Sound can make or break your project, so be sure to work through this checklist before recording audio on your next shoot.Cover image via guruXOX.It’s an unfortunate fact that audio concerns are often not the highest priority on a video production set. Other issues like lighting, composition, and camera movement often come first — along with slightly more annoying things like actors’ requests for more Pellegrino in their trailers.However, good audio is the difference between successful projects and bad ones, so if you’re getting started in the audio recording world, check out the items on this list before you record again.1. Room ToneImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Room tone is one of the first things you should check when you arrive on set. (But it’s also important to keep tabs on it throughout production — especially right before you record.) To combat unnecessary tones in your audio edit, record at least a minute or so of uninterrupted room tone before your shot.2. Check ConnectionsImage via Dja65.Just like recording digital video, digital audio recording requires lots of wires, ports, and connections, which need to be plugged in and adequately secured. XLR connections are ideal for their sturdiness, but when you’re dealing with smaller audio jacks and headphones, be sure to make sure everything is set.Pro-tip: when investigating audio level problems, checking connections should always be your first step.3. Auto vs. ManualImage via sefoma.Depending on your setup and the size of your crew, you’ll need to make a decision about recording audio levels manually or with “auto” settings. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both of these options — auto is convenient but not always perfect, and manual is not always reliable either. Regardless of your choice, double-check your selection before recording, and make sure you’ve got someone monitoring your recording with a pair of headphones.4. Reading Audio MetersImage via nikkytok.By the same token, even if you go with auto level recording, you still need someone reading and monitoring the audio meters. Your biggest concern will be avoiding peaking (or making sure levels don’t stay too low). Here’s a great resource on setting audio levels and other best practices.5. Boom PlacementImage via guruXOX.If you have decided to use a boom microphone as part of your audio recording setup, choosing your boom microphone, boom pole, and boom pole holder are your next step. Here’s a great in-depth article about all things boom, but for our purposes, once you have the right tools for the job, you need to decide on your placement. Ideally, you’ll have your boom operator holding the boom above your subject. However, when this is not feasible, you can boom up from below.6. Protection from the ElementsImage via artestudio8.The elements are always a major concern for audio recording equipment. The biggest factor is often wind, which can come out of nowhere at any moment. Adding “dead cats” and other windshields becomes a necessity, but so does locational awareness and using things like natural enclosures and screens to reduce noise. Even when you’re indoors, you need to take things like heat and cold into consideration — along with external noises like appliances, air conditioning, and foot traffic.7. Phantom or Battery PowerImage via Jeff Baumgart.Depending on your microphones and audio recorders, you may have several different power sources to consider. You also have to decide which pieces of gear you want to power with batteries versus phantom power (which draws power directly through an attachment to a camera or audio recorder). Once you’ve decided on all your gear, you’ll need to keep plenty of different batteries handy as backups (and chargers).8. Microphone Level vs. Line LevelImage via YunJun CHO.When you’re planning out your audio recording workflow, consider whether or not you’ll be sending a line level or microphone level into your camera or audio recorder. Line level is generally better, as it’s much higher than a mic level and will yield a better signal-to-noise ratio. However, when you go through a mixer, be sure to check whether or not your camera or audio recorder accepts line levels.9. HeadphonesImage via AtomStudios.Finally, when you’re recording audio on set, it’s very important to have a good pair of quality headphones to monitor sound in real time. Whether you’re manning a boom pole yourself or sitting at a mixer, you’ll obviously need headphones to focus on the stereo channels. Keep plenty of headphone jack adapters handy in case you need to go directly into an XLR. And always, when navigating audio problems, make sure your headphones are properly plugged in before you go looking for other problems.For more resources on audio recording, check out some of these articles, or tune in to our Audio Recording Archives.Audio Tips for DSLR Filmmakers9 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsAudio Automation Can Save You Hours in Premiere ProPiece Together a Pro Boom Mic for Around $500The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio
