Workflow Tip: Use Bundles in FCPX To Archive Your Projects

first_imgArchiving master files of your projects is never a fun task, but using bundles in FCPX makes it a whole lot easier.For years, I had a terrible system for archiving my final cuts of commercial and personal projects. I’d typically only create one master file, which of course meant that if I ever needed that file in a different resolution or codec, I’d need to re-encode it. Not the end of the world in many cases, but in circumstances where I needed that file right away it was a bit of a pain to dig through old archival drives to find, convert, and upload it to a video hosting site.My current method of archiving has become far easier and more streamlined as a result of the bundles feature in FCPX, which effectively allows you to output multiple deliverables with a single click.Currently, most of my projects are shot in 4K, so this is how my bundle is set up to archive final 4K projects:4K Data Master (ProRes HQ)1080p Data Master (ProRes HQ)1080p Web Master (H.264)Both the 4K and 1080p Data Masters will output to my internal drive, while the 1080p web master will not only output to my hard drive, but will also automatically upload to Vimeo with a password. This means that even if a client calls me while I’m on vacation asking for a cut of an old project, I can simply pull up my Vimeo app and send them a link straight from my phone.Bundles are a very powerful way to create masters of your projects in a single click, and you obviously can and should customize your bundle to your specific work needs. Regardless of how you set it up, simply taking the time to arrange a bundle structure in Final Cut Pro X in the first place can save you hours of time down the line, searching for and converting older projects.last_img read more

Salman Rushdie Among Five Indian-origin Authors Vying for the Golden Man Booker Prize

first_imgBritish Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, a winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1981 for “Midnight’s Children,” is back in contention for the foundation’s special one-off award: its ‘Golden Man Booker Prize’ to mark the literary awards’ 50th anniversary.Along with Rushdie, four other Indian-origin authors are in the run for this award which will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public: V.S. Naipaul for “In a Free State” (1971); Arundhati Roy for “The God of Small Things” (1997); Indian American Kiran Desai for “The Inheritance of Loss” (2006); and Aravind Adiga for “The White Tiger” (2008).Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Lesotho chef de mission fumes as driver steals his T-shirts

first_imgTlali Rammooana wants his T-shirts back. Before leaving for Lesotho on Saturday, this chef de mission has requested the organising committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Games to recover the “stolen” tees bearing his country’s name and mail them to his address.Rammooana has even gone to the extent of lodging a police complaint regarding the “theft”. The incident occurred on October 12 when the chef de mission went shopping at Shipra Mall in Ghaziabad along with Commonwealth Games Assistants (CGAs). They were taken to the mall in a car driven by Dinesh (No. CWG 0117).”While boarding the car at T-1 parking in the Games Village, the CGAs gave the two T-shirts to the driver for safekeeping till we returned. But the CGAs forgot to collect the T-shirts from the driver and he, too, did not remind us to collect it,” Rammooana said. “When the CGAs called him up he bluntly refused to return the tees. They then complained to the transport manager at Gate No. 1 but the driver told him the CGAs had gifted the tees to him,” he added.The chef de mission also said Dinesh was behaving rudely and was indifferent to the directions given by the CGAs. He added that Dinesh drove rashly. “After facing this unacceptable behaviour, I had no option but to officially lodge a complaint against the driver. I have asked the police and the OC to take appropriate action against him and, if possible, get the T-shirts back from him as I wanted to gift these to the CGAs,” Rammooana said.advertisementThe police on Tuesday caught the driver but he denied having taken them. Sources said the drivers had threatened to go on strike if any legal action was taken against them. “Any action could have been problematic for the event (as 2,500 cars were operating during the Games),” a Games Village official said. But Rammooana remains unhappy.”I am emotionally attached to my T shirts as my country’s name is printed on them. I want them back. I will get back to the OC officials once I get back home. The Games in India were fun but the incident has disheartened me,” Rammooana said. The OC has assured to resolve the matter at the earliest. “We will investigate the matter,” said Lalit Bhanot, the secretary general of the OC.last_img read more

