These versatile lenses continue to be high-performing video production assets.Cover image via ZEISS.The Zeiss Otus line of lenses have been on the market for a few years; however, I recently rediscovered them as I was looking for a quality lens option for a project that needed something more affordable than traditional cinema lenses. After reading numerous reviews, watching comparison videos, looking at stills, and seeing multiple charts, I believe these lenses will benefit any project.Image via ZEISS.SharpnessSimply put, these lenses are sharp. Each of the three lenses in the lineup features an F/1.4 aperture, and they are surprisingly sharp, even wide open. Most other lenses I was considering were very soft when wide open. Since I had night scenes coming up, I knew I would want a lens I could run wide open, if needed. After looking through numerous charts, the Otus line simply blew me away. You can view some charts here at The Digital Picture to exactly see just how well these lenses perform at F/1.4 compared to a Canon still lens option.Cinema Lens-Like Qualities and FeaturesA huge advantage these lenses have over other still lens options is a 0.8 gear, 32 pitch, and 300-degree barrel rotation. These lenses will feel and function like a traditional cinema lens, so you or your AC wont have difficulty pulling critical focus. Also featured are hard stops, which makes these lenses feel even more like a true cinema option. You can also attach a Cool-Lux LuxGear focus ring so you can easily attach the lens to any follow focus, making this even better for cinematic applications.ConsistencyMuch like the Arri Master Primes, these lenses feature a consistent aperture across the entire family. This is extremely useful when switching lenses because you do not have to adjust exposure for a lower focal length. Also notable is that these lenses perform extremely well across the entire image. Many lenses will lose their sharpness around the edges. However, the Otus line maintains great sharpness across the entire picture. You can view examples of this in the video below.ConclusionThese still lenses, crafted for video, should be strong contenders for your next shoot. They feature exceptional sharpness and cinema lens-like features, and they capture beautiful images. My only hope is that they’ll make more focal lengths.Have you used the Zeiss Otus line of lenses before? Let us know in the comments.
A five-hour-long hartal observed by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) against the steep rise in prices of petroleum products turned violent at many places, throwing life out of gear on Monday morning.Ministers, MLAs and party workers took to the streets to enforce the hartal at major traffic junctions, railway stations and bus terminals across Odisha. Commuters were allegedly not allowed to move an inch thanks to lathi-wielding BJD workers.Last-minute advisoryThe State government issued an advisory early on Monday morning stating that schools and colleges should remain closed in view of the hartal and that examinations be rescheduled to prevent inconvenience to students.However, many educational institutions had already opened by the time the advisory came into the public domain. Parents taking children to schools were allegedly chased away by BJD workers. Cars and two-wheelers were smashed even as police personnel remained mute spectators across the city. Even ambulances were not spared.People taking family members to hospitals in cars here were seen pleading with BJD workers to allow them to pass. However, their appeals were ignored. Some people took to Twitter to lodge their protest by tagging Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. A video of a lone girl on a scooter being stopped and attacked by a group hartal supporters went viral, triggering outrage among the Twitterati.“This isn’t the party I assisted NP [Mr. Patnaik] to found 20 years ago. I am ashamed and angered by this. Biju babu [former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik] would have been too. Armchair strategists must go [sic],” tweeted senior BJD leader Baijayant Panda.He condemned the violence saying, “I disassociate myself from the violence. These goons must face action.” Press conferenceAddressing a press conference, BJD leaders clarified their stand saying the party did not endorse violence but that the people took to the streets as a spontaneous outpouring of anger against the rise in prices of petroleum products.Former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the Central government was cornering huge ‘revenue’ by imposing taxes on petroleum products while the common man was left to suffer. The BJD’s hartal affected vehicular movement. Dozens of trains were stranded at different places as BJD leaders and workers stopped trains. Passenger buses too remained off the road.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date for admission to its management programmes to July 16, as per a recent statement.”Those who have qualified OPENMAT (MBA entrance exam) held on August 21, 2011 and February 12, 2012, the last date has been extended from May 31 to July 16,” the statement said.”Similarly, the last date for MBA (Banking and Finance) has also been extended upto July 16, 2012,” it added.As per the varsity, no late fee would be charged and the eligibility criteria would remain the same as earlier.”Other prospective students of open and distance learning mode who have missed the deadline of May 31, and are eligible, can also avail the benefit,” it added.The students will have to buy IGNOU’s student handbook and prospectus and apply through the prescribed form.- With inputs from IANS
FILE – In this May 8, 2018, file photo, New York Liberty’s Tina Charles attends a preseason WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Charles has produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his record store and label _ known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)NEW YORK — Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her already impressive resume.The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label — known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records, respectively — and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.ADVERTISEMENT Red Sox manager Alex Cora won’t visit White House Lee gave Charles two DVDs. One was “4 Little Girls,” which he directed, and the other was a Kobe Bryant DVD. He signed them saying, “Do your damn movie” on one and “All the best Tina” on the other. They’ve served as inspiration for her during the filmmaking process.Charles did not play overseas during the past two WNBA offseasons as she usually has, instead spending nearly every free moment working on the film. In addition to filming and researching in New York, she flew to Trinidad and Tobago to interview famous Calypso performers. She even landed an interview with Prime Minister Keith Rowley.Charles had no background in making movies, but she was fortunate to meet Jane Rosenthal — one of the founders of the Tribeca Film Festival.