Which Camera Movement Should You Use — and When and Why?

first_imgShooting HandheldShooting something organically is a goal shared by many filmmakers. You want to make something honest, real, cheap, and (most importantly) you want to connect with your audience. I’m here to make the case for why shooting handheld isn’t always the best solution. If you’re looking at major motion pictures as a reference point, you’ll note that the best stories aren’t always told through the motion of the camera — rather, they rely on carefully composing the characters within a smooth shot. You’ll notice the smoothness of your vision if you stand up and walk around the room. It’s almost as if there is in-body stabilization built into your brain, acting as a gimbal of sorts.Shooting handheld is perfect for a variety of different shots and moments throughout your film. Action movies tend to use the shaky handheld aesthetic to bring the viewers in while making them anxious, then spit them out once the violence concludes. Directors like Paul Greengrass, Christoper Nolan (with the Dark Knight films), and plenty of others all block their scenes with the handheld view.Going for SmoothOn the other hand, filmmakers like David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson favor the slow, smooth, steady camera work that acts as the point of view for the audience. Slowing things down and using a gimbal or a Steadicam puts the viewer in the characters’ shoes and immerses them in the narrative world.But, if you want to slow things down even more, go for complete stillness. Set your camera up on a tripod, carefully compose the shot according to the space at hand, and let the story unfold right before a fixed lens.There’s No Right WayThe beauty of filmmaking is that every aspect of the production process offers both blessings and curses. In this instance, each camera move can work in any type of scene — the question is should it? Go ahead and shoot handheld as much as you want. The only thing that matters when it’s all said and done is whether or not the story is engaging. Everything we do as storytellers is about figuring out how to tell the most compelling story possible, no matter how you do it.Top image via welcomia.Looking for more filmmaking video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountThe Benefits of Working with 4K Footage in a 1080 SequenceWhat Else Can You Do with Your 360° and VR Video Footage?Everything to Know About Layer Styles in After Effects7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Blackmagic’s URSA Mini Pro From expansive dolly moves to intimate handheld shots, there’s a range of camera movements for every shot. But which one works best for the story?The bottom line is that camera movement should either cater to the story or get its motivation from the charters. Handheld, dolly, Steadicam, crane, and static shots all are tools to cater to the film, not detract from it. Understanding the origins of these shots can better your skills when it comes to capturing them on set.In this video, I’ve broken down several of the camera movements I use most frequently — and when it’s appropriate to use them.last_img read more

Valdez: Vietnam really prepared for us

first_imgAlyssa Valdez is unfazed of THS pic.twitter.com/b8RcX6jluZ— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 25, 2017KUALA LUMPUR—Alyssa Valdez, one of the country’s most vaunted scorers, was left in awe of Vietnam’s performance after the Philippines lost a crucial group stage match Friday in the Southeast Asian Games.“They really prepared against us. They showed too much energy and confidence against us,” said Valdez in Filipino after the team lost to Vietnam, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23.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 shutoutBut the 23-year-old Valdez maintained the PH women’s team played well.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program READ: PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH adds silver to lawn bowls medal haul LATEST STORIES “We have no regrets. We gave it our all in today’s game,” added Valdez.“It’s a learning experience for us, for the team and the whole Philippine volleyball,” added Valdez who scored 11 points. “Hopefully this would motivate us against Thailand.”The Philippines will face Thailand in the cross-over semis Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Read Next MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward comes clean on Fernandes push

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward comes clean on Fernandes pushby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has set the record straight on the club’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.The midfielder was linked with United all summer before eventually staying with Sporting Lisbon.And Woodward says the club must be cautious about player’s using them to boost their contract demands.”It hit a peak five seasons ago with 250 players,’ Woodward told United We Stand.”It was 177 two seasons ago. It’s around 200 every year.”We’re usually after three players, so we might be talking to nine in reality.”What you are referring to in the original question does happen, but it’s less likely to happen give our closed-door approach to recruitment targets.”But it does exist and we have to be wary of that [players using the club.”Sometimes, the amount of time a player or his agent invests into discussions, meetings and contracts shows that there is an interest.”If it was only a flippant interest then they could go and put a fake story then go to a club president and go say ‘Look at who is in for me.’ That happens all the time as well.”What sometimes also happens is that we do have a player in an agreed position, but his club refuse to sell and, because the club refuse to sell, the player then uses that to get a new contract”From our perspective, we have to try and see through it and make sure that the club is not being used.”We don’t waste time, we’re more robust.” last_img read more