Angara vows to push for more world-class sports facilities in PH

first_imgFilipino national athletes train at two government-run facilities—the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the Philsports Complex—both of which are under renovation by the Philippine Sports Commission.“We only have two that can accommodate 10,000 or less. We also don’t have public golf courses except in the military camps,’’ said Angara, author of the expanded athletes and coaches incentives act.Another sports complex is being built by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac while the PSC will put up one more next year under the Philippine Sports Training Center Act, which was also authored by Angara in the Senate.The PSTC law has allocated a government funding of P3.5 billion for the PSC to build a training center of its choice, one that the sports agency can finally call its own.The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is operated by the PSC, but the 10-hectare property is owned by the city of Manila while the Philsports Complex sits on an area controlled by the Department of Education.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIEScenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man “We obviously lack sports facilities compared to our neighbor countries like Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand,’’ said Angara during the first Philippine Professional Sports Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.“We already started giving support at the grassroots level. But still, it is not enough,’’ added the 47-year-old lawmaker who also sits as chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Organized by the Games and Amusement Board, athletes and officials of various professional sports flocked to the two-day summit.Among the notables who showed up at the summit were PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, billiards hero Efren “Bata’’ Reyes, PBA legend William “Bogs’’ Adornado, football’s James Younghusband and IBF minimumweight boxing champion Pedro Taduran. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? GALLERY: Best photos from East Asia League: Terrific 12 2019 PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo PLAY LIST 01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:11Makabayan 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 issue Senator Sonny Angara. ( file photo)MANILA, Philippines–Singapore has 21 national sports centers spread across the tiny city-state, a mind-blowing difference compared to the two government sports facilities of the Philippines.For this glaring disparity alone, Senator Sonny Angara vowed to push for the establishment of more world-class sports facilities all over the country.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

French Open: Caroline Wozniacki moves closer to winning her first ever Grand Slam

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open fourth round on Sunday.Wozniacki is that rare beast: a twice year-end world number one-ranked tennis player who has never won a grand slam.There have been others but none who reigned so long at world number one – 67 weeks – without success on the grand slam stage.On Sunday the Dane beat Kuznetsova, a player with two grand slam titles in the bag but who has never scaled the women’s rankings to the very top.The 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory eased Wozniacki into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, matching her best performance here in 2010.”Obviously it’s just kind of clicking this week,” Wozniacki smiled as she spoke to reporters. “Hopefully I can keep going this way. Now I just try and stay focused and keep my headdown.”Wozniacki streaked into the lead on a sun-baked Philippe Chatrier court, running away with the first set as 2009 champion Kuznetsova struggled with her range.Eighth seed Kuznetsova soon struck back to level matters, using her weight of shot to overpower the Dane.Kuznetsova was always likely to hit the big winners but they were too few, and errors more plentiful, as Wozniacki grabbed two early breaks in the decider.The 11th seed, her luminous green racquet a rapier to Kuznetsova’s broadsword, eased into a 3-0 lead but after a few meaty swings Kuznetsova broke back.advertisementIt was only a temporary reprieve for the Russian, though, and Wozniacki reasserted her control, pummelling a two-fisted backhand down the line to win the match, before firing a ball into the upper tier of the stands.”Yeah, it was definitely a good win,” she said. “Svetlana obviously plays really well on this surface. I knew it was going to be a tough match going in.”I started off really, really well. My game plan was working and kind of kept her on her toes with putting in some dropshots and mixing up the pace.”I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew that she was going to try to fight her way back. She did in the second set, but I managed to close it off in three, which I’m happy about.”Wozniacki next faces either 2010 runner-up Sam Stosur or Jelena Ostapenko for a spot in the semi-finals.”Definitely two tough opponents, two very different opponents. Sam loves the clay. She’s had great results here in the past.”Either one is going to be tough. Ostapenko goes for her shots and plays flat. When she’s on fire, she’s tough.”Tough or not, the dazzlingly white smile is back on Wozniacki’s face, and without the pregnant Serena Williams and the missing Maria Sharapova in the draw, she might just be ready to erase that asterisk next to her name.last_img read more

