Why Passion Projects are Key to Being More Creative

first_imgPassion projects are ideal for bouncing out of a creative rut, building new skills and taking risks.  In this post we’ll look at why YOU should be pursuing self directed passion projects to keep your ‘creative brain’ in top shape.Working in a creative field does not always mean creative work.  In fact, the pressure from clients, managers and co-workers can often feel like quite the opposite – with you merely executing on their ideas.   Going through an ongoing cycle of projects like this can make you feel dull and creatively stagnant.If you’ve found yourself just “going through the motions” it’s time for a creative reality check.   One of the best ways to get the creative juices following again is with a passion project.  A project for you, by you.  No rules, no clients, no oversight.New and FreshIf you’re a video editor try taking on a project where you have to shoot video.  If you’re a wedding photographer try taking on a project shooting portraits or landscapes.Gaining a different perspective will you more well-rounded and give you a different perspective to take back to your full-time work.  As a general rule, try to make your passion project something that you don’t do for work.  It should feel new and fresh.No Client RestrictionsClients can bog you down with so many details and directions that you’re just following their script line by line.  They may dictate every cut in a video edit or tell you exactly how your photography subject should be lit and posed.   It’s to your creative detriment that they’re doing all the thinking for you.Embrace the freedom you have with your own project.  Take risks.  By exercising this part of your brain you’ll be better suited to bring creative ideas to your full time work.How am I going to find the time?Just like you have to make time to go to the gym to stay in physical shape, you must make time for passion projects to stay in top creative shape.  You have to remember that a passion project is more than just a hobby, it’s an investment in YOU.WorkAwesome.com shares a good post about their trick for making time for passion projects: tackling it first thing in the day.  Check out a few good tips for working early, over on their site.Keep it AttainableProjects that seem unattainable will be abandoned.  Since you’re not being held responsible to a client or customer you may be more likely to give up on a project if it is too difficult or too broad in scope.  Instead, shoot for something that can be achieved within a few months max and with the financial resources you have at your disposal.Plus, knocking out one passion project will give you more momentum when getting into the next one.Share Your WorkAside from being creatively enriching, you may also want your passion project to be a learning experience.  Perhaps you tried your hand at a technical skill that you weren’t previously familiar with.  By sharing the results of your work with others that are more experienced, you’ll learn tips and know what better to do next time.  You should also pick up a few things that will be helpful in your own full time work (for instance if you’re a video editor you may learn more about lighting, shooting, etc).Remember, passion projects are about enrichment and growth.  You’re not just keeping your creative mind active…you should aim to expand it as well!Got tips for keeping your creativity vivid?Got a project you’d like to share with us?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Creating a Contrast Vignette in FCPX

first_imgAdding a contrast vignette is easier than you might think in FCPX.Vignette’s are one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a video clip “pop”. However, when done incorrectly vignettes can make your video look very amateur. In the following video by Cord3Films, we take a look at the correct way to create a vignette in FCPX and examine a few ways to customize your vignettes.The video covers:Creating and feathering shape masksAdjusting contrast parameters in FCPXCreating luminance based saturation parametersDuplicating shape masks When creating a vignette look out for  a phenomenon called banding. Banding happens when a gradient isn’t able to correctly feather between two colors or pieces of video. The result is a very choppy and “low-res” looking piece of video. To avoid banding try exporting your video with more lossless codecs such as MOV.The video was created by Cord3Films. Thanks for sharing!Have any tips for adding vignettes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Terror suspect held in Bihar

first_imgAhead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna on Sunday to address NDA’s sankalp rally, a terror suspect, allegedly having links with Jaish-e-Mohammad, was arrested from a village in Banka district on Saturday.The man identified as Mohammed Rehan, 32, was arrested from Belari village under Shambhuganj police station of Banka district, some 300 km from Patna. Earlier, Jaish-e-Mohammad had owned responsibility for Pulwama terror attack in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Another suspect from the same village Mohammed Naushad, however, is said to have escaped. “Ahead of Prime Minister’s visit the State police get several intelligence inputs from various sources…I cannot make any comment on this,” State Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey told presspersons in Patna. However, Banka SP Swapna T. Meshram said that a police team arrested Mohammed Rehan and was “interrogating him”.Meanwhile, family members of Mohammed Rehan told local presspersons in Banka that they did not know why the police had taken him into custody. “He does cattle business and is into agriculture…he minds his own business …,” said a family member. They also denied that Mohammed Rehan had any connections with Mohammed Naushad who lived nearby.last_img read more

