Line CEO in addition to his new role.Following the announcement, Maersk Group’s shares surged by 12 percent.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NITC Ready for EU MRV

first_imgzoom National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) has prepared its fleet to comply with the European Union’s (EU) shipping monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) regulation, Tasnim news agency reported citing NITC.As informed, NITC was awarded MRV compliance certificate.The implementation of the EU MRV is fast approaching, mandating the monitoring, reporting and verification of the CO2 emissions from ships larger than 5,000 gross tons that call at ports in the EU region.The EU regulation entered into force on July 1, 2015 and it requires shipowners and operators to prepare a monitoring plan for each of their ships that falls under the scope of the regulation. The monitoring plan needs to be signed off by an independent verifier.Data collection takes place on a per voyage basis and starts on January 1, 2018. It will reoccur annually, from Jan 1 to Dec 31.According to Akbar Jabal-Ameli, NITC’s technical and operations director, cited by the agency, the company’s 41 tankers joined the scheme as part of its efforts to improve the environmental status of its fleet.The move is in line with NITC’s substantial comeback to the European ports following lifting of sanctions against Iran in January 2016.Earlier this year Mohammad Reza Shams Dolatabadi, NITC’s head of international affairs, said that NITC was looking into the acquisition of LNG tankers in the upcoming three to five years.According to Dolatabadi, the company is eager to renew its fleet and is working on a five-year plan that will include purchasing of new tonnage and dismantling of outdated vessels, but without a major change to the fleet’s capacity.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Minister To Host Shelburne Meeting

first_imgJustice Minister Michael Baker and three of his cabinetcolleagues will travel to Shelburne on Monday, April 5 to meetwith local government and economic development officials aboutthe future of the Shelburne Youth Facility campus. “When I spoke with concerned parties before we announced theclosure of the Shelburne campus, I committed to involving othermembers of cabinet in a broader discussion about the region’seconomic strategy,” said the minister. “We appreciate the chanceto further that consultation, by meeting with community leaderswho have such an important role to play in the region’s economicfuture.” The province announced on Feb. 10 that the almost empty youthcentre would close. The two remaining youths in the facility havesince been transferred to the Nova Scotia Youth Facility inWaterville. The Shelburne facility officially closes on April 1. Mr. Baker will be accompanied by Economic Development MinisterErnest Fage, Human Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, andEducation Minister Jamie Muir. Other people expected toparticipate include MLA Cecil O’Donnell and representatives from the Town of Shelburne, Town of Lockeport, Municipality of theDistrict of Shelburne, the Southwest Shore Development Authorityand the Shelburne and Area Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

Five lingering questions from the end of Mark Normans criminal case

first_imgOTTAWA — Now that public prosecutors have decided to stay a breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, here are five questions Canadians don’t have full answers to:1) What was the evidence that got Norman’s charge stayed?The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said it received information in late March from Norman’s legal team that, upon review with the evidence the RCMP provided, led them to believe there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in the case. In court, the Crown said the new information provided greater context about Norman’s conduct and “revealed a number of complexities” prosecutors hadn’t previously known about. Defence lawyer Marie Henein suggested that it’s related to the previous Conservative government’s negotiations of the supply-ship deal with Chantier Davie shipyard.The information, however, hasn’t been made public. Nor was there an indication about why the information didn’t arrive sooner, or why it took another month before prosecutors decided to stay the case. At a press conference, Norman called the procurement system complicated and obtuse and an ugly process that is difficult to explain at the best of times.2) What was in that 60-page memo dealing with the Norman case that the top civil servant sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year?Norman’s legal team wanted to see what was in the memo, believing the information would help his defence. According to the government, it was information subject to solicitor-client privilege, which is the reason cited for keeping its contents secret. A witness in Norman’s pre-trial hearings suggested the memo actually originated with the Privy Council Office’s top legal officer but passed through Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick because that’s how memorandums from the public service formally get to the prime minister’s desk. But it’s not clear what the memo said specifically about Norman’s case.Of note is that Wernick has public said that in October 2018 he decided to let the court make the final call on what ordinarily secret cabinet information could be released to the defence team.3) Now that one legal fight is over, will Norman start another one?Although the government plans to cover Norman’s legal fees, he could sue the government in civil court over the handling of his case. The RCMP and government are the targets of a civil suit from Sen. Mike Duffy, who alleges his rights were abused in an investigation of his Senate expenses — which led to criminal charges of which he was acquitted.Henein said Wednesday that Norman’s criminal case had just ended minutes before and she and her client would make a decision at another time about whether to file a similar civil suit.4) Does Mark Norman go back to work? And in what role?Norman was suspended as the vice-chief of the defence staff at the start of 2017, and then officially shuffled out of the assignment and replaced by Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk the following year. He has been in a “supernumerary position” within the defence chief’s office since June 2018.Norman said he is ready to go back to work — he joked about sorting out his building pass — but in what capacity is unclear. Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, will make that decision.5) What happens to the other criminal trial over a shipbuilding leak?Matthew Matchett’s case remains open and the federal prosecution service reiterated Wednesday that it’s a wholly separate proceeding. Matchett was suspended in October 2018 from his job as a procurement officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada after his name came up in a submission Norman’s legal team made. He was charged in February with one count of breach of trust.Documents relevant to Norman’s case — including some that weren’t made public — could yet come out in Matchett’s trial. His case is in a similar state as Norman’s was before Wednesday, with the Crown and defence going over documents to determine what is relevant evidence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

