Genre Insights: 5 Things You Need to Make an Action Movie

first_img5. A Final ShowdownImage from Lone Wolf McQuade (via Orion Pictures).Finally, at the end of every action movie, you need a final showdown between your villain and your hero. In many tournament-style martial arts movies — like Bloodsport or The Karate Kid — these showdowns will line up pretty naturally. However, in other plots, you’ll have to find ways for your hero and villain to find themselves facing off mano-a-mano.These final acts are usually some of the biggest, most complex spectacles in action movies — often shot on some of the most elaborate sets. From the industrial sets of Terminator and Terminator 2 to Chuck Norris and David Carradine squaring off with different martial arts expertise in Lone Wolf McQuade, the final showdown can be a long, engaging sequences, with the most drama and intrigue.And, unless you’re looking to make a multi-movie plot with a twist, or an art film that turns the genre on its head, like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, you’ll probably want to have your hero triumph and ride off into the sunset — at least until you start working on your sequel.Cover image from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (via Sony Pictures).For more genre tips and filmmaking insights, check out some of these articles below:Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Free Action Compositing ElementsLearn to Edit Fight Scenes in This Atomic Blonde BreakdownProduction Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and PacingLight up Your Action Scenes with These Explosive Shoot-Out TipsCapture Intense Cinematic Action With High Shutter Speed 6 Tips for Filming a Thrilling Car Chase SceneCinematography Tip: Creating the Illusion of Speed$30 DIY Car Mount | Filmmaking Tips If you’re looking to dive into the ultimate film genre, here are five things you need when making an action short or feature.I love action movies. In fact, I’ve dedicated a good deal of my life to watching, appreciating, and writing about action movies — specifically those from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Outside of writing here for PremiumBeat, I also run a fan community dedicated to action movies called the Ultimate Action Movie Club.As a filmmaker, my fascination for action has piqued in the last few years, as the classic action movie formula has made a resurgence. Not counting the recent superhero boom (which I did finally dive into and write about here), we’ve seen some recent action blockbusters among the likes of John Wick, The Raid, and Taken — as well as the resurgence of franchises like Mad Max, Death Wish, and Mission: Impossible.The action movie genre has proven to be both a reliable box office draw and a solid streaming option, with titles that remain popular for years and often quickly spawn into major blockbuster franchises.1. Strong HeroImage from John Wick (via Lionsgate).First and foremost, action movies live and die (literally) with their heroes. While there are some examples of ensemble casts (like The Expendables) or buddy-cop duos (like Lethal Weapon), at their hearts, every action movie needs a singular, strong, courageous hero.While the action movie hero can certainly have character flaws — a disdain for protocol or a filthy chain-smoking habit — the likability of the hero is often what ultimately decides the success of the film. That’s why action movies are such star-driven titles. The actors or actresses take on larger-than-life personas, making fans want to see them again and again.2. Revenge PlotImage from Death Wish (via Paramount Pictures).More often than not, an action movie’s plot is going to be solely fueled by some sort of revenge or vengeance (or Avengement?) that will power the narrative from start to bloody finish. Perhaps the most on-the-nose example of this would be the original John Wick film (as well as the subsequent sequels), which are based off one single event that propels Keanu Reeves’s John Wick into action.The tropes are all pretty similar — a kidnapped daughter in Taken, an attacked family in Death Wish, a platoon systematically wiped out in Predator — all vehicles in casting your hero unhinged into the world of revenge.3. Training MontageThis is not an absolute requirement in every action movie. There are many action movie heroes who are simply all-powerful (like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator or Steven Seagal in any of his movies) who don’t need to level up for their final showdowns (more on those below). Training montages don’t always have to be workout related. There are many montages for gearing up, like in Commando and Rambo: First Blood Part II, that accomplish the same thing.However, from Jean-Claude Van Damme in many of his movies to Sylvester Stallone (most notably in Rocky IV), a training montage can be a fun, engaging way to show your hero striving toward the completion of the hero’s journey.Here’s a great article about the evolution of the action movie montage, as well as some more filmmaking insights, which one can learn from the Rocky movies.4. Chases and Fight ScenesImage from Bullitt (via Warner Bros).Obviously, the premise of an action film includes several action scenes and sequences. You can usually break these down into chase scenes and fight scenes. Chase scenes can be shot in a variety of settings, on different vehicles, or on foot. From the car chase roots in Bullitt to famous foot chases in Point Break to blockbuster motorcycle and 18-wheeler chases in Terminator 2, the scenes can vary in size and scope.For some insights into chase scene cinematography and production tips, check out some of these articles: Fight scenes can be just as exciting — as well as extremely complex and coordinated. They can also be very tricky to film. So, in all instances, safety is your number one priority. In fact, many stunt professionals have made the jump from performers and coordinators to directors (like John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch — who are reportedly working on a Bloodsport reboot), based on their expertise in choreography and filming dynamic, impactful scenes. For insights into how to choreograph and film fight scenes, check out some of these resources:Filmmaking Tips: The Ins and Outs of Fight Scene ChoreographyDirecting Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong Way6 Tutorials for Filming Realistic Fight Sceneslast_img read more