“She took me under her wing and sealed the deal on the documentary,” said Charles, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA draft after an outstanding college career at UConn.“She was sort of like coach (Geno) Auriemma, that she got the best out of me and not let me be complacent,” Charles added. “Not settle on the depth of creativity.”Charles was used to being interviewed, having played professionally since graduating from UConn and knew how to get the best responses out of her father and other people she spoke to for the film.Charles’ teammates from the Liberty took in the premiere Friday night. The documentary had special meaning for guard Kia Nurse.“I called my grandparents right after because they are from Trinidad. My dad is from there as well. I told them there’s this whole movie, you’re going to love it,” she said. “These are all songs that we listened to with my grandparents at Christmas. I didn’t know the whole background to it, but as they were playing the music through the movie I was like, My grandma loves these, we dance to them at Christmas. It’s her happiest time of year.′ I can see how happy his music makes people even when they are far away from home and that’s really special to me.”Charles thinks she isn’t done being a filmmaker.“In my mind, thinking what can I do next?” she said. “I know there are so many other unsung heroes out there like my father. WNBA players doing great things off the court that’s not documented. A lot of things are going through my mind. How can I continue to put individuals out there?” SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShe was so happy that her dad enjoyed the film.“He was speechless, didn’t have any words,” Charles said. “He saw the hard work I had put in, he was with me every step of the way, so he saw everything I was doing.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Charlie’s Records opened in 1972, five years after his arrival from his native Tobago. He wanted to create a place where immigrants from his area could hang out and where Calypso music, an Afro-Caribbean style that originated in Trinidad, could flourish. The store continues to operate on Fulton Street in Brooklyn — a few minutes’ drive from where the filmmaker’s WNBA team practices now. Mementos from his daughter’s basketball career adorn the walls of the store.“He’s an unsung hero. It was really neat for me to tell the story,” the New York Liberty star said.Charles, who is the youngest of her father’s six children, was just a child during the record label’s heyday. She was hanging out at her father’s store in 2017 when former UConn teammate Kalana Greene suggested that Charles make a documentary about her father.She initially thought the project would be a good one for Spike Lee and the WNBA All-Star was able to get a meeting with the director to pitch the idea. Lee remembered hearing the music blasting on Fulton Street as he was growing up.“When I told him about it, he saw how passionate I was,” she said. “He said, ’You know you have to do your own movie. You have to go through this. Nobody else is going to tell your father’s story the way it needs to be told other than you.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “I put my heart and soul into this and was so excited to let the world know about my father,” Charles said in a phone interview Sunday.Charles acknowledged she was nervous and excited before the film “Charlie’s Records” premiered Friday night. 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Pursuing a career as an Engineer is full of adventures as well as challenges. An engineer is someone who works behind the screen, developing and maintaining the complex set of frameworks, substantiating a captivating and effectual output.The smartphone that you are using, the car that you are driving, or the life saving medicine you take, are all engineered products build after rigorous toil and works on complicated mathematical models, thousand lined programming codes and intense test. The mindset of engineers blends with lifeless equipment and somewhere in their minds there is a gap between their thoughts and their counterparts from other segments. Here are few thoughts that every engineer would like to highlight.The student life of an engineer is one of the most enjoyable times- No engineer will deny the thrill of being an engineering student. The hostel life during four years of graduation is itself a learning and preparation for the life ahead. Apart from group studies and exam preparations in packs, new innovations and ideas emerge in talks and chats with classmates.Work hard Party Hard- The culture of working hard and partying hard is ingrained in an engineer right from the beginning. After rigorous association with mathematical theorems, page full of theories and mathematical proofs that go on for a week or two, the only way to relax is a hard party. Continuing this trend, in professional life engineers toil for five days a week and save the weekend for a party, if not, at least a get together in the near friend circle who stays close by.advertisementThe pursuit to have an adventure- Most of the times, engineers are associated with lifeless materials. The machines, the switches, the computer, chips and electronics are all expressionless materials. Working with such elements, the mind seeks to interact with life and natural objects. This is the reason behind the strong want of every engineer spend time with nature and be cut off from the world for a time being.Life becomes boring without gadget- It is true that engineers want to be cut off from the world for a while, but the “cut off” just cannot be sustained. Life of an engineer is a constant union with gadgets and without them life is just boring. For a civil engineer construction sites will always be attractive even if he or she is not associated directly to it.The feeling of confidence- Engineers are amongst the most confident people. They just do not bother much about mere problems in day to day life. They feel confident about any new situation or experiences and consider them to be an adventure.Multitalented: Engineering is a professional field being isolated from conventional education such as art or science. However, the instinct of other branch of study or interest is always present in any engineer. Some of them are involved in music, some in sports and some, also in social works. They are highly inclined toward other fields of knowledge and interests other than their primary stream.Behind every tech product there is an engineer brain involved in the transformation of mere materials into a unique and efficient product manufactured to fulfill a specific requirement. Engineers are the ones who are associated with lifeless materials throughout their careers trying to substantiate a finished product. Engineering is an imperative segment in any field and hence engineers are substantial responsibilities in every organization. They have to balance professional and personal life in an intricate way. Being an engineer is more a lifestyle than being on a profession.With inputs from Mr. Devesh Kumar Thakur, Director, Axis Softech
