A’s add Parker Bridwell to starting rotation mix

first_imgThe A’s list of candidates for their 2019 starting rotation just added a new member.In need of arms with just a few weeks before spring training, the A’s claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday. Much like they did with Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson last year, the A’s are taking a flyer on a pitcher coming off a poor season with hopes of capturing some value with a bounce-back year. In Bridwell’s case, his 2018 was one to forget as he posted a …last_img read more

Hook Your Audience With the First Shot

first_imgFinding a new, unseen way to kick off your movie or project should be the goal every time. What are some of your favorite opening shots in movies or TV shows? Let us know in the comments below Your film or video project’s first shot is incredibly important. Whether you’re establishing a time and place or unveiling a mystery, a compelling first frame is vital.Top image: A Clockwork Orange via Warner Bros.It’s vital that you make your video or film’s first frame as enticing as possible. Doing so will set the tone and allow you to immediately begin telling your story. A unique beginning will stick with your audience long after they finish watching your work.Let’s take a look at some examples of interesting first shots, explore why they’re interesting, and learn how you can apply the same techniques to your next video or film.Shot CompositionImage via The Cinema GuildIf you decide to use a wide or medium shot that exposes your characters’ bodies, the background, positioning and lighting must be figured out prior to shooting.Take the image above for example, from Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja. The two characters are positioned and angled in such a meticulous way that the shot resembles a painting. This particular shot sets up what follows, which is a series of static, long, drawn-out scenes that echo this first shot.Image via Warner Bros.The first shot from Interstellar, seen above, demonstrates an undeniable sense of mystery. Proposing a question to your viewers from the get-go is is a sure-fire way to hook them. Why is there a bookcase? Why is everything covered in dust? Where’s the blackhole I was promised?In a movie filled with twists, turns, and thrills, the audience immediately expects explanations to follow in the impending hours. Presenting strange questions right off the bat can yield a fantastic payoff in the end.Establishing LocationImage via Paramount VantageEstablishing the location and environment of your video in the opening shot is informative and classically effective. This type of shot (like the one above from There Will Be Blood) tells the audience the “where” of your video (and sometimes, as seen below, the “when”) and often gives them an idea of the mood.If you captured several establishing shots and B-roll that you’re unsure of what to do with, throwing one of those at the opening is an excellent introductory statement. News packages, corporate videos, and sitcoms all make use the of the establishing shot to open the video.Image via 20th Century FoxIn The Terminator (seen above), James Cameron gives us a familiar location, but then throws in some out-of-nowhere details that hook the audience.Image via USAA perfect example of combining these tactics — mystery and location— was seen in the popular USA series, Mr. Robot. The above silhouette shot with the city in the background gives us information on where the show will be taking place. It also presents a couple of questions: Who are these people? And what are they doing?Introduce Characters Image via CBS FilmsAn immediate portrait shot of your main subject is the perfect way to jump right into a story. This can save a lot of unnecessary expositional dialogue that might give off an amateurish vibe. Inside Llewyn Davis (above) presents the titular character right from the start, immediately throwing the audience into his psyche as he begins his opening “monologue.”Another classic example of this can be seen in the opening of A Clockwork Orange (see top image), which presents an intimidating, unavoidable shot of Alex DeLarge. Not only can this method save pointless dialogue, it can also express the character’s intent within the first few seconds of the narrative.Alternative MethodsImage via Annapurna PicturesYour opening frame doesn’t necessarily have to feature an action or characters. It can be an object, part of the body, or purely obscure. The image above (from The Master) is shown throughout the course of the movie as a theme, reflecting the main character’s stream of consciousness. The instant recognition takes the audience back to the beginning of the film and instills the intended feelings.You’ve probably seen Jacob T. Swinney’s excellent side-by-side videos comparing the first and last frames of popular movies. If you’re planning to come full circle or connect your story in a similar way, these entrancing videos can give you an idea of just why the first frame is so important.last_img read more