MMIW gathering in Vancouver focuses on children abused in care

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsHundreds gathered at the annual Sisters in Spirit candle light vigil in Vancouver and listened to families speak about their missing loved ones.But the latest report by the British Columbia’s Child Advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was on everyone’s mind.The report found dozens of Indigenous girls in care have been sexually abused.See related stories here: #MMIWG thouse@aptn.calast_img

Amit Shah to address 2 meetings at Cooch Behar & Raigunj on March 30

first_imgKolkata: BJP national president Amit Shah will address two meetings at Cooch Behar and Raigunj on March 30. He will again address a public rally on April 3 in North Bengal. Narendra Modi is likely to address two meetings at Siliguri and Kolkata on April 3, while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also address public meetings. However, the time of Modi’s address in the two cities has not yet been finalised. In Raigunj, BJP candidate Nimu Bhowmick got over 2 lakh votes in 2014. There will be a four-way fight in the constituency with Mohammed Salim of CPI(M) and Deepa Das Munshi of Congress will be fighting against Kanaia Lal Agarwal of Trinamool Congress. In 2014, Das Munshi had got 3.15 lakh votes, while Salim had got 3.17 lakh. In Cooch Behar, Paresh Chandra Adhikary, former minister in the Left Front regime, has been nominated by Trinamool Congress.last_img read more

Casablanca to host MEPI Student Leaders Alumni Professional Development Conference

first_imgBy by Abderrahim Boualy – CasablancaThe U.S. Department of State will hold the MEPI Student Leaders Alumni Professional Development Conference for the alumni of the 2013 program in Morocco.  The conference will take place in Casablanca, Morocco from February 21-25, 2014. The MEPI program stands for Middle East Partnership Initiative. Student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa will attend the conference to increase professional skills and enrich leadership development in addition to exploring issues, challenges and strategies related to community projects and civil society with experts from a wide variety fields.Most importantly, the conference will be a great forum of exchanging, discussing, and exploring new ideas with future leaders.Future leaders will meet to discuss their service projects together with professionals. It will be chance for them to showcase their projects during a poster gallery session.Every year the US department of state organizes the reunion meeting for MEPI alumni’s in different countries. This year, Morocco will be the destination for the most active 2013 alumni to showcase their ideas and put their plans into action.MEPI offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to create positive change in their societies. Every year since 2002, MEPI program train students from Middle East and North Africa and offers grants for their projects.February 21st will be the date when Middle East and North Africa future leaders are going to meet once again to share, discuss and talk about their leadership experiences after MEPI program. The development conference will be a chance for MEPI 2013 alumni to develop their thought, projects and leadership skills.Ashraf Bin Saeed Aden, 21 years old from Yemen, said, “MEPI program changed my vision about different aspects of life. I’m glad that I’m applying what I have learned from various classes, seminars and site visits to organizations in the US”, Ashraf added.Ashraf showed his excitement about the Casablanca MEPI reunion meeting saying, “I will meet with my second family and, as always, I’m expecting the best when we have the chance to be under the supervision of great coordinators and the US Department of State.”Subsequently, MEPI alumni have entered the implementation phase of their service projects. Thus, the conference will try to make plans into the reality. The conference is a tool to inspire and motivate future leaders how to positively contribute in their communities by taking actions.From the first week after MEPI adventure, future leaders started to count the days left to the reunion conference. In fact, they have been waiting for six months to meet each other again.Mutasem halawani, 22 years old from East Jerusalem also Georgetown university 2013 MEPI alumni said, “I learned that I have an impact on my society, and I can do a lot for it. I’m sure it would be breath having a reunion meeting with my old friends.”Karim Gabrial from Syria expressed that MEPI program was an opportunity to have a wider sense of responsibility and take significant roles in our community. “It was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life, knowing people from all over the Arab world were an honor for me,” Karim said.Belkhatir Djamila from Remchi, Tlemcen, Algeria, 21 years old said, “I gained a lot from the MEPI program including confidence, communication skills and higher abilities for tolerance.The experience was very overwhelming to the extent that at the end of it, I felt like a new person, changed for the good. It was truly unforgettable. My expectation would be to have as much skills as possible about how to manage a big community project and how to organize myself to do so.”Edited by Allison Kreamer© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

