5 Killer Filmmaking Hacks

first_img3. Lamp LightThings You’ll Need: A Lamp and Possibly a Lamp ShadeFilm lights are crazy expensive, but if you’re working on a budget you don’t necessarily need to get ‘production’ lights to get good lighting results. You can easily use various lamps and bulbs laying around your house to adequately light, if you know what bulbs to choose. The easiest thing to do is to simply go with Tungsten Balanced (orange) bulbs and a simple diffuser. To diffuse the light, you should use a white lamp shade. A few common household lamp choices are either china balls or the rectangular lamps found at simple home furnishing stores like Ikea.The following video from FICTION is pretty simple, but it does outline the cinematic potential of using a simple lamp like a china ball. 2. Tripod GlidecamThings You’ll Need: A TripodWhen it comes to shooting cinematic footage, stabilization is the name of the game. Unfortunately, stabilizers can be super expensive. So instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a specific rig, you could always use your handy-dandy tripod as a makeshift steadicam. Sometimes simply giving your camera a little more weight and changing the center of balance is all you need to do, and a tripod can pull off the trick. After you shoot the footage, you can then move it into your NLE and stabilize it even more.This tutorial from icunowlibra shows us how to create a simple steadicam rig using a photographic tripod, but you can really use any tripod if you simply collapse the legs. 4. Shower Curtain DiffusionThings You’ll Need: A Shower Curtain, A Stand, and ClampsDiffused light is often praised because of its versatility. Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to make any light softer if you simply go grab the shower curtain out of your bathroom. Using a simple stand and a curtain or sheet, you can easily diffuse harsh lighting and create soft, flattering light. This tutorial from Film Riot shows us how it’s done. 5. Car DollyThings You’ll Need: A CarWhile you’d certainly be hard-pressed to fit a car into an indoor location, if you happen to be shooting outdoors, a car can be a smooth way to track alongside your subjects. Cars can be great for tracking or dollying. Plus, if you’re downscaling 4K footage to HD, you can stabilize your car-dolly clips to get ultra-smooth footage.This staff-picked video from Vimeo shows us a few of the creative possibilities of using a car on a production. In the video, the hosts outline a few further ways that you can use a car for filmmaking beyond simply tracking and dollying.Know of any other great filmmaking hacks? Share in the comments below. These filmmaking hacks are a great way to get epic footage while not breaking the bank.When you’re shooting a video, there are a lot of different pieces of equipment that you need to remember. It’s not uncommon to bring dozens of pieces of equipment to your set. But if you forget an important piece of gear, you can still get good results with a few hacks. Here are a few of our favorite filmmaking hacks.1. Zip Tie Follow FocusThings You’ll Need: Zip Tie, Rubber BandWhen it comes to smooth focusing, nothing can quite match a follow focus… but for a few small pieces of plastic and metal, a follow focus can cost a pretty penny. It’s not uncommon to see a follow focus north of $500. So what are you to do? Well, one quick hack that you can use is to simply use a zip tie and a rubber band around your focus ring. It looks like this:In this video tutorial, commentacious takes a look at how to do this hack step by step. The end result is by no means perfect, but it’s much smoother than using your hand.last_img read more

Boxing: 65 Year old Floyd Mayweather fathers 1-Year old daughte, DNA Test confirm

first_imgAdvertisementAt 41 years old Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr has a little sister who is 40 years old younger than him and he has his father Floyd Sr to thank for the surprise.According to TMZ sports, DNA testing proved that Floyd Mayweather Sr is the father to a 1-year-old baby girl. The 65-year-old boxing coach has been in a paternity dispute with a woman named Purisa Farris for about year after she filed for child support.As part of the case, Mayweather was forced to take a DNA test in April. The test showed that the probability of paternity is 99.99%. He apparently has five other children, including Floyd Jr.There was a warrant out for his arrest in January after he allegedly assaulted a woman back in September, the assault had reportedly occurred on the night of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin match at the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, according to TMZ Sports.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sport will flourish in Afghanistan if there is peace: Inzamam

