How to Create Great Production Design for Film & Video

first_imgProduction design is the key to creating the world in which a film exists. Let’s take a look at what it takes to develop solid production design.Top Image: JJ Abrams and Daisy Ridley on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Lucasfilm.Production design is a huge component of the filmmaking or video production process. There’s a lot that you can convey to your audience through great production design. With this in mind, we’re going to rely on the experience and knowledge of Colin Gibson (Mad Max: Fury Road), Grant Major (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), Rick Carter (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and the legendary Stuart Craig (Harry Potter Series).Through each one of these Academy Award-winning Production Designers, we’ll learn what we need to do to take our productions to the next level.What Is Production Design?Production design is the process of developing and creating the “look” of a film or video environment. This includes creating the initial concepts, building sets, fabricating costumes, developing makeup effects, and working with the VFX team. In the end, all of these sections come together to present the audience with visual information that establishes a sense of place and conveys an emotional response through the background elements, costumes, and props.Who Runs the Design Team?At the head of production design is the production designer or PD. The PD will work closely with the director and cinematographer to set the overall look of the film and to bring the director’s vision to life. They also oversee all aspects of the production design from concept to construction. However, they do not do this alone; there are several key crew members that work alongside the PD.Production Design Team:Art Director (AD): works directly with the PD and oversees the draftsmen, storyboards, artists, and set decorators.Production Illustrator or Concept Artist: creates the initial sketches and designs alongside the PD and AD.VFX Coordinator or Supervisor: works with the PD to ensure CGI elements match the look of the practical set.Set Decorator: develops the look of the set through research and obtains items to fill the set.Set Dresser: arranges the items from the set decorator and ensures continuity between scenes.Costume Designer: works with the AD to develop the look of the characters, pays close attention to period and place.Makeup Artist: oversees all makeup aspects of the production, from simple adjustments to special effects makeup.Why Is Production Design so Important?As mentioned above, this is the process of building the physical look of the film. The set, costuming, and makeup design all need to be reflections of one another. If one of these aspects is off, then you run the risk of pulling your audience out of the experience.One worrisome issue that production designers face in today’s industry is they must fight to retain control over the look of the film due to the reliance on CGI visual effects, as Grant Major mentioned in 2014.You often have to fight for control of the look of the film when you have the production sub-contract out to digital companies these virtual environments. — Grant MajorIn an interview with Deadline, production designer Colin Gibson stated that PDs need to push for practical sets and effects. He mentions that audiences today are far more impressed when a set is practical and crafted by an amazing production design team, which was the approach he took when designing Mad Max: Fury Road.You still need to get the hair up on the back of people’s necks. You still need real physics. — Colin GibsonOf course, there’s no stopping the advance of digital filmmaking. While some production designers see this as a possible issue, PD Rick Carter sees it as a natural progression toward a new era of hybrid filmmaking. These are the principles he employed when designing practical and digital elements for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.There’s something that’s going on with the computer and with hybrid moviemaking… Just a lot that’s physical and a lot that’s digital, and it’s all part of the new vernacular. — Rick CarterSo, as you can see from the words of these Oscar-winning designers, production design is absolutely crucial to a film or video’s success. Let’s look at the collaborative process of designing a film or video.Production Design: the Three-Part Process1. ConceptEach production design begins with the production designer reading the script to determine the initial visual style. Once this is done, meetings with the director and cinematographer take place to solidify the design. To make this happen, concept illustrations and mock-ups are researched, produced, and sent to the director and producer for approvals. These concepts and mock-up designs cover set architecture, costumes, props, VFX design, and makeup.Here’s a video from The Gnomon Workshop that features the legendary concept designer Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens). In the video, Mead offers crucial design advice and demonstrates some of his storied talent and technique.2. PlanningOnce the designs are approved, the PD’s team moves into the planning stage. Additional research on build locations for the sets takes place. Blueprints for set construction are drafted. Also, budgets and property lists are developed to ensure that this portion of production doesn’t run beyond the funding allowed.3. FabricationOnce designs are approved and plans are finalized, the actual fabrication of the design begins. Construction crews come in and actually build the set if needed. Also, the set decorator, dresser, costume designer, and makeup artist begin the process of developing their individual parts of the production design. When this portion is done, the director, cast, and crew begin film production.Have you had experience with production design? Share your story in the comments below!last_img read more

