The Cameras Behind 2016’s Best Documentary Films

first_imgLet’s take a look at some of the year’s best documentaries — and the cameras that captured their stories.Top Image via Pulse Films.2016’s documentaries demonstrate once again the importance of telling an engaging and thoughtful story — no matter the size of the production’s budget. These films include traditional ninety-minute features, an almost eight-hour-long miniseries, and a heavily animated documentary. Each year, directors find new ways to tell informative, entertaining stories. This year is no exception, so let’s take a look behind the scenes.O.J.: Made In AmericaOriginally produced and distributed for ESPN’s 30 for 30 miniseries, this film became something much bigger upon release. Eventually earning a limited theatrical run, the seven-hour and forty-seven minute documentary’s staggering production took a whopping nine years to complete. To intercut original news and courtroom footage with present-day interviews, director Ezra Edelman enlisted the help of documentary DP pro Nick Higgins to shoot with the Canon C300.Cameras Used:Canon C300Lenses Used:Zeiss 35mm Super Speed CP2 T1.5Zeiss 85mm Super Speed CP2 T1.5Canon 50mm f1.2The Eagle HuntressPossibly the most traditional documentary on this list, The Eagle Huntress tells the story of a thirteen-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl trying to be the first female hunter in her family. Director Otto Bell uses just about every type of camera on the market to feature aerial photography and sweeping landscapes.Cameras Used:Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema CameraGoPro Hero4 BlackCanon C300Canon EOS 1D RED EPIC MXTowerBased on The University of Texas clocktower shooting, Tower takes the unlikely approach of rotoscoping to recount the events of the tragedy. With a next-to-nothing budget (before the rotoscoping), director Keith Maitland took to his backyard, shooting his actors in front of a green screen to avoid shooting extensively on the college campus. For some on-campus shots, Maitland simply used his iPhone. For the archival footage, Maitland relied on 16mm footage taken at the time of the shooting by local news teams. The film is a tremendous example of creativity and innovation in filmmaking.Cameras Used:Apple iPhoneCanon C100TickledOne of the most bizarre pieces of work in recent memory, Tickled combines comedy, terror, drama, and mystery. It’s about . . . well, watch the trailer. Funded by Kickstarter, the film garnered so much attention that HBO has agreed to broadcast the documentary and its bonus footage. While the film isn’t technologically groundbreaking, a subject worth filming will always captivate viewers.Camera Used:Sony PMW-F5CamerapersonCameraperson tops this list as the most formally creative documentary of 2016. Kirsten Johnson has been a working documentary cinematographer since the late ’90s, and she has slowly been building up B-roll footage during all the in-between moments on “set.” Cut together, these clips tell the story of a camera operator’s experiences around the world. Shot on multiple cameras from DSLRS to DVs, with wildly different lenses, this film offers visual inconsistency that has never felt so right.Cameras Used: Multiple Cameras, Lenses, and FormatsOne More Time With FeelingNick Cave’s intimate album/concert documentary is both formulaic and groundbreaking. With one of the best filmmakers working today, Andrew Dominik, and one of the best DPs in the business, Benoit Debie, this film is stunning. Shot in 3D and 2D — as well as black and white — One More Time With Feeling is one of the most visually stunning concert documentaries ever made.Camera Used:RED Epic DragonLenses Used:Leica Summilux C-Lenses What were some of your favorite documentaries from last year? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