first_imgNagpur, Mar 28 (PTI) Beaming after his wards scripted a historic win in the ICC World Twenty20, Afghanistans batting coach Inzamam-ul Haq says the strife-torn country can “flourish” in sports if there is peace and facilities. The minnows stunned 2012 champions West Indies by six runs in their final group league encounter of the ICC World T20 here to sign off on a memorable note. Talking about cricket, peace and character in Afghanistan, Inzamam said, “In the last two-three years there has been a lot of activity — not just cricket, but football and other sports too — which is very healthy, for any country. If there is peace and there are facilities, sport will flourish better. We couldnt play as well as we wanted to, we are not in the semifinals, but we didnt play like absolute newcomers.” The former Pakistan batting great praised his teams self-belief, and reiterated the call for more opportunities to play against the Full Members. “There is no doubt its a big win for us. Whether its the ODI or T20 World Cup, we hadnt won a match (against a top team), so this is definitely big. Its also a sign that this team can do even better if they get opportunities,” Inzamam, who was appointed coach of Afghanistan in November 2015, said. The win came on the back of some spirited shows against other big teams in the tournament. “All our previous matches have been close. There havent been one-sided matches, its not like a team makes 200 against us and we are all out for 100 or 150. “The team has been fighting, and the belief was always there. But right now Afghanistan havent had that exposure of winning against big teams. The finishing point has not been seen yet. But now that we have won this, it will definitely help. And we had a strong belief that if we can come so close, we can win too. Today it has happened. “We could have won against England too, there was a close game against Sri Lanka too. So we knew we had the potential to win, but you still need that win. The more we play against big teams, the more well learn, and can perform even better.” Inzamam also credited former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar, now Afghanistans bowling coach, for the teams improved showings. “If we are defending 124, it means the bowling coach has had a role. Manoj bhai is a very experienced player and coach, so the boys have benefitted from him. Hes also given them advice, its really great.” PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

England Football Association decide no action over Manchester derby incident

first_imgEngland’s Football Association (FA) have decide against taking any action over the the reports stating violent incidents following the Manchester derby earlier this month.FA had asked both Manchester United and Manchester City to submit their observations after reports had emerged that milk and water was thrown by the City players at United manager Jose Mourinho following the derby on December 10.”Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses, the FA will be taking no formal action,” said a spokesperson.Mikel Arteta, part of City’s coaching team, was also reported to have suffered a cut in the alleged incidents.Referee Michael Oliver did not witness any post-match incidents and made no reference to anything untoward in his match report.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in a brawl with Manchester City players in the change room after United lost 2-1 to City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.In a heated derby, United and City both conceded soft goals but Pep Guardiola’s strategy of ball possession gave City an upper hand and on the back of some sloppy defending, the blue of Manchester topped the red side of the city.Mourinho, clearly unhappy with the result, said after the match that their penalty appeal should have been accepted as he felt it was a clear penalty.According to reports, Mourinho rampaged into the City changing room for he felt their celebrations were too noisy and highly disrespectful.Upon arrival in the dressing room, the United manager had a verbal altercation with City’s hero of the night, goalkeeper Ederson and soon the City players threw water and milk at him and hit him on his head with a plastic bottle.advertisementReports further suggested that another brawl broke off between 20 players and staff members from both the clubs near the Old Trafford tunnel and the United security had to intervene to stop the fight.Reports of the Mourinho incident reminded people of the ‘Battle of the Buffet’, which occured on October 24, 2004 at Old Trafford when Manchester United had defeated Arsenal 2-0 through a controversial penalty, where Wayne Rooney was accused of tumbling over Sol Campbell’s outstretched leg. Following the match, Cesc Fabregas had thrown as pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson at the tunnel.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

