first_imgConvert your AVCHD .mts files for video editing with these handy FREE applications!If you’re working with AVCDHD files then these helpful tips should assist with any kinks in your workflow. The most important thing to remember with any digital card format is to copy the entire card, as this will maintain the folder/file structure that a lot of non-linear editing applications need to work with the files.For the first tip. head over to Shedworx to download a free app that will let you preview the first frame of your .mts files in the finder window.  This is a quick way to find the footage you need when rummaging through several cards at a Finder level.Ingesting AVCDHD Media In AvidChris Hocking and LateNightFilms.com have put together an incredibly detailed step by step guide to ingesting AVCHD media into Avid Media Composer which you can directly download here. Its a great guide for anyone new to Avid (like me!) who wants to do things in a methodical manner.Also for visual learners Alex Walker has posted this walk through of an offline/online AMA workflow using AVCHD media:Importing AVCHD into Premiere ProImporting your AVCHD files into Adobe Premiere is incredibly simple – you just drag and drop them into the bin and you’re done. If you’re looking for a document on the ins and outs of working with AVCHD media and the Adobe suite of programs check out this handy official paper.Importing .MTS files into FCPXFor an in-depth tutorial on working with file based media in FCPX, Larry Jordan has a great freebie from his FCPX training series available on Youtube. Larry demonstrates how to import AVCHD media into FCPX and you’ll also learn plenty of other great keyboard shortcuts and tips on working with FCPX at the same time. When importing .MTS files into FCPX it’s important to remember to go to ”Import from Camera > Open Archive” rather than going straight to ”Import”.Importing .MTS files into Final Cut Pro 7It is pretty straight forward to work with AVCHD files in FCP7 – just copy the card structure to your hard drive and then ingest via Log and Transfer. Set the transcode codec in the preferences cog of Log and Transfer.The tutorial below from Genius DV walks you through the FCP7 ingest steps in a couple of minutes. If you ever get a red exclamation mark in FCP7 this quick tip will show you how to solve it.Free Apps for converting .MTS filesWhat happens when you don’t have the whole card structure to work with? Well these apps will convert standalone .MTS files for you for free.Re-wrap in Quicktime Pro X: Apparently you can simply use Quicktime Pro X on Mountain Lion to re-wrap your AVCHD media out of its .MTS wrapper and into a friendly .mov wrapper (keeping the internal H.264 codec that was inside the .MTS file all along).  As I’m still on Snow Leopard I can’t check this for myself but Apple talks about it here.Media Converter: This free app  lets you batch re-wrap .mts files into Quicktime H.264 .movs with uncompressed audio. Download the app from the Kiwi Fruitware source-forge site. Then download any of the presets you like, including the Re-wrap AVCHD for Quicktime – uncompressed Audio Preset. Pretty nifty and all for free!  Thanks to EOSHD.com for pointing out this app.Paid Apps for Converting .MTS filesIf you want more options and power for converting your .MTS files then you can’t do much better than Divergent Media’s moustachioed ClipWrap ($49.99) which will batch convert or re-wrap your AVCHD and HDV files at great speed. I’ve used it for a long time and I’ve never had a problem with it.Another app that comes in both a paid and lite flavour is Rarevision’s 5DtoRGB which also works with AVC files. One of the benefits of 5DtoRGB Batch ($49.99) is its high quality 10-bit encoding and timecode compatibility  You can also download a lite version (that doesn’t do batches) from the Rarevision site.5DtoRGB takes a no-compromise approach to quality. 5DtoRGB bypasses QuickTime decoding altogether, works internally at 10 bits and uses your video card’s GPU for its YCbCr to RGB conversion. It also recognizes Canon’s full range 8 bit YCbCr values (0-255), avoiding clipping and the resulting loss of picture information. The resulting files are the absolute highest quality you’ll ever get out of the camera. In fact, you could argue that they’re even better than the camera originals since they’ve undergone high quality chroma smoothing.The AVCHD Folder ”Cannot Open” ErrorIf you’ve ever run into the situation where you get a ”Cannot Open” message from Mac OSX while using a NAS (network-attached storage) device or a case sensitive disk, then this helpful blog post from Adam Wilt on PVC will show you how to fix the problem…and with a free app too!AVCHD and DaVinci ResolveAs a last little tip my DP friend Adam Roberts has posted a quick tip on a smooth workflow using FCPX and DaVinci Resolve to ensure you maintain quality and easy playback when grading from your AVCHD files.Got AVCHD tips to share?Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_img1. BacklightThe backlight in this frame illustrates the “halo” effect in this shot. (Image via Miramax.)One of his signature styles is to use a blinding, sun-like backlight as a single-source lighting setup, bounced back into the subject’s face with a white card or a prop (like a table). This technique chisels the subject out from the background, giving an impressive “halo” effect.This iconic lighting is most famously seen in iconic shots of Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Uma’s character “The Bride” stands atop a table, her blonde hair so bright it’s clipping her face, lit by the reflection of the blinding backlight.2. BounceRichardson uses a spotlight in order to create the illusion of moonlight. (Image via Paramount Pictures.)Richardson stated in his American Cinematographer interview that he combines powerful Pars and Maxi Brutes with Tiffen lens filters to get the bloomed highlights. He uses bounce cards in wider shots, as well as props like tables (and even other characters’ wardrobes) to bounce the spill from the backlight back onto the talent. With a room that you can pre-rig with a dozen such lights — like