No ethnic angle to Baghpat college scuffle, say U.P. police

first_imgA day after Kashmiri students of a Baghpat college sought transfer to their native State, Aquib and Younis, two students from Doda district of Jammu, have left the campus. The issue spiralled after Mr. Aquib was thrashed by locals over allegations of harassing a girl.According to the college management, the matter has been resolved after their intervention while the police say that it was a scuffle between students and outsiders which should not be linked to the ethnicity of the students. Mr. Aquib denied the charges of harassment to the local media on Wednesday. His classmate Mohd. Irfan told The Hindu over phone that “it was a case of misunderstanding.” “I think he inadvertently brushed the girl the wrong way. He apologised but people asked him about his ethnicity. When he said that he was from Jammu & Kashmir, they started thrashing him. It was wrong and should not have happened. They chased him to the hostel. It created panic among students. It was only after the senior police officers and the management assured us of safety that we decided to stay on,” he said. Mr. Irfan added that the students were keeping fast during Ramzan and were participating in temple festivities as well. The incident occurred on Tuesday night at Syadwad Institute of Higher Education and Research during a college function. “We had a five-day function in the Jain temple on the college premises where students also participated. Some girls had put stalls. One of them charged Aquib, 20, a student under the Himayat scheme of the Central government (a skill training programme for unemployed youth of Jammu & Kashmir) of harassing her by passing obscene comments. Her family members attacked Aquib. The management intervened and a compromise was reached after Aquib apologised for his behaviour. But next morning, he, along with some of his classmates, started protesting outside the campus. We have initiated disciplinary action against Aquib and Younis and they have left the campus as their parents were worried,” said Praveen Malik, registrar.“We have around 90 students from the State at the Baghpat centre out of which two-three indulge in illegal activities. It was the third time that Aquib was caught in an act of indiscipline,” alleged Azad Elhai, project manager, who was in Srinagar at the time of the incident. “We have told their parents that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” he added.‘Matter resolved’Ranvijay Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police, Baghpat, said, “The matter was resolved when the management brought both the parties together in the presence of the police. But next morning, Aquib said that he had received threat. I asked the students if they would like to file a complaint but they refused. I believe the incident should not be given a communal colour.”last_img read more

