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5 Rules For Working with Rented Gear on Your Next Shoot

first_imgAll filmmakers make mistakes, but it’s crucial not to make them with gear that isn’t yours. Here are some must-follow rules for rented gear.Top image via Shutterstock.When you’re starting out in the film industry, more often than not, you’re overworked, underpaid, and stretched way too thin. As a result, you’re going to make a few mistakes. In my opinion, it’s crucial as a community that we discuss and own up to our mistakes so that others can learn from them and move forward accordingly.This is especially true as it relates to rented filmmaking equipment — since these are the tools that we all share and use to tell our stories. Misuse of rented gear affects all of us, but it’s something that will happen on one of your productions at some point — whether it’s a big mistake or an incredibly small one.So, as someone who has rented gear quite often throughout the course of my career, I’ve made a mistake or two with equipment that I didn’t own. Some mistakes were worse than others, but the small ones feel just as bad as the bigger ones when you’re turning the gear back in to the rental house. So, here are some rules for weeding out and properly dealing with common on-set mistakes with rented gear.Save All Blown Or Broken BulbsImage via Shutterstock.If you think about it even slightly, this one seems very obvious (though all mistakes seem avoidable in hindsight), but I’ve heard from many rental houses that this rule gets forgotten quite often.Bulbs will blow out. It’s just a part of the show — and it will happen to you. In some (hopefully very rare and very avoidable) cases, a light may fall due to improper rigging — or get accidentally dropped by your cousin’s nephew’s first-time gaffer. If that happens, the bulb might shatter, or the filament will fail.Image via Shutterstock.In any of these cases, it is crucial that you save the broken or blown-out bulb — and you also want to have a very well-prepared explanation for why it happened. Bulbs are expensive, and the extra bulb you get with the light rental isn’t just a freebie. A bulb for an 800 watt HMI can cost around $500, and if you don’t save the physical proof of the failed bulb, then the rental house has every right to assume that you’re stealing it.When you’re standing there at the rental house telling them the story about how it was 4:00 in the morning and you were shooting in an old cemetery and the bulb on their Joker 800 blew out and you can’t remember where you put it because you were in a big rush, it won’t matter. You will buy them a new bulb.Double Check All Power Sources at The LocationImage via Shutterstock.Properly checking your power sources for your production (preferably during pre-production) with the location owner or location manager will be useful to you and your production. In an admittedly more basic way, you’ll know which light fixtures or support gear will even be valid for the power setup in your location (available amperage dictates the size of lights you can use for various needs). Alternatively, in a more budget-friendly regard, it can save you from needing to completely replace a light fixture or ballast.This is very rare. By all accounts you will more than likely be able to use any household outlet or generator for your lighting fixtures, and you’ll be fine. Having said that, all it takes is one bad outlet to completely blow up a ballast and cost you or your production a lot of money.Image via k5600.What does this mean? Well, in one particular case, I once plugged a ballast for a relatively low-powered HMI into an outdoor outlet to punch some light through a window for a daytime scene. I struck the light, and for a few short seconds everything seemed to be going fine, until the owner of the house briskly walked outside and said “Oh, wait — by the way, don’t use that outlet!” (pointing at the outlet that I had just used to spark the HMI). About that time, a few decent-sized sparks flew out of the ballast, and the light failed. Turns out the outlet was wired improperly, which ruined the ballast, and I had to replace it entirely. Not cheap.This entire situation could have been avoided if I would have just asked the homeowner ahead of time if there were any power quirks that I should know about. That’s all it takes.Image via ScreenLight & Grip.Another thing to consider is that some portable power generators run at frequencies that some film equipment really doesn’t like. So if you plan on using a genny, make sure it’s a “film friendly” generator. A good example of a low-cost generator known for being friendly with filmmaking lights is a Honda EU2000i (it’s also known for being super quiet). Using the wrong generator could also cause a ballast to fail.The Renter Is Always Responsible And Must Be PresentImage via Shutterstock.It’s common that the person who is actually responsible for the rented gear may not be the one actually physically doing the work. Whether it’s a producer, an agency account, or just a contractor tasked with overseeing the rental, the person who is in contact with the rental house and pays the bill is always the one responsible for the gear.This means that if you’re using rented gear on a production, you are a representative of the responsible person, and their fate is in your hands. Their reputation, the associated bank account, their career, and their faith in you as part of their team are all on the line. This is clearly not something you should take for granted.Image via Shutterstock.However, this is a lot of responsibility for the crew — especially when they are not associated with the rental. The person who is associated with the rental should be on set at all times to ensure proper use of the gear. At the end of the day, the actual renter is the one who has to answer for any mistakes, and if they’re not on set, they won’t be able to explain what happened. If this happens, the rental company will lose faith in your entire group.Take it from me: if you’re returning gear that got mishandled on a production that you weren’t in charge of, and the person who was in charge wasn’t there when the mishandling happened, it’s very awkward. This is true even if you had nothing to do with it and you were just trying to do someone else a favor by returning the gear in the first place.If Something Happens, Attempt To Contact the Rental HouseImage via Shutterstock.If you’re on a set and a piece of rental gear gets broken or damaged, the first thing you should do in all cases is attempt to contact the rental house. Whether you’re calling about a broken extension cable or a $50,000 lens, they need to know immediately. If you can’t get in touch with them because it’s after hours, try an e-mail. Make sure that it’s clear that you tried to contact them.In some cases, the rental company may be able to send you a replacement. At the very least, they will know that you made an effort to contact them right away, which builds credibility as a client.The absolute biggest reason that this is important is because that piece of gear that you broke may be necessary for a different production the next day — or even later that day. Some rental houses only carry one or two instances of a particular piece of gear, and they may be scheduled for another project. If you’ve broken it, they need to know so they can inform the next renter and help them come up with a new plan.We all share this stuff, and following these practices only makes it better for all of us.Dont Take Shortcuts During Load-Out/Load-InImage via Sunwolf Lighting and Grip.Packing up gear is never fun. Whether you’re done shooting for the day and just trying to get home, or loading up so that you can head to the next location and get back to work, it’s easily one of the biggest drags of being a filmmaker.It happens quickly, it’s exhausting, and more often than not, the temptation to phone it in can be quite strong. When you’re done shooting for the day and you went three to four hours longer than you were supposed to and it’s time to load-out from the location — this is when the good crews separate from the bad ones.It’s absolutely imperative in these moments to slow down, take your time, and make sure that every member of the crew gets the gear that they’re supposed to get. Each person responsible for each piece of gear should get every single thing that they left the rental house with to begin with. The rental house will index everything you return, and if something is missing or different or broken, they will notice. No exceptions.Image via Shutterstock.More than anything, you have to pretend that all gear is yours. Treat every piece of gear the same way that you would want someone to treat something that you worked hard to buy. Gear isn’t cheap, and the fact that almost every decent-sized market in the world has gear rental options available is something that no filmmaker should take for granted.These are the tools that we use to tell stories, advance our careers, and push the craft forward. We all make mistakes, but try your very hardest not to make them with things that aren’t yours.last_img read more