Tarun Tejpal’s plea to quash proceedings adjourned

first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s plea to quash proceedings against him in the trial court, to December 12. The interim stay on the commencement of trial will continue.The hearing on Wednesday was adjourned at the request of Mr. Tejpal on the ground that the mother of his lawyer, Aman Lekhi passed away.Earlier, the High Court had refused to stay the process of framing of charges against Mr. Tejpal at a lower court in Mapusa in North Goa, but, simultaneously, directed that the trial could begin only after its consent.The former editor has been accused of raping a former junior female colleague during an event in Goa in 2013. Mr. Tejpal faces charges under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code had been endorsed by the court, while an additional Section 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) had been added.last_img read more

Pocari Sweat, BaliPure start title duel

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Opening ceremony day pits super squads Petron, Cignal MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “She’s going to be a huge help for us,” said Pablo on Filipino. “She’s so powerful and jumps very high. I don’t stand a chance against her [when it comes to hitting].”And it is going to be a big challenge for BaliPure to contain Pocari’s firepower.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPocari ousted the Power Smashers in the same three-set fashion Thursday without Rivers in tow.The 6-foot-1 former University of Alabama standout will replace the injured Edina Selimovic. She arrived in the country last week but had to ride the bench until her International Transfer Certificate arrived Thursday night. FILE PHOTO – Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat’s other import, American Krystal Rivers, finally got the green light to play in their clash with BaliPure Saturday in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference finals at Philsports Arena.That’s good news for the Lady Warriors—especially when you ask Pocari’s top bomber Myla Pablo.ADVERTISEMENT Now she will reinforce Pablo, fellow import Michelle Strizak and role players Cai Nepomuceno, Desiree Dadang, Gyzelle Sy and Melissa Gohing for Pocari, which is eyeing its third straight conference title.BaliPure, which made the finals for the first time in two years, will rely on imports Jennifer Keddy, Jaroensri Bualee, hitter Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

St. Clare stays unbeaten, survives Batangas-EAC

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “I just remind my players in practice to always give their best and all the hard work will show,” said St. Clare coach Jinino Manansala in Filipino.St. Clare tied University of Santo Tomas at the helm of the Aspirants Group standings but not after surviving a spirited rally by the Generals, who came back from 19 points down.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, logisticsFortunately for the Saints, Hallare came to the rescue, scoring four straight points to give his team an 80-71 cushion with 45.3 ticks to go.Irvin Palencia and Joshua Fontanilla added 14 points each for St. Clare. Marvin Taywan paced EAC, which slipped to 1-3, with 18 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESSt. Clare College-Virtual Reality kept its record clean after fending off Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-73, in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.Junjie Hallare posted a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds to power the Saints, who upped their mark to 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Rival fans cheer as brilliant Lionel Messi scores 3 for Barcelona Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Elina Svitolina lifts Brisbane International title