BOSTON — Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.An Eritrean by birth, Keflezighi came to the United States to escape war and poverty in his African homeland. He did more than that: A year after the terrorist attacks shattered a scene of so much joy, Keflezighi became the first American man to win the world’s most prestigious marathon in more than three decades.Keflezighi crossing the finish line, to the chants of “U-S-A!” and a few moist eyes, was one of the feel-good sports moments of 2014. In a year that included reports of corruption and the arrest of athletes, there were plenty of inspiring moments in sports.Like Division III basketball player Lauren Hill, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer before her first game, who summoned the energy to play a few games. Philadelphia 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis brought her braids to the Little League World Series. Boston College baseball player Pete Frates inspired us all to dump ice water on our heads.Other stories brought cheers within the world of sports: LeBron James returning to Cleveland and Derek Jeter leaving Yankee Stadium for the last time with a game-winning hit; American fans chanting at the World Cup, “I believe that we will win!”; Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the Daytona 500 at the track where his father died, and then winning Martinsville to claim one of the prized grandfather clocks his dad had scattered around the house.Here are some other stories that helped remind us why we watch:THROW LIKE A GIRL: Davis broke one barrier after another when she helped her inner-city team get within one victory of the U.S. championship in the Little League World Series. After making the cover of Sports Illustrated, Davis had her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the World Series.“You knocked it out of the park for girls everywhere,” first lady Michelle Obama told her on Twitter.LOU GEHRIG’S LEGACY: Like Hill, Frates had more that he wanted to accomplish while fighting a terminal illness. Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Frates helped the ice bucket challenge go viral in a trend that stretched from Kermit the Frog to ex-President George W. Bush and is credited with raising more than $100 million to combat ALS.FRIENDLY RIVALS: When Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was injured in the fourth quarter of the annual game against archrival Michigan, some of his teammates gathered around him to offer support. So did Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner, setting aside one of college football’s biggest rivalries to deliver some words of encouragement. “It’s like having a little brother get hurt,” the Michigan QB said. “I didn’t like to see that at all.”BASEBALL AND HOT DOGS: A stray and injured dog who wandered into the Brewers complex at spring training became an instant celebrity with the team and the fans back in Milwaukee. When no one came forward to claim Hank — named for Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, he broke camp with the ballclub and a Brewers executive took him in back in Milwaukee. The team began selling merchandise with his likeness — including his own bobblehead, with some of the proceeds going to the Wisconsin Humane Society.IN SICKNESS AND HEALTH: Dominic Moore took a year off from hockey after his wife was diagnosed with liver cancer. She died just nine months later. He returned as a fourth-liner on the Rangers and scored the Game 6 winner against Montreal to put the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals.“I’ve had a lot of good examples of perseverance over the years, and none more so than my wife, Katie,” Moore said after winning the NHL’s Masterson Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. “So this award is very meaningful, and I’m very grateful.”O CANADA: On the night a Canadian soldier was killed while guarding the national war memorial in Ottawa, Pittsburgh fans sang an emotional rendition of O Canada before the Penguins game against Philadelphia.GOOD PROGNOSIS: The sports world also rallied around Chad Carr, the 4-year-old grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, who had the same kind of inoperable tumor as Hill. The Carrs said this month that the tumor, which had been expected to kill him within a year, had shrunk by 90 percent.PRINCESS LACEY: Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old girl who with a football-sized cancerous tumor in her abdomen, was befriended by Michigan State forward Adreian Payne and the rest of the Spartans basketball team. She took the court with Payne on senior night and helped the Spartans cut down the nets at the Big Ten tournament, less than a month before she died of cancer.“I learned so much, just seeing her fight every day,” Payne said after being honored at the John R. Wooden Award gala. “She taught me to preserve through anything and just be strong.”(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Wolves secure Mexico international Raul Jimenez on loan from Benfica Ben Spratt 02:25 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Wolverhampton Wanderers Stoke City Huddersfield Town Championship Premier League The Premier League newcomers have landed the El Tri striker, allowing them to send Benik Afobe to Stoke City Wolves have completed the loan signing of Mexico international Raul Jimenez from Benfica.The 27-year-old, who will feature for his country at the World Cup, has joined the newly promoted Premier League side on a temporary deal for the 2018-19 campaign.Jimenez started only six of his 33 league appearances for Benfica last season, scoring six times, and will now seal his move subject to international clearance and a work permit. Article continues below 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 The forward joined Atletico Madrid from Club America in 2014 but, as at Benfica, struggled for regular starts in his sole season in Spain.Wolves’ signing of Jimenez has allowed the club to move another striker out on loan, with Benik Afobe heading to Stoke City.The former Bournemouth striker only joined Wolves permanently at the start of the month, but has now signed for the relegated Potters, where there is an obligation to make the move permanent in January.Gary Rowett’s side will reportedly pay £12.5 million ($17m) for the front man, who scored six goals for Wolves last season.
