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Tips and Tricks for Harnessing the Lighting Power of Fire

first_imgHow have you worked with fire light in the past? Share your experiences in the comments below! Fire is beautiful. Fire is dangerous. Fire is a great way to light a scene! Here are some tips and tricks to consider before lighting your next video project with fire.Cover image via ShutterstockFire is a beautiful form of light. It’s also wild and unpredictable. The soft incandescent flicker of a burning log fire is incredibly pleasurable to watch. It’s no surprise that many scenes take place around a campfire or under candlelight. It’s the perfect setting for exploring a character’s backstory or an emotional moment.So, as you would expect, setting a scene around a fire or candlelight isn’t as simple as it seems. Fire, in nature, is sporadic. It can be tricky trying to control flames and the illumination they provide. However, if you have the right tools, it is possible. Let’s explore some of tips and tricks for harnessing the lighting power of fire.Flicker BoxesImage: Roger Deakins’ lighting setup on Skyfall.A flicker box is an excellent apparatus that you can acquire and incorporate into the lighting system you already have. The key to creating a realistic flicker is for it to be spontaneous and have no regular pattern at all. Flames are sporadic, the flicker needs to randomly increase and decrease in intensity — and a flicker box does just that. You simply plug your lamps into the box, set the levels, and let the flicker box do its thing, as seen in this clip from theC47.Here’s another example (via Cammon Randle) of a flicker box being used by an independent film crew. You can see how effective the effect is even with just a single light. Flame BarA flame bar is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a gas-fueled tube that will have several flames protruding through small holes on the top. You can see in the still above (from Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) that Merry’s hand is creating a shadow on Sam’s leg, which is quite unusual, as the shadow is being projected from the side — yet, the fire is in front of them. This is because there is light out of frame enhancing the light that the campfire is creating.The flame bar in the video above (via Pyrotechnology) might look somewhat aggressive, but you can obtain flame bars in a host of different sizes and shapes. Make sure that the beam is set to flood and not spot. Otherwise, the light falloff might become noticeable.Dedicated Flickering LightImage: Flicker FIRE® LED Firelight FX Panel from Magic Gadgets.This is a light that has been specifically built to mimic the effect of a fire. It has several customizable preferences such as speed, intensity, color, and so forth. As a disclaimer, I’ve not used this light, so I can’t give a full review/opinion of it. But I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these lights at a friendlier price range in the future.DIY OptionsImage via Shane Hurlbut.There are plenty of household and professional lighting options that can mimic the effect of a fire flicker. You can buy large Christmas tree lights that mimic the effect of candles — at the correct color temperature, too — but I doubt these will illuminate your talent correctly. Nonetheless, with a shallow depth of field, they can make great background lighting if candles have already been established within your scene.While on the topic of friendly price ranges, what about illuminating your subject with candlelight using a piece of equipment that only costs $30? In my video tutorial below, I run through the basics of using a reflector to mimic the bright flicker of a set of candles. While it doesn’t have the perfect results dedicated equipment would present, it certainly does the job if you don’t have the resources available to you.last_img read more

NCAA: Peaking Arellano secures 4th place playoff

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Levi dela Cruz led the way for Arellano with 20 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals, while Lervin Flores got 14 markers, seven boards, four dimes, and two blocks.Zach Nicholls also continued his stupendous showing late in the season, firing 11 points powered by his two triples, to go with five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This game, which was postponed, is a bit of a blessing in disguise for us because this became our last game. So this is a big thing for us. We have a chance in the playoff,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Arellano can progress to the Final Four if Letran loses to St. Benilde and San Sebastian falls to Perpetual on Thursday. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City ARELLANO 81 – Dela Cruz 20, Flores 14, Nicholls 11, Alcoriza 8, Cañete 6, Enriquez 6, Viloria 5, Meca 4, Taywan 4, Abanes 3, Concepcion 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0.MAPUA 64 – Buñag 22, Pelayo 9, Victoria 8, Gabo 7, Estrella 6, Orquina 5, Raflores 4, Jimenez 3, Aguirre 0.Quarters: 17-13, 39-28, 58-48, 81-64. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next The 10 things to know going into this NBA season View comments Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPeaking at the right time, Arellano finished the eliminations with a 81-64 whipping of Mapua to secure at least a playoff for the last Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Even without lead guard Kent Salado for the second straight game, the Chiefs showed no letups as they coasted to their fourth straight win and ended the second round on an even 9-9 card.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, with how things are standing, the Chiefs are poised to be in a fourth-place playoff if the Knights or the Golden Stags tie them at 9-9.Arellano broke the floodgates in the second quarter as it jumped to a 39-28 halftime edge before extending the advantage to as high as 21, 76-55, with a Flores layup with 3:04 remaining.Christian Buñag topped Mapua (3-15) with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Cedric Pelayo had nine markers and two rebounds.Seniors Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo also played their swansong for the Cardinals as they ended their campaign at the cellar on a three-game losing skid.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Historic Ceres-Negros run ends