Your Personal Path to Independence

first_imgYou are independent when you no longer need to rely on something or someone else.The first level of independence you need to reach is being independent of needing “this job.” This doesn’t mean that you are wealthy enough that you no longer need to work, although that is a level of independence you should pursue. At this first level of independence, you may need “a job” to survive, but not necessarily the one you are in now. Or the one after that.How do you gain this first level of independence? Through personal and professional growth and development.Personal GrowthFirst, you develop yourself personally to be so valuable that, should something happen (and given a long enough timeline, something always happens), you will have your pick of new opportunities. You work on building your own personal strengths and capabilities so that you are more valuable to many organizations in many industries.You need a list of things that you are personally studying to make you more effective as a human being. I’d start with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (as a workbook, not as a “book to read.”) I’d also follow the recipes in Tom Peter’s The Little Big Things. You might sign up for unlimited classes on for $25 a month and learn all kinds of skills and all kinds of useful software packages.Your personal growth and development is the path to independence.Professional GrowthSecond, you focus on growing professionally. You need to learn your trade or craft, whatever that is. Even though it may be your employer’s responsibility to give you the training and development you need, you should never leave that responsibility in anyone else’s hands. You do what is necessary to grow, whether that be reading, taking classes, or finding a mentor.You also need to do such good work where you are now that you are the first person on anyone’s list for the opportunity for advancement. This requires that you seek out growth opportunities, namely difficult and important projects. It also means you seek out responsibility for delivering outcomes.Your professional development is your responsibility, and it also the path to independence.Relationship GrowthYou’ve heard that “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Well, now it’s who knows you and for what.The third development project you must always be working on is your personal and professional relationships. You must develop a personal and professional network of people who know you, know the value you create, and trust you so much that they’ll vouch for you anytime and anywhere.If you are doing well here, people are already presenting you with opportunities. If you are doing poorly here, you are not sure what you would do if something happened.Relationships are built on an investment of time and energy. You have to have a presence and spend time with people in order to develop powerful relationships. You also have to proactively look for ways to be valuable to the people who make up your personal and professional relationships. You don’t find ways to be helpful so that people owe you favors. You find ways to be helpful to make a contribution and to be known as someone who cares and who makes a difference.When something happens, and eventually it will, your relationships are going to be a big part of your next opportunity. They are a critical component of your path to independence.This is your path to personal independence. If you are not on this path now, step on to it in a hurry. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