Graduating bachelor of education students at Mount Saint VincentUniversity in Halifax begin their job hunt today, Jan. 30. The people who hire teachers for Nova Scotia’s school boards willbe at the university for the final event in Nova Scotia’s EarlyHiring Job Fairs for 2004. “By holding these job fairs, we’ve given our school boards thechance to recruit new teachers before boards from outside theprovince,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. The Department of Education, along with Nova Scotia school boardsand other partners, organized the job fairs so boards can try tofill positions in teaching areas such as mathematics, chemistry,physics, technology education and French. Each job fair allowed students to meet with representatives fromthe school boards, the Nova Scotia Registrar of TeacherCertification, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova ScotiaSchool Boards Association and the Nova Scotia Teachers CreditUnion. Nova Scotia school boards will also be attending the EducationJob Fair organized by the University of Prince Edward Island onThursday, Feb. 12. Boards will hire only a portion of their entire complement ofteachers through the job fairs. Current term and substitute teachers, teachers who graduatedbefore 2004, or those who graduated from education programs at auniversity outside Nova Scotia can find out more about employmentopenings by contacting individual school boards. Teachers wishing to apply directly to school boards will find alist of boards and their contact information on the Department ofEducation website at www.ednet.ns.ca . Those teachers may also attend the University of Prince EdwardIsland event in February at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. This is the second year that the Department of Education, NovaScotia school boards and other partners have hosted job fairevents. Last year’s fairs resulted in 99 graduating students beingoffered jobs in Nova Scotia. EDUCATION–Mount Saint Vincent Hosts Job Fair To Recruit NewTeachers
HALIFAX – A British marine has testified that a woman who alleges she was gang raped by at least three sailors made a sexual comment when he knocked on the door of a noisy barracks room at a Halifax-area military base.Cpl. Brandon Hubbs, a member of the Royal Marines unit of the Royal Navy, took the stand in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday as the defence opened its case in the trial of U.K. sailor Darren Smalley.Hubbs said he was trying to sleep at 12 Wing Shearwater, but there were “loud noises” coming from the room where the alleged sexual assault happened in April 2015.He said he and another member of the British navy hockey team, who were in the Halifax area participating in a naval hockey tournament, knocked on their door around 12:30 p.m. on April 10, 2015.“(My teammate) said ‘Keep the noise down,’ and (the complainant) said something along the lines of, ‘You’re just jealous you’re not getting some’,” said Hubbs.Hubbs, testifying in uniform by video link from an unspecified location, said he recognized the voice as the complainant in the case because he saw and heard her in the hallway earlier.Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people.Hubbs told the court that the lights were off in the room, but he could see inside after the door was opened.“Darren Smalley was around his bed. I can’t recall if he was sitting or standing. There was a figure in Simon Radford’s bed. I couldn’t tell who it was, but it sounded like (the complainant) just by her voice. There were no other females in the room as far as I know,” said Hubbs, adding that two other sailors were in the room and on their respective beds.The complainant, whose name is protected by a publication ban, has testified she went to sleep in the bed next to Radford, and awoke to at least three men sexually assaulting her.After the conversation in the doorway, Hubbs said he walked back to his own room and went to sleep.Under cross-examination by prosecutor Cheryl Schurman, Hubbs agreed there were four other women in the barracks that night, and that he didn’t know what their voices sounded like because he didn’t speak to them.Schurman pressed Hubbs about the details of his testimony and appeared to point to inconsistencies.She noted he told police during an interview days after the alleged assault that he was 70 to 90 per cent sure the woman in Radford’s bed was the complainant, but on the stand Thursday, he testified he was 90 per cent sure.Schurman also asked if anyone was having sex when he looked into the room.Hubbs responded: “Not that I could see, nope.”The trial is not sitting on Friday. More defence witnesses are expected to be called when proceedings resume on Monday.The case once involved four accused, but charges against Radford were stayed earlier in the trial because he was in hospital with a serious infection. The charges can be reinstituted within one year.Charges against two other sailors have been dropped.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity are delighted to announce Michelle Keegan as their latest patron.Michelle Keegan Named As Patron Of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital CharityCredit/Copyright: The Vain LtdThe former Coronation Street star first got involved with the hospital in 2013 when she fronted RMCH Charity’s Big T-Break campaign. Michelle has now pledged her support to the charity by becoming an official patron, taking time out of her busy schedule to meet with patients at the hospital.Michelle met a number of the hospital’s patients in the Teenzone, chatting away about her previous role in Coronation Street and swapping make up tips with some of the older patients.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Have what it takes to be Canada’s next great writer? The 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions.You have until Feb. 28, 2018 to submit your original, unpublished work of nonfiction.The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.You may submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing or a feature article.All submissions are read by a committee of established Canadian writers. Three prominent Canadians comprise the jury, who determine the shortlist and the winner.The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.Check out all the past CBC Literary Prize winnersLast year’s winner was Becky Blake for Trust Exercise. You can read the entire 2017 shortlist here.How Becky Blake wrote the story that won the CBC Nonfiction PrizeThe deadline is Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. A fee of $25.00 for administration purposes is required for each entry.9 mistakes to avoid when submitting to the CBC Literary PrizesThe 2018 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2018. The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2018.Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Ready to submit? Enter here!
