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Film Edits Hidden in Front of Your Eyes

first_imgSee how Hollywood directors and editors hide their cuts right in front of the audience.Top image via The Hollywood ReporterSometimes editors can end up with two scenes that work together story wise, but feature jump cuts or hard edits between clips. Other times a director may want to keep a scene moving, so they plan intricate long takes that include hidden edits.The key to properly continuing the story is to disguise the edits by distracting viewers. Let’s take a look at some of the not-so-great uses of the technique, as well as some of the best hidden film edits.Star Wars Episode III — Morph CutWhere the original Star Wars trilogy used extensive practical and physical VFX, the Star Wars prequels were shaped by digital technology that had never before existed. Rather than building set pieces, the team at Lucasfilm built computers, software, and digital elements. Some of the pioneering programs they invented are only now reaching consumers. Just last year, Adobe brought the morph cut to consumers.In the 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, one of the most apparent uses of the the morph cut comes from this scene with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker. Notice on the right side of the frame how Anakin’s head slowly tilts forward. This is actually a combination of two separate takes morphed into a single scene. The biggest giveaway is the hair over Anakin’s forehead — watch as his hair line morphs. (You can click on the image to enlarge.)Scene from Star Wars Episode III via LucasFilmThe Star Wars prequels have become notorious for their liberal use of morph cuts and blending of different takes. At the 45-minute mark of this making of The Phantom Menace documentary, co-editor Ben Burtt and director George Lucas discuss this “cyber-directing” technique while creating a scene.A quick note about this technique, just because you can fix it in post – doesn’t mean you should. Anchorman — Jump Cut2004’s Anchorman was an absolute improv melee on set. While cameras rolled, many of the industry’s best comedians dueled it out with nonstop jokes. While that can be great for all the options in storytelling, it can be an absolute nightmare for editors.Sports broadcaster Champ Kind, played by David Koechner, spitballed several minutes worth of dialogue during his catchphrase WHAMMY! scene. When edited down for the final film, the editors were stuck with a really rough jump cut. To disguise the edit, they threw in a quick WHAMMY! graphic to divert your attention.Keep an eye on the green dress in the background and you’ll see where the jump cut is hidden behind the graphic. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Anchorman via DreamworksNow, Anchorman is not the best example of this technique, but it does prove that the struggles of Hollywood editors aren’t much different from your own. This cut could have been avoided by having another camera angle to work with, but since this scene was shot with a single handheld camera — there weren’t any other camera options available.Back to the Future — Split Screen CompositeWhat about films that pull off the hidden edit so well that you can’t see them? It’s debatable to call this a VFX composite vs. an edit — but for the sake of the article, I’ll categorize it as so. Especially since the composite is used as a transition to edit the two clips together.In this sequence from Back to the Future Part II, the flying DeLorean lands in the alternate 1985 dystopia. Two separate shots, one a VFX miniature and the other a life-size on-set vehicle, are edited together with a lamp post. To the right of the post is the VFX sequence that uses a three-foot DeLorean miniature with puppets inside. To the left of the post is the full-size Time Machine. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Back to the Future Part II via Universal PicturesThis entire sequence is essentially three shots.A motion control camera captures an empty street, simply shooting while moving past the lamp post.The real Time Machine drives off of a ramp, passed the lamp post, and into the driveway.The miniature car is shot on blue screen with a motion control rig, landing the miniature in the same spot as the vehicle.ILM camera operator Peter Daulton pulled off the sequence perfectly by matching the lighting of the miniature with the light on set, seemingly creating movie magic on screen.The Continuous Takes of Rope and BirdmanThere are plenty of films featuring long takes, but many times those sequences feature hidden edits. Films like Goodfellas (or shows like True Detective) meticulously follow characters non-stop for several minutes. Other films, like Children of Men, rely on hiding edits right before your eyes.Two of the most talked-about films using continuous takes are Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The primary difference in the two productions: the types of available equipment.Hitchcock was producing Rope in the late 1940s. The movie was shot on a giant camera with 35mm film, which limited takes to 10 minutes. This is why his film features many push-in to black or static shots of inanimate objects. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Rope via Warner Bros.That same fade-to-black technique used in Hitchcock’s Rope was also used in Birdman. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Birdman via Fox SearchlightUnlike Rope, the film Birdman also features many whip pans and even an occasional VFX motion blur. The technology available allowed them to pull off countless edits that are seemingly naked to the human eye. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeski had experience working with whip pans and VFX edits when working on the tracking shot car scene in Children of Men.This excellent video essay takes you behind the secret edits of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman. This video essay does a much better job of explaining the edits than I can write out. I highly recommend watching this. What techniques do you use to hide your edits? Fades, light leaks, VFX? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You have prospects who are difficult to contact. They’re hard to reach by phone and impossible to reach by email. No matter what you try, you can’t seem to connect with them, and they never respond to your attempts.You have prospects who are easier to reach, but equally difficult to gain a commitment for an appointment. Even though you have a pitch that works magic with most of the people you call while you trade so much value you become irresistible, for these prospects, it does nothing.You have prospects that are loyal to a fault. Even though they are relatively unhappy and are being massively underserved, the fact that you can improve their results carries no weight with them. Their relationship is seemingly impenetrable. They haven’t moved in years, and they’re not likely to anytime soon.A few of your prospects see no value in what you sell. All they can perceive as value is the absolute lowest price. They would change providers to save a few pennies, in a very literal sense. Their expectations are low, and they believe all the people and companies they work with are “vendors.”Some prospects will meet with you, and they will be interested enough to have multiple meetings with you to explore change. They’ll even describe to you in great detail where they wish their results were better, how they are unhappy, and that they really want to do something about it, yet, they’ll do nothing. They talk about change, but they never take the first real step in making it real.If you don’t like these prospects, you are not going to like the next set of prospects you call on either. The great Jim Rohn used to say, “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” As much as I love Rohn’s work, I don’t believe that wishing is going to do much for you. Instead, you are going to have to work hard to get better.last_img read more

