Make Your Own Light Control for Quasar-Style Tube Lights

first_imgIn this tutorial, we’ll go over how to build an inexpensive — and relatively simple — quasar-style light control using foam core.Tube lights are probably the fastest growing type of fixture on film sets, both big and small. They’re cheap, versatile, and you can rig them almost anywhere. They come in slim, no-nonsense versions like the $75 Quasar Daylight T8s, all the way up to the app-controlled RGB Digital Sputnik Voyagers.One thing that most tube-style lights share is built-in diffusion, which scatters the light from the line of LEDs over a wide area. Without this, the individual LEDs would be too harsh and specular. One downside of this design is that it makes the lights hard to control, illuminating your subject and whatever else is in the general direction.Light control cases — known as egg crates or grids — are available, but they can be expensive. The industry-standard DOP choice unit for a four-inch tube light is over $200. It does a good job controlling spill, letting you get the light where you want it, but spending more than the light on a controlled system is not always possible, especially if you have multiple lights or banks of tubes to control.One method I’ve found incredibly helpful is making your own light control with foam core. This isn’t as reusable as the pro version, but it’s much cheaper, and you can build and customize them to the light rig you’re working with. In this sense, it’s more like a strip of diffusion or gel than a piece of grip equipment.1. Foam CoreTo begin, get a piece of foam core the length of your light. You can use white if you want a little extra output, or black if you really want to cut back on the spill. If you’re rigging the light from a stand, you’ll want to take into account any other extra length.Make sure the foam core is as long as your light.2. Decide on the AngleA typical tube light gives a 180 degree throw. If you leave five inches on either side of the light, you’ll reduce this to around 90 degrees. If you’re looking for a more focused beam, you could use up to ten inches and get a 50 degree throw.Keep in mind, this’ll make the light larger to rig and take up more space.You’ll need to double this width. So, for the five inch version, cut your foam core ten inches wide.3. Scoring the Foam CoreThis’ll allow you to snap the foam down the center, giving you an A-frame shape.Score the foam core down the center and break it.4. Attaching the Foam CoreIf you’re placing your light above the subject, you can sometimes get away with just resting the light control on the light and let gravity do the work. I’ve used a grip clip to hold the light in place, but depending on the design, you may want to puncture the foam core with a screwdriver, then use zip ties to attach it more permanently.Attach the foam core to your light.5. Rigging Your LightYou can now hang, bolt, or otherwise attach your light to a stand or the set. You may want to cut through the foam core at certain places to allow access for something like the Matthews MQ Mount.You can now attach or mount your light.6. Shoot!Now, just place your light where you want it. If what you’ve made is going to live to fight another day, cut it off and store it with other expendables.Looking for more articles on lighting? Check these out.3 Lessons in Lighting from Cinematographer Robert RichardsonWhy Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving How to Build and Use the Swiss Frame Book LightThe Best Scenario for Using Space Lights: An IntroductionGetting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible Placeslast_img read more

Cong. should explain injustice to Gujarat during its rule: Shah

first_imgAHMEDABAD: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday criticised the Congress for the “injustice” done to Gujarat during its rule, while starting the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthplace, Karamsad.The second part of the Yatra, the BJP’s road show ahead of the Assembly elections in December, will be started from Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar, on his birth anniversary on Monday. “Recently, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to the State and questioned the Gujarat model of development. But I want to ask the Congress to explain why injustice was meted out to Gujarat generation after generation during the Congress regime,” Mr. Shah said.The rally was marked by attempts by Patidar community members to disrupt it. Mr. Shah cited instances of “injustice”, like Jawaharlal Nehru “sidelining” Sardar Patel, and Morarji Desai being denied the prime ministerial post during Indira Gandhi’s regime. “People of Gujarat want to know why the Congress has inflicted injustice on the those who were from Gujarat,” Mr. Shah said. He claimed that during the UPA regime, Gujarat was again treated unjustly as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Before the rally, Mr. Shah and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani paid tributes to Sardar Patel at his ancestral home. The Gaurav Yatra is meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas Live Telecast

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Puneri Paltan, who suffered a massive defeat to Patna Pirates in their previous match, will look to bounce back when they host Tamil Thalaivas on Wednesday, September 18. The PKL 2019 season 7 Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas fixture will be played at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Balewadi in Pune. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas fixture is scheduled to start at 8.30PM. Tamil Thalaivas, on the other hand, will be eager to end their eight-match losing streak in their upcoming outing.Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 is into its ninth week. The Pune leg of PKL 2019 will come to an end on Friday. The next set of games will be played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. On Wednesday, at 7.30PM, UP Yoddha will lock horns with U Mumba. In the second encounter of the day, Puneri Paltan will take on Tamil Thalaivas. The 12 teams participating in PKL 2019 are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas match start?The 96th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 8.30PM. The match between Puneri Paltan and Tamil Thalaivas will be played at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas clash on TV?PKL 2019 Puneri Paltan and Tamil Thalaivas clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas match on live streaming?The live streaming of Puneri Paltan and Tamil Thalaivas, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live StreamingPuneri Paltan First Published: September 18, 2019, 4:19 PM ISTlast_img read more

