The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio

first_imgRecord SFX (Wild Takes) On SetWild takes are sound effects recorded on set without dialogue. If cameras aren’t rolling (and if you can convince the crew to be quiet) you should try to record some on set SFX. They can be as simple as an actor’s footsteps or the clashing of dishes, doors, or machinery.The goal is to capture the sounds that could be difficult to find in a SFX library. While we may have hundreds of thousands of SFX here on PremiumBeat, you may not find the exact sound to the exact time you need. For example, if you are shooting a scene with an old car, it’s best to record real engine sounds to keep the sound as authentic as possible.Something to keep in mind: you don’t need to turn up the gain to capture all these SFX. Since they will become layers in post, you’ll want to keep them accurate to the levels you’d hear on set. So if footsteps are quiet and slightly registering on your recorder, that’s ok. Try to record each SFX in a few different ways, including different microphone angles, positions, and distances.Pro Tip: Announce each action as soon as you hit record and before you start performing. That way you can easily keep track of each different sound effect.Make sure you check out the rest of the Indie Film Sound Guide episodes. There you will learn about working with everything you’ve recorded in post. Also, be sure to subscribe to The Film Look’s YouTube channel for weekly tips and tricks on filmmaking, video production, and post-production.Do you know other indie filmmaking tips for capturing audio? Let us know in the comments. Setting Audio Levels and Capturing Room ToneThe loudness of actors and actions differs in every take. Make sure audio levels don’t peak, and leave some room for any unexpected loud noises or increases in conversational volume.In this episode, you’ll hear the audio clip when one character shouts. Be sure to lower the gain while recording dialogue. Also, be sure to capture about two minutes of room tone to help avoid unnatural silence. This ambient noise makes conversations sound more realistic, and it can cover up hard edits. (If you forgot to capture room tone, check out our pack of 15 free ambient noise tracks). Learn how to properly record audio on set with a traditional boom mic setup.All images via The Film Look.Here in the PremiumBeat office, we’re big fans of The Film Look — a YouTube channel dedicated to showing you how to make better films and videos (with new episodes every week).We recently teamed up with The Film Look to bring you a series of tutorials on capturing better sound for your videos. The eight-part series will cover a ton of different audio recording and mixing topics, with plenty of tips and tricks for you to learn along the way.In the first five episodes, you will learn how to work with audio on set. Then the series will shift focus to working with audio in post-production.You’ll quickly see that it’s not about having the right gear — it’s about knowing how to properly use audio equipment. The audio kit used in the series is the basic setup for indie films and corporate video productions — a shotgun mic, boom pole, audio recorder, and headphones. There are also tips on recording with smartphones and on-camera microphones for those without this setup. (You can piece together a professional boom mic kit for around $500.)Microphone Position Is KeyThe position of your microphone is crucial to a quality recording. In the first episode, you’ll hear the difference between a smartphone recorder and a shotgun mic — but there’s a twist.The smartphone audio was better in the first take because the shotgun microphone was too far away. To get better audio, place a shotgun microphone over the head of your speaking subject.If you are on a windy set, try positioning the microphone underneath the subject, or for the best results combine that with a dead cat or blimp.When it comes time to record, limit the movement of your hands. Use your arms and shoulders to reposition the microphone to avoid making noise. There are also some great tips in the video about the best ways to grip a boom mic.Capturing Dialogue Is Your First PriorityThe highest priority when recording a film or video is dialogue. Noises or sound effects are easier to  recreate in post — or to draw from an SFX library.While on the topic of noises, if you detect any outside noise on set — like a plane, train, or automobile — be sure to bring it up if recording has not yet started. If you are already rolling, finish the take, and then mention any need for another take.Before shooting, make sure the camera crew (specifically the 2nd AC if you have one) uses a clapper board to mark the take. This will help tremendously when editing and mixing the project in post.Minimize Unwanted NoiseYou can silence the set as much as possible to eliminate unnecessary ambient noise, but that doesn’t always prevent unwanted sounds. Episode three dives into separating dialogue from any noise the actors make on set.If there is a loud action, like placing a glass mug on a glass saucer, you can eliminate the noise with some simple camera tricks and foley work.last_img read more

London Olympics: Armstrong wins gold in cycling time trial in style

first_imgAmerican rider Kristin Armstrong charged to victory in the women’s Olympic cycling time trial event on Wednesday. Silver went to Germany’s Judith Arndt, who was 15 seconds slower than Armstrong.Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya was 22 seconds off the winning time as she won her second bronze medal of the Olympics after coming third in the road race on Sunday.New Zealand’s Linda Melanie Villumsen had been within five seconds of Armstrong’s time at 20.4 km distance, but faded badly in the last eight km and finished fourth, losing out to Zabelinskaya by less than two seconds.last_img read more

