December 12

The Filmmaking (and Photography) Companion App That’s Actually Useful

first_imgLow-budget or DIY filmmaking can leave you a few hands short of your ideal setup. The GH5’s companion app solves the problem.Companion apps are often pointless additions to make it feel like you’re getting more for your equipment-purchasing money. They rarely offer any new features other than a visual representation of the user information found inside the hardware. Using the Xbox One app, for example, allows you to look at your friends list and what video game achievements you have unlocked — and to message your friends. However, that’s everything you can do with the hardware itself, and let’s be honest: if you’re going to message your friend, it’s not going to be through an Xbox iPhone app.Even when companion apps offer some functionality with the hardware or software, they work sporadically. I have an app that turns my iPhone into a remote control for my PC, which was an add-on for Blu-Ray software. By the time this app finally connects to the software so I can lower the volume, I could’ve just gotten up and turned it down myself. It’s only when you have to pay for an app that you start to see premium results.Therefore, two years ago when I found out that the GH4, along with many of Panasonic’s GH series had a complimentary app you could download for free, I was somewhat skeptical of its usefulness. Thankfully, I could not have been more wrong.Using the GH5, let’s have a look at how useful Panasonic’s Image App is.SetupIf you haven’t downloaded the app, you can do so from your phone manufacturer’s App Store (Apple/Android). Once you’ve downloaded it, grab your GH5 and follow these steps.In the setup menu of the GH5, scroll down to Wi-Fi and hit enter.Ther are two sub-menus: Wi-Fi Function & Wi-Fi Setup. Select Wi-Fi Function > New Connection > Remote Shooting & View.With your smartphone or tablet, open the Wi-Fi settings, and select the Wi-Fi channel the camera allocates to you.With your phone now connected to the camera’s Wi-Fi signal, open the Image App — you are now linked to your camera.As a side note, if you’re slightly paranoid about open connections, you can set a password for the GH5’s wireless signal in the Wi-Fi Setup menu.The AppOn the surface, the app looks like it’s mainly for social photographers. You can transfer images, make a photo collage, geotag your photographs, and more.However, we’re going to ignore these features for now since we want to know how the app can help filmmakers. To do this, we need to switch to the Live Control window.This part of the app is incredibly useful for self-shooters, vloggers, and filmmakers who work with skeleton crews. As you can see from the Live Control still below, you now have a portable monitor through which you can control all aspects of your camera.You’re not going to receive a 1080p video feed, but you do now have a mini monitor for frame reference. If you’re a vlogger, sometimes it can become tedious to use the small swivel LCD screen to frame your shot — especially if you’re sitting far away from the camera, but not with this app. There’s even a setting that can assist those who vlog.In the menu setting, you can turn on Self Shot Mode, which will horizontally flip the feed, so when you move your hand from right to left, it appears the same way on the app to keep you from becoming disoriented when checking your composition.The app allows you to adjust the majority of the settings related to recording in video mode (these settings will change depending on which camera mode you are in). From shutter speed to white balance, settings changes no longer require you to touch the camera.The range of the camera’s wireless signal is also great. I was able to walk 26ft away from the camera before I lost the signal — and that was upstairs to downstairs. I can only imagine how useful this would be for shots when the camera needs to be inside something, like a fridge.In this example, if you find that when the actor opens the fridge door, you want a shallower depth of field, you can simply hit the F/SS button and change your aperture. There’s no need to remove the camera from its location to reset the shot. You can even change the settings while the camera is in record mode. This allows you to perform a rack aperture.One area where the app becomes troublesome is changing the focus. As with my computer playback app, by the time you have picked a focus point and gotten the camera to focus on it correctly, it would have been quicker to walk back over to the camera and adjust the focus yourself.Likewise, the playback function is slightly temperamental. When you attempt to press play, you get a pop-up warning: Depending on your smartphone or tablet model, normal playback may not be possible. It feels like this warning is there simply because playback is incredibly sporadic — rather than it being an issue with a user’s device. The file will either play or it won’t, and when a file does play, the playback can be choppy. This was with both an iPhone 7 and an iPad Air 2.As a final note, when comparing the image from the LCD to the feed on the app, the colors on the image from the app were a little washed out. Therefore you should only use the app as a reference tool. Otherwise, you’ll find your shots to be a lot darker than you intended.ConclusionWhile there are a few obsolete elements in the app (from a filmmaker’s perspective), I do think the app has earned a place on your phone or tablet. There are many tools for low-budget and DIY filmmaking — even more for photographers. It’s a perfect tool for filmmakers looking for an extra hand.Looking for more information on the GH5? Check out these links.Rumor: Panasonic to Announce a New GH5s Model in 2018GH5’s Latest Update: Long GOP vs. ALL-Intra CompressionHow to View the Panasonic GH5’s RAW Files in Windows 10The GH5’s Autofocus: A Disaster or Simply Misunderstood?1080p vs. 4K with The GH5last_img read more

