December 16, 2019

Did Alfred Hitchcock Actually Direct the Psycho “Shower Scene”?

first_imgThe most famous scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s career may have actually been shot by famed illustrator, Saul Bass.Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho reigns as one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. The film has scared audiences for 54 years and the directoral genius Alfred Hitchcock gets most of the credit. But in some breaking news, first reported by Vashi Nedomansky, the famous ‘Shower Scene’ may have not actually been shot by Hitchcock. Rather, there’s now compelling evidence to suggest that illustrator Saul Bass was the actual director of the scene.Photo Courtesy of filmmakeriqHitchcock and Bass both claim to have directed the scene but evidence of Saul’s involvement extends far past speculation. Bass was commissioned as a Pictorial Consultant for the scene, for which he created 48 stylized storyboards. Which bear striking resemblance to the actual shots used in Psycho. Moreover, Bass had the following to say about his experience shooting Psycho:“When the time came to shoot, I was on stage near Hitch, who was sitting in his elevated director’s chair in his Buddha mode, hands folded on his belly. He asked me to set up the first shot, as per my storyboard. After I checked it through the camera, I turned to him and said ‘Here it is.’ Then Hitch said ‘Go ahead, roll it.’ It was an amazing moment. On Hitch’s set, no one would issue orders other than Hitch. So I swallowed hard, gulped and said ‘Roll camera! . . . Action!’ He sat back in the chair, encouraging me, benignly nodding his head periodically, and giving me the ‘Roll’ signal as I matched each shot to the storyboard.”The story seems too vivid to have been made up but to accept it’s validity is to take credit away from Hitchcock. Hitchcock obviously denied the claim by stating:“He [Saul Bass] did only one scene, but I didn’t use his montage. He was supposed to do the titles, but since he was interested in the picture, I just let him lay out the sequence of the detective going up the stairs, just before he is stabbed.”The world will probably never definitively know who shot the famous “shower scene” but what we do know is Bass’s illustrations are strikingly incredibly similar to the final shots in Psycho. Furthermore, Bass was paid $17,000 for his work, which would have been a lot of money for a commissioned illustrator, but not for a hired director.The following video by Vashi Nedomansky shows Bass’s illustrations side by side with the actual shots from the scene. Take a look and let us know what you think. Was the most famous scene in Psycho shot by Saul Bass? Tell us in the comments below.last_img read more

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Two Exceptional Traits of Great Salespeople

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The best salespeople share certain characteristics. Some of these traits aren’t popular, but it’s my experience that they are necessary. Here are two of the biggest.CombativenessThe first attribute is combativeness.I have never had a top producing salesperson who wasn’t combative. I don’t mean competitive; that’s something different. I mean that they were willing to fight, to argue their point, to go to battle for what they wanted.The best-performing salespeople I have ever led fought with me over things they believed to be important. They argued with me over strategy, tactics, customers, deals, and execution. They were productive arguments, constructive disagreements, not just arguments for argument’s sake.These same salespeople argued with clients too. They argued about what the client needed to change. They fought for the things they needed to gain a competitive advantage. They fearlessly defended their pricing, not in a way that destroyed relationships, but in a way that honored the relationship.They also fought for their clients when operational changes were needed. If they needed to ruffle feathers, feathers were ruffled. If they need to go up the org chart to get changes, up they would go. This doesn’t mean that they weren’t also capable of being extremely nice, extraordinarily charming, and that they didn’t also show appreciation for the work that the people on their teams did to support them and their clients. It doesn’t mean that didn’t work well with others all the time, nor does it mean they didn’t collaborate.Every high performing salesperson I have ever managed was difficult to “manage.” But this “downside” comes with a major advantage. And this brings us to the second attribute.Desire to be LedThe second attribute was that these salespeople are easy to lead. You don’t really manage top producers; you lead them.These high-performers didn’t need me to motivate them to do their jobs. They didn’t need me to tell them what to do. All they needed to know was their goal and our strategy to win. Once they were given direction, they managed themselves. They want to be led. They want to win. They want everyone to play as hard as they do.Being successful requires that you sometimes make people uncomfortable, that you have the difficult conversations, and that you fight for what you believe to be right.Are you too worried about being perceived in some way that you avoid these things?last_img read more

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Indian startup ecosystem ranked at number 37, much below China, Singapore, and South Korea

first_imgIn the past five years, the Indian startup ecosystem has seen many ups and downs. While the years 2014 and 2015 saw a lot of investor activity, purse strings were being tightened towards the end of 2017. The indulgence was giving way to discipline, but like the prodigal child, the Indian startup ecosystem has shown there is no stopping it, even if the progress is painfully slow.Read it at Your Story Related Itemslast_img

