Music in Movies: Using Film Scores to Enhance Your Story

first_imgChoosing the right music for your film project should be a calculated decision.The right music can complement and expand on the visuals of your film. It’s likely that when you think of your favorite film, the score may come to mind as well. Similarly, when used out of harmony with your film’s tone and message, the wrong music can sink your project. I’m sure you’ve seen indie films online where the visuals and acting is well done but the music is overwhelmingly loud or distracting.Let’s look distill this discussion down to two types of music that can add interest to your film project: Homophonic and Polyphonic.Homophonic music conveys harmony between a film’s visuals and the sound. Examples of great homophony can be seen in films such as The Shining or Star Wars. In regards to film, homophonic music holds up and complements what is being seen on scene, but it doesn’t overpower it.In contrast to homophonic music, polyphonic music isn’t trying to create harmony with the visuals. Rather, the style/tone of polyphonic music is typically completely independent from anything on screen. While it may sound strange to have the visuals and music conflict in your film it’s better to think about it in terms of theme. If you are trying to convey evil in the world by showing destruction mixed with sad music it would convey one feeling, whereas a happy pop tune would completely change the way the audience perceived the scene. A polyphonic approach is often used in video game trailers, where calm classical music is contrasted against images of aggression or fighting.The following video essay explains how these musical ideas can be used:John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel), and Gustavo Dudamel (conductor of LA Philharmonic) spoke at a recent event called “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer” at LACMA’s Bing Theater. The following playlist features a few video excerpts from the event. Take note of the discussion on how a character’s humanity and the film composition go hand in hand.Our composers at PremiumBeat recognize how important music is for the success of a film. The next time you need a track for your film or video project check out our exclusive music library.last_img read more


first_imgWith the issue of foreign coaches also troubling many a With the issue of foreign coaches also troubling many a legend of the national game, Batra said that the time is not far when India wil have their won home-grown professionals. “You will see many Indian coaches come up in the next 3 to 4 years. We are in the process of building a pool of professionals who can really take the game to a new level. Young officials have adapted to the changes in the game and that is encouraging and I can see Indian coaches making a mark in the next few years,” he said. “Having said that we should not be shortsighted in our approach and segregate the coaches as foreign and India. We have never had any egos as far as hiring foreign professionals are concerned. I dont know whether I am right or wrong in my assessment, but I believe our neighbours Pakistan are lagging behind on this count and have failed to catch-up with the changing ways in the game,” he added. Also talking about Gurbaj Singhs ban hearing on September 18 — a day after the HIL auctions, Batra said that the talented midfielder would certainly be including in the reserve pool if the suspension is lifted. The senior player was suspended in August this year for nine months for indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team. “If Gurbajs ban is removed in the hearing on September 18 then he will certainly be included in the HIL reserve players pool and I am sure teams will be happy to pick him,” he said. With two-wheeler giant, Heros name missing from the latest banner of HIL season 4, scribes were curious to know the status of their deal with the title sponsor and Batra said, “We had a three-year contract with them, which has expired and they need to renew it. We are in the process of finalising the contracts with a lot of or sponsors and Hero is one of them. “We have offered a five-year deal, now its upto them to take it. Only STAR has renewed its contract with us and they are on board with us.” PTI FK SSC AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger ready to make January return to management – Bayern Munich waiting?

first_imgAdvertisementThe Bavarians are without a win in four games, which has triggered speculation that changes are imminent. Niko Kovac , the Bayern Munich boss has lead Bayern to a fairly poor start as per Bayern’s standards. Losses to Gladbach and Berlin and draws with Ajax and Augsburg sees Kovac on shaky grounds. To add to the entropy , Bayern has announced a shock press conference scheduled for Friday morning.German publication Bild report that club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic will all attend the press conference and the last time all three men held a joint press conference was to announce that Jupp Heynckes was returning as manager.This shock press conference gives rise to speculation that Arsene Wenger could make a return to the footballing scene after departing from his Arsenal empire prior to this summer. Some reports claim Arsenal is in for a managerial role at Munich while the others believe the French coach could be hired in an advisory role.“If you can’t beat them, join them.” could be a saying come true if Arsene Wengers joins the Bavarians while the memories of Arsene taking the defeat against Bayern Munich more often than not are fresh in the fans’ memories. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sania-Hingis continue to lead doubles rankings, Serena tops singles list

first_imgAmerican Serena Williams continued to lead the latest women’s singles rankings released on Monday, while German Angelique Kerber rose to the second place.Agnieszka Radwanska fell to third spot.Garbine Muguruza of Spain came in the fourth place with 4,847 points, as Romanian Simona Halep climbed to fifth and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka fell to sixth, while Italian Roberta Vinci rose to seventh.Russian Maria Sharapova, sanctioned for failing a doping test, fell out of the top 10 after Swiss Timea Bacsinszky rose to the 10th place.In the women’s doubles, top pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis maintained their joint position with 12045 points each.The current rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Serena Williams (America) 8,235 points2. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5,7403. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 5,6654. Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 4,8475. Simona Halep (Romania) 4,6506. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 4,5307. Roberta Vinci (Italy) 3,5058. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 3,3309. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 3,06710. Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 3,065.last_img read more