the set in Hateful Eight — lighting each shot is just a matter of choosing which lights to dim and where to place the appropriate bounce objects.He used the same technique in a much different way in Hugo. With a wide-angle lens placed low on the floor, there were fewer ways to motivate the light, so Richardson didn’t worry about it. He pointed a spotlight through a skylight and let it play as moonlight. Because he works with directors whose films are heavily stylized, he doesn’t limit himself by what looks “natural” or “practically lit.” He does what he needs to get a beautiful frame and asks for the audience to suspend its disbelief.3. Lighting FlexibilityNotice how the uplighting and backlighting are delicately balanced in this photo. (Image via The Weinstein Company.)Hateful Eight and Django Unchained are great examples of the flexibility of Richardson’s lighting. The powerful backlight mixed with bounced fill gets under the wide-brimmed cowboy hats of the main characters, while the uplighting adds an element of uncanniness.Richardson often uses a tungsten-balanced Kodak film stock, using color contrast to add further dimension to his frames. Cold, daylight-balanced exterior light works as a rim light for a character, while a warm, tungsten-balanced light will bounce from the floor or tables to illuminate the characters. Because the subject’s face isn’t overly bright, the color and rim light serve to isolate the subject, allowing the actor more freedom to move around without worrying about moving out of their key light.Always in demand, Robert Richardson is set to bring his signature style to the new Venom film, directed by Andy Serkis, in 2020.Cover image via Kill Bill: Vol. 1.Looking for more industry advice?Art Director Adam Rowe on Creating the Production Designer’s VisionBreaking Down the Role of the Video Editing SupervisorWhy Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving The Ad Astra Editing Team On Creating “Quiet Intensity” in The EditAdobe Offers Look into the Editing of “Terminator: Dark Fate” Robert Richardson’s eye for the unusual showcases extreme framings and non-realistic lighting. Let’s take a look at his signature style.With his long collaboration with some of Hollywood’s biggest directors, Robert Richardson has won three Oscars and lit several of the classic films in Hollywood. His long relationship with Quentin Tarantino includes the Kill Bill movies, Hateful Eight, as well as the recent Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. He won an Oscar for his captivating portrait of childhood wonder in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.last_img read more

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will soon address a press conference to clear the air over the ongoing mining impasse, the Deputy Speaker of Assembly Michael Lobo said on Monday. “He is the right person because he is the Minister of Mines as well,” Mr. Lobo said,adding, “in the next two to three days he will address a press conference and tell whether it (mining) is going to happen or not.” Mr. Parrikar, who has advanced pancreatic cancer, has not made an official public appearance for more than two months. He has also not moved out of his private residence except for a brief visit to the Goa Medical College Hospital since October 14, his return from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Reports from New Delhi indicate that the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, which mandates auctioning as the only route for allotment of iron ore mining leases, cannot be amended — as requested by the Goa government — to facilitate renewal of leases to existing holders. This has made the agitating mining dependents restless. Top Goa BJP leaders as well as some central leaders of the party have repeatedly assured the agitating mining dependent lobby in Goa, as also the mine owners, that the Central government would be amending the MMRD Act in the coming winter session of Parliament. Mr. Lobo who has been active on this front, also said it was necessary for Mr. Parrikar to communicate to the people of Goa about when and how he planned to resume mining.The Congress has beenattacking the government and accusing Mr. Parrikar as well as the BJP of trying to hide the fact that the Union Government had already rejected Mr. Parrikar’s request for amendment of MMRD Act. Mining in Goa was banned in February this year by the Supreme Court quashing second renewals of 88 mining leases, while also directing the State government to allot the leases afresh as per appropriate laws.last_img read more

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, May, 13, 2019 filer, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime returns the ball to Croatia’s Borna Coric during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome. It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are each children of immigrants. What’s not typical is that they have all simultaneously broken into the world’s elite ranks of tennis players _ and will all be worth watching when the French Open begins Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)ROME — It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are each children of immigrants.What’s not typical is that they have simultaneously broken into the world’s elite ranks of tennis players — and will all be worth watching when the French Open begins Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Auger-Aliassime’s father is from Togo and Andreescu’s parents are from Romania.“I think the great part about Canada is everyone says the people are so nice, the people are so friendly. But I think it’s because everyone comes from somewhere. So we’re just all so accepting,” Shapovalov said.“We all ended up in the same place from different paths and different families. That whole thing as a nation is incredible. We’ve all come our way and now we’re all playing for the same country and we’re all so proud to do it. It’s an incredible story.”Canada’s national training program has played a big role in shaping the players’ games.