Rock Rubber 45s: Documentary Tips for Working with Archival Footage and Assets

first_imgWe spoke with Bobbito Garcia and his team about how they sorted decades of archival footage to create the autobiographical documentary Rock Rubber 45s.All images via Rock Rubber 45s.In the world of New York City street culture, there is no bigger name than the iconic Bobbito Garcia. For a filmmaker to put his career as a ballplayer, author, and DJ into one documentary is almost an impossible task; that is, unless said filmmaker is Garcia.Rock Rubber 45s is a first-person documentary by the b-ball mogul Bobbito Garcia, which explores the cinematic odyssey that is his life and how his upbringing eventually shaped the future of streetball, footwear, hip hop, and sports culture.We sat down with Garcia, lead editor Raafi Rivero, and art director Omar Acosta to talk about the painstaking process of putting together an active, first-person documentary heavily supplemented by archival footage and assets spanning decades from all types of antiquated tapes and formats.Get Everything Together FirstI’ve been archiving my own life the whole way through. Audiences have marveled that I had my grade school report cards, newspaper clippings from youth b-ball games, etc. I’ve also been a stickler to always follow up with any platform I’ve ever appeared on, whether it was ETV in South Africa or ESPN, etc. I’d be like, “I need a copy of this interview!” —Bobbito GarciaSince first arriving on the scene in the early 1980s, Garcia has been a staple on the NYC public airwaves and across the televised nation. In addition to his own painstaking collecting, he credits his mother as a huge resource for preserving tons of old 8mm home recording footage from the ’60s and ’70s.Don’t Shoot when You Can AquireI’ve seen filmmakers make the mistake of thinking that since they have access to a particular subject or piece of footage they should make a film or start shooting — and I’ve even made this mistake. While it is important to explore, there is no finding the idea in the edit. It’s important to start with an idea — or it could be a feeling — that you want the audience to understand, then seek to acquire footage and interviews that can support it. —Raafi RiveroOne of the goals early on for Garcia and Rivero was to find the story in the idea of the project, not in the edit. Garcia had a very specific vision for the project, which as an editor, Rivero respected and was able to use as a guiding voice throughout the editing process. Once they established the acquire-over-shooting mentality, the project became much smoother.Organize Your S***!Organize your shit! Make sure every file has a unique label. Don’t go with the first B-roll you find to cover a jump cut or talking head. Dig through and have three-four options at every frame. When you’re playing with such a dense deck, it allows for imagination and creativity. —Bobbito GarciaThis is always the best advice for any documentary editing project. Garcia colorfully expresses the importances of having a clear system for organizing, searching, and reviewing footage. Rock Rubber 45s, Garcia explains, was edited with many layers in mind. The nuances of finding just the right shots for B-roll and sequences resonates with audiences and encourages repeat viewings to take everything in.Create the VIsual LanguageBobbito has an incredible collection of images and footage, and it facilitated the collection of archival images. Next step was to identify the key scenes and elements that would add value to the narrative. It was vital to create a system and naming convention for the individual files to ensure that everyone involved in making the film is on the same frequency. —Omar AcostaOnly once everything is acquired and organized could Omar Acosta, the film’s art director, really dive into the assets to create a system to begin building the visual language as the scenes and sequences are beginning to come together in the edit. Acosta, who was brought in early in the research and development phase was to begin development on what would become the visual language throughout the rest of the production.Frame Rates and ResolutionsThe biggest challenge was the sheer variety of resolutions and frame rates. We had stuff from little sub-SD quicktime files all the way up to 4K. 24p? 50i? 60i? Yes, yes, and yes. Transfers from Super-8, from 16 and 35mm film, from MiniDV, U-matic 3/4″ . . . you get it. —Raafi RiveroOn the software side, Rivero and Garcia used Premiere Pro to import directly and work with the wide range of frame sizes and rates that they had acquired throughout production. They also faced several challenges while editing remotely and sharing edits because Garcia was often on the road. They used for collaborative sharing, while Rivero worked to match as much footage as he could but still let it breathe authentically to show how Garcia’s story traversed multiple eras and generations.Digitizing Old Tapes and VHSDigitizing footage was brutal, particularly since there were so many sources, from 8mm, to VHS, to really shitty VHS, to Super 8, to Beta, to Digi-Beta, to DATs — you name it. And that’s just the footage! I had to give my mom multiple tutorials on how to scan all her precious photos at hi-res. “Bob, what is a dpi?” Ha ha! I spent two years organizing all the archives into folders, broken down by themes and scenes, era, etc. —Bobbito GarciaHowever, before they could even begin their edit, Garcia and Rivero were tasked with digitizing all the old assets like tapes, photos, and VHSs. This process actually helped with the organizing and labeling as it gave them a hands-on opportunity to review and catalog. By the time they had everything ready, they had a good idea of what was at their fingertips.Bring Stills to LifeWe decided to give the archival footage the split-screen treatment, reminiscent of the original Thomas Crown Affair (1968) polo scene. The true challenge arose when trying to make that technique feel original and contemporary, which was integrated into the editing — using a combination of camera parallaxes, subtle animation, and clean movements. —Omar AcostaWhen working with archival assets, photos and images become much more common as you go deeper into the past. The trick for editors — and in this case, art designers — is to bring those still images to life. Acosta, along with Garcia and Rivero, used several tricks, including split screen splicing and some other motion techniques. This, combined with some heavy color correction and cold bleach bypasses, (with the right musical timing) gave everything a lively flow.Emotion Is KeyThe key to everything in the film is emotion. Bobbito is an internationally known DJ, and the editing process in many ways was like mixing a piece of music or spinning for a dance floor. Sometimes you want to play something unexpected and pique the audience’s attention; sometimes you want to make sure to just stay deep in the groove. There are moments when we cross-cut between very old footage and very modern textures, others when we want to stay deep in the archival, and other moments where it’s important to be very much in the present. —Raafi RiveroIt was both a labor of love and of systems, as audiences move between archival memory textures and into clean HD and 4K images. “I think there’s a sense that the flow from old to new is a constant conversation,” Rivero explains. At the end of the day, both Rivero and Garcia stress that Rock Rubber 45s only works because of the story it tells and the emotions at the core of everything they did.You can check out Rock Rubber 45s here or learn more at the film’s website.For more filmmaking features and interviews, check out some of these articles.Interview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big WorldInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceBest F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy WiseauInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”Filmmaker Wendy McColm on the Meisner Technique and her Feature Birds Without Featherslast_img read more