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Tall South faces speedy north five

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The North All-Stars, meanwhile, will bank on star guards LA Tenorio and Paul Lee and ferocious forward Calvin Abueva.Completing the starters for the North are sweet-shooting Marcio Lassiter and high-leaping big man Japeth Aguilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe PBA announced the starting lineups on Tuesday after a month of fan voting.The league decided to return to the old format where the festivities will be held in one venue, rather than one game each in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Antidope seminar for sea members LATEST STORIES This year’s PBA All-Star Game will be size versus speed as the quick and athletic North team clashes with the towering South squad on March 31 in Calasiao, Pangasinan.Joining forces anew are Cebuano giants June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter, who will be teaming up with James Yap, Scottie Thompson and Mark Barroca for the South.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgHeadquartered in Beijing, China, it has regionalHeadquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, LeAutos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media contact: Aaron Samuel +91-9686100143 LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

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first_imgNebraska Congressman Adrian Smith is touring his district presenting economic development awards awards to area businesses.Smith visited LiteForm in South Sioux City on Friday and presented company officials a 2018 Excellence in Economic Development award.LiteForm helps construct energy efficient buildings throughout the world,Over the last several years the company has developed a replacement for rebar called GlassBar, a non-rusting material which reduces cost and material weight.On July 26th, Smith also spoke about LiteForm and other award recipients on the House floor.last_img read more

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Tranmere heading for Wembley final after edging out Forest Green

first_imgShare on Twitter (s 66′) Read more TRN49FOR51% Corners (s 46′) Share on Facebook 22 Godwin-Malife 11 9 28 Banks (s 81′) 29 Dagnall Possession 23 Mills 17 Pearce 7 Winchester 10 Brown 6 Rawson 2 Shephard 6 Monthe Topics 4 3 4 Nelson 11 Jennings Share on Messenger Tranmere Substitutes Twitter 22 Gilmour 17 Perkins Forest Green Rovers 25 Mondal TRN FOR 8 Grubb Tranmere’s manager, Micky Mellon, praised the quality of Norwood’s strike:“It’s an unbelievable goal, an absolute cracker. It’s a great little move and a good little knockdown and he’s just concentrated on the contact, making sure he hit the target and burying it in the bottom corner for a fabulous goal.”Assessing his team’s achievement overall, Mellon added: “It’s fantastic that we get to go to the last stage of the play-offs. We will enjoy this evening because you have to enjoy getting to Wembley. It’s everyone’s dream to get there. But we have to get ready to go again.” Cooper said it was not his side’s year. “We’ve played half the tie with 10 men and I don’t think it’s fair,” he said. “Good luck to Tranmere. They played well tonight. But just when we were getting on top we’re reduced to 10 men and I don’t think it’s fair the way that a little club has been treated.“Winchester’s first tackle gets a yellow card and then there’s absolutely nothing in the sending-off. ” 4 Forest Green Off target 9 Tranmere 2 Forest Green On target 3 Tranmere 25 Pilling (s 70′) 1 Davies 19 McGinley The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.center_img 21 McCoulsky Forest Green James Norwood struck his 32nd goal of the season to help take Tranmere to Wembley for the Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Newport on 25 May.A header from Forest Green’s captain, Joseph Mills, after 13 minutes cancelled out Ollie Banks’ cracker from the first leg.However, it was Norwood’s goal after 27 minutes which proved decisive, earning a 1-1 draw on the night in Nailsworth and a 2-1 victory on aggregate, while the hosts had Carl Winchester sent off midway through the second half. 13 Montgomery 49 51 Share on Pinterest 5 Collins Share on WhatsApp 19 Morris 14 Caprice Substitutes Tranmere fan and Premier League referee Mike Dean joins the celebrations in the visitors’ end Photograph: Sky Sports Fouls Tranmere had started the better at The New Lawn and chalked up the first shot of the game when Liam Ridehalgh tried his luck from outside the area but it was easily gathered by the Forest Green keeper, Lewis Ward.The hosts soon got into their stride and opened the scoring when Junior Mondal floated a free-kick into the area which was met by Mills and his header ended up in the back of the net.With the tricky Reece Brown causing problems for the visitors, Forest Green pushed for a second to give them the aggregate lead but struggled to find a way past the impressive defender Manny Monthe.At the other end Banks fired a low effort at Ward before the visitors levelled on the night through a well-worked effort. David Perkins sent a cross to the far side of the area where Kieron Morris was on hand to head down for Norwood to crash a volley into the bottom corner.The Gloucestershire side looked to hit back before the break but a Dayle Grubb snap shot was directed straight at the keeper while Ridehalgh pulled off a vital defensive header to deny Christian Doidge just before the break. 34 Ward 18 Smith 10 Norwood Share on LinkedIn Newport beat Mansfield on penalties to reach League Two play-off final Pinterest Match stats Lineups Forest Green’s manager, Mark Cooper, made a change at the break, replacing Mondal with George Williams as his side looked for the goal that would take the tie to extra time.But it was the visitors who almost added to the scoreline two minutes after the restart when a deft Morris free-kick was only just missed by Sid Nelson six yards out.Williams forced Scott Davies into a save at his near post and Doidge just missed out again when Liam Shephard’s cross was gathered by the keeper.Winchester also fizzed a shot low past the upright as Forest Green looked for their all-important second goal but that was to prove his final contribution as he picked up a second yellow card after 67 minutes for a foul on Norwood and, as at Prenton Park, Cooper’s side were reduced to 10 men.There was one last effort from them two minutes from the end but Williams’ free-kick into the area was scuffed wide of the target by Mills. 9 Doidge 4 James 5 McNulty Goal attempts 20 Digby 8 Harris League Two Share via Email Tranmere 3 Ridehalgh 11 Williams 9 Mullin 2 Buxton match reports Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Deer Hunting Season Opens in Nova Scotia