Modern times in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgA view of River GomtiHeritage and pilgrimage have dominated the tourist map of Uttar Pradesh for years. The Taj or Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, the Imambaras of Lucknow, the ghats of Varanasi or the stupas of leading Buddhist centres in Sarnath and Kushinagar remained the key attractions for tourists heading for what was better known as India’s most populous state.Neither the great rivers–including the mighty Ganga, the Yamuna, Ghaghra, Rapti, Saryu, Chambal or Betwa–and their richly endowed banks were ever tapped to be developed as great tourist spots; nor could the forests dotting several parts of the State be truly exploited for their abundant potential. In fact, the creation of Uttarakhand literally took away UP’s crown, that also sliced away the cake’s icing out of the forest cover. But the urge to discover, rediscover and create prompted some innovators to develop and offer something for the generation that was looking for weekend getaways, quiet corners in serene natural surroundings.Resorts ruleThe new Tourist Complex at BithoorThe resort culture has eventually caught on even in an otherwise laidback Uttar Pradesh. “This was the first time we have entered into the business of developing weekend getaways”, says UP Tourism Director General Avanish Awasthi.”To begin with we chose Bithoor–not just because of its history of the Peshwas–but because it is endowed with nature’s beauty along the banks of the Ganga, and easily approachable from UP’s important industrial hub, Kanpur, where many have the resources and means but was sans any corner for an enjoyable weekend”, Awasthi points out.Though the beginning has been made with just eight independent air-conditioned cottages, plans are afoot to expand the facility, currently available for a daily tariff of Rs. 900. The entrance to the newly created 15-acre resort inside Nana Rao Memorial Park has been given the shape of a fort as a reminder of what once used to be the home of Laxmi Bai, before she rode on to become the famous ‘Jhansi ki Rani’. Having started only as recently as on December 1, 2009, the place is showing tremendous potential, with demand for bookings coming from as far as Maharashtra too.Go birdingThe Ambedkar Park cum Memorial in LucknowParallel to the Bithoor getaway, the tourism department has developed yet another such facility at the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, exactly midway of UP’s two leading cities–Lucknow and Kanpur. Surrounded by rich green cover and facing a huge natural lake, which draws many a Siberian bird during winter, here you have 10 impressive suites in a cosy complex with a small conference hall and a fully-functional eating joint.Sure enough, the resort sees a lot of youth getting drawn here for even spending a pleasant winter afternoon. The place is becoming very popular for picnics and conferences–definitely the new getaway for Lucknow.The success story at Bithoor and Nawabganj is likely to be repeated at other destinations, where nature’s gifts abound and looks like UP is getting very fond of resorts. There are plans to undertake similar projects in the rocky Bundelkhand region, where multiple streams meandering through vast tracts of red stone laced with red soil provide a romantic ambience particularly during the rainy season.Hip and happening LucknowSahara Ganj seems to be taking over Lucknows traditional hotspotsThe state capital is no longer about ‘nawaabi tehzeeb’ and the ‘pehle aap’ culture. Away from the Imambaras, which speak volumes of the rich cultural heritage or the Residency, a new Lucknow with ultra modern malls and parks is now a spanking reality.Three huge malls in a row–Fun Republic, Wave and Inox–each with their own multiplexes could match the best in any Indian metropolis. Sahara Ganj, a mall in the city centre, appears to be fast taking over Lucknow’s traditional hotspot, Hazratganj, in the vicinity. Ganjing–as the cool walk along this downtown thoroughfare was widely known–is a forgotten pastime as youngsters prefer to hangout in Sahara Ganj instead.And no need to trek the dirty gullies of old Lucknow hunting down Tunde ke kebabs. They have a pretty neat outlet right here, in Sahara Ganj. The taste of the kebabs and paranthas remains pretty authentic, though the aficionados may argue that the dirt and grime added its own flavour at the traditional eatery.A new ‘love-lane’ has literally faded out the old and famous one in Hazratganj. Built along the Gomti riverbank is a winding road overlooking Lucknow’s latest landmark–Ambedkar Park cum Memorial. It makes for some lovely walks as the sun sets into the Gomti. After driving over the city’s one and only smart new eight-lane bridge, you could just park you car and spend a whole evening strolling or just lazing around along the beautifully lit river bank. That’s what many love-struck Lucknowites do, which has earned it the pseudonym of ‘love-lane’.In memoriamAt Wave, another addition to Lucknows attractionsLike it or not, the new face of Lucknow is what current Chief Minister Mayawati has given it. Not just the 65-acre park cum memorial, but the entire area around is adorned in the beautifully sculptured pink Dholpur stone and granite that is neatly laid out on every inch of the sprawling memorial. Landscaping by renowned artist Satish Gujral gives the place a novelty that takes you far ahead of what was created in the city way back in the 18th century by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula.Two leaps forwardTunde ke kebabs are also available in malls nowUttar Pradesh has also taken a forward leap by going for adventure tourism. And on top of the state tourism department’s agenda are river cruises and hot-air ballooning. The first cruise took off from Varanasi on October 10. The high per head fee of Rs. 1.9 lakh for a two-week cruise is no deterrent for cruise buffs.The price includes five-star boarding and lodging at both Kolkata and Varanasi. Apart from the ‘five-star’ luxury offered in each of the 28 cabins, the cruise also has a smart lounge, a salon, a multi-cuisine restaurant, a state-of-the-art gymnasium along with a coffee shop on the top deck.Hot air ballooning is a new pursuitThe hot air balloon project is in the final stage to be launched. And Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, would be the first to experience the maiden flight. Very soon, the tourism department proposes to take hot-air balloons to the sprawling banks of the Ganga at Varanasi and Allahabad.The beginnings of change show a lot of promise and it all adds up to a unique tourist experience.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileNew shopping options in the StateTourist Complex at Bithoor (22 km from Kanpur); tel: (0512) 279 0202; (0) 94150 13609, 94156 09445; e-mail: upstdc@up-tourism.comNawabganj Bird Sanctuary (45 km from Lucknow); tel: (05143) 27 7053, (0) 94156 09445, 94158 02737Fun Republic: Vishwas Khand, Gomti Nagar, LucknowWave Eastend Mall: Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, LucknowInox: Vipul Khand (Next to Taj Residency), Gomti Nagar, LucknowSahara Ganj: Shah Najaf Road (Near Hazratganj), LucknowAmbedkar Park cum Memorial: Gomti Nagar, LucknowRiver Cruise: (011) 2612 2290/91; e-mail: reservations@pandawcruisesindia.comHot Air Ballooning Tel: (0) 98390 35371, (0) 93362 09210; anshulbansalexcellent@gmail.comlast_img read more

N Srinivasan, Sharad Pawar too old for BCCI roles, Anurag Thakur to lose HPCA post