“They all have their style. They all don’t strike the ball the same,” International Tennis Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri said. “And that means that it’s darn good coaching. Because you coach within the style and mentality of the player.”Andreescu has been out due to an injured shoulder since her title in Miami. But she’s been training at Rafael Nadal’s academy in Spain.“This has been a good period for me because I’m working a lot on my fitness, which is very important for the clay season. So I’m really looking forward to what I can do at the French Open,” she said. “Clay is one of my favorite surfaces.”Shapovalov slept in the basement of Auger-Aliassime’s house during his run in Montreal a couple of years ago and the pair recently went out and watched the latest Avengers film during a tournament in Spain.“We try to hang out as much as possible,” Shapovalov said. “We understand each other so well.”Hockey, however, remains a divisive issue for the pair. That’s because Shapovalov is a Maple Leafs fan while Auger-Aliassime supports the rival Montreal Canadiens. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tony Mitchell eager to make up for lost time as NLEX goes back to first-choice import The 20-year-old Shapovalov burst onto the scene a couple of years ago when he upset Rafael Nadal at the Canadian Open. He is now up to No. 23 in the rankings.The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime’s breakthrough came at the start of this year when he reached the final of the clay-court Rio Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThen things really started heating up in March when Andreescu, who is also 18, beat five seeded players when she won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California , as a wild card entry; and Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime — as a qualifier — both reached the semifinals of the Miami Open.“I grew up with Felix and Bianca and to see how far we’ve come, to see Bianca lifting up a Masters trophy, my mind is exploding,” Shapovalov said in a recent interview. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:06DICT eyeing 4th, 5th telco player in PH – Honasan01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ “It’s tough because he’s a Habs fan,” Shapovalov said. “At least we got basketball in common. We got one team in Canada. We’re both Raptors fans.”One more thing all the young Canadians have in common: increasing success on the tennis court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “You look at Canada and it’s like, ‘Hockey, hockey, hockey.’ And don’t get me wrong. I love hockey. I love the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Shapovalov said. “But it’s great to see that now people are like, ‘Oh, you can play tennis as well in Canada.’”While Canada has not historically been known as a tennis hotbed, it has produced other top players in recent years. Eugenie Bouchard (2014) and Milos Raonic (2016) were the country’s first two Grand Slam finalists, each at Wimbledon. Daniel Nestor completed a career Grand Slam in doubles in 2008 and Vasek Pospisil won a doubles title at Wimbledon in 2014.“Obviously they’ve inspired us and they’ve paved the way for us,” Shapovalov said. “I feel like every week a Canadian is making noise.”Auger-Aliassime (No. 28) and Andreescu (No. 22) each achieved career-high rankings this week.Shapovalov was born in Israel after his parents moved there from Russia. The family then settled in the Toronto area before Shapovalov turned 1.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThis single sided pull up banner contains pictures of all levels of touch from juniors to elite. It stands at 1200mm x 2000mm and is ideal for use at tournaments, functions and special events.Normally priced at $220 (including GST) + freight, it is currently available for a limited time to order for just $121 (including GST) + freight.To recieve this limited offer orders must be received by COB Friday 13th April 2007.For more information or to order please contact Tara Stanford on 02 6212 2800last_img read more

first_imgHead coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It turns out it isn’t just SEC football fans who are willing to go above and beyond to display their fanhood on a daily basis. Sunday night, a Kentucky hoops supporter named Gina Estep tweeted a photo of her friend, who is pregnant, showing just how much she’s into Wildcats basketball. The UK supporter has painted her stomach into a basketball and added two Kentucky logos. It’s amazing.@UKCoachCalipari Thought you would enjoy this soon to be UK fan:) pic.twitter.com/DtOlhdpSal— Gina Estep (@Ginadawn1) February 16, 2015Score another win for Kentucky – the Wildcats are certainly going to add one more hardcore fan very soon. Props.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Ruben Fleischer, the director of zombie comedy Zombieland, has explained why it took him ten years to make a sequel, saying that he wanted to maintain a “really high standard” of storytelling. The filmmaker is back with the much-awaited sequel Zombieland: Double Tap with the core cast of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin reprising their fan-favourite characters. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fleischer said he and film’s writing team struggled to crack the “right story” for the sequel. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”The easy answer is, I think we all wanted to stretch our legs and try different things. I think we were all excited to do other stuff. But, the other thing is, we just couldn’t figure out the right story to tell. It took a minute to get a story that we all felt was worthy, to come back to Zombieland for,” the director said. “We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than original. And that ultimately all comes down to the script.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – A defence lawyer says the world has always been pitted against two brothers with fetal alcohol syndrome who repeatedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl they randomly abducted at a bus stop.Sentencing arguments concluded Thursday for Cody and Corey Manyshots, who pleaded guilty two years ago to kidnapping, uttering threats, sexual assault and robbery.Court heard the brothers, both in their 20s, have poor cognitive function, low intelligence and mental-health issues. But that was not enough for the defence to argue they were not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.