Film School 101: Filmmaking Fundamentals, Assignments, and Exercises

first_img5. Three-Act Structure Short FilmImage via Nicoleta Ionescu.While you don’t always learn this in a beginner’s film class, the classic three-act narrative structure is a huge step toward both short and feature filmmaking — virtually all of your favorite movies and TV shows have used this structure to some degree. (Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey is a good read if you want to see how a similar concept applies to narratives from around the world throughout history.)This assignment requires you to script, storyboard, shoot, and edit a short film that follows the three-act narrative arc. You don’t have to hit every point, but it becomes a fun challenge to show the basic elements of the hero’s journey from beginning to end.Here are some more resources on scripting and the hero’s journey.The Recurring Myth Behind Your Favorite FilmsBending the Rules of the Three-Act Structure5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should Have Are you interested in becoming a filmmaker? New to the craft? Try out these five exercises to build your filmmaking skill-set.As a graduate of a film program, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to just anyone. However, for someone just starting out and unsure how they’d like to develop their craft and find a career in the industry, a film program can be helpful. Some big takeaways I’d like to share based on my experience (and backed up by several friends, colleagues, and others online) are some of the assignments — or exercises — that you complete in film school to develop your filmmaking skills.These all teach you different filmmaking fundamentals, and they challenge you as a filmmaker to develop your own creative voice. So let’s take a look.1. Photo StoriesImage via Rawpixel.com.The first assignment in most film school courses is the “use photos to tell a story” exercise. It focuses on composition and shot selection. (It’s also fairly simple for any experience level.) All you have to do is use a camera that can take stills (whether its your DSLR or your smartphone), to take 15 to 20 photos to tell a story. This requires the initial processes of scripting and storyboarding, enlisting actors, securing locations, and using lighting — but without the more advanced problems of sound recording. Usually pairs or groups work on these assignments, but you can also work on them solo.This assignment also requires some introductory steps into non-linear editing, as you’ll need to lay your photos out on some sort of editing program with a timeline and then choose the length for each shot. You can also add music to accompany your final edit (or even voice-over if you’d like to really challenge yourself).Here are some resources to help you on this project.Translating Your Photography Skills to CinematographyTips for Photographers Transitioning to Videography7 Simple Photography Hacks  If you view these “assignments” as prompts, you can start creating some projects of your own that you can share with friends or others in the filmmaking community. For more inspiration and technical tips, stick around the PremiumBeat blog and YouTube page to keep developing your skills. And for more film school-esque tips and tricks, check out some of the following articles.The Essential Back to (Film) School Reading Guide + 3 Free EBooks7 Film School Clichés You Might Want to Avoid10 Tips for Succeeding in Film SchoolHBO’s Game of Thrones: Your One-Stop Film School11 YouTube Channels Every Filmmaker Should Be Following 4. Two-Person Conversation with FlashbackImage via guruXOX.One of the more entertaining projects I can remember was the first two-person conversation that we got to shoot — we were supposed to juxtapose it against a short flashback sequence. The two-person conversation is a staple of narrative filmmaking that teaches you all sorts of principles and techniques. You get to learn and apply the 180-degree rule, along with your standard shot-reverse-shot back and forth. You can add close-ups, over-the-shoulders, and reaction shots for more coverage to choose from in your edit.The flashback adds another element: crossing dialogue from the conversation with a sequence that your characters could be describing or alluding to as a way to develop a story. Once you have all your footage for both, the edit starts to become very open-ended, and it’s exciting to see how many different ways you can put everything together.Here is some more information on the basics of shot-reverse-shot filmmaking.How to Compose a Cinematic Shot Reverse ShotCamera Angles: Over The Shoulder or Single Shot?Learn to Work with Eyelines in Film and Video Production 2. Completed ActionImage via Dean Drobot.Once you’ve learned some of the basics of shot composition and editing, the next assignment usually pushes students to work with match cuts and completed action. This is a pretty short and simple assignment, but it’s an important one because it helps you practice how shots connect with movement across angles. You’ll need to choose a mildly complex everyday action to film. Some examples might be cooking a meal, wrapping a present, or doing a load of laundry. It helps if your action takes place in only one spot in one room where the lighting is consistent.The challenge here is choosing which shots to record, then translating these in the edit to present a completed action seamlessly from beginning to end. When you’re just starting out, it may seem easier than it looks. But it forces you to carefully think about all the nuances of shooting and editing.Here are some articles to read up on before diving into this assignment.Film Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts?8 Essential Cuts Every Editor Should KnowEditing Theory: How to Manipulate The Passage of Time 3. Process DocumentaryImage via tsarevv.The assignments get more challenging as you go. Moving from set shots, we then look at documentary filmmaking and the challenges of capturing elements that are out of your direct control. Similar to the completed action, a popular film school assignment is the “process documentary,” which is one of the most basic staples of documentary filmmaking.For this assignment, you’ll need to choose a documentary subject that ideally completes one (or several) actions of its own. Some good examples would be a pizzeria preparing a pizza for delivery, a yard crew mowing a lawn, or a mechanic changing a tire, etc. The important thing is that the activity is out of your control as a documentarian, so you’ll have to plan to capture the footage you’ll need to create your process documentary in the edit.Read up on these documentary articles for more inspiration.How To Find the Right Subject for Your Documentary7 Reasons You Should “Script” Your Documentary ProjectsA Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmaking Cover image by TZIDO SUN.last_img read more

