first_imgDCPs are in higher demand than ever before, but they are also far more accessible than ever. You now have several options for creating a full fledged Digital Cinema Package right from your own computer at a fraction of the cost of a post-house.It wasn’t too long ago that the price of creating a professional-level Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for a feature film could have easily run more than the cost of your average car. When DCPs first hit the market, there was initially a sort of mystique around them, and only the more technically adept post-production pros had a full understanding of how they functioned.Fast forward to now, and DCP creation is simpler and more widespread than ever. Just about any working editor has some type of DCP software on their computer, whether they realize it or not. Naturally that’s led many editors to attempt creating DCPs on their own, although doing so is certainly not always the best option.In many cases, post-houses will still give you the best and most reliable results when it comes to creating DCPs. After all, many facilities create DCPs for their customers day in and day out, which naturally means that their process is streamlined and their results will reflect that.But there will always be those filmmakers that want to take the DIY approach, either out of necessity or plain curiosity. If this sounds like you, here are three of the best platforms for creating your own DCPs today.DaVinci Resolve / easyDCPeasyDCP is one of the single best and most feature-rich DCP platforms out there. The company offers several different product types and bundles, which can cost up to several thousand dollars depending on the options you choose.While easyDCP does work as a standalone software, it can also work as a plugin within DaVinci Resolve. This allows editors and colorists who are already familiar with the Resolve interface to easily encode DCPs from their own system by paying for the easyDCP license fee. It’s not the cheapest option out there (not even close), but it’s definitely one of the best.Adobe Media Encoder / WraptorMany Adobe users are shocked to find out that it’s actually very possible (and relatively simple) to create a DCP inside of Adobe Media Encoder. The software uses a built-in plugin (called Wraptor, made by Quvis) to convert files into DCPs. Under the right circumstances, it can work very well.There are some limitations to Wraptor – for instance, it’ll only work properly with Rec. 709 footage, and does a poor job of converting 23.976fps footage (to true 24fps). But the software is free, or at least it’s bundled with Adobe Media Encoder, which makes it a great solution for budget-conscious filmmakers. There is also a “pro” version of Wraptor which will run you $699, and includes some added features such as higher frame rate support and adjustable data rates. It’s also worth noting that the plugin can also be used with Apple Compressor.CuteDCPFor Adobe users out there who want the ability to export a DCP from Premiere/Media Encoder, but don’t want to go through Wraptor for any reason, there’s another solution – CuteDCP.CuteDCP is the happy medium in all of this. It offers more control and customization than Wraptor, but doesn’t come with a high price tag like easyDCP. In fact, the software can be purchased for as low as $163, which ultimately makes it one of the best-bang-for-your-buck DCP options. CuteDCP won’t run quite as quickly as Wraptor will, but it does support higher frame rates than the lite version of Wraptor. It also allows you to toggle the XYZ color space conversion on or off, which can be a deciding factor for certain power users.Final ThoughtsThere’s really no substitute for getting a professional DCP created by a dedicated post-house  — for now, at least. Much like other finishing services (like color grading or audio mixing), the best results will often be achieved when you leave it to a specialist, even if you have the right software at your disposal.Still, there are instances where you may need to create your own DCPs, and it’s fantastic to know that there are several very strong options out there to help you in a pinch. If you need a long term solution and money isn’t an issue, easyDCP with Resolve is the way to go. But if you need something more immediate and want to keep costs down, ultimately Wraptor and CuteDCP are two of your best bets.Have you ever created your own DCP? Have any tips for our readers? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgIn a major embarrassment to the BJP-led government, the Maharashtra legislature — for the first time ever — was adjourned due to a power outage on Friday. The outage was caused by water logging in the power supply room of the Vidhan Bhavan here.Worse still, as the administration swung into action to drain the water, officials found bottles of beer and country liquor, and plastic bags clogging the drains. Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde, who was personally monitoring the work, left the premises without speaking to the media after the bottles were removed.Nagpur usually hosts the winter session of the Assembly. However, for the first time since 1961 the monsoon session was held in the city, which has witnessed heavy rainfall since early Friday. The downpour resulted in water logging in several areas, including the civil lines area where the legislative building is located.The Assembly was in darkness even before proceedings began at 10 a.m., With no electricity, Mr. Bagde announced an adjournment for an hour. At 11 a.m., however, when the House reconvened, the security staff had to switch on the mobile phone lights to enable the Speaker to reach to seat. He then announced that the House had to be adjourned for the day.However, Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule denied any administrative failure in the incident. “The only problem is water has entered the power supply room at the ground floor and as a result we had to cut the electricity. There is no power shortage,” the Minister said.“It is for the first time in the history of the State that work had to be adjourned due to power outage. There was absolutely no need to hold the monsoon session in Nagpur ,” said NCP leader Ajit Pawar.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “The first round really helped us to be mentally stronger but there’s more to improve,” added Estrañero.With the win, UP got into a quadruple tie with University of Santo Tomas, La Salle, and Far Eastern University for the No. 2 seed in the tournament with all teams holding identical 5-3 records.Carlos said that there is no other way around it and that they just have to win if they want to get out of that logjam.“We have to win the games if we want to get to the Final Four,” said Carlos, who had 13 points against the Lady Spikers. “I’m confident that the team is mentally strong so we just have to work on the physical aspect of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Coach still hoping last-place Adamson makes Final Four MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines needed a realization in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and boy did it happen.The Lady Maroons swept defending champion De La Salle, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo in what could be a turning point for Diana Carlos and the rest of the team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UP suffered two straight losses at the tail end of the first round and its win over Adamson University wasn’t the most convincing of victories after the Lady Maroons dropped the first set before eventually taking the match 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21.“We were struggling in our past games but we realized something against La Salle that we can win in straight sets,” said Carlos in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCaptain Ayel Estrañero added that UP’s losses to Ateneo and National University did them more good than bad since it made them a tougher squad mentally to go further into the season.“I think the losses we had in the first round are the main reasons why we’re mentally strong,” said Estrañero. “We were not in our perfect mental state but it was something we learned a lot from and it also made us realize how stronger we can be if we just try to help each other and just be mentally tough inside.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy:Wrist spinners have evolved in the past few years as the most lethal arsenal for a captain. The variations and the mystery factor has led to former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar claiming that Kuldeep Yadav is ready for red ball cricket on a regular basis.The Little Master said:“I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready.“Looking at his repertoire, he has the capability to go there and compete, without any doubt.”Tendulkar also added that the heat wave in England would favour the spinners and the Blues could use Yadav. He stated:“The English summer is pretty warm this time. If there’s a bit of help for our spinners then I am sure we will be in a position in the series to hurt them. That will be a critical factor.”Read Also:England vs. India: James Anderson’s take on Kohli’s return to EnglandCricket: The pacers can lead India to win the Test Series, says Ishant Sharma. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBurnley struck either side of halftime with headers from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane to claim a 2-0 Premier League home win over Watford on Monday in the first top-flight meeting of the two clubs. (Latest Football stories)Forward Hendrick broke the deadlock before defender Keane scored to lift the Clarets into 13th spot where they joined five clubs on seven points from six games, including Watford and champions Leicester City who they trail on goal difference.Steven Defour laid on both goals with Hendrick heading home his corner in the 38th minute and Keane rising to nod in the winger’s left wing cross five minutes into the second half. (Also Read: England manager Sam Allardyce caught in newspaper sting)Belgian international Defour was man of the match with Keane and manager Sean Dyche saying he gave Burnley extra quality.”He’s played brilliantly ever since he came into the team, you can see the quality he’s got,” said Keane.Dyche, a former Watford player and manager, said Burnley had worked hard to sign Defour, who is closing in on 50 caps, for a club record 8 million pounds ($10.38 million)in August.”His quality rubs off on others, he’s got a bit more of an assured manner in possession,” said Dyche.Watford were aiming for a third straight league win but could not find the form that helped them comfortably beat Manchester United 3-1 and West Ham United 4-2.Burnley defended well, in contrast to Watford’s poor marking at set pieces, and kept Etienne Capoue and captain Troy Deeney, who forced a fine point-blank save from Heaton, in check.advertisement”We got bullied to a man all over the pitch,” a disappointed Deeney said. “Burnley set up and we couldn’t handle it.”We played so well against Manchester United recently but it never really looked like it was going to happen.”last_img read more