“The East is Ours” – Mets Clinch

first_imgCINCINNATI, OH — Thousands of Mets fans chanted David Wright’s name as he wrapped up an on-field interview and headed back toward the sloshy clubhouse. He paused to wave and soak in the moment.The team captain wasn’t sure he’d ever do this again, not with that last playoff appearance nine years ago. Finally, the wait was over.As Wright’s champagne-and-beer-soaked shirt proclaimed: “The East Is Ours.”The Mets are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after clinching their sixth NL East title on Saturday with a 10-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Lucas Duda hit a grand slam in the first inning, and Wright put the final touches on it with a three-run homer in the ninth.“You just can’t help but smile,” said Wright, who was part of the 2006 team that reached the NL championship series. “For the last few months, I’ve tried to enjoy this as much as possible, soak this in. This is a surreal feeling.”Surreal and fitting, too.Matt Harvey (13-7) was most appropriate to pitch the clincher. He was the NL’s starter for the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field, but needed Tommy John surgery that October and missed all of the 2014 season. Harvey gave up a pair of runs in 6 2-3 innings.And there was Wright, capping it off after returning from a back injury in late August.“It’s been a long time,” Wright said. “Too long.”After two September collapses, the Bernie Madoff financial scandal and nine years of frustration, thousands of blue-clad NY fans along for the trip chanted “Let’s go Mets!” from Duda’s first swing — his first career grand slam — until the team returned to the field following a champagne celebration to high-five their supporters.The players wore hats with “Postseason” written across the crown. New York will likely face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.“This is step one,” said Jeff Wilpon, the club’s chief operating officer. “Let’s get going.”The Mets and Dodgers are neck-and-neck for home field advantage in the playoffs with a week left in the regular season, so there’s not a lot of time to celebrate.“It’s worth all the time, all the effort, all the things you do — this is the culmination of it all,” said Terry Collins, who is heading into the playoffs as a manager for the first time. “We’re going to have a little fun tonight and relax tomorrow. Right now we have to go get home field (advantage), that’s next.”Duda sparked a warm-up celebration with his first career slam in the first inning off left-hander John Lamb (1-4). Duda had a pair of three-run homers on Friday night. The slam gave him three homers in five at-bats with 10 RBIs.Curtis Granderson added a solo shot, and Wright put it away in the ninth with his fourth homer since returning from the back injury.This title was rather unexpected. Significant injuries and an inexperienced rotation played into Washington’s hands as the NL East favorite. But New York bolstered a struggling offense at midseason and beat the Nationals head-to-head while pulling away.And finally, a long run of seasonal disappointment has ended for the Mets.During their last postseason appearance, they lost Game 7 to St. Louis for the NL pennant. They seemed on their way to a second straight playoff appearance in 2007, but blew a seven-game lead with 17 remaining, allowing the Phillies to ascend as the division’s top team.The next year, they faded down the stretch again. Then they got mired in a run of six straight losing seasons after they moved from Shea Stadium to Citi Field.This season started ominously as starter Zack Wheeler and reliever Josh Edgin had elbow surgery. A young pitching staff led by Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Familia kept the Mets in contention while the offense struggled with Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer and Wright hurt.Everything changed at midseason when general manager Sandy Alderson traded for Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. The infusion of hitters transformed the offense into one of the NL’s best.It turned some heads, too.“Certainly when we went out and got Juan and Kelly, the attitude in here changed,” Collins said. “All of a sudden guys said: ‘You know what? The organization went out and did something because they think we’re going to win this.’ And I think it changed the entire outlook in the clubhouse.”The Mets won 33 of their first 50 games after Aug. 1. They caught and surpassed the Nationals by sweeping them in three-game series from July 31-Aug. 2 and again from Sept. 7-9, building a commanding lead. The big cushion allowed them to space out some of their young pitchers, easing their innings and keeping them fresh for the postseason.One of Collins’ biggest challenges now is pacing his young pitchers who have piled up inning.“One of the things we’ve had to do that’s very uncommon is juggling our pitching,” Collins said. “This time of year, it’s usually etched in stone. We’re not like that.”They have a little time to get things in order.STREAKSNew York has won a club-record 10 straight games on the road, the longest such streak since the Dodgers won 15 in a row in 2013. … The Mets have has scored at least three runs in each of their last 30 road games, a club record. … Daniel Murphy extended his hitting streak to nine games. … Harvey is 5-0 in his last 10 starts.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: INF Uribe might not be available to the Mets early in the playoffs because of injured cartilage in his chest, Collins said. He aggravated the injury while swinging on Friday night and left the game. X-rays were negative.UP NEXTMets: deGrom (13-8) has allowed at least eight hits in three of his last five starts after allowing as many hits only once in his prior 38 starts. It’ll be his first career appearance against the Reds.Reds: Keyvius Sampson (2-5) has lost his last four decisions. The rookie has lasted six innings only one time in his 10 starts. It’ll be his first against the Mets.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India vs Australia: Dates of Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam T20Is swapped