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Ratzilla: Ancient giant rodent chomped like a crocodile

first_imgAn immense, bison-sized rodent that lived in southern South America about 3 million years ago may have used its thicker-than-your-thumb front teeth much like a modern-day elephant uses its tusks, a new study suggests. Known only from its 53-centimeter-long skull and described less than a decade ago, Josephoartigasia monesi is the largest fossil rodent yet discovered and may have weighed a metric ton (see artist’s conception above). Now, researchers using sophisticated software (the same sort employed to analyze stresses in aircraft parts) have estimated the bite forces the creature might have generated when it chewed. First, the scientists used a CT scanner to create a detailed model of the fossil skull; then they added a model of a lower jaw scaled up from a chinchilla, a close modern-day relative. Simulations suggest that at the rearmost tooth in the jaw, J. monesi’s bite forces measured about 4165 newtons, or about three times higher than those estimated for tigers and midsized crocodiles, the team reports online today in the Journal of Anatomy. At the tips of the creature’s ever-growing front teeth, bite force likely measured only about 1400 newtons. Yet for some inexplicable reason, the researchers say, those front teeth are apparently strong enough to take three times the stress produced by that bite force—a sign that the megarodent may have been using its chompers for something other than chewing. It’s possible that J. monesi used its front teeth to dig up roots, to defend itself against predators, or during fights for territory or for mates, just as modern-day elephants do, the researchers suggest. Future analyses of microwear patterns on the creature’s teeth may provide better insights into Ratzilla’s dietary habits.*Correction, 6 February, 11:22 a.m.: This article has been revised to clarify the region of South America where the fossil skull of this creature was found.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. F2 Logistics is coming off a morale-boosting win over Petron in four sets last Saturday in Bacolod City before dominating Sta. Lucia Realty in straight sets on Tuesday, sending notice that it is serious in dethroning two-time Grand Prix champion Foton.Head coach Ramil de Jesus, however, said they have to take it one step at a time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to be careful because all teams are also preparing,” said de Jesus, who added overcoming Cocolife would not be a walk in the park.Veterans Tina Salak and Michele Gumabao will lead Cocolife. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Quiban gains share of Resorts World lead John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MALOLOS CITY—Surging F2 Logistics tries to stretch its early run when the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix rolls to Malolos Sports and Convention Center in this historic city.The Cargo Movers clash with Cocolife looking for their third straight win to keep in pace with unbeaten leader Foton (4-0), in a match that follows the doubleheader kickoff between Iriga City and Cignal.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference PLAY LIST 03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Zaheer Khan needs to be preserved for the showpiece event

first_imgLegends Imran and Border feel the paceman should be used judiciouslyHis absence from the World Cup warm-up games is not going to affect India spearhead Zaheer Khan’s performance in the tournament, feels former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.”Zaheer Khan is accomplished, experienced and at the peak of his career. Considering that he’s been through Test and ODI series, it’s ok to have him not play warm ups,” Imran said.”If you have an experienced bowler like Zaheer I would give him a new ball in the nets and ask him to bowl five over’s at the stumps just to keep him physically fit,” he told CNN-IBN during a show that also featured former Australia and West Indies captains Allan Border and Vivian Richards.Asked about Zaheer going into the World Cup without enough match practice, Border said the injury-prone left-arm pacer needs to be managed judiciously.”Given his history of injuries, going to this sort of tournament, he needs to be managed very well,” Border said.The former skippers picked India and Sri Lanka as the favourites to lift the title as they feel the two sub-continent giants have the best chance.”I think India has got a very good side. They are playing at home. They know the conditions well. I think they have been playing good cricket in the last couple of years. I will be worried about Sri Lanka as well. They are playing a lot of their games in those conditions too,” Border said.Imran nodded in agreement.”India and Sri Lanka, they are the two favourites, but once you get into the quarter-final stage, no one is underdog. I wouldn’t rule out Pakistan entirely. I think Umer Gul has done well in ODIs. In batting they have a defensive batsman like Younis Khan and hard hitters like Abdul Razzaq. Shahid Afridi can play a cameo and change the game. So I think Pakistan has the ability,” he said.When talks veered towards Australia, Border, who guided the team to its first title in 1987, said people are reading too much into their Ashes defeat.”I think a lot of people are confusing Test cricket to one day cricket. Yes, we lost in India recently and the Ashes against England, but that was Test cricket, in one day cricket we have maintained a decent consistent level. I, though, admit that Australia is not the best team in the tournament,” Border said.Richards seconded Border’s views, saying that the defending champions have some talented players.”As Allan said, they are very much in touch where one day cricket is concerned, and I guess, they have got some really talented players.”When you look at the team that’s just beaten England 6-1, it sends a message that Australia is not down and out.” On the spot-fixing scandal, Imran felt the Pakistan Cricket Board and the ICC were not left with many options.”If you are caught taking money for bowling no-ball, I think it’s the punishment they deserved. It’s sad for Pakistan cricket and for those two bowlers. I think the punishment is better for the future of Pakistan cricket.”AKHTAR’S FORM A WORRY FOR PAKISTANPakistan coach Waqar Younis has expressed concerns over the poor form of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar but hoped the speedster will get match-fit to deliver the goods for his team in the showpiece event.”Shoaib is not looking in touch at the moment. At the moment, we have a slight problem with the new ball, but there is still some time to go,” said Waqar, ahead of Pakistan’s last practice match against England on Friday.Akhtar did not bowl in Tuesday’s warm-up match against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka, which Pakistan won by 89 runs.”If he gets it right against England in the next game, he is obviously our number one choice. We are confident he will perform,” said Waqar, a veteran of 87 Tests and 262 ODIs.advertisementlast_img read more