Hong Kong to become first Asian host of Gay Games

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In this picture taken on October 21, 2017, tourists visit a promenade in front of the city skyline in Hong Kong. / AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REYHong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022 with rights campaigners celebrating the winning bid for a city often criticized for lagging on LGBT rights.Hong Kong beat Mexico’s Guadalajara and Washington DC to host the 11th edition of the event, with the jubilant bid team saying it would attract 15,000 participants and bring HK$1 billion into the local economy.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion When the constitutional court in neighboring Taiwan ruled in favor of allowing gay marriage in May, campaigners in socially conservative Hong Kong highlighted the city’s lack of progress on equality issues.READ: Paris to host 2018 Gay GamesHong Kong does not recognize gay marriage and only decriminalized homosexuality in 1991.But a landmark court decision in September that granted a British lesbian in Hong Kong — known as “QT” — the right to live and work in the city as a dependent of her long-term partner was hailed as a decision that could reduce more hurdles for same-sex couples.QT had previously been denied a dependent visa by immigration authorities, forcing her instead to stay in Hong Kong on a visitor visa, which did not allow her to work.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Organized by the LGBT community, the Gay Games features a range of sports and is open to all participants, “without regard to sexual orientation, and there are no qualifying standards,” the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement.Competitors come from many countries, including those where homosexuality remains illegal, it added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Gay Games was founded by former Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell and first held in San Francisco in 1982. The next edition will be held in Paris in August next year, featuring 36 sports, from mountain biking to fencing and athletics.Hong Kong’s Pink Alliance, which promotes equal rights for the LGBT community, said the games would “help to bring a wider understanding and acceptance of our community,” not only in the southern Chinese city but throughout the region. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong’s Gay Games bid chair Dennis Philipse said there was a “spirit and passion for increased inclusion and diversity” in Hong Kong.However, the campaign for LGBT rights continues to elicit fury from anti-gay campaigners.Last year, banking giant HSBC placed a pair of rainbow-painted lions in front of its landmark building in the heart of the city to promote support of gay rights, a move slammed as “disgusting” by opponents who rallied in protest.last_img read more