Crucial World Cup year set to make or break Australian rugby

first_imgThis year will be a year of living dangerously in which Australian men’s rugby will either begin to recover lost ground on and off the field or slip further towards minor sports status. And it is performances on the pitch in 2019 which will be the key to a turnaround in fortunes; the Wallabies, and the nation’s four Super Rugby franchises, must improve markedly to win back disillusioned fans.Australia’s rugby administrators must astutely manage whatever success these five elite professional teams achieve to increase the revenue streams to fund the grassroots, the lifeblood of the code. If the Wallabies, Brumbies, Rebels, Waratahs and Reds fail to deliver again, the game will be in a weak position to renegotiate a lucrative broadcast deal, with potentially dire consequences. Ideally, if two Australian teams reached the playoffs, they would contain the bulk of the Wallabies squad. Super Rugby playoff action would help to keep the Wallabies match-fit and prepare them for the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby Championship, which will lead into the World Cup.Coming off their worst season since 1958, no one gives the seventh-ranked Wallabies much hope of coming away from Japan with the Webb Ellis Cup, but no one thought they would do well in 2015 when they reached the final.With the departure of Wallabies attack coach Stephen Larkham, head coach Michael Cheika will do it his way. Australian fans will be hoping he can reproduce what he did in 2015. This time, the Wallabies need to reach the semi-finals at least – and preferably the final – to convince Australian supporters they have something to cheer about again. Support for Australian rugby has not vanished. It is just lying dormant. It is time to awaken. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Under the competition’s conference system, the winner of the Australian conference is guaranteed a place in the playoffs, regardless of the team’s position on the overall table, but it is vitally important that at least two Australian teams participate in post-season play, not just for Super Rugby’s sake, but for the sake of the Wallabies.The last time two Australian teams – the Brumbies and the Waratahs – reached the playoffs was 2015 and it was not coincidental that the Wallabies made the final of the World Cup that same year. Those two teams are the only Australian clubs to appear in the playoffs since 2014.And the Waratahs are probably Australia’s best chance this year. NSW have managed to retain the bulk of the squad that reached the semi-finals last season and has added a wildcard in code-hopper Karmichael Hunt, who was unwanted by the Reds.In the absence of a big forward pack, the Waratahs will need to compete for possession at the breakdown across the field from No 1 to No 15. But the real key to the success of the Waratahs will be the performance of the quintessential quartet of Michael Hooper, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau.The Brumbies are trying to balance their strong set-pieces and rolling maul with expansive back play. If they can achieve that combination, they will be competitive. Any team which features David Pocock deserves to be respected. Pocock is the most valuable player in Australia and his sheer presence will make the Brumbies a force to be reckoned with, but the backrower has suffered recurring neck injuries and he must be managed properly.Although one of rugby union’s two heartland states, Queensland have not reached the playoffs since 2013. Coach Brad Thorn has worked hard on the Reds’ set-pieces and defence, but their attack has left something to be desired. The return to Ballymore of former Reds attack coach Jim McKay may help to fix that problem. They played a brilliant brand of attacking rugby when they won the title in 2011, but McKay then had the benefit of halves Will Genia and Quade Cooper running the show.Genia and Cooper have re-united at the Rebels, who now have a talented squad that threatens to usurp Australia’s traditional rugby powers. But the Rebels are a conundrum: Melbourne have a strong team on paper, but has not yet developed a strong grassroots foundation. This means the Rebels would be unable to fully capitalise commercially on any success they achieved on the field. Yet, if the Rebels are unsuccessful on the field, they run the risk of experiencing the same financial problems that threatened their existence just a few years ago. Read more Topics Share on WhatsApp comment Rugby World Cupcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Israel Folau commits to Super Rugby with four year Waratahs deal Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Pinterest Australia sport Super Rugby Share on Facebook Michael Cheika seizes back control of Wallabies as Stephen Larkham exits Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Under-fire Zidane trolled by Materazzi