December 9

This Is the Only Sustainable Competitive Advantage

first_imgDid you see Uber coming? How about Airbnb? Who expected Amazon to become Amazon.com? Who thought any software company would compete with Microsoft?The idea of business strategy is to create a sustainable competitive advantage. How do you do that in an environment when whole industries are being disintermediated and when companies that have stood the test of time start failing that same test?There is a sustainable competitive advantage for those who would pursue it, but it isn’t going to be found in most treatise you read on strategy now.As Nature Would Have ItCharles Darwin didn’t actually say these oft-attributed words, but they are truer now than ever, regardless of the actual source:It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one who is most adaptable to change.Welcome to the Disruptive Age.Adaptability: A sustainable competitive advantage is only going to be built by believing that any choice you make, over time, will become unsustainable. Given a long enough timeline, what you are doing now is likely to be exactly the wrong thing to do. It will be the wrong thing to “continue doing.”The “sustainable” part of a sustainable competitive advantage will be the ability to adapt to new realities. This means unlearning what you have learned, and it certainly means the killing of sacred cows. The more married you are to “the way we’ve always done things around here,” the more certain that you won’t be “around here” at all.The primary competency for competitive advantage is the ability to lead change in response to changing conditions, challenges, and the recognition of opportunities.Resourcefulness: With the exception of the capacity for compassion, there is no greater human attribute than resourcefulness. There are no problems that human beings have been unable to solve when given enough time to do so. This is true in spite of the fact that the same human beings who are capable of magnificent feats of creativity are also the greatest obstacle to that same creative force.Creativity is limitless. Resourcefulness has no real boundaries, and any that are perceived are only the boundaries of the person perceiving them.The “sustainable” part of a sustainable competitive advantage is the ability and the willingness to attract and unleash the creative force of individuals and groups. The “sustainability” is going to be infusing the work of problem-solving with purpose and meaning, as well as fully empowering people to create and to fail.Much has changed in the last few decades. The changes coming over the few decades in front of us are going to make the last few look like a walk in the park.The questions you have to answer if you seek a sustainable competitive advantage are, “How willing are you to change, including what you believe,” and “How fast can you generate the ideas you need to anticipate and respond to new realities?” Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

December 9

The Practical Disciplines That Support Autonomy In Sales

first_imgSalespeople are knowledge workers. What makes work difficult for knowledge workers is the autonomy around what work they do, when they do it, and how they go about doing it. Your effectiveness in knowledge work comes from the discipline to do your most important work and a process for deciding what exactly is your most important work. Fortunately, deciding what is most important is easily discovered by examining the outcomes you are responsible for producing. The willingness to exercise the practical disciplines that support autonomy, however, is a variable and may take a little more effort. What Do Salespeople Do?There is only one outcome salespeople are responsible for, even though it makes sense to look at it as two parts. The outcome is to “make sales.” The two  parts are “creating opportunities” and “pursuing and capturing opportunities.” Everything else we talk about when we talk about sales is a commentary on these two sets of activities. If you are not creating and pursuing opportunities, you are not going to “make sales.” There are only a few activities that allow you to create new opportunities. The first and most important is prospecting. The second is the nurturing and communication that makes prospecting easier and more effective. Prospecting may mean making calls to ask prospective clients for a meeting, asking your existing clients for referrals, showing up at trade shows or networking events, or meeting with your current clients to identify new opportunities. The problem with autonomy when you don’t match it with an equal dose of discipline is that you know what you need to do but resist doing it (or doing enough of it). Worse still, nothing terrible happens on any given day if you don’t prospect (or a given week, and maybe a month) Like smoking, when the negative consequences inevitably occur, it is too late for you to do anything about them. Capturing opportunities is made up of several activities, but mostly it is made of meetings.  Many meetings are with your prospective clients, but some are with members of your team. For most of us in B2B sales, the measure of how well we are going to do in the future can be found on our calendar. A full schedule of meetings is evidence that you are pursuing opportunities in an attempt to capture them. An empty calendar leads to an empty pipeline, an increased heart rate, difficulty in breathing, profuse sweating, and finally, a new job in customer service. In Order of ImportanceEverything is important, but not everything can be most important. With nothing more than the idea that you need to “make sales” and an understanding of the few activities that “create opportunities” and allow for their “capture,” you should have little trouble deciding what work needs your focus and attention. Prospecting: Everything good starts with a conversation or a meeting. Any attempt to avoid this work or distraction that takes you away from prospecting is harmful to you and your results. There are plenty of things that masquerade as work.  Any time you are unsure of what you should do, you should immediately pick up the phone and dial through a list of prospects. If you are bored and distracted, dial five of your most difficult to convince prospects to ask them for a meeting (you will no longer be bored). Nurturing Your Dream Clients: The biggest, best prospects in your territory belong to your competitors. You should call them and ask them for a meeting. When they refuse your request for a meeting, you should start the Year Negative One (-1) process of nurturing them, providing them with ideas, and communicating frequently enough that they know you for your ability to help them produce better results. Meetings: You might have expected to see “follow up” on the list, but it doesn’t appear here for a fundamental reason: the idea that you have to follow up means you left a meeting without already scheduling another meeting. If you are in B2B sales and had five meetings this week, you should have another five booked with those same prospects over the next couple of weeks. There is never a reason not to start your week with a relatively full calendar. No doubt you have internal meetings with people who help you develop solutions that are part of the capture. Follow Through: Follow-through is not follow up. Follow-through means you made some commitment you need to keep. You promised to make a call, send an email, provide more information, schedule a meeting for your team to meet with your client’s organization or anything else you said you would do. No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. All the other things you still need to do but don’t find on this list are of lesser import than what appears here. However, making good decisions here comes down to your discipline. Practical Disciplines Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it. It is a muscle that atrophies when it is not used and increases in strength when used (I have seen salespeople with massive biceps and triceps from their religious devotion to lifting weights who found the telephone too heavy to pick up). The discipline to prospect for some part of every day increases the likelihood that you create enough opportunities to reach your goals. If you don’t have a block on your calendar for prospecting each day, you will allow other, lesser things to crowd out what’s more important. The same is true for nurturing your dream clients. There is a discipline around managing deals that you might describe as “selling the meeting,” “selling the process,” and “selling your solution.” There is a disciplined way of thinking about stringing meetings together, with one naturally suggesting and leading to the next. The autonomy and independence that accompanies a role in sales requires you possess an equal or greater self-discipline to match it. Here is a list of 10 mandatory sales disciplines.  Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