CJ McCollum has triple-double, Trail Blazers beat Hawks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “CJ was terrific, maybe his best all-around game of the year,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.Seth Curry, who got the start in Lillard’s place, scored 22 points. Maurice Harkless also had a season-high 16 points to go with five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Without (Lillard) out there I was just talking a little bit more, initiate the offense and tried to keep everybody involved,” McCollum said.Trae Young had 30 points and eight assists to lead the Hawks. After Atlanta jumped out to a 11-7 lead, the Blazers outscored the Hawks 33-19 to build a 10-point lead after the first quarter.The Hawks quickly cut the Blazers lead to three in the early moments of the second quarter. Dwayne Dedmon’s dunk with the 7:39 left in the quarter gave Atlanta a one-point lead and the Hawks led by as many as six.Atlanta held a one-point lead at halftime with Collins and rookie Trae Young leading the way.McCollum got off to an early start on a big night, with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the first half.“CJ scores the ball, great passing, going after it on the boards,” Young said about McCollum. “CJ does what CJ does — everything.”Blazers sixth man Evan Turner was forced from the game at halftime with a sore left Achilles.TIP-INSHawks: John Collins has made a big jump from his rookie year in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, which is nearly double his average from last season. But another area in which he’s improved has been on the offensive rebounding. Collins began the day averaging 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, a full rebound more than last year. In terms of percentage, Collins has improved by two percentage points and he’s just outside of the top-10 in that category.Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce commended him for his willingness to embrace the mentality of dominating mismatches.“And it’s easy to get frustrated when we don’t find him when there is a guard defending him. The effort part that he’s shown over the last month or two months. When there’s a guard on him, we want to find him but if we don’t, go to work. Because now you a small down there. He’s completely bought into it. I said it a while back, it’s like a new toy for him.” Trail Blazers: Lillard had been dealing with nagging injuries over the last few weeks. With the Blazers just returning home after a three-game road trip, the team elected to rest Lillard who has been listed with a bruised right hand and a sore right knee.“There’s nothing serious,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He almost didn’t play against Phoenix so I think it’s just, he needs a day.”Lillard was one of only four Blazers who had played in each of the first 50 games this season. The choice to rest Lillard comes at a brief break in the Blazers schedule. After Saturday, the Blazers only have one game in the span of nine days.UP NEXTHawks: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.Trail Blazers: Host Utah on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, right, steals the ball from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Blazers won 120-111. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — With the Trail Blazers playing without All-Star guard Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum reminded everybody just how good Portland’s other guard are.McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, leading the Trail Blazers to a 120-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte McCollum had 10 points and three assists in the third quarter to give Portland a three-point lead heading to the fourth. Atlanta pulled to 101-100 with 7:17 remaining, but Curry scored 11 points during the Trail Blazers’ 13-0 game-closing run.“I was trying to get (Curry) some shots, he’s a very great shooter, a guy who can read on-ball and off-ball screens,” McCollum said. “I tried to take advantage of their defensive lapses, they were paying a lot of attention to me. I was trying to be aggressive and mix in making plays.”“When they hit 3s, you feel it,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said of the Blazers’ final run. “And Curry did that late in the game with three 3s. And we hit a stretch where we couldn’t get anything to go down.”Stotts thought Curry’s night, in particular, was special for him.“It’s been tough for him, coming off the bench and playing behind Dame and CJ and coming into a new team,” Stotts said. “All that — it’s been a rough transition, but I think he showed tonight what he’s capable of. He stepped up, I mean we needed a performance like that from him tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Warriors win 10th straight, beat Celtics Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

Shuttlers PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy advance at China Masters

first_imgAce women’s singles shuttler PV Sindhu entered the second round, while her male compatriot HS Prannoy, eased into the third round of their respective events as India witnessed a productive day at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Wednesday.Fourth seed Sindhu took 34 minutes to get the better of her Japanese rival Natsuki Nidaira 21-16, 21-12 to book her place in the next round.In the men’s singles event, Swiss Open winner Prannoy, seeded seventh, had little trouble in thwarting off the challenge of Huang Yuxiang of China 21-13, 21-11.Prannoy will face Malaysia’s Darren Liew in the next round.It was a good day for India in the doubles competition as well as Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa and Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar also progressed to the second round of their respective events without much trouble.While Pranaav and Akshay beat Singapore’s Yong Kai Terry Hee and Kean Hean Loh 21-18, 21-13 in their men’s doubles opening match, Jwala and Ashwini defeated Malaysia’s Mei Kuan Chow and Meng Yean Lee 21-16, 21-18 in the women’s doubles event.Pranaav and Akshay will now meet seventh seeded Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Zhang Wen, while Jwala and Ashwini will be up against Chinese Taipei pair of Hsieh Pei Chen and Wu Ti Jung.The only blot for India in an otherwise good day was eighth seeded men’s doubles combination of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who lost 19-21, 16-21 to Dutch pair of Ruud Bosch and Oliver Leydon-Davis in the opening round.advertisementTop Indian male shuttler K Srikanth had suffered yet another first round exit after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Hsien 21-12, 21-17. National champion Sameer Verma had withdrawn from the event.last_img read more