NSF’s Science Board Criticizes Bill to Alter Agency’s Programs

first_img The presidentially appointed oversight body to the National Science Foundation (NSF) has taken the unprecedented step of publicly criticizing pending legislation that it feels would be harmful to the $7 billion research agency.The stance taken by the National Science Board (NSB), detailed in a 5-paragraph statement released today, escalates a yearlong battle between the scientific community and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chair of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith’s bill (H.R. 4186) to reauthorize NSF programs “impose[s] significant new burdens on scientists that would not be offset by gains to the nation,” the board declares. “We are concerned that the proposed new legislative requirements might discourage visionary proposals or transformative science at a time when advancing the decades-long U.S. leadership in science and technology is a top priority.”Those requirements include telling NSF how to vet grant proposals under its so-called merit review process. Smith has repeatedly highlighted specific grants that he feels are frivolous or wasteful and has said the legislation, called the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act, is designed to make NSF more accountable and to make its grantsmaking process more transparent.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Science board members could not recall another instance in which the board spoke out on pending legislation, although in 1998 it was asked by Congress to comment on an NSF reauthorization bill. But “we feel that the health and prosperity of the U.S. scientific enterprise is part of our responsibility, and this is a statement of our belief,” explains Dan Arvizu, the board’s chair and director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.In particular, NSB members feel that the bill’s language “is just too constraining,” says Kelvin Droegemeier, the board’s vice chair and vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma. “There are lots of things that could be problematic for peer review and that could slow things down,” he tells ScienceInsider. The statement notes that NSF and the board “are implementing new processes that will increase both transparency and accountability. We therefore do not see a need to impose new, more inflexible, legislated requirements on NSF and our science and engineering communities.”Smith responded to a request from ScienceInsider with an e-mail that questions the sincerity of NSF’s attempts to address his concerns. “After a year of the National Science Foundation (NSF) resisting calls for more public accountability, the agency’s last-minute announcement of a new internal policy is too little too late,” Smith writes. “The internal policy would continue to allow the NSF to evade responsibility for their decisions to fund questionable grants. The NSF wants to be the only federal agency to get a blank check signed by taxpayers, without having to justify how the money is spent.”FIRST is an authorization bill, meaning it only recommends spending levels. (Congress follows a parallel process, using its appropriations committees, to determine actual yearly budgets for every agency.) And the science board objects to the fact that the bill suggests specific funding levels for each of NSF’s research directorates.That level of detail is new for NSF reauthorization bills, which have previously proposed an overall amount for spending on research. The differentiation is seen as a way for the science committee to cut funding for the social and behavioral sciences, disciplines that many committee Republicans have said are less important to the nation than research in the physical sciences and engineering.“[T]he bill’s specification of budget allocations to each NSF directorate would significantly impede NSF’s flexibility to deploy its funds to support the best ideas,” according to the board’s statement. Droegemeier fleshed out the board’s concern by noting that “the scientific community really determines our priorities by presenting us with the most exciting research opportunities, and anything that reduces that flexibility would not be wise.”Smith disagrees, arguing that Congress has a responsibility to make sure that tax dollars are spent most effectively. “The NSF’s new internal policy omits any commitment to make awards that are in the ‘national interest,’ a standard that should guide taxpayer-funded grants,” he writes. “Under the Obama administration there has been a shift in priorities from engineering and the physical sciences to more taxpayer-funded social, behavioral and economic (SBE) research. Basic research in the physical sciences drives economic growth, produces new technologies and creates jobs. The Committee’s support for NSF’s important work is reflected in the fact that the FIRST Act authorizes more funding than the President’s budget request.  But to regain America’s scientific edge the Committee will adjust priorities for taxpayer-supported research.”The FIRST bill was approved by the science committee’s research panel on 13 March and is expected to be adopted by the full committee sometime in May. Droegemeier said the board wanted to express its views before the committee met. At the same time, the bill will need to be passed by the House and the Senate—which has yet to draft its own version of an NSF reauthorization bill—before it becomes law.Although the NSF board and Smith are at loggerheads on this issue, they are not strangers; Smith attended a private session of the board last year and has talked with some of its officers. And although the science committee doesn’t set NSF’s budget, Droegemeier was careful to show deference to a legislator with considerable clout over NSF’s activities.“We appreciate his passion for science,” Droegemeier says. “He absolutely gets it. And we value our communication with him.” But Droegemeier said that “it’s hard to get into the head of an individual legislator. There are a lot of things about the legislative process we don’t understand.” National Science Board last_img read more

Usain Bolt hanging up boots on football dream

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES “The sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now.”Bolt was speaking as he handed over a $1 million cheque to help fund Jamaica’s team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates in March.The star of the Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics meanwhile said he was concerned at failure of a new generation of Jamaican sprinters to emerge following his 2017 retirement.Bolt questioned whether young athletes in Jamaica handed lucrative contracts were being given too much too soon.“A lot of these athletes I think it’s much easier now for them,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT Fifa 98’s Usain Bolt reacts during an exhibition football match between France’s 1998 World Cup’s French football national team and FIFA 98 composed with former international players, to mark the 20th anniversary of France’s 1998 World Cup victory, on June 12, 2018 at the U Arena in Nanterre, near Paris. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)Usain Bolt is giving up on his dream of forging a career as a professional footballer following his try-out last year with Australian side Central Coast Mariners.In remarks reported by Jamaican media outlets on Tuesday, the eight-time Olympic sprint champion said he had drawn a line under his hopes of playing football as a professional.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 point away, Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova at Australian Open View commentscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The 32-year-old athletics icon had told reporters last month he had not given up hope of becoming a footballer.However at an event in Kingston on Monday, Bolt said he now planned to concentrate on his business career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn,” he was quoted by Television Jamaica as saying.“It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was must different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “When we were coming up it was a struggle, we didn’t get big contracts when we left high school.“I think a lot of the athletes aren’t motivated any more. When they leave high school and they get a big contract they are happy with whatever.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

Top seed Ateneo braces for FEU as ‘real fight’ begins in Final 4

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ “Of course this is the start of the real fight, the real UAAP, the playoffs,” said Almadro in Filipino after Ateneo’s three-set win over University of the East, 25-20, 27-25, 25-11, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“We’re now in the Final Four, this is what’s important because this is our chance to get to the finals. Our mindset is to get back to the finals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo played in the finals for six straight seasons, all against De La Salle, from 2012 until 2018 but saw that streak snapped after the Lady Eagles lost to Far Eastern University in the Final Four of Season 80.The Lady Eagles, though, could get their retribution in this season’s semifinals when they test their mettle against the Lady Tamaraws. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ateneo secures top seeding, rips UE Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo will head to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with the league’s best record at 12-2, but head coach Oliver Almadro said the semifinals is a whole different playing field.Almadro said the Final Four is the start of the fight that the Lady Eagles have prepared for throughout the season.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “This is a test of character for the team, last year we played against them in the semifinals,” said Almadro who took over the team at the start of Season 81. “It’s time to show our character. We have to work hard to be back in the finals.”Almadro added that they should treat FEU with respect as the school holds the most UAAP women’s volleyball titles at 29.The Lady Tamaraws are also gunning to end a 10-year title drought.“FEU is a really good team considering its winning tradition. We have to respect them, we acknowledge what they can do.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Japan hits rankings high to buoy World Cup hosts after deadly typhoon