India retain men and women kabaddi gold

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Guwahati, Feb 15 (PTI) Defending champions India today maintained their supremacy in kabbadi by clinching gold in both mens and womens events at the 12th South Asian Games, here today. Indian men beat arch rivals Pakistan 9-7 in a closely fought thrilling summit clash, while their women counterparts hardly broke a sweat in defending their gold medal which they had won in the previous edition by thrashing Bangladesh 36-12 in the final. It was a repeat of the 2010 summit clash in both the finals and Pakistan and Bangladesh had to be content with a silver in mens and womens events for second time in a row. It was tough fight in the mens final at the R G Baruah Sports Complex with both sides refusing to give in to their opponents. Both sides were locked 5-5 at the end of the first half before India showed in the second half why they are the reigning Asian Games champions. As usual, captain Anup Kumar played a big role in the win as he gave India a lead of 6-5 just as the second half began. Another raider Rohit Kumar stretched the home sides lead to 7-5 by dismissing a Pakistani player before Anup yet again got his man by his outstretched hands to give India a 8-5 lead. With time ticking away and the capacity crowd chanting India, India and Jitega India, Pakistan found themselves in a desparate situation to get points. But instead, another Pakistani player did not survive when he went deep into the Indian territoty. At 9-5, the match was definitely in Indias favour but Pakistan somehow got two points. But by then it was too late in the day as just over a minute was left in the match and the experienced Indians played out the remaining time to win the summit clash 9-7 and notch up a satisfying win over Pakistan. The Indian players and team management broke into a wild celebration as they ran a lap of honour by holding the tri- colour even as the home supporters joined the party with rapturous celebrations at the stands. None of the two sides could get lonas (entire opposition team is out). India won eighth outs and one bonus point while Pakistan had six outs and one bonus. The womens summit clash, though, was not up to the level which was witnessed in the mens final as the Indians simply outplayed Bangladesh. The Indian women, also defending their gold they had won in 2010, were simply the far better side with overwhelming technical superiority and the match was a one-sided affair. The Bangladesh could not match the Indians in all departments of the game. For the Indians, who led 21-7 at half time, captain Tejeswani Bai led from the front as she got a lot of outs as well as bonus points. The Indian women were able to effect two lonas, 21 outs and 13 bonus points. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

CLEAN UP CONTINUES AT FLOODED SGT. BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL

first_imgUpdated 2:58 pm 2/21/17STUDENTS ATTENDING THE SGT. BLUFF-LUTON MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE GOING TO CLASS IN DIFFERENT BUILDINGS THE REST OF THIS WEEK.SUPERINTENDENT ROD EARLEYWINE SAYS IT’S BECAUSE OF A WATER PIPE THAT BROKE AND FLOODED THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MONDAY NIGHT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SBL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….OUT OF THE DRAINS. ;22EARLEYWINE SAYS A FULL THIRD OF THE SCHOOL SUSTAINED WATER DAMAGE, INCLUDING THE LIBRARY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SBL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….SALVAGED OR NOT. ;14THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE, IF NOT FOR THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WHO PITCHED IN TO HELP MONDAY NIGHT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SBL4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..MITIGATE THE DAMAGE. ;24THE 8TH GRADE STUDENTS WILL ATTEND CLASS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL THE REST OF THE WEEK.SEVENTH GRADE WILL MEET IN THE COMMUNITY REC CENTER AND 6TH GRADERS WILL HOLD CLASS IN THE GRADE THREE THROUGH FIVE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGEARLEYWINE SAYS HE HOPES TO RESUME CLASSES MONDAY AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.————————————————————–THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES HELD AT SGT. BLUFF-LUTON MIDDLE SCHOOL ON TUESDAY.SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY A WATER MAIN BREAK MONDAY EVENING HAS FLOODED PART OF THE BUILDING LOCATED AT 208 PORT NEAL ROAD.CLASSES WILL BE HELD AS NORMAL AT THE ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS.last_img read more

Clemson Announces Rosters For Tomorrow’s Spring Game

first_imgA general view of Clemson's football stadium during a game.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 28: A general view of Memorial Stadium during the game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Clemson Tigers on September 28, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Tomorrow is Clemson’s annual spring game. Tiger fans can see their beloved defending champions back in action for the first time since they took down Alabama.This morning, Clemson officially announced its rosters for the Orange-White game. The weather is supposed to be beautiful in Death Valley for a 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff.Star sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence is on the Orange squad, along with Tee Higgins and Tavien Feaster. Unfortunately, wide receiver Amari Rodgers is out after tearing his ACL during spring practice.The White team is loaded at the skill position spots, with Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross and four-star early enrollee Frank Ladson Jr. Chase Brice and highly-touted freshman Taisun Phommachanh will quarterback for the White unit.Here are the full rosters.An afternoon in Death Valley with a forecast in the mid 70s. Hard to top that 🌸☀️🏈🐅Here’s how we’ll stack the defending National Champions in tomorrow’s Orange 🆚 White Spring Game at 2:30 pm #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/IKuldYqk7p— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) April 5, 2019Clemson should enter the 2019 season as the preseason No. 1. The Tigers have won two national titles in the last three seasons.After tomorrow’s spring game, the next big event for the Clemson program will be the NFL Draft in three weeks. The Tigers are slated to have multiple first-round picks.last_img read more