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Having played just 12 of the 28 matches so far with three months remaining in the season, the Busmen have plenty of catching up to do in the domestic league, which is expected to be finished in the third week of December.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines 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 Games Pradera Verde crowds favorites for Pal Ladies crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul BACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros’ historic AFC Cup run came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of a big, strong and organized side from Central Asia.Facing a deficit that even the strongest teams can’t overcome, the Busmen were knocked out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the inter zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim A 0-4 loss away in Dushanbe three weeks ago meant the Busmen fell 1-5 on aggregate and sent Istiklol to the inter-zone finals where it will face either Bengaluru of India or 4.25 of North Korea.Super Herrera gave Ceres a glimmer of hope with a header off a corner in the 34th minute. But Dimitri Barkov pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break, leaving the Busmen with a deficit too difficult to rise from.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCeres-Negros faces next a compressed domestic schedule that could see the Busmen play an average of two matches a week in the Philippines Football League.The Busmen’s run to the AFC Cup Asean zone crown has seen them postpone several matches in the PFL. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cavs to interview Blazers assistants for coaching position

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, center, sits between assistant coaches David Vanderpool, left, and Nate Tibbetts, right, as they play the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA preseason game in Phoenix. A person familiar with the team’s plans says the Cavaliers intend to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for their coaching job. Cleveland has received permission to speak with Tibbetts and Vanterpool, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ coaching search will venture into the Pacific Northwest.Cleveland plans to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for its coaching job, a person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Louie Alas baffled over non-call on Alex Cabagnot: ‘We saw Jazul was punched’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img The Cavs, who have previously interviewed Miami assistant Juwan Howard and Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley, are being deliberate in their search and have not established a time frame to make a hire. They are considering NBA assistants as well as college coaches.The 41-year-old Tibbetts has Cleveland connections, working as an assistant on Byron Scott’s staff from 2011-13. He’s in his sixth season with the Blazers.The 46-year-old Vanterpool has been with Portland since 2012. He’s been linked to the opening in Phoenix as well.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Cavs have received permission to speak with Tibbetts and Vanterpool, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.The Cavs are being sensitive to Portland’s playoff run and have not yet scheduled their interviews with Tibbetts or Vanterpool, who are considered rising coaching stars. The Trail Blazers host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night in Game 5 leading the series 3-1.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, first reported the Cavs’ interest.Cleveland is looking for a new coach after parting ways with Larry Drew following a 19-63 season. Drew took over in October when Tyronn Lue was fired and guided the Cavs through a challenging season made tougher by injuries. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Ultraman Canada (2009) in which she was placed sixthThe Ultraman Canada (2009) in which she was placed sixth required her to swim for 10 km, followed by a 420 km bike ride and an 84.4 km run, over the course of three consecutive days.This was followed by Ironman Canada four weeks later which comprised of a 3.8 km swim, a 180 km bike ride and a 42.2-km run.Vaidyanathan, who is a PhD in electrical engineering from UC Canterbury in the US, currently teaches courses in computer architecture, innovation and business policy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar as well as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.Her 192-page book is essentially a repository of both funny and heart-breaking encounters of a woman who refused to give up.It is also a tale of motherhood and pushing the boundaries of what a body can do.Among the many hurdles that came her way, she writes about the times when she was stuck in sports facilities that lacked basic support systems, even toilets and of times when if she wanted to compete, it would have had to be on her own salary.While participating in the Ultraman, she says, she could not afford a high end professional bike and therefore had to settle for a cheaper aluminium one.”People were laughing at my aluminium bike and I was laughing back at them because I knew that my last bike was even worse!” she quips.Married to a Punjabi, Vaidyanathan who became a mother two years ago is currently embracing motherhood, but says that she continues to take care of her diet to stay fit.advertisement”Though I am not following a strict training routine now, but I make it a point to go for work-outs, eat healthy and avoid eating outside as much as I can,” she says.Vaidyanathan has also founded PatNMarks, an Intellectual Property consulting firm that offers services like early stage conceptualisation, budgeting, drafting strategy and filing for Intellectual Property among others. PTI DPB TRS ANS ANSlast_img read more