Hazare refuses to budge, asks govt to quit if can’t get Lokpal Bill through

first_imgWith Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ready for a “give and take” on the Lokpal Bill, fasting activist Anna Hazare on the sixth day of his fast accused the government of “betraying” the civil society on the issue. He warned of “unprecedented revolution” in the country if the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed by August 30 and said the government will have to “either get the Bill passed or go”.Calling his campaign against corruption as the beginning of “second struggle for Independence”, the 73-year-old Gandhian on Sunday asked the youth to keep the “flame of revolution burning whether Anna is alive or not”. He also asked his supporters to hold dharnas in front of houses of MPs in their constituencies and demand written commitments in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. (In pics: Brand Anna is hot & hit )Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan, Kiran Bedi asked people to sport ‘Anna cap’ as it symbolises nation’s need for a corruption-free India.There was speculation that the government was trying to engage Hazare in back channel talks and was looking to have interlocutors from his home state Maharashtra, including Umesh Chandra Sarangi, an additional chief secretary to the state government.Spiritual guru Bhayyu Maharaj was another choice for a negotiator with Hazare, according to informed sources in the government. (Video: Delhi bikers join agitation)But RTI activist and Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal rejected the reports. “The government has sent us a new proposal but hasn’t incorporated any of our demands. So, there is no breakthrough in the talks,” he said at the Ramlila Maidan.advertisementMeanwhile, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the government desired “a new chapter of talks with the civil society” and added that the constitution “can accommodate all views”. Anna warns govtAnna Hazare speaks at Ramlila Maidan.Noting that he has been fighting against corruption for the past 20 years, Anna Hazare said the government betrayed them on the Lokpal issue despite constituting a joint committee for drafting the bill.”They constituted a joint committee after my fast in April. But nothing came out of that meeting despite talking for two months. They betrayed the civil society. The government’s intention to fight corruption is not noble,” he said at Ramlila Maidan.He also recalled the struggle in the run up to RTI Act being passed in Parliament and said the legislation has now brought scams like 2G and Adarsh to light.Hazare said there was no “dark spot” in his life otherwise his opponents would have “broken my life”.A corrupt PM threat to nation: Prashant BhushanLawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan also spoke at the Ramlila Maidan and reiterated their demand to bring the prime minister under the ambit of the Lokpal.”The government says if the prime minister is investigated for corruption charges, the government will be shaken. But if the prime minister is corrupt and no investigation is done, this will be a great danger to the country’s security,” he said.Bhushan also said the Team Anna was ready to talk to the government, but would not compromise on its core issues. “We are ready to talk if they are ready. Our Jan Lokpal Bill has been amended 13 times. All suggestions have been included,” he said.He also demanded that the government bring a strong Judicial Accountability Bill along with the Lokpal Bill.India needs Anna: Sri Sri RavishankarSri Sri Ravishankar at Ramlila Maidan with Anna Hazare.Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar on Sunday said the movement against corruption launched by Anna Hazare is making “new history” and pitched for reforms in electoral and other sectors.Addressing the gathering at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast demanding a strong Lokpal Bill, termed the Gandhian as a “saint” who has come to save the country and make it strong.”I congratulate the team, inspite of all the allegations, they held their head high and continued their resolve without bending down,” he said.Thousands march for AnnaAnna Hazare’s supporters march from India Gate to Ramlila Maidan.Rallying behind Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption, thousands of people in Delhi on Sunday marched a distance of five kilometres from India Gate to Ramlila Maidan.Slogans supporting Anna Hazare and opposing the government’s Lokpal Bill could be heard all along the way as people marched peacefully in support of the anti-corruption activist.Team Anna members Swami Agnivesh and Kiran Bedi joined thousands of people at the India Gate and led the rally.Delhiites were not alone in the endeavour as people from neighbouring states like Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh too joined in the long march to send a strong message to the Government.advertisementSocial networking sites like Facebook and Google Plus were abuzz with messages that a grand rally will be organised at India Gate on Sunday evening. The messages also asked people to come out in large numbers.Hazare thanks peopleSupporters of Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan.Hazare came to the podium at around 10 am as supporters started pouring into Ramlila Maidan.”I thank all of you for coming here and supporting the movement,” the 73-year-old anti-corruption crusader said in a brief comment.In a setback to the government, the second consecutive night of the Gandhian’s protest witnessed more crowds than the first.last_img read more