Not Perfect, Scherzer No-hits Bucs

first_imgWASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter June 20 in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.A letdown? Yeah, a little.“I mean there is, just because you’re so close, one strike away from a perfect game,” he said. “But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there’s nothing better.”Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was all that stood between Scherzer and pitching’s ultimate achievement. Tabata fouled off three 2-2 deliveries, then seemed to slightly drop his left elbow and got nicked.Scherzer immediately grimaced as the ball ricocheted to the ground. The crowd at Nationals Park seemed stunned, too, and surely many wondered whether Tabata leaned into the 86 mph pitch with his elbow protector to get hit.“He tried to throw me a slider inside,” Tabata said. “The slider, no breaking. I stayed right there and it got me.”“That’s my job. I got to get on base whatever the situation,” he said.Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had a different view. “His elbow was a little bit in the strike zone. That’s what I saw in the videos. But it’s happened,” he said.Scherzer came within one strike of throwing the 22nd perfect game in major league history since 1900. If anything, Scherzer’s teammates seemed to take the near-miss harder than he did.“I got down into a squat and just, I don’t know, I wanted to cry,” right fielder Bryce Harper said. “To be able to see a perfect game, be a part of that, would’ve been awesome.”Said Nationals manager Matt Williams: “He hit him with the baseball. It’s difficult when that happens.”As to whether he thought about discussing the play with plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, Williams said, “I think that’s irrelevant at this point. The last thing I’m going to do is walk onto the field and mess up Maxie’s rhythm. That would be a crying shame. I ain’t doing that.”Scherzer (8-5) retired Josh Harrison on a deep fly to left for the final out and was swallowed up by jubilant Nationals near the mound.“Pretty easy to do,” Scherzer said of keeping his cool. “Probably took two seconds. I realized I lost the perfect game. You just move on. Finish this thing out.”The 30-year-old righty struck out 10 in his second straight dominant performance, and was cheered by a crowd of 41,104.Scherzer got help from his infield in the late innings. In the eighth, shifted second baseman Danny Espinosa barely threw out Pedro Alvarez from shallow right field to end the inning.“I got to that ball and just knew I had to get rid of it quick,” Espinosa said. “I was able to get him.”Leading off the ninth, third baseman Anthony Rendon ran hard to catch a foul pop by Gregory Polanco, and wound up bent over the dugout railing.In his previous start, Scherzer took a perfect game into the seventh at Milwaukee and finished with a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts. The lone hit was a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez just beyond reach of Rendon, who was playing second base.Scherzer turned in perhaps the most magnificent consecutive starts in the majors since Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938.Scherzer threw his third career shutout. He had one in 219 lifetime starts before these two in a row. “My last few starts, this is some of the best baseball I’ve thrown,” he said.Signed to a $210 million, seven-year contract in the offseason after leaving Detroit, the 2013 AL Cy Young winner pitched the second no-hitter in Nationals’ history. Jordan Zimmermann threw one against the Marlins last year to end the regular season.“He’s just an unbelievable pitcher, unbelievable clubhouse guy, and he’s worth every penny he gets,” Harper said.It was the fourth no-hitter in the city’s baseball history — Walter Johnson and Bob Burke threw them for the old Washington Senators.This was the second no-hitter of the season. San Francisco rookie Chris Heston did it June 9 against the Mets.Scherzer’s gem marked the second major feat in the big leagues in two days. On June 19, Alex Rodriguez got his 3,000th career hit for the Yankees.Scherzer threw 106 pitches, 82 for strikes. He was throwing fastballs in the upper 90s and used a wicked slider in lowering his ERA to 1.76.The Pirates twice hit balls to the warning track in his first time through the order. Harper hit his 23rd homer and drove in two runs. He had missed two games after straining his hamstring.Francisco Liriano (4-6) took the loss.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Michigan Offers Scholarship To Son Of NFL Legend

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh competed against Deion Sanders in the NFL. Could he be the man to coach his son Shedeur Sanders in college?Based on Sanders’ latest offer, Harbaugh wants to be. On Monday, Sanders announced that he has received a scholarship offer from Michigan, adding to the growing list of top schools seeking his services.Per 247Sports, Sanders has outstanding offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Oregon, among others.Very thankful to receive an offer from University of MICHIGAN. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me get to where I am now. @TCCHFootball @UMichFootball— Shedeur Sanders (@ShedeurSanders) January 29, 2019247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions currently give Sanders a 50-percent chance of choosing Florida State – his father’s alma mater – and another 50-percent chance of selecting Georgia.However, he’s a 2021 prospect, so he has plenty of time to make a decision.Sanders is a pro-style quarterback playing at Trinity Christian School in Texas.His brother Shilo Sanders, a defensive back, has already committed to South Carolina, while his other brother, Deion Sanders Jr.,  played wide receiver at SMU.last_img read more

Cargo Volumes Drive Adani Ports’ Quarterly Rise in Profit

first_imgzoom India’s port developer and part of Adani Group, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), recorded a 31 percent increase in profit during the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 as a result of cargo volume growth.The company’s profit after tax rose from INR 639 crore to INR 836 crore.During the first quarter, cargo volume handled on a consolidated basis was 42.3 million tonnes, against 39.6 million tonnes seen in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, representing an increase of 7 percent.Moreover, container volumes surged by 27 percent on a Year on Year (YoY) basis.In addition, APSEZ’s consolidated total income on a YoY basis increased by 11 percent in the first quarter to INR 2,084 crore.“Our results are reflection of our ability to deliver robust performance every time.  A healthy growth in cargo volumes, operational efficiencies and our strategy to increase bulk cargo volumes, other than coal volumes have enabled us to report all round growth in our financial numbers,” Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer of APSEZ, said.Adani added that the port developer’s focus areas in the future will be coastal shipping, commissioning of the fourth container terminal CT4 as well as further growth in volumes at Kattupalli port.last_img read more