Cup Tuneup: Japan Beats Cyprus 1-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SAITAMA, Japan — Defender Atsuto Uchida scored late in the first half on May 27 as Japan beat Cyprus 1-0 in the team’s final match on home soil before departing for the World Cup.Uchida put Japan ahead in the 43rd minute when he pounced on a rebound off a save by Cyprus goalkeeper Panos Constantinoy and calmly tapped in from close range.“I think the team did OK,” Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. “We just finished a physically hard training camp so there was some tiredness, but our decision making was good.”Uchida had just returned from a thigh injury sustained in January. “I got injured and I wasn’t sure if I would make it back in time,” Uchida said. “But I got picked for the team and was looking to make a contribution today.”Veteran striker Yoshito Okubo, a surprise inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad, came on just before the hour mark and almost doubled the advantage with a right-footed shot from around 30 yards (meters) that sailed over the crossbar.Cyprus, ranked 130th in FIFA’s world rankings, never seriously threatened Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.Japan, which is preparing for its fifth consecutive World Cup campaign, faces Ivory Coast, Greece and Colombia in Group C in Brazil.Shinji Kagawa had another good scoring chance in the second half with a right-footed shot from the edge of the area that forced Constantinoy to make a diving save.Zaccheroni’s team will leave Japan on May 28 for a training camp in Florida that includes tuneup matches against Costa Rica and Zambia.(JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Never asked umpire to take off four overthrows during World Cup final: Ben Stokes

first_imgAll-rounder Ben Stokes has cleared the air regarding the controversial ‘six’ which was awarded to England during the World Cup final against New Zealand.”I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires,” he said in the latest episode of BBC podcast.”I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry’,” he added.During the final over in England’s chase of 241 on July 14 at Lord’s, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.After consultation with Marais Erasmus and the rest of his umpiring colleagues, Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England — who by then seemed to be drifting out of contention needing nine runs from three balls — were suddenly right back in the hunt for their World Cup glory needing three more from two.England were adjudged winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes — to New Zealand’s 17 after the the match ended in a tie after regulation play and Super Over.Earlier, Stokes’ teammate James Anderson had claimed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.advertisement”I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” Anderson had told BBC’s Tailenders podcast.Dharmasena, who was targeted for his controversial overthrow call, had accepted his mistake, but said he didn’t regret the decision. ICC had also backed the Sri Lankan umpire over the issue.Former India skipper Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will also be discussing issues relating to the World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in their next meeting in first quarter of 2020.Also Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso Read | Amid rumours of rifts and discord, Team India leave for West IndiesAlso See:last_img read more