first_imgZinédine Zidane Materazzi trolls under-fire Zidane with nostalgic Instagram post Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:35 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Marco Materazzi headbutted by Zinedine Zidane Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Primera División World Cup As the Real Madrid boss attempts to navigate his way through a testing period in Spain he has been reminded of another notable low point from his past Marco Materazzi has taken the opportunity to troll former foe Zinedine Zidane as the Frenchman finds himself under pressure at Real Madrid.The iconic Frenchman has not endured too many low points over the course of a distinguished career which has seen him scale the heights as a player and coach.As a world-class performer for the likes of Juventus, Real and France, Zidane reached the very top of the game as he collected countless major honours – including the Ballon d’Or, Champions League and World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Renowned for his ability to glide over the field and make the most pressurised situation look like a walk in the park, the legendary midfielder was a picture of calm for the most part.There was, however, a volatile streak to his game and when his buttons were pushed, he would explode in the most spectacular of fashions.His most infamous outburst came on the grandest of stages back in 2006 – with France targeting another global crown.Having inspired Les Bleus to glory in 1998, Zidane was to cost his country eight years later as he was sent off for an ill-advised tussled with Italian centre-half Materazzi.He has now been reminded of that fact, with the ex-Inter defender posting a picture on his Instagram account of a piece of artwork honouring a moment Zidane would rather forget and one Materazzi treasures.While that incident is now part of Zidane’s distant past, the present is posing him as many problems.Having tasted La Liga and Champions League double success in 2016-17, and added a Club World Cup crown to their enviable trophy haul in the current campaign, the wheels have fallen off somewhat in the Spanish capital.Key figures such as Cristiano Ronaldo have seen their remarkably high standards dip, with the Blancos now scratching around in an effort to salvage their season with a third successive European success.They are set to face Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at the last-16 stage of the Champions League, with Zidane looking for his troops to rise to the occasion and avoid any unfortunate mishaps such as the one which saw him hand Materazzi and Italy World Cup glory via a penalty shoot-out 12 years ago.last_img read more

RankireddyShetty 1st Indian pair to win BWF Super 500

first_imgBangkok: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament with a hard-fought victory over Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open here. The unseeded Indian duo prevailed 21-19 18-21 21-18 over the third seeded Chinese pair after battling hard for an hour and two minutes. It was the first final of the 2019 season for Rankireddy and Shetty, the men’s doubles silver medallist at 2018 Commonwealth Games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhRankireddy and Shetty got off to a good start as they broke away from 3-3 early on and moved ahead to open up a 10-6 lead, but their Chinese opponents kept breathing down their necks and made it 14-14. It was a closely fought affair after that and the world No. 16 Indian pair could take a slight edge only at 20-18. Although the Chinese duo narrowed down the gap further to 19-20, the Indians managed to win the crucial point to wrap up the first game. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIn the second game, the Indians managed to take an upper hand as they moved to a 6-2 lead but the Chinese soon bridged the gap to 5-6 before catching up with them at 11-11. After the interval, the Chinese duo surged ahead to 13-11 but the Indians lifted their game and drew parity at 13 apiece. The Indians then overtook their opponents to 16-14 and then climbed up to 18-16 before the Chinese pair won five consecutive points to stun the Indians and take the match to the decider. Rankireddy and Shetty were slow off the blocks in the third game but managed to make it 6-6. From there on, the Indians never looked back and kept their composure to maintain the edge over their rivals till the end. Even though the Chinese pair fought back and at one stage reduced the gap to 18-19, the Indians looked in no mood to climb down and went on to pocket two consecutive points to seal the match in their favour.last_img read more

Police probe new sexual assault allegation involving Halifax taxi driver

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax police are investigating a new allegation of a taxi driver sexually attacking a female passenger.The woman suffered facial injuries in the attack at around 10 p.m. Tuesday while she was being driven to a Dartmouth home, police said Friday.A police spokeswoman said no arrest has been made, and investigators currently have limited details about the incident, which was reported to police on Wednesday.“We have spoken to her … the investigation is in the very early stages,” said Const. Dianne Penfound.“We would normally wait until we have more information to put out a release but felt at this point it was an appropriate time to put this out to the public.”Penfound said sexual assault investigations are complex, and police work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation.“At this point the investigators are reaching out to multiple cab companies to determine who this driver may have been,” she said.“What I can say from a police perspective is that the cab companies are always fully co-operative with us, and very helpful.”The probe comes after a series of sex charges against Halifax cabbies, although Penfound said there had been no new allegations since the summer of 2016.Police reported seven alleged sexual assault cases involving Halifax cab drivers between 2015 and the summer of 2016, although one charge had been dropped at the request of the complainant.In July 2016, Dave Buffett, president of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association, said the city’s taxi industry was in crisis after four alleged sexual assaults by drivers in three months.The acquittal last March of a Halifax taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger sparked national outrage.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous story said the alleged attack occurred Wednesday when it occurred on Tuesday.last_img read more