Casting Ouch

first_imgUnless you have been living under a rock, you would have seen the controversial and now pulled Pepsi commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner. When the commercial began doing the rounds in early spring this year, it racked up 1.6 million YouTube views within its first 48 hours. Such a feat would normally reflect massive popularity, only this time, to Pepsi’s dismay, there was more chagrin than they could imagine. Among the precious few times on social media, people united in opinion on the issue and everyone seemed to agree that Pepsi trivialized the importance of protests for commercial gains.Protests, debates and marches are a salient feature of a democratic world. From Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March, protests are among the few platforms for activists to stake claim to a world of hope and compassion. For a generation of Americans, a march marks an inclusiveness they so dearly crave.So, when a supermodel with a mega watt smile was shown joining protest and handing over a Pepsi to a police officer, people were left dazed whether they should celebrate that Jenner has joined their cause or if a cola had the power to absolve world crisis.Pepsi not only goofed up with the ad concept, it was dumb to rope in Kendall Jenner as its ambassador.While enough has been said about Pepsi’s insensitivity and tone-deafness, there is another big problem with the commercial — that of choosing a blatantly wrong ambassador. Kendall Jenner, with all due credit to her supermodel status, is among the least politically active celebrity around. We have almost never heard Jenner take a stand on issues that matter. When did the celebrity with a massive 21.5 million followers on Twitter last voice concerns over a political, social or a societal problem? Even in the midst of the raging controversy, Jenner responded not by apologizing or commenting, but by covering up her face during public outings and when chased by paparazzi. As of mid April her latest tweet was about a beauty kit that her followers had a chance to win!So Pepsi not only goofed up with the ad concept, it was dumb to rope in Jenner. Perhaps a celebrity more attuned to social causes and concerns might have seen the problem in the commercial, or at least added some credibility.Pepsi may have been smitten by the enormous influence the model has with the young generation — an audience that all cola companies have been targeting for their sugar laden, zany little cans. Average (read not unprivileged) young Americans today are more informed and vociferous about their rights and how to demand them, than most living-in-a-bubble celebs.In an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendall Jenner was once shown toying with the idea of speaking out against gun violence in America. However, a quick chat session with half-brother Rob warning her of a possible backlash prompted her to chicken out from taking up the issue. It was only after persuasion by her older sisters, who invited her to attend victims of gun violence meet-up, where too Jenner arrived fashionably late, that the model finally agreed to lend her voice. The point is that Jenner comes from an apprehension to commit to concerns mindset. And perhaps that’s also what enraged people who saw no connection between an important cause and the chosen celebrity.But if it’s any solace for Pepsi is is not alone. Brands and directors all across the world have sometimes made errors in casting. While Pepsi got both its message and messenger wrong, often the problem is a wrong messenger for a great message.Late last year, Indians woke up to an unbelievably gut-busting full page advertisement featuring Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan endorsing Pan Bahar, a brand of pan masala. People had a field day on social media trying to fathom how the James Bond star fit the theme of a pan masala chewing dude or why the company had to look so far West to get a Hollywood star to endorse its product when most of its clientele were unlikely to watch a Hollywood movie.Social media had a field day trying to fathom how the James Bond star Pierce Brosnan fit the image of a pan masala chewing dude.The mismatch was as wide as Grand Canyon and the tomfoolery resulted in both the brand and the star issuing rival statements. While the star said he was ill informed about the harmful product and thought he was doing an advertisement for a tooth whitener, the company countered that Brosnan knew about the product and that it does not contain any tobacco.Sometimes in a bid to rope in a famous face, brands forget that the celeb may be entirely antithetical to its image. Pushing the boundary too hard can lead to comical rather than convincing situations. Like, who would believe that Bollywood superstar ShahRukh Khan uses Lux soap while bathing in a bathtub strewn with rose petals! If Cleopatra was the inspiration behind the idea, then Khan with none of his quick wit or talent is still a poor substitute.According to casting agents, before a role a star or a model is selected there is intense discussion on the perfect pick for the role. Likewise, a star’s agents and managers also evaluate if the offered part fits the actor’s image.Prahlad Kakkar, one of the leading ad film makers in India, who’s behind the very popular Pepsi ad aired in India featuring Sachin Tendulkar with some kids, says, “While there is no denying that some commercials have been downright awful, but I believe in India we have made some exceptionally great commercials too.”Kakkar says, “What counts is the story an advertisement tells. Because after watching, it’s the story if it is powerful, that stays with you.”Not just the ad world, but Hollywood too has sometimes blundered with wrong casting, lending otherwise brilliant ideas for lampooning by critics. A 1956 classic Hollywood movie The Conqueror is a legendary example of a great role for a wrong person. John Wayne, who was at the height of his popularity, bagged the role of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. Wayne had developed an enviable reputation in Hollywood playing cowboy roles. Perhaps he wanted to push the envelope and the producer Howard Hughes was mesmerized by his star power. The result — an unconvincing, almost comical portrayal of a cowboy pretending to be a Middle Eastern warlord. The movie was badly panned and reserved its spot on the“100 Most Enjoyable Bad Movies Ever Made” in The Official Razzie Movie Guide. Similarly when Russell Crowe played Noah, no body quite believed an accented New Zealander as the great Noah of the Ark.Bollywood superstars desperate to break into Hollywood have misfired too. Aishwarya Rai, the first Indian actor to get mainstream Hollywood notice, fizzled in Pink Panther.Ultimately, the message and the messenger got to fit. Related Itemslast_img read more

Death of sanitation workers triggers demand for machines

first_imgThe tragic deaths of seven persons including four sanitation workers after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning a septic tank in a hotel in Vadodara district on June 15 have triggered demand for machines instead of manual cleaning of sewer lines and septic tanks.An anguished Anand Mahindra of the Mahindra Group offered financial help to procure them. “Enough. Enough of this debasement of human life. I had tweeted about an automated scavenging machine — the Bandicoot — developed by young students and many others have also been designed. What’s preventing their widespread adoption? If funding’s needed to produce in scale, count me in,” he said on Twitter.Responding to him, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said he had gifted 25 machines to the sanitation workers and a truck to the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC).“A salute to you for that quiet and empathetic action. I will emulate your gesture for the municipality in the region where this most recent horror took place,” Mr. Mahindra responded to Mr. Bachchan’s tweet.Though the Gujarat government has offered a compensation of ₹4 lakh each to the families of the deceased and the police filed a case of causing death due to negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder against hotel owner Hasan Abbas, who is on the run, the administration remains silent on why the sewer lines are cleaned manually in the State.Routine affairIn Gujarat, 86 workers died of suffocation while working in manholes over the last five years, as per the details shared by the State government in the Assembly in February.According to the details shared by the Chief Minister, 53 of them died in Ahmedabad alone, followed by 18 in Surat. Five cases were reported in Vadodara, three in Anand, two each in Jamnagar, Patan and Gandhinagar and one in Kutch.last_img read more

Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWill Far Eastern University’s championship glitter rub off on Blackwater in the PBA?Coach Leo Isaac tabbed another FEU standout in the PBA Rookie Draft, picking Raymar Jose third overall on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac shared that he’s very happy with the players he got and he’s positive that they will give Blackwater a fighting chance.“It’s hard to say where we’ll land, but one thing I can say is that we’ll be there fighting those top teams each game we play. We will compete,” he said. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fury offers Trump role in potential Joshua fight Isaac explained that with the league’s best teams loading up on frontcourt players, it’s just right for the Elite to also bolster their big man rotation.“We need to invest on our bigs. That’s how you compete in this day, to have capable big men so we also need to reinforce our frontcourt,” the coach said, as the 25-year-old bruiser will not only pair up with Belo, but also hungry slotmen like JP Erram, Dave Marcelo, and Chris Javier.Belo also welcomed the bigger responsibility, knowing that with the materials Blackwater has, it’s more than ready to compete with the league’s bests.“We know we can match up against everyone. Here in the PBA, you have no choice but to defend bigger foes. But we believe we have the right pieces to reach our goals and we’ll just follow everything coach tells us,” Belo said.Jose is not the lone haul for the Elite in the annual rookie selection as Blackwater also tapped Renz Palma, Biboy Enguio, Kyle Neypes, and JR Sumido.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The hardworking forward is set to pair up with former Tamaraw teammate Mac Belo, with the two expected to be the cornerstone for the Elite.“It’s great. As I call them, they’ll have that FEU connection. We’re looking forward to have a good tandem with Raymar and Mac,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBelo has also taken note of Jose sheer improvement from a hard-nosed garbageman to a capable two-way post threat.“Since I graduated, he has really improved a lot. He has taken FEU to the Final Four and gained experience everywhere. With that experience, he can really be a big contributor for us,” said the incoming sophomore. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to shake a leg with son AbRam during KKR game

first_imgSuperstar Shah Rukh Khan will be seen shaking a leg with “little” AbRam for his IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match in Kolkata on Wednesday against Kings XI Punjab.Shah Rukh took to Twitter on Wednesday, where he shared that he and his two-year-old son are practising their dance moves.”Practising our dance moves little AbRam and me as we prepare for our first match in Kolkata. Ami Kolkata here we come, see you all at the Garden,” the “Chennai Express” star tweeted on Wednesday.Practising our dance moves lil AbRam and me as we prep for our first match in Kolkata. Ami Kolkata here we come?see you all at the Garden. Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 4, 2016SRK, who was seen in Maneesh Sharma’s directorial “Fan”, will next be seen in Rahul Dholakia’s film “Raees”, which is now slated to release on January 26, 2017.last_img read more

