December 12

How to Frame a Wide Shot Like a Master Cinematographer

first_imgLearn how to frame a Wide Shot the Robert Richardson way. Break down the work of an eight-time Oscar nominee by learning the difference between a Wide Shot and Extreme Wide Shot.Top Image via The Weinstein CompanyRobert Richardson is one of the winningest cinematographers in Academy Awards history, having won three cinematography Oscars for JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo. He has had several long time collaborations with directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Oliver Stone.The wide shot is one of the standard camera angles used to frame a character. In this breakdown, we examine Richardson’s various uses of the wide shot in the films he lensed.Wide Shot (AKA: Long Shot, Full Shot)Image: Django Unchained Wide Shot via The Weinstein Company and Columbia PicturesThe wide shot frames a character from head to toe. It is also referred to as a long shot or a full shot. These shots are used to show the audience the context and space of a scene. They should feature scale, distance, and location.The image above is one of the many great examples of a wide shot from Django Unchained. It prominently features Django from head to toe, while establishing him as the hero of the film. Make note of the background, and how perfectly balanced the shot it.Django stands tall in the center of the frame. Behind him is a magnificent and massive tree. By adding the three women on the left, they fill in the dead space while adding depth to the shot. The same goes for the men and wagon on the right side. Also, notice how the tree leaves all perfectly train your eyes on Django as they sweep to the left. I absolutely love this shot. Image: The Aviator Wide Shot via Miramax and Warner Bros.The wide shot does not always have to prominently feature a character, they can also be used to show objects like this airplane from The Aviator. We are given the scale of the plane and the location, we are up in the sky. There is still depth in the shot, as we see a second plane flying in the rear during the dogfight sequence.Image: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Wide Shot via MiramaxRichardson is also a master with silhouettes, often using them as wide shots throughout his films. In the above wonderful image from Kill Bill: Vol. 1, we are transported to this amazing room during the fight scene with the Crazy 88s. This, and the training montage in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, are absolutely stunning.The characters all stand against a brightly lit background, which draws all your attention to their movements. The goal is to feature the martial arts. By taking away characters faces an costumes, you are intently focused on the action. The result is a stunning look which went on to define the franchise.Image: Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Wide Shot via MiramaxRichardson also uses silhouettes to showcase secrecy, like in this below shot from Shutter Island. Notice how ominous the entire scene feels. We can’t see either character’s face. They are also perfectly centered between two columns and surrounded by a chainlink fence. This is a great way to create tension with the audience. This wide shot just makes you uncomfortable.Image: Shutter Island Wide Shot via Paramount Pictures. In this final wide shot from Hugo, take a look at how much is going on. There is an absolutely incredible amount of detail surrounding Georges Méliès, but with the center framing and the stage light draws all attention to him. Take note of the massive amount of props and characters in frame.There are four stage lights on either side of his feet, as well as two lights in the balcony framing his shoulders. There are two statues in the background, both backlit. Then there is the massive audience there for the show. All that detail, yet you are still focused on Méliès. That’s how powerful a wide shot can be with the right framing and lighting. Image: Hugo Wide Shot via Paramount PicturesExtreme Wide Shot (Extreme Long Shot)Image: Inglourious Basterds Extreme Wide shot via The Weinstein Company and Universal PicturesThe extreme wide shot is a shot taken from a long distance. This shot is often also used as an establishing shot. It typically features landscapes or massive building exteriors. An extreme wide shot showcases the surroundings of a character. Like the wide shot, it prominently features scale, distance, and location. If the character is visible in the shot, they are often minuscule in size. They are not the focus of the shot, yet they are there to complement it. In the above image from Inglourious Basterds, we are shown the entire home property. This plays into the story, as it shows that there is really nowhere to hide. The shot also uses cows and laundry to fill in the dead space by the trees. It helps balance out the house on the left hand side of the frame.In the below image from Django Unchained, we are shown the standard extreme wide shot of westerns. The vast open landscape shows how far they have to travel, and the mountains represent the obstacles ahead.Image: Django Unchained Extreme Wide Shot via The Weinstein Company and Columbia PicturesWide Shots: Split the DifferenceNow that you know the standard rules, you should know that you can also break them. You can frame shots that are in between a standard wide shot and standard extreme wide shot. The best part of cinematography is using your surrounding to capture the best possible shot.In this final image from Hugo, we see a young Hugo standing center frame, but he is overpowered in the frame by the tunnel. He is lit from behind, and we can barely make out his face. A perfect example of splitting the difference between wide and extreme wide.Image: Hugo Wide Shot via Paramount PicturesInterested in more breakdowns like these? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