Toronto stock index closes down while US markets edge higher Loonie up

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended lower as energy stocks weighed, while U.S. stock markets edged higher a day after they were closed for the July 4 holiday.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was slid a per cent to be the worst of the sectors on the TSX as prices for oil and gas both fell.Overall, the S&P/TSX composite index closed down 38.11 points at 16,266.61 as financials and materials stocks also slid.Base metal stocks were up on the day despite a big slide in the September copper contract that ended down nine cents at US$2.83 a pound.Copper has fallen steeply from the nearly US$2.30 a pound it spiked to in early June on labour concerns at the Escondida mine in Chile, as increasing trade concerns have tempered demand speculation.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 181.92 points at 24,356.74. The S&P 500 index ended up 23.39 points at 2,736.61 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 83.75 points at 7,586.43.Stocks rose despite looming tariffs coming from the U.S. and China on Friday as underlying market sentiments remain strong, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“Yes there are elevated risks, there is greater volatility, but it’s impressive to see the underlying optimism in equities is still strong when you see these types of rallies shortly after there’s bad news announcements like tariffs.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.17 cents US, up 0.08 of a US cent.The August crude contract closed down $1.20 at US$72.94 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ended down three cents at US$2.84 per mmBTU.Pashootan said elevated oil prices are a potential concern for long-term consumer spending that makes up 70 per cent of economic growth.“One of the key takeaways from an investment perspective is these higher oil prices have led to considerably higher prices at the pump, which are taking a larger piece of the consumer’s wallet, and certainly affecting consumer confidence.”The August gold contract closed up $5.30 at US$1,258.80 an ounce.Centerra Gold slid 0.69 cents or 9.16 per cent to $6.84 after announcing that operations at its Mount Milligan mine in B.C. could be affected if it doesn’t secure new sources of water for processing. The company said it has applied to B.C. regulators take water from wells, creeks, and a lake.Canopy Growth Corp. closed up $1.05 or 2.72 per cent at $39.70 after the launch of a Latin American subsidiary and its acquisition of Colombian medical marijuana company Spectrum Cannabis Colombia for about $45.7 million in shares.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED), (TSX:CG)last_img read more

El Othmani Tweets Condolences for Victims of Bouknadel Train Accident

Rabat – Several hours after a train accident this morning near Bouknadel, between Rabat and Kenitra, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has finally commented.El Othmani tweeted his condolences to the families of the 6 killed in the accident, almost three hours after the train derailed.El Othmani wrote that the government should prioritize a rescue operation and wished a prompt recovery to the other victims. Secretary-General of Transport Mohamed Najib Boulif posted a similar tweet around the same time. ????? ????? ????? ??? ?????? ?????? ??????? ???? ????????? ????? ???????? ??????? ????? ??? ?????? ????? ?????? ????????? ??????? ??????. ??? ???????? ???? ????? ??? ????? ????????? ???????? ?????? ?????????— ???? ??????? -?????? (@ChefGov_ma) October 16, 2018The train linking Casablanca to Kenitra derailed this morning around 10:30 a.m. on a train heading towards Rabat from Kenitra.Read Also: ONCF’s Train Accident Kills 6 Near Morocco’s BouknadelIn addition to the six killed, at least 86 others were injured. ????? ?????? ???? ???? ????? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ???? ??? ???? ???? ??????????? ???? ?????? ?????? ????????— Mohamed Najib Boulif (@BOULIFNajib) October 16, 2018The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers are still working at the site. Royal gendarmes, 10 ambulances, and helicopters all arrived at the scene in the minutes and hours following the accident.Read Also: Video: Train Derails Between Sale and KenitraThe rescuers are currently transporting victims to the military hospital in Rabat at the request of King Mohammed VI. read more

Pay for former BC Ferries boss David Hahn tops 1 million salary

by News Staff Posted Jun 28, 2012 7:40 pm MDT VICTORIA – Former BC Ferries boss David Hahn was known as the million-dollar man, but salary documents released Thursday show he was making even more money when he retired last year.BC Ferries executive pay documents for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 show Hahn’s total pay, including bonuses and pension entitlements, amounted to $1.13 million.Hahn officially retired as of Dec. 31, 2011, but the $1.13 million he earned shows up on the 2012 fiscal year-end accounting.The financial statements also reveal that the corporation’s top four executives, including Hahn, received bonuses that total almost $1.7 million.Current BC Ferries President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Corrigan was paid $915,615 in the 2012 fiscal year, but next year his total salary will be about $564,000 under salary restructuring and cost-saving plans announced last year.BC Ferries reported net losses of $16.5 million last year, while vehicle traffic hit a 13-year low and passenger trips dipped to a 21-year low. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pay for former BC Ferries boss David Hahn tops $1 million, salary documents reveal read more