first_imgAustralia will start their limited-overs tour of India in Visakhapatnam, which will now host the first T20 International on February 24 instead of Bengaluru after Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) requested for a change of date due to security concerns.Bengaluru will host the second T20 International on February 27 instead of Visakhapatnam after KSCA wrote to the BCCI about its inability to host the inaugural match due to security concerns. The date and venue swap was okayed by Committee of Administrators (COA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.On February 24, Aero India Show will be held in Bengaluru and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the event, the reason why the police authorities informed KSCA about their inability to provide security.KSCA wrote to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who sent it to the COA for approval.”It was a genuine reason for which KSCA can’t hold the match on the specified date (February 24). The acting secretary had forwarded me the request for swapping of dates with the Visakhapatnam T20I and I have sent my approval,” COA chief Rai told PTI.Australia will be playing two T20 Internationals and 5 ODIs during their three week tour. The five ODIs will be held in Hyderabad (March 2), Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March 8), Mohali (March 10) and New Delhi (March 13).Also Watch:last_img read more

Farmers to Get 50,000 Blue Mountain Coffee Seedlings

first_imgOver 50,000 blue mountain coffee seedlings (tipica) are to be distributed to farmers in East Rural St. Andrew, under a joint project with the Embassy of Japan called the Enhancement of Production of Blue Mountain Coffee.This was disclosed by Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew and wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, during her contribution to the 2017/18 Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on November 7.“We want to ensure that we have the best coffee and we maintain it and the tipica variety is the best there is, so we want to expand that. Our goal is to increase productivity,” Mrs. Holness said.In addition, the Member of Parliament said for the first time, the constituency will launch its inaugural coffee industry symposium, which is aimed at engaging all stakeholders, including adjoining coffee-producing constituencies.“We are coming together to ensure that we preserve and protect the Jamaican coffee industry. We will explore methods of increasing the productivity of farmers, as well as exposing them to business opportunities and concepts, while we remind them that coffee prices are not set by the Government, but are influenced totally by supply and demand,” Mrs. Holness explained.Meanwhile, Mrs. Holness thanked the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for its programme, where registered coffee farmers are to benefit from an $80 million initiative that is expected to improve and increase their yields over time.The project will focus on training; the purchase of inputs, such as fertilisers and fungicides, and tools.last_img read more

Jamaica to Sign New Air-Service Agreements

first_imgCabinet has given approval for the signing of new air-service agreements with the Governments of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Morocco, The Bahamas and South Africa.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (October 17) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.He said Cabinet took special note of the outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Agreement, which, since 2008, had provided states with an avenue to conduct air-services negotiations or consultations.“This is important in negotiating direct flights to Jamaica. Cabinet noted that Jamaica had participated in 16 air-service agreement negotiation sessions since 2008,” he said.last_img