Govt, Oppn must join hands for GST breakthrough: Assocham

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) Government and the main opposition party should get the long-stalled Constitutional Amendment Bill on GST passed in the Rajya Sabha in first few days of the monsoon session of Parliament, industry body Assocham has said.”At this point, when macroeconomic risks like rebound in inflation and continuing slowdown in industrial growth along with global geo-political headwinds are rising, the passage of the GST Bill can be a strong anti-dote to any such negative news flow,” Assocham quoted secretary general D S Rawat as saying. The chamber feels that while implementation of the law is still far away since ratification of at least half of states is required, the main hurdle remains in the Rajya Sabha where the composition of the House remains fractured, making it “imperative” for a wider political consensus. “The good part is that the Congress has been showing inclination to come on board. We appeal to the principal Opposition to leave aside its wider political difference with the government and support the most important tax reform for the country,” the industry lobby said. It saw sentiment lift from its passage to be “phenomenal” for global investors in financial markets, potentially leading to FDI inflows with positive implications on parameters like current account stability and currency movement. As part of the outreach, Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar on Friday met with Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma to help break the stalemate on the GST Bill. During the meeting that lasted for about 45 minutes, the two sides put forth their views and decided to meet again once the monsoon session starts on July 18. Further, Assocham said the rhetoric for protectionism is expected to get shriller in the US in the run-up to the election, which would be a negative trend for Indian IT companies, in particular. “Under these circumstances, India has to look inward for demand generation and GST and other economic reforms are essential for boosting morale,” the chamber noted. The GST Bill has been hanging fire in the Rajya Sabha for a long time due to stiff opposition from the Congress. The Goods and Services Tax seeks to bring in a uniform tax structure subsuming a number of levies and the government claims that it will help add 1-2 per cent to the countrys GDP.advertisementOn inflation, Assocham noted that while it is true that kharif harvest would be higher along with better prospects for rabi crops because of an abundant monsoon this year, inflation risks are evident in terms of a range of primary articles and manufactured food products. Besides, capacity under-utilisation across different industry segments remains high with a negative impact on job creation, it added. PTI BKS ARD ABMlast_img read more

What’s the right channel count for mixed signal oscilloscopes?

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement (Source: Tektronix) The mixed signal oscilloscope was first introduced in 1993 and featured two analog channels paired with 8 or 16 digital channels.  In the ensuing years, the channel counts for mainstream MSOs – the go-to debug tool for embedded systems designers – became essentially locked in at 2 or 4 analog channels and 16 digital channels. The MSO was embraced by embedded designers, because it extended their visibility from two or four signals to as many as 20 signals, without having to reach for their tool of last resort – the logic analyzer.Despite this channel count’s long run and broad market acceptance, is it still right for today’s embedded systems? For oscilloscope manufacturers and embedded systems designers alike, it’s a question worth asking. Manufacturers need to know if they are delivering test capabilities customers actually want and are willing to pay for. Designers need the right tool for the job. This thinking led to multiple research projects involving embedded systems engineers from around the world to look a little deeper into the topic of scope channel counts. What we learned informed much of the thinking in the new 5 Series MSO that increases the number of available analog channels to 6 or 8, and offers from 8 to 64 digital channels. The digital channels can also be re-configured on the fly.Given the success of 4-channel MSOs over the years, it’s safe to say that the traditional number of analog and digital channels has served most embedded designers well enough, or perhaps more to the point, they have been able to make it work. But a significant number – 35 percent in our research – said they ideally wanted 8 analog channels.In the past when these engineers needed more than 4 analog inputs, they would try to use two scopes together. This practice of “cascading” multiple scopes creates several challenges. To synchronize the acquisitions, the scopes must be triggered at the same instant, requiring cabling (or double-probing) and creative trigger setups. Comparing data on two displays is difficult, so many engineers take the raw data from the two scopes and use a PC to merge the waveforms for evaluation. This synchronization is time-consuming with two identical scope models, but it becomes even more problematic when using different scope models.On the digital side, it turns out that less can be just as important as more. In some cases, engineers were frustrated when they were forced to buy 16 digital channels when they really only wanted eight. In our research, approximately 75% percent of respondents said they wanted something other than 16 digital channels. Some wanted more, some wanted fewer.For embedded systems designers, the scope characteristic that stands out even more than channel count is flexibility. Our research found that 79 percent of embedded engineers want oscilloscopes that are “future proofed” and multi-purposed to serve the varied needs of overstretched design teams.When we talked to embedded designers about the design phase at which they encountered the need for more channels and flexibility, the most common answer was during system-level troubleshooting.  When multiple subsystems start coming together, with multiple processors, multiple power rails, multiple serial buses, and multiple I/O devices, that’s when system-level visibility can become critical. The traditional approach to troubleshooting with a scope is to take multiple two- or four-channel captures, making one’s way backward against the signal path to get to the root cause of a failure. In today’s systems that process input from multiple sensors to drive multiple actuators while communicating over multiple buses, this approach can be painful. These embedded computing systems, incorporating sensors, actuators, processing power and communications will form the distributed smarts in the growing Internet of Things (IoT).Another pain point embedded engineers shared during our research stems from the proliferation of power rails in today’s systems. To optimize for both power consumption, performance and speed, even a relatively simple system might have a 12 V bulk supply, a couple of 5 V supplies, a 3.3-volt supply and a 1.8 V supply. Verifying and troubleshooting the turn-on and turn-off sequence of these supplies, especially in relation to other control or status signals on their boards requires more channels or more tests.Some creative engineers reported that they use the variable thresholds on digital MSO channels to check power sequencing. In this case, they set the thresholds of the digital channels slightly below the nominal voltage level of the supply and used this setup to generate a “timing diagram” of power supplies, reset lines, interrupts, status lines and so on.  The obvious shortcoming in this approach is the power supplies are represented as binary waveforms, ignoring the analog characteristics of the signals. Most engineers prefer to perform this testing and troubleshooting using analog channels.For many applications, the traditional 4 analog/16 digital configuration may be all that’s needed. But if something new comes along – and our bet is that it will – it could be comforting to know that some other options are finally available.Wilson Lee is Senior Manager, Marketing at Tektronix.  Previously to joining Tektronix, Wilson has had over 25 years of technical marketing, technical sales leadership roles – with manufacturers such as CTS Electronic Components, as well technical/value add distributors such as Richardson RFPD, and Premier Farnell. Wilson has heavily focused on design within the RF/Wireless, Industrial Power, and Industrial Automation market segments. Wilson earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Cornell University. While living in NY, Chicago and Asia through his career, he currently resides in Greater Portland, Oregon. center_img Continue Reading Previous The app-ortunities in connected lightingNext 2017 Embedded Market Surveylast_img read more

