first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown never took a snap or received a single dollar from the Raiders, but I doubt his tenure in Oakland will be forgotten anytime soon.The Raiders’ biggest problem quickly became yet another New England Patriots asset Saturday. The Raiders released Brown, their walking soap opera, in the morning and he was signed by the Patriots in the afternoon.The release and new beginning came only days after Brown threatened to …last_img read more

first_imgWe explore French artist and filmmaker Hervé Cohen’s “Life Underground,” a hybrid art installation documentary collaboration with Tonian Irving.All images via “Life Underground.”We live in a world that is somehow both highly connected (through complex transportation systems and online communities) yet also very divided — by political, social, and ethical boundaries. For one French filmmaker and interactive designer, Hervé Cohen, art presents a way to connect the dots.At this year’s SXSW Conference, Cohen’s “Life Underground” exhibit — a part of the SXSW Arts Program — showcases how this documentary filmmaker can use a traditional medium (film) in a non-traditional way by creating an interactive exhibit that allows audiences to seamlessly travel between 13 different subway stations across the globe. At each stop, audiences encounter three different stories of people from different nationalities, orientations, and worldviews for a broader appreciation of the whole.We chatted with Cohen about his project, the idea behind it, how he did it, and what he hopes it will accomplish.The Cinematic Beauty of the UndergroundOne of the biggest goals I have for this project is to reveal the beauty of underground places. It’s very cinematic. I’m from Paris originally, where I know my city and my subway, but I’m fascinated by exploring other urban transit environments and meeting the people who travel them every day.“Life Underground” is about as ambitious a project as they come — it spans continents, cities, and perspectives. From Montreal to Los Angeles to Hong Kong and back to Madrid, Cohen’s vérité -style camera follows both foot traffic and people at rest while interviewing subjects along the way.An Interactive DocumentaryOriginally the idea was to do a feature-length documentary, but for now it’s meant to be used online on a computer as a individual experience, or to be viewed as an installation where it’s a shared experience — just like people would share space in a subway.Cohen’s installation at SXSW is meant for both online and in-person audiences. At SXSW, the exhibit is set up in an intimate room with four large-scale, free-standing projections, each looping through more than 10 passenger stories; however, online, viewers can control the experience by clicking through the different stops however they’d like.A Point A-to-Point B LifeSubways are usually channeling in and out of big metropolitan areas where you have people from all different places on Earth brought together. It’s the same urban point A-to-point B lifestyle that brings people together. Different backgrounds, but the same human energy.Cohen talks a lot about the odd juxtaposition each city represents. On one hand, each environment is completely different from the others in regards to languages, colors and people; however, on the other hand, because they are such heavily populated areas, the same divisiveness is persistent throughout.Capturing Authentic MomentsFor most of the production, I primarily shot on a Sony a7S II — which because of its small size people wouldn’t usually pay much attention to me. At each city, I had an assistant, who would also serve as translator, working with a Zoom H6 to record ambient sounds and the interviews.The Sony a7S II really is about as inconspicuous as they come. However, Cohen’s genuine nature and artistic approachability allowed him to connect with people and film the interviews in a meaningful way. As you watch, people open up about their dreams, their fears, their anxieties, and the other aspects of their daily lives. When you watch several at the same time, these stories begin to blend together in a way that is both soothing and fascinating.“Life Underground,” like its subjects, is an ongoing project. Cohen plans to continue capturing more cities’ subways — Warsaw is now complete, and Taiwan is up next. To find out more about the project, and experience it yourself, take a look here.For more coverage of the artists and filmmakers at SXSW, check out some of these articles.SXSW Tips: How to Take Your VR Experience to the Next LevelTips from SXSW: Filming with Your Camera in MotionSXSW Discussions: 7 Tips on How to Develop a Digital DocuseriesSXSW Talks: The 7 Key Factors to Revamping Decades of CodeInnovative Production Tips from the Filmmakers of SXSWlast_img read more

first_imgKashmir Valley’s apple growers welcome govt.’s scheme  The severe restrictions imposed in J&K since August 5 following the revoking of the State’s special status under Article 370, included curbs on vehicular movement which hit the transport of the fruit. The official restrictions were followed by threats and attacks by militants on fruit growers and farmers in the Valley against selling their produce to the government.Bumper crop, no buyersShopian, Pulwama, Sopore and Batengo in Anantnag are the four main mandis (wholesale markets) in the Kashmir Valley. Shopian’s orchards produce 3.5 lakh tonnes on average and this season a bumper crop is expected. However, the mandi wore a deserted look last week. “We have suffered 100% loss. The shutdown here is also to protest the government’s action on Article 370. Nobody has asked us and we are not following any calendar issued by the separatists. This is voluntary,” Mohammad Isar, another resident, said. According to Shopian Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Yasin Choudhary, around 60% of the apple growers sell their produce to contacts with whom they have old business ties; 40% come to the mandis to participate in the bidding