Trudeau speaks in G7 host town to kick off twoday trip to

first_imgLA MALBAIE, Que. – The G7 summit taking place in Quebec’s Charlevoix region later this year is an opportunity to have “frank and open” discussions on environmental and economic issues, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.“The region represents the message that Canada sends to the rest of the world: that it is not only possible but necessary to find a balance between economic growth and protecting the environment,” Trudeau said in a brief speech in La Malbaie, the small resort town northeast of Quebec City that is preparing to host the international summit in June.Trudeau stopped by the picturesque town to attend a gala hosted by the local business association, where he was presented with an award for his role in bringing the G7 to the region.The summit “is an opportunity for us to have frank and open conversations in order to build a greener, more equal and more prosperous world,” he added.Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018 and the government has listed gender equality, clean energy and preparing for the jobs of the future as some of the themes of its tenure.Trudeau said he chose the Charlevoix region to host the international meeting because he wanted world leaders to experience the area’s famous hospitality.“I want them to feel at home,” he said.Security is expected to be high when leaders gather in the town given the summit’s tendency to attract large demonstrations, which in the past have sometimes led to violent clashes with police.Organizers have sought to include residents, merchants, and other local stakeholders in the planning for the event in an attempt to foster co-operation.In addition to perimeters and barricades, the RCMP has said the security team will also set up a “free speech area” where people will be allowed to peacefully protest the summit.On Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to be in Quebec City, where he’ll meet with the city’s mayor and answer questions from the public at a high school as part of his cross-country town hall tour.The prime minister has already held public meetings in the Halifax area as well as in Hamilton and London, Ont.He has said the gatherings give him more time to explain his positions than he’d typically have when answering questions from media or during question period.last_img read more

Quebec crane operators back at work Tuesday after illegal oneweek strike

first_imgMONTREAL – Thousands of crane operators returned to work Tuesday after taking part in what authorities described as an illegal strike that lasted one week and disrupted construction sites across Quebec.Crane operators were protesting new training requirements allowing workers to operate the machines without first obtaining a vocational diploma.Their union says the new program is less comprehensive and could lead to a rise in workplace accidents.Quebec’s construction commission, which enforces laws governing the industry, says the training program is the result of consultations with crane operators as well as the agency that oversees workplace safety, which supports the changes.The commission called the strike illegal because it is against the law for employees to strike while a collective agreement is in force.Work resumed at various sites after a senior union official published a letter late Monday calling on crane operators to cease all work slowdowns or strike actions.Evans Dupuis noted in his letter the union was not abandoning its demands, especially those relating to the health, safety and integrity of workers and the public.Labour Minister Dominique Vien said the Quebec government would meet union representatives in order to discuss the new training progam and added an independent committee would be created to study the safety concerns raised by workers.The consequences of the illegal strike for workers and union representatives are still unclear as they are both subject to hefty fines for the one-week work stoppage.last_img read more

Leeza Gibbons New Book Helps Jumpstart Your Life

first_imgLeeza Gibbons has released a new book for anyone who wants to jumpstart their life.Leeza Gibbons Take 2“If you could hit the reset button and start over, would you? I did and I’ve found anytime is a good time for a re-do! That’s why I am so excited to tell you about the release of my brand new book, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” she says. “This is more than a book to me. It’s a chance for me to share my life and the lessons I have learned with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired, encouraged and empowered enough to realize that if this is not the life you ordered, you can always call for a TAKE 2!“The book is really for anyone who wants to head in a new direction. If you got divorced, depressed, fired or maybe you’ve gained weight – I’ll help you begin again. If you feel stuck or if you’ve just lost your way, TAKE 2 will help you get back on track and will remind you that this is YOUR life and it should be lived by YOUR rules!“Now is your time. You can do it with no regrets, no excuses and no looking back (I promise).“In TAKE 2 I provide you with the tips and techniques to get you on your way.”You can find out more about the book, and how to order it, here. The book is available at Amazon.com.last_img read more

Top UN relief official to visit DPR Korea

4 October 2011The top United Nations humanitarian official will visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) later this month to assess the extent of the country’s food crisis and hear from authorities what longer-term plans they have to deal with the food shortages. Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters at UN Headquarters that her 17-21 October trip to DPRK will focus on humanitarian issues in a country where, she said, an estimated six million people are in need of assistance.“My visit is to raise greater awareness of the situation, to be able to explain exactly what I have seen, to talk to the authorities there about their plans in the longer-term to deal with the food security situation, and I will be making field visits to two different parts of the country as well,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.Only about 27 per cent of the $218.7 million that UN agencies require to respond to the food crisis in DPRK this year has been received from donors, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Ms. Amos said that donors have in the past raised concern about the possibility of humanitarian assistance for those in need in DPRK being diverted to other uses.“I have been at pains to explain that the monitoring mechanisms have been strengthened substantially,” she said, adding that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can, for example, now make random visits to DPRK and employ Korean-language international staff.Last week, food shortages and other humanitarian concerns, among others issues, topped discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the DPRK’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pak Gil Yon.Mr. Ban encouraged more donor commitments to meeting humanitarian needs in DPRK during the meeting at UN Headquarters. He also emphasized the need for the country to enhance its cooperation with UN agencies, including through improved access and monitoring. read more