Ariya Jutanugarn wins US Women’s Open on fourth play-off hole

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook US sports Italy’s political crisis spells problems for 2022 Ryder Cup host Share on WhatsApp Topics Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Ewan Murray Golf European Tour Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won the US Open in dramatic circumstances after recovering from a back-nine collapse to overcome the South Korean Kim Hyo-joo in a play-off at Shoal Creek in Alabama.Victory means Jutanugarn has become the first player from Thailand to win the championship. The 22-year-old made a clutch bunker shot to within a foot of the hole to save par, beating Kim, who shot a five-under 67 in the final round to force the play-off.Jutanugarn started the day with a four-shot lead over Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith and looked as if she might win easily after opening with four under par on the front nine to stretch her lead to seven shots.But a triple bogey at the 10th cut the lead to four and seemed to shake her confidence. Jutanugarn still had a two-shot lead with two holes remaining but closed with back-to-back bogeys to fall into a play-off after shooting 73.Earlier Italy’s Francesco Molinari came up agonisingly short in his bid for back-to-back wins and a third Italian Open title as Thorbjorn Olesen held his nerve to claim the fifth European Tour title of his career.The Dane shot a flawless closing 64 at Gardagolf to finish 22 under par, a shot ahead of the home favourite Molinari, who had won the PGA Championship at Wentworth the previous week.The two players had been tied for the lead with two holes remaining, but at the 17th Molinari followed four straight birdies by dropping only his second shot of the week while Olesen birdied the same hole in the group behind to take a two-shot lead. The Italian refused to give in throw in the towel and holed a curling birdie putt on the last from 40 feet to complete a 65 and pile on the pressure but Olesen got up and down from a greenside bunker for par to secure the first prize of £874,000 in the second Rolex Series event of 2018. “This is my first time coming from behind to win so that’s very special to me,” Olesen said after a victory which takes him just outside the automatic European qualifying places for September’s Ryder Cup, when his compatriot Thomas Bjorn captains the European side. news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Share on Messenger Francesco Molinarilast_img read more

Lily Allen Joins StarStudded Coram Charity Concert

first_imgThe Royal Albert Hall came alive for Coram’s biggest ever musical fundraising concert featuring Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Queen’s Brian May, Kerry Ellis, The Feeling and Maverick Sabre this week.Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.Maverick opened the evening’s entertainment playing a stripped-back set accompanied by his guitarist. He encouraged the audience to text a £10 donation to support Coram’s music therapy services, which help vulnerable children to communicate.Sophie Ellis-Bextor was up next, charming the crowd with her folk-pop ballads. Sophie remarked how incredible it was that when the Royal Albert Hall was built, Coram had already been helping children for 140 years!Sophie is featured on Coram’s newly-launched supporter pledge wall and read pledges from other celebrity supporters such as Richard E. Grant and Lisa Faulkner.The audience were brought straight to their feet by the next act, pop rockers, The Feeling. Front man Dan Gillespie was quick to voice his support for Coram, saying “It’s great to be here for a wonderful cause.”Then it was time for the soulful tones of Brian May and Kerry Ellis, who had the audience in the palms of their hands. The duo performed ‘Born Free’, written by Coram supporter and award-winning lyricist, Don Black. Kerry Ellis said generously, “It’s a joy to be here in this wonderful venue for such a fantastic cause.”Compere for the evening, leading broadcaster Mike Read, thanked the acts and reminded the crowd that Coram was counting on their support to make the concert a successful event for vulnerable children needing the charity’s help.Soon enough, the generosity of the crowd shone through and an announcement was made that over £20,000 had been raised through texts and donations! £10 donations can still be made by texting CORAM to 70660 and a special online auction raising funds for Coram is still available to bid on until midnight on Thursday.Prizes include afternoon tea with English actor Bill Nighy and a VIP tour of the Shard with Champagne dinner.Next up was the inimitable Lily Allen who was making her return to the stage after several years break, to perform for the charity.“I’m very pleased to be here for Coram,” smiled Lily, before launching into her stunning set. A particular highlight was the moment Lily invited a little girl named Chardonnay onto stage, who sung along to latest single, ‘Air Balloon’.Coram will continue its 275th anniversary year celebrations with exciting events throughout the year and the launch of the charity’s first online supporter pledge campaign. All supporters can stand up for today’s ‘invisible’ children, just as the charity’s founder Thomas Coram did 275 years ago and sign the wall, and sign up for Coram’s newsletter to stay up to date.Thanks to the City Rocks committee who organised the concert, 100 tickets were donated free of charge to young people and families who have been supported by Coram directly.Coram thanks all the performers and the City Rocks committee for making this incredibly succesfull concert possible, and the Royal Albert Hall for selecting Coram as its first ever Charity of the Year.last_img read more