“These two men fell through the cracks of life,” Alain Hepner, Cody’s lawyer, told the court. “They didn’t stand a chance from the minute they were born.”The pair approached a 17-year-old girl at a northeast Calgary bus stop in November 2014, forced her into an alley and sexually assaulted her.They then abducted the Grade 12 student and took her to their home, where they sexually assaulted her another 15 times until she was able to escape about eight hours later when they fell asleep.Excerpts from reports read in court suggested the brothers need to live in a structured, supervised environment to ensure their well-being and the safety of others.While a penitentiary would provide that sort of setting, everyone agreed putting the brothers behind bars indefinitely is not an option.There was discussion of what support might be available to the men after their prison terms conclude.“What more of a disability could an accused have?” provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk asked. “I’ve never seen a case like this.”Semenuk is to deliver a sentence Jan. 26.Hepner proposed about nine years in prison for his client, taking into account time already in custody.The lawyer said there is no treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome, but he hoped there is a way the brothers can get the resources they need to lead meaningful lives once their sentences end.Hepner, who said Cody does have some insight into his crime, presented a statement on behalf of his client, who cannot read.“He said he’s truly sorry for the pain he caused the young girl and he can no longer blame alcohol or drugs,” said Hepner, who added the man wants to get counselling for substance abuse.Corey’s lawyer, Mitch Stephensen, asked for a 6 1/2-year sentence, including time already spent behind bars.He said his client can barely read or write, functions at the level of a four to six year old and will become overwhelmed if given too much information at once.“Corey will not do well in treatment that he doesn’t have the mental capacity for,” said Stephensen, who cited one of the reports.“But in my respectful submission, we have to make the attempt.”The Crown had earlier proposed a 12-year sentence. Prosecutor Jonathan Hak argued the two show little empathy for the victim and there is a relatively high risk they will reoffend.Having them stay voluntarily at a residential facility following their sentence should not be considered, he added.“I think in the real world, that’s not going to happen,” Hak said.“I can’t imagine either of these offenders willing to go to a residential-type facility to live out the balance of their life.”Angelina Manyshots, the men’s mother, also addressed the court.“I really love my sons,” she said. “I’ll do everything I can to help them.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect spelling of Stephensenlast_img read more

first_imgAbout InfluicityFounded in 2012, Influicity is the leading platform for businesses to manage and scale their influencer operations. The suite of products includes influencer search, insights & analytics, campaign management, reporting, social listening, and more. Because Influicity does not operate a limited network of influencers, it can provide global brands with access to any and all social talent, along with the most advanced data analysis on the audiences they reach. The company has offices in Toronto and LA. Influicity indexes over a billion influencers from across the social media spectrum, regardless of their network or affiliation. Through the platform, Bell Media can cultivate and curate the ideal talent rosters based on advertisers’ needs. In addition to offering global scale, Influicity provides access, simple searchability, project management¸ communications services, and analytics tools that show reach and value.“The full suite of features on Influicity ensures that Bell Media can serve its clients with unparalleled levels of service,” says Jonathan Davids, Founder & CEO of Influicity. “We’re excited to partner with Bell Media as they continue to break new ground with the next generation of talent.” Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media announced today a new partnership with Influicity, the world’s leading influencer marketplace and campaign management platform. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster with access to the platform, Bell Media can now provide its clients with unparalleled access to the universe of social influencers. Bell Media also delivers discoverability of the perfect influencer from a centralized marketplace to develop impactful marketing campaigns.Bell Media is already an expert in the field of cultivating and reaching the top influencers through its discovery and development of in-house talent and via its stable of influencers at Much Digital Studios.“Given our success with Much Digital Studios, we were looking to expand our footprint in the social influencer world to include our other brands,” said Alyson Walker, Vice-President, Brand Partnerships. “The Influicity platform offers the most benefits for our advertisers by giving them the ability to connect, measure, and collaborate with 100% of social influencers globally.” About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsEvery night Niki Dumas feeds herself through a tube.The 30-year-old can no longer stomach solid food.For the past four months Dumas has been relying on a daily tube feed to receive the nutrients she needs to live.Dumas lives with a rare abnormality called intestinal malrotation, which is a condition where the intestines are not in the correct anatomical position.“My organs are in the wrong place. My large and small bowels are completely twisted,” Dumas told APTN News from her home in Carberry, Man.People living with intestinal malrotation have a hard time digesting things.Because of this people can experience intense bouts of vomiting, nausea and overall discomfort.