First Dance on stage at Brock

A Canadian play about same-sex marriage will be stepping onto the stage at Brock’s Studio Theatre this month.First Dance, a play set just months after same-sex marriage became legal in Canada, tells the story of a man about to marry his partner trying to devise the couple’s traditional first dance. Through ballroom dance and theatre, his journey as a gay man is explored through the challenge of creating a dance for a ritual that has no history.The play will be performed Sept. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. by the Tottering Biped Theatre company. Brock alumni Jeff Fox stars in the play written by Lisa O’Connell and co-starring Trevor Copp.O’Connell got the idea to pen a play after attending a small LGTB-oriented performance festival where she saw Fox and Copp, two male champion ballroom dancers, demonstrate ‘Liquid Lead,’ a unique dance that the two developed in which the lead and follow switch seamlessly throughout the dance. It’s a form that they view as more in keeping with a modern relationship of give and take as opposed to the classic male/lead and female/follow formula.Over the course of a year, Lisa interviewed Trevor and Jeff as they spoke of their experiences as gay adolescents, ballroom dancers and friends. Those interviews became the raw material for First Dance.To reserve tickets, email read more

CJIA puts its boarding facilities to the test

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) today (Friday) tested its boarding facilities where the Boarding Corridor and one of the boarding bridges were used by passengers for the first time.At the time, the passengers were departing on a Caribbean Airlines flight.According to a brief report by the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Bridge test was successfully executed by employees of CJIA’s Engineering and Technical Department (ETD) who were able to put their skills to the test after undergoing training over the past two weeks by the contractor; China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).On completion of the expansion project, it is expected to yield two air passenger boarding bridges for passengers’ arrival and departure; a 450-person seating departure area; escalators and elevators, in addition to its extended runway that would cater for larger categories of aircraft.(Photos by DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew arrival terminals for CJIA open officiallySeptember 22, 2018In “Business”Patterson says CJIA’s new arrival building to be completed in JuneApril 25, 2018In “Business”CPL, Oil rush sends airport arrivals through the roofSeptember 25, 2017In “Business” read more

Police in Mozambique investigate death of Irishman William Deasy

first_imgPOLICE IN MOZAMBIQUE are investigating the death of an Irishman who died while working on a construction project in Mozambique yesterday.William Deasy, 32 and originally from Cork, was originally said to have been shot while working on a project for Kentz Engineering in Moma in north-eastern Mozambique.However, it has emerged that he was the victim of a serious assault.Deasy’s death is now being investigated by police in Mozambique with his family not wishing to comment further while an investigation is under way.A statement from Kentz said: “Kentz confirms the death of a team member, who was on project assignment in Mozambique. The individual was a 32 year old Irish man and his family have been informed, we are in close contact with them during this dreadful time.“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and express our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of our deceased team member. A full investigation is under way by local police authorities in Mozambique.”A spokeswoman for Kentz said this morning that the company had no further comment to make in relation to the death of their employee.The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it had been in touch with Deasy’s family and was providing consular assistance through its ambassador in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 30 Lots Of Serious Crashes Driver Issued Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, January 30, 2019:Wilmington Police assisted State Police with locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run on 93 North. (12:06am)Francisco Aviles (37, Boston) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked License and Failure To Stop/Yield. (6:14am)Police issued a verbal warning to a driver for failure to clear ice and snow from vehicle. (8:35am)Police and Fire responded to a multiple vehicle crash in high speed lane on 93 South, near Exit 41. One injury noted. (9:17am)A 3-vehicle crash took place in front of Route 38 Smoke Shop. Two vehicles towed. No injuries noted. (1:25pm)A walk-in party reported fraudulent charges on her bank account. (5:41pm)A car rolled over on 93 South, before Exit 41. State Police handled the scene. (10:04pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 30: Teens Misbehaving At Silver Lake; Coyote Spotted In Town Hall Parking LotIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Ferry Dock In Skagway Sinks