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Palghar byelection: Shiv Sena demands recounting

first_imgAlleging discrepancies in the counting, Shiv Sena candidate Srinivas Vanga has demanded recounting of votes in the Palghar byelection. Ketan Chandrakant Patil, the candidate’s representative, in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner on Thursday, has alleged that there were “huge discripancies (sic) in round no 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 24” in the voting pattern of the BJP and Shiv Sena candidates. The Shiv Sena has also requested the Election Commission not to declare the final result till the recounting process takes place. Rajendra Gavit, the BJP candidate, emerged as the winner. He had polled 2,72,782 votes, while the Shiv Sena candidate received 2,43,210 votes. The byelection was necessitated in the constituency following the death of BJP Lok Sabha member Chintaman Wanaga. While his son Srinivas contested on the Shiv Sena ticket, the BJP fielded former Congress MLA and minister Rajendra Gavit as their candidate.last_img read more

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NU posts first win, beats UE in 3 sets behind Ivy Lacsina’s 18

first_imgMOST READ NU Lady Bulldogs celebrate a point against the UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing early adversity, National University rose to the occasion after beating University of the East, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19, for its first win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ivy Lacsina fired a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs, who played their first game minus their lone setter Joyme Cagande due to a left knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Roselyn Doria added 12 points for NU, which got 26 points off UE’s errors.Judith Abil was the only Lady Warrior to hit double-digit points with 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We’re happy but I can’t really express how happy we are because everyone knows the team’s struggles,” said Norman Miguel, who is in his first year as NU’s head coach.Without Cagande, who could miss the rest of the season after being feared to have sustained an ACL injury in NU’s loss to FEU last week, the Lady Bulldogs found an able replacement in Joni Chavez, who had been converted from libero to setter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesChavez did not disappoint with 14 excellent sets in her first stint as a setter.“It’s tough at first but I’m just taking it as a challenge,” Chavez said in Filipino. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Cabinet expansion tomorrow, to have UP, dalit tilt