November 25

Ravi Shastri shouldn’t have been holidaying in Bangkok, Sourav Ganguly hits back

first_imgSourav Ganguly has hit back at Ravi Shastri and said he was living in a fool’s paradise if he thought only one member in the BCCI’s cricket advisory committee was responsible for him not becoming the Indian coach.Shastri was overlooked by the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, which opted for Anil Kumble to step in as the head coach. (Sourav Ganguly’s absence was disrespectful: Ravi Shastri to India Today)”If Ravi believes that am responsible for him bot being coach, then he is mistaken. To imagine that I am responsible for him not being coach is living in a fool’s paradise. There were far bigger names in the CAC than Sourav Ganguly,” Ganguly told India Today. (Ravi Shastri determined to move on from Team India)Shastri was miffed with Ganguly, who was absent from the meeting during his interview and advised the former left-handed batsman and captain to be present in future meetings. (Also read: Kumble inspiring but I will miss Shastri, says Rohit) Ganguly, not the one to back down, had his own advice for Shastri: “The BCCI announced that they would be interviewing candidates for the Indian coach days in advance. He should have been here in person instead of holidaying in a beach in Bangkok while one of Indian cricket’s greatest players made an hour long presentation in front of players who had lesser abilities than him.” (Top 10 things Ravi Shastri told Rajdeep Sardesai)Ganguly said he saw the interview on India Today last evening and had newspaper reports on Shastri’s comments but he did not want to get involved in a brawling game. (Sanjay Manjrekar backs Sourav Ganguly in rift against Ravi Shastri) advertisement”I have seen that (Shastri’s interview) on TV and I was reading about it in the newspapers. Thought I would not react to it but it just went on and on. I will make available the emails and contacts I made with the BCCI.”Ravi does not know the full facts of the event. I’m deeply saddened and disappointed with his remarks.”Shastri said he had informed the BCCI two weeks ago that he would need to step away from the CAC meeting at 5 PM. The meeting with Shastri was initially scheduled at 4.15 PM but it got postponed by 45 minutes in the last minute, leading to the unfortunate complication.last_img read more

November 25

Steve Elworthy appointed MD of ICC World Cup 2019

first_imgDubai, Jul 19 (PTI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today jointly announced that Steve Elworthy had been appointed as Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales in 2019. Elworthy will also have an oversight of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Womens World Cup 2017, which will both be staged in England and Wales. Elworthy has previously been Tournament Director for three different ICC global events: the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009, which were staged in England and Wales, as well as the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 tournament in South Africa in 2007. A former South Africa fast bowler who played four Tests and 39 ODIs and also featured in the Commonwealth Games 1998 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999, Elworthy has also held senior management positions in Marketing and Communications with both the ECB and Cricket South Africa. In his new role as Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World 2019, Elworthy will oversee a dedicated Lords based team responsible for all aspects of the tournament including marketing, logistics, cricket operations, volunteering and security. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson welcomed Elworthys appointment and said:”Steve is well respected and enjoys an excellent relationship with the ICC Events staff. He has a proven track record as a cricket administrator. “Im confident that the ICC and Steves team will work together to ensure they scale new heights in delivering an unforgettable event for players, spectators, media and sponsors.” Commenting on the appointment, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said:”Its vital cricket in England and Wales capitalises fully on the unique opportunity weve been given to stage three major ICC events in the next three year ? and Steve is perfectly qualified to provide the leadership and detailed planning required for all three. “He has an outstanding track record of delivering fan-friendly tournaments which have been widely admired not just in cricket, but across the wider sports industry. Our congratulations to Steve on his appointment and we will be offering him and his team all the support they need to deliver successful tournaments in both 2017 and 2019.” Elworthy said:”Since I retired from professional cricket in 2003, I have been given some fantastic opportunities in cricket administration and managing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the biggest and the best yet. “The UK has an outstanding record of hosting world-class events which set a benchmark for other countries, and other sports, to follow and I am very keen to maintain that tradition over the next three years. All three ICC global events will give us great opportunities to broaden cricket?s appeal and reach out to new audiences world-wide.” PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

November 20

Franck Ribery pens contract extension with Bayern Munich

first_imgFrench midfielder Franck Ribery has put pen to paper for a one-year extension with German giants Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga football club has confirmed. (Latest Football stories)With the one-year extension, he extends his stay at Bayern until June 2018. His contract was about to expire next season, reports Xinhua.”Six Bundesliga titles, five German Cups, the Champions League trophy, the Club World Cup as well as the Super Cup are successes of Bayern in recent years that are closely linked to the name Franck Ribery,” Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Sunday.Ribery joined in the summer 2007 from French top-flight club Olympic de Marseille to make 333 competitive appearances for the German champions. Since his arrival, he has provided 108 goals and 164 assists. In 2013, the midfielder was named as the European Player of the Year.”I am very happy to be able to play another year for Bayern,” Ribery told the club’s official homepage.”This great club and the city have become my home, not only sporting but also private. I am looking forward to many wonderful moments together with the supporters and I would liked to contribute more to the club’s success.”The offensive midfielder was part of the French national team from 2006 until 2014, where he marked 16 goals in 81 caps.Bayern Munich currently sit three points behind Bundesliga front-runners Leipzig in the standings.last_img read more