(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs and quotes) Kolkata, Aug 23 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today launched the host city logo of Kolkata, the venue for the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, and said FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be extended the status of a “state guest”. “The FIFA president will be our state guest. This was decided in the meeting today,” Mamata told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna on the sidelines of the logo launch with tournament director Javier Ceppi. “We are really grateful to host this major tournament here. We are proud and deeply honoured to host such a tournament,” Mamata said thanking FIFA for choosing the city as one of the host cities and for the coveted final of the October 6-28 tournament. The renovated Salt Lake Stadium is being given finishing touches and will be handed over to FIFA by September 10, Ceppi said. “The facilities have been hugely renovated and if you havent visited the stadium in one and a half years and go now, you will not recognise the stadium. “It is a world class facility at this point of time. We are now waiting for the hand over of the venue, likely on September 10,” the Chilean said. The logo, a representation of the states heritage and the official emblem for the tournament will form an essential link in the promotions and communications regarding the host city. It will be important in building anticipation and interest for the event at a local level. “We are extremely pleased to announce Kolkata as the first city to launch the host city logo today. Its a momentous occasion,” Ceppi said. “It is for the first time that a city has been connected to a FIFA tournament through its distinguished image. We are extremely happy that this is happening in Kolkata which will also be hosting the FIFA headquarters, referees headquarters, the international broadcasting centre and it is the city from which the most tickets have been sold. “So we hope that Salt Lake stadium will be full. We appreciate the support of the state government to project Kolkata as a sporting capital of India, as a sporting capital of Asia and hopefully as a sporting capital of the world.” Also present at the launch were Project Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 – Joy Bhattacharjya, and minister of sports and youth affairs for the state of West Bengal, Aroop Biswas. The stadium will host 10 matches including the final, which means the winner of the first FIFA tournament in the country will be crowned in Kolkata. PTI SCH TAP AH AHadvertisement
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is unique in that devices that compose industrial control systems are often insecure due to limitations in their design and capability. On top of this, the protocols used to communicate are not secure, with a dangerous reliance on physical security (e.g., keeping devices on a local network). System-level implementation of security is required as part of secure software design and development. Static analysis tools are useful in improving software security and — in this article — we’ll look at how that applies to IIOT devices.Related posts: A Four Step Guide to Improving IoT Device Security 10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015 6 Challenges to Adopting Industrial IoT The Industrial Internet of Things Promises Safety Wins but Security Risks Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, Security IIOT device security challenges Industrial devices suffer the same challenges as all IoT devices, such as being increasingly targeted by attackers, having traditionally poor built-in security, and having large deployments of legacy devices, all while increasing machine-to-machine connectivity and being brought into the IoT “fold.”But IIoT devices are also unique as follows:They are hardware-limited in terms of processing capabilities for many modern security features, such as encryption, networks stacks, and built-in firewalls.They often control critical infrastructure, which makes the possible outcomes of cyber-attacks much more serious.Industrial controllers and SCADA systems have different communication protocols and standards than home or office devices.Various other factors, including extremely long product lifecycles and difficulty in updating firmware and hardware compared to other devices.These additional challenges exacerbate the security challenge for IIoT development teams.Four steps to improve IIoT security Our previous post on a four-step improvement process for IoT devices applies equally to IIoT devices with extra consideration for the aforementioned challenges. Incorporating the following four major steps into an embedded software-development process can improve security (and quality) for highly-connected devices.A four-step security and quality assurance process for IIoT devices(Source: GrammaTech) The four-step process, in summary, is a follows: (1) design with a security-first philosophy, (2) use and repeat system-wide threat assessments and analysis, (3) leverage tools as much as possible, and (4) use advanced source and binary code analysis to ensure the quality and security of third-party code.The role of static analysis tools in improving IIoT device security Static analysis tools like GrammaTech’s CodeSonar provide critical support in the coding and integration phases of development. Ensuring continuous code quality in both the