Dunk a cop this Canada Day (for a good cause)

first_imgFrom noon to 5 p.m., uniformed officers will be taking turns, and all proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society for pediatric research and Camp Goodtimes, a summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens with cancer and their families.“Your contribution will help support the local Cops For Cancer events meet or surpass its fundraising goal and build excitement throughout the Peace Region,” says Constable Greg Hall of the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment. “Come out, dunk a cop and help an amazing cause!” This year Constable Greg Lake, Constable Leo Corcoran, and Corporal James Rutledge of the Dawson Creek RCMP will be taking part in the Tour. This year’s Tour de North will run from September 13 to 19, between Dawson Creek and Williams Lake.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Europe – Asia fares plummet

first_imgThe cost of flying to Europe is about to tumble with Singaporean low-cost carrier Scoot announcing new one-way  fares to Athens starting at $S288 from Singapore and as low as  $A369  from Australia.Scoot will start four times weekly services between Singapore and Athens from June 20  nest year using its 329-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.The state-of-the-art, fuel efficient  planes come with 18 “ScootBiz” seats with a 38-inch seat pitch and economy seats with pitches ranging from a tight 30 inches to a more comfortable – but pricier – 34 inches.Economy travellers can choose a stripped down basic fare that sees them pay extra for services such as checked baggage, entertainment or food or opt for more expensive fares that include baggage or baggage and food.  Those wanting to keep themselves amused on the long-haul flight can opt for ScootTV streaming, which  allows passengers to access a range of movies and TV shows to their own devices.ScootBiz seats are comparable to premium economy seats on full-service carriers and come in a 2-3-2 configuration of 22-inch wide all-leather seats with adjustable leg rests. The airline bundles the seats with meals, drinks, in-seat power, ScootTV and 30kg of checked baggage.Price-wise, Singaporeans are looking at tax-inclusive launch fares ranging from $S288 one-way for a no-frills FLY fare to $S888 for ScootBiz.For Australians, one-way  tax-inclusive fares from Perth to Athens start at $A369 for the basic option  with FlyBag starting at $A461, FlyBagEat  at $A526 and  Scootbiz at $A1099.Sydney, Melbourne and  Gold Coast FLY fares are available from $A419 one way, while FlyBag starts at $A513, FlyBagEat at  $A578  and ScootBiz at $A1199. Scoot is also offering a 10 per cent discount promotion until August 31. The 10,000-km plus flight will be the longest currently operated by an LCC and is part of a  strategy by Scoot’s ultimate parent, the Singapore Airlines Group, to stimulate traffic between the Asia-Pacific and Europe while boosting connectivity through its hub.Budget Aviation Holdings chairman Lee Lik Hsin said the move to Europe was a result of demand from passengers.“Scoot has devoted much thought to configuring our cabin product and services to elevate and transform the low-cost travel experience, enabled by our world-first all-787 Dreamlliner fleet, and this has positioned us well to mount our first ever long-haul flight between Asia Pacific and Europe,” he said.The Dreamliner offers a quieter, smoother ride with increased cabin pressure and humidity designed to leave travellers feeling fresher after a long flight.The services will operate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving Singapore at 2am and arriving in Athens at 8.30am.  Flights from Athens will leave at noon and arrive in Singapore at 4.25am.last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 5, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunshine Followed by More RainDry conditions at the beginning of the week gave way to significant rainfall by the week’s end, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 2nd. Sunny weather and cooler temperatures early in the week were ideal for field work, allowing winter wheat harvest to progress rapidly and remain ahead of the five-year average. Heavy rains on Thursday and Friday saturated fields and stalled harvest progress for wheat, oat and hay producers, especially in northern and western counties. Most reporters continued to indicate that corn and soybean crops were in good to fair condition; some producers reported this week’s rain caused ponding in fields and yellowing of plants due to excess moisture. Other activities for the week included cutting and baling hay, baling straw, applying post- emergent herbicides, side dressing corn, and certifying crops with FSA.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