first_img The regular deer season closes on Saturday, Dec. 6. The regular deer hunting season opens on Friday, Oct. 31, andNatural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt is urging hunters tomake safety a top priority. “Thousands of hunters will be heading into the woods this weekendfor another deer season,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “I encourage all ofthem to make safe hunting their number one priority. I also askthat hunters take extra care and precautions in those areas wheretrees have been knocked down and weakened as a result ofHurricane Juan.” Mr. Hurlburt stressed the importance of hunters obtaining theproper training, permits and licenses required to hunt in NovaScotia. More than 52,000 people contributed to the rural economyof Nova Scotia last year through hunting and trapping activities. All first-time hunters living in Nova Scotia are required to takethe Canadian Firearms Safety Course provided by the Nova ScotiaCommunity College and the Nova Scotia Hunter Education Course co-ordinated by the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters.Bowhunters are required to take the International BowhunterEducation Program sponsored by the Bowhunter InstructorsAssociation of Nova Scotia. Hunter education has been mandatory in Nova Scotia since 1980.The delivery of these courses relies heavily on many volunteersacross the province. Instructors schedule courses at variouslocations based on student applications received by thefederation and the association. “Our hunter safety record over the past number of years has beenvery good and is reflected in the low number of fatalities andaccidental injuries,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The dedication of thesevolunteer instructors has made it possible for us to carry outthis important program for new hunters.” The Department of Natural Resources has made a change to thewildlife regulations that provides an opportunity for licensedbear hunters to hunt bear during the deer season. Detailed information on changes to the 2003 hunting season can befound in the 2003 Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Licenseand Summary of Regulations booklet produced by the Department ofNatural Resources. Information is also available on thedepartment’s Web site at . The public is urged to report illegal hunting activities to thelocal Department of Natural Resources office or call 1-800-565-last_img read more

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After a long tussle AAP govts CCTV project finally kicks off

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party government’s flagship CCTV project, which started from Saturday in the national capital, has the deadline of April next year, while the city government has set September 2020 to be the deadline for providing free WiFi facility to Delhiites.After four years of struggle and a long battle with the Central government-appointed Lieutenant Governor, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party’s flagship CCTV project will start from June 8, said, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal . Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”The proposal and tender for 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras has been passed. Survey for 70,000 cameras has been completed and now from June 8, the cameras will be installed in different parts of the city,” he told the media here. Although both were AAP’s poll promises when it came to power with a landslide victory in February 2015, it took the Arvind Kejriwal government over 4.5 years to get the projects off the ground. It is pertinent to mention that the Delhi government will start the camera installation across the city from June 8, after a long struggle with the Central government-appointed Lieutenant Governor. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceAlthough the AAP tenure will be over in February, the government has kept the deadline for the project completion until April 2020. However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that the project is likely to be completed by December. For providing free internet to the city by installing 10,000 WiFi hotspots across the national capital, the government has set September 2020 to be the deadline, as per the Outcome Budget. The government has kept the deadline for awarding the tender for the WiFi project as of December 31, 2019. The expected date for commissioning of WiFi hotspots at the pilot stage is also kept for March 2020 –after the tenure of the government will be over. As per the Outcome Budget, the data limit per house will be 45 GB at a speed of 4 Mbps. While the government is planning to install approximately 2,000 cameras per Assembly constituency in all 70 constituencies of Delhi to improve the security and safety of the citizens, it has planned to install 10,000 WiFi hotspots.last_img read more