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland team-mate Kyrie Irving to his team.In-form Toronto star Kawhi Leonard was picked third by James before he selected reigning MVP James Harden with his fourth pick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNew Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis — linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday — headed James’ reserves.Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad. FILE – LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up to shoot and get fouled by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the first pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday.James, who will lead a team against fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo’s line-up in Charlotte on February 17, assembled a formidable looking starting line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA’s “special selection” in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time.Rival captain Antetokounmpo meanwhile selected Durant’s Golden State team-mate Stephen Curry with the second overall pick.The Milwaukee Bucks star then selected Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid before adding Paul George and Kemba Walker.Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves.Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH 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 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a surprise move, the two captains then agreed to a trade, with James swapping Oklahoma City Thunder star Westbrook for Ben Simmons after the draft.James proposed the move in order to get Westbrook and Embiid on the same side.“I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I’ll do it,” Antetokounmpo said.All Star Squads:Team Lebron:Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden; Reserves: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley BealSpecial pick: Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis:Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker; Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle LowrySpecial pick: Dirk Nowitzkilast_img read more

Boxing: Danny Garcia vs Shawn Porter confirmed for September 8th

first_imgAdvertisementWelterweight stars and former 147-pound titleholders Danny “Swift” Garcia and “Showtime” Shawn Porter will square off for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Championship live on SHOWTIME Saturday, September 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING.Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) has fought and defeated many of the most formidable opponents at 140 and 147-pounds spanning two generations-Erik Morales, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them. Five of his six opponents in the welterweight division were world champions and 11 of his last 15 opponents were world champions or former world champions.Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) owns victories over four-division champion Adrien Broner and two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi over a career that has seen him develop a reputation as one of the sport’s most reliable all-action attractions. He lost a narrow decision to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate in Brooklyn but rebounded with two victories last year at Barclays Center. He scored a TKO victory against former welterweight champion Andre Berto in a welterweight title eliminator and followed it up with a 12-round decision over Adrian Granados.Advertisementlast_img read more

RIL invests over Rs 1.5 lk cr in telecom, internet venture

first_imgMumbai, Mar 30 (PTI) Reliance Industries has invested over Rs 150,000 crore in its 4G internet and telecom venture, Jio, Chairman Mukesh Ambani said today, promising to deliver mobile broadband speed that would be 40 to 80 times faster than the current average speeds. The soon-to-be-launched Jio would come with a whole host of applications and services and huge library of audio and visual content, he said addressing FICCI Frames here. “Digitisation is the defining trend of this century. In fact, that is the very reason that we at Reliance conceived Jio. It is one of the largest transformational green-field digital initiatives anywhere in the world with an investment of over Rs 150,000 crore,” he said. Jio beta launched its services in December 2015 on Reliance founders day with plans for commercial launch this year. “I have no doubt that with the launch of Jio, Indias rank will go up from 150 to among the top 10 of mobile Internet rankings in the world,” he said. While the coverage of mobile broadband in India is only about 15-20 per cent, US has around 75 per cent coverage. “Jio will start services with 70 per cent coverage of India. From Day One,” he said. Jio would help the industry coverage of the country reach over 90 per cent. “From Day One, Jio mobile broadband will offer speeds that are about 40 to 80 times faster than the current average speeds,” he said adding Jio network is engineered to provide a capacity of 10GB per month for every year. Stating that all of this would be of no use if it was not accessible and affordable to consumers in all parts of the country, Ambani said, “Jio will significantly up the quantity, quality and coverage for broadband Internet while lowering the cost to the user.” Jio, he said, was not just a telecom network. It is an entire ecosystem consisting of devices, broadband networks, powerful applications and services, distributed to every doorstep in India. Its offerings will include the most comprehensive libraries and programming of recorded and live music, sports, live and catchup television, movies and events, he said. He however did not say when Jio would launch commercial services. Last week, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch had said that the commercial launch of Jio is likely to get pushed to December 2016. “Despite completing an employee soft launch in December 2015, we do not yet have visibility on the timeline on commercial launch by Jio. In our recent meetings with industry participants, we found a consistent view coming out of risks of Jio launch being pushed to December 2016,” it said. Credit Suisse however believes Jio is preparing for a soft launch of its 4G services soon. “Our visits to Reliance Digital stores in Mumbai revealed that the stores are preparing for a possible soft launch of Jios 4G connections soon,” it said. (MORE) PTI DSK DS BEN ANZ MRadvertisementlast_img read more

a month agoEx-Man Utd fullback Darmian delighted to make Parma debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd fullback Darmian delighted to make Parma debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is happy to have made his Parma debut.The fullback featured in defeat to Cagliari.He told TMW: “Personally, I think it went pretty well, physically I felt good and for the two weeks I got to know my teammates, they showed good qualities. The form will improve even more. “I was disappointed because in front of our audience we honestly didn’t get what we wanted, as always the three points, but we did a good game anyway. Positive on Sunday we have to start again, preparing the challenge for Lazio.” last_img read more