first_imgTwo-time Indian Super League (ISL) semi-finalists Delhi Dynamos team director Rohan Sharma reveals the capital franchise will bank on the Indian footballers over foreign marquee players for the next season.Dynamos, having featured foreign players like former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero, ex-Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, Brazilian Bruno Pelissari, Spanish Toni Doblas in the previous seasons have not retained any players heading into the league’s official draft later this month.”We have a list of players, I don’t know if the marquee thing will happen this time,” Sharma told IANS.Sharma also said the mentality has to change which will help the host nation and its footballers develop further.”I think the Indian players should really define the team. I know it is not as easy as it sounds but I think the mentality has to change,” Sharma said.”If needed to make the Indian players great, we should be doing this more often.”The team director also mentioned Portugal will take care of the foreign players but his focus lies on the development of Indian players.”Coach Portugal here, he will look at the foreign players, I don’t know what he has on the list he has made. He will also develop the young players but I’m focused on the Indian footballers,” Sharma said.Dynamos will be seen donning new official kit in the forthcoming season, Sharma revealed as he kept the brand of the club jersey a secret mentioning he is in talks with a few Indian brands.advertisement”Brand! yes, we are in talks with couple of Indian brands for the kit, right now we need to get the designs done, as early as possible,” he concluded.The franchise, having played all the three seasons in ISL, started in 2014 on a low note to finish in the fifth place.They qualified for the first time for the semi-finals of the League with the least number of games played in 2015 and finished third in 2016 after losing to the Kerala Blasters F.C. in the semi-finals.last_img read more

first_imgSAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Michael Bradley realizes the huge distinction between home games and road matches in international soccer.“In some cases it couldn’t be more different,” the U.S. captain said last week at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. “You look around here: a beautiful stadium, a field that’s in great condition.”And then he thought ahead to the Americans’ upcoming trip to Central America.“Tuesday in Honduras will be the complete opposite,” he predicted, “so your group has to have a mentality that understands that, embraces that and realizes that the way to get results on the road is different.”Teams usually reach the World Cup by winning home games and occasionally picking up points on the road. The U.S. had lost once in 50 home qualifiers (42 wins, seven ties) since 1985 before defeats to Mexico last November and to Costa Rica on Friday night.During that same span, the Americans had 19 wins, 15 losses and 16 draws in away qualifiers.A temperature in the low 90s is expected for the late-afternoon game, which kicks off at 3:36 p.m. (5:36 p.m. EDT). High humidity could make it feel like about 110, and rain is possible. The Americans won a night game here 3-2 eight years ago, then wasted a one-goal halftime lead in the afternoon in 2013, wilting during a 2-1 loss to the Catrachos.Gaining at least a point at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano has become critical for the Americans, who are third in the North and Central America and the Caribbean with eight points, ahead of Honduras on goal difference. The top three teams qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia, and the fourth-place nation goes to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 finisher.Mexico (17 points) clinched Friday night and Costa Rica (14) is on the verge of assuring itself a World Cup trip. While Panama (seven points) could move into third with a home win over Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, the U.S. hosts the Panamanians next month and could move back ahead.Goalkeeper Tim Howard said Friday’s 2-0 lost to Costa Rica doesn’t change the U.S. approach to Honduras.