Menon told 13A needs changes

Menon had also met UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem separately and discussed issues arising over the 13th Amendment.Last evening the visiting Indian official had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) over the same issue. He had told the TNA that India is against the 13th Amendment being unilaterally amended. India has been told by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the 13th Amendment to the constitution needs some changes.President Mahinda Rajapaksa told visiting Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon today that most of the points in the 13th Amendment will be implemented. Meanwhile the Indian High Commission in Colombo said that Menon conveyed to the Sri Lankan leadership the Government of India’s views on the recent political developments and called for early political settlement and national reconciliation through the meaningful devolution of power so to ensure that all citizens of Sri Lanka, including the Sri Lankan Tamil community, would lead a life marked by equality, justice, dignity and self-respect.In this context, he also emphasized the need for adhering to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government to India and the International Community on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment. He also expressed the hope that elections to the Northern Provincial Council would be held in a free, fair and credible manner, the High Commission said. (Colombo Gazette)  Report by Easwaran Rutnam The President had said that the best place to iron out differences on the 13th Amendment is the Parliament Select Committee and he urged Menon to convince the TNA to join the Committee. However he noted that there were issues in the clause dealing with land and police powers to the provinces and that needs to be addressed by the Parliament Select Committee. read more

UN calls on Liberian Government to protect civilians ensure safe humanitarian access

Calling on the Liberian Government to do everything in its power to protect civilians, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn McAskie denounced the recent attacks on IDPs as clear violations of international humanitarian law. “All parties to the conflict must ensure that attacks on civilians do not occur,” she said in a press release.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported last week that four people had been killed and thousands forced to flee during attacks by armed groups on Jartondo and Wilson IDP camps – part of a disturbing trend of civilian targeting. Another IDP camp at Rick’s institute was attacked and looted in late March, forcing an estimated 25,000 people staying there to flee.Ms. McAskie said there is also growing concern that food distribution may be emerging as a target for armed groups. “The issue remains crucial, as it means humanitarian workers may be specifically targeted,” she added, noting at least two staff members from non-governmental organizations (NGO) were injured in last week’s IDP camp attacks. This trend highlights the UN’s continuing concern about the condition of more than 100 humanitarian staff who have not been heard from since late last month, when violence erupted around Zwedru, near the border with Côte d’Ivoire.Ms. McAskie also underscored the effect ongoing violence and looting have on humanitarian operations. The UN estimates that there are some 200,000 IDPs in Liberia, most of them in areas cut-off from assistance. Violence and unrest keep aid workers from reaching thousands of desperate people – especially in the northwest and eastern parts of the country – and the looting compounds shortages of non-food supplies such as tarpaulins, household items, and blankets. “Conditions should be created for humanitarian workers to safely access areas where people need help,” she said. read more