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) An expansion and reshuffle of the Modi government will take place tomorrow with a dalit tilt in the exercise possibly eyeing the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year. Prominent among the names doing the rounds for induction include Anupriya Patel, an OBC Lok Sabha member belonging to ally Apna Dal, and a number of BJP leaders, who met party chief Amit Shah today. The BJP names include S S Ahluwalia (LS), Vijay Goel (RS), P P Chaudhary, a dalit MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan. Sources said Ajay Tamta, a dalit Lok Sabha member from Uttarakhand, which will go to the polls with Uttar Pradesh early next year, Purushottam Rupala, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, Ramdas Athawale, a RPI MP from Maharashtra (RS), Mahendra Nath Pandey, an MP from UP, are among the likely inclusions.Krishan Raj, another BJP dalit MP from UP, can also make the cut.Some ministers can also be dropped, party sources said adding top ministers are unlikely to be disturbed. Frank Noronha, Principal spokesperson of the government, tweeted today that the cabinet expansion will take place tomorrow at 11 AM.There has been talk of the expansion for the past several weeks amid speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could induct new faces from Uttar Pradesh with an eye on polls.There is also a vacancy in the Council of Ministers after Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam.This will be the second expansion of the Cabinet after Modi came to power in May, 2014. The first expansion had occurred in November 2014.advertisementThere are currently 64 Union ministers, including the Prime Minister, and there can be a maximum of 82 of them under a constitutional bar. PTI NAB KR VSClast_img read more

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Cartoon Corner: So who’s got a broader chest?

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OSU Fall Camp Update: Glenn Spencer Is Already In Midseason Form

first_imgTre Flowers, Jordan Sterns & Josh Mabin lookin just as spent as their coach Glenn Spencer!! #HotYoga @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/vuowNV0wN6— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016“You’ve got to take them through those valleys to chisel that into them,” said Spencer.Think about how great that quote is. Take them through those valleys to chisel that into them.“We did that today. Some of them responded well and some of them didn’t, so we’ll go look at the tape and just try to win tomorrow. That’s the biggest thing is to just win the next practice. Don’t worry about the season yet, don’t worry about the first opponent. We’ve got a lot of things to worry about internally before we can think about anything else.”This is true of course, and nobody is better at presenting it than Spencer. He knows his defense will have to roll deep against some wicked good Big 12 offense.“We’ve got some maturity and we’ve got some guys that have played enough where that can’t happen, and shouldn’t happen. Now, our challenge is to create some depth so that some guys know how to respond when there’s a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of work to be done there.”Yes there is.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Glenn Spencer is the best. It’s August 9, and he’s in the throes of fretting and worrying about his 11 guys on defense like it’s October 28 and OSU is still undefeated. I love it. He has good reason to worry too. OSU has been bad in defensive efficiency the last two years. With an above average year (for OSU standards) this season, this team could legitimately win the Big 12.Spencer was asked on Monday what he’s preaching at practice. His answer was amazing.“Of course, effort,” said Spencer.Of course.“Any great defense I’ve ever been around has played with great emotion and great intensity, so you get out here in 90 percent humidity and they’re soaking wet, sweating,” added Spencer.They are not the only ones.last_img read more

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2 days agoJuventus chief Paratici confirms Mandzukic exit plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici confirms Mandzukic exit plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admits they’re ready to sell Mario Mandzukic.Paratici has opened the door for Mario Mandzukic to start training with another side ahead of a January transfer move.The striker is still being linked with Manchester United.”We are talking to Mandzukic to find the best possible solution,” Paratici told Sky Italia.”We remain open to any scenario, so staying here or going elsewhere. We are discussing it to find the best solution for both parties.”Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club. If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.” last_img read more

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Prince Moulay Rachid Marrakech Festival Celebrates Peace