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We are paid well and won’t face pay dispute, says Chris Woakes

first_imgEngland all-rounder Chris Woakes said they are paid very well and that he does not foresee English cricket being hit by the kind of pay dispute threatening this year’s Ashes series.Australia’s vice-captain David Warner this week warned that Cricket Australia “might not have a team for the Ashes” unless they back down on implementing a new pay structure for contracted players.Warner, who captains the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, also suggested there are plenty of lucrative opportunities elsewhere given the rise of domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the globe.”It’s not on our radar – we are paid very well and looked after by the ECB and the PCA. What lies ahead lies ahead, and we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said Woakes, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and is due to join England’s training camp in Spain.”It sounds like the (Australia) players are standing firm for what they believe in. If it gets to the stage where the Ashes are under threat, of course it would be a shame for it to not go ahead. It’s the pinnacle… but we are concentrating on what comes next,” he added.Woakes is expected to take part in a one-day international series against South Africa followed by the ICC Champions Trophy.last_img read more

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Infrastructure Program Invests 15 Million in Tatamagouche Water Project

first_imgMore than 250 households in Tatamagouche, Colchester Co., will receive improved drinking water, thanks to federal and provincial funding of $1,505,722 announced today, Aug. 29. Funded through the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the project includes the design and construction of a new water treatment plant. The Municipality of the County of Colchester will fund the balance of the $2.3 million project upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approval. “Providing safe drinking water to Nova Scotians is a provincial priority,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are committed to work with our federal and municipal partners to build infrastructure and make our communities a better place to live, work and raise our families.” “Canada’s government is helping to ensure that our citizens have access to safe and reliable water systems which contributes to a better quality of life and the economic progress of our communities,” said MP Bill Casey, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management. “This project is a vital undertaking for our community, and thanks to funding from our federal and provincial government, the project to build a new water treatment plant can now move forward,” said Michael Smith, mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester. “The result will be a first-class water treatment plant providing clean and safe drinking water to our community.” The $111-million, six-year, Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are also members of the management committee.last_img read more

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Closing Bell TSX weakens as Fed says US economy slowed in first

TORONTO — North American markets pulled back after the U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday it wouldn’t take any action at this time to stimulate the economy, and noted that growth decelerated in the first half of the year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11618.53 -0.4% -46.18S&P 500 — 1375.32 -0.29% -4.00Dow — 12976.13 -0.25% -32.55Nasdaq — 2920.21 -0.66% -19.31The S&P/TSX composite index was off 35.64 points to 11,629.07 and the TSX Venture Exchange lost 0.9 of a point to 1,182.18.The Canadian dollar was down 0.05 of a cent to 99.66 cents US, as the greenback moved higher after the Fed announcement.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 35.64 points to 13,629.07 and the Nasdaq slid 13.71 points at 2,925.81. The S&P fell 3.10 points to 1,376.22.The Fed took no new action after its two-day policy meeting, but acknowledged that economic activity had slowed over the first half of the year, unemployment remains elevated and consumer spending has weakened.Policymakers repeated their plan to hold short-term interest rates at record low levels until at least late 2014.The European Central Bank meets Thursday, and expectations have been high. Last week, ECB president Mario Draghi said the bank “is ready to do what it takes to preserve the euro,” which set off speculation about significant moves, though that optimism has since lost much of its steam.Gold stocks led the downside of the TSX, off 1.5%, as August gold fell $14 to US$1,596.50 an ounce. September copper moved down 4.5 cents to US$3.369 a pound.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lifted 64 cents to US$88.70 a barrel.The latest U.S. manufacturing shrank for the second straight month in July. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its index of manufacturing activity ticked up to 49.8, from 49.7 in June, further evidence of an economy growing at a sluggish pacePayroll provider ADP said U.S. businesses added 163,000 jobs last month. The report comes two days before the U.S. government reports jobs numbers for July.In morning trading, U.S. traders experienced unusually sharp moves in a number of stocks shortly after the opening bell. The New York Stock Exchange said it was reviewing trades in 140 stocks. Trading volume was unusually high in the first half-hour of trading, and some investors suspected technical glitches.In corporate developments, WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it will hike its quarterly dividend to shareholders by 33% after second-quarter profits hit a record $42.5 million or 31 cents per share. Revenue was up 12.2% to $809.3 million. Shares dropped 53 cents, to $16.05.Talisman Energy reported a sharp fall in its second-quarter profit and revenue due to weaker commodity prices and higher operating costs. The Calgary-based company posted net income of US$196-million, or 19 cents per share, from $698-million, or 68 cents per share. Revenue declined to $1.87-billion from $2.23-billion. Company shares were up 73 cents to $13.13.Maple Leaf Foods Inc. reported profits rose to $32.5-million in the second quarter, up 32% from a year ago. Total sales from Maple Leaf’s four business groups edged up to $1.26-billion from $1.24-billion. The company also said it expects to face higher prices for ingredients in the coming quarters, as it grapples with rising commodity prices. Its shares rose 65 cents to $10.65.Torstar Corp. earned $35.7-million or 45 cents per share in the second quarter, from $112.7-million or $1.42 per share a year earlier, though that included $74.6-million or 94 cents per share from the sale of Torstar’s investment in CTV Inc. Shares were down 50 cents to $8.60.Here’s the news investors were watching today:U.S. Fed says economy weaker, but takes no new stepsGreek leaders reach austerity dealWall Street sentiment at record lowFactory sectors around the world are stallingON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSEuropean Central Bank announces interest rate and monetary policy decisions Bank of England decides on interest rates UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger layoff report (July) 8:30 a.m.Weekly new jobless claims: Economists expect 370,000 claims, up from last week 10 a.m.Factory orders (June): Economists expect 0.5% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAir Canada Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 4¢ a share Enbridge Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ Valeant Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 99¢ Gildan Activewear Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ Industrial Alliance Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 68¢ UNITED STATESApache Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.58 CBS Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 59¢ Clorox Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.27 Kellogg Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 84¢ Kraft Foods Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ Pitney Bowes Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 50¢ Time Warner Cable Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.39 read more

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Groundbreaking Nova Scotia batterytech startup gets federal cash