Advertisement We love this couple so much … we had to share this joyous news!Tonight Director Warren P. Sonoda proposed to his beautiful girlfriend Actress and Producer, Jen Pogue … and …. she said YES! It was the first proposal to take place during the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival … watch the magical moment:We truly wish these two Love, Peace and Happiness for all the years to come.Congratulations!!! Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement ABOUT WARREN P. SONODAWarren P. Sonoda is one of Canada’s busiest, in-demand and prolific filmmakers having completed his 10th feature film and 60th episode of TV. He’s also one of the most accomplished and influential Canadian music video directors with over 160 music videos directed and more than 250 edited. He has recently been acknowledged with a second Emmy Nomination for Best Direction of the PBS series Odd Squad. (From DGC) His credits include Bajillionaires, Odd Squad, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Trailer Park Boys and so much more.ABOUT JEN POGUEJen Pogue is an Actress based out of Toronto, Canada. After graduating from Humber College’s Film & Television Acting Conservatory, Jen has continued to steady her career in Film, Television, Voice Over & Theatre projects. She is best known for her roles in the award winning feature films Silent Retreat, Chasing Valentine, & The Masked Saint. (From IMDB) Advertisement Twitter
RICHMOND, Va. – Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans.The official decision expected later Tuesday will end an intense competition between North American cities to win the Amazon bid and its promise of 50,000 new jobs — and dash Toronto’s hopes of securing one of the locations.Toronto Mayor John Tory said in September that the city — the only Canadian contender to make the short list — was uniquely positioned to host the company because of its diversity and comparatively lower business costs.Tory had said that Toronto submitted a bid that highlighted “the fact that the Toronto Region has emerged as a global centre of innovation and technology because of our talented, diverse and inclusive workforce.”“There is no other region in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy and economic strength. We made that point to Amazon in our pitch and in person when they visited us here,” he said in a statement to The Canadian Press in September.Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand. It also wanted to able to attract top technical talent and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as eight million square feet in the next decade.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City, in the borough of Queens, is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.In setting off the flurry of interest, Amazon said it could spend more than US$5 billion to build its second headquarters over the next 17 years. The two locations combined would be about the same size as the company’s current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and houses 40,000 employees.The company isn’t leaving Seattle, and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said the new headquarters will be “a full equal” to its current home.The extra space will help the rapidly growing company.Launched in 1995 as a site that mostly sells books, Amazon now produces movies, makes voice-activated Echo devices, runs the Whole Foods grocery chain, offers online services to businesses and designs its own brands of furniture, clothing and diapers. Its ambitions are wide: It launched a company to lower health care costs for its employees and Amazon’s corporate partners in the venture, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.Amazon’s employee total has ballooned to more than 600,000 worldwide, and that’s expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders. The company recently announced that it would pay all its workers at least $15 an hour, but the employees at its second headquarters will be paid a lot more — Amazon says they’ll make an average of more than $100,000 a year.___Pisani reported from New York.With files from The Canadian Press.