‘I adore Harry Kane’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I adore Harry Kane’ – Tottenham striker key to England’s World Cup chances, says Ardiles Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 18:21 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup England Harry Kane Brazil Argentina Tottenham Hotspur Lionel Messi The Spurs legend thinks the Three Lions captain has his country’s hopes on his shoulders in Russia Harry Kane’s form at the World Cup will be crucial to England’s chances of success in Russia, according to former Tottenham star Ossie Ardiles.England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday night and Kane has been named captain for the tournament by coach Gareth Southgate.Tottenham striker Kane heads into the World Cup on the back of scoring 46 goals in 53 appearances for club and country this season, and will be aiming for his first tournament goal after drawing a blank in four games at Euro 2016. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move World Cup winner Ardiles is a huge admirer of Kane and has outlined the 24-year-old’s importance to England’s prospects in the coming weeks.“First of all, I absolutely adore Harry Kane,” Ardiles told Goal, as he supported the live screenings of the World Cup at London’s Planet Hollywood.”He is one of the guys who is not only scoring but he creates things and he works very hard for his team. He is a proper player, he is wonderful.”Of course, when you have a player like that then he is going to be incredibly important to whoever he is playing for, whether it is Tottenham or in this case England. The success for Harry Kane and England are intertwined. If Harry Kane does very well for England, then England will do very well and the other way around.”Ardiles was invited to watch Argentina’s opening game at the World Cup against Iceland, which finished 1-1, by the Argentinian FA.He received the invitation due to being part of the team that won Argentina’s first World Cup in 1978 and he finished his international career with 58 caps, scoring eight goals in the process.The 65-year-old believes Brazil are the favourites to win the tournament in Russia and has explained why he feels a Lionel Mess-led Argentina are outsiders compared to their old rivals.“If I have to put my money on one team I would go for Brazil,” he added.”My dream is for Argentina to be champions but unfortunately it has not been the best football period for Argentina.”[When] we lost against Spain 6-1, it was a big shock, a big hit and it is not easy to recover from that. We arrived into the World Cup in not the best of minds.”The best player in the world is Messi and with him absolutely anything can happen, but for something to happen the team has to be much, much better.”last_img read more

Lose the Heavy Amp With the AmpliTube Fender App

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture Lenny Kravitz’s New Twice Toothpaste Will Make Plaque Fly Away Hey electric guitar and bass players, now you can get that rock and roll sound from the comfort of your iPhone or iPad. The next best thing to plugging into a Fender amp has come along — in the form of the AmpliTube Fender app. This handy app comes with all the benefits of a real amp without having to lug around all that weight. The Manual quizzed Davide Barbi, the chief technology officer of AmpliTube Fender’s developer, IK Multimedia, to find out what AmpliTube Fender is all about.How did the idea for the AmpliTube Fender app come about?Fender selected AmpliTube as the most truthful and sonically accurate amp modeling software. So we were very pleased and glad to release the first and only official suite of amp modeling exclusively dedicated to some of the best products of this legendary company.Who did you design the app for?The app is designed for guitar players, composers, hobbyists, producers, singers, everybody that want to play a guitar with legendary amps tones right on mobile platforms as well as on professional desktop audio workstations.What is it supposed to be used for? What are its functions?You can use AmpliTube Fender to play for yourself, for fun, to study, to play live onstage without carrying heavy amps, to record your songs idea with great sounds and so on.How does it enhance tracks?The sound of the electric guitar is nothing without a great amp, and AmpliTube Fender simply allow to get the legendary tone of some of the best guitar amps ever made — without having to get, transport and hook-up the real thing.How different is the app than a real Fender?The amp models are extremely accurate, in fact they are officially approved by Fender.What are musicians saying about it?Musicians love the possibility to play with such fantastic tones right on an iPhone or iPad, this is a truly amazing new possibility that allows to play everywhere in many different conditions with easy setup and killer tone.For more information, visit Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree The Top 5 Best Note-Taking Apps Jim Beam American Stillhouse is Now on Airbnblast_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Bonobos Opens Fifth Avenue Flagship In NYC

