The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Scenes of HBO’s Original Series

first_imgCurious about the cameras used to shoot current hit HBO series? Here are the various camera packages and the series using them.For decades, HBO has set countless standards for the rest of the television world, one being the final look of their Original Series. The cable giant has long relied on film standards to elevate their television productions. Their major blockbuster series, Game of Thrones, is no exception.Take a look at what goes into shooting an HBO show.Game of ThronesGame of Thrones set via HBO / ARRI.The Game of Thrones series has primarily relied on the ARRI ALEXA but will, occasionally, use other cameras for VFX-heavy sequences or specialty setups. Fun fact: the ALEXA used in the first season was actually a prototype, as the camera had not yet been officially released.Game of Thrones Camera Package:ARRI ALEXAARRI ALEXA MiniRED EPIC DRAGON (of course it was a dragon!)LensesCooke S4Angenieux Optimo All images via HBO.Looking for more industry coverage? Check out these articles.SXSW Panel: How to Get People to Care About Your Film7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic DirectorsThe Secrets Behind Apollo 11’s Success Are a Story All Their OwnInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”Industry Interview: The Composers Behind American Gods In his interview with Mandy, Veep cinematographer David Miller shared this wonderful tidbit:[It] was interesting because there was no rhyme or reason as to the way Veep was laid out. It was kind of chaotic, there was no staging.On the first day, they rehearsed the material for a long time. They were like, “Great, okay, we’re going to go now. Light it.” I’m like, “Wait a second, we’re not quite done.” So, I said we had to change some of the blocking, to make it work. They were so used to doing whatever they wanted. I said, “Well no, you’ve got to say that line here, don’t make that false move, say the line and then move away, but don’t go to this side, go to the other side of the room,” and all that.Julia was a little bit reticent, at the beginning. She said, “You’re trying to control us.” I said, “Well no, I’m just trying to lay it out photographically, so it can all play in one, big thing.” After about a week, when they started to realize: everything cuts together now — everybody’s looking the right direction — the lighting looks so much better. They were like, “Ok, we get it.”In the end, the funny thing is, after changing most of it, and going through it, I won the Emmy.Miller went on to say more:Even though it’s documentary [style], it doesn’t have to look bad. There’s a way to make it work, and it really comes down to all of the staging. Figuring out the staging so that everything falls into place. It’s pretty simple to do, but you just have to be willing to do it.Take a peek at the set, in this behind-the-scenes video. BarryImage via HBO.Barry Camera Package:ARRI ALEXA MiniOptimo zooms, 15-49, 28-76, and 45-120Leica SummiluxDirector Alec Berg with DP Paula Huidobro. Image via John P. Johnson / HBO.In an interview with IndieWire, DP Paula Huidobro stated the following:We chose ALEXA because of the natural and beautiful skin tone rendition of the camera, and also, because of its exposure latitude. I wanted the light to be as soft as possible and my gaffer, Paul Mclevine, and I decided to go with a more old-school approach, using Fresnels, booklights, and Chinese lanterns, instead of the LED technology, which is now the norm. We liked the warmth of the source and glowy quality it would have on the actors’ faces. We had big sources through the windows, with 20Ks set on motors that were easily adjusted. I like soft sources, but keeping the light shaped in an interesting way. I didn’t ever want to drift into flat, comedic lighting.WestworldImage via John P. Johnson/HBO.“Doesn’t look like anything to me.”Westworld Camera Package:ARRICAM ST and LTARRIFLEX 235 (drone)LensesARRI Master PrimesAngenieux Optimo zooms VeepImage via HBO.As Veep cinematographer David Miller says, “Even though it’s documentary [style], it doesn’t have to look bad.”Veep Camera Package:Arri Alexa PlusLensesCooke S4Angenieux Optimo True DetectiveTrue Detective season three set via HBO.It should be no surprise that, with the wildly different seasons, True Detective has relied on different cameras for each season. Seasons 1 and 3 were captured on Panavision cameras, while Season 2 went with an ARRI.True Detective Camera Package:Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 (Season 1)Panavision PrimoPVintage LensesFilm used: 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 500T 5219) InsecureImage via Justina Mintz / HBO.Insecure Camera Package:ARRI ALEXA MiniCooke S5i lensesIn their interview with IndieWire, DP Patrick Cady said the following:The show is very location-based, and the shallow depth of field, on a wider lens, can bring about that moment where you know where the characters are, but they are still lifted off of the background. Their story is in a place, but it connects to all of us, in our worlds, because we are concentrating on the wonderful cast. I think it helps the audience feel connected to the show. The ALEXA has a wonderful sensor. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in it, and it did a great job of handling the color palette of the Kiss ’n Grind party — a key part of the “Hella LA” Episode — as well as, the hard LA sunlight.More reading on the production of Insecure:Keeping ‘Insecure’ lit: HBO cinematographer Ava Berkofsky on properly lighting black faces — MicInsecure DP Ava Berkofsky on Avoiding “Seinfeld Shots,” Faking Coachella and Lighting Mega-Churches — Filmmaker Magazinecenter_img 35 mm film (Kodak 5203 50D, 5207 250D, and 5219 500T)Image via John P. Johnson/HBO.Westworld cinematographer John Grillo revealed the following in his interview with IndieWire:The opportunity to shoot on film doesn’t come often, so when I was hired for Season 2 of Westworld, I was both excited and a bit nervous, as I had not used it in a long while. That nervousness disappeared when I started watching dailies. Not only was the latitude of the film mind-blowing, but the one thing I noticed right away, that I hadn’t seen for the longest time shooting digital, was the exquisite way that film renders skin tones. The color and texture were just right. We shot a lot of day exteriors in harsh sunlight. Film brought another dimension to the landscape, and our characters’ close-ups. You could feel the softness of Dolores’s skin; you could almost touch every line on the Man in Black’s face. With digital, it can be a struggle under those conditions and subject to myriad of interpretations in color correction, but film is unique.Westworld is also believed to be the first production to shoot on 35 mm film with a drone. In an interview with Filmmaker Magazine, DP Darran Tiernan had the following to say:There’s a great company from Australia called XM2 that Paul Cameron and A-cam operator Chris Haarhoff used when they worked together on the last Pirates of the Caribbean film. They said it was amazing, because sometimes on those pirate ships, they couldn’t get a crane where they wanted and the XM2 guys would set up the drone and, basically, do a crane shot with the drone.For our shots, we flew an [Arriflex] 235, which used 200 foot rolls. So, you’ve only got about a minute and 50 seconds worth of runtime per roll, which is a bit nerve-wracking. John Grillo shot Episode 10, and I believe by that time, XM2 had developed a system that allowed them to use the [Arriflex] 435, in the drone. There’s still aerial helicopter stuff, this season, that Jonah and Paul shot in Utah, which is beautiful. But we did drone work, as well, which is cheaper than the cost of having an aerial unit.More reading on Westworld’s production:“There Is a Reverence On Set When the Camera is Spitting Film Through its Gate”: DP Darran Tiernan on Westworld, Season Two —Filmmaker Magazine‘Westworld’ DP Paul Cameron: A Camera Is Just Another Film Stock  — VarietyHBO’s ‘Westworld’: Cinematographer Paul Cameron on Getting ‘Fearless Coverage’ on 35mm Film — No Film SchoolVideo – Westworld: “First ever use of a [35mm] film camera on a drone” — Reddit More reading on True Detective filming:The Lenses Make the Look on True Detective — PanavisonHow we got the shot: Cary Fukunaga on True Detective’s tracking shot — The GuardianHow True Detective’s Cinematographer Got These 9 Shots — VultureGet a glimpse of the Season 3 set from HBO. Panavision Millennium DXL (Season 3)Panavision Primo, Primo Zoom and Ultra Speed Z-Series MKII Lenses In regards to the look of the series, one of the shows first DPs Alik Sakharov revealed the following:The tone of this series had to be a little bit more expansive than most TV shows. We didn’t want it to feel claustrophobic. We were, basically, trying to explore as many filmic possibilities as we could, and structure shots to create the depth and breadth of a feature film. I, also, explored the idea of under-lighting certain scenes, which allowed us to concentrate the eye on where the action is happening, as opposed to lighting everything in one, big wash of light. I have to say that the ALEXA was instrumental in getting this stuff. I never thought I would be singing praises to HD technology, and yet, there I was — utterly enamored by it.As for the scenes using RED cameras, certain Iceland locations in Season 4 were unsafe for Steadicam operators. Cinematographer Robert McLachlan and crew turned to the carbon fiber 6K RED EPIC DRAGON, since the camera was light enough to be used with Freefly MoVI M10 rigs.More great reads on Game of Thrones production:Game of Thrones’ cinematographer breaks down the ‘dragon-induced Armageddon’ in The Spoils of War — The VergeALEXA wins the “Game of Thrones” — ARRIDRAGONs on the set of Game of Thrones — RED Director Alex Graves Talks Shooting the “Purple Wedding” — ColliderFor additional camera work, check out this behind-the-scenes look at Season 6. ARRI ALEXA XT Plus (Season 2)Panavision B-, C-, E-, G-Series and ATZ Lenseslast_img read more