Power Corp ready to invest more than 10 billion as it targets

first_imgMONTREAL – Power Corp. is prepared to invest more than $10 billion over the next five years to expand its empire while it also looks to sell some assets and exit the newspaper business, the holding company’s co-CEOs said Friday.“We have a capacity in the coming five years to put capital exceeding $10 billion at work to play a consolidation game and to play the game in the big leagues,” Paul Desmarais Jr. said at a news conference after its annual meeting.He said the sum will be larger when including money to be invested by subsidiaries like Power Financial.A key area of focus is the U.S. pension fund business that is expected to undergo consolidation. Currently, it owns Putnam Investments, acquired in 2007.“It’s a very fragmented business and we will have an opportunity to be one of the big consolidators in this industry.”Desmarais added that the large Canadian holding company — which has assets around the world including a large stake in China Asset Management Co. — is examining some of its capital intensive businesses to see if they can be sold at attractive prices.Co-CEO and brother, Andre Desmarais, added that insurer Great-West Life and fund manager IGM Financial are not on the sales block.Desmarais said he expects other Canadian newspaper owners will take a hard look at its decision to transform its Montreal La Presse news group into a not-for-profit structure.The 130-year-old newspaper is owned by Square Victoria Communications Group, a subsidiary of Power, which plans to grant $50 million to the venture.Under the new structure, Power Corp. would no longer own the media company or have any ties with the not-for-profit structure.“I think it makes a lot of sense and I think it makes sense for English Canada as much as it does for Quebec,” he told reporters.Desmarais noted that all news media outlets are grappling with the rise of digital competitors such as Google and Facebook, and will have to figure out how to proceed.“Everyone will have their why now moment and probably a public company will have a why now moment a lot faster than a private company.”Part of the shift in La Presse’s ownership structure is designed to allow it to get donations and funding from government, which is unfeasible as long as it is owned by one of Canada’s richest families.“If I was in government I wouldn’t give a subsidy to the Desmarais family. It would be misinterpreted,” he said.But Andre Desmarais said he’s optimistic that the federal government, which is studying funding for national newspapers, will end up providing funding because it would want to help a medium that supports democracy. He noted that the CBC gets about $1 billion a year, but just for the broadcast medium.Meanwhile, Paul Desmarais told shareholders that the Lafarge board of directors, on which he is a member as the owner of 9.43 per cent in Lafarge-Holcim, was not aware of the cement maker allegedly funding Syrian militants until it was reported on by the media in 2016.“As soon as this matter was brought to its attention, the board of directors immediately initiated an independent internal investigation, the results of which were, on its own initiative, turned over to the authorities with the assurance of its co-operation,” he said in a statement read to reporters.It also implemented additional compliance and internal control measures.French and Belgian authorities are investigating several ex-employees for their alleged roles in indirectly funding groups including the Islamic State to guarantee safe passage for staff and supply of plants.The wrongdoing precedes Lafarge’s merger with Swiss company Holcim in 2017.Power Corp. says its net earnings more than doubled to a record $525 million or $1.13 per share in the first quarter, compared with $258 million or 56 cents per share in the prior year quarter.Excluding restructuring and other charges last year, adjusted profits were $269 million or 58 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017.Power increased its quarterly dividend 6.6 per cent to 38.20 cents per share, payable June 29 to shareholders of record June 8.———Power Corp. holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and Torstar Corp.Companies in this story: (TSX:POW, TSX:PWF).last_img read more