The Ryanline is open Some of Gerrys best radio moments 25 years

first_imgTODAY MARKS 25 years since Gerry Ryan first opened his Ryanline to the nation.For three hours every weekday morning he invited listeners to call him with their stories, problems and opinions, right up to the day of his death in April 2010.Here’s a look at some of the highlights from his 22 years behind the microphone.H/T to @TalkToJoe1850 for the heads up1. Lavinia KerwickAfter her attacker was given a suspended sentence, rape victim Lavinia Kerwick gave up her anonymity after her sister rang The Gerry Ryan Show in 1993. Lavinia went on to appear on the show to tell her story, and became the first Irish rape victim to go public.Gerry Ryan was credited with handling the issue and Kerwick credited him with helping him to tell her story.Lavinia Kerwick pictured with writer Micheline McCormack at the launch of her book in 1997 (Photocall Ireland) 2. Underpants on the floorIn 1997 Ryan’s then-wife Morah called the show under a fake name and described how her husband left his underpants on the floor and never put the bins out, among other things.She asked her husband, who was unaware who he was speaking to:You wouldn’t do that now, would you Gerry?It wasn’t until the end of the interview that he realised what was going on.Morto.Gerry and Morah in 2004 (Photocall Ireland)3. His connection with his listenersAfter Gerry Ryan’s death, fans from around the country travelled to RTÉ in Donnybrook and to the Mansion House in Dublin city centre to pay their respect.According to this RTÉ news report 2,000 people turned up at the broadcasting HQ in just one day, with some coming from as far away as Cork.Photocall IrelandThe queue to sign the book of condolence for Gerry Ryan at the Mansion House (Photocall Ireland)5. ControversyIn 2009 a complaint against Ryan was rejected by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission after he called God “a b*****ks” on air.He was discussing the new blasphemy laws at the time, and was wondering if calling God such a name would be considered to be in breach.The BCC didn’t think so, but many listeners complained about the incident.Ryan was also once forced to apologise after a 10am discussion about vibrators.Photocall Ireland 6. The last RyanlineAfter Gerry Ryan’s death, 2FM hosted a two hour tribute to him, with colleagues Evelyn O’Rourke and Siobhán Haugh leading the memories.Lavinia Kerwick was one of the many listeners who called the show to remember him, while another called to tell listeners how she had met her husband at one of Gerry’s singles nights.Bono also called to pay his respects:YouTube/RTÉYouTube/FergiesUnitedRay Foley on 98FM… what’s the verdict? Off the Ball team leaves Newstalk>7 unique treats we should export this Paddy’s Day season>last_img read more

Teachers face charges over exam cheating

first_imgThree teachers at a cramming school could face charges in relation to alleged cheating at university entrance exams earlier this month. The electronic crimes squad has delivered its findings to first instance prosecutor Eleni Raikou after a student at a senior high school in the Galatsi district of Athens was caught receiving exam answers on his mobile phone. The text message came from a cramming school where the student had been taking extra lessons. According to sources, police have now discovered that three teachers sent such messages to at least 18 pupils. Competition for university places has been especially strong this year as a lack of funding means that fewer spots will be available. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Three more names confirmed for Mens Royal Rumble Updated card for January

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE has confirmed another three names for the Men’s Royal Rumble match.Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose are now confirmed for the match in three weeks.Over the weekend, WWE also confirmed Jeff Hardy and Seth Rollins for the match.Here is the updated card for the Royal Rumble as of Monday afternoon:Men’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* R-Truth (No. 30)* Drew McIntyre* Kofi Kingston* Big E* Xavier Woods* Finn Balor* Seth Rollins* Jeff Hardy* Samoa Joe* Bobby Lashley* Dean AmbroseWomen’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* Carmella (No. 30)* Natalya* Bayley* Sasha Banks* Ember Moon* Ruby Riott* Liv Morgan* Sarah Logan* Mandy Rose* Sonya DevilleWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Three arrested in handgun seizure eight live rounds confiscated

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 30, 2017 – One less handgun on the streets of Nassau today as the Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit have seized a 45 pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition.   It was a routine patrol on Market Street and Cordeaux Avenue that led to the discovery and eventual arrest of three men who are in custody.   The driver of the Honda Accord was signaled to stop, the search allegedly uncovered the gun and ammo.  This happened on Saturday night.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Government to Enhance Decentralization of RBDF