bremenports to Take Part in Developing Finnafjord Port

first_imgzoom German port management company bremenports has received the green light from Bremen’s senate to become a member of the development company for the port construction project in Iceland. In May 2016, the Icelandic government signed an agreement with the municipalities of Langanesbyd and Vopnafjordur, the engineering company EFLA and bremenports to plan and construct a multipurpose port in Finnafjord in the northeastern region of Iceland.“Both the Icelandic government and the general public regard the Finnafjord Port Project (FFPP) as the country’s most important infrastructure project right now,” Martin Günthner, Bremen’s Senator for Economic Affairs and Ports, said.“Shipping and logistics will increase significantly in this part of the world in future. Iceland consequently wants to profit from this trend and establish a new port on the central Arctic shipping route,” the senator added.The business model for the Finnafjord port project initially envisages that the two municipalities will set up the Finnafjord Port Authority (FFPA), which will be responsible for granting licenses, for instance, to port owner and operators.Port development company Finnafjord Port Development (FFPD) will be officially founded in the first half of 2017, with initial shareholders including the two municipalities, EFLA and bremenports.“Comprehensive nautical and structural studies will be necessary before the project can make progress and these can only be conducted with external financial partners,”  Robert Howe, bremenports Managing Director, said.Once completed, Finnafjord (Finnafjörður) port will serve as a deep sea port in the North Atlantic ocean for transshipment sailing the Northeast Passage or Northern Sea Route and as a base port for exploration and production (E&P) operations for the oil and gas industry.last_img read more

International Student Program Marks 10th Anniversary

first_imgIt is an adventurous student who chooses to leave home and travel more than 8,000 kilometres to complete high school in a foreign land far away from family and friends. Viktor Amador is one of those students. The 17-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil is among 540 foreign students attending public school in Nova Scotia this year as part of the Nova Scotia International Student Program. The program is marking its 10th anniversary this year. “I knew the education here in Canada, in Nova Scotia, would be better than in Brazil,” said Mr. Amador, who is in Grade 12 at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro. “I have not been disappointed.” Since 1997, more than 3,300 international students have chosen to come to Nova Scotia to learn English, earn high school credits and immerse themselves in Canadian and Nova Scotian culture. This year, there are students from 14 countries, including Mexico, Thailand, Korea and the Netherlands. “I thought it would be a great experience,” said Mr. Amador, who wants to study at Dalhousie University after he graduates. “It has been incredible getting to know a new culture, develop my English, meet new people and go to a country that I have never been to before.” Education Minister Karen Casey said the dramatic growth in the popularity of the program has been a boon to both visiting students and Nova Scotian students as well as the almost 500 families that host them. “The Nova Scotia International Student Program gives our students a first-hand appreciation of the wider world and of other cultures. It also benefits our the province economically,” she said. The economic spin-offs to the province are significant. Last year, international students contributed $6.8 million to the Nova Scotia economy. “I grew up in rural Nova Scotia and never had the chance to meet students from other countries when I was in school. Today children think it is normal to have students from China or Colombia in their classes, just as normal as getting on a plane and flying to the other side of the planet,” said Paul Millman, executive director, Nova Scotia International Student Program. “They live in a different world than I grew up in and the program has been a big part of creating this environment for students across Nova Scotia,” Flags commemorating the anniversary of the program are being delivered to participating high schools across the province today, Oct. 12.last_img read more

How the major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower Thursday, dragged down by losses in several industrial companies.3M, which makes Post-it notes and other products, plunged after announcing weak results and a restructuring program. The loss for 3M pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average into the red. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished mixed, but still holding close to record highs set earlier this week.On Thursday:The S&P 500 slipped 1.08 points, or 0.04%, to 2,926.17.The Dow Jones Industrial average lost 134.97 points, or 0.5%, to 26,462.08.The Nasdaq composite rose 16.67 points, or 0.2%, to 8,118.68.The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks gave up 12.52 points, or 0.8%, to 1,575.61.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 21.14 points, or 0.7%.The Dow is down 97.46 points, or 0.4%.The Nasdaq is up 120.62 points, or 1.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 9.86 points, or 0.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 419.32 points, or 16.7%.The Dow is up 3,134.62 points, or 13.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,483.41 points, or 22.4%.The Russell 2000 is up 227.05 points, or 16.8%.The Associated Press read more