Invoke NSA for cow slaughter: U.P. DGP

first_imgUttar Pradesh Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh has asked officials to book those accused of cow slaughter or trafficking in cattle for slaughter under the National Security Act (NSA) and the Gangsters Act.“Cow slaughter and transportation of cattle for slaughter must be strictly prevented,” Mr. Singh told SPs and SSPs.This is not the first time that the State government has promised stringent punishment for cow slaughter.In 2014, the Akhilesh Yadav government gave its approval to slap the Gangsters Act and the Goondas Act on those accused of cow slaughter. The State government had made an amendment to the Acts to include the offence.Soon after taking charge in April, Mr. Singh vowed “strict action” against those involved in “vigilantism” for cow protection and asserted that no citizen had the “right to intervene.”However, his latest note to district police chiefs, comprising over 30 points, including instructions on handling cow slaughter, does not mention vigilante groups or the self-designated ‘gau rakshaks.’‘An intimidation’U.P. vice-president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, Shakeel Qureshi, says that by issuing such orders, the State police were further intimidating those involved in cattle trade.“Such rules harass those involved in the business,” said Mr. Qureshi.He demanded that if those accused of cow slaughter or trafficking in cattle were to be booked under the NSA and the Gangsters Act, similar action should be taken against vigilante groups.last_img read more