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Govt set to prepare NPR to lay foundation for panIndia NRC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Government has decided to prepare a National Population Register (NPR) by September 2020 to lay the foundation for rolling out a citizens’ register across the country. The NPR will be a list of usual residents of the country. Once the NPR is completed and published, it is expected to be the basis for preparing the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC), a pan-India version of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), an official said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFor the purpose of NPR, a usual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for past six months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months or more. “In pursuance of sub-rule(4) of rule 3 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, the Central Government hereby decides to prepare and update the Population Register… “… And the field work for house-to-house enumeration throughout the country except Assam for collection of information relating to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of local registrar shall be undertaken between the 1st day of April, 2020 to 30th September, 2020,” said a notification issued by Vivek Joshi, Registrar General of Citizen Registration and Census Commissioner. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe NPR is a register of usual residents of the country. It is being prepared at the local (village/sub-town), sub-district, district, state and national level under provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. It is mandatory for every usual resident of India to register in the NPR. The objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country. The database would contain demographic as well as biometric particulars. The move came over a month after President Ram Nath Kovind had unveiled the Modi government’s priorities ahead. “My government has decided to implement the process of National Register of Citizens on priority basis in areas affected by infiltration,” Kovind said in his customary address on June 20 after the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha. The reason for excluding Assam is because of the ongoing exercise of NRC in the state. When the draft NRC was published in Assam on July 30 last year, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it.last_img read more

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Chris Daughtry To Rock TJ Martell Foundation New York Golf Classic

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer & AIDS Research has announced the New York Golf Classic to be held Monday, July 20, 2015 at Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.International recording artist and American Idol alum Chris DaughtryThe event will feature a special musical performance by international recording artist and American Idol alum Chris Daughtry. The event will start with Registration & Lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. Scramble, Shotgun Start and a 5 p.m. Reception & Musical Performance.“I am thrilled to be a part of such an important event with the T.J Martell Foundation and look forward to seeing all these great golfers on the links. It is going to be a great day!” says Daughtry.“We’re so pleased to have a beloved artist like Chris Daughtry performing at this year’s New York Golf Classic,” says CEO Laura Heatherly. “This is a fabulous opportunity for golf lovers to come out to play one of the best courses in the country, enjoy some great music and raise much-needed funds for prostate cancer.”The T.J. Martell Foundation funds innovative prostate cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.At this year’s event, the Foundation will be presenting Mitchell Benson, M.D., Emeritus Chair, Department of Urology, Columbia University Medical Center with the Scientific Achievement Award for Excellence in Prostate Cancer Research. “We’ve made significant progress in prostate cancer treatments and quality of life for patients over the past five years. My colleagues and I commend the T.J. Martell Foundation for their continued support and appreciate their demonstrated commitment to funding innovative research,” says Dr. Benson.Hudson National Golf Club was rated one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America in 2014” by Golf Digest. The golf club opened in June of 1996 and quickly forged a national reputation around its traditional design, supreme conditioning, and spectacular Hudson River views. Hudson National hosted the 2004 Metropolitan Open, August 23-26, making it the first club ever to host three Metropolitan Golf Association events in its first eight years. It has also held The Carey Cup (1996) and The Metropolitan Amateur (2001). The Met PGA Championship was contested here in 2000.For more event information as well as tickets and sponsorships, please call the New York office at 646.841.1394, email Gregory Plage at or visit read more