DARTMOUTH, N.S. — The future of lithium-ion battery longevity — a key component in a world without fossil fuels — may lie in an unassuming, bunker-style building in a Halifax-area industrial park.Down a concrete hall, past a ping pong table, is an airplane hangar-like room with soaring ceilings, whirring electronic equipment and a massive loading door flung open to the harbour air.This is the office of Novonix Battery Testing Services, a Dartmouth company honing high-precision battery testing systems for tech firms like Apple and Tesla Motors.The start-up was spun off from Herzberg Medal-winner Jeff Dahn’s ground-breaking battery lab at Dalhousie University. Australia’s publicly traded Novonix Group bought a majority stake in June, and the company is now ramping up efforts to grow its customer base.With the help of a $500,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced Tuesday, Novonix plans to move to a larger facility, add to its eight-person team and expand equipment sales and testing services.Demand for high-powered, long-lasting lithium-ion batteries is expected to soar as restrictions on gasoline- and diesel-fuelled cars mount and renewable energy-storage needs increase. Testing and lengthening the life expectancy of the rechargeable batteries will become an increasingly critical component to research and development.In what could be a giant step for the firm’s lithium-ion battery testing capabilities, Dahn — who has teamed up with Tesla, the California electric car and solar panel company headed by CEO Elon Musk — has also assigned a new patent to Novonix.“It’s very hard to make a lithium-ion cell that lasts a long time,” says Dr. Chris Burns, Novonix president and CEO. “It’s even harder to prove it.”The powerful rechargeable batteries fuel everything from cell phones and laptops to vacuums and electric vehicles. They’re even being used in grid-energy storage projects.Traditional methods of testing the lifetime of a lithium-ion battery can take months or even years. But Novonix has narrowed down the testing period to weeks.“We developed and commercialized a system that is more accurate than what anyone else is building in the market and that allowed researchers to gain insight into the performance of their batteries in only a few weeks what through traditional methods might take months or years,” Burns says.The 30-year-old, originally from outside Boston, came to Halifax in 2009 to attend Dalhousie University.Largely through word-of-mouth, Novonix now has amassed an impressive roster of marquee clients including Panasonic, Dyson, Bosch and 3M.“We go to conferences and trade shows and Jeff Dahn mentions us,” Burns says. “It’s a small industry and people hear about us and that has kept us very busy.”Using high-tech electronics, Novonix measures coulombic efficiency to determine how small changes in rechargeable lithium-ion battery chemistry will impact long-term battery performance.The company uses local suppliers to build its equipment. The metal work comes from Protocase in Cape Breton while the board assembly is done by Sunsel Systems in Dartmouth.Novonix plans to expand its equipment offering soon to include the latest intellectual property to come out of Dahn’s lab.Although estimating the remaining life in a lithium-ion battery is difficult, Dahn says he noticed that as lithium-ion batteries age, the liquid electrolyte in the cells slowly turns into a solid form.“When the liquid is gone, the batteries are dead,” he says. “So if you can determine the fraction of liquid that remains in the battery, you can estimate the state of health of the battery and how much longer it might last.”With the help of a student researcher, Dahn developed a so-called “lithium-ion battery differential thermal analyzer.”“It’s a huge mouthful,” he said. “But it’s actually a very simple method. Batteries are frozen and slowly heated to detect when the liquid electrolyte melts. The strength of the signal is related to how much liquid is remaining and to its composition.” read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,517.59 up 69.89 points):Colossus Minerals Inc. (TSX:CSI). Miner. Up two cents, or 44.44 per cent, at 6.5 cents on 4.97 million shares.Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S). Up 50 cents, or 14.79 per cent, at $3.88 on 2.55 million shares. The company is selling its entire coal business in Canada to two separate buyers for a total of $946 million: Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. and Altius Minerals of St. John’s, N.L., (TSX:ALS). Altius’ stock was up $1.33, or 12.55 per cent, at $11.93 on 110,307 shares.Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO). Oil and gas. Down 26 cents, or 8.18 per cent, at $2.92 on 1.77 million shares. The Calgary-based company closed deals to raise US$340 million in new senior secured terms loans and C$33 million in a stock offering Monday.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 27 cents, or 3.38 per cent, at $8.25 on 1.77 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 68 cents, or 3.84 per cent, at $18.40 on 1.51 million shares. The gold sector led all the subgroups higher, up 3.42 per cent to 155.34 points.Toronto Venture Exchange (903.22 up 6.23 points):Lincoln Mining Corp. (TSXV:LMG). Miner. Unchanged at a penny on 4.49 million shares.Reva Resources Corp. (TSXV:RVA). Miner. Unchanged at 2.5 cents on 3.06 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Up three cents, or 0.65 per cent, at $4.62 on 976,123 shares. The transportation maker has received a firm order for 10 Challenger business jets, which have a list price of about US$280 million. Bombardier Aerospace said the customer’s name isn’t being disclosed.Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 4.79 per cent, at $4.16 on 494,008 shares. The Toronto-based company reached a tentative deal with the Kyrgyz government and the state-owned Kyrgyzaltyn JSC on a new ownership structure for the Kumtor gold mining operation. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 24, 2013 12:24 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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BC construction worker takes on Trump defends immigrant workers

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 6:19 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A Mexican-born construction worker says he hung his native country’s flag high above Vancouver to remind Donald Trump that his compatriots built a 63-storey tower that carries the billionaire’s name.Diego Reyna has drawn the attention of international media after hanging a Mexican flag atop the Trump International Hotel and Tower over the weekend and recording a 43-second video that said the building wouldn’t exist without immigrants.In the video he says Mexicans performed everything from drywall to concrete finishing on the project.“This building is standing here today thanks to us, to our work and our labour,” he says. “There’s a little present for Mr. Trump, so every time you judge us you can think who is building your towers.”The Holborn Group of Companies, the Vancouver developer behind the project, could not be reached for comment.During his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump has been criticized after suggesting some Mexicans entering the U.S. are murderers and rapists.Reyna, who wasn’t available for comment on Monday, said in a separate Facebook post that Mexicans didn’t steal or rape but just did the best work they possibly could.“Your tower here in Vancouver is premium quality, and we were a crucial part of it, not just Mexicans but immigrants as a whole, like your ancestors were,” he said.“The insults you have said about us have not changed our work ethics.”This isn’t the first time the building has been at the centre of a Trump backlash.In December, Mayor Gregor Robertson sent a letter urging the developer to drop Trump’s name from the tower, writing that Vancouver is known for diversity, equality and freedom from discrimination.He referenced a petition signed by more than 50,000 people asking that the U.S. businessman’s name be removed from the tower following the Republican hopeful’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.The Holborn Group did not respond to a request for comment on the mayor’s comments at the time.British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said then that she agrees Trump’s name doesn’t represent Vancouver, but that ultimately the city and the developer should make the decision.Trump visited the city in 2013 to help announce the $360-million project. The Trump Organization said it was lending its brand power and operating the tower, but that the family would not be investing in the development.When it is completed, the building will become the second Trump International Hotel and Tower in Canada after the one in Toronto. B.C. construction worker takes on Trump, defends immigrant workers read more