EU withdraws ban threat on Thai fisheries after reforms

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Union has withdrawn its threat to ban Thai fisheries exports into the bloc after Bangkok pushed through reforms to contain illegal fishing.Thailand, one of the main global fish exporters, had been faced with the threat of a ban for more than three years over its failure to combat illegal fishing, but consultations with the EU and legal and compliance reforms allowed the bloc to take back the so-called yellow card.EU fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella met with Thai deputy prime minister Sarikulya Chatchai Tuesday and said that as combating illegal fishing remains a priority for the EU, he was “excited that today we have a new committed partner in this fight.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Local author hosting launch of new book in Fort St John

first_imgBook signing flyer. Photo by Jenna Morland. “This is where I live, this is where my husband works and it just seems right I guess you could say,” said Morland. “This community, when it comes to supporting the arts, has always been good at that kind of thing. There is a lot of talented people in this town.”Local Author Jenna Morland with her book Empress Unveiled. Photo by Jenna Morland.Morland added that her book was published after she entered a Twitter pitch party. A pitch party is when authors pitch their book to publishers in 150 characters or less, if the publishers like the book, they will pick it up.“The publisher I have now liked the tweet, I sent them all the stuff and then three months later there was an offer for a publishing deal.”The book launch will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on September 8th, all residents are welcome to come. Eric Clark will be a special guest performing live music while Morland will be on hand to do a reading. Residents who buy books or t-shirts will be entered into a prize draw for a 30-minute, four-person Highland Helicopters ride.Residents who would like to learn more about “Empress Unveiled” can do so by visiting Morland’s Instagram, Twitter and website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John author Jenna Morland is set to launch her new book next weekend at Brown’s Socialhouse.The book is titled “Empress Unveiled” and is a young adult fantasy. The story is a fantasy romance that follows an ill teenager, her very human best friend and a fae sentenced to death. The main character must battle love, broken hearts, death and the crown.  Morland explained that launching her book in Fort St. John just felt right.last_img read more

Iconic noodle factory in Kalimpong goes up in flames

first_imgDarjeeling: Kalimpong lost a slice of history with a noodle factory razed to the ground in a fire on Saturday night. This was no ordinary noodle factory but the factory that had featured in the bestseller book The Noodle Maker Of Kalimpong: the Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet, an autobiography of Gyalo Thondup, the elder brother of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.Thondup was a known face in Kalimpong but it was only after the year 2009 that people came to know that he was the elder brother of the Dalai Lama. Thondup had crafted the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet along with being granted political asylum in India. He occupies an important position in Tibetan history. Thondup was born in 1928 at Amdo in Tibet. He was the Dalai Lama’s special envoy and an interlocutor between Tibet, China and India. Later, he continued the freedom struggle for Tibet on a diplomatic level. In 1999, he retired and settled in Kalimpong looking after his noodle factory. On Saturday night, the noodle factory located on 8th Mile adjacent to St. Philomena School caught fire. “Around 9pm we got information of the fire and rushed to the location. The fire was blazing then. It took 3 fire engines to battle the flames. Around 11 pm the fire was doused. The factory is totally gutted except for some machinery partially damaged. The cause of the fire is not known,” said Mani Tamang, fire officer. However, “Takster House” the house in which Thondup lives in the same compound escaped the flames. “I had bought this 3 acre property in 1962 for Rs 7,200. In 1967 we started the factory,” said the 91-year-old to media persons. The factory had 20 employees. Kalimpong noodles is sold in different parts of the country including Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and even exported to Nepal and Bhutan.last_img read more

Dubai set to welcome 2014 with record fireworks show

first_imgDubai is set to dazzle the world on New Year’s Eve with what it pledged to be a record-breaking fireworks show, featuring the explosion of more than 400,000 fireworks, considered to be the largest in the world.The UAE city is challenging Sydney’s claim to the best fireworks show on earth.Tonight, Dubai hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest firework display which will spread over the Gulf emirate’s man-made islands and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Neighboring Kuwait currently holds the mark, set in 2011 with an epic hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks.Dubai’s fireworks are designed by U.S.-based Fireworks by Grucci, the same firm which designed the fireworks that celebrated Dubai winning the right to host Expo 2020 on Nov. 27.Multiple celebrationsThousands began arriving on Tuesday to several locations around the city to watch the fireworks.At Dubai’s The World islands, the show will begin with the “Flying Falcon,” which includes an image of the UAE flag adorning Dubai’s sky.The UAE flag will span 29, 250 square meters, in what will also be considered the largest pyrotechnic flag ever displayed.An additional firework display for 15 minutes will cover the city’s Jumeirah beach, with the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel as the backdrop.Fireworks and a synchronized light and water show are also taking place at Dubai Festival City.The spectacle is largely seen as a compliment to Dubai’s recent World Expo 2020 win and another opportunity to showcase the young and growing city on the international stage as an attractive place to live and visit.“The celebrations will mark the end of a momentous year for Dubai — a year which we will reflect on with pride and has laid the groundwork for a prosperous future,” said Helal Saeed Al Merri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, told Emirates 24/7.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

