The Power of Point of View (POV) Shots

first_imgPoint of View (POV) shots have been around since the early days of filmmaking. This “subjective camera” is still commonly used to captivate audiences.A point of view shot, also known as POV shot, is an angle that shows what a character is looking at. Typically POV shots are placed in between a shot of a character looking at something and a shot showing the character’s reaction.Before jumping in depth, check out this great montage of POV shots from Leigh Singer.It’s incredibly difficult to pinpoint to first use of a POV shot in cinema history, but there are certainly instances that became classic. Going back to 1927’s Napoleon, director Abel Gance wanted to film a fight scene from Napoleon’s point of view. To achieve the shot, they wrapped the camera and lens body in sponge padding and had the actors punch the camera. By 1931, a two minute long sequence of POV shots were used in the transformation scenes of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.The 1940s and 50s really propelled the use of POV shots. The era of horror, mystery, and sci-fi films used the technique to captivate and scare audiences. In 1947, the Lady in the Lake used POV shots like never before. The subjective camera, a POV shot term referring to the view of the subject, was used throughout the entire film. The movie’s star, Robert Montgomery, was only ever seen in the reflection of windows and mirrors. To spike attendance, MGM billed the film with the tagline “You and Robert Montgomery solve a murder mystery together!”POV shots became a staple of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. From Vertigo to The Birds, Hitchcock’s use of the technique was everywhere, but he masterfully crafted an entire film around POV shots with Rear Window. In fact, POV shots were used so often in Rear Window, filmmaker Jeff Desom was able to create an entire timelapse of the film just using the POV shots.POV shots tend to represent what an actor sees. However, POV shots can also be used for inanimate objects. These shots were notoriously used throughout the television series Breaking Bad. We are given the point of view of everything from a stovetop to a dryer. Here’s a wonderful look at Breaking Bad’s POV shots compiled by kogonada.In the 1970s, Steven Spielberg dazzled and terrified audiences with his POV shots in Duel and Jaws. By the 1980s and 90s, these shots were frequently used as a technological first person view from the Terminator, Predator, and RoboCop. Viewers were also introduced to Quentin Tarantino’s trunk shot. Recently POV shots have become synonymous with superheroes. Whether web slinging through New York with Spider-Man or flying inside of Iron Man’s armor. All of which you can see in this incredible compilation from Jacob T. Swinney.Looking for more on classic filmmaking? Check out these posts from PremiumBeat:4 Iconic Editing TechniquesThe Art of Perspective and Symmetry in Cinematography7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography TechniquesDid we skip your favorite POV shot? Want more posts like this? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Michael Hussey angered at World Cup omission

first_imgMichael Hussey says his axing from Australia’s squad for the cricket World Cup was premature and he could have overcome a hamstring injury to play in the later stages of the tournament.Hussey was dropped from the squad on Tuesday along with spinner Nathan Haurtiz but said he should have been given more of an opportunity to prove his fitness.He cited the example of all-rounder Andrew Symonds who was picked for the 2007 World Cup despite a serious arm injury. Symonds recovered to play a vital role for the team that went on to win the tournament.”The precedent has sort of been set from the last time with Andrew Symonds,” Hussey said Wednesday. “He came in about the third or the fourth game in the previous World Cup and played a really big part in our team, he was an important part of the team.”I was hoping that would be the same sort of thing for me really – that they’d give me every chance to have a crack at it at least. I thought I could push for the second game and definitely be right for the third game.”Hussey’s only chance of being a part of Australia’s campaign at this month’s World Cup is if another player is injured.”I feel like I maybe deserved that chance to have a bit of a go at it, but they obviously saw differently so it’s disappointing,” he said.”It probably just shows that you can’t look too far ahead. You’ve just got to try and enjoy every opportunity you get to play for Australia – every tournament, every World Cup, every game that you get. You’ve got to enjoy every one because it can sort of all end pretty quickly.”advertisementThe Australian team was to fly out Wednesday, hoping to achieve it’s fourth-straight World Cup win.In a column in The Australian newspaper on Wednesday, Australia captain Ricky Ponting said the loss of Hussey and Hauritz might “have a silver lining.””While their experience will be missed, it is important to remember that our one-day side has just completed an imposing 6-1 series win over England without a number of our regular players for most or all of the tournament,” Pointing said.”So, when we board the plane this evening bound for India to defend our proud World Cup record, the 15-man squad will be brimming with confidence.”While nothing will reduce the disappointment of losing the Ashes this summer, the turnaround could not have been more complete during the one-day series. And the late addition of Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza to our squad yesterday (as replacements for Hussey and Hauritz) sees two players who are comfortable with their game.”Ponting said both Ferguson and Krejza had been in good form.”Callum was a regular and exciting member of the one-day team until he sustained a terrible knee injury that forced him to miss all of last season,” he said.”And Jason is returning to the country where he had so much success, claiming a remarkable 12 wickets during his test debut in Nagpur a little over two years ago.”Ponting said his own recovery from a broken finger was ahead of schedule.”There was a setback when it became infected, so just putting my left hand in my pocket or accidentally bumping my little finger became more painful than holding a bat,” he said.”However, most of the infection is now gone and I had three net sessions last week, which went really well.”last_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of U.S. Open, may miss rest of season

