Coe aide steps down from IAAF – French magistrates file tougher charges against Diack

first_img “In order to demonstrate that I am willing to have all allegations of unethical behaviour on my part in 2013 properly and fairly investigated, I have referred my emails to Papa Massata Diack in 2013, my statements and the circumstances of the emails to the IAAF ethics board,” Davies said in yesterday’s statement. Davies has suggested that emails reflected his job “to manage and promote the reputation of the IAAF”. Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF after a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission found evidence of systemic doping and cover-ups. Lamine Diack is now accused of “active corruption”, which generally involves offering money or other promises in exchange for violating a rule, an official with the Paris financial prosecutor’s office said yesterday. Diack was previously accused of “passive corruption”, on suspicion he took around €1 million (US$1.1 million) to cover up positive drug tests by Russian athletes. The official told the Associated Press the new preliminary charges center on suspicions that Diack bribed Gabriel Dolle, the former IAAF anti-doping chief who was also under investigation, to delay reporting of violations by Russian athletes. The preliminary charges allow magistrates more time to investigate before deciding whether to file formal charges and whether to send a case to trial. Diack, an 82-year-old former long jumper, is free on bail pending further investigation, but barred from leaving France. EMAILS REFERRED TO BOARD LONDON (AP): The director of IAAF President Sebastian Coe’s office temporarily stepped down yesterday pending an ethics investigation into emails linked to Russian doping cases. Emails sent by Nick Davies, leaked to a French newspaper and published this week, indicated that he tried to delay public identification of alleged Russian drug cheats before the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. “I have decided to step aside from my role with the IAAF until such time as the ethics board is able to review the matter properly and decide if I am responsible for any breach of the IAAF code of ethics,” Davies said in a statement. Davies was IAAF communications director at the time under Lamine Diack, who was succeeded by Coe as president in August. The French criminal case against Diack deepened this week, with magistrates filing new, tougher corruption charges against him in connection with cover-ups of Russian doping. French prosecutors also suspect Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, played an active role in an alleged “system of corruption” that sought to blackmail athletes, with demands of money to hush-up suspected doping. Davies is reported to have sent an email to Papa Massata Diack in 2013 asking what “Russian ‘skeleton’ we have still in the cupboard regarding doping” and suggesting using the marketing company chaired by Coe – then IAAF vice-president – to lead an “unofficial PR campaign” to “avoid international media scandals” related to the Moscow championships. If Russian athletes guilty of doping were not competing in Moscow, “then we might as well wait until the event is over to announce them”, Davies wrote in the email, which was published on Monday by Le Monde. After promoting Davies to run his office at the IAAF in September, Coe is now losing one of his closest aides just as he tries to clean up the scandal-tainted governing body.last_img read more