Relief for Marathwada as Jayakwadi gates opened

first_imgBringing some relief to the parched Marathwada region, eight sluice gates of the Jayakwadi dam have been opened to discharge water thanks to heavy rain in north Maharashtra.The current discharge of around 4,500 cusecs from the dam has been prompted due to incessant showers in Nashik district and other parts of north Maharashtra, causing the Godavari river to swell and fill up the dams there. The release of water from these upstream dams has in turn led to the accumulation of more than 2 lakh cusecs in Jayakwadi’s Nath Sagar reservoir.Authorities said the discharge from Jayakwadi was prompted after the dam filled up to 92% of its live storage capacity. At the same time last year, the dam had barely 28% of its live storage capacity.While Nashik and Nandurbar in the north and Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Pune in western Maharashtra have been reeling under the onslaught of excess rain, the eight districts of Marathwada continue to remain arid despite two months of the monsoon season drawing to a close.Jayakwadi dam is the chief water source for industries in Marathwada, mainly in Aurangabad. The water discharge is expected to benefit areas in at least four districts in the region — Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna and Parbhani — and help resolve the water situation in talukas near the Godavari river bank.This is the first time in two years that the dam’s storage capacity has exceeded 90%.Till Thursday, authorities were releasing 1,200 cusecs of water from the Paithan left bank canal, 900 cusecs from the right bank canal, and 1,589 cusecs from the hydropower project towards the Apegaon and Hiradpuri barrages.The eight districts of Marathwada have collectively received over 75% of the average rainfall till now, with the region as a whole facing a rainfall deficit of more than 20%. Acute potable water scarcity still prevails in several villages, which continue to be supplied by tankers.last_img read more

Compensation for Punjab farmers

first_imgThe Punjab government has decided to pay ₹2,500 per acre as compensation to small and marginal farmers who have not burnt their paddy straw.State Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu on Wednesday said that farmers cultivating non-basmati paddy and owning land up to five acres, would get ₹2,500 per acre compensation for not burning the residue. “Firstly, the beneficiary of this compensation should be a farmer who owns up to five acres of land in his name, his wife and children under 18 years of age. Secondly, the aforesaid farmer should cultivate non-basmati paddy in the above mentioned area and should also not have burnt paddy residue in any part of his field,” he said.While explaining the procedure for seeking compensation, Mr. Pannu said those farmers who fulfilled the above stated conditions, would have to submit the self-declaration performa with the panchayat concerned by November 30. Money in bank account“The performa is available with the village panchayats. The compensation amount would be directly credited to the bank account of the eligible farmers,” he added.Mr. Pannu said burning paddy residue was in blatant violation of the orders of the Supreme Court and warned of strict action against farmers who violate it.last_img read more

Snubbed Usman Khawaja not pinning hopes on Ashes recall

first_imgHaving been pulled out of Australia’s one-day team to prepare for India, then ignored by selectors for every match in the subcontinent, batsman Usman Khawaja is guarded about his chances of winning a Test recall for the Ashes.The stylish number three suffered a further blow on Thursday when he was left out of Australia’s one-day squad for next month’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales.Being excluded from the nation’s formidable one-day team is nothing to be ashamed about given the batting riches at selectors’ disposal.However, the India snub was a bitter pill to swallow for a player who had averaged 66.75 in the preceding Test series against Pakistan after topping the runs list in a losing cause against South Africa.Rubbing salt into the wounds, Khawaja was left to carry the drinks during the four-test series in India and watch his replacement Shaun Marsh manage only 151 runs at an average of 18.87 from his eight innings.”The most frustrating thing for me was not to play those three ODIs in New Zealand,” Khawaja told Fox Sports (www.foxsports.com.au).”I got pulled out of that series to prepare for India and then not playing was a bit hard.”The plain-spoken Khawaja has had a frosty relationship with selectors in the past.As Australia lurched to an emphatic defeat in Sri Lanka last year, he was axed, somewhat harshly, for the third and final Test along with opener Joe Burns.He made his displeasure with selectors clear.Still stinging from the omission, Khawaja told local media he and Burns were “scapegoats” for the team’s wider failures, an indiscretion that earned him a quiet “chat” with coach Darren Lehmann.advertisementFormer players and media pundits have repeatedly accused Australia’s selectors of being poor communicators and particularly ham-fisted in their handling of dropped players.But Khawaja said there were no hard feelings from his India disappointment, with Lehmann having gone out of his way to let him down easily.”To Boof’s credit I had a chat to him about all that stuff and he came up to me and he actually knew where I was at in that things had not worked out,” said the Pakistan-born 30-year-old.Khawaja is likely to be restored to Australia’s top order for the Ashes, given the left-hander’s fine record on home pitches over the past two seasons.But he has learnt not to look too far ahead.”It is the pinnacle of cricket when you represent Australia – playing against the old enemy,” he said.”But to be frank it is still far away and a lot can happen between now and the Ashes.”last_img read more

Mike Gundy Thinks Oklahoma State Was a 7-Win Team With One QB

first_imgI’m not sure I can go here with you, Mike. I can go a lot of places and believe a lot of things, but I’m not sure I can buy into this. As Bill Haisten transcribed for the Tulsa World, Mike Gundy gave a revealing interview to Triple Play Sports on Wednesday. He talked about the season, his coaching staff and his QBs.We already talked about his staff. We will talk about the season. But now, I want to talk about his QBs. Look at what Gundy said about No. 2 and No. 4.“In my opinion, we would be lucky to win seven games if we didn’t have both quarterbacks playing,” said Gundy. “To try to generate some short-yardage (conversions) and goal-line (success), and a little more of a rushing attack, with J.W. And we were able to use Mason’s strength – the ability to throw the play-action pass and throw the ball down the field.”That may or may not be true (I don’t think it is), but that’s a bit of a shot at Mason Rudolph, no? Not that it was intended, but they certainly were not equals in this. Rudolph just threw down one of the all-time great seasons by a QB in Oklahoma State history and I feel like we’re all like, “but look at what J-Dub did!”Don’t get me wrong, The General was great. He closed like a champ and was the soul of the team. But Rudolph was much, much better. To call OSU a seven-win team with only No. 2 calling plays, well, like I said, I can’t go there with you, Mike.Rudolph stats if you give him HALF the TD he set up for JW:63% | 326 YPG | 33 TD | 9 INTWeeden’s best:72% | 364 YPG | 37 TD | 13 INT— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 10, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