first_img Editors’ Recommendations You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 The largest Internet-launched men’s clothing brand, or as it’s more commonly referred to as, Bonobos, yesterday opened their largest guideshop to-date.The two-story, 4,000 square-foot space in New York City’s Flatiron District is the e-tailer’s 17th brick-and-mortar location since the first opened in 2011.Responding to customer feedback of wanting to try products on before purchasing, the in-store experience offers customers dedicated guide to help with sizing, fit, and styling.So what differentiates the guideshop from a dedicated Bonobos outlet? For one, customers won’t have to deal with the hassle of bags when they leave (items ship free in 1-4 days with free returns). Additionally, ‘obos is able to carry a more expansive inventory as well keep cost lowers ensuring higher quality products at lower price points.“The openings in particular have reaffirmed our belief that customers want to touch and feel the product before purchasing,” according to a Bonobos Guideshop Representative. “Another interesting learning has been that our customer’s don’t miss the instant gratification of walking out with the product – we believe that what we are offering, service, is much more important than stocking inventory in-stores.Related: J. Crew and New Balance celebrate the dog days of summerThe new guideshop’s top floor is dedicated to business and formalwear including tailored suits, dress shirts, blazers, ties and tuxedos and also features the Groomshop service for wedding parties.The street level is where you’ll find more casualwear including shirts, denim, chinos, sweaters and knits. as well as Maide by Bonobos golf apparel.For the launch, Bonobos sourced Vuarnet sunglasses from outposts across the globe becoming the only retailer in the U.S. to carry this vintage brand. They also partnered to create Austin Jeffers x Bonobos exclusive handmade leather travel bags and co-designed Mulo x Bonobos canvas shoes that incorporate floral patterns from Bonobos Summer 2015 collection.Complimentary appointments can be scheduled by visiting or by calling 646.869.4933.Bonobos Guideshop is located at 95 Fifth Avenue at 17th Street in New York City’s Flatiron District. The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasionlast_img read more

Spotted Dragon Takes a Load Off in Grangemouth

first_imgImage Courtesy: IneosOn September 28, 2016, Ineos Insight, an LPG tanker operated by Swiss-based chemicals company Ineos, docked at Grangemouth in Scotland, bringing US shale gas cargo to the UK for the first time. The vessel carried 27,500 cubic meters of ethane gas originating from the Marcellus Shale in Western Pennsylvania. It was the first time that ethane has been exported from the USA to the UK.The shipment is said to represent the culmination of a USD 2 billion investment in the project by Ineos.“This is a game changer for British manufacturing. Its arrival guarantees the security of thousands of jobs in Scotland and could spark a shale gas revolution,” Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and founder of Ineos, said.The 20,900 dwt Insight features a length of 180 meters and a width of 26.6 meters. Together with its sister vessels, the Insight is one of the world’s largest specifically built ethane multi-gas carriers.last_img read more

Port of Antwerp to Get New Tanker Terminal

first_imgzoom As part of the massive investments planned for Belgium’s port of Antwerp in the next few years, the SEA-Invest group said it would construct a new tanker terminal in the Delwaide dock representing an investment of EUR 250 million (USD 279.9 million). In the same dock the group will also operate an independent container terminal that it has acquired from Independent Maritime Terminal (IMT).This facility is currently located in the Hansa dock but will be moved to the Delwaide dock where there is space for further development with an additional investment of EUR 50 million.Other new activities not directly related to the waterfront will help to reutilise the space released in the Delwaide dock.Additionally, Houston-based terminal operator Zenith Energy has now chosen the Right bank of the Scheldt in Antwerp where it would invest EUR 250 million.Given the size of the project which this company wishes to carry out in Antwerp, and taking into account also the limited quay length available in the Delwaide dock, the alternative site was chosen in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) region.While in the Hansa dock the SEA-Invest subsidiary SEA-Tank Terminal plans to build additional tank capacity for Total on the concession that it acquired from the IMT container terminal, representing an investment of EUR 100 million.On this concession site it will initially build additional tank capacity of 160,000 m³ for Total, with further potential for expansion. The additional capacity will act as an extension of the neighbouring SEA-Tank Terminal facility. The existing terminal became operational in 2010 and was expanded by 340,000 m³ in 2013. It currently has a capacity of 860,000 m³.“Thanks to the huge interest in the port area we have been able to select projects that offer the highest added value for the port area as a whole,” Port Authority CEO Eddy Bruyninckx, said.He added that the waterfront sites have been reserved for candidates that will generate large freight volumes and so make maximum use of the available maritime infrastructure. As for the non-waterfront sites we have opted for candidates that will help to further develop the chemical and petrochemical cluster.last_img read more