first_imgMOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments “I think it’s fair to say their back-to-back wins have brought some hope to people,” Shimada said.Japan now head into a quarter-final against South Africa on Sunday and their wins, and the manner of their performances, have made World Cup rivals sit up and take notice.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Japan should now be regarded as a Tier One nation — meaning the Six Nations and Rugby Championship sides — after their rise up the rankings.“Without a doubt, they would have to be considered like they are playing and performing like a Tier One nation,” said Hansen.“They are now in the top eight in the world on performance. They are playing quality rugby so I think Japan should be very, very proud.”France scrum-half Baptiste Serin said Japan, with their quick thought and handling combined with strong structural play, were “doing good for today’s rugby”.“They have an inspiring style, you can see they have self-belief,” said the admiring Serin, praising Japan’s “technical quality”.“What strikes me is the way they have of being available for each other, of always backing each other up.”Japan captain Michael Leitch said he was unable to sleep Sunday night as he kept replaying the game in his head.“Looking back, even since 2011, this team has grown so much — and it’s scary to think how far this team can grow,” he warned. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man UAAP lifts Perasol suspension; UP coach back vs UST Wednesday DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles06:46Trough of ‘Hagibis’ to affect parts of Philippines – Pagasa02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan’s wing Kenki Fukuoka (R) is congratulated after scoring a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Japan and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 13, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)Japan rose to a record rankings high of seventh on Monday after their historic run to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, providing some respite as the host nation reels from a deadly typhoon.As rival teams and Japan’s public united in praise, the Brave Blossoms climbed to one place above France, and also higher than Scotland, Argentina and Italy.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Although reports of the typhoon dominated Japanese newspapers, the rugby victory featured on the front pages of all the major titles, including the Nikkei business daily.“Cherry in full bloom,” the mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun wrote in a headline, using Japan’s original nickname of the Cherry Blossoms — now usually given as the Brave Blossoms.“Japan’s strength is real,” Yomiuri said.– ‘Tier One nation’ –Fans danced in the streets of Tokyo after Sunday’s win, which kept Japan unbeaten in four games at the tournament with 19 points out of a possible 20, including bonus points.“They made history,” shouted Masato Shimada at a Tokyo fanzone, as a group of celebrating Japanese fans blocked the capital’s famous, five-way Shibuya crossing, said to be the world’s busiest.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “The last four games, we’ve been getting better each time and our confidence is growing.”Click here for more weather related news.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ It came on the back of Sunday’s 28-21 win over Scotland which put Japan into their first World Cup quarter-final at the top of Pool A, and in some style after four superb running tries.The game had added poignancy as it came a day after Typhoon Hagibis smashed through Japan, killing dozens of people and triggering landslides and flooding. The match was only confirmed at the last minute after safety inspections.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The brave performance of Japan Rugby Team, who never give up, will give courage and energy to those who suffered damage from the typhoon,” tweeted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Sunday’s victory carried echoes of 2011 when the Japanese women’s football team lifted the World Cup, embodying the resilience of a nation recovering from the deadly earthquake and tsunami earlier that year.last_img read more