December 3

Gujarat rain rescue apace

first_imgAHMEDABAD: Incessant rains have claimed nine lives in Gujarat while over 400 people stranded in floods have been rescued, including dozens of them airlifted by the Indian Air Force since July 14, when rain fury began in the State. “With the help of National Disaster Response Force and the Air Force, we have rescued 405 persons in different parts of the State in the last 48 hours. Nine persons have lost their lives while 2,004 persons have been shifted to safer places,” said Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, who supervised the rescue efforts from the State’s emergency control room on Sunday.last_img read more

December 3

The iron driver of climate change

first_imgMining the exotic metals used in modern electronics inflicts a lot of damage on the environment, especially by polluting the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. But overall, the global warming impact of metals is still dominated by the old-school elements iron and aluminum. That’s one of the bottom lines from a comprehensive environmental analysis of 63 metals, published this week in PLOS ONE. Iron (Fe), and its alloy steel, are the dirtiest of the bunch, responsible for 30% of all industrial CO2 emissions. The runner up is aluminum (Al) at 2% of CO2. In third place—perhaps a surprise to some readers—is calcium (Ca), an alkaline earth metal. It’s mined for quicklime, an ingredient in cement. (What typically consumes the most energy is not getting the rock out of the ground, but refining the ore. All told, producing metals takes 9.5% of world energy.) Other environmental damage related to production, such as acid-mine drainage, is also dominated by these common metals. A unique aspect of the study is that it teases apart the environmental impact of each element, even though many are mined or processed in combinations. The detailed analysis could help engineers design products that substitute more benign metals.last_img read more

November 18

Premier League: Tom Cleverley’s injury-time goal gives Watford win over Arsenal

first_imgWatford climbed into the top four of the Premier League after Tom Cleverley’s 92nd-minute goal gave them a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Per Mertesacker headed Arsene Wenger’s side into a 39th-minute lead from a corner but Troy Deeney equalised from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Hector Bellerin had bundled over Richarlison.The game looked set to end in a draw until Cleverley pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and drilled a shot high into Petr Cech’s goal.Watford have now leapfrogged both Arsenal and Chelsea into fourth place, on 15 points, while the Gunners fell one place to sixth and remain on 13 points.Wenger left Alexis Sanchez out of his matchday squad after his Chile side’s loss to Brazil on Tuesday ended their hopes of World Cup qualification. Mesut Ozil was sent on as a second-half substitute for Danny Welbeck but was largely ineffective.Wenger was unhappy about Watford being awarded the penalty, saying: “It was a scandalous decision and there is little we can do about it.”He added: “We panicked a little bit in the last seconds.”Watford head coach Marco Silva said: “We are obviously happy. Our second half was really good. We have three important points and we want to stay in this moment.”last_img read more

November 18

Juergen Klopp backs Mohamed Salah to continue goal-scoring spree

first_imgEgyptian winger Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a 2-1 victory against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday to march into 2018 on the back of a win.Liverpool, who were trailing Leicester thanks to a goal in the third minute from Jamie Vardy, eventually emerged as winners after Salah scored a brace.The 25-year-old, signed from Roma in the summer, has now equalled Roger Hunt’s club record from 1960/61 of having scored 23 goals in all competitions before the turn of the year.Salah is also the second-highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 17. He is has one less than Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. Salah’s six other goals have come in the Champions League.WATCHAnd his manager was very confident that Mo will continue his goal scoring run ahead in the season.”He can keep this standard, for sure,” Klopp told a news conference. “He’s young, improving. It’s not only about scoring goals; he’s so important for us,” said Klopp.”He knows and I know he couldn’t score so many without the fantastic support from the other boys. I think he can keep the standard, but that’s normal,” he added.Salah was substituted with seven minutes left against the Foxes. Klopp said that his top scorer had picked up an injury.”He was limping — that’s never a good sign,” Klopp said. “We’ll see what he can do for the next game.”The result moved them on to 41 points and consolidated fourth position in the table.”Everybody reacted the right way,” Klopp said on the win versus Leicester. “It was one of the best games we’ve played so far (this season). We knew we had to continue in the second half.advertisement”We got annoyed after missing chances but they will come again. Two fantastic goals. They felt so good and fair in this moment. I’m really happy.”Leicester manager Claude Puel said Salah’s individual quality had been the key to his side’s defeat.”Salah made the difference this afternoon,” he said. “The second goal was not a chance; he created it himself with his quality. We played a great team, with some fantastic players who can make the difference at any time.”Leicester have now gone five matches without a win in all competitions but have an opportunity to end that run when they host Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.”I’m frustrated for my squad,” he added. “We need to continue our work, but it is important to concentrate on the game on Monday and forget this game to move forward.”Liverpool next visit Burnley on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