“I think we would have anticipated us going down there and getting a win,” he said.The U.S. probably will need wins or draws from all three of its remaining games to reach its eighth straight World Cup. The Americans host Panama on Oct. 6 at Orlando, Florida, and conclude the hexagonal four days later at Trinidad, which probably will have been eliminated by then.After the U.S. opened the final round with losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, the U.S. Soccer Federation fired coach Jurgen Klinsmann and brought back Arena, the American coach from 1998-2006. Qualifying started to get back on track in March with a 6-0 rout of Honduras at San Jose, California. The U.S. figures to play a bit more defensively on the road.Arena made three changes to his lineup for the March qualifier at Panama, when his players had three days’ rest, and seven for the June match at Mexico City, when there were just two days between games and the U.S. had little time to adjust to altitude.He will have to make at least one switch Tuesday: forward Jozy Altidore is suspended for yellow card accumulation.Howard was at fault on Costa Rica’s first goal Friday and defender Geoff Cameron’s poor pass led to the second. With a 25-man roster, Arena has ample maneuvering space.“We’re going to go down there with the mentality to win the game,” Bradley said. “We’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to make sure we’ve got 11 guys on the field who are ready to give everything, and we will. If at the end of 90 minutes we’re in a position where we take one point, then we’ll take that and know that everything’s still in our own hands in the last two games.”By RONALD BLUMTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndian wrestler Vinesh Phogat had to settle for a bronze medal at the Asian Games four years ago but with experience and momentum on her side, she is hopeful of clinching a gold in Indonesia this month.The grappler was 20 when she fell short of reaching the 48 kg category final in 2014 Games, losing to Japan’s Eri Tosaka but earning a podium finish by defeating Mongolia’s Narangerel Eredenesukh.”Back then, I was quite young. Now, I have experience on my side, and would want to make full use of that,” Vinesh told reporters on the sidelines of a send-off event organised by Tata Motors in New Delhi on Sunday.”I will give my best to change the colour of the medal that I win, preferably gold, as there’s nothing that exceeds gold.”Vinesh has enjoyed a stellar season, claiming a second consecutive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in April, as well as winning the Spanish Grand Prix last month.During her training camp in Hungary, Vinesh added finishing touches to her preparations with coach Woller Akos as she awaits tough competition at the Jakarta International Expo Hall.”It’s just the set of opponents which changes, and brings about a change in strategy as well,” she added.”The competitors will be quite strong, given that there will be a number of Olympic medallists among the contenders… so my focus will be on giving my best in every single match.”(With Reuters Photo)last_img read more

first_img​Ex-Chelsea keeper Green: Hudson-Odoi kept smiling during Bayern Munich sagaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has spoken about Callum Hudson-Odoi and how the youngster handled rumours of a move to Bayern Munich.Hudson-Odoi was unhappy at a lack of playing time under previous Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.Bayern were offering big money for a January transfer, but Chelsea refused to entertain any bids for the player.He has since committed to the club by signing a new contract.Green spoke to BBC 5 Live about the situation, saying: “We would hear the Bayern Munich chat, the chat about other clubs and Callum would just be there smiling.”He knew it was all going on but it was water off a duck’s back for him. “Pressure didn’t exist for him. It still doesn’t.”You look at someone like that, the way he carried himself, the confidence that he had in and around the dressing room was incredible to watch.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to shuffle his cabinet today to account for the sudden resignation of Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison from his post as Treasury Board president.The shuffle is expected to be a small one, affecting as few cabinet ministers as possible just months ahead of the fall federal election.Insiders confirm that Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott will take over for Brison, and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan is also on the move.He has cancelled an event that was set to take place today in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.The prime minister also must elevate a legislator from Nova Scotia to cabinet to make up for the void Brison leaves.Political observers have speculated that person will likely be either Sean Fraser or Bernadette Jordan — possibly taking over for O’Regan at Veterans Affairs.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOver the past 18 months Animal Defenders International (ADI) has assisted the Government of Peru with enforcement of their national ban on wild animal circuses and illegal wildlife.Over 100 animals have been saved from entertainment and the illegal wildlife trade including lions, bears, a tiger, mountain lion, birds and dozens of monkeys.Next month, ADI will charter a huge cargo aircraft and fly 33 ex-circus lions – 24 from Peru and 9 from Colombia – home to Africa. The lions have led such tragic lives that it is not possible to release them into the wild; almost all have suffered from having their front toes cut off to remove their claws and many have had their teeth smashed. The lions will be taken care of for life at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.The airlift, the biggest of its kind ever, will cost $10,000 for each lion and ADI is calling for sponsorship for each of the 33 lions. Meet the lions here.James Bond actor Roger Moore has urged people to contribute to the fund, model Twiggy has donated and US TV legend Bob Barker’s DJ&T Foundation helped kick-start the search and rescue mission with a contribution.California’s Oakland Zoo, which has long campaigned against wild animals in circuses, has immediately pledged $10,000 for one lion’s airfare and hopes to raise enough in the Bay Area to help more lions.Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation & Research at Oakland Zoo said “We are so excited to support ADI in the transport of thirty-three rescued lions to sanctuary in Africa. Having spent their lives in terrible captive conditions, forced to perform, abused, and neglected they will finally have the opportunity to live out their lives with peace and dignity. Please donate whatever you can to help transport these majestic animals to their forever home.”Facebook Group Lion Lovers has also raised the airfare to get a lion home.Diane Miller, from Florida who runs Facebook Group Lion Lovers: “I started my own Facebook group Lion Lovers several years ago, my love for lions started by watching BBC’s Big Cat Diary and following the lions of the Maasai Mara. I had raised $1,000 for the Global March for Lions and was asked if I could raise funds for the ADI lions and I said I would give it a go never dreaming we would raise $26,000!”Lion Lovers 7,500 members followed each rescue and kept donating as each lion was rescued. The group shares stunning images of wild lions and over a dozen top wildlife photographers offered images for auction to help the battered Peruvian and Colombian lions home. The group adopted a male called Rey rescued with five other lions from a circus in the historic Andean town of Cuzco.Diane: “I actually flew to Peru in October and got to meet Jan and the ADI crew, and all the lions including Rey. It was an amazing experience, one I will never forget. So proud to be associated with this amazing organization, they are focused and get the job done!”ADI President Jan Creamer said, “After such sad, desperate lives, these lions deserve to live in peace under the African sun. It is a huge challenge, so we need all the support we can get – each lion’s ticket is $10,000 so there is room for everyone to pitch in and help get a lion home.”Two crowdfunding sites have taken up the cause this has so far raised $500 of a $33,000 target towards the lion flightThe Animal Rescue Site on is seeking to raise $10,000 to fly one of the oldest lions called Leo the 6,900 miles from Peru to Africa – a donation of $7.25 gets Leo another 5 miles closer.ADI also has a range of sponsorship options available. A donation of $10,000 to cover a lion’s full airfare will be acknowledged with placement of 10 large logos (or a name or message) on a lion’s travel crate. For $100 someone can sign up for the “People’s Lion Ticket” and have their name alongside 99 others on a travel crate.Jan Creamer: “This is a way for people to show their support and be involved in this historic animal rescue. A dream ending is in sight for these lions and with every donation they are a step closer to a life back in the African bush where they belong.last_img read more

first_imgADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, will return to Los Angeles with their 11th Annual ADCOLOR Awards at The Loews Hotel Hollywood Hotel on Tuesday, September 19.The event will be hosted by Aisha Tyler, honorees include All-Star Award recipient Jesse Williams (Actor & Activist), Advocate Award recipient Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why” Star and Activist), Catalyst Award recipient Elaine Welteroth (Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue), presenters include Lena Waithe (Actress, “Master of None), Laz Alonso (Actor, “The Mysteries of Laura”), Janet Mock (Author, “Surpassing Certainty”), with ADCOLOR Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren, and more.The ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another. Please click here for a list of all honorees and nominees.The event is generously presented Omnicom Group and GSD&M, with Diamond Sponsors ADWEEK, Apple, DIAGEO, Google and YouTube, and OATH: A Verizon Company; Platinum Sponsors Apple Music, Bing Ads, DAS Group of Companies, Edelman, and Facebook; Gold Sponors Squeaky and Wieden+Kennedy; Silver Sponsors 72andSunny, BBDO, BET, DigitasLBI, Pandora, and Twitter; Supporting Sponsors Anomaly, Beats by Dr. Dre, Bloomberg, CBS Entertainment Diversity, DDB Worldwide, Ogilvy, OmnicomMediaGroup, OWN, Publicis Groupe, Spotify, TBWA\, and TBWA\Media Arts Lab; Table Sponsors Deutsch, GTB, HBO, IPG, Neustar, and Procter & Gamble.WHEN: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Media Check-In – 5:00 PMRed Carpet/Cocktail Reception – 5:30 PMAwards Presentation/Dinner – 7:00 PMWHERE: The Loews Hollywood Hotel1755 N Highland Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90028last_img read more