Beside The Points For Monday Jan 29 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeBad news, PhillyThe New England Patriots have participated in 37 playoff games since 2001, losing nine of them. That alone is absolutely insane. Here’s the stat that should give Philadelphia pause: The Patriots are 15-0 when they hadn’t played the competitor at some point over the course of the season, as is the case with the Eagles. [FiveThirtyEight]Waivered JagrJaromir Jagr, current NHL old guy and the second-highest point scorer of all time, has been placed on waivers by his latest team, the Calgary Flames, a move that may signal the end of the 45 year old’s NHL career. He is 34 games shy of Gordie Howe’s record for most games played. [ESPN]The reality behind “injury prone”A Football Outsiders analysis has put some serious numbers to the idea of being injury prone: looking at 8,585 player-seasons from 2009 to 2016, 40 percent of players who played in Week 1 went on to miss one or more games due to injury over the course of the season. However, that’s high compared to players who did not have any injuries in the previous two years, only 26 percent of which missed a game or more. [Football Outsiders]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Nobody’s undefeated in the OWLThe new Overwatch League, an esports attraction that just ended its third week, has shown the kind of parity that even the NFL can only dream of. Each of its 12 teams — even the powerhouses in London, Seoul and New York — have at least one win and only one team (Shanghai Dragons) are still at 0-6. Indeed, the most exciting story of the young league may be the Houston Outlaws swinging from league worst 0-2 to fourth-place 4-2 in just two weeks. [ESPN, ESPN, OWL]Golden Knights making the house loseThe Las Vegas Golden Knights are crushing it at home this season, and home just happens to be the only town in America where you can bet on the local team before walking to the arena. This means that not only are lots of people betting on Vegas — something like 10 to 15 times the typical NHL handle — but those gamblers are often winning. [ESPN]Big Number10 percentRoger Federer defeated Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open on Sunday, his 20th Grand Slam title. Here’s the cool part: Federer has now won 10 percent of all the men’s Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era since 1968. [ESPN]Predictions NFL See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetOvechkin has the fastest stick in the league We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe NBA read more

A tense situation Mosney Direct Provision residents stage protest over issues at

first_img Apr 25th 2019, 5:38 PM Mosney residents form a picket line. Source: Facebook.comRESIDENTS LIVING IN Mosney Direct Provision centre in Co Meath have held a protest today over the treatment of fellow residents by staff and management at the centre.Shortly after 7am, dozens of residents of the centre near Drogheda gathered at the gates in protest before staff arrived.In a video posted on social media, residents can be seen protesting near the reception to Mosney with a number of cars blocking the entrance. Gardaí were called to the scene and arrived at 8.20am, according to a garda spokesperson. ”No injuries and no arrests were reported,” they said. According to one resident who took part in the demonstration, the situation is “still tense” as of 5pm. In a statement today, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) said that residents of the centre were protesting following the recent hospitalisation of a single mother who was moved from the centre to a hotel in Co Cavan with her three children. The group said that residents at Mosney are “fearful and reluctant to raise issues they have with management because the minute a person complains, they are moved to another centre” and called on the Department of Justice & Equality to abolish the Direct Provision system and “treat people with dignity”.  Source: Facebook.comA former holiday camp, Mosney has been a Direct Provision centre since 2002 and currently accommodates nearly 700 asylum seekers. Last year, Mosney Holidays PLC received €8.6 million from the government, bringing the total amount the company has received from the State between 2002 and 2018 to €136 million. Since September, pressure has grown on the Reception & Integration Agency to accommodate those seeking international protection in Ireland. There currently over 500 asylum seekers living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland. ‘Peaceful protest’Commenting on today’s protest, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called for independent inspections of Direct Provision centres and said that conditions in centres are “degrading and must improve”. “Residents in Direct Provision Centres enjoy the right to peaceful protest in the same manner as anyone else in Ireland,” an ICCL spokesperson told“We have consistently voiced concern about the lack of oversight and accountability of privately run Direct Provision Centres. As state funded institutions, the state has a duty to ensure the human rights of residents are respected.”“We regard Direct Provision Centres as falling within the category of places of detention. Independent and unannounced inspections should be allowed,” the spokesperson added.“This is why we have called time and time again for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture which would mandate the government to facilitate such inspections.”“We call on the Government to ratify this Protocol without delay. ”A spokesperson for the Department of Justice & Equality told that RIA management visited the accommodation centre today and spoke to Mosney management and staff. “In keeping with established practice, RIA staff are available to residents in all centres to discuss any issues or concerns they may have,” the spokesperson said. “The Gardaí were present for a short time this morning due to the road being blocked.”“RIA will continue to monitor the situation in Mosney and to offer appropriate supports to residents.” Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 47,677 Views Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 5:38 PM Short URL ‘A tense situation’: Mosney Direct Provision residents stage protest over issues at centre Residents started protesting at 7am this morning. By Cónal Thomas 92 Comments last_img read more