5 Tips for Shooting a Period Piece on a Shoestring Budget

first_imgPeriod pieces are usually out of reach for low-budget filmmakers, but these five tips will open up the possibility of setting your story in a different era.It’s tempting for many filmmakers to write scripts that take place in a completely different time period. After all, period pieces open up so many possibilities for telling new stories that just wouldn’t be relevant or possible when set in modern times. Unfortunately, many of these same filmmakers are hit with a big wake-up call when it comes time to actually produce their film, as they realize just how expensive it’s going to be.When you’re crafting a period piece, everything is more expensive. Not only do your hard costs skyrocket (wardrobe, locations, set dec, etc.), but a lot more time and effort is needed in other areas of the production as well. During pre-production for example, you (and probably your art director/production designer) will need to thoroughly research the time period in which your film is set in so that you can portray it accurately.Even in post-production, things can get tricky. Depending on how good or bad your locations were, you may need to do set extensions, or other VFX work to help sell the setting that you’re trying to emulate. Not to mention, more extensive and specific color correction is often required to really help craft the feel of your world.With all that said, there are ways to make great period pieces even when dealing with limited budgets. Your options certainly won’t be as extensive as they would be if you were working with Hollywood-level funds, but that doesn’t mean it’s not doable. If you’re willing to take into account the five tips outlined below, you might just be on your way to making your next period piece. 1. Choose Simple LocationsThe look of your film will ultimately be determined by the locations that you choose. If you choose the right locations, your work is going to be a lot easier both on set and off. However, if you make less than desirable choices, you might not be able to pull off the look you’re going for and the entire project could fall short.My rule of thumb with locations on low-budget period pieces is to always go simple. If you’re shooting an exterior shot at the beach, on a farm, or in the forest, chances are there isn’t a whole lot of set dec that will need to be done. The same can be said about a vintage home or train station (that hasn’t been restored). These are just a few examples of course, but the point is that you need to look for locations that work for you ‘as is’. Chances are you don’t have the budget (or research) behind your project to create something from scratch, so look for locations with no discernible giveaways of modern times, and you’re off to a good start. 2. Get Your Wardrobe SponsoredWardrobe is one of the best ways to add production value and realism to your period piece. At the same time it can be very costly. Vintage wardrobe items can be really rare and hard to find, and naturally the price can be prohibitive for many filmmakers. That said, if you’re willing to knock on some doors, you might just get it for free.If you team up with the right stylist, they may just be able to work some miracles for you. Typically stylists have relationships with brands and can pull some really amazing options for you, usually at no cost (since the items are loaned). Rather than spending your wardrobe budget on actual items, invest in a good stylist and it can pay off big time. Here’s a quick video that features Paco Delgado (the costume designer from 2012’s Les Misérables) discussing period piece costuming. 3. Props Are EverythingWithout some key props, you won’t be able to create a realistic world to set your film in. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need a lot of props, but just a few key props that can become focal points. For example, if you have the budget to rent a vintage car for a couple of days and can use it to capture all of your driving scenes, your production value just went up immensely.  Much like the wardrobe solution above, you don’t always need to spend an arm and a leg for props. The car example might be somewhat costly, but many other vintage props can be bought or rented for very little if you’re willing to do some digging around.4. The Right Music is CriticalYour locations, wardrobe, and props will get you most of the way there when it comes to production, but post is really where it all comes together. One of the easiest, most effective, and inexpensive ways to add to the realism of your period piece is through the use of great, authentic music. By licensing some period specific music (not just for the score, but also for background music, radios in the scene, etc.) you can really help to shape the tone of your film and compliment all of the visuals. 5. Learn How to Color GradeColor grading can be a very expensive part of your process, and in many cases should be left to a professional. With that said, if you have a knack for color and are willing to do some of the legwork yourself, you can make a huge impact of the visual feel of your film with color alone. In the same way music will add a layer of period-specific polish to your film, so will the color. Whether you’re doing something obvious (like black and white) or more specific (like a 60’s technicolor look), the color grade will truly bring all of the elements of your period piece together and will inevitably make it feel far more authentic.Before you shoot your low-budget period piece, check out these other helpful articles for filmmakers working with limited resources:How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget Films5 Ways To Give Your Low Budget Film More Production ValueHow to Create a Low-Budget Film That Feels Like a BlockbusterGot any tips for capturing historical atmosphere without breaking the bank? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Industry News: The Clean Cache Lawsuit Against Adobe