first_imgBritain’s world number two Andy Murray pulled out of the U.S. Open on Saturday, citing a hip injury.The Scot, who had not played since Wimbledon, said he had tried everything to be fit for the final grand slam of the year, which starts on Monday.”I tried obviously resting, rehabbing to try and get myself ready here,” an emotional Murray told a news conference at Flushing Meadows.”I was actually practising OK the last few days but it’s too sore for me to win the tournament, and ultimately that’s what I was here to try and do.”The three-times grand slam winner, who won the U.S. Open in 2012, has been struggling with the injury for much of the summer.He was suffering during his French Open semi-final defeat by Stan Wawrinka in June and had to pull out of two exhibition matches in the run-up to Wimbledon.It was clearly a big problem during his home grand slam tournament, when he bowed out, clearly in pain, in the quarter-finals, to Sam Querrey.Murray withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Montreal and then the Western and Southern Open this month in the hope of giving his injury more time ahead of the U.S. Open.The 30-year-old hinted that he may have to follow the example of Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in taking off the rest of the year to allow the injury to heal fully.”I’ll definitely make a decision on that in the next few days,” Murray said.advertisement”That’s something that I’ll sit down and decide with my team. But I’ll decide on that in the next couple of days, for sure.”Murray held the number-one world ranking for 41 weeks before being overtaken by Rafa Nadal last week.”I want to be back on court as soon as I can,” he said.”If it means that…I can play before the end of the year, then that’s what I would love to do. I miss competing, and I’ll try to get myself back on court as soon as I can.”But obviously I’ll need to make the correct decision and really think it through these next couple of days with my team, and then make that decision.”Murray began the year as the world number one, having hit top spot for the first time after a stunning end to last year, when he won five straight tournaments, including the ATP World Tour Finals.Should Murray decide not to play for the rest of the year, his ranking is likely to slide to around 16th.last_img read more

Mbappe-PSG links ‘complicated’ – Falcao

first_imgTransfers Mbappe-PSG links ‘complicated’, says Monaco striker Falcao Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 17:40 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FalcaoMbappe - cropped Getty Images Transfers PSG Kylian Mbappé Monaco v Olympique Marseille Monaco Ligue 1 The 18-year-old’s team-mates have not said goodbye to the France international amid ongoing speculation of a move to the capital Radamel Falcao concedes Monaco find themselves in a “complicated situation” as Paris Saint-Germain seemingly close in on a deal for their prized asset Kylian Mbappe.Teenage striker Mbappe is reportedly on the verge of joining title rivals PSG on an initial loan deal that includes a compulsory purchase option of €180million.Neymar 9/2 to win Ballon d’Or in 2018 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The transfer would make the France international the second most expensive player in history after Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for €222m this month, with the Parisian club believed to be structuring the deal so as not to fall foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.Speaking after Monaco’s 6-1 thrashing of Marseille on Sunday, in which Falcao hit a brace and Mbappe remained an unused substitute, head coach Leonardo Jardim accepted the 18-year-old might soon leave.Falcao was tellingly praised by Jardim as a “team player” afterwards and the Colombia international, formerly of Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, is sympathetic over the strains currently being placed upon Mbappe, with whom he formed a lethal partnership during the second half of last season.”It’s a complicated situation,” he told reporters. “He’s a young man, he’s only 18. We have to think about him too and we have to stay calm.”I hope that everything will be resolved quickly for him and for us.”It’s a personal decision that every player could have. I respect it.”MONACO 6-1 OM pic.twitter.com/ptBorQuV5e— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) August 27, 2017Fabinho concluded Monaco’s scoring on Sunday from the penalty spot, the Brazilian midfielder having also been linked with PSG.The Ligue 1 champions have lost Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City, and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea from their title-winning side, while Liverpool have reportedly joined the clubs trying to sign winger Thomas Lemar.Adama Diakhaby, a close-season signing from Rennes, joined Falcao in attack against Marseille and got on the scoresheet, and the France Under-21 forward was bullish over the prospects of Monaco retaining their remaining stars.”Fabinho and Mbappe… I did not say goodbye to anyone,” he said.”We said we’d meet again after the [international] break. What will happen will happen.”last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debut