NFL draft Cameron Johnston signs as undrafted free agent with Philadelphia Eagles

Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston (95) and freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) walk off the field during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State’s former punter Cameron Johnston has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet by Johnston.https://twitter.com/Cam_Johnston/status/858461311570673664He was not among the players drafted by a team in the seven-round 2017 NFL draft, but like former teammate Dontre Wilson, was signed to a contract right after the draft.Johnston leaves OSU as the school record-holder for most punts within the 20-yard line over his career (109), as well as the single-season record-holder for punts within the 20-yard line (31 set in 2015). The fifth-year punter averaged 44.9 yards per punt over his career, the second-longest such distance by any punter in Buckeye history, behind only Andy Groom (2001-2002).Considered one of the top punters in the nation, Johnston was named as a Ray Guy finalist — an award given to the NCAA’s best punter — three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was also named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, and was also named first-team All-Big Ten.Now with the Eagles, Johnston will slot in as the backup punter with Donnie Jones, the Eagles punter since 2013, likely retaining his starting role. read more

Whitecaps urged to spend on talent by MLS commissioner Don Garber

first_imgMajor League Soccer commissioner Don Garber had some advice for The Vancouver Whitecaps that sold the teenaged Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich in a deal last July that could reach US $22 million.At the State of the League address obtained from Vancouversun a day before Saturday’s MLS Cup clash between Atlanta FC and the Portland Timbers, Garber said“Greg Kerfoot and his colleagues need to use the money to bring in someone who is as exciting as Alphonso.”“It’s not quite a warning shot, but more along the lines of opening your jacket to show off your holster. The meaning is clear: It’s time for the team to get its house in order.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“We have been buying for so long, and then as we’ve gone through the analysis, it’s hard to justify that investment and the investment that we have to make in player development,” Garber said.“We’ve got to have something that turns this model around, or else it’s going to be unsustainable.”The Whitecaps, for their part, have vowed to spend big-ticket money to bring in difference-making players this season, and the hiring of coach Marc Dos Santos has resonated positively with a fan base hungry for success like their Cascadia Cup foes.”last_img read more

Simeone yet to confirm Moratas signing

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remains coy on the possibility of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata joining the club.Morata a €65m signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to produce the goods for the London side since his move.Rumours in the Spanish press are rife Morata will join Atleti on an 18-month loan deal for a €7.5m fee, while the club will also hold a €40m option to sign the Spain international permanently.Morata played for Atleti during his youth career and while Sevilla and Barcelona have both been linked to his signature this month, a move back to the Spanish capital now appears the most likely outcome.“It has not happened yet so it is not a reality,” Simeone told reporters on Friday, as cited by Football Espana.“I will only talk about players who are at this club and if Morata does join us, then I will tell you what I think.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The club is considering the option of sending out Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins with Monaco and Arsenal the most likely destination.Los Rojiblancos are at the limit of their capped wage at €293m per annum and would be looking to balance the account.Diego Simeone provides an update on the Alvaro Morata transfer ⌚ pic.twitter.com/PbMgoLgxdM— Goal (@goal) January 25, 2019last_img read more

TCI Tourism Arrivals Cruise tourism up Air arrivals down

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#cruisetourismupairarrivalsdown, #magneticmedianews, #TCItourismarrivals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – There is double digit growth for tourism in the second quarter of 2017, when compared to the same period last year and the spike comes from cruise ship arrivals.   While Grand Turk enjoyed having 53,000 more visitors for April, May and June this year, overnight figures dropped, slightly by 3,215.The TCI Tourist Board released the figures this week and the show air arrivals, were down 2% particular in the month of June where the drop was by 9% when compared to 2016.    Top 10 markets for the Turks and Caicos according to the report, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, other European countries, Brazil, the Caribbean and still leading the way as a source tourism market… the United States of America.The bigger concern though is that the TCI, though still a leading destination is after two quarters for 2017 trending down.  Overall, the country is with a 44% decrease in visitors to our shores.#MagneticMediaNews#cruisetourismupairarrivalsdown#TCItourismarrivalslast_img read more