first_imgThe Jackfish camp will be located roughly midway between Chetwynd and Fort St. John, while the Haystack camp will be located near the Halfway River upstream of the Halfway River First Nation.On average, the camps will house an average of 424 and 383 workers respectively, and TransCanada anticipates that no more than 600 workers will be housed in the camps at any given time.TransCanada says that construction on the pipeline’s 182-kilometre Aitken Creek section will be finished in the third quarter of next year, with the rest of the project forecasted to be finished and in service by the Spring of 2020. 1Trans Canada Presentation2Proposed Northeast Oil and Gas Advisory Group●●Trans Canada PresentationProposed Northeast Oil and Gas Advisory Group●●Trans Canada PresentationProposed Northeast Oil and Gas Advisory Group DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Officials with TransCanada Corp. say that construction on the North Montney Mainline natural gas pipeline is anticipated to start some time next month.In a presentation to the Peace River Regional District Board last week, Catie Underhill with TransCanada’s Community Relations Department said that the company anticipates that the initial phase of construction on the project will start in mid- to late August.TransCanada began engaging with stakeholders and area residents about the project back in 2011 and received approval for the originally 300-kilometre long pipeline from the National Energy Board in 2015.center_img To watch the full presentation, scroll to 58 minutes into the video above.The pipeline was originally proposed to supply natural gas to Petronas’ proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert, but the Malaysian state-owned energy company scuppered those plans last July.Last year, TransCanada filed a variance application and shortened the proposed pipeline to 206 kilometres with the NEB, since the company felt that there was still a need for the pipeline despite the cancelling of Pacific NorthWest LNG. The Governor in Council granted approval for the project earlier this month.Underhill said that after construction starts later this year, there will be between 1,400 and 1,800 workers employed in building the pipeline during the peak of construction, which works out to up to 600 workers per spread.She said that TransCanada’s contractors for the project have stated that they will want to use local accommodations and will be putting an emphasis on hiring locally.For workers from out of the area, TransCanada says it will be getting two accommodation camps built, which is fewer than originally proposed.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Just a week after announcing its $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett , GateHouse Media was again laying off journalists and other workers at its newspapers, possibly foreshadowing the future awaiting employees of what will become the largest U.S. newspaper company.GateHouse and Gannett say the merger will allow GateHouse to accelerate its newspapers’ move to digital while paying down huge sums GateHouse borrowed in order to fund the acquisition. But it’s unclear exactly how it will make that happen.Last week, more than two dozen newsroom employees and other workers were reportedly laid off at 10 newspapers, from Providence, Rhode Island, to Brockton, Massachusetts, to Oklahoma City. The Associated Press confirmed several of these layoffs with the affected employees, others in their newsrooms or union representatives. GateHouse did not announce the workforce reductions, and neither the company nor its owner, New Media, had any comment for this story.Gannett also declined to comment, but pointed to previous public statements by New Media CEO Mike Reed in which he said the merged company would “not only preserve but actually enhance quality journalism.”The latest layoffs may not be directly related to the merger. GateHouse also reportedly laid off dozens of employees in May and this winter. Its earnings reports show that revenue is declining when the impact of acquisitions is stripped out.Further newsroom cuts show that “GateHouse doesn’t have a vision for growing revenue, only cutting costs,” charged Andrew Pantazi, a reporter at the Florida Times-Union, a GateHouse paper in Jacksonville, Florida, and the head of a union chapter there. “Eventually they’ll run out of costs to cut.”Many in the newsrooms and the communities that depend on those newspapers are mourning the changes wrought by previous GateHouse cuts and bracing for more. Others, noting that both readers and advertisers have been deserting newspapers for more than a decade, argue that being part of a larger chain is the only route to survival for smaller papers often still struggling to migrate their publications online.Over the past decade, GateHouse has closed five daily newspapers and closed or merged dozens of weeklies, according to “The Expanding News Desert ,” a University of North Carolina study on the state of the local news coverage.GateHouse, whose leadership includes current and former Associated Press board members, is trying to reassure employees and investors. It says that bringing together the two companies will lead to about $300 million in annual cost cuts, and promises multiple sources of digital revenue to sustain the combined company and continue its commitment to quality journalism.Some argue that such consolidation is key to saving local journalism, which also competes for people’s attention with TV and Facebook. “They’re