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Extreme Travel: Polar Scuba Diving is a Thing and It’s Awesome

first_img This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins In addition to the long list of very real dangers divers face, the polar regions carry a host of additional considerations. First and most obvious, is that the remote nature of any polar journey means the nearest medical assistance — including a decompression chamber — could be days away. If things go sideways, onboard doctors can render first aid assistance, but little else. The second major concern is shifting ice. Massive floes can quickly seal off entrance and exit points, unbeknownst to submerged divers. The sea water can also reach sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30ºF, which can wreak havoc on electronics and, of course, threaten hypothermia.But, it’s not all bad. In fact, Antarctic diving, in particular, is some of the most spectacular and rewarding in the world. The display of sunlight below the shifting polar ice floes creates a dazzling underwater light display that’s unlike anywhere else on earth. The diversity of marine wildlife is extraordinarily rich with hundreds of unique species of anemones, jellyfish, lobsters, crabs, soft corals, and sea urchins. Penguins, leopard seals, and fur seals also frequent the waters. Because the water is rich with krill, it’s also a fertile feeding ground for larger marine mammals like whales.Topside, passengers can avail themselves of a host of other polar-centric activities. Glacier camping, hiking, kayaking, ski mountaineering, and helicopter tours are all options.Even with a small fleet, dates are available throughout the year. Prices vary widely, depending on the type of cruise you’re after, but expect to pay north of $5,000 USD (including taxes and a diving surcharge). There are things in life that one must experience firsthand to fully appreciate: skydiving, high stakes casino gambling, shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die (kidding). But, if you’re the sort of adrenaline junkie who needs even more to coax you out of bed in the morning, perhaps polar scuba diving at the ends of the world is more your speed.Even ordinary scuba diving is dangerous. The average diver is often fifty or more feet down with nothing separating him from death except a fancy air hose and a thousand dollars worth of rental gear that may or may not be on a regular maintenance schedule. Yet, some divers dream of going further still. That’s where Oceanwide Expeditions comes in. The company facilitates cruises to the edges of the earth. Literally. They specialize in polar travel, taking divers by cruise ship to the world’s most frigid and remote destinations including Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland, and Svalbard, Norway. These aren’t your typical liveaboard dive trips; they require advanced training, and there’s a strict “no beginners allowed” policy. The company expects every diver to provide written proof of at least 30 previous dives with some combination of cold-water and dry-suit experience. Extreme Travel: Polar Scuba Diving is a Thing and It’s Awesome Close Editors’ Recommendations Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Otherlast_img read more

Freighter Burning off Germany, Authorities Say Might Explode

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff; Images: CCME zoom A general cargo ship Purple Beach has been burning in the North Sea off Germany’s coast since Monday, and it is feared that the fire that started in one of its cargo holds might lead to an explosion, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME) reports.CCME Cuxhaven established a 5-mile security zone around the vessel as a precaution should the vessel explode. There is currently no reported damage to the surrounding areas.The crew of the 1998-built freighter noticed smoke coming from one of the cargo holds on Monday evening, while the ship was en route from Immingham, UK, to Brake, Germany, to deliver a load of fertilizers. The cargo hold was immediately sealed off and the on board extinguishing system activated.The crew reportedly initially managed to contain the fire, but not extinguish it completely, as the fire broke out again on Tuesday, emitting toxic smoke and gasses.The crew of 22 and 14 firefighters sent to assist the vessel were airlifted to local hospitals. No injuries have been reported so far.Purple Beach is currently anchored some 17 nautical miles southwest of Helgoland.A cloud of smoke from the burning ship has reached Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven, CCME reports. The smoke is reportedly not toxic, although local residents were asked to keep their windows and doors closed. Aircraft are currently trying to push the clouds of smoke back to the sea with water sprays.last_img read more