(“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” says Niki Dumas seen here in the hospital. Submitted photo)Dumas, who is originally from Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, has been sick since she was an infant but was only diagnosed with the condition in 2017.She was four months pregnant with her youngest at the time when she started experiencing violent spells of vomiting.She was hospitalized numerous times before doctors were finally able to determine what was wrong.Since then Dumas has been in and out hospitals every month.She has to travel from her home in Carberry to either Brandon or Winnipeg to receive treatment to help alleviate the pain.“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” said Dumas. “Half of the time I’m sleeping because I’m so uncomfortable.”“I just can’t be a mother to my children because I don’t have the energy.”Dumas has three children aged six, four and her youngest is now 15 months.She has undergone numerous surgeries to correct the issue including laparoscopic and open bowel surgery; she’s had her gall bladder and appendix removed; and the Ladd procedure, which is the most commonly used procedure to treat intestinal malrotation.Dumas had all but given up hope of a solution when through a Facebook support group, she learned about a specialized surgery option based at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States – the only problem is Manitoba Health won’t pay for it, she said.This appears to be an issue across the country.Last year Andrea Taylor, 32, traveled from her home in Prince Edward County, Ont., to the Cleveland Clinic on her own dime after the Ontario government refused to pay for the surgery.“The procedure has given me my life back,” Taylor said over the phone from her home. “It has given me more than what I had before.”Taylor was the first to tell Dumas about the surgery.She was diagnosed as a newborn and received the Ladd procedure at 12-weeks-old.“The Ladd procedure is a bit of a band-aide on a bullet hole. It’s really good in emergency situations but for overall gut function it kind of just sets things up for problems down the road,” said Taylor.(“The procedure has given me my life back,” says Andrea Taylor. Submitted photo)Those problems came throughout the years ultimately leading to complete gut failure in 2017.Taylor was placed on IV nutrition support for nine months. She had to quit her job as a teacher and move back home with her parents.Both Taylor and Dumas were essentially told the surgery is considered experimental and therefore would not be covered.Taylor’s family and friends spent months fundraising to cover costs.The nearby Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory also helped fundraise for the family. Taylor, who is non-Indigenous, worked at the school as well as her mother for most of her life.Taylor says governments need to be held accountable because lives are at risk if the surgery isn’t covered.Dumas has also started her own fundraising efforts through GoFundMe.LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/malrotation-of-the-bowelShe says doctors in Cleveland have estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars for travel and surgery.Last month, Dumas completed a five-day awareness walk from Carberry to Winnipeg where she ended at the Legislative Building.She called on the government to intervene.“I’m hoping…they help me get on my way to receive this life saving surgery that I need,” Dumas told reporters at the time.Since then, Dumas says she has received numerous messages of support but little has changed.Manitoba Health did send a Winnipeg man to Cleveland for the surgery last year.According to a government spokesperson, out of province procedures can be covered if a physician deems it necessary.Dumas says she hasn’t had much luck with her previous doctors. She has since been assigned a new one and is working to meet with a specialist.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

first_imgWashington: The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Buddhist inmate in Texas whose request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was denied. In a brief, unsigned order, the court on Thursday said that Texas may not execute the inmate, Patrick H. Murphy, “unless the state permits Murphy’s Buddhist spiritual adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state’s choosing to accompany Murphy in the execution chamber during the execution”, The New York Times reported. Murphy was sentenced to death for the 2000 murder of a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins. He has been a Buddhist for about a decade, according to court papers. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have allowed the execution to proceed. In a concurring opinion, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that the state’s policy of allowing only Christian and Muslim chaplains to attend executions amounted to unconstitutional religious discrimination. “The government may not discriminate against religion generally or against particular religious denominations,” Kavanaugh wrote. “In this case,” he wrote, “the relevant Texas policy allows a Christian or Muslim inmate to have a state-employed Christian or Muslim religious adviser present either in the execution room or in the adjacent viewing room. “But inmates of other religious denominations who want their religious adviser to be present can have the religious adviser present only in the viewing room and not in the execution room itself for their executions.” Murphy’s case was similar to one in February in which the court, by a 5-to-4 vote, allowed the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama who had asked that his Imam be present. In Alabama, only a Christian chaplain employed by the prison was allowed in the execution chamber.