Not Virat Kohli, not PV Sindhu, Ram Rahim is India’s sporting icon of the year

first_imgVirat Kohli might be the most consistent batsman in world cricket of the modern era, PV Singh with silver medals at the Rio Olympics and World Badminton Championships in successive years might well be the toast of the nation but the prize for the most coveted Indian sporting icon has to go to self-styled godman Ram Rahim, who was convicted of rape on Friday and sentenced to 20 years in jail by the CBI court on Monday.And why would he not be? Factor this. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh claims that cricketer Virat Kohli and boxer Vijender Singh learned the trick of the trade from him. Ram Rahim also claims to have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and has coached a few players as well.There is a video going viral where Kohli along with Ashish Nehra and Shikhar Dhawan are seen seeking Ram Rahim’s blessing but that doesn’t suggest that Kohli or any other cricketer or any other sportsperson for that matter took the so called coaching classes from the self-styled ‘godman’.”He (Virat Kohli) was unable to convert good starts into big scores. I suggested him to practice hard and continue learning,” he said in an interview.”I have accomplished several feats in my life. As you may have noticed, I am capable of doing so many things. I have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and have coached as well.””The youngsters whom I have coached are doing well for the nation today. There is boxer Vijender Singh who is winning so many medal for the country. Then there is Virat Kohli. I have this video of him with me where he came to me to learn so many things and now he one of the best in the world,” he further said.advertisementKOHLI, SINDHU REAL ROCKSTARS? NOPE, IT’S THE BABA!Kohli has been the poster boy of Indian cricket since he made his international debut. He is currently the Indian cricket team’s captain in all formats and is billed as the one of the best batsmen in the world.The 28-year-old batsman recorded eight consecutive Test series victories as captain and recently became the first Indian skipper to sweep a Test series overseas. Kohli is also on a record-breaking spree these days. Last year he aggregated a record 973 runs in the IPL before smashing double hundreds in four consecutive Test series. In ODIs too, Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record with most hundreds in run chases.India’s badminton queen PV Sindhu has maintained her good run in the sport since settling for a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Sindhu on Sunday ended runner-up to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the World Badminton Championships to settle for a silver medal.But Ram Rahim is a master of all trades. He claims to specialise in 32 sports. And his grasp over cricket is phenomenal. In an interview, he claimed he could bowl off-spin, leg-spin, bat, keep wickets and field wherever he was required to. One wonders where the portly figure would have been placed in Kohli’s team of super-fit cricketers.PUNJAB, HARYANA ON THE BOILThousands of riot police were deployed while Internet services were shut down in Punjab and Haryana ahead of the sentencing of the self-styled ‘godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.At least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in Haryana.Security forces have cordoned off a jail in Rohtak city, 70 km (44 miles) from New Delhi, where Singh – also known as the guru of bling for the clothes he wears in the movies he has starred in – is being held.The town of Sirsa, home to Dera’s headquarters, is already under lockdown. School and colleges have been ordered shut.last_img read more

Sala Crash Report says Plane Not Licensed for Commercial Use

first_imgLONDON (AP) — With legal implications and potential insurance claims at stake, air accident investigators on Monday called into question the circumstances of the flight that crashed in the English Channel while taking soccer player Emiliano Sala to Cardiff.Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch released its initial findings a month after the United States-registered single-engine aircraft crashed with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board. Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage two weeks later, but the pilot has not been found.Investigators said the pilot and plane were not licensed by authorities for commercial flights.That would be a significant factor in any potential prosecution of the plane’s unidentified owner or compensation claims linked to the transfer fee if investigators establish the journey could not be considered a private flight. Commercial flight regulations would not be applicable if costs were being shared and the journey was not specifically to take Sala from the French city of Nantes to his new club in Cardiff.People leave flowers on Emiliano Sala’s coffin at the cemetery in Santa Fe, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The Argentina-born forward died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month when flying from Nantes in France to start his new career with English Premier League club Cardiff. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Police in the southwest English county of Dorset said they are supporting a coroner’s investigation into the circumstances of Sala’s death.Cardiff agreed to pay a club-record fee of 15 million pounds (about $20 million) to Nantes for the 28-year-old Argentine striker.Club chairman Mehmet Dalman previously said Cardiff was “gathering information” on the circumstances around the crash.The AAIB said further work is required to “consider the regulatory requirements surrounding the flight including airworthiness requirements, aircraft permissions and flight crew licensing.”Half of the operating expenses must have been paid by the pilot for it to be considered a private flight with only two people aboard.“The flight must not be made for the purpose of merely transporting the passenger,” the AAIB said.Mark McKay, one of the brokers of the transfer, said last month that he helped to organize a “private flight” for Sala, who had returned to Nantes after signing the deal in Cardiff.Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois, second right, and family and friends of Argentina soccer player Emiliano Sala carry Sala’s coffin during his funeral in Progreso, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The Argentina-born forward died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month when flying from Nantes in France to start his new career with English Premier League club Cardiff. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)There was no application to the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States or Britain’s Civil Aviation Agency “to operate the aircraft for commercial reasons,” the AAIB said. The CAA has the power to investigate and prosecute any breaches of aviation safety rules.The Piper PA-46-310P Malibu plane has yet to be recovered from the seabed.“It is thought that the pilot’s license and logbook were lost with the aircraft and so the ratings on his licenses and their validity, and the extent of his recent flying have not yet been determined,” the AAIB said.The last radio communication received from the aircraft on Jan. 21 at 8:12 p.m. was a request from the pilot to reduce altitude for a second time. According to radar readings, the plane turned left and right, and descended gradually and climbed rapidly before crashing four minutes later.___By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: This bowler troubled the mighty Sunil Gavaskar the most