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The Secrets of Successful Video Essays

first_imgIf you’re looking for some more examples, check out our post on Today’s Top Video Essay Creators.What are your favorite video essay channels? Share them in the comments below! Video essays are all the rage these days. If you’re interested as a creator or connoisseur, here are some of the secrets to creating successful video essays.Cover image via Every Frame a PaintingSome are beautiful and thought-provoking, while others seem like quickly assembled supercuts with little intentionality behind them. The popularity of “video essays” has been growing in the last few years. Film critics and bloggers like Matt Zoller Seitz, Tony Zhou, Jacob T. Swinney and Kevin B. Lee have built careers around their well-crafted video essays. By examining some of the industry’s best, let’s explore what makes a video essay stand out above the rest.Work With the Highest Quality FootageNoted video essayists Fernando Andrés and Jacob T. Swinney recently did a Reddit AMA where they answered some questions about their processes. As you would expect, a huge part of their workflow is spent on finding and uploading the highest quality footage. Unless you’re working with film reels, the highest quality available to an average consumer would be from DVDs (preferably Blu-ray). Keep an eye for director’s cuts or remastered versions that include restored 4k when possible.As Jacob T. Swinney points out, pulling footage from YouTube is also an option in a pinch, but is not as likely to be the highest quality. Vimeo is another resource to consider because of its quality. You can find lots of YouTube download plugins or websites. Here are a few:HexoticVideoGrabbyClipConverter.cc Make Music Choices That Play Into a ThemeKevin B. Lee, chief video essayist at Fandor, recently did an interesting experiment on how sound and music play into how video essays are perceived. When creating a video essay on Chantal Akerman’s documentary No Home Movie, Lee chose to highlight the film’s fragile banality by putting together a composition of the shots which show the quiet emptiness of the rooms featured in the film. To add a further dynamic to the piece, Lee originally opted to put in music behind the footage (Schubert’s Impromptu D. 899 Op. 90 No. 3) which played into the film’s theme.However, the video essay wasn’t quite as well received by all. Jonathan Miller, the president of Icarus Films (No Home Movie‘s distributor) took exception to Lee using music in an video essay on a film which purposefully draws power from its quietness and lack of soundtrack.I watched the essay and I was surprised because there was no commentary on it. It was five minutes of Chantal’s film put in a different order with this very sentimental music laid over it. I wasn’t sure what made it an essay. It was as if he (Lee) cut Chantal’s footage to make another film entirely. (via Filmmaker Magazine)Ultimately, Lee went back and created a new version with the music removed. However, he left both versions online as a way for the two videos to juxtapose how video essays can create emotions with their music choices (or lack thereof). You can watch the silent version below and read about Lee’s decision in his post here.(If you need music for your next epic video essay, don’t forget that PremiumBeat’s got some pretty fantastic royalty free options!)Structure Your Video Like a FilmTony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting channel has become one of the most recognized names in the video essay genre for its educational and well-structured content. In his video essay below (aptly titled “How to Structure a Video Essay“), Zhou breaks down how he learned to structure his video essays by observing how filmmakers structure their films. (By the way, if you haven’t seen Orson Welles’ F For Fake , it may be the best film about faking a film about filmmaking.)Remember, video essays aren’t essays. They’re films. So you want to structure and pace them like a filmmaker would. Therefore and but. Meanwhile, back at the ranch. — Tony ZhouThe concepts Zhou presents are clearly more than little tricks for YouTube videos. They’re some of the basic tenants of storytelling and structure that apply to videos big and small. If you’re serious about creating content that has a flow and narrative arc to go along with interesting images, understanding concepts like “Therefore and but” and “Meanwhile, back at the ranch” is key.Consume, Consume, ConsumePerhaps one of the best ways to create successful video essays would be to watch as many as possible. The genre is pretty wide open in terms of different styles and definitions into what qualifies as a “video essay.”  There are several choices which you’ll have to make before you find the right one for you. However, if you can critically analyze what the different video essays are doing, you can find the distinctions that you find more worthwhile.Here’s a great look into the history of video essays and the many different elements therein.last_img read more

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Kejriwal’s apology to SAD leader shows his ‘mental weakness’, says senior AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira

first_imgKejriwal apologises to Majithia over drugs charge  “We feel Mr. Kejriwal should not have apologised. Party volunteers across the State are feeling disappointed,” he said.“Nothing matters for us more than Punjab. And in today’s meeting, we will take a decision, keeping in view the sentiments of volunteers and people of Punjab,” he said.The party is also to take a call on whether to accept the resignation of AAP State president Bhagwant Mann or not.Earlier on Friday, Mr. Mann said on Twitter that he was resigning from his post and that he would fight against the drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab as an “Aam Aadmi”.Following Mr. Mann’s resignation, co-president Aman too submitted his resignation.“Due to painful turn of events yesterday, please accept my resignation from the post of Co-President,” he said in a tweet to Manish Sisodia, who is in charge of party affairs in Punjab. Aam Aadmi Party senior leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Friday said that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had shown mental weakness and surrendered by apologising to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia in a drugs trade case. This was not acceptable to the party MLAs in Punjab, Mr. Khaira told journalists in Chandigarh.Also Readlast_img read more