Immunization key says Lanka

The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program today assembled senior officials from 17 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs. Greater political commitment and advocacy are building the momentum needed for countries to fully finance their immunization programs by 2020 and achieve the goals set forth in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). During the two-day colloquium, delegates will participate in an open exchange of strategies and best practices that have helped their countries increase commitments to fund national immunization programs. In panel sessions, delegates will present their legislative activities, conduct peer assessments and discuss innovations in financing, budgeting and advocacy. They will also prepare short-term, country specific advocacy plans designed to make progress on sustainable immunization financing by 2016.The necessity of comprehensive, uninterrupted national immunization programs is recognized by Millennium Development Goal Four (reduction of child mortality) and the GVAP, a framework for extending the full benefits of immunization to every man, woman and child by 2020. However, rising costs due to the addition of new life-saving vaccines and unguaranteed external funding pose serious challenges for national immunization programs. The 17 countries participating in the colloquium are all SIF pilot countries.  They are Cameroon, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Vietnam. All but three countries – Mongolia, Republic of Congo and Vietnam – attended SIF’s first colloquium in 2011 held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The following SIF partners also are attending this year’s meeting:  WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, GAVI Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The government says it is exploring an alternative financing mechanism for immunization at the provincial level and it will not stop until it has a sustainable financing mechanism in place for national routine immunization services.The government said this while commenting on Sri Lanka’s participation at the global conference on country-led efforts to fund immunization programs held in Dakar today. “We cannot overlook the power of vaccines. Immunization is one of the most effective and affordable investments that a country can make in its citizens,” said Dr. Ciro de Quadros, executive vice president at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “As nations increase investment in vaccination programs, they are taking essential measures to save lives while also stimulating productivity and accelerating economic growth.”The SIF program currently works with 18 countries to facilitate collective action on immunization financing and has helped organize more than 100 advocacy briefings and peer exchanges to assist those countries. By encouraging the exchange of financial, programmatic and legislative information; establishing relationships with diverse stakeholders; documenting and sharing best management practices; and monitoring performance, the SIF program has helped countries solidify their financial commitments to their immunization programs.“Many countries are hindered by the rising costs associated with the introduction of new vaccines,” added Dr. Mike McQuestion, director of the SIF Program at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “We therefore must prioritize finding sustainable sources of funding for national vaccination programs if we are to meet the goals of the Global Vaccine Action Plan.” “Sri Lanka has a separate budget line for immunization in our health budget allocated by the treasury. This has ensured the vaccine financing in Sri Lanka”, said Dr. Paba Palihawadana, Chief of Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health. “We are also exploring an alternative financing mechanism for immunization at the provincial level. We will not stop until we have a sustainable financing mechanism in place for our routine immunization services and protected by legal framework.” read more

Gawkers shell settles with Hulk Hogan for 31 million

by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 11:04 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 25, 2016 file photo, Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, appears in court in St. Petersburg, Fla. The shell of Gawker has settled with Hulk Hogan for $31 million, ending a years-long fight that led to the media company’s bankruptcy, the shutdown of and the sale of Gawker’s other sites to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. Gawker founder Nick Denton in a Wednesday, Nov. 2 blog post said that the “saga is over.” Denton filed for personal bankruptcy because of the $140 million verdict won by the former professional wrestler in a Florida court over a sex tape.(Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool) Gawker’s shell settles with Hulk Hogan for $31 million NEW YORK, N.Y. – The shell of Gawker has settled with Hulk Hogan for $31 million, ending a years-long fight that led to the media company’s bankruptcy, the shutdown of and the sale of Gawker’s other sites to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.Gawker founder Nick Denton in a Wednesday blog post said that the “saga is over.”The invasion-of-privacy case, which revolved around a sex tape posted on, resulted in a $140 million verdict won by the former professional wrestler in a Florida court. It became even more notorious when it emerged that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel had secretly bankrolled the suit. Thiel was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007.The settlement instead means Hogan will get $31 million as well as 45 per cent of the proceeds from potential sale of, said Elizabeth Traub, a spokeswoman for Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston. is dormant but its archives remain online.Houston said in an emailed statement that “all parties have agreed it is time to move on.”Denton said in the Wednesday post that he was confident that an appeals court would have reduced the $140 million verdict, but “an all-out war with Thiel would have cost too much, and hurt too many people, and there was no end in sight…Gawker’s nemesis was not going away.” Thiel has said he would support Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, “until his final victory.”Denton also said Wednesday that as part of the settlement, three “true stories” — about Hogan and two others who had also filed suit — are being “removed from the web.” Univision, which bought Gawker Media’s other sites for $135 million, has already deleted several posts from the properties it now owns, which include tech blog Gizmodo and women-oriented site Jezebel, because they were tied to litigation.Denton himself also had to file for personal bankruptcy because of the Florida court’s verdict. Court documents filed Wednesday said there have been settlement talks between Gawker and Denton as well, although they have not reached a final settlement. read more

Improv at work Second City course translates unscripted skills to corporate world