first_imgElina Svitolina warmed up for the Australia Open in style by winning the Brisbane International on Saturday.The world No.6 Svitolina eased past qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-1 in the final.Svitolina fired 10 aces and never faced a break point on the way to a 10th career tour title.She raced to a 3-0 lead before 23-year-old Belarusian Sasnovich found her range with some lethal backhands and briefly threatened to make it a contest.Svitolina, however, unleashed a series of powerful groundstrokes to break again and clinch the first set, before running away with the second to claim the title in just over an hour.”It was a tough, tough offseason,” third seed Svitolina, also 23, said on court after the match. “To start with a trophy is always very, very special.”World number 88 Sasnovich, bidding to become the first qualifier to win the title in Brisbane, ran out of gas in her eighth match of the week and only her third career encounter against a top 10 player.She had stunned sixth seed Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round and defeated last year’s runner-up Alize Cornet in the quarter-finals before battling past Anastasija Sevastova in the last four.”Sorry for my play today,” Sasnovich told the Brisbane crowd. “It was an incredible week for Elina – she was better than me and deserved to win. It was a good week for me.”Svitolina, having landed her first silverware of the season, heads to the Australian Open with her eyes fixed firmly on a maiden Grand Slam trophy. The tournament begins on January 15 at Melbourne Park.advertisement(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

California Chrome Nasal Strip OK’d

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — California Chrome beat out an idiosyncratic horse racing rule — by a nose.An only-in-New York equipment ban appeared ready to put a kink in the colt’s U.S. Triple Crown try at the Belmont Stakes.But the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner was cleared to wear the nasal strip he has worn all through a six-race winning streak that has set him up for a chance at U.S. horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown.New York racetracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on their list.A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state’s Gaming Commission on May 19 said the track’s three stewards unanimously agreed to lift the ban.The strip worn by California Chrome is thought to assist airflow through the nostrils — something that should come in handy on June 7 for Belmont’s grueling run.“It opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half,” trainer Art Sherman said. “Any time you can have a good air passage that means a lot for these thoroughbreds.”Sherman raised the possibility his horse wouldn’t run in the Belmont if barred from using a nasal strip. Two years ago, Doug O’Neill trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with the colt wearing a nasal strip.New York officials told O’Neill his horse couldn’t wear one in the Belmont. The issue became moot when I’ll Have Another was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury.There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, and the sport’s popularity has waned in the nearly four decades since. But it gets a boost every time a horse heads to the Big Apple with a Triple Crown on the line.(RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

All-American Cornerback Announces His College Decision

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)One of the top defensive back recruits in the country has announced his college decision.Trent McDuffie, a four-star cornerback out of California, announced his commitment to Washington this evening.The four-star prospect is ranked the No. 15 CB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.McDuffie chose Washington over Stanford and USC, among other programs.Safe to say @UW_Football is getting themselves a bruiser in @trent_mcduffie ??@UWAthletics | @BoscoFootball pic.twitter.com/iYUkFSUHex— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) December 13, 2018McDuffie is ranked the No. 128 overall prospect in the class.Washington’s 2019 class is ranked No. 15 in the country by 247Sports.last_img read more