first_imgAdobe’s Creative Cloud has suffered a number of bugs and stability problems with each update. One bug, though, could get expensive.News broke earlier this month of a class action lawsuit filed against Adobe for what may well be the bug of all bugs. This one caused the deletion of hundreds of thousands of videos, projects, and photos from users’ drives when a bug in the Clean Cache code allowed for outright deletion of all files on which the Media Cache folder was stored.Dave Cooper was one of the victims, losing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of footage from across the world shot for various high-profile clients.Fed up after days of attempted recovery of his work, he decided a legal course of action was his only option. So what happened?The “Clean Cache” BugImage via Grenar.While editing, most NLEs create some form of cached copies of footage and assets in order to speed up performance. When the project is ready for archival, users can clear the cache to save space.In Premiere, the Clean Cache button is only supposed to affect the Media Cache folder — and nothing else; however, the bug caused the clear cache function to move into the root directories of the drive on which it was located.Adobe patched the bug within a week after multiple users experienced data loss from multiple sources. Patch 11.1.1 fixed the bug — and gave us the single greatest patch note in Premiere’s history:The update changes the behavior of the media cache deletion. With 11.1.1, only files that are within the Media Cache folder’s subdirectories will be deleted. Files that sit next to it will no longer be affected. However, we still strongly recommend keeping the Media Cache folder separate from your original media.Well done, Adobe. Unfortunately for Dave Cooper, the patch for the Premiere bug didn’t come quick enough. The single archival drive of his work was wiped — irrevocably.The LawsuitFiled on November 7th, 2018, the class action lawsuit filed by Cooper’s attorneys is seeking damages of $250,000 for his lost data. The 250 grand is to compensate Cooper for the footage he shot while working in countries as far-flung as Brazil, India, Egypt, and Senegal for clients like PBS, the World Resources Institute, and USAID.In addition to Cooper’s work as a videographer, he also licensed these clips out multiple times per year — that means revenue lost for good after the loss of all his source archive. The damages also seek to cover this lost income potential.Because this is a class action lawsuit, all users who experienced this bug would be entitled to some form of compensation, should the Judge rule in Cooper’s favor. Expect litigation to take a while though.It Could Happen to YouFrom Dave Cooper to Pixar, everyone is vulnerable to data loss. There are so many ways your valuable work could be completely lost. It is essential that every professional working in the industry understands how devastating the effects of data loss can truly be.Dave Cooper’s biggest mistake was relying on a single drive for the archival of his livelihood. Sure, how could he expect a bug so stupid as the one that crippled him to destroy the drive? But relying on a single backup of any type of data is a ticking time bomb.Always back up your work on multiple hard drives. Only plug one of your backups in at any given time — the others should be somewhere safe. Verify that there is full redundancy between each drive using MD5 bit-for-bit comparison, or some other similar technique.No matter the cause, every filmmaker will experience some form of data loss over the course of their career, so always be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Adobe bungled big time, and in my opinion, everyone affected by this insanely sloppy and damaging bug should receive compensation for their lost work.One of the attorneys on the case put it well in an interview with Vice reporter Matthew Gault:As a freelance visual artist, all you are and all you have is your work. If you don’t have your work then you might as well not be a visual artist.Take that to heart, and protect your work.Cover image via igorstevanovic.Looking for more information on the filmmaking industry? Check out these articles.The Production Design Challenges of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”Stop Telling People to Shoot Their Film on an iPhoneGoing Full-Time vs. Working Freelance: Which Is Best for You?Everything You Need to Know About the Blackmagic RAW CodecInsights into the State of the Music Video Production Industrylast_img read more