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Hafnia Shareholders to Decide on Merger with BW in January

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: BW Group Shareholders of Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers are to decide on the proposed merger with BW Tankers, part of BW Group, in January, the company informed.On January 10, 2019, an extraordinary general meeting will be held in Malmö, Sweden, during which Hafnia shareholders will consider, and if thought fit, approve, a plan of merger.Hafnia Tankers signed a merger agreement with BW Tankers on December 21, 2018.Under the plan, BW Tankers intends to acquire Hafnia’s assets and liabilities, contracts, rights and obligations. The shareholders of Hafnia will in the merger receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers Limited.The merger agreement follows the BW Group’s acquisition of an additional 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company’s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct.Related: Hafnia Tankers, BW Tankers Looking into MergerExplaining reasons for the potential merger, Hafnia Tankers said: “The management team and board believe in a future rise in freight rates across the markets in which Hafnia operates, which will in turn lead to an uplift in both valuation and institutional investor interest in the business… the combination of Hafnia and BW Tankers is the best way to meet the future developments in the market.”“The management team expects that there will be a number of important synergies to be achieved with the combined platform, including improved terms for financing, global commercial platform with chartering teams in Singapore, Houston and Copenhagen and increased efficiency with both in-house technical (from BW Tankers) and use of third party providers,” the company added.The combined company will have a fleet active across all relevant segments and will be one of the largest pure-play product tanker businesses in the world with a fleet of 86 vessels (including newbuilds and excluding sale and leaseback vessels).last_img read more

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Police seek your assistance to locate Dekendro Cox

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 7, 2017 – North Caicos – 26 year-old Dekendro Cox of North Caicos was arrested and charged by officers for Malicious Injuries to Property and Burglary in connection with a report that was made on Monday 5th January 2015.On Sunday 4th January 2015 around 10pm, the owners of Blitz Bar and grill located on King Road North Caicos, secured the building by locking all windows and doors. The following day they discovered the place ransacked and a number of items missing.  The scene was visited by officers and as a result, an investigation was launched.  Dekendro Cox was later arrested and charged for the offences mentioned.Last year Mr. Cox went to trial and was found guilty in the Magistrate’s Court. He was given bail to return to court on Wednesday 8th February 2017 for sentencing. He did not appear to court on that date, as a result a Bench and Commitment warrant has been issued against him.If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 3385901/941-8067 or contact The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Smartwatches wireless headphones will lead to doubledigit wearables growth says IDC

first_img reading • Smartwatches, wireless headphones will lead to double-digit wearables growth, says IDC 0 Apple Apple Angela Lang/CNET Bright days are ahead for wearables. The worldwide wearables market will grow 15.3 percent by the end of this year, according to a Monday forecast from market researcher IDC. Shipments of wearables will reach 198.5 million units by the end of 2019, and 279 million units by the end of 2023, the firm predicts.Much of that growth will be driven by the rapid increase of watches, ear-worn devices and wrist bands, IDC says. Greater adoption in health care will also contribute to growth. “Wearables stand to play an important role in digital health, constantly collecting important patient data while also giving patients the ability to self-monitor,” IDC research director Ramon Llamas said in a press release.Watches made up just over 44 percent of the wearables market in 2018, and they’ll account for a larger share in the years to come, IDC says, reaching 47.1 percent in 2023. Apple will lead the charge, the market researcher predicts, and WatchOS will make up 27.5 percent of all watches in 2023. Hybrid watches and kids’ watches will also see growth, though it won’t be as extreme.Hearables, or ear-worn devices, will account for 31 percent of the wearables market in 2023. The inclusion of smart assistants will give them a boost, IDC says.”The rise of smart assistants on wearables, both wrist-worn and ear-worn, is a trend worth watching,” said IDC research manager Jitesh Ubrani in the release. “Though still in its infancy, the integration of these assistants with wearables opens up new use cases, from allowing these devices to tie into the smart home to making the devices more proactive at urging users to live healthier or more productive lives.”Wristbands will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7 percent, but growth in relation to dollar value will drop with a -4.1 percent CAGR as average prices go from $51 in 2019 to $42 in 2023, IDC says. The market will continue to be dominated by brands like Huawei and Xiaomi.Connected clothing, a segment of the market that’s mostly been popular in China but is gaining ground elsewhere, will make up 3.1 percent of the wearables market in 2023, according to IDC. It’ll mostly consist of step-counting shoes and devices with similar capabilities. Wearables, which were once the subject of gloomy forecasts, have since seen more positive outlooks. In September, IDC predicted smartwatches would make up nearly half of the wearables market by 2022. See All Wearable Tech • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tagslast_img read more