TORONTO – Consultant Melissa Madian wanted to help her clients navigate the fast-paced world of sales. But rather than focusing on corporate culture, she turned to a comedy juggernaut for a new skill to add to her tool kit: improvisation.“Sellers have to be improvising all the time with our customers because there’s not one set script,” says Madian, owner of Toronto-based consulting firm TMM Enablement Services.“You need to be ready in that moment of truth to be able to listen to what the customer is saying, and then improvise and adjust based on what they’ve said so that you can come to a solution together. I think a lot of the foundational items that you learn in improv are absolutely applicable in a business environment.”Madian had previously attended training at Second City Works, the business arm of the famed comedy company, and returned to enrol in RewireU, a new educational program designed to help businesses boost on-the-job efficiency through improv.“It used to be B2B (business to business), we now talk about H2H — human to human,” says Kevin Frank, artistic director of the Second City Training Centre.“That’s the storytelling of your own story, listening to the story of your client, telling the story of your company, and those kind of tools are what we do.“We’re storytellers. We know how to craft a great story based on the truth and honesty of what we are; so we help companies and business managers be authentic about their story so that they can relate one-on-one with their client and their teams.”Following a post-lunch warmup, Madian joined her RewireU classmates in a series of exercises testing their abilities to think on their feet and forge bonds of trust. Fellow participants included a holistic doctor, consultants, and individuals from a variety of sectors, including retail, finance and tourism.In one exercise dubbed “A Bunch of…” they branched out into smaller groups to take turns reciting a common story punctuated by their own punchlines. Regardless of whether their improvised endings elicited a hearty belly laugh or groan, the response from their peers was always the same: unconditional support, kudos and warm applause. The practice is designed to promote inclusivity and give participants the confidence to take a risk knowing that their delivery will have a soft landing.Frank says they have attendees self-evaluate their experiences within the exercises and tie them back to business culture to explore the parallels they see within their own work environments.“There’s a lot of evaluation, there’s a lot of debrief that allows our participants to say, ‘All right: it’s one thing to do this exercise in a workshop — how is it going to affect my workplace and the way I do business?’”The Second City has also teamed with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which is researching the impact of improv tools on business practices.“Those studies will allow us to quantify the effects of our training on business leaders and managers in the industry,” says Frank.He recognizes each individual arrives at RewireU with their own skill sets and comfort level and will evolve at different rates — particularly those who may initially seem more reserved.“I think (the term) introverts is sort of a blanket description. What are the reasons that you aren’t stepping out?” asks Frank.“Is it because you are a perfectionist? Is it because you’re cautious? Is it because you don’t want to offend people? Let’s go down to the core of that and work on those skills.”— Folllow @lauren_larose on Twitter. by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 1:09 pm MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kevin Frank, Artistic Director of training and education for Second City Canada, and Christy Bruce, instructor, centre, run a class called Rewire U which teaches methods for business professionals to use improv skills at the office in hopes of promoting better workplaces in Toronto on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim Improv at work: Second City course translates unscripted skills to corporate world read more

Sheriff Man wanted to marry Ky teen tried abducting her

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) – A Nevada man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old Kentucky girl that he briefly talked with online years earlier and became obsessed with.News outlets report 18-year-old Benjamin J. Margitza, of Las Vegas, was arrested Monday outside a Kentucky high school and charged with attempted kidnapping and minor and criminal trespassing.- Advertisement – A Boone County Sheriff’s Office statement says Margitza and the girl briefly spoke online four years ago. It says he began messaging the girl again this past year and began making explicit sexual statements and “obsessing over the victim by stating how he wanted to marry her.”It says he traveled to the girl’s school and grabbed her in the parking lot. It says the girl ran and another student intervened, allowing the girl to contact authorities. read more

Calls for Pentonville governor to be sacked after two inmates escaped

first_img Show more The men escaped from PentonvilleCredit:Ben Stansall /AFP / Getty The basics of security aren’t getting done simply because there is not enough staff to deal with the daily tasks.Steve Gillan, Prison Officers Association Pentonville Prison entrance  In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey spent 48 hours on the run after he escaped from Pentonville by climbing over a wall using a makeshift rope made from bed sheets.However, Steve Gillan, general secretary of the union the Prison Officers Association , said the focus should fall on the Government rather than officers at the north London jail.A police hunt continued on Tuesday to find Baker, who was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago, and Whitlock, who was on remand after being charged with conspiracy to burgle over 19 alleged ATM thefts.The cellmates used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to break through bars before scaling a perimeter wall. Their beds were stuffed with pillows to make it look like they were asleep. The governor of the jail where two inmates dramatically broke out this week  is facing fresh calls to be sacked after a series of security lapses.Kevin Reilly had received a vote of no confidence from half of staff at HMP Pentonville before Matthew Baker, 28, and James Whitlock, 31, went on the run.Insiders said Mr Reilly is set to be moved into an office job  – but late on Tuesday night the Ministry of Justice said claims he was set to lose his job were “categorically untrue”. Mr Reilly has previously said that reducing violence was one of his top priorities, according to an internal newsletter seen by the BBC. Pentonville, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men, was last year singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove as “the most dramatic example of failure” in the estate.Inmate Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed at the jail on October 18 in an attack which left two others injured. Mr Gillan said: “There has been under-investment in Pentonville for many years. We have highlighted our concerns.”We know the focus now will be on Pentonville prison officers but the reality of the situation is the focus should be on Government and their budget cuts that have created this situation.”The basics of security aren’t getting done simply because there is not enough staff to deal with the daily tasks.”Investigators are understood to have ruled out one theory that the pair’s break out tools were delivered by remote-control drones.​ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