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has to get rid of veteran administrators like Sharad Pawar, N Srinivasan, and Niranjan Shah to name a few, in order to fall in line with the Supreme Court’s latest verdict accepting the Lodha Committee recommendations on age-cap of 70 years on BCCI office-bearers. (Supreme Court gives BCCI 6 months to implement Lodha reforms)The SC verdict, as per recommendations, will also mean that BCCI president Anurag Thakur (Himachal Pradesh), secretary Ajay Shirke (Maharashtra), treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary (Haryana) and joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary (Jharkhand) will have to step down from their positions in their respective state associations to avoid “Conflict of Interest”. (Top 10 changes BCCI has to implement in next 6 months)The Board has been given a six-month deadline time to implement the recommendations.While former BCCI president Pawar is 75 years old, Tamil Nadu strongman Srinivasan is currently 71 years old. Both are presidents of their respective state associations – Mumbai CA and TNCA respectively.Saurashtra Cricket Association supremo Shah, who has served BCCI for over three decades in various capacities such as secretary, joint secretary, treasurer and vice President, is 72 years old.’RESPECT SC ORDER’ He admitted that he is “disappointed” but has to “respect” the Apex Court’s order. (Also Read: We respect Supreme Court’s verdict, says Rajeev Shukla)”Yes, I am very disappointed but this is the verdict of the Apex Court of the country, which we will have to respect,” Shah said.Shah, however, feels that it will at least take another 18 months to fully implement the SC verdict.advertisement”The BCCI will have to first implement it at their end and then the state associations will have to also implement the same. In my understanding it will take another 18 months to put everything in order as per Lodha Committee recommendations,” Shah observed.He was, however, non-committal when asked as to who would replace him in SCA, an association where it has been a ‘One Man Show’ for over three and half decades.”My members had given mandate to work for the betterment of cricket in the region. Saurashtra has one of the best international stadiums right now. We would be hosting a Test match and we have ODIs, and T20s. We have also successfully hosted the IPL,” Shah concluded.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Dene vow battle to protect sacred site from development

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Northwest Territories regulatory board could be facing legal action from a Vancouver-based exploration company.They say that revisiting a seven year-old environmental assessment is a waste of time and money.A new hearing into the matter is taking place in the small community of Ndilo this week.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

CAPP calls on feds to make sure Trans Mountain is built

first_imgThe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is on board with Alberta’s legislation that could restrict energy products being shipped into BC, but is hoping it doesn’t have to be used.CAPP President and CEO Tim McMillan tells CityNews, the federal government needs to step up as well.“It would be our desire that this is a tool that ultimately — isn’t needed and it likely is because the federal government steps in and assumes the authority,” he said.McMillan says he’s not sure the energy restrictions will change BC Premier John Horgan’s mind about anything though, as his NDP government is propped up by the BC Green Party, which has threatened to pull support if Horgan stops resisting the pipeline.last_img

Puerto Rico board seeks US Supreme Court intervention

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a recent ruling that found the board’s members were illegally appointed.The board said Thursday it also will ask for a stay of the federal appeals court ruling pending Supreme Court consideration.The board said a majority of its board members voted to appeal the ruling and said all seven have been legally appointed.The appeals court had said its decision would not invalidate any of the board’s actions and gives U.S. President Donald Trump and the Senate 90 days to decide whether to keep the board members or appoint new ones.The board has overseen a couple of multimillion-dollar debt restructuring deals for the U.S. territory.The Associated Press

New building phase begins at Baltimore 5B renewal project

BALTIMORE — A $5.5 billion redevelopment effort in Baltimore that’s been touted as one of America’s biggest urban renewal efforts is moving forward, as officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the latest construction phase.Developers and politicians held the ceremony for the Port Covington initiative on Monday. The South Baltimore project aims to transform a mostly industrial waterfront into an 18 million-square-foot mixed-use complex.One of the project’s owners is investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.Political leaders have enthusiastically backed the redevelopment vision conceived by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. At the Monday groundbreaking, Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young portrayed it as “vitally important” to the future of Maryland’s biggest city.In 2016, Baltimore authorized a $660 million tax increment financing deal to pave the way for the Port Covington plans.The Associated Press read more

Discussions on negotiating texts on pact to combat global warming kick off

The two-week Bonn talks, the second round of UN climate change talks this year, are expected to draw over 4,000 participants, including representatives from Governments, the private sector, environmental organizations and research institutions.The new pact, to be concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark, is intended to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.“The political moment is right to reach an agreement,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “There is no doubt in my mind that the Copenhagen climate conference in December is going to lead to a result.”The current financial crisis has reinforced the need for a global response to global issues, he added.The negotiating texts serve as a “starting point” for talks among nations, according to Michael Zammit Cutajar, who chairs the working group for long-term cooperation under the UNFCCC.Also expected to be discussed in Bonn are how to improve emissions trading and coverage of emissions credits, among other topics.In recent weeks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been exhorting nations to “seal the deal” on a new climate change pact, warning that cost of inaction will be far greater than the cost of taking decisive action now.“We live in an interconnected world,” he told business leaders last month. “An effective agreement in Copenhagen would be a powerful vote of confidence in multilateralism. By the same token, failure would be bad news for everyone.”“We live in an interconnected world,” he told business leaders last month. “An effective agreement in Copenhagen would be a powerful vote of confidence in multilateralism. By the same token, failure would be bad news for everyone.”In a related development, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and over one dozen non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have urged climate negotiators to not leave fisheries and aquaculture out of discussions on a new pact.As a result of climate change, millions of fishers, fish farmers and coastal inhabitants will see their livelihoods take a hit, with global warming decreasing the availability and quality of fish for food and increasing health risks, according to a policy brief issued by the groups.Some 520 million people worldwide – or 8 per cent of the global population – depend on fisheries and aquaculture as a source of protein, income or family stability.It also argues that without immediate adaptation and mitigation measures, many fishing and coastal communities, already vulnerable due to poverty and rural underdevelopment, will face an even worse situation.“Through their decisions and actions, they need to avoid policies that would damage already stressed aquatic resources and human lives and, instead, implement measures that take full advantage of the environmental and food security services that healthy aquatic resources offer,” said Kevern Cochrane of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. 1 June 2009Delegates from 182 nations are gathering in Bonn, Germany, today to initiate discussions on negotiating texts which could form the basis of an ambitious United Nations-backed climate change deal, to slash greenhouse gas emissions, expected to be clinched in December. read more