TOUCH A HIT ON FOX SPORTS

first_imgIn recent weeks a package of the 2006 NTL Mens, Womens and Mixed Open was shown on Fox TV. This was a great step forward for Touch as we have been off the main-stream television screens for quite a number of years.TFA would like to thank all of the state offices, who contributed financially to assist TFA in producing the package and having it shown. To date, the feedback has been extremely positive, with Touch fans Australia-wide complimenting the footage that was shown, as well as the clips introducing the sport and basic elements of the game. The success of the package was a credit to all of the staff, team management and players, who worked hard to ensure the sport was shown in a professional light. There was certainly no shortage of highlights for the package, with the Sydney Mets Mixed side putting on a touchdown show, the Womens Open final between the Mets and Sharks proving a very tight affair and the Mens Open final giving us one of the best NTL finals to date.(The Garry Sonda through-the-legs special was definitely one for the highlights reel!)With FOX Sports being available in around 1.75 million homes and over 6,000 commercial venues, the potential of the showing to increase awareness and knowledge of the sport is huge.Following on from the success of the showing in Australia, the package was also picked up by ABC Asia Pacific, who will be showing the package in up to 50-60 Asia Pacific nations in coming weeks. The package has already been shown in Hong Kong and here is a list of countries that may view the NTL Touch Football package in the future:Cook IslandsFijiFrench PolynesiaGuamSamoaKiribatiSolomon IslandsNauruNew CaledoniaNiueMarianasPalauPapua New GuineaTahitiTokelauTongaTuvaluVanuatuWallis and FutunaAfghanistanArmeniaAzerbaijanBangladeshBhutanBruneiCambodiaPeoples Republic of ChinaEast TimorFederated States of MicronesiaHong KongIndia IndonesiaKazakhstanLaosNepalSri-LankaTibetTurkmenistanUzbekistanJapanMacauMalaysiaMongoliaMyanmar (Burma) North KoreaPakistanPhilippinesSingaporeSouth KoreaRepublic of China (Taiwan)ThailandVietnam.TFA will be selling copies of the 2006 NTL package on DVD in the coming weeks, so if you missed out on seeing the package or want to see it again, keep an eye on the TFA website for when they’re available and for how to place your order.last_img read more

Crystal Cruise Lines 2021 World Cruise Brochure Now Available

first_imgMIAMI, January 15, 2019 – Crystal Cruises has released the comprehensive planner for its 2021 “Ancient Dynasties & World Wonders” World Cruise, equipping travelers with all the details they need to plan their global journey. The 139-day World Cruise sails a route through the Caribbean, Hawaiian Islands, South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, the United Arab Emirates and the Mediterranean, featuring transit of the Panama Canal, visits to Egypt’s mysterious Valley of Kings, and the winelands of Western Europe. The 2021 World Cruise brochure lays out the various voyage options and destination details with evocative photo spreads that illustrate the experiences that lie ahead for Crystal guests. Additional info about life aboard Crystal Serenity – from lavish entertainment and enrichment to the fine linens featured in staterooms and suites and globally-inspired dining experiences – are also beautifully displayed within its 40 pages. Offered in nine segments of 12 to 21 days, the sailing explores iconic locales and less visited destinations alike, allowing guests to explore wild shorelines and landscapes, remote villages and untouched natural beauty, historically profound sites and monuments, and epicenters of modern culture and commerce. The 2021 World Cruise also offers alternate embark and debark port and date options for travelers, allowing flexibility and still affording the full World Cruise benefits. Guests can choose to sail the complete itinerary from Miami to London (January 5 to May 24, 139 days); from Los Angeles to London (January 21 to May 24, 123 days); Miami to Rome (January 5 to May 12, 127 days); or Los Angeles to Rome (January 21 to May 12, 111 days). To download the new brochure and begin planning a 2021 World Cruise voyage, click here or contact your preferred travel advisor.  About Crystal The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht & Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018).  Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insiderblog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.last_img read more

PM to Launch Commission on Violence Next Year

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he will formally launch a commission to study violence in Jamaica early next year.He said the commission will be mandated to make recommendations to the Government as to what can be done to ensure that Jamaica is a more caring and loving society.He was speaking at a town hall meeting held on November 26 at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC.The Prime Minister told the audience that the crime situation is one that the Government “takes very seriously”.He pointed out that the Administration has invested significantly in providing the security forces with the necessary resources to do their jobs.“We have invested in marine patrol aircraft to have surveillance of our borders to help with the interdiction of drug traffickers and gun smugglers and contraband movement through our waters,” Mr. Holness said.He further noted that the Government is undertaking a number of other measures to improve security, including the full mobilisation of the security forces in communities where crimes are being committed.“We are working very hard to address this problem, but it is not in a haphazard way. There is Plan Secure Jamaica, which is a multifaceted approach to making security a Whole-of-Government endeavour, and, indeed, we are bringing on the entire government to address the security issue, and it is working,” he added.last_img read more