Marrakech – The 16th annual Marrakech International Film Festival, which kicked off on Friday, is an event that will be packed with emotion and wonderful moments, “to once again celebrate peace and the hope of a world full of promise for generations to come,” said Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the Foundation’s Festival. In its traditional editorial to present this year’s edition (Dec. 2-10), to be held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay Rachid said that “in the space of a month, Marrakech will have been the symbol of the convergence of ideas, of the will and desire to make our world a better one.”“We cannot gather here for the 16th edition of the Marrakesh International Film Festival without mentioning and saluting the holding of the COP22 conference on climate change in this magnificent Ochre City,” he added. “The intentions are there to support and promote a vision of the world in which responsibilities are shared, in which origins and differences are set aside to give way to a common wish to contribute to a better future. That is the spirit of the Marrakesh International Film Festival,” Prince Moulay Rachid noted.Concerning the program of the 16th edition, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid said that “as our honored guest, Russian cinema will guide us through a rich civilization.Masterclasses will be given by some great masters who have left their stamp and continue to do so on the history of filmmaking. The eclecticism of the Jury under the presidency of the great cineaste Béla Tarr is the reflection of the official selection in which borders do not exist.”“All this combines to strengthen my firm belief: Cinema is in the service of humanity, as a vector to bring us together and help us discover others,” concluded Prince Moulay Rachid. read more

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Morocco to Launch Second Campaign of Illegal Immigrants Regularization

Rabat – Morocco is set to launch a second campaign to regularize the situations of illegal immigrants living in the kingdom.In accordance with the high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, the second phase of the campaign for the regularization of the situation of illegal immigrants in Morocco will be launched immediately, as already planned for the end of 2016, the National Commission in charge of Illegal Immigrants’ Regularization said on Monday.“During HM the King’s visits to sub-Saharan African countries, several Heads of State congratulated the Sovereign and the Kingdom of Morocco for its migration policy, which aims at promoting the economic and social integration of illegal immigrants mainly those from Sub-Saharan African countries,” the commission added in a statement. “Given the success of the first phase of the regularization campaign that took place in 2014, HM the King gave his high instructions for the launching of the second phase of the process, as already planned by the end of 2016,” the source pointed out.This second phase, which will be launched immediately, will take place under the same conditions as the first phase, which involved about twenty-five thousand people. In a speech to the nation on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the King said that “Morocco was one of the first countries of the South to adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants.”“This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded,” the Sovereign added.“As part of the implementation of this policy, my country has, without any arrogance, pomposity or discrimination, regularized the situation of migrants using fair and reasonable standards. It has provided the conditions needed for migrants to reside, work and lead a dignified life within our community,” the King pointed out.“This is hardly surprising on the part of Moroccans, considering the way they always treat their guests. Generosity, hospitality and the warmth of their welcome have long been deep-rooted features of our identity and culture.”“I am deeply satisfied to note that migrants are hardworking people, who are known for their good behavior, their commitment to the rule of law and their respect for Moroccan values and sanctities.” “Let me add, in this regard, that we are only fulfilling our duty towards these people, whose circumstances have led them to risk their lives and leave their families and homeland.”“Morocco, which has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure, is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants. It will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach.” read more

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How to manage your money like an NHL hockey player

TORONTO — Even before Jamie McLennan made it to the NHL and began earning a top-athlete’s salary, he learned a hard lesson about how “money attracts a lot of good people and a lot of losers.”While he was still playing in the minor leagues, he and many of his peers invested in a beanie hat company that aimed to sell its wares at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In the end, the company never lived up to its promises and his $5,000 investment disappeared.“He took our money and spent it, and probably lived high on the hog for a few days,” said McLennan, who went on to be an NHL goaltender for 11 seasons and is now a hockey analyst for TSN.McLennan’s loss was relatively small, but the story is all too common.For baby boomer couples, synchronize or stagger is the new retirement dilemmaYou don’t need $100 million to employ a family-office-style investing modelThree behavioural barriers to solid retirement planning, and how you can overcome them“Every player, for the most part, can tell you their one story of where you trusted somebody and it kind of went south… You need to surround yourself with people that know what they’re doing and people that you trust,” he said.The NHL season started this week, bringing in a fresh crop of hockey stars who after years of gruelling training will start to reap the benefits of their hard work — in both profile and salary.Still, despite earning seven-figure salaries and higher, too many high-profile hockey players have squandered their millions and filed for bankruptcy, including Jack Johnson and Darren McCarty.Many former players now advise the next generation of stars on how to not become the next financial cautionary tale.“They train hard, and they get these specific programs to be successful, you know, on the ice,” said Stew Gavin, former NHL player and president of Gavin Hockey Wealth Specialists. “And if you take some of that same initiative to care for your financial matters, you can do extremely well.”Here are some personal finance rules for NHL stars that can apply to beer league players and non-hockey playing folk as well.1) Do not rush into financial decisions.Whether you have just received a massive pay bump or come into a large sum of money such as an inheritance, resist the urge to deploy your cash into investments right away, Gavin says. Learn what investment options are available, interview different firms and only do what you are comfortable with, he added. “If it takes you six months or a year, I would rather someone go into it, be informed and educated and gradually deploy it so that it is in line with their comfort level,” he said.2) Live within your means.Don’t try to keep up with peers who are further along in their career, and earning power, said Francois Giguere, a Colorado-based wealth manager who has advised hockey players for 20 years. An individual at the beginning of their career may feel pressure to keep up with their peers’ lavish lifestyle, he said. “Even if you’re making a million, you’re with players that are making five, six, seven million (dollars). …That’s where you can fall and miss the boat financially.”3) Help friends and family — down the road.If you take care of your own finances up front, you will be in a better position to help them even more later, said Giguere. “It’s tough early on to be a little bit more selfish and make sure you take care of yourself,” he said. “And as your income grows… you can be in a position to help.”4) Pay close attention to your cash flow.“The biggest eye opener is to see money go out on a monthly basis,” said McLennan, who is a client of Gavin’s. The key is to establish how you want to live for the rest of your life, and work backwards to structure your finances to reach that goal, he said. “The quicker you can identify that as a young athlete… The faster you can achieve those goals.”5) Budget for a longer retirement than you anticipate.Players need to earn enough for their post-playing life, which for some can span 60 years. In general, most people are living longer past retirement — beyond the 20 years that used to be standard. Think longer-term, as saving now means more flexibility in the future. “When they retire from hockey they’ll be able to pick a second career, if they need to work — something that they can be passionate about,” said Giguere. “Not necessarily something that is going to give them the most amount of income.” read more