November 17

FIFA World Cup 2018: Senegal stun eighth-ranked Poland 2-1

first_imgSenegal, ranked 27th, stunned Poland, who are ranked eighth in the world in their opening match Group H match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Poland defender Thiago Cionek stuck out a leg and deflected Idrissa Gueye’s wayward shot into the net in the 37th minute before goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny rushed recklessly out of his area and allowed M’Baye Niang to nip in and score into an empty net on the hour.Szczesny may have been caught out because Niang was having treatment on the touchline and re-entered the pitch as the ball was played backwards to the Poland goalkeeper by Grzegorz Krychowiak.Krychowiak headed Poland’s goal in the 86th minute.The win took Senegal top of Group H with three points, along with Japan who also beat Colombia by the same score. Colombia and Poland are both without a point.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt was a relief for Africa after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games.Poland’s record scorer Robert Lewandowski got little change out of a well-drilled Senegal defence, led by Kalidou Koulibaly, and they sorely missed key defender Kamil Glik, still recovering from a training injury sustained two weeks ago.”I’m satisfied with my players, really proud of them. I think they arrived with a lot of determination, they have worked hard,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “I think it is really a generation that deserves a lot of credit and respect.”The first half hour was a sorry affair strewn with misplaced passes from both sides and neither of the danger men, Lewandowski and Senegal’s Sadio Mane, saw much of the ball.advertisementThe first shot on target produced the first goal as Senegal went ahead in the 37th minute.Niang won a challenge with Lukasz Piszczek, burst down the left and found Mane who in turn slipped the ball to Gueye.The midfielder’s shot appeared to be going wide until the hapless Cionek stuck out a leg and deflected it past Szczesny.Lewandowski sprang into life five minutes after halftime as he won possession, burst clear and was up-ended by Salif Sane. He took the free kick himself and although he managed Poland’s first shot on target, it was saved by Khadim N’Diaye.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEPoland appeared to be coming back into the game until the most embarrassing moment of the World Cup so far.Krychowiak sent a long ball back from deep inside the Senegal half, Szczesny rushed out of his area to collect the pass but Niang stole in to score to Polish disbelief.Krychowiak partially made amends with his goal but it was too late for the disappointing Poles.”Second goal – I do not know,” said Poland defender Michal Pazdan. “The player ran in, he was behind the side line of the pitch. There are no such situations on a daily basis.”But it does not change the fact that we lacked concentration at the beginning of the second half, because it seems that we could have played a different game, if they hadnt scored the second.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

November 16

World Cup 2019: Malala Yousafzai takes light-hearted jibe at India duo after 60-second challenge

first_imgNobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan came up with a light-hearted jibe at an Indian unit represented by former India cricketer Anil Kumble and Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar during the opening ceremony of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Malala Yousafzai, who stole the show during the World Cup 2019 curtain raiser at the iconic Mall in London, was among the many honorary guests on Wednesday. Each World Cup-playing nation was represented by a former cricketer and a celebrity from the respective country.The former cricketer-celebrity duo from each country was part of a gully cricket-like tournament, called the 60-second challenge.India, represented by Kumble and Akhtar, finished last with only 19 runs from their 60 seconds while hosts England, represented by Kevin Pietersen and Chirs Hughes, emerged winners with 74 runs.The English duo piped Australia’s Brett Lee and Pat Cash who were in the lead for quite some time with 69 runs.Yousafzai and Azhar Ali teamed up for Pakistan and added 38 to finish fifth in the 10-team 60-second challenge.We came 7th but India came last: YousafzaiYousafzai, speaking after the 60-second challenge seemed to be happy that Pakistan had finished ahead of India.”Pakistan, we were okay, not too bad. We came seventh. But India came last,” Yousafzai said, sending the crowd into laughter.Yousafzai also spoke about the importance of women taking to sports a lot more during her address to the crowd at the Mall.”Right now were are seeing more and more women taking part in sporting activities. In Pakistan, we have some amazing cricketers, including Sana Mir. These role models are inspiring women to believe in themselves that they are capable of anything. Women should engage more in sports and we all have to contribute to that and encourage women and girls,” Yousafzai said.advertisement”I have been a big fan of cricket since my childhood. I used to play it on the streets, on rooftops. I still remember fighting with my brothers to let me play even if I get out. This sport connects people from different backgrounds, different cultures. It is uniting people from different countries.”60-second challenge at CWC 19 opening ceremony – ScoresEngland – 74India – 19Pakistan -38Australia – 69Afghanistan -52Sri Lanka – 43West Indies – 47Bangladesh – 22New Zealand – 32South Africa – 48Also Read | Trust me, you won’t want to miss any of it: Prince Harry declares World Cup 2019 openAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir 1st ever spinner to bowl 1st over of a World CupAlso See:last_img read more