process where they interact with buyers. The government has also said it will encourage and provide security to truck drivers to come to the mandis and collect the produce.For small farmersMr. Choudhary, however, said the market invention scheme was not a bid to disrupt the decades-old trade practice. “We are expecting demand and supply to be disrupted in our favour. Earlier the big farmers were selling apples to old dealers for a price. Now the government is offering a better price. So far, 50,000 growers have registered with us; our scheme will help the 40% farmers who are not able to sell it to anyone,” Mr. Choudhary told The Hindu. He added that government would take care of the transportation.Also Read Mohammad Younus Bhat is not impressed with the government’s offer to buy apples from farmers in Jammu and Kashmir at double the market rate. Mr. Bhat of Shopian in south Kashmir, the largest apple producing area in J&K, says he cannot betray his trade partners of several decades in Lucknow and Delhi. He fears the government’s offer can damage the age-old social and economic ties the Valley have with the rest of India. “We took advance payment from traders in Delhi and Lucknow and have been doing business with them for decades. We will not sell our produce to the government… cannot afford to betray our friends for a little extra money, with whom we have family relations,” Mr. Bhat said.In August, J&K Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam announced the government’s plan to procure almost 12 lakh tonnes of apples directly from farmers under the Special Market Intervention Price Scheme (MISP) with the help of the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). J&K contributes to over 70% of the apple production in the country. Also Read Kashmir apples to escape lockdown  An official said the government was offering ₹900 a box instead of the ₹500 fixed by the dealers before the clampdown.Mr. Choudhary said the administration was advertising its scheme through radio, pamphlets and local cable channels.He said the idea was to eliminate the middlemen so that the money reached the farmer in his account through direct benefit transfer.“The farmers will get the money in 48 hours. We have held outreach programmes to explain the benefit of government scheme to people,” Mr. Choudhary said, adding that a new mandi has been built for ₹31 crore in Shopian. He said a new cold storage facility with a capacity of 21,500 tonnes would become operational this year.In Pulwama district, which produces 1.56 lakh tonnes, a farmer said they would prefer to store the apples in cold storage rather than sell it to the government.“Will the government protect us next season? They cannot force us to sell to NAFED. We will store the produce in cold storage and sell when normalcy returns. Trucks are not able to come to mandis,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Hotshots built a 17-point bubble early in the second period and kept the Dyip within arm’s length the rest of the way, rising to 3-4 in the process to stay on target towards finishing in the upper half of the playoff bracket.It was the sixth loss in 10 games for the Dyip, who don’t have their playoff fate in their hands as they would need to win their last outing–which would be against TNT KaTropa on Friday next week–and hope that some of the other teams lose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Magnolia defense held the Dyip to just 12 first quarter points and didn’t need Paul Lee to dominate the scoring for a change in pulling out the authoritative win.Magnolia will have all the confidence it needs when it squares off with Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia grabbed control early and wielded it all game against Columbian on Wednesday night, scoring a 109-83 victory that gave the Hotshots their first winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 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 LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT Louie Alas, Caloy Garcia set to coach PBA All-Star teams for first time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Brewster hauled off U23 pitch after just 15 minsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster was hauled off the U23 pitch yesterday after just 15 minutes.The Mirror says Brewster was substituted after just 15 minutes of Liverpool under 23s clash with Derby in response to Divock Origi’s injury.Belgium international Origi was forced out of the first team’s lunchtime victory over Newcastle with an ankle issue.While Origi limped off in the 37th minute at Anfield, Neil Critchley had already named Brewster in his starting XI for the youth side on the other side of Liverpool for the 3pm kick off.A message was sent to Melwood soon after to take Brewster off as a precaution ahead of the Reds’ Champions League opener with Napoli on Tuesday.Origi will undergo a scan in the next few days, but while Jurgen Klopp waits for the results he is ready to promoted 19-year-old Brewster to the travelling squad to Italy. last_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder?— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_img RelatedLondon Olympics set to boost regional tourismSkyscanner reveals that London 2012 will cause an influx of foreign visitors to regional destinationsOlympic success sees foreigners flock to LondonHost city could become the world’s most popular capital.Disabled travel: expert advice for planning your trip to Rio 2016 and beyondWith the Olympic and Paralympic Games quickly approaching, Skyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers heading to Rio this summer. More people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid.Rio de Janeiro fought off competition from rival cities in the US, Spain and Japan to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.According to Journey Latin America, this could lead to increase in demand from tourists for Brazil’s beaches, waterfalls and jungles.Company spokesperson Laura Rendell-Dunn said it is “such a big thing” to have the Olympics in South America, a continent where it has never been held before.”