Port of Houston on Track to Surpass 2 Million TEU Mark

first_imgzoom The Port of Houston Authority said that it remains on track for a record year driven predominantly by rising operating levels at its container terminals.“Operations continue to perform efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our customers and stakeholders that use the Port of Houston Authority facilities,” said Executive Director Roger Guenther in his report to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.According to Guenther, the container terminals’ loaded container units have grown 14 percent versus this time last year.“The Port Authority is expecting to surpass 2 million TEUs this year for the first time in its history,” Guenther announced.This month, the Bayport Container Terminal recorded the highest number of gate moves ever in a single day for either of the Port Authority container terminals at 4,300 transactions.The Port Commission accepted the staff’s recommendation for tariff rates to remain the same in 2016. The Commission has aslo awarded rehabilitation work at Wharf No. 2 and three dockside electric cranes at Barbours Cut Container Terminal.Additionally, the Port Commission approved entering into a Feasibility Coast Share Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for improvements to the Houston Ship Channel and tributaries to accommodate future ships and increases in maritime commerce. The Port Authority was one of three ports in the nation selected for a congressional study for potential improvements.“We are investing in the future as we prepare for opportunities ahead to strengthen the Port of Houston’s position in the Gulf,” said Guenther.last_img read more

Necropsy will be performed on dog that died during Yukon Quest dog

first_imgWHITEHORSE — A dog has died during the Yukon Quest dog sled race for the third year in a row.A release from race officials says Joker, a five-year-old male on the team of Czech musher Misha Wiljes, died Monday and was carried into the next checkpoint in the sled.Race chief veterinarian Nina Hansen says a necropsy will be performed in an effort to determine why the dog died.Wiljes, a veteran of the 1,600 kilometre Yukon Quest, finished 17th place in 2012 and is currently running in 17th spot, with about one quarter of the trail still ahead.There’s no indication if she will pull out of the race, but the Yukon Quest website shows she left Central checkpoint in Alaska early Tuesday and was on one of the final steep ascents of the gruelling race.Alaskan native Brent Sass won the race, crossing the finish in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday after setting out Feb. 2 from Whitehorse. (CKRW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa Quebec announce 500 million reconstruction of La Fontaine Tunnel

first_imgMONTREAL — The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs.“We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, referring also to the new Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge expected to open at the end of the month.Champagne and Quebec’s junior transport minister, Chantal Rouleau, announced the funding deal in Montreal on Monday. Work is expected to begin in 2020 and last until 2024.The investment in the 52-year-old tunnel — one of five links between Montreal and the south shore — will extend its life span by 40 years.No fewer than 47 million vehicles use the La Fontaine tunnel every year, Champagne said.“It’s the longest highway tunnel in Canada,” he said.Planned work includes pavement, lighting, vaults, walls, signage and a fire protection system, as well as repaving of the highway between Boucherville and Montreal and necessary infrastructure for public transportation on highways linking to the tunnel.Champagne wouldn’t say how the funding would be divided between the governments, so as not to compromise the tendering process set to open soon.He said it was important to announce the project to allow for preparatory work.Rouleau said about 13 per cent of the vehicles that use the tunnel daily are heavy trucks.She said the massive re-construction will cause some obstacles, but the province is planning mitigation measures including parking spots to encourage public transit use and lanes for buses and car pooling.There’s also a consideration of a river shuttle between Montreal and its southern suburbs.There will also be an emphasis on communication with residents impacted by the work, Rouleau said.“The work being announced today — everyone knew it had to be done,” Rouleau said. Lia Levesque, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trump threatens to shut down border with Mexico next week