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Chanda Kochhar Money TrailV Videocons Dhoot complicit in Rs 64 cr payout

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANS [Representational Image]Twice over the course of the ongoing all-encompassing multi-disciplinary Chanda Kochhar-Videocon Industries probe has chairman Venugopal Dhoot accepted complicity in the dirty deal.Dhoot reported to the CBI vide letter dated 25.4.2018 that “With reference to the captioned preliminary enquiry, I hereby submit that in my capacity as CMD of Videocon Industries, I have been entrusted with substantial powers of management inter alia including the authority to make investments/extend loans, advances etc, accordingly, Rs 64 crore given by the company to Supreme Energy Pvt Ltd is within the powers entrusted upon me.”This was disclosed by Dhoot during the inspection of Videocon during his statement under oath and through a letter dated 15/11/2018. On 12.6.2018 a missive sent by VIL to SEBI states: “This was a decision in terms of authority as the matter is very old, we are checking whether there was any contract to this effect. Further, in the next para, it is stated that no approval of audit committee was taken on the date of advance as there was an omission on the part of Venugopal Dhoot to disclose the interest in the entity.”Slam dunk and an airtight case where the investigators have probable cause and clear collusion between Videocon’s Dhoot and Kochhars.The probe agencies have compiled the exact manner of flow of funds and the present status thereof in Videocon Group. Here is the anatomy of the collusive fraud:* Videocon Industries Ltd (VIL) paid Rs 64 crores purportedly as “advance” to Supreme on 8/09/2009. * VIL then assigned this advance/receivable from Supreme to its Group company IRCL on 05/07/2011. * Indian Refrigerator Company Ltd (IRCL) it turns assigned it to another group company, Real Cleantech Pvt Ltd (RCLP) on 05/08/2011. * The Present status of RCPL is “Struck off” in RoC Records as ROC struck this company under Section 248 being defaulting in fining AR and BS after 2014 even though the amount is still payable by Supreme to VIL Group. * In lieu of this Advance, Supreme Energy allotted OCDs worth Rs. 64 Crores to RCPL on 05.10.2011. * RCPL allotted 0% OCDs to IRCL on 31/03/2012. * RCPL and IRCL are both VIL Group Companies and still continue to be same, except the fact that RCLP is now struck off. * In view of RCLP being Struck Off Company, this receivable by RCPL/VIL Group from Supreme (or Kochhar Group of Companies) is highly nonexistent/doubtful. It is clear that Videocon Group had no serious intention to recover the funds.Further, the flow of Rs 64 crore received from VIL by Supreme and further flow in Kochhar group is as under: * Supreme Received Rs 64 crore from VIL on 08/09/2009 shown as unsecured loan as per BS as at 31.03.2010. * On the same day, on 08/09/2009, Supreme transferred this amount to NuPower Renewables purportedly for a subscription for allotment of Zero Coupon Fully Convertible debentures. * NuPower allotted such debentures to Supreme on 25.03.2010. * Such Debentures were converted to Equity on 19.03.2016 at a premium of Rs 1,156.50 per share to Supreme and allotted 548,650 equity shares aggregating to Rs 64 core. The premium was on the basis of a valuation report by PWC which is already under examination by the Income Tax Department (details may be examined during the inspection of NuPower). * NuPower is in the business of Wind Power using such funds coupled with bank loans and from other entities too. The said wind power assets of NuPower were later hived off into three parts by way of Slump Sale to NuPower Wind Farms Limited (Under inspection) and Echanda Urja Private Limited (under inspection) and the third portion remains with NuPower. ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar at the launch of “Software Robotics” at ICICI Bank Head Quarters in Mumbai, on Sept 8, 2016. (Photo: IANS)IANSHow Companies/corporate structures have changed hands and considerations involved: * Supreme was a company belonging to V.N. Dhoot as all the shares were held by Dhoot and his associates at the time of “advance” of Rs 64 crore of funds by VIL to Supreme. * Dhoot transferred all his equity held in Supreme to Mahesh Punglia (his consultant CA) on 2.11.2010 at par (9990 equity shares of Rs 10 each at par) while Rs 64 crore was still receivable by VIL from Supreme and at present which is still receivable by RCPL (Videocon group Company) * In the meantime, Dhoot floated another company NuPower jointly with a Company, Pacific Capital Services Private Limited (a company owned by the relatives of Deepak Kochhar) as 50:50 venture. * NuPower became subsidiary of Supreme as result of the sale of all 50% of his shares by Dhoot to Supreme at Par (24996 shares of Rs 10 each totalling to Rs 2,49,960) and Pacific sold to Supreme of its 22500 Equity Shares of Rs 10 totalling to Rs 225000 at par). Rest of the shares held by pacific were sold to Deepak Kochhar at par. * Later, on 12.03.2012, NuPower further allotted 1897000 equity shares of Rs 10 each to Deepak Kochhar as managing trustee of Pinnacle Trust and 100000 equity shares of Rs 10 each Sunil Bhuta on the conversion of warrants. Consequently, NuPower ceased to be subsidiary of Supreme and 97.66 % were held by Deepak Kochhar and his associates and only 2.32% with Supreme. * Puglia sold his entire shareholding of 9990 equity of Rs 10 each in Supreme (which he had got at par from Dhoot to Deepak Kochhar in his capacity as the managing Trustee of Pinnacle Energy Trust on 29.09.2012 at par totalling to about Rs 10 lakh. On the same date, the remaining 10 shares held by Vasant Kakade (an associate of Dhoot) were transferred to Prem Rajani (an associate of Kochhar]. At this stage Dhoot, even indirectly, exited from the ownership of Supreme and it became a hundred per cent company of Deepak Kochhar (through his trust) at par face value of Rs 10 per share even though at this stage also a sum of Rs 64 crore was due from Supreme to RCLP (Group company of Videocon). * Thus, Deepak Kochhar owned and controlled both Supreme and NuPower even though at this stage also a sum of Rs 64 crore was due from Supreme to RCLP (Group Company of Videocon now struck off). * Later, sums of about Rs 325 crore have flown in NuPower from Essar Group/Firstland Holding Limited between 2010 to 2012. * NuPower acquired Wind Powers from Shriram Group and also constructed its own wind power business by consolidated funds in its kitty (the sum total of funds from Videocon, Firstland, DH Renewable, bank loans etc). * Later, this company under inspection namely NuPower Wind Farm Limited was incorporated by Deepak Kochhar. * The Wind Power Business of NuPower was sold by slump sale to the company under inspection and another part to NuPower Wind farms and third undertaking remains with NuPower.(To be continued)last_img read more