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Postman caught delivering cannabis in parcels on his route in drugs smuggling

first_imgA postman who was caught delivering cannabis in parcels on his delivery route in £1.2m drugs operation has today been jailed.Parcelforce Worldwide driver Adewale Aderounmu would intercept the bogus parcels and hand them to accomplices in a drug ring, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.Border Force officers stopped the activity after noticing a suspicious number of the cannabis parcels it had seized were bound for NW1 0 or NW1 1 in north-west London – which was  Aderounmu’s  route.The 55-year-old, of south London, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven-and-a-half years in prison after admitting one charge of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs in August last year.He had worked for Parcelforce Worldwide for more than a decade when he was arrested.Prosecutors said bundles of cannabis were often posted to his beat in the capital from Nigeria and South Africa.  In October 2016, the Border Force stopped one package with almost 6kg of cannabis that was destined for a non-existent address in NW1. Investigators swapped it for a dummy and put it into Aderounmu’s delivery load – then watched as he handed it to another man on the street.  He was arrested by the National Crime Agency.Officers combing back through previously seized drug parcels found around 100 had been sent to the postcode between 2010 and 2016, with a street value of £1.2 million. Corrupt #London parcel delivery driver Adewale Aderounmu, who conspired to intercept cannabis worth at least £1.2m posted to addressed in NW1, has been jailed for 7.5 years today: https://t.co/1tC0T1jKsZ pic.twitter.com/zH75SRdH2E— CPS (@cpsuk) March 9, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cash payments between £100 and £400 had been regularly dropping into Aderounmu’s bank account between 2014 and 2016, it was then found, but they stopped after his arrest.Adrian Flasher, from the CPS, said: “Adewale Aderounmu was an experienced delivery driver who took advantage of his position to enrich himself.”Such methods of drug smuggling are being closely monitored by national investigators.Steve McIntyre, senior investigations manager at the National Crime Agency, said: “It’s extremely important that smuggling routes like these are detected and the offenders who set them up and use them are brought to justice.”The issue of corrupt insiders is taken extremely seriously by the NCA in its mission to protect the public.”last_img read more

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La 3D sinvite sur la XBox

first_imgLa 3D s’invite sur la XBoxA l’instar de Sony et de sa PlayStation3 3D Ready, Microsoft se lance dans le jeu en trois dimensions avec sa XBox 360. La firme de Redmond a, pour ce faire, conclu un partenariat avec le constructeur sud-coréen LG.Alors que Nintendo s’apprête à lancer sa 3DS, Sony prépare sa PS3 compatible avec un affichage en trois dimensions. Et si Microsoft se disait peu intéressé par cette technologie pour le moment, le géant de Redmond a finalement craqué.À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DLa XBox 360 va en effet à son tour devenir compatible avec les jeux et films en 3D, grâce à un partenariat que Microsoft vient de conclure avec LG. Pour l’instant, ce partenariat ne porte que sur le marché sud-coréen, et dès le mois de juin, des packs comprenant une console de jeux, un téléviseur 3D LED ainsi que des jeux compatibles 3D y seront commercialisés. “C’est une preuve supplémentaire que la Xbox 360 prend en charge les jeux et les divertissements en 3D et a sa place sur ce marché” se félicite Microsoft.La commercialisation de la XBox 3D devrait ensuite s’étendre au reste de l’Asie avant de débarquer aux États-Unis et en Europe.Le 12 mai 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The Flash Midseason Finale Was a Slower Sweeter Christmas Special