ultimately giving support to hundreds of individual publications that wouldn’t have a chance of standing on their own,” said David Chavern, CEO of the news publisher trade group News Media Alliance.But first, GateHouse has to pay down debt, including $1.8 billion borrowed from private equity firm Apollo at a high interest rate to get the Gannett deal done. It has also promised to continue a shareholder dividend and said it expects that to rise.GateHouse has lagged competitors in adapting to a post-print world. Digital business accounts for just 12% of its revenue, compared to 36% for Gannett. Such digital revenue includes online subscriptions and ads on newspaper websites as well as income from separate businesses such as online marketing and productivity tools for small companies.While the company says it will invest in digital, such investments will probably be in the new lines of business, not necessarily in its newsrooms, said Reed Phillips, managing partner at investment bank Oaklins DeSilva + Phillips.“The trendline for newspapers is continuing erosion of revenues,” he said, which will probably lead to additional newsroom cuts.Newsroom staffing at U.S. newspapers has fallen 47% to 38,000 people in 2018 from 72,000 in 2004, according to Pew Research . Circulation has plummeted in tandem. Pew estimates weekday circulation fell almost 48% over the same period to 28.6 million.While a few national publications like the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have successful online operations, the situation is very different at smaller local papers across the country.After GateHouse buys a newspaper, cost cuts typically follow. Functions like page design and copy editing are shifted to remote hubs that handle the work for several newspapers. (Other newspaper chains also have hubs for editing and page design.) Critics say media companies backed by financial firms, like GateHouse, are especially aggressive about closing or selling off newspapers in decline.The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, which has been publishing in Massachusetts’ second-largest city since 1866, has been through four owners in the past decade, including GateHouse, which purchased it in early 2015.Overall, the newsroom has shrunk to 25 reporters, copy editors and photographers from 47 during its four years under GateHouse, said Rick Eggleston, a copy editor and head of the local union. “The mantra at GateHouse is doing more with less.”Having fewer reporters from outside Boston asking questions of state officials “hurts the rest of the state,” said Tim Murray, president of the Worcester chamber of commerce and a former lieutenant governor of the state. “It’s hard to hold people accountable.”Despite the cost-cutting, GateHouse newspapers are striving to engage readers who increasingly get news on their phones. The Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio were cited among “10 Newspapers That Do It Right ” by the media trade publication Editor & Publisher, which cited innovative digital projects that have boosted readership.The Cape Cod paper, for example, launched a program that invited readers to submit suggestions for investigative stories. Similarly, The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina started a new feature that invites readers to answer a topical question it posts each Sunday.But the Observer, acquired by GateHouse in 2016, has struggled. Buyouts followed the acquisition, and this week GateHouse eliminated the job of the newspaper’s publisher, assigning that responsibility to an executive who already oversees four other North Carolina papers.The Cape Cod newspaper, meanwhile, laid off courthouse reporter Wheeler Cowperthwaite last week. Cowperthwaite said GateHouse offered him just $400 in severance – which, had he accepted, would have barred him from applying for work at GateHouse newspapers for two years.He turned it down.Tali Arbel And Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press read more

A four-legged invader smashed its way into a Port Dover home on Monday afternoon.Norfolk OPP officers responded to Clifford Street shortly after 2 p.m. after receiving a report of a window smashed at the side of the house.The culprit proved to be a female deer that had barricaded itself in a back bedroom, said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.Police contacted Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge in Jarvis to assist in rescuing the animal.Once it was out of the house, the deer took off towards a nearby ravine.“We are in no way animal specialists,” Sanchuk said, praising the volunteers from Hobbitstee. “People like that help us to a successful end.” read more