Digby Access Nova Scotia Centre Celebrates Official Opening

first_imgThe new Digby Access Nova Scotia Centre officially opened today, May 29. In addition to regular Access Nova Scotia Centre services, the new facility includes the land registration office formerly located in Weymouth. “Co-locating the Digby Access Centre and the land registration office improves customer service and convenience by providing more services under one roof,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “By continuing to provide convenient services to Nova Scotians in the Digby area, and to clients in all Access Nova Scotia Centres, we are making life better for families across the province.” The Digby Access Nova Scotia Centre provides information and services to people and businesses, including driver testing and licensing, motor vehicle registration, and land registration.last_img read more

Trudeau offers Canadian lumber steel to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

first_imgPARIS — Canada is offering homegrown softwood lumber and steel to help with the reconstruction of Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral, which was partially destroyed by fire in mid-April.In a letter sent to French President Emmanuel Macron this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada was proud to support France in the reconstruction of the iconic monument.The Canadian Steel Producers Association and the Forest Products Association of Canada have already indicated their support for the Canadian government initiative.Trudeau is in Paris today and Thursday to take part in a series of meetings in the fight against extremism and online violence, some two months after an attack at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, left 51 dead.Not long after arriving in Paris today, Trudeau made a visit to Notre Dame alongside the cathedral’s rector, Patrick Chauvet, and French Culture Minister Franck Riester.The prime minister will also take part in the Christchurch Call to Action summit co-hosted by Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.He’s also scheduled to speak at the VivaTech summit, an annual event celebrating innovation that brings together startups and leaders.Trudeau also has several bilateral meetings scheduled with the leaders of Jordan and Norway today, and France and New Zealand on Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada and US remain very far apart on softwood lumber Chrystia Freeland

MONTREAL — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada and the United States remain “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement.Freeland offered the blunt assessment after addressing the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal today.Her comments, which come nearly two months after duties were first imposed on Canadian lumber producers exporting softwood into the U.S., suggest that any hopes of a swift resolution may be out of reach.Canada announces $867M in softwood aid in wake of U.S. lumber taxU.S. softwood lumber duties will cost 2,200 jobs and $700 million, Conference Board of Canada saysTrudeau tiptoes around trade disputes with U.S. as Trump mulls ‘major action if necessary’Still, Freeland says there are “good grounds for reasonable parties” to reach an agreement, pointing out the U.S. economy’s dependence on Canadian lumber because it can’t produce enough on its own.She says the federal government remains confident in its position that the duties on Canadian producers are punitive and without foundation.In late April, the U.S. set levies on Canadian softwood lumber producers ranging from three to 24 per cent on allegations that they are unfairly subsidized, accusations that Ottawa and the Canadian industry rejects. read more

Government compensates families of migrant workers

In a solemn ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, Minister Mangala Samaraweera handed over compensation and salary dues totaling Sri Lanka Rupees 50 million to the family members of thirty-three deceased Sri Lankan migrant workers who had been employed in the Middle East and in Malaysia.The funds handed over today were secured in consultation with and through the intervention of Sri Lanka’s Embassies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan. The Ministry also secured 195 million Sri Lanka Rupees as compensation, salary dues and other forms of redress which were disbursed among 180 families in 2014. A portion of these funds were secured through litigation. Apart from the funds disbursed today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the assistance of Sri Lanka’s Missions overseas, has already handed over approximately 63 million Sri Lanka Rupees among 58 families as compensation, salary dues and other forms of redress this year. The families for whom the Ministry obtains such compensation are from different parts of the country. The deceased workers, the injured as well as victims of harassment are mainly those who have been engaged in unskilled work.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sri Lanka Missions overseas negotiate with the authorities, sponsors and employers in the countries concerned on a regular basis to obtain such compensation and dues for migrant workers who are engaged in legitimate employment overseas, on valid visas. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Netflix scores net neutrality win in Canada