development and maintenance phases greatly reduces the costs and risks of security and quality issues in software. In particular, static analysis provides some of the following benefits:Continuous source-code quality and security assurance: As each new code block is written (file or function), it can be scanned by static analysis tools, thereby detecting errors and vulnerabilities (and maintaining secure coding standards, discussed below) in the source before it enters the build system.Tainted data detection and analysis: Analysis of the dataflows from “sources” (i.e., interfaces) to “sinks” (where data gets used in a program) is critical in detecting potential vulnerabilities from tainted data (containing potential exploit payloads).Assessing the quality and security of third-party code: Most projects are not greenfield development and require the use of existing code within a company or from a third party. Performing testing and dynamic analysis on a large existing codebase is hugely time-consuming and may exceed the limits on the budget and schedule. Static analysis is particularly suited to analyzing large codebases and providing meaningful errors and warnings that indicate both security and quality issues. CodeSonar’s binary analysis can analyze binary-only libraries and provide similar reports as source analysis when source is not available. In addition, binary analysis can work in a mixed source and binary mode to detect errors in the usage of external binary libraries from the source code.Secure coding standard enforcement: Static analysis tools analyze source syntax and can be used to enforce coding standards. Various code security guidelines are available, such as SEI CERT C and Microsoft’s Secure Coding Guidelines.As part of a complete tools suite, static analysis provides key capabilities that other tools cannot. The payback for adopting static analysis is the early detection of errors and vulnerabilities that traditional testing tools may miss. This helps ensure a high level of quality and security on an on-going basis.Conclusion Incorporating a security-first design philosophy with formal threat assessments and automated tools will allow machine-to-machine (M2M) and IIoT device manufacturers to produce devices that are better secured against the accelerating threats on the Internet.Modifying an existing successful software-development process that includes security at the early stages of product development is key. A smart use of automated tools to both develop new code and to secure existing and third-party code allows development teams to meet strict budget and schedule constraints. Static analysis of both source and binaries plays a key role in a security-first development toolset.Marc Brown is CMO and VP of Strategic Business Development at GrammaTech. Marc brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience to his role as Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining GrammaTech, Marc was the Group VP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Polycom, where he helped define and market Polycom’s Workplace of the Future.Prior to Polycom, Marc spent several years in the embedded software markets with Intel, Wind River Systems, and IBM, leading several marketing teams. Earlier in his career, Marc was a software engineer with Corning Research and GE Aerospace. Continue Reading Previous IoT security: when X.509 certificate authentication may not workNext My most influential ICs
Olympique Marseille Evra thanks ‘real’ Marseille fans after ‘get out’ banner Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 07:10 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Olympique Marseille Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille UEFA Europa League Olympique Marseille v Caen Ligue 1 A section of L’OM fans held up signs telling the under-fire defender that they do not want him “wearing our colours” and to “get out” of Ligue 1 Patrice Evra thanked “real” Marseille supporters for their support after large banners unfurled at the Stade Velodrome told him to “get out” during Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Caen in Ligue 1.Marseille suspended Evra after he appeared to aim a kick at the head of one of his own club’s fans prior to their Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday.Marseille 33/1 to win EL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The altercation came after the 36-year-old – who became the first player to be red carded before kick-off in a Europa League match – was subjected to unkind chants from OM supporters, believed to be unhappy with his social media antics amid disappointing on-field performances.Further displeasure with Evra was expressed during Marseille’s emphatic victory over visiting Caen, which the full-back watched from home.Signs held up behind the goal read: “You thought you were above the institution OM and its supporters. We don’t want you wearing our colours. Evra get out!”Evra, who was given a one-match ban by UEFA and faces a hearing, congratulated Marseille on their win and appeared to aim a dig at those criticising him.”Great result tonight well done guys I’m really proud of you,” he wrote in an Instagram post.”Thanks to all real Olympique Marseille fans. I’m receiving so much support from them.”