first_imgThe AMHS dock in Skagway sank overnight. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)The Skagway ferry terminal dock is fully submerged, according to state transportation officials.Download AudioDOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says an engineer is on his way to Skagway to find out what happened. Apparently the dock started to sink overnight and by early this morning it was totally underwater.The 160 foot by 120 foot dock is about 12-feet deep. It is made of 24 individual concrete chambers.“The words that the engineer used is he’s perplexed,” Woodrow says. “We actually have inspected everyone of those individual chambers in the last year and there was no indication of any wear.”Woodrow says the cause of the collapse remains a mystery until an engineer gets on site and a diver gets an underwater look.No ferries are scheduled into Skagway today (Thursday), but the LeConte is to sail there tomorrow. Woodrow says marine highway officials are working out a plan.This is a breaking story. Check back for details.Note:  Previous reports indicated the dock had collapsed. That connotes structural failure and DOT’s Woodrow says the extent of the damage is still unknown.last_img read more

New Covey Cafe gives atrisk youth a chance to shine

first_imgTobias Lazer, a youth barista at Covey Cafe. (Photo by Kendalyn McKisick.)For the next few weeks, Alaska Public Media is collaborating with residents of Covenant House to write stories about young people and finding jobs. It’s part of our project Alaska @ Work. Find out more here.This story was written and produced by Josh Watson and Daytan Long.At Covenant House, a new coffee shop is trying to launch people into the workforce and adulthood.An espresso machine expels steam in a loud gush as Katie Thaggard teaches an intern to make coffee at the new Covey Cafe inside the Covenant House, a youth crisis center in downtown Anchorage.She bangs the heavy metal filter filled with coffee grounds against the counter and explains, “What you’re doing there is knocking all the air out.”The cafe officially opened in January but Thaggard, the cafe supervisor, started training young people there about a month earlier.“The intent is to give everybody great coffee. We all need coffee everyday,” she jokes. “But it really is to train kids so they can go out and get jobs other places.”The internships are six weeks long but could be extended or discontinued depending on how committed the interns are to the project. Thaggard says they learn skills they can use elsewhere, such as working under supervisors and with other employees. She’s seen her interns grow in their skills.Katie Thaggard manages the new Covey Cafe and teaches youth interns. (Photo by Kim Miller.)“Definitely a lot more confidence in themselves and what they’re doing,” she says. “A lot more ease speaking with strangers that just come in, people they aren’t familiar with has been a big change.”Tobias Lazer, a youth intern, says he wasn’t really interested in the job at first but it seemed like a good opportunity.“As somebody who has maybe some time management and stress management issues and is going to school, a job where they could be a lenient or they are okay with me working kinda limited hours, really sounded ideal,” Lazer explained.Then it turned out doing things like managing multiple orders felt natural and comfortable to him.“Once I realized that I liked making coffee, liked this kind of career path,” Lazer says he became much more enthusiastic. “And I’m kind of building customer service skills as well as learning to make coffee which is nice, because I’ve been kind of antisocial in the past.”Lazer is training to manage the Covey Cafe and plans to use these skills to work at another coffee shop in the future.last_img read more