first_imgPalm Beach: Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasised, “I am not kidding around.” “It could mean all trade” with Mexico, Trump said when questioned Friday by reporters in Florida. “We will close it for a long time.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTrump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration, though Congress has been reluctant to provide the money he needs. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new surge of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable. A substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US and Mexico trade about USD 1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5 million American jobs. Trump tweeted Friday morning, “If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.” He didn’t qualify his threat with “or large sections,” stating: “There is a very good likelihood I’ll be closing the border next week, and that is just fine with me.” He said several times that it would be “so easy” for Mexican authorities to stop immigrants passing through their country and trying to enter the US illegally, “but they just take our money and ‘talk.'” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families heading north through Mexico. Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under US law, which does not require asylum seekers to enter at an official crossing. Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles. “If we have to close ports to take care of all of the numbers who are coming, we will do that,” Nielsen said. “So it’s on the table, but what we’re doing is a very structured process based on operational needs.” The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump’s possible action would apply to air travel. Trump’s latest declaration came after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling. Criminal networks charge thousands of dollars a person to move migrants through Mexico, increasingly in large groups toward remote sections of the border.last_img read more

Morocco Has All Assets to Ensure COP 22 Success COP22 Commissioner

Bonn – Morocco has all the assets to ensure the success of the 22nd session of the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (COP22), which will be held on November 7-18 in Marrakech, COP22 Commissioner Abdeladim Lhafi said Tuesday.Morocco, which has proven experience in organizing international events, is mobilized not only to host the event, but to contribute to the achievement of the goals endorsed by the international community on climate change, Lhafi, who led a delegation of the COP22 steering committee on a working visit to Bonn, told MAP.He stressed that “holding this global conference in an African country should result in major initiatives for the continent, which corresponds to the African depth of HM the King’s policy towards southern countries”‘. Lhafi said that Morocco has a roadmap to meet all the conditions for the success of the conference, calling for the mobilization of all stakeholders (civil society, business, media, politicians, citizens) to ensure full success of COP 22, which is a universal challenge. read more

American Star Laurence Fishburne Strolls Around in Marrakech

Rabat – In town for the 17th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), The Matrix movie star Laurence Fishburne wandered around Jemaa Lfna square with his wife and security team. This drew attention from tourists and passersby.  FIFM brought together many other movie stars and cinema professionals such as academy award winner Guillermo Del Toro, “Twilight” saga star, Robert Pattinson, renowned French film director Agnes Varda, Egyptian divas Laila Eloui and Youssra, American painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and Swiss actor Vincent Perez.Read Also: Marrakech Film Festival Screens Women-Centered FilmsThe renowned festival was also an occasion to give due credit to iconic American actor Robert De Niro, who used the opportunity to give a historic speech criticizing President Trump’s policies. Last Saturday, Prince Moulay Rachid, who is also the President of the Foundation of Marrakech’s film festival, chaired a dinner offered by King Mohammed VI at the Palais des Congres in Marrakech. He was also accompanied by his sister Lalla Meryem,  as well as his wife Princess Lalla Oum Kalthoum. read more

Toronto businessman accused of defrauding Chinese citizens arrested released

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says a Toronto businessman charged last week with the fraudulent sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of securities to Chinese citizens has been arrested.OSC manager of public affairs Kristen Rose says Xiao Hua Gong, also known as Edward Gong, was arrested Thursday night and released on bail on Friday morning. He is to make his first appearance in court on Jan. 31.He was charged following an OSC investigation with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, laundering proceeds of crime and uttering a forged document. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Arrest of Chinese-Canadian businessman sought in fraud and money-laundering caseThe OSC charges against Gong stem from the fraudulent sales of securities in two companies, O24 Pharma PLC and Canadian National TV Inc., from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 20 of this year. It alleges both companies were controlled by Gong.The OSC also alleges that a significant percentage of the money obtained by the scheme was directed to Gong’s bank accounts in Canada which he then used for his benefit.His arrest came one week after OSC staff, the RCMP and the Toronto police executed search warrants on Gong’s residence and alleged place of business in North York. read more