New Parenting Resource Available in French

first_imgA series of education booklets, called Loving Care, are now available in both English and French from Nova Scotia’s public health services. Loving Care will help moms and dads navigate their way through the joys and challenges of raising healthy and happy children. “I am very pleased that these booklets are now available in French,” said Minister of Acadian Affairs Chris d’Entremont, today, Dec. 9. “This government has been working hard to better meet the needs of our Acadian and francophone community. We are providing more services, resources and materials in French than ever before. These booklets will be a helpful addition to the range of material already available to parents in their language of choice.” All parents, including those who are Acadian or francophone, will benefit from the booklets featuring Nova Scotia families. The booklets help parents better recognize and build on their parenting strengths, with a focus on parent and child interaction, and growth and development. The booklets also complement public health programs and services already provided to support families, including home visits and pre-natal education. “Children should have the best possible start in life,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Loving Care is one of many things we’re doing to strengthen support for our children, youth and families. The early years are the most important and we want parents to have the health information they need in an easy-to-understand format.” Loving Care: Birth to Six Months, is the first of the series and provides need-to-know information in a way to help parents best respond to their baby’s behaviour. The second booklet, Loving Care: Parents and Families, focuses on the health of parents and families and includes information to help parents identify and address their own health needs. Acadian and francophone parents of children from birth to age three will start to receive the booklets this month. Plans are also in the works for two more booklets covering ages six to 12 months and one to three years. “The booklet told me everything I wanted to know about taking care of my baby,” said parent Renée Evans. “When I had my first baby, I was given a lot of reading material, but I had trouble finding what I was looking for. When I had my second baby, I got the Loving Care booklet and it was much easier to find the information I needed.” The booklets received extensive input from Nova Scotian families through focus testing by moms and dads, including Acadians and francophones, anglophones, African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal Peoples and newcomers to Canada. The booklets are available from public health offices and on the Department of Health Promotion and Protection website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp .last_img read more

Ontario government has no idea how many First Nations kids it puts

first_img(Pictured above: Kanina Sue Turtle, Courtney Scott and Amy Owen, all died in Ontario group homes in the last six months.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsFor all the years that the province of Ontario has been taking Indigenous kids from their families and putting them in group homes, many times hundreds of kilometres from home, it hasn’t kept track of how many it was taking.The province can’t say today how many are in care.Ontario’s youth and child advocate knows this because he asked the government last week.“I asked the ministry, give me a number. Is it five? Is it 300? How many children are thousands of kilometres from home, away from their communities, away from their culture, their way of life? How many children are in that situation in Ontario? They government said ‘we don’t know. We don’t track them,’” Irwin Elman told APTN National News Tuesday.“I think that is unconscionable.”Elman asked the Ministry and Child and Youth Services the question after news that a 16-year-old First Nations girl, from Fort Albany First Nation, died in a group home fire last month in Ottawa. It turns out two other First Nations girls also died in group homes dating back to late October last year, bringing the total to three little girls in under six months.But it’s a question he’s been asking for years.APTN also asked the ministry in November if they tracked the number of Indigenous kids in care.“The ministry does not currently track identity-based data of youth in group homes,” said a spokesperson then. “However, the ministry will be requiring children’s aid societies and Indigenous child well-being societies (Societies) to collect identity-based data, including data on race and ethnicity, about children, youth and families receiving their services in the near future.”Nearly five months later the ministry is still not keeping track, despite the province currently developing a “blueprint” on improving the quality of care in group homes.“How can that possibly happen without knowing where your starting point is?” said Elman.Elman said when he asks for the numbers the ministry tells him to contact the 47 Children’s Aid Societies. But the buck stops with the ministry he said.“They are the parent,” said Elman. “Which is why I always go back to the government. It is their responsibility. They are in charge of the system. They are in charge the agencies.”He’s calling on the government to take immediate action, as kids have described these group homes as “storage” or, worse, “my last stop before jail or death.”That’s what happened to Courtney Scott, 16, of Fort Albany First Nation.To Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, of Poplar Hill First Nation.To Amy Owen, 13, also of Poplar Hill First Nation.Barbara Suggashie said her daughter Kanina died of suspected suicide Oct. 29, 2016 in Sioux Lookout, Ont.Jeffrey Owen said his daughter Amy Owen died of suspected suicide April 17. She was transferred from a group home in Prescott, Ont. in January to a different group home in Ottawa.Scott died after a fire in her group home April 21 in Ottawa.“The first time I heard my daughter had passed away,” said Suggashie breaking down in tears. “I didn’t believe it.”She was told Kanina died from suicide but she doesn’t believe it and keeps demanding answers to this day.“She wasn’t like that when she was here. When she was at home,” said Suggashie. “She wasn’t cutting herself like that.”Owen said his daughter wasn’t suicidal before being put in a group home.“All I know is she was on suicide watch,” he said. “How could she have done this if she was under supervision?”He said Amy wasn’t allowed to make calls home but would do so anyways.The last time he talked to her was a few weeks before she died.“She said she wanted to come home. She hates it so much there. She started crying over the phone. I started crying with her and said ‘my girl, don’t worry. Pretty soon you’ll be home with us. Just try to be strong,’” he said. “I told her ‘we love you so much.’”Suggashie also told her daughter the last time they spoke she would be home soon.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Legal pot costs 970 per gram versus 651 on illicit market StatCan