Mexico stayed alive at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Raul Jimenez’s first-half goal had put Gerardo Martino’s side ahead at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.However, Bryan Ruiz’s controversial second-half penalty drew Costa Rica level and a shoot-out followed despite chances for both sides. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save late in extra time and again in the shoot-out, denying Keysher Fuller to claim a 5-4 success.¡A SEMIFINALES! @CocaColaMx y @PoweradeMx te dejan el marcador final del duelo Costa Rica en la Oro.#PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/zITjoseeJl— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 30, 2019Despite a lively start by both teams, there were few chances at either end until Costa Rica threatened just after the half-hour mark.Celso Borges stepped up to curl a 25-yard free-kick just wide, before the midfielder later hit the post, although the move was flagged offside anyway.Instead, Mexico took the lead just before half-time through Jimenez.Jimenez’s initial strike after a Rodolfo Pizarro cross from the left was blocked, but he produced a composed finish from inside the area to make it 1-0.Costa Rica found a way back into the game early in the second half after a controversial penalty decision.Luis Rodriguez was ruled to have brought down Joel Campbell, who was about to shoot, although replays showed he got the ball and any contact appeared to occur just outside the area.Still, Ruiz made the most of the chance from the penalty spot, converting to bring Costa Rica level.That seemed to bring Mexico back to life as Jimenez forced a fine save from Leonel Moreira before also shooting wide in the 62nd minute.In what was an end-to-end finish to the 90 minutes, Mexico almost found a winner through substitute Carlos Rodriguez, who hit the crossbar from close range.The chances continued in extra time, the best falling for Jonathan McDonald, whose powerful low strike was well saved by Ochoa in the 108th minute.Jimenez had a penalty saved to begin the shoot-out but Mexico recovered, Randall Leal missing the target before Ochoa superbly denied Fuller. What does it mean? Mexico find a way, but only justIt looked like Martino’s perfect record at the helm was coming to an end as Mexico fell behind in the shoot-out. However, after seven wins from as many games under Martino heading into their meeting with Costa Rica, Mexico found a way again.Ochoa steps up at key momentMexico only got to penalties thanks to Ochoa, who did well to deny McDonald in extra time. The goalkeeper then delivered the key save in the shoot-out, diving to his right to deny Fuller.Martino mistake for MexicoThey edged into the semi-finals, but Mexico will need to find a way without Martino in the last four. The coach picked up his second yellow card of the tournament during extra time and is suspended.What’s next?Mexico will face surprise semi-finalists Haiti on Tuesday, while Costa Rica look ahead to a friendly against Uruguay in September. read more
Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church.Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.“So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.She explained that the intent is to host a series of registration fairs across the island as part of the Agency’s drive “to register all unregistered persons in Jamaica, as there are persons who are not accounted for – they do not have an identity; they were born but were never, ever registered.”“So, there is no name at registration, just the sex of male or female, the date and where they were born. Also there are persons who were given a first name but no surname, and that is not acceptable now. We cannot print or generate a birth certificate without a name or surname on it, and so the registration process would be deemed incomplete in these instances,” she pointed out.For the fair, Mrs. Whyte said that persons will be required to present whatever documents they possess that can be used as verification, in addition to completing a form.“If persons have access to their christening records, a marriage certificate, if any of their parents is deceased and they have the death certificate, immunisation card, or school records… whatever they have as proof of name or to substantiate who they say they are, will be accepted and used in the registration process,” she pointed out.Persons will also need to indicate which of the RGD offices they will collect the certificate when the process is completed.Highlighting the importance of registration, Mrs. Whyte pointed out that a birth certificate is needed, in order to obtain other important documents.“So you need a birth certificate in order to obtain a passport, tax registration number (TRN), to apply and get benefits from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), or for persons who are working and approaching retirement, they need their birth certificate in order to access their pension,” she noted.“Also, in preparation for the National Identification System (NIDS), persons will need their birth certificate to get their national identification. So we ask persons if they know they are not registered, they need to start the process of registration now,” the Marketing and Planning Manager urged.At the fair, persons may also be able to access all other services such as applying for a birth, marriage or death certificate; correction of error; addition of father’s particulars, at the regular cost.Persons who are already registered, but need another copy of their birth certificate, can also access the service at a cost.This is the second, in a series of registration fairs, with the first held in June 2018 in Linstead, St. Catherine.“The first fair was an overwhelming success, so we are expecting a similar or bigger turnout for this our second staging, and will continue to have as many as possible across the island, as we find that persons like when you take things almost to their doorsteps,” Mrs. Whyte pointed out.The fair will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information on dates and locations of the fairs, members of the public can contact the RGD at 876-619-1260 or 749-0550. “So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.