Winston, Mariota Go 1-2 in Draft

first_imgCHICAGO — Even with significant off-field baggage, Jameis Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft April 30 night. With no such issues, Marcus Mariota went second.You don’t pass up a potential franchise quarterback in today’s pass-happy NFL.So Florida State’s Winston is headed to Tampa Bay and Oregon’s Mariota goes to Tennessee at No. 2. They’ll take their Heisman Trophies (Winston in 2013, Mariota last year) and try to turn two downtrodden franchises into contenders, maybe even champions.“The challenge is just being an NFL player, period. I’m not worried about any off-the-field situations or even on-the-field situations,” Winston said.“I’m just worried about living this new lifestyle and just developing into a great man for the Tampa Bay community for my teammates, because it’s all for them and it’s all for the success of this franchise.”While Mariota has been a model citizen, some questioned his having barely taken any snaps behind center in Oregon’s quick-tempo attack.But Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who has done big things with such veteran quarterbacks as Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner and Philip Rivers, clearly isn’t concerned.“He’s a talented young man who has a very good feel for the position and how to process those things,” Whisenhunt said, “and we’re excited to get a chance to work with him.”Naturally, Mariota isn’t worried about the doubters, either.“I believe in my abilities and the hard work that I’ve put in,” he said. “And that’s one thing is that I can’t control other people’s opinions. I’ve just got to do what I can do and that’s putting in the hard work and getting ready for the next chapter. People are always going to have their opinions and say what they want to say.”Tampa has the receivers to help Winston in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, both of whom went over 1,000 yards last year despite shoddy quarterbacking. Tennessee can’t make the same claim.Each of those teams went 2-14 in 2014, but coaches Smith and Whisenhunt, in their first seasons in charge, survived the awful record. Now, they presumably have the main building tool.Winston and Mariota, who each had a year of eligibility remaining, will meet in the season opener in Tampa Bay.Neither quarterback was in Chicago, choosing to watch — and celebrate — at home with their families. It was the sixth time since 1967 that quarterbacks went 1-2, and this was no surprise.It wasn’t a surprise to see Washington CB Marcus Peters or Missouri DE Shane Ray go in the opening round, although both bring questions about personal behavior to the NFL that dropped them a bit. Peters went 18th to Kansas City, Ray 23rd to Denver, which traded up five slots to get him.Peters was kicked off the Huskies after several arguments with coaches.“He’s got to keep his emotions in check and I think he’ll do that,” coach Andy Reid said. “He’s not a troublemaker off the field, that’s not what he is. He’s not a problem in the locker room, that’s not what he is. Just those competitive juices, you have to know how to control those.”Ray was cited for marijuana use April 27, and said he “will learn from my mistake.” Coincidentally, marijuana has been legalized in Colorado.Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory, who failed a marijuana test at the NFL combine, was not chosen.Following the quarterbacks were two more underclassmen: linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. of Florida headed upstate a bit to Jacksonville, then Oakland grabbed Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.The first senior taken was Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff by Washington in the fifth spot, a bit of a surprise.After Scherff, the Jets, normally heavily cheered when the draft was held in New York — it’s in Chicago for the first time in 51 years — were loudly booed when they went on the clock. And when they went for Southern Cal DT Leonard Williams, rated by some as the best overall player in this crop, the jeers increased exponentially.Why? Because the Bears were next up and need a dynamic player at the position.Still, the local team was cheered as if Jay Cutler had just thrown for a TD when it grabbed West Virginia’s game-breaking receiver, Kevin White. After trading top wideout Brandon Marshall to the Jets, the Bears had a big void there.Dan Quinn, the Falcons’ new coach after he helped build Seattle’s dynamic defense, got a nice tool in Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley.The Giants selected Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers and St. Louis finished off the top 10 by taking Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who comes off a major knee injury.The pick drew some reactions of disbelief from the crowd of 2,800 in the theater and 50,000 outside in what the league calls Draft Town. No RBs went in the first round of the past two drafts.“He’s special, yeah he is,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “When his career is over, he’ll be a great pick.”Minnesota took the first defensive back, Michigan State’s Trae Waynes, and then the proceedings got a big lift.Well, it was actually Roger Goodell who got the lift when 339-pound DT Danny Shelton of Washington bear-hugged him and elevated the Commissioner about a foot off the ground.“It was a little bit planned, but it was just an exciting time so I had to do it,” Shelton said.Shelton, dressed in Samoan garb, was chosen by Cleveland, then the Saints got Stanford OT Andrus Peat and the Dolphins bolstered their receiving group with Louisville’s DeVante Parker.Finally, a trade was made, with San Diego moving up two spots to 15 to get another running back, Wisconsin’s record-setting Melvin Gordon. San Francisco got the Chargers’ first-rounder, a fourth-rounder and next year’s fifth-rounder.Washington led with three choices: Shelton, Peters and LB Shaq Thompson to Carolina. The Pac-12 had nine choices, as did the ACC.Seventeen offensive players went in Round 1, which ended with DT Malcom Brown of Texas going to New England.Eighteen underclassmen were picked among the first 32.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hockeymoon in Vegas?