Teen Hub Opens in Half-Way Tree Transport Centre

first_img He noted that in addition to the computers, printers, televisions, educational video materials and closed-circuit cameras, the facility is also equipped with a counselling room to facilitate voluntary and confidential counselling, and HIV testing as well as mental health support. Story Highlights It is equipped with computers and other technology tools, and counselling staff will be on hand to provide guidance and healthcare information. Speaking at the launch on November 28, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said projects like Teen Hub will play a vital role in helping to address issues facing young people, including crime, teen pregnancies, substance abuse, and suicides. Adolescents who use the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew now have a safe and healthy space where they can do their homework and conduct research, while benefiting from counselling and other services. Adolescents who use the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in St. Andrew now have a safe and healthy space where they can do their homework and conduct research, while benefiting from counselling and other services.The newly renovated space, dubbed ‘Teen Hub’, is a collaborative effort of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation; Ministry of Health; and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.It is equipped with computers and other technology tools, and counselling staff will be on hand to provide guidance and healthcare information.Speaking at the launch on November 28, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said projects like Teen Hub will play a vital role in helping to address issues facing young people, including crime, teen pregnancies, substance abuse, and suicides.He noted that in addition to the computers, printers, televisions, educational video materials and closed-circuit cameras, the facility is also equipped with a counselling room to facilitate voluntary and confidential counselling, and HIV testing as well as mental health support.Peer educators, he said, will be available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.“Not to be ignored is the need for the maintenance of healthy lifestyle choices, which include avoiding harmful substances. These issues will also be addressed through the available channels here at the hub,” he pointed out.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, said that the period of adolescence is a time when individuals tend to become engaged in risky practices.“It is during this period that interventions become necessary in order to guide the teens, and this is why this hub and the support systems that are going to be put in place will be vital,” he said.He further noted that the collaborative effort with the Health Ministry is particularly fruitful at a time when attention has to be paid to the overall well-being of Jamaica’s youth.Teen Hub is located on the lower level of the Transport Centre.last_img read more

Brodosplit to Build Megaship Blocks for Fincantieri

first_imgBrodograđevna industrija Split (Brodosplit) and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have signed two new contracts for the construction of fitted sections (grand blocks) for mega cruisers, which are being built in Italian shipyards.The first contract concerns the construction of sections over 1,200 tons of steel equipped with pipe fitting and locksmith components as well as electrical routing with delivery deadline in the first half of 2019. This includes front part of the hull which will be loaded on a barge and towed to the Italian shipyard where it will be mounted on the ship.With the second contract Brodosplit has been awarded a project for building the central section of the ship whose overall length is over 100 meters and weight over 3,000 tons, with delivery deadline in the second half of 2019. The construction will be watertight on both sides and self-towed to the Italian shipyard.Brodosplit informed that, based on these and other contracts which are in preparation, the company would see a monthly income of more than EUR 5 million, resulting in a profit of around EUR 67.6 million a year in the period from 2019 – 2025.The agreement on long-term business and technical cooperation until 2025 is the result of the cooperation between Brodosplit and the Fincantieri Group, which dates back to 2014, during which Brodosplit has built and delivered fitted sections for three mega cruisers which are being built in their shipyards.In accordance with the agreed plans, engagement of a certain part of the Brodosplit workers for temporary work in the shipyard owned by the Fincantieri group is under preparation, and it will include performing special finishing works for luxurious cruise ships.last_img read more

Minister Approves Bear Head LNG Export Project

first_imgEnvironment Minister Randy Delorey has granted environmental assessment approval to Bear Head LNG Corporation to resume developing the liquefied natural gas facility at Point Tupper, Richmond Co., to export natural gas. The approval includes 32 terms and conditions to address greenhouse-gas emissions, noise and potential impacts to wildlife, water, wetlands and transportation. The company must also have a community liaison committee that includes municipal, Mi’kmaq and public representation. Construction is expected to begin next year, with operations to start in 2019. The project is also subject to requirements and approvals for plant operations. In 2004, under its former owners, the project had environmental assessment approval as an import facility. That approval was transferred to Bear Head LNG Corporation in 2014. Environmental assessment documents, including the minister’s decision, are available at .last_img read more