HudongZhonghua Chooses Silverstream Air Lubrication Tech

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Silverstream Technologies Silverstream Technologies, the UK-based air lubrication manufacturer for the shipping industry, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, part of the CSSC Group, related to future LNG carrier projects.Under the MoU, Silverstream’s air lubrication technology will be integrated into Hudong-Zhonghua’s newbuilding designs for its future LNG carriers.This is expected to increase operational and fuel efficiencies, reduce fuel costs and emissions by between 6% and 8% for laden and ballast conditions, according to the company.As explained, the MoU is Silverstream’s first LNG class newbuild project. It is said to represent both the Asian market’s growing interest in air lubrication systems and its wider demand for greater efficiencies and sustainability in newbuild orders.“We are delighted … to have signed this landmark agreement with Hudong-Zhonghua, one of the world’s largest and most respected ship yards. It is a significant step for Silverstream as we expand into a new vessel class, and further grow our customer base in the important Asian market,” Noah Silberschmidt, CEO of Silverstream Technologies, commented.The signing of the MoU marks 12 months of in-depth collaboration between the two organizations, which culminated in the approval of Silverstream’s technology onto Hudong-Zhonghua’s LNG carrier newbuild designs. The duo plans to continue to collaborate in order “to drive the sales process with prospective shipowners, working together to ensure the optimum efficiency and design on future orders from the yard”.“In working closely with Silverstream over the past 12 months, we have seen the real attributes of air lubrication technology and the Silverstream System, and it was clear that incorporating it into the designs for our newbuild LNG vessels, in conjunction with other measures, would deliver optimum performance,” Danping Lou, Chief Technical Officer, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, said.“We are confident that these new vessels will set the benchmarks for vessel design and performance in the LNG sector.”Hudong-Zhonghua is a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China’s largest shipbuilding group, and the second-largest in the world. It has a capacity for six to eight LNG carriers in its yard.last_img read more

Province Invests 100000 for Home Dialysis in Yarmouth

first_imgThe province is investing $100,000 so more Nova Scotians living with kidney failure in South West Nova Scotia will have better dialysis care, closer to home. The funds will help to continue to develop and implement home peritoneal dialysis training and support programs. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the announcement today, Nov. 14, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. “This strategic investment simply makes sense,” said Mr. Belliveau. “It will not only provide patients with better health care, it will also help to alleviate some of the burden caused by this complex disease.” It is part of a $626,000 investment to provide better health care to Nova Scotians living with kidney failure. The remaining funds will provide home hemodialysis machines for patients in Cape Breton and Capital health authorities. The South West Nova Scotia investment means patients will no longer have to travel to Halifax for five to seven days of home peritoneal dialysis training. Vanessa Mitchell, who lives in Barrington Passage, was receiving hemodialysis treatment from Yarmouth Regional Hospital. She switched to home peritoneal dialysis eight months ago and says it has greatly improved her quality of life. “Switching to home peritoneal dialysis allows me to manage my own care, which has restored my independence,” said Ms. Mithchell. “Having the support of nurses and physicians in Yarmouth greatly reduces the follow-up appointments that I have to attend in Halifax. “It is much more convenient and has also helped me financially.” Home hemodialyis and peritoneal dialysis patients receive individualized plans based on their condition and can design their home therapy plan around work and social schedules. For the second time in the province’s history, government is releasing the capital plan before the spring budget. The 2012-13 capital plan will invest millions to make life better for families. It will create thousands of good jobs, grow the economy, and provide better health care. The capital plan invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians like emergency rooms, schools, roads and hospital equipment.last_img read more

Missing Indian mans body found after massive search

first_imgMelbourne: The body of a 21-year-old Indian student in Australia who went missing was found on Monday in Victoria’s Marysville region, according to police, which also emptied a local dam in search of him. Poshik Sharma, a university student in Melbourne, was reported missing last Friday morning after leaving his friends at the Duck Inn on Thursday afternoon. The body was found in bush land on the outskirts of Marysville on Monday, four days after Sharma left a Marysville pub alone following a “minor disagreement” with friends, police was quoted as saying by the Age. The police said that the death is not being treated as suspicious. A search operation involving over 90 people from Victoria Police, the State Emergency Service, Country Fire Authority and specialist teams worked in and around the town of Marysville during the weekend to trace Sharma. Search and rescue crews drained a dam, while police dogs used one of Sharma’s socks to try and track his scent on Sunday, the report said.last_img read more

Atlantic Canadians pass lostwallet honesty test – with a few exceptions

first_imgFREDERICTON – Atlantic Canadians are a largely honest people, if a lost-wallet experiment is any indication.The region’s credit unions took 12 wallets and left them in public places across the four provinces.Jennifer Murray, director of brand marketing for Atlantic Central, representing the region’s 47 independent credit unions, said they believed that the values of honesty, trust and fairness are alive and well in the region, and wanted to test their theory.“We assembled them with things like receipts, bus tickets, around $100 cash, a credit union debit card, and a little insert that said if lost, please contact, and we included a contact number,” she said Tuesday.Murray said the experiment was conducted a few weeks before Christmas, and they were pleased that, within hours, they began to receive calls.She said nine of the wallets were returned, with all their contents intact.“We still don’t know what happened to the others. They may still be out there,” she said.Murray said she was impressed with the honesty of the people who found the wallets.Most said simply that if they lost their wallet, they would want it returned to them. Many said they know the hassle of replacing identification cards and wouldn’t want it to happen to them.The good Samaritans were allowed to keep the money, while the credit unions also made a donation to a charity of their choice, she said.“And actually some people who returned the wallets decided to top-up the donation with the money that was in the wallet. It’s fantastic and speaks to who we are as Atlantic Canadians,” Murray said.Murray said she couldn’t break down the results by province or community.last_img read more