“Long-term stability is essential for sustainable return, along with access to such essentials as health services, education and jobs,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative Peter de Clercq told a news conference in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.“Potentially, if you are looking very much at the implementation of the CPA which is extremely important for the overall peace process in the country, yes, we could characterize this as serious,” he said, referring to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending the two-decades-long north-south civil war that killed at least 2 million people.But he voiced pride in UNHCR’s contribution to the successful return so far of nearly 2.5 million displaced persons, including 328,000 refugees from outside Sudan’s border, out of an estimated 4.5 million driven from their homes by the war, while acknowledging that violent inter-ethnic clashes throughout this year have caused new displacements. “This situation could take a much more permanent character so we really take it seriously,” Mr. de Clercq said.He also noted other concerns in Sudan, including the east, where the flow of refugees from neighbouring countries, overwhelmingly Eritrea but also Ethiopia and Somalia, continues at an annual rate of 1,800 a month, and the strife-torn Darfur region where, despite a reduction in open armed conflict, 2.7 million people remain displaced, still vulnerable to isolated attacks and banditry. Moreover, continuing attacks by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have driven 18,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) into Sudan, where they are seeking shelter along with some 68,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). 7 October 2009Significant challenges remain to the return of displaced people in southern Sudan following the 2005 peace accord between the Government and separatists, particularly this year’s inter-ethnic violence, a senior United Nations refugee official warned today.
Lawyers staged a protest in Colombo today against moves to shift some of the court buildings in Colombo to new locations.The lawyers alleged that the Colombo Magistrates Court, District Court and Fort Magistrate building are among those to be shifted. Once shifted the existing buildings are to be used to promote tourism, the lawyers who took part in the protest claimed.In all some 8 Court buildings are expected to be shifted.
Gunasekera said that the man reported dead was a resident of Thalawakele and he had arrived in Colombo to take part in the protest. The Police spokesman also said that several people had sought treatment in hospital last night from suspected food poisoning. The Joint Opposition (JO) protest ended last night with one man being reported dead and several taken to hospital.Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said that one person had died after suffering from a heart attack. He said that while the actual number could not be confirmed yet, reports indicated that around 25 people had sought treatment at the Colombo National hospital.Asked if there were any arrests, the Police spokesman said that no one linked to the protest was arrested. He also said that there were no major incidents reported related to the joint opposition protest.The protest ended prematurely last night despite a call by the joint opposition leaders for the protest vigil to continue till this morning.Meanwhile, the road opposite Lake House was cleared this morning for vehicular movement after being partially closed from last evening as a result of the protest. (Colombo Gazette)
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne, today announced the appointment of David Holly as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka with non-resident accreditation to the Maldives.Senator Marise Payne said that Australia has a close and long-standing relationship with Sri Lanka, underpinned by extensive bilateral cooperation and people-to-people links. Australia’s Sri Lankan community of 170,000 people makes a significant contribution to Australian society. Te Foreign Minister also thanked outgoing High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Colombo since 2016. (Colombo Gazette) Australia and the Maldives have a positive relationship, built around education, development assistance and combatting transnational crime. Holly is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Chief Economist, Trade and Investment.He has previously served overseas as Consul General, Chennai; Deputy Head of Mission, New Delhi; and Counsellor, Singapore. In Canberra, he was a trade negotiator in the Office of Trade Negotiations; Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Branch; and led Australia’s contribution to both the India and China free trade agreement feasibility studies. Holly holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. “Our relationship encompasses development cooperation, education and close collaboration on countering people smuggling and transnational crime. Two-way trade reached a record $1.54 billion in 2017-18. We will continue to support Sri Lanka as it makes progress towards meaningful reconciliation. Australia and Sri Lanka work productively together to address shared challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, including through the Indian Ocean Rim Association,” the Foreign Minister said.
The government’s announcement comes after China barred canola shipments from two of Canada’s biggest exporters in what is considered retaliation for the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.China imported $2.7 billion worth of Canadian canola seed last year, and any prolonged blockage will hurt farmers, the industry and the broader economy. The seeds are the raw input for canola oil, used in cooking and industry. LNG boss says China welcomes our natural gas, tensions with Canada not an issue Bad news for Canadian farmers: China’s canola imports set to drop even more than they have already Canadian soybean exports to China jumped 80% last year. Now farmers are getting nervous International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said he will lead a canola trade mission to Japan and South Korea in early June to help farmers find new markets for their products.He also said he will be promoting canola in all of his upcoming visits, including in France.“The Canadian government stands with farming families, our farming communities and industry,” Carr said. “We will not rest until this situation is resolved for our Canadian producers, workers, and their communities.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has called for the federal government to take a more confrontational approach with China.Scheer wants Canada to appoint a new ambassador to China, launch a complaint about the canola dispute with the World Trade Organization and cut Canadian funding to China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the government has committed $256 million over five years.Citing unproven concerns about pests, China has rejected Canadian canola seed shipments in recent months.There is agreement across the sector, including with provincial governments and producers, that Canada should engage China on the basis of their allegation, Carr said.“The basis of their allegation is that there are impurities in canola that has been sent by Canada to China and has been inspected twice by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,” he said. “We continue to seek engagement; we are engaging.”Canada will work through this challenging period with China through careful, deliberate and strategic engagement, Carr added, but will also look for alternative buyers for its experts.“It is critical that Canadian exporters have other readily available markets when faced with trade disruptions,” he said. “Our country’s continued prosperity and job creation depends on security markets abroad.”With files from Andy Blatchford Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA — The federal government is changing a payment program for canola farmers to help those affected by China’s decision to ban the Canadian product.The maximum loan limit through the program will be boosted to $1 million from $400,000, and the portion that will be interest-free is rising to $500,000 from $100,000, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning.“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Canada’s canola producers and farm families across the country and we will continue to listen to their needs,” she said.“Canada has the best canola in the world as well as a very robust inspection system.”Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food provide an update on the government’s response to the canola trade dispute with China on Wednesday.