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Wrestler-actor-producer Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock’s film titled Fighting with My Family, which is based on the true story of WWE wrestler Paiges life and her wrestling obsessed family, is set to release on April 5 in India. Produced by Dwayne, the film is being brought to India by Universal Pictures International India and MGM Studios, read a statement. The film is directed and written by Stephen Merchant and stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe story behind Fighting with My Family begins with a documentary. In 2012, Dwayne was filming Fast and Furious 6 in London. Unable to fall asleep, he turned on the television and began watching a non-fiction film titled The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family. It followed a young woman, Saraya Bevis, who fought under the name Paige, and her outrageous, wrestling-obsessed family. Dwayne, who founded and runs production company Seven Bucks Productions, immediately recognised the potential in the documentary. “It had something special that resonated with me, and I thought it could be turned into a really compelling movie,” Dwayne said.last_img read more

first_imgKuala Lumpur: A Vietnamese woman, who was the second accused in the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was freed from a Malaysian prison on Friday. Doan Thi Huong’s release came after she accepted a deal with Malaysian prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of “causing injury”. “I met Doan yesterday (Thursday) at the prison to give her new clothes and a pair of shoes,” Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, one of her lawyers, told BBC. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “She was obviously very happy to be released and looks forward to being reunited with her family.” According to a CNN report, after her release, Doan Thi Huong left for the immigration department, where she is expected to be processed before returning home to Vietnam later on Friday. Her co-defendant Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian national, was freed in March after charges against her were dropped. The prosecution did not provide a reason for the decision. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Kim Jong-nam had been waiting to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau on February 13, 2017 when the two women approached him in the departure area. CCTV footage showed one of them placing her hands over his face, then both women leaving the scene. Kim Jong-nam died on the way to hospital from what was later found to be exposure to the nerve agent VX, one of the most toxic of all known chemical agents. North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing, but four men – believed to be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder – have also been charged in the case. They remain at large despite an Interpol “red notice”. With Doan Thi Huong heading home, it is likely no one will ever be convicted of murder for using one of the world’s deadliest chemical weapons to stage a brazen assassination in broad daylight.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: No one can dare to overthrow the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday. Sawant, while inaugurating the election campaign of Sidharth Kuncalienkar, BJP’s candidate for the May 19 by-election for Panaji, also said that the BJP would win the prestigious Assembly seat which has been held by the party for 25 years, during which it was largely represented by late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “I am saying this on purpose. I am certain that this government will complete the remaining three years. Our alliance partners, Vijai Sardesai or independent MLAs, are with us. We will complete three years in power. No one has the daring to overthrow this government,” Sawant said even as political experts insist that the future of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa depends on the results of the four by-elections in the state. Three Assembly by-elections for Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem have been held on April 23 while the bypoll in Panaji constituency, necessitated by the death of Manohar Parrikar, is scheduled for May 19. Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied at 14 MLAs each in the Assembly which is currently reduced to 36 MLAs and the BJP-led coalition government is currently hinged on a wafer thin majority. Sawant was appointed Chief Minister in March soon after the death of Parrikar. BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienkar takes on Atanasio Monserrate of the Congress, Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch and Valmiki Naik of the Aam Aadmi Party.last_img read more

first_imgCroatia-born Bharatanatyam danseuse Nikolina Nikoleski, who was encouraged to pursue dance forms and sports from childhood, finds to her delight that more and more Indian youngsters are taking to physical expression. “India has recently changed and is still going through changes in last 6-8 years where more youngsters are also being exposed and encouraged in physical expression,” Nikoleski, 43 said. “I see that as a very positive change and good sign. Being healthy and free in one’s body is the foundation of a good and complete life,” she said. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSpeaking about her own early practice, Nikoleski recalled: “I was born and brought up in Croatia where children from a very tender age are exposed and encouraged to pursue various dance forms and sports. Almost every child then takes this hobby very seriously.” The hobbies later translate to professional spaces, and make Croatia – with a population of close to 42 lakh people – a country with “world, Olympic and European champions in every sport”, she said. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraShe is trained in classical ballet, contemporary dance, folk dances, flamenco, physical theatre, and yoga, apart from Bharatanatyam. Nikoleski’s quest to learn multiple dance forms took her from the small European country, where she started with gymnastics at the age of four, to the land of multiple cultures and dance forms – India. Settled in Delhi since 2005, the professional dancer-teacher has learnt Bharatanatyam in India under the tutelage of gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan, Malavika Sarukkai, as well as Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan. Coming from the light-footed ballet tradition, it took dedicated practice for Nikoleski to master this age-old dance form, that requires the performer to do heavy footwork along with gestures and body movements. “I fell in love with Bharatanatyam because of its amazing holistic art, beautiful expression, use of all body, including facial expressions, ‘mudras’, intricate footwork, state-of-art costume and jewellery, music and ragas. “They transform and elevate one’s feelings. Most importantly, it’s storytelling of ancient spiritual scripts, and brilliantly expresses all human yearnings, longings, emotions, and inner battles,” she explained. Heading her own dance academy now, she said that learning the Indian classical has completed her as a human and as an artist. Her students performed classical ballet, contemporary and jazz at an event here last week.last_img read more

first_imgMarrakech – The former Director of UNESCO on Friday praised the personal involvement of King Mohammed VI in defending the Palestinian cause.The personal involvement of King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, for the defense of the Palestinian cause is “beyond any doubt”, said former Director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Federico Mayor Zaragoza.The Sovereign who is “custodian of a multi-century legitimacy does not spare any effort to support the Palestinian people’s legitimate claims for an independent, free and sovereign state”, the UNESCO former chief (1987-1999) told MAP as Morocco is holding this January 17-18, under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI, the 20th session of Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Federico Mayor, who also served as Spain’s education and science minister underscored the importance of Al Quds committee meeting in Marrakech as “a new and important opportunity” to resume dialog on the Middle East peace process and discuss Israel’s policy of illegal settlements.He also considered that the world is closely following this meeting which is held in a crucial period for the Palestinian issue and peace negotiations, stressing that the timing is “more than pertinent” given Israel’s provocations and aggressions, which are a source of worry to the international community.Federico Mayor further commended the actions and initiatives of Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, the field arm of Al Quds Committee, to preserve the religious and cultural legacy and civilization of city.“The Agency’s programs have efficiently contributed to alleviating the sufferings of Al Quds inhabitants and to improving their daily life”, he insisted.last_img read more

Toronto’s made jumpers throughout the playoffs have been by far the most suspenseful of those of any of the final eight teams, taking an average of 0.117 seconds to fall into the basket. That hang time was 44 percent longer than the average of the other seven clubs. And looking at a larger sample size doesn’t change much about the result: At an average of 0.108 seconds, the Raptors’ successful regular-season jumpers at Scotiabank Arena took longer to fall through the basket than any other team’s makes on their home courts, too, according to the SportVU analysis. You might remember that Leonard hit a game-winner in March against Portland — a fadeaway from Scotiabank’s right baseline, with the shooter’s bounce and all — that looked almost identical to the one he would eventually make against Philadelphia.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KawhiBLAZERS.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To be clear, even though the Raptors have the longest hang time at home, their numbers are far from an outlier in the data set. The arena did have an odd rim-related issue last season, when officials had to delay a game because one of the rims was slightly crooked and required an adjustment. But no one could look at the numbers presented here and realistically suggest that anything about them is crooked, or that the arena’s rims are fundamentally different from others in the NBA.Still, there’s no doubting the fact that Toronto has gotten a couple of very friendly bounces over the course of the playoffs — not just from Leonard, but also from Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who told me somewhat candidly, “I hate our rims.” (While that might sound odd, given his incredible hot streak lately, VanVleet had struggled mightily the last two postseasons from the perimeter.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BOUNCES.mp400:0000:0002:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a number of potential factors to consider with unusual data like this. One counterintuitive example: A team with dead-eye shooters, for instance, often won’t get opportunities for much hang time on the rim because their jumpers will swish through the net, registering a minuscule amount of time around the basket as a result. At the same time, though, players and teams who use considerable arc might be better positioned to get a beneficial bounce or roll, regardless of how soft or tight the rims are.2Midrange shots usually require less arc than 3-pointers, so a team taking more triples — like the Raptors, who have taken more than 40 percent of their shot attempts from that distance this postseason — might ultimately get more soft bounces. And no team has put more air under its 3-pointers this postseason than Golden State.In fact, while the Raptors’ shots have had the most hang time on the rim during home games, the Warriors have seen the league’s biggest home-road disparity in terms of how much longer the ball has teetered on the basket while playing in familiar confines. Golden State’s jumpers have stayed in the vicinity of the rim 0.02 seconds longer at Oracle Arena this postseason than on the road, by far the biggest gap of any playoff club. By contrast, Toronto’s shots actually hang near the rim slightly longer on the road than they do at home, so it’s hard to claim a soft-rim advantage at home for the