First Nations poised to challenge Nova Scotias marijuana monopoly

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia First Nations appear poised to take on the province’s marijuana monopoly — including one Mi’kmaq community that has enlisted Olympian Ross Rebagliati to roll out a “seed to sale” cannabis operation.Sipekne’katik First Nation in Indian Brook, N.S., has plans to grow cannabis and sell it directly to consumers, while Millbrook First Nation is considering retail locations, bypassing the provincial Crown corporation slated to control sales once the drug is legal on Oct. 17.The government says selling cannabis from a privately owned storefront will remain illegal in Nova Scotia, but Rebagliati argues that First Nations lands are federal jurisdiction and they are within their rights to set up dispensaries.The disagreement could set the stage for a potential constitutional showdown over cannabis sales.“This is precedent-setting,” Rebagliati, a gold-medal snowboarder, cannabis expert and entrepreneur said in an interview this week after his second visit to the Mi’kmaq community formerly called the Shubenacadie First Nation. “It’s rather unfortunate (the province) is taking that route.”Canada’s provinces and territories have opted for one of three retail models for over-the-counter cannabis sales: Private, public or a hybrid of the two.In Nova Scotia, sales will be government-controlled.“We have said all along that our approach to legalization is through a public health lens and that we will start well-regulated and tightly controlled,” a Department of Justice spokeswoman said in a statement.“At this time, we are not considering a retail model outside of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.”The province’s stringent stance doesn’t appear to deter First Nations communities, with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs indicating it is exploring the economic opportunities of cannabis.Rebagliati said the Mi’kmaq community in Indian Brook has a strong plan, and he’s put together a “gold-medal team” to help them reach their goal.“The model is to go seed to sale and that boosts the margins quite substantially and gives them a competitive edge,” he said from B.C. “They came to me with their ideas and they are super progressive.“First Nations are looking for job opportunities and economic opportunities for their people, and this is a new industry that has a lot of those opportunities and potential for substantial financial gain.”Chief Bob Gloade of Millbrook First Nation said the community has invested in a cannabis company and is considering opening a storefront.“We’re focusing on the retail side of it going forward and we’re working on details in that respect,” he said, adding that for now the community isn’t considering launching its own production.“We’re still looking at a couple of years out before we’ll start seeing the benefits from an economic standpoint … but it will have a significant impact,” Gloade said.Sipekne’katik Chief Michael Sack did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but Rebagliati confirmed that he met with the community leader in March and again this week.Rebagliati founded Ross’ Gold, a medical marijuana business, in 2013. Earlier this year he launched LegacyRR, which focuses on growing cannabis and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.Although he said the details of an agreement between LegacyRR and the Sipene’katik First Nation are still being worked out, he said the Indigenous community’s dispensaries could be branded Mi’kmaq Legacy.McGill University constitutional law professor Mark Walters said the situation raises important and controversial legal and constitutional issues.“Legal conflicts on this point are bound to flare up in many places across Canada,” he said in an email, noting it appears many First Nations are making plans to grow and sell cannabis.Walters said it’s difficult to say whether provinces have the right to prevent First Nations from selling cannabis on reserve.He said the “orthodox” legal answer would be that provincial laws on cannabis sales will apply on reserves, unless a First Nation could show that regulating the sale of cannabis was a custom, practice or tradition integral to its distinctive culture, which might be extremely difficult to do.However, Walters said there’s a strong argument that federal law protects a much broader right to Aboriginal self-government than the courts have so far acknowledged.“There is considerable room here for an interpretation of the law that would acknowledge Indigenous rights of self-government over this issue,” he said.Wayne MacKay, professor emeritus of law at Dalhousie University, called it a “very complex” issue.He said one the strongest arguments for the Mi’kmaq community would be a treaty rights claim to a moderate livelihood under the Supreme Court’s Marshall decision.MacKay added that “the core of their argument would likely be the right of First Nations to manage their own resources as part of their constitutional rights to self government.”last_img read more

Kenitra and Agadir Receive First Regiment Of Military Service Conscripts

Rabat – The first regiment of military service recruits arrived at Kenitra’s airbase and Agadir’s Supreme Royal Forces Command on August 19. The regiment of recruits will go through the military selection process. The 2019-2020 military service selection will end on August 31, with 15,000 beneficiaries selected nationwide.Kenitra  The third airbase of the Royal Armed Forces of Kenitra received, on Monday morning, the first regiment of 357 conscripts for military service for the 2019-2020 season.According to Lieutenant Kamal Anoush, the Royal Air Force’s third airbase in Kenitra will receive a total of 4,285 conscripts, including 353 female recruits, for the selection process.In a press statement, he explained that the process begins with receiving conscripts and checking the documents required in order to “approve their registration, then we accompany them to the medical centers of the airbase for the necessary medical check-up.”He added that the selection committee will then oversee the processing of files and eventually select 2495 recruits, including 288 female conscripts.AgadirOn the same day, the headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Southern Armed Forces in Agadir received the first regiment of military service from the provinces of Agadir-Idaoutnan, Inezgane Ait Melloul, Taroudant, Tiznit, Ashtouka Ait Baha, Guelmim, Laayoune, and Dakhla.The number of conscripts is 2,585, including 145 female recruits.In a Youtube video, a few conscripts described the selection process as smooth and well-organized. “Today, we went through all the necessary examinations. It all went well!” said one female candidate.Knowing that female recruitment is voluntary, a second candidate, Fatima Zahrae, said “our fathers and family always tell us that we shouldn’t do it; that it would be difficult for us girls. I wanted to take this opportunity to prove myself to them.”In order to receive the conscripts, the Royal Armed Forces mobilized 17 military units throughout the Kingdom.  The mobilized military units include the cities of Meknes, El Hoceima, Dakhla, Laayoune, Agadir, and Casablanca.After the selection process, the recruits will be directed to the 14 training centers located in El Hajeb, Kasbah Tadla, Guercif, Temara, Casablanca, Nador, Ksar Sghir, Al Hoceima, Meknes, Kenitra, Sidi Slimane, Benguerir, Marrakech, and Benslimane.The final selected conscripts will start their one-year military training on September 1. Conscripts of both sexes will be assigned to the different ranks of the first military regiment based on their qualifications. read more