The Liberals and NDP will have little time to prepare campaigns in most of Saskatchewan’s federal ridings, as each party has nominated just six candidates with weeks to go until election day.That’s far fewer than the Conservatives and People’s Party, which have full slates of candidates in the province’s 14 ridings. The Greens are also further ahead with nine candidates, according to that party’s press secretary. One Liberal riding chair blamed the delay on a lack of interest from candidates, while another said the party has been slow approving nomination papers. Reina Sinclair, chairwoman of Regina—Qu’Appelle’s Liberal riding association, said the lost time will hinder an eventual candidate’s ability to raise money and connect with voters.“It’s really frustrating for us too, let me tell you,” said Sinclair.A University of Regina political scientist said the delays could stem from weak local organizations in long-shot ridings that are low on the priority list for the national campaigns. He said the slow start will put fresh NDP and Liberal candidates at a “huge” disadvantage. Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“You’re almost running a sacrificial candidate,” said Jim Farney, head of the university’s Department of Politics and International Studies. The election is expected on Oct. 21. The campaign should begin in September.The neglected ridings are concentrated in rural areas, but include at least one urban seat for each party. They may look like lost causes for the Liberals and NDP. The Conservatives won around 70 per cent of the vote in some rural ridings last election, and more than 50 per cent in several others.But Farney said that’s still short-sighted. With Indigenous and immigrant populations growing in Saskatchewan, it’s a lost opportunity to build for the future.“That’s not good for the long-term health of the party,” said Farney.Party spokesmen put a different spin on the slow progress. NDP communications officer Guillaume Francoeur said the party’s diversity-focused nomination process takes more time to complete.“The NDP has put together a truly democratic nomination process, which also demands that our local associations conduct a thorough search for candidates from equity seeking groups, so it is natural that this process takes a little more time,” he said. “Our campaign in Saskatchewan is shaping up very nicely.”John Tzupa, the NDP’s provincial secretary in Saskatchewan, said there are nominations in the pipeline for every outstanding riding except Prince Albert. But he said it could take until early September before those candidates are formally in place.He acknowledged there have been “growing pains” as leader Jagmeet Singh gets settled in. But he brushes aside any notion that the party is writing off Saskatchewan.“They’re really gearing up towards the campaign and getting in a place where they can run the strongest campaign they can,” Tzupa said. “Some of that took time.”A Liberal spokesman said the party is being approached by “a variety of talented community leaders” in Saskatchewan. It is currently processing hundreds of candidates who have sought nominations across the country, according to communications officer Parker Lund. He said the remaining nominations are moving forward “very soon.”But it’s clear there are areas of glaring weakness. In Cypress Hills—Grasslands, where the Liberals came up short by almost 20,000 votes in 2015, it’s been difficult to attract someone willing to run.“We’ve checked out some candidates, and so far everyone has said ‘no, not at this time,’” said riding association chairman Duane Filson, who ran for the Liberals in 2011.The association has never had a large number of volunteers, according to Filson. It lacks the resources needed to mount a strong campaign against the Conservatives.“There won’t be any comparison,” he said.Liberal party efforts are much further advanced in Regina—Qu’Appelle, the riding currently held by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Liberal riding association chair Reina Sinclair said there are about 100 volunteers on hand ready to go, including poll captains on 12 reserves. She mentioned an Indigenous prospect who has submitted paperwork for the nomination. But it has taken weeks to get approval from the party, according to Sinclair. She said party authorities told her that a mountain of paperwork from across the country is holding up the process.“We’re getting so close to the election…” Sinclair said. “It’s just so unfortunate that this individual is going to have to raise money quickly, get out there, buy pamphlets, get signs — oh my goodness.“The one good thing is whoever is a candidate in Regina—Qu’Appelle is going to come with a ready-made team.”She said the campaign is missing out on all-important campaigning opportunities at powwows across the riding, though the prospective candidate has still been attending on an informal basis. Sinclair just hopes the candidate is selected in time for the Treaty 4 Pow Wow in September.