UK Attempting to Block Legal Pornography

first_imgA nation-wide pornography block? That’s what one UK politician is gunning for. Ed Vaizey, conservative parliament member and communications minister, is looking to block access to legal pornography, making access to the stuff an opt-in–rather than opt-out–model.Those interested in looking at adult content will have to contact their Internet providers. Doing so will add them to a “porn surfing whitelist”–a lot more work than the average Internet surfer is currently used to undergoing in order to see naked people.The move is being pushed as an attempt to block children from seeing adult content. According to a recent study, one in three kids in the UK under the age of ten has seen pornography on the Internet (which, for those of you non-techy folks out there, means that one in three kids in the UK under the age of ten has seen the Internet).How possible is such a country-wide block? Not very, according to pretty much every ISP in the country. Here’s an example, quoted by the BBC, “Unfortunately, It’s technically not possible to completely block this stuff.And here’s something from the Internet Watch Foundation, “You end up with a system that’s either hugely expensive and a losing battle because there are millions of these sites or it’s just not effective. The cost of putting these systems in place outweigh the benefits, to my mind.”last_img read more

Australian rapper ran into the sea after running up €420 bill at

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Image: Shutterstock/smoxx AN ASPIRING AUSTRALIAN rapper ran into the sea after leaving an expensive seafood restaurant and not paying the bill.Terry Peck, who goes by 2pec, reportedly ate over €420 worth of seafood and alcohol including two lobster mornays and 21 oyster shooters at a high end restaurant in Queensland.He was chased on foot by staff from the restaurant before entered the water at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.The police were then called and lifeguards towed two officers out to the man on the back of jet-skis.Police say they attempted to negotiate with the man to get out of the water but he refused. They were then forced to enter the water and apprehend the man and bring him back to shore.The 33-year-old has been charged with one count of stealing and two counts of serious assault of a police officer.He appeared in Southport magistrates court and was released on bail. He’s due back before the court on 4 May.Speaking to reporters outside the court he said he only left the restaurant because he needed to help a friend of his who was giving birth on the beach.He added that he did not enjoy the meal and described it as overcooked.Read: SIPTU says Irish Water workers are not overpaid after reports of €5,000 bonuses for all staff> No Comments Apr 10th 2017, 10:13 AM Share495 Tweet Email8 60,166 Views Monday 10 Apr 2017, 10:13 AM Australian rapper ran into the sea after running up €420 bill at seafood restaurant Police were towed to the man on the back of jet-skis. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/smoxx Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Happy Brings Everyone Together in Chinatown