zoom Drydocks World has announced the signing of an agreement with Kleindienst Group to provide a complete range of offshore marine and operational management solutions for their The Heart of Europe project.The Heart of Europe project computer renderingThe project comprises of a cluster of six islands owned by the group on The World project in Dubai.Drydocks World will offer high-end technical and operational support to the development of the islands, including managing the dredging operations.The company will also provide comprehensive and integrated offshore marine based utilities solutions for electricity generation, water and sewage treatment plants for the islands.Design and supply of appropriate equipment, and deploying technical teams for operational management are other aspects that will be implemented.The Kleindienst Group will lease land at Dubai Maritime City, from which to base their logistic and marine based operations from. “Our agreement with Drydocks World is an important and significant step forward for The Heart of Europe project. It incorporates three key elements for collaboration in the future: Drydocks World will build our marine based utilities solutions, which includes the critical infrastructure for electricity, water and sewage; they will provide us with prime plots for our working barges within Maritime City; and, they will manage our ongoing dredging efforts around the islands,” said Josef Kleindienst, CEO of Kleindienst Group. “Since construction started on The Heart of Europe project in January this year all of our major transportation requirements have been carried out from Dubai Maritime City. Drydocks World has significant experience in the areas we have agreed to collaborate, and it is one of the world’s few truly specialised shipyards. For example, they recently successfully completed the high-voltage direct current converter platform, DolWin beta.”The Heart of Europe is a first of its kind hospitality development in the world that brings together concepts such as: outdoor climate-controlled areas, rain and snow lined streets, amongst other concepts that draw together the very best of European designs, heritage and entertainment.The project envisages a collection of 6 distinctive islands, each boasting a unique design based on destinations throughout Europe including: Germany, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland, St. Petersburg and the main island – Europe which brings the inspiration from Vienna, Barcelona, Paris and Rome.The islands are linked by unifying architectural principles and characterized by sleek designs inspired by their namesake countries.Press Release; June 25, 2014
Srinagar: Day-time restrictions were eased in most parts of Kashmir on Tuesday but markets remained shut and public transport off the roads for the 30th day since August 5 when the Centre revoked the state’s special status. There were no curbs during the day in over 90 per cent of the Valley with the situation being eased in 92 police station areas in view of the improving situation, officials said. However, many private vehicles were on the road, and inter-district cabs as well as auto-rickshaws were plying in some few areas. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A few vendors put up stalls in Srinagar’s Civil Lines area, including at the Lal Chowk-TRC Chowk-Dalgate axis in the heart of the city, the officials added. They said barricades were removed from most areas of the Valley, but the deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order. Landline telephones, officials said, were restored in 76 of 95 exchanges. However, services continued to be suspended in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave here as well in a few other areas of the Valley, they added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The officials said mobile services and internet, including BSNL’s broadband and private leased-line internet, remained snapped across the Valley, except in the Kupwara and Handwara police station areas. Government offices are fully functional and staff attendance is good too, they said. Over 4,000 primary, middle and high schools were functional in Kashmir. The attendance of teachers has improved and the attendance of children, though low in some places, is also improving, officials added.