Drugmakers won US approval for 45 firstofakind drugs in 2015 the most

by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 7:57 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Approvals for first-of-a-kind drugs climbed last year, pushing the annual tally of new U.S. drugs to its highest level in 19 years.The rising figures reflect an industry-wide focus on drugs for rare and hard-to-treat diseases, which often come with streamlined reviews, extra patent protections and higher price tags.The Food and Drug Administration approved 45 drugs with never-before-sold ingredients in 2015, edging past the previous year’s tally of 41, which had been the highest number since 1996.FDA drug approvals are considered a barometer of industry innovation and the government’s efficiency in reviewing new therapies.While the trend toward specialty medicines is good news for industry and patients, it is likely to fuel the ongoing debate over rising prescription drug prices. That issue has become a top concern for consumers, a subject of congressional scrutiny and even an issue on the presidential campaign trail. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both outlined proposals designed to curb prices.The FDA is not allowed to consider prices when approving medicines, though some experts argue it should.One of the most expensive drugs of the year was Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Orkambi for cystic fibrosis, priced at $259,000 for a year’s supply. The drug improves lung function in patients with the deadly inheritable disease, which causes the buildup of sticky mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other internal organs. Pfizer’s breast cancer drug, Ibrance, was priced at $118,200 per year, which was typical of new cancer drugs. Even some drugs for more prevalent diseases came with high price-tags: Bristol-Myers Squibb’s hepatitis C pill, Daklinza, costs $63,000 for a 12-week regimen.Analysts say drugmakers are getting better at picking the most promising drugs in their research and development pipelines.Between 2007 and 2011, only one in 19 drugs entering early-stage testing actually reached the market, according to industry data analyzed by Bernstein’s Tim Anderson. Today, one in 13 early-stage drugs make it to market.“These improvements hopefully reflect the pay-off from the industry’s conscious decade-long efforts to ‘turn around’ R&D,” Anderson told investors in a research note last year.Still, drugmakers continue to face R&D challenges. Anderson notes that the overall time to discover and develop one new drug has been rising for more than a decade, currently averaging about 14 years. The figure was about 11 years in the late 1990s. The increased development time has been driven by the growing complexity of drug trials and demands for more data from health insurers.A separate report from Deloitte suggests the largest pharma companies could learn from the R&D strategy of their mid-size competitors, who tend to focus on a particular family of diseases or conditions. These smaller companies tend to have lower R&D costs and higher sales per product, according to Deloitte.“Our analysis indicates that companies who maintain a consistent therapy area footprint are projected to deliver higher R&D returns,” the company states.Despite the difficulties of drug development, experts expect the approvals trend to continue. IMS Health predicts 225 new drugs will be approved worldwide between 2016 and 2020. Drugmakers won US approval for 45 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2015, the most in 19 years read more

UK automotive manufacturing celebrated in Auto Trader Ignition app

This month, the strength, breadth and diversity of UK automotive manufacturing is being celebrated in Ignition, the app-based magazine from Auto Trader.The ‘Best of British’ special issue sees the magazine’s editorial team visit five of the UK automotive industry’s production facilities while putting some of the manufacturers’ most successful UK-built models through their paces.Starting at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, the tour continues to Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood, Toyota’s facility in Burnaston and MINI Plant Oxford, concluding at Morgan’s headquarters in Malvern. The feature showcases some of the industry’s most head-turning UK-built cars, including the Nissan Juke, MINI Cooper S and Range Rover Evoque.The UK plays host to more than 30 major automotive production facilities for car, commercial vehicle and engine manufacturers as well as a host of component suppliers. The industry’s manufacturing turnover exceeded £59 billion in 2012 as export volumes hit record levels.SMMT’s Interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton said, “The UK automotive manufacturing industry is certainly worthy of celebration; 1.6 million vehicles were produced in the UK in 2012 and we’re confident of approaching record-breaking levels of car output around 2016. This is thanks to multi-billion pound investments that UK facilities have received from global automotive companies over the past few years.”In addition to good prospects for growth in output volumes, industry is also continually enhancing the ways in that vehicles are manufactured; automotive production now uses 44% less energy and emits 40.3% less CO2 than in 2000.Click through for further details or to download the latest issue of Ignition for iPhone or iPad, or for more information on UK automotive manufacturing, see SMMT’s 2013 Automotive Sustainability Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Plans for Service in Huntington City

By Julie JohansenAt the February meeting of the Huntington City Council, MECCA Club representatives requested a donation for a memorial plaque to be placed at the trailhead of Goodwater Rim Trail. The 12”x 18” plaque will honor former Huntington Mayor and Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon. The council voted to donate $150, which when added to the county’s donation, should pay for the plaque.Huntington City will join other cities to contract with Emery County to vote by mail for its municipal elections.Also at the meeting, citizen concerns were voiced about snow removal procedures by the city. Areas of concerns included the large piles of snow making it hard to see when approaching intersections and the traffic hazards they could cause. Others praised the middle-of-the-road piles as they don’t plug up drains or driveways. Some suggested removing the snow piles in high traffic areas such as church parking lots or senior center parking. It was expressed that city maintenance will do all they can to accomplish these desires. Huntington City’s maintenance foreman reported that the snow removal equipment has been repaired following the long hours of the last storm and are ready for the next storm.Fireman Chase Majors thanked the council for its support in sending firemen to multiple training classes, stating the importance of having trained men in the city’s fire department. It was stated that fire chief Thomas Jensen and the department are in the process of restructuring and retraining.Mayor Leonard Norton thanked the maintenance staff and office staff for their help in a very busy and stressful month due to illness and the largest snow storm in more than a decade.Councilwoman Lesa Miller reported on the recent Community Veterans Outreach meeting. This organization is exploring ways to better coordinate and offer veteran services in the area. She also reported that the youth city council is ready to start again under the direction of adult advisor Courtney Justice.Councilman Kelly Oveson reported that the city is receiving bids for improvements around the grandstand on the rodeo grounds.Councilman Joe Ward spoke about the cement work around the miners’ memorial, some of which has been cancelled due to the expense.Councilwoman Gloria Wilson reported that flowers for Main Street planters have been ordered as well as new Christmas decorations. read more