first_imgTHE BRIAN O’DRISCOLL ‘One More Year’ campaign team have the summer to regroup at HQ and work on a strategy to get the inspirational talisman to stick around for the 2015 World Cup.The temptation, following an initial period of glee, when O’Driscoll announced his contract extension, was to consult a 2014 calendar. The World Cup takes place in Britain from September 2015. What’s another 15 months between a legend and his fans?Jamie Heaslip, who will captain Leinster against Stade Francais in Friday’s Challenge Cup Final, declared O’Driscoll, for club and country, was a great guy to have around.Heaslip expanded, “He’s fantastic for bringing younger players through, giving them his time and setting a tremendous example in training and how he approaches the game. It’s fantastic to have him around for another year. He just adds another dimension to our game  and has a wealth of experience as well.”“You never know,” Heaslip said, “he might go another year after this.” Joe Schmidt and Jamie Heaslip at today’s press briefing. (©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)O’Driscoll commented, last week, that he would dearly wish to leave the sport ‘on my own terms’ and, while a Six Nations championship title or Grand Slam win would be memorable, a fifth World Cup campaign would be within touching distance. Should O’Driscoll, who would be 36 at the World Cup, signed a two-year deal to halt further speculation?“You can just go ahead and suggest that to him,” Schmidt told, “that would be just fine. That would see him, just about, through to the next World Cup; that might be handy.I’ve no doubt that this time next year, we may be saying the same thing. I guess he’ll have to try and convince [wife] Amy and little Sadie [daughter] of that because I think, inevitably, that always puts a slightly different equilibrium into people’s lives.”Schmidt added, “In the short term, I’m delighted he’s here for one. I’ll take that at this stage. Hopefully that one goes really well for him.”Brian O’Driscoll signs on for 1 more year with Leinster and IrelandA personal decision, but O’Driscoll playing on is great for Irish rugbylast_img read more

first_imgUpdated 9.44pmIMPACT WORKERS AT five hospitals in the Limerick group have balloted in favour of industrial action action.It is understood these are admin and not frontline staff.However, in a statement this evening, an assistant general secretary at the union said that it is not “envisaged” that it will affect services in anyway.“This industrial action is designed to highlight the opposition of hospital staff to the excessive and unwarranted salary payments to a senior manager through a management consultancy,” Andy Pike said.He claimed that the hospital needs extra administration staff to handle increased demands and that the money spent on just one management consultant could be used to hire “at least” five clerical staff.He believes that some senior managers are being paid “at least twice the correct rate for the job”.The hospitals involved are:University Hospital LimerickLimerick Maternity HospitalCroom Orthopedic HospitalNenagh General HospitalEnnis General HospitalImpact have written to John McGuinness, chairmen of the Dáil’s spending watchdog, to set out its concerns about governance and salaries at the hospital group.The Public Accounts Committee last week asked HSE bosses to investigation the €250,000 salary of one senior manager.Read: Limerick Hospital emergency department “not fit for purpose” >last_img read more

first_imgMotiur Rahman, Nurul Islam, Yafes Osman and Mustafa JabbarPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has directed four technocrat ministers to step down after the election commission announces the schedule for the 11th parliamentary election. The directive was handed down on Tuesday during a cabinet meeting, said a minister. The prime minister gave the order in light of a Supreme Court verdict. She, however, did not ask other ministers to resign from the cabinet before the polls.Currently, there are four technocrat (unelected) ministers in the cabinet. They are expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam, religious affairs minister Motiur Rahman, ICT minister Mustafa Jabbar, and state minister for science and technology Yafes Osman.According to the EC, the election schedule may be announced on 8 November.Chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said there is no likelihood of deferring the election schedule. However, he added, the voting date may be shifted, should all political parties agree.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India celebrated the International Museum Day on May 18, 2019, at NGMA, New Delhi. This year, the focus was on the new roles of the museum as active members of their communities.Adwita Charan Garanyank, Director General, NGMA along with the eminent artist, Arpana Caur and Harshvardhan Sharma also conducted a discussion on the topic ‘Museums as Cultural Hub, the future of traditions’ at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. Each year for International Museum Day, ICOM selects a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society. The theme for this year is ‘Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition’. As the role of museums in society is changing, they keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish a dialogue between cultures, to build bridges to connect with the world. The National Gallery of Modern Art as a cultural hub is finding new ways to honour its collections, it’s legacy, creating traditions that will have involve the youth. Its mission is to involve and create a cultural relationship with the various communities and to constantly contribute in this direction. National Gallery of Modern Art with all the vibrant programmes and activities, which it organises is a cultural hub in its community, and plans to further project the same role throughout.last_img read more