TORONTO — Police say a significant development is expected in court today in the case of an alleged serial killer accused of preying on men who disappeared from Toronto’s gay village.Bruce McArthur, 67, faces eight counts of first-degree murder related to men who vanished between 2010 and 2017.Toronto police notified the media about the development on Monday, but declined to comment further.Late last year, McArthur waived his right to a preliminary hearing, opting to go straight to trial.The self-employed landscaper was arrested in January 2018 and eventually charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.The remains of seven men were found in large planters at a residential property in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked, while the remains of an eighth man were found in a nearby ravine.Police have identified the alleged victims as Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.The Canadian Press
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter And then there was one: Jeanne Beker is the winner of Canada Reads 2018, with the book she defended, Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, surviving the final elimination vote on March 29, 2018.The fashion icon and TV host successfully presented her case about why the memoir — which follows Sakamoto‘s maternal grandfather as a Prisoner of War in Japan during the Second World War while his paternal Japanese-Canadian grandmother is interned in Canada — is the one book that will open Canada’s eyes.Beker ultimately bested runner-up American War, Omar El Akkad‘s dystopian novel which was defended by actor Tahmoh Penikett. Beker won in a 3-2 vote on the final day.
Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsThe RCMP have been gathering volunteer samples of DNA from men on Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba hoping it leads to a break in the unsolved murder of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson.The little girl was found murdered nine months ago. It’s believed her killer lives in the community.APTN flew to Garden Hill Friday morning to meet with Teresa’s mother for her first interview since her daughter’s death. Sandra Robinson said she still finds it hard to believe she will never see her girl again.
Washington – US president Barack Obama announced, on Tuesday in Washington, that the upcoming yearly Global entrepreneurship Summit will be held on November 20-21 in Marrakech. This is the first time an African country hosts the event.The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a platform to facilitate the exchange of views and ideas between global business leaders and entrepreneurs and strengthen alliances among entrepreneurs around the world.The GES is a follow-through on President Barack Obama’s emphasis on entrepreneurship as a pillar of U.S. global engagement, underscoring the importance of entrepreneurship as one of the most powerful ways for individuals to improve their own economic circumstances.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims.President Donald Trump has used an array of new and existing sanctions against Iran, North Korea and others. His Treasury Department has targeted thousands of entities with asset freezes and business bans. The State Department has imposed travel bans on foreign government officials and others for human rights abuses and corruption.At the same time, the administration is trying to reduce greatly the amount of U.S. foreign assistance.Experts fear the administration is relying too much on coercion at the expense of co-operation.Matthew Lee, The Associated Press
Jean Arnault, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, told reporters today at a press briefing in Kabul that despite a series of deadly attacks during the election campaign, “Afghans will not let anything stop them from participating.”More than 10 million Afghans are registered to vote in tomorrow’s elections for a national parliament and provincial councils, which are being staged four years after the demise of the notorious Taliban regime and a quarter century of war and misrule in the Asian country.Mr. Arnault said he has witnessed signs of increasing pluralism, greater freedom of assembly and opinion, and the involvement of women – whose rights were severely curtailed under the Taliban – as both candidates and voters.“A sense that the legacy of the rule of the gun can be resisted is now taking root,” he said, noting that Afghans have already successfully elected a transitional authority, adopted a national constitution and then elected a president.But he also expressed outrage at the violence by extremists in the election campaign, including deadly attacks last night on police and security forces. Three police officers were killed when they were ambushed during a patrol just south of Kabul.Mr. Arnault said reconstruction and security continues to lag behind the political advances being made, and the international community must do more to ensure they keep pace with Afghanistan’s increasing democratization.