first_imgOTTAWA — Statistics Canada says that the average price of a legal gram of recreational pot last year was $9.70, nearly 50 per cent higher than the illicit market price of $6.51.The agency says it received 385 price quotes deemed plausible using the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application between Oct. 17, when adult-use pot became legal in Canada, and Dec. 31.It added that roughly half of the respondents told the agency they bought recreational pot from a legal supplier.Statistics Canada also says the average amount of non-medical cannabis purchased from an illegal supplier was more than double the quantity bought from legal channels, such as government-run stores or websites.Respondents told the agency since Oct. 17 they purchased an average of 17.2 grams from illegal suppliers, compared with 8.3 grams from legal retail outlets or online for mail delivery.However, availability of legal cannabis amid widespread product shortages across Canada since legalization day may be a contributing factor.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

German brewers to print calorie content on beer bottles

first_imgBERLIN — Two German brewers associations are recommending that their members start printing the number of calories contained in their beers and shandies on the label.The German Brewers Association and the Association of Private Breweries in Germany said Friday it hopes other industries, such as vintners and distillers, will follow suit.The voluntary measure follows pressure from the European Commission to improve food industry transparency and help health-conscious consumers make informed decisions.The average calorie content of a pilsner-style beer is about 40 calories per 100 millilitres, or about 200 kcal in a standard half-litre bottle.The Associated Presslast_img

MCC violations by PM Modi Shah SC seeks EC response

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday sought the response of the Election Commission on a plea by a Congress MP alleging Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the poll panel was free to pass orders on the complaint of Sushmita Dev, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam and President of ‘All India Mahila Congress’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, fixed Dev’s plea for hearing on Thursday. Dev has alleged that “inaction” by EC on complaints against top BJP leaders was “a sign of invidious discrimination” as also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of the electoral process. In a related development, the Election Commission Tuesday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his April 1st speech in Wardha. While referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to also contest from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency, PM Modi had said the party was taking “refuge in areas where the majority is in minority”. See insidelast_img read more

Mnuchin says Powell and Trump had productive meeting

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that President Donald Trump had a “quite productive” dinner with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. He says they discussed a wide range of subjects, from the state of the economy to the Super Bowl and Tiger Woods’ golf game.Talking to reporters at the White House, Mnuchin says that Trump was very engaged during the casual dinner Monday night. It took place in the White House residence and marked the first time Powell and Trump have met since Powell took office as Fed chairman a year ago.Mnuchin says that Powell’s comments were consistent with what he has been saying publicly about the economy. The Fed says in a statement that Powell did not discuss the future course of interest rates.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency

The globally averaged temperature in 2016 was about 1.1 degree Celsius higher than the pre-industrial period, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), continuing the trend in which 16 of the 17 hottest years on record will have been during this century (1998 is the outlier).“2016 was an extreme year for the global climate and stands out as the hottest year on record,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, stressing that “temperatures only tell part of the story.”In a news release, he emphasises that “long-term indicators of human-caused climate change reached new heights in 2016, as carbon dioxide and methane concentrations surged to new records,” adding that carbon dioxide, as well as methane concentrations contribute to climate change.Carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for thousands of years, trapping heat and causing the earth to warm further. The lifespan of carbon dioxide in the oceans is even longer. It is also the single most important greenhouse gas emitted by human activities. According to the WMO, carbon dioxide is responsible for 85 per cent of the warming effect on the Earth’s climate over the past decade.Rising sea levels as Greenland glacier meltsRising temperatures and concentrations of major greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are not the only record-breaking indicators of climate change, also Arctic sea ice remains at very low levels.“We have also broken sea ice minimum records in the Arctic and Antarctic,” Mr. Taalas noted. “Greenland glacier melt – one of the contributors to sea level rise – started early and fast. Arctic sea ice was the lowest on record both at the start of the melt season in March and at the height of the normal refreezing period in October and November,” he explained.Based on WMO consolidated analyses Mr. Taalas also concludes that the “Arctic is warming twice as fast the global average,” and adds “the persistent loss of sea ice is driving weather, climate and ocean circulation patterns in other parts of the world.”Extreme weather causing huge socio-economic disruption and lossesThroughout 2016, there were many extreme weather events which caused huge socio-economic disruption and losses.“The one degree change means that the amount of disasters related to weather and hydrology have been increasing,” said Mr Taalas recently in an interview with UN News, adding that “it will have a negative impact on the economies of the countries, and it will also impact the lives and wellbeing of all humans.”WMO has linked weather-related events to conclusions by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which recently reported 19.2 million new displacements due to weather, water, climate and geophysical hazards in 113 countries in 2015. That number is more than twice the number of people displaced due to human-related conflict and violence.Record ocean heat contributed to widespread coral reef bleaching, including in the Great Barrier Reef, which has seen up to 50 per cent of its coral die in certain parts. read more

Brock Film Series screens The Square

The Brock University Film Series continues this week with The Square, which won the top prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and is nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.The Square, from Swedish director Ruben Östlund is a no-holds-barred send-up of the contemporary art world. The film is both sprawling and ambitious, and pointed and piquant, and it takes aim on the nexus of sex, money and overblown, self-consciously provocative aesthetics that fuels the global art market.As David Sims commented in The Atlantic, The Square is a “darkly amusing” comedy, but one that is also “bracingly honest in its absurdity,” and all the more remarkable because of it. The film stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Dominic West (The Wire).For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted Brock’s film series to bring some of the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. Films, all selected from the TIFF circuit, screen most Wednesdays until April 4 at the Pen Centre’s Landmark Cinemas.Tickets for each screening are $10 for adults and $5 for Brock students and can be purchased in the lobby of Landmark Cinemas each Wednesday night. Season tickets are also available. For more information and a full lineup, see the BUFS website. read more

Cheeze Pleaze employee charged with stealing from company

A Cheeze Pleaze employee found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday charged with stealing a quantity of cleaning supplies and cheese from the restaurant.Nineteen-year-old, John McKenzie of Leopold Street, Georgetown denied the allegation put to him by Senior Magistrate, Fabayo Azore.It is being alleged that he stole a gallon of jeyes fluid and four bottles of Fabuloso along with a pack of sliced cheese, three cans of fish spray and other items from the restaurant with a total value of $12,543.The teenager was granted bail in the sum of $15,000 and was referred to Court 11 where he was ordered to next return to Court on August 16. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of stealing from employer remandedSeptember 14, 2018In “Court”Real Estate agent charged for threatening to slit employee’s throatAugust 15, 2013In “Crime”Man given two weeks suspended sentence for stealing chocolatesApril 29, 2015In “Crime” read more