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Radiothon aids hospital campaign

Norfolk General Hospital is using the radio waves to raise money to help radiologists and patients.The hospital will be holding its Year of the Cat 2.0 Radiothon on both of Norfolk’s radio station on May 7.The money raised from the event will be put towards purchasing a new computed tomography scanner. The CT scanner is the most important piece of technology in the hospital to help with diagnosing a wide variety of conditions by helping to see inside the body painlessly.The CT scanner the hospital is currently using went into service in 2006. With around 8,000 scans every year, the 13-year-old machine is no longer up for the job. By the end of 2019 the manufacturer will no longer support the 2006 version of the machine.The new unit that the hospital plans on purchasing costs $1.5 million. It will produce a sharper, easier to read image, and will work faster to reduce radiation exposure.“We invite listeners to call in during the broadcast with their donation,” Jennifer White, director of the NGH Foundation, said in a press release. “Adding your voice will definitely make a difference in the delivery and maintaining of great healthcare close to home.”The day long broadcast will feature interviews with doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and patients who share their stories. More than $1 million has been raised through previous Radiothon broadcasts.Listeners can tune in to either Norfolk radio station (98.9 and 99.7) on May 7 to listen in and make a pledge. read more

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Globalization must leave no one behind senior UN officials tell joint meeting

“We have a responsibility to promote narratives that acknowledge that sustainable prosperity for all will come through inclusion rather than exclusion,” said ECOSOC President Frederick Shava in his opening remarks to the joint meeting. Similarly in his own remarks, Dian Triansyah Djani, Chair of the General Assembly’s Second Committee highlighted: “In our world of gaps, there should be special attention of enabling global environment for countries, in particular the developing countries, to provide a considerable share to the global achievements of the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals].” ‘2030 Agenda provides answers to questions global citizens are asking’The annual joint meeting is held every year to discuss important economic and financial issues among both bodies’ membership. This year it was under the theme The changing political economy of globalization: Multilateral institutions and the 2030 Agenda.Further in his remarks, Mr. Djani highlighted the importance of collective action for the achievement of SDGs. “We, collectively, will have to demonstrate that the 2030 Agenda provides the answers to the questions being asked by global citizens. The many should work together so the few helpless one are not left behind because of globalization,” he emphasized. Also, Mr. Shava underlined the need to change the “political narratives” that advocate for isolationism, “We have a responsibility to promote narratives that acknowledge that sustainable prosperity for all will come through inclusion rather than exclusion,” he said. “Too daunting are the challenges of climate change, poverty, conflicts and terrorism, to name a few. The increasingly complex nature of these challenges calls for global solutions as no one country can deal with these issues alone,” the ECOSOC President added.World transformed by seismic events – from iPhone to financial meltdown in 18 months The joint meeting today also featured a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Thomas Friedman who in his speech stressed: “We were in an age of acceleration where we needed to reimagine and reflect.” The world is witnessing three non-linear accelerations all at the same time: the market (globalization), Mother Nature (climate change, population growth), and Moore’s Law (technology). These three accelerations are reshaping the world’s politics, geopolitics, the workplace, community, and ethics, he continued. Mr. Freidman went on to recount a series of seismic social and technological events that occurred in 2007, when, among others: Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone beginning the smartphone/apps revolution; Facebook went global; Twitter went global; Airbnb hit the marketplace; “Amazon came out with something called the Kindle;” Github emerged; and IBM launched Watson. Further, he said the cost of sequencing a human genome went from around $100 million down to $1, Google bought YouTube, Intel went off silicon to expand Moore’s Law, and cloud computing took off. “2007 was the biggest technological inflection point since Gutenberg invented the printing press, and we missed it [because] the 2008 economic and financial collapse happened right after,” he said. Subsequently, the market is being fundamentally reshaped. “This is not your grandmother’s globalization,” said Mr. Friedman. Although trade in physical goods and financial products and services – the hallmarks of 20th century globalization – have flattened out and even declined in recent years, the globalization of flows means the world has never been more interconnected. If you want to make something, you’re living in the greatest period in history, but if you want to break something, you’re also living in the greatest period in history – Thomas Friedman“And you haven’t seen anything yet,” he continued, noting that the flows of friends, of renters, opinions, crowdfunding, instant messages, peer-to-peer payments, pictures, education, college courses, design tools, music, video, news, cloud-based tools, searches, raw video, “all of these flows are exploding, and they are the new globalization tying us together.” As such, he argued that the country that built infrastructure and educated its people to connect up to more [of these] flows will be the country that thrives in the 21st century. Mother Nature is exponentially changing too, through climate change, population growth, and biodiversity loss. “You’re all familiar with this one, but Mother Nature is going through her own exponential changes, which we’re seeing in Florida right now,” he noted. Mr. Friedman went on to stress that the workplace would be irrevocably altered and it is necessary to convert artificial intelligence to intelligent assistance and algorithms to allow workers to adapt to exponential change. Lifelong learning will be essential, and “building walls will not stop this change.” Politics and geopolitics would have to adapt as well, as parties will need to become more heterodox and less ideological, or fail. Lastly, ethics will have to evolve. “If you want to make something, you’re living in the greatest period in history, but if you want to break something, you’re also living in the greatest period in history,” he said. “What every human being believes now matters.” It will be necessary to bring back the ‘Golden Rule’ through strong families and healthy communities. Participants at Joint Meeting of Second Committee and UN Economic and Social Council: (left to right) New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Second Committee Chairman Dian Triansyah Djani and ECOSOC read more

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Apollo Safety launches mining division

first_imgApollo Safety, specialising in safety products and services, has formed a mining division to better serve the mining industry in general and other operators that work underground. The new division will feature extensive offerings for mines and underground work as it pertains to gas detection equipment, maintenance and monitoring.“When you work underground, you go to work knowing there’s a possibility you might not resurface. That’s why it’s critical that these facilities have reliable gas detection monitors placed throughout the underground site,” said John V. Carvalho III, President of Apollo Safety, Inc. “Our new mining division will help these mines and other underground facilities select the appropriate system for their needs and make recommendations for a suitable maintenance schedule.”Apollo Safety’s offerings include a wide variety of portable and stationary gas detection systems suitable for large universities, including name brands like Industrial Scientific, RAE Systems by Honeywell, RKI Instruments, and GMI. Apollo Safety also offers portables gas monitors for rental at weekly or monthly rates. Rental equipment is certified to NIST standards.In addition, Apollo Safety also provides on-site installation and training and 24/7 service. Apollo Safety technicians are factory-trained. In addition, Apollo offers its own proprietary training program, with five levels of certification.“Having gas detection systems in place can only save lives if you know they are working properly. That’s what makes having a maintenance program critical,” said Carvalho. “With our new division, we provide maintenance and monitoring services to actually test gas detection systems so the facility knows that it’s working properly rather than just assuming all is well.”Apollo Safety provides service in a state-of-the-art in-house service centre, as well as offering on-site support with factory-trained technicians for both portable and stationary gas detection systems. Apollo uses only factory-original parts for repairs and repairs are made exactly to manufacturer’s requirements. Apollo guarantees a 10-day turnaround time with pre-approval, though 86% of all repairs are completed in five days or less. Free software upgrades included with all repairs.last_img read more