Spotted: Norwegian Dawn Shines in Boston

first_imgImage Courtesy: NCLMiami-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn sailed into its seasonal homeport of Boston, Massachusetts, as an essentially new vessel, following a month-long dry dock where it received enhancements to every part of the onboard experience.Norwegian Dawn’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge program, which includes a USD 400 million investment.“Norwegian Dawn was brought down to the steel in many spaces and rebuilt to evoke the look and feel of the newest Norwegian ships,” Christian Böll, Managing Director EMEA Norwegian Cruise Line, said.Norwegian Dawn will sail from Boston to Bermuda each week through October, spending three nights in port, and from New Orleans to the Western Caribbean, including a call at Harvest Caye, Belize, during the winter season, beginning in November.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. Replacement to take place in 2019. Detour via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Road Conquerall Mills Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch Road Lower Branch Road, from Tompkin Road to Trunk 10, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, from Trunk 10 to Ramey Road, will have alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and paving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore Road, from Trunk 3 easterly for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting is taking place twice a day, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Highway 103 between exits 5 and 5A. Traffic will be stopped in both directions while blasting is occurring. Traffic may be stopped for periods of 20 minutes. Expect delays and proceed with caution. Blasting will be ongoing until mid-December. DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for replacement until Monday, Dec. 31. Detour signs in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 210 Route 210, from Route 325 (Newcombville) to Waterloo Road, has alternating lane closures until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Monday, Dec. 31. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-last_img read more

Security beefed up in city ahead of IDay

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate arrangements regarding security on Independence Day. To prevent any untoward incident, Howrah and Bidhnannagar Police have also joined in the efforts.Kolkata Police informed that during Independence Day celebrations, several measures will be taken up to secure the city. Senior police officials have been instructed to supervise security across the city, throughout the day. According to senior police officials, during the Independence Day parade at Red Road, special security layers will be set up. There will be six watchtowers from where police personnel with advanced sniper rifles will be keeping watch on the whole area. 10 bunkers have been set up in and around Red Road and other adjacent roads. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be there at strategic points to act quickly in case of urgency. There will be 10 police assistance booths for the spectators who would come to enjoy the parade. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from security in Red Road and its adjacent areas, there will be 10,000 police personnel deployed across the city. Red Road along with seven other adjacent roads will be made ‘No Entry’ zones from 10 pm on Wednesday, until the parade gets over. Some other roads will also be made ‘No Entry’ zones from 5:30 am on Thursday. Security has also been intensified in South Dinajpur. BSF jawans were seen patrolling the areas close to the India-Bangladesh border including Hili International checkpost. According to a BSF source, the BSF jawans and police are jointly conducting search operations. A high alert has been sounded to all the sensitive areas covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Passengers traveling in long distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly, while vigil is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places.last_img read more

Rupee slips 9 paise to 7157 vs USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee depreciated marginally by 9 paise to 71.57 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday amid unabated foreign fund outflows and cautious opening in domestic equities. Forex traders said concerns about US-China trade spat kept market participants edgy. Rupee and most Asian currencies like South Korean won, Thai Baht, Malaysian ringgit, Japanese yen and Indonesian rupiah were trading lower, they added. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 71.50 then fell to 71.57 against the US dollar, showing a decline of 9 paise over its previous closing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The domestic currency however pared the initial losses and was trading at 71.51 against the American currency at 0943 hours. The Indian rupee on Tuesday had closed at 71.48 against the US dollar. Traders said cautious opening in domestic equities, strengthening of the American unit vis-a-vis other currencies overseas, rising crude oil prices and foreign fund outflows weighed on the local unit. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.67 per cent to USD 59.91 per barrel. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 923.94 crore on Tuesday, as per provisional data. Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading at 98.07, higher by 0.08 per cent. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.52 per cent in morning trade. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Wednesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 28.78 points down at 37,612.49 and Nifty higher by 11.50 points at 11,093.85.last_img read more