Over 100 million Europeans lack access to safe drinking water UN says

More than 100 million Europeans still lack access to safe drinking water, resulting in the deaths from diarrhoea of nearly 40 children every day, the United Nations reported today, noting that many people across the region do not enjoy the basic human right to healthy water. More than 170,000 cases of water-related diseases – including over 120,000 cases of viral hepatitis A – were reported in 2006. In Eastern Europe, some 16 per cent of the population does not have access to drinking water in their homes, while in rural areas, more than half of all people do not have a reliable supply of safe water and adequate sanitation. A new and independent Compliance Committee has been created to promote the prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases and to increase the number of Europeans access to adequate sanitation. It will also ensure compliance with the London Protocol on Water and Health to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, which seeks to increase access to safe water. The new body, which was established by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Regional Office for Europe of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), comprises nine experts, including scientists and environmental lawyers. In its first meeting earlier this week, it appointed Attila Tanzi, an Italian professor of international law, as its Chair and Ilona Drulyte, a Lithuanian public health expert, as Vice-Chair. 14 March 2008More than 100 million Europeans still lack access to safe drinking water, resulting in the deaths from diarrhoea of nearly 40 children every day, the United Nations reported today, noting that many people across the region do not enjoy the basic human right to healthy water. read more

In Middle East Ban pledges to help settle all key issues within

20 March 2010Visiting Ramallah today where he witnessed the challenges Palestinians face first-hand, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his commitment to help the Israeli and Palestinian sides reach a settlement in the next two years. “Indirect talks,” Mr. Ban told reporters after meeting with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, “are not the end result,” and there are “no other alternatives” to direct negotiations. The Secretary-General arrived in the region from Moscow, where he attended yesterday’s gathering of the diplomatic Quartet, comprising the United Nations, the European Union (EU), Russia and the United States. The group issued a joint statement in which it called for the sides to immediately resume talks to pave the way for a settlement “that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its neighbours.” Mr. Ban today called for both parties to restart talks with “sincerity and flexibility,” noting the substantial progress that had been made before talks stalled more than one year ago. The time is ripe, he said, for the sides, with the international community’s backing, to “engage in proximity talks first then move forward to direct negotiations for a final settlement of all these issues.” With Israel’s recent announcement of plans to erect 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem having been strongly condemned by the Quartet, “I sincerely hope that the Israeli authorities refrain from taking such unilateral actions which may undermine and prejudice the final outcome of the negotiations,” the Secretary-General said.He appealed for a “politically conducive atmosphere” to allow negotiations to progress on a foundation of mutual understanding. Mr. Ban, who will visit Gaza tomorrow, welcomed the Israeli Government’s approval yesterday of UN humanitarian projects, including the building of housing units, a flour mill and sewage treatment facilities. “These are first positive steps, but much more needs to be done,” he said as he saw the so-called Area C, which covers 60 per cent of the West Bank and remains largely off limits to Palestinians. “I am deeply concerned about this worsening humanitarian situation” for the Palestinian people, he said “I will urge again the Israeli authorities to remove roadblocks, ease these crossings and permits, these are some very important issues which we will continue to work on.” Before attending a dinner in Jerusalem this evening hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Mr. Ban told reporters that he welcomes the country’s commitment to the two-State solution, but underscored the need for a settlement freeze. “I know how much Israelis yearn for lasting security,” he said. “That is my goal too. I am here to say that peace is just not necessary and urgent. It is also achievable.” The Secretary-General today also expressed his deep distress and concern over reports of the deaths of two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank. In the statement issued by his spokesperson in Jerusalem, he also condemned today’s rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. “The Secretary-General strongly appeals for calm and an end to violence, particularly at this critical juncture.” read more

WatchA criminal past haunts surviving founder of troubled cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga

His crimes: identity theft related to a bank-and-credit card scam. His sentence: 18 months in U.S. federal prison and, later, deportation to Canada.Once there, Omar Dhanani underwent a remarkable transformation — into a new identity and the wild world of cryptocurrencies.Dhanani, now known as Michael Patryn, has emerged as an enigmatic figure in the strange case of Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp., the digital exchange owner that hasn’t been able to find $260 million (US$195 million) of clients’ cash and cryptocurrencies. Patryn co-founded Quadriga five years ago with the late Gerry Cotten, whose sudden death in December at age 30 left the Vancouver-based firm in shambles.Patryn denied he was Dhanani in a Feb. 8 report in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper and disputed a subsequent report linking him to a criminal past. But Canadian records obtained by Bloomberg News confirm he legally changed his name — twice: in 2003 and in 2008. Watchdogs proposing new framework for cryptocurrency exchanges on heels of Quadriga collapse Quadriga’s mystery ‘cold wallets’ were emptied months before Gerald Cotten’s death An insider’s view of the Quadriga meltdown: ‘It’s all kind of really suspicious’ The revelation adds a new layer to the mystery surrounding Quadriga, whose closure in January left 115,000 clients wondering if they’ll ever get their money back. Cotten ran the operation mostly from his laptop, so his death while travelling in India threw the business into disarray. The firm has been under creditor protection since February, with Ernst & Young working to unravel the firm’s dealings. Digital storage accounts used by Quadriga to hold Bitcoin for clients had been empty for months before the CEO’s death, according to E&Y.Patryn declined to comment about his criminal record or his name change.Patryn changed his name from Omar Dhanani to Omar Patryn with the British Columbia government in March 2003. Five years later, he registered a name change to Michael Patryn in the same Canadian province.Michael Patryn co-founded Quadriga five years ago with the late Gerry Cotten, whose sudden death in December at age 30 left the Vancouver-based firm in shambles. Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg In the U.S., Dhanani had been charged with numerous crimes. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit credit-and-bank card fraud at the age of 22 in 2005, according to a statement from the U.S. Justice Department. Dhanani helped operate shadowcrew.com, a now defunct marketplace for trafficking stolen credit and bank card numbers. Dhanani also admitted guilt in 2007 to separate criminal cases for burglary, grand larceny and computer fraud, according to California state court records.After serving his time, the U.S. deported him to Canada, where he reinvented himself as a Bitcoin entrepreneur. Patryn calls himself a “fintech advisor and portfolio manager” in his LinkedIn profile, which also lists him as founder and chairman of Vancouver-based Fintech Ventures Group since 2015, described as “Canada’s first incubator for blockchain related startup companies.”Patryn has been trying to bury his past. Last July, he hired a firm to purge unflattering material about him from the internet. One of the posts was a complaint about Omar Dhanani and a defunct online business called Midas Gold Exchange Inc., which the Canadian government listed Omar Patryn as its sole director. Documents filed in a related lawsuit mention a Reddit post that linked Patryn to Quadriga.Patryn was involved in Quadriga from the start, helping Cotten establish one of Canada’s first Bitcoin exchanges. Patryn discussed those early days in an email exchange with Bloomberg. He and Cotten worked together at nonprofit organizations such as Vancouver’s Bitcoin Co-op, providing assistance with education and user adoption on the topic, he said in an email last month.Cotten, who served as chief executive, recounted in a 2014 podcast how he and a partner he didn’t name were working on the idea since August 2013 and by Dec. 26 launched the Quadriga platform and set up a Bitcoin ATM in a West Coast city known for early forays into crypto and blockchain.Patryn said he departed three years ago over a “fundamental disagreement” with Cotten on his decision to halt the listing process for the firm.“On the day of our disagreement, I left the company and ceased being privy to operational decisions,” he wrote. “Since that time, I have not been involved in the operations or management of any of the Quadriga companies.”Patryn said he stopped being close to Cotten after that, though he heard from the founder weeks before his death.“I spoke with him in November, when he sent me a message on my birthday,” Patryn said. “I did not know that he was married, or in India until the official announcement of his death.”–With assistance from Edvard Pettersson.Bloomberg.com read more

Central African Republic UN experts urge parties to pull back from the

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged all parties in the Central African Republic (CAR), where armed clashes have escalated in recent weeks leading to deaths and population displacement, to step back from the brink of all-out sectarian conflict.“The current shocking violence in the Central African Republic threatens to descend into a full-scale sectarian conflict between Christian and Muslim communities, but it can and must be halted now,” the experts said, while expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the country and the rapidly deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation. After the Séléka rebel coalition forced President François Bozizé to flee in March, a transitional government was entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again, sometimes on religious grounds with Christians and Muslims launching reprisal attacks against each other in numerous places in the capital, Bangui. Violence was also reported in the town of Bossangoa, some 400 kilometres north-west of Bangui.The recent escalation of fighting has forcibly displaced some 210,000 people in the last two weeks in Bangui, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). More than 710, 000 people have been uprooted within CAR since the current crisis began a year ago, while over 75,000 others have fled into exile, the agency added. The experts noted in a news release that atrocities have been reported by all parties, with UN and media reports suggesting a rapidly rising toll of civilian victims, including women and children. Retaliatory attacks and arbitrary executions by armed elements from both sides, the recruitment of child soldiers, attacks on medical facilities, and increasing incidents of rape, have all been documented. “However, an opportunity remains to pull back from the brink of all-out war with the terrible consequences that this entails and to establish an immediate truce to enable dialogue and peace talks to begin,” the experts said. “We urge leaders on all sides to grasp every opportunity to avoid further bloodshed.” While they welcomed attempts by some religious leaders to establish inter-faith dialogue and to defuse tensions, the experts emphasized the primary responsibility of the State to protect the human rights of all. They also called on the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to take urgent measures to resolve the crisis. The experts urged leaders from all sides to “take control of their forces and militias and to cease atrocities immediately,” but warned that, in the current dangerous environment, some initiatives to disarm militia groups were leaving some communities vulnerable to attack by opposing forces.“We call for international actors to closely monitor the situation in order not to leave communities undefended,” they said. In addition, full, secure and unfettered access must be provided to humanitarian agencies in view of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced in the country and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, they added. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Brock Meridian team up to help others with Badgers Care

For Brock Sports, it’s more than just a game.Established in 2015, the Badgers Care program encourages Brock varsity teams, coaches and student-athletes to be good community citizens through outreach, leadership and volunteerism. The unique program co-ordinated through Brock Sports is beneficial to the Niagara community, as well as everyone involved from Brock.“Badgers Care allows these student-athletes and their coaches to use their passion for athletics to foster their own personal development beyond academics and sports,” said Neil Lumsden, Director, Brock Sports. “At the same time, they’re working alongside the community to make Niagara a better place to live, work and play.”To strengthen the community outreach through the program, Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, is joining Badgers Care as a community partner.The partnership was officially announced Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Badgers’ home basketball games against the Guelph Gryphons at Bob Davis Gymnasium.Wade Stayzer, Meridian Vice-President, Retail said the relationship is a natural fit since both Brock and Meridian have a long history of collaborating to help build stronger communities.With the new agreement, Badgers Care, Powered by Meridian, will receive additional funding to extend its programming reach in Niagara.“Both organizations aim to recognize and enhance the leadership potential in people,” Stayzer said. “At Brock, student-athletes find time between school, training and playing to volunteer and bring to life the Badgers Care program. At Meridian, employees build people’s lives through advice and fulfilment of financial services and we, too, volunteer and demonstrate our passions through our commitment to building strong communities.” read more