Flash Player finally gets automatic updates

first_imgFlaws in browser plug-ins remain one of the most popular vectors for drive-by attacks on the web. That’s got everything to do with the fact that a lot of people simply don’t pay enough attention to update notifications. Flash Player, Java, and Adobe Reader might be good about telling you there’s an update available, but they make it far too easy for users to simply click off the alert and go about their business.Adobe has finally seen the light, at least when it comes to Flash. Version, of the ubiquitous plug-in finally introduces an automatic update option — at least if you’re using a Windows computer. A preferences screen is presented once the installation completes, and users can choose whether to let Flash Player keep itself updated, receive notifications, or disable all update checking and surf with reckless abandon.Google Chrome users have been enjoying silent Flash updates for their browser for quite some time. With this change, folks browsing with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari can finally “set it and forget it” to make sure Flash stays fully patched.Over the past year or so, Adobe has really taken its security game to a new level. With the introduction of sandboxing in Adobe Reader X, the NPAPI Flash plug-in, and automatic Flash updates, it’s clear that they’re very focused on plugging the holes that have plagued their products in the past — and made them a popular target for cybercriminals looking to compromise users’ systems.Now if only Oracle would implement something like this for the Java plug-in…More at Sophoslast_img read more

NUGAS ball donates 1000 to Greeces fire victims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) celebrated their first major event for 2018, the annual ball.But beyond an unforgettable night, this year’s function was also an opportunity for members of the organisation to express solidarity to those affected by the East Attica bushfires.Proceeds from tickets, were donated to the recent Athens Bushfire radiothon appeal, while the committee added a further amount raising the overall donation to $1,000.With approximately 900 people in attendance, including around 50 students coming all the way from Sydney to attend, it is safe to say that the event, held on Sunday 23 September, at Peninsula Docklands, was a success.Keeping the crowd on the dance floor was Greek band Rythmos, while guests enjoyed an after party at a nearby club.last_img read more

Lionel Messi to miss the first Copa del Rey leg vs

first_imgAhead of the Copa del Rey’s quarterfinals against Barcelona, Sevilla manager Pablo Machin analyzed absentee Lionel Messi for tomorrow’s match.Now that we know Lionel Messi is not going to feature in the first Copa del Rey leg between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, manager Pablo Machin still wanted to analyze the Argentine player as he knows that he probably will play in the second leg.The Andalusian club is set to receive FC Barcelona’s visit at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Sevilla, they are willing to take the match to the last instance and try to make the best out of Lionel Messi’s absence from the game due to Ernesto Valverde’s decision to rest him.Manager Pablo Machin confirmed that Munir El Haddadi and Joris Gnagnon are set to miss this match due to muscular problems, something that leaves the club in a delicate state because they will have to use players that the manager wanted to be rested for next weekend’s La Liga match against Levante.Pablo Machin knows how important Lionel Messi is for Barcelona, he is hoping for the squad to deliver a performance like Levante did against the Catalan club in the Copa del Rey’s previous round.Sevilla is coming for a home victory and expects to get a great result in order to play the second leg with a considerable advantage.🎙️ Consulta toda la rueda de prensa del técnico @pablomachindiez. 🧢➡️ça 🏆 #CopadelRey #vamosmiSevilla— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) January 22, 2019“If Lionel Messi gets illuminated against Sevilla, either we get a sniper to shoot him or we get him with a tranquilizer,” said Machin via Diario AS.“We are going to have to do a lot on our part, we will have to play a very good match. Everybody has tried to stop Messi in many ways but the great footballers have manners in which they can get out of any trap that gets set against them.”“Barcelona has already lost some matches with Messi. We are going to have to compete very well. The ideal thing would be to get a positive result and not let them score any goals, but leaving a clean sheet against Barcelona is very complicated.”“In order to give the surprising result, we’ll have to win by a margin that doesn’t require us to win by more than one goal in the return leg.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I insist, Barcelona also doesn’t like to have Sevilla as their rival for this match. Just like the rest of the squads don’t really want Barcelona as their rival.”“It is going to be a beautiful confrontation between both squads, let the best team win and let us not suffer any more injuries on any side,” he added.💪⚽ Last training session before Sevilla, and the first one for @KPBofficial 🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2019Manager Ernesto Valverde on his part, has decided to leave Lionel Messi out of the call-up list by a technical decision because he wants to rest the star.The idea is to play with a squad that is very similar to the one that played at Levante but ended up losing the match, the club needed Lionel Messi for the return leg in order to recover the result that eventually gave Barcelona the next round ticket to the quarterfinals.There is also confirmation to whether the manager will give Kevin Prince Boateng a chance to make his debut, as Valverde has included the player from the list in tomorrow’s squad and does have a great chance of making his debut with the Catalan club.The boss will try to give some minutes to academy players with a bright future such as we Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña, but the biggest news is the chances that the Ghana international has of playing his first ever match as a Barcelona player in Copa del Rey against Sevilla.Pablo Machin’s squad won’t have to worry about Lionel Messi for this match, but they will still have to face a very competitive squad for tomorrow at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.📋 SQUAD⚽ Sevilla – Barça🏆 #CopaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2019Why do you think Valverde rested Messi for this match against Sevilla? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Ricky Smith Marks One Year at Helm of Agency Plans for More