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Pujara should be India’s number four in ODIs: Sourav

first_imgKolkata: As the conundrum for India’s number four slot in the batting order continues, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has a unique suggestion for the same — Cheteshwar Pujara. India have tried several batsmen at the same position but are yet to finalise on one name. But according to Ganguly, Pujara could be the answer to the puzzle. “See, I am going to say something that might not sound believable to many viewers and a lot of people might laugh at my suggestion,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by a news channel. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHowever, Ganguly did admit that Pujara’s fielding could be a cause for concern but his prowess with the bat could help India. “For me, Cheteshwar Pujara should be India’s No. 4 in ODIs. His fielding might be a bit weak but he is a very good batsman. I know people will be shocked by my claim but if you want a quality batsman who is better than the options India has tried off late, I think Pujara is the best choice,” he explained. “I believe Pujara has the capability to perform the role that Rahul Dravid used to for India in ODIs earlier,” he said. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”But this would have been my decision and I know a lot of people won’t agree with me on this. Sometimes, you need solidity in one-day cricket and Pujara provides you with that in ample measure. Especially, when your top three batsmen are so capable and are scoring a mountain of runs,” he further said. Another area which is still up for grabs is the second choice wicket-keeper. In that position, Ganguly backed Rishabh Pant over Dinesh Karthik despite the southpaw’s indifferent series against Australia. Explaining the reason behind his choice, the 44-year-old said: “I would back Rishabh Pant over Dinesh Karthik,” he added. “The latter has played a lot of cameos but we haven’t seen him play a big innings while pulling the team out of trouble like Kedar Jadhav does for India. So, if I have to choose one amongst the two, I would go for Pant as he is a player of the future.” “But it is quite possible that none of either Pant or Karthik are selected for the World Cup. The way they have backed Vijay Shankar recently, it is possible that none of the two frontline backup wicket-keepers will make it to England. So in the event that Shankar is chosen, only one amongst K L Rahul, Pant and Karthik will be selected,” Ganguly concluded.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral expresses hope that Israel will allow more items to enter Gaza

24 December 2009After Israel’s announcement that it will allow glass into Gaza following United Nations requests to repair homes damaged during last year’s fighting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that this will pave the way for other much-needed materials to enter the area. Nearly one year has passed since the start of the three-week Israeli military offensive, with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in Gaza.Operation Cast Lead killed over 1,400 people and injured 5,000 others, also reducing homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble.Just yesterday, a UN independent human rights expert underlined in a statement that building materials necessary to repair the damage resulting from the heavy bombardment and artillery assaults could not enter Gaza. Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, also blamed the blockade for continued breakdowns of the electricity and sanitation systems due to the Israeli refusal to let spare parts needed for repair get through the crossings.UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters today that the Secretary-General hopes the decision to allow glass into Gaza “will be followed by further imports of needed material for reconstruction.”In a report issued last month, Mr. Ban stressed that the blockade of vital supplies has devastated Gaza’s economy and “has also severely impaired the realization of a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights.”An independent fact-finding mission concluded that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations during Operation Cast Lead. The probe, led by Justice Richard Goldstone, a former prosecutor at UN war crimes tribunals, was set up at the request of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. Its findings were endorsed last month by the General Assembly. read more

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Closing Bell TSX falls on weaker commodities US budget talk concerns

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower on Thursday as gold stocks were weighed down and concerns developed over comments made at the federal budget talks in Washington.Here are the closing numbersTSX —12,189.17 -63.92 -0.52%S&P 500 —1,419.45 -9.03 -0.63%Dow —13,170.72 -74.73 -0.56%Nasdaq — 2,992.16 -21.65 -0.72The S&P/TSX composite index fell 63.92 points to end the session at 12,289.17, with commodities-heavy sectors contributing most to the decline. The TSX Venture Exchange was off 11.35 points to 1,173.59.The Canadian dollar fell 0.01 of a cent to 101.54 cents US.The TSX gold sector fell 2.8% as February bullion dropped against the U.S. dollar. The contract fell $21.10 to close at US$1,696.80 an ounce.Goldcorp Inc. shares dropped 3.2%, or $1.22, to $36.41.Crude oil prices for January backed off 88 cents to US$85.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, helping to pull down the energy sector 0.5%.And copper prices also fell, with the March contract on the Nymex dropping 5.6 cents to US$3.66 a pound.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 74.73 points to 13,170.72, while the Nasdaq shed 21.65 points to 2,992.16 and the S&P 500 dropped 9.03 points to 1,419.45.In Washington, House Speaker John Boehner said that the White House was so resistant to cutting government spending that it risked pushing the country off the “fiscal cliff.”The cliff scenario involves an end-of-year deadline when automatic spending cuts and tax increases are set to take place. With economic growth already weak, the worry is that the two moves would push the U.S. back into recession, sending shockwaves around the world.President Barack Obama said that a deal was “still a work in progress.” Asked about Boehner’s assertion that he was waiting to hear more from the president, Obama said only, “Merry Christmas.”The developments appeared to leave traders with mixed feelings about whether a deal to avert the cliff will come to fruition before the end of the year.“We all know they’re going to take it to the last minute,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“If they could get something done prior to Christmas it would be fantastic, the problem is we know how these politicians work … and unfortunately it looks like they’re going to take this right to the wire.”In U.S. economic data, the Commerce Department said Americans spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in November, pushing retail sales up 0.3% last month. That offset a 0.3% decline in October.And the U.S. Labor Department said fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the fourth straight weekly decline. The seasonally-adjusted figure of 343,000 was the lowest level in two months and the second-lowest total this year.The data on declining unemployment applications, which suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs, comes after the Federal Reserve for the first time ever tied its interest rate policy to unemployment as it aggressively attacks joblessness in the U.S.The Fed said Wednesday that it will keep its key short-term interest rate near zero at least until the unemployment rate drops below 6.5% and inflation rises to 2.5%.On the TSX, shares of Research In Motion gained more than 3.5% after the company said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be launching a pilot program with its smartphones using the new operating system BlackBerry 10, likely in January. Its stock was up 49 cents to $13.63.Sobeys supermarket operator Empire Company Ltd. reported a 19.5% increase in fiscal second-quarter profits to $93.3 million or $1.37 per share, compared with net income of $78.1 million or $1.15 per share in the second quarter last year. Shares of the company fell $1.66 to $59.85.Here’s the news investors were watching today:EU reaches landmark banking union dealPrimero Mining to buy Cerro ResourcesEncana, PetroChina form $2.18-billion joint ventureON DECK FRIDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales and orders (October) New motor vehical sales (October) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (November) 8:58 a.m.Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (December) 9:15 a.m.Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization (November) read more