England bank on Harry Kane’s golden boot at Euro 2016

first_imgTottenham Hotspur fans love to serenade local lad Harry Kane with the chant “He’s One of Our Own” but the whole of England will be singing his name if his rich scoring streak takes his country deep into Euro 2016.Kane has emerged as his country’s most natural goalscorer since Alan Shearer and scooped the Premier League’s Golden Boot prize this season with 25 goals, the first English striker to lead the charts for 16 years.He scored one more than Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and while Vardy has bagged a Premier League winners’ medal, Kane is most likely to lead England’s attack when they kick off against Russia on June 11.His rise has been meteoric.Two years ago his future at Tottenham looked uncertain after a series of loan spells, including one at Leicester.However, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s faith was rewarded last season when Kane established himself in the first team and scored 21 league goals.After a sluggish start to this season, he took his game to a new level, scoring 25. He now has 49 goals in 81 league games. Kane marked his England debut last year with a goal 80 seconds after coming on against Lithuania and has five goals in 11 appearances for his country.Born close to former England captain David Beckham and former England and Tottenham forward Teddy Sheringham, he also shares some of their attributes.While lacking the straight-line speed of Vardy, like Sheringham he is adept at locating space, linking the play and, above all, shooting with deadly accuracy. Like Beckham, his work rate is exemplary and he boasts vision and ability from dead-ball situations.advertisement”You see a player like that and he has got an honesty about the way he plays and that is what I love seeing,” Beckham said.”He works hard and you can tell he cares about the game and playing for our country.”Sheringham, who helped England to reach the semi-finals of Euro ’96, also likes what he sees and believes Kane will arrive in France on a high after an outstanding season.”He’s a fantastic player, full of goals, full of optimism, full of confidence,” Sheringham said.”I like that he’s not just one particular type of striker. He can run in behind, he can hold the ball up, win it in the air, drop off, lay people in, has lovely touch, finesse and vision and sees other players around him.”last_img read more

Stuart Broad targets England ODI return for 2019 World Cup

first_imgFast bowler Stuart Broad has fallen out of contention for a regular starting place in England’s one-day international side but the Test stalwart is “desperate” to represent his country at the 2019 World Cup on home soil. (Latest Cricket stories)Broad, who climbed to the top of the Test bowlers rankings earlier this year, was part of the England side that made an embarrassing group stage exit at the 2015 World Cup and has barely featured since.England have prospered in white-ball cricket after making sweeping changes to their tactics and personnel in the wake of the disastrous showing in Australia and New Zealand, and Broad has only featured in two matches during that rebuilding period.England and Wales are hosting the 2017 Champions Trophy and the World Cup two year later, and the 30-year-old Broad is determined to do everything necessary to fight his way back into the side.”I’m desperate, as I think every England cricketer would be, to play at the 2019 World Cup in England,” Broad, who has taken 178 wickets in 121 ODIs, told Sky Sports. “It is a long way away but it will creep up.”The tricky part of playing a lot of Test cricket, I’ve played 48 on the bounce now, is you don’t actually get a lot of time to play white-ball cricket so it’s quite hard to keep up with the standard in a game that moves forward so quickly.”Since last appearing in those two ODIs in South Africa in February, Broad failed to feature in England’s home one-day series wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan and was also overlooked for the three matches in Bangladesh, beginning on Friday.advertisement”I’m trying to find more time to play white-ball cricket,” Broad added. “I’ve got a bit of a proven track record with the white ball, my stats are pretty good in the 50-over stuff, I just need to play a bit more of it.”last_img read more