A list of Prince Philips visits to Canada over the years

first_imgThe Queen and Prince Philip have lavished much attention on Canada over their lives, each visiting the country more than 20 times over the years. The list below includes some notable visits by Philip, who is retiring from royal duties this fall.___1951: Princess Elizabeth and her new husband, Prince Philip, made a coast to coast tour of the country. It was Princess Elizabeth’s inaugural visit to Canada.___1954: Prince Philip made a solo, 20-day visit to various Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver.___1957: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made a four-day visit to Hull and Ottawa, where they officially opened that fall’s session of parliament. It was Her Majesty’s first visit as Queen___1959: The Queen, with Prince Philip, made a six-week tour of all provinces and territories. Highlights included being on hand for the opening of the St. Lawrence seaway.___1962: Over a span of 23 days, Prince Philip attended a Commonwealth Study Conference and visited five cities across Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.___1964: The Queen and Prince Philip visited Charlottetown, Quebec City and Ottawa to attend commemoration of confederation meetings that took place a century earlier.___1967: The Queen and Prince Philip spent six days in Ottawa and Montreal attending celebrations for Canada’s centennial and Expo67.___1967: Prince Philip travelled to Winnipeg to open the 1967 Pan American Games.___1969: Prince Philip visited six provinces in roughly two weeks to study operations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.___1970: The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles visited Manitoba to mark the 100th anniversary of the province’s entry into Confederation. They also toured the Northwest Territories to participate in its centennial.___1971: The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne visited British Columbia to mark its centenary anniversary of joining Confederation.___1973: The Queen and Prince Philip visited Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Alberta. They marked the RCMP centennial, the centennial of P.E.I. joining Confederation and the tercentennial of Kingston, Ont.___1973: Less than a month after their previous visit,the Queen and Prince Philip returned to Canada to greet heads of government at Commonwealth meetings in Ottawa.___1976: The Queen and princes Philip, Charles, Andrew and Edward toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. They also took in the opening ceremonies for the Montreal Olympics and stayed to watch Princess Anne compete in equestrian events.___1977: The Queen and Prince Philip made a five-day visit to Ottawa to mark her Silver Jubilee.___1978: The Queen and princes Philip, Edward and Andrew visited Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta, where they attended the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.___1982: The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, visited Ottawa for four days in order to sign the proclamation of the Constitution Act.___1983: The Queen and Prince Philip toured various cities in British Columbia over a three-day visit.___1984: The Queen and Prince Philip visited New Brunswick and Ontario for both provinces’ bicentennials. The Queen then carried on alone to tour Manitoba.___1987: The Queen and Prince Philip visited British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec over a 16-day long tour.___1989: Prince Philip made a four-day visit to attend various ceremonies in Montreal.___1993: Prince Philip travelled solo to Toronto and Montreal for various presentations and ceremonies.___1994: The Queen and Prince Philip toured Nova Scotia and British Columbia, where they attended the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. The Duke of Edinburgh also made stops in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.___1997: The Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Newfoundland in order to celebrate the 500th anniversary of John Cabot’s arrival. The Queen also visited several cities in Ontario, while Prince Philip surveyed flood damage in Manitoba.___2002: The Queen and Prince Philip made an 11-day visit to Canada on the last leg of their Commonwealth Golden Jubilee tour. Among other events, she dropped a ceremonial puck at a Vancouver Canucks game, visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, attended a lunch at Rideau Hall with 51 distinguished Canadians and presented the RCMP musical ride with an Irish mare.___2005: The Queen and Prince Philip made a nine-day tour of Saskatchewan and Alberta to celebrate both provinces’ centennials. The trip was characterized by torrents of rain at nearly every stop.___2010: Accompanied by Prince Philip, the Queen made a nine-day trip to Canada, starting with a stop in Halifax where she reviewed a flotilla for international warships. The Queen also visited Ottawa, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Waterloo, Ont.___2013: Prince Philip made a solo, two-day visit to Toronto where he was presented with the highest rank of the Order of Canada. He also awarded new regimental colours to the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment.___last_img read more