October 24

Industrial Relations Landscape Remains Stable

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the industrial relations landscape remains stable, despite an increase in the number of disputes reported. This, he says, has been due to the Ministry’s ability to adequately address and resolve the issues. “Despite some increase in the number of reported cases, I am happy to report that the Ministry has the capacity and the mechanism to respond and settle most of these cases,” the Minister said, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House, on Tuesday, June 4. He noted that the Industrial Relations section of the Ministry has continued its mission of promoting and maintaining industrial peace throughout Jamaica, given that a stable environment is important for productivity and growth. “Despite the increase in the number of disputes reported, there has been a 40 per cent decrease in the number of work stoppages – a clear signal that the Jamaican workforce is operating in a robust and mature industrial relations environment,” he informed. Citing figures from 2011/12, the Mr. Kellier noted that the Ministry was able to resolve 199 or 69 per cent of the 289 disputes reported. For last year, 379 disputes were reported, with 320 or 84 per cent of the cases settled. The Minister noted that these results can also be attributed to stakeholders becoming increasingly aware of the importance of industrial stability to the nation. “It also demonstrates the maturity that is needed in building a nation, as we strive for a productivity revolution to stimulate growth in the economy,” he said. Mr. Kellier pointed out that the Ministry continues to work with organisations, schools and other institutions to sensitise the nation about the Labour Code and Labour Laws. “I would like to take this opportunity to formally recognise the Jamaica Household Workers Union as a licensed association to represent and promote the interests of some important players in the process of nation-building. The association was duly recognised by the International Labour Organization (ILO),” he added. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

October 22

Nova Scotia a Leader in Reducing Greenhouse Gases Advancing Sustainable Prosperity

first_imgNova Scotia is on track to beat its 2020 goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Emissions are already down by 17 per cent. “Our greenhouse gas reductions demonstrate the effectiveness of our made-in-Nova Scotia approach to addressing climate change,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “This success is linked to our equivalency agreement with the federal government to reduce emissions in the electricity sector, and many other sustainable practices and initiatives underway in our province.” In August 2015 Nova Scotia joined New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers to commit to reducing the region’s emissions to 35-45 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. “Efforts are underway across government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by producing cleaner energy, protecting our air, water and variety of species, greener building practices, promoting local food, developing active transportation and sustainable management of our natural resources,” Ms. Miller said. The 2016-2017 Budget is helping to improve the environment in the following ways: — by investing $825,000 this year in the Connect2 program and other sustainable transportation-related projects that advance sustainable transportation by connecting residents with each other and community hubs — by investing $12.2 million in energy efficiency programs for those with low incomes for qualified homeowners and continuing funding for the HomeWarming program — by investing at least $350,000 this year in ways to incorporate intermittent renewable energy — by committing $150,000 this year to support tidal innovation funding projects that reduce costs and increase Nova Scotia’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. Total funding of $450,000 will be available to companies for three years — by contributing toward the cost of high priority municipal projects through the Sustainable Practices/Provincial Capital Assistance Program that supports municipal green building practices –- by investing $100,000 in the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps to provide more jobs for summer students, including First Nations youth “This funding provides meaningful work, whether it’s stream restoration, clean tech research, or land protection,” said Scott Skinner, executive director of Clean Foundation, which oversees the program for the province. “You get hands-on experience and an understanding of what is needed to protect our air, land and water and to innovate for a sustainable future. The program prepares students through career exposure, skills building, and mentorships to be able to take advantage of the green economy and help lead it.” The minister tabled a report on the province’s work on environmental goals and sustainable prosperity in the legislature today, May 3. The report is posted www.novascotia.ca/nse/egspa/. More examples of how the province is reducing greenhouse gas emissions follow this release.last_img read more