November 19

Restoration Drama

first_imgRatish Nanda grew up, like so many others, on stories of the Persian influence on Mughal architecture. Then, about a decade ago, the conservation architect got the chance to visit Iran. “I travelled around for a month, looking for structures that influenced Humayun’s tomb, the first grand example of Mughal,Ratish Nanda grew up, like so many others, on stories of the Persian influence on Mughal architecture. Then, about a decade ago, the conservation architect got the chance to visit Iran. “I travelled around for a month, looking for structures that influenced Humayun’s tomb, the first grand example of Mughal architecture. I found nothing,” says Nanda, whose work led UNESCO to dramatically expand the area of Nizamuddin classified as a World Heritage Site in November.The grand scale, the site plan, the material used, the four-dome layout-it was all unprecedented, he says. There are some influences from Central Asia and Iran, but there’s evidence of Mughal influence on Iran, too: “Not too many places other than India have deposits of red sandstone and marble in the same region. What we have is something original, something of great value.”What value? Several kinds, it turns out. For one, it can provide employment to women from the nearby Nizamuddin basti. Under an urban renewal programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which Nanda leads, scores of women have been trained in making tourist souvenirs, there are cultural events like qawwali evenings, there are food stalls. The basti, which gets overrun by thousands of visitors during the annual fairs (urs), has a sanitation problem. So the trust has built and maintained toilets that hundreds of visitors and residents use. Municipal schools and utilities have been renewed. Old structures in the basti, including a stepwell, have been restored.These activities are linked to the restoration and conservation of the tomb, which AKTC has undertaken along with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Central Public Works Department. “It’s not merely about preserving buildings. It’s about linking people and their livelihoods with their heritage,” says Nanda. The seeds of this project lie in 1997, in a gift given on the 50th anniversary of India’s independence. At the time, the Aga Khan, leader and 46th imam of all Nizari Ismaili Shia Muslims, offered to restore the gardens surrounding Humayun’s tomb. The task was then handed over to the AKTC. First laid out in 1571, the gardens had been ravaged by decades of neglect and had been remodelled by the British. During the garden’s restoration, completed in 2004, the trust struck a partnership with the ASI, to determine via historical sources how the garden had originally been laid out. The logical next step was to then work on the restoration of the tomb and the surrounding buildings. “ASI and the trust have been able to prove that this entire area is of historic and architectural importance,” says Nanda.advertisementThe 26-acre site had already been declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. Last year, the ASI-AKTC partnership earned that status for the entire complex of about 63 acres, covering 11 additional monuments. “Conservation is not an end in itself; it is a means to a larger end. This collaboration has provided livelihoods to hundreds of master craftsmen, whose skills do not find patrons these days,” says the architect, standing atop the Lakkarwala Burj, at the edge of a newly laid out garden inside the famed Sundar Nursery, adjacent to the tomb. Along with the Purana Qila complex and the Delhi zoo, this is a vital green belt for New Delhi. Nanda believes it could one day be turned into something like Central Park in New York, only with far greater history and heritage.The nursery, established about a century ago, is the third end of this urban renewal project. The all-new garden, designed by landscape architect Mohammed Shaheer, has close to 300 kinds of trees, and up to 78 bird species have been sighted here. “That includes the first sighting of the ultramarine flycatcher in Delhi,” says Nanda, as a flock of rosy starlings dance overhead, swooping and diving in concert. The birds are on their way to their summer capitals in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Nature connects in a way that even history cannot.-Sopan JoshiCINEMASilver ScreensPhotographs by Cyril Kuhn and Varun Shiv KapurWith the closure of Regal cinema in Connaught Place, Delhi lost another of its original single-screen movie theatres. Post-Independence, Delhi grew outwards from the core zones of Lutyens’ Delhi, the walled city of Shahjahanbad and the Paharganj, Sadar Bazaar and Karol Bagh areas, which are still dotted with the oldest single-screen movie halls of the city. Of those that still exist, some have shut shop and lie in various states of disrepair, while others are still active, mostly attracting audiences from their immediate neighbourhoods.advertisement-Varun Shiv KapoorBOOKSConservation ChronicleFor the first volume of a planned five-volume series titled Rethinking Conservation, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture chronicles its efforts to restore Humayun’s tomb and the surrounding Nizamuddin area.While the high standards of the restoration work and the innovations of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative have generated a steady flow of headlines since the project began in 2007, this informative and well-illustrated book provides a comprehensive road map of the programme. Released in February this year, it also explains the rationale behind the trust’s urban approach to conservation-which includes health and education programmes for area residents.With India’s rich heritage everywhere under threat-and rarely supported by world-class curation-the book provides a much-needed barometer for other organisations. Sadly, the text does not rise above the standards of an NGO’s annual report. The quality of the printing does not match the quality of the restoration itself, and the photography in this volume does not do justice to the beauty of its subject. Nevertheless, the detailed catalogue will make this a useful resource-as well as an unrivalled guide to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.-Jason OverdorfACTORS Girl, RisingPhoto: Vijay Powar When Rajshri Deshpande auditioned for the role of a maid in Angry Indian Goddesses (2015), her resume had barely four lines worth of work experience. But it was enough to convince filmmaker Pan Nalin. That role changed her life. Deshpande will next be seen in Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga, the Malayalam film which recently won a prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival. It follows a frightful night in the life of a young couple after they hitch a ride. Filming was anything but easy. “It was hectic, shooting 12-14 hours a day. Every day I had to go through the harassment,” says Deshpande. “You know it’s just a film but you end up feeling it. I would return home and cry every single night.”Born in Aurangabad, Deshpande is the youngest of three sisters. She studied law in Pune and worked at an ad firm for six years, until she decided there was more to life than money. Mumbai became home in 2009. Since then she has dabbled in theatre (including backstage work for Naseeruddin Shah’s Motley) and spent time in Kerala, where she began learning kathakali and kalaripayattu. It was during one of those trips that she met Sasidharan.Deshpande may not be a household name yet, but she is getting there, one film at a time. She plays Ismat Chughtai in the Nandita Das-directed biopic on Manto, is shooting her first film in her mother tongue, Marathi, and has another Hindi feature in the bag.-Suhani Singh FASHIONEPIC INSPIRATION Film merchandise has been big business for decades. BollyWoo, an e-commerce start-up that sells wardrobe replicas, has taken it to a new level-working with large production houses to sell the outfits, accessories and even the locations featured in their films. For the company’s latest gig, six designers developed ready-to-wear apparel inspired by the costumes used in Baahubali-just in time for the launch of the epic franchise’s second instalment, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion later this month.”I wanted to keep it adventurous. In a way it speaks of my own trekking journeys,” says Delhi-based Mrinalini Gupta, who developed a line of jackets and loose pants with a rustic twist inspired by a scene in which Baahubali scales a mountain. Showcased at a fashion show in Mumbai on April 7, the designers agreed to create more commercial collections than their usual work-in keeping with the mass market appeal of the film. “We wanted to venture into southern cinema and approached Baahubali with the idea of launching a ready-to-wear collection inspired by the film, as this would attract a very different audience from the one that would have gone to see the film and also ensure popularity in the north,” says BollyWoo spokeswoman Tanmaya Vyas.advertisementYogesh Chaudhary, another designer who worked on the collection, says his work features motifs and prints of the shield used by the antagonist in the film. “I liked the lion better than the horse,” he says. “The collection was a challenge and I chose the ‘other’ for my inspiration.”-Chinki Sinha THEATRECreative PursuitPhoto: Rajwant Rawat Aimed at producing quality performances, Aadyam aims to become India’s gateway to theatre.For the past two years, Indian theatre has been getting a much-needed financial boost with Aadyam’s theatre series. Audiences know they are in for an experience as soon as they reach the venue-from being welcomed with a performance of jal tarang and dholak (Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon) to enjoying chorizo pao and coconut water (Loretta) in the food court.Now in its third season, Aadyam aims for a balancing act with work that highlights how theatre can be small and wondrous too. Of the seven new plays, two are part of the new ‘Black Box’ format-staged at G5A, a smaller venue, with the walls painted black-Hoshruba Repertory’s Guards at the Taj and Aasakta’s Gajab Kahani. However, as artistic director Divya Bhatia says, “The intent is not small. The quality of staging is still paramount. The idea is still to encourage innovation in staging and storytelling, free from a poverty of the imagination. And build new audiences for theatre with new, fresh and quality experiences.”Photo: Rajwant RawatAs in the past two years, the programme features new productions -65 shows in all, running from April to November. Purva Naresh’s Bandish 20-20,000 Hz revisits the glorious past of a nautanki singer and a baithak (classical) singer. Akash Khurana adapts Srikanta, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel about a nomad in Under the Gypsy Moon. Quasar Thakore Padamsee presents “a biting satire” in Mother Courage and her Children and Nadir Khan of Rage Group directs Vivaan Shah in Anand Express, a play that celebrates friendship. Making its Aadyam debut is the popular Motley group, which will have Vivaan’s older brother and musician-actor Imaad Shah direct Three Penny Opera, based on the legendary 1920s musical by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weil. Jumping Gymnasts Dipa Karmakar, gymnast, on the greats, training, and what’s next for herQ: You recently met the great Nadia Comaneci. Tell us about it. A: My body was shaking. I thought I was dreaming, sitting next to her and giving an interview. It was a wonderful experience. There won’t be another like her.Q: One thing you can’t do without while training? A: My coach, Bisweshwar Nandi. He is always there by my side. I remember once, when he got dengue, he couldn’t come to training for 10 days. I was practising alone, and felt that something important was missing.Q: Who is your favourite male gymnast? And who is your favourite sportsperson? A: Kenzo Shirai. He has introduced so many new elements at such a young age. His moves are clean. When he fumbled on the floor exercise at Rio, I felt really bad he didn’t win a medal. I don’t follow other sports much. By far the best is Usain Bolt. To win backto-back Olympic medals and be that consistent is just amazing.Q: If you met Produnova, what would you say? Do you see a day when a vault is named after you? A: I’d ask her how she landed it. Right now it is important to perfect what I already know. It is very difficult to come up [with a new vault]. In the near future, I will think and do something about it.Q: If you weren’t a gymnast, what would you be? What’s your next goal? A: I started [gymnastics] at the age of five-and-ahalf years. I have loved it ever since. I’m currently training for the World Championships in Montreal. After that, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 await.-Suhani Singhlast_img read more