“The Secretary-General is particularly troubled that the death occurred in the circumstances when, because of the inadmissible restrictions imposed by Eritrea, the medical evacuation of the sick peacekeeper to a hospital required the use of a longer route,” Mr. Annan’s spokesperson said in a formal statement.The peacekeeper, member of the Indian contingent of UNMEE, suffered a cardiac arrest in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between Eritrea and Ethiopia and was pronounced dead after having been evacuated to Addis Ababa.According to UNMEE, Lance Corporal Kamble Ramesh Annappa first succumbed in the early hours of the morning and died soon after arrival at the hospital at 1400 hours local time.“It is pertinent to not that this soldier could have been evacuated to Asmara, Eritrea in a much shorter time frame since a helicopter was available at the Battalion Headquarters in Adigrat,” UNMEE said in its briefing notes.“This trip to Asmara would have taken only 45 to 50 minutes flying time to reach the UN Level 2 hospital located in the capital,” it continued.Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a bitter border war between 1998 and 2000 and the TSZ now separates the two countries. Mr. Annan, in a recent report to the Security Council, offered a number of options for coping with the current stalemate, ranging from redeployment to total withdrawal of UNMEE.Eritrea has increased its criticism of the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the border delineated in 2002, awarding Badme – the town that triggered the border conflict – to Eritrea.In addition to the ban on over flights by its helicopters, Eritrea has barred peacekeepers of certain nationalities from its territory and UNMEE patrols face restrictions on their movements.
Investors turn cautious one week after the US stock market hit a record high by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Investors are turning cautious on Wall Street just one week after the stock market hit an all-time high.Stocks fell amid new signs of weakness in Europe’s economy. Poor earnings news from Bank of America and an apparent drop in demand for Apple’s iPod and iPhone contributed to the selling.Banking, tech and energy stocks led the way lower.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 138 points to 14,618 Wednesday, or 0.9 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 22 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 1,552.The Nasdaq composite fell 60 points, or 1.8 per cent, to 3,204. Apple, the biggest component in the index, slumped nearly 6 per cent.Three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was high, 4.2 billion shares.
It was the people and their stories that captivated Nicolina Lanni. What they lost. What they found. How they connected.In her first feature documentary film Lost & Found, the Brock University grad shares the stories of Japanese people who survived a devastating tsunami and the beachcombers half a world away who helped pick up the pieces.“It’s about people and very personal, human stories,” says Lanni (BA ’05). “It was so clearly such a beautiful story and once it was in front of us, there was no way we were not going to tell it.”An estimated 25-million tonnes of wreckage from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami is drifting across the Pacific Ocean, often washing up on North America’s shores. Filming took Lanni and her creative partner John Choi to Alaska, Washington, British Columbia and Japan.Lanni says the debris is more than just trash, it’s remnants of the lives of the 20,000 people lost to the waves and the loved ones they left behind.The film follows the stories of beachcombers, scientists and government officials coming together to collect all that was lost, and reunite the items with their rightful owners in Japan.“We didn’t really focus on the disaster or the aftermath,” Lanni says. “Our film really focuses on the specific stories of friendship and these really unlikely relationships forged in the aftermath.”One of the friendships the film explores is between Alaskans David and Yumi Baxter and a woman they met in Japan after finding a yellow buoy wash up in Alaska. Sakiko Miura lost everything in the tsunami including the restaurant she ran with her late husband Keigo.The Baxters reunited Miura with a buoy with the character forKei (short for Keigo) painted on it, which used to hang outside of her restaurant in a coastal town called Minamisanriku.“The fact that the Kei buoy came back makes me think that my husband’s soul is in it,” Miura says in the documentary.The meaning of objects and our connection to them is explored throughout Lost & Found.The filmmakers made links that will last a lifetime, Choi says.“The people in our film are all incredibly close to us still. It’s a family,” he says. “Lost & Found is really about taking that leap of faith and the unlikeliness of people coming together from around the world and connecting.”Lanni says the work she did while making the film is drawn from her experiences at Brock, where she studied theatre and women’s studies.It was at Brock that she started interviewing people and storytelling as part of a form of verbatim theatre called Collective Creation – when a group comes together, writes, collaborates and performs. She did it in Africa after graduation.“We would go into a town, talk to people and create a show and perform it for the community,” she says.After working in journalism for a time, Lanni switched to filmmaking and works as a director and producer in film and broadcast television including programming for The History Channel, Discovery Channel and Shaw Media.Lost & Found was commissioned by Shaw Communications alongside NHK Enterprises in Japan and SBS in Australia.Lanni says they also received the Hot Docs Shaw Completion Fund and the film had its theatrical premier at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema in March for the fifth anniversary of the tsunami.For more information on the film and where to see it visit www.lostandfoundthefilm.ca. Global is showing the movie July 9 at 9 p.m.Lanni and Choi, who have a company called Frank Films, are currently working on a documentary about sinkholes.