October 18

Nicotinefree ecigarettes may damage blood vessels

first_imgA single dose of e-cigarettes may be harmful to the body’s blood vessels – even when the vapour is entirely nicotine-free, a study claims. Smoking e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes and is rising in popularity among non-smoking adolescents, researchers said. To study the short-term impacts of vaping, the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in the US performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams on 31 healthy, non-smoking adults before and after vaping a nicotine-free e-cigarette. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainComparing the pre and post-MRI data, the single episode of vaping resulted in reduced blood flow and impaired endothelial function in the large (femoral) artery that supplies blood to the thigh and leg, according to the study published in the journal Radiology. The endothelium, which lines the inside surface of blood vessels, is essential to proper blood circulation. Once the endothelium is damaged, arteries thicken and blood flow to the heart and the brain can be cut off, resulting in heart attack or stroke. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”While e-cigarette liquid may be relatively harmless, the vaporisation process can transform the molecules – primarily propylene glycol and glycerol – into toxic substances,” said Felix W Wehrli, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “Beyond the harmful effects of nicotine, we’ve shown that vaping has a sudden, immediate effect on the body’s vascular function, and could potentially lead to long-term harmful consequences,” said Wehrli. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that convert liquid into aerosol, which is inhaled into the user’s lungs. Typically, the liquid contains addictive nicotine, as well as flavours. More than 10 million adults in the US use e-cigarettes, and vaping has become especially popular among teenagers, researchers said. They examined the impact of an e-cigarette that contained propylene glycol and glycerol with tobacco flavouring, but no nicotine, which study participants took 16, three-second puffs from. To evaluate vascular reactivity, the group constricted the vessels of the thigh with a cuff and then measured how quickly the blood flowed after its release. Using a multi-parametric MRI procedure, researchers scanned the femoral artery and vein in the leg before and after each vaping episode to see how vascular function changed. They then performed a statistical analysis to determine group differences in vascular function before and after vaping. The team observed, on average, a 34 per cent reduction in the femoral artery’s dilation. E-cigarettes exposure also led to a 17.5 per cent reduction in peak blood flow, a 20 per cent reduction in venous oxygen, and a 25.8 per cent reduction in blood acceleration after the cuff release – the speed at which the blood returned to the normal flow after being constricted. These findings suggest that vaping can cause significant changes to the inner lining of blood vessels, said study lead author Alessandra Caporale, a post-doctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania. “E-cigarettes are advertised as not harmful, and many e-cigarette users are convinced that they are just inhaling water vapour,” Caporale said. “But the solvents, flavourings and additives in the liquid base, after vapourisation, expose users to multiple insults to the respiratory tract and blood vessels,” he said. Wehrli noted that they observed these striking changes after the participants (all of whom never smoked previously) used an e-cigarette a single time.last_img read more

September 28

Notre Dame Continues To Hold On To A Playoff Spot — But

LSU 7-21524100%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Michigan 8-212181714%9% ▲ 211% Ohio State 10-032445%62% ▲ 2118% Notre Dame 9-1478—a26% ▲ 216% Same old, same old. The college football playoff committee had it easy this week. After a week of games where all their top teams won, they didn’t have to shake things up in their rankings much. The top five remain the same: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. After suffering crushing losses last week, Baylor and Stanford fell back in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Sooner state made headway: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rose up to the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively. But while the Big 12 looks ascendant, they both can’t stay there long: they play each other Thanksgiving weekend.The FiveThirtyEight model has bad news for Notre Dame fans: last week it was Baylor that was projected to elbow out the Irish by season’s end; this week it’s Oklahoma. The model continues to think an undefeated or one-loss Big 12 champion will most likely surpass Notre Dame. Our model simulations — which predict where the committee will land in its final rankings on Dec. 6 — are shown in the following table: College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Oklahoma might eventually edge out Notre Dame, but they have two awfully tough games remaining: against TCU this Saturday and on the road versus Oklahoma State. While the Sooners are our favorite for the fourth slot, the model still only gives them a 45 percent chance of making it in.Lurking at the edges are a slew of hopefuls: Oklahoma State and Iowa, though each doesn’t have a loss, stand but a 25 percent and 22 percent chance to make it; one-loss stalwarts Florida, Baylor, and Michigan State — along with two-loss Stanford — all have above a 10 percent shot.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as last week’s methodology update. Oklahoma St. 10-0641335%25% ▲ 215% Northwestern 8-22029610%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oregon 7-32310284%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 9-1881435%23% ▲ 214% Michigan St. 9-1962211%12% ▲ 211% Iowa 10-05132928%22% ▲ 212% Alabama 9-121361%63% ▲ 2119% TCU 9-1181265%5% ▲ 212% Wisconsin 8-22520241%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-213262312%1% ▲ 21<1% Baylor 8-11022214%16% ▲ 216% Houston 10-019143739%1% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 7-3222894%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 8-21419160%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 8-116164422%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 8-211111144%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 9-175146%45% ▲ 2118% USC 7-32417734%1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 9-11791536%9% ▲ 211% Memphis 8-22136430%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 10-013562%68% ▲ 2115% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title read more