November 18

ISL: Miku brace, Sunil Chhetri penalty gives Bengaluru FC dominating win over Kerala Blasters

first_imgSunil Chhetri scored from the spot-kick at the hour mark before Miku found the net twice in stoppage time to guide Bengaluru FC to a 3-1 win over Kerala Blasters in Indian Super League (ISL) in Kochi on Sunday.Courage Pekuson scored the solitary goal for Kerala late in the added time but Bengaluru had run away with the match by then.With the win, Bengaluru climbed to the third spot in the league table with 15 points from eight games, just a point adrift of the league leaders Chennaiyin FC.The Blues could have easily put more goals past the home side if not for some heroic goalkeeping by Subhasish Roy. He was called into action a number of times on either side of the break, and he kept his team in the contest..@bengalurufc upped the ante in the second half to put 3 goals past @KeralaBlasters and win 3 points in the last #HeroISL game of 2017!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #KERBEN pic.twitter.com/jx39FgEKew- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 31, 2017Albert Roca’s side were in complete control of the game from the start. In the 35th minute of the game, Roy was put to test by Chhetri but he did enough to palm the striker’s fierce shot away. At the other end, Kerala didn’t have much going forward.The second half began much like the first. Roy was again called into action to save another Chhetri effort in the 50th minute. But ten minutes later, a hand-ball by Sandesh Jhingan gave Bengaluru a chance to take the lead from the spot. Chettri took the responsibility and this time Roy had no answers.advertisementThe game continued with Bengaluru looking more likely to score again than a reply from Kerala, who were playing in front of their home supporters.Late in the stoppage time, Miku got himself a double. The Spanish import’s first goal came after a magnificent solo run from the midfield before putting it past Roy.Barely a minute later, he got on to a cut back from Subasish Bose, who had done well to get inside the box after nutmegging Jhingan. Miku was left with a simple task of tapping the ball home, which he did with ease.Kerala Blasters looked down and out and their supporters started to walk out after having seen enough. But there was still time for more drama as Pekuson grabbed a consolidatory goal for the home side after making a bursting run down the middle of Bengaluru defence.last_img read more