first_imgFor Ricky D. Smith, his first year at the helm of the Maryland Aviation Administration, including the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, has been a dream.Ricky Dorell Smith“It’s been a true homecoming for me,” he told the AFRO. “I’ve been in this business now for 27 years, and most of those years I grew up in this airport. So to come home in a way that I can work with the team and impact the direction of the airport and provide such a valuable service to the airport, it’s a dream come true. I couldn’t have scripted it any better.”A career in transportation was never something Smith dreamed about as a child growing up as the second of six children on Whitelock Street in Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill—although dreams were sometimes the only escape in a neighbourhood riddled with drugs and crime.“There [was] always the lure of engaging in activities that would allow you to get some of the joys in life much more quickly… particularly when you compare yourself to people who seem to be doing better than you,” Smith said. But the experience prepared him for success later in life.“It something I’m very proud of,” Smith said of his upbringing in inner-city Baltimore. “I always attribute my ability to get through challenging times on this job and other jobs that I have had to the growth that I experienced while I was growing up in Reservoir Hill.He also attributes his longevity in business to his parents—his mother, a factory worker for over 33 years, and his father, whom he called a “hustler”—in a good way.“My father was not someone who could work for someone for long. He was not a good employee. He was not disciplined enough. He was too much of a free spirit to hold a job for long time. He was much more entrepreneurial,” Smith said of his father, who started several enterprises, including driving a taxi cab and a landscaping business, over the years.“I had the patience to stay in an organization like this for a long time and see it through because my mother instilled in me a more disciplined, stable personality. But I am innovative and try to be creative in a way people associate with entrepreneurs, and that comes from my father,” he added.Smith began his long-time relationship with BWI-Marshall in 1990 when the Howard University graduate took on the position of budget manager. After a while he bounced around to several positions in the airport’s operations, then left to spend two years as the deputy administrator for the Maryland State Highway Administration. He then returned to the Aviation Administration as chief operating officer, helping to lead BWI Marshall through a $2 billion expansion program, increased global air service, and the creation of a new food and retail program. In June 2006, he left BWI for Cleveland, where—among other duties—he served as CEO of the city’s Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for nine years.The difference in circumstances at Hopkins International and at BWI-Marshall is very stark, he said.“It really is a tale of two cities,” the longtime transportation executive said.“[Hopkins International] was a very difficult environment to operate in because the economy in Cleveland, like so many of the Rust Belt cities, is much more depressed,” he elaborated. “On the other hand, even when the economy is in a downturn, Maryland’s economy is relatively stable…. So you don’t have to be as creative with very scarce resources.”All the pitfalls he encountered and mistakes he made in Cleveland have prepared him to be a much better CEO at BWI-Marshall, Smith said.“For example, I would be so focused on what is the right thing to do from a professional standpoint that I didn’t always factor in the politics of stuff,” and that placed him at odds with the Cleveland City Council early on in his tenure, Smith said. “So here [in Maryland] that’s not a learning curve I have to go through…. I don’t take it for granted that the public or the political community here understand why I’m doing something and why it’s important. I know I have to spend time educating and informing stakeholders around what we’re doing.”That’s why, for example, the airport’s four-year strategic plan, which will be announced soon, is driven by feedback from the business community, political community, the airport community, airlines and other tenants, and the employees, Smith said.The four-year plan seeks to expand on the growth BWI-Marshall is experiencing and to address some of the challenges presented by that growth.“We are the 24th busiest airport in the country [out of about 500] and the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington region,” Smith said. “Last year we experienced 24 million passengers, that’s the most passengers in the history of the airport, and we’re going through our 10th consecutive month of record-setting growth.”The heavy traffic through BWI-Marshall is being fuelled by its convenient access, its offering of more low cost flights than any other airport in the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia region as well as more non-stop destinations through Southwest Airlines, the airport’s main carrier, Smith said.His challenge in the past year has been to not only continue that growth, but also to configure the facility to handle that growth without changing the airport’s easy-come, easy-go character, he said.“We have a pretty aggressive marketing campaign in the Baltimore-Washington and Pennsylvania area – My BWI – and that’s all aimed at helping people understand the amenities we offer, the competitive advantage we have over other the other airports and that has gone a long way toward continuing the growth that we have,” Smith said of one of his initiatives.Smith has also led the airport on a capital building campaign, including a new connector between Concourse D and Concourse E, which will provide new gates for additional airlines, new spaces for food and retail and a new security checkpoint that would allow passengers to be processed more efficiently. The connector will open later this year.As a companion, Concourse E, the international terminal, will be expanded to add six more gates. Since he began, the airport has added more international carriers, including Norwegian Airlines, which offers flights to exotic locales, such as Martinique, Smith said.The airport executive said they are also implementing new systems to make the processing of passengers more convenient and efficient.“I think we are getting better at using technology to allow passengers to go through a strict security process without spending as much time in the lines or having to do a lot of other things they would have to do 10, 15 years ago,” he said. “That’s bringing efficiency to our international program that many airports do not have.”Among other things, in August the airport will be introducing automated passport kiosks in international terminals that would allow a good portion of passengers to get through the customs process without seeing an agent. They are also introducing a mobile app that allows passengers to answer questions before entering customs, thus speeding up the process. Both products includes aggressive screening of passengers via technology.The airport will also be opening a TSA Pre-Check enrollment office in the next couple of months to boost the number of participants in the program. Subscribers allow the TSA to do background checks on them, and if they pass, they can go through dedicated lines at the airport where they don’t have to do things like taking their shoes off.Another, more personal, challenge for Smith has been informing minorities about the career opportunities available in the air transportation business. They’ve had some success in attracting minority-owned businesses to the airport and now over half of BWI-Marshall’s food and retail concepts are owned and operated by local minorities, he said. But there are many unexplored options.“One of the struggles we have in this business is minorities are so un-exposed to life at an airport that they don’t see it as a career opportunity because they think you have to be a brain surgeon or something to be in this business,” he said. “So if my story can cause someone to get past the mystique associated with being in the airport business, this story would be worth it.”last_img read more