What to expect from Fleet Week San Diego 2018

first_imgWhat to expect from Fleet Week San Diego 2018 Posted: October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Here in San Diego, we salute our men and women in the military year round but next week, there will be a series of special events designated to help you celebrate and honor our troops during Fleet Week San Diego. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Flood Advisory Issued For Anchor River

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Anchor River near Anchor Point. A small ice jam may cause minor flooding on the Anchor River near Anchor Point. The situation may improve once temperatures drop  and precipitation ceases. The Anchor River near Anchor Point is above bankfull due to warm temperatures and precipitation that has caused a possible ice jam. Low lying areas such as the campground may be impacted by conditions about a foot above bankfull. This advisory will remain in effect until January 3.last_img read more

Marvels Avengers game footage brings punch to San Diego ComicCon 2019

first_imgSquare Enix’s Marvels Avengers game got a longer look at San Diego Comic-Con. Square Enix One month after the mixed response Marvel’s Avengers received at E3 2019, the Square Enix game got a longer look from fans during the Marvel Games Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday.About 20 minutes of gameplay footage was shown, taking place during the same San Francisco disaster first seen at E3 2019 but also showing substantial gameplay with each of the characters. The footage was screened for Comic-Con attendees very early, as it’s not set to hit the internet until one week after Gamescom in August.Starting off with Thor, the thunder god uses God of War-style moves to dispatch baddies with his hammer. The guy sounds a bit arrogant. He rescued one civilian while saying something that sounded like “Lucky for you, I am mighty,” while the civilian just responds with “Thank you Thor.”Most interestingly was a moment where Thor was able to electrocute several armed men, lifting them off the ground at the same time  — reminiscent of a Jedi power from Star Wars.The demo in general emphasizes all the punches and explosions, including as gameplay shifts over to Tony Stark, who in this level is seen flying around a deteriorating Golden Gate Bridge and firing away at enemies flying around the bridge.The game then shifts to Bruce Banner as he leaps out of the plane that Black Widow is flying, transforming into Hulk for lots and lots of Hulk-smashing. Hulk’s gameplay includes grabbing enemies and using them as weapons, grabbing two and bashing them together and grabbing sections of the bridge to use as weaponry too.Following all that Hulk-smashing, the game shifts to Captain America, who swings his shield like a boomerang several times. And yes, while the characters still do not look like their MCU counterparts, this Cap does a roundabout kick that looked very inspired by Chris Evans’ performance from the films. 3:00 62 Photos Video Games TV and Movies Tags Comic-Con The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Now playing: Watch this:center_img As Cap’s section ends, a scene shows a young woman who looks like Kamala Khan as she is accidentally knocked onto a vent that has green gas emanating from it. Maybe it’s a tease for Ms. Marvel? While that’s not confirmed yet, a definite addition to this prologue is the Taskmaster, driving into the game with a bomb.Black Widow’s section launches straight into a battle with Taskmaster, as she runs across the deteriorating bridge to catch him as he flies around. She leaps onto him, delivers a series of punches, and ultimately the two finish their fight on the bridge. Black Widow’s gameplay looks very similar to Lara Croft — which makes sense since Crystal Dynamics develops that series — with Natasha Romanov flipping multiple times and lighting up Taskmaster with plenty of bullets. Romanov also has a few extra tricks, including the ability to turn invisible and launch a charged-up, electrified punch as her finishing move in this battle.As their battle ends though, the same disaster seen in the E3 reveal takes place with the ship that held many civilians celebrating Avengers Day plummeting into the ocean. Also made clear at the panel is that, as of the prologue, Captain America’s character is considered dead. (But this is Marvel, he’ll probably come back.) The footage concludes with a montage of scenes that show the heroes fighting. Creative director Shawn Escayg noted the story will continue five years after the prologue that was seen.Also discussed was an element of the game in which players can customize the team that they play as. These included a Hulk wearing a suit, alternate colors for Iron Man’s costume and a viking-themed Thor.The single-player and multiplayer co-op game is set to be released May 15. While the game will have downloadable content, it was revealed that there won’t be loot boxes. The game will have free characters and regions for players who buy the base game.Voice actors for the game include many veteran actors like Troy Baker as Bruce Banner, Jeff Schine as Captain America, Travis Willingham as Thor, Laura Bailey as Black Widow and Nolan North as Tony Stark. Post a comment The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises Share your voice Marvel The Avengers 0last_img read more