Quinn Pitcock Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 9-8 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Zack Meisel Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Little changed standings-wise last week, as all five participants in the Weekly Picks Challenge correctly predicted three out of the four games. This week, the only game featuring different predictions is Michigan State-Michigan. Justin Zwick remains atop the leaderboard with a 14-3 overall record. A three-way tie for second place has James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and defending champion Quinn Pitcock at 12-5. THIS WEEK’S GAMES Indiana @ No. 2 Ohio State No. 17 Michigan State @ No. 18 Michigan No. 14 LSU @ No. 12 Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Justin Zwick
Freshman forward Quinn Preston (16) races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternIn the rivalry matchup between Michigan (8-8-6, 4-4-4-2 Big Ten) and Ohio State (12-5-4, 5-2-3-2 Big Ten), a season after the Buckeyes won all five matchups, it was the Wolverines who came out on top, winning the game 2-1.Michigan junior goalie Hayden Lavigne came up big, making 22 saves, including 20 straight to end the game.“They’re a really good hockey team, they’ve got a ton of talent,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “They played with a lot of speed. There’s nothing that surprised me tonight.”Following the puck drop, Ohio State roared to life with senior forward Freddy Gerard scoring a goal less than seven minutes into the game with assists from junior forward Carson Meyer and senior forward Dakota Joshua.The rest of the period saw a vicious Michigan offense facing off against a resilient OSU defense. Michigan attempted over double the amount of shots in the period, shooting 13 times as opposed to Ohio State’s six, but the Buckeyes held the 1-0 lead.Within the first two minutes of the second period, both Michigan senior defenseman Nicholas Boka and junior forward Jake Slaker were sent to the penalty box, allowing Ohio State a 5-on-3 opportunity to advance their lead. Despite their best efforts, the puck ricocheted off the goal post twice, keeping the score at 1-0.“We had obviously a couple great looks, hit a couple posts, I mean sometimes you get those, sometimes you don’t,” Rohlik said. “We go up two-zip maybe it’s a different game, but it didn’t happen, so then you gotta respond from there.”Shortly after being released from the penalty box, Slaker tied the game up 1-1. The teams remained in a gridlock up until the last few minutes of the second period, when Michigan junior forward Will Lockwood shot and scored, putting Michigan in the lead 2-1.The Buckeyes pulled redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo and put in an additional player within the last moments of the game in an attempt to at least tie up the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net.“We kind of played into what they like to do,” Gerard said. “They had a lot of heat coming up the ice on us and for whatever reason, we just didn’t really have the jump tonight, and we weren’t playing really connected.”Ohio State faces off with Michigan again at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Proffesional handball brings a lot of injuries, but this season in EHF Champions League winner, THW Kiel, is something special. Before the start, THW coach, Alfred Gislason couldn’t count on Kim Andersson, then, Daniel Narcisse (he will miss WC 2011 in Sweden and back at early Februar), Christian Zeitz, who is out for a last three weeks and probably will be ready for the match against RNL at December 1.New troubles for the champions from the Baltic Sea are injuries of Marcus Ahlm, who won’t be ready before a New Year and also German right wing, Christian Sprenger, which recovery process are not known yet.With this in THW Kiel can’t be happy, but also, their the biggest oponnent in Handball Bundesliga, HSV, announced that playmaker, Domagoj Duvnjak had an artroskophie, because of problem with right knee. Duvnjak will be out of the court at least three weeks. ← Previous Story Vive Kielce wrote a history in “Blaugrana” – 28:28 Next Story → Norway won “Mobelringen Cup”