September 28

Ohio States legal fees over Strauss case nearly 15 million

Ohio State has spent nearly $1.5 million in legal fees pertaining to the investigation into former Ohio State physician Richard Strauss, according to invoices obtained by The Lantern.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has filed to have three lawsuits dismissed regarding its handling of the accusations against Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateThe three law firms — Carpenter Lipps & Leland, LLP, Perkins Coie, LLP and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP — have each taken on a different role involving Strauss, in which 145 former students reported firsthand accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of the doctor, who died in 2006.Perkins Coie received $1,379,966.30, Carpenter Lipps & Leland received $71,129.90 and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur received $30,806.75. The most recent invoice recorded occurred on Aug. 17 in a $604,290.95 payment to Perkins Coie.The invoices do not provide a description of how much work has been done by the three law firms, only displaying the invoice date, ID number, firm and payment. A records request by The Lantern for contracts of the three law firms is pending.Porter Wright Morris & Arthur is a law firm located in Columbus appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to serve as Ohio State’s legal counsel. Columbus-based Carpenter Lipps & Leland has been the legal representative for Ohio State in any lawsuits the university faces as a result of the Strauss investigation. Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, was hired by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur to conduct the investigation into Strauss. Ohio State did not respond to comment by the time of publication. An investigation was opened in April into allegations that Strauss sexually abused Ohio State students and student-athletes while employed by the university between 1978 and 1998. Strauss was a former team physician and student health services doctor at Ohio State.Ohio State has filed motions to dismiss three lawsuits it currently faces from accusers on Sept. 7 on statute of limitations grounds. There are currently two class-action lawsuits and a third lawsuit claiming that then-Ohio State employees knew about the alleged misconduct from Strauss and did nothing to stop it from happening. The university argued the plaintiffs are claiming remedies under Title IX law, and that Title IX in Ohio has a statute of limitation of two years. read more

September 22

EHF Cup quarterfinals Skjern attack Melsungen for Berlins ticket

← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL: Ready to take the ‪#‎SCOREMORE‬ Challenge? Next Story → Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb to play in SEHA F4 semi-finals! Fuchse Berlin will get three potential rivals for the EHF Cup F4 Challenge after draw for TOP 6 was held in Vienna.The first quarter-final leg is scheduled for 11-12 April, the second leg will be played on 18-19 April. The three winning teams qualify for the 2015 EHF Cup Finals in Berlin (16-17 May).Quarter-final fixtures:Eskilstuna Guif (SWE) vs HSV Hamburg (GER)Skjern Handbold (DEN) vs MT Melsungen (GER)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO) vs Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN) read more

September 21

Stamoulis puts 15 million penthouse on the market

first_imgGot a spare $15 million? You might be interested in purchasing Harry Stamoulis’ St Kilda penthouse. Newly on the market, the full-floor penthouse on level 36 of the exclusive Royal Domain Tower complex boasts panoramic views of the city and the waterfront. Bought as a shell for $5.54 million in 2006, Mr Stamoulis and wife Valenti are believed to have spent millions of dollars customising it into one of the largest and most luxurious apartments in the city. The property has four bedrooms, formal entertaining area, family room, study, two bars, butler’s pantry, six parking spaces, fireplace, all stone floors and two outdoor terraces overlooking Albert Park Lake and the Shrine. Royal Domain Tower also offers a 24-hour concierge service, pool, gym, library, business centre and golf driving range.‘St Kilda Road is probably the best location for an apartment in Melbourne,” Ms Stamoulis said to The Age. ”The apartment has 360 degree views and you can watch the air show, Grand Prix, Moomba parade and hot air balloons rising over the city. At night, the view of the city lights is amazing.” The couple plans to move to their new $54 million Toorak mansion which is nearing completion. Based on Vanderbilt family’s historic Marble House in the US, the mansion is tipped to become one of the country’s most expensive private residences when it’s finished next year. After spending $24 million to acquire the land, the couple will outlay about $30 million on the construction and fitout of the 3200 square metre home, which will include five bedrooms, ballroom, theatre, pool and tennis court. For the apartment, the agents are looking promote the property to overseas buyers and inspections are by appointment only. The listing could break records for apartment sales in Melbourne, with fellow property developer Elias Jreissati in a competition. Mr Jreissati recently put his three-level penthouse in the HMAS Lonsdale building in Port Melbourne up for sale at $20 million. The current record stands at $19.3 million for a penthouse in the East Melbourne development 150 Clarendon Street. The Stamoulis’ family fortune is estimated at $457 million, thanks to their soft drink empire. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 20