first_imgAfter waiting patiently for what seemed like an eternity, Netflix finally arrived in Canada back in September of 2010. Like many Canucks, I leapt at the opportunity to sign up for the streaming-only service and couldn’t wait to drop the disc in my Wii when it finally arrived. Not everyone in Canada was excited — most notably, cable and satellite TV providers.Once it was obvious that Netflix was a hit here in the Great White North, competitors began shouting that Netflix was a broadcaster and therefore needed to be regulated just like any other broadcaster in Canada. That would’ve meant contributing financially to domestic production initiatives and maintaining a certain level of Canadian content in its offerings.There’s an obvious problem with that plan, of course. There are thousands of other services that people in Canada use every day that operate pretty well the same way that Netflix does. Just about every adult video website in existence, for example, works much like Netflix. Regulate one, and you’ve got to regulate them all.Not so fast, says the CRTC — the body that oversees broadcast and communications goings-on in Canada. According to the CRTC, there’s just no evidence that online video services are significantly impacting traditional broadcasting services yet.  For now, then, the CRTC is keeping its hands off Internet video (and Netflix specifically), but things could clearly change if users begin fleeing satellite and cable in favor of services like Netflix or Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox TV.Don’t feel too bad for the providers who lose out in this net neutrality win. They’ve been working on ways to generate initial revenue from bandwidth consumption. If they can’t get the CRTC to squeeze Netflix for cash, they’ll squeeze users at home for a few extra bucks for watching video on someone else’s service.via The Globe and Maillast_img read more

After Wind Waker HD Nintendo might outsource HD remakes to focus on

first_imgAs you may have noticed, Nintendo hasn’t made a new, successful IP in a long time. Most of their popular games have been sequels or HD remakes. While we all enjoy a sequel or HD remake every now and then, if they’re too frequent, it becomes clear that a developer is struggling to come up with a solid idea, and instead rehashes an idea that has proven itself in the past. When talking to reporters this week, Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto noted that most of the company’s developers are working on new games, rather than HD remakes.The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle managed to inject some life into Wii U sales, so Nintendo isn’t exactly abandoning the HD remake game in order to inject that same life back into its original offerings. Instead, Nintendo is tinkering with the idea of outsourcing the HD remakes; Miyamoto said those would be good projects for development partners.While it might seem weird that Nintendo would give one of its prized possessions to another developer in order modernize it for the current generation, Nintendo has done so before. Arguably the best entries in the Metroid franchise were developed by Retro Studios and not Nintendo proper, and Capcom handled some of Nintendo’s Zelda titles, such as the Game Boy Advance original The Minish Cap, as well as the GBA remake of A Link to the Past.So, if you were afraid a non-Nintendo HD remake would be mishandled, the company does have a good track record with outsourcing beloved franchises — most of the time, at least.last_img read more

Inondations au Pakistan le choléra vient sajouter au déluge

first_imgInondations au Pakistan : le choléra vient s’ajouter au déluge Pakistan – On dénombre déjà 1.200 morts dans le nord-ouest du pays, ravagé par les inondations. Un bilan provisoire auquel s’ajoute maintenant une épidémie liée aux mauvaises conditions sanitaires. Malgré l’aide promise, la population crie sa détresse.Plus de 1.200 morts, 1,5 million de sinistrés, près de 30.000 habitations endommagées : tel est le bilan actuel des pluies de mousson diluviennes qui frappent  le Pakistan depuis six jours, les plus fortes depuis des décennies. Inondations, glissements de terrain et lessivage des terres agricoles ont ravagé notamment le district de Swat. À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceDe plus, le ministre de la Santé de la province de Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, dans le nord-ouest du pays, estime que 100.000 personnes ont été atteintes de choléra ou de maladies gastriques dues au manque d’eau potable. Nombre de sinistrés sont allés trouver refuge à Peshawar ou à Muzaffarabad, capitale du Cachemire pakistanais.L’aide internationale est attendue : outre des moyens de transport et du matériel, les États-Unis ont promis 10 millions de dollars, Ban Ki-moon, secrétaire général de l’ONU, s’est engagé pour la même somme et la Chine, elle-même gravement touchée par la mousson, annonce une aide de 1,5 million de dollars. La communauté européenne, quant à elle, a débloqué samedi 30 millions d’euros.Cependant, malgré les efforts de l’armée et du Centre national de gestion des catastrophes pakistanais, qui procèdent à des évacuations, des manifestations de réfugiés ont eu lieu pour dénoncer le manque d’aide fourni par le gouvernement local. De fortes précipitations sont encore attendues dans les semaines à venir, amenant jusqu’à 200 mm d’eau dans la région.      Le 2 août 2010 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more