November 18

Antetokounmpo: The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous

first_imgHe’s not just a superstar on the court for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, but in the hearts of fans who said they follow the team just to watch “The Greek Freak,” Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose brilliant smile and humility have won their hearts.Especially Greek-Americans like Nick Kanavas, Dennis Mistrioty, Jonathan McGinley, and Bob Busse, who follow him passionately, said WTMJ-TV in a feature.“Giannis goes out there and never backs down from big moments,” Busse said. “I just love cheering him on.” Added Kanavas: “It’s great. It makes you feel proud of your culture.”That’s a culture on display at Fiserv Forum every time the Bucks play. Greek flags are always visible in the stands just as in other cities where the Bucks play and Greek-American fans turn out not just for their hometown team but also to watch Antetokounmpo play.TweetPinShare2020 Shareslast_img read more

October 26

Nebraska OLB Breon Dixon Has A Transfer Decision

first_imgNebraska cheerleaders run flags onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Cheerleaders of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a score against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Since he was in high school, Breon Dixon’s college football career has been in flux. Now, the former Ole Miss transfer is leaving his second school, Nebraska.Dixon, a former four-star recruit, entered his name to the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month. He was one of a number of Huskers linebackers to leave the program.He won’t be heading to another Power Five program. Instead, he’s going to the junior college ranks, before reemerging at another Division I school.Nebraska linebacker Breon Dixon is set to transfer to Iowa Western Community College.From the Omaha World-Herald: Former Nebraska outside linebacker Breon Dixon will transfer to Iowa Western Community College, Reivers coach Scott Strohmeier confirmed Tuesday night.Dixon will attend classes at IWCC starting in July, Strohmeier said. He had previously appeared in four games — all on special teams — for the Huskers in 2018 before leaving the program after spring camp.Dixon transferred in to Nebraska from Ole Miss. In high school, he wound up with the Rebels after being committed to Georgia. He appeared in four games for the Huskers this season, primarily contributing on special teams.In high school, he was ranked No. 257 overall, and No. 11 among inside linebackers in the 2017 recruiting class.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

October 17

Murder trial in Kelowna BC hears about gun found in bushes

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – A landscaper has told a court in Kelowna, B.C., about finding a gun in some bushes weeks after a gang leader was fatally shot nearby.Bobcat operator Joel Whitsel testified in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, saying he originally thought what he had found in the bushes on Nov. 1, 2011, was a badly rusted paintball gun.“I stopped to relieve myself, went over to the junipers to do that, and noticed it in there,” he said.The landscaping crew examined the item and determined it was a real firearm, with a magazine still in the clip, Witsel said.“It looked like an AK-47,” he said, adding that his knowledge of what such a weapon looks like came from movies and video games.He said the gun was then turned over to police.Court heard that the site where Whitsel was working was about three kilometres from the hotel where Red Scorpion leader Jonathan Bacon was killed on Aug. 14, 2011.Three other people were injured in the shooting, including a woman who was left paralysed.Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun have been charged with first-degree murder in Bacon’s death. Each of the men has also been charged with four counts of attempted murder.(Kelowna Daily Courier)last_img read more

October 17

Woman at centre of Wab Kinew domestic assault allegations says she was

first_imgWINNIPEG – The woman at the centre of 14-year-old allegations of domestic violence against Manitoba NDP leadership candidate Wab Kinew says she was thrown across a room and left with rug burn on her legs.In an interview with The Canadian Press Thursday, Tara Hart said she had been dating Kinew for about two years while they were in university.She said they had lived together for about a year and had friends over one night in the spring of 2003 when the alleged assault happened.As the friends were leaving, she said she and Kinew got into an argument at the door.“I asked them to leave, they left. And once they left, he turned on me,” she said. “That’s when he flung me across the living room and I had a big huge rug burn on my legs.”Hart said what happened prompted her to move out.“A few days later, or the next day, I left with a laundry bag. My grandmother picked me up … and I had rug burns on my knees and I couldn’t bend my legs to get into her vehicle,” she said, adding she then went to the RCMP to file a complaint.Kinew, who is widely considered the frontrunner for the leadership of Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats that will be decided Saturday, has repeatedly denied assaulting Hart.“The allegation that is being made did not happen,” he said.“This person was somebody that I lived with, that I was in a relationship with … but with respect to the allegation, that did not happen.”When asked whether he hit or threw Hart at any time, Kinew replied: “No. No, I did not.”Court records show Kinew was charged in June 2003 with two counts of assault on Hart. A Crown attorney and Kinew’s lawyer appeared in court several times between January and June, 2004. At some point in the summer, the Crown stayed the charges.The court records provide no explanation and transcripts from the final court hearings were not available Thursday.The assault charges only came to light last month via anonymous emails sent to Winnipeg media outlets.Hart said she can only recall one alleged assault and doesn’t know why two charges were filed. She said after she left Kinew, she was living outside Winnipeg and never heard from the Crown on why the charges were stayed.“I just left that part of my life behind me after that.”Kinew, 35, was brought into the NDP fold by former premier Greg Selinger as a star candidate for the 2016 provincial election and won a legislature seat.The Indigenous activist, broadcaster and author wrote a memoir a year earlier in which he described decade-old run-ins with the law that included convictions for impaired driving and assaulting a taxi driver. He recently received pardons for both convictions.Kinew has talked at length about his troubled past, which also includes misogynistic and homophobic rap lyrics and social media posts, and has expressed a drive to change and be a force for good. But the domestic violence charges, as well as a conditional discharge in Ontario for assault in 2004, only came to light last month.Hart said that Kinew reached out to her at that time. Kinew confirmed that.“I figured that this matter was going to come out into the media, and so I reached out and basically said ‘as one human being to another, here’s a head’s-up,’” he said.“This is going to come out in the media, it will probably be difficult and so I just wanted to give you advance warning.’”last_img read more