Meralco stays alive, barely survives Phoenix

first_imgPBA IMAGESCoach Norman Black could only heave a sigh of relief after Jeff Chan missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer and Meralco escaped Phoenix, 92-90, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“For us, it was a championship game,” the veteran mentor said as the Bolts stayed alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoff race.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MERALCO 92 — Lanete 24, Hodge 17, Canaleta 9, Caram 9, Newsome 9, Tolomia 9, Hugnatan 6, Amer 5, Salva 4, Ballesteros 0, Baracael 0.PHOENIX 90 — Wilson 24, Wright 16, Jazul 13, Perkins 10, Chan 8, Mendoza 6, Dehesa 5, Intal 4, Kramer 4, Alolino 0, Chua 0, Eriobu 0.Quarters: 29-18, 54-40, 70-75, 92-90. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding White wins USA’s 100th winter gold, gets grilled by media LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cliff Hodge finished with 17 markers, three rebounds, and three assists, but had to exit the game after incurring a knee injury on a collision with Willy Wilson late in the third quarter.“We really had to dig deep to get in this basketball game. It takes a lot of will power for the players to say, ‘No, we will win this game,’ and that’s what the players did today,” said Black as his side snapped their three-game losing slump.Wilson led Phoenix with a season-best 24 points and eight rebounds, while Matthew Wright got 16 markers and eight boards, but shot 0-of-5 from downtown and fouled out  with 2:58 still left to play.The Fuel Masters remain at seventh place with their 4-5 card, but are now tied with TNT.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ With their backs against the wall, the Bolts almost saw their season go down the drain after the Fuel Masters made a huge run in the third quarter to erase a 16-point lead and storm back again in the last 1:23 to cut the 92-87 advantage down to just two.Jaypee Mendoza forced a jumpball on Chris Newsome with 13.5 seconds left, giving Phoenix one last chance to steal the game, but the 2016 Rookie of the Year did just enough to nudge Chan in the waning seconds and force him to heave the desperation three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was really a hard-fought game. I’m just happy with my guys staying in the game and kept fighting until the end,” remarked Black.Garvo Lanete stepped up for the undermanned Meralco with career second-best 24 points on a 4-of-9 shooting from threes to help his side rise to 3-6. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Ananth Kumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

first_imgBorn in 1959 in Bangalore, HN Ananth Kumar has a bachelors in Law. Kumar was influenced by RSS from his childhood and joined the ABVP, the student wing of BJP. During the Emergency, he was imprisoned and was later elected ABVP’s State Secretary and then its National Secretary in 1985. He later joined BJP and was nominated as the State President of BJP Yuva Morcha. He was then made National Secretary of the party in 1996.In 1996, he was elected from Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency and has been elected from the same seat six consecutive times. In 1998 he was inducted into the Union Cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1999, he became a Cabinet minister in the NDA government. He handled various ministries like Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs, Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and led the BJP to become the single largest party in the Legislative Assembly and won the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in 2004. In 2004, he was appointed as the National General Secretary of the BJP and has held that post ever since.last_img read more

International Seaways Widens Loss amid Impairment Charges

first_imgzoom Impairment charges pushed US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways further into loss in the fourth quarter of 2017.The company’s net loss in the quarter was USD 90.7 million, compared to net loss of USD 57.8 million reported in the same period in 2016. Net loss reflects the impact of vessel impairment charges of USD 81.1 million and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding vessel impairments, the company’s loss was USD 9.7 million.The impairments recognized in the fourth quarter stemmed from a reduction in general asset values in older vessels.Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues for the fourth quarter were USD 65.1 million, compared to USD 81.1 million from a year earlier.Operating loss for the quarter reached USD 79.5 million, compared to operating loss of USD 47.8 million seen in the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly due to a reduction in TCE revenues.“During our first full year as an independent public company, we made significant progress growing and renewing the company’s fleet, strengthening our position to take advantage of a market recovery,” Lois K. Zabrocky, International Seaways’ president and CEO, said.Including International Seaways’ deal to acquire six 300,000 dwt VLCCs from Euronav NV, the company will have invested over USD 600 million in nine vessels since completing its spinoff.The purchase price for the six-vessel acquisition is USD 434 million, inclusive of assumed debt. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.“We continue to prepare for a second quarter 2018 closing and intend to fund the six-vessel acquisition with a combination of available liquidity, the assumption of the debt currently secured by the vessels, and other debt financing sources,” Zabrocky continued.During the fourth quarter, the company sold three older MRs which were delivered to buyers between November 2017 and February 2018. Net proceeds received from the two ships delivered to buyers in 2018 totaled USD 17.9 million.In November 2017, the company purchased a 2010-built VLCC for USD 53 million, the Seaways Raffles, which commenced trading in the Tankers International pool.Additionally, the Alexandros II, a chartered-in vessel, was redelivered to its head owners during the fourth quarter.Net loss for the full year ended December 31, 2017 was USD 106.1 million, compared with net loss of USD 18.2 million for the full year 2016. The net loss for the full year  principally reflects USD 88.4 million in vessel impairment charges, USD 9.2 million of costs associated with the company’s debt refinancing, and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the full year 2016.“As we progress through 2018, our balanced fleet deployment and a moderate level of predictable cash flows from our joint ventures and contracted fixed-rate charters will enable the Company to both optimize revenue through the current tanker cycle and benefit from a market recovery in both the product and crude tanker sectors,” Zabrocky concluded.last_img read more