ABB successfully commissions worlds largest ringgeared mill drives at Detour Lake

first_imgABB ring-geared mill drives are to provide process and energy efficiency at Canadian gold mine. ABB has successfully commissioned four low-speed dual pinion drive systems at the Detour Lake gold mine in Ontario. These systems include the largest low-speed dual pinion mill drives in the world. The low-speed concept operates without a gearbox, with motors driving the pinions directly, thus increasing overall system efficiency. ABB says its “state-of-the-art dual pinion mill drive systems are the most operation and mechanically-friendly solutions available on the market today. “Features include variable-speed operation, real time frozen charge protection, the frozen charge remover function, controlled roll-back, and positioning without additional drive. These features and drive characteristics enable smooth mill operation, reduce maintenance requirement, increase energy efficiency and availability of the complete production line.”The pre-commissioning phase started in fall 2012 with consecutive commissioning of grinding line 1 and 2 completed in 2013. The first line has been in operation since January, the second since February 2013 and commercial production was reached by mid-August 2013.ABB’s scope of supply included four dual pinion low-speed mill drive systems for two SAG and two ball mills, each consisting of two synchronous motors, converter transformers and ACS6000 frequency converters including active rectifier units that allow the mill drives to achieve a power factor of 0.90 leading. ABB also delivered the programmable logic controller (PLC) to control the drives and mill auxiliaries. Each mill drive has a rated power of 15 MW.The drive systems order was awarded in May 2010 followed by first equipment deliveries in October 2011.The Detour Lake mine, 100% owned by Detour Gold Corp lies some 8 km west of the Ontario-Quebec border and 180 km northeast of Cochrane.  The Detour Lake open-pit mine has Proven and Probable reserves of 15.6 Moz and will be among the largest gold operations in North America.last_img read more

The 11 main points of Scotlands blueprint for independence

first_img(Image: Dan Kitwood/PA)Scotland would keep Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch as part of a new, written constitution.WELFARE(Image: Andrew Milligan/PA)There would be 30 hours of free childcare a week for every three- and four-year-old. Scotland would scrap Britain’s controversial “bedroom tax” – a cut in welfare payments to public housing tenants who are deemed to have a spare bedroom – which was introduced in April.CULTURE(Image: PA Archive)A new Scottish Broadcasting Service would replace the BBC as national broadcaster.Citizens would also be automatically entitled to a Scottish passport, while there would be no controls on the English border as Scotland would remain within the existing British Isles common travel area.OppositionSome 38 percent of people are currently favour independence, according to a Panelbase survey for the Sunday Times newspaper, while 47 would vote against.The leader of the “no” campaign, former British finance minister Alistair Darling, said the white paper contained nothing new and it was “complete fantasy to believe that you can leave the UK but keep all the benefits”.“No one is going to tell me that all the good things will stay north of the border and all the bad things will go to the south,” he told BBC radio.The Better Together campaign posted these ten reasons why the country would be better off if it remained within the United Kingdom:View larger version of this imageBritain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government with the Liberal Democrats is pushing hard for a “no” vote, as is the opposition Labour Party.Cameron’s spokesman said the white paper “doesn’t really answer the big questions around the currency, fiscal sustainability and Europe, just to take three very important major issues.”- © AFP 2013 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Poll: Should Scotland vote for independence?Read: Independent Scotland would ‘cut corporation tax, keep sterling, stay in EU and scrap the BBC’>Read: Salmond announces ‘clear’ question for referendum on Scottish independence AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND would keep the pound and the British monarchy but establish its own defence force, First Minister Alex Salmond said today as he unveiled detailed proposals ahead of next year’s referendum.Launching his regional government’s long-awaited blueprint for leaving the United Kingdom, the nationalist leader said he could build a “wealthier and fairer nation” if Scots vote on 18 September to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England.“We’d become independent in more promising circumstances than virtually any other nation in history,” Salmond told a news conference at the Glasgow Science Centre.“Ultimately at the heart of this debate there is only one question and one choice.“Do we, the people who live and work in Scotland, believe that we are the best people to take decisions about Scotland’s future?”Scotland’s FutureThe prospectus, “Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland“, tackles 650 questions on the practicalities of going it alone.The so-called “white paper” also sets out policies that Salmond’s Scottish National Party (SNP) would introduce post-independence, in areas such as corporate taxation, pensions, childcare, education, defence and welfare.Here are the main points:ECONOMY(Image: Lewis Stickley/PA)Scotland would continue using the pound as its currency, but London has said this would not necessarily be possible.It would claim a large share of the revenues from North Sea oil and gas reserves, with 90 percent lying in Scottish waters.The Bank of England would remain as Scotland’s central bank and lender of last resort. Scotland would take on a share of British debt.Corporation tax would be cut by three percent and air passenger duty by 50 percent. There would be no rise in the basic rate of tax. Minimum wage would rise in line with inflation.DEFENCE AND FOREIGN POLICY(Image: David Cheskin/PA)An independent Scotland would no longer host Britain’s Trident submarine-based nuclear weapons, the white paper says – a highly contentious issue. The weapons would be removed in the first parliament.Scotland would have its own defence force as well as new intelligence and security agencies.It would remain a member of the European Union and NATO, and open up to 90 embassies and consulates worldwide.MONARCHYlast_img read more