Randy Orton returns on Smackdown tonight from London England

first_img WWEs Becky Lynch Invited To RAW Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Videos Articles Becky Lynch WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Facebook Pinterest WWE Smackdown takes place tonight from London, England.Advertised for the show tonight is the return of WWE Champion Randy Orton, a face-off between Shinsuke Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler and Natalya vs. Becky Lynch.Due to Smackdown filming in London tonight, the show will not be airing live and will be taped this afternoon. We will have a full spoiler report later will present live coverage of Smackdown once it begins airing tonight on the USA Network starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).If you are attending the tapings today in London and would like to send in a live report, email reports to or videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE RawVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:51/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte last_img

Milan aims to return to Champions League

first_imgAccording to the AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, the only objective the team has is to return to the biggest club tournament in the worldAC Milan wants to return to the world’s biggest and most important club competition: the UEFA Champions League.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, what’s important is that the team returns to that stage.“I’m thinking about tomorrow’s game. Inter are strong and are showing that in the Champions League as well,” Gattuso told Reuters.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Being attached to them is an extra incentive but finishing ahead of them isn’t an objective.”“I’m only thinking about improving my players and finishing in the Champions League places,” he added.“It’s not a coincidence that Torino has such a strong away record.”“They have the physicality and technical quality, are always well-organized by a prepared coach [Walter Mazzarri]. It’s going to be very tough for us,” he concluded.last_img read more

VW tests carsubscription water with Drover partnership in the UK

first_imgEnlarge ImageEverything is handled online, and new subscribers can get access to their car in as little as 48 hours. Not too shabby. Volkswagen Automakers have been slowly wading into subscription services, usually launching efforts in limited markets as it determines how to best serve customers who may not want a traditional ownership experience. VW’s latest effort heads to the UK in conjunction with a partner.Volkswagen announced last week that it has launched a pilot subscription service in the UK with the help of Drover, a company that specializes in subscription services. Everything happens online, from start to finish, and VW says it can take as little as 48 hours from signing up to receiving a car.Right now, a trip to Drover’s VW subscription site reveals a wide variety of Golf, Passat and Tiguan variants on offer, including diesels and estate cars (station wagons). A Golf can be secured from £528 (about $700) per month, while Passats start around £514 (about $675) and Tiguans start around £643 (about $850) per month. That might sound high, but like other subscription services, the only thing an owner will need to pay for is gas. VW’s monthly subscription price includes taxes, annual safety tests, service, maintenance and breakdown coverage. But even the fuel isn’t offered at full price, with the site also claiming that owners get a 5-pence (about 6 cents) discount on each liter of gas or diesel, as well.The program is impressively flexible, too. People who sign up have a wide variety of subscription options, from a month-to-month plan that offers more flexibility to a 12-month term that offers more stability. Discounts are applied to longer plans, too, so if a person’s needs or whims don’t dictate frequent car swaps, that can be met with a financial reward.If you want to learn more about subscription services in general, we’ve put together a rundown of all the major first- and third-party vehicle subscriptions currently on offer. Tags 49 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Industry 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Almost all-new Review • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Reviewcenter_img Share your voice 1 Comment More about 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Volkswagenlast_img read more

Cabinet approves ordinance for amendments of insolvency and bankruptcy code

first_imgThe President, Vice President and Prime Minister with the newly inducted Ministers after a Swearing-in Ceremony at Rashtrapati BhavanTwitter/PIBThe Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the amendments of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), which prevents wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.Earlier the finance ministry notified banks to prevent willful defaulters from taking part in bidding any stress assets called for insolvency proceedings.The ordinance for amending the bankruptcy code will be presented in the coming winter session of Parliament.With the number of cases under the IBC is rising hence, a 14-member panel was set up to identify and suggest ways to address issues faced in implementation of the law, Moneycontrol reported.Given that the resolution process is moving along, it was important to clarify the stance of erstwhile promoters being allowed to participate in the resolution process.The IBC is also likely to streamline the process of selecting buyers for stressed assets. However, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley refrained from sharing any further details since the proposals have been sent to President’s assent.Currently, the quantum of NPAs in the banking system is around Rs 10 lakh crore. Earlier in June, the central bank directed banks to start bankruptcy proceedings against 12 identified loan defaulters. The 12 accounts constituted about 25 percent of the overall gross non-performing assets (NPAs) in the country’s banking system.Later, the central bank came out with a second list with another 30-40 companies. The RBI set December 31 deadline for banks to come up with a resolution plan, if it fails firms will be sent for bankruptcy proceedings.last_img read more