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Government of The Bahamas will undertake a number of initiatives in order to further support the decentralization, transformation, mobilization and regeneration of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.These include the completion of the Sandy Bottom Project with the construction of proposed warehouses, workshops, administrative buildings, and accommodations for bases in Coral Harbour, Inagua and Ragged Island.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said the government will also be looking forward to the development of bases in other islands as part of this programme.The Prime Minister further announced that the Government will make provision for the extension of contractual terms for qualified and performance-oriented senior enlisted personnel who are required, by law, to retire at age 55.The Sandy Bottom Project is a $232 million investment by the Government of The Bahamas to upgrade the Defence Force’s fleet and Operations that will ultimately lead to the decentralization of base operations to ensure faster response times.It includes the acquisition of nine patrol craft, the dredging of Harbours and construction of quay walls and jetties at HMBS Coral Harbour Base, Matthew Town, Inagua and Gun Point, Ragged Island, that will result in modernization of port facilities. The Project also calls for the upgrade and expansion of Coral Harbour Base and the Base at Matthew Town including construction of warehouses, workshops and an Operations Building. A new Base and Aircraft Hangar will also be constructed at Gun Point, Ragged Island.)Prime Minister Minnis said the Government will strengthen security cooperation with regional partners such as the United States of America which – through its U.S. Northern Command – has been responsible for conducting military training for hundreds of Defence Force Officers and Marines as well as providing financial assistance with patrol craft and equipment.Addressing the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Change of Command Ceremony, June 29, 2017 at HMBS Coral Harbour Base, Prime Minister Minnis said the Defence Force has a strategic role to play in national development.“To this end, and in further support of the Defence Force’s decentralization, transformation, mobilization and regeneration programmes,” Prime Minister Minnis said: “My Government will [also] conduct a review of salary, responsibility allowances and technical pay to ensure that Officers and Marines are adequately paid for their hard work.“The future is bright for the fine men and women of the Defence Force who are called upon to set a high standard of excellence and to help guard our heritage. I thank the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for their dedicated service. I assure you of the Government’s support of your fine and noble duties,” Prime Minister Minnis added.#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

New TCI Kidfit to benefit from Moveathon 2018

first_img Related Items:#MoveathonTCI2018, #TCIkidfit Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 31, 2017 – Providenciales – A new program is coming to encourage healthier lifestyles among our youngest residents thanks to Nutrition in Demand and Move-a-thonTCI 2018.  Kidfit will be launched this year, adding to half a dozen other nutrition outreach programs started by TCI Registered Nutritionist, Tamika Handfield.“It is Nutrition in Demand’s biggest fundraiser and all funds raised for the running of the various programs in the community.  Some programs include: nutrition education workshops, disease prevention workshops, nutrition education and culinary classes for children and our newest program starting in 2018 will be KidFit….a exercise program just for children.  They will be engaged in physical activity through fun and interactive games.”Handfield in speaking to Magnetic Media explained this sixth installment of her walk, run and cycle event is designed to jumpstart and undergird New Year’s goals for healthy living.“Many people make New Year’s resolutions and many of those resolutions are health related.  Therefore, one of the main aims of Move-a-thon was to encourage residents to kick start their New Years resolutions.  This is why it is held so early in January.  We believe it’s the perfect time especially since so many of us over indulge during the holidays.  Over the years, Move-a-thonTCI has grown to become one of TCI’s premier sporting events.”It is the first health-based community activity on the annual calendar, attracting hundreds of all ages – year after year – to the starting line at The Bight Park at 6am for a 5k or 10k or half marathon and full marathon, which is 26.2 miles.“The organizing committee has prided itself on making #Move-a-thonTCI a family friendly event.   Everyone from 0-100 is welcomed to either walk, run, cycle or be pushed in a wheelchair.  The aim is just to get moving!  We have had toddlers being pushed by their mothers, older children on tricycles and we’ve even had a few dogs in previous years.  So, everyone is welcomed to join us on Jan 13th, 2018.”The walk, run, cycle is capped off with a health fair featuring the island’s leading medical facilities and supporters of healthy living.Registration opened just before Christmas and is ongoing. Secure the 5k at $20; 10k at $25; Half Marathon at $35 and Marathon at $65.  Contact Tamika Handfield: 649-442-3978 to join Move-a-thon2018.#MoveathonTCI2018#TCIkidfit Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Year of Rave Reviews for TCI Move A thon 2018last_img read more