Assam downtown University- The Hub of Learning in Guwahati

first_imgAssam downtown University was established with the objective of bringing quality higher education to the North Eastern Region of India and its neighboring countries. In a short span of time it has risen to become one of the top most universities in Assam attracting students not only from North East Region but also from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Africa. Assam downtown University was established in the year 2010 offering multi-disciplinary programs at the Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctorate level apart from offering several skill oriented certificate and diploma programs. 1. Unique programs and courses The university is running programmes in four major domains of learning- Engineering and Technology (B. Tech & M. Tech courses), Business Management Studies (BBA, MBA), Allied Health Sciences (B.Sc, MBA-healthcare) including Pharmacy (D.Pharm/B.Pharm/M.Pharm), and Humanity Studies. Assam downtown University offers many unique programs which are not widely available in India like Trauma & Disaster Management, Radiography Technology, and Dialysis Technology in addition to skill oriented programs in Hotel Management, Nursing, Nutrition and Diet Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Social Work, etc. Today Assam downtown University has one of the top Pharmacy College in Assam, unique programs in Management and a highly ranked Engineering College in Assam.There is also emphasis on designing special courses on new age topics like cyber security, big data, cloud technology, animation and special effects, and also specific content for the banking and financial services industries. These courses will help provide students with infinite opportunities in the near future.advertisement 2. Focus on research and academia AdtU offers an excellent academic infrastructure. It has a team of highly qualified faculty, with several PhD holders with higher qualifications. The university encourages its faculty to undertake research projects and sponsors for paper presentations at the National and International forums. There is an independent Department of Research headed by a dedicated Director to focus in this area. Sponsored Research Projects of DBT & ICMR are being conducted here; and it is one of the few private Universities in the country to have been selected for such prestigious research projects. The University offers Distance Education Programmes in BBA, MBA and B.Sc (IT). Diploma courses in Guwahati are offered to produce skilled workforce in the region as part of its efforts to actively engage in Govt. sponsored skill development programs under dedicated faculty.3. International curriculum & collaborations with universities abroad The academic model is uniquely designed to match international standards. The curriculum offered is continuously upgraded to keep pace with the overall development of industry and in-line with the best practices followed in international Universities. Assam downtown University has undertaken international collaborations.It has tied up with Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand where students are offered a two week international exposure through participation in a few of their programs annually. It has tied up with Liverpool University to source certain modules that can be taught with existing courses. This leads to Liverpool University certification as well. International research scholars from across the world come for a semester on a teaching exchange program. This helps expose students as well as faculties to best teaching practices from across the world.The courses have been designed keeping in mind the needs of the industry, making the student prepared for the industry and industry interface is integrated into the curriculum for all programs. The university boards for curriculum development of courses and content development includes representatives from industry to make them more relevant for recruiters. External examiners are appointed from the industry to take viva voce of students for their final examination to help assess job readiness and application based knowledge. AdtU ties up with industry to partner for courses, content and knowledge, in keeping with industry requirements. The completion of these courses earns a joint certification from the university and partnering industry.4. Faculty development programs Regular development programs are organized for the faculty too. Every week there are compulsory paper presentations by the faculty across disciplines in front of a committee. Guest lectures are organized every month delivered by a person from a top institution in India and the NE Region. This allows healthy discussion and deliberation amongst the AdtU fraternity.5. Excellent infrastructure Apart from tailor made well designed courses and a powerful knowledgeable faculty, ADTU embraces a sound infrastructure that look after every student’s needs. Covering a 1.5 million sqft area and 1500 capacity hostels, there are varied facilities for sporting activities-basketball, football, swimming pool(under construction),indoor sports halls. Gym facility is also available for the students on campus. A new amphitheatre is coming up shortly. A well stocked library, canteens, medical facilities give the Institute an added edge. On campus ATM facility makes the lives of the students easier.advertisementOne unique feature of AdtU is its weekend curriculum. Saturdays are reserved for varied extracurricular activities for the students and faculty. Ranging from on campus dance classes to music lessons and yoga. Further the university has several clubs for students to pursue areas of interest of their choice apart from academic pursuits like science club, creativity club, adult literacy, etc. The university aspires to help create global citizenship for their students.AdtU has launched an integrated ERP and learning management system encompassing all faculty and students in its fold. This will help integrate class schedules, lesson plans, notes, digital information boards and all forms of data. It is a first of its kind initiative the university has undertaken.6. On campus placement program The Placement Programme ensures that successful students are absorbed in large corporate houses annually. AdtU organizes on campus placement drives that are definitely the largest in the region. Over 50 companies were present for on campus placements on a single day in 2017. More than 500 offers were made during the course of the day. Companies recruiting included Axis Bank, Indusind Bank, Oberoi Group, Cipla, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Taj Group, Accor Hotels, Lemon Tree Hotels, Indigo, Spice Jet, Patanjali, Genpact, NH Hospitals, Asian Heart Institute, HCL to name a few.7. Scholarship programsAdtU believes in equality for all sections of the society. Following this principle AdtU offers the largest scholarship program in the region. Every year 100 students from the region are selected for this programme. Where required, hostel facilities and any other additional financial support is borne by the University to enable students to pursue higher education. Scholarships are issued on the basis of merit depending on marks obtained during entrance examinations and also for meritorious students who top University examinations.The vision and direction of Prof.(Dr) R.C. Deka, Former Director- AIIMS, is guiding the multi pronged initiatives of the University, giving shape to what has been a dream education institute from the North East.last_img read more

Olympiacos Owner in Corruption Probe

first_imgATHENS — The Chairman of Greek champion Olympiacos has been suspended from sporting activities and released on bail after testifying on June 18 in a major investigation into alleged corruption in Greek soccer, jeopardizing his side’s Champions League spot.Court officials said Vangelis Marinakis was ordered to appear twice a month at his local police station as part of the conditions of his bail, which was granted after testifying for more than five hours.The bail was set at 200,000 euros ($230,000).Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Marinakis was part of a criminal organization that instigated bribes and blackmail attempts to try and fix results in the Greek league.Thirty-two others, including members of a referees’ committee, and officials from the Greek Football Association and topflight clubs Veria and Atromitos are also under investigation in the same probe headed by prosecutor Giorgos Andreadis.While there was no immediate reaction from Marinakis or Olympiacos, Marinakis has denied the allegations, accusing rival clubs of making false claims against him.The investigation is ongoing, and no decision has been made on whether Marinakis will stand trial.UEFA rules bar entry to the Champions League and Europa League for any club involved in fixing matches since April 2007.In August 2011, Turkish champion Fenerbahce was withdrawn from the group stage by its national federation while its president was implicated in fixing matches to win the previous season’s league title. UEFA reinstated Trabzonspor which had been eliminated in the qualifying rounds.Panathinaikos was league runner-up last season, and could be upgraded to the Champions League group stage from the third qualifying round.State television quoted PAOK football club owner Ivan Savvidis as praising Marinakis’ suspension.“I truly hope that the prosecutors’ decision heralds a new era for Greek football,” he was quoted as saying. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tiger a Major Champion Again, and Race to Nicklaus Back On