Standing Rock camp recovering from latest clash with police waiting on word

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsThe aftermath of Sunday’s clash between #NoDAPL supporters and police continues to emerge.A New York City based activist who is now in danger of losing her arm.And police are blaming protestors — and protestors are blaming police.Now people at the camp are eagerly waiting on word on her condition.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

1 arrested for bank employees murder in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: One person was arrested for the cold-blooded murder of a bank employee whose chopped body parts were recovered from West Bengal’s Howrah district, police said on Saturday. “One Sheikh Shamsuddin who had taken a loan amounting to more than one lakh has been arrested,” a police officer said. The police zeroed in on small time businessman Shamsuddin after getting a lead from the sack which contained the chopped torso of the victim. Bank employee Partha Chakraborty, 26, who was tasked with recovering the loan amount had approached Shamsuddin. The latter said he could not repay and there was a small altercation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Chakraborty was then invited inside Shamsuddin’s workshop. He was killed there and his body was chopped into smaller pieces and put inside sacks to be disposed off. “The arrested person has confessed to his crime. The amount of Rs 3 lakh that Chakraborty had collected from borrowers of the private bank has also been recovered. “We are trying to find out whether there were others involved and were there any other motives,” he added. Chakraborty was reported missing on August 30. The sack containing the body parts surfaced later and Chakraborty was identified by his shirt, the police had said earlier. The victim was a resident of Chakdaha in Nadia district and was stationed in Domjur for work. Chakroborty’s relatives have appealed that his killer should not be spared.last_img read more

Court refuses to reinstate Trumps travel ban so whats next

first_imgCourt refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban, so what’s next? Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Tags: America, Donald Trump << Previous PostNext Post >> WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a “dangerous time,” maintaining that prohibitions on travellers from six Muslim-majority nations will keep the country safe.The president tweeted, “Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again – Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.”“S.C.” may refer to the Supreme Court, where Trump has vowed to take his travel ban fight.The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday refused to reinstate Trump’s executive order banning travellers from six mostly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel said the administration failed to show that blocking citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was needed to protect the U.S. The court also found that the president’s order ran afoul of an immigration law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality.The 4th U.S. Circuit also has called Trump’s national security concerns an after-the-fact justification for a policy that was “steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its ban on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries, saying the U.S. will be safer if the policy is put in place.WHAT COMES NEXT?Attorney General Jeff Sessions said after Monday’s ruling that the ban was necessary to protect national security, and the president was within his lawful authority to enact it.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the administration was confident that the travel ban would be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.The administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate the ban on travellers.At the Supreme Court, anything is possible if you have five votes – a majority of the court. The justices have a range of options in front of them. They could order an unusual June argument and try to resolve the travel ban lawsuits before they leave town for the summer. They also could essentially do nothing, leaving the two appeals court rulings in place.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedOne reason the court might feel some responsibility to act – and sooner rather than later – is because the administration has asked for expedited review. The court typically also has the last word when a federal court strikes down a law or presidential order.The 9th Circuit’s more narrow focus on immigration law may appeal to conservative justices on the Supreme Court who might be loath to extend their review beyond the text of the executive order to include the president’s campaign statements about a Muslim ban, said David Levine, a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.“They don’t need to psychoanalyze the president,” he said. “They don’t need to go beyond the four corners of the order.” Source: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more