first_imgNEW YORK – Las Vegas and Quebec City advanced to the third and final formal stage to land NHL expansion franchises.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the development in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.Daly referred to the third stage as “the last formal phase,” but added, “it does not necessarily constitute the end of the process.”A person familiar with the process told The AP that the third stage involves the NHL reviewing the applicants’ business plans and revenue projections. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the NHL has not revealed the details of the process.The third stage is scheduled to end next month. Barring setbacks, it would then be up to the league and board of governors’ approval to award expansion franchises, the person added.The NHL isn’t expected to expand until 2017-18 at the earliest.Daly’s confirmation came after Montreal-based communications giant Quebecor announced on its Twitter account that it was moving forward. The company, which is overseeing the Quebec City bid, concluded its message by saying: “The goal: Bring (hashtag)Nordiques back to Quebec City.”Quebec’s capital was previously home to the Nordiques, before they relocated to Colorado in 1995.Messages left with the Bill Foley-led group “Vegas Wants Hockey,” were not returned. Foley is a billionaire businessman who had secured more than 13,200 season ticket deposits since February, when he began exploring the community’s level of interest for professional hockey.Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed an expansion fee of $500 million. That’s a significant jump from the $80 million fee paid by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, when the NHL last expanded to 30 teams in 2000.The third phase comes after the NHL examined each market and both groups’ arena plansIn Quebec City, the publicly funded, 18,259-seat Videotron Centre is set to open next month. In Las Vegas, a multipurpose arena under construction near the Las Vegas Strip is set to open next spring.The first phase came last month, when Las Vegas and Quebec City were the only expansion applicants out of 16 to have their bids accepted by the NHL.As part of their applications, the two groups submitted a $10 million down payment, $2 million of which was nonrefundable.An NHL franchise in Las Vegas would be the first in any of the major sports leagues for the city.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

5 days agoBVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learn

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learnby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc says dropping Jadon Sancho yesterday was the right call.Sancho had returned late from international duty with the England squad and was dropped for the win over Borussia Monchengladbach.”We did not make the decision easily, but it was without alternative. Sancho is an excellent player, but we have a responsibility for the club, for the spirit in the team,” said Zorc.BVB coach Lucien Favre also spoke of the former Manchester City winger: “Jadon is a great player, not a discussion. But he still has a lot to learn. He must continue to enjoy training and progress.” last_img read more

Wasnt it an attempt to score brownie points

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday hit back at outgoing Governor K N Tripathi for his comment that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeasement policy had adversely affected the social harmony of the state.Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee wondered why Tripathi did not say this earlier. Next Governor Jagdeep Dhankar will take oath on July 30. “Wasn’t it an attempt to score brownie points? That’s why we (TMC) had said before that the Raj Bhavan has turned into a BJP party office. This has now been proved to be true,” Chatterjee said in a sharp comment. Tripathi had differences of opinion with Banerjee on several occasions regarding various issues during his five-year tenure in the Raj Bhavan. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChatterjee, who is also the state Education and Parliamentary Affairs minister, said: “I don’t think that the TMC government’s relation with the outgoing Governor during his tenure was adverse. Any way this observation by him won’t glorify the chair of the Governor.” Tripathi, who has had several run-ins with the Chief Minister, said Banerjee has the vision and power to implement her decisions but needs to keep a check on her sentiments and exercise restraint.last_img read more

Feds explore buying Trans Mountain Morneaus decision coming Tuesday

first_imgFinance Minister Bill Morneau will announce as early as Tuesday morning where the government plans to go with Kinder Morgan to ensure the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets built.There are three options on the table, which include the government buying and building the expansion, then selling it once it’s complete; and buying it on an interim basis, then selling it to investors and leaving them to handle the construction.Morneau has already unveiled the third option: leaving original project architect Kinder Morgan to handle construction, but covering any cost overruns incurred as a result of political interference.The federal cabinet has been summoned to meet Tuesday morning, two hours earlier than usual, after which Morneau will discuss which of the three options the government has decided on.Kinder Morgan gave Ottawa until Thursday to convince it to proceed by settling down jittery investors who fear a court challenge from the B.C. government that would make the project too great a liability.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put a lot of political capital on the project, pledging over and over again that the pipeline expansion is in the national interest and will be built one way or another.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks Worst Country in the World for Netflix Subscribers

By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – A new list published by Extremist, an entertainment news site, ranked Morocco as the “worst country” in the world for Netflix subscribers on Tuesday.The report ranked 184 countries based on the number of television shows and movies available to their citizens after they enroll in a monthly subscription for Netflix. The streaming service’s package for Morocco provides users access to a total of 157 shows and movies, which is the lowest in the world. At the top, Netflix’s American customers can view 5750 pieces of content on-demand. French Guinea, Benin, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru made up the rest of the countries in the top ten after the United States.Djibouti, Syria and the Palestinian territories were the only members of the Arab League not listed in the rankings. Iraq (56th), Lebanon (73rd), and Kuwait (73rd) were the top three Arab countries listed, while Sudan (177th), Comoros (179th) and Morocco (184th) trailed at the bottom.Netflix rolled out its service to 130 new countries around the world – including Morocco – at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in early January. The company launched support for 17 new languages, including Arabic, during a keynote speech by CEO Reed Hastings.The company has previously commented that Netflix remains unavailable in Syria, China, North Korea, and Crimea due to complicated content ownership and copyright issues, according to indy100, a British entertainment news source. read more