[Rio] is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is incredible to have such an important event take place there surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean,” she commented.”It is great for tourism as anyone visiting the Games will like to spend the rest of their time in Brazil.”Figures from the Brazilian Tourist Board recently revealed that the number of Brits travelling to the country in 2008 rose by more than 2.3 percent compared with 2007.This amounts to a total of 181,000 visitors, compared with the previous year’s total of 177,000.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgAs Florence lurches across the state, it brings with it many hazards: high-speed winds capable of downing trees, and those same trees falling on power lines.And as of mid-day Friday, there had been four reported fatalities in North Carolina, including a mother and infant who were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their home.Craig Fugate is a former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He says that the biggest threat from Hurricane Florence could be the rain, with some coastal communities already seeing storm surges as high as 10 feet.“I think again the term life-threatening, catastrophic, flash flooding, needs to be taken seriously,” says Fugate. “The problem is it’s going to be hard to know with certainty which areas will see the heaviest rainfall. That’s why the entire region has to be prepared for this.”And as the storm continues to creep inland, it’s bringing significant rainfall, with many areas of North Carolina under a flash flood watch.“And that’s one of the harder things to forecast,” says Fugate. “We know generally, [and] we’re seeing now forecast range is 20 inches plus or more in some areas, but until that rain starts coming down it’s really hard to tell what the local impacts are going to be.”As of this afternoon, hundreds of people have been rescued from rising waters in New Bern, N.C., and that number is expected to climb.last_img read more

first_imgLast updated on May 14th, 2019 at 05:05 amThe Village of Mount Pleasant will end its contract with Real Racine, the Racine County visitor’s bureau, on Jan. 1, 2019 to start its own tourism commission.Currently, the village contributes just under $700,000 annually to Real Racine through a percentage of the hotel room tax. State law allows an 8 percent hotel tax of the gross receipts collected by lodging facilities. Mount Pleasant, which has two of Real Racine’s 19 board seats would like more control of how its hotel room tax money is spent.“We don’t want to speak ill of Real Racine, but we have always felt like it is a little City of Racine centric,” said Dave DeGroot, village president.Of Racine County’s nearly 1,400 hotel rooms, Mount Pleasant has 782 rooms.The Mount Pleasant contract makes up 54 percent of Real Racine’s budget, said the organization’s CEO Dave Blank.“It is a large cut,” Blank said. “I’m starting to look at all of the alternatives as far as the budget goes and talking to other potential partners. Racine County is in a great spot right now to do a lot of exciting things, and we would like to be able to continue to help with that.”State law mandates that municipalities can only keep 30 percent of the revenue generated by their hotel room tax for their general fund. The remaining money has to be spent promoting tourism.Mount Pleasant village attorney Chris Smith said if Mount Pleasant forms a tourism commission (the village board still has to vote on forming the commission), they could still decide to spend the hotel tax money with Real Racine.“There are a lot of ways this could go, as long as it promotes tourism development,” Smith said.Tourism promotion includes marketing projects such as advertising, distribution of printed or electronic promotional materials and media buys, or a tangible municipal development, such as a convention center or conference center.For more than a year, Racine officials discussed plans for a $55 million, 208,000-square-foot hotel and event center downtown along Lake Michigan The project would have included a three-story, 3,500-seat event center and a seven-story, 150-room adjoining hotel.But the Racine hotel and convention center proposal died in December following the City Council’s decision not to override Mayor Cory Mason’s veto to fund the project.On Thursday, Foxconn hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in Mount Pleasant, where the Taiwanese company plans to build a $10 billion LCD screen manufacturing complex that could eventually have 13,000 jobs. Foxconn will make a dramatic impact on the village and it is changing how officials handle numerous issues, including the hotel room tax.“Foxconn has been a very positive, disruptive change element and is impacting everything we do and how we look at everything,” DeGroot said.Once a tourism commission is formed, how the village spends the hotel tax money will be discussed, he said.“We like the idea of a convention center or our own visitor’s bureau right on our campus,” DeGroot said. “We are very, very early in the process. Ending our contract with Real Racine was a legal step we had to do for us to be able to go through our strategic planning process.”Mount Pleasant is not the first municipality to pull out of a visitor’s bureau contract. In January, the Village of Pleasant Prairie ended its relationship with the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with plans to create its own tourism bureau. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgFour out of five MEP candidates who replied to a questionnaire by Birdlife Malta believe that the EU’s policies on protecting Malta’s marine habitats and fishing should be dealt with nationally.  Alternattiva Demokratika’s Chairman Carmel Cacopardo, the Nationalist Michael Briguglio and the Partit Demokratika leader Godfrey Farrugia, provided views around this area.  