Raptors. Trail Blazers-0.001 76ers0.216 Raptors0.224s Raptors-0.008 On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM Celtics-0.004 The notion of shot arc is where Leonard’s series-ending jumper comes into play. While Kawhi generally doesn’t put much arc on his shots at all, he had to loft the one against Philly over the outstretched hand of 7-footer Joel Embiid to avoid having it blocked. Leonard’s shot reached a peak height of 18.2 feet before bouncing on the rim — a night-and-day difference from the league-average peak height of just 15.1 feet. The extra height almost certainly gave the shot a greater chance of going in from a physics standpoint.And that shot is the first thing that comes to mind now whenever the Raptors benefit from seemingly lucky bounces. VanVleet, even with his expressed hate for the Toronto rims, has fully leaned into the idea that something magical — with the baskets or otherwise — is happening here.“I think we’ve got a special thing going. Just kind of the aura, and the magic in the air, you can feel it a little bit,” VanVleet told me. “We have a lot to do with that, our fans have a lot to do with that, and things are just going the right way for us.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Bucks0.206 Celtics0.210 Are the Raptors getting lucky rolls on their home rims?How long shots hang on the rim by team in home games, 2019 playoffs TEAMADDED HANGTIME AT HOME On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM The Warriors’ shots survive on the rim longer at Oracle ArenaHow long shots hang on the rim at home vs. on the road by team, 2019 playoffs Warriors+0.020s Trail Blazers0.220 Rockets+0.006 Bucks0.000 Rockets0.181 TEAMBALL IN VICINITY OF RIM 76ers-0.006 Nuggets0.208 Warriors0.214 Nuggets-0.014 Kawhi Leonard’s rainbow arc game-winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals over Philadelphia — a buzzer-beating miracle that bounced on the rim four separate times, for 1.8 seconds, before falling through — was historic the second it went down. And that shot will arguably become even more iconic if and when the Toronto Raptors dethrone the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty in the coming days. Few shots have provided that sort of drama while also indirectly ushering in what figures to be a changing of the guard in the sport as we know it.Because of that shot, it’s been hard not to notice the others that have all but taken up residence on the cylinder at Scotiabank Arena. “Those rims are really soft,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.But do shots really hang on the rims more in Toronto? Will the Raptors have some hidden advantage when they take their home court and try to close out the NBA Finals in Game 5? As it turns out, yes, the Raptors’ jump shots do roll on and around the rim longer in Toronto than other teams’ jumpers do in their respective arenas. But no, that isn’t somehow evidence of anything underhanded at play.In an analysis of Second Spectrum shot-tracking data run by Matt Scott of STATS SportVU, we looked at all jumpers of 10 feet or greater, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and pulled the time measured between when the ball hit the rim and when it left the vicinity of the cylinder for a miss or went through the net for a make. The Raptors’ jump-shot attempts at home this postseason have bounced on or around the rim for an average of 0.224 seconds, the longest of any team to advance beyond the first round.1Even if you exclude Leonard’s wild shot against the Sixers from the data set, the Raptors’ jump-shot attempts have still hung on or around the rim longer, on average, than any other team that made it to the second round. read more

first_imgThe only catch here is there can’t be a button or link that allows the customer to purchase that content outside of the app. As Mac Rumors notes, the removal of the rule necessitating the corresponding subscription deal at the same or better price now allows publishers to raise their pricing to pad Apple’s 30 percent cut, which, of course, still remains intact. It also appears that the other sticking point for publishers, detailed subscriber data, has not been changed either. Apple has changed its rules for in-app subscriptions and content access in the App Store. Reports are indicating that the most significant change is access to content purchased outside of the app without a corresponding in-app subscription requirement, and a concomitant relaxation of pricing requirements.In February, Apple released its app subscription service, which debuted with the launch of News Corp.’s The Daily. The subscription service rules were set to take effect at the end of this month. Until now, Apple required publishers that wanted to offer subscription deals outside of the app to include the same or better offer inside the app. Also, publishers couldn’t provide direct links inside the app to purchase content outside the app. Here’s what Apple CEO Steve Jobs said when the company announced is subscription plan in February: “All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app.”The new rules, as initially reported by Mac Rumors’ Jordan Golson, now let apps link to purchased or subscription content outside of the app without also requiring a similar or better deal in the App Store. All Things D’s Peter Kafka raises another point—that the new rules could pose significant problems for apps such as Amazon’s Kindle app, which has a button that delivers customers right into the Kindle store.Up to this point, big publishers have been split on their acceptance of the rules in general. Conde Nast and Hearst just started selling subs via iTunes and the Financial Times decided to forego an iOS app, instead launching an HTML5 Web app, freeing it from any of Apple’s App Store requirements.While the rule adjustment does allow for greater outbound content and pricing flexibility, it’s not a wholesale change to the model. Publishers that want to play within the walls of the App Store still have to swallow the 30 percent cut, limited subscriber information and the inability to direct customers to Web-based content offers.last_img read more