first_imgHOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 20: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins attend the 2018 PaleyFest Los Angeles screening and panel discussion of CW’s ‘Supernatural’ on March 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Supernatural literally just crossed over with another show and it was dope — In case you had not heard, there was recently an episode ofSupernatural called “Scoobynatural,” in which the brothers Winchester (and their be-trench-coated sexy Angel sidekick Castiel) got pulled into a TV, became cartoon versions of themselves, and then met Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred before drag racing with the Mystery Machine, fighting ghosts, wearing friggin’ ascots, and saving the day from evil realtors who are up to no good. As I’m writing this, the least unlikely scenario has occurred — all of the Arrowverse shows (even satellite show Black Lightning) have been renewed by The CW. And returning for its 14th season? Supernatural. Saving people, hunting things… the television business.And, folks, I know this is a little bit of fan fiction in action, but it’s time. Supernatural needs to cross over with the Arrowverse.It’s actually a little shocking that it hasn’t happened already. Here are 5 reasons it would be crazy not to do this (admittedly also crazy) thing. I know. This is very Buzzfeed circa 2010, but, sue me — I have 5 rock solid reasons for this and, gosh darn it, I’m gonna share ’em with the world!center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Pipeline protesters defy eviction order say theyll meet with officials

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., say they will meet with officials to discuss safety measures, but they will not comply with a city-issued evacuation order.The City of Burnaby says there are safety concerns surrounding “Camp Cloud,” including a two-storey wooden watch house and a fire that protesters describe as sacred and ceremonial.Protest organizer Kwitsel Tatel says the participants will not leave, nor will they extinguish their fire. Tatel suggests the structures around the camp’s sacred fire could be modified if only to refocus the attention away from the physical camp and back to the anti-pipeline protest.She adds that snuffing out the fire would constitute a breaking of both B.C. Supreme Court and Coast Salish law.The protesters say the city’s notice, which was issued on Wednesday and expired early Saturday, was written without adequate consideration of a recent court decision or consultation with camp residents.The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearby watch house could remain in place in response to a court injunction filed by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., the company behind the Trans Mountain expansion project.Tatel said the residents of the camp have had conversations with the City of Burnaby about the demands set out in the eviction notice, and they are willing to negotiate in good faith. But she said the city has not engaged in those discussions.“The executive assistant to (Burnaby Mayor) Derek Corrigan came many times with orders instead of questions and concerns. I’m respectfully announcing that is not good faith discussion or negotiation,” Tatel said Saturday. She added that they spoke with the City of Burnaby fire department overnight about the sacred fire, and that a load of timber would be dropped off by the department.Tatel said she will request federal intervention if need be, citing the protesters’ charter right to peaceful demonstration.“I’m asking for (federal Justice Minister) Jody Wilson-Raybould to step up and assist, to pull her goons and her dogs,” said TatelShe and several other camp residents said they saw between 30 and 60 “paramilitary” individuals in and around “Camp Cloud” and the woods around the Kinder Morgan tanker terminal late Friday night, and said additional audio and video surveillance near the entrance to the terminal had recently been installed.center_img Demonstrators are angry over the expansion of the pipeline between Alberta and B.C. that would triple its capacity to carry bitumen destined for export.In May, the federal government announced it would buy the pipeline in an effort to see the expansion completed.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