Menon says Tamils must feel confident

“It is clearly in India’s interest that Sri Lanka solves its ethnic problems in a manner which makes each community, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils, confident that they are masters of their own fates, their own destiny and free to enjoy their rights within the framework of a united Sri Lanka,” Menon said. The NSA added the definition of security has expanded and now it “includes economic security, food security, energy security and other aspects of human security in addition to the traditional hard aspects of defence and law and order.”He said the new domains of space, cyber and information technology have changed the definition of security along with the responsibility of the society and state to deal with it.Comparing the present security environment with Cold War era, he said the power today is more evenly distributed but at the same time it is more “lumpy” in nature. Amid continued agitation in India over Sri Lankan Tamil issue, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon today said it is in India’s interest that Sri Lanka solves its ethnic issues and make the minority community confident of its fate there.“Equally, it is in our interest that Sri Lanka remains a close friend and does not affect our security adversely”, the Press Trust of India quoted Menon as saying in New Delhi. He was delivering the 12th V K Krishna Menon Memorial Lecture organised by The Indian Society of International Law. Menon also said two national interests often do not coincide and the country has to choose between them.“Equally it is in our interest that Sri Lanka remains a close friend and does not affect our security adversely. But the demand of these two interests do not always coincide and we then have to chose between them,” he said. read more

Retired Singapore doctor wins case against Lankan maid

But she said Dr Paul called her often to ask her to come back. Dr Paul also spoke to her former maid’s mother and siblings, urging them not to give her away in marriage.The doctor reassured them that she (Dr Paul) would look after Madam Kanthimathy, if she returned and looked after her sick sister until her death. She said Dr Paul would give her a “considerable sum” to live without depending on anyone.Madam Kanthimathy came back in 1998 and looked after Dr Paul’s sister until her death in 2009, claiming she was not paid every month.She added that she was treated as a member of Dr Paul’s family and pointed to Dr Paul’s will in 2007, which clearly showed her intention to give her a considerable sum of money.Madam Kanthimathy said she did not marry because of Dr Paul and her family, and this cannot be compensated by money.She explained that the money gift was to help her settle down for the rest of her life, and a gesture of love and affection by Dr Paul.Colombo-based lawyer V. Puvitharan, who had advised her earlier to file a notice of appearance, said yesterday that the default judgment will have to be registered in a Sri Lanka court for possible enforcement. “I will discuss and advise her if contacted to decide on what is to be done,” he added. Rodyk & Davidson lawyer Calvin Lim told The Straits Times that a default judgment had been obtained against Madam Kanthimathy as she failed to appear. She received $2 million altogether in two separate gifts in 2009 and 2010; she said these were made out of love and affection by Dr Paul for her service and sacrifice. Lawyers for a retired doctor in Singapore who suffers from dementia have won their case by default against her former maid from Sri Lanka, one of four people alleged to have enriched themselves by taking advantage of the doctor, The Straits Times reported.The former maid, A. Kanthimathy, 55, had failed to file notice to defend her case when she was sued, together with K. Malayaperumal and G. Subramaniam, in June for the return of some $5 million – which Dr Freda Paul, a former paediatric doctor at the Singapore General Hospital, is said to have given them in 2010. The judgment has not been enforced yet, he added. The suit was filed in June by Senior Counsel Philip Jeyaretnam and a relative as Dr Paul’s legal representatives.Dr Paul, 86, who now lives in a nursing home, had sold her bungalow in Haig Road in October 2009 for $15.4 million. Part of the cash given to the defendants had come from the sale. She was said to have been diagnosed in 2009 to be incapable of making financial decisions; the plaintiffs want the court to order that the gifts made after that date be returned to her as she did not have the capacity to understand her actions.In a formal statement sworn before a lawyer in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, where she lives, Madam Kanthimathy said she could not come to Singapore because of her health. The suit against the other defendants, who are denying the claims, is continuing and a High Court pre- trial conference was held last week.This includes a $500,000 claim against property agent Parvathi Somu, who handled Dr Paul’s bungalow sale and is disputing the case. Madam Kanthimathy was sent to work as a housemaid to Dr Paul, at age 27 in 1987. Her father died when she was very young.The Tamil-speaking maid said she looked after Dr Paul’s aged mother and a sister, who was of unsound mind, and was paid $120 a month.Dr Paul’s mother died in 1992 and the maid returned to Sri Lanka to settle down in 1993. read more