However, this differs with Independent candidate Antoine Borg who believes that this is a European problem and that a solution must be collectively found by the European Union.These responses came following the submission of questions to all 41 MEP candidates by the Birdlife NGO. Each MEP was asked to submit his or her response to 10 questions on 5 key local and global environmental priorities the NGO believes the candidates should, ‘consider, promote and endorse.’ These were presented prior to a Breakfast discussion hosted by Birdlife.Protection and mappingBirdlife asked, ‘Mapping and protection of sensitive species and habitats should precede determination of human activities in the marine environment.  Do you agree? What steps will you take to ensure that spatial planning and management plans truly ensure sustainable use of the seas, especially with regards to our Maltese Coastal and Marine Protected Areas?This is how the candidates responded…Antoine Borg – Brain Not EgoThe independent MEP candidate Antoine Borg told Birdlife Malta that he sees the issue of fishing and marine planning as one that must be dealt with through European institutions and not on the national level.Borg said that Europe must have, ‘the authority to work as a single entity to protect our common marine environment,’ and ‘should not be left to national interests.This he says ensures the ‘entire problem’ is handled ‘holistically.’Carmel Cacopardo – Chairman of Alternattiva DemokratikaAlternattiva Demokratika’s Chairman Carmel Cacopardo explained that it was, ‘The role of the EU institutions to monitor government’s implementation as much that this is in line with the acquis. I will take an active role to ensure that government is held to account.’Godfrey Farrugia – Leader of Partit DemokratikaPartit Demokratika leader Godfrey Farrugia also agrees with the questions stating that he has, ‘been upfront to protect our coastal waters and marine life and marine natura 2000 sites.’  He outlines three key points including the creation of a National Aquaculture Strategy based on scientific evidence on fish farming, an end to the leaks of raw drainage from the Gozo Treatment Sewage plant and a condemnation of the dumping of construction waste at sea and land reclamation.Michael Briguglio – Nationalist Party The Nationalist Party MEP candidate Michael Briguglio said that, ‘The marine environment should benefit from spatial planning and management plans which are based on scientific evidence and expertise.’He also added there should be ‘proper enforcement’ of the Coastal and Marine protected areas.Arnold Cassola – Independent The Independent MEP Arnold Cassola takes a harder line on the question, stating that while agreeing with the statements, he believed that the ‘yesmen (and/or women) from Fisheries Directorate should be removed. He also called for a limit in the number of fish farms and those operating should ensure that they fit the rules. This would also include programmes, ‘for sustainable fishing by small scale traditional fishermen and methods.’Increasing EU budgets and the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystemsBirdlife Malta also asks prospective MEP candidates about whether the EU budget should be increased and of the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Birdlife states that according to the European Commission only between (9 and 19%) of the EU budget was co-financing the implementation of the Natura 2000 programme.Antoine Borg – Brain Not EgoBorg explains that with the EU investing in hi-tech Research and Development and ‘precision agriculture’, with this potentially being used to protect the environment. Use of this technology could be ‘tied’ to payments from the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), he adds.He explains that this would mean that there would be no longer be a need to ‘take money away from some other interest group to fund Natura 2000.’Carmel Cacopardo – Chairman of Alternattiva DemokratikaWhile Borg focuses on a solution linked to technology, the AD leader explains that increasing the budget ‘is only part of the problem.’ It is really a case of ‘changing mindset’ and making the ecosystem more appreciated, Cacopardo says.Michael Briguglio – Nationalist Party The PN MEP candidate Michael Briguglio states the budget should increase and is used towards protecting the biodiversity and natural ecosystem.Briguglio also points out that there should be more flexibility over the budget in relation to the ‘needs of the small islands’ and that funding for Malta, ‘should be used wisely to meet local specifications.’Godfrey Farrugia – Leader of Partit DemokratikaFarrugia is also in agreement on increasing the budget and that the funds are ‘formulated on the premise that they are guided by the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.’While listing a series of local goals including legislation on noise and light pollution, a circular economy for waste management and sustainable construction and demolition, Farrugia also points out that he would ‘declare a war’ on misused chemicals.‘I would definitely declare a war on the use or misuse of certain pesticides and herbicides, commit myself to the reduction in use of single use plastics, ensure that the drinking water directive is more ably worded and stricter targets on carbon footprints are established,’ he explains.Arnold Cassola – Independent Cassola promises to be put pressure on the EU Commissioner and highlight ‘inconsistencies’ of the Maltese government on encroaching development on Natura 2000 and ODZ land.‘Will put pressure on the EU commissioner for the Environment through my role as an MEP. And then, in Malta, highlight all the inconsistencies of the Maltese government that is allowing unbridled development to encroach on Natura 2000 areas and other ODZ areas.’These are just some of the MEP’s responses shared prior to a Breakfast discussion hosted by the conservation NGO, in which MEPs explained their views.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more