EUMorocco Fisheries Deal Will Moroccos Firm Position Alter ECJs Ruling

Rabat – When judges of the Luxembourg-based ECJ convened on 27 to deliver on the “legality” of EU-Morocco fisheries agreements, the overwhelming majority of European observers and legal experts were of the opinion that ECJ would not make the unwarranted step of meddling into political matters. But not only that: they also thought that ECJ judges would not, could not, possibly make a decision that would arouse the wrath of a strategic partner.However, on Tuesday this week, deaf to this sea of warnings, and in total disregard of the conclusions of a European Commission-sponsored study, ECJ judges ruled almost in favor of ECJ’s former Advisor General Wathelet Melchior’s early January ‘opinions’ that the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, as it involves “waters adjacent to Western Sahara”, should be annulled.In its verdict, the ECJ said that the agreement “is valid in so far as it is not applicable to Western Sahara and adjacent waters.” Which, however intelligent a move to “distance” ECJ from Melchior’s call for annulling the deal, did echo the Belgian’s claim of territorial legitimacy, questioning Morocco’s rights over its southern provinces. This did not, however, alarm relevant Moroccan authorities who, right after ECJ’s ruling, announced that the Kingdom would reiterate its commitment to its EU partners, and that the ruling would in no manner whatsoever affect the strategic and longstanding partnership between Morocco and the E.U.“ECJ did not clearly mention a ban,” said Moroccan Minister of agriculture Azziz Akhannouch, later explaining that the two parties, Morocco and the EU, would maintain their relationships. Nasser Bourita, Moroccan minister of foreign affairs, made similar remarks in a recent interview. “Nothing in the ECJ ruling challenges the political legitimacy of Morocco to conclude agreements regarding the Moroccan Sahara with the EU,” he said, adding that the court had distanced itself from the opinions of its Advocate general who had called for the agreement to be annulled.So, days after ECJ’s obviously biased ruling, Moroccan officials had a different reading, as they chose to tenaciously commit themselves to a relationship which the other party’s highest judicial body was already questioning.No Sahara, No Deal?But after what we might now call a period of evaluation and hedging, like a student anxiously considering options of a multiple choice quiz before committing to one, Moroccan officials are now toughening their stance, they seem to have finally located the right option. They are now saying what observers had expected them to say right after the ruling: Morocco is not ready to commit to a partnership that does not respect its territorial integrity.At a government council on Thursday this week, Moroccan ministers, upon thoroughly evaluating the meaning and potential ramifications of renewing the fisheries deal under the condition that “it is not applicable to Western Sahara and its adjacent waters”, came to the conclusion that any renewed agreement that would not be applicable to Western Sahara is to be declined. In his summary of the government’s position, spokesperson Mustapha EL Khalifi said the government’s position is to only engage with deals and agreements that respect the country’s national integrity. He said that although Morocco is keen on its strategic partnership with the EU, it will allow no one to question or challenge its national borders. So: ‘No Sahara, no deal.’But what happened? Why now? And can this toughening of Morocco’s position affect subsequent rulings, hence forcing the EU to compromise on its court’s decision?To be sure, Morocco’s recent move was predictable enough , for anyone with an inch of knowledge of international affairs would know this fundamental truth: although alliances are not particularly binding, failing to satisfy a strategic partner does come with severe consequences. But more importantly, in international politics, “betrayals” have a steeper price when the other party has considerable bargaining power.And Morocco does have huge bargaining power vis-à-vis its European partners. On terrorism and immigration, for example, the kingdom has been a staunch and indefatigable ally, sharing intelligence and thwarting plans of terrorist attacks targeting European cities. As for the fisheries agreement in question in this particular case, the European Commission acknowledged that the agreement is “vitally important.” “For the EU, the need is to keep an instrument supporting in-depth cooperation with an important player in ocean governance”, said a study initiated by EU’s highest institutional body, concluding that: “For EU shipowners, there is still a need for fishing opportunities in the Morocco fishing zone. This need could even increase given Brexit.”In Brussels, before the ECJ’s unwarranted verdict on 27 February, the crushing majority of European MPs were forthcoming about how indispensable and crucial Morocco has been in helping Europe face many of its recent challenges. Morocco is not only an economic partner, they said. The Kingdom is, above all else, the EU’s most reliable option to “maintain stability and security” in EU’s southern borders and in large parts of the Mediterranean.“Given all these positive developments,” a member of the European parliament wrote prior to the ECJ’s verdict, “the strategic partnership between the EU and Morocco, which started as early as 1960, should not be undermined by certain lobbying groups, willing to use the existing legal void to act against the Union’s best interests.”But we’re long passed that. The verdict has been delivered. Which leaves the Kingdom with only one effective move: make it abundantly clear to the EU that alliances in international affairs are like personal relationships: betrayals have consequences.Now, that does not mean shutting the EU off or boycotting any prospects of return to normalcy (the old terms of the agreement). Rather, what it means is that Moroccan officials should—as they have already started—let the EU know that they have no intention of sitting at a biased negotiation table. Or, asI said in a recent piece, Morocco, however affected by any prospects of escalations of hostilities with the EU, can turn to other partners (China, for example) for the exploitation of its stupendous sea products. As for Europe, losing Morocco’s partnership, and at this particularly crisis-laden time, would be akin to self-immolation.This is no rocket science. In fact, it is an elementary principle of international relations. It is called reciprocity: “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Moroccan officials should make sure that their EU counterparts understand that. read more

Wage cuts for millions likely next year UN labour agency warns

“For the world’s 1.5 billion wage-earners, difficult times lie ahead,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, with a slowdown in growth and volatile food and energy prices dampening the real wages of many workers, both poor and middle class.Tensions could intensify over the pay cuts, the “Global Wage Report 2008/2009” warned, with wages expected to decline in many countries, including major economies.The ILO forecasts that real wage growth will reach 1.1 per cent at best next year, with growth in industrialized countries predicted to drop from a slight rise of 0.8 per cent this year to a fall of 0.5 per cent in 2009.The agency said that this wage downturn comes on the heels of a decade where wages did not keep pace with economic growth. Between 1995 and 2007, wages only rose 0.75 per cent for every 1 per cent of annual GDP growth per capita.The report also reported that the gap between the highest and lowest wages has shot up in more than two-thirds of countries surveyed, in many cases reaching socially unsustainable levels. Germany, Poland and the United States are among the countries where the disparity between the top and bottom incomes has widened the most.The gap in wages between men and women is still large and narrowing very slowly, the ILO reported. In most nations, women’s pay averages between 70 and 90 per cent of that of men, but much lower ratios are not uncommon in places such as Asia. 26 November 2008Wages for millions of workers around the world will be slashed next year because of the current global financial turmoil, the United Nations International Labour Office (ILO) cautioned in a new report today. read more

Bundesliga Round 17 Fuchse Berlin defeated at home by HannoverBurgdorf

In the 17th round Bundesliga games, we saw Fuchse Berlin suffering a home defeat at the hands of Hannover-Burgdorf, something that should raise the alarm in Dagur Sigurdssons’ team, as the team has been playing of bed lately. It also saw Rhein Neckar Lowen escape losing a point in Balingen as the home team failed the final attacks it had in the last minute, and RN Loewen took the points with 34:33 victory.Round 17 scores: Essen 21:30 TBV Lemgo, Fuchse Berlin 27-28 Hannover-Burgdorf, Minden 35-26 Wetzlar, Balingen 33-34 RN Lowen, Goppingen 28-26 Magdeburg, HSV Hamburg 38-27 Melsungen, THW Kiel 34:23 Grosswallstadt BundesligaFuchse Berlinfuechse berlinHannoverhannover burgdorf ← Previous Story Marta Mangue, Begona Fernandez and RK Zajecar agree mutual termination of contracts Next Story → France (Round 13): PSG Handball finishes first part of the season without losing points read more