3DS XL caught on video looks great

first_imgWith a little under two months until the 3DS XL sees a launch in the US, and a month until it arrives in Japan and across Europe, Nintendo has to have final units ready to start distributing. Lucky for us French gaming site Puissance Nintendo got some hands-on time with the new handheld and managed to capture video of it playing Mario Kart 7.The feedback about the revised hardware seems to be very positive for the most part. Even though the unit has increased in size significantly to cater for the 90% bigger displays, the weight ends up being around about the same as the original 3DS. Weight distribution is also even and the rounded corners make for a comfortable grip, meaning the XL is going to be nice to hold for extended periods of time.One of the biggest concerns when screen size is increased, but game resolution remains the same, is how good the games will look. Apparently Nintendo has managed to improve upon the 3D effect and also made 2D graphics look better than they did on 3DS. Puissance believe this is due to some sort of anti-aliasing light filter being added to the screen, but it could just as easily be Nintendo using higher quality displays that hide any detail loss. And as the video clearly demonstrates, viewing angles are great.Another question that has arisen since the announcement is what the casing is like. It seems Nintendo has gone for a “plastic imitating metal” effect, meaning it isn’t shiny plastic and won’t be a magnet for fingerprints.So unless you need a smaller piece of hardware in your bag, it looks as though the 3DS XL might be the version to get. I for one will be picking one up come release as I definitely enjoyed playing games on my DSi XL more than the smaller, original hardware.Read more at Puissance Nintendo (translated), via Kotakulast_img read more

Iraqi prime minister declares total victory in Mosul

first_imgMOSUL, Iraq — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Monday evening over the Islamic State in Mosul after nearly nine months of grueling combat to drive the militants out of Iraq’s second-largest city.”We announce the total victory for Iraq and all Iraqis,” al-Abadi said, speaking from a small base in western Mosul on the edge of the Old City, where the last pockets of resistance had been holding out.“This great feast day crowned the victories of the fighters and the Iraqis for the past three years,” he said.Hours earlier, airstrikes pounded the last IS-held territory on the western edge of the Tigris River. In recent days, Iraqi troops, closely backed by airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition, confined the remaining few hundred extremists in an area measuring less than a square kilometer (less than a mile).Shortly after al-Abadi’s speech, the coalition congratulated him on the victory against “a brutal and evil enemy,” according to a statement.“While there are still areas of the Old City of Mosul that must be back-cleared of explosive devices and possible ISIS fighters in hiding, the ISF have Mosul now firmly under their control,” the statement added.Al-Abadi was in Mosul on Sunday, congratulating Iraqi soldiers on recent gains but stopping short of declaring an outright victory.The battle for Mosul was Iraq’s longest and most punishing conventional fight against IS in the more than three-year war against the extremists.Launched in October, the massive operation comprised more than 70,000 Iraqi troops drawn from the country’s army, special forces, police, tribal fighters and mostly Shiite paramilitary forces.last_img read more