Government wont ban petrol diesel vehicles Gadkari assures auto makers

first_imgNEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel-powered vehicles will not be banned in the country, the government clarified on Thursday as the automobile industry is at a crossroads with the internal combustion engine (ICE) and rapid transition to electric vehicles.Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport and highways, said, “The government has no intentions of banning the production or stopping the existing petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles. People had apprehensions about buying ICE vehicles, and we are not going to take any such step.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAuto industry experts briefed Gadkari about the rise in prices of vehicles due to BSVI compliant engine. “The industry has sought a relaxation of GST on vehicles due to the extra cost incurred for the transition from BSIV to BSVI compliant engine. I would surely convey this to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and the government may consider the reduction of GST temporarily.” The minister, however, highlighted three significant challenges – import of crude, pollution and road accident – the government is currently facing with the automobile sector. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Firstly, we are aware of how importing crude is impacting the economy. The imports have crossed Rs 7 lakh crore. Pollution is our second big challenge, which is affecting the entire world. The automobile industry is not the reason behind the pollution. Reducing pollution is of national and social interests. Thirdly, we wanted to address the issue of road accidents. Annually, over five lakh road accidents occur across the country. To ensure greater road safety, we introduced the Motor Vehicles Act 2019,” Gadkari said at the 59th annual convention of Siam (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers). “We are ready to take inputs and suggestions from the stakeholders and finance minister Nirmala Sitharama is constantly trying to solve the problems of a slowdown in the automobile industry. The government has taken steps to ensure greater liquidity in the system,” Gadkari added. Sitharaman announced a slew of measures on August 23 including making auto loans cheaper, lifting the ban on purchase of new vehicles for replacing old government vehicles, deferring of one-time registration fees till June 2020, additional 15% depreciation on all vehicles and operation of BSIV vehicles for their entire period of registration. With PTI inputslast_img read more