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major.Now the question becomes how many more he can win.So much appeal of that red shirt beneath a green jacket involved looking back at all Woods had to overcome to reach that moment — a Masters champion once again — that so many thought would never happen.The fourth surgery to rebuild his left knee. The private affairs that became public, shattering his image. The balky back that required four more surgeries, the last one out of desperation because he could barely walk, much less play golf. And a new generation of stars he inspired who were younger, stronger and capable.That’s why Woods celebrated his 15th major like never before — fist pumps without a club in his hand, because he couldn’t help himself walking off the 18th green.“Overwhelming,” he said with a voice still hoarse from all that screaming.Tiger Woods smiles as he wears his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)He went 28 majors over 11 years without winning, and no sooner did he stretch his arms into that familiar green jacket — “Ah, it fits,” he said in Butler Cabin — was he asked about the 18 majors Jack Nicklaus won to set the gold standard in golf.“I don’t know if he’s worried or not,” Woods said. “I’m sure he’s home just chilling and watching.”Whether the record is in play, Nicklaus can expect plenty of questions. For years, he could rarely get through any conversation without someone asking him whether he thought Woods could top his mark.“I thought for a long time that he was going to win again,” Nicklaus said Sunday night on Golf Channel. “The next two majors are at Bethpage, where he has won, and at Pebble Beach, where he has won. So, he has got me shaking in my boots, guys.”The last part was delivered in jest.The first part was factual.Woods winning his fifth Masters was not entirely out of the blue. He capped the year of his great comeback last year by winning the Tour Championship in typical Tiger fashion, by building a lead on a tough, fast course at East Lake and not giving anyone much of a chance to catch him. He also briefly led Sunday in the British Open, and was one shot behind on the back nine at the PGA Championship.“The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close last year a couple times,” Woods said. “Still have to get it across the finish line, and I didn’t quite do it.”Tiger Woods wears his green jacket holding the winning trophy after the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)So, imagine the effect of winning the Masters, especially the way this one played out. Six players had at least a share of the lead at one point on the back nine — four of them major champions — and there was a five-way tie for the lead when the final group was in the 15th fairway.It was anyone’s game until Francesco Molinari, who earlier hit 8-iron in Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole for double bogey, hit a wedge off a tree limb and into the water on the par-5 15th that led to double bogey.And then it became Woods’ game — a two-putt birdie to take the lead, an 8-iron that rolled down the slope next to the hole for a signature moment at this Masters.“Well, I can win majors now,” Woods said with a laugh.The PGA Championship is a month away at Bethpage Black, where Woods was dominant as ever in going wire-to-wire in the 2002 U.S. Open, and was right there with a chance in the 2009 U.S. Open except for a putter that refused to cooperate.And then it’s the U.S. Open in June at Pebble Beach. If the Masters is the most memorable of his 15 majors, Pebble Beach remains his greatest performance. Woods won there in 2000 by a record 15 shots, even with a triple bogey in the third round. Ten years later, he tied for fourth at the U.S. Open at Pebble, three shots behind.The courses are familiar. Woods is familiar with winning majors.Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)But it’s not that simple.Woods was 24 when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble, and 26 when we won at Bethpage Black. Now he’s 43.As dynamic as this Masters was for Woods, it was hard work and he needed help — from Molinari on the 12th and 15th holes, from a couple of good bounces out of the trees. That’s not unusual. Every major champion needs a break or two.Getting to 18 is only easier because Woods is one major closer, a conversation caddie Joe LaCava said they have shared.“We’re on 14 and I said, ‘Let’s get to 15.’ You can’t be on 14 and thinking about 18,” LaCava said. “But now we can start talking about 16. So we’re getting closer.”Nicklaus can only watch and admire, which he has done all along. And part of him is cheering.Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)“I don’t ever pull against anybody,” Nicklaus said. “Nobody wants their record to be broken. But I certainly wouldn’t want Tiger to be hurt and not to be able to do it. Of course, he is now pretty healthy and playing well. I wish him well, I always wish the guys well and I want them to pay their best.”That’s what Nicklaus saw at Augusta National.And that’s probably what everyone will expect from Woods the rest of the year.—By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Compound archery coach Teja resigns after Dronacharya snub