first_img Still feeling the effects of last week’s crossover, The Flash takes a page out of Arrow‘s book by starting us off with a crossover. Four years ago, Julian was on an archaeological expedition in India. He writes in his journal about hearing a strange voice before someone comes to his tent saying they’ve found something. They lead Julian to a stone box. When he opens it, a blue light comes out, and we cut to the present.The team at S.T.A.R. Labs is preparing for Christmas while they research Savitar. Cisco briefly sees Dante, his dead brother walking around, but shakes it off to pursue a hunch. Cisco finds an old paper written by Julian regarding an ancient Hindu weapon that looks a lot like Alchemy’s jewel. Barry heads to his old office at the police department to ask Julian about the stone. Julian says he was researching something known as the Philosopher’s Stone. His research took him to India, but he never found it. Julian begins acting strange when Barry asks if he’s come across the name Savitar. All he says, though, is that Savitar was the first speedster. He shoves Barry away before Savitar calls him to take out his Alchemy suit.Deciding he needs more information, he universe-hops over to Earth-3. After helping Jay Garrick take care of his version of The Trickster, he asks about Savitar. He learns that Savitar was not only the first speedster but also the fastest and most powerful. Jay tells Barry that all this information comes from speed-force myths and legends. Barry is the first to have actually seen Savitar, which means he’s grown powerful enough to become a threat. Jay says Savitar sent alchemy to begin everyone powers to prepare for a battle with Barry. Garrick stays in Earth-1 to help.Mark Hamill returns as The Trickster in Jay Garrick’s (John Wesley Shipp) universe. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)H.R. is helping Wally train in secret, and Wally is getting good. He’s progressing faster than Barry did. Wally wants to tell everyone he’s ready to become a superhero, but H.R. asks him to keep it a secret. Back at the lab, Barry isn’t having any luck finding information about Savitar and Jay convinces him to pay more attention to the present, particularly his girlfriend. Barry takes the advice, and Iris mentions that she looked into Julian’s archaeological dig and found that he may have been covering something up. When Barry tells the team that Julian may be connected to Alchemy, Cisco narrows down a possible location. Wally immediately tells everyone about his training and asks to go along.Jay and Barry interrupt Alchemy’s plan to amplify the Philosopher’s Stone’s power. Savitar appears, and Jay fights him while Barry grabs the stone. Jay gets the absolute crap kicked out of him in a fight scene featuring some cheap-looking CGI. Barry beats up Alchemy fairly easily and takes the stone. With Alchemy unconscious, he removes the mask and sees Julian’s face underneath. He takes Julian to S.T.A.R. Lab, locks him up in a cell and asks him about Alchemy. Julian insists he isn’t Alchemy, that he’s never seen the mask before. When he accuses The Flash of trying to frame him, Barry leaves him in the cell to check on Jay’s recovery.Cisco and Caitlin are checking out the box that holds the Philosopher’s Stone and has found out the box gives off no readings. By all their measurements, it doesn’t exist. Meanwhile, after an argument with Wally and H.R., Joe says something that gives Barry an idea. He returns to Julian and asks if he’s been blacking out and losing time. Julian initially doesn’t want to tell him anything, so The Flash takes off his mask, revealing his identity. He asks Julian to trust him and Julian tells him all about his blackouts. He tells Barry his sister died years ago. One night, after she died, he saw her. She told him about the Philosopher’s Stone and where to find it. He funded the expedition to India and found the stone. He reveals that when he found it, he blacked out for the first time. When he woke up back in his hotel room, everyone else on his expedition was dead.Cisco (Carlos Valdes) lets Savitar into the lab. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Cisco has a similar experience. Dante comes to him and tells him to open the box and take out the stone. Dante promises that the stone can bring him back to life. Cisco does, Dante disappears, and Savitar appears behind him. Barry runs to save him, and Savitar starts throwing him around the labs. Wally runs to help, distracting Savitar long enough to save Barry’s life. Savitar is about to kill both of them, but Caitlin convinces Cisco to close the box. Once he does, Savitar disappears.The experience gives Cisco an idea. He figures out that Alchemy doesn’t exist. It’s really Savitar possessing Julian so that he can recruit an army of followers. The team hooks Julian’s brain up to the box, allowing them to speak directly with Savitar. Savitar seems to know all of them and their futures. He says one will betray the group; one will die and one will suffer something worse. He says the future-Barry trapped Savitar in eternity, and now he’s out for revenge. After bringing Julian out of his trance, Jay comes up with a plan to get rid of Savitar forever. He and Barry run as fast as they can, opening a portal to the speed-force and chucking the box in.Barry succeeds, but he’s transported five months into the future. He hears his own voice scream and runs to see what’s going on. He finds Savitar holding Iris in front of his future-self. Savitar says “you lose” and stabs Iris through the chest. Jay grabs our Barry and brings him back to the present. Barry asks Jay if all that was actually going to happen. Jay says he doesn’t know, but the future isn’t written yet. Jay tells Barry to focus on what’s going on right now, rather than desperately try to prevent the future he saw. Jay returns to Earth-3, and everyone decides to celebrate Christmas together. They invite Julian along, but he says he’d rather be alone.The future doesn’t look good for Iris (Candice Patton). (Photo: Screenshot via CW)At the West house, Cisco laments that it’s raining on Christmas and thanks to Caitlin for talking him into closing the box. H.R., Barry, and Joe give Wally a present: a superhero uniform. Wally West is now kid flash. Julian shows up, not wanting to be alone on Christmas anymore. He says he’s convinced the captain not to put Barry’s resignation through and offers to share the crime lab again. When some carolers show up in the rain, Caitlin uses her ice powers to make it snow. Barry shows Iris his present to her: an apartment. He signed a lease on a new place and gave her a key, telling her he wants to spend every moment he can with her. It’s cheesy, but what else do you want from a Christmas special?This episode was not the most exciting of the season, but it succeeded in being a fun, sweet holiday send-off. The Barry-Iris relationship moved forward, Wally is finally a superhero, and we learned more about Savitar. It moved the story along and ended in a good place for a holiday break.That said, Wally’s story wrapped up a little too easily, and after last week’s giant crossover, the slower pace was a bit of a letdown. But hey, at least one show this season ends its first half on a positive note. At least it’s not another cliffhanger. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on targetlast_img read more

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SDCC Starts with a Titans Trailer Batwoman Casting News More DC News