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CAE forecasts 255000 new pilots needed by 2027 onethird in North America

By Ross MarowitsMONTREAL — A report by Montreal-based flight training provider CAE says airlines around the world will need 255,000 new commercial pilots over the next decade, a third of whom will be required in North America.CAE’s report says there are about 290,000 commercial pilots working now, but 440,000 will be needed by 2027.It says 105,000 will be needed just to replace pilots who retire in addition to 150,000 new pilots to meet growing global demand.CAE says Asia will continue to be a hot spot, with new routes to accommodate a growing middle class, particularly in India and China.In all, the company says 70 new pilots will have to be trained daily globally to meet the demand, which the International Air Transport Association projects will grow be 4.2 per cent annually until 2027.The number of planes in service is expected to rise from 25,000 this year to 37,000 in 10 years.“If we don’t do anything here we’re going to face literally a lack of pilots,” CAE chief executive Marc Parent said in an interview from the Paris Air Show.Last year, 20,000 new pilots were trained by the industry at airline-focused flight academies, universities, military and small regional flight schools. That is expected to increase to 25,000 per year by 2027, with a growing percentage coming from academies, CAE said.The CAE report is in line with other pilot demand studies conducted by Boeing and Airbus, which forecast demand at 617,000 and 530,000 over 20 years. read more

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ABB successfully commissions gearless mill drive system at Tecks Carmen de Andacollo

first_imgABB’s gearless mill drive system should improve energy efficiency and provide increased process availability at Teck’s Carmen de Andacollo copper mine. ABB has successfully completed the commissioning of a 13.4 MW gearless mill drive (GMD) system for the Hipogeno project. The GMD powers an 11 m SAG mill at the mine in central Chile. Carmen de Andacollo is an open-pit truck-and-shovel operation at an elevation of 1,000 m, adjacent to the town of Andacollo, some 55 km southeast of La Serena and 350 km north of Santiago. Teck holds 90% of the mine, with the remaining 10% held by Empresa Nacional de Minería, a Chilean government entity.ABB’s deliveries comprised an entire GMD system including transformers, ring motors and a complete E-house. With a GMD acting as a variable speed drive, mills start smoothly without any mechanical stress. GMDs provide maximum control over the grinding process and allow for adjustments, meeting customer requirements for process efficiency and flexibility. ABB gearless mill drive systems provide improved energy efficiency, superior reliability, increased process availability, and an extended life span for all equipment. They allow bi-directional operation, have integrated frozen charge protection and offer positioning and creeping without an auxiliary drive. The mine’s expanded production capacity will be 80,000 t/y of fine copper.ABB and Teck have had a long and successful collaboration over the years. Marcelo Cifuentes, head of electrical maintenance at Teck, states: “ABB’s solution has helped us to successfully transition from a solvent extraction and electro-winning (SX-EW) plant that has an annual production of about 20,000 t of fine copper type “A” to a concentrator plant that will produce around 80,000 t/y of fine copper. The transfer to this new technology, incorporating the same workers in SX-EW, has been a milestone for us and for the community, since much of the workforce in Carmen de Andacollo comes precisely from Andacollo Town.”last_img read more