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 21 (PTI) Miffed at being dropped from the list of Dronacharya award nominees because of a past case of indiscipline, national compound archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja Friday tendered his resignation. “I have resigned as Indian archery team coach,” a disgruntled Teja told reporters here. Stating that “gross injustice” was meted out to him, Teja said he was not demanding the award but wants a transparent process in the selection of the candidates. Teja had travelled to Jakarta for the Asian Games with the national compound team as head coach. He said that the case of alleged indiscipline against him and the one-year ban from Archery Association of India that followed were things of the past and he had been cleared of these charges long ago. Teja said he had been wronged in this case since he was not at fault for the incident for which he was punished. Teja said Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who hails from a sportingbackground, should have known these facts. “It is like branding me as as a thief. This is gross injustice. I will knock the doors of the Prime Minister and the President,” he said. He also claimed that at least three Arjuna awardees have asked the government to reconsider their decision of removing Teja’s name from this year’s Dronacharya awardees list. In 2015, Teja had travelled with the Indian team as chief coach for the World University Games. The team, which was not sent by the government, had missed out on the bronze medal after hey reached late because of a confusion in timing.advertisement The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) had slapped a three year ban on him while AAI had imposed a one-year ban. “The AIU had reduced the ban to one-and-a-half years because they also found out that I was not a fault. It was not deliberate and was an unfortunate incident. The Chef de Mission knew about the change in timings but he did not inform us. It was not even an event sanctioned by the government and I had gone by spending from my own pocket,” Teja said. The Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. It carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Clarence Lobo (hockey), Tarak Sinha (cricket), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (judo) and V R Beedu (athletics) were recommended for Dronacharya award in the Life Time category. PTI SUN SSCSSClast_img read more

Ruthless All Blacks teach Wallabies lesson in Bledisloe Cup opener

first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Topics Reuse this content Read more Share on Messenger Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union All Blacks beat Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship opener – as it happened It was the worst crowd for a Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney since they started playing at the 2000 Olympic venue in Homebush, but it was slightly better than some feared it might be, which unthinkably, was sub-50,000.The All Blacks led 40-6 at half-time, setting a record for the most number of points they have scored against the Wallabies in a first-half. Australian five-eighth Bernard Foley opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the fourth minute after the All Blacks failed to roll away from the tackled player in their 22.But the All Blacks soon exploited a weakness in the Wallabies’ short-side defence. Flanker Liam Squire scored the first try of the game in the ninth minute after finishing an attacking movement on the left hand side with Wallabies winger Henry Speight rushing out of the line in the midfield to create an overlap.Foley edged the Wallabies closer, 7-6, with another penalty goal in the 16th minute after the All Blacks collapsed a scrum. But the visitors then blew the game apart, scoring 33 unanswered points in the next 24 minutes.Ioane scored his first try in the 17th minute in the left hand corner after getting around Wallabies fullback Israel Folau. He was over again three minutes later, scoring a classic All Blacks try off turnover ball. A pass from Wallabies captain Michael Hooper to halfback Will Genia went to ground and the ball was scooped up by Crotty, who put Ioane away.Crotty scored in the 24th minute. Five-eighth Beauden Barrett looped around lock Brodie Retallick and slipped a pass to Crotty. By this point the Wallabies had already missed 27 tackles. Sonny Bill Williams scored in the 33rd minute, crashing over between rugby league convert Curtis Rona and Speight.Crotty collected his double on the stroke of half-time after receiving a cut-out pass from halfback Aaron Smith and darting over. And All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie scored his first Test try in the 42nd minute to effectively put an end to any chance of a Wallabies comeback win.All Blacks winger Ben Smith scored in the 47th minute after taking an inside ball from Aaron Smith, while Rona, replacement centre Tevita Kuridrani, centre Kurtley Beale and Folau scored consolation tries for the Wallabies, but even that was too little too late.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen praised the team’s performance in the first 50 minutes as “pretty special,” but they were then “seduced” by the scoreboard. “The first 50 minutes was probably as good as rugby as you’ll see and the last 30 was probably the ugliest,” Hansen said.“We got a little seduced by the scoreboard and went away from the fundamentals of what we wanted to do. It’s about concentrating right now on what we did really, really well. That first 50 minutes was pretty special.”The Wallabies now travel to Dunedin where they will try to level the series on Saturday night. If it is any consolation the last time the Wallabies won in New Zealand was in Dunedin, but that was in 2001. Share on Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Australia rugby union team Share on Facebook New Zealand rugby union team match reports Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news The All Blacks out-scored the Wallabies eight tries to four in their 54-34 win, setting a new record for points against Australia in a game which produced the second highest combined number of points, 88, in a Tri Nations/Rugby Championship Test. All Blacks Winger Rieko Ioane and centre Ryan Crotty both collected doubles.Instead of lifting spirits, the Wallabies’ defeat just created more despair to go with the gloom of Australia’s 0-26 win-loss record against Kiwi opposition in Super Rugby and the culling of the Western Force.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika lamented the team’s woeful defence. “It was pretty plain to see that our defence wasn’t good enough,” Cheika said. “The adherence to the way we wanted to defend plus the tackling itself. It’s got to be better. The first part of the game is not the level we can be at, at all. Not in any game, let alone a game against them.“It’s not attitude. It’s maybe that little bit of doubt creeps in. When something goes against you early and we have been preparing a certain way, a little bit of doubt creeps in and causes some of the problems. Points should be coming. We have an attacking type of team so we should be scoring points, but you’ve got to have both sides of the game.”Australian rugby desperately needed a Wallabies win to arrest the alarming decline of the game. Yet few truly thought they could win, certainly not the fans. A crowd of only 54,846 showed up and a lot of supporters were Kiwis or, say it quietly, dual citizens. The large number of black coats, jumpers and jackets darkened the mood. Bledisloe Cup Read more Australia sport Rugby Championship There was hope it would be the start of something big, the resuscitation of Australian rugby no less – a Wallabies-led recovery which would bring the game in this country back from a near death experience. But it turned out to be a sad, forlorn longing, crushed by the weight of 23 men in black.Some claimed there were cracks in the All Blacks’ armour. Sex scandals, bugging dramas and even a spelling crisis, but the only cracks were in the Wallabies’ defence. 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Leeds United’s worst signings of all time