first_imgDC NEWS NUGGET: Frances McDormand passed on playing Joaquin Phoenix’s mom in Todd Phillip’s UNTITLED JOKER ORIGIN movie. They want a name for the mom.— Umberto Gonzalez @ SDCC (@elmayimbe) July 14, 2018That means the Joker’s mother will figure heavily into the plot. I’m still not sure we really need to know the Joker’s origin story. Part of what makes the character so intriguing and scary is how little we know about him. But hey, in the comics, there are three Jokers now, so there’s no reason the DCEU can’t be the same. Most importantly though, we have a title and a release date for the upcoming film, per The Hollywood Reporter.The film will be titled, simply enough, Joker, and we won’t be waiting too long to see it. Joker is set to release on October 4, 2019. Interestingly, the show will also have a much smaller budget than we’re used to seeing from the DCEU, at only $55 million. It’s a sign that it will be less special effects-focused, and probably be more atmospheric and character-driven. It might even make for a better movie than a higher budget would allow. We’ll know for sure in a little more than a year. Maybe we’ll find out which of those scar stories from The Dark Knight was true.That’s probably all we’re going to get from Joker this season, but there’s definitely going to be a ton of new information about Aquaman and Shazam!. The big Warner Bros. Hall H panel isn’t until Saturday, but attendees can get an up-close look at the costumes from both movies on the show floor. IGN reports that Aquaman’s, Mera’s, Shazam’s, and Billy Batson’s costumes are all on display.via IGNFirst, there’s Aquaman’s costume. We already knew basically what he’d look like, but it’s cool to see an up-close photo of the whole outfit. We haven’t seen the helmet yet, either. I like the Roman-inspired look to it.via IGNNext, there’s Mera’s costume, worn by Amber Herd in the film. On its own, it looks like a fairly standard superheroine costume, but you can’t deny they colors are beautiful. It probably looks amazing during the underwater scenes. Hopefully, she gets to join the fight at some point during this movie.via IGNAnd finally, here’s Shazam! and Billy’s costumes. I continue to love the look of this movie. It’s bright and colorful and just the right amount of campy. And yes, it looks like the lightning bolt actually lights up. Perfect. I can’t wait to see how it looks in action (hopefully) later this weekend. DC Universe, the DC standalone streaming and comics service is coming. Most of us aren’t super psyched about the prospect of yet another monthly subscription. DC knows it’s going to have to have something special to get our credit card numbers out of us. Access to back issues of comics was a good start, and now we have our first look at the service’s original programming. DC kicked off San Diego Comic Con this morning with the first trailer for the Greg Berlanti-produced Titans. You can definitely tell it shares a producer with the Arrowverse shows, but even in the trailer, this series goes to some very non-CW places.Yeah, this isn’t airing on network TV at 8 pm. Online streaming services let TV shows do pretty much whatever they want, and Titans is clearly taking advantage. Even when it gets really silly, like how the trailer goes out of its way for the F-bomb. It lets you know this show isn’t the kid-friendly fare we’re used to from DC television, but it’s trying so hard to be edgy. I was on board with the tone and look of this show from the moment the trailer started. The otherworldly nightmare scene, Raven’s costume and powers, the noir-ish lighting of Gotham city… all great. Then Robin says “Fuck Batman!” the way a surly teen might say “you’re not my real dad!” before slamming his door and blasting My Chemical Romance.And to be fair, Robin is an angry teen. Despite the name just being Titans, this show is still very much about the Teen Titans. It’s just that the rest of the trailer does such a good job of communicating the tone. It’s a darker, spookier superhero show, and that well-crafted mood is ever so slightly undercut by the moment of performative teen angst. Overall though, I’m really into the way this show looks. That first image of Starfire in costume may have worried some fans, but she looks fine with all the lighting and special effects in place. All the Titans look great. We also get a look at some action that’s a lot bloodier and more brutal than the Arrowverse fare.Basically all you need to know about DC Universe’s #Titans pic.twitter.com/Mdg5xiprW2— Alex Zalben (@azalben) July 19, 2018As a first trailer, it did its job. I want to see more, and I hope there’s more footage coming from Comic Con this weekend. Either way, it looks like my bank account will be taking yet another monthly hit once Titans premieres on DC Universe this fall.Over on the CW, we already knew a Batwoman TV series was in the works. If it’s picked up, it’ll be the first live-action superhero series to have a gay character in the title role. Since Batwoman will make her debut in the annual Arrowverse crossover this fall though, casting is already getting started. TV Line reports that the producers are looking to cast a lesbian actor in the role. That’s a very good sign as it shows that the people behind this series, especially showrunner Caroline Dries of Vampire Diaries fame, really care about representation. At this early stage, they making sure the portrayal rings true.Also interesting is that they specify an open ethnicity for the role. It’s cool that they’re not overly concerned with matching the race of the character in the comics. Because that’s the beauty of superheroes. Anyone can be under the mask. As long as whoever they cast can give a truthful performance as the DC superhero, it doesn’t matter what they look like. Plus, outside Black Lightning, the Arrowverse is still a pretty white place. It could probably stand to have more heroes of color around.Over on the movie side of the DC universe, we’re unlikely to hear much about the upcoming Joker origin movie this weekend. As it hasn’t started filming, there’s not much Warner Bros. can show that wouldn’t get drowned out in all the other announcements. We know Joaquin Phoenix will play The Joker, which… yes. Good. He’s a talented actor, and I’ll take just about anyone over Jared Leto. We also know, thanks to The Wrap‘s Umberto Gonzalez, that they are looking to cast a big name to play The Joker’s mother, and that Frances McDormand turned the role down. Birds of Prey Narrows Down Its Cast, Joaquin Phoenix Jokes & More DC NewsHenry Cavill to Stay Grounded, When the Flash Will Run & More DC Movie News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Google sitin Workers protest alleged company retaliation after walkout

first_img What’s going on at Google? 0 Google Alphabet Inc. In addition to the sit-in, some workers plan to call in sick and others will use their out-of-office email response to highlight the protest, organizers said in a series of tweets Wednesday. Other workers may join local May Day marches. The Google NYC anti-retaliation sit-in was POWERFUL. We’re hearing similar reports from Cambridge, London, & Pittsburgh. More to come as we move across time zones and more employees act to say retaliation is #NotOkGoogle. https://t.co/uzNXjArddc— Google Walkout For Real Change (@GoogleWalkout) May 1, 2019 A portion of the crowd in NYC! #NotOkGoogle pic.twitter.com/lOvmk1xH4V— Google Walkout For Real Change (@GoogleWalkout) May 1, 2019 5:47 null Now playing: Watch this:center_img Share your voice Originally published May 1, 8:23 a.m. PT.Update, 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds tweet on New York sit-in and background on shareholder resolution; and 2:30 p.m. PT: Adds more detail.  Tags Organizers also said that during the sit-in they’ll share stories of retaliation and their demands will be read.In Silicon Valley, Google workers have led the way for organized protest in the tech industry. In the past, they’ve rebelled against the company’s work in China, military contracts and treatment of contract workers. The problems at Google have also attracted the attention of consumer advocates, some of whom say Google parent Alphabet has become too big to manage. On the same day as the sit-in, SumOfUs, an International consumer group, submitted a shareholder resolution asking Alphabet’s board to consider selling off parts of the company. Alphabet has recommended shareholders vote against the proposal.The proposal is set for a vote at Alphabet’s annual shareholders meeting June 19.The employee sit-in follows a town hall meeting that was convened last week to discuss responses to the alleged retaliation by managers at the search giant.  Many workers are calling out sick (of retaliation), a reference to being told to take medical leave when not sick. Some set their out of office email reply to speak to what’s happening. Others will change their profile photos. All of these actions say retaliation is #NotOkGoogle— Google Walkout For Real Change (@GoogleWalkout) May 1, 2019 Tech Industry Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Last November, Google workers staged a massive walkout. Now, six months later, their protest is taking a different form: a sit-in.On Wednesday, employees at the search giant will hold a demonstration to fight against what they say is systemic retaliation at the company. In particular, two longtime Google employees say they’ve been unfairly targeted by the company because of their roles in organizing the Google walkout. That protest saw 20,000 Google workers march out of their offices in response to the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations directed at high-level executives. The worldwide event drew international media coverage.One organizer, Meredith Whittaker, said she was asked to give up her work at the AI Now Institute, a research center she co-founded at New York University that examines the societal effects of artificial intelligence. Another organizer, Claire Stapleton, said she was told after the walkout that she’d be demoted and lose half her reports. She said she was also told to go on medical leave even though she wasn’t sick.Google says retaliation is prohibited and that it investigates all allegations.”We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”Wednesday’s event is being held across the country on May Day, which celebrates the rights of workers and laborers. It starts at 11 a.m. local time.At Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, the scene was calm. The company had amped up security and the media was asked to stay in a park on the outskirts of the main campus. Earlier in the day in New York, hundreds of workers participated in the sit-in, according to Whittaker. “Hundreds of people showed up to the @google NYC anti-retaliation sit-in, planned in under 24hrs,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “So many brave people shared their stories. There were tears and talk of unions. #NotOkGoogle”last_img read more