Alumni donors pay it forward

Every year, Brock’s Annual Fund asks Brock alumni to support programs that matter to current students. This year, more than 1,200 alumni answered the call and contributed $250,000.Thank you to all the Brock alumni who made a gift to the Annual Fund in the past year. Your generosity has made it possible for Brock students to enjoy the benefits of programs such as Mentorship Plus and varsity athletics, along with an increase in student awards.Tuition covers less than 50 per cent of the cost of attending university. The rest is covered partly through the generous support of alumni. Donors make it possible for programs such as Mentorship Plus, which is solely supported through contributions, to continue to exist. The program provides students with an opportunity to seek guidance from more experienced students or alumni.Brock students also will have access to more scholarships and bursaries because alumni donated more than $100,000 for student awards. Many students face growing student debt and tighter eligibility restrictions on government-funded programs.Dr. Suess once said: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”Alumni like you have cared a whole awful lot, and as a result, Brock’s been able to provide a life-changing experience to all of its students since the University’s conception in 1964. The more than 1,200 alumni who chose to “pay it forward” this year followed the footsteps of past graduates.Alumni gifts to Brock range from $1 to hundreds of thousands, but it’s not the amount that counts.  Caring Brock alumni set a wonderful example of philanthropy for all future graduates through their support of the University and its goals.Visit brocku.ca/annual-fund for more information. read more

Gap Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Gap Inc. (GPS) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $168 million.The San Francisco-based company said it had net income of 44 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses and non-recurring costs, were 63 cents per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share.The clothing chain posted revenue of $4.01 billion in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.02 billion.Gap expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.05 to $2.15 per share.Gap shares have decreased 32% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 17%. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $17.51, a decrease of 46% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GPS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/GPSThe Associated Press read more

Countries signed to UNbrokered illegal fishing treaty meet for first time

The week-long meeting in Oslo “is expected to define the responsibilities of the concerned states as well as Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and other international bodies,” according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), which helps countries implement the landmark treaty.Those issues include how a port will notify everyone concerned when a ship violates the treaty, and what resources developing countries might need to do such work.Participants at the week-long event in Oslo, which began today, are from the more than 46 countries that have endorsed the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA).Adopted as an FAO Agreement in 2009 after a years-long diplomatic effort, the PSMA is the first ever binding international treaty that focuses specifically on illicit fishing.“This treaty signals a real sea change in the international community’s commitment to combat IUU fishing in a concerted and joint manner,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture.Parties to the PSMA currently account for more than two-thirds of the global fish trade and range from Albania, Cuba and Palau, to Indonesia and the United States. Japan – one of the world’s largest fish importers – and Montenegro will become full parties next month.IIU fishing amounts to up to 26 million tonnes worth $23 billion a year, FAO has said, calling it a “huge threat to all efforts to bolster sustainable fishing in the world’s oceans.”The practice is considered so harmful that is it explicitly listed in the Sustainable Development Goals. The international community aims to end the practice by 2020.According to FAO, parties to the PSMA are obliged to implement a number of measures while managing ports under their control, with the goals of detecting illegal fishing, stopping ill-caught fish from being offloaded and sold, and ensuring information on unscrupulous vessels is shared globally.These include requiring foreign fishing vessels wishing to enter ports to request permission in advance, and transmitting detailed information on their identities, activities, and the fish they have onboard. Ships suspected of being involved in IUU fishing can be denied entry into port outright; permitted to enter for inspection purposes only; or permitted to enter but refused permission to offload fish, refuel, or resupply. read more