first_imgTransfers Leeds United’s worst signings of all time Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Seth Johnson Leeds United Getty Images Transfers Leeds United Championship The Elland Road outfit have had a rough time of it in the transfer market over the years – Goal takes a look at some of their most disappointing buyslast_img

MS Dhoni in Sydney: Fans cannot get enough of Indian superstar ahead of SCG ODI

first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 14:58 IST MS Dhoni will look to regain his form as quickly as possible (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni signed a few autographs at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the 1st ODIMS Dhoni has scored 1355 runs and 2 hundreds in 48 ODIs against AustraliaDhoni has only 13 ODIs left to prove his doubters wrong before the ICC World CupMS Dhoni is back in Australia, probably for one last time, for a one day international series starting on Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). India and Australia play a three-match ODI series before Virat Kohli’s me fly to New Zealand for a limited-overs series later this month.MS Dhoni’s form in 2018 had been a cause of concern for the team management given he remains an important part of the Indian team setup for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales later this year. MS Dhoni has only a handful of ODIs, 13 to be precise, a few T20s and the Indian Premier League left to prove his doubters wrong before India decide on their core group for the 2019 ICC World Cup.After the training session at the SCG on Friday, Dhoni did not disappoint his fans as he signed a few autographs for his fans as India sweat it out at the historic ground.”MSD fever at the SCG post practice. Humble as always, @msdhoni signed a few autographs for the fans who had gathered to watch #TeamIndia train before the 1st ODI #AUSvIND,” BCCI tweeted.MSD fever at the SCG post practice. Humble as always, @msdhoni signed a few autographs for the fans who had gathered to watch #TeamIndia train before the 1st ODI #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 11, 2019After a historic Test series victory in Australia, a confident Indian team’s preparations are in full swing.Soon after landing in Australia earlier this week, Dhoni did not waste time and got down to work as he practised batting in the nets even in the optional training session along with Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu.advertisementDhoni remains one of the more likable characters in the Indian team and will look to regain his form as quickly as possible.Reacently, former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin said he expected Dhoni to play a crucial role in the World Cup with his experience and skills.”I like Dhoni a lot. I feel Dhoni will emerge as India’s No. 1 player in the 2019 World Cup because he has so much experience and we have seen how he marshals the troops from behind the stumps,” Azhar said at India Today Mind Rocks.Australia cricket stars Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja and Tim Pained lauded Dhoni after the former India captain landed Down Under.Dhoni first played an ODI in Australia back in 2008 and has scored 860 runs off 32 matches in the country since. Dhoni has played 48 ODIs against Australia and has scored 1355 runs including two hundreds.MS Dhoni, on his very first tour of Australia 11 years ago, had led India to victory in the CB Series. After qualifying for the finals of the tri-series, India defeated Australia 2-0.After Sydney, India travel to Adelaide for the second ODI on January 15 while the third ODI will be played in Melbourne on January 18.Also Read | MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Kohli better batsman than Tendulkar but Dhoni better captain: Rahul, PandyaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow MS Dhoni MS Dhoni in Sydney: Fans cannot get enough of Indian superstar ahead of SCG ODIIndia vs Australia: MS Dhoni signed a few autographs for the fans who had gathered to watch Team India train ahead of the first ODI at the SCG.advertisementlast_img read more

CPFSA Intensifies its Community Intervention Programme

first_img “The participants welcomed this kind of intervention, and engaged us in the conversation. Although they were resistant to our alternatives to corporal punishment, they were happy that we came, and that we had the discussion with them instead of beating down on them. There was dialogue, so this made a difference,” Mr. Williams stated. Some 140 residents of Bath, St. Thomas, have benefited from a community intervention workshop hosted by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) held recently at the Bath Anglican Church in the parish. Areas covered during the sessions include conflict resolution – how to solve conflicts with our children and with each other; best practices in parenting; alternatives to corporal punishment; human trafficking – how to protect our children from this scourge; and how to detect telltale signs that all is not well with your child. Story Highlights Some 140 residents of Bath, St. Thomas, have benefited from a community intervention workshop hosted by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) held recently at the Bath Anglican Church in the parish.The workshop was held as part of the agency’s Parent Month activities in November.Areas covered during the sessions include conflict resolution – how to solve conflicts with our children and with each other; best practices in parenting; alternatives to corporal punishment; human trafficking – how to protect our children from this scourge; and how to detect telltale signs that all is not well with your child.Speaking with JIS News, Director of the South East Region of the CPFSA, Robert Williams, said there is a need for dialogue with the community, so as to assist them with child-protection issues.“The participants welcomed this kind of intervention, and engaged us in the conversation. Although they were resistant to our alternatives to corporal punishment, they were happy that we came, and that we had the discussion with them instead of beating down on them. There was dialogue, so this made a difference,” Mr. Williams stated.Representatives from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), along with other government agencies, were also on hand to interact with the residents.Meanwhile, a community intervention initiative in the form of a walk-through was also held in the fishing village of Alligator Pond in Manchester in November.Representatives from the Community and Safety Branch of the JCF, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the CPFSA participated in this event.Acting Regional Director of the CPFSA Southern Region, Francine Rhoomes, told JIS News that the walk-through is a response to reports that children living in the community were not attending school, because the parents do not see the importance of sending them.“This community intervention was to sensitise the parents about the importance of education. We have to change the culture and let the parents know how important it is to carry out their mandate as parents,” she said. Mrs. Rhoomes stated that the residents welcomed the walk-through and plans are in place to have a series of follow-up interventions.last_img read more