Bringing out the best from vineyards

first_imgInniskillin Icewine, recognised as one of the world’s great wines, is truly winter’s gift to wine lovers. The city got a taste of the best wine when a gala evening was held on the occasion of the launch and wine tasting of a brand of Icewine at the Canada House in the national Capital. Harvested at the pinnacle of Canada’s crisp winter, the grapes which are naturally frozen on the vine, are picked when the temperature drops to -10 degree celcius. Only a few drops of luscious nectar can be squeezed from each bunch, which is then expertly guided through fermentation to achieve this rich and alluring speciality of wine known as Icewine. During their long hang time on the vine, Icewine grapes develop intense flavours and aromas. The resulting wine is complex, rich and luscious on the palate and is balanced with brilliant acidity that leaves one craving for more.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Emma Hammson, Regional Director of Asia-Constellation Brands, said: “We are very proud to be the owners and ambassadors of one of the Canadian finest Wines Exporters. Our wines have recognition and put Canada on the Map as the home of world’s finest wines”.  The evening saw high profile guests including the Canadian High Commissioner-Nadir Patel; Andres Barbe, Ambassador of Chile; Yogesh Mathur, President of Moser Baer; Amit Lohani, President of FIFI and many more.last_img read more

Athoi Jal Unplugging Bibhutibhushan on stage

first_imgThe quintessence of the literary creation of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was his straightforwardness and portrayal of simplicity of relationships in Bengali culture that easily leaves one mesmerized. His novels namely, Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Chander Pahar, Hinger Kachuri when produced into films has earned critical appreciations, globally. Purba Paschim’s ‘Athoi Jal’ is a stage adaptation of Bibhutibhushan’s fourteenth novel. Bratya Basu continues his dominance in stage direction with his matured representation of characters and thus paying a befitting tribute to the legendary writer. His approach of using alter egos of the hero, Shashanka Daktar, in flesh and blood in important moments of the play is tuned to perfection. A post-modernist treatment on the stage of a pre-independence period piece soaked in Bengali sentiment and culture is another experimental venture of atypical nature. If people consider ‘Awdya Shesh Rajani’ as an intellectually loaded production, ‘Athoi Jal’ is a much simpler production comprising of a touching storyline with a poetic finish by Bratya. He expresses his pleasure in having Ujjwal Chattopadhyay by his side, again, after ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’ and ’21 Grams’ and ‘Awdya Shesh Rajani’. Chattopadhyay has done the original stage adaptation of the novel which Bratya has edited to his liking. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShashanka is a rural doctor with high moral values who enjoys the power of an educated person in a village with low literacy. He is used to his banal lifestyle while staying there with his wife and two kids. He responsibly loves to pose a moral judgment, policing his fellow villagers, gone astray. He does not fall short of even driving away a widower for admitting attraction for a widow in the same village. On the contrary, Shashanka’s life takes an unexpected turn one stormy night after watching the sensuous and provocative performance of a ‘khemtawali’, Panna. True love knows no bound and the influence of sexual desire completely overpowers his senses and he elopes with her to Kolkata, leaving his family behind. Sashanka transgresses respectable social norms to fall in love with a woman from the lower strata of the society. This relationship makes him realize the meaning of romance and sucks him into the uncontrollable vortex of life. He forgets his duties, responsibilities, material greed and happily becomes the manager of their dance group and effortlessly follows instructions from the woman and does not even hesitate to be economically dependent on her. The song and dance sequences in the drama immediately connect us with a rustic culture of a remote Bengali village of the 1940s. The script seems to falter a bit with Shankar’s sudden return to his family in comparison to the elaboration of his courtship with Panna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrithwis Rana, an experienced stage designer of his generation, works in absolute sync with the temperament of the director and the drama. The revolving props in the rear side of the stage fit the visuals aids of an old building or a sailing boat or as an abstract piece according to the context of the play. Singer Imon Chakraborty teams up with the production house in belting out some mind-blowing folk songs that innate the philosophy of romance and its effect. Indudipa Sinha’s choreography does well to bring out the spirit of ‘Khemta’ dance. An experienced campaigner, Debshankar Halder, famous for portraying larger than life characters on stage breaks stereotypes here to fit admirably into Shashanka. Suparna Maitra Das as Panna and Rajeswari Nandy as Surobala are equally strong and commendable in their roles. Barring a few, most of the actors collaborate well to make it a wonderful production. Shubhadeep Guha in music and Dinesh Poddar in light complete the circle of producing the spectacle on stage. Group Director, Soumitra Mitra appears excited to present another Bandyopadhyay on stage after Manik Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Diba Ratrir Kabya’ and Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Hansuli Banker Upokatha’. The charmingly different experiment with yet another directorial work by Bratya gives us the insight of his creative intelligence which is well enough for the theatre connoisseurs of Bengal to ponder.last_img read more