Quikr Shifts Base to Bangalore to Tap Available Technology Talent Pool

first_imgQuikrQuikr websiteQuikr, the classifieds portal, said on Wednesday that it was relocating its headquarters to Bangalore from Mumbai to expand its technology team and grow its footprint.The founder and CEO, Pranay Chulet, said that the relocation to Bangalore would help grow their technology and product team faster, a move that would have taken 18-24 months in Mumbai, the financial capital.The six-year-old company is a part of the South African media conglomerate Naspers. The transition is expected to happen over the next six months. Quikr will, however, retain 600 of its 800 Mumbai employees in the city. The move to Bangalore would help it ramp up its staff strength from 150 to 600 members, with a significant addition to the technology team.The web-company joins a long list of players who have migrated to the tech and start-up hub from other parts of the country.Bangalore has welcomed many other technology companies making the transition to tap into its substantial software talent pool. The Garden City has benefitted from the start-up culture too. With its expanding plug and play capabilities, the software capital offers better business infrastructure.Other firms finding a business home in the city are – online booking firm Ola and FreeCharge, an online mobile recharge player. January 2015 will see Instamojo, a payment start-up, move operations to Bangalore, whose cofounder and CEO Sampad Swain admitted that the choice to go with Bangalore was prompted by the ready availability of engineers from older generation platform companies like Akamai and Yahoo! Instamojo aims to grow its engineering team from 10 to 50 in the next six to 12 months.”Talent from other cities are averse to move to Mumbai due to cost of living and quality of life,” said Kunal Shah, co-founder of FreeCharge.Ola moved in mid-2012 and has seen its base also become its biggest market in the country.Quikr’s Chulet said that the move was growth oriented and should not to be seen as a cost consolidation effort. This year the company has raised over Rs 900 crore from a list of investors that includes Tiger Global, Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Nokia Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Warburg Pincus and eBay Inc.Market sources say that salaries in Bangalore are higher by 20-40% for top engineering talent. The new breed of start-ups has to compete with international players with deep pockets for suitable talent.last_img read more

Schoolboys throatslit body recovered

first_imgMap of JashorePolice recovered the body of a schoolboy with his throat slashed from a field at Sarkati village in Monirampur, Jashore on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was Shimul Hossain, 16, an SSC candidate from Kashimpur High School and son of Rafiqul Islam from Sarkati.Deceased’s mother Poly Begum said Shimul and some of his friends enjoyed a picnic party at Kashimpur High School ground on Monday and returned home in the evening.He was watching television when someone called him over mobile phone around 9:00pm and he went out again, this time never to return.Locals, however, found his body in the crop field in morning around 10:00am and informed the police, she added.On information police recovered the throat-slit body from the field and sent it to Jessore General Hospital for autopsy, said Md Saidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Monirampur police station.last_img read more