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UTV Ireland is to be relaunched as the female orientated Be3

first_img 29,076 Views Bill Malone has nothing to say as yet regarding redundancies from utv Ireland #tv3— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 6, 2016 Short URL Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 1:44 PM Current affairs programmes such as Tonight With Vincent Browne and Pat Kenny Tonight will likewise remain on the main channel.3e’s rebrand as the group’s entertainment channel will see it play host to “ratings winners” like Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity, Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross.Be3 meanwhile, as part of its “female focus” will be showing second viewings of the soaps, together with shows such as Midsomer Murders, Loose Women, and Benidorm.The group’s daily three hours of children’s programming will also move to the new station.News output across all three channels will be delivered by a new centralised “news hub” called, not surprisingly, 3News Ireland.A third studio is also set to be opened on the station’s Ballymount campus in January.The rebrands announced today were widely flagged in advance. 86 Comments UTV Ireland is to be relaunched… as the “female orientated” Be3 There has been no official word as yet on potential redundancies from UTV Ireland. Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter By Cianan Brennan TV3’s new director of programming Bill Malone Source: TheJournal.ieTV3 IS SET to relaunch UTV Ireland as a “female orientated” channel called Be3.The announcement was made today at a media briefing in Dublin for the TV3 group’s plans for 2017.In tandem with the launch of the new channel, the existing TV3 channels – the eponymous station and 3e – are to be given rebrands to position the channel as reaching to three specific demographics.TV3 will be seen as the “grown ups channel” according to new Director of Programming Bill Malone (ex-RTÉ). Source: Cianan Brennan/Twittercenter_img Dec 6th 2016, 1:44 PM Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter TV3 Group officially acquired the troubled UTV Ireland last week.  Malone could not be drawn on the details of the redundancies that are expected to hit the station.Employees of the station have been briefed as to what their future holds and what opportunities may be available, Malone said.As a “consultation process” with those employees is under way it would not be appropriate to discuss the issue further, he said.“Staff have been briefed and press releases have put everything on public record, but I’m very mindful and respectful of the situation of those UTV Ireland employees,” Malone added.Malone could not be drawn on whether or not a number of new roles available at TV3 are likely to be filled by UTV Ireland employees.UTV Ireland will cease broadcasting on 8 January, with Be3 launching the following day.Read: Sergeants and inspectors vote overwhelmingly to accept pay dealRead: Theft of €1 million racing dog ‘is Shergar story of greyhound industry’ Share589 Tweet Email1 Most importantly, utv Ireland is to become Be3, a “female orientated” channel— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 6, 2016 The rebrand will see all three channels likewise sporting new logos.The formerly “unloved, underserved” 3e will become the “fun” channel, while Be3 will be “female focused” and incorporate family programming.“TV3 will become the premium channel, the grown up channel, and 3e will become, well, what TV3 is now,” said Malone.TV3 thus will show the group’s ‘flagship’ content, including Red Rock, Gogglebox Ireland, Celebrity Masterchef, and soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale. #tv3 launching three new brands today says new director of programming Bill Malone. Note the new logo— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 6, 2016 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday Oct 11 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowTrump signs Sullivan bill aimed at reducing plastic waste in oceanLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The “Save Our Seas” law encourages the executive branch to take up the problem of plastic waste internationally. It was sponsored by Sullivan and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.AVCP passes one resolution in annual convention, tables othersKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelAssociation of Village Council Presidents delegates passed only one resolution at this year’s annual convention, and it came from the regional non-profit itself.State receives federal funds to help tribal courtsJohanna Eurich, KYUK – AnchorageThe state of Alaska now has some federal funds to advance a program to use tribal courts to handle misdemeanor crimes.Alaska delegation urges Pompeo to take up transboundary mining concernsJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellPompeo will soon be in bilateral meetings in Ottawa later this month.Nome city manager placed on administrative leave after harassment claimEmily Hofstaedter, KNOM – NomeCity Manager Tom Moran has been placed on administrative leave after a Nome citizen raised claims of harassing behavior during Monday night’s City Council meeting.Anchorage airport looks at building a new cargo handling centerNathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageManagers of the Anchorage airport are looking into construction of a big new warehouse to help boost the volume of air cargo shipped through the city.‘A Normal Life’: Navigating life after tragedyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAuthor Kim Rich was just 15-years-old in Anchorage when police told her that her father had been killed. Years later, while working for the Anchorage Daily News, Rich wrote about growing up with a parent immersed in Anchorage’s sordid pre-pipeline underworld, which was eventually adapted into the book ‘Johnny’s Girl.’Alaska plans changes to how it taxes marijuanaAssociated PressThe state of Alaska is changing how it taxes marijuana in response to industry concerns.Rocket launch planned at Kodiak’s Pacific Spaceport ComplexAssociated PressCalifornia-based Astra Space Inc. has scheduled a commercial rocket launch at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island.Bristol Bay red king crab quota down 35 percentAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamCrabbing in the Bering Sea starts next week. The Bristol Bay Red king crab, Bering Sea snow crab, and Bering Sea tanner crab fisheries open on October 15th. News about population health is mixed. While, snow crab stocks are on the rise, king crab and tanner crab are declining.Red Mountain B.C. gold mine nears approvalJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauCritics worry about long-term storage of tailings upstream from Portland Canal.last_img read more