Kitara The Electric Guitar Goes Digital

first_imgKitara’s tagline is “no strings attached.” It’s a strange new instrument that was drawing a big crowd in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center today. It’s a big plastic thing, shaped like a guitar with no head. There are little touch points (six per fret, corresponding to where the strings usually sit) all along the neck and an eight inch LCD in the body.The guitar comes loaded with hundreds of sounds, which the player can edit, manipulate, and combine–there are millions of sounds, according to the instrument’s manufacturer–you can also output MIDI sounds on the device.Pretty neat. AdChoices广告last_img

Awesome music created only from the sounds of Windows 98 and XP

first_imgThese video is pretty old–it was uploaded in 2007–so I have no idea how it escaped our attention for so long because it’s quite good. Using only audio from Windows 98 and Windows XP (Me never gets any respect…) YouTuber SomethingUnreal created the awesome track above. All the sounds were ripped directly from their respective operating system versions. They were played back in the 9 channel audio program seen in the video, obviously with lots of arranging.During the main sections you can barely pick out any specific Windows sounds (especially the guitar-like one) but if you listen closely and focus on individuals sounds then you’ll probably recognize more than a few. If you sit through to the end you’ll see some of the sound files in isolation as they were recorded from XP and Win 98.Using only sounds from Windows is a serious limitation for any track, but SomethingUnreal pulled this one off brilliantly. The Windows start sound in the middle strikes me a bit clunky but past that all I can say is that Microsoft needs to get thing in a Windows 8 commercial!via Geekosystemlast_img read more

Hadopi Reporters sans frontières réclame son abrogation

first_imgHadopi : Reporters sans frontières réclame son abrogationAlors que la Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi) vient de publier son premier bilan, l’association Reporters sans frontières (RSF) réitère  l’appel qu’elle avait déjà lancé. Elle réclame l’abrogation de la loi contre le téléchargement illégal.Au lendemain de la publication du premier bilan de la Hadopi (voir ici), Reporters sans frontières demande une nouvelle fois l’abrogation de la loi. Dans un communiqué publié sur son site Internet, l’association “regrette que la protection des données personnelles soit mal assurée par Hadopi, la Haute Autorité, à contre-courant, persiste dans sa politique, en dévoilant un premier bilan chiffré de la riposte graduée”. Un manquement pointé du doigt par la CNIL, qui a récemment dénoncé des lacunes en matière de sécurité (voir notre article).Réitérant son appel à abroger la loi Hadopi, RSF rappelle avoir inscrit la France à la liste des “pays sous surveillance” dans son dernier rapport sur les Ennemis d’Internet. Une inscription en grande partie due à l’adoption de la loi sur le téléchargement illégal, qui “outre ses lacunes et dysfonctionnements, (…) va à l’encontre des libertés fondamentales, en prévoyant la coupure de l’accès à Internet” déplore l’association.Une mesure très contestéeLa CNIL n’est pas la seule institution à avoir épinglé la riposte graduée. L’Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE) et l’ONU l’ont elles aussi pointée du doigt récemment. Dans un rapport publié en juin dernier, Frank Larue, rapporteur spécial pour la liberté d’expression des Nations unies, avait estimé que “couper l’accès Internet des utilisateurs, quelle que soit la justification fournie – et ceci inclut les lois concernant la violation des droits à la propriété intellectuelle – est une mesure disproportionnée”. Et d’ajouter : “Il s’agit d’une violation de l’article 19, paragraphe 3, du Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques”. Comme le rappelle RSF dans son communiqué, la Haute Autorité a annoncé le 11 juillet dernier avoir envoyé 470.000 mails d’avertissement et 20.598 lettres de recommandation depuis son entrée en vigueur. Seuls dix abonnés sont concernés par la troisième étape de la riposte graduée, et devront donc se justifier devant la Hadopi. Les internautes pourront alors voir leur dossier transmis au parquet, risquant ainsi une amende maximum de 1.500 euros, et la suspension de leur abonnement Internet.Le 15 juillet 2011 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene…