first_imgSunil Gavaskar, the first man to breach the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket tamed the feared West Indies pace attack, played fearlessly against some of the most ferocious fast bowlers of all time, gave nightmares to Imran Khan and played some of the greatest knocks in recorded history.Despite all his heroics against the best of the best, guess which bowler troubled the mighty Sunil Gavaskar the most?Bruce Yardley of Australia. He was by no means a bad bowler. In 33 Tests, he picked 126 wickets at an average of 31.63. But for someone who had conquered some of the most fearsome pacers and wily spinners of all time, struggling against Yardley must have been a little weird.Salaam Cricket 2018: Sunil Gavaskar reveals why he once sported a moustache”Bruce Yardley of Australia,” Gavaskar replied when asked which bowler troubled him the most at Salaam Cricket 2018. “I wasn’t able to pick him up when he delivered the ball and he had a long run-up for an off-spinner. I was uncomfortable playing him.Salaam Cricket 2018: Gavaskar, Akram, Harbhajan leave audience in splits”I went to Chetan Chauhan during a match and told him I can take Len Pascoe and you take Yardley. He was like I was going to say the same but you would have misunderstood,” Gavaskar told the audience.For the record, Len Pascoe was an aggressive fast bowler who picked 64 wickets from 14 Tests.Did you ask your mother before coming here? Akram once mocked a young TendulkarDuring the course of an interesting conversation which also featured Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Abdul Qadir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, R Ashwin, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Madan Lal on stage, Gavaskar said the name Sunny bhai was given to him by Azhar and it stuck ever since.advertisementSalaam Cricket 2018: HIGHLIGHTSAnd what about Gavaskar’s most cherished moments?”India winning the 1983 World Cup, it was the supreme moment for me. The appeal was made for Michael Holding but my aim was to save the one run and then I heard from the audience that he was given out and I kept the ball in my pocket and believe me, Usain Bolt could not catch me.. the way I ran to the pavilion. I then went to the West Indies dressing room to get autographs,” he said.last_img read more

Report: J.W. Walsh to join TCU Staff as Offensive GA

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! According to a report from which was confirmed by The Oklahoman’s Kyle Fredrickson, former Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh will join the TCU staff as an offensive graduate assistant.If reports are true, he will be stepping into an excellent position. Although TCU loses standout quarterback Trevone Boykin, they have a 2017 prospect – Shawn Robinson – committed to the Horned Frogs who is a current player for his father, and the No. 1 quarterback in 2017.Also…Over/under on this?JW Walsh getting his coaching career jumpstarted as a GA at TCU. Chances he’s Oklahoma State’s head coach by 2030?— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 20, 2016last_img read more

Aguero to expect game time and bench duty

first_imgManchester City Guardiola tells Aguero to expect game time and bench duty at Man City Last updated 2 years ago 16:38 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Gabriel Jesus Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Sergio Agüero Premier League Guardiola The Argentine striker has been promised regular outings by Pep Guardiola, but also warned that he needs to accept rotation in a star-studded squad Sergio Aguero has been told he will play “a lot of games” at Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola has warned him to also expect time on the bench.The Argentine has been an almost guaranteed starter when fit throughout much of his time in England.Feyenoord 11/2 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He was, however, dropped on occasions last season – Guardiola’s first at the helm – and has already been named among the substitutes this term.Aguero has been told that he must accept rotation within a star-studded squad, with the 29-year-old part of a system which includes Gabriel Jesus as a partner or alternative, as well as the option for a ‘false nine’ approach to be taken.Guardiola told reporters on his striking selection plans: “I said many times, Aguero is going to play a lot of games, sometimes he’s not going to play. I know it’s something special when a player who’s never rotated.“He’s going to play like last season – a lot, a lot of games.“I think he played, when fit, maybe 90 per cent of the games, especially in the important games, he was always there.“So maybe one day we decide we’ll only play with one striker, sometimes with Gabriel, sometimes with two, sometimes we’ll play with neither, maybe Sergio and Gabriel won’t play and we’ll play a false nine.”Aguero will be hoping to see minutes in a crunch clash with Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, as City play host to a fellow Premier League title hopeful at the Etihad Stadium.last_img read more