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ZRK Vardar one step closer to Budapest

handball matchhandball resultstop 8 handballWomens EHF Champions Leaguezrk vardar ← Previous Story St Raphael reaches French Cup Final after crazy win over PSG! Next Story → Montpellier wins French League Cup Macedonian super team ZRK Vardar is one step closer to the first Women’s EHF Champions League F4 tournament in Budapest. Team of Indira Kastratovic beat German Thuringer 31:25 (16:13) in the first match of TOP 8 phase.  Germans have been in the game until 21:19, after Macedonian girls finished match in the big style. The TOP scorers for the winning team were Dmitrovic and Radicevic with 6 goals, while Luzumova scored 8 for Thuringer… read more

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Energies renouvelables lItalie inaugure la plus grande centrale solaire dEurope

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : l’Italie inaugure la plus grande centrale solaire d’EuropeL’Italie vient d’inaugurer la plus grande centrale photovoltaïque d’Europe. Doté d’une puissance de 70 mégawatts, le site a ouvert ses portes dans le nord-est du pays.Installée dans la province de Rovigo, en Vénétie, la centrale a été construite par le groupe américain SunEdison. Elle aura nécessité seulement neuf mois de travaux, et coûté la somme de 250 millions d’euros. S’étendant sur une superficie de 850.000 mètres carrés, la plus grande centrale solaire d’Europe est dotée de quelque 280.000 panneaux photovoltaïques.À lire aussiLe plus grand “soleil artificiel” du monde vient de s’allumer en AllemagneInauguré le 23 novembre, le site de Rovigo devrait couvrir lors de sa première année de fonctionnement, les besoins en électricité de 16.500 ménages, permettant ainsi d’éviter le rejet de plus de 40.000 tonnes de CO2 dans l’atmosphère. Pour Carlos Domenech, président de SunEdison, ce projet marque un réel tournant dans l’évolution du secteur photovoltaïque. “Il deviendra une référence pour les futurs grands projets photovoltaïques”, espère la société qui dispose d’une part minoritaire de la centrale, et sera chargée de son exploitation et sa maintenance. C’est le fonds d’investissement First Reserve, spécialisé en énergie, qui a acquis la majorité du site.A noter qu’avec une puissance installée de plus d’un gigawatt, l’Italie se place au deuxième rang en Europe, derrière l’Allemagne, en matière de production d’énergie solaire.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 08:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le FBI publie son enquête sur Steve Jobs

first_imgLe FBI publie son enquête sur Steve JobsLe FBI publie le dossier du co-fondateur d’Apple près de 4 mois après sa mort. Ce portrait, pas toujours flatteur, précise la double facette de l’homme autant considéré comme un grand innovateur que comme un tyran despotique et manipulateur.L’enquête du FBI sur Steve Jobs a été réalisée en 1991 lorsque ce dernier était pressenti pour participer à une commission présidentielle lors du mandat de George Bush à la Maison Blanche. Sur près de 191 pages reprises par l’AFP, l’organisme fédéral note tous les témoignages recueillis auprès de ses proches et collaborateurs pour donner un portrait contrasté de l’ancien PDG d’Apple.Dans le document publié ces derniers jours, on découvre divers aspects de la personnalité de Jobs. Il revient sur sa jeunesse, où le jeune homme a consommé du LSD durant plusieurs années (il disait publiquement que cette consommation de stupéfiants avait été l’une des meilleurs choses qu’il avait faites dans sa vie), et qu’il fut un père exécrable pour sa première fille Lisa, abandonnée durant les premières années de sa vie.Le FBI cite également une source proche de Steve Jobs, le décrivant comme “un individu trompeur qui n’était ni complètement franc, ni complètement honnête”, faisant dire aux rédacteurs de ce fichier que “plusieurs personnes ont mis en doute l’honnêteté de M. Jobs, déclarant que M. Jobs travestirait la vérité et déformerait la réalité pour parvenir à ses fins.” Ce que les fans d’Apple et les observateurs appellent le “champ de distorsion de la réalité” qui permettait à Jobs et son charisme de faire passer n’importe quelle assertion pour une vérité absolue. “Un vrai dirigeant qui a fait la différence” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais il faut reconnaître au FBI que leurs équipes n’ont pas fait de procès d’intention à Steve Jobs et soulignent, toujours en citant des proches couverts de l’anonymat, que le PDG “menait ses affaires de manière honorable et ne l’a jamais vu exprimer aucun parti pris ni préjugé.” On peut lire également que Jobs aurait été pourvu d'”intégrité”, “d’un grand sens moral” et aurait été “extrêmement intelligent, un vrai dirigeant qui a fait la différence dans l’industrie informatique.”Steve Jobs avait été indisponible trois semaines durant pour répondre aux questions du FBI. Néanmoins, aucune véritable révélation ne se trouve dans ce portrait officiel. L’homme faisait le même constat à propos de son caractère dans la biographie de Walter Isaacson sortie en octobre dernier et pas toujours tendre avec l’ancien dirigeant Apple.Le 11 février 2012 à 15:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Families invited to tally crawly critters in Clark County