Tropical Storm Dorian heads for Puerto Rico amid fears of flooding

first_imgPUERTO RICO – Tropical Storm Dorian threatened Puerto Rico with a direct hit at near-hurricane force on Wednesday and forecasters said it could strengthen further as it approaches the U.S. mainland.The storm was expected to pass over or near Puerto Rico, with landslides, widespread flooding and power outages possible in what is expected to be the first major test of emergency preparedness since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. President Donald Trump declared an emergency Tuesday night and ordered federal assistance for local authorities.“Practically the entire island will be under sustained tropical storm force winds,” said Roberto Garcia, director of U.S. National Weather Service San Juan, during a press conference late Tuesday.However, he said the forecast could keep changing, adding that late shifts occur with storms such as Dorian that do not have a well-defined centre.The storm earlier had been projected to brush the western part of the U.S. territory and the change in the storm’s course caught many off guard in the tiny island of Vieques just east of Puerto Rico, a popular tourist destination that now lies in Dorian’s path.“I’m in shock,” Vilma Santana said in a phone interview, adding that she’s relieved it’s not a hurricane. “Thank God it’s a storm.”A still-uncertain long-term forecast would have Dorian nearing Florida at hurricane strength by Sunday or Monday.Trump sent a tweet assuring that “We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job.”He added a jab at Puerto Rican officials who have accused the government of a slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Maria: “When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!”Early Wednesday, Dorian was located about 60 miles (95 kilometres) southeast of St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it had strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (96 kph) while moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).The storm was expected to dump 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimetres) of rain with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimetres).It’s a forecast that worries many in Puerto Rico because blue tarps still cover some 30,000 homes nearly two years after Hurricane Maria. The island’s 3.2 million inhabitants also depend on an unstable power grid that remains prone to outages since it was destroyed by Maria, a Category 4 storm.Ramonita Torres, a thin, stooped, 74-year-old woman lives by herself in the impoverished, flood-prone neighbourhood of Las Monjas in the capital of San Juan. She was still trying to rebuild the home she nearly lost after Maria but was not able to secure the pieces of zinc that now serve as her roof.“There’s no money for that,” she said, shaking her head.The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A tropical storm warning also was issued for the British Virgin Islands, and a tropical storm watch was in force for the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.Dorian earlier caused power outages and downed trees in Barbados and St. Lucia.Although top government officials in Puerto Rico said they were prepared for the storm and had sufficient equipment, a couple of mayors, including those in the western region, said they did not have enough generators or shelters that were properly set up.Jose Ortiz, executive director of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, acknowledged that the distribution system still has weak areas and could “suffer” under winds of 50 to 60 mph. However, he stressed the agency has the needed inventory, including more than 120,000 lights, 23,000 poles and 7,400 transformers.But Freddyson Martinez, vice-president of a power workers’ union, told The Associated Press that while the electric grid has improved in some areas, he worries about a lack of power line workers and post-Maria patches which feature lines affixed to palm trees.The island’s transportation secretary acknowledged that crews are still rebuilding roads damaged or blocked by Maria, more than 1,000 of which remain blocked by that storm’s landslides.Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez urged those living in flood-prone areas or under a blue tarp to move into one of the island’s 360 shelters.Officials also said public schools and government offices would remain closed through at least Thursday.“We learned our lesson quite well after Maria,” Vazquez said. “We are going to be much better prepared.”In the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is still struggling to recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. closed schools and government offices and said he would implement a curfew until Thursday, adding that officials would soon open more shelters and were prepaing sandbags in all three islands.“The main threat in this storm is the water,” he said in a conference call early Wednesday. “We still have a lot of vulnerable people in the territory.”Some 1,000 customers in St. Croix and dozens in St. Thomas and St. John were already without power on Wednesday.Dorian was expected to move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night or Friday.Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erin formed well off the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday night, and the National Hurricane Service said the storm was forecast to move northward over the open Atlantic with no immediate threat to land.It was about 435 miles (705 kilometres) west of Bermuda and 265 miles (430 kilometres) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph).last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP seek public assistance in locating missing male

first_imgUPDATE – Augustt “Sean” Rowe has been located safe. Beaverlodge RCMP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Augustt “Sean” Rowe.According to RCMP, Rowe was last seen at his home in Hythe on the night of July 4 at 10:00 p.m. He is believed to be driving a white 2010 Ford Ranger with an Alberta license plate number ZZM 794.Rowe is described as:Metis6’2″, 180 lbBrown hair, grey/blue eyesWearing jeans, likely a black hoodie and short black leather bootsIf you have any information about Rowe’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Worlds first malaria vaccine launched in Africa

first_imgGeneva: The world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi after concerted efforts of over 30 years to protect children from the deadly disease that claims over 435,000 lives globally every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the Government of Malawi’s landmark pilot programme. The launch of the first and only malaria vaccine, known as RTS,S, makes Malawi the first of three countries in Africa where it will be made available to children up to 2 years of age. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USGhana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks, WHO said in a statement. Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, claiming the life of one child every two minutes. Most of these deaths are in Africa, where more than 250,000 children die from the disease every year. WHO estimates that India accounts for 89 per cent malaria cases in South-East Asia. According to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), 1,090,724 cases and 331 deaths due to malaria were reported during 2016 in the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChildren under five are at greatest risk of its life-threatening complications. Worldwide, malaria kills 435 000 people a year, most of them children. “We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there. The malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of children’s lives,” Ghebreyesus said in a statement. Thirty years in the making, RTS,S is the first, and to date the only, vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children. In clinical trials, the vaccine was found to prevent approximately four in 10 malaria cases, including three in 10 cases of life-threatening severe malaria. “Malaria is a constant threat in the African communities where this vaccine will be given. The poorest children suffer the most and are at highest risk of death,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We know the power of vaccines to prevent killer diseases and reach children, including those who may not have immediate access to the doctors, nurses and health facilities they need to save them when severe illness comes,” Moeti said. “This is a day to celebrate as we begin to learn more about what this tool can do to change the trajectory of malaria through childhood vaccination,” she added. The pilot programme is designed to generate evidence and experience to inform WHO policy recommendations on the broader use of the RTS,S malaria vaccine. It will look at reductions in child deaths; vaccine uptake, including whether parents bring their children on time for the four required doses; and vaccine safety in the context of routine use. The vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool — to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention, including the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and the timely use of malaria testing and treatment. The WHO-coordinated pilot programme is a collaborative effort with ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi and a range of in-country and international partners, including PATH, a non-profit organization, and GSK, the vaccine developer and manufacturer, which is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses for this pilot. “We look forward to the start of vaccination in Ghana, and then Kenya later this year. A vaccine for malaria is among many innovations needed to bring an end to this disease, and we proudly stand with all countries and our many partners in progressing towards a malaria-free world,” said Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH. The malaria vaccine pilot aims to reach about 360,000 children per year across the three countries. Ministries of health will determine where the vaccine will be given.last_img read more