Who are the NFL’s version of Man Utd?

first_imgUEFA Champions League NFL teams’ soccer twins: Man City-Eagles, Real Madrid-Patriots & the best football club comparisons Goal Last updated 9 months ago 22:20 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) NFL teams as football teams Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Juventus Manchester United PSG Arsenal Manchester City Chelsea Leicester City Real Madrid Barcelona Liverpool With the Super Bowl upon us, we take a look at the top comparisons between franchises from American football and the top European powers It’s Super Bowl Sunday next week!The NFL championship game this year sees the New England Patriots, looking to win thier third title in five years and sixth in the Tom Brady era, taking on the Los Angeles Rams.With the biggest game on the American football schedule set to kickoff in a matter of days, we thought it would be entertaining to draw comparison between NFL teams and the top European football powers.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There’s plenty of room for debate and the similarities are more apples-to-orages than apples-to-apples, but you can draw plenty of comparisons between organizations across the two sports. Without further ado, we bring you Goal’s list of the top 10 comparisons between NFL franchises and your favortie European football clubs.last_img read more

Image of the day: ICC objects to Dhoni sporting Balidan Badge on his gloves

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Quebec to pay Petrolia 205 million to end Anticosti oil development

QUEBEC — The Quebec government will pay $20.5 million to Petrolia as part of its plan to end oil development on Anticosti Island.The province’s Energy and Natural Resources Department said in a statement Thursday the compensation deal is based on public interest.In late July, the government announced it was halting oil and gas exploration on the island and was negotiating with several companies to get them to abandon their research rights.The decision was made to protect the island’s natural character and in support of its bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.With deals that have already been reached with Junex, Corridor and Maurel & Prom, the total compensation is more than $61 million. read more

UN appeals for donations for people displaced by civil strife in Sudan

“Urgent funding is required to provide to new IDPs (internally displaced persons) in North and South Darfur shelter materials, food aid, water supplies, sanitation, health care, education and agricultural inputs,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.While no new figure was given in the latest appeal, OCHA noted that last week the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) appealed for $16.6 million to aid 70,000 Sudanese refugees who have been living in a desperate situation on the Chad-Sudan border for months.On 15 September, the UN announced a $22.8 million humanitarian plan, called the Greater Darfur Special Initiative, which would accelerate relief for the most vulnerable, OCHA said.Greater Darfur stretches along the western Sudanese border with Chad and part of the Central African Republic.“The number of people in the Darfur region displaced because of recent conflict is estimated at 300,000. In addition, there are up to 200,000 internally displaced persons who arrived in 1988, 1992 and 2001,” OCHA said.“Militias continue to destroy livelihoods and cause displacement into Nyala town in south Darfur, global malnutrition rates have reportedly increased and humanitarian partners on the ground do not have the human and financial resources to cope with the evolving situation,” the Office added. read more

Buckeyes earn No 4 seed in NCAA Tournament prepare to play UCF

After struggling through the heart of its season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team finished strong, winning its final nine games and earning a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes (22-9, 10-6 Big Ten) are playing their first game of the tournament in Columbus against the University of Central Florida, the No. 13 seed in the Dayton region. If OSU beats the Knights (22-10, 12-4 C-USA), its second game will be against the winner of No. 5 Georgia Tech (23-10, 9-5 ACC) and No. 12 Bowling Green (28-4, 13-3 MAC), also in Columbus. Led by senior forward Jantel Lavender, four-time Big Ten Player of the Year, the Buckeyes will look to make a run out of Columbus, possibly to meet No. 1 Tennessee (31-2, 16-0 SEC) in Dayton. The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament is UConn (32-1, 16-0 Big East). The Huskies have won the NCAA Tournament championship the past two years, and look to repeat this year out of the Philadelphia region. OSU plays UCF in the first round at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Metso helps Tata Steel achieve its goals at two mines with Life