The Bands Visit cleans up at Tony Awards winning best musical

first_img“(Let’s) just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” he said, to rousing applause. Lane, who won for best featured actor in a play, said Angels still speaks to society in the midst of “political insanity.” Advertisement NEW YORK — The American, grown-up musical The Band’s Visit outmuscled the acclaimed and sprawling British import Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the most Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing 10 statuettes, including best musical.It’s based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name and centres on members of an Egyptian police orchestra booked to play a concert at an Israeli city who accidentally end up in the wrong town. Its embrace of foreign cultures working together found a sweet spot with Tony voters.“In The Band’s Visit, music gives people hope and makes borders disappear,” producer Orin Wolf said upon accepting the best new musical crown, saying It offers a message of unity in a world that “more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences.” Facebook Tony Shalhoub won as best leading man in a musical for his work on The Band’s Visit, connecting the win to his family’s long history of immigration from Lebanon, and the show’s Katrina Lenk, who won best actress in a musical, said the production “filled her stupid little heart with so much joy.”The Band’s Visit also won statuettes for best direction, orchestration, sound design, best book and score, lighting and featured actor Ari’el Stachel, who gave a heartfelt speech about his past. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “For so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said, addressing his parents in the audience. He thanked the creators of the show “for being courageous for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time that we need that more than ever.”The show’s director, David Cromer, said the musical is also about loneliness and despair, and asked everyone to reach out to anyone for whom “despair is overwhelming.”The two-part spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child captured six awards, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director for John Tiffany, who asked the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to his boyfriend. They obliged.A British revival of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s monumental, two-part drama about AIDS, life and love during the 1980s, grabbed three big awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.Kushner took the stage and pointed out there were 21 weeks until the midterm elections in the United States: “Twenty-one weeks to save our democracy, to heal our country and to heal our planet.”Garfield won his first Tony, for best leading actor in a play, dedicating the win to the LGBTQ community, who he said fought and died for the right to love. He said the play is a rejection of bigotry, shame and oppression.“We are all sacred and we all belong,” Garfield said. He then referenced last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled in favour of a baker’s right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs. Advertisement The cast and crew of The Band’s Visit accept the award for best musical onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night. (THEO WARGO / (CREDIT TOO LONG, SEE CAPTION)) Advertisement Jamie Parker, left, and Sam Clemmett in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play won six awards on the night, including best play.  (SARA KRULWICH/NYT).In one of the ceremony’s most mesmerizing moments, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the Tony Award stage.Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was cheered by the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine’s Day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people.She then later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform. Members of Herzfeld’s drama department took the Tony stage to serenade her with “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent.In other wins, Glenda Jackson added to her impressive resume with a Tony Award for best actress in a play for her work in a revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. That show also yielded the featured actress win to Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf.Billy Joel gave his friend Bruce Springsteen a special Tony Award. “This is deeply appreciated, and thanks for making me feel so welcome on your block,” The Boss said. Later, Springsteen performed “My Hometown” on the piano from his sold-out one-man show, Springsteen on Broadway. (De Niro, who took the stage to introduce Springsteen’s performance, started off with an expletive directed at President Donald Trump, which garnered him a sustained standing ovation from the crowd.)Co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked the show off with a self-parodying duet on piano for all the losers out there — including them.Neither Bareilles nor Groban have won a Grammy or a Tony despite selling millions of albums and appearing on Broadway. They turned that into a playful song. “Let’s not forget that 90 per cent of us leave empty-handed tonight. So this is for the people who lose/Most of us have been in your shoes,” they sang in the upbeat opening number.Two of the shows going into the night with the leading number of nominations — Tina Fey’s Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, with 12 nods each — found the night tough. Mean Girls won nothing and SpongeBob SquarePants got only one for best set design.The revival of Carousel won two awards — choreography and for Lindsay Mendez, who won best featured actress in a musical. She accepted in tears, recounting that when she moved to New York, she was told to change her last name to Matthews or she wouldn’t work. She said she was happy to be in a production that “celebrates diversity and individuality.” To all artists out there, she said: “Just be your true self and the world will take note.”One of the show highlights was the lively performance by the cast of Once on This Island that included a sand-filled beach, real water and a goat. Onstage guests were volunteers and staffers from three organizations that bring relief to areas impacted by natural disasters. The show went on to win best musical revival, beating My Fair Lady and Carousel.Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can dictate a show’s future, both on Broadway and on tour. Broadway producers will be thankful this year that the telecast won’t have to compete with any NBA Finals or Stanley Cup playoff games.For most of the previous awards season, shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes have acknowledged the issue of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. The Tonys didn’t specifically address that, but did touch on gun violence, depression, politics and inclusion.The show was a sort of victory lap for a Broadway season that saw grosses hit another record high by pulling in $1.7 billion — up 17.1 per cent over last season’s $1.45 billion. Attendance was also up, coming in a 13.79 million, an increase of 3.9 per cent at last season’s 13.27 million. 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ADQ deputy leaders Innu comments trigger outrage

first_imgAPTN National NewsControversy continues to swirl over comments made by a Quebec politician about the Innu.The deputy leader of the Action Democratique du Quebec said that giving money to members of the Innu community would end badly.It is not the first time a Canadian politician has been in the news for making comments about First Nations.In Saskatchewan, a provincial politician was forced to apologize when he said First Nation people would buy drugs and alcohol with any extra cash they received.In Quebec, the premier has already demanded an apology and community members are outraged.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Greater accountability needed to boost womens rights UN agency says

18 September 2008Stronger accountability measures are needed to track progress governments and multilateral organizations have made in implementing their commitments to enhancing women’s rights, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Stronger accountability measures are needed to track progress governments and multilateral organizations have made in implementing their commitments to enhancing women’s rights, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).The publication – “Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009, Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability” – says that there is a long way to go to ensuring that pledges to women’s rights are translated into changes in their lives.“Without accountability, Governments will not allocate resources fairly, which will hit the poor hardest,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the report’s launch. “Within that category, poor women are the most severely impacted, because they often lack access to education, political office and courts. They are marginalized, not mobilized, and their needs are ignored, not answered.”In legislatures, women decision-makers are outnumbered four to one, while women earn on average 17 per cent less than men. Some one-third of women are victims of gender-based violence during their lives, and one in 10 women dies while pregnant despite the fact that preventing maternal mortality is relatively inexpensive.The report points out that accountability mechanisms work best for women when they can ask for explanations, information and – when needed – compensation or investigations.It “shows how to respond to resource constraints with a creative approach that puts women first,” Mr. Ban said.“That means ensuring rights through accountability. It means enabling women to mobilize, and achieve more and better political representation,” he added.The publication’s launch comes one week before world leaders converge on UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty goals with a 2015 deadline.“Building accountability for gender equality is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi told reporters in New York, adding that moving from “commitments to results” is crucial to meet the MDGs.Governments and organizations not doing a better job of answering to women impede poverty reduction as well as human development, she said, pointing to the example of maternal mortality.“Reforming the health system to reduce maternal mortality is cheap and uncomplicated,” Ms. Alberdi said, but more than half a million women die every year from complications giving birth.The rate of maternal mortality is falling at a rate of 0.4 per cent annually, far shy of the 5.5 per cent drop needed to meet the fifth MDG, which calls for slashing the ratio by three-quarters by 2015.The UNIFEM study calls on multilateral aid and security institutions to step up efforts to work towards their own standards regarding gender equality, noting that organizations such as the UN have no agreed means to assess the amount of funding earmarked for women’s rights. read more