Best time to develop country says President

President Maithripala Sirisena says this is the best time to develop the country when all the countries in the world and international organizations do not have any animosity against Sri Lanka.The President expressed these views at the inauguration ceremony of the National Program for Local Food Production, held in Iranamadu today. The program which was inaugurated in Kilinochchi district yesterday, will be implemented around the country in the future and the aim of the program is to grow agricultural products that can be grown in our county. The President said it is a shame to import food from foreign countries for consumption when there is an ability to produce every food within the country.President Sirisena said every state owned lands which have not been cultivated will be used for food production in the future. He said he would take explanations from the responsible officials about the lands which will not be cultivated. “When this happens the farmers can never get rid of the debt burden”, he said. The President symbolically distributed title deeds of 613 acres of land in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, used by the military, to their original owners and to the relevant institutions.Marking the inaugural ceremony of the National Food Production program the President went to the paddy field and switched on the paddy planting machine. In parallel to this program the inauguration of the growing of agricultural products including corn, fruit and coconut was commenced today. In addition to that goats, dairy cows and coconut sapling were also distributed among the people and organic fertilizers were introduced for farming. President Sirisena also declared open the Aquaculture Development Centre at Iranamadu.President Sirisena also made an observation tour of the Vocational Training Centre being built in the Iranamadu area under the financial assistance from Germany. (Colombo Gazette) The President pointed out that over 80 per cent of the requirement of chilies, soya, cowpea and green gram is imported. He recalled over Rs.6 billions spent on the importation of food in 2014. “The empty lands which have not been utilized for food production and owned by private sector will also be taken on temporary basis for food production. Every inch which can be cultivated should be cultivated”, the President stated.He said the home garden cultivation is a key feature of this national program which is carried out not only by the Department of Agriculture and Presidential Secretariat but also by every institute of state and private sector. He pointed out that the people can cultivate vegetables and fruits at their plots of land in the house yard for their day to day consumption.President Maithripala Sirisena requested the people, who enjoy the freedom and democracy under this new government, to unite irrespective of race, religion and caste differences to eliminate poverty in our country. read more

Deforestation slows but we need to do better on sustainable forest use

Some 129 million hectares of forest – an area almost equivalent in size to South Africa ¬– have been lost since 1990, according to FAO’s most comprehensive forest review to date, The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015. It covers 234 countries and territories and was presented at this week’s World Forestry Congress, which kicked off today in Durban, South Africa.The FAO study noted however, that an increasing amount of forest areas have come under protection while more countries are improving forest management. This is often done through legislation and includes the measuring and monitoring of forest resources and a greater involvement of local communities in planning and in developing policies.”Forests play a fundamental role in combating rural poverty, ensuring food security and providing people with livelihoods. And they deliver vital environmental services such as clean air and water, the conservation of biodiversity and combating climate change,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, launching the report in Durban.He noted an “encouraging tendency towards a reduction in rates of deforestation and carbon emissions from forests,” as well as improved information that can inform good policy, noting that presently national forest inventories cover 81 per cent of global forest area, a substantial increase over the past 10 years.”The direction of change is positive, but we need to do better,” the FAO Director-General cautioned. “We will not succeed in reducing the impact of climate change and promoting sustainable development if we do not preserve our forests and sustainably use the many resources they offer us,” he added.FAO’s report stresses the critical importance of forests to people, the environment, and the global economy. The forest sector contributes about $600 billion annually to global gross domestic product (GDP) and provides employment to over 50 million people.The report also noted that Africa and South America had the highest net annual loss of forests in 2010-2015, with 2.8 and 2 million hectares respectively, but the report notes how the rate of loss has “substantially decreased” from the previous five year period.Globally, natural forest area is decreasing and planted forest area is increasing and while most forests remain publicly owned, ownership by individuals and communities has increased. In all cases FAO stresses the importance of sustainable forest management practices.”The management of forests has improved dramatically over the last 25 years. This includes planning, knowledge sharing, legislation, policies – a whole range of important steps that countries have implemented or are implementing,” said Kenneth MacDicken, leader of FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment Team.He underscored how since 1990 the designation of additional forest land for conservation increased by some 150 million ha and that forest in protected areas has increased by over 200 million hectares.Currently, forest area primarily designated for biodiversity conservation accounts for 13 percent of the world’s forest, or 524 million hectares, with the largest areas reported in Brazil and the United States. Over the last five year period Africa reported the highest annual increase in the area of forest for conservation while Europe, North and Central American and North America reported the lowest compared to previous reporting periods, while the increase reported by Asia for 2010-2015 was lower than that reported for 2000-1010 but higher than the increase reported in the 1990s.Deforestation and forest degradation increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but forest and tree growth absorbs carbon dioxide which is the main greenhouse gas. FAO notes how a more sustainable management of forests will result in a reduction in carbon emissions from forests and has a vital role to play in addressing the impacts of climate change.FAO has estimated that total carbon emissions from forests decreased by more than 25 per cent between 2001 and 2015, mainly due to a slowdown in global deforestation rates. read more