BNP to hold May Day rally

first_imgLogo of BNPDenied permission for a workers’ rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, the BNP’s labour wing Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal has decided to bring out a rally in the city on Tuesday, marking the May Day.Sramik Dal general secretary Nurul Islam Khan announced the programme at press briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday, reports UNB.He said they earlier sought permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) through a letter for holding a meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan over the International Workers’ Day on Tuesday. “They still didn’t respond to it.”Under the circumstances, Khan said, “We’ve decided to take out a workers’ rally from in front of our Nayapaltan central office at 11am on the May Day.”He said they have already informed the DMP authorities about bringing out the rally.Speaking at the programme, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said it is regrettable that the government did not allow the Sramik Dal to hold the meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan on the International Workers’ Day. “They didn’t give the permission as the word Jatiyatabadi is tagged with Sramik Dal.”He said Awami League does not allow its opponents to hold any public rally as it fears people and their gatherings. “It’s an anti-people and anti-workers government.”Rizvi strongly condemned and protested the government’s decision of not allowing Sramik Dal to hold meeting.Earlier on 21 April, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan announced that Sramik Dal would hold a workers’ meeting at historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on 1 May.The International Workers’ Day, falls on 1 May, will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world on Tuesday amid various programmes highlighting the worker’s rights and safety at workplaces.last_img read more

UK angered Russia blaming Putin for poisoning spy

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May visits the city where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent, in Salisbury, Britain on 15 March 2018. ReutersBritain provoked Russia’s wrath on Friday by directly implicating Vladimir Putin in the poisoning attack on an ex-double agent, with the Kremlin saying the claims were “shocking and unforgivable”.The war of words between Moscow and London over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy escalated as Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his government’s “quarrel” was with Putin rather than the Russian people.“We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War,” Johnson said in London.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded saying Johnson’s claims violated all rules of diplomatic protocol.Linking Putin to the attack on Sergei Skripal, who moved to Britain in a 2010 spy swap, “is nothing but shocking and unforgivable behaviour from the point of view of diplomacy”, Peskov told Russian news agencies.The crisis has unravelled in the thick of Russia’s presidential campaign, with Putin expected to win a fourth Kremlin term on Sunday.In a rare joint statement, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the United States on Thursday condemned the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia-both in a critical but stable condition in hospital-as an “assault on UK sovereignty”.They said there “no plausible alternative explanation” for the use of the Soviet-designed nerve agent other than Russian responsibility.Police officer Nick Bailey, who initially attended to the Skripals, was also in hospital in a critical state, though conscious, but his health has improved and he is now in a stable condition, England’s health service said Friday.Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, told Channel 4 television that Britain’s response to the attack was a “gross provocation”.He branded the British investigation “untransparent and secret”, adding that there was “no proof” that Skripal was gravely ill.Moscow opens probes -The Kremlin has vehemently denied it had a hand in the poisoning of its former spy in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.London’s key allies have closed ranks against Putin after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contacts, among other measures.On Friday, Russia said it could hit back at Britain at “any minute” with its own raft of punitive measures.The Kremlin has indicated it would expel British diplomats in a riposte to London’s move as well as adopt other measures that would “most suit Moscow’s interests”.“All the steps will be well thought out,” Peskov said.Meanwhile the Investigative Committee, which reports to Putin, opened a probe into the “attempted premeditated murder” of Skripal’s daughter, a Russian national, which it said had been “carried out in a way that was dangerous to the public”.At the same time a separate probe was opened into the mysterious death of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who was found dead at his London home this week.London’s Metropolitan Police later announced their own murder investigation, saying Glushkov had suffered compression of the neck.Scepticism in Russia -Putin has barely weighed in on the row, telling a BBC reporter this week: “Sort things out from your side and then we will discuss this with you.”Russia insists it had no motive to target Skripal with what Britain says was a highly potent Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok, in the first such attack in Europe since World War II.Skripal had taken his daughter, who was on a visit from Moscow, out for lunch before they both collapsed on a bench.Many Russians remain sceptical that the state was responsible and some analysts have not ruled out the involvement of ordinary criminals or rogue agents.The incident revived memories of the fate of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who died of Polonium radiation poisoning in a 2006 attack in Britain that London blamed on Moscow.EU president Donald Tusk said Friday that the bloc would discuss the attack at a Brussels summit next week, adding it would send a “clear message”.‘We don’t want Cold War’ -Vil Mirzayanov, a Soviet-era chemist who helped create Novichok but later revealed the existence of Moscow’s classified programme, said terrorists could not produce it.“To create its components one needs powerful labs and very experienced personnel which only exist in several countries,” the now US-based whistleblower told opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.Britain on Friday said that it had invited the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to take a sample of the poison for analysis, under Article 8 of the Chemical Weapons Convention.May warned more measures could follow against Russia, noting that the US-led NATO alliance and the UN Security Council had discussed the attack.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russia while expressing support for Britain’s stance.“We don’t want a new Cold War,” he told BBC radio.last_img