UNICEF report reveals a digital divide in Sri Lanka

The full UNICEF Sri Lanka-commissioned report entitled, ‘Keeping Children in Sri Lanka Safe and Empowered Online: A study on Sri Lanka’s digital landscape’ will be released on Safer Internet Day, 6th February 2018. And digital networks like the Dark Web and cryptocurrencies are enabling the worst forms of exploitation and abuse, including trafficking and ‘made to order’ online child sexual abuse. The flagship report explores the benefits digital technology can offer the most disadvantaged children, including those growing up in poverty or affected by humanitarian emergencies. These include increasing their access to information, building skills for the digital workplace, and giving them a platform to connect and communicate their views.But the report also shows that millions of children are missing out, and face a ‘digital divide’ based on poverty, gender or other factors. Around one third of the world’s youth – 346 million – are not online, exacerbating inequities and reducing children’s ability to participate in an increasingly digital economy.The report also examines how the internet increases children’s vulnerability to risks and harms, including misuse of their private information, access to harmful content, and cyberbullying. The ubiquitous presence of mobile devices, the report notes, has made online access for many children less supervised – and potentially more dangerous. A report released today by the UN children’s agency UNICEF revealed a ‘digital divide’ in Sri Lanka.Drawing on data from the soon to be released first-ever Sri Lankan national study into the online usage of 11 to 18-year old’s, today’s report highlights a ‘digital divide’ that sees girls in Sri Lanka account for only a third of the adolescents using computers and mobile phones to go online. “In a digital world, our dual challenge is how to mitigate the harms while maximizing the benefits of the internet for every child” said UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative Tim Sutton, adding “It is simply not good enough that many young people – especially girls – are missing out on the real benefits of the internet in Sri Lanka. For this country to achieve its ambitious economic and societal goals, we must provide equal opportunities for success to our next generation. This must include equal access to information to enable young people to build their skills for the digital workplace. Critically, however children need a safe and secure online platform to connect and communicate their views” Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today.The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world presents UNICEF’s first comprehensive look at the different ways digital technology is affecting children’s lives and life chances, identifying dangers as well as opportunities. It argues that governments and the private sector have not kept up with the pace of change, exposing children to new risks and harms and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged children behind. The report presents current data and analysis about children’s online usage and the impact of digital technology on children’s wellbeing, exploring growing debates about digital “addiction” and the possible effect of screen time on brain development. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN agency appeals for aid to avoid cutting refugee rations in Rwanda

Food rations for 50,000 refugees in Rwanda will be cut by nearly one-third next month unless donors provide another $2.6 million, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi, fleeing unrest and violence, have been pouring into Rwanda over the past year.“WFP has done all it can to help the newly arrived refugees. Today we are providing food assistance to 50,000 refugees, 15,000 more than the number we originally targeted,” WFP’s Alix Loriston said. “But without new contributions from the international community, we will no longer be able to provide a complete food ration, putting the health and morale of these refugees in danger.”Refugees in the six camps and centres in Rwanda are forbidden to look for jobs and because of “the closed, secluded nature of the camps,” they cannot farm or undertake other income-generating activities, WFP said.Meanwhile, the number of malnourished Rwandan children and pregnant and lactating women who must go to supplementary and therapeutic feeding centres has jumped because of cuts in cereal rations last month as poor rainfall affected crops, especially in Kibungo, Umutara, Bugesera and Gikongoro provinces, it said.WFP said it feeds 309,000 people in Rwanda, including school children and people infected with HIV.The donors to the Rwanda programme last year were the United States, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium and Finland. read more