Japon la menace nucléaire plane toujours

first_imgJapon : la menace nucléaire plane toujoursCe matin, les autorités japonaises ont annoncé qu’elles redoutaient une seconde explosion au niveau du réacteur n°3 de la centrale de Fukushima, déjà victime d’une déflagration hier matin.De l’hydrogène se serait accumulé dans le réacteur n°3, faisant craindre une nouvelle explosion. C’est ce qu’a annoncé ce matin le gouvernement japonais, un jour après la première explosion survenue dans la centrale de Fukushima au nord-est du pays. Depuis le violent séisme qui a secoué l’archipel vendredi, la menace nucléaire grandit. Le scénario intervenu hier au niveau du réacteur n°1 et faisant 11 victimes, serait susceptible de se répéter.À lire aussiDes lions, des buffles et un accident de voiture occupée par des touristes”On ne peut pas exclure qu’une explosion puisse se produire au niveau du réacteur 3 en raison d’une possible accumulation d’hydrogène” a déclaré le porte-parole du gouvernement Yukio Edano.  Plus inquiétant encore, le gouvernement japonais a indiqué qu’il était probable qu’un processus de fusion puisse se produire ou s’être déjà produit au niveau du réacteur, en raison d’une panne des systèmes de refroidissement. Le niveau d’eau aurait ainsi sensiblement baissé, découvrant les barres de combustible. Un incident que les ingénieurs tentent de résoudre en refroidissant le réacteur avec de l’eau de mer. Alors que la radioactivité avait diminué après la première explosion, celle-ci serait donc repartie à la hausse. Néanmoins, il semblerait que le niveau d’eau ne remonte pas malgré les mesures prises, peut être en raison “d’une défaillance d’une des valves du réacteur” a annoncé il y a peu Yukio Edano. La situation resterait donc grave et incertaine mais le gouvernement japonais réfute toute comparaison avec l’incident de Tchernobyl en 1986. “Des radiations ont été libérées dans l’air, mais rien n’indique qu’il s’agisse d’une grande quantité” a déclaré le premier ministre Naoto Kan. Les ordres d’évacuation sont néanmoins maintenus et les autorités contrôlent régulièrement le taux de radioactivité auprès des habitants de la région, à qui ils distribuent des comprimés d’iode destinés à protéger des radiations.Une remise en question de la sécurité nucléaire L’exemple de la centrale japonaise a créé le doute quant à la sureté nucléaire en France. Hier, des groupements antinucléaires ont interpellé le gouvernement français, relançant le débat sur les dangers de cette technologie. Depuis hier, les manifestations se multiplient à travers le monde réclamant l’arrêt du nucléaire. “Le séisme dévastateur montre que le nucléaire est un colosse aux pieds d’argile” a expliqué l’organisation française Sortir du nucléaire.Le 13 mars 2011 à 16:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 16

World Soy Foundations Acre Challenge Campaign Recognizes Top Supporting States

first_imgThe World Soy Foundation (WSF), the philanthropic arm of the American Soybean Association (ASA), recognizes the top three supporting states of the Acre Challenge Campaign since early March. These states are helping the WSF to continue reducing malnutrition through the power of soy in the new year.The Acre Challenge, a fundraising campaign started by farmers FOR farmers, is a way they can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world by donating the value of an acre of soybeans. The campaign begins Oct. 1 and runs for a full year. Just one acre of soybeans can make a life-changing difference. Did you know that one acre can be used to make over 43,000 servings of soymilk? That’s enough to feed over 100 children every day for an entire year!So far this year, over 285 donors from 30 states have accepted the challenge and donated an acre to the WSF, showing huge growth since the early years of the Acre Challenge—back in 2009 at this time, the total number of donors had only reached 77 individuals from 17 states. And, without further ado, the number one supporting state so far in this year’s WSF Acre Challenge is Iowa! In the past five months, Iowa farmers have given over $13,200 in support of the WSF’s mission. Roy Bardole, an Iowa farmer and WSF supporter says:“A child starved of protein will grow up to be less than they could be. It’s my responsibility as a producer to contribute to a better tomorrow with a generation that can think and reason better. By donating the value of just an acre of soybeans, I can make a difference.”Photo Credit: WSFComing in second for top Acre Challenge supporters are the farmers of Illinois, raising nearly $7,300. Farmers from Illinois know their crop can be a part of the solution to global malnutrition, and have a history of strong support for the Acre Challenge Campaign.Finally, coming in a close third is Missouri—raising just over $7,000 so far. It is because of the support of great states like Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, that the WSF had record fundraising totals over the winter months! This support allows the Foundation to continue doing even more great work in the future to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy.The Acre Challenge isn’t finished yet, though. To continue helping the Foundation, and get your state to the top of the list, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by visiting www.worldsoyfoundation.org or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, Mo. 63141.About World Soy Foundation: The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that reduces malnutrition through the power of soy. An optimal source of protein, soy can play a powerful role in a child’s journey to health, happiness and a productive life. Therefore, the World Soy Foundation creates partnerships and builds alliances that deliver soy protein and nutrition education around the world. It is headquartered at the American Soybean Association. More information is available at www.worldsoyfoundation.org,  Facebook  and Twitter.last_img read more