Carnival Stays at New Orleans

first_imgzoom Carnival DreamThe Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines signed a new agreement that will keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing at least two ships year-round from New Orleans through 2019. The new agreement supersedes a 2013 three-year extension and offers three one-year options that could guarantee Carnival home ports at least two ships of equal or greater size than the Dream Class and Fantasy Class ships sailing from the Port today through 2022.The new agreement began July 1, 2014.“This is a clear demonstration of Carnival’s belief in New Orleans as one of its top home ports,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “We look forward to helping Carnival grow its business in the Crescent City for the long-term.” Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines said: “We greatly value the professionalism of our partners at the port, the ease of operating from New Orleans and the tremendous support we receive from the local community and our valued travel agent partners.Our guests–particularly those from Louisiana-love cruising from the Crescent City and we look forward to continuing our New Orleans program for many years to come.”Carnival currently has two home-ported cruise ships sailing year-round from the Port’s Erato Street Cruise Terminal which was recently renovated to accommodate the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream.Carnival ElationThe Carnival Dream launched seven-day itineraries April 14 from New Orleans with eastern and western Caribbean cruises.The Carnival Dream joined the Carnival Elation, which sails four-and five-day cruises to Mexico.Together, these two ships carry more than 400,000 passengers annually from New Orleans–the most of any cruise line.A study by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) found that spending by Carnival and other cruise operators in Louisiana tops $399 million, generating 7,548 jobs and $294 million in personal income.CLIA also ranked New Orleans the sixth largest cruise port in the U.S.Press Release; July 11th, 2014last_img read more

US West Coast Ports Shutting Down for 4 Days

first_imgzoom Terminal operators at the U.S. West Coast ports are suspending loading and unloading of ships for four days, targeting ‘premium pays’ the longshore workers and clerks would get for the coming weekend and the holidays, the port employers’ representative Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said in a statement.Yard, gate and rail operations will continue at terminal operators’ discretion, and in Southern California, terminal operators will expand daytime vessel operations on non-holiday weekdays, according to the PMA.The PMA members said they do not intend to pay 50% premium over the coming weekend and the holidays (Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, and Washington’s Birthday on February 16) while the productivity is ”severely diminished” and ”the backlog of cargo at West Coast ports grows.”The PMA has on a number of occasions accused the workers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) of orchestrated work slowdowns during the ongoing contract talks.“Last week, PMA made a comprehensive contract offer designed to bring these talks to conclusion,” said PMA spokesman Wade Gates. “The ILWU responded with demands they knew we could not meet, and continued slowdowns that will soon bring West Coast ports to gridlock. What they’re doing amounts to a strike with pay, and we will reduce the extent to which we pay premium rates for such a strike.”The ILWU pointed out that this action marks the second time in less than a week that employers have idled vessels, with the PMA stopping the operations at containerized ports on Sunday.The ILWU says that employers have not made themselves available to negotiate since Friday of last week.”This is an effort by the employers to put economic pressure on our members and to gain leverage in contract talks,” said ILWU President Robert McEllrath. ”The Union is standing by ready to negotiate, as we have been for the past several days.”The stalled contract talks have prompted the National Retail Federation to call on the White House to intervene.”The slowdowns need to end. The brinkmanship needs to stop. The ILWU and PMA are delaying cargo and merchandise in the short-term while harming the competitiveness of the West Coast ports in the long-term,” said the NRF Vice President for Supply Chain Jonathan Gold. ”It’s time for the White House to immediately engage in this critically-important economic priority and force the two sides to remain at the negotiating table until a deal is done. The time for monitoring has passed. The time for action has come.”The NRF expects import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports to rise 10.1 percent this month over the same time, despite the ongoing congestion and shutdowns at the West Coast ports.”With cargo volume growing as the economy continues to recover, the last thing we need is a port shutdown that would bring billions of dollars of economic activity to a halt,” Gold said.Image: POLBlast_img read more