Senior S Korean prosecutor arrested for alleged corruption

SEOUL, South Korea – A senior South Korean prosecutor has been arrested for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction deals with a leading online game maker.The Justice Ministry said Monday that Jin Kyung-joon, a vice ministerial-level official, was arrested and put to a detention facility on Sunday. He is the most senior-level prosecutor to be arrested in the country.South Korea, a vibrant, liberal democracy, is one of the leading economies in Asia, but high-profile corruption scandals still routinely take place.Jin faces allegations that he bought unlisted Nexon shares with the money he borrowed from the company in 2005 before selling them back to Nexon at a much higher price.He also allegedly made about $11 million of profits from a sale of Nexon Japan shares. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2016 9:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2016 at 11:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Senior S. Korean prosecutor arrested for alleged corruption In this Thursday, July 14, 2016 photo, a senior South Korean prosecutor Jin Kyung-joon, center, is surrounded by media upon his arrival for questioning at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office in Seoul, South Korea. Senior prosecutor Jin has been arrested for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction deals with a leading online game maker. (Park Dong-ju/Yonhap via AP) read more

Gap between wealthy and poor pupils closing in wake of Michael Goves

Michael Gove, the former education secretary, overhauled the curriculum Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty The latest data follows figures released earlier this year showing that 64 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard in 2018, up from 61 per cent in 2017.While the number of schools considered to be under-performing has decreased, 364 mainstream primaries in England fell below the primary school floor standard, meaning that 91,620 pupils are being taught at under-performing primaries, or 2.1 per cent of children at mainstream primary schools in England.The number of “coasting” schools – a measure which compares results over the past three years – has risen to 640, up from 524 last year and 477 in 2016. Michael Gove, the former education secretary, overhauled the curriculum  His flagship reforms were focused on breaking the link between social class and school achievement. They included a mandatory focus on phonics, learning poetry by heart, making languages compulsory, a focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and the introduction of new, more rigorous tests.The reforms were met by fierce resistance from the teaching profession and the education unions, who warned about the pressure it would place on teachers and the increased workload. Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, cautioned that test  results were only part of a much broader picture when judging a school’s performance or a pupil’s success.“Successive governments have raised the stakes when it comes to SATs and league table,” he said.“Whilst the results have always carried a high level of importance, over time the pressure surrounding them has increased. One year’s dodgy data can make an effective school leader suddenly feel very vulnerable. A system built on this sort of fear is not a healthy one.” The achievement gap between the poorest primary school children and their wealthier peers has closed by the biggest margin in six years following a raft of rigorous reforms.This year, 51 per cent of children from poorer backgrounds reached the expected level in their national end-of-primary school tests, compared with 70 per cent of their better off peers, Government figures reveal.The gap, measured using the government’s disadvantage gap index, has shrunk by 13 per cent since 2011 and 3 per cent in the last year, the biggest change since 2012.Sir Anthony Seldon, vice chancellor of Buckingham University and former master of Wellington College, said the figures were a “genuine cause for celebration” and the result of greater academic rigour in primary schools–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He said: “The reforms that have come in are the policies that have gone on to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds to be more successful.“Now, we have to ensure that the gap continues to close.” Mark Lehain, director of Parents and Teachers for Excellence, agreed that the figures suggested that the reforms introduced by the Conservatives had made a “real difference”, especially to children from more deprived backgrounds.He added: “Some said that a focus on phonics and a more rigorous National Curriculum would be too much for children, but with the support of their hard-working teachers, they’ve shown that they are capable of far more than the sceptics thought.” The Department for Education has said the attainment of disadvantaged pupils – those in or formerly in care or eligible for free school meals – is a key aim of its policies.The schools that have the lowest gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers are in London, while the biggest gaps were in the south east, the east and the south west.Nick Gibb, the school standards minister, said: “Every child, regardless of their background, deserves a high quality education and opportunity to fulfil their potential.“Headteachers are using the freedoms afforded by academy and free school status to make this a reality, as illustrated by the progress disadvantaged pupils in multi-academy trusts are making in writing and maths.”Michael Gove, the former education secretary, is renowned for introducing a new, more challenging curriculum in 2014. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more