first_imgThe Water Resources Education Center is hosting the 18th annual Critter Count, a spring survey of amphibians and reptiles in Clark County.The Critter Count is for families and people of all ages to discover the snakes, frogs, newts and other crawly creatures at designated sites. Understanding the animal populations also gives local officials a clearer picture of the area’s waterways.Counters will undergo a brief training at 9 a.m. April 14, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. The groups will then go to counting sites.Field guides and biologists will teach participants about the world of herpetology using slides, stories and tips to identify amphibians and reptiles. The introduction will last an hour. Volunteers will be paired with field biologists and carpool to one of four sites. For about three hours, they will search for and identify the critters.Participants should bring boots, warm clothes, a jacket, lunch and, if possible, binoculars. Snacks, drinks and equipment will be provided.From 1 to 3 p.m., the water center will provide an up-close look at snakes, lizards and more reptiles, during a Second Saturday event.The shows start at 1 and 2 p.m. Audience members will hear about reptiles and amphibians living in their backyards, and what they can do to protect the creatures and provide them with clean water.Admission is free. Families are encouraged to attend the events. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.last_img read more

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Vancouver man charged in Ponzi scheme

first_imgA former investment adviser from Vancouver was among several people charged with perpetrating a long-running Ponzi scheme in the region.The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Lyman Bruhn with running a scheme that induced investments through false claims he was investing in blue-chip stocks, or public stocks of well-established companies.The fraud charges were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland against hedge fund manager Yusaf Jawed; Jawed’s attorney, Robert Custis; and Bruhn, an associate of Jawed’s.Bruhn agreed to settle the complaint, without admitting or denying guilt, which allows a judge to make a final judgment in his case. The judgment means Bruhn will forfeit his right to be an investment adviser, commission officials said.Reached by telephone, Bruhn’s Portland attorney, Chris Schatz, said his client was compliant with the commission’s ongoing investigation, but declined further comment.“Mr. Bruhn has cooperated fully with the SEC in reaching a settlement and will continue to cooperate as needed,” Schatz said.The commission said Bruhn’s cohort, Jawed, raised more than $37 million from more than 100 investors in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country, including 20 investors in Washington. He allegedly used false marketing materials that boasted double-digit returns to lure people to invest in his hedge funds, according to a press release from the commission. He then used the money to pay off earlier investors and pay for his personal expenses and travel.last_img read more

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Abundant Lifes Pasta Dinner Silent Auction Set For March 22

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Abundant Life Christian School’s 20th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Friday, March 22 at 5pm. Please consider joining us as we raise money to support the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.. Each year, the eighth grade has the opportunity to go on a class trip to see our nation’s capital and learn about the great history of this country while making memories to last a lifetime.The Pasta Dinner was first held back in April of 1999 and the Silent Auction was added in 2007. It has since become the most highly anticipated event of the year! It is a wonderful community event with food, fun and friends. The Pasta Dinner has two seatings, at 5pm and 6:30pm. Prices are $7 per ticket, with children 8 and under at $5. In addition, take-out orders are available.Come, relax, and be served by the eighth grade Class of 2019 and place your bids. For further information please contact Abundant Life Christian School at (978) 657-8710 or email tixalcs@gmail.com.About Abundant LifeAbundant Life Christian School and Learning Center is a private, Christian school located in the Abundant Life Christian Center of Wilmington. The purpose of Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center is to provide a sound academic education, integrated with a Christian view of God and the world within a warm, caring environment. Our emphasis is on providing a basic Christian philosophy of, and approach to life. We have been growing kids God’s way since 1982. For more information please contact the school at 978-657-8710 or go to http://www.ablifeschool.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Abundant Life.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAbundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 13In “Education”WILMINGTON GIVES: Abundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 8In “Community”Abundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 7In “Community”last_img read more

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