first_imgHeadquartered in Mumbai, India, Tata Steel is one of the largest steel producing companies globally, with manufacturing operations in 26 countries and annual crude deliveries of about 28 Mt in 2017.  With ambitious plans to expand its steel production at the Jamshedpur plant in Jharkhand and the Kalinganagar plant, located in the state of Odisha, the company was looking for a partner to help their nearby mines keep pace with the fast growing demand. To enable Tata Steel to achieve its goals, Metso has provided its Life Cycle Services solution to two mining sites, Katamati and Khondbond.  This has allowed Tata Steel to reduce risks and concentrate on its steel production while Metso will ensure that it’s minesite machinery is always available and producing enough ore to meet the growing demand from the nearby plants.With the growing global steel demand, Tata Steel has to increase production capacity at its Jamshedpur plant from 6.8 to 10 Mt/y, while targeting 8 Mt/y from the Kalinganagar plant. To feed the demand from the plants, iron ore production at nearby Khondbond and Katamati minesites had to be grown significantly. In addition to the vast increase in throughput required, there were also challenges in meeting high safety requirements, community related issues, and meeting its production goals in the most environmentally sound way. Keeping the future requirements in mind, Tata Steel considered options to consolidate all production with a major OEM supplier capable of handling all aspects of production, for the company to concentrate on its core business of producing steel.“Initially, before making this contract for Noamundi (Katamati), we thought that we require a partner who can supply the total package. A partner with good expertise, taking care of the site-specific challenges, particularly safety, connecting with the community and handling the process in an environmentally friendly manner”, stated RP Mali, Chief of Noamundi and Katamati Iron Mine at Tata Steel. Another key technical issue at both the mine sites was the need to produce a different mix of end products as Khondbond site was slated to produce a mixture of lumps and fines, while Katamati’s mandate was changed to produce mainly fines. This would have required setting-up of a second circuit to meet the changing requirements.  Another factor complicating the production process was different quality of the feed material used at both sites, with Khondbond being fed primarily with hard ore and the Katamati site having more blue dust and softer ores.In November 2015, the contract was awarded to Metso for two plants of 250 t/h at both sites, and included the operation of the plants, material stacking as well as the final logistics inside the mines area. With the plants now in full production, the results have been strong with good production while delivering on safety which is a key area of interest for Tata.Metso LCS agreements are built on program levels that are designed for different customer needs and are tailored to suit the business and production goals of specific sites. The aim is to maximise equipment uptime, ensure the highest end product quality and secure continuous production for the customer. Accomplishing these aims involves leveraging Metso Field Service technicians, along with ensuring the right wears and spares are used for each job.  At the Tata Steel mine sites covered by LCS agreements, the contracts include:Capital equipment such as Metso crushers and screens including nine Nordwheelers (five GP220D, four C106) spread over two mines.Inspections and maintenance planning of all equipment.Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and inventory planning.Preventive and corrective maintenance.Spare and wear parts supply.Operation of the equipment and throughput optimisation.Logistics of bringing the ore from the mine to crushing plants.Guaranteed production levels and cost under a cost per tonne plan.“Our association with Tata is more than 25 years old. Right from day one we have been working with them as a technology partner. We worked with Tata from the conceptual stage to understand their requirements and re-model our offering to suit their requirements in terms of equipment and systems. Going forward, we have shifted our gears from a technology partner to performance solution provider,” explains Vijay Dhar, Vice President, Minerals Services & Mining Equipment, Metso India.Kamal Pahuja, Vice President, Mining & Aggregates, Metso India added: “When we do that gear shift from a technology provider to solution provider, there is an immense sharing of knowledge which happens. In fact, working together with Tata, we have come to understand each other’s challenges very well and see how we can add value to each other’s functions. A lot of knowledge sharing is happening, and better understanding of each other’s challenges helps us to deliver the performance that is needed.”last_img read more

33 years on Stardust victims are still being ignored

first_imgTHE BROTHER OF a woman killed in the Stardust tragedy has accused Alan Shatter of ‘turning his back’ on the victims of the 1981 fire.Maurice Frazer’s sister Thelma was in the Artane disco on 14 February when a fire claimed 48 lives. Thelma was only identified by the jewellery she was wearing.Today, the Justice Minister said that the 2009 Coffey Report was sufficient, despite the victims’ families disputing many key findings.With the 33rd anniversary of the tragedy approaching, Frazer says the time has come for closure for the families.“I can still remember Garrett Fitzgerald and Ruairí Quinn calling at our house, to express their deepest sympathy to my parents and family members. They both said at the time that they would do whatever in their powers to help our family and the other families involved.33 years on we are still being ignored by a political system that does not care for its citizens.Frazer points to a report unveiled earlier this week by the victims’ families that suggested there were errors in the Garda investigation, as well as with the original tribunal.The Stardust families said earlier this week that they plan to release what they believe is the cause of the fire on February 14, but Shatter said that no evidence he has seen warrants a new investigation. That, says Frazer is not good enough.“So it looks like another Minister for “Justice” is set to ignore, and turn his back on, the victims once again.”Read: No new inquiry into Stardust tragedylast_img read more