October 16

A Little Inspiration From Melissa Joan Hart

first_imgMelissa Joan Hart is supporting STOMP Out Bullying this holiday season, and wants to inspire others to do the same.“At this time of year, we choose which charities are worthy of receiving our year-end, tax deductible donation to continue and/or expand their good work,” she wrote in an email to supporters of the charity. “As a long time STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, I ask that you consider donating to them and to donate at a level equal with your belief that all kids and teens should be able to:“Attend school in a safe and tolerant environment free of violence, hatred and racism.Grow friendly digital relationships without being harassed, threatened or violated.Pursue their dreams and NEVER contemplate suicide because of the pain they endure caused by another person.- 1 in 4 students are bullied for many reasons. Sometimes it’s for no reason at all.- Digital harassment is a 24/7 problem because it is anonymous – 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment- Over 11 suicides this year have been linked due to being a victim of cyberbullying“STOMP Out Bullying has helped over 5 million students resolve bullying and cyberbullying situations. Our HelpChat Line has helped over a hundred thousand students and saved the lives of over 2,000. In fact, through our various support networks, we’ve saved a total of 6,000 lives. These numbers increase daily.“I ask that you consider giving a gift this holiday season to help us get a head start on all the work we plan to do in 2018.“A tax-deductible donation will help STOMP Out Bullying provide students with more resources and information, solutions on how to change the culture so that our children learn in a “kind” and “empathetic” enviroment free from violence and bullying.“Donations can be given throughout the holiday season in your name, or in honor of a friend or family member. And if your company has a corporate matching program, your gift can be doubled.“There’s just a little over two weeks left! You have until midnight, December 31st, 2017 to claim your tax-deduction for 2017.”To make a donation, click here.Find out more about STOMP Out Bullying here.last_img read more

October 13

Trail BC sees third sulphuric acid spill on area roads this year

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.International Raw Materials says in a news release that it purchased the load of sulphuric acid from the Teck Resources Ltd. lead and zinc smelter in Trail and was moving the acid to a nearby reload facility on Sept. 22.A spill that the company describes as “less than one cup,” was found at the reload site and three “dime-sized drips” were spotted on a road, but the company statement says no acid was found on highways through Trail.International Raw Materials says trucking contractor Trimac will launch a full investigation and take corrective action but all acid shipments by road have been suspended while the probe is underway.The Insurance Corporation of B.C., is still trying to determine how many vehicles were damaged by sulphuric acid leaks on routes through Trail on April 10 and May 23.Claims related to the spills had topped 3,000 by early September and some of the vehicles damaged or written off include a new fire truck worth an estimated $800,000 and several school buses.Teck said in a release posted earlier this month that just under 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked onto the busy route through Trail in the first two spills.Vehicles were damaged when they drove through puddles of the acid before the spills were identified.Sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems, an ICBC adviser said.Teck produces the acid at its Trail smelter but the product had been purchased by International Raw Materials and was being moved by that company’s contrators when the spills occurred.No one was hurt, the acid was neutralized and is not believed to have seeped into area waterways.last_img read more

October 11

UN agency convenes special meeting to examine turmoil in wheat markets

3 September 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a special meeting later this month to examine the recent spike in wheat prices and help avoid any repeat of the recent global food crisis. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a special meeting later this month to examine the recent spike in wheat prices and help avoid any repeat of the recent global food crisis.The meeting, slated for 24 September at FAO headquarters in Rome, will bring together experts and government representatives to consider how to ease the current turmoil in grain markets and what role should the UN agency in handling the situation.Wheat prices experienced their biggest monthly rise in almost a year in August, according to the FAO’s Food Price Index, climbing by 5 per cent following persistent drought in Russia – a major producer – and that country’s subsequent restriction on sales.Higher sugar and oilseed prices also contributed to the price spike, which has flowed into overall international food prices as well.Rising food prices reportedly led to deadly protests this week in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, and led to concerns about a potential repeat of the food crisis in 2007-08. Russia has also extended a ban on wheat exports into 2011 following the drought in its grain-producing regions.David Dawe, a senior economist at FAO, said today that while the recent turmoil is cause for concern, the so-called fundamentals of the wheat market are far more solid than they were before the food crisis.“The reaction in the wheat markets is a bit overdone – maybe even substantially overdone,” he told the UN News Centre.Wheat stockpiles are higher than before, he noted, while overall crop production levels are historically high, even if they have slipped from recent peaks.“There is uncertainty out there; agriculture markets are always uncertain because of the weather… But it would be premature to think that the situation would get worse.” read more