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Teary relatives complete legal process

first_imgThe first namaz-e-janaza of the deceased 23 Bangladeshis held on the premises of Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. Photo: UNBThe relatives of the US Bangla plane crash victims on Monday had to do the hardest thing in life, receiving the bodies of their dear ones.They were in tears as they completed the legal procedures in the city’s Army Stadium before taking the bodies to be laid to eternal rest.Sultana Akhter, accompanied by her 10-year-old son Hamim, sister-in-law and other relatives, came there with a photo of her husband Nuruzzaman Babu in hand.A teary Sultana said her husband was a junior assistant foreman of Runner Automobiles Limited, a motorcycle manufacturer in Bangladesh. He along with two of his colleagues was going to their Nepal office to impart training to Nepalese mechanics. All three were killed in the crash.Police assigned 23 of its officers for collecting information of the relatives of the 23 victims.“We are collecting information and signature of those who would take the bodies since compensation and other government grants will be sent to their address,” said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Gulshan division) additional deputy commissioner Md Abdul Ahad.Sultana providing information about her husband to police. Photo: Prothom AloA total of 26 Bangladeshis, 22 Nepalese and one Chinese were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on 12 March.Besides, 10 more Bangladeshis, nine Nepalese and one Maldivian were injured in the disaster.last_img read more

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