first_imgFacebook Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Harley Race memorial service set for August 11, Vince McMahon paid for hospital expense Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling great Harley Race was laid to rest in his home state of Missouri on Wednesday.According to a report on PWInsider, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Nick Aldis, Curtis Axel, Trevor Murdoch, Dave Lagana, and Ted DiBiase were all in attendance for the funeral.Race passed away on August 1 at the age of 76 after a battle with lung cancer.There will be a public memorial service for Harley Race on Sunday, August 11 at the Race Wrestling Arena in Troy, Missouri.WWE names an audio studio after Mean Gene OkerlundWWE announcer Scott Stanford posted a photo on his Twitter account showcasing WWE naming Audio Studio Two after the late Mean Gene Okerlund.Okerlund passed away on January 2 at the age of 76.New sign up outside Audio Studio 2 @wwe studios to honor the late Legendary @TheGeneOkerlund #meangene pic.twitter.com/1J1w46JxPT— Scott Stanford (@scottstanford1) August 7, 2019 Pinterest Triple H Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Hulk Hogan WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Stone Cold Steve Austin WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair comments on the passing of Harley Race Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Hulk Hogan Returns to WWE National Wrestling Alliance releases unedited interview with the late Harley Race Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Videos Articleslast_img read more

Lloris thinks Tottenham can compete without Harry Kane

first_imgNow that the extent of Harry Kane’s injury has been revealed, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is convinced that the Spurs can cope without their skipper.As we all know from last Sunday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, striker Harry Kane left the pitch after a nasty tackle that made him sprain his ankle and will be out of competition for at least a full month.Manager Mauricio Pochettino already spoke about how unfortunate this new injury was, many Spurs fans are even afraid of how badly the squad may perform without their best player.But goalkeeper Hugo Lloris doesn’t think that people should be this negative, he is convinced that the squad has what it takes to compete against all the club that will face Tottenham in the upcoming calendar month and Harry Kane’s absence won’t affect them that much.The Spurs have a relatively easy calendar apart from the crucial Carabao Cup match against Chelsea next week, they will certainly miss Harry Kane for this match and his absence could bring the squad’s morale down for such a crucial game.But Lloris wanted to send a message to all the fans, and to the players as well because the club’s whole season depends in this month without their top player.Lloris: @SpursOfficial ready to fight for titles without Kane https://t.co/vyK5KJMe0h pic.twitter.com/bEoizH6yEo— Premier League News (@BarclaysLeague) January 15, 2019“We all know how important Harry is in our team, but he is not all of our team,” said Lloris via Four Four Two.“Football is about the team and every player is ready to help the team.”“In football, during the season, you have ups and downs and you have to always adapt to those and we will see about ‘H’. But I think everybody is ready and the most important thing is the mind: being ready to fight, being ready to help, being ready to compete. It is better when you have all your best players on the field, but that can happen here or it can happen at other clubs.”“Every season is different. Every player is different. With or without him, we will see how we do. The most important thing is to prepare for the games as well as we can.”“We will see for Fulham in the next game with or without Harry, with or without Son [Heung-min]. Throughout the whole team you have important players but the main thing is the collective.”“It is the only way to get trophies. It is not about one or two players, but, as you know, we all know the importance of ‘H’. We are still involved in all competitions, the main thing is to finish in the top four. We said this from the beginning and we don’t change our mind,” he concluded.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Hugo Lloris reveals Tottenham’s new target after Man Utd defeat – and with Harry Kane injured https://t.co/hraysz10lw pic.twitter.com/izYtIn1yah— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 14, 2019The upcoming Premier League for next weekend for Tottenham Hotspur will be a London Derby against Fulham, this will be the very first match without Kane.Then they have to play against Chelsea in that Carabao Cup semifinal that we mentioned, the Spurs will have to play against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup three days later, and then they will have three consecutive Premier League matches.The first two will be at home against Watford and Newcastle United, two relatively easy matches.The third Premier League match before the full month without Kane passes will also be at home against Leicester City, but the major concern for all the Spurs fans will be the next match exactly one month after Kane’s injury.As we all know, Tottenham will have to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday 13 February and the plan is to have Kane fully recovered by then.The Spurs are looking to get past the Round of 16 in the competition, but they are facing one of the most dangerous squads in European football this season.Not having their best player in top form will be complicated, but he will do everything in his power to be available.Los 1⃣1⃣ de hoy: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.#VamosSpurs 👊 pic.twitter.com/y4GMmEsHQY— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_ES) January 13, 2019How do you think Tottenham will do without Harry Kane in the next month? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Rehabilitated sea turtle released into the wild

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A sea turtle has been released into the wild after she was rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium.The green sea turtle, named Miss Piggy, is now back in the waters off Boca Raton.She was found floating along the Intercoastal, last year, after possibly being hit by a boat, and received extensive medical attention.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img