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Dia Mirza announces separation from husband Sahil Sangha after 11 years of

first_imgIANSBollywood actress Dia Mirza shocked her fans when she announced her her separation from husband and business partner Sahil Sangha after 11 years of togetherness. She said that they will continue to be friends with each other adding that they will not be commenting further on this matter. “After 11 years of sharing our lives and being together, we have mutually decided to separate. We remain friends and will continue to be there for each other with love and respect. While our journeys may lead us down different paths, we are forever grateful for the bond that we share with each other.”We thank our family and our friends for all their love and understanding and members of the media for their continued support and request everyone to respect our need for privacy at this time. We will not be commenting any further on this matter,” Dia Mirza wrote on Instagram.  Dia MirzaInstagramDia Mirza and Sahil Sangha had tied the knot on October 18, 2014.last_img read more

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RAB prepares digital database of 253000 criminals

first_imgRapid Action Battalion (RAB) has prepared the largest ever digital database of over 2,53,000 identified criminals, including a large number of militants.The database contains 150 types of information such as photographs, biometric finger prints, irises and previous criminal records and punishments in criminal offences, according to official sources.”The particulars of the criminals, readily available in the database, are helping us a lot to prevent and combat crimes, particularly militant activities,” director general of RAB, Benazir Ahmed told BSS.RAB started preparing the database in 2011, with inclusion the information of the militants arrested by the force and the prisoners who were sentenced to various jail term under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).Trained operators of RAB visited 64 jails out of 67 prisons (except three of hilly districts) across the country to collect basic information of the criminals for preparing the database. The officials also trained a number of jail officials to help them preparing the list of the criminals.Currently, the RAB officials concerned are adding related information to the main server of the database in one minute of arrest of any criminal or militant by the anti-crime elite force.A code number is allocated for each of the criminals. All the information about a criminal comes out in few seconds after pressuring the particular code number.RAB has assigned trained personnel at all its battalions and crimeprevention teams to upload data to its main server at the headquarters in Dhaka. The database is able to detect the persons who commit crimes with using different identities.The force has also detected 1100 such people who committed crimes in different names after matching their information with the criminal database.It has obtained access to the database of the NID (national identity card) to know criminal involvement of a person through verification of his information from the NIDs.Work is going on to get access to MRP (Machine Readable Passport) database and drivers’ license database of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to get the similar information.RAB also introduced Jail Inmate Database on February 7 in 2016,incorporating 200 types of data of 58,000 criminals, who was in jail even for a single day. The database preserved biometric finger prints of 10 fingers of both hands and iris scan of the criminals.Previous crime records, types of crimes, punishments, name of criminals, their addresses and professions are also included in this database.Communication and Management Information System (MIS) wing of the anti-crime elite force prepared the database with the help of the prison authorities.A main database server and a recovery server have been installed at the RAB headquarters, with having connectivity through optical fiber to 67 prisons across the country.The database also obtained access to the NID wing of the ElectionCommission (EC) while the process to collect information from the MRP wing is also underway.It has been built in such a way that the RAB director general and the inspector general of prisons will receive text messages once on the information of an inmate in any jail in the country included to the database.The database also enables authorities to monitor the status of criminals and condition of the prisoners in 67 jails at a single click.RAB is giving training to prison officials to make them efficient to operate the system effectively.last_img read more

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