A Lot Has Changed Since Houston Last Hosted The Super Bowl

first_imgListen 00:00 /03:25 Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMetro now has three light rail lines to carry Super Bowl visitors. In 2004 it only had one.It was February 1, 2004 when Houston last hosted the Super Bowl. The thing a lot of people might remember most about it happened at halftime — Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. Millions of viewers saw it live.And there was also a streaker. He got on the field dressed in a referee’s uniform. The game itself was actually said to be one of the best in history. With only four seconds left on the clock, the New England Patriots kicked a 41-yard field goal, defeating the Carolina Panthers 32 to 29.The NFL had awarded the big game to Houston shortly after Bob McNair acquired the Texans franchise. The team started playing in 2002, back when their brand-new stadium was still called Reliant.To get the 2017 game, Houston had to really work for it. The city beat out a proposal from south Florida.Today preparations are moving ahead in the same venue, now known as NRG Stadium. The Patriots will be making a return visit to play the Atlanta Falcons.We spoke with NFL Director of Events Eric Finkelstein as he watched crews pull up the Texans logo from the end zone so they could install the Super Bowl 51 insignia.The stadium itself looks much the same, but it’s added a lot of amenities since 2004.There’s more food to choose from, a lot of it from local restaurants. There’s also stronger wi-fi to handle all the social media that wasn’t around 13 years ago.As for game day itself, Finkelstein says they’re always looking for ways to make the Super Bowl bigger and better.“There are so many different things that are happening, so many additional pieces that it’s amazing how much it’s evolved,” says Finkelstein.But the most striking difference could be what’s happening off the field, before and after the game. Metro CEO Tom Lambert remembers what it was like downtown in 2004 when he was the transit agency’s police chief. Discovery Green wasn’t built yet so the crowds converged on North Main Street.“I still recall at Texas and Main looking up at the Rice Hotel and the balcony and it was wall-to-wall people,” recalls Lambert. “And one said, oh my God, I hope the balcony stays there.”The Main Street light rail line had opened only a few weeks before and Lambert says things got so congested they had to shut it down.“Just the ability to move people, that was a concern,” adds Lambert. “And when you have that limited space and more and more people congested in that space, that’s always a concern.”Today Houston has three light rail lines, and they’re expected to carry thousands of fans. But Lambert says even with the limited service they learned a lot.“It demonstrated the carrying capacity of a rail car, where you could carry 200 people plus on a rail car,” explains Lambert. “And when you tie those two cars together you could move a lot of people in a dedicated corridor with very good frequencies.”And that’s another big difference between this Super Bowl and the one in 2004. University of Houston Professor Jason Draper does research on tourism and events. He says visitors now have better ways to get around Houston without a car.“I think it’s important with all the development around town, providing more opportunities and access to those areas, not having to depend on driving so much,” says Draper. “Or as much as in 2004 at least.”Events will be going on all week at Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and dozens of other venues.Experts say the city could see an economic impact of about $350 million. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Reps Bellino and Sheppard host St Mary Catholic Central state champion softball

first_img State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard welcomed the St. Mary Catholic Central softball team from Monroe to the Capitol last Wednesday. This year’s team, coached by John Morningstar, had an extremely successful season that ended with the Kestrels capturing their 3rd straight Division 3 state title.“Thanks to an excellent coaching staff and an abundance of dedication from its players, St. Mary’s softball program has entered an era similar to great sports dynasties,” said Rep. Bellino of Monroe. “I am extremely proud to be a St. Mary Catholic Central alumnus and have this opportunity to recognize these accomplished athletes at the state Capitol.”Rep. Sheppard of Temperance said: “It was a pleasure to join Rep. Bellino in welcoming this very talented team to the Capitol.  These ladies, as well as their coaches, represented their school, and all of Monroe County well and we are extremely proud of them and their success.”Both state representatives and Sen. Dale Zorn presented the team and their coach with a special tribute on the Senate floor for winning the championship.State Rep. Jason Sheppard, State Rep. Joe Bellino and Senator Dale Zorn (center) are pictured with the 2017 St. Mary Catholic Central state championship softball team and their coaches at the Capitol in Lansing. Categories: Bellino News,Bellino Photos 21Jul Reps. Bellino and Sheppard host St. Mary Catholic Central state champion softball team at Capitollast_img read more

Russian service provider MTS has seen a yearonye

first_imgRussian service provider MTS has seen a year-on-year growth of 200,000 subscribers in its pay TV base. The operator ended the third quarter with 2.7 million pay TV customers.MTS had 2.2 million broadband internet customers at the end of September, up 10% year-on-year.Sistema Mass Media’s pay TV offering Stream-TV saw its subscriber base grow by 22% year-on-year to 7.2 million at the end of the third quarter. The proportion of revenue accounted for by advertising grew by 5.4 percentage points to account for 15.9%. Sistema Mass Media’s overall revenues declined by 56.3% year-on-year to US$13 million (€10 million) as a result of reduced sales of TV series at Russian World Studios.MTS as a whole posted revenues of US$3.132 billion for the third quarter, down 4.4% year-on-year. Operating income dropped by 4% to US$829.6 million as a result of depreciation of the Russian ruble. ARPU in Russia grew by 8.7% year-on-year in local currency to RUB313 (€7.80) during the third quarter.last_img read more