October 2

Womens gymnastics Ohio State looks to keep season alive at NCAA Regionals

The Ohio State gymnastics team huddles before an event during its meet against Iowa on Jan. 21, 2017. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterAfter already having competed at the Big Ten Five-Team meet three weekends ago at the University of Illinois, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team travels to Champaign, Illinois, yet again for an NCAA Regional beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.The Buckeyes will be competing against No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 17 Iowa, No. 19 Illinois and Eastern Michigan. The top two teams from the regional competition will advance to the semifinals. Although OSU has high hopes of placing competitive scores, the Buckeyes are more concerned with working towards the goal of posting a season-high team final score during their time at regionals.“We’ve already been in the arena once, because we were there for Big Five, so it’s a familiar atmosphere,” freshman Amanda Huang said. “But there’s no pressure on us to make nationals. We can just go out there and try our best and have fun.”Based on a team’s regional qualifying score, the top 18 teams were seeded nationally and placed into the bracket that divides into six regional competitions. The remaining teams — those ranked 19 to 36 — were assigned geographically to one of the six regional locations.The top-two scoring teams from the Champaign, Seattle and Fayetteville, Arkansas, regionals will compete in one of the semifinals, while the top two teams from the Morgantown, West Virginia, Gainesville, Florida, and Lincoln, Nebraska, regionals will compete in another semifinal.UCLA is seen as the favorite to win, with Oregon State projected as a close second, but the Buckeyes will also be competing alongside conference competitors, Illinois and Iowa. OSU competed against these two teams in the Big Ten championship and was outscored by both during that final meet. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes see themselves performing on a level playing field with the Illini and Hawkeyes.“I think we’ll just use it (losing to Iowa and Illinois) as motivation,” Huang said. “They are our Big Ten opponents, but we know we have the skill level, and we’re capable of beating them.”OSU came in as the sixth seed, and although they are looking to pull a 196-range score and perform on-par with their conference competitors, the Buckeyes are not expecting to hit one of the top two spots to advance to the semifinals.“Let the cards fall where they may, but to be realistic, to be the top two, I think you’re going to have to be a high 196 to 197,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “We’re capable of that, but in my mind a 196 is going to be a success. Below that, I’ll feel like we under-performed.”The Buckeyes have struggled all season with making strong hits from every athlete in each rotation, which has prevented them from obtaining that 196 mark. Only in the meet at Minnesota earlier in the season did OSU break that ceiling to post a 196.450 final score.“I think our weakness is just not hitting 24 (for) 24 consistently,” Fagan said. “Even if you have one fall and you don’t have to count it — if it’s one of your best kids that you’re counting on that score — it can be a huge hit (that the team is not receiving).”The balance beam — the final rotation for the Buckeyes — has also presented a challenge for OSU.Although Fagan is not thrilled with the rotation given to OSU, she sees a learning opportunity for the team that might even minimize nerves with the less-than-desirable event order.“Beam, again, will be an area of focus,” Fagan said. “That is going to be our last event, so ending on beam, that’s going to be a good experience, win, lose or draw, for this team to be able to hit under pressure, or maybe going into it with the attitude of nothing to lose.”OSU will follow a similar rotation pattern to what they saw in the Big Ten Five-Meet, with floor exercise as the first event, vault as the second event, followed by a bye and uneven bars before balance beam. The Buckeyes will have a bye in the final rotation.OSU has had two weeks of preparation, which sophomore Jamie Stone sees as a great opportunity that will reflect positively for the team’s performances at regionals.“I always tell myself to compete like I do in practice,” Stone said. “I’m going to go out there and not let my nerves get to me, which I tend to do, have fun and trust my training. We’ve put in a lot of work this past few weeks.”Huang agrees that with all the practice the team has done this season, the Buckeyes have the potential to pull a strong final score at regionals on Saturday.“My thing is, I tell myself, to believe in yourself,” Huang said. “You’ve done hundreds of numbers in the gym to this point, so trust your training. It’s your time to shine.” read more

September 20

La version 23 de Facebook disponible sur Windows Phone

first_imgLa version 2.3 de Facebook disponible sur Windows Phone La mise à jour du réseau social est désormais téléchargeable sur les plateformes Windows Phone, améliorant sensiblement les fonctionnalités de l’application.Même si Facebook tournait déjà bien sur les smartphones utilisant le système d’exploitation de Microsoft, voilà une mise à jour qui ne devrait pas déplaire aux utilisateurs. En effet, l’application du réseau social sur Windows Phone vient tout juste de recevoir une nouvelle version. Et cette version 2.3 (lien non disponible) apporte son lot de modifications. La navigation se retrouve améliorée, les pages et groupes présentent un design retravaillé et une nouvelle vue panoramique fait son apparition. Ajouté à cela, le fil d’actualité est désormais plus performant et la présentation des “j’aime” est aussi revue. Enfin, il faut aussi noter la disparition de quelques bugs.Si cette version vous intéresse, elle est d’ores et déjà disponible à cet endroit (lien non disponible), sur le site de Windowsphone. Le 19 février 2012 à 10:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 17

McAvennie praises Ryan Christie

first_imgThe former Celtic footballer says the 23-year-old was lucky after taking his chance to impress at the Scottish teamScottish midfielder Ryan Christie has been with Celtic since 2015.He was loaned to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen.But his better performances came after two teammates got injured and the 23-year-old got his chance.“It just shows you the part luck plays in football. If Ntcham and Brown hadn’t got injured Christie might also have been on his way,” said former Celtic player Frank McAvennie to The Herald of Scotland.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“But he’s in. It’s all about taking that chance and he’s done it.”“I’ll be honest with you about Christie and admit I thought he would move on because he wasn’t good enough. Every time someone touched him he went down,” he explained.“Brendan Rodgers has built him up. He’s a wonderful player now. Now he can take someone putting the head on him.”“That’s what living in Glasgow for a while does to you. After a difficult summer Celtic have re-established their grip on the domestic game and have moved back on top of the Premier League table,” he commented.“The first trophy of the season is up for grabs on Sunday as Celtic do battle with Aberdeen at Hampden for the Betfred League Cup and Celtic can only beat themselves.”last_img read more

September 17

Chula Vista Police City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime

first_img Updated: 11:31 PM Posted: August 7, 2018 Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Earlier tonight, Chula Vista held its 8th annual “Night Out Against Crime.”Residents were invited to the police department to get to know the local officers and city leaders.Visitors toured police headquarters and received crime prevention tips.KUSI’s Dave Scott spoke to Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, earlierChief Kennedy then introduced us to a woman whose family member was murdered, and the body was found inside of a barrel in the harbor last October.The goal for National Night is to make the community safe and a more caring place to live. center_img Chula Vista Police, City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2018last_img read more