Heres How Industries Are Marrying All of Us to Technology

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Register Now » February 10, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. “You’re cheating on me with your smartphone.” Twenty years ago, this phrase wouldn’t have made sense. Today, it’s a common line in modern-day relationships. Most of us are spending more time on our smart devices than actually engaging in conversations with our loved ones. Yet, there’s no denying the value technology brings to our lives.Related: A ‘Self-Propelling’ Stroller Just Launched on IndiegogoI’m referring here to smart, connected technology that among other things can boost our health, manage our urgent banking requests and connect our vehicles to our homes. By committing to the right balance, we’ll continue to see technology improve our lives.Below I’ve outlined three industries that are marrying individuals to smart, connected technology and succeeding. Cue the wedding bells.HealthcareHealthcare is swiftly becoming patient-centric as its center of gravity shifts from the hospital to the home-medical experience. Wearable devices such as Apple Watch, Android Wear and Fitbit are getting patients motivated and involved in their healthcare decisions on a daily basis. In turn, this puts pressure on hospitals to open up channels through API (application program interface) technology and allow patient data from personal tracking devices to be shared with doctors in real time.For instance, AirStrip made waves on the Apple stage in September, when the company showcased the incredible capabilities of its connected system. AirStrip with Apple Watch allows physicians to view real-time lab results and vital readings, such as heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, from any location. This could include a patient traveling to the hospital in an ambulance or an expectant mother in the comfort of her home routinely testing her and her baby’s heart rate. Or take Telcare, which introduced the industry’s first FDA-approved cellular blood glucose meter that sends live readings to smart devices belonging to predesignated people, such as physicians or parents. Technologies like AirStrip and Telcare are redefining how physicians and patients collaborate in real time, paving the way for better overall care and hooking consumers on the security and comfort they provide.Financial servicesWhen PayPal, Venmo, Stripe, Google and Apple flirted with the idea of using smart devices to ease payments and real-time access to banking information, that move spurred excitement among consumers and terror among large financial institutions, as they were being asked to change.To meet these rapidly inflating demands from consumers, financial institutions quickly recognized the need to adapt to this new trend by breaking down their monolithic systems into reusable APIs that can be combined to create new digital services. For early movers, this has fueled a broader use of banking apps on smart devices, where consumers can quickly cash checks with a quick click of the camera, or complete personal payments, as well as engage in more traditional services, like wire transfers. Related: This ‘Smart Wallet’ Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn’t It Deliver?Large financial institutions, such as Wells Fargo and American Express, also saw the importance in partnering with impactful online payment startups such as Stripe, whose hefty goal is to raise the GDP of the Internet. Venmo and other peer-to-peer payment apps also gained in popularity, removing the hassle for consumers around splitting bills after meals, paying rent and sharing cab rides, among an array of other activities.What’s clear is that the financial services industry is being transformed by fintech startups looking to simplify payment processes for consumers and businesses alike. And consumers are relying on their smart devices more than ever to easily manage their financial lives.Fintech startups are trying to put a ring on it, increasing the urgency for banks to keep up through transformative digital makeovers and strategic partnerships. MasterCard’s recently announced Start Path program is a step in the same direction: aligning the financial services corporation with fintech game-changers.AutomotiveWith auto manufacturers expanding app integration into vehicles, connected cars are quickly becoming an extension of an individual’s home and personal life. Now, auto manufacturers such as Tesla are depending significantly on the developer ecosystem to provide rich experiences for individuals and their music, social and home apps.In the next few years, car companies will provide 90 percent connectivity through APIs, fostering a closer relationship between individuals and their cars. Cars will no longer serve just as vehicles that move us from point A to point B; in addition, they’ll act as collaborator, entertainer and confidant.In the next few years, in fact, connected cars will become our very own chauffeurs, given that Tesla, Google, Apple and Uber are currently delving into the realm of driverless cars. Tesla’s recent launch of autopilot software in its Model S cars is an early start. What’s clear is that the movers and shakers in the automotive industry are turning cars into connected platforms to draw consumers closer.With the close last month of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a flurry of new smart devices were brought online to “disrupt industries,” “change the world” and perhaps even destroy a few relationships.But, it won’t be the devices themselves that will make waves. It will be the clever use of those devices to generate value. This year, 2016, will be about identifying the value niches within industries and executing on consumer demands. Smart technology will continue to find its way into our lives and connect what we once thought impossible.In 2016, too, I look forward to balancing my marriage by using technology — by investing less time in managing connected devices and getting more value out of them. And, maybe spending more time talking to my wife than Siri.Related: This Company Wants To Make Your Dumb Fridge Smart Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more