Celtic Or Maverick Rajon Rondo Remains A Mystery

The first blockbuster trade of the 2014-15 NBA season came late Thursday, when the Boston Celtics finally shipped Rajon Rondo, their perpetually on-the-trading-block star, to the Dallas Mavericks for a handful of players, picks and a trade exception.Others have broken down the pros and cons of the trade, but the deal also serves to spark discussion about Rondo himself, one of the most polarizing players in the league. In early November, when Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry profiled the enigmatic point guard, he touched on the conundrum advanced stats face in measuring his performance. “Rondo’s value is difficult to quantify, in part because he doesn’t fit into our established taxonomy of NBA superstars,” Goldsberry wrote. “He amplifies the goodness around him, but he can’t create it.”The statistical arc of Rondo’s career bears this out. According to metrics ranging from Player Efficiency Rating (PER) to Win Shares and Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM), Rondo’s best seasons came in 2009 and 2010, when he was surrounded by three future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. In Goldsberry’s terms, Rondo amplified their goodness — or at least, he helped organize it — and his numbers received a sizable boost as well. In 2009, he ranked as the NBA’s 14th-best player by Win Shares and its 12th-best by Value Over Replacement Player.But since Rondo tore his ACL midway through the 2012-13 season and the Celtics broke up their “Big Three” for good, Rondo’s output has taken a nosedive. Stats such as a .461 true shooting percentage (TS%) might have been excused while returning from injury a year ago, but Rondo has continued to shoot the ball poorly (.422 TS%), turn it over frequently (on nearly 26 percent of his possessions) and score infrequently (he’s averaging 9.4 points per 36 minutes) this season. Abysmal numbers like those would typically warrant a benching, not a win-now return in a blockbuster trade.Then again, Rondo has never been a typical player. Along with the bad shooting and nonexistent scoring, he also provides his team with one of the game’s most prolific passers, its best rebounding point guard, a highly skilled thief and an elite defender. In other words, there’s precious little middle ground with Rondo; pick an area of the game, and he’s either one of the best or one of the worst in it.So, how do we weigh the positives of Rondo’s game against the negatives? The popular single-number metrics are all over the place. PER thinks he’s average so far this season; Win Shares per 48 minutes considers him substantially below average. Naturally, Wins Produced likes him for his rebounding prowess (and doesn’t care about his microscopic scoring output), while Box Plus/Minus (an SPM variant) pegs him as above-average but completely because of defense (he’s quite negative offensively). Box Plus/Minus jibes with what ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus (RPM) lists for Rondo this season, but last year RPM considered him good offensively and bad defensively (go figure).Dallas owner Mark Cuban has always had the Mavericks at the forefront of analytics among NBA teams, so it’s possible he’s found his own way to cut through the fog and divine Rondo’s true worth. But for the rest of us, the debate over Rondo is one of how best to measure a unique player. Advanced as they are, our best statistical formulas are trained on trends that emerge over the entire sample of NBA players. Rondo might just be the extreme case that causes our math to break down. read more

RAF to develop hypersonic planes which could top speeds of more than

“This is… The RAF has set out plans that could see the production of hypersonic planes flying at more than 3,000mph. The Ministry of Defence has announced it is investing £10 million to develop new hypersonic engines that could be used to power manned fighter jets and drones.   Unveiling the two-year project at the Air and Space Power conference on Wednesday, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the head of the air force, said the new engines would be “exploring the boundaries of technology”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. As missile technology makes flying combat aircraft increasingly risky, flying up to five times the speed of sound will mean fighter jets can destroy targets before they are engaged by enemy air defences. read more

Drivers licences certificates of compliance registrations being forged at GRA investigation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Sergeant slapped with 12 fraud chargesAugust 13, 2018In “Court”GRA commences countrywide business inspectionsJuly 1, 2014In “Business”GRA introduces Automated Drivers Licence CardMarch 11, 2014In “Local News” The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it is currently investigating corruption within its agency.GRA’s Commissioner General, Godfrey StatiaThe Revenue Authority said that in its “day to day operations” it has “unearthed an illegal operation involving some unscrupulous members of its staff working in collusion with willing outside participants and members of the public in the issuance and use of forged drivers’ licences, certificates of compliance and registrations.”While outlining that it will not presently divulge full details since an investigation is ongoing, GRA however, said that “those staff identified as part of this illegal operation have since been sent on leave to facilitate the investigation.”Moreover, the tax body implored that all financial transactions should be conducted by the cashiers and an official GRA receipt should be issued for all monies paid.The GRA in a statement posited that it “will continue to work to improve its systems to minimize illegal activity and ensure that integrity and transparency are the hallmark of the agency. However, it needs the help of the general public in ridding the agency of staff who are determined to discredit the Authority by engaging in unscrupulous activities with willing participants and confidence tricksters.” read more