“We’ve never, ever in this riding not had a candidate by that date,” she said.Sulaiman Javed Khatana, chair of the Liberal association for Battlefords—Lloydminster, said his riding is in a similar situation. A prospective candidate’s paperwork is in, but not yet approved.Khatana said local Liberals will be able to mount a campaign, but “not as we’re supposed to.”The Conservatives had all of their candidates in place months ago. Eight are incumbents. But even challengers have been actively campaigning to pick up seats. Warren Steinley and Michael Kram were both nominated in Regina ridings last year and have been busy for months. Steinley has a serious head-start on door-knocking over his competitors. Kram is setting up his campaign office and has been visiting doorsteps since February. Both run social media pages with almost daily updates on their efforts.Kram’s campaign manager said she hopes to see an NDP candidate soon, in the expectation it could bleed some votes from the Liberals.Regina looks like a campaigning wasteland for the NDP. The party’s only nominated candidate is in Regina—Lewvan. Francoeur touted the large nomination meeting this summer that chose businessman Jigar Patel. But the riding’s NDP association president has publicly doubted the party’s chances of holding the riding, due to sagging morale from the departure of Erin Weir.The party’s Regina—Wascana riding association president, Greg Fingas, said his association hasn’t yet set a date for a nomination meeting. Regina Qu’Appelle is in a similar state. Fingas said the NDP currently has no campaign office and no staff in the riding. The association has no active Facebook or Twitter presence. The NDP seems stronger in Saskatoon, where it has an incumbent in Saskatoon West, an established candidate in Saskatoon—University and a challenger who’s already hitting the doorsteps in Saskatoon—Grasswood. But that candidate, Erika Ritchie, was only nominated on Thursday.The Liberals have two candidates in each city. Ralph Goodale is running for a ninth consecutive term in Regina—Wascana. Winter Fedyk, running for Regina—Lewvan, has a campaign office leased on the F.W. Hill Mall and has obviously put considerable thought into her first-rate graphic design. But she’s been in Nunavut during much of the summer for work responsibilities. MP Ralph Goodale’s campaign office on University Park Drive. Goodale is seeking a ninth consecutive term and does not yet have an NDP challenger. Under Erin Weir’s shadow, NDP candidate prepares for Thursday nomination meeting Goodale dangles goodies for Regina at campaign launch party BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post The NDP also has a candidate in Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan, while the Liberal campaign in Prince Albert just opened an office and seems to be rolling ahead smoothly. Both parties seem strong in the northern riding of Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, where they’re running well-known and well-connected candidates.But neither party has a candidate selected in Cypress Hills—Grasslands, Yorkton—Melville, Regina—Qu’Appelle, Souris—Moose Mountain, Battlefords—Lloydminster or Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek.Farney said the goals of modern campaigning take time to achieve. He said it’s not so much about persuading opponents. It’s about convincing supporters to turn out and vote.For that, parties need a friendly face at the doorsteps.“The best way to do that is still to have a local candidate, having come up stood in your doorstep, shaken your hand, built a relationship and said ‘Will you vote for me on Oct. 21?’” Farney explained.Even where they don’t have nominees, party activists are trying to stay optimistic. Sinclair said volunteers will give the campaign their all in Regina—Qu’Appelle. They know who they’re running against. They just need to know who they’re fighting for.“We’re ready to go,” Sinclair said. “We just need this to be green lit and then we’re going to light up that riding — and Mr. Scheer is going to have his hands full.”email@example.comRelated
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., impressed the crowd at Progressive Field by setting a new Home Run Derby record for dingers in a single round. And to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again his second time up.The 20-year-old Guerrero smashed out 29 home runs in the opening round of the Derby on Monday night — breaking the old record of 28 set by Josh Hamilton in 2008 — before matching his mark in Round 2.Guerrero’s average home run distance in Round 1 was 421.5 feet, with an average exit velocity of 104.8 mph. His third bomb was estimated to go 476 feet.Guerrero’s performance pushed him past Oakland’s Matt Chapman (13) into the second round of the three-round event, where he was almost eliminated. Despite launching 29 more homers in Round 2, he needed a tiebreaker against Dodgers star Joc Pedersen, who also went deep 29 times.The Toronto third baseman, with 60-second tiebreaker and swing-off home runs included, beat Pedersen 40-39 to reach the final.Hamilton, a five-time All-Star who was with the Texas Rangers in 2008, set the previous mark at Yankee Stadium but went on to lose the Derby to Canadian Justin Morneau.Hours before Monday’s Derby, the Rangers tweeted a video clip of Hamilton’s record-setting performance with the caption: “Good luck beating this tonight, fellas.”Guerrero was taking pitches on Monday from Jays coach John Schneider, who also threw batting practice to him for two years in the minor leagues.Guerrero, the youngest participant in the event, was one of eight players teeing off in Cleveland for the Derby, which includes a $1 million top prize.Guerrero’s Hall of Fame father, Vladimir Guerrero, won the Home Run Derby in 2007 while a member of the Angels.He tweeted: “Big boy has power,” after watching his son set the record. BROWSE home run derby | Vladimir Guerrero Jr.