Women’s commission seeks fair probe into ‘stalking’ case

first_img“Unfortunately, the police and the judicial system come under a lot of pressure from the so-called VVIPs and that is not correct.”Ms. Kumaramangalam also described as “regrettable and unfortunate” the reported remarks by Chandigarh BJP vice-president Ramveer Bhatti that girls and women should not be going out alone during midnight. He, however, has denied making such comments. “What I meant to convey is that it is the responsibility of parents to watch over their children and their activities. It is a general statement and not one directed at the victim,” he said.Father’s standIn a Facebook post, the woman’s father said that he would move court if the charges against the duo were “diluted”.He, however, asserted that the family would not interfere with the investigation. “We will not interfere with the investigation or the prosecution, just as we do not want the accused to influence the investigation in any way. The police and prosecution should be allowed to do their job. We will join the investigation whenever required by the police. We will contest in the court if we feel the charges are diluted or inadequately framed,” he said.’We will Not to back out’He promised the people who were supporting his family that, “We shall not, ever, back out or stand out, irrespective of hardships or pressures.”He said the accused were law students and hence fully aware of the consequences of their action. “Our target is to ensure that the guilty are brought to book,” he said.Swamy seeks CBI probeBJP MP Subramanian Swamy has accused the police of doing a “somersault” on the case. He said he would file a public interest litigation petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a court-monitored CBI probe into the stalking incident. “With my associate lawyer A.P. Jagga , I will file a PIL,” he tweeted. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a free and fair investigation into the alleged stalking of a woman in Chandigarh by Vikas Barala, son of Subhash Barala, president of the Haryana State unit, while the victim’s father, an IAS officer, sought “maximum punishment” for the accused.The commission has asked for regular updates, NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said. “In the letter [to the police], we have asked them to conduct a quick, immediate, fair and free investigation in the case and let us know what is happening in every stage,” she said.Vikas, 23, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, 27, were arrested and released on bail. The two were charged with bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.Congress’s chargeMs. Kumaramangalam’s comments came amid allegations by the Congress that the Union government and the BJP were conspiring to hush up the case.“I have always said that who these people are should not matter … they could be rich, poor, political, religious, doesn’t matter. Crime against women is crime against women,” she said.last_img read more

Drop in vote share worries BJP in Palghar

first_imgMumbai: Behind the desperate efforts of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to seek consensus, and the agony over Shiv Sena’s decision to contest from Palghar is a fall of over 3,25,083 votes from 2014 Lok Sabha elections to the assembly polls held the some months later. Compiled data of votes from all six Assembly constituencies, which are part of the Palghar Lok Sabha seat show that not only did the BJP’s vote share drop from 5,33,201 in general election when it contested in alliance with the Sena to 2,08,118 in Assembly when both parties fought independently, but also that its nearest rival Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) — led by MLA Hitendra Thakur was much ahead in terms of votes it received by a margin of over one lakh.Dahanu (ST), Vikramgadh (ST), Palghar (ST), Boisar (ST), Nalasopara and Vasai are the six Assembly constituencies in Palghar Lok Sabha seat. Of these, Dahanu and Vikramgadh were won by the BJP, Palghar by the Sena and the rest by BVA in the 2014 elections.An analysis of the data shows that BJP won 2.08 lakh votes in the Assembly polls, while Sena won 1.82 lakh votes across six constituencies. The BVA however holds a clear command with 3.17 lakh votes. “The numbers explain the reason behind BJP’s anxiety. First, there is no Modi wave as in the 2014 general elections. Secondly, BJP had fought in alliance with us which is not the case in 2018. No wonder Chief Minister is wary about how things will unfold,” said a Sena leader in the cabinet. A drop of over 3.25 lakh votes from the general to Assembly polls, held in a span of few months, is a major cause of worry for the BJP. It however banks on the newly found support of Shramajivi Sanghatana’s Vivek Pandit who had won over 65,395 votes in the Assembly elections. The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) stand a distant fourth in the five-corner fight. Even though both parties fought independently in 2014 Assembly polls, they have formed a front for the coming bypolls. Congress did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election as it had extended support to BVA. Taking the votes from the Assembly election into account, the opposition managed to get only 1.50 lakh votes. As per data, the fifth corner of the fight, Communist Party of India (Marxist) is limited to two Assembly seats, namely Dahanu and Vikramgadh. The party bagged only 49,913 votes in Assembly polls and 76,890 votes in the general elections.last_img read more

Fiscal Changes with New Fiscal Year

first_img Cabinet launches consultation drives Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – No new taxes, but some expensive changes will take effect tomorrow and it impacts businesses, including employees. We learned today that minimum wage is postponed to May 15, 2015 but last week, the public was informed of changes to the Immigration Regulations which will see work permit fees increased by over 100% in some cases and the NIB informed on March 17th that payments will be increased as the wage ceiling is raised; that change also comes into effect on April 1st, 2015. There will be some savings… business licenses are cut by 50%; there will no longer be the 7.5% Customs Freight Insurance Tax; the FIT is gone in what Finance Minister Washington Misick called a rationalisation strategy. The Domestic Financial service tax and a wide range of bank service fees will no longer be charged but to transfer money out of the Turks and Caicos will more expensive; no longer at 10%, now 12%. Pensioners likely welcome the news that during a recent Cabinet meeting it was decided that, and I quote now, “TCI National Insurance Board pension regulations will be changed to ensure that monthly retirement pensions will be based on the ‘best five years of contributions’ of the past ten qualifying years. Pensioners will then receive a pension calculated on the 5 years of their highest total amount of insurable earnings.” Even better news is that the new policy takes effect retroactively from 1 January 2015. Recommended for you Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI begins loan re-financing talks Related Items:cabinet meeting, fiscal year, immigration regulationlast_img read more