FRENCH FINAL IN COLOGNE Montpellier to chase HBC Nantes for the title

Surprising final at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4, but somehow, based on previous experience from Lanxess Arena events, everything was possible.Montpellier Handball will play against HBC Nantes for the European title on Sunday, 18.00 hrs. That will be a chance for Patrice Canayer to repeat success made 15 years ago, when Montpellier won their first EHF CL trophy.Reigning champions RK Vardar Skopje had to admit defeat after Vuko Borozan missed the last shot – 28:27 (14:11).Montpellier were in the lead most of the match with Valentin Porte (8) and Melvyn Richardson (6) in the main roles, while on the other side, Vuko Borozan and Luka Cindric had especially good second half with six goals each.RK Vardar had last advantage in 14th minute (7:6) and in the rest of the match desperately were trying Raul Gonzales boys to catch the rival, what they did with Stojance Stoilov goal a minute before the final buzzer.Diego Simonet netted goal for 28:27… ← Previous Story HBC Nantes dream big, Lie Hansen: Amazing success! Next Story → EHF: Over half-billion-euro deal for European handball read more

Resident Evil Is Still Good

first_img Two years ago I wrote this article as “Resident Evil Is Good Again.” It was right when we were all getting our socks blown off by how terrific and terrifying Resident Evil 7 turned out to be. After the stupid action debacle that was Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 7 successfully reinvented the series into a stripped-down first-person nightmare through a Louisiana Hell that still had the schlock sci-fi cheese the franchise has always used to give itself character.Resident Evil 7 was one of the best games of 2017 and it kicked off a whole wave of surprisingly great Resident Evil content from the final live-action movie to the Nintendo Switch ports of Resident Evil Revelations to The Evil Within 2 (technically not a Resident Evil game but come on). Resident Evil 4 (also coming soon to Nintendo Switch along Zero, the first remake, and 7 on the cloud) was also an industry-shaking renaissance for the series but had Capcom somehow pulled it off again?And now with the release of the long-awaited Resident Evil 2 remake, we’re delighted to confirm that Resident Evil being good again isn’t some fluke. This game blends 1998 Resident Evil characters and stories with 2005 Resident Evil gameplay with 2019 Resident Evil technology to make what many consider the secret best game in the franchise even more of a masterpiece. So check out Resident Evil 2. Try the demo (which only works once) if you want to test your fear tolerance. And rejoice that Resident Evil is still good! Hopefully that new Netflix show will continue the streak. Stay on target ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card Games center_img Well, this was almost a very different article.This week gifts Resident Evil fans with not only the “Final Chapter” of the inexplicably long-running film series but also a brand new entry in the classic horror game franchise that birthed it. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard combines newfangled VR first-person gameplay with a more subdued, scarier take on zombie survival compared with other recent entries. And it’s good, blood candles aside. Resident Evil is good again!This may be hard to believe if you were born in this century, but Resident Evil used to be very good. The original, while very campy and ironically hilarious in retrospect, practically invented a whole new genre with its deliberately awkward controls, creepy mansion puzzles, tense and limited save system, and zombie dogs jumping out of windows. Sequels refined the formula with new Raccoon City locales, new characters like rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy, and new enemies like the brutal Nemesis who stalked you throughout the game. Resident Evil on the GameCube is one of the most impressive video game remakes ever, and our own Dan Starkey has already eloquently described how Resident Evil 4 is an earth-shattering masterpiece the games industry still struggles to top.So what happened? Resident Evil 5 looked like it was building off of Resident Evil 4’s foundation in promising ways. The Constant Gardener but with zombies? Sure! But the end result got the horror/action ratio out of balance. As a shooter, it’s fine, if a little racist, and it maybe features the most entertaining appearance of virus master Albert Wesker, the franchise’s most compelling character. But it’s diluted. Various spin-offs, from light-gun games to episodic handheld games, similarly failed to make an impact as big as prior core entries. Then everything crashed and burned with the loud, bloated, schizophrenic, unplayable nightmare that is Resident Evil 6. The only thing redeeming about that game is shooting the zombie president, President Evil.As Resident Evil became a zombified version of itself, I had a crazy joke theory as to why this was happening. Before, the Resident Evil games were high points of their medium, but the Milla Jovovich Resident Evil films were decidedly not. However, as both franchises went on, they kind of met in the middle/bottom when it came to quality. Yeah watching Resident Evil: Retribution or whatever is bad, but is it as bad as playing Resident Evil 6? Probably not. In a way, it was almost nice of Capcom to make these games worse so the schlock films wouldn’t feel left behind. Meanwhile, there are also those CGI Resident Evil movies, including one out this year, presumably set in the game continuity. But who cares.All hope seemed lost for Resident Evil. I thought the only way to save it was to mash it up with Capcom’s other declining zombie series Dead Rising. Imagine the shock then when the Capcom’s PT-esque PlayStation VR demo “Kitchen” actually turned out to be a playable teaser for a radical immersive reinvention of Resident Evil. The only thing more surprising was when the game turned out to actually be a ton of tense, spooky, secret-filled fun. I’ve been playing the game on Steam and have thoroughly enjoyed myself so far.So go out and enjoy what is hopefully a long-lasting Resident Evil renaissance. Hopefully the Resident Evil 2 remake isn’t far behind. Who knows. Maybe Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will be great, too?No.last_img read more