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Party Politics Ep 58 Texas Runoff Elections Santa Fe And Trump

Party Politics Ep 58 Texas Runoff Elections Santa Fe And Trump

first_imgIlana Panich-Linsman/KUTAustin residents lined up to vote at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services on Guadalupe Street on Tuesday.On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share,Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin, audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. Farm Bill fails Courts forcing online voter registration? North Korea Summit off? Trump v FBI 00:00 /26:32 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Primaries ’round the nation Democratic runoff candidate threatens to call the “damn Zetas” Brandon and Jay talk about the runoff elections the Santa Fe shooting, Trump’s decision to call off the North Korea summit, and several other topics.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin, audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. Santa Fe shooting X Nationallast_img read more

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Is Walmart Prepping a StreamingVideo Rival to Netflix and Amazon

Is Walmart Prepping a StreamingVideo Rival to Netflix and Amazon

first_imgRetailing giant Walmart is mulling a move into the subscription VOD business — to take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, according to a published report.According to a report by The Information, citing anonymous sources, Walmart is contemplating introducing a streaming-video product with price point of $8 per month as well as launching a free, ad-supported video service.Walmart reps didn’t respond to a request for comment.Execs for Walmart see an opportunity to undercut Netflix and Amazon Prime Video with the $8 price point, according to The Information. (Netflix’s standard HD plan is currently $10.99 monthly.) But the report had no details on what kind of TV shows, movies or other programming might be available in a Walmart SVOD service.Netflix and Amazon “are seen as more popular with people on the East and West Coasts of the U.S.,” according to a source cited by The Information. Walmart believes there’s an opportunity to roll out a cheaper service for consumers “in the middle of America,” per the report. Walmart already has its foot in the digital-entertainment door. In 2010, it acquired movie-streaming service Vudu, which offers a collection of 150,00 titles to buy or rent, including in Ultra HD and Vudu’s proprietary HDX format. Two years ago, Vudu launched a free, ad-supported streaming service, “Movies On Us,” which currently offers 5,000 movies and TV shows.Walmart may decide to not go forward with the launch of a streaming service, The Information report added.Separately Tuesday, Walmart announced a five-year pact with Microsoft under which the retailer will standardize on Microsoft’s cloud solutions. That will include Walmart migrating a “significant portion” of its walmart.com and samsclub.com websites to the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing platform. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Colin 2016 Make NFL kickoffs great again Move them to the 50

Colin 2016 Make NFL kickoffs great again Move them to the 50

first_img His proposal is simple:Move kickoffs to the 50.Move touchbacks to the 40.Kickoffs can be downed like punts. Colin says that even though it sounds absurd, there are three simple ways that moving the kicking off to mid-field would improve the game.Increases onside kicks – Onside kicks will go up significantly because teams won’t be severely punished with bad field position if they’re unsuccessful. In Colin’s world, touchbacks already come out to the 40. An unsuccessful onside kick would likely end up at the 40 or the 35. Onside kicks are exciting for fans and good for the game. When is the last time you left the room for an onside kick?2. Fair catches will increase – Fair catches are good for player safety. If teams want to get cute and pooch kick it from the 50, the opposing team can fair catch or let it roll and it can be downed like a punt. Fewer car crash collisions. Better field position. More offense.3. Injuries will decrease – It’s called science. If you give 11 18-wheelers in shoulder pads less field to reach kick returner murdering speed, it will cause fewer injuries. Pretty simple.Colin realizes his plan sounds like a half baked idea on the surface, but in reality it’s a simple change that could make the game more exciting for fans.“You don’t want drives starting from the 7. That’s bad offense. That’s more punting. You want to instill more drama, onside kicks, and more offense. Drives start at the 40. What you want in this league is quarterbacks, drama, points.”Vote Cowherd. It’s the height of the Presidential campaign season, and Colin has resumed his personal campaign to move the kickoff to the 50-yard line. He didn’t want to get political, but somebody has to stand up.Yesterday, Commissioner Putin, err Goodell, made another statement hinting that he wants to eventually eliminate kickoffs from the NFL. Sad.Colin is a lover of the NFL and freedom, and wants to make the kickoff great again. The NFL tweaked the kickoff again this year by moving touchbacks up to the 25-yard line. That’s OK, but it’s not good enough. We can do better.Colin’s campaign to move the kickoff to the 50-yard line is gaining steam and has secured a HUUUUGE endorsement from former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, Mike Pereira. It’s a movement people. Advertisementlast_img read more

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