first_imgStay on target Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues Christmas may be over in the real world, but on Happy!, it’s a horrific holiday that won’t end. The show kept its twisted holiday spirit alive with the frenetic violence, self-awareness and light sprinkle of satire that makes it so much fun. As chaotic as that tone can make the show feel, Happy! is now starting to reign itself in, just a little bit. It needs to. We’re at the halfway point of the first season now. If the story is going to move forward, all these disparate storylines are going to need to start coming together. That’s what last night’s episode was all about. The threads that connected these seemingly unrelated stories are starting to show. We still don’t know exactly why they’re all connected, but we know that they are. It’s enough to give the show focus, even as the action remains as wild as it’s always been.Very Bad Santa continues to terrify in the opening moments of the episode. He can see Happy, and that’s enough to freak out even a flying blue horse. Very Bad Santa picks up the imaginary friend and eats him. It’s actually disturbing, which says a lot about how much life and personality this show has been able to give to the character. It might be the first time I’ve been truly worried about the fate of a CGI creation. Very Bad Santa continues beating up Nick, and is about to kill him, when Happy fights his way back up Santa’s esophagus. It’s as triumphant a moment as it is disgusting. Very Bad Santa pukes up Happy, along with some other stuff, and runs off to deal with whatever internal damage an imaginary friend can cause. This is where we can start seeing Happy, and Nick’s relationship start to change. It’s the moment in every good buddy comedy where the gruff cop (or ex-cop in this case) realizes his new partner maybe isn’t all bad. He’s still annoying, but he’s a good guy and useful too. I’m glad we’ve finally reached this point in the story. Nick’s barely-concealed hatred of Happy was funny for a while, but the show can only get more exciting now that he’s starting to take the little blue creature a bit more seriously.(Photo via SYFY)More importantly, now they have a clue. In addition to Happy, Very Bad Santa also puked up a fortune from a fortune cookie. They follow the address printed on the back, and wouldn’t you know it? The fortune cookie plant just happens to keep a record of where every fortune goes. Yeah, this is the part of the episode that really strains credibility, and that’s saying something for a show about an imaginary blue horse. Just by examining the fortune, the boss of the plant can figure out which restaurant it went to. The show tries to justify this by playing up her belief in the fortunes and her intense ambition. It’s how she got to be the sole distributor in the tri-state area and soon Delaware. OK, fine. I still don’t believe any fortune cookie plant would be able to tell you the destination of every one of their fortunes. But the story needs somewhere to go, so this’ll have to do.She sends them to a restaurant in Chinatown, where Nick gets the Jack Nicholson jokes out of the way immediately. His “not again” line while someone puts a knife up his nose was hilarious. The joke about Nick receiving a “happy ending” from a trans masseuse was less so, but it was over quickly and avoided turning it into a gay panic joke, so that’s something I guess. That was really the only joke that could be described as lazy. The rest of the humor in this sequence played with our expectations of lazy Chinatown-based humor and subverted them. At the fortune cookie plant, there’s an old man in robes who speaks in proverbs, but he’s revealed to be a senile old man still wearing pajamas in the middle of the day. Happy draws on Hailey’s Mandarin lessons at The Y to guide Nick through the language, and actually manages to get half the point across. Though his broken Mandarin causes the delivery boy to get frustrated and tell him to just speak English. Even the bit about unusual food ends with Nick clearing his plate with no fuss or comment. This stuff wouldn’t be worth mentioning if the lazy stereotypes it’s playing on weren’t still so common in media. We expect every show to bring out the same tired jokes, so it’s both funny and refreshing when Happy! takes the high road.Christopher Meloni (Photo via SYFY)The fight scene that ensues between Nick and the Triad is entirely unnecessary to the story, but it’s so cool and well-choreographed that I don’t care. This show’s action scenes are so well-directed, it’s consistently surprising. You might expect a show that can be as chaotic as this to carry that chaos into the fight scenes, but it doesn’t. Yes, they’re sill fast and fun like the rest of the show, but you can tell a ton of care goes into how they’re shot and edited. The show lets your eye follow what’s going on. There’s never a question of what you should be looking at, so all you’re thinking about is how cool what you’re watching is. This shouldn’t be all that novel, but even most big-budget Hollywood action movies can’t pull this off.As fun as Nick’s scenes are, the rest of the episode is where everything starts to come into focus. Meredith and Amanda are still working together, interviewing parents of other lost children. Meredith is just about to call the search off and find Nick for Blue when they see a courier drop off one of Very Bad Santa’s Christmas cards. After threatening him with some deliciously messed up torture (mangling his hands with a motorcycle wheel), he tells them where he picks up the package. It happens to be the abandoned department store where Very Bad Santa’s dad worked. That’s the same place Nick and Happy ended up after their Chinatown adventure. Sadly, they’re too late. The kids have been moved. It’s back to square one, but now the former partners are together again. Even though one has orders to turn the other in to a mob boss. That should make the next episode interesting.Ritchie Coster (Photo via SYFY)Where things really come together though, are with Blue’s scenes. They’re hilariously framed by a Real Housewives-style show called “The Secret of my Sussex.” One of the women featured on the show is Isabella, the mother of the four (or as we learn over the course of the episode, three) boys Nick killed in the pilot. She speaks with Blue, demanding to know who took out the hit on her sons. All of it is documented by reality show cameras, which pisses off Blue’s boss: A man dressed in a bug costume. We learn that Blue hired Very Bad Santa to kidnap kids. The Bug “prepares” the kids somehow and delivers them to powerful people. It’s disgusting and horrifying, but at least it assures us that nothing too horrible has happened to the kids yet? The bug orders the kids be moved so they may be “prepared.” That’s why they aren’t in the abandoned department store anymore when Nick and Meredith get there. Also, we get a glimpse of a room full of people having sex in bug costumes. Just because this show likes to keep us confused.Happy! takes next week off, and this was a great episode to leave us with. It had well-directed action, some good comedy, and it significantly moved the story along. The characters all feel like they’ve taken major steps forward in solving the mystery of the missing kids. And like any good mystery, the answers it gives us only raise more questions. We’ll see how well it answers those when the show returns in two weeks.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Exteammate Evra advises Ronaldo on the right choice

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra has advised the superstar to go ahead with the move to Juventus as it will allow him to continue to win silverwareThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner is looking increasingly likely to end his nine-year spell at Real Madrid this summer following a falling out with club president Florentino Perez.A move to Serie A champions Juventus is on the cards with a reported bid of €100m set to be the fee paid for Ronaldo’s services.Evra, who also played for Juventus himself, gave his former teammate his full endorsement of the possible transfer to Turin in a live Instagram video.“Everyone asks me, ‘Pat, what do you think?’ ” he said, as stated on Metro.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I haven’t spoken to Cristiano about this, but my advice is, if he wants to play to 2050, he has to go to Juve. There is no other team he must join. It’s simple.“I thank Juve, because if after Manchester I continued to win and to run, it was thanks to Juve. You should never spit on the plate that fed you, so Juve will always be in my heart.”Following a short interpretation of the Juventus song, Evra added: “So Cristiano, I tell you this: make the right choice.“You know how much the Italians love you, but it’s a sacrifice. If you go to Juve, it’s to work and to work HARD. This lot, ha, don’t know what a vacation is.“But that’s the choice. Either you want to continue playing to 2050 or just carry on for a bit. I can tell you this. If you go to Juve, you’ll be at the next World Cup not as a mascot, but as a protagonist. A PROTAGONIST!”last_img read more