Johnny Depp And Gene Simmons To Rock Music On A Mission Celebrity

first_imgWitness a herculean lineup of Rock’s heavy hitters as Lucky Strike Live opens its doors for an All-Star Celebrity Jam benefiting Mending Kids – offering life-changing surgical care to children across the globe.Confirmed to take part are Johnny Depp & Bruce Witkin, Gene Simmons, Gilby Clarke [Guns N Roses], Nuno Bettencourt – [Extreme], Matt Starr – [Mr. Big]Steve Ferlazzo – [Music Director for Avril Lavigne] and more.And if you want to get really close, a charity auction is giving you the opportunity to get up on stage in front of 600 fans and introduce Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Gene Simmons, one of rock’s all-time greatest legends! Enjoy incredible performances in true VIP fashion with all front of stage access, a private concierge to personally take care of your group, and complimentary food/cocktails for your group. Be sure to bring your favorite KISS memorabilia and camera, to meet Gene Simmons and take home a guitar signed by the legendary rock star himself. The auction can be accessed here.To find out more about this amazing concert event, click here. Mending Kids provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide.last_img read more

Robin Quivers To Host 2016 Women of Influence Awards

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research has announced its 2016 Women of Influence Awards which will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel, Terrace Room located at 768 5th Avenue in New York hosted by popular radio host and actress Robin Quivers.The popular annual awards and luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction beginning earlier at 11:30 a.m. The awards celebration honors seven outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health. Grace Sewell, the popular female singer/songwriter hailing from Australia and known as Grace will perform at the event.Honorees include Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef and Owner at Ariane Kitchen and Bar and star of the hit television show Top Chef along with Debra Joester, President and Owner of The Joester Loria Group, the global licensing agency recognized for producing innovative, award-winning brand extension programs for some of the world’s best brands and Kristine Johnson, Co-Anchor of the CBS 5pm and 11pm News and Emmy Awards nominee. Also being honored is Dalia-Lamming Tilly, M.B.A., Comptroller for the Transport Workers Union Local 100, Nancy Lieberman, NBA Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings and Hall of Famer as well as a Two-Time Olympian, Ruby Marchand, Vice President of International Repertoire Development at Warner Music Group and Vice Chair of the Recording Academy and Sue Phillips, President and CEO of Scenterprises, the custom fragrance company.Tickets and more info can be found here.The Women of Influence Awards & Luncheon reception and silent auction will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. when the luncheon begins and the award presentations take place.last_img read more

Yukon says its in dire need of full time police presence

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in a Yukon community say it’s plagued by violence and are in need of police protection.As APTN’s Shirley McLean reports, because the community of Burwash is so small, there’s no money in the government’s budget for a full time police station.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,262.88, down 108.67 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up one cent or one per cent to $8.80 on 17.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) Health care. Up 97 cents or six per cent to $16.98 on 12.1 million sharesCronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON) Health care. Up $1.04 or 8.8 per cent to $12.81 on 9.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) Health care. Up $1.96 or 3.4 per cent to $59.64 on 8,4 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) Gold. Down 25 cents or 1.8 per cent to $13.35 on 6.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) Energy. Down 10 cents or 2.5 per cent to $3.91 on 5.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR). Consumer discretionary. The parent company of Tim Hortons, denied a claim by a group of franchisees that the coffee pots they’re required to use have been shattering and injuring employees. RBI said the claim is yet another “false accusation” from a group that it has battled for more than a year.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) Energy. CNQ signed a deal to buy the Joslyn oilsands project for $225 million from Total SA and its partners, which include Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Canadian Natural will pay $100 million in cash on closing and make annual cash payments of $25 million over the next five yearsAimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) Industrials. The loyalty-points company agreed to settle a nine-year-old lawsuit over the expiry of Aeroplan mileage points and the closure of dormant Aeroplan accounts — setting the stage for a return of points to eligible members of the loyalty program. The agreement requires court approval.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fall 26 per cent in July

OTTAWA — Canadian factory sales fell for a second consecutive month in July, Statistics Canada said Tuesday due in large part to a drop in the auto sector.Manufacturing sales fell 2.6 per cent to $52.5 billion in July following a 1.9 per cent drop in June.Sales were down 1.4 per cent in July on a constant basis.“The second month of declines in both value and volumes suggests that momentum may be fading somewhat at Canadian factories,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a report.“To be sure, with a shift in the shutdown schedule at auto plants contributing significantly to the pullback, a rebound may be in store next month as these assembly lines come back to life. But with the forward-looking indicators down again in July, rebound expectations should be tempered.”Statistics Canada said the annual auto assembly plant summer shutdowns were longer and more concentrated in July than in previous years and that changes to the models being manufactured in Canada also contributed to the decline.Excluding motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, manufacturing sales increased 0.2 per cent.Sales fell in nine of 21 industries, representing 57 per cent of the manufacturing sector.Sales of transportation equipment fell 13.8 per cent to $9.6 billion in July due a 19.9 per cent drop in motor vehicles and a 11.3 per cent move lower by motor vehicle parts.Food industry sales also fell 0.9 per cent, while gains were made by the wood products sector which gained 2.3 per cent and primary metals which added 1.9 per cent. Non-metallic mineral products gained 4.4 per cent. read more