Changes proposed by InterHealth Canada Govt Approves

first_imgTop of the list, the Hospital wants to take over and further develop the blood bank including keeping it filled by better managing blood donations; they want to introduce tele-radiology to deal with the overwhelming need and demand for diagnostic imaging without the high cost of contracting a specialist; the Hospitals wants to buy hysteroscopy equipment; this allows advanced treatment in gynecology, with a minimally invasive tool to give better visuals and more thorough care to women.  Another change calls for expanding the dialysis unit; unfortunately the demand in this department is soaring. Since 2010, there are 50% more patients in Grand Turk in need of dialysis treatment, 65% more patients in Provo and there is need now for a full time Nephrologist.  Truly relevant in a world coping with viruses like Zika, the purchase of a Polymerase Chain Reactor Machine and Associated Equipment will help in more quickly detecting diseases in the blood.  There was assurance in that media release from the TCI Hospitals today that all blood is now also screened for the Zika Virus. Related Items:all blood screened for zika virus in TCI, and introduce better machines, hospital looking to keep blood bank full, interhealth canada to improve health care services and expand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Medical Services Chief for TCIG said, “It is important that the services keep pace with increases in patient volume as well as technology. It is our mandate to ensure high quality patient care and value for money. Patient Safety is our priority.”All requests for change were approved at Cabinet; now the Ministry of Health has to come up with the money to pay for them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 20, 2016 – Interhealth Canada or the TCI Hospitals is seeking to expand, and they say, to improve health care services to the TCI public.  Last week Cabinet agreed to their proposals to change how some things are done, which will require amendments to the current agreement between Interhealth and TCIG and it will cost more money. last_img read more

Drug Mules jailed in Bahamas claims lured to drug trafficking by desperate

first_img Related Items:#DEU, #drugmules, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – Two women in desperate, even vulnerable situations are lured into drug trafficking from their home countries and were this week fined and jailed for cocaine smuggling.    A woman from Suriname – Nicole Akeola and the other from Guyana – Ieasha Graham were behind the Drug Enforcement Unit arrests of two women who came into the country on Caribbean Airlines and were found, each, with nine pounds of illicit drugs.Ieasha GrahamWhen they appeared in court, each had a sad story to tell and the judge admitted to having sympathy but still fined each young woman $10,000 and gave them two years in jail.    One woman said her mother died and left her to care for two teenaged siblings, no telling what will happen to those children now.   The other said she needed money, even considered prostitution to take care of an ailing grand-mother.With stories which were strikingly similar, both women claimed to have been told that a man would be waiting in The Bahamas for them, pay them for being #drugmules and they could return home.    Instead, they were caught red-handed with the cocaine by the #DEU – one at the airport, the other at a hotel.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Coal India OFS Scrapes Through Oversubscribed By 104 Times Minutes Before Closure

first_imgIn Coal India, the government is offloading 31.58 crore or 5% of its holding through the public offer, with an option to offload another 5%. It had fixed the floor price at ₹358 per share, translating into about ₹22,600 crore from the sale.For retail investors, the government had announced 5 percent discount to the bid price entered by them. Also, for the first time, 20% of the book was reserved for retail investors, defined as those buying up to 2 lakh shares.  Fearing the disinvestment will gradually lead to privatisation, trade unions on Thursday said they would hold ‘symbolic demonstrations,’ to protest against the stake sale and warned of a possible strike post discussions by all central trade unions.CIL is India’s largest listed employer with over 3.7 lakh employees.The Coal India scrip closed at ₹360.85 on Friday, down 3.81% from its previous close on Thursday. Coal India (CIL)’s offer-for-sale was oversubscribed by 1.04 times just five minutes before the issue closed at 3.30 pm, after languishing till as late as 2.55 pm when the subscription had barely crossed the half-way mark at 57 percent.  Lack of enthusiasm among retail investors spoiled the offer, with only 42.5 percent, or 5.36 crore shares being subscribed in that segment, as against 12.63 crore shares.The non-retail portion saw 1.2 times oversubscription at 60.83 crore shares as against the offer of 50.53 crore shares, read BusinessLine.The indicative price in the non-retail segment was ₹358.48 per share and in case of retail investors, it was ₹360.65.The sudden spike in subscription just before closing raises eyebrows whether state-controlled financial institutions ‘rescued’ the stake sale.last_img read more