DC Community Calendar

first_imgSat., August 3 CivicFest This free event combines music, dance, art, volunteer opportunities, fun and thought-provoking workshops and more on Saturday, from 12-8 pm at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in Columbia Heights.*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***Wed.,  August 7The Healing Power of CommunicationJoin us for a conversation with special guest: Katie Couric Award-winning journalist at Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik  B. Hiriri Building Georgetown University from 5:00-6:00 p.m.*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***Innovations in the Food System Shaping the Future of FoodThe Food Forum will host a workshop that will explore current innovations in the food system. Workshop presenters will discuss the dimensions of food systems and how to utilize innovations to meet the needs of small and large supply chains to support decision-making. This event will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW., from 8:30 a.m., Wednesday through Thursday at noon.*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***Thurs., August 8 KanKouran West African Dance CompanyKanKouran West African Dance Company was founded in 1983 to introduce the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to American audiences. The group’s thrilling performances captivate fans of all ages with electrifying dances and rhythms at 10 First Street Southeast Washington from 7:00-8:00 p.m.*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***2019 LOC Summer Movies on the LawnThe series is part of the Library’s annual programming theme to explore America’s changemakers. It kicks off with Walt Disney’s first live-action movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and ends with the first film in which computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen. Come out and view for free at Thomas Jefferson Building. 10 First Street SE., from 8:30 to 11:30 P.M.last_img read more

2 killed after bike hits roadside tree

first_imgKolkata: Two youths were killed when a motorcycle hit a roadside tree in Nadia on Saturday night.The incident took place at Barbaria village under Dhantala police station. The victims have been identified as Samir Tarafdar (18) and Sohag Mullick (19). The two friends were returning home on a motorcycle when the accident occurred. An eyewitness told police the bike was running at a high speed when it hit a roadside tree. Both the victims were wearing helmets. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe impact of the incident was so high that the youths fell at a distance after hitting the tree. The traffic movement in the area got a little slow following the accident. The situation was later brought under control after the intervention of senior police officers in the area. Some locals rushed the victims to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced them brought dead. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey recovered the motorcycle that was completely damaged in the incident. Police are investigating if the victims were inebriated at the time of the accident. They are yet to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident. The villagers said many often overspeed in the area, especially at night, leading to accidents. They also demanded for adequate surveillance in the area. The district police have sent the bodies for autopsy on Sunday morning. Cops have informed the family members of the victims after the bodies were identified. They are also investigating if there was any foul play behind the death of the duo.last_img read more