September 10

Its a holiday miracle Porsche is making T versions of the 718

first_img Porsche Porsche is releasing T versions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman 0 Tags When we got behind the wheel of Porsche’s lightweight and (relatively, for Porsche anyway) low-buck Carrera T, we were thrilled at how amazingly fun and driver-focused it was, but it left us wondering what a T version of the 718 twins would be like. Thankfully, Porsche seems to have wondered the same thing because it announced the 718 Boxster and Cayman T models on Tuesday.What exactly goes into a “T” model? Frankly, it’s more about what comes out. Unlike the more costly GTS model, the T is based on the non-S version of the 718. It gets the base engine, which produces a still-healthy 300 horsepower from its turbocharged flat-four engine. Buyers can choose to leave things out of the car too, like the stereo.Like most lightweight Porsches, the 718 T’s feature fabric door pulls and a standard Sport Chrono package, and lack fancy 18-way adjustable seats. You only get the basics here. It comes standard with Porsche’s Active Suspension Mangement and a 20-millimeter drop in ride height. Porsche’s six-speed manual gearbox with mechanical-locking rear diff and torque vectoring is standard though PDK will be available as an option.Aesthetically, there are a few select “T” decals to let passersby know that you are a human being of refined taste and driving skill as well as some ultrahandsome wheels and gray mirror caps. This isn’t a car that shouts about how special it is from the rooftops. Porsche hasn’t released any pricing information, but the Carrera T comes in at around $11,000 more than a base-model Carrera without options. It seems likely that the markup here would be similar or less. If you missed the boat on the Cayman GT4 or the Boxster Spyder, don’t sleep on the T. Sports Cars Convertibles Coupes Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 14 Photos Porschelast_img read more

September 5

2G Scam Supreme Court Grants Bail to 5 Corporate Honchos

first_imgThe Supreme Court granted bail to five company executives who are charged in the 2G spectrum scam after the trial court framed charges against them today.2G ScamThe corporate honchos Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surendra Pipara of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group were granted bail by the apex court. They have been in the jail since April in connection to 2G scam as lower courts rejected their bail pleas in the past. The CBI had charge-sheeted 17 people in the 2G scam last month. The accused include A. Raja, Kanimozhi, Sharath Kumar of Kalaignar TV, Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables, and Bollywood producer Karim Morani besides the five company executives.last_img read more

September 5

Fire breaks out at rubber warehouse in Delhis Keshav Puram

first_img Close (Representational Image)IANSA fire broke out in a rubber warehouse in Delhi’s Keshav Puram in the early hours of Monday, July 15.Twenty-five fire tenders were rushed to the spot. While seven people are reportedly trapped inside the building, rescue operations are underway. No casualties have been reported yet.This is the third fire accident in the national capital under a week.A massive fire broke out on July 13, at a rubber factory in the Jhilmil industrial area. At least three people were killed in the mishap.(This is a developing story. More details awaited.) 17 killed after fire breaks out at Delhi hotel; people jump out of windows to save themselveslast_img read more

September 5

Rakhi Sawant wedding Deepak Kalal threatens to ruin her life asks her

first_imgRakhi Sawant, Deepak KalalInstagramRakhi Sawant’s hush-hush wedding created a storm on social media. The controversy queen, who often lands into legal soups for her uninhibited statements and antics, surprised everyone with her surprise wedding.And, Deepak Kalal, with whom she was supposed to tie-the-knot last year is back in the picture again. Upon learning about Rakhi’s wedding, Deepak made a vulgar video where not only he demeaned Rakhi and her husband Ritesh, but, also raised questions on his manhood. Kalal also alleged that Rakhi had taken Rs 4 crore from him and if she doesn’t return the amount to him, he will ruin her life. He also added that he wants her to leave her husband Ritesh and call-off this marriage.Kalal’s derogatory comments left Rakhi with no choice but to give it back to him the same way. Rakhi also made a video leaving no stone unturned in making nasty comments on Deepak. She even asked her fans to abuse him.Rakhi, who always managed to grab headlines, tied-the-knot in a secret ceremony with husband Ritesh, who is an NRI based in the UK. The couple exchanged vows in both, a Hindu and a Christian ceremony at JW Marriott in Mumbai. Prior to this, the couple also did a court marriage and got their marriage officially registered.Rakhi had revealed that Ritesh was a fan of hers who had messaged her and cupid struck soon. She also added that she met Ritesh in person just 15 days before the wedding. Rakhi and Ritesh are planning to have a baby in 2020. Rakhi has also said that people would get to see her husband when they go for their pre-baby shoot and has also revealed that husband Ritesh is a very private person and wouldn’t like him to be under the media spotlight.last_img read more