Senate poised to ease DoddFrank rules for most banks

first_imgWASHINGTON — Ten years after a financial crisis rocked the nation’s economy, the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place to prevent a relapse.The move to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-Frank law has overwhelming Republican support and enough Democratic backing that it’s expected to gain the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate. Several Democratic lawmakers facing tough re-election races this year have broken ranks with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.The legislation would increase the threshold at which banks are considered too big to fail. Such banks are subject to stricter capital and planning requirements, and lawmakers are intent on providing them relief in hopes that it will boost lending and the economy.Banks have long complained about the cost of complying with the many requirements of Dodd-Frank. Under the Senate bill, some of the nation’s biggest banks would no longer have to undergo an annual stress test conducted by the Federal Reserve. The test assesses whether a bank has enough capital to survive an economic shock and continue lending. Dozens of banks would also be exempted from making plans called “living wills” that spell out how the bank will sell off assets or be liquidated in a way that won’t create chaos in the financial system.The legislation increases from $50 billion to $250 billion the threshold at which banks are considered critical to the system. The change would ease regulations on more than two dozen financial companies, including BB&T Corp., Sun Trust Banks Inc. and American Express.last_img read more

Gonzalo Higuain back to training after ten days of absence

first_imgAccording to the Italian portal Calciomercato, AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has returned to full training after missing two straight Serie A encounters with Sassuolo and Empoli.A nasty looking thigh injury that threatened to sideline the former River Plate star for a while seems to be a false alarm, as Higuain should feature already in the next weekend’s encounter with Chievo Verona.The 30-year-old Argentinean arrived at the Stadio San Siro this summer from Juventus, as the Rossoneri desperately tried to secure the services of a top-class forward.After scoring a goal on his debut in a friendly match against Real Madrid, Higuain has made the Serie A breakthrough against Cagliari, after which he broke the deadlock against Atalanta in the following fixture. He also buried Milan’s winning goal in the Europa League opener against Dudelange.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Higuain’s goal— #FreeLocatelli (@semo33) September 23, 2018With the Rossoneri’s Europa League clash with Olympiacos around the corner, Gennaro Gattuso might be looking to rest his number nine to avoid further complications and instead field Patrick Cutrone who seems to be finding his last season’s form.last_img read more

Defence Force Makes Drug Apprehension

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), October 14, 2016  – A total of 13 individuals were turned over to Police officials by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines after a search uncovered suspected drugs on Friday afternoon.Marines attached to the Port Security Department along with Police Officers conducted a search of the scooter rental holding area of the Port Department at 1:30pm on Friday.  Results of the search uncovered eight bags of suspected marijuana in the immediate area.  As a result, 8 males and 5 females were taken into custody and handed over to the Police for further investigation.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting and guarding the heritage of the Bahamas.last_img read more

Schools seek to replace timber payments

first_imgThe spigot that poured federal timber payments from Washington, D.C., into Skamania County government and its four school districts for the past two decades is poised to run dry.Annual checks from D.C. — which since 2008 have declined from $218,235 to $131,059 for Mount Pleasant School, just east of Washougal — are likely to end, following one final payment this winter. And Congress is surely not in a giving mood.In response, the tiny Mount Pleasant district will ask voters to adopt a maintenance-and-operations property tax levy. It’s the local funding tool used by the vast majority of Washington school systems, including all Clark County districts.Getting approval from 230 or so registered voters could be tricky.Only once, in 1995-96, did Mount Pleasant, home to 60 enrolled students, have voters’ OK to charge an M&O levy.Three years ago, when federal money also appeared doomed, a similar request was defeated, 61 percent to 39 percent.However, word had come before that vote that federal payments — in lieu of logging and other property tax revenue sharply hamstrung by Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other environmental restrictions — would survive, at least a few more years. This time, there’s little reason for optimism.And so, Mount Pleasant seeks a two-year levy that would raise $100,000 in both 2012 and 2013. It would supply nearly 20 percent of the district’s operating budget, replacing the portion now covered by timber payments.last_img read more

BPA shows power line plans in Camas

first_img? What: The next open house on a proposed transmission line.? When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.? Where: Amboy Middle School, 22115 N.E. Chelatchie Road, Amboy.? More info: Meetings, comments, information on proposed BPA project.CAMAS — As the Bonneville Power Administration continues to hone plans for a high-powered transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, plenty of residents made it clear Thursday they feel the agency has more work to do.More than 100 people turned out for an open house meeting in Camas, which sits in the path of the proposed 79-mile line. Only 14 signed up to speak during a formal public hearing. But many more took the chance to study detailed maps and chat with project officials.The gathering was the first such forum since BPA announced its preferred route for the project last fall. Five more sessions will follow.“I thought I should come down and look at it,” said Charles Farrell, who lives in the Camas-Washougal area. “You want to know just how close this is going to be to you.”Farrell said his property isn’t affected by the transmission line. But for those who are, he said, “I feel for them.”Thursday’s crowd was smaller than some previous meetings on the topic. But their worries were no less urgent — many cited familiar property and health concerns. One resident said she feels “held hostage” by the project, unable to do anything with her property with the specter of a new power line hanging over it.The BPA first proposed the transmission line in 2009 as a way to ease a strained Northwest power grid and support growing energy demands across the region. The project would stretch a 500-kilovolt line between Castle Rock and Troutdale, Ore., connecting substations in those cities. The line would cross the Columbia River at Camas.last_img read more