War of 1812 The Burning of Washington and how a Freak Storm

first_imgUsually when big storms are discussed, it is in terms of the destruction and havoc they wreak. However, in 1814, a huge storm and an accompanying tornado, although still destructive, actually helped save the American capital from further occupation and destruction by British troops and became known as the “Storm that Saved Washington”.According to the Constitution Center, on August 24, 1814, just outside of Washington, D.C., British troops, led by Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn, easily defeated a small American force led by General William Winder and comprised of volunteers.Following their victory at the Battle of Bladensburg, the British invaded Washington D.C. and burned many U.S. government and military buildings.This battle, the Battle of Bladensburg, is reported by the American Battlefield Trust to be in retaliation for American troops having attacked the Canadian capital of York less than a year previously and having burned some government buildings there.That night, after having defeated the Americans, the British entered the fledgling nation’s capital and burned several buildings including the Capitol and the White House.Burning of Washington August 1814President James Madison and his wife, Dolly, were aware of the threat and had made plans to escape prior to the destruction, but even so, according to the Constitution Center, both the president and Secretary of State, James Monroe, were nearly captured.Dolly Madison did however manage to save a well-known portrait of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart before fleeing.Gilbert Stuart, George Washington (Lansdowne portrait, 1796)According to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the portrait is still on view today in the East Room of the White House.Smithsonian’s website reports that the occupation of the city by the British lasted a mere 26 hours. Storm clouds blew in, and the heavy rain and wind that followed doused the fires that had been set by the British.The United States Capitol after the burning of Washington, D.C. in the War of 1812. Watercolor and ink depiction from 1814, restored.The National Weather Service reports that more British soldiers were killed as a result of the storm than had been killed in the battle the day before.Two British cannons were even lifted up and moved by the force of the accompanying tornado which ripped through the middle of the city.What makes this event even more serendipitous for the Americans is that, as Smithsonian reports, there have only been seven other tornadoes recorded in Washington, D.C. in the 204 years since.Portrait of Admiral Cockburn at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, with Washington burning in the background. The U.S. Capitol and Treasury Building are at far right.The storm wasn’t all good for the capital, although it did drive off what the American Battlefield Trust reports as the only foreign attack on the nation’s capital until the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.As the Constitution Center reports, the storm and tornado also caused so much destruction that the General Post Office and Patent Office buildings had their roofs torn off by the force of the wind.Trees were uprooted and buildings were torn from their foundations, according to Smithsonian.The Blodget Hotel which housed the US Patent Office; spared during the burning of Washington in 1814. The Patent Office later burned in 1836.Meanwhile, President Madison had fled to a town called Brookeville, MD, about 18 miles north of Washington, D.C. The town’s website still boasts that, as a result of the president staying there after three full days of travel, their town was “US Capital for a Day”.The president returned to Washington, D.C. on August 27th, and the rebuilding of the nation’s capital began.The White House in Washington DCAccording to the White House Historical Association, some exterior walls of the White House remained, and President Madison decided to rebuild it in the same spot despite opposition from some Congressmen.There is a myth that the White House is painted white due to the burn marks on the remaining outer walls from the fires, but this is not the case. The Constitution Center notes that the Capitol was also rebuilt and the Library of Congress was restocked by Thomas Jefferson’s book collection.So, although the storm was very destructive to the capital, it still was well timed because it put out the fires started by the British and ensured that they did not cause even more destruction.Read another story from us: King Frederick the Great was a Runaway TeenIt is possible that more of the city would have burned down, or the British would have occupied the city for longer, if the storm and tornado hadn’t occurred exactly when they did. In fact, in this battle, it was mostly the “Storm that Saved Washington” which in the end cause the British to retreat.last_img read more

Nissans ZeroEmission Ice Cream Truck Uses Recycled EV Batteries

first_imgJune 20, 2019 For some, chasing the neighborhood ice cream truck is a favorite summer tradition. But many ice cream trucks have diesel engines, and older models keep those engines running to power the freezers. That means you get a hefty side of CO2 emissions with your cone. Nissan thinks it can change that. To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan unveiled a zero-emission ice cream van concept, called “Sky to Scoop.”The prototype is based on Nissan’s e-NV200, a fully electric light commercial vehicle that has a range of up to 124 miles. The company installed two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs — which use lithium-ion cells recovered from first-generation Nissan electric vehicles — to power the coolers. Those can be charged along with the van, but there are rooftop solar panels for an added boost. Nissan also partnered with Mackie’s, a Scottish ice cream company that uses wind and solar power, making the product green from “sky to scoop.”Nissan took the opportunity to mention that Nissan Energy ROAM will be available for sale later in 2019. The Nissan e-NV200, which is based on the LEAF architecture, is already available. There’s no word yet if Nissan will take its clean, EV ice cream truck beyond the prototype stage, but this isn’t the first time the company has gotten creative with the e-NV200. A few years ago, the company turned it into a mobile office, and there’s a chance we’ll see more one-off projects like this one. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | March 07, 2011 Mammography and Interventional Radiology Solutions Launched at ECR PreviousNext IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more The top image is enhanced using GOPView iRVUltra. The bottom is the original image. March 7, 2011 – Two new imaging solutions for mammography and interventional radiology were announced at the 2011 European Congress of Radiology (ECR). Mammo PlusViewCAD, from ContextVision, addresses current limitations of X-ray image diagnosis for the detection of breast cancer. GOPView iRVUltra helps achieve superior, real-time images with the ability for dose reduction during interventional fluoroscopy procedures. Routine mammographic screening is an accepted standard for the early detection of breast cancer. However, as many as one in five cancers are overlooked by the radiologist because the signs on the mammogram may be extremely subtle. With the help of computer-aided detection (CAD) systems, the mammographic image is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings and alert the radiologist to the need for further analysis. A study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology found that the use of CAD systems significantly improved the detection of breast cancer by increasing radiologist sensitivity by 21.2 percent. The Mammo PlusViewCAD is the only product available on the market to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with a configurable and cost-effective mammography viewing workstation with CAD functionality. It can be set up as a stand-alone system or integrated with a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) system and analyzes images and generates CAD marks to highlight suspicious areas, such as microcalcification clusters and masses. The C-CAD by ContextVision is easily integrated into various PACS systems from other vendors, providing diversified solutions for physicians. “Mammography images can be difficult to read at times, and radiologists struggle not to overlook breast cancers. The integrated CAD technology in the Mammo PlusViewCAD provides radiologists with a second set of eyes before they make their decision, alerting them to areas that may require more attention and therefore ensuring that any abnormalities in breast tissue are evaluated appropriately,” said Anita Tollstadius, CEO of ContextVision. GOPView iRVUltra is a real-time image enhancement filter. The company’s algorithm can define the movements between the images, frame by frame, pixel by pixel, to find structures and orientation for interventional procedures in real-time and without time gaps. “Interventional radiologists always look to strike an ideal balance between the required image quality and the radiation dose for any given procedure,” Tollstadius said. “As a result, they rely heavily on the newest advancements in image quality enhancement and dose reduction technologies. Generally, it takes an increased dose to enhance the image quality. With the GOPView iRVUltra, radiologists no longer have to compromise, as superior image quality can be achieved despite low-dose images.” For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more last_img read more