Will UConns Dominance Of Womens Basketball End Anytime Soon

Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Dec. 15, 2015), we look at whether the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team will sweep every team before it in this year’s NCAA season. With FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, we explore the rise of Kristaps Porzingis and whether we can compare him to Dirk Nowitzki. Plus, we try and understand a metric that’s earning college football coaches hundreds of thousands of dollars. And a Significant Digit on Odell Beckham Jr.’s almost-record-breaking number of touchdown receptions.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Benjamin Morris on why last season’s Huskies were so good.Nick Martin on the metric earning college football coaches millions.Odell Beckham Jr.’s magic touchdown caught on pylon camera. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

President not attending UN General Assembly due to hectic schedule preparations

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl GreenidgeMinister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and a team will be attending the 73rd United Nations General Assembly- UNGA 73 later this month in New York.However, he noted that President David Granger will not be attending this year’s General Assembly due to a hectic schedule including preparations for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) slated for November 12.Addressing the local media corps Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Greenidge said apart from the usual issues and presentations by the respective Heads of States, several bilateral meetings will be held on the sidelines of UNGA 73.These meetings will involve discussions with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other international organisations. In preparation for the renewal of the Cotonou Accord, the negotiators representing the 79-member countries of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states will be hosting a meeting.The meeting with the ACP states, Minister Greenidge pointed out, is critical given the importance of the Cotonou Agreement, since it is the main source of concessionary funding for the Caribbean countries.Importantly, the Foreign Affairs Minister said, the UNGA 73 will provide Guyana with the opportunity to engage the Secretary-General on developments relating to the Guyana/Venezuela controversy, following his decision to refer the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on January 30.Following the hosting of the UNGA 73, the minister said several other meetings are scheduled to address issues such as trade, Blue Oceans and to facilitate further discussions pertaining to the ACP states.The minister and the team will be attending from September 24, when the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opens on September 18. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, September 25 is scheduled to last for nine working days.The theme of the general debate is ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana wants bilateral not border talks with Venezuela – Greenidge clarifiesAugust 9, 2015In “Politics”Greenidge attends unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue at UN HQSeptember 24, 2018In “Politics”Commonwealth set to ratify declaration in support of Guyana in controversy with VenezuelaNovember 17, 2015In “Politics” read more

Leinster confirm Lote Tuqiri signing

first_img“A consummate professional, Lote has an enormous wealth of experience in the game and we believe that he will play an important role in the squad over the coming weeks.” LEINSTER HAVE OFFICIALLY confirmed the signing of Australian wing Lote Tuqiri.The 33-year-old joins the province on a short-term contract, having been released by rugby league’s West Tigers earlier this month.Leinster’s head coach Matt O’Connor said, ”We are delighted to welcome a player of Lote’s calibre and his enthusiasm to make a positive impression at Leinster is exciting for both his new team-mates and supporters alike. An international in both union and league, Tuqiri renews a relationship with O’Connor that began during his stint with the Leicester Tigers in 2009/10.The 6ft 3ins winger won 67 Wallaby caps from 2003 to 2008, including two World Cups in ’03 and ’07. In that time, Tuqiri amassed 30 international tries and was a key attacking element in the Australian set-up.Tuqiri’s professional rugby career began with league side Brisbane Broncos in 1999, before he joined the Waratahs in Super Rugby in 2003. He scored 29 tries over the following seven seasons.After the spell with Leicester, the powerful wing returned to league, once again representing Australia on the international stage. Injuries have reduced his impact in recent years, with arm breaks befalling him in 2011 and 2012.Tuqiri has now been drafted in by Leinster to cover a perceived lack of depth in the back three, particularly with fellow new signing Zane Kirchner away on Rugby Championship duty with South Africa.Even as he approaches his 34th birthday next week, Tuqiri remains a fine physical specimen. His work ethic and easygoing nature made him a popular figure during his time at Leicester, and O’Connor will be hoping for more of the same.The tall winger is also a hefty unit at well over 100kg, and he offers Leinster an aerial threat they haven’t had on the wing since Shane Horgan retired. Expect Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan to search him out with cross-field kicks.A short-term contract for three months means there is little risk for Leinster in the deal, even if it might prevent some of the younger members of the set-up from getting valuable exposure.Whether Tuqiri can make as big an impact as Brad Thorn